Spring 2013

Visual Arts
January 28 – March 24
Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
In the first survey of contemporary Iranian photography to travel to the United States, Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran features 20 of Iran’s most celebrated photographers who use the camera as a tool for cultural expression and self-exploration. The exhibition offers a glimpse into the aspects of existence—family, history, place, mortality, language, memory—that engage us all. These photographers offer a poignant reminder that at the center of political turmoil there can be humanity, and that a keen eye tuned to the tensions of modern life need not be blind to its poetry. Organized by the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art and the University of Minnesota, Department of Art, this exhibition introduces some of Iran’s most celebrated photographers to American audiences.
Iran has long distinguished itself with the spectacular quality and international presence of its visual art and film. With the backdrop of increasing attention given to the art and culture of Iran and the current political crisis in that part of the world, an exhibition with this focus is most timely. In expressing their many different visions of their world, these artists offer a look at both private and public realms. Their perspectives contradict the way many foreign photographers typically capture Iran on film as purely exotic.
The exhibition will feature works by artists including Shokoufeh Alidousti, offering self-portraits and family photographs exploring both cultural and female identity; Esmail Abbasi, who draws on Persian literature for his subject matter with contemporary notes on the present circumstances in Iran; Shahriar Tavakoli, who focuses on his family history through a series of portraits capturing the subtleties and mood of the Iranian family; Koroush Adim and his Revelation series and Shahrokh Ja’fari whose use of unusual spacial rendering in depicting the veiled figure demands that the viewer look harder and think harder about what can be revealed through the visual.
Photo: Untitled, 26 x 38 inches, silver gelatin print, Yahya Dehghanpoor.
Tuesday, February 19
Hadi Gharabaghi, Artist Lecture
5:30 pm, Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
Artist and UMBC alum, Hadi Gharabaghi will speak about the photographs in Persian Visions, granting insight into the appearance of some of the cultural, historic and religious symbolism and imagery depicted. His lecture will also touch upon the way in which the current political climate in Iran affects practicing artists. This event is free and open to the public.
The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 12 noon to 4pm, on Thursday until 8 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 1-5 pm. Admission is free. For more information call 410-455-2270.
Persian Visions was developed by Hamid Severi for the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Iran, and Gary Hallman of the Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota and is toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington D.C.
This exhibition was made possible in part by the ILEX Foundation, University of Minnesota McKnights Arts and Humanities Endowment and the Department of Art, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota.

Anne Rubin Talk
Wednesday, February 6
“Southern Belles and Brother Masons:  Stories of Sherman’s March,” Anne Rubin, associate professor of history
4 pm, Administration Building, Room 711
Sponsored by the Department of History
Rubin is an expert on the Civil war and the creator of Mapping Memory: Sherman’s March and America.
The talk is part of the history department’s faculty seminar series.

Humanities Forum
Wednesday, February 6
Manil Suri, Profesor of Mathematics and Statistics, UMBC, and Best-Selling Author
“Book Presentation: The City of Devi
7 pm, Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
Humanities Forum
Sponsored by the Asian Studies Program with support from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Dresher Center for the Humanities
Award-winning novelist Manil Suri will present the inaugural reading from The City of Devi, a dazzling, multilayered novel that not only encompasses a searing love story but, with its epic reach from quarks to mythology to geopolitics, also encapsulates the fate of the entire world.
Suri will discuss the cultural, religious, and geopolitical issues touched upon in his new book, particularly in the context of India’s future.
About The City of Devi:
As Mumbai empties under the threat of imminent nuclear annihilation, Sarita, a thirty-three-year-old statistician, can only think of one thing: being reunited with Karun, her physicist husband. Why has he vanished? Who is he running from? How will they form the family of three he’s always wanted? To find him, Sarita must journey across the surreal landscape of a near-abandoned city, braving gangs of competing Hindu and Muslim hoodlums. Joining her is Jaz—nominally a Muslim, but whose true religion has always been sex with other men. Danger lurks around every corner, but so does the incongruous and the absurd: the patron goddess Devi ma has even materialized on a beach to save her city from harm. Sarita’s search leads her to this beach, thrusting her into a trinity so mercurial, so consuming, that it will alter her life more fundamentally than any apocalypse to come. 

Fearlessly provocative, wickedly comedic, and propelled with rocket-fuel energy, The City of Devi exuberantly upends assumptions of politics, religion, sex, and India’s global emergence.
Manil Suri was born in Bombay and is a professor of mathematics and affiliate professor of Asian studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is the author of the novels The Death of VishnuThe Age of Shiva, and The City of Devi. His fiction has won several awards and honors and has been translated into twenty-seven languages. He was named by Time Magazine as a “Person to Watch” in 2000. He is a citizen of both the United States and India.
In addition to his writing, he is involved in several mathematics outreach projects. His research is in the area of finite element methods for partial differential equations.

Thursday, February 7
8pm, Fine Arts Recital Hall

The innovative music ensemble ModernWorks, featuring cellist Madeleine Shapiro, accordionist Bill Schimmel and violinist Airi Yoshioka, performs a program entitled “Strange Acquaintances” for an evening of contemporary music. ModernWorks consists of a core of some of New York City’s most prominent performers of new music. The ensemble is a member of The New York Consortium for New Music and has appeared in New York on Sonic Boom 6, 8, 9, the festival’s 10th anniversary marathon at The Knitting Factory, and Sonic Boom 11. ”Strange Acquaintances” will feature:

  • Stille Szenne (1991) by Wolfgang Rihm
  • Apparitions (2006) by Phillipe Hersant
  • Spiral Jetty (2006) by Anthony Cornicello
  • Grito del Corazon (2005) by Judith Shatin
  • Silenzio (1991) by Sofia Gubaidulina
Called a “cello innovator” by Time Out New York, Madeleine Shapiro is a recognized figure in the field of contemporary music. She directs ModernWorks and performs as a solo recitalist throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America. Her work has been called “focused and cohesive” (Time Out New York), “powerful and commandingly delivered” (The Strad) and “played with great skill and sensitivity” (The Washington Post). ModernWorks’ most recent CD was chosen by The New York Times as one of the best CDs of 2009. Shapiro’s awards include three Encore Awards from the American Composers Forum, and a Barlow Award; first prize in Adventurous Programming awarded by ASCAP-Chamber Music America. She is a three time Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome.

Regarded as the world’s greatest accordionist by National Public Radio, Bill Schimmel has performed with virtually every major symphony orchestra in America (and the Kirov), including a longstanding relationship with the Minnesota Orchestra, as well as virtually every chamber music group in New York, including Ensemble Sospeso and the Odeon Jazz Ensemble. Pop star colleagues range from Sting to Tom Waits, who proclaimed, “Bill Schimmel doesn’t play the accordion, he is the accordion.” He is founder of the Tango Project, which, in addition to his hit recordings with them, has appeared with Al Pacino in the film: Scent of a Woman. The Tango Project also won the Stereo Review Album of the Year Award, received a Grammy nomination and rose to number one on the Billboard classical charts. Schimmel can be heard in the films True Lies, Kun Dun and many others, including those for which he both scored and performed, and a series of films for the Nature Conservancy.

