UMBC alumni mentors give today’s students a glimpse of possible career paths

During the summer months, hundreds of UMBC students immersed themselves in high-value internships at companies, nonprofits, and government agencies. There, they learned about new fields, developed skills, and expanded their connections, taking advantage of UMBC’s strong network of emerging and established professionals who value both leadership and mentorship. Continue reading UMBC alumni mentors give today’s students a glimpse of possible career paths

American Democracy Project honors UMBC’s Philip Rous for leadership in civic engagement

UMBC participants were involved with organizing and presenting sessions, tours, and special events throughout the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting, which offered representatives from colleges and universities across the nation a chance to discuss forward-looking community-building and civic engagement strategies. Continue reading American Democracy Project honors UMBC’s Philip Rous for leadership in civic engagement

Fan Yang’s “Faked in China” tackles competing visions of the Chinese economy in a globalized world

“There is a need to think about what China really means not just for China, but for the world. Looking at the interactions between culture and economy in China is a way for us to broaden the scope of cultural studies in the West,” says Yang, an assistant professor of media and communication studies. Continue reading Fan Yang’s “Faked in China” tackles competing visions of the Chinese economy in a globalized world

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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

Jason Loviglio comments on boosting diversity in podcasting in National Journal

A National Journal article published November 23 examines why, even with the recent boom in podcasts, people of color are underrepresented among podcasters. Radio expert Jason Loviglio, associate professor and chair of media and communication studies, attended the 2015 Podcast Movement in Texas earlier this … Continue reading Jason Loviglio comments on boosting diversity in podcasting in National Journal

Bryce Peake examines aural dimensions of debate over Confederate flag

Bryce Peake, a new assistant professor of media and communication studies, recently published an ethnographic study he conducted with a colleague at Central Washington University on the September pro-Confederate flag rally in Washington, D.C. The article “Viral Landscapes in the Public Square: the Confederate Flag visits the U.S. Capitol,” was published on the Centre for Imaginative Ethnography’s website. As part of the study, Peake and his colleague Mark Auslander spent time interviewing participants on both sides of the protests and edited the audio interviews down to a five minute sequence of overlapping voices: “Reviewing the audio, we noted that it … Continue reading Bryce Peake examines aural dimensions of debate over Confederate flag

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Rebecca Adelman analyzes the public consumption of images related to Syrian refugee crisis

In a recent article posted on Antenna‘s website, Rebecca Adelman, an associate professor of media and communication studies, examined public reaction to the images of Aylan Kurdi. “I am not suggesting that the story the photographs tell isn’t wrenching (it is); but … Continue reading Rebecca Adelman analyzes the public consumption of images related to Syrian refugee crisis

Jason Loviglio, Media and Communication Studies, Analyzes Podcast Movement 2015 in Antenna

Last month, more than 1,000 podcasters gathered in Texas for the second annual “Podcast Movement” to discuss the latest in the industry. Jason Loviglio, associate professor and chair of media and communication studies, published a first-hand account of his experience at the conference in Antenna, a popular media and cultural studies blog. Loviglio, who is an expert in media history and radio studies, wrote in great detail about the various conference sessions which ranged from an awards session presented by the “Academy of Podcasting” to the keynote address by Sarah Koenig of the overwhelmingly popular podcast Serial. “Koenig’s talk was exquisitely … Continue reading Jason Loviglio, Media and Communication Studies, Analyzes Podcast Movement 2015 in Antenna

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 Awarded Maryland Humanities Council Grant for “Mapping Dialogues” Project

As part of its latest major grant cycle, the Maryland Humanities Council awarded UMBC a $10,000 grant for “Mapping Dialogues,” a project that focuses on the history and culture of the Baybrook and Sparrows Point communities. Working with industrial neighborhoods in Baltimore, the project uses maps as starting points for discussions on the past, present, and future of industrial space. The project centers on two historically interrelated yet geographically separate areas: Baybrook in the southern tip of Baltimore and the Sparrows Point Steel Mill communities situated just across the southwestern city border in Baltimore County. Dialogues will be held with … Continue reading UMBC Awarded Maryland Humanities Council Grant for “Mapping Dialogues” Project

Rebecca Adelman, Media and Communication Studies, Questions Assumptions Surrounding Shark Attacks in Discovery

Rebecca Adelman, an assistant professor of media and communication studies, was recently interviewed for a story in Discovery about the narratives and sensational news headlines surrounding shark attacks. In the article, Adelman said that common language describing such attacks can often minimize the role of humans. “It neatly erases any kind of human culpability for the shark bite while underscoring the notion that humans […] ought to be able to roam freely and safely anywhere on the planet, regardless of what other creatures might have preceded them there by millions of years,” she explained. “Yet it also makes a kind of … Continue reading Rebecca Adelman, Media and Communication Studies, Questions Assumptions Surrounding Shark Attacks in Discovery

Rebecca Adelman, Media and Communication Studies, Writes About the Adam Gadahn Case in The Conversation

