STPEC

UPCOMING EVENTS and IMPORTANT DATES

 

Full UMass Amherst Academic Calendar click here.

For Career Services Events click here.

For Department of Afro-American Studies Events click here.

For Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Events click here.

For Everywoman's Center Events click here.

For Stonewall Center Events click here.

See STPEC's google calendar here

 

Events

 

Fall 2014

 

Wednesday, September 10
6:30-8:00 pm

 

Vijay Prashad
Letter to a Wound: The World We Live in today

Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union Building

more info

Thursday, October 16
4:00-5:30 pm

Ramon Borges Mendez
The New College Proletariat and The Globalization of the American University

CHC Events Hall East

more info

Monday, October 27
4:00-5:30 pm

Maria Regla Barbón Díaz
Transforming Afro-Cuban Neighborhoods in Havana: A Movement for Social and Gender Equity in Community Development

CHC Events Hall East

more info

Monday, November 3
6:30-8:00 pm

Andrea James
Real Women. Real Voices.
The Movement of Formerly Incarcerated Women to End Mass Incarceration

Campus Center 162-75

more info

Wednesday, November 5
7:00-9:00 pm

Activist Meet & Greet

STPEC Office, E-27A Machmer Hall

Monday, November 17
7:00-8:30 pm

Stephanie Luce
Lifting Up Low-Wage Work: Global Perspectives

CHC Events Hall East

 

Spring 2014

 

 

Wednesday, January 29
11:15-12:45

 

Brendan Carey
Unite Here
STPEC Brown Bag Activist Talk

Campus Center 162-75
bring your own lunch and have a chat with this local community activist

more info

 

Monday, January 10
3:30-5:00

The Slow Road to Tatarus: Technological Fetishism, Materiality, and the Trafficking in 'Conflict Minerals' in the Eastern DR Congo
Jeffrey Mantz, STPEC and Anthro Alum
E-37 Machmer Hall

Co-sponsored by Anthropology, ORD and CHESS

Wednesday, February 12
4:00 PM

Distinguished Lecture Series on
Social Thought and Political Economy

Omar Dahi, Associate Professor of Economics, School of Critical Social Inquiry, Hampshire College
The Crisis of Syria's Refugees in Lebanon

160 Commonwealth Honors College Building, Events Hall East

more info

Wednesday, February 19
11:15-12:45

 

Jeff Napolitano
American Friends Service Committee
STPEC Brown Bag Activist Talk

Campus Center 904-08
bring your own lunch and have a chat with this local community activist

 

Thursday, February 27
7:00 PM

Talk will be followed by book signing

Islamophobia, Racism, Surveillance, and Empire
A talk by
Dr. Deepa Kumar, Associate Professor of Media Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University and
Arun Kundnani, author of The End of Tolerance: Racism in 21st Century Britain and the forthcoming book, The Muslims Are Coming!

Campus Center 174
more info

Friday, February 28

9:30 am - 5:30 pm

Symposium on Critical Feminist Thought and the African Diaspora

Campus Center Amherst Room

free admission
more info

Sunday, March 2
12:00 PM

Student Power: Escalating the Future

Herter 227

Thursday, March 6
4:00 pm

Distinguished Lecture Series on
Social Thought and Political Economy

Sarah Cantillon, Director, Equality Studies Graduate Programme, UCD School of Social Justice
Income Sharing with Irish Households - SILC 2010

160 Commonwealth Honors College Building, Events Hall East

Wednesday, March 12
11:15-12:45

Michaelann Bewsee
Arise for Social Justice
STPEC Brown Bag Activist Talk

Campus Center 168C
bring your own lunch and have a chat with this local community activist

Thursday, March 27
4:30-6:30

Career Fair
Come meet and speak with alumni/ae from STPEC, WGSS, AfroAm, History and Labor Studies

Cape Cod Lounge

Wednesday, April 2
4:00 pm

Distinguished Lecture Series on
Social Thought and Political Economy

Alan Goodman, Professor of Anthropology, Hampshire College
Race is a Verb

160 Commonwealth Honors College Building, Events Hall East

more info

Fri-Sun, April 11-13

 

Science for the People: The 1970s and Today

UMass Campus Center
for more information go to science-for-the-people.org

Wednesday, April 9
11:15-12:45


Holly Richardson with Out Now panel
STPEC Brown Bag Activist Talk

Herter 601
bring your own lunch and have a chat with this local community activist

more info

 

Fall 2013

 

 

Friday, September 20-
Sunday, September 22

 

Rethinking Marxism
UMass Campus Center

more info here

Monday, September 23
4:00 pm

Distinguished Lecture Series on
Social thought and Political Economy

Betsy Hartmann
From Overpopulation to Climate Wars

more info here

Tuesday, September 24
5:30-7:00 pm

Beehive Collective

Herter 205
more info here

Tuesday, November 19
1:00 pm

Distinguished Lecture Series on
Social thought and Political Economy

Tina Reynolds
A Human Rights Perspective: Reproductive Justice and Mass Criminalization of Black and Brown Women

803 Campus Center

more info here

Wednesday, November 13

4:00 pm

Distinguished Lecture Series on
Social thought and Political Economy

Anna Schrade
Europe's "Entangled Histories" and the Memorial to the Abolition of slavery in Nantes, France

more info here

Thursday, November 21

4:00 pm

Piper Kerman & Tina Reynolds armchair talk

Commonwealth College

Friday, December 6

6:30 pm

Red Star Party

 

Spring 2013

 

Wednesday. January 30th
11:15 am - 12:45 pm

Lois Ahrens,
Real Cost of Prisons Project
STPEC Brown Bag Activist Talk

Campus Center 162-75
bring your own lunch a have a chat with this local community activist

Wednesday, February 20th
11:15 am - 12:45 pm

Dan Keefe,
Justice for Charles and Out Now
STPEC Brown Bag Activist Talk

Campus Center 904-08
bring your own lunch a have a chat with this local community activist

Wednesday, March 13
11:15 am - 12:45 pm

Michaelann Bewsee,
Arise for Social Justice
STPEC Brown Bag Activist Talk

Campus Center 165-69
bring your own lunch a have a chat with this local community activist

Tuesday, April 2
5:30-10:00 pm

Youth Voices in the Arab World: Arts as an Agent of Social Change

Smith College Wright Hall, Weinstein Auditorium
more info

Wednesday, April 3
7:30 pm

ARAB & NORTH AFRICA MUSIC PROJECT

Bowker Auditorium at UMass Amherst
more info

Thursday, April 4
6:00 pm

Sebastiaan Faber: Historians behaving Badly: The Perpetual Polemics about the Spanish Civil War

Herter 601
more info

Tuesday, April 8
10:00 am -1:30 pm


Thinking Critically about Knowledge, Power, and Food Activism

Cape Cod Lounge
more info

Tuesday, April 9
7:00 pm

Latinos Beyond Reel: Challenging a Media Stereotype

Thompson 106

more info

Wednesday, April 10
11:15 am - 12:45 pm

Frances Crowe, Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars
STPEC Brown Bag Activist Talk

Campus Center 162-75
bring your own lunch a have a chat with this local community activist

Monday, April 22
12:00 noon

Jane McAlevey on Whole Worker Organizing: Combining Workplace and Non-Workplace Issues

Machmer West 32

 

 

Fall 2012

 

Thursday, September 13
3:00-6:00 pm

STPEC Welcome Back Party!
Come meet our new Acting Program Director and Acting Associate Director!

