CAHSS New Faculty Micro-Talks (4/21)

Dresher logoNew Faculty Micro-Talks
Tuesday, April 21, 5:30-7 p.m. 
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery 

The Dresher Center for the Humanities, in partnership with The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, invites you to attend an afternoon of short talks by new faculty in the college. Please join us to meet tenure-stream faculty hired in the last two years and to learn about their research. A reception will follow.

Schedule of speakers:

Maleda Belilgne, Assistant Professor, Africana Studies and English
Steph Cesaro, Assistant Professor, English
Erin Hogan, Assistant Professor, Modern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communications
Michael Lane, Assistant Professor, Ancient Studies
Kathy Marmor, Associate Professor, Visual Arts
Gary Rozanc, Assistant Professor, Visual Arts
Dena Smith, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology
Colin Studds, Assistant Professor, Geography & Environmental Systems

Humanities Forum: An Artist’s Life at the Border: Critical Partnerships with Science, History, and the Community (4/16)

Liz LermanThursday, April 16 
5:30 – 7 PM
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
Liz Lerman, choreographer, performer, writer and educator

What happens to our various fields of study and action when we collaborate across disciplines and domains? What research methods do we employ in concert and separately that lead to problem solving? How does sharing these creative research ideas sustain inquiry, innovation, and the emergence of new knowledge? In this talk, MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow choreographer, performer, writer, and educator Liz Lerman will investigate her partnerships with collaborators across disciplines and around the world. She will explore the ways these collaborations build productive new models for creative research, and discuss uses of the feedback process she calls “Critical Response.”

Liz Lerman is a choreographer, performer, writer, educator and speaker, and the recipient of numerous honors, including a 2002 MacArthur Genius Grant Fellowship and a 2011 United States Artists Ford Fellowship in Dance. A key aspect of Lerman’s artistry is opening her process to various publics from shipbuilders to physicists, construction workers to ballerinas, resulting in both research and outcomes that are participatory, relevant, urgent, and usable by others. She founded Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in 1976 and cultivated the company’s unique multi-generational ensemble into a leading force in contemporary dance until 2011. She was an artist-in-residence and visiting lecturer at Harvard University in fall of 2011, and continues to teach nationally and internationally. Current projects involve Healing Wars, an investigation of the impact of war on medicine set to premiere at Arena Stage in 2014, the genre-twisting work Blood Muscle Bone with Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Urban Bush Women, work in London with Sadler’s Wells Theatre and the London Sinfonietta, comic book structures as applied to narration in performance, and an online project called “The Treadmill Tapes: Ideas on the Move.” Her collection of essays, Hiking the Horizontal: Field Notes from a Choreographer, was published in 2011 by Wesleyan University Press and in paperback in 2014.

Sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities; the Imaging Research Center; and the Center for Innovation, Research, and Creativity in the Arts.

UMBC’s External Grants Process for Arts & Humanities (4/23)

Lunch and Learn Session on 4/23/15, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in PAHB Rm 216

This session is designed for faculty doing arts and humanities research and scholarship who are seeking or planning to seek external funding support. Participants will learn about the UMBC process for preparing and submitting external funding applications. Topics will include campus resources for locating, preparing, and routing grant and fellowship applications, developing timelines and budgets, and submitting applications. Time will be given for Q & A and discussion of project ideas.

Lunch is provided. Space is limited, so RSVP on myUMBC by April 20th.

Presented by the Dresher Center for the Humanities, CAHSS Dean’s Office, and the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Humanities Forum: “The Paths We Make As We Go”: The Narrative of an Undocumented Immigrant Woman in the U.S. (3/11)

Gaby PachecoHumanities Forum
Wednesday, March 11 | 4:00 p.m.
Joan S. Korenman Lecture
Maria Gabriela “Gaby” Pacheco, immigrant rights activist
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery 

Activist Maria Gabriela Pacheco is a prominent figure in the national immigrant rights movement and is currently the program director of TheDream.US, a national organization that provides higher education fellowship opportunities for undocumented immigrants. Pacheco is a leading advocate for the passage of comprehensive immigration reform that would assist the approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. She is also a staunch advocate for legislative reform that would provide higher education access to thousands of undocumented youths. Originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador, Pacheco moved with her family to the Miami area at the age of 8. During her high school years, she began to organize politically in order to shed light on the social injustices faced by undocumented immigrants in the U.S. She has gained national recognition for her courageous advocacy of the DREAM Act, legislative reform that would provide residency status to undocumented immigrants aspiring to attend college.

As a DREAMer herself, Pacheco has brought awareness to the marginalization of other young undocumented immigrants in the Miami community who were unable to attend college based on their status. After realizing she was just one of hundreds of undocumented students in her community, Pacheco founded the Florida immigrant youth network in 2005, known as Students Working for Equal Rights, as part of the Florida Immigrant Coalition. She was elected student government president at Miami Dade College, and later statewide student body president. During this time, she raised the issue of in-state tuition for undocumented students throughout Florida, which led to political change and a climate of acceptance in many community and state colleges.

For more information, click here.

Sponsored by the Gender and Women’s Studies Department, the Dresher Center for the Humanities, and the Latino/Hispanic Faculty Association.  

CAHSS Centers Fellowship Proposal Workshop (12/5)

facstaff5HRPresented by the Dresher Center for the Humanities, CIRCA, IRC, and MIPAR on Friday, December 5, 2014, from 11 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. (ITE 456). Registration is required. Click here to register.

Registration is open for faculty who are interested in or planning to apply for a 2015 CAHSS Center Summer Faculty Research Fellowship (SFRF) and/or a Dresher Center Residential Faculty Research Fellowship. The Center directors will discuss these fellowships, the application process, their evaluation criteria, and expectations for fellowship recipients. Participants will learn what makes a proposal successful and tips for creating effective applications. Time will be allotted for Q&A and small-group discussion.

Call for proposals for CAHSS Center SFRF will be issued by CAHSS in mid-November; proposals will be due on February 15, 2015. The Dresher Center Residential Fellowship application will also be issued this fall, with a May 1, 2015 deadline.