News & Features


MSE brings gun control activist to Homewood

September 26, 2019

The Milton S. Eisenhower (MSE) Symposium hosted Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (Moms Demand Action), as the first speaker in their Butterfly Effect series on Wednesday, Sept. 25. 

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Watts discussed moves to engage women in the fight against gun violence.

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The USMCA trade agreement will likely replace the NAFTA agreement.

North American scholars discuss trade agreements

September 26, 2019

Francisco González and Christopher Sands gave a lecture on the Homewood Campus focused on the history and present state of the trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada. González is an associate professor of International Political Economy and Latin American Politics, and Sands is a senior research professor and director of the Center for Canadian Studies, both at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). The event was sponsored by the University’s International Studies Program. 


Is student input shaping design of student center?

September 26, 2019

Last spring, University President Ronald J. Daniels announced plans to construct a student center in the Mattin Center’s current location. Although many students were hopeful that such a building would encourage students to prioritize non-academic aspects of their lives, others expressed concerns regarding the loss of Mattin, which serves as a home for the visual and performing arts on campus and hosts the Swirnow Theater. 

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SCAC hopes that the new student center will be a place all students can make use of.

Psych prof discusses social media and politics

September 29, 2019

Molly Crockett, an assistant professor of psychology at Yale University, spoke about her ongoing research surrounding the role social media plays in people’s experiences with moral outrage. The event was hosted on Monday by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute, an academic and public forum that seeks to strengthen democracy through informed discourse and civic engagement.


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AJR Russell-Wood founded the Program in Latin American Studies.

How did Latin American studies at Hopkins start?

September 26, 2019

The Portuguese Program’s Fall 2019 Speaker Series hosted its first lecture, “Professor AJR Russell-Wood and the Study of History,” on Monday in Hodson Hall. Dr. Franklin Knight, who taught at the University for more than 45 years, gave a talk about the life and work of his colleague, AJR Russell-Wood.


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Student groups, like fraternity Sigma Chi, volunteered in Baltimore.

Students participate in President’s Day of Service

September 26, 2019

The Center for Social Concern (CSC) organized the 11th annual President’s Day of Service (PDOS) last Saturday. The CSC serves as the University’s hub of civic engagement and service for all Hopkins students, housing over 50 student organizations that offer a wide variety of opportunities, ranging from tutoring children to volunteering with local nonprofits.


 
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Hopkins students walked out of classrooms and took to the streets last Friday to demonstrate their support for green energy and divestment. 

Hopkins community rallies for sustainability

September 26, 2019

Climate activists around the world took part in a mass strike on Friday. Refuel Our Future, an environmental activist group on campus, led about 20 Hopkins students to the climate strike in D.C. Speakers protested government inaction and demanded justice for communities of color impacted by pollution, leading thousands of demonstrators from John Marshall Park to the west lawn of the United States Capitol.


Panel covers the future of concentration camps

September 19, 2019

The Program in Racism, Immigration and Citizenship held the first event of its fall speaker series, titled “American Concentration Camps: A Teach-in,” at Levering Great Hall on Friday. The event’s panel featured five speakers who offered insight into migrant detention and its effects, both at the U.S.-Mexico border and throughout the world.


University will not renew its contracts with ICE

September 19, 2019

Hopkins Medicine Senior Director of Public Relations and Corporate Communications Kim Hoppe announced in an email to The News-Letter on Wednesday that the University would not be renewing its contracts with the U.S. Department of Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE). 

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For months, students called for the University to end its contracts with ICE.

Urban anthropologist presents book about mill workers in Mumbai

September 19, 2019

On Tuesday, Professor Maura Finkelstein of Muhlenberg College presented her recently published book, an ethnographic study of the workers operating the last privately owned commercial textile mill in Mumbai, India, as part of the Department of Anthropology’s fall colloquium series.


New Life Design Lab hopes to change career culture

September 19, 2019

The Life Design Lab, previously the Homewood Career Center, is now focusing on allowing students to identify their strong areas of interests and inspiration and experimenting with them to advance their career. This marks a departure from the previous center, which was primarily based around career planning and the job search. 

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The Life Design Lab is intended to change how students think about their career options.

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Prof. Lawrence Brown explained how to conduct ethical humanities research in Baltimore.

Morgan State University professor discusses Baltimore-Hopkins relationship

September 19, 2019

Morgan State University School of Community Health and Policy Associate Professor Lawrence Brown gave a lecture on working in communities as an embedded researcher on Tuesday, Sept. 17. The lecture, which took place in Clark Hall, was part of the Engaged Humanities Speaker series. Brown emphasized the importance of integrating oneself into the community being researched in order to understand the injustices it has experienced.


Performing arts groups report budgetary cuts

September 19, 2019

Many performing arts groups on campus are reporting significant budget cuts this year from the Student Activities Commission (SAC), which is the funding board of the Student Government Association (SGA). 

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Students fear that new budget cuts will impede future arts programming.

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Hopkins students are hosting events focused on political outreach and civic engagement.

What are students doing to promote civic engagement?

September 24, 2019

As it draws closer, the 2020 presidential election has become an increasingly prevalent topic of discussion on campus, with many student groups hosting election-related events. Students shared the various ways they try to engage with both the upcoming election and politics at large.