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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.


  • The Lottocratic Alternative

    Lottery as Method for Selecting Political Representatives
    Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Alexander Guerrero, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Law, University of Pennsylvania It is widely accepted that electoral representative democracy is better than any other alternative...
    Posted: August 24, 2016 3:38 PM
  • Not in My Neighborhood

    UMBC New Student Book Experience
    Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Antero Pietila, journalist and author  In Antero Pietila’s book, Not in My Neighborhood, Baltimore is the setting for one of the most penetrating examinations of bigotry and residential...
    Posted: August 24, 2016 3:46 PM
  • Black Woman Narrative Interrupted

    Debunking Mainstream Narratives about Physical Activity
    Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    Black Woman Narrative Interrupted: Debunking Mainstream Narratives about Physical Activity and Weight Rashawn Ray, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park...
    Posted: August 24, 2016 4:09 PM
  • Reassessing Racial Differences

    The Perception of Racial Equality in the Obama Era
    Friday, October 28, 2016 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Melvin Thomas, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, North Carolina State University, and Hayward Derrick Horton, Associate Professor of Sociology, University at Albany, State...
    Posted: August 24, 2016 4:01 PM
  • Post-Election Forum

    Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Donald Norris, Director and Professor, School of Public Policy, UMBC, Tom Schaller, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, UMBC, and John Fritze, writer, The Baltimore Sun An...
    Posted: August 24, 2016 4:16 PM
  • From Black Lives Matter to the 2016 Elections

    The Future of Black Politics
    Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Cathy J. Cohen, the David and Mary Winton Green Professor of Political Science and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago With the end of the Obama...
    Posted: August 24, 2016 4:37 PM
  • How Did We Get Here?

    Women and the 2016 Election
    Monday, November 14, 2016 at 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Rebecca Traister, author of the New York Times bestseller, All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of An Independent Nation and New York Times notable book of 2010, Big Girls Don’t...
    Posted: August 24, 2016 4:43 PM