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Previous Humanities Forum 1999-2018

Past Humanities Forums


  • Carole McCann, Professor and Chair, Gender + Women’s Studies, UMBC

Planned Parenthood in Maryland: A Vital Community Resource (Lipitz Lecture)

  • Lawrence Brown, Associate Professor, School of Community Health and Policy, Morgan State University; Felipe Filomeno, Assistant Professor, Political Science, UMBC; Seema D. Iyer, Associate Director and Research Assistant Professor, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance, The Jacob France Institute; Nicole King, Chair and Associate Professor, American Studies, UMBC

Redevelopment and Justice in Baltimore

  • Amy Davis, author and Baltimore Sun photojournalist

Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters

  • Deepa Iyer, South Asian American activist, writer, and lawyer

Becoming Bridge-Builders and Disrupters: Navigating Racial and Gender Realities in America Today (Korenman Lecture)

  • Jennifer Lynn Stoever, Associate Professor of English, State University of New York at Binghamton

Listening to Racism in the United States – or Why Sound Matters (MCS 10th Anniversary Event)

  • Rita Felski, Professor of English, University of Virginia

Attunement: How We Become Enthralled by Art

  • James Smalls, Professor of Visual Arts, Affiliate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, and Affiliate Professor of Africana Studies, UMBC

The Mark Rice Collection and the Homo-Erotics of Photography after Stonewall (Harrison Lecture)

  • Julia Adeney Thomas, Associate Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

Nuclear Pain and Humanitarian Photography: Morizumi Takashi, the Gulf Wars, and Fukushima

  • Toyin Falola, Professor of History, Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities, and University Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Texas, Austin

The Contemporary African Immigrant Communities in the United States (W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture)

  • Susan R. Grayzel, Professor of History, Utah State University

The Changing Face of Modern War: Chemical Weapons and Civilian Bodies in the Aftermath of the First World War (Webb Lecture)

  • Victoria Wohl, Professor of Athenian Literature and Culture, University of Toronto

Life, Love, and Law in Classical Athens (Ancient Studies Week)

  • Christopher Boyd Brown, Associate Professor of Church History, Boston University

Harmonious Monk: Martin Luther and His Reformation through Music (MEMS Colloquium Concert Lecture)

  • Lalo Alcaraz, visual and media artist/writer

Show Me Your Papers: The Political Cartoons of Lalo Alcaraz


Anne Sarah Rubin, Professor of History and Associate Director of the Imaging Research Center, UMBC – Confederate Hunger: Food and Famine in the Civil War South (Lipitz Lecture)

Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress – A Conversation about Digital Access (Daphne Harrison Lecture)

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 – The Post-Andalusian Condition: Islam and the Rise of the West

Michael D. Danti, Assistant Professor of Archaeology, Boston University; Consulting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania Museum; and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London – Isis and Cultural Cleansing: Saving the Ancient and Medieval Treasures of Syria and Iraq

Maurice Wallace, Associate Professor of English and Associate Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and Africana Studies at the University of Virginia; and Maleda Belilgne, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and English, UMBC – I Heard It Through the Grapevine: Film screening and conversation

Christina Fink, Professor of the Practice of International Affiars, George Washington University – Myanmar: Perspectives on a Society in Transition

Carole McCann, Chair and Professor of Gender + Women’s Studies, UMBC – Figuring the Population Bomb: Malthusian Masculinities and Demographic Transitions (Korenman Lecture)

Michelle Stefano, Visiting Assistant Professor, American Studies, UMBC and Co-Director, Maryland Traditions; and Bill Shewbridge, Professor of the Practice, Media and Communication Studies, and Executive Producer, New Media Studio, UMBC – Mill Stories: Remembering Sparrows Points Steel Mill: Film screening and conversation

Judith Bennett, John R. Hubbard Professor Emerita, University of Southern California – Wretched Girls, Wretched Boys, and the Medieval Origins of the “European Marriage Pattern” (Webb 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 (W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture)

Michael Eric Dyson, University Professor of Sociology, Georgetown University, and radio host – The Black Presidency

Josiah Ober, Constantine Mitsotakis Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Professor of Political Science, and Professor of Classics, Stanford University – Demopolis: Democracy, Legitimacy, and Civic Education

Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Chicano performance artist, writer, activist, and educator – Guillermo Gómez-Peña Unplugged: A brand new spoken-word monologue by el Mad Mex (Hispanic Heritage Month)


Shari Waldstein, Professor of Psychology, UMBC – Socioeconomic Status and Brain Health: Biological, Psychological, and Behavioral Pathways (Lipitz Lecture)

Ram Devineni, filmmaker, publisher, and founder of Rattapallax publishing and film production company – Can a Comic Book Superhero and Rape Survivor Change Attitudes Toward Sexual Violence?

