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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.

Mejdulene B. Shomali: Between Banat: Queer Arab Critique and Transnational Arab Archives

132 Performing Arts and Humanities Building

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.

Theresa Runstedtler: “The Punch”: NBA Basketball and Constructions of Black Criminality

132 Performing Arts and Humanities Building

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.

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