Nicole King and Michelle Stefano, American Studies, in City Paper

American Studies Assistant Professor Nicole King and Folklorist in Residence Michelle Stefano are starting a series of essays for the “City Folk” section of City Paper. They will be writing about interesting people they encounter during their travels around Baltimore. The first essay in the series titled “Different Presence” was published on January 29. King and Stefano write about Robert Williams, who stands on the corner of Hollins Street and South Arlington Avenue and runs “New Day” gallery which houses a collection of African masks, sculptures and other collectibles. The essay looks at William’s motivation for running the gallery and examines … Continue reading Nicole King and Michelle Stefano, American Studies, in City Paper

Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, on the Marc Steiner Show

Challenges facing adjunct professors were among topics of discussion on the  “Marc Steiner Show” on Wednesday, November 13.  Kimberly Moffitt, assistant professor of American Studies, joined other panelists in talking about many of the issues adjunct professors are dealing with, including low pay, little job security, and often no benefits. The discussion covered a wide range of issues, including how many of the struggles adjunct professors face ultimately end up trickling down to the students they teach. “For me, I’m always trying to think about the students for these types of issues, so when I think about what the future … Continue reading Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, on the Marc Steiner Show

Nicole King, American Studies, to Speak at The Jewish Museum of Maryland

American Studies Assistant Professor Nicole King is leading a talk on a case study from her book Sombreros and Motorcycles in a Newer South: The Politics of Aesthetics in South Carolina’s Tourism Industry. The event is part of the museum’s late nights for young adults series. King will discuss Alan Schafer and the significance of his legacy, including how he created South of the Border. The talk is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at The Jewish Museum of Maryland on Wednesday, October 23rd. For more information, click here. Continue reading Nicole King, American Studies, to Speak at The Jewish Museum of Maryland

Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, on The Marc Steiner Show

A recent federal court ruling stated Maryland had violated its constitutional commitment by allowing traditionally White institutions of higher education to duplicate programs already offered by Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s). Several panelists, including American Studies Assistant Professor Kimberly Moffitt, were on The Marc Steiner Show Thursday to discuss the ruling and its implications. As part of the discussion, the panelists addressed part of the ruling that mentioned transferring or merging high-demand programs from traditionally White institutions to HBCU’s as a remedy. “The fact of lifting or possibly lifting programs and relocating them says a great deal about what hasn’t been … Continue reading Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, on The Marc Steiner Show

Theo Gonzalves, American Studies, in Inquirer Global Nation

American Studies Associate Professor and Chair Theo Gonzalves was quoted in an Inquirer Global Nation story last week about a law highlighting the Filipino story in California. The article describes how Gonzalves came across an audio clip in his research work from the height of the farm worker protests in California in 1966. He posted it at the start of Filipino American History Month last week. The new law requires California schools to study the contributions of Filipino Americans to the California farm labor movement. “This is long overdue,” Gonzalves said. “You know how people will sometimes complain about historical … Continue reading Theo Gonzalves, American Studies, in Inquirer Global Nation

Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, guest hosts The Marc Steiner Show

Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Professor of American Studies, was the guest host for The Marc Steiner Show’s “Weekly News Roundup,” which aired on Friday, July 26. Dr. Moffitt was joined by panelists E.R. Shipp, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and Journo-in-Residence at Morgan State University, and Dr. Avis A. Jones-DeWeever, President and CEO of Incite Unlimited, LLC., to discuss the decline in the latest Maryland State Assessment scores and the existing achievement gaps based on race. Panelists and callers also commented on the repercussions of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on voting rights and the Justice Department’s role in pursuing legal action against … Continue reading Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, guest hosts The Marc Steiner Show

Ed Orser, American Studies, in The Baltimore Sun

Catonsville is seeing a change in its demographics – and this is nothing new, according to UMBC American Studies professor, Ed Orser. In recent years, the 21228 zip code has seen a noticeable influx of younger single families looking to plant their roots in the quaint Baltimore suburb, leading to a revival in the housing market and increased enrollment in local schools, the article cites. This isn’t the first time Catonsville has seen a demographic shift that brings a surge of school-age children to the area. The current boost is similar to the one from a century ago, Orser said. … Continue reading Ed Orser, American Studies, in The Baltimore Sun

Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, on the Marc Steiner Show

On June 6, Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Assistant Professor of American Studies, joined Dr. Ivory Toldson, Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at Howard University and Jeffrey Menzise of the Urban Institute at Morgan State University as guest panelists on the “Marc Steiner Show” to discuss the results of a recent poll that asked African Americans the level of satisfaction with their lives. Of the more than 1,000 African Americans participants, an overwhelming majority indicated that they were satisfied with their lives. However, Dr. Moffitt is quick to point out the danger in some of the generalizations made from the survey results. … Continue reading Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, on the Marc Steiner Show

