News

Shawn Shimpach, Ph.D.
Oct 29, 2017

A Comm professor will be at the helm of the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival (MMFF) as it enters its 25th year. Shawn Shimpach, Ph.D., associate professor in the Communication department, has been appointed director of the MMFF. Shimpach, a self-described cinephile, who calls it a “sweet assignment,” will be curating the events, organizing the screenings, and coordinating with guest speakers and filmmakers.

Oct 10, 2017

The Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA) will hold its upcoming conference at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Professor Marty Norden of the Communication Department is this year’s program chair. He is working alongside recently retired UMass Amherst history professor Rob Weir, NEPCA’s longtime executive secretary and treasurer.

Time Wise, The Great White Hoax Film Screening
Oct 2, 2017

Faculty, staff, and students gathered in the Integrative Learning Center this semester, for the premiere screening of the film The Great White Hoax. The film features acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise, who discusses the intersectionality between race and class in American politics. Wise explores how American political leaders of both parties have been tapping into white anxiety, working to divide and conquer working class voters and shore up political support.

Sep 25, 2017

The internship application process can seem daunting at first. It is easy to feel overwhelmed or discouraged. For Communication student Shakinah Starks ’19, like many other students, it was not immediate success. After applying to what she says were more than 200 internship openings for the summer, she realized she needed help.

So, she booked an appointment with Chief Undergraduate Advisor, Allison Butler, for advice. Butler told her she needed a new approach, so they embarked on a plan of action and that meant using the resources available to Starks–UMass alumni.

Associate Professor Jonathan Ong
Sep 11, 2017

Jonathan Corpus Ong joins the Department of Communication at UMass Amherst as Associate Professor of Global Digital Media. Trained in ethnographic methods, his approach to the study of communication is through long-term immersion and inquiry into how media matter in the everyday lives of ordinary people–particularly from communities we know little about.

Aug 29, 2017

Mike Alvarez, a Comm Ph.D. candidate and recipient of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, served as visiting scholar at the fall 2017 residency of Goddard Graduate Institute at Goddard College.

Allison Butler, Ph.D.
Aug 29, 2017

Comm Lecturer Allison Butler, Ph.D. has a new role added to her list of responsibilities this semester. Butler is the new Chief Undergraduate Adviser (CUA) for the Department of Communication. Butler will work as part of the team of advisors who include Aaron Hoholik and Saulo DePaulo, and alongside their 2017-2018 team of student peer advisors.

Aug 23, 2017

Mike F. Alvarez, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication, wrote a column about how the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why,” about the suicide of a young girl, may be uncomfortable to watch but it also deals directly with some of the complicated reasons people kill themselves. Alvarez says forbidding teenagers from watching the show is not the right way to handle the question of understanding and preventing suicide.

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