January 2015
SBS Features
Head of UA Journalism School Reacts to Paris Attack

David Cuillier says freedom of the press always involves risk, adding that journalists won't stop doing their jobs out of fear. An American free press began in France with thinkers who were "the genesis of our liberties," he says. Cuillier also wrote an op-ed about free speech that was published in the Arizona Republic. More here and here

Want Results? Make Compassion Your New Year's Resolution

It's the season for the sometimes-dreaded conversation starter we hear every year: What's your new year's resolution? When people commit to a resolution, it is not always an absence of motivation that derails the plan. Often, it is a lack of self-kindness and compassion, said Leslie Langbert, executive director of the newly launched Center for Compassion Studies. To read tips on keeping your resolutions, click here. To learn more about the Center for Compassion Studies, click here

Center for Middle Eastern Studies Receives Title VI Funds

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies is one of 15 Middle East centers nationally to receive National Resource Center (NRC) funding and one of only 13 to receive FLAS fellowship support from the U.S. Department of Education! These funds support the mission of CMES to develop Middle East programs across the UA campus and train students in Middle East languages. The Center also offers public forums and cultural events; lesson plans for K-12 educators; and workshops on the Middle East for media, business, law enforcement, and government agencies. More 

Moving on Up!

The College of SBS is part of a partnership between the UA and the Maricopa Community Colleges to allow students in the Phoenix area to graduate from the UA! Beginning in fall 2015, students in Maricopa County can earn a B.A. in General Studies, with a concentration in Arts, Media, and Entertainment; Global and Intercultural Understanding; Social Behavior and Human Understanding; or Study of the U.S. and the American Experience.  More

VIDEO: Regents' Professor Mary Stiner

The designation of Regents' Professor is an honor reserved for scholars of exceptional ability who have achieved national and international distinction. New Regents' Professor Mary Stiner is an anthropologist who studies Mediterranean cultures and is the author of "Honor Among Thieves," a book on Neanderthals that serves as recommended reading for anthropology students across the globe. More

2014 Regents' Professors-Mary C. Stiner
VIDEO: University Distinguished Professor Fred Kiefer

Go behind the scenes at the UA with Shakespearean scholar Fred Kiefer! Kiefer, who is an expert in the literature and visual culture of the early and modern Renaissance period, was recently named a University Distinguished Professor, a designation which honors his positive impact on the lives of students. 

2014 University Distinguished Professors: (Keifler's profile begins at 4:50)
2014 University Distinguished Professors:
(Keifer's profile begins at the 4:50 minute mark.)
SBS News Briefs 
Katie Delahoyde

* Katie Delahoyde, who was also a student in the Honors College, received the SBS Outstanding Senior Award at the winter commencement ceremony. Katie graduated with a 3.86 GPA, a B.A. in History, and minors in Architectural History and Theory; German; and Spanish. More


* Journalism graduate student Justin Sayers produced this video about an apprentice class the school has with the Arizona Daily Star.  

President Obasanjo and Amer Taleb

* Check out the Huffington Post article written by Journalism student Amer Taleb! Amer's interview with former President Obasanjo was a precursor to his month-long trip to Nigeria as part of the program "Leadership Enterprise for African Development."

* Anthropology graduate student Sharlot Marie Dunfield Hart was one of six 2014 recipients of the prestigious UA Centennial Award. Sharlot researched and wrote a report that will be used by the National Park Service in management decisions for some of its cultural resources. More 

Dept News
Upcoming Events
Black Life Matters Conference 
Presented by the Department of Gender and Women's Studies
Jan. 15-17
Location: UA Student Union Memorial Center and Dunbar Auditorium.
Learn more at UANews and the Arizona Daily Wildcat.
"Labor and Leisure": 24th Annual Photography Exhibit
Presented by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Jan. 22, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Location: Marshall 490
"Behind the Battle Hymn"

Presented by the UA Confluence Center

Jan. 31, 11 a.m.-12 noon

Location: UA School of Music, Room 232 

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's end. In this event, Southwest Center Professor JC Mutchler will speak on the human cost of the conflict. Vocalists Seth Kershinik, Jenina Gallaway, and Vanessa Salaz will bring to life the individuals who suffered through the conflict in songs by Carter, Kanter, and Kurt Weill.


"Before and After the Gaza War: American Jews' New Relationship to Israel"

The Jeffrey Plevan Memorial Lecture presented by the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies

Speaker: Ted Sasson, Brandeis University 

Jan. 27, 4:30 p.m.

Location: UA Hillel Center


"Does America Have a Muslim Problem"

The Sabbagh Lecture presented by the School of Anthropology

Speaker: John Esposito, Georgetown University 

Feb. 26, 7 p.m.

Location: Tucson Marriott University Park


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