Breai Mason-Campbell, Baltimore dancer, teacher, and community activist – Heroes and Villains: Art, Imagination and the Road to Improved Race Relations in Baltimore (Daphne Harrison Lecture and Performance)

Frances Dolan, Distinguished Professor of English, University of California, Davis – ‘Some Wine, Ho!’ Shakespeare, Women, and the Story of English Wine (MEMS Colloquium Lecture and Shakespeare Anniversary)

Angela Smith, Roger Mudd Professor of Ethics and Professor of Philosophy, Washington and Lee University – Implicit Biases, Moral Agency, and Moral Responsibility (Evelyn Barker Memorial Lecture)

Lia Purpura, writer-in-residence, English, UMBC – Poetry Reading: It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful

Alice Dreger, historian of science and medicine – Why Have Intersex Rights Been So Hard to Secure in America? (Korenman Lecture)

Tim Nohe, intermedia artist, Professor of Visual Arts, and Director of the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA), UMBC – Sounding Botany Bay: An Exhibition on How Humans Have Changed a Unique Australian Environment

Marjoleine Kars, Chair and Associate Professor of History, UMBC – Freedom Marooned: An Atlantic Slave Rebellion in the Dutch Caribbean

Tong Lam, photographer and Associate Professor of History, University of Toronto – China’s Forgotten Gated Communities

Dinaw Mengestu, MacArthur Fellow, acclaimed novelist, and Professor of English, Brooklyn College – Linked Fates and Great Expectations: Revisiting Post-Colonial Africa and African-American Life through Diasporic Literature (W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture)

Bianca Premo, Associate Professor of History, Florida International University – The Republic of the Unlettered: Intellectual History, the Enlightenment, and the Law in the Spanish Empire (Webb Lecture)

Janet Stephens, Independent scholar and hairstylist – In Comis Veritas: The Principles of Ancient Roman Hairdressing (Ancient Studies Week)

Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, UMBC; and Damon Turner, Africana Studies, UMBC – Dear White People: film screening and conversation

Eduardo López, television producer, journalist, and documentarian – Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America (Hispanic Heritage Month)



Devin Hagerty, Professor of Political Science and Director, Global Studies, UMBC – India, Pakistan, and Nuclear Weapons: Deterrence Stability in South Asia (Lipitz Lecture)

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

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

Miriam Solomon, Chair and Professor of Philosophy, Temple University – Four Types of Feminist Empiricism (Evelyn Barker Memorial Lecture)

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

Michael Rakowtiz, Professor of Art Theory and Practice, Northwestern University – There is a crack in everything: That’s How the Light Gets In (from Anthem by Leonard Cohen)

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

Franchesca Ramsey, vlogger – Your Powerful Online Voice: Social Media for Social Change (Critical Social Justice: Creating Brave Spaces)

Spencer Crew, Robinson Professor of American, African American, and Public History, George Mason University – Panel Discussion on Slavery By Another Name

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

Helen Zia, author and former executive editor of Ms. Magazine – Civil Rights, Asian Americans and Marriage Equality: 50 Years After the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Tyler Jo Smith, Associate Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology and director of Interdisciplinary Archaeology Program, University of Virginia – Revel Without a Cause? Dance, Performance, and Greek Vase Painting (Ancient Studies Week)

Kwame Anthony Appiah, philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist – The Honor Code (Daphne Harrison Lecture)

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

Mark Leibovich, New York Times reporter and author – America’s Gilded Capital

Faith Hilis, Assistant Professor of Russian History, The University of Chicago – Children of Rus’: Ukraine and the Invention of a Russian Nation (Webb Lecture)

