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  • Posted by Deborah W. Ramos | Wednesday, December 7 2011 at 3:40 pm

    As a CPCS student, I will be there to support our UMass Boston Beacons.

    You go, Beacons! You’ll light up the court!!

    Good luck!
    DW Ramos
    UMass Boston CPCS Student


  • Posted by Dr. Kaushik Roy | Thursday, December 8 2011 at 3:03 pm

    I was deeply shocked when I heard the sad news. My salute to this devoted teacher and committed researcher. He will be missed and remembered forever. Rest in Peace, Dr. Jalal Alamgir.


  • Posted by m shahidul islam | Thursday, December 8 2011 at 4:10 pm

    It was barely a month ago that I first met Dr. Alamgir at the Institute of Governance Studies (IGS). Our next encounter was during the last few days of November when a large number of academics and intellectuals from different parts of the world gathered in Dhaka for a three-day long conference on “40 years of Bangladesh: Retrospect and Future Prospects.” It was during this meeting that I had the opportunity to exclusively interact with him and get to know his writings. He was heavily involved with the conference in various capacities, sharing his thought and insights and provoking new ideas.

    Being an economist, I was particularly interested in interacting with Dr. Alamgir on political theories as I struggled to understand some issues concerning Bangladesh’s governance and institutions. He was both fervent and prudent while sharing his thoughts on such matters but always very modest in revealing his own contribution in those areas. Nonetheless, the conversation I had with him was very enlightening. This prompted me to look at his works that are available on the Internet. I was taken aback to see the width and depth of his research output.

    His untimely death is a great blow for researchers and intellectuals who have an active interest in politics, and particularly in the study of political economy of Bangladesh. He will remain a huge source of inspiration for the new generations of Bangladeshi scholars who have been striving to transform the country from a “limited access” to an “open access” society.

    I wish I knew Dr. Alamgir more intimately to write on other aspects of his life. Unfortunately, I don’t have a time machine to remove this shortcoming. Thomas Campbell, a Scottish poet, who is primarily remembered for his sentimental poetry on human affairs, once famously observed that “to live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” Barely 41, Dr. Alamgir has left behind a rich academic legacy and a large following, myself included. I am sure that he will be living in our hearts forever through his varied academic and social contributions. I join others, including the IGS family, in praying for his eternal peace.


  • Posted by Vijaylaxsmi | Thursday, December 8 2011 at 7:17 pm

    As a former student of political science and ardent follower of those who challenge entrenched systems of injustice, I admire the moral fortitude and dedication Alamgir Sr. and Jr. have professed in their lives.

    Having never had the fortune of meeting Dr. Jalal Alamgir, I can only express the admiration I have for his body of work and the legacy he and his father represent. It is no doubt to me that they carry a burden few care to, and the loss of Dr. Jalal Alamgir is devastating to anyone who comes to understand the magnitude of this tragedy.

    My prayers go to the family and community mourning Dr. Alamgir’s loss.


  • Posted by Keith Sonia | Thursday, December 8 2011 at 7:48 pm

    I was extremely shocked and saddened to hear this. Dr. Alamgir was one of my favorite professors. He was incredibly informative, and his passion for his chosen field was clearly evident.

    Rest in peace, Jalal.


  • Posted by E.G | Thursday, December 8 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Dr. Jalal Alamgir and his family are in my thoughts and prayers.


  • Posted by V. Muna Kangsen | Friday, December 9 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I did not take any courses taught by Dr. Alamgir while at UMass Boston, but many of my friends did and they respected his intellect and his dedication to his students. They appreciated his encouragement to stay engaged on and off campus. I would like to extend my condolences to Dr. Alamgir’s family, his students and his colleagues. His ideas will continue to flourish through his students.


  • Posted by M Mac Lean | Friday, December 9 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Tragedy indeed. I never had the fortune of knowing him, but may he rest in peace.


  • Posted by SIMONE | Friday, December 9 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Extending deep and heartfelt sympathy to his family.


