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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the campus is implementing many new procedures and measures to address the current crisis. We want to assure you that the health and safety of our campus community is our highest priority and consideration. As a result, on March 21, 2020, the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost imposed SEVERE RESEARCH RESTRICTIONS for campus research. Under these restrictions, the university is performing only essential and limited exempted research that must be approved by the Dean and VPR.




ARHU launches Keep Creating, a virtual space for UMD artists and humanists to share their works.



A message from Dean Bonnie Thornton Dill.

Dear ARHU students, faculty and staff,

Last Monday, we launched our journey into virtual learning. This week, I am pleased to announce Keep Creating, an initiative of the ARHU community that creates spaces for University of Maryland’s innovative artists and humanists to share their works and for anyone to experience UMD’s various cultural offerings from home.

During this time of uncertainty, the arts and humanities can help us create new approaches and insights for empathy and for understanding our rapidly changing world. More than ever, they also connect us to our shared humanity.

I invite all members of our creative community to join our movement to keep creating. You may now explore keepcreating.umd.edu for resources and virtual arts and humanities experiences, and to learn how our students, faculty and staff are setting the agenda for healing with their creative art-making and transformative humanistic scholarship. 

Please share your thoughts about activities you want to experience and host as you continue learning, teaching and working from home.

In closing, a reminder: take care of yourself (in body and in spirit), offer grace as we travel this new path and, perhaps most importantly, keep creating–now more than ever.


Bonnie Thornton Dill 
Dean and Professor, College of Arts and Humanities

#KeepCreatingUMD #IAmARHU #UMD #MuseumFromHome

The University of Maryland has been invited to nominate early-career humanities faculty for the 2021-22 cycle of the Whiting Public Engagement Programs. These programs aim to celebrate and empower early-career humanities faculty who undertake ambitious projects to infuse the depth, historical richness, and nuance of the humanities into public life. In brief, the two programs are:

  • Fellowship of $50,000 for projects far enough into development or execution to present specific, compelling evidence that they will successfully engage the intended public.
  • Seed Grant of $10,000 for projects at a somewhat earlier stage of development, where more modest resources are needed to test or pilot a project or to collaborate with partners to finalize the planning for a larger project and begin work.

The College of Arts and Humanities will be nominating a full-time, early-career faculty candidate for either program or one for each. If you are interested in submitting an application and wish to be considered as the College nominee for this program, please submit all required application materials except the collaborators documentation to Linda Aldoory by March 6, 2020.  The link here is to the revised guidelines and eligibility criteria for the 2021-22 cycle, which contain more details. 



By Jessica Weiss ’05

Three decades ago, Cecile Richards was raising a 2-year-old and working as a union organizer in California when she got a call from her mom, Ann. Cecile was needed back home in Texas, Ann said — to help her run for governor.

It wasn’t going to be easy. In ultraconservative Texas, the elder Richards was a feisty progressive, an unapologetic feminist and a divorced, recovering alcoholic. But Cecile didn’t bat an eye. She and her husband and daughter relocated to Texas and helped put together a grassroots coalition of volunteers and supporters. Cecile traversed the state, logging 16-hour days, even when she became pregnant with twins. And on Nov. 7, 1990, Ann Richards narrowly won her race, becoming the second woman ever to serve as governor of the state.

If Ann could do it, Cecile knows other women can, too. Last year, Cecile stepped down from her role as president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, a position she had held for 12 years. She teamed up with two of the country’s leading women organizers — Ai-jen Poo, who heads the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and Alicia Garza, a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement — to launch Supermajority, a group working to train and mobilize women as organizers, activists and leaders in advance of the 2020 elections. 

She’s also coming off the 2018 publication of her memoir “Make Trouble,” which recounts her life as an activist, beginning with her refusal at age 11 to recite the Lord’s Prayer with the rest of the class. Beyond personal anecdotes, the book also lays out a blueprint for anyone seeking to get involved and make change.  

Cecile Richards will be at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center tomorrow as part of the 2019–20 Arts and Humanities Dean’s Lecture Series. She spoke to us ahead of her talk about growing up with a troublemaking mom, her current organizing and her love for the arts.

