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Lecture Presentation: January 12, 2017

HCS Event: Dr. Minette Hillyer, Victoria University of Wellington, 1/12/17 at 4pm


The Department of Humanities & Cultural Studies invites all faculty and students to a lecture by Dr. Minette Hillyer, Lecturer in the School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. Titled "'Greetings to Our Distant Kinsman': Paramount's Red Indians' Visit New Zealand, "Dr. Hillyer's talk explores the significance of a 1927 meeting between Maori chiefs and Hopi and Navajo performers who traveled to New Zealand to promote the Paramount Pictures film The Vanishing American. The event will take place in 355 Cooper Hall at 4 p.m. Thursday, January 12.

Dr. Daniel Belgrad at the National Museum of Art and Culture "Arsenal" in Kyiv, Ukraine (November 2016). Sponsored by the American Embassy, Dr. Belgrad held a seminar titled "Empathy and Environmentalism in American Visual Culture," and gave a public lecture on "Visual Cultures of Dissent in the United States and Cuba.

I write this welcome note in the heart of the fall semester, a busy time for everyone. Department faculty are teaching an impressive variety of courses: in addition to our core introductory
courses in Humanities, American Studies, and Film Studies, faculty are also teaching undergraduate courses on “Muslims, Christians, and Jews,” “The Renaissance,” “American Wilderness,” “American Film Auteurs,” “American Culture in the 1970s,” and “Science in Society.” The diversity of our teaching and the passion of our instructors draws more and more students to our classes and our undergraduate major.

At the graduate level, we continue to grow a vibrant Master of Arts, Liberal Arts program. This fall we admitted 14 new MA students, our largest ever incoming group. They will join a talented cohort pursuing projects that explore early 20th century poetry and silent cinema, Appalachian culture and identity, Pixar Animation, and True Crime Documentaries. To show-off all this amazing work, the department held its first annual Graduate Student Symposium in September. Designed as a mini-conference and titled “The Shape of Cultural Perception,” the symposium featured paper presentations by Jon Hendricks, Brett Phillips, Christopher Adkins, and Rachel Ekblad.

Finally, the department is looking forward to hosting the next installment of our USF-UCF cultural studies speak exchange. On March 31st, the department welcomes philosopher of religion Dr. Christy Flanagan-Feddon. Please mark your calendars! Our interdisciplinary focus on art and other forms of human expression is unique at the university, offering students a “big picture” view of the humanities and their place in modern life. I hope you enjoy this letter and learn more about all the great things happening here.

Andrew Berish


Event Announcement!

Students in Dr. Rust's MEDIA, ECOLOGY, & THE MOVING IMAGE course would like to invite faculty, students, and staff in the department to a semester-end symposia, featuring papers by graduate students and responses from undergraduate students.

The first of these symposia, CAUGHT LOOKING:  VISION, PLEASURE, POLITICS will be held from
12:30– 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 6 in CPR 356.

Please join us and support our graduate student researchers!

Event Announcement!

The Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies 2016 Graduate Research Symposium:
The Shape of Cultural Perception

Please join us for an afternoon of presentations featuring original research done by HCS graduate students and graduate alumni. This year's focus is on the ways that historical context has structured how Americans see and engage with the world through their cultural practice and production.

Friday September 16th 2-5 pm
CPR 356
Refreshments provided



The department welcomes Dr. Andrew Berish as its interim chair. A scholar of jazz and popular music, Dr. Berish is currently working on a book about Tin Pan Alley love songs during World War II. He is excited to be leading the department into 2016-2017, an event-packed year of visiting speakers, film screenings, and undergraduate and graduate research symposia. Dr. Berish encourages people interested in the department and its programs to email or visit him in Cooper 365.







Welcome to the Spring 2016 issue of our USF Department of Humanities & Cultural Studies Newsletter! this text to the PDF Thanks for taking the time to read this. When I look at the news and what is happening across the globe, more than ever I think that studying the humanities is vital for individuals who wish to lead a rich, purposeful, and rewarding life. There is no contemporary global problem or pressing social issue that does not have a cultural component, which is why as teachers, students, and friends of the humanities we know that departments like ours play a fundamental role in building the future.

This past year HCS continued to thrive at USF – our classes are full, our enrollments are up, and our students are doing a superb job engaging in the kind of close reading and cultural analysis that we think yields insight and promotes creativity. We have consolidated several degree programs under a single umbrella, streamlined our curriculum, and given renewed attention to how our individual courses combine to produce a superb liberal arts education.

Lots continues to happen on the third floor of Cooper Hall this year. The department hosted a colloquium as part of our ongoing Cultural Studies speaker exchange with the University of Central Florida. Dr. Lanlan Kuang gave a fascinating talk titled "Heritage, Performance, and Ethnography in the Digital Age." Her work combines aesthetics, film, cultural studies, heritage, ethnography, and music to analyze the amazing Dunhuang caves on the Silk Road in what is today western China. It is wonderful to be able to bring fellow travelers in the Humanities to USF to share their expertise. In addition, you will hear in the pages that follow about some of the work and accomplishments of our students, alumni, and faculty.Finally, special thanks to Christie Rinck for making this Newsletter happen.

Bill Cummings

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