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Sharing the Past, Building the Future: UMBC at 50

Exhibition
Sharing the Past, Building the Future: UMBC at 50
September 15 to December 16
Tour and reception: Monday, September 19, 3:30 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

The forces that contributed to the founding of UMBC — from emerging need triggered by the post-World War II baby boom to a higher education ideal conceptualized by Chancellor Albin O. Kuhn — converged on September 19, 1966 with the commencement of the first classes at the new university. This exhibition tells some of the many stories of the university’s exciting beginning and continuing development through items selected from UMBC’s University Archives including photographs, documents, objects, books and ephemera. (Click heading for full description.)

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The Islamicate Geographies of “The Female Wits” on the Early Modern English Stage

Medieval and Early Modern Studies and English Department Lecture
Bernadette Andrea, Celia Jacobs Endowed Professor of British Literature at University of Texas, San Antonio
Tuesday, September 27, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

As part of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Program’s year-long focus on Islam, the program welcomes Dr. Bernadette Andrea for a talk on her book “English Women Staging Islam.” (Click heading for full description.)

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The Case for Racial Pluralism

Department of Philosophy
Quayshawn Spencer, Department of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania
Wednesday, September 28, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

In this talk, Spencer will locate the underlying problem for US race theories as being a metametaphysical commitment to racial monism—the view that there is a single nature and reality for race. (Click heading for full description.)

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SEEING SCIENCE Film Festival: Sci-fi Films from 1966

SEEING SCIENCE Film Festival
Films from 1966: Fantastic Voyage, Fahrenheit 451, Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.
September 14, 21 and 28 in Lecture Hall 1

In celebration of UMBC’s 50th Anniversary, the SEEING SCIENCE Film Festival presents films that were released in 1966, including Fantastic Voyage, Fahrenheit 451, and Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. (Click heading for full description.)

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Seeing Science: Photography, Science and Visual Culture

Interdisciplinary
SEEING SCIENCE: Photography, Science and Visual Culture
Online and Campus-Wide Programs
Ongoing through April 2017

Through its multiple components, SEEING SCIENCE looks at the forms scientific images take, what they reveal, how they transform the disciplines they serve, and lives they influence. (Click heading for full description.)

October 6 SS Forum

The Lottocratic Alternative: Lottery as Method for Selecting Political Representatives

Social Sciences Forum
Alexander Guerrero, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Law, University of Pennsylvania
“The Lottocratic Alternative: Lottery as Method for Selecting Political Representatives”
Thursday, October 6, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

It is widely accepted that electoral representative democracy is better than any other alternative lawmaking political arrangement. It is also widely accepted that the only legitimate alternative to electoral representative democracy is some form of direct democracy, but that this would lead to bad policy. Guerrero argues against both of these assumptions, and considers the prospects for another alternative system — one that uses lotteries, not elections, to select political officials — that he claims would be better than electoral representative democracy. (Click heading for full description.)

Ancient Studies Week

Demopolis: Democracy, Legitimacy, and Civic Education

Humanities Forum
Ancient Studies Week
Josiah Ober, Constantine Mitsotakis Professor in the Humanities and Sciences, and Professor of Political Science and Classics, Stanford University
“Demopolis: Democracy, Legitimacy, and Civic Education”
Wednesday, October 12, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Democracy requires self-government by participatory citizens. But why should citizens govern themselves when populist autocrats are willing to do it for them? In “Demopolis” (City of the People), Josiah Ober will present a thought experiment that shows how citizens can build and preserve democracy by their active participation in government. (Click heading for full description.)