Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Distinguished Faculty Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Temple University and Director of the Temple Infant and Child Laboratory
Direct action—from sit-ins, occupations, and blockades to tree-spiking, theft of government documents, and Internet hacktivism—has played a crucial but changing role in U.S. political movements from the mid-20th century to today. STPEC is proud to host a panel discussion with four activists and organizers from the Pioneer Valley who have participated in direct action to resist war, torture, racism, police violence, home foreclosures, and nuclear power.
Stellan Vinthagen is an Endowed Chair in the Study of Nonviolent Direct Action and Civil Resistance. He is also the editor of the Journal of Resistance Studies.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst and Smith College will host the 6th International Digital Storytelling Conference, titled "Voices of Change: Storywork in Activism, Education and Public Service." This conference will be held Sept. 25-27 with events taking place on both campuses. In addition, pre-conference satellite events will be held on each of the Five College campuses. Learn more about the conference.
At 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 26, the journalism department will dedicate the "Hub" space in the ILC as the Howard M. Ziff Gallery.
Professor Ziff founded the UMass Journalism Department in 1971. “Justifiably a legend,” UMass journalism professor Ralph Whitehead said of Ziff, who hired Whitehead in 1973, two years after Ziff created the journalism program. “He was a street-wise intellectual. He had a very deep knowledge of the way things work in the real world. Howard was a charismatic figure."
Cole Lecture on Contemporary Issues: The Role of Journalism in the Enduring Struggle for Racial Justice
The past two years remind us that the centuries-old struggle for racial justice in the United States is far from over. Founded on contradictory and irreconcilable principles, our country enshrined the ideals of freedom and equality in its political charter, while forging an economic and social order dependent on slavery. From the colonial era to the present, racial caste has endured as a singularly destructive force in our national life, excluding many people of color from the full benefits of citizenship while systematically delimiting their social and economic opportunities.
1. Tenure line faculty at all ranks
2. Self-nominations welcome as well as nominations from faculty peers, Departmental Personnel Committees and Chairs
3. Recognizes distinguished achievement in scholarship and research. The types of achievement envisioned include:
- the winning of a prestigious prize
- receipt of distinguished awards from one's peers
- receipt of a major grant
- noteworthy publications in the field
In order to support the development and growth of the diverse and excellent faculty research in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Dean’s Research Council offers two categories of grants to support research each year. SBS has a strong commitment to a range of social science research approaches, including, but not limited to, basic, applied, and community-engaged research.
One of the crucial political questions of our time is how we understand—and respond to—the repeated and unruly expressions of popular outrage from Tunis and Cairo to Ferguson and Baltimore. This presentation combines lecture with scenes from a forthcoming interactive documentary to explore the recent wave of uprisings that began in the once-thriving industrial city of Maribor and spread to bring down the government of Slovenia. What sparks these dramatic confrontations? How are they experienced by participants? How should social scientists committed to fundamental change respond?
Rashad Robinson is the executive director of ColorOfChange, the nation’s largest online civil rights organization. ColorOfChange has been at the forefront of the most critical civil rights issues of this century, including countering attempts to suppress the black vote, and under Robinson’s leadership, ColorOfChange has fought for justice for Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Renisha McBride, Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland and Bree Newsome.