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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

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89640916291?pwd=a0hZZDBVY0IzK3VjL3N6OTFDM1J4QT09

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


Writers at Work Series
Faculty Reading & Discussion with Kefaya Diab and Nabila Hijazi
Kefaya Diab is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Writing Department at Loyola University Maryland. She holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Professional Communication. She identifies as an activist-teacher-scholar. Her current research includes a monograph in-progress “Theorizing a Sense of Agency in the Arab Spring (2010-11) and a documentary film about the Tunisian revolution (2010-11). Her article “The Rise of the Arab Spring through a Sense of Agency” is forthcoming in the Rhetoric Society Quarterly Journal. As a teacher, Diab embodies a critical pedagogy informed by Paulo Freire (1996) and implements antiracist labor-based writing approaches adapted by Asao Inoue (2019).kefayadiab.weebly.com.

Nabila Hijazi is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Writing Department at Loyola University Maryland. She received her doctorate in English Language and Literature with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition in 2020 from the University of Maryland College Park. In her dissertation, “Syrian Refugee Women in the Diaspora: Sustaining Families through Literacies,” which received Honorable Mention in the 2020 President’s Dissertation Award by The Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition, she draws on interviews and community-based work with Syrian refugee women in the Washington, D.C. region to examine the cultural, economic, and political dimensions of their Arabic literacy practices and English literacy learning in the United States. Some of her forthcoming publications include “Bodies in Conflict: Embodied Challenges and Complex Experiences” in the edited collection, Our Body of Work and a chapter in the collection Feminist Circulations: Rhetorical Explorations Across Space and Time.

The event will be held virtually via Zoom. Please register in advance:




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


Writers at Work Series
Reading by Kali Fajardo-Anstine
Kali Fajardo-Anstine is a National Book Award Finalist for her debut story collection, Sabrina & Corina.  In addition to being a finalist for the National Book Award, Sabrina & Corina is also a finalist for the Story Prize,  a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection, and the winner of the American Book Award. The collection was named one of the best books of the year by the New York Public Library, Kirkus Reviews, and Library Journal, and the American Library Association named it a 2020 Notable Book. Fajardo-Anstine’s deep love of bookstores led her to work as a bookseller for over a decade at West Side Books in North Denver. She has been edited and mentored by writers like Mat Johnson, Joy Williams, and Ann Beattie. She received the 2021 Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her stories and essays have appeared in GAY Magazine, The American Scholar, Boston Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Southwestern American Literature, Electric Literature, and more. Fajardo-Anstine has attended residencies at Yaddo, where she was the 2017 recipient of The LeSage-Fullilove Residency, Hedgebrook, and MacDowell Colony. She received her MFA from the University of Wyoming and has lived across the country, from San Diego, California, to Key West, Florida.

6:00 PM (Virtual)
Please use this link to register to attend this Zoom event


Modern Masters Reading Series
Reading by Tiya Miles

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Tiya Miles is professor of history and Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and director of the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. She is recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship and the Hiett Prize in the Humanities from the Dallas Institute of the Humanities and Culture. Miles is the author of the Dawn of Detroit, which won the Frederick Douglass Book Prize, among other honors, as well as the acclaimed books, Ties That Bind, The House on Diamond Hill, The Cherokee Rose: A Novel of Gardens and Ghosts, and Tales from the Haunted South, a published lecture series.

Her most recent book, All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake, Annette Gordon-Reed contends “is a brilliant exercise in historical excavation and recovery. With creativity, determination and great insight, Miles illuminates the lives of women who suffered much but never forgot the importance of love and family.”
6:00 PM (Virtual)
Registration is required to attend. Please use this link to register.


"In capillis veritas: A Bad Roman Hair Day"

Janet Stephens, a working hairdresser here is Baltimore, will create and explain the elaborate and baroque hairstyles of Roman women. She figured out how they were created and maintained (long a puzzle in historical circles) and has published her results in peer reviewed journals in ancient archaeology. 

7:00 PM
Knott Hall B01




Rev. John Conley, S.J. will conduct a bilingual mass in French and English.
2:00 PM Alumni Memorial Chapel

Screening of the 2015 documentary film Demain (Tomorrow). In this film, producers Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent meet pioneers from 10 countries who find solutions to ecological problems facing our society. Dr. André Colombat, Professor of French and Dean of International Programs, will introduce the film and lead a discussion. This event is co-sponsored by the Alliance Française of Baltimore.
2:30-5:00 PM Loyola-Notre Dame Library Auditorium

Virtual roundtable discussion with three student activists from the University of Bordeaux. These students combine their studies with civic engagement in the areas of psychology, human trafficking, and feminism.
Please use this Zoom link to participate: https://loyola.zoom.us/j/8058821496#success
4:00 PM

A day of immersion in French on the Loyola campus.

9:00-9:50 AM Karaoké phonétique-Activism edition, with Dr. Thomas, BE 318
11:00-11:50 AM French trivia, with Mme Milicevic, LLC, MH 443
12:00-12:50 PM Accordion demo and touch, with Dr. Oorts, Quad
1:00-1:50 PM Mölkky, with Dr. Thomas, Quad
2:00-2:50 PM French boardgames, with Mme Savell, Reading Room, 4th Floor MH
4:00-4:50 PM Pétanque, with Dr. Colombat, Quad

There will be an exhibit of media, books and memoirs about French and Francophone activists and activism, at the Loyola-Notre Dame Library during French Week. 