Sonia Nazario, author – An Evening with Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique’s Journey

Mark Tribe, artist – Mark Tribe: Landscape Photography through the Virtual Lens of Computer Simulation (Digital Humanities Initiatives Event)


Amaury Garcia, Professor of the Center for Asian and Africa Studies, El Colegio de Mexico – Exhibiting Erotic Art (shunga) and the Problem of Obscenity in 20th Century Japan

E. Patrick Johnson, Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University and Artistic Fellow at the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media at Columbia College, Chicago – Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales (Korenman Lecture)

David Levering Lewis, Professor of History, New York University – W.E.B. Du Bois Fifty Years After the March on Washington (W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture)

Garrett G. Fagan, Professor of Ancient History – Roman Gladiatorial Spectacle (Ancient Studies Week)

Mark Hertsgaard, Fellow of the New America Foundation, the environment correspondent for The Nation, and a co-founder of the group, Climate Parents – HOT: Living through the Next 50 Years on Earth

Aisha M. Beliso-DeJesus, Assistant Professor of African American Religions at the Harvard Divinity School – Electric Orisha: Race, Media, and Travel in Transnational Santeria (W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture)

Maya Jasanoff, Harvard University – The Worlds of Joseph Conrad: British Imperial Decline and the Dawn of Globalization (Webb Lecture)

Nicole King, American Studies, UMBC; Steve Bradley, Visual Arts, UMBC; Bill Shewbridge, Media and Communication Studies, UMBC; Michelle Stefano, Maryland Traditions and American Studies, UMBC; Deborah Rudacille, English, UMBC; Eddie Bartee, Jr., former Sparrows Point steelworker; Troy Pritt, former Sparrows Point steelworker; and Jason Reed, community gardener, Curtis Bay. Moderated by Denise Meringolo – What Remains? Baltimore Neighborhoods in Transition

Marie Arana, writer – Hispanic Americans: The Cosmic Race (Hispanic Heritage Month)


Freeman Hrabowski, President, UMBC; Julian Bond, civil rights activist and former chairman, NAACP; and Andrew B. Lewis, author of The Shadows of Youth: The Remarkable Journey of the Civil Rights Generation. Moderated by Taylor Branch: The Civil Rights Movement from the Ground Up

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; and Moira Hinderer, Curator, Afro American Newspaper Archive. Moderated by Denise Meringolo, UMBC – Collecting, Preserving, and Interpreting African American History and Culture

Horace G. Campbell, Professor of African American Studies and Political Science, Syracuse University – American Challenges for World Peace in the 21st Century (W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture)

Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer, MacArthur Fellow, Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing in the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Short Story Reading and Discussion of This is How You Lose Her

Michael Bérubé, President, Modern Language Association and Director, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Penn State University – Disability, Justice, and the Future of the Humanities

Marden Nichols, Walters Art Museum – Not Always Roman, Not Always Statues: The Recent Lives of Ancient Roman Statues at the Walters Art Museum (Ancient Studies Week)

Judith Walkowitz, Johns Hopkins University – Schleppers and Shoppers: Jews, Street Markets, and the Selling of Ready-to-Ware Fashion in London in the 1920s and 1930s (Robert K. Webb Lecture)

Pauline Yu, President of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) – The Humanities, Without Apology


Peter H. Wood, Department of History, Duke University – Near Andersonville: Winslow Homer’s Civil War (Low Lecture)

Margaret Little, Department of Philosophy, Georgetown University – Morality beyond Demands (Evelyn Barker Lecture)

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. Moderated by Michelle Stefano, Maryland Traditions and UMBC – Approaching Authenticity: Locating Living Cultural Memories, Identities, and Traditions in the 21st Century

Lucian Stone, University of North Dakota – The Regression of Listening to the “Middle Eastern” Other

Stephen Marc, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University – Passage on the Underground Railroad and the Black Experience within American History (Daphne Harrison Lecture)

Kathy E. Davis, Institute of History and Culture, Utrecht University, The Netherlands – Feminism as Traveling Theory: The Case of Our Bodies, Ourselves (Korenman Lecture)

