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. Brigham Young University
Allan Davis is a Doctoral Candidate in the School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies. His research focuses on the intersection of race and gender at the turn of the 20th century, examining how women in the United States used amateur theatre to shape cultural and social definitions of whiteness. His dissertation, entitled "Organizing Whiteness: Racial Formation through Gendered Leisure and Amateur Performance in the Drama League of America, 1912-- 1946" explores how women used the arts to make sense of society as it changed around them and how we live with the legacy of the gendered whiteness they constructed. Allan has taught multiple courses at the University of Maryland, American University, and Brigham Young University over the last eight years. He believes in the insights and power of an interdisciplinary education and knows that a foundation in the arts and humanities offers experiences that build the skills for life-long learning.
MFA candidate in Creative Writing, B.S. in Cognitive Science and Written Communication
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 her MFA program in poetry and teaching creative writing workshops in the Metropolitan DC area. Meg’s writing has been published in various magazines, including Rattle, Poet Lore, Gargoyle and Drunken Boat. She has four poetry chapbooks out. She teaches online for The Eckleburg Workshops, and manages a Facebook resource for DC writers called Meg Eden Writes Poems.
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.
Ingrid Satelmajer earned her Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park, and has taught since 2004 for the university's English and Honors programs. Her scholarship focuses on poetry and and text-based production and reception cultures in nineteenth-century America. She has published articles in Book History, American Periodicals, and Textual Cultures, among other places. Satelmajer enjoys teaching courses on a wide range of subjects ("New York City and the American Dream," "Jane Austen: Her World, Our Obsession," "Contemporary Arts and Ideas"). She is especially interested in social geography, fan culture, and the arts in nineteenth- and twentieth-century England and America, and she has received several awards as a faculty mentor for her work in the Honors College. “Dr. Satelmajer teaches a section of Honors Humanities 205, “Contemporary Humanities," which surveys more than two hundred years of Washington, D.C., history and culture.
Lauren Baker is a sophomore majoring in English and Classics, and is planning to minor in creative writing as well. Originally from Westminster, Maryland, she is happy to say that Honors Humanities feels like a home away from home at UMD. Some of her interests include reading, writing, running, mythology, and anything related to Harry Potter, Star Wars, or Lord of the Rings. On campus, she is the PR Representative for Classics Club, Managing Editor for Paper She'll Review, a member of the editing board for Stylus, and part of the Honors College Student Programming Council. She is excited to continue working on her keystone project, a research paper analyzing George R.R. Martin's reaction to J.R.R. Tolkien through a study of character building, and looks forward to the rest of her time in Honors Humanities!
Margaret Ebacher-Rini is a sophomore Chinese and Government and Politics double major with a concentration in International Relations and a minor in Spanish. She loves Honors Humanities and is proud to be on the Honors Humanities Student Council. When she isn’t studying––which is rarely––she can be found reading or working on her Keystone, a novel about two fictional cultures. Sometimes, she procrastinates and looks at pictures of cats on the internet. Other times, she treats people to long lectures about her Keystone. Often, she says things that no one understands in Spanish or imperfect Chinese. Margaret hopes to put her love of languages and what she has learned through her studies of the Humanities to work after college and join the foreign service.
Madison Meyer is a sophomore building her own Individual Studies major in International Relations and Security Studies with a minor in French. For her Keystone, she is compiling a blog that explores humanistic questions about cultural exchange, including interviews with locals that she befriends while traveling. She is thrilled to be part of the one and only Honors Humanities Council, because she loves this program and its humans. Also, she is the President of the RESULTS chapter, an organization working to end preventable disease, as well as a member of Students Ending Slavery. She loves to read, bake, and create art. She is passionate about human and animal rights, gender equality in education, and making the perfect cup of tea. Madison took a gap year before college to travel Europe and Asia and hopes to one day explore every continent.
Amanda Stavisky, a sophomore sociology and journalism double major, graduated from the French International School in 2015 before coming to Maryland. For her Keystone project, Amanda is interested in exploring the intersection between UMD students' various racial, ethnic, religious, sexual, and gender identities through a series of student performances. In addition to being on Council, Amanda runs Petition Tabling for the Maryland Public Interest Research Group, gives campus tours with Maryland Images, and participates in discussions on Jewish leadership and philosophy through the Maimonides Fellowship. She also loves Ace Attorney and social advocacy, both of which she chats about in her spare time.
Carli Fine is a freshman Psychology major and hopeful Neuroscience minor considering 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, and spending time with friends.
Lillianna Righter is a freshman 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.