James Smith’s work examines the extractive economy in Congolese tantalum, tin, and tungsten, substances that make the digital devices we depend on work. He focuses on how the global demand for, and more recent efforts to regulate, “digital minerals” shapes understanding of space-time, capitalism, conflict, and peace in the Eastern DR Congo. Arguing that Congolese social infrastructure, the materiality of minerals, and invisible worlds help make the so called information age possible, he shows how Congolese people create and understand the process through which the animated potency of the ground comes to be turned into a resource. At Amherst, he will tell a condensed version of this story of the digital age by providing a short history of the artisanal mine of Bisie (meaning roughly to the end, or may it never end). Its eruption in the middle of the forest following the collapse of coltan prices and a spike in cassiterite prices created what he refers to as a “wormhole” connecting Congo to other worlds.
A Roger W. Holmes Lecture
Suppose you've been in a car accident, you've suffered painful injuries, but you are expected to recover. You intend to ask for compensation for your pain and suffering. Should you ask while you are still in the hospital, suffering from your injuries? Or wait until you have recovered? Recent work in social psychology suggests you are likely to ask for significantly less compensation if your pain has already passed. Perhaps this is unsurprising, since it seems quite natural to discount pains (and pleasures) once they are merely past.
It's natural... but is it rational?
Philosophers have been very critical of some time biases (especially our bias toward the near) but surprisingly tolerant of our propensity to discount the past. In this talk, I will explain what it is to discount the past and argue that all time biases should be treated as a uniform kind. I'll also give an argument that prudentially rational agents should not discount the past. The talk is drawn from a book I have just finished--- Time Biases: An Essay on Rational Planning and Personal Persistence (OUP). Along the way, I'll introduce you to some key themes in the larger book project defending a theory that I call temporal neutrality.
Join the Emily Dickinson Museum for an autumnal concert with the Red Skies Music Ensemble. Co-created by George Boziwick and Trudy Williams, with support from Marta McDowell and Kirke Bent, this program illuminates the confluence of Dickinson’s engagements in home music-making with her sister Vinnie, and the life-time botanical passion that helped form her personal soundscape. The concert bridges Dickinson's musical, poetic and natural worlds. Costumed musicians share rarely-performed vocal and piano music from Dickinson's own collection of sheet music, as well as selections of the popular sentimental songs. At this program, the music will be played directly from the digitized version of the sheet music in Dickinson's own music book. Readings from correspondence illuminates and animates both the music and the musical relationship between the two sisters.
The Five College
Early Music Program
We invite students, faculty, and community members to audition for one or more ensembles. The auditions are "painless" experiences, held at all the campuses. Performances sponsored by the program feature medieval,baroque and Renaissance music played on modern and period instruments and sung in historically-informed style. Ensemble credit available through MHC, HC, and UMass. Come talk to us!
Tuesday, September 8:
4:00 – 5:30 PM: Room 170 Fine Arts Center, UMass
6:00 – 7:00 PM: Room 7 Music Center, Amherst College
Wednesday, September 9:
1:00 – 4:00 PM: Room 210 Pratt Hall, Mount Holyoke College
4:30 – 5:30 PM, Music Lounge, Hampshire College
Thursday, September 10:
4:00 – 5:30 PM, Room 103, Sage Hall, Smith College
Friday, September 11:
11:00 AM -1:00 PM: Room 170 Fine Arts Center, UMass
The Five College Early Music Collegium: for singers interested in large-scale Renaissance choral works, one-on-a-part ensembles, and/or occassional solos; historical instrumentalists of all sorts. The Collegium singers and wind players rehearse on Tuesday evenings at MHC this semester; string players TBA. The program this fall will focus on Renaissance music from Vienna and Italy. Great fun!
Euridice Ensembles: our umbrella organization for faculty/student chamber groups specializing in 17th and 18th century music. Modern and early string, wind, and keyboard players from all five campuses are invited to participate in these historical performance-oriented bands. Be coached and play or sing alongside recognized professionals. Violinists, violists and cellists and keyboard players especially welcome this semester. We will be playing French and Italian music for chamber and orchestra.
Voces Feminae: Our women's vocal ensemble. Limited to sixteen or fewer voices, we delve into all types and aspects of early music performable by women's voices. From the familiar to the unusual, the music is beautiful, challenging and satisfying.
Loud Band: trombonists and double reed players who would like to make the pretty easy transition to Renaissance versions are more than welcome.
Medieval Ensemble: exciting and popular- a chance to experience harps, citoles, organetto, fiddles and/or sing the powerful music of the middle ages. Gregorian Chant Choir: informal Friday morning gathering to sing chant at UMass if there is enough interest.
17th Century Song Seminar: for singers and keyboard, viol and recorder consorts, Also: group lessons in Lute, Renaissance Winds, and Viol.
