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YEAR OF IM/MIGRATION: THEMED ACADEMIC YEAR FOR 2018-2019

In response to President Loh's call for initiatives that emphasize global citizenry, the College of Arts and Humanities is partnering with other campus units to create a themed year focused on issues pertaining to immigration, migration and refugees. A themed year on these critical areas will support several goals outlined in the University of Maryland's Strategic Plan:

  • help cultivate a more diverse, inclusive, and international culture at the heart of the university;
  • transform dialogue into doing good on a pressing social issue;
  • foster community engagement; and
  • make faculty, staff, and students better global citizens intent on improving the global common good.

ARHU, the Office of International Affairs, and ARHU's Center for Global Migration encourage broad participation from all academic units, centers, faculty, staff and students.

 

 

LIMITED SUBMISSION MEMO

 

Subject:           NEH Summer Stipends

Sponsor:         National Endowment for the Humanities

Internal UMD deadline:   September 14, 2018

Sponsor Deadline:  September 26, 2018

Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Eligible projects usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials and publications, archaeological site reports, translations, or editions. Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development.

Award Information: Summer Stipends provide $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing. Recipients must work full-time on their projects for these two months and may hold other research grants supporting the same project during this time. Summer Stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months, but arrangements can be made for other times of the year.

Further information about the program and the submission process is available on the National Endowment for the Humanities site at: https://www.neh.gov/grants/research/summer-stipends.

Campus Nomination Process

The NEH Summer Stipends program allows two (2) nominees per institution. A three-page, single-spaced narrative and a two-page resume must be submitted through the VPR’s InfoReady Limited Submission portal by 5pm on Friday, September 14, 2018 (see below for detailed submission instructions). Campus nominees will be notified no later than Monday, September 24, 2018. The final submission deadline is Wednesday, September 26, 2018.

All materials submitted for consideration for a campus nomination must follow the NEH guidelines found at the link noted above. Materials that do not conform to the published guidelines will not be considered.

Questions regarding the application process or guidelines may be directed to Linda Aldoory, laldoory@umd.edu. TEL: 301-405-7364.

How to Apply through InfoReady

  1. Go to:   https://umd.infoready4.com/ .
  2. Use the “Log In” feature in the top right hand corner of the red heading banner to create a profile on the system.
  3. Use the blue “University of Maryland Login” button to activate your profile using your UMD directory credentials.
  4. Navigate to the “home” page on InfoReady. On the home page, a table is shown listing all the currently open competitions.
  5. Find the NEH Summer Stipend competition – click on the title to access.
  6. After reviewing all the information and guidelines for the competition, find and click on “Submit Application.”
  7. Follow the detailed instructions on how to apply and what materials to submit. Please note that materials are to be uploaded in one PDF only.

 

Conference:
Jerrold Levinson - PHIL
The Philosophy of Portraits: An International Conference, 4/12/2018

Edlie Wong - ENGL
Genealogies and Futures of Black Aesthetics, A Symposium in Honor of Distinguished University Professor of English, Mary Helen Washington, 4/25/2019

Lee Konstantinou - ENGL
ASAP/11: Annual Conference of ASAP: The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, 10/24/2019

New Directions Microgrants:
Sheri Parks - AMST
Stephanie Sapienza - MITH
Elisa Gironzetti - SLLC/SPAP

Subvention:
Jessica Enoch - ENGL

Tier I Seed Grant (College Level Endorsement):
Lindsey Anderson - COMM
Lisa Nathans - TDPS
Hayim Lapin - HIST
Kang Namkoong - COMM
Ashwini Tambe - WMST
 

Previous DRIF Award recipients can be found here.

 

Associate professor Sahar Khamis has co-edited Arab Women's Activism and Socio-Political Transformation: Unfinished Gender Revolutions, published by Palgrave/Macmillan and with co-editor Amel Mili (University of Pennsylvania). This book illustrates how Arab women have been engaging in three ongoing, parallel struggles, before, during, and after the Arab Spring, on three levels, namely: the political struggle to pave the road for democracy, freedom, and reform; the social struggle to achieve gender equality and fight all forms of injustice and discrimination against women; and the legal struggle to chart new laws which can safeguard both the political and the social gains. The contributors argue that while the political upheavals were oftentimes more prevalent and visible, they should not overshadow the parallel social and legal revolutions which are equally important, due to their long-term impacts on the region. The chapters shed light on the intersections, overlaps and divergences between these simultaneous, continuous gendered struggles and unpacks their complexities and multiple implications, locally, regionally, and internationally, across different countries and through different phases.

