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SBS DEVELOPMENTS 2016-2017 A Publication for Alumni and Friends of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Writer and Editor Lori Harwood Contributing Editor Jennifer Yamnitz Contributing Designers John Stobbe Di Vasquez Richie Brevaire Contributing Writers Mike Chesnick Megan Kimble Development Office Ginny Healy, senior director of development Colleen Bagnall Perra, director of development Oona Feddis, events and donor relations manager Inquiries may be addressed to: SBS DEVELOPMENTS The University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences P.O. Box 210028 Tucson, Arizona 85721 520-626-3846

On the cover: Photo “Whisper of an Evening” was taken in Yazd, Iran, in 2014 by Mehmet Kurt. Kurt’s photo was part of the 2015 photo exhibit by the UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies. See page 14 to read about the Roshan Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Persian and Iranian Studies.

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Q&A with the Dean

20 The Magellan Circle


Seeds of Change: Amy Goldman Supports Seed Library Summit

25 SBS Advisory Board Profile, featuring Ken and Linda Robin


Garden Gift Grows Student Success: A Gift from the Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation Extends the Community and School Garden Program

30 Perspectives, featuring Michael Bloom


Soldwedel Vision for the Future of Journalism

10 A Private Man: Don Bennett Moon Defends the First Amendment and Privacy 12 The Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies Celebrates a New Endowed Chair and the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation 14 Pursuing Excellence in Persian and Iranian Studies: A $2 Million Commitment from Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute 18 Understanding Turkey: Rich and Bahar Delgado Fund the Arizona Center for Turkish Studies 26 Putting Ethics First: Creating the Kanbay Endowed

Chair in Ethical Governance

34 Soundbites 36 The Buzz: News & Notes 40 How to Give

Name: John Paul Jones III College: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Number of Years as Dean: 7 Fun Fact: I’m something of a vagabond. I have lived in 11 states: Rhode Island twice, California three times, South Carolina, Mississippi, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, Texas twice, Kentucky, Ohio, and Arizona. I have also lived in Cuba, Mexico, and Ireland for a year or longer.

What do you enjoy most about serving as dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences? John Paul Jones III Photo by Michelle Burley

I enjoy meeting people who are passionate supporters of the University and enthusiastic about the work our faculty and students do to understand and improve people’s lives. So much of the research and creative activities that faculty members pursue—whether about civic life, cultures, and histories, connections with our environments, or our relationships to one another—is recognized as superior at national and international levels. Learning about that work is important to me, and I appreciate the extraordinary imagination and commitment our faculty bring to teaching. I also appreciate that our units and faculty put such tremendous effort toward community betterment. We have unit-level endeavors such as the Tucson Poverty Project, which permits students to affect real change in our communities as part of their learning, and college-level programs. The Downtown Series brings the work of some of the UA’s most brilliant thinkers to the public domain. We are delighted to sponsor the Southwest Folklife Alliance, which produces the spectacular annual Tucson Meet Yourself festival, and to have recently established the new Center for Regional Food Studies, which focuses on food security and Southwest and border foodways. Both illustrate what I so enjoy about community outreach: that our partnerships help preserve the region’s rich heritage, thriving traditions, and distinctiveness. The fact that our partnerships with community organizations, government agencies, and private-sector employers are so effective and dynamic means a lot to me.

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What would you like people to know about the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences? Everyone knows that in SBS we have faculty who identify as social scientists as well as humanists, but we also have life, natural, and information scientists among our ranks. They represent nearly every aspect of the liberal arts tradition, and that tradition is no less important now than it was when the modern disciplines began to emerge. What does this mean for students? In our highly connected and often digitally mediated world, it is increasingly important for young people to know how to pose questions and be able to collect and organize information, to assess its validity and reliability, and to interpret and communicate what they know. Welltrained students will invoke theories and methodologies from across disciplinary arenas, whether those are from close reading and deep description; logic and causal explanation; data visualization and analysis; or simply empathetic understanding. Students with the critical skills of the liberal arts tradition should be able to discern what is persistent and valuable in complexity and noise. They should also be able to grasp what is different and mutable in tradition and stability. Finally, no student should leave the college, or indeed the University, without an understanding and appreciation of the diversity of the people on our planet. Ensuring that future generations will not just survive but prosper is a collective responsibility. Justice, fairness, compassion, and mutual respect should be hallmarks of our social conduct.

What are some of the challenges and rewards of serving as dean? The challenge is maintaining a world-class university in a competitive environment. The market for talented faculty is international. We compete for faculty not just with the California or Midwestern universities, but with ones in Asia and Europe. Building excellence means finding creative ways to fund research, support faculty, and ensure that our students graduate with the skills to succeed. We are constantly seeking innovative ways to better our programs and the student experience while working within the constraints of our budget. In addition to seeing a department’s success, it’s rewarding to hear about the achievements of our students. Knowing that our college’s faculty, advisers, staff, and financial supporters have positively impacted the lives of our students makes me proud of the work we do in the college. I also find it rewarding to watch faculty develop into THE COLLEGE OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

leaders in their fields. I don’t think the wider public really understands how dedicated they are or how hard they work. Not one faculty member I know takes their job for granted. They see it as a privilege to be working at the UA.

What does the future hold for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences? I think we’ll continue to explore new interdisciplinary programs that meet the needs of today’s students. At the undergraduate level, we’ve launched a B.A. in law in partnership with the College of Law, a B.A. in global studies with the Colleges of Letters, Arts, and Science, and new majors in eSociety; philosophy, politics, economics and law; care, health and society; and environmental studies. These programs have attracted a large number of students, including many from diverse backgrounds. At the Ph.D. level, I would like to take the talents SBS has in interdisciplinary social and cultural theory and consider how we might link that expertise productively to the UA’s wider strengths in cognitive science, environmental science, medicine, and media and technology. The so-called “Science Wars” I lived through as an assistant professor have waned, or at least taken on different dimensions, and that makes this time an especially exciting one to be a graduate student. I think we can do something really different here because of the UA’s strengths in the sciences. The scientists I know are more inclined to have this conversation than they were in the 1980s and 1990s.

What hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing outside of work? It might be fair to say that academia is both my vocation and my avocation, in that I am drawn to working in service to a strong college and University whether I am in or outside of the office. But it would be a disservice to the Southwest to stay indoors. Like many Tucsonans, I enjoy hiking with friends on the weekends. I like the conversations and the variety of terrains we get to explore.

What is something most people do not know about you? Many people would not know that I still have a research program—though it’s more modest now than when I first became a dean. Or that I am the adviser to six Ph.D. students. We meet nearly every Friday morning. They bring sanity to my workweek and keep me connected to my discipline. 2016-2017 ISSUE


Seeds of Change By Megan Kimble, MFA (’13) in Creative Writing

For Amy Goldman, heirloom fruits and vegetables are a kind of art. The lifelong gardener, plant conservationist, and seed saver is the author of four books about heirloom plants; her latest, Heirloom Harvest, features 175 daguerreotypes of rare, heirloom varieties photographed from her garden over the course of 15 years. She was first drawn to heirlooms “by their novelty and diversity,” she told Organic Connections. But heirloom vegetables have deeper stories than those of taste and appearance: “By growing heirlooms you are also preserving the best of the past for the future.” “Amy is probably one of the brightest and most effective donors to the issue of conserving food diversity anywhere in the world,” says Gary Paul Nabhan, the W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems in the Southwest Center as well as the founding director of the UA Center for Regional Food Studies. Nabhan first met Goldman when they both served on the board of directors of Seed Savers Exchange, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing and saving seeds, widely recognized as the national leader of the heirloom seed movement. She eventually came to Tucson to visit Native Seeds/SEARCH, the seed saving nonprofit Nabhan co-founded. And in 1981, Native Seed/SEARCH and the University of Arizona were hosts of the first national grassroots seed conference in Tucson to address issues of community access to seeds. Gary Paul Nabhan. Photo by Michelle Burley




Thirty-three years later, Goldman enabled another such seed gathering in Tucson, with a $25,000 gift to support the first International Seed Library Summit. Held in May of 2015, the summit addressed regulatory challenges surrounding public seed saving. “The seed library forum happened in part because there had been a challenge to having libraries and nonprofits distribute free seeds to the public,” says Nabhan. “ State seed inspectors had begun to treat them as competitors to commercial seed distributors in the seed industry.” In spite of the regulatory hurdles, “we were seeing this incredible support for seed libraries across the country and an influx of people interested,” says Justine Hernandez, a librarian at Pima County Public Libraries. In 2012, along with community partners, Hernandez built a network of 27 seed libraries in Pima County. Anyone with a library card could check out up to six packets of seeds a month, with the expectation that seeds would be returned from harvested plants. Today, southern Arizona has 12 percent of all the seed libraries in the country. “We have a successful seed library here, so we wondered how we could advocate and support and fight for our community’s right to share seeds,” says Hernandez. On May 3-6, 2015, the International Seed Summit brought together 150 people from seven countries. “The forum legitimized seed libraries and the seed saving community,” says Hernandez. “We had some really significant folks come that were involved in grander-scale conservation efforts.” One of those attendees was Cary Fowler, Goldman’s husband and the executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, a group in Rome that helps run the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Fowler attended the first seed saving conference 33 years before; in 2015, he gave a keynote about the history of community seed saving. The seed library forum also saw the creation of the International Seed Library Association, which issued a statement that was distributed to state seed inspectors. “This had a positive impact on [the inspectors] understanding and accepting the important role that seed libraries play in this country,” says Nabhan. In addition to bringing together notable figures in the seed saving movement, the forum also brought the local community to the table, says Hernandez. “The seed libraries are reflective of and belong to the community.” She says that the Pima County Seed Library is “a lovely piece of a bigger machine at work to support people’s gardening efforts, and initiating conversations about access to food in our community, and ownership of seeds.” And that conversation is only growing. In December


