December 2015
SBS Hightlight
Tucson UNESCO City of Gastronomy Supported by New Center for Regional Food Studies
Last week, Tucson was named the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy in the U.S.!  The College of SBS and the Southwest Center have also launched the UA Center for Regional Food Studies, which will help the City of Tucson carry out the educational and outreach commitments connected with being a City of Gastronomy. More here and here.
The Community and School Garden Program, housed in the School of Geography and Development, is one of the many outreach programs that will be supported by the new UA Center for Regional Food Studies.
SBS Features
Faten Ghosn. Photo by Bob Demers/UANews.
Know Your Enemy (Hint: It's Not Muslims)
Faten Ghosn, an associate professor in the School of Government and Public Policy, wrote an op-ed about how to identify and confront the real problem behind terrorism.

"To understand our true enemies (ISIS, Al Qaeda and all of their affiliates) and the attraction of such groups to individuals in both the Muslim world and West, we must consider how such groups (akin to cults and gangs) attract disenfranchised individuals who feel disconnected from the mainstream society in which they live." More
Susan Stryker
First Transgender Studies Program
The UA's transgender studies degree program is set to begin its rollout next year. Susan Stryker, a professor in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies and the director of the UA Institute for LGBT Studies, was interviewed by Huffington Post on the groundbreaking program and what's been dubbed the transgender "tipping point." More
David Soren
Faculty Profile: David Soren
A popular teacher and a renowned researcher, David Soren is a Regents' professor of anthropology and classics. Soren specializes in Roman archaeology and the making of documentaries.
 
"I teach more than 1000 students every year and trying to make them laugh and stay interested in your lecture means that I must keep up not only in my own field but also in their interests, which can include anything from MTV to the latest movies," said Soren. More
Amer Taleb with former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo
Alumni Essay: "Embracing Uncertainty"
Amer Taleb--a Magellan Circle scholar and a recent UA journalism graduate--wrote an essay for the latest issue of SBS Developments on the insights he developed as a student and the difference donor support has made in his life. 
 
"Being open to new opportunities, even if I wasn't 100 percent sure where they were taking me, has led me to the realization that I would like to work toward increasing access to education in developing countries."
SBS News Briefs 
SBS Staff met with volunteers and residents of the Sister Jose Women's Shelter. 
* This holiday season, SBS faculty and staff contributed money and gifts to the Sister Jose Women's Shelter and Arizona Children's Association. More
 
* Led by UA geographer Diana Liverman, with funding from the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice, a UA delegation traveled to Paris to participate in the United Nations conference on climate change. More
Joshua Marie Wilkinson
* University of Michigan Press published English Professor Joshua Marie Wilkinson's edited anthology of essays on Anne Carson earlier this year. The Times Literary Supplement cites three folks from the English department in their review.
 
* In 2005, English Professor Kate Bernheimer created the Fairy Tale Review, a literary journal reflective of the accessibility and universality of fairy tales as a genre. This fall, intern Breanna Manlick counted the journal's "contributors" by gender since its inception. More
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* Taylor Tailbi' Denzhoone' Susan, a UA political science major, was named the 2015-2016 Miss Indian Arizona.  More

* Regents' History Professor Michael Schaller, who has written about U.S.-Japanese and U.S.-China relations during and after World War II, is quoted in this story about Donald Trump's talk of World War II internment camps.

* Sofia Martinez Ramos, an affiliate faculty of Mexican American Studies, wrote an op-ed about the barriers that people of color experience in higher education and the importance of developing leaders among student protesters. More  
Monica Casper
Monica Casper, a professor in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, was interviewed on KJZZ about the collaboration between UA Press and The Feminist Wire to create a new book series. More

* Dale Kunkel, an emeritus professor in the Department of Communication, helped advocacy groups draft a complaint to the FCC against the YouTube Kids app. "This is the most hyper-commercialized media for kids I have ever seen," said Kunkel. More 
Mort Rosenblum
* Mort Rosenblum, a professor of practice in the School of Journalism, wrote an op-ed on the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks titled "Stand Up to the Smear and Fear Peddlers." More 
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* Egyptian officials say they are 90 percent sure that there is a hidden chamber in King Tutankhamun's tomb. The tests were spurred by a study by Nicholas Reeves, a former UA visiting scholar in the School of Anthropology, who said Nefertiti's lost tomb may be hidden in an adjoining chamber. More 
Dept News
Upcoming Events
"Reclaiming Discourses: Jewish Writers Today"
Presented by the Poetry Center and the Jewish History Museum
Dec. 16, 7 p.m.
Location: The Jewish  History Museum, 564 Stone Ave.
Speaker: Kate Bernheimer, associate professor of English
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Conversations on Compassion
Presented by the Center for Compassion Studies and The Core at TMC
Jan. 20-Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m.
Location: La Encantada Shopping Center, Suite 277
Jan 20: "The Social Neuroscience of Empathy and Compassion"
Jan. 27: "How Altruistic Should We Be?"
Feb. 3: "Climate, Environment and Compassion"
Feb. 10: "Can Compassion and Capitalism Exist Together?"
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A History of Muslims in Bosnia: A Journalist's Perspective
Co-sponsored by the School of Journalism and the Department of History
Jan. 20, 7 p.m.
Location: ILC
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Perspectives on the Bracero Program: Then and Now
A lecture accompanying the exhibit "Bittersweet Harvest" at the Tucson Desert Museum
Jan. 23, 1:30 p.m.
Location: 7000 E. Tanque Verde Road
Speakers: Anna Ochoa O'Leary, head of Mexican American Studies, will speak on "Modern Day Braceros and the Return of 'Operation Wetback' Discourse in Contemporary U.S. Presidential Politics"; History Professor Juan Garcia will speak on "The Bracero Programs: A Road Paved with Good Intentions"
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Mark Your Calendar: First Folio Events!
The UA is exhibiting Shakespeare's First Foilio from Feb. 15-March 15! There will be a variety of Shakespeare-themed events before, during, and after the exhibit. (More events to be added to the website soon.)  
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