Elizabeth Spelman: 'Trash Talks'

Thu, Jun 6 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Location: 
Graham Hall-HILLYR

Author and philosopher Elizabeth V. Spelman will talk about her “deep dive” into trash to discover who we are and what we value. Scavenging with abandon from sundry sources, including Darwin, Freud, Plato, Buddha, Milton, and Locke, the author explores the extent to which people rely on trash and waste to make sense of their lives and to shape connections with others.

Elizabeth V. Spelman is Professor of Philosophy and Barbara Richmond 1940 Professor in the Humanities, Smith College.

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Smith College
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Reducing our plastic footprint: Experiences from the European Union

Thu, Apr 25 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Location: 
Stoddard Hall Auditorium

Did you know that the EU parliament recently approved a sweeping ban on single-use plastics and unveiled a plan to make all plastic packaging recyclable by 2030? Join Connecticut River Conservancy and the Smith College Museum of Art for a conversation with Guiliana Torta, Counsellor for Environment, Fisheries and Ocean policies at the EU Delegation to the U.S. in Washington DC. Giuliana will discuss the political context in Europe that led to this widespread plastic legislation, compare similarities and differences in the U.S. political environment, and share strategies we can implement.  

Guiliana Torta serves as Counsellor for Environment, Fisheries and Ocean policies at the EU Delegation to the US in Washington DC. Giuliana worked in the European Commission headquarters for 11 years before moving to DC in 2017. In Washington, she covers a wide range of environmental policies including Circular Economy and Resource efficiency, the recent EU Plastics Strategy, Food waste, Fisheries and Ocean governance. She was previously posted as Environment Adviser in the EU Delegation for the Pacific, with regional responsibilities. A forester by training with a PhD in landscape and plant ecology, she has over 25 years of experience in implementation and development of environmental policies, ranging from biodiversity and nature conservation, international forestry, climate adaptation and sustainable development.

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Smith College
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Houses from Another Street: A Book Launch and Reading by Michael Thurston

Mon, Apr 22 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Poetry Center (prev. Wright CRM)

Smith College professor Michael Thurston will read from his new novel, Houses from Another Street (Levellers Press, 2019)

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Smith College
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Pa'lante: Queer identities in Latin America

Fri, Apr 19 2019 - 3:00pm to 11:30pm
Location: 
Davis Student Center Ballroom

Pa'Lante serves not only as a celebratory space, but also as a space where people can come together as a community. Every year we choose a distinct theme as a way for us to acknowledge all of our intersecting identities and increase our presence and visibility on campus and beyond. While we strive to reaffirm our Latinx identity in these spaces, we also work to acknowledge how each of our experiences may be different. This year we will be centering the identities of queer Latinx people and queerness in Latin America in order to provide visibility for a large community that is often marginalized. Free and open to the public.

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Smith College
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Edith Cuevas
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(956)460-5101
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What is Democracy? - a film screening and community discussion with director Astra Taylor

Thu, Apr 25 2019 - 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Location: 
Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall
what is democracy?

Discussants:
Prof. Amel Ahmed, Political Science, U Mass Amherst
Prof. Thomas Dumm, Political Science, Amherst College
Mie Inouye, Political Science, Yale Graduate School

Astra Taylor is a filmmaker, writer and organizer. Her work focuses on the shared human search for truth, community and freedom. Her latest book, Democracy May Not Exist, But We’ll Miss it When It’s Gone (Metropolitan, May 7) has garnered advance praise from Danielle Allen, Robin DG Kelley, and Rebecca Solnit. In recognition of her work on the student debt crisis, she has been named “a new civil rights leader” among scholars and activists such as Michelle Alexander, Patrice Cullors, and Bryan Stevenson (LA Times). She lives in New York City.

This event is generously supported by the Lamont Fund, the Department of Political Science and the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College. It is free and open to the public.
For further questions, please contact mbrangan@amherst.edu.

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Amherst College
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Third and final lecture of the 2018-2019 Forry and Micken Lecture Series on the "Philosophy of Time"

Thu, Apr 25 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:45pm
Location: 
Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall
ned markosian

Ned Markosian (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) will present the third and final lecture in the 2018-2019 Forry and Micken Lecture Series on "Philosophy of Time." His lecture will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 5 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall. The title of his lecture is "Three New Arguments for the Dynamic Theory of Time." All lectures are free and open to the public. For further information, please contact the Department of Philosophy at (413) 542-5805.

