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Beyond the Field

Beyond the field, UMD Homecoming Address

Researchers at the University of Maryland are tackling the grand challenges of our time, from climate change to systemic racism to global health. Homecoming’s Beyond the Field lecture goes off the gridiron and into the classroom to showcase our faculty’s impactful work.

Content warning: this video includes discussions of gun violence and mentions of suicide.

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Dr. Joseph Richardson, Jr.

Joel and Kim Feller Professor of African American Studies and Anthropology MPower Professor

Professor Joseph Richardson’s work takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the causes and consequences of gun violence. Through the Transformative Research and Applied Violence Intervention Lab (TRAVAIL), he integrates behavioral and social science, medicine, public health, social work, law, computer science and the digital humanities to inform ways to stem gun violence in Black communities. Read about Dr. Richardson’s work or watch the “Life After the Gun Shot” documentary to learn more.

Dr. Richardson is a key member of the 120 Initiative, an effort led by University of Maryland President Darryll J. Pines and fellow presidents from Washington, D.C.-area universities and colleges to gather experts from their institutions to advance promising, actionable solutions to reduce gun violence in the United States.

How You Can Help

Learn more about organizations on the front lines of reducing gun violence across the U.S.

Past Lectures

Watch Beyond the Field, the 2021 Homecoming Address on Youtube


Rashawn Ray, professor of sociology and executive director of the Lab for Applied Social Science Research in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, discusses his work on systemic racism, bias in policing, cyberbullying and more in the inaugural Homecoming address.