Performing Womanhood (ends 5/31)

IdaChagallThe Albin O. Kuhn Special Collections and Gallery present Performing Womanhood, an exhibition on display in special collections now through Saturday, May 31. Featuring portraits of women by women photographers, this exhibition displays images made from the 1920s through the 1990s. Photographs chosen for the exhibition ask viewers to consider women-only spaces and the lack of the male gaze.

Included in the show are works by Kristin Capp, Cary Beth Cryor, Judy Dater, Sandi Fellman, Peggy Fox, Mildred Grossman, Irina Ionesco, Lotte Jacobi, Mary Ellen Mark and Gerda Peterich. These artists captured famous women, anonymous women, and women with whom they share a relationship

Performing Womanhood was curated by Jazmin Smith ’14, art history and museum studies, with help from the staff at the Albin O. Kuhn Special Collections and Library Gallery. Special Collections is located in the Albin O. Kuhn Library and open Monday through Friday 1 to 4 p.m., Thursdays until 8p.m., and by appointment. For more information call (410)-455-2353 or send an email to

Image: Ida Chagall, 1945, Lotte Jacobi

UMBC Student Radio Series to be Featured on The Marc Steiner Show (5/12-5/16)

A UMBC student-produced radio series that traces the boom and bust of industrial Baltimore communities will be featured on The Marc Steiner Show from Monday, May 12 through Friday, May 16. The series, titled “Stories of Deindustrialized Baltimore,” traces the boom and bust of the industrial communities of Baybrook and the Sparrows Point Steel Mill.

Each day at 9 a.m., the stories and memories of community members are threaded together to explore the industrial history and deindustrialized present of each area, how various industries shaped the lives of countless residents and former workers, including their stories of struggle and hardship, and how a sustainable future for these areas can be forged.

Teaming up with the Center for Emerging Media, the series is produced by UMBC students as part of the larger Post-industrial Places Project (PIPP), which seeks to examine the processes and impacts of deindustrialization in the greater Baltimore region. It is led by UMBC Professors Steve Bradley (Visual Arts), Bill Shewbridge (Media and Communication Studies), Nicole King (American Studies), and Michelle Stefano (American Studies and Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council). The project is supported by funding from the BreakingGround initiative at UMBC.

You can listen to the Marc Steiner Show on WEAA 88.9 FM and find podcasts from the show here.

Garden Gala: Bringing the Green Back to Filbert Street (5/18)

Students in the departments of American studies and Visual Arts are working with Jason Reed, the director of a non-profit community garden and educational space, to host a fundraising event to support the Filbert Street Community Garden of Brooklyn-Curtis Bay on Sunday, May 18 from 4:00-9:00 p.m. It will take place at 2640 Space in the Charles Village neighborhood of Baltimore (2640 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218).

The organizers invite you to join them for an evening of food, music, history, art, silent auctions, raffles and more. The Filbert Street Community Garden is a conservation project, educational space, and food farm located in the Curtis Bay neighborhood of Baltimore. Curtis Bay residents are in need a garden because the area is a food desert, which means there is limited access to fresh produce locally. In the past two years the garden has held 24 community workshops, logged 10,000 volunteer hours, provided 500 garden classes both during and after school, served more than 600 local students, and produced and distributed more than 3,000 pounds of fresh produce in the community.

Students in Professor Nicole King’s “Preserving Places,” American studies course and Professor Steve Bradley’s “IRC Fellows,” visual arts course worked together on various aspects of programming for the event. The work is funded by a UMBC BreakingGround grant and illustrates how the successes and failures of urban industrial development contribute to our understanding of historic places and the creation of social space. You can find more information on the event by clicking here.

Digital Quilt: A Conversation with Dr. Michelle Ferrier (5/14)

On Wednesday, May 14 at 11:30 a.m., Dr. Michelle Ferrier, Associate Dean for Innovation, Research/Creative Activity, and Graduate Studies for the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University, will take part in an informal conversation about the future of media and journalism.

Michelle Ferrier

In this conversation, the audience will brainstorm with Dr. Ferrier: What is the future of publishing? of journalism? of writing? What is the future of scholarship that has a journalistic component and a public history and heritage component? What is the
digital quilt? Who should publish this work or works like it? What does it mean to make journalism that matters? What is a media desert? How does that relate to her digital quilt? And, in all these questions, how can we help?

Ferrier is the founder and publisher of, a hyperlocal, niche online community for local food advocates. She is the chief instigator behind “Create or Die” media entrepreneurship startup events. Ferrier is active in research around the changing media ecosystem and curriculum change including media entrepreneurship, hyperlocal online news and the media deserts project that examines places where fresh news and information are lacking. She is the vice president for Journalism That Matters, an organization focused on bringing together diverse communities to re-imagine the news and information landscape.

The Digital Humanities Working Group event will be held at the Dresher Center for the Humanities conference room. The event and working group are sponsored by the Dresher Center.

For more information, contact Dr. Craig Saper, or Félix Burgos

Honoring Dr. Ilsa Lottes Upon Her Retirement (5/16)

After 27 years of distinguished service to UMBC, Dr. Ilsa Lottes will retire on June 1, 2013. Dr. Lottes joined UMBC in 1987 as Visiting Assistant Professor and subsequent to a national search was appointed Assistant Professor in 1988. Dr. Lottes was promoted to Associated Professor with tenure in 1995 and to full professor in 2011.

