Interior, Fort Morgan, Battle Site, Mobile Bay, Alabama, 2003

Visual Arts
January 26 – March 25
A Stirring Song Sung Heroic: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom, 1619 to 1865, Photographs by William Earle Williams
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

This exhibition of 80 photographs by William Earle Williams depicts places in the New World from the Caribbean and North America that are unheralded and uncelebrated where Americans, black and white, determined the meaning of freedom. Prints, newspapers, and other ephemera related to the struggle for freedom accompany the work. (Click on heading for full description.)


Film Screening
Monday, February 2 | 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 4 | 12:00 p.m.
Slavery by Another Name
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Slavery by Another Name explores a reality that often went unacknowledged: a huge system of forced, unpaid labor, mostly affecting Southern black men, that lasted from the 1800s until World War II. Based on the Pulitzer-Prize-winning book by Douglas Blackmon, the film Slavery By Another Name tells the story of black men who were forced to work as convict laborers in factories, mines, and farms. (Click on heading for full description.)

Amadi Azikiwe

Thursday, February 5 | 8:00 p.m.
Amadi Azikiwe, violin, and Mikael Darmanie, piano
Concert Hall, Performing Arts & Humanities Building

UMBC Department of Music violinist Amadi Azikiwe in concert with pianist Mikael Darmanie. The program will feature works by Dvorak, Beethoven, Bright Sheng, David Baker, and Pablo de Sarasate. (Click on heading for full description.)

Baltimore Dance Project 2015

Thursday – Saturday, February 5, 6 & 7 | 8:00 p.m.
Baltimore Dance Project
Performing Arts and Humanities Building Theatre

Baltimore Dance Project returns to UMBC for its 31st year, featuring choreography by Carol Hess and Doug Hamby, and performances by Sandra Lacy and guest artists Adrienne Clancy, Jessie Laurita-Spanglet and Matthew Cumbie, with original music by Timothy Nohe, Anna Rubin, and Ferdinand Maisel. (Click on heading for full description.)


Humanities Forum
Monday, February 9 | 4:30 p.m.
Dr. Spencer Crew, Robinson Professor of American, African American, and Public History, George Mason University
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

By 1865, despite the promise of the Thirteenth Amendment, many former slaves were not in reality free. Based on the Pulitzer-Prize-winning book by Douglas Blackmon, the film Slavery By Another Name tells the stories of men, charged with crimes like vagrancy, and often guilty of nothing, who were bought and sold, abused, and subject to sometimes deadly working conditions as unpaid convict labor – a system mostly affecting Southern black men that lasted until World War II. (Click heading for full description.)

Asian Studies Feb. 10 event

Asian Studies Program Film/Discussion
Tuesday, February 10 | 4:00 p.m.
Dr. Harjant Gill, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Cultural Studies at Towson University
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Mardistan (Macholand) is an exploration of Indian manhood articulated through the voices of four men from different generations and backgrounds. A middle-aged writer trying to make sense of the physical and sexual abuse he witnessed studying in an elite military academy, a Sikh father of twin daughters resisting the pressure to produce a son, a young 20-year-old college student looking for a girlfriend with whom he can lose his virginity, and a working-class gay activist coming out to his wife after twenty years of marriage. Together, their stories make up different dimensions of what it means to be a man in India today. (Click heading for full description.)

Tom Schaller

Social Sciences Forum
Wednesday, February 11 | 4:30 p.m.
Thomas Schaller, Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at UMBC
University Center 310

Once the party of presidents, the GOP in recent elections has failed to pull together convincing national majorities. Republicans have lost four of the last six presidential races and lost the popular vote in five of the last six. Newt Gingrich’s “Contract with America” set in motion a vicious cycle, Schaller contends: as the GOP became more conservative, it became more Congress-centered, and as its congressional wing grew more powerful, the party grew more conservative. (Click heading for full description.)


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