Social Thought and Political Economy Program (STPEC)

Social Thought and Political Economy Program (STPEC) The Social Thought & Political Economy Program (STPEC) is an interdisciplinary undergraduate major i The Social Thought & Political Economy Program (STPEC) is an interdisciplinary undergraduate major in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The STPEC Program encourages students to engage in a critical examination of society and to develop their own capacities for critical reading, writing, and thinking. STPEC students cross disciplinary lines to confront fundamental questions often ignored or neglected by traditional academic thought. Many of the issues STPEC students explore involve relations between individuals and society. STPEC courses may deal with issues such as freedom and the state, structural inequality in the economy, work and work relations, the relationship of Western to non-Western cultures, the interrelationship of racism, sexism, and class oppression, the psychodynamics of politics, and theories of social change. As STPEC students acquire an understanding of social relationships, they frequently develop a need to put their knowledge to work. Thus the Program also encourages its students to involve themselves in practice as well as theory by enrolling in internships as part of their undergraduate education, by playing a role in University and community affairs, and by assuming active responsibility for the shape of their own education within the STPEC Program.

Amazing art by @/elijahbond.art ! Check out their Instagram, @/elijahbond.art , for more of their work! It is so great t...
04/07/2021

Amazing art by @/elijahbond.art ! Check out their Instagram, @/elijahbond.art , for more of their work!
It is so great to see art by STPEC students, feel free to share more work with us!
Send your art to STPEC's Instagram: umass.stpec

CMASS Event!
04/07/2021

CMASS Event!

MXCC Movie Night-Moonlight
Monday, April 12, 2021 | 6:00PM EST

Awarded Best Picture at the Oscars in 2017, Moonlight will be shown via Netflix Party. Please join us for the night where we will watch a young Black man grapple with his sexuality and identity while growing up in Miami.

Please remember to install the Netflix Party Google Chrome extension prior to the event so you can successfully join via a desktop. Closing Caption/Subtitles will be provided. If you need other accommodations, please do not hesitate to fill out the request form below.

https://www.umass.edu/disability/events

Applications for the Sara Lennox Scholarship fund are due April 7th! STPEC students make sure to sign up for academic wo...
04/05/2021

Applications for the Sara Lennox Scholarship fund are due April 7th! STPEC students make sure to sign up for academic works and apply!
https://umass.academicworks.com/

03/29/2021
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

Don't forget to join us tomorrow, 3/30, for a conversation with STPEC faculty member Shemon Salam to discuss his new co-authored book: The Revolutionary Meaning of the George Floyd Uprising! This event will be held tomorrow March 30th from 2:30 to 3:45 PM on zoom!

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Please join us on March 30th to hear some of the insights in STPEC faculty member Shemon Salam's new book: The Revolutio...
03/23/2021

Please join us on March 30th to hear some of the insights in STPEC faculty member Shemon Salam's new book: The Revolutionary Meaning of the George Floyd Uprising. This conversation will be facilitated by STPEC Director Hoang Phan and will be held on zoom Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:45pm. Zoom link below!
https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/98998054159

STPEC Call for Art! To all STPEC students, we want to showcase your art. Any form of art is welcome. Send a message with...
03/17/2021

STPEC Call for Art! To all STPEC students, we want to showcase your art. Any form of art is welcome. Send a message with your art to any of STPEC’s social media platforms. Paintings, drawings, writing, crafts, any art at all we want to see! Make sure to send your work in by March 31st

Twitter: @STPEC_SBS
Instagram: @umass.stpec

**Paid fellowship alert**
03/12/2021

**Paid fellowship alert**

Want to work with UnKoch? We are accepting applications for student fellowships! At this time we are targeting three states with key Koch-funded centers: Virginia, Arizona, and Massachusetts. If you’re a student in one of these states, we invite you to apply and join us!

Our fellowship trains student activists to agitate and activate student-driven and community-supported movements to achieve the removal of all Koch-funded research centers from educational institutions.

Our fellowships are volunteer positions, and will result in exceptional skills to build your resume as a student leader and organizer to develop your career on and off campus. This fellowship will teach student fellows to develop a campaign from start to finish, including recruitment, media coverage, digital organizing tools, and how to plan and implement direct action.

Interested? Learn more and apply: https://bit.ly/3bivg87

Apply by March 31, 2021!

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Did you hear that STPEC is hosting a game night tomorrow?! Don't miss it out on the chance to play silly games and chat ...
03/10/2021

Did you hear that STPEC is hosting a game night tomorrow?! Don't miss it out on the chance to play silly games and chat with friends! Thursday March 11th at 5pm !
https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/91475971787

Save the Date! STPEC is having a game night on Thursday, March 11th 5-6pm over zoom. Take a little break  from your stud...
03/05/2021

Save the Date! STPEC is having a game night on Thursday, March 11th 5-6pm over zoom. Take a little break from your studies and come hang out with your classmates !

Congratulations to STPEC Lecturer- Shemon Salam on his new co-authored book: "The Revolutionary Meaning of the George Fl...
03/03/2021
The Revolutionary Meaning of the George Floyd Uprising - Daraja Press

Congratulations to STPEC Lecturer- Shemon Salam on his new co-authored book: "The Revolutionary Meaning of the George Floyd Uprising" !

"In an effort to think through the experience of the uprising and prepare for the great struggles that are coming, The Revolutionary Meaning of the George Floyd Uprising provides an in-depth analysis of what exactly happened during the 2020 uprising, its potentials, internal limits, and strategic implications."