Airi Yoshioka has concertized throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Canada as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. She is the founding member of Damocles Trio and Modigliani Quartet and has performed and recorded with the members of Emerson, Brentano and Arditti Quartets. An enthusiastic performer of new music, she is a principal member of Continuum, ModernWorks, Son Sonora, Azure, Ensemble Pi and RUCKUS ensembles. She has recorded for New World, Claves, Mode, Albany and Pony Canyon records. Yoshioka is an associate profess of Music at UMBC.

$7 general admission, $3 seniors, free for students, free with a UMBC ID. To order tickets in advance with a credit card, purchase online through MissionTix.

Thursday – Saturday, February 7 – 9
Baltimore Dance Project
8pm, Performing Arts and Humanities Building Theatre

Baltimore Dance Project returns to UMBC for its 30th year, featuring the creative work of Doug Hamby and Carol Hess, associate professors of Dance at UMBC. Expanding dance with visually stunning, inter-disciplinary and collaborative works, Baltimore Dance Project brings together dancers, visual artists and live musicians, and features dances with interactive sound, video and spoken text.
The program will feature several works, including two with award-winning performer and UMBC instructor Sandra Lacy, and two world premieres:

  • “If I Told Him,” premiere. A dancer creates a compelling and theatrical event as he dances, recites poetry by Gertrude Stein and manipulates a rope stretched across the stage.
  • “Common Axis,” premiere, created in collaboration with artist Timothy Nohe. In celebration of the company’s 30th anniversary, Hamby, Hess and Nohe blend movement with video images of notable Baltimore Dance Project works of the past.
  • “Construction #2,” created by Hamby in honor of American composer, John Cage’s centennial year, is a dance set to the music of Cage, performed live by percussionist Tom Goldstein and UMBC Department of Music alumni.
  • Hamby’s “Past/Forward,” is a visually stunning work where today’s dancers perform with beautiful, silent dance films from the 1950′s, originally created by choreographer Helen McGehee.
  • “Once Again,” Sandra Lacy shares the stage with 50 white balloons. A surreal journey into the haunting interior life of a performer, “Once Again” is performed in three sections — “Driven,” “On Display” and “Downward Spiral”– set to the music of Elvis Presley and to the text of Tom Waits.
  • “Out to Play,” choreographed and performed by Sandra Lacy and Adrienne Clancy. A fanciful and fun-loving duet that celebrates the ability to play, take risks and indulge in whimsy, with music composed and performed by Hazmat Modine.

$20 general admission, $10 students and seniors, $7 UMBC students. To order tickets in advance by credit card, purchase online through MissionTix. Patrons who prefer to pay cash or check at will call may make a reservation by calling 410-455-6240.
Photo by Marlayna Demond for UMBC.

Humanities Forum
Wednesday, February 13, 4:00 p.m.
“Race and the Civil Rights Movement in Music and Media:  A Panel Discussion,” Moderator: Kimberly Moffitt, Assistant Professor of American Studies
4 pm, Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
Humanities Forum
marc-newMarc Steiner, Founder, Center for Emerging Media and host of the Marc Steiner Show on WEAA 88.9 FM, NPR member station at Morgan State University
The Center for Emerging Media (CEM) was founded in 2000 as a 501(c)(3) private non-profit corporation. The mission of CEM is to employ all forms of media – including radio, video, and Internet – to produce unique programs addressing issues that affect our world.
musgrove Derek Musgrove, Assistant Professor of History, UMBC
G. Derek Musgrove is the author of Rumor, Repression, and Racial Politics: How the Harassment of Black Elected Officials Shaped Post-Civil Rights America(University of Georgia Press, 2012) which examines black elected officials’ allegations of state and news media “harassment” over the course of the post civil rights period.  Dr. Musgrove has received the 2003-2004 Anne E. Plato predoctoral fellowship at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and the 2007-2008 postdoctoral fellowship in the Center for African American Urban Studies and the Economy at Carnegie Mellon University to support his work.  He received his Ph.D. in U.S. history from New York University in 2005.
michelle scottMichelle Scott, Associate Professor of History, UMBC
Michelle Scott teaches and studies race and ethnicity  in the American experience with emphasis on African American history, black  musical culture, and women’s studies. Professor Scott has contributed to the  Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project volumes 2-4 and the forthcoming Columbia  Guide to African American History, 1939-Present. Professor Scott’s new book, The Realm of a Blues Empress: Blues Culture and Bessie Smith in  Black Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1880-1923 will be published in Summer, 2008. Professor Michelle Scott was awarded an Andrew W.  Mellon Foundation/Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation  Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty for 2005-2006. Professor Scott is also an affiliate faculty member in Gender and  Women’s Studies.
Panel Respondent:
Daphne Harrison, Emerita Professor, Africana Studies, and a founder of the UMBC Humanities Center
moffitt Kimberly Moffitt, Assistant Professor of American Studies, UMBC
Kimberly Moffitt is an assistant professor of American studies whose areas of expertise include hair/body politics and media representations of people of African descent. She is the co-editor of the 2010 book The Obama Effect: Multidisciplinary Renderings of the 2008 Campaign, which places Barack Obama’s candidacy and victory in the context of the American experience with race and the media. Moffitt is a frequent contributor to discussions about race and politics on Midday with Dan Rodricks and the Marc Steiner Show.

Steven E. Landsburg, Professor of Economics, University of Rochester
Social Sciences Forum
Thursday, February 14
“More Sex is Safer Sex: The Unconventional Wisdom of Economics,” Steven E. Landsburg, Professor of Economics, University of Rochester
4 pm, University Center, Room 310
Steven Landsburg’s writings are living proof that economics need not be “the dismal science.” Readers of The Armchair Economist and his columns in Slate magazine know that he can make economics not only fun but fascinating, as he searches for the reasons behind the odd facts we face in our daily lives. In More Sex Is Safer Sex, he brings his witty and razor-sharp analysis to the many ways that our individually rational decisions can combine into some truly weird collective results — and he proposes hilarious and serious ways to fix just about everything. From http://www.landsburg.com/
Co-sponsored by the Charles Koch Foundation

Robert Houston, photographer and For All the World to Hear storyteller

Visual Arts
Friday, February 15
For All the World to Hear: Stories from the Struggle for Civil Rights
10:30am, Fine Arts Recital Hall
For All the World to Hear: Stories from the Struggle for Civil Rights (a companion piece to For All the World to See) is a dynamic humanities project in which approximately a dozen senior citizens from the Baltimore area will tell, write, perform and digitally publish personal stories about their involvement with the struggle for civil rights.  A community outreach program of UMBC’s Center for Art Design and Visual Culture, the project brings diverse seniors together for a series of oral history interviews under the guidance of oral historian and producer/artistic director of Heritage Theatre Artists’ Consortium, Harriet Lynn. This performance is part of the exhibition’s four month tour, November 2012 – Feburary 2013, performing at venues including museums, libraries, parks and college campuses. See the full performance schedule here.
The featured senior performers will work with UMBC to help them translate their stories into a digital video format. The final results will be published on UMBC’s digital storytelling site and distributed online via iTunes U. A short documentary film will record the entire program ending in May 2013 with the web launch of the digital stories.
See a preview of the performance here.
For All the World to Hear was organized by Sandra Abbott in collaboration with Harriet Lynn, and in association with UMBC’s New Media Center. Program partners include The Stoop Telling Series, Eating Together in Baltimore, the Enoch Pratt Free Library, the Jewish Museum of Maryland, Mosaic Center, UMBC, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture and the Senior Citizen Division of Baltimore City Recreation and Parks.
Admission to this event is free.
This project was made possible by a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Maryland Humanities Council.

