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'Veterans' Voices' Offers Chance for Veterans to Talk About Their Military Experiences, Nov. 10

"Veterans' Voices," a University of Baltimore community-wide discussion featuring veterans sharing their many and varied experiences in the military, will be hosted by The Bob Parsons Veterans Center, Spotlight UB and the Maryland Humanities Council on Monday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in UB's Wright Theater. The event is part of the University's Salute Our Troops Week, Nov. 10-14, a series of occasions honoring military and veteran students. The Wright Theater is located in the UB Student Center, 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave. "Veterans' Voices" is free and open to the public; an R.S.V.P. is required (see below).

"Veterans' Voices" will be previewed with a radio segment on the Maryland Humanities Council's Humanities Connection program on 88.1 WYPR on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 5:45 p.m. During this segment, entitled "Soldier Stories," Lisa M. Van Wormer, an Iraq War veteran and a student in the University's M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts program, and Joseph Wood, UB provost, senior vice president for Academic Affairs, professor of history and public affairs and a Vietnam veteran, will offer perspectives on their military experiences, separated by nearly 40 years of change in gender equality in the military.

On Nov. 10, "Veterans' Voices" will open with veterans reading selected works—some self-written—exploring soldiers' experiences. From Korean War to Iraq War veterans, both fiction and non-fiction literary works provide insights into the lives of those in the nation's armed forces, including diversity in the military, the experience of war, and the return to civilian life. Following these readings, audience members will engage in facilitated and meaningful discussion about veterans' issues. "Veterans' Voices" provides a unique opportunity for both civilians and service men and women to explore more deeply the topics and issues surrounding the veteran experience.

The partnership brings together three entities with particular strengths: The Bob Parsons Veterans Center's commitment to servicemen and servicewomen, Spotlight UB's high-quality performances and access to University of Baltimore students, and the Maryland Humanities Council’s mission to use the humanities to spur informed dialogue on critical issues.

All of the veterans featured in the program are connected to the University of Baltimore. They include lifelong Baltimore resident Ken Turner, a University of Baltimore employee who served with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for 22 years. Turner was deployed during Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield and retired with the rank of Gunnery Sergeant (E-7) in 2002. During his military service he was awarded two meritorious promotions, twice awarded the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal.

Louis Diggs, B.A. '79, M.P.A. '82, joined the all-black Maryland National Guard (726th Transportation Truck Company of the 231st Transportation Truck Battalion) in 1950, served in the Korean War from 1950 until 1952 and remained in the U.S. Army until 1970. Upon retirement, Diggs served in Washington, D.C. public schools. Over the past 20 years he has been an avid historian and author, publishing several books on historic black communities in Baltimore County.

UB Provost Joseph Wood has more than 25 years of experience in higher education. He served in Vietnam as a combat engineer.

UB graduate student Lisa M. Van Wormer, an Iraq War veteran, has published memoir pieces in Baltimore Fishbowl and on WYPR's The Signal, and has had a collaborative poem published in Welter, the University of Baltimore literary journal, plus two pieces featured in Spotlight UB's Emerging Voices Project and in the Langsdale Library Basement Reading Series as part of National Library Week.

After the readings on Nov. 10, audience members will break into small groups for discussion. Conversations will be facilitated by Irvin Brown, interim coordinator for the Parsons Veterans Center, Fred Guy, director of UB's Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics, Stephen Shirley, adviser to the UB Veterans Club, and Provost Wood.

To R.S.V.P. for the Nov. 10 "Veterans' Voices" event, go here.

Learn more about The Bob Parsons Veterans Center.

The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, the UB School of Law and the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.

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Finance Professor: Lower Gas Prices Are Good - Not Great

Steve Isberg, associate professor of finance in the University of Baltimore's Merrick School of Business, tells The Baltimore Sun that while lower gas prices may help consumers across the country, inflation and stagnant wages are harming the economy.

"I love it when I can fill up my tank for $60 instead of $75, but I don't know if I'm going to jump for joy," Isberg says.

Read the article.

Learn more about Prof. Isberg and the Merrick School of Business.

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Documentary Tells Story of Muslim Heroine in Nazi-Occupied Paris, Nov. 5

The University of Baltimore will host the area premiere of Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story, a film about a Muslim woman's fight against the Nazi occupation of France, on Wednesday, Nov. 5, beginning at 6 p.m. in UB's Wright Theater, located on the fifth floor of the University's Student Center at 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will take place at 5 p.m., followed by a screening of the film at 6 p.m. and a panel discussion at 7 p.m.

Directed by Emmy Award winner Robert Gardner and filmed in Baltimore, Enemy of the Reich brings to life the remarkable story of a Muslim woman's extraordinary courage, tested in the crucible of Paris during World War II. Noor Inayat Khan, the daughter of an American mother and an Indian Muslim father--the internationally renowned Sufi master, Hazrat Inayat Khan. Khan, the future Allies agent, grew up in her father's Sufi spiritual center in Paris, where she was living when the Nazi invasion occurred.

Resisting numerous opportunities to escape safely, Khan made the selfless decision to save countless lives and fight against the occupation by joining a British covert operation that involved wireless transmissions in aid to the French Resistance. While other agents were captured or fled the occupied territory, Khan continued to send messages to Britain; eventually she became the sole link between London and the resistance forces in France. The film tells her inspiring life story, and serves to expand the Muslim narrative in the hearts and minds of American audiences.

