APPLY Baltimore Field School 2.0 Fellowship @UMBCPubHum 1/31/2023

Apply for the Baltimore Field School 2.0 Fellowship
Application Deadline: 1/31/23

Please apply for and/or help spread the word about the Baltimore Field School (BFS) 2.0 application. Sponsored by American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Sustaining Public Engagement Grants, BFS 2.0 seeks to create a model of ethical humanities research and teaching in Baltimore and cities like it. The Baltimore Field School 2.0 is the second iteration of a planning intensive focusing on building collaborative public humanities projects and developing the field school programming with our 8 Community Fellows. 

The BFS 2.0 application is open to all UMBC graduate students, full-time staff, and full-time faculty. Preference will be given to untenured/assistant professors to support early career work in public humanities. 

The application link is provided here and is due on 1/31/23 by 11:59 PM. A cohort of 11 fellows will be selected in February 2023 and each fellow will receive a $3,000 stipend.

BFS Fellow responsibilities:

1. Attend the Baltimore Field School 2.0 event in Spring 2023.

2. Attend the summer institute for one week in July 2023. The in-person institute will offer meetings, panels, and work sessions and optional programming and events with community partners.
3. Attend a reconvening for one day in September.
4. Give feedback on the project through a pre- and post-evaluation and submit suggestions for future programming.

BFS Fellows should bring interest in or an idea for a public humanities project and/or course focusing on the Baltimore area. Fellows should be interested in discussing and developing ethical methods for public humanities work.

Our Community Fellows were selected in June 2022 and will play an integral role in the selection of and programming for the BFS Fellows.

Our 2022-2023 Community Fellows are:

Tisha Guthrie, Baltimore Renters United

Aisha Alfadhalah, Mera Kitchen Collective

Curtis Eaddy II, Beautiful Side of Ugly

Eric Jackson, Black Yield Institute

Lisa Snowden, Baltimore Beat

Betty Bland-Thomas, South Baltimore Partnership

Yesenia Mejia, Creative Alliance

Cameron Granadino, Real News Network

NOTE: Your ideas or projects do not need to involve the partners listed above.

Please reach out to Sarah Fouts with questions.

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Baltimore Field School BFS 2.0 Happenings

For more info follow @UMBCPubHum and others listed below on Twitter.

Last month we announced the 2022-2023 BFS 2.0 Community Fellows. It’s a great group and they have a lot going on… including this weekend.

On Saturday, October 22 at 2pm BFS Community Fellow Tisha Guthrie @TishaGuthrieMSW and Baltimore Renters United @b_renters are hosting an amazing event in Poppleton. It is the kickoff of a free concert series that will move around the city providing a space to spread joy in our communities.

Guthrie, who is a resident of Poppleton, explains, “In a city like Baltimore, which has suffered and continues to be blunted by trauma after trauma, a more comprehensive approach is our best chance at building a sustainable movement. The people of Baltimore deserve emotional, physical and mental spaces to dream. The BOC Joy project strives to provide such a space.” Come out to dance, dream, and learn more about renters rights and housing justice.

Later that evening BFS Fellow Yesenia Mejía-Herrera is an organizer for the annual Great Halloween Lantern Parade and Festival. The festival starts at 4pm and the parade is at 7pm. Mejía-Herrera explains, “Absences of Indigeneity in Baltimore’s Latinx community represents a disconnect for many people, like myself, from our Indigenous cultural traditions.” Like Guthrie’s solution based in the joy that comes from creating community, Mejía-Herrera explains, “As a part of my work with the Artesanas at the Creative Alliance and as the director of the CIELO program (Creatives, Immigrants Educators, from Latin America Origins), I will work with the immigrant communities to encourage, promote, and honor our Latin American cultures and traditions.”

BFS 1.0 partner Nicole Fabricant @nikifab77 (Towson University) and BFS 1.0 & 2.0 Community Fellow Eric Jackson of Black Yield Institute @BlackYield will be speaking on Sunday, October 23 at Black-owned bookshop Urban Reads @urbanreadsbooks as part of the Mellon/JHU funded Sawyer Seminar on the Right to the City @BRT_RTTC, a 2-year seminar bringing together intellectuals, organizers & artists to reflect critically on the city as a site of political struggle.

