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...

Local Girl Scouts Visit UMass Amherst Jan. 31 to Learn to Build Wearable, Electronic Light-up Jewelry

*** MEDIA ADVISORY ***   DATE:  Saturday, Jan. 31,2015 TIME:   9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. PLACE: M5 laboratory, Marcus Hall   The College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is hosting a workshop for local Girl Scouts where girls will learn to design, engineer and build wearable, electronic, programmable, light-up jewelry. The workshop, called the “Girl Scout Adafruit Workshop” after the miniature electronic components that will be used, seeks to interest girls in the basics of...
Erin Baker

NSF Project Will Support 10 Undergraduates Per Summer for UMass Amherst Research in Offshore Wind Energy

AMHERST, Mass. – The 13-year delay in the proposed Cape Wind project in Massachusetts reveals the critical need for an integrated approach to offshore wind energy development that works mutually toward an efficient, sustainable energy source and public education, input and acceptance. This difficult task calls for a new generation of multidisciplinary researchers. That’s where a new National Science Foundation-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at the University of...

Draft Diversity Strategic Plan Released; Campus Comment Invited

A draft strategic plan outlining steps to address diversity and related issues is available for campus review and comment, according to the panel that wrote the 34-page report, which is posted online. In a Jan. 26 broadcast e-mail, the 15-member Diversity Strategic Plan Steering Committee, chaired by Deputy Chancellor Robert Feldman, invites the campus community to study the plan and provide feedback. “We believe the draft Diversity Strategic Plan not only provides a comprehensive look at the...
Whitney Battle-Baptiste

Battle-Baptiste Named New Director of W.E.B. Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. – Whitney Battle-Baptiste, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been appointed director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center at the UMass Amherst Libraries. Battle-Baptiste is a historical archaeologist who focuses on the intersection of race, class and gender in the shaping of cultural landscapes across the African diaspora. Her theoretical interests include black feminist theory, African-American material and expressive culture and...
Christopher Tinson

UMass Amherst Hosts Talk by Hampshire College’s Christopher Tinson on Ferguson and Ongoing Struggle for Black Humanity

AMHERST, Mass. – Christopher Tinson, assistant professor of African American studies at Hampshire College, will speak on “Black (im)Possibility: Ferguson and the Persistent Indictment of American Society,” on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Tinson is the first of three featured speakers in the Distinguished Lecture Series on Social Thought and Political Economy. His talk will engage the movement of our day...
Sue Hagedorn

Alumna Sue Hagedorn to Screen Documentary on Hate Crime Killing

Alumna Sue Hagedorn will screen her 2012 documentary, “Deputized,” about a 2008 hate crime that resulted in the killing of an Ecuadorian immigrant on Long Island, on Monday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Honors College Events Room East. Hagedorn, who received a B.S. in nursing in 1977, will discuss the film after the screening. The event is sponsored by the College of Nursing, the Social Justice and Diversity Committee, Latinos Unidos and the University Programming Council.