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Laura Doyle and Team Awarded Mellon Foundation's Sawyer Grant

Laura Doyle, former ISHA 'Migrations' fellow, is part of a UMass faculty team awarded the prestigious Mellon Foundation's Sawyer Grant for their project, “Beyond Medieval and Modern: Rethinking Global Paradigms of Political Economy and Culture.”

This is the first time that UMass has received this grant, which will fund a postdoctoral graduate fellow and award two dissertation writing fellowships, and convene a series of seminar meetings on their topic. During academic year 2015-16, the seminar team will host leading scholars from the U.S. and abroad who bring a long-historical, global and postcolonial orientation to their research.

Other members of the team include Mwangi wa Gĩthĩnji from Economics, Joselyn Almeida Beveridge from English, Annette Damayanti Lienau from Comparative Literature and Honors College, and Johan Mathews from Economics and History. UMass's press release can be found here, and the Hampshire Gazette's coverage here.

Boyce Publishes Op-Ed in the New York Times on 'The Carbon Dividend'

Former ISHA Fellow and ISI Board Member Jim Boyce has published an op-ed in the New York Times on 'The Carbon Dividend'. In it, Boyce examines the efforts of Maryland Representative Chris Van Hollen to introduce a plan to auction pollution permits. Boyce, a Professor of Economics at UMass Amherst, specializes in development economies and environmental economics.


Clingman Delivers 2014 Pritzen Lecture

ISI Director Stephen Clingman will deliver the 2014 Jackie M. Pritzen Lecture entitled "Rights, Routes and Refugees: The Fiction of Caryl Phillips" on Thursday, April 3 at 4:30PM at Events Hall East at the Commonwealth Honors College. This annual lecture honors Jackie M. Pritzen, who served the Five College Consortium for 26 years, working with faculty members to build and sustain academic cooperation across the five institutions. Each year it celebrates a distinguished faculty member whose scholarship, teaching and service continue that work.

ISI Co-Sponsors Lecture by Professor Peter Anyang' Nyong'o

ISI is pleased to support the November 8 lecture "Elections, Electoral Politics and Coalition Building in Africa: Is Democracy on Trial?" by Professor Peter Anyang' Nyong'o, senator for Kenya's Kisumu County and former Kenyan minister of national planning and development and minister of medical services. The event, presented by the Five College African Studies Council and the UMass Economics Department's Economic History and Development Workshop, is free and open to the public. The event is November 8 at 4pm in Gordon Hall (PERI) 3rd Floor.

Jacobs Family Lecture - Prof. Moshe Halbertal


The ISI is pleased to support this year's Jacobs Family Lecture by Professor Moshe Halbertal on November 7 at 5:00 pm in the Cape Cod Lounge on the UMass Amherst campus. This lecture is open to the public and is titled "At the Threshold of Forgiveness: Law and Narrative in the Talmud." In addition to the public lecture, Professor Halbertal will conduct a faculty seminar earlier that day, at 2:00 pm, on "Needs of the Poor: On Giving and dignity in the Talmud" in Herter 301 on the UMass Amherst campus.

Professor Halbertal is the Gruss Professor at NYU Law School and professor of Jewish Thought and philosophy at the Hebrew University. More information about Professor Halbertal can be found here.