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”

Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, on the Marc Steiner Show

On May 23, Kimberly Moffitt, assistant professor of American Studies, was a guest on the Marc Steiner Show for a segment entitled “Is President Obama’s Message To Black America Different From The Rest Of America?,” in which Moffitt and her fellow guests analyzed President Obama’s messages to Black America, looking at his recent commencement speeches.  Moffitt was joined by Kai Wright, editorial director of Colorlines.com and Keith Snipes, an actor and writer. “I think as a politician, he’s fairly consistent with providing us middle-class rhetoric,” said Moffitt. “But I think the difference with what we see happening at HBCUs [historically … Continue reading Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, on the Marc Steiner Show

Theodore Gonzalves, American Studies, Awarded Smithsonian Fellowship

Theodore Gonzalves, associate professor and chair of American Studies, has been named a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution for 2013, where he will work with the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Gonzalves’ project, “Singing Truth to Power: The Story of Paredon Records,” traces the cultural history of a record label whose output of recorded music and speeches documented revolutionary movements throughout the globe. According to the collection’s finding aid, the label’s 50 record albums constitute a unique historical documentation of the political protest and revolutionary currents in the world over the course of three decades. Thirty-one of … Continue reading Theodore Gonzalves, American Studies, Awarded Smithsonian Fellowship

MAP Exhibition Features Nicole King, American Studies, and Stephen Bradley, Visual Arts

Beginning next month, the Maryland Art Place will host the exhibition Oasis Places, featuring the work of five artists, including collaborative work by Nicole King, American Studies, and Stephen Bradley, Visual Arts. Bradley states that the collaborative, inter-media art piece consists of multiple parts including Place Immersion which, “reframes an industrialized community in Baltimore City called Greater Baybrook by homaging the lost neighborhood and it’s remnants of material culture, including photographic travel archives and field recordings of voices, stories and sounds of the existing place.” The writings of Nicole King are meant to “punctuate the transitional spirit of the [Baybrook] community … Continue reading MAP Exhibition Features Nicole King, American Studies, and Stephen Bradley, Visual Arts

Baltimore Sun Features UMBC Faculty, Students in Front-Page BreakingGround Story

Today’s Baltimore Sun features a front-page story about students in two UMBC courses shedding light on the human side of Baltimore’s industrial past. The students, guided by New Media Studio director Bill Shewbridge and American Studies folklorist in residence Michelle Stefano, are helping tell the stories of steelworkers from the now-defunct Sparrows Point Steel Mill, which once employed thousands. The mill has been shuttered and is being sold for scrap. The oral history project is supported by a BreakingGround course development grant. The article also describes several other BreakingGround courses and projects through which people from UMBC are solving problems and working … Continue reading Baltimore Sun Features UMBC Faculty, Students in Front-Page BreakingGround Story

Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, on the Marc Steiner Show

On Tuesday, January 22, Kimberly Moffitt, assistant professor of American studies, was a guest on the “Marc Steiner Show.”  The topic of the discussion was the Presidential Inauguration and Obama’s rhetoric at the start of his second term.  Moffitt was joined by E.R. Shipp, Journalist in Residence and Associate Professor of Journalism at Morgan State University, and Tyrone Keys, political analyst. “I think that it’s more than appropriate to talk about the speech as celebratory, as ceremonial, and the focus is not about specific politics. Although there are areas of the speech where he is clearly making political statements, I … Continue reading Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, on the Marc Steiner Show

Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, on the Marc Steiner Show

Kimberly Moffitt, assistant professor of American Studies, was a guest on the “Marc Stenier Show” on Wednesday, January 2, where she looked back at the year in politics and discussed the fiscal cliff.  She was joined by Bob Somerby, editor of the Daily Howler, Richard Vatz, professor in the Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies at Towson University, Lenny McAllister, conservative media personality, public speaker and writer, and Cheri Honkala, co-founder of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union and co-founder and former vice presidential candidate for the Green Party. “From a media critic perspective, I’ve just been irritated by the … Continue reading Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, on the Marc Steiner Show

