Anne Rubin, History, on C-SPAN

Anne RubinOn Saturday, May 31, C-SPAN 3 aired a talk given by History Associate Professor Anne Rubin at the U.S. Capitol Historical Society. The talk was part of the 2014 Civil War Symposium held at the beginning of May.

Rubin discussed Union General William T. Sherman’s March to the Sea and the concept of “civilized war.” In 1864, General Sherman marched his troops from Atlanta to Savannah, Georgia, and Rubin described the destruction along the way as setting the precedent for “total war” tactics in subsequent conflicts.

Rubin opens her talk by discussing basic Google and Internet searches of General Sherman and that many of them represent “a really popularly held view that William T. Sherman and the march through Georgia and the Carolinas in the final months of the Civil War have something to do with the creation of total war.”

You can watch the full talk on C-SPAN 3 by clicking here. Rubin’s book, A Shattered Nation: The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy, 1861-1868, won the 2006 Avery O. Craven book prize for the best book in Civil War history

Nathan Rehr ’13, Political Science, on Humanities Connection

National History Day is set to take place next month at the University of Maryland, College Park. The competition is an exciting experience for students in grades six through twelve to learn about ideas, events and people in history and apply what they learn through original projects.

Nathan Rehr ’13, political science, participated in National History Day as a high school student. For his project, he decided to research Sargent Shriver and as part of his research he interviewed Joby Taylor, Director of the Shriver Peaceworker Program. He credits Taylor with helping him guide his choice of where to go for college and recently shared his story on WYPR’s Humanities Connection.

“For me, History Day helped me determine a few of the next steps in my life,” Rehr said. By interviewing Taylor, Rehr said, “I learned more about UMBC’s social and academic atmosphere, and I decided to start college there the following fall.”

Rehr is currently serving with the U.S. Peace Corps in Senegal working as a Preventive Health Educator to help improve the health and well-being of the community he is serving. To listen to the full segment on Humanities Connection, click here.

Devin Hagerty, Political Science, Named 2014-2015 Lipitz Professor

Devin Hagerty Devin Hagerty, professor of political science and founding director of the global studies program, has been named the Lipitz Professor of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences for 2014-2015. This professorship is supported by an endowment created by Roger C. Lipitz and the Lipitz Family Foundation “to recognize and support innovative and distinguished teaching and research in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.”

An internationally recognized scholar of South Asian international relations (India-Pakistan and South Asia-US), Hagerty came to UMBC from the University of Sydney in 2001. Since then he has published two books, five articles, and 13 book chapters. He founded the journal Asian Security in 2003 and has served as its managing editor or co-editor ever since. He teaches courses in international relations and has won the Political Science Teacher of the Year award three times. He has served as chair of the political science department, currently chairs one of the working groups for the university’s strategic planning, and now directs our new, fast-growing global studies program—among a long list of service to UMBC. In November 2013, Hagerty wrote an op-ed published in Inside Higher Ed in which he introduced UMBC’s global studies program and argued that a liberal arts education is essential in developing a “global competence” among students.

During his year as the Lipitz Professor, Dr. Hagerty will work on a book project entitled “Fear, Ambition, and the Sturdy Child of Terror: South Asia’s Triangular Nuclear Dilemma.”

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Research Fellowships Announced

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences has announced its faculty research fellowships for the summer and upcoming academic year. The complete list can be found below.

CAHSS Research Fellowships: These fellowships, available to tenured associate professors and full professors, support outstanding research and creative activity by permitting release time for one semester to focus on scholarship. Three awards are given annually. Recipients for 2014-15 are:

