Loyola University Maryland

Center for the Humanities


These are events sponsored wholly or in part by the Center for the Humanities.



Odds Bodkin Performance
The Odyssey: Belly of the Beast
Storyteller and musician Odds Bodkin returns to Loyola on Zoom to present THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST. Odds will perform a 70-minute long performance of key scenes from Odysseus’ travels, culminating in the Cyclops episode. (The beast with the belly.) Using different character voices, while accompanying himself on a 12-string guitar, Odds provides otherworldly sound effects, ranging from the wind whipping over the Aegean Sea to the bellows of menacing mythological monsters to the crunching of the bones of the Cyclops’ unfortunate victims. Loyola audiences have given Odds standing ovations for this performance in the past. Experience Homer’s great story in a clear, accessible way.

7:00 PM McGuire West

If you require additional accommodations, please contact Disability Support Services at dss@loyola.edu.


Writers at Work Series
Reading and discussion by fiction writer Julia Elliott
Julia Elliott’s writing has appeared in Tin House, The Georgia Review, Conjunctions, The New York Times, Granta online, and other publications. She has won a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, and her stories have been anthologized in Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses and The Best American Short Stories. Her debut story collection, The Wilds, was chosen by Kirkus, BuzzFeed, Book Riot, and Electric Literature as one of the Best Books of 2014 and was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Her first novel, The New and Improved Romie Futch, arrived in October 2015. She teaches English and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.
6:00 PM
Please register to attend this talk via Zoom using this link.



CFH Student Presentations
Affiliate Teaching Awards presented to Brandon Parlopiano, History Department and Gerard Blair, Communications.
3:00 PM


Modern Masters Reading Series Reading by Eula Biss Eula Biss is the author of four books: Having and Being Had; On Immunity: An Inoculation, a finalist for the National Book Critic Circle Award for nonfiction;  Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays, winner of the National Book Critic Circle Award for criticism, and a collection of poetry, The Balloonists. Her work has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, an NEA Literature Fellowship, and a Jaffe Writers’ Award. She holds a B.A. in nonfiction writing from Hampshire College and a M.F.A. in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa. Her essays have recently appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading and the Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Nonfiction as well as in The Believer, Gulf Coast, Denver Quarterly, Third Coast, and Harper’s. Eula Biss and John Bresland are the Chicago-based band STET Everything. 6:00 PM Please register to attend Biss's Reading via Zoom using this link.


BIG DIG V: Recovering the Lost
Nachbahr Award Address by Dr. Kathleen Forni: “The Learning Paradox: Why Knowing How Much You Know Matters”
CFH Student Presentations
Affiliate Teaching Award presented to Giuliana Risso-Robberto
3:00 PM
Please register to attend the livestream performance via Zoom using this link.

This event will be captioned. If you require additional accommodations, please contact Disability Support Services at dss@loyola.edu.


Writers at Work Series
Faculty Reading & Discussion with Ramón Espejo-Saavedra and Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead
Ramón Espejo-Saavedra is Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Loyola University Maryland. He has published nationally and internationally in journals such as the Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Hecho teatral, Decimonónica, Crítica Hispánica, and Hispanic Review, among others. His last book is entitled Autenticidad y artificio en el costumbrismo español (Ediciones de la Torre, 2015). His most recent research, to be published this year, consists of two articles, one on monsters and freak shows in a short story by Leopoldo Alas, “Clarín”, and another on the figure of the war veteran in three short stories from the 1890s

Recently selected as one of the Essence “Woke 100 Women” changing the world; the “Best Radio Host” in Baltimore by the Baltimore Sun; as one of the “Top 100 Women” in Maryland by The Daily Record; one of the “25 Women to Watch” by the Baltimore Sun; and, as the recipient of the 2019 Collegium Visionary Award, Karsonya (Dr. Kaye) Wise Whitehead is an Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies in the Department of Communication at Loyola University Maryland and the host of the award-winning radio show, Today With Dr. Kaye on WEAA 88.9 FM. Dr. Kaye is one of the most sought-after speakers in the country and has given over 500 Keynotes.
6:00 PM
Please register to attend via Zoom using this link.


