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Visiting professor discusses the monsters of the Bible

November 7, 2019

On Monday, Esther Hamori, an associate professor of Hebrew Bible at Union Theological Seminary in New York, presented the 2019 Samuel Iwry Lecture on "The Biblical God and His Entourage of Monsters" for the Department of Near Eastern Studies. 


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First-generation and limited-income students reflect on their experiences at Hopkins so far ahead of the FLI Network’s celebration of National First-Generation College Student Day on Friday, Nov. 8.

How is the University supporting FLI students?

November 7, 2019

“Unfortunately, I cannot say that during my time at Hopkins I have felt supported as a [First-Generation, Limited-Income (FLI)] student by the University as a whole. Over time, the University has started to recognize the struggles that FLI students face, but it has been a slow process to correct these issues.”


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Is Hopkins supporting its growing FLI and international student population?

November 7, 2019

We all remember our first week of freshman year. Nervous and cautious, we moved into our dorms, met our roommates and wandered around campus and Baltimore for the first time.  For many of us, the transition to college life was difficult. For first-generation, limited-income (FLI) students and international students, however, that transition can be even more complex. The University has made commendable efforts to provide additional support. We question, however, whether it has done enough. 


FastForward U supports early stage student ventures

November 7, 2019

In September, FastForward U (FFU) selected 10 student groups for the Spark track of its accelerator program. In addition to funding, the program provides mentorship and programming for student entrepreneurs through weekly workshops held by local entrepreneurs. The Spark track is for groups which are in the early stages of their venture. 

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The FastForward U Spark program is for early-stage student ventures.

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Ibram X. Kendi discussed how language plays a large role in antiracism.

Ibram X. Kendi speaks at Baltimore Book Festival

November 7, 2019

The Baltimore Book Festival, an annual celebration of literary work in Maryland, took place on Nov. 1-10. Baltimoreans lined up at Inner Harbor to attend talks, book signings, bookseller tents and readings by various authors on a plethora of topics: from social justice activism, science fiction and romanticism to children’s classics.


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Zhang presented research on a plan for WWII-era Jewish resettlement in his home province in China.

Senior’s research sheds new light on Chinese plans for Jewish resettlement

November 7, 2019

Sheng Zhang, a senior majoring in international studies, presented his research on the Chinese government’s attempt to create a settlement for Jewish refugees during World Word II — specifically the Yunnan Plan — and the factors that led to its failure on Tuesday. Zhang is the 2019 recipient of the John Koren Award for Holocaust Research and Education, which is granted annually to an undergraduate student researching the Holocaust. 


Women Faculty Forum hosts event on gender equity

November 7, 2019

The Women Faculty Forum (WFF) at Homewood held Where We Stand, an event which included a series of presentations and small group discussions that explored the topics of gender equity and community, on Monday.

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Karen Fleming discussed the phenomenon of the leaky STEM pipeline.

Professor discusses the use of TriBeam

November 7, 2019

The Department of Mechanical Engineering hosted its 25th Annual James F. Bell Memorial Lecture in Continuum Mechanics on Oct. 31. This year, professor Tresa M. Pollock from the Materials Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, delivered a talk regarding the implications of the new TriBeam technology on characterizing alloys, entitled “At the Crossroads of Additive Manufacturing, Analytics and Advanced Materials.”

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New materials are required for advancements within scientific fields.

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Students are known to study day and night in the Milton S. Eisenhower Library and in Brody Learning Commons.

We need to talk about our competitiveness

November 7, 2019

I remember asking the student tour guide when I visited Hopkins as an accepted student: “Is Hopkins a competitive school?” The tour guide answered: “It is a common myth that Hopkins is competitive, but that’s not true! I know that a lot of people collaborate and cooperate....” After this, I started to wonder whether the University’s competitiveness is a myth or a reality. 


There is a new fight for fossil fuel divestment at Hopkins

November 11, 2019

Refuel Our Future, the University’s student-run divestment organization, is starting Fossil Free Fridays, a weekly strike on Fridays going off of the national Fridays For Future (FFF) climate strike movement. Instead of protesting for climate justice and a Green New Deal, which is the basis of the fight for the youth FFF movement, Refuel will protest for fossil fuel divestment, a fight that the organization has been trying to win for a few years. 

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Members of Refuel Our Future at their first DivestFest event in September 2019.

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Research cluster helps bridge disparate ideas of indigenous literature studies and conservation

November 7, 2019

The Office for Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creativity Activity (URSCA) launched a new initiative to foster dialogue across and beyond the humanities: the Humanities Research Clusters. Each cluster examines a theme through the lens of specialties as seemingly unrelated as indigenous literature studies and conservation ecology, such as the Postcolonialism Ecocriticism Interdisciplinary Research Cluster.