Thursday, November 16, 2017, 7-10 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library
Check in on the Lower Level
UMass Amherst students, faculty, and staff are invited to register for the third annual Tower Run on Thursday, November 16, 2017, from 7-10 p.m. at the W. E. B. Du Bois Library. Registration is due by November 9; visit http://bit.ly/towerrun2017 to register.
During the event, participants will be assigned time slots to run the 440 steps of the Du Bois Library from the Lower Level to Floor 26. Although it is officially untimed, participants are encouraged to bring their own timing devices. The entry fee is $10, which includes an event t-shirt, and registration is limited to the UMass Amherst community.
The event is sponsored by UMass Students of Recreation (USOR), UMass Campus Recreation, and the UMass Amherst Libraries. All proceeds from the Tower Run beyond cost will go towards the UMass Amherst Libraries’ Facilities Fund, enabling the Libraries to upgrade, improve, and re-imagine learning spaces.
“The Annual Tower Run is a great opportunity for students to help fund one of the most historically rich buildings on campus, while getting in a great quick workout,” says Dana Applegarth, the USOR student coordinator for this year’s event. “It’s an alternative to a typical 5K and other marathon-based events; this is a unique challenge!”
UMass Students of Recreation (USOR) is a registered student organization that is responsible for holding events on the UMass Amherst campus including a National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Regional Basketball Tournament, Campus Recreation Olympic Games (CROG), and other athletic activities. The main goal of USOR is to advance the Campus Recreation program and offer fun experiences to people who want to get involved with different sorts of recreational activities.
UMass Campus Recreation, an integral part of the educational mission of UMass Amherst and the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Life, provides comprehensive recreational and student development opportunities, as well as exceptional programs, services and facilities. Through positively reflecting the interests and values of the UMass community, Campus Recreation actively promotes and encourages a lifelong commitment to health and wellness.Read more »
October 23-29, 2017
The UMass Amherst Libraries, the UMass History Department, the Public History Program, and the Office of Professional Development in the UMass Graduate School will host a series of events for the 10th International Open Access Week relevant to open access, copyright and fair use, data sharing, and theses and dissertations.
Open Access Week provides “an opportunity to take action in making openness the default for research—to raise the visibility of scholarship, accelerate research, and turn breakthroughs into better lives.” It was established in 2008 by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and its student community partners.
The theme this year, “Open in order to…,” looks at the impact open access can have across all research and disciplines. For more information about International Open Access Week, visit www.openaccessweek.org.
Tuesday, October 24
Open Data 101
3-4 p.m., W. E. B. Du Bois Library Room 2601
In this introductory workshop, Data Services Librarian Thea Atwood will discuss open data, steps to make data open, and helpful resources available at the Libraries.
Wednesday, Oct. 25
Fostering Change: Evaluating Digital Scholarship for Professional Credit
Keynote speaker: Seth Denbo, Director of Scholarly Communication and Digital Initiatives at the American Historical Association
3:30-5:30 p.m., Herter Hall Room 601
As the field of digital humanities becomes an ever more important facet of both research and teaching, we need to find means for ensuring that the work is properly evaluated and that credit is given to the scholars who engage in it. The problems associated with developing this are complex, and new modes of research and publication have proven difficult to incorporate into disciplines that have traditionally put high value on print. Scholarly societies have an important role to play in encouraging creative thought and action about how best to accommodate these new modes within our disciplines. Co-sponsored by the History Department and the Public History Program.
Seth Denbo is the Director of Scholarly Communication and Digital Initiatives at the American Historical Association (AHA). Seth has a B.A. in history at Middlebury College and spent several years working in academic publishing at Routledge in New York and London. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Warwick, where he worked on the cultural history of eighteenth-century England. After teaching for several years, Seth moved into the digital humanities, as part of teams developing innovative digital projects in the Department of Digital Humanities at King's College London and at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland. At the AHA he oversees the publication department and attempts to keep up with the changing landscape of digital scholarship in history and the impact of the digital age on scholarly communication more broadly.
