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2019-2020

The Fractal Caribbean: The New Literatures of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican RepublicMayra Santos-Febres, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

The Visual Workings of Roman Slaves (Ancient Studies) – Jennifer Trimble, Stanford University

Global History as Urban History: A View from Edo, the Greatest City in the World (Webb Lecture) – Amy Stanley, Northwestern University

The Future of Du Bois: Consciousness, Citizenship, and Epistemology in Africa (41st Du Bois Lecture) – Nimi Wariboko, Boston University

Can the Children of Iberian Cinemas Speak? A Video Essay – Erin K. Hogan, UMBC

Thinking Like a Caravan: The Current Migration Crisis – Rachel Ida Buff, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Images and the Fight for Women’s Voting Rights in the United States – Allison K. Lange, Wentworth Institute of Technology

 

2018-2019

Radio Ambulante: Breaking the Language Barrier One Story at a Time – Carolina Guerrero, CEO and co-founder of Radio Ambulante

An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic (Ancient Studies) – Daniel Mendelsohn, Bard College

Visualizing Deafness: Language Manuals and Manual Languages in Premodern Archives (MEMS Colloquium) – Jonathan Hsy, George Washington University

‘Thinks Himself Free’: Escaped Slaves in 18th Century Britain (Webb Lecture) – Simon P. Newman, University of Glasgow

Race, Racism, and the New Racial Science (40th Du Bois Lecture) – Dorothy E. Roberts, University of Pennsylvania

High-Tech Housewives and H-4 “Dreamers”: South Asian Immigration in a Changing Landscape – Amy Bhatt, UMBC

Complaint as Diversity Work (Korenman Lecture) – Sara Ahmed, independent feminist scholar and writer –

Race and Religion in the U.S.: Women Writers in Conversation – Samiya Bashir, poet; Susan Muaddi Duraj, fiction writer; Alia Malek, journliast and writer. Moderated by Mejdulene B. Shomali, UMBC

Building a World that Includes Disability – Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Emory University

The Case for Substantial Gun Control (Barker Lecture) – David DeGrazia, George Washington University

Zombies Speak Swahili: Why Language Matters for Global Citizenship (Daphne Harrison Lecture) – Jamie A. Thomas, Swarthmore College

Seeing the Unseen Landscape (Lipitz Lecture) – Dan Bailey, Professor, Visual Arts, UMBC

 

2017-2018

Show Me Your Papers: The Political Cartoons of Lalo Alcaraz – Lalo Alcaraz, visual and media artist/writer

Harmonious Monk: Martin Luther and His Reformation through Music (MEMS Colloquium Concert Lecture) – Christopher Boyd Brown, Boston University

Life, Love, and Law in Classical Athens (Ancient Studies Week) – Victoria Wohl, University of Toronto

The Changing Face of Modern War: Chemical Weapons and Civilian Bodies in the Aftermath of the First World War (Webb Lecture) – Susan R. Grayzel, Utah State University

The Contemporary African Immigrant Communities in the United States (W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture) – Toyin Falola, University of Texas, Austin

Nuclear Pain and Humanitarian Photography: Morizumi Takashi, the Gulf Wars, and Fukushima – Julia Adeney Thomas, University of Notre Dame

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

Attunement: How We Become Enthralled by Art – Rita Felski, University of Virginia

Listening to Racism in the United States – or Why Sound Matters (MCS 10th Anniversary Event) – Jennifer Lynn Stoever, State University of New York at Binghamton

Becoming Bridge-Builders and Disrupters: Navigating Racial and Gender Realities in America Today (Korenman Lecture) – Deepa Iyer, South Asian American activist, writer, and lawyer

Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters – Amy Davis, author and Baltimore Sun photojournalist

Redevelopment and Justice in Baltimore (Panel on Gentirfication) – Lawrence Brown, Morgan State University; Felipe Filomeno, UMBC; Seema D. Iyer, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance, The Jacob France Institute; Nicole King, UMBC

Planned Parenthood in Maryland: A Vital Community Resource (Lipitz Lecture) – Carole McCann, UMBC

 

2016-2017

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

Demopolis: Democracy, Legitimacy, and Civic Education – Josiah Ober, Stanford University

The Black PresidencyMichael Eric Dyson, Georgetown University and radio host

From Black Lives Matter to the 2016 Elections: The Future of Black Politics (W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture) – Cathy J. Cohen, The University of Chicago

Wretched Girls, Wretched Boys, and the Medieval Origins of the “European Marriage Pattern” (Webb Lecture) – Judith Bennett, University of Southern California –

Mill Stories: Remembering Sparrows Points Steel Mill”: Film screening and conversation – Michelle Stefano, Maryland Traditions; and Bill Shewbridge, UMBC

Figuring the Population Bomb: Malthusian Masculinities and Demographic Transitions (Korenman Lecture) – Carole McCann, UMBC

