Auditions for Early Music Ensembles

Wed, Sep 6 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: 
Room 210 Pratt Hall

The Five College Early Music Program welcomes students, faculty, and community members interested in auditioning to SING or PLAY in one or more ensembles, including the COLLEGIUM choir, BAROQUE ORCHESTRA (modern string players and adventurous pianists are encouraged to try this!) and chamber music, MEDIEVAL and RENAISSANCE ensembles and VOCES FEMINAE. The auditions are "painless" experiences, held at all the campuses. Performances sponsored by the program feature baroque and Renaissance music played on modern and period instruments and sung in historically-informed style.  Consider beginning RECORDER, VIOLA DA GAMBA, LUTE or RENAISSANCE TROMBONE! We also offer instruction on period instruments (recorders, sackbut, viol, lute, etc.) for modern players, in beginning ensembles and lessons.  Credit is available for ensembles and lessons for MHC, UMass and HC.

Campus: 
Mount Holyoke College
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Auditions for Early Music Ensembles

Tue, Sep 5 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: 
Room 7 Music Center

The Five College Early Music Program welcomes students, faculty, and community members interested in auditioning to SING or PLAY in one or more ensembles, including the COLLEGIUM choir, BAROQUE ORCHESTRA (modern string players and adventurous pianists are encouraged to try this!) and chamber music, MEDIEVAL and RENAISSANCE ensembles and VOCES FEMINAE. The auditions are "painless" experiences, held at all the campuses. Performances sponsored by the program feature baroque and Renaissance music played on modern and period instruments and sung in historically-informed style.  Consider beginning RECORDER, VIOLA DA GAMBA, LUTE or RENAISSANCE TROMBONE! We also offer instruction on period instruments (recorders, sackbut, viol, lute, etc.) for modern players, in beginning ensembles and lessons.  Credit is available for ensembles and lessons for MHC, UMass and HC.

Campus: 
Amherst College
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Auditions for Early Music Ensembles

Tue, Sep 5 2017 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Location: 
Room 170 Fine Arts Center

The Five College Early Music Program welcomes students, faculty, and community members interested in auditioning to SING or PLAY in one or more ensembles, including the COLLEGIUM choir, BAROQUE ORCHESTRA (modern string players and adventurous pianists are encouraged to try this!) and chamber music, MEDIEVAL and RENAISSANCE ensembles and VOCES FEMINAE. The auditions are "painless" experiences, held at all the campuses. Performances sponsored by the program feature baroque and Renaissance music played on modern and period instruments and sung in historically-informed style.  Consider beginning RECORDER, VIOLA DA GAMBA, LUTE or RENAISSANCE TROMBONE! We also offer instruction on period instruments (recorders, sackbut, viol, lute, etc.) for modern players, in beginning ensembles and lessons.  Credit is available for ensembles and lessons for MHC, UMass and HC.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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First-Year Read Author Lecture

Mon, Sep 4 2017 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Location: 
John M. Greene Hall

Address by Cristina Henríquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans, Smith College's 2017 Summer Reading Selection.

The Book of Unknown Americans was named a New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book, an NPR Great Read, The Daily Beast's Novel of the Year, and a Mother Jones, Oprah.com, School Library Journal and BookPage Best Book of the Year.

Campus: 
Smith College
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Geography Department Annual Speaker: Dylan Shane Connor

Tue, Nov 7 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Dwight Hall, Dwight 101

As part of the Geography Department's Annual Speaker series, population geographer Dr. Dylan Shane Connor, research associate at the University of Colorado, Boulder, will give a talk titled "Stability and Change in the Land of Opportunity over the Twentieth Century." The abstract of the talk is as follows: Over the twentieth century, it became more difficult for children born to poorer parents to climb the socioeconomic ladder. Declining upward mobility in the United States is now understood as a local problem, which could be addressed through place-based policy. Relatively little is known, however, of the malleability or historical evolution of places with respect to mobility outcomes. This article uses a new linked sample of over three million parents and children to study the historical geography of opportunity. This analysis reveals dramatic change in which places promoted and constrained upward mobility over the twentieth century. This changing geography of opportunity appears to have been partially precipitated by cycles of regional economic development. The territorial imprint of historical race relations, immigration and ethnic diversity, in contrast, is still evident in mobility differences today. This research suggests that strategies aimed at enhancing upward mobility should promote economic opportunity while contending with more deeply rooted differences between places.

Dr. Dylan Connor, Research Associate at the University of Colorado, Boulder, will give a talk titled "Stability and Change in the Land of Opportunity over the Twentieth Century.