 

Department of Communication Professor Xiaoli Nan is the Principal Investigator on a $2.2 Million five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. Entitled "Framing HPV Vaccination Messages for African American Parents," this grant is a collaborative effort, involving researchers from Maryland's School of Public Health and from UMB's School of Medicine--Nan's co-investigators include Cheryl Holt, School of Public Health, UMCP; Min Qi Wang, School of Public Health, UMCP' Shana Ntiri, School of Medicine, UMB; and Clement Adebamowo, School of Medicine, UMB.

Project Description: The 2014 President’s Cancer Panel called underuse of HPV vaccines “a serious, but correctable threat to progress against cancer.” The Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel, more recently, identified expanding the use of HPV vaccines as a top priority for cancer prevention, especially in medically underserved populations. Effective communication is crucial to widespread adoption of preventive measures against cancer like the HPV vaccines. Built upon recent advances in communication and behavioral sciences, the proposed project seeks to to develop and evaluate a novel, theory-based message framing intervention to accelerate HPV vaccine uptake among African American adolescents. This project aims to 1) develop culturally appropriate messages framed in gains and losses and pretest these messages through community engagement; 2) determine whether/how the effects of message framing (gain vs. loss) on African American parents’ acceptance of the HPV vaccine are moderated by their prior beliefs about HPV and the HPV vaccine; and 3) evaluate the efficacy of a message framing intervention rooted in message targeting principles through a clinic-based randomized trial. Addressing a critical aspect of health disparities disadvantaging the African American community, this research represents a systematic and timely effort to address the national urgency of optimizing communication strategies for promoting HPV vaccination among key stakeholders.

See Awards Your Colleagues Have Won
Congratulations to ARHU Faculty! 

May 2018 Update:

February 2018 Update:

Description: The second lecture in the “2017-18 Arts and Humanities Dean’s Lecture Series: Courageous Conversations, ARHU Resists Hate And Bias” features Bobby Seale, the founding chairman and national organizer of the Black Panther Party. Seale will present “Resistance: From the Sixties to Trump,” which will be followed by a book signing and reception. This event is co-sponsored by the Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies and the Department of African American Studies, in partnership with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Who: Bobby Seale is the founding co-chairman and national organizer of the Black Panther Party, a revolutionary civil and human rights organization active in the United States from 1966-1982. Seale is the author of several books, including “Seize the Time: The Story of the Black Panther Party and Huey P. Newton” and “A Lonely Rage: The Autobiography of Bobby Seale.” His most recent book is “Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers”

What: The famed civil and human rights activist Bobby Seale discusses the history of civil rights resistance from the 1960s to our present moment. A book signing of his most recent book, “Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers,” will follow the lecture.

When: Thursday, February 1, 2018, 5:30 PM

Where: Orem Alumni Hall, Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center. 7801 Alumni Dr, College Park, MD 20742

Why: This event is the second lecture in the “2017-18 Arts and Humanities Dean’s Lecture Series: Courageous Conversations, ARHU Resists Hate And Bias.” The first lecture featured poet and social justice activist Theo Wilson, and the third lecture will feature Mara Liasson, NPR political correspondent. This year’s speakers consider what it means to engage in courageous conversations that speak to the difficult issues of hate and bias across personal, political and historical frames. Each lecture is an opportunity for the campus and the UMD community to join together for provocative conversations about resisting these issues.

How: The event is free but an RSVP is recommended. Members of the press should contact K. Lorraine Graham, Communications Manager, to RSVP.

ABOUT THE SERIES:

The Arts & Humanities Dean's Lecture Series provides an opportunity for the college faculty, students and staff to join together with colleagues across campus for stimulating conversation about issues that cross our disciplines. Lectures and performances may address either enduring or emerging questions central to the arts and humanities, or questions arising from other disciplines to which the arts and humanities might speak. In addition to presenting a major public event, each lecturer interacts in smaller settings with faculty, graduate students and/or undergraduates.