Myanmar: Perspectives on a Society in Transition – Christina Fink, George Washington University

I Heard It Through the Grapevine”: Film screening and conversationMaurice Wallace, Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and Africana Studies at the University of Virginia; and Maleda Belilgne, UMBC

Isis and Cultural Cleansing: Saving the Ancient and Medieval Treasures of Syria and Iraq – Michael D. Danti, Boston University

The Post-Andalusian Condition: Islam and the Rise of the West – Anouar Majid, University of New England

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

Confederate Hunger: Food and Famine in the Civil War South (Lipitz Lecture) – Anne Sarah Rubin, UMBC

2015-2016

Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America – Eduardo López, television producer, journalist, and documentarian

Dear White People: film screening and conversationKimberly Moffitt, UMBC; and Damon Turner, UMBC

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

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

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

China’s Forgotten Gated Communities – Tong Lam, University of Toronto

Freedom Marooned: An Atlantic Slave Rebellion in the Dutch Caribbean – Marjoleine Kars, UMBC

Sounding Botany Bay: An Exhibition on How Humans Have Changed a Unique Australian Environment – Tim Nohe, UMBC

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

Poetry Reading: It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful – Lia Purpura, UMBC

Implicit Biases, Moral Agency, and Moral Responsibility (Evelyn Barker Memorial Lecture) – Angela Smith, Washington and Lee University

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

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

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

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

2014-2015

Devin Hagerty, 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, UMBC –  Microscopic War: Fragmenting Vision in Contemporary American Militarism

Miriam Solomon, 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, Northwestern University – There is a crack in everything: That’s How the Light Gets In (from Anthem by Leonard Cohen)

William Earle Williams, 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, George Mason University – Panel Discussion on Slavery By Another Name

Anne Sarah Rubin, UMBC, and Kelley Bell, 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, 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, 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)

 

2013-2014

Amaury Garcia, El Colegio de México, A.C. – Exhibiting Erotic Art (shunga) and the Problem of Obscenity in 20th Century Japan

E. Patrick Johnson, Northwestern University – Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales (Korenman Lecture)

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

Garrett G. Fagan, Penn State University – Roman Gladiatorial Spectacle (Ancient Studies Week)

Mark Hertsgaard, environment correspondent for The Nation HOT: Living through the Next 50 Years on Earth

Aisha M. Beliso-DeJesus, 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, UMBC; Steve Bradley, UMBC; Bill Shewbridge, UMBC; Michelle Stefano, Maryland Traditions; Deborah Rudacille, UMBC; Eddie Bartee, Jr., former Sparrows Point steelworker; Troy Pritt, former Sparrows Point steelworker; and Jason Reed, community gardener, Curtis Bay. Moderated by Denise MeringoloWhat Remains? Baltimore Neighborhoods in Transition

Marie Arana, writer – Hispanic Americans: The Cosmic Race

 

2012-2013

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, National Museum of African American History and Culture; Michelle Joan Wilkinson, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland; and Moira Hinderer, Afro American Newspaper Archive. Moderated by Denise Meringolo, UMBC – Collecting, Preserving, and Interpreting African American History and Culture

Horace G. Campbell, 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, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Short Story Reading and Discussion of This is How You Lose Her

Michael Bérubé, 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

 

2011-2012

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

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

Neil Silberman, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Theodore Gonzalves, 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, 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, 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, UMBC – Lecture and Booksigning: Life and Loss in the Shadow of the  Holocaust: A Jewish Family’s Untold Story

 

2010-2011

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

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

Richard A. Long, 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, 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 QuestionCopyright.org – 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, University of Pennsylvania – Politics and Policy in the 21st Century: Does Race Still Matter? (W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture)

Betsy Bryan, Johns Hopkins University – Cultic Revelries in the Egyptian New Kingdom (Ancient Studies Week)

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

Claudia Dreifus, New York Times columnist and Columbia University; and Andrew Hacker, Contributor to the New York Review of Books and 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

 

2009-2010

C.P. Snow’s “The Two Cultures”: A Fifty Year Perspective – G. Rickey Welch, UMBC, and Joseph N. Tatarewicz, UMBC

Politics, Expertise and the Two Cultures – Harry Collins, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff, UK

Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece (Ancient Studies Week) – Jenifer Neils, Case Western Reserve University

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

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

 

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

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

Immigration and African Diaspora Women (W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture) – Nkiru Nzegwu, Binghamton University, State University of New York

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

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

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

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

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

If That Language May Be Dying, Why Are You Studying It? (Lipitz Lecture) – Thomas T. Field, UMBC

 

2008-2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poetic Narrative: Non-linear Strategies for Digital Cinema (Lipitz Lecture) – John Sturgeon, UMBC

 

2007-2008

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

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

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

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

Media Convergence, Media Democracy – Jason Loviglio, UMBC

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

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

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

What Does the Bible Say about Women? (Daphne Harrison Lecture) – Adele Berlin, University of Maryland

