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September 26, 1997

UMBC PRESENTS MINDFEST A CELEBRATION OF THE POWER OF IDEAS AND INFORMATION

BALTIMORE - Probe the corners of your mind, turn your every move into music, let your children delve into science adventures and learn the ropes from a world chess champion at UMBC's third annual MindFest, a celebration of the power of ideas and information, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery.

The Baltimore-Washington community is invited to this daylong festival to challenge and explore the outstanding resources, faculty and students of UMBC. Not just another Saturday in the library, MindFest draws thousands of people to the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery for recitals, seminars, children's programs and exhibitions of the latest interactive technology to provoke minds of all ages. It's happening at MindFest, don't let it happen without you.

Festivities include trips on the Information Superhighway and shows of the latest interactive software, including The Very Nervous System, that creates live sound as people move through space. Members of UMBC's critically acclaimed Doug Hamby Dance will give it a whirl as they blend improvisational dance with system dynamics. Also featured is a screening of Nasty Girl, a film examining Nazi persecution, followed with a lecture by the film's real life heroine, Anna Rosmus.

Children can navigate through Adventures in Science, an interactive exhibit exploring the wonders of science and be captivated by storybook fun, theater makeup, costumes and more. Parents are offered seminars on how to read to their children and can consult Education Department members for an individual analysis of their preschooler's reading skills.

The popular Chessfest welcomes International Grandmaster Alexander Shavalov for amateur and intermediate chess instruction (10-11 a.m.; free play 11 a.m.-2 p.m.). Quiz Bowl trivia matches every fifteen minutes will set minds in motion; all are invited to match wits with the UMBC chess team. The Mechanical Engineering Department's Mini-Baja will steer you through the construction and a demonstration of their all-terrain vehicle and Mission to Planet Earth will launch a display of Internet imagery showing how scientists harness satellites and aircraft to study the Chesapeake Bay.

MindFest is co-sponsored by the a (Baltimore Sun) and (WJZ-TV13). For more information please call 410-455-2902

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Posted by dwinds1 at September 26, 1997 12:00 AM