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”

Amy Bhatt, Gender and Women’s Studies, Publishes New Book

Amy Bhatt, assistant professor of gender and women’s studies, is the co-author of Roots and Reflections: South Asians Map the Pacific Northwest, which will be released by the University of Washington Press early next year. The book examines the experiences of early South Asians who settled on the Pacific coast in the early 1890s through the 1990s. Though the east coast of the U.S. has some of the largest South Asian populations in the country today, these early settlers shed light on the development of South Asian communities across the U.S. and are an important location in understanding contemporary immigration … Continue reading Amy Bhatt, Gender and Women’s Studies, Publishes 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 Drabinski, Gender and Women’s Studies, on the Marc Steiner Show

On June 26, Kate Drabinski, lecturer in gender and women’s studies and director of UMBC’s Women Involved in Learning and Leadership (WILL) program, was a guest on the Marc Steiner show for a discussion on the dynamics of gender in contemporary society and whether the differences between the genders are innate or socially constucted. Drabinski was joined by former American Psychological Association (APA) head Diane Halpern and Goucher College women’s studies visiting associate professor Jennifer Williams. “In feminist theory the debate about the difference between sex and gender is an old one, sex being biological and gender being social,” Drabinski … Continue reading Kate Drabinski, Gender and Women’s Studies, on the Marc Steiner Show