The legacy of seed saving in the desert was a focus o f the UNESCO City of Gastronomy application, including not only the vast collection of desertadapted seeds contained in the seed vault a t Native Seeds/SEARCH but also the people growing these seeds today, in community gardens, backyards, and schools across the city. of 2015, Tucson was recognized as a UNESCO World City of Gastronomy. The designation added Tucson to UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network, created in 2004 to promote cooperation among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. The legacy of seed saving in the desert was a focus of the application, including not only the vast collection of desert-adapted seeds contained in the seed vault at Native Seeds/SEARCH—some of which exist nowhere else in the world—but also the people growing these seeds today, in community gardens, backyards, and schools across the city. In May of 2016, Nabhan and a delegation from the city of Tucson traveled to Parma, Italy, to meet with city planners, educators, food producers, scholars, and chefs from 13 other Cities of Gastronomy. “The communitybased seed programs that have emerged in Tucson were probably the most interesting to the other Cities of Gastronomy,” says Nabhan. Indeed, one of the first publications to come from the UA Center for Regional Food Studies, which was established on the same day as the City of Gastronomy designation, is a catalog of the food diversity contained within the Tucson basin, highlighting the many heirloom crops that have grown here for centuries—and the many seeds that have been saved, enabling them to grow into the future.

Heirloom vegetables from the San Simon school in the Tohono O’odham Gu Vo district. Photo by Moses Thompson 2016-2017 ISSUE



The Community and School Garden Program will extend to Sunnyside School District and to additional low-income schools in the Tucson Unified School District, thanks to a grant from the Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation.

The Community and School Garden Program (CSGP) matches UA student interns with Tucson schools and community organizations to support the installation, development, and maintenance of garden programs. Interns are also trained to assist with lesson plan development and instruction around food, gardening, and community development. Sarah Brown Smallhouse—the president of Thomas R. Brown Foundations, which includes the Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation—saw the magic of the garden 6


program firsthand. “When Sallie Marston [director of the CSGP] offered me a tour of Manzo Elementary School, the garden was so much more than I expected,” Smallhouse said. “What I expected was a very nice school garden maintained by the students and used as a tool to teach science, mostly biology. What I found was a transformed campus, with opportunities to learn around every corner, and students clamoring to be involved, and family and faculty creatively engaged to make the garden even more fully integrated into the THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

“We are thrilled that so many more students will be exposed to the learning opportunities this program offers.” ~ Sarah Brown Smallhouse, president, Thomas R. Brown Foundations school. After the tour, it was natural to wonder if additional schools could benefit from a gardening program.” The CSGP engaged-learning course currently places around 100 students a year in 12 low-income TUSD schools and in additional community centers that are within 20 to 25 minutes of the UA. The program restricts its service area because the interns’ travel time is constrained by their course schedules, jobs, and frequent reliance on either public transportation or bicycles. Even though Marston, who is a professor in the School of Geography and Development, wanted to keep the program from growing too unwieldy given the small number of staff members, she also wanted to help schools outside the geographic reach of the program that were requesting assistance. The Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation stepped in to help and awarded the CSGP a grant to hire a community

Sarah Brown Smallhouse


Photo opposite page: The Community and School Garden Program at Mansfeld Middle School. Above: Manzo Elementary School. Photos by Moses Thompson

liaison to prepare teachers, teaching assistants, parents, and community members to maintain the gardens and implement a garden-based curriculum. “My father, Thomas R. Brown, started Burr-Brown in our garage at home, and it grew to be a great company—way beyond the original expectations of my dad,” Smallhouse said. “We hope to give others tools to build their own dreams through our family foundation gifts. The gardens are teaching so much! We believe they will capture the natural interest of students and lead to a brighter future for them and our community as a whole.” With additional support for two more years following a successful first year, Marston expects that 11 more low-income schools will be supported, including those from Sunnyside School District. During the 2015-2016 school year, 86 percent of the students in Sunnyside qualified to receive free or reduced-price meals. The main job of the liaison will be to help train the teachers and volunteers on how to use the garden as a learning lab. The CSGP website includes curriculum—ranging from single lessons to science experiments carried out over a semester—that are consistent with state standards. The garden can be incorporated into a range of subjects, including science, math, English, and art. “It’s not enough to make curriculum available, you also need to workshop

that curriculum so that teachers feel comfortable using it,” said Marston. Although Marston plans to implement a more comprehensive evaluation of the program this year, previous evaluations have revealed a few persistent findings. UA interns report increased confidence in translating their abstract classroom learning into practical skills. Kids who eat from their school gardens have more interest in eating fresh vegetables. Reduced stress among students working in the garden has also been reported. And while Marston is hesitant to make overreaching claims about the direct impact of the garden on grades, she’s received feedback from teachers that the garden is a positive force in the classroom. “We did in-depth interviews with five teachers, and they all said the garden was really helpful for students when they take their state exams,” Marston said. “They take the skills they learn in the garden and apply them to other contexts to solve problems.” Marston is thankful to the Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation for funding the extension of the garden program. “This pilot project will enable us to develop a model that we can export to schools that have asked us for help. We can empower other people to do what we are doing,” Marston said. “To be a bit trite, it is teaching others how to fish instead of fishing for them.”

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Soldwedel Vision for Future of Journalism By Mike Chesnick, UA School of Journalism

Family endowment helps UA journalism continue legacy of investigative reporting in new media age. Lou Edith “Luda” and Donald Soldwedel championed journalism at the University of Arizona, prompting former school director Jacqueline Sharkey to call them “visionaries.” Thanks to a generous endowment from the late couple, their vision of strong journalism will stay alive for students and faculty for years to come. After Luda, 90, passed away on April 13, the couple’s lifetime gifts converted to a $233,175 endowment to benefit the School of Journalism in perpetuity. That gift follows the more than $300,000 that Luda gave to the program after Donald passed away in 2008 at 83. “Their generosity has benefited thousands of students, and their endowment will benefit thousands more,” Sharkey said. “They set an example for all of us about the power of thoughtful giving.” The two joined others in helping save the UA journalism program after it was slated for closure in the mid-1990s. “Their funding provided everything from support for instructional technology to independent student research and

faculty salaries,” Sharkey said. Donald Soldwedel founded the school’s Journalism Advisory Council in 1996 and served as a chair and member. He had a corner office in the Marshall Building, where the school moved to in 2004, until his death. “The Soldwedel family has been incredible supporters of the program and journalism throughout the state,” said David Cuillier, director of the UA School of Journalism. “Their financial help provided amazing opportunities for students and faculty, particularly during the state’s recent lean budgetary years.” The school will celebrate its 65th anniversary this year, encouraging alumni

to pledge their commitment through planned gifts, as the Soldwedels did. “We are turning 65 years old, but no way are we about to retire,” Cuillier said. “All of us need to band together to pledge our support for when we pass, to leave a legacy that will guarantee the teaching of journalism excellence for the next 65 years and beyond.” Donald met Luda in Pekin, Ill., while working on her father’s newspaper. The two attended the University of Arizona, where Donald received a marketing degree in 1946 and Luda earned a liberal arts degree. She and Donald moved to Yuma in 1953 when he became general manager of

“Don and Luda believed deeply in the crucial role of the news media in a democratic society. They were visionaries who were committed to fostering a cutting-edge education for the next generation of journalists.” ~ Jacqueline Sharkey, former director of the School of Journalism




Study-abroad students conduct an interview in Costa Rica.

Students in Professor Celeste González de Bustamante’s “Reporting in the U.S-Mexico Borderlands” class take a tour of Nogales, Sonora.

her father’s Yuma Daily Sun, where Donald served as co-owner and co-publisher until 1984. The couple bought the Prescott Courier in 1958 and began to build a multimedia company, then called Western Newspapers Inc., which ran several newspapers, radio stations, printing plants, and other entities. “Don and Luda believed deeply in the crucial role of the news media in a democratic society,” Sharkey said. “They were visionaries who were committed to fostering a cutting-edge education for the next generation of journalists. “Their goal was to produce leaders who could provide the critical thinking to enable the profession to confront the many challenges of providing information that would empower the public to make independent decisions.” The Soldwedels returned to Tucson in later years and lived at the Academy Village. Donald served on the College of SBS’s Advisory Board, representing the School of Journalism. “Luda was an amazing, smart, and energetic person,” Cuillier said. “She was an avid news reader and ink was in her blood. Their children, Joe Soldwedel and Ann Buxie, continue to


Karen Lizarraga interviews volunteer Elsa Vaquero at the Casa Maria Soup Kitchen for El Independiente. The school’s bilingual magazine serves South Tucson and prepares students for community journalism. Photo by Julianne Stanford

support journalism, and for that family legacy we are eternally grateful.” Joe is president and CEO of Western News & Info, the multimedia company started by Donald and Luda. Ann, a poet, lives in Malibu, Calif., where she founded a popular storytelling center, Tales by the Sea. Joe’s children, Brett Soldwedel and Kelly Soldwedel Thornhill, are associate vice presidents of Western News & Info. “My grandparents were just always supportive in everything I did,” Brett said. “They were great people.” Donald and Luda Soldwedel also created endowments to benefit the College of Humanities Writing Skills Improvement Program, Eller College of Management, Arizona Health Sciences, and an endowed scholarship in Arizona Athletics. The couple started the UA Writing Center, and Donald chaired a $1.8 million fundraising drive to recruit Parkinson’s disease researchers to the UA College of Medicine. In 1998, he received an award for “outstanding service to higher education” from the Arizona Board of Regents.

