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Visual Arts
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.)

Seven Colors (Telesm Series)
2014
Ink, acrylic and paper with printed and hand-written Farsi text Eshgh "Love/Passion"
48 in diameter x 6 in depth / 121.9 cm diameter x 15.2 cm depth

Visual Arts
Monday, September 15 | 1:00 p.m.
Hadieh Shafie, IMDA Alumna Lecture
Fine Arts Building Studio A (Room 109, first floor)

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.)

Photo credit Collier Schorr

Humanities Forum, Visiting Artist Lecture Series
Digital Humanities Initiative Event
Thursday, September 18 | 5:30 p.m.
Landscape Photography through the Virtual Lens of Computer Simulation
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.)

Sonia Nazario

Humanities Forum
Tuesday, September 23 | 7:00 p.m.
An Evening with 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.)

Faith Hillis

Humanities Forum
Webb Lecture
Thursday, October 2 | 4:00 p.m.
Children of Rus': Ukraine and the Invention of a Russian Nation
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.)

Mark Leibovich

Humanities Forum
Tuesday, October 7 | 4:00 p.m.
America’s Gilded Capital
Performing Arts and Humanities Building Theatre

Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, talks about his best-selling account of Washington, D.C., “This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral – plus plenty of valet parking! – in America’s Gilded Capital.” The book is described by critics as a stunning and often hysterically funny examination of our ruling class’s incestuous “media industrial complex.” (Click heading for full description.)

Victoria Sambunaris
Untitled (Santa Elena Canyon, Big Bend National Park, Texas), 2010
Chromogenic Print
Courtesy of the artist

Visual Arts
Victoria Sambunaris Artist Lecture
Wednesday, October 8 | 4:00 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Victoria Sambunaris, whose photographic exhibition, Taxonomy of a Landscape, is currently on display at the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, will speak about her work. Sambunaris received her MFA from Yale University in 1999. Each year, she structures her life around a photographic journey crossing the American landscape. Her most recent project has been working in South Texas photographing the intersection of geology, industry and culture encompassing the international boundary and energy industry.

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