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September 20, 2020

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COURTESY OF MIRI CAZES
Graduate student Giacomo Loi presented a talk on history and myths.

Lecture ties Greek mythology to Jewish history

Giacomo Loi hosted a seminar that connected Greek mythology to the Jewish tradition at Hopkins Hillel last Thursday. Loi is pursuing a PhD in the Department of Classics and has spent time all over Europe and Israel. 


COURTESY OF JACKIE RITTENHOUSE
Curator Lowery Stokes Sims presented on Elizabeth Catlett’s artwork.

Museum welcomes Univ. affiliates for Hopkins Day

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture hosted Hopkins Day on Saturday, offering all University affiliates free admission. Renowned curator Lowery Stokes Sims presented on the exhibition on artist Elizabeth Catlett, explaining the relationships between Catlett’s artwork and black and Latin American history.


COURTESY OF GRETA MARAS
Students from two different cultural groups discuss their similarities.

Latinx and Asian student groups celebrate identities

The Inter-Asian Council and Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority Inc. hosted an event between the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) and Latinx communities on Tuesday. These groups convened to facilitate a conversation led by group speakers about the overlap and interaction between APIDA and Latinx identities. 




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Hopkins students figure out how to balance their love lives with their homework.

Navigating romance and relationships at Hopkins

As Valentine’s Day approaches, many Hopkins students are reflecting on their love lives and relationships (or lack thereof). Hopkins Professor of Sociology Andrew Cherlin remarked last year on recent trends that have pushed marriage — and serious relationships — further down the timeline, as college students choose to focus on personal fulfillment and their academics instead. Six students spoke with The News-Letter about the feasibility and desirability of relationships at Hopkins and got candid about dating, hook-ups and their Valentine’s Day plans.


COURTESY OF MICHELLE LIMPE
Dr. Dzirasa spoke about the importance of prioritizing mental health.

Public Health class hosts Commissioner of Health

The University hosted Baltimore City’s Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa on Tuesday, Feb. 11 as a special guest lecturer in Professor Philip Leaf’s Public Health and Well-Being in Baltimore class. Dzirasa discussed the role of the Baltimore City Health Department in addressing public health crises as well as some of her plans for future health projects.


SGA passes amendments intended to decrease student apathy

At the Student Government Association (SGA)’s weekly meeting on Tuesday, Senior Class Senator Chase McAdams introduced the Senators and Student Organizations Pairing Act. In accordance with the bill, SGA’s Committee on Student Organizations (CSO) will pair each one of eight student groups with a senator. 




Hillel explores Judaism and politics of Zionism

Juniors Michael Leff and Kim Robins co-facilitated the discussion event “Political Zionism and Anti-Semitism” at Hopkins Hillel on Monday night. The event, the first in a planned series of events on statehood and Zionism, was sponsored by the Tikvah Fund.


COURTESY OF VICTOR SUN
Students appreciated learning about the recent historical context of Latin.

Visiting professor talks Aztec use of Latin language

Andrew Laird, the John Rowe Workman Distinguished Professor of Classics and Humanities at Brown University, gave a presentation titled “Aztec Latin: Renaissance Education and Native Traditions in 16th-Century Mexico” on Thursday, Feb. 6. The talk was the 34th Annual James W. Poultney Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the Classics Department.  



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Some professors raised questions about how TAC will affect diversity.

Will the new tenure process hurt academic freedom?

For years, the task of managing the tenure process at Hopkins has been the responsibility of each individual campus. However, on Jan. 10, the Board of Trustees unanimously endorsed the proposal to create a Tenure Advisory Committee (TAC) to oversee tenure cases across all tenure-granting schools within the university.


COURTESY OF RYAN AGHAMOHAMMADI
J Street U and HopDems members reacted to Trump’s peace plan.

Do students support Trump’s Israel-Palestine peace plan?

The Hopkins chapter of J Street U co-hosted a discussion on U.S. President Donald Trump’s Israel/Palestine peace plan with Hopkins College Democrats (HopDems) on Wednesday night. J Street U is a grassroots organizing branch of J Street, an organization focused on achieving a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 


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University seeks input from students on changes to finals schedules.

Hopkins to standardize the academic calendar

In an email to the student body on Friday, the University announced that it would be implementing changes to the academic calendar in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 and seeking student input on proposed finals schedules.


COURTESY OF CLAIRE GOUDREAU

SGA opens applications for new student groups

In an email to the student body on Wednesday, the Student Government Association (SGA) announced that it has opened its application period for new student organizations. Last September, SGA did not accept applications for new student groups, while the group’s Committee on Student Organizations (CSO) worked with the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement (SLI) to examine student groups’ practices, missions, funding and other criteria. 


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