Five College Consortium

Carrie: The Musical

Sat, Jan 27 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Old Chapel

"Carrie: The Musical" is an honors thesis production directed by Erin Hamilton.

The show explores the American high school experience which includes themes such as bullying and the pressures high school students face to fit in. Set in the small town of Chamberlain, Maine, Carrie White longs for acceptance from her peers and mercy from her harsh overprotective mother. With the help of a kind classmate, a popular jock and a nurturing teacher, it seems Carrie may finally have a chance to be embraced by her community -- but a cruel bully has other ideas.

Music by Michael Gore
Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Book by Lawrence D. Cohen
Based on the novel by Stephen King

***Tickets will be available starting Jan. 15 at noon through a link that will be posted on this event page. 

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Accessible location
Event contact: 
Erin Hamilton (Director)
Contact phone: 
774-253-4055
Contact email: 
umasscarriethemusical@gmail.com

Zube Lecture: 'Bridging the Gap between Great Planting Design and Ecology'

Thu, Jan 25 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
Design Building Atrium

Claudia West, the principle of Phyto Studio, LLC., speaks on "Wild and Neat: Bridging the Gap between Great Planting Design and Ecology."

West is a leading voice in the emerging field of ecological planting design. Known for her passionate advocacy of plant-driven design, West is a widely sought out speaker and consultant who applies the technologies of plant systems to bring essential natural functions back into our cities and towns. She has worked on all sides of the green industry—as a designer, a grower, installer, and land manager—grounding her innovative work in pragmatic solutions that address the realities of our urbanizing world. She is the co-author of the critically acclaimed book, Planting in a Post-Wild World

West holds a master’s degree of landscape architecture and regional planning from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Her intense studies of plant habitats and the science of plant community-based design strategies at the renowned school for horticulture in Weihenstephan, Germany built a solid foundation for her current work. Before co-founding Phyto Studio, West was ecological sales manager at North Creek Nurseries, a wholesale perennial grower in Landenberg, Penn. Her work was focused on bridging the gap between growers, designers, and land managers as well as introducing more functional and beautiful ecological plants into the nursery trade.

The Zube lecture series is named for Erv Zube, former head of LARP from 1974-80. Zube was internationally known for his leadership in developing a culture of academic research in the profession of landscape architecture. His research made numerous seminal contributions to landscape planning theory and practice. He left UMass for the University of Arizona, where he continued his renowned research and teaching until he died in 2001.

Erv and his wife Margaret created an endowment in 2004 to “bring scholars to the department to stimulate and enrich our academic community in landscape architecture and planning." The Zube endowment has been supported generously by alumni, students and faculty.

The LARP department honors their leadership and generosity through the lecture series which continues to enrich our community with the thoughts and works of local, national and international academic and professional leaders. The department is pleased to accept donations of any amount to continue to build and enlarge the endowment.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Accessible location

Historian Nancy MacLean

Thu, Jan 25 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Campus Center 208 Multipurpose Room

Talk by Duke University Historian Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America. An explosive exposé of the little-known thinker behind the radical right’s relentless campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize public education, stop action on climate change, and alter the Constitution: Nobel Prize winning political economist James McGill Buchanan. It was Buchanan who taught billionaire Charles Koch that for capitalism to thrive, democracy must be enchained. The Guardian has called the book "the missing chapter: a key to understanding the politics of the past half century.” Come hear MacLean share the story of how she found the trail of this collaboration in the archives and explain its frightening endgame and import. Books will be available at the event.

Campus: 
Smith College
Not accessible

Urinetown: The Musical

Repeats every day 3 times.
Fri, Jan 26 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Sat, Jan 27 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Sun, Jan 28 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: 
Power House

The Amherst Musical presents the satirical musical comedy Urinetown. With music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book by Greg Kotis, Urinetown narrates the tale of a group of young rebels banded together against an oppressive capitalist system.

Set in a world where a corporation has outlawed the use of private bathrooms and charges people to use public amenities, Urinetown raises questions on the nature of limited resources and unlimited wants while highlighting a seemingly unsolvable problem that is arguably more relevant today than ever before. In the show, anyone found breaking the law against the use of private bathrooms is exiled to the mysterious and secretive Urinetown, never to be seen again. However, Bobby, a lowly janitor at Public Amenity #9, falls madly in love with corporate tycoon Cladwell’s sincere and well-intentioned daughter, Hope, and must sort out where his true beliefs lie. Constantly facing political corruption, Officer Lockstock’s brutal police force and Caldwell B. Cladwell’s greedy corporate dominance, Bobby and the rebellion must fight for their freedom to consume the town’s water supply as they please.

Tickets are FREE for Five College students and staff, $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children under 12. Reserve your tickets.

Part of the proceeds of our production will go towards the international nonprofit foundation “Water for People” which helps people in rural parts of developing countries achieve greater access to drinkable water and sanitation facilities.

