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CURRENTS: Charlotte Keniston (LLC) and Mike Casiano (AMST)

Humanities Work Now


Performing Arts & Humanities Building : 216 and Online

Date & Time

December 5, 2022, 12:00 pm1:00 pm


The Dresher Center’s CURRENTS: Humanities Work Now lunchtime series showcases exciting new faculty work in the humanities in a dynamic and inter-disciplinary setting.

Lunch will be served at 11:30am.

Introducing Collaborative Visual Storytelling: Co-Producing Theory and Knowledge with Black Yield Institute
Charlotte Keniston, Associate Director, Shriver Center, and Ph.D. Candidate, Language, Literacy, and Culture Program; Dresher Center Graduate Fellow

Charlotte Keniston will introduce a new framework for university-community partnership which utilizes visual storytelling tools such as photovoice, community mapping, and digital storytelling. She will discuss her ongoing work with Black Yield Institute on a digital political organizing platform called the VAULT and challenge attendees to consider the ethics and practice of community-university research relationships.


"Bad Government": The Transformation of Urban Governance in Turn of the Century Baltimore
Michael Casiano, Assistant Professor, American Studies

In 1895, the Republican Party’s sweep of Maryland's general election after two decades crystallized the power of wealthy reformers who created ward-level voting clubs, petitioned for the removal of boss-backed election judges, stationed poll watchers to challenge election abuses, and coordinated acts of political theater to defame the city's Democratic Machine. This talk explores how these reformers, in their various interventions into the regulation of public morals, charities, elections, and police conduct, rearticulated the duties and administration of urban governance in Baltimore at the turn of the century. It details the Reform League's challenges to the police and other city agencies during the 1895 election, the 1897 police gambling scandal, and the 1901 public meetings on the supposed explosion of Black crime under Republican rule.