UMass Amherst Professors to Teach at High Schools in Conjunction with Scholarship Gala

AMHERST, Mass. - Three professors from the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts will teach classes in Boston and Springfield during the morning of Sept. 24 in conjunction with a scholarship gala, black-tie dinner to be held in Boston’s John B. Hynes Convention Center, starting at 6 p.m. that evening.

English professor and award-winning author John Edgar Wideman will teach at the Boston Latin School; journalism professor and Pulitzer-prize winner Madeleine Blais will meet with a junior class and the women’s basketball team at Boston’s Jeremiah E. Burke High School; and English professor Anne Herrington will be a guest lecturer at a junior English class at Springfield’s Cathedral High School where she will discuss "The Politics of Dictionaries."

The three are among about 20 faculty from all four of the University’s undergraduate campuses taking part in the high school teaching effort. All will be honored at the scholarship gala, which is titled "Power of Learning" and which is expected to raise at least $1 million for student scholarships. During the gala, the establishment of a scholarship will be announced in the name of UMass Amherst graduate Rick Pitino, Boston Celtics president and head coach, to honor him for extraordinary achievements both inside and outside the sports arena.

NOTE: Reporters are invited to attend Herrington’s lecture at Cathedral High School, but photos and interviews should take place before or after the class to keep disruption to a minimum. The Cathedral High School teacher involved in the project is Bonnie Moriarty and the class begins at 8:45 a.m.