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UMass Amherst now provides free COVID-19 tests for local community members. Tests will be offered by appointment only at the Mullins Center. For more information, go to
UMass Amherst has announced its Spring 2021 operating plan, inviting additional students to return to campus to advance their studies. The plan prioritizes public health and safety, including expansion of the university’s successful COVID-19 testing program. For more information, go to

UMass Humanities and Fine Arts

Featured Event

Finding the Way Forward through Racial Justice in Action

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
8 – 9:00 p.m.
via Zoom

Issues of social justice and equality have made their way to the headlines, due in large part to Black Lives Matter protests and ongoing health disparities brought to light by the pandemic. But these are not new issues, nor will they go away after they fade from the news. UMass Amherst remains committed to addressing social justice and improving equity on and beyond campus. A panel of faculty and alumni will gather virtually for a conversation about their teaching and work to promote understanding and action.


Jan 20, 2021
Martín Espada, professor in the UMass Amherst Department of English and winner of the Poetry Foundation’s 2018 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, published a new collection of poetry on January 19, 2021. Titled Floaters (Norton), Espada’s book “offers exuberant odes and defiant elegies, songs of protest and songs of love from one of the essential voices in American poetry.”
Jan 19, 2021
The UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts Advising and Career Center is hosting the Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative's Spring 2021 Arts and Humanities Virtual Internship Fair. The event will take place online via the Career Fair Plus app on Feb. 11, 2021 from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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Student-Driven Creative Journal The Scribe

A literary and arts publication sponsored by HFA, The Scribe is for students, by students. Their mission is "to showcase the enormous talents in the undergraduate community at UMass" by featuring student art, photography, writing, music—and anything else contributors have to share. Scribe staff publish a collection of their favorite submissions every semester. 

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Film Adaptation Announced for Ocean Vuong's "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous"

Plans were recently announced for a film adaptation of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, the best-selling debut novel by Ocean Vuong, associate professor in the Department of English. The novel will be adapted by A24, the company behind films like Uncut GemsMidsommarLady Bird and Moonlight­.

Faculty Profile

Gretchen Gerzina

Professor of English, former dean of the Commonwealth Honors College, and Paul Murray Kendall Chair in Biography at UMass Amherst, Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina is a prolific author and media host. She has written and/or edited nine books. From 1997 to 2012 she hosted the nationally-syndicated public radio program "The Book Show," and interviewed guests like Toni Morrison, Julian Barnes, Kazuo Ishiguro, A.S. Byatt, Salman Rushdie, Tracy Chevalier, Maya Angelou, and Philip Roth. This year, she has experienced heightened interest in her work as writer specializing in Black British Studies.

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Departments, Institutes & Centers

The College of Humanities & Fine Arts is the creative and cultural heart of UMass Amherst. With 14 academic departments and 12 world-class research centers, institutes, and interdisciplinary programs, our students — undergraduate and graduate — have the opportunity to study with the best scholars, thinkers, and artists.

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