Category Humanities Forum


I Heard It Through the Grapevine: Film Screening and Conversation

Humanities Forum
I Heard It Through the Grapevine: Film Screening and Conversation
Maurice Wallace, Associate Professor of English and Associate Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia; and Maleda Belilgne, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and English, UMBC
Thursday, February 23, 5:30 p.m.
132 Performing Arts and Humanities Building

The spellbinding 1982 documentary I Heard It Through the Grapevine chronicles James Baldwin’s return to the American South two decades after the passage of the Civil Rights Act. Directed by Dick Fontaine and Pat Hartley, this rare film includes Baldwin’s conversations with Sterling Brown, Amiri Baraka, and Chinua Achebe on the meaning of racial progress. Maurice Wallace and Maleda Belilgne will lead a conversation on the film’s historical importance and Baldwin’s continuing significance today. (Click heading for full description.)


ISIS and Cultural Cleansing: Saving the Ancient and Medieval Treasures of Syria and Iraq

Humanities Forum – MEMS Colloquium Lecture
“ISIS and Cultural Cleansing: Saving the Ancient and Medieval Treasures of Syria and Iraq”
Michael D. Danti, Assistant Professor of Archaeology, Boston University; Consulting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania Museum; and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London
Tuesday, March 7, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Syria and Iraq are facing the worst cultural heritage crisis since the Second World War. This talk will address one of the greatest challenges: the cultural cleansing perpetrated by the so-called Islamic State (or ISIS) and the work of the American Schools of Oriental Research to safeguard cultural assets. Irreplaceable ancient and medieval heritage, embedded in the fabric and daily life of modern communities, is endangered as extremists erase cultural memory, manipulate cultural identity, and eliminate cultural diversity. (Click heading for full description.)


The Post-Andalusian Condition: Islam and the Rise of the West

Humanities Forum
“The Post-Andalusian Condition: Islam and the Rise of the West”
Anouar Majid, Director of the Center for Global Humanities, Vice President for Global Affairs and Communications, and Professor of English at the University of New England
Wednesday, March 15, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

In this lecture, Anouar Majid extends the notion of Orientalism back to the Late Middle Ages, when the Andalusian order was upended by a crusading Christian spirit and the rise of a Western hegemonic worldview. This forced Muslims and other non-Western traditions into a defensive mode, fighting back by deploying indigenous traditions. As a result of this uneven struggle, Muslims found strength in orthodoxies that have only made their condition worse and continue to bedevil the world order today. (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.)


Confederate Hunger: Food and Famine in the Civil War South

Humanities Forum — Social Sciences Forum — Lipitz Lecture
“Confederate Hunger: Food and Famine in the Civil War South”
Anne Sarah Rubin, Professor of History and Associate Director of the Imaging Research Center, UMBC
Wednesday, May 3, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Historians know that over the course of the American Civil War, the Confederacy essentially starved to death, a result of the Union blockade, the breakdown of slavery on the homefront, and not enough food being grown. What we don’t know, however, is what that felt like for ordinary people — on the most intimate and individual scale. “Confederate Hunger” explores the ways that the war affected what people ate and how food choices became symbols of nationalism, resistance, and survival. This project looks at food and hunger from the perspectives of white Southern civilians, African Americans, and Confederate soldiers. It moves from the cabins of yeoman farmers, through plantation kitchens, army messes, and contraband refugee camps, from 1861 through the 1866 harvest. (Click heading for full description.)