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The Social Sciences Forum presents topics and perspectives of vital interest to the social sciences community and beyond. Lectures are free and open to the public and will last approximately one hour, followed by a question and answer period.


  • Implicit Social Cognition

    Mahzarin Banaji, Harvard University
    Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    How deep are the bounds on human thinking and feeling and how do they shape social interactions and decisions?  For the past 25 years, Dr. Banaji has studied mental processes that appear to...
    Posted: January 19, 2017 1:23 PM
  • The Persistence of Racial Inequality: An Intergenerational

    Perspective - Robert Margo, Boston University
    Monday, May 1, 2017 at 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    New benchmark estimates of Black-White income ratios for 1870, 1900, and 1940 are combined with standard post-World War census data. The resulting time series reveals that the pace of racial...
    Posted: January 19, 2017 1:27 PM
  • Confederate Hunger: Food and Famine in the Civil War South

    Anne Rubin, Department of History, UMBC
    Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Historians know that over the course of the American Civil War, the Confederacy essentially starved to death, a result of the Union blockade, the breakdown of slavery on the homefront, and not...
    Posted: January 19, 2017 1:35 PM