"Freedom of Speech Under Assault on Campus": A Talk by Daniel Jacobson

Thu, Apr 13 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: 
Beneski Earth Sciences Building, Paino Lecture Hall

Philosopher Daniel Jacobson of the University of Michigan will present the second lecture in the 2016-17 Forry and Micken Lecture Series on "Speech and Harm." His lecture is titled "Freedom of Speech Under Assault on Campus," and will be presented in Paino Lecture Hall (Beneski 107) on Thursday, April 13, at 5 p.m.

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Amherst College
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Five College Chemistry Seminar

Thu, Apr 13 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Location: 
Lederle Graduate Research Center Room 1634

On April 13, Professor Sam Houk of the Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University, and Ames National Laboratory, will give a seminar on "Mass Spectrometry from Atoms to Metabolites: Fundamentals and Applications of ICP-MS and Laser Ablation Electrospray Ionization."

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UMass Amherst
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Death of Leviathan: Protest Politics and State Phobia

Wed, Apr 12 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Location: 
Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

The Political Science and the Sexuality, Women’s & Gender Studies Departments of Amherst College present: The Death of Leviathan: Protest Politics and State Phobia.

This event is free and open to the public.

Presented by Nikita Dhawan, professor of political science and director of the Research Platform Gender Studies: “Identities-Discourses-Transformations” at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

Nikita Dhawan will examine the romantic enthusiasm evoked by the protest movements that seek to reconfigure international politics by way of interpellating a global demos that has been wronged by the neoliberal beast, and how they erase the exploitative and exclusionary material conditions that make possible the exercise of agency of the global citizens.

This event is being sponsored by the Lurcy Fund, the Lamont Fund, the Political Science and the Sexuality, Women’s & Gender Studies Departments of Amherst College.

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Amherst College
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Reporting Muslims and Arabs in the Anglo-American Media

Tue, Apr 18 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Seelye Hall Room 201

The Anglo-American media coverage of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is dominated by news of conflict. There is no doubt that the region has seen many conflicts throughout the 20th century and into the 21st century, from anti-colonial uprisings, to the Arab-Israeli conflict, to the rise of militant religious groups like Al-Qaeda and the self-declared Islamic State (or ISIS), to recent Arab “revolts”. Nevertheless, the coverage of the MENA region in mainstream Anglo-American media has been impacted by currents of “Orientalism” that perpetrate negative stereotypes and connotations about Arabs and Muslims, which in turn reinforce Islamophopic sentiments in mainstream news discourse and various sectors of the Anglo-American society, and engender hate and fear against Arabs in general and Muslims specifically. This lecture will explore the coverage of Arabs and Muslims in the Anglophone media, by drawing on examples from the news coverage in Britain and the United States.

Dr. Zahera Harb is senior lecturer in International Journalism at City University of London. She has more than 11 years of experience as a journalist in Lebanon working for Lebanese and international media organizations. She is also a board member of Ethical Journalism Network. Her recent publications include Narrating Conflict in the Middle East: Discourse, Image and Communications Practices in Lebanon and Palestine (IB Tauris 2017). She is review editor for the Journal of Media Practice.
Sponsored by the Smith College Religion Department, Government Department, Endowed Lecture Fund, Lewis Global Studies Center, and the Five College Lecture Fund.
Campus: 
Smith College
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Koh Isha: A Concert of Jewish Music

Mon, May 1 2017 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Location: 
Jewish Community Center of Amherst

Music from across the diaspora, including works by Salamone Rossi, wordless Ashkenazi tunes, and Sephardic folk songs from Spain, Bosnia, and Turkey.

Included: heartbreak, advice from mothers to daughters, lullabies, liturgy, and at least one song about a king.

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Other
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The Happiest Song Plays Last (English and Español)

Sat, Apr 15 2017 (All day)
Location: 
Fine Arts Center

There’s power in family traditions. There’s power in the songs sung and the food served at gatherings. They bind families and communities together across time and distance.

Pulitzer-winner Quiara Alegía Hudes’ The Happiest Song Plays Last follows Puerto Rican cousins Elliot and Yaz as they navigate their haunted pasts and uncertain futures in the shifting political climate of a post-9/11 world. Elliot, a former marine, is now a military consultant for a war film in Jordan; while Yaz, a music professor, opens her house to feed and assist the local community in North Philadelphia. Against the backdrop of the Arab Spring, Elliot and an international cast of characters explore and negotiate their identities as politically marginalized persons in worlds and cultures that often erase and silence their narratives. Elliot and Yaz must not only find ways of protest and language to end the cyclical violence that haunts their family, but also find music to feed and heal their souls.

“This play promotes cultural pride and understanding. It not only provides space for us to strengthen connections to our own cultural roots, but also helps us investigate our identities as global citizens in the current political climate,” shares director Jennifer Onopa.

