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For Immediate Release
Contact: Date: Michele Baylin, Communications Manager 410.685.4186 | email@example.com November 9, 2012
Maryland Humanities Council Welcomes New 2013 Board Members
New Additions Include Scholar, Educator, Artist, and Journalist
(Baltimore) - The Maryland Humanities Council (MHC) elected four new members to its Board of Directors at its October meeting held in Columbia. New members include a preeminent scholar, an artist and architect, an Associate Professor and author, and an award-winning journalist and producer. Board members’ primary responsibilities include strategic planning, approving and monitoring the organization’s programs and services, ensuring effective fiscal management, fundraising, selecting and orienting new Board members, allocating grant funds, fundraising, and promoting MHC’s activities. Members serve without pay and are eligible to serve up to two three-year terms. New Board Members include: ALEX CASTRO CASTRO/ARTS LLC Alex Castro is an artist and architect. Designer of the American Visionary Art Museum and the Charles Theatre in Baltimore, he is presently designing the expansion of the Senator Theater, Baltimore's iconic art deco movie house. Mr. Castro has designed over 50 exhibitions for national and international museums and more than 100 books for museums and trade publishers. He has served as exhibition and museum architecture consultant in the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean, as well as nationally. Among his recent projects is the design of In Full Glory Reflected, a 272-page book commissioned by the State of Maryland in commemoration of the War of 1812. Mr. Castro's work as an artist is in the collections of the National Gallery of Art, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, and private collections. He is a member of the board of Yaddo, and is a member of the Maryland Commission on Public Art. He is currently adjunct professor of art at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, where he resides with his wife, Kelly. Page 1 of 3
DR. JOSEPH E. HARRIS EMERITUS, HOWARD UNIVERSITY Dr. Joseph E. Harris is a preeminent scholar, world-renowned expert on Africa, Howard University Distinguished Professor of History emeritus, lecturer, and author. He created the field of study known as the African diaspora and has championed that diaspora across time and geography. Through his teachings and ongoing scholarship, which includes the African Diaspora Map Series, he has helped erase prejudices about Africa and its people, and helped to reform the attitude that the study of African history is not as legitimate as the study of European or American history. His first book, The African Presence in Asia: Consequences of the East African Slave Trade is still viewed as the pioneering effort that has encouraged world scholars to further investigate the subject. His second book, Africans and Their History, is a landmark work that reconstructs Africa’s past, shedding light on the accomplishments of the advanced cultures in the early kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai. He has published eight books to date, as well as more than fifty articles which penetrate the myths and shatter the stereotypes about Africans and their achievements, and reveals a remarkable historical and global legacy. Since 1999, he has served as Director of the South African Research and Archival Project—which documents the African-American involvement in the struggle against apartheid, and he has laid the foundation so students and scholars can continue the work. The reference guides, produced on CD-ROM, along with the website, direct other researchers to the resources and information needed to build their own bodies of work. He continues to break new ground with the creation of a National Slavery Museum. Dr. Harris earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and a Master of Arts degree from Howard University. He later received his Ph.D. degree in African History from Northwestern University. Dr. Harris lives in Anne Arundel County. DR. LINDSAY J. THOMPSON JOHNS HOPKINS CAREY BUSINESS SCHOOL Dr. Thompson is an Associate Professor at the Carey Business School with research and teaching interests in values, leadership, and social change in business, society, and corporate culture. Dr. Thompson began her career in health care, launching the staff development program at St. Mary’s Health Center in Minneapolis and relocating to Baltimore as a planner for the Maryland Health Planning Commission, specializing in policy issues related to health credentialing, equity and access to health care for women, the uninsured, and the underinsured. Eager to understand the roots of bias and resistance to social change influencing US health and social policy, she pursued a PhD in Classics at Johns Hopkins to explore the historical dynamics of encounter between traditional cultures and modernity. Her thesis research examined the manipulation of public opinion through symbolic political discourse as a regime transformation strategy in the adoption of Christianity as the civic religion of the Roman Empire. A prolific writer, her most recent work is “Framing Gender Issues in Global Business and Economics,” in the Handbook of the Philosophical Foundations of Business Ethics, forthcoming in 2012. She is currently examining the livability of cities and role of business in shaping public discourse and the formation of civic conscience. A resident of Roland Park until moving to Albemarle Square, Dr. Thompson is the mother of two adult daughters, Lee and Anne Conderacci.
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YOLANDA MARIA VAZQUEZ MARYLAND PUBLIC TELEVISION Yolanda Maria Vazquez is a multiple award-winning reporter with more than 15 years’ experience in the television broadcast industry working both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Her diverse work has led to her extensive knowledge and understanding of the broadcast journalism field. Currently, Vazquez serves as a consumer reporter/producer for a nationally syndicated automotive show that airs each week on more than 200 PBS stations throughout the country and Discovery’s Velocity channel called MotorWeek. Vazquez is responsible for generating consumer and humaninterest automotive story ideas, coordinating field shoots, writing story copy and supervising the overall look and editing of packages. At Maryland Public Television, Ms. Vazquez wears many hats. In addition to her MotorWeek reporting duties, she also serves as a correspondent for a locally-produced business show called Your Money & Business as well as fill-in anchor for MPT’s live, call-in news and public affairs program, Direct Connection and the station’s weekly legislative show, State Circle. Ms. Vazquez became a part of the MPT team after working in Orlando, Fla., as a general assignment reporter. She is a graduate of Boston University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Television, Film and Production and a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, National Association of Black Journalists, Women in Film and TV, and Association of Black Media Workers (ABMW). She resides in Baltimore County and serves on the MHC Board as a gubernatorial appointee. New Board members join the 21 members who currently comprise MHC’s Board of Directors. They are: David Phillips (Chair and Government Liaison), Howard County; Diedre Badejo, Baltimore City; Elizabeth Cannon (Vice Chair), Garrett County; Paula Cleggett (Secretary), Montgomery County; Gordon Cooley, Frederick County; Monique Dixon, Baltimore City; Albert Feldstein, Allegany County; Michael S. Glaser, St. Mary’s County; Lauren Dugas Glover*, Prince George’s County; Sylvia Golombek, Baltimore County; Lenneal J. Henderson, Jr., Baltimore City; Judi Moore Latta, Montgomery County; Christopher M. Leighton, Baltimore City; O.F. Makarah, Prince George’s County; Katrina Bell McDonald*, Baltimore City; Adrianne Noe, Montgomery County; Heather Sarkissian, Baltimore City; Stephen Sfekas, Baltimore City; Davis Sherman (Treasurer), Baltimore City; Joseph R. Urgo, St. Mary’s County; David Wilson*, Baltimore City. *Indicates a Gubernatorial Appointee The Maryland Humanities Council is a statewide, educational, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which serves nearly a half a million Marylanders annually. The mission of MHC is to stimulate and promote informed dialogue and civic engagement on issues critical to Marylanders. For more information about MHC, please visit www.mdhc.org.
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