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The Don Bennett Moon Foundation funded “A Conversation on Privacy.” Photo by Ernesto Trejo/UANews

If you google Don Bennett Moon, you won’t find much. No LinkedIn page, no bio on a website, and only a trickle of mentions in news stories. This is fitting, really, given that Moon’s signature causes are privacy and First Amendment issues, a passion that brought him to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and led him to fund SBS’s “A Conversation on Privacy” event last spring, which featured such heavyweights as Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, Nuala O’Connor, and Noam Chomsky. Moon also recently donated a significant gift to the Center for Digital Society and Data Studies, or CDSDS, in SBS’s School of Information, Arizona’s iSchool. The funds will allow the center to hire postdoctoral research fellows who will collaborate with faculty across campus, including in the James E. Rogers College of Law, to explore issues of digital access, data management and privacy, as well as human rights and online behavior. Research findings will contribute to the work being done by the Washington, D.C.based Center for Democracy and Technology. “We are so grateful for the recent support from the Don Bennett Moon Foundation, as it provides additional energy to explore some of the many issues we face in an increasingly digital society,” said Catherine Brooks,



“I view speech and privacy as being very much under assault.” ~Don Bennett Moon director of the CDSDS. Moon credits his friend Bill Nugent, proprietor of the local pub The Shanty and board member of the College of SBS, for bringing him into the “SBS fold.” “Nugent is an old friend. I knew him from hanging out at The Shanty. He was the only person who was willing to cash my checks when I was in law school. I don’t know how smart that was,” Moon said. When Moon spoke to Nugent about wanting to do something useful with his money, Nugent steered him to the College of SBS. “I like Don a lot,” Nugent said. “I think he has a really good heart. He likes to make a difference. And he’s now discovered through the resources he’s accumulated over


the years that he can do that in an effective way.” Moon discovered that SBS has expertise in areas that overlap with his own interests, namely privacy and First Amendment issues. Raised in Parker, Ariz., Moon received his B.A. in political science from the University of Maryland. He returned to Arizona to obtain his law degree from the UA. He later went to Harvard to earn his master’s degree in public administration. Before law school, Moon worked for Mo Udall during Udall’s 1976 presidential campaign, and then he was the issues coordinator for Dennis DeConcini’s 1976 Senate campaign. He remains passionate about politics. Nugent says Moon—who pops into The Shanty to chat whenever he’s in town—has “a twisted sense of humor about politics, which is really enjoyable.” Moon said he decided to become a lawyer because he “spent too much time watching ‘Perry Mason’.” Early in his career, he led a movement to create La Paz County and was elected the first La Paz County Attorney. “At the beginning I thought I wanted to be a criminal defense lawyer, and it didn’t take very long to figure out that wasn’t what I wanted to do with my life,” Moon said. “I was a prosecutor for a few years, then worked on public land issues, and then I worked on internet speech and privacy issues [as the in-house lawyer for Village Voice Media Holdings]. I’ve evolved. But the First Amendment, speech, and privacy issues are my wheelhouse.” Moon, who currently lives in Prescott, Ariz., created the Don Bennett Moon Foundation to fund the issues he cares about. “I’ve probably litigated as many speech and privacy issue cases in the last decade as any lawyer in America,” Moon said. “What I’ve seen is that the federal courts have been very good to the First Amendment and speech and privacy generally; the other two branches of government have been atrocious. So I view speech and privacy as being very much under assault.”

Private in public, Moon has no problem with telling colorful stories in person with people he trusts. “He loves to tell a story while he’s smoking a cigar,” Nugent said. “Don enjoys a fight,” said J.P. Jones III, dean of the College of SBS, referring to Moon’s stories of legal battles. “He doesn’t suffer fools gladly.” Jones and Ginny Healy, the senior development director for SBS, struggle to find the right actor to compare Moon to. Healy leans toward Robert Mitchum, while Jones thinks Joe Don Baker in the movie “Junior Bonner” is a better fit. Nugent adds that Moon is a “person of contradictions.” His favorite author is gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, yet his favorite place to stay is the Arizona Inn, a bastion of tradition, calm, and elegance. “I have a very serious Arizona Inn addiction,” said Moon. “I make it a point to hit the inn five or six times a year just for therapy.” Moon was pleased with the success of “A Conversation on Privacy.” “I thought it was a terrific program and hopefully gave people something to think about.” “I can tell you that everyone I’ve dealt with at SBS starting with J.P. have just been tremendous folks,” Moon said. “I really look forward to a long-term relationship.”

Don Bennett Moon

A Conversation on Privacy The Don Bennett Moon Foundation sponsored the College of SBS panel discussion “A Conversation on Privacy.” The March 25th discussion featured MIT Professor Noam Chomsky, journalist Glenn Greenwald, and former NSA subcontractor Edward Snowden. Chomsky and Greenwald appeared in person while Snowden video-conferenced from Russia. Nuala


O’Connor, president and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology, was the moderator. The panelists discussed the competing stresses posed by balancing government intrusion and individual rights in pursuit of a safe society. More than 300,000 people have viewed the video. To watch, go to sbs. The conversation on privacy continued in the Downtown Series on Privacy, held for five weeks on Wednesdays from Oct. 19-Nov. 16. The

series featured national experts on privacy who discussed the costs and benefits of giving up personal data in exchange for convenience, precision health, and security. The conversations explored privacy in our relationships to government, corporations, the media, family and peers, and health. Videos of lectures can be found at

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A Historical Shift:

The Reformation At the UA, the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies is the center for graduate study of late medieval and early-modern Europe, 1300-1700. Bolstered by an outstanding collection of Reformation and medieval texts—housed in University Libraries Special Collections—the unit attracts and graduates some of the best scholars in this field in the country. Recently the Susan C. Karant-Nunn Endowed Chair in Reformation and Early Modern European History was established through a donation honoring Regents’ Professor Karant-Nunn and her lifetime of accomplishments. The professorship is the College of SBS’s first endowed chair named for a woman. Remarkably, this is the second endowed position for the small but prestigious unit. The first endowed post— the Heiko A. Oberman Chair—ensured the future of the division following the death of its founder. The division was created in 1989, five years after Heiko Oberman, a world-renowned historian (he held a named professorship at Harvard by the age of 34), came to the UA for family health reasons. Karant-Nunn joined him in 1999. Before his passing in 2001, Oberman promised to donate his extensive library to the UA if it could raise the money to endow a faculty chair in his field.

Oberman accumulated a library of more than 10,000 volumes, some of which are from the 16th and 17th centuries and are quite rare. The Oberman collection also contains writings from the Second Vatican Council and is thought to be the only complete holding of this kind outside of official Catholic Church archives. After 10 years of fundraising, the division reached the $2 million mark to endow the Heiko Oberman Chair, thanks to gifts from more than 520 community members, alumni, and friends. Professor Ute Lotz-Heumann, who specializes in English and Irish history and is the European editor of the academic journal Archive for Reformation History, was selected in 2008 to occupy the chair.

The Laura and Arch Brown Library Endowment has underwritten the purchase of two 16th-century books for University Libraries Special Collections in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation: a 1524 pamphlet by Martin Luther in which he urges city councils in Germany to establish schools for both boys and girls; and a 1523 anti-Lutheran polemic by the Catholic satirist Thomas Murner. “I am just dazzled by the generosity of the Browns, which allowed the University to buy two very rare, highly desirable books,” Karant-Nunn said.




500th Anniversary of the Start of the Reformation The UA will share its expertise and the Oberman library with the community during a series of 2017 events to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, specifically of when Martin Luther distributed his 95 Theses Against Indulgences from Wittenberg in October 1517. Karant-Nunn, who has just completed a bookmanuscript on Martin Luther, says the United States was deeply influenced by the Reformation: “When you think of the Pilgrims, the Puritans, the Quakers, and the Moravians who settled in a number of colonies along the eastern seaboard of North America, you are reminded that they came because of religious dissatisfaction,” Karant-Nunn said. “They didn’t think the Protestant Reformation had gone far enough. Some people maintain that the mentality of the Puritans lies, even to this day, at the core of being an American. Searching for an intimate relationship with God, self-examination, working hard, denying oneself luxuries, saving and reinvesting— these allegedly owe much to the Puritans, who were Calvinists.”

Susan Karant-Nunn and Ute Lotz-Heumann holding the two new acquisitions to University Libraries Special Collections purchased by the Laura and Arch Brown Library Endowment. Photo by Aengus Anderson

A rare book in the Oberman collection. Photo by Chris Segrin

Below is a sketch of some of the public events lined up to commemorate the Reformation anniversary. Please check for updates and specifics as the events draw nearer: January 25 | Public lecture on the Lutheran Reformation by Susan Karant-Nunn March 29 | Annual Town and Gown Lecture with renowned historian Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks April 11 | UA Early Books Lecture featuring KarantNunn and Ute Lotz-Heumann, who will speak about the two new acquisitions made possible by Arch and Laura Brown Four Sundays in August | Summer Lecture Series on aspects of the Reformation, held at St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church October 4 | Public lecture on war and religion in the Reformation era by Lotz-Heumann August - December | Special exhibit at University Libraries Special Collections of selected titles from the Heiko A. Oberman collection as well as other holdings related to the Reformation The Reformation events may also include an art exhibit, movie screenings, as well as programs offered by other units on campus, including the Department of German Studies and the Department of Religious Studies and Classics. Karant-Nunn will also lecture about the Reformation in Tucson, Ariz.; Fort Collins, Colo.; and Newcastle-uponTyne, England.