The play is a complex mixture, balancing epic historical events with intimate life moments, all of them connected through the wonders of modern technology and the richness of Puerto Rican cuatro music.

The UMass Theater Department has assembled an appropriately diverse cast and creative team to bring these characters’ stories to the stage. The production features a local musician who will perform the cuatro live at every performance.

“Our hope is to engage with diverse audiences within and around the area.  We look forward to several pre- and post-show events with community groups, ranging from CMASS to UMass Veterans, during which audiences, community members, and theatre artists can engage in dialogue about various aspects of the play,” says Onopa.

Production dramaturg Gaven D. Trinidad says, “Music, language, and theatre are mediums through which we can imagine new worlds of diversity and equality. Let’s sing, imagine, and create something new together.”

The Happiest Song Plays Last runs April 5 – 15 at the UMass Fine Arts Center.

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UMass Amherst
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The Happiest Song Plays Last (English and Español)

Fri, Apr 14 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: 
Fine Arts Center

There’s power in family traditions. There’s power in the songs sung and the food served at gatherings. They bind families and communities together across time and distance.

Pulitzer-winner Quiara Alegía Hudes’ The Happiest Song Plays Last follows Puerto Rican cousins Elliot and Yaz as they navigate their haunted pasts and uncertain futures in the shifting political climate of a post-9/11 world. Elliot, a former marine, is now a military consultant for a war film in Jordan; while Yaz, a music professor, opens her house to feed and assist the local community in North Philadelphia. Against the backdrop of the Arab Spring, Elliot and an international cast of characters explore and negotiate their identities as politically marginalized persons in worlds and cultures that often erase and silence their narratives. Elliot and Yaz must not only find ways of protest and language to end the cyclical violence that haunts their family, but also find music to feed and heal their souls.

“This play promotes cultural pride and understanding. It not only provides space for us to strengthen connections to our own cultural roots, but also helps us investigate our identities as global citizens in the current political climate,” shares director Jennifer Onopa.

The play is a complex mixture, balancing epic historical events with intimate life moments, all of them connected through the wonders of modern technology and the richness of Puerto Rican cuatro music. 

The UMass Theater Department has assembled an appropriately diverse cast and creative team to bring these characters’ stories to the stage. The production features a local musician who will perform the cuatro live at every performance.

“Our hope is to engage with diverse audiences within and around the area.  We look forward to several pre- and post-show events with community groups, ranging from CMASS to UMass Veterans, during which audiences, community members, and theatre artists can engage in dialogue about various aspects of the play,” says Onopa.

Production dramaturg Gaven D. Trinidad says, “Music, language, and theatre are mediums through which we can imagine new worlds of diversity and equality. Let’s sing, imagine, and create something new together.” 

The Happiest Song Plays Last runs April 5 – 15 at the UMass Fine Arts Center.

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UMass Amherst
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The Happiest Song Plays Last (English and Español)

Mon, Apr 10 2017 - 7:30pm to Thu, Apr 13 2017 - 9:30pm
Location: 
Fine Arts Center

There’s power in family traditions. There’s power in the songs sung and the food served at gatherings. They bind families and communities together across time and distance.

Pulitzer-winner Quiara Alegía Hudes’ The Happiest Song Plays Last follows Puerto Rican cousins Elliot and Yaz as they navigate their haunted pasts and uncertain futures in the shifting political climate of a post-9/11 world. Elliot, a former marine, is now a military consultant for a war film in Jordan; while Yaz, a music professor, opens her house to feed and assist the local community in North Philadelphia. Against the backdrop of the Arab Spring, Elliot and an international cast of characters explore and negotiate their identities as politically marginalized persons in worlds and cultures that often erase and silence their narratives. Elliot and Yaz must not only find ways of protest and language to end the cyclical violence that haunts their family, but also find music to feed and heal their souls.

“This play promotes cultural pride and understanding. It not only provides space for us to strengthen connections to our own cultural roots, but also helps us investigate our identities as global citizens in the current political climate,” shares director Jennifer Onopa.

The play is a complex mixture, balancing epic historical events with intimate life moments, all of them connected through the wonders of modern technology and the richness of Puerto Rican cuatro music.

The UMass Theater Department has assembled an appropriately diverse cast and creative team to bring these characters’ stories to the stage. The production features a local musician who will perform the cuatro live at every performance.

“Our hope is to engage with diverse audiences within and around the area.  We look forward to several pre- and post-show events with community groups, ranging from CMASS to UMass Veterans, during which audiences, community members, and theatre artists can engage in dialogue about various aspects of the play,” says Onopa. 

Production dramaturg Gaven D. Trinidad says, “Music, language, and theatre are mediums through which we can imagine new worlds of diversity and equality. Let’s sing, imagine, and create something new together.”

The Happiest Song Plays Last runs April 5 – 15 at the UMass Fine Arts Center.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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The Happiest Song Plays Last (English and Español)

Wed, Apr 12 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: 
Fine Arts Center

There’s power in family traditions. There’s power in the songs sung and the food served at gatherings. They bind families and communities together across time and distance.