Martin Collcutt, Department of History, Princeton University – Pacific Encounter: The Japanese Iwakura Embassy in America in 1872 (Asian Studies Week)

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

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

John R. McNeill, Georgetown University – Mosquito Empires and Revolutionary Fevers in the Greater Caribbean, 1600-1900 (Webb Lecture)

Carlo Landini, Conservatorio G. Nicolini in Piacenza – The Music of Today: Facts and Ideas (Livewire Festival 2: “On Fire” Keynote Lecture)

Helene Foley, Columbia University – The Reception of the Medea in the United States (Ancient Studies Week)

Ilan Stavans, Amherst College – Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language (Hispanic Heritage Month)

Rebecca Boehling, Department of History, UMBC – Lecture and Booksigning: Life and Loss in the Shadow of the  Holocaust: A Jewish Family’s Untold Story


Robert K. Webb, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, UMBC – The Very Long Eighteenth Century: An Experiment in the History of Religion? (Webb Lecture)

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

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

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; and Lafayette Gilchrist, Maryland Traditions Apprentice – Maryland Traditions: A Panel Presentation

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

Heather E. Harris, Stevenson University; Kimberly R. Moffitt, UMBC; and Catherine R. Squires, University of Minnesota. Moderated by Dan Rodricks of WYPR’s “Midday With Dan Rodricks” – The Obama Effect

Joseph Nechvatal, The School of Visual Arts (NYC) and Galerie Richard, Paris – The “Viractual”

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

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

Betsy Bryan, Alexander Badawy Professor of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, Johns Hopkins University – Cultic Revelries in the Egyptian New Kingdom (Ancient Studies Week)

Fred Worden, Department of Visual Arts, UMBC – After Hours in the Cerebral Kitchen: Experimental Filmmaking in the 21st Century

Claudia Dreifus, New York Times columnist and School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University and Andrew Hacker, Contributor to the New York Review of Books and Department of Political Science, Queens College (CUNY) – Higher Education? Some Pertinent and Impertinent Questions about the Value Students and Families Receive for their College Investment

Steve Luxenberg, Author of Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret and Associate Editor of The Washington Post – Lost in the Unknown: Family Secrets and Their Consequences


Thomas T. Field, Lipitz Lecturer and Professor of Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication, UMBC – If That Language May Be Dying, Why Are You Studying It? (Lipitz Lecture)

Alan Cheuse, Department of English, George Mason University: Reading and Booksigning: Travels around the Globe and the Mind in A Trance After Breakfast

Helene Cooper, New York Times White House correspondent and former diplomatic correspondent – Reading and Booksigning: The House at  Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood

Skip Morin, Department of Music, UMBC – Missives on Music in the Seventeenth Century: A View of Education and Values

Michelle Scott, Department of History, UMBC – Street Scenes and Blues Lives: Bessie Smith’s Chattanooga (Daphne Harrison Lecture)

Valerie K. Orlando, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Literatures and Cultures, University of Maryland – Francophone Voices of the ‘New’ Morocco in Film and Print: (Re) presenting a Society in Transition

Nkiru Nzegwu, Chair of the Department of Africana Studies and Professor of Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture, Binghamton University, State University of New York – Immigration and African Diaspora Women (W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture)

David Relin, Best-selling author, journalist and editor – Reading and Booksigning: Three Cups of Tea

Susan Dwyer, Department of Philosophy, University of Maryland; Christoph Irmscher, Department of English, Indiana University; Manil Suri, Department of Mathematics, UMBC; and Tim Topoleski, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UMBC – The Two Cultures Today: An Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion on the Connections between the Sciences and the Humanities

Naomi Oreskes, Provost, Sixth College, University of California, San Diego – Global Climate Change: Science, Polity, and Authority

Steve Fuller, Professor of Sociology, University of Warwick, UK – Snow, Two Cultures, and the Science Wars

Jenifer Neils, Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History & Classics, Case Western Reserve University – Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece (Ancient Studies Week)

Harry Collins, Distinguished Research Professor, Centre for the Study of Knowledge, Expertise and Science, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff, UK – Politics, Expertise and the Two Cultures

G. Rickey Welch, Professor of Biology, and Joseph N. Tatarewicz, Associate Professor and Director, Human Context of Science & Technology Program, UMBC – C.P. Snow’s “The Two Cultures”: A Fifty Year Perspective


