SoA at 2018 Tucson Festival of Books


Sign Up Here to Volunteer for the Anthropology Booth at the Festival of Books!

The Tucson Festival of Books is coming up right around the corner! This year’s Festival of Books will be held on the University of Arizona Mall from Saturday, March 10 through Sunday March 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Tucson Festival of Books before is one of the Tucson’s largest events and is a nationally recognized meeting of authors, publishers, scientists, and community members. It’s an opportunity to meet your favorite authors, listen to panels, and buy some books! More general information is available here.

The School of Anthropology will have its own booth within Science City. We will be in the Science of Food right next to the main entrance. Stop by our booth, “Food Preservation through the Ages,” to learn about where our foods come from, how food is preserved in different contexts, and how food and culture are intertwined.

The Undergraduate Anthropology Club is looking for volunteers! Last year volunteers had a great time volunteering at this event and interacting with the community. Explaining to a wide variety of age ranges, from toddlers to elders, how food, science, and culture interrelate is a great way to spend a day. If you are interested in volunteering, sign up here! Volunteers will also get free T-Shirts and food.

Click here for the full SBS schedule

Saturday, March 10
•    10:00–11:00 AM: Spotlight: Your Healing is Killing Me; Social and Behavioral Sciences Tent. SoA Associate Professor Maribel Alvarez conducts a spotlight interview with playwright and performance artist Virginia Grise, whose newest performance manifesto “Your Healing is Killing Me” encompasses themes of health and healing, collective self-defense, colonialism, the borderlands and LGBTQ+ issues, among many more. Virginia will also read from her work and engage the audience in this interactive session to kick off the festival! This session is sponsored by the UA Institute for LGBT Studies.
•    1:00–2:00 PM: Medicine & Body Politics; Social and Behavioral Sciences Tent. SoA Assistant Professor of Anthropology Eric Plemons joins anthropologist Sherine Hamdy and Coleman Nye to discuss medical approaches to the body and the broader social, political, and ethical issues that stem from surgery. Their expertise includes facial feminization surgeries for trans-women; cancer surgeries for cis, trans, queer, and non-binary individuals with BRCA mutations; and the religious and gendered issues around organ transplantation. This session is sponsored by the UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies.
•    1:00–2:00 PM: Dignity and Worth: Inside the Struggle to Reclaim the Past; UA Library: Special Collections. SoA Professor of Anthropology T.J. Ferguson moderates a discussion between UA SoA Alumnus Chip Colwell (B.A. Arizona 1996) and UA Associate Professor of Africana Studies Tani Sanchez, discussing how marginalized populations are reclaiming their stories and pushing back against a society that affirms its cultural and spiritual self-worth by denying affirmation to others. Understanding that racial inequality results when a people's history is hidden, Sanchez discusses years of academic research.