The faces and names of seventeen African-American soldiers who served under Captain William A. Prickitt are recorded in a rare surviving miniature photo album that was treasured by the Union Army officer, passed down through generations of his family, and is now part of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. A mix of free and enslaved blacks ranging in age from fifteen to fifty, the soldiers have been enlarged to life size in colored pencil drawings by Michigan artist Shayne Davidson, who meticulously researched the lives of the men.
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Melding Museum and City is a site-specific installation by Baltimore artist and 2017 Evergreen Museum & Library Artist-in-Residence Tony Auth (MICA, BFA Ceramics). Auth's work is known for its playful, unprompted style that pays attention to the physical experiences of the surrounding world. In Melding Museum and City, Auth translates pictorial decorations found within the museum for Evergreen's outdoor landscapes, while placing abandoned motorbikes and other symbols of urban unpredictability throughout the lavisly furnished period rooms.
Daniel Beaty: Emergency
Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16, 8 p.m.
Actor and playwright Daniel Beaty presents Emergency, an Obie Award-winning solo performance featuring 40 characters.
Present day. A slave ship emerges out of the Hudson River in front of the Statue of Liberty sending NYC into a frenzy. Emergency is an intricately woven, urgent, witty and moving exploration of our shared humanity and what it means to be free. An explosive play where rhythm, rhyme and remembrance rise.
In honor of McDaniel College’s 150th anniversary, McDaniel College historian James E. Lightner discusses 10 critical events in the college’s history at this brown-bag lunch talk. The event is sponsored by The Historical Society of Carroll County. Call 410-848-6494 for more information.
MICA presents MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid as the headline speaker of this year's Constitution Day programming, an annual symposium co-sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland (ACLU-MD) that provides commentary on contemporary issues in politics, government, civic engagement and activism.
Alejandro Cremaschi: Ginastera, Piazzolla and Friends
Thursday, September 21, 7:30 p.m.
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall
UMBC presents Argentine pianist and UMBC alumnus Alejandro Cremaschi, performing classical piano music inspired by the folk music of Latin America. The program repertoire includes works by legendary composers Alberto Ginastera, Carlos Guastavino, Astor Piazzolla and others.
As part of MICA's annual Constitution Day programming, MICA presents a symposium entitled What Is Democracy?, which will dive into the complex and often problematic issue of defining democracy, and how civic action, education and art factor into the conversation.
Last year, the UMBC Theatre community lost a family member, Professor Emeritus William “Bill” T. Brown. Professor Brown was a well-known and highly respected figure in Maryland and Washington D.C. theatre, and designed and directed more than 150 productions. In 1970, he became a founding member of the theatre department at UMBC and served as department chair for 18 years.
R. Edward Grumbine discusses his role as director of the Grand Canyon Trust Land Program during McDaniel College’s annual Global Issues Colloquium organized by Global Initiatives. Grumbine has worked to bring science into U.S. federal land management since the late 1980s. As a senior international scholar for the Chinese Academy of Sciences, his focus was on protected area and water issues. Call 410-857-2461 for more information.
In his bequest to Johns Hopkins University, John Work Garrett described his library as “a memorial to my family,” recalling the ubiquity of books, and the love of book collecting, that had shaped two generations of the Garrett family at Evergreen. Join rare book curator Earle Havens, Ph.D., for an illustrated talk that will highlight his new and extensive research on the John Work Garrett Library—one of the truly great private rare book and manuscripts collections of late 19th- and early 20th-century America.
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.
MICA and the Mount Royal School of Art M.F.A. program present internationally recognized artist Xu Bing discussing his global art practice, which is known for large-scale installations that incorporate a variety of materials, such as tobacco, silkworms and corn husks, to address cultural and social issues. The lecture will be followed by a conversation with MICA President Samuel Hoi.
“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
McDaniel College theatre arts students perform Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, which “has become an icon of American culture,” according to the Library of Congress, and is on its list of “88 Books that Shaped America.” Gené Fouché, theatre arts lecturer, directs the production.
UMBC 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
CADVC 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. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the past year, Dr. Maurice Berger has completed four major research projects for the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, UMBC: