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Birds of Prey with Tom Ricardi

Friday, October 14, 2016 1-2:30 p.m. Lower Level, Du Bois Library

Birds of Prey

The UMass Amherst Libraries will host Tom Ricardi of the Massachusetts Birds of Prey Rehab Facility in Conway, Mass for an interactive presentation featuring live birds of prey. Among the raptors featured will be a Golden Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Red-Tailed Hawk, Harris Hawk, Kestrel, Screech Owl, Great Horned Owl, and Eurasian Eagle Owl. The event is free and open to the public.

A retired Fish and Wildlife game warden and licensed wildlife rehabilitator, Ricardi cares for injured birds, operates a successful captive-breeding program, and travels throughout New England and New York providing information aimed at helping people appreciate, respect, and assist in the conservation of these important raptors.

This event is a must for anyone who enjoys watching the Peregrine falcons atop the Du Bois Library.

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Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis

September 12, 2016 through November 4, 2016


The UMass Amherst Libraries host a series of interactive climate change events from Monday, September 12, through Friday, November 4, 2016, in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. All events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited, please arrive early.

The multi-event series 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.

Brian Lickel of the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program and a member of the planning team says, “The second year of Talking Truth activity is fueled by a growing awareness of the global urgency to address the complex issues of climate change and the importance of this issue for our campus community."

Mondays, 9/12-10/31, 3:00-3:45 p.m. “Holding Earth: Mindful Climate Action”
Weekly 30-minute mindfulness practice followed by sharing of resources, action-based opportunities and ideas. People can drop in for all or part of any session. Floor 16, room 1638.

Wednesday, 9/21, 12:30-2:00 p.m. Discussion group for students, faculty, and staff
Thought provoking prompts will guide a climate-related conversation. The session includes time for sharing resources, action-based opportunities, and ideas. Floor 26, room 2601.

Thursday, 9/29, 7:00 p.m. Book discussion with author Wen Stephenson
What We’re Fighting for Now Is Each Other: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Climate Justice.
Author and activist Wen Stephenson looks up-close look at individuals who are laying everything on the line to build and inspire the climate justice movement. The first 40 people to arrive will receive a free copy of Stephenson’s book. Floor 26, room 2601.

Thursday, 10/20, 7:00 p.m. Documentary film screening and discussion:
How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change. Directed by Josh Fox, producer of Gas Lands.  “Funny and tragic, inspiring and enlightening, the film examines the intricately woven forces that threaten the stability of the planet and the lives of its inhabitants.” Ronald Simmons, IMDB. Floor 26, room 2601.  

Friday, 11/4, 12:30-2:00 p.m. Experiential workshop
Mindfulness exercises, storytelling, and reflective writing.  Floor 26, room 2601.

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

Sponsored by UMass Amherst Libraries, Office of Civic Engagement and Service-Learning, Psychology of Peace and Violence Program, and Department of Environmental Conservation. Endorsed by Biostead Initiative, Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group, Eco-Rep Program, Office of Religious and Psychological Health, and UMass Climateers.

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Patent Basics Presentation

Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

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The UMass Amherst Libraries invite the public to a Patent Basics program presented by Mindy B. Bickel from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, from 3:30–5:00 p.m. on Floor 26 of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, reservations are required by September 16 to As space allows, walk-ins will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bickel will lead a discussion outlining patents and the patent process for inventors, entrepreneurs, small businesses, and start-ups. The presentation, made possible by the USPTO University Outreach Program, will provide an in-depth discussion relating to all aspects of the patenting process, including types of patents, parts of a patent application, the examination process, claims analysis with respect to novelty and obviousness, and the office action. The USPTO University Outreach Program offers the expertise to assist students and laypeople in their understanding of the importance of intellectual property in the world. 

