University of Massachusetts Amherst

 

October 5, 1995

 

Dear Friend and Colleague:

 

We are writing to invite you to an exciting mini-conference that will take place on Sunday, December 3, from 10 AM to 2 PM at Hillel House, 388 North Pleasant Street in Amherst.  The mini-conference is entitled "Balancing Our Roles as Jewish Faculty and Staff at UMass."  Our hopes are to attract some of the new Jewish faculty and staff who have recently joined the university and also to reestablish ties with colleagues and friends.  Besides having an interesting agenda, the mini-conference will also be a good opportunity to schmooze. 

 

The keynote speakers at the mini-conference will be Myron Peretz Glazer, who is Professor of Sociology, Smith College, and Penina Migdal Glazer, Professor of History and Vice President, Hampshire College.  The Glazers, who are co-authors of the recent book Whistleblowers: Exposing Corruption in Government and Industry, are currently working on a study of environmental citizen activists in three countries.  Their keynote talk for us, entitled "Whistleblower and Activist: Individual Responsibility in Modern Society," reflects their interest in individual accountability and action: why individuals come forward in organizations, what are the motivations and the risks.  The talk will have considerable bearing on our concerns about the various personal and ethical questions that arise in the life of a Jewish faculty or staff member.  These questions include how to balance academic identity and Jewish identity, how to confront anti-Semitic acts by students and colleagues, how to build a positive Jewish presence on campus, and how to support Jewish students and organizations on campus.  The mini-conference has been made possible by a grant from Hillel's Jacob Burns Endowment in Ethics.

 

After the Glazers' talk we are planning a brunch followed by a facilitated discussion of experiences and concerns of faculty and staff.  We look forward to seeing you at the mini-conference.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Maurianne Adams, School of Education         Richard S. Ellis, Mathematics & Stat

Co-chair Jewish Faculty & Staff Group            Co-chair Jewish Faculty & Staff Group