January 2016
Investing in SBS
Magellan Circle Scholars
Our 2015-2016 Magellan Circle scholars met their patrons in December at a breakfast at Bear Down Kitchen. Thanks to the generosity of our Magellan Circle patrons, we were able to give scholarships to 66 students!
2015-2016 Magellan Circle Scholars. Photo by Colin Prenger.
SBS Features
Bill Simmons
Defending Human Rights
Inspired by his work in the classroom and his activism around the globe addressing human rights abuses, Bill Simmons, an associate professor in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, has created a website with an eye on defending human rights and finding achievable solutions to ending abuses. Simmons has been working with a group of 15 UA faculty members on Global Human Rights Direct, which launched this week with the help of a grant from the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry. More here and here.
Shelly Lowe
Obama Appoints SBS Alum to Humanities Council
Shelly Lowe was nominated by President Obama to serve as a National Endowment for the Humanities board member. Not only did Lowe received her B.A. in sociology and her M.A. in American Indian studies from our college, she worked in the Department of American Indian Studies for six years! More
J.C. Mutchler spearheaded the NEH application 
Creating a Hub for Southwest-Focused Humanities
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded the Southwest Center a $500,000 challenge grant to establish La Búsqueda, a place to host scholars, visitors, and members of the community engaged in Southwest-focused studies in the humanities. The late Bazy Tankersley bequeathed her Tucson home to the Southwest Center for the express purpose of creating such a meeting place for scholars to study the biggest challenges of our time. More
Shakespeare's First Folio!
Published in 1623, the First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays, and only 233 copies are known today. To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, the Folger Shakespeare Library is sending a First Folio to every state in the U.S., and the UA was selected as the Arizona host site! The community can view the First Folio at the Arizona State Museum from Feb. 15-March 15.

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to check out all the fun activities surrounding the First Folio exhibit, including lectures, movie screenings, stage productions, and concerts! Click here for a list of events that feature the Shakespeare scholars in our Department of English!
Tucson Festival of Books
SBS at the Tucson Festival of Books
Book lovers rejoice! Not only is the First Folio coming to town, the Tucson Festival of Books, held on March 11-12, will be bigger and better than ever. This year, the College of SBS tent will be a new event venue at the festival. Not only are more of our faculty and students involved, but we helped bring in some of America's leading writers and thinkers for the festival. The topics of the SBS talks are diverse, but tend to circle around the themes of social justice and the environment. In addition, the college is hosting events for teenagers and families, such as a Poetry Slam and a session on fairy tales and myths. More
Inside the Arizona State Museum Conservation Laboratory
The Arizona State Museum is home to thousands of artifacts that must be carefully stored and preserved. Central to that effort is the museum's Conservation Laboratory, led by conservator Nancy Odegaard, who also is a professor in the School of Anthropology.

SBS News Briefs 
Gary Paul Nabhan
* Smithsonian Magazine ran a story about the City of Tucson's status as the country's first UNESCO City of Gastronomy. Gary Paul Nabhan, director of the new UA Center for Regional Food Studies, also wrote a blog post explaining what the new designation will do for Tucson.

* The UA has received accreditation to offer a B.A. in Law in Qingdao, China, through a dual degree program at Ocean University of China. The B.A. in Law is a partnership between SBS's School of Government and Public Policy and the James E. Rogers College of Law. More
Diana Liverman
* Diana Liverman, Regents' Professor in the School of Geography and Development and co-director of the Institute of the Environment, co-wrote an op-ed about the importance of addressing and solving the problems created by climate change. More
* Chris Segrin, head of the Department of Communication, is quoted in this story about loneliness among senior citizens.

* Donald Weinstein, a former head of the UA Department of History, died on Dec. 13. The influential historian on the Renaissance was remembered in The New York Times. More 
Anna Ochoa O'Leary
* Anna Ochoa O'Leary, director of the Department of Mexican American Studies, is quoted in the story "Will Mexican-Americans Vote for Cuban-American Candidates?" More

*David Cuillier, director of the School of Journalism, was one of five journalists, representing more than 50 journalism and open government organizations, who met with the Obama administration in December to urge greater openness and transparency from the federal government. More  
Chistopher Cokinos
* An Arizona Daily Star article on the intersection of art and the environment includes the work of Christopher Cokinos, director of the Creative Writing Program, and Eric Magrane, a graduate student in the School of Geography and Development. More 
* Christopher Cokinos, the director of the Creative Writing Program, wrote the essay "Come All Ye Failures." Subhead: Though we wake in fear of mediocrity, let us cease to be crippled by it. More
* Brint Milward, the director of the School of Government and Public Policy, is quoted in the story "Divided it Stands: The Year Ahead in American Politics." More   
Dept News
Upcoming Events
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 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?"

"History of Muslims in Bosnia: A Journalist's Perspective"
Presented by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Jan. 20, 7 p.m.
Location: ILC 150
Gulf Cooperation Council Panel Discussions
Presented by Office of Global Initiatives
Location: Student Union Tucson Room
Jan. 21, 2 p.m.: "Climate Adaptation, Food & Water"
Jan. 22, 2:30 p.m.: "International and Cyber Security"
Jan. 22, 4:15 p.m.: "Smart and Sustainable Cities"
* Sessions include SBS panelists and are open to the public
"So Far from Allah, So Close to Mexico: Arab Immigrants In Mexico"
Presented by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Jan. 22, 4:30 p.m.
Location: ILC 150
"Nowhere to Run: Gay Palestinian Asylum-Seekers in Israel"
Presented by the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies
Feb. 2, 4 p.m.
Location: UA Hillel
Journalism at The Loft: "Selma"
Presented by the School of Journalism
Feb. 6, 7 p.m.
Location: The Loft Cinema
"Selma" will be followed by a discussion with journalist Diane McWhorter, who will talk about covering the civil rights struggle.
"Shakespeare's Contemporaries and Elizabethan Culture"
Curated by Roger Myers/Special Collections and Meg Lota Brown/Department of English
Feb. 8-Jun 30
Location: Special Collections
"Food Justice, Faith & Climate Change"
Presented by the Center for Regional Food Studies
Feb. 11 (all day)
Location: UA ENR2 Haury Lecture Hall
Featuring internationally recognized interfaith leaders, farmers, social justice activists, and scholars
"Shakespeare's Women"
Part of First Folio programming
Feb. 9, 6 p.m.
Location: Special Collections
Speaker: Meg Lota Brown, Department of English
Barrio Stories Project
Presented by Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry
Feb. 10, 6 p.m.
Location: Playground Bar & Lounge
Speaker: Lydia Otero, Department of Mexican American Studies
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