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As of June 30, 2019, the UMass Amherst Libraries ended its subscription to Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis Academic). After analyzing cost, usage, technical considerations, existing subscriptions, and the needs of its patrons, the Libraries decided that its limited budget should be spent on resources that would better support research, teaching, and learning activities in the university and the community. With this decision not to renew the $62,000 Nexis Uni subscription—instead subscribing to new databases and adding to existing subscriptions—the Libraries saved approximately $43,350.50 without sacrificing access to the same or similar materials.

View the Libraries’ LibGuide for a full list of alternatives to Nexis offerings, including the following:

Westlaw is a user-friendly and comprehensive resource for legal research. It includes legislation, regulations, court and agency decisions, legal encyclopedias, and law reviews. The West Key Number System makes it easy to focus your research on a specific area of law. HeinOnline includes a wealth of historical and international legal materials. LegalTrac provides access to over 1,200 law reviews and legal newspapers, and the Topic Finder function allows you to visualize connections between search terms. In addition, the Libraries added campus-wide full-text access to Consumer Reports.

The Libraries have also subscribed to a great new resource, Access World News, which includes over 5,800 local, national, and international news sources, including newspapers, magazines, web sources, and transcripts. The Libraries continue to provide access to many newspaper databases, such as ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Additionally, the Library of Congress has digitized and made available a collection of historical American newspapers dating from 1789-1963 (Chronicling America).

The UMass Amherst Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Center (DSC) is assisting Eric Poehler, associate professor of classics at UMass Amherst, in completing the Pompeii Artistic Landscape Project (PALP), for which he received a $245,000 grant from the Getty Foundation.

The project is an online resource of images documenting existing artwork, such as frescoes and mosaics, in Pompeii, Italy. Embedded within these images are various types of metadata—data that provides information about other data—that describe the artwork as well as their locations in Pompeii, allowing scholars to search the database more easily and study the pieces within their architectural contexts.

The DSC is supporting this project by reviewing more than 150,000 images provided by Pompeii in Pictures and adding the metadata to them from Linked Open Data (LOD) resourced: publicly available, standardized data and terminology that interlinks with other data on the web to make searching easier.

“Contributing to the Pompeii Artistic Landscape Project really builds on the Digital Scholarship Center’s expertise with images,” says Brian Shelburne, director of the DSC. “It also allows us to develop new skills that we will use to support future projects by our students and faculty.”

Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019
7:30-10 p.m.

W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lower Level

Join the UMass Amherst Libraries and UMass Information Technology for a fun evening of games, food, and prizes!

Sponsored by the UMass Amherst Libraries and UMass Amherst Information Technology.

Sept. 3 - Dec. 13
Reception: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 4-6 p.m.

Science & Engineering Library,
Lederle GRC Lowrise
Matthew Mattingly ’02 is an artist living and working in Western Massachusetts. The exhibit includes new and recent oils, watercolors, and ink drawings, including landscapes, figures, sketches, and works from imagination. Also on display will be custom equipment and measuring devices invented by the artist, with descriptions of construction and use.

Friday, Sept. 13
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

W. E. B. Du Bois Library
Learning Commons, Lower Level, Room 43

Welcome back students!

The UMass Assistive Technology Center (ATC) will be having an open house from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday 9/13.

Stop by the center and check out some helpful software/tools/devices to accommodate your learning style and ensure that you everything you need to start the school year.

*Some workshop dates/times subject to change.

Learning Commons 101

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 6-7 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 6-7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 6-7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 6-7 p.m.

W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lower Level, Learning Commons (LC) Desk
Instructor: Learning Commons Staff

How well do you know the Learning Commons? Join us for a crash course in learning the ins, outs, workarounds, and secrets of one of the most popular places on campus. You’ll take a tour of the floor, learn about the different services and resources that are available, and get a few insider tips and hints on how to make the most of your LC experience.

