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International scholar to discuss humanities, new book

Dr. Michael Bérubé, the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature at Pennsylvania State University, will visit The University of Toledo this week for two events and to work with students.

On Thursday, Oct. 19, he will give a lecture titled “The Humanities and the Advancement of Knowledge” at 5:30 p.m. in the Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium.


Bérubé argues there is no widely accepted public rationale for new research in the humanities. He challenges the notion that this kind of research is finding a secure institutional home in North American academe, despite his own lifelong commitment to the defense of the humanities and the university institutions making such work possible — like the book, “The Humanities, Higher Education and Academic Freedom: Three Necessary Arguments,” co-written with Janet Ruth (2015). He discusses the role of humanities centers and institutes in fostering interdisciplinary humanities research.

His free, public talk will be followed by a reception in the Law Center Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick Lounge.

On Friday, Oct. 20, Bérubé will lead a free, public brown-bag conversation about his book, “The Secret Life of Stories: From Don Quixote to Harry Potter, How Understanding Intellectual Disability Transforms the Way We Read” (2016). The event will start at noon in Carlson Library Room 1005.

Scholars are calling the book a radical and critical contribution to American studies, literary studies and disability studies.

Twenty-five copies of the book will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, thanks to the Disability Studies Program; the Department of English Language and Literature; the Department of Art; the School of Interdisciplinary Studies; and the Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities in the College of Arts and Letters.

Since 2001, Bérubé has taught at Penn State, where he served as director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities from 2010 to 2017 and was president of the Modern Language Association from 2012 to 2013. Prior to that, he taught 12 years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He is the author of more than a dozen books, including the award-winning biography, memoir and philosophical inquiry into disability issues, “Life as We Know It: A Father, A Family and an Exceptional Child” (1998), which he followed up with “Life as Jamie Knows It: An Exceptional Child Grows Up” (2016), which are about his son who has Down syndrome. Other titles include “Rhetorical Occasions: Essays on Humans and the Humanities” (2006) and “What’s Liberal About the Liberal Arts? Classroom Politics and ‘Bias’ in Higher Education” (2006). He also has a blog at michaelberube.com.

During his two-day visit, Bérubé will tour UT’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus and view an exhibition titled “One Way or Another,” which features works by adults with special needs. He also will be a guest instructor for two classes, one for the Political Science and Public Administration Department, and one for the English Language and Literature Department. In addition, he will give an interview to writers for The Mill, a literary magazine edited by UT graduate students in English.

Bérubé was on campus in 2009 and delivered the Richard M. Summers Memorial Lecture.

Sponsors of Bérubé’s visit are the Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities; the College of Arts and Letters; the School of Interdisciplinary Studies; the School of Visual and Performing Arts; the Department of English Language and Literature; the Disability Studies Program; and the Department of Art.  

Poetry reading to raise funds for UT’s first LGBT scholarship

The power and artistry of words will take center stage at the Rane Arroyo Poetry Read-In, which will be held Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. in Carlson Library Room 1005.

The event is named in honor of a virtuoso.

“Rane wrote openly as an out, proud gay Puerto Rican male,” Dr. Glenn Sheldon, UT honors professor of humanities, said. “I want the audience to listen to the music of Rane’s words, to let intuitions of the poet lead us to our own personal discoveries, to just listen to a poem be — to enjoy!”

Dr. Arroyo was a Distinguished University Professor of English who taught creative writing and literature at UT from 1997 until his death in 2010. The author of 10 poetry books, six chapbooks of poetry, a collection of short stories, and a collection of plays, Arroyo won an array of writing awards, including the John Ciardi Poetry Prize, the Carl Sandburg Poetry Prize and a Pushcart Prize.

“Rane loved both writing poetry, plays and fiction as much as he loved teaching creative writers. Teaching creative writing always enthused him. He saw potential in each and every student he came across,” said Sheldon, chair of the LGBTQA+ Advisory Board. “From what I sensed after his death, so very many students found his classes life-altering.”

Reading poetry at the event will be Dr. Sharon L. Barnes, associate professor and chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department; Leslie Ann B. Chambers, adjunct faculty member in the Jesup Scott Honors College; Sariah Flores-Shutts, resource specialist in the Center for Engagement; Wade Lee, electronic information services librarian, science research librarian and associate professor in University Libraries; Dr. Edmund Lingan, associate professor and chair of the Theatre and Film Department; and Dr. Skaidrite Stelzer, assistant professor of English. Also reading will be Toledo resident Bernie Filipski and Shannon Smith, associate professor of English at Owens Community College.

