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Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice around the Climate Crisis

Fall Semester 2018

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20th Annual Fall Reception

Fall reception2018
Old Chapel
Reception 5:00 p.m.
Program and Concert 6:00 p.m.
Please RSVP by September 14 to friends@library.umass.edu or 413-545-3974.
 
Join us for a folk revival concert to celebrate the donation of the Folk New England Collection to Special Collections and University Archives. Over the Course of 60 years, Betsy Siggins Schmidt (founding member of the legendary Cambridge, Mass., folk music venue Club 47) and friends have saved letters, documents, recordings, posters, photographs, oral histories, and other memorabilia that are now part of a permanent and growing collection in the W. E. B. Du Bois Library. The Folk New England Collection documents the traditional music of our region and explores the rich connections between music and social change, making it one of the largest and most comprehensive archives of its type.
 
We invite you to learn about the Folk New England Collection through song and story, featuring a performance by Jim Rooney & Friends. Rooney (Amherst '60) is a music producer, author, and a pioneer of Americana music, whose early folk roots are in Western Massachusetts. His classmate, the late banjo innovator Bill Keith, joined forces with musicians Buffy Sainte-Marie (UMass '70) and Taj Mahal (UMass '63) to found the Pioneer Valley Folklore Society, which continues to hold monthly song & story swaps in Amherst today. Rooney went on to direct the Newport Folk Festival in its early days, and has produced albums for artists such as Nanci Griffith and John Prine; he received a lifetime achievement award from the Americana Music Association in 2009.
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Author Talks: Paul Chappell

Author Talk Paul Chappell

Thursday, November 8, 2018

5-7 p.m.

Floor 26, Room 2601

W. E. B. Du Bois Library

Paul K. Chappell is the Peace Literacy Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. He graduated from West Point in 2002, was deployed to Iraq in 2006, and left active duty in 2009 as a Captain. Chappell drew on his time in the military and his multiracial identity to introduce the concept of Peace Literacy (peaceliteracy.org), which he offers as a new paradigm to better understand not just peace and war, but also the art of living and what it means to be human. Chappell develops these ideas further in his seven-book series The Road to Peace.

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Author Talks: Allen Young

Author Talk Allen Young

Thursday, November 1, 2018

4-6 p.m.

Floor 25, Special Collections Seminar Room

W. E. B. Du Bois Library

Journalist/activist Allen Young is the author of Left, Gay & Green: A Writer's Life (2018). In the book, he traces his political and emotional journey from his rural childhood to the anti-war and gay liberation movements of the 1960s and 1970s to life in a gay-centered commune in Massachusetts. In 2004, he received the Writing and Society Award from the UMass Amherst English Department.

The talk is part of the Social Change Colloquium.

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Author Talks: Sigrid Schmalzer

Author Talk Sigrid Schmalzer

Thursday, October 18, 2018

4-6 p.m.

Floor 26, Room 2601

W. E. B. Du Bois Library

Sigrid Schmalzer, professor of history at UMass Amherst, holds a doctorate in modern Chinese history and science studies, and is the author of the award-winning books Red Revolution, Green Revolution: Scientific Farming in Socialist China (2016) and The People's Peking Man: Popular Science and Human Identity in Twentieth-Century China (2008). Professor Schmalzer's research focuses on social, cultural, and political aspects of the history of science in modern China. Her latest book is Moth and Wasp, Soil and Ocean: Remembering Chinese Scientist Pu Zhelong's Work for Sustainable Farming (2018).

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Author Talks: Yvonne Daley

Author Talk Yvonne Daley

Thursday, October 4, 2018

4-6 p.m.

Floor 25, Special Collections Seminar Room

W. E. B. Du Bois Library

Yvonne Daley, author of Going Up the Country: When the Hippies, Dreamers, Freaks and Radicals Moved to Vermont (2018), is the founder and director of the Green Mountain Writers Conference. She has been a resident of Vermont since 1967. Daley is the author of five previous books and worked for 18 years as a journalist for the Rutland Herald, Boston Globe, Time, Life, People, Washington Post, and many other publications, winning many of the profession's top prizes.

The talk is part of the Social Change Colloquium.

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Author Talks: Lawrence G. Smith

Author Talk Yvonne Daley

Thursday, September 27, 2018

4:30-7 p.m.

Floor 26, Room 2601

W. E. B. Du Bois Library

A panel discussion to celebrate the acquisition of an important collection of Cesare Pavese's books, a gift from Lawrence G. Smith, author of Cesare Pavese and America

At the time of his death Pavese (1908-1950) was one of Italy's best-known writers. A poet, novelist, literary critic, and translator, he had been profoundly influenced in his early years by American literature. As a scholar and translator, he introduced Italian readers to Melville's Moby-Dick, and to several other American authors.

Co-sponsors: Dean's Office, Humanities and Fine Arts; Languages, Literature, and Culture; UMass Amherst Libraries; UMass Press.

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Research Art-Science Exhibition

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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

Finals Fun Spring 2018 1

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: 
Button-making

5/7-5/8, 4-6 P.M., Du Bois Library: 
Button-making

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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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