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      The Charles Phelps Taft Research Center, at the University of Cincinnati, is calling for paper and roundtable proposals for its third annual humanitiesNOW Graduate Humanities Conference. This year’s keynote speaker is Tom Conley, the Abbott Lawrence Lowell Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies and a professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. We are looking for talented graduate students to share their research with others at this two-day conference, which will take place Feb. 9 to 10. Last year, we had participants from throughout the country take part in the program. Abstracts are due at 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 9.

    • Frida Kahlo is coming to UC in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month! The "Frida in Focus" exhibit is opening at 7 p.m. Thursday at UC's Niehoff Urban Studio, 2728 Vine Street. The exhibit features items,Frida1 a catalog website, and a series of related events focusing on the celebrated artist. Kahlo is a Latin American idol, an internationally known feminist and an LGBT icon. There will be a number of events featured around the exhibit. The opening reception, which includes having a D.J., drinks, and hors d'oeuvres, will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 15. There will be a bilingual poetry ring at 5 p.m. on Sept. 22, a Keynote address on September 29, and a closing alumni event on October 13. All events will be at the studio.

      SandraPoster2Besides celebrating the works of Kahlo, author Sandra Cisneros will come to UC at 7 p.m. on Sept. 28 at Tangeman University Center, Room 220 for a free, public lecture. Cisneros is a well-known Latina American, Chicago-born, who has won numerous awards. Her novel, The House on Mango Street, sold more than five million copies.  Much of her writings showcase the experiences of Latin Americans.

    • Poster We are proud to announce that The Intimate Realities of Water, a documentary created by the public humanities group, and in particular Adrian Parr, Sean and John Hughes, was selected as the North Carolina Film Award's "Board of Director's award.  One of the NCFA's goal is help promote independent filmmakers for their hard work and creativity.  Besides the NCFA award, the documentary was also selected by the Hollywood International Documentary Awards Festival for an Award of Excellence, awards for documentary narration and writing, as well as an award for outstanding first-time filmmakers, Adrian Parr and Sean Hughes. The Hollywood International Documentary Awards Festival is a monthly film festival exclusively for documentaries. In addition, the film was also nominated as a finalist for "Best Documentary"at the Paris Art & Movie Awards – International festival. Filmmakers from all over the world gathered in Paris on July 25th, where the documentary premiered. The film presents a series of cinematic portraits that examine the power dynamics of water and slums, and is a social commentary that chronicles the complex relationship between war, poverty, gender, sanitation, and health.
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      Center Fellow, Dr. Earl Wright II, will have a co-edited book, "What To Expect And How To Respond," come out in September.  Wright is a professor in the department of Africana Studies, and he is also an affiliate faculty in the department of sociology.   Recently, the Souther Sociological Society named Wright the 2016 recipient of the Charles S. Johnson Award for excellence in research on "Race and the South."  Wright co-edited the book with Thomas C. Calhoun, interim dean at the University of Kentucky's College of Liberal Arts. 

    • Taft Research Center Executive Director Adrian Parr is featured in the May 18 issue of the New York Times. Assistant News Editor of the Salon Media Group Natasha Lennard sat down with Dr. Parr to talk about herDr. Adrian Parr latest book, "The Wrath of Capital: Neoliberalism and Climate Change Politics." This interview is the fourth dialogue in The Stone's "The Disposable Life Project" series. The series consists of conversations with a number of experts that explores violence and how it is connected with disposable life, especially within the framework of 20th Century, large-scale violence. (The Stone is a part of the New York Times' editorial section which features the writing of contemporary philosophers and other scholars."  To read Dr. Parr's interview, please click here

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