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The Dresher Center’s Humanities Forum showcases contemporary work in philosophy, history, culture, language, media, literature, and the arts. Forum events present exciting new ideas and lively exchange, with a spirit of ongoing inquiry and conversation. All events are free and open to the public.
Spring 2017 Humanities Forum Calendar:

Welcome to our Spring 2017 Residential Faculty Research Fellows


Calla Thompson, Associate Professor, Visual Arts
Project: The Velvet Fist: Lesbian and Gay Liberation in 1981 Toronto






Constantine Vaporis, Director, Asian Studies Program, and Professor, History
Project: Sword and Brush: Portraits of Samurai Life in Early Modern Japan, 1600-1868



Learn more about the Dresher Center Residential Faculty Research Fellows and their projects here.

Meet the other 2016-17 Dresher Center Fellows: Summer Faculty Research Fellows and Graduate Student Research Fellows




“Baltimore Stories” concludes a year of community programs exploring identity through narrative

Over 100 humanities scholars, cultural organizers, educators, young people, and others convened at UMBC in December to discuss their efforts over the past year to help amplify the voices of Baltimore communities and use narrative to move towards change. “Reflecting on Baltimore Stories” was the culmination of a year-long series of public programs examining how stories of and about Baltimore influence the lives of its people. UMBC’s Dresher Center for the Humanities hosted the day-long event that considered what is changing in stories of identity in the city and what these changes mean for the future of Baltimore.

The Baltimore Stories project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and is a collaboration between the University of Maryland; Maryland Humanities; the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Enoch Pratt Free Library; and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

Read more about the event here and in The Baltimore Sun

“Reflecting on Baltimore Stories” event agenda

Learn about UMBC’s Baltimore Stories grant