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Spotlight Scholar: Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

For her outstanding research and creativity, Gerzina was named the UMass Amherst Spotlight Scholar for the Fall 2021 semester. “She has had an extraordinarily productive career,” says Randall Knoper, chair of the Department of English, praising her accomplishments in research and writing. “And she shows no signs of slowing down.”

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María Soledad Barbón Receives Honorable Mention for MLA’s Scaglione Prize

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

María Soledad Barbón, professor of comparative literature in the UMass Amherst Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, has been recognized by the Modern Language Association of America ...
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Trumpet Professor Eric Berlin to Perform and Record Rouse Work with Albany Symphony

Monday, December 13, 2021

On Saturday, December 11, Professor Eric Berlin and the Albany Symphony will perform Heimdall’s Trumpet by late Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Christopher Rouse, which will also be recorded for a later release on Naxos Records. The piece was first performed in 2012 as a commission by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for its Principal Trumpet, Christopher Martin, but has yet to be recorded until now.

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Dewpartment of Justice building in Boston.

Alumna Rachael Rollins '94 Named U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts

Thursday, December 9, 2021

On Wednesday, December 9, 2021, the Senate confirmed Rachael Rollins '94 as U.S. attorney for Massachusetts. She will be the first Black woman to hold the office in the history of the Commonwealth. Rollins—who has a reputation as a progressive, reform-driven prosecutor—previously served as district attorney for Suffolk County, acting as the chief law inforcement officer for Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop, Mass.

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UMass Symphony Orchestra To Perform Works by Brahms, Montgomery at December Concert

Friday, December 3, 2021

On Monday, December 6 at 7:30 PM, the UMass Amherst Symphony Orchestra will present their final performance of the fall semester. The program will feature Jessie Montgomery’s Coincident Dances led by graduate conductor Britney Alcine. The piece was created to capture the “frenetic energy and multicultural aural palette one hears even in a short walk through a New York City neighborhood,” and features styles such as English consort, samba, mbira dance music from Ghana, swing, and techno. Rounding out the program will be the epic Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms, conducted by Director of Orchestral Studies Morihiko Nakahara.

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