Ervin Staub To Give Talk on Origins of Violence

Former ISHA Fellow, Ervin Staub, will give a talk titled "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 ot 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. 

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 (  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.