Five College Consortium

Written on the Body

Thu, Oct 18 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Location: 
Franklin Patterson Hall, West Lecture Hall

Written by and for trans and non-binary survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, the new anthology Written on the Body offers support, guidance, and hope for those who struggle to find safety at home, in the body, and other impossible-seeming places. This collection of letters written to body parts weaves together powerful narratives of gender, identity, and abuse, caringly collected and tenderly held.

In these letters, contributors are remembering, reinventing, and reclaiming their words, bodies, families, and homes as they create new definitions of what wholeness means. In writing and sharing these stories of ourselves and our bodies, bodies that often experience such severe isolation and disconnection, we begin to build resources for finding experiences in common and healing together.

Join contributors of the book as they share excerpts, answer questions, and lift up trans and non-binary voices, claiming space to be and feel alive in our bodies, alone and together, and to vision a future in which every part of us survives and thrives.

Campus: 
Hampshire College
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John Lax Memorial Lecture - Peter C. Perdue: "From Paris to Beijing in 1900: A Global Moment?"

Thu, Oct 18 2018 - 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
Mary Woolley Hall, NY Room

Peter C. Perdue, Professor of History, Yale University, will speak on "From Paris to Beijing in 1900: A Global Moment?"

Campus: 
Mount Holyoke College
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Visualizing Environmental Injustice in Puerto Rico

Tue, Oct 16 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: 
Hampshire College Art Gallery

In Puerto Rico, what the State has billed as “progress” and “development” has often resulted in environmental harms to ecosystems and communities. In this talk, Professor Hilda Lloréns will detail the makings of environmental injustice in Puerto Rico from the 1970s to the present.

Hilda Lloréns is an anthropologist whose research examines the relationship between race, ethnicity, and gender and different manifestations of injustice. She is the author of "Imaging the Great Puerto Rican Family: Framing Nation, Race, and Gender during the American Century" (2014). Prof. Lloréns teaches anthropology at the University of Rhode Island.

This program is offered in conjunction with the exhibition 'The Museum of the Old Colony,' and is supported by the Hampshire College Art Gallery and a grant from the Roddenberry Foundation.

Campus: 
Hampshire College
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Free and open to the public.
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Guest Lecture: Diversity and Disaster in Eastern European Religious History

Thu, Oct 18 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
West Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall

Professor Michael Strmiska, PhD, of Orange County Community College in New York State, will give a PowerPoint lecture on the history of religion in Eastern Europe from ancient times to the present. He will explain the religious diversity that has existed alongside religious intolerance, embracing Pagan traditions, Judaism, Islam, alternate forms of Christianity, and more recently, Eastern religions. He will examine factors which fostered tolerance and respect for religious diversity in Eastern Europe, at certain moments, or gave rise to fanatical intolerance and persecution, at other times, from Catholic dogmatism to ethnic nationalism to anti-Semitism and pogroms to Nazism and the Shoah. He will end with reflections on current trends in Eastern Europe in which a repressive Christian ethnic nationalism seems to again be on the rise in opposition to the European Union principles of religious tolerance and respect for diversity.

Dinner will be provided.

Campus: 
Hampshire College
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Event contact: 
David Ko
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dko@hampshire.edu
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Everyday Humanitarianism & New Technologies: Civil Society Responses to the Refugee Crisis

Tue, Oct 16 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
Converse Hall 207

Nicholas Micinski will be presenting his work on cooperation between the EU, UN, and other international organizations on migration management in Europe and the Mediterranean, and the impact of new technologies on crisis response.

Campus: 
Amherst College
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Intersectional Inequities: Structural Constraints of Navigating Autism Services

Fri, Oct 19 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
83 College St Five College Women's Studies Research Center

Public Talk by Jennifer Singh, Associate Professor of Sociology, Georgia Institute of Technology

Intersectional forms of oppression are central to understanding autism disparities, however little is known about how such disparities are situated at the intersection of race, social class and gender. Drawing on the analytic framework of intersectionality developed by Black feminist scholars, the purpose of this presentation is to offer a grounded theory qualitative analysis based on in-depth interviews with single Black women (mothers and grandmothers) who are navigating autism services within the constraints of Medicaid health insurance and other limited resources.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst

Campus: 
Mount Holyoke College
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Author Talks: Sigrid Schmalzer

Thu, Oct 18 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Library, W.E.B. Du Bois

Sigrid Schmalzer, professor of history at UMass Amherst, holds a doctorate in modern Chinese history and science studies, and is the author of the award-winning books Red Revolution, Green Revolution: Scientific Farming in Socialist China (2016) andThe People's Peking Man: Popular Science and Human Identity in Twentieth-Century China (2008). Professor Schmalzer's research focuses on social, cultural, and political aspects of the history of science in modern China. Her latest book is Moth and Wasp, Soil and Ocean: Remembering Chinese Scientist Pu Zhelong's Work for Sustainable Farming (2018).

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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Contact phone: 
413-545-3981
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God's Issue

Repeats every day every Monday and every Tuesday and every Wednesday and every Thursday and every Friday until Sat Nov 03 2018.
Thu, Nov 1 2018 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
Fri, Nov 2 2018 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Holden Experimental Theater

AMHERST, MA, October 2018 – The Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance presents God’s Issue, a senior honors project in playwriting and directing, created by David Green ‘19E. Set design by Sophina Flores ‘20, costume design by Lorelei Dietz ’20, sound design by Christianna Mariano ’21, music direction by Eli Quastler ’21 and lighting design by Kathy Couch.

What ever became of Eve and Adam? God’s Issue follows the relationship between God and her first children from the Garden of Eden to the Gospel stories. The play seeks to undermine conventions of Western Christianity by telling a story inclusive of marginalized identities. From original musical numbers to humor to the apocryphal character of Adam’s first wife, Lilith, God’s Issue preserves the heart of sacred stories in thought-provoking retellings. 

God’s Issue will perform at Amherst College on Thursday, November 1, through Saturday, November 3 at 8PM in the Holden Experimental Theater, located at 200 South Pleasant Street. 

Admission is free; reservations are recommended. 

Campus: 
Amherst College
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To reserve tickets, call the Theater and Dance Box Office at (413) 542-2277
Contact phone: 
413.542.2411
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Artist Talk by Eric Gottesman of For Freedoms

Thu, Oct 11 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Location: 
Olver Design Building, Lecture Hall

Eric Gottesman photographs, writes, makes videos, teaches, and uses art as a vehicle to engage people in critical conversations about the social structures that surround them and him. He was named a 2015 Creative Capital Artist and has previously won a Fulbright Fellowship, an Artadia Award, a Light Work Residency, the Aaron Siskind Foundation Artist Fellowship, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Individual Artist Fellowship, and other grants and awards. His work is in various collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His first book, Sudden Flowers, was published in 2014. He is the co-founder of For Freedoms, the first artist-run Super PAC; and a Mentor in the Arab Documentary Photography Project.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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Free and Open to the public
Contact phone: 
4135862657
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