The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Category: Events

Due to growing concerns over the spread of the Covid-19, FalCon: Artist's Nest will be postponed until further notice.

Please feel free to browse the following materials generously provided by some of our special guests:


Phil Amara

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Philip Amara eats, drinks, and breathes comic books. He has worked as an editor for one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles creators, Kitchen Sink Press, the publisher of The Spirit, Dark Horse Comics in Oregon, Star Wars, Aliens, SpyBoy, Planet of the Apes, Terminator, Predator, Superman and Green Lantern DC Comics crossovers, Madman, and the Eisner Award-winning Sock Monkey, as well as co-editor on the American Illustration Award-winning Scatterbrain. Additionally, he is the author of The Treehouse Heroes, and the co-author of the new series The Asian Hall of Fame, which explores extraordinary Asian inventions throughout history. He is currently a teacher for Boston Public Schools, where he created the Mighty Writers program to introduce his students to the power of animation, film, and, of course, comic books.


Althea Keaton '19

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Althea Keaton (she/her or they/them) has been making comics for the past sixteen years. They have been self-publishing From the Heart since 2015 and Existence Stories since 2017. They graduated with an MFA in Studio Arts from UMass Amherst in May 2019.

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Wednesday, Apr. 1
Online Event

The UMass Amherst Libraries invite you to join us in celebrating this year's Edible Book Festival on April 1, 2020.  This festival has been celebrated internationally on or around April 1 since 2000 in commemoration of the birthday of gastronome and author Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Due to the current campus events policy, this year's Edible Book Festival will take place virtually. All members of the Five College community are invited to submit photos of their edible book-inspired creations by March 30, 2020 to the new entry form (link below). Photos of each person's entry will be displayed in an online gallery. An online voting form will be made available on April 1, 2020.

To submit a piece, fill out the Edible Book Festival entry form by March 30, 2020.

This event will now be held virtually in the form of video presentations by the winners on the Libraries' YouTube channel. More details forthcoming.

Join us in celebrating the winners of the Undergraduate Sustainability Research Award! Event details forthcoming.

Apr. 24 - May 4

Apr. 24-27: Make Observations
Apr. 28-May 3: Help ID Observations
May 4: Results Announced

Cities around the world will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the 2020 City Nature Challenge.

By making wildlife observations, you are contributing data to scientists and your community, which helps people study and protect local species. Cities that participated in previous years documented species in their areas they didn't know they had, and got thousands of participants to get outside and take a closer look at the nature all around us.

Observations made in the following counties during the City Nature Challenge will count toward totals for the Pioneer Valley area: Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden, MA. In order for observations to count toward the challenge, participants must do the following:

1. Find Wildlife

Find and photograph any WILD plant, animal, or fungus in your backyard, campus, sidewalk cracks, mountain paths, river banks - anywhere in the Pioneer Valley.  Please avoid landscaped areas planted by people, pets, zoos, etc.

2. Take a Picture of What You See

Be sure to note where you were when you took the picture.  Remember, only observations in the three counties will count!

3. Share Your Observations

Upload your findings through the free iNaturalist app, on your phone, or online.

4. Help ID Observations

Identify the species of observations collected during the first phase of the challenge online at iNaturalist. Try to stick to the ones from the Pioneer Valley!

More information available at:

City Nature Challenge

Pioneer Valley on iNaturalist

iNaturalist Workshops, part of the Libraries Workshop Series

The UMass Amherst Libraries are coordinating all City Nature Challenge efforts for the Pioneer Valley area. The Libraries are currently looking for partner organizations to promote the challenge, make observations, host community science events, or help identify species during the 2020 City Nature Challenge.

Contact Melanie Radik,, to get your organization involved!