Mark your calendars! Thursday, February 23, 2017 is the date for the 25th Annual Sabbagh Lecture, once again presented through the generosity of Drs. Entisar (Vivi; Ph.D. Arizona 1992) and Adib Sabbagh. This year Dr. Orit Bashkin, Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, will present the talk “The History of Iraqi Jewish Children—In Israel and Iraq.” Sabbagh Lectures focus on the Arab cultures of the Middle East from an anthropological perspective. The lecture will be at 7:00 p.m. at the Tucson Marriott University Park, 880 East 2nd Street. It is free and open to the public; a reception follows the lecture. Read an abstract of Dr. Bashkin’s lecture here.
The tenth meeting of Sandrizona: the UC San Diego and University of Arizona Linguistic Anthropology Exchange will be held at the University of Arizona on February 18–19, 2017. This year’s Sandrizona meeting will consist of a day and a half of research presentations from students at the University of Arizona, UC San Diego, and the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse. In addition, to mark the tenth anniversary of the meeting the organizing committee of Sandrizona has invited back the three founders, Maisa Taha (Montclair State University; Ph.D. Arizona, 2014), Ashley Stinnett (Western Kentucky University; Ph.D. Arizona, 2014), and Elizabeth Peacock (University of Wisconsin–La Crosse), for a keynote panel focusing on the relevance of linguistic anthropology outside of the academy and connections between linguistic anthropology and other disciplines. The event will be held in the Marshall Building, room 490, Feb 18 2017 – 9am to Feb 19 2017 - 12:00pm. Learn more here.
The SoA will once again have a very strong presence at the Tucson Festival of Books. The School and the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology will have a space in Science City in the neighborhood of food. In addition, two faculty members and an alumna will participate in panel discussions:
• On Saturday, March 11 at 10:00 a.m. in the SBS Pavilion, Associate Professor Jennifer Roth-Gordon will participate on a panel with authors Jeff Chang and Reginald Dwayne Betts and SBS faculty author Tyina Steptoe (History), “exploring the many ways in which racially segregated spaces are constructed through language, law, and culture in the United States and beyond.”
• Professor Maribel Álvarez will also appear in conversation with author Jeff Chang on Sunday, March 12 at 11:30 a.m. in the SBS Pavilion. The two will discuss Chang’s latest work, We Gon’ Be Alright.
• Also on Sunday, March 12, at 4:00 p.m., Robin Reineke (Ph.D. Arizona, 2016) will serve on a panel moderated by Dr. Álvarez titled “Migrant deaths in the desert.
More details are on the TFOB website and in this SBS news article.