MLLI Public Lecture: Women, Race, and Political Representation in France (11/12)

On Wednesday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m., the Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication Department presents “Women, Race, and Political Representation in France,” a public lecture in Sherman Hall Room 145. Bronwyn Winter, an associate professor in the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Sydney, will present the talk.

The event is sponsored by the MLLI Department, the Gender and Women’s Studies Department, the Dresher Center for the Humanities, Global Studies, Language, Literacy, and Culture, the Sociology and Anthropology Department, the Mosaic Center, the Center for the Advancement of Intercultural Communication (CAIC), and the UMBC French Club. For more information, visit the MLLI website.

Humanities Forum: Civil Rights, Asian Americans, and Marriage Equality: 50 Years After the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (11/19)

Helen ZiaOn Wednesday, November 19 at 6:00 p.m., Helen Zia, author and former executive editor of Ms. Magazine, presents the Humanities Forum, “Civil Rights, Asian Americans, and Marriage Equality: 50 Years After the Civil Rights Act of 1964.” The event takes place in the University Center, Room 312.

In these challenging times, Asian Americans, LGBTs, and others are moving from the margins to the center on our campuses, workplaces, communities, and even the White House. Writer Helen Zia, the daughter of immigrants from China, explores our increasingly diverse future and the opportunities for all communities to move forward together to re-envision the new face of America. Through personal stories from her experiences as an Asian American, feminist and LGBT activist, she shows how hidden pieces of our common history can help to transform the dreams we have for ourselves and the world around us into positive change.

For more information on the event, click here.

CURRENTS: Fan Yang, Media and Communication Studies and Tim Phin, Ancient Studies (11/14)

The Dresher Center for the Humanities is hosting a CURRENTS: Humanities Work Now talk on Friday, November 14 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts and Humanities Building, Room 216 (Dresher Center Conference Room). Lunch will be available from 11:30, and the presentation starts at noon. Information on the two talks can be found below. The event is open to faculty.

Neoliberal Globalization and the ‘Chinese Dream’
Fan Yang, Assistant Professor, Media and Communication Studies
I’m working to adapt part of the conclusion of my book, Faked in China, into a chapter for an edited volume titled Commercial Nationalism. My plan is to examine the discursive formation of the “Chinese Dream” (zhongguomeng, 中国) under the cultural conditions of neoliberal globalization. Installed in 2012 by China’s newly inaugurated president Xi Jinping as a new catchphrase for his administration, the “Chinese Dream” has taken the Chinese media by storm and garnered global media attention in turn. While Xi understands modern China’s “greatest dream” as the “rejuvenation of the Chinese nation,” which embodies “the integrated well-being” of the country and its people, observers in both China and the West are quick to notice the slogan’s semantic affinity to its American counterpart; after all, the “American Dream” remains the only “dream” that is globally recognized. It would be interesting, therefore, to explore the rise of this discourse as a global-national ideological formation, a concept that I’ve developed in my book to account for the reconfiguration of China’s state apparatus amidst the myriad forces of contemporary globalization.
Scribebamus epos: Identity and Confusion in Martial’s Exilic Poetry
Tim Phin, Assistant Professor, Ancient Studies
The assassination of the emperor Domitian in 96 CE brought an end to Flavian rule in Rome. An elated Roman senate damned the emperor’s memory. Subsequent Roman authors, Tacitus and Pliny, would write of the horrors and indignities of Domitian’s reign. This narrative juxtaposed terrible Domitian with the glorious reigns of Nerva and Trajan. My current research looks closely at that narrative, asking why and how it formed, and what it obscured. My present focus is the poet Martial, whose career began during Flavian rule and continued after Domitian’s death. Martial’s poetry provides the best example of an author struggling to reconcile the reality of regime change in the Roman empire. For my talk, I will discuss a series of emotional, ecphrastic poems written during Martial’s ‘exile’ from Rome. These poems reveal a man deeply concerned with his identity as a Roman; an identity complicated and unsettled by Domitian’s assassination.

Intramural 5K Turkey Trot (11/19)

UMBC intramurals will once again offer its 3K Turkey Trot. This event is completely free and will take place on Wednesday, November 19 at 12:00pm.

You can register in advance at or register the day of  starting at 11:00 am in the RAC. Pre-registration forms and the race route can be found on the Intramurals myUMBC page. Prizes will be given to the first place male, female, and first place staff/faculty. Be sure to sign-up now!

Trio des Alpes in Concert (11/15)

Trio des AlpesThe Department of Music presents the critically acclaimed Trio des Alpes in concert on Saturday, November 15, at 8:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts and Humanities Building Concert Hall. Their performance will feature the U.S. premiere of a new work by Professor Linda Dusman entitled Thundersnow.

In 2012 the Trio des Alpes embarked on the project “al femminile,” focused on performing, recording, and commissioning works by women composers. Recognizing the value of diverse programming, the Trio embraced this repertoire representing a wider variety of experiences. In the process of studying and performing these works, they realized that the relative absence of these voices in the classical music world belies the quality of the music, which exhibits refreshing and enriching new sounds al femminile. Having toured extensively with these works, the Rebecca Clarke Trio, the Amy Beach Trio Op. 150, and two works by Lili Boulanger were recorded as the first CD for this project. It will be released on the renowned Italian Dynamic label in early 2015.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 seniors, $5 students and free with a UMBC ID. Complete program information and biographies of the performers are available here.

Senior Dance Concert (11/6 – 11/8)

Senior Dance ConcertThursday, Friday and Saturday, November 6, 7 and 8, the Department of Dance presents the Senior Dance Concert, which features choreography and performances by senior dance majors. All performances will be at 8:00 p.m. in the Dance Cube, located on the third floor of the Performing Arts and Humanities Building. Tickets are $12 general admission, and $7 students and seniors. Visit here for additional information.