Thursday, Oct. 26
Open Access & Copyright for Theses and Dissertations
Noon-1:30 p.m., W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Room 2601
Coordinated by Open Access and Institutional Repository Librarian Erin Jerome, this workshop provides an overview of open access, copyright, and fair use as it relates to theses and dissertations, followed by discussion and Q & A. Co-sponsored by the UMass Graduate School.
Friday, Oct. 27
Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon: Black and Militant Women Suffragists
10 a.m.-3 p.m., W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Room 1920
Inspired by the work of scholars Thomas Dublin and Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, as well as the online database Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600-2000, this year’s Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon will seek to create or improve Wikipedia entries on Black and militant women suffragists. This event is coordinated by Copyright and Information Policy Librarian Laura Quilter and Digital Project Manager Jeremy Smith, in collaboration with two history classes, and open to all who are interested. For more information on this local edit-a-thon, visit:Read more »
Friday, October 13
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Learning Commons, Lower Level
Join the UMass Amherst Libraries for a Game Night and Costume Party! FREE popcorn, candy, and beverages, plus a haunted campus tour led by the History Club!Read more »
Thursday, October 19, 5-7 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Room 2601
Carol Bailey G’07 is an Associate Professor at Westfield State University. Her area of teaching and research is postcolonial literatures, with specialization in Caribbean literature. Bailey is the author of A Poetics of Performance: The Oral-Scribal Aesthetic in Anglophone Caribbean Fiction (2014), in which she explores Caribbean written literature alongside calypso, reggae, and different modes of Caribbean oral storytelling, emphasizing folk and urban working-class performance cultures and a woman-centered poetics.
Event co-sponsored by: Afro American Studies; Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies; English Department; Women of Color Leadership Network; Women, Gender, and Sexuality StudiesRead more »
"Between the World and Us: Du Bois, Critical Education, and Imagination in Fragile Times"
Friday, October 13, 2017
Commonwealth Honors College Building
UMass Amherst is pleased to present keynote speaker Chris Tinson, associate professor of Africana Studies & History at Hampshire College, as part of Du Bois Day.
Dr. Tinson's lecture is titled "Between the World and Us: Du Bois, Critical Education, and Imagination in Fragile Times."
Collaborators: The W. E. B. Du Bois Center @ UMass; Special Collections and University Archives; Commonwealth Honors College
This program is a part of the Andrew W. Mellon Grant for the W. E. B. Du Bois Center @ UMass Amherst.Read more »
Thursday, September 14, 2017
7-9 p.m., Lower Level, TBLC Room 25, Du Bois Library
Have an idea but don't know where to turn? The Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship has you covered. Our Idea Jams offer students the opportunity to get good ideas out in the open and recruit the help they need to bring these ideas to life. Idea Jams are exciting and fun to attend. They are also an easy first step towards creating a profitable venture, and the Berthiaume Center is ready to help every step of the way.
Join us for the Super Jam in the Du Bois Library!
All majors welcome! Come to one or all three!
September 12th & 13th, Bartlett Hall, Room 301
September 14th, TBLC, Room 25, Du Bois LibraryRead more »
The UMass Amherst Libraries host a series of interactive climate change events which
run from September 11, 2017 through November 27, 2017. The theme of the fall 2017 Talking Truth series is “Our Campus, Our Home.”
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.
Hearts in Action: Creative Responses to Climate Change
Mondays, 9/11-11/27, 4-5 p.m., Science and Engineering Library, Lederle Lowrise
Join this weekly collaboration between Talking Truth and Paperbark Magazine (a new UMass Amherst environmental-humanities publication). The sessions include art-making, readings, reflective writing, discussion, contemplative exercises and more.
Author Talk: Ellen Meeropol reads from her latest novel Kinship of Clover
Thursday, 9/28, 7-9 p.m., Science and Engineering Library, Lederle Lowrise
Local author Ellen Meeropol G’89 graduated from the Nursing program at UMass Amherst. With deep activist roots she draws from her twin passions of medicine and social justice in this novel. Her characters come to life at the intersection of political turmoil, ethical dilemmas, and family life. Meeropol is the author of two other novels, On Hurricane Island (2015) and House Arrest (2011). On Hurricane Island was named a Massachusetts Must-Read Book for 2016 by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Copies of Kinship of Clover will be available for sale and signing.
