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 in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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.

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.

More details about how to participate in this virtual career fair:
10/14/2020

More details about how to participate in this virtual career fair:

Make sure you are on track for the upcoming College of Social & Behavioral Sciences UMass Amherst Non-Profit, Government & Social Impact Career Fair on October 20 from 1pm-5pm by referencing this preparation checklist!

Starting TODAY 10/12 through 10/20, you may begin making 10 minute meetings with attending employers on Career Fair Plus.
#seekyourpathways #careerfairs

Don't miss this opportunity to speak with potential employers!
10/14/2020

Don't miss this opportunity to speak with potential employers!

ONE WEEK until the #NonProfit, #Government & #SocialImpact Virtual Career Fair! Have you scheduled meetings with employers on Career Fair+ yet?

#seekyourpathways

STPEC Students give us some love! What do you love about STPEC? Can you tell us in a 15 sec video? You can upload it her...
09/22/2020

STPEC Students give us some love! What do you love about STPEC? Can you tell us in a 15 sec video? You can upload it here: https://tinyurl.com/y4gd4muf

*We may use your video to share on social media and or in a longer video about STPEC.*

"Architects of Abolitionism" A thought provoking lecture with Prof. Joy James about the "deradicalization of prison abol...
09/21/2020
The Architects of Abolitionism: Joy James

"Architects of Abolitionism" A thought provoking lecture with Prof. Joy James about the "deradicalization of prison abolition struggles"

The Architects of Abolitionism: Joy James June 26, 2020June 25, 2020 by Black Internationalist Unions Categories BIUs, Political ResistanceTags abolition, George Jackson, Joy James, revolutionary Post navigation

From a few months ago- but still obviously very relevant.  "The Double Standard of the American Riot" by Prof. Kellie Ca...
09/15/2020
The Double Standard of the American Riot

From a few months ago- but still obviously very relevant. "The Double Standard of the American Riot" by Prof. Kellie Carter Jackson.

The nationwide protests against police killings have been called un-American by critics, but rebellion has always been used to defend liberty.

STPEC students are helping to organize this SJP meeting next week:
09/10/2020

STPEC students are helping to organize this SJP meeting next week:

🇵🇸🇵🇸hello everyone!! UMass SJP wishes you a wonderful start to the fall semester, whatever that may look like for you. want to learn more about what SJP is and what we do? well look no further because all are invited to our Welcome Back Night via zoom on Thursday, September 17th at 7pm EST. tap the link in our bio to fill out this form: https://bit.ly/3bHFyyo. see you there! 🇵🇸🇵🇸

STPEC Is co-sponsoring this timely event series! Check it out!
09/10/2020
Planet on a Precipice – Histories and Futures of the Environmental Emergency

STPEC Is co-sponsoring this timely event series! Check it out!

Series Overview Scroll Down Mass extinction. Climate chaos. Ecological collapse. The future of life on earth is at stake. What are the roots of this emergency?What can be done? Calendar of Events Free. Online. Open to All. All events will be live & recorded* Zoom, Facebook, YouTube & SoundcloudSpani...

STPEC is excited to announce the impending release of a new book based on lectures, exercises, videos, audio and reading...
08/31/2020

STPEC is excited to announce the impending release of a new book based on lectures, exercises, videos, audio and reading materials collected throughout years of Prof. Graciela Monteagudo's teachings in: STPEC 189: Introduction to Radical Social Theory. The course is based on the idea that education should be free and doesn't require students to purchase a textbook.

STPEC students who have collaborated in the design and implementation of this Team Based Learning Course with Prof. Monteagudo also served as co-authors of the book. "Introduction to Radical Social Theory: An Appraisal, A Critique and An Overcoming" The book will be available online, downloadable as a PDF through Wordpress. COMING SOON!

Tomorrow (8/28).
08/27/2020
March on Washington Live Podcast with Dr. John Bracey and Jonathan Kermah '20

Tomorrow (8/28).

Professor John H. Bracey, Jr. has taught in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst since 1972. During the 1960s, Professor Bracey was active in the Civil Rights, Black Liberation, and other radical movements in Chicago and participated in...

Women of Color Leadership Network
08/27/2020

Women of Color Leadership Network

08/26/2020

STPEC is now on Instagram! Find us @umass.stpec

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