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President Donald Trump announced his plans to create an executive order which would protect freedom of speech on college campuses at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, March 2. The proposed executive order would remove federal aid from colleges and universities that fail to ensure free speech for students of all political affiliations.
At Hopkins, every undergraduate student has the experience of sitting through five hours of Bystander Intervention Training (BIT) sessions during their freshman year. For the last four years, the University has mandated that students attend this training in order to better equip them to prevent forms of gender violence including sexual assault.
Red Emma’s hosted an event celebrating 5 years of freedom for Marshall “Eddie” Conway, who had been previously incarcerated for forty-four years.
The Student Government Association (SGA) voted on several new resolutions at their weekly meeting on Tuesday. Among the resolutions passed were the Fusion Food Festival Funding Bill; the One Love Funding Bill; the Wellness Week Funding Bill; and the Interim Facilities Resolution. Another bill, the Campus Idling Resolution, was discussed and then tabled for a future meeting.
University officials released the results of the 2018 Campus Climate and Sexual Violence Survey on Friday. Provost Sunil Kumar and Vice Provost for Institutional Equity Kimberly Hewitt reported the survey’s principal findings in a schoolwide email about the University’s response to sexual misconduct.
Students Against Private Police (SAPP) and the Billie Holiday Project for Liberation Arts (BHPLA) co-sponsored a panel on alternatives to policing on March 7. The event took place a few hours after the Baltimore City Senate Delegation to the Maryland Assembly approved a bill that would grant Hopkins a private police force. BHPLA is an initiative to promote communication and create links between the Homewood Campus and historic black communities in Baltimore.
Poet, playwright and essayist Claudia Rankine visited the University of Baltimore School of Law to read from and discuss her work, including Citizen: An American Lyric, a finalist for the 2014 National Book Awards. Marc Steiner of the podcast The Marc Steiner Show moderated the conversation.
On Thursday evening, the Baltimore City Senate delegation to the Maryland General Assembly voted 3-2 in favor of legislation that will allow the University to create a private police force.
The Carey School of Business’ Women in Business club, alongside the Stoop Storytelling Series, a Baltimore-based podcast, hosted “No Limits: Stories about female leadership, creativity, and resilience” on Wednesday. Lauren Wexler, co-founder and co-producer of the Stoop, led the event.
Beatrice Fihn, the executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), discussed nuclear disarmament during the third Foreign Affairs Symposium (FAS) event on Wednesday.
In light of the upcoming International Women’s Day, Haley Swenson, a member of the International Socialist Organization (ISO), as well as Heba Islam of #JHToo, hosted “Feminism for the 99%” to discuss the future of socialist feminism and political organization on campus. Organized by the Baltimore chapter of the ISO, the event covered a range of topics — police brutality, sexual assault, job security and Hopkins contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) — through a feminist lens.
The Career Center recently announced plans to appoint additional directors to provide specialized career advice for students. There will be two new directors of career services, one for the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences and one for the Whiting School of Engineering, and each will oversee between six to eight assistant directors. These assistant directors will provide career services and opportunities to students within a specific set of departments.
University President Ronald J. Daniels announced on Tuesday evening that the school will be building a student center where the Mattin Center is currently located. At the end of the Shriver Hall reopening ceremony Daniels invited attendees to a celebration at the Beach that included food trucks, live music and seesaws. At the celebration, Daniels announced the student center project.
Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya, a multidisciplinary artist with a background in neuroscience, gave a talk titled “Beyond Curie: Women in STEM” on Tuesday in Charles Commons. The Office of Women & Gender Resources hosted the event.
The Homewood Museum is displaying The Many Faces of George Washington, a special exhibit that aims to explore the story behind George Washington’s legacy and persona. The exhibit is on loan from the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History with other items from regional museums and the University’s Special Collections.
Ju Hui Judy Han, an assistant professor of gender studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, gave a lecture about the intersection of candlelight protests in South Korea and queer activism on Wed. March 6. Han’s lecture, titled “Now, Later, Never: Candlelight Protests and Queer Futurity,” was the first event in a series hosted by the program in Racism and Immigration Citizenship (RIC).
Frederick W. Gooding, assistant professor of African American studies at Texas Christian University, spoke about his book, “American Dream Deferred: Black Federal Workers in Washington, D.C., 1941-1981” at Red Emma’s on March 2. The book chronicles the history of federal workers from 1940-1980 in reference to the modern black freedom movement.
March 1 marked the beginning of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration (APHC) at Hopkins — a month dedicated to recognizing and reflecting on Asian-American and Pacific Islander narratives throughout United States history.
Bruce Western, a professor of sociology and social justice at Columbia University, led a workshop on Inequality and Social Policy on Feb. 28. Western is known for his work on incarceration in the U.S. Hopkins Professor of Political Science Vesla Weaver and Assistant Research Scientist Stuart Schrader helped facilitate the discussion.
John Muller, author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C., and Ida Jones, archivist at Morgan State University, presented new research on Frederick Douglass at the Enoch Pratt Free Library on Thursday, Feb. 28. The research centered around Douglass’ experiences as a young man in Baltimore and sought to fill in narrative holes regarding his life.