Facing Town and Gown: Futurizing Connection and Community

FACING TOWN AND GOWN: Futurizing Connection and Community

Edited by Dr. Amy Hagenrater-Gooding 

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Print Edition & eBook: The Facing Project Press | Release: 04/16/2024 | ISBN: 979-8-9860961-9-3 ( (paperback) / 979-8-9902900-0-6 (eBook) | Library of Congress Control Number: 2024935364 | 54 pages


Facing Town and Gown: Futurizing Connection and Community tells the story of eleven community members bridging education and community leadership in Princess Anne, Maryland, revealing the intersection of learning and living. These voices show how education in the community of the Eastern Shore of Maryland has enriched, enabled, and enforced communal living and thriving to cultivate a space of collaboration and growth.

Each story shows how individual members within this community came to find themselves a part of this enclave, building bridges between the past and the present and working to build a better future. Topics explored in this compilation include racial justice, community connections, education for the next generation, literacy, and historical legacy.


DR. AMY HAGENRATER-GOODING is a professor at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore where she has taught for fifteen years (twenty-four in the profession). She teaches classes on modern drama, the novel, women’s literature, Afrofuturism, and dystopian fiction. Her research interests deal with gender issues, women’s agency, and mother-work as seen in her publications.

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