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In celebration of its 50th anniversary, UMass Boston will briefly return to its downtown roots and take over the Boston Common on October 7. Chancellor J. Keith Motley will kick off the Campus on the Common morning program by leading a procession from the State House to the Boston Common for a Celebration50 ceremony that will include a special music program and remarks by key dignitaries, including Dr. Victoria Reggie Kennedy. The afternoon's events, which include tent talks, an academic showcase, and musical entertainment, are free and open to the public.

 

 

 

Schedule

Event

Start Time

End Time

Celebration50 Ceremony

10:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

Tent Talks

Noon

4 p.m.

A series of short presentations and Q&A sessions will be led by renowned UMass Boston faculty members. Hosted by Ira A. Jackson, MPA, Dean, McCormack Graduate School. Please check back closer to the event for exact start times and changes to the program.
 

Students and Scholars as Diplomats: How Academia Matters for the Global Environment (12:00 noon)
Maria Ivanova, PhD
Associate Professor; Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance; McCormack Graduate School

OMG! American Teenagers Getting Healthier? (12:25 pm)
Ronald J. Iannotti, PhD
Chair and Professor, Exercise and Health Sciences, College of Nursing and Health Sciences

'In' or 'Of' the Community: Our Expectations, Our Behavior (12:50 pm)
Bill Kiernan, PhD
Dean, School for Global Inclusion and Social Development
Director, Institute for Community Inclusion

African Successes: Reasons for Hope in Peace and Development (1:15 pm)
Darren Kew, PhD
Executive Director, Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development
Associate Professor; Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance; McCormack Graduate School
Parfait Gasana
Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance; McCormack Graduate School

Can't Stop, Won't Stop: Hip-Hop Education on the Point (1:40 pm)
Rachel Rubin, PhD
Professor of American Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Defeating Cancer on a First-Name Basis: The Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy (2:05 pm)
Jill A. Macoska, PhD
Alton J. Brann Endowed Distinguished Professor in Science and Mathematics
Director, Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy
Professor of Biological Sciences

Why We Need to Know the Lost History of the New Madrid Earthquakes (2:30 pm)
Conevery Bolton Valencius, PhD
Associate Professor of History, College of Liberal Arts

Theater Arts in Higher Education: Taking Design and Technology Students From The Classroom To The Professional Gig! (2:55 pm)
Rafael Jaen, MA
Assistant Professor of Performing Arts, College of Liberal Arts

Fasten Your Seatbelt: Driving the Future of Learning (3:20 pm)
Alan Girelli, PhD
Director, Center for Innovation and Excellence in eLearning
Paula Dinneen, MEd
Instructional Designer

“Hands Up, Why Shoot?” Ferguson, the Color Line, and the Dream (3:45 pm)
Paul Watanabe, PhD
Director, Institute for Asian American Studies
Associate Professor of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts

UMass Boston Ode (4:10 pm)
Duncan Nelson, PhD
UMass Boston Poet Laureate
Associate Professor of English, College of Liberal Arts

Academic Showcase

Noon

5:30 p.m.

An academic showcase will be set up on Boston Common featuring representatives and information on the university’s 11 colleges and various programs, its history, and its future.

Musical Entertainment

4 p.m.

5:30 p.m.

East Coast Soul will perform while refreshments are served. This portion of Campus on the Common is hosted by Enrollment Management and Student Affairs.

 

Shuttle Schedule

Shuttle service will be provided from UMass Boston to Boston Common. Read directions to the Bayside Parking Lot, located at 200 Mount Vernon St.

9:15 a.m. Bus leaves the Bayside Parking Lot, drops passengers at the corner of Beacon and Charles, and returns to Bayside
9:30 a.m. Bus leaves the Bayside Parking Lot, drops passengers at the corner of Beacon and Charles, and returns to Bayside
9:45 a.m. Bus leaves the Bayside Parking Lot, drops passengers at the corner of Beacon and Charles, and returns to Bayside
10 a.m. Bus leaves the Bayside Parking Lot, drops passengers at the corner of Beacon and Charles, and returns to Bayside
11 a.m. Bus leaves the Bayside Parking Lot, drops passengers at the corner of Beacon and Charles, and returns to Bayside
11:15 a.m. Bus leaves the Bayside Parking Lot, drops passengers at the corner of Beacon and Charles, and returns to Bayside
11:30 a.m. Bus leaves the Bayside Parking Lot, drops passengers at the corner of Beacon and Charles, and returns to Bayside
11:45 a.m. Bus leaves the Bayside Parking Lot, drops passengers at the corner of Beacon and Charles, and returns to Bayside
Noon-5:30 p.m. Bus leaves the Bayside Parking Lot every 15 minutes, drops passengers at the corner of Beacon and Charles, and returns to Bayside
3:15 p.m. Bus leaves the Campus Center
3:30 p.m. Bus leaves the Campus Center
5:45 p.m. Last shuttles leave Beacon and Charles for the Bayside Parking Lot

 

More Information

For more information, please contact 617.204.4226 or email umassboston50@conventures.com.

UMass Boston classes will run on a regular schedule.

Guests invited to the procession and/or Celebration50 ceremony may call 617.204.4226 or email umassboston50@conventures.com for more information or to RSVP.

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit www.ada.umb.edu two weeks prior to the event.

Event Cost: Free