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University Denounces Posting of White Nationalist Flyers, Stickers

On Wednesday, flyers and stickers from an organization, which is listed as a white nationalist hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, were found posted on campus property. The university denounces these acts of hate and intimidation. University of Massachusetts Police were notified and are investigating the matter.

UMass Amherst is dedicated to the values of diversity, inclusion and equity, and it rejects anything associated with white nationalism. This hateful organization is...

A Message from the Chancellor: United Against Acts of Hate

The following message was sent to the campus community on Nov. 8

Earlier today in the Melville residence hall a racial epithet was discovered scrawled across a poster denouncing racism. The poster, defaced with the N-word, was located in a third-floor stairwell. Upon discovery, the UMass Police Department was called in and subsequently took possession of the poster and launched an investigation. In an effort to identify the perpetrator, UMPD investigators are reviewing...

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Confino to Deliver Inaugural Pen Tishkach Lecture

Alon Confino, Pen Tishkach Chair of Holocaust Studies, will deliver his inaugural lecture, “What is Holocaust History Today,” on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 4 p.m. at the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies (IHGMS), 758 North Pleasant St., Amherst.

Remarks will be offered by Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy;Julie Hayes, dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts; and Dan Gordon, professor of history.

A reception will follow the remarks and lecture. The event is...

Scavenger Hunt to Celebrate World Usability Day

The Assistive Technology Center (ATC) is sponsoring a campus-wide scavenger hunt on social media to celebrate World Usability Day, Nov. 8.

The hunt, which is open to all students, staff and faculty, runs Nov. 5-14. Use Instagram, Facebook or Twitter to have fun, win prizes, and learn more about the importance of designing an accessible and usable world that includes individuals with disabilities.

To participate:

  • Choose one social media platform (Instagram,
  • ...
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Public Radio Series ‘Selected Shorts’ on Stage Live at Fine Arts Center

The hit public radio series Selected Shorts comes to the Fine Arts Center (FAC) Concert Hall on Friday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. with a night of funny, surreal, moving and romantic tales about the LGBTQIA+ community.

The evening is hosted by Valorie Curry (“The Tick”), with performances by Becca Blackwell (“They, Themself and Schmerm”) and Sam Underwood (“Fear the Walking Dead”).

First broadcast in 1985, Selected Shorts is produced by Symphony Space in New York City and broadcast...

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Trivedi Named to NAFSA Leadership Post

Kalpen Trivedi, associate provost for international programs, has been appointed to serve as a member of the International Education Leadership Knowledge Community of NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Trivedi’s two-year term will focus on NAFSA’s conference and symposium planning team.

He will assume the post in January and at the organization’s leadership meeting in Washington, D.C., in February.

NAFSA is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated...

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UMass Amherst to Celebrate International Education Week Nov. 5-9

As part of International Education Week, the university will host events Nov. 5-9 that celebrate international exchange, the richness of cultures from around the world, education and community.

Highlights include the inaugural “Stand United, Fight Hate” lecture to be delivered by author and scholar of racism Ibram X. Kendi at the Fine Arts Center on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. His talk will be based in part on his forthcoming book “How to Be an Antiracist.” The event is free and open...

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A Message from the Chancellor on the Pittsburgh Shootings

Dear Campus Community - Our hearts go out to the loved ones and the victims of this weekend’s horrific shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, the Tree of Life Congregation. Although this violent, anti-Semitic act appears to have been carried out by one individual, it is abundantly clear that there is an alarmingly large segment of our society that has been emboldened in recent years to openly espouse a hateful, intolerant worldview. Sadly, the violence resulting from this extremism has...

Chancellor’s Statement on Shooting at Pennsylvania Synagogue

The following statement was sent to the campus community Oct. 28.

Our hearts go out to the loved ones and the victims of this weekend’s horrific shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, the Tree of Life Congregation. Although this violent, anti-Semitic act appears to have been carried out by one individual, it is abundantly clear that there is an alarmingly large segment of our society that has been emboldened in recent years to openly espouse a hateful, intolerant worldview....

UMass Leadership Statement on Massachusetts Ballot Question 3

BOSTON – UMass President Marty Meehan and the chancellors of the five UMass campuses – UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy, UMass Boston Interim Chancellor Katherine S. Newman, UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Robert E. Johnson, UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacqueline F. Moloney, and UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael F. Collins – have issued a statement regarding Massachusetts Ballot...

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