Let's Meet Microphones and Audio Recorders

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 7-8 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 3, Digital Media Lab
Instructor: Yuntian Hu

Registration link forthcoming.

You've done your research, you've written your script, and you've got your location and interviewees lined up. You're now ready to do some audio recording, but you're facing lots of choices of microphones and audio recorders. If you don't have experience in audio recording, how do you choose between the different audio devices? How do you use them, and where do you use them?  This workshop will introduce you to the audio recorders and microphones in the Digital Media Lab. Attendees will learn about the different audio recording devices and the context in which each one is best used. Attendees will also learn a bit more about Digital Media Lab services that can meet further needs.

Introduction to 3D Modeling

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1-2:30 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 3, Digital Media Lab
Instructor: Dennis Spencer

Registration link forthcoming.

Want to learn how 3D modeling? The DML is offering a chance to learn Fusion 360, a free-to-use 3D modeling software that is accessible for beginners yet has professional features. This workshop will be an introduction to 3D modeling concepts, common modeling techniques, and 3D modeling a simple object. 

Citation Managers 101

Wednesday, Sept. 25, Noon-1 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 5-6 p.m.

Science and Engineering Library, Lederle GRC Lowrise
Instructor: Melanie Radik

If you hate building a list of resources and put it off until the last minute, or if your list of resources is a stack of Post-it notes, photos, and scraps of papers, then perhaps a citation manager is for you. Citation managers help you organize resources you use while researching. Librarians can show you several alternatives that you can choose from depending on which one would suit your needs.

W. E. B. Du Bois and His Legacy at UMass Amherst

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m.-Noon
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2-3 p.m.

W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 22, W. E. B. Du Bois Center (Room 2220)
Instructor: Adam Holmes

You've probably heard the name W. E. B. Du Bois. You've probably been in the Library named for him and have perhaps noticed his image and quotes in the lobby. But how much do you know about him? This workshop will provide a short introduction to the life of W. E. B. Du Bois and his significance as a scholar, public intellectual, and activist. The workshop will also describe the work of the W. E. B. Du Bois Center at UMass as well as the materials available on Du Bois, his life and times, through the University Archive. Refreshments will be served.

Getting Started with Zotero

Wednesday, Oct. 2, Noon-1 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 5-6 p.m.

Science and Engineering Library, Lederle GRC Lowrise
Instructor: Melanie Radik

This workshop will guide you through organizing your library, downloading new sources, adding sources you already have, editing sources, and using Zotero with Word for writing papers. Please bring your laptop with Zotero already installed, including the desktop, Word plugin, and browser add on, and signing up for an online account. If you have trouble installing Zotero, please contact the IT Help Desk before the workshop.

The UMass Open Access Policy and You

Thursday, Oct. 3, Noon-1 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2-3 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 16, Room 1638

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 3-4 p.m.

W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 26, Faculty Commons
Instructor: Erin Jerome

Registration link forthcoming.

Did you know that the UMass Open Access Policy can help your your scholarship reach the widest audience possible while also protecting your rights as an author? Come and learn about what the Open Access Policy means for you and what you can do to share your research with readers all over the world.

Book Anatomy Demo

Monday, Oct. 7, 1-2:30 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lobby
Instructor: Lorraine James

Have you ever been curious about how books are made? Why some paperbacks fall apart after a few uses and some don't? Come by our table set up in the Library lobby and get a crash course on books and their construction by looking at examples. And if you enjoyed that, come to the full workshop on Oct. 17.

Intro to Final Cut Pro

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 3-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 5-6:30 p.m.

W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 3, Digital Media Lab
Instructor: Adam Quirós

Registration link forthcoming.

Do you have an interest in working with video? Final Cut Pro is a tool that allow you to edit and process video. This workshop is intended for beginners looking to ease into FCP. In this workshop you'll learn the basics steps to using the software, including navigating the interface, initial importing, organizing media, basic editing and final delivery.