John Sturgeon, Lipitz Professor, Department of Visual Arts – Poetic Narrative: Non-linear Strategies for Digital Cinema (Lipitz Lecture)

Elize Levine, award-winning author – Fiction Reading: Last One In

Carla Hayden, Director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library – Gaining Information, Knowledge, and Power in the 21st Century (Daphne Harrison Lecture)

Claudia Koonz, Department of History, Duke University: The Muslim Headscarf in Europe: Veiled Threat or Religious Freedom? (Korenman Lecture)

James Mahoney, Department of Visual Arts, UMBC; Catherine Pancake, Independent Filmmaker and Musician; Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall, School of Art and Design; Moderated by Preminda Jacob, Department of Visual Arts, UMBC – Panel Discussion on Transmodernism

Jeannette Walls, best-selling author – Fiction Reading, The Glass Castle

Jessica Berman, English Department, UMBC – Reading Fiction, Reading Politics: Transnational Modernism and Political Commitment in the Mid-Twentieth Century

Robert Bringhurst, poet, typographer, and linguist – What is Language for?

Molefi Kete Asante, Temple University – DuBois and Africa: The Convergence of Consciousness (W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture)

Seth Koven, Rutgers University – Mrs. Henry Hobhouse Goes to War: Conscience and Christian Radicalism in WWI Britain (Webb Lecture)

Carol Mattush, George Mason University – Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Exhibiting Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples (Ancient Studies Week)

James D. Cockcroft, SUNY and Human Rights activist – Indigenous and Human Rights in Latin America

Ruth Faden, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics – Social Justice, Health and Human Rights

Norma Kriger, Independent Scholar and Human Rights Watch – Gender and Human Rights in Contemporary Africa


Bruce Levine, James G. Randall Professor of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne – Confederate Emancipation (Low Lecture)

Adele Berlin, Robert H. Smith Professor of Hebrew Bible, University of Maryland – What Does the Bible Say about Women? (Daphne Harrison Lecture)

KAL, Kevin Kal Kallaugher, political cartoonist – Drawing Serious Laughter: The Art of Political Satire

Manil Suri, Professor of Mathematics, UMBC – Fiction Reading: The Age of Shiva

Ronald Walters, University of Maryland – Black Leadership in America and the African Diaspora: Its Promises and Problems (W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture)

Jason Loviglio, UMBC – Media Convergence, Media Democracy

Betsy Bryan, Johns Hopkins University – Exploring the Origins of the Temple of the Goddess Mut at South Karnak (Ancient Studies Week)

Roger Bagnall, New York University – Women Writing Letters in Graeco-Roman Egypt (Phi Beta Kappa Lecture)

Dane Kennedy, George Washington University – Ideologies of Empires: The British Case and its American Echoes (Webb Lecture)

Lasse Antonsen, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth – Living Myths: Joseph Beuys and Collective Memory



Laura F. Edwards – Status Without Rights: African Americans and the Tangled History of Law and Governance in the Nineteenth-Century South (Low. Lecture)

Daphne Harrison, Janice Jackson, and Emmett G. Price, III – Spirituality in African American Music (Daphne Harrison Lecture)

Katherine A. Schwab – The Parthenon East Metopes: Technologies of the 21st Century and New Discoveries

Thomas T. Field – A Corpus Approach to Literacy and Language Variation in the Past

Naomi Wolf – The Changemakers: Ethical Leadership & Real Power

Manning Marable, Professor of public Affairs, Political Science, History and African American Studies, Columbia University – Relevance of Du Bois for 21st Century Black America (W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture)

Charles Nicholas, Professor and Chair of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, UMBC – Who Wrote this Document?

