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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 and librarians are eligible for Active Membership with full voting rights. Retired faculty members and librarians 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 upon payment of Associate Member dues. Spouses of Active or Associate Members qualify as Associate members without payment of dues.

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Featured News

Save the Date:  December 11th for our Holiday Luncheon at Bertucci's

November 12, 2014 Meeting Agenda
Campus Center Room 162-175
10:00 - 10:20 Coffee, Tea and Cookies  
10:20 - 10:40 Business meeting and Announcements  
10:40 - 11:00 Thomas Vacanti, Assistant Professor, Ballet The Five College Dance Program
11:00 - 12:00 Robert S. Cox, Head, Special Collections & University Archives New England Clam Chowder, The Correct Way

Thomas Vacanti
Assistant Professor, Ballet
Five College Dance Program

He holds a B.S. in Dance from Skidmore College, an M.F.A. in Performance and Choreography from Smith College, and a Certificate Degree in Costume Design from Boston University. In addition to UMass Amherst, he is also currently on faculty at Amherst College. He was one of ten dancers chosen nationally, by the prestigious Jacob's Pillow, to represent the USA in their Russian/American Exchange Program. He worked with internationally renowned choreographers and teachers while performing extensively throughout Russia. Thomas is currently Co-Artistic Director of the Pioneer Valley Ballet and the PVB Repertory Project in Northampton, Massachusetts and he recently premiered three original works at the North Carolina Dance Festival sponsored by the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Robert S. Cox
Head, Special Collections & University Archives
Author of "A History of Chowder: Four Centuries of a New England Meal."

He will discuss the origins and evolution of chowder as it intertwines with New England’s history and culture. Cox has a bachelor’s degree in geology; master’s degrees in paleontology, history, poetry, and library science; and a PhD in history. He worked as curator of manuscripts and photographs at the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan and as keeper of manuscripts and director of scholarship and technology at the American Philosophical Society. Cox teaches at Simmons Graduate School of Library Information Sciences and in the Department of History at UMass Amherst. His books include Massachusetts Cranberry Culture: A History from Bog to Table (2012); The Shortest and Most Convenient Route: Lewis and Clark in Context (2004) and Body and Soul: A Sympathetic History of American Spiritualism (2003).


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