What was it like growing up with Ann Richards as your mom? Were you aware that she was such a firebrand? 
For most of my upbringing, I knew we were different. My parents were involved in the farmworker movement, the labor movement and the women’s movement. While other families were bowling, we were sorting precinct lists at the dinner table. But Mom was also always involved in the PTA, baking cupcakes for the birthday party or running the school auction. 

She ran for county commissioner [in 1976]. There was no woman on the commissioner’s court when she decided to run. There were not that many women running for office in general. Certainly, women were involved — licking stamps for mailings and organizing precinct lists and recruiting volunteers and running phone banks. But that was where it stopped. And she won her race. That was the first time I ever saw Mom as something other than my mother. 

We tend to associate troublemaking with something bad, with doing harm. But you explain it as taking on the powers that be and standing up to injustice. 
You can’t make change without making some trouble. The idea of making good trouble is seeing something that’s wrong or that could be better and doing something about it. It’s realizing that if you don’t, maybe no one else will either. Maybe it’s attending a march or going to a town hall meeting. Maybe it’s fighting back some other way. 

I ran into a young woman at the March for Our Lives. She was a junior high student, and she had walked out of her class alone to protest gun violence. One of her friends eventually came out and they were both suspended. When they went back to school, her friends that hadn’t walked out said, “The next time you go out, I’m going with you.” Now she is a troublemaker. She lit a spark. If you do it, I can guarantee you other people will join you. That’s how change is made. 

What do you tell people who want to get involved in activism but don’t know how or what to do? 
The most important thing is getting started. It doesn’t matter if it’s the best way. What matters is to not be paralyzed by the anxiety that what you do may not be perfect. Sometimes you just have to jump in. March. Register voters. Volunteer. One of the things my mom always used to say is: “Why not?” What’s the worst thing that could happen? Perhaps the worst thing is you work on a campaign, meet a ton of people, have an incredible experience and learn skills that you can use somewhere else. 

I think that we have to get out of this feeling that we have to wait until we have all the right degrees and all the answers, or until our kids are grown or until we have kids, or until we get another promotion. Stop it. Just start now. If each of us does more than we’re doing now, we’re going to change the country. 

Supermajority is a multigenerational, multiracial coalition. Why do you think it is important to organize alongside people who are different than you? 
One of the most joyful parts of the last year for me has not only been getting to go around the country and listen to women, but it also has been meeting new people. One of my new friends is Alicia Garza, one of the women who started Black Lives Matter. She and I have traveled the country listening to women and training women, and I’ve learned so much from her — her life’s experience, the way she approaches issues, how she thinks about organizing and how she thinks about building power with other women. 

There has never been a better time to jump in, sit in rooms with people you don’t know, expand your circle and begin to look for the common threads, because they’re out there everywhere. We’re living in a time when we’re told the country is more divided than ever. It’s discouraging to look at politics. I think it’s when we actually stop, get out of our own bubbles, turn off the TV and sit in rooms with other people that we can begin to understand we have a shared humanity in this country and that we’re better than what we’re living through right now. Until we begin to have conversations with people who don’t live in the same circumstances we do, it’s hard to build empathy and to relate and build a movement. 

You ascribe to the motto made famous by the activist Emma Goldman: “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.” Why do you value beauty and expression as part of your activism? 
I think it’s really through literature, dance, music, theater and art that you widen your own view of the world. Growing up in Texas in a segregated city, it was only through the school librarian that I got to read Maya Angelou and “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” and things that exposed me to a part of the world I never would have known about. Now I sit on the board of the Ford Foundation, and one of the most exciting things the foundation has been doing is investing in artists who are women, who are people of color, who are gender-nonconforming ... people expressing art in a way that hasn’t always been seen by the public. To me, that is how we learn about people that are different than us. That’s the way we change our culture.  

The Arts and Humanities Dean's Lecture Series featuring Cecile Richards will be held at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow in The Clarice’s Gildenhorn Recital Hall. Tickets are free and available here.


