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 “Reflecting on Baltimore Stories” event 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 


 Meet the Dresher Center’s 2016-2017 Research Fellows

 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.

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.