President’s Arts and Humanities Luncheon

Featuring UF English professor, author and creative writing teacher Jill Ciment

  • Monday, November 4
  • Noon – 1:30 p.m.
  • The Dasburg House

More about the Ciment talk

Jill Ciment’s talk is entitled “The Other Half: A Reconsideration of My Earlier Memoir, Half a Life.”

She writes, “Half a Life describes how I met and seduced my husband when I was a teenager and he was forty-seven. The talk will be about how memory changes over time, and how truth in a memoir is fluid.”

Ciment teaches graduate and undergraduate creative writing workshops.  She is the author of Small Claims, a collection of short stories and novellas; The Law of Falling Bodies, Teeth of the Dog, The Tattoo Artist, Heroic Measures (a finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize), Act of God,  and The Body in Question, novels; and Half a Life, a memoir.  She is also the co-author (with Amy Hempel) of the thriller, The Hand That Feeds You.  She has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts, a NEA Japan Fellowship Prize, two New York State Fellowships for the Arts, the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.  5 Flights Up, a film adaptation of  Heroic Measures, was released in 2015. 

Author and Creative Writing Professor Jill Ciment

More about the President’s Arts and Humanities Luncheon

The President’s Arts and Humanities Luncheon is a new speaker series featuring regular free lunchtime presentations by UF faculty in the arts and humanities for current UF students, followed by informal Q&As and discussions.  Due to limited space, attendance is restricted to the first 60 students who sign up when RSVPs open two weeks before each luncheon. Students can RSVP to the Ciment luncheon at this website starting at 8 a.m. Monday, October 21st. Once the attendance limit of 60 students is reached, RSVPs will close.  To maximize opportunities for all students, individuals may attend only one luncheon (no repeat attendees).


Past Speakers

Veteran Broadway dancer and School of Theatre and Dance Professor Andrew Cao

October 9, 2019: Pippin: UF’s 2019 Mainstage Musical presented by Andrew Cao.

Andrew Cao is a veteran Broadway dancer and lecturer in the UF School of Theatre + Dance. He danced on Broadway in Disney’s Aladdin, the 2011 revival of Anything Goes with Sutton Foster, and Nice Work if You Can Get It, spanning almost 10 years and thousands of performances. In addition, Andrew appeared on television in Iron Fist, The Mysteries of Laura, Blue Bloods, The Detour, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tony Awards, The View, Good Morning America, and Nickelodeon’s The Backyardigans.

Pulitzer Prize Winner Professor Jack E. Davis

September 11, 2019: Coming Ashore: Wonder, Creativity, and Beholding the Blue-Green Earth presented by Jack Davis.

Professor Davis is a professor of history and the Rothman Family Chair in the Humanities at the University of a. His The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in history, and in 2019 he was awarded an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship to support his current book project, Bird of Paradox: How the Bald Eagle Saved the Soul of America