Campus Notes for The Point Issue #3

Office of Communications | November 24, 2009
Campus Notes for The Point Issue #3


Associate Professor and Chair of the Africana Studies Department Marc Prou convened the 21st Annual Haitian Studies Association at Indiana University in Bloomington from November 12 through 14, which attracted over 150 participants from the continental U.S., Europe, and the Caribbean. The theme of this year’s conference was "New Ecologies: Actualizing Global Contributions and Development in Haiti." Prou also chaired a panel titled “Rethinking Haiti’s Environment: Challenges and Solutions,” and presented a paper titled “Storming the Gates: Reframing the Ecology of Haiti’s Higher Education.”

William Kiernan and David Hoff of the Institute for Community Inclusion were among the presenters at a national listening session on reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) on October 1 in Washington, D.C., cosponsored by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) at the U.S. Department of Labor. Kiernan and Hoff focused on how WIA, when it is reauthorized by Congress, can be designed to better serve people with disabilities, through building on the successes the system has accomplished over the past decade, and including stronger protections for people with disabilities in the law.

David Hoff of the Institute for Community Inclusion presented to 160 representatives from community organizations in Maine which assist individuals with disabilities to find employment. The presentations, delivered over the course of two days in Lewiston and Orono, were an activity of the New England Technical Assistance and Continuing Education (TACE) Center based at ICI. The presentation included a discussion of how to better use labor market information tools to target placement efforts, particularly in under-served sectors. The training also included facilitation of employer and service provider panels.

The Institute for Community Inclusion’s Jennifer Sulewski gave two presentations at the American Evaluation Association annual meeting in Orlando on November 11 and 14. One was titled “Including People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities in Research and Evaluation,” and was part of a panel on Universal Design for Evaluation. The second was on the ICI’s model for evaluating its employment and systems change work with DDS and was titled “Using the Build Initiative Framework to Evaluate Systems Change at the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services.”

Assistant Professor of Political Science Jalal Alamgir presented papers on analyzing political representation in Bangladesh at two conferences: at the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University on October 9, and at the Annual Conference on South Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on October 25.

Frederick S. Troy Professor of English Lloyd Schwartz gave a master class in reading one’s own work aloud on October 29 at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and also gave a presentation about Elizabeth Bishop, including a reading from Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, and Letters, which he edited for the Library of America.

Associate Professor and director of Family Therapy Program in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology Gonzalo Bacigalupe presented “Refugee families’ strength-based services: An academic and community collaborative,” and also moderated the panel “Women, migration and rights” at the American Public Health Association’s 137th annual meeting, held earlier this month in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also presented “Social Media, Web 2.0, and Collaborative Health” and moderated the roundtable “E-technology, counseling, and health care reform” at the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association's 11th annual conference, held in October in San Diego, California.

In September, John McGah, director of Give US Your Poor at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies, taught a weekend graduate course in Culiacan, Mexico titled “Introduction to American Government.” This was a course in the International Studies and Public Policy Program at the Universidad Autonoma de Sinaloa. McGah has been living and working in Mexico with his family for one year.

Assistant Professor of American Studies Lynnell Thomas presented “Destination NOLA: Tourism, Katrina, and the Racial Climate of Catastrophe” at the annual meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory, held October 3 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Labor Resource Center director Susan Moir was a featured speaker at Action for Boston Community Development’s October 22 forum on “Jobs: Can the Recovery Act Deliver?” Moir’s presentation was titled “Yes, But Are They Good Jobs?” Moir also testified at the Massachusetts State House before the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies on October 29 Moir reported on research coauthored by Professor Marlene Kim of the Economics Department and LRC Research Director Anneta Argyres, which found that gaming jobs can pay good wages and provide important benefits to the two-thirds of Massachusetts workers who do not have a college degree. The full report, “Gaming in Massachusetts: Can Casinos Bring ‘Good Jobs’ to the Commonwealth,” is available at the LRC website.

On October 26, Carol Hardy-Fanta, director of the Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy at the McCormack School, posed questions to the candidates for mayor of the city of Worcester at a forum sponsored by Casa de Las Americas, the ACLU of Massachusetts, and other community organizations. The candidates forum was broadcast live on WORC1310 radio.

Professor of Economics and senior research associate of the Center for Social Policy Randy Albelda provided requested testimony on tax expenditures to the Massachusetts State Legislature’s Committee on Revenue in October. 

