The Bob Sparkman Trio

Sun, Feb 17 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall

Bob Sparkman, clarinet; Jerry Noble, piano; and Kara Noble,bass—presents an afternoon of swinging traditional jazz, from classics like Tin Roof Blues and Swing That Music to elegant ballads like A Cottage For Sale and Blue, Turning Gray (Over You). The performance will be laced with anecdotes and remarks that place the songs in historical context. 

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Smith College
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Film Screening: "Smile Upon Us, Lord"

Sun, Feb 17 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: 
Graham Auditorium, Hillyer, 20 Elm St.

Rimas Tuminas' adaptation of the two novels by fellow Lithuanian, Grigory Kanovich, is a dreamy, ruminative, comedic road trip, centering around the parlous fortunes of Eastern European Jews.  This screening is part of Lewis Global Studies Center's three day symposium "Understanding Russia: Perspectives on Politics and Culture." 

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Smith College
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Akim Volynsky’s Journey to Ballets Magic Kingdom

Fri, Feb 15 2019 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Location: 
Earle Recital Hall, Sage Hall

Russian literature professor Stanley Rabinowitz will discuss his long and unexpected journey of studying the Russian ballet during the eventful and tumultuous years from 1911 to 1925 through the writings of Petersburg’s pre-eminent dance critic, Akim Volynsky (1861-1926). This lecture is part of Lewis Global Studies Center's three-day symposium "Understanding Russia:Perspectives on Politics and Culture."

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Smith College
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Polina Barskova Poetry Reading

Fri, Feb 15 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Poetry Center, Wright Hall

Barshova will be presenting alongside her English translator, Cathy Ciepiela, in this bilingual event. 

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Smith College
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Russian Rock Music and Afternoon Tea

Fri, Feb 15 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
Boeckman Sculpture Court, Brown Fine Arts Center, 20 Elm St.

Enjoy afternoon tea in the Museum Atrium with a soundtrack of contemporary Russian rock, pop, and rap, DJ-ed by Joe Crescente. 

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Smith College
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New Play Reading Series: COMING OF AGE

Thu, Feb 14 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: 
Theatre 100, Mendenhall CPA

COMING OF AGE, Written by Ellen W. Kaplan, directed by Hannah Simms. Gemma researches gender anxieties in Medieval Spain, but at 67, her interest in work has waned. Gemma’s new book is about Teresa de Cartagena, a deaf, Jewish nun, but when Teresa shows up in in Gemma’s whiskey- soaked dreams, she prods Gemma into facing her fears of getting old, and to find meaning in life, beyond “success.” 

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Smith College
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Whose World? Reflections on World Literature from the Other Side of the World

Thu, Feb 14 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: 
Seelye 106

“Whose World? Reflections on World Literature from the Other Side of the World” by Rosinka Chaudhuri, professor of English Literature at the Research Center for Social Sciences in Kolkata.

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Smith College
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Respectful Deflationism

Thu, Feb 28 2019 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Skinner 216
Ned Hall

Edward J. Hall
Norman E. Vuilleumier Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University

When philosophers try to describe the metaphysical concepts of “necessity”, “law”, “essence”, and “ground”, a pair of crucial yet overlooked questions lurk in the background. Using recent “Humean” treatments of laws of nature as a case study, I’ll argue that best understanding of law is along “respectful deflationist” lines. On these accounts, the “law of nature” earns its keep because of the way it helps to organize inquiry, not because of some kind of objective metaphysical
structure.

A Roger W. Holmes Fund Lecture
Sponsored by the Mount Holyoke College Philosophy Department

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Mount Holyoke College
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Chen Chen Poetry Reading

Tue, Feb 19 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Weinstein Auditorium

CHEN CHEN’S debut collection When I Grow Up I Want to
Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions, 2017) was the winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Prize, the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry, selected as a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry, and longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award.

Chen’s visionary poems address youth, family and love playfully and tenderly, navigating the intersections of queer, Asian-American and immigrant identities. Poets & Writers named Chen in their Inspiration Issue as one of “Ten Poets Who Will Change the World” and The Atlantic
featured him in the article “How Poetry Came to Matter Again.”

He studied Pacific/Asian/American Studies at Hampshire College and earned his MFA from Syracuse University and his PhD from Texas Tech University.

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Smith College
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SAGE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY

Thu, Feb 21 2019 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Location: 
Sweeney Concert Hall
Sage Chamber Music Society presents: A Beethoven Cycle: The complete Piano Sonatas VI with Jiayan Sun, piano

Jiayan Sun continues his yearlong exploration of Ludwig van Beethoven’s masterworks with Recital VI: Sonatas 22–26, including the Appassionata  and Les Adieux.

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Free and open to the public. 

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Smith College
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