Category Social Sciences

Altered State: Painting Myanmar in a Time of Transition

Visual Arts
Altered State: Painting Myanmar in a Time of Transition
Through March 26
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Altered State: Painting Myanmar in a Time of Transition presents paintings by 36 contemporary artists from Myanmar, the Southeast Asian nation formerly known as Burma. Created following the transition period of 2011, when a military-backed civilian government replaced oppressive rule by military junta and the country once famous for its seclusion re-entered the world stage, the paintings illustrate current artistic practice in Myanmar and present a series of creative viewpoints on a rapidly changing society. (Click heading for complete information.)

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.)

UMBC at Light City Baltimore

Interdisciplinary UMBC at Light City Baltimore March 31 – April 8 Baltimore City With art, ideas and entertainment, UMBC adds spark to Light City Baltimore! A festival of light, music, and innovation, Light City will transform Baltimore City with world class light displays and sculptures, video projections on buildings and interactive technologies to create once-in-a-lifetime […]

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.)

Globalization, Displacement, and Migration

Social Sciences Forum
“Globalization, Displacement, and Migration”
Aviva Chomsky, Professor of History, Salem State University
Tuesday, April 18, 4:30 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library 7th floor

This presentation will examine histories of Latin American immigration, migration, and deportation in the United States. It locates the structural and institutional roots of today’s Mexican and Central American migration to the United States in a number of historical global processes. (Click heading for full description.)

Implicit Social Cognition

Social Sciences Forum
“Implicit Social Cognition”
Mahzarin Banaji, Harvard University
Thursday, April 27, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

How deep are the bounds on human thinking and feeling and how do they shape social interactions and decisions? For the past 25 years, Dr. Banaji has studied mental processes that appear to operate without conscious awareness or conscious control. (Click heading for full description.)