"The (Long) Ride Together: Making a Graphic Novel Memoir." A talk by Paul Karasik 
Two-time Eisner Award winner, Paul Karasik is an internationally recognized cartoonist and teacher. He gives lectures and workshops about how to make comics and about how to understand comics. His latest work, "How To Read Nancy" (cowritten with Mark Newgarden), is a deconstruction of a single NANCY comic strip to reveal the hidden language of comics, has won an Eisner Award for "Best Comics-Related Book". He was the Associate Editor of Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly’s RAW magazine. With David Mazzuchelli, Paul created “City of Glass,” the graphic novel adaptation of Paul Auster’s book. It was named by The Comics Journal as one of the “Best Comics of the 20th Century” and has been translated in over 20 editions worldwide. With his sister, Judy, Paul created, “The Ride Together: A Brother and Sister's Memoir of Autism in the Family," winner of the Autism Society of America’s “Best Literary Work of the Year." His cartoons appear in The New Yorker.
6:00 PM
Please register to attend the Karasik event via Zoom using this link.


Modern Masters Reading Series
Reading by Camille T. Dungy
Camille T. Dungy is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan UP, 2017), winner of the Colorado Book Award, and the essay collection Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood and History (W.W. Norton, 2017), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Dungy has also edited anthologies including Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry and From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great. A 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, her honors include NEA Fellowships in poetry (2003) and prose (2018), an American Book Award, two NAACP Image Award nominations, and two Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominations. Dungy’s poems have been published in Best American Poetry, The 100 Best African American Poems, the Pushcart Anthology, Best American Travel Writing, and over thirty other anthologies. She is University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University.
6:00 PM
Please register to attend the Dungy Reading via Zoom using this link.




Virtual Museum Treasure Hunt: all week long
Explore Musée Rodin, Le Louvre, Musée Picasso, L’Institut Lumière de Lyon, and Musée Marmottan. Prizes for all who complete the activity correctly!
Click HERE for activity form.

Visages Villages: Nov. 2-5
Watch the film through Kanopy by Thursday 11/5 to participate in the Kahoot competition. Prizes go to top contenders!
Click HERE to access the film
Zoom ID: 789 197 0447

Portrait Discussion: Monday, Nov. 2 at 7:00 PM
Join the French faculty as they present their favorite French or Francophone portrait. Students are encouraged to bring their favorite French or Francophone portrait and should be ready to say the title of the work, the artist, and why they like it.
Zoom ID: 240 862 0358

French Mass: Sunday, Nov. 8 at 10:30 AM
Students will have the opportunity to watch a live French mass online from Paroisse Saint-Thomas-d’Aquin in Québec.
Click HERE to access the live stream.


“Black Italians and Digital Culture in Contemporary Italy”
Zoom lecture by Fred Kuwornu
The event is focused on emerging new trends about Black Italian youth in Italy and includes a presentation and discussion of their contribution to the culture and history of contemporary Italy. This project is connected to Kuwornu’s recent new documentary Blaq Italiano about diversity in contemporary Italy. It involves the use of social media and is based on interviews and stories through which Loyola students will be able to get acquainted with Afro-Italians who live in Italy and in different parts of the world. The documentary seeks to capture an entire generation of Black Italians, in particular artists, entrepreneurs, bloggers who have been establishing themselves in Italian society and culture, gaining more visibility in the Italian culture through their involvement in art, music, blogging and digital activism.
5:00 PM
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Modern Masters Reading Serieshead and shoulder portrait red dress
Reading by Amina Gautier
Amina Gautier is the author of three short story collections: At-Risk, Now We Will Be Happy, and The Loss of All Lost Things. At-Risk was awarded the Flannery O’Connor Award; Now We Will Be Happy was awarded the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction; The Loss of All Lost Things was awarded the Elixir Press Award in Fiction. More than one hundred and twenty-five of her stories have been published, appearing in Agni, Boston Review, Callaloo, Cincinnati Review, Glimmer Train, Kenyon Review, Latino Book Review, Mississippi Review, Quarterly West, and Southern Review, among other places. For her body of work she has received the PEN/MALAMUD Award for Excellence in the Short Story.
6:00 PM
Please register to attend the Gautier reading via Zoom by using this link.


