Achievements

With its more than one hundred fellows to date, the ISI has hosted some of the most active and successful of our colleagues on campus. In many cases their projects, under development in an ISI seminar, have come to fruition in scholarly or creative arenas. While we do not claim credit for all successes or special recognitions, we are proud to list some of the achievements of our ISI community here.

Ervin Staub To Give Talk on Origins of Violence

Former ISHA Fellow, Ervin Staub, will give a talk entitled "The Origins of Violence and Principles and Practices of Prevention" on November 3, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. in the Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall. The talk, organized by the Interdisciplinary Seminar on Conflict and Violence, will cover the origins and prevention of genocide, and draw from Staub's work on Rwanda. Staub's most recent books are Overcoming Evil: Genocide, Violent Conflict and Terrorism (2011) and The Roots of Goodness and Resistance of Evil: Inclusive Caring, Moral Courage, Altruism Born of Suffering, Active Bystandership, and Heroism. More information on the talk and others in the series can be found here

Russworm Edits Essay Volume: Theorizing Tyler Perry

TreaAndrea Russworm, former 'Secrecy, Publicity, Privacy, Security' fellow, is an editor of a collection of essays published by University of Mississippi press titled From  Madea to Media Mogul: Theorizing Tyler Perry. The collection contends that Perry and his work are "at the epicenter of a rich and needed interdisciplinary dialogue," and that Perry "must be understood as a figure at the nexus of converging factors, cultural events and historical traditions." Russworm's co-editors include Samantha N. Sheppard, assistant professor of cinema and media studies at Cornell, and Karen M. Bowdre, an independent scholar whose work has appeared in Black Camera; Cinema Journal; and Falling in Love Again: The Contemporary Romantic Comedy. NPR commentator Mia Mask of Vassar College commended the collection: ​“Russworm, Sheppard, and Bowdre offer a rigorous collection of well-timed essays on an underserved area of American cinema. [Their book] is an engaging anthology that places industrial practices into dialogue with auteurist sensibilities and theoretical models. It enables scholars, students, and spectators to consider the complexities and contradictions embedded in African American culture and filmmaking.”

More information can be found on the University of Mississippi Press's website

Lugosch Receives Distinguished Faculty Award

Kathleen Lugosch, ISI Board member, received the 2016 Distinguished Faculty Award from the UMass Amherst Alumni Association. Lugosch received the award on April 4 at the Massachusetts State House in Boston. Lugosch's award recognizes her role as the founding director of the Master of Architecture program at UMass, the first accredited architecture degree at a public university in New England. The Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize alumni, faculty, and friends of the University who have translated their UMass Amherst experience into distinguished achievement in the public, business, or professional realsm, and bring honor to UMass Amherst and their field of endeavor. Click here for a full list of current and past award recipients. 

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