Untitled, 1997, gelatin silver print, Ebrahim Khadem Bayat.

Visual Arts
Tuesday, February 19
Hadi Gharabaghi, Artist Lecture
5:30 pm, Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
Artist and UMBC alum, Hadi Gharabaghi ’06 will discuss the works currently on display in the Library Gallery exhibition, Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran. Gharabaghi, originally form Tehran, Iran, will speak about the photographs, shedding light on the appearance of some of the cultural, historic and religious symbolism and imagery depicted. The lecture will also touch upon the way in which the current political climate in Iran affects practicing artists.
As a young boy during the Iranian Islamic Revolution of 1979, Hadi Gharabaghi sought refuge in the imaginative world of literature and cinema. Once in the United States, he transformed this enthusiasm into academic work in critical studies and media. Hadi’s experience as a minority –a Baha’i among Shiite Muslims, then a Middle Easterner in the United States– gave him a keen understanding of the values of both assimilation and identity. These themes drive his artistic works.
Hadi Gharabaghi’s background in photography, film, art history, theory and criticism includes a B.A. in Photography from Montgomery College, a B.A. in Visual Art with a concentration in Art History from UMBC, and from numerous exhibitions and educational projects. He is a Jack Cooke Kent Foundation Scholar, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Cinema Studies at NYU where his focus is Iranian film.
This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, February 20
Jeffrey Mumford, Artist Lecture
12 noon, Fine Arts Building, room 011
Local, award-winning composer Jeffrey Mumford speaks about his most recent works.
Mumford’s works have been extensively performed both in the United States and abroad. His most notable commissions include those from the Sphinx Consortium, the Cincinnati Symphony, the National Gallery of Art/Contemporary Music Forum VERGE Ensemble, the Argento Chamber Ensemble, Ole Bohn, the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt (Vienna), the Network for New Music, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Jeffrey Mumford has received numerous fellowships, a Verizon fios promo code, grants, prizes and commissions for his compositions. Some of his awards include the “Academy Award in Music” from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, a Fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, a Fellowship to the Composers’ Conference, Johnson, Vermont and an ASCAP Aaron Copland Scholarship. He was also the winner of the inaugural National Black Arts Festival/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition.

Virginia Lunsford

Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Wednesday, February 20
“Sea Dogs, Buccaneers, and Corsairs: Piracy in the Early Modern Age and Today”
Virginia Lunsford, Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Naval Academy

4 pm, Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Virginia Lunsford is an associate professor of history at the U.S. Naval Academy, specializing in maritime and European history. She holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from Harvard University and is the author of Piracy and Privateering in the Golden Age Netherlands (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) and is currently at work on Dead Men Tell No Tales: A Cultural History of Piracy in the Modern Age, under contract with Routledge.  An expert in maritime history and in the history of piracy, Professor Lunsford has appeared on television for the History Channel production of “Unconventional Warfare” (2002) where she spoke on Sir Francis Drake and the failure of the Spanish Armada in 1588. More recently she was featured, at length, in the History Channel program “True Caribbean Pirates” (2006) as an expert on the buccaneers. In response to the upsurge in Somali piracy, Professor Lunsford has written articles for the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, “Why Does Piracy Work?” (December 2008) and for the Baltimore Sun: “Navy Can’t Do it Alone” (April 2009).

Douglas Owsley, Division Head for Physical Anthropology at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Douglas Owsley, Division Head for Physical Anthropology at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Social Sciences Forum
Wednesday, February 20
“Written in Bone,” Douglas Owsley, Division Head for Physical Anthropology at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
7 pm, The Commons, Skylight Room
Dr. Doug Owsley will be speaking about his interdisciplinary work as a forensic anthropologist, assisting state and federal law enforcement agencies. Cases have included Jeffrey Dahmer’s first victim, recovery and identification of Waco Branch Davidian compound members, the 9-11 Pentagon Plane crash, and exhumation and identification of war dead from the former Yugoslavia. His bioarchaeological and osteological research concerns include: ancient American skeletons like Kennewick Man and the peopling of the New World; demography and health of 17th-century colonists; Civil War military remains including the crew of the H.L. Hunley submarine; iron coffin burials; and analyses of activity patterns, health and diseases of American Indian populations from the Plains and Southwest. Source: http://anthropology.si.edu/anthro_staff.htm.
Petrovich Lecture, co-sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Studies Council of Majors, the Interdisciplinary Studies Program, the Departments of History, Ancient Studies, Anthropology and Sociology, Visual Arts, Biological Sciences, Psychology, the Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture, and the Honors College

Thulani Davis
Thulani Davis

Humanities Forum
Wednesday, February 27
“Blackface Imagery and Its Answers: Stereotyping from the Early Civil Rights Era to the Obama Era,” Thulani Davis, journalist, playwright and author
7 pm, Performing Arts and Humanities Building Theatre
Humanities Forum
Tracing the cycles of call-and-response to generations of repeated, reworked and “reloaded” visual stereotypes of African Americans from their early days in print, regeneration in movies and new life on the internet, Thulani Davis will discuss how to “read” the images of objects designed to “serve” the viewer, such as common kitchen items depicting black faces, and show black responses to such imagery and how they in turn are recycled into new blackface. A global phenomenon, visual stereotypes have been used to promote colonization, immigration, products of all kinds, and the politics of inequality.
Thulani Davis is an interdisciplinary artist who has written poetry, novels, plays, and screenplays. As described on the poet’s website, Davis’s work in all genres “shares a passionate concern with history, justice, [and] African American life and is marked by the journalist’s eye for the uncovered truth.” Her poetry collections include Playing the Changes (1985) and All the Renegade Ghosts Rise (1978).
Raised in Virginia during the 1950s, Davis wrote a memoir, My Confederate Kinfolk: A Twenty-First Century Freedwoman Discovers Her Roots (2006), that explores her family’s racial history during the Civil War era. In addition to poetry publications, Davis’s writing has appeared inthe New York Times,the Nation, Bomb Magazine, Quarterly Black Review, and Ms.
Village Voice staff member for over a decade, Davis is an Buddhist minister and the first female recipient of a Grammy Award for liner notes. She is a graduate of Barnard College and has pursued graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, and New York University, where she has taught in the Department of Dramatic Writing.

Friday, March 1
UMBC Jazz Festival: UMBC Jazz Ensemble with Howard Johnson
7:30 pm, Fine Arts Recital Hall
The UMBC Jazz Ensemble performs under the direction of Matthew Belzer for the 2013 UMBC Jazz Festival, featuring a special guest performance by jazz legend Howard Johnson.
$7 general admission, $3 seniors, free for students, free with a UMBC ID. To order tickets in advance, order online through MissionTix.com.

