Comm Alum Returns to UMass as New Head Baseball Coach

Matt Reynolds '05

A new face will lead the UMass baseball program. But he won't be an unfamiliar one.

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Comm Professor Wins Book Award

Comm Associate Professor

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The Iran Agenda Today: The Real Story Inside Iran and What's Wrong with US Policy

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event Date: 
Tue, 12/04/2018 - 19:00
Reese Erlich is a best-selling book author and freelance journalist who writes for media outlets including CBS Radio, and Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Erlich has won numerous journalism awards including a Peabody Award.

Comm Alums Share Lessons Learned with Current Students

UMass Alumni joined current Department of Communication students in the ILC Hub for the annual Ca


A Postcolonial Genealogy of Facebook's

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Event Date: 
Fri, 12/07/2018 - 14:30
In 2013, Mark Zuckerberg launched the initiative aimed at connecting “the next 5 billion”. While initially presented as a techno-humanitarian and development initiative, several commentators denounced the project as a commercial strategy seeking to expand Facebook’s reach in emerging markets. In this talk, Dr. Nothias outlines a critical genealogy of Facebook’s connecting mission at the intersection of postcolonial theory, media globalization, and development studies. With a focus on the African contexts, he discusses how the processes of experimentation and extraction appear central to, just like they were to colonialism.

Automating Austerity - Digital Diversion in Unequal America

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 12:00pm
Event Date: 
Thu, 11/08/2018 - 12:00
In Automating Inequality, Virginia Eubanks systematically investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on poor and working-class people in America. The book is full of heart-wrenching and eye-opening stories, from a woman in Indiana whose benefits are literally cut off as she lays dying to a family in Pennsylvania in daily fear of losing their daughter because they fit a certain statical profile.

Comm Fundraiser to Benefit Study Abroad Scholarships

Casey Lyons

This semester, Comm Senior Casey Lyons is studying abroad in Lisbon, Portugal.


Workshop with Disability Services

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Event Date: 
Wed, 10/31/2018 - 14:30
Please join the Community, Climate & Social Justice (CCSJ) committee and the Disability Office in a department workshop on how to better serve and accommodate students with disabilities. Speakers will be AnnMarie Duchon and Benjamin Ostiguy from UMass Disability Services.

Comm Students and Faculty Gain Global Experience


Comm faculty and students at UMass Oxford Summer Seminar.


Comm Students and Faculty Gain First-Hand Global Experience during Study Abroad

Oxford University

In any given semester, students might have the option to take COMM 338, Children, Teens, and Medi


Comm Dept Celebrates the Start of the Fall 2018 Semester


Comm faculty, staff, graduate students, and peer advisors, ready for the fall 2018 semester.

(Photo credit: Matthew Medeiros)


Civic Engagement in Diverse Latinx Communities: Learning from Social Justice Partnerships in Action

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Event Date: 
Fri, 09/21/2018 - 09:00 to 16:00
Join us for a day of presentations and dialogue between local community leaders/partners, faculty, staff, and students who are developing social justice approaches to university-community partnerships within Latinx communities in Western Massachusetts. Community members will be co-presenting with their academic collaborators, and each panel will highlight the importance of developing collaborative pedagogies that recognize Latinx communities as specific sites of creative and dynamic civic engagement.

Comm Grad Welcome Picnic

Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Event Date: 
Sun, 09/30/2018 - 12:00 to 15:00
Communication Annual Welcome Back Fall Picnic. We're welcoming our new graduate students. This year we will be at the Mill River Recreation Area Pavilion in North Amherst. Mill River Recreation Area is on the PVTA bus line so it’s easy to get to. There will be lots of fun activities for children and adults.

Department Chair Takes on a New Role


Mari Castañeda, chair and professor of Communication, is the new Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion for SBS.



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