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Spring 2009

“Planet in Peril: Policy Responses to Climate Change”

Donald Boesch, Professor of Marine Science and President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) and Chairman the Maryland Governor’s Climate Change Commission
Wayne Gilchrest, former Congressman representing Maryland’s 1 st District and co-chair of the Climate Change Caucus
Sarah Zaleski, Coordinator of the Baltimore City Office of Sustainability
Ray Hoff (Moderator), UMBC Professor of Physics and Director of the collaborative NASA-UMBC research centers Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET) and Goddard Earth Sciences & Technology Center (GEST)

Sponsored by The Friends of the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery

Saving Chesapeake Bay: The Greatest Fight for Clean Water this Nation Has Ever Seen

Will Baker, President, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The Petrovich Lecture, Sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Studies Program

Civil Rights in the Obama Administration

Kenneth L. Marcus, Lillie and Nathan Ackerman Visiting Professor of Equality and Justice in America, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College/ The City University of New York

Disentangling Race and Socioeconomic Status: Advancing Understanding of Race Disparities in Health

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Thomas A. LaVeist, William C. & Nancy F. Richardson Professor in Health Policy and Director, Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Bioethics in Space: Thorny Ethical Issues at NASA

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Paul Root Wolpe, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Bioethics and Director, Center for Ethics, Emory University; bioethics advisor to NASA

The Ethics Lecture Series, Sponsored by the Bioethics Student Association, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Discovering “The Harassment of Black Elected Officials” in the Post-Watergate Period

G. Derek Musgrove, Professor of History, University of the District of Columbia

The Low Lecture, Sponsored by the Department of History

The Role of the United Nations in Defining and Defending Human Rights

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Ms. Kyung-wha Kang, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights

Sponsored by the Humanities Forum and the Social Sciences Forum in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the UN’s Declaration of Human Rights

Fall 2008

Gender and Human Rights in Contemporary Africa

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Norma Kriger, independent scholar and former consultant to the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch

Co-sponsored with the Humanities Forum

Social Justice, Health and Human Rights

Ruth Faden, Executive Director, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics; Philip Franklin Wagley Professor in Biomedical Ethics

Co-sponsored with the Humanities Forum, The Health and Public Policy Program, The Hilltop Institute and Bioethics Student Association

Justice Across the Borders: The Struggle for Human Rights in U.S. Courts

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Jeffrey Davis, Professor of Political Science, UMBC

Indigenous and Human Rights in Latin America

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James Cockcroft, Internet Professor, State University of New York and Fellow at the International Institute for Research and Education

Co-sponsored with the Humanities Forum and Department for Modern Languages and Linguistics

Green/Red, Black/White, Pink/Blue, and Other Discriminations

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A. Charles Catania, Professor of Psychology, UMBC

Phi Beta Kappa Lecture

Mrs. Henry Hobhouse Goes to War: Conscience and Christian Radicalism in WWI Britain

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Seth Koven, Professor of History, Rutgers University

The Webb Lecture, Sponsored by the Department of History

Economics of Cities

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Edward Glaeser, Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard University

The Mullen Lecture, Sponsored by the Department of Economics