Pizza and snacks provided

In the STPEC Office, E-27A Machmer Hall

Monday September 17
through
Thursday, September 20
(1/2 hour slots)

STPEC New student meetings

For STPEC students entering the major
To sign up come to the STPEC Office or e-mail stpec@sbs.umass.edu

In the STPEC Office
Click here to see available meeting times

Tuesday, October 2
through
Wednesday, December 5

Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series, Fall, 2012
Truth and Reconciliation, History and Justice

Sponsored by the UMass History Department
http://www.umass.edu/history/about/feinbergseries.html

Wednesday, October 10
4:00-6:00 pm

readings from Invisible Women: Growing Up Black in Germany
Reading by Ika Huegel-Marshall
Herter 301
more info
co-sponsored with German & Scandinavian Studies

Thursday, October 11
7:30 pm

Audre Lorde - the Berlin Years
film showing and Q & A with director Dagmar Schultz
231 Herter Hall
more info
co-sponsored with German & Scandinavian Studies

Saturday, October 18
7:30 pm

Van Jones; Rebuild the Dream
view full poster here

Mahar Auditorium

Monday, October 22 and
Tuesday, October 23
8:00 pm

Going Green the Wong Way
Campus Center Reading Room
more info
co-sponsored with Department of English

Wednesday, October 24
12:30-2:00 pm

Parents as Students: Providing an Inclusive Environment for Academic Families
Machmer E-33
more info

Monday, October 29
5:00-8:00 pm

Miss Representation
Student Union Ballroom
more info

Monday, November 5
7:00-9:00 pm

Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation in Cuba
A talk by Norma Guillard and a showing of Maestra, a short film about the Literacy Campaign in Cuba
Campus Center 174-76
more info

Wednesday, November 14
6:00-9:30 pm

STPEC Potluck!
Please contact the STPEC Office for more details

Thursday, November 15
7:00-10:00 pm

STPEC Movie Night
Flirting with Danger
In the STPEC Office, E-27A Machmer Hall
with pizza!

Thursday, November 29
6:30-9:00 pm

Power-Down and Permaculture:
Paths to an Ambiguous Future

a talk by Dr. Guy McPherson
Thursday, November 29; 6:30 pm
165-69 Campus Center
more info here

 

 

Spring 2012

 

Wednesday, February 29

7:00 pm

STPEC Movie Night
Occupy wall street

In the STPEC Office
Click here for more info

Wednesday, February 29

5:30-7:00 pm

Women and Culture in Resistance
Susan Abulhawa, author of Mornings in Jenin

Seelye Hall, Room 106, Smith College
More info

Tuesday, March 6

4:00-6:00 pm

Occupy Lawrence 1912: Why the Bread and Roses Strike Still Matters
Professor Robert Forrant, Dept. of Regional Economic and Social Development, UMass Lowell

803 Campus Center, UMass Amherst

link to flyer

Wednesday, March 7

6:30 pm

STPEC POTLUCK
Inquire in the STPEC Office for more information

Friday, April 13

1:00-3:00 pm

Activists in the Academy
a Panel Discussion
Held in conjunction with STPEC's 40th Anniversary

Campus Center 1001

Friday, April 13

3:30-6:00 pm

Retirement Celebration for Sara Lennox, STPEC Program Director

Campus Center Amherst Room

Saturday, April 14

9:00 am - midnight

STPEC's 40th Anniversary Alumni/ae Reunion

To register click here

Tuesday, April 17-
Thursday, April 19

STPEC New Student Meetings
Come to the STPEC Office to sign up!

   
   
   
   
   
   

 

FALL 2011 Archive

Tuesday, September 13

7:00 pm
STPEC Movie Night
inside job

In the STPEC Office

Thursday, September 22

6:00 pm

STPEC POTLUCK
Inquire in the STPEC Office for more information

Friday, September 23 and
Saturday, September 24

Coop Power Sustainability Summit

Greenfield Community College
Registration and additional info

Sunday, September 25

7:30 pm

Civil Rights Leader Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr. and Civil Rights Documentary "Passing the Torch to America's Youth"

Amherst Cinema; $10 students, $25 general
Sponsored by The Peace Development Fund

Monday, September 26 -

Friday, September 30

New Student Meetings, for entering STPEC students

Contact the STPEC office to sign up.

Thursday, October 6

4:30 pm

Journalism, the Environment and the Future
Peter Thomson
Memorial Hall

Wednesday, October 12

7:00 pm

STPEC Movie Night
WHITE MATERIAL

In the STPEC Office

Thursday, October 13

4:00 pm

Re-reading de Beauvoir 'after race': /woman-as-slave/revisited
more info

301 Herter Hall

October 18

6:30 pm

Grassroots Community Organizing (GCO) info session

STPEC office

Tuesday, October 25

7:00 pm

Creating Healthy Masculinities

Campus Center 903

Wednesday, October 26

7:00 pm

STPEC MOVIE NIGHT
NOT JUST A GAME


In the STPEC office

More info here

Thursday, November 3

7:00 PM

STPEC Potluck

In Amherst, contact the STPEC Office for more information

Tuesday, November 15

7:00-8:00 pm

Study Abroad Info Session

In the STPEC Office, E-27A Machmer Hall

Monday, November 21
5:30-7:30 pm

Food for Today
Thompson 620

 

 

SPRING 2011 ARCHIVE

Wednesday January 26

7:00 pm
STPEC Movie Night
SLAM

In the STPEC Office

Thursday, February 17
7:00 pm
STPEC MOVIE NIGHT
Documentary: Spotlight on the Congo
King Leopold's Ghost

In the STPEC Office

Monday, February 28
4:30 pm

17th Annual Du Bois Lecture
“W.E.B. Du Bois: Personal Stories/Political Reflections”
Cape Cod Lounge
http://www.library.umass.edu/

Thursday, March 3
7:00 pm
STPEC MOVIE NIGHT
Documentary: Spotlight on the Congo
The Greatest silence, rape in the congo

In the STPEC Office

Wednesday, March 9
5:00 pm

7:30 pm

The War of Information in the Middle East
Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Smith College

Occupied Minds - documentary
Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Smith College

Monday, March 28
4:00-5:30 pm
Racism on College Campuses: Neither Dead Nor Dying
Joe R. Feagin
Campus Center 101
More info
Monday, March 28
4:00 pm

