Critical Social Justice 2016

Critical Social Justice celebrates UMBC as a home for learning, activism, and social change

In her keynote talk “Body/ Land/ Home: Disability Justice, Healing Justice and Femme of Color Brilliance,” Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha explained how lived experiences can provide a foundation for social justice. Continue reading Critical Social Justice celebrates UMBC as a home for learning, activism, and social change

Tania Lizarazo

UMBC to have strong presence at the 2016 Latin American Studies Association Conference

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. This year, several UMBC faculty across disciplines are organizing conference panel discussions and presenting their research. Continue reading UMBC to have strong presence at the 2016 Latin American Studies Association Conference

UMBC's Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity

Marketplace radio series highlights UMBC faculty diversity initiatives

What will it take to move the dial on the representation of diverse faculty at U.S. colleges and universities? Marketplace, a leading radio program on business and the economy, tackles this question in two new stories highlighting UMBC’s work to train, recruit, hire and retain diverse faculty. Continue reading Marketplace radio series highlights UMBC faculty diversity initiatives

Amy Bhatt

Amy Bhatt describes how Seattle’s South Asian technology workforce is changing the face of global giving

A feature published in the December 2015 edition of Seattle Magazine examines how Seattle’s South Asian population is becoming more visible in the philanthropic community. Amy Bhatt, an assistant professor of gender and women’s studies, researches South Asian migration trends in the … Continue reading Amy Bhatt describes how Seattle’s South Asian technology workforce is changing the face of global giving

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

Amy Bhatt featured in PBS documentary on 1965 Immigration Act

In a short documentary produced by KCTS, the PBS affiliate in Seattle, examining the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act and its impact on the Pacific Northwest and the rest of the country’s population, Amy Bhatt described the economic environment that early immigrants in the Northwest encountered. “The Pacific Northwest has a very unique place in American history, because it did offer many of these early South Asians a way to both situate themselves and become economically productive very early on,” Bhatt said in the documentary. “Now, this was also a period in time when we saw a lot of restriction of … Continue reading Amy Bhatt featured in PBS documentary on 1965 Immigration Act

Amy Bhatt, Gender and Women’s Studies, Discusses Her Research on Immigrant Tech Communities in the Seattle Times

In an in-depth Seattle Times story about the difficulty in finding employment that women in immigrant tech communities experience, Amy Bhatt, an assistant professor of gender and women’s studies, was quoted in the article and provided perspective on many of the harsh realities that women in such communities encounter. “It’s very challenging for many of the women who come here as spouses,” said Bhatt, who did her Ph.D. research at the University of Washington on high-tech immigrant communities in the Seattle area. “They are a highly educated group of women, trained in fields like engineering and computer science, coming to what they think … Continue reading Amy Bhatt, Gender and Women’s Studies, Discusses Her Research on Immigrant Tech Communities in the Seattle Times

Kate Drabinski, Gender and Women’s Studies, Reacts to Target Phasing Out Gender-based Signs in Stores on ABC 2 Baltimore

Target recently announced it is moving away from using gender-based signs in its stores such as removing signs featuring suggestions for boys and girls in certain sections and in toy aisles, removing reference to gender, including the use of pink, blue, yellow or green paper on the back walls of shelves. Kate Drabinski, a lecturer of gender and women’s studies, was interviewed by ABC 2 TV in Baltimore about her thoughts on the decision. “It’s kind of sad that it’s such a bold move, but it’s a really bold move especially given how gendered things for kids really are,” she … Continue reading Kate Drabinski, Gender and Women’s Studies, Reacts to Target Phasing Out Gender-based Signs in Stores on ABC 2 Baltimore

Kate Drabinski, Gender and Women’s Studies, Writes About Preserving Baltimore’s LGBTQ History in City Paper

During Pride Week, Kate Drabinski, a lecturer of gender and women’s studies, wrote a column in City Paper about the work being done to document and preserve Baltimore’s LGBTQ history. In her article, Drabinski described the work of several local activists who are conducting research and publishing articles and books related to LGBTQ history in Baltimore, including Louis Hughes, Louise Kelley, Jodi Kelber, April Householder, and Betsy Nix. Drabinski wrote that as gay bars have been closing in Baltimore, the public history work being done should be reflected in contemporary conversations. “Yes, we may be saying goodbye to the Hippo this year, but … Continue reading Kate Drabinski, Gender and Women’s Studies, Writes About Preserving Baltimore’s LGBTQ History in City Paper

Kate Drabinski, Gender and Women’s Studies, Discusses Public Representation of the Civil War in Md. on WYPR

Kate Drabinski, lecturer of gender and women’s studies, was a guest on WYPR’s Maryland Morning on July 10 to discuss how slavery and the Civil War is represented in public spaces in Maryland. Drabinski was joined by Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead ’09, Ph.D. LLC, an assistant professor in the department of communication at Loyola University-Maryland. The discussion helped listeners think about how the history of slavery is conveyed in Maryland memorials and parks as Gov. Larry Hogan has decided to stop issuing license plates with the Confederate symbol and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is appointing a task force to review the city’s Confederate monuments … Continue reading Kate Drabinski, Gender and Women’s Studies, Discusses Public Representation of the Civil War in Md. on WYPR

