September 2014
Arizona NOW
$50 Million Gift to Support Environment and Social Justice

Agnese Nelms Haury, a longtime friend of the UA and the College of SBS, passed away on March 20, 2014, in Tucson, at the age of 90. Agnese dedicated her life to the preservation and understanding of cultures, ecosystems, and landscapes; human rights and international relations; the Southwest; and the challenges facing indigenous peoples. 


Agnese's generous bequest of more than $50 million will establish the UA Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice, which will fund prestigious faculty chairs, visiting fellowships, student scholarships, conferences, an international prize, lectures and events, and collaborative research. You can read more about Agnese and the newly named Agnese Nelms Haury chairs and faculty fellows here. Read the UANews story here

Agnese Nelms Haury Story
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SBS Features
Poetry Galore!

We have four bits of poetry news to share this month! First, Eric Magrane, a poet and a graduate student in the School of Geography and Development, invited a group of poets to spend a weekend at  Biosphere 2. is featuring  the poems from those who took part, including Alison Hawthorne Deming, Christopher Cokinos, and Joshua Marie Wilkinson (all from the English Department). More  

Second, Wilkinson is the founder and editor of a small Tucson press, Letter Machines Edition, which published Fred Moten's "The Feel Trio," which has just been "lon
g listed" for the National Book Award in poetry! More Third, the UA Poetry Center is heading up a public outreach art project that rotates poetry on reader boards located along the Tucson Streetcar route. One of the forthcoming rotations includes work by Tohono O'odham poet and Regents' Professor of Linguistics Ofelia Zepeda, who heads the UA Department of American Indian Studies. More


Finally, click here to read the poetry of Felisa Hervey (Farzana Marie), who is a poet, a Tillman Scholar, and doctoral candidate in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies.  

Chelsea Hemphill

Engaged Learning in Journalism Students 

The UA and the College of SBS are committed to ensuring that every student has an engaged learning opportunity. Several UA journalism students were recently featured in UANews because of their work in the field. Chelsea Hemphill served as a FOX 5 intern in Washington, D.C. Noelle Haro-Gomez spent the summer in Cambodia as part of an intensive summer photography program. Justin Sayers spent part of his summer serving as a sports copy editor with the Hartford Courant, a newspaper in Connecticut. And Amer Taleb, who has worked for numerous news organizations, traveled to Japan this summer where he and other winners of the Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition toured multiple cities.

Nina Rabin
Conditions of Immigrant Working Women

Nina Rabin, who works in the James E. Rogers College of Law and SBS's Southwest Institute for Research on Women, is the co-author of a new report titled "Out of the Shadows: The Working Conditions of Immigrant Women in Tucson." The report is based on 90 surveys of low-wage immigrant women workers and interviews with workers, government officials, and community leaders. More

SBS News Briefs 
Cori Malin
* Three SBS alumni shared tips for new students: Kevin Gressley (regional development major) and Nick Ventura (history major) created Venley, an apparel company. Cori Malin (regional development major) is a segment producer on "The Voice." More

Click here to read an interview with Susan Stryker, an associate professor in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, about the new UA Transgender Studies initiative.   
Diana Liverman
* In an op-ed in the Washington Post, Diana Liverman, Regents' professor in the School of Geography and Development, wrote about how she has incorporated more positive examples into her environmental studies class to help her students feel less discouraged. More


*The Chronicle of Higher Education featured a UA-penned op-ed titled "The Case for Undergraduate Law Degrees." This fall, the UA became the first university in the country to offer a B.A. in law, a partnership between the College of Law and SBS's School of Government and Public Policy. More
Roger Nichols
* Muriel Fisher, a research scientist  in the Department of Linguistics and the Scottish Gaelic instructor in the Critical Languages Program, has been awarded the Linguistics Society of America's 2014 Excellence in Community Linguistics Award.

Roger Nichols, a professor emeritus of history and an affiliate professor of American Indian Studies, was selected as a Fulbright Canada Scholar and also received the Westerners International Co-Founders Best Book Award for Warrior Nations: The United States and Indian Peoples.
Dept News
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Chinese Culture Festival 
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Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-12 noon
Location: UA Special Collections

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