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Amherst College
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High Value Work and the Rise of Women: The Cotton Revolution and Gender Equality in China

Wed, Apr 24 2019 - 4:30pm
Location: 
Fayerweather Hall, 113

Melanie Meng Xue, postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University, will present her studies of a unique historical experiment on relative female income: the cotton revolution, and its impact on the emergence of gender-equitable beliefs. The cotton revolution led to a prolonged phase (1300-1840 AD) of high productivity for women. She hypothesizes that a substantial, long-standing increase in relative female income can erode a resilient cultural belief: that women are less capable than men. Using variation across 1,489 counties in cotton spinning and weaving, she observes the trends in prenatal sex selection, gender-equitable beliefs, and widow suicide in the 17th century. To further isolate the channel of gender-equitable beliefs, she estimates the effect of the cotton revolution under post-1949 state socialism--where both genders had similar economic opportunities, political and legal rights--on predicting a higher probability for the wife to head the household. In addition, she observes the differences between high-value work and low-value work performed by women in shaping gender-equitable beliefs.

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Amherst College
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The Green New Deal: An Evening with Policy Architect Rhiana Gunn-Wright

Mon, Apr 22 2019 - 7:30pm
Location: 
Johnson Chapel
Rhiana Gunn-Wright

It's been called the boldest piece of climate policy in American history. Can the green new deal save us from climate disaster? Come hear from the architect of the policy, Rhiana Gunn-Wright about the creation of the green new deal, and how it can become a law. This event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Amherst College Democrats, Office of Environmental Sustainability, Office of Student Affairs and the Association of Amherst Students.

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Amherst College
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Circuits & Code

Sat, Apr 27 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
Marcus Hall Room 5
Circuits & Code

Circuits & Code is the all-ages, free project showcase of M5, the UMass
Amherst Makerspace for Solid-State Electronics and Computing Machinery.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Directions and parking info: 
M5 is a 5,000 sq. ft. makerspace located in the lower level of Marcus Hall, 100 Natural Resources Road, Amherst 01003. Free parking in any nearby numbered parking lot.
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Enter Marcus Hall on the ground floor level on the side of the building with the double doors with the activation switch
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Circuits and Code 2018

Not Backing Down

Sat, May 4 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: 
Fine Arts Center
Not Backing Down

Legendary rocker Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame, who has emerged as one of the world’s most prominent advocates for Palestinian human rights, will appear at the UMass Fine Arts Center in Amherst on May 4 at 6:30 p.m. for a panel discussion on the accelerating backlash against pro-Palestinian voices.

The panel, “Not Backing Down: Israel, Free Speech, and the Battle for Palestinian Human Rights,” will address recent attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar and other progressives who have spoken out against Israel’s 50-year military occupation of Palestinian land and pushed back against the claim that criticizing Israeli government policies is “anti-Semitic.”

Waters, who has himself been repeatedly vilified as an “anti-Semite” for his criticisms of Israel’s human rights abuses, will be joined on the panel by other activists and journalists who have come under fire and faced death threats for their outspoken criticisms of the occupation.

They include: Palestinian-American political activist Linda Sarsour, the co-founder of MPower Change and co-chair of the Women’s March, who was recently targeted by a private Israeli intelligence firm as part of a coordinated U.S. campaign to prevent her from speaking out against Israeli policies on American college campuses; Marc Lamont Hill, a professor and political commentator who has visited the West Bank with Black Lives Matter and was fired earlier this year by CNN for remarks he made in support of Palestinian rights; and Nation magazine sports editor and author Dave Zirin, a frequent contributor to MSNBC and ESPN who has been called a “self-hating Jew” for his criticisms of Israeli human rights abuses, his outspoken defense of Ilhan Omar, and his support for NFL players who refused to go on a promotional trip to Israel funded by the Israeli government.

“The vicious smears these four people have been subjected to are part of a systematic effort to change the subject and deflect attention away from the billions of dollars in financial and military aid the U.S. continues to give Israel despite its ongoing violations of international law and Palestinian human rights,” said Sut Jhally, a professor of Communication at UMass and the Executive Director of the Northampton-based Media Education Foundation (MEF), which is organizing the event. “The good news is that more and more people – Palestinians, African-Americans, young progressive Jews and Christians alike – are staring down these intimidation tactics, refusing to be silenced, and speaking up for Palestinian human rights regardless of the consequences. This panel is clear evidence of that.”

The panel will be moderated by Vijay Prashad, a journalist and historian who appears regularly on Democracy Now! and the Real News Network and is the author or editor of over 30 books, including Letters to Palestine: Writers Respond to War and Occupation.

This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available at the FAC box office the night of the event, but advanced tickets are highly recommended. For tickets and more information, visit NotBackingDownUmass.com.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Directions and parking info: 
Fine Arts Center 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA. 01003 Free and secure parking is available on Massachusetts Avenue in University Lots 32, 34, and 71 after 5:00pm and all day on weekends. Accessible parking is available in the South Entrance Lot in front of the Fine Arts Center building when the appropriate license plate or placard is displayed.
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