News & Features


Maryland representative examines the politics of natural hair

November 21, 2019

Delegate Stephanie Smith explored the government’s nationwide efforts to ban hair discrimination in a presentation titled “Politics of Hair,” hosted by Knotty by Nature, a student group on campus that seeks to empower natural hair, in Charles Commons on Tuesday. Smith represents the 45th State Legislative District in the Maryland House of Delegates and serves on the Legislative Black Caucus.

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Smith seeks to protect natural hair rights through anti-discrimination laws.

Daniels to teach an Intersession course

November 14, 2019

University President Ronald J. Daniels announced that he would be teaching a course during Intersession in an interview with The News-Letter on Wednesday. The class, titled “Do Democracies Need Universities?,” is built on the premise that universities support democratic societies by educating students, fostering civic discourse and promoting upward mobility.


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Students expressed concerns about a future lack of future WGS courses.

Students protest end of WGS teaching fellowships

November 14, 2019

Co-Director of the Program for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality (WGS) Todd Shepard announced in a recent email that the University was canceling its long-standing WGS Teaching Fellowships. These fellowships have allowed graduate students in all disciplines to teach undergraduate courses in feminist and queer history and theory. 


Former Clinton advisor speaks on foreign policy

November 20, 2019

The Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium (MSE) brought Jake Sullivan to the University on Wednesday to discuss the most pressing issues in American foreign policy. The lecture was part of a collaboration between MSE and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute. 

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Jake Sullivan served as a senior advisor to both Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden.

Student group features speaker on cybersecurity

November 14, 2019

The University’s chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS) hosted a presentation on cybersecurity threats and U.S. preparedness on Tuesday. The presentation featured James Carafano, vice president of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy. Steven David, professor and director of undergraduate studies for Political Science, acted as the moderator.


Alum presents new book at Hopkins ADA event

November 14, 2019

Hopkins alum Porochista Khakpour visited Homewood Campus to speak about her most recent book, Sick: A Memoir, in Charles Commons on Thursday, Nov. 7. Hopkins Advocates for Disability Awareness (ADA) co-sponsored the event. 

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Alum Porochista Khakpour was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

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Sam’s Canterbury Cafe goes out of business

November 14, 2019

After over two years in business, Sam’s Canterbury Cafe permanently closed its doors on Sunday, Nov. 3. The cafe, located on W. 39th Street and Canterbury Road, provided employment to adults on the autism spectrum.


College Democrats debate College Republicans

November 18, 2019

The College Democrats at Hopkins and the College Republicans at Hopkins held a debate on Monday. Students from both clubs debated the merits of public health care, America’s involvement in the United Nations (UN) and executive orders. 

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The two clubs debated public health care, UN policy and executive orders.

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After Real Food’s campaign, Dining will review its contracts with PepsiCo.

Dining implements changes in response to student groups’ demands

November 14, 2019

This March, Real Food Hopkins, a student organization promoting food justice and sustainability, launched the Pour Out Pepsi campaign. According to Real Food Co-President Katie Smith, PepsiCo has a history of violating human rights, labor laws and sustainability regulations. The group aimed to convince Hopkins Dining to end its exclusivity contract with PepsiCo, which requires that 80 percent of all beverages sold on campus — not just soft drinks — are manufactured by PepsiCo.


FLI students discuss post-graduation success

November 14, 2019

As part of its Food for Thought Dinner Series, the Hopkins First-Generation, Low-Income (FLI) Network hosted a talk called “Post-Graduation Realities from a FLI Perspective” on Thursday, Nov. 7. The Network is part of the University’s mission to help FLI students share their backgrounds and flourish. 

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The FLI event on Tuesday prepared FLI students to use alumni networks.

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Several Hopkins students walked out of class to show their solidarity with DACA recipients.

Dreamers, allies march to protect DACA program

November 14, 2019

Thousands of students across the nation walked out of their classrooms on Nov. 8, four days before the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday over the legality of the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA has allowed nearly 800,000 individuals who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, also known as Dreamers, to apply for work permits and avoid deportation. 


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. 


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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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.