Local digital media outlet Bham Now is hosting a conversation with UAB’s Jim McClintock, Ph.D. at Avondale Brewing Company on Dec. 6, before he takes off for his 15th trip to the Antarctic.
The discussion will center around Alabama’s drought and its intersection with climate change. He will also speak to his geographical exploration experiences in Antarctica.
The event, sponsored by EBSCO, will be held at Avondale Brewing Company Doors open at 5 p.m. for networking with the program following from 6-7 p.m. Hand-in-Paw will receive 10 percent of all ticket sales. Get tickets here.
McClintock, a biology professor in the UAB’s College of Arts and Sciences; Department of Biology, has been named an Explorers Club fellow. Fellowship in the organization signifies McClintock’s significant scientific contributions to the field of geographical exploration. The Explorers Club was founded in 1904 to unite explorers through fellowship and to promote field research, furthering the instinct to explore.
McClintock is an authority on the effects of climate change in Antarctica which is detailed in his book Lost Antarctica – Adventures in a Disappearing Land,.
Since 1989 McClintock has led or co-directed fourteen scientific expeditions with the United States Antarctic Programin which he and his research collaborators have become the world’s authorities on Antarctic marine chemical ecology. McClintock has published over 200 scientific publications, and co-edited and co-authored several books related to a multitude of aspects dealing with marine invertebrates.
UAB Biology professor will be the first of Bham Now’s BOLD Series featured speakers.
Kasman will join ASO members for “Quintessential Quintets” to perform two great piano quintets, one from the 19th century by Robert Schumann and one from the 20th century by Dmitry Shostakovich.Professor of Piano Yakov Kasman, DMA, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham will perform with members of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday, Dec. 6.
Kasman is artist-in-residence and teaches in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Music. He will perform as part of the ASO’s Concertmaster and Friends series “Quintessential Quintets” in Samford University’s Brock Hall. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m.
His performance partners will be ASO Music Director Carlos Izcaray, cello; ASO concertmaster and violinist Daniel Szasz; ASO assistant concertmaster and violinist Mayumi Masri; and ASO principal violist Michael Fernandez.
The group will perform together two great piano quintets, one from the 19th century by Robert Schumann and one from the 20th century by Dmitry Shostakovich, Kasman says.
“I have been a part of this ASO series for the last three years,” Kasman said. “This is an honor for me, and it is a great pleasure to perform this music with such excellent musicians, some of the very best in their fields in our part of the country.”
For more information, visit the Alabama Symphony Orchestra online at www.alabamasymphony.org.
Students will present papers on topics as diverse as the Aztecs’ bloody past, the Egyptian goddess Isis, Charles-François Daubigny’s floating studio, a mask of the female Sande society and the representation of women in 18th-century French portraiture.The University of Alabama at Birmingham will host its first Undergraduate Symposium in Art History, featuring papers by art history capstone students, Wednesday, Dec. 7.
Presented by the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Art and Art History, the symposium is scheduled for 2-5 p.m. in the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts’ Hess Lecture Hall.
The symposium schedule from 2-3:30 p.m. will include Stewart Adams presenting “Bounds of Representation: Albrecht Dürer’s Late Passion Drawings,” Kristin Davis presenting “Isis: An Egyptian Goddess in the Greek and Roman World,” Alea Bondarenko presenting “Charles-François Daubigny’s Floating Studio or Daubigny on ‘Le Botin,’” and Emily White presenting “Masquerade and Bodily Display: Sande Society Initiation Mask.”
From 3:45-5 p.m., Julia Browder will present “Unearthing the Truth: The Urban Excavation of Tenochtitlán,” Megan Hicks will present “The Representation of Women in Eighteenth-Century France as Seen in Louis Tocqué’s ‘Portrait of Madame de Livry’ (1745/1755),” and Sarah Faulkner will present “The Crux of Cultural Crossroads.”
In “Bounds of Representation: Albrecht Dürer’s Late Passion Drawings,” Adams will focus on three works: a 1521 rendition of “Agony in the Garden,” and two versions of “Bearing of the Body,” both from 1522.
Davis will discuss one of the most important goddesses in the ancient Egyptian pantheon in “Isis: An Egyptian Goddess in the Greek and Roman World.” Her paper explores the different depictions of Isis in Greek and Roman art, versus her traditional depictions in Egypt.
For “Charles-François Daubigny’s Floating Studio or Daubigny on ‘Le Botin,’” Bondarenko will examine how Daubigny’s floating studio, a boat he called Le Botin (Little Box), impacted his own artwork and that of younger Impressionist painters.
Housed in the Birmingham Museum of Art’s African Art Collection is an early 20th-century Sowei mask from the region of Sierra Leone in Western Africa, belonging to the female Sande society. White will explain how, for the Sande society’s women, a masked figure is considered an embodiment of their female mystical power and is integral to their initiation process with her paper, “Masquerade and Bodily Display: Sande Society Initiation Mask.”
In “Unearthing the Truth: The Urban Excavation of Tenochtitlán,” Browder will discuss the Templo Mayor, the nexus of the Aztec world, and how the ongoing excavations there have revealed ever-increasing evidence of large-scale human sacrifice. Her paper explores the nature of the excavation and how it is embroiled in the Mexican identity.
For “The Representation of Women in Eighteenth-Century France as Seen in Louis Tocqué’s ‘Portrait of Madame de Livry’ (1745/1755),” Hicks explores in her paper how the portrait, housed in the Birmingham Museum of Art, reveals the growing perception of the divisions of gender roles that are prevalent in French portraiture. Through close examination of the representation of Madame de Livry’s attributes and accessories, such as her makeup, clothing, and closed fan, she argues for the important role of this painting in the trajectory of 18th-century French female portraiture.
Faulkner will explore the indigenous elements that are evident in architecture in the Indian state of Gujarat, even after centuries of foreign influence. For “The Crux of Cultural Crossroads,” she focuses on Mahabat Maqbara, a mausoleum and mosque complex completed in 1892 CE by Sheikh Bahauddin for the Nawab Mahabat Khan II and his vizier Bahaduddinbhai Hasainbhai. The complex offers an interesting case study for the analysis of the perseverance of these indigenous design choices underneath the façade of foreign styles.