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Dance professor Paul Dennis with Pearl Primus dancer Mary Waithe

Music & Dance Faculty Take Aim at Topics of Race, Immigration, Equity

Monday, October 19, 2020

Over the past few years, faculty members from the Department of Music and Dance are finding creative ways to utilize their talents to effect social change on a variety of important issues. See the full story to read about the work of Felipe Salles, Ayano Kataoka, Cobus du Toit, Molly Christie González, Paul Dennis, Matthew Westgate and Elizabeth Chang.

Felipe Salles to be Featured in Kennedy Center Series

Felipe Salles Featured in Kennedy Center Series

Sunday, October 18, 2020

As part of its current “Arts Across America” online performance series, the Kennedy Center presents UMass Department of Music & Dance professor Felipe Salles in a performance titled “Revisiting The New Immigrant Experience” on Monday, October 26 at 4 p.m.  Fine Arts Center event page

Remembering a "Gentle Giant" on his Centenary

Thursday, October 8, 2020

“I also believe one should seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave. With that kind of inquisitiveness, one discovers things that were unknown before.” – Yusef Lateef (1920-2013)

Yusef Lateef, whose 100th birthday anniversary falls on October 9, lived those words to their fullest by engaging a myriad of intellectual, spiritual, and musical pursuits throughout his life. Lateef taught jazz and music education at UMass from 1987 until his retirement in 2002.