Challenges facing adjunct professors were among topics of discussion on the ”Marc Steiner Show” on Wednesday, November 13. Kimberly Moffitt, assistant professor of American Studies, joined other panelists in talking about many of the issues adjunct professors are dealing with, including low pay, little job security, and often no benefits.
The discussion covered a wide range of issues, including how many of the struggles adjunct professors face ultimately end up trickling down to the students they teach.
“For me, I’m always trying to think about the students for these types of issues, so when I think about what the future looks like, it feels like a great loss to our students in terms of great teachers,” Moffitt said.
Joining Moffitt in the discussion were Ericka Blount Danois, adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, Mark Chalkley, adjunct professor, Baltimore City Community College and Community College of Baltimore County and Mary Kambic, adjunct professor, Baltimore City Community College and Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC).
You can listen to the full segment on the “Marc Steiner Show” here.
The American Studies department is sponsoring a road trip to Washington, DC to tour the exhibit “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963.” The exhibit is at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
The trip is Saturday, November 16th. Round-trip free transportation is provided. A bus will be leaving UMBC at 10am and will return by 3pm. Seating is limited.
For more information about the exhibit, click here. The Africana Studies and History departments are also sponsoring the event.
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David Levering Lewis is this year’s speaker for the W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture, “W.E.B. Du Bois Fifty Years after the March on Washington.” He is the author of eight books and editor of two more.
Lewis is a Professor of History at New York University and his field is comparative history with special focus on twentieth-century United States social history and civil rights. He has won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography twice for part one and part two of his biography of W.E.B. Du Bois in 1994 and 2001 respectively.
The W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies, the Department of History, the Department of American Studies, the Language, Literacy and Culture Doctoral Program, the Honors College, the Dresher Center for the Humanities, the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery, and the Mosaic Center of the Office of Student Life.
The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. on November 13th in the University Center Ballroom.
American Studies Assistant Professor Nicole King is leading a talk on a case study from her book Sombreros and Motorcycles in a Newer South: The Politics of Aesthetics in South Carolina’s Tourism Industry.
The event is part of the museum’s late nights for young adults series. King will discuss Alan Schafer and the significance of his legacy, including how he created South of the Border.
The talk is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at The Jewish Museum of Maryland on Wednesday, October 23rd.
For more information, click here.
A recent federal court ruling stated Maryland had violated its constitutional commitment by allowing traditionally White institutions of higher education to duplicate programs already offered by Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s).
Several panelists, including American Studies Assistant Professor Kimberly Moffitt, were on The Marc Steiner Show Thursday to discuss the ruling and its implications. As part of the discussion, the panelists addressed part of the ruling that mentioned transferring or merging high-demand programs from traditionally White institutions to HBCU’s as a remedy.
“The fact of lifting or possibly lifting programs and relocating them says a great deal about what hasn’t been done or at least what has been suspected to have not been done to avoid duplication of services and programs,” Moffitt said. “But it also says a lot about where we need to go to make sure these same issues do not continue to happen.”
Also participating in the discussion were Secretary of Higher Education at the Maryland Higher Education Commission Dr. Danette Gerald Howard, President of the Coalition for Excellence and Equity in Higher Education (lead plaintiff in the case) David Burton, and Editor and co-Founder of Inside Higher Ed Scott Jaschick.
You can listen to the full segment here.
American Studies Associate Professor and Chair Theo Gonzalves was quoted in an Inquirer Global Nation story last week about a law highlighting the Filipino story in California.
The article describes how Gonzalves came across an audio clip in his research work from the height of the farm worker protests in California in 1966. He posted it at the start of Filipino American History Month last week.
The new law requires California schools to study the contributions of Filipino Americans to the California farm labor movement.
“This is long overdue,” Gonzalves said. “You know how people will sometimes complain about historical revisionism? The truth is that histories are always being revised and Filipino Americans aren’t going to wait for someone else to tell those stories.”
Gonzalves’s brother was a member of the VFW. “He could tell you that as a younger Filipino organizer and lawyer that the Latino elders in the organization, the ones who worked side-by-side with Filipinos from the Delano days, cherished the contributions of Filipinos to the movement,” he added.
Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Professor of American Studies, was the guest host for The Marc Steiner Show’s “Weekly News Roundup,” which aired on Friday, July 26.
Dr. Moffitt was joined by panelists E.R. Shipp, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and Journo-in-Residence at Morgan State University, and Dr. Avis A. Jones-DeWeever, President and CEO of Incite Unlimited, LLC., to discuss the decline in the latest Maryland State Assessment scores and the existing achievement gaps based on race. Panelists and callers also commented on the repercussions of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on voting rights and the Justice Department’s role in pursuing legal action against voting rights cases throughout the nation.
Listen to the full segment »
Catonsville is seeing a change in its demographics – and this is nothing new, according to UMBC American Studies professor, Ed Orser. In recent years, the 21228 zip code has seen a noticeable influx of younger single families looking to plant their roots in the quaint Baltimore suburb, leading to a revival in the housing market and increased enrollment in local schools, the article cites.
This isn’t the first time Catonsville has seen a demographic shift that brings a surge of school-age children to the area. The current boost is similar to the one from a century ago, Orser said. “Catonsville has this sort of unique blend. There is sort of an old character, it’s a historic community and people come and they stay.”
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On June 6, Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Assistant Professor of American Studies, joined Dr. Ivory Toldson, Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at Howard University and Jeffrey Menzise of the Urban Institute at Morgan State University as guest panelists on the “Marc Steiner Show” to discuss the results of a recent poll that asked African Americans the level of satisfaction with their lives.
Of the more than 1,000 African Americans participants, an overwhelming majority indicated that they were satisfied with their lives. However, Dr. Moffitt is quick to point out the danger in some of the generalizations made from the survey results. “Clearly, for single women who live in the south and in urban areas, life can be very good,” said Dr. Moffitt. “[But] I think if we explore these issues at a deeper level that some of the generalizations can be quite dangerous.”
The survey, conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Harvard School of Public Health, is part of a new NPR series, “The View from Black America,” that addresses the many facets of life in America from the perspective of African American men and women.
A Humanities Forum panel discussion recorded at UMBC during the Spring semester was featured on the “Marc Steiner Show” on Tuesday, June 5. The topic was “Race and the Civil Rights Movement in Music and Media,” and the discussion featured Derek Musgrove, assistant professor of history; Michelle Scott, associate professor of history; Marc Steiner, host of the “Marc Steiner Show” and Daphne Harrison, emerita professor in Africana Studies and founder of the Dresher Center for the Humanities. The discussion was moderated by Kimberly Moffitt, assistant professor of American Studies.
The full discussion can be heard here. For more information about the Humanities Forum, visit the Dresher Center’s website; the fall 2013 Humanities Forum schedule will be announced soon.