Saturday, March 2
UMBC Jazz Festival: Maryland All-State Jazz Band
7:30 pm, Fine Arts Recital Hall
The 2013 UMBC Jazz Festival presents the Maryland All-State Jazz Band under the direction of Chris Vadala of the University of Maryland School of Music.
Ticket prices to be determined.

Sunday, March 3
Janice Jackson: Music from the African Diaspora
3pm, Fine Arts Recital Hall

Soprano Janice Jackson performs with pianist/composer Lorna Young-Wright, presenting music from the African Diaspora, and music by Young-Wright and others.
A member of the UMBC Department of Music, Jackson holds a B.A. from UMBC, a Master of Music from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), and an honorary doctorate in Sacred Music from the Eastern Theological Seminary. She has also studied abroad at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.
$7 general admission, $3 seniors, free for students, free with a UMBC ID. To purchase tickets in advance, order online through MissionTix.com.

Thursday, March 7
I Resound: Music By Women Composers
8 pm, Fine Arts Recital Hall
The I Resound Music Concert, presented by I Resound Press, features work by women contemporary composers. The program, performed by UMBC student and faculty pianists, percussionists, flutists and string players, as well as guest musicians, will draw from pieces available from the I Resound Press archive. Works will include:

  • Two Seaming by Jane Rigler
  • Snareway to Heaven by Patrice Repar
  • States by Linda Dusman, performed by UMBC sophomore Nancy Puckett
  • Sweet Sixteen by Ruth Lomon, performed by UMBC freshman Emily Heinz
  • Featuring student conductor Eugene Dorestal, “Volat” from Three Pieces for String Orchestra, by Sofia Kamayianni
  • Immersion by Annea Lockwood
  • “Honey” and “Comb” from Honeybee Works Suite by  Anna Rubin

I Resound Press, created in 2009 by Department of Music faculty member Linda Dusman, specializes in digital access to hand-copied scores of women composers, and operates under the mission of equalizing the level of women composers featured in contemporary music programming. The performance materials by women composers are selected for their imagination, innovation and craft. By providing fast and affordable access to scholars, performers, and the general public, the digital archive facilitates the study and programming of music reflecting the varied experiences that constitute women’s lives.
Admission to this event is free.
Image: I Resound featured composers. Clockwise beginning at top left: Ruth Lomon, Anna Rubin, Sofia Kamayianni, AnneaLockwood, Jane Rigler, Linda Dusman

UMBC Jazz Festival: Faculty Jazz Ensemble
Saturday, March 9
7:30 pm, Fine Arts Recital Hall

The 2013 UMBC Jazz Festival presents a UMBC faculty jazz concert.
$7 general admission, $3 seniors, free for students, free with a UMBC ID. To order tickets in advance, order online through MissionTix.

carole gluck
Carol Gluck

Humanities Forum
Wednesday, March 13
“Past Obsessions: World War II in History and Memory”
Carol Gluck, Distinguished Lecturer, Association for Asian Studies and Department of History, Columbia University
4 pm, Albin O. Kuhn Library, 7th Floor
Humanities Forum
Sponsored by the Asian Studies Program with support from the Department of History and the Dresher Center for the Humanities
More than sixty-five years after it ended, the Second World War remains a contested issue in history and memory. How do examples from Europe, Asia, and North America help us to understand both how public memory operates in contemporary societies and how entrenched national war stories change—or do not change—over time? And what are the challenges posed by the present surge of memory for what we used to call history?
Carol Gluck writes on modern Japan and East Asia,  twentieth-century global history, World War II, and the history-writing and  public memory. At Columbia she has taught undergraduates, graduate students, the 10 top culinary schools in the U.S. and students in the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) for more  than thirty years.
She has contributed to innovations in undergraduate  education at Columbia and around the country, most recently in a four-year  $2-million project on Expanding East Asian Studies (www.exeas.org).  Her PhD students now teach in universities across the United States, Asia, and  Europe.
A prize-winning historian, her most recent book is Words  in Motion: Toward a Global Lexicon, coedited with Anna Tsing (Duke  University Press, 2009). Thinking with the Past: Modern Japan andHistory, will be published by the University of California Press in 2013, and Past  Obsessions: World War II in History and Memory is forthcoming from Columbia  University Press. Her most recent article is “The End of Elsewhere : Writing  Modernity Now,” American Historical Review (June 2011). Her lectures and  conferences this past year included presentations in Leiden, Tokyo, and  universities in the United States. She also moderates a seminar at the Aspen  Institute each summer.
Professor Gluck received her BA from Wellesley in 1962 and  her PhD from Columbia in 1977. She joined the Columbia faculty in 1975.

Thursday, March 14, 7:15 p.m.
“Hugo Chavez: The Man, His Policies, the People of Venezuela, and the Unites States”
7:15 pm, ACIV 219
Sponsored by the department of Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication, the MA program in Intercultural Communication,  the PhD program in Language, Literacy and Culture.
On Tuesday, March 5, Hugo Chávez, the president of Venezuela, died after a long bout with cancer.  Chávez was a strong and popular leader in his country and throughout Latin America.  On the other hand, the United States government saw him as an enemy to be eliminated. In fact, in 2002 the U.S. government backed a failed coup to overthrow him.  Learn about Chávez, his policies, and his friends and enemies at this event.
The film THE ASSASSINATION OF HUGO CHÁVEZ by BBC journalist Greg Palast explores that failed coup attempt, Chávez’s supporters and enemies, and the growing strength of the progressive governments in Latin America that are distancing themselves from U.S. control.
Discussion to follow the film.

back_imgDance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts
Saturday, March 16
7th Annual Arts Integration Conference
9 am – 3 pm, University Center Ballroom
Put on your painting clothes, strap on your dancing shoes, rekindle your rock star dreams and sharpen up for for spontaneous improv because it’s time to celebrate the power of the arts in our lives and our classrooms at UMBC’s 7th Annual Arts Integration Conference.
This year, the conference will feature special guest speakers, Gayle Danley, slam poet champion and Young Audiences National Artist of the Year, and former STOMP performer, Kwame Shaka Opare, as well as several hands-on workshop activities including the chance to:

  • write and perform a mini-opera in two hours
  • learn the craft of mosiac creations
  • try out improv theater as a link to science investigation
  • test out those instruments down the hall in the music room
  •  learn dance and morivational movement to add to your curriculum
  • link the arts with the COMMON CORE STANDARDS
  •  incorporate the arts into conflict resolution

Arts Integration Conference Flyer.
Registration is required. For more information, contact Barbara or Sarah at umbc.elemed@gmail.com.
Special thanks to Seven Oaks Elementary School, AACPS

Noel Event Possibility 2
Wednesday, March 27
“Free Medieval Manuscripts! Digitizing The Archimedes Palimpsest and Making Open Data,” William Noel, Director, Penn Libraries’ Special Collections Center and Schoenburg Institute for Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania
12:00 p.m., University Center, room 310

Sponsored by the Department of English
This lecture concerns a fifteen year project to conserve, image, transcribe and publish a thirteenth century manuscript known as the Archimedes Palimpsest. The Archimedes Palimpsest contains unique texts from the ancient world, including some by the great Greek mathematician. These texts were erased in the Middle Ages, and only the most advanced technologies have recently brought them back to light. A landmark project in the digital humanities, all the transcriptions and Images were released under a creative commons license, for anyone to do with exactly as they would wish.

