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Message from the Dean: ARHU “Year in Review” and the U.S. presidential election.

Dear Colleagues:

It is fortuitous that we’re releasing the College of Arts and Humanities’ (ARHU) annual “Year in Review” the week after the most startling U.S. presidential election in recent history. The election laid bare yawning divisions among us and has elicited deeply-felt emotions of anger, fear, pain and exaltation. People on all sides of this chasm, nationally and locally, are actively engaged in trying to understand and find meaning in these events and discern approaches for moving forward.

This moment presents an exceptional opportunity for me to remind everyone in our community—students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends—of the tremendous value and expertise that the arts and humanities offer society. Through our fields we have the talent and knowledge to analyze, interpret and contextualize these events as both a product of U.S. history and culture and as part of the broad sweep of human civilization.  

Our historians, philosophers and rhetoricians interrogate the narrative arc of the divisive national conversation and its ethical implications. They provide insight into the immense power of words and the burdens of the past. Students and scholars in the visual and performing arts explore creative ways to express feelings of thrill and despair and do so in ways that can bring people together to see and hear one another and to help soothe their pain.

Those who study languages and culture along with those in the multidisciplinary fields of women’s, American, and LGBT studies engage issues of identity, belonging and cultural expression. They are equipped to put into context the pressing challenges of inclusion, communication across cultures and the imperatives of respect for difference.

This report provides multiple examples of the wealth of resources we can draw upon in these challenging times. They offer reassurance and encouragement. I invite you to join me in celebrating the outstanding successes and accomplishments of our community and in utilizing them to help us create new accomplishments in the years ahead.

Sincerely,

Bonnie Thornton Dill

Professor and Dean, College of Arts and Humanities

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Friday, November 18, 2016 - 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Congressman Parren Mitchell House, 828 North Carrollton Avenue Baltimore, MD
Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

The Way from Here: Stories of Help, Hope and Healing

Various Locations
Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Join the discussion on how the digital humanities shed light on pervasive facets of systemic inequality in America, and learn about digital mapping projects at UMD.

Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Building, Room 4213
Monday, November 14, 2016 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Learn about projects that seek to transcribe the Freedmen's Bureau Records, the richest source of information on the African American experience post-Civil War.

Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Building, Room 4213
Friday, November 18, 2016 - 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Join us online or in person to help transcribe the Freedmen's Bureau Records, the richest source of information on the African American experience post-Civil War.

10/20/16

Dan Rodricks | The Baltimore Sun Roughly Speaking Podcast

"Sun columnist Dan Rodricks and American culture commentator Sheri Parks talk about Wednesday night's third and final (and nasty) debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Sheri Parks is an associate dean at the University of Maryland, College Park and a regular contributor to Roughly Speaking. "

Listen to the complete podcast here.

Morrell Park Recreation Center, 2601 Tolley St. Baltimore, MD 21230
Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Join us for the fourth Art of Transformation event: Morrell Park: A Community Conversation Event.

McKeldin 6137 Special Events Room
Friday, October 28, 2016 - 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM

Join us for a campus-wide initiative to learn more about scholarship at UMD focused on the African-American Experience.

Baltimore Forum: Research and the City
4/26/16 - 8:00 PM

One-Minute/One-Frame Presentations of faculty research and/or scholarly interests in Baltimore.

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