Social Sciences Forum: The Unforseen Anticompetitive and Racially Discriminatory Effects of Baseball’s North American Draft (9/18)

Stephen RossOn Thursday, September 18 at 4:00 p.m. in the University Center Room 312, Stephen F. Ross, Director, Penn State Institute for Sports Law, Policy, and Research, Penn State University Dickinson School of Law, will present the Social Sciences Forum, “The Unforseen Anticompetitive and Racially Discriminatory Effects of Baseball’s North American Draft.”

When Major League Baseball instituted its amateur draft in 1966, elite players honed their sills in widely available competitions organized by high schools and the American Legion.  Today, virtually all North American youth selected in the draft or offered major college scholarships must join private, elite, and expensive traveling teams to display their talent.  In contrast, MLB teams spend millions to train poor Latin American kids in academies, because these young men are not subject to the draft. Ross, Lewis H. Vovakis Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law, will propose modifications to create economic incentives for MLB teams to invest in domestic academies for youth unable to afford private teams.

The event is sponsored by the Department of Economics. For more information, click here.

Humanities Forum: Mark Tribe: Art is a Three Letter Word (9/18)

Photo credit Collier Schorr

Photo credit Collier Schorr

On Thursday, September 18 at 5:30 p.m. on the 7th floor of the Albin O. Kuhn Library, artist Mark Tribe will present the Humanities Forum, “Art is a Three Letter Word.” The forum is part of the Dresher Center’s Digital Humanities Initiative.

Mark Tribe’s work explores the intersection of media technology and politics. His photographs, installations, videos, and performances are exhibited widely, including solo projects at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Momenta Art in New York, the San Diego Museum of Art, and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. He is the author of two books, The Port Huron Project: Reenactments of New Left Protest Speeches and New Media Art and numerous articles. Tribe is Chair of the MFA Fine Arts Department at School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 1996, he founded Rhizome, an organization that supports the creation, presentation, preservation, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology.

The event is sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities, the Visual Arts Department, and the Center for Innovation, Research, and Creativity in the Arts. For more information, click here.

Social Sciences Forum: The U.S. Constitution and the Battle Over Racial Equality Today (9/17)

Rogers SmithOn Wednesday, September 17 at 4:30 p.m. on the seventh floor of the Albin O. Kuhn Library, Dr. Rogers Smith, H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, will present the Social Sciences Forum, “The U.S. Constitution and the Battle Over Racial Equality Today.”

The author of seven books on citizenship and equality in the United States, including one that was a finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in History, Dr. Smith, H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, will address why America’s political leaders avoid discussing racial policies, even as many forms of racial inequality persist and deepen. Smith argues that the United States is profoundly divided between two rival conceptions of civic equality–but that common ground may be found in the bold views of the Constitution’s purposes advanced by Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

This is a Constitution and Citizenship Day Lecture, co-sponsored with the Departments of Political Science, Africana Studies, American Studies, Philosophy and Public Policy, and the Office of Student Life. For more information, click here.

Performing Arts and Humanities Building Grand Opening (10/17)

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Photo: Ken Wyner

The campus community and the public are cordially invited to attend the grand opening of the Performing Arts and Humanities Building on Friday, October 17. At 3:00 p.m., an official ribbon cutting ceremony will be held in the Recital Hall, followed by a reception, building tours, performances and open rehearsals. We will also commemorate the installation of the new public artwork by Thomas Sayre. A detailed schedule will be published soon.

Niels Van Tomme, CADVC, Receives Vilcek Curatorial Fellowship

nielsvt_web1Niels Van Tomme, Visiting Curator of the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, has been named a 2014 Vilcek Curatorial Fellow by the Foundation for a Civil Society.

The Vilcek Curatorial Fellowship was established as part of the Foundation for a Civil Society’s Young Visual Artists Awards (YVAA) program. It is awarded annually to U.S.-based curators with demonstrated experience and excellence in engaging with international contemporary art. The fellowship provides curators with an opportunity to travel to one or more of the YVAA countries in Central and South East Europe to serve as guest jury members for the national awards as well as conduct short-term independent research, develop curatorial projects and expand their professional networks.

The Foundation notes that Van Tomme was chosen for his noted curatorial achievements, commitment to artists and publics alike, and potential to make important future contributions to the field of contemporary art. He will be traveling to Prishtina, Kosovo in mid-October to select the winners of the Artist of Tomorrow Award, as well as visiting Belgrade, Serbia; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Bucharest, Romania. He will also be conducting studio visits with artists, meetings with colleagues and presenting his curatorial practice at public events. As a Vilcek Fellow, Van Tomme will continue to be the agent of artistic exchange, creative collaboration and understanding between the United States and the YVAA countries.

The Young Visual Artists Awards is an international network of 10 national awards in Central and South East Europe and a New York residency program. First established with President Havel and a group of artists in Czechoslovakia in 1990, this highly successful program has grown to 10 countries and has to date awarded and presented in the US over 100 artists.

Performing Arts and Humanities Building in The Baltimore Sun

Photo: Ken Wyner

Photo: Ken Wyner

“The just-completed Performing Arts and Humanities Building atop the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County,” says fine arts critic Tim Smith of The Baltimore Sun, “makes quite a statement from almost every angle — the sun-reflecting, stainless-steel-wrapped Concert Hall; the glass-enclosed Dance Cube jutting from the structure; views of the downtown Baltimore skyline from upper floors.”

Smith’s feature, accompanied by photographs by Barbara Haddock Taylor, ran in The Sun on Sunday, August 31, and includes an interview with Scott Casper, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Click here to read the full article and here to see the photo gallery.

Michele Osherow, English, Participates in the U.S. Premiere of “The Veil”

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Photo credit: St. Johnn Blondell. Actors from left to right: Michele Osherow, Steve LaRocque, Jane Squier Bruns.

This past summer, The Quotidian Theatre in Bethesda hosted the U.S. premiere of Conor McPherson’s play “The Veil,” which debuted in 2011 at London’s National Theatre. The description of the play is as follows on the Quotidian website: “Set in a haunted mansion in rural Ireland in 1822, surrounded by a restive, starving populace, ‘The Veil’ weaves Ireland’s troubled colonial history into a transfixing story about the search for love, the transcendental, and the circularity of time.”

Michele Osherow, an associate professor of English, played the widowed Lady Lambroke, the owner of the Irish country manor where the play takes place. Osherow and other cast members received a strong review in the Washington Post for their work: “LaRocque’s Rev. Berkeley, Decker’s Mr. Audelle, Osherow’s Lady Lambroke and Mayo’s Hannah are all well-rounded characterizations, their lines spoken with unstilted English and Irish accents.

The play ran from July 18-August 17 and in addition to the Washington Post, it received praise from MD Theatre Guide, DC Theatre Scene, Broadway World, and DC Metro Theatre Arts. To read more of the reviews and find more information about “The Veil,” click here.

Osherow has extensive experience in professional theatre and serves as the Resident Dramaturg for the Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C. She received a 2012 best actress nomination from D.C. Theatre Scene for her work in Brian Friel’s Afterplay (Quotidian Theatre).