“We’re All VideoFreex!,” presented by the CADVC (3/9)

freexThis Sunday, March 9 at 4:00 p.m., the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture presents “We’re All VideoFreex!,” a discussion with Skip Blumberg, Videofreex member and artist; Parry Teasdale, Videofreex co-founder and editor, and Tom Colley, collections manager, Video Data Bank. The presentation will take place in the East Building Auditorium, at the National Gallery of Art.

About the discussion:
“In the late 60s, the recording of image and sound with instantaneous playback signaled the dawn of a new media—video—that was more accessible and more discreet than film had ever been. With video cameras known as portapaks in hand, the co-founders of the Videofreex collective (1969-1978) were pioneers in the development of community television, founders of the country’s first pirate TV station, as well as mentors and instructors to countless individuals interested in making and sharing an open system of production. A selection of videos produced by the Freex and archived at Video Data Bank in Chicago features an interview with Fred Hampton of the Black Panthers, a discussion with organizer Abbey Hoffman, and excerpts from other early video recordings.”

This event is one of several talks, films and performances in the series organized by the CADVC, Jump Over Timecurated by Joanna Raczynska ’98, visual arts, of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Learn more at our Arts and Culture Calendar.

Christie Finn ’07, Soprano (3/9)

hans_kupelwieser_eoe_31_foto_helmut_lackingerJoin us this Sunday, March 9 at 3:00 p.m. as Christie Finn ’07, music, performs a concert including works by Linda Dusman and Georges Aperghis, with guest violinist Airi Yoshioka.

Two-time winner of the interpretation prize at the International Stockhausen Concerts and Courses (Kürten, Germany), soprano Christie Finn is actively involved in the world of contemporary performance and new music theater.

Recent performance highlights include the complete Récitations of Georges Aperghis as part of the first annual Resonant Bodies Festival (New York City), Sofia Gubaidulina’s Homage à  T. S. Eliot at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ (Amsterdam) with the Asko | Schönberg Ensemble, a concert of premieres in Chicago with her experimental music duo NOISE-BRIDGE, Luciano Berio’s sequenza iii for the opening of a new art exhibit at the Landesmuseum Niederösterreich (Austria), Unsuk Chin’s Akrostichon-Wortspiel with the György Ligeti Academy as part of the Muziekzomer Festival Gelderland  2012 (Netherlands), the U.S. premiere of Luigi Nono’s Quando Stanno Morendo (Soprano II) with ekmeles, and several experimental music theater productions with the Studio für Stimmkunst und Neues Musiktheater in Stuttgart (Germany).  Recent music theater productions outside of Stuttgart include Jason Cady’s comic book/sitcom opera Happiness is the Problem with Experiments in Opera in Brooklyn, Georges Aperghis’ Sextuor: L’origine des Espèces (New York premiere), and VocaalLAB’s 2011 production of MonteverdISH (cover).

Learn more at our Arts and Culture Calendar.

Building a House in Heaven: Pious Neoliberalism and Islamic Charity in Egypt (3/5)

The Department of Geography & Environmental Systems invites you to our next seminar for the Spring 2014 semester. The seminar will be presented by Dr. Mona Atia, Assistant Professor of Geography and International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

The seminar topic is: Building a House in Heaven: Pious Neoliberalism and Islamic Charity in Egypt

The seminar will be held in ITE 231 on March 5, 2014 from 12-1PM.

Panels on Emerging Health Crisis in Vulnerable Populations (3/3)

As part of Critical Social Justice week, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology is organizing a workshop “Inspiring Social Justice to Address Emerging Health Crises in Vulnerable Populations” to be held on Monday, March 3rd from 12-2pm in Sherman A-220.

The first panel, “The Health Toll of Human Rights Violations Against Female Political Prisoners, Transsexuals, and Sex Trafficking Victims” presented by Andrea Kalfoglou, PhD, Jana Rehak, PhD, and Ilsa Lottes, PhD, will examine violence, trauma, and human rights from social justice perspectives.