Pulitzer-winner Quiara Alegía Hudes’ The Happiest Song Plays Last follows Puerto Rican cousins Elliot and Yaz as they navigate their haunted pasts and uncertain futures in the shifting political climate of a post-9/11 world. Elliot, a former marine, is now a military consultant for a war film in Jordan; while Yaz, a music professor, opens her house to feed and assist the local community in North Philadelphia. Against the backdrop of the Arab Spring, Elliot and an international cast of characters explore and negotiate their identities as politically marginalized persons in worlds and cultures that often erase and silence their narratives. Elliot and Yaz must not only find ways of protest and language to end the cyclical violence that haunts their family, but also find music to feed and heal their souls.

“This play promotes cultural pride and understanding. It not only provides space for us to strengthen connections to our own cultural roots, but also helps us investigate our identities as global citizens in the current political climate,” shares director Jennifer Onopa. 

The play is a complex mixture, balancing epic historical events with intimate life moments, all of them connected through the wonders of modern technology and the richness of Puerto Rican cuatro music.

The UMass Theater Department has assembled an appropriately diverse cast and creative team to bring these characters’ stories to the stage. The production features a local musician who will perform the cuatro live at every performance.

“Our hope is to engage with diverse audiences within and around the area.  We look forward to several pre- and post-show events with community groups, ranging from CMASS to UMass Veterans, during which audiences, community members, and theatre artists can engage in dialogue about various aspects of the play,” says Onopa.

Production dramaturg Gaven D. Trinidad says, “Music, language, and theatre are mediums through which we can imagine new worlds of diversity and equality. Let’s sing, imagine, and create something new together.”

The Happiest Song Plays Last runs April 5 – 15 at the UMass Fine Arts Center.

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UMass Amherst
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Layaali Arabic Music Ensemble's Kinan Idnawi and Michel Moushabeck

Fri, Apr 14 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall

Mark your calendar and join us on April 14th at 7 pm, at UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall, for an evening of music and literature from Lebanon featuring Layaali Arabic Music Ensemble's Kinan Idnawi (oud) and Michel Moushabeck (percussion) together with award-winning Lebanese novelists Alexandra Chreiteh and Jana Fawaz Elhassan, and translator Michelle Hartman.

The event is FREE and open to the public. A reception will follow.

The event is sponsored by The Massachusetts Review, Interlink Publishing, The Common, Five Colleges, the Five College Arabic program, UMass Comp Lit, LLC at UMass, and English at Smith and UMass.

You can listen to a music video clip of a recent performance by Kinan and Michel on the Layaali Arabic Music Ensemble Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/layaaliArabicMusic/

ALEXANDRA CHREITEH (Shraytekh) is author of Always Coca-Cola and Ali and His Russian Mother. She is Mellon-Bridge Professor of Arabic and International Literary and Cultural Studies at Tufts University. Her work has been translated to English and German.

JANA FAWAZ ELHASSAN is an award-winning novelist and short story writer from Lebanon. In November 2015, she was featured in the BBC 100 Women Season, an annual two-week season that features inspiring women from around the world. Her first novel won Lebanon’s Simon Hayek Award and her second novel was shortlisted for the International Prize of Arabic Fiction. The Ninety-Ninth Floor—shortlisted for the 2015 International Prize for International Fiction—is her third novel and the first to be translated into English.

MICHELLE HARTMAN is an associate professor of Arabic and francophone literature at McGill University and a literary translator from Arabic and French into English. She has translated novels by Muhammad Kamil al-Khatib (Just Like a River), Iman Humaydan (Other Lives and Wild Mulberries), Alexandra Chreiteh (Always Coca-Cola and Ali and His Russian Mother), and Jana Fawaz Elhassan (The Ninety-Ninth Floor).

KINAN IDNAWI is renowned Syrian oud player and composer. A graduate of the High Music Institute in Damascus, Idnawi accompanied Marcel Khalife and his Al-Mayadeen Ensemble in Morocco, the United Arab Emirates, Austria, and Lebanon for its inaugural concert in October 2008. He performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris, La Scala in Milan, and Teatro Massimo in Palermo, where he played the Arabian Concerto composed by Marcel Khalife. In 2009, he won first place in the International Oud Competition in Beirut, Lebanon. He recently received his Masters degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. His debut cd Aura was released in 2015.

MICHEL MOUSHABECK is a Palestinian, born and raised in Beirut. He has been the lead percussionist of the Massachusetts-based Layaali Arabic Music Ensemble for 25 years. His recording credits include two albums Lost Songs of Palestine and Folk Songs and Dance Music from Turkey and the Arab World. He is the author of several books and lectures frequently on Arabic music and literature. He is the founder of Interlink Publishing and makes his living as an editor and publisher.

Hope you can make it.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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