College of Humanities & Fine Arts at UMass Amherst

College of Humanities & Fine Arts at UMass Amherst UMass Amherst students with majors in the humanities and fine arts gain invaluable skills while studying what inspires them. As the creative heart of UMass Amherst, HFA brings together scholars and artists from a wide range of disciplines.
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As the creative and cultural heart of UMass Amherst, the College of Humanities and Fine Arts (HFA) brings together scholars and artists from a wide range of disciplines into one faculty passionate about students’ education and futures. The college offers exceptional opportunities for students to broaden their perspectives, apply their knowledge to the design and execution of their work, refine their skills, and develop professional connections. The HFA Student Advising Center is located in E-20 Machmer Hall on the UMass Amherst Campus. Services include (but are not limited to): - Academic advising and graduation clearance - Language testing - Information about majors, minors & certificates - Information about study abroad & domestic exchange - Accommodations for diagnosed learning challenges - Resource and referral information - Advising regarding internships, practica, and co-ops

Mission: The College of Humanities and Fine Arts offers students the rigor and individual attention of a liberal arts college with the vibrant curricular range of a major university.

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English and Journalism major Joanna Buoniconti writes about ways she’s had to prioritize her physical health over her me...
01/27/2021
Columnist Joanna Buoniconti: Prioritizing physical well-being over mental

English and Journalism major Joanna Buoniconti writes about ways she’s had to prioritize her physical health over her mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic for the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

The days are shorter, the nights are darker — and seasonal depression has taken on a whole new meaning this winter season, due to the isolation that many of us are experiencing in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to loved ones. While the mental...

English major Garret Olson is co-directing a virtual play titled "The Audition" with Ovation Theatre Company, based in N...
01/26/2021
Ovation Theatre Company plans virtual productions

English major Garret Olson is co-directing a virtual play titled "The Audition" with Ovation Theatre Company, based in New Hampshire.

Ovation Theatre Company has been quiet for the last several months, but that is no longer the case.

Martín Espada, professor of English at UMass Amherst, examines love, justice, and contemporary American life in new coll...
01/21/2021

Martín Espada, professor of English at UMass Amherst, examines love, justice, and contemporary American life in new collection of poetry published this week. FLOATERS “offers exuberant odes and defiant elegies, songs of protest and songs of love from one of the essential voices in American poetry.”

https://www.umass.edu/hfa/news/martin-espada-floaters

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01/18/2021

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"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."

Today, we honor the incredible life of civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. UMass Amherst virtual and physical campuses are closed in observance. Asymptomatic testing at the Mullins Center remains open.

The Capitol invasion can be placed in “a much longer history of violence and white supremacy,” says Asheesh Kapur Siddiq...
01/15/2021
Historical forces at play in Capitol siege, Western Mass. scholars say

The Capitol invasion can be placed in “a much longer history of violence and white supremacy,” says Asheesh Kapur Siddique, assistant professor of history at UMass Amherst in a recent Berkshire Eagle article. Siddique cites legacies of enslavement and longstanding exclusions of women from political life as evidence of that history.

Last week’s violence at the Capitol building, Western Massachusetts historians say, demonstrates the fractured and contested nature of democracy in the United States.

Plans were recently announced for a film adaptation of "On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous," the best-selling debut novel b...
12/23/2020
Film Adaptation Announced for Ocean Vuong’s "On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous"

Plans were recently announced for a film adaptation of "On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous," the best-selling debut novel by Ocean Vuong, associate professor in the UMass Amherst Department of English. The novel will be adapted by A24, the company behind films like "Uncut Gems," "Midsommar," "Lady Bird" and "Moonlight­."

Plans were recently announced for a film adaptation of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, the best-selling debut novel by Ocean Vuong, associate professor in the Department of English. The novel will be adapted by A24, the company behind films like Uncut Gems, Midsommar, Lady Bird and Moonlight­.

Tomorrow evening at 7:30, the UMass Amherst Department of Music and Dance will present a live streaming concert featurin...
12/10/2020
UMass Happy Holidays 2020

Tomorrow evening at 7:30, the UMass Amherst Department of Music and Dance will present a live streaming concert featuring holiday favorites with some new twists courtesy of students from the Jazz and African-American music studies program and the UMass Minuteman Marching Band.