There was nothing but darkness in the spring of 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic raged and shut down the economy. But as right-wing protesters demanded an end to the lockdown, a much bigger social conflict was brewing under the surface. A rebellion exploded in Minneapolis in response to the brutal poli...

STPEC Student Spotlight: James Cordero. When James (center), a senior double majoring in English and STPEC, arrived on c...
02/26/2021

STPEC Student Spotlight: James Cordero. When James (center), a senior double majoring in English and STPEC, arrived on campus in the fall of 2017 he quickly emerged as a campus leader and activist. Most notably he served as a Student Government Association Senator, an organizer for the Center for Education Policy & Advocacy and Co-Chair of the Resident Assistant/Peer Mentor Union.

Last summer, James’ work found a wider audience when co-wrote an article in the popular socialist publication- Jacobin. In his Jacobin article, James and his co-authors detail how they were able to transform their undergraduate workers’ union to fight UMass’ neoliberal policies. https://tinyurl.com/25aewezj

His contributions on campus will remain long after he leaves, but we will miss him. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments James!

Save the Date for these career fairs! Tomorrow (2/17) is the first!
02/16/2021

Save the Date for these career fairs! Tomorrow (2/17) is the first!

UMass career fairs coming up!

STPEC Student and SGA President Sonya Epstein respond to UMass' new restrictions in light of the spike in COVID cases am...
02/11/2021
UMass lockdown hits working students

STPEC Student and SGA President Sonya Epstein respond to UMass' new restrictions in light of the spike in COVID cases among students.

“So many students are worried if they go to their shifts that they’re going to be sanctioned,” Epstein said.

Epstein said students who hold jobs are also less likely to be involved in potentially dangerous behavior, like attending parties at a fraternity that some are blaming for the rising caseload.

“Students who are going to jobs are not the ones who have been partying,” Epstein said, adding that the UMass policy may be viewed as racist and classist since students from upper-middle-class families are less likely to have jobs."
https://www.gazettenet.com/UMass-students-with-jobs-outside-their-homes-sequestered-38802337?utm_source=DHGHeadlineAlerts&utm_medium=DailyNewsletter&utm_campaign=HeadlineAlerts

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts juniors Heather Milliken and Haley Carroll live in an off-campus apartment where they take their classes and perform their jobs remotely.But both Millville residents also know many of their peers rely on going to...

Timothy Scalona, the sole UMass student trustee has a message for the UMass Ahmerst Admin- End layoffs, furloughshttps:/...
02/10/2021
Guest columnist Timothy Scalona: UMass student trustee: End layoffs, furloughs

Timothy Scalona, the sole UMass student trustee has a message for the UMass Ahmerst Admin- End layoffs, furloughs
https://www.gazettenet.com/Guest-columnist-Timothy-Scalona-38782912

On a campus that had been suspended in time and silence, students have returned to the University of Massachusetts Amherst for the spring semester. The intensifying COVID-19 crisis has reshaped higher education, pushing college lectures and student...

What can you do with a STPEC degree? Take a look at what STPEC alum (Class of 81) Glenn Ruga is doing as a graphic desig...
02/08/2021
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What can you do with a STPEC degree? Take a look at what STPEC alum (Class of 81) Glenn Ruga is doing as a graphic designer, social documentarian and human rights activist. Photo by Aaron Vincent Elkaim, Zeke Magazine.

Glenn Ruga ’81 opens windows into unseen worlds

01/28/2021

Don't forget this timely conversation is happening on the first day of classes- Feb. 1st at noon.

Learn how youth and specifically youth of color are transforming the fight for climate justice.

STPEC is co-sponsoring this event.

Jobs Jobs Jobs!
12/08/2020

Jobs Jobs Jobs!

This has been a challenging year but together we can make a difference in a time when it’s needed most. We’re calling on...
11/24/2020

This has been a challenging year but together we can make a difference in a time when it’s needed most. We’re calling on YOU to participate in the #SBSTogether campaign to help address the impact of COVID-19 on STPEC students. Donate to STPEC to help fund internships and community organizing work through our scholarship funds. https://umass.scalefunder.com/gday/giving-day/32845/donate?dept=32866

A congrats is also in order to STPEC student Jennie Chang who is now vice president of SGA!
11/02/2020
Jennie Chang rises to the role of SGA vice president

A congrats is also in order to STPEC student Jennie Chang who is now vice president of SGA!

Chang, a task force leader for the Racial Justice Coalition and the newly elected vice president of the Student Government Association, will push for the RJC’s demands in her new SGA role.

Congrats to STPEC Student Sonya Epstein who is the new president of the SGA!
11/02/2020
Who is Sonya Epstein? An insight into the new president of the SGA

Congrats to STPEC Student Sonya Epstein who is the new president of the SGA!

“I felt that I had a really strong and bigger vision for the position, and for the SGA as a whole, that would really serve students and create an equitable and better UMass for everyone.”

FYI
10/22/2020

FYI

"We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings."American author Ursula Le Guin wa...
10/21/2020

"We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings."

American author Ursula Le Guin was born this day in 1929.

"We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings."

American author Ursula Le Guin was born this day in 1929.

10/19/2020
What is STPEC?

Are you interested in learning about the root causes of social injustices? If so, the Social Thought and Political Economy (STPEC) major might be right for you.

Please join staff, faculty and students for an information session about our major: Thursday, October 22nd 3:00 - 4:00 pm
https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/94402464475

Looking for organizing work?
10/19/2020
Organizing Director

Looking for organizing work?

Debt Collective is now hiring for the position of Organizing Director in New York. Apply today.

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