Events & Lectures

Past Presentations to the Social Science Forums


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Spring 2010:

Changing the Culture of Aging

William Thomas,
Professor, Erickson School of Aging Studies, UMBC

The Petrovich Lecture, sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Studies Program, the Honors College,
the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and the Erickson School of Aging


Virgin Territory: On Writing a History of Virginity

Hanne Blank, writer and independent scholar
Followed by a conversation with Emek Ergun, PhD Candidate, Language Literacy and Culture Program, UMBC, on translating Blank's work

The Women's History Month Lecture, sponsored by the Gender and Women's Studies Program,
the Dresher Center for the Humanities and the Department of History


Reforming Child Welfare

Olivia Golden, Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute

Co-sponsored with the Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program

Mayoral Leadership During a Crisis: Lessons from Atlanta's First Black Mayor, Maynard Jackson

Robert Holmes, Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Clark Atlanta University

Co-sponsored with the Department of Political Science, the Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program, the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research, and the Department of Public Policy

Counting America: The 2010 Census

Rebecca M. Blank, Under Secretary for Economic Affairs,
U.S. Department of Commerce

Sponsored by the Department of Public Policy, the Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program
and the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research


Greenhouse Gases: Policy and Economics

Paul Joskow; President, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Elizabeth and
James Killian Professor of Economics and Management, MIT

The Mullen Lecture, sponsored by the Department of Economics


National Drug Demand Reduction Priorities:
Implications for the Nation, the Community, and Providers

A. Thomas McLellan, Deputy Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy,
Executive Office of the President of the United States

The Psychology Distinguished Lecture, sponsored by the Department of Psychology


Abigail Adams

Woody Holton, Professor of History, University of Richmond

The Low Lecture, sponsored by the Department of History

Fall 2009:


Sponsored with UMBC's Dresher Center for the Humanities and the Human Context of Science and Technology Program
Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of C.P. Snow's “Two Cultures” Lecture
C.P. Snow's “The Two Cultures”: A Fifty Year Perspective

G. Rickey Welch, Professor of Biological Sciences, UMBC & Joseph N. Tatarewicz, Associate Professor and Director, Human Context of Science & Technology Program, UMBC

Politics, Expertise and the Two Cultures

Harry Collins, Distinguished Research Professor, Centre for the Study of Knowledge, Expertise and Science (KES), Cardiff University School of Social Sciences, UK
The Two Cultures Today: An Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion on the Sciences and the Humanities

Susan Dwyer, Department of Philosophy, University of Maryland, College Park
Christoph Irmscher, Department of English, Indiana University
Manil Suri
, Department of Mathematics, UMBC
Tim Topoleski
, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UMBC


Snow, Two Cultures and the Science Wars

Steve Fuller, Professor of Sociology, University of Warwick, UK


Global Climate Change: Science, Polity, and Authority

Naomi Oreskes, Provost, Sixth College, University of California, San Diego

Other talks:

The Gender Revolution in the Philippines: Women's Migration and Social Transformations

Rhacel Parreñas, Professor of American Civilization and Sociology, Brown University
The Korenman Lecture, Sponsored by the Gender and Women's Studies Program

Seeking Lost Towns: Historic Archaeology in Anne Arundel County

Al Luckenbach, Director, Lost Towns Project, Anne Arundel County Archaeologist

Sponsored by The Department of Ancient Studies as part of Ancient Studies Week

Immigration and African Diaspora Women

Nkiru Nzegwu, Professor of Africana Studies and Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture at Binghamton University SUNY

The W.E.B. DuBois Lecture, Sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies



Health Reform: Play It Again Sam or Now for the Hard Part

Robert Reischauer, President, Urban Institute
Sponsored with UMB/UMBC's Doctoral Program in Gerontology and The Hilltop Institute