Citation Manager Support Group

Wednesday, Oct. 9, Noon-1 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 5-6 p.m.

Science and Engineering Library, Lederle GRC Lowrise
Instructor: Science and Engineering Librarians

If you've been using a citation management tool and have gotten stuck on something, this is your chance to come in for some advice or assistance. Our librarians can get you un-stuck and on your way again. If you're wondering whether the citation mangers can do certain things that you need, come in and ask. Simple questions, hard questions - we'll take 'em all! No registration necessary - just drop in, ask your question, and you can be on your way.

Add Meaning, Focus, and Empowerment to Students Seeking/Finding/Use of Information

Thursday, Oct. 10, 3:30-5 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 26, Faculty Commons
Instructor: Madeleine Charney

Registration link forthcoming.

Do you find students often race through the creation of projects/papers? Are there information gaps or lack of passion in their work? Information Creation as a Process; Scholarship as Conversation; Searching as Strategic Exploration -- this is some of the enlivening language/practices librarians use in their classes and consultations. Learn about a framework and tools to foster a more meaningful, focused and empowering experience for students as they seek/find/use information. You will also learn about contemplative teaching resources in higher ed and right here on campus. Your own enjoyment of teaching might get a boost along the way.

Creative Commons 101: How to Find Images, Media, and More for Your Projects

Thursday, Oct. 10, 11 a.m.-Noon
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lower Level, Calipari Room

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 1-2 p.m.
Science and Engineering Library, Lederle GRC Lowrise
Instructor: Lisa Di Valentino and Jennifer Friedman

Registration link forthcoming.

Are you looking for images, audio, video, or text to include in your projects? Do you wonder about the copyright and whether or not you can use that perfect image that you found? Come join us to learn about Creative Commons (CC)! CC licenses allow people to share their work for you to use with minimal restrictions. Learn about the different licenses, how to find things with CC licenses and how you can use those items in your work!

Petitions, Occupations, and Marches: Radical Activism at UMass Amherst

Friday, Oct. 11, 2-3:30 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 25, Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) Seminar Room
Instructor: Blake Spitz

Registration link forthcoming.

From the very first student class in 1867 to those over a century later protesting war, imperialism, and educational, racial, and gender disparities, activism on the UMass campus has a long and colorful history. Do you know which buildings student protesters have occupied? Which policies and politics took sections of campus by storm? What happened after protesters made their demands? Come learn how movements such as anti-Vietnam War, Black Power, feminism, unified labor, and other topics manifested locally, on your campus, led by people like you, students, staff, and faculty. Using primary sources from the University Archives, this interactive class offers a snapshot of some of the many moments of radical activism on campus, sharing a history of protest impressive in both its extent and in its lessons for today.

UMass Amherst Patent and Trademark Resource Center: Services Free to You!

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m.-Noon
Thursday, Oct. 31, 2-3 p.m.

Science and Engineering Library, Lederle GRC Lowrise
Instructor: Paulina Borrego

Have an idea for a patent? Want to look up the patent for something you've been curious about? The UMass Amherst Patent & Trademark Resource Center is one of about eighty such centers in the country that provides patent and trademark help to all members of the community for free. Come learn about what resources and services are available.

How to Find Stuff in the Libraries

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 1-2 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2-3 p.m.

W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lower Level, Calipari Room
Instructor: Kayleigh Fischietto, Jennifer Friedman

Registration link forthcoming.

Want to find all the interesting things you can check out from the Libraries? Do you have a paper or project that's due soon and you need to find books, articles or DVDs? This session is for you!  Come join us to find out what's in the Libraries, how you can find it, how long you can have it and more! These tips and tricks will have you working smarter not harder on projects that impress. That means more time for movie nights with a selection of DVDs that will put your Netflix subscription to shame!

Book Anatomy 101

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2-3 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 16, Room 1638
Instructor: Lorraine James

Registration link forthcoming.

