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University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst

W.E.B. Du Bois Department


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.

J. Anthony Guillory's Dissertation Defense

"The Physical Uplift of the Race: The Emergence of the African American Physical Culture Movement, 1900-1930"

Friday, January 30th at 1 p.m.

Room 601, Herter Hall

Public Talk at UMass Amherst
Dr. Andrew Pearson
Director, Pearson Archaeology Ltd
Research Associate, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology,
University of Bristol, UK

Thursday, January 22nd, 4-5:30 pm
UMass Campus Center Room 917 (light refreshments provided)

Sponsored by UMass Departments of Anthropology, Afro-American Studies, Economics, Public History Program and the Center for Heritage and Society.

Sounds of Soul--Timbres and Tones of Black Music in the 1960s and 1970s

Thursday, February 5th

12:00-1:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion and Q&A Session

Featuring: Jim Carroll, Donald Geesling, Jon Hill, and Emily Lordi

Multi-campus digital simulcast

UMass Springfield: Classroom 4

UMass Amherst: Du Bois Library, Room 1649

STCC: Room 102, Building 17, Putnam Hall

February 12th at 7:00 p.m.

David Ruggles Center presentation on 19th century African American poetry by Erika DeSimone and Fidel Louis, editors of a new volume called

Voices Beyond Bondage: An Anthology of Verse by African Americans of the 19th Century, published by the anti-racist press NewSouthBooks in Montgomery, Alabama. 

The event will take place on February 12 at 7:00 at Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge Street.


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