The UMass Amherst Libraries host “Of Our Spiritual Strivings: W. E. B. Du Bois at 150” in the W. E. B. Du Bois Library, both on the Lower Level and in Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), on Floor 25, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
The exhibit, celebrating the sesquicentennial anniversary of the birth of W. E. B. Du Bois, examines Du Bois and his influences. Drawing its title from the first chapter of Du Bois’s 'The Souls of Black Folk', the exhibit includes materials from his papers as well as the papers of other figures in the Libraries’ social change collections.
Deeply connected to nature and interested in human consciousness, visual artist, Alicia Hunsicker is inspired by both science and spirituality. Shift showcases her recent paintings, sculpture, and installation that explore the territory between the organic and the artificial. Hunsicker says “My paintings and new sculptural work straddle the pursuit of beauty, serenity, and spontaneity found in the organic world and the uncertainty and instability of the artificial.”
On view in the main gallery space are a forest of tree sculptures, a painting of a sparkling waterfall, alcohol-ink paintings on tiles, and paper flower sculptures in a variety of sizes.
Hunsicker’s ethereal, open ended paintings made their first appearance in a solo show at Hampden Gallery 10 years ago. In this new body of work, aptly titled Shift, the artist’s signature orbs and floral motifs have have shifted from two to three dimensional.
This body of work is comprised of 80% or more of recycled materials. Hunsicker repurposes these materials in unexpected ways -- all while keeping notions of a lush edenic garden somewhere in the mix.
Of the shift that has occurred in this new body of work, Hunsicker writes, “By keeping my studio practice in line with my spiritual practice I trust that the resulting work will express my view of the world.”
Alicia Hunsicker Bio:
Alicia Blaze Hunsicker (UMass BFA ‘93) has shown her work both nationally and internationally. She has received numerous grants and awards, and has recently been a resident artist at the D. Fleiss & East West International Artists Residency, Mallnitz, Austria, as well as a resident artist at the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Friday, April 27 at 4:30pm, the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory
Studies at UMass Amherst presents “Holocaust Memory in Contemporary Poland
and Israel: The Challenge From Right-Wing Regimes,” a panel discussion with
Jan Grabowski (University of Ottawa), Elżbieta Janicka (Polish Academy of
Sciences), and Raz Segal (Stockton University), and moderated by Alon
Confino, Director of IHGMS and Professor of History and Jewish Studies and
Pen Tishkach Chair of Holocaust Studies at UMass Amherst. Reception will
The recent rise of right-wing populist movements and regimes in Europe,
Israel, and the United States has changed the memory of the Holocaust in ways
we could not have imagined only ten years ago. This event sets out to map how
Holocaust memory has been recently reframed in Poland and Israel, and how it
has been used politically and to what ends.
The panel will include:
"The Origins and the Meaning of the Polish 'Holocaust Law'"
Jan Grabowski is Professor of History of the Holocaust at the University of
Ottawa, and founding member of the Polish Center for Holocaust Research in
the Polish Academy of Sciences.
"Identity Panic: Counter-narratives of the Holocaust and their
Institutionalization Beyond Political Cleavages (the Case of Poland)"
Elżbieta Janicka is historian of literature at the Institute of Slavic
Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences.
"Self-Devouring Memory: The Holocaust in Israeli Society and Politics"
Raz Segal is Assistant Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Sara
and Sam Schoffer Professor of Holocaust Studies at Stockton University, where
he also serves as Director of the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide
Israeli podcast and radio show, Israel Story, will be coming to the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Sunday, April 29 as the last stop on their Spring 2018 US tour.They will be performing their brand-new show “Mixtape” in honor of Israel’s 70th Birthday. It will feature live music, dance, storytelling, and visuals.
“Mixtape”- The Stories Behind Israel’s Ultimate Playlist will take the audience behind the scenes of some of Israel’s most (and least…) iconic songs, and unpack the dramas, complexities and social tensions involved. Israel Story strives to shine a spotlight on the dramas that comprise Israeli life through the use of long-form non-fiction content about Israel. Since 2014, Israel Story has been creating content in both English and Hebrew on Galei Tzahal, Israel’s leading national radio station.
Registration is required.
University of Massachusetts Amherst is celebrating being designated a Nikon Center of Excellence, an honor currently limited to 20 institutions worldwide.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder & Related Disorders
OCD Massachusetts, in conjunction with Smith College, presents a series of preeminent speakers in the field of OCD and related disorders. Each presentation takes place from 7-8 pm.
The Smith College Glee Club, the Chamber Singers, and the a cappella group Groove perform works chosen by the graduating class.
Featuring singers instrumentalists from the graduating class.
Featuring singers from the graduating class.
Jerry Noble and Friends serenade the end of spring semester 2018. JostenLive! is a patron-driven performance series that celebrates the creative work of library users and the acoustic brilliance of Josten's Mezzanine. Free of charge and open to all!