Events

Apart from its regular seminars, the ISI hosts a number of related activities. We are delighted to invite eminent figures for our Annual Lecture, which supplements and corresponds to our seminar in any given year; sometimes this takes on other formats, such as a symposium or panel presentation. We also host other panels and presentations from time to time, and co-sponsor other events on campus. Details on current and past activities are below.

2016-2017 ISI 'Trespassing' Residency: Daniel Kanstroom, March 20-24

The Interdisciplinary Studies Institute (ISI) was delighted to welcome Daniel Kanstroom as our distinguished Resident for 2016-17. He visited the UMass Amherst campus from March 21-24 as part of the ISI’s 2016-17 theme, ‘Trespassing.’ On March 22, Professor Kanstroom delivered a public lecture entitled ‘Global Deportation: The Rise of a Dangerous New Phenomenon’ (Old Chapel Great Hall, 4.30 pm), and during the week he also engaged with faculty, graduate students, and the local community, including the Pioneer Valley Worker's Center. 

ISI Cosponsors Steven Feld Events

ISI cosponsored a day of events with Steven Feld, distinguished professor emeritus of Anthropology and Music at the University of New Mexico. In the afternoon, Feld gave a talk, "Hearing Heat: An Anthropocence Acoustemology" in the Integrative Learning Center. In the evening, Feld's film "J.C. Abbey: Ghana's Puppeteer" was screened and he participated in a discussion afterward. The event was cosponsored with the Departments of Communication, History, and Anthropology, and by the Amherst College Film and Media Studies Program and Hampshire College's Music Program. 

 

Parents of James Foley Discuss Documentary 'Jim' With UMass Community

On September 19, the first evening of the Task of Witnessing: A Symposium in Honor of James W. Foley, Jim's parents Diane and John attended the film's screening and answered students' questions about Jim and journalism in conflict areas around the world. Diane and John Foley were joined by Heather MacDonald, who helped produce the film and was Jim's friend as well. A video clip of the event, produced by the University of Massachusetts's Office of News and Relations, can be found here

WAMC Radio Interview: James Foley to be Honored at UMass Symposium

Ahead of 'The Task of Witnessing: A Symposium in honor of James Foley,' ISI Director Stephen Clingman was interviewed on WAMC: Northeast Public Radio about James Foley and symposium's vision. 

The symposium commences on September 19, at 7 p.m. with a screening of Jim: The James Foley Story documentary in S215 in the Integrative Learning Center. We are excited to spread the word that the documentary was awarded 'Exception Merit in Documentary Filmmaking' at the 2016 Emmy Awards. 

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