Here's a list of ATLAS events and other campus happenings that may be of interest to the ATLAS community. If you have an event you'd like to have listed, please let us know about it!


Kinship & (Be)Longing: Confronting Slavery's Archive Through Critical Black Digital Humanities (MITH Digital Dialogue)

Kinship and (Be)Longing flyerIn this presentation, we will share our experience working with Scholarly Editing to create a digital edition of fourteen stories centering Black and Black-Native life and humanity, which are derived from Louisiana's colonial archive.

After a brief overview of the Keywords for Black Louisiana (K4BL) project and our guiding principles, we will walk through the process of undertaking the digital edition, choosing the stories we have foregrounded, designing the components of our edition, and collaborating as a team to transcribe, translate, and encode the primary source documents. Our discussion will address the ways in which we have utilized, remixed, and stretched the Textual Encoding Initiative (TEI) guidelines to highlight the presence and lived experiences of named and unnamed enslaved people, connecting them and their stories using specific keywords such as kinship and wellness. To conclude, we will place this micro-edition within our broader vision for the digital life of the project: a pair of interoperable static sites. As a whole, we make the case that digital scholarly editing—when guided by scholarship in Black Studies and Critical Digital Humanities—can offer a toolkit that can be adapted explicitly to confront the violence of slavery's archive and build a praxis of recovery, repair, and refusal.

Learn more and register here.

Frederick Douglass Center Launch with Poet Nikki Giovanni

Nikki GiovanniJoin us on Wednesday, April 24th as we inaugurate the new Frederick Douglass Center for Leadership Through the Humanities, a hub for humanities scholarship and programming that engages the public and works towards social justice and equity, with a special event featuring world-renowned poet, educator and activist Nikki Giovanni. Her work exploring race, gender, sexuality and the African American family has inspired generations to fight for change. Giovanni will chat with ARHU Associate Dean GerShun Avilez, who leads the Douglass Center, and ARHU Dean Stephanie Shonekan, as well as answer audience questions. A reception will follow.

This free event is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Humanities, Arts for All and the Division of Student Affairs. 

Learn more and register here.

Film Screening: Birthing Justice

Birthing Justice Documentary PosterThe University of Maryland College of Arts and Humanities and School of Public Health co-host a screening of "Birthing Justice," a feature-length documentary discussing the issues fueling the maternal health crisis within the African American community and advocating for best practices to enhance birthing equity for all women, especially Black women.

The filmmakers explore this national epidemic in four regions—Washington, D.C., Augusta, GA, several areas in Missouri and California, interviewing those affected by current policies, i.e. birthing individuals and healthcare professionals, as well as those at the forefront of advancing policy change, such as birthing advocates, activists and policy makers.

Following the film screening, there will be a conversation about Black women's health and resilience, healthcare inequities, policy solutions and more, with:

Denise Pines, Executive producer and co-writer, Birthing Justice
Stephanie Shonekan, Dean, College of Arts and Humanities
Mia Smith-Bynum, Professor and chair, Department of Family Science, School of Public Health
Ruth Zambrana, Professor (WGSS), director, Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity
There will be a brief reception after the screening and discussion.

Date: Friday, April 26, 2024 at 3:00 p.m. 
Location: Gildenhorn Recital Hall in The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland
Reception to follow.

This event is free, but space is limited, so RSVP to attend!

Learn more and register here.

ATLAS Monthly Speaker Series (April 2024)

Free African Language Resources

NFLC E-learning portal logo

Connie DiJohnson and Bryan Anderson, both from the NFLC (ARHU), are our featured speakers.

Learn about the NFLC-UMD's free resources for African language learning and maintenance with Connie DiJohnson and Bryan Anderson. The NFLC-UMD's portal has over 1,000 language learning materials and self-assessments in African languages. Join us for a tour of the portal and share your language learning needs. While this session will focus on African language resources, we will also share some additional resources available to language learners more broadly, including for learners of less commonly taught languages. Many of the resources can also be adapted for a classroom setting. Come learn about the different language learning resources made available by NFLC-UMD. If you are a language learner or teach languages, you won’t want to miss this session about free language learning resources that are available to you.

The virtual event will be held on April 29 at 12:00 pm via Zoom. Attendees must register to receive a Zoom link. 

Learn more and register to attend.