February 2016
SBS Features
Samara Klar
Independent and Disenchanted
The popularity of presidential candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders and the rise in the number of Americans who say they are independent (but are really closeted partisans) reflect the frustration of the American electorate, says political scientist Samara Klar, co-author of the book Independent Politics: How American Disdain for Parties Leads to Political Inaction. Klar's new book has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including Vox and The Washington Post. More
Natasha Warner
The Journey to Revitalize the Mutsun Language
After 18 years of work, linguist Natasha Warner is publishing the first comprehensive dictionary of the long dormant Mutsun Native American language. What made the project so time consuming? Surprisingly, the biggest obstacle--considering the last native Mutsun speaker died in 1930--was the sheer abundance of raw material, including 36,000 pages of notes left by linguist John Peabody Harrington. More
Fenton Johnson
TFOB Spotlight: Interview with Author Fenton Johnson
Fenton Johnson, associate professor in the Department of English, will be appearing at the Tucson Festival of Books where he will discuss the history and development of LGBTQ literature and give a reading from his novels. In this interview, Johnson speaks about his books, growing up in rural Kentucky as the youngest of nine children, embracing solitude, and his mother's 100th birthday.
Barry Wellman
Visiting Scholar Shares Expertise on Social Networks
This semester, Barry Wellman--a top sociologist in the field of social networks--is a visiting faculty member in the School of Information. As part of the launch of the Center for Digital Society and Data Studies, Wellman will give a public lecture on social networks on Feb. 10  at 4 p.m. in the Student Union Kiva room. In his talk "Networked: The New Social Operating System," Wellman will discuss how the large, loosely knit social circles of networked individuals expand opportunities for learning, problem solving, decision making, and personal interaction. More
UA President Ann Weaver Hart with Dr. Abdullah Al Hashimi  
International Security Studies Program Expands into the Middle East
On Jan. 22, UA President Ann Weaver Hart signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UA alumnus Dr. Abdullah Al Hashimi, divisional senior vice president of Emirates Group Security, to cooperate on a variety of initiatives, including promoting SBS's M.A. degree and certificate in International Security Studies (ISS) to its employees. More
Women in Shakespeare: It's Complicated
As part of the First Folio events, the talk "Shakespeare's Women" will be held Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. in Special Collections. English Professor Meg Lota Brown will discuss the social and historical contexts of women's roles in Shakespeare's England. Shakespeare, she argues, both reinforces (by marrying and killing off some of his most powerful female characters) and subverts (by creating powerful women in the first place) his culture's assumptions about gender. More
Teen Pregnancy
In a nationwide study, sociologists Christina Diaz and Jeremy E. Fiel found that the negative effect of young motherhood on educational attainment and earnings is not limited to those from disadvantaged backgrounds and actually is most significant among better-off teenagers. More
SBS News Briefs 
Sally Stevens
* The Southwest Institute for Research on Women conducted a national evaluation of a juvenile justice reform framework and found that it saves millions of dollars and promotes better outcomes for teens and communities. More 

* Regents' History Professor Oscar Martinez was quoted in this Atlantic story about the labor unrest spreading through the factories on the Mexican border.  
Dr. Salman Al Sudairy
* Click here to read a Q/A with Dr. Salman Abdulrahman Al Sudairy, an entrepreneur from Saudi Arabia who was recently in Tucson as part of the UA-GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) reunion. Dr. Al Sudairy received his B.A. in political science from the UA.
* Two SBS teams received grants from the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice: Geographers Stephanie Buechler and Daoquin Tong were awarded nearly $50,000 for their project, "Greening the Food Deserts of Tucson, Arizona." Maribel Alvarez, a professor in the School of Anthropology and the Southwest Center, received funds to study Yaqui ancestral wheat and foodways. More 
Julie Iromuanya
* English Assistant Professor Julie Iromuanya's novel Mr. and Mrs. Doctor was shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for debut fiction! (You can hear Julie at the Tucson Festival of Books.) 

What will it take to reduce poverty in Tucson? In a report released by researchers in the School of Sociology, partnerships between community leaders, local firms, and elected officials is key.
Beth Mitchneck
Beth Mitchneck, a professor in the School of Geography and Development, wrote the op-ed "Inside out: How to help internally displaced refugees." More
* Nick Morin, a School of Information senior majoring in eSociety, helped organize the recent successful Hack Arizona event. More

* Dale Kunkel, emeritus professor in the Department of Communication, is quoted in the NPR story "Scientists are building a case for how food ads make us overeat." More  
Chris Segrin
* Chris Segrin, director of the Department of Communication, was quoted in this story about helicopter parenting.

* In the NPR story "No way to pick a president? Here are 6 other ways to do it," Barbara Norrander, a professor in the School of Government and Public Policy, advocates for a rotating regional primary. More
Anna Ochoa O'Leary
* Should Charlie Hunnam be cast as a Mexican American in 'American Drug Lord'? Anna Ochoa O'Leary, head of the Department of Mexican American Studies, weighs in. More
* Two professors in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies were featured in the article "Experts count missteps in fighting Islamic radicalism." Leila Hudson warned against limiting a study of radicalization to Islamic extremists. Scott Lucas highlighted research showing that a strong religious identity actually prevents radicalization. More 
Gary Paul Nabhan
* Gary Paul Nabhan, director of the Center for Regional Food Studies, was interviewed on KJZZ about Tucson's international gastronomy recognition. More

* Aresta La Russo, a faculty member in linguistics and American Indian studies, is featured in the story "Technology helps teach Navajo in new ways." More 
Dept News
Upcoming Events
"Can Compassion and Capitalism Exist Together?"
Presented by the Center for Compassion Studies and The Core at TMC
Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m.
Location: La Encantada Center, Suite 277 
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
"Food Justice, Faith & Climate Change"
Presented by the Center for Regional Food Studies
Feb. 11-12
Location: ENR2
Featuring internationally recognized interfaith leaders, farmers, social justice activists, and scholars

"Besieged Borders"
Presented by the School of Journalism
Feb. 18, 5:30 p.m.
Location: ASE S202
Reporters Rod Nordland of The New York Times and Perla Trevizo of the Arizona Daily Star will headline a panel discussion about the global crisis of refugees and migrants.
My Arizona Lecture: "Moquis and Kastilam: Hopis, Spaniards, and the Trauma of History"
Presented by the School of Geography and Development and the Southwest Center
Feb. 19, 3:30 p.m.
Location: ENR2, Room S107
Speaker: Thomas Sheridan, UA School of Anthropology and Southwest Center
Screening of "Shakespeare in Love"
Part of the First Folio programming
Feb. 21, 6 p.m.
Location: Arizona State Museum lawn
An introduction of the film will be provided by Jennifer Jenkins, an associate professor of English, who is teaching "Shakespeare on Screen" this spring.
Screening of "Lawrence of Arabia" (on 70 MM print)
Presented by Adib and Vivi Sabbagh, the School of Anthropology and The Loft Cinema
Feb. 24, 6 p.m.
Location: The Loft Cinema
Commentary from Sabbagh speaker Steven C. Caton, who wrote the book "Lawrence of Arabia."
Sabbagh Lecture: "Oasis, Coast, and Mountain: Land/Waterscapes of Culture and History in the Arabian Gulf"
Presented by the School of Anthropology and sponsored by Adib and Vivi Sabbagh
Feb. 25, 7 p.m.
Location: Tucson Marriott University Park
Speaker: Steven C. Caton, Harvard University
Presented by the Department of Gender and Women's Studies
March 8, 7 p.m.
Location: The Loft Cinema
LUNAFEST is an evening of short films made by, for, and about women. All proceeds benefit WOSAC and the Breast Cancer Fund.
Festival of Books
March 12-13
Location: UA campus
The College of SBS will be premiering the SBS tent as a new event venue.
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