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A $2 million commitment from Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute will solidify the UA’s already excellent program in Persian and Iranian studies. The result: a pipeline of experts in one of the oldest and most critical areas of the world.


he Persian and Iranian studies program, offered by the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, is already among the largest in the United States. Kamran Talattof, a professor in Middle Eastern and North African Studies, said the program has had up to 18 master’s and doctoral students in recent years, which is Tomb of Cyrus the Great in Pasargadae substantial for a program focused on a region. Moreover, Talattof feels the time is right for a ramping up of research and teaching on Persian and Iranian studies. “From a political point of view, whether Iran is perceived as an unfriendly nation or not, we need to study it,” Talattof said. “I think the pro-democracy movements, normalcy, and peace are going to prevail. If that happens, we will need more experts on the country. If that relationship



improves, I believe there will be a huge new market in terms of business, language, and culture.” Helping the UA realize that vision, Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute committed $2 million to facilitate the creation of the Roshan Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, or GIDP, in Persian and Iranian Studies. The grant supports the program’s components, including a new endowed faculty chair and an endowed professorship; the Master of Arts and doctoral programs that are currently under development; and programmatic activities. The first $1 million of the grant has been received. Talattof, who initiated the grant process, will hold the Roshan Institute Chair in Persian and Iranian Studies. His work focuses on issues of gender, culture, ideology, and Persian language instruction. Joining


the UA in 1999, Talattof had been steadily building length of time,” Talattof said. “Of these, a few have offered the Persian and Iranian studies program at the UA, specializations or higher degrees. However, these numincluding previously securing around $800,000 for the bers constantly fluctuate, indicating the volatility of the program in addition to the most recent grant. field in the face of sociopolitical changes and economic Recruitment for the endowed professor is underway, conditions. The Roshan GIDP will be a secure, nationally and the new hire should recognized home for the begin in fall 2017. continuous pursuit of excel Endowed positions are lence in Persian and Iranian important because they studies.” are permanent. Faculty are supported every year Increasing Cultural using the payout from the Awareness grant’s principal amount. Roshan Cultural Heritage With government funding Institute supports cultural for higher education at a and educational activities historic low, endowments that help the transmission are increasingly important and instruction of Persian to recruit and retain language and culture. exceptional faculty. Founded in 2000, the So, what does the new institute has awarded GIDP mean for students? millions in grants for (l-r): Dr. Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali, chair and president of Roshan Cultural Heritage In the past, students the strengthening or could focus on Persian and Institute; Kamran Talattof, UA Roshan Institute Chair in Persian and Iranian Studies establishment of academic Iranian studies but their degree would be from another Persian programs throughout the world. discipline, oftentimes Middle Eastern and North “We are pleased to establish the first Roshan Institute African Studies. With the new GIDP, students will be graduate program at the University of Arizona, home able to get a graduate degree specifically in Persian and of one of the oldest and strongest Persian programs Iranian studies. This specialization will allow them to nationwide,” said Dr. Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali, chair take more courses pertinent to their area of study. They and president of Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute. also will be required to achieve superior proficiency in “The vision for the Roshan Graduate Interdisciplinary the Persian language. There will be a minor in Persian Program in Persian and Iranian Studies is to support and Iranian Studies as well. research, teaching, and programmatic activities that are The program also hopes to expand UA connections with academics in Iran, bring in visiting scholars (including experts in the Persian literature of Tajikistan), and support community outreach activities such as conferences, film series, lectures, and cultural celebrations. With the support provided by the endowment—which comes from the Roshan Cultural Heritage Fund, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation—Talattof says the UA is on its way to having one of the best Persian and Iranian studies programs in the country. In addition, the grant provides the stability often missing from area studies programs. “There are perhaps 20 universities in the United States where Persian language instruction has been offered The tomb of Xerxes I at Naqsh-e Rustam near Persepolis, Iran. substantially and for any significant


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Azadi Square in Tehran, Iran

“I am very grateful to Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute for this transformative grant. It will enable us to build upon the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies’ already strong program in Persian and Iranian studies while advancing interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching in the historic and contemporary dimensions of this important world region.” ~ John Paul Jones III, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences



necessary for the training of Persian and Iranian studies scholars and Persian language teachers. We are delighted to partner again with the University of Arizona, knowing that our first graduate program is uniquely poised to make a real impact for generations to come.” This is the UA’s second significant grant from Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute, a relationship that began about 15 years ago when Talattof met Mir-Djalali at a conference for the Middle East Studies Association, or MESA. In 2003, Talattof worked with Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute to establish a $300,000 endowment in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies (then the Department of Near Eastern Studies) to provide fellowships to outstanding graduate students in Persian and Iranian studies. The fellowships were instrumental in attracting top graduate students to the budding program. Ahmad Razi, who came to the UA from India, said the Roshan fellowship “stepped in my life as a savior.” He used some of the money to fund a trip to Iran to hone his Persian language skills and collect materials for his doctoral research. “The Roshan fellowship changed my life dramatically,” said Mehrak Kamali Sarvestani. “The fellowship made it possible for me to access literary documents, buy the newest Persian sources from Iran, and travel to conferences and workshops.” Current UA student Mojtaba Ebrahimian studies the evolution of Persianate travelogues from the last 200 years and their role in the formation of modern Persian short stories and novels. “The Roshan fellowship affected me economically and emotionally,” Ebrahimian said. “I used the fellowship to purchase the sources I needed for my dissertation research and to register for the MESA conference. Knowing that there is interest in the Persianate world and its literature and culture makes me feel more motivated and emotionally charges me to be a better and more hard-working student.” Felisa Hervey—a current doctoral student, poet, and former Air Force Captain—used her fellowship to support the translation and publication of a volume of Persian poetry written by Afghan women titled


Currently, the UA offers four levels of Persian to around 30 students each semester. The growth in the Persian language classes was spurred in part by cultural events designed to foster community among the students. For example, on Thursday evenings, students who were studying Persian gathered in the conference room in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, which was transformed for the occasion into a “chaykhane,” or “tea house.” Students enjoyed Persian tea and delicacies while practicing speaking in Persian.

Load Poems Like Guns: Translations from Contemporary Women Poets of Herat, Afghanistan. The ripple effect of the fellowship’s impact continues to spread as students take jobs at other universities, sharing their expertise with the next generation of students. After completing his dissertation—titled “National Self and Narrative of Identity: Construction of Nationalism in Modern Persian Literature and Film”—in 2011, Ahmad Razi was hired as a lecturer in Iranian studies at the University of Kansas. Sarvestani is currently a lecturer in Persian studies as well as the coordinator of the Persian Language Program at Ohio State University. Satoshi Abe, who used his fellowship to conduct research about environmentalism in Iran,

now teaches at Nagasaki University in Japan. For Talattof, educating people about this part of the world is critical and students’ productivity is the ultimate reward. “It is one of the oldest civilizations in the world,” Talattof said. “If you want to study revolution, you cannot escape Iran. In terms of the rise and decline of fundamentalism, Iran is a perfect example. Iran is important in terms of politics, in terms of history, in terms of culture.”

Celebration of the Persian New Year on the University of Arizona campus


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ccording to UA Professor Brian Silverstein, last year one-fifth of all of the students studying Turkish in the United States were doing so at the UA. “Turkey’s past, present, and future furnish exceptionally important windows on several of the key regions and crucial issues of our time,” Silverstein said. Given the interest in Turkey by students, the expertise on the region among UA faculty, and the importance of the region, the UA established the Arizona Center for Turkish Studies a few years ago. A vote of confidence in the center just arrived from Rich and Bahar Delgado, who designated a portion of their UA estate gift to fund visiting scholars in Turkish studies. The Arizona Center for Turkish Studies, or ACTS, is a research center that brings together a large and growing interdisciplinary group of faculty and students from across the UA campus to study all aspects of Turkish society, including history, politics, economy, literature, and music. Silverstein helms the new center. A cultural anthropologist in the School of Anthropology, Silverstein has published on Islam and modernity in Turkey, as well as Sufism in the late Ottoman Empire and Republic of Turkey.



