UMass Humanities and Fine Arts
2021 Baldwin Lecture: Young People Fighting for Climate Justice
Climate activist Vanessa Nakate and Sunrise Movement co-founder Varshini Prakash ‘15 will reflect and envision the world they're trying to win.
A Message from Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy
This message was shared with the UMass Amherst community following the events that took place in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021.
Finding the Way Forward through Racial Justice in Action
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
8 – 9:00 p.m.
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.
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 Gems, Midsommar, Lady Bird and Moonlight.
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.