A Combined Concert Featuring The UMBC Camerata and Opera Workshop (5/10)

A program featuring the UMBC Camerata and the Opera Workshop will take place on Friday, May 10 beginning at 8 pm in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

camerata01-sThe UMBC Camerata, under the direction of Stephen Caracciolo, is a select ensemble of singers from a wide range of backgrounds and majors in the university. The group performs a wide range of works including Renaissance motets, folksongs, choral-orchestral works, German part songs, Russian sacred liturgies, American spirituals, and new works.

ensemble_vocalartsThe Opera Workshop, under the direction of Joseph Regan, is a course designed for 8 – 15 advanced vocalists, and offers students the opportunity to study stage acting, movement and character development within the sphere of musical performance.

Admission is free.

Silent Spring in the City: Housing, Environmental Justice, and the History of Urban Pest Management (5/8)

The Department of Geography & Environmental Systems invites you to our final seminar of the 2012-2013 academic year, “Silent Spring in the City: Housing, Environmental Justice, and the History of Urban Pest Management.”

This talk by Dr. Dawn Biehler, Assistant Professor, Geography and Environmental Systems, will take place on Wednesday, May 8 from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Sondheim 001.

For more information, please contact Andrew Miller at miller@umbc.edu.

UMBC Percussion Ensemble (5/9)

sidebar_percussionThe UMBC Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Tom Goldstein, performs Thursday, May 9 at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

The Percussion Ensemble is a dedicated group of advanced percussion students. The Ensemble is adventurous in its programming with a repertoire that includes graphic notation pieces, improvisational works, and theatre works by important early percussion composers, such as Alan Hovhanness, John Cage and Carlos Chavez. The Ensemble has established a tradition of performing works by faculty and student composers, who sometimes include members of the ensemble.

Admission to this event is free.

Charisma in the Age of Digital Reproduction (5/8)

raphael falcoOn 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

Weight Watchers 360 at Work Info Session (5/8)

Come to an Open house right here on campus and see for yourself how Weight Watchers can help you be healthier. You’ll learn about our program and how Weight Watchers helps you set your goals and achieve them.

Wed, May 8, 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Commons 318.

Registration will be available at this Open House if you decided to join. The program will run for 18 weeks straight (17 weeks paid + 1 week FREE) for $186 total (split payments available). The paid amount includes the WW eTools as well! Most major credit cards and personal checks are accepted.

Classes will take place in The Commons room 331 beginning on May 15th and run every Wednesday for 18 weeks from 11:45am-12:30pm. Each meeting includes a weigh in plus a 30 minute “class”. This program is open only to UMBC staff and faculty. We need at least 20 staff and faculty members signed up in order to run this deal on our campus, so please think about joining!

Contact Alison Rohrbach at University Health Services if you are interested or if you have any questions. (410) 455-1599 or arohrbach@umbc.edu.

UMBC Hosts EMMY Award Winning Director Carlos Florez (5/6)

Carlos Florez Lecture
Monday, May 6
Meyerhoff Chemistry Building MEYR 030 (Lecture Hall 2)
Reception: 6:30 p.m.
Lecture: 7:00 p.m.

EMMY award winning Carlos Florez is a director of films and commercials who specializes in telling stories that integrate the magic of visual effects to live action and green-screen productions.

He is the new breed of director in the modern wave of film-making, an expert with the RED camera and new digital workflow. He founded the Los Angeles based production VFX/company, REZLAB, that is taking the lead in making award winning films and commercials. His goal is to become one of the best directors of films and TV in the world.