August 2014
This July, the College of SBS welcomed two new units into the fold:  American Indian Studies and English.  


"The arrival of English and American Indian Studies greatly enhances the college's existing expertise in the study of culture, history, literature, technology, politics and the environment," said J.P. Jones, dean of the College of SBS. "Both units expand our capacity for collaboration, innovation and discovery, and will help us multiply the impact of the college on UA's students and our communities."

SBS Features
Food, Glorious Food!

Our Downtown Lecture Series website has details on our free, fall series on the topic of "Food." From Oct. 15 to Nov. 12, the lectures will be at the Fox Tucson Theatre on Wednesdays at 6:30. Topics are:


Oct 15: Changing Geographies of Food
Oct 22: Tucson: City of Gastronomy, Hub for Food Diversity
Oct 29: We Eat What We Are
Nov 5: Edible Roman Empire
Nov. 12: Food for Pleasure, Vitality, and Health  

Photo from Tucson Weekly
Folklore Expansion

Local folklife festival Tucson Meet Yourself's expansion into the Southwest Folklife Alliance, and its partnership with the College of SBS, were featured in Tucson Weekly. SBS Dean J.P. Jones said, "It's an opportunity to expand the programming and impact we have on the region, students and research. So much in this college is tied in to what it means to live in a region like this." More 

Can We Really Eradicate Polio?

In a commentary published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, UA geographers Vincent Del Casino, Melinda Butterworth and Georgia Davis wrote that efforts at eradicating diseases may be doomed because of a mismatch between the ways humans structure the world and the ways pathogens move through the world. More  

Meet the Gomphothere

Archaeologists, including UA's Vance Holliday, have discovered artifacts of the prehistoric Clovis culture mingled with the bones of two gomphotheres, ancient ancestors of the elephant, at an archaeological site in northwestern Mexico. The discovery suggests that the Clovis -- the earliest widespread group of hunter-gatherers to inhabit North America -- likely hunted and ate gomphotheres. More 

Watch Video on Tucson Public Voices Fellowship

The Tucson Public Voices Fellowship project helps advance women as thought leaders in their respective fields. The first group of 20 women published 40 op-eds, as well as had 33 TV and radio appearances, expert quotes, keynote speeches, and awards over the course of the program.  

Tucson Public Voices Fellowship
SBS News Briefs 
Professor Kate Bernheimer studies fairy tales.
* The Center for Middle Eastern Studies presents a Middle East-themed film series each semester. This fall semester they are allowing the public to select the films that will be screened. Click here to make your choices! (Deadline is Aug. 17)

* English Professor Kate Bernheimer was interviewed and wrote an essay for NPR's "All Things Considered" on the connection between children crossing the border and the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. More
Two UA journalism professors have been in Turkey to help Afghan instructors develop assignments that use social media and the web to teach journalism skills. More
Student Lily House-Peters presented a photo essay on the PPEL website.
* The Public Political Ecology Lab  
(PPEL) communicates research in political ecology -- the union of scientific thought and social concern in order to solve pressing environmental problems -- to the public. More


* Raquel Rubio-Goldsmith, coordinator of the UA's Binational Migration Institute, is quoted in a Newsweek cover story about the immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. More
Summer in Italy: Photo by student Matthew Prevallet
* The moments that UA student photojournalists captured while studying in Italy range from the routine to the spectacular: a casual view of a woman reading in a leather shop, devout tourists lighting church candles, and locals perusing open plazas. Check out the photos here.

SBS alum and 2014 SBS convocation speaker Luis Ramírez Thomas shared advice with students: "I think one of the most important things that I learned at the UA is the ability to be analytical, be thoughtful, and be a problem solver." Click here to read the Q/A, and here to watch a video.
Dept News
Upcoming Events
"George Washington Was Really Born on February 11!: The Disruption of the New Gregorian Calendar 1582" 

Presented by the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies 

Aug 17, 10:30 a.m.   

Location: St. Philip's in the Hills Church 

"Kindness! Molecules, Minds and Lives" 

Presented by Ben's Bells Project in collaboration with the UA's Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families 

Aug. 22, 7 p.m. 

Location: Temple of Music & Art


"The Stars Above Us, Govern Our Condition: Seeking Signs of Order in Celestial Bodies in the Early Modern Period  

Presented by the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies 

Aug 24, 10:30 a.m.   

Location: St. Philip's in the Hills Church 

Opening Panel, Convergences on "War" 

Presented by the Department of English 

Sept. 5, 12 p.m. 

Location: Kiva Ballroom 


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