HUMANITIES FORUM LECTURES SERIES
Featuring: A Series of Five Lectures and Panels Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of C.P. Snow’s “Two Cultures” Lecture
Sponsored by UMBC’s Dresher Center for the Humanities, the Human Context of Science and Technology Program, and the Social Sciences Forum
Fifty years ago, on May 7, 1959, the scientist-novelist C.P. Snow (1905-1972) delivered his famous Rede Lecture at Cambridge University. Published as The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution Snow identified a deep and dangerous divide between the sciences and the humanities. As a research chemist and physicist who became deeply involved in the mobilization of scientific personnel first during the Second World War and then throughout the 1950s Cold War, C.P. Snow could speak with some authority about science and its applications. As a novelist with more than a dozen titles and the author of numerous essays and reviews, Snow was equally at home in the humanities. This series of lectures is intended to stimulate further discussion about the relationships between the sciences and the humanities.
September 30, 4 p.m. AOK Library 7th Floor
C.P. Snow’s “The Two Cultures”: A Fifty Year Perspective, G. Rickey Welch, Professor & Joseph N. Tatarewicz, Associate Professor and Director, Human Context of Science & Technology Program, UMBC
In 1959 the scientist-novelist C.P. Snow (1905-1972) delivered his famous Rede Lecture at Cambridge, published as The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution. His identification of a deep and dangerous divide between the sciences and the humanities has persisted, evoked more recently in the “culture wars” and “science wars.” UMBC Professors Welch and Tatarewicz look at Snow, his historical context, and his enduring influence.
October 5, 4 p.m. AOK Library Gallery
Politics, Expertise and the Two Cultures, Harry Collins, Distinguished Research Professor, Centre for the Study of Knowledge, Expertise and Science, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff, UK
Science has been described, like war, as a continuation of politics by other means. Even if science may not always compel by the force of theory or experiment, it still remains a compelling choice. Collins argues we need an `elective modernism’ that resurrects the two cultures in a positive way.
October 28, 4 p.m. AOK Library Gallery
Snow, Two Cultures and the Science Wars, Steve Fuller, Professor of Sociology, University of Warwick, UK
The contest for authority to speak about science and technology, called “the science wars,” has often been framed in terms of C.P. Snow’s earlier analysis. Fuller argues that few recent commentators are familiar with the historical trajectory that transports us from those concerns to the present ones. He will focus on the curious alignments that have transpired over the course of the Science Wars.
November 2, 4 p.m. AOK Library 7th Floor
Global Climate Change: Science, Polity, and Authority, Naomi Oreskes, Provost, Sixth College, University of California, San Diego
C.P. Snow worried that science and technology could not cross the divide of the humanities to render their true value. The new Sixth College, under the leadership of Provost Oreskes, “draws its creative inspiration from the interdisciplinary examination of culture, art and technology.” She will report on her new research on the interwoven science, technology, and policy elements of global climate change.
November 9, 4 p.m. AOK Library 7th Floor
The Two Cultures Today: An Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion on the Connections between the Sciences and the Humanities, Susan Dwyer, Department of Philosophy, University of Maryland, College ParkChristoph Irmscher, Department of English, Indiana UniversityManil Suri, Department of Mathematics, UMBC,Tim Topoleski, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UMBC
UMBC Departmental lectures that are part of the Fall 2009 Humanities Forum
October 14, 4 p.m. AOK Library Gallery
Webb Lecture and the Phi Beta Kappa Lecture, Lincoln and Darwin, Sandra Herbert, Professor Emerita, Department of History, UMBC, Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were each born on February 12, 1809. The enormity of their importance in their respective areas of interest – politics for Lincoln, science for Darwin – became apparent when each man was about fifty years old. They never met. Yet Lincoln was aware of and sympathetic to evolutionary views, and Darwin was keenly supportive of abolition. This lecture will consider their lives and accomplishments in juxtaposition.
Sponsored by the UMBC’s Department of History, Phi Beta Kappa Chapter and the Dresher Center for the Humanities
October 14, 4 p.m. AOK Library Gallery
Ancient Studies Week LectureHeroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece, Jenifer Neils, Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History & Classics, Case Western Reserve University
Sponsored by UMBC’s Department of Ancient Studies, the Department of Visual Arts, and the Office of Summer, Winter and Special Programs with support from the Dresher Center for the Humanities
November 10, 7:00 p.m. University Center Ballroom
Bookreading and Booksigning: Three Cups of Tea, David Relin, Best-selling Author, Journalist and Editor
Prize-winning journalist and editor David Oliver Relin profiled Greg Mortenson for over two years to write Three Cups of Tea, the book selected for the 2009-2010 UMBC New Student Book Discussion. David Relin will discuss the book’s remarkable story of a man who to this day continues to dedicate himself to educating children in some of the poorest communities in Afghanistan and Pakistan. For over two decades David Relin has reported on social issues and their effects on children.
