Five College Consortium

7th Annual Arabic Night

Fri, Mar 23 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Alumni Gym, Middleton Room (Basketball Court)

Please join us for the Seventh Annual Arabic Night. This year's event will feature live Arabic music by the Zay-Tunes Ensemble, Tannoura and folk dance by Yasser Darwish, Debke dance led by Sharon Arslanian and Middle Eastern dinner and student performances.
This event is sponsored by the Five College Arabic Language Initiative and the Amherst Middle Eastern Student and Studies Association.

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(413) 542-5841
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clwilliford@amherst.edu

Careers In Health Professions Presents: Dr. Joseph Kass '89, Baylor College of Medicine

Fri, Mar 23 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
Loeb Center, College Hall, Events Room

Dr. Joseph Kass ‘89, MD, JD, FAAN is a neurologist and professor of neurology, psychiatry, and medical ethics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, where he also serves as a dean. He is an Amherst alum with a rich career ranging from work in Alzheimer's Disease and predictors of cognitive decline and the development of neuropsychiatric symptoms in patients with dementia, to medical student wellness, social determinants of health, and the interface of medical ethics and the law.

Please join Health Professions, the Kidney Disease Screening & Awareness Program (KDSAP), and the Psychology Department on to hear about his extraordinary path and his advice to students interested in health, ethics, medicine, neurology and law. Refreshments will be provided.

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Amherst College
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(413) 542-2265
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ppang17@amherst.edu

Pryde Lecturer - Dr. Carolyn Sufrin, '97. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics; Medical Anthropologist.

Fri, Mar 23 2018 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Location: 
Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 4

Dr. Sufrin will be visiting from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is a professor of gynecology and obstetrics, and a medical anthropologist.

Seminar Title: "Pregnant Behind Bars: Challenges and Opportunities in Health Care and Social Justice."

The Dr. Everett H. Pryde ‘39 Research Award was established in 1985 by Phyllis W. Pryde in honor of her late husband. The Pryde fund is used to bring to the college distinguished Alumni who specialize in the field of Chemistry, to present a lecture/seminar and to honor a senior who has been an outstanding research assistant in chemistry and who shows great promise for carrying out research in science or medicine.

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Amherst College
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(413) 542-2342
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cstillerman@amherst.edu

Jazz@Schwemm's featuring the Music Levels Collective

Thu, Mar 22 2018 - 9:00pm to 11:00pm
Location: 
Keefe Campus Center, Schwemm's BackRoom

The second of our three part presentation, this March 22 performance features Pete Aleksi, Darby Wolf and Ted Sullivan, known together as the Music Levels Collective. Student jazz combos Corvette Convention and Bugatti Bunch will join in the evening's music presentation. This is always a free performance with great energy in this small and intimate setting.

Thanks to the Office of Student Activities, Jazz@Amherst and Schwemm's.

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(413) 542-8308
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bpdiehl@amherst.edu

Technologies of Responsibility--Making Bystander Irresponsibility Visible in Social Media

Thu, Mar 22 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Clark House, 100

On Thursday, March 22 at 4:30 p.m. in the Clark House at Amherst College, Carrie Rentschler, associate professor and William Dawson Scholar of Feminist Media Studies in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies, and an associate of the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at McGill University, will present a paper titled “Technologies of Responsbility-Making Bystander Irresponsibility Visible in Social Media.” This is the fourth presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Law and the Visible.”

Rentschler is the author of "Second Wounds: Victims’ Rights and the Media in the U.S." (Duke UP, 2011), and co-editor of "Girlhood Studies and the Politics of Place" (Berghahn Press, 2016). Her current research examines the history of the bystander as an agent of social change, feminist social media responses to sexual violence, campus activism against rape culture, and the role media infrastructures play in social movement activism.

To receive a copy of the paper which will examine the role digital bystander videos and their uploading onto video aggregation sites play in current conceptions of legal and moral responsibility for witnessing social violence, please email the LJST Department Coordinator at mlestes@amherst.edu.

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mlestes@amherst.edu

German Film Series: "Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe"

Thu, Mar 22 2018 - 4:00pm to 10:00pm
Location: 
Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

At 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., there will be two screenings of "Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe", an emotional drama telling the story of the Austrian writer and his life in exile from 1936 to 1942. Zweig was one of the most famous writers of his time, but as a Jewish intellectual he struggled to find the right stance towards the events in Nazi Germany. Driven to emigrate to South America, Zweig fell into despair at the sight of Europe’s downfall. This film will be shown in German with English subtitles. Please contact mhowes@amherst.edu for more information. Shown in conjunction with Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival.

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mhowes@amherst.edu

Art as Territory: Maya Weavers Advocate for Collective Intellectual Property Rights in Guatemala

Wed, Mar 21 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: 
Beneski Earth Sciences Building, Paino Lecture Hall

The Political Science Department of Amherst College along with funding from the Lamont Fund, presents:
Art as Territory: Maya Weavers Advocate for Collective Intellectual Property Rights in Guatemala

This event is free and open to the public.
This talk will be in Spanish with simultaneous translation for English speakers.

Speaker:
Angelina Aspuac:

Angelina Aspuac is a Maya-Kaqchikel indigenous activist and lawyer committed to the defense of territory and self determination. She is one of the founding leaders in the struggle for collective intellectual property rights in Guatemala, where Maya weavers are claiming authorship over the ancestral weaving of guipiles. Aspuac is a weaver and member of the National Movement of Women Weavers in Guatemala. She is the legal coordinator leading the advocacy strategy at AFEDES (Women’s Association for the Development of Sacatepéquez) representing Maya women in the highest courts of Guatemala. Prior to that, Aspuac was a consultant on Indigenous Peoples and related issues to the Vice-President in 2007. She was the representative of Women Organizations at the Rural and Urban Development Council Systems from 2002-2006, and the General Director at the Women’s Association for the Development of Sacatepéquez (AFEDES) from 2000-2006.

