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Nora imageTheatre
Thursday, October 23 – Sunday, October 26
Directed by Eve Muson
Black Box Theatre

The UMBC Department of Theatre presents Nora by Ingmar Bergman, a stage adaptation and translation of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. English translations by Frederick J. Marker and Lise-Lone Marker. Directed by Eve Muson.

Having been ruled her whole life by either her father or her husband, Nora finally comes to question the foundation of everything she has believed in once her marriage is put to the test. Nora is the celebrated director Ingmar Bergman’s stripped-down adaptation of A Doll’s House, the groundbreaking modern drama by Henrik Ibsen. By focusing on the heart of the relationships and the erotic bond between men and women, this is no longer about women’s equality but rather how much any one person, man or woman, is prepared to sacrifice for love.



Friday & Saturday,
October 24 & 25 | 8:00 PM

Rebollar Dance
ClancyWorks Dance Company
Dance Cube, Performing Arts and Humanities Building

Two renowned regional dance companies, Rebollar Dance and ClancyWorks Dance Company, share a program in the new Dance Cube. Rebollar Dance, directed by Erica Rebollar, was highlighted as a Season Pick in Washington City Paper’s 2012 Falls Arts Guide and Washington Post’s Editor’s Picks/Going Out Guide, as well as features on WAMU radio, FOX 5, and NBC news shows. ClancyWorks Dance Company is a collective of performing artists directed by Adrienne Clancy. The members of the company have more than 80 years collectively of dance and choreographic experiences.



Tuesday, November 4 | 4:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Black Box Theatre, Performing Arts and Humanities Building
Admission is free

A provocative new play by UMBC professors Michele Osherow (English, Folger Theatre) and Manil Suri (Mathematics, author of The Death of Vishnu), directed by Alan Kreizenbeck (Theatre).

Battle lines are drawn when an English professor and mathematician are compelled to co-teach a course at a university bent on promoting interdisciplinarity. They tussle over everything: from the value of ‘nothing’ in King Lear, to the fractals found in cauliflower. Will they be able to give the class a glimpse of synthesis or will their insularity prove impossible to surmount?

Each reading will be followed by a talk-back.



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Visual Arts | Co-Sponsored by CIRCA
Wednesday, November 12 | 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Kumar Talkies, with Filmmaker Pankaj Rishi Kumar
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Kumar Talkies is a run-down cinema in small town Kalpi, where few films run longer than a few days, and each screening is missing a number of songs and dances, thanks to the projectionist’s whims. Once owned by the filmmaker’s father, it remembers better days, as seen unearthed through family testimonies and 8mm footage. Still, the faces of moviegoers reflected in the dark speak for themselves — the magic of cinema will never cease to captivate. The film explores the relationship between Kalpi — a small town in northern India — and its only surviving cinema hall, a decrepit and cash-strapped shed located in a particularly dirty corner of the town. The film documents cinema as simultaneously a vehicle that conveys a remote, urban, imagination to a small town such as Kalpi, and a medium in which different people expect their localized existence to be captured and displayed. The film chronicles Kalpi’s economic decline and its citizens’ hopes and frustrations while taking a nostalgic look at the lost, lavish world of cinema. The film also considers the influence of television, which is gradually reducing the audience at the hall.




Visual Arts
Thursday, October 9 – Saturday, December 13
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture


Tom Scott’s career as an artist spanned more than 60 years, from the early 1950s through the first decade of this century. His output is remarkable not only for its temporal span but for its quantity and qualities, amounting to over 3,000 by his death at age 85 in March 2013. It is also remarkable for the particular span of time it covers: a unique time that saw the ascendancy of American art on the world stage for the first time and an extraordinarily fertile period of general artistic invention worldwide that included the creation and maturing of important sub-movements of modernism, and simultaneously the beginning of post modern tendencies in art.



Humanities Forum – IRC
Tuesday, December 2 | 4:00 PMscreen-shot-2014-08-07-at-9-26-14-am
Digital Humanities Initiative Event
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
Anne Sarah Rubin, Associate Professor of History, Director of the Center for Digital History and Education, and Kelley Bell, Associate Professor of Visual Arts

UMBC professors Anne Sarah Rubin and Kelley Bell use the 150th anniversary of Sherman’s March to the Sea to discuss their collaboration on a digital project about this American Civil War event. Sherman’s March and America: Mapping Memory is an experiment in digital history that uses storytelling to introduce viewers to ideas about the intersections of place and memory. By showing the various approaches to one historical event—the 1864 March to the Sea—this project opens up questions about the stories that are told about the past.


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