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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Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.
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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
Not accessible
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.

Fifth Exposure Symposium

Sat, May 6 2017 - 9:00am to 6:30pm
Location: 
Chapin Auditorium

Fifth Exposure is a performance event and symposium that will feature presentations from scholars from universities and colleges around the US. The symposium will open with an evening event on May 5th and continue with a daylong conference on May 6th.  The May 5th event will feature a site-specific installation art performance by Dell M. Hamilton, Tsedaye Makonnen, and Bryana Siobhan, of the group #BlackGirlLit. The women use natural materials, architecture, and their own bodies to construct a world of word and image, placing black women at the center of black subjectivity and artistic production.  #BlackGirlLit will be a one-time only performance event.

Fifth Exposure, the symposium, will take place on Saturday, May 6th.  The event will begin at 9 am and end at 6:30 pm.  Members of the Dark Room will present their current research projects.  Jacqueline Goldsby is the keynote speaker for Fifth Exposure.  Goldsby is Professor of English and African American Studies at Yale University.  Her book, A Spectacular Secret: Lynching in American Life and Literature, examines the public spectacle of lynching in the United States, not as a separate regional phenomenon of secrecy and seclusion, but as a unifying national structure of sight, violence, proximity, and racial participation.

Fifth Exposure will take place in Chapin Auditorium at Mount Holyoke College, and will be free and open to the public.  We are especially interested in inviting area high schools to attend the #BlackGirlLit performance and will be reaching out to coordinate with local administrators.  

Campus: 
Mount Holyoke College
Not accessible
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.
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Fifth Exposure Symposium

Fri, May 5 2017 - 9:00am to 6:30pm
Location: 
Chapin Auditorium

Fifth Exposure is a performance event and symposium that will feature presentations from scholars from universities and colleges around the US. The symposium will open with an evening event on May 5th and continue with a daylong conference on May 6th.  The May 5th event will feature a site-specific installation art performance by Dell M. Hamilton, Tsedaye Makonnen, and Bryana Siobhan, of the group #BlackGirlLit. The women use natural materials, architecture, and their own bodies to construct a world of word and image, placing black women at the center of black subjectivity and artistic production.  #BlackGirlLit will be a one-time only performance event.

Fifth Exposure, the symposium, will take place on Saturday, May 6th.  The event will begin at 9 am and end at 6:30 pm.  Members of the Dark Room will present their current research projects.  Jacqueline Goldsby is the keynote speaker for Fifth Exposure.  Goldsby is Professor of English and African American Studies at Yale University.  Her book, A Spectacular Secret: Lynching in American Life and Literature, examines the public spectacle of lynching in the United States, not as a separate regional phenomenon of secrecy and seclusion, but as a unifying national structure of sight, violence, proximity, and racial participation.

Fifth Exposure will take place in Chapin Auditorium at Mount Holyoke College, and will be free and open to the public.  We are especially interested in inviting area high schools to attend the #BlackGirlLit performance and will be reaching out to coordinate with local administrators.  

Campus: 
Mount Holyoke College
Not accessible
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.
Campus contact: 

Garden Opening Concert at the Renaissance Center

Sat, Jun 10 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: 
Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

To celebrate the official opening of our gardens, we invite you to hear three concerts outside on the grounds of the Renaissance Center.

Guests may take refreshments outside to enjoy during the concerts. No reservations are required. A suggested donation of $5 per person is requested.

Campus: 
Other
Directions and parking info: 
From the South: Take I-91 to exit l9, 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.
Accessible location
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public, but a suggested donation of $5 per person is requested.

Renaissance Sonnetfest

Fri, May 5 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Our annual reading aloud of sonnets followed by a reception.

Campus: 
Other
Directions and parking info: 
From the South: Take I-91 to exit l9, 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.
Accessible location
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.

SSW Public Lecture Series 2017

Fri, Jul 21 2017 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 
Wight Hall, Weinstein Auditorium

Cultural identity formation is a complex and layered process that involves intrapsychic, interpersonal, and sociocultural understandings of individuals and communities. Individuals experience both choice and constraint in the development of cultural identity, and this process is fluid and dynamic throughout the lifespan. This lecture focuses on addressing the complexity of cultural identity formation within the confines of social oppression and trauma, and within open spaces of exploration both within and outside of the therapeutic relationship. The lecture will provide a lens into the patient’s and therapist’s dilemmas of facing choice and constraint in identity and relationship.

Usha Tummala-Narra, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology at Boston College, and in Independent Practice in Cambridge, MA. Her research and scholarship concerns immigration, race, gender, mental health, and cultural competence in psychotherapy practice. She has served on the American Psychological Association Division 39 Board of Directors, the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration, and the APA Task Force on Re-envisioning the Multicultural Guidelines in the 21st Century. She is the author of Psychoanalytic Theory and Cultural Competence in Psychotherapy, published by American Psychological Association Books in 2016.

Campus: 
Smith College
Not accessible
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.

Lyra Summer Music Recital 2017

Fri, Jul 21 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: 
Earle Recital Hall

Lyra Summer Music Recital 2017

Campus: 
Smith College
Accessible location
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.

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