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Arts Extension Service

The Arts Extension Service is a nationally recognized arts service organization that provides consultation and training for arts professionals in the field and arts management courses on campus. Working to serve the arts through education, research, and publications, the Arts Extension Service is the nation's leading provider of professional arts management education. AES offers two online Certificates in Arts Management, the nation's first and only online Arts Administration bachelor's degree, publications, research services, and training programs including Peer Advising and Artist-in-Business for state, regional, and local arts agencies. Visit website »

Center for the Study of African American Language (CSAAL)

A leader in both community engagement and cutting-edge linguistics research, the CSAAL works to foster and integrate scientific research on language in African American communities and application of that research in educational, social, and cultural realms. The Center has a commitment to serving as a resource for communities by furnishing information and providing training to students and educators who address language- and dialect-related issues. Visit website »

DEFA Film Library

The DEFA Film Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the only archive and study center outside Europe devoted to the study of a broad spectrum of filmmaking by East German filmmakers or related to East Germany from 1946 to the present. Visit website »

Digital Humanities Initiative 

The Digital Humanities Initiative at the University of Massachusetts seeks to support and initiate research projects within the digital humanities broadly conceived. The Digital Humanities Initiative is composed of core HFA faculty whose research directly engages digital materials. Visit website »

Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies

The Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a locus for research and teaching on the Holocaust, as well as on the memory and representation of this and other genocides. Its three primary organizing and research rubrics are: History, Memory, and Education. Visit website »

Interdisciplinary Studies Institute

The Interdisciplinary Studies Institute is a forum for faculty at the University of Massachusetts to engage with one another in a spirit of intellectual and creative adventure in a range of settings and environments. At the core of our activities is the IS Seminar, organized around a specific theme; each semester we choose a new topic (for a listing of past and present themes, see our Seminars page). The ethos of the seminar is free and democratic, cutting across lines of discipline and rank. Visit website »

Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies promotes the research, teaching, and dissemination of all aspects of literature and culture in the Early Modern Period (ca. 1400-ca. 1700.) To assist in this endeavor, the Center builds and maintains a unique collection of manuscripts, rare books, scholarly archives, and monographs. The Center also edits and publishes the English Literary Renaissance and The Sidney Journal as well as the book series Massachusetts Studies in Early Modern CultureVisit website »

New York Professional Outreach Program (NYPOP)

NYPOP is about making connections that lead to a career in the visual arts. The program brings university students to the work places of contemporary professionals in New York City. The experience encourages students to believe in the possibility of a career for themselves. On-site sessions examine contemporary aesthetics in concert with an insider’s perspective on the current professional scene. We seek answers to the many practical questions that stem from a student’s desire to become an artist, curator, art writer, and museum or gallery worker. Visit website »

Translation Center

The Translation Center is a unique enterprise that combines business services with academics. By keeping up with the latest in training and research, the Translation Center is able to offer higher quality translations to our clients. Visit website »

The Writing Program

An independent academic unit serving the entire campus community, a key part of undergraduate General Education. Their mission is to help students at UMass Amherst acquire the writing skills they need in their courses, their careers, and their lives in general. Visit website »

Western Massachusetts Writing Project

A local site of the National Writing Project, the Western Massachusetts Writing Project creates a professional community where teachers and other educators feel welcomed to come together to deepen individual and collective experiences as writers and our understanding of teaching and learning in order to challenge and transform our practice. Our aim is to improve learning in our schools—urban, rural, and suburban. Visit website »