  • Posted by Joy Alamgir | Saturday, December 10 2011 at 12:29 am

    My brother Jalal was the kindest, sweetest, smartest person I knew. He guided me without judging me, he taught me without preaching to me, he loved me unconditionally. He was my mentor, my friend, my confidant. I love him him very very much and wish some day I get to see him again.


  • Posted by Mrs.Farhan | Saturday, December 10 2011 at 3:28 pm

    I am deeply saddened by this news. Dr.Alamgir’s family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers.
    May God keep his soul.


  • Posted by M.Shoeb Chowdhury | Sunday, December 11 2011 at 1:15 am

    I am truly saddened by Dr. Alamgir’s death. He was an amazing person. Dr. Alamgir was always so kind and considerate to us that we always welcomed seeing him at every opportunity.

    His passing will not only leave a void in our lives, but in the hearts of everyone who knew Dr. Alamgir. His memory will always remain deep within my heart.

    My sincere thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Alamgir and his family.


  • Posted by Ambreen Khan | Sunday, December 11 2011 at 10:52 pm

    I send my condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.


  • Posted by Alphonse KARENZI | Monday, December 12 2011 at 11:31 am

    As the winner, I’m very happy for this! I never thought that my local innovation and activism could be recognized at the global level. I really appreciated Anamarija’s input during C4C side events in Durban.


  • Posted by M. Shamim Chowdhury | Tuesday, December 13 2011 at 4:26 am

    Jalal, or, as we call him, “Shuvo,” is my nephew. I have vivid memories of the discussion we had when I met him for dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant in Boston in 2003. I discovered that my little nephew was a great researcher, who holds Bangladesh in his heart and mind. Our family lost the sweetest member, but Bangladesh lost a great patriot. May Allah grant him the Jannat. Amen.


  • Posted by Sereynita Altarejos | Friday, December 16 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I look forward to see this new work of art fully installed and set up on campus. This is a wonderful treat for UMass Boston as it will highlight our beautiful campus seaside backdrop.


  • Posted by Joan D'Arcy Sheridan | Saturday, December 17 2011 at 10:39 am

    Congratulations to Gerry Burke!


  • Posted by Frank Zuniga | Tuesday, December 20 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Christian, we are very proud of your accomplishments. Keep up the good work.

    Frank and Angie Zuniga


  • Posted by A.Adelakun | Friday, December 23 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I am deeply saddened by the sudden death of Dr. Alamgir. I’m proud to have known such a kind, warm, and brilliant person. My prayers and thoughts are with him and with those he left behind.


  • Posted by KR | Friday, January 6 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Dear Joy,

    Your comments are really heart-wrenching. I don’t know whether your eyes were filled with tears while writing this, but I was so moved with sorrow for a person I never knew and will now never know. Condolences for you and your family.


  • Posted by Jack E Lambert, Jr. | Thursday, January 12 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Great Choice!!! Happy for UMass Boston!!


  • Posted by Paul Bernstein, PhD | Friday, January 13 2012 at 9:38 pm

    There is a lot America could learn about civility—and its cultural prerequisites—from the culture and history of the Czech people.  Over centuries, they have been led by exemplars of civility—their presidents Vaclav Havel and Thomas Masaryk in the 20th and 21st centuries for example, plus journalists, novelists, educational and religious reformers going all the way back to Jan Hus 100 years BEFORE Martin Luther.  Perhaps the center might want bring such cases to light, identifying for the public at large how such traditions can take root and persist in countries (such as America) needing now to restore their democracies to greater health.


  • Posted by Jim Gajewski | Thursday, January 19 2012 at 12:50 am

    I don’t understand why UMass Boston keeps putting these ugly pieces of modern art around the campus. No one I know on campus likes these things, but the administration just keeps inflicting them on us. I wish that we could have some art that actually looks good on campus and is beautiful to a wider audience.


