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Alasdair S. Roberts, political science and director of the School of Public Policy, writes about grand strategy and why he believes in today’s world it cannot be neatly divided between directing foreign policy to handle global issues and domestic policy to deal with internal political pressures. He argues for a more inclusive view that includes both aspects at the same time. 

2nd Annual Plug-In: Building Power through Grassroots Community Organizing

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

A participatory action forum bringing community organizers and leaders from the following organizations to campus to share their work:
Arise for Social Justice (Springfield, MA)WE ACT for Environmental Justice (West Harlem, NY) Independent Drivers Guild (Brooklyn, NY)Granite State Organizing Project (Manchester, NH) Pioneer Valley Project (Springfield, MA) & more

This is a great chance for students and faculty to learn from, and connect with organizers who are leading the fights in their communities for environmental and racial justice, worker rights, educational equity, migrants rights, and more.

This event is free and open to the public. Food will be provided. We are grateful to the following co-sponsors for making this event possible:
UMass Department of Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, Social Thought and Political Economy, Resistance Studies Initiative, Labor Studies Center, Feinberg Family Lecture Series, Commonwealth Honors College, Community Engagement and Service Learning, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, Graduate Employee Organization, Center for Ethics and the Common Good (Hampshire), Latin American Studies (Smith), Study of Women and Gender (Smith), Five Colleges, Inc.

The Limits of Whiteness: Iranian Americans and the Everyday Politics of Race

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 10:00am

In this talk, based on her book The Limits of Whiteness (2017, Stanford University Press), sociologist Neda Maghbouleh shares the curious, under-theorized story of how Iranian Americans move across a white/not-white color line.

By contextualizing her ethnographic data with neglected historical and legal records, she offers new evidence for how a “white” American immigrant group may come to be “brown,” and what such a transformation says about race in the U.S. today.

Light refreshments will be provided!

Rebecca Hamlin, legal studies, is quoted in an article arguing that the “Red Scare” of the mid-20th century shaped the “artificial distinction between migrants and refugees.” 

Beyond "Grace" & Aziz Ansari

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 4:00pm

A film screening and panel discussion on Consent, Coercion, Pleasure & Sexuality.

Film Screening
Flirting with Danger:
Power and Choice in Heterosexual Relationships (featuring Lynn Phillips)


Lynn Phillips, Author, Flirting With Danger
Jackson Katz, Creator of Tough Guise, Director of MVP Strategies
Moderated by Sut Jhally, Department of Communication





Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 7:00pm

BIRTHRIGHT: A WAR STORY is a feature length documentary that examines how women are being jailed, physically violated and even put at risk of dying as a radical movement tightens its grip across America.


The UN in the Age of Trump

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Thomas Weiss (Political Science | CUNY Graduate Center) will address the questions and challenges surrounding the United Nations in the current political context. This event is supported by the ISSR Scholars Program, promoting successful research and grants development for social science faculty across the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Weiss visits UMass to collaborate with ISSR Scholar Peter Haas (Political Science). 

Jesse H. Rhodes, political science, is interviewed for a podcast where he discusses his new book “Ballot Blocked.”  Rhodes argues that Republicans in Congress along with Republican presidential administrations since the 1960s have appeared to support the Voting Rights Act, but have used a variety of methods to undermine its intent and application.


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