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May 7, 2015
On May 6, we spoke to Amilcar Shabazz, Professor of Afro-American Studies at UMass Amherst, Christopher Tinson, Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Mount Holyoke President Lynn Pasquerella about the Black Lives Matter graffiti incident at UMass Amherst.
May 6, 2015
UMass Amherst is currently under Title IX investigation by the US Dept of Education for their alleged mishandling of sexual assault cases. We talked about the issue with Liz Mungovan, Vice President of the Coalition to End Rape Culture (CERC), who was present at a meeting with the Title IX coordinator and Vice Chancellor Enku Gelaye.
May 6, 2015
Today, May 6, Amherst Media hosted Mount Holyoke President Lynn Pasquerella's show Difficult Dialogues featuring Hampshire College Professor Christopher Tinson and UMass Amherst Professor Amilcar Shabazz. The dialogue centered around the #BlackLivesMatter movement and police brutality.
May 6, 2015
On Saturday, May 16th, Makers @ Amherst Media will offer their next event. Ethan Lebowitz will lead a workshop on installing, configuring, and extending Internet Bots. The program is open all to skill levels and will introduce the concept of Internet Bots and their application leading to participants creating their own bots. Workshop fees include a pizza lunch. For more information and to register, check out the event page.
Apr 27, 2015
At the end of the school day, there was gunfire outside of Commerce High on the main street in front of a school of 1400 students at dismissal time. A single student was jumped by a group, affiliated with a local neighborhood street gang who were waiting for him. The attack grew into four larger fights along the street as reinforcements arrived and others joined in – some who were older than the 16 year old initially involved. A gun was raised by a student who wore a black mask and a hoodie and who shot three rounds into the air. “Pop, pop, pop” and the crowd dispersed.
Apr 27, 2015
On April 23 Gabriel Dance, managing editor of The Marshall Project, an online nonprofit covering the justice system, spoke to UMass Amherst about how educated journalists can use multimedia skills to highlight stories about muted prisoners across the country.
Apr 20, 2015
In the Pioneer Valley, one can hardly travel a few miles without a farm sighting. Large dairy farms, small-scale organic production, lush displays of permaculture; this area grows amazing food. But though it may seem that the Valley has enough farmers as it is, Marcin Butkiewicz is settling farm land in an entirely unique way.
Apr 20, 2015
Cofounders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometti of the #BlackLives Matter Movement spoke at Hampshire College on March 30th at the 17th annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture.
Apr 15, 2015
The Afro Asian Music Ensemble will perform a free concert at Hampshire College on April 19th in the Music and Dance Building in honor of their late founder and bandleader, Fred Ho. The band will tour the country in the latter half of April to pay tribute to Ho and his genre-bending and influential musical style.
Apr 14, 2015
When Chenjerai Kumanyika spoke at UMass about his struggles integrating his voice into radio journalism he had a greater effect than he will ever know. Although the professors and undergrads appreciated his April 8 "All Voices Matter" talk, the young writers of High School of Commerce sat quietly in back, wearing their school uniforms and taking in every word.

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