Five College Sustainability Studies Program

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

gustavo esteva

5:30pm in Franklin Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall at Hampshire College 

Is there a future for development? Can we follow a path endangering both the environment and the social fabric? The alternative is not going back to the stone age. We can construct a world economically feasible, socially just and ecologically sensible for buen vivir, living well.

Thursday, April 10th, 2014


The ‘Politics of Shit’: Excrement’s role in poverty, development, and indigenous resistance


Activist and community-based intellectual Gustavo Esteva of Oaxaca, Mexico will reflect on poverty, excrement, and collective resistance to economic and state oppressions. The interconnection of these issues has been termed the ‘politics of shit’ and resulting theories point to alternative attitudes and techniques for ‘developing’ the global poor and realizing self-determination for marginalized groups. How do dominant attitudes about ‘shit’, the flush toilet, and alternative sanitation manifest in neo-colonial development schemes? What is the meaning of buen vivir for Mexico’s indigenous peoples and what has their struggle for autonomy looked like in an urban, contemporary setting?

April 12th & 13th, 2014

Psymposium 2014

UMass Amherst, Mahar Auditorium

Workshops and lectures on the ethnobotany and culture of psychoactive and medicinal plants. Speakers include Dennis McKenna,Ph.D, Lyle Craker, Ph.D, Hamilton Morris, Alexandre Tannous, Lily Ross, Lawrence Millman, Ph.D and other special guests.

For more information and tickets, visit

Medicinal Plant Program
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Call for Proposals: Blended Learning in the Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences

Proposals Due:  April 15, 2014

With support from the Five College Deans, Five Colleges invites proposals for pilot projects that advance student learning in the humanities and humanistic social sciences by combining on-line and in-person forms of student engagement.This program is made possible by a multi-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation intended to engage faculty members in the exploration and evaluation of blended learning’s potential to enrich teaching and learning in liberal arts settings.  In addition to support for faculty projects, the grant will fund a new staff position in Instructional Technology and a new post baccalaureate position, both dedicated to supporting faculty projects and blended learning funded through the grant.

Proposals are due April 15 and should be submitted using the online application form at of proposals will be announced April 25.

Persons interested in submitting a proposal are encouraged to consult with Rogelio Miñana, Director of the Five College Blended Learning in the Humanities Program ( or Nate Therien, Five College Director for Academic Programs ( 

An event showcasing work currently underway at the campuses is planned for April 3, 2014 at Mount Holyoke College.

See more information.

Thursday, April 17th, 2014


Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Herbfest 2014

11:30am - 2:00pm at UMass Amherst, Student Union Ballroom.

Join the students from the Stockbridge School course, Herb, Spices, and Medicinal Plants, and see demonstrations and presentations on a wide variety topics related to the history, culture, traditional and modern uses of herbs, spices, and medicinal plants.

Admission is Free.

Medicinal Plant Program
University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Global Climate Governance with Lars Blaxekjaer (University of Copenhagen)

1:45pm to 3:45pm in Machmer Hall Room e23, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Blaxekjaer will discuss "green growth" and global climate governance. His lecture will explore three areas of governances: 1) global climate governance in crisis using the Fukushima triple disaster as case; 2) governance solutions outside the UNFCCC, particularly the emergence and spread of the green growth policy idea, and 3) governance solutions inside the UNFCCC, particularly new groups at the COPs as discursive positioning.

Lars Blaxekjaer is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen and a Visiting Pre-Doctoral Fellow at McGill University. For more information, please visit his website.

Sponsored by the UMass Department of Political Science

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

The Role of Business in Promoting Sustainability: A Conversation About Social Entrepreneurship 

7 pm in room 108 of the Isenberg School of Management at UMass

Featuring Sustainable Businesses, Benefit Corporations and B Corps:

  • benefit corpsNathan Rothstein ‘06, President and Co-Founder, Project Repat
  • Andrew Bellak, CEO, & Terry Mollner, Chairman, StakeHolders Capital
  • Ted Barber, Co-Founder, Prosperity Candle
  • Arya Shekar, Manager of Legal Strategy and Operations, Dimagi, Inc.
  • Jessica Manganello, Esq., New Leaf Legal
  • Trista Ristvedt, MBA/MPPA ‘15, President, Net Impact UMass-Amherst

Part of a Commonwealth Honors College Thesis by Rishi Bahl, Finance ‘14

Download a copy of the flyer.