Constellation's proudest service may have occurred during the three years immediately before the Civil War when, as flagship of the navy's African Squadron, she led this nation's fight against the trans-Atlantic trafficking of slaves. Today, little is said or written about those times, and even less is known, but they and this ship were important parts of the struggle against slavery that would eventually overwhelm the nation and, ultimately, free a people.
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e of the most exceptional collections of Asian art in North America takes center stage on Sunday, October 1, when the Walters Art Museum opens its new installation Arts of Asia. The dramatic display offers a rich exploration of artistic traditions from diverse cultures and regions across India, Nepal, Tibet, China, Korea, Japan, Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia. The stunning array of more than 150 works spanning 2,000 years includes 30 objects that have never been on view.
Presenter: Ashley Minner is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and folklorist for the Maryland State Arts Council.
Following WWII, Lumbee Indians from rural North Carolina moved to Baltimore, forming a large satellite community with numbers reaching into the thousands. Baltimore’s Lumbee community is absent from popular narratives of the city, and has even been referred to as “invisible.” The March lecture will shed light on this Baltimore community and its people and places.
Mohsin Hamid, award-winning writer of Exit West, will deliver the keynote address, "Rite/Right of Passage: Migration and Movement in Exit West."
Free and open to the region’s academic communities and the general public, this lecture will provide a lively forum for discussing emigration and refugee problems.
Join the National Aquarium and community partners for an evening of dialogue about diversity in conservation. An esteemed panel of conservation trailblazers will share their insights and inspiration, reflecting on challenges, trends and progress in the field. Lend your voice to be part of the discussion and get to know leaders who are working to connect diverse communities to the outdoors.
Tamara Toles O'Laughlin, Executive Director, Maryland Environmental Health Network
Join us for an exciting music and dance performance celebrating Latinx culture! Jazz pianist Cesar Orozcohas created a set of music for strings and big band using rhythms and forms from Cuba and Venezuela. Award-winning dance artist Stephanie Martinez’s work Destino Roto (Broken Destiny) will focus on women’s strengths as she draws from her Mexican and Spanish heritage. Friday, March 29, 7 pm and Saturday, March 30, 2 pm. Baltimore School for the Arts, 712 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD. Free. Reserve tickets at www.bsfa.org/latinx.
Jenny Murray is a filmmaker from Chicago. ¡Las Sandinistas!, her first feature documentary film, premiered in competition at SXSW 2018 where it won a SXSW "Special Jury Recognition" Award. The film went on to win both the top "Jury Prize – Best Film – New Directors Competition" and the "Audience Award for Best Foreign Documentary" at Sao Paulo International Film Festival, and also won the CineLatino Film Festival Audience Award. ¡Las Sandinistas!
An inspired labor of love for zine-making teens Sandi Tan, Jasmine Ng and Sophie Siddique, Shirkers was a Singapore-made 1992 cult classic—or it would have been, had the 16mm footage not been stolen by their enigmatic American collaborator Georges Cardona, who disappeared. More than two decades later, Tan, now a novelist in L.A., returns to the country of her youth and to the memories of a man who both enabled and thwarted her dreams. Magically, too, she returns to the film itself, revived in a way she never could have imagined.