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Welcome to the Retired Faculty Association

The aims of the Retired Faculty Association are:

• To facilitate constructive contributions by its members to the University;
• To ascertain the relevant needs of retired faculty and to communicate this information to the administration; and
• To promote social and intellectual interaction among its members.

All retired faculty members, librarians, and certain members of the retired professional staff (see Bylaws for details) are eligible for Active Membership with full voting rights. Spouses of Active or Associate Members qualify as Associate members.  Eligible retirees living outside the Amherst area, retired faculty members and librarians of other colleges or universities, and widows or widowers of persons who were eligible for Active or Associate Membership, may become Associate Members. 

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Featured News

Zoom Meeting:  Wednesday, March 10th  Meeting Agenda
10:15 - 10:30 Welcome, nominations, business, announcements  
10:30 - 11:00 John McCarthy
Status UMass Amherst
11:00 - 12:00 Carlin Barton
The Cost of Compassion

John McCarthy
Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
BA, Harvard, Ph.D., MIT

John McCarthy assumed the office of Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs on July 1, 2018, after serving as "Acting" and later "Interim" Provost since the previous July. His overarching responsibility is to advance the academic mission of the university in the areas of discovery, learning, and public service. Other key priorities include recruiting, retaining, and supporting an outstanding and diverse faculty, and supporting the faculty’s efforts to advance knowledge, engage in creative activity, and serve the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world.

Carlin Barton
Professor Emerita, History
Ph.D., U.C. Berkely. 
Her books "The Sorrows of the Ancient Romans; The Gladiator and the Monster", Princeton U. Press, 1993, and "Roman Honor: The Fire in the Bones", U. Cal. Press, 2001, dealt with the Roman emotions surrounding the gladiatorial arena and the untoward and "monstrous" within Roman culture, the sentiments of honor in Roman culture, and the Roman soul and shame. Her third book with Professor Daniel Boyarin of Berkeley, "Imagine No Religio, or What you can see if you stop looking for what isn't there", Fordham, 2016, about the complex set of ideas revealed when one eliminates our concept of "religion" in culture that had no word for this concept. Her research also included work on the conflict during the growth of the Roman Empire, between purity (or "righteousness") and compassion, and on integrating the Roman "physics of sacrifice" into an understanding of Roman psychological and emotional life. She has written on the emotions associated with blushing and viewing and "manliness."




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