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WPHL Faculty News and Presented Lectures

  • Newspaper Articles

    Deputy Director Julio Capo, Jr.  published in the Sun Sentinel  "Past summers show ingenuity and waves of change" 

    June 30, 2020

    The vast majority of counties in Florida — with some exceptions in the hardest-hit counties of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach — are undergoing phase two of reopening efforts in the wake of coronavirus.  Continue reading here.

    Deputy Director Julio Capo, Jr.  published in the Washington Post "The police chief who inspired Trump’s tweet glorifying violence. Trump echoed a former Miami police chief’s anti-black words and animus"

    June 1, 2020

    President Trump sparked outrage by tweeting, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” Twitter flagged the post as violating its rules against “glorifying violence.”  Continue reading here. 


    Deputy Director Julio Capo, Jr.  published for The Abusable Past "Counter-editorial: Bad Bunny is queer to me." 

    May 27, 2020

    It’s not a particularly unique or powerful lyric. And yet I sing along to it just a little bit louder every time I hear that clapback. The urban Latino artist known as Bad Bunny (born Benito Martínez Ocasio) finds subtle and not-so-subtle ways in his suggestive lyrics to empower his listeners. Continue reading here.


    Ana Menéndez published in The Sun Sentinel "From this terrible crisis, can we build a better world?" 

    April 22, 2020

    On day 28 of our shelter-in-place my husband says to me, “Do you realize that if the food distribution system collapsed, we’d starve to death? How did we get here? How did we come to have this kind of life?” Continue reading here.


    Deputy Director Julio Capo, Jr.  published in the Washington Post "Metaphors make sense of the past. Can they guide us toward a post-coronavirus future? Fiction’s lessons for helping us grapple with the challenges of a pandemic."

    April 11, 2020

    Amid shortages of food, toilet paper and hand sanitizer, resource hoarders are seeking to turn a profit. Lies, falsehoods and disinformation from political leaders abound. Continue reading here.



  • Presented Lectures


    Temporal Uncertainties: Humanities in the Time of Corona  featured WPHL faculty,  Rebecca Friedman, Julio Capó, Jr., Ana Menéndez, & Whitney Bauman (Associate Professor, of Religious Studies at FIU) discussing concepts of temporality and the importance of the humanities in shaping our coronavirus present and future.

    May 2020

    Pandemics and Politics: A European Perspectivefeatures Rebecca Friedman, Director and Associate Professor, FIU Green School of International and Public Affairs

    April 8, 2020
  • Radio

    Associate Professor David Rifkind talked with WLRN’s Alexander Gonzalez about how the ccoronavirus is crowding limited outdoor spaces 

    April 13, 2020
    Read or listen to the interview here.

The Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab at Florida International University strongly supports all those throughout our South Florida community and throughout the world in their fight for social justice and in the crucial work to end all forms of anti-Blackness and state violence. Our collective voices join the Black-led movements to affirm and demand the dignity, value, and necessity of all Black lives past, present, and future.



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