You can watch the first RTTC event The City and Black Nationalism on YouTube:

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Bmore Historic 2022 – we are back in person at the BMI

Bmore Historic 2022 Debrief

What is Bmore Historic?

Bmore Historic is a participant-led unconference for people who care about public history and historic preservation in and around Baltimore. Learn more about Bmore Historic or read our introduction to unconferences.

Bmore Historic 2022 took place in-person at the Baltimore Museum of Industry on Friday, September 23. Students were free this year!

What do we do at Bmore Historic?

Past, in-person unconferences have been structured around four session blocks: two in the morning and two in the afternoon. We usually have between four to six sessions in each of the time blocks for a total of twenty sessions throughout the day.

Final Session III 1:40-2:30 PM

Black Churches in the Restoration Room

Preservation for the People (Poppleton & Sharp Leadenhall) in the Lunch Room

Decline of the Trolley in the Assembly Line

Final DEBRIEF w/ Kate Drabinski & Kalin Thomas in the Studio (by entrance)

THEN… happy hour at Little Havana’s. Where the conversations continue.

Thank you for coming! follow @bmorehistoric to stay in touch


Rooms:        Restoration   / Lunch Room /   Assembly Line / Kids’ Cannery

Session I 10 Inclusive HISP / Solidarity Forever / Women’s Heritage / “Big Daddy”

Session II  11:10 Civil Rights Visible / Hoes Heights / Culture & Curriculum / Negro League

Session III 1:40 Black Churches / Preserve 4 People / Decline of the Trolley / NA

General Schedule for the Day

A Place Called Poppleton

Students will present their collaborative A Place Called Poppleton StoryMap project as part of UMBC’s Public Humanities End-of-the-semester Showcase on Friday May 7 from 4 – 5:30pm via Blackboard Collaborate (click link here to join).

In addition, WEDNESDAY, MAY 12 at 5pm students will share their StoryMap project, interviews, walking tour brochure, and zine (designed by artist Markele Cullins) with communities members who so graciously took the time to talk with us and the general public via a student ZOOM PRESENTATION. For info and link see our Facebook Event.

The 700 block of W. Baltimore St. and the Poppleton firehouse – from the 1975 Poppleton Study by Phoebe Stanton
Sarah Ann Street Alley Houses, built circa 1860

The project is a collaboration between Nicole King’s Preserving Places, Making Spaces in Baltimore course and Bill Shewbridge’s Media Projection fellows. King’s American Studies students have been researching the history of Poppleton and Shewbridge’s students producing short films from interviews and in the field on the history of Poppleton and how local stakeholder feel about the neighborhood’s changes related to redevelopment.

A Place Called Poppleton documents the history and culture of the Poppleton neighborhood of Southwest Baltimore. UMBC students will produce a StoryMap digital walking tour of the neighborhood with a focus on the area’s African American history and places lost or endangered due to redevelopment. We seek to document and share engaging stories of the past and present through archival research and listening to those who live, work, and are connected to Poppleton.

We are working in collaboration with Curtis Eaddy II of the Southwest Partnership and Sonia Eaddy of the Poppleton Now! neighborhood association.

To read the entire Urbanite article from 2005 on the Eaddy home in Poppleton, click here.

A Place Called Poppleton project presentation

UMBC students working on the A Place Called Poppleton project invite you to a presentation of their initial work plan on Wednesday, March 10 from 5-6pmJoin Zoom Meeting

The A Place Called Poppleton project documents the history and culture of the Poppleton neighborhood of Southwest Baltimore.

UMBC students will produce a StoryMap digital walking tour of the neighborhood with a focus on the area’s African American history and places lost or endangered due to redevelopment. We seek to document and share engaging stories of the past and present through archival research and listening to those who live, work, and are connected to Poppleton. 

Curtis Eaddy II interviews his parents Curtis and Sonia Eaddy in front of the family’s rowhouse in Poppleton, December 2020.

We are working in collaboration with Curtis Eaddy II of the Southwest Partnership and Sonia Eaddy of the Poppleton Now! neighborhood association.

We would like your feel back on people and places that matter in Poppleton!

