Short presentations by 8 Five College students receiving the Five College Certificate in Ethnomusicology as well as a keynote address by Dr. Kevin Fellezs, Assistant Professor of Music at Columbia University, on "Desire: Hiromi, Musical Joy, and Virtuosity." All welcome. Reception to Follow.
The 2018 Annual Willis Wood Lecture will feature Judith Plaskow discussing "Bathroom Anxiety: Frankness, Disgust and the Dilemmas of Being Human."
As the flurry of 'bathroom bills' restricting access for transgender people in North Carolina and other states suggests, there is something about the topic of toilets that engenders intense anxiety, fascination and disgust. Attitudes towards toilets and elimination are connected to understandings of what it means to be human as well as the ways social hierarchies are constructed and justified. The lecture will look at the relationship between attitudes towards toilets, excretion and issues of access through the lens of Jewish sources.
Judith Plaskow wrote the very first book of Jewish feminist theology 27 years ago, the 1991 classic Standing at Sinai: Judaism from a Feminist Perspective. This landmark book critiqued the patriarchal foundations of Judaism and led to a watershed moment in Jewish thought, as feminist-minded scholars and practitioners alike sought to reshape the tradition in ways that supported women’s full participation in Jewish leadership and worship. She writes and speaks extensively on the subject of Jewish feminism and theology. She is the author/co-author of several other books on feminism and religion, including The Coming of Lilith: Essays on Feminism, Judaism, and Sexual Ethics (2005), Weaving the Visions: New Patterns in Feminist Spirituality (1989) as well as the recent (2016) Goddess and God in the World: Conversations in Embodied Theology. She is co-founder of the Journal of Religious Studies in Religion and has formerly served as president of the American Academy of Religion.
This presentation explores the potential for common ground in ecological restoration of large-river floodplains using new inundation modeling.
Robert Jacobson is a supervisory research hydrologist with 34 years’ experience with the U.S. Geological Survey.
Histories of electrification center on well-worn concerns like public lighting and electrically-powered appliances, and they seldom concern peripheral spaces such as New Zealand. Early applications of electric power in mining remains understudied. This lecture will discuss how these systems were connected to imperial initiatives, and how the electric infrastructure evolved favoring imperial trends that manifest in the country’s energy decisions.
Nathan Kapoor is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of the history of science at the University of Oklahoma. His dissertation examines the electrification of New Zealand.
Sponsored by the Department of History.
Jackie Murray, assistant professor of classics in the modern and classical languages, literatures and cultures department at the University of Kentucky, speaks on “W.E.B. Du Bois’ Quest for the Silver Fleece: the Education of Black Medea.”
Her talk combines her two major fields of study, Apollonius’ Argonautica and race and the classics. The Quest of the Silver Fleece, W. E. B. Du Bois’ first novel, weaves the themes of racial equality and understanding through the stark reality of prejudice and bias. It is a text deeply informed by Du Bois’ own extensive training in classical languages and literature (as the novel’s title, a nod to the subject of the Argonautica, indicates).
Murray’s talk, which will contribute to the offerings of Black History Month, holds broad appeal for UMass and the Five College community as we honor the 150th anniversary of the birth of W. E. B. Du Bois.
Event sponsors are Classics, College of Humanities and Fine Arts and the W.E.B. Du Bois Library
The Five College Digital Humanities program welcomes Prof. Tom Scheinfeldt (University of Connecticut) for his talk/workshop called "Collaborative Creativity: What can art and design teach humanists about working together?"
This workshop will draw on the facilitator’s fifteen years of work in digital humanities, prior experiments in radical collaboration, and engagement with design thinking methodologies to help attendees imagine new pathways for collaborative creativity.
Online registration is required to attend this event.
The Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) is going on a national tour where they are showcasing individuals and organizations who are challenging the linear consumption model from the point of extraction all the way to the site of disposal. They will be stopping at UMass Amherst to do a student leadership workshop with Amira Odeh-Quiñones.