  • Posted by Kendra | Monday, January 23 2012 at 7:00 pm

    So excited to be able to meet one of my favorite actors! Men of Honor, filmed in 2000, has inspired me! It is a constant reminder that with great determination, anything is possible!


  • Posted by Kristen | Tuesday, January 24 2012 at 1:15 am

    I remember the first time I saw Ms. Ferrera, in Real Women Have Curves in a theater with my mother. It meant everything to me at that time in my life. I am so thrilled she is coming to UMass Boston.


  • Posted by Christian | Tuesday, January 24 2012 at 11:15 pm

    UMass Boston hosted an appreciation of the original Tuskegee airmen a few years ago. Meeting them in person was a genuine thrill… Can you believe some of these men are living around the corner in Dorchester and Roxbury? Maybe we’ll see some of them, too.

    Laurence Fishburne’s 1995 film The Tuskegee Airmen was a memorable and striking introduction to their story, and I hope Red Tails can do the same for a new generation.


  • Posted by Charity | Wednesday, January 25 2012 at 2:36 pm

    What a terrible news, Dr. Alamgir was a great teacher and he will be missed more then words could ever express. May his soul rest in peace.


  • Posted by Carolina Gonzalez | Thursday, January 26 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I cant wait to be a part of this event and as a senior it is a great way to start the semester!


  • Posted by Jack Looney | Thursday, January 26 2012 at 7:42 pm

    This is a great choice. Gina has been a great addition to the UMass Boston community and is famous for her work ethic, can do attitude, and personal touch.


  • Posted by Jen | Thursday, January 26 2012 at 8:37 pm



  • Posted by Kevin C. | Friday, January 27 2012 at 3:58 am

    Boyz n the Hood is one of the best films I’ve ever seen. Cuba is phenomenal in that.


  • Posted by Nancy Wygle | Friday, January 27 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Well done!


  • Posted by Nancy Coyle | Friday, January 27 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Congratulations, Caitlin!!  Wonderful, wonderful news!  And your research will now be shared further on February 4 to a prestigious
    audience. WOW!!!!
    Love you!


  • Posted by Dana | Saturday, January 28 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Dr. Alamgir was one of the first professors at UMass Boston to show me that there was a world outside of the U.S. He was someone who was very interactive with his students. He made me want to come to class every day wanting to learn. He is someone who will be missed not only by the community at UMass Boston but everyone who got the chance to get to know him. He was such an intelligent man and will be forever missed. Rest peacefully.


  • Posted by De Onna | Thursday, February 2 2012 at 11:21 am

    Congratulations ... very inspiring!


  • Posted by Nurul Aman | Friday, February 10 2012 at 5:25 pm

    This is an incredible recognition of our UMass Boston community given by the Princeton Review, a prestigious organization for evaluation of academic achievement. I am very proud to be part of this great institution that brings so many talented students from all over the world.


  • Posted by John | Tuesday, February 14 2012 at 10:08 am

    I agree that the university is an amazing deal for students. The professors are great and most classes are filled with people actually wanting to learn. My only question, why does the Princeton Review comment that UMass Boston has a tuition under $2000? Because if so, why would I be paying ~$12,000?


  • Posted by DavidLoh | Thursday, February 16 2012 at 1:36 pm

    UMassBoston is not only a great bargain for students who attend but a great bargain for taxpayers of Massachusetts. I recall a 1993 study done by then UMass Boston Professor Barry Bluestone showing that grads of public Massachusetts higher education institutions tend to stay in Massachusetts and over their lifetimes, pay more in additional taxes than the cost of their higher education to the state of Massachusetts. That is certainly true of me and many of my fellow alums that I personally know.