  • Dr. Matt Baker, Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Systems, “Scientific, Regulatory, and Policy Implications of Disconnected Streams”
  • Professor Lynn Cazabon, Associate Professor of Visual Arts, “Portrait Garden”
  • Dr. Daniel Ritschel, Associate Professor of History, “The Making of British Fascism: Sir Oswald Mosley and the Radical Economic Debate in Interwar Britain”
MIPAR/CAHSS Summer Faculty Research Fellowships:
  • Dr. Christy Chapin, Assistant Professor of History, “The U.S. Economy and the Emergence of Financial Capitalism”
  • Dr. Jeffrey Davis, Associate Professor of Political Science, “Uncloaking Secrecy in Counter-Terrorism Operations: A Comparative Analysis”
  • Dr. Angelica Herrera, Assistant Professor of Sociology/Anthropology/HAPP, “H.E.A.L.T.H. Partners: A Community Collaborative for Quality Care Transitions of Older Latino, African-American, and Asian-Americans in Subsidized Housing”
Dresher Center for the Humanities/CAHSS Summer Faculty Research Fellowships:
  • Dr. Fan Yang, Assistant Professor of Media and Communication Studies, “Faked in China: Nation Branding, Counterfeit Culture, and the Postsocialist State in Globalization”
  • Dr. Lisa Pace Vetter, Assistant Professor of Political Science, “Political Theory and the Founding of American Feminism”
Center for Innovation, Research, and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA)/CAHSS Summer Faculty Research Fellowships:
  • Professor Guenet Abraham, Associate Professor of Visual Arts, and Professor Eric Smallwood, Assistant Professor of Visual Arts, “Bearing Witness: Ethnic Cleansing in Ethiopia”
  • Professor Lisa Moren, Professor of Visual Arts, “Marbleized Oil from the Gulf of Mexico”
Imaging Research Center/CAHSS Summer Faculty Research Fellowships:
  • Dr. Anne Sarah Rubin, Associate Professor of History: “Lost Historic Places: Visualizing the Rumney-West Tavern at Historic London Town”
  • Professor Cathy Cook, Associate Professor of Visual Arts: “Cranes in Motion”

Kate Drabinski, Gender and Women’s Studies, on The Marc Steiner Show

In response to the tragic shootings last week in Santa Barbara, California, WEAA’s The Marc Steiner Show hosted a segment discussing issues of male entitlement, misogyny and violence against women after reports surfaced that the gunman had acted in part out of intense frustration over rejection by women.

Kate Drabinski

Kate Drabinski, a Lecturer of Gender and Women’s Studies and Director of the Women Involved in Learning and Leadership (WILL) program, participated in the discussion and commented on how masculinity may have played a role in the violence.    

“One thing that I think is really important in this moment is to also interrogate masculinity because this is about misogyny, but it’s also about the construction of masculinity,” Drabinski said. “What is it about the construction of masculinity that would make him feel like he wasn’t a real man?”

Other panelists included Igor Volsky, Managing Editor of, John Bullock, Professor of Political Science at Towson University and A. Adar Ayira, Project Manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and Facilitator and Analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships.

To listen to the full segment that aired May 28 on The Marc Steiner Show, click here.

Donald Norris, Public Policy, Comments on Maryland’s Race for Governor

Maryland’s Democratic primary in the race for governor is less than a month away, and Public Policy Professor and Chair Donald Norris has been in the news frequently commenting on several aspects of the race.

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Updated campaign finance reports were released showing Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown’s campaign raising more than $1.2 million since the General Assembly session ended in April with $4.15 million total in cash on hand. Attorney General Douglas Gansler and Del. Heather Mizeur’s campaigns were reported at having $3.1 million and $961,000 in the bank respectively.

Norris told The Washington Post that the disparity in fundraising among the candidates reflects the disparity in the polls: “It tells me that the folks that give money have already picked a winner,” he said.

Norris also told WJZ 13 that there has been little interest in this year’s governor’s race and commented on what it will take to win the Democratic primary: “Whoever is going to be able to turn out the vote in his or her campaign in an election that’s going to have a very, very low turnout,” he said.

Below is a complete list of media coverage:

Big Draw of Democratic Race for Governor Still Falls Short in Voter Interest (WJZ 13)
Brown leads Gansler, Mizeur in money race, latest Md. campaign finance reports show (Washington Post)
Brown raises more than $1 million in 6 weeks (Baltimore Sun)
Frosh holds big lead in money in bank in AG race (Baltimore Sun)
Gubernatorial Primer (Baltimore Jewish Times)
Attack ads running in Gansler and Brown Primary Campaigns for Governor (WJZ 13)

Thomas Schaller, Political Science, Op-Ed in The Baltimore Sun

In a column published May 27 in The Baltimore Sun, Political Science Professor Thomas Schaller writes about increasing political campaign contributions from the country’s super wealthy and growing income inequality between members of Congress and those who they govern.