His current work is on institutional reform in Turkey and the country’s on-again, off-again negotiations over entry into the European Union. “In recent years Turkey has gained importance in the region and beyond as its economy has grown to be one of the 20 largest in the world and the country has intensified its relations with not only Europe and the Middle East, but also Africa and Asia,” Silverstein said. Silverstein said that he and his colleagues—especially Professor Benjamin Fortna, a prominent historian of the late Ottoman Empire whom the UA enticed away from the University of London to be the new director of the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies—are working to make the Arizona Center for Turkish Studies the leading center for the study of Turkey and its relationships with the world. “One of the things that we see as making us unique is that we want to focus on people and issues that have not received sufficient attention, for instance minorities or environmental issues,” Silverstein said. The center is focused on supporting UA student and faculty research and helping the UA and Tucson communities learn more about Turkey. Student and faculty


presentations and public “Beyond Antarctica, there talks by visiting faculty are few places on the planet members are all part of where we haven’t had a local the strategy. beverage,” Bahar said. Silverstein says he The couple learned about has “big plans” for the the Magellan Circle from future of ACTS, including: Rowene Aguirre-Medina, providing student travel an SBS board member, and scholarships to Turkey, soon became members. hosting visiting scholars, The couple say they enjoy involving students and/ the rich cultural life the or faculty in educational University of Arizona offers, trips to Turkey for the including SBS’s Downtown public, and ensuring Series. Ottoman Turkish can be In addition to supporting Bahar and Rich Delgado with their Magellan Circle Scholar, Joseph Collins. taught regularly. the Arizona Center for Photo by Colin Prenger Turkish Studies, the Delgados Rich Delgado credits have allocated funds to two other areas in SBS in their Silverstein’s vision, along with Bahar’s Turkish roots and estate gift: a Magellan Circle lifetime membership and the couple’s relationship with other UA alumni from scholarships for students in the School of Journalism. Turkey, as what “motivated us to give ACTS a push.” “We’ve enjoyed the Magellan Circle events and want Bahar was born in Izmir, Turkey, and completed to advance the purposes of the College of Social and two years of college in home economics at Dokuz Eylül Behavioral Sciences,” Rich said. He added that they are University. Bahar later moved to Colorado, but during a giving to journalism in acknowledgement of Rich’s summer visit to Turkey to visit her mother in 1984, she met master’s degree in journalism. “The state of journalism and an American serviceman, Rich Delgado, who was stationed its evolving nature are of great interest to me.” with NATO in Izmir. The couple are also donating to the College of Education “Nothing is better than a warm summer night along and the Arizona Assurance scholarship program. Izmir’s waterfront: the ‘Birinci Kordon’ and its mile-long Silverstein said that he is “extremely grateful and string of open-air cafes, mezes [appetizers], raki, amazing proud” of the Delgados’ support. “The Delgados’ gift comes salads and seafood,” said Bahar. “It was in such a setting at a crucial time for the center, as it will allow us to more that we spent our first regularly bring speakers from outside the UA, contributing date, topped off with expertise and perspectives that our students and the public the first fresh figs Rich don’t already get from our UA faculty.” had ever eaten—and then a 2 a.m. taxi ride to Alexander’s Castle, vintage 323 BC, all under a full moon.” The couple married in early 1986. Rich, a Nebraska native, graduated with When speaking about returning to Izmir, a B.A. in history from Bahar said, “We can hardly wait for our Creighton University, leisurely breakfasts at the ferry landing. an M.A. in journalism Our 10K step goal takes us back along from the University of a waterfront walk to our apartment, but not before we stop in our ‘hole in the Missouri, Columbia, and wall’ coffee shop for the best Turkish a doctorate in education coffee on the planet.” administration from the UA. He spent 24 years in the U.S. Army as an infantryman, aviator, and public affairs officer. He also taught for Department of Defense Overseas Schools, initially in Germany and later in Incirlik, Turkey. Since Rich retired in June 2008, the couple have spent the majority of their time in Izmir or taking cruises (more than 450 days at sea).


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The Magellan Circle is a society of donors who contribute to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The money raised in the Magellan Circle supports the Dean’s Fund for Excellence and student scholarships. Over the years, Magellan Circle members’ generous donations have supported more than 530 students and funded many research projects and faculty awards.

This year, Magellan Circle funds supported a variety of activities, including the following: • community events such as the Tucson Festival of Books and various public lectures, including the Downtown Series • student conferences • Community and School Garden Program • Tucson Public Voices Fellowship Program • college teaching awards

Magellan Circle Funds At Work! For the fourth year, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences—in partnership with the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona and Ann W. Lovell, president of the David and Lura Lovell Foundation—will lead the organization of a year-long media training for women, with the goal of increasing underrepresented voices in public opinion. The 2015-2016 cohort of UA faculty and community leaders published more op-eds than any other cohort in the history of the program! Ann W. Lovell

Magellan Dinner

Photos by Colin Prenger




SBS Awards At the Magellan Circle dinner in April, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences presented three awards: Advisory Board’s Award for Outstanding Service Leo Roop, who encouraged the creation of the Magellan Circle and was one of its founding members, funds the Roop Summer Career Paths Internship and Research Training Scholarship, which helps top students in the Center for Latin American Studies participate in summer programs in Latin America, including internships, research projects, training seminars, and study abroad.

Leo Roop (right) with Mario Vasquez, his Magellan Circle Scholar, and Marcela Vásquez-León, director of the Center for Latin American Studies. Photo by Colin Prenger

The Dean’s Development Award The Dean’s Development Award, which goes to a faculty member who has extraordinary service in the area of fundraising, went to Carolyn Lukensmeyer, executive director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, which promotes a healthy and civil political climate in our country. Lukensmeyer and her team have raised over $5.5 million since 2012.

Carolyn Lukensmeyer pictured with Dean J.P. Jones (left) and Steve Lynn, chair of the SBS Advisory Board. Photo by Colin Prenger THE COLLEGE OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

Community Partnership Award The Community Partnership Award—received this year by the Poverty in Tucson Field Workshop—celebrates faculty and community organizations that work together to make our city and region a better place. Through the workshop, the College of SBS, the city of Tucson, and local nonprofit groups study how poverty affects our community and identify ways to help struggling families.

Members of the Poverty in Tucson Field Workshop (l-r): Brian Mayer, an associate professor in the School of Sociology; Clint Mabie, president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona; Dean J.P. Jones; T. VanHook, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Tucson; Michael McDonald, CEO of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona; and Steve Lynn. Not pictured: Nikki Halle with the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation. Photo by Colin Prenger

“I love SBS. I have yet to find a more supportive and engaged community of driven and highly skilled people. It’s always bothered me when someone meets a history major and says “What are you going to do with that?” If only they knew the kinds of questions our students are asking about what it means to be human! Being a Magellan Scholar means thinking about new and inventive ways to answer those really tough questions.” ~Jaynie Adams, Magellan Circle student speaker, majoring in history and German 2016-2017 ISSUE



Peter Hayes Hervey Hotchkiss and Susan Parker-Hotchkiss (P)

Duane and Linda Whitaker * Laurel Wilkening

Jim and Joanne Hunter

Mel and Enid Zuckerman

Bob and Esther Berger

Nicholas and Athena Karabots


Tom and Olga Bever *

Tom Keating (P)

Betsy Bolding (P)

Reenie Keating (P)

Larry and Jana Bradley

Ken and Randy Kendrick

Lyn Brillo

Steve and Nancy Lynn (P)*

Laura and Archibald Brown (P)

Fletcher and Elizabeth McCusker

Paul and Alice Baker *

Earl and Louise Carroll (P)* Beth Castro

Jim Meehan and Patricia White

Ruth Cramer *

David and Carol Nevins

Don and Ashley Daley

Geoff and Kay Nixon

Stephanie Denkowicz and Aydin Caginalp

Bill Nugent

Donald and Joan Diamond Stephen and Ruth Dickstein (P) Keith Dixon Sally Drachman Salvatore Richard and Mary Rose Duffield Karl and Sandy Elers Karl and Stevie Eller Jo Ann Ellison and Barbara Starrett (P)

Geertruida Oberman Eleanor Olsen * John and Thea Patterson Ken and Betsy Plevan Ramki and Saroj Ramakrishnan Melody Robidoux (P) Ken and Linda Robin (P) Ron and Karen Rose Vivi and Adib Sabbagh (P)*

Betty Feinberg

John and Helen Schaefer *

Bruce and Edythe Gissing (P)

Raymond and Tina Spencer

Matt and Julie Harelson

David and Andrea Stein

Altria Group, Inc. Arizona Friends of Tibet Charles Koch Charitable Foundation Democracy Fund, Inc. Don Bennett Moon Foundation Helios Education Foundation James S. McDonnell Foundation Joseph and Mary Cacioppo Foundation Knight Foundation Lessner Family Trust Marshall Foundation Omidyar Network Fund, Inc. Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute Southwestern Foundation Vital Projects Fund W.K. Kellogg Foundation William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

Bill and Colleen Weissman The 2015-2016 Magellan Circle Scholars. Photos on this spread by Colin Prenger





Benjamin Menges

Endowed Patron

Jeffrey Mora

The late Lillian Fisher*

Richard and Shana Oseran Luis and Cecy Parra


Leo Roop *

Melany Wynn Berger

Bob and Anne Segal

Al and Susan Bergesen

Nick Soloway and Kay Ransdell

Steven Brown

Jan Konstanty and Patricia Wallace Philip and Carol Lyons Sallie Marston Margaret Maxwell Alberto Moore John Olsen and Ovadan Amanova-Olsen *

Elise Collins Shields and Creston Shields

Ed and Keeley Wright *

Tim and Fran Orrok

Richard and Bahar Delgado


Danny Dunbar

Endowed Explorer

Peter Salomon and Patricia Morgan

Catherine Field

Jan Lesher

William and Janet Ganley Pam Grissom *


Don Harris

Dennis and Sherrill Bambauer

Randall Holdridge

David Brown

Michael Honkamp

Jim and Judy Brown

Peggy Houghton *

Garry Bryant and Margy McGonagill

John Hudak Augie and Sue Jimenez John Paul Jones III * Bob and Marilyn Joyce Mike and Beth Kasser Jack and Robin Lavin Todd and Carole Lundmark Robert and Sandra Maxfield

Betsy Bolding with Alyssa Schlitzer


Hank and Barbara Peck

Thomas Rike Curtis Scaife Gulshan and Neelam Sethi John Teets (P) - Also Patron member * - Founding member

George and Marjorie Cunningham Dino DeConcini and Beth Murfee DeConcini Fred Frelinghuysen and Mary Voyatzis Adel Gamal James Kautz George and Anna Kennedy

Adib Sabbagh, Calliandra Hermanson, Megan Kleinwachter, and Vivi Sabbagh

Julian Cardenas receives his certificate at the Magellan breakfast.