The UMass Amherst Libraries became a Patent & Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) in November 1984. It is one of 85 such centers in the United States. The role of PTRC is to disseminate patent & trademark information as well as support the diverse intellectual property needs of the public. At the time the program was established in 1871 patent and trademark information was solely paper-based and therefore providing safe storage, organization, and access to materials was the main focus. Today PTRCs help users locate and navigate through information on the USPTO website, gain access to online filing systems, understand the patent and trademark processes, and teach users effective strategies for patent and trademark searching.

Mindy B. Bickel, USPTO Associate Commissioner for Innovation and Development, began her career at the USPTO in 1989 as a patent examiner in biotechnology, becoming a supervisory patent examiner in 1995. She was appointed Associate Commissioner for Innovation Development in December 2015. The Office of Innovation Development ensures independent inventors, small businesses, entrepreneurs, university inventors, and minority and underserved populations better understand, secure, and use intellectual property (IP), with a focus on patents. She has also coordinated and conducted university outreach and partnership efforts for the United States Patent and Trademark Office since 2007. Throughout her career, she has received numerous awards including the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for examination and supervisory accomplishments; a Silver Medal for improvements in customer service, and the Vice Presidential Hammer Award. Her article about the Office of Innovation Development (OID) appears in the current issue of Inventor’s Eye.

To RSVP and for more information, contact Paulina Borrego 413-545-789,

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Binding Light: photography and its relationship to the book

Thursday, September 15, 2016 4-6 p.m.

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The UMass Amherst Libraries Special Collections and University Archives invite the public to a panel discussion Binding Light: photography and its relationship with the book, on Thursday, September 15, 2016, from 4–6 p.m. in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, Lower Level, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Five photographers from the Five Colleges and the Pioneer Valley will discuss photography’s relationship with the book. The topics will range from the overall historical context of the photo book to each individual artist’s inspirations and processes. 

From the earliest days of its history, photography has built a long standing relationship with the book. From William Henry Fox Talbot’s Pencil of Nature, published in 1844,to today’s print-on-demand technology, artists have experimented with visual language of the photograph. As words are arranged to create infinite meanings from authors, images are similarly sequenced and juxtaposed to create a different form of narrative. Five artists will share their perspective on the medium, discussing that which inspires them and their approach to book making, and how this fits into the larger perspective of the photo book.

Paola Ferrario received a BFA in Photography, San Francisco Art Institute ’86 and an MFA in Photography, Yale University ’88. Since then, she has completed projects in Italy, Guatemala, Turkey and the United States. She has received several awards and fellowships, including the Friends of Photography/Calumet Emerging Photographer award in 2000 and the Paul Taylor/Dorothea Lange Prize from Duke University in 2001, Puffin Foundation Grant in 2003, a Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography in 2004 and Harnish Visiting Fellowship at Smith College 2005–11 and 2016–17. Her work has been collected by several museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Smithsonian Museum of American History. Ferrario is the author of 19 Pictures, 22 Recipes (Emdash studio, St. Louis, Missouri 2012). She has published criticism in Art in America and Photograph magazines.

James Gehrt is a fine art photographer and imaging specialist residing in Western Mass. From 1999-2006 Gehrt was manager at the photo conservation lab, Chicago Albumen Works (CAW). While at CAW he worked with the negatives of some of photography's most important creators, including Walker Evans, Carlton Watkins, and Lazlo Maholy Nagy.  In 2007 Gehrt worked as the digitization coordinator at the Mount Holyoke College Library. He was a National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education Fellow in both 2009 and 2010. Gehrt received his MLIS from Simmons College in 2014, where he was also honored with the Dr. Estelle Jussim Award in Photographic Studies.  Gehrt was selected as digital project lead at Mount Holyoke College in 2015.

