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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.


  • "Silent Partners"

    Women as Investors in Britain's First Stock Market
    Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Amy M. Froide, Professor, History Department, UMBC One of the world’s first stock markets emerged in the coffeehouses of London in the 1690s. Up to one third of investors in corporations such...
    Posted: August 3, 2017 2:57 PM
  • Constitution and Citizenship Day Lecture

    Judicial Review in the Age of Trump
    Monday, September 18, 2017 at 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    Mark Tushnet, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Harvard Law School The lecture will discuss the role of norms and conventions-rather than judicially enforceable legal rules - in...
    Posted: August 3, 2017 3:18 PM
  • The Trouble with the Congo

    Local Violence & the Failure of International Peacebuilding
    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Severine Autesserre, Associate Professor of Political Science, Barnard College, Columbia University Based on more than 330 interviews and a year and a half of field research, Professor...
    Posted: August 3, 2017 3:37 PM
  • Economics Department Mullen Lecture

    Human Values and the Great Enrichment
    Monday, October 23, 2017 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Deirdre McCloskey, Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 2000 to 2015 in Economics, History, English, and Communication Deirdre McCloskey's talk will focus on how workers'...
    Posted: August 3, 2017 3:45 PM
  • New Student Book Experience: Half the Sky

    Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
    Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Sheryl WuDunn, co-author, First Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize This book is a passionate call to arms against what the authors argue is our era's most pervasive human right...
    Posted: August 3, 2017 3:58 PM
  • W.E.B.Du Bois Distinguished Lecture

    The Contemporary African Immigrant Communities in the U.S.
    Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Toyin Falola, Professor of History, The Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Texas, Austin   A substantial number of...
    Posted: August 7, 2017 8:57 AM