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UA College of SBS (Featuring Noam Chomsky!) At The Tucson Festival of Books

Festival Staff / March 7, 2015

It's almost time for the Tucson Festival of Books (TFOB), a weekend that presents book lovers with a dizzying array of panels, workshops, exhibitors, and activities. This year, the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) has ramped up its participation at the Festival, with a super-sized booth and a bevy of speakers and facilitators from the college!

Leading us into the exciting TFOB weekend is a special panel titled “Everybody Matters: Climate Change and Human Rights,” given by Mary Robinson, the first woman president of Ireland and a former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights. Held on Thursday, March 12 at 6 p.m. in Centennial Hall, this free lecture is presented by the UA Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice. Robinson will discuss the importance of including the most vulnerable populations of the world in solutions to climate change. Click here for details.

The College of SBS’s feature event at the Festival is the session “A Conversation with Noam Chomsky” on March 15 at 4 p.m. in Centennial Hall, which they are sponsoring with the Tucson Festival of Books and The Nation. During the session, John Nichols, the Washington, D.C., correspondent for The Nation, will interview Chomsky, a world-renowned linguist, intellectual, and political activist, about his latest book, "Masters of Mankind: Essays and Lectures from 1969-2013."

Free tickets for the Chomsky event will be available beginning at 12 PM from the Centennial Hall Box Office on March 15. Details can be found at Anyone can submit questions for Chomsky (and vote for their favorite questions) at

The School of Information Resources and Library Science is presenting the 2015 Lawrence Clark Powell Memorial Lecture, "Charles Bowden's Southwest," on Sunday March 15th at 2:30 PM in the Gallagher Theater. This year's lecture will explore the work and influence of one of the Southwest’s greatest voices, Charles “Chuck” Bowden (1945-2014). Authors Jim Harrison and Luis Urrea and editor Clara Jeffery will address Charles Bowden’s love of the Southwest and his fascination with the complexity of life along the U.S. Mexican Border. The moderator for the session is J .C. Mutchler, who is an associate research historian with the Southwest Center and an associate research professor with the Department of History. The lecture is also sponsored by the UA Southwest Center.

Several faculty from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will be panelists and moderators.

English professors will speak on topics ranging from fairy tales to animals and the human spirit. Journalism professors will tackle topics such as reporting in war zones and on the border. And still other faculty will share their expertise on topics such as conservation and the West, political dysfunction, and how maíz is the historical connector between Indigenous peoples of this continent.

To learn more about the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the relevance of the social sciences in our world, visit their booth (#150), where you can meet faculty authors and participate in hands-on, educational activities! Several SBS departments also have booths and activities, including the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (booth #151), Department of Linguists (Science City/The Science of You), School of Anthropology (Science City/The Science of You), and Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (Science City/The Science of Everyday Life).

To read more about the participation of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the Tucson Festival of Books, click here.

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Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

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Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation
University of Arizona - Facilities Management

Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
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