Carol Mattusch, Mathy Professor of Art History, George Mason University – Decoding the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum (Ancient Studies Week)

Carole Levin, Willa Cather Professor of History, University of Nebraska, Lincoln – Princess Elizabeth Travels Across Her Kingdom in Life, in Text, and on Stage (Webb Lecture)

Ingrid De Kok, prize-winning poet and Associate Professor, center for Extra-Mural Studies, University of Cape Town – Verbs that move mountains: Poetry in a Time of Change: A Reading of New and Selected Poems


James Marten, Professor of History, Marquette University – Coming of Age in the Civil War South (Low Lecture)

Edward P. Jones, Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author –  A Reading of Published and Unpublished Works (Daphne Harrison Lecture)

John M. Barry, prize-winning author and journalist – A Writer’s Thoughts on Logic, Nature, People, and Science

Lynn Cazabon, Assistant Professor of Visual Arts, UMBC: Marseille/Baltimore: Technology and the Image of Self

Carl Mack, Executive Director of the National Society of Black Engineers – Black Academic Achievement in Science and Information Technology (W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture

Anne Rubin, Assistant Professor of History, UMBC – ‘To Receive the Oath and Brand of Slave’: Loyalty Oaths and Confederate Identity, 1861-1868

Chris Hoffman, Lecturer in Ancient Studies, UMBC – The Supernatural in the Ancient World: an Overview

Harry Sieber, Professor of Italian and Hispanic Studies, Johns Hopkins Univeristy – Don Quixote de la Mancha: Adventures in Reading

Horace Newcomb, Lambin Kay Chair for the Peabody Awards, University of Georgia – Studying Television in the Post-Network Era: Responses to a Changing Media Industry


Mortimer Sellers, University of Maryland Regents Professor, Director of the Center for International and Comparative Law, University of Baltimore School of Law –  America: the New Rome

Walter Mosley, novelist and social commentator: 
What’s Next? (Daphne Harrison Lecture)

Jonathan Tuck, Tutor at St. John’s College – Sons of Homer: 
The Genealogy of the Epic Poem

Elaine Rusinko, Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Linguistics – Straddling Borders: literature and Identity in Subcarpathian Rus’

Sandra Herbert, Professor of History, UMBC – Darwin, Romantic Geologist?

Undergraduate Experiences in Humanities Research Students from the departments of History, English, and Ancient Studies

Sheryll Cashin, Professor of Law, Georgetown University – The W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture

Azar Nafisi, Visiting Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies – Reading Lolita in Tehran

David Kalivas – The Silk Road: 
Pathways to the Imagination

Barry Gittlen, Professor of Biblical and Archaeological Studies, Baltimore Hebrew University – Returning the Stones: Recreating Excavated Ekron (Ancient Studies Week)

Linda Lear, Environmental Historian – Fantasy and Fungi: Science and Imagination in the Life of Beatrix Potter

Kathryn Brown, Assistant Professor of History, UMBC – A Biography of No Place: 
Ukraine and the Making of Nation-Space

Rogers Smith, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania – On a Mission from God? The Story of American Peoplehood Today


Freeman Hrabowski, President, UMBC – Reflections on America’s Academic Achievement Gap: A 50-Year Perspective (Low Lecture)

Gladys-Marie Fry, Professor Emerita of Folklore and English, University of Maryland: From the African Loom to the American Quilt (Daphne Harrison Lecture)

William Noel, Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books, The Walters Art Museum: Eureka? The Archimedes Palimpsest

Jeremiah B. Axelrod, Kevin Starr Fellow in California Studies, University of California Humanities Research Institute – Cultural Representation, Traffic, and Urban Modernity in Jazz Age America

Sabine Hake, Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh – Film, Advertising, and the Avant-garde

Christopher Corbett, journalist and lecturer in English, UMBC – Orphans Preferred: The Twisted Truth and Lasting Legend of the Pony Express

Beverly Daniel Tatum, President of Spelman College – Talking About Race, Learning About Racism: A Conversation for the 21st Century (W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture)

Marjoleine Kars, Associate Professor of History, UMBC – Faculty Author Talk: Breaking Loose Together

Wendy Ewald, Senior Research Associate, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University – The Innocent Eye: Children and Photography

Hannah Higgins, University of Illinois at Chicago; Chris Thompson, Maine College of Art; Owen Smith, University of Maine; moderated by Kathy O’Dell and Lisa Moren, UMBC – Intermedia: The Dick Higgins Collection (Symposium)

Karen D. Vitelli, Professor of Anthropology and Classical Archaeology, Indiana University – Archaeological Ethics and Pots: What’s the Connection?

