American Studies and Media and Communication Studies Students Produce Radio Series for The Marc Steiner Show

As part of the Baltimore Traces: Communities in Transition project, several American studies and media and communication studies students produced a radio series about two Baltimore neighborhoods in transition: Greektown and Station North. Baltimore Traces is an interdisciplinary project and collaborative teaching innovation that produces audio and video oral histories focused on Baltimore residents and neighborhoods.

On Friday, May 22, the radio series aired on WEAA’s The Marc Steiner Show. Bill Shewbridge, professor of the practice of media and communication studies, worked with students in Michelle Stefano’s class, a visiting assistant professor of American studies, to produce an audio journey through the East Baltimore neighborhood of Greektown. The project brought students into the neighborhood where they conducted interviews with local residents and workers to explore the identity, history, and complexity of the community.

Businesses on Eastern Avenue in Greektown. Photo by Marouane Hail.

Businesses on Eastern Avenue in Greektown. Photo by Marouane Hail.

Students in Nicole King’s class, an associate professor of American studies, produced a three-part series on Station North. The students conducted several interviews to get a sense of a neighborhood that has been undergoing a great deal of transition. In one of the segments, a student captured audio at Red Emma’s Coffeehouse as workers fed school children and provided a safe place for the community the day after the Monday, April 27 unrest in Baltimore.

To listen to the complete audio segments, click below:
UMBC Students Present Baltimore Traces: Greektown in Transition
UMBC Students Present Baltimore Traces: Station North in Transition

The Baltimore Traces project is ongoing and expanded in the spring 2015 as part of a Hrabowski Innovation Grant, “Baltimore Stories: Emerging Media Across the Curriculum.” Previous collaborations as part of the project include Mill Stories (Michelle Stefano and Bill Shewbridge) and Mapping Baybrook (Nicole King and Steve Bradley). There is a public event scheduled for June 2 focusing on Brooklyn-Curtis Bay and Sparrows Point that will feature members of the two communities who will discuss the challenges they face and possible futures. For more information, click here.

Erickson School Presents “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” (6/11)

Glen Campbell movieOn June 11th, at 7 p.m. in the Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall, the Erickson School, along with Integrace and Alzheimer’s Association Greater Maryland Chapter, will sponsor of a one-night only screening of “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me“. This is an inspiring film starring musician Glen Campbell and his unforgettable “Goodbye Tour” following his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. The movie features Glen Campbell, his family, and friends as they navigate the unpredictable nature of the disease through love, laughter, and music.

We are also pleased to have Kim Campbell, wife of Glen Campbell, and Ashley Campbell, daughter of Glen Campbell, join us at this special event to discuss the film and honor Glen. There will be a discussion panel that will precede the showing of the film. The film will start at 7:30.

Event Details:
6:30 p.m. Registration
7 p.m. Welcome from Judah Ronch, Ph.D., Dean, The Erickson School at UMBC
Panel discussion – introduced by Jackie Harris, President and CEO, Integrace
Kim Campbell, wife of Glen Campbell
Ashley Campbell, daughter of Glen Campbell
Dr. Peter Rabins, Senior Fellow and Faculty member, The Erickson School at UMBC
Dr. Nicole Absar, Medical Director, Copper Ridge Outpatient Assessment Clinic
Cass Naugle, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Maryland Chapter
7:30 p.m. Screening of “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”

Following the film screening, a musical tribute will be given by Glen’s daughter, Ashey Campbell.

For more information about the event, including tickets and registration, click here.

She’s Got It: A Woman’s Guide to Saving and Investing (6/11)

“Money doesn’t grow on trees but its roots are in good decisions.”

facstaff5HRJoin us on Thursday, June 11, 2015 in the Room 312 of the University Center from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for a revealing trip through successful investing and saving strategies developed especially for you. TIAA-CREF’s workshop leaders will show you the simple secrets to saving more:

  • Learn the core concepts that guide all investing
  • Get motivated, build a plan and take action
  • Find ways to take on life’s challenges without damaging future financial well-being
  • Discover more about yourself with the Financial Personality Type Quiz
  • Break down what your real goals are and learn how to reach them via group activities

Save your spot Today! Registration Required by calling 1-800-732-8353 or online at (select ‘Upcoming Seminars’ and then ‘At your Workplace’).

Hosted by UMBC Human Resources. Questions about this seminar? Call Zahira Meyers at 410-455-2479 or Courtney Allen at 410-455-3648.

Gail Dupree’s Retirement Reception (6/16)

9-gail_croppedAfter 20 years of distinguished service to UMBC, Gail Dupree, the Bookstore’s Gifts & Supplies buyer, is retiring. Gail’s customer service skills, excellent eye for designing UMBC clothing and her professionalism working with the diverse UMBC population has greatly increased the awareness of UMBC globally.

Please join us in wishing her well at a reception located in the Bookstore on June 16 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Please RSVP to or x52694. We look forward to seeing you.

Shari Waldstein, Psychology, Named Lipitz Professor for 2015-2016

Shari WaldsteinShari Waldstein, professor of psychology, has been named the Lipitz Professor for 2015-2016. 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.”