Learn how modern hard cover books are made and examine books that were bound in a variety of ways. In this hands-on workshop, you'll learn how books function (and don't function!) and how you can best care for the books you use.

Staying in Character

Friday, Oct. 18, 1-2 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lower Level, Calipari Room
Instructor: Kayleigh Fischietto and Sharon Domier

Are you a researcher working with a language that uses non-Latin writing systems? Do you want to more effectively discover and access sources in this language? Join area studies librarians Kayleigh Fischietto and Sharon Domier as they share best practices for searching and requesting resources from institutions around the world. Together we'll demystify everything from Romanization Tables to the Interlibrary Loan request form in order to take the hassle out of library searching.

Stalking (But Not in a Creepy Way) Your New Employer: Researching Company Profiles and Industry News

Friday, Oct. 25, 2-3 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lower Level, Calipari Room
Instructor: Alison Messier

Registration link forthcoming.

In the job market? Need to figure out which companies are best for you? Do you have some leads, but want to impress interviewers with your knowledge of the company? You can learn a lot about companies using Library resources! Come learn how to conduct company research to help you with your interviews and job search.

Zines in the Academy: Using Self-Published, DIY Publications for Research

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2-3 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 16, Room 1638
Instructor: Annie Sollinger

Registration link forthcoming.

This workshop will introduce you to zines - the self-publishing phenomenon. We will investigate zines as a democratic medium, as information objects, and as a mode of personal expression. We will discuss their history, their place in academic research, the ethical questions that are raised by diving into the medium, and look at a range of examples. We will also show participants where they can be found throughout the 5 Colleges, Pioneer Valley, and beyond.

Getting to Know Version Control with Git and GitHub

Friday, Nov. 1, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Monday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m.-Noon

W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 19, Room 1920
Instructor: Thea Atwood

Registration link forthcoming.

Version control is one way to track changes to files on your computer, and is regularly used for project management in collaborative environments. Git is one of the most widely used version control systems in the world. It is useful to both individuals and groups to track changes, manage conflicts in files, and share workflows and resources. In this live demonstration, participants will be introduced to the platforms Git and GitHub, and common functions for version control in Git. You are welcome to follow along on your own device, but it is not a requirement. If you do want to follow along, you must bring your own laptop that can connect to wifi. Instructions on how to install Git and set up your GitHub account will be sent ahead of the demonstration.

What's in a Map? A Crash-Course in GIS for the Humanities and Fine Arts

Monday, Nov. 4, 2-4 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lower Level, Calipari Room
Instructor: Becky Seifried

Registration link forthcoming.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a catch-all term for the software that helps us create stellar maps and explore spatial patterns in our data. If you have ever used Google Maps to scope out your neighborhood or checked out interactive maps on the web, you already have experience using an Online GIS. But the software can be used for a lot more than just displaying information. Whether you are directly engaged in digital humanities research or just interested in where your favorite [insert thing you study here] comes from, GIS is an essential tool for analyzing geospatial data and identifying patterns over space and time. This two-hour workshop is meant for both students and faculty. It will provide an overview of GIS and introduce its potential applications in fields across the Humanities and Fine Arts.

Ancestry.com Basics

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1-2 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lower Level, Calipari Room
Instructor: Kate Freedman

Registration link forthcoming.

Ancestry.com is among the world's largest databases of digitized primary source material. It contains a wealth of information for genealogists and historians alike. In this workshop, you will learn how to find individual names in Ancestry's database and how to make sure you found the individual that you were looking for (after all, there are a lot of John Browns and Jane Smiths in there).

Designing Poster Presentations: Tips for Great Posters!

Thursday, Nov. 7, 11 a.m.-Noon
Science and Engineering Library, Lederle GRC Lowrise

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1-2 p.m.

W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lower Level, Calipari Room
Instructor: Jennifer Friedman and Rebecca Reznik-Zellen

Registration link forthcoming.

