Art Keene Retirement Symposium and Celebration Set for April 5

There will be a daylong symposium celebrating the career of Art Keene, professor emeritus of anthropology, on Saturday, April 5 at the Commonwealth College Residential Community.

The event is free, but registration is strongly recommended.

Also, there will be a working brunch at Art and Maura Keene’s home in Amherst at 9 a.m. on Sunday, April 6.

According to the event’s website, “With the ascension of the global knowledge economy backed by an increasingly privatization-oriented state, public higher education has become ever more thoroughly implicated as a site of neoliberal governance. This special, daylong symposium engages with the university as both an institution shaped by neoliberal ideology and as a location where liberatory praxis might be imagined and carried out.”

The symposium runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 5, with a celebration dinner at 6 p.m. at the University Club.

During his 34 years on campus, Keene founded and directed two academic service-based leadership programs: the Citizen Scholars Program and the UMass Alliance for Community Transformation (UACT). He was the first holder of the Terrance Murray Chair in the Commonwealth Honors College, where he served as associate dean during the college’s inaugural year.

For more information, e-mail Deborah Keisch at or the Alumni Association at 800/456-UMASS or