Jackson Katz presents "Men and #MeToo"

Tue, Feb 5 2019 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm
Location: 
Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum
Jackson Katz

Please join us for a Keynote address from Jackson Katz, a noted educator, author, filmmaker and cultural critic. Dr Katz will provide insight on this timely topic and share ways men can be proactive in their efforts to support gender equality, as well as ways to rise up against sexism on the individual and institutional levels.

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Jackson Katz, Ph.D. is an American educator, author, filmmaker and cultural theorist who is internationally renowned for his pioneering work in gender violence prevention education and critical media literacy. In 1993 he co-founded the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program at Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society. The mixed-gender, multiracial MVP program is one of the most widely implemented and influential sexual and relationship abuse prevention programs in schools, colleges, sports culture and the military in North America and beyond. MVP introduced the “bystander” approach to the gender violence prevention field; Katz is one of the key architects of this now broadly popular approach. In 1997 Katz created and directed the first worldwide gender violence prevention program in the history of the U.S. Marine Corps. He and his colleagues have been centrally involved in the development and implementation of system-wide bystander intervention training in the U.S. Air Force and Navy. MVP has also worked with the U.S. Army on bases in the U.S. and in Iraq. Katz’s award-winning educational videos ("Tough Guise" and "Tough Guise 2"), his featured appearances in films ("Wrestling With Manhood" and "Spin The Bottle") and his thousands of lectures in North America and overseas have brought his insights into issues of gender and violence to millions of college and high school students as well as professionals in education, human services, public health and law enforcement. His TED talk “Violence Against Women is a Men’s Issue" has been viewed more than 2 million times. He is the author of The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help, and Leading Men: Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood. He is the founder and director of MVP Strategies, which provides gender violence prevention training to institutions in the public and private sectors. Katz speaks extensively in the U.S. and around the world on topics related to violence, media and multiracial, multinational masculinities. Katz has a BA in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a Masters from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in cultural studies and education from UCLA.

Campus: 
Amherst College
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Trauma-Informed Yoga

Mon, Feb 4 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Location: 
Keefe Campus Center, Friedmann Room
Trauma Informed Yoga

Join yoga teacher Molly Kitchen for this part theory, part practice workshop! She will first explain the basics of trauma-informed yoga and why it's important. Next, she will lead a group practice focused on personal choice and simple, accessible postures. Then she will finish with a period of relaxation, with time for questions and answers. No yoga experience necessary. Feel free to bring a mat if you have one, but they are not required. Each participant will be given a consent card to keep for their yoga practice. Brought to you by the Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect. #SurvivorSupportSeries

Campus: 
Amherst College
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Lauren Simpson
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(646) 410-1995
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lsimpson21@amherst.edu
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Disciplining the Problematic Genre: Buddhist Regulations of Theater in Late Imperial China

Mon, Feb 4 2019 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Fayerweather Hall, 113

Mengxiao Wang of Yale University will give a talk titled "Disciplining the Problematic Genre:
Buddhist Regulations of Theater in Late Imperial China."

Existing scholarship on religion and theater in China has regarded religious drama as a medium for transmitting doctrines and spreading cults. Scholars have largely neglected the tensions between the Buddhist value of asceticism and the function of theater as entertainment. These tensions created a dilemma for Buddhist playwrights engaging in both religious and literary practices. This talk examines the strategies adopted by Chinese Buddhist playwrights to reconcile this dilemma through converting the theatrical genre into a sacred medium.

Summary by Mengxiao Wang:
I chose Guiyuan jing (歸元鏡, Mirror of the Return to the Origin)—the only extant play composed by a Buddhist monk, Zhida (智達, circa 1650), in Chinese history—as a case study. Zhida presented his play as a scripture-like text and stipulated a ritualized manner of performing and watching it. His ambition to transform his dramatic work into a sacred text has been realized on the page and defeated on the stage in the historical reception of Guiyuan jing. On the one hand, the text was published and circulated in a similar manner as Buddhist scriptures within a monastic network from the seventeenth century to today. On the other hand, performance adaptations of Guiyuan jing at the Qing royal palace and modern commercial theater diverged from the author’s aesthetic preferences by using lavish stage props to create spectacles.

