Category Social Sciences

Paul Bloom: “Against Empathy”

Social Sciences Forum
Paul Bloom, Brooks & Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology & Cognitive Science, Yale University
“Against Empathy”
Thursday, March 29, 4–5 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery, 7th Floor

Bloom will discuss how more empathy is not what we need but in fact, makes us worse. Drawing from research in areas of psychopathy, criminal behavior, charitable giving, cognitive neuroscience, dehumanization and Buddhist meditation practices, Bloom explains how we may be better off in both public policy and intimate relationships if we use a combination of reason and distanced compassion and that in fact empathy, is a poor moral guide. (Click heading for full description.)

Koki Agarwal: “Learning to Address Inequalities in a Global Health Context”

Social Sciences Forum — Health and Inequality Lecture
Koki Agarwal, Director, Maternal and Child Survival Program, Vice President, Jhipiego DC Operations; Senior Associate, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
“Learning to Address Inequalities in a Global Health Context”
Monday, April 9, 4:30–6 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Despite global efforts to develop and promote health for mothers and babies, too many continue to die in rates that reveal significant inequalities across and within nations. Agarwal will report on the work she directs in 27 countries through the United States Agency for International Development’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program to address inequities and increase coverage and utilization of high-quality reproductive, maternal, newborn and child heath interventions. (Click heading for full description.)

Redevelopment and Justice in Baltimore

Humanities Forum — Focus on Gentrification in Baltimore
Panel Discussion: “Redevelopment and Justice in Baltimore”
Wednesday, April 18, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Gentrification has long been a watchword for neighborhoods facing redevelopment and the many social and economic changes it brings. How can Baltimore neighborhoods renew themselves without forcing out local residents or homogenizing diverse populations? This expert panel will focus on key questions linking gentrification and social justice, from why black neighborhoods and immigrants matter to the role of arts and entertainment districts in the process of redevelopment. (Click heading for full description.)


Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD)

Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD)
Wednesday, April 25, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Various locations

Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD) features research, scholarship, and creative work carried out by UMBC undergraduates. (Click heading for full description.)

Anand Pandian: “‘The Wall’ and Other Walls in Contemporary American Life”

Social Sciences Forum
Anand Pandian, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University
“‘The Wall’ and Other Walls in Contemporary American Life”
Wednesday, May 2, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

The idea of a southern border wall was in many ways the defining idea of Donald Trump’s victorious presidential campaign. What was so appealing about this idea to so many Americans, and how did this promise build on other walls and boundaries already at work in everyday American life? (Click heading for full description.)

Carole McCann: “Planned Parenthood in Maryland: A Vital Community Resource”

Lipitz Lecture
Humanities Forum and Social Sciences Forum
Carole McCann, Professor and Chair, Gender + Women’s Studies
“Planned Parenthood in Maryland: A Vital Community Resource”
Thursday, May 3, 4–5 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

This talk will highlight Carole McCann’s project about Planned Parenthood of Maryland (PPM), which marked its 90th anniversary in 2017. (Click heading for full description.)

Obioma Nnaemeka: “Gendered Spaces and War: Re-Imagining Biafra — Not as a Territory”

Social Sciences Forum
Obioma Nnaemeka, Chancellor’s Professor, Indiana University
“Gendered Spaces and War: Re-Imagining Biafra — Not as a Territory”
Tuesday, May 8, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
University Center Ballroom

In the context of the Nigeria-Biafra War, Obioma Nnaemeka will explore how women’s bodies became a battlefield used to settle patriarchal and ethnic quarrels; the role of women in creating a sense of normalcy within Biafra under siege by Nigerian soldiers; and the lessons from the war that empower the Igbo people to move forward with the ideals of Biafra unmarked by territorial boundaries. (Click heading for full description.)