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Panel Discussion: The Cellist of Sarajevo

September 19, 2012
Contact: University Relations
Phone: 410.837.5739

Langsdale Library will host a panel discussion offering perspectives on the role of the arts at sites of major conflict and the psychology of survival, with the acclaimed novel The Cellist of Sarajevo as its focal point, on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Wright Theater in the University of Baltimore Student Center, 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

UB faculty members Kristen Eyssell and Ivan Sascha Sheehan, joined by Daniel Page, assistant dean of the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences, will lead the discussion. The evening will start with accomplished cellist Dorotea Racz, playing both the Albinoni's Adagio in G Minor (the piece featured in the novel) and David Wilde's "The Cellist of Sarajevo," inspired by the true story of cellist Vedran Smailovi.

The Maryland Humanities Council holds a yearly program called One Maryland One Book, which promotes reading groups, lectures and discussions on a book of their choosing. This year they have chosen Steven Galloway's The Cellist of Sarajevo. The novel focuses on the Siege of Sarajevo and is inspired by Smailovi, who performed in the rubble of shelled buildings.

The panel will address various themes in the novel, such as writing about war and conflict, the role of the arts in sites of conflict, and the psychology of survival, providing a multidisciplinary approach to the same text. There will be time at the end of the session for audience questions, comments and discussion with the panelists.

For more information about the event, contact Natalie Burclaff, Langsdale Library, at nburclaff@ubalt.edu or 410.837.5072.

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