The Department of Music and Dance presents a guest artist concert by the Stan Kenton Legacy Big Band, under the direction of Mike Vax. The Stan Kenton Legacy Big Band brings together alumni from the 1956 – 1978 Stan Kenton Orchestras for tours, jazz cruises and festivals. The group performs some of the well-known music of the Stan Kenton Orchestra, plus fresh new material written in the innovative Kenton style.
Stop by the 2nd annual Jouvert Pandemonium with free admission, food, and march! This event is presented by Black Mass Communication Project and Students of Caribbean Ancestry.
J'ouvert is a large street party held during Carnival throughout many Caribbean cultures, and subsequently in areas where Caribbean peoples have immigrated. In some of the French-based creole languages of the Caribbean, j'ouvert means "dawn" or "daybreak". It is a contraction of the French words jour ("day") and ouvert ("open").
J'ouvert is celebrated in many countries throughout the Caribbean. Traditionally, the celebration involves calypso/soca bands and their followers dancing through the streets. The festival starts well before dawn and peaks a few hours after sunrise.
Carnival was introduced to Trinidad by French settlers in 1783, a time of slavery. Banned from the masquerade balls of the French, the slaves would stage their own mini-carnivals in their backyards — using their own rituals and folklore, but also imitating and sometimes mocking their masters’ behavior at the masquerade balls.
The origins of street parties associated with J'ouvert coincide with the emancipation from slavery in 1838. Emancipation provided Africans with the opportunity, to not only participate in Carnival, but to embrace it as an expression of their newfound freedom. The traditions of J'ouvert vary widely throughout the Caribbean.” Soulfest weekend, has been an ongoing tradition for the black community of UMass.
Last year, S.o.C.A became a part of this tradition with the induction of J’ouvert to Western MA. This year, the group hopes the event to have twice the turnout and even more success while bringing fun and Caribbean culture to UMass community!
Come join UMass NSSLHA for an American Sign Language workshop taught by Ruth Moore.
Learn basic signs and vocabulary to gain conversational skills in sign language. The $5 admission includes a raffle ticket for a free Kaplan Prep course (up to $2,500) which can be used to help you succeed on your GREs, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, NCLEX or any other graduate preparation course. Venmo will be accepted.
Come learn how to communicate and gain a better understanding of ASL. Invite your friends.
The Annual Black Mass Communication Project (BMCP) BBQ will consist of various events including a Powderpuff Football game, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, NPHC stroll comp, and dance performances by the Students of Caribbean Ancestry! There will also be free food and music.
The annual UMass Powwow is here. Come and have some Indian tacos, browse our indigenous vendors and dance in an intertribal dance with us.
Moderated by Jazmine Hughes
Known for her breakout roles in the critically-acclaimed The Handmaid’s Tale and Orange Is the New Black, Samira will talk about her career, share her experience as an actor and woman in the entertainment industry, and discuss how she has recently become a model for young people around the world, championing the rights and safety of the LGBTQ community and people of color.
As part of its "Get With The Times" series, the Times is hosting viewing parties on college campuses across the nation in an effort to connect with its younger audiences and bring people together to discuss critical issues facing our country today. At Amherst, we'll be streaming the conversation live at the Powerhouse and providing a space for students to have discussions related to topics covered during the event.
There will be free food and New York Times swag, and students will have the opportunity to submit questions to Samira through our "Get With The Times" social media promotions.
Make sure you bring your student/staff/faculty ID — we'll be checking in attendees on the Times' GWTT website.
Doors open at 7:45 p.m. Invite your friends!
For any questions or concerns, email Shawna Chen, New York Times collegiate event coordinator at Amherst, at email@example.com.
Masterclass for Music 310 with visiting pianist at Smith College, Jiayan Sun.
Mr. Sun, Smith College's Iva Dee Hiatt Visiting Artist in Piano and Lecturer in Music, works with Amherst College Seniors Minato Sakamoto and Phuong-Nghi Pham.
Free and open to the public.
Come out and network with Five College Students all over the Pioneer Valley with this fun, laid back social and party! Even if you are not a Five College student, come collaborate and see what we are all working on and how we can find those with similar interests, collaborate, and maybe even start billion-dollar businesses. Come in your best-dressed or come in your casual-best, but also come with some ideas or projects that you're working on, and get inspired or inspire somebody else. Let's create change together!
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Panel will present and discuss highlights of the intersections of environmental transformations, politics and cultures in the contemporary middle east. Guest panelists are Jessica Barnes (University of South Carolina), Tessa Farmer (University of Virginia); Simone Poperl (University of California, Santa Cruz) and Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins (Bard College). For questions, contact Caterina Scaramelli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come out for some live jams, as produced by local talent and visitors from New York. Lineup subject to change.
Show starts at 8 p.m. -- Powerhouse, Amherst College
Casey Opal: Local favorite whale-core post spliff haunting tunes
Maple Babe: Jazz influenced indie fusion with members of Ginger Libations and Who Da Funk It
Ritual Talk: Psychedelic Indie rock band touring from Brooklyn NYC
Organised by 89.3 WAMH
Sponsored by the Amherst College Office of Student Activities