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Featured Event

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.

Featured Event

Maaza Mengiste

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 YorkerNew York Review of Books, Granta, the Guardian, the New York TimesRolling Stone, and BBC, among other places.


Oct 20, 2020
Ocean Vuong, acclaimed poet, author, and associate professor of English at UMass Amherst, will be honored this month with the Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award for his 2019 debut novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous.
Oct 14, 2020
The College of Humanities & Fine Arts and the Department of Music and Dance remembers professor of piano Nadine Shank, who passed away last Thursday. Professor Shank was a dedicated teacher, mentor, and performer who taught at UMass Amherst for over 40 years.
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