Category Humanities Forum

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.)

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.)


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.)


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.)


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.)


Heroes and Villains: Art, Imagination and the Road to Improved Race Relations in Baltimore

Humanities Forum
Breai Mason-Campbell, Baltimore dancer, teacher, and community activist
Daphne Harrison Lecture and Performance
Thursday, April 7, 5:30 p.m.
Dance Cube, Performing Arts and Humanities Building Room 337

Bigotry and systemic injustice are characterized by emotional detachment and resistance to accountability. They are positioned at the polar ends of the spectrum we use to explain the disproportionate sufferings of Americans who are black. Thus, we remain confounded by a civic order that is unjust. By considering its power to broaden imaginations, reveal truths, and inspire empathy, this talk and dance performance will explore the ways in which Arts Education is poised to lead the way towards repairing relationships and lives in what will be the deciding years of the health of Baltimore. (Click heading for full description.)


Can A Comic Book Superhero and Rape Survivor Change Attitudes Toward Sexual Violence?

Humanities Forum
Ram Devineni, filmmaker, publisher, and founder of Rattapallax publishing and film production company
Wednesday, April 13, 7 p.m.
Performing Arts and Humanities Building Room 132

In “Priya’s Shakti,” the technologically innovative and wildly popular “first Indian comic book of its kind” (The New York Times), a mortal woman falls victim to a brutal sexual assault then joins forces with the Goddess Parvati to fight against sexual violence. Ram Devineni, the comic book’s co-creator, discusses the creation of the comic book, how it went viral, and how to use the comic book format to address pressing social issues. (Click heading for full description.)


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