Using your Migrations theme zine to plan and take self-guided excursions in DC and Maryland
Get the most out of the "Migrations" theme, by using the special Scholars theme "zine" to take your own field trips! You can find a list of possible excursions and destination locations at the bottom of this page.
How it works
Earn Scholars Cup points for every prompt you complete. Bonus points will be given for a fully complete zine and for the program that turns in the most completed zines.
When you’ve completed the three prompts (or however many you’d like to complete), please turn it in to Scholars Administrative Coordinator Jess Krenek in 1125 Cumberland. Please consult with your program director to confirm if they’ll require you to write up a more formal version of your reflections for class credit, extra credit, etc. We recommend holding onto your zine until you have done so!
There is no deadline for turning in your zine. Complete it at your own pace.
How & why to use your zine
Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your theme zine:
- Design your own learning adventure. Better yet, collaborate with fellow Scholars and make it a group adventure!
- Explore the multicultural richness of the world around the university.
- Talk to strangers (business owners, artists, museum guides, etc.) about their migration stories. Does the idea of talking to strangers intimidate you? Here are some tips on how to do it safely, respectfully and meaningfully.
- Reflect on what you see, hear, eat and experience. Think about how the movement of people from all over the world to the Washington area has shaped the region. Take pictures to document where you go and what you do. Bring a pencil and use your zine to record brief observations while you are off on your adventure.
- As a reminder, earn Scholars Cup points for every prompt you complete. Only one zine per student!
Where to get a theme zine
If you did not receive a physical theme zine from your Scholars program director, feel free to visit the Scholars front office at 1125 Cumberland for a copy.
There are many types of migration, and we encourage students to consider a wide variety of migration possibilities as they go on their excursions. For example, the Holocaust Museum and African-American Museum will offer narratives around forced migration. The Smithsonian Air & Space Museum might provide ways to explore space travel as one form of migration.
Special exhibit: "Americans and the Holocaust"
- National Museum of African American History and Culture
National Museum of American History
Special exhibit: “Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II” (through Jan. 6, 2019)
National Museum of the American Indian
Special exhibit: "Americans"(through 2022)
Special exhibit: “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man” (through January 2019)
Phillips Collection: Free to all UMD students, including a shuttle program through The Stamp!
Special exhibit: “Migration” series
- Smithsonian Air & Space Museum
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Special exhibit: “Trevor Paglen, Sites Unseen” (through Jan. 6, 2019)
- The Arabian Sights Film Festival, Oct. 18–28, Washington, DC
- Chinatown (Washington, DC)
- Chinatown Community Cultural Center
- DC Independent Film Festival, March 2019, Washington, DC
- Embassy Row
- Films Across Borders—Stories of Women, through December 18, 2018, Silver Spring & Washington, DC
- Little Ethiopia, 9th & U Street, Washington DC; plus downtown Silver Spring
- Little Italy, Baltimore
We’ve included restaurants with a variety of price points for entrees.
- “Best Cheap Eats in Washington, DC”: This list contains a wide variety of cuisines and ways to order cheaply at a number of restaurants, several of which appear on our lists as well!
- Apioo African Bar & Grill (Ghanian)
- Baan Thai (Northern Thai)
- Bantam King (Japanese Ramen)
- Eastern Market (Variety)
- Little Havana (Cuban)
- Mi Cuba Cafe (Cuban)
- Rasa Grill (Indian)
- Union Market (Variety)
Downtown Silver Spring/Wheaton
- Accessible via the 111 UMD Shuttle (free) OR the Silver Spring Metro Stop and J4 Bus Route
- Addis Ababa Restaurant (Ethiopian)
- Bete (Ethiopian)
- Gisele’s Creole Cuisine (Haitian): A 5-minute walk from the Wheaton Metro Station
- Kefa Cafe (Coffee/Ethiopian)
- Mandalay (Burmese)
- Mi La Cay (Vietnamese): A six-minute walk from the Wheaton Metro Station
- Port-Au-Prince (Haitian)
College Park/Baltimore Ave./Hyattsville
- Chez Dior (Senegalese)
- Jodeem African Cuisine (African & Afro-Caribbean)
- Marathon Deli (Greek)
- Northwest Chinese (Chinese)
- Saburo Ramen (In KangNamBBQ-Korean BBQ & Ramen)
- Samantha’s (Latin American)
- Sardi’s (Peruvian)
- Shagga (Ethiopian)
- Tiffin (Indian)
- Woodlands (Indian; all vegetarian)
On-campus excursion options
Looking for something a little closer to home? Want a chance to explore more of what the College Park campus has to offer? Check out one of our art galleries, a free performance at the Clarice, or a cultural festival--a few suggestions below!
We have a wide range of cultural and ethnic organizations on campus, and you can explore many of these offerings (and events that they’re hosting!) by browsing student groups on OrgSync
On-campus art galleries
The Stamp Gallery (in the Stamp Student Union)
New exhibition Mirrored Re-Collection opening 11/1
The Driskell Center (located in the Cole Student Activities Building)
Current exhibition: Moving Visuals through 11/16
- The UMD Art Gallery (in the Art & Sociology Building)
Performances at The Clarice
Free tickets are available to students by registering online.
Company Wang Ramirez (France), Borderline
Thursday, Nov. 1, 8 p.m., Kay Theatre
Alsarah & the Nubatones (Sudan)
Thursday, Nov. 1, Friday, Nov. 2, 8 p.m., Milkboy ArtHouse
Kate Lindsey and Baptiste Trotignon (USA/France), Thousands of Miles
Thursday, Nov. 8, 8 p.m., Gildenhorn Recital Hall
Nov. 9–16, Kogod Theatre
Vanessa Vân Ánh Võ, The Odyssey - From Vietnam to America
Saturday, Dec. 8, 8 p.m., Kay Theatre
Faculty Artist Series: Polish Revival: Influences Beyond the Border,
Concert by the Left Bank Quartet
Sunday, March 31, 2019, 3 p.m., Gildenhorn Recital Hall