Associate Professor of Art History David S. Areford was invited to present the lecture “The Power of Queer Images: Making the Invisible Visible” at Birmingham Southern College in Alabama in October.

Associate Professor of Women's Studies Lorna Rivera presented on the panel “Empowering Women through Literacy” at the National Women's Studies Association annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia on November 13.


Frank Smith of the Institute for Community Inclusion published an article titled “An analysis of self-employment outcomes within the Federal/State Vocational Rehabilitation System” in the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation.

The Institute for Community Inclusion’s Heike Boeltzig, Jaimie Timmons, and John Butterworth published an article titled “Gender differences in employment outcomes of individuals with developmental disabilities” in the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation.

The September 2009 issue of Job Training & Placement Report (Volume 33, No. 9, pp. 1-3), featured an article by David Hoff of the Institute for Community Inclusion, titled “Economic Stimulus: What It Means for Employment of People with Disabilities.” The article outlined various opportunities available for people with disabilities through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and how these funds can be used to assist people with disabilities with employment.

Luis Alonso-Ovalle, Assistant Professor in the Hispanic Studies Department, and Paula Menéndez-Benito, postdoctoral researcher from the University of Goettingen (Germany) published an article titled “Modal Indefinites” in the journal Natural Language Semantics.

Assistant Professor of Accounting and Finance James Grant’s paper, “A Perspective on US Regime Change and the Global Financial Crisis,” was recently published in the Journal of Asset Management.

Assistant Professor of Management and Marketing Marc Lavine’s article, “From Scholarly Dialogue to Social Movement: Considerations and Implications for Peace through Commerce (PTC)," was accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Ethics.

Assistant Professor of Management and Marketing Benyamin Lichtenstein’s coauthored article, “A Terminal Assessment of Stages Theory: Toward a Dynamic States Model to Entrepreneurship,” has been accepted for publication in Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice.

Associate Professor of Art History David S. Areford’s essay “Multiplying the Sacred: The Fifteenth-Century Woodcut as Reproduction, Surrogate, Simulation” appears in The Woodcut in Fifteenth-Century Europe, published by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Associate Professor of Sociology Mohammad H. Tamdgidi published his book Gurdjieff and Hypnosis: A Hermeneutic Study (Palgrave Macmillan) in November 2009. As editor, he also published in collaboration with several UMass Boston and other university faculty and colleagues, five new (volume VII, 2009) issues of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge. A softcover edition of his Advancing Utopistics: The Three Component Parts and Errors of Marxism (Paradigm Publishers), was also recently published. He also published a chapter, titled  “Rethinking Diversity Amid Pedagogical Flexibility: Fostering the Scholarships of Learning and Teaching of the Sociological Imagination" in Making Connections: Self-Study & Social Change (Peter Lang Publishing Group), coedited by Kathleen Pithouse, Claudia Michell, and Lebo Moletsane. Another chapter, titled “Utopystics and the Asiatic Modes of Liberation: Gurdjieffian Contributions to the Sociological Imaginations of Inner and Global World-Systems” was also recently published in Asia and the Transformation of the World-Systems (Paradigm Publishers), edited by Ganesh K. Trichur. His review of the book The Promise of Poststructuralist Sociology: Marginalized Peoples and the Problem of Knowledge (by Clayton W. Dumont Jr., SUNY Press) was also recently published in ASA's Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews.

Assistant Professor of American Studies Lynnell Thomas published “‘Roots Run Deep Here’: The Construction of Black New Orleans in Post-Katrina Tourism Narratives,” in the September issue of the journal American Quarterly.

The Center for Collaborative Leadership at UMass Boston recently published Voices of the Future: Emerging Leaders. Authors are from the Center’s Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) and represent the major business, nonprofit and governmental organizations in the Greater Boston region, and are Sandra Bailly, Ron Bell, David Dance, Lisa DeAngelis, Hugh Drummond, Paul Francisco, Armindo Goncalves, David Halbert, Chi Huang, Andrea Hurwitz, Anne Marie Boursiquot King, Georgianna Melendez, Nate Pusey, Michael Rawan, Pauliina Swartz, Mary Tolikas, Amanda Trojan, Deanna Yameen, Christie Getto Young, and one who wishes to remain anonymous. Copies of Voices of the Future are available at the UMass Boston Bookstore.

