Monthly Archives: November 2017

Updates from the College of Arts and Sciences

Check out the latest news and updates from our talented students, renowned faculty and ambitious alumni…

Asst. Prof. Joshua Davis

Division of Legal, Ethical and Historical Studies Assistant Professor Joshua Davis had his book, From Head Shops to Whole Foods: The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs, published with Columbia University Press in August. Time magazine and the Chronicle of Higher Education have featured the book, and Davis published articles drawing from it in Slate and the Washington Post this summer.




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M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts student and Baltimore writer Kondwani Fidel has been making headlines—including the cover of Baltimore’s City Paper—with his latest piece, “How a young boy has been decaying in Baltimore since age 10: A Death Note.” The viral essay, featured on the self-publishing platform Medium, takes a raw look at the hardships Fidel faced growing up in East Baltimore.



On the heels of this summer’s highly successful inaugural Philosophy Camp for Teens hosted by the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics, center director Fred Guy has been busy talking and writing about the importance of ethical decision-making and using philosophy to examine our moral code. He even considers the potential benefits of a philosophy camp for adults. Check out these stories to get more on Prof. Guy’s perspective:

Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics director Assoc. Prof. Fred Guy (center)

Asst. Prof. Steven Leyva

The 2016 “Myth” issue of Little Patuxent Review—which is edited by Klein Family School of Communications Design Assistant Professor Steven Leyva—has been listed as a “Notable Special Issue of 2016” in the The Best American Essays 2017.

On Oct. 15, Prof. Leyva gave the keynote address at The Inaugural Ron Kuka Prize for Urban Short Fiction. The contest—named in honor of fiction writer Ron Kuka—encourages Baltimore’s young writers to continue creating throughout their lives. The October event featured readings by students from Baltimore’s Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Art, and Prof. Leyva said, “I was able to encourage many of these young writers to apply to UB as a way to continue pursuing their craft.”

Students from Baltimore’s Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Art read their original works at The Ron Kuka Prize for Urban Short Fiction event.

Asst. Prof. T.J. O’Donnell

GEOLOOM co>map, a project designed by Klein Family School of Communications Design Assistant Professor T.J. O’Donnell in partnership with Merrick School of Business’s Jacob France Institute—was selected as “Map of the Month” by Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.




Congratulations to Counseling Psychology graduate student Stephen Shaul, whose presentation won recognition as one of two best posters at the annual convention for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (MAC-ACBS), held October 13-14 in Arlington, VA.

graduate student Stephen Shaul

Prof. Julie Simon

Beginning Friday, Nov. 10, Klein Family School of Communications Design Professor Julie Simon will have her digital photography on display at The Art Gallery at the Historic Greenbelt Community Center. The exhibit will be up through Jan. 3, 2018. For more information, visit




Assoc. Prof. Marion Winik

Klein Family School of Communications Design Associate Professor Marion Winik, who writes the “Bohemian Rhapsody” column for Baltimore Fishbowl, recently wrote a piece for the site about the debut works from four graduates of the M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts program. Read about the new books from Liz Bamford, M.F.A. ’13, Christopher K. Doyle, M.F.A. ’09, Anthony Moll, M.F.A. ’14, and Timmy Reed, M.F.A. ’13, in Baltimore Writers Club #8: Four UB Alums Take Flight.