Department of American Studies Receives Grant

The department of American studies has received a civic engagement grant from the Maryland Humanities Council for the project, “Looking Forward from the 45th Anniversary of the Catonsville Nine Actions.”Civic Engagement Grants support public programs that promote informed dialogue and civic engagement about critical issues identified by the grant applicant. The Catonsville Nine were nine activists who burned draft files to protest the Vietnam War. On May 17, 1968 they went to the draft board in Catonsville, Maryland, took 378 draft files, brought them to the parking lot, poured home-made napalm over them, and set them on fire. The project … Continue reading Department of American Studies Receives Grant

Mapping Baybrook in Baltimore Magazine

What’s Baltimore buzzing about? A fascinating community project from UMBC’s Departments of American Studies and Visual Arts. Students from the multidisciplinary BreakingGround course “Mapping Baybrook” have been working toward a special community event all semester, producing oral history recordings, a walking tour brochure and other work to highlight the area’s history and culture. The community celebration, highlighted on the Baltimore Magazine blog “The Chatter,” will take place this Saturday, December 1, 1:00-5:00 p.m. at the Polish Home Hall, 4416 Fairhaven Avenue in Curtis Bay. The event will also launch the new Mapping Baybrook website, designed in collaboration with UMBC’s Imaging … Continue reading Mapping Baybrook in Baltimore Magazine

Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, in Election Coverage

Kimberly Moffitt, assistant professor of American studies, served as an election expert for two radio program in the days leading up to and following the November 6 election. On Monday, November 5, Moffitt appeared on the “Marc Steiner Show” to weigh in on the final day of a tight race.  Moffitt questioned whether the race was actually as tight as the media portrayed it to be. “I see it as the media’s role to make sure we are engaged in this way and to believe that there is something to tune into, so that we make sure to either tube … Continue reading Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, in Election Coverage

Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, on Midday with Dan Rodricks

On Friday, October 13, Kimberly Moffitt, assistant professor of American studies, discussed the vice presidential debate on WYPR’s Midday with Dan Rodricks. Rodricks opened the discussion by asking if the vice presidential debate mattered.  Most viewers found the debate entertaining, but would anything that the vice presidential nominees said change voters’ minds? “I do think this was a sideshow, but it was a pretty entertaining one for us all,” said Moffitt. “These are two individuals who do matter, but they aren’t the voices we want to hear most significantly in the election.  They made a difference in terms of reenergizing, … Continue reading Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, on Midday with Dan Rodricks

Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, on Midday with Dan Rodricks

Kimberly Moffitt, assistant professor of American studies, appeared on Midday with Dan Rodricks on Tuesday, October 9 to discuss the upcoming election.  Moffitt discussed both the presidential election and Maryland ballot initiatives with Rodricks, the other guests, and callers. The first topic the group covered was the widespread consensus that Barack Obama lost the first presidential debate.  This led to Mitt Romney’s poll numbers going up despite the fact that the unemployment rate fell below 8 percent. “Visuals make a difference for us. Being able to see Romney come out and be aggressive, seem confident and show us that he … Continue reading Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, on Midday with Dan Rodricks

Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, in The Baltimore Sun

In a Baltimore Sun op-ed, Kimberly Moffitt, assistant professor of American studies, criticizes the number of “promotion ceremonies” held for schoolchildren and questions whether “milestones” are being overemphasized. While acknowledging the appeal for parents of celebrating their children’s accomplishments, Moffitt noted that such ceremonies can involve valuable time and considerable financial resources from our already-strapped school systems, and proposes an alternative awards program more modest in scope for the whole of a school, with divisions in terms of elementary and middle school. Moffitt wrote that the recently-released Maryland School Assessment (MSA) scores for Baltimore “[confirm] that more instruction time, not less, is needed for all of our children. And limiting … Continue reading Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, in The Baltimore Sun

Nicole King, American Studies, on WYPR’s The Signal

Nicole King, assistant professor of American studies, appeared on WYPR’s The Signal on July 6th to discuss her new book Sombreros and Motorcycles in a Newer South: The Politics of Aesthetics in South Carolina’s Tourism Industry King spoke with producer Aaron Henkin about the colorful history of the roadside attraction South of the Border and its owner and creator, Alan Schafer, as well as various issues of politics, commerce, and culture which revolved around South of the Border during its early years which coincided with the Civil Rights Era. “I think South of the Border – and recreation in general, especially … Continue reading Nicole King, American Studies, on WYPR’s The Signal

Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, on the Marc Steiner Show

On Monday, May 21, Kimberly Moffitt, assistant professor of American Studies, was a guest on the Marc Steiner show to respond to comments by Maryland State Delegate Pat McDonough on “mobs of roving black youth” in downtown Baltimore.  McDonough was also a guest on the show. “My attitude is that either Baltimore is going to overcome crime, or crime is going to overcome Baltimore,” said McDonough, arguing that his use of “black” in the context was referring to the specific individuals engaged in the crime and not Baltimore’s African American population as a whole. “We could have easily said there’s … Continue reading Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, on the Marc Steiner Show

Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, on Midday with Dan Rodricks

On Tuesday, May 15, Kimberly Moffitt, assistant professor of American studies, appeared on Midday with Dan Rodricks to discuss President Obama’s recently-announced support of same sex marriage. “It strengthens our nation in many ways, because now we have a clear sense of basic human rights across the board for everyone,” she said. Rodricks pointed out that many people believe that Obama’s announcement was a calculated political move rather than a reflection of his true beliefs.  Moffitt said that she isn’t sure. “I think this might lure some of these swing voters,” she said. “But I also have some concerns that this might … Continue reading Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, on Midday with Dan Rodricks

Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, and Michelle Scott, History, on the “Marc Steiner Show”

Kimberly Moffitt, assistant professor of American Studies, and Michelle Scott, associate professor of history, were guests on the “Marc Steiner Show” on Monday to discuss the case of Trayvon Martin, a young African American man who was killed by a neighborhood watchman in February. The conversation turned to the role and perception of black men in society, and Moffitt related the incident to her worries for her own son.  “There has been a study done that shows that, really interestingly, for young, African-descended boys in this country, around the age of 8 or 9 there’s a shift that happens where … Continue reading Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, and Michelle Scott, History, on the “Marc Steiner Show”

Nicole King, American Studies, to Present at “Baltimore History Evening” (2/16)

On February 16, Nicole King, assistant professor of American studies, will present “Mapping Baybrook: Environmental Justice in Industrial South Baltimore” as part of a series of “Baltimore History Evenings” at the Village Learning Place, co-sponsored by the Baltimore Historical Society. King will discuss the history of the communities that make up Far South Baltimore, several of which no longer exist as residential areas. She is currently working with UMBC’s Imaging Research Center on a digital component to this research project. There is no charge, but contributions to the Village Learning Place are encouraged. The Village Learning Place is located at 2521 … Continue reading Nicole King, American Studies, to Present at “Baltimore History Evening” (2/16)

Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, Receives Book Award

Kimberly Moffitt’s book, Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair and Body Politics in Africana Communities, has received the outstanding book award from the National Communication Association’s African American Communication and Culture Division. Moffitt, an assistant professor of American studies, co-edited the volume with Regina Spellers. The book examines the way that hair and bodies shape perception of African Americans through a variety of interdisciplinary lenses, including poems, creative writing and scholarly essays. More information about the book can be found here. Continue reading Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, Receives Book Award

Katie Smallwood ’09, American Studies, in Urbanite

Katie Smallwood ’09, American studies, is one of the organizers of a new project entitled “Baltimore: Place to Place.”  Smallwood and her co-organizer,  Katie Shinsato, randomly distributed Baltimore sites among about 25 participants, who shot, framed, and reflected upon their assignments. The results of the project will be on display at the Windup Space through November. “We wanted to celebrate place and how the space around you can be important to different individuals for various reasons. We wanted people to have to go to places they either knew really well or had never been to before and to have an … Continue reading Katie Smallwood ’09, American Studies, in Urbanite

Theo Gonzalves, American Studies, to Moderate Discussion

Theo Gonzalves, associate professor of American studies, will moderate a conversation with Oscar-nominated director John Sayles on Thursday, October 20. The conversation will follow a screening of Sayles’ film, “Amigo,” which is presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program in honor of Filipino American History Month. “Amigo” provides an optic on the easily forgotten history of the Philippine-American War, a short lived but brutal war that claimed the lives of about 4,000 Americans and between 200,000 to 600,000 Filipinos. The screening and discussion will take place on Thursday, October 20, at 6 p.m., at the National Museum of the … Continue reading Theo Gonzalves, American Studies, to Moderate Discussion

Katie Dix ’10, American Studies, to Speak at Film Screening

A screening and discussion of the film “A Community of Gardeners” at the Creative Alliance, Wednesday, September 14, will feature alumnus Katie Dix ’10, American studies and political science, now with the Parks and People Foundation. The film explores the history of community gardening across the US. In addition to Dix, the discussion panel will include community gardeners and advocates from the Duncan Street Miracle Garden, Sandtown Gardens, Baltimore Green Space and Baltimore City Farms. As an AmeriCorps VISTA at Parks and People, Dix is supporting the development of the Community Greening Resource Network (CGRN). Continue reading Katie Dix ’10, American Studies, to Speak at Film Screening