For past StoryMap projects on the Southwest created by UMBC students, check out… A Journey Through Hollins (2018) and A Walk Down West Baltimore Street (2019)

For more information contact Prof. Nicole King

Baltimore Field School: Orser Center Fellow, spring 2021

The Baltimore Field School is accepting applications for a student fellow to assist us with graphic design, content creation, and web design for an estimated 5 hours per week during the spring semester. This position offers a $1,000 stipend from the Orser Center endowment.

Send applications to Baltimore Field School program assistant Imani Spence (UMBC ‘16) by February 5.

Sponsored by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Baltimore Field School is a planning intensive focusing on building collaborative public arts and humanities projects developed with community partners. The project seeks to create a model of ethical humanities research and teaching in Baltimore and cities like it. During 2021, we will focus on programming, a week-long summer institute, and a fall convening. The Baltimore Field School is committed to anti-racist and decolonial models of engagement working with communities in Baltimore.

The student fellow must be interested in Baltimore and the arts and humanities. Working directly with the program assistant, the fellow will help develop graphic design branding and the Baltimore Field School website and promotions focused on information and updates for participants of the Field School as well as the public. 

The position requires:

  • Interest in the future of Baltimore City
  • Skills working in WordPress 
  • Graphic Design skills using Adobe Creative Suite
  • Experience and interest in the arts and humanities as social change agents 
  • Generative; building off ideas and creating more possibilities 

Application should include: (1) a CV/resume (no longer than 2 pages), (2) a paragraph on your interests and potential contribution to the Baltimore Field School (included in the body of the email), and (3) links to work samples. 

Student can receive 3 credits of for AMST 498: Internship as part of the fellowship. Start date is February 15.

AMST 422/682: A Place Called Poppleton (spring 2021)

Stories from Sowebo: A Place Called Poppleton

Wednesdays – 4 – 6:30pm (online) – Prof. Nicole King – w/ community fellow Curtis Eaddy of the Southwest Partnership

AMST 422/682 is a public humanities seminar where students develop a preservation project on the overlooked history of a Baltimore neighborhood. As part of the Baltimore Traces: Communities in Transition project students will explore the city’s social history with a focus on the southwest neighborhood of Poppleton. Poppleton’s history is a case study exploring the ravages of urban renewal, highway construction, and redevelopment as well as the rich traditions of African American culture in West Baltimore.

This course will educate students in documenting and preserving cultural history through place-based research and oral history/ethnographic methods.

For more info see:

Bmore Historic 2020 … going virtual

Bmore Historic 2020 will take place virtually on Friday, September 18. Register here!

What do we do at Bmore Historic?

Bmore Historic 2020 will be structured differently than previous yeats because we are holding the unconference virtually. Past, in-person unconferences have been structured around four session blocks: two in the morning and two in the afternoon. We usually have between four to six sessions in each of the time blocks for a total of twenty sessions throughout the day.

Here is our 2020 schedule:

  • 9:00: Introduction to Bmore Historic 2020
  • 9:05: Zoom Tips
  • 9:10: Ice Breaker
  • 9:20-10:05: Session 1: Nobody Wants to Go to Your Zoom Thing Anymore: Engaging Audiences in the Era of Coronavirus
  • 5 minute break
  • 10:10-11:00: Session 2: Ethics in Archiving
  • 5 minute break
  • 11:05-11:50: Session 3: Confederate Memorials and Columbus Monuments: What’s To Be Done?
  • 10 min break: Grab your lunch!
  • 12:00 -12:30: Lightning Rounds (Sign up here!)
  • 12:30-1:30: Wrap Up Session and Networking

The Oral History Association is proud to announce the release of its new suite of remote interviewing resources. These resources are a product of the COVID-19 pandemic and the requirement to cease face-to-face interviewing for the health of both narrator and interviewer. By March 2020, many of us found ourselves sheltering in place, trying to learn how to do our jobs from home. For those working in oral history, remote interviewing became a pathway to continue essential oral history work. This guide is meant to be a resource to practitioners as they work through the numerous questions that arise with this method.

Though the current environment requires us to set aside face-to-face interviewing, these resources are intended to inform our practice beyond the international crisis created by COVID-19. There are many reasons for in-person interviewing to be our default, but those who developed this guide feel that remote interviewing should have a place in our practice even when it is safe to resume meeting face to face.

