The ROARing Twenties – events, screenings, exhibitions, and coursework offer a fascinating look into the surprising connections between the 1920s and 2020.

College of Fine Arts and Communication 20-21 theme


Each year the College of Fine Arts and Communication focuses on a particular theme throughout the college. It encourages our college to speak as one voice through a multitude of experiences. Each discipline offers its own unique spin.

This year's theme, The ROARing Twenties, while different and challenging in many ways due to the global pandemic, has inspired some incredibly meaningful work by our faculty and students. From virtual concerts to podcasts, these thoughtful and provoking responses from our community will leave you wanting more.

Our current theme scholar, Karen Campbell Kuebler, adjunct professor from the Department of Dance, will share her own research on the Whitman sisters online later this fall. 

Podcast Series: The ROARing Twenties

This semester, the theme podcast series will continue with another line up of incredible faculty, staff, and students. Participants are asked to explore similar themes that have emerged between the centuries in relation to their discipline. 

  1. As an artist/scholar/performer, how does your work in 2020 connect to the themes of the 1920s?

  2. In the midst of a global pandemic as well as the Black Lives Matter movement, what can we learn and apply from the 1920s to the world today?

  3. How do you envision engaging students in the context and history of The Roaring Twenties and make it relevant in their virtual world today?

Join us in celebrating the twenties with our own unique spin, because we Tigers know how to roar. Interested in being on a future podcast? .


On this week's podcast, Ruben Del Valle, Jr., Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts, tells us how the pandemic impacted the theatre community, forcing them to reexamine how they do their work and find new ways to reach their audience. (Transcript)


Art + Design major Justin Rosato '21, winner of the 2020 COFAC Outdoor Sculpture Competition, tell us how his sculpture was created and how it relates to the art trends of the 1920s. View Image (pdf) (Transcript)


Karen Campbell Kuebler, adjunct professor in the Department of Dance, tells us about the connection between the centuries through the lens of arts and communication. Read more about Karen's research on the 1920s in her latest essay, The Whitman Sisters: Challenging, Building, ROARing. (Transcript)


Eric Karikari, professor in the Department of Communication Studies, shares his perspective on how the global pandemic has presented an opportunity for organizations to reimagine work and organzing. Karikari has pondered the implications of the pandemic on organizations, specifically the implications for social justice. (Transcript)


Hannah Brancato, tells us about her work as an artist, educator, and activist in Baltimore. Her work is dedicated to mobilizing visual culture to uproot and resist white supremacy and rape culture. Hannah is co-founder of FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture and was part of the collective until 2020. Currently, Hannah is teaching in the Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education. Her course, Art x Resistance, was designed to investigate and document the role of art in social change. (Transcript)


On this week's podcast, Bari Hochwald-Cagnola, adjunct professor in the Department of Theatre Arts, explores the question: As an artist/scholar/performer, how does your work in 2020 connect to the themes of the 1920s? Bari teaches Theatre for Social Change at TU and is also part of the Global Theatre Project. Join her on Sunday, October 25th for, Our Voice Our Day! Youth, ages 18-29, come together for open mic live streams using art to inspire deep discussion and activism into our relationship to voting and participation in building a healthy community. All ages are welcome. (Transcript)


McKinley Wallace III, a local Baltimore artist, joins us as a special guest this week, hosted by Erin Lehman, director of galleries in the Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education. Wallace explores the history of systemic racism through illustrative mixed media. His work can be seen at the All Night Party virtual exhibition. (Transcript)


Dr. Kalima Young, professor from the Department of Electronic Media and Film, tells us about the 2020 Fall Film Series: The Roaring Twenty-Somethings. Spanning several genres, this year’s film series explores how film helps construct our understanding of youth, aging, sexuality, and productivity. (Transcript)

Music and the 1920s

TU Women's Choir: The March of the Women

While researching the music of the 1920s, director of choral activities and assistant professor in the Department of Music, Diana Sáez, came across The March of the Women. This song, composed by Ethel Smyth in 1910, to words by Cicely Hamilton, became an anthem to the women fighting for their right to vote in Britain and the United States.

With this simple project, we pay tribute to all the women who paved the way for us to exercise our right to vote and to encourage everyone to vote in the upcoming election. ”

Diana Sáez

Director, Diana Sáez | Accompanist, Esther Lee | Video Producer, Kelly Murph '23

Choir members: Grace-Ann Bartlow, Emily Crawford, Katelyn Dixon, Laura Dodson, Makaila Elmore, Annalese Estepp, Katia Grant, Jordan Hakala, Missy Hapner, Samantha Ichniowski, Rachel Morales, Kelly Murph, Ren Neely, Kayla Quashie, Emily Ricci, Carmella Russell, Talya Spenla, Alanna Stefano, Kitty Strakna, Jovan White, Michaela Wilson, Katie Verhoeven.