Writers at Work Series
Reading/Presentation by D.WatkinsAuthor portrait in a white shirt, a dark suit and tie
D. Watkins writes about growing up on Baltimore's east side. He is the author of the New York Times best-sellers The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America and The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir. HIs latest, We Speak for Ourselves is the 2020 selection for One Book, One Baltimore. D. Watkins is also an Editor at Large for Salon, host of "The Salon 5" and "Salon Talks." He is also a lecturer at the University of Baltimore and founder of the BMORE Writers Project.
6:00 PM
Please register to attend the D.Watkins presentation by using this link.


“The Bamboo in the Breast and in Belly: Thinking About Painting in 1079”
Lecture by Dr. Stephen Owen
The noble bamboo was the emblem of the Chinese scholar-gentleman, and, when just a shoot, an excellent vegetable. In 1079 it was also becoming a favorite subject for ink-painting. In the autumn of that year, the famous Su Dongpo (1037-1101) was airing his paintings and unrolled a painting of bamboo by Wen Tong, a dear friend and relative who had passed away earlier that year. On the cusp between a medieval world and a new “early modern” world of money, Su Dongpo writes about the painting and the diverse values—aesthetic, personal, and social—that converge in it. Dr. Stephen Owen is the James Bryant Conant University Professor Emeritus at Harvard University.
3:00 PM
To attend this event, please register using this link. 


ITALIAN WEEK - "LITTLE ITALIES: The impact and importance of Italian language, heritage, and culture in the United States"

Online Mass: Sunday Feb. 21 at 11:00 AM
Mass in Italian at the church of Our Lady of Pompei
Celebrant: Father Giuliano Gargiulo
Use this link: https://www.facebook.com/PompeiBaltimore 

Movie night: Monday Feb. 22 at 7:00 PM
“Do the Right Thing” by Spike Lee, 1989
Spike Lee on Italian-American and African American community relations in Brooklyn in the 1980's and 1990's.
Presenter: Dr. Nicolino Applauso
Zoom link: https://loyola.zoom.us/j/4687812737

Game Night: Wednesday Feb. 24 at 8:00 PM
Italian Club presents: Little Italies in the US: Family Feud Online Presentation and Game.
Zoom link: https://loyola.zoom.us/j/9500669354

Round Table: Thursday Feb. 25 at 7:00 PM
Music in Little Italies: Baltimore, Philadelphia, San Francisco.
The presenters are people who have been involved in the musical life of their “Little Italies” their entire lives: 
Sheri Mignano-Crawford from San Francisco CA
Norman Calapristi-Giorno from Philadelphia PA
Marc DeSimone from Baltimore MD
Moderator: Dr. Paul Oorts
Zoom: https://loyola.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZMwRugfwRvK4pDk-PW4xdw



Student-Faculty Colloquia for the 2021 Humanities Symposium, Colson Whitehead's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Nickel Boys Book cover of Nickel Boys featuring the silhouette of two young men
Two days during the official Symposium week are set aside for Loyola student/faculty colloquia. During each scheduled class period, faculty and their classes will meet with faculty and students from other classes via Zoom. These colloquia have traditionally been led by panels composed of faculty members from different disciplines who lead informal discussion, posing questions to stimulate the participation of students, and to engage the Symposium text across narrow disciplinary boundaries. This year’s text is Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys; the theme is “Links in a Living Chain: Race, Resistance, Resilience.”

The colloquia are open to Loyola faculty, staff, and students. However, to attend one or more sessions, participants must preregister using this link.