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“Adjusted for inflation, a million dollars isn’t what it was a century or even a decade ago. So sure, at some point the Congress was bound to have a majority of millionaires,” Schaller wrote. “Yet, in a country where the 2012 median household income was $51,017 — and fell between 2011 and 2012 — there is something truly perverse about not only the rising inequality between the incomes and wealth of the masses and the elites who govern them, but the rising political inequality that follows.”

Schaller noted rising income inequality is becoming increasingly dwarfed by campaign contribution inequalities: “Last November, Americans celebrated the sesquicentennial of what is arguably the greatest political speech in our nation’s history: Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. But President Lincoln’s closing line is increasingly obsolete. For we are fast transforming from a democracy that prides itself on a government of, by and for the people into a plutocracy based on government of, by and for rich people,” he wrote.

You can read the full column in The Baltimore Sun by clicking here.

Rebecca Adelman, Media and Communication Studies, on WYPR’s Maryland Morning

On Friday, May 23, WYPR’s Maryland Morning aired a segment that focused on the role that visuals have played in citizens’ understanding of the military and terrorism since September 11th. Rebecca Adelman, an assistant professor of media and communication studies and author of Beyond the Checkpoint: Visual Practices in America’s Global War on Terrorparticipated in the discussion along with MaryAnne Golon, director of photography at The Washington Post.

Beyond the CheckpointAdelman opened the conversation by discussing the role security camera footage of the September 11th highjackers played in the public view after they were released several years after the attacks.   

“What’s really interesting to me is the way that those images mark a limit of those visual systems that are designed to keep us safe,” Adelman said. “As surveillance cameras, they functioned perfectly,” she added. “But they did nothing to keep the country safe.”

Adelman also discussed what the future may hold for citizens’ perception of images of war and terror: “The relationship between state and media and citizen is going to get a lot more complex, particularly as the role of the visual in fighting the war itself changes as we talk about things like drones which have everything to do with visibility and invisibility. We’re going to hear a lot more about questions of transparency.”

You can listen to the full interview on Maryland Morning by clicking here.

Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, on The Marc Steiner Show

On Monday, May 19, WEAA’s The Marc Steiner Show hosted a panel discussion remembering the life and legacy of Malcolm X. The day would have been his 89th birthday. American Studies Assistant Professor Kimberly Moffitt participated in the discussion and shared her thoughts on why Malcolm X might not play as significant a role with young learners as other activists during his time.

“A lot of that has to do with him not fitting the paradigm of what we consider to be acceptable activism,” Moffitt said. “At that point in time, even in the midst of a very radical period in our country’s history, he was seen as an extremist by many.”

Other panelists in the discussion included Karsonya Wise Whitehead, an assistant professor of communication and African and African American studies at Loyola University Maryland and Ray Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University.

To listen to the full segment that aired on The Marc Steiner Show, click here. Moffitt is co-editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities.

Marie Spiro, Marilyn Goldberg Honored by UMBC’s Ancient Studies Department


Marilyn Goldberg presents Marie Spiro with a gift from the Ancient Studies Department.

After five decades of collecting ancient artifacts, Dr. Marie Spiro wanted to donate her collection to an institution that would continue her approach of interactive learning, and she selected UMBC three years ago. Spiro, an associate professor emerita of art and archaeology at the University of Maryland, College Park, recently visited UMBC to attend Ancient Studies Associate Professor and Chair Marilyn Goldberg’s retirement party.

The Spiro Artifact Collection features Greek, Roman and Byzantine artifacts and contains mosaics, pottery, figurines and other pieces that date back as far as 15,000 years. The collection has provided a hands-on learning opportunity for ancient studies students and enables them to physically interact and study ancient artifacts without leaving campus.

During the celebration, Goldberg thanked Spiro for her donation and presented her with a gift from the ancient studies department. The Spiro Artifact Collection is expected to be housed in the new Art and Archaeology Lab in the Performing Arts and Humanities Building. During the retirement party, research projects presented at URCAD were on display that students conducted on artifacts as part of the archaeological museum studies course. Marilyn Goldberg was honored by colleagues for her service as a professor and chair of the department and for her enthusiasm and dedication to her students since the Ancient Studies Department began at UMBC.

You can read an article about Dr. Spiro’s donation in the Fall 2011 edition of UMBC Magazine by clicking here.