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Research Art-Science Exhibition


Monday, April 30, 2-5 P.M.

W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Digital Media Lab, Floor 3a

A Research Art-Science Exhibition (RASE) celebrating the rich diversity of the students in the College of Natural Sciences in collaboration with the Digital Media Lab in the Du Bois Library and the Global Educational Outreach for Science Engineering and Technology (GEOSET) initiative.

Undergraduates and graduates, especially underrepresented students will be encouraged to create an artistic representation of their research work that can be produced as a picture to be mounted and displayed in various locations over the course of a year.

During the opening event, students will stand by their artwork and talk to the visitors about their research, giving them the opportunity to network with the campus community.


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Finals Fun!

Spring 2018

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Take a study break at the UMass Amherst Libraries!

5/2-5/10, Du Bois Library AND Science and Engineering Library: 
Coloring, blocks, origami

5/2-5/4, 2 P.M., Du Bois Library AND Science and Engineering Library: 
Free coffee and cookies

5/2-5/3, 4-6 P.M., Science and Engineering Library: 

5/7-5/8, 4-6 P.M., Du Bois Library: 

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Book Giveaway: The Souls of Black Folk

Spring 2018

Book Giveaway Spring 2018

Wednesday, May 2, 12-4 P.M.

W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Room 2202, W. E. B. Du Bois Center

The UMass Amherst Libraries are pleased to announce the second book giveaway of the 2017-18 school year. Students are welcome to stop by the W. E. B. Du Bois Center to pick up a free copy of The Souls of Black Folk, by W. E. B. Du Bois. First-come, first-served.

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Edible Book Festival

Edible Book Festival

The UMass Amherst Libraries are hosting an Edible Book Festival on April 5, 2018, from 12-4 P.M., in the W. E. B. Du Bois Library Lobby. Public voting on Best in Show, Most Creative, and Best Pun will take place from 12-2 P.M., after which the submissions will be eaten by attendees. Completed entry forms are due by Friday, March 30, 2018.

All members of the UMass Amherst community are invited to submit edible book-inspired creations to be displayed, judged, and eaten at the event. Each entry to the Festival should depict a literary work, fiction or nonfiction, or a literary character, and puns on titles are especially encouraged. Entries must also be mostly edible, not require refrigeration, and be no larger than 12” x 16”. All entries must include a complete list of ingredients.

The inspiration for this event comes from the International Edible Book Festival, traditionally celebrated on or around April 1 since 2000 to commemorate the birthday of gastronome and author Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin.

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Du Bois Virtual Reality Interpretive Trail


Wednesday, February 21, 2-4 P.M.

Digital Media Lab, Floor 3, W. E. B. Du Bois Library

In light of the 150th anniversary of the birth of W. E. B. Du Bois, the UMass Amherst Digital Media Lab invites the campus community to experience and explore our new virtual reality (VR) capabilities with a walkthrough of our VR Interpretive Trail through the Du Bois Historic Site located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

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Author Talks Series

Spring 2018

Spring Author Talks

The UMass Amherst Libraries invite you to join them for the Author Talks Series celebrating authors and books with Five College Connections. The series included three events in Fall 2017: September, October, and November, and will feature three events in Spring 2018: February, March, and April.

Ilan Stavans, Thursday, February 8, 5-7 P.M., W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Room 2601

“Trump in Translation: What He Says in English and How He Says It”

Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities, Latin American, and Latino Culture at Amherst College, host of NPR’s podcast In Contrast, and publisher of Restless Books. He is known for his insights into American, Hispanic, and Jewish cultures, which are prevalent in his own works, including Gabriel García Márquez: The Early Years (2010) and Return to Centro Histórico: A Mexican Jew Looks for His Roots (2012), as well as works he has edited or translated, such as The FSG Book of 20th-Century Latin American Poetry (2011) and Pablo Neruda’s All the Odes (2013).

Co-sponsored by the UMass Amherst Departments of Communication, Comparative Literature, English, History, Journalism, Legal Studies, Political Science, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, as well as the Massachusetts Review.

Andrea Hairston, Thursday, March 1, 5-7 P.M., W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Room 2601

Readings and Music from Will Do Magic for Small Change

Andrea Hairston is Louise Wolff Kahn 1931 Professor of Theatre and Africana Studies at Smith College. She is an award-winning playwright, novelist, and essayist whose works have appeared on stage, television, and radio, and are currently produced at Chrysalis Theatre, where she serves as Artistic Director. Hairston will be reading sections from her new novel, Will Do Magic for Small Change, and musical dynamo, Pan Morigan, will sing songs she has written based on lyrics from the book. The melodies are influenced by Morigan’s research into the banjo and blues, Irish music, and something indefinable.

