Presenting Real, Original, Powerful Stories

November 21—January 31, 2019

P.R.O.P.S: Presenting Real, Original, Powerful Stories – Applications Open

P.R.O.P.S: Presenting Real, Original, Powerful Stories

This program offers students the opportunity to share inspiring stories and innovative discoveries. Selected students will present a 5-12 minute-talk in a live showcase which will be recorded and made available to larger audiences. Talks can explore a range of topics addressing personal growth, academic research, or new perspectives. This can result in shared learning, inspiration, and motivation to make a positive change. 

Examples include: 

International Coffee Hour Series

January 23, 2019 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
February 5, 2019 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
February 21, 2019 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
March 4, 2019 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
March 22, 2019 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
April 3, 2019 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
April 16, 2019 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
April 29, 2019 4:00 pm-5:00 pm

International Coffee Hours

International Coffee Hour

Enjoy great conversation over FREE coffee, tea and tasty snacks!

Co-sponsored by International Programs Office and Student Affairs and Campus Life. Refreshments provided by UMass Dining

IPO Lets Chat

January 30, 2019 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
February 12, 2019 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
February 28, 2019 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
March 11, 2019 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
March 29, 2019 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
April 10, 2019 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
April 23, 2019 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
May 6, 2019 4:00 pm-5:00 pm

IPO "Let's Chat"

When something’s bothering you, talking about it is often the first step toward a solution. Now, there’s an informal, convenient, confidential way to get insight and information – “Let’s Chat.”

The program offers free, friendly drop-in sessions with a counselor from the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH). “Let’s Chat” isn’t formal counseling or mental health treatment. It’s a chance to briefly share what’s on your mind, find support, and get recommendations. No topic’s off-limits!

February 2, 2019
4:00 pm-5:50 pm

LGBTQ+ Community Ice Skating

Free entry and skate rental sponsored by the Stonewall Center. Come skate or hang out and meet folks in our game room.

February 5, 2019
7:30 pm

Guest Artist Concert: The Langston Hughes Project

The Department of Music and Dance, in conjunction with the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies and the Fine Arts Center, present the Langston Hughes Project featuring the Ron McCurdy Quartet.

The Quartet will feature Ron McCurdy, trumpet; Yuma Sang, piano; Fumi Tomita, bass & Tom Giampietro, drums.

The performance will feature live music, poetry, and imagery.

Lecia Brooks, Jelani Cobb, Daniel Ziblatt

February 5, 2019
9:30 am

Understanding the Forces that Drive Us Apart: A Symposium on Polarization

This daylong symposium will help participants understand the history and dynamics of political and social polarization as well as offer opportunities to build skills to overcome it.  Featured speakers include Lecia Brooks, Outreach Director, Southern Poverty Law Center; Jelani Cobb, Professor of Journalism, Columbia University; Daniel Ziblatt, Harvard University. Book signing opportunities will also be available. Sponsored by the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

Program Summary

9:30 am: Opening Remarks

10:00 am: Plenary Session: Hate in Historical Perspective

February 6, 2019 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Queer and Trans People of Color Monthly Dinner

Are you a queer/trans person of color who wants to make connections and build community with fellow QTPOC on campus? Join us for dinner! Future dinners will be on March 6, April 3, and May 1. The theme of the February dinner is "Community Date Night."

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

February 14, 2019
7:30 pm

Performance: Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah has had a whirlwind career that has brought him to the forefronts of jazz, hip-hop, and pop. Rooted in the traditions of his hometown, New Orleans, Scott is widely recognized as one of the progenitors of “Stretch Music,” a jazz rooted, genre blind musical form that attempts to “stretch” jazz’s rhythmic, melodic and harmonic conventions to encompass as many other musical forms, languages and cultures as possible. Stretch your definition of jazz with his quintet this Valentine’s Day and share the evening with us.

Art by Dr. Shirley Whitaker

February 19, 2019
5:00 pm

'Ashes To Ashes' Documentary Screening and Discussion

"Ashes to Ashes" are the final words in typical African American funeral services. Many of those who were murdered by the Klan to maintain the reign of white supremacy never received their Ashes to Ashes.

March 6, 2019
7:30 pm

Concert: 'Evolution-Kodo'

Kodo, the world’s foremost taiko company which has singularly played the most important role in popularizing modern taiko drumming, will present its program "Evolution-Kodo." 

Forging new directions for the traditional Japanese drum by exploring the limitless possibilities, Kodo brings a display of raw athleticism and rhythmic mastery to U.S. audiences with their cutting-edge and ever-evolving production featuring the men and women of Kodo in a bold portrayal of the essence of drumming through this vibrant living art form.