Wendy Laura Blecher: Same-Sex Intimacies in an Early Modern African Text about an Ethiopian Female Saint, Gädlä Wälättä P̣eṭros (1672)
February 19, 2015 7:30PM
Cassani Room: Shattuck HALL 102, Mount Holyoke College
The seventeenth-century Ethiopian book The Life and Struggles of Our Mother Walatta Petros (Gadla Walatta Petros) features a life-long partnership between two women and the depiction of same-sex sexuality among nuns. The earliest known book-length biography about the life of an African woman, written in 1672 in the Gaez language, Gadla Walatta petros is an extraordinary accound of earlly modern Afrina women's lives - full of vivid dialogue, heartbreak, and triumph.
WENDY LAURA BELCHER (Mount Holyoke College class of 1984) is associate professor of African literature in Princeton University’s Department of Comparative Literature and Center for African American Studies. She has been studying African literature for over two decades and is now working to bring attention to early African literature through her research and translation. She also studies how African thought has informed a global traffic of invention, recently publishing Abyssinia’s Samuel Johnson: Ethiopian Thought in the Making of an English Author (Oxford, 2012) and is finalizing the translation of The Life and Struggles of Our Mother Walatta Petros: A Translation of a Seventeenth-Century African Biography of an African Woman with Michael Kleiner, which has the earliest known depictions in African literature of women’s life-long partnerships and female same-sex desire.
The Politics of Migration: Gender, Sexuality, and Citizenship
HADLEY ROOM (10TH FLOOR) & MARRIOTT ROOM (11TH FLOOR)
UMASS AMHERST CAMPUS CENTER
Please join the Umass Amherst Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Department for its Spring 2015 conference. The keynote speakers will be Chandan Reddy, University of Washington Seattle, and Eithne Luibheid, University of Arizona. This event is free and open to the public. Please register online by February 18th. For questions or further details, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jennifer Cole - Giving Life: Managing Intimacy and Regulating Affective Circuits Among Malagasy Marriage Migrants in France
4:30pm, Neilson Browsing room, Smith college
Performance by Angélique Kidjo
October 30, 2014 7:30 pm
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, UMass Amherst Campus
Five College, GCC and 17 & under $10.
Purchase tickets by calling 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, or at fineartscenter.com.
Activism Through Music: Conversation with Angelique Kidjo
Moderated by Bode Omojola
Wedensday October 29, 6-7 pm
Bowker Auditorium, UMass Amherst
Angelique Kidjo's expansive career has been marked as much by extraordinary musical achievement as passionate advocacy and philanthropy for her homeland of Africa. Join us as Ms. Kidjo discusses the importance of her advocacy work and the role her music has played to advance social causes.
Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee:
"Women's Leadership: Ending Wars and Building Peace"
Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m.
in Gamble Auditorium AT Mount holyoke college
Celebrate the tenth anniversary of the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives at Mount Holyoke College on Thursday, October 23 and Friday, October 24, 2014.
Keynote address "Women's Leadership: Ending Wars and Building Peace"
by: Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and 2014 Carol Hoffmann Collins Global Scholar-in-Residence
Contact Jenny Medina at the McCulloch Center for more information.
Five College African Studies Annual Community Dinner:
Celebrating 25 Years of the Five College African Studies Certificate Program
Tuesday October 21, 2014 6:00 P.M.
At the Hampshire College Red Barn
This event will feature food, dancing, music, performance by the Five College African dance group, along with opportunities to learn more about the Five College African Studies certificate program and curriculum, and meet students and faculty from across the campuses.