Antoni Muntadas, Visiting Artist Lecture (4/10)

3659688708_52364e3fe4_oUMBC’s Department of Visual Arts and the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture welcome the internationally acclaimed multidisciplinary installation artist Antoni Muntadas, Thursday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. This lecture will take place in Lecture Hall 1. Muntadas’ work has been exhibited in major art institutions throughout the world, and addresses social, political and communications issues, including the relationship between public and private space within social frameworks. His work also investigates channels of information and the ways they may be used to censor or promulgate ideas.

Organized by Visiting Curator Niels Van Tomme, Muntadas’ lecture will initiate a new exhibition project entitled Muntadas: Activating Artifacts. Conceived exclusively for the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture at UMBC, Muntadas: Activating Artifacts is scheduled to be presented in the fall of 2015.

Learn more at our Arts and Culture Calendar.

Humanities Forum: Samuel Kerstein: Dignity and Disability (4/9)

KersteinSamuel Kerstein presents, “Dignity and Disability,” on Wednesday, April 9 at 4:00 p.m. in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery.

Samuel Kerstein (Ph.D., Columbia University) is professor of philosophy at the University of Maryland, College Park. His research focuses on Kant’s moral philosophy, normative ethics and bioethics. Several of his current projects stem from his book, How to Treat Persons (Oxford, 2013). He is developing a Kantian conception of the dignity of persons and is exploring its implications for issues in bioethics, including the fair distribution of scarce, life-saving resources and moral constraints on medical research.

Admission to this event is free. The annual Barker Lecture is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and co-sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities. For more information, click here.

Social Sciences Forum: John L. Jackson, Jr.: Black Gods and Red Devils: Race, Religion and the Re-Imagining of Africana Subjectivity (4/7)

jjacksonOn Monday, April 7 at 4:00 p.m. in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, John L. Jackson presents, “Black Gods and Red Devils: Race, Religion and the Re-Imagining of Africana Subjectivity.”

Professor Jackson will discuss the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem, a group of African Americans that emigrated from the United States to Israel in the 1960s. His talk will explain how this group understands their links to the ancient Hebrews and how they have spent the last 45 years in Israel creating a transnational spiritual community with members in Africa, Europe and the Americas that attempts to radically re-imagine what “race” and “religion” mean in the 21st century.

John L. Jackson, Jr. is the Richard Perry University Professor of Communication, Africana Studies and Anthropology in the Standing Faculty of the Annenberg School for Communication and the Standing Faculty of the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.

Admission to this event is free. It’s co-sponsored with the Africana Studies Research Colloquium and the Department of Africana Studies. For more information, click here.

“Mumbai Disconnected” Documentary Screening (4/14)

Documentary description:
Mumbai is growing like it was on steroids, but a collapsing infrastructure is threatening the megacity’s booming economy and is making the daily commute unbearable for its 20 million citizens. Every day 10-12 people die as they fall off the bursting public trains. On the roads cars hold still in serial traffic jams, and to make matters even worse, the Nano, India’s new people’s car, has just been launched. Through three interweaving human stories we
meet the people at the front line of Mumbai’s infrastructural battle. Can their conflicting hopes and dreams for a future life in the megacity ever add up to a satisfying whole? One thing is for sure: urban planning is not easy in the world’s largest democracy!

3 screening times: 12PM-1:20PM, 3PM- 4:20PM, 5PM-6:20PM @ The Commons SportsZone

Free popcorn bar and refreshments!

Participants can give their reactions at the UMBC Transit & Parking Q&A on April 16th.

Sponsor: UMBC’s OCSS & Transit

UMBC Transit & Parking Q&A (4/16)

Documentary reaction, sustainable transportation panel discussion, and UMBC Transit and Parking Q&A on April 16, 2014 from 12PM-1:30PM in the University Center Room 312.

Free lunch provided.

A panelist of campus community members actively involved in sustainable transportation initiatives and programs at UMBC will discuss their work. A Parking Services representative will be here to address students’ parking concerns.

For more info, please contact Jessica Sadler @ or 410-455-3852.

Sponsored by UMBC’s office of Off-Campus Student Services and Transit Services.

Transforming Masculinities: Man Card Edition (4/9)

Sometimes when men do things that are outside of expected masculine behavior roles, they are told that their “man card” is at risk of being revoked. To kick off the Women’s Center’s new discussion series on masculinity, all are welcome to join in a conversation about what the “man card” is, what it means, and what it means to have it “revoked.” Who has the power to make these determinations? What behaviors cause someone to decide that a revocation of the man card is necessary? And, in the long run, does it really matter?

Join us as you are able, for any or all of the hour long discussion!

Grad Student Rally (4/7)

Come take a walk around campus with UMBC’s graduate students! UMBC’s Graduate Students will have their first annual rally for Graduate Student Engagement, walking together to different sites on campus, beginning and ending on The Commons Terrace. Monday, April 7th from 12 noon-12:30pm.

Violin/Viola Concert (4/7)

Violinist Airi Yoshioka and violist Maria Lambros present a concert of Mozart and contemporary works by composers from Central Asia and the Caucuses. The program includes:
Mozart String Duo No. 1 in G major for violin and viola, k 423;
Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky (Uzbekistan) Solo; Franghiz Ali-Zadeh (Azerbaijan) “Dastan”; Akaki Nicoladze (Georgia) Solo

A reception, sponsored by the Libby Kuhn Endowment Fund, will follow the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library & Gallery through its “ArtsNotes” series.

URCAD 2014 (4/23)

Join us in the UC Ballroom for the 18th Annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day on Wednesday, April 23. Meet guest speaker Corey Flesicher, winner of the Discovery Channel’s “Big Brain Theory” competition and see over 200 presentations by UMBC students.

Visit the URCAD website for more information.