The Oral History Association’s Remote Interviewing Resources Task Force developed these materials, including a decision tree, accompanying narrative, case studies, and recording platform documents. Neither the decision tree nor the case studies are intended to cover all available platforms; we have tried to include information on platforms that are currently seeing the most use in the profession. We will add more case studies and information on additional platforms over time. Further, as technology around remote interviewing develops and evolves, we will do our best to keep this guide up to date.

Task Force Members included Jen Cramer, Natalie Fousekis, Andy Kolovos, Rachel Mears, Sarah Milligan, Steven Sielaff, and Amy Starecheski, with chair Allison Tracy-Taylor. We relied on colleagues and in some instances our own programs to supply case studies, and we thank everyone who contributed for their time and expertise.

You can find the resources here:

Food and Resource Distribution Hub in Cherry Hill for Covid-19

Post provided by Eric Jackson, Servant-Director of Black Yield Institute – partner of UMBC’s Baltimore Field School in 2021

Black Yield Institute, along with Cherry Hill Development Corporation, Elev8 Baltimore, Raising InnerCity Hope (RICH), and Youth Resiliency Institute, manages and operates a food and resource distribution hub that supplies a monthly supply of food to 200 elders and families in Cherry Hill. We also supply goods to small businesses and nonprofits feeding people across Baltimore. Most food donations will be provided by a local foundation and others by emergency food efforts. Some food will be procured from Black farmers in the region and produced by BYI. Since March 14, we have collectively:

  • Provided 500 to 600 nutritional balanced meals per day (with support from Mera Kitchen Collective & Wilde Thyme)
  • Shared 200 total bags of activities and hygiene products
  • Shared over 5200 total meals.
  • Worked over 800 hours of service
  • Provided on-site and provided resources to other communities from West, East and South Baltimore
  • Procured 50 pounds of salad and brassicas from a local farm and harvested 30 pounds of collards from our farm, Cherry Hill Urban Community Garden
  • Distributed 10,000 pounds of fresh, frozen, and dried goods

Please feel free to donate to our work through PayPal ( and CashApp and Venmo ($/@blackyield). Learn more or discuss other ways to support, like in-kind donations, by emailing Brother Eric at The Black Yield Institute family really appreciates your consideration of monetary and/or in-kind donations and good vibes, prayers. Please share with others!

Arabber Preservation Society Covid 19 Response

This call comes from Holden Warren, who has been working with Arabbers and with food justice efforts in Baltimore for years:

For over 200 years the Arabbers have been a trusted institution of Baltimore’s Black community, a population that has shown to be disproportionately impacted by the current Covid 19 virus. The Arabber Preservation Society wants to leverage this trust to prepare, protect and nourish the community. Starting Wed April 8th, Arabbers will be given training on the protective measures and basic PPE training, then in collaboration with Food Rescue Baltimore, will give away rescued food, cloth masks, gloves, reusable bags and corona virus information into the east and west side neighborhoods they normally service. Depending on the steadiness of food and supplies, we want to go out multiple times per week.

We are looking for donations of cloth masks, gloves, disinfectants, and reusable bags for distribution and money to support the Arabbers, horse, stable hands, and support staff. 

More updates coming – to help reach out to or or


Food Rescue Baltimore and Arabber Preservation Society

Holden Warren was in the Peace Corps in Tonga and later in Monrovia during the Ebola outbreak. He brings these experiences in public health education and inequities in our systems to addressing today’s current challenges. Holden and crew are organizing free food distribution with specific health education messaging for people on their routes.

Holden made a short film John & James (2018), an intimate portrait of the cross-cultural bond between Baltimore’s iconic Arabbers and a community of rural Pennsylvania Mennonites. United by a love of horses and decades of doing business at the New Holland auction, they finally break bread together. 

We were in the process of organizing a showing and discussion of the film this spring at UMBC when the current pandemic hit. We are committed to bringing this programming back when we resume in-person activities on campus and develop the Baltimore Field School in 2021. However, during the current emergency, please share information and donate supplies or money to these organizations doing important work on the front lines in Baltimore.

All images from the Arabber Preservation Society facebook page.

For more information, see the Baltimore Sun article and video Coronavirus fight shifts to Baltimore’s poor neighborhoods as city leaders battle mistrust

Thank you… more updates to come.