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Coronavirus Update: UMass Amherst has shifted to remote delivery of all instruction, having suspended in-person classes, including laboratory, studio, capstone and graduate courses, until the end of the semester. In accordance with the Governor’s emergency order, only onsite personnel should report to campus, unless contacted by a supervisor. Additional updates and resources can be found at

News & Events

Remembering Rana Zoe Mungin

Thursday, April 30, 2020

With profound sadness, the English Department writes to acknowledge the tragic passing, after a battle with COVID-19, of an important and recent alum of our MFA program, and educator in our Writing Program, Rana Zoe Mungin MFA '15. She was a beloved social studies teacher at Ascend Academy in Brooklyn at the time of her passing. Although only 30 years old, her work struck a deep chord with a broad swath of readers and scholars. Her candid reflections and critical perspective contributed to national conversations about institutional racism in MFA programs, an ongoing issue that our department and others like it continue to grapple with. She shared her experiences with the goal of making us better and more accountable educators. She, in turn, became a teacher who brought conceptions of justice, equity, and compassion into her classroom.

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UMass Tasso and Music Symposium, Concert to Proceed in Virtual Format

Thursday, April 16, 2020

The Tasso and Music Symposium, originally intended to take place on the UMass Amherst campus, will now take place via Zoom video conference during the April 17-19 weekend (9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m....
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Felicia Malachite

UMass Amherst Costume Shop Creates Hundreds of Cloth Masks for Local Veterinarians, Nursing Homes, Food Banks and Others

Thursday, April 9, 2020

As health care workers battle the COVID-19 pandemic on the front lines, they currently face a nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), including face coverings of all types. When Kristin Jensen and Felicia Malachite of the Department of Theater’s costume shop at UMass Amherst learned that masks were being shifted from facilities such as veterinary clinics to human hospitals to help address the scarcity, they decided to make cloth masks for animal doctors and other non-emergency health care workers so they can extend the life of their existing PPE supplies.

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Race and the American Story Project Moves Annual Symposium Online, Opens Event to Public

Friday, March 27, 2020

As campuses nationwide responded to the global coronavirus crisis by cancelling events and transitioning to remote learning, an important opportunity for students studying race and its significance...
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UMass Amherst Linguistics Community Moves Major Conference Online

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Set to take place on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus from March 19 through 21, the 33rd Annual CUNY Human Sentence Processing Conference seemed doomed in the face of mounting...
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The entire recording team from this January's Legacy Boy sessions

The Legacy of Donny Johns

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

In 2014, Professors Gina Kaufmann and Harley Erdman reimagined The Trickster of Seville, a classic Spanish play that launched the legend of Don Juan (and served as the basis for Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni), as a musical. More than five years later, Donny Johns has been retitled Legacy Boy

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