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October 2020

DARDEN LECTURE: Dr. Felicia Keesing

October 29, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The 2020 Darden Lecture will be livestreamed for remote participation on Thursday, October 29 at 6:30pm and will be delivered by Dr. Felicia Keesing, the David and Rosalie Rose Distinguished Professor of Science, Mathematics, and Computing at Bard College. Dr. Keesing's research focuses on how ecological communities respond to changes in biological diversity, with a particular focus on how human risk of exposure to infectious diseases is affected by changes in the environment. During the Darden Lecture, Dr. Keesing will discuss pandemics and…

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November 2020

Pure Products Reading and Lecture Series

November 5, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Please join us for our second Pure Products reading of the semester featuring poet and new UA faculty member Matt Minicucci, MFA Candidate August Kelly, and undergraduate Creative Writing student Zoe Berndt. Event will take place via Zoom. Please RSVP via the Qualtrics survey link by noon on Thursday, November 5 to receive an email with the Zoom meeting information: https://universityofalabama.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cLVhw1PVHprx3lb

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February 2021

LACLS Black History Month Speaker Series – Dr. Matthew Pettway

February 10, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Hosted by the Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies Program, Dr. Pettway will present his recent book, Cuban Literature in the Age of Black Insurrection: Manzano, Plácido, and Afro-Latino Religion, which argues that Black Cuban colonial authors subverted the symbols of Catholicism to create portrayals of African-inspired spirituality. Such literature had aesthetic and political consequences. In 1844, Spanish authorities executed Gabriel de la Concepción Valdés (Plácido) as the alleged ringleader of “the conspiracy... to exterminate…the white population.” The authorities claimed…

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LACLS Black History Month Speaker Series – Dr. Roberto Saba

February 24, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Hosted by the Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies Program, Dr. Saba will present his forthcoming book, American Mirror, which investigates how American and Brazilian reformers worked together to ensure that slave emancipation would advance the interests of capital. From the 1850s to the 1880s, this antislavery coalition—which included diplomats, engineers, entrepreneurs, journalists, merchants, missionaries, planters, politicians, scientists, and students, among others—consolidated wage labor as the dominant production system in their countries. The book shows that these reformers were not romantic…

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March 2021

Dinoff Lecture: Dr. Arielle Baskin-Sommers, “Cognition and Emotion Gone Awry”

March 19, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Dinoff Memorial Lecture takes place each year in memory of Dr. Michael Dinoff who was a distinguished and beloved psychology professor in UA’s psychology department. This year's lecture is hosted by Dr. Arielle Baskin-Sommers, associate professor of psychology at Yale University, who will be presenting a talk titled "Cognition and Emotion Gone Awry: Psychopathy as a Case Example." Zoom link: https://uasystem.zoom.us/j/97275298766 Contact the Department of Psychology with questions.

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April 2021

Pure Products Reading and Lecture Series

April 1, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Please join the Department of English's creative writing program for the final Pure Products reading of the semester featuring Kwoya Maples, Gordon Johnston, and Michael Martone! RSVP via the Qualtrics survey link by noon on Thursday, April 1 to receive an email with the Zoom meeting information: https://universityofalabama.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cLVhw1PVHprx3lb

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January 2022

Leadership in Political Campaigns Panel

January 24 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Houser Hall, 1002, 301 7th Avenue
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 United States

In this installment of the Blackburn Institute's "Perspectives on Leadership" speaker series, UA students are invited to hear from panelists on both sides of the aisle with campaign experience at local, state, and national levels: •    Ed Fields, Senior Adviser and Chief Strategist for the City of Birmingham; •    Britney Garner (Blackburn Fellow & Advisory Board Member), Founder of Garner Consulting Services; •    Zac McCrary, Partner at ALG Research; and •    Bryan Taylor (Blackburn Fellow), Co-Founder of Bachus Brom &…

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An Evening with Eric Sasson

January 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Math and Science Building Auditorium, Rm 1001, 411 Hackberry Lane
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 United States

Brooklyn-based novelist Eric Sasson will read from his novel Admissions, and the reading will be followed by a Q and A. Books will be available for purchase and signing. This event is free and open to the public, and is part of the UA Creative Writing Program's "Business of Writing Week."

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February 2022

“Stories That Stand Still” – A Discussion of Craft by Carmen Maria Machado

February 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Camellia Room, Gorgas Library, 711 Capstone Drive
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 United States
Free

This talk will explore the craft of writing fiction that doesn’t move—fiction contained in a single, discreet space as large as a house, and as small as a bed—and the implication it has for our understanding of gender, characterization, plot, and time. Stories discussed will include Angela Carter’s “The Fall-River Axe Murders,” Susan Glaspell’s “A Jury of Her Peers,” Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour,” Nancy Hale’s “The Earliest Dreams,” and Lesley Nneka Arimah’s “The Future Looks Good.” This…

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An Evening with Carmen Maria Machado

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Camellia Room, Gorgas Library, 711 Capstone Drive
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 United States
Free

Celebrated writer Carmen Maria Machado will read a selection of her work and answer audience questions. Copies of her books will be available for purchase and signing. Machado’s writing defies and blends genres such as surrealism, fantasy, and horror to create writing that is so palpable it seems alive. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is the Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania.

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