Do you have a presentation that requires a poster? Not sure where to start or the best way to design a poster? Come join us! Learn about different poster templates and where to find them, as well as what types of content can go on a poster and best practices for designing a poster that stands out!

Intermediate Final Cut Pro

Thursday, Nov. 7, 6-7:30 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 3, Digital Media Lab
Instructor: Adam Quirós

Registration link forthcoming.

Building on the Intro to Final Cut Pro workshop, attendees will learn more advanced techniques for video editing and processing.

Web APIs: A (Nearly) Magical Way to Access Online Data

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2-3 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 19, Room 1920
Instructor: Steve McGinty and Eric Bloomquist

Registration link forthcoming.

If you’ve ever wished you could more-easily access large amounts of data from websites, the good news is that many government agencies, news outlets, and companies have set up public Web APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) to allow people to do exactly that. Web APIs essentially allow you to reach “behind” the organization’s website and access data much more directly. This workshop will be a basic introduction to Web APIs, including examples and pointers to additional resources.

What's in a Map? A Crash-Course in GIS for the Social and Behavioral Sciences

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2-4 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lower Level, Calipari Room
Instructor: Becky Seifried

Registration link forthcoming.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a catch-all term for the software that helps us create stellar maps and explore spatial patterns in our data. If you have ever used Google Maps to scope out your neighborhood or checked out interactive maps on the web, you already have experience using an Online GIS. But the software can be used for a lot more than just displaying information. Whether you are directly engaged in geographic-oriented research or just interested in delving into your quantitative or qualitative data in a new way, GIS is an essential tool for identifying spatial patterns over space and time. This two-hour workshop is meant for both students and faculty. It will give an overview of GIS and introduce its potential applications in fields across the Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Open Education: What's the Buzz?

Monday, Nov. 18, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 26, Faculty Commons
Instructor: Marilyn Billings

What is open education, what are open educational resources? Come find out and see how the use of these materials can be used to address student success, retention and affordability.

Make Your First Virtual Reality (VR) in the Digital Media Lab

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6-7:30 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 3, Digital Media Lab
Instructor: Yuntian Hu

Registration link forthcoming.

Virtual reality allows users to preserve and animate 3D models and view them in a immersive virtual environment. They can build up a fantasy or historical place for their personal or academic needs. Attendees will learn how to work with the Unity platform and how to take advantage of more advanced services offered in the Digital Media Lab.

Graphic Novels Petting Zoo: Let's Go Wild!

Thursday, Nov. 21, Noon-1:30 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lobby, East Side
Instructor: Jennifer Friedman

Need to relax? Love graphic novels? Join us to learn how to find graphic novels at UMass and the Five Colleges! BONUS: Find out how to get graphic novels from libraries all over the state of Massachusetts, even if you donâ€'t live here! BUT WAIT - there's more! We'll even show you where to get graphic novels online!

What's in a Map? A Crash-Course in GIS for Librarians

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2-3 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 19, Room 1920
Instructor: Becky Seifried

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a catch-all term for the software that helps researchers create stellar maps and explore spatial patterns in their data. If you have ever used Google Maps to scope out your neighborhood or checked out interactive maps on the web, you already have experience using an Online GIS. But the software can be used for a lot more than just displaying information. GIS is an essential tool for identifying spatial patterns over space and time and has wide-ranging applications in nearly every field – from analyzing crime stats to mapping archaeological artifacts, building effective architectural infrastructure, and tracking the spread of disease. This one-hour workshop is designed to give librarians an overview of GIS and provide a glimpse into its potential applications in a wide array of disciplines.

Learning with the Labyrinth

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 4-6 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 26, Room 2601
Instructor: Madeleine Charney

Registration link forthcoming.

We'll kick off with a brief history of the labyrinth and how to use this ancient tool for concentration, creativity, decision making and personal growth. Followed by a free writing exercise, we will walk a fold out canvas labyrinth and share about our experiences. Finger labyrinths will also be available as an alternative to walking.

