James Young

UMass Amherst Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies to Host Symposium Honoring James Young

The Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies will host a daylong symposium honoring the work of James Young, Distinguished Professor emeritus of English and Judaic and Near Eastern studies and founding director of the institute, on Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., at the institute, 758 North Pleasant St.

The symposium, “Edges, Textures, Stages: James Young and the Field of Memory Studies,” will be followed by a reception until 6:30 p.m. The symposium and reception...

Lecia Brooks

Campus Community Invited to Participate in Special Symposium on Polarization: ‘Understanding the Forces that Drive Us Apart’

All members of the community are invited to participate in a special event on Tuesday, Feb. 5: “Understanding the Forces that Drive Us Apart: A Symposium on Polarization.” Sessions are scheduled throughout the day, making it convenient for people to engage in a variety of opportunities to better understand the national rise in hateful acts and to build skills to overcome division.

The symposium will bring prominent figures and academics to campus, including:

  • Lecia
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Campus Community Invited to Participate in Workshops to Build Skills to Challenge Hate, Overcome Division

Beginning Feb. 12, all members of the campus community are invited to participate in Dignity and Respect in Action: Community Conversations, a series of workshops for students, faculty and staff to build skills to challenge hate and overcome division.

The schedule of workshops, which include a complimentary lunch or dinner, is as follows:

The Graduate Engineering Hub in Marcus Hall

College of Engineering Sets Ribbon Cutting for Hub Space

A ribbon cutting on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 1-2:30 p.m. will mark the formal opening of a new engineering hub space in Marcus Hall that includes the Graduate Engineering Hub in Room 120 and the Community, Equity and Inclusion (CEI) Hub in Room 128.

The ceremony will be followed by refreshments in the CEI Hub and walk-throughs of the spaces.

The CEI Hub incorporates the offices of Paula Rees,assistant dean for diversity, and the assistant director of diversity programs, a...

Willie Hill Jr.

Willie Hill Jr. to Retire as Director of Fine Arts Center

Willie Hill Jr. came to the Fine Arts Center in 1999, and his retirement on Feb. 8 closes out a half-century career in arts education that launched just after he led the first Super Bowl Halftime Show in 1967. For an organization that’s 43 years old, Hill’s nearly 20 years at the university is undeniably impactful.

“Dr. Hill’s leadership of the Fine Arts Center over the past 20 years has been exemplary,” said provost John McCarthy. “What an extraordinary resource for our campus and...

Rebecca Lorimer Leonard

Lorimer Leonard Honored for Book on Migrant Women and Literacy

Rebecca Lorimer Leonard, associate professor of English, has received a 2019 Outstanding Book Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) for her book, “Writing on the Move: Migrant Women and the Value of Literacy.

The award honors books within the field of composition and rhetoric. Authored books, as well as edited volumes are eligible. Nominees are evaluated for scholarship and research in the areas of pedagogy, practice, history and theory....

UMACC Passes $400,000; Campaign Closes Jan. 31

With two weeks left to donate to UMACC, the Umass Amherst Community Campaign, there is still time for university employees to donate the $40,000 needed to meet this year’s goal of $440,000. Thank you to those of you who have made your gift already. To those of you who have not, the campaign ends Jan. 31. Make your gift online at or download this paper...

“Our Immigrant Voices” Banner on Display in Whitmore

The campus community is invited to view the 20-foot mural “Our Immigrant Voices,” on display in Whitmore Administration Building, third floor, until March 1.

The installation is a product of the first Our Immigrant Voices course, an 11-week class designed to bring together immigrant campus employees to get to know each other and to discuss ways they would like to amplify their voices.

The mural, on the corridor wall leading to the office of Student Activities and Campus Life,...

University Hosting Undergraduate Women in Physics Conference

The university is hosting the northeast regional American Physical Society Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) Friday, Jan. 18-Sunday, Jan. 20.

The conference is designed to help undergraduate women continue in physics by providing an opportunity to experience a national conference, obtain information about graduate school and network with other women in physics.

The program will include faculty research talks, panel discussions about graduate school and...

‘Bal Masqué’ Gala to Support Arts/Access Outreach Programs

The UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center (FAC) presents “Bal Masqué, A Return to Elegance,” its 30th annual gala, auction and season preview, on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 6-11:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium.

Held annually since 1989, the gala is a fundraiser for the Fine Arts Center’s Arts/Access outreach programs, which provide free “angel tickets” to local human service agencies and daytime Global Arts performances for school-aged children, as well as support for Jazz in July...