Kate Drabinski, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, on The Marc Steiner Show

Following a series of stories in City Paper about The Wire, WEAA’s The Marc Steiner Show held a panel discussion on June 9 to examine the television show and its representation of Baltimore. Kate Drabinski, lecturer of gender and women’s studies, was a guest on the program and discussed the importance of watching the show with a critical mind. “Part of me worries that The Wire is so good in terms of drama that people think watching the show means that they understand the depth of what’s happening in Baltimore and the complexities of the histories here and the complexity of the lives that are lived here,” … Continue reading Kate Drabinski, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, on The Marc Steiner Show

UMBC Faculty Provide Perspective and Reflect on Recent Events in Baltimore

In response to recent events that have transpired in Baltimore over the last several days, several UMBC faculty have engaged in thoughtful reflection and dialogue in the news around the complex challenges facing the Baltimore community. The substantive commentaries come from different viewpoints and add various perspectives to the ongoing conversation of the past week’s events. In The Conversation, School of Public Policy Professor John Rennie Short wrote about three background factors that should be considered when asking why the violence and riots took place in response to the death of one young man: the momentum of the police brutality … Continue reading UMBC Faculty Provide Perspective and Reflect on Recent Events in Baltimore

Rebecca Boehling, History, Returns to UMBC in 2016

Rebecca Boehling, history, Judaic studies, and gender and women studies, will be returning to UMBC in January 2016. Boehling has been on temporary leave from UMBC in order since the beginning of 2013 to serve as the director of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Germany, a center that preserves and archives documents on Nazi persecution, forced labor and the Holocaust in Nazi Germany and its occupied regions. In her time in Germany, Boehling worked to transform ITS into an international center for documentation, information and research. Continue reading Rebecca Boehling, History, Returns to UMBC in 2016

Amy Bhatt, Gender and Women’s Studies, in The Wall Street Journal

An article published March 20 in the Wall Street Journal’s “Expat” blog looked at the recent growth in numbers of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards, which grant people of Indian origin who have passports in another country lifetime entry into India with several economic benefits. Amy Bhatt, an assistant professor of gender and women’s studies, was quoted in the article and provided historical perspective on OCI cards. “The economic benefits of the OCI scheme, introduced in 2005, made it easier for citizens to keep their economic ties with India while changing to another passport for convenience,” said Bhatt. “Ms. Bhatt’s research … Continue reading Amy Bhatt, Gender and Women’s Studies, in The Wall Street Journal

Humanities Forum: Four Types of Feminist Empiricism (3/26)

Humanities Forum Thursday, March 26 | 4:00 p.m. Evelyn Barker Memorial Lecture Miriam Solomon, Chair and Professor of Philosophy, Temple University University Center, Room 312 “Feminist empiricism” is a general term for a range of positions in philosophy of science that aim to combine empirical methods with the insights of feminism. This talk will give an overview of feminist empiricist work in the natural and social sciences in order to showcase four different ways in which feminist critique can improve scientific work. The relationship between the different feminist empiricisms and feminist standpoint theory will also be discussed. Miriam Solomon is … Continue reading Humanities Forum: Four Types of Feminist Empiricism (3/26)

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)

UMBC Humanities Scholars Explore Baltimore History on The Marc Steiner Show

On January 5, WEAA’s The Marc Steiner Show aired a radio series produced by UMBC humanities scholars which examined the people, places, and social movements which have contributed to the history and culture of Baltimore City. The radio series was part of a course taught by Kate Drabinski, lecturer of Gender and Women’s Studies, and Nicole King, associate professor of American studies titled “Place and Public History in Baltimore.” The goal of the series was to dig below the surface and uncover the social history of the city by asking the question: What should the public remember about Baltimore history and why? Several Baltimore … Continue reading UMBC Humanities Scholars Explore Baltimore History on The Marc Steiner Show

Kate Drabinski, Gender and Women’s Studies, on The Marc Steiner Show

On Monday, June 30, WEAA’s The Marc Steiner Show hosted a segment focusing on LGBTQ politics after the Stonewall riots in 1969. Forty-five years after New York City police  conducted a raid against the gay and lesbian community at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village which sparked a riot, the panelists reflected on how the political landscape has changed. Kate Drabinski, lecturer of gender and women’s studies and director of the Women Involved in Learning and Leadership (WILL) program participated in the discussion and said it’s also important to remember the influence events before Stonewall had on LGBTQ politics. “Stonewall has been memorialized as … Continue reading Kate Drabinski, Gender and Women’s Studies, on The Marc Steiner Show

Kate Drabinski, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Greg Cantori ’84, Geography, on The Marc Steiner Show