Through highlighting the resistance efforts of frontline communities, companies who are taking holistic approaches to manufacturing, water protectors and land defenders who stand for indigenous sovereignty, and lots of other work, we strive to show the many of ways we can intervene in this broken system. Most of all, they want to show that while no one can do everything, everyone can do something. In recognizing people who resist, redesign, repair, reuse, rediscover, and reclaim, we hope you walk away from this event inspired, activated and motivated.
Amira’s work in a campaign titled “No Más Botellas” at the University of Puerto Rico was successful in making one of their campuses the first Latin American University to ban the sale of bottled water. She has represented her country at the UN Climate talks and has been a part of the Sierra Student Coalition training program, facilitating leadership workshops to youth in Puerto Rico and the United States.
- Highlight the people, companies, and movements that are challenging the Linear Consumption Economy, and intervening at points along a wasteful and unjust system to build a better model.
- Empower young people to realize their individual skills and passions as essential parts of a collective solution.
- Spread the message that “Nobody Can Do Everything, But Everybody Can Do Something”. Together, we can fix a broken system.
Other tour stops in the Five College area will be a Repair Fair at Hampshire College and a Speaker Series at Mount Holyoke College. For more information about these other events, please follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/321203455052666/?active_tab=about
Join the Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center in Chadbourne Hall B-3 every Thursday for a Beading Workshop. Awaken your inner creativity and learn to create Native Art using beads. Materials and tools will be supplied.
All are welcome; stop by and enjoy the fun.
Join Hampshire's Marine Mammal class for the lecture "Social complexity in dolphins" by internationally renowned researcher Dr. Janet Mann, of Georgetown University. Dr. Mann is a Professor of Biology and Psychology, and served as Vice Provost for Research from 2013-2017 at Georgetown. She is also the director of the Shark Bay Dolphin Research Project and the Potomac-Chesapeake Dolphin Project. This lecture is co-sponsored by Hampshire College's School of Cognitive Science and the Five College Coastal and Marine Sciences Program.
Mann's work focuses on social networks, female reproduction, calf development, life history, conservation, tool-use, social learning and culture among bottlenose dolphins in Shark Bay, Australia. Her long-term study "The Shark Bay Dolphin Research Project", tracks over 1600 dolphins throughout their lives and includes an international team on three continents where scientists focus on different aspects of delphinid biology. Her research has been supported for more than two decades by the National Science Foundation, and she has also received funding from a range of foundations and government agencies nationally and internationally. Professor Mann's research has received considerable media attention worldwide, including a BBC Documentary "The Dolphins of Shark Bay" focusing on her work in 2011. In 2015, she initiated the first study of wild bottlenose dolphins in the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. Mann has published over 100 scientific papers and book chapters. She is editor and co-author on Deep Thinkers: Inside the minds of whales, dolphins, and porpoises, published in 2017 with University of Chicago Press; a limited number of copies of this book will be available for purchase.
Mann has taught diverse courses for Biology and Psychology at Georgetown, including The Brain and Evolution of Behavior, Animal Behavior, Monkeys, Apes and Humans, and Human Evolution and Behavior. She has several graduate students in the Department of Biology and mentors undergraduate students from several majors in their senior and honors theses. Over 120 students have received awards and fellowships in her lab and she regularly publishes with undergraduate and graduate students. Each year, several students accompany Professor Mann to Shark Bay, Australia to conduct field research. They also assist from April to October in the Potomac-Chesapeake Dolphin Project (pcdolphinproject.org).
The Department of Political Science at Amherst College, with support from the Lamont Fund, presents
"A Voice From the Past: Extracting Resources and fetching Water in the Roman World."
Associate Professor of Classics and William R. Kenan Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Romans became rightly famous for their massive buildings and roads. The Colosseum, the Baths of Caracalla (after which Penn Station in New York is modeled), more than 80,000 miles of paved roads and hundreds of bridges and aqueducts are well-known landmarks of Roman civilization and bear witness to their organization and resourcefulness. How did they extract the necessary resources? Did their interventions alter the landscape of towns and provinces? Who gained by these enterprises? Was there any opposition to such an interventionist approach?