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September 4, 1997

UMBC HUMANITIES FORUM FALL 1997 SERIES Fall 1997 Series

October 7: Shelly Haley, ancient studies scholar.
4 pm, Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
"Against All Odds: Black Women Classicists in the 19th Century"

Haley will discuss "Against All Odds: Black Women Classicists in the 19th-Century Colleges." She studies gender and race in the ancient Greek and Roman world and teaches at Hamilton College in New York. Her lecture is also presented as part of UMBC Ancient Studies Week.

October 9: Ellen Reeder, curator of ancient art, The Walters Art Gallery.
7 pm, location to be announced.

Reeder organized Pandora: Women in Classical Greece at The Walters and wrote a book based on the popular exhibition. Her lecture is also presented as part of UMBC Ancient Studies Week.

October 15: Oliver Sacks, neurologist and novelist.
7 pm, Fine Arts Recital Hall.
"An Anthropologist on Mars"

Sack's book, Awakenings, was hailed as "a masterpiece" and became the subject of the film by the same name. The book chronicles his experience with survivors of the epidemic of sleeping sickness that swept the world from 1916-27. He is also known for his phenomenally successful The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. In 1989 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work on the neurological disorder Tourette's Syndrome.

October 20: Lee Gass, zoologist.
1 pm, Lecture Hall V, Engineering/Computer Science Bldg.
"Patterns in Nature, Art and Perception: Toward the Transcendence of Discipline in Science, Art and Education"

Gass is an associate professor in the Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia and his main area of research is the hummingbird. His lecture is presented in conjunction with the UMBC Department of Biological Sciences.

October 21: Yvonne Rainer, filmmaker.
4 pm, Fine Arts Recital Hall
"Out of a Corner of the 60s"

Rainer's work has been shown extensively in the U.S. and abroad and she has received numerous awards and fellowships. She was one of the founders of the Judson Dance Theater in 1962, the beginning of a movement that proved to be a vital force in modern dance in the following decades. Rainer is also the Visual Arts Department's Visiting Artist for the Fall 1997 semester.

October 22: Elizabeth Minnich, feminist philosopher and educator.
4 pm, Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery.
"Figuring Out Diversity: Reconfiguring Reality"

Minnich, a professor at the Union Institute Graduate School, wrote the award-winning book, Transforming Knowledge (Temple University Press, 1990). This lecture is also presented in conjunction with the Women's Studies Program.

October 30: Judith Hemschemeyer, poet.
7 pm, Lecture Hall V, Engineering and Computer Science Building.
"Anna Akhmatova: A Poet and Her Country"

Hemschemeyer is known for her translations of the more than 700 poems of Anna Akhmatova (Zephyr Press, 1989). She won the Associated Writing Program's book prize in 1986 for her own collection of poetry, The Ride Home. Hemschemeyer is an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida. She is the Honors College Visiting Scholar for the Fall 1997 semester.

November 5: Iain McCalman, historian.
4 pm, Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery.
"Controlling the Riots: Dickens, Romanticism and Revolution"

McCalman will discuss "Controlling the Riots: Dickens, Romanticism and Revolution." He is a professor and director of the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University. Also presented as the History Department's Webb Lecture for Fall 1997.

November 14: Paula Giddings, historian.
7:30 pm, University Center Ballroom.

A well-known journalist and author, Giddings has written three books exploring Black women's social and political roles throughout history and is former Paris bureau chief for Encore American and Worldwide News. She is research professor in women's studies at Duke University. Giddings is also the African-American Studies Department's W.E.B. DuBois Scholar for the Fall 1997 semester.

December 3: Peter Rollins, popular culture expert.
4 pm, Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery.
"New Media and Popular Culture"

Rollins is editor-in-chief of Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television Studies, a pioneering film journal focusing on the relationship between media and history. He is Regents Professor of English and American/Film Studies at Oklahoma State University. His lecture is sponsored by the English Department.

The Humanities Forum will continue in the Spring of 1998 with a series on "The Creative Act."

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Posted by dwinds1 at September 4, 1997 12:00 AM