UMass Humanities and Fine Arts
Felipe Salles to Perform in Kennedy Center's Arts Across America on Oct. 26
The professor of jazz and African-American music studies will revisit his multimedia orchestral jazz work 'The New Immigrant Experience.'
Conscious to Woke: Fifty Years of Revolutionary Black Thought
W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies 50th Anniversary Virtual Symposium
Oct. 22-24, 2020
Establishing a department of Black Studies was a revolutionary act fifty years ago and that revolution continues. This symposium speaks to the state of a nation in the throes of movements addressing equal justice and challenging anti-Blackness. Over three days, student-activist and faculty founders of the department will participate in loud and proud discussions with students and faculty. In the current environment of social transformation, these conversations are timely and valuable for the next fifty years and more.
Visiting Writers Series
Oct. 29, 2020
Celebrating its fifty-sixth year, the nationally renowned Visiting Writers Series at UMass Amherst presents emerging and established writers of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Events are at 6 p.m. (Eastern). All Fall 2020 readings are virtual, free, and open to the public (registration required).
Maaza Mengiste is the author of the novels, Beneath the Lion's Gaze and The Shadow King. She is the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, the Premio il ponte/Bridge Prize, and fellowships from the Fulbright Scholar Program, the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Capital, and LiteraturHaus Zurich. Her work can be found in The New Yorker, New York Review of Books, Granta, the Guardian, the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and BBC, among other places.