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Elisa Gonzales Co-Directs Voice and Speech Training Conference

Monday, May 3, 2021

Elisa Gonzales, assistant professor in the Department of Theater, is co-director of Rising Voices, a virtual conference presented by the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) from July 20 through August 1. This conference aims to examine the roles and responsibilities of voice and speech trainers "by listening to the past, addressing the monumental cultural shifts of the present moment, and imagining a new future as a voice and speech community."

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Graduate Student Britney Alcine to Attend Eastman Leadership Academy in June

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Britney Alcine, a graduate student studying orchestral conducting in the UMass Amherst department of music and dance, has recently been awarded a full scholarship to attend the Eastman Leadership Academy in Rochester, NY from June 23 thorugh 26. The event is hosted annually by the Eastman School of Music, one of the foremost conservatories in the nation. The Leadership Academy offers promising young musicians the chance to take part in immersive learning activities and workshops on topics such as innovation in the arts, application of entrepreneurial thinking and business skills, and crafting a personal mission. Admission to attend the Academy is highly competitive; only 25 students from across the country were selected to take part this year.

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HFA Recognizes Two Faculty Members for Excellence in Teaching with the College Outstanding Teacher Award

Thursday, April 29, 2021

The College of Humanities and Fine Arts is proud to announce its 2021 College Outstanding Teaching Award recipients, Milan Dragicevich and Pari Riahi. Dragicevich, professor in the Department of Theater, and Riahi, assistant professor in the Department of Architecture, are celebrated for exceptional teaching, mentoring, and curriculum development efforts, and for their impact on students' lives.

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2021 Faculty Success Fellows Announced

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Amel Ahmed, associate provost for equity and inclusion, recently announced the 2021 Faculty Success Fellows. Fourteen faculty have been selected to participate in the program for the 2021-22 academic year, including Anne Kerth, assistant professor in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, and Jimmy Worthy II, assistant professor in the Department of English. 

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Samuel Redman Quoted in Two Recent Articles about How Museums Handle African-American Remains

Monday, April 26, 2021

Last week, Samuel Redman, associate professor in the UMass Amherst history department, was quoted in two articles related to the ethics of how human remains are handled by museums, educational institutions, and educators.

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Donald Junkins, poet who led the English Department's MFA Program, Dies at 89

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Donald Junkins ‘53, alumnus and professor emeritus in the Department of English, passed away on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at the age of 89. He taught creative writing at UMass Amherst for 30 years, serving as director of the MFA Program for Poets and Writers from 1970-1979 and from 1989-1990. He retired in 1995.

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