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Humanities Forum Events

Daphne Harrison Lecture
A Conversation on Digital Access
Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress


Lipitz Lecture
India, Pakistan, and Nuclear Weapons
Devin Hagerty, Professor of Political Science and Director, Global Studies, UMBC 


An Artist’s Life at the Border: Critical Partnerships with Science, History, & the Community
Liz Lerman, choreographer, performer, writer and educator


Microscopic War: Fragmenting Vision in Contemporary American Militarism
Rebecca Adelman, Assistant Professor, Media and Communication Studies, UMBC


Korenman Lecture
The Paths We Make as We Go: the Narrative of an Undocumented Immigrant Woman in the U.S.
Maria Gabriela “Gaby” Pacheco, immigrant rights activist


there is a crack in everything: that’s how the light gets in (from Anthem by Leonard Cohen)
Michael Rakowitz, Professor, Art Theory and Practice, Northwestern University


A Stirring Song Sung Heroic
William Earle Williams, Audrey A. and John L. Dusseau Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Fine Arts, and Curator of Photography, Haverford College


Mapping Memory: Digitizing Sherman’s March to the Sea
Anne Sarah Rubin, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for Digital History and Education, UMBC, and Kelley Bell, Assistant Professor of Visual Arts, UMBC


Civil Rights, Asian Americans and Marriage Equality: 50 Years After the Civil Rights Act
Helen Zia, award-winning author and journalist


Translating the Indian Past: The Poets’ Experience
Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Indian poet, translator, and critic


Art is a Three Letter Word
Mark Tribe, artist


Lipitz Lecture
Interiors: Identity in Music
Linda Dusman, Professor of Music at UMBC


Examining the Book of Lies
Corazon del Sol, artist and curator


The Aesthetics of Astronomy: A Subjective Look at Cosmigraphical Depictions through Time
Michael Benson, writer, photographer and artist


Constructing Heritage
James Counts Early, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Mario Santo Domingo, Psychology, UMBC
Michelle Stefano, American Studies, UMBC
Ashley Minner, Community Artist and Activist, Baltimore American Indian Center


Panel Discussion: What Remains? Baltimore Neighborhoods in Transition
Moderator: Denise Meringolo (History)
Participants: Nicole King (American Studies)
Steve Bradley (Visual Arts)
Bill Shewbridge (Media and Communication Studies)
Michelle Stefano (Maryland Traditions and American Studies)
Deborah Rudacille (English)
Eddie Bartee, Jr. (former Sparrows Point steelworker)
Troy Pritt  (former Sparrows Point steelworker)
Jason Reed (community gardener, Curtis Bay)


Lipitz Lecture
Charisma in the Age of Digital Reproduction
Raphael Falco, Department of English, UMBC


Daphne Harrison Lecture
Race and Shakespearean Performance
Ayanna Thompson, Associate Dean of the Faculty and Department of English, Arizona State University


Blackface Imagery and Its Answers: Stereotyping from the Early Civil Rights Era to the Obama Era
Thulani Davis, Journalist, Playwright and Author


The Civil Rights Movement from the Ground Up
Moderator: Taylor Branch
Freeman Hrabowski, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Julian Bond, civil rights activist and former chairman, NAACP
Andrew B. Lewis, author of “The Shadows of Youth: The Remarkable Journey of the Civil Rights Generation”


Collecting, Preserving & Interpreting African American History and Culture
Moderator: Denise Meringolo, UMBC
Jacquelyn Serwer, Chief Curator at the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Michelle Joan Wilkinson, Director of Collections and Exhibitions, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland
Moira Hinderer, Curator, Afro American Newspaper Archive


Disability, Justice, and the Future of the Humanities
Michael Berubé, President, Modern Language Association


The Humanities, Without Apology
Pauline Yu, President of the American Council of Learned Societies


Approaching Authenticity: Locating Living Cultural Memories, Identities, and Traditions in the 21st Century
Maryland Traditions, Maryland State Arts Council Folklife Program
Moderator: Michelle Stefano, Maryland Traditions and UMBC
Neil Silberman, Center for the Heritage and Society, UMASS Amherst
Theodore Gonzalves, American Studies, UMBC
Clifford Murphy, Maryland Traditions
Rachel Delgado-Simmons, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage


Lipitz Lecture
Dilemmas of Longevity: Society, the Fourth Age & You
Leslie Morgan, Professor of Sociology, Co-Director of Ph.D. Program in Gerontology


Giving the Past Presence: Public History Experiments in New York City
Marci Reaven, New York Historical Society


W.E.B. DuBois Lecture
W.E.B. Du Bois’s Intellectual Ancestors: Reassessing the Works of Alexander Crummell and James McCune Smith
Carla L. Peterson, University of Maryland College Park


Webb Annual Lecture
Mosquito Empires and Revolutionary Fevers in the Greater Caribbean, 1600-1900
John McNeil, History & the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language
Ilan Stavans, Amherst College


Lipitz Lecture
The Historian: Citizen of the World, and an Archive Mouse
James S. Grubb, Department of History, UMBC

The Daphne Harrison Lecture
Harlem Renaissance Personages and Haiti
Richard A. Long, Atticus Haygood Professor Emeritus, Emory University


Maryland Traditions: A Panel Presentation
Elaine Eff and Cliff Murphy, Co-directors, Maryland Traditions
Kara Rogers Thomas, Folklorist, Frostburg State University
Cynthia Byrd, Curator, Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury
Mark Puryear, Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Lafayette Gilchrist, Maryland Traditions Apprentice


Sita Sings the Blues: The Ramayana and “Free Culture”
Nina Paley, Independent Filmmaker and Artist-In-Residence at


Social Movements and Participatory Cultural Democracy in Latin America and the U.S.
James Counts Early, Director, Cultural Heritage Policy, Smithsonian Institution


W.E.B. Dubois Lecture
Politics and Policy in the 21st Century: Does Race Still Matter?
Mary Frances Berry, Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania