Come in and meet the manatees! In case you haven’t had a chance to visit us on campus (which you totally should), here’s a few of our humans!
Olivia's Keystone humanizes the social justice problems that are common in today's world. She will be interviewing and photographing people involved in community-based organizations, who have real experience with these matters. She hopes to compile them into a book and put a face on social justice issues.
“I’ve been really interested in social justice. That’s taken the form of me studying on my own, trying to get involved in social initiative whether it’s talks or spoken word, just different forms of it’s expression and exploration. Also, through different clubs and activities…that have the opportunity for me to fulfill those passions and try to make a difference.”
~Olivia Garcia, sophomore Business major
For his Keystone, Joey is writing a piece of code that will translate a piece of digital sheet music into an image. He is going to use the artwork created by the code to analyze the music, writing a philosophy paper on the findings.
“I played jazz for a while and it’s what I’d like to do professionally. I’d love to teach it. I just want my professor’s job: he conducts big bands, teaches lessons, and plays with Kendrick Lamar on the weekends… But I also took a physics class in high school and thought it was really cool, so I thought I’d might as well do that—just for fun. People always tell me, ‘Oh well music is just physics,’ but no not really. They’re not really connected, but I enjoy both.”
~Joey Marcellino, sophomore Jazz Performance and Physics major
Margaret's Keystone is a young adult fiction novel that explores when two cultures meet for the first time. Her closet is covered in sticky notes, and whenever she has a new idea for a plot twist or character flaw, she adds to this mind map.
“I studied abroad for a year in China [before college]. I like China because I think it’s very fascinating how similar it is to our own culture, but different. For example, you can go to a western restaurant there, like a pizza place, but then there’s corn on the pizza and it’s just completely strange. Even the things that should seem familiar aren’t, yet also are.”
~Margaret Ebacher-Rini, sophomore Chinese and Government and Politics major
Epicho’s Keystone focused on urban greenspace, and the effect that nature among a big city had on the people there. She photographed urban greenspaces and their visitors in Shanghai, New York, Hunan, and Atlanta.
“I love baking and cooking. If I could bake something right now it would be chocolate cake—it’s so easy to make, but it’s so shareable. I love the shareable element of baking.”
~Epicho Deng, senior Environmental Science major
Klara created a series of music education youtube videos for her two-year Keystone project. Check out ThrowBachs and Classics to see for yourself!
“I choose to be an English major because I had a really cool teacher in high school who showed me the power of close reading. I spent freshman year falling back between majors. But college is so much fun, I never want to leave. That’s why I want to be a professor.”
~Klara Boger, junior English major
Right now, Julian plans for his Keystone to be reviewing The Smiths’ albums. He loves music and The Smiths have helped him through rough patches of life, thus he would like to analyze and comment on their recent and older albums.
“[When coming to Honors Humanities], I was surprised at how interesting and smart people were…each person has something they’re really passionate about and there are so many cool conversations. Also, everyone here is obsessed with the Maryland flag.”
~Julian Savelski, sophomore History and Government and Politics major
For Sedef's Keystone project, she is writing a combination of a historical narrative and ekphastic poetry about the relationship between James McNeill Whistler and his muse, Joanna Hiffernan. Sedef has a deep appreciation of art and thus is very excited to research and question the relationship of muses with their artists.
"I chose my majors because I am interested in the intersection of mental health and policy. I enjoy my classes because I get to explore what makes a person civil."
~Sedef Berk, sophomore Government and Politics and Sociology major
His Keystone was a blog that examined racism in soccer. He noticed that during soccer games, fans on the other teams would use racist slurs. It was something he really liked, but also felt was engaging to talk about.
“I am a radio broadcaster for WMUC Sports. I covered the women’s lacrosse team this last season. I did the play-by-play for a couple of games and it was exciting because they are really good.”