Monday, September 17, 2018


Maryland Institute College of Art | 1300 W Mt. Royal Avenue | Baltimore, Maryland 21217 |


MICA and the ACLU of Maryland-sponsored discussion will feature Carolee Schneemann, Monica Ramirez, Kalima Young

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 20, from 7-9 p.m.
Falvey Hall, located within the Brown Center at 1301 Mount Royal Ave.

Carolee Schneemann, a nationally recognized visual artist who is credited with transforming the definition of art, especially as it relates to the body, sexuality and gender, will headline the panel discussion of this year’s programming around Constitution Day.

The free event, sponsored by the MICA and the ACLU of Maryland, commemorates the holiday (September 17) with panels and commentary on contemporary issues in politics, government, civic engagement and activism.

This year’s forum, entitled Taking Liberties: Sexual Misconduct and Abuse of Power in the age of #metoo will be an intersectional discussion on Women’s Rights that ties together threads about sexual harassment, reproductive rights, the rights of all women – lesbian, transgender, women of color, immigrant women and more.

“We are witnessing an unprecedented attack on women’s rights from a variety of angles,” said Constitution Day organizer and MICA Humanistic Studies faculty member Firmin DeBrabander.  “Abortion rights are increasingly threatened at the state level, and may be upended altogether by new Supreme Court justices; the #metoo movement has gained steam, exposing the pervasive sexual harassment that women are subjected to; and immigrant women are rudely separated from their children—who are locked in cages.”

Alongside Schneemann, this year’s panel will also include labor activist and civil rights attorney Monica Ramirez, and scholar-activist Kalima Young. The discussion will be moderated by Sheri Parks, MICA’s Vice President for Strategic Initiatives.

About the Constitution Day participants:


Carolee Schneemann, multidisciplinary artist. The history of her work is characterized by research into archaic visual traditions, pleasure wrested from suppressive taboos, the body of the artist in dynamic relationship with the social body. Her work has been shown at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Museum of Modern Art, NYC; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; National Film Theatre, London; San Francisco Cinematheque; Anthology Film Archives, N.Y.


Mónica Ramírez, co-founder and president of Alianza Nactional de Campesinas, has dedicated more than two decades to the eradication of gender-based violence and the promotion of gender equity, specifically on behalf of Latinas and farmworker and immigrant women. She holds a B.A from Loyola University in Chicago, a Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University, and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. In addition to her role at NHLA, Mónica also serves as the Director of Gender Equality and Trabajadoras’ Empowerment for the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement.


Kalima Young is a lecturer who teaches Principles of Film and Media Production, African American Cinema and Gender in Film, a videographer and writer.  She is also a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Her research explores what it means in contemporary America to be Black and to be the subject of and witness to ongoing violence against Black bodies. Young has written, produced and directed two feature length films as well as several short form videos including, It Gets Better, Baltimore, a collection of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender testimonials addressing teen bullying and suicide prevention.

Established in 2005, Constitution Day continues the MICA’s tradition of leadership in raising and exploring important political issues.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls over 3,000 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 65 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.