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Series and Recurring Events

2016—2017 Year

Speaker Series: Death: Confronting the Great Divide
Center for Humanities and the Public Sphere

Drawing on both historical and contemporary examples, invited speakers in this eight-part series will draw our attention to the inevitability of the end facing all living creatures, the various ways in which humans have learned to live with knowledge of their mortality, and how bereavement rituals impact our environment and community. With input from scholars in a range of disciplines, including scholars of history, religion, environmental studies, Latin American studies, history of medicine,and art history, the series reveals how learning in the humanities can help us better understand one of the most integral parts of life: the end of life.

This event is free and open to the public and includes time afterward for questions and discussion.

Workshop Series: Diversity Dialogue
Multicultural and Diversity Affairs
All events are 4–5:30 p.m. in Reitz Union: Room 2201

Film Series/Conference: Refugees in Film and Migration in Europe
Center for European Studies
March 14–29

Film Screening: Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea)
Tues. March 14 7:00 p.m., Hippodrome Cinema

Join us for the screening of Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea), winner of the highest award at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival and 2017 Oscar nominee for best Documentary (Feature)

Fire at Sea is a beautiful, cinematic documentary by Gianfranco Rosi that captures migrants' dangerous Mediterranean crossing, set against a background of the ordinary life of islanders on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa.

The film will be followed by a post-film discussion with Dr. Katerina Rozakou, political anthropologist at the University of Amsterdam, on Mediterranean Refugee Politics.

Dr. Rozakou has done extensive fieldwork on voluntary associations assisting refugees, as well as on Afghan refugees in crisis-ridden Athens. Her research interests involve political anthropology, civil society, NGOs and humanitarian aid, asylum, refugees and immigrants, charity, exchange theory and the gift. She has published in international and Greek academic journals and she has coedited a collective volume on civil society, patronage and violence (in Greek).

The event is free and open to the public.

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Conference: The Provocations of Contemporary Refugee Migration
March 16–17
Keynote: Archipelagic Sovereignty, Geopolitics and the Death of Asylum
Dr. Alison Mountz, Wilfrid Laurier University
Thurs. March 16 1:00–6:00 p.m., University Auditorium: Friends of Music Room

Join us for keynote talk Archipelagic Sovereignty, Geopolitics and the Death of Asylum by Dr. Alison Mountz, Professor of Geography and Canada Research Chair in Global Migration at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Dr. Mountz is Professor of Geography and Canada Research Chair in Global Migration at the Balsillie School of International Affairs at Wilfrid Laurier University. She was the 2015–2016 Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies at Harvard University. Mountz works broadly on migration, borders, asylum, and detention. Her recent research explores migrant detention on islands and US war resisters seeking safe haven in Canada. Mountz is the author of Seeking Asylum: Human Smuggling and Bureaucracy at the Border (Minnesota). She recently completed two monographs: The Enforcement Archipelago: Hidden Geographies and the Death of Asylum and Boats, Borders, and Bases: Race, the Cold War, and the Rise of Non-Citizen Detention in the United States, the latter co-authored with Dr. Jenna Loyd.

Panel: The Provocations of Contemporary Refugee Migration
Dr. Alison Mountz, Wilfrid Laurier University
Fri. March 17 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Dauer Hall: Room 219

On Friday, March 17, we will be hosting a four-panel conference featuring the following migration experts:

Southeast Europe: After the Wars
A Getting to Know Europe (GTKE) Event Series
March 20-29

Renowned Bosnian Actress Zana Marjanović, star of Angelina Jolie's directorial debut film In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011) and Snow (2008), and filmmaker Emir Kapetanović will spend 10 days in Gainesville on a GTKE artist visit.

During their visit, Zana, a parliamentarian in the Bosnian House of Representatives, will be giving a talk on Women & Politics in Anderson Hall 216 on Wednesday, March 22nd at 3pm.

Emir will host a Q&A session following the screening of his newest film Children of Peace, time and location TBA.

Stay tuned for more information on a series of events that examines the Balkan states of Southeast Europe after the Yugoslav wars and under the auspice of the European Union.

Non-recurring Events

April 2017

Speaker: Mindfulness: Where Psychology Meets Spirituality
Trish Ring and Michael Singer
Tues. April 4 3–5 p.m., Reitz Union, Room 2355
Office of Advancement and Department of Psychology

Join us for a conversation between Michael Singer, spiritual teacher and author of The New York Times Best Seller "The Untethered Soul," and Trish Ring, psychologist and equine coach at

Michael Singer graduated from UF in 1969 with a BA in economics and in 1970 with an master's in economics. He founded The Temple of the Universe in Alachua, FL, and he is the bestselling author of "The Untethered Soul," featured on "Oprah," and "The Surrender Experiment."

