Humanities Forum: The Honor Code (10/20)

On Monday, October 20 at 5 p.m., Kwame Anthony Appiah, a renowned philosopher, cultural theorist and novelist, will present the Humanities Forum, “The Honor Code.” The event is the Daphne Harrison Lecture and will take place in the Performing Arts and Humanities Building Theatre.

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Philosophers spend a lot of time thinking about what is right and wrong, and some time thinking about how to get people to see what is right and wrong—but almost no time thinking about how to get them to do what they know is right. Anthony Appiah has spent the last decade thinking about what it takes to turn moral understanding into moral behavior. In this talk, he will explore one of the keys to real moral revolution: mobilizing the social power of honor and shame to change the world for the better.

Named one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 public intellectuals, Kwame Anthony Appiah teaches at New York University. He previously taught at Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Duke, and the University of Ghana. He is the President of the PEN American Center, the world’s oldest human rights organization and is second vice-president of the Modern Languages Association. In 2012, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal by The White House.

The event is sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities and by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; the Philosophy Department; the Africana Studies Department; and the Global Studies Program. For more information, click here.

Social Sciences Forum: Economic Freedom and the Wealth and Health of Nations (10/13)

Robert LawsonOn Monday, October 13 at 4 p.m., Robert A. Lawson will present the Social Sciences Forum, “Economic Freedom and the Wealth and Health of Nations.” The event will take place on the seventh floor of the Albin O. Kuhn Library.

Dr. Lawson and his colleagues produce the annual Economic Freedom of the World Index. Dr. Lawson will discuss the Index and how economic freedom impacts the wealth and health of countries worldwide.

Lawson is the Jerome M. Fullinwider Endowed Centennial Chair in Economic Freedom, The O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at Southern Methodist University. The event is sponsored by the Department of Economics. For more information, click here.

Humanities Forum: Translating the Indian Past: The Poets’ Experience (10/13)

On Monday, October 13 at 4 p.m., Arvind Krishna Mehrotra will present the Humanities Forum, “Translating the Indian Past: The Poets’ Experience.” The event will take place in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery.

Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

Mehrotra, one of India’s most celebrated contemporary poets and an acclaimed translator of Indian literature, will talk about how three important Indian poets (Toru Dutt, AK Ramanujan, and Arun Kolatkar) translated the Indian classics. Translation is never simple, but these Indian translators added to their translations many strands, giving their work the feel of a multicolored rope. Toru’s translation of a Purana story would be unthinkable without her Christianity; Ramanujan’s translations of Sangam poetry, Nammanlvar, and the Virasaiva poets without Modernism; and Kolatkar’s of the Marathi bhakti poets without the American idiom, which he sometimes employed in his own poems as well. While these translations bring past and present together in the ongoing construction of India’s literary heritage, they also lead us to ask broader questions: Are the Indian poet-translators exemplars of ‘world lit.’ or do they bring a particularly ‘Indian’ perspective to translation; or is it both?

The event is sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities and by the Asian Studies Program; the English Department; the Global Studies Program; and the Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication Department. For more information, click here.

Harvest Fest 2014 (10/22)

UMBC’s annual Harvest Fest celebrating campus sustainability will be October 22nd from 11:30 to 1:30p.m at Commons Mainstreet and Terrace.

Join us for:

  • pumpkins
  • apples
  • local healthy food
  • games
  • crafts
  • photo booth

Harvest Fest will showcase campus partners involved in making an impact in each of these global issues as part of national celebrations: Campus Sustainability Day, which celebrates sustainability in higher education and empoweres change on campus and in the community, and Food Day, a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Contact with ideas, questions or suggestions!

Click here to RSVP.

Partners include: Eco-Ambassadors, Climate Action Steering Committee, The Garden, Students for Environmental Awareness, Geography and Environmental Systems Council of Majors, Peer Health Educators, the Commons, Food Coalition, Environmental Task Force, UMBC Vegetarians, SGA Dept of Environmental Affairs, Campus Card, Facilities Management, UMBC Recycles, UMBC Drum Circle, Hooplah, and many more.

Accessibility Presentation (10/24)

Facilities Management, the Office of Human Relations, and Student Support Services are hosting a discussion of potential projects that will improve the physical environment of UMBC and meet the needs of students, staff, faculty and visitors with disabilities on the 7th floor of the Library at noon on October 24, 2014. Your ideas, suggestions and feedback will inform the process for our AccessMD Program project proposals.

One source of potential projects comes from campus discussions that are held in the early spring. This year’s discussions for our FY 17 submission will also include a second presentation and discussion in early February, 2015.

For more information or to submit your suggestion, please contact Celso Guitian in Planning and Construction Services at or ext. 5578 or Stephanie Lazarus, ADA/Section 504 Coordinator at or ext. 5745 with questions or concerns. ASL interpretation will be provided. Individuals requesting accommodations for disabilities should contact at least one week prior to the event to request accommodations. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.

Livewire Festival: Ensemble Laboratorium (10/18)

Ensemble LaboratoriumThe Department of Music’s Livewire festival presents the Ensemble Laboratorium, which will perform a collection of movements from single work, also entitled Laboratorium, by renowned composer Vinko Globokar.

Inspired by their time spent working together under the direction of Pierre Boulez at the 2004 Lucerne Festival Academy, a group of young musicians formed Laboratorium. Hailing from 15 countries on 5 continents, its members are especially interested in the study and interpretation of both the established and the obscure repertoire of the 20th & 21st centuries. Likewise they are actively commissioning new works as well as engaging in interdisciplinary collaborations with artists from other fields.

Saturday, October 18, 8:00 p.m., Concert Hall, Performing Arts and Humanities Building.
$15 general admission, $10 seniors and $5 students. Tickets are available online at MissionTix.
Admission is free with a UMBC ID (tickets available at the door).

Click here for additional information.