Category Humanities


Sharing the Past, Building the Future: UMBC at 50

Sharing the Past, Building the Future: UMBC at 50
Through December 15
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.)


Seeing Science: Photography, Science and Visual Culture

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.)


SEEING SCIENCE Film Festival: October

Visual Art
SEEING SCIENCE Film Festival: October
October 12, 7 p.m. — Young Frankenstein
October 26, 7 p.m. — The Nutty Professor
Screenings will be presented in Lecture Hall 1 and are free. (Click heading for full description.)


Reflections in a Yoshiwara Mirror: Representing the ‘Beauties of the Azure Towers’ in Print

Asian Studies Lecture
Julie Nelson Davis, Professor of the History of Art (Modern East Asian) at the University of Pennsylvania
“Reflections in a Yoshiwara Mirror: Representing the ‘Beauties of the Azure Towers’ in Print”
Tuesday, October 25, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Professor Julie Nelson Davis’ presentation will explore issues of collaboration between the publishers and painters of The Mirror of Yoshiwara Beauties, Compared as well as their larger social and economic network. (Click heading for full description.)


The Black Presidency

Humanities Forum
Michael Eric Dyson, University Professor of Sociology, Georgetown University, and radio host
“The Black Presidency”
Thursday, October 27, 5 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery, 7th floor

In “The Black Presidency,” Michael Eric Dyson will explore the role of race in shaping Barack Obama’s identity and groundbreaking presidency. With the overwhelming number of tragic deaths of several young, Black males at the hands of police officers, President Obama has had to deal publicly with race in ways previous presidents have not. (Click heading for full description.)

Oct 28 SSF

Reassessing Racial Differences: The Perception of Racial Equality in the Obama Era

Social Sciences Forum
Melvin Thomas, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, North Carolina State University, and Hayward Derrick Horton, Associate Professor of Sociology, University at Albany, State University of New York
Friday, October 28, 2 p.m.
Location to be announced

The election of Barack Obama as 44th President of the United States was heralded as a sign that the U.S. had entered a post-racial era. Thomas and Horton explore the perception of racial equality in the Obama era. (Click heading for full description.)


From Black Lives Matter to the 2016 Elections: The Future of Black Politics

Humanities/Social Sciences Forum — W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture
Cathy J. Cohen, David and Mary Winton Green Professor and Chair, Political Science, the University of Chicago
“From Black Lives Matter to the 2016 Elections: The Future of Black Politics”
Wednesday, November 9, 7 p.m.
University Center Ballroom

With the end of the Obama presidency in sight and the continuation of the Black Lives Matter movement, many wonder what black politics will look like after President Obama leaves office. Cathy Cohen will discuss the future of black politics in light of electoral vs protest tensions, generational differences and an increasing class bifurcation in black communities. (Click heading for full description.)