November 14, 2018

Transformative Imaginations: Decarceration and Liberatory Futures

A report from the 2019 Imagining America National Gathering

Thursday, November 15th, 2019

1:30-2:30pm, Pugh Hall 210

Imagining America (IA) is a consortium of universities and organizations dedicated to advancing the public and civic purposes of the arts, humanities, and design. UF has been a member institution since 2009. Imagining America supports research, learning, and culture-making platforms where humanists, artists, designers, scholars, students, and community organizers work together on pressing public issues to collaboratively study, imagine, and transform inequitable institutional and societal structures.

The 2018 Imagining America National Gathering in Chicago (October 19-21) examined the critical problem of mass incarceration. Through a variety of performances, site visits, workshops, lectures, and panel presentations, conference participants engaged in the work of imagining how to end mass incarceration in its varied forms using tools from the cultural disciplines and partnerships between the communities and higher education institutions. Seven delegates from UF/Gainesville attended this year’s conference and will be sharing out on what they learned: Sophia Acord (Humanities Center), Katerie Gladdys (Art + Art History), Alana Jackson (Orthopaedics-Research; Arts in Medicine), Paul Monaghan (Agricultural Education and Communication), Lauren Pearlman (History), Jeff Pufahl (Arts in Medicine), and Mike Spranger (Family, Youth & Community Sciences).

Please join us to learn more about this topic and the resources offered by UF’s membership in Imagining America for students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community organizations. To learn more about the 2018 conference, visit:

This event is free and open to the public. 

This event is sponsored by the UF Imagining America Working Group with support from the UF Provost’s Office.

Submitted by Ken Chitwood, UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere


Team Teaching from Classroom to Gallery – Nov. 27

Presenters: Marsha Bryant, Mary Ann Eaverly, Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig, Carol McCusker and Eric Segal

Have you ever thought about team-teaching a course at UF? Collaboration can energize our teaching just as it does our research. Through team-teaching, faculty are creating innovative undergraduate courses that would be impossible for a single faculty member to teach independently. Some of these courses collaborate across academic disciplines, while others collaborate with UF Libraries or the Harn Museum of Art. Some do both.

This workshop features two team-taught courses that collaborated with the Harn: Women Writers & Classical Myths, and What Makes a Monster. Learn more about team teaching in collaborative spaces and start planning your adventure. A follow-up workshop on the nuts and bolts of developing a team-taught class will be held on February 22nd, 2019. For a complete list of team-taught courses in the Humanities visit the Team-Taught Courses webpage on the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere website.

For more information and to register for these events visit the FDTE Categories and Activities webpage.

Submitted by Zaina Sheets, Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence


Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I

Monday, November 19, 7:30pm

Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets and More Info


Two worlds collide in this “breathtaking and exquisite” (The New York Times) musical, based on the 2015 Tony Award®-winning Lincoln Center Theater production. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as Getting To Know You, I Whistle a Happy Tune, Hello Young Lovers, Shall We Dance and Something Wonderful.

Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British school teacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. THE KING AND I is “too beautiful to miss” (New York Magazine).

Submitted by Sam McKee, University of Florida Performing Arts


College of the Arts Events

University Auditorium 


Guitar Art | Reception
November 16 | 7:00 p.m.
University Gallery


Gary R. Libby Gallery


Hansel & Gretel
Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
$20 - $40
Reilly Arts Center


Carillon Recital
November 18 - April 14 | varies
Century Tower

Submitted by Brandon McKinley, College of the Arts


Events Explore the Cosmos at ‘Starry Night’ Nov. 16

Visitors may observe the night sky and explore the world beyond at the Florida Museum of Natural History free, fun-filled “Starry Night” program Nov. 16 from 6 to 10 p.m.! Activities include the opportunity to use high-performance telescopes and see a portable planetarium show.  For more information, visit or call 352-273-2062.

Submitted by Nikhil Srinivasan, Florida Museum of Natural History


Are Your Courses Set Up to be Evaluated?

