UMass Week of Memory and Forgetting Begins Oct. 29

UMass Week of Memory and Forgetting: Science, Society, and Senescence” brings together science and art to explore and understand memory from a variety of perspectives through a variety of events from Oct. 29-Nov. 2.

A collaboration between the Initiative on Neurosciences, the Fine Arts Center, the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory, and faculty in the department of Spanish and Portuguese studies, it features a reception, a roundtable discussion, a film, two scientific talks...

Chancellor Urges Campus to Stand 'United Against Acts of Hate'

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy called upon the campus community to stand united against acts of hate in the following broadcast email sent Sept. 27:

Dear Campus Community,

The past week has been marked by a deeply troubling and painful event that once again challenges the core values of our community. A racist threat was discovered written on a restroom mirror in Melville residence hall. I share the frustration and anger that many of you are experiencing as we continue...

Ebru Kardan

Kardan Named Director of Diversity Communications for Office of Equity and Inclusion

Ebru Kardan has been named director of diversity communications in the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI). Led by Enobong (Anna) Branch, associate chancellor for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, the OEI works in partnership across campus to achieve priorities related to diversity, equity and inclusion, connecting efforts to national best practices.

Kardan previously served as the director of external affairs and communications for the College of Social and...

Kathy Roberts Forde, associate professor of journalism

Kathy Roberts Forde Named Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow

Kathy Roberts Forde, associate professor and former department chair of journalism, has been named a Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow for 2018-19. 

The Chancellor’s Leadership Fellows program seeks to cultivate future campus leaders by offering a half-time, one-year, temporary appointment to an administrative area on campus, and by providing shadowing and mentoring from the leaders of the host units. In addition, fellows are expected to launch a significant program during their...

UMass Amherst Awarded $3 Million by National Science Foundation to Foster New Paths for Equity and Inclusion in STEM Fields

AMHERST, Mass. – The National Science Foundation has awarded a coveted ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant to the University of Massachusetts Amherst to support the development of an innovative professional advancement model for underrepresented faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

With the five-year, $3 million grant, an interdisciplinary team from four UMass Amherst colleges will focus on using collaboration as a tool for fostering equity for...

Opening Reception for Building Bridges Worker Artist Exhibition Scheduled for Sept. 25

An opening reception for the Building Bridges Worker Art Exhibition is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 3:30-5:30 p.m., at the Science and Engineering Library, on the second floor of the Lederle GRC Lowrise. Attendees will be able to meet the artists, view their work and enjoy food and drinks during a celebration of the latest in a series of exhibitions highlighting the artwork of UMass Amherst worker artists.

The Building Bridges Public Art and Engagement Initiative recognizes...

UMass Amherst Symposium Examines Civic Engagement in Region’s Latinx Communities


Date:     Friday, Sept. 21
Time:     9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where:  Campus Center, Amherst Room, 10th floor, UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst will host a day of presentations and dialogue between local community leaders and partners, faculty, staff and students who are developing social justice approaches to university-community partnerships within the Latinx communities in...

Chancellor’s Statement on Recent Campus Incident

The following statement was sent to the campus community Sept. 16:

For each of us, our daily lives involve navigating the concerns, prejudices and sometimes very immediate fears that we encounter as a society in these tumultuous days.

These challenges were evident on our campus in a disturbing incident that occurred late last week. At 7:45 on Friday morning, UMass Police received the following voicemail on their anonymous tip line: “a gentleman, African American, bald...

Pass it on Book Circle Forming

Calling all readers: Have you ever wondered what the phrase “hidden bias” means? Or how such biases might affect your everyday life? Join a new book circle for faculty and staff to read “Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People” by Mahzari R Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald. In the book, Banaji and Greenwald explore the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status and...

Anton Shammas

UMass Amherst’s Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies Hosts Palestinian Author Anton Shammas, Hebrew Scholar Hannan Hever

AMHERST, Mass. – The Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies (IHGMS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is hosting two public events featuring visiting international scholars Anton Shammas and Hannan Hever.

The two will take part in a seminar on Palestinian and Hebrew literature on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 4-6 p.m., and Shammas will present a keynote lecture on Friday, Oct. 5 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. to open a weekend workshop. Both events are in 601 Herter Hall.