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History Talk and Panel Discussion Will Celebrate 50 Years of Howard Community College

COLUMBIA, MD – As part of a yearlong celebration of Howard Community College’s (HCC) 50th anniversary, Dr. Rosemary Williams, associate professor of history, will present a talk on the college’s history, followed by an interactive panel discussion with current and former employees and alumni on Tuesday, March 30 at 6 p.m.

HCC opened its doors to students for the first time on October 12, 1970. In honor of the college’s founding, Dr. Rosemary Williams completed the documentation of HCC’s history, initially started by HCC’s former historian, Vlad Marinich. In her upcoming talk, she will provide an overview of the college’s major milestones over the past 50 years.

“As a historian, I am always interested in exploring continuity and change,” said Dr. Williams. “In my research, I have sought to answer the question, ‘How has the college changed, and how has it stayed the same?’ I look forward to sharing my discoveries and exploring the rich history of HCC with the college community.”

Dr. Williams’ talk will also feature photographs from "HCC at 50: A Blast from the Past - Daily Life from the First Two Decades," a collection of photos taken by Quent Kardos, former HCC college photographer and director of audiovisual services. The images demonstrate what life was like for the HCC community during the college's early years.

Following the talk, Brian Cumer, special collections librarian, will moderate a panel discussion to further explore the stories, growth, and history of the college. He will be joined by Vlad Marinich, former historian and professor emeritus of history; Pamela Cornell, former director of admissions, professor, and director of the Silas Craft Collegians program; Quent Kardos; and Giannella Garrett, writer, photographer, and HCC alumna.

For more information and to register for the Tuesday, March 30 talk, visit The link to view this virtual event will be sent shortly after the registration is submitted.

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