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The Department of Comparative Thought and Literature hosted its biannual graduate student conference titled “Ways of Reading: Beyond, Beneath, and Beside Theory” on Friday and Saturday. The conference explored various methods of reading literary texts and featured speakers from universities across the country.
The Foreign Affairs Symposium (FAS) opened its first event of the semester with Erlendy Cuero Bravo, a Colombian human rights activist who focuses on the plights of Afro-Colombians, on Monday. Cuero Bravo is the recipient of this year’s Anne Smedinghoff Award, named for a Hopkins alumna, former FAS executive direcotr and diplomat who was killed in Afghanistan.
The United States government shut down from Dec. 22, 2018 to Jan. 25, 2019. At 35 days, the shutdown was the longest in U.S. history and was the result of a standoff between President Donald Trump and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. The conflict began because of Trump’s demand that Congress include a $5.7 billion budget for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border in government funding legislation. Non-essential employees were furloughed, while all others were expected to work without pay.
Members of the Hopkins community gathered on Wednesday to listen to a panel about Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and its contracts with the University. The four panelists included an expert on migration, an organizer for CASA de Maryland, a volunteer with Sanctuary Streets of Baltimore, and Drew Daniel, the Hopkins English professor who organized a petition protesting the JHU-ICE contracts.
HopAI held its inaugural event on Thursday, Nov. 29. The organization, which seeks to connect and expose Hopkins students to artificial intelligence (AI), invited three speakers from different areas of study to describe their work with the diverse technologies.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) hosted its annual Forgiving Thanksgiving function on Monday. This year’s gathering focused on discussing Thanksgiving in a way that properly acknowledges the entire history of the holiday, including Indigenous perspectives.
“Under the cradle of knowledge lies the bones of those that have fallen.”
The University commemorated Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday with a pow wow and a keynote lecture by Victoria O’Keefe, assistant professor in the Center for American Indian Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Indigenous Students at Hopkins (ISH) and the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) collaborated in organizing these events and shared the common goal of expanding student knowledge about Native American history and culture.
The JHU Stand-Up Comedy Club, also known as SUCC, performed a series of routines on Saturday, Sept. 29 at its “Suit and Tie” show. Comedians covered topics like relationships, violence and Donald Trump while dressed in formal attire.
The Iron Crow Theatre in Baltimore put on an amazing and gut-wrenching performance of The Laramie Project to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death. Shepard, a gay man who was brutally robbed, beaten and tortured to death in Laramie, Wyo., would have been 42 this year.
Baltimore Ceasefire 365 celebrated its first anniversary this August. The anti-violence organization was created to encourage Baltimore citizens to decrease gun violence in the City through the hosting and promotion of Ceasefire weekends four times a year. During this past Ceasefire weekend, the City went 41 hours without a shooting.
As part of Earth Week, the Office of Sustainability hosted an event called the Just Food Picnic, which featured local food producers, food educators and charitable organizations, on Wednesday.
The Panhellenic Association at Hopkins hosted a panel featuring supporters and defenders of sexual assault survivors on Monday. Students attended to learn about the support resources available at Hopkins for survivors of sexual assault and to understand how to best aid them.
Jail Tutorial Project held a panel discussion about the mental health crisis in prisons on Monday, March 26. It featured panelists Mary Pizzo, supervising attorney for mental health litigation support at the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, and Doug Colbert, a professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.
Student run organization TEDxJHU hosted nine speakers at its annual spring conference on Saturday, March 10. The speakers included activists, artists and a Hopkins professor.
For the second semester in a row, students will be unable to use Shriver Hall as a performance venue due to additional renovations. Shriver, which has been under construction since summer 2017, was originally slated to reopen at the beginning of the spring 2018 semester. However, the project has been extended into the 2018-2019 school year.
The Baltimore City Council approved legislation on Feb. 5 to rededicate the site of a former Confederate monument to Harriet Tubman.
Hopkins alum William H. Miller donated $75 million to the University’s philosophy department in January. The donation, the largest ever to a university philosophy program, made national headlines, and the department will now bear the name: William H. Miller Department of Philosophy.
The Hopkins chapter of the John Quincy Adams Society (JQAS), a nonpartisan international politics student group, hosted the Society’s Executive Director John Allen Gay at its “Messed Media” event on Dec. 1. JQAS also announced that they will be launching a new publication, Realist Review.
The Indigenous Students at Hopkins, a new group under the Office of Multicultural Affairs, hosted “Forgiving Thanksgiving,” a round-table discussion and dinner on Thursday, Nov. 16.