Applications are now being accepted for Andrew Carnegie Fellows 2020, which supports high-caliber scholarship in the humanities and social sciences via $200,000 fellowships. This year's research topics include:

  • Global connections and global ruptures
  • Strengthening U.S. democracy and exploring new narratives
  • Environments, natural and human
  • Technological and cultural creativity—potential and perils

UMD can nominate one senior scholar and one junior scholar (defined as receiving the PhD/other terminal degree within the last 10 years) for consideration. Nominees must be full-time faculty members who are US citizens or permanent residents. Faculty members interested in being considered for nomination should submit a single PDF that includes the following via the limited submission portal by Thursday, November 7, at 5pm:

  1. Draft nomination letter - Written as if from President Wallace Loh to the Carnegie Fellows competition, the letter should describe your accomplishments and potential, and detail how your contributions "will address pressing issues and cultural shifts affecting us at home and abroad." 
  2. Prospectus (3 to 5 pages, double-spaced, 12 point font) - Describe your project, including a projected work plan and time frame (fellowships can be for one or two years).
  3. Current CV

Contact Amanda Dykema, adykema@umd.edu with any questions or if you would like to request a review of your materials before the limited submission deadline. 

Program Description

The African American History, Culture, and Digital Humanities (AADHum) Initiative at the University of Maryland is pleased to continue its AADHum Scholars Program for the 2019–2020 academic year, with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. AADHum welcomes applications from students, faculty, archivists, librarians, museum professionals, and publicly engaged scholars—working inside and outside institutions–interested in advancing Black DH within a vibrant community of practice. While we welcome applicants from near and far, AADHum will not be able to offer additional funding for travel and lodging.

The AADHum Scholars Program is designed for scholars committed to intentionally advancing their project, while also participating in deep exchange with the cohort. In addition to building technical skill efficacy, this program creates space for scholars to grapple with theory, critique, and implications that emerge in Black DH practice. Scholars who are self-motivated and prepared to work through this enrichment process are encouraged to apply.

Alumni of the AADHum Scholars Program have produced a robust research portfolio and thoughtful community. Both the inaugural class of AADHum Scholars and the 2018- 2019 AADHum Scholars contributed to AADHum blog, participated in Digital Humanities Intensives and Incubators, and presented during AADHum’s workshop series. Scholars also presented their work at AADHum’s national conference, Intentionally Digital, Intentionally Black.

AADHum and MITH staff will offer the new cohort of AADHum Scholars individualized support to develop their digital scholarship. Proposed work can include: syllabus transformation, in-progress digital project, or developing a digital component to a dissertation, article or book chapter. AADHum and MITH staff are also pleased to plan possible publication and dissemination strategies for projects. The AADHum Scholars Program will deepen the cohort’s understanding of Black DH, giving special attention to design, ethics, DH tools, collaboration, and project management. After presenting and gaining feedback during the AADHum Intensive sessions, scholars have the opportunity to receive up to $6,500 in June 2020 to support summer research.

Program Requirements

  1. All AADHum Scholars are required to present their in-progress work in an AADHum Intensives session during the Spring 2020 semester
  2. All AADHum Scholars must attend two (2) AADHum Intensive sessions (in addition to their own) as well as two (2) working group sessions; attendance must be physical, rather than remote/virtual. Scholars can attend other sessions remotely in addition to the four mandatory in-person sessions. Dates and times for Spring 2020 Intensives and working group sessions are forthcoming. AADHum will not provide additional lodging or traveling funds.
  3. All AADHum Scholars must work with AADHum staff to write, revise, and publish one (1) post on the AADHum blog. AADHum will provide the guidelines for blog contributions.
  4. All AADHum Scholars must write a report on the outcomes of their summer work, to be submitted in August 2020.

Program Application

  1. To apply for the AADHum Scholars Program, submit the following materials as a single PDF to aadhum@umd.edu by Monday, November 18.
  2. Brief cover letter detailing your current/proposed research project, teaching, skills, and interests. Be sure to include any relevant project links. This program is designed to advance projects centering Black history and culture. Application readers will look for thoughtful engagement with debates in Black Studies and an awareness of methodologies of care and harm reduction in the digital space. Only applicants with explicitly digital projects will be considered.
  3. Current curriculum vitae.

