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Student activists talk socialist feminism

March 7, 2019

In light of the upcoming International Women’s Day, Haley Swenson, a member of the International Socialist Organization (ISO), as well as Heba Islam of #JHToo, hosted “Feminism for the 99%” to discuss the future of socialist feminism and political ...

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Panelists addressed the intersection of feminism and socialism today.

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Career Center to appoint school-specific directors

March 7, 2019

The Career Center recently announced plans to appoint additional directors to provide specialized career advice for students. There will be two new directors of career services, one for the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences and one for the Whiting School of Engineering, and each will oversee between six to eight assistant directors. These assistant directors will provide career services and opportunities to students within a specific set of departments. 


University unveils plans to build a student center

March 7, 2019

University President Ronald J. Daniels announced on Tuesday evening that the school will be building a student center where the Mattin Center is currently located. At the end of the Shriver Hall reopening ceremony Daniels invited attendees to a celebration at the Beach that included food trucks, live music and seesaws. At the celebration, Daniels announced the student center project. 

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Daniels announced plans to construct a student center at the Shriver reopening ceremony.

Exhibit examines life of George Washington

March 7, 2019

The Homewood Museum is displaying The Many Faces of George Washington, a special exhibit that aims to explore the story behind George Washington’s legacy and persona. The exhibit is on loan from the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History with other items from regional museums and the University’s Special Collections.


Wong Fu Productions opens Asian/Pacific Heritage Month

March 7, 2019

March 1 marked the beginning of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration (APHC) at Hopkins — a month dedicated to recognizing and reflecting on Asian-American and Pacific Islander narratives throughout United States history.

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Members of Wong Fu productions spoke about how Asian representation in film has improved.

Scholars explore personal life of Frederick Douglass

March 7, 2019

John Muller, author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C., and Ida Jones, archivist at Morgan State University, presented new research on Frederick Douglass at the Enoch Pratt Free Library on Thursday, Feb. 28. The research centered around Douglass’ experiences as a young man in Baltimore and sought to fill in narrative holes regarding his life. 


Hopkins students organize for Youth Climate Strike

March 7, 2019

As a part of the international movement against climate change, young people around the world have joined the Youth Climate Strike. According to The Guardian, students from over 50 countries will walk out of school on March 15, aiming to draw attention to the global climate crisis.

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The Youth Climate Strike advocates for policy surrounding climate change.

#JHToo members organized a protest at the end of this past semester.

#JHToo seeks to revoke accused professor’s tenure

February 28, 2019

#JHToo, a coalition of student activists organizing against sexual violence at Hopkins, started a letter-writing campaign on Monday to pressure administrators to revoke Anthropology Professor Juan Obarrio’s tenure. In May 2018 Obarrio was accused of sexually assaulting a visiting graduate student. 


Wendy Osefo gives Black History Month Keynote Address

February 28, 2019

Wendy Osefo gave a Black Heritage Celebratory Keynote Address on Wednesday in Charles Commons. Osefo is a Nigerian-American political commentator, television personality and assistant professor at the School of Education. Additionally, she founded The 1954 Equity Project, LLC which is a community-building project that serves underrepresented minority students in higher education. 

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Wendy Osefo discussed the importance of remembering black history.

Sociologist says Green New Deal should cover housing

February 28, 2019

Daniel Aldana Cohen, an associate professor of Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, discussed the intersection of climate change and inequality at Red Emma’s on Wednesday. The talk, titled “A Green New Deal, from the Left,” focused on the potential impact of climate change on housing in the U.S.

Daniel Aldana Cohen argued that the Green New Deal could do more.

Prof. examines history of Chesapeake Bay maps

February 28, 2019

Christian J. Koot, chair of the history department at Towson University, gave a presentation on his newly released book, A Biography of a Map in Motion: Augustine Herrman’s Chesapeake on February 27. He spoke at the George Peabody Library, where August Herrman’s map is on display as part of an exhibition titled “Maryland, from the Willard Hackerman Map Collection.”


SGA talks Univ. police and sexual violence

February 28, 2019

Student Government Association (SGA) members signed a letter to the Homewood Academic Council at their weekly meeting on Tuesday. The letter demanded the revocation of Anthropology Professor Juan Obarrio’s tenure following Obarrio being accused of sexually assaulting a visiting graduate student in May. 


Alison Kysia discussed Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf’s refusal to stand during the national anthem.

JHUMA examines intersection of black and Muslim identities

February 28, 2019

Teaching for Change’s Alison Kysia led a discussion titled “The Story of Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf” on Monday. Teaching for Change is a D.C. nonprofit organization promoting social justice initiatives through educational outreach in schools. The event featured a partial screening of By the Dawn’s Early Light: Chris Jackson’s Journey to Islam, followed by an interactive conversation about black and Islamic representation in media. The Johns Hopkins University Muslim Association (JHUMA), the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Department of Islamic Studies co-hosted the event.


HopkinsLocal targets hire, buy and build as areas to increase investment.

How do HopkinsLocal investments impact the city?

February 28, 2019

Johns Hopkins University and Health System wields significant economic power in Baltimore. As of 2014, it holds property in the city worth almost $50 billion, employs tens of thousands of local residents and has paid about $10 million to the city in payments in lieu of taxes since 2010. Yet with 22.1 percent of Baltimore residents living in poverty, many people have scrutinized the disparity between the University’s wealth and the economic hardship experienced in the neighborhoods around many of its campuses.


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Writer explores evolution of black intimate life

February 28, 2019

Saidiya Hartman, writer and professor of African-American literature at Columbia University, discussed her novel, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, at Red Emma’s last Sunday. Hartman has written similar novels addressing the African diaspora, such as Lose Your Mother and Scenes of Subjection. 


Poet Solmaz Sharif shares her writing at FAS

February 28, 2019

Poet Solmaz Sharif spoke about the roles and responsibilities of modern-day political poets as a part of the Foreign Affairs Symposium (FAS) on Monday, Feb. 25. Sharif, a Turkish-born Iranian-American writer and lecturer at Stanford, read from her book Look. The collection of poems details the repercussions of war and exile. The Alexander Grass Humanities Institute co-sponsored Monday’s event.

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Poet Solmaz Sharif discussed her book Look at FAS.

Professors analyze how reading has evolved with technology

February 28, 2019

The Department of Comparative Thought and Literature hosted its biannual graduate student conference titled “Ways of Reading: Beyond, Beneath, and Beside Theory” on Friday and Saturday. The conference explored various methods of reading literary texts and featured speakers from universities across the country.