A clinical psychologist who specializes in cardiovascular behavioral medicine and medical neuropsychology, Dr. Waldstein is known internationally for fundamental contributions to the understanding of the links among early, multi-level risk factors for cardiovascular disease, sub-clinical brain pathology, neurocognitive performance, and their development across the lifespan. In recent years she has increasingly focused on identifying the multi-level mechanisms underlying race and socioeconomic status-related disparities in cardiovascular and brain health.

Since coming to UMBC, she has been awarded more than $6,000,000 in grants and contracts. Dr. Waldstein’s contributions to the profession of psychology are numerous. She has served for 18 years as director of the behavioral medicine track in our human services psychology Ph.D. program and has mentored 22 Ph.D. students. She also works closely with colleagues at UMB, where she holds a secondary faculty appointment as professor of medicine. For more information about her work, click here.

CAHSS Faculty Research Awards and Fellowships Announced for 2015-2016


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. Preference is given to associate professors preparing for promotion review in subsequent academic years. Recipients for 2015-16 are:

  • Terry Bouton, History: “Foreign Founders: How European Financiers Helped Write the U.S. Constitution”
  • Kathy O’Dell, Visual Arts: “The Dot: A Small History of a Big Point”
  • Michele Osherow, English: “Staging Shakespeare at the Folger”
  • Elaine Rusinko, Modern Languages, Linguistics, & Intercultural Communication: “Andy Warhol’s Mother”

CAHSS Dean’s Research Awards: These grants, new in spring 2015 and to be available twice each year, are awarded through a competitive process and recommended by the faculty members who comprise the CAHSS Research Advisory Committee. The inaugural recipients are

  • Linda Baker, Psychology: “What Factors Contribute to the Academic Success of College Students with a Reading Disability”
  • Piotr Gwiazda, English: “Translation of Zero Visibility: Poems by Grzegorz Wroblewski
  • Tyson King-Meadows, Political Science & Africana Studies: “Racial Priming and Support for Congressional Action to Address Income Inequality”
  • Susan McDonough, History: “Vile Sluts and Gassy Whores: Prostitutes in the Medieval Mediterranean”
  • Susan McCully, Theatre: “Production of Kerrmoor – a new play by Susan McCully”
  • Calla Thompson, Visual Arts: “Interviews with Lesbian and Gay Activists Regarding 1981 Riots and Aftermath”

MIPAR/CAHSS Summer Faculty Research Fellowships:

  • Amy Froide, History: “Eighteenth Century England’s Charitable Corporation:  A Cautionary Tale of Microfinance, Fraud, and Government Bailouts”
  • Nancy Miller, Public Policy: “Facilitators and Barriers to State Provision of Medicaid Community-based Long-term Services and Supports for Children, Youth and Adults with Significant Mental Health Conditions”

Dresher Center for the Humanities/CAHSS Summer Faculty Research Fellowships:

  • Michael Nance, Philosophy: “Anarchy, Legitimacy, and Economic Planning in Fichte’s Jena Political Philosophy”
  • Piotr Gwiazda, English: “Translation of Zero Visibility: Poems by Grzegorz Wróblewski”
  • Nicoleta Bazgan, Modern Languages, Linguistics, & Intercultural Communication, “Parisiennes: City Women in French Cinema”

Center for Innovation, Research, and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA)/CAHSS Summer Faculty Research Fellowships:

  • Brian Kaufman, Music: “El Sistema and Music for Social Change”
  • Peggy Re, Visual Arts: “Design, Desire and Consumption: Contemporary American Textiles, Contemporary American Wallpaper and American Containers and Packaging”

Imaging Research Center/CAHSS Summer Faculty Research Fellowships:

  • Kate Brown, History: “Mapping Contours of Community”
  • Matt Baker, Geography & Environmental Systems, and Tim Nohe, Visual Arts: “Urban Forest Stewardship Projects”
  • Lisa Moren, Visual Arts, and Marcus Zupan, Engineering, “Monuments Baltimore”

Hrabowski Innovation Grants:

  • Nicole King, American Studies, and Bill Shewbridge, Media & Communication Studies: “Baltimore Stories: Emerging Media Across the Curriculum”

John Rennie Short, School of Public Policy, Discusses Cities’ Impact on Climate Change in Citiscope

In a new article published in the journal Citiscope, School of Public Policy Professor John Rennie Short argued that “cities are a focal point for action on climate change — and in time, climate action will seem as compelling to urbanites as the introduction of clean water systems in the late 1800s.”

John Rennie ShortThe article was a combination of a recent talk Short gave at the Conference on Communities and Urban Sustainability hosted by the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. and a subsequent Citiscope interview. In the article, Short highlighted the importance of cities in an interconnected world.

“Cities are points in a network. The map shows the world divided into nation states. Actually a much more important way is to see the globe as a network of cities. Most flows of globalization move between city regions in different nations. So rather than think of a world of nation states, see it as a network of globally connected cities — for knowledge, for best practices,” Short said. “Cities are also key because nation states can be too big to connect with local communities and often too small to influence global events. Cities are a powerful point of leverage and connection to get things done.”

Short also commented on the growing need for better metrics of urban sustainability: “We need a system that’s comprehensive, reliable, and predictive. Because urban sustainability is the right, smart, only thing to do. Environmental issues are still like fighting the good fight. While economic measures — especially jobs — often seem more compelling. We need to bring sustainability to the same level as jobs, or saving money.”

To read the full article “The world’s cities: the “sweet spot” of climate change,” click here.