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The Monument Quilt on Erickson Field - Cancelled Due to Rain

A public art display celebrating the voices of survivors

Thursday, October 26, 2017
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Erickson Field
Today's display has been cancelled due to a forecast of possible rain. We hope to reschedule this event next semester!


The Monument Quilt is an on-going collection of stories from survivors of rape and abuse. Written, stitched, and painted onto red fabric, stories of survivors will be displayed on Erickson Lawn at UMBC to to create and demand public space to heal. The quilt resists the popular and narrow narrative of how sexual violence occurs by telling many stories, not one. The quilt builds a new culture where survivors are publicly supported, rather than publicly shamed. 

A quilt making workshop will be held from 2-4pm in the Honors College (AOK Library 216L). Survivors and secondary survivors are invited to attend this workshop to make a quilt square that will be added to the Monument Quilt. 

For more information on the Monument Quilt and Force, visit 

The display is a signature event of Critical Social Justice: Rise. For more information about Critical Social Justice, visit our website. 

If you would like to volunteer for this event, contact the Women's Center at

Other CSJ: Rise Events:
Monday 10/23
CSJ: Rise 101
Free Hour (12pm to 1pm) in UC 310
Join Amelia Meman, project coordinator for the Women’s Center, and Dr. Julie Murphy, senior lecturer of UMBC’s Psychology Department, as they facilitate a dialogue on activism, resistance, and resilience. With the hopes of learning from one another’s experiences, we plan to explore this year’s theme of “rise” and to collaborate to create a plan for continued engagement in critical social justice.

Chalking for Change
11am to 1:30pm on Academic Row
Stop by Academic Row to chalk your answer to the question, “What do you rise for?” You can also chat with some of our staff and volunteers to learn more about Critical Social Justice, this year’s theme, and more of the week’s events!

Tuesday 10/24
CSJ: Rise Keynote Lecture – Adrienne Keene 
Lecture Title: “Native Appropriations, Indigenous Social Media, and Responding to Racism”
6pm in UC Ballroom, doors open at 5:30pm, a meet-and-greet reception will follow the keynote
This event is free and open to the public. If you have questions or need accommodations, please contact the Women’s Center at
Our Critical Social Justice 2017 Keynote Lecturer is Native scholar and activist Dr. Adrienne Keene (Cherokee Nation), who writes about cultural appropriation and stereotypes of Native peoples in pop culture on her blog Native Appropriations. Keene examines the way Indigenous peoples are using new media to challenge racism, present authentic counter-narratives, and create innovative spaces for art and activism. 

Wednesday 10/25
Rising Tensions + Teachable Moments: A Panel for Faculty and Staff
Free Hour in UC 310
This panel discussion will explore the roles of faculty and staff in the current political atmosphere and pedagogical approaches to social justice. Consisting of UMBC faculty and staff, this panel is for university employees who wish to learn more about navigating politics and social justice in classroom and campus alike. Panelists include:
  • Jodi Kelber-Kaye (Honors College, Assistant Director) -- moderator 
  • Lee Blaney (Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering, Associate Professor)
  • Keisha Allen (Education, former Post-Doc Diversity Fellow)
  • Rehana Shafi (Sherman Scholars, Director)  
  • Jason Loviglio (MCS, Associate Professor and Chair)

Rising in Times of International Tragedies: The Impact of Oppressive Symbols
6pm – 7:30pm, Skylight
Join the Mosaic Center in this featured panel and facilitated discussion centering European, Jewish and African American voices discussing their shared, intersectional perspectives connected to historically oppressive symbols.  We will discuss how we can come together to stand against intolerable acts of hate in our country. Panelists include:
  • Dr. Marina Adler (Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration and Policy, Professor)
  • Corinne Janet (Student Life, Coordinator for Leadership)
  • Romy Huebler (Student Life, Coordinator for Student Organizations and Involvement)
  • Dr. Jana Rehak (Anthropology, Instructor)
  • Dr. Kimberly Moffitt (American Studies, Associate Professor)
  • Rabbi Jeremy Fierstein (UMBC Hillel, Executive Director)

Friday 10/27
Baltimore Walking Tour with Dr. Kate Drabinski
Meet at the Women's Center at noon
Throughout history, people have been rising in Baltimore. From labor activists in the railroad industry or food service to the soldiers of the Civil War. Dr. Kate will take us down Pratt Street in the heart of Baltimore for a tour of our city’s sites of activism. 

Special thanks to our Critical Social Justice co-sponsors:
Student Life’s Mosaic Center, Residential Life, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Honors College, Off-Campus Student Services, Counseling Center, University Health Services, Relationship Violence Awareness and Prevention (RVAP), Department of Social Work, Department of Psychology, Office of Student Disability Services, Department of American Studies, Department of Media and Communication Studies, Department of Modern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communication