Smith-Doerr Presents at Radcliffe Institute Symposium on Women in Biotech

Laurel Smith-Doerr, sociology and director of the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), was invited to present her research at Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University at a symposium on Women in Biotech that was attended by more than 500 people on Sept. 18.

Smith-Doerr, the first speaker of the event, presented on a panel with faculty members from Harvard and Deborah Dunsire, president and CEO of Forum Pharmaceuticals.

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University Launches Redesigned Diversity Matters Website

Launched earlier this month, the redesigned Diversity Matters website serves as a one-stop location for information on campus support systems, organizations, policies and procedures, news and events related to diversity, equity and inclusion.

The site is

Although there was a Diversity Matters website for a number of years, it was little used and outdated. The April release of the Diversity Strategic Plan...

Botelho a Founding Member of Doors to the World: Global Children’s Literature for Critical Multicultural Literacies

Maria José Botelho, associate professor, College of Education, is a founding member of Doors to the World: Global Children’s Literature for Critical Multicultural Literacies, a collaborative project that will launch its multimodal resource website in April 2016.

Doors to the World is a Five College Partnerships project.

The site will feature teacher-designed mini-units that re/contextualize global children’s picture books as entry points for deepening children’s understanding...

Presentation to Explore Misconceptions of Muslims, Islam

“Islam: Religion of Peace? (Beyond the Myths),” an interactive multimedia presentation, will be Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall East.

The program will explore the many stereotypes and misconceptions about Muslims and Islam. It is free, accessible and open to all members of the university community.

The program will be facilitated by educator/activist and hip-hop artist Amer F. Ahmed.

It is sponsored by the Office of Religious and...

New Website Provides Campus with Resources, Information on Title IX

A new university website devoted to Title IX issues, procedures and policies is now available to the campus community, reports Débora D. Ferreira, executive director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity and the campus’ Title IX coordinator.

Signed into law in 1972, Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. The principal objective of Title IX is to avoid the use of federal...

Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet

Tickets for Public Address by Dalai Lama at UMass Amherst Go on Sale Wednesday, September 16

AMHERST, Mass . — Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, Sept. 16 for a public address by Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Sunday, Oct. 25.

The address, hosted by UMass Amherst and the Mind and Life Institute of Hadley, will be held at the Mullins Center starting at 1 p.m., with welcoming remarks made by UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy. The address will be followed by a conversation that includes Daniel...

Yearlong Series on Resistance Begins with ‘Theory and Practice of Direct Action’

The social thought and political economy program will present “Theory and Practice of Direct Action,” the first program in a yearlong series on resistance, on Thursday, Sept. 17 in the Cape Cod Lounge, with reception at 6 p.m. and panel discussion from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

This panel discussion features four activists and organizers from the Pioneer Valley who have participated in direct action to resist war, torture, racism, police violence, home foreclosures, and nuclear power. Their...

Linda Greenhouse

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Linda Greenhouse to Present 11th Annual Alfange Lecture at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. – Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse will deliver the annual Dean Alfange, Jr. Lecture in American Constitutionalism at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Thursday, September 17 at 4 p.m. in the Amherst Room on the 10th floor of the Lincoln Campus Center. The lecture, “Griswold at 50: Privacy and Its Progeny,” is free and open to the public.

Greenhouse is currently senior research scholar in law, Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence, and...

Exhibition Features Painting, Photography of Indigenous Guatemalan Artists

Augusta Savage Gallery in New Africa house will feature an exhibition of paintings and photography from Guatemala entitled “A Mayan Tapestry: Ancient Wisdom, Traditional Life and the Contemporary World” from Sept. 14-Oct. 9.

An opening reception will be Monday, Sept. 14 from 5-7 pm.

In addition, there will be a Gallery Talk: “The Mayan Continuum Through the Eyes of Indigenous Artists,” on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.

Organized by Lorna and Imre Kepes, this show features...

For Fifth Straight Year, UMass Amherst Welcomes Highest-Achieving First-Year Class as Students Return to Flagship Campus

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst will again welcome its most academically accomplished entering class ever when students return to the Commonwealth’s flagship campus over Labor Day weekend.

UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy said, “Once again our campus has attracted an extraordinary incoming class of notably talented students from throughout Massachusetts, across the nation and around the world. The impressive academic credentials of the Class of...