Intro to Photoshop

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-Noon
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lower Level, Calipari Room
Instructor: Mike Foldy and Brian Shelburne

Registration link forthcoming.

Have some personal photos you'd like doctored? Need to create a good clean image for a presentation? Want to revive old family images or perhaps delete your ex from the last family photos? Photoshop is a powerful image manipulation tool that can do these tasks and many others. This workshop is for those with no previous experience and would like to learn some basic image processing tasks in Photoshop. Attendees will learn some of the basic tasks such as image cropping, color correcting, and image cleaning. 

Japanese Bookbinding

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2-3:30 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 16, Room 1638
Instructor: Sharon Domier

Details forthcoming.

Thursday, September 19, 2019
5:30-8 p.m.

The University of Massachusetts Club
One Beacon Street, 32nd Floor
Boston

Cocktail Reception and Hors D'Oeuvres 5:30 p.m.
Speaking Program 6 p.m.

Join Friends of the Libraries Ken Gloss ’73 and Joyce Kosofsky ’75, Antiques Roadshow appraisers and proprietors of the Brattle Book Shop, one of America's oldest and largest used book shops. The couple will share stories from the road. Ken will speak about all things books, answer questions, and conduct free appraisals.

Space is limited. Please register here
The first 50 people to register will be entered in a drawing to win a $100 gift certificate to Brattle Book Shop.

Directions
Parking is available under the building at One Beacon Street. The garage entrance is located off of Tremont Street. For GPS directions use the address 31 Tremont Street in zip code 02018. This address is located directly across the street from the entrance to the garage. When 31 Tremont is on your left, the entrance to the garage is on your right.
The entrance can be located by coming to the Club via Cambridge Street. Cambridge Street becomes Tremont Street just past City Hall. Stay in the right lane and look for the sign for “Piperi Restaurant” on the right. Enter the garage immediately before the sign and stay to the left to enter the One Beacon Garage.
Proceed to the lower level of the garage for valet parking.

Parking Rates
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $32 Enter between 6:00 AM and 9:00 AM Leave before midnight
DAILY MAX $42
NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS $8* *Parking is provided at a discounted evening and weekend rate through The Club. Evening parking begins at 4:00 PM. Upon departure you must pay for your parking with the attendant in the garage office located on level A. Inform the attendant that you are coming from the Club in order to receive the discounted $8 parking rate.

If you do not pay with the attendant and tell them that you are coming from the Club, the rate will be $14 for evening and $12 for weekend parking.

Sept. 20, 2019 - Jan. 31, 2020

W. E. B. Du Bois Library
Lower Level and Floor 25
Drawing from the burgeoning collections of visual materials in Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), the exhibit follows the history of documentary photography from its century origins to its flowering in the post-World War II era. Photographers on display include Peter Simon, Jeff Albertson, Alton H. Blackington, Clif Garboden, Rowland Scherman, Diana Mara Henry, Kathy Borchers, Nancy Palmieri, and Janet Knott, all of whose archives reside in SCUA. The exhibit will be accompanied by a related online exhibit, 50 photos, featuring a single image drawn from each of 50 SCUA collections.

Wednesday, Sept. 25
7 p.m.

Science and Engineering Library
Lederle GRC Lowrise
View a sneak peek of documentary: “Fire and Flood: Queer Resilience in an Era of Climate Change” followed by facilitated discussion. This event is part of a state-wide initiative called Climate Preparedness Week, which includes approximately 50 climate change library events across the state.

 

"The Fire and Flood Film weaves together the narratives of 21 LGBTQ people from Puerto Rico and Northern California, to get deep down to the entangled roots of the systems that create climate change and lead to the social vulnerabilities that produce- what some have started to term- "climate apartheid". However, this story does more than unpack climate vulnerability in the LGBTQ community - it celebrates the wisdom, the history, the mutual aid efforts, and the enormous capacity for resilience within the LGBTQ community that lend important insights and tools for all life in this moment of transition." -Vanessa Raditz, Director/Producer

 

Co-sponsors: Native American and Indigenous Studies Program, Resistance Studies, Stonewall Center, UMass Amherst Libraries, W. E. B. Du Bois Center.