Confederate Emancipation (Low Lecture) – Bruce Levine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne

2006-2007

Verbs that move mountains: Poetry in a Time of Change: A Reading of New and Selected Poems – Ingrid De Kok, University of Cape Town

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

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

Who Wrote this Document? – Charles Nicholas, UMBC

Relevance of Du Bois for 21st Century Black America (W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture) – Manning Marable, Columbia University

The Changemakers: Ethical Leadership & Real PowerNaomi Wolf, journalist and political advisor

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

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

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

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

2005-2006

Studying Television in the Post-Network Era: Responses to a Changing Media Industry – Horace Newcomb, University of Georgia

Don Quixote de la Mancha: Adventures in Reading – Harry Sieber, Johns Hopkins University

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

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

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

Marseille/Baltimore: Technology and the Image of Self – Lynn Cazabon, UMBC

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

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

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

 

2004-2005

On a Mission from God? The Story of American Peoplehood Today – Rogers Smith, University of Pennsylvania

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

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

Returning the Stones: Recreating Excavated Ekron (Ancient Studies Week) – Barry Gittlen, Baltimore Hebrew University

The Silk Road: 
Pathways to the ImaginationDavid Kalivas, University of Masachusetts Lowell

Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi, Johns Hopkins University

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

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

Darwin, Romantic Geologist? – Sandra Herbert, UMBC

Straddling Borders: literature and Identity in Subcarpathian Rus’ – Elaine Rusinko, UMBC

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

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

America: the New RomeMortimer Sellers, University of Baltimore School of Law

 

2003-2004

Teaching New Dogs Old Tricks: New Technology, Design and Activism in Times of WarNatalie Jeremijenko, New York University

Archaeological Ethics and Pots: What’s the Connection?Karen D. Vitelli, Indiana University

Intermedia: The Dick Higgins Collection (Symposium)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

The Innocent Eye: Children and PhotographyWendy Ewald, Duke University

Breaking Loose Together – Marjoleine Kars, UMBC

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

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

Film, Advertising, and the Avant-gardeSabine Hake, University of Pittsburgh

Cultural Representation, Traffic, and Urban Modernity in Jazz Age AmericaJeremiah B. Axelrod, University of California Humanities Research Institute

Eureka? The Archimedes PalimpsestWilliam Noel, The Walters Art Museum

From the African Loom to the American Quilt (Daphne Harrison Lecture) – Gladys-Marie Fry, University of Maryland

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

2002-2003

Black Visual Theorists: a Spiritual RenderingDavid Driskell, artist and scholar

The Battle for GodKaren Armstrong, writer

What the Future Holds: Jihad, McWorld, or Global Democracy?Benjamin Barber, University of Maryland

Chinese Footbinding, Fashion, and ModernityDorothy Ko, Barnard College of Columbia University

Islam and Modernity: Radical versus Reformist IslamBarbara Stowasser, Director of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University

 

2001-2002

Prophylaxis Against the Software Way of KnowledgePaulina Borsook, journalist and writer

Reading the Paper: Newsprint and Modern MemoryNicholson Baker, writer

An Evening with John WatersJohn Waters, writer and filmmaker

The Healing Properties of the BluesBernice Johnson Reagon, composer, scholar, and activist

 

2000-2001

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

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

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

Privacy: A Communitarian PerspectiveAmitai Etzioni, George Washington University

Diversity and its Discontents: A Re-ExaminationArturo Madrid, Trinity University

A Caribbean Writer: The Journey HomeMaryse Condé, Columbia University

Student Research in the HumanitiesBeth Pennington, Moderator

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

How Syntax Made Us HumanDerek Bickerton, University of Hawaii in Honolulu

Death in the Life of Biblical IsraelBarry Gittlen, Baltimore Hebrew University

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

The Economic of Global CultureTyler Cowen, George Mason University

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

 

1999-2000

Context, Interpretation, and Pleasure: Faculty Panel I – moderated by Kelley Bell, UMBC

The Much Vaunted Flotilla of Commodore Barney: Archaeological Revisions of Maryland’s Cultural Landscape – Susan Langley, Maryland Historical Trust

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

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

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

Context, Interpretation, and Pleasure: Faculty Panel II – moderated by Elizabeth Walton, UMBC

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

Poetry Symposium featuring Lucille Clifton, Leo Connellan
, Michael Fallon ,
Forrest Gander, 
Derrick Gilbert, 
Ray Gonzalez, 
Michael S. Harper, Anthony McGurrin, 
Linda Pastan, and 
Terence Winchs – moderated by Michael Fallon, UMBC

Resistance, Rebellions, Revelations: Black Women’s Poetry as Redemptive History – Symposium: Framing the Exhibition, Multiple Constructions – moderated by Leslie Prosterman, Associate Professor of American Studies, UMBC. Featuring Allan Wallach, College of William and Mary; Steven Newsome, Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture; Preminda Jacob, UMBC