February Guide to the Arts at U


Check out this comprehensive list of arts-related events happening on and off campus this month. A special feature will include an online kickoff event with current One Book pick author One U.

As the country continues to struggle with oppression and examine critical economic issues, the University of Miami’s selection committee for the One Book, One U program has chosen “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City ” by Matthew Desmond as a feature film for campus this semester.

Desmond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning text is a compelling and moving ethnographic study of America’s affordable housing crisis, and it poignantly shows how access to the American Dream can be determined – and undermined – by racial injustices. and sexist.

“’Evicted’ is a very important book, now more than ever,” explained Chantel Acevedo, director of the creative writing program and co-founder of the One Book program, One U. “With exponential increases in rents across the countries, many people find themselves completely displaced from their homes. This is happening in Miami at a ferocious speed.

Roxane Pickens, director of the University of Miami Libraries’ Learning Commons and committee member, said the team of representatives — from each school and college, the student body and other key stakeholders — are deeply invested in the selection of books that enlighten, educate and inspire.

“The goal of One Book, One U has always been to explore the diversity of human experience through shared reading and dialogue, and we have certainly amplified this work to address systemic racial oppression,” said she declared. “‘Evicted’ by Matthew Desmond gives us a way to better understand this oppression and how economic concerns like a living wage and affordable housing are key factors in achieving a greater measure of social justice.”

As part of the One Book, One U program, an online keynote event with the author will take place on Tuesday, February 15 at 7 p.m. This event is one of many that have been scheduled on campus to raise awareness of the intersection of race, poverty and housing insecurity.

Miriam Glaser Lipsky, committee member and director of special projects in the provost’s office, hopes this book will have an impact on students.

“I hope that when students hear Matthew Desmond talk about his work, they will be inspired to think more deeply about these topics and their relevance to future projects,” Lipsky said.

Common reading programs like One Book, One U can serve as a shared campus platform to surface important issues in addition to fostering community. Matthew Acevedo, CIO and committee member, explained, “Not all university common reading programs use a social justice lens like ours, but it’s hard to imagine a better way to build a common on-campus understanding of the issues our book selections address – whether it’s housing justice or previous years’ themes, which included productive racial dialogues and immigration-related struggles.

Free copies of the book will be available to members of the University community while supplies last. The One Book, One U team will contact registrants within one week to provide information on book availability.

Register for the online event here.

Lowe’s Museum of Art

Tuesdays at 1 p.m.—Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22

Mindfulness with the Lowe

Lowe’s Art of Mindfulness remote sessions take place on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Each session will last approximately 40 minutes (a 30 minute guided practice with 10 minute reflection and Q&A).

Registration is required to participate in these free virtual sessions. Visit the Lowe’s for more information.

Friday, February 11, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Coffee, tea, what do you see?

Grab your favorite morning beverage and join the Lowe’s for a virtual interactive discussion of art from the museum’s collection. Led by Lowe’s staff members, attendees will be asked open-ended questions about the artwork to stimulate group discussion.

register here.

Friday, February 11, 5:30 p.m.

Lowe Connects: Pierre Cavalan AMULETUM, the totems of the day after tomorrow

Join the Lowe Art Museum for a presentation by artist Pierre Cavalan. Her work is featured in the exhibition Force of Nature: Highlights from the Myrna B. Palley Art Jewelry Collection, on view through June 5.

register here.

Friday February 18, 2-3 p.m.


Sketching classes are for all skill levels and offer students the opportunity to hone their drawing skills while meeting and greeting other University of Miami students. Participants will learn to use pencils, pens, charcoal and pastels.

register here.

Wynwood Gallery

Extended until February 11

The Art and Art History Department presents “New Works”, featuring works by students who are earning their MFAs. Works on display include photography, printmaking, painting, ceramics, and more.

University of Miami Gallery, Wynwood Building

2750 NW Third Ave., Suite 4

Miami, FL 33127

Get more information.

