Five College Consortium

Violence and Economic Growth: How the Past Informs the Present

Tue, Nov 27 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
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Seelye Hall 201

Economics Annual Lecture: Lisa Cook 

Lisa D. Cook is an Associate Professor of Economics and International Relations at Michigan State University and the Director of the American Economic Association Summer Program. She is a guest columnist for the Detroit Free Press and a regular contributor on MSNBC. She was on the President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, on the faculty of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and had visiting appointments at the National Bureau of Economic Research, the University of Michigan, and the Federal Reserve Banks of New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Philadelphia. She speaks English, French, Russian, Spanish, and Wolof.

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Touching - a cross-cultural exploration of truth, forgiveness and healing

Fri, Nov 30 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
Seelye Hall 201

SWG Public Talk: Doris Grey

Doris Gray, Associate Professor of Gender Studies, Al-Akhwayn University, Ifrane, Morocco, will talk about her work-in-progress, a personal memoir and a reflection about processes of truth telling and reconciliation in the North African country of Tunisia. Gray begins the conversation with questions: Is truth important? To whom? Can forgiveness and reconciliation lead to healing?

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Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China's Last Golden Age

Thu, Dec 6 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Location: 
Seelye Hall 106

Stephen R. Platt (Professor of History, University of Massachusetts Amherst) will discuss his new book, Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China's Last Golden Age (Knopf, 2018). This event is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible. Sponsored by the Smith College Program in East Asian Studies and College Lecture Fund.

Below are links to reviews of Platt's work in prominent newspapers:

www.theguardian.com…

www.nytimes.com…

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Reception for GER 297 Exhibition

Thu, Dec 6 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
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BFAC Museum Atrium

Reception for Student-Curated Virtual Exhibition
Charlene Shang Miller, Museum of Art; and Professor Joe McVeigh, German Studies
Opening Reception for, "Transitions: From the Old Order to the New."

The students of GER 297, in cooperation with the Digital Imaging Center and the Smith College Museum of Art, have curated a virtual exhibition of German print artifacts and ephemera from the period 1890-1930 that are part of a private collection. The students have also curated a works-on-paper cabinet in the Museum (3rd floor), which is part of the exhibition. For more information, contact Joe McVeigh of the German Studies Department.

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Darya Khrenova REEES lecture

Wed, Dec 5 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Location: 
Seelye Hall 201

In the 1990s, the Soviet Union collapsed and post-Soviet society experienced a shocking transition, as new views on history, economy and the arts began to circulate. New values were declared, as previously forbidden topics became permissible in public discourse. This lecture explores the reality of Putin’s Russia, more than three decades after the events of Perestroika and Glasnost, and considers what elements of Soviet society have returned, with a focus on documentary film production. As state-controlled television avoids screening documentary films, the talk will address how this media and political landscape impacts documentary film production and directors, as well as how independent documentary films portray contemporary Russian reality.

Darya Khrenova is a documentary film maker and a professor at the Moscow State University of Culture and Arts

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Music in the Noon Hour

Wed, Dec 5 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Sweeney Concert Hall

Katherine Saik, soprano, Volcy Pelletier, cello and Judith Gordon piano. French music past and present.

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Smith College
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Tiana Clark Poetry Reading

Tue, Dec 4 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Campus Center 208 Multipurpose Room

TIANA CLARK aims to start a conversation with her poetry: “I’m humming; I want people to hum too.” Subverting old forms and fashioning new ones with electric confidence, her mind draws poetic inspiration from idiosyncratic sources: from crossbites to volcanic eruptions to the image of pop-star Rihanna. Hailing from Tennessee and southern California, Clark majored in Africana Studies and Women’s Studies at Tennessee State University. While working toward her MFA at Vanderbilt University, she was poetry editor of the Nashville Review. Her collection I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood won the 2017 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. In rich dialogue with artists and activists across decades, Clark’s poems scatter, divide, expose their gaps, and swallow their own tails. She bravely traces the firsts of southern Black girlhood with vulnerability that Ross Gay describes as “a reaching toward.” Clark’s 2016 chapbook, Equilibrum, chosen by Afaa Michael Weaver for the Frost Place Chapbook Competition, explores a biracial speaker’s inner and outer opposing forces, asking in its title poem “what is left / whispering in us, once we have / stopped trying to become the other?” The recipient of honors such as the Academy of American Poets University Prize and the Rattle Poetry Prize, Clark currently teaches creative writing at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

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Queer and Trans Jews in the Contemporary U.S.: Innovation, Resistance, and Radical Inclusion

Mon, Dec 3 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Graham Hall-HILLYR
S.J. Crasnow will speak on the religious lives of queer and trans Jews, and especially their innovations to Judaism. Crasnow is a scholar of gender, sexuality, and Judaism in the contemporary U.S. and has previously published an article on transgender Jewish ritual titled, “On Transition: Trans Innovation and Normative Judaism” in the Journal of Contemporary Religion. Their current research theorizes broader social implications of trans-affirming Jewish spaces and logics; the concept of "passing" as gentile or as straight/cisgender and its limitations; and the links between racism, anti-semitism, and white supremacy. A current resident scholar at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, they are assistant professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Rockhurst University.
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Christmas Vespers Evening Performance

Sun, Dec 2 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
John M. Greene Hall

Smith College’s much-anticipated Christmas Vespers program will be held on Sunday, December 2nd at 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm in John M. Greene Hall, on the campus of Smith College. An annual tradition at Smith, the Christmas Vespers tells the story of advent through hymns and other anthems, prayers, and scripture readings, and is a time when Smith College and the surrounding community come together in the spirit of the holiday season. The services will be led by Rev. Matilda Rose Cantwell, director of Religious and Spiritual Life, with readings by members of the Smith College faculty, staff and senior class. The music portion of the program will feature the Smith College Chorus, Glee Club, Chamber Singers, Handbell Choir, and Orchestra. Traditional hymns and carols will also be sung by the choirs, a special guest choir from the Smith College Campus School, and congregation. Jonathan Hirsh, Sarah Paquet, and Grant Moss will direct the choral and instrumental groups. A free-will donation will be collected for the Hampshire County Interfaith Cot Shelter Program.

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Christmas Vespers Afternoon Performance

Sun, Dec 2 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
John M. Greene Hall

Smith College’s much-anticipated Christmas Vespers program will be held on Sunday, December 2nd at 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm in John M. Greene Hall, on the campus of Smith College.  An annual tradition at Smith, the Christmas Vespers tells the story of advent through hymns and other anthems, prayers, and scripture readings, and is a time when Smith College and the surrounding community come together in the spirit of the holiday season. The services will be led by Rev. Matilda Rose Cantwell, director of Religious and Spiritual Life, with readings by members of the Smith College faculty, staff and senior class. The music portion of the program will feature the Smith College Chorus, Glee Club, Chamber Singers, Handbell Choir, and Orchestra. Traditional hymns and carols will also be sung by the choirs, a special guest choir from the Smith College Campus School, and congregation. Jonathan Hirsh, Sarah Paquet, and Grant Moss will direct the choral and instrumental groups. A free-will donation will be collected for the Hampshire County Interfaith Cot Shelter Program.

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Smith College
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