Juan José Ibarretxe, Former President of the Basque Autonomous Community of Spain, to Speak at UMass Amherst

Juan José Ibarretxe, former president of the Basque Autonomous Community of Spain and director of the Agirre Lehendakaria Center of Social and Political Studies, will deliver the second annual William Douglass Chair in Basque Cultural Studies Lecture, Tuesday, April 17 at 5 p.m. in the third floor conference room of Gordon Hall at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Ibarretxe’s presentation, “How to Change a Country,” is free and open to the public.

Course creatively teaches anthropology through playing and designing games

It’s the end of fall semester, and Krista Harper, Professor of Anthropology and Public Policy, gathers a group of around 30 students and faculty in a University of Massachusetts classroom one chilly December evening. One by one, a half-dozen teams take their place in front of the class and present their final projects to their classmates. Presentations cover a range of topics: ecotourism, Hurricane Katrina and the evacuations that happened due to the storm, climate change in the Artic, and the plight of Syrian refugees.

Archaeological Services team helps town excavate its history

On a Saturday in Wayland, MA, a team of a half dozen people are braving overcast skies and the chill of December, spread around an abandoned home and nearby field with shovels, measuring tape, and other tools. The team, including a mix of historians and archaeologists from the Wayland Historical Commission, and volunteers and researchers from the University of Massachusetts Archaeological Services (UMAS) is on their last day of field work at the property known as the Dorey House.