Thursday, March 28
Trio Avanati
8pm, Fine Arts Recital Hall

Trio Avanati, consisting of flute, cello and piano with UMBC faculty member Lori Kesner, presents a program of folk songs and dances from countries around the world, including Argentina, Hungary, Persia and Israel.
An award winning musician and scholar, Lori Kesner enjoys a distinguished and active career as both a performing flutist and world music lecturer. In 2002, she was awarded a Fulbright grant to study Karnatak flute in South India. After earning both doctoral and master’s degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), as well as a Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College, Kesner accepted a faculty position at CCM as Director of the Andean World Music Lab and Preparatory Instructor of Flute Performance. She was also appointed as a Visiting Instructor at Miami University, Ohio, where she directed Andean and African world music ensembles and taught flute and world music courses. She currently serves on the performing arts faculties of both UMBC and the Community College of Baltimore County and in 2008 was invited to be on the faculty of the Portugesa State Youth Orchestra for the Venezuelan El Sistema.
$7 general admission, $3 seniors, free for students, free with a UMBC ID. To order tickets in advance, order online through MissionTix.

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Tuesday, April 2
Randall Packer, Visiting Artist Lecture
12 pm, Albin O. Kuhn Library, 7th Floor
Randall Packer is an multimedia artist, composer and author ofMulti-Media: From Wagner to Virtual Reality edited with colleague Jordan Crandall. In this lecture, Packer will discuss his achievements as an artist and scholar as well as speak about Multi-Media and other art-related projects.
Since the 1980s, Packer has worked at the intersection of interactive media and live performance. He has received international praise for his socially and politically fueled works, and has performed and exhibited at museums, theaters and festivals worldwide. Some of his pieces include a post-9/11 project in which he invented a faux government agency, The U.S. Department of Art and Technology, a more recent work “A Season in Hell” for ZERO1/San Jose Biennial and “The Post Reality Show: Talk Media!” as part of the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington D.C.  He is currently an artist-in-residence at the California Institue of Arts, where he is developing “The Open Source Studio.”

Edward Montgomery, GPPI
Social Sciences Forum
Tuesday, April 2
“Mr. Chips Goes to Detroit: Participating in the Auto Industry Rescue”
Edward Montgomery, Dean of the Georgetown Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University
4 pm, Albin O. Kuhn Library, 7th floor

Social Sciences Forum
Dr. Montgomery served as a member of President Obama’s Auto Task Force and as Director of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers. He will use his talk to discuss the economics and political considerations involved in the rescue of General Motors and Chrysler and efforts to rebuild communities reliant upon the auto industry.
Co-sponsored by the departments of public policy and economics

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Thursday, April 4 – Saturday, April 20
MFA Thesis Exhibition
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture
The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture presents the annual MFA Thesis Exhibition featuring works by graduates of UMBC’s MFA programs in Visual Arts. The work selected represents the culmination of each student’s unique experience in UMBC’s dynamic and demanding MFA program.
Featured graduate students include Kristen AnchorMieke GentisKatie HeaterGianfranco Mirizzi and Steve Yeager.
Thursday, April 4
Opening Reception
5 pm, Center for Art Design and Visual Culture
A free opening reception will take place in the gallery on its opening night from 5 to 7 pm.
Admission to this exhibition is free and open to the public. The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, and is located in the Fine Arts Building. For more information, call 410-455-3188.
Photo by Timothy Bubb.

Visual Arts
Monday, April 8 – Sunday, June 30
A New Context: Photographs from the Baltimore Sun Revisited
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Newspaper photography creates narrative and demands the cooperation of the photographer, the editor and the subject. This practice was born out of traditions that stretched back to early news photographs which were re-interpreted by an engraver before the image could be published. A retoucher employed ink and paint to bring out salient details and to provide cropping instructions to the newspaper designers. The edited news photograph was not intended to exist today—it was only to be known through reproductions, a practice that conceals its conceptual significance.
At one time, the photo editor made an art form of sleight of hand, of juggling pieces of photographs; the constructed imagery resulted in novel compositions. Presented as news, these creations were merely fragments of the “real” world. Even as the photo-editor insisted on the reality of each photograph’s individual elements, he denied them any sense of uniqueness or wholeness by subordinating individual elements to the picture’s overall composition. This exhibition does not ask why photo-editors or retouchers chose to edit what they did, and what the consequences—visually, socially, historically—of this action might have been. Instead, this exhibition examines the edited newspaper photograph as art objects in and of themselves. The infinitely reproducible photograph, with the help of the editor’s hand, reclaims the aura of the original. Contrasting areas of slick photograph and thick paint create corresponding states of tension and equilibrium. With the passage of time, that which was altered or omitted became elusive, then contingent upon elements which remain visible, the current cultural context, and the psyche of the viewer. The hand-edited photograph, with its marks of revision, is an elegant alternative to the photograph as “window onto the world.”
Tuesday, April 23
Symposium on Print Media, Photography and Art
6 pm, Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
A panel discussion focused on the intersection of print media, journalistic photography and art featuring UMBC faculty and Baltimore Sun staff.
Panelists include:
Tom Beck, moderator, UMBC’s Chief Curator of Photography and an Affiliate Associate Professor of Photography for UMBC’s Department of Visual Arts; Christopher Corbett, Professor of English for UMBC’s Department of English; retired Baltimore Sun Photographer, Jed Kirschbaum; and William F. Zorzi, retired Baltimore Sun Reporter and actor in HBO’s The Wire.
The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 12 noon to 4 pm, on Thursday until 8 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 1 – 5 pm. Closed Memorial Day. Admission is free. For more information call 410-455-2270.
A New Context is sponsored in part by The Baltimore Sun.
This exhibition was curated from pieces collected from the Baltimore Sun Archives housed in UMBC’s Special Collections in the Albin O. Kuhn Library. Approximately 750,000 prints, negatives and transparencies dating from the 1930s through the 1980s are contained in the Sun photography collection. It is estimated that 90% are original Baltimore Sun photographs while the remaining are from non-Sun sources.

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Wednesday, April 10
Dr. Robert Hieronimus, visiting artist lecture
Noon, ITE Lecture Hall 8
Artist, educator and activist Dr. Robert Hieronimus (also known as Dr. Bob) will present the work he has created since his first artcar and murals at JHU — painted in the late 60′s and early 70′s — along with an actual art car. Dr. Bob’s talk will begin with an introduction by Rebecca Hoffberger, Founding Director of the American Visionary Museum.
Dr. Bob has been a pioneer in the “New Paradigm” movement since his Artcar was documented at Woodstock in 1969 and distributed world-wide. His occult and symbolic artcars, murals and paintings is inspired by his friend Ziggy Marley and include the 2,700 square foot prophetic “Apocalypse” at the Johns Hopkins University. Rebecca Hoffberger remembers Hieronimus as “a brilliant young muralist impassioned by the vision of the Founding Fathers. He will discuss several projects including a series of paintings entitled “Red States, Inc.” that have been animated by Amy Ford into a billboard style collage.
Dr. Bob’s 25 year retrospective was recently exhibited at the Windup Space in Baltimore City.