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Magellan Circle Excursions Cuba Last January, geographer Dereka Rushbook led a trip to Cuba, where travelers visited museums and botanical gardens; toured Havana and Viñales Valley; spoke with experts on fascinating subjects; and, of course, cruised Havana in classic American cars!

Upcoming College Excursions Oaxaca, Mexico (Nov. 26-Dec. 7, 2016)—The Magellan Circle will travel to Oaxaca, Mexico, with David Yetman, a research social scientist with the Southwest Center and the host of “In the Americas with David Yetman.” During the trip, Yetman and Oliver Froehling, the director of Arizona in Oaxaca Study Abroad, will share their expertise about the region’s history, culture, folkart traditions, ecology, and social issues, providing Magellan Circle members with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit and learn about this stunningly beautiful and complex region of Mexico. Bosnia-Herzegovina (March 17-28, 2017)—Lisa Adeli, director of educational outreach with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, will lead this amazing trip to BosniaHerzegovina. This trip will offer travelers the opportunity not only to enjoy Bosnia’s rich cultural life, shopping, and food, but also to explore the country’s cultures, religious traditions, language, and history. For more information on excursions, contact Oona Feddis at 520-621-0218 or





Ken and Linda Robin

“I was a social science major in college,” said Linda. “I understand the value that those studies brought. When you look at the different areas of SBS, they are all fields of study that can help us solve major problems. Students in SBS gain a broad understanding of different cultures and develop analytic skills and writing skills, which are critical.” The Robins’ involvement with SBS has ranged from developing strategies for attracting new Magellan

“When you look at the different areas of SBS, they are all fields of study that can help us solve major problems. Students in SBS gain a broad understanding of different cultures and develop analytic skills and writing skills, which are critical.” ~Linda Robin Ken and Linda Robin

Ken, a retired attorney and corporate executive, and Linda, a former management consultant, started spending their winter months in Tucson several years ago and quickly became immersed in the cultural and intellectual activities provided by the UA. “The University has offered so much that has made living here really special for us,” Ken said. “We feel very involved and fond of this university. We want to give back.” The public events offered by SBS, including the Downtown Series—supported by the Magellan Circle— add to the Robins’ enjoyment of being in Tucson. Ken and Linda Robin not only financially support the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, they give their time and their ideas to help ensure the success of the college. Linda said they became SBS advisory board members for the same reason they became donors: because they are committed to helping SBS with its mission. THE COLLEGE OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

Circle members to leading focus groups with SBS students. They bring the organizational expertise honed though their careers to the college to help SBS have an even greater impact on students and the community. “We are not alums, but we have great respect for SBS and for their outreach to the community, whether that is the Poverty Project or the Community and School Garden Program, which are so amazing,” Linda said. The Robins have gone on three Magellan Circle excursions—to Italy, Israel, and Cuba—and were instrumental in shaping the Italy trip based on their extensive experience traveling the country. The result has been a community of “good friends… people who will stay in our lives.” The Robins also support the College of Science and the College of Fine Arts, especially the School of Dance. “I’d like to see us as a community supporting the University during these times of significant budget cuts,” Linda said.

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ome might say that ethical governance is an oxymoron. Certainly, being ethical in business and government dealings often seems to be an afterthought. In such an environment, students need tools to navigate the ethical dilemmas that will inevitably confront them at work and other parts of life. The School of Government and Public Policy wants ethics codified into its curriculum, giving students the skills to become leaders versed in moral reasoning. Already the home of the Raymond Spencer Program in Applied Ethics, the school is taking the next step to ensure that ethics remains a topic of study at the UA. The UA has received seven gift commitments toward the creation of the Kanbay Endowed Chair in Ethical Governance totaling over $700,000. The lead gifts came from Raymond Spencer and John Patterson, co-founders of Kanbay International, along with their wives, Tina Spencer and Thea Patterson. They were joined by several other donors, including former Kanbay employees and investors. One donor has indicated he will ensure the fund reaches the $1 million mark so that the endowed chair can be established. The Kanbay Chair will focus on ethical leadership as a key feature of good governance practice. The chair will also collaborate with colleagues from the National Institute for Civil Discourse, which also is housed in the School of Government and Public Policy and focuses on discourse in political campaigns and the promotion of ethical civic leadership. “This endowed chair allows us to be nationally recognized for our emphasis in ethical governance,” said Brint Milward, director of the School of Government and Public Policy. “We are excited that Neil Vance, the director of the Raymond Spencer Program in Applied Ethics, is the inaugural holder of the Kanbay Endowed Chair in Ethical Governance. And it is very fitting that the major donors, the Spencer and Patterson families, exemplify the highest standards of ethical governance.” Promoting the Values of Kanbay International The endowment is named after Kanbay International in recognition of the firm’s high ethical standards, which were infused into every aspect of its corporate culture when it was founded by Spencer and Patterson. Before Kanbay was acquired in 2007 for $1.3 billion by Capgemini—one of the world’s leading providers of IT and consulting services—Spencer served as its chairman and CEO, while Patterson was the managing director of the Asia Pacific region. The company had about 7,500 people in 14 locations in eight countries, and creating a common experience for the clients and the associates became the defining element of the company. The result: higher employee satisfaction and one of the lowest turnover rates in the industry.


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“What you learn about leading people is that you don’t motivate them through pay,” Spencer said. “You motivate them by creating an alignment around a shared vision. But that doesn’t take root unless you take the values and figure out what the manifestations of those values are in day-to-day life.” After Kanbay was acquired, Patterson returned to Canada and established Abbey North in Haliburton Highlands, where he and his wife, Thea, host small retreats, focusing on eradicating the HIV and AIDS pandemic in Africa, caring for the environment, and delegitimizing war. He is also founder of the Abbey Gardens Community Trust. Spencer is director of Rubicon Technology, Inc. and chair of the Economic Development Board of South Australia and of the South Australian Health and Medical Institute. Spencer said that he and Patterson wanted to create an endowed chair that “will outlive both of us.” “It would be great if this university could be seen as a global node of sensible conversation on ethical governance,” Spencer said. “Maybe as a result of this endowed chair, 20 years from now, people will say if you want to get some of the best thinking in the world in this area, go to Tucson.” Extending the Applied Ethics Program The endowment helps further the work being done by the Raymond Spencer Program in Applied Ethics, funded by the Spencers since 2008, by advancing research, teaching, and outreach on ethical governance. Raymond Spencer became involved with funding the program through his relationship with Neil Vance. Beginning in 1969, Spencer worked with both John Patterson and Vance at the Institute of Cultural Affairs— an organization focused on rural and community development—for 15 years in Chicago and India. Then their paths diverged. Spencer and Patterson moved into the private sector and started Kanbay International. Vance went into academia. However, Spencer and Vance stayed in touch and found that their different perspectives on a shared passion—applied ethics—was beneficial to both of them. Vance invited Spencer to speak to his class about ethical leadership in the “real world.” Spencer invited Vance to conduct ethics seminars with his leadership team in India. The Applied Ethics Program examines the ways an organization can prevent misconduct and encourage ethical behavior. The program also teaches students how to apply concepts of moral philosophy to realworld dilemmas and offers seminars in applied ethics to public, private, and nonprofit agencies in Arizona. “I can’t imagine a more relevant thing to do with



Applied Ethics: A Primer In a recent article in the Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics, Vance and a team of students presented an interdisciplinary view of applied ethics, approaching it from three academic disciplines: philosophy, social psychology, and organizational behavior. • Ethics in the philosophical tradition emphasizes individual and rational reasoning. Three philosophies are: teleology (“the ends justifies the means” and “greatest good for the greatest number”), deontology (following rules and principles; focused on motive more than outcome); and value ethics (focused more on the character of the person than the actions). • A new approach to ethics comes from social psychology: intuitionist ethics. Instead of focusing on rational reasoning, intuitionist ethics examines ethics from an emotional point of view. Intuitionist ethics is interactive and subconscious. • Finally, Vance and his co-authors reviewed the organizational management literature to extract what organizations can do to facilitate more ethical behavior and prevent inappropriate behavior, focusing on membership, leadership, organizational culture, and organizational structure.


one’s resources than assist younger folks with thinking through their value structure as society evolves at a very critical period in history,” Patterson said. Vance said it has been exciting to see how students respond to the material. In fact, several contacted him after they graduated to tell him how the course helped them deal with ethical conflicts. “I emphasize that many times a decision in ethics is not the decision about right and wrong,” Vance said. “It is the decision between what appears to be two right acts. Do I study for my finals or do I go home and visit grandma?” Student Noor Rana took an applied ethics course this past spring. “During the class, Professor Vance asked us to list the ethics that we admire in others and if we have those ethical traits. This was an eye opener to me,” Rana said.

“What you learn about leading people is that you don’t motivate them through pay. You motivate them by creating an alignment around a shared vision.” ~ Raymond Spencer

Recent graduate Regan Fitzgerald took two ethics classes with Vance, one focused on criminal justice ethics and one dealing with ethical leadership. Fitzgerald, who hopes to become an attorney and child advocate, found the courses illuminating, from their discussions of justice versus mercy to learning that introverts have many characteristics that make them great leaders. Jesse McCain took Vance’s class around five years ago and still has the course textbook in his UA office, where he works as program coordinator for student engagement for the College of SBS. McCain recalls Spencer giving a guest lecture in the class and was impressed that such a successful businessman would come speak to a class of around 15 students. “One thing I carried with me was that a lot of it comes down to knowing yourself,” McCain said. ”Ethics is really personal ethics. There is not a black and white. We operate in the gray space all the time.” McCain added, “Neil Vance is in an elite tier for me as a memorable faculty member, because he cares tremendously and he takes the time to listen to each student.” Vance says it is important to equip students with the tools to interpret ethical dilemmas, as they will undoubtedly run across many at work and in life. “They are going to be told, ‘Well it’s legal. Everyone does it,’” Vance said. “Hopefully, they can have in their stored memory some tools for being able to say ‘This is my moral compass, and this is where I stand.’”

