Protecting Iraqi Cultural Heritage in Times of War

When : Thursday, December 11, 2014 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Where : Francis Scott Key : 0106

Middle East Studies, the History Department and The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TAARII) are organizing a Panel Discussion on “Protecting Iraqi Cultural Heritage in Times of War: Past and Present Challenges.”

Panelists will be: Mary-Jane Deeb, Chief of the African and Middle Eastern Division, Library of Congress; McGuire Gibson, Professor of Mesopotamian Archaeology, University of Chicago; Abdulamir Hamdani, former director of the Office of Antiquities and Heritage, Dhi Qar Province, Iraq; Dina Herbert, National Archives, Iraqi Jewish Archive Project; Jessica S. Johnson, Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution.

The Sebastian Herbstein Memorial Scholarship in Fiction Writing

Attention creative writers! Are you a passionate fiction writer with a flair for storytelling? If so, submit your application TODAY!
The Sebastian Herbstein Memorial Scholarship in Fiction Writing is a scholarship that honors the memory of Sebastian Herbstein, a talented writer, dedicated scholar and son of UMD professor, Judith Freidenberg, which provides two prizes, $600 for first prize and $300 for second prize, for works of short fiction of 5,000 words or less.

All full-time UMD undergrads are eligible to apply.
For complete award criteria, instructions, and an online application, please click here. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 .


Contact Jennifer Kilberg, BSOS Alumni and Donor Relations at 301.405.2998 or

ENGL368C – Caribbean Stop: Poetry and Short Stories from the Region!

This spring, the English Department is offering a new course called Caribbean Stop: Poetry and Short Stories from the Region!

Instructor: Merle Collins

Prerequisites: One course in English (can be ENGL 101) or Latin American Studies

Description: This is a project-based course. Students will work in the classroom and with Cultural Academy for Excellence (CAFÉ), a community group in Prince George’s Community, on a project aimed at developing a “global tour” to give young people an understanding of literature and culture from various parts of the world.

This course is designed as the community group’s “Caribbean Stop” on its global tour. You will work alternatively in the classroom and at the CAFÉ location in Mt. Rainier, Md. In the classroom, you will be introduced to selected Caribbean poems, plays and short stories.

At CAFÉ, you will assist young people with homework and, having established a relationship, design a program to teach the youth some of what you are learning of Caribbean literature. During the course, in online and face-to-face discussions, you will continually assess what you are learning and how successfully you are able to communicate with young people in grade school.

This class offers an opportunities to learn Caribbean literature in the classroom and to enhance your understanding by teaching young people in a community organization. In the classroom, you will be introduced to more than you need for teaching the youth. You will discuss contexts for the emergence and development of Caribbean literature, focusing on issues such as use of language and the colonial influence on development of the region’s literature. Writers to be studied include Edwidge Danticat, Nicolás Guillén, Earl Lovelace and Paule Marshall

This course was developed as part of the Foxworth Creative Enterprise Initiative, which was created to support learning environments bringing students in contact with their surrounding communities as community partners and allies in practices of transformation and social justice. It is currently under review to have Gen Ed Designations for both Humanities and Understanding Plural Societies.

If you’re interested, sign-up via testudo!

Free Water Balloon Painting Workshop!

Feeling stressed about the end of the semester? Take a break and go to a free water balloon painting workshop!

This is one mess you won’t have to worry about cleaning up. Students will create their own Jackson Pollack-esque masterpiece by throwing water balloons full of paint at a canvas. Canvases are available to take home once dry.

Check out this video from last year’s workshop

When: Friday December 5, 4 PM- 6 PM

Where: The Art and Learning Center, Basement of the Stamp

Who: This event is free and open to the entire UMD community

What to wear: Comfortable, old clothes that may get messy!

Documentary: The Act of Killing

When: December 2, 6:30p.m.

Where: Colony Ballroom-Stamp Student Union

The Global Communities Living-Learning Program presents Joshua Oppenheimer, award-winning documentary director and 2014 McArthur Fellow, in this campus premiere. Dr. Shibley Telhami, Sadat Chair for Peace and Development, will lead a Q&A with the director after the screening.

The filmmakers follow unrepentant death squad leaders in Indonesia and challenge them to dramatize their role in genocide, producing a unique and powerful melding of art and remembrance. The screening and discussion will be preceded by a reception.

This special event is co-sponsored with the Office of Undergraduate Studies, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, the Sadat Chair for Peace and Development, CIDCM, the Honors College, and the School of Public Policy.