Telescope Open House (11/6)

The NASA’s BEST Students team is offering a series of free UMBC Open House events to the general public at the UMBC telescope. These events are for all ages. There will be hands-on activities for our younger guests.

WHERE: UMBC Telescope (Physics Building, Room 401)
WHEN: Thursday, November 6th from 7 – 9 PM
TOPIC: Meteor Showers

Please spread the word!

Intramural 3K Monster Dash (10/29)

UMBC intramurals will once again offer its 3K Monster Dash. This event is completely free and will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 5:30pm. You can register in advance at or register the day of  starting at 4:30pm in the RAC.

Click here for reregistration forms and the race route. Prizes will be given to the first place male, female, and best costume of the night. Be sure to sign-up now!

Justice Delayed, But Not Denied: An Evening with Douglas Jones (11/5)

The Public Justice Center is co-sponsoring a free public lecture on November 5th at 6:30 p.m. at the Walters Art Museum. “Justice delayed, but not denied: An evening with Douglas Jones” will feature reflections on re-opening the case of the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham.

Decades after one of the most devastating attacks of the Civil Rights era, U.S. Attorney Douglas Jones led the team that successfully re-opened the case of the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. Jones’ efforts led to the indictment of former KKK members responsible for the murder of Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair.

The Public Justice Center has been a mentor site through UMBC’s Public Service Scholars programs.  They work with people and communities to confront the laws, practices, and institutions that cause injustice, poverty, and discrimination. PJC advocates in the courts, legislatures, and government agencies, educates the public, and builds coalitions, all to advance their mission of “pursuing systemic change to build a just society.”

Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Reina Gossett: LGBTQ History Month Keynote (10/21)

UMBC celebrates LGBTQ History Month with this Critical Social Justice campaign speaker who will be speaking on the topic of “Towards a Queered Understanding of Critical Social Justice.”

Reina Gossett will be speaking from 7:30-9:30pm in the UC Ballroom on Tuesday, October 21st.

A trans* woman of color, hearing Reina Gossett’s lived experience is enough to captivate. Add to this years of meaningful experience in activism and community organization, in film-making and research, in writing and social justice work, and her growing recognition begins to make sense.

Reina offers a unique perspective on the experiences of LGBTQ/GNC (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, gender non-conforming) people, especially those who are also people of color and those of low-income backgrounds.

Sharing this perspective, and with such varied and interdisciplinary experiences, Reina brings new light to social justice activism and challenges even the most critical of us to examine our practices and beliefs, pushing all to embody the change that so many feel our world so desperately needs.

Presented by Student Life’s Mosaic: Cultural & Diversity Center and The Women’s Center.

“Childhood in a Sri Lankan Village”: Reading, Book Signing, and Reception with Bambi Chapin, Anthropology (10/22)

Bambi Chapin book“Childhood in a Sri Lankan Village”: Reading, Book Signing, and Reception with UMBC Anthropologist Bambi Chapin will take place on Wednesday, October 22nd, 4:00-5:30 p.m. in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery.

Like toddlers all over the world, Sri Lankan children go through a period that in the U.S. is referred to as the “terrible twos.” Yet once they reach elementary school age, they appear uncannily passive, compliant, and undemanding compared to their Western counterparts. Clearly, these children have undergone some process of socialization, but what?

Over ten years ago, anthropologist Bambi Chapin traveled to a rural Sri Lankan village to begin answering this question, getting to know the toddlers in the village, then returning to track their development over the course of the following decade. Childhood in a Sri Lankan Village offers an intimate look at how these children, raised on the tenets of Buddhism, are trained to set aside selfish desires for the good of their families and the community. Chapin reveals how this cultural conditioning is carried out through small everyday practices, including eating and sleeping arrangements, yet she also explores how the village’s attitudes and customs continue to evolve with each new generation.

Combining penetrating psychological insights with a rigorous observation of larger social structures, Chapin enables us to see the world through the eyes of Sri Lankan children searching for a place within their families and communities. Childhood a Sri Lankan Village offers a fresh, global perspective on child development and the transmission of culture.

Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase. Special thanks to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Asian Studies Program for their sponsorship of this event. The Sri Lankan Student Association will also be collecting donations on behalf of Educate Lanka, which provides school supplies to children in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Chapin was interviewed by WYPR’s Maryland Morning in July about her book. Click here to listen to the full segment.