UA Humanites Week: Trailblazers & Hellraisers



Free events at UA Poetry Center (unless otherwise noted), Dorothy Rubel Room, Helen S. Schaefer Bldg. 1508 E. Helen Street (north of Speedway Blvd., west of Cherry Ave.) See

Monday , October 13, 2014
4:00 p.m.
Maggie Camp, East Asian Studies

Monday , October 13, 2014
5:00 p.m.

Reception catered by Tazzina di Gelato
5:30 p.m.
Fabian Alfie, Italian

Monday , October 13, 2014
7:00 p.m.

Bonnie Wasserman, Africana Studies

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
5:00 p.m.
Karen Seat, Religious Studies

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Caleb Simmons, Religious Studies

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
4 p.m. UA Student Union Memorial Center Gallery, 3rd floor, 1303 E. University Blvd. , reception following
Lincoln Cushing with Anne-Garland Mahler, Spanish & Portuguese

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Global Revolution From Harlem to Havana
After the reception ride the streetcar downtown to
hear more from Anne-Garland Mahler as part of
the UA Confluence Center’s SHOW & TELL

Thursday, October 16, 2014
UA Poetry Center & UA Prose Series

Friday, October 17, 2014
4:30 p.m.
Barbara Kosta, German Studies

Friday, October 17, 2014
6:00 p.m. 

Dessert Reception
7 p.m.
Russian & Slavic Studies
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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Daughters of Eve: recap of women in Christianity’s history from New Testament & Epistles of Paul (who was against marriage), through Genesis & creation of man/woman, Adam & Eve, and then Women in the Gospels (Mary Magdalene,and Mary, mother of Jesus). Professor Seat also spoke of Virgin Life via Hildegard of Bingen, and where women are today in the Christian church — Protestant Bishops and no women yet ordained in Catholic Church. She said there are numerous discussions about woman as temptress and having “insatiable carnal lust”, and blame falling upon Eve in the Garden of Eden (for picking the forbidden fruit/apple).

  2. From Geishas to Harajuku Girls: Definition of femininity is different in various cultures and Professor Camp showed images of stereotypical Japanese women in kimono, schoolgirl uniforms, cosplay/anime in modern girls. She spoke of the Japanese feminine terms and linguistic polite usage by women, and traced the history of how women were perceived from Tokugawa to present Heisei eras. During Meiji times, “good wife wise mother” was the norm, with emphasis on etiquette during Showa period. Obviously women in Japan generally still seem to value being housewives and mothers over careers, according to this lecture.

    • Yes, there’s a lot of diversity in these lectures/events. Check out the ones you are most interested in. Plus they’re all FREE to the public.

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