ISI Cosponsored Events in April

As always, ISI is happy to cosponsor events in collaboration with other organizations on campus. This month, our cosponsored events include a number of interesting lectures and symposia:

  • A visit to UMass of Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika (Clemson University) on April 8, who will speak on diversity in public radio;
  • A public lecture by Dr. Victor Burgin, renowned conceptual artist and theorist, on April 9;
  • "Neurodiversity University," a symposium on neurodiversity and autism, with events on April 16 and April 24;
  • The "Five College Multicultural Theater Conference," taking place on April 17.


  • The ISI is cosponsoring a visit to UMass of Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, Professor of Communication Studies at Clemson University in South Carolina. Professor Kumanyika's scholarship focuses on social movements, popular culture, and digital literacy and activism. On April 8, from 5:30-6:45 PM, Professor Kumanyika will give a keynote address entitled "All Voices Matter: Real Talk about Diversity in Public Radio." The lecture is free and open to the public, and will be held in room N151 of the UMass Integrative Learning Center.
  • On April 9, the Department of History of Art and Architecture at UMass is hosting artist and scholar Victor Burgin, Professor Emeritus of History of Consciousness at UC Santa Cruz. Professor Burgin, an influential conceptual artist and theorist, will give a public lecture titled "Specificity in Practice," on Thursday, April 9 at 5:30 PM in the UMass Integrative Learning Center, room S211. All are invited, and the event is free and open to the public. While on campus, Professor Burgin will also lead a Five College Faculty and Student Seminar at Amherst College.
  • Under the moniker "Neurodiversity University" Associate Professor of Communication and former ISI Fellow Anne Ciecko is organizing a series of events this month aimed at fostering an inclusive, interdisciplinary dialogue about autism and neurodiversity within academia and beyond. The events include an interdisciplinary Five College faculty roundtable on autism and a special advance-release screening of the movie "CinemAbility", both on Thursday, April 16, to a keynote talk entitled "Voices from the Spectrum: Autism, Neurodiversity and Representation" by guest scholar Marsha Kinder on Friday, April 24 at 5:00 PM. For more information about attending these events, email Anne Ciecko.
  • With financial assistance of ISI, the Five College Multicultural Theater Committee is organizing a conference on the state of multicultural theater today. The "Five College Multicultural Theater Conference" will take place on Friday, April 17 in the Stirn Auditorium on the Amherst College campus. The conference will feature a keynote by Roberta Uno (Director, Arts in a Changing American, Cal Arts; Founder of New WORLD Theater), as well as a variety of roundtable discussions, and performances.