 

A Woman Among Warlords
Malalai Joya speaks
Thompson 106, UMass Amherst
details

Monday, March 28
7:30 pm

 

A Woman Among Warlords
Malalai Joya speaks
Neilson Browing room, Smith College
details

Monday, March 28
6:30 pm
A Look Inside SB1070
Film and panel discussion with Professor Agustin Lao-Montes and Professor John Bracey
Machmer West 25
click here for more info
April 5 & 6
8:00 pm
Peggy Shaw in MUST
2nd Annual UMass Edinburgh After-Festival Event
Bartlet 65
Tickets $5.00 each available from the UMass Fine Arts Center
More info
April 2011 Career Services Events
Thursday, April 7
5:30-7:00 pm

MAKING CONNECTIONS: The 2011 Internships, Jobs, and Social Change Fair
Networking with STPEC, Afro-Am, Labor Center, and Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Alumni/ae

details
Cape Cod Lounge

Thursday, April 7
4:30-6:00 pm
Community College Information Day
Campus Center 905-09
An info session for Community college students considering transfering to UMass as STPEC, WGSS or AfroAm majors.
Thursday, April 7
7:30 pm
The Anti-Immigrant Movement and Attacks on Women
UMass Campus Center 905-09
Cloee Cooper and Becca Poswolsky, STPEC alumnae and National Field Organizers for the Center for New Community
Tuesday, April 12
4:30 pm
Popular Upheavals in Tunisia and Egypt, and its Implications for the Middle East and the World
Smith College, 106 Seelye Hall

 

Events specifically for STPEC students

Friday, January 28 STPEC Welcome Back Potluck
in Amherst, contact the STPEC office for more info
February 3-14

STPEC new student meetings. Please come into the STPEC office to sign up for a new student meeting time!

Thursday, March 24
7:00 pm

STPEC Movie Night
Invisible Children
See STPEC newsletter for more details
Friday, March 25 STPEC Mid-Semester Potluck!
Contact the STPEC Office for more information
Thursday, March 31
7:30 pm
STPEC Night Out
The Contestado - Mortal Remains
Amherst Cinema
5-college students: $5.00 tickets available at Amherst Cinema before 3/30
Thursday, April 14
7:00 pm
STPEC Movie Night
Harold and Maude
In the STPEC Office
More details...
Saturday, May 7
6:30 pm
STPEC End of Semester Potluck Party and Graduation ceremony.
In Amherst, contact the STPEC Program Office for more information.
Saturday, May 14
Approx. 2:15-4:00 pm
STPEC post-commencement reception
In the STPEC Program Office, E-27A Machmer Hall

 

Fall 2010 archive

Wednesday September 15

5:30-7:00
PHENOM presentation and film on student activisim
Science and Engineering Library, Lederle Lowrise
Wednesday September 22
7:30 pm
Immigration, Population & Racism
Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College
West Lecture Hall

Thursday September 23
7:30 pm

First STPEC Movie Night. In the STPEC Office. More details coming soon!
Tuesday, October 26
7:00 pm
STPEC MOVIE NIGHT!
L'Haine

In the STPEC Office.

Wednesdays
4:00-6:00 pm

LGBT Life over the Past 25 Years
1 credit WGSS course
weekly presentations, open to all
Room 119, Agricultural Engineering Building
Tuesday, November 16
7:00 pm
STPEC Movie Night:
A Collection of films on the Congo

In the STPEC Office

Sunday, November 14
Amherst Coffee at 6:15
Amherst Cinema at 7:30
STPEC Night Out!
Meet at Amherst Cinema to see This Land is Our Land.

Regular ticket prices apply.

September 22-24

STPEC new student meetings. Please come into the STPEC office to sign up for a new student meeting time!

September 30
5:30 pm
STPEC new student info session. In the STPEC office. A chance to hang out with other new STPEC majors and the STPEC Academic Advisors.
November 9 Advising for STPEC seniors begins
November 15 Advising for all STPEC majors begins
November 19 STPEC Potluck! Contact the STPEC Office for more information
December 1-3

STPEC new student meetings. Please come into the STPEC office to sign up for a new student meeting time!

December 2
4:00-5:30 pm
Career Services Night
W-25 Machmer Hall
December 3
3:00-5:00 pm
STPEC Executive Committee Meeting
E-25 Machmer Hall
December 10
6:00 pm potluck
8:00 pm graduation ceremony
STPEC graduation party and potluck
North Amherst, contact STPEC Office for directions

November 18-20


Art & Power in Movement: An International Conference Rethinking the Black Power and Black Arts Movements
UMass Amherst

 

Spring 2010 archive

Thursday, April 8
4:00 pm

The Nicaraguan Women's Movement and the FSLN
UMass Campus Center 917

Thursday, April 8
4:30-6:00 pm

A STPEC STUDENT/ALUMNI/AE NETWORKING EVENT
MAKING CONNECTIONS: LIFE AFTER UMASS AMHERST

UMass Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union Building

April 23-24, 2010

Triggering Change: Hip Hop, Community Engagement & Sites of Empowerment
Hampshire College, Franklin Patterson Hall

April 22-23, 2010

3rd Annual UMass Amherst Indigenous Peoples Symposium:

Cultural Survival Through Art Education and Health

Saturday April 24, 2010
10am-6pm

30th UMass Amherst Powwow

 

Fall 2009 archive

Friday, September 25

1:30-3:30 pm

Writing Workshop with Queer Performance Artist Peggy Shaw

September 26

10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Holyoke Bound with Student Bridges

Tuesday, November 10

4:00 pm

Wade Rathke, founder of ACORN

Gordon hall

Thursday, November 12

7:00 PM

Ray Luc Levasseur: Defendant in the Great Sedition Trial of Western Mass Returns After 20 Years
SOM 137

Thursday, December 3

6:00-9:00 pm

The News from Oaxaca: Free Trade from a New Perspective
Simon Sedillo
Campus Center 165-69

 

Spring 2009 archive

Thursday, February 26
4:00-6:45 pm
The Secret Pain
Thompson Room 102

Tuesday, March 3, 2009
5:30 pm

Got Job?: Networking, Self-Marketing & Interview Skills
Memorial Hall
March 6th: 7:30pm and
March 7th: 6pm and 9pm

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES 2009
Bowker Auditorium, UMass Amherst

Wednesday, March 11, 2009
5:30 p.m.
The Interview: De-Stress, Dress and Impress
Memorial Hall
Thursday March 19-
Sunday March 22
Solidarity Economy Forum
UMass Amherst.  
Wednesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 26, 2009
9:00 - 11:00 p.m.
2009 SENIOR CAMPAIGN TRIVIA NIGHTS
Grad Lounge, Campus Center
New England Campus
Compact Spring 2009
Conference
March 30-31, 2009
UMASS, Amherst, MA

Reaxamining the Engaged Campus

Community, Reciprocity and Social Justice

Thursday, April 2
4:00-6:00 pm
Career Fair: Making Connections; Jobs, Internships and Social Change
Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union Building
Thursday, April 9
7:00 pm
Robert Hillary King
3rd Floor Gordon Hall
Thursday, April 30
6:00 pm
Kevin Bales
The world's leading expert on modern slavery and founder of Free the Slaves
227 Herter Hall

Friday, May 1
7-9pm {doors open 6:30}

Celebrate International Workers’ Day
& the Movement for Good Green Jobs

Campus Center Auditorium, UMass Amherst
followed by Sustainable Energy Summit Dance Party
Friday, May 15
6:00 pm
STPEC's End of semester and graduation potluck party
Contact the STPEC Program office for details.