  • Posted by Anonymous Student | Friday, February 17 2012 at 10:39 am

    Unfortunately, I feel that UMass Boston has littered our campus with works that are exceptionally unrepresentative of the student culture. A massive pile of rusting girders that supposedly represent some sort of reptilian being has been an eyesore on my morning commute to school, and now this horrible abstract of a beautiful piece by Van Gogh will be a constant reminder that those who run the university administration don’t care at all about the students’ wishes because not a single student was polled about what they would like to see, or if the potential new art was something that would be welcome. We students, after all, do pay for our share of using the university; one would think we would have a say in how it is decorated. I don’t mean to be disparaging about the administration as a whole, but in this instance, it should be ashamed of acting on the behalf of a student body from which it received absolutely no direction about the art it would like to see. Maybe this will change in the future.


  • Posted by Megan Revell | Saturday, February 25 2012 at 11:02 am

    Congratulations Liam!!! Your family is (as always) very proud!!


  • Posted by kathleen | Saturday, February 25 2012 at 11:57 am

    Congratulations once again! Good little article.


  • Posted by Ranbir | Wednesday, February 29 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Great news! Congratulations. India is proud of this.


  • Posted by Rachel Sommer | Tuesday, March 6 2012 at 9:31 am

    As you might imagine, I’m thrilled that my husband is finally getting some official recognition for his voice work. smile


  • Posted by Alice | Wednesday, March 7 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Great job - very informative as well as interesting!! I loved them, especially #15 “What’s Sammy Davis Jr. doing here?” I also like “Chimp in Space.” You can hear them on What’.s your favorite?


  • Posted by Jennifer Solomon | Wednesday, March 7 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Congratulations to Caleb Nelson and his family.


  • Posted by Joane Guillet | Thursday, March 15 2012 at 2:50 pm

    You go Catriona and the rest of the BVS Peru Team!!!


  • Posted by Debbie Higgins | Thursday, March 15 2012 at 8:43 pm

    We were so lucky to have him in our community.


  • Posted by Suzanne Krikorian | Friday, March 16 2012 at 7:54 am

    The university has lost a great professor, mentor, and good friend. My fondest memories of my time at the university involved Professor Cotton’s classes. He had such a yest for life and for teaching economics. It made all of his students want to take every class he taught. He was a great advisor, always making time to listen and offer sound advice with a personal touch. I hope his family knows that his students will always have fond memories of Professor Cotton.


  • Posted by Lisa | Tuesday, March 20 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Congratulations, Liz! Fantastic work.


  • Posted by Mark Cotton | Tuesday, April 17 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Professor Cotton was my uncle, whom I had not seen or spoken with in many years. I was surprised and saddened to hear of his death. If anyone has a photo of him, please forward it to the email addressed listed above. Many thanks for any help.

    Mark Cotton


  • Posted by Leon@ | Saturday, April 21 2012 at 3:29 am

    This is a great book and Christopher McDougall is a great writer.  I wish I could have been there to hear Chris speak. The book is amazing and it would have been fun to talk with him.


  • Posted by dong wang | Friday, April 27 2012 at 12:02 am

    I vote for Nick Scrima.


  • Posted by Mike H | Friday, April 27 2012 at 7:58 pm

    You looking for any amateurs to perform?


  • Posted by Darius Brown | Saturday, April 28 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Congrats Kyle and UMass Boston Baseball!!! Go Beacons!!!


  • Posted by Sereynita Altarejos | Monday, April 30 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I am happy to know that Ambassador A. Chowdhury will be this year’s keynote speaker for UMass Boston’s 44th commencement ceremonies. I have had the opportunity to listen to him speak in last year’s event here at the university on “Women Essential for Sustainable Peace” and I enjoyed his speech tremendously as he shared very valuable knowledge and experiences. I am sure that our graduates will benefit from whatever it is that he will impart during his speech and inspire them to a future of service towards others.


  • Posted by jean cole | Tuesday, May 1 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Kyle,,,Congratulations on your great accomplishment , Rick and Jean Cole


  • Posted by Benjamin Furman | Friday, May 4 2012 at 7:06 pm

    I have had the privilege of working with Jill. She is a true leader and scholar. This award is only the beginning of her continued success.


