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Kiki Petrosino

Reading by Poet Kiki Petrosino Scheduled for April 2

A reading by poet Kiki Petrosino will be presented Thursday, April 2 at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall as part of the MFA for Poets and Writers’ Visiting Writer Series.   Petrosino is the author of two books of poetry, “Hymn for the Black Terrific”(2013) and “Fort Red Border” (2009), both from Sarabande Books. “Fort Red Border”—the title is an anagram of Robert Redford—addresses love, intimacy, food, race and contemporary culture. The first section of the book is a series of imaginative lyrics spoken...
Chenjerai Kumanyika

Clemson Scholar to Speak on Diversity in Public Radio

Chenjerai Kumanyika of Clemson University will speak on “All Voices Matter: Real Talk about Diversity in Public Radio” on Wednesday, April 8 from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. in N151 Integrative Learning Center. In his talk, Kumanyika will explore provocative issues surrounding diversity, professionalism and the essential role of public radio in today’s social justice battles. In the fall of 2014, Kumanyika pulled in international audiences with his livestream coverage of protests in Ferguson, Mo., New...
Priyamvada Natarajan

Yale Scientist to Speak on Gender Parity in Academic Science

Priyamvada Natarajan, a cosmologist and theoretical astrophysicist at Yale University, will speak on “Gender Matters” on Monday, April 6 at 4 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium as part of the Women in Science Initiative in the College of Natural Sciences. Natarajan is deeply interested in institutional change with regard to gender parity in the academy and is committed to promoting women’s development in academic science. Her talk will focus on this issue of national concern and her own...
Angela Davis

Angela Davis to Discuss Sustaining Social Justice Movements on March 30 at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. – Activist leader Angela Davis will discuss mass incarceration in the U.S., campaigns for race and gender equality, and the strategic impact of social media on social justice movements during a March 30 appearance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Davis’ talk, titled “Sustaining Social Justice Movements and Intersectional Struggle,” will be held at the UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. History department chair Joye Bowman says Davis was invited to...
Cover of ‘SOS—Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Reader’

Reading and Performance Mark Publication of ‘SOS—Calling All Black People’

A reading and performance celebrating the publication of “SOS—Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader” is being held Monday, March 30 at 4 p.m. in the Bernie Dallas Room in the Goodell Building. The event will feature Afro-American studies professors John H. Bracey, Jr. and James Smethurst and poet Sonia Sanchez, who edited the book that is published by the UMass Press. The volume brings together a broad range of key writings from the Black Arts Movement, the aesthetic...
Tameka Gillum

Gillum to Discuss Intimate Partner Violence in Kenya

Tameka L. Gillum, associate professor in the department of health promotion and policy, will speak on “The Context and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence in Kenya” on Wednesday, March 25 at 5 p.m. in 911 Campus Center. The talk is part of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences’ Diversity Speaker Series. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments follow the lecture.  
Gretchen Gerzina

Gretchen Gerzina Named Dean of Commonwealth Honors College at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. – Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, an internationally renowned scholar and author and currently a professor at Dartmouth College, has been named the new dean of the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst beginning on July 15. Gerzina is now the Kathe Tappe Vernon Professor of Biography and chair of the department of African and African-American studies at Dartmouth. She is an expert in Victorian literature, biography, African-American literature and the...
Song of the Jasmine

‘Song of the Jasmine’ Combines Indian Dance and Jazz

One of the Indian diaspora’s most acclaimed United States dance ensembles and a Guggenheim-award-winning saxophonist perform Thursday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall in a work titled “Song of the Jasmine.” Co-commissioned by the Walker Arts Museum in Minneapolis and four other arts organizations, the “Song of the Jasmine” presents an eclectic combo of artists--- five classical Indian dancers with jazz musicians Mahantappa on saxophone and Rez Abassi on guitar and...
Ekwueme Michael Thelwell, Stanley Kinard, Talvin Wilks

Panel to Discuss Black Power and Student Activism on Campus

“Black Power and the Spirit of Student Activism,” a conversation with professor emeritus Ekwueme Michael Thelwell and alumnus Stanley Kinard, will be presented Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m. at the Augusta Savage Gallery in New Africa House. Talvin Wilks, visiting artist in residence, will lead the talk that will focus on the founding of New Africa House and the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies in 1970. The trio will also draw connections between the successes of that...
Dania Francis

Francis to Address Racialized Tracking in High Schools at CPPA Colloquium

Dania Francis, assistant professor of economics, will present a talk titled “Why Don’t More Black Students Take AP Courses? Examining Racialized Tracking, Social Isolation and the ‘Acting White’ Hypothesis” on Monday, March 2 at 12:15 in 620 Thompson Hall. Francis studies the fields of labor economics and public economics with particular attention to racial and ethnic inequalities. Her dissertation research explored the economics of education, focusing on the causes and consequences of the...

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