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UMBC’s Dresher Center for the Humanities and College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) introduce the Inclusion Imperative, a major five-year initiative to promote diversity and inclusive excellence in the humanities, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

UMBC, in partnership with Bowie State University, Coppin State University, and Howard University, will cultivate a regional network of scholars, who are committed to diversity and inclusion in the humanities. These fundamental partnerships will guide the development and implementation of the Inclusion Imperative’s three programs: the Diversity Teaching Network in the Humanities, the Visiting Faculty Fellowship Program, and the Humanities Teaching Labs. Through these programs, the Inclusion Imperative will support and expand community-engaged humanities research, teaching, and learning focused on issues of equity, inclusion, and justice.

Read about The Inclusion Imperative
Call for Proposals for Visiting Faculty Fellowships for Diversity, 2018-19


Irene Chan, Associate Professor, Visual Arts and Affiliate Professor, Asian Studies: “Railroad Track of Violence: Stories about the Chinese in 19th Century America”

Amy Froide, Professor, History and Affiliate Professor, Gender + Women’s Studies; Language, Literacy, and Culture: “Eighteenth-Century England’s Charitable Corporation: A Corporation Tale of Microlending, Financial Fraud, and Government Bailouts”


2017-2018 Visiting Faculty Fellow

Brian Norman, Professor, English, Loyola University Maryland: “The Posthumous Autobiography and Civil Rights Memory”


Erin L. Berry, Language, Literacy, and Culture Ph.D. Program (LLC): 
Project: “They Ask, Why Do You Talk Like That; I Ask, Why Don’t You Want to Talk Like That?”: Analyzing the Online Speech and Identity Practices of Black Female Undergraduates
Advisors: Dr. Christine Mallinson, LLC, and Dr. Jason Loviglio, Media and Communication Studies

Mary K. Laurents, Language, Literacy, and Culture Ph.D. Program (LLC)
Project: “The Fracture of Upper Class Identity in the First World War and the Cultural Impact of that Fracture on Britain in the Interwar Period”
Advisors: Dr. Beverly Bickel, LLC, and Dr. Daniel Ritschel, History


Baltimore Stories: Narratives and the Life of an American City (Baltimore Stories) was an initiative that sough to establish a model that utilizes humanities scholarship— literature, history, philosophy, communication, art and cultural studies—to produce print and digital materials that help frame and contextualize narratives of race in American cities. The project also shined a spotlight on the ongoing, collaborative work being done in Baltimore neighborhoods by universities and non-profit organizations.

UMBC hosted three interactive public events in Baltimore, as well as a day-long culminating session hosted by the Dresher Center for the Humanities. Over 100 humanities scholars, cultural organizers, educators, young people, and others convened on campus in December 2016 for the “Reflecting on Baltimore Stories” event to discuss their efforts over the past year to help amplify the voices of Baltimore communities and use narrative to move towards change.

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