Baltimore Rising: Film and Discussion (Kickoff Event)

Date(s) - 02/07/2019
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Wright Theater at the University of Baltimore

RSVP is required: Free eventbrite ticket
*Doors open tonight (Feb. 7) at 5:30 pm for some light refreshments before the event starts at 6pm. This event is sold out but if there’s space and you are on the waitlist or don’t have a ticket, we’ll seat you just before the film starts! There will be an overflow room in the conference space next to the theater where the film and panel session will be streamed. If you have a ticket, please arrive at least 10 minutes before 6 pm.*

Our NEA Big Read at University of Baltimore kicks off conversations about the meaning of citizen with Baltimore RisingThe documentary, directed by Sonja Sohn, follows community and government responses to Freddie Gray’s death while in police custody. After the screening, stay for a panel discussion about social justice, citizenship, and activism. The first 100 ticketed attendees get a free copy of Citizen: An American Lyric. Light refreshments will be served outside of the theater. This event is co-sponsored by DewMore Baltimore, and is free and open to the public.

Panel moderator: Ron K. Williams, education manager and resident artist at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, and creator of a spoken word album, Aware and Outraged, a book of poetry and memoir, Black Freak Mosh Heaven, and three solo shows including his latest, Dreadlocks, Rock & Roll and Human Rights.

Panelists include:

Dr. Bridal Pearson, the program director and senior lecturer of the graduate program in Human Services Administration at the University of Baltimore in the College of Public Affairs, School of Health & Human Services, and Chairman of the Civilian Review Board.

Jessica Douglas, archivist, writer, and photographer from Baltimore, Maryland. She is a founding member of the Advisory Board for the Preserve the Baltimore Uprising 2015 Digital Archives Project, a user-submitted digital archives for media related to the Uprising. She has written about (real-time) participatory and community-based archiving as forms of activism, engagement, and information-sharing. She focuses her research on digital archives, participatory archives, and promoting diversity, inclusivity, equity, transparency and accessibility in archives, museums and libraries.

Mecca Verdell, teaching artist for DewMore Baltimore. She has performed for venues like Busboys and Poets, and the Kennedy Center. In 2016, Mecca was a part of Baltimore City Youth Poetry that won Brave New Voices, an international youth slam. She’s also the creator and host of “SoapBOX Poetry Radio”, interviewing nationally and locally known poets and writers.

Angela Koukoui, graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts. She is pursuing her BA in Integrated Arts from the University of Baltimore. After a career in communications finance, Angela founded her own community arts program to teach dance to Baltimore youth. In her archival work, she curated The Baltimore Cultural Arts Program, 1964-1993 photography exhibit at UB and worked on the Preserve the Baltimore Uprising project at the Maryland Historical Society. Angela coordinates public services and community outreach.

Film 6-7:30 p.m. (Run time is 93 minutes.); Panel session 7:30-8:30 p.m.

This event is fully accessible. If you need further accommodations, please contact the Robert L. Bogomolny Library at seven (7) days before the event.