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May 20, 2024

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COURTESY OF ARUSA MALIK
Appiah spoke about the complicated relationship between cultural artifacts and ownership of culture.  

Kwame Anthony Appiah presents on the ownership of cultural artifacts

The Alexander Grass Humanities Institute (AGHI) hosted the 2023 Richard A. Macksey Lecture featuring Kwame Anthony Appiah, a professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University, on March 9. His talk was titled “Who’s Heritage? Preservation, Possession, and Peoples.” This annual lecture honors the late Professor Richard A. Macksey, co-founder of the Humanities Center that is now the Department of Comparative Thought and Literature.


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SGA reflected on the results of the Multimedia Art Showcase, which encouraged undergraduates to share a piece of themselves through art.

SGA passes Hopkins Got Talent Funding Bill

The Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly general body meeting on March 7 to discuss the Roast Off Funding Bill, Portrait for Student Memorial Funding Bill, Hopkins Got Talent Funding Bill, Black Caucus Tabling Funding Bill and the SGA Accessibility Standards Bill. They also presented on the Multimedia Art Showcase Report, Crab Fest presentation and Hopthon tabling. 


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Motion discussed his inspiration for the creation of the poetry archive.

Humans of Hopkins: Sir Andrew Motion

Sir Andrew Motion is a professor of the arts at Hopkins’ Writing Seminars program and an English poet. Motion was the United Kingdom’s Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009 and is the co-founder of the Poetry Archive. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2009.


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Gilman and Remsen Hall circa 1924.

Gilman Hall: Past and present

Arguably known as the central landmark of the Homewood campus, Gilman Hall is often regarded as the first major academic building on Homewood campus. Construction commenced on Gilman Hall in 1913, and the $509,063 project — equivalent to $10 –11 million dollars in 2023 — was completed in 1915. Offices moved in the summer of that year. 




COURTESY OF JIAYI LI 
Ordana emphasised the impact of changing geopolitics on Africa’s energy development. 

EPIC hosts talk on energy transitions in Africa

The Economic Policy Issues Colloquium (EPIC) hosted a discussion titled “Africa’s Energy Transition — Tensions, Viewpoints and Realities” on March 3. The event featured Lily Odarno, the director of Clean Air Task Force’s Energy and Climate Innovation Program, Africa.



COURTESY OF AIMEE CHO
Mazzocco used the example of solar power manufacturing to illustrate China’s increasing power.

Ilaria Mazzocco examines China's growth as an international power

The Aronson Center for International Studies and the International Studies Leadership Council (ISLC) hosted Ilaria Mazzocco to discuss China as an emerging global power on March 3. The lecture was part of the ISLC’s 2023 Speakers Series, “Emerging Threats in the New World Order.” 



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SGA passed a bill providing funding for the Menstrual Hygiene Gap Event.

SGA hears presentation from the Behavioral Health Crisis Support Team

At its weekly general body meeting on Feb. 28, the Student Government Association (SGA) heard presentations about the University’s new Behavioral Health Crisis Support Team (BHCST) and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s upcoming climate survey. They also discussed the forthcoming Student Resources List as well as the Health, Safety and Sustainability (HSS) Committee’s recent Meat the Future Movie Night. SGA received funding requests for the Puerto Rican Student Association’s (PRSA) Roast Off event and the Menstrual Hygiene Gap event.


COURTESY OF ELLY REN
When Ren studied at Hopkins, she would forage for edible flowers and fruits around campus to supplement her diet. 

Humans of Hopkins: Elly Ren

Elly Ren is a 2021 Hopkins alum currently working as the program coordinator at the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition (FFAC). In an interview with The News-Letter, she discussed her interests in sustainability and renewable energy, touching on her experiences of foraging at Hopkins and advocating for better food systems. 



COURTESY OF CATHY WANG
Lee expressed hope for the resilience of Hong Kong’s community despite government repression.

Ching Kwan Lee reflects on Hong Kong protests at East Asian Studies Speaker Series

Ching Kwan Lee kicked off this semester’s East Asian Studies Speaker Series with her talk, “Was Hong Kong 2019 a ‘Revolution of Our Times’?” on Feb. 23. The event was co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology and International Studies and was the first of five events featuring prominent scholars across the fields of sociology, political science, international studies and anthropology. 



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SGA members rehearsed a presentation for the Board of Trustees detailing the organization’s purpose, structure and goals.

SGA prepares Board of Trustees presentation

The Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly general body meeting on Feb. 21 to rehearse a presentation several members will give to the Hopkins Board of Trustees on March 3. Director of Social Affairs sophomore Milton Diaz also provided updates on the status of the SGA website, which is in the process of being updated.



COURTESY OF MATTHEW PETROFF
The George Peabody Library today houses special edition books, including a first edition of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. 

George Peabody Library: Past and present

The Peabody Institute was founded by George Peabody as a cultural institution for the citizens of Baltimore in 1857. Today, the George Peabody Library houses Special Collections, hosts private and public events and ensures that its materials are accessible through public engagement programming and the digitization of collections.


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