This photographic presentation and discussion explores voter disenfranchisement in 1965 Mississippi, and around the United States today. The presentation follows the voter registration efforts of a handful of students who took part in the “Freedom Christmas” voter registration effort in 1965. It follows up with interviews with voters, activists, and community leaders in rural Mississippi today. The discussion focuses on the types of voter suppression tactics used in 1965 and today, and what has been and can be done to counter them.


Are you writing your Honors Thesis this year?  If so, you are embarking on what is likely the most significant and substantial—and possibly most unfamiliar—writing endeavor of your undergraduate career.  This Commonwealth Honors College Thesis Workshop is intended primarily for seniors who will be writing their proposal and thesis this academic year, but all interested students are welcome to attend.  


Fall 2020 Rising Researcher nominations are due by September 29

Rising Researchers are exceptional undergraduate students who demonstrate leadership and impact in their area of study. This can take the form of research results, scholarly publications, innovations, entrepreneurial activities, or creative works. All majors and disciplines are welcome.


Fall 2020 Spotlight Scholar nominations are due by noon, September 29.

The Spotlight Scholar Program recognizes faculty members whose research, scholarship, or creative activity really shines.


The UMass History Department's 2020-21 Feinberg Series "Planet on a Precipice: Histories and Futures of the Environmental Emergency" will begin with a Keynote lecture "What Does the Earth Ask of Us?" delivered by Robin Wall Kimmerer on September 30. The Feinberg seeks to deepen our understanding of this singularly important set of problems and to envision constructive paths forward. Speakers will include organizers from the climate movement, writers, artists, filmmakers, and a wide variety of scholars and policy experts.