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Paul Dennis

Paul Dennis

Paul Dennis is an Associate Professor the the UMass Amherst Department of Music and Dance, as well as a Co-Director of the University Dancers and a coordinator of HFA's New York Professional Outreach Program. Professor Dennis discusses his journey with dance and how his experiences have shaped his relationship with the art form.
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Marianna Ritchey

Marianna Ritchey

Marianna Ritchey, associate 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, Oregon. 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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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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Christian Appy

Christian Appy

Professor Christian Appy is a historian with a focus on the Vietnam War and Modern United States History. He discusses his research, his collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Press, and teaching war in the classroom. Professor Appy is a speaker in the 2017 Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series and recipient of the Chancellor's Medal, the highest honor bestowed on individuals for exemplary and extraordinary service to the campus.
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