The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Faculty Events

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Understanding the Challenges Facing Queer and Trans Faculty

Queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum faculty often experience hostile and uninviting institutional climates. These experiences may lead LGBTQ faculty to leave their institutions. This workshop will delve into how region, climate, and other factors impact queer/trans spectrum faculty, and how institutions can help develop more supportive environments. 

This workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Jason Garvey of the University of Vermont, who has done extensive work on improving campus climate for LGBT community members.

Registration is required, lunch will be served. 

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 5:30pm

A Conversation with Congressman James McGovern

Join us for 'A Conversation with Congressman James McGovern' on Tuesday, April 23.

Rep. McGovern is Chairman of the House Rules Committee and represents Massachusetts's 2nd congressional district. A reception with light refreshments will follow the talk. 

Sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the School of Public Policy.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 5:00pm

2019 Communication Department Student Showcase

The Department of Communication will host the eighth Annual Communication Student Showcase and Awards on April 24th. This showcase celebrates the many forms of achievement and expression within the major, and gives students a chance to be recognized by faculty, peers, and alums. Students will present their projects on Audio-Visual Work, Civic Engagement and Community-Based Work, Research, Speech and Performance, and Writing.

Questions should be directed to Prof. Devon Greyson.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Scholarly Writing Retreat

Research shows regularly scheduled writing blocks increase productivity and publishing rates. TEFD offers monthly Scholarly Writing Retreats during the academic year—generally 4-5 per semester—to provide faculty time to focus on scholarly writing in the company of colleagues. These retreats are occasionally supplemented with workshops or consultations about writing productivity and publishing. You are welcome to join us for an hour, come and go to accommodate unexpected meetings, or spend the entire day in the company of your colleagues.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Thugocracy: A Way to Think about Trump and Russia

This talk is based on many decades of ethnographic work in Russia, and explores the consequences of governance by criminal and corrupt networks. It looks at the Trump presidency in broad socio-historic perspective as the product of a gradual interweaving of transnational quasi-criminal networks, amplified after the end of the Soviet Union by the massive infusion of capital expropriated from the remains of the Soviet state. 

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