• Objective: a campus-wide initiative to educate students on the central role of public education in the development of American democracy, especially as conceived by the founders as an instrument for shaping the political citizen.
  • Focus: the University of Maryland as the state’s original 1862 land-grant institution; its historical role in imagining and creating political subjects and democratizing elite education.
  • Method: trace the shifting educational fortunes of various subjects within the American polity—the white elite, the poor, women, people of color, Native Americans, LGBTQIA, immigrants—through the optic of the inclusions and exclusions of our own university over its history.


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Education and Citizenship Project Committee

The Education and Citizenship Project Committee, formed out of the Department of English, is comprised of Kimberly Anne Coles (chair), Jessica Enoch, Zita Cristina Nunes, Carla L. Peterson, Sangeeta Ray, Martha Nell Smith, Christina Walter, and Edlie Wong.

DTN Digital Media Presence Conceived and Coordinated by Zita Nunes

Graduate Assistant: Justine DeCamillis, PhD Student, Department of English

Undergraduate Assistant: Avid Antonelli

Web designer: Gregory Lord

Sponsored by:

Maryland Humanities

The Office of Undergraduate Studies

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The College of Arts and Humanities

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism

The Honors College

College Park Scholars

School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Center for Literary and Comparative Studies

Center for Global Migration Studies

Department of English

Department of Classics

Department of Philosophy

Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership

The First Year Book Program

Local Americanists Group