Love, eroticism and the hunt for meteorites are among the topics of discussion during next week’s University of Arizona Humanities week.

All talks but Monday’s will be at the UA Poetry Center, 1508 E. Helen St. Monday: Flandrau Planetarium, 1601 E. University Blvd. All are free — and, we bet, fascinating.


  • 4-5 p.m. — “The Sky is Falling: The Fascinating Science and Crazy History of Shooting Stars,” presented by Chris Cokinos,  English department.
  • 6-7 p.m. — “Meteorite Hunters: Real-Life
  • Adventures
  • in Search of Meteorites,” Cokinos.


  • 5-6 p.m. — “Counterculture: Exploring Faraway Lands and Cultures,”  Critical Languages Program.
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. — “Heartache: Teaching Love & Eroticism at the UA,” Albrecht Classen, German Studies.


  • 4-5 p.m. — “A Divine Dilemma: Dante’s Representation of Jewish People,” Fabian Alfie, French and Italian Studies.
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. — “Slapstick Superstars: What Makes the French Laugh?,” Alain-Philippe Durand, French/Italian Studies.
  • 7:15 -8:15 p.m. — “Brit Wit: Downton Abbey as Historical Fiction,” Jerry Hogle,  English.

Next Thursday 

  • 4-5 p.m. — “Made in China: Cinematic Aesthetics and the Disappearing Chinese Factory,” Hai Ren, East Asian Studies.
  • 7 p.m. — Hybrid Writing: Poetry Reading, Maggie Nelson.

Oct. 11

  • 3-4 p.m. — “Magical Moments: The Spirituality of Wonder in Religion and Literature,” Alex Nava, Religious Studies.
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m. — “Chicano Culture: From Low to Slow to Show,” Chuck Tatum, Spanish .
  • 7 p.m. — “Love, Revolution, and a Cracked Skull: Trotsky in Mexico,” faculty from Russian and Slavic Studies.

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