REEES fall lecture series
Documenting the Syrian Human Rights Crisis: A Conversation with Photographer Bassam Khabieh
Syrian freelance photographer Bassam Khabieh, winner of the Robert Capa Gold Medal for “photographic reporting from abroad requiring exceptional courage and enterprise,” will present his photographs and talk about documenting the war and the human rights crisis in Syria.
Ellen Redman, music director. Classics Old & New: The Wind Ensemble explores music that defines the genre. Works by composers such as Holst, Vaughan Williams and William Schuman alongside the contemporary voices of John Mackey, Frank Ticheli and Brian Balmages.
"Kinky Gazpacho: Life, Love & Spain."
Lori L. Tharps '94, associate professor of journalism, Temple University, will share her experience as a Smith student spending her junior year in Spain in search of her authentic self. Tharps will discuss what she found in Spain – from romance to racism – and how that adventure literally changed her life.
On December 4, 2018, Rich Benjamin, a writer for The New Yorker on African-American issues and author of SEARCHING FOR WHITOPIA, will be visiting the MFA for Poets and Writers and will also address the general UMass population.
Rich Benjamin is the author of Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America (Hachette Books), selected as an Editor’s Choice by Booklist and The American Library Association. Now in its second printing, this study is one of few to have illuminated in advance the social-political forces propelling the political rise of Donald Trump.
Having earned his doctorate in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University, Benjamin is a cultural translator: He aims to translate complex research in a distinct voice for general audiences and to translate ideas and cultural competencies across different nationalities, ranks, social backgrounds, and academic disciplines. As such, his work appears regularly in debate, including in The New York Times, The Guardian, The New Yorker, The New York Times Sunday Book Review and NPR. Benjamin has taught writing and/or the interdisciplinary humanities at Stanford University and Miami University of Ohio.
Benjamin’s literary citizenship includes serving as a Juror for the PEN Center’s John Kenneth Galbraith Book Award for Nonfiction in 2017. He also serves as a Board Member of the Authors Guild, the largest, oldest union of writers in the US that has been protecting authors’ creative interests and free speech since 1912.
This event is sponsored by the MFA for Poets and Writers, the UMass Amherst English Department, the W.E.B. Du Bois Library's Special Collections, and the Office of Equity and Inclusion.
“It seems you should obviously always be pleasing somebody with your writing but who.” Eileen MYLES
Eileen Myles is a poet, novelist, public talker and art journalist. Their twenty-one books include evolution (poems), Afterglow (a dog memoir), a 2017 re-issue of Cool for You, I Must Be Living Twice/new and selected poems, and Chelsea Girls. Eileen is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers grant, four Lambda Book Awards, and the Shelley Prize from the PSA. In 2016, Myles received a Creative Capital grant and the Clark Prize for excellence in art writing. In 2019 they'll be teaching at NYU and Naropa University and they live in New York and Marfa, TX.
Free and open to the public.
From the stories that she gathers, Professor Chan-Malik demonstrates the diversity and similarities of Black, Arab, South Asian, Latina, and multiracial Muslim women, and how American understandings of Islam have shifted against the evolution of U.S. white nationalism over the past century. In borrowing from the lineages of Black and women-of-color feminism, Chan-Malik offers us a new vocabulary for U.S. Muslim feminism, one that is as conscious of race, gender, sexuality, and nation, as it is region and religion.
The Mount Holyoke College Choral Ensembles and the Chamber Jazz, Vocal Jazz and English Handbell ensembles will once again present their annual holiday-inspired performances, best known for the candlelight procession and carol singing. The theme this year is "On a Winter's Night," and musical selections include images of stars, dreams, memories, and the magic and wonder of the season.
In the Heights/In Holyoke: A Latina/o Cultural Symposium sponsored by Mount Holyoke College's Office of the Dean of Faculty, the Weissman Center for Leadership, the Spanish/Latina/o and Latin American Studies Department, La Unidad, MEcha and Holyoke Community College: One Community Holyoke
Tania León: Alegre (Cheerful) and La indígena (Indigenous)
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasilieras #5
Zequinha de Abre: Tico Tico
George Gershwin: Cuban Overture
Traditional Cuban folk song: La Paloma
Traditional Afro-Cuban and agricultural worker Guajiro styles first incorporated in art music of Roldan and Caturla find their modern-day expression in the work of Cuban-born composer Tania León (b. 1943). The orchestra performs León’s boisterous and jazzy Alegre (Cheerful) as well as the chamber work La Indígena (Indigenous), a collage of melodic memories evoking the sonic environment of León's childhood in Havana.
Sandwiched between Cuban repertoires is the ravishing Bachianas Brasilieras #5 (1942/1945) for solo soprano and eight cellos, from a suite of nine works by the Brazilian master Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) as well as the whirlwind showpiece Tico Tico by Zequinha de Abreu (1880-1935).
The concert closes with Cuban Overture (1932) by the American master George Gershwin (1900-1937), a giant rumba that draws on popular hits Gershwin absorbed during a vacation in Havana in 1932, followed by the traditional Cuban folk song La Paloma.