Faces of HFA
Marianna Ritchey

Marianna Ritchey

Marianna Ritchey, assistant professor of music history in the Department of Music & Dance, discovered a deep interest in music as an undergraduate at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore. Ritchey currently focuses her research on young American composers in the contemporary capitalist landscape. With roots as an indie-rock musician, Ritchey approaches a diverse array of musical styles in her teaching and writing as culturally important and significant.
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Laura Briggs

Laura Briggs

Laura Briggs is professor and chair of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts and an internationally known historian of reproductive politics, who in recent years has spoken on the subject of adoption in Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro, Paris, and Mexico City.
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Barbara Zecchi

Barbara Zecchi

Barbara Zecchi, director of the Spanish and Portuguese program in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, discusses her latest projects, why teaching is so important to her and why every student should learn another language.
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Nicholas Bromell

Nicholas Bromell

Nick Bromell received a B.A. in Classics and Philosophy from Amherst College and a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Stanford University. He was the founding editor of The Boston Review, where he continues to be a contributing editor; he also serves on the editorial board of The Sixties and as an advisory editor to the Class: Culture series published by the University of Michigan Press.
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Karen Kurczynski

Karen Kurczynski

Karen Kurczynski, assistant professor of modern and contemporary art in the Department of the History of Art & Architecture, discusses "Human Animals: the Art of CoBrA," the exhibition she curated for the University Museum of Contemporary Art (September 15 – November 20, 2016), and the appeal of the CoBrA movement to students and scholars of all disciplines.
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Julio Capó, Jr.

Julio Capó, Jr.

Julio Capó, Jr., assistant professor of history, was recently published in TIME magazine, having authored an editorial article about the historical geography, immigration, and queer movements of Miami; this city, which he approaches as the setting for the film Moonlight, is also the cultural centerpiece of much of his research. He discusses this research, its modern context, and his recent recognitions at UMass and abroad.
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