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Ajla Aksamija Elected as the Vice President of the Facade Tectonics Institute

Friday, January 22, 2021

Ajla Aksamija, associate professor in the department of architecture, has been elected as the vice president of the Facade Tectonics Institute (FTI). FTI is a non-profit member organization for the architectural, engineering and construction industry. Its mission is to accelerate transformative change in the built environment toward common goals of resilience and sustainability, specifically focusing on buildings’ facades. FTI’s members include professionals from an array of building industry sectors—owners, developers, architects, engineers, consultants, contractors, manufacturers, as well as academic and other institutions.

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Martín Espada Examines Love, Justice, and the Contemporary American Experience in New Collection of Poetry

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Martín Espada, professor in the UMass Amherst Department of English and winner of the Poetry Foundation’s 2018 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, published a new collection of poetry on January 19, 2021. Titled Floaters (Norton), Espada’s book “offers exuberant odes and defiant elegies, songs of protest and songs of love from one of the essential voices in American poetry.”

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UMass Arts Extension Service and College of Humanities and Fine Arts to Host Virtual Internship Fair

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

The UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts Advising and Career Center is hosting the Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative's Spring 2021 Arts and Humanities Virtual Internship Fair. The event will take place online via the Career Fair Plus app on Feb. 11, 2021 from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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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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New Africa House at UMass Amherst

Professor Chester Davis Scholarship Fund Supports Undergraduates in Afro-American Studies

Friday, January 15, 2021

The Professor Chester Davis Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Chester Davis by his wife Penny Ralston. Professor Davis was one of the first Afro-American studies professors at UMass Amherst and served on the faculty from 1971 to 1992. This fund provides financial support to undergraduate students in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies. The first Chester Davis Scholarship was awarded this fall to Ariana Vazquez '21, a double major in Afro-American studies and sociology.

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New Africa House at UMass Amherst

Chinese Journal on Foreign Language and Literature Studies to Spotlight Career of Steven Tracy

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

The December issue of the Chinese journal Foreign Language and Literature Studies will feature three articles spotlighting the career of Steven Tracy, Distinguished University Professor of Afro-American Studies.

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