HOUSE: Selections from the Collection of John and Sue Wieland features fifty-eight artworks that present provocative interpretations of the house in various shapes, sizes, materials and imaginative manifestations. You’re invited to a gallery talk about this exhibition with David E. Little.
Please join us for a lecture with Judith Baskin, Philip H. Knight Professor Emerita of Humanities at the
University of Oregon. Her lecture begins with a discussion of a brief passage within a passage in bGittin 57a that demonstrates how rabbinic knowledge of a forensic technique for distinguishing egg white from semen protected a woman from her husband’s fabricated accusation of adultery. Baskin will then discuss how this investigative procedure is cited in medieval and early modern Jewish exegeses of the story of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife (Gen 39), where the same forensic test is used to absolve a man who was falsely accused of rape by a woman. Interestingly, this scientific test is also cited in a medieval Muslim source. Additionally, the lecture looks at the values these narratives attach to female passivity and agency, and establishes how the anecdote about the husband who was found guilty of falsely accusing his wife in the Talmudic passage is also part of a late ancient polemic against Christianity.
This event is open to the public and generously sponsored by the Willis Wood Foundation and the Religion Department.
Witness an ancient African hairstyle inspired by a sculpture in the exhibit "Five Takes on African Art / 42 Paintings" by Fred Wilson, re-created by stylist Kamala Bhagat on the head of artist Sonya Clark.
The performance, “Hairdressers Are My Heroes,” celebrates artists across time from the original hairdresser who created the style, to the sculptor who created the piece, to the contemporary hair stylist, to Sonya Clark herself. “Hairdressers Are My Heroes” addresses themes of artistic interpretation, anonymity and value, performative action, and social practice. The piece embraces hairdressers as artists and collapses the cultural space between hair salon and art museum. Throughout the event, Clark and Bhagat will be in dialogue with each other and with the audience.
Sonya Clark is the 2017⎼18 Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Amherst College. Her work has been exhibited in more than 350 venues worldwide and is included in the permanent collection of museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, where the performance Hairdressers Are My Heroes made its debut.
Kamala Bhagat hails from an artistic family. As a natural hair stylist, Bhagat specializes in intricate braids. She also designs clothing.
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
On Friday, March 30, from noon to 1 p.m., the Faculty Colloquium Series for 2017-18 is sponsoring "Using Networks in Data Analysis" presented by Amy Wagaman, associate professor of statistics. This event will take place in the Mullins and Faerber rooms, Lewis-Sebring Commons.
The Mount Holyoke College Senior Capstone Concert will include five diverse pieces ranging in style from classical ballet to percussive dance. This evening will showcase the talents of the Mount Holyoke Senior dance majors: Emily Clark, Alice Fan, Maggie Golder, Morgan Kaziah Brachfeld, Louisa Rader, and Helena Valvur.
Student tickets are $3. General admission is $5. Tickets will be available from firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 413-538- 2848.
|'Re:Orientating conversations on queer/Asian/Caribbean/Canadian' with Richard Fung|
Richard Fung is an artist and writer born in Trinidad and based in Toronto. His work comprises challenging videos on subjects ranging from Asians in gay pornography to colonialism, immigration, racism, homophobia, AIDS, justice in Israel/Palestine, and his own family history. He has received numerous awards, most recently the Kessler Award (2015) from CLAGS: Center for LGBTQ Studies at the City University of New York for “a substantive body of work that has had a significant influence on the field of LGBTQ Studies."
Joseph Krupczynski is an associate professor of Architecture and the director of Civic Engagement and Service-Learning.
A designer, public artist and educator his work links design, culture and art through, installations, activism, workshops and research. His recent creative work and scholarship promotes reciprocal community partnerships—especially in collaboration with underrepresented communities—and crafts participatory platforms to engage people and ideas. Krupczynski is a founding director of The Center for Design Engagement (C*DE), a 501(c)(3) design resource center in Holyoke. The C*DE is dedicated to bringing progressive architectural design, public art and civic engagement strategies to local communities and community-based organizations, and advocates for innovative solutions to local challenges that range from exploring community identity through creative place-making, to developing social justice approaches to sustainability.
Diversity Lunch Talks - Come for lunch, connect and join your colleagues to explore issues related to diversity, inclusion, and equity in teaching. Open to faculty, post-docs, and graduate students.
How can autism (and neurodiversity more generally) enrich university teaching and learning in radically inclusive and inventive ways? In this interactive workshop, Anne Ciecko (associate professor, communication) will share, via presentation and discussion, a unique toolbox of theory, research, mediations, and practical (interdisciplinary) applications that enable and affirm the connective possibilities of neurodiversity in higher education. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in several short facilitated and interactive exercises in perception and pattern recognition, dialogism and metacognition, autodidacticism and critical curation, and sensory (dis)integration.
This event is part of the monthly Diversity Lunch Talks offered by The Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (TEFD) through its Diversity & Inclusive Teaching Professional Development Series.