Five College Consortium

Biology Monday Seminar: "Evolution of Homomorphic Sex Chromosomes, Sex-Biased Gene Expression in the Common Frog"

Mon, Dec 10 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
Science Center, A011

Wen-Juan Ma, Ph.D. and postdoctoral research associate at Amherst College, will present "Evolution of Homomorphic Sex Chromosomes, Sex-Biased Gene Expression in the Common Frog."

"My research focuses on the fields of evolution and genomics of sex chromosomes and mating-type chromosomes, sex determination, as well as evolution of asexuality (especially induced by the bacteria Wolbachia). To understand the evolution and genomics of sex chromosomes and sex determination, I have used a broad range of non-model organisms, including invertebrate haplodiploid parasitic wasps, vertebrate amphibians, angiosperm plants and parasitic plant anther smut fungi, using various approaches in combination of fieldwork, experimental crosses, common garden experiment, molecular genetics and comparative genomics. Previously, my work on genomics of homomorphic sex chromosomes in the common frogs was investigating of evolutionary signatures of early stage of sex chromosome evolution, such as transcriptional degeneration, feminization of X chromosomes, dynamics of sex-biased gene expression throughout development and among adult tissues. The results revealed that sex-biased gene expressions were not enriched in sex chromosomes, no transcriptional degeneration occurred and no Faster-X (sex chromosome) evolution evolved, suggesting the canonical model of sexual antagonistic selection might not play a critical role at least in amphibian sex chromosome evolution. Currently, I am using comparative genomics approach to investigate temporal degeneration of non-recombining mating-type chromosomes in a series of anther smut Microbotryum fungi species."

Campus: 
Amherst College
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Emily Dickinson's 188th Birthday Celebration

Sat, Dec 8 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: 
Emily Dickinson Museum

You and your family are cordially invited to celebrate Emily Dickinson's 188th birthday at her home - the Emily Dickinson Museum! On Saturday, December 8, join us from 1pm to 4pm for a festive open house. Tour the Homestead and The Evergreens at your leisure for free; enjoy the Holiday decorations and traditional music; decorate an ornament with a special birthday message and hang it on the tree at The Evergreens or take it home; and of course, enjoy coconut cake made from the poet’s own recipe.

All are welcome and no fee or reservations are required. Full schedule on our website.

Campus: 
Amherst College
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Free
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Hampshire Gallery Exhibition Reception

Wed, Dec 12 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
Hampshire College Art Gallery, Harold F. Johnson Library Building, Ground Floor

Artwork of students from each Five College campus will be on display at the Hampshire College Art Gallery from December 10 through December 13 in a show entitled, “It’s not about space, it’s about space.”

The exhibition will present work by the 13 students of the 2018 Five College Advanced Studio Seminar, a consortium course made up of top art students from each Five College campus. For this year’s course—titled Committed to the Idea: Conceptual Cohesion Across Mediums—students worked with New York City-based multi-disciplinary artist Miatta Kawinzi.

“Their work considers the concept of space as physical, social, emotional and temporal,” says Kawinzi, “posing questions that suggest divergent narratives and open up ‘s p a c e’ for new interpretation and exploration.”

Details of the exhibition

Reception: Wednesday, December 12th, 2018, 6 - 8 pm.
Exhibition dates: Monday, December 10th - Thursday, December 13th, 2018.
Location: Hampshire College Art Gallery, Harold F. Johnson Library Building, Ground Floor

Campus: 
Hampshire College
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Hampshire Gallery exhibition highlights works of Five College students

Repeats every day until Thu Dec 13 2018.
Mon, Dec 10 2018 (All day)
Tue, Dec 11 2018 (All day)
Wed, Dec 12 2018 (All day)
Thu, Dec 13 2018 (All day)
Location: 
Hampshire College Art Gallery, Harold F. Johnson Library Building, Ground Floor

Artwork of students from each Five College campus will be on display at the Hampshire College Art Gallery from December 10 through December 13 in a show entitled, “It’s not about space, it’s about space.”

The exhibition will present work by the 13 students of the 2018 Five College Advanced Studio Seminar, a consortium course made up of top art students from each Five College campus. For this year’s course—titled Committed to the Idea: Conceptual Cohesion Across Mediums—students worked with New York City-based multi-disciplinary artist Miatta Kawinzi.

“Their work considers the concept of space as physical, social, emotional and temporal,” says Kawinzi, “posing questions that suggest divergent narratives and open up ‘s p a c e’ for new interpretation and exploration.”

Students participating in the Five College Advanced Studio Seminar and exhibition:

Levi Booker, Mount Holyoke

Edward Fath, UMass

Peter Fath, UMass

Emily Gear, Hampshire

Luis Guevara, Hampshire

Arianna Gutierrez, Smith

Kiana Harper, UMass

Yizhen Huang, Mount Holyoke

Anton Kaplan, Hampshire

Tehreem Mela, Mount Holyoke

Emily Shari, Hampshire

Julia Shea, Amherst

Sarah White, Smith

 

Campus: 
Hampshire College
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Fall Studio Production

Sat, Dec 8 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: 
Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre

Fall Studio Production 

FAR AWAY by Caryl Churchill 

directed by Gabby Farrah '19

December 6 & 8 at 7:30 PM in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre

Confronting our deepest fears, Caryl Churchill's extraordinary play depicts a chilling world where everyone is at war, and not even the birds and trees can be trusted.

Free and open to the public.

Campus: 
Smith College
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The House of Bernarda Alba

Sun, Dec 9 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: 
Rooke Theatre

After her husband's death, iron-fisted Bernarda imposes an eight-year mourning period on her daughters, trapping them in a claustrophobic house teeming with jealousy and repressed desire under the burning Spanish sun.

Campus: 
Mount Holyoke College
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The House of Bernarda Alba

Repeats every day until Sat Dec 08 2018.
Thu, Dec 6 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Fri, Dec 7 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Sat, Dec 8 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: 
Rooke Theatre

After her husband's death, iron-fisted Bernarda imposes an eight-year mourning period on her daughters, trapping them in a claustrophobic house teeming with jealousy and repressed desire under the burning Spanish sun.

Campus: 
Mount Holyoke College
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Stephen Finley: Wheels, Wombs and Women ~ Louis Farrakhan, UFOs and the Religious Meaning of Black Women's Bodies in the Nation of Islam

Mon, Dec 3 2018 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall

Join us for a public lecture by Stephen C. Finley, Associate Professor at Louisiana State University. Finley is a member of the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies at Louisiana State and is the Director of the African & African American Studies Program. This presentation will argue that making theoretical sense of UFO (what the Nation of Islam calls the "Mother Wheel") discourses in the Nation of Islam and--indeed--Louis Farrakhan's own UFO narrative are necessary to make sense of the ultimate significance of race, "gender" and sexuality in the religion. More specifically, the religious meaning of women's embodiment in the Nation of Islam are refracted though the meaning of Farrakhan's own body, which is not intelligible outside of his UFO narrative. In short, wheels, wombs and women are inextricably bound in the Nation of Islam. This event is generously supported by the Amherst College Religion Department and the Willis D. Wood Fund.

Campus: 
Amherst College
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"REFLECT/RESPOND": A Limón Dance Legacy Concert

Fri, Jan 25 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: 
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
Five College dancers in José Limón's "The Exiles"

The renowned José Limón Dance Company presents their classic work The Exiles as part of an extended residency hosted by UMass Music & Dance. Members of the company will also join UMass and Five College dance students in performing Limón's masterpiece, Choreographic OfferingAdditionally, UMass and Five College dancers will present a new work by critically acclaimed choreographer David Dorfman as a reflection/response to Choreographic Offering.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Directions and parking info: 
For Concert Hall events, and other events in the Fine Arts Center building, 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. Please note: the Visitors Center parking lot and all meters near the Fine Arts Center are pay-to-park from 7:00am to 7:00pm. For more information on parking options near the Fine Arts Center, please visit the UMass interactive parking map.
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Wheelchair and companion seating are located in sections 2 and 3. Restrooms and water fountains are located off the lobby and in the refuge area outside section 3 to the right of the stage.
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Adults $20.00, Seniors/Students/Youth $5.00
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Circuits & Code

Sat, Dec 8 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: 
5 Marcus Hall, 100 Natural Resources Rd, Amherst MA 01003

Come to Circuits & Code, the M5 end of semester showcase, on Saturday, December 8th from 1PM to 4PM!
M5 is the Electrical & Computer Engineering Makerspace at UMass Amherst.
Bring yourself, your friends, and your family to interact with projects including robot arms, animatronic reindeer, DIY synths and keyboards, and much, much more!

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Directions and parking info: 
This event takes place in M5. M5 is located in Marcus Hall, on the lower level. Marcus Hall is located at 100 Natural Resources Road, Amherst, MA 01003. There are multiple parking lots behind Marcus Hall that are available on the weekend.
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