Co-sponsored by the UMass Amherst Departments of Afro-American Studies, Comparative Literature, and Theater.

TreaAndrea Russworm, Thursday, April 12, 5-7 P.M., W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Room 2601

“From Playing Trayvon to Trans Masculine Bodies in the NBA: Race, Resistance, and Shading Queer Game Studies”

TreaAndrea Russworm teaches in the UMass Amherst English Department and has authored various books, most recently Gaming Representation: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Video Games (2017, co-edited with Jennifer Malkowski) and From Madea to Media Mogul: Theorizing Tyler Perry (2016, co-edited with Samantha Sheppard and Karen Bowdre). Russworm’s contribution to both books continues her critique of the humanizing impulse in post-civil rights representational culture, from video games and other digital media to popular films and television shows. Her book, Blackness is Burning: Civil Rights, Popular Culture, and the Problem of Recognition (2016) is one of the first to examine the ways race and psychological rhetoric collided in the public and popular culture of the civil rights era. Russworm is currently working on a fourth book, a scholarly monograph, on race and technology.

Co-sponsored by the UMass Amherst Departments of Afro-American Studies, English, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

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Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice around the Climate Crisis

Spring 2018 Climate Change Series

Talking Truth Spring 2018

The UMass Amherst Libraries host the spring series of interactive climate change events which run from Tuesday, January 30 through April 19, 2018.

The multi-event series, now in its third year, is organized by Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice around the Climate Crisis, a collaborative community comprised of UMass Amherst students, faculty, and staff working together to integrate the intellectual, emotional and spiritual dimensions of climate change. All events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited; please arrive early.


Sustainability Slammer

Tuesday, 1/30, 10 A.M.-3 P.M. Student Union, Cape Cod Lounge

Stop by the Talking Truth booth at this information fair for campus sustainability groups.


Interactive, Creative Responses to Climate Change

Wednesdays, 1/31-3/7, 2:30-4 P.M.,Goodell 406A

Reflective writing, art-making, and sharing. A collaboration with Paperbark Literary Magazine. Event begins at 3 P.M.; arrive at 2:30 P.M. for quiet contemplation and check-in.


Deeper Dive Workshops

Thursdays, 7-9 P.M., W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Room 2601


3/22: Climate Leadership: Starting with Your Story

Why do you care about climate change? Learn how to discover and communicate your unique story in a compelling way for different audiences. Facilitated by Lauren de la Parra, Climate Reality Leadership Corps trainee (Pittsburgh 2017) and UMass graduate student in Sustainability Science.


4/5: Finding Your Life Purpose: Career Workshop

Reflective writing, group discussion, and practical steps to support career exploration. Led by contemplative career coach and mindfulness teacher Jennifer Earls, M.Ed., Dance with Life Consulting.


4/19: The Work That Reconnects: Practices Connected to Earth and Community

Engage your love for the Earth with a variety of practices. WTR builds community and connectivity, reminding us of our core mission. Starting in the 1970s, these practices have spread around the world, shifting how people perceive and address climate change–helping us move from our intellect to our hearts. Facilitated by Bela Schultz, trained facilitator and UMass BDIC student with a concentration in Environmental Psychology.


Green Building Tour

Thursday, 4/5, 4-5:30 P.M., Meet at Crotty Hall

Get the inside stories of Crotty Hall, the new Design Building; renovated Old Chapel; South College addition; Integrative Learning Center; and others. Led by Ludmilla Pavlova, Senior Campus Planner.

For more information, contact Madeleine Charney, 413-577-0784, or visit: and

Talking Truth is co-sponsored by the Department of Environmental Conservation, Office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning, Paperbark Literary Magazine, Psychology of Peace and Violence Program, and UMass Amherst Libraries.

Talking Truth is endorsed by the following UMass Amherst entities: Biostead Initiative, Center for Counseling and Psychological Health, Climateers, Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group, Eco-Rep Program, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, and Spiritual Ecology and Regenerative Systems Initiative.

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The 24th Annual Du Bois Lecture

Honoring the 150th Anniversary of the Birth of W. E. B. Du Bois

Du Bois Lecture Reiland Rabaka

The UMass Amherst Libraries host the 24th Annual Du Bois Lecture on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 4:00 P.M., in Old Chapel at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Friday, February 23, 2018, 7:00 P.M., at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. All events are free and open to the public. No reservations are required for the Wednesday lecture at UMass. Reservations for the Friday lecture at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center may be made at

The lecture, titled W. E. B. Du Bois and the Emergence of the Civil Rights Movement, will be given by Dr. Reiland Rabaka of the University of Colorado Boulder, with emcees Jeffrey Alan Peck, great-grandson of W. E. B. Du Bois, and Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Center at the UMass Amherst Libraries.

