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Deconstructing Maryland’s Open House

As UMD celebrates 25 years of Maryland Day, we share behind-the-scenes stories and stats

Spring 2023 Features
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D.C. History by the Forkful

Anthropology Alum’s Food Tour Dishes Out Tales From ‘Black Broadway,’ Taste of Immigrant Culinary Traditions

Spring 2023 Features
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An End to the Bleeding

The mayor of Knoxville, Tenn., picked up a UMD researcher’s book on preventing gun violence. The resulting partnership could be a model for how cities can create safer streets.

Spring 2023 Features
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The Dreams of Fatema

Driven from Afghanistan by extremism, a journalism student lands at UMD and prepares to reclaim her lost homeland.

Winter 2023 Features
Japanese Americans arrive by train

Truth in Exile

Decades after more than 100,000 Japanese Americans were forced into camps during World War II, a UMD archival expert is making sure the dark history of their management finally comes to light.

Winter 2023 Features
sun shines above tobacco farm in woods

Structural Damage

Maryland’s vanishing tobacco barns represent the vestiges of slavery and a legacy of disease. UMD historic preservationists are racing to document them anyway.

Winter 2023 Features
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The Modern Battle for Maryland’s Oysters

Pirates plundered and diseases decimated the Chesapeake’s bounty, but UMD researchers are wielding AI and robotics to save a struggling industry.

Fall 2022 Features
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Coal Veins

Waves of immigrants have long clashed in Pennsylvania coal country, where a UMD anthropologist is digging into the commonalities between old and new.

Fall 2022 Features
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A Bucketload of Terp Traditions

The “M Book,” with its 20 don’t-miss Maryland milestones, is back. Join a super-spirited student on her journey to complete them all.

Fall 2022 Features
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