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Juniper Initiative Receives Grant from Mass Cultural Council

Friday, January 15, 2021

The Juniper Initiative for Arts and Action has been awarded an $8,300 grant from the Mass Cultural Council through its Cultural Investment Portfolio program. The Juniper Initiative for Arts and Action is part of the English department and housed in the MFA for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Nadine Shank teaching piano.

Music & Dance Department to Present Video of Final Performances by Nadine Shank

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

On Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 3:00 p.m., the UMass Amherst Department of Music and Dance will present a virtual concert featuring beloved long-time piano professor Nadine Shank, who passed away in October. The video, titled "Celestial Graces: A Remembrance of Nadine Shank," features recent performances by her and numerous current and former colleagues, along with a few selections captured during concerts with her fellow UMass faculty members over the past few years. The free event will be streamed on a one-time-only basis on the department’s YouTube channel.

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A view of the Fine Arts Center at UMass Amherst

A message from Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy

Thursday, January 7, 2021

What we witnessed yesterday in Washington, D.C. was shocking and deeply disturbing. The storming of the U.S. Capitol by a mob incited by lies and anti-democratic propaganda is something that most of us could never have imagined. It was a boiling-over of a dangerous, truth-denying movement that has been simmering unchecked for far too long.

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Two HFA Faculty Receive Fellowships from National Endowment for the Humanities

Sunday, December 27, 2020

On December 16, 2020, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced $32.8 million in grants to support 213 humanities projects in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Two UMass Amherst faculty members, Melissa Mueller and Traci Parker, are among the new cohort of NEH fellowship recipients. They each received $60,000 to work on projects in their fields.

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

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

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.

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Fine Arts Center at UMass Amherst

New CD by UMass Wind Ensemble Released on MSR Classics

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

MSR Classics has released a CD, Quicksilver, by the UMass Wind Ensemble, led by Director of Wind Studies Matthew Westgate, featuring world premiere recordings of three works, with soloists Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, saxophone and the late Nadine Shank, piano.

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