October 2015
SBS in the Community
Join SBS for our homecoming bash! On Saturday, Oct. 24 at 10 a.m., pop over to the The Shanty (401 E. 9th St.) for pre-game food, drinks, and good times! Our homecoming chair is Lynne Wood Dusenberry (B.A. in history, class of '71), and our student speaker is
Elyse Flores (political science). This year, our Alumnus of the Year award goes to Steve Lynn (B.A. in government, M.A. in communication, class of '74).  
SBS Features
Photo courtesy of
Arizona Historical Society
Digging Up the Celluloid Pueblo
Jennifer Jenkins, an associate professor of English, uses media archaeology to uncover rich, all-but-forgotten history of the American Southwest. "Issues of class, of gender, of race ... who's onscreen and who isn't, who's in center frame and who isn't.... That gives us a lot of information about the attitudes and the culture of the time that's being filmed," she says. More
Clayton Morrison in his robotics lab. Photo by Emily Litvack.
Raising Computers to Be Good Scientists
Researchers in our School of Information are creating a computer system that reads papers, extracts information on biochemical pathways, and plugs it all into large-scale, interactive models. The goal: fast, individualized and precise biomedical care. More
UA President Ann Weaver Hart with UNAM's Francisco Trigo. Photo by John de Dios.
UNAM Center for Mexican Studies Launches
Recently, the UA launched the Center for Mexican Studies, a joint program based on the UA campus involving the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, or UNAM.

"In conjunction with the Office of Global Initiatives, SBS played an integral role in the inaugural UNAM celebration, coordinating seven events that included 15 SBS faculty members," said Colin Deeds, assistant director of the Center for Latin American Studies.

SBS has a long history working with UNAM and is excited about the expansion of the partnership. "The UNAM Mexico Studies Center represents an immense opportunity for faculty to build exciting and innovative transnational collaborations with one of the largest and most important universities in the hemisphere," said John Paul Jones III, dean of the College of SBS. Jones has been invited to serve on the executive advisory board to the Mexico Studies Center.
Feel free to vamp it up at the lecture by adding a little 'Twilight' or Dracula to your attire!
Vampires Ahead!
The next Downtown Lecture on Immortality is sure to get you in the Halloween spirit! On Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m., English Professor Jerrold Hogle will explore the evolution of the vampire from evil to good (and even sexy) in fiction and film.

And for an extra delicious vampire treat, join Maynards Kitchen and Professor Hogle for the  Vampire Dinner at 7:30 p.m. following the lecture. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the College of SBS.

If you missed the first Downtown Lecture by Ed Wright on the "Histories and Mysteries of Heaven," you can watch it here. The video of the second lecture by Mary Stiner on "Love and Death in the Stone Age" should be posted next week!  
SBS News Briefs 
Manuel Felix. Photo by Jacob Chinn.
* Manuel Felix, ASUA student body president and political science major, was featured in the fall Arizona Alumni magazine. More 
* The SBS Magellan Circle recently funded teaching awards, which were given to William Paul Simmons (Gender and Women's Studies); Elizabeth Oglesby (Geography and Development; Latin American Studies); and Joseph Bonito (Communication).
Oscar Martinez
* History Regents' Professor Oscar Martínez examines Mexico's economic challenges in his new book, Mexico's Uneven Development. More

* Six SBS students and alumni will be working in countries around the world after being named recipients of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. More 
David Cuillier
* David Cuillier, director of the School of Journalism, commented on Pima Community College's new rule that bars employees from talking to reporters without clearance from the school. More

* An op-ed by Raquel Goodrich of the UA National Institute for Civil Discourse discusses a texting program called Text, Talk, Act that helps young people broach the complexities of mental health. More 
Margaret Wilder
* Margaret Wilder, an associate professor in the School of Geography and Development and the Center for Latin American Studies, was appointed to the Good Neighbor Environmental Board, a federal advisory committee that advises the U.S. President and Congress on good neighbor practices along the U.S.-Mexico border.

* Kate Kenski, an associate professor in the Department of Communication, was recently featured on the Bill Buckmaster show, where she discussed political polls and strategies. More
Suzanne Dovi
* Suzanne Dovi, an associate professor in the School of Government and Public Policy, wrote an op-ed arguing that allowing weapons in classrooms kills conversation and the ability to learn. More

* UA sociologist Corey Abramson's work was featured in The New York Times' article "Income Inequality Grows With Age and Shapes Later Years." More
Monica Casper
* Jennifer Croissant and Monica Casper in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies were honored as "Stars" for their contributions to the Science, Knowledge and Technology section of the American Sociological Association, as part of the section's 25th anniversary.
* Susan Stryker, professor in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, received the 2015 Brudner Prize, which celebrates lifetime accomplishment and scholarly contributions in the field of lesbian and gay studies.
* Carl Bauer, associate professor in the School of Geography and Development, is going to Chile on Oct. 25 to launch the 2nd edition of his 2004 book Canto de Sirenas (in English: Siren Song: Chilean Water Law as a Model for International Reform).
Dept News
Upcoming Events
Downtown Lecture Series on Immortality
Presented by the College of SBS
Wednesdays, Oct. 14-Nov. 11, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Fox Theatre
(He)arts at Home/ Corazones en Casa
Oct. 23, 5 p.m.
Location: Cesar E. Chavez, 2nd floor
The Department of Mexican American Studies invites you to its "Open Houses" during homecoming week to celebrate the work of community artists.
Homecoming Bash
Presented by the College of SBS
Oct. 24, 10 a.m.
Location: The Shanty, 401 E. 9th St.
"Syria, Russia, ISIS and the Tumultuous Transformations of the Arab World"
Presented by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Oct. 27, 6 p.m.
Location: Koffler 204
Speaker: Rami Khouri, American University of Beirut
"Performance, Publicity and Polemic: The Politics of Exorcism in Post-Reformation England"
Presented by the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies
Oct. 30, 3 p.m.
Location: Marshall 340
Speaker: Peter Lake, Vanderbilt University
An Evening of Corridos
Presented by Special Collections
Nov. 3, 6 p.m.
Location: Special Collections
Celestino Fernandez, emeritus professor of sociology, will discuss corridos of the Cristero Movement and the Mexican Revolution. Musical performances will follow.
UA Prose Series: Phillip Lopate
Presented by the Department of English
Nov. 5, 7 p.m.
Location: The Poetry Center
Lopate is considered to be one of the most influential contemporary writers of literary nonfiction.
13th Annual Home Movie Day
Presented by the Department of English and Special Collections
Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Special Collections
Home Movie Day is a celebration of amateur filmmaking!
Journalism at The Loft: Broadcast News
Presented by the School of Journalism
Nov. 12, 7 p.m.
Location: The Loft Cinema
A screening of "Broadcast News" will be followed by a Q& A with Alessandra Stanley, a New York Times reporter.
UA Prose Series: Erik Reece
Presented by the Department of English
Nov. 17, 7 p.m.
Location: The Poetry Center.
Reece is best known for Lost Mountain, in which he spent a year chronicling the destruction of a mountain in Eastern Kentucky due to mining.
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