Humanities Forum / Music / MEMS (Medieval and Early Modern Studies) Colloquium Lecture
“Harmonious Monk: Martin Luther and His Reformation through Music”
Christopher Boyd Brown, Associate Professor of Church History, Boston University
Wednesday, October 4, 7 – 9 p.m.
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall

Dr. Christopher Boyd Brown and UMBC’s Camerata and Collegium Musicum will present an interdisciplinary concert-lecture on Martin Luther’s use of music and the community practice of hymn-singing in the Protestant Reformation. Brown will discuss how Lutheran hymns, sung in the streets and homes as well as in community spaces, were central to the success of the Reformation. UMBC students will provide live musical examples of plainchant, Reformation hymns, and multi-part choral works by Walter and Bach. (Click heading for full description.)

Visual Arts
Gun Show: Handling, Questioning, Discussing
Thursday, October 5, 4 p.m
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture &
Fine Arts Amphitheater

Dr. Kathy O’Dell opens her essay in the brochure that accompanies Gun Show with this question: “How does it feel to hold a gun?” At an event on October 5, starting at 4:00 PM at the CADVC and then moving to the Fine Arts Amphitheater, attendees will have an opportunity to explore that question as they view and handle (if they so wish) a selection of David Hess’s sculptures…(Click heading for full description.)

Humanities Forum — Ancient Studies Week
Life, Love, and Law in Classical Athens
Victoria Wohl, Professor of Athenian Literature and Culture, University of Toronto
Monday, October 9, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Pericles’ Citizenship Law defined an Athenian citizen as the child of an Athenian father and mother, but real life in classical Athens was much messier than this clear-cut definition suggests. Court cases from Classical Athens are full of mistresses and prostitutes, bastard children, and secret love-affairs. Focusing on Demosthenes’ speech against Neaira and Euripides’ Medea, this lecture shows how Athenians negotiated the law in everyday life and the tragedy that ensued when they transgressed it. (Click heading for full description.)

Social Sciences Forum
Séverine Autesserre: “The Trouble With The Congo: Local Violence and the Failure of International Peacebuilding”
Wednesday, October 11, 4 – 5 p.m.
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture

Based on more than 330 interviews and a year and a half of field research, Professor Autesserre develops a case study of international intervention during the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s unsuccessful transition from war to peace and democracy (2003–2006). Grassroots rivalries over land, resources, and political power motivated widespread violence. (Click heading for full description.)

Visual Arts
Launch Event with Dr. Maurice Berger
Thursday, October 12, 4 – 6 p.m.
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture

Please join us for a reception celebrating the launch of four research projects by CADVC Research Professor and Chief Curator, Dr. Maurice Berger. Over the past year, Dr. Maurice Berger has completed four major research projects for the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, UMBC. (Click heading for full description.)

Dance
inging: Created and Performed by Jeanine Durning
Thursday, October 12, 7 p.m.
Dance Cube (Room 337)
Performing Arts and Humanities Building

Created and performed by New York-based artist Jeanine Durning, inging is a choreography of the mind; a rush of uninterrupted and unscripted speech that tracks the velocity of thought and maps the terrain of a shared present moment. (Click heading for full description.)

Humanities Forum — Webb Lecture
The Changing Face of Modern War: Chemical Weapons and Civilian Bodies in the Aftermath of WWI
Susan R. Grayzel, Professor of History, Utah State University
Wednesday, October 18, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Lethal chemical warfare entered the modern era in 1915. Denounced as horrific, nonetheless all sides participating in the war utilized chemical arms. Yet in 1939, the British government was testing gas masks on Indian civilian women. In this talk, Susan R. Grayzel will explore the complex legacy of World War I through a focus on the development of civil defense, especially the gas mask, designed to protect every man, woman, and child from the terrible new weapons that this war unleashed. (Click heading for full description.)