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Public Humanities Symposium

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Join us for a day-long symposium on the public humanities, including panels and keynotes. The event will be hybrid in format and is open to all. There is no registration for in-person attendees, while virtual attendees should register here.


• Six project panels showcasing the work of the CLCS Awards in the Public Humanities cohort.

• Denise D. Meringolo, Lee Boot, Denise Griffin Johnson, and Maureen O’Neill, the authors of “Creating Knowledge with the Public: Disrupting the Expert/Audience Hierarchy,” published in a special issue of Dædalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, “The Humanities in American Life: Transforming the Relationship with the Public,” Volume 151, Number 3 (Summer 2022).

• Ricardo Ortiz, Professor of Latinx Literature and Culture and Director of the MA Program in Engaged and Public Humanities at Georgetown University.


9:30 Welcome, Professor Amanda Bailey (Chair, Department of English, UMD)

9:45 Public Arts Education, Nat McGartland & Shannon Neal

10:15 Community Justice: Writing and Organizing for the Public, Erin Green

  • Panelist: Isaiah West (Prince George's County Memorial Library System)

10:45 Break

11:00 Community Now, Fatima Seck

11:30 The NAME Project: The Narratives and Medical Education Project, Dr. Michelle V. Moncrieffe

12:00 Lunch

1:30 Plenary Panel

2:30 Break

2:45 Central American Literature: Environment, Archive, and Access, Fernando Duran

3:15 African American Male Educators & Culturally Responsive Teaching, Dr. Anthony Batts II

3:45 Refreshments and Reflections with Ricardo Ortiz (Georgetown University)

Sponsored by the Bebe Koch Petrou Foundation


Pay-per-hour parking for visitors is available, at a maximum cost of $15 per day. From Tawes Hall, the nearest parking garages include Mowatt Lane, Stadium Lane, and Union Lane garages. Mowatt Lane Garage tends to be the most accessible. You can find the garage locations on the campus map.


We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. To be respectful of those with allergies and environmental sensitivities, we ask that you please refrain from wearing strong fragrances. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact (Tita Chico,


This event is free and open to all. There is no registration for in-person attendees, while virtual attendees should register here. Attendees in either modality are welcome to come and go as suits their schedule.


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