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Rebecca Kukla

Humanities Forum
Wednesday, April 10
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
“Medicalization, Justice, and the Definition of Health”
Rebecca Kukla, Kennedy Institute of Ethics and Department of Philosophy, Georgetown University
4 pm, Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
Barker Lecture
Humanities Forum
Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy with support from the Dresher Center for the Humanities
Dr. Kukla distinguishes between ‘scientistic’ definitions of health – whose goal is to give an account of health and disease that meets the standards of the natural sciences – and ‘thick normative’ definitions of health  – whose goal is to characterize health in a way that makes the notion useful within a normative account of social justice and health policy.   She proposes a thick normative account of health that defines health in relationship to social institutions and practices, but which is also responsive to naturalistic facts about the body in a way that standard social constructionist accounts of health and disease are not.
Rebecca Kukla received her B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto in 1990 and her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1996. From 2003-2005, she was a Greenwall Fellow in Bioethics and Health Policy at The Johns Hopkins University. In the summer of 2004, she was a Visiting Scholar at the USDA, studying ethical issues concerning food and nutrition assistance programs. She also received her Sommelier certification from Algonquin College in 2007.

Thursday, April 11
Lisa Cella, Flute
8 pm, Fine Arts Recital Hall
Flutist Lisa Cella performs contemporary works in a program featuring video, electronics and two world premieres:

  • Knot Theory by Christopher Burns (world premiere)
  • 010 machine states by Christopher Adler (world premiere)
  • Incompatibiles IIIb by Nicolas Tzortzis
  • Trembling Air by Benjamin Broening
  • Nocturno by Mario Lavista
  • Spoon II by Francesco Pavan

Cella will be joined by guitarist Zane Forshee and media artist Steve Bradley.
As a champion of contemporary music, Lisa Cella has performed throughout the United States and abroad. Cella, associate professor of music at UMBC, is a founding member of UMBC’s faculty contemporary music ensemble, Ruckus. She is a founding member of C2, a touring flute and cello duo, artistic director of San Diego New Music and a founding member of its resident ensemble NOISE.
$7 general admission, $3 seniors, free for students, free with a UMBC ID. To order tickets in advance, order online through MissionTix.

Sunday, April 14
UMBC Camerata: Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem)
4 pm, Church of Saint Michaels and All Angels (off campus event)
The UMBC Camerata performs Johannes Brahms’s Choral masterwork, Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem) in collaboration with the Handel Choir of Baltimore and the Orchestra of St. Johns under the direction of Melinda O’Neal.
Rather than writing music for the Latin requiem mass, Brahms selected an entirely different set of Biblical texts in German and with no liturgical purpose. Composed for the living rather than the departed, his monumental, transformative Ein deutsches Requiem is woven throughout with a clear awareness of life’s transience, and our need to be comforted.
Church of Saint Michaels and All Angels
2013 Saint Paul St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
Street parking is available, advance tickets required.

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Ayanna Thompson

Humanities Forum
Wednesday, April 17
Ayanna Thompson, Associate Dean of the Faculty and Department of English, Arizona State University
“Race and Shakespearean Performance”
4 pm, Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
This Humanities Forum is sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities with support from the  Department of English and the Theater Department
What does it mean to cast Shakespeare in a nontraditional way? How is Shakespeare’s universalism constructed within explicit discussions and debates about racial identity? And, do the answers to these questions impact our understanding of authorship, authority, and authenticity? This talk will examine the ways Shakespeare, race, and performance intersect on the twenty-first century stage.
Ayanna Thompson is Associate Dean of Faculty in the College of  Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of English at Arizona State  University. She specializes in Renaissance drama and focuses on issues  of race and performance. She is the author of two books: Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race, and Contemporary  America (Oxford University Press, 2011) and Performing Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage  (Routledge, 2008), and the editor of two books: Weyward Macbeth:Intersections of Race and Performance (Palgrave  Macmillan, 2010) (co-edited with Scott Newstok) and Colorblind Shakespeare: New Perspectives on Race and Performance  (Routledge, 2006). In addition, she is the guest editor of two special editions of scholarly journals: “Shakespeare, Race, and  Performance,” Shakespeare  Bulletin(special issue 27.3, Fall 2009) and “Actors of  Color in Shakespeare,” Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation  (special issue 4.1, Spring/Summer 2008).
In addition, Professor Thompson’s essays and reviews have  appeared in Shakespeare Quarterly,Renaissance  QuarterlySeventeenth-Century NewsThe Eighteenth  CenturyThe Journal of Popular CultureTextus, and Arthuriana. Professor Thompson received  her A.B. from Columbia University. As a recipient of a Marshall  Scholarship, she received her M.A. at Sussex University in England and  she received her Ph.D. from Harvard University, where she studied  under Stephen Greenblatt, Marjorie Garber, Barbara Lewalski and Werner  Sollors.

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Thursday, April 18
Rupert Boyd, Classical Guitar
8 pm, Fine Arts Recital Hall

Australian born guitarist Rupert Boyd is acclaimed as one of the most talented guitarists of his generation. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Spain, Italy, France, England and Australia, and has been described by The Washington Post as “truly evocative”, and by Classical Guitar Magazine as “a player who deserves to be heard.” Rupert Boyd has performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Merkin Concert Hall, Bargemusic, the New York City Classical Guitar Society and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (the world’s largest Gothic cathedral). He has given performances with New York Festival of Song and Moving Theater Dance Company, in addition to solo recitals for the Boston Guitar Society, the Marlow Guitar Series in Washington D.C. and the Newport Music Festival in Rhode Island.
$7 general admission, $3 seniors, free for students, free with a UMBC ID. To order tickets in advance, order online through MissionTix.

April 19 & 20
Senior Dance Concert
8 pm, Fine Arts Building Studio 317
The Department of Dance presents the Senior Dance Concert.
This concert features choreography from Department of Dance Seniors Leah Blackstone, Amanda Brandenburg, Erin Gum, Michelle Kuah, Brittni Mann, Maria Stickley and Dreux Thibeault. Directed by Elizabeth Walton.
$12 general admission $7 students and seniors. For information and reservations, call the Dance Box Office at 410-455-6240; order tickets online through MissionTix.

Sunday, April 21
UMBC Collegium Musicum
8 pm, Fine Arts Recital Hall

The Department of Music presents the Collegium Musicum under the direction of Joseph C. Morin. The Collegium Musicum is a performance ensemble dedicated to exploring and performing vocal and instrumental music from the European Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods, sampling musical repertoires created between 800 and 1750.
Admission is free.

