Memory A. Holloway
Associate Professor of Art History
Memory A. Holloway is a model of civic engagement who has passionately merged her education and research with service to the community. She believes that public service is an integral part of education and shows her students how to serve by positive action. Her public service has included meeting a basic human need by feeding the region's neediest, while engaging many of her UMass students to volunteer their time and energy toward that effort.
She has been a driving force in direct feeding programs at the Salvation Army, Grace Episcopal Church and Pilgrim United Church in New Bedford.
Having trained at the Culinary Institute of America, Holloway cooks for groups of up to 300 people at a time and has been a member of the Salvation Army's Board of Directors since 2003.
Holloway has successfully recruited many of her students, fellow faculty and staff members to cook for those who benefit from the various feeding programs with which she is associated. Additionally, she cooks with prisoners nearing release from the Bristol County House of Corrections. On some occasions, students cook alongside inmates, giving each an understanding of the other, food being used as the medium for conversation and learning. Inmates learn about classes at the university, which they may be able to take upon release; students see the inmates from a new, more human perspective.
She also helps to provide direct education for economically and educationally disadvantaged individuals ages 17 and older through the Clemente Course in the Humanities, a collaboration of UMass Dartmouth, the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and New Bedford's PACE Program.