Identity and Culture

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  • Confronting Race

    Historical archeologist propels social change by listening to the past

    As a PhD student at the University of Texas, Whitney Battle-Baptiste walked into her advisor’s office one day brandishing a hefty folder of anthropological research on captive Africans. Her advisor’s... More

  • Media Critic

    Scholar and literary analyst takes on pop culture

    If you were to meet TreaAndrea Russworm at a party and ask her what she does for a living, she might give you her short, straightforward answer: she’s an associate professor in the UMass Amherst... More


    Students foster literacy (and fun) in Springfield

    Who would have guessed that just a short drive down I-91 is the origination point of an entire creative universe? You may not know, so we’ll tell you so: Springfield, Massachusetts, is the hometown... More

  • Our Changing Language

    Teaching machines African-American English to expand study of dialects

    For the past 30 years, computer science researchers have been teaching their machines to read, for example, assigning back issues of the Wall Street Journal, so computers can learn the English they... More