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La mujer de Iván

The Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies is working with the Gasparilla Film Festival to bring the Chilean film, La mujer de Iván, and its director, Francisca Silva, to USF on March 30th from 7-9 PM in ISA 1051. The event is co-sponsored by The Department of World Languages and The Humanities Institute.

The film is about the relationship between an adolescent girl and her kidnapper. It has been shown at the New England Film Festival, at Brown University and at Dartmouth. Watch a clip of the movie here.


Brain(s) Matter: Zombies in Contemporary Culture

In the spirit of Halloween and the recent cultural phenomenon of zombies, a two-day zombie-everything event was held on campus. The conference began with a compelling discussion focused on the history of zombies. Amy Rust, professor of humanities at USF, stated that "zombies have been used as metaphors for all kinds of modern struggles."

Read "Zombies Invade USF"

Listen to the WUSF Coverage

Read "Zombies Are a Popular Culture Icon"

Listen to the WUSF Coverage


Student Film Fair

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Can Art Change the World?

Alaina Tackitt's HUM 1020 class presents their creative art project, "From Binaries to Bulls: the (Re)Construction of Identity at the University of South Florida.

Read the Oracle news story.

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View addtional project photos.



"Ethics of Food Production" Class Enjoys the Harvest

Students in Dr. Sara Dykins-Callahan's "Ethics of Food Production" class gather to enjoy a meal prepared with the organic produce they raised this year at the USF Botanical Gardens.

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Read the CAS news story.

This project is featured in the "USF: Unstoppable Campaign" video for the Botanical Gardens.



2011 Department Scholarship Award Ceremony

Dr. Maria Cizmic (R) with some of this year's HCS Department Scholarship Award winners.

Click here for the complete list of scholarship recipients.

All department scholarships rely on public contributions. To make a donation, visit the USF Unstoppable Website.


AMS 4804: Performance Art[s] in American Society Presents: Live Art

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Stampede of Culture

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"The Arts" Marches to the Beat of a Different Drum

Alaina Tackitt, one of the HCS instructors teaching "The Arts" this fall, started her undergraduate class with a drum circle.

Students participate in a large drum circle as part of their first week of class. The drum circle was facilitated by Jana Broder of Drum Magic.



Dr. Elaine Smith Presents at the 2010 Willa Cather Conference

In June, Dr. Elaine Smith presented her paper, “Of Coconut Cake and Consommé: Willa Cather’s School of Cookery,” at the 2010 Willa Cather Spring Conference in Red Cloud, Nebraska. This year’s conference theme was Food, Drink, and Willa Cather’s Writing and encouraged scholars to pay special attention to the significance of food, drink, cooking and hospitality in Cather’s work. Red Cloud is home to The Willa Cather Foundation which was founded in 1955 and aims to promote an understanding and appreciation of the life and times of Willa Cather. This year’s conference featured a wide variety of events including discussion panels, tours of historic buildings, an ice cream social, and a barn dance. Dr. Smith has done extensive research on Cather’s work and wrote her dissertation on Willa Cather’s novels while completing her Ph.D. at Stanford University.

Click here for more information on The Willa Cather Foundation.