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A half-century of photography: Forbes Library exhibit showcases the vintage work and world views of photographer and digital printmaker Stan Sherer
06-06-2024 3:43 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

When Stan Sherer was growing up in the Bronx in New York City in the 1950s, an uncle paid a visit to his family one day and brought along some World War II-era darkroom equipment.Sherer didn’t know it just then, but he was about to find his life’s...

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Opening doors for immigrants: UMass Dining’s Pam Adams finds work for Haitian community
07-17-2024 12:05 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

AMHERST — On the 10th floor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus Center, Samuel Noel, a welder by trade, works as a dishwasher — his first job in the United States.Noel, a Haitian immigrant who moved to Greenfield’s Days Inn shelter on...


Direct from the Sunshine State: Augusta Savage Gallery celebrates its namesake with group show from Florida
03-07-2024 1:13 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Augusta Savage rose to prominence as a sculptor and educator when she moved to New York City in the 1920s, where she soon became a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance.But Savage, who was also a determined advocate for equal rights for African...


The State of Solar: In the second of four forums at UMass, experts discuss challenges of siting solar facilities
09-19-2023 5:32 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

Editor’s note: This is the second of four articles from the Western Massachusetts Solar Forum series taking place in September.AMHERST — At the site of the old Mount Tom Station coal-fired power plant stands around 17,000 solar panels generating...


UMass Amherst obtains papers of veteran social activist and writer Al Weinrub
08-21-2023 12:43 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

AMHERST — Adding to its collection of work documenting social change, the University of Massachusetts Amherst has acquired the papers of social activist and writer Al Weinrub, co-founder of the anti-imperialist organization Science for the People...


Giving sharks their due: UMass team creates state-of-the-art 3D models for conservation site
07-14-2023 8:53 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

AMHERST — Sharks have long been creatures of fascination, but having focused on them in his work for almost 10 years, UMass biology professor Duncan Irschick has found that most three-dimensional models are poor representations of the marine...


Book Bag: ‘A Stranger in Baghdad’ by Elizabeth Loudon; ‘A Slant of Light’ by Ken Samonds
06-09-2023 3:23 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

A Stranger in BaghdadBy Elizabeth Loudon; Hoopee/The American University in Cairo PressBritish author Elizabeth Loudon, who once lived in the Valley, also lived for several months in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1975 to 1976 when she was in her late teens, a...


Bach is back, and live: UMass Bach Festival & Symposium returns in-person for first time since 2019
04-14-2023 5:44 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

April in Amherst in an odd-numbered year: It must be time for the Bach Festival & Symposium at the University of Massachusetts.The biennial event, begun in 2015, offers a wide range of J.S. Bach’s music, from solo performances to expansive pieces with...


A burst of spring at the Fine Arts Center: Dance, music and acrobatics on tap at UMass in next two weeks
03-24-2023 6:00 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has continued to rebound from the pandemic with an expanded program this year featuring a range of shows in music, dance, theater and movement.As spring officially arrives, the schedule...


Noted Tibetan activist and writer to visit the Valley
03-02-2023 11:57 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

AMHERST — Tibetan activist and writer Tenzin Tsundue, who’s been arrested and jailed multiple times for his activism, is coming to the Valley for a series of talks and to introduce his newest collection of poetry.Tsundue was born in 1975 in India to...


Powerful ‘Dreams’: Pelham native’s film about a driven bodybuilder turns heads at Sundance
02-27-2023 8:52 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

The idea first came to Elijah Bynum about four years ago when he was exercising in a California gym and noticed an ultra-serious bodybuilder, a guy who was “radiating intensity” as he went through his paces.“There was this really intense energy about...


Book Bag: ‘The House in the Pines’ by Ana Reyes; ‘The Perfect Tree’ by Corinne Demas
02-17-2023 8:21 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

The House in the PinesBy Ana Reyes; Dutton There are so many mystery novels in the world today that it can be tough to make your book stand out. But take one that’s built around around psychological suspense and the elusiveness of memory, rather than...


A very good run: Last concert of the Magic Triangle series at UMass Amherst, begun in 1990, to take place
04-20-2022 9:30 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

AMHERST — Over 30 years ago, Glenn Siegel, then working as a jazz DJ at WMUA-FM at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, went to talk to Frederick Tillis, the director of the university’s Fine Arts Center. Siegel and some other jazz DJs at the...


Many details hidden in UMass corporate research agreements
11-19-2020 1:56 PM

By DUSTY CHRISTENSEN

AMHERST — Bomb manufacturers and defense contractors. Fortune 500 beverage and chemical corporations. Communications and technology behemoths.These are some of the industry giants with which the University of Massachusetts Amherst has struck sponsored...


The Great Experiment: The virtual college campus in the time of COVID-19
04-25-2020 8:59 AM

EDITED BY MAX DUTZIK HENRICKS,PARKER PETERS, NICO RIBADENEYRA and MIRANDA DEBRUYN

Note: This is the first of three narrative reports in a special series produced by Professor Kathy Roberts Forde’s “Longform Narrative” class in the Journalism Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.Until the COVID-19 crisis disrupted...


Two deny charges in alleged UMass kickback scheme
09-12-2019 12:01 PM

By BERA DUNAU

NORTHAMPTON — Two of the three men accused of fraud at the University of Massachusetts Amherst involving thousands of dollars of kickbacks and unlawful gifts, including vacations to Mexico, were arraigned Wednesday in Hampshire Superior Court.Victor...


Residents decry pending demolition of North Village Apartments
09-10-2019 11:44 PM

By DUSTY CHRISTENSEN

AMHERST — Dora Tseng still remembers the day last year when she brought her newborn baby home to North Village Apartments, the University of Massachusetts family housing complex. She didn’t need to buy much for her son, Fafa, because her neighbors...


UMass researchers compile lists of 100 worst polluters
08-02-2019 12:12 AM

By DUSTY CHRISTENSEN

AMHERST — Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have published three lists detailing the 100 worst air, water and greenhouse gas polluters in the country.The lists — the Toxic 100 Air Polluters Index, Toxic 100 Water Polluters Index...


UMass provost Katherine Newman to take on new position
07-18-2017 9:10 AM

By DUSTY CHRISTENSEN

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst’s provost and senior vice chancellor is stepping down from her position to transition to the role of senior vice president for academic affairs, student affairs and international relations in the...


UMass prof’s study of erosion leads to top award
07-09-2017 11:43 PM

By DUSTY CHRISTENSEN

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts Amherst geosciences assistant professor has won one of the field’s most prestigious awards for those early in their career.The American Geophysical Union’s Earth and Planetary Surface Processes Focus Group...


As students again leave all their stuff, reuse efforts gain traction at UMass
05-10-2017 10:15 PM

By DUSTY CHRISTENSEN

AMHERST — In his short story “The Daughters of the Moon,” the writer Italo Calvino described a mythological New York City “where every object was thrown away at the slightest sign of breakage or aging, at the first dent or stain, and replaced with a...

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