Jean Humez

Professor and Director, Women’s Studies Program, University of Massachusetts, Boston

As Program Director of Women’s Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, I am very happy to see that the New Words Bookstore has plans to recreate itself as a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting feminist education. New Words has been an invaluable cultural, intellectual and social resource for women in the Greater Boston area for many years, and although the economics of book publishing and sales have increasingly undermined its commercial viability, the importance of this role in the community has not diminished. We in Women’s Studies look forward to the creation of the Center for New Words, and will be eager to help plan for collaborative opportunities such as student internships and co-sponsored readings, performance, and lectures.