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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.

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UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management, College of Engineering Advance in Latest U.S. News & World Report Rankings

AMHERST, Mass. – Undergraduate programs in the Isenberg School of Management and the College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst advanced in the latest national rankings released Sept. 10 by U.S. News & World Report.

Tied for 44th place in the country among undergraduate business programs, the Isenberg School moved up one spot from last year. Among public institutions, Isenberg is tied for 26th nationally with 17 other schools, but is No. 1 in the...

Florence Sullivan

UMass Amherst Project Seeks to Engage Middle School Girls in Robotics Learning to Boost Interest in Computer Science and STEM Skills

AMHERST, Mass. – Combining robotics and simulations of natural disasters, a new project led by University of Massachusetts College of Education professor Florence Sullivan and Elms College associate professor of computer science Beryl Hoffman is aimed at spurring interest in computer science among middle school girls in Holyoke.

Funded with $570,697 from the National Science Foundation, Girls Involved in Robotics Learning Simulations (GIRLS) will serve students who attend Girls Inc....

Lisa Chasan-Taber

Chasan-Taber to Update Pregnancy Activity Questionnaire

Lisa Chasan-Taber, chair of biostatistics and epidemiology in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, has received a two-year, $431,000 grant from NIH’s National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to update, validate and refine the widely used Pregnancy Physical Activity Questionnaire (PPAQ) developed by her research group in 2004 as the first validated physical activity questionnaire for pregnant women. It was earlier this year dubbed the gold standard in its field....

Jackson Katz

Jackson Katz to Address Men’s Response to Feminism

Alumnus Jackson Katz, a global leader on issues of masculinities, violence and men’s response to feminism, will speak on “Men and #MeToo: Possibilities and Perils in a Time of Change” on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 5:30 p.m. in Old Chapel.

Katz, who in 1982 was the first man to graduate from UMass Amherst with a minor in women’s studies, is an author, creator of the award-winning Tough Guise documentary series, and co-founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, which...

Stonewall Center

UMass Amherst Recognized as a Top 30 LGBTQ-Friendly Campus for 8th Consecutive Year

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst has been recognized as one of the top 30 campuses in the country for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students by Campus Pride, a national LGBTQ youth support and advocacy organization.

The listing highlights institutions “leading the way for LGBTQ inclusion in policies, programs and practices across the United States,” according to Campus Pride. UMass is one of only two schools in New England that earned...

La Quintana Teatro's "Desde lo invisible"

Conference on Spanish Theater Features Performances from Spain at UMass Amherst and Amherst College on Sept. 21-22

AMHERST, Mass. – Two professional theater companies from Spain will offer free Spanish-language performances during a two-day conference, “Theaters of Marginality,” at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Amherst College on Sept. 21-22.

The conference will include panels on Spanish, Catalan and Galician theater and performances dealing with topics of exile, gender, sexuality, religion, translation, adaptation and performance traditions.

La Quintana Teatro will premiere...

Video: Chancellor Subbaswamy Welcomes Campus Community to New Academic Year

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy welcomes new and returning members of the campus community to the fall 2018 semester with newsworthy campus updates, including the new campaign to build a Community of Dignity and Respect.

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