For years, artist Deborah McCullough has walked the migrant trails with the Tucson Samaritans, and has collected many objects that migrants leave behind as they cross the desert of Southern Arizona. She creates evocative installations from these artifacts to appeal to the viewers’ sense of humanity.

“What inspires me? Sore feet, weary, lost people, and the stories of someone who found water that had been placed along the trails in the desert. I find objects left behind, personal items, an embroidered cloth used for wrapping tortillas, a child's toy, a baby carrier, a Bible or a notebook with hand-written prayers. My objective is to present these things in such a way that the viewer is reminded that these are human beings who are walking mile after mile; people who are caught in a political web. They are people struggling to feed their families or they may be people trying to return to families in the USA." 

The gallery is open 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday. The closing reception is Saturday, November 1 at 1:30pm. See related November 1 events below.

The appearance of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’ groundbreaking book On Death and Dying in 1969 addressed a subject avoided by many physicians. How did her theories change the way we approach the terminally ill today?  “Everyman” and the stages of his journey are explored in song by the distinguished Welsh baritone, Jeremy Huw Williams, and in story by Hospice Chaplain Greg Griffey.

Southwest Folklife Alliance’s Executive Program Director Maribel Alvarez, Ph.D. (a founding board member of Confluencenter), and Folklorist-in-Residence Nic Hartmann are presenting a review of food traditions associated to death rituals and ceremonial family gatherings in Tucson and other regions of the United States and the world. They are joined by local baker and tradition bearer Erica Franco, of the La Estrella Bakery in Tucson. The talk, demonstration and sampling will include tasty stories from a large (and whimsical) spectrum of funerary foodways ---from the sweet and venerated "pan de muerto" from Mexico to the often-ridiculed Jell-O salad ring so popular at Anglo-Saxon Protestant potlucks.



Artist Deborah McCullough creates evocative installations from objects that migrants leave behind as they cross the desert of Southern Arizona in order to appeal to the viewers’ sense of humanity. Please join us for the closing reception for this compelling exhibit.

Discussions from a cross-section of scholars on topics ranging from “Plato on Craft and its Meaning,” “The Skills and Secrets of Ancient Greek Potters,” to “The Technology of Corinthian Pottery” and more! The day also includes wheel-throwing demonstrations and a presentation of Mediterranean Ceramic Objects from the Arizona State Museum.

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Poet and community activist Jimmy Santiago Baca – who was a runaway at 13, served a five-year maximum security prison sentence and emerged from lock-up in 1979 as a writer – comes to Tucson for a reading, and a screening of the documentary based on his 2002 memoir "A Place to Stand," with a Q & A to follow. 1:00pm - 4:00pm.

Lauded by the Associate Press for “his raw poetry and vivid essays that seek to capture the experience of Mexican-Americans and American Indians in the Southwest,” Baca has devoted his post-prison life to writing and teaching others who are overcoming hardship. His themes include American Southwest barrios, addiction, injustice, education, community, love and beyond.

School of Theatre, Film and Television faculty Peter Beudert and Michael Mulcahy are making a film that explores the influence of one of the University of Arizona’s greatest treasures: The Steward Observatory. The original observatory was conceived and built by A. E. Douglass nearly 100 years ago. The influence and presence of both the Observatory and Douglass are the bedrock of modern astronomy at the University, in Southern Arizona, around the world and even in space. Come to see excerpts of this film and hear how The Steward Observatory changed the world.

Joaquin Ruiz, Dean of the UA College of Science and Vice President for Innovation, presents a new vision of Southern Arizona as a destination for international tourism by preserving and celebrating our region’s unique culture heritage, history, geology and biodiversity.

Veteran vaudevillian and Regents’ Professor Dr. David Soren (Classics) joins the inimitable pianist-singer Professor Emeritus Jeff Haskell to examine a time in American song when the classical and popular turned their backs on each other. Join us for some musical snapshots of one of the most engaging periods in all of music.