Holiday favorites with some new twists courtesy of students from the UMass Jazz and African-American Music Studies program and the Minuteman Marching Band. C...

Reflecting on popular Netflix series 'The Queen's Gambit,' Jenny Adams, associate professor of English at UMass Amherst,...
12/10/2020
In 'The Queen's Gambit' and beyond, chess holds up a mirror to life

Reflecting on popular Netflix series 'The Queen's Gambit,' Jenny Adams, associate professor of English at UMass Amherst, explores how chess has been "an allegory for love, duty, conflict and accomplishment" in literature since the Middle Ages for The Conversation.

Ever since players tweaked the game to reflect the medieval social order, poets and writers have used chess as an allegory for love, duty, conflict and accomplishment.

“Whether sculptors embrace likeness, opt for abstraction, or go in for symbolism isn’t the point. The point is that they...
12/06/2020
Seeing the Bigger Picture on Public Memorials to Women

“Whether sculptors embrace likeness, opt for abstraction, or go in for symbolism isn’t the point. The point is that they and the committees to which they answer need to decide whether they are recognizing an individual or promoting an ideal. Women have, for too long, been required to be both,” says UMass Amherst Prof. Sonja Drimmer, who examines the representation of women in public monuments in her recent op-ed for Hyperallergic.

Recent works, including monuments to Mary Wollstonecraft and Medusa, demonstrate that it’s not that women have a problem with public monuments; it’s that public monuments have a problem with us.

Juana Valdés, associate professor in the Department of Art, recently received a 2020 Anonymous Was A Woman Award, which ...
12/02/2020

Juana Valdés, associate professor in the Department of Art, recently received a 2020 Anonymous Was A Woman Award, which recognizes “women-identifying artists over 40 years of age who have made significant contributions, while continuing to create new work, and who are each at a critical juncture in their practice.” Valdés is one of ten artists to receive the unrestricted award of $25,000 this year.

https://www.umass.edu/hfa/news/juana-valdes-anonymous-was-woman

UMass Amherst linguistics professor Joe Pater has been crunching state data to paint a picture of local COVID-19 case ra...
11/25/2020
Linguistics Professor Crunches Local Data to Chart New COVID-19 Cases

UMass Amherst linguistics professor Joe Pater has been crunching state data to paint a picture of local COVID-19 case rates. He recently published his findings in his blog and was quoted in a Daily Hampshire Gazette article. This morning, he appeared on WHMP's Bill Newman Show.

Over the summer, Joe Pater, professor and chair of the Department of Linguistics, decided to analyze local COVID-19 data when It became apparent there would need to be decisions made for his child regarding the upcoming school year. A resident of Northampton, Mass., he took raw data released by the....

UMass Amherst alumnus Gabriel Bump '17MFA was recently named the 2020 winner of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary ...
11/24/2020

UMass Amherst alumnus Gabriel Bump '17MFA was recently named the 2020 winner of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, and his novel, 'Everywhere You Don’t Belong' was selected as one of The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2020.

On NPR’s Weekend Edition, attorney and victim advocate Kenneth Feinberg ‘67 advocated for a national office of bereaveme...
11/23/2020
As COVID-19 Continues To Spread, Many Want The White House To Help America Mourn

On NPR’s Weekend Edition, attorney and victim advocate Kenneth Feinberg ‘67 advocated for a national office of bereavement that would prioritize victims and work to lessen the impact of tragedies.

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Kenneth Feinberg, a victims' rights attorney who is advocating for a new White House office to help Americans grieving loss from COVID-19 and other tragedies.

"Bright Moments" is student-curated series named after the popular summer music festival from the 1980s and 1990s, the B...
11/13/2020
Bright Moments Fall 2020

"Bright Moments" is student-curated series named after the popular summer music festival from the 1980s and 1990s, the Bright Moments Festival. The Fall 2020 installment—a mix of spoken word artists, solo vocalists, full performance bands, dancers and drummers as well visual artists—is available to view on the UMass Fine Arts Center website.

Lineup Includes:
Taylor Mickens '21, solo vocalist
Jiun Tseng '21, visual artist
Deja Carr, solo performer and Jazz in July alum
Bomba de Aqui, a high energy bomba y plena group based in Springfield, Mass.

The Fine Arts Center is pleased to launch a new student-curated series named after the popular summer music festival from the 1980s and 1990s, the Bright Moments Festival. Bright Moments was a wonderful community event, held at the campus pond each July. Similar to its namesake, this new series will...

UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College
11/09/2020

UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College

Are you a junior in the College of Humanities & Fine Arts at UMass Amherst who will be writing an Honors thesis next year? Please join us for the fourth Commonwealth Honors College Honors Thesis Workshop of the academic year Thursday, November 5, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Register here: http://ow.ly/W05550CanaP

Catalan studies, part of the Spanish and Portuguese Program in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at ...
11/09/2020
Catalan Studies Program Presents 13th Massachusetts Catalan Film Festival

Catalan studies, part of the Spanish and Portuguese Program in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at UMass Amherst, will present the 13th Massachusetts Catalan Film Festival: The Pandemic Edition, which will feature four films available to stream starting Friday, November 13, 2020 and will host Q&A sessions with filmmakers from November 17 through 20, 2020 at 3 p.m. EST each day. Registration info available at the link.

Catalan studies, part of the Spanish and Portuguese Program in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at UMass Amherst, will present the 13th Massachusetts Catalan Film Festival: The Pandemic Edition, which will feature four films available to stream starting November 13 and will host...

Vick Quezada '18MFA has been invited to participate in ESTAMOS BIEN: LA TRIENAL 20/21, a national, large-scale survey of...
11/07/2020
LA TRIENAL | El Museo del Barrio

Vick Quezada '18MFA has been invited to participate in ESTAMOS BIEN: LA TRIENAL 20/21, a national, large-scale survey of Latinx contemporary art featuring more than 40 artists from across the United States and Puerto Rico presented by El Museo del Barrio! This is a tremendous honor as Vick is included in a list of national and internationally known artists!

ESTAMOS BIEN – LA TRIENAL 20/21 Online Projects July 23 – October 15, 2020 Onsite Exhibition March 13 – August 22, 2021 Curated by El Museo’s Chief Curator Rodrigo Moura; Curator, Susanna V. Temkin; and Guest Curator, Elia Alba INTRODUCTION > ONLINE PROJECTS > PRESS RELEASE > El Museo del Ba...

Check out our new faculty profile on Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, a UMass Amherst professor of English, former dean of the...
11/07/2020
Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina

Check out our new faculty profile on Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, a UMass Amherst professor of English, former dean of the Commonwealth Honors College, and Paul Murray Kendall Chair in Biography. Gerzina is a prolific author and media host who is currently experiencing heightened interest in her work as writer specializing in Black British Studies (her book "Britain's Black Past" was published earlier this year). She is also biographer of beloved children's author Frances Hodgson Burnett, and has released numerous editions of the writer's work.

As a writer, you’ve described yourself as, “drawn to biographies and lives of those who cross boundaries of history, time, place or race…” Why are you pulled to these subjects? Does your personal experience inform the topics you approach as a writer?

Today's the last day to vote for senior Taylor Mickens, a double music and theater major at UMass Amherst. She made it t...
11/05/2020
Taylor Mickens sings Shopping Around from Wish You Were Here - YouTube

Today's the last day to vote for senior Taylor Mickens, a double music and theater major at UMass Amherst. She made it to the top five in the national BroadwayWorld Next On Stage competition. Your vote today could get her to the final three!

Vote here: https://www.broadwayworld.com/nextonstage/taylor-rose-mickens

Taylor Mickens sings Shopping Around from Wish You Were Here for BroadwayWorld’s Next On Stage Competition, Top 5.

Gretchen Gerzina, UMass Amherst English professor and Murray Kendall Chair in Biography, is quoted in a story about Fran...
11/05/2020
Solitude, sunshine and sanctuary in The Secret Garden

Gretchen Gerzina, UMass Amherst English professor and Murray Kendall Chair in Biography, is quoted in a story about Frances Hodgson Burnett's famed children's novel 'The Secret Guardian,' which appeared in today's The Guardian.

From its interrogation of the ways illness changes and defines us to the tranquility found in nature, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s book is a story for our times

Professor Paul Dennis leads his modern dance class outside Totman Gym.
11/02/2020

Professor Paul Dennis leads his modern dance class outside Totman Gym.

The Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality studies hosts a discussion of Eli Meyerhoff’s illuminating and timely book Be...
11/01/2020
'Beyond Education': Reading Group

The Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality studies hosts a discussion of Eli Meyerhoff’s illuminating and timely book Beyond Education: Radical Studying for Another World.

Friday, Nov. 6 from 4-5 p.m.

In Beyond Education, Eli Meyerhoff traces how key elements of education emerged from histories of struggles in opposition to alternative modes of study bound up with different modes of world-making. Taking inspiration from Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street, and Indigenous resurgence projects, he charts a new course for movements within, against, and beyond the university as we know it.

The Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality studies hosts a discussion of Eli Meyerhoff’s illuminating and timely book Beyond Education: Radical Studying for Another World. Friday, Nov. 6 from 4-5 p.m.

Hosted by the Herter Art Gallery, the Senior BFA class of 2021 show, Floating, Drowning, Treading Water: Experiences in ...
10/30/2020

Hosted by the Herter Art Gallery, the Senior BFA class of 2021 show, Floating, Drowning, Treading Water: Experiences in Quarantine is based around the 2020 Coronavirus quarantine and how each of us handled the chaos is up through Nov. 4. There are twenty-one student artists are featured in this exhibition. Each artist could create works based on quarantine or use works created during the initial six months of quarantine with no restrictions for medium or size. Each artist has categorized their quarantine experience as “floating,” “drowning,” or “treading water,” and the exhibition design team has organized the works by the gallery.

Gallery Hours: Monday and Friday 1-3 p.m Thursday 2-4 p.m

Call gallery for entrance: 413-545-0976

Kathryn Fanelli '20MFA erected a full-size, vintage carousel, stripped of paint and artifice, in the Studio Arts Buildin...
10/30/2020
The Passing Show Exhibition

Kathryn Fanelli '20MFA erected a full-size, vintage carousel, stripped of paint and artifice, in the Studio Arts Building on the UMass Amherst campus. Viewing it, hearing it, and riding it is a meditative and surreal experience. The sculpture was scheduled to come down on Nov. 2, but due to popular demand, 'The Passing Show' has been extended through Dec. 1! Sign up for a viewing while you can!

Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!

UMass Theater Professor Elisa Gonzales is teaching a voiceover class in the spring called "The Craft of Voiceover: Vocal...
10/30/2020
Voice Over with Professor Elisa Gonzales

UMass Theater Professor Elisa Gonzales is teaching a voiceover class in the spring called "The Craft of Voiceover: Vocal Transformation and Storytelling." Here, she demonstrates one of the exercises she does with students.

UMass Theater Professor Elisa Gonzales is teaching a voiceover class in the spring called The Craft of Voiceover: Vocal Transformation and Storytelling. Here...

Alumna Meredith Wells '17 is interviewed about her experience working as an actor and singer who uses a wheelchair. At U...
10/30/2020
Actor And Singer Meredith Aleigha Wells Brings Dysautonomia Awareness To WHY I'LL NEVER MAKE IT Podcast

Alumna Meredith Wells '17 is interviewed about her experience working as an actor and singer who uses a wheelchair. At UMass Amherst, she was the first actor who uses a wheelchair to perform in a UMass Amherst Theater mainstage production and wrote and performed the one-woman show “Dysfunctioning Just Fine.”

Dysautonomia is not a word most people know or use, yet it affects millions of Americans each year. And during this month of awareness, Meredith Aleigha Wells (Dysfunctioning Just Fine) joins podcast host Patrick Oliver Jones to discuss how this illness has affected her onstage and in life.

The Translation Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
10/29/2020

The Translation Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

The Translation Center is preparing for a third year of reading translated literature at The Emily Dickinson Museum. This year the event is via Zoom.