Associate Professors of Curriculum and Instruction Jorgelina Abbate-Vaughn and Patricia Paugh coauthored an article, titled “The Paraprofessional-to-Teacher Pipeline: Barriers and Accomplishments,” for the most recent issue of the Journal of Developmental Education. 

Professor of Economics and senior research associate of the Center for Social Policy Randy Albelda and her coauthors completed the report “Counting on Care Work: Human Infrastructure in Massachusetts” and presented it on campus on October 20. The research was funded by UMass President’s Office Creative Economy Initiative. 

The College of Management recently released the Financial Services Forum’s Fall 2009 report on the Massachusetts economy, which is a source of current information and commentary about critical issues facing the industries in Boston and at the national level, as well as the health of financial services in general.

The College of Management has once again been named an outstanding business school by the Princeton Review, which featured CM in the 2010 edition of The Best 301 Business Schools.


Adjunct Professor of Performing Arts Daniel Gidron directed Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker for the Nora Theatre Company at Central Square Theater in Cambridge from  October 1 through November 1. The show received rave reviews in the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, the Boston Phoenix, and on WGBH-TV.


The Institute for Community Inclusion is evaluating the ADA Cultural Access Grants program, as part of an ICI partnership with VSA Arts of Massachusetts. The ADA Cultural Access Grants are grants to arts organizations to fund innovative ways of including people with disabilities as artists, employees, and audience members. The ICI will be evaluating outcomes for the 18 grants awarded in 2008 and 2009.

Chair of the Management and Marketing Department David Levy is a co-principal investigator on a grant awarded through the Australian National Competitive Grants program, titled “Corporate and Institutional Strategies for Climate Change: An International Comparative Study,” in collaboration with Bobby Banerjee at the University of Western Sydney and Colleagues at Oxford University, Smith School of Enterprise and Environment.


Associate Professor of History Jonathan M. Chu has been elected chair-elect of the Academic Advisory Council of the College Board for 2009-2011.

Retired Professor of French Brian Thompson was decorated on November 6 by French Consul General Christophe Guilhou as “Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques.”

Professor Emeritus Yung-Ping (Bing) Chen received the 2009 John Hanson Memorial Prize from the Actuarial Foundation for a paper he coauthored with Jonathan Forman, “Optimal Retirement Age.”

Associate Professor of Women's Studies Lorna Rivera received the 2009 Cyril O. Houle Book Award for outstanding literature in adult education for her book Laboring to Learn: Women's Literacy & Poverty in the Post-Welfare Era, published by the University of Illinois Press in 2008.


The Center for the Improvement of Teaching will be holding its Annual Conference on Teaching for Transformation on January 22, 2010. The Call for Proposals can be downloaded from the CIT’s website. Inquiries should be directed to Vivian Zamel, English Department, UMass Boston. and founder and UMass Amherst alum Jeff Taylor was the keynote speaker at the annual Emerging Leaders program luncheon, held October 7 in Boston.

The Center On Gender, Security And Human Rights hosted a presentation and discussion titled “Refusing To Identify as Obedient Wives, Sacrificing Mothers, and Proud Warriors: Women Conscientious Objectors in Turkey” on November 10 at the Campus Center. The keynote speaker was Professor Ayse Gul Altinay of Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey, who spoke about Turkey’s military culture through a gender lens, and analyzed Turkish women's reactions toward this national ideology.


Recent efforts in Iraq to resolve the issue of Kirkuk, led by Padraig O'Malley, the John Joseph Moakley Distinguished Professor for Peace and Reconciliation at the McCormack Graduate School of Public Policy, were the subject of a November 19 Boston Globe article “Iraqi foes give mediation a chance,” on the same day in the article “In northern Iraq, O'Malley continues a tireless pursuit of reconciliation,” and again in the Boston Globe on November 23 in the article “Kirkuk’s factions are on speaking terms.”

Paul Watanabe, director of the Institute for Asian American Studies and associate professor of political science, was interviewed by WBZ-TV on November 3 for the story “Are Robocalls Really Effective?” and quoted in a November 4 Boston Herald article, “Mayor Tom Menino cements his legacy.”

Carol Hardy-Fanta, director of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies, was quoted in a November 5 Boston Herald article, “Minorities, women win big on ballot,” and was also interviewed about gender and race/ethnicity in the Boston City Council campaign on Univision (WUNI-TV) on October 30.

Susan Moir, director of the Labor Resource Center, was quoted about casino jobs in an October 30 MetroWest Daily News article, “State committee hears both sides of casino issue,” and on the same topic on October 31 in a Belmont Citizen Herald article, “Budget, politics have changed, but divisions remain on expanded gambling.”

