Engineers Without Borders – Seminar on Isongo, Kenya Clean Water Project (2/20)

UMBC is holding a seminar on our January 2013 trip to an orphanage in Isongo, Kenya this Wednesday, February 20. The orphanage currently has no source for safe drinking water. On the assessment trip, the travel team collected data on the community’s needs and land and water quality to help design and construct a water sanitation system.

Speakers will include Dalton Hughes (Chemical Engineering, ’14) and Chris Mullen (Mechanical Engineering, ‘14) of the UMBC chapter of EWB.

When: Wednesday, February 20 at 11 am
Where: ITE 233

Contact for more information. We hope to see you there!

UMBC Celebrates Diversity, National Black History Month Cultural Fair (2/20)

UMBC students, staff and faculty are invited to celebrate and recognize National Black History Month at the next UMBC Celebrates Diversity cultural and resource fair on Wednesday, February 20. This month’s cultural fair will include information tables from a number of campus programs, departments and student organizations and a food tasting from Chartwells, as well as various performances provided by invited Africana students and student organizations.

When: Wednesday, February 20 from 12 noon to 1pm
Where: The Commons, Main Street

For more information, please contact the Office of Student Life’s Mosaic: Center for Culture and Diversity,, 410-455-2686.

Exhibition at David Mikow Art Gallery Shows off Talents of UMBC Artists and Writers (2/22)

Photo by Marlayna Demond

Photo by Marlayna Demond

Beginning this month, Catonsville’s David Mikow Art Gallery will host the first in-person exhibition of the online publication, The Light Ekphrasticfeaturing collaborative works of literature, poetry and fine art by UMBC faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Join the Ekphrastic team this Friday, February 22 for a special opening event from 5-7 p.m., with informal discussion taking place at 6 p.m.

Published since November 2009 and edited by Jenny O’Grady, director of alumni and development communications, The Light Ekphrastic is a quarterly online journal dedicated to the creation of new written and visual artworks through collaboration between artists. The evening will include an informal discussion with artist/writer pairs about their ekphrastic processes — the methods by which they produce new works inspired by the work of their creative partners.

Exhibiting writers and artists from the UMBC community include:
Sara Abbott (former staff), Richard Byrne ’86 (UMBC Magazine), Dayna Carpenter (OIA), Marlayna Demond ’11 (Creative Services), Vin Grabill (Visual Arts), Katie Heater ’09 (current MFA student), Michelle Jordan ’93 (Creative Services), Chris Justice (current Ph.D. student), Dina Karkar (Creative Services), Jim Lord ’99 (Creative Services), Meredith Purvis (OIA), Jackie Regales ’00, and others.

The David Mikow Gallery is located at 1002 Vineyard Hill Road, Catonsville, MD 21228. Find more information about the David Mikow Art Gallery, operated by Carolyn Forestiere, political science, at its website, or via its feature in the Winter 2013 edition of UMBC Magazine.

Light refreshments will be served.

Hadi Gharabaghi ’06, Visual Arts, Visiting Artist Lecture (2/19)

image20On Tuesday, February 19, at 5:30 p.m. in the AOK Library Gallery, artist and UMBC alum, Hadi Gharabaghi will speak about the works in the exhibition currently on display in the gallery, Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran.

Gharabaghi, originally form Tehran, Iran, will speak about the photographs, shedding light on the appearance of some of the cultural, historic and religious symbolism and imagery depicted. The lecture will also touch upon the way in which the current political climate in Iran affects practicing artists.

Hadi Gharabaghi’s background in photography, film, art history, theory and criticism includes a B.A. in Photography from Montgomery College, a B.A. in Visual Art with a concentration in Art History from UMBC, and from numerous exhibitions and educational projects. He is a Jack Cooke Kent Foundation Scholar, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Cinema Studies at NYU where his focus is Iranian film.

This event is free and open to the public.

Faculty Senate President’​s “Open Door Meetings” (2/20, 3/27, 4/24)

To make shared governance on campus even more accessible, the first Faculty Senate President’s “Open Door Meeting” will take place in the Fireside Lounge, Wednesday, February 20, from 12-1 p.m. All UMBC faculty members are welcome to attend.

This is a great opportunity to engage in an informal talk with Tim Nohe, the Faculty Senate President. If you’d like to better understand shared governance on campus or wish to discuss ideas and issues, please visit. Light refreshments will be provided.

Other meetings will take place:

Wednesday, March 27, 12-1 p.m.
Wednesday, April 24, 12-1 p.m.

A Healthy Baby Girl (2/18-22)

The Women’s Center and GWST’s 6th Annual Korenman Lecture Presents, A Healthy Baby Girl.

1963 Filmmaker Judith Helfand’s mother was prescribed the ineffective, carcinogenic synthetic hormone diethylstilbestrol (DES), meant to prevent miscarriage and ensure a healthy baby. At twenty-five, Judith was diagnosed with DES-related cervical cancer. After a radical hysterectomy she went to her family’s home to heal and picked up her camera. The resulting video-diary is a fascinating exploration of how science, marketing & corporate power can affect our deepest relationships. Shot over five years, A Healthy Baby Girl tells a story of survival, mother-daughter love, family renewal and community activism. Intimate, humorous and searing, it is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the relationship between women’s health, public policy, medical ethics and corporate responsibility.
(Running time: 57 minutes)

Monday (2/18) & Wednesday (2/20) 1:00, 2:30, 4:00, & 5:00
Tuesday (2/19) & Thursday (2/21): 10:00, 11:30, 1:00, 2:30, & 4:00
Friday (2/22): 11:00
Film Discussion: Friday, 2/22, 12pm
Facilitated by: Dr. Dawn Biehler from Geography and Environmental Sciences & GWST Affiliate Faculty

The 6th Annual Korenman Lecture is March 6th at 4pm. The speaker is Sandra Steingraber.

Contact GWST at 410-455-2001 or for more details.

“Written in Bone,” Dr. Douglas Owsley (2/20)

owsley200On Wednesday, February 20 at 7pm, Dr. Douglas Owsley, Division Head for Physical Anthropology at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, will present “Written in Bone” in the Commons Skylight Room.

“Dr. Owsley will be speaking about his interdisciplinary work as a forensic anthropologist, assisting state and federal law enforcement agencies. Cases have included Jeffrey Dahmer’s first victim, recovery and identification of Waco Branch Davidian compound members, the 9-11 Pentagon Plane crash, and exhumation and identification of war dead from the former Yugoslavia. His bioarchaeological and osteological research concerns include: ancient American skeletons like Kennewick Man and the peopling of the New World; demography and health of 17th-century colonists; Civil War military remains including the crew of the H.L. Hunley submarine; iron coffin burials; and analyses of activity patterns, health and diseases of American Indian populations from the Plains and Southwest.” From

This Petrovich Lecture is co-sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Studies Council of Majors, the Interdisciplinary Studies Program, the Departments of History, Ancient Studies, Anthropology and Sociology, Visual Arts, Biological Sciences, Psychology, the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, and the Honors College.

See the full Social Sciences Forum schedule here: