The University of Massachusetts Amherst


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. 

Saturday, March 28, 2020
1-4 p.m.

W. E. B. Du Bois Library
Lower Level
Free and open to the public

From the Libraries that brought you FalCon, a small convention in a tall library, comes FalCon: Artist's Nest! The Libraries take great pride in supporting the campus and community, and what better way to demonstrate that than by bringing together a diverse group of talented artists, makers, and more to showcase their work?

More showcase announcements forthcoming; please check back regularly for updates!

Special Guests

Phil Amara
Phil Amara

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. 


James Cambias

James L. Cambias writes science fiction and designs games. Originally from New Orleans, he was educated at the University of Chicago and lives in western Massachusetts. His first novel, A Darkling Sea, was published by Tor Books in 2014, followed by Corsair in 2015. Baen Books released his third novel, Arkad's World in 2019. His short stories have appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science FictionShimmerNature, and several original anthologies. Mr. Cambias has written for Steve Jackson Games, Hero Games, and other roleplaying publishers, and is a partner in Zygote Games. His new urban fantasy novel The Initiate was published in February 2020 by Baen Books. Check out his blog is at


Althea Keaton '19

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.


All-Campus Makerspace

The UMass Amherst All-Campus (Pop-Up) Makerspace is the very first phase of the UMass Amherst Makerspace & Maker Network project, which aims to connect the UMass Amherst maker community with information and access pathways to existing resources on campus. Its temporary location is in the Astronomy Building, located near Elab and the Gunness Laboratory.

For more information, please contact

Animation Club

The Animation Club provides animation, art, acting, music, and writing students an opportunity to expand their horizons while working with new aspects of their mediums, and students of different backgrounds will find an opportunity to work with others in new ways. This group intends to create a friendly environment for students who can create animated programs for the campus and the community around it.

For more information, please contact

Cosplay and Costume Club

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Cosplay and Costume Club gives interested persons the opportunity to interact and collaborate with others interested in cosplay, the performance art of dressing of as a character from a movie, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga and anime.

For more information, please contact

Digital Media Lab, UMass Amherst Libraries

The Digital Media Lab is a multimedia production space in the W. E. B. Du Bois Library and part of the UMass Amherst Makerspace & Maker Network. It is available to any campus community member, regardless of department or major, and offers the latest audiovisual equipment, green screen and sound rooms, virtual and augmented reality capabilities, and 3D printing technology.

Edible Book Festival Photo Display

The Edible Book Festival has taken place at the Libraries for the past several years. View photos from the previous festivals and learn more about this year's event taking place on Wednesday, Apr. 1 in the Du Bois Library!

For more information, please contact Annette Vadnais, Undergraduate Outreach Librarian, at

UMass Store 2020 T-Shirt Design Contest

Check out the finalists for the 2020 T-Shirt Design Contest and vote for your favorite!

Wednesday, Apr. 1

W. E. B. Du Bois Library Lobby

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.  All members of the UMass Amherst community are invited to submit edible book-inspired creations which will then be displayed, judged, and eaten!

Previous years' entries can be found on ScholarWorks.

To submit a piece, fill out the Edible Book Festival entry form. Entry forms must be filled out by Friday, Mar. 27.

Thursday, Apr. 23
5-7 p.m.

Science and Engineering Library, Lederle GRC Lowrise

Join us in celebrating the winners of the Undergraduate Sustainability Research Award! Event details forthcoming.

Apr. 24 - May 4

Apr. 24-27: Make Observations
Apr. 28-May 3: Help ID Observations
May 4: Results Announced

Cities around the world will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the 2020 City Nature Challenge.

By making wildlife observations, you are contributing data to scientists and your community, which helps people study and protect local species. Cities that participated in previous years documented species in their areas they didn't know they had, and got thousands of participants to get outside and take a closer look at the nature all around us.

Observations made in the following counties during the City Nature Challenge will count toward totals for the Pioneer Valley area: Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden, MA. In order for observations to count toward the challenge, participants must do the following:

1. Find Wildlife

Find and photograph any WILD plant, animal, or fungus in your backyard, campus, sidewalk cracks, mountain paths, river banks - anywhere in the Pioneer Valley.  Please avoid landscaped areas planted by people, pets, zoos, etc.

2. Take a Picture of What You See

Be sure to note where you were when you took the picture.  Remember, only observations in the three counties will count!

3. Share Your Observations

Upload your findings through the free iNaturalist app, on your phone, or online.

4. Help ID Observations

Identify the species of observations collected during the first phase of the challenge online at iNaturalist. Try to stick to the ones from the Pioneer Valley!

More information available at:

City Nature Challenge

Pioneer Valley on iNaturalist

iNaturalist Workshops, part of the Libraries Workshop Series

The UMass Amherst Libraries are coordinating all City Nature Challenge efforts for the Pioneer Valley area. The Libraries are currently looking for partner organizations to promote the challenge, make observations, host community science events, or help identify species during the 2020 City Nature Challenge.

Contact Melanie Radik,, to get your organization involved!

February 2020
Leverett Public Library

Closing Reception with Presentation by Laura Quilter, Copyright and Information Policy Librarian
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020
6:30 p.m.

On January 1, 2019, works published in the U.S. in 1923 came out of copyright and are now free for public use and sharing. To celebrate, the UMass Amherst Libraries curated this traveling exhibit featuring some of these materials. This is the first time since 1998 that the public domain has grown substantially, unlocking movies, music, paintings, sculpture, books, poems, and scientific publications.

