Humanities Forum
Kimberly Moffitt, Dresher Center fellow and associate professor of American studies, UMBC
Damon Turner, adjunct professor in Africana studies, UMBC and PhD Candidate in African American history, Morgan State University
Thursday, September 24 | 7 pm
Performing Arts & Humanities Building : Rm. 132

The film Dear White People follows the lives of four black students at an Ivy League college. Director and writer Justin Simien says, “My film is about identity. It’s about the difference between how the mass culture responds to a person because of their race and who that person understands themselves to truly be. All explored through the microcosm of a success-oriented Ivy League college.” (Click heading for full description.)


High Zero Festival: Eva Zöllner, accordion
Friday, September 25 | 12 pm
Music Box, Performing Arts and Humanities Building

In collaboration with the High Zero Festival of Experimental and Improvised Music, UMBC’s Department of Music presents a workshop/clinic by Eva Zöllner, who studied classical accordion in Cologne and Copenhagen and is one of the most active accordionists of her generation. As internationally acclaimed soloist, she appears in projects ranging from experimental solo performances to concerts with renowned ensembles. An important part of her work is the close cooperation with composers of her generation, having premiered more than 100 new works for her instrument. (Click heading for complete description.)

David Smith

First Annual David W. Smith Gala
Saturday, September 26 | 5 pm
Earl and and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall

Join us for the first-ever gala fundraising event for the David W. Smith Scholarship for Vocal Arts. This fund seeks to honor the memory of David W. Smith, an extraordinary singer and a brilliant and dedicated UMBC professor, through its support of young singers pursuing degrees at UMBC. The event will be a concert featuring the amazing mezzo-soprano, Denyce Graves, as well as David’s beloved Camerata and UMBC alumni. A small reception will follow the concert. (Click heading for full description.)


Imagining America 2015 National Conference
Thursday, September 30 – Saturday, October 3
Various Locations, Baltimore City and UMBC

Imagining America — a consortium of universities and organizations dedicated to advancing the public and civic purposes of humanities, arts, and design — presents its 2015 National Conference in Baltimore, hosted by UMBC, and co-sponsored by MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) and Morgan State University, in collaboration with Towson University. The members of Imagining America advance a vision of the world in which publicly engaged artists, designers, scholars, and culture workers play critical roles in enacting the promise and ideals of a democratic society. The purpose of this conference is to facilitate bold, creative and effective work that enables people to build and sustain the relationships that will link our stories, fulfill the democratic purposes of higher education, and address our collective challenges. (Click heading for full description.)


Visual Arts
Spectrum: 2015 UMBC Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture
October 8 – December 13

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture presents Spectrum: 2015 UMBC Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition, featuring artworks by Lee Boot, Irene Chan, Kathy Marmor, Tim Nohe, and Eric Smallwood. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, October 8, from 5 to 7 pm. (Click on heading for full description.)

Mental health inequalities

Social Sciences Forum
Michael Hughes, professor of sociology, Virginia Tech
Marta Elliott, associate professor of sociology, University of Nevada – Reno
Dawne Mouzon, assistant professor, Rutgers University – New Brunswick
Friday, October 9 | 12:00 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Three sociologists will give short lectures about mental health inequalities in the US, with an emphasis on race and socioeconomic status. Michael Hughes will deliver a lecture entitled, “Racial Identity and the Mental Health Paradox,” Marta Elliott will deliver a lecture entitled, “The Onset of Mental Illness Among Men: A Stress Process Perspective,” and Dawne Mouzon will deliver a lecture entitled, “The Black-White Paradox of Disorders: Weighing the Empirical Evidence.” (Click heading for full description.)


The Bruk-Hoffmann Piano Duo
Sunday, October 11 | 3 pm
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall

Featuring pianists Karina Bruk and Paul Hoffmann, the Bruk-Hoffmann Piano Duo will explore repertoire arranged for two pianos inspired by the star-crossed lovers, including music by Tchaikovsky, Bernstein and Prokofiev. The Duo has performed two-piano concerts since 2005 in the United States and abroad, and performs annually at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Their most recent international appearances have been at the World Piano Conferences in 2014, 2011 and 2009 in Novi Sad, Serbia; at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria in 2012; and at the Händel Hause for the 2012 EuroArts Festival in Halle, Germany. (Click heading for full description.)


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