Maia Schechter

Choreographer Maia Schechter’s critically acclaimed “Now Elsewhere” to be featured at the Kennedy Center

“Thanks to my teachers, I am setting and achieving goals I never thought would be possible,” says Schechter, who has completed multiple competitive dance intensives and will soon study with the NW Dance Project in Portland. Continue reading Choreographer Maia Schechter’s critically acclaimed “Now Elsewhere” to be featured at the Kennedy Center

UMBC’s 40th Graduate Research Conference to focus on communication and collaboration

“GRC gives graduate students training on how to ace professional conferences in the field, and by participating, students practice how to communicate their research in an accessible way,” says Morgan Bunting, a gerontology Ph.D. student and member of the GRC planning committee. “It’s also just a wonderful way to engage the community and learn what amazing work is going on in the Graduate School.” Continue reading UMBC’s 40th Graduate Research Conference to focus on communication and collaboration

UMBC’s Maurice Berger receives ICP Infinity Award for New York Times “Race Stories” column

Maurice Berger, research professor and chief curator for the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC), and a major national figure in the field of media studies, has won an ICP 2018 Infinity Award in the category of Critical Writing and Research. Continue reading UMBC’s Maurice Berger receives ICP Infinity Award for New York Times “Race Stories” column

UMBC hosts Elect Her leadership training featuring local women in politics

“Over the last five years of running the Elect Her program we have had more women running for SGA office, and more women participate who didn’t know they were going to run or join a campaign. That matters,” says Kate Drabinski, senior lecturer in gender and women’s students. “Whether or not women run for office here, the program reminds all of us that we can do it, that we are the leaders we think we need.” Continue reading UMBC hosts Elect Her leadership training featuring local women in politics

UMBC Dresher Center hosts digital humanities conversation on inclusion in the field

“There is so much textual production happening online and if we were to dismiss it we would be missing out on an important moment on how humans are producing text and composing,” Risam says. “We need to look at how these tools are being used and ask the same challenging questions of this new form of composition that we have traditionally asked about alphabetic or published text.” Continue reading UMBC Dresher Center hosts digital humanities conversation on inclusion in the field

UMBC broadens access to life-changing international learning experiences

“It is important for students to apply for a passport now to ensure they are ready for professional opportunities after graduation,” says David Di Maria, associate vice provost for international education. “If their boss needs someone to travel to another country to assist with an important project, we want UMBC graduates to be able to stand up and say, ‘I have my passport. I’m ready to go,’ or even better, ‘I have my passport, and I have prior international experience from studying abroad while a student at UMBC.’” Continue reading UMBC broadens access to life-changing international learning experiences

UMBC’s Chris Swan featured in The Atlantic for transforming vacant lots in Baltimore

While working in the city comes with challenges, Chris Swan hopes to discover a Goldilocks concoction of plants that tolerate the poor soil found in vacant lots, attract native pollinators, and reduce runoff of contaminant-laced water into the Chesapeake Bay. Continue reading UMBC’s Chris Swan featured in The Atlantic for transforming vacant lots in Baltimore

UMBC honors Frederick Douglass’s legacy with event to transcribe Freedmen’s Bureau papers

“As a pioneer in the struggle for freedom and equality and an extraordinary writer, Frederick Douglass remains among the most inspiring, powerful leaders in American history,” reflects Scott Casper, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. “All of us can learn from his actions, words, and example in striving for social justice and inclusive excellence.” Continue reading UMBC honors Frederick Douglass’s legacy with event to transcribe Freedmen’s Bureau papers

UMBC’s Susan McCully premieres Cone sisters drama “All She Must Possess”

The Cone sisters are beloved in Baltimore and known internationally for the art collection that is their legacy. Now, they are also the subject of “All She Must Possess,” a new production by playwright Susan McCully, assistant professor of theatre at UMBC. The Rep Stage in Columbia, Maryland, will host the play’s world premiere as part of the 2018 Women’s Voices Theater Festival this month. Continue reading UMBC’s Susan McCully premieres Cone sisters drama “All She Must Possess”

David Di Maria, UMBC’s new associate vice provost for International Education, debunks common study abroad myths

“The goal of the UMBC International Education Studies office is to ensure students are prepared and engaged to understand the international dimensions of their academic disciplines,” says Di Maria. “Internationalization is about creating direct connections to research opportunities because the greatest challenges are global and to solve those researchers need to have diverse perspectives from an international standpoint.”

