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Visiting Writers Series Hosts CAConrad and Dawn Lundy Martin for Reading and Book Signing

Thursday, January 30, 2020

The University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers presents a reading by CAConrad and Dawn Lundy Martin on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. in Old Chapel. The reading will be followed by a book signing and refreshments.

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Partee Awarded Benjamin Franklin Medal

Monday, January 27, 2020

Distinguished University Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy Emerita Barbara Partee has been awarded the 2020 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science for her "foundational contributions that synthesize insights from linguistics, philosophy, logic, and psychology to understand how words and sentences combine to express meaning in human language," by the Franklin Institute.

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A display of renaissance texts with a copy of the English Literary Renaissance journal.

'English Literary Renaissance' Celebrates 50 Years, Announces New Editorial Leadership

Thursday, January 23, 2020

'English Literary Renaissance,' a widely-respected journal founded at the University of Massachusetts Amherst by Professor Arthur F. Kinney and other faculty members, celebrates its 50th anniversary with a special issue published this January by the University of Chicago Press. The issue contains 22 essays on “The State of Renaissance Studies” by leading scholars whose work has previously appeared in the journal, along with a history of ELR written by Professor Kinney.

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Drimmer's Book Recognized by Historians of British Art Book Prize Committee

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Historians of British Art (HBA) Book Prize Committee have awarded 'The Art of Allusion: Illuminators and the Making of English Literature,' by Sonja Drimmer, associate professor in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, High Commendation for Exemplary Scholarship on the Period before 1600.

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Felipe Salles

Recording by Felipe Salles Chosen Among Top Jazz Albums for 2019

Friday, January 10, 2020

“DownBeat” magazine, the top publication for “jazz, blues, and beyond,” has included a recent recording by UMass associate professor of music Felipe Salles on their list of their 100 top-rated...
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David Mednicoff

Mednicoff Receives Grant for Migrant Policy Project

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Professor David Mednicoff, chair of the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies with a joint appointment in the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy, has received a grant from the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) for a project called “Legal Cultures and New Regional Policies towards Forced Migrants.”

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