CHCS, Honors College Hosting Discussion on UMass Boston’s 50-Year History

Office of Communications | November 18, 2014
Students on the Columbia Point campus

Students on the Columbia Point campus
Image by: John McCarty/University Archives and Special Collections

Commissioner of Higher Education for Massachusetts Richard Freeland Among the Panelists

As the University of Massachusetts Boston celebrates its 50th anniversary, the Center for the Study of Humanities, Culture, and Society and the Honors College are looking at the history and mission of the university as it relates to public education today.

On Tuesday, November 25, at 2 p.m., three panelists will join CHCS and the Honors College for “UMass Boston's 50th Anniversary in Historical Context.” The panelists are state Commissioner of Higher Education Richard Freeland, Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Education Lawrence Blum, and Assistant Vice Chancellor Diane D'Arrigo. Blum is a specialist in public education and D’Arrigo teaches an Honors College course on the history of UMass Boston. The event will be held on the third floor of the Campus Center, Ballroom A.

Rachel Rubin, director of the Center for the Study of Humanities, Culture, and Society and professor of American Studies, says the event fits into the center’s fall programming theme of education.

“CHCS sees in the anniversary an opportunity to celebrate our community, but also to show how the tools of humanities education make it possible to fully understand the world around us—in this case, the history that produced UMass Boston,” Rubin said. “And when we understand the past, we can help define the future.”

You can learn more about this event on the events page.

About UMass Boston
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the University of Massachusetts Boston is deeply rooted in the city's history, yet poised to address the challenges of the future. Recognized for innovative research, metropolitan Boston’s public university offers its diverse student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. UMass Boston’s 11 colleges and graduate schools serve nearly 17,000 students while engaging local and global constituents through academic programs, research centers, and public service. To learn more, visit

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