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Shabazz Helps Bring Juneteenth to Massachusetts
Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day a Union Army general rode into Galveston, Texas to announce that formerly enslaved people were now free
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.
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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.
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.