"Links in a Living Chain: Race, Resistance, Resilience."
Dr. Antoinette Jackson, Professor and Chair in the department of Anthropology at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa and Director of the USF Heritage Research Lab, will deliver a virtual keynote address for Loyola University Maryland’s Humanities Symposium this Spring. Dr. Jackson was recently awarded a USF funded research grant focused on Understanding and Addressing Blackness and Anti-Black Racism for her project entitled—African American Burial Grounds & Remembering Project -- Living Communities Challenging Silenced Histories in Florida. The project focuses on activities to identify, interpret, preserve, and record unmarked, previously erased, and underserved African-American burial grounds. Dr. Jackson is Editor and Chief of the journal Present Pasts and her work on heritage has been published widely. Her book Speaking for the Enslaved—Heritage Interpretation at Antebellum Plantation Sites, was published by Routledge in 2012. And her new book, Heritage, Tourism, and Race—the Other Side of Leisure was published by Routledge in 2020.
Zoom Webinar 7:00 pm.

The keynote address is free and open to the public. Pre-registration will be required.
Please register to attend the livestream performance of the Keynote via Zoom using this link.

This event will be captioned. If you require additional accommodations, please contact Disability Support Services at dss@loyola.edu.


"Arabic Proverbs and Aphorisms: a Reflection on their Applicability and Relevance"
lecture by Manar Darwish, lecturer and Coordinator of Bi-Co Arabic Program at Bryn Mawr College

Zoom Event
6:30 - 7:30 pm.

Zoom ID: 7804028589 


"A Cultural and Generational Exchange: Revealing Fernanda Montenegro"
A discussion with Fernanda Montenegrowoman with silver hair seated at a desk

Fernanda Montenegro has accumulated several national and international awards over the years. In 1999, she received the Silver Bear in Berlin for her acting in the film Central Station and she was a Golden Globe and Academy Awards nominee. She is also an Emmy Award Winner for Best Actress. She is the only actress being nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for a performance in the Portuguese language. The event wants to spark a discussion with and interest by students and faculty about her creative work in radio, theater, television, and film from the lens of someone who has worked on these areas for over seventy years. The event will offer an hour and thirty minutes of program via Zoom where students and faculty from Loyola University Maryland and community will listen to Fernanda Montenegro talk about her experience, what she has witnessed throughout her life and how it has affected her work.

Associate Professor Daniel Pinha, Department of Fine Arts, Theatre Program
Professor Dr. Tania Rosas-Moreno, Department of Communication

Zoom event
4:30 - 6:00 pm (ET)

Please use this link to register.


Modern Masters Reading Series bearded portrait against rustic wall
Reading by Matty Layne Glasgow
Matty Layne Glasgow is the author of deciduous qween (Red Hen Press, 2019), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award, selected by Richard Blanco. His work has appeared in Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, Ecotone, Missouri Review, Houston Public Media, Poetry Daily, and elsewhere. Glasgow is a Vice Presidential Fellow at the University of Utah where he is pursuing a PhD in English. He currently serves as the Managing Editor of Quarterly West and the Wasatch Writers in the Schools Coordinator.
6:00 PM
Please register to attend the Glasgow reading via Zoom using this link.



Writers at Work Series
Reading, Conversation, and Q & A with Alissa Nutting
Alissa Nutting is the author of the novels Made for Love, a New York Times editor's choice selection, and Tampa, the film version of which is in development at HBO, as well as the story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls, an expanded/revised version of which was rereleased in Summer 2018 as part of Ecco's "Art of the Story" series. A nonfiction book of her comedic essays is forthcoming from Ecco in 2019. Her fiction and essays have appeared in publications such as Tin House, BOMB, Elle, Real Simple, BuzzFeed, and many others. She is currently at work on two television projects--one animated in development with Cartoon Network, the other based on her recent novel and being co-written with Dean Bakopoulos for Paramount Studios. She is an assistant professor of English and writer-in-residence at Grinnell College.
Please consider submitting a question for the Q&A session as you listen to the talk.
6:00 PM

Register to attend the Zoom lecture and conversation.


"Protecting Civil Rights: Activism Through Culture in the Americas"

11.00 AM 
"Black Death, Black Life, Black Culture, and Black Struggle in Southwestern Colombia”
Dr. Michael Birenbaum Quintero

2.00 PM
"Mayan Women's Creative Resistance and Protagonism: Redressing Gendered Racialized Violence"
Dr. Brinton Lykes

3.00 PM
"New Feminisms in Argentina: Gender, Activism, and Culture”
Dr. Graciela Montaldo

All engagements will be conducted via Zoom.


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