Dr. Lottes is a national and internationally recognized authority and scholar in the areas of human rights generally and the scholarly study of sexuality specifically. She is a member of the International Academy of Sex Research and Fellow in the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the major research organization on sexuality in the United States. Dr. Lottes’ book, book chapters, and peer reviewed publications are highly regarded and have resulted in her being invited to serve on high level commissions concerned with sexual health and wellbeing. For example, in 2001, she was invited to co­-write a background paper for Surgeon General David Satcher that resulted in the report “A Call to Action to Promote Sexual Health and Responsible Sexual Behavior.” This past February, she was invited to an elite conference at the Office of International Planned Parenthood in NYC to plan for upcoming Plus 20 United Nations meetings . In 2012, as a Fulbright Specialist in Finland, she was an active member of the Human Rights Committee for the World Association of Sexual Health. She continues to work with leading professionals internationally to promote human rights and sexual health.

During her tenure at UMBC, Dr. Lottes has distinguished herself as a popular, demanding, and energetic teacher and mentor. Her classes on sexual health and wellbeing are popular and beneficial to students and her teaching and mentoring of students in statistics and research methods exemplary. Among her most noteworthy accomplishments is her work mentoring undergraduate students presenting at URCAD. Five of her students presented posters at URCAD last month. She notes that two of her published papers are co­authored with two former URCAD undergraduates.

Dr. Lottes has assumed many service roles both within the department and the university. Most recently she served as the undergraduate program director for the Sociology major. At the university level she has been an active participant on URCAD and former member of the Faculty Senate among others.

Please join the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at a reception to thank Ilsa and to celebrate her many years of service to the campus. We will gather on Friday May 16, 4­6pm in the Public Policy Atrium. Individuals attending are asked to RSVP to Elise Bruner, or x53365.

Faculty Curriculum Development Workshop: Incorporating Sustainability Across Disciplines (6/5)

Once again, we are pleased to offer this workshop for UMBC faculty. Please inform your faculty about this opportunity.

Faculty Curriculum Development Workshop: Incorporating Sustainability Across Disciplines
Thursday, June 5th, 2014 | 10am to 4pm

Lunch and coffee will be provided. Stipends are available for UMBC faculty and instructors.

Click here to register.

Join facilitator and sustainability education expert Dr. Rita Turner along with guest faculty presenters for a curriculum development workshop supporting faculty wishing to integrate topics of environmental sustainability into courses. The workshop will include a range of models and resources for designing content that will engage students with locally relevant issues, generate innovative research, and encourage active ecological citizenship on campus and beyond.

Why attend?

Gain new concepts, detailed examples, and materials useful for developing engaging new course content
Collaborate and connect with colleagues and faculty
Develop innovative course components that inspire critical thinking in students and address pressing environmental issues

This is the second annual workshop developed originally in 2013 with support from Provost Phillip Rouse; BreakingGround; Dean of Undergraduate Education, Diane Lee; Climate Change Task Force Chair and VP of Admin and Finance, Lynne Schaefer.

Biotechnology, Cybersecurity, and GIS Information Sessions (6/10)

UMBC’s Division of Professional Studies offers a broad array of professionally focused master’s degrees and graduate certificates that help prepare professionals for today’s most in-demand careers.

On June 10, from 6 – 7:30 p.m., attend the Professional Graduate Program Information Sessions at UMBC at the Universities at Shady Grove, in Rockville, to learn about graduate programs in Biotechnology, Cybersecurity, and Geographic Information Systems.
Attend the information session to learn about UMBC’s highly-applied, relevant curriculum that sets the stage for future career progression.

RSVP for the information session here.

B’PAR Open Mic Night (5/2)

B’PAR (Baltimore Participatory Action Research), a UMBC graduate student organization, is hosting a “Countering the Story to Destroy Black Boys” Open Mic Night this Friday, May 2, 2014, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Lower Flat Tuesdays, The Commons, UMBC campus). Join as we listen to counter stories told by poets and other performers regarding Black males locally and nationally. Through poetry, music and rap, the school to prison pipeline with a specific focus on the Baltimore narrative will be investigated.  Let’s disrupt the criminalized image of Black males!

Additionally, gently used professional clothes will be collected for two community partners, Youth Build and Out for Justice, supporting individuals in their job search. If you are interested in sharing your narrative on the mic or donating professional clothes, please send an email.

Admission to this event is FREE, but you must be at least 21 years old and have your government ID.

UMBC Camerata (5/10)

camerata01-sThe Department of Music presents the UMBC Camerata under the direction of Stephen Caracciolo performing a program entitled “Mostly Mozart”:

Three Folk Songs; arranged by Joseph Flummerfelt
The Water Is Wide
Flow Gently Sweet Afton
Danny Boy

Three Sacred Texts/Three Different Sound Worlds
Hodie Christus natus est by Giovanni Gabrieli – Italian Renaissance
Spaseniye sodelal by Pavel Chesnokov – Russian Orthodox
O Sifuni Mungu by David Muddux/Roger Emerson – African Chorus

Mozart Mass in C, K317 “Coronation”
Performed with soloists and chamber orchestra

This performance will take place Saturday, May 10 at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. Admission is free, a suggested donation of $5 will be accepted.