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May 26, 2020

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Indigenous Peoples’ Day speaker addresses genocide

On Monday, the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and related affinity groups hosted Dennis Seymour as part of the University’s second annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day Pow Wow. Seymour’s keynote presentation centered around the idea of American genocide and took place at the Interfaith Center. 


COURTESY OF GRETA MARAS
US Senator Jim Talent and Professor Gigi Gronvall discussed the threat of bioterror attacks at Thursday's event.

Alexander Hamilton Society hosts bioterror talk

The Hopkins chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS) hosted its first event of the year, a discussion on bioterrorism, titled “Bioterrorism and U.S. Security” last Thursday, Oct. 10. The discussion brought former U.S. Sen. Jim Talent of Missouri and Bloomberg School of Public Health Associate Professor Gigi Gronvall to Gilman Hall. AHS is a national organization that is dedicated to educating students on issues of foreign policy and geopolitics. 


COURTESY OF DEREK MORITZ
A number of organizations in Baltimore aim to help residents find jobs.

SPH professor discusses squeegee kids, poverty

Philip Leaf led a discussion about Baltimore’s so-called squeegee kids at a Flash Seminar in Gilman Hall on Thursday, Oct. 10. Squeegee kids are Baltimore youth who, using squeegees and spray bottles, clean windows and windshields at busy intersections in order to earn money.


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Academic advisors discuss the potential benefits and risks of declaring a pre-major at Hopkins.

How do advisors help students pick majors?

For many, one of the most daunting decisions that comes with college life is choosing a major to pursue for the next four years. While many incoming freshmen matriculate with at least an academic field of interest in mind, many also enter college entirely undecided. Others later end up switching their majors.


COURTESY OF JAKE LEFKOVITZ
Students assembled to celebrate their own and each other's identities and backgrounds.

Caribbean Cultural Society hosts community BBQ

The Caribbean Cultural Society hosted the Rep Your Flag BBQ outside AMR I on Sunday in collaboration with the Black Student Union, the African Students Association, OLÉ and the Hopkins Eritrean and Ethiopian Society. The event encouraged students to embrace their diverse heritages and identities with pride. 


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Professor Rechtman traveled from France to present research at Hopkins.

Anthropologist examines perspectives of genocidal murderers

Professor Richard Rechtman, the director of studies at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, gave a talk on Tuesday as part of the Department of Anthropology’s Colloquium Series. In his talk titled “The Ordinary Life of Genocidal Mass Murderers,” Rechtman, an anthropologist and psychiatrist, discussed behavior during periods of genocide. 


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The Cape Verdean Ambassador to the United States spoke at Hopkins.

Cape Verdean ambassador talks African partnership

Carlos Veiga, Cape Verde’s ambassador to the United States, gave a talk titled “The African Continental Free Trade Area and CPLP Countries” on Monday in Levering Hall. The talk was part of the Portuguese Program Fall Speaker Series and took place in the form of an informal question-and-answer session.


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Student groups complained that Hopkins food options are too meaty.

Students assess dining initiatives at Hopkins

Hopkins Dining is hosting a series of events and initiatives this semester in order to engage the student body. These include cooking classes and a “Dine with the Chefs Dinner” as well as a tour of Redlands Farm in Stevenson, Md.


OMA hosts dinner and Heritage 365 discussion

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) hosted its second Identity Series and Cuisine Night on Tuesday. These dinners, which take place twice a semester, are part of OMA’s new Heritage 365 initiative, which aims to foster inclusion and celebrate cultural heritage for Latinx, African American, Indigenous and Asian American cultures. Black Heritage 365 co-sponsored the event.


COURTESY OF AASHNA SUNDESHA
Directors of three Hopkins organizations discussed novel ways to combat climate change.

Hopkins centers talk interdisciplinary approaches to climate change

The directors of the 21st Century Cities (21CC) Initiative, the Centers for Civic Impact and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute discussed approaches to tackling climate change and other real-world issues at a talk titled “Passion to Action: Three Approaches to Tackling Climate Change” on the Homewood Campus on Monday, Oct. 7.


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SGA members amended their funding guidelines on Tuesday evening.

SGA examines funding and student health needs

The Student Government Association (SGA) held their fourth meeting of the semester this Tuesday in Charles Commons. Members unanimously passed a bill to clarify guidelines for SGA’s funding board, the Student Activities Commission (SAC), and also discussed a bill intended to determine reproductive-health needs on campus. 



COURTESY OF KATERINA FRYE
Magician David London talks Victorian history through a magical lens.

Baltimore magician puts on show to explain Victorian history

Baltimore-based magician David London gave a show featuring Victorian history and illusions at the historical Evergreen Museum & Library on Thursday, Oct. 10. Located between the campuses of the Notre Dame of Maryland University and Loyola College, the Evergreen House is a Johns Hopkins University Museum.


COURTESY OF CALVIN SMITH, JR.
CSO Chair Chase McAdams announced three weeks ago that SGA would not be accepting applications for new student groups. SLI has also been working with CSO to conduct audits on student groups.

Are SGA and SLI supporting student groups?

Three weeks ago, the Student Government Association (SGA) informed students that it would not be accepting new student organization applications this semester. The announcement also mentioned that SGA’s Committee on Student Organizations (CSO) would be working with the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement (SLI) to examine student groups’ practices, missions, funding and other criteria. 


COURTESY OF RYAN AGHAMOHAMMADI
Halpin published a book on the Brotherhood of Liberty’s fight for civil rights.

History professor talks black reconstruction in Baltimore at Red Emma’s

Dennis Halpin, the director of undergraduate studies for Virginia Tech’s history department, spoke about his new book A Brotherhood of Liberty: Black Reconstruction And Its Legacies in Baltimore, 1865-1920 at Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse on Thursday, Oct. 3. Joining him was Reverend Alvin Hathaway, Sr., the current minister of the historic Union Baptist Church in central Baltimore.


Students unwind and relax at Hoptoberfest

Hoptoberfest, a week-long event organized by the student organization of the same name, occurs this year from Sept. 30 until Oct. 4. The annual event is intended to celebrate the start of autumn and relieve some of the stress that students may be feeling on campus. 


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