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UMBC hosts “Teaching and Reaching Black Boys in America” conversation

“The book furthers critical conversations about how whiteness, even enacted by teachers of color, prevents educators from seeing and noticing the brilliance of Black boys,” reflects Keisha Allen, assistant professor of education and the UMBC lead in the Learning Center partnership with Baltimore County Public Schools. Continue reading UMBC hosts “Teaching and Reaching Black Boys in America” conversation

UMBC celebrates alumni in public service at special Annapolis event

“Having UMBC alumni in the Senate, House of Delegates, the Governor’s Office, state agencies, advocacy groups and nonprofits is a great asset,” says House of Delegates Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne A. Jones ’76, psychology. “As public service professionals, we share the same camaraderie and ‘True Grit’ as we did as UMBC students.” Continue reading UMBC celebrates alumni in public service at special Annapolis event

UMBC receives $1.3 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to diversify economics Ph.D.s

“It is really important to me to have people of color that I can look up to, come to, and connect with me on that level. It can be hard to understand what you are capable of doing if you don’t see a lot of people in this higher level of academia that look like you being successful,” says M’Balou Camara ‘15, political science, currently a student at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy Ph.D. program, with a concentration in economics. Continue reading UMBC receives $1.3 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to diversify economics Ph.D.s

For All the World To See

UMBC’s Maurice Berger launches new research projects with the CADVC

This fall, the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture celebrates launch of four significant research projects by Maurice Berger — new exhibition websites Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television and For All the World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, the creation of a new online home for Berger’s “Race Stories” essays, and the extension of a national tour of For All the World To See through the National Endowment for the Humanities’ On the Road program. Continue reading UMBC’s Maurice Berger launches new research projects with the CADVC

UMBC’s Michelle R. Scott receives the 2017 Letitia Woods Brown Article Prize

“The Griffin sisters article was an opportunity for me to reveal the often forgotten women who did civil rights work,” says Scott. What does it mean when you study WWII and you leave women off, or even the construction of a Civil Rights Act and add the word sex to it? The narrative changes and it must be told.” Continue reading UMBC’s Michelle R. Scott receives the 2017 Letitia Woods Brown Article Prize

Timothy Nohe exhibits at Washington College

Timothy Nohe, director of the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) and professor of visual arts, is featured in a one-person exhibition at the Kohl Gallery on the campus of Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. The show, which opened Thursday, November 9th and continues through Friday, December 15, is entitled Voltage is Signal: Analog Video Works by Timothy Nohe and features works that explore analog video technology in innovative ways. Continue reading Timothy Nohe exhibits at Washington College

Dr. Adrienne Keene workshops with members from the UMBC community.

Annual Critical Social Justice events focus on themes of resilience and resistance

“It’s really important for CSJ to not just be these ivory tower conversations. We have to be thinking about the ways that we do social justice as an institution and as a community within Baltimore,” Jess Myers, director of The Women’s Center, explained. “What’s important to remember about Critical Social Justice is that it’s not just supposed to be five days. What we really hope is that it can create springboards or open doors for people to think about Critical Social Justice all the time.” Continue reading Annual Critical Social Justice events focus on themes of resilience and resistance

UMBC receives $6 million gift from the George and Betsy Sherman Family Foundation for two urban education initiatives

“If we don’t serve children and we can’t get education right then we get more of the same. I think things can change for individuals, and if we can change things for individuals then that is where the hope lies,” reflects Mavis Sanders, director for the new center. Continue reading UMBC receives $6 million gift from the George and Betsy Sherman Family Foundation for two urban education initiatives

George Derek Musgrove launches book at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

“Our hope is that people of goodwill will look at the lessons of D.C. history and use them to guide some of their activism,” says Musgrove.“We think it is a good guide for future action for making a better city, something really democratic of the alleged capital of the free world.” Continue reading George Derek Musgrove launches book at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Charissa Cheah receives Fulbright award to research identity development of Muslim Tunisian immigrant adolescents in Sicily

“My colleagues and I who are cultural developmental scientists are trying to expand, diversify, and challenge people to think critically about culture and behavior,” says Cheah. “In the process, we aim to more accurately represent the world in which we live.” Continue reading Charissa Cheah receives Fulbright award to research identity development of Muslim Tunisian immigrant adolescents in Sicily

GRIT-X talks showcase experiences of outstanding faculty and alumni “from outer space to inner space”

Nine distinguished faculty and alumni shared their stories at GRIT-X, a TED talk-style event during UMBC’s Homecoming that took listeners “from outer space to inner space, from a makerspace to the classroom, from black holes in the universe to a pacemaker for the brain.” Continue reading GRIT-X talks showcase experiences of outstanding faculty and alumni “from outer space to inner space”