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Tuesday, April 23
Symposium on Print Media, Photography and Art
6 pm, Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
In conjunction with the exhibition, A New Context: Photographs from the Baltimore Sun Revisited, this is a panel discussion focused on the intersection of print media, journalistic photography and art, featuring UMBC faculty and former Baltimore Sunstaff.
Panelists include:
Tom Beck, moderator, UMBC’s Chief Curator of Photography and an Affiliate Associate Professor of Photography for UMBC’s Department of Visual Arts; Christopher Corbett, Professor of English for UMBC’s Department of English; retired Baltimore Sun Photographer, Jed Kirschbaum; and William F. Zorzi, retired Baltimore Sun Reporter and actor in HBO’s The Wire.
Admission to this event is free.
Photo by Richard Stacks, 1965.

Paul Rozin
Social Sciences Forum
Thursday, April 25
Paul Rozin, Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
“The Aesthetics of Temporal Sequence: Making Meals and Concerts Optimal Experiences”
7 pm, Albin O. Kuhn Library, 7th floor
Social Sciences Forum
Distinguished Lecture in Psychology
Meals and concerts are both episodes of one to two hours, in which a sequence of events occurs.  The presentation will address what we know, and what we have to find out, about how the ordering of events effects both our experience and our memory.  Particular attention will be paid to the modern tasting (multiple course) menu and how some practices from music could inform the arrangement of meals.
Paul Rozin received a PhD in both biology and psychology from Harvard in 1961.  Over the last 25 years, the major focus of his research has been human food choice, considered from biological, psychological and anthropological perspectives.  During this period, he has studied the psychological significance of flavorings placed on foods in different cuisines, the cultural evolution of cuisine, the development of food aversions, the development of food preferences, family influences in preference development, body image, the acquisition of liking for chili pepper, chocolate craving, and attitudes to meat, Most recently, major foci of attention have been the emotion of disgust, the entry of food issues (e.g., meat, fat) into the moral domain in modern American culture, French-American differences in the food domain, attitudes to recycled water, the psychology of music, and the nature of remembered pleasure. In the last few years, he has also investigated forgiveness, aversions to ethnic groups, and ethnic identity.

April 18 – 21 and April 25-27

The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare
Performing Arts and Humanities Building Theatre

When the two gents, Valentine and Proteus, leave Verona to seek their fortunes in Milan, their boyhood friendship turns to rivalry when they both fall in love with the Duke’s daughter, Sylvia—even though she is promised to a rich suitor and Proteus is already engaged to his hometown sweetheart, Julia. Proteus sets out to betray both friend and fiancée, only to find that Julia and Sylvia have a thing or two to teach him about loyalty and love. One quick-witted (and one not-so-quick-witted) servant, some bawdy outlaws, and a faithful canine companion make this one of Shakespeare’s most lighthearted romantic comedies.
The Two Gentlemen of Verona addresses those timeless questions in Shakespeare’s works centered around love, friendship, adolescence and identity.  What does it mean to be in a long distance relationship? How do you manage living on your own for the first time? Set in imagined renaissance Italy, this production melds past and present, transcends time and blends music and dance. A visual mash-up of time periods, the play explores what happens when the bonds of friendship and fidelity are put to the test.
Produced by the UMBC Department of Theatre
Directed by Eve Muson
Scenery and Costume Design by Elena Zlotescu
Lighting and Video Design by Adam Mendelson
Musical Direction by Anderson Wells
Vocal Direction by Lynn Watson
Choreography by Renee Brozic Barger
Sound Design by Patrick Calhoun
Fight Choreography by Cristian Bell
Dramaturgical support by Michele Osherow
Thursday, April 18, 4 pm (free performance for the UMBC community)
Friday, April 19, 8 pm
Saturday, April 20, 8 pm
Sunday, April 21, 2 pm (talkback following the performance)
Thursday, April 25, 8 pm
Friday, April 26, 8 pm
Saturday, April 27, 8 pm
$10 general admission, $5 for students and seniors.
To reserve tickets to pick up at will call (cash or check only), order through the Department of Theatre’s website.
To purchase tickets in advance using a credit card, order online through MissionTix.

Sunday, April 28
UMBC Chamber players and New Music Ensemble
7 pm, Fine Arts Recital Hall

The Department of Music presents the UMBC Chamber Players under the direction of Airi Yoshioka and the New Music Ensemble under the direction of Tom Goldstein.
Admission is free.

Sandra Steingraber
Humanities Forum
Monday, April 29 
Sandra Steingraber, Environmental Studies and Sciences Department, Ithaca College
“The Fracking of Rachel Carson: Silent Spring in an Age of Environmental Crisis”
4 pm, Albin O. Kuhn Library, 7th Floor

Korenman Lecture
Humanities Forum
Social Sciences Forum
Sponsored by the Department of Gender and Women Studies with support from the Department of American Studies, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the Dresher Center for the Humanities, Geography and Environmental Systems, Office of the Provost, Social Sciences Forum, and Women in Science and Engineering
A cancer survivor, Dr. Sandra Steingraber has written extensively on the intersection of the environment and public health. She will discuss what we have learned, and failed to learn, in the 50 years since Rachel Carson’s  publication of Silent Spring, and will examine the threat to public health that fracking poses.
Sandra Steingraber’s highly acclaimed book, Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment presents cancer as a human rights issue. Originally published in 1997, it was the first to bring together data on toxic releases with data from U.S. cancer registries and won praise from international media including The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, The Lancet, and The London Times.
Continuing the investigation begun in Living Downstream, Steingraber’s book, Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood, explores the intimate ecology of motherhood. Both a memoir of her own pregnancy and an investigation of fetal toxicology, Having Faith reveals the extent to which environmental hazards now threaten each stage of infant development.  In the eyes of an ecologist, the mother’s body is the first environment for life. The Library Journal selected Having Faith as a best book of 2001, and it was featured in a PBS documentary by Bill Moyers.
Called “a poet with a knife” by Sojourner magazine, Steingraber has received many honors for her work as a science writer.  She was named a Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year and later received the Jenifer Altman Foundation’s first annual Altman Award for “the inspiring and poetic use of science to elucidate the causes of cancer.”  The Sierra Club has heralded Steingraber as “the new Rachel Carson,” and Carson’s own alma mater, Chatham College, selected Steingraber to receive its biennial Rachel Carson Leadership Award. In 2006, Steingraber received a Hero Award from the Breast Cancer Fund and, in 2009, the Environmental Health Champion Award from Physicians for Social Responsibility, Los Angeles.
A columnist for Orion magazine, Sandra Steingraber is currently a scholar in residence in Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. She is married to the artist Jeff de Castro, and they live in a 1000-square-foot house with a push mower, a clothesline, a vegetable garden, and two beloved children.

Social Sciences Forum
Wednesday, May 1
John Jeffries, Professor of History and Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at UMBC
“A Life in History:  Reflections on Studying Politics and Policy in Twentieth-Century America”
4 pm, Performing Arts and Humanities Building Theatre

Followed by a retirement reception in the Black Box Theatre, hosted by President Freeman Hrabowski and Provost Philip Rous
History Department Low Lecture
Social Sciences Forum
John Jeffries will discuss, from the perspectives both of his own life and career and of the study of political history since the 1960s, the circumstances and choices that have shaped his work as an historian of mid-twentieth-century U.S. elections and policymaking.
Following the lecture, please join Dean Jeffries for a reception in the Black Box Theatre in honor of his retirement.

