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Spring 2017 Humanities Forum

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1
4 p.m., Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
MYANMAR: PERSPECTIVES ON A SOCIETY IN TRANSITION
Christina Fink
, Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, George Washington University

Myanmar has been undergoing profound political, economic, and social change. Throughout this process, the military leadership and political parties have both cooperated and competed to impose their vision for the future. Citizens have sought to take advantage of greater freedoms, while also re-imagining their country’s identity and place in the world. This lecture and the accompanying exhibit of contemporary paintings provide a window into an important Southeast Asian nation going through a remarkable transformation.

Sponsored by the Asian Studies Program, the Dresher Center for the Humanities, the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery, the Global Studies Program, the Visual Arts Department, and the Social Science Forum

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23
5:30 p.m., Performing Arts and Humanities Building, Room 132
I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE – FILM SCREENING AND CONVERSATION
Maurice Wallace
, Associate Professor of English and Associate Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia;
and Maleda Belilgne, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and English, UMBC

The spellbinding 1982 documentary, I Heard It Through the Grapevine, chronicles James Baldwin’s return to the American South two decades after the passage of the Civil Rights Act. Directed by Dick Fontaine and Pat Hartley, this rare film includes Baldwin’s conversations with Sterling Brown, Amiri Baraka, and Chinua Achebe on the meaning of racial progress. Maurice Wallace and Maleda Belilgne will lead a conversation on the film’s historical importance and Baldwin’s continuing significance today.

Sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities, the Africana Studies Department, and the English Department

TUESDAY, MARCH 7
4 p.m., Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
MEMS COLLOQUIUM LECTURE
ISIS AND CULTURAL CLEANSING: SAVING THE ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL TREASURES OF SYRIA AND IRAQ
Michael D. Danti
, Assistant Professor of Archaeology, Boston University; Consulting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania Museum; and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London

Syria and Iraq are facing the worst cultural heritage crisis since the Second World War. This talk will address one of the greatest challenges: the cultural cleansing perpetrated by the so-called Islamic State (or ISIS) and the work of the American Schools of Oriental Research to safeguard cultural assets. Irreplaceable ancient and medieval heritage, embedded in the fabric and daily life of modern communities, is endangered as extremists erase cultural memory, manipulate cultural identity, and eliminate cultural diversity.

Sponsored by the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Program, the Dresher Center for the Humanities, the Ancient Studies Department, the Visual Arts Department, and the Political Science Department

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5
4 p.m., Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
THE POST-ANDALUSIAN CONDITION: ISLAM AND THE RISE OF THE WEST
Anouar Majid
, Director of the Center for Global Humanities, Vice President for Global Affairs and Communications, and Professor of English at the University of New England

In this lecture, Anouar Majid extends the notion of Orientalism back to the Late Middle Ages, when the Andalusian order was upended by a crusading Christian spirit and the rise of a Western hegemonic worldview. This forced Muslims and other non-Western traditions into a defensive mode, fighting back by deploying indigenous traditions. As a result of this uneven struggle, Muslims found strength in orthodoxies that have only made their condition worse and continue to bedevil the world order today.

Sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities; the Global Studies Program; and the Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication Department

THURSDAY, APRIL 13
5:30 p.m., Linehan Concert Hall, Performing Arts and Humanities Building
DAPHNE HARRISON LECTURE
A CONVERSATION ABOUT DIGITAL ACCESS
Carla Hayden
, Librarian of Congress

Dr. Carla Hayden will discuss the importance of the Library of Congress in the 21st century, especially in the digital age. The Library houses more than 162 million items that include historical documents and artifacts, photographs, books, manuscripts, sheet music, and so much more. Her monumental goal is to share all these items online with the public from coast to coast.

Sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities, the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery, the Africana Studies Department, and the English Department

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3
4 p.m., Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
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

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. This talk explores the ways that the war affected what people ate, and how food choices became symbols of nationalism, resistance, and survival.

Sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; the Dresher Center for the Humanities; the Social Sciences Forum; and the History Department

  • Lipitz Lecture: Anne Sarah Rubin

    Confederate Hunger: Food and Famine in the Civil War South
    Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    LIPITZ LECTURE Anne Sarah Rubin, Professor of History and Associate Director of the Imaging Research Center, UMBC Historians know that over the course of the American Civil War, the...
    Posted: January 13, 2017 7:27 PM
  • Daphne Harrison Lecture: Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress

    A Conversation About Digital Access
    Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    DAPHNE HARRISON LECTURE Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden will discuss the importance of the Library of Congress in the 21st century, especially in the digital age. The...
    Posted: January 13, 2017 7:15 PM
  • The Post-Andalusian Condition

    Islam and the Rise of the West
    Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    Anouar Majid, Director of the Center for Global Humanities, Vice President for Global Affairs and Communications, and Professor of English at the University of New England In this lecture,...
    Posted: January 13, 2017 7:08 PM
  • MEMS Colloquium Lecture: ISIS and Cultural Cleansing

    Saving the Ancient and Medieval Treasures of Syria and Iraq
    Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    MEMS COLLOQUIUM LECTURE Michael D. Danti, Assistant Professor of Archaeology, Boston University; Consulting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania Museum; and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries...
    Posted: January 13, 2017 6:57 PM
  • I Heard It Through the Grapevine

    Film Screening and Conversation
    Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    Maurice Wallace, Associate Professor of English and Associate Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies, University of Virginia Maleda Belilgne,...
    Posted: January 13, 2017 6:30 PM
  • Myanmar: Perspectives on a Society in Transition

    Christina Fink, George Washington University
    Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    Christina Fink, Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, George Washington University Christina Fink, a cultural anthropologist and Professor of the Practice of International...
    Posted: January 13, 2017 6:13 PM