WEAA’s The Marc Steiner Show is hosting a series on transportation in Baltimore, and on June 19, the program aired a segment on cycling in the city. As part of the discussion, Kate Drabinski, lecturer of gender and women’s studies and director of the Women Involved in Learning and Leadership (WILL) program, and Greg Cantori ’84, geography, shared their thoughts on how cycling has evolved in recent years in Baltimore and how it has played out in the community. “When you’re biking, the roads are just part of your world,” Drabinski said. “In order to bike safely, you have to pay close attention … Continue reading Kate Drabinski, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Greg Cantori ’84, Geography, on The Marc Steiner Show

Kate Drabinski, Gender and Women’s Studies, on The Marc Steiner Show

In response to the tragic shootings last week in Santa Barbara, California, WEAA’s The Marc Steiner Show hosted a segment discussing issues of male entitlement, misogyny and violence against women after reports surfaced that the gunman had acted in part out of intense frustration over rejection by women. Kate Drabinski, a Lecturer of Gender and Women’s Studies and Director of the Women Involved in Learning and Leadership (WILL) program, participated in the discussion and commented on how masculinity may have played a role in the violence.     “One thing that I think is really important in this moment is to also interrogate masculinity because … Continue reading Kate Drabinski, Gender and Women’s Studies, on The Marc Steiner Show

Kate Drabinski, Gender and Women’s Studies, on WYPR’s Humanities Connection

Elizabeth Cady Stanton became the first woman to testify before Congress on January 20, 1869. In an appearance on WYPR’s Humanities Connection, Gender and Women’s Studies Lecturer Kate Drabinski reflected on Stanton’s position in history and vision of women’s rights. When Stanton testified before Congress, she was speaking out against the Fifteenth Amendment which guaranteed the right to vote for African American men. Drabinski commented that Stanton fought for abolition during the Civil War, but for her, “suffrage was about all people, not just men, and she refused to support an amendment to the Constitution that expanded rights for some while leaving … Continue reading Kate Drabinski, Gender and Women’s Studies, on WYPR’s Humanities Connection

Carole McCann, Gender and Women’s Studies, in ABC 2 News article

The term “birth control” was first coined almost 100 years ago, and several laws and practices have changed over the last several years.  ABC 2 News recently published an article about the history of birth control in the United States and how it has evolved, and interviewed Gender and Women’s Studies Chair and Professor Carole McCann for the story. “What you see is women struggling to find a means that works for them,” McCann said. She described how throughout much of the 20th century it was a violation of federal law to share information about contraceptives. “We have a long … Continue reading Carole McCann, Gender and Women’s Studies, in ABC 2 News article

Kate Drabinski, Gender and Women’s Studies, in the Indypendent Reader

Maryland – and Baltimore in particular – remains a place with a troubled relationship to the Civil War, Kate Drabinski, lecturer in Gender and Women’s Studies, points out in a recent piece for the “Indypendent Reader.” “Maryland never seceded from the Union, but its citizens leaned strongly toward the Confederacy,” she writes. “All the contradictions of this past that is still very much present are engraved in the infrastructure of the place, from street and park names to its more obvious public memorials and monuments that remind us of this war.” Drabinski focuses her piece on Baltimore’s monuments to the … Continue reading Kate Drabinski, Gender and Women’s Studies, in the Indypendent Reader

Amy Bhatt, Gender and Women’s Studies, on KUOW Seattle’s “Weekday with Steve Scher”

Amy Bhatt, assistant professor of gender and women’s studies, was recently a guest on KUOW Seattle’s “Weekday with Steve Scher” program. Bhatt discussed her new book, Roots and Reflections: South Asians in the Pacific Northwest, in which she and co-author Nalini Iyer draw on oral histories from the South Asian Oral History Project at the University of Washington Libraries, archival material, and popular culture representations to explore the various routes that brought South Asians to the Pacific Northwest, their motivations for leaving their homelands, and their experiences upon arrival. “We’re interested in thinking about how we can use the stories … Continue reading Amy Bhatt, Gender and Women’s Studies, on KUOW Seattle’s “Weekday with Steve Scher”

Alumna Teresa Foster Awarded Fellowship

Teresa Foster ’09, gender and women’s studies and history, ’11 M.A. historical studies, and a LLC Ph.D. candidate, is the winner of the 2013-2014 Wing Graduate Fellowship in Colonial Chesapeake History from the Maryland Historical Society. The purpose of the Wing Fellowship is to assist a graduate student in undertaking a significant project in Chesapeake colonial history. Continue reading Alumna Teresa Foster Awarded Fellowship

Amy Bhatt, Gender and Women’s Studies, on “International Examiner”

Amy Bhatt, assistant professor of gender and women’s studies, was recently interviewed by the “International Examiner” about her new book, “Roots & Reflections: South Asians in the Pacific Northwest.” The book traces the regional history of the South Asian community in the Northwest from the early 1900s to today. It also offers a crucial voice and perspective that’s been missing from the story of Asian migration to the greater Seattle area. “One of the reasons this book is important is that it offers individuals who are actually part of the community the opportunity to write their own histories,” explains Bhatt. … Continue reading Amy Bhatt, Gender and Women’s Studies, on “International Examiner”