In an article published May 18 in The Conversation,  Rebecca Adelman, an assistant professor of media and communication studies, wrote about Adam Gadahn’s complicated relationship with the U.S. government in the wake of the announcement of his death on April 23. Gadahn, an American propagandist for al-Qaida, was killed by an accidental drone strike in Pakistan on January 19. He had previously been charged with treason in 2006. “The federal government’s decision to indict him for the capital offense of treason reveals its need to confront and contain visual threats. Like a latter-day Toyko Rose, Gadahn’s skillful use of propaganda made … Continue reading Rebecca Adelman, Media and Communication Studies, Writes About the Adam Gadahn Case in The Conversation

Baltimore Traces: Communities in Transition (6/2)

Join the Baltimore Traces project team for an event focusing on two Baltimore communities and their shared legacies of industrial development: Brooklyn-Curtis Bay and Sparrows Point. The event will feature Mapping Baybrook, a media-based documentation of projects in Brooklyn-Curtis Bay and a film screening of Mill Stories: Remembering Sparrows Point Steel Mill. Members of the Sparrows Point and Brooklyn-Curtis Bay communities will also discuss the challenges they face and possible futures. (Note: this event is rescheduled from April 28.)  Tuesday, June 2, 2015 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Chesapeake Arts Center 194 Hammonds Lane Brooklyn Park, MD This is a free event. … Continue reading Baltimore Traces: Communities in Transition (6/2)

Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, and Donald Snyder, Media and Communication Studies, on The Marc Steiner Show

On March 31, Kimberly Moffitt, an associate professor of American studies, guest hosted The Marc Steiner Show on WEAA Radio. During the program, Moffitt led a cultural roundtable segment on youth and social media and Confederate flags on license plates. Donald Snyder, senior lecturer of media and communication studies who developed and teaches a course entitled Social Media: Networking and Mobility, participated in the engaging discussion and reflected on the meaning of social media for today’s youth. “People made questionable decisions before social media. The key distinction is that social media creates a sort of permanence to those bad decisions,” Snyder said. … Continue reading Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, and Donald Snyder, Media and Communication Studies, on The Marc Steiner Show

Humanities Forum: Microscopic War: Fragmenting Vision in Contemporary American Militarism (4/9)

Humanities Forum Thursday, April 9 | 4:00 p.m. Rebecca Adelman, Assistant Professor, Media and Communication Studies, UMBC  Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery  Editors manipulate the tiniest elements of digital images to obscure combat atrocities. The U.S. Army invests deeply in a pixelated camouflage pattern that it expects will keep soldiers safely invisible. The NSA disaggregates human targets into miniscule bits of information. These seemingly disparate phenomena comprise a microscopic visual approach to militarization. It is here that Adelman considers the links between pixelized photos of violence committed by American military personnel, the Army’s failed multi-year, multi-billion dollar experiment with ‘digital’ … Continue reading Humanities Forum: Microscopic War: Fragmenting Vision in Contemporary American Militarism (4/9)

Jason Loviglio, Media and Communication Studies, in City Paper

Jason Loviglio, associate professor and chair of media and communication studies, was quoted in a March 10 City Paper article that examined WYPR’s use of underwriting. Loviglio, who is writing a book about public media and plans to include a chapter about WYPR, discussed how the station’s use of underwriting has influenced its workers’ union. Loviglio, who has interviewed many station members for his book, discussed what he discovered while conducting his research. To read the full City Paper feature titled “Why So Much P.R.?” click here. Continue reading Jason Loviglio, Media and Communication Studies, in City Paper

Rebecca Adelman, Media and Communication Studies, in The Conversation

In the wake of Brian Williams’ six-month suspension from NBC News, Rebecca Adelman offered a fresh perspective on the story and argued that Williams’ actions were more complex than their first appearance on the surface. Adelman, an assistant professor of media and communication studies, wrote an article for The Conversation in which she examined public reactions to Williams’ false claims about his experience reporting in Iraq and how they spoke to the way military service is valued in American culture: “…I’d suggest instead that Williams inadvertently revealed something about the profoundly contradictory place military service occupies in American culture,” Adelman … Continue reading Rebecca Adelman, Media and Communication Studies, in The Conversation

Jason Loviglio, Media and Communication Studies, on BBC Radio

BBC Radio 4 recently aired a special one hour program about interviewing members of the public in the historic format of the vox pop. Jason Loviglio, associate professor and chair of media and communication studies, was interviewed for the program and provides historical context throughout the segment. “The origins of vox pop in the United States are almost as old as the origins of broadcasting in the United States. The juxtaposition of the polished, educated voice of the professional radio announcer was then juxtaposed with the voice of the man on the street, sometimes quite literally,” Loviglio said. He pointed to … Continue reading Jason Loviglio, Media and Communication Studies, on BBC Radio

Rebecca Adelman, Media and Communication Studies, on WYPR’s Maryland Morning

On Friday, May 23, WYPR’s Maryland Morning aired a segment that focused on the role that visuals have played in citizens’ understanding of the military and terrorism since September 11th. Rebecca Adelman, an assistant professor of media and communication studies and author of Beyond the Checkpoint: Visual Practices in America’s Global War on Terror, participated in the discussion along with MaryAnne Golon, director of photography at The Washington Post. Adelman opened the conversation by discussing the role security camera footage of the September 11th highjackers played in the public view after they were released several years after the attacks.    “What’s really interesting to me … Continue reading Rebecca Adelman, Media and Communication Studies, on WYPR’s Maryland Morning

