Category American Studies


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.)


Mill Stories: Remembering Sparrows Point Steel Mill – Film screening and conversation

Humanities Forum
Michelle Stefano, Visiting Assistant Professor, American Studies, UMBC, and Co-Director, Maryland Traditions
Bill Shewbridge, Professor of the Practice, Media & Communication Studies, and Executive Producer, New Media Studio, UMBC
“Mill Stories: Remembering Sparrows Point Steel Mill” – Film screening and conversation
Tuesday, November 15, 7 p.m.
132 Performing Arts and Humanities Building

In 2012, Baltimore’s Sparrows Point Steel Mill closed forever. The award winning film Mill Stories: Remembering Sparrows Point Steel Mill presents a collection of stories based on interviews at the time of the mill’s closing as a means of helping to safeguard and promote the living heritage of the mill and its surrounding areas. (Click heading for full description.)