  • Posted by Karen Provo | Saturday, May 5 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Congratulations, Jill! What a great accomplishment.


  • Posted by Nasir Gord | Monday, May 7 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Congratulations, Jill. You really deserved it.


  • Posted by Amelie Rorty | Wednesday, May 9 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Ernest Lynton was also the first dean of Livingston College, Rutgers University. A pioneer advocate for interdisciplinary education, he launched programs on the social responsibility of scientific research. Under his aegis, Livingston College also initiated Rutgers’ African-American Studies, Urban Studies, and Women’s Studies.


  • Posted by Nancy Gallen | Thursday, May 10 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Is there no special U.S. envoy to Ireland? What has President Obama done to help further the Irish peace process?


  • Posted by Tiffani Morale-Westbrook | Monday, May 14 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Congratulations on your much deserved recognition! 


  • Posted by Chris Brodie | Thursday, May 17 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Congratulations, Jill, on your award, your MP, and your graduation in a few weeks!  Looking forward to your continued involvement in the program as a fellow alumna!


  • Posted by lynnetara sweeney | Thursday, May 17 2012 at 10:24 pm

    I am not at all surprised. You are an academic rock star. I can’t wait to say I knew her when ! I am most grateful for having gotten to know you a little. You make everyone feel good with your openness and humor.
    All the Best, J, 


  • Posted by Mary McCleary, PhD | Tuesday, May 22 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Prof. Tobin’s outstanding contribution to Shakespearean studies has inspired students and scholars alike. Well done!


  • Posted by anastasia howard | Sunday, June 3 2012 at 6:51 am

    This was a very nice speech. It explained how one can change other people’s lives for the greater good. However, change needs commitment, courage, active listening, the ability to understand others, and action. Albert Chen changed the lives of many children both spiritually and also the environment in which they live. So transformation is needed to change any difficult circumstance one goes through. For example, students go through a lot of obstacles that can halt change, but if someone is willing to listen and understand the circumstances that create huge obstacles then this can be life changing. Nothing is too hard that cannot be changed. Congrats Albert Chen.


  • Posted by jenny loftus-hills | Thursday, June 14 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Congratulations from Jasper’s family in Melbourne, Australia. I am Jasper’s sister.


  • Posted by godwin ikelle | Thursday, June 21 2012 at 6:26 pm

    I am very honored to be associated with UMass Boston and as a biology major, I am particularly proud of Professor Bawa’s Gunnerus Sustainability Award. I am a relatively new transfer student – Fall of 2011 -and have recently wondered why I did not apply to the university as a freshman.  Hip hip hurray!!!


  • Posted by Mobile Application Development | Wednesday, June 27 2012 at 3:05 am

    Excellent website, congratulations for what you’re doing here.


  • Posted by Janet Craven | Tuesday, July 10 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Congratulations, Jackie. Well deserved. What a nice synopsis of your career.


  • Posted by Danny G. Willis | Thursday, July 12 2012 at 7:35 am

    Jacqui, This is wonderful news. You are truly an inspiration!


  • Posted by Reginald Nichols | Saturday, July 14 2012 at 12:45 am

    Prof. Cotton was a great teacher, mentor and father. I grew as a man taking ECON 343-Political Econ of Black America and ECON 395-ECON Social Welfare. I remember the spirited debates in class between students and Prof. Cotton allowing all points of view to be heard. He was truly a drum major for justice.


  • Posted by Eileen Nixon | Monday, July 16 2012 at 9:54 am

    Both her Dad and I are so proud of Cheryl to have received this award. I am happy that Dean Liem decided to recognize faculty for mentoring students with her name on the award. We know Cheryl is very dedicated to her students.
    Eileen Nixon (Cheryl’s mother)


  • Posted by Rosemary Finley | Thursday, July 19 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Dear Prof. Nixon,

    I just wanted to say congratulations on your honor. I really enjoyed your class Libraries and the Making of Knowledge in the Honors Program. I’ll never forget what i learned! 
    Rosemary (Chaz)


  • Posted by Nasir Gord | Friday, July 20 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Congratulations, Roni. You have been very kind and supportive to all students. You really deserve this award.