Gehrt continues to carry a camera with him, building a collection of thousands of images from everyday life that document the objects and locations he visits. He has produced seven self-published titles over the past eight years. In 2014, his artist book, Source, was acquired by the Smith College Library’s Mortimer Rare Book Room. Gehrt received the 2016 UMass Fine Arts Center Artist in Residency Grant, resulting in the current Hampden Gallery exhibition and book, The Weight of Air

Justin Kimball, has a B.F.A. in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design ’85; and an M.F.A. in photography at the Yale University School of Art and Architecture ’90, is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Photography, the Aaron Siskind Individual Photographers Fellowship, and a grant from the John Anson Kittredge Educational Fund at Harvard University. His photographs have appeared in DoubleTake, Harpers, pdn (Photo District News), Photo Metro, and Picture magazines. He is the author of Where We Find Ourselves (Center for American Places, 2006) and Pieces of String (Radius Books 2012).

Kimball’s work can be found in numerous photographic collections, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Portland (Oregon) Museum of Art, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Kimball has taught photography for more than twenty years at colleges and universities, including the Rhode Island School of Design, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Orange Coast College, and Amherst College, where he is currently an associate professor of art.

Anthony W. Lee is an art historian, critic, curator, and photographer. As a critic and scholar, he writes about American photography and modernist painting in the period between 1860 and 1960. As a photographer, he documents ethnic and immigrant communities. Lee teaches a series of lecture courses on art since the French Revolution and seminars on photography before and after World War II. Many of his seminars have resulted in exhibitions curated by students.

Lee is the recipient of the Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art, given by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Art, and the Cultural Studies Book Prize, given by the Association of Asian American Studies. He is founder and editor of the acclaimed series Defining Moments in American Photography.

Stephen Petegorsky, artist and freelance photographer, was born in New York City, and has lived in the Northampton, Mass. area for almost 40 years.  His work has been exhibited in collections throughout the United States as well as in Denmark, Chile, Germany, and Montreal. 

He received his B.A. ’75 from Amherst College and an M.F.A. in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design ’80.  He has taught at Smith College, Hampshire College, the University of Connecticut and Amherst College. Petegorsky has won many awards, including the World Health Organization Photography Competition “Images of Health and Disability” award, 2002; the Polaroid International Photography Awards: Winner, Fine Arts/Americas, 2001; and a Northampton Arts Council Grant in 1998,1990,1984, and 1983. He is the author of The Meadows (Mawaga Press, 2015).

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For additonal information, contact James Gehrt: 413-695-5221,


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18th Annual Fall Reception - "Through the Photographer's Eyes - Diana Mara Henry Twentieth Century Photographer Collection"

Sunday, September 25, 3-5 PM

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The UMass Amherst Libraries invite the public to the 18th Annual Fall Reception, “Through the Photographer’s Eyes: Diana Mara Henry Twentieth Century Photographer Collection,” on Sunday, September 25, 2016, from 3–5 p.m. on the Lower Level of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Guests can enjoy a guided tour of Diana Mara Henry’s photographs, professional and personal memorabilia, and an excerpt of her Libel exhibit from 2-3 p.m. in Special Collections and University Archives, Floor 25, and Lower Level, Du Bois Library.

The Diana Mara Henry Collection (20th Century Photographer), in Special Collections and University Archives, portrays four decades of political, social, and cultural change beginning in the late 1960s. Collecting media about the events, traveling and choosing her subjects, Diana Mara Henry’s vision was to document the Women’s Movement; Democratic National Conventions; the Presidential campaigns of George McGovern, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan; environmental concerns including Bill Mollison teaching Permaculture and the opening of Epcot; America’s one-room schools; and Nepal, Bali and la France profonde. Her professional assignments covering the social and cultural scene in NYC yielded iconic portraits of celebrities in the worlds of fashion, literature, performance, and the arts.

Diana Mara Henry began her career in photojournalism at Radcliffe, as photo editor of the Harvard Crimson from 1967 to 1969. After graduating from Harvard with a B.A. in Government in 1969, Henry worked as a researcher with NBC News and as a general assignment reporter for the Staten Island Advance. In 1971 she began to work as a freelance photographer.

