Gregory Staley is the Director of Honors Humanities and a Professor of Classics. As a scholar his research focuses on the Roman poet and philosopher Seneca and on the influence of the Classical Greek and Roman worlds on American culture. He is the author of Seneca and the Idea of Tragedy, published by Oxford University Press in 2010, editor of American Women and Classical Myths, published by Baylor University Press in 2008, and the author of scholarly articles and chapters on topics such as “Making Oedipus Roman,” “T. S. Eliot’s Seneca,” and “Rip Van Winkle’s Odyssey.” In 1999 he won an award for Excellence in Teaching from the American Philological Association, the national organization of professors of Classics. He has served as a Lilly Fellow and been elected to the Academy for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Maryland. He earned his A.B. in Latin at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, where he received the Filler Prize in Classics. He was a Proctor Fellow at Princeton University, receiving there both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics. He did postgraduate work in 1983-84 as a Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. Professor Staley teaches Honors Humanities 105, “Fearless Ideas in the Humanities."
Ph.D. Candidate, Theatre and Performance Studies; M.A., Miami University of Ohio; B.A., Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
Khalid Yaya Long is a doctoral candidate in the Theatre and Performance Studies program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Khalid’s research and creative works center on Black theatre and performance, with specific attention paid to the intersection of race, class, gender, and sexuality within marginalized and oppressed communities. Khalid’s dissertation recovers the dramas of Black feminist/womanist theatre artist Glenda Dickerson, specifically examining the ways in which Dickerson uses performance to recuperate Black women’s history.
MFA Creative Writing
As an undergraduate at the University of Maryland, Meg was part of the Jimenez-Porter Writer’s House, and graduated from the Individual Studies Program in Cognitive Science and Written Communication. After she graduated, she worked with UMD’s Center for Advanced Study of Language for two years. Now, she is focusing on teaching creative writing workshops in the Metropolitan DC area. Meg’s work has been published in magazines including Rattle, Poet Lore, RHINO and Gargoyle. She has five poetry chapbooks, and her novel "Post-High School Reality Quest" is published with California Coldblood, an imprint of Rare Bird Books.
Ph.D. Candidate in Communication; M.A. University of Maryland
Yvonne Slosarski is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Communication. Her research focuses on rhetorics of social resistance and control, with an emphasis on capitalism, organized labor, and economic justice. Her dissertation, entitled “Freedom from the Free Market: Rhetorical Disruptions of Neoliberal Capitalism” examines communicative strategies that challenge the free market’s dominance in a U.S. context. Yvonne was awarded two teaching distinctions at the University of Maryland. She has taught multiple classes in the Department of Communication, including courses focused on public speaking, critical thinking, argumentation, gender studies, and discourse analysis. Teaching these classes has proven to her that a humanities education provides indispensable training for people to participate in and actively shape the world in which they live.
Anders Alilio is a sophomore Mechanical Engineering major also hoping to minor in Sustainability. For his Keystone project, he seeks to create an after-school program at a local elementary school focused on hands-on environmental science. In addition to his participation on the council, Anders is a volunteer for the University of Maryland’s Every Campus A Refuge initiative (which was conceived by one of Honors Humanities very own), the vice-president of UMD’s very own Model Congress Club (which was also founded here in Anne Arundel), a member of the Terrapin Beats Society as well as the Black Engineering Society. Anders enjoys, among several other things, soccer (he is a diehard Arsenal fan), the drums, hip-hop and jazz, and just generally loafing.
Heather Beatty is a sophomore majoring in Biological Sciences on the pre-PA track. In the future, she hopes to go into the field of medicine as a physician’s assistant. While also being on the Honors Humanities Student Council, she is involved in the service group Circle K International, Relay for Life, and American Medical Student Association. She can also be found reading or binge watching shows on Netflix. She enjoys spending time with her friends, reading, and eating food. Heather is excited to explore the humanities with the rest of the Honors Humanities community!
Carli Fine is a sophomore Psychology major and hopeful Neuroscience minor planning on a career in psychological/brain research. In addition to being a member of the Honors Humanities Student Council, Carli is also a participant of the Maryland Shakespeare Players theater group, a tour guide through UMD’s Images organization, and a research assistant in UMD’s Neurocognitive Development Lab. Other than enjoying the company of her HoHum community, Carli enjoys reading, dancing, crafting Pinterest DIY projects, spending time with friends, and confusing others with Philly colloquialisms.
Lillianna Righter is a sophomore Linguistics major with a concentration in Spanish. Otherwise, you may find her playing a variety of styles on euphonium and trombone, engrossed in a novel, or spending long days in the theatre as a member of the Maryland Shakespeare Players. She also greatly enjoys writing and has been published in Marquee Magazine. Lilli is proud and excited to be on Council and is always willing to discuss how cool language is (and whether we’d be able to communicate with extraterrestrials), social intersectionality, how literature and art can be used to explore contemporary issues, how cool your mom is, or to look at pictures of your pets.
Elece Smith is a sophomore Japanese major seeking to add a double major in Anthropology. Originally from Bowie, Maryland, Elece is overjoyed to be a part of Honors Humanities and when she is not studying like a good college student should, she can be found telling people who aren't in Honors Humanities how fabulous Honors Humanities is and wondering when she will study abroad. She enjoys talking at length about things she loves (such as but not limited to her dog), watching movies, running tables at events, and cooking. She is also a member of Honors Ambassadors and a Student Assistant at McKeldin Library where she shelves and scans books. She hopes to put her fascination with Japanese language and culture together with her interest in libraries and knowledge to pursue a graduate degree in Library Sciences so that she can help other people pursue knowledge.