Trish Ring graduated from UF in 1993 with an MS in psychology and in 1996 with a PhD in counseling psychology. She is a certified life coach and founder of She is also an equine coach with Blue Star Ranch, which offers self-discovery activities with horses.

The event is free and open to the public. RSVP not required but appreciated. If you plan on attending, email

Speaker: Shorstein Lecture: American Jewish Culture & Society
Kenneth D. Wald, professor of political science, UF
Tues. April 4 6:00 p.m., Pugh Hall: Ocora
Bob Graham Center for Public Service

Kenneth D. Wald is a distinguished professor of Political Science and previously served as the the Samuel R. Bud Shorstein Professor of American Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Florida. He has written about the relationship of religion and politics in the United States, Great Britain, and Israel. His most recent books include Religion and Politics in the United States (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010, 6th ed.), The Politics of Cultural Differences: Social Change and Voter Mobilization Strategies in the Post-New Deal Period (Princeton University Press, 2002, co-authored), and The Politics of Gay Rights (University of Chicago Press, 2000, coedited with Craig Rimmerman and Clyde Wilcox).

He has been a Fulbright Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a visiting scholar at the University of Strathyclyde (Glasgow), Haifa University (Israel), Harvard University, the University of Michigan, and the Centennial Center for Political Science & Public Affairs in Washington, DC. He has lectured widely at academic institutions in the United States and abroad and given talks in such disparate locales as the Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York, throughout China for the U.S. Information Agency, and at two House Democratic Message Retreats in Congress.

Together with David C. Leege, he coedits the Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion and Politics for Cambridge University Press. He has edited a special issue of the International Political Science Review and served on the editorial board of Political Behavior and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. He current serves on the editorial board of Politics and Religion.

At the University of Florida, he served as Chair (1989-1994) and Graduate Coordinator (1987-1989) of the Department of Political Science. From 1999 through 2004, he served as director of the Center for Jewish Studies. In 2011, he received the University's highest faculty award, Teacher/Scholar of the Year.

Dr. Wald received his BA from the University of Nebraska, where he was inducted into Phi Beta.

Speaker: The Election of Donald Trump: Last Gasp or Resurrection of White Christian America?
Robert P. Jones (Religion Research Institute)
Wed. April 5 6:10–7:50 p.m., Pugh Hall: McKay Auditorium
Department of Religion

On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, renowned sociologist Robert P. Jones, Founder and CEO of Public Religion Research Institute will be giving a lecture at the University of Florida. The lecture is open to the public and will be in McKay Auditorium in Pugh Hall from 6:10 to 7:50 p.m. In his lecture, entitled The Election of Donald Trump: Last Gasp or Resurrection of White Christian America?, Dr. Jones will examine the election in light of long-term social trends and analyze what it portends for the future of religion and politics in America. A forum will follow with comments from UF political scientist Ken Wald, and religion professors Bron Taylor of UF and Julie Ingersoll of the University of North Florida.

Speaker: A Doorway to the Divine: Islamic Bodies and the Sufi Saints as Connecting the Living to the Dead
Ellen Amster (McMaster University)
Thurs. April 6 5:30 p.m., Smathers Library: Room 100
Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere

Nineteenth-century French visitors to Morocco remarked that pilgrims in North Africa visited the tombs of Islamic saints (awliya') searching for healing from a variety of mental, physical, and moral afflictions. These were dead who brought healing to the living — through touch, prayer, or cures performed at the shrine. The Moroccan jurist Hasan al-Yusi (d. 1691) called these saints a medicine and a cure, for the saint connects the various layers of reality to one another; he is an axis around whom reality revolves (qutb) and a murabit (marabout, one who binds men to God). Saint tombs also have political significance. In visiting graves, Moroccans constructed a topographical map of the collective past, a geographical representation of the Islamic political community (umma) and God's presence in the world, a political imaginary yet contested in the contemporary world. The key connecting the living to the dead is knowledge, a knowing that realizes the potentiality of the human body as an isthmus between the oceans of God and the Cosmos, as the Qur'an describes, and a station for the Lord of the Two Worlds to reside. In this talk, we consider the hagiographical compendium of Muhammad ibn Ja'far al-Kattani, Salwat al-Anfas wa Muhadathat al-Akyas bi man Uqbira min al-Ulama' wa al-Sulaha bi Fas, and the city of Fez. In Morocco, we see how this knowing operated in physical space and time, and how French colonial interventions and science impacted Moroccan understandings of death and life.

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This event is the 8th and final in an eight-part speaker series called Death: Confronting the Great Divide. This series invites nationally renowned scholars and filmmakers to explore unique cultural and historical confrontations with death.

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