Phi Beta Kappa Assication of Greater Tucson Past Events & Newsletters
Convents and Nuns in Colonial Mexico
Dr. Eliana Rivero, Professor Emerita, Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona
At 11:00 we will gather in the meeting room of the River Road/Dusenberry Public Library, where Dr. Rivero will paint a picture of life for Mexican women between the 16th and the 19th centuries, highlighting the importance of religious institutions and social classes in the Viceroyalty of New Spain. (The territories of New Spain comprised Mexico, Central America, much of United States west of the Mississippi, the Spanish Caribbean, Florida and the Philippines between 1535 and 1821.) Convents were significant in urban environments, as were churches, and in spite of religious vows of poverty, nunneries were often repositories of wealth as well as the only educational sites for girls in the colonial world. Many female relatives of early Spanish settlers were forced to look at convents as desirable places for shelter from a world in which they could not compete successfully. Dr. Rivero will share literary works from nuns in Colonial Mexico, as well as photos of convents, cloisters, churches, and plazas. These include a view of the original convent where Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz lived, now the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana in Mexico D.F.
Eliana Suárez Rivero was born in Cuba and immigrated permanently to the U.S. in 1961. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Hispanic Language and Literatures and a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Miami. She has done scholarly work and teaching in the area of Latin American literatures, especially poetry and women's writings, for almost five decades. She has authored or coedited six scholarly books, and has published over 100 articles, chapters in books, review essays, notes, bibliographies, and collection entries, on topics ranging from Caribbean authors to Mexican colonial nuns. The National Office of Phi Beta Kappa chose Dr. Rivero for its 2000-01 Visiting Scholar Program.
At 12:30, we will meet next door at Caffe Torino in the Foothills. Please RSVP to Diane Paine at 219-5440 or firstname.lastname@example.org by late Friday, October 21. If you cannot attend the lecture, you are certainly welcome at the lunch, and vice versa.
Fall 2016 Newsletter
Spring Brunch, Lecture and Annual Business Meeting with Richard Gilman
Mr. Richard Gilman (left) with outgoing PBK-AGT President, Don Tempkin
The Phi Beta Kappa Association of Tucson held its annual business meeting and brunch at the Skyline Country Club on Sunday, April 17. It was well attended by over fifty members and guests.
The keynote speaker was Richard Gilman, former Publisher of The Boston Globe. He was Publisher during part of the “Spotlight” investigation into the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church of Boston. Mr. Gilman spoke about the movie, “Spotlight,” and the various liberties the producers took with the reality of the investigation. He informed the audience that the movie was well done on the whole, but that it was not a documentary.
Members of the Association voted on a Board of Directors for the 2016-18 term.Professor Dolores Duran-Cerda was elected President, Professor Emerita Jeanne Clarke was elected Vice President, Mrs. Diane Paine was elected Secretary, Mark O’Hare, Esq., was elected Treasurer, and Professors Bruce Barrett and Henry Kenski were elected Members at Large.
Outgoing President Don Tempkin, M.D., was honored for his fourteen years of dedicated service to the Association. Past President and Benefactor Hugh Rose made the award, as well as two other awards to individuals who have served for many years to promote The Phi Beta Kappa Society.
Plans are underway for Fall events that will be of interest to the members and guests of the Association so please be sure to check back here for updates.
Spring 2016 Newsletter
Annual Business Meeting and Brunch, April 12, 2015
Dr. Ludwig Deppisch
The Association's Annual Business Meeting and Brunch were held on April 12, 2015, at the Skyline Country Club in Tucson. About fifty members and guests were in attendance. The featured speaker was Dr. Ludwig Deppisch, a retired Pathologist who also earned a Master's Degree in History from the University of Arizona. One of his longstanding interests is the health and care of American Presidents and the First Ladies. Dr. Deppisch is the author of two recently published books on the subject: THE WHITE HOUSE PHYSICIAN: A HISTORY FROM WASHINGTON TO GEORGE W. BUSH (2007), and THE HEALTH OF THE FIRST LADIES: MEDICAL HISTORIES FROM MARTHA WASHINGTON TO MICHELLE OBAMA (2015). His talk to the Phi Beta Kappa audience was titled, "The Health of the First Ladies: Transparency versus Secrecy."
The upcoming Annual Business Meeting and Brunch will be held in April, 2016, also at the Skyline Country Club. The featured speaker for this event is Richard Gilman, former Editor of The Boston Globe. The annual meetings are among the most important activities in which we engage. Board members and Officers of the Association are elected every two years, and members take part in open discussions of finances, activities, organizational and community issues relating to our mission.