Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
University of Maryland
Howard County Conservancy
10520 Old Frederick Rd

How do different institutions empower people through information access? How does the dissemination of information lead to community empowerment? Join us for a collaborative panel discussion that will explore these important connections on November 14, 2019 at the Howard County Conservancy! The College of Information Studies (iSchool), Alumni Association, and College of Arts & Humanities cordially invite all alumni, faculty, students, and friends of the University of Maryland to come hear extraordinary researchers speak about how institutions of all types promote information access to empower individuals and the communities in which they live. Speaker information below.

There will be time for Q&A and networking following the program. Registration includes an open bar and hors d'oeuvres.

Moderator: Dr. Paul Jaeger 


1. Dr. Beth St Jean: Dr. Beth St. Jean is an Associate Professor in the College of Information Studies and an affiliate faculty member of the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy. She will speak about consumer health information justice, focusing on the various types of information-related factors that influence both individual health outcomes and health (in)equities and current [related] research in the field.

2. Trevor Muñoz: Trevor Muñoz is the Interim Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), as well as Assistant Dean for Digital Humanities Research at the University of Maryland Libraries. He will speak about MITH's work helping local communities tell the stories of their history and heritage using technology.

3. Dr. Jonathan Lazar: Dr. Jonathan Lazar is the Associate Director of Trace Research and Development Center, as well as a professor in the College of Information Studies. He will speak about Trace's focus on different technologies and modalities to increase accessibility for users with disabilities.

4. Dr. Andrew Fellows: Dr. Andrew Fellows, former College Park Mayor, is the Community Outreach Program Manager at the College of Information Studies. He will talk about Campus Community Connection and the work to empower communities through sustained collaboration with higher education in Maryland.


Alumni Association Member: $5
Non Member: $10
Current UMD Student: Free


For Questions:
Claudia Sanchez