Guest panelists at the premiere include:

  • Daniel Tutt, director of Outreach and Foundation Relations for the Unity Productions Foundation, the non-profit media and education company that produced the film
  • Uta Larkey, director of the German program and associate professor of German at Goucher College
  • Homayra Ziad, scholar of Islam at the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies

Arthur J. Magida, writer in residence at the University of Baltimore, will serve as moderator.

Eventually caught by the Germans, Khan was sent to Dachau concentration camp where she was executed in September 1944. She was posthumously awarded a British George Cross and a French Croix de Guerre. In 2012 a bronze bust of Khan was unveiled in Gordon Square Gardens, London, and this year the British Royal Mail issued a postage stamp in her honor.

This event is sponsored by the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences, the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics and the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies.

To R.S.V.P., call 410.837.5379 or send an email to cmyers@ubalt.edu.

The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, the UB School of Law and the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.

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Student Pursuing Accelerated Degree Joins Three UB Alumnae on Daily Record's List of Leading Women

Antieris Johnson, a University of Baltimore student pursuing degrees in both the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Public Affairs, has been selected as a recipient of the Daily Record's 2014 Leading Women award.

This year's list of Leading Women also includes UB alumnae Jessica Emerson, J.D. '13, Lisa D. Sparks, B.A. '05, J.D. ’07, and Marla Zide, J.D. '01.

Antieris, a full-time UB student pursuing an accelerated B.A. in Integrated Arts/M.S. in Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship degree, manages her own Baltimore-based community action program called Art Adopts a Child. Antieris developed and launched AAC in 2011 to raise awareness for adoption through community art projects and to help youth who are aging out of the foster care system establish emotional permanency through art therapy, music therapy and mentorship.

"It is both humbling and validating to be recognized for what I'm naturally driven to do," said Antieris on being recognized for her commitment to effecting change in the community.

Though never in foster care herself, Antieris is adopted and says she feels deeply passionate about using the arts to help empower and change the lives of Baltimore's foster care population.

Antieris expects to graduate from UB in fall 2016, after which she plans to dedicate her full attention to turning AAC into a social enterprise.

The Daily Record launched the Leading Women Awards in 2010 at the 15th annual Maryland's Top 100 Women celebration, to recognize the next generation of Maryland's women leaders.

This year's Leading Women awards honor 46 Maryland women 40 years of age or younger for the accomplishments they have made so far in their careers. A panel of judges that includes business and legal professionals and a representative from the Daily Record, selected the honorees based on their professional experience, community involvement and commitment to inspiring change.

Antieris will be honored along with the other 2014 Leading Women at an awards reception and dinner on Dec. 4 at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore. Winners will also be profiled in a special Leading Women magazine that will be inserted into the Dec. 5 issue of the Daily Record and available online.

The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, the UB School of Law and the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.

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UB Invents New Model for Linking HBCU Students, Law School

The University of Baltimore School of Law is receiving national attention for its Baltimore Scholars Program, which makes vital connections between students in Maryland's various historically black colleges and universities and the law school experience.

In its Oct. 19 edition, USA Today provides details on the program and interviews both students who are enrolled in it and the UB law faculty who administer it.

Read the article.

Learn more about the program, as well as the LSAT Award Program, both administered through the Fannie Angelos Program for Academic Excellence.

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Make a Difference Day

This year for Make a Difference Day, we are partnering with Safe Alternative Foundation for Education (SAFE).

Team up with other UB students on this national day of service! Volunteers will help revitalize community space in Southwest Baltimore. Get read to get your hands dirty as we help renovate a formerly vacant building and transform it into an afterschool safe haven for youth. You can make a difference by volunteering your time to help make communities safer!

For more information, please contact Mariel Rubin at mrubin@ubalt.edu or 410.837.4076, or visit www.ubalt.edu/bemore.

For more information about SAFE, visit www.safealternative.org

Click here to R.S.V.P.!

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A Federalist Society Talk on Ebola: Health Policy and The Law of Pandemic

Featuring the co-directors of the UB Center for Medicine and Law: Jessica Katznelson, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Gregory Dolin, M.D., Associate Professor of Law at UB School of Law and Adjunct Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. LUNCH PROVIDED

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Ebola: Health Policy and the Law of Pandemic

Join the co-directors of the UB Center for Medicine and the Law for a discussion on the Ebola virus and relating health policy:

  • Gregory Dolin, M.D., associate professor of law at the UB School of Law and adjunct associate professor of emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
  • Jessica Katznelson, M.D., assistant professor of pediatric emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Medicine and the Law and by the Federalist Society.

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Majors Exploration-Do what you love, love what you do!

This is your chance to ask Program Advisors and Career Coaches questions about your potential major and career options. Attend Information Sessions:  Monday, October 27, 2014, 12:30pm-2:30pm-BC 1st floor (or) Thursday, October 30, 2014, 2:00pm-BC 3rd floor

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National Work and Family Month Brown Bag Lunch Session

The CAS Work Life Committee at UB will hold a brown bag lunch and discussion session as part of National Work and Family Month. Discussion questions will include: What do you bring to the UB table? What are your work-life questions/concerns? What work-life opportunities are happening at UB? Dessert will be provided and attendees will have a chance to chat with Dean Laura Bryan, author of Shaping Work-Life Culture in Higher Education. The session is open to all UB faculty, staff and students.

Learn more about work-life culture at UB: http://www.ubalt.edu/cas/about-the-college/work-life.cfm