The Social Sciences Forum presents the annual Low Lecture, featuring Michelle R. Scott, professor of history and affiliate faculty in GW+SS, LLC, and Africana Studies at UMBC, who will speak on her new monograph, T.O.B.A. Time: Black Vaudeville and the Theater Owners Booking Association in Jazz Age America, an intriguing account of black entertainment and black business during the 1920s and 30s.
After three years as an online event, URCAD — Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day — will return to in-person this Spring. Join us on April 12 in the University Center and other venues around campus to see hundreds of research posters, oral presentations, dance performances, films, interactive games, and much more, all presented by UMBC’s undergraduate students.
The colorful, varied creative voice of composer-pianist and UMBC faculty member Daniel Pesca is explored in this program of solo and chamber works. The event features the world premiere of Pesca’s Feldman Sonnets, a song cycle setting texts by acclaimed poet Irving Feldman. Among the performers are UMBC music faculty members Lisa Cella (flute), Gita Ladd (cello), and Airi Yoshioka (viola); UMBC alumnus Derrick Miller (tenor); and special guests Danielle Cho (cello), Sarah Frisof (flute), and Dieter Hennings (guitar), as well as performances by Daniel Pesca.
The Humanities Forum presents sound researcher Mack Hagood, associate professor of media and communication at Miami University, who will speak on Canceling Noise: Dreams and Dangers. In this talk, Hagood presents a cultural history of noise and its control, listening in to noisy moments in Ancient Rome, Victorian England, colonial West Africa, and the contemporary United States.
The Social Sciences Forum presents the Human Context of Science and Technology Program Lecture, featuring Alison Wylie, Professor, Canada Research Chair (Tier I), Philosophy of the Social and Historical Sciences, Department of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia, who will speak on Collaborative Practice in Archaeology: Why Human Context Matters.
The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents AR/XR: Ada Pinkston, Will Pappenheimer, and Mollye Bendell. This panel discussion will focus on the work of three contemporary artists who each use augmented reality technologies as part of their work in unique and compelling ways.
The Humanities Forum presents Theresa Runstedtler, associate professor of history at American University, who will discuss “The Punch”: NBA Basketball and Constructions of Black Criminality. On December 9, 1977, the Los Angeles Lakers’ African American power forward Kermit Washington punched the Houston Rockets’ white guard Rudy Tomjanovich, knocking him out with season-ending injuries. Theresa Runstedtler argues that the NBA became an important pedagogical space where racial common sense not only was shaped and debated, but also came to inform wider assumptions about the appropriate policy solutions to the problems confronting Black urban communities.
The Department of Music presents the UMBC Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Philip Mann, with works by Valerie Coleman, Georges Bizet, Sergei Rachmaninoff, George Gershwin, and Arcangelo Corelli, and featuring the winners of the UMBC Symphony Concerto Competition, Nicole Johnson and Dave Warshaw.
The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents associate professor of music Brian Kaufman, who will speak on Creating for Change: Reimagining Music Education Festivals for Equity. In this talk, Kaufman will discuss his collaborative work researching inequities in K-12 music education festivals and organizing The UMBC CREATE Festival, the first music education festival in Maryland designed to promote and celebrate student voices through creative music-making by K-12 students and teachers involved in school and community organizations.
The Humanities Forum presents Mejdulene B. Shomali, assistant professor, Department of Gender, Women's, + Sexuality Studies at UMBC, who will speak on Between Banat: Queer Arab Critique and Transnational Arab Archives, examining homoeroticism and nonnormative sexualities between Arab women in transnational Arab literature, art, and film.
The Department of Music presents the UMBC Gamelan Ensemble under the direction of Gina Beck. The ensemble performs on a central Javanese gamelan (a gong-chime orchestra of Indonesia), and also on a Balinese gamelan angklung (one of many types of gong-chime orchestras from the island of Bali, Indonesia).