Peter Blair Henry

Social Sciences Forum
Thursday, February 12 | 4:00 p.m.
Peter Blair Henry, Dean of New York University’s Stern School of Business
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

The mathematical underpinnings of the “dismal science” can yield surprising results with the power to impact millions of lives around the globe. Using examples from his book, Turnaround: Third World Lessons for First World Growth, Peter Blair Henry discusses how scientific analysis of economic policy experiments can determine which policies, implemented under what conditions, create the most value for the greatest number of people. (Click heading for full description.)

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Sunday, February 15 | 3:00 p.m.
JoyAnne Amani & Friends
Concert Hall, Performing Arts & Humanities Building

Collaborative artist, pianist, music director and teacher JoyAnne Amani presents, in collaboration with colleagues, a program entitled Mozart, Margaret, Moses and Me. (Click on heading for full description.)

Franchesca Ramsey

Humanities Forum
Tuesday, February 17 | 7:30 p.m.
Critical Social Justice: Creating Brave Spaces
Franchesca Ramsey, vlogger
University Center Ballroom

Vlogger Franchesca Ramsey discusses her approach to harnessing the power of social media across multiple platforms in order to engage in meaningful dialogues about social justice. Inspired by her interactions with other prominent social justice bloggers, Ramsey critiques the toxic “call-out culture” that pervades many social justice communities and explores alternative approaches to demanding accountability in online spaces. (Click heading for full description.)


Sunday, February 22 | 3:00 p.m.
Brahms Triple Play: an afternoon of works by Johannes Brahms, performed by UMBC faculty
Concert Hall (Performing Arts & Humanities Building)

UMBC Department of Music faculty members Audrey Andrist, pianist, Gita Ladd, cellist and Airi Yoshioka, violinist are joined by Katherine Murdock, violist, for a thrilling evening of chamber music by the great Romantic composer Johannes Brahms. (Click on heading for full description.)

Interior, Fort Morgan, Battle Site, Mobile Bay, Alabama, 2003

Humanities Forum
Tuesday, February 24 | 4:00 p.m.
William Earle Williams, Audrey A. and John L. Dusseau Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Fine Arts, and Curator of Photography, Haverford College
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

A Stirring Song Sung Heroic features the work of photographer William Earle Williams. The history of American slavery is presented across three series of 80 black and white silver gelatin prints. These images document mostly anonymous, unheralded, and uncelebrated places in the New World—from the Caribbean to North America—where Americans black and white determined the meaning of freedom. Archives of prints, newspapers, and other ephemera related to the struggle accompany the work. (Click heading for full description.)

Janet Shibley Hyde

Social Sciences Forum
Wednesday, March 4 | 4:00 p.m.
Janet Shibley Hyde, Evjue-Bascom Professor & Helen Thompson Woolley Professor of Psychology and Gender & Women’s Studies and Director at the Center for Research on Gender & Women at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
Albin. O Kuhn Library Gallery

The media portray psychological differences between women and men as large and biologically determined—men are from Mars, women are from Venus. Dr. Hyde’s research uses the statistical method of meta-analysis to investigate whether these claims are accurate. The results are surprising. (Click heading for full description.)


Humanities Forum
Wednesday, March 4 | 7:00 p.m.
Michael Rakowitz, Professor, Art Theory & Practice, Northwestern University
Performing Arts and Humanities Building, Room 132

Artist Michael Rakowitz discusses his work in the context of hope and antagonism, and at the intersection of problem solving and trouble-making. Rakowitz’s interventions in urban spaces extend from paraSITE (1998 – ongoing), in which the artist builds inflatable shelters for homeless people that attach to the exterior vents of a building’s HVAC system, to Minaret (2001 – ongoing), in which access is gained to rooftops in Western cities and the Islamic call to prayer is sounded. (Click heading for full description.)


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