Frost School of Music

Friday, February 4, 11 and 18, 1 p.m.

Racial prejudice and equity in music

Sponsored by the University of Miami’s Racial Justice Pilot Grant Program, the webinars will be held in conjunction with the Frost School of Music’s Music Education Graduate Forum. Presenters will discuss topics such as racial inequalities in music education, critical race theory in music education research, equity and social justice in music education, and the intersections between music and cultural stereotypes.

register here.

Tuesday, February 8, 7:30 p.m.

Maurice Gusman Concert Hall

A Celebration of Black Composers and Arrangers – Frost Concert Jazz Band and Frost Studio Jazz Band

John Daversa and Etienne Charles, directors

The Frost Concert Jazz Band and Frost Studio Jazz Band celebrate the work of black composers and arrangers, including Thad Jones, Count Basie, Quincy Jones, Cedar Walton, Mary Lou Williams, and many more.

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Monday, February 14, 7:30 p.m.

Maurice Gusman Concert Hall

An Italian Valentine

Bettina Mussumeli, violin; Jodi Levitz, viola; Ross Harbaugh, cello

Miami’s newest chamber ensemble, I Solisti di Miami, takes listeners on a romantic musical journey through Vivaldi’s Venice. Led by Frost School teachers Bettina Mussumeli, Jodi Levitz and Ross Harbaugh, the ensemble also includes Frost School alumni and current students.

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Saturday, February 19, 7:30 p.m.

Maurice Gusman Concert Hall

JACK Quartet

Hailed by The New York Times as “our leading quartet of new music”, the JACK Quartet is one of the most acclaimed, renowned and respected groups performing today. They maintain an unwavering commitment to performing and commissioning new works, giving voice to unsung composers, and cultivating an ever-increasing sense of openness to contemporary classical music.

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Friday, February 25, 5 p.m.

Weeks Center for Recording and Performance, Clarke Recital Hall

Robert Kelley Memorial Lecture Series

Race and Representation in Baroque Opera and in the Music History Classroom

Ayana Smith is an associate professor of musicology at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. She specializes in baroque music; opera, aesthetics and visual culture; race and representation in music history pedagogy; and women and gender in music. His talk will highlight several case studies from his forthcoming book, “Race and Representation in the Music History Classroom: Leading Change through Pedagogy.”

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Creative Writing Program

Thursday, February 10, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Ibis reading series

The creative writing program will feature writer Naima Coster and poet Ari Banias, whose work has been widely published in literary media and celebrated by nationally recognized institutions. Experience an intimate reading of their work followed by a Q&A with the authors.

Register here.

Humanities Center

Thursday, February 3, 7 p.m.

Daphne A. Brooks: “Blackface Broken Records: White Women, ‘Black’ Sounds & the Rise of Radical Blues Women”

What is the relationship between the black-faced white performers of the early 20th century, the birth of the classic women’s blues craze, and the origins of America’s most famous opera, Porgy and Bess? This talk delves deep into the archives of an array of pioneering musicians, ringleaders, vaudeville performers and theater artists to draw the lines between the often overlooked history of women minstrelsy, the racial terror of post-war period, the musical genius of black women and the genesis of a production by Gershwin and Heyward whose songs (“Summertime”, “I Loves You, Porgy”) are legendary. As this talk reveals, this maelstrom moment ultimately set the conditions for the new sonic experiences of African American women that changed the course of the modern era.

Register here.

Wednesday, February 9, 8 p.m.

Book Discussion with Nebil Husayn: “Opposing the Imam: The Legacy of the Nawasib in Islamic Literature”

In this book, Nebil Husayn, assistant professor of religious studies, examines the lasting legacy of the nawasib, the early Muslims who disliked Ali and his descendants. The nawasib participated in politics and scholarly discussion of religion until at least the 9th century. However, their virtual disappearance from Muslim societies led many to be unaware of their existence and the subtle ways in which their views subsequently affected Islamic historiography and theology.

Register here.


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