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Events & Initiatives

The College of Arts and Humanities has a long history of interdisciplinary collaboration among its faculty, including signature events, thematic semesters, and new graduate education initiatives. The following challenge students to think across and outside traditional boundaries, and offer opportunities to work closely with distinguished faculty throughout the college. 


    A campus-wide exploration of the value of the arts and humanities in a global era, this annual event brings together scholars and artists from the University of Maryland community and from other institutions for an open, engaged, wide-ranging and creative exploration of the future of the arts and humanities in the 21st century.
  • ARHU Calendar of Events


Themed Semesters
ARHU sponsors college-wide themed semesters, such as the Semester on War, inviting students and faculty from across the campus to explore a topic across time and academic fields of study. Activities typically include special courses, performances, lectures, and special events
Graduate Education
Graduate faculty within ARHU plan to introduce a wide range of new interdisciplinary courses to the humanities curriculum, including:
  • “Flanerie, Exteriority, and Exile: Franz Kafka, Anna Seghers and Walter Benjamin” (School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures)
  • “Colloquium in Cinema and Theory” (Departments of English, Comparative Literature, History, Jewish Studies, and the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures)
  • “Gender and Labor Politics: Local, Regional, and Global Perspectives” (Women’s Studies)
  • “Performance, Art, and the Politics of Identity” (Departments of Theatre and Studio Art)
  • “Writing H(er)stories: Murder, Madness, and the Texts of Transgression by Women Writers of the Caribbean”(Departments of French and Spanish and the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures)
  •  “Document, Narrative, and the Real in Cinema” (Departments of French and Russian and the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures)