Spotlight: Humanities Forum


A Lord, a Pauper, and an Artist: Putting People Back into Samurai History

Constantine N. Vaporis, Professor of History and Affiliate Faculty in Asian Studies and Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies, UMBC

4 p.m., Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
(In-person with simultaneous streaming via

Weaving the biographies of samurai from across Japan—including a lord, an impoverished vassal, and an artist—Constantine Vaporis tells the story of how the samurai changed from largely illiterate warriors tied to the land to an urban, cultured, and largely salaried, bureaucratic elite with a proud martial tradition.

Sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities, the Asian Studies Program, and the Department of History.