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Honors College Professor Ellen Handler Spitz featured on the CBC
The Secret Lives of Children

In this program, Canadian public radio journalist Mary O’Connell sets out to explore the inner lives of modern children. UMBC Honors College Professor Ellen Handler Spitz, author of Inside Picture Books; The Brightening Glance; Illuminating Childhood; and numerous other titles provides us with wonderful insights into the secret lives of children. Childhood has traditionally been seen as a magical country none of us can ever return to, but Dr. Spitz provides us many points of entry with the counterpoint of children’s voices provided by O’Connel.

A podcast of the CBC radio feature is available here.


Lynn Cazabon’s Portrait Garden debuts on MTA Light Rail Trains
The artist was interviewed on Midday with Dan Rodricks on WYPR 88.1 FM,  Friday, December 19th.

Portrait Gardens, Lynn Cazabon

Portrait Gardens, Lynn Cazabon

For the month of December, Portrait Garden will be displayed as a series of 100 posters in trains within the Baltimore Light Rail system. This public dissemination is conceived as a moving gallery designed to bring the women metaphorically into the community of Baltimore City.

Portrait Garden is a series of audio and photographic portraits of eleven women incarcerated at Maryland Correctional Institute for Women in Jessup, MD, culminating a 1-1/2 year long collaboration between Ruby Award winning artist and Associate Professor of Visual Arts Lynn Cazabon.

The complete set of images and audio interviews are available through the project website:


Visual Arts Animation and Interactive Media Assistant Professor Corrie Francis Parks

A Tangled Tale, by Corrie Parks

A Tangled Tale, by Corrie Parks


Focal Press will publish Corrie Park’s new book Fluid Frames: Animating Under the Camera with Sand, Clay, Paint and More in the fall 2015.

The book explores historical and contemporary practices in “under the camera” animation techniques while providing hands on learning tutorials for artists and students alike. It features interviews with prominent animators like Caroline Leaf, Ishu Patel and Joan Gratz as well as advice from contemporary animators who are now applying digital workflow to these haptic techniques.


The CIRCA banner photo illustration based on work by Assistant Professor Corrie Parks