achievements

Tracy Appointed Distinguished Professor

Steven Tracy, ISI 2012-2013 'Engagement: the Challenge of Public Scholarship' fellow, was appointed Distinguished Professor in the Afro-American Studies department. A member of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies since 1995, Tracy is the leading authority on intersections between African-American literature and blues music. In addition to his books, Langston Hughes and the Blues and Going to Cincinnati: A History of the Blues in The Queen City and A Brush with the Blues, and Hot Music, Ragmentation, and the Bluing of American Literature, Tracy has published more than 75 book chapters and articles. 

In addition to his scholarship, Tracy is played with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and opened for artists such as BB. King and Muddy Waters. 

James Young Discusses Stages of Memory

'Public Thought, Public Art, Public Effect' ISI fellow James Young will give a talk at the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies on November 16 at 4:30 p.m. on his new book, The Stages of Memory: Reflections on Memorial  Art, Loss, and the Spaces Between. Young is the founding director of the Institute and Emeritus Distinguished Professor of English and Judaic and Near Eastern Studies. The event is sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Press. 

Max Page to discuss new book, Bending the Future

Former ISI 'Transformations' fellow Max Page and Marla Miller will discuss their new book, Bending the Future: Fifty Ideas for the Next Fifty Years of Historic Preservation in the United States at the Jones Library at 7 p.m. on November 14. Their book is a collection of essays examining the current state and future prospects of the National Historic Preservation Act, and the event is sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Press.

Kawar to give talk on Legal Activism and Deportation Resistance

Current ISI 'Trespassing' fellow, Leila Kawar (Political Science and Legal Studies), will be talking on “Legal Activism and Deportation Resistance: Comparative and Historical Perspectives,” in room 423 in Tobin Hall on November 16, from 4-6 p.m. Professor Kawar’s research examines the politics of legal expertise, at both the national and international levels, with a focus on questions relating to migration, citizenship, and labor. Her book, Contesting Immigration Policy in Court: Legal Activism and Its Radiating Effects in the United States and France (Cambridge U Press, 2015) received the Law and Society Association's Herbert Jacob Book Award for best book in law and society in 2016 and also the APSA Migration and Citizenship Section award of Best Book in 2016. Her talk i s part of the Resistance Studies Initiative Fall Speaker Series.

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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