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UMBC, through the Dresher Center for the Humanities and the Imaging Research Center (IRC), is a major partner in Baltimore Stories: Narratives and the Life of an American City, a year-long public initiative that explores the ways that citizens of Baltimore think about narratives of life and identity in the city.

All Baltimore Stories events are free and open to the public.

Upcoming events:

Baltimore Coalition Stories

October 29, 2016
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church
1316 Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217

Join us for a community conversation about the importance of coalitions in building democracy, fostering social justice, and improving Baltimore’s future. Baltimore humanities scholars, cultural organizers, and partners will discuss their efforts to help communities empower themselves toward social change. Now more than ever, it is crucial to consider the role of coalitions, forged across boundaries, in practicing public humanities and supporting the work of active and engaged communities.

Click here for more about the event.

Register here for this free event. (Doors will open at 12:30 p.m.)

Culminating Event: Reflecting on Baltimore’s Stories

December 3, 2016
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250

Check back here for more info or visit

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.


 The Dresher Center is pleased to announce our
2016-2017 Research Fellows

Summer Faculty Research Fellows (Summer 2016)

Erin Hogan, Assistant Professor, Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication
Project: Prosopopeia and the Gothic Child in Contemporary Spanish Film

Christine Mallinson, Associate Professor, Language, Literacy and Culture Program
Project: Data Collection in Sociolinguistics: Methods and Applications (2nd Edition)

Susan McDonough, Associate Professor, History
Project: Vile Sluts and Gassy Whores? Prostitutes and Cultural Exchange in the Medieval Mediterranean

For more information click here.

Residential Faculty Research Fellows (Spring 2017)

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

For more information click here.

Graduate Student Fellows (Fall 2016)

Kelly Daughtridge, Master of Arts Degree Candidate, Historical Studies
Project: Defining their Past and Immortalizing their Future: Women’s Monuments in Early Modern England

Jessica Floyd, Doctoral Candidate, Language, Literacy and Culture
Project: Jibooms, Barrels, and Arseholes: Singing Sex in Sea Chanteys

For more information click here.