  • Posted by Mary Cooley | Monday, July 30 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Congratulations! This is wonderful news and a well-deserved award. Dr. Fawcett is an inspiration and has served as a wonderful mentor to so many nurses over the course of her career. It is an honor to have her as part of our faculty.


  • Posted by Leslie Rideout | Thursday, August 9 2012 at 11:27 am

    What a wonderful honor!  Congratulations!  Thank you for all you have done for nurses.


  • Posted by Bruce Laureiro | Wednesday, August 15 2012 at 9:50 am

    Gus St. Silva and Malia Justice should also be recognized for their outstanding service in support of veteran students and active duty and reserve students while fulfilling their support roles in the Veterans Office.


  • Posted by EPC | Wednesday, August 15 2012 at 7:52 pm

    I really hope they could find a another way to conserve energy because it would really be helpful to everyone.


  • Posted by Monica Calzolari | Wednesday, September 5 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Being named “One of Best University Websites in Nation” is well-deserved. The web and communications teams at UMass Boston are very dedicated and this award affirms their commitment to continuous improvement.


  • Posted by joan reynolds | Thursday, September 6 2012 at 9:27 am

    I support the art sculpture on campus but can’t help but think that the university should plant some REAL SUNFLOWERS on CAMPUS!


  • Posted by Anna Njoro | Tuesday, September 11 2012 at 1:00 pm

    The idea of providing hubway bikes is very significant to all the students and people who commute to UMass Boston. This will encourage a lot of people to use the bike and help to reduce the sedentary lifestyle of sitting on the bus or driving personal cars. As we know, there is an increase of obesity which is contributing to increased health issues that make health insurance to go up. If most people commute using hubway bikes, UMass Boston will set an example around the City of Boston as a whole. For example, in Europe, a lot of people use bikes to commute to work and other places. This will help to decrease traffic, accidents, and it is less expensive. Biking will help students to develop good attitudes, posture, and increased muscle mass. I encourage everyone who has a chance to cycle to take advantage and realize the benefit of the cycling.


  • Posted by Earl | Tuesday, September 11 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Curious- has anyone utilized the new Hubway yet… cycling onto campus? Would like to hear some experiences. I plan to try it soon. And do agree that it is a healthier avenue over driving my car.


  • Posted by Justin W. Siddons | Tuesday, September 18 2012 at 6:49 pm

    No doubt Johnny has some great insight that comes with his amazing experience but I think a few fundamental things make or break a new business owner. Passion and ambition are the secrets that most successful entrepreneurs hold in common.  To love what you’re doing with the willingness to pursue those goals no matter the circumstances is the real secret.


  • Posted by Tim Glynn-Burke | Thursday, September 20 2012 at 10:42 am

    I remember meeting with Prof.Weiner when I first applied to the program.  Later he become an advisor, instructor and friend.  I am very grateful to Prof. Weiner and wish him well!


  • Posted by Natalia Escobar-Pemberthy | Friday, September 21 2012 at 10:09 am

    Bringing new regional groups into international decision-making is a key idea very important. Institutions need to take into consideration the visions and needs of emerging economies and other countries. Additionally, the incorporation of the ideas of non-state actors is central as well. However, two questions persist: first, if there is possibility for a post-UN system of governance, which specific characteristics would make it effective? And second, if there is an understanding about the policy areas in which developing and emerging countries can have some level of leadership.

  • Posted by Peter Tattlebaum | Monday, October 1 2012 at 1:49 pm

    no comment - TEST ONLY


  • Posted by Stephanie C. Fox, J.D. | Tuesday, October 2 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Hire Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, PhD, former member of Iran’s parliament and founder of the Non-Violent Initiative for Democracy, to succeed her!


