9th Annual Arts Integration Conference (2/28)

artsintegrationThe UMBC Department of Education, in cooperation with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture and the UMBC Department of American Studies, will host its 9th Annual Arts Integration Conference on February 28, 2015.

The day will begin with Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance, a musical narrative by the Core Ensemble, and wrap up with a performance by slam poet, Gayle Danley. Most workshops will focus on using the visual and performing arts of the Harlem Renaissance as a theme for arts integration in K-12 classrooms. Others will provide historical overviews of the Harlem Renaissance. The conference is free to the UMBC community but registration is required. Visit umbc.edu/aiconference or contact UMBCElemEd@gmail.com for further information.

2015 UMBC Suits You: Professional Clothing Closet Drive (2/23-3/10)

careerservices“UMBC Suits You” is collecting new and gently used professional clothing as part of Career Crush in April. Students will have the opportunity to learn about dressing professionally and will then be able to select one free outfit to use in their job search. We are asking staff to donate new and gently used professional clothing at collection bins around campus from February 23rd – March 10th.

Starting February 23rd, Professional Clothing can be dropped off at on-campus locations. For specific donation locations, click here.

Wellness Event: Understanding Your Health Risk Assessment (2/23)

facstaff5HRAre you a Faculty/Staff member with health benefits? Now
is your chance to ask your health insurance carrier questions!

Human Resources will be hosting a wellness event on Monday, February 23rd from 11:00 am and 1:00 pm in the University Center Ballroom. At this event, your health insurance plan representative will be on-site to:

– answer questions about the new Wellness Program
– help with your online account and Health Risk Assessment
– provide free Blood Pressure Screenings

Don’t miss this event! Click here to find out more.

Humanities Forum: There’s a Crack in Everything: That’s How the Light Gets In (3/4)

RaskowitzWednesday, March 4 | 7:00 p.m.
There is a Crack in Everything: That’s How the Light Gets in*
(*from Anthem by Leonard Cohen)
Michael Rakowitz, Professor, Art Theory & Practice, Northwestern University
Performing Arts and Humanities Building, Room 132

Artist Michael Rakowitz discusses his work, in the context of hope and antagonism, and at the intersection of problem solving and trouble-making. Rakowitz’s symbolic interventions in problematic urban situations extend from paraSITE (1998 – ongoing), in which the artist custom builds inflatable shelters for homeless people that attach to the exterior outtake vents of a building’s HVAC system, to Minaret (2001-Ongoing), in which access is gained to an architecturally-appropriate rooftop in a Western city and the Islamic call to prayer is sounded five times a day with the help of a megaphone for amplification. In Spoils (2011) Rakowitz made a culinary intervention at New York City’s Park Avenue restaurant by inviting diners to eat traditional Iraqi dishes on plates looted from Saddam Hussein’s personal collection. The project culminated in the repatriation of the former Iraqi President’s flatware to the Republic of Iraq at the behest of current Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki on December 15, 2011, the date Coalition Forces left Iraq. In a related culinary-art project in Chicago, titled Enemy Kitchen (2012), Rakowitz devised a food truck that was manned by Iraqi War veterans working under Iraqi refugee chefs and served Iraqi cuisine to the public.

Michael Rakowitz is Professor of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University.  Born in New York  in 1973, Rakowitz is an Iraqi-American conceptual artist who works in a range of media to provoke discourse on contemporary politics. His solo exhibition, The worst condition is to pass under a sword which is not one’s own (2010), was exhibited at the Tate Modern, London. Another project, The Breakup, first presented at Al Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem in 2010, was exhibited at Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago in 2014. Rakowitz’s work  is featured in major private and public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Neue Galerie, Kassel, Germany; Smart Museum of Art, Chicago; Van Abbemuseum, Endhoven, Netherlands; British Museum; Kabul National Museum, Afghanistan; and UNESCO, Paris. Rakowitz is the recipient of a six prestigious awards from international foundations, most recently, a 2012 Louis Tiffany Foundation Award.

Sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities; the Visual Arts Department; the Center for Innovation, Research, and Creativity in the Arts; the Center for Arts, Design and Visual Culture; the American Studies Department; and the Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communications Department.

Social Sciences Forum: Men are from Earth, Women are from Earth: Science vs. the Media on Psychological Gender Differences (3/4)

Janet Shibley HydeWednesday, March 4 | 4:00 p.m.
Janet Shibley Hyde, Evjue-Bascom Professor & Helen Thompson Woolley Professor of Psychology and Gender & Women’s Studies and Director at the Center for Research on Gender & Women at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
Albin. O Kuhn Library Gallery 

The media portray psychological differences between women and men as large and biologically determined—men are from Mars, women are from Venus. Dr. Hyde’s research uses the statistical method of meta-analysis to investigate whether these claims are accurate. The results are surprising.

Distinguished Lecture in Psychology, Co-sponsored by the Departments of Psychology and Gender + Women’s Studies

“Without You, There is No Us” – Undercover in North Korea (3/3)

Suki KimAsian Studies Lecture and Book Signing
Tuesday, March 3 | 7:00 p.m.
Suki Kim, Award-Winning Journalist
Albin O. Kuhn Library 7th Floor 

In this talk, Suki Kim, an award-winning journalist, will discuss her book Without You, There is No Us. A New York Times bestseller and already in its sixth printing since its publication three months ago, Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite is an investigative nonfiction work and expose of life in North Korea and one of its elite schools and thus far has received rave reviews from New York Times Book Review, Wall Street Journal, Slate, Foreign Policy, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Pittsburgh Tribune, Washington Independent Review of Books, LA Review of Books, Philadelphia Inquirer, Vogue, Oprah’s O magazine, Salon, etc; was picked as an editors’ pick at New York Times Book Review, O Magazine, Slate, etc; excerpted eight times including in the New York Times Magazine,SlateNewsweek, Harper’s, Foreign Affairs, Rumpus, etc; featured on NPR (Morning Edition & Diane Rehm Show, Here & Now, etc), New York Times Book Review podcast, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and CNN with Fareed Zakariah.

The event is sponsored by the Asian Studies Program and cosponsored by the Global Studies Program, Dresher Center for the Humanities, History Department, English Department, and Korean Society of Maryland. For more information on UMBC’s Asian Studies program, click here.