Honors College Events


Dean Mari Castañeda co-hosted the inaugural Honors College Dinner and Discussion with Professor Joseph Krupczynski, a professor in the Department of Architecture, and director of the office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning (CESL) at UMass.


On September 30, scientist and author Robin Wall Kimmerer delivered the keynote address of the 2020–21 Feinberg Series entitled “What Does the Earth Ask of Us?” In her lecture, Kimmerer connected Indigenous knowledge and modern science to how we can more successfully conquer the problem of climate change in the world today. More than 2,000 people attended the event.


Scott Auerbach, professor of chemistry and chemical engineering and executive director of the UMass Integrated Concentration in Science program (iCons), delivered the Honors College Plenary Lecture on September 21, 2020. Auerbach’s talk, entitled “Is Racism a Science Problem?”, examined the link between science and racism using empirical and anecdotal evidence.


On August 23, 2020, the Commonwealth Honors College inducted 682 first-year and transfer students in a virtual ceremony. The Honors College Induction Ceremony welcomes new students each year as they begin their academic journey at Commonwealth Honors. This year’s inducted class includes students from twenty-five states and twenty-three countries across many academic disciplines.

Robert N. Pollin

On Tuesday, March 31, distinguished professor of economics Robert N. Pollin will deliver this year's Daffodil Lecture on Sustainability and the Environment. 

Erica Armstrong Dunbar

“When you teach about George Washington, there’s absolutely no reason you shouldn’t tell Ona’s story too.” 


In celebration of its twentieth anniversary, Commonwealth Honors College held a ceremonial alumni brunch over UMass Amherst’s Homecoming weekend, which brought together alumni from 1973 to 2019.


Decision making can be a difficult thing to do. Professor Diane Flaherty pointed out some of the behavioral economics that go into making decisions.