Category History


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.)


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.)

Nov 14 SSF

How did we get here? Women and the 2016 election

Social Sciences Forum
Rebecca Traister, Author
Monday, November 14, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Rebecca Traister, author of the New York Times bestseller, All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of An Independent Nation and New York Times notable book of 2010, Big Girls Don’t Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women, will discuss women and the 2016 election cycle. (Click heading for full description.)