Fanon Yesterday, Today: Screening and conversation with Director Hassan Mezine

Wed, Apr 3 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
ILC Room S211
Fanon

The W. E. B. DuBois African-American Studies department and the W. E. B. DuBois Center invites you to a screening of the new documentary "Fanon yesterday, today" followed by a conversation with the visiting film director Hassan Mezine.

Fanon Yesterday, Today is a new documentary about the legacy of Martiniquan intellectual Frantz Fanon. Through the testimonies of his comrades and the people who knew him, Hassane Mezine explores Fanon's eventful life and extraordinary struggles. The Caribbean intellectual died in 1961 yet the impact of his work is still tremendous on social movements and subaltern groups. The documentary examines the relevance of Fanonian thought in the context of contemporary revolts in South Africa, Palestine, Algeria, and the United States. The film has been nominated for awards at the Documentaire Mediterraneen at Tunis and Guadeloupe Festival Monde en vue and recently won the best film and director award at Festival Santiago Alvarez Festival in Cuba.

Hassan Mezine has worked as a photographer and film maker with anti-colonial filmmaker Rene Vautier and with Leila Morouche and Oriane Brun-Moschetti (Algeria Twists/Turns, 2004). Since 2016, he works as director of photography for "Delou" a Nigerian TV series directed by Souleymane Maharanee. He teaches
digital photography and multimedia in Paris.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature

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UMass Amherst
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Swati Birla
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413-406-8466
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Art + Math = Symposium

Mon, Apr 1 2019 - 1:00pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
Olver Design Building Room: 170
Art + Math = Music

The University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) is pleased to present Art + Math =, an afternoon Symposium in conjunction with a yearlong series of exhibitions about the intersection of art and math, including: Xylor Jane Counterclockwise; Terry Winters: Facts and Fictions;  The Concinnitas Portfolio, curated by Daniel Rockmore; and Pau Atela’s (Re)Creations and MathStudio.

This symposium and accompanying concert will be an engaging platform for public discussions that bridge the disciplines of art and math and celebrate the innovative work by those influenced by these fields. The symposium will highlight the connection between art and science while recognizing the gender disparities in the male-dominated art world and STEM fields. The presenters, from a diverse range of disciplines including; quantum physics, education, economics, biology, music, studio arts, and architecture, will discuss their respective fields and the connections among them.

Symposium topics will include “Computers in Creative Disciplines”; “Women in Their Fields”; and “What is Beauty? From Line to Finished Composition”. The day will close with a screening of a video by filmmaker Kate Geis about artist Xylor Jane, whose work is now on view at the University Museum.

The symposium will end with a free, public music performance on Tuesday, April 2 — Art + Math = Music — featuring UMass Department of Music and Dance faculty percussionist Ayano Kataoka and electronic artist Jazer Giles, at 7:30 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall.

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UMass Amherst
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Theater Performance: Word Festival

Thu, Apr 4 2019 - 1:30pm
Location: 
New Africa House Room: 03
Word! Festival

Word! A Five College Festival of staged readings (of recently written short plays or excerpts from them) builds on a highly successful model originated by the University’s New World Theater. The primary goals of the festival are to identify and nurture student writers who are engaging in multicultural themes and/or aesthetics; to increase contact between the departments of theater and the communities of color on the respective campuses; and to further Five College exchange through the mechanism of a rotating festival.

The writers of the works selected to be presented each year receive an award of $100 from the Five College James Baldwin Memorial Fund. The American writer James Baldwin spent several years at the five colleges as a Five College Distinguished Joint Faculty Appointee. Following his death in 1987, a memorial fund in his name was established by the Five College community. To date, over 100 students have been recognized with this award.

Word! is hosted by a different campus each year. it’s one of several activities supported by the Multicultural Theater Committee, which was established in 1986 by the chairs of the theater departments.

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UMass Amherst
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Talk: Re-Enchanting the World - Feminism and the Politics of the Commons

Thu, Apr 4 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: 
Goodell Hall Room: Bernie Dallas
Talk: Re-Enchanting the World - Feminism and the Politics of the Commons

Please join the Social Thought and Political Economy Program for a lecture with Silvia Federici. Professor Federici  is an Italian-American scholar, teacher and activist from the radical autonomist feminist Marxist tradition. She is one of the most important contemporary theorists of capitalism and feminist movements. She is the Co-Founder of the International Feminist Collective and the Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa and the organizer of the International Wages for Housework Campaign. She has written several influential works including Caliban and the Witch  and Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction and Feminist Struggle. She has recently published  Witches, Witch-Hunting and Women and Re-Enchanting the World: Feminism and the Politics of the Commons. She is a Professor Emerita at Hofstra University. 

