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The Alexander Grass Humanities Institute (AGHI) hosted the 2023 Richard A. Macksey Lecture featuring Kwame Anthony Appiah, a professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University, on March 9. His talk was titled “Who’s Heritage? Preservation, Possession, and Peoples.” This annual lecture honors the late Professor Richard A. Macksey, co-founder of the Humanities Center that is now the Department of Comparative Thought and Literature.
The Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly general body meeting on March 7 to discuss the Roast Off Funding Bill, Portrait for Student Memorial Funding Bill, Hopkins Got Talent Funding Bill, Black Caucus Tabling Funding Bill and the SGA Accessibility Standards Bill. They also presented on the Multimedia Art Showcase Report, Crab Fest presentation and Hopthon tabling.
Candidates for the 2023–24 Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Board elections include a single ticket and five independent candidates. The SGA Executive Board debate will be held on March 9, and voting will be open from March 14 to 15.
Sir Andrew Motion is a professor of the arts at Hopkins’ Writing Seminars program and an English poet. Motion was the United Kingdom’s Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009 and is the co-founder of the Poetry Archive. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2009. In an interview with The News-Letter, Motion discussed his life path as a poet in the U.K. as laureate to his current position at Hopkins, as well as his understanding of the meaning of poetry.
The Economic Policy Issues Colloquium (EPIC) hosted a discussion titled “Africa’s Energy Transition — Tensions, Viewpoints and Realities” on March 3. The event featured Lily Odarno, the director of Clean Air Task Force’s Energy and Climate Innovation Program, Africa.
The Aronson Center for International Studies and the International Studies Leadership Council (ISLC) hosted Ilaria Mazzocco to discuss China as an emerging global power on March 3. The lecture was part of the ISLC’s 2023 Speakers Series, “Emerging Threats in the New World Order.”
Founded in the 1980s, the Jail Tutorial Project (JTP) connects Hopkins tutors with various organizations in Baltimore to provide educational support to veterans, children and incarcerated men and women in the city.
Arguably known as the central landmark of the Homewood campus, Gilman Hall is often regarded as the first major academic building on Homewood campus. Construction commenced on Gilman Hall in 1913, and the $509,063 project — equivalent to $10 –11 million dollars in 2023 — was completed in 1915. Offices moved in the summer of that year.
Faculty members from the Center for Africana Studies (CAS) plan to submit a proposal to the University requesting the departmentalization of Africana Studies. If accepted, the new department will have the ability to hire faculty members independently and support doctoral degrees in Africana Studies.
Members of the University’s student-led Marshal L. Salant Investment Team spoke about the real-world experiences they gained as part of the team.
At its weekly general body meeting on Feb. 28, the Student Government Association (SGA) heard presentations about the University’s new Behavioral Health Crisis Support Team (BHCST) and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s upcoming climate survey. They also discussed the forthcoming Student Resources List as well as the Health, Safety and Sustainability (HSS) Committee’s recent Meat the Future Movie Night. SGA received funding requests for the Puerto Rican Student Association’s (PRSA) Roast Off event and the Menstrual Hygiene Gap event.
Elly Ren is a 2021 Hopkins alum currently working as the program coordinator at the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition (FFAC). In an interview with The News-Letter, she discussed her interests in sustainability and renewable energy, touching on her experiences of foraging at Hopkins and advocating for better food systems.
Ada Ferrer gave a talk in a Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Lecture on Feb. 23. At the event, titled “Writing Between Personal and International History: Cuba: An American History,” Ferrer recounted her journey as a writer and a historian.
Ching Kwan Lee kicked off this semester’s East Asian Studies Speaker Series with her talk, “Was Hong Kong 2019 a ‘Revolution of Our Times’?” on Feb. 23. The event was co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology and International Studies and was the first of five events featuring prominent scholars across the fields of sociology, political science, international studies and anthropology.
Stephen Vaisey, a professor of sociology and political science at Duke University, gave a talk titled "How Common is Opinion Change? Evidence from a 17-Wave Panel Dataset" on Feb. 22. He outlined his framework of cultural change and its connections to the field of sociology.
The Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly general body meeting on Feb. 21 to rehearse a presentation several members will give to the Hopkins Board of Trustees on March 3. Director of Social Affairs sophomore Milton Diaz also provided updates on the status of the SGA website, which is in the process of being updated.
The Foreign Affairs Symposium (FAS) and the International Studies Leadership Council (ISLC) cohosted retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Mark Hertling for a lecture on Ukraine on Feb. 21. This was the second event in this year’s “Paradigm Shift” symposium series.
The Foreign Affairs Symposium (FAS) hosted American civil rights and abortion activist Heather Booth on Feb. 17 to discuss organizing for reproductive rights.
The University announced the launch of the Nexus Awards in an email to affiliates on Feb. 17. The awards provide $15 million in support of faculty-led proposals for research, courses and convenings at the University’s new academic building at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C.
The Peabody Institute was founded by George Peabody as a cultural institution for the citizens of Baltimore in 1857. Today, the George Peabody Library houses Special Collections, hosts private and public events and ensures that its materials are accessible through public engagement programming and the digitization of collections.