Friday, September 27, 2019
1-4:30 p.m.

Fine Arts Center, UMass Amherst

Tickets available at the Fine Arts Center Box Office for $20. Admission is free for Five College students.

Join the UMass Amherst Libraries and A Network for Grateful Living for a dynamic afternoon of conversation exploring the landscape of engaged spiritual practice and action for social change. We will delve into the places where the personal and political meet as well as pathways that can catalyze and sustain our love, stewardship, and responsibility for the Earth and each other.

The Radical Aliveness and Belonging Symposium is inspired by the life and work of Brother David Steindl-Rast, a 93-year-old Benedictine Monk known as the “grandfather of gratitude” and one of the most important figures in the modern interfaith dialogue movement. Brother David, whose papers are in the UMass Special Collections and are part of their significant holdings documenting social change movements and activists, will be traveling from Austria to participate in the symposium.

The afternoon features accomplished, contemporary scholars, who are also spiritually-inspired activists and leaders, to engage this theme in its many facets. Speakers currently include: 

  • Mirabai Bush, founder of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, co-developer of Search Inside Yourself at Google, and recent author of Walking Each Other Home with Ram Dass

  • Lucas Johnson, Executive Director of On Being’s Civil Conversations Project and former leader in the U.S. community of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, the world’s oldest interfaith peace organization

The afternoon will also include poetry, music, meditation, and other special guests.

Parking Information
UMass Amherst Parking Services has generously arranged for complimentary parking for you to attend this special event.

Complimentary Parking is available in Lots 12, 25 or 33 only. Note: It is approximately a 10-15 minute walk from these lots to the Fine Arts Center.

Handicapped Parking: The Fine Arts Center does provide free handicapped parking in the front of the building.

Paid Parking Options: Parking is also available in the Campus Center Garage.  The Garage Parking rate is $1.75/hr.  The Campus Center Garage is approximately a 10 – 15 minute walk to the Fine Arts Center.

Use our interactive campus map to identify metered parking spots, the campus garage and other locations.

The Radical Aliveness and Belonging Symposium is co-sponsored by A Network for Grateful Living (co-founded by Br. David) and Special Collections and University Archives, UMass Amherst Libraries.

Special Collections and University Archives, UMass Amherst
Drawing upon the philosophy of W. E. B. Du Bois, Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) collects original materials that document the histories and experiences of social change in America and the organizational, intellectual, and individual ties that unite disparate struggles for social justice, human dignity, and equality. Our decision to adopt social change as a collecting focus emerged from considering one of Du Bois’s most profound insights: that the most fundamental issues in social justice are so deeply interconnected that no movement—and no solution to social ills—can succeed in isolation. Rather than focus on individual movements, we therefore focus on the connections between and among movements and the flow of people, organizations, and ideas. Our hope is to provide a more robust framework for interpreting the deep histories of social engagement in America and to lay the foundation for a deeper understanding of the experience of social change. We are home to over one thousand collections which touch on some aspect of social change, including the Du Bois Papers, Brother David Steindl-Rast’s Papers, The Records of the New England Yearly Meeting of Quakers, and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

A Network for Grateful Living
A Network for Grateful Living is a global nonprofit serving a growing movement of people who embrace gratefulness as a guiding light and grounding principle in their lives. We hold grateful living as an engaged mindfulness practice, grounded in both wisdom and science, which supports our ability to see the wonder and opportunity in every moment, and motivates us to act boldly with love, generosity and respect towards one another, ourselves, and the Earth.

In service of our mission, we offer online and community-based educational programs and practices which inspire and guide a commitment to grateful living, and catalyze the transformative power of personal and societal responsibility.