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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. 

Kawar's Book Receives Awards

This summer, current ISI fellow Leila Kawar received two awards for her book, Contesting Immigration Policy in Court: Legal Activism and Its Radiating Effects in the United States and France.  Kawar was awarded the Herbert Jacob Award for the best book in Law and Society. The Committee noted that Contesting Immigration "shifts our focus from conventional questions that ask how political struggles influence compliance with official legal decisions and instead asks how legal advocacy shapes wider political debates and policies surrounding immigration." The full list of Law and Society award winners can be found here

Kawar also received the best book award of the Migration and Citizenship Section of the American Political Science Association. 

Contesting Immigration was published in 2015 by Cambridge University Press. 

Higginson Leads Seminar on April 13

On Wednesday, April 13, former 'Emancipation' fellow John Higginson will lead a seminar on 'Work, Workers and Industrial Transformation in Southern Africa' in Thompson Hall 919 at 4:00 pm. The event is cosponsored by the Economics Department, the  PERI African Development Policy Speakers Series, and the UMass Economic Department's History and Development seminar. Prof. Higginson's paper will be pre-circulated - please contact Prof. Johan Mathew.

Henderson Publishes Lead Article, Visiting Scholar

Lisa Henderson, former ISHA fellow and current ISI Board member, is a visiting scholar at McGill’s Institute for Gender, Feminist, and Sexuality Studies this Spring (https://www.mcgill.ca/igsf/about/visiting).  Her essay “Queers and Class: Toward a Cultural Politics of Friendship” appeared in December as the lead article in a special issue of Key Words: A Journal of Cultural Materialism, published by The Raymond Williams Society.

Lee Badgett Discusses New Book, The Public Professor

Lee Badgett, ISI Board member and director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, will discuss her new book The Public Professor: How to Use Your Research to Change the World on Wednesday, January 27 at 4 p.m. in the Amherst Room of the Campus Center. Amy Shalet, from the department of sociology and director of the Public Engagement Project, will moderate the event. Elizabeth Chilton, former ISI Engagement fellow, will comment along with Sylvia Brand from the department of resource economics.

 The book was published this month from New York University Press. Among the book's many positive reviews, Urvashi Vaid, author of Irresistible Revolution praises, "From one of the foremost publicly engaged scholars in the country, this brilliant and groundbreaking primer for academics interested in applying their expertise in the policy realm is also a deeply useful manual for all policy advocates. Combing astute power analysis of how policy is made with strategic communications advice, stories of real-life experience with an accessible and clear style, Lee Badgett has created an essential training tool for every academic, graduate student, law student and advocate interested in informing public policy debates." 

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