Welcoming the Fellows, Part 2: Stephanie Dolamore

Fellow Stephanie Dolamore getting an eyeful of Baltimore
Stephanie Dolamore has a strategy for addressing residential challenges for traditionally under-served populations: first, by exploring the past, and assessing Baltimore’s issues in finding sustainable housing for people in need. Second, by getting the word out--via symposium, the classroom, or even by creating what she calls an "empathy museum" where insights into housing history can be brought to life.  Dolamore is a graduate research assistant pursuing her doctorate in Public Administration at UB, and one of the fellows doing research in Langsdale Special Collections this summer (check out our interview with the other fellowship recipient, Caitlin Rathe, here.) All of this research will culminate in a program on August 31st, where Dolamore and Rathe will present “Meeting Basic Needs: Structural Inequality and Public Services in Baltimore” (4:30-5:30 p.m., Bogolmony Room, UB Student Center-- mark your calendars!.)  In the meantime, Stephanie agreed to give us a sneak peek at what she’s uncovered in Special Collections so far.

Where are you from, and where do you live ordinarily?

SD:  I am from South Florida, but moved to Maryland in 2012. For the last two years, I have lived in downtown Baltimore with my husband. I am [also] a full-time doctoral student here at UB. I work as a Graduate Research Assistant with the College of Public Affairs and I teach GVPP201: American Government to freshman at the University. My professional background is in the human services, with my most recent experience being in higher education administration.

What’s your focus of study, and how does your research here tie into that? 

SD: I am in the Doctor in Public Administration program, where I study how the areas of government function. In particular, I have research interests in organizational culture and how it influences decision making. My research with the Langsdale Fellowship ties into the work I am doing for my dissertation, where I will be looking for evidence of empathy, or a lack thereof, in the local governing bodies over affordable housing in Baltimore.

Is your research confidential?  If not, what kinds of research are you hoping to accomplish with regards to this grant?

My research is not a secret! In fact, I hope it is very much the opposite and that my findings will be useful to practitioners who continue to provide housing services in Baltimore. My research this summer spans two domains:
1) I am examining the documents contained in the Thompson vs. HUD files, a landmark lawsuit in affordable housing, to study the organizational culture of the local defendant in the case (the Housing Authority of Baltimore City, HABC).  I am analyzing the documents to assess the empathetic culture of HABC, modeling my work after a cultural assessments framework used for social equity.
2) In addition to generating scholarly findings, I will be producing exhibits for an empathy museum that will be used to tell the histories of people who have suffered from structural inequality in public housing. To accomplish this, I will be broadening my analysis to include a few other collections within the Langsdale Archives.
Citizens' Planning and Housing Association (CPHA) Collection, via flickr

What does structural inequality mean to you? 

Structural inequality is the idea that many factors in society work together to promote injustice in our communities. For instance, in my project, subsidized housing services were being provided in Baltimore but they were chronically limited to certain neighborhoods, concentrating poverty with ramifications for education, transportation, food access, etc. across many generations. Understanding structural inequality is a critical step toward finding solutions that promote fairness and the only way to overturn centuries of privilege inherent in the vast majority of our societal institutions.

Any comments about our archives?  Langsdale? Baltimore in general?

 The Archives are a fantastic resource at the University of Baltimore and I only wish more students were encouraged to explore them as part of our studies. The diversity and organization of the collections are fantastic, and I know I will be walking away with more research questions than when I came in! Langsdale also has some of the best staff on campus and they are welcoming, helpful, and supportive of this research.  I am also very honored to be a Fellow studying structural inequality in Baltimore, since the timeliness of this topic permeates through many areas of local, state, and national discourse.


This Thursday: Langsdale on the Radio!

Langsdale’s own Angela Rodgers-Koukoui will be a guest on Thursday’s (July 14th) edition of Humanities Connection on WYPR, 88.1 at 4:45 p.m.  Angela, an archival technician in Special Collections, will talk about her lifelong involvement with Baltimore’s Cultural Arts Program, her enchantment with dance and performance, and how preserving and delving into the city’s cultural history can help reshape Baltimore’s future. Humanities Connection is a segment produced by Maryland Humanities, a nonprofit supporting  
lifelong learning.  Listen and learn!


