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ISI Assistant Amanda Waugh Lagji Accepts Tenure Track Position at Pitzer College

Amanda Waugh Lagji, ISI Assistant since Spring semester of 2012, successfully defended her dissertation titled, “Waiting for Now: Postcolonial Fiction and Colonial Time” on March 29, and will join the faculty of Pitzer College as an Assistant Professor of English and World Literature for the 2017-18 academic year. In March, Amanda won the 2017 Graduate Student Caucus Essay Award for the Northeast Modern Language Association.

We would like to thank Amanda for her many considerable contributions to the Institute over the past five years, and wish her all good fortune as she moves out to California to begin her career at Pitzer!

John McCarthy, Former ISI Fellow, To Focus on Position as Senior Vice Provost

Former ISI “Transformations” Fellow and Professor of Linguistics, is relinquishing his role as Dean of the Graduate School to devote more time to his duties as Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, as well as to his linguistics research. John has been tremendously successful in his position as Dean; we wish him all good luck going forward. 

Former ISI Fellow Elizabeth Chilton Named Dean of Harpur College at Binghamton University

Elizabeth Chilton, Professor of Anthropology, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement, and former ISI fellow (2009-2010 and 2012-2013) has been named Dean of the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University in New York. In addition to twice being a member of our seminars, Professor Chilton offered valuable support to the Institute, especially during our transition from ISHA to the ISI. We wish her all good luck in her new position!

Linda Sarsour, “The Resistance: Organizing in the Age of Trump”

On Friday, April 28, the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is hosting Linda Sarsour, award-winning racial justice and civil rights activist and national co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington for a lecture. Sarsour will speak at 3:30 p.m. in the Mahar Auditorium on the UMass campus. ISI is among the many cosponsors of the event, which will be free and open to the public.

ISI Announces 'Dissent' Fellows

The ISI is delighted to announce that twelve faculty members have been chosen by the ISI Board as Fellows for our 2017-2018 seminar on “Dissent.” The Fellows will approach the theme of the seminar from a variety of perspectives, ranging from the humanities to the social sciences, from economics to theater.

The 2017-18 Fellows are Lee Badgett, Economics; Chris Couch, Comparative Literature; Barbara Cruikshank, Political Science; Laura Furlan, English; Hande Gurses, Comparative Literature; John Higginson, History; Kathryn Lachman, Comparative Literature; Megan Lewis, Theater; Marian MacCurdy, English; Roberta Marvin, Music and Dance; Bogdan Prokopovych, Isenberg; and Malcolm Sen, English.

ISI Cosponsors African Cinema Symposium and Festival

The ISI is a cosponsor of this year's African Cinema Symposium and festival, held from April 5-8 across the 5 College campuses. The event brings together leading filmmakers, festival programmers and scholars from Africa, Europe, and the United States. The schedule includes feature film screenings, question and answer sessions with African filmmakers, and scholarly panels. More information about the schedule can be found on the five college website.

Kanstroom to Lead Interdisciplinary Workshop at UMass

On March 23 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in ILC N400 the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute will sponsor a workshop for faculty and graduate students led by this year’s ISI resident, Professor Daniel Kanstroom. The workshop is open to all scholars and graduate students with an interest in incorporating collaboration with community-based groups into their scholarship and teaching on immigration policy issues.