John Patterson, Raymond Spencer, and Neil Vance. Photo by Lori Harwood


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Perspectives: Life Lessons from our Students and Alumni

UA alumnus Michael Bloom (Communication, ’90) has had an impressive array of jobs in technology and media, including building internet start-up companies and holding senior roles at AOL, MTV, and The Guardian. In 2015, Bloom was tapped by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar to be president of Omidyar’s start-up media company, First Look Media. SBS Developments spoke with Bloom about reconnecting with the UA, following your passion, and winning best picture for “Spotlight” at the Oscars.



Why did you attend the UA and how did it impact your life? I took the proverbial college trip with my dad my junior year of high school. I was an East Coast kid and wanted to go west, so we went to a bunch of West Coast schools. The UA wasn’t on our schedule. At the last minute, someone in my family said, ‘Hey, if you’re out there, you should check out the UA, because it’s really cool.’ When I walked on campus, it was unlike anything I had ever seen. I just fell in love with the place instantly. I knew no one [at the UA]. I just got on a plane with a backpack and a guitar and started my new life. It was probably the best four years of my life.


Michael Bloom

Why did you major in communication and how did you parlay your degree into such a successful career? I didn’t know quite what I wanted to be, so I picked a major that I thought would give me a broad-based foundation regardless of what I wanted to do. I thought communication would give me a good overview of the things that were interesting to me. When I got out of school, I knew I wanted to get into media. I had a lot of hustle and went after it. How have you stayed involved with the UA? For the first few years out [of school], my friends and I would go back to the UA for reunions. And then as we moved on, got married, moved to different parts of the world, it happened less and less. I really lost touch with the UA and had no connectivity to it for a number of years. Only recently, Deborah Kessler [from the UA Foundation] reached out to me. I ignored her first two emails because I thought they were SPAM. I eventually met with


her and she was delightful and sort of rekindled my relationship with the University. I’m just thrilled to be reconnected to the University, because it was a really important time in my life which I hold very near and dear. I’m really committed to finding ways to help and give back. What specifically have you been doing with the UA? I sat in on one of the honors journalism classes with [Journalism Professor] Nancy Sharkey and talked with some of the kids. It was exhilarating. I came back from my initial interaction with the school with tons of ideas of ways I thought I could be helpful. I thought I could help students coming out of the UA find their way into media and entertainment. We want to bring kids through here for internships at First Look Media and also to help potentially place them in other companies. When Nancy brought the J-school kids to New York City, we hosted them here for a day, gave them a tour,

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Michael Bloom with W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu, hosts of First Look Media’s first podcast, Politically ReActive, at a First Look Media event in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention. Photo by Christina Domingues

and introduced them to Betsy Reed, editor-inchief of The Intercept, along with a couple of other young journalists. For the Privacy event [that the College of SBS held last spring] with Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden, and Noam Chomsky, I put together a program where we livestreamed the event on The Intercept [a First Look Media brand], made it available On Demand, and promoted it on social media. The event has been watched by about 300,000 people. When you think of a deep, multi-hour conversation with these guys, that’s actually a pretty significant number of people. It’s not like watching a cat video for 30 seconds.



During your career, you’ve had a variety of positions and employers as well as created your own companies. What advice do you have for students and alumni who wonder when it’s time to move on to the next challenge? I don’t know if my career is necessarily a model for anyone else’s. In my life, all of my decisions have largely been instinctual. I tend to make decisions based on my gut. To me, it’s all about following your passion and doing what you love, because the career and the money will follow. The best thing I find is to really be honest with yourself about what you like, what you care about, what you enjoy spending time doing. Pursue the hell out of


that. Find great people to do it with, because at the end of the day that’s all that matters. And then give it a shot. Take a bet on yourself. As far as when it’s time to leave, you know when it’s time to go. That either presents itself in the form of another fantastic opportunity that just feels right or because the current situation is no longer challenging and you are no longer growing. That whole thing is a lot more art than science. A story in Wired said you were considering starting your own media company before being recruited by Pierre Omidyar to run First Look Media. Why did you take the job? I got really excited about this opportunity for a number of reasons. Foremost, I had never met Pierre [Omidyar], but when I spent time with him, I was incredibly impressed with his mission and his motivation for doing the company. He started First Look Media because he cares deeply about the First Amendment and believes an independent media is critical for democracy and society—as a way to hold the powerful accountable. I was at the point in my career where I had the luxury of choice and, for me, being in a purpose-driven company was the most important thing. I have my own kids now, and as I start thinking about my own legacy and what I want to do for the rest of my time on this planet, I want to work on things that are really going to have a positive impact on the world. Following that was the opportunity to create the media company of the future. Not to hype it too much, but we think we have a take on what a new-model media company can be. I’ve been a musician my whole life, and I’ve always had a real soft spot for artists of all types. I wanted to create a company that could be a real haven for creatives and for makers. The whole ethos of the company is to work with really interesting creators to tell important stories across a variety of mediums, whether it’s film, TV, digital, or podcasts.


The business you are in is so fast moving. When you got your degree in communication, so much of the current technology wasn’t even around. How do you stay innovative? How do you become a lifelong learner? I believe that always staying curious is the most important attribute one can have. And being a willing and voracious learner. And to have no ego about that. When you stop learning, you stop growing. I was a young executive in the Bay Area when the internet started. Mistakes and failure were not only expected but encouraged, because you learn from them. The mantra is “fail fast”—fail fast, learn, and iterate. Whereas the world of big media has traditionally been the other side of the coin, which is that people fear failure and [have] long product cycles and a hits-driven business where if you have a failure, it can mean the death of a company or a career. In this new world, we have this nice hybrid model—we are fusing the best of technology with the best of media. How cool was it to go to the Oscars and to have “Spotlight”—which was co-produced by First Look Media—win best picture? It was very cool. It was a blast. Winning the Oscar was surreal because we didn’t expect to. It seemed to most people that “The Revenant” was going to win. It turned into an incredible 48 hours. The after party in particular! I think it turned into one of the cooler parties in town because a lot of people were excited that the underdog won. Away from the glitz and glamour of the Oscars, the two most important things about the “Spotlight” experience are, one, that it woke people up that investigative journalism is really important for a vibrant and properly functioning democracy. I heard journalism schools saying ‘Our journalism students have a spring in their step because all of the sudden it’s cool to be journalists again.’ And second, [the movie] was a platform for the survivors to come forward and speak.

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“The detrimental effects of overparenting include narcissism, entitlement, low self-efficacy and poor coping skills in young adults because they’re used to other people doing things for them.” ~ Chris Segrin, Department of Communication

“It’s just gibberish to say these laws stifle research. These are government scientists funded by taxpayers, and the public is entitled to see what they’re working on.” ~ David Cuillier, School of Journalism “Union of concerned scientists seek to shield scientists from public scrutiny,” The Boston Globe, March 19, 2016

“We claim to value mothers and children, yet our policies and practices evidence the contrary. We are the only industrialized nation without adequate maternal (and paternal) leave. Our workplaces are typically not family-friendly, and women who mother are punished with lower wages and the lack of stable career paths.” ~ Monica J. Casper, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies “Why we need Mother’s Day, all year long,” SBS website, May 8, 2016

“Are you guilty of overparenting?” Orange County Register, Jan. 11, 2016

“Smartphones are fundamentally different from previous technologies, so their effect is much more powerful. I don’t want to say it’s uniformly negative, but it definitely hints in that direction.” ~ Matthew Lapierre, Department of Communication “How your smartphone is ruining your relationship,” Time, April 28, 2016

“Our culture is in the midst of a profound reevaluation of how we understand gender, and public toilets have long been sites for staging anxieties about such social change.” ~ Susan Stryker, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies “Everyone poops: No one should be stigmatized or criminalized when they answer nature’s call,” Los Angeles Times, May 1, 2016




“In a culture that legally defined women as property on the grounds of their inferiority, many of Shakespeare’s most vividly complex, powerful, subversive and intelligent characters were women.” “Climate change is linked increasingly to the duration and intensity of droughts, large wildfires, forest mortality, reduced stream flow, more intense storms and changes in ocean chemistry. These effects may sound remote or abstract, but they link directly to human welfare by creating huge challenges to agriculture, water supplies, health and other foundations of society.” ~ Diana Liverman, School of Geography and Development “World waking up to climate change,” Arizona Daily Star, Dec. 19, 2015

~ Meg Lota Brown, Department of English “Women in Shakespeare: It’s complicated,” UANews, Feb. 5, 2016

“Perhaps it is time for the Western policy-makers to consider transcending political/religious power narratives that ISIS’s propaganda wizards are using as bait. Instead, they would do well to re-examine the underlying issues of social harmony and address the integration and racial narratives that ISIS is currently exploiting.” Shahira Fahmy, School of Journalism “What ISIS wants you to see,” Ahram Online, Feb. 7, 2016

“Continuing to turn a blind eye toward internally displaced refugees means condemning millions of people to violence, humiliation, and deprivation on a daily basis.” ~ Beth Mitchneck, School of Geography and Development “How to help internally displaced refugees,” Foreign Affairs, Jan. 22, 2016

“The same social connections that influence the jobs we get, whom we are likely to marry, and whether we are able to stay well continue to shape our options, opportunities and experiences until the very end.”

