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Imagining America 2015

Photos: Zach Adams and Zachary Garmoe

Photos: Zach Adams and Zachary Garmoe

UMBC Will Host Imagining America’s 2015 National Conference

America Will Be! The Art and Power of “Weaving Our We”, 15th Annual Imagining America Conference

September 30 – October 3, 2015

Hosted by UMBC, Co-sponsored by MICA and Morgan State University

This fall, UMBC will host the national conference of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life. Imagining America is a national consortium of colleges, universities, and organizations dedicated to advancing the public and civic purposes of arts, humanities, and design.

From September 30 to October 3, 2015, join faculty, staff, graduate students, undergraduate students, community organizers, and artists from all over the country who use scholarly, artistic, social, and entrepreneurial resources to address pressing challenges. As we collectively find new footing in our examination of real-world issues, Imagining America provides a source for information and ideas in support of engaged undergraduate and graduate pedagogies, public scholarship, and institutional-change initiatives. This is an excellent opportunity to see what this work is all about and meet scholars from across the nation—and it is happening right in the center of Baltimore City, and on the UMBC, MICA, and Morgan campuses!

Imagining America chose UMBC as the 2015 conference host six months before the nation turned its attention to Baltimore in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death. The selection is a testament to the long record of powerful civic work underway at UMBC, and to campus leaders’ commitment to fostering civic agency, engaged scholarship, and a culture of innovation and inclusive excellence. UMBC’s Imagining America planning team, consisting of staff, faculty, alumni, and graduate and undergraduate students, has been leading a conference organizing process that includes Baltimore grassroots organizations, non-profit organizations, and other Imagining America university partners MICA, Morgan, and Towson to ensure sustainable impact in Baltimore beyond 2015. Post-conference organizing is already underway!

For more information email Romy Hübler at or visit




Monument Quilt Display (10/3, 10/5)

Join us at UMBC on Saturday, 10/3/15 and Monday, 10/5/15 as the Monument Quilt comes to campus in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

We will display the collection of stories created for and by survivors of rape and abuse. By stitching these stories together, survivors are creating a space to heal and creating a new culture where survivors are publicly supported rather than publicly shamed. There will be an opportunity to interact with the quilt and also to create your own mini square to add to the squares created by thousands of other survivors and allies.

This public display will be shown on the Performing Arts and Humanities Lawn during the Imagining America conference at UMBC. A workshop about the Monument Quilt will be presented at the conference from 12-1pm in PAHB 319.

Another public display will be hosted on Monday, October 5th on the Quad from 11am-3pm to kick-off UMBC’s Relationship Violence Awareness Month.

More info about the Monument Quilt:

We will post weather-related updates on the Women’s Center Facebook page. Also follow #notalone and #monumentquilt on Twitter. This display is co-sponsored by UMBC’s Women’s Center, University Health Services, and Voices Against Violence.