 

Event Descriptions:

Youth Voices in the Arab World: Arts as an Agent of Social Change
Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 5:30-10:00 PM
Smith College Wright Hall, Weinstein Auditorium

DINNER: FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED
5:30-6:45 PM PANEL DISCUSSION on the role of arts as an agent of social change in the Arab world. Panelists include:
TEAL-ONE97 ARAB NORTH AFRICA MUSIC PROJECT members
AMAHL BISHARA: Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University; researcher on media,the state, and human rights
JENNIFER PRUITT : Lecturer in Art at Smith College - street art of the Egyptian revolution
7:00 - 8:30 PM THEATER PLAY: PALESTINE written/ performed by NAJLA SAID, daughter of Palestinian-American literary critic and human rights activist EDWARD SAID. Direction and dramaturgy by Sturgis Warner.

Our hope is that the April 2nd event will generate dialogue and genuine academic discourse among the community of students, about the intersection of culture and social change in the Arab world.

Collaboration with UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center
Wednesday, April 3 at 7:30 PM Bowker Auditorium at UMass Amherst
ARAB & NORTH AFRICA MUSIC PROJECT
Ranging from the sweet sounds of the Oud to pop and driving Rai-rock, the Arab and North African music tour highlights the full range of Arab music combining the best known young musicians from Tunisia, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon on tour as one ensemble. As these musicians create a new brand of music that is uniquely hip and equally innovative - music with a focus on the ideas of “us” and “today,” their songs speak for freedom and choices.
Reserved seating: $30, $15; FC, GCC, STCC and 17 & under $10
For ticket holders a pre-performance talk will be presented at 6:45PM by Banning Eyre, Senior Editor at Afropop.org and a commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered

Parents as Students: Providing an Inclusive Environment for Academic Families
This talk will be based on a presentation made at the Ohio State University's Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Student Parent Symposium targeted toward creating a family friendly academic environment.  At the symposium Joanne Levenson, Director of the Office of Family Resources and London Tatum, a student parent double majored in STPEC and Afro-American Studies, presented the UMass Amherst Dinner On Us program to show how it can be used at other academic institutions.

Dinner On Us (DOU) is a parent education workshop series offered most Monday evenings during the academic year. The program series offers an ever changing series of topics for parents including: children's stages of development, behavior guidance strategies, child and family nutrition, creating family rituals, parenting time management, pediatric medical and dental issues, children and the media, and maintaining healthy family relationships. Participation in the program is open to campus and Amherst Family Center families with young children and an independent study credit option is available to undergraduate students. DOU workshops include a free family dinner, supervised children's activities, and free parking passes. It is a unique opportunity for parents and grandparents to participate in educational workshops and round table discussions.
Sponsored by STPEC (Social Thought and Political Economy Program), WGSS (Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies), Office of Family Resources, and the Work Life Committee of Massachusetts Society of Professors


Audre Lorde - the Berlin Years
Audre Lorde - The Berlin Years (1984 to 1992) documents Audre Lorde's influence on the German political and cultural scene during a decade of profound social change, a decade that brought about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the re-unification of East and West Germany. The film chronicles an untold chapter of Lorde's life: her empowerment of Afro-German women, as she challenged white women to acknowledge the significance of their white privilege and to deal with difference in constructive ways.

The film (this is a review from a screening at the BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia):
Written, directed and produced by German feminist publisher and professor Dagmar Schultz, the documentary provides an intimate portrait of the poet, professor, activist and cultural organizer who died of cancer in 1992 at age 58. Through never-released video, photographs and (sometimes hilarious) interviews with Lorde, her partner, Gloria Joseph, and a tight-knit group of Afro-German activists and writers, The Berlin Years tells the story of Lorde the genius facilitator.
When Harlem-born Lorde arrived in Berlin in 1984 as a visiting professor, she immediately sought out Afro-Germans--who were then known only by pejoratives like "cross-breed," "mulatto" and "brown babies"--and taught them how to see themselves outside of what she observed as "the pain of living a difference that has no name."
The anecdotes are rich. For instance, at the end of a 1984 poetry reading, Lorde asked the white women to leave the room and the black women to remain until they had spoken to at least one other black woman. "Her intention was to make us feel: No matter what you do, you are not alone," recalls one Afro-German activist who was in that room. "You must work together! Make yourself visible and raise your voice, each of you in her own way."
Lorde's seemingly simple act inspired an anti-racism movement tightly bound with feminism. Her gentle prodding, joke-cracking, party-throwing and speechmaking became the connective tissue between Afro-Germans who went on to found collectives such as ADEFRA (Afrogerman Women and Black Women in Germany) and the ISD (Initiative of Black People in Germany) and to produce anthologies, memoirs and poetry collections.
The Berlin Years also shows Lorde the social agitator. In a room full of visibly uncomfortable young white women, she explains, "Racism in Germany, in Switzerland, in Europe must become an issue for white feminists because it is part of your lives, it affects your lives in every way, and the fact that you are not people of color does not make you safe from the effects of it." In another scene, a young black German man asks her if black women's liberation struggles are a drain on "the overall movement." Without sarcasm or condescension, she breaks down the basics of intersectionality.
Sponsored by: At UMass Amherst: German and Scandinavian Studies, W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, Social Thought and Political Economy Program, Stonewall Center, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies; at Amherst College: Department of German, Department of Women's and Gender Studies; at Hampshire College: Africana Studies and Feminist Studies; at Mount Holyoke College: African American and African Studies, Gender Studies, and German Studies; at Smith College: Afro-American Studies, German Studies, Women and Gender Studies; and the Five College Women's Studies Research Center.

