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Gbotokuma emphasized the benefits of linguistically diverse environments.

Speaker touts benefits of world language skills

December 5, 2019

Zekeh Gbotokuma, an associate professor of philosophy at Morgan State University, gave a lecture titled “Cosmoportism: ‘UniverCity’ and International Competency Through Multilingualism” at the Charles Village Bird in Hand on Monday, Nov. 25. 


Students march alongside Douglass Homes residents

November 21, 2019

On Saturday, residents of Douglass Homes, a public housing complex near Hopkins Hospital, protested the University’s alleged interest in purchasing the complex and the potential introduction of the Johns Hopkins Police Department (JHPD) into the community. 

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Attendees protested potential JHPD presence in Douglass Homes.

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J Street U brought four members of Breaking the Silence to campus.

Israeli Defense Force vets reflect on their service

November 21, 2019

The Hopkins chapter of J Street U — a pro-peace organization on college campuses advocating for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict — hosted a panel discussion titled “Our Soldiers Break the Silence” on Wednesday. The panel was comprised of four American Jewish veterans of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF): Becca Strober, Maya Eshel, Jacob Portman and Benzi Sanders. 


College Democrats bring city politician to campus

November 21, 2019

Zeke Cohen, a Hopkins alum and councilman for Baltimore City’s First District, visited Hopkins this Tuesday to speak with the College Democrats at Hopkins about his upcoming re-election campaign and the policies he is currently working toward.


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Nabourema recounted her efforts fighting for democracy in the West African nation of Togo.

MSE welcomes Togolese activist to Homewood

November 21, 2019

The Milton S. Eisenhower (MSE) Symposium hosted democratic activist Farida Nabourema on Wednesday to discuss her work creating systemic political change in Togo. The event, part of MSE’s “Butterfly Effect” series, was co-sponsored by the Foreign Affairs Symposium and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute. 


How is Hopkins involved in nuclear arms research?

November 21, 2019

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) released a report earlier this month titled “Schools of Mass Destruction: American Universities in the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Complex.” The report identifies Hopkins as one of the universities involved in the development and maintenance of nuclear weapons in the U.S. 

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The Hopkins Applied Physics Lab is located far from the Homewood Campus, in Laurel, Md.

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Refuel Our Future plans to demonstrate every Friday to support divestment.

Refuel Our Future holds first Fossil Free Friday

November 21, 2019

Refuel Our Future (Refuel) held the first Fossil Fuel Friday demonstration from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the steps of Gilman Hall last Friday. The group said that it will continue holding such demonstrations weekly until the University divests itself from the fossil fuel industry. 


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Symposium on the Amazon hosts NASA scientist

November 21, 2019

The International Studies Program and the Portuguese Language Program hosted Douglas Morton, the Chief of the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center at the Third Annual Symposium on Brazil this Tuesday. 


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

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.


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.


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. 

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

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

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. 


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.


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Alum Porochista Khakpour was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

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.