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While the horrific stories told by ex-slaves are often credited with inspiring white anti-slavery crusaders, history has overlooked the African-American thinkers who shaped the ideology of the abolitionist movement, says Manisha Sinha, associate professor of Afro-American Studies and History.

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Students at UMass and the surrounding Five Colleges can register to vote on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 1-4 p.m. at Haigis Mall, or in the Student Union Ballroom in case of rain. The event, “01003 Votes,” refers to the postal zip code for the campus.

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“Captors and Captives: The 1704 French and Indian Raid on Deerfield,” written by Evan Haefeli and Kevin Sweeney and published by the University of Massachusetts Press, is the 2004 winner of winner of the New England Historical Association Book Award.

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Nicholas A. Basbanes, author of “A Splendor of Letters: The Permanence of Books in an Impermanent World” (2003) will speak at the UMass Amherst Library’s 6th annual donor appreciation reception on Sunday, Sept. 26, in Memorial Hall. The reception is 2-4 p.m., with the program beginning at 2:30 p.m.

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Mary Lynn Boscardin, associate professor in the Department of Student Development and Pupil Personnel Services, has received a four-year, $781,774 federal grant to improve special education administration training.

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The historic wind turbine off of North Pleasant Street near the Orchard Hill residential area will be dismantled this month and eventually used for an exhibit on the history of renewable energy that will be displayed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

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Two Computer Science faculty, along with four colleagues from local colleges, have received a two-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support expanded teaching offerings in the field of computer security and the protection for networks, hardware and software. The grant will also allow the Five College consortium to expand its ability to serve graduates and undergraduates in the field, known as “information assurance.”

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A $724 million state spending that contains partial funding for retroactive pay raises for higher education employees was approved Sept. 9 by the Legislature and sent to Gov. Mitt Romney, who has 10 days to act on the bill.

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It was 30 years ago that several Music and Dance Department faculty and students created the first Multiband Pops Concert to help celebrate the opening of the Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Center. A smashing success, even in its first year, the event continues to attract alumni, students, staff and faculty members, as well as music lovers from around the Pioneer Valley.

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Barbara H. Partee, Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Linguistics and Philosophy, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at the Russian State University of the Humanities (RGGU) and Moscow State University (MGU) in Russia from January to June of 2005.

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