readings from Invisible Women: Growing Up Black in Germany
Ika Hügel-Marshall reads from her autobiography Invisible Woman: Growing up Black in Germany, which details her childhood, her search for her African- American father, and her close friendship with Audre Lorde.
Invisible Woman: Growing Up Black in Germany, republished in a new annotated edition, recounts Ika Hugel-Marshall's experiences growing up as the daughter of a white German woman and an African-American man after World War II. As an "occupation baby," born in a small German town in 1947, Ika has a double stigma: Not only has she been born out of wedlock, but she is also Black. Although loved by her mother, Ika's experiences with German society's reaction to her skin color resonate with the insidiousness of racism, thus instilling in her a longing to meet her biological father. When she is seven, the state places her into a church-affiliated orphanage far away from where her mother, sister, and stepfather live. She is exposed to the scorn and cruelty of the nuns entrusted with her care. Despite the institutionalized racism, Ika overcomes these hurdles, and finally, when she is in her forties, she locates her father with the help of a good friend and discovers that she has a loving family in Chicago.
Sponsored by: At UMass Amherst: German and Scandinavian Studies, W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, Social Thought and Political Economy Program, Stonewall Center, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies; at Amherst College: Department of German, Department of Women's and Gender Studies; at Hampshire College: Africana Studies and Feminist Studies; at Mount Holyoke College: African American and African Studies, Gender Studies, and German Studies; at Smith College: Afro-American Studies, German Studies, Women and Gender Studies; and the Five College Women's Studies Research Center.

Occupy Wall Street films

This is a unique selection of short independent films that have been produced by activists in the Occupy movement. These were shown previously in Northampton on February 1, 2012.
Films include short work from NYC's Meerkat Media Collective ("Occupy the DOE"), Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective ("Right Here All Over"), Rhodes Pictures ("#Occupy Our Homes: Homeowners Speak Out"), Rumur Films ("Month One"), Laura Newman ("The Eviction of Zuccotti Park"), Martha Colburn ("Occupy Wall St. 2011") and documentaries from Occupy Oakland, Occupy Portland, and Occupy London Stock Exchange.


Creating Healthy Masculinities
October 25, 7:00pm - 10:00pm, Campus Center 903

The purpose of this group is to provide a space for men to have honest discourse about the impact masculinity has on our lives, our interactions, and our communities. Emphasis will include male gender socialization, relationships, homophobia, race, male privilege, creating change, and much more. We aim to shine a light on problematic aspects of masculinity by engaging in conversation and action in an effort to do what we can to dismantle it. Our goal is to support and encourage the men of STPEC to think about their actions as men and to present alternatives ways of being a man that are healthy and productive for individuals and the STPEC community.

The first event on October 25th will be open to all STPEC students. There will be three subsequent meetings on the following three Tuesday evenings (November 1, 8, 15) for men in STPEC to discuss masculinity.

Harold and Maude
April 14, 7:00 pm, STPEC Office

And now for something a little different... NOT a documentary!
A famous dark comedy from 1971. Directed by Hal Ashby. Death-obsessed teen Harold Chasen (Bud Cort) is being hassled by his domineering mother (Vivian Pickles) to play the dating game, but he'd much rather attend funerals, which is where he meets the feisty Maude (Ruth Gordon), a geriatric widow who's high on life.

 

 

MAKING CONNECTIONS: LIFE AFTER UMASS AMHERST
A STUDENT/ALUMNI/AE NETWORKING EVENT

Featuring Afro-American Studies, Labor Center,
Social Thought and Political Economy (STPEC)
and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies alums

DATE: THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 2010
TIME: 4:30-6:00 PM
LOCATION: CAPE COD LOUNGE, STUDENT UNION BUILDING
UMASS AMHERST

UMass Amherst grads from the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, the Labor Center, STPEC (Social Thought and Political Economy) and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies return to campus to meet students and offer internships and career information.

This is an opportunity to meet with alumni/ae and discuss their experiences in the working world. Come visit, meet the grads, pick up literature, make contacts, and discover internship opportunities

SPONSORED BY:
CAREER SERVICES
WOMEN, GENDER AND SEXUALITY STUDIES
SOCIAL THOUGHT AND POLITICAL ECONOMY PROGRAM (STPEC)
LABOR CENTER
AFRO-AMERICAN STUDIES

This event is free and open to the public

For information please contact the co-sponsors:
Career Services, www.umass.edu/careers, 545-5224
The Labor Center, www.umass.edu/lrrc/, 545-4875
STPEC/Social Thought and Political Economy Program, www.umass.edu/stpec, 545-0043
W.E.B. Dubois Department of Afro-American Studies, www.umass.edu/afroam, 545-2751
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, www.umass.edu/wost, 545-1922

FEMINIST AID TO CENTRAL AMERICA Presents:
Nicaraguan Feminists and former Revolutionaries to speak at campus and community events in the Pioneer Valley
Free, wheelchair accessible and everyone is welcome!

PUBLIC EVENTS
Thursday April 8th at 4pm they will be presenting a talk titled The Nicaraguan Women's Movement and the FSLN: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives for the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latina(o) Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst at the UMass Campus Center, room 917.
Friday April 9th from 4-6 pm, they will be participating in the International Reproductive Rights Workshop at the Civil Liberties and Public Policy conference on Reproductive Rights at Hampshire College in Franklin Patterson Hall.
Saturday April 10th from 3:15-5:15 pm, they will be participating again in the repeated International Reproductive Rights workshop; and from 5:15-6:45 pm, they will be participating in the Access Abortion International workshop. Both of these workshops take place at Hampshire College in Franklin Patterson Hall

Contact: For further information, please contact Ann Ferguson, 6 Chestnut Hill Rd., Leverett MA 01054. Phones: (H) 413-367-2310; © 413-461-5575, email: ferguson3638@gmail.com

BIOGRAPHIES
Amanda Centeno joined the FSLN as a high school student and went on to serve as the Political Secretary after the revolution in 1979. She taught political theory in a popular revolutionary school for local residents and supported local agricultural cooperatives throughout the 80s. She founded and now is associate director of the Women’s Construction Cooperative in Condega, Nicaragua, and works closely with the autonomous women’s movement nationally.

Patricia Orozco was a student activist and journalist for the FSLN, fought in the insurrection, and has worked for the UN Permanent Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) since 2000. She is a radio journalist now for the Primerisima radio station in Managua, one of the main radio stations in the country. She is known as an advocate for human and civil rights, and works closely with the autonomous women’s movement in Nicaragua.

Helen Shears worked with the UK Nicaraguan Solidarity Movement, as well as other Women’s, GBLT and UK based social justice groups prior to arriving in Nicaragua to live and work in 2001. She is now the director of the Women’s Construction Cooperative in Condega, Nicaragua. She has much experience in the non-governmental organizational development sector.

Feminist Aid to Central America is a local organization founded in 1991 that provides funding and resources to feminist and women’s self-help organizations in Central America. We create bonds of solidarity between activist women’s groups in Central America and the Caribbean who are involved with self-help groups or networks seeking to empower women. We also sponsor women spokespersons who are visiting the U.S. from these regions to come to talk in community or Five College venues about their groups, issues and experiences.