Cash, checks and credit card donations will be accepted at the free, public poetry read-in. Funds raised will go toward establishing UT’s first LGBT scholarship.

It was Barnes who approached Sheldon about creating a scholarship to honor Arroyo and former UT student Troy Anaya Jr., who died in 2016 at age 31.

“After Troy’s funeral, I spent some time with a few students who were active in Spectrum [now called Prism] and dear friends with him,” Barnes said. “We were talking about how much we loved Troy and how we really wanted to do something special to remember his presence in our lives and to celebrate him. We were also reflecting on how impactful the lack of financial resources was in his life, and so it wasn’t a big leap to think about creating a scholarship in his name.”

The Anaya/Arroyo Scholarship will be for one or more LGBT-identified undergraduates. The goal is to award the first scholarship in 2018, according to Sheldon.

“When I put those two last names together in my head, the poet’s ear in me rejoiced! Two beautiful Latino names with all those remarkably similar vowel sounds and the enthusiasm of the letter ‘y,’ which rarely gets its due in English,” Sheldon said. “Although Troy and Rane never knew each other personally, Troy’s mother, Diane Ballesteros-Houston, believes they would have gotten along famously. From what I have learned about Troy, I am certain she is spot on.”

“Troy was an incredibly genuine person, open, welcoming, friendly and supportive. He had a way of making people feel accepted because he genuinely accepted them. He also had a great sense of humor and love of life. He was just really fun to be around,” Barnes said.

“As gay Latinos from working class backgrounds, both Rane and Troy faced multiple oppressions, including financial hardship, racism and homophobia,” she said. “We honor their talent, intelligence and shining personalities by creating a path to higher education for someone similarly situated in the matrix of cultural privilege and oppression. They were both proud activists. I am certain that being remembered in this way would make them both proud.”

After the read-in, donations can be made to the Anaya/Arroyo Scholarship through the UT Foundation at give2ut.utoledo.edu.

“We hope this event will help us to begin to amass a small fortune to help LGBT students here at the University for many years to come,” Sheldon said.

The read-in is one of several events taking place at UT in honor of National LGBTQ History Month. Read more here.

For more information about the read-in or the scholarship, contact Sheldon at glenn.sheldon@utoledo.edu or 419.530.3261.

Hebrew Bible to be discussed Oct. 9

The University of Toledo Center for Religious Understanding will host a lecture titled “Is the Hebrew Bible a Jewish Book?” Monday, Oct. 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

The lecture will be given by Dr. Yonatan S. Miller, who is in his second year as the Markowicz Visiting Assistant Professor of Judaism and Jewish Biblical Studies, and director of the Center for Religious Understanding.

He earned his PhD in Jewish studies from Harvard University in 2015, after which he held a postdoctoral appointment as a Harry Starr Fellow in Judaica at Harvard’s Center for Jewish Studies.

Miller’s research examines the interpretive reception of the Hebrew Bible among ancient Jewish writers, with particular focus on the continuities, adaptations and appropriations of biblical motifs in classical Jewish literature, from the Dead Sea Scrolls through the Babylonian Talmud.

“Despite its being well over two millennia old, the Hebrew Bible’s continued importance is undeniable,” Miller said. “It is regularly invoked in contemporary political and cultural contexts and, of course, it is part of the canon venerated by nearly one-third of the world’s population. To understand the people, processes and historical frameworks that led to its formation of this text is consequently essential to being an informed member of society today.”

The Philip Markowicz Lecture in Judaism and Jewish Biblical Studies is an annual event for the University and the Toledo community. The lecture is sponsored by Philip’s children, Dr. Allen Markowicz and Sylvia Neil, in honor of his continuing passion for the academic study of the Hebrew Bible, which continues with vigor, even into his ninth decade of life. 

RSVPs for the free, public lecture are appreciated at cfru.eventbrite.com.

For more information, visit cfru.eventbrite.com or email cfru@utoledo.edu.

Journalist to discuss censorship Oct. 6

The UT Banned Books Coalition will sponsor Jack Lessenberry’s lecture, “Censorship and Self-Censorship: The Media in the Age of Trump,” Friday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m.

The free, public lecture in Carlson Library Room 1005 is part of the coalition’s 20th anniversary. Last week, the coalition hosted the Banned Books Week Vigil.

