Robert Koulish on a panel from fall 2019

Justice and Legal Thought Scholars Director Robert Koulish (far right) spoke on immigration at three panels this spring, challenging students to consider the issue from new viewpoints. Here, he is pictured with fellow panelists from an event from fall 2018. PHOTO: Office of International Affairs

3 Theme Questions With... Robert Koulish

This year, for our 2018–19 annual theme, "Migrations: Populations and Practices on the Move," we have been asking our Scholars faculty and staff to share how they are connecting the theme to their respective programs. The first entry in this series, "3 Questions With..." was with Tim Knight, director of the Environment, Technology and Economy Scholars program.

Andy Shallal and Psche Williams-Forson on stage

Andy Shallal (left), the owner of Busboys and Poets and an Iraqi-American, spoke with University of Maryland American Studies Professor Psyche Williams-Forson on the power of food in bringing people together. Food has been a recurring theme in many migration tales.

Food Can Bring People Together, No Matter Your Culture, Says Busboys and Poets Owner

College Park Scholars kicked off the spring semester with a February dialogue event for students to share their own personal stories around our annual theme, “Migrations.” Many of the participants, as first- or second-generation Americans, spoke of their connections to their parents’ or grandparents’ cultures through food. They also referenced the emotional impacts their families’ respective migration stories had on their own lives.

What Scholars Faculty & Staff Did on Their Spring Break

At the start of the 2018–2019 academic year, we ran a story on some of the interesting things Scholars students and alumni did during their summer break. But students aren’t the only ones in Scholars who pursue other adventures when class isn’t in session. We caught up with some of our Scholars faculty and staff to see how they spent the most recent winter and spring breaks.