Rebecca A. Adelman, Media and Communication Studies, Publishes New Book

Rebecca Adelman, assistant professor in the Department of Media and Communication Studies, has authored a new book, “Beyond the Checkpoint: Visual Practices in America’s Global War on Terror” (The University of Massachusetts Press, 2014). Since the 9/11 attacks on U.S. soil, American citizenship has been redefined by the visual images associated with the Global War on Terror (GWOT). Rebecca A. Adelman contends that, in viewing images such as security footage of the 9/11 hijackers, film portrayals of the attacks and subsequent wars, memorials commemorating the attacks, and even graphics associated with increased security in airports, American citizens have been recast … Continue reading Rebecca A. Adelman, Media and Communication Studies, Publishes New Book

Ken Corbett ’14, Media and Communication Studies, on WYPR’s Maryland Morning

American jazz singer and songwriter Billie Holiday has a Baltimore connection. She spent the bulk of her childhood on a block of South Durham Street in Upper Fells Point. Residents and artists in that neighborhood are honoring her by starting a project that pays tribute to Holiday while also bringing new life to the block. Media and communication studies student Ken Corbett is an intern for WYPR’s Maryland Morning and produced and narrated a story about the project that aired on the program January 17. In December, Corbett spent a day on Holiday’s block on South Durham Street and put together … Continue reading Ken Corbett ’14, Media and Communication Studies, on WYPR’s Maryland Morning

Rebecca Adelman, Media and Communication Studies, Op-Ed in The Baltimore Sun

In an op-ed published in The Baltimore Sun, media and communication studies assistant professor Rebecca Adelman describes how pictures and video of chemical weapons casualties in the Syrian civil war did not follow the traditional model for war images. In her op-ed titled “Atypical images of war,” Adelman writes about how the images required extensive explanation and interpretation due to what they were depicting: The amateur photos and videos of the victims of the attacks do not follow the familiar model of the war casualty image. They were recognizable as such primarily in their quantitative aspects: the number of images and the … Continue reading Rebecca Adelman, Media and Communication Studies, Op-Ed in The Baltimore Sun

Jason Loviglio, Media and Communication Studies, Joins Board of Wide Angle Youth Media

Jason Loviglio, director of the media and communication studies program, has been elected to the Board of Directors of Wide Angle Youth Media. Wide Angle Youth Media provides Baltimore youth with media education to tell their own stories and become engaged with their communities. Through after-school programming, in-school opportunities, summer workshops, community events, and an annual Youth Media Festival, Wide Angle supports young people making a difference through media. Congratulations! Continue reading Jason Loviglio, Media and Communication Studies, Joins Board of Wide Angle Youth Media

Jason Loviglio, Media and Communication Studies, Co-edits New Book

Jason Loviglio, director of media and communication studies, is the co-editor with Michele Hilmes of the recently-released book “Radio’s New Wave: Global Sound in the Digital Era” (Routledge, 2013). “Radio’s New Wave” features essays from 12 top scholars from three continents.  It explores the evolution of audio media and sound scholarship in the digital age, exploring the ways that radio has transformed in the digital environment. Contributors explore what sound looks like on screens, how digital listening moves us, new forms of sonic expression, radio’s convergence with mobile media, and the creative activities of old and new audiences. “Radio’s New … Continue reading Jason Loviglio, Media and Communication Studies, Co-edits New Book

UMBC Professor, Student and Alumnus in DNC News Coverage

UMBC’s Caitlyn Leiter-Mason ’14, GWST and political science, and Mitch Case ’11, MCS, are in Charlotte this week serving as delegates to the Democratic National Convention, reports Patch. Leiter-Mason, a Sondheim Public Affairs Scholar and contributor to USDemocrazy, represents Maryland’s 6th District. Case, social media coordinator at the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, represents Maryland’s 7th District. Curious about how they got to Charlotte and what they hope to achieve? See their Tumblr A Tale of Two Delegates, read “Ellicott City delegate works to energize young voters” in the Baltimore Sun and listen to their interview on the Marc … Continue reading UMBC Professor, Student and Alumnus in DNC News Coverage

Kate Godwin ’13, Media and Communications Studies, in Baltimore Sun

On August 15, The Baltimore Sun‘s free weekly B published a “Baltimore College Guide”, in which students from area universities provided insights into their schools. UMBC student Kate Godwin ’13, media and communications studies, discussed a number of on-campus and off-campus highlights and offered some advice to incoming students to help them navigate the school year successfully. Godwin recommended Atwater’s for off-campus wi-fi and quality chai tea; Patapsco Valley State Park for a chance to get outside for a weekend or day trip for some hiking and any other physical activity; the annual QuadMania event for students; and the upper floors of the Albin O. Kuhn Library & … Continue reading Kate Godwin ’13, Media and Communications Studies, in Baltimore Sun