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Upcoming Events

Events are added throughout the semester so make sure you add them to your calendar and check back frequently for updates. If you have an event you’d like to sponsor as part of the USF Common Reading Experience, you may submit your event here »

Movie & Munchies with Faculty

August 23 / 5:00 – 7:00PM

In Maple C Classroom (MPC) near Beta Hall
Meet Faculty in Residence professors Kevin Mackay and Brianne Stanback as they show a documentary film based on Full Body Burden and share their thoughts on Iversen’s book.

August 23 / 6:00 – 8:00PM

In Juniper Poplar Hall Rm.1319
Meet Faculty in Residence professor Justin Brown and Faculty Fellow Shawn Bingham as they show a documentary film based on Full Body Burden and share their thoughts on Iversen’s book.

Discuss the overall themes and impact of the book with USF faculty. Enjoy snacks & refreshments at both locations.


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Author’s Visit & Lecture

September 26 / 7:00PM / MSC Ballroom

Author Kristen Iversen will present highlights from her book, Full Body Burden, and discuss the themes and longlasting impact of the global issues eminating from the nuclear weapons plant operating during the time of the Cold War in Rocky Flats, Colorado. Themes include environmentalism, social activism, politics, physics, journalism, memoirs and recent history.


“Learning to Love the Bomb: Doing Research on the Atomic Frontier”

A Presentation by Dr. Julie Staggers

Thursday, October 2 / Patel Center Auditorium, 3PM-5PM

Like Iversen, Dr. Staggers grew up in the shadow of a significant defense plutonium facility, Hanford, but was unaware that it produced the plutonium for the Trinity test and for Fat Man/Nagasaki bomb. While lots of people she knew — or their parents — worked at Hanford, nobody ever talked about what they did at work. For the most part, nobody even referred to it as Hanford. It was, then and now, generally referred to as “the Area.” For the first twenty years of the Cold War, Hanford workers whose jobs made them security risks lived in a closed company town, owned by the federal government but managed by corporate giants DuPont and General Electric, built especially for these nuclear “secret keepers.” Dr. Staggers’ research traces the development of Hanford’s secrecy culture in the workplace and town, exploring the relationship between secrecy, health risks to workers and civilians, and environmental contamination during the 1940s and 1950s. Her talk will focus on Handford’s secrecy culture and some of the challenges of doing this type of research.

Sponsored by USF First-Year Composition.


Creative Works Showcase

Monday, April 3 – 17 / Theatre I & Centre Gallery

Exhibition and performance of student works of art (visual, music, theater, dance, video, creative writing) inspired by Full Body Burden, and expressing a point of view about an element of the book – story, mood, theme, era, character(s), etc.

Students are invited to submit proposals to participate in the Creative Works Showcase. Proposals should identify the art form, a description of the project, and a statement of what element of the book inspired them.

Faculty Panel Discussion on YouTube

September 3 / Juniper-Poplar 1317, 8-10PM

Tune into YouTube to hear reflections on the CRE book by USF faculty!


Faculty Panel Discussion

September 26 / Grace Allen Room 4th Floor Library, 3:00PM

(Philosopher, Cell Biologist, Cultural Anthropologist, Medical Ethicist, Sociologist)


Housing & Residential Education House Calls

September 24 / USF Residence Halls, 6:30PM

Faculty, advisors, and professional staff will be paired with Housing staff to visit the residence halls and engage with residents concerning transition to college and how to succeed in their studies. “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” will be one topic of discussion among others during House Calls.


Speaker: Lacks’ Family

September 26 / Oval Theatre, 6:30PM

Meet the Lacks’ family Live! Frontier Forum Q&A Session, hosted by Dean Eisenberg of the College of Arts & Sciences.


Book Talk

September 28 / Marshall Center, 10AM

Fall Family Weekend Book Talk with Associate Deans Janet Moore and Karla Davis-Salazar; provide families the opportunity to learn more about the Common Reading Experience and why it is an important part of the first-year experience.


Faculty Panel Discussion

October 9 / Oval Theatre, 2-4PM

(Biologist, Medical Anthropologist, Ethics Philosopher, Public Health Specialist, Wellness and Student Development Specialist)


Faculty Panel Discussion

November 14 / MSC 2708, 3:30PM

Five or six faculty panelists from diverse areas of expertise will each give a short (5-minute) presentation on the topic “Ethics and the HeLa Cells,” and then will have a roundtable discussion based on questions from the student audience.


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Faculty Panel Discussion

February 11 / MSC 2709 (Marshall Student Center), 2-3:30PM

In honor of Black History Month, we are pleased to announce this Common Reading Experience event cosponsored with Multicultural Affairs: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Six faculty scholars: Richard Pollenz, Heide Castaneda, Kay Perrin, Brook Sadler, Stacy Pearson-Wharton, and Deborah McCarthy, will present a stimulating discussion on critical issues connected with this book that have lasting impacts upon our world. Issues include medical and scientific breakthroughs, human subject research and ethical decision-making — all still happening today.


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Faculty Panel Discussion

February 26 / MHC 1727 (FMHI Research Library), 11:30-12:30PM

Join faculty from the USF College of Behavioral and Community Sciences as they discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks within the context of African American mental, behavioral, and physical health and well-being. Panelists include Tamara A. Baker, Ph.D., Paul Stiles, Ph.D., and Penne Williams, MSW, LCSW.

Refreshments will be provided.


Centre Gallery Exhibition: Henrietta Lacks

March 31 – April 4 / Marshall Center, Centre Gallery

USF undergraduate students in the English Department and the College of the Arts have crafted short stories, poems, and visual art in response to the Library’s 2013-2014 Common Reading Experience text, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Make sure you attend the juried exhibition to see some of these stunning creative works!

  • Opening Reception – March 31 / 12–1PM
  • Closing Reception – April 4 / 7-9PM

Refreshments and desserts served at both receptions.


Rhetoric in Action Day

April 14th & 15th

The First Year Composition (FYC) program supports the common reading experience by utilizing the text as a generative invention tool throughout the semester. Students will begin the semester by thinking critically about the variety of issues raised by the book and writing a response to these issues in a “First Day Diagnostic” writing prompt. At the end of the semester, students will present their final projects publicly in the Marshall Center for “Rhetoric in Action Day.” Many of these projects will have developed from classroom discussions of Common Reader based themes and issues. The book will also be used as a basis for guided discussion, a source for examples related to projects and assignments, and as a common resource for daily classroom activities. Through an exploration of the issues at stake in this narrative and the rhetorical choices made by the author, students will gain an understanding of the impact writing can have on individual lives and broader, global communities.


The Impact: A Photo Journal

Online

The University Experience program has created an online gallery where students can submit photos, artwork, poetry, etc. about the impact of the Henrietta Lacks story on a global or personal level.

This is an ongoing event. The gallery can be viewed anytime at bit.ly/impactCRE2013.

Submissions will be accepted via email (usfueblog@gmail.com). Students are encouraged to browse the gallery before submitting their ideas to ensure that their submission is unique

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