Annual Holiday Vespers
Enrico Fermi was one of the most significant figures of 20th century physics, with major contributions across a wide range of sub-disciplines. He was also a central figure in the Manhattan Project, and led the team that created the first controlled, sustained nuclear chain reaction at the University of Chicago in December 1942.
How did Fermi become Fermi? Drawing on research undertaken in preparation for his new biography of Fermi, The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age, David Schwartz will discuss the development of Fermi as a physicist as well as the role of nature, nurture and historical circumstance in his career and the characteristics behind both his strengths and his weaknesses.
Are great physicists born, do they make themselves or do others make them? How does the accident of one’s birth influence a career like Fermi’s? What was it that enabled Fermi to continue to contribute to the field well beyond the age when many great physicists are content to rest on their previous achievements?
This event is sponsored by the Department of History and the Corliss Lamont Fund.
"The fused nature of the three words is much more than a syntactical gimmick,” writes Raul da Gama. "It represents a true melding of ideas, often a molten mix of lyricism, spritely elegance and vociferous invention that showcases not only individual virtuosity but a truly meaningful coming together for change."
Mark Helias has performed throughout the world for more than four decades with some of the most important and innovative musicians in jazz, including Don Cherry, Edward Blackwell, Anthony Davis, Dewey Redman, Anthony Braxton, Abbey Lincoln, Cecil Taylor and Uri Caine. A prolific composer, Helias has written music for two feature films as well as chamber pieces and works for large ensemble and big band. His orchestra piece “Stochasm” was premiered by the American Composers Orchestra in June of 2011. Twelve recordings of his music have been released since 1984, his latest being The Signal Maker (Intakt). He teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, and SIM (School for Improvisational Music) in Brookyn, NY.
Gerry Hemingway has led a number of ensembles since the mid 1980’s, and has been a member of long standing collaborative groups including Brew with Reggie Workman and Miya Masaoka, as well as duo projects with John Butcher, Ellery Eskelin and Marilyn Crispell. Hemingway is a Guggenheim fellow and has received numerous commissions for chamber and orchestral works as well as his innovative work as a solo performer. He was a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet between 1983 and 1994 and is also well known for his collaborations with Evan Parker, Cecil Taylor, Mark Dresