October 6 SS Forum

Social Sciences Forum
Alexander Guerrero, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Law, University of Pennsylvania
“The Lottocratic Alternative: Lottery as Method for Selecting Political Representatives”
Thursday, October 6, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

It is widely accepted that electoral representative democracy is better than any other alternative lawmaking political arrangement. It is also widely accepted that the only legitimate alternative to electoral representative democracy is some form of direct democracy, but that this would lead to bad policy. Guerrero argues against both of these assumptions, and considers the prospects for another alternative system — one that uses lotteries, not elections, to select political officials — that he claims would be better than electoral representative democracy. (Click heading for full description.)

Ancient Studies Week

Humanities Forum
Ancient Studies Week
Josiah Ober, Constantine Mitsotakis Professor in the Humanities and Sciences, and Professor of Political Science and Classics, Stanford University
“Demopolis: Democracy, Legitimacy, and Civic Education”
Wednesday, October 12, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Democracy requires self-government by participatory citizens. But why should citizens govern themselves when populist autocrats are willing to do it for them? In “Demopolis” (City of the People), Josiah Ober will present a thought experiment that shows how citizens can build and preserve democracy by their active participation in government. (Click heading for full description.)


Wednesday, October 12, 7:30 p.m.
Music Box (151 Performing Arts and Humanities Building)

The soprano-clarinet NOISE BRIDGE duo, featuring German clarinetist Felix Behringer and American soprano Christie Finn (’07 Music), is dedicated to performing contemporary music and commissioning new works. (Click heading for full description.)


Visual Arts
George Steele: Layers
October 13 – November 6
Reception: Friday, October 14, 6 – 8 p.m.
Baltimore County Arts Guild

Layers presents a collection of abstract paintings by architect George Steele that exemplify his recurring techniques to build up a surface, in works integrating collage, photos, text and graphics. (Click heading for full description.)

October 13 SSF

Social Sciences Forum
Antero Pietila, Journalist and Author
Thursday, October 13, 7 p.m.
University Center Ballroom

In Antero Pietila’s book Not in My Neighborhood, Baltimore is the setting for one of the most penetrating examinations of bigotry and residential segregation ever published in the United States. Pietila will discuss Baltimore’s history, from its early suburbanization in the 1880s to the consequences of “white flight” after World War II, and into the first decade of the twenty-first century, and how it parallels the complicated histories of other American cities. (Click heading for full description.)


Visual Arts
IMDA Welcome Event
Featuring IMDA alumna Tiffany Holmes ’99, IMDA MFA
Friday, October 14th, 2016, 12 – 2 p.m.
Imaging Research Center

The IMDA Welcome Event welcomes six new graduate students to the Intermedia + Digital Arts MFA graduate program this fall. Tiffany Holmes ’99, IMDA MFA, is UMBC’s 2016 Outstanding Alumna of the Year in Visual and Performing Arts. She is Dean of Undergraduate Studies and a professor in the Art and Technology Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. (Click heading for full description.)

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Visual Arts Department Gala Exhibition and Golden Ball
Saturday, October 15, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fine Arts Building

The Department of Visual Arts will host a day and evening of art, performance and other surprises to welcome alumni back to campus for UMBC’s 50th Anniversary. We invite you to join us with your family and friends to help celebrate our vibrant half-century of artistic vitality and academic excellence. (Click heading for full description.)