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Translation Center Launches Workshop Series in Partnership with DESE to Train Public School Employees

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

In February, the Translation Center at UMass Amherst launched their second workshop series in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). During this seven-week, remote series, over 60 public school employees from across the commonwealth participate in training related to translating school documents and communications and providing interpretation services.

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South College on the UMass Amherst campus

Public Engagement Project Names Rebecca Lorimer Leonard 2021 Faculty Fellow

Monday, March 1, 2021

The Public Engagement Project (PEP) at UMass Amherst recently announced the 2021 Public Engagement Faculty Fellows. Seven UMass faculty members from across seven departments and six colleges will draw on their substantial research records to impact policy, the work of practitioners and public debates. Among this cohort is Rebecca Lorimer Leonard, associate professor of English and director of the UMass Amherst Writing Program.

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New Africa House at UMass Amherst

Traci Parker Discusses Black Love and Marriage on WGBH’s "Basic Black"

Friday, February 26, 2021

On a recent episode of WGBH’s Basic Black host Callie Crossley was joined by four experts—including Traci Parker, associate professor in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies—to celebrate and discuss Black love, relationships, and rituals in honor of Valentine's Day. The episode explored the history of the Black family and how that history has shaped and impacted modern relationships. Contemporary issues, such as mass incarceration, legislation, and economic prosperity, were discussed in the context of how they affect the Black family.

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UMass Music and Dance to Host Two Dance Conferences in March

Friday, February 26, 2021

In March, the UMass Amherst Department of Music and Dance will host two virtual conferences exploring new approaches and applications for the field of dance.

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The John Olver Design Building

High-performance Building Facades Workshop Organized by the Department of Architecture for Industry Professionals

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Ajla Aksamija, an associate professor in the department of architecture, co-organized a free, online workshop for architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry professionals. The workshop was held over four days in January 2021 (Jan. 6, 8, 13 and 15) and brought together more than 270 registered participants from all over the world. Each session lasted 1.5 hours and the professionals gained continuing education credits that are required by professional accreditation institutions around the world.

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Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival banner.

28th Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival: ‘Alliances’ Spring 2021 Underway

Friday, February 19, 2021

The 28th annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival (MMFF) explores the power and promise of “Alliances,” presenting an international program of documentary, narrative and experimental films from the United States, Puerto Rico, Iran, France, Egypt, Brazil and South Korea, that offer compelling visions of connection with people, ecologies and ideas. With an eye to the shadow side of alliances—flawed or failed alliances, or misguided or malign confederacies—the films this season address themes of community, solidarity, and partnerships for social justice, environmental advocacy, and other endeavors to achieve a common good or confront a prevailing ill. Join us this spring in a celebration of films that spark empathy, bridge difference, and inspire dedication to dreams held in common.

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