Each year, the Libraries mark the birthday of W. E. B. Du Bois, February 23, 1868, with a lecture on a topic relating to his life and legacy. The Library was named for Du Bois in 1994 and is home to the extensive W. E. B. Du Bois Papers.

This year, the Libraries are celebrating the sesquicentennial anniversary of the birth of Du Bois with various programs, events, and a social media campaign using the hashtag #DuBois150. Some events are held in conjunction with the Town of Great Barrington, where Du Bois was born and is the location of Du Bois’s boyhood homesite, owned by UMass Amherst. For more information on Great Barrington events, visit

The 24th Annual Du Bois Lecture is generously sponsored by the UMass Amherst Libraries, the UMass Amherst Graduate School, the Chancellor’s Office, the Provost’s Office, Research and Engagement, The W. E. B. Du Bois Educational Series, and the Town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts.



Dr. Reiland Rabaka is Professor and Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is the author of several books, including Against Epistemic Apartheid: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Disciplinary Decadence of Sociology; Forms of Fanonism: Frantz Fanon’s Critical Theory and the Dialectics of Decolonization; Concepts of Cabralism: Amilcar Cabral and Africana Critical Theory; The Negritude Movement; and three books about the Hip Hop movement.

Jeffrey Alan Peck was born March 24, 1966 in Denver, Colorado. He has lived in Houston, Texas since the age of four. Peck has been involved with drag racing motorcycles and cars for more than 30 years, including more than a decade with Kawasaki as a racer and promoter. He is employed by Lubrizol Corporation, which is owned by Warren Buffett. Peck is the son of a Baptist minister, the late Dr. John Allen Peck, and Yolanda Du Bois Williams, the granddaughter of the late W. E. B. Du Bois. “Both my parents helped pave the way for people of color their entire lives–not to receive special treatment but to receive equal treatment,” says Peck. “I consider myself a humanitarian as well. I see all people as they are, different, but mostly the same.”

Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste, ’94, Virginia State University; G’00, The College of William & Mary; PhD ’04, University of Texas, Austin, African Diaspora Program in Anthropology, is a historical archaeologist who focuses primarily on the historical intersection of race, class, gender in the shaping of cultural landscapes across the African Diaspora. Her theoretical interests include Black Feminist theory, African American material and expressive culture, and critical heritage studies. Battle-Baptiste’s work spans a variety of historic sites in the Northern and Southern United States, including the Hermitage in Nashville, Tennessee; Rich Neck Plantation in Williamsburg, Virginia; the Abiel Smith School in Boston, Massachusetts; the W. E. B. Du Bois Homesite in Great Barrington, Massachusetts; and Millars Plantation on the island of Eleuthera, Bahamas. She is currently working on a book project reimagining the work of W. E. B. Du Bois as a method to connect historical archaeology and Black Studies.

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Tales from Du Bois: The Poetics and Politics of Cross-Caste Romance

Erika Williams, 2017-18 W. E. B. Du Bois Visiting Scholar

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Friday, December 8, 5-7 P.M.

W. E. B. Du Bois Center, Floor 22, W. E. B. Du Bois Library


Erika Renée Williams is Assistant Professor of African American Literature and Culture at Emerson College, where she teaches courses reflecting her interests in modernist and contemporary African American literature; theories of race, gender, and sexuality; and formulations of cultural and personal identity.

She is currently at work on a book project examining the folkloric tropes that recur in Du Bois’s fiction: Tales from Du Bois: The Poetics and Politics of Cross-Caste Romance.

Her publications include: “A Lie of Omission: Plagiarism in Nella Larsen’s Quicksand” (African American Review, Honorable Mention for the Joe Weixlmann Award), “Subverted Passing: Racial and Transgender Identities in Linda Villarosa’s Passing for Black” (Studies in American Fiction”), and “Review Essay: Those About Him Remained Silent by Amy Bass” (Callaloo).


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Whitney Battle-Baptiste,

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Trivia Night!

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Friday, December 1, 6:30-8:30 P.M.

Learning Commons

W. E. B. Du Bois Library

How well do you know your favorite young adult book series?

Find out at Trivia Night at the Du Bois Library!

FREE drinks, popcorn, and candy!

WIN awesome Library swag!


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