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Anastasia Samoylova: FloodZone

Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

FloodZone, featuring photography by Anastasia Samoylova, explores what it looks like to live in the southern United States at a time when rising sea levels and hurricanes threaten the most prized locations with storm surges and coastal erosion. Samoylova’s lyrical photographs are deceptive, drawing us in with a seemingly documentary promise of a palm-treed paradise. Their alluring color palette — filled with lush greens, azure blues, and pastel pinks — gives way to minute details that reveal decaying infrastructure, encroaching flora, and displaced fauna.

Slime by Bryony Lavery

Proscenium Theatre

UMBC Theatre presents Slime by Bryony Lavery, directed by Nigel Semaj. Welcome to the Third Annual Slime Crisis Conference! Seven grad students, all fluent in animal languages, linguistics, and culture, join delegates of almost every species to save life on earth from a toxic slime.  As they debate and translate for dolphins, seabirds, and polar bears, they ask, “Who is coming to save us?” The answer might surprise you….

Not Grounded: the 2024 IMDA MFA Thesis Exhibition

Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC)

The Intermedia and Digital Arts Master's Program presents Not Grounded, the 2024 IMDA MFA Thesis Exhibition. Opening with a public reception on Thursday, April 4, from 5 to 7 p.m., the exhibition features four artists with diverse artistic practices and approaches: Elly Kalantari, Andrew Liang, Kristin Putchinski, and A. M. Zellhofer.

Strata with Amy Sue Barston

Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall

The Strata ensemble joins forces with cellist Amy Sue Barston in a program featuring Stomping Grounds (2015) by Karim Al-Zand (b. 1970) and Olivier Messiaen's timeless masterpiece Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time), written while the composer was a prisoner of war in 1940–41.

Low Lecture with Kevin Dawson

Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

The annual Low Lecture features Kevin Dawson, associate professor of history at the University of California, Merced, who will speak on Liquid Motion: Canoeing and Surfing in Atlantic Africa and the Diaspora, 1444–1888. “Liquid Motion” examines how African women and men perceived, understood, and interacted with oceans and rivers through swimming, underwater diving, surfing, canoe-making, and canoeing. Africans inspire us to rethink assumptions about maritime history, by considering maritime traditions that Westerns lacked. Enslaved Africans carried these maritime traditions to the Americas, where they used them to benefit their exploited lives and enslavers exploited them to generate wealth. This event is part of the Spring 2024 Social Sciences Forum.

inHALE

Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall

Flutists Lisa Cella and Carrie Rose of the inHALE collective present a program of music for a variety of flutes by Giorgos Vavoulas, Alexandre Lunsqui, Caterina Calderoni, Mark Menzies, Carrie Rose, Allison Loggins-Hull, and Nathalie Joachim.

Aisen Caro Chacin: Assistive Device Art

132 Performing Arts and Humanities Building

The Center for Innovation, Research, and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents Aisen Caro Chacin, who will discuss Assistive Device Art: Transformation of Ability and Perception, The Plasticity of the Mind, and Human Expansion.

Inscape Chamber Orchestra

Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall

Inscape performs a program featuring Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Nonet along with vivacious works by Martinů and Britten. Each work is written for ensemble configurations that bridge the gap between chamber music and chamber orchestra. Coleridge-Taylor's long forgotten Nonet was premiered in 1894 and showcases his influence and admiration for the works of Dvořák. Martinů's Musique de Chambre No. 1 for harp, piano, and chamber players was his very last published work which stands in contrast to Britten's Sinfonietta for small orchestra, which he designed his "Opus 1" and dates from his student years.

Climate Change, Science Communication, and the Arts: An Earth Day Panel Discussion featuring Anastasia Samoylova

Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

How do climate scientists share their research and data with the wider public in a way that non-specialists can understand? How do different communication strategies engage diverse audiences? How might art contribute to this urgent work? This panel discussion is held in conjunction with the spring Library Gallery exhibition, Anastasia Samoylova: FloodZone, and features the artist in conversation with scientists and media historians specializing in science communication.

Humanities Forum with Fan Yang

Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Drawing on her forthcoming book, Disorienting Politics: Chimerican Media and Transpacific Entanglements, Fan Yang mines 21st-century media artifacts such as Firefly and House of Cards to make visible the economic, cultural, political, and ecological entanglements of China and the United States. This event is part of the Spring 2024 Humanities Forum.

Humanities Forum with Davarian L. Baldwin

University of Baltimore, Learning Commons, Town Hall, 1415 Maryland Avenue

With an eye to local Baltimore developments, like the Eager Park and UMB BioPark projects, Davarian Baldwin will discuss what he calls the rise of UniverCities—higher education’s growing control over the economic development and political governance of urban America. From housing and wage labor to health care and even policing, colleges and universities have become big business and our communities their company towns. He will explore the costs when our cities become campuses and how we can think through a more liberatory way forward. This event, a collaboration with the University of Baltimore's History Program, is part of the Spring 2024 Humanities Forum.

Calendar of Events

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1 event,

Anastasia Samoylova: FloodZone

2 events,

2 events,

Amy Williams: Morton Feldman’s Triadic Memories

4 events,

Slime by Bryony Lavery

Not Grounded: the 2024 IMDA MFA Thesis Exhibition

4 events,

Faculty String Ensemble — Rush Hour Concert

4 events,

District5

5 events,

Introduction to the Sustainable Production Toolkit with Lauren Gaston and Sandra Goldmark

Student Design Workshop with Lauren Gaston and Sandra Goldmark

4 events,

Humanities Forum: Evelyn Barker Lecture with Sean D. Kelly

4 events,

Strata: An Evening of Premieres

5 events,

Strata with Amy Sue Barston

3 events,

Low Lecture with Kevin Dawson

3 events,

inHALE

4 events,

3 events,

3 events,

Inscape Chamber Orchestra

3 events,

Climate Change, Science Communication, and the Arts: An Earth Day Panel Discussion featuring Anastasia Samoylova

3 events,

Humanities Forum with Fan Yang

1 event,

2 events,

3 events,

Humanities Forum with Davarian L. Baldwin

UMBC Chamber Players

3 events,

Green Theatre Revolution

4 events,

Green Theatre Revolution at Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET)

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