March 2016
SBS in the Community
Snowden, Greenwald, Chomsky, and O'Connor to Debate Privacy and Security
In the March 25th event "A Conversation on Privacy," NSA subcontractor Edward Snowden, journalist Glenn Greenwald, and MIT Professor Noam Chomsky will discuss the balance between individual liberties and national security. Chomsky and Greenwald will appear in person while Snowden will videoconference from Russia. Nuala O'Connor, who was the first chief privacy officer at the Department of Homeland Security, will act as moderator for the discussion. Tickets go on sale March 11th. More
SBS Features
Election Coverage
Our political experts are keeping busy during the Presidential primaries! Barbara Norrander in the School of Government and Public Policy wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post titled "Is Hillary losing the women's vote? Nope. Here's how the gender gap really works." Norrander is also quoted in the article "How did Super Tuesday become super?" Samara Klar in the School of Government and Public Policy was interviewed for the story "What do the Super Tuesday results mean?"
The American Novel in the 21st Century
In advance of the Tucson Festival of Books this weekend, three UA English professors discuss the novel's evolution through the Internet era. "We have more ways of telling our stories, and more ways of getting them into the hands of those who want to read or hear or see them. But the heart and purpose of our storytelling--our engagement with the "eternal verities" (William Faulkner)--is unchanged," said Fenton Johnson. More
Ancient conifer trees in Cyprus. Photo by Ramzi Touchan/UA Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research
Drought in Eastern Mediterranean
The recent drought that began in 1998 in the eastern Mediterranean's Levant region is likely the worst drought of the past 900 years, according to new research from a team that includes Kevin Anchukaitis, an associate professor in the School of Geography and Development. More
UA panel discussed the Apple-FBI case. Photo by Ernesto Trejo/UANews
Apple-FBI Case
Four UA experts on privacy and security weighed in on the headline-grabbing battle between Apple and the FBI, generally agreeing that such a technological tug-of-war was inevitable--and that it provides a preview of what's to come in the digital age. The panel was sponsored by the new Center for Digital Society and Data Studies. More. Bryan Heidorn, director of the School of Information, also did a live chat about the case.
David Sterling Brown
The Definition of Family
Family can be as fluid as we allow it to be. David Sterling Brown says examples abound, from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet  to "The Real Housewives of Orange County."

Brown, an assistant professor of English, centers his research on parentage and the concept of family in early modern English literature--especially Shakespearean drama--and he is currently working on a book, "Placing Parents on the Early Modern Stage." More
SBS News Briefs 
Myriam Sandoval and Andres Mendoza-Taddei
* Tucson High students Myriam Sandoval and Andres Mendoza-Taddei are enrolled in the UA's Community and School Garden Program. Both Myriam and Andres, who are first-generation college students, plan to attend the UA in the fall and will enter with three units and their community engagement requirement already fulfilled! More 
* Suzanne Dovi, an associate professor in the School of Government and Public Policy, was selected as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar and is currently living in Oslo, Norway, studying democracy and the representation of women. More 
Marcela Vásquez-León
* Marcela Vásquez-León became the new director of the Center for Latin American Studies this semester with the goal of enhancing the interdisciplinary program and communicating the importance of the Latin American region. More 
* Journalism Professor Shahira Fahmy wrote in an op-ed titled "What ISIS wants you to see" about her research into the coded imagery and underlying messages in Dabiq magazine. More
Samara Klar
* Samara Klar, assistant professor in the School of Government and Public Policy, launched the website Women Also Know Stuff, a database of female experts in politics, policy, government, and methods in the social sciences. More

* Gary Paul Nabhan, director of the Center for Regional Food Studies, wrote an op-ed about the steps that need to be taken to ensure justice and equity for  Arizona farmworkers. Nabhan was also interviewed on KXCI about Tucson's recent designation as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy.
Frederick Kiefer. Photo by Nate Huffman
* First Folio news! English Professor Meg Lota Brown was interviewed on Shakespeare. English Professor Frederick Kiefer was interviewed on AZPM about the First Folio's unique status. 

* Sofia Martinez Ramos, an affiliate faculty of the Department of Mexican American Studies, wrote an op-ed titled "Don't use 'illegal' to describe people." 
* There are two big UA ties to "Spotlight," which won best picture and best original screenplay at the Academy Awards. Former Boston Globe publisher Richard Gilman, a 1972 UA journalism grad, oversaw the Globe during its investigative reporting on sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests; and Michael Bloom, a 1990 UA communication grad, is president of First Look Media, which produced "Spotlight."

* Maha Nassar, professor in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, was quoted in the Arizona Daily Star story "Palestinian refugees in limbo after 7K-mile journey to U.S. border." More

* Natasha Varner, a Ph.D. candidate in history, wrote an op-ed about how the fates of blacks and Japanese-Americans crossed in ways that neither group could have anticipated during World War II. More 
Dept News
Upcoming Events
"Pancho Villa: Hero, Popular Symbol, and Commercial Product"
Presented by the Office of Global Initiatives and the Department of History
March 10, 11 a.m.
Location: Special Collections
Tucson Festival of Books
March 12-13
Location: UA Campus
Check out the SBS pavilion (#162) for speakers and activities
For a Q/A with some of our authors, click here.
'Citizenfour,' Greenwald Q&A at Loft
Presented by the School of Journalism
March 24, 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Loft Cinema
Journalist Glenn Greenwald, whose reporting on the Edward Snowden/NSA spying scandal helped The Guardian win a Pulitzer Prize in 2014, will speak after the showing of "Citizenfour"
30th Anniversary Town and Gown Lecture: "The Reformation In Print"
Presented by the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies
March 29, 7 p.m.
Location: Alice Y. Holsclaw Recital Hall
Speaker: Thomas Kaufmann, Professor of Church History at the University of Göttingen, Germany
"Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age"
Presented by Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry and the School of Information
March 31, 7 p.m.
Location: ENR2 N120
Speaker: Sherry Turkle, MIT
Jeffrey Plevan Memorial Lecture: "The Past, Present, and Future of U.S.-Israel Relations"
Presented by the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies
April 6, 7 p.m.
Location: ENR2
Speaker: Ambassador Dennis Ross
Taleghani Lecture: "Days of Revolution: 'Aliabad' of Shiraz in Iran and in the World in the 20th and 21st Centuries"
Presented by the Department of Linguistics
April 7, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Arizona Historical Society
Speaker: Mary Hegland, Santa Clara University
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