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Fall 2019 Humanities Forum


5:30 p.m. Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

The Fractal Caribbean: The New Literatures of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic
Mayra Santos-Febres, Professor of Creative Writing, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

This talk explores how contemporary Hispanic Caribbean writers respond to the chaotic or fractal reality of the Caribbean with new ways to understand rationality, selfhood, and social relations.

Sponsored by the Latino and Hispanic Faculty Association and the Dresher Center for the Humanities.



4 p.m., Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Ancient Studies Week

The Visual Workings of Roman Slaves
Jennifer Trimble,
Associate Professor of Classics, Stanford University

This lecture will show how visual culture played a crucial role in defining and enforcing slavery for both enslaved and free people in Ancient Rome.

Sponsored by the Ancient Studies Department and the Dresher Center for the Humanities.



4 p.m., Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Robert K. Webb Lecture

Global History as Urban History: A View from Edo, the Greatest City in the World
Amy Stanley
, Associate Professor of History, Northwestern University

Edo (now Tokyo), once the greatest city in the world, is strangely invkisible in global history. Dr. Stanley explores the social history of early 19th century Edo, illuminating how and why the mundane experiences of urban life were shared across many parts of the world during this time.

Sponsored by the History Department and the Dresher Center for the Humanities.



6 p.m., University Center Ballroom

W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture

The Future of Du Bois: Consciousness, Citizenship, and Epistemology in Africa
Nimi Wariboko, Walter G. Muelder Professor of Social Ethics in the School of Theology and Chair of the Philosophy, Theology, and Ethics Department, Boston University

This lecture aims to bring Du Bois’s rich and complex concept of consciousness to the study of citizenship and epistemology in Africa

Sponsored by the Africana Studies Department; the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; the Center for Social Science Scholarship; the Dresher Center for the Humanities; the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation; and the Philosophy Department.



4 p.m., Performing Arts and Humanities Building, Dance Cube

Can the Children of Iberian Cinemas Speak? A Video Essay
Erin K. Hogan,
Associate Professor of Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication, UMBC

Dr. Hogan explores the role of the child protagonist and the phenomenon of ventriloquism in the cinemas of Spain from 1955-2020, and during and retrospective of Francisco Franco’s dictatorship (1939-75). She asks: Who speaks through the child protagonist and to what end?

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