sur/reality is Baltimore City Hall’s first-ever art exhibition highlighting the work of local transgender artists from Baltimore. Curated by Gender Museum in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and Baltimore City LGBTQ Affairs, sur/reality is an exploration of the dual existence of transness both as an experience & as an identity. Featuring a multitude of mediums, motifs, textures and concepts, the show will culminate in a reception and intimate artist talk-back with Gender Museum Curator and creative Jamie Grace Alexander. The show is FREE, and all are welcome.
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In this talk, University of Maryland historian Dr. Richard Bell will explore the success of the Tony Award-winning musical, “Hamilton,” and what it tells us about the marriage of history and show business. Learn what this amazing musical gets right and gets wrong about Alexander Hamilton, the American Revolution, the birth of the United Sates and why all that matters. Bell will examine choices “Hamilton’s” creators made to simplify, dramatize and humanize the complicated events and stories on which the show is based.
We hear about immigrants, refugees, and asylees all over the media – but rarely do we get to hear directly from those coming to America to make a new home. Join us as we welcome Senai Abella Obang and Hari Maya Dhamala, two individuals who were forced to flee their homes, eventually settling here in Baltimore. They will share their stories of escaping their homeland and the challenges of building a new home in a foreign land.
Baltimore Enters the Industrial Age Lecture with Jack Burkert
June 28 | 12:00 noon
Presented by the Baltimore National Heritage Area
This is a one-hour presentation that takes the attendee through the 19th century, from an agrarian town to a center of commerce and industry.
Lola Hahn discovered the story of her family’s Holocaust experience only after reading Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally. The book was filled with familiar names and, in part, told the story of her own mother and aunts. Join us for this very special lecture in which Lola will share the experiences of her family, including the phenomenal impact of Oskar Schindler.
Following the presentation, we will mark the 25th anniversary of the release of Schindler’s List with a screening of the movie in full, starting at 2:45 pm.
Summer and Shakespeare go together like iced tea and lemonade! Prepare for summer fun as we lead you through a discussion of BSF's 2019 summer shows: the heartbreaking tragedy Romeo and Juliet and the side-splitting comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor. We will discuss the historical and literary background of these plays along with their characters and themes.
Who was the man who inspired the award-winning, supremely hip musical? How was Hamilton linked to Washington? Was he an abolitionist? What about the duel with Aaron Burr that led to his death? If you can’t see the play, come and learn the real history of Alexander Hamilton and his tumultuous life as explored through questions and answers with historians.
If you are going to see the play or have already seen it, this talk will make the politics and history much clearer!
Talk with Mary Blair and Burt Kummerow
Presented by Maryland’s Four Centuries Project
The star of the award-winning play was a real man! Join us for an engaging discussion about Hamilton’s amazing and unusual life story. Several historians pose some key issues of the time that the hit play also features. How strongly was Hamilton linked to Washington? Was Hamilton an abolitionist? Why were so many rebels desperate to get active military experience?
Albania, a small Muslim-majority country, proved a surprising refuge for the Jewish community of central Europe during the Holocaust. Thanks to Besa, an Albanian concept sometimes translated as “pledge of honor,” and an oath sworn by much of the population requiring individuals to come to the aid of those in need, this country became a safe haven for Jews escaping Nazi persecution. Join us as we hear the story of one family’s experience from second generation survivors Eli and Benjy Neumann.