The Fall 2018 faculty evaluation period will be here soon with the opening date for most classes scheduled for Tuesday, November 20th. Outlined below are some steps you can take to help make this evaluation period successful.

Review Your Sections That Are Being Evaluated

Help us ensure that your sections are properly set up to be evaluated by following these steps:

  • BEFORE Tuesday, November 20, log into the evaluations system here
  • Click on the “View Evaluations & Results” link
  • Select the Fall 2018 term and the college and department if needed
  • Click on the “Get evaluations” button
  • Review your sections listed in the grid (these are the sections that will be evaluated for Fall 2018)
  • Notify your department administrator of any errors (wrong sections listed, missing sections, etc.)

It is MUCH easier to correct mistakes now rather than after the evaluations period has ended. If you can’t log into the evaluations system it might mean that you have no evaluations to review. If you feel this is incorrect, please contact your department administrator for assistance as soon as possible.

Monitor Real Time Response Rates
Did you know you can log into to monitor real time response rates? Follow the steps below:

  • When the evaluation period begins log in here
  • Click on the “View Evaluations & Results” link.
  • Enter your search criteria and click on the “Get Evaluations” button.
  • A list of your sections that are being evaluated and the response rates will display.
  • Encourage students in the low response sections to submit their evaluations while there is still time to do so.

Provide Class Time for Students to Complete the Evaluations
Even though the evaluations are now online doesn’t mean you can’t offer class time for your students to complete them. For those classes that meet on campus:

  • Providing class time is a great way to increase response rates.
  • You must provide at least 15 minutes for students to complete the evaluation.
  • If you are providing class time, it cannot be during a class session where an exam is scheduled.
  • The instructor must leave the room while the evaluations are being completed.
  • Your students can use their smart phone, laptop, or tablet to complete the evaluation.

Evaluations Help and Reminders
For help on using the evaluations system see the Quick Reference Guide for Faculty (PDF).

As a reminder, students who are auditing courses or have dropped/withdrawn from any course cannot submit an evaluation for the course. Also, classes with an enrollment of 10 students or less are not required to be evaluated.

If you have any questions or comments (positive or negative) about the evaluations system we would love to hear from you, contact us at

Submitted by Wanda Garfield, UFIT


Collaboratory for Women Innovators - Startup Roadmap Program

Do you have an innovative idea or an early stage startup that has potential as scalable venture? Do you want to see if your research has commercial potential? Then this program may be for you!  

The Startup Roadmap provides an interactive, high-energy hands-on environment to roll up your sleeves and discover the business value proposition for your idea—and much more. Startup Roadmap uses a dynamic coaching format with the proven So what? who cares? why you?® methodology and tools from (WKI). You will work collaboratively with a coach in weekly, small-group sessions to apply a business-focused lens to your idea and assess your readiness for the next stage of development—whether it’s incubation, licensing, or partnerships. At the end of the program, participants will have developed a commercialization roadmap to help launch their venture successfully, plus a pitch presentation deck for investors and other appropriate audiences. Open to all!

Meets once per week – starts Feb 2019.  Interested?  Apply Now!  For more information contact Kathy Sohar

Submitted by Kathy Sohar, Women’s Collaboratory for Innovators


Faculty Awards

Paul Ortiz, Receives Prestigious PEN Oakland / Josephine Miles Library Award

Paul Ortiz, director of the Florida Samuel Proctor Oral History Program and associate professor at the University of Florida, is the recipient of the 2018 PEN Oakland /Josephine Miles Library Award for “An African American and Latinx History of the United States,” published by Beacon Press in the ReVisioning American History Series. Past recipients include Norman Mailer, Edwidge Danticat and Ta-Nehisi Coates. Ortiz will receive this prestigious award at the 2018 PEN Oakland /Josephine Miles Library Award ceremony to be held Dec. 2 at the San Francisco Public Library. Read the full story in the Gainesville Sun.


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