Arts Weekly Newsletter 12/7

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Good Luck on Finals!

Harold, Heather, and Kenna wish you all the best of luck with your finals! 

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Spring Course Opportunity

Interested in learning new techniques for problem solving? Interested in water management issues? Scholars is offering a unique class in Sustainability & Design: The Impossible Project (CPSP249E). In this 3-credit class you will design solutions to a real world storm-water management problem using a method known as Design Thinking. Email Dr. David Tomblin ( with questions and for permission to enroll.

Spring Workshop Schedule

The days that the Spring Workshops will be offered have now been confirmed. Sign-ups will be launched in January. Remember that you can attend workshops on either Monday or Tuesday, but freshmen will need to register for CPSA101 on Mondays and sophomores will need to register for CPSA201 on Tuesdays. If you have a class that conflicts with the 101 or 201 times let Heather know ( and she will help you get permission to have a scheduling conflict. Workshop schedule:
  • Bullet Journaling
  • Latin Dance
  • Life Through My Eyes: Film Workshop
  • 3-D Poetry
  • Comics
  • Self-expressive Songwriting
  • Watercolor Painting and Feminist Expression


Monday, December 10th: Final Project Presentations, Part 2
Josh and Maddie's TA groups will present their final projects.



No class!


Pentathlon Opportunities

Films and Screenings:
The Incredibly True Story of 2 Girls In Love Screening & Discussion

Friday, December 7
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Marie Mount Hall, Room 2218
Cost: Free
join us in the LGBT Equity Center this Friday, to watch a LGBTQIA film followed by informal discussion. All identities are welcome! This week is our last screening and we'll be watching The Incredibly True Story of 2 Girls In Love. "An adventurous love story between two young women of different social and economic backgrounds who find themselves going through all the typical struggles of a new romance..."

Death and the Judge Screening
Friday, December 7
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
H.J. Patterson Hall, Room 2118
Persian with English Subtitles
Hosted by IGSF and Persian Studies program
With more than 4,000 death sentences passed down in 45 years, Judge Azizmohammadi not only holds the record for the number of death sentences issued in Iran, but also the entire world. Death and the Judge is a powerful documentary about Iran's most infamous and feared criminal judge. It offers an intimate but chilling portrait into the professional and private life of Judge Azizmohammadi.

On the Line Screening & Discussion
Monday, December 10
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
South Campus Commons, 1102 Building 1
This film highlights one of the longest running voluntary school desegregation programs in the country, it's historical impact on the city of Boston and those personally involved in the program itself. On The Line takes a fresh examination of the impact of busing for school integration, the historical and social conditions that launched the METCO program, and the participants who continue to assess the benefits and hardships of crossing racial and class lines on their way to school. The long-term effects for all parties involved are not often adequately studied. Rather, short-term academic and college achievement statistics are emphasized. The METCO experience is an introduction to a more complex world and On The Line opens the discussion for further insight.

Visual Art:
Mirrored Re-Collection
Sobia Ahmad + Sepideh Salehi
November 1 - December 15, 2018
Stamp Gallery
In this exhibition, the artists examine issues related to national identity and belonging, cultural memory, the notion of home, and gender. They incorporate aspects of storytelling and weave their personal histories into broader cultural fabrics, the two often intersecting in difficult ways. Their work prompts us to consider: What is the relationship between personal narrative and larger structures of power? How do artists, especially women, use their work to navigate complex political and social terrains?

Faculty Dance Concert
Friday, December 7, 2018 7:30 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dance Theatre
Cost: Student/Youth: $10 or FREE
The Faculty Dance Concert showcases the eloquent and provocative choreography of featured Dance faculty members and special guests. Through gesture and verse, meaning through motion, this collection of dances will captivate and inspire.
Vietnamese Music Lecture & Demonstration featuring Vanessa Van Anh Vo
Friday, December 7, 2018 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Leah M. Smith Hall
Cost: Free
Van Anh Vo - the national champion of Vietnamese traditional music, Emmy Award composer, vocalist, and educator - and her VA'V Ensemble with a unique combination of Turkish and Japanese traditional instruments will showcase Vietnam's 4000-year-old cultural heritage and cultures from other parts of the world. The sounds of the traditional instruments and folk songs will offer insights into the different traditions and customs of Vietnam's three main regions: North, Central, and South, as well as Turkish and Japanese cultures. Under her guidance, the audience will join Van Anh Vo and her ensemble in playing some traditional instruments to create their own music.​

Wind Orchestra Birthday Celebration Concert
Friday, December 7, 2018 
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall
Cost: Student/Youth: $10 or FREE
A celebration of the 110th anniversary of the UMD Bands and ten years of the Wind Orchestra under the direction of Michael Votta, featuring graduates of the conducting studio as guest conductors and Walsum competition winner Quinn Dizon's Dark Nebula.​

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Friday, December 7, 2018 
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Memorial Chapel
Cost: Student/Youth: $10 or free
Returning for its 17th season, the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols tells the Christmas story through lively readings and music that epitomizes hope, goodwill and joy.​

Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony Concert
Saturday, December 8, 2018 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall
Cost: Student/Youth: $10 or free
2017 Concerto Competition winner Timothy MacDuff performs Ernest Bloch's Suite for Viola and Orchestra, followed by Shostakovich's landmark Symphony No. 5.

The Odyssey: From Vietnam to America
Saturday, December 8, 2018 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kay Theatre
Cost: Student/Youth: $10 or free
The Vietnam War's legacy lives on more than 40 years after its end. Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated composer-performer Vanessa melds traditional Vietnamese instruments with spoken word and live media to explore the deeply moving story of Vietnam's war refugees: "Boat People." In this multi-sensory experience, she triggers memories of the ocean carrying them from Vietnam to freedom.

The Muses: Original Works Project
Sunday, December 9, 2018 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Cafritz Foundation Theatre
Cost: Free, no tickets required.
The Muses proudly present their Original Works Projects, a memorable night of short plays created and produced by students.

Know of any events on campus that other Arts Scholars should attend? Let Kenna know!

Other Opportunities

Stamp Gallery Call for Artists for Visualizing Protest: The Art of Resistance

Application Deadline | December 21


Protests have long been a social tool by which to mobilize groups of people around shared grievances, allowing them to collectively interrogate power structures and enact change through the discursive processes of resistance. Protests have been an important moment at which resistance enters public space and gains broader visibility. Some forms of protest, such as riots, can even erupt spontaneously and result in alternative discourses that undermine the original aims of the protestors.

This exhibition thus seeks to explore the role of visual production around protests. It will consider such questions as: How do we understand the relationship between what is visible/invisible or public/private in collective forms of resistance? How does artwork and new media shape, interrogate, or blur these distinctions? How does the visual response to protests and resistance movements by artists memorialize and historicize the events? Do new technologies change the nature of protests, resistance movements, and how they are mobilized? If so, how we understand them visually? What is the role of audience? What is the role of visual imagery produced by resistance groups themselves?

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