"Degrees of Inequality: How Higher Education Politics Sabotaged the American Dream," presented by Suzanne Mettler, Clinton Rossiter Professor of American Institutions in the Government Department at Cornell University with research and teaching interests in public policy (including social welfare, tax, health, and education policies), American political development, political behavior and civic engagement, and inequality.
"Labor and the Locavore," presented by Margaret Gray, whose book of the same title won the 2014 Book of the Year Award from the Association for the Study of Food and Society and the American Political Science Association (APSA) Labor Project. Gray's work focuses on low-wage, non-citizen workers in the agro-food industry and their political, social, and economic opportunities. Primarily focused on the power structures facing marginalized workers.
"The Spirit Level: Why Unequal Societies are Bad for Everyone" presented by Richard Wilkinson, public health researcher and co-author of The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger, a best-seller published in 20+ countries. The book argues that the more equal a society, the better off it is — less crime, less obesity, less drug addiction and a healthy, happier populace in a more successful economy.
Ann Masten, Ph.D., Regents Professor and Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, will highlight research on resilience in development with a focus on transitions to adulthood. In her keynote address, “Ordinary Magic on the Developmental Road to Resilience,” adoption will be discussed in terms of strengths that promote resilience.
"Growing Up Digital: From the Times to the Marshall Project," presented by Gabriel Dance, a multi-media journalist, Pulitzer-Prize winning team member at The Guardian for the National Security Agency leaks story, and now a managing editor for the Marshall Project, a non-profit investigative journalism startup focusing on crime and punishment in the US.
"Learning to Labor in the 21st Century," presented by Katherine Newman, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UMass Amherst.
Seniors are individually recognized and awarded a commemorative UMass medal. John A. Hird, interim dean of SBS, will officiate. The audience can expect to hear meaningful and memorable commentary from the chair and a student speaker from each department and program. Each senior's name will be announced, by department, and photographs will be taken while the graduates receive their medals and shake hands with College leaders.
http://www.umass.edu/chs/news/conference2015.htmlThe Center for Heritage and Society's international conference will be jointly sponsored with the UMass Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning.
In recognition of the importance of cultural landscape research in contemporary heritage policy and practice, the University of Massachusetts Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP) and the Center for Heritage & Society (CHS) have co-organized a two-and-a- half day conference. The goal of the conference is to bring together a broad range of interdisciplinary scholars and heritage professionals to explore key issues in cultural landscapes and heritage values.