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.

Humanities Forum: A Stirring Song Sung Heroic (2/24)

Interior, Fort Morgan, Battle Site Mobile Bay, Alabama 2003 Silver gelatin print

Interior, Fort Morgan, Battle Site
Mobile Bay, Alabama
Silver gelatin print

Tuesday, February 24 | 4:00 p.m.
William Earle Williams, Audrey A. and John L. Dusseau Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Fine Arts, and Curator of Photography, Haverford College
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

A Stirring Song Sung Heroic features the work of photographer William Earle Williams. The history of American slavery is presented across three series of 80 black and white silver gelatin prints.  These images document mostly anonymous, unheralded, and uncelebrated places in the New World—from the Caribbean to North America—where Americans black and white determined the meaning of freedom. Archives of prints, newspapers, and other ephemera related to the struggle accompany the work.

William E. Williams is the Audrey A. and John L. Dusseau Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Fine Arts, and Curator of Photography at Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania. His photographs have been widely exhibited including group and solo exhibitions at the Cleveland Museum of Art, George Eastman House, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The National Gallery, Smith College and Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. His work is represented in many public collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Williams has received individual artist fellowships from the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities, the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, the Africana Studies Department, and the History Department.

Supporting Academic Success of Youth in Juvenile Justice Settings (2/25)

Support JJ FlyerThe White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans will host “Supporting Academic Success of Youth in Juvenile Justice Settings” at UMBC on February 25, 2015, in partnership with the Choice Program at UMBC and the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education.

Speakers from the US Department of Education, Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, The Choice Program at UMBC, and the University of Maryland School of Social Work will discuss how to support the development and success of young people in the juvenile justice system.

Community members who are interested in attending the event can RSVP here.

Brahms Triple Play (2/22)

436px-johannes_brahms_1853The campus community is invited to attend Brahms Triple Play: an afternoon of works by Johannes Brahms, on Sunday, February 22, at 3 pm in the Concert Hall. Department of Music faculty members Audrey Andrist, piano, Gita Ladd, cello, and Airi Yoshioka, violin, are joined by Katherine Murdock, viola, for a thrilling program of chamber music by the great Romantic composer, featuring:

• Sonatensatz for violin and piano, WoO 2
• Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38
• The monumental Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25

$15 general admission; $10 seniors; $5 students. Tickets are available online at MissionTixAdmission is free with a UMBC ID (tickets available at the door).

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Bob Paris, Visiting Artist Lecture (2/19)

screen-shotOn Thursday, February 19 at 5:30 pm, the campus community is invited to attend a lecture by visual artist Bob Paris in the Public Policy Building, Room 105.

Bob Paris investigates mass media, social duplicity and our culture of violence. His first foray into installation art was in 2006 with Disturbance, a sprawling series of video installations that excavate the ghostly remains of the 1992 Los Angeles riots to consider spectacle, social disaster and historical erasure. Paris is currently the director of The Cluster Project, an ongoing, online artwork that explores the thriving universe of cluster bombs, drones, nukes, and other indiscriminate weapons of terror. Since its inaugural launch, the project has released eleven distinct multimedia artworks, with more to come. These videos, animations, illustrations, performances, interventions, and data flow programming works, together with a wry and inventive blog, inspect our culture’s enduring embrace and simultaneous disinterest with weapons, war and civilian casualties. Paris’s videos have screened at venues around the world including the Whitney Biennial, the Image Forum Festival in Tokyo, and the Rencontres Internationales in Paris and Berlin. Paris was educated at the University of California at Berkeley and received a master’s degree at its Graduate School of Journalism. He is an associate professor in Kinetic Imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts, where he teaches video production and socially engaged media.

Admission is free.

Sponsored by the Department of Visual Arts, Visiting Artists and Designers Series. Image: Still image from The Children Experiment.