Category Humanities Forum


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.)


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.)


Wretched Girls, Wretched Boys, and the Medieval Origins of the “European Marriage Pattern”

Humanities Forum — Webb Lecture
Judith Bennett, John R. Hubbard Professor Emerita, University of Southern California
“Wretched Girls, Wretched Boys, and the Medieval Origins of the ‘European Marriage Pattern’”
Thursday, November 10, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

The “Girl Effect,” a new buzzword in development circles, argues that economies grow when girls marry later and get more schooling. This lecture skeptically examines its historical equivalent — the idea that “Girlpower” (better jobs for girls and later marriage) drove the extraordinary development of modern Europe. (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.)


Figuring the Population Bomb: Malthusian Masculinities and Demographic Transitions

Humanities Forum
Carole McCann, Chair and Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, UMBC
Wednesday, December 7, 4:00 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Drawing from her new book, Carole McCann will trace the genealogy of the twentieth-century demographic “facts” that created a mathematical panic about a looming population explosion. (Click heading for full description.)