In the wake of German unification, the long and contentious 1990s saw many of East Germany’s artists come under attack. In essence, these debates were about the roles East German artists would be allowed to play in unified Germany. Panelists will discuss their recollections and thoughts about the evolution of attitudes towards East German art in the years after German unification.
A Place in Berlin | Intro by Barton Byg, UMass Amherst
Konzert im Freien
(Germany, 2001, dir. Jürgen Böttcher, 86 min., color, doc., EN ST)
A team of artists was commissioned to create the Marx-Engels Forum, a sculpture group commemorating the international workers’ movement in the center of East Berlin. Böttcher blends old and newly-shot footage of the monument to explore the changing meanings of monuments. Two well-known (East) German jazz musicians—Günter “Baby” Sommer (perc) and Dietmar Diesner (sax)—interpret the space and images musically.
Jazz in July Faculty Concert featuring Sheila Jordan, Avery Sharpe, Winard Harper, Earl MacDonald, Jeff Holmes, Barry Ries, Bob Ferrier, Bruce Diehl, Genevieve Rose, and Ted Sullivan.
In its 37th year, the annual Jazz in July Summer Music Program is a renowned jazz education, performance, and improvisation program is held each year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Jazz in July isummer-intensive workshop examining the technique, history, and culture of jazz. Jazz legends such as Dr. Billy Taylor, Sheila Jordan, and Max Roach helped develop Jazz in July’s strong foundation in the traditions of jazz.
Jazz in July faculty spend two weeks working with students to hone their skills as jazz musicians. Thursday night is the faculty’s time to shine, showing their chops as prominent jazz musicians.
In its 37th year, Annual Jazz in July Summer Music Programs runs July 9 through 20. The renowned jazz education, performance, and improvisation program is held each year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Jazz in July is a summer-intensive workshop examining the technique, history, and culture of jazz. Jazz legends such as Dr. Billy Taylor, Sheila Jordan, and Max Roach helped develop Jazz in July’s strong foundation in the traditions of jazz.
Jazz in July is a program of the UMass Fine Arts Center, sponsored in cooperation with the UMass Department of Music & Dance and the UMass College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Instrumental Ensemble and Vocal Soloists programs offer students the chance to study with professional world-class faculty. The rigorous training includes instrument/vocal master classes, group clinics, jazz theory and improvisation training, ensemble coaching, jam sessions, combined lectures, and public performances by participants.
Here we present our student combos and vocalists in a relaxed, club environment. This event takes place in the Marriott Center, 11th floor of the Campus Center complex at the University of Massachusetts. Light refreshments and cash bar. Suggested donation is $10.
Come check out the 44th Annual NOFA Summer Conference, held here at Hampshire College, August 10-12. This year, Hampshire College alum Rowen White of Sierra Seeds will be one of the keynote speakers, along with Eric Holt Gimenez of Food First. This three-day conference offers a wide-range of seminars, workshops and other educational opportunities regarding organic food, food systems, and agricultural wisdom through the ages.
The Juniper Summer Writing Institute hosts readings of prose and poetry at the University of Massachusetts Sunday, June 17 to Saturday, June 23rd.
Readings are open to the public and begin at 7:30 pm in the Bezanson Recital Hall—Fine Arts Center. Books will be available for sale, and the authors available for signings.
The Juniper Summer Writing Institute, a program of the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers, brings together writers of all levels to work closely with world-renowned poets and writers.
Workshops in poetry, fiction, and memoir are the heart of the program that includes craft sessions and manuscript consultation with guest writers.
Sunday, June 17: Bianca Stone and Joy Williams BIANCA STONE is a poet and visual artist. Her books include Poetry Comics
From the Book of Hours, (Pleiades, 2016), the illustrated edition of Antigonick, (New Directions, 2012) a collaboration with Anne Carson, and most recently The Mobius Strip Club of Grief, (Tin House, 2018). JOY WILLIAMS is the author of five story collections and four novels, including The Quick and the Dead, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and a book of essays, Ill Nature, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Monday, June 18: Stephen Graham Jones and Evie Shockley STEPHEN GRAHAM JONES is the author of 16 novels, most recently Mongrels, six story collections, and some comics. He has received an NEA fellowship in fiction and other accolades. EVIE SHOCKLEY is the author of the new black, for which she won the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry, and semiautomatic (Wesleyan, 2017), among other collections of poetry. Her honors include the 2015 Stephen Henderson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry and the 2012 Holmes National Poetry Prize.
