Author Archives: Max Cole


I Heard It Through the Grapevine: Film Screening and Conversation

Humanities Forum
I Heard It Through the Grapevine: Film Screening and Conversation
Maurice Wallace, Associate Professor of English and Associate Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia; and Maleda Belilgne, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and English, UMBC
Thursday, February 23, 5:30 p.m.
132 Performing Arts and Humanities Building

The spellbinding 1982 documentary I Heard It Through the Grapevine chronicles James Baldwin’s return to the American South two decades after the passage of the Civil Rights Act. Directed by Dick Fontaine and Pat Hartley, this rare film includes Baldwin’s conversations with Sterling Brown, Amiri Baraka, and Chinua Achebe on the meaning of racial progress. Maurice Wallace and Maleda Belilgne will lead a conversation on the film’s historical importance and Baldwin’s continuing significance today. (Click heading for full description.)


ISIS and Cultural Cleansing: Saving the Ancient and Medieval Treasures of Syria and Iraq

Humanities Forum – MEMS Colloquium Lecture
“ISIS and Cultural Cleansing: Saving the Ancient and Medieval Treasures of Syria and Iraq”
Michael D. Danti, Assistant Professor of Archaeology, Boston University; Consulting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania Museum; and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London
Tuesday, March 7, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Syria and Iraq are facing the worst cultural heritage crisis since the Second World War. This talk will address one of the greatest challenges: the cultural cleansing perpetrated by the so-called Islamic State (or ISIS) and the work of the American Schools of Oriental Research to safeguard cultural assets. Irreplaceable ancient and medieval heritage, embedded in the fabric and daily life of modern communities, is endangered as extremists erase cultural memory, manipulate cultural identity, and eliminate cultural diversity. (Click heading for full description.)


Silent Partners: Women as Investors in Britain’s First Stock Market, 1690-1750

Social Sciences Forum
“Silent Partners: Women as Investors in Britain’s First Stock Market, 1690-1750”
Amy Froide, UMBC Associate Professor and Acting Chair of History
Tuesday, March 14, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

One of the world’s first stock markets emerged in the coffeehouses of London in the 1690s. Up to one third of investors in corporations such as the East India and South Sea companies, the Bank of England, and the national debt were women. Prof. Froide discusses how these women learned to invest, how they served as financial agents and brokers for kin and others, and the types of financial agency that women exercised. (Click heading for full description.)


The Post-Andalusian Condition: Islam and the Rise of the West

Humanities Forum
“The Post-Andalusian Condition: Islam and the Rise of the West”
Anouar Majid, Director of the Center for Global Humanities, Vice President for Global Affairs and Communications, and Professor of English at the University of New England
Wednesday, March 15, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

In this lecture, Anouar Majid extends the notion of Orientalism back to the Late Middle Ages, when the Andalusian order was upended by a crusading Christian spirit and the rise of a Western hegemonic worldview. This forced Muslims and other non-Western traditions into a defensive mode, fighting back by deploying indigenous traditions. As a result of this uneven struggle, Muslims found strength in orthodoxies that have only made their condition worse and continue to bedevil the world order today. (Click heading for full description.)


The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment: A Tragedy of Race and Public Health

Social Sciences Forum
“The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment: A Tragedy of Race and Public Health”
James Jones, Professor, University of Arkansas
Monday, March 27, 4 p.m.
University Center Ballroom

From 1932 until 1972, the United States Public Health Service (PHS) conducted a deadly, deceptive, and unethical medical experiment on more than 400 poverty stricken, poorly educated African-American sharecroppers in and around Tuskegee, the county seat of Macon County, nestled in the heart of Alabama’s “black belt.” Professor Jones will explain how the experiment got started, how it could have gone on for forty years, and how it reflected salient aspects of the history of race relations in the United States. (Click heading for full description.)


Bringing the São José Back into Memory

Social Sciences Forum – Low Lecture
“Bringing the São José Back into Memory”
Paul Gardullo, Curator, National Museum of African American History and Culture
Wednesday, April 5, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library 7th floor

“From No Return” – Dr. Gardullo’s talk will focus on the complex ongoing vectors of collaborative international research, archaeology, and memory work in investigating the voyage of the São José, a Portuguese slave ship. (Click heading for full description.)


A Conversation About Digital Access

Humanities Forum — Daphne Harrison Lecture
“A Conversation About Digital Access”
Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress
Thursday, April 13, 5:30 p.m.
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall

Dr. Carla Hayden will discuss the importance of the Library of Congress in the 21st century, especially in the digital age. The Library houses more than 162 million items that include historical documents and artifacts, photographs, books, manuscripts, sheet music, and so much more. Her monumental goal is to share all these items online with the public from coast to coast. (Click heading for full description.)