Angelina Aspuac will give a talk titled “Art as Territory: Maya Weavers Advocate for Collective Intellectual Property Rights in Guatemala.” In this public lecture, Aspuac explains the political connotation of ancestral Maya textile art and tells the story of the Maya weavers who are challenging the state of Guatemala in the country's highest Court.

Guatemala’s National Movement of Maya Weavers is pushing for the collective rights to intellectual property rights. They are pushing the state of Guatemala to safeguard their textile creations and the very fabric of Maya philosophy. In 2016, the women weavers they filed a legal action before Guatemala’s Constitutional Court challenging the constitutionality of omitting rules that would protect Maya textile creations. Then they presented a new bill challenging the very concept of intellectual property rights. The maya weaver and legal scholar Angelina Aspuac, founder of the initiative, explains how textiles interact with broader patterns of Maya dispossession. According to Angelina Aspuac, “Textiles are part of our territories. To protect water and land is to protect our textile art ... they are our knowledge. Maya dispossession does not happen only through territory, it happens also through the dispossession of our ancestral knowledge."

This event is being sponsored by The Political Science Department of Amherst College along with funding support from the Lamont Funds.

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talaizer@amherst.edu

Intimacy and Catastrophe: Diaries of the Leningrad Blockade: A talk by Alexis Peri (Boston University)

Wed, Mar 21 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Center for Russian Culture, Webster 202

Alexis Peri is an assistant professor of history at Boston University. She received her PhD in history from the University of California Berkeley, and she is a historian of modern Europe, focusing on the Russian empire and the Soviet Union. She is the author of several articles and the recent book, The War Within: Diaries of the Leningrad Blockade (Harvard University Press, 2017). Her current book project, under contract with Harvard University Press is titled: "Dear Unknown Friend: Soviet and American Women Discover the Power of the Personal." It examines the early Cold War through thousands of letters exchanged between women of the US and USSR in which they advocated for peace and women's rights in the face of McCarthyism and Stalinist repression.
The talk is co-sponsored by the Amherst Center for Russian Culture and the Amherst College Corliss Lamont Lectureship for a Peaceful World

Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

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tvallaste@amherst.edu

The Foundation of Constantinople: Four Problems and Three Answers

Tue, Mar 20 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: 
Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI)

John Matthews is the Five College Annual Lecturer in Late Antiquity for 2018. He is Professor Emeritus of Classics and History at Yale University. He arrived at Yale in 1996 from the University of Oxford and is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Historical Society and the London Society of Antiquaries. Professor Matthews’ research interests focus primarily on the social and cultural history of the later Roman period. His many published works include The Roman Empire of Ammianus (1989), Laying Down the Law; a Study of the Theodosian Code (2000), and most recently The Journey of Theophanes: Travel, Business and Daily Life in the Roman East (Yale University Press, 2006), the winner of the 2007 James Henry Breasted Prize of the American Historical Association. He is currently working on the early history of the city of Constantinople.

Sponsored by Five Colleges, Inc., Amherst College Religion Department, University of Massachusetts Amherst History Department, Mount Holyoke College Religion Department, Smith College Classical Languages and Literature Department and Smith College History Department.

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rdoran@amherst.edu

Campaigning Abroad: Transnational Elections and Diaspora Influence in Latin America

Tue, Mar 20 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Beneski Earth Sciences Building, Paino Lecture Hall

The Political Science Department of Amherst Colleg,e along with funding support from The Anthropology and Sociology Department at Amherst College, The Eastman and Lamont Funds, The Five Colleges Faculty Seminar on Migration, and the UMass Legal Studies, presents:

Campaigning Abroad: Transnational Elections and Diaspora Influence in Latin America

This event is free and open to the public.

Michael Paarlberg is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration, and an assistant professor of political science at Virginia Commonwealth University starting fall 2018. He is also an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. and a regular contributor to the Guardian. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Georgetown University, and researches transnational elections and immigrant communities in the U.S. and Latin America. He is currently working on a book on diaspora politics in El Salvador, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. As a journalist, he writes about labor, immigration, social science and classical music.

Michael Paarlberg will give a talk titled “Campaigning Abroad: Transnational Elections and Diaspora Influence in Latin America. This talk will discuss political campaigns which are no longer limited by territorial boundaries. Candidates running for office in countries as varied as Guatemala, Turkey, Liberia and Taiwan regularly travel to other countries to campaign among diaspora communities in migrant-receiving countries such as the United States. While overseas voting rights have recently been adopted by most countries, transnational voting rates by migrants are low. Yet politicians seek the support of citizens residing abroad even when those citizens do not, or cannot, vote. This book project explores the impact that diaspora communities can have on elections in their countries of origin, and the campaign strategies political parties in Latin America adopt to gain the support of migrants in the U.S., based on data from party travel documents, surveys of migrants and home country voters, and interviews with politicians, party officials, and campaign strategists in Mexico, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic. Paarlberg develops a new theory as to why and how parties in migrant-sending countries seek to build and capitalize on transnational ties among diaspora communities for electoral advantage, determining that diaspora campaign strategy depends on the infrastructure parties build overseas and the partisan skew of the diaspora community, largely formed in the period of migration. He also finds that politicians seek the support of migrants not primarily for their votes, but for the influence they believe migrants have over family members in their home countries. Although his models based on polling data find this perception to be exaggerated.

This event is being sponsored by The Political Science Department of Amherst College along with funding support from The Anthropology and Sociology Department at Amherst College, The Eastman and Lamont Funds, The Five Colleges Faculty Seminar on Migration, and the UMass Legal Studies

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