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Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Theatre Jennifer Barclay, in UMD’s School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS), who received a 2019 Best New Play (Small Theater) Award for “Ripe Frenzy,” a provocative play infusing innovative storytelling and immersive media projections to explore mass shootings in small town America. The play raises questions at the intersections of social values, the media and gun violence.

Awarded by Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE),  IRNE Awards recognize talent and achievement in the Boston theater community, where "Ripe Frenzy" premiered in 2017 at the New Repertory Theatre. The play also ran at Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta, GA and Greenway Court Theatre in Los Angeles, CA as part of a National New Play Network rolling world premiere.

"It’s a thrill to be honored for a production that I’m incredibly proud of, and one that was a true collaborative success,” says Barclay.

Early in the playwriting process Barclay partnered with TDPS colleague Jared Mezzocchi, associate professor and projection design specialist,  to incorporate video projection into the play as an integral character in the story. This summer Mezzocchi will direct a production of  “Ripe Frenzy” at Andy's Summer Playhouse, where he is producing artistic director for this nearly 50-year old summer youth theater program in Wilton, NH.

"Ripe Frenzy" was also awarded the 2016 National New Play Network Smith Prize for Political Theatre and the 2018 Dramatists Guild Writers Alliance Grant.

(From right, Veronika Duerr, Stacy Fischer and Samantha Richert on stage in “Ripe Frenzy” by Jennifer Barclay, produced at New Repertory Theatre in Boston in 2018. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky; Jennifer Barclay (second photograph), is assistant professor of theater at UMD).


Social Justice Day is an annual University of Maryland (UMD) event that brings the campus community together to engage with social justice issues through a variety of events. The work of building, implementing and sustaining social justice initiatives is an ongoing effort that extends beyond the day itself. The newly-established UMD Social Justice Day awards were created to celebrate and honor this ongoing work. The 2019 awards will recognize on-campus initiatives that increase awareness, engage others or change lives related to immigration, migration or refugee issues.

The UMD Social Justice Day Planning Committee selected the winners from nominations by students, faculty and staff across campus. The 2019 winners are:


Baha’i Chair for World Peace

The Bahá'í Chair for World Peace promotes a vision of world peace that considers the safety, health and happiness of every person in every corner of the world. Directed by Hoda Mahmoudi, the Bahá'í Chair addresses numerous social justice issues through courses, research, lectures, symposia, conferences and community outreach. One of their many initiatives is the lecture series on Structural Racism and the Root Causes of Prejudice. Since the series' founding in 2012, the series has featured nearly 30 leading scholars who explore solutions to racial prejudice.

Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture

The Michelle Smith Collaboratory engages the campus community through initiatives that showcase how art is a tool for social connection and change. Lead by Director Quint Gregory and Associate Director Christian Cloke, the collaboratory has partnered with both the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Riversdale House Museum on numerous archival and curatorial projects to make African American history more accessible to the public. For example, the collaboratory hosts transcribe-a-thons where participants help transcribe millions of documents pertaining to African-American history and culture.

George and Lisa Zakhem Kahlil Gibran Chair for Values and Peace

The Gibran Chair, directed by May Rihani, implements a variety of projects that emphasize the importance of social justice, equality and diversity. Among their initiatives is the Knowledge Center About Arab Women, or "HUB." HUB is a research and networking website for women and their allies in the Arab world. The site includes several groundbreaking resources, including directories of women leaders and pioneers in the Arab world, presentations on Arab women's leadership, a report on gender in Arab countries and a scholarly bibliography for further research on Arab women's leadership.

“Global Service in the Dominican Republic” course

This three-credit, winter term education abroad course a is a 12-day service learning program co-lead by Jazmin Pichardo, assistant director of diversity training and education in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Jeremy Gombin-Sperling, Ph.D. student in the College of Education. The course is based in Santiago de Los Caballeros in the Dominican Republic. Students work with Accion Callejera, a non-profit organization that provides social services for children who are navigating numerous social barriers, including homelessness, economic insecurity and racism. To date, students have contributed over 100 hours of service through activities such as tutoring, cleaning facilities and providing program support. Students return home with a new awareness of their social and cultural identities and report feeling more comfortable participating in difficult conversations around social justice issues.

“Learning Together/Aprendiendo Juntos” course

Created and taught by Ana Patricia Rodríguez, professor in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, this course provides students the opportunity to work at Hollywood Elementary School in College Park tutoring children and teaching English to their parents. Students gain hands-on experience in education, social services, translation, communication and business. This course is the most recent example  Rodríguez' distinguished career in community-engaged teaching and research, and informs her current book project on community-engaged and collaborative learning in U.S. Latina/o studies, which will discuss many of the best practices she has used in this class, including the use of oral histories, digital storytelling.

Peer to Peer UMD program

Peer to Peer is a student organization that partners with the International Rescue Committee to provide tutoring and mentoring for refugee youth in Prince George's County. Founded in 2017 by Shivani Shah '19, Spanish and biological sciences, the program has about 30 mentors who work with approximately 40 refugee students at area high schools, middle schools and public libraries, providing everything from homework help and SAT-preparation to weekend trips and outings. The program has been immensely successful. Nearly all of the refugee youth who receive tutoring are on the honor roll now.

UMD Undocuterps

UMD Undocuterps provides year-round support and advocacy to undocumented students through numerous resources, including activities for community-building and support, trainings and technical assistance. Through the efforts of the Program Coordinator Laura Bohórquez Garcia, UMD Undocuterps addresses the needs of undocumented students and provides them with the resources and support they need to be successful. In addition to supporting undocumented students, the Undocuterps website provides timely educational resources to the campus community, including a recent primer on "Black and Undocumented: 5 Ways We Can Stop Erasing Black Folk from Conversations Around Immigration."

