Assistant Clinical Professor Brent Leggs and Historic Preservation student Jamesha Gibson co-facilitated the African American Preservation Meeting at The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Past/Forward Conference in Houston last month. This year the National Trust had multiple community conversations on the topic of Preservation 50 to envision news ways of communicating the value of historic preservation and brainstorm strategies for achieving greater social impact.
Associate Professor Ronit Eisenbach led a bi-national team to design Hot/Cold, an engaging art installation in Haifa, Israel, for the Holiday of Holiday Festival celebrating Christmas, Chanukah and Ramadan.
Lung-Amam one of ten emerging faculty nation-wide recognized for her work to foster campus inclusion
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has named Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Planning Dr. Willow Lung-Amam a 2017 Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholar. Dr. Lung-Amam is one of ten emerging faculty from programs nationwide recognized for their efforts to foster inclusive campus communities as academic leaders.
2017 has been a banner year for natural disasters and a brutal one for humanity. Hurricanes, tropical storms, wildfires and earthquakes have evoked devastation on a global scale; this year in the U.S., natural disasters have claimed hundreds of lives, displaced tens of thousands more and have economically crippled entire regions. Tropical storm Harvey alone, which flooded an area around Houston the size of Lake Michigan, caused approximately $180 million in damage and displaced over 30,000 people.
This month, HISP Alum Gilbert Mbeng (MHP 2010) returned to his homeland of Cameroon to continue an on-going research and preservation project on the vernacular architecture of the Kom, the principle ethnic group of Cameroon’s Northwest Provence. The Mbainwol Initiative, a co-sponsored program with UMD’s Historic Preservation Program and an extension of Gilbert’s masters thesis, aims to preserve, educate and create a legacy of architectural heritage for the Kom people.