Campus: 
Amherst College
Not accessible
Event contact: 
Soon Young Shimizu
Contact phone: 
(914) 207-3253
Contact email: 
sshimizu20@amherst.edu

"Amherst Leads: Healthcare Policy, Careers and Science" - Fink Bioscience Symposium

Thu, Jan 25 2018 - 3:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

Established in 2009 in honor of Gerald R. Fink ’62, the annual Fink Bioscience Symposium enables students who aspire to careers in healthcare policy, medicine and bioscience research to interact with Amherst alumni who are leaders in these fields. This year's symposium will feature topics including healthcare policy and careers, and the science behind them. Recent Amherst College alumni Niyi Odewade '17 and Emily Jackson '13 are scheduled to speak, among others. The Keynote address will be given by esteemed molecular biologist and professor of genetics at Harvard, Gary Ruvkun. Ruvkun is the recipient of the Lasker Award and Gruber Prize.

The symposium includes a dinner with the keynote address; registration is required. Please see the Fink Symposium website for registration, a full list of speakers and schedule: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/553184

The Fink Bioscience Symposium is sponsored and directed by the members of the Amherst College Class of 1962 and is managed by the office of Conferences and Special Events.

Campus: 
Hampshire College
Not accessible
Campus contact: 

A Screening of the Documentary "Talking Black in America"

Mon, Feb 5 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Location: 
Integrative Learning Center N151

A panel discussion follows the screening:

Anna Branch, Associate Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion Lisa Green, Professor of Linguistics Nick McBride, Associate Professor of Journalism

Sponsored by the UMass Amherst Chancellor’s Office and the Graduate School with support from the Department of Journalism, the Department of Linguistics, and the Du Bois Center.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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Campus contact: 

M@A Parallels Series: The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)

Sat, Feb 17 2018 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Buckley Recital Hall

Music for Invisible Places (2017) by Woytek Blecharz; 50 minutes Pre-concert lobby performance with students- Pauline Oliveros: Earth Ears (1989) and Environmental Dialogue (1997).

The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is an artist collective committed to transforming the way music is created and experienced. As performer, curator and educator, ICE explores how new music intersects with communities across the world. The ensemble’s 35 members are featured as soloists, chamber musicians, commissioners and collaborators with the foremost musical artists of our time. Works by emerging composers have anchored ICE’s programming since its founding in 2001, and the group’s recordings and digital platforms highlight the many voices that weave music’s present.

“The new gold standard for new music” - The New Yorker Single Event Tickets go on sale two weeks before each performance: Parallels Series General Public: $18 Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $12 Students, with valid ID: $10 Free Student Rush tickets available in Arms lobby the night of the performance beginning one hour before showtime. Tickets are nonrefundable, and programs and dates are subject to change. Buckley Recital Hall has limited wheelchair-accessible seating.

For further information, please contact the Concert Office at (413) 542-2195 or concerts@amherst.edu.

A complete list of upcoming events can be found on the Amherst College Music Department website at www.amherst.edu/go/music.

Campus: 
Amherst College
Not accessible
Accessibility info: 
Check with Accessibility Services on campus for more information about accessibility at this event
Ticket info: 
Tickets required
Contact phone: 
(413) 542-2195
Contact email: 
concerts@amherst.edu

Amherst College Statistics and Data Science Colloquia

Tue, Feb 6 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: 
Seeley G. Mudd Building, 206

Laura Balzer, of the department of biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts , Amherstm will present "Estimating the Impact of Cluster-Based Interventions: the SEARCH trial and HIV prevention in East Africa".

Evaluation of cluster-based interventions presents significant methodological challenges. In this talk, we describe the design and analysis of the SEARCH trial, an ongoing community randomized trial to evaluate the impact of early HIV diagnosis and immediate treatment with streamlined care in rural Uganda and Kenya. We focus on 3 choices to optimize the design and analysis. These choices are compared theoretically and with finite sample simulations. We demonstrate how each choice improves efficiency relative to standard practice, while maintaining nominal confidence interval coverage. We conclude with practical implications and some ongoing challenges.

Campus: 
Amherst College
Not accessible
Accessibility info: 
Check with Accessibility Services on campus for more information about accessibility at this event
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public
Contact phone: 
(413) 542-2100
Contact email: 
awtorrey@amherst.edu

Arlene Dávila: “Latinos, Race and the Politics of Space Making in the Art World"

Thu, Feb 1 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Dwight 101

Arlene Dávila, author and professor of Anthropology and American Studies at New York University, will present a lecture “Latinos, Race and the Politics of Space Making in the Art World”  as part of the Weissman Center for Leadership series Advocacy in the Public Domain.

Campus: 
Mount Holyoke College
Accessible location
Ticket info: 
The event is free and open to the public.
Contact phone: 
413-538-2347

Play Reading of Chay Yew's "Question 27, Question 28"

Fri, Mar 9 2018 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 
Rooke Theatre

What happened to the women of the Japanese American Internment? How did these brave women keep their American dream alive?

This play weaves a story of the struggles, plights and courage of Japanese American female detainees in the American internment camps of World War II. Nationally-recognized playwright Chay Yew draws from the special archives of the Japanese American National Museum to create a documentary theater project based on testimonials, transcripts, documents and interviews with female internees living in the camps during WWII.

Campus: 
Mount Holyoke College
Not accessible
Accessibility info: 
Check with Access Ability Services for more information about accessibility at this event
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.
Contact phone: 
413-538-2834

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