Natalie Jeremijenko, Media Research Lab, Computer Science Department, New York University – Teaching New Dogs Old Tricks: New Technology, Design and Activism in Times of War


Barbara Stowasser – Islam and Modernity: Radical versus Reformist Islam

Dorothy Ko – Chinese Footbinding, Fashion, and Modernity

Benjamin Barber – What the Future Holds: Jihad, McWorld, or Global Democracy?

Karen Armstrong – The Battle for God

David Driskell – Black Visual Theorists: a Spiritual Rendering


Paulina Borsook – Prophylaxis Against the Software Way of Knowledge

Nicholson Baker – Reading the Paper: Newsprint and Modern Memory

John Waters – An Evening with John Waters

Bernice Johnson Reagon – The Healing Properties of the Blues


Joe Tatarewicz, Associate Professor of History, UMBC – 2001 A Space Odyssey: A Century of Vision and Reality

Renee Stout, painter, sculptor, and multi-media artist (Daphne Harrison Lecture)

Manil Suri, Professor Mathematics and Statistics, UMBC – Balancing Mythology with Mathematics: A Reading from The Death of Vishnus

Amitai Etzioni, University of Professor at George Washington University and founder of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics – Privacy: A Communitarian Perspective

Arturo Madrid, Distinguished Professor of the Humanities, Trinity University – Diversity and its Discontents: a Re-Examination

Maryse Condé, Guadeloupean novelist and Professor of French, Columbia University – A Caribbean Writer: The Journey Home

Beth Pennington, Moderator – Student Research in the Humanities

Vincent Harding, ILIFF of Theology – Moral Challenges of a Democratic Society for the 21st Century (W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture)

Derek Bickerton, Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu – How Syntax Made Us Human

Barry Gittlen, Professor of Biblical and Archaeological Studies, Baltimore Hebrew University – Death in the Life of Biblical Israel

Fatima El-Tayeb, German historian and screenwriter – What Makes a German? Race, Blood, and National Identity in 20th Century Germany

Tyler Cowen, Professor of Economics at George Mason University and at the Center for the Study of Public Choice, Director of the James Buchanan Center and of the Mercatus Center – The Economic of Global Culture

Jessica Pfeifer, Philosophy; Jason Loviglio, American Studies; Christel Temple, Africana Studies; Barbara Mennel, Modern Languages and Linguistics, UMBC – Directions in Research in the Humanities: New UMBC Faculty


Leslie Prosterman, moderator and Associate Professor of American Studies, UMBC; Allan Wallach, Professor and Chair of American Studies, Ralph H. Wark Professor of Art and Art History, College of William and Mary; Steven Newsome, Director, Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture; Preminda Jacob, Assistant Professor of Art History and Theory, UMBC – Resistance, Rebellions, Revelations: Black Women’s Poetry as Redemptive History – Symposium: Framing the Exhibition, Multiple Constructions

Michael Fallon, moderator, Department of English, UMBC – Poetry Symposium: Lucille Clifton, Leo Connellan
, Michael Fallon;,
Forrest Gander, 
Derrick Gilbert, 
Ray Gonzalez, 
Michael S. Harper, Anthony McGurrin, 
Linda Pastan, and 
Terence Winchs

Abena Busia
, Associate Professor of English, Rutgers University – Resistance, Rebellions, Revelations: Black Women’s Poetry as Redemptive History

Elizabeth Walton, Associate Professor of Dance, UMBC, moderator – Context, Interpretation, and Pleasure: Faculty Panel II

Webb Lecture

James Freedman, Professor of Law, University of Iowa – The Legacy of Thurgood Marshall (W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture)

William Ferris, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities – The State of the National Endowment for the Humanities

Johanna Drucker, Roberston Professor of Media Studies, The University of Virginia – Context Interpretation and Pleasure: Next Works and Words

Susan Langley, State Underwater Archaeologist for the Maryland Historical Society – The Much Vaunted Flotilla of Commodore Barney: Archaeological Revisions of Maryland’s Cultural Landscape

Kelley Bell, moderator and Associate Professor of Art History and Theory, UMBC – Context, Interpretation, and Pleasure: Faculty Panel I