Kimberly Moffitt joins WEAA to comment on the role of the news media in covering President Trump

Moffitt participated in a roundtable discussion on how the media covered Rep. John Lewis’s decision to not attend the inauguration. She also appeared on The Baltimore Sun’s “Roughly Speaking” podcast to analyze President Trump’s inaugural address. Continue reading Kimberly Moffitt joins WEAA to comment on the role of the news media in covering President Trump

Michael Eric Dyson headlines Obama Effect 2.0 conference at UMBC

“This conference is not only significant to our understanding of the potential legacy of the first self-identified African-American president of the United States, but it is also timely as we approach one of the most contentious and polarizing presidential elections of our country’s history,” says Kimberly Moffitt, associate professor of American studies and lead conference organizer. Continue reading Michael Eric Dyson headlines Obama Effect 2.0 conference at UMBC

Alumni Awards highlight profound impact, drive, and commitment of UMBC alumni and faculty

“People you see on this stage are not just amazingly talented, they are good people who have done great work,” shared President Hrabowski. “I can’t think of anything an educator would want more than that: People who care about others, who strive for excellence, and who never, never, never give up.” Continue reading Alumni Awards highlight profound impact, drive, and commitment of UMBC alumni and faculty

UMBC’s 2016 Fulbright Scholars to serve as teachers and researchers around the world, from Moldova to Malaysia

“What I loved about this year’s class is that they threw themselves into the process early,” says Brian Souders. “They really got into the spirit of Fulbright, which is all about cultural exchange.” Continue reading UMBC’s 2016 Fulbright Scholars to serve as teachers and researchers around the world, from Moldova to Malaysia

Kimberly Moffitt weighs in on the presidential election and Gov. Hogan’s stance on Trump

Moffitt joined analyst Richard Cross on The Baltimore Sun’s “Roughly Speaking” podcast with Dan Rodricks to discuss the state of the 2016 presidential campaign and Gov. Larry Hogan’s announcement that he will not endorse Donald Trump. Continue reading Kimberly Moffitt weighs in on the presidential election and Gov. Hogan’s stance on Trump

Kimberly Moffitt reflects on Black History Month and today’s social movements

As local educators and museum officials are in the midst of planning events for Black History Month, the Baltimore Sun published an article reflecting on the events of 2015 and opportunities to expand commemorations in remembrance of recent history. Kimberly Moffitt, … Continue reading Kimberly Moffitt reflects on Black History Month and today’s social movements

Kimberly Moffitt analyzes the Freddie Gray case and upcoming local elections on The Marc Steiner Show

Kimberly Moffitt, an associate professor of American studies, was a guest on WEAA’s The Marc Steiner Show on November 30 to discuss several local and national topics in the news. Moffitt, who is a frequent guest host on the program, participated in … Continue reading Kimberly Moffitt analyzes the Freddie Gray case and upcoming local elections on The Marc Steiner Show

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Starting at Sparrows Point, humanities research amplifies voices and histories of Baltimore communities

For 125 years, Baltimore’s Sparrows Point Steel Mill employed tens of thousands of steel workers and was a center of community life in the region. At one point the mill was the world’s largest steel producer, but after peaking in … Continue reading Starting at Sparrows Point, humanities research amplifies voices and histories of Baltimore communities

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Kimberly Moffitt discusses GOP presidential debate and impact of social media on student activism

Following the November 10 Republican presidential debate on Fox Business Network, Kimberly Moffitt, an associate professor of American studies, was a guest on the Baltimore Sun’s “Roughly Speaking” podcast to provide reaction and analysis. Other guests on the podcast hosted by Dan Rodricks … Continue reading Kimberly Moffitt discusses GOP presidential debate and impact of social media on student activism

Kimberly Moffitt moderates GOP presidential debate panel on Marc Steiner Show

Following the October 28 Republican presidential debate on CNBC, Kimberly Moffitt, an associate professor of American studies, moderated a panel on WEAA’s The Marc Steiner Show analyzing the performance of the candidates and how it affected the campaign for the Republican … Continue reading Kimberly Moffitt moderates GOP presidential debate panel on Marc Steiner Show

Humanities Forum: Dear White People: Film Screening and Conversation (9/24)

Humanities Forum Kimberly Moffitt, Dresher Center fellow and associate professor of American studies, UMBC Damon Turner, adjunct professor in Africana studies, UMBC and PhD Candidate in African American history, Morgan State University Thursday, September 24 | 7 pm Performing Arts & Humanities Building : Rm. 132 The film Dear White People follows the lives of four black students at an Ivy League college. Director and writer Justin Simien says, “My film is about identity. It’s about the difference between how the mass culture responds to a person because of their race and who that person understands themselves to truly be. … Continue reading Humanities Forum: Dear White People: Film Screening and Conversation (9/24)

Humanities Forum: Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America (9/17)

Humanities Forum Eduardo López, television producer, journalist and documentarian Thursday, September 17 | 5:30 pm New location: Performing Arts and Humanities Building Room 132 The rapid growth of the nation’s Latino community has sparked heated national debate over immigration, yet the reality is that many of us know little about the Latin American roots of migration. In this talk, based on his award-winning documentary, Harvest of Empire, Eduardo López examines the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today, unveiling a moving human story that is largely unknown to the great majority of … Continue reading Humanities Forum: Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America (9/17)

UMBC Students Collaborate to Produce Audio Documentary About Station North’s Hour Haus on WYPR

On July 30, a longtime music and arts space in Station North closed its doors permanently. The Hour Haus served as a music practice facility and performance venue for 25 years. American studies student Adam Droneburg produced an hour-long audio documentary which recently aired on WYPR’s The Signal. Dan Goodrich, an interdisciplinary studies major, collaborated with Droneburg on the project and provided photography. The two students took an American studies course in the spring, “Community in America,” which focused on oral history/audio/mapping work in Station North. The class was funded by a Hrabowski Innovation Grant. Droneburg and Goodrich continued working in Station … Continue reading UMBC Students Collaborate to Produce Audio Documentary About Station North’s Hour Haus on WYPR

Clifford Murphy, American Studies, Selected for National Arts Director Position

Clifford Murphy, an adjunct lecturer of American studies, has been selected by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to be its new director of folk and traditional arts. Murphy, an adjunct lecturer of American studies, will manage NEA grantmaking in folk and traditional arts, oversee the NEA National Heritage Fellowship program, and represent the agency in the field as part of the new role. Murphy is currently director of Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) and last year helped bring MSAC’s 40 years of folklife archives into UMBC’s library system, making the collection available to the … Continue reading Clifford Murphy, American Studies, Selected for National Arts Director Position