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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 South and the Battle Over LGBTQ Rights

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Jay Barth, Graves Peace Distinguished Professor of Politics, Hendrix College Most of the lingering conflicts over LGBTQ rights are playing out in the South and will determine the pace of change...
    Posted: December 12, 2017 9:55 AM
  • A Pound of Flesh

    Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    Alexes Harris, Sociology, University of Washington Harris will discuss her book, A Pound of Flesh: Monetary Sanctions as Punishment for the Poor, where she presents her research about the...
    Posted: December 7, 2017 10:54 AM
  • Achieving the American Dream or Not:

    Immigrants' Narratives Following the Great Recession
    Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Claudia Strauss, Professor of Anthropology, Pitzer College Strauss examines the life narratives of first-generation Latin American and Asian immigrants in the U.S. looking at their feelings of...
    Posted: December 7, 2017 10:05 AM
  • Against Empathy

    Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Paul Bloom, Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology, Yale University Most people think the only problem with empathy is that we don't have enough of it. Drawing on research in areas such...
    Posted: December 7, 2017 11:12 AM
  • Learning to Address Inequalities in a Global Health Context

    Monday, April 9, 2018 at 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    Koki Agarwal, Director, Maternal and Child Survival Program, Vice President, Jhipiego DC Operations; Senior Associate, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public...
    Posted: December 7, 2017 10:34 AM
  • "The Wall" and Other Walls in Contemporary American Life

    Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    Anand Pandian, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University The idea of a southern border wall was in many ways the defining idea of Donald Trump's victorious presidential...
    Posted: December 12, 2017 9:36 AM
  • Lipitz Lecture

    Planned Parenthood in Maryland: A Vital Community Resource
    Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Carole McCann, Professor and Chair, Gender + Women's Studies, UMBC The talk will highlight Carole McCann's project about Planned Parenthood (PPM), which marked its 90th anniversary in 2017....
    Posted: December 14, 2017 10:57 AM
  • Gender Spaces & War: Re-imagining Biafra-Not as a Territory

    Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Obiama Nnaemeka, Chancellor's Professor, Indiana University In the context of the Nigerian-Biafra War, Nnaemeka will explore how women's bodies became a battlefield used to settle patriarchal and...
    Posted: December 12, 2017 10:08 AM