Tuesday, June 19: Terrance Hayes, Eileen Myles and Lisa Olstein TERRANCE HAYES is the author of five poetry collections. His honors include a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Guggenheim fellowship, and a
2014 MacArthur fellowship. He is the current poetry editor at New York Times Magazine and has two forthcoming manuscripts. EILEEN MYLES is a poet, novelist, performer and art journalist. They are the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship in nonfiction, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital art writers' grant, four Lambda Book Awards, the Shelley Prize from the PSA, and others. LISA OLSTEIN is the author of four poetry collections, most recently, Late Empire (Copper Canyon, 2017). She co-founded and for ten years directed the Juniper Summer Writing Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
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Wednesday, June 20: Rickey Laurentiis and Margaret Wilkerson Sexton RICKEY LAURENTIIS is the author of Boy with Thorn, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and the Levis Reading Prize, and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery award. MARGARET WILKERSON SEXTON was a recipient of the Lombard Fellowship and spent a year in the Dominican Republic working for a civil rights organization and writing. Her debut novel, A Kind of Freedom, was long-listed for the National Book Award, and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Thursday, June 21: Camille Rankine, Matthew Zapruder and Leni Zumas CAMILLE RANKINE’S first full-length collection of poetry, Incorrect Merciful Impulses, was published in 2016 by Copper Canyon. She is the recipient of fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and the National Endowment for the Arts, and was named an Honorary Cave Canem Fellow. MATTHEW ZAPRUDER is the author of four collections of poetry and Why Poetry, a book of prose.
An associate professor in the MFA at Saint Mary’s College of California, he is also editor at large at Wave Books. LENI ZUMAS is the author of three books of fiction: Red Clocks, The Listeners, and Farewell Navigator. She lives in Oregon, where she teaches in the BFA and MFA programs at Portland State University.
Friday, June 22: Noy Holland accompanied by Arthur Flowers, and Dorothea Lasky ARTHUR FLOWERS is the author of novels, nonfiction and graphic works including Mojo Rising - Confessions of a 21st Century Conjureman, and I See the Promised Land. NOY HOLLAND’S I Was Trying to Describe What It Feels Like, New and Selected Stories, was published by Counterpoint in January 2017. She has received a Massachusetts Cultural Council award for artistic merit and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. DOROTHEA LASKY is the author of five books of poetry, including the forthcoming Milk (Wave Books, 2018). An assistant professor of poetry at Columbia University's School of the Arts, she co-directs Columbia Artist/Teachers and lives in New York City.
Saturday, June 23: Mitchell S. Jackson, Paul Lisicky and Dara Wier MITCHELL S. JACKSON’S debut novel is The Residue Years. He received a Whiting Award and The Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence. PAUL LISICKY is the author of memoirs, novels, and Unbuilt Projects, a collection of short prose. DARA WIER’S newest book of poems is in the still of the night (Wave Books, 2017). She is a publisher and editor of the small independent press factory hollow press, and the literary magazine jubilat.
She co-founded the Juniper Initiative for literary arts and action and the Juniper Summer Writing Institute and Workshops.
OCD Massachusetts, in conjunction with Smith College, presents a series of preeminent speakers in the field of OCD and related disorders. The presentation takes place from 7:00–8:00pm.
This symposium is for the whole Hampshire community, and for campus planners, sustainability directors, educators, administrators, operations staff, policy professionals, and design and construction professionals. We will focus on igniting action and sharing solutions for creating positive change at higher ed institutions through the lens of the built environment.
Come on Monday the 25th to tour Hampshire's own Living Building, the R.W. Kern Center, as well as the nearby Hitchcock Center for the Environment. In the evening, join us for a dinner reception with outgoing president Jonathan Lash.
Tuesday the 26th features a full day of education sessions and break-out groups covering everything from social justice in sustainability to campus-scale environmental commitments.
It will to be a great two days of inspiration and connection. We hope to see you there!
Visit the event webpage to see the full educational schedule, register, and for travel/lodging information.
See how rainwater is collected, filtered, and treated to supply the building's potable water. Check out the greywater system to learn how wastewater is filtered via the building's indoor plants and sent outdoors to a constructed wetland. We’ll lift the hood on the composting toilets, kick the tires on the rooftop solar, and see how we keep tabs on where the electricity goes. We'll also take look at the finishes and materials that make up a Living Building, and some clever and puzzling details you might miss on a casual walk-through.
Register at Eventbrite to let us know you're coming, and meet under the stairs in the atrium.
For more Living Building fun head over to the Hitchcock Center for the Environment at noon!
Presenting the keynote address for Museums10’s annual summit, museum educators Keonna Hendrick and Marit Dewhurst will provide participants with an introduction to dismantling racism in museums, offering a broad scope to contemporary strategies and discussions that make space for diverse visitors and colleagues to engage with museums without marginalization. Their discussion will include an exploration of the benefits of prioritizing racial and cultural inclusivity in museum work, strategies for implementation, and the positive potential impact museum practitioners have on communities when they work through an inclusive lens.