For more information: https://aadhum.umd.edu/scholars/

The Provost and the Vice President for Research invite applications for the Independent Scholarship, Research, and Creativity Awards (ISRCA) from fulltime, tenured/tenure-track faculty members at the University of Maryland, College Park, at the assistant professor rank or higher. This new program provides several funding options to support faculty pursuing scholarly or creative projects. Funds of up to $10,000 per award will support semester teaching release, summer salary, and/or research related expenses. Funding will be available beginning January 2020 and must be expended within two years of the award date.

This program is designed to support the professional advancement of faculty engaged in scholarly and creative pursuits that use historical, humanistic, interpretive, or ethnographic approaches; explore aesthetic, ethical, and/or cultural values and their roles in society; conduct critical or rhetorical analyses; engage in archival and/or field research; or develop or produce creative works. Awardees will be selected based on peer review of the quality of the proposed project, the degree to which the project will lead to the applicant's professional advencement, and the potential academic and societal impact of the project. 

Click here for more information and guidelines and instructions.

Please direct any questions about the program to Linda Aldoory, Associate Dean for Research and Programming, at laldoory@umd.edu.


NOTE: Please join us for an Info Session on this new opportunity on September 6, 2019 @ 10am, 1102J FSK.


By K. Lorraine Graham

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) signed a $1 million pledge to the College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU) yesterday to help uncover stories of scientific discovery while illuminating complex societal issues that scientists and scholars in the humanities both face.

The gift will establish an endowed professorship in the history of natural sciences and support the appointee’s humanistic and scientific research and scholarship through a partnership with AIP’s Center for History of Physics. Collaborations with AIP staff and member societies will encourage deeper insight into the nature and origin of the physical sciences and their impact on society.

"Bringing the sciences and humanities together is important for telling not only the compelling history of discovery, but also inspiring the next generation of scholars in both fields," said Michael Moloney, chief executive officer of the institute, based in Greater College Park’s Discovery District. "This partnership will help us cultivate a diverse and inclusive community."President Wallace D. Loh and Michael H. Moloney, chief executive officer at AIP

The professorship is an opportunity to apply interdisciplinary approaches to complex global issues, like the renewed debate on nuclear energy, said Peter Wien, professor and interim chair of the history department.

"Both humanists and scientists are rooted in the concerns and debates of contemporary culture," Wien said. "A scientist might measure the impact of nuclear contamination or devise new methods for storing nuclear waste, whereas a historian might critically engage with the history of how nuclear energy was developed or trace how popular opinion about certain kinds of energy have changed over time. When students learn to put these two approaches in conversation with each other, they gain a deeper understanding of the problems that all of humanity is facing today."

Universities nationwide, including Maryland, are exploring new ways for arts and humanities disciplines and the sciences to collaborate with each other; the AIP gift supports efforts by the College of Arts and Humanities to increase interdisciplinary learning opportunities, said Bonnie Thornton Dill, ARHU dean as well as a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s committee on the integration of STEM, humanities and arts.Philip "Bo" Hammer, Peter Wien, Michael H. Moloney, Bonnie Thornton Dill, Greg Good,

"Cross-disciplinary exchange produces new knowledge and inspires learning and exploration," said Thornton Dill. "History helps us understand the processes and people that have shaped science, and AIP's generosity expands support for research and will enhance learning opportunities for students, preparing them with the diverse competencies and knowledge that employers today seek.”

In addition to collaborating with AIP on conferences and public lectures, the appointee will have access to AIP’s Niels Bohr Library and Archives, as well as the recently acquired Wenner Collection containing nearly 4,000 volumes of rare books and manuscripts documenting discoveries in the physical sciences going back 500 years.

The Wenner Collection is still being catalogued and integrated into the other treasures in the Niels Bohr Library and Archives, but AIP hopes the appointee will contribute to new ways of thinking about the collections. "There are many stories in the history of science that have not been told," said Moloney. "In collaboration with UMD, one challenge is to use these collections to tell the story of discovery in a way that we hope will inspire the next generation of scientists and historians and especially contribute to our goal of greater inclusion of women and underrepresented minorities in our field."

