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MLLI Lecture
Friday, March 6 | 12 p.m.
Sonia Ines Goéz Orrego, executive director of CEDECIS – the Corporation for Community Development and Social Integration in Medellín, Colombia
150 Sherman Hall (B Wing)

Sonia Ines Goéz Orrego is the executive director of CEDECIS, a dynamic community organization working in some of the most violent areas of Medellín. With two decades of experience in community organizing and building a culture of peace, she can show how people have come together to prevent forced recruitment of young people by gangs, paramilitary and guerrilla organizations, to train children and adolescents in nonviolence, and to build more resilient and peaceful communities.

Confessions

MLLI Film Festival
Monday, March 9 | 7:00 p.m.
Sherman Hall, Room 003

A middle-school teacher (played by Takako Matsu), whose four-year-old daughter is found dead, is convinced that two of her students were response for her daughter’s murder. (Click heading for full description.)

Gaby Pacheco

Humanities Forum
Wednesday, March 11 | 4:00 p.m.
Joan S. Korenman Lecture
Maria Gabriela “Gaby” Pacheco, immigrant rights activist
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Activist Maria Gabriela Pacheco is a prominent figure in the national immigrant rights movement and is the program director of TheDream.US, a national organization that provides higher education fellowship opportunities for undocumented immigrants. Pacheco is a leading advocate for the passage of comprehensive immigration reform, which would assist the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. She is also a staunch advocate for legislative reform that would provide higher education access to thousands of undocumented youths. (Click heading for full description.)

Ben Allison

Music
Friday, March 13 | 7:30 p.m.
Ben Allison, jazz bass, with the UMBC Jazz Ensemble
Concert Hall, Performing Arts and Humanities Building

As part of the Department of Music’s Jazz Festival, award-winning bassist and composer Ben Allison performs a concert of his music with the UMBC Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Matt Belzer. Ben Allison is one of a few band leaders working in jazz today who has developed his own instantly identifiable sound. Known for his inspired arrangements, inventive grooves and hummable melodies, he draws from the jazz tradition and a range of influences from rock and folk to 20th century classical and world music traditions, seamlessly blending them into a cinematic, cohesive whole. (Click on heading for full description.)

Artwork by Meghan Marx

Visual Arts
March 24 – April 10
Incidental Matters: An Exhibition of Emerging Artists from the Intermedia + Digital Arts (IMDA) MFA Program at UMBC
Jordan Faye Contemporary, Maryland Art Place (MAP), and Current Gallery

UMBC’s MFA 2015 candidates — Tim (Silouan) Bubb, Chanan Delivuk, Kata Frederick, Jason Hughes, Meghan Marx and Victor Torres — are featured in Incidental Matters, presented jointly at Jordan Faye Contemporary and Maryland Art Place (MAP) (both at 218 West Saratoga Street), and Current Gallery (421 North Howard Street). An Opening Reception will be held simultaneously at all three spaces on Thursday, March 26, from 5 to 7 pm. (Click heading for full description.)

CIRCA Catalyst Bradley Cella

Interdisciplinary
Wednesday, March 25 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
CIRCA Catalyst
With presenters Stephen Bradley and Lisa Cella
Dresher Center Conference Room, 216 PAHB

CIRCA Catalyst is an ongoing series promoting conversations around transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research that fuses the performing and visual arts with other fields of inquiry and scholarship. A catered lunch, with vegetarian options, will be provided by CIRCA (the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts). UMBC associate professors Stephen Bradley, Visual Arts, and Lisa Cella, Music, will present on their recent collaborative “deep-listening — deep seeing” performance, combining video projection and flute performance. (Click on heading for full description.)

Daniel Byman

Social Sciences Forum
Wednesday, March 25 | 4:30 p.m.
Daniel Byman, Senior Fellow and Director of Research at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and Professor in the Security Studies Program in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Department of Government at Georgetown University
University Center 312

The Middle East has gone from bad to worse. Four countries are in full-fledged civil wars, and the contagion might spread. Professor Byman will speak on perennial problems like the Israeli-Palestinian dispute and the Iranian nuclear program as well as the range of new crises engulfing the region. (Click heading for full description.)

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