News

Mar 13, 2020

In response to heightened concerns about the spread of coronavirus and Governor Charlie Baker’s declaration of a state of emergency, the university will transition to online learning on March 23 at the conclusion of spring break. The measure aligns with public health recommendations to reduce population density and enable social distancing measures to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Seth K. Goldman
Feb 28, 2020

New research by Seth K. Goldman, associate professor of communication, was recently cited in the Vox podcast, “The Weeds.” The podcast cited a paper Goldman co-authored, published in “The Journal of Politics” in January which examines how and why white Americans living near black Americans adopt more negative racial attitudes.

Learn more about Goldman's research and the podcast discussion.

Feb 18, 2020

The Inaugural Communication Annual Lecture will be the talk “Post-Disciplinarity and Public Scholarship in Communication Studies” by Silvio Waisbord, Ph.D. It will take place on Friday, February 28 at 12:30 p.m. in the Integrative Learning Center Communication Hub on the third floor.

Jan 30, 2020

Shawn Shimpach, associate professor and director of the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, has edited a new collection of scholarly television studies, “The Routledge Companion to Global Television.” The volume is now available in hardback and e-book versions.

Jan 30, 2020

Allison Butler, senior lecturer and chief undergraduate advisor for the department of communication and director of the media literacy certificate program, has published a new book. Titled “Educating Media Literacy,” Butler's book is a manifesto for the inclusion of media literacy in teacher education and, by extension, in K–12 classrooms.

Mari Castaneda
Jan 17, 2020

Mari Castañeda, professor of communication and associate dean for equity and inclusion in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, has been named the new dean of the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She will start Sept. 1.

Jonathan Ong
Nov 21, 2019

Associate Professor Jonathan Ong is interviewed for a television news story about how to spot fake Facebook profiles and how people use them to gather information and manufacture support for political candidates. Read the story or watch it online.

Ania Dos Reis and other students in SBS in Cape Town program
Oct 1, 2019

The SBS in Cape Town program brought together students from UMass Amherst and the community organization Ikhaya le Langa, in a unique partnership to create community connections and participation in experiential intercultural dialogue in South Africa.

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