Five College Anthropology Undergraduate Research Conference



Each year the Anthropology students and faculty of the Five Colleges organize an undergraduate research conference in which students from Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mt. Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst present their thesis, Div III, or other research projects to their peers in the discipline.

The conference is organized using the same format as the national meeting of the American Anthropological Association.  There will be simultaneous panels of presentations, a light lunch, and a keynote speaker at a plenary session. Each panel will be comprised of four 15-minute presentations. A faculty member will moderate questions and comments from the audience and among panelists after the presentations in each panel have been made.

This year the panels all take place in Machmer Hall, and lunch and the plenary session will be held in the Green Room in the Mullins Center.

This year’s keynote speaker is Toni Maschler, BA (UMass Anthropology), JD (David A. Clarke School of Law).



Finding Machmer Hall


The Five College Undergraduate Anthropology Conference

Machmer Hall, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Saturday, April 30th, 9:00 - 4:00

Machmer Hall, UMass Amherst

Toni Maschler, keynote speaker

Toni Maschler is a 2004 cum laude graduate of the David A. Clarke School of Law (formerly Antioch School of Law) at the University of the District of Columbia. During law school, she served as Articles Editor of the UDC-DCSL Law Review, coordinated a panel discussing the effect of the 9/11 attacks on immigrants, and assisted asylum applicants with the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition.

Toni has worked with immigrant and minority populations in a variety of capacities. She holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Master's in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Spanish from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.  Before law school, Toni taught English as a Second Language (ESL) and conducted youth programs for the Northern Virginia Urban League. She also helped the Alexandria United Way to develop, administer, and interpret a needs assessment of the local Latino/Hispanic population. Toni began practicing immigration law with Rick Bromberg as an associate attorney in 2005 and she is now a partner of Bromberg, Kohler Maya & Maschler, PLLC.

Sponsored by Five Colleges, Inc., University of Massachusetts College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Department of Anthropology