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Upcoming Events

Zube Lecture Series

Design Building | Room 170

The Zube lecture series is named for Ervin Zube, former department head of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from 1974 to 1980. Professor Zube is internationally known for his leadership in developing a culture of academic research in the profession of landscape architecture. His research made numerous seminal contributions to landscape planning theory and practice. Ervin left UMass for the University of Arizona, where he continued his renowned research and teaching until he passed away in 2001.

Ervin and his wife Margaret endowed at UMass in 2004 to “bring scholars to the department to stimulate and enrich our academic community in landscape architecture and planning." The Zube endowment has been supported generously by alumni, students, and faculty.

We honor their leadership and generosity through the lecture series which continues to enrich our community with the thoughts and works of local, national, and international academic and professional leaders. The department is pleased to accept donations of any amount to continue to build and enlarge the endowment.

Location: Design Building | Room 170

Contact Name: Evonne Gong

Contact Number: (413) 545-2255

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Feinberg Series: Community Action Forum

Holyoke City Hall Ballroom, 536 Dwight St, Holyoke, MA 01040

This highly participatory forum will bring students, scholars, community members and activists from central and western Massachusetts together to talk about ongoing work to support and build the collective power of individuals, families, and communities affected by mass incarceration. Participants will view the exhibit and complete shared readings in advance. Registration is required.

This event, hosted and facilitated by the UMass Alliance for Community Transformation, is offered as part of the Department of History's 2016-17 Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series, titled "The U.S. in the Age of Mass Incarceration."

This year's series explores how state violence, mass incarceration, and mass criminalization have transformed the U.S. economy, culture and society. It features more than a dozen panels, performances, gallery exhibitions, and lectures by the nation's leading scholars, artists and activists. The Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series is made possible thanks to the generosity of UMass history department alumnus Kenneth R. Feinberg ’67 and associates.

Location: Holyoke City Hall Ballroom, 536 Dwight St, Holyoke, MA 01040

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Works in Progress Seminar: "Tasting Feminisms"

83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College

The Celebration of 25 years of the Women's Studies Research Center presents "Tasting Feminisms" featuring speakers Leda Cooks, Professor of Communication (UMass) and Shakuntala Ray, PhD Candidate in English (UMass).

Location: 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College

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Community Class: Shakespeare and Renaissance Human

Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Adam Hall of UMass Amherst will teach a class that will explore some of the central ideas of Renaissance Humanism and will include reading Romeo and Juliet as a class in depth. This class series runs for eight weeks.

Each class is free and open to all. Please pre-register by March 15 by phone or email.


Location: Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Contact Name: Ellen Caroll-McLane

Contact Number: (413) 577-3600

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UMass New Play Lab: Life Defying Acts

Curtain Theater, UMass Fine Arts Center

New works are the lifeblood of the American theatre. As a part of UMass’ long tradition of fostering and presenting new works to central Massachusetts, the theatre department sponsors a Play Lab every year. Play Lab's mission is to help develop plays with bold and fresh forms that give voice to underrepresented communities and stories. Through an intensive selection process, we pick one new script that speaks to our campus community, and offer the playwright the thing they need most: a roomful of talented artists who dedicate a fortnight to helping them polish their rough gem into a diamond. Audience members are vital to this endeavor because their feedback helps shape the future of these new plays. Come be part of a community that fosters new work.

Directed by Ifa Bayeza, LIFE DEFYING ACTS by Pam Dickler surrounds the tale of two sisters caught in throes of America’s epidemic wave of juvenile depression and young adult suicide, the toll and atonement, recrimination, recovery.

Location: Curtain Theater, UMass Fine Arts Center

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Concert | David Shifrin

Fine Arts Center | Bezanson Recital Hall

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Music & Dance will present a special performance by legendary clarinetist David Shifrin. The performance will also feature UMass faculty members Gilles Vonsattel on piano and Romie de Guise-Langlois on clarinet.

David Shifrin has received widespread acclaim as one of the top clarinetists in the world. He is the winner of major competitions in Munich, Geneva, and San Francisco, and is one of only two wind players to have been awarded the Avery Fisher Prize. Mr. Shifrin’s recordings have received three Grammy nominations and his performance of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra was named Record of the Year by Stereo Review. He has also released two CDs of Lalo Schifrin's compositions, one of which was nominated for a Latin Grammy. 

Mr. Shifrin will be accompanied by Gilles Vonsattel for performances of Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsody and “Little Shepherd” and “Dr. Gradus ad Parnassum” from Children's Corner, Poulenc’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Brahms’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in F minor, Op. 120, and Schumann’s Fantasiestucke for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 73. Romie de Guise-Langlois will also join Shifrin in performing Poulenc’s Sonata for Two Clarinets.

Tickets are $10 for the general public; $3 for UMass students; and $5 for other students, seniors & children through age 18. Tickets may be purchased at the Fine Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 413-545-2511, or on the Fine Arts Center website.

Location: Fine Arts Center | Bezanson Recital Hall

Contact Name: Matt Longhi

Contact Number: (413) 545-0018

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Visiting Writers Series | Fred Moten

Memorial Hall

The University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers presents a reading by writer Fred Moten.

Fred Moten is author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition, Hughson’s Tavern, B. Jenkins, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (with Stefano Harney), The Feel Trio, The Little Edges and The Service Porch. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the University of California, Riverside.

This event is free and open to the public.

Location: Memorial Hall

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Symposium: Multicultural Scandinavia

Integrative Learning Center S231 & S211
(All day)

Location: Integrative Learning Center S231 & S211

Contact Name: Sherrill Harbison

Contact Number: (413) 545-6685

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