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University of Massachusetts Amherst

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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.

This site aims to provide useful information to retired faculty through the links on the menu at left. If you have suggestions for types of information you would like to find here contact us at

Featured News

    Spring Banquet on May 10th
    Chancellor's Retired Faculty Reception on June 13th

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Meeting Agenda
Integrated Learning Center Room N400
10:00 - 10:15 Coffee, Tea, Juice, Cookies  
10:15 - 10:40 Business meeting and Announcements  
10:40 - 11:40 Kathy Roberts Forde
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Journalism

UMass Amherst
The Role of Journalism in Public Life, Past and Present: Objectivity, Partisanship and Advocacy

Kathy Roberts Forde, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Journalism.  Dr. Forde (Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill) is a twentieth century American journalism historian with research interests in the First Amendment, the African American freedom struggle, literary journalism, and the history of the book and print culture. Her book "Literary Journalism on Trial: Masson v. New Yorker and the First Amendment" received the Frank Luther Mott-KTA book award and the AEJMC History Division book award. She is working on a second book that attempts to build bridges among three subfields of historical inquiry into the American twentieth century: journalism history, civil rights history, and the history of the book and print culture. A publication and reading history of James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, the project examines the role of black cultural expression in shaping U.S. social thought and public policy.



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