On Wednesday, May 8, at 4 p.m. in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, the Humanities Forum will present “Charisma in the Age of Digital Reproduction” with Raphael Falco, the 2012-13 Lipitz Professor and professor of English.
Charismatic authority, the most fluid form of leadership, should thrive in the new media environment of digital reproduction, emerging amid swiftly forming groups and capitalizing on unrestricted, private access to the bearers of charisma. Yet, the status quo of charismatic groups dependent on digital reproduction is systematically undermined by reproducibility itself—the driving force of new media. My talk explores how this inescapable conflict destroys charismatic authority and abandons logged-on group members to isolation.
Raphael Falco received his B.A. and his Masters degrees from Columbia University and his Ph.D. from New York University. In his latest book, Charisma and Myth (Continuum Publishing), Professor Falco has explored areas beyond his usual precincts of early modern literature. He hopes to engage intellectuals of all stripes by introducing a completely new element to the study of myth—the idea that myth and myth systems operate in the same way as charismatic groups.
This event is sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences with support from the Dresher Center for the Humanities
Join environmental activist Sandra Steingraber at UMBC for her first public appearance following her incarceration for civil disobedience.
Steingraber, an Ithaca College professor, was recently sentenced to 15 days in jail for blocking access to a storage site for fracked gas, then refused to pay $375 in bail. She has been a leader of the fight in New York state to keep frackers at bay.
Steingraber’s lecture at UMBC, scheduled for Monday, April 29 at 4 p.m. on the 7th floor of the Albin O. Kuhn Library, will be her first public appearance following her release.
“My children need a world with pollinators and plankton stocks and a stable climate. They need lake shores that do not have explosive hydrocarbon gases buried underneath. The fossil fuel party must come to an end.” Steingraber wrote in a letter from jail.
Steingraber’s incarceration has been reported in several media outlets, including the “Wall Street Journal,” the “Ithaca Journal,” and the blog “Grist.”
Help beautify the UMBC campus and learn more about its natural wonder on Wednesday, April 24, with a campus tree planting and walking landscape tour.
Join UMBC’s chapters of Lambda Phi chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. for “Tree Planting 101″ from noon to 1 p.m., and a tree planting event from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Both events will take place between Lots 1 and 3, behind the Physics and Public Policy buildings. Be sure to wear clothing appropriate for outdoor work. For questions, contact Dasia Robinson at email@example.com.
A landscape walking tour of campus will also be held on the 24th from 2 to 3 p.m., starting at the doors of the Administration Building. For information, contact Donna Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both events are part of UMBC’s weeklong Ecofest, which runs from April 22-26. For more information, click here.
Alfred Aho, Lawrence Gussman Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, will give the next Distinguished Computational Science Lecture on quantum computing on Thursday, April 25.
Quantum computing is an exciting emerging field that offers great potential for next generation information processing but also presents great scientific and engineering challenges. Assuming that someday we will be able to build scalable and reliable quantum computers, we will need to create programming languages and compilers that will allow programmers to harness quantum phenomena. In this talk, Alfred Aho will look at quantum computing from a compiler writer’s perspective and discuss some of the formidable challenges that face quantum computer compilers.
In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, join the Women’s Center and UHS and let’s take back the night! Meet us on the Commons Quad.
6:30 p.m.: Resource Fair and Clothesline Project
7 p.m.: Welcome and Survivor Speak-Out
8 p.m.: March through Campus
8:30 p.m.: Musical Solidarity Performance
The Resource Fair includes the following organizations: FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, Hollaback Baltimore, Turn Around, Domestic Violence Center of Howard County, UHS, WILL, Green Dot and the Relationship Violence Awareness and Prevention Advocates, and the Women’s Center
Student organizations are invited to create signs for the rally to show their solidarity in ending sexual violence. Individuals and groups can make signs on April 23rd from 11:30am-1pm on the Breezeway or from 11am-1pm in the Women’s Center. All materials will be provided.
For more information about this event, see our post on the BreakingGround blog.
For questions, contact the Women’s Center at 410.455.2714 or email@example.com
Effective leadership is any organization’s most critical competitive advantage. Knowing “how” to be effective and “being effective” are sometimes two very different things. As Steven Covey says; “To know and not to do, is like not knowing at all.”
By attending Discovering the Leader Within, you will develop a deeper understanding of the Leadership Styles Continuum, discover which style you prefer, and learn how to create action items that enhance your personal leadership development. You will also learn how to:
- Inspire action as a leader
- Apply the necessary leadership style to be effective
- Gain followership
- Use aspects of Kouzes and Posner’s five leadership practices and 10 commitments to stretch your leadership abilities
- Enhance your personal leadership development, motivating you to cultivate and practice your leadership styles
This workshop will be on Wednesday, June 5, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in University Center Room 312. Please register by May 28.
Inspirational leaders somehow find a way to get more out of their people than would have seemed possible. They get great results while maintaining the engagement and excitement of their team.
Very few people are born with the charismatic leadership abilities that naturally drive those around them to dig deep to achieve their all-out best. But these skills can be learned. When you attend How to Be An Inspirational Leader, a facilitated Webinar, you’ll learn the strategies used by the most inspirational leaders of all time to ignite incredible performance from people, strategies like:
- The secrets of motivation – what works and what doesn’t
- Communicating your vision effectively to encourage buy-in
- Simple motivation strategies that have a big effect on inspiration and morale
- And more!
This workshop will be on Wednesday, May 15, 12:30–3:30 p.m. in ITE Room 456. please register by May 7.
The UMBC Chamber Players and the New Music Ensemble perform a concert Sunday, April 28 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. The groups will play under the direction of Department of Music faculty, Airi Yoshioka and Tom Goldstein.
Admission to this event is free.
Join the American Studies Department for “Hairstories,” a night of individuality and personal experience, as we comb through the culturally diverse perspectives of our hair.
The event will take place in the UMBC SportsZone (Commons) on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 7 p.m.
The event is planned by assistant professor of American studies Kimberly Moffitt’s “Black Hair and Body Politics” class.
“We will spend the evening sharing, laughing, reflecting, and maybe even shed a tear or two as we explore the ways our hair, skin hue, or body type impacts our daily lives,” says Moffitt.
Join us April 21-29 in a celebration of service! National Volunteer Week is a week-long series of events honoring the dedication and motivation of service and civic engagement involvement. Some upcoming events include:
Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
Thursday, April 25, 12-1 p.m. in UC312
Join us for some food and conversation! We want to thank you for your involvement in service and community engagement over the past year. You all have dedicated yourselves to taking action in your respective communities and we want to continue to celebrate that spirit of service.
Connecting Community Partners Service Fair – RSVP
Friday, April 26, 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. in UC310 and UC312
The Service Fair will be an opportunity for nonprofit and community organizations to come together at UMBC and build relationships with our campus community. Meet more than 30 nonprofits visiting – learn how to get involved in service and journey to a world of service possibilities. Network with community partners and get your personalized ‘service passport’ stamped for a chance to win prizes. You may be interested in this event if you are considering:
- Engaging in individual service
- Building a service component into a course
- Diversifying opportunities for course components
- Inviting speakers to your class
- Exploring post-UMBC careers at nonprofit organizations
- Connecting your respective community with service opportunities (e.g., student org., affinity group, department)
- Working together to build a social change experience through a residential setting
If you have any questions, please contact Kayla Keelan, Office of Student Life, at firstname.lastname@example.org.