As a part of the Confucius Institute’s Chinese Culture Week, this lecture will focus on the long history of civilization along the Yellow River. Poems will be recited and Chinese music will be played as the background. Through a series of slides, Mr. Bill Porter, award-winning author and translator, will take those lucky enough to attend from the river’s mouth in the Bohai Sea to its source high on the Tibetan Plateau, a journey of more than 3,000 miles through nine Chinese provinces. As Porter traveled through the cradle of Chinese civilization, he visited the hometowns and graves of its key historical figures, men such as Confucius, Laozi and Bodhidharma, even Genghis Khan, as well as China’s most sacred mountains and its great repositories of Daoist and Buddhist art. Porter's talk will be based on his recently released Yellow River Odyssey, already a bestseller in China in its Chinese translation, which recounts his journey to the river's source in 1991, when " … his hair was thick and his belly was flat and the world was black and white."

The Heart Sutra, a mere 35 lines, is one of Buddhism's best-known teachings, "Buddhism in a nutshell," according to Red Pine, an award-winning translator of Chinese poetry and religious writings. On September 25, at 6:30 p.m., in a lecture sponsored by the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, Red Pine, or Bill Porter in his more mundane existence, will be discussing those 35 lines at the University of Arizona Student Union. In the course of explicating the Heart Sutra in its concentrated entirety, Red Pine will delve into the Abhidharma of early Buddhism, cajole his way through the famous Mahayana pronouncement "form is emptiness, emptiness is form," and leave those who dare to attend scratching their heads with the wonder of the get-out-of-jail-free mantra at the sutra’s end. Come one, come all. Free copies of the text for the first 50 people who attend.
Free and open to the public.

The Documented Border: An Open Access Digital Archive is an effort dedicated to providing access to images, oral histories and other research efforts on the US-Mexico border. Its aim is to advance understanding and awareness of the border and its people. Contributions to the archive will include audio interviews conducted by UA Associate Professor, Celeste Gonzales de Bustamante, and UA Assistant Professor, Jeannine Relly, with reporters discussing difficulties in reporting in the US-Mexico borderlands. The Archive will also include illustrations by Artist and UA Associate Professor Lawrence Gipe of "Operations Streamline" proceedings created in courts and detention facilities where photography is prohibited.

Throughout the 1960s-70s, U.S. Black Power activists traveled to Havana, Cuba where they helped build a global revolutionary movement called the Tricontinental. This movement, which produced films, posters, and magazines in four languages, played a central role not only in U.S. civil rights but also in the defeat of apartheid in South Africa and in the emergence of the anti-globalization movement. In this talk, Spanish professor Anne Garland Mahler guides us through a geography of Cold War radicalism from Harlem to Havana, Hanoi, and Cape Town sharing the Tricontinental’s politically charged and artistically innovative cultural production and reflecting on its relevance today.

Shakespeare turned 450 this year, and it’s never too late to celebrate.What is it about the immortal Bard that has captivated audiences throughout the ages? What is it about his language that continues to inspire composers. Can we light 450 candles in his honor? Cakes welcome! Professor Emeritus Dr. Peter Medine(English) is our leader as we brush up on Shakespeare.

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 Palliative Care and Hospice specialists.

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.

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.