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11th Annual Korenman Lecture
Becoming Bridge-Builders and Disrupters: Navigating Racial and Gender Realities in America Today

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


Listening to Racism in the United States – Or Why Sound Matters
Jennifer Lynn Stoever, Associate Professor of English, Binghamton University – State University of New York


The Contemporary African Immigrant Communities in the United States
Toyin Falola, Professor of History, Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities, and University Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Texas, Austin


Life, Love, and Law in Classical Athens
Victoria Wohl, Professor of Athenian Literature and Culture, University of Toronto


MEMS Colloquium Concert-Lecture
Harmonious Monk: Martin Luther and His Reformation through Music
Christopher Boyd Brown, Associate Professor of Church History, Boston University


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


Daphne Harrison Lecture
A Conversation on Digital Access
Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress


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


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


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


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


there is a crack in everything: that’s how the light gets in (from Anthem by Leonard Cohen)
Michael Rakowitz, Professor, Art Theory and Practice, Northwestern University


Civil Rights, Asian Americans and Marriage Equality: 50 Years After the Civil Rights Act
Helen Zia, award-winning author and journalist


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, University of New England


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 Antiquaries of London


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


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


Webb Lecture
Wretched Girls, Wretched Boys, and the Medieval Origins of the “European Marriage Pattern”
Judith Bennett, John R. Hubbard Professor Emerita, University of Southern California


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


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


MEMS Colloquium Lecture
Shakespeare Anniversary 2016
‘Some wine, ho!’ Shakespeare, Women, and the Story of English Wine
Frances Dolan, Distinguished Professor of English, University of California, Davis


Poetry Reading: It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful
Lia Purpura, Writer-in-Residence, English, UMBC


9th Annual Korenman Lecture
Why Have Intersex Rights Been So Hard to Secure in America?
Alice Dreger, historian of science and medicine


Sounding Botany Bay: an exhibition on how humans have changed a unique Australian environment
Tim Nohe, intermedia artist; Professor of Visual Arts; and Director of the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA), UMBC


Freedom Marooned: An Atlantic Slave Rebellion in the Dutch Caribbean
Marjoleine Kars, Chair and Associate Professor of History, UMBC, and 2015 Dresher Center Fellow


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


Lipitz Lecture
India, Pakistan, and Nuclear Weapons
Devin Hagerty, Professor of Political Science and Director, Global Studies, UMBC 


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


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


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


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


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


Art is a Three Letter Word
Mark Tribe, artist


Lipitz Lecture
Interiors: Identity in Music
Linda Dusman, Professor of Music at UMBC


Examining the Book of Lies
Corazon del Sol, artist and curator


The Aesthetics of Astronomy: A Subjective Look at Cosmigraphical Depictions through Time
Michael Benson, writer, photographer and artist


Constructing Heritage
James Counts Early, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Mario Santo Domingo, Psychology, UMBC
Michelle Stefano, American Studies, UMBC
Ashley Minner, Community Artist and Activist, Baltimore American Indian Center


Panel Discussion: What Remains? Baltimore Neighborhoods in Transition
Moderator: Denise Meringolo (History)
Participants: Nicole King (American Studies)
Steve Bradley (Visual Arts)
Bill Shewbridge (Media and Communication Studies)
Michelle Stefano (Maryland Traditions and American Studies)
Deborah Rudacille (English)
Eddie Bartee, Jr. (former Sparrows Point steelworker)
Troy Pritt  (former Sparrows Point steelworker)
Jason Reed (community gardener, Curtis Bay)


Lipitz Lecture
Charisma in the Age of Digital Reproduction
Raphael Falco, Department of English, UMBC


Daphne Harrison Lecture
Race and Shakespearean Performance
Ayanna Thompson, Associate Dean of the Faculty and Department of English, Arizona State University


Blackface Imagery and Its Answers: Stereotyping from the Early Civil Rights Era to the Obama Era
Thulani Davis, Journalist, Playwright and Author


The Civil Rights Movement from the Ground Up
Moderator: Taylor Branch
Freeman Hrabowski, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Julian Bond, civil rights activist and former chairman, NAACP
Andrew B. Lewis, author of “The Shadows of Youth: The Remarkable Journey of the Civil Rights Generation”


Collecting, Preserving & Interpreting African American History and Culture
Moderator: Denise Meringolo, UMBC
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
Moira Hinderer, Curator, Afro American Newspaper Archive


Disability, Justice, and the Future of the Humanities
Michael Berubé, President, Modern Language Association


The Humanities, Without Apology
Pauline Yu, President of the American Council of Learned Societies


Approaching Authenticity: Locating Living Cultural Memories, Identities, and Traditions in the 21st Century
Maryland Traditions, Maryland State Arts Council Folklife Program
Moderator: Michelle Stefano, Maryland Traditions and UMBC
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


Lipitz Lecture
Dilemmas of Longevity: Society, the Fourth Age & You
Leslie Morgan, Professor of Sociology, Co-Director of Ph.D. Program in Gerontology


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


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


Webb Lecture
Mosquito Empires and Revolutionary Fevers in the Greater Caribbean, 1600-1900
John McNeil, History & the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language
Ilan Stavans, Amherst College


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


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


Maryland Traditions: A Panel Presentation
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
Lafayette Gilchrist, Maryland Traditions Apprentice


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


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


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