The Legacy of Jules Chametzky: "Honoring the Intellect, Fostering Justice and Equality"


Event Details

Friday, October 7, 2022

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Old Chapel

144 Hicks Way

Amherst MA 01003



Jim Hicks

Massachusetts Review


413 545 2689

A day-long celebration of the life and work of Jules Chametzky, founding editor of the Massachusetts Review, early president of the Massachusetts Society of Professors, first director of UMass’s Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, and co-signatory at the founding of the national Community of Literary Magazines and Presses. In the morning, friends and family will offer their memories; an afternoon symposium will include an assortment of well-known writers and scholars, among them poet Doug Anderson, writer, artist, and astrophysicist Nia Imara, poet Hilene Flanzbaum, translator and scholar Jacqueline Loss, novelist Robin McLean, and linguist J. Michael Terry. In the morning, a discussion of reparations will also be held, via Zoom, with Duke economist William A. Darity, Jr., and, in the afternoon, renowned American Studies scholar Werner Sollors will speak on "Chametzkyan Studies and Its Future."

Sponsored by the Offices of the Chancellor, the Provost, and the Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts, and by the Departments of Afro-American Studies, English, History, Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, and Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and by the Program in Comparative Literature and the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Also supported by the Office of the Provost and the Department of American Studies at Amherst College, by the Department of English and the Program in American Studies at Smith College, and by the Jackie Pritzen Fund at Five Colleges, Inc. Co-sponsored as well by the Massachusetts Society of Professors and the Massachusetts Review.

N.B. In order to protect everyone in our community, especially the vulnerable and aged, we strongly encourage everyone who attends these events to wear a KN-95 mask or the equivalent. Extra masks will be available at the door.