UMBC Kraken Upcycled Sculpture/ Drum Circle/ Solar @Artscape (7/17)

DSC_3140Come celebrate UMBC’s creativity in action at Baltimore Artscape.

  • Prof. McAlpine’s Kraken Upcycled Sculpture: Interdisciplinary Studies at UMBC Student-built Sea Monster made of upcycled plastic (grand prize winner at the AVAM Kinetic Sculpture Race). 11 a.m. onwards Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • Dance or drum along with Straight Up Tribal/ UMBC Drum Circle Performances. 7 p.m. Friday
  • Keep the beat with an upcycled bucket drum installation
  • Taste some local food grilled in a Solar Cooker Demonstration with Sustainability Matters at UMBC. 7 p.m. Friday

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B’PAR Workshop with Liz Lerman (6/24)

Liz Lerman Flyer-page-001B’PAR (Baltimore’s Participatory Action Research) graduate student organization is hosting a workshop with creative researcher, Liz Lerman, whose Critical Response Process has been influential to academics, educators, and scholars in many fields.  On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, she will help UMBC graduate students examine creative tools and problem-solving approaches in their research.  This workshop is designed to be especially helpful for researchers who work in community contexts.

This is an ALL DAY workshop (9:30-4:30). Because only 20 seats are available, interested graduate students are asked to fill out a brief questionnaire.

Faculty Workshop: Sustainability Across the Disciplines (6/1-6/2)

Page-1Join the third annual faculty curriculum development workshop at UMBC, held on June 1 and 2 from 10-4 p.m. The workshop will be facilitated by Rita Turner, author of Teaching for EcoJustice. Stipends are available for the first 10 UMBC faculty, instructors, and lecturers to register. All are welcome regardless of background, department, and level of familiarity with sustainability. 
Click here to register.

Mental Health Awareness Events (5/6)

poster panel 2015_04_08FINAL-page-001On Wednesday, May 6, there will be two events to raise awareness about mental health awareness issues.

At noon, there will be a flashmob at the plaza between the University Center and Math/Psych. At 4pm in the Library Gallery that same day, there will be a panel of 4 UMBC students (3 current, 1 past) share their stories related to mental health.

Take Back the Night (4/16)

takebackthenightUMBC’s 2015 Take Back the Night will take place on Thursday, April 16 from 6-9 p.m. on Commons Mainstreet.

Events and activities include a Community Resource Fair (begins at 6pm), The Clothesline Project, The Survivor Speak Out Forum (begins at 6:30pm), March Against Sexual Violence, FORCE Monument Quilt Making Opportunity and other art activism projects.

The Resource Fair will include representatives from off-campus organizations: Hollaback Baltimore, FORCE, and HopeWorks

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This event is co-sponsored by: The Women’s Center, UHS Health Education, and the Voices Against Violence Program

Aletheia Hyun-Jin Shin on the Onngi Project in Station North (3/5)

Shin.001Baltimore Traces: Stories of the City’s Changing Neighborhoods presents Aletheia Hyun-Jin Shin from the Maryland College of Arts (MICA), Community Arts, who will speak on the Onngi Project in Station North. The presentation will take place on March 5 from 2.30-3.45 p.m. in ITE 233.

Aletheia Hyun-Jin Shin explores the transnational, inter-cultural nature of the Korea Diaspora in the methodology of community based art practice. Incorporating the methodology of community organizing and storytelling in her artistic praxis, she focuses on building local leadership through creative platforms that promote solidarity and community voices in Baltimore. Collaborating as an artistic asset in various Korean communities, Aletheia seeks to facilitate the creation of artistic narrative projects as a vehicle to nurture culture, build community, and bring awareness to the long standing Korean community in Baltimore.

The Onngi Project is a series of traditional Korean vessels shaped forms created by or in collaboration with various Korean communities in Baltimore. As Onngi is a significant vessel form for Koreans used for over 5000 years to store everyday foods, it serves as a metaphor for the history and wisdom in the untold story of Korean community in Baltimore. Through the Onngi Project, Korean community partners including first generation Korean immigrants at the Greenmount Senior Center, Vendors at the Northeast Market, and current undergraduate Korean MICA students collaboratively come together to educate and raise awareness of the longstanding yet untold presences of the Korean community in Baltimore.
Baltimore Traces Project is funded by an Hrabowski Innovation Grant & BreakingGround at UMBC

Peace in the City: Citizens Build Peace in Medellin-Colombia (3/6)

Sonia_UMBC-page-001The Language, Literacy and Culture Doctoral Program, Modern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communication department and Global Studies program are sponsoring a lecture and discussion with Sonia Ines Goéz Orrego, executive director of CEDECIS, on March 6 from noon-1 p.m. in Sherman Hall, Room 150.
CEDECIS is a dynamic community organization working in some of the most violent areas of Medellín (Colombia). With two decades of experience in community organizing and building a culture of peace, she can show how people have come together to prevent forced recruitment of young people by gangs, paramilitary and guerrilla organizations, to train children and adolescents in nonviolence, and to build more resilient and peaceful communities.
CEDECIS’s experience is especially relevant today as the Colombian government and FARC guerrillas are advancing steadily in peace negotiations in Havana, Cuba, that would end the Western Hemisphere’s longest running conflict. Yet as talks move forward, communities like those CEDECIS serves are still caught in conflict. Moreover, if an accord is signed, it will still be up to local communities to construct a lasting peace on the ground.
Ms. Goéz is a lawyer, teacher and community organizer. She has helped create strategies to prevent forced recruitment and free children and young people from armed groups, has assisted communities of displaced people to receive social services and exercise their rights, and has pioneered programs to build a culture of peace. She has a teaching degree as well as a law degree from the Fundación Universitaria Luis Amigo. Ms. Goéz is also a representative of the Coordinación Colombia Europa Estados Unidos (CCEEUU), the main network of some 245 Colombian human rights and nongovernmental organizations.
This event is organized by the Latin America Working Group and Colombia Human Rights Committee.

Peace Corps Story Telling Event (3/4)

PC Story telling flyer-page-001On  March 4 from 12-1 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge, there will be a Peace Corps Storytelling event as part of Peace Corps week.

Returned Peace Corps volunteers will share stories from their placements and a Peace Corps recruiter will be on hand to answer any questions.

Watching Neighborhoods Change (2/24)

Steiner_flyer 2-page-001Watching Neighborhoods Change, a talk by Marc Steiner, will take place on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 5 p.m. in Sherman 220.

Marc Steiner is the creator of the Peabody-winning Marc Steiner Show and founder of the Center for Emerging Media. He currently works with several UMBC classes as part of the Baltimore Traces project.

This lecture is sponsored  by Baltimore Traces through a grant from the Hrabowski Innovation Fund. Visit for more information.

A Stirring Song Sung Heroic (2/24)

stirringsongsungWilliam Earle Williams, the Audrey A. and John L. Dusseau Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Fine Arts, and Curator of Photography at Haverford College, will present a talk on A Stirring Song Sung Heroic on February 24 at 4 p.m. in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery.

A Stirring Song Sung Heroic features the work of photographer William Earle Williams. The history of American slavery is presented across three series of 80 black and white silver gelatin prints.  These images document mostly anonymous, unheralded, and uncelebrated places in the New World—from the Caribbean to North America—where Americans black and white determined the meaning of freedom. Archives of prints, newspapers, and other ephemera related to the struggle accompany the work.

Sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities, the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, the Africana Studies Department, and the History Department.