  • Posted by Michelle Fortune, RN | Thursday, October 4 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I think it’s great to have such a supportive governor. This funding will help everyone in the whole school. Thank you.


  • Posted by Bruce Laureiro | Thursday, October 4 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Good. Now they don’t need to raise the parking fees.


  • Posted by LaShorn K. Caldwell | Friday, October 5 2012 at 1:31 pm

    This was an interesting article to read. The information contained here is very positive and enlightening. This is the way that top officials and administrators entrusted by citizens should embrace the responsibilities that they are charged with, sound fiscal policies supported by measurable results which are documented.


  • Posted by Michael Denney | Friday, October 5 2012 at 3:53 pm

    As a project, re-conceptualizing global governance, given its recent failures, reminds me of John Rawls' attempt to re-conceptualize justice in his 1971 work, A Theory of Justice. Rawls argued that re-envisioning justice required us to pretend that we were behind a "veil of ignorance" that prevented us from knowing our gender, class, race, health, etc. From this position of ignorance we would then decide how to organize society. Rawls' thinking was that from behind the veil of ignorance, people would choose to structure society in a way that minimized inequalities and maximized ethical thinking. This approach, I feel, can be applied to the global governance regime. If we could step behind a veil of ignorance and forget any knowledge of our country of origin or our inherited lifestyle, how would we choose to distribute global wealth? How would we structure our international organizations? How would we manage corporate contracts that extend across borders? I do not have the answers to these questions, but I do have a fundamental assumption that people behind the veil of ignorance would not choose to have their global governance institutions driven by profit-making enterprises. Sometimes there is too much at stake to let profit get involved.

  • Posted by Elizabeth Chen | Friday, October 5 2012 at 5:17 pm

    It’s nice to see more infrastructure investment for UMass Boston. I think this campus is under-appreciated in Boston and has high potential. Thank you Chancellor Motley and Gov. Patrick!


  • Posted by Sean | Friday, October 5 2012 at 7:11 pm

    He completely left out the fact that he was in a band that he used to market his brand all over the country during their tours. Along with that, the main purchasers and supporters of his brand were initially his friends/acquaintances as well as the fact they were predominantly involved in the American hardcore, punk, and metal scene(s).


  • Posted by Michael Denney | Thursday, October 11 2012 at 12:54 pm

    This is one of the most troubling parts of the GRI simply because of its inapplicability. What of the arms trade? What of the manufacture of harmful substances, such as alcohol and tobacco, that have societal ramifications (higher health care costs, drunk driving, etc)? These are billion-dollar industries. How are business leaders supposed to simultaneously meet the demand for something harmful and do no harm to society? I can't imagine a private sector so well self-regulated that it takes up social responsibility as one of its driving ideas. If there is money to be made, this "oath" will inevitably fall to the wayside.

  • Posted by Kennedy Chisanga | Monday, October 22 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Professor Watanabe,

    Congratulations on your appointment as chairman of the U.S. Census Bureau’s new National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations.

    I was one of your students in the Fall of 2008 POL 330, Presidential Elections. I enjoyed your class. I remember you talking about the dilemma that Asian Americans faced during the elections.

    Anyway, just thought this was indeed good for you and good for UMass.

    Congrats once again.

    Kennedy Chisanga


  • Posted by Matt | Thursday, October 25 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Great news. I wish the university would hurry up and add dorms – that’s what is needed to attract the best students and really raise the school’s profile.


  • Posted by Mary Shia | Thursday, October 25 2012 at 3:02 pm

    UMass Boston is so deserving of this wonderful gift to help grow the school, its programs, and its research.


  • Posted by Jennifer Brown | Monday, October 29 2012 at 5:00 am

    What an excellent choice! Congratulations on the appointment.


  • Posted by Ron Marlow | Monday, October 29 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Congratulations, Paul!  This is a testament to all of your hard work.

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