The second panel, Lessons from Immigration Policy and Historical Events that Shaped Today’s Inequities in the Diabetes Epidemic Among African-Americans, Latinos, and American Indians, featuring Pamela Geernaert, PhD, Sarah Chard, PhD, and Angelica P. Herrera, DrPH, will address inequities in health among marginalized communities.

All members of the UMBC community are invited to attend this insightful and timely event to learn more about these pressing concerns in health and social justice. Refreshments provided.

Humanities Forum: The Living Edge- Delights and Dilemmas of the Chesapeake Bay (3/4)

Tom Horton and Dave Harp, two of the nation’s best known environmental journalists, are presenting the Humanities Forum, “The Living Edge: Delights and Dilemmas of the Chesapeake Bay.” Horton and Harp will speak on the state of the Chesapeake Bay, the country’s largest estuarine system whose drainage basin touches six states. The talk is scheduled for Tuesday, March 4 at 4 p.m. in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery. Refreshments will be served.

Dave Harp photo

Photo credit Dave Harp

Horton is the author of the critically acclaimed Bay Country, which won the John Burroughs Award for the best book of nature writing as well as the David Brower award from the Sierra Club.

Harp is one of the best known nature photographers in the country whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, Audubon, Sierra, Natural History, Islands, Travel Holiday and Coastal Living Magazine.

The event is sponsored by the departments of English, Biology, Geography and Environmental Systems and Interdisciplinary Sciences with assistance from the Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars and the Dresher Center for the Humanities.

Event Calendar for Critical Social Justice

Departments, student groups, and individuals from across the UMBC campus and community have organized a week full of exciting programming for the Critical Social Justice: Engaging in Difficult Dialogues campaign.

Check out the CSJ calendar to find out more about the discussions, workshops, and other activities planned for March 3rd through 7th. All members of the UMBC community are encouraged to attend these events and support ongoing creative, intellectual, and activist engagement with social justice issues.

Critical Social Justice is an interdisciplinary initiative coordinated by the Women’s Center with Student Life’s Mosaic Center.

Jack Mullen Lecture: “The Golden Age of Higher Education is Over” (3/6)

Professor Ehrenberg will explain why the financial models under which both private and public higher education institutions are operating are breaking down and the actions they will have to take in the future to remain financially solvent and deliver high quality education to their students.

Thursday, March 6 at 4 p.m./Albin O. Kuhn Library, 7th Floor
Sponsored by the Department of Economics.
Ronald Ehrenberg, Irving M. Ives Professor, Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, and Director, Cornell Higher Education Research Institute (CHERI), Cornell University

Kevin “Kal” Kallaugher Lecture (3/4)

Cartoon-of-Kevin-kal-Kallaugher-us-democrazy-458x400In a lively and entertaining illustrated presentation, Kal will provide insight to his 35 year stint as an international award winning cartoonist. Kal will discuss his unique and challenging profession and his 8000 barbed commentaries that have engaged readers and leaders around the globe. The presentation will be capped off with live drawing of Kal’s favorite targets.

March 4th, 7:00PM, The Commons, Skylight Room

Critical Social Justice Keynote with Jay Smooth (3/6)

In partnership with the Dresher Center for the Humanities and Africana Studies, Critical Social Justice presents the 2014 Daphne Harrison Lecture: “On Hip Hop, Race, and Politics: The Way We Talk About Things” with Jay Smooth.

Jay Smooth is the mastermind behind the hip hop and politically-oriented video blog “The Ill Doctrine,” where he serves up contemporary observation on topics of race, politics, music, and pop culture. A leading voice in the sociopolitical realm, Smooth gained national attention with his video “How To Tell Someone They Sound Racist” and his TEDx Talk “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race.” He entertains, challenges, and enlightens audiences with his funny, incisive perspective on music, politics, and culture, encouraging audiences to do their own critical thinking about the world, engage in conversations about cultural issues that matter, and find some common ground.

Jay Smooth’s keynote lecture will be held in the UC Ballroom on Thursday, March 6th at 7:30pm with a Q&A and reception to follow. For more information on this and other Critical Social Justice events, visit the CSJ site.