Friday, May 3
First Works
8 pm, Fine Arts Building, Studio 317
UMBC students present their choreographic work for the first time in this First Works dance concert.
Admission to First Works is free.

Saturday, May 4
Jubilee Singers
7 pm, Fine Arts Recital Hall

The Department of Music presents the Jubilee Singers (followed immediately by the UMBC Gospel Choir) under the direction of Janice Jackson.
Admission is free.

Sunday, May 5
UMBC Jazz in Concert
2 pm, Fine Arts Recital Hall

The Department of Music presents UMBC Jazz in Concert under the direction of Matthew Belzer and Tom Lagana.
The program will feature a jazz guitar ensemble, directed by Tom Lagana; two jazz small groups, directed by Matt Belzer and Tom Lagana; and a jazz ensemble featuring new jazz trumpet faculty member, Tom Williams, under the direction of  Matthew Belzer, playing the music of Joe Henderson, Jim McNeely, Dizzy Gillespie and more.
Admission is free, suggested donation $15.

Sunday, May 5
UMBC Symphony Orchestra
7:30 pm, Fine Arts Recital Hall

The Department of Music presents the UMBC Symphony Orchestra under the direction of E. Michael Richards.
The program will feature:

  • Saint-Saëns’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 61, featuring violinist Erika Koscho, winner of the 2012-13 UMBC Symphony Concerto Competition
  • Erik Satie’s Parade*, a ballet réaliste on a scenario by Jean Cocteau
  • Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, “Pastoral Symphony, or Recollections of Country Life”

*Parade is part of the Symphony Interactive project, a collaboration between the UMBC Department of Music and the Imaging Research Center.
Admission to this performance is free.

Visual Arts
Monday, May 6
Carlos Florez, Visiting Artist Lecture
6:30 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture 
Lecture Hall 2, Meyerhoff Chemistry Building (room 030)
EMMY award winning Carlos Florez is a director of films & commercials who specializes in telling stories that integrate the magic of visual effects to live action & greenscreen productions. He is the new breed of director in the modern wave of filmmaking, an expert with the RED camera & the new digital workflow. He founded the Los Angeles based production/VFX company REZLAB that is taking the lead in making award winning films and commercials, his goal is to become one of the best directors of films & TV in the world.
A free reception will precede this lecture in the Theatre at 6:30 pm.
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raphael falcoWednesday, May 8, 4:00 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
Raphael Falco, 2012-13 Lipitz Professor and Professor of English
“Charisma in the Age of Digital Reproduction”

Humanities Forum
Sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences with support from the Dresher Center for the Humanities
Charismatic authority, the most fluid form of leadership, should thrive in the new media environment of digital reproduction, emerging amid swiftly forming groups and capitalizing on unrestricted, private access to the bearers of charisma. Yet, the status quo of charismatic groups dependent on digital reproduction is systematically undermined by reproducibility itself—the driving force of new media.  My talk explores how this inescapable conflict destroys charismatic authority and abandons logged-on group members to isolation.
Raphael Falco received his B.A. and his Masters degrees from Columbia University and his Ph.D. from New York University.
In his latest book, Charisma and Myth (Continuum Publishing), Professor Falco has explored areas beyond his usual precincts of early modern literature. He hopes to engage intellectuals of all stripes by introducing a completely new element to the study of myth—the idea that myth and myth systems operate in the same way as charismatic groups.
Professor Falco’s earlier books included Charismatic Authority in Early Modern English Tragedy (Johns Hopkins University Press 2000) and Conceived Presences: Literary Genealogy in Renaissance England(University of Massachusetts Press). His articles have appeared in a wide range of journals, such asModern PhilologyShakespeare StudiesCriticismSoundingsTheoryCultureSocietyMax Weber Studies, and English Literary Renaissance.
He is on the editorial board of the on-line journal APPOSITIONS, he is a member of the Central Executive Committee of the Folger Institute, and he is a peer reviewer for the American Council of Learned Societies.

Thursday, May 9
UMBC Percussion Ensemble
8 pm, Fine Arts Recital Hall

The Department of Music presents the UMBC Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Tom Goldstein. The UMBC Percussion Ensemble is a dedicated performing group of advanced percussion students. The ensemble is adventurous in its programming, with a repertoire that includes graphic-notation pieces, improvisational works, and theatre, as well as works by important early percussion composers, such as Alan Hovhaness, John Cage, and Carlos Chavez. The Ensemble has established a tradition of performing works by UMBC’s faculty and student composers, who sometimes include members of the ensemble.
Admission is free.

Thursday, May 9 – Saturday, May 11
Spring Dance Showcase
8 pm, Fine Arts Building, Studio 317
The Department of Dance presents the annual Spring Dance Showcase. The performances will be held at 8 p.m. each evening.
$12 general admission $7 students and seniors. For information and reservations, call the Dance Box Office at 410-455-6240; order tickets online through MissionTix.

Catonsville 9Friday, May 10 | 2:30 p.m. reception, 3:00 p.m. film screening and director Q&A, 4:30 p.m. panel discussion
Proscenium Theater, Performing Arts and Humanities Building
“Looking Forward from the 45th Anniversary of the Catonsville Nine Actions”
Social Sciences Forum
Co-sponsored by the Department of American Studies
In May of 1968, nine individuals shook the conscience of the nation as they burned U.S. Selective Service records with homemade napalm on the grounds of the Catonsville, Maryland Knights of Columbus hall. The fire they started erupted into an infamous trial where the nine were defended by William Kuntsler. The news spread throughout the country, influencing other similar dynamic actions in every major U.S. city. Two of the original members of the Nine will be on hand to talk about their experiences—about how they met and their stand against U.S. militarization in Latin America. We will also be joined by a scholar who will help us connect this story with the larger context of Vietnam War era protests.
Thomas and Margarita Melville (Original Members of the Catonsville Nine)
Karin Aguilar-San Juan (Macalester College)

Friday, May 10
Opera Workshop with UMBC Camerata
8 pm, Fine Arts Recital Hall
The Department of Music presents the Opera Workshop with special guest performers, the UMBC Camerata, under the direction of Joseph Regan and Stephen Caracciolo. The Opera Workshop is a course designed for 8 – 15 advanced vocalists, and offers students the opportunity to study stage acting, movement and character development within the sphere of musical performance.
Admission is free.

Monday, May 13 | 8:00 p.m.
UMBC Wind Ensemble
Fine Arts Recital Hall

The Department of Music presents the UMBC Wind Ensemble under the direction of Richard Spece.
The Ensemble is comprised of exceptional woodwind, brass and percussion musicians who enjoy the challenge of performing excellent concert literature.

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May 21 — June 11
Senior Exit Exhibition
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture
The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture presents the 2013 Senior Exit Exhibition. This exhibition reflects the interdisciplinary orientation and the technological focus of the Department of Visual Arts and provides the opportunity for undergraduate seniors to exhibit within a professional setting prior to exiting the university.
Admission to the exhibition is free. The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm (Tuesday, June 11, 10 am to 4 pm) and is located in the Fine Arts Building. For more information call 410-455-3188.
Admission is free.

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