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Visual Arts
Paul Rucker, Visiting Artist
Thursday, September 8, 5 p.m.
Location to be announced

Paul Rucker is a visual artist, composer, and musician who combines media, often integrating live performance, sound, original compositions, and visual art. His work is the product of a rich interactive process, through which he investigates community impacts, human rights issues, historical research, and basic human emotions surrounding a subject. (Click heading for full description.)

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Humanities Forum
Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Chicano performance artist, writer, activist, and educator
“Guillermo Gómez-Peña Unplugged: A Brand New Spoken-word Monologue by el Mad Mex”
Tuesday, September 13, 7 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre, Performing Arts and Humanities Building

Guillermo Gómez-Peña, aka “El border brujo,” draws from his 30-year archive to present a unique perspective on the future of the Americas. He invokes performance art as a form of radical democracy and citizenship. Combining spoken word poetry, activist theory, radical storytelling and language experimentation, Gómez-Peña comments on the art world, academia, new technologies, war and violence in the United States, organized crime in Mexico, gender and race politics, and complications surrounding gentrification. (Click heading for full description.)

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SEEING SCIENCE Film Festival
Films from 1966: Fantastic Voyage, Fahrenheit 451, Daleks Envision Earth 2150
September 14, 21 and 28 in Lecture Hall 1

In celebration of UMBC’s 50th Anniversary, the SEEING SCIENCE Film Festival presents films that came out in 1966, including Fantastic Voyage, Fahrenheit 451, and Daleks Envision Earth 2150. (Click heading for full description.)

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Exhibition
Sharing the Past, Building the Future: UMBC at 50
September 15 to December 16
Tour and reception: Monday, September 19, 3:30 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

The forces that contributed to the founding of UMBC — from emerging need triggered by the post-World War II baby boom to a higher education ideal conceptualized by Chancellor Albin O. Kuhn — converged on September 19, 1966 with the commencement of the first classes at the new university. This exhibition tells some of the many stories of the university’s exciting beginning and continuing development through items selected from UMBC’s University Archives including photographs, documents, objects, books and ephemera. (Click heading for full description.)

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Social Sciences Forum
Sanford Levinson, W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair, University of Texas School of Law
“Disaffection with the U.S. Constitution”
Friday, September 16, 12 p.m.
310 University Center

Sanford Levinson has argued the Constitution is fundamentally undemocratic and in need of revision. Levinson’s call for a new constitutional convention has been dismissed as fanciful by many critics. However, recent public opinion data reveal support for constitutional change is higher than one may expect. (Click heading for full description.)

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Medieval and Early Modern Studies and UMBC50 Lecture
Amy Froide, UMBC associate professor and acting chair of history
Saturday, September 17, 3 – 4 p.m.
Room 132, Performing Arts and Humanities Building

Dr. Amy Froide will offer a sneak peek of her new book on women investors in the world’s first stock market, Silent Partners: Women as Public Investors during Britain’s Financial Revolution, 1690-1750 (Oxford University Press, 2016). (Click heading for full description.)

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Exhibition
The Making of UMBC: Tour and reception
Monday, September 19, 3:30 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

A tour of the exhibition Sharing the Past, Building the Future: UMBC at 50 will be led by Chief Curator Tom Beck and Archivist Lindsey Loeper. (Click heading for full description.)

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