As official photographer for the First National Women’s Conference, Henry had unlimited access to many of the most prominent activists of the 1970s. Her photographs have appeared in government documents, magazines, books such as Newsweek’s Pictures of the Year 1977, and the 1989 Pulitzer and Tony award-winning play The Heidi Chronicles. They have been exhibited in many locations including a one-woman show at the Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY; The Park Avenue Armory, NYC; and The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, Richmond, VA. In addition to the UMass Amherst Libraries, Henry’s photographs are in the collection of the National Archives.

The Fall Reception program features comments by Diana Mara Henry; UMass Amherst history professor Laura L. Lovett; and special guests whose lives are illustrated in the Collection including Clara McLaughlin, Ed Murphy, Melba Tolliver, and others.

Laura L. Lovett, associate professor of history, at UMass Amherst specializes in twentieth century U.S. women’s history with interests in the histories of childhood, youth movements, and the family. Lovett is currently researching the historical intersection of eugenics and housing policies in the U.S. and their implications for discriminatory housing practices, such as redlining and reverse redlining. She is founding co-editor of the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth and administrative director of the Valley Women’s History Collaborative.

Clara McLaughlin is an author, newspaper owner and publisher of The Florida Star and The Georgia Star in Jacksonville, Florida. McLaughlin previously worked as editorial assistant for the Journal of the National Medical Association and wrote the first book for Black parents on child care, The Black Parents Handbook, published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1976. McLaughlin was the first African American female in the U.S. to become founder, major owner and CEO of a network affiliated television station. She has been featured in many major publications, including The Wall Street JournalUSA TodayNew York TimesLos Angeles TimesEbony and Jet.

Ed Murphy is an American peace and labor activist and the President of the Board of Directors for the Albany NY-based Workforce Development Institute (WDI). In 2003, WDI partnered with the New York State (NYS) AFL-CIO and Area Labor Federations to provide workforce training and education services to regional and local unions. WDI now focuses more broadly on the growth and retention of good jobs in NYS through a variety of mechanisms. Murphy was also a former military intelligence soldier who exposed the CIA’s Phoenix Program in April 1970.

Melba Tolliver is an American journalist and former New York City news anchor and reporter at WABC-TV, WNBC-TV, News 12 Long Island, and the Food Channel, in addition to writing for USA Today, Good Housekeeping, Black Sports, and other magazines and newspapers. At WNBC, she created and hosted the public affairs program “Meet the People.” Tolliver’s academic work includes writer-in-residence at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn; adjunct instructor in journalism at the College of Old Westbury, Long Island, NY; and Howard R. Marsh visiting professor of journalism at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

To view the Collection, and Henry’s complete bio, visit:

The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are appreciated by September 19, to or (413) 545-3974.

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Diversity in Our Past: Students of Color at Massachusetts Agricultural College

June 3, 2016 2:30-4:50


As part of Alumni Weekend, Rob Cox, Head of Special Collections and University Archives, will discuss the nearly hidden history of students of color at Massachusetts Agricultural College, the predecessor to UMass Amherst, from the first arrival of international students in the 1870s, to the lives of the first nine African American students at the turn of the twentieth century.

William Peebles and Zachary Hubert, pictured in the photos, were among the first African American students to study at Massachusetts Agricultural College. The numbers were few in a college that was still tiny, but their impact was large. 

The talk, which takes place on Floor 25 of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, is free and open to the public. A reception will follow from 4 - 4:50 p.m.

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Finals Fun Breaks

April 28 - May 5, 2016

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From Thursday April 28 to Thursday May 5th, the Libraries are hosting a series of FINALS FUN BREAKS! Come to the W.E.B. Du Bois Library and the Science and Engineering Library (SEL) for coloring, origami, blocks, free food courtesy of UMass Catering & Auxiliary Services, button making, and popcorn. 

