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Architecture + Design: Design 6 (Design Engagement Studio)

This capstone design studio is offered each Spring as part of the Architecture + Design curriculum. Working with a different community based organization each semester student teams engage in reflective research on sustainability, social engagement and innovative design practices as they respond to a design need defined by the local organization. The projects and proposals that emerge from this studio promote social transformation through innovative design.

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Arts & Culture in South Africa

In this faculty-led custom course, the performing arts offer us a lens through which to examine questions of social justice, race, class and gender politics, history, language, memory, and the role of the arts in our global world. Focused around the National Arts Festival that takes place over ten days in Grahamstown, South Africa, students experience the second largest theater festival in the world (outside Edinburgh in Scotland) and the largest in the southern hemisphere.

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Asian Arts and Culture Program

The Asian Arts and Culture Program was founded in 1993 by the Fine Arts Center to provide an awareness, appreciation and knowledge of Asia and Middle Eastern arts, culture and heritage. The program provides a consistent presence to non-western arts on campus and events for K-12 grades, college students and adults and seniors. Performances, festivals and events help showcase traditional, international and contemporary artists on campus for audiences to experience and enjoy.

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Casanova

Casanova UMass alumna Connie Congdon Directed by Brianna Sloane April 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 The Rand Theater The University of Massachusetts-Amherst Department of Theater is fortunate to count renowned playwright Constance Congdon among its alumnae. We are pleased to end our celebrating of women playwrights with one of her favorite works, Casanova. This play nimbly examines the story of the famous Italian seducer and across time and space, weaving memory with fantasy and prompting intriguing questions about the nature of love and remembrance.

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Children, Teens, and Media

In this service learning course, undergraduates volunteer with 3rd-graders who are participating in Amherst Cinema’s See-Hear-Feel-Film (SHFF) Program. Volunteers watch short animated films with the children, facilitate word games, help them collaboratively create stories, and work with them to create storyboards.

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Citizen Planner Training Collaborative

Citizen Planner Training Collaborative (CPTC) educates local planning and zoning officials to make effective decisions regarding land use. It provides workshops, internet access to core training units, a bylaw collection, many planning related links, training calendars, and e-mail discussion. Also, on-demand training to any community needing to focus on a specific topic, and one-day conferences addressing land use issues on a more in-depth basis. CPTC is an independent collaboration with the support of UMass Extension and the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment.

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Creating Latin and Classical Humanities Teachers Nationwide

Secondary schools from around the country are invited to host graduates from the Master of Arts in Teaching program to teach Latin in their schools. In addition to introducing the ancient western world to new generations of students, this program opens job opportunities for aspiring Latin teachers. The program leads to a middle- and high-school (grades 5-12) teaching certificate in Latin and Classical Humanities valid in 30 states within the Interstate Certification Compact.

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Digital Media and the Built Environment

In this service learning class, undergraduates partner with a teacher at The High School of Science & Technology in Springfield, helping facilitate a high school class introducing students to larger concepts of media and communication studies. Undergraduates and high school students work in teams, developing lectures and designing classes, which the teams then co-present to the high school students’ classmates.

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Field School in Heritage Archaeology

The field school recently partnered with the W.E.B. Du Bois National Historic Site, an organization in Great Barrington supporting the development of a community wide plan to celebrate the work of W.E.B. Du Bois, with the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association’s project to present the African American history of Franklin County, and with the Pan African History Museum USA of Springfield a community based museum that presents the African American history of the Springfield area. In the past we have also worked with Historic Deerfield, Inc., a regional museum of New England history.

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