Guided Nature Experience with Lauren Healey ’19 and Thomas Jiang ’18 of the UMass Outing Club
Friday, 9/29, 12-1 p.m., Meet outside the Durfee Conservatory in the grove of beech trees, 210 Stockbridge Rd.
Basic plant identification will help build an appreciation for natural spaces, followed by a guided meditation to explore how environmental action can fit best into your life.
Green Building Tours with Ludmilla Pavlova, Senior Campus Planner
Thursdays 9/14 and 10/5, 4-5:30 p.m., Meet in the lobby of the Du Bois Library
Get the inside stories of the new Design Building, renovated Old Chapel, South College addition, Integrative Learning Center, and others.
Talking Truth is co-sponsored by the Department of Environmental Conservation, Office of Civic Engagement and Service-Learning, Paperbark 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.Read more »
Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice around the Climate Crisis
Thursday, 9/28, 7-9 p.m.
Science and Engineering Library, Lederle Lowrise
As part of the UMass Amherst project, "Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice around the Climate Crisis"
Local author Ellen Meeropol G'89 graduated from the Nursing program at UMass Amherst. With deep activist roots, she draws from her twin passions of medicine and social justice in this novel. Her characters come to life at the intersection of political turmoil, ethical dilemmas, and family life. Meeropol is the author of two other novels, On Hurricane Island (2015) and House Arrest (2011). On Hurricane Island was named a Massachusetts Must-Read Book for 2016 by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Copies of Kinship of Clover will be available for sale and signing.Read more »
The UMass Amherst Libraries host a new series of author talks beginning Thursday, September 28, 2017, at the Science and Engineering Library and W. E. B. Du Bois Library. The goal of the Author Talk Series is to celebrate authors and books with a connection to UMass Amherst and provide an opportunity to connect the campus community and the public with the Libraries. Featured authors will be from the Five Colleges and beyond. The series will include three events in the fall: September, October, and November, and three events in the spring: February, March, and April.
Ellen Meeropol, Thursday, September 28, 7-9 p.m., Science and Engineering Library, Lederle GRC Lowrise
Ellen Meeropol G’89 will read from her newest novel, Kinship of Clover. With deep activist roots, Meeropol draws on her twin passions of medicine and social justice in this novel. Meeropol’s characters come to life at the intersection of political turmoil, ethical dilemmas, and family life. She is the author of two other novels, On Hurricane Island (2015) and House Arrest (2011). On Hurricane Island was named a Massachusetts Must-Read Book for 2016 by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Meeropol graduated from the Nursing program at UMass Amherst. Her reading is in partnership with the UMass Amherst project, Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis.
Carol Bailey, Thursday, October 19, 2017 5-7 p.m., Du Bois Library, Room 2601
Carol Bailey G’07 is an Associate Professor at Westfield State University. Her area of teaching and research is postcolonial literatures, with specialization in Caribbean literature. Bailey is the author of A Poetics of Performance: The Oral-Scribal Aesthetic in Anglophone Caribbean Fiction (2014), in which she explores Caribbean written literature alongside calypso, reggae, and different modes of Caribbean oral storytelling, emphasizing folk and urban working-class performance cultures and a woman-centered poetics. Co-sponsored by the following departments: Afro American Studies; English Department; Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies; Women of Color Leadership Network; and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
John Elder Robison, Thursday, November 30, 5-7 p.m., Du Bois Library, Room 2601
John Elder Robison’s works include Be Different (2011), a how-to guide for grownups with autism; Raising Cubby (2013), the story of raising his autistic son; and Switched On (2016), about his participation as a research subject in brain studies. Robison is active in the autism civil rights movement and is a strong supporter of neurodiversity – the idea that autism and ADHD are a natural part of humanity, essential for our success, and should be honored and accepted even as we work to relieve any disability they may cause.
Books will be for sale at all three talks.
The Author Talk Series is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Library.Read more »
Sunday, September 3, 2017, 7:30-10 p.m.
Come to the Learning Commons in the lower level of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library for games, food, and prizes!
This event is sponsored by UMass Amherst Libraries and UMass Amherst Information Technology.Read more »