Creative Dialogues

  1. In 1845, as Ireland was descending into the despair of the great famine, Frederick Douglass arrived for a four-month lecture tour of the island to promote his recently published autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave.

    Seven years earlier, Douglass had escaped slavery in Maryland but was greeted in Dublin, Belfast, and Cork by enthusiastic crowds and formed many friendships on his trip. One of the most significant friendships was with Daniel O'Connell, a figure still revered in Ireland today for his role in Catholic emancipation and his fierce opposition to slavery.

    This conversation features writer and educator Colum McCann, author of TransAtlantic and cofounder of Narrative4, a global nonprofit dedicated to social change. He is joined by UMD professors Ira Berlin, Patrick O’Shea and Sheri Parks as we explore the influence Douglass had on religious freedom, gender issues and slavery.

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  2. Are biblical teachings on human sexuality relevant today? How can we use biblical passages to guide us through modern day issues of sexuality?

    Derrick Harkins, one of the leaders of the Democratic Party’s faith outreach efforts, Cedric Harmon of Many Voices, a black church movement for gay and transgender justice, Delman Coates from Mt. Ennon Baptist Church and Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ's Reverend Dr. Christine Wiley, along with choreographer David Rousséve answer questions and converse about Maryland’s marriage equality law and its effect on the faith community.

    Co-commissioned by the Clarice Smith Center, David Rousséve’s new work, Stardust, will have its premiere at the Center in January 2014. The piece is about a young, black man who is rejected by his church and most of his family because of his sexual orientation

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  3. An address at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and a speech on the National Mall in Washington, DC both mark important eras in our history. Why did the words from these speeches make such a dramatic impact on the historical memory of the United States?

    Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches are separated by almost 100 years, yet they share a compelling similarity: both speeches make the seemingly impossible appear not only possible but desirable.

    We hear from Steven D. Cohen from University of Baltimore's School of Communications Design, Eugene W. Grant, Mayor of Seat Pleasant, Maryland, Elsa Barkley Brown, a UMD professor specializing in African American history and political culture, and Robert Lehrman, who has been the speechwriter for dozens of Democratic political figures including Vice President Al Gore and is author of The Political Speechwriter's Companion. Panelists illuminate how and why these speeches made such an impression on our national consciousness.

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  4. From Fortune’s time in eighteenth-century Connecticut to the current day, what are the ethics in medical education, research, treatment and practice?

    Moderated by Kojo Nnamdi, four panelists discuss these issues in a Creative Dialogue at the Oxon Hill Branch of the Prince George's County Memorial Library System:
    * Fatimah Jackson, Institute of African American Research, Univ. of North Carolina/Chapel Hill
    * Dr. Claudia Baquet, National Bioethics Center, Univ. of Maryland/Baltimore
    * David Lacks, son of Henrietta Lacks
    * Ysaye Barnwell, composer and curator of the Fortune's Bones project

    This conversation began the day prior at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, MD with a different set of panelists:
    vimeo.com/claricesmithctr/continuum-1

    Learn more about the Fortune's Bones project at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center:
    claricesmithcenter.umd.edu/fortune

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  5. From Fortune’s time in eighteenth-century Connecticut to the current day, what are the ethics in medical education, research, treatment and practice?

    Moderated by Kojo Nnamdi, four panelists discuss these issues in a Creative Dialogue at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, MD:
    * Prof. Taunya Lovell-Banks, University of Maryland School of Law
    * Dr. Curt Civin, University of Maryland School of Medicine
    * David Lacks, son of Henrietta Lacks
    * Ysaye Barnwell, composer and curator of the Fortune's Bones Project

    This conversation continued the next day at the Oxon Hill Branch of the Prince George's County Memorial Library System with a different set of panelists:
    vimeo.com/claricesmithctr/continuum-2

    Learn more about the Fortune's Bones project at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center:
    claricesmithcenter.umd.edu/fortune

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Creative Dialogues

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Creative Dialogues is a free conversation series designed to inspire cross-disciplinary conversations around issues that inspire and motivate artists to create their work.

Moderated by Kojo Nnamdi, these events are intended to raise awareness, while…


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Creative Dialogues is a free conversation series designed to inspire cross-disciplinary conversations around issues that inspire and motivate artists to create their work.

Moderated by Kojo Nnamdi, these events are intended to raise awareness, while encouraging debate and exploration of the subject matter. Creative Dialogues are presented both at the Center and at locations throughout the community. Panelists include artists and UMD faculty as well as voices from other academic institutions and organizations.

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