The exhibit will be on display in the Leverett Public Library during the month of February.

Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries announces new annual fellowships, linking and supporting scholars working with material in SCUA’s collections. For the first time, fellowships are being offered for graduate students, early career professionals, and independent scholars interested in the spiritual dimensions of social change; the history of work, labor, and industry; and the value of human life. These new fellowships join the well-established W. E. B. Du Bois Research Fellowship and expand the breadth of subjects for researchers to delve into during short-term residential research appointments.

The Brother David Steindl-Rast Fellowship supports research that engages with the spiritual dimensions of social change. Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk, scholar, writer, and social activist, has shared messages of peace, interfaith dialogue, social justice, and environmental stewardship worldwide for more than 50 years.

Eligibility: Graduate students and early career professionals (within five years of receipt of a PhD). Independent scholars and those outside of academia are strongly encouraged to apply.

Kenneth R. Feinberg Fellowships: Two annual fellowshipssupport research that touches on the theme of the value of human life or otherwise resonates with the legacy of Kenneth R. Feinberg. One of the most prominent and dedicated attorneys of our time, Feinberg has assumed the role of mediator in a number of high-profile complex legal disputes, often in the aftermath of public tragedies. Frequently these cases necessitate determining compensation to victims and survivors and also confronting the very question of the value of human life.

Eligibility: Graduate students and early career professionals (within five years of receipt of a PhD).

The John William Bennett Fellowship supports research in and writing on the history of labor, work, and industry, honoring the legacy of labor historian and activist John William Bennett. A labor historian, Bennett ’52 researched the history of the labor movement since his days as an undergraduate at UMass Amherst. A born collector, he began accumulating memorabilia associated with unions, drawn to their potential as a visual record of labor iconography and self-representation.

Eligibility: Graduate students and early career professionals (within five years of receipt of a PhD). Proposals by labor historians without academic affiliation will also be considered.

The Esperantic Studies Foundation Fellowship supports research in the history and culture of planned languages, with a strong emphasis on Esperanto and the Esperanto movement.

Eligibility: Graduate students and early career professionals (within five years of receipt of a PhD).

The Du Bois Research Fellowships are managed by SCUA’s partner, the W. E. B. Du Bois Center. For information and to apply, visit the Du Bois Center’s website.

Application Process

The 2020 Fellowship Application is due on March 6, 2020; awards will be announced on April 1. Fellows will be selected according to the scholarly merit of their proposal as judged by the committee of reviewers; demonstrated need to use SCUA’s holdings; and fit to the particular fellowship program.

SCUA uses a single, online-only application process for all fellowship programs. A completed applicant’s packet must include:

  • A brief biographical statement of not more than 350 words with a description of your larger research agenda to be used for publicity purposes
  • An overview of the proposed project not to exceed three pages
  • A current resume or CV
  • One confidential letter of reference

The UMass Amherst Libraries introduce PolicyMap, a map creation tool for visualizing data about communities across the United States, including income, housing, quality of life, and even federal guidelines.

PolicyMap allows users to produce maps, tables and reports with this data at regional, state, congressional district, and county levels, making it an ideal resource for studying current issues and long-term trends that could influence voters’ decisions in the next election.

This resource is available to all UMass Amherst students, faculty, and staff, and is accessible off-campus via UMass Amherst NetID.

The UMass Amherst Libraries introduce Gender Studies E-Book Collection and Latin American Studies E-Book Collection from Duke University Press.

Isabel Espinal, Research Services Librarian for the departments of Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies and Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, advocated for the purchase of these resources because of the cross-disciplinary applications of the collections’ content.

These resources are available to all UMass Amherst students, faculty, and staff with no download restrictions, and are accessible off-campus via UMass Amherst NetID. Additionally, Librarians Ann Kardos and Jennifer Eustis worked to ensure that the collections are entirely searchable via Discovery Search and the Five Colleges Catalog.

“I love teaching with E-Books because buying books is expensive for students, and an unlimited E-Book license lets everybody read the Library copy at the same time,” says Laura Briggs, Professor in Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies. “The collections bring together the work of brilliant, recently-published scholars, which makes for lively seminars on current scholarship.”

The UMass Amherst Libraries are partnering with the Center for Educational Assessment at the College of Education to publish Practical Assessment, Research, and Evaluation (PARE) through ScholarWorks@UMassAmherst, the digital repository for the scholarly output for the campus. Established as an open access journal in 1999 by Lawrence Rudner and William Schafer, PARE will remain open access with no article processing charges for authors. Volumes 1 through 24 have been migrated to ScholarWorks, and new issues will be published starting in January, 2020.

PARE is an online journal that provides access to refereed articles that can have a positive impact on assessment, research, and evaluation. PARE is committed to promoting fairness and equity in educational and psychological measurement and evaluation. Its editors are seeking papers that foster and support the development of high quality, inclusive assessments and assessment practices.

April Zenisky, associate research professor and director of computer-based testing initiatives for the Center for Educational Assessment, and Lisa Keller, associate professor and assistant director of the Center for Educational Assessment, will be the new co-editors.

One unique feature of PARE is that graduate students in the Research in Educational Measurement and Psychometrics program in the College of Education will be included in the peer review process; their names will be listed in the graduate student editorial board upon receiving journal review certification by Zenisky and Keller. Each journal submission will then be reviewed by one of these students as well as two or more professionals, drawn from either the editorial board or ad hoc reviewers.