Reina Gossett: LGBTQ History Month Keynote (10/21)

UMBC celebrates LGBTQ History Month with this Critical Social Justice campaign speaker who will be speaking on the topic of “Towards a Queered Understanding of Critical Social Justice.”

Reina Gossett will be speaking from 7:30-9:30pm in the UC Ballroom on Tuesday, October 21st.

A trans* woman of color, hearing Reina Gossett’s lived experience is enough to captivate. Add to this years of meaningful experience in activism and community organization, in film-making and research, in writing and social justice work, and her growing recognition begins to make sense.

Reina offers a unique perspective on the experiences of LGBTQ/GNC (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, gender non-conforming) people, especially those who are also people of color and those of low-income backgrounds.

Sharing this perspective, and with such varied and interdisciplinary experiences, Reina brings new light to social justice activism and challenges even the most critical of us to examine our practices and beliefs, pushing all to embody the change that so many feel our world so desperately needs.

Presented by Student Life’s Mosaic: Cultural & Diversity Center and The Women’s Center.

“Childhood in a Sri Lankan Village”: Reading, Book Signing, and Reception with Bambi Chapin, Anthropology (10/22)

Bambi Chapin book“Childhood in a Sri Lankan Village”: Reading, Book Signing, and Reception with UMBC Anthropologist Bambi Chapin will take place on Wednesday, October 22nd, 4:00-5:30 p.m. in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery.

Like toddlers all over the world, Sri Lankan children go through a period that in the U.S. is referred to as the “terrible twos.” Yet once they reach elementary school age, they appear uncannily passive, compliant, and undemanding compared to their Western counterparts. Clearly, these children have undergone some process of socialization, but what?

Over ten years ago, anthropologist Bambi Chapin traveled to a rural Sri Lankan village to begin answering this question, getting to know the toddlers in the village, then returning to track their development over the course of the following decade. Childhood in a Sri Lankan Village offers an intimate look at how these children, raised on the tenets of Buddhism, are trained to set aside selfish desires for the good of their families and the community. Chapin reveals how this cultural conditioning is carried out through small everyday practices, including eating and sleeping arrangements, yet she also explores how the village’s attitudes and customs continue to evolve with each new generation.

Combining penetrating psychological insights with a rigorous observation of larger social structures, Chapin enables us to see the world through the eyes of Sri Lankan children searching for a place within their families and communities. Childhood a Sri Lankan Village offers a fresh, global perspective on child development and the transmission of culture.

Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase. Special thanks to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Asian Studies Program for their sponsorship of this event. The Sri Lankan Student Association will also be collecting donations on behalf of Educate Lanka, which provides school supplies to children in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Chapin was interviewed by WYPR’s Maryland Morning in July about her book. Click here to listen to the full segment.

Humanities Forum: The Honor Code (10/20)

On Monday, October 20 at 5 p.m., Kwame Anthony Appiah, a renowned philosopher, cultural theorist and novelist, will present the Humanities Forum, “The Honor Code.” The event is the Daphne Harrison Lecture and will take place in the Performing Arts and Humanities Building Theatre.

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Philosophers spend a lot of time thinking about what is right and wrong, and some time thinking about how to get people to see what is right and wrong—but almost no time thinking about how to get them to do what they know is right. Anthony Appiah has spent the last decade thinking about what it takes to turn moral understanding into moral behavior. In this talk, he will explore one of the keys to real moral revolution: mobilizing the social power of honor and shame to change the world for the better.

Named one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 public intellectuals, Kwame Anthony Appiah teaches at New York University. He previously taught at Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Duke, and the University of Ghana. He is the President of the PEN American Center, the world’s oldest human rights organization and is second vice-president of the Modern Languages Association. In 2012, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal by The White House.

The event is sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities and by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; the Philosophy Department; the Africana Studies Department; and the Global Studies Program. For more information, click here.

Social Sciences Forum: Economic Freedom and the Wealth and Health of Nations (10/13)

Robert LawsonOn Monday, October 13 at 4 p.m., Robert A. Lawson will present the Social Sciences Forum, “Economic Freedom and the Wealth and Health of Nations.” The event will take place on the seventh floor of the Albin O. Kuhn Library.

Dr. Lawson and his colleagues produce the annual Economic Freedom of the World Index. Dr. Lawson will discuss the Index and how economic freedom impacts the wealth and health of countries worldwide.

Lawson is the Jerome M. Fullinwider Endowed Centennial Chair in Economic Freedom, The O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at Southern Methodist University. The event is sponsored by the Department of Economics. For more information, click here.

Humanities Forum: Translating the Indian Past: The Poets’ Experience (10/13)

On Monday, October 13 at 4 p.m., Arvind Krishna Mehrotra will present the Humanities Forum, “Translating the Indian Past: The Poets’ Experience.” The event will take place in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery.

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Mehrotra, one of India’s most celebrated contemporary poets and an acclaimed translator of Indian literature, will talk about how three important Indian poets (Toru Dutt, AK Ramanujan, and Arun Kolatkar) translated the Indian classics. Translation is never simple, but these Indian translators added to their translations many strands, giving their work the feel of a multicolored rope. Toru’s translation of a Purana story would be unthinkable without her Christianity; Ramanujan’s translations of Sangam poetry, Nammanlvar, and the Virasaiva poets without Modernism; and Kolatkar’s of the Marathi bhakti poets without the American idiom, which he sometimes employed in his own poems as well. While these translations bring past and present together in the ongoing construction of India’s literary heritage, they also lead us to ask broader questions: Are the Indian poet-translators exemplars of ‘world lit.’ or do they bring a particularly ‘Indian’ perspective to translation; or is it both?

The event is sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities and by the Asian Studies Program; the English Department; the Global Studies Program; and the Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication Department. For more information, click here.