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  • Old Bones

    Researchers find human activity on Madagascar 6,000 years earlier than thought

    Analysis of the bones of what was once the world’s largest bird has revealed that humans arrived on the tropical island of Madagascar more than 6,000 years earlier than previously thought, according... More

  • New Direction for Jazz

    Professor Felipe Salles receives Guggenheim Fellowship

    Felipe Salles, associate professor of jazz studies, composition and saxophone at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been selected to receive a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation... More

  • Confronting Race

    Historical archeologist propels social change by listening to the past

    As a PhD student at the University of Texas, Whitney Battle-Baptiste walked into her advisor’s office one day brandishing a hefty folder of anthropological research on captive Africans. Her advisor’s... More

  • Media Critic

    Scholar and literary analyst takes on pop culture

    If you were to meet TreaAndrea Russworm at a party and ask her what she does for a living, she might give you her short, straightforward answer: she’s an associate professor in the UMass Amherst... More