The theme for this year's University of Arizona's Humanities Week is Revival of the Fittest, which aims to showcase events, people, themes and ideas that have endured the test of time.

Events include poetry and prose readings, as well as student reenactments of historical events.

Helen Bernard, external and alumni relations for the UA's College of Humanities, said such readings include Dante's Divine Comedy, Downton Abbey and other historical fiction.

"With all of the recent controversy of the value of humanities, we thought this was the perfect title for this year," Bernard said.

The event is meant to give those at the university a chance to engage with the community and show exactly what it is that is taught and researched.

Suzanne Thompson Eanes, adjunct lecturer at the Department of Russian and Slavic studies, said they will spotlight poetry and prose as a narrative of Russian Marxist revolutionary and theorist Leon Trotsky's final years.

"It's an interesting way to include our expertise," Eanes explained. "Russia slash the Soviet Union and something close to home: Mexico, Mexican culture."

The event kicks off Monday, Oct. 7 with Meteorite Night at the Flandrau Planetarium and run through Oct. 11 with events at the UA's Poetry Center.