A search is under way for a senior scholar to assume the professorship in Fall 2019.

Above, Michael H. Moloney, chief executive officer at AIP, signs the gift with President Wallace D. Loh. At bottom, Philip "Bo" Hammer, senior director of member society engagement at AIP; Peter Wien, professor and interim chair of the history department; Moloney; Bonnie Thornton Dill, professor and dean of the College of Arts and Humanities; and Greg Good, director of the Center for History of Physics at AIP gather to celebrate.

(Photo illustration by John T. Consoli, images by iStock; photos, below, by Thai Nguyen and Jeanette J. Nelson)

Below please find undergraduate reserach opportunities from ARHU faculty posted in the Maryland Student Researchers database for Spring 2019. 



University of Maryland (UMD) 2019 Disability Summit
Looking Ahead - ADA turns 30
Friday April 5th, 2019
College Park Marriott and Hotel Conference Center




                                                                                      Call for Proposals
The UMD Disability Summit was established in 2016 as a forum for professionals, educators, academics, services providers, and advocates focusing on disability issues to dialogue and collaborate across types of disability and institution. The goal of the summit is to bring focus to and promote discussion of key current events and research impacting disability in society.

This 3rd Biennial Summit will take place on Friday April 5th, 2019 at the University of Maryland, College Park campus. The Keynote speaker will be Dr. Jonathan Lazar, Professor of Computer and Information Sciences at Towson University. Dr. Lazar is the founder and former director of the Universal Usability Laboratory (2003 to 2014). He researches and teaches on human-computer interaction, specifically, Web usability, Web accessibility for people with disabilities, user-centered design, assistive technology, and public policy.

The inaugural Summit, Activism and Advocacy in the Academy, took place in 2016, with Dr. Gregg Vanderheiden as the keynote speaker. In 2017, Dr. Beth Douthirt-Cohen took the stage to discuss “Moving from Pity and Fear to Solidarity and Justice,” and the Summit focused on Disability in a Polarized Nation. This year’s focus, Looking Ahead - the ADA turns 30, encourages presentations looking at the federal policy’s lifespan, and reflecting on the potential and pitfalls of advocacy and activism in the current moment.

We encourage submissions from academics, advocates, and members of the community covering a wide variety of topics including, but not limited to:

-       The history and outlook for the Americans with Disabilities Act
-       Disability Activism/Disability Justice (past, present and future)
-       Assistive Technologies
-       Accessible Labor Practices
-       Race, Gender, Class and Intersectional Approaches to Disability Advocacy
-       Disability Community Engagement, Advocacy and Action
-       Disability in the Media (the potential and pitfalls of representation)
-       Literature and Disability Studies
-       Attitudes and their Effect on Disability Policy
-       Critical Disability Studies

We are accepting proposals for:
-       Lecture-style Presentation (30 or 45 minutes)- Lecture-style presentations can range from in-depth scientific research to academic scholarly practices. Lectures include a Q&A portion.

-       Workshop (45 or 90 minutes)- Session focused on skill building or formal professional workforce training

-       Experience (45 or 90 minutes)- Session including live action, interactive, or hands-on components that engages session participants.

-       Panel Presentation (45 or 90 minutes)-  Three or more topic area presenters offer their perspective on a proposed disability studies topic. Each panel member will have the opportunity to provide an overview of their work followed by moderated questions and questions from the audience.

-       Poster Presentation (1 hour)- Open, gallery-style presentation where attendees will walk by presenters’ posters and discuss the scholarly information, best practices, initiatives, or works in progress that are being presented.

-       Other –  Additional types of presentations welcome! Share your idea.

Please submit a 200 word abstract, title, your preferred format, and your contact information email directly to disabilitysummit@umd.edu with the subject line, “Disability Summit Proposal”

Due date for proposal submissions is February 15, 2019.

If you have questions about abstract or proposal submission, please contact Mollie Greenberg or Stephanie Cork at disabilitysummit@umd.edu

For more information and updates check out our website: https://www.lib.umd.edu/disability-summit 

#DisabilityUMD #2019DisabilitySummit  

The College of Arts and Humanities is a co-sponsor for this event.


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