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  • Our Changing Language

    Teaching machines African-American English to expand study of dialects

    For the past 30 years, computer science researchers have been teaching their machines to read, for example, assigning back issues of the Wall Street Journal, so computers can learn the English they... More

  • Collidescope 2.0

    Adventures in pre and post racial America

    Growing up in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Anderson Lara ’17 didn’t give much thought to issues of identity. As a Dominican-American in a city where three-quarters of the city’s population identify as... More

  • The Human Side of War

    Social historian explores the Vietnam War’s effects on American culture and identity

    Historian Christian Appy had been taking a break from academic life when he arrived on the UMass Amherst campus in 2004. Having just completed a monumental oral history of the Vietnam War called... More

  • Deeply Du Bois

    UMass Amherst’s W. E. B. Du Bois Center builds on its namesake’s legacy

    In the world of African American scholarship, one figure easily casts the longest and broadest shadow. “The work of W. E. B. Du Bois is the backdrop of everything we do,” says John H. Bracey Jr.,... More