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Live Stream: Friday, Feb. 21
6:40 p.m.

Keynote: Dr. Saida Grundy
"Gendering Social Justice Capitalism: The Du Boisian question behind the curious case of grooming Black male success"

Watch the live stream here.
A closed-captioned version of the lecture will be available shortly after the event.

Dr. Saida Grundy is a feminist sociologist of race & ethnicity and incoming Assistant Professor of Sociology, African-American Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies at Boston University. Her research to date has focused upon formations and ideologies of gender and racialization within the Black middle class–specifically men. Using in-depth interviews, her current work examines graduates of Morehouse College, the nation’s only historically Black college for men. Quite simply, this work asks how, in light of an ongoing national climate and discourse about young Black men “in crisis,” the men of Morehouse experience racialization and the process of “making” manhood at an institution that frames Black male elites as the solution to the crisis and the rightful representatives of the racial agendas. Her current book, Manhood Within the Margins: Promise, Peril and Paradox at the Historically Black College for Men, is forthcoming with University of California Press and expands upon this work.

Saida’s research interests currently span examinations of masculinity and “social justice capitalism,” racialized rape culture, and bridging hegemonic masculinity theories to our understandings of campus sexual assault. Her work has been supported by the Boston University Center for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Andrew Mellon Foundation.

Monday, Feb. 24
10 a.m.-Noon

W. E. B. Du Bois Center
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 22, Room 2220

Join the W. E. B. Du Bois Center in celebrating Du Bois's 152nd birthday (actual birthday Feb. 23)! The Du Bois Center is hosting a special edition of its weekly Breakfast with Du Bois Events, featuring an open house, refreshments, readings, and Du Bois swag.

Tuesday, Feb. 25
12:30-2 p.m.

W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Floor 26, Room 2601

RSVP here by Monday, Feb. 17.

A conversation with Madeleine Charney, Lisa Di Valentino, Theresa Dooley, Isabel Espinal, Deborah Place, and other library staff.

A career in libraries is rewarding and helps positively impact library patrons, researchers, students, and communities. Learn about how to enter and thrive in this field.

This event is made possible by a UMass Campus Climate Improvement grant.

Wednesday, Feb. 26
Wednesday, Apr. 22

W. E. B. Du Bois Library
Lobby

Got stress? We've got dogs! UMass Amherst Peer Health Educators present the Paws Program, featuring Bright Spot Therapy Dogs.

Sponsored by Center for Health Promotion and the UMass Amherst Libraries.

Saturday, Feb. 29
6 p.m.
Old Chapel, UMass Amherst

RSVP by Feb. 23

Join us for an evening of fun, food, and music celebrating the Valley Light Opera's 45th anniversary, with members of the company performing the music from "The Pirates of Penzance."

Sing along; costumes welcome!

In partnership with Valley Light Opera, Humanities and Fine Arts, and the UMass Amherst Libraries.

Valley Light Opera's archives are housed in Special Collections and University Archives.

Accessibility
The Old Chapel is handicap accessible building and event spaces via ramps and elevators.

Parking
The Old Chapel at UMass Amherst is located at the heart of campus, making it a great destination for events. There is no direct parking next to the Chapel so allow yourself additional time to walk here after parking in one of the nearby lots. Parking is allowed in any non-24-hour lot after 5 p.m. and on weekends.

Due to growing concerns over the spread of the Covid-19, the Libraries’ Folk New England Concert featuring Geoff Muldaur and Jim Kweskin scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2020 will be postponed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience and will share updates as they become available.

Saturday, Mar. 14
6-8 p.m.
Old Chapel

Free and open to the public

RSVP here by Mar. 6

Join the Libraries for a reception and musical performance by artists Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur.

Celebrating the Folk New England Collection in Special Collections and University Archives.

Accessibility
The Old Chapel is handicap accessible building and event spaces via ramps and elevators.

Parking
The Old Chapel at UMass Amherst is located at the heart of campus, making it a great destination for events. There is no direct parking next to the Chapel so allow yourself additional time to walk here after parking in one of the nearby lots. Parking is allowed in any non-24-hour lot after 5 p.m. and on weekends.

Due to growing concerns over the spread of the Covid-19, all Author Talks will be postponed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience and will share updates as they become available.

Stephanie Fetta, Cameron Awkward-Rich, Caroline Yang
Mar. 26, Mar. 31, Apr. 16

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Cameron Awkward-Rich

Thursday, Mar. 26
5-7 p.m.
Floor 26, Room 2601
W. E. B. Du Bois Library

Cameron Awkward-Rich is an assistant professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the author of two poetry collections – Sympathetic Little Monster (2016), which was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and Dispatch (2019), winner of the 2019 Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award. A Cave Canem fellow, his poetry has been published in Poetry, American Poetry Review, the Academy of American Poet's Poem A Day series, and elsewhere, and his critical writing can be found in Signs, Science Fiction Studies, American Quarterly, Transgender Studies Quarterly. 

 

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Stephanie Fetta

Tuesday, Mar. 31, 5-7 p.m.
Floor 26, Room 2601
W. E. B. Du Bois Library

Stephanie Fetta holds a Ph.D. from University of California, Irvine. She earned the annual MLA Prize in United States Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies from the Modern Language Association (MLA) in 2019 for her monograph, Shaming into Brown: Somatic Transactions of Race in Latina/o Literature (The Ohio State University Press, 2018), which uncovers a new analytical lens Dr. Fetta identifies as the soma, loosely defined as the gestural body. Portrayer of our momentary as well as deeper subjectivities, the soma is also a central actor in social relations and a primary communicator of our ideological investments. Professor Fetta argues the soma is a pivotal site for unraveling bodily social technologies we use to create and sustain social subjugation. Specifically, she argues our somas efficaciously shame one another into intersectionally racialized stratifications.

Professor Fetta is the editor of The Chicana/Latina Literary Prize: An Anthology of Prize-Winning Fiction, Poetry, and Drama, and is considered the foremost authority on the work the influential Chicano poet Andrés Montoya, winner of the Before Columbus American Book Award. She will co-edit a 2020 special edition of the Notre Dame Review on Montoya's legacy. Dr. Fetta has published with Routledge Press, Chicana/Latina Studies journal, and Transmodernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World among others.

 

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Caroline Yang

Thursday, Apr. 16
5-7 p.m.
Floor 26, Room 2601
W. E. B. Du Bois Library

Caroline H. Yang is an assistant professor of English at UMass. She is the author of The Peculiar Afterlife of Slavery: The Chinese Worker and the Minstrel Form, which examines the intersecting histories of blackface minstrelsy and representations of Chinese workers in U.S. literature during and after Reconstruction. Her other scholarly publications can be found in Modern Fiction Studies (MFS), MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, the Journal of Asian American Studies, and Asian American Literature in Transition Volume I (1850-1930), forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in 2020.

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.