Lynda.com @ Langsdale Library

Now you can access Lynda.com training videos at Lansdale Library on 3 macs in the computer lab on the 4th floor (room 426A).  Just login to any of the 3 designated macs (look for signs) and point your browser to http://iplogin.lynda.com

Start learning skills taught by expert instructors:
Subjects:  Business, Design, Web, Photography, Video, 3D Animation, Audio, and more!
Software:  Adobe, Microsoft, Photoshop, Apple, and more!

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Welcoming the Fellows, Part 1: Caitlin Rathe

Caitlin sizes up the scene

When Caitlin Rathe, a student at University of California Santa Barbara, jetted into chilly Baltimore from the sunny Left Coast last February, she wasn’t entirely sure she was going to find what she was searching for. Rathe is a doctoral student in history, who has been focused on the story of welfare and how it changed in the United States during the late 20th century. She narrowed her focus on 1970s and 1980s-era food assistance in order to make the topic more manageable. Conversely, that’s when things got tricky.


New Materials at Langsdale

Did you know that Langsdale Library offers a list of all of our newest materials? We do! Each month we'll post an update letting you know about a few select titles, but there are far too many to mention here so be sure to check out our comprehensive online list. There is an RSS feed to the list, so you can subscribe and be updated when new materials get listed each month.

New Materials at Langsdale:

Through tracing paper's evolution, Mark Kurlansky challenges common assumptions about technology's influence, affirming that paper is here to stay.

"In this definitive biography Adam Sisman reveals the man behind the bestselling persona. In John le Carré, Sisman shines a spotlight on David Cornwell, an expert at hiding in plain sight. Of course, the pseudonym John le Carré has helped to keep the public at a distance. Sisman probes Cornwell's unusual upbringing, abandoned by his mother at the age of only five and raised by his con man father (when not in prison), and explores his background in British intelligence, as well as his struggle to become a writer, and his personal life. Sisman has benefited from unfettered access to le Carré's private archive, talked to the most important people in his life, and interviewed the man himself at length"

Revealing the workings and dangers of freight shipping, the author sails from Rotterdam to Suez to Singapore to present an eye-opening glimpse into an overlooked world filled with suspect practices, dubious operators, and pirates.
The world around us is saturated with numbers. They are a fundamental pillar of our modern society, and accepted and used with hardly a second thought. But how did this state of affairs come to be? In this book, Leo Corry tells the story behind the idea of number from the early days of the Pythagoreans, up until the turn of the twentieth century. He presents an overview of how numbers were handled and conceived in classical Greek mathematics, in the mathematics of Islam, in European mathematics of the middle ages and the Renaissance, during the scientific revolution, all the way through to the early 20th century and the inauguration of the modern idea of numbers.

These are just a few of the many new books, movies, and games at your Langsdale Library. To see the complete listing of new materials check out our list right here! If you want to receive updates when new materials get listed each month, you can subscribe to the list through the RSS feed.


Pause in Remembrance of our Nation's Heroes

Photo courtesy of Jared Campbell Photography
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As we get ready to celebrate Memorial Day with a long weekend let us take a moment to reflect on why we have this extra day off. It is easy enough to confuse Memorial Day with other holidays, and even easier to be foggy on what it is all about or even how it started. In my youth I thought Memorial Day was a day to remember everyone who had died, in war or otherwise, although I am positive that my dad told me the facts. He was a war veteran after all. But, once you get older and realize that somehow what you remember as a child isn’t exactly what the truth really is, you feel embarrassed. So some time ago I decided to research it myself and here is a little of what I found out.

Memorial Day started out as Declaration Day just three years after the Civil War ended. It was a day set aside in order to decorate, with flowers, the graves of those who had died during the war. The first large observance was held in 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery. Over the years various other cities across the nation, both in the North and South, have held their own ceremonies and observances, several claiming to be the first. Some Southern states even held their own Confederate Memorial Day on the last Monday of April. Finally, in 1966 Congress declared Waterloo, N.Y., the “birthplace” of Memorial Day.

The expansion to include those who have died in all American wars did not happen until after World War I. And, it wasn’t until 1971 that Congress made Memorial Day a National Holiday putting it on the last Monday in May. The latest law passed by Congress regarding Memorial Day was the “National Moment of Remembrance Act,” P.L. 106-579 in December 2000. This law was designed to encourage us, the people of the United States of America, to take a moment to remember those that died for our country and our freedom.

So, this Memorial Day, wherever you are and whatever you are doing…. At 3:00 pm local time….


But most of all…

those who fought for everything that we hold dear and seem much too often to take for granted....




Because you know they would want us to be happy and proud of what they worked so hard for us to have.