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University of Massachusetts
161 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA 01003-9312

Tel. 413.545.1330
Fax. 413.545.6137




Joyce Berkman Retirement Celebration


After 48 years at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Joyce Avrech Berkman, Professor of History and Adjunct Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, will be retiring at the end of the 2012-2013 academic year. We would like to invite you to join us on May 3rd, 2013 to honor her remarkable career.

To celebrate Joyce's multifaceted professional contributions, we have organized a day-long series of presentations inspired by Joyce's work, followed by a dinner. Presentations will be held in the Cape Cod Lounge on the University of Massachusetts, Amherst campus.

Please register for the dinner here.


Schedule of Events


Welcome: Joye Bowman, Chair of the History Department

10-11:15AM Feminist Oral History as Organizing
Julia Sandy-Bailey, Department of History, Shepherd University, “A Feminist Beginning, Collaborative Work and its Consequences”

Susan Tracy, School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies, Hampshire College, “The Valley Women’s History Collaborative”

Anne Moore, Librarian, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, “FromCommunity History to Special Collections”

11:15AM-12:30PM From Kitchen Table to Safe Haven: A Community Oral History Project of Domestic Violence Shelters

Jacqueline Castledine, University Without Walls, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, “Creating Safe Haven”

Roundtable Discussion of the NELCWIT (New England Learning Center for Women in Transition) Project with NELCWIT Representatives, Students and VWHC Members



2-3:15PM The DIFFERENCE of Women’s History: Panel Discussion

Beth Behn, LTC US Army, Ft. Stewart, GA

Tizania Rota, Project Director, Health Opportunity Grants, Schenectady County Community College
Elise Young, Middle Eastern History, Westfield State University
Karen Smith, History, Emporia State University
Joyce Follet, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College


Kathy Peiss, The Roy F. and Jeanette P. Nichols Professor of American History at the University of Pennsylvania

“How to Change the World through Women’s History”

5-6PM RECEPTION held in the Graduate Student Reading Room at the UMASS Campus Center
Comments by Karen Remmler, Director, Five College Women’s Studies Research Center


We will have a buffet dinner for $35. For students and others, we have a subsidized fee of $18.
Please register for dinner here.

After Dinner Speakers to include: Julie Hayes, John Bracey, Lorna Peterson, Ann Ferguson, Babette Faehmel, among others. Joyce will speak, as well. Volunteers welcome.



If you cannot attend, we hope you will consider sending Joyce your congratulations, either directly to Joyce ( or to Laura Lovett to read aloud at the evening event
( - Subject Line: “Congrats Joyce”)

Please Note: Joyce has generously created the Joyce A. Berkman Endowed Fund in Women's History and Women's Studies for Graduate: To contribute in her honor, you can access the UMass donation page here. A recent interview with Joyce can be found on page 9 on the Spring '13 WGSS newsletter.

Parking is available at the Campus Center.
We have reserved a block of hotel rooms in the Campus Center Hotel for May 2nd-3rd. Please contact the UMASS History Department at413-545-1330 to let them know that you will take one of the rooms byMay 1st.

Co-Sponsored by the History Department, UMASS; Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, UMASS; Five College Women’s Studies ResearchCenter; The W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, UMASS; Asian Languages and Literatures, Department of Languages, Literaturesand Cultures, UMASS.