The College of Arts and Humanities extends its congratulations to outstanding faculty who have been named 2017-18 recipients of the Creative and Performing Arts Awards (CAPAA) or Research and Scholarship Awards (RASA) from the University of Maryland’s Graduate School.

ABOUT CAPAA:

CAPPA supports artistic activities and are awarded to full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty. Faculty who receive a semester award are excused from teaching duties during the period for which the CAPAA was granted. Those who receive a summer CAPAA will receive a $9,000 stipend for two months during the summer for which the award is granted. To be eligible for the summer award, the faculty member needs to hold a 9 – 9 ½ appointment, which means they do not have teaching responsibilities over the summer. The most recent CAPAA summer awardees will apply the award to summer 2017.

ARHU’s semester CAPAA recipients include:

Joshua Weiner, Department of English

Helen Huang, School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies

 

ARHU’s summer CAPAA recipients include:

Cy Keener, Department of Art

Brandon Morse, Department of Art

Gabrielle Fuentes, Department of English

Sarah Frisof, School of Music

 

ABOUT RASA:

RASA are awarded to full-time tenure and tenure-track faculty. The awards support research and scholarship. Faculty who receive a semester award are excused from teaching duties during the period for which the RASA was granted. Faculty who receive a summer RASA will receive a $9,000 stipend for two months during the summer for which the award is granted. To be eligible for the summer award, the faculty member needs to hold a 9 – 9 ½ appointment, which means they do not have teaching responsibilities over the summer. The most recent RASA summer awardees will apply the award to summer 2017.

ARHU semester RASA Recipients:

Andrew Schonebaum, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Alexis Lothian, Department of Women's Studies

Ali Abasi, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Damien Pfister, Department of Communication

Randy Ontiveros, Department of English

Janelle Wong, Department of American Studies

Jan Padios, Department of American Studies

ARHU summer RASA Recipients:

Antoine Borrut, Department of History

 

ARHU Graduate Student Travel Awards 2017-2018 

 

To support the professional development of its graduate students through the presentation of original research, the College of Arts and Humanities awards travel monies to significant national and international conferences. There will be three competitions per year with approximately nine awards given in each competition. 

 

Eligible expenses include transportation, lodging, registration fees and per diem for food. 

 

General Guidelines: 

Up to $500 for travel within North America and $700 for international travel. 

 

Priority will be given to students attending national or international conferences of major professional organizations. ARHU particularly seeks to help students toward the end of their graduate careers gain experience and make contacts important to their intellectual and professional development and to their job prospects. However, the Fellowship Committee will hold aside a certain amount of funding for students presenting original work at prestigious conferences early in their careers (e.g., before advancing to candidacy). 

 

Preference will be given to students who have not had an ARHU Travel Award in the past, unless it was an early career award. Awards will not be given for travel that has already taken place. 

 

These applications must be entered on time into the online system to be considered for the current cycle. The online application system will close at midnight on each of the three deadline dates below. 

 

College deadlines (for students and departments to submit materials online):

  • Round 1: Monday, October 2, 2017 (for travel taking place between October 1, 2017 and December 3, 2017) 
  • Round 2: Monday, December 4, 2017 (for travel taking place between December 4, 2017 to May 6, 2018) 
  • Round 3: Monday, May 7, 2018 (for travel taking place between May 7, 2018 to September 30, 2018) 

Please check with the individual program graduate director about departmental deadlines. 

 

The application process for Travel Awards is entirely online. No paper applications will be accepted. 

 

The application process is easy: 

Students should go to http://apply.arhu.umd.edu and click on Travel Awards, provide all the supporting information, and submit the application. (Students can work on an application, save, and come back to the site as well, so they don’t have to do everything at once). 