Check out the Finals Fun Breaks schedule: 

BOTH locations 
All week: April 28 - May 5, “24/7” 

BOTH locations 
May 2,3,4 at 2pm 
Free Cookies and Coffee 
(Provided by UMass Catering & Auxiliary Services)

April 28 at 2 pm 
Button Making

April 29 at 2 pm 

May 2 from 4-6 pm 
Button Making

De-stress at the Libraries this Finals Week! #FinalsFun #UMassLibraries

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Synergy Exhibit Artist's Reception

April 21, 4-6 p.m. Science & Engineering Library

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Members of the public, students, facuty, and staff are invited to an Artist's Reception from 4-6 p.m. at the Science and Engineering Library, Lederle Graduate Research Center Lowrise, Floor 2, where they can meet the artist, Alicia Hunsicker '93, and enjoy food and drink.

he event is free and we look forward to seeing you there! 

For more information about Synergy:

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Creative Teaching Salon

April 20, 3:45 p.m. at the University Club


All faculty and instructors are invited to a Teaching Salon held Wednesday, April 20, at 3:45 p.m. at the University Club. 

The event includes refreshments and informal conversations about creative teaching and active learning.

Appetizers and soft drinks will be provided free of charge courtesy of UMass Dining.  Join discussions with colleagues about teaching, and stay after for dinner with family and friends.

Creative Teaching Salons do not have an agenda; each one starts with a key question and then lets the conversations emerge from the participants.Wild ideas and insights on teaching are welcome.

The question for April 20th is: How do we help all types of learners feel included in our classes?

RSVP is encouraged but not required: more information, contact Kate Freedman.  

The event is co-sponsored by the Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development (TEFD), UMass Information Technology, the UMass Amherst Libraries, and UMass Dining.

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14th Annual Dinner with Friends featuring author Donna Leon

Saturday April 2, 2016 6:30 p.m. (Sold Out!)

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International best-selling author Donna Leon will be the guest speaker at the Friends of the UMass Amherst Libraries 14th Annual Dinner with Friends on Saturday, April 2, 6:30 p.m., at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

Donna Leon is the author of the international best-selling Commissario Guido Brunetti series. The winner of the Crime Writers’ Association Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, among other awards, Leon was born in New Jersey, studied at UMass Amherst, and has lived in Venice for thirty years.

The Brunetti novels explore myriad social issues facing the city of Venice, with Venetian architecture, language, and food taking pride of place as the characters grapple with crime solving. There are currently 25 novels in the Brunetti series from Death at La Fenice (1992) to The Waters of Eternal Youth (2016). German television has produced 20 Commissario Brunetti mysteries for broadcast.

The series has also inspired two companion books, Brunetti’s Venice: Walks Through Venice with the City’s Best-Loved Detective by Toni Sepeda (2009) and Brunetti’s Cookbook by Roberta Pianaro (2010).

Leon also collaborates with Il Pomo d’Oro, an orchestra founded in 2012 with a special focus on opera, writing program notes, scouting singers, organizing recording opportunities, and appearing on stage as a narrator in some productions. In 2016, Il Pomo d’Oro will tour with many operas and concerts, including Gondola, with Vincenzo Capezzuto and Leon.  

The Libraries’ signature fundraising event will feature a champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception, music from the Libraries’ Italian opera collection, a silent auction, a gourmet Venetian dinner featuring dishes adapted from Brunetti’s Cookbook, and a lively talk and book signing by Leon.

Proceeds from the Dinner with Friends benefit the Library Facilities Fund which supports the Libraries’ continual upgrades, improvements, and re-imagined learning spaces for UMass Amherst students.

Space is limited. Tickets are $150 per person and $275 for two (of which $100 and $175, respectively, is tax-deductible). 

Individual and corporate sponsorships are available starting at $250.

For more information, contact Carol Connare (413-545-0995, or visit the Dinner with Friends website: For reservations, email: by March 25, 2016.

photo credit: © Regine Mosimann Diogenes Verlag AG Zurick

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