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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:

The Way from Here: Stories of Help, Hope, and Healing

November 26, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Congressman Parren Mitchell House
828 North Carrollton Street, Baltimore, MD 21217

The city is full of people who work quietly and unrecognized to help and heal their neighbors. Many work alone, without the support of an organization behind them. They look around, see what needs to be done and start to work. They are the greatest hope of the city. This event gathers them to tell and hear their stories in their own words. In partnership with the Upton Planning Committee.

Register here for this free event.

Culminating Event: Reflecting on Baltimore Stories

December 3, 2016
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
UMBC, Performing Arts and Humanities Building
1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250
Registration and sign in 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided. Free parking!

Join us to reflect on “Baltimore Stories,” a year of programs exploring identity in Baltimore. The event will consider how narratives about Baltimore are made and disseminated in and through media, who speaks for Baltimore, and what these stories mean for the future of the city. Humanities scholars, cultural organizers, partners, and other guests will discuss their efforts to help amplify the voices of Baltimore communities and use narrative to move towards change. UMBC President Freeman A. Hrabowski and University of Maryland, College Park President Wallace D. Loh will speak on the role of the public university in the community, and young people, including from the CHOICE program, will share media projects highlighting the importance of their stories to Baltimore’s future. 


Register here for this free event.

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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.