 

The supporting information requested is as follows: 

• Short CV (including up-to-date contact information and address)

• Letter of application including:

  • Stage of graduate career (e.g., defending dissertation in Fall 2016)
  • Brief description (no more than two paragraphs) of the research to be presented, its significance in the field, and the format of the presentation (e.g. paper on a panel, poster presentation). Please keep in mind that the research should be contextualized for non-specialists.
  • Brief description of the conference and its organizing body, including the url of the conference/organization website. Include a statement of the review process for the accepted research.
  • Statement of the contribution the conference will make to your career.
  • Statement of whether application has been made for this trip to other funding sources (e.g. Goldhaber Travel Awards from the Graduate School).  Students are encouraged to apply for outside funding.
  • Budget of estimated costs
  • Copy of the letter/email accepting/inviting the presentation

If you encounter any technical problems using the online system, please contact Megan Weng.  https://apply.arhu.umd.edu/contact

 

If you have questions about the Travel Awards themselves, or if your students have questions, please contact Trevor Parry-Giles, 301-641-0019 or tpg@umd.edu

 

The College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland announces the “2017-18 Dean’s Lecture Series: Courageous Conversations, ARHU Resists Hate And Bias.” Featuring Theo Wilson, Bobby Seale and Mara Liasson, this year’s speakers consider what it means to engage in courageous conversations that speak to the difficult issues of hate and bias across personal, political and historical frames. Each lecture is an opportunity for the campus and the UMD community to join together for provocative conversations about resisting these issues.

The Personal: Theo Wilson (@lucifury)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

Gildenhorn Recital Hall, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Award-winning slam poet and social justice advocate who skyrocketed to social media fame after posting beliefs about hate and bias will discuss his experience as a black man who went undercover in alt-right social media communities.

The Historical: Bobby Seale (@BobbySealecom)

Thursday, February 1, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

Orem Alumni Hall, Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center

Famed author and founding chairman and national organizer of the Black Panther Party will present “Resistance: From the Sixties to Trump,” which will be followed by a book signing and reception.

Co-sponsored by the Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies and the Department of African American Studies at UMD. In partnership with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Political: Mara Liasson (@MaraLiasson)

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

Gildenhorn Recital Hall, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Award-winning journalist and NPR political correspondent with over 30 years of experience reporting on the White House and Congress will present “The Political Landscape: Dealing with Hate and Bias in Washington.”

In collaboration with the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

For free tickets or more information call 301.405.ARTS.

The Arts & Humanities Dean's Lecture Series provides an opportunity for the college faculty, students and staff to join together with colleagues across campus for stimulating conversation about issues that cross our disciplines. Lectures and performances may address either enduring or emerging questions central to the arts and humanities, or questions arising from other disciplines to which the arts and humanities might speak. In addition to presenting a major public event, each lecturer interacts in smaller settings with faculty, graduate students and/or undergraduates. 

Images: 

1. Theo Wilson: Photo by Woody Roseland via Westword

2. Bobby Seale: Photo by Carlos Avila Gonzalez via The Chronicle

3. Mara Liasson, Photo by New Hampshire Public Radio via WBAA.org

 

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The purpose of the Research Advisory Comittee is to create a channel for faculty voice on the research agenda and efforts of the college. The college is seeking guidance from faculty who are committed to excellence in their field's areas of scholarship and other intellectual pursuits. The Research Committee will consist of the Associate Dean for Research and Programming, and a representative from various ARHU academic units and centers. 

 2017-18 Inaugural Members (alphabetical order):

  • Christopher Bonner (HIST)
  • Jorge Bravo (CLAS)
  • David Ellis (NFLC)
  • Ken Elpus (MUSC)
  • Maxine Grossman (JWST)
  • Frank Hildy (TDPS)
  • Curlee Raven Holton (Driskell Center)
  • Maura Keefe (TDPS)
  • Fatemeh Keshavarz (SLLC)
  • Trevor Munoz (MITH)
  • Irina Muresanu (MUSC)
  • Zita Nunes (ENGL)
  • Colin Phillips (LING)
  • Damien Pfister (COMM)
  • Joshua Shannon (ARTH)
  • Rachel Singpurwalla (PHIL)
  • Janelle Wong (AMST)
  • Liese Zahabi (ARTT)
  • Ruth Zambrana (WMST/CRGE)

 

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