Film screening: Starving the Beast

On February 16, LAIS is co-sponsoring a film screening of Starving the Beast.  Attached is a PDF flyer that you can share with your students to help advertise the event if you wish.  At the event, there will be some light refreshments, then the film and a brief discussion after.  Barbara Madeloni from the MTA will speak, and hopefully a couple students.

Location:  Ryan Lounge (M-3-721)
Date:       2/16/17
Time:   5pm-7:30pm

Synopsis:  As college tuition skyrockets and student debt explodes, a powerful new documentary reveals a nationwide fight for control of the heart, soul and finances of America’s public universities.  Starving the Beast tells the story of a potent one-two punch roiling public higher education right now:  35 years of systematic defunding and a well-financed market oriented reform effort.  It’s the story of a little known and misunderstood ideological fight, the outcome of which will change the future of public higher education. The film reveals an historic philosophical shift that reframes public higher education as a ‘value proposition’ to be borne by the student as a consumer, rather than an investment in citizens as a ‘public good’. Financial winners and losers emerge in a struggle poised to profoundly change public higher education.  The film vividly illustrates these issues in unfolding dramas at six public research universities:  University of Wisconsin, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina, Louisiana State University, University of Texas, and Texas A&M

Remembering Ann Blum

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-6-02-38-pmDear friends,

The book, Ann(ie) Blum in Our Lives, is out.  It is a wonderful thing.

“What does it mean to have had Ann-Annie to some-Blum in our lives? The letters and stories from family and friends assembled in this book, together with photos and words of Ann’s own, evoke her presence. They allow us to think about what we want to carry forward, into the lives we still have.”

Any net revenue from sales of this book will be directed towards “The Ann S. Blum Memorial Scholarship in Latin American Studies” at the University of Massachusetts Boston. (Gifts can also be made at ).  To this end, I have copies to sell or you can buy it online via or regular online retailers.

I recently wrote a blogpost on my evolving thinking about the purpose of the book, . From that thoughtpiece:
“[N]ow I see that the value of people having their voice heard in a community is that we-this includes me-have very partial narratives about what the loss of someone means for their lives. We say something-such as ‘I so miss her’ or ‘Cancer sucks’ or ‘I’m doing as well as can be expected’-but we know there’s more to what we are feeling. Things that are hard to articulate, things that are hard to know whether this is the person and the time to explore it with. So those things often get left un(der) explored; we just carry on. The book allows, however, readers to bring their own thoughts to the surface through hearing the partial things others are able to say, to give voice to. And also to learn more, which adds to those thoughts. In that way, there is more play, more processing of what each reader wants to carry forward as part of their own lives….”

best wishes,

Ann Blum Memorial

Please Join Us

Thursday, April 21st , 3-6pm

Campus Center, 2nd floor

Alumni Room, Room 2551

Celebrating the life and work of our Friend and Colleague

Ann S. Blum


RSVP by Friday, April 15th

Please feel free to invite UMB friends outside of CLA who may not receive this invitation.

Latin American & Iberian Studies Department has established the Ann S Blum Memorial Scholarship.

If you wish to make a donation to the scholarship fund, please contact

Anne  Kelly-Contini:

Spring courses for Graduate Certificate

Calling all Teachers of Spanish!


It is not too late to enroll in UMass Boston’s Latin American and Iberian Studies Dept. graduate courses – Spring 2016.  Enroll NOW; face-to-face classes start Jan. 25th and online classes start Feb. 1 !!


Span 502 – Technology for the Spanish Language Classroom – Mondays, 7:00 – 9:45PM

Span 515 – LatAm Film for the Spanish Language Classroom – Online


Be sure to check your district’s tuition-reimbursement policy.  You may qualify!


Happy New Year!