Category Humanities

Sounding Botany Bay

Sounding Botany Bay: How humans have changed a unique Australian environment

Humanities Forum
Timothy Nohe, intermedia artist, professor of visual arts and director of the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA), UMBC
Tuesday, February 16, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

In this talk about his multimedia exhibition Timothy Nohe will introduce American audiences to the deeply woven human narrative of Botany Bay, Australia. The artist reveals truths about this complex place through mural prints, video, sound, interviews, archival documents, and material culture. In many ways this story mirrors our American experience related to human stewardship, the colonization and the decimation of indigenous peoples, industrialization, national narratives, globalization, and climate change. (Click heading for full description.)

Christina Greer

Black Ethnic Identity and Immigration: Pursuit of the American Dream

Social Sciences Forum
Christina Greer, associate professor of political science, Fordham University
Tuesday, February 23, 4:30 p.m.
University Center Room 310

There has been significant voluntary immigration of black populations from Africa and the Caribbean over the past few decades, which has changed the racial, ethnic, and political landscape in the U.S. An important question for social scientists is how these “new” blacks will behave politically in the U.S. (Click heading for full description.)

Alice Dreger

Why Have Intersex Rights Been So Hard to Secure in America?

Humanities Forum
Alice Dreger, historian of science and medicine
Joan S. Korenman Lecture
Wednesday, February 24, 5:30 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

For 25 years, people born with intersex (body types that aren’t standard male or standard female) and their allies have been fighting for basic patient rights, including the right to full access to medical histories and the right to decide for themselves about optional genital surgeries. This talk explores why much more progress has been made abroad than in America. Particular attention will be paid to tensions existing between the pursuit of justice and the pursuit of truth, as well as the academic freedom issues surrounding research and activism. (Click heading for full description.)

3.1.16

Poetry Reading: It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful

Humanities Forum
Lia Purpura, writer-in-residence, English, UMBC
Tuesday, March 1, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

The sonorous and cerebral poems in Lia Purpura’s fourth collection, It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful, are wonderfully condensed dispatches from a virtuosic mind that pulse between a childlike awe at the things of this world and the hard-earned struggle in naming them. Known for taut lines that forge powerful revelations from life’s most inconsequential moments, Purpura has won national acclaim as both a poet and essayist. (Click heading for full description.)

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Seeing Science: Photography, Science and Visual Culture

Interdisciplinary
Seeing Science: Photography, Science and Visual Culture
Campus-wide Programs
March 2016 – March 2017

Seeing Science, a campus-wide, interdisciplinary project, will take place over the course of a year. Its goal is to bring together the UMBC’s science, humanities, and art communities to explore, in online, print, and onsite projects (Click heading for full description.)

3.24.16

Implicit Biases, Moral Agency, and Moral Responsibility

Humanities Forum
Angela Smith, Roger Mudd Professor of Ethics and Professor of Philosophy, Washington and Lee University
Evelyn Barker Memorial Lecture
Thursday, March 24, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Dr. Smith argues that we can be held responsible for implicit biases that underlie our thoughts and behavior, despite the fact that we often lack conscious awareness and control of them. Such biases involve exercises of our evaluative agency that we can be asked to justify, and this makes us subject to moral assessment for them. (Click heading for full description.)

3.29.16

MEMS Colloquium Lecture: Shakespeare Anniversary 2016

Humanities Forum
Frances Dolan, Distinguished Professor of English, University of California, Davis
‘Some wine, ho!’ Shakespeare, Women, and the Story of English Wine
Tuesday, March 29, 4 p.m.
University Center Room 312

What did Shakespeare’s contemporaries drink and what did they think about it? This talk explores the untold story of English wine and, in particular, the contributions of Shakespeare and women to that story. Frances Dolan will help us to understand the English dream of growing grapes and making wines, with examples that range from Shakespeare’s London to colonial Virginia, from the sixteenth century to popular depictions of that period today. (Click heading for full description.)

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