October 2013 
SBS in the Community
See You at Tucson Meet Yourself!

Tucson Meet Yourself, the annual foklife festival in Tucson, is on Oct. 11-13! Did you know that the festival has deep SBS ties? The festival was started in 1974 by the Southwest Center's "Big Jim" Griffith and is now directed by Maribel Alvarez, an associate research professor in the Southwest Center and the School of Anthropology. New year-round programs include a Folklife Field School and a Southwest Folklore Digital Archive.  


Make sure to stop by the SBS booth on the SW corner of Church and Pennington to pick up your happiness sticker and learn about our Downtown Lecture Series on Happiness. More 

The annual folklife festival Tucson Meet Yourself.
Photo courtesy of Amanda Brite.
SBS Features
The forum brings together the community with humanities scholars from several universities, who are in Tucson for the Western History Association's annual conference.
Showdown on the Border: Civil Discourse for Uncivil Times
The Department of History is conducting a public forum "Showdown on the Border: Civil Discourse for Uncivil Times" that includes two panel discussions designed to broaden today's fraught political discussions by placing them in historical contexts.

The first panel, which address the question "Why does Arizona History Matter for Today's Politics" will be held on Oct. 9 from 4:30-6:30 pm at the Pavilion, Westin La Paloma. The second, on the question "Why Does Ethnic Studies Matter for Western History?," is on Oct. 12 from 2-4 pm on the Community Matters Stage during the Tucson Meet Yourself Festival. These events are made possible by a grant from the Arizona Humanities Council. More
Mim and Paddy Walsh in 1915. Photo courtesy of Margaret O'Toole.

UA Professor Delves into Arizona Irishwoman's Diary

UANews | Judy Nolte Temple, a professor in the UA Department of Gender and Women's Studies and the Department of English, has been painstakingly transcribing notes and excerpts from the 1913-1963 diary of Mary Eileen Murphy Walsh, or "Mim," Irish by birth, and a reluctant immigrant to the American West by marriage.


In her quest to flesh out the story of Mim's life, Temple is currently looking for more Tucsonans with ties to the Walshes. More  

From the Arizona Jewish Post
University of Arizona-Israel Connections"

Arizona Jewish Post | In the article "To Israel and Back: University of Arizona-Israel Connections," six Tucsonans and Israelis convey the influence of the UA. The stories of Ed Wright, David Graizbord, Deborah Kaye and Leonard Hammer from the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies are included.

"Whether offering a wide range of Judaic studies, promoting water sustainability across borders, exploring human rights and justice, or expanding archaeological inquiry, the UA looms large in the advancement of international research and knowledge." More. 

Effects of Climate Change on West Nile Virus

UANews | Geographer Andrew Comrie and colleagues found that, under the future climate conditions predicted by climate change models, many locations will see a lengthening of the mosquito season but shrinking summer mosquito populations. More  


SBS News Briefs 
Susan Stryker
The UA was featured in the Huffington Post for its growing program in transgender studies. Susan Stryker, a professor in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, was quoted. More

John P. (Pat) Willerton, an associate professor in the School of Government and Public Policy, wrote an op-ed for the Arizona Daily Star titled "Another Look at What Happened in Syria."
Jeremy Slack
Geography graduate student Jeremy Slack's research on immigration and border security has been featured in a number of media outlets, including NPR and Aljazeera America.

Arizona Public Media's UA+ profiled a summer class taught by the Department of Communication, where students learned the skill of crafting a well-reasoned argument. More
Greg Barron-Gafford
Greg Barron-Gafford, an assistant professor in the School of Geography and Development, discussed his grasslands research in this AZ Illustrated Nature segment (14:15 minutes in).


Links to Dept News
Upcoming Events
Downtown Lecture Series on Happiness
Oct. 16-Nov. 13, 6:30 pm
Location: Fox Theatre
Look for more details in your inbox next week!
Sociology Brown Bag

Oct. 18, 12 noon "Community and Corrosion in the Gulf: The Long-Term Social Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill"  
Location: Social Sciences 415

Save the Date: Homecoming
Nov. 8-9
Join us for two-days of homecoming fun!

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