On Thursday, November 5 at 6:30 pm (Amherst time), enjoy a presentation of multilingual readings and short discussions on the practice of translating Dickinson’s words. Our featured translators are Adalberto Müller (Brazil) and Marcel Riera (Catalonia). They will read and discuss their Portuguese and Catalan translations of Dickinson. University Of Massachusetts students will read along with them!

Register in advance for the event:
https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/amherst-arts-night-november-5-2020/

Thanks for the additional support from Catalan Studies UMass Amherst and the Institut Ramon Llull!

Adalberto Müller is an Associate Professor for Literary Theory at the University Federal Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro. He was a Visiting Scholar at the University at Buffalo in 2018 and at Yale University in 2013. He has been a member of the Emily Dickinson International Society since 2015. His translation of the complete poems of Emily Dickinson into Portuguese is forthcoming with Editora da Unb/Editora Unicamp (2 vol.) He has also translated e. e. cummings, Paul Celan, and Francis Ponge.

Marcel Riera i Bou is an award-winning poet, editor, and translator. In 2017, he published his Catalan translations of 200 Emily Dickinson poems with Edicions Proa. The book is now in its second edition. He has also translated Joseph Brodsky, Philip Larkin, James Fenton, Rumer Godden, Edward Thomas, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and W. H. Auden. He is Co-Director and a member of the editorial board of El Cercle de Viena, a press dedicated to publishing modern literary classics in Catalan.

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CALL FOR PRODUCERS AND DIRECTORS! In alliance with UMass Students for Reproductive Justice, we are producing our annual show, Nostras Voces (Our Voices), a multi-media art show and performance to uplift marginalized student voices. Auditions would start in November and we would be practicing twice a week until our performances in February. No experience needed, we aim to be a collaborative, explorative, and inclusive art process. If you have any additional inquiries feel free to message me or email [email protected]
Just wanted to say a quick thanks to this page for always keeping me updated about the UMass arts scene! Since I love hearing everyone else's recommendations here, I thought I'd take some time to share a film I recently read about on Variety called "Empathy, Inc". It's a black and white sci-fi thriller about a virtual reality technology that takes an ethically complex turn and becomes a sort of postmodern craft. It's supposed to come out on VOD on September 24th, but I just saw the trailer on Youtube and was really intrigued. The film just looks so artistically unique and Yedidya Gorsetman is a great director so I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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I read the viewpoint of Prof. Levine. He says that there will be more tensions in Gaza "following last week's decision by the United States to stop billions in funding to the United Nations agency that delivers aid to the Palestinian refugees." How come he doesn't mention that most of the money (maybe all of it) goes to their PA government who builds rockets to shoot at Israel, and tunnels to infiltrate Israel, and uses their own people as shields and teaches their children to hate Jews but doesn't use the money to better the lives of their own citizen. There are other Arab states that treat their citizens with disdain, whose citizens have no rights, whose women are treated with no independent rights and yet he narrows in on Israel. Where would he rather live? In Israel or Gaza or Iran or syria? Palestinians who live in Israel are happy to be there. "The right of the Jews to live in the state of Palestine is at least open to questions." First of all Palestine is not a country or a state and never has been. Why didn't say the same for the American Indians? Should the US give all the land back to them? Israel won the war and it is Israel's land and should be respective of that. Many people of many backgrounds live in Israel. How many Jews are left in the other Arab countries? Who is to say what is BDS conflict is reasonable and what it not? You, who are a philosophy professor? And as a member of JVP, you have little legitimacy in my book. I have said before that JVP should take the J out of its title because it is very misleading. I'm sorry the Jewish Ledger printed Prof. Levine's article but at least it can be said that it gives voice to its adversaries.
Hey guys! I'm beyond excited to announce that I am recruiting for "Odyssey," which is a social content platform that shares and expresses the words and ideas of millennial voices. I am inviting talented young writers to join the UMass Amherst Odyssey branch! There's always room for more people on our staff so please apply or feel free to message me if interested in writing! We are looking to increase the staff this week! Apply at
Biochemistry and molecular biology double major Owen Henry also minors in music. He started the Free Keys project to make music accessible to all students on campus.