Campus: 
Mount Holyoke College
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Social Science Matters: Jennifer Lawless on "Why Women Don’t Run for Office"

Thu, Nov 9 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Events Hall, Commonwealth Honors College Building

Claims of bias against female candidates abound in American politics. And although these patterns don’t doom women to electoral failure, they raise a formidable series of obstacles that complicate women’s path to elective office. Or so the conventional wisdom goes. This lecture will challenge that prevailing view and argue that the declining novelty of women in politics, coupled with the polarization of the Republican and Democratic parties, has left little space for the sex of a candidate to influence modern campaigns. Based on an in-depth analysis of the 2010 and 2014 congressional elections, Jennifer L. Lawless will demonstrate that male and female House candidates communicate similar messages on the campaign trail, receive similar coverage in the local press, and garner similar evaluations from voters in their districts. Gender is by no means irrelevant, but when they run for office, male and female candidates don’t just perform equally well on Election Day -- they also face a very similar electoral landscape. The problem for women’s representation, however, if that women are less likely than men to throw their hats into the electoral ring in the first place.
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Jennifer L. Lawless is professor of government at American University, where she is also the Director of the Women & Politics Institute.
She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University in 2003 and her B.A. from Union College in 1997. Professor Lawless’ research, which has been supported by the National Science Foundation, focuses on representation, political ambition, and gender in the electoral process.
She is the author of "Becoming a Candidate: Political Ambition and the Decision to Run for Office" (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and the co-author of "Women on the Run: Gender, Media, and Campaigns in a Polarized Era" (Cambridge University Press, 2016), "Running from Office: Why Young Americans Are Turned Off to Politics" (Oxford University Press, 2015), and "It Still Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don’t Run for Office" (Cambridge University Press, 2010). Her work has appeared in academic journals including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Perspectives on Politics, Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and Politics & Gender (of which she served as editor from 2010 – 2013).

She is also a nationally recognized speaker on electoral politics. Her scholarly analysis and political commentary have been quoted in numerous newspapers, magazines, television news programs, and radio shows, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, The New Republic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Associated Press, Reuters, "The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell," "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," "CBS Evening News," "ABC World News Tonight," CNN.com, and MSNBC.com.

For the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections, she was part of the NBC’s "Decision Night in America" programming. In 2006, she sought the Democratic nomination to the U.S. House of Representatives in Rhode Island’s second congressional district.

Sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Department of Political Science, and Commonwealth Honors College. Part of the Social Science Matters speakers series.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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Symposium:The New Latin American Studies

Wed, May 24 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Seelye Hall 201

"Place and Practice: History, Geography and the New Latin American Studies." This symposium will explore in broad terms and from multiple perspectives the emerging intersections of Latin American history, geography and new digital and quantitative data technologies.

It will feature a panel discussion with four scholars of Latin American history and geography whose work is marked by interdisciplinary scholarship and practice, and will address questions dealing with both pedagogy and content, including issues such as:

  • How are new digital and quantitative data technologies transforming research in these fields
  • How can history and Latin American Studies contribute to STEM fields?
  • And given shifting resources, how (or should) the area studies configuration of Latin American Studies remain a meaningful framework of organization and study?
Campus: 
Smith College
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15th Annual Renaissance Festival

Sun, May 7 2017 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Location: 
Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

We’ll have theater, music, falconry, juggling, sword demonstrations from Phoenix Swords, Renaissance games, artisans, dancing and more.

Costumes are encouraged.  Fun for the whole family. Rain or shine. Plenty of on-site free parking. Food for sale from UMass concessions. Free and open to the public, though donations are most welcome.

Campus: 
Other
Directions and parking info: 
From the South: Take I-91 to exit 19, turn right, cross the bridge and go six miles to the Amherst Common which will face you on the left at a traffic light in the middle of town. Turn left at the lights stay on that road, which becomes North Pleasant St. and then (without turning) East Pleasant St. The Center is 650 East Pleasant Street, about 3 miles from the center of town, on the left and just past the fire station on the right. There is a small white sign out front; there is a sign for Stone House Flower Farm across the road. Turn left into our dirt driveway and come down to the two parking lots at the Center. From the North: Take I-91 to exit 18; at the exit go to the traffic light and turn left on Damon Road. At the end of Damon Road, at the bridge construction, turn left again over the bridge and follow the directions above. From the East: Take the Mass Pike (I-90) to Exit 4, go north (toward Holyoke) onto I-91 and follow the directions for those coming from the south. Those using Route 9 from the east or west will come into the center of Amherst. At the traffic light at the Common, turn north along the Common. You are on South Pleasant Street, soon to become East Pleasant Street. Follow East Pleasant Street to 650 and refer to the directions above. From the West: Take the Mass Pike (I-90) to Exit 4, and follow the directions above.
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Museums10 Summit Keynote

Mon, May 15 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
Graham Hall - HILLYR

"Inside Out: Transforming Museums Through Collaboration, Community Involvement and Social Action"

How can we expand the human-centered work of museums to bring people together and embrace a diversity of voices, stories, and knowledge?

Mike Murawski, Director of Education & Public Programs at the Portland Art Museum, presents the keynote for the annual Museums10 summit.

Campus: 
Smith College
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