The Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute | Call for Fellowship Applications | Deadline: Friday, October 10, 2014

The Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, celebrating its 15th anniversary, warmly welcomes your participation in its projects of collaborative scholarship.  I am writing with a Call for Fellowship Applications for the two long-term projects the Institute will support in 2015-2016. Those projects will be Memory: Form, Function, and Fallibility, a yearlong project organized by Dawn Fulton, French, and Adam Hall, Biology; and Play, a semester-long (spring) project organized by Michael Thurston, English and American Studies. Descriptions of both projects are available on the Kahn Institute Web site (

More details about the projects will be available at two special Information Meetings for interested faculty and staff. The Information Meetings will take place at the Kahn Institute (Neilson Library, Level 3 South) on the following schedule:

Economic History and Development Workshop Series

Fall 2014

Wednesday Sept 10 @ 4 pm On the notion of temporary and permanent causes. Lessons from the history of economic thought. Thompson Hall Room 919
Friday September 26 @ 3 pm Financing for Development Gordon Hall 3rd Floor Conference Room
Friday October 10 @ 3 pm Launch of African Economic Outlook 2014:Global Value Chains and Africas Industrialization Gordon Hall 3rd Floor Conference Room
Wednesday November 19 @ 4 pm Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice Thompson Hall Room 919

Fueling the Fires:Resource Competition and Inequity | Thursday, September 25, 2014 1:00 - 2:00 PM | Tobin Hall Room 421

with Michael Klare, Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies, a joint appointment at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies
Fueling the Fires: Resource Competition and Inequity
Michael Klare is the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies, a joint appointment at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His also serves as Director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies.
Professor Klare has written widely on world security affairs, resource geopolitics, and energy issues. His most recent books include Resource Wars (2001), Blood and Oil (2005), Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet (2008), and The Race for What’s Left (2012). Klare is the defense correspondent of The Nation magazine and written for many other publications, including Current History, Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, and Scientific American.
In addition to his academic and writing pursuits, Dr. Klare has worked with many non-governmental organizations on issues of peace, disarmament, human rights, and the environment. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Arms Control Association.

ICPSR Announces 2014 Data Fair | Monday - Thursday, October 6-9, 2014.

ICPSR is pleased to present its program for the 2014 ICPSR Data Fair, which will take place Monday through Thursday, October 6-9, 2014.

·         The full program is found here:

·         Webinars are free and open to the public, and it is permissible (even encouraged!) for organizations to broadcast these webcasts to groups of attendees.

Institute of International Education Announces 2015-2016 IAF Grassroots Development Fellowship Competition | Deadline Jan 20, 2015

Fellowships are available to currently registered students who have advanced to candidacy (by the time research begins) for the Ph.D. in the social sciences, physical sciences, technical fields and the professions as related to grassroots development issues. Applications for clinical research in the health field will NOT be considered.

Kahn Liberal Arts Institute Fellowship Announcement | Application deadline: Monday, October 6, 2014 | Short-Term Project: Contested Cosmologies: Our Place In Space

The Kahn Liberal Arts Institute is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for fellowships for the short-term project Contested Cosmologies: Our Place In Space, organized by Suzan Edwards (Astronomy) and Cornelia Pearsall (English).  This project will take place October 31 - November 1, 2014.

Scholars in the News - ISSR Scholar Michelle Budig, of Sociology, on "The Motherhood Wage Penalty"

ISSR is pleased to announce that the research of Michelle Budig (Research Scholar 2012-2013) was recently highlighted in a New York Times article about her study on the motherhood wage penalty and the fatherhood wage bonus demonstrating that generally women make less money with each child they have while men’s earnings are likely to rise with marriage and children.

For the full NY Times article click here.

Other feature articles: BustleDish

Dean's Research Council Grants

Dear SBS Faculty:

We hope the start of the academic year is going smoothly for you. We are writing to let you know about opportunities for research funding in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The Dean'’s Research Council offers SBS research support grants and speaker/conference-hosting grants for faculty. The first deadline of the year is October 15, 2014.  The Research Council will also review graduate funding for SBS dissertation research grantswhich are due October 14, 2014 (go here for more detail on graduate submissions).

SBS Undergraduate Funding Available

Cole Undergraduate Research Award

Provides $2,500 to ONE undergraduate student in SBS who is working as a research assistant with a UMass-Amherst faculty member in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; preference goes to candidates who are conducting original research with the potential to address current social problems. 
Deadline: Wednesday, October 8, 2014

SBS Spring Study Abroad Award