Category Social Sciences

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Childhood in a Sri Lankan Village: Reading, Book Signing, and Reception with UMBC Anthropologist Bambi Chapin

Childhood in a Sri Lankan Village
Wednesday, October 22 | 4:00 p.m.
Bambi Chapin, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Like toddlers all over the world, Sri Lankan children go through a period that in the U.S. is referred to as the “terrible twos.” Yet once they reach elementary school age, they appear uncannily passive, compliant, and undemanding compared to their Western counterparts. Clearly, these children have undergone some process of socialization, but what? (Click heading for full description.)

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The Mathematics of Being Human

Interdisciplinary
Tuesday, November 4 | 4:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
The Mathematics of Being Human
Black Box Theatre, Performing Arts and Humanities Building

A provocative new play by UMBC professors Michele Osherow (English, Folger Theatre) and Manil Suri (Mathematics, author of The Death of Vishnu), directed by Alan Kreizenbeck (Theatre).

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W.E.B. Du Bois and the Challenge to Scientific Racism

Social Sciences Forum
Wednesday, November 12 | 7:00 p.m.
Evelynn M. Hammonds, Director of the Program for the Study of Race & Gender in Science & Medicine at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University
University Center Ballroom

A renowned researcher and author on the history of disease, on the analysis of race, gender and science, and on African-American women and the epidemic of HIV/AIDS, Dr. Hammonds will discuss the ever evolving intersection of scientific, medical, anthropological, and socio-political concepts of race in the United States from the early nineteenth century to present day. (Click heading for full description.)

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Post-Election Forum

Social Sciences Forum
Thursday, November 13 | 4:00 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Join experienced political analysts and journalists for an engaging discussion of the 2014 Maryland Gubernatorial election – the campaigns, the candidates, the issues and, of course, the election outcomes. (Click heading for full description.)

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Mapping Memory: Digitizing Sherman’s March to the Sea

Humanities Forum
Tuesday, December 2 | 4:00 p.m.
Digital Humanities Initiative Event
Anne Sarah Rubin, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for Digital History and Education, UMBC, and Kelley Bell, Assistant Professor of Visual Arts, UMBC
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

UMBC professors Anne Sarah Rubin and Kelley Bell use the 150th anniversary of Sherman’s March to the Sea to discuss their collaboration on a digital project about this American Civil War event. Sherman’s March and America: Mapping Memory is an experiment in digital history that uses storytelling to introduce viewers to ideas about the intersections of place and memory. By showing the various approaches to one historical event—the 1864 March to the Sea—this project opens up questions about the stories that are told about the past. (Click heading for full description.)

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