Modern Masters Reading Series
Fiction Reading: Greg Jackson

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Greg Jackson’s widely acclaimed debut short story collection, Prodigals was the 2016 Honoree of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.”  His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. His nonfiction has appeared in The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Magazine, The Point and Harper’s. He has been a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and a resident at the MacDowell Colony, and he holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Virginia.
6:00 PM McManus Theater



Fiction Reading: Marian Crotty 
Sponsored by the Writing Department

Marian Crotty is the author of What Counts as Love, which was longlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize and won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. Her short stories have appeared in venues such as the Kenyon Review, the Southern Review, the Sun, and Best American Short Stories 2020. Her essays, two of which have been noted as distinguished essays by the Best American series, have appeared in journals such as the New England Review, the Gettysburg Review, and Guernica.  
“Crotty’s impressive debut collection is somehow both varied and cohesive. These 10 sublime stories are reminiscent of Bobbie Ann Mason and Ann Beattie, thoroughly surprising and memorable.”—Publishers Weekly

Virtual Event, 6 PM



Writers at Work Series
Poetry Reading: Ross Gay

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Award-winning writer Ross Gay will give a craft talk and answer questions about the writing process. Ross Gay is the author of four books of poetry: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; Be Holding; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His new poem, Be Holding, was released from the University of Pittsburgh Press in September of 2020. His collection of essays, The Book of Delights, was released by Algonquin Books in 2019. Ross teaches at Indiana University.  
Of Gay’s book of essays, The Book of Delights, Elizabeth Alexander says, “Ross Gay is truly a free black man. His liberated words open our minds and hearts to speak.”
6:00 PM (Virtual)
Registration is required to attend. Please use this link to register.


Modern Masters Reading Series

Poetry Reading by Tom Sleigh

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Tom Sleigh is the author of several volumes of poetry, including The Chain, Far Side of the Earth, Space Walk, and Station Zed. Space Walk won the 2008 Kingsley Tufts Award and earned Sleigh considerable critical acclaim. His most recent collection The King’s Touch is due out from Graywolf, Feb 2022.As a dramatist, Sleigh has written several critically acclaimed plays, a multimedia opera, and a full-length translation of Euripides’ Herakles (2001). His prose collection Interview with a Ghost (2006) includes both literary and personal essays. 

Over the last decade, Sleigh has also worked as a long-form journalist in the Middle East and Africa, writing mainly on refugee issues. His work has taken him to Iraq, Syria, Libya, Jordan, and Lebanon, as well as Kenya and Somalia. A book of these essays The Land Between Two Rivers: Poetry in an Age of Refugees (2018) was published simultaneously with a companion book of poems, House of Fact, House of Ruin (2018). Sleigh is Distinguished Professor in the MFA program of Hunter College. 
6:00 PM McManus Theater



Student-Faculty Colloquia for the 2022 Humanities Symposium, Ursula K. Le Guin's ground-breaking work of science fiction The Left Hand of Darkness
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. 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 Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness which won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. It follows a human ambassador’s visit to Winter, an icy planet on which the gender of its inhabitants is inherently fluid. The book speaks to issues of gender, nationalism, and climate change, and allows for conversations that defy easy disciplinary categorizations.

The colloquia are open to Loyola faculty, staff, and students.
Information on registering for Colloquia sessions to follow.


Author Reading
Jeff VanderMeer

Jeff VanderMeer will read from his own work.

3:00 PM McGuire Hall


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Jeff VanderMeer is the author of Dead Astronauts, Borne, and The Southern Reach Trilogy, the first volume of which, Annihilation, won the Nebula Award and the Shirley Jackson Award and was adapted into a movie by Alex Garland. VanderMeer’s latest novel is the eco-thriller Hummingbird Salamander and his short story "Secret Life "will be released this year as a graphic novel by Theo Ellsworth. He speaks and writes frequently about issues relating to climate change and has written nonfiction for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the Atlantic.com, among others.

March 17
6:00 PM McGuire Hall

The keynote address is free and open to the public.

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



Writers at Work Series
Faculty Reading: Andrew Ross and Masudul Biswas

Loyola University Maryland professors Masudul Biswas and Andrew Ross will present new work and answer questions about the writing process.

Dr. Biswas is an Associate Professor of Communication whose interests include diversity in online news, roles of ethnic news media in a multicultural society, social and political issues in global media, and curriculum and teaching approaches to diversity in journalism and communication education.A former journalist in Bangladesh and web developer, his publications include peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries, and editor-reviewed journal articles. His peer-reviewed articles were published in journals, including Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, Newspaper Research Journal and Teaching Journalism & Mass Communication. Between 2017 – 2018, he worked on an Ohio University-UNICEF project on Communication for Development curriculum project for the universities in Bangladesh.

Dr. Ross is an assistant professor of history at Loyola University Maryland. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, with specializations in modern France, the history of sexuality, cultural history, and women’s and gender studies. His research focuses on the relationship between sexuality and urban history and his first book, Public City/Public Sex: Homosexuality, Prostitution and Urban Culture in Nineteenth-Century Paris, was published in 2019 with Temple University Press. His research has also appeared in the Berkeley Journal of Sociology, The Journal of the History of Sexuality, and French Historical Studies. Ross previously taught at Kenyon College and the University of Southern Mississippi and he offers courses in European history, urban history, and the history of gender and sexuality. You can see more about his research and teaching at his website (www.andrewisraelross.com).

6:00 PM. Fourth Floor Program Room


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