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Artists in recovery (airshow) opening reception

Join us at the QUAID Gallery in Seminole Heights on Friday, August 20 from 6:00 - 9:00pm for the opening reception of the juried art exhibition, "Artists in Recovery." Hosted by Periphery Media, this exhibition focuses on the theme of recovery from any ordeal, trauma, or illness.  The exhibition will hang until August 29, 2021. 

COnsumed: Colonialism, climate change, and consumerism in the fashion industry

Aja BarberPhoto of Aja Barber by Stephen Cunningsworth

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2021 // 12PM (Eastern) // ONLINE 


How do our clothing selections relate to colonialism, wealth inequality, and climate change? Join HI’s conversation with writer and industry consultant, Aja Barber, on September 14 to learn about the intersection of these and other factors within the fashion industry. Textile production is among the leading causes of environmental damage and climate change. Additionally, most of this production takes place in areas of the world deeply scarred by the legacy of colonialism and continued exploitation based on race, gender, and wealth inequalities.

Aja Barber hails from Reston, Virginia, and currently lives in London with her husband and their two cats. Barber is a regular contributor to publications like Eco-Age, The Guardian, CNN, and Selfridges and runs incredibly popular social media sites of her own. Her new book, Consumed: The Need for Collective Change: Colonialism, Climate Change, and Consumerism explores the culture of fast fashion, greenwashing, sustainability, and social justice. After publicly announcing that she would not use fast fashion companies to sponsor her social media presence, Aja is now considered to be an expert voice in this space. You can find some of her writing on Instagram, and more of it on Patreon, where readers support her work.

Click here to order a copy of Aja Barber's book, Consumed.

Thank you to all who attended the virtual event with Aja Barber. The event recording is no longer available at this time. Please refer to the resources below to learn more about Aja and other topics mentioned during the live event. 

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 Representations of Disability in Popular Culture

Photo of an Asian American woman in a power chair. She is wearing a blue shirt with a geometric pattern with orange, black, white, and yellow lines and cubes. She is wearing a mask over her nose attached to a gray tube and bright red lip color. She is smiling at the camera. Photo credit: Eddie Hernandez PhotographyPhoto of an Asian American woman in a power chair. She is wearing a blue shirt with a geometric pattern with orange, black, white, and yellow lines and cubes. She is wearing a mask over her nose attached to a gray tube and bright red lip color. She is smiling at the camera. Photo credit: Eddie Hernandez Photography.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2021 // 7PM (Eastern) | 4PM (Pacific) // ONLINE

HI is delighted to host an online conversation with disabled activist, writer, media maker, and consultant, Alice Wong on October 28. Wong (she/her) is the founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project, an online community dedicated to creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture created in 2014. She has been published in dozens of print and online mediums including the New York Times, Vox, PEN America, Uncanny Magazine, Teen Vogue, Rooted in Rights, and others.

Her activism and work in the areas of popular culture, media, politics, disability representation, Medicaid policies and programs, storytelling, and social media have made her one of the leading voices in disability studies. From 2013 to 2015 Alice served as a member of the National Council on Disability, an appointment by President Barack Obama. Alice is the recipient of the 2016 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award, an award for emerging leaders with disabilities who exemplify leadership, advocacy, and dedication to the broader cross-disability community. In 2020 Alice was named by Time Magazine as one of 16 people fighting for equality in America. In 2021, she was named a changemaker by Marie Claire magazine.

Alice is the editor of Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century, an anthology of essays by disabled people. She is currently working on her memoir, Year of the Tiger (Vintage Books, 2022). You can find her on Twitter: @SFdirewolf.

Register on Eventbrite here or click the link below to join the live event on Microsoft Teams. *If you do not have a Microsoft Teams account, join as a guest via web browser (no account required).

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ASL interpreters and captioning will be provided for the live event. For accommodation requests or questions, email or call 813-974-2913.

We are looking for faculty and students who conduct research in disability studies for brief podcast-style interviews. Tell us about your work, your reaction to Alice Wong’s presentation, or any other topic you’d like to share. Please email Jade V. at

Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Click here to download a PDF file of information for this event to share with students. 

Book Group

We will resume meeting in-person for book group this semester. Book Group is open to students, faculty, and the community. Check out our two reading selections for Fall 2021. Grab your copy and join us for a fun conversation! 

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Join the USF Humanities Institute as we read and discuss, Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century, edited by Alice Wong. 

Location: 7venth Sun Brewery | 6809 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604


About the book

One in five people in the United States lives with a disability. Some disabilities are visible, others less apparent—but all are underrepresented in media and popular culture. Now, just in time for the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, activist Alice Wong brings together this urgent, galvanizing collection of contemporary essays by disabled people.

From blog posts, manifestos, and eulogies to Congressional testimonies, and beyond: this anthology gives a glimpse into the rich complexity of the disabled experience, highlighting the passions, talents, and everyday lives of this community. It invites readers to question their own understandings. It celebrates and documents disability culture in the now. It looks to the future and the past with hope and love.

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Join the USF Humanities Institute for a brunch edition of Book Group as we read and discuss, Sharks in the Time of Saviors, by Kawai Strong Washburn.

Location: The Independent | 5016 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33603


About the book

In 1995 Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on a rare family vacation, seven-year-old Nainoa Flores falls off a ship and into the Pacific Ocean. When Noa is gingerly returned to his mother in the jaws of a shark, his family hails the rescue as a sign of favor from ancient Hawaiian gods―a belief that appears validated after he exhibits puzzling new abilities. But as time passes, this supposed divine favor begins to drive the family apart. Nainoa, struggles to fathom the full measure of his expanding abilities; his older brother Dean hurtles into the world of elite college athletics; his risk-obsessed younger sister Kaui navigates an unforgiving academic workload in an attempt to forge her independence from the family’s legacy. When supernatural events revisit the Flores family, they are all forced to reckon with the bonds of family, the meaning of heritage, and the cost of survival.


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Everyone’s favorite HI event is back this fall. Humanities & Hops gives USF faculty a fun and relaxed way to share their research with the community. Thanks to our wonderful partners, Southern Brewing & Winery in Seminole Heights for welcoming us back.

Meet the USF Center for Justice Research & Policy

The Center for Justice Research and Policy (CJRP) hosts an interdisciplinary team of scholars and practitioners focused on the study of crime, violence, and criminal and social justice policy. It is the first of its kind in Florida and several members of the leadership team will explain the center’s current research and impact.  

Edelyn Verona, Co-Director: CJRP Overview
Chae Jaynes, Assistant Professor (Criminology): "Employment and Crime"
Christine Ruva, Professor (Psychology): "Trial by Tabloid"

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Community Partnerships and Service Learning

Learn how USF faculty members and community organizations come together to create unique learning opportunities that benefit both the students and the local partners. These student-driven projects get USF students off campus and into the community where they can put their skills to action.

Events will be held outside, weather permitting. Address: 4500 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33603

For further information or assistance, please contact Jade von Werder at