Resistance and Revolution

Malcolm Compitello, Alain-Philippe Durand, Albert Welter, Praise Zenenga, Denis Provencher, Karen Seat
WEDNESDAYS 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
January 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, 2018
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Resistance and Revolution

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
January 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, 2018


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This course brings together six distinguished scholars from the College of Humanities to explore movements of social resistance and revolution. Malcolm Alan Compitello, Professor and Head of Spanish and Portuguese, examines the Spanish Civil War as a crucial moment whose social and cultural impact is still felt today. Alain-Philippe Durand, Dean of the College, explores how wars and revolutions shape Jean Renoir’s 1930s films. Albert Welter, Professor and Head of East Asian Studies, focuses on the role that revolution has played in China’s 4,000-year history. Praise Zenenga, Associate Professor and Director of Africana Studies, addresses the important and multifaceted antiapartheid revolution in South Africa. Denis M. Provencher, Professor and Head of French and Italian, explores how North African immigrants to France resist and ultimately reshape narratives of national identity. Finally, Karen K. Seat, Associate Professor and Head of Religious Studies and Classics, will examine the sexual revolution of the 1960s and the rise of the religious right’s counterrevolution in the United States.

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Meet Your Professor

Professor and Program Director
Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Humanities Seminars Program

MALCOLM ALAN COMPITELLO is Professor of Spanish and Director of the Humanities Seminars Program. He has authored four books and numerous essays on Hispanic literatures and cultures, especially written and visual forms of narration. He is the Executive Editor of the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies and serves on the editorial boards of a number of publications in the area of Hispanic Studies.

Dean, College of Humanities
Department of French and Italian

ALAIN-PHILIPPE DURAND is Dean of the College of Humanities and Professor of French and Applied Intercultural Arts Research at the University of Arizona. Durand is also Affiliated Faculty in Africana Studies, Latin American Studies, LGBT Studies, and Public and Applied Humanities. His publications and courses deal with French and Latin American literature and culture, French cinema, hip-hop studies, and the kind of popular culture that characterizes the extreme contemporary.

School of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Department of East Asian Studies

ALBERT WELTER is Professor and Head of the Department of East Asian Studies, and Associate Director of the School of International Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Arizona. His expertise lies in in East Asian (especially Chinese) Buddhism and intellectual history.

Associate Professor, Africana Studies Program Director
Africana Studies Program

PRAISE ZENENGA is Associate Professor and Director of the Africana Studies Program at the University of Arizona. His teaching and research focus on the intersection of theater and performance with politics, history, culture, aesthetics, and identities in Africa and its diaspora. His recent publications are on African popular sport, performance, and visual arts aesthetics and how they intersect with politics, race, class, masculinities, activism, censorship, power, human rights, and food justice.

Professor; Head, Department of French and Italian
Department of French and Italian

Dr. Denis Provencher is Professor and Head in the Department of French and Italian and affiliate faculty in Anthropology, Gender and Women's Studies, the Institute for LGBT Studies, Linguistics, and Second Language Acquisition and Teaching. He earned his Ph.D. in French from The Pennsylvania State University. His main interests include French civilization and cultural studies, language, gender and sexuality, migration and diaspora studies, conversation and discourse analysis, intercultural pragmatics and critical intercultural communication.

Professor; Head, Department of Religious Studies and Classics
Department of Religious Studies and Classics

Dr. Karen Seat specializes in U.S. religious history, American evangelicalism, and gender studies. In 2012, Dr. Seat began serving as director of the Religious Studies Program, and in 2015 she was appointed head of the Department of Religious Studies and Classics. In addition, she serves as Director of the School of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (SILLC). Her publications include “Providence Has Freed Our Hands”: Women’s Missions and the American Encounter with Japan (Syracuse University Press), on nineteenth-century Protestant women's mission movements and their impact on American ideologies regarding gender, race, Christianity, and civilization.


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