Humanities Forum
Show Me Your Papers: The Political Cartoons of Lalo Alcaraz
Tuesday, September 26, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre

The political cartoonist and film and television writer, Lalo Alcaraz, will explore his history as an editorial cartoonist and creator of the first politically oriented and Latino themed syndicated daily comic strip, La Cucaracha. (Click heading for full description.)

Music
The Third Annual David W. Smith Memorial Gala
Saturday, September 30, 5 p.m.
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall
 
UMBC is delighted to announce distinguished operatic soprano and pedagogue Carol Vaness as the guest artist for the Third Annual David W. Smith Memorial Gala to benefit vocal arts at UMBC. Please join us for an unforgettable evening of song and celebration. (Click heading for full description.)

Visual Arts
Visiting Artist Brandon Morse
October 4
Time and location TBA

The Department of Visual Arts presents a lecture with visiting artist Brandon Morse, a Washington, D.C. based artist who works with generative systems as a means to examine the ways in which physical phenomena such as entropy and emergence can function in ways that are both poetic and metaphorical. (Click heading for full description.)

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.)

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 p.m. – 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.)

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
Thursday, October 19, 4 p.m. – 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.)

Music
UMBC Jazz in Concert
Sunday, October 22, 3 p.m.
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall

The Department of Music presents UMBC Jazz in Concert under the direction of Matthew Belzer, featuring all of the UMBC jazz groups, large and small, and spotlighting student compositions. (Click heading for full description.)