Baltimore Stories concluding event, December 3, 2016. Photo by Abnet Shiferaw '11 for UMBC.

Baltimore Stories final event focuses on listening to communities, strengthening coalitions

“Now more than ever, it is crucial to consider the role of coalitions, forged across boundaries, in practicing public humanities and supporting the work of active and engaged communities,” said Dresher Center Director Jessica Berman, at the event. Continue reading Baltimore Stories final event focuses on listening to communities, strengthening coalitions

2015-2017 Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity

UMBC’s newest Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity pursue game-changing research

Now in its third cohort, UMBC’s Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity program recognizes and supports talented scholars who are emerging as cutting-edge researchers and educators in their fields. UMBC’s newest group of fellows was formally introduced to the university community at a welcome reception held December 10, 2015. Continue reading UMBC’s newest Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity pursue game-changing research

Marjoleine Kars

Marjoleine Kars reveals the untold story of the Atlantic Slave Rebellion in the Dutch Caribbean

Note: This story was updated on March 22, 2016. From 1763-1764, nearly 5,000 enslaved people in the Dutch colony of Berbice in South America rebelled. In studying the history of the rebellion on the surface, one might think it fits the … Continue reading Marjoleine Kars reveals the untold story of the Atlantic Slave Rebellion in the Dutch Caribbean

Jessica Berman presents research at prominent international symposium in Sweden

At a recent symposium held at Uppsala University, Sweden featuring prominent international modernist research, Jessica Berman, director of the Dresher Center for the Humanities and professor of English, presented an invited lecture about her research on transnational movements of people in the … Continue reading Jessica Berman presents research at prominent international symposium in Sweden

CAHSS New Faculty Micro-Talks (4/21)

New Faculty Micro-Talks Tuesday, April 21, 5:30-7 p.m.  Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery  The Dresher Center for the Humanities, in partnership with The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, invites you to attend an afternoon of short talks by new faculty in the college. Please join us to meet tenure-stream faculty hired in the last two years and to learn about their research. A reception will follow. Schedule of speakers: Maleda Belilgne, Assistant Professor, Africana Studies and English Steph Cesaro, Assistant Professor, English Erin Hogan, Assistant Professor, Modern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communications Michael Lane, Assistant Professor, Ancient Studies … Continue reading CAHSS New Faculty Micro-Talks (4/21)

Humanities Forum: An Artist’s Life at the Border: Critical Partnerships with Science, History, and the Community (4/16)

Thursday, April 16  5:30 – 7 PM Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery Liz Lerman, choreographer, performer, writer and educator What happens to our various fields of study and action when we collaborate across disciplines and domains? What research methods do we employ in concert and separately that lead to problem solving? How does sharing these creative research ideas sustain inquiry, innovation, and the emergence of new knowledge? In this talk, MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow choreographer, performer, writer, and educator Liz Lerman will investigate her partnerships with collaborators across disciplines and around the world. She will explore the ways these collaborations … Continue reading Humanities Forum: An Artist’s Life at the Border: Critical Partnerships with Science, History, and the Community (4/16)

Humanities Forum: “The Paths We Make As We Go”: The Narrative of an Undocumented Immigrant Woman in the U.S. (3/11)

Humanities Forum Wednesday, March 11 | 4:00 p.m. Joan S. Korenman Lecture Maria Gabriela “Gaby” Pacheco, immigrant rights activist Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery  Activist Maria Gabriela Pacheco is a prominent figure in the national immigrant rights movement and is currently the program director of TheDream.US, a national organization that provides higher education fellowship opportunities for undocumented immigrants. Pacheco is a leading advocate for the passage of comprehensive immigration reform that would assist the approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. She is also a staunch advocate for legislative reform that would provide higher education access to … Continue reading Humanities Forum: “The Paths We Make As We Go”: The Narrative of an Undocumented Immigrant Woman in the U.S. (3/11)

Video: Shakespeare Sonnets Recited in More Than 30 Languages at UMBC

On April 23, 2014, UMBC students, faculty and staff recited Shakespeare sonnets in more than 30 languages. The event was held to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday and UMBC’s diverse voices. It took place at the end of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD), and it was sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities, the Office of Undergraduate Education and the English and Theatre Departments. The above video is a sample of some of the readings. Continue reading Video: Shakespeare Sonnets Recited in More Than 30 Languages at UMBC

Jessica Berman, English, Elected Second Vice President of the Modernist Studies Association

Jessica Berman, Director of the Dresher Center for the Humanities and Professor of English, has been elected to be the Second Vice President of the Modernist Studies Association (MSA). She is set to take office in fall 2014, succeed to be First Vice President in fall 2015 and then become the President of the MSA for the 2016-17 year. The MSA is a 1000-member organization in its 15th year of existence. It was begun to provide an interdisciplinary and international venue for research in what has since been called “the new modernist studies” – modernist studies that question the canon and works … Continue reading Jessica Berman, English, Elected Second Vice President of the Modernist Studies Association

Jessica Berman, English, Gives Keynote Address at the French Modernist Studies Association Inaugural Conference

On Thursday, April 24, Jessica Berman gave the opening keynote address at the French Modernist Studies Association inaugural conference, held at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Paris 3. Berman, Director of the Dresher Center for the Humanities and Professor of English, presented, “Re-Routing Community: Radio, Colonial Voices, and Transnational Listening,” which explored the intersections and interactions among writers from India and the Caribbean, developing an alternative version of modernist community that is transnational, transmedial and often inter-linguistic. The conference explored the notion of community in the modernist period, honoring Berman’s book, Modernist Fiction, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Community (2001) as a significant event in the … Continue reading Jessica Berman, English, Gives Keynote Address at the French Modernist Studies Association Inaugural Conference

Humanities Forum Panel Discussion Featured on “Marc Steiner Show”

A Humanities Forum panel discussion recorded at UMBC during the Spring semester was featured on the “Marc Steiner Show” on Tuesday, June 5. The topic was “Race and the Civil Rights Movement in Music and Media,” and the discussion featured Derek Musgrove, assistant professor of history; Michelle Scott, associate professor of history; Marc Steiner, host of the “Marc Steiner Show” and Daphne Harrison, emerita professor in Africana Studies and founder of the Dresher Center for the Humanities. The discussion was moderated by Kimberly Moffitt, assistant professor of American Studies. The full discussion can be heard here. For more information about … Continue reading Humanities Forum Panel Discussion Featured on “Marc Steiner Show”

Rebecca Boehling, History, Named Director of the International Tracing Service

Rebecca Boehling, professor of history and director of the Dresher Center for the Humanities, has been named the next Director of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen, Germany. The ITS serves victims of Nazi persecutions and their families by documenting their fate through the archives it manages. Boehling was appointed unanimously by the eleven-member state International Commission, which supervises the work of the ITS, at its annual meeting in Paris last week. She will take a leave of absence from UMBC and begin her directorship on January 1, 2013. Boehling is an expert in the history of the … Continue reading Rebecca Boehling, History, Named Director of the International Tracing Service

Rebecca Boehling, History, Gives Lectures

Rebecca Boehling, professor of history and director of the Dresher Center for the Humanities, delivered the 8th Annual Richard Yashek Lecture at Albright College in Reading, PA on Thursday, March 1st. More information about the talk can be found here. She and co-author Uta Larkey also spoke about their book, Life and Loss in the Shadow of the Holocaust, at the Myerberg Senior Center in Pikesville, Maryland on March 4. Continue reading Rebecca Boehling, History, Gives Lectures