UF events of possible media interest listed (Oct. 6)

Published: October 6 2014


GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The following events are scheduled in the near future at the University of Florida:

Panel discussion on Ebola epidemic

UF faculty and experts will participate in a panel discussion about potential impacts, challenges and information about the Ebola virus at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Pugh Hall Ocora. The panel is chaired by Leonardo Villalon, dean of the UF International Center. Other panelists are Dr. Paul Psychas, professor in the department of community health and family medicine in the College of Medicine; Sharon Abramowitz, assistant professor in the department of anthropology and the Center for African Studies; and Tim Nevin, a lecturer in the department of history and Center for African Studies. For more information, visit http://www.bobgrahamcenter.ufl.edu/event/conversation-uf-faculty-about-west-african-ebola-epidemic

Impact of Al-Jazeera program examined

Mu’taz al-Khatib, assistant professor of methodology and ethics at Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Qatar, will talk about the influence of an Al-Jazeera Network program on recent uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa from 6:15 to 8 p.m. Oct. 8 in Gannett Auditorium, Weimer Hall. The program “al-Shar’iah wa al-hayah” has recently promoted Islamic interpretations that individuals and groups have the right or even duty to express their political will, particularly against authoritarian rulers. These interpretations countered a decades-long tendency of “official religion,” which promoted and demanded obedience as the primary duty of citizens.

For more information, contact Patricia Woods, pjwoods@ufl.edu.

Orchestra concert features celebrated guest artists

The UF Symphony Orchestra will present a 104-piece orchestra performance featuring world-renowned German pianist Andreas Klein and narration by Amy Redford, daughter of film director and actor Robert Redford, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Phillips Center for Performing Arts. Prior to the event, the two guest artists will also conduct master classes. Klein’s class is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Music Building, Room 101. Redford’s class is from 10:40 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in McGuire Pavilion, and her other class is from 9:35 to 11:15 a.m. Oct. 9 in McGuire Pavilion, Room G14. For details, visit http://www.arts.ufl.edu/news/story.aspx?ID=1553.

For more information, contact Leah Craig at lcraig@arts.ufl.edu.

New chemistry building groundbreaking

A groundbreaking will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 10 at the corner of Buckman Drive and West University Avenue for the new $66.7 million chemistry building. The 110,000-square-foot building will provide lower-level chemistry instruction. Expected completion is May 2016.

For more information, contact Gigi Marino, 352-294-3393, gigimarino@ufl.edu

Alcohol-free tailgate party offered again

UF fans and Louisiana State University fans will come together Oct. 11 for the third annual Greater Gator Tailgater.  From noon to 4 p.m. on the Student Health Care Center front lawn on Fletcher Drive, fans can stop by for free food, games, and to watch the pre-game show on a big screen television.  This is an alcohol-free tailgate hosted by several campus partners including the Student Health Care Center, GatorWell Health Promotion Services, Counseling and Wellness Center, Dean of Students Office, department of recreational sports, Off Campus Life and University Police Department. More than 1,000 fans have attended each year.

For more information, contact Maureen Miller, 352-273-4450, emm@ufl.edu

Talk on technological outsourcing Oct. 13

Evan Selinger, associate professor of philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology, will explore the topic of technological outsourcing at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 13 in Smathers Library East, Room 100. Selinger’s work has appeared in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Wired and Huffington Post. The lecture is a part of the "The Work of the Humanities: Critical Thinking in Life and Labor" speaker series organized by the UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere. For details, visit http://www.humanities.ufl.edu/calendar/20141013-Selinger.html.

For more information, contact Sophia Acord at skacord@ufl.edu.