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Spring 2021 Social Sciences Forum

Please visit our myUMBC group to view these upcoming lecture events and add them to your calendar!

All lectures are free, open to the public, and will be presented online. Captioned recordings will be posted on YouTube.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 4 pm

Gail Elizabeth Wyatt

Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences
at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
University of California, Los Angeles

Getting in Your Pants: Confronting the Lasting Effects of Racism, Sexism, and the Historical Void in HIV Research and Treatment

This presentation will demonstrate how old myths and assumptions about behavior can derail prevention efforts to reduce the rates of HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections and unplanned pregnancies, especially in people of color. Based on over four decades of NIH funded research, Wyatt will discuss strategies that should be adapted to create prevention programs that are culturally congruent, women-centered, and realistic, as well as reasons why changes in policies meet with such resistance.

Organized by the Department of Psychology.

Photo courtesy of Gail Elizabeth Wyatt.

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Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 4 pm

Jennifer C. Nash

Jean Fox O’Barr Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies
at Duke University

‘In the Room’:
Women of Color Doulas in a State of Emergency

“In the Room” explores the work of women of color doulas laboring in Chicago in an era where doulas are increasingly hailed—by the state and by activists—as precisely the innovation that can save black mothers’ lives. Dr. Nash explores the complicated tensions around professionalization and the medicalization of birth that underpins their practice, and considers the place of their work in the ongoing effort to eradicate black infant and maternal mortality.

Korenman Lecture organized by the
Department of Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies.
Co-sponsored by American Studies, Public Humanities, Provost’s Office, Social Work, Africana Studies, Media and Communications Studies, Political Science, i3B, CAHSS Dean’s Office

Photo courtesy of Geoff Martin.

Link to this virtual event coming soon.  



Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Vincent Brown

Charles Warren Professor of American History and Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

 Marjoleine Kars

Associate Professor of History, UMBC

Details coming soon!

Low Lecture organized by the Department of History.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 4 pm

Candace S. Brown

Assistant Professor of Gerontology, Department of Public Health Sciences,
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

The Motivation to Exercise in Age

It is known that maintaining physical function, through activity, is one key to successful aging. Brown will present a session on understanding the role that motivation plays in maintaining an active lifestyle through the lifespan.

Organized by the Erickson School of Aging Studies.
Cosponsored by the UMBC/UMB Doctoral Program in Gerontology and Sigma Phi Omega, UMBC/UMB Chapter

Link to this virtual event coming soon.  

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Tracey Osborne

Associate Professor of Management of Complex Systems,
University of California-Merced

Engaged Scholarship for Climate Justice:
Harnessing the Power of Colleges and Universities in the Age of the Anthropocene

Organized by the Department of Geography and Environmental Systems.

Details coming soon!

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