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  • Calling All Black People

    Celebrated scholar honored for life-long contribution to black studies

    Few scholars can boast the academic pedigree of Afro-American Studies professor and chair John Bracey. His family comprises four generations of teachers. Bracey’s grandparents were teachers and his... More

  • Forcing Bias to Show its Face

    On campus, in the courts, and out in the world, Linda Tropp fights the best of good fights

    Linda R. Tropp is dedicated to recognizing, comprehending, and eliminating racism and discrimination in our society. Many Americans, of course, would like to believe that these scourges no longer... More

  • Cultured Conservation

    Researching the importance of indigenous people to sustaining and restoring biocultural diversity

    It was as a graduate student in the 1980s studying in Nepal, when University of Massachusetts Amherst human geographer Stan Stevens’ eyes were opened to the politics of land use, governance and... More

  • The Art Lab

    Museum prepares students for careers in the art world

    Tucked away on the North side of the campus’ Fine Arts Center is a concealed cultural gem—the University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA)—a teaching museum and multidisciplinary, international... More