Wednesday, March 12 | 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Robert Provine, Neuroscientist, Professor of Psychology, UMBC
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
Robert Provine’s latest book, Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond, has received rave reviews. It won the PROSE Award 2012 as the best book in biomedicine and neuroscience and was selected as a Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Professor Provine will reflect on his 39-year career at UMBC and discuss how undergraduate research can change the way we look at human behavior and solve ancient problems. (Click heading for full description.)
Sponsored by Social Sciences Forum. Co-sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities.
Using assemblage artist Edward Kienholz’s harrowing 1970 lynching tableau Five Car Stud as a point of departure, Lawrence Weschler explores the ways in which race has served as the radioactive core of American history, continually warping the potential for ordinary class-based politics and accounting for all manner of perverse American exceptionalisms (the subject of Weschler’s current work-in-progress). (Click heading for full description.)
Sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities. Co-sponsored by the American Studies Department and the Orser Center for the Study of Place, Community, and Culture.
Tuesday, April 1 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Michael Benson, writer, photographer and artist
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture
Photographer and artist Michael Benson presents a retrospective look at the visual legacy of space exploration, covering fifty years of space travel, from the American Mariner probe passing Venus in December 1962 to the latest images of the Mars Rover. His images are not so much otherworldly as abstract, modernist creations of lush imagination, and invite us to consider them as much art objects as scientific documentation. (Clicking heading for full description.)
Sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities. Co-sponsored by CIRCA and the History Department.