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May 8, 2021

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SAIS professors discuss the impacts of the pandemic on U.S. relations with other countries.

SAIS professors discuss how the pandemic will shape U.S. foreign policy

Professors Hal Brands and Francis Gavin from the Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) discussed the future of U.S. political strategy in light of the COVID-19 pandemic on Oct 15. The event also served as a preview for students interested in their upcoming spring course, Kissinger Seminar on American Grand Strategy.

The University celebrated its third annual Indigenous Peoples Day on Oct. 12. 

Hopkins celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and Indienous Students at Hopkins (ISH) hosted Dennis E. Seymour to deliver a virtual Indigenous Peoples’ Day Evening Lecture on Oct. 12. Seymour is a former Dean Emeritus of the Community College of Baltimore County School of Business, Criminal Justice and Law.


Service club leaders discuss the challenges and advantages of operating during a virtual semester.

Service organizations get creative to continue helping their communities

Once the University decided that the fall semester would be entirely online, student service clubs had to rethink how they could continue helping their community partners. While the virtual format made it easier for some organizations to continue conducting their meetings and tasks over Zoom, others have not been as successful and have even had to put a pause on their club’s activities. 

The Love is Love street mural adorns North Curly Street in Patterson Park.

LGBTQ Life celebrates National Coming Out Day

National Coming Out Day, observed annually on Oct. 11, is a day of awareness to support LGBTQ individuals. It also marks the anniversary of the second major National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.  

In past years, Hoptoberfest featured a week of in-person events and activities.

Students experience first virtual Hoptoberfest

Hoptoberfest, an annual festival by a student organization of the same name, was held virtually for the first time ever from Monday, Oct. 5 to Friday, Oct. 9. The events, intended to relieve stress and celebrate the start of autumn, featured activities including concerts, a baking class and a virtual zoo. 

Former Maryland gubernatorial candidate Krish Vignarajah shared her experience as a female politician.

Former gubernatorial candidate discusses female leadership in politics

The International Studies Leadership Council (ISLC) hosted former Maryland gubernatorial candidate Krish Vignarajah as part of its 2020 Election and Future of American Democracy series in an event titled “Women in Politics” on Oct. 6. ISLC members freshman Alison Bader and sophomore John Strezewski moderated the event.

The Center for Social Concern holds Civic Sessions to introduce students to the Baltimore community.

CSC webinar chronicles Baltimore's history of racism and activism

The Center for Social Concern (CSC) hosted a virtual webinar titled “Baltimore History and Social Justice” as a part of its Civic Sessions on Tuesday, Oct. 6. The session was co-hosted by Gerrod Williamson, a student leadership specialist at the CSC, and Eli Lopatin, assistant director of civic leadership. 

Like classes and student groups, virtual peer services have continued virtually during the fall semester. 

Peer services offered virtually during an online semester

When the University announced that the fall semester would be entirely online, students lives were impacted in almost every way. Freshmen experienced a virtual orientation, students browsed extra-curricular activities in a virtual Student Involvement Fair and clubs and organizations adapted to online-only operations. Likewise, peer services have adjusted their operations to serve students remotely. 

The School of Advanced International Studies’ Dean’s Speaker Series focuses on topics related to international relations.

Retired colonel shares stories of resilience

The School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) featured retired Colonel and SAIS Chief of Staff Craig Osborne as part of its Dean’s Speaker Series on Sept. 30. The event was moderated by SAIS Dean Eliot A. Cohen. 

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