May 26, 2017
by Robert Turner, McCormack Graduate School Senior Fellow
President Kennedy delivers the 1963 State of the Union alongside Vice President Lyndon Johnson and Speaker of the House John W. McCormack. Image: Cecil W. Stoughton
John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday on May 29 raises complex thoughts and emotions for nearly all Americans.
One element for those of us here at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies is Kennedy’s relationship with our namesake.
Complex doesn’t begin to describe the intertwining of their careers, or the historic impact it had.
Hundreds of books have been written about Kennedy; only one serious work about McCormack, the new biography from Garrison Nelson, a professor at the University of Vermont and the Robert C. Wood Visiting Professor here at the McCormack Graduate School in 2014. “John William McCormack; A Political Biography” is truly an exceptional combination of scholarship, research, and readability. It will doubtless revive interest in McCormack – member of Congress for 43 years, and speaker of the U.S. House for nine years — as one of the most powerful figures in mid-20th century America.
The overall personal relationship between the two men and their families provides rich material, including a variety of Boston political cross-currents. People remember the tough “Teddy-Eddie” Senate campaign of 1962, when Edward J. McCormack Jr., the sitting attorney general and nephew of the speaker, opposed Edward M. Kennedy, brother of the president, who, at 30, was barely old enough to seek the office. Continue Reading →
May 19, 2017
Professor Karen Ross (front center) with the Master’s Project/Thesis Presenters. Image by: Jeffrey Pugh
Dr. Karen Ross, assistant professor in McCormack’s Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security & Global Governance has won the 2017 UMass Boston Innovation in Online Teaching Award for her efforts in developing and teaching dialogue processes through technology. This is the fourth year this award has been given, joining two other awards for face-to-face teaching and community-engaged teaching. Ross was recognized, along with winners of the other awards, at a ceremony during the luncheon of the University Conference on Teaching, Learning, and Technology on Friday, May 12, 2017.
May 17, 2017
In this profile from the Microsoft Alumni Network, Center for Social Policy Director Susan Crandall reflects on her early days at Microsoft and how it fostered her passion for creating access and opportunity through workforce development.
“Susan moved across the country to start in a PhD program at the University of Washington in Organizational Behavior. And then it hit her: To become an authority on how organizations work, she first needed to gain her own experience working at a corporation. Susan took leave of her PhD program and went looking for a job. What she found was a position at Microsoft in the newly formed HR Executive and Management Development Group.”
May 15, 2017
by Steven Syre, Gerontology Institute
Gerontology Professor Jan Mutchler
Jan Mutchler is among 51 selections highlighted in The Boston Globe’s 2017 Game Changers publication, an annual compilation of “bright ideas and breakthroughs, inventions and innovations, people and places making waves in Boston.”
Mutcher, a professor of gerontology at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School, was featured by the Globe as a leader in the movement to make cities more conducive to healthy aging and her work in Boston to further that goal. Read more.
May 11, 2017
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney
In Lucia Graves’s recent New Republic piece, Carol Hardy-Fanta, senior fellow at the McCormack Graduate School, sheds light on gender equity in former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney’s administration and those infamous “binders of women.”
Read “Trump is Giving Us a Case of Romnesia” here.
Carol Hardy-Fanta (PhD, Brandeis University), a senior fellow at UMass Boston’s John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies and former director of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, is the lead author on the new book, Contested Transformation: Race, Gender, and Political Leadership in 21st Century America, issued recently by Cambridge University Press and coauthored with Pei-te Lien, Dianne Pinderhughes, and Christine Sierra.