The Dresher Center for the Humanities at UMBC is pleased to announce our new Visiting Faculty Fellows for 2018-2019 as part of the Inclusion Imperative Program.
Dr. Katherine Bankole-Medina, Professor of History at Coppin State University, and Dr. Theresa Runstedtler, Associate Professor of History at American University, have each been awarded a full academic year fellowship to advance their research while in residence at the Dresher Center. Dr. Bankole-Medina’s project, “African Americans as Specimens, Objects, and Agents: Race and Clinical Care in the Maryland Medical Journal, 1877-1918,” is a 40-year account of the lives of African Americans, drawn from the Maryland Medical Journal. Dr. Runstedtler’s project, “Black Ball: Rethinking the “Dark Ages” of Professional Basketball,” explores the intersection of blackness, masculinity, labor, and criminalization through the lens of 1970s professional basketball.
The Visiting Fellows join a robust humanities center environment that holds public events and symposia, grants workshops, and works-in-progress talks, and hosts UMBC residential faculty and graduate fellows each year. Each Visiting Fellow will partner with a UMBC faculty member with shared research or teaching interests to broaden and deepen the exchange between fellows and the campus community. Fellows receive a generous stipend and research support, as well as access to the Center’s administrative and research development services and campus resources.
The Inclusion Imperative is 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, is cultivating a regional network of scholars, who are committed to diversity and inclusion in the humanities. These fundamental partnerships guide the Inclusion Imperative’s three programs: the Visiting Faculty Fellowship Program, the Diversity Teaching Network in the Humanities, 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.