August 27 – December 17
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
This exhibition presents photographs made over the span of more than a decade by Sambunaris as she traversed the United States, stopping to photograph phenomena ubiquitous and familiar to particular regions but anomalous to the ordinary eye. Acting as both document and metaphor for the American experience, Sambunaris’s photographs bring into view the vast, open-ended mystery and unease of a country where human intervention and natural beauty inspire wonder in equal measure. (Click heading for full description.)
Monday, September 15 | 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Hadieh Shafie, IMDA Alumna Lecture
Imaging Research Center, ITE Building
Hadieh (Hedieh) Shafie’s work has been featured in a number of major exhibitions in the United Staes and abroad, including the Jameel Prize traveling exhibition presented at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Institute du Monde Arabe, Paris; Casa Arabe, Madrid; Cantor Arts Centre, Stanford University; and the San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas. She received an MFA in Imaging and Digital Arts from UMBC in 2004. (Click heading for full description.)
Humanities Forum, Visiting Artist Lecture Series
Digital Humanities Initiative Event
Thursday, September 18 | 5:30 p.m.
Mark Tribe, artist
Albin O. Kuhn Library 7th Floor
Artist, author, and curator Mark Tribe considers the ways in which landscape images are used to expand territories and defend geopolitical interests. Working indoors, Tribe uses software to generate panoramic outdoor landscape photographs from a “drone’s eye” perspective. Tribe’s photographs suggest that the machinic perspective of unmanned devices produces compelling images that play an influential role in contemporary culture. (Click heading for full description.)
Tuesday, September 23 | 7:00 p.m.
Sonia Nazario, Author, Enrique’s Journey
University Center Ballroom, University Center (3rd Floor)
Sonia Nazario, author of the national bestseller, Enrique’s Journey, recounts the odyssey of a Honduran boy who braves unimaginable hardship to reach his mother in the United States. Based on the Los Angeles Times newspaper series that won her two Pulitzer Prizes, Enrique’s Journey is the timeless story of families torn apart, the yearning to be together again, and a boy who will risk his life to find the mother he loves. Enrique’s Journey is the selection for UMBC’s new student book experience. (Click heading for full description.)
Thursday, October 2 | 4:00 p.m.
Faith Hillis, Assistant Professor of Russian History, The University of Chicago
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
Russian national interests in Ukraine became front-page news during the recent crisis. This talk places the struggle for control of Ukraine in a broader historical context. In the 19th century, a powerful and transformative Russian nationalist movement, claiming to restore the ancient customs of the East Slavs, swept across what is today central Ukraine. By examining the role of this nineteenth century movement, Faith Hillis, an assistant professor of Russian history at the University of Chicago, will reflect on the causes of and potential solutions to the crisis in Ukraine. (Click heading for full description.)