The first Social Science Matters lecture of the semester will feature speaker Douglas Massey, professor of Sociology at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He will discuss the work he has done with legislators and policymakers in developing his migration research for policy use. 

January 25, 2017
11:30 am

Campus Center, Amherst Room

In this talk, Professor Zhao suggests that to meet the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, education needs a new paradigm that enhances human diversity, creativity and entrepreneurial thinking.

January 25, 2017
4:00 pm

Campus Center, 174-176

Join professors Megan Lewis (Theater) and Sut Jhally (Communication), and Kyla Walters, (PhD Candidate, Sociology) for this interactive panel discussion. “Teaching Controversial Topics Now” is a response to additional challenges and risks instructors may face in light of an increase in perceived and real threats against academic freedom.

February 2, 2017
11:30 am-1:00 pm

Integrative Learning Center, 3rd floor Communication Hub

Samuel Kassow, A Charles H. Northam Professor of History at Trinity College, will speak on the first-hand experiences of of Peretz Opoczynski and Josef Zelkowicz, Jewish journalists of the Warsaw and Lodz ghettos.

February 2, 2017
5:00 pm

Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies
Wesleyan University Researcher Psyche Loui presents her lecture titled “Emotion and Creativity in the Musical Brain.”

February 3, 2017
1:15 pm-2:15 pm

Fine Arts Center, 272

This seminar will introduce a sampler plate of ideas and activities from the course for first-year UMass students, titled “Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness, Creativity, and Accomplishment.”

February 7, 2017
4:00 pm

Hasbrouck Hall, 138

Professor David Reckhow of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will present his talk, “Drinking Water in Crisis: Lead, Lignin, and Legionella.” 

February 8, 2017
4:00 pm

Goodell Hall, Bernie Dallas Room

Renowned activist, civil rights leader and community organizer, Benjamin Jealous outlines what it will take to secure true equality for all Americans and to empower the next generation to lead toward a better future. 

February 23, 2017
4:30 pm

Student Union Ballroom

Talia Mae Bettcher, Ph.D. is a professor of philosophy at California State University, Los Angeles. She has published articles on transphobia and transphobic violence.

March 1, 2017
5:00 pm

Campus Center, 162-175

Professor Nilanjana Dasgupta, of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences will present her talk, “STEMing the Tide: How Female Professors and Peers Can Encourage Young Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.”

March 6, 2017
4:00 pm

Goodell Hall, Bernie Dallas Room