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Upcoming Events

American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity

Campus Center
1:00pm

How did the Vietnam War change the way we think of ourselves as a people and a nation? Professor Christian G. Appy, author of the widely praised oral history of the Vietnam War Patriots,examines the relationship between the war's realities and myths and its impact on our national identity, conscience, pride, shame, popular culture and postwar foreign policy.  

Appy will trace the rightward shift in U.S. politics and culture in the post-Vietnam decades and the efforts of President Ronald Reagan and others to rebuild the national pride and power they felt the war had deeply damaged.  With gripping assessments of figures as different as “Rambo” and Bruce Springsteen, he will demonstrate how vexed and conflicted the legacies of Vietnam still remain. After 9/11, U.S. policymakers ignored the cautionary lessons of the Vietnam War and launched the nation into two long and indecisive wars that went on long after a majority of citizens favored withdrawal.  

Gripping and insightful, Professor Appy’s lecture will appeal to anyone interested in the historical roots of our national identity and anyone concerned that our foreign policy rests ever more in the hands of an imperial presidency and a tiny group of advisers who do not seek the consent of an informed citizenry.

All are welcome.  No cost to attend.

Visit the UMass Alumni Association website and register today »

Location: Campus Center

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Jackson Katz | Alumni Weekend Keynote Speaker

Campus Center
12:00pm

Violence is a pervasive part of the social landscape in this country. It’s not enough simply to decry this tragic reality; what is needed are systemic solutions. 

Due to the ongoing problem of violence as well recent scandals in professional sports, law enforcement, the military and higher education, at the present moment there is renewed pressure on political, community, educational and business leaders to enact policy changes that will help reduce this violence.  

Join us to hear internationally renowned educator, author and filmmaker Jackson Katz, Philosohpy ’82 discuss both the problem of violence and some promising solutions. Katz is co-founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, one of the world’s longest-running and most influential programs in the gender violence prevention field. 

For more than two decades, Katz has been a major thought leader in the area of violence prevention as a social justice imperative. He is a major architect of the “bystander” approach to gender violence prevention, as well as a cultural theorist whose books and articles have helped to shape critical parts of the national conversation about violence.  

Dr. Katz will discuss how his experiences inside and outside the classroom at UMass-Amherst helped to shape his thinking and provide a template for his lifelong scholarship and activism.  Don’t miss this provocative, important and extremely timely presentation! 

Visit the UMass Alumni Association website and register today »

Cost: $20 per person

Location: Campus Center

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Architecture & Design Alumni Reunion & Building Introduction

Parking Lot #62 (New Building Site)
2:00pm

Join fellow Architecture and Design alumni as we gather to hear about plans for the new building and current developments in the department.

Light refreshments will be provided.

All are welcome. No cost to attend.

Visit the UMass Alumni Association website and register today »

Location: Parking Lot #62 (New Building Site)

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Garden Opening Concert

Renaissance Center | 650 E. Pleasant St. Amherst, MA 01002
2:00pm

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies invites you to the opening of their beautiful gardens with a concert by Nota Bene! The a cappella women's trio of Annie Philips, Elizabeth Chilton, and Nina Wurgaft will perform "Ah, Amaryllis! Songs of Love and Spring from the English Renaissance." Free and open to the public! No reservations, Reading Room. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club. Please feel free to bring your refreshments outside after the concert and enjoy a stroll through our gardens!

Location: Renaissance Center | 650 E. Pleasant St. Amherst, MA 01002

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