Category Humanities

9.17.15

Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America

Humanities Forum
Eduardo López, television producer, journalist and documentarian
Thursday, September 17 | 5:30 pm
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

The rapid growth of the nation’s Latino community has sparked heated national debate over immigration, yet the reality is that many of us know little about the Latin American roots of migration. (Click heading for full description.)

Shannon McSheffrey

Fall 2015 Medieval and Early Modern Studies Lecture

Digital Humanities and Imagining Medieval Women’s Lives: Putting Marriage and Sex on the Internet
Shannon McSheffrey, Professor, Department of History, Concordia University, Montreal
Thursday, September 24 | 4:00 pm
University Center Room 312

Dr. Shannon McSheffrey (Ph. D, Toronto), Professor, Department of History, Concordia University, Montreal, will speak on her research on women in late medieval London, including her work in digital humanities. She manages a database relating to the late medieval London Consistory court. (Click heading for full description.)

We are subjects of history

We Are Subjects of History: Indigenous Communities’ Fight for Autonomy and Human Rights in Chiapas and Beyond

Social Sciences Forum
Guadalupe Moshan Álvarez, principal attorney, Fray Bartolomé Human Rights Center, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico
Bárbara Suárez Galeano, Interpreter, Autonomous University of Social Movements, Centro Autónomo de Albany Park, Chicago
Thursday, September 24 | 4:30 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Mexico is at a critical moment: the forced disappearance of 43 Ayotzinapa rural teachers and college students set off a tidal wave of indignation and massive protests. In the context of a war on drugs that has left more than 25,000 disappeared, Guadalupe Moshan Álvarez will speak on the human rights situation in Chiapas, Mexico, FrayBa’s work, and the role of international solidarity. (Click heading for full description.)

9.24.15

Dear White People: Film Screening and Conversation

Humanities Forum
Kimberly Moffitt, Dresher Center fellow and associate professor of American studies, UMBC
Damon Turner, adjunct professor in Africana studies, UMBC and PhD Candidate in African American history, Morgan State University
Thursday, September 24 | 7 pm
Performing Arts & Humanities Building : Rm. 132

The film Dear White People follows the lives of four black students at an Ivy League college. Director and writer Justin Simien says, “My film is about identity. It’s about the difference between how the mass culture responds to a person because of their race and who that person understands themselves to truly be. All explored through the microcosm of a success-oriented Ivy League college.” (Click heading for full description.)

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Imagining America 2015 National Conference

Interdisciplinary
Imagining America 2015 National Conference
Thursday, September 30 – Saturday, October 3
Various Locations, Baltimore City and UMBC

Imagining America — a consortium of universities and organizations dedicated to advancing the public and civic purposes of humanities, arts, and design — presents its 2015 National Conference in Baltimore, hosted by UMBC, and co-sponsored by MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) and Morgan State University, in collaboration with Towson University. The members of Imagining America advance a vision of the world in which publicly engaged artists, designers, scholars, and culture workers play critical roles in enacting the promise and ideals of a democratic society. The purpose of this conference is to facilitate bold, creative and effective work that enables people to build and sustain the relationships that will link our stories, fulfill the democratic purposes of higher education, and address our collective challenges. (Click heading for full description.)

10.14.15

In Comis Veritas: The Principles of Ancient Roman Hairdress

Humanities Forum, Ancient Studies Week
Janet Stephens, independent scholar and hairstylist
Wednesday, October 14 | 4 pm
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Through her groundbreaking research, professional hairdresser and self-trained experimental archaeologist Janet Stephens rediscovered the methods used to recreate ancient Roman hairstyles using only natural hair rather than wigs, as was previously believed to have been worn. In this lecture and demonstration she will explain the universal rules governing hair behavior so that you too may recognize the truth in any hairstyle, ancient Roman or modern. (Click heading for full description.)

10.21.15

The Republic of the Unlettered: Intellectual History, the Enlightenment, and the Law in the Spanish Empire

Humanities Forum, Webb Lecture
Bianca Premo, associate professor of history, Florida International University
Wednesday, October 21 | 4 pm
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

This talk explores what it means to write an intellectual history of the Enlightenment among people who could not read or write—namely enslaved people, women, and the indigenous inhabitants of the colonial Spanish America who sued in royal courts during the eighteenth century. (Click heading for full description.)

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