JAN. 25-26 | Undergraduate Humanities Conference


Two-day conference featuring over 120 undergraduate students presenting humanities-related projects. In addition to the poster sessions and panel discussions, this year we will have 2 guest speakers: Kisha Tracy and Honey Rand. View the conference program online for project titles, room locations, scholar bios, and more.

More details & conference schedule 

FEB. 15 | Adrian miller 

Adrian Miller

Adrian Miller is a food writer, James Beard Award winner, attorney, and certified barbecue judge who lives in Denver, Colorado. Miller toured local gardens with USF students and faculty. They visited the Healthy 22nd Street demonstration garden, 813 Hood Garden, and USF Botanical Gardens. Thursday concluded with an evening lecture and reception at C.W. Bill Young Hall on the USF Tampa campus. 

Event Recap 

On Thursday, February 15, Soul Food Scholar Adrian Miller delivered an engaging lecture on his recently-published research endeavors: the African American barbecue story. Miller began his discussion with his writing journey and inspiration for his newest novel, Black Smoke. Then, he gave the audience an interesting history lesson about how African Americans played, and still play, a crucial role in BBQ as we know it today. Adrian Miller concluded his lecture with inspiring notes on the future of African American barbecue, including a South Carolina Black BBQ cook expanding his business nationally and the investment of barbecue alternatives.

Thank you to everyone who attended, especially all of the community members who came to campus for the event. Thank you to USF Food Sovereignty Initiative for helping coordinate bringing a wonderful speaker to campus!

FEB. 28 | Humanities & Hops

Music hall

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

New World Tampa Brewery | Music Hall
810 E. Skagway Ave., Tampa, FL 33604

"Cold Drinks. Hot Food. Smart People."
3 USF faculty discussed their research in an informal and casual environment at a local brewery. These events are free to attend and open to the community.

Faculty speakers 

  • Keith Berry, PhD
    Professor | Department of Communication

“Bullying, Communication, and Youth Identity … Oh My!”
Dr. Berry’s talk will focus on the prevalent societal issue of school bullying, primarily the relationship between communication and bullying, and the various ways in which the violence of bullying shapes youth identities. How an approach that emphasizes communication and identity can inform the responses we can give to bullying will be of special importance. The talk will be rooted in the research Dr. Berry conducted that led to the publication of his award-winning book Bullied: Tales of Torment, Identity, and Youth (2016, Routledge).

  • Benny Goldberg, PhD
    Associate Professor of Instruction | Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies

“The Problem of Piles; or, the Horror of Hemorrhoids”
In this talk, Dr. Goldberg will discuss the variety of ailments, maladies, and medical issues faced by those living in early modern Europe, focusing especially on one of the most common complaints: hemorrhoids, aka, piles. Dr. Goldberg argues that the ubiquity of this problem can help us understand the variety of strange, bizarre, and downright dangerous cures and medicines used to heal this problem, a list which ranges from the tobacco enema to anally applied leeches to (large doses of) opium. 

  • Tatsiana Kulakevich, PhD
    Associate Professor of Instruction | School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies

"How Lukashenka of Belarus ended up supporting Russia in the War against Ukraine."
Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine currently dominates Europe’s geopolitical agenda, but neighboring Belarus is also a critical battleground in the fight back against Vladimir Putin’s resurgent brand of Russian imperialism. Today’s Belarusian authorities are widely seen as puppets of the Kremlin, with the country playing a significant role as a junior partner in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. European security is impossible without peace in Ukraine. Stability throughout Europe is equally impossible without a free and independent Belarus. 

Faculty interested in presenting at a future Humanities & Hops can contact Liz Kicak. 

APR. 11 | Leila Chatti

Leila Chatti

Class Visit 

Thursday, April 11, 2024
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
SOC 160
Lunch Provided. Registration is first come first serve -- application will close when spots are full.

Poetry Reading & Conversation

Thursday, April 11, 2024
6:00 p.m.
C.W. Bill Young Hall - 2nd Floor (CWY 206)
12303 USF Genshaft Dr., Tampa, FL 33620

As part of the newly established Garry Fleming Endowment for Poetry, the Humanities Institute will be working closely with faculty and students to invite distinguished poets to USF for public readings as well as intensive workshops for advanced writing students. We begin this series with Tunisian-American poet, Leila Chatti.

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Leila Chatti is the author of the debut full-length collection Deluge (Copper Canyon Press, 2020), winner of the 2021 Levis Reading Prize, the 2021 Luschei Prize for African Poetry, and longlisted for the 2021 PEN Open Book Award, and the chapbooks Figment (Bull City Press), The Mothers (Slapering Hol Press), Ebb (New-Generation African Poets) and Tunsiya/Amrikiya, the 2017 Editors’ Selection from Bull City Press.

Leila Chatti received her M.F.A. from North Carolina State University, where she was  awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize, and she is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, and fellowships and scholarships from numerous fine arts centers and institutes.

Deluge chronicles Chatti’s experience with a scary medical mystery. In her early twenties, Leila Chatti started bleeding and did not stop. Physicians referred to this bleeding as flooding. In the Qur’an, as in the Bible, the Flood was sent as punishment. The idea of disease as punishment drives this collection’s themes of shame, illness, grief, and gender, transmuting religious narratives through the lens of a young Arab-American woman suffering a taboo female affliction. Deluge has been praised as “taut, succinct, and gut-punching at moments” by RHINO and “unspeakably gorgeous” by the Cleveland Review of Books.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available along with a book signing after the event concludes. 

Parking for guests without a USF parking permit is available in Lot 21.

APR. 23 | Blind Date with a book

Blind Date with a Book

Tuesday, April 23, 2024
10:30 a.m.
Outside the USF Library (Tampa)

Over 200 free books will be given away outside of the USF Library during test free week. Read the "dating profile" clues to find your match. Follow @usfhuman on social media and take home a free book! Limit 1 book per person until books are gone. 

Blind Date with a Book


May 2024 (Date TBA)
Cooper Hall 4th floor (CPR 478)

Celebrate the Humanities Institute's 20th Anniversary and new space in CPR 478 at our Open House in May.

  • Refreshments
  • Tour the new suite space which includes a reading room and conference room for students, faculty, and staff to use
  • Slideshow of Humanities Institute photos from 2003-2024
  • HI Newsletters from the last 20 years on display