CO-SPONSORS

Five Colleges, Inc.; the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program, Hampshire College; Five College Latin American Studies; Hampshire College Feminist Studies; Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, UMass; Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies, UMass; Social Thought and Political Economy, UMass, Everywoman's Center, UMass; Amherst College Women and Gender Studies; Smith College Spanish Department; Smith College Latin American Studies; and Smith College Study of Women and Gender: Women's Studies, Keene State College, New Hampshire; Diversity Program, Greenfield Community College.

3rd Annual UMass Amherst Indigenous Peoples Symposium:

Cultural Survival Through Art Education and Health
Thursday April 22 Cape Cod Lounge Student Union Building (all day)
Friday April 23 Campus Center 11th Floor(all day)

30th UMass Amherst Powwow

Saturday April 24, 2010 10am-6pm
Admission: Native Powwow dancers-free
Five colleges students and staff: donation
General public: 5.00 individual
10.00 family
Children 12 and under free
Proceeds will go towards off setting cost of this year's powwow with left over revenue to go towards next year's powwow.

Joyce White Deer-Vincent
Native American Student Services
Bartlett Hall B-11
130 Hicks Way
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
413-577-0970

 

Please Join Us on International Women's Day to Celebrate & Support the Re-Building of Haiti!

Event: COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER for HAITI
When: Monday, March 8th
Time: 6-8pm
Where: The Bangs Community Center in Amherst, MA (70 Boltwood Walk)

Food, Raffles, First-Hand Narratives, Music, Dance & Art

This event is being organized by the Committee for the Dignity of Haiti (CDH), a coalition of primarily student organizations from the University of Massachusetts Amherst founded in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti. We will be holding a community fundraiser on March 8th for Haiti at the Bangs Community Center in Amherst, MA. ALL PROCEEDS will benefit the Foundation Honor for Haiti (FONHOH).

Your donation would go towards supporting an exciting project to build a kindergarten through 6th grade school in Lagoun-Plato Santral, a rural area with lush vegetation northeast of Port-au-Prince. The project, which is now under way, is the initiative of FONHOH (www.fonhoh.org), which is an integral member of CDH, and has already acquired the land for the project.

FONHOH is an established grassroots organization that has been working in Haiti since 2005, and has established a US branch in the Amherst area since 2007 to support their work in Haiti. Prior to the earthquake, the organization shipped a substantial quantity of school supplies, school furnishing, books and other materials donated by local institutions such as Staples, the Jones Public Library, and the North Congregational Church. Education is FONHOH’s main area of intervention. Given the fact that 90% of the schools in Haiti were affected as a result of the earthquake, thus leaving 3 million children out of school according to the current statistics, the construction of the school is all the more urgent. Please join us to support FONHOH's mission of building a K-6 school and to demonstrate that indeed, "A New Haiti is Possible"!

Ray Luc Levasseur: Defendant in the Great Sedition Trial of Western Mass Returns After 20 Years


Thursday, November 12, 2009, 7PM
SOM 137, Amherst, MA

November 11, 2009
For Immediate Release

The intent of this message is to clarify that Ray Luc Levasseur will NOT be speaking at tomorrow's event "The Great Western Massachusetts Sedition Trial: Twenty Years Later." He will neither attend nor speak through
video. To do so would be too risky to his parole conditions.

The talk and forum entitled “The Great Western Massachusetts Sedition Trial: Twenty Years Later” will take place on Thursday November 12 at 7:15 p.m. at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in School of Management Room 137.
Participants will include sedition trial defendant Pat Levasseur, members of the 1989 Springfield sedition trial legal defense team, and a juror from the trial.

Related Boston Globe article

November 10, 2009
Press Release

A talk and forum on “The Great Western Massachusetts Sedition Trial: Twenty Years Later” will be held on Thursday November 12 at 7:15 p.m. at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in School of Management Room 137. Participants will include Ray Luc Levasseur and members of the 1989 Springfield sedition trial defense team.

The sponsoring UMass departments and organizations do so because of their commitment to free speech and academic freedom.

Sponsoring departments include:
Communication Department*
Economics Department
History Department
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Culture
Social Thought and Political Economy Program
Sociology Department
Sociology Graduate Student Association
Student Government Association Executive
Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Program

The event is also sponsored by the following non-profit community organizations, foundations, and businesses: the Rosenberg Fund for Children, Food for Thought Books, Vermont Action for Political Prisoners, and the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities.
Several UMass departments have added their support to this event in the name of protecting the cherished American values of freedom of speech and academic freedom, which they believed to be threatened by the decision to cancel the event under pressure from a variety of outside organizations. Sponsors’ support for this event should in no way be construed as an endorsement of Levasseur, his political beliefs, or any of his past activities.
For further information, contact sedition.trial@gmail.com.
*In the service of instructing student reporters, the Journalism Program in the Department of Communication does not sponsor political guests and is not co-hosting Levasseur's visit to UMass.


Original event description:


In 1989, Ray Luc Levasseur, along with his comrades Pat Levasseur and Richard Williams, stood
trial in Springfield, Massachusetts on Federal charges of seditious conspiracy. After ten months of
deliberation, in the most expensive trial in Massachusetts history, a jury found all three not
guilty of conspiring to overthrow the U.S. government through armed force. In his first public
address in the Pioneer Valley in twenty years, Levasseur will reflect on the past and present
significance of the Springfield sedition trial victory. He will also discuss his life experience as a French-
Canadian youth growing up in a Maine mill town; as a Vietnam veteran; as an anti-imperialist revolutionary
active in the Civil Rights, antiwar, and prison reform movements; as a prisoner arrested with
other members of the “Ohio 7” and incarcerated for twenty years for his involvement in a series of
bombings carried out to protest U.S. backing of South Africa’s racist apartheid regime and Central
American right-wing death-squads, and his 2004 release and ongoing involvement in movements for
social justice.
Part of the UMass Amherst WEB DuBois Library Special Collections Colloquium Series.
For more information contact Erika Arthur at earthur@acad.umass.edu.

Celebrate International Workers’ Day & the Movement for Good Green Jobs

Friday * May 1 * 2009
7-9pm {doors open 6:30}
Campus Center Auditorium, UMass Amherst

followed by Sustainable Energy Summit Dance Party

This event is in conjunction with Co-op Power’s annual Sustainable Energy
Summit. You can register at www.cooppower.coop.

co-hosted by

Western Massachusetts Jobs with Justice
Co-op Power WMUA 91.1FM
UMass Labor Relations & Research Center
UMass Labor/Management Workplace Education
UMass Graduate Student Senate
UMass Student Government Association
University Staff Association / Massachusetts Teachers Association
AFSCME Local 1776
Massachusetts Society of Professors / MTA
American Friends Service Committee

music by

The Raging Grannies * Verne McArthur * Jose <http://www.joseayerve.com/>
Ayerve * Tom Neilson <http://tomneilsonmusic.com/> & Kat Allen * Red Valley
Fog <http://www.myspace.com/redvalleyfog> * Jay Mankita
<http://www.jaymankita.com/>

+

long-time community and labor organizer
Stewart <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-qzEsGJoKM&feature=related> Acuff

{Special Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO <http://www.aflcio.org/>
{National Jobs with Justice <http://www.jwj.org/> Board Member}

maps & free parking info at http://parking.umass.edu

 

In Honor of International Women's Day
Everywoman's Center and VOX: Students for Choice Present:

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES 2009


March 6th: 7:30pm and March 7th: 6pm and 9pm
Bowker Auditorium, UMass Amherst
Open to the public and wheelchair accessible

The Vagina Monologues is an award-winning play based on playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with over 200 women. The play celebrates women’s lives and sexuality through a series of stories that are at times hilarious, heartbreaking, or sexy. V-Day is a global movement to end the violence that affects one three girls and women in the United States and around the world.