Social Justice Day Awards will be presented on Thursday, April 11, at 12:30 p.m., in McKeldin Library, room 6137 (Special Events Room).

For more information about Social Justice Day, including the keynote lecture featuring Diane Guerrero in conversation with UND Undocuterps, visit the event website.







  • Kristy Maddux - COMM
    2019 Biennial Rhetoric Society of America Institute, 6/3/2019
  • José M. Naharro-Calderón - SLLC-SPAP
    Spain’s Exiles in the Americas and Maryland: "Alive in our Hearts,” 10/23/2019
  • Juan Carlos Quintero-Herencia - SLLC-SPAP
    Image, Critique, Politics: Desistance and Polemics in the Caribbean, 9/12/2019
  • Orrin Wang - ENGL
    Romanticism NOW: Print, Electric, and World: A Symposium in the Fields of Romantic Studies, Book History, and the Digital Humanities Celebrating the Scholarship of Neil Fraistat, 4/17/2020

Seed Grants

  • Lindsey Anderson - COMM
  • Jorge Bravo - CLAS
  • Joseph Grimmer - MUSC
  • Barbara Haggh-Huglo - MUSC
  • Avital Karpman - JWST
  • Cy Keener - ARTT
  • Ji Youn Kim - COMM
  • Siv Lie - MUSC
  • Abigail McEwen - ARTH
  • Kendra Portier - TDPS
  • Shawn Parry-Giles - COMM
  • William Robin - MUSC
  • Jason Rudy - ENGL
  • Foon Sham - ARTT


  • Mercedes Baillargeon - SLLC
  • Sarah Frisof - MUSC
  • Jordana Moore Saggese - ARTH



The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today unveiled 48 Subject Category Winners for the 2019 PROSE Awards (#PROSEAwards) honoring scholarly works published in 2018. These winners were selected from 165 Finalists previously identified from the more than 500 entries in this year’s PROSE Awards competition. According to a panel of 18 judges, the Subject Category Winners announced today demonstrate exceptional scholarship and have made make a significant contribution to a field of study.

Read the full announcement and see the complete list of winners on the Association of American Publishers website.

Image: Oscar S. Frías and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales. Mapa etnográfico de la República mexicana / [México, D.F.] UNAM: Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, 1940.


Maryland history department's Freedmen and Southern Society Project, directed by Professor Leslie Rowland, wins $325,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue work on the publication of its volumes.


Linda Aldoory, professor of communication and associate dean for research and development, is part of a research team that has received a five-year, $12 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC has awarded the Prince George’s County Health Department a $12 million, five-year cooperative agreement to improve access to chronic disease care for an estimated 1.2 million residents in Prince George’s, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. The cooperative agreement will fund strategies that establish or strengthen the integration of clinical practice with evidence-based public health programs to improve treatment resources, prevention programs and overall health outcomes for patients at high-risk for diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Partners include: Calvert County Health Department; Charles County Health Department; Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients; Community Care Coordination Team; Existing CDC-recognized Diabetes Prevention Programs; Health Quality Innovators; HealthCare Dynamics International; Institute for Public Health Innovation; Maryland Department of Health; Maryland Rural Health Association; P3 Pharmacist Network (University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Maryland Pharmacists Association, Maryland General Assembly, Maryland Department of Health); Prince George’s County Healthcare Alliance, Inc.; St. Mary’s AccessHealth; St. Mary’s County Health Department; Totally Linked Care, LLC (CalvertHealth Memorial Hospital, University of Maryland Capital Region North, Doctors Community Hospital, Fort Washington Medical Center, MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, Area Agencies on Aging, Maryland State Medical Society and Primary Care Providers, Prince George’s County Health Department, Calvert County Health Department); University of Maryland, School of Arts and Humanities, Department of Communication; University of Maryland, School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology & Public Health; and the University of Maryland, School of Public Health, Horowitz Center for Health Literacy.

Aldoory is the Health Communication Lead on the cooperative agreement. The CDC awarded only 14 teams across the country to improve chronic disease health care and prevention. The local team that Aldoory is part of will focus on Prince George's County and Southern Maryland. Aldoory's work will involve developing and implementing tailored messaging to reach underserved communities with the goals of 1) increasing awareness of diabetes and cardiovascular disease and 2) eliminating barriers to participation in programs for prevention and disease management.








ARHU Faculty Funds Competition - Conference Awards

  • Julie Greene - HIST
    Kicked Out: U.S. Deportation & Detention Policy, 3/28/2019
  • Alexander Williams - LING
    2019 Workshop on Structure and Constituency in languages of the Americas, 5/11/2019
  • Bernard Cooperman - HIST
    Jews and State Building in Early Modern Italy, 5/5/2019
  • Peter Wien - HIST
    Tribes and Tribalism: (Re-)Assessing Society in the Middle East and How We Talk About It, 5/3/2019
  • Lillian Doherty - CLAS
    Teaching Rome at Home: the Classics in America, 5/2/2019
  • Ivan Ramos - WMST
    DC Queer Studies Symposium: Disidentifications: 20 Years Later, 3/29/2019
  • Caitlin Marshall - TDPS
    Revolutions in Sound, 9/20/2019

Spring Deadline for Proposals: Friday, March 8, 2019.


Previous Award recipients can be found here

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

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.


See Awards Your Colleagues Have Won
Congratulations to ARHU Faculty! 

May 2018 Update:

February 2018 Update:

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.


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



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



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