On Friday, November 10 in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at the Frost Library, the Colloquium on the Constitution and the Imagining of America will reconvene to discuss the topic of “In Defense of Voting Rights.” Guest speakers will be Catherine E. Lhamon '93, chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and Justin Levitt, professor at Loyola Law School and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. This event is sponsored by the Colloquium on the Constitution & the Imagining of America & the Sperling Fund.
Tanzina Vega, CNN national reporter for race and inequality in America, will present a public lecture “The Media and Race: Why It Matters”. The event is free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible and closed caption.
Part of the Weissman Center for Leadership series Advocacy and the Public Domain.
Jason De León, 2017 recipient of the MacArthur Genius Award, is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan and director of the Undocumented Migration Project. His book "The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail" (UC Press 2015) won the 2016 Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology.
Film Screening of the documentary "Mele Murals" with director Tadashi Nakamura on Friday, November 10 in Keefe Theater Room 008. Mele Murals is a documentary of the transformative power of modern graffiti art and ancient Hawaiian culture for a new generation of Native Hawaiians.
Following Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Yagil Eliraz
AMHERST, MA, October, 2017 –
The Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance is pleased to present a contemporary adaptation of Peer Gynt, an early play of the renowned Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen, directed by Assistant Professor Yagil Eliraz, written and adapted by Yagil Eliraz and Joshua Wren ‘14, with part of the adaptation written during a unique rehearsal process, in which the actors were part of the writing itself.
Peer Gynt is a phantasmagorical journey that spans over the lifetime of Peer, a young, dreamy and ambitious man who sets out on a quest to fulfil his potential. From the mountains of Norway to the desert of Egypt, from encountering trolls, to riding a moose, to sailing across the ocean, the audience accompanies Peer in his adventurous journey. He is the personification of our age—one in which individualism often comes at the expense of solidarity and social consciousness. By joining his journey around the world, we ask ourselves: What is the cost of the obsessive worship of our Self?
Two of North India’s best-known classical musicians will be offering a free concert. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear traditional North Indian classical music performed by two of its finest exponents.
Sitarist Ravindra Goswami has been a professional musician for 40 years and is recognized as one of the senior-most artists in the musically rich city of Varanasi, India. Unlike many of the Indian classical musicians who have become well known in the West, Goswami plays pure, traditional raga. Goswami is a disciple of the late Smt. Amiya Devi, and also studied the ancient Dhrupad style with Pandit Ramakant Mishra. Later in life, he studied the advanced intricacies of raga with the great Dr. Balchandra Patekar of Bombay and Varanasi. He has won a number of national awards in India, including first place in the Prayag Sangeet Samiti All-India Competition in 1967, and second place at Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Academy in 1972. He is an "A level" Artist of All India Radio and Television, and has performed throughout India (Delhi, Bombay, Lucknow, Indore, Patna, Allahabad, and many others) and the world (Greece, Nepal, Switzerland, United States). Goswami is also one of Varanasi's foremost sitar teachers. Tablaist Ramchandra Pandit has been a professional performer of classical, semi-classical, folk, and popular music for four decades. A life-long disciple of Pandit Sharda Sahai, he is a colorful performer and experienced educator who specializes in demonstrating and explaining Indian music to Western audiences. A Master of Music, he has also performed for All India Radio and played percussion on film soundtracks in Bombay for the legendary composer S.D. Burman. He currently directs the Sarangi Institute of Varanasi, an organization that he founded to preserve the sarangi, an instrument with a long pedigree in Indian Classical music but which now has few masters. He is also the former coordinator of the University of Wisconsin College Year in India Program, a position that he held for nearly 30 years.
The Dance Department at Mount Holyoke College is pleased to present its annual Fall Faculty Dance Concert in November. The concert spans the breadth of perspectives among the Mount Holyoke Dance Faculty, and features dancers from all five colleges. The program feature works by Barbie Diewald, Shakia Johnson and Margaret Wiss, as well as guest artist Caroline Fermin and internationally acclaimed choreographer Bebe Miller.
Tickets are $5 for students, $10 general admission
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Please join the UMass Amherst History Department for a forum exploring monuments, historical memory and white supremacy. The panel will be comprised of UMass, and Five College history faculty and will explore these issues in U.S. and international context. As the subtitle indicates, the conversation will be organized around questions from students and community members.
Please use this form to submit questions. The priority deadline for questions is Monday, October 23. The panelists will take additional questions and follow-up responses at the event.
Alon Conﬁno, Professor of History and Jewish Studies and Pen Tishkach Chair of Holocaust Studies, and Director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies, UMass Amherst David Glassberg, Professor of History and Interim Co-Director of the Public History Program, UMass Amherst Jon Olsen, Associate Professor of History and Interim Co-Director of the Public History Program, UMass Amherst Christopher Tinson, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History, Hampshire College Alice Nash, History Department, UMass Amherst Brian Ogilvie (moderator), Professor of History and Chair of the History Department, UMass Amherst
The Perennial Struggle Between East and West: The "Alexander Sarcophagus" Reconsidered.
S. Becky Martin, Department of History of Art and Architecture at Boston University, presents "The Perennial Struggle Between East and West: The "Alexander Sarcophagus' Reconsidered", 4:30 p.m., Monday, October 30, Seelye Hall 106.
Sponsors: The Program in Ancient Studies, Departments of Art and History and the Smith College Lecture Committee.
Gaming Representation: A Symposium on Video Games and Identity
This one-day symposium features scholarship on video games and identity—an urgent topic in the gaming industry and culture—from five contributors to the new book Gaming Representation: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Video Games. Join us on Friday, October 27th in Smith College’s Weinstein Auditorium (Wright Hall) at 1:00 for a panel of presentations, at 3:15 for a moderated conversation among panelists about the state of identity and games today, and at 4:30 for a keynote lecture from Lisa Nakamura, one of the foremost scholars researching on race and digital media. Free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.