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Join us in welcoming our second cohort of Social Media Corps fellows. The SMC program introduces new and recently emerged scholars to using design and social media to share and develop humanities scholarship. Richard Daily (SMC '21) will be joining us as a teaching assistant and cohort ambassador, and our current Summer 2022 program runs through June!
Tyler Akeem Anderson | University of Minnesota // Viridiana Colosio-Martinez | University of Maryland Baltimore County // Diomand Henry | University of Maryland // Zaina René | Elizabeth City State University // Katelin Ten | University of Maryland // Vanessa Nicole Torres | Northeastern University
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 We are pleased to share some of the amazing texts developed by our 2021 Social Media Corps participants! SMC helps fellows to discover and develop a sense of visual and linguistic voice. From playlists to lesson plans, poetry to infographics, the work you'll find in their portfolios spans a range of approaches to using creative design for humanities work.  To see more, click the image above or visit ⇢
As for so many, the last few years have not been especially kind to us nor to our work. Usually we fill this segment with an inspirational nugget drawn from Black culture(s). But in this round we want to hold a recent data visualization from the NYT.
{This data visualization image represents data as a black sand, blowing into different shapes that represent data points.
Paired with the experience's interactivity, the simple images continually aggregate, disaggregate, and morph-- both a metaphor and a materiality for the complex ways we must continually process and experience painful  information about the pandemic. You can click through to experience the graphic in its proper context. We're only offering an abbreviated version here: this is a lot to hold.
Digital and experimental arts and humanities work can help us witness the unseen, or to process anew what we already think we know. Which is to say: we love amplifying #BlackDH work.

We are grateful for Amardeep Singh's updated African American Poetry: A Digital Anthology. “As of May 2022,” Singh writes, the site “contains the full text of 38 books of poetry (including anthologies as well as single-author books), and a small but growing collection of periodical poetry." As much as ever, we need Black poetry.

We've also been spending time with the Traveling While Black VR documentary, directed by Roger Ross Williams. This VR experience “transports you to historic Ben's Chili Bowl in Washington DC. The viewer shares an intimate series of moments with several of the patrons of Ben's as they reflect on their experiences of restricted movement and race relations in the U.S.”  Local folks interested in experiencing this project are welcome to visit AADHum to borrow a VR headset. Just drop us a line at to set up a visit!

The Summer 2022 SMC program is up and running, and applications for our numerous other grants, labs, and programs are also becoming available!
Applications for both AADHum Scholars Programs
are due Sunday June 5, 2022

{program tile for tASP} At the center of the reimagined AADHum Scholars Program is a digital humanities fellowship that provides humanities scholars and artists with financial, conceptual, and technical support toward the implementation of a #BlackDH project. 

Prior digital experience is not a prerequisite for this program; however all applicants should have a strong desire to learn and play, and an equally strong sense of how exploring or implementing a digital or experimental project in the arts and humanities contributes to their continued growth in Black Study.

Applications can be started and saved until the due date, and are designed to help you think through your ideas. You can find more details and also start an application at 

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Eligibility This tASP round is available to post-docs, academic faculty and staff, artists, programmers, GLAM professionals, and independent scholars. 

University System of Maryland and regional HBCU graduate students are eligible for tGASP, the Graduate AADHum Scholars Program.

tGASP is specifically designed to support local students whose digital work is or might become an element of their graduate coursework, MA thesis, or dissertation. You can learn more about tGASP at

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