Lessenberry is an award-winning journalist, writer, and political and economic commentator. He serves as the head of the journalism faculty at Wayne State University and is the writing coach and ombudsman at The Blade. He is the senior news analyst at WUOM 91.7 FM, and he hosts the weekly television show “Deadline Now” on WGTE-TV Ch. 30 in Toledo.

“We believe that to mark our 20th anniversary of being able to think and read freely, we need to do something special,” said Dr. Paulette D. Kilmer, UT professor of communication and coordinator of the UT Banned Books Coalition. “We are at a point in our history where we have to make choices about what we are going to believe, what we are going to accept, and what we are going to do to keep our country the land of the free.”

This year’s American Library Association’s theme is words have power, and Lessenberry has shown this efficacy through his radio broadcasts and writing, Kilmer said.

“He makes us better journalists and better people because he calls us to defend all of our rights,” Kilmer said. “We have tremendous respect for him as a champion of freedom of expression.”

During his career, Lessenberry reported as a foreign correspondent from more than 40 countries for the The Detroit News, where he later served as national editor. In 2002, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Metropolitan Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Light refreshments will be served at the lecture.

Kilmer said this lecture would not be possible without help from generous sponsors: the dean of the College of Arts and Letters; the School of Disciplinary Studies; the Disability Studies Program; and the School of Law and Social Thought.

Piano series to begin this week

Guest pianist Sylvia Wang will open the annual Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series at the Center for Performing Arts.

She will present a master class Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to noon, and a recital Sunday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m. Both free, public events will be held in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Her concert program will feature Robert Schumman’s Romance in F-sharp Major, Op. 28, no. 2 and Sinfonische Etü̈den, Op. 13, including the posthumous variations. For the second half of the program, she will perform Debussy’s Préludes, Book 2.

Wang has performed as soloist and collaborative pianist across the United States, Europe, Asia, Central America, Australia and Argentina. She also has recorded for the Newport Classic, CRI, Boston Records and Northeastern labels.

She was a winner and finalist for numerous awards and competitions, including the Royal Overseas Music Festival in London, Chamber Music Yellow Springs in Ohio, and the J.S. Bach International Piano Competition in Washington, D.C. 

Wang is on the faculty at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and has served as adjudicator, guest teacher or clinician for such organizations as the Music Teachers National Association in the United States, the Central Conservatory in Beijing, the Centre for Young Musicians in London, the Chautauqua Institution in New York, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore, and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Australia. She also has taught at the Vianden International Festival in Luxembourg.

For more information, contact Dr. Michael Boyd, UT professor of piano, at michael.boyd@utoledo.edu or 419.530.2183.

Celebrate right and freedom to read at banned books vigil Sept. 28

The University of Toledo will celebrate its 20th annual Banned Books Vigil to celebrate the right to read and think freely without censorship.

The free, public event will take place Thursday, Sept. 28, on the third floor of Carlson Library. The event will begin at 9 a.m. with programs starting every half hour through 5 p.m.

“Our democracy depends on our intellectual freedom,” said Dr. Paulette D. Kilmer, UT professor of communication, who coordinates the event. “Anybody who controls what we read controls what we think and what we know. We give away banned books to promote free inquiry. It’s a fun way to circulate these books that have been called into question.”

Light snacks and refreshments will be available, with free banned books and door prizes given away every half hour. The first 300 attendees also will receive a goody bag at the entrance. One of the sacks will contain a card redeemable for $50 on the spot.

“We want the students to enjoy themselves,” Kilmer said. “We are thankful that all of these people find the time to come to our festival of reading and free expression.”

Topics and speakers for the event will be:

• 9 a.m. — “Welcome: Read on” by Beau Case, dean of University Libraries, and Dr. David Tucker, UT professor of communication;

• 9:30 a.m. — “The Future Isn’t What It Used to be” by Dr. David Tucker, UT professor of communication;

• 10 a.m. — “Banned: Native-American Spirituality” by Dr. Barbara Alice Mann, UT honors professor of humanities;

• 10:30 a.m. — “Girl’s Night Out With Pandora, Lilith and Eve” by Warren Woodberry, local author and mentor;

• 11 a.m. — “A Historical Overview of Book Banning From Plato to the Present” by Arjun Sabharwal, UT associate professor and digital initiatives librarian;

• 11:30 a.m. — “All That (and) Jazz: Censorship of Transgender Representation in Children’s Books” by Dr. Sharon Barnes, UT associate professor and interim chair of women’s and gender studies;