“Trump is right to question the value of the NATO alliance— which could be viewed as an expensive anachronism and a throwback to the Cold War. It is also a huge subsidy to weapons manufacturers.” ~ David Gibbs, School of Government and Public Policy “Trump right to question NATO,” Institute for Public Accuracy, March 22, 2016

“It is absolutely foolish of the G.O.P. to think that an establishment strategy will have any effect on Trump’s popularity. Nothing reinforces the anti-establishment status of a candidate like the desperate efforts of an establishment to thwart his path.” ~ Samara Klar, School of Government and Public Policy “A move very much out of line with the electorate,” The New York Times, April 26, 2016

~ Corey M. Abramson, School of Sociology “Learning from dying friends,” Arizona Daily Star, Feb. 27, 2016


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Learning Science Through Play A group of UA students discovered that working with children at Children’s Museum Tucson to illustrate how science can be learned through play was pretty fun (and educational) for them too! With funds from a 100% Engagement grant, UA linguist Cecile McKee and her team of students designed and built a mobile exhibit with two science games. Students in the spring semester used the “Move Your Mouth” game, in which children learned how their mouths make three vowel sounds. In the process, the children learned the scientific processes of gathering data and formulating hypotheses.

Julia Ribeiro engages with a child at the “Move Your Mouth” game at Children’s Museum Tucson, while Hannah Zedek helps the parents take a survey on an iPad.

Research Accolades Sociologist Ronald Breiger received a Regents’ Award, the top honor given to our faculty for research accomplishments. One of the world’s foremost authorities on the modeling and analysis of social networks, Breiger applies network analytic techniques to the study of terrorism. With grants from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Science Foundation, Breiger’s work illustrates how academic research can be applied to real-world challenges.

Ronald Breiger. Photo by Anna Aleksandra

#WomenAlsoKnowStuff Samara Klar, an assistant professor in the School of Government and Public Policy, was quoted frequently in the media this past year. Her co-authored book Independent Politics: How American Disdain for Parties Leads to Political Inaction was released during a firestorm of media coverage on the rise of antiestablishment candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Klar also launched the website “WomenAlsoKnowStuff” to draw attention to women experts in political science. The site, which garnered national coverage, received the Jane Mansbridge Award from the National Women’s Caucus for Political Science. Samara Klar with her new book 36



The Devastation of Drought UA geographers are researching one of the most pressing problems of our time: persistent drought. By examining the instrumental historical record, a team of researchers led by Connie Woodhouse discovered that temperature has played a larger than previously thought role in streamflow and in exacerbating drought since the 1980s. Using tree-ring data, Kevin Anchukaitis and colleagues discovered that the drought that began in 1998 in the eastern Mediterranean’s Levant region is likely the worst drought of the past nine centuries.

Embracing Fairy Tales If your exposure to fairy tales is limited to the sanitized versions popularized in Disney movies, you might be surprised to learn that there is a literary journal on fairy tales housed at the University of Arizona. Run primarily by UA students, Fairy Tale Review reaches beyond the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen to embrace stories inspired by fairy tales from Japan, Africa, and India.

Students Joel Hans and Wren Awry hold issues of Fairy Tale Review.

The Long Journey to Revitalize a Native Language After 18 years of work, linguist Natasha Warner published the first comprehensive dictionary of the long dormant Mutsun Native American language. What made the project so time consuming? Surprisingly, the biggest obstacle—considering the last native Mutsun speaker died in 1930—was the sheer abundance of raw material, including 36,000 pages of notes left by linguist John Peabody Harrington.

Natasha Warner proofing the Mutsun dictionary THE COLLEGE OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

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Arabic Language Training for ROTC Students The UA received a $500,000 grant to extend its Arabic language program for ROTC students for another year. The program is funded through Project Global Officer, known as Project GO, a Department of Defense initiative aimed at improving the language competency, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills of ROTC students. The UA is the only institution in the country funded to offer Project GO Advanced Arabic language training. Project GO at the UA is coordinated by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and draws upon the expertise of faculty in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies.

Project GO students in the “Arizona in Jordan” study abroad program. Photo by Matt Horne

Defending Human Rights Inspired by his work in the classroom and his activism around the globe addressing human rights abuses, Bill Simmons, an associate professor in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, has created a website with an eye on defending human rights and finding achievable solutions to ending abuses. Simmons has been working with a group of 15 UA faculty members on Global Human Rights Direct, which launched this year with the help of a grant from the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry. Next up—a B.A., M.A., and graduate certificate in human rights!

Bill Simmons

Information Age SBS’s School of Information is the newest member of the iSchools Organization, which means we can officially call it by the cool “iSchool” moniker! In other iSchool news, the school launched the Center for Digital Society and Data Studies, which brings the UA’s top digital information experts together to address questions and opportunities presented by the new era of big data. The center, led by School of Information Assistant Professor Catherine Brooks, was established in early 2016.




Finding Treasure in South Tucson In the spring semester, 58 students enrolled in Anthropology 200 assisted leaders in the city of South Tucson in documenting the arts and traditions of South Tucson. Led by Maribel Alvarez, the Jim Griffith Endowed Chair in Folkore and an associate professor in the School of Anthropology and the Southwest Center, the students used ethnographic research and writing to document cultural assets in the city. The students visited many local businesses—including tattoo parlors, auto shops, and restaurants—creating a map that will be part of a community development plan to revitalize this vibrant and culturally rich community.

A business in South Tucson

Using Music as a Primary Historical Source Tyina Steptoe, an assistant professor in the Department of History, uses culture—especially music—to unpack transitions in race and gender in the 20th century. In her book Houston Bound: Culture and Color in a Jim Crow City, Steptoe examines how, despite Anglo attempts to fix racial categories through Jim Crow laws, the migration of Creoles and Mexican Americans into Houston in the 1920s introduced different understandings about race. Steptoe is at work on her next book project, investigating the relationship between popular musicians and notions of gender.

Historian Tyina Steptoe

Boundless Shakespeare English Professors David Sterling Brown, Meg Lota Brown, and Kyle DiRoberto were awarded an NEH-sponsored grant “Teaching Shakespeare to Undergraduates” from the Folger Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library. The grant will support the scholars’ spring 2017 statewide, technology-enabled conference—“Diversifying Shakespeare: Engaging Students Beyond Boundaries.” This initiative will foster the development of digital teaching tools and assignments that will be free on the Folger website for teachers around the world.


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Students and faculty having fun with the SBS acronym at the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences pavillion at the Tucson Festival of Books! Come visit our pavillion at the book festival on March 11-12, 2017! Photos by Rachel Spitz

HOW TO GIVE Donating to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is making an investment in the future. Our goal is to match every potential donor with an area in SBS that speaks to their passion! You can make a donation online at: If you prefer to send a check, please make your check payable to “The UA Foundation/College of SBS� and designate a specific endowment, program, or unit in the memo section. You can mail your check to: UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Attn: Development Office Douglass 200W PO Box 210028 Tucson, AZ 85721-0028 You can also contact Ginny Healy, the SBS senior director of development, at 520-621-3938 or Thank you for your support!




Department of American Indian Studies Monica J. Casper (interim) 520-621-7108

Arizona Center for Judaic Studies J. Edward Wright 520-626-5759

School of Sociology Albert Bergesen 520-621-3531

School of Anthropology Diane Austin 520-621-2585

Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies Susan Karant-Nunn 520-626-5448

The Southwest Center Joseph Wilder 520-621-2484

Department of Communication Chris Segrin 520-621-1366

Center for Latin American Studies Marcela Vásquez-León 520-626-7242

Department of English Leerom Medovoi 520-621-1836

Department of Linguistics Natasha Warner 520-621-6897

Department of Gender and Women’s Studies Jadwiga Pieper Mooney 520-621-7338

Department of Mexican American Studies Anna Ochoa O’Leary 520-621-7551

School of Geography and Development Lynn Staeheli 520-621-5096

Center for Middle Eastern Studies Anne Betteridge 520-621-5450

School of Government and Public Policy Brint Milward 520-621-7600

School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies Benjamin Fortna 520-626-9562

Department of History Kevin Gosner 520-621-1586

Department of Philosophy Michael Gill 520-621-5045

School of Information Bryan Heidorn 520-621-3565

Center for the Philosophy of Freedom David Schmidtz 520-621-3129

School of Journalism David Cuillier 520-626-9694

SBS Research Institute Beth Stahmer 520-621-1135

Southwest Institute for Research on Women Sally Stevens 520-621-7338

Advisory Board 2016-2017 Steve Lynn, Chair John Paul Jones III, Dean Rowene Aguirre-Medina Melany Wynn Berger Betsy Bolding Kim Bourn Sheri Bracamonte Garry Bryant Elise Collins Shields Stephanie Healy Margaret M. Houghton John Hudak Augustine B. Jimenez III Peggy Johnson George A. Kennedy Jan Konstanty Janet Lesher Margaret McGonagill Francie Merryman Alberto Moore William Owen Nugent Richard Oseran Shana Oseran Luis Fernando Parra Matt Rabin Kenneth Robin Linda Robin Entisar Sabbagh Lynne Wood Dusenberry J. Edward Wright Honorary Board Members Earl H. Carroll Michael A. Chihak Richard Duffield Gerald Geise Patty Weiss Gelenberg Selma Paul Marks John W. Olsen Anthony Vuturo

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