The University of Arizona's Tucson Humanities Festival will be spilling a whole lot of secrets this month.
That's the theme — Secrets — of the annual month of lectures put on by the UA's College of Humanities.
"That's kind of what we are hoping, to showcase culture," says Helen Gomez Bernard, the director of external alumni relations for the College of Humanities. "You can see how secrets have these huge profound effects on society and culture."
Visiting speakers join UA faculty throughout the month, most notably Colson Whitehead, whose novel "The Underground Railroad" just won a Pulitzer Prize.
Lecture topics cover a lot — art, video games, conversations about sexual violence, hip-hop, poetry, colonialism and identity.
"This is just such a good reminder that even with all of these technological advances, we still have to remember the human aspect in everything," Gomez Bernard says.
All of the lectures are free, and most don't require registration. The ones that do are indicated in the schedule (check that out below).
Colson Whitehead's talk on Oct. 18 is already at capacity. You can join the waitlist here OR...
BONUS: #ThisIsTucson, with the College of Humanities, is giving away tickets + swag bags to two readers. If you win, you'll get two tickets to a VIP reception with Colson Whitehead prior to his talk and then two tickets for his talk, plus a swag bag.
To enter, join our book club on Facebook, #ThisIsTucson Book Club. You'll see a post about the talk at the top of the page — share your favorite book and why you love it in the comments, and we'll pick the winners from those comments.
For more information about the festival, visit humanitiesfestival.arizona.edu.
Indie Games in China: Film Screening and Discussion
Speaker: Tiexin Lian, Indie Games in China director
When: Thursday, Oct. 4, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Road
Surprising Vermeer: An Artist in Delft, Delft in the World
Speaker: Timothy Brook, University of British Columbia Chinese history professor
When: Friday, Oct. 5, 3 p.m.
Where: UA Museum of Art, 1031 Olive Road
To Speak or Not to Speak? Women, Secrets and Sexual Violence
Speaker: Martine Delvaux, Université du Québec à Montréal writer and professor of women's literature
When: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m.
Where: UA Poetry Center, 1508 E. Helen St.
Letters to the Future: Black Women / Radical Writing
Speakers: Editors Erica Hunt and Dawn Lundy Martin and featured poets Giovanni Singleton and Ruth Ellen Kocher.
When: Thursday, Oct. 11, 6 p.m.
Where: Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave.
Crushin' It: Untold Stories from Hip-Hop's Founding Days
Speakers: DJ Rockin' Rob and DJ Tony Tone
When: Friday, Oct. 12, 6 p.m.
Were: Cans Deli, 340 N. Fourth Ave.
Get tickets: Go here.
Secret Lives: Hidden Identities in Global Popular Culture
Speaker: Melissa Fitch, UA Spanish and Portuguese professor
When: Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m.
Where: UA Poetry Center
Revisiting The Underground Railroad
Speaker: Colson Whitehead, Pulitzer Prize winning author
When: Thursday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m.; Book signing to follow at 8 p.m.
Where: North Ballroom, UA Memorial Student Union, 1303 E. University Blvd.
Get on the waitlist: Go here.
Subverting Colonialism: Keep it Secret, Keep it Safe
Speakers: Andrea McComb Sanchez and Caleb Simmons, UA religious studies professors
When: Tuesday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m.
Where: UA Poetry Center
Transparency and Trust: How Open Diplomacy Advances Democracy
Speaker: Andre Goodfriend, U.S. Department of State Office of eDiplomacy director and UA College of Humanities Alumnus of the Year
When: Friday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m.
Where: Sonora Room, UA Memorial Student Union
Spellbound: Film Screening and Discussion
When: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m.
Where: The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway
Get tickets: Tickets are available through The Loft at noon on Oct. 30.