Tucson Humanities Festival

Oct 27th – Nov 5th

Once upon a time, humans began telling stories. Heroes journeyed far and wide, kings led armies to battle, peasants fought oppression. Gods intervened, sorcerers conjured magic, demons haunted the lands. Great minds brought new inventions, grand cities rose, people yearned for the good life. And the action rose to a climax! In the end, humans crave stories. We read, we write, we speak and we listen. We invent, we imagine. We connect.

Join us for the 2021 Tucson Humanities Festival: STORYTELLING, a series of public lectures, panel discussions, events and special guests, presented by the University of Arizona College of Humanities.


Thursday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m.
German-English Translation Slam: One Text, Two Translators, and No Wrong Answers
Presented in Collaboration with the American Literary Translators Association
Live on Zoom

Monday, Oct. 4, 5:30 p.m.
A Life in Stories: Visions & Journeys in the Land of Mystery*
Featuring Cherokee Storyteller Writingbear and Mike Lindsey, UArizona Center for English as a Second Language
Location: University of Arizona Poetry Center, Dorothy Rubel Room, 1508 E. Helen St.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 4 p.m.
Inflection Points: A Gallery Talk on Poetry in Translation
Featuring Poetry Translators Kareem James Abu-Zeid, Alex Braslavsky, Jein Han and Farid Matuk
Live on Zoom

Friday, Oct. 8, 6 p.m.
The Innovators: An Evening with Walter Isaacson*
Location: Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 6 p.m.
Border Medicine: Origins of Mexican American Religious Healing*
Featuring Brett Hendrickson of Lafayette College and a UArizona Faculty Panel
Location: Health Sciences Innovation Building, 1670 E. Drachman St.

Thursday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m.
Angels & Devils: An Evening with Luis Alberto Urrea*
Location: Health Sciences Innovation Building

Tuesday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m.
Asian Americans: A History of Identity, Contributions & Challenges*
Featuring Filmmaker Renee Tajima-Peña
Location: Health Sciences Innovation Building

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m.
Transformation: Story, Character & Meaning Across Time & Space*
College of Humanities Faculty Panel
Location: Poetry Center, Dorothy Rubel Room

Tuesday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m.
Sequins & Stories: Drag Queens & Kids Learning From Each Other*
Featuring Drag Performer Lil Miss Hot Mess
Location: Poetry Center, Dorothy Rubel Room

Wednesday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m.
In Search of Fright: Tales of Monsters, Ghosts & the Undead*
College of Humanities Faculty Panel
Location: Poetry Center, Dorothy Rubel Room

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m.
"A Fantastic Woman": Film Screening and Discussion
Location: The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.

Friday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m.
Luci, Telecamera, Azione: An Acting Life From Broadway to Milan*
Featuring Actress and UArizona Alumna Jessica Polsky
Location: Poetry Center, Dorothy Rubel Room
*Livestream available

  • Location University of Arizona
  • University of Arizona
  • Tucson, Arizona 85719

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