CULTURE HEALTH AND SCIENCE GLOBAL HEALTH SERIES
Confronting Social, Economic, and HIV-Related Challenges for Youth in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Microfinance/Health Leadership Intervention Trial in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
with Dr. Nina Yamanis, American University
6:30 pm at Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall, Amherst College
Refreshments will be served.
Find out more about Dr. Yamanis here:
The Annual Writer-In-Residence Public Lecture: Rewriting the Spanish Civil War
Presented by the UMass History Department
7pm in Cape Cod Lounge, UMass Amherst
How do you write about a subject on which more than 15,000 books have already been written? Journalist and author Adam Hochschild will tell how and give a biography of his current book in progress.
Hochschild is the author of seven books of memoir, reportage, and history. His 2005 book Bury the Chains was a National Book Award finalist and winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History. His magazine writing has won awards from the
Overseas Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists, and he has received awards for the body of his work from the American Historical Association and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In addition, he teaches at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, has consulted for the BBC, and has taught writing workshops for working journalists in the U.S., Britain, Zambia, South Africa, and India.
UMass African Students Association 50th Anniversary Gala!
Location: Student Union Ballroom, UMass Amherst
Doors Open: 6:30pm to 11:30pm
Dinner Served: 7:30pm
Event Ends: 2:00am
Formal Attire Required!
UMass: $10 | Five College: $12 | Gen. Adm. $15 | for all, after 10:30pm $15
SYMPOSIUM: The State of A/P/A Studies in the Five Colleges
with Keynote Lecture by George Lipsitz (University of California, Santa Barbara - Black Studies)
9am-6pm in gamble auditorium, mount holyoke college
The goal of this symposium is to showcase the varied and exciting work being done by A/P/A and other critical ethnic studies scholars at the Five Colleges. It is also a forum to plan future directions and collaborations.
The daylong symposium will feature four consecutive roundtables, a lunch, and a keynote by George Lipsitz (Professor of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara) on "Why Asian American Studies Matters Now.”
8:30-9:00: Coffee/Tea reception and check-in at Gamble Auditorium, Art Building (Mount Holyoke)
9:00-10:15: Roundtable 1: Empire and Colonial Afterlives
10:30-11:45: Roundtable 2: Asian American Inheritance and Invention
11:45-1:00: Buffet Lunch at Willits (vegan and meat options)
1:00-2:15: Roundtable 3: Queer and Feminist Embodiments
2:30-3:45: Roundtable 4: Critical Ethnic Studies Futures
4:30-6:00: George Lipsitz Keynote "Why Asian American Studies Matters Now"
Panelists include: Floyd Cheung, Richard Chu, Iyko Day, Christine Delucia, MicaelaDiaz-Sanchez, Robert Hayashi, David Hernández, Jenifer Guglielmo, Miliann Kang, Ruth Lahti, C.N. Le, Asha Nadkarni, Tom Poehnelt, Khary Polk, Sujani Reddy, Emi Sawada, Cathy Schlund-Vials, Wilson Valentin-Escobar, Gina Velasco, Manu Vimalassery
As we will be providing lunch, we ask that you RSVP using the google form below to let us know if you will be attending the lunch. PLEASE RSVP BY FRIDAY FEBRUARY 28TH BY 5:00 PM.
The Spirit of Uganda
7:30pm at the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, UMass Amherst
For Tickets: Call 1-800-999-UMAS or 545-2511 or visit http://www.fineartscenter.com.
MUSIC AND DANCE OF UGANDA COMES TO UMASS’ FINE ARTS CENTER
Produced by Empower African Children, Spirit of Uganda is a professional training and
touring program that brings its theatrical song and dance performances to North America every other year. Under the artistic direction of Peter Kasule, these young dancers and musicians share cultural traditions from East Africa and introduce some of the dynamic music and dance forms that are being created now. To the melodic tones of standing drums, with dramatic choreography, bright, layered rhythms, and call-and-response vocals, a vibrant cast of 22 performers, ages 10–20, bring to life these sounds and movements at the UMass Fine Arts Center on Wednesday, March 5th at 7:30 p.m. There will be a pre-concert talk by Alexis Hefley, Founder/President, Empower African Children at 6:30 p.m. at the University Club.
Reflections on the African Renaissance after President Mandela
with Professor Ernest Wamba Dia Wamba (University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Former Senator of the Democratic Republic of the Congo)
7pm in Herter Hall, Room 601, UMass Amherst
A Keynote Adress by Dorothy E. Roberts (University of Pennsylvania)
9:30pm in the Amherst room, Campus Center 10th floor, UMass Amherst
Dorothy E. Roberts, J.D., is George A. Weiss University Professor of Law & Sociology, Raymond Pace & Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights, and Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She is an acclaimed scholar of race, gender and the law, and her work in law and public policy focuses on urgent contemporary issues in health, social justice, and bioethics, especially as they impact the lives of women, children and African-Americans.
Music Is Our Revolution: Hip-Hop and Social Activism in Senegal
This four-day residency will examine how musicians and poets in Senegal are using their talents and their arts to motivate social engagement and promote peace. The events on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday are free and open to the public. Events on Monday are for members of the Smith College community only.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Concert: Bideew Bou Bess and Friends
3pm at the Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall
This concert will bring together a group of the key players in West African Hip-Hop, including Bideew Bou Bess, consisting of brothers Moctar Sall, Baidy Sall, and Ibrahima Sall , who together form one of the best-known Hip-Hop Bands in Senegal. They will be joined by Abiodun Oyewole (of The Last Poets), who is one of the founders of Rap and Hip-Hop, and by Tantra Zawadi, female poet and champion of the power of women to change the next century, as well as by American percussionist Tony Vacca and his band, and by members of Gokh-bi System, a Senegalese band now based in the U.S.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Film Screening: Democracy in Dakar
3pm in the Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall
The film Democracy in Dakar examines the confluence of hip-hop and politics in Dakar, Senegal. The film follows rappers, DJs, journalists, professors and people on the street at the time before during and after the controversial 2007 presidential election in Senegal and examines hip-hop's role on the political process. Originally shot as a seven part documentary mini-series released via the internet - the documentary bridges the gap between hip-hop activism, video journalism and documentary film and explores the role of youth and musical activism on the political process. After the film, director Ben Herson will lead a talk-back with the audience.
Monday,February 24, 2014
Class Visits and Global Salon
Various locations on smith college campus
Members of Bideew Bou Bess, Gokh-bi System and The Senegal-American Project will meet with Smith College students and faculty to discuss hip-hop, rap and political activism.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Lecture: Hip-Hop and Global Citizenship
7pm in Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall
Eric Charry, Professor of Music at Wesleyan University, will present an overview general issues about African hip hop in general, in Senegal specifically, and in the work of the musicians participating in the seminar. He will then engage performers and audience members in an open conversation about music as an agent in political change.