Veterans Upward Bound director Barry Brodsky was interviewed about returning veterans and the GI Bill on the November 5 edition of NECN’s “Affairs of State.”

Assistant Professor of Political Science Maurice Cunningham was quoted in a November 24 Boston Globe article, “Baker’s choice indicative of Mass. GOP’s uniqueness.”

Sharon Lamb, lecturer in the Graduate College of Education and author of the book The Secret Life of Girls was quoted in a November 24 Boston Globe article, “Don't read too much into girls showering together.”

Associate Professor of Psychology David Lisak discussed the impact of a funding cut to a highly successful rape prosecution and counseling program in a November 15 Boston Herald article, “Rape Counseling Threatened,” and in a November 15 Chronicle of Higher Education article, “Rape-Prevention Programs Proliferate, but ‘It’s Hard to Know’ Whether They Work.”

Gerontology Professor Nina Silverstein was mentioned in a November 16 Associated Press article about using GPS and other technology to help keep track of Alzheimer’s patients, “Going High-Tech to Track Alzheimer’s Patients.”

Colleen Powell, deputy director of the Commonwealth Compact, took part in a roundtable discussion about media portrayals of African American women on the November 12 edition of WGBH-TV’s program Basic Black.

Associate Professor and Chair of the Africana Studies Department Marc Prou was quoted in the Nouvèl Fonkoze newsletter, published by Fonkoze, Haiti’s alternative bank for the organized poor, which was recently honored with an Award for Service by the Haitian Studies Association. Prou was also quoted in an Indiana Daily Student article about the 21st Annual Haitian Studies Association conference, held earlier this month at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Associate Professor of Women's Studies Chris Bobel was quoted about her forthcoming book on menstrual activism, New Blood: Third Wave Feminism and the Politics of Menstruation, in's Broadsheet and Women's ENews about the social potential of the blog of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, and in an October 2 Guardian article, “It’s in the blood.” 

John Butterworth of the Institute for Community Inclusion was interviewed for a Marketplace story on the effect of the economy on employment of individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Center for Social Policy research director Françoise Carré was interviewed on the weekly “Affairs of State” segment with New England Cable News. The topic was the upcoming President Obama’s upcoming “jobs summit” and unemployment in general.

Associate Professor of Anthropology Steve Silliman discussed his project “Terms of Engagement: Understanding the Words of War,”about the speech used by military personnel, in a November 6 Indian Country Today article, “Native American veterans sought for ‘Words of War’ project.”

Nigel Hamilton, senior fellow in the McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies, and winner of the Templer Medal for Military History, reviewed the book D-Day: The Battle for Normandy by Antony Beevor in the November 8 Boston Globe.

The WUMB-FM program “Wicked Smart,” produced in collaboration with the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, was mentioned in the November 12 Cambridge Chronicle.

A November 10 Lynn Daily Item article, “Latham: Lynn early child excellence initiative under way,” mentioned a collaboration between UMass Boston and Early Childhood Associates on early childhood literacy programs.

A report coproduced by the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy at UMass Boston was mentioned in a November 8 MetroWest Daily News article, “Mogul: How public education changed.”

An article in the November 12 Milford Daily News, “Parade Marshalls Have Distinguished Service Records,” featured UMass Boston graduate and armed forces veteran Steven Mazzuchelli.

An October 30 Worcester Business Journal article, “State Economy Shrinks In Q3,” referenced the Donahue Institute’s release of economic data in conjunction with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

The National Haitian American Elected Officials Network’s inaugural meeting last week in Washington, D.C., convened by State Representative Marie St. Fleur and facilitated by William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black Culture director Barbara Lewis and associate director Alix Cantave, was the subject of a November 5 Bay State Banner article, “Elected officials to promote Haitian aid," and in a South Florida Caribbean News article, “Haitian-American Elected Officials Mobilize To Strengthen U.S & Haiti Relations.”

The Haitian Studies Association, hosted by the Haitian Studies Project in the Department of Africana Studies at UMass Boston, was mentioned in an IU Daily News article on November 5, “21st annual Haitian Studies Association conference to take place at IU Bloomington.”

A presentation by Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Aminah Pilgrim at the Brockton Public Library, “Voyages from Cape Verde,” was noted in the Brockton Enterprise on November 5.

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