GRIT-X 2018

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GRIT-X 2018
Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Dance Cube

UMBC hosts its third annual GRIT-X (Global, Research, Innovation, Trends, Excellence) series of engaging lectures on October 13, as part of the 2018 Homecoming celebration, featuring some of the university community’s most fascinating new research and creative work. GRIT-X provides a glimpse at the breadth of programs, impactful research, and thought-provoking topics generated by our faculty, alumni and students, and will take place in three half-hour sessions, each featuring three speakers:

Session 1 — 10 – 10:30 a.m.

Catalytic Filmmaking — Embracing the Power of the Documentary
Richard Chisolm ’82, Interdisciplinary Studies — Documentary Filmmaker and Cinematographer
With the accelerating evolution of video in our lives and our decreasing ability to ascertain what is real and what is not within its contents, we face a crisis of veracity.

STEAMy Videos and X’y Tales — Approaching Math through Narrative
Manil Suri — Distinguished University Professor, Mathematics & Statistics
Teaching mathematics seems to have little to do with telling stories, but what if the two were combined? Could introducing narrative into mathematics instruction improve educational outcomes?

Do Listen to Strangers
Nicole King — Associate Professor and Chair, American Studies
To live in and be a part of a city, you must talk to strangers. Not only must we talk to strangers, we must learn to listen to them.

Session 2 — 10:45 – 11:15 a.m.

The Four Superpowers needed to create a Culture of Conflict Resolution
Deborah Thompson Eisenberg ’91, Political Science — Maryland Carey Law, UMB
We live in times of intense social conflict and political polarization. Some fear that we can no longer talk to each other across various divides or resolve our conflicts peacefully. Does this high conflict culture portend dangerous times ahead for our communities, courts and democracy itself?

The Princess and the Glass Cliff(er) — An Exploration of Gender and Race in Animation
Kimberly Moffitt — Director and Associate Professor, Language, Literacy & Culture, and Affiliate Associate Professor, Africana Studies
The “Glass Cliff” suggests that women and people of color often secure high-level leadership opportunities when an organization is “in decline, is currently in crisis, or is at a high risk of failing.” Upon relative stability, corporations generally return to the status quo, filling those leadership positions with individuals who are expected to serve in that capacity. But what might the “glass cliff” look like when considered in the world of animation?

Material Motion — Resurrecting Cinema’s Forgotten Ancestry
Eric Dyer ’95, Visual Arts — Associate Professor, Visual Arts
After years as an animator to produce images for the screen at a computer, Eric Dyer was longing to get his hands back on the actual work. He resurrected the zoetrope, a cylindrical 19th century animation device that brings a sequence of images to life when spun.

Session 3 — 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Suicide Led the Way — A New Set of Lenses creates the Change
Diane Bell McKoy ’73, Sociology and Social Work — CEO, Associated Black Charities of Maryland
Changing the economic conditions in cities like Baltimore will require a host of investments ranging from the growth of industry, rebuilding physical environments, deeper investments in public education, affordable housing and greater opportunities for human capital growth. If this economic resurgence is possible for Baltimore, it will benefit all of its citizens regardless of race.

Inscribing the Race — Sickled Cells, Science, and Society
Shawn Bediako — Associate Professor, Psychology
Recent technological breakthroughs have transformed our scientific thinking about health and disease. Despite these advances, certain notions of health and disease remain firmly entrenched among medical researchers. Why do such ideas persist? How do they effect the practice of biomedical science?

Robotic Journeys — A Quest for Independence
Kavita Krishnaswamy ’07, Computer Science and Mathematics; Ph.D. ’19, Computer Science — Graduate Student
The modern era has seen an increase in the use of robotics and assistive technologies, which open the doors of accessibility to people with disabilities and seniors. By developing abilities and problem-solving skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, we can tackle challenges in healthcare through innovation and technological advancement to benefit society today.


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Admission is free, and the program are open to the public.

If you plan to attend, please register here.


Plan your visit

UMBC is located about 10 minutes south of the Inner Harbor along I-95. For this event, free visitor parking is available in Lot 8, directly adjacent to the Performing Arts and Humanities Building, where the Dance Cube is located on the third floor.

(If you’re planning to enjoy other Homecoming events, simply follow the parking signs that will be situated throughout the campus.)

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