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University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst

W.E.B. Du Bois Department


Thursday, February 26th

8:00 p.m.

Memorial Hall, UMass Amherst

Visiting Writers Series

UMass MFA alumnus Okey Ndibe

*see flyer for details.




Tuesday, March 3rd

6:30 p.m.

Augusta Savage Art Gallery, New Africa House

SOS-Calling All Black People

Book Signing

Featuring the New Africa House Ensemble with guest appearance by Sonia Sanchez

*see flyer for details.


Upcoming Dissertation Defenses

Savannah Carroll

“Creating the Ideal Mexican: 20th and 21st Century Racial and National Identity Discourses in Oaxaca”

Friday, March 6th 

10:00 a.m.

Herter Hall, Room#601


Julia Charles

“The (Dis)ability of Color: or, That Middle World: Toward a New Understanding of 19th and 20th Century Passing Narratives”

Monday, March 30th  

11:00 a.m.

Herter Hall, Room#601

Emahunn Campbell

“The Imagination and Construction of the Black Criminal in American Literature, 1741-1910”

Thursday, April 16th 

2:00 p.m.

Room 201, 2nd Floor

New Africa House

The Du Bois Department Graduate Organization (DDGO) welcomes submissions from graduate students for its first annual conference to be held on March 27, 2015. We invite students from all disciplines to submit abstracts for individual papers and panels by February 2, 2015. The construction of "deviance" has impacted several spheres in the lives of Black peoples globally. For centuries, the perception of Blackness as other, dangerous, or inherently depraved has invalidated and threatened Black lives, whether through stereotyping Black bodies or through providing justification for slavery, colonization, police brutality, and racial profiling. This conference seeks to analyze the
different ways in which deviance is associated with and affects Black peoples worldwide. It also seeks to explore how Black peoples have responded to attempts to equate blackness with deviance. We are particularly interested in work that critically examines how the imposition of deviance has reconfigured racism and created challenges for African and African-Diasporic peoples. Interested parties should email an abstract of 250-350 words to Nneka Dennie at Please see the attached CFP for more details. See CFP here.


February 6 - February 26, 2014

Opening reception on Sunday, February 8, 2015, 5 pm - 7 pm

At 6 PM there will be a musical invocation in resonance with Yusef Lateef's artworks, performed by Adam Rudolph with Alex Marcelo, Batya Sobel and Matt Waugh.

Harold F. Johnson Library Center
Hampshire College
893 West Street Amherst MA 01002

The exhibition is organized as part of Black History Month programs.
TOWARDS THE UNKNOWN is curated by Alhena Katsof and organized with White Columns, New York City where it was on view November 8 - December 20, 2014.

Augusta Savage Art Gallery

Check out their upcoming exhibits!

CMASS Weekly Bulletin