Events with an Impact

Social Science Matters: Perspectives on Immigration

This speaker series features experts discussing policy and intellectual questions around migration, including how U.S. immigration policy will be impacted by the current presidential candidates and the humanitarian crisis of the current worldwide refugee movement.

The series will kick off with The Freedman Lecture, in memory of Max and Ruth Freedman. Labor Economist from Harvard University, George Borjas, will discuss main arguments from his book We Wanted Workers: A Discussion of the Economic Impacts of Immigration as part of a panel for the Social Science Matters series on Migration. Accompanying him on the panel will be Jenny Hunt from Rutgers and Arin Dube from UMass.

Events ongoing throughout the year. Please check our calendar for dates and details.

Dean Alfange Jr. Lecture in American Constitutionalism

September 15, 2016 – 4:00pm  |  Campus Center – Amherst Room  

Professor Jamal Greene, Vice Dean and Professor of Law at Columbia Law School will present this year. Greene is a widely recognized expert on constitutional law, theories of constitutional interpretation, federal courts, and citizenship.

His research has used sociological and political perspectives to examine the various meanings of “originalism”. In 2003, he received the Edgar M. Cullen Prize for best paper by a first-year law student, and in 2005, he was awarded the Burton H. Brody Prize for best paper on constitutional privacy. His publications are numerous, high quality, creative and range in audience from scholarly to popular outlets. In addition to the Harvard Law Journal and Columbia Law Journal, he has been featured multiple times in the Yale Law Journal of which he is the former Articles Editor. His recent articles “What the New Deal Settled” and “The Missing Due Process Argument in The Health Care Case” examine the constitutional arguments surrounding the individual mandate clause of the Affordable Care Act. He has also written recently on the Voting Rights Act among a wide range of other important topics.

The Dean Alfange, Jr. Lecture in American Constitutionalism was established in 2005 by UMass Amherst alumni to honor emeritus professor Dean Alfange, Jr. of the department of political science for his many noteworthy contributions during a distinguished 32-year academic career.

Philip Gamble Memorial Lecture

October 20, 2016 – 5:00pm | Campus Center Auditorium 

Amartya Sen of Harvard University will present this year's Gamble Memorial Lecture. Sen has made contributions to welfare economics, social choice theory, economic and social justice, economic theories of famines, and indexes of the measure of well-being of citizens of developing countries. He was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1998 and Bharat Ratna in 1999 for his work in welfare economics.