Weekly Bulletin

Jean Howard of Columbia University, who is serving as a scholar in residence at the Renaissance Center, will open this year’s the Renaissance Wednesday Lecture Series with a talk titled “Interrupting the Lucrece Effect? Representing Rape on the Early Modern Stage” on Oct. 15 at 4...
Gov. Deval L. Patrick has ordered that the United States and Commonwealth flags be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings from sunrise until sunset on Tuesday, Sept. 30 in honor of U.S. Army Major Michael J. Donahue of Columbus, Ohio, who was killed in action on Sept. 16 in Kabul, Afghanistan...

Sir Peter Crane, former director of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, England, will present an illustrated talk about the ginkgo tree on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium. Crane is the author of the recently published book, “Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot,” honored as A Best Science Book of 2013 by New Scientist magazine.

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Tabla master Zakir Hussain returns to the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on Friday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. for one of a limited number of appearances with Carnatic violinist Kumaresh Rajagopalan and Jayanthi Kumaresh on the veena. The three artists, each renowned for their own musical accomplishments,...
The campus will conduct a test of the UMass Amherst Alerts Emergency Notification System (ENS) on Thursday, Oct. 2 after 11:15 a.m., according to Jeffrey Hescock, director of University Emergency Management and Business Continuity. The test is part of the university's continuing effort to test...
The graduate dean invites all graduate faculty to attend the final oral examinations for the doctoral candidates scheduled as follows: Yan Wang, Ph.D., Polymer Science and Engineering. Monday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m., A111 Conte Polymer Science Building. Dissertation: "Synthesis, Characterization...
The Visiting Writers Series hosts novelist Kent Wascom on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall. A native of the Gulf south, Wascom’s debut novel, “The Blood of Heaven,” the first volume of The Golden Circle Sextet series, was cited as a Notable Book of 2013 by...
The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies hosts its 6th Annual History of the Book Conference on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Speakers will be Sonja Drimmer, history of art and architecture, Lisa Fagin Davis, Simmons Graduate School of Information and Library...
The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies will host its annual Graduate Conference on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Reading Room. The keynote speaker is Coppelia Kahn of Brown University. The $10 registration fee covers all sessions, breakfast, lunch and...
The UMass Madrigal Singers will perform a program titled “Madrigals on Poetry by Petrarch, Dante, Guarini, and Tasso” as the fall First Sunday Concert series begins on Sunday, Oct. 5 from 2-4 p.m. in the Reading Room at the Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies...

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