The University of Scranton Humanities Forum

The online home for the Humanities Forum at The University of Scranton through the Gail and Francis Slattery Center for Humanities

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Lisa Dolasinski, In between Ethnic Heritage and Italian Identity: The Rise of Hip- Hop in Mainstream Italy, November 7

On Thursday, November 7, we are proud to bring Italian scholar Lisa Dolasinski to campus to discuss ethnicity in contemporary Italian culture. Looking through the lens of hip hop, Dolasinski investigates the richness and unique expression of Italian musical artists and Italian culture. We hope you will join us at 7:30 in Brennan 228 for what should be an enlightening and entertaining talk.

Now Announced the Call for Undergraduate Award for Humanistic Inquiry (UAHI)

The Undergraduate Award for Humanistic Inquiry (UAHI) is a grant of up to $1,500 for student research or creative work in the humanities. The UAHI was established in 2018 through the joint effort of the Humanities Initiative and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) and the support of a Strategic Initiatives Grant. We anticipate funding five UAHI’s in 2019-2020.

The UAHI is available to any undergraduate student, regardless of major, who seeks to pursue a humanities-based scholarly project with a faculty mentor during the 2019-2020 academic year. For the purpose of the UAHI, humanistic inquiry is defined as research or creative work within the disciplines of Art, English, History, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Theology, Women’s and Gender Studies, and World Languages and Cultures.

Funding will be provided to successful applicants beginning in December 2019. A final portion of the award will be distributed after the student’s presentation of his/her work at the Celebration of Student Scholars on April 24, 2020, and the submission of a final report.

To apply for an UAHI, please submit a proposal to by Friday, November 15, 2019. The proposal should include:

  1. Applicant Information
    • List your name, email address, class year, and major (if applicable)
    • State your faculty mentor’s name, email address, and department
    • Indicate the title of your project
  2. Project Description (3 double-spaced pages maximum)
    • Overview: a brief description of the aims and format of your project
    • Significance: an explanation of why this project matters to you and your discipline
    • Methodology: a list of tasks that you and your faculty mentor will undertake
    • Outcome: what you expect to produce by April 2020
  3. Budget: an itemized list of expenses indicating how you will use up to $1,500 for the project
    • Funds may be used for support of travel expenses, translation services, books, and other supplies, or they may be used as compensation for work time ($10.00/hour).
    • Note: FICA must be budgeted for student assistant time at 7.65% of total student personnel costs. In other words, if you are requesting hourly compensation, you need to calculate $10.765/hour.

Applications that do not meet these guidelines will not be considered.

If you have any questions related to the suitability of your project for the UAHI, please contact Dr. Joel Kemp ( or Dr. Aiala Levy ( Questions concerning proposal submission should be directed to Dr. Tabbi Miller-Scandle (tabbi.miller-

Other Opportunities for Student Research

The Student Opportunities in Academic Research (SOAR), sponsored by ORSP, coordinates the following programs:

  1. Faculty Student Research Program (FSRP): Transcript recognition for participation in faculty research.
  2. President’s Fellowship for Summer Research (PFSR): Stipends of $3,000 to engage in research with faculty during the summer. One award is reserved for humanities research.
  3. Student Travel Funding: Up to $300 to pay for the cost of presenting your work at a conference.
  4. Celebration of Student Scholars (April 24, 2020): Poster and oral presentations of student research.

Learn more at the SOAR Information Session on Tuesday, October 29, in the McIlhenny Ballroom (TDC 407), 11:30am-1:00pm.

Many student honors societies and disciplinary organizations offer funding, presentation opportunities, and prizes for undergraduate students. If you’d like to learn more, ask a professor! A few examples are:

  1. The Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association (MAPACA)
  2. The Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies
  3. Phi Alpha Theta (history honors society) regional conference
  4. Pennsylvania Historical Association (PHA)


Susan Antebi, “Disability in the Archive: Hygiene, History, and Intercorporeality,” October 2

This Wednesday, October 2 at 5:30 in Pern Auditorium (BRN 228) the Humanities Forum continues with Dr. Susan Antebi. Dr. Antebi’s talk, “Disability in the Archive: Hygiene, History, and Intercorporeality” will focus on the idea of disability and as a way of being in the world, rather than a limiting set of ideas.

A professor at the University of Toronto, Dr. Antebi teaches contemporary and twentieth-century Latin American literature and culture and her current research focuses on disability and corporeality in the contexts of Mexican cultural production. She is the author of Carnal Inscriptions: Spanish American Narratives of Corporeal Difference and Disability, (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2009). Her work in the area of disability studies stems from a long-standing interest in concepts and experiences of corporeal difference, particularly as tied to the history of ethnographic spectacle, and to the ethics of embodied identity in literature and performance.

Dr. Antebi’s talk will focus on how notions of disability regularly refer to limitations in a subject’s participation in the world. Yet disability studies scholars and activists have reframed the concept of disability in a variety of ways, focusing for example on collective or fluid subjects, or on disability as a material and social process of becoming rather than a determined condition. In her reading of disability as archival encounter, Dr. Antebi investigates the ways in which disability emerges in relation to distinct temporal frameworks, particularly in the first decades of twentieth-century Mexico. The present-day encounter with archival materials of disability in history is conceived as an embodied experience, necessarily tied to twenty-first century notions of disability and to the fraught horizons of cause and effect that still appear to shape the body’s origins and becomings.

Recommended: Bernard Prusak on the Opioid Crisis

This Thursday, September 26th, 4:30-6pm, Dr. Bernard Prusak, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility, will offer a free public lecture entitled “Threading the Needle’s Eye: The Opioid Crisis and the Controversy over Harm Reduction.”

The lecture will be held in the Moskovitz Theatre, the 4th floor of the DeNaples Center on the campus of The University of Scranton.

Announcing the Fall 2019 Humanities Forum!

We are pleased to announce the lineup for this semester’s Humanities Forum. Featuring an award-winning author, acclaimed researcher in disability studies, noted scholar of masculinity and migration in Italy, as well as a major contributor to the world of modern philosophy, this semester’s forum will enliven The University of Scranton campus through lively discussion and debate.

Building upon last years wildly-successful Humanities Forum, this year’s offerings will feature 8 events curated by faculty members for the students, staff, and faculty at The University of Scranton. The Humanities Forum is a place where the campus and greater Scranton community can come together to engage with important topics brought to campus from speakers from across the humanistic disciplines.

We look forward to seeing you at our events. All events are free and open to the public.

Tonight! Cristina Rivera Garza Explores the Past Through Domestic Archeology

Join us for acclaimed author Cristina Rivera Garza’s exploration of her parents deportation from the United States in the 1930s though domestic objects that they left behind. Garza is one of the foremost authors working in the United States and recently won the Shirely Jackson Award for her novel The Tiaga Syndrome.

The talk will be at 5:30 in DeNaples 405. The event is free and open to the public.

Cristina Rivera Garza, “A Domestic Archeology of Repatriation,” September 11

On Wednesday, September 11 at 5:30 pm in DeNaples 405, we will kick off our Fall 2019 Humanities Forum with one of the foremost writers in the Spanish language and the recent winner of the Shirley Jackson Prize for her novel, The Taiga Syndrome, Cristina Rivera Garza. Garza’s talk will explore the deportation of her grandparents in the 1930s through the remains of their domestic objects — dishes, clothing, and furniture. The talk will be in English.


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