Jennifer Barclay, assistant professor of playwriting and performance in the UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS), won the 2016 Smith Prize for Political Theater. Established in 2006 by writer Timothy Jay Smith in conjunction with a group of socially conscious donors, the prize is administered by the National New Play Network and supports a playwright addressing crucial contemporary social issues through personal storytelling.

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Celebrating 100 years of women’s education at UMD

September 14 is a landmark day in University of Maryland history! One hundred years ago today, a young woman named Elizabeth Gambrill Hook entered the Maryland State College of Agriculture, as the University of Maryland was then known, setting the stage for the over 17,000 female students currently on campus.  The 20-year-old Hook indicated an interest in experimental work in her entrance register entry and fulfilled her dream by earning her degree in entomology in 1920, becoming the first woman to take all of her classes on campus and receive a four-year degree.

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