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 Iliad, Book I
Storyteller and musician Odds Bodkin returns to Loyola on Zoom to present THE ILIAD: BOOK I. Using a variety of intensely real characters with ongoing music, he brings to life the most famous argument in ancient history: Achilles, the greatest Greek warrior at Troy, against Agamemnon, the Lord Marshall, commander of all the armies.
Loyola audiences have given Odds standing ovations for this performance in the past. Now, close up on Zoom, everybody has a front row seat.  Experience Homer’s great story in a clear, accessible way.
7:00 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.


"War, Literature, and the Long Road Home"
Phil Klay, award-winning author of Redeployment and veteran of the United States Marine Corps, will deliver a virtual keynote address for Loyola University Maryland’s Humanities Symposium this fall. The event, which is hosted by Loyola’s Center for the Humanities, was originally scheduled for Thursday, March 12, 2020. Redeployment is a collection of short stories focusing on frontline and home front experiences of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. The book has won many awards, including the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction, and it was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by the New York Times.
6:00 PM
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.


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.



Lecture by Ñusta Carranza Ko
"Making the Case for Genocide in Peru: Coercive Sterilization of Indigenous Women”
Peru’s national health program Programa de Salud Reproductiva y Planificación Familiar (PSRPF) aimed to uphold women’s reproductive rights and address the scarcity in maternity related services. Despite these objectives, during PSRPF’s implementation the respect for women’s rights were undermined with the forced sterilization of women predominantly of indigenous, poor, and rural backgrounds. Professor Carranza Ko is Assistant Professor of Global Affairs and Human Security at the University of Baltimore.
5:00 PM
Please register to attend this lecture via Zoom using this link.


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
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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.

6:00 PM

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 shoulders portrait of author against neutral background
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.



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Student-Faculty Colloquia for the 2021 Humanities Symposium, Colson Whitehead's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Nickel Boys
Further details will be announced about the changes to the colloquia format to comply with Covid-19 restrictions.


Keynote Address "Links in a Living Chain: Race, Resistance, Resilience."
Zoom Webinar 7:00 pm.

The keynote address is free and open to the public, but pre-registration will be required.


Modern Masters Reading Series head and shoulders portrait against rustic boards background
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.



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