This year’s show spotlights women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In a war that has raged on and off since 1998, over 300,000 women and girls in the DRC have been raped. Stand up against this violence! Support the Congolese women and girls who have spoken out. Join us for The Vagina Monologues.!
(Due to mature content and language, parental discretion is strongly advised).

Advance tickets are available at the Fine Arts Center, (545-2511) and at Bowker the night of the performances.
Tickets $5 (students and low income), $10 (general public)

Proceeds benefit V-Day, Everywoman’s Center, and VOX: Students for Choice.
For more information about the show or EWC services call 413-545-0883.

SBS Scholarship Application Workshop

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is holding a workshop to help
SBS undergraduates build their skills in applying for scholarships. The
workshop will take place:

Thursday, February 12, 2009
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Memorial Hall Lounge

Here is the basic agenda:
1. Where can I find scholarships?
2. How do I put together a competitive application?
3. Q&A

Pizza will be served.
Students are asked to RSVP by email to events@sbs.umass.edu so that we can
order enough pizza.

Presenters include: Anne Peramba (financial aid), Wesley Dunham (Alumni
Association), Meredith Feltus (Commonwealth College), Jackie
Brousseau-Pereira (SBS dean's office), Laura Reed (political science), BJ
Roche (journalism)



Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North


Film in Honor of African-American History Month
Wednesday, February 4, 7 - 9 p.m.
Bartlett Hall Auditorium, Room 65, UMass Amherst

From 1769 to 1820, the DeWolf family trafficked in human beings. Fathers, sons and grandsons sailed from Bristol, RI to West Africa, carrying rum to trade for African men, women and children. Captives were taken to Cuban plantations owned by the DeWolfs or sold at auction. Ships were then loaded with sugar and molasses, bound for the family's rum distilleries in Bristol. Over the generations, the family owned 47 ships that transported thousands of Africans across the Middle Passage into slavery. By the end of his life, James DeWolf had been a U.S. Senator and was reportedly the second richest man in the United States.

In this critically acclaimed film, this Northern family discovers that their ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. Join them as they come face-to-face with the history and legacy of New England's hidden enterprise. The questions the DeWolf descendants face are shared by all of us: What is the legacy of slavery? How does Northern complicity change the equation? What's owed for the actions of our country's ancestor's? What would repair - spiritual and material - really look like? What would it take?

A conversation with filmmaker and family member Katrina Browne; and family member Holly Fulton and her husband, William Peebles, follows the screening of this powerful and deeply personal story. Browne wrote, directed and produced the project, with co-director, editor and writer Alla Kovgan, and co-director and executive producer Jude Ray. In December, the Women Film Critics Circle honored Browne with its "Courage in Film making" award, citing the documentary as one of the three best of 2008. Read more at www.tracesofthetrade.org.

Sponsored by: the Women of Color Leadership Network, the Health Education of University Health Services, the Committee for the Collegiate Education of Black and other Minority Students, and Everywoman's Center, with support from the Sociology Department, the Student Government Association, Student Bridges and the Black Student Union.

Information: Tom Schiff, Ed.D., (413) 577-5181; tschiff@uhs.umass.edu.

Fall 2008 Archive

Tuesday, September 16
and Thursday, September 18
4:00-5:30 pm

Everywoman's Center Presents: Women and Self-Defense -
Newman Center

Wednesday, September 17,
4:00 pm
An Improbable Journey: One Judge's Path to the Federal Bench
Amherst Room, Campus Center 10th Floor
Thursday, October 2, 2008, 4:00 pm

Women and the Vote: Use It or Lose It!*

Campus Center 917
(*Your Political Power!)

Friday, October 3 8am-4pm 2nd Annual Nanotechnology and Society Workship:
 Nanotechnology and Society: Networks, Risk and Knowledge Sharing

Lincoln Campus Center
Monday, October 6 3:30 pm An Improbable Journey: One Judge's Path to the Federal Bench
Amherst Room, Campus Center 10th Floor
Friday, October 10
7:00-10:00 pm
Nicaraguan Folkloric Dance Ensemble, Newman Center
Monday, October 13 Columbus Day Holiday
Tuesday, October 14 Monday class schedule followed
Saturday, October 18
8:00 am - 12:00 noon
MOTHERWOMAN PRESENTS: A FAMILY ELECTION EVENT (and onsies party!)
Media Education Foundation on Masonic Street in Northampton.
Tuesday, October 21,
4:00-5:30 pm
Old Dynamics, New Spaces? The Europeanization of Blackness
911-15 Campus Center
Monday, October 27 Mid-semester date - last day to drop with a W
Wednesday, November 5 Spring Registration Begins
Wednesday, November 5
7:00 pm
Resisting Empire: featuring Camilo Mejia
UMass Student Union Ballroom
Tuesday, November 11 Veterans Day Holiday
Wednesday, November 12 Tuesday class schedule followed
Thursday, November 13
4:00-5:30 pm
Black Life in Sweden: Beyond Licorice and Chocolate
174-76 Campus Center
Thurs-Sun, November 27-30 Thanksgiving Holiday
December 8 & 9 Reconfigurations of Racism and New Scenarios of Power after 2001
UMass Campus Center
Friday, December 12 Last day of classes

 

MOTHERWOMAN PRESENTS:  A FAMILY ELECTION EVENT (and onsies party!)

 

Saturday, October 18th from 8:30am-12noon
Media Education Foundation on Masonic Street in Northampton.
Free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible
Childcare Provided: Please call 253-8990 by October 16th to reserve a slot.

