In February, international studies majors had the opportunity to meet Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born activist, politician, and writer, whose book, Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now, aims to reframe the discussion about Islam, violence, and human rights.
Eyes on Baltimore
Under the direction of Howard Ehrenfeld, photographer and instructor at the Johns Hopkins Center for Visual Arts, freshmen explored Baltimore through the eye of a camera as part of the Intersession course Seeing Baltimore with a Camera—Beyond Tourism. The course helps students navigate Baltimore and gain access to civic and cultural resources.
The Apocalypse, a vibrant floor-to-ceiling mural on the second floor of Levering Hall, looks a little brighter these days, thanks to a recent restoration effort led by the original artist, Bob Hieronimus, and a team of hired artists. Created in 1968 for what was then known as Chester’s Place, a coffee shop and music venue named for Chaplain Chester Wickwire, the room is now used for the JHU Tutorial Project.
We Like Spike
Filmmaker Spike Lee, whose acclaimed films, including Do the Right Thing and Jungle Fever, have challenged assumptions about race and prejudice, is this year’s commencement speaker at the Johns Hopkins University ceremony to be held at the Royal Farms Arena on May 18.
Now Hear This
Students in Associate Professor of Anthropology Anand Pandian’s course called Ecological Anthropology collected noises that represented a day in the life of Hopkins students to create “You Are Hear,” a small-scale exhibit displayed on the Q-Level of MSE as an homage to Hopkins and its Baltimore surroundings.
This spring, Johns Hopkins launched a new youth filmmaking program in Baltimore City. Made possible by a $1.6 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Baltimore Youth Documentary and Film Arts Program will allow students and young adults from city neighborhoods to document their world on film.