Denise Meringolo examines the relationship between public history and civic engagement in new article

“By identifying experiments in community-based education…we can open up more nuanced critical perspectives on the intersections among teaching, learning, and community development,” writes Meringolo, an associate professor of history. Continue reading Denise Meringolo examines the relationship between public history and civic engagement in new article

Amy Froide examines the role of women investors in England’s financial revolution on WYPR

“Collectively, female investors enabled Britain’s rise to a military, economic, and colonial power in the 1700s, and women’s capital was a critical component of British imperialism,” explains Froide, acting chair and associate professor of history. Continue reading Amy Froide examines the role of women investors in England’s financial revolution on WYPR

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

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

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George Derek Musgrove reflects on the surprisingly brief history of D.C.’s presidential primary

June 14 marked the 60th anniversary of Washington D.C.’s first presidential primary. George Derek Musgrove, associate professor of history, joined WAMU Radio to discuss why it took so long for the nation’s capital to have a say in presidential politics. Continue reading George Derek Musgrove reflects on the surprisingly brief history of D.C.’s presidential primary

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UMBC historian says President Obama’s visit to Japan could have a lasting impact on his legacy

As President Obama prepared for his historic trip to Japan and Vietnam, Constantine Vaporis wrote a powerful op-ed for The Conversation, calling the trip “a key opportunity to showcase the power of remembrance and reconciliation.” Continue reading UMBC historian says President Obama’s visit to Japan could have a lasting impact on his legacy

UMBC honors Class of 2016, adding nearly 2,000 new members to the Retriever alumni family

Thousands of supporters gathered to celebrate the tremendous achievements of the Class of 2016, nearly 2,000 strong, at UMBC’s commencement ceremonies, held May 18-19. Moving speeches served as a powerful reminder of the value and impact of a UMBC degree. Continue reading UMBC honors Class of 2016, adding nearly 2,000 new members to the Retriever alumni family

Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day celebrates 20 years of remarkable student work

The University Center Ballroom was humming on Wednesday, April 27, with the voices of hundreds of UMBC students presenting their research and creative work to proud long-time supporters and curious first-time visitors alike. Continue reading Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day celebrates 20 years of remarkable student work

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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

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Constantine Vaporis selected for national Asian studies speaker series program

Constantine Vaporis, professor of history and director of the Asian studies program, has been selected for the ASIANetwork Speakers Bureau. The program is a new distinguished speaker series hosted by the ASIANetwork, a consortium of 160 liberal arts colleges and universities … Continue reading Constantine Vaporis selected for national Asian studies speaker series program

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Constantine Vaporis presents research at University of Pennsylvania Center for Integrated Study of Japan inauguration

In conjunction with the inauguration of University of Pennsylvania’s new Center for the Integrated Study of Japan, Constantine Vaporis presented an invited talk that focused on his research about travel in Early Modern Japan and what it revealed about healing, … Continue reading Constantine Vaporis presents research at University of Pennsylvania Center for Integrated Study of Japan inauguration

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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

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George Derek Musgrove’s research on gentrification in the nation’s capital featured in the Washington Post

In advance of the annual Conference on D.C. Historical Studies, the Washington Post highlighted research by George Derek Musgrove ’97, history, associate professor of history, that identifies four distinct waves of gentrification in Washington, D.C. and reflects residents’ viewpoints of how it has … Continue reading George Derek Musgrove’s research on gentrification in the nation’s capital featured in the Washington Post

Christy Chapin analyzes evolution of American health care system over 20th century

Christy Chapin, an assistant professor of history, recently joined the Harvard University podcast This Week in Health Law for a discussion about the history of health care in the United States. Chapin is author of the new book Ensuring America’s Health: The Public Creation of the Corporate Health Care System, which was published earlier this year by Cambridge University Press. The wide-ranging interview covered several topics including how many ideas to save costs today are similar to ideas presented in the decades spanning the 20th century, what health policy would look like if it were better informed by history, and the validity of the … Continue reading Christy Chapin analyzes evolution of American health care system over 20th century

Christy Chapin, History, Publishes New Book About the History of the American Health Care System

Christy Chapin, an assistant professor of history, recently published a new book which traces how private and public interests merged to place insurance companies at the center of the U.S. healthcare system. The book, Ensuring America’s Health: The Public Creation of the Corporate Health Care System, was published earlier this year by Cambridge University Press. “Christy Chapin’s Ensuring America’s Health changes the scholarly conversation about the history of our health care system. It explains how both public and private forces created Medicare in 1965 and how the ‘insurance company model’ of health care finance has prevailed ever since. This book is the … Continue reading Christy Chapin, History, Publishes New Book About the History of the American Health Care System

UMBC Faculty Discuss Baltimore City Civic Engagement Work in Diverse

In the wake of the unrest in Baltimore earlier this year, several UMBC faculty were interviewed by Diverse to share the projects they are doing with students and colleagues to work with the city as it recovers from its first uprising in nearly 50 years. Beverly Bickel, a clinical associate professor in the language, literacy and culture program, discussed the Imagining America conference, which is sponsored by UMBC in partnership with MICA and Morgan State University. Many conference sessions will focus specifically on Baltimore and address topics such as race, inequality and community-based approaches to spur collective action. “Part of our … Continue reading UMBC Faculty Discuss Baltimore City Civic Engagement Work in Diverse

Joseph Tatarewicz, History, Provides Historical Context for Pluto Flyby Mission in The Conversation

On July 21, Joseph Tatarewicz, an associate professor of history, published an article in The Conversation analyzing the history of space exploration in light of the recent NASA New Horizons Pluto mission. Professor Tatarewicz teaches the history of science and technology, policy, and public history. He has done extensive work in public history, including eight years as a Smithsonian museum curator and ten years in private practice. He is author of Space Technology and Planetary Astronomy.  “The boomers are the first generation to witness the initial exploration of our solar system and the last to be taught that standard phrase, ‘the nine planets.’ During the … Continue reading Joseph Tatarewicz, History, Provides Historical Context for Pluto Flyby Mission in The Conversation

Kate Brown, History, Describes Her Experience Writing Plutopia in Process History Blog

Kate Brown, a professor of history, was recently interviewed by Process, the blog of the Organization of American Historians (OAH), the Journal of American History (JAH), and The American Historian (TAH), about her award-winning book Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters (Oxford University Press, 2013). The posted interview is in Q&A format and Process asked Prof. Brown about her inspiration, research process, and difficulties in writing the book: “…it was difficult to integrate labor, urban, cultural and environmental history with the history of science and medicine, and to do so in the context of two national histories. I … Continue reading Kate Brown, History, Describes Her Experience Writing Plutopia in Process History Blog