Fall 2015 Lecture Series Poster


Fall 2015 

"Movement and Migration" 



9/11, 12:00–1:15. Strictly American Music? U.S. Jazz Musicians Tackle International Influences

Sarah Caissie Provost, Assistant Professor of Music. 51/1205. 

Professor Sarah Caissie Provost reviewed traditional ideas regarding the African and Latin American influences of jazz, and then examined historiographical discourses that have attempted to deny those influences, arguing for jazz as a form of expression that is purely "American." She examined some possible explanations for these arguments, considering attempts by white musicians and the nascent recording industry to appropriate jazz, as well as ideas expressed by African American pianist Mary Lou Williams, who posited that authentic jazz was rooted the experience of slavery in the U.S., making talk of African and Latin roots irrelevant.


9/18, 12:00–1:15. Immigration and the Experience of Gender 

A round–table conversation led by Constanza López, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Director of Voces y caras: Hispanic Communities of Jacksonville. Thomas Carpenter Library Special Collections Reading Room. 


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Professor Constanza López and UNF students Liana Llerandi and Saúl Grajeda shared their insights with us about how gender is lived in the context of immigration. Students from the International Studies Senior Seminar and other guests enjoyed a lively conversation with the panelists about issues related to discrimination, stereotypes, biculturalism, sexual orientation, gender identity, generational divides, and opportunities to effect change. The session ended with a viewing of the fall 2015 exhibit of the project Voces y cara: Hispanic Communities of Jacksonville, on display outside the Special Collections Reading Room on the first floor of the Thomas G. Carpenter Library.







9/25, 1:30–2:45. Climate Refugees: Uncertainty and Insecurity

Josh Gellers, Assistant Professor of Political Science. 58W/3804. 


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Professor Josh Gellers of Political Science discussed the precarious state of climate refugees, whose status is not defined under current international law. He examined several case studies in which populations are on the move or are under imminent danger as a result, directly or indirectly, of climate change. He also discussed possible ways to address to what many regard as an impending crisis.


















10/2, 12:00–1:15. Capturing Movement and Sharing Our Stories through Story Maps

Chris Baynard, Associate Professor of Geography. Thomas Carpenter Library, 2102B. 


10/9, 12:00–1:15. Interpreting Across Cultural Boundaries: Confucianism as Case Study

Sarah Mattice, Assistant Professor of Philosophy. 51/1205.


10/16, 12:00–1:15. Rhetoric of Merengue and Bachata in Junot Díaz’s Dominican–American Fiction: Border Culture, Migration, Media Isla

Greg Helmick, Assistant Professor of Spanish. 51/1205.


10/30, 12:00–1:15. Third New World. Spanish Ethnographies of Early Modern South–East Asia

Miguel Martínez, Assistant Professor of Spanish Literature, University of Chicago. Event co–sponsored by the UNF Latin American and Caribbean Council and the UNF Asia Council. 58W/3804.


11/13, 1:00–2:30. Project Atrium: Ian Johnston – Fish Tales

Moderated discussion and Q&A with the artist: Ian Johnston and Ben Thompson, MOCA Curator of Collections. MOCA Jacksonville, 333 N. Laura St. 


12/4, 2:00–3:00. Senior Seminar Student Research Exhibit

Opening remarks: Jorge Febles, Professor of Spanish and Director, International Studies Program. 58W/3703D.