• Noon — The Dr. Linda Smith Lecture: “Suppressing ‘Truths’ in the Age of Fake News” by Dr. Heidi M. Appel, dean of the Jesup Scott Honors College;

• 12:30 p.m. — “Remarks and Observations” by Dr. Andrew Hsu, UT provost and executive vice president for academic affairs;

• 1 p.m. — “Just What is Fake News?” by Lou Herbert, Toledo broadcaster and historian;

• 1:30 p.m. — “Book Burning Videos: Indiana Jones, Eyewitnesses and Ray Bradbury”;

• 2 p.m. — “Plato’s ‘Cave’ in the Age of Post-Truth” by Dr. Glenn Sheldon, UT honors professor of humanities;

• 2:30 p.m. — “Jeopardy!” hosted by The Independent Collegian editors;

• 3 p.m. — “Covering Campus News Transparently in the Selfie Age of Public Image”
by Emily Schnipke, editor-in-chief of The Independent Collegian;

• 3:30 p.m. — “You Read WHAT to Your Daughter?! And Other Stupid Questions…” by Josie Schreiber, UT student;

• 4 p.m. — “Hear No Evil! See No Evil! Speak No Evil! Teach No Evil!” by Cindy Ramirez, Bedford High School teacher; and

• 4:30 p.m. — “Hard-Hitting Songs for Hard-Hit People” by Risa Cohen, West Side Montessori teacher.

Kilmer said this Banned Books Week Vigil would not be possible without help from generous sponsors: Barry’s Bagels; Ann Lumbrezer; The Independent Collegian; Lambda Pi Eta, UT Communication Honor Society; New Sins Press; Phoenicia Cuisine; UT Barnes & Noble Bookstore; UT Center for Experiential Learning and Career Development; UT Department of Art; UT Department of Communication; UT Department of English Language and Literature; UT Department of Foreign Languages; UT Office of Excellence and Multicultural Student Success; UT Federal Credit Union; University Libraries; UT Greek Life; UT Jesup Scott Honors College; UT Marketing and Communications Office; UT Office of the Dean of Students; UT Student Government; UT Theatre and Film Department; WXUT FM 88.3; Aramark; Mitchell & Kelley Auctioneers, Adrian, Mich.; UT Public Relations Student Society of America; UT Campus Activities and Programing; UT Counseling Center; UT College of Arts and Letters; UT School of Visual and Performing Arts; and UT Starbucks.

She added a special thanks to the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost.

UT alumnus takes third place at international conducting competition

Juan Montoya of Columbia won third place in the prestigious Blue Danube International Opera Conducting Competition in Bulgaria in July.

Montoya graduated from UT in 2009 with dual master of music degrees in piano performance and orchestral conducting under the tutelage of Dr. Michael Boyd, Dr. Lee Heritage, Dr. Jason Stumbo and Rico McNeela.

Juan Montoya took a break during a rehearsal.

The conducting contest is held every two years, and the competition is fierce, as the prizes are coveted conducting jobs in Europe. Conductors from all over the world apply to compete, but only about 30 are awarded competition slots. Out of that number, 12 are chosen for the semifinals and only four for the finals.

At the close of the competition, the top three winners of the competition shared the conducting of a fully staged, full length performance of “Madama Butterfly.”

The other winners were, in first place, Chris McCracken of the United Kingdom, and second place, Nobuaki Nakata of Japan.

Juan Montoya, right, posed for a photo with the other winners of the Blue Danube International Opera Conducting Competition, Nobuaki Nakata, left, who came in second, and Chris McCracken, who came in first place. Montoya took third place.

As one of the winners, Montoya will have several professional engagements with different opera houses around the world. Confirmed engagements so far include concerts in Romania, Serbia, Egypt and Hungary, with more engagements to be scheduled in the coming months.

Montoya is also the recipient of two other international recognitions. He was awarded the golden baton for first place in the Concurso Internacional de Direccion 3.0 with the National Symphony Orchestra of Paraguay in 2016. He also received the jury special mention at the second edition Black Sea International Conducting Competition in Constanta, Romania, in 2016.

While working on his master of music degree at UT, Montoya studied with Stumbo, chair of the Music Department and director of bands.

“As his conducting professor, I kept him busy with score study and provided him opportunities to conduct and lead several chamber and large ensemble performances. He was always eager and prepared,” Stumbo said. “I’m not surprised to see him achieving at an international level, and I look forward to following what will surely be an incredibly successful career.”

