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HFA Recognizes Two Faculty Members with the College Outstanding Teacher Award

The College of Humanities and Fine Arts is recently announced its 2021 College Outstanding Teaching Award recipients, Milan Dragicevich and Pari Riahi. Dragicevich, professor in the Department of Theater, and Riahi, assistant professor in the Department of Architecture, are celebrated for exceptional teaching, mentoring, and curriculum development efforts, and for their impact on students' lives.


Jun 16, 2021
Immersive Van Gogh, an immersive art installation created by digital artist Massimiliano Siccardi, opened in New York this this week and is slated to visit 20 other cities this year. Emmy Award-winning, Tony Award-nominated designer, and UMass Amherst alumnus David Korins '99, known for his set designs featured in numerous Broadway hits including Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen, serves as creative director for the New York installation. 

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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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Virtual Events

Dedicated faculty and staff across the college have worked to ensure students and the campus community continue to ask challenging, critical questions and experience meaningful connections. Through online formats, we've hosted guest speakers and artists and organized conversations around current events. Furthermore, these efforts have seen increased engagement with alumni. Moving events into the virtual realm means alumni from around the globe can connect with UMass Amherst, wherever they are.

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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