A comparative reading of multiple editions illuminates how texts and paratexts construct a discursive space for the playwright, readers, publishers and actors to communicate their interpretations of the interplay between Buddhism and theater. This interdisciplinary study proposes a new way of reading drama—not just as a transparent medium for religious teachings, but as a source of anxiety for monastic playwrights and a problematic genre that both invited and challenged Buddhist regulations in late imperial China.

Campus: 
Amherst College
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Theater: Mrs. Smith at UMass

Fri, Feb 1 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
The Curtain Theater, Fine Arts Center
Mrs. Smith

Socialite, Cat lover, Guitar Hero.

Kidnapped from her Upper East Side penthouse and held for ransom by a Norwegian death metal band, Mrs. Smith suffered the Stockholm Syndrome granting her extraordinary musical abilities. She uses her mad guitar skills and vocal stylings to express the grief and rage she feels over the disappearance of her beloved cat Carlyle. Why aren't you helping find him?

"Maybe you saw her in that Hungarian bathhouse Gucci ad last year, strumming on her guitar. She’s an elderly, pearl-wearing lady that rocks out to heavy metal and wails about her missing cat. Ridiculous and bizarrely funny.” - Vogue Magazine, 2018 Best in Music Editors Pick

Mrs. Smith's recent appearances include The Cutting Room NYC, Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, Guitar Gods Festival, Feedback Fest (Costa Mesa, CA), Cafe Mojito (Bologna, Italy), and Club Helsinki (Hudson, NY). She has appeared in international ads for GUCCI and she is officially endorsed by Ibanez Guitars, DiMarzio pickups, Mezzabarba Custom Amplification, and Ernie Ball strings.

Mrs. Smith at UMass was made possible in part by a grant from the UMass Arts Council

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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“History and Mimesis in Sci-Fi Movies: Tarkovsky, Kubrick, Blade Runner 2049”

Tue, Feb 12 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Seelye 106, 2 Seelye Drive

 “History and Mimesis in Sci-Fi Movies: Tarkovsky, Kubrick, Blade Runner 2049” by novelist and musician Amit Chaudhuri. Chaudhuri is one of the most influential critics of his generation. His monograph, D H Lawrence and ‘Difference’ was called a “classic” by Tom Paulin in his preface to the book, and a ‘path-breaking work’ by Terry Eagleton in the London Review of Books. His book of critical essays, Clearing a Space, was called the ‘best work of criticism by an Indian’ by Caravan magazine, India’s leading journal of the ideas. 

Campus: 
Smith College
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Sage Chamber Music Society

Fri, Feb 8 2019 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Location: 
Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall, 144 Green St.

Daniel Stepner, violin, and Judith Gordon, piano, perform the two violin sonatas by Gabriel Fauré along with shorter works by Fauré, Lili Boulanger, and Louise Talma.

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Smith College
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Opening Reception for “Toward Abstraction: Photos by Esther Pullman.”

Fri, Feb 8 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: 
Alumnae House Gallery, 33 Elm St.

Pullman's exhibit builds on an earlier show of "Greenhouse Panoramas," describing a continuum towards abstraction. These include documentation of colorful Caribbean houses with overlapping layers of rectangles; then a gradual shift in the Greenhouse Panoramas project to the geometry of the structures. Streetscape Compositions from Italy, Spain and Portugal were taken as individual abstract studies and recomposed as triptychs. A group of abstract studies have been grouped in a series called Domestic Geometry. See Campus Exhibitions. 

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Smith College
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Free Second Friday

Fri, Feb 8 2019 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
Smith College Museum of Art, 20 Elm St.

4–7 PM Hands on! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view.

Bubble Wrap my Heart: Reuse packing materials to print a message of love for a friend, family member or our Earth after visiting the exhibition

Plastic Entanglements! 6 PM Open Eyes: Guided conversation exploring a different art object each month. Museum shop open + complimentary light refreshments.

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Smith College
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MFA Thesis Dance Concert

Mon, Jan 28 2019 - 3:45pm
Location: 
Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts

Experience an evening of dance that explores emergent understandings of “We.” This concert is the culmination of the creative research projects of Michelle Erard, Lucille Jun, Nikki Lee, and Anna M. Maynard, Smith College MFA candidates '19.  

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Smith College
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Poetry Reading by Rosetta Marantz Cohen

Thu, Feb 7 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Poetry Center, Wright Hall, 5 Chapin Drive

A reading to celebrate Rosetta Cohen's new book of poems, TheTown of Insomniacs.

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Smith College
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