Walidah Imarisha is an educator, writer, public scholar and spoken word artist.
She has co-edited two anthologies including Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements. Imarisha’s nonfiction book Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison, and Redemption won a 2017 Oregon Book Award. She is also the author of the poetry collection Scars/Stars, and is currently working on an Oregon Black history book, forthcoming from AK Press.
For six years, she presented statewide as a public scholar with Oregon Humanities’ Conversation Project on topics such as Oregon Black history, alternatives to incarceration, and the history of hip hop. Imarisha has taught in Stanford University’s Program of Writing and Rhetoric, Portland State University’s Black Studies Department, Oregon State University’s Women Gender Sexuality Studies Department, and Southern New Hampshire University’s English Department.
Imarisha’s website is www.walidah.com
Mónica Pachón will discuss the complicated peace process currently going on in Colombia and how that will affect the future of democracy in the country. Mónica Pachón is the Dean of Political Science and International Relations at Rosario University, Bogotá, Colombia.
Discussants will be Sebastián Bitar, the Karl Loewenstein Fellow and Visiting Associate Professor in Political Science at Amherst College, and Javier Corrales, Professor of Political Science at Amherst College
This event is being sponsored by the Lurcy Fund, the Lamont Fund and the Political Science Department of Amherst College. The event is free and open to the public.
"More Than A Word" analyzes the Washington football team and their use of the derogatory term "R*dskins." Using interviews from both those in favor of changing the name and those against, More Than A Word presents a deeper analysis of the many issues surrounding the Washington team name. The documentary also examines the history of Native American cultural appropriation.
The film screening will take place in the Lipton Lecture Hall (E110) located in the new Science Center, followed by a reception in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry (Frost Library 210).
About the Filmmakers:
John Little is enrolled in the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. He was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and South Dakota. He graduated with his BA from South Dakota State and MA in history from the University of South Dakota. His research focus is on Native American veterans, music, cultural appropriation, and mascots. He is currently a PhD student at the University of Minnesota.
Kenn Little is enrolled in the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. He was born and raised in Denver, CO and currently lives in Kansas City, MO. He received his BA in Graphic Design and New Media from Full Sail University in 2013. He is a multifaceted artist, writer, videographer and musician and often combines those abilities on his projects.
Filmmaker, John Little will be in attendance at the event.
Professor Chrystal George Mwangi of the UMass Amherst College of Education speaks on "Power & Mutuality: The Dynamics of International Higher Education Partnerships."
Part of the School of Public Policy 2018-19 Colloquia Series.
Center for Research on Families’ Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series
The Complexity of Factors Influencing the Risk of Crash Injury in Adolescent and Young Adults
Federico E. Vaca, MD, MPH, FAAAM, Professor and Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs in the Yale School of Medicine's Department of Emergency Medicine.
Crashes are the leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults. While policy and engineering efforts have been successful in reducing the rates of fatal crashes, many factors (e.g., behavioral, developmental, social, cultural) contribute to the risk of crash injury. Prevention activities and programs need to thoughtfully consider the breath of factors that can contribute to crashes and crash injury disparities among groups of young drivers.
Dr. Vaca's research has focused on the use of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches to understand developmental, behavioral, and socioecological relationships associated with racial/ethnic disparities in alcohol use disorders and motor vehicle crash-related morbidity and mortality.
Massimo Bressan, Ph.D., is President of the Strumenti e Risorse per lo Sviluppo Locale (IRIS) research institute in Prato, Italy.
The format will be a brief presentation followed by a discussion centered on questions such as:
In what ways did a transnational team cultivate diversity as well as counter racism and segregation?
What lessons did we learn from our efforts?
How can these reflections inform other anti-racist work in different contexts?
The “Neighborhood Plots” initiative responded to an urgent need to counter segregation, separation, and racism in part through a citywide “Diversity Management” urban planning effort (see Bressan and Radini 2009). Our collaborative research project incorporated a “broader impacts” sensibility to intervene in a rising tide of demographic nationalism across Europe. The factory-city of Prato, Italy, is host to a notable number of immigrants, especially those from China who dominate a fast-fashion niche in the Made in Italy sector and manage more than 5,200 small family firms. Their presence represents the hegemony of global supply chains.
Different tempos manifest in two neighborhoods, where residents, engaged urban planners, and anthropologists launched efforts to counter segregation and xenophobia. We reflect on a grassroots initiative and a collaborative action research project, both of which took place in the neighborhood of San Paolo, a crossroads of Little Italy and Little Wenzhou. Regardless of their regional or transnational origins, residents share a history of producing made in Italy textile, knitwear, or apparel products—though at different times and tempos as well as in different political regimes.