Sponsored by UMBC’s Dresher Center for the Humanities, Honors College, Office of Undergraduate Education, Office of Student Affairs and the Shriver Center.
November 11, 7:00 p.m. University Center Ballroom
The 31st Annual W.E.B. DuBois Annual Lecture Immigration and African Diaspora Women, Nkiru Nzegwu, Chair of the Department of Africana Studies and Professor of Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture, Binghamton University, New York Professor
Nzegwu is an artist and the author of close to a dozen scholarly books, edited books and exhibition catalogues on topics ranging from Gender and African Art History, African Diasporan Art, Feminist Concepts in African Philosophy and Culture, and Issues of African Identity. She is also the founder of Africaresource. com, a content-based educational website and the managing editor of five academic, peer-reviewed online journals devoted to aspects of the study of global Africa.
Sponsored by UMBC’s Department of Africana Studies and the Dresher Center for the Humanities.
HUMANITIES FORUM LECTURE SERIES
February 11, 4 p.m. Library Gallery
Francophone Voices of the ‘New’ Morocco in Film and Print: (Re) presenting a Society in Transition, Valerie K. Orlando, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Literatures and Cultures; University of Maryland
Dr. Orlando will explore through literature, journalism and film the changes that are taking place in Moroccan society under King Mohamed VI. The works she presents bear witness to the transitions from traditionalism to modernity that Moroccans are currently experiencing in areas such as human rights, women’s roles, and sexuality and gender.
Sponsors: Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics and intercultural Communication (MLLI) with support from the Dresher Center for the Humanities
February 17, 4 p.m. Library Gallery
Street Scenes and Blues Lives: Bessie Smith’s Chattanooga, Daphne Harrison Lecture, Michelle Scott, UMBC, History Department
Dr. Scott will discuss the “behind the music” process in studying the childhood community and environment of blues legend Bessie Smith. Through photos, music clips, playbills, city directories, and oral histories Scott will flesh out the life of Smith as a street performer and explore recreational spaces as social protest for African Americans in the segregated early 29th century United States.
Sponsors: Dresher Center for the Humanities and Friends of the Library
March 3, 4 p.m. 7th floor Library
Missives on Music in the Seventeenth Century: A View of Education and Values, Skip (Joseph) Morin, UMBC, Music Department
Music historians generally rely on scores and musical treatises rather than correspondence to trace the history of music. Professor Skip Morin’s analysis of the Lettre de Mr Le Gallois a Mademoiselle Regnault de Solier touchant la Musique (Paris: Michallet, 1680) provides both a broad and insightful view of music in Paris during the second half of the seventeenth century and glimpses into the cultural and social values of Parisian culture at the time.
Sponsor: Dresher Center for the Humanities
March 8, 4:00 p.m. 7th Floor Library
The Women’s History Month Lecture
Virgin Territory: On Writing a History of Virginity, Hanne Blank, writer
Followed by a Conversation with Emek Ergun, PhD Candidate, Language Literacy and Culture Program, UMBC on translating Blank’s work
Sponsors: Gender and Women’s Studies Program with support from the Dresher Center for the Humanities and the Department of History
April 7, 4 p.m. Library Gallery
Reading and Booksigning: Travels around the Globe and the Mind in A Trance After Breakfast, Alan Cheuse, Department of English, George Mason University
The “voice of books” on NPR for over two decades, critic and author Alan Cheuse reads from his latest work, a collection of essays that roams New Zealand, tramps around Bali, probes the Mexican border, and returns to childhood memories along the Jersey shore. Cheuse will share his reflections on travel, and on his life as a writer, book critic, and teacher.
Sponsors: Department of English with support from the Dresher Center for the Humanities
April 21, 7:00 p.m. Library 7th Floor
Reading and Booksigning: The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood, Helene Cooper, New York Times White House correspondent
and former diplomatic correspondent
Journalist, Helene Cooper fled her home country of Liberia as a young woman when civil war erupted in 1980. She will both read excerpts from her memoir and discuss the experience of growing up in Liberia. She will also share her insights about the Obama administration from her lens as the New York Times White House correspondent.
Sponsors: Dresher Center for the Humanities with support from the Department of English
May 12, 4 p.m. 7th floor Library
If That Language May Be Dying, Why Are You Studying It? Thomas T. Field, 2009-10 Lipitz Fellow and Professor of MLLI,
Current interest in endangered languages provides an opportunity to reflect on the ways in which linguistics tackles the study of language. These are more varied than outsiders tend to assume and leave linguists uncertain about how they fit into C.P. Snow’s “two cultures” schema of science and the humanities. Professor Field will provide examples from his work on the development and current status of Gascon.
Sponsors: College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences with support from the Dresher Center for the Humanities