Montoya also studied music composition with Heritage, associate professor of music.

“Although conducting has been the focus of Juan’s career, he is also a gifted composer. He wrote pieces during his student days at UT that were beautiful … they were so good that they were published professionally,” Heritage said. “During his last year at UT, his piano and composing skills came together when he wrote a concerto for piano and orchestra that won our concerto competition, and then he played it with the orchestra. Juan is truly a gifted musician.”

Listen to “Baba,” which won the UT concerto competition.

Soon after leaving UT, Montoya lived in Malaysia, where he conducted orchestras, including the Bentley Repertoire Symphony Orchestra. He also served as a music lecturer at Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia’s largest public university, and was the music director for its symphony orchestra. He was also assistant conductor for the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, among others, and was the music director of the Encounters Training Ensemble, both of which are housed in the Dewan Philharmonic Petronas in the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur.

He also worked with the Malaysian Ministry of Education, training several high school symphonic bands throughout the country, work that has taken him to several cities of this South East Asian country. His most recent performance in his native country of Colombia was as a guest conductor with the Universidad EAFIT Symphony Orchestra in 2013.

Montoya is pursuing a doctoral degree in orchestral conducting and opera under the guidance of Thomas Cockrell at the University of Arizona, where he is the music director of the UA Philharmonic Orchestra and the assistant conductor for the Arizona Symphony Orchestra.

Additionally, he is the principal guest conductor of the newly founded Kuala Lumpur City Opera in Malaysia.

UT Department of Art guest reception on Art Loop Sept. 21

Artists Nancy Mitchnick and Ryan Debolski will be feted with a reception Thursday, Sept. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Center for the Visual Arts on UT’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus.

Mitchnick’s paintings are on display in the Center for the Visual Arts Main Gallery, and Debolski’s photography is hanging in the Center for the Visual Arts Clement Gallery,

The reception for the artists will coincide with the Arts Commission 3rd Thursday Art Loop. The Center for the Visual Arts is a regular stop on the loop.

Prior to the reception, Mitchnick will present a talk on her work in the Toledo Museum of Art Little Theater from 5 to 6 p.m.

“Sparling Street” by Nancy Mitchnick

Mitchnick started out in Detroit’s Cass Corridor. She moved to New York City in 1973, drove a taxi, worked in an after-hours joint, raised her daughter, taught at Bard College, and, after 10 years, had a well-received exhibition at Hirschl & Adler Modern, and two years later another one.

She was a full-time member of the faculty at the California Institute of the Arts for 10 years and was the Rudolph Arnheim Lecturer on Studio Arts at Harvard University for 15 years. Mitchnick has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant and a National Endowment for the Arts award.

Her work is emotional and strong, often various, and sometimes humorous. The exhibit on display is titled “Painting. Teaching.” It will be on display through Friday, Oct. 6. The Center for the Visual Arts Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“My current work is subject-driven. The new paintings depict disintegrating houses and small industrial buildings that stand as monuments to their former communities,” Mitchnick said. “Though politically relevant, this body of work [“Detroit: Dismantling Cities in Middle America”) is a love-poem to abandoned neighborhoods.

“I honor this decay, through seeing these structures clear — they are oddly bright and strong — a shell of a house, an old bakery building, luminous illogical color lingering on a surprising wall. A house that looks better without its roof. The corner garage painted blue to show someone cares. The sky has changed from the absence of industry. There is a kind of fullness in the emptiness and a cloying kind of joy in the decay: It’s the contradictions that make energy and grace.”

untitled photos by Ryan Debolski

Debolski studied photography at Cranbrook Academy of Art. He received a Fulbright Fellowship in 2014 to the Sultanate of Oman. His work has been exhibited in North America, Europe and Asia. In addition to his photographic projects, he is an editor of STAND, a visual-based journal surveying topics in contemporary photography.

His exhibition is titled “Break” and can be seen through Tuesday, Oct. 31. The Center for the Visual Arts Clement Gallery hours are daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“The Sultanate of Oman sits isolated at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula nestled between deserts, mountains and the sea. This starkly beautiful landscape with inhospitable temperatures is home to a steady flow of foreign laborers from the Indian subcontinent. Migrant workers in the Gulf region comprise an increasingly large percentage of the local population. Labor contracts last for several years at a time, and Oman is often just a temporary stop as many continue on to other neighboring countries seeking more work,” Debolski said.

“Along the beaches near the capital of Muscat, migrant workers from adjacent worksites usually gather together to combat the boredom of routine work and social isolation. Subsequently, they tend to form intimate relationships with one another to deal with the harsh realities of migrant life.

“I spent a year in Oman walking along these same beaches unexpectedly forming a close bond with many of them,” he said. “Our relationship continued beyond the beach through the use of instant messaging applications. Among migrant workers, mobile phones are the only form of communication they have with their friends and families.

“I exchanged my photographs for a continuous stream of texts and selfies. The ensuing dialogues offered me a glimpse into the lives of these men and the extent of their situation. This shared experience of being outsiders in an unfamiliar culture informed the manner in which I documented our interactions together. The effects of migration are seen in the subtle moments of solitude, monotony and kinship that characterize the daily life of migrants in the Gulf.”

For more information on the free, public events, click here.

Screening, discussion of documentary set for Sept. 19 in honor of Constitution Day

“13th,” a documentary about the 13th Amendment and mass incarceration, will be shown Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 8 p.m. in Snyder Memorial Building Room 3066.

The 2016 film directed by Ava DuVernay focuses on the 13th Amendment, which freed the slaves and prohibited slavery — unless as a punishment for a crime.

Sponsored by the UT programs in Law and Social Thought and Disability Studies, the event is in recognition of Constitution Day, which is officially Sept. 17.

“We chose the documentary ‘13th’ as it shows that while our written Constitution is worthy of great praise, as citizens, we should also always regard it with a spirit of inquiry and even skepticism,” Dr. Renee Heberle, UT professor of political science, said.

“The 13th Amendment enshrines slavery, albeit for those duly convicted of crimes, in our Constitution. This documentary brings our attention to the historical trajectory in the United States with respect to racial oppression, from slavery to sharecropping and Jim Crow to the contemporary situation of mass incarceration and forced labor in correctional institutions, which can be related to the fact of the 13th Amendment, ratified just after the Civil War ended chattel slavery.”

The 100-minute film was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary feature and won an Emmy Award for outstanding documentary or nonfiction special.

Heberle and Dr. Liat Ben-Moshe, UT assistant professor of disability studies, will lead a discussion after the screening.

Heberle, who is affiliated with the UT Women’s and Gender Studies Department, is co-director of the Program in Law and Social Thought and coordinator of the Inside/Out Prison Exchange Project, which allows University students to take a course inside a prison alongside incarcerated people.

Ben-Moshe is working on a book titled “Politics of (En)Closure” that details movements to abolish prisons and deinstitutionalization of mental and intellectual health institutions.

“We hope to inspire discussion about issues of constitutional justice and how and whom we punish,” Heberle said.

Refreshments will be served at the free, public event.

For more information, contact Heberle at renee.heberle@utoledo.edu.

Humanities lectures to explore art, relics, research

The University of Toledo Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities will present three lectures during fall semester.

Listed by date, the lectures are:


• Sunday, Sept. 17 — “Borderless: Art and Migration in Troubled Times” by Aman Mojadidi, an Afghan-American visual artist, 2 p.m. in the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library McMaster Center, 325 Michigan St. Mojadidi uses personal experience and cultural studies to address conflict, identity and globalization in his work. A reception will follow the talk.


• Monday, Sept. 18 — “Story of a Tree, a River, and the Sacred Relics: Peshawar Circa 1st Century CE” by Dr. S. Amjad Hussain, UT professor emeritus of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery and former member of the University Board of Trustees, 6 p.m. in the Center for the Visual Arts Haigh Auditorium on UT’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus. Hussain will discuss the Buddhist stupa, a building once located in his native Peshawar, Pakistan, and considered the eighth wonder of the ancient world. A reception is scheduled for 5 p.m.


• Thursday, Oct. 19 — “The Humanities and the Advancement of Knowledge” by Dr. Michael Bérubé, the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature at Penn State University, 5:30 p.m. in the Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium. He will address the role of humanities centers and institutes in fostering interdisciplinary humanities research, and whether that research is finding a place in North American academia.

“We hope campus and community members will be excited to attend these free, public lectures that explore immigration issues, world heritage, and the future of the humanities,” Dr. Mysoon Rizk, director of the Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities and associate professor of art history in the UT Department of Art, said. “We have been fortunate to be able to collaborate with community and campus partners on these events, and there are more to come, so please stay tuned.”

For more information, contact Rizk at mysoon.rizk@utoledo.edu.