Category Social Sciences Forum

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Christina Fink: Myanmar: Perspectives on a Society in Transition

Humanities Forum – Social Sciences Forum – Visual Arts
“Myanmar: Perspectives on a Society in Transition”
Christina Fink, Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, The George Washington University
Wednesday, February 1, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Myanmar has been undergoing profound political, economic, and social change. Throughout this process, the military leadership and political parties have both cooperated and competed in their efforts to impose their vision for the future. Meanwhile, citizens have sought to take advantage of greater freedoms and opportunities, while also re-imagining their country’s identity and place in the world. This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Altered State: Painting Myanmar in a Time of Transition on display at the Library Gallery. (Click heading for full description.)

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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.)