Event Schedule
8:30-9am: schmooze,  food provided by Woodstar Café.
9-10am: A showing of the powerful, engaging film "The Motherhood
Manifesto" about the political economy of parenthood in America.
10-11am: The film screening will be followed by discussion.
Representatives from the Obama and McCain campaigns have been invited to
be there to answer your questions about laws and policies that would
help parents, families and children.
11-12noon: Decorate baby "onesies" with messages about our hopes and
dreams for our children and families, and the need for a family friendly
America.
Co-sponsored by: Everywoman's Center; Umass Women's Studies; Women of
Color Leadership Network and STPEC.
For more information please contact Chrystel Romero, MomsRising
Coordinator at 253-8990 or chrystel@motherwoman.org


These onesies will be displayed at the event on a clothesline and
locally as part of the national MomsRising.org Onesie Project which is
designed to increase public awareness of the need for a more family
friendly America.
MotherWoman is YOUR mother's support and family advocacy organization.
Our mission is to support and empower mothers to create positive
personal and social change for ourselves, our families, our communities
and the world.
MomsRising of the Pioneer Valley is our political arm which is
affiliated with the national MomsRising.org movement. Our MomsRising of
the Pioneer Valley program is working right here to organize mothers,
fathers and caregivers as political activists to work on issues that
impact YOUR family. Important issues include: Maternity/paternity Leave,
Open, flexible work, TV we choose and after-school programs, Healthcare
for all kids, Excellent childcare, Realistic & fair wages, Sick leave
(M.O.T.H.E.R.S.).
--
NOTE OUR NEW ADDRESS*
Melanie DeSilva
Executive Director
MotherWoman, Inc.
96 N. Pleasant St. Suite 202
PO Box 2635
Amherst, MA 01004
(413) 253-8990
melanie@motherwoman.org
http://www.motherwoman.org

 

Women and the Vote: Use It or Lose It!*


October 2, 2008 in CC 917 at 4:00
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible
(*Your Political Power!)

On August 26, 1920 the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified by one vote and
after more then 70 years of struggle, women in the United States were
finally allowed to vote. How do we honor the women who fought for our
right to participate in this democratic process? How will the up-coming
Presidential election affect the lives of women? How will it impact your
life? Are you registered to vote?

On October 2, 2008, Professor Joyce Averch Berkman, Professor of
History and Women's Studies, (UMass Amherst), will provide a brief
overview of the long fight for women's suffrage and the importance of
women's participation in this years election. We will view selections
from the award winning film, One Woman, One Vote, which documented this
struggle, including why the entrenched opposition feared that the
women's vote would ignite a social revolution. Carol Rothery from the
League of Women Voters will describe their current work to preserve and
promote this right and also conduct voter registration. Don't miss your
chance to be a part of this compelling election! Come and register to
vote! For more information contact: Everywoman's Center @ 545-0883

"This is the only tour that sells”: Tourism, Disaster, and National Identity in New Orleans

Professor Phaedra Pezzullo
Associate Professor of Communication and Culture, Indiana (and 1996 graduate of the STPEC Program)
Monday, October 6 @ 3:30 in the Campus Center 803 UMass-Amherst

For many, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A., was an ideal vacation destination, with the commercial tourist industry providing one third of the municipal budget. This changed on August 29, 2005, when Hurricane Katrina made landfall and, due to a series of events, the majority of the city was submerged underwater. In December 2005, the multinational corporation, Gray Line Tours, announced its business in New Orleans would re-launch featuring “Katrina Tours.” Controversy immediately arose, particularly as neighborhoods previously outside commercial tourist imaginaries now were on tourists’ itineraries. Drawing on secondary debates and participant observation of the tour performances, I argue that tourist practices at disaster sites offer a compelling way to negotiate the social drama of nationhood through challenging tourist imaginaries of space and belonging.

The controversy surrounding Katrina tours also provides an opportunity to consider the ethics and the efficacy of commercial and noncommercial tourist practices in the aftermath of an unjust environmental disaster.

Professor Pezzullo is author of: *Toxic Tourism: Rhetorics of Travel, Pollution, and Environmental Justice* (University of Alabama Press, 2007), Winner of the Winans/Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric/Public Address, the Critical & Cultural Studies Book of the Year, and the Christine L. Oravec Research Award in Environmental Communication. She also co-edited: *Environmental Justice and Environmentalism: The Social Justice Challenge to the Environmental Movement* (MIT Press, 2007). For more information, see her website: http:// www.indiana.edu/~envtrhet

Speaker sponsor: Department of Communication
Host: Prof. Donal Carbaugh: carbaugh@comm.umass.edu

 

Black Europeans: Race and the New Europe
W.E.B. DuBois Lecture Series (click for details)

 

Everywoman's Center Presents: Women and Self-Defense


September 16th and September 18, 2008 from 4:00-5:30 PM
Newman Center/ University of Massachusetts
Free, open to the public and everyone welcome!

On September 16th and September 18, 2008 Everywoman Center at the
University of Massachusetts Amherst will host Janet Aalfs, head
instructor and Director of the Valley Women's Martial Arts, who will
facilitate a two part Women and Self-Defense workshop from 4:00-5:30.
Valley Women's Martial Arts, a not-for-profit school founded in 1977,
provides introductory and ongoing instruction for women and girls of all
ages in an encouraging and friendly environment .The workshop will
combine external and internal martial arts practice, assertiveness
training, and discussion of the issues involved in learning effective
methods for self-protection and violence prevention. This is a special
opportunity not to be missed!
Pre-registration and attendance at both sessions is required and space
is limited. To register please contact: Sandy Mandel at
smandel@admin.umass.edu <mailto:smandel@admin.umass.edu> or 545-5827 and
leave your name, phone number and/or email.

Established in 1972, Everywoman's Center (EWC) is a multicultural
campus-based women's center serving the needs of the diverse cultural
and linguistic populations of the university and surrounding community.
For more information about programs and services contact: 545-0883 or
www.umass.edu/ewc

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An Improbable Journey: One Judge's Path to the Federal Bench
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Time: 4:00 pm
Place: *Amherst Room, Campus Center 10th Floor

Presented by: The Honorable Eduardo C. Robreno '69 (M.S., labor studies),
United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Reception to follow. This event is free and open to the public. Handicap
access is available.

This lecture is part of the annual Dean Alfange, Jr. Lecture Series in
American Constitutionalism, sponsored by the Department of Political
Science.

*Eduardo Robreno, the first Cuban American appointed to the federal bench,
came to the U.S. from Cuba in 1960 through Operation Pedro Pan, which
brought more than 14,000 unaccompanied youth into the country. Following a
brief stay in Florida, he was resettled to Northampton, Massachusetts, to
live with foster parents. He went on to receive a B.A. from Westfield State
College and a master's degree from UMass Amherst. After working as a union
organizer for the Massachusetts Teachers Association, Robreno attended law
school at Rutgers. He served as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of
Justice Antitrust Division from 1978 to 1981 before entering private
practice in Philadelphia. In 1992 he was appointed U.S. District Judge for
the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. *
**

--
Jackie Brousseau-Pereira
Director of External Affairs
Dean's Office
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
University of Massachusetts Amherst
226 Draper Hall
Amherst, MA 01003
Phone: 413-545-1933
Email: jackie@sbs.umass.edu or jackiebp@gmail.com