Category Social Sciences


Reflections in a Yoshiwara Mirror: Representing the ‘Beauties of the Azure Towers’ in Print

Asian Studies Lecture
Julie Nelson Davis, Professor of the History of Art (Modern East Asian) at the University of Pennsylvania
“Reflections in a Yoshiwara Mirror: Representing the ‘Beauties of the Azure Towers’ in Print”
Tuesday, October 25, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Professor Julie Nelson Davis’ presentation will explore issues of collaboration between the publishers and painters of The Mirror of Yoshiwara Beauties, Compared as well as their larger social and economic network. (Click heading for full description.)


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.)

Oct 28 SSF

Reassessing Racial Differences: The Perception of Racial Equality in the Obama Era

Social Sciences Forum
Melvin Thomas, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, North Carolina State University, and Hayward Derrick Horton, Associate Professor of Sociology, University at Albany, State University of New York
Friday, October 28, 2 p.m.
Location to be announced

The election of Barack Obama as 44th President of the United States was heralded as a sign that the U.S. had entered a post-racial era. Thomas and Horton explore the perception of racial equality in the Obama era. (Click heading for full description.)


English Department Reading Series: Natalie Diaz

English Department Reading Series
Natalie Diaz, poet
Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 5-6 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery

We are pleased to welcome poet Natalie Diaz as part of the English Department Reading Series on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at 5:00 PM in the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery. There will be a reading followed by a short Q&A and booking signing. Books will be available for sale at the reading. (Click heading for full description.)

Nov 9 SSF

Post-Election Forum

Social Sciences Forum
Donald Norris, Professor and Director, UMBC School of Public Policy; Thomas Schaller, Professor and Chair, UMBC Department of Political Science; and John Fritze, Reporter, The Baltimore Sun
Wednesday, November 9, 4 p.m.
Albin O Kuhn Library 7th floor

An engaging discussion about the 2016 Presidential election – the campaigns, the candidates, the issues, and of course, the election outcomes. (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.)