Todd Forsgren Adelaide’s Warbler (Setophaga adelaidae), 2009 From the series Ornithological Accession no. 2016-07-001

Visual Arts
Depth of Field: Acquisitions to the Photography Collections, 2008 – 2018
Through December 19
Reception: Wednesday, November 14, 6 – 8 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

The exhibition Depth of Field presents approximately one hundred images acquired over the last ten years by UMBC’s Photography Collections through generous gifts from donors and artists. The photographs on view highlight the breadth and depth of the collection and illustrate the range of forms, technology, and artists that historically shaped the medium and are presently impacting its ongoing evolution. (Click heading for full description.)

Visual Arts
A Designed Life: Contemporary American Textiles, Wallpapers, and Containers & Packaging, 1951 – 1954
Continuing through December 8
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture presents A Designed Life: Contemporary American Textile, Wallpapers, Containers and Packaging, an exhibition based on three historically significant traveling exhibitions of contemporary mass-produced, American-designed consumer goods that were commissioned by the U.S. Department of State in the early 1950s. It recreates and interprets those early Cold War exhibitions — including American textiles, wallpapers, containers, and packaging — restating and interpreting part of each display as it might have appeared in the early 1950s. (Click heading for full description.)

Dorothy E. Roberts

Humanities Forum and Social Sciences Forum
40th Annual W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture
Dorothy E. Roberts, the 14th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor, George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology, and Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights, University of Pennsylvania
“Race, Racism, and the New Social Science”
Wednesday, November 14, 6 p.m.
University Center Ballroom

Recent advances in scientific research have included a renewed interest in biological concepts of race and explanations of racial inequality. The science that emerged from sequencing the human genome has been marked by investigations of race-based genetic difference and the redefinition of race as a genomic category. The genomic era has generated collaborations between biological and social scientists that seek to link social outcomes to genetic traits. Even some researchers who study the impact of social inequality on biological outcomes have explained racial disadvantage in biological terms. And the biological and social scientists developing a new racial science avoid the political implications of their research by distinguishing their objectivity and socially beneficial aims from scientific racism of the past. This lecture will critically examine the new racial science and propose a more just way for social and biological scientists to study race and racism. (Click on heading for full description.)

Depth of Field

Visual Arts
Depth of Field Exhibition Reception
Wednesday, November 14, 6 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Students, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the Depth of Field exhibition and the arrival of Beth Saunders, the new director and curator of UMBC’s Special Collections. (Click heading for full description.)

Visual Arts
“Demystifying Design Thinking”
Workshop and lecture with Visiting Designer Gary Rozanc
Thursday, November 15, 5 p.m.
343 Fine Arts Building

The Department of Visual Arts presents a workshop and lecture by Gary Rozanc, an assistant professor of graphic design at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and host of the Design Edu Today podcast. (Click heading for full description.)

Visual Arts — Film Screening
FACE OF A NATION: What Happened to the World’s Fair?
With Director Mina Chow
Thursday, November 15, 7 p.m.
Room 132, Performing Arts and Humanities Building

In conjunction with the exhibition A Designed Life: Contemporary American Textiles, Wallpapers, and Containers & Packaging, 1951 – 1954, the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC) presents FACE OF A NATION: What Happened to the World’s Fair?, a film by architect Mina Chow that explores the controversy surrounding American participation in World’s Fairs. (Click heading for full description.)

Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Nyalls Hartman
November 15 – 18
Proscenium Theatre

Following an accidental meeting in a coffee shop, a woman, Jean, inherits (or rather, pockets) an incessantly ringing cell phone from underneath its recently deceased owner, Gordon. Caught up in a series of strange encounters, Jean must confront her own assumptions… (Click heading for full description.)