Tawakkol Karman

Nobel Peace Prize Recipient to Speak on Nonviolent Activism

AMHERST, Mass. – Tawakkol Karman, the first Arab woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize, will speak on “Nonviolence as a Means of Struggle, Change and Success” on Wednesday, April 4 at 3 p.m. in the Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Hall at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The event, which is free and open to all, includes a 30-minute presentation followed by a 30-minute discussion.

Karman was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 in recognition of her work in the non-violent...

Toshi Reagon

‘Jazz Music and Social Change: A Conversation & Concert’ Set for April 3

The Valley Jazz Network (VJN) presents “Jazz Music and Social Change: A Conversation & Concert” featuring Toshi Reagon, Christian Scott and Helen Sung on Tuesday, April 3 from 7-10 p.m. in the Old Chapel Great Hall.

Conversation begins at 7 with performances to follow at 8:30.

Admission is free but tickets are required. Tickets available in person at the UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center Box Office; online at and by phone at 413-545-2511 or 888-999-UMAS....

Video: Hairdressers Are My Heroes

Inspired by sculptures in the exhibit “Five Takes on African Art” at the University Museum of Contemporary Art, stylist Kamala Bhagat recreates an ancient African hairstyle on the head of artist Sonya Clark. The performance, “Hairdressers Are My Heroes,” celebrates artists across time.

Michelle Budig

Eight to Attend Higher Education Resource Services Institutes

A record eight faculty members and administrators have been chosen to attend the 2018-19 Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) institutes, a leadership development program for women, according to John McCarthy, interim provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs.

The eight, who represent six schools and colleges, join a cadre of more than two dozen other administrators and faculty members who have attended the intensive residential leadership and management training...

Bunk Addresses Women’s Soccer Conference in England

Brian D. Bunk, senior lecturer in history, was an invited speaker at the international sports history conference “Upfront and Onside: The Women’s Football Conference” held in Manchester, England on March 8-9.

His talk “Spalding’s ‘Soccer for Women’ and the development of the women’s game in the U.S. up to the 1930s” discussed the early history of the sport in the United States.

Bunk teaches courses in world history, modern Europe and the history of sport, especially boxing and...

CMASS Celebrates Cultural Appreciation with Braids Event

By Le Tran

On March 6, the Malcolm X Cultural Center hosted Braids—an event that discussed the history of braids and headwraps along with cultural appreciation versus appropriation—as part of a series of events intended to promote cultural appreciation. The series is organized by the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS), and it supports the CMASS mission of sharing cultural expression and pride.

Students led the event's presentation...

Performance at UMass Proves Hair is Art

Story by Marla Friedson
​Photography by Demetrius McLester

On Monday, March 5, hairdresser and artist Kamala Bhagat showed that hair is art during her “Hairdressers Are My Heroes” performance at the University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA).

Bhagat—who specializes in taking works of art like sculptures and transforming them into hairstyles—worked on the hair of artist Sonya Clark to recreate a piece from the “Five Takes on African Art/42 Paintings by...

At The (Cultural) Center Of It All

By Marla Friedson

UMass Amherst isn’t just the home of #1 College Dining—it’s also home to four cultural centers on campus.

What is a Cultural Center, you might ask? Cultural Centers are places where students from both diverse and similar backgrounds can come together to celebrate their heritage, build a community, learn about their history and make friends. Each center hosts a variety of events throughout the year to help students feel connected to one another...

Dorothy Roberts

Acclaimed Scholar Dorothy Roberts Speaks about Constructs of Race

By Le Tran

On Feb. 22, acclaimed scholar of race, gender and law Dorothy Roberts delivered the annual College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Social Science Matters lecture in the Student Union. Roberts discussed the role of race in science and how the thought of race being a biological category has negatively affected people of color.

Roberts said race is not a natural division of people and that rather race is a social construct. However, she noted that...

VaNatta Ford

VaNatta Ford Talks Lil Wayne, Colorism, and Black Men’s Perspective in New Orleans

By Shayna Hall
Photos by Demetrius McLester

On Wednesday, Feb. 28, VaNatta Ford, professor at Williams College, spoke in the Integrative Learning Center Communications Hub addressing the practices of colorism in hip hop music with a main focus on rapper Lil Wayne.

During the lecture "Color Talk in LouWEEZYana: Lil Wayne, Colorism, and Black Men's Perspectives in New Orleans," Ford touched upon the colorist language that has been used throughout Lil Wayne...