Charlana Simmons

Simmons, Named Finalist for Associate Provost for Diversity, to Make Presentation

Charlana Simmons, director of student success and diversity in the College of Natural Sciences and a finalist for associate provost for diversity, will give a presentation to the campus community on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. in 163C Campus Center and will be available for questions until 4:15 p.m. In her current post, sheis responsible for implementing and coordinating programs to enhance the academic success of all undergraduates as well as provide services intended to address the...
Nate Whitmal

Whitmal to Discuss ‘Care and Feeding of the Human Ear’

“The Care and Feeding of the Human Ear: An Informal Guide” will be presented by Nathaniel A. Whitmal, associate professor of communication disorders, on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. in 917 Campus Center. The talk is part of the Diversity Speaker Series in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments follow the lecture.

Diversity Strategic Plan, Bookstore, College of Computer Science Top Senate Agenda

Deputy Chancellor Robert Feldman will lead a presentation on the Diversity Strategic Plan to the Faculty Senate on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 3:30 p.m. in 227 Herter Hall. Also, James Sheehan, vice chancellor for administration and finance, will discuss plans for the new virtual bookstore involving Senators will also hear a special report from Provost Katherine Newman concerning the establishment of a college of information and computer sciences. Other agenda items include proposed...
Genny Beemyn

Beemyn Honored by Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals

Stonewall Center director Genny Beemyn received the Award for Research and Assessment from the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals on Feb. 5 during the Creating Change Conference in Denver. The award recognizes exceptional work brought to the profession and to the greater LGBTQ community through research, assessment and advocacy. During the ceremony, Beemyn was described “as a force in our field, reliably pushing us forward as a profession and as a community.” Beemyn has...

TechTalks Program Focuses on Women in Technology Careers at ESPN

Five women who currently work for the technology division at ESPN, including College of Engineering alumna Maura Maloney, will describe their career paths and discuss the opportunities that are available to women in technology and beyond in a TechTalks session on Thursday, Feb. 26 from 1-2:30 p.m. in 168 Campus Center.
Okey Ndibe

Alumnus Okey Ndibe to Read as Part of Visiting Writers Series

Writer and alumnus Okey Ndibe will give a reading on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall as part of the Visiting Writers Series. Novelist, political commentator, and essayist Ndibe published his latest book, “Foreign Gods, Inc.” in January 2014 to great acclaim. The New York Times called it “razor sharp” and the Los Angeles Times described the novel as “unforgettable.” The Washington Post praised it as “a story of sweeping cultural insight and absurd comedy...rendered with a stoic...

‘SOS—Calling All Black People’ Wins Praise from Essence Magazine

“SOS—Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader,” edited by professors John H. Bracey Jr. and James Smethurst of Afro-American studies and poet Sonia Sanchez and published by the UMass Press, is a February Pick by Essence Magazine. Patrik Henry Bass of Essence calls the book “a tour-de-force collection of the greatest writers and thinkers from the 1960s to the 1970s, during one of the most electrifying periods in American arts and letters.” The volume brings together a broad range...
Mari Castañeda

Castañeda Named First Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow

Professor Mari Castañeda of the department of communication has been appointed as the first Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow, effective at the beginning of the spring semester. Castañeda will be mentored by John McCarthy, dean of the Graduate School, where she will be developing and implementing a new Preparing Future Faculty program as well as participating in planning and decision-making. Her term runs through the fall semester. “In a highly competitive academic job market, it is critical that...
Board Patrol agent assesses health of woman immigrant after crossing into U.S. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection photo)

Conference Looks at Gender, Sexuality and Citizenship in Immigration

“The Politics of Migration: Gender, Sexuality and Citizenship” is the focus of the women, gender, sexuality studies department’s spring conference on Feb. 26-27 in the Campus Center. The crisis of Central American child migrants to the United States, brought to public attention last summer, has highlighted the oft-neglected gendered (and generational) dynamics of cross-border movements. In bringing together faculty, administrators, staff, students and interested community members to discuss the...
The South Korean film ‘Futureless Things’ will be shown April 8

Beginning Feb. 4, Multicultural Film Festival Explores ‘Dislocations’

Focusing on the theme of “Dislocations,” the 22nd annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, presented by the interdepartmental program in film studies, opens Feb. 4 and continues through April 29. The series’ entertaining and provocative selection includes documentaries, shorts and narrative features from India, China, South Korea, Israel, Italy, Latvia and the U.S. It also features two silent films with live musical accompaniment, including the New England premiere of a 1913 film...