 

*Doors open at 4:30pm

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UMass Amherst
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SPHHS Symposium on Suicide Prevention

Thu, Apr 4 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am
Location: 
Old Chapel
Dr. Eric Caine

The UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences presents the next event in the Dean's Symposia Series: "A Conversation in the Community: A Public Health Approach to Suicide Prevention." 

Join us as we welcome suicide prevention specialist Dr. Eric Caine, Director of the Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention at the University of Rochester Medical Center, for his keynote lecture "Rethinking Suicide Prevention."

Featured speakers will include Kelley Cunningham, Director of the Suicide Prevention Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Policy Lisa Wexler.

A panel discussion moderated by Health Promotion and Policy senior lecturer Gloria DiFulvio will follow the presentations.

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UMass Amherst
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Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival - 'An Act of Defiance'

Wed, Apr 3 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: 
Isenberg School of Management Room: 137
An Act of Defiance

 

An Act of Defiance (2017, Jean van de Velde, Netherlands/South Africa, 123 min, in English & Afrikaans w/English subtitles)
 
A courtroom political thriller and historical drama that follows the case of ten political activists, including Nelson Mandela, who face a possible death sentence for conspiracy to commit sabotage after arrest in Rivonia in apartheid South Africa of 1963.  Bram Fischer risks his career as a lawyer and his very freedom to defend these men in court—all while attempting to hide that he is one of them.  Based on actual events.
 
In conjunction with the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival
 
Introduction by and discussion with Stephen Clingman (UMass), author of the award-winning Bram Fischer: Afrikaner Revolutionary
 
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UMass Amherst
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Talk: Matt Yglesias

Wed, Apr 3 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
Integrative Learning Center Room: N301
Matt Yglesias

Join Matt Yglesias for a talk about the changing politics of housing policy, along with a Q&A about the broader policy and political landscape he covers as a senior correspondent for Vox. This event is sponsored by the Journalism Department and the School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst.

Matt Yglesias is a co-founder of Vox.com, where he works as a senior correspondent focused on politics and economic policy and co-hosts “The Weeds” podcast. Yglesias is the author of "The Rent Is Too Damn High" about the policy origins of the middle class housing affordability crisis in America. 

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UMass Amherst
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Performance: 'Art + Math = Music'

Tue, Apr 2 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: 
Fine Arts Center Bezanson Recital Hall
Ayano Kataoka

The Department of Music in Dance, in collaboration with the Women in Art + Math - Symposium at the University Museum of Contemporary Art, presents Art + Math = Music.

The performance, by UMass percussion professor Ayano Kataoka and electronic artist Jazer Giles, will feature works by Applebaum, Feldman, Nancarrow, Reich and Xenakis.

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UMass Amherst
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Music & Dance Dept.
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413-577-2154
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music@music.umass.edu
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Performance: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Tue, Apr 2 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: 
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
The Trocks

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, or "The Trocks," have taken a playful approach to classical ballet since 1974. One part parody and one part loving homage, The Trocks simultaneously honor the traditions of ballet with high-level performance while also poking fun at the conventions that define ballet. An all-male company, The Trocks revel in playing with gender roles and identity. As a 40-year old company, the Trocks illustrate how decades of exploring and challenging a genre can still be fun and celebratory at the same time.

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UMass Amherst
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Admission: $45, $35, $20; Five College Students and Youth 17 and Under: $10
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Fine Arts Center Box Office
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413-545-2511
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23rd Annual Sidney Kaplan Memorial Lecture: Imani Perry, Princeton University

Tue, Apr 2 2019 - 4:30pm to 7:00pm
Location: 
Goodell Hall Room: Bernie Dallas Room
Imani Perry Kaplan

The English Department is proud to announce the 23rd Annual Sidney Kaplan Memorial Lecture.

Professor Imani Perry, Princeton University

Black Letters and the Law: Jurisprudence in the African American Literary Imagination.

Imani Perry is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University where she also holds affiliations with the programs in Law and Public Affairs, Jazz Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Perry, a scholar of cultural studies, critical theory, legal history, and African American studies is the author of five single-authored books and numerous academic articles and literary essays. Her book, Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry, published in 2018 was named one of the notable books of 2018 by the New York Times. Professor Perry holds a Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University, as well as a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an L.L.M. from Georgetown Law Center in the history of Southern Property and Contract Law.

This year’s Kaplan Lecture has been generously supported by the UMass Amherst Graduate School, the Commonwealth Honors College, the UMass Amherst W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, the UMass Amherst Department of History, the UMass Amherst Social Thought and Political Economy Program, and the Smith College Africana Studies Department.

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