Kid-Simple: A Radio Play in The Flesh, written by Jordan Harrison, directed by guest artist, Michele Minnick opens this Thursday, November 21 at 8 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre, and will continue through Sunday, November 24.
Tickets available at MissionTix.com.
“After Moll, girl genius, invents a machine for hearing sounds that cannot be heard, she wins the science fair, and unknowingly lets her heart — and her machine, “The Third Ear” — be stolen by an evil shape-shifting mercenary. In this quirky, thrilling, live-performance radio play, Moll teams up with Oliver, the last boy virgin in the 11th grade, and heads off on a life-threatening adventure to rescue her invention and save sound as we know it!”
Thursday, November 21 | 8 p.m.
Friday, November 22 | 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 23 | 2 p.m & 8 p.m.
Sunday, Noveber 24 | 2 p.m.
More information available at our Arts and Culture Calendar.
In the latest essay for his Race Stories column for the New York Times, Maurice Berger, CADVC, discusses Civil Rights Photographer Jon Lewis’ pictures of farm workers outside of the Jim Crow South. Berger writes about Lewis’ “precise and moving” documentation of the Delano Grape Strike that, “offers great insights about the strike and the canny understanding of photography of its leader, Cesar Chavez.”
Read “A Civil Rights Photographer, and a Struggle, Are Remembered” at the New York Times Lens Blog.
Berger’s Race Stories column has featured several essays centered upon race and photography including, Malcolm X as image maker, Ken Gonzales-Day, images of emancipation, the photographs of Deborah Will, the civil rights work of James Karales, and the woman in a civil rights photo, fifty seven years later.
Tokyo recently won the right to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, and the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia is just a few months away.
As the Olympics have made headlines in recent weeks, Public Policy Professor John Rennie Short has been in the news for his proposal that the Summer Olympics should be held at a permanent site every four years. He was recently interviewed by Radio New Zealand on its award-winning program “This Way Up” about the idea.
“Moving it every four years seems to be incredibly expensive and socially disruptive when why don’t we host it in one site? There’s obviously lots of cost at the beginning, but the costs are evened out,” he said.
Short described how establishing a permanent site would create a “global place” where events could be held beyond the Olympics such as conferences, meetings and concerts where people from all around the world, not just athletes, could come.
He also discussed the idea of growing material interest in the Olympics and how the games keep getting larger each year.
“Every city has a major displacement, major cost, and the real driving force for permanently moving the Olympic Games, it comes from developers who actually cash in big time if they can successfully get land cheap and sell it more expensive,” Short said.
You can listen to the full, 12-minute interview on Radio New Zealand here.
John Rennie Short was also recently interviewed by KCBS News Radio in San Francisco about his proposal. You can find more information on that here.
Students in French 340 will present “Haiti: Past and Present,” on Wednesday, November 20th at 12 p.m. in ITE 456. The students will give a brief history of Haiti (past and present) and introduce their individual fundraising campaign for medical aid in the country.
French 340 students are teaming up with Partners in Health to raise funds for treating vicious diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis, building homes for poor families, helping farmers increase their crops, and treating malnutrition in children.
You can find out more about the campaign here.
The Gender + Women Studies department is hosting the 7th annual Korenman Lecture, “Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales” on Wednesday, November 20th in the University Center Ballroom with doors opening at 3:45 p.m.
E. Patrick Johnson is this year’s speaker and will perform selections from his 2009 play, Sweet Tea—The Play, based on his book, Sweet Tea. The play’s world premiere in April 2010 had a month run to rave reviews. He won a Black Theatre Alliance Award for Best Solo Performance for the show, and has toured over 80 college campuses since 2006.
Professor Johnson is the Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University. He is also an Artistic Fellow at the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media at Columbia College, Chicago. A scholar, artist, and activist, Johnson has performed nationally and internationally and has published widely in the area of race, gender, sexuality and performance.
You can find out more about Johnson on his website. For additional updates on the event, see the GWST website, including background readings.
The GWST 7th annual Korenman lecture is co-sponsored by the Dresher Center for Humanities, the Office of the Provost and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
In an effort to assist employees during these economic times, the Dept. of Human Resources has updated their online resources and professional development opportunities for the Fall 2013 semester.
This fall marks the first semester of the global studies major, an interdisciplinary program that integrates courses in 12 departments and trains students to develop research, critical thinking, writing and language skills.
Global Studies Program Director and Political Science Professor Devin Hagerty wrote an op-ed published in Inside Higher Ed that introduces the program and argues that a liberal arts education is essential in developing a “global competence” among students:
Broadly defined, global competence is “the capacity and disposition to understand and act on issues of global significance.” Its central elements include knowledge of world affairs — cultural, economic, and political; proficiency in communicating with people in and from other societies, both verbally and in writing; the ability to appreciate multiple perspectives and respect cultural diversity; and the intellectual and psychological flexibility to adapt to unfamiliar and rapidly changing circumstances.
Hagerty describes how majors in the program take courses in economics, geography and environmental systems and history among others and are required to study abroad and achieve fluency in a foreign language.
“Developing the skills that we hope to instill in UMBC’s global studies majors is an inherently interdisciplinary mission,” Hagerty wrote.
You can read the full op-ed in Inside Higher Ed here.
comfort/drones, an original production by Alan Kreizenbeck, theatre, will open in the David Mikow Art Gallery, Friday, November 17 at 7 p.m. The play, based on the writings of Wallace Shawn, is embedded with questions about morality. It is the first play to take place in the David Mikow Art Gallery, operated by Carolyn Forestiere, political science, and Asher Mikow. A group discussion will follow the performance.
Performances will take place Friday and Sunday, November 17 and 19, and Saturday and Sunday, November 23 and 24, at 7pm each evening.
The David Mikow Art Gallery is located at 1002 Vineyard Hill Road, Catonsville, MD 21228. Learn more and reserve tickets at the gallery’s website.
Honors College Professor Ellen Handler Spitz, under the auspices of Honors College Director Simon Stacey, invited Enchantment Theater Company of Philadelphia to present two, two and a half-hour long workshops in her classes last week.
Photo of students taken by Honors student Sehrash Khan.
Enchantment co-directors Jennifer and Landis Smith screened scenes from their latest production, spoke on their use of classical music (Rimksy-Korsakov’s “Scherezade”), masks, gigantic puppets, fabrics, projections and sleight-of-hand magic to create evocative, nearly wordless imaginings of tales from “The Arabian Nights.”
Dr. Spitz’s students, having read and studied several tales from the Nights, donned masks and experienced first-hand the processes of transformation from text to theater and from words to gesture and mime.
English Department Writer in Residence Lia Purpura is featured in the latest edition of The New Yorker. The magazine published her poem “Future Perfect” in its November 18th edition. You can read the poem in The New Yorker here (subscription required). The full text of the poem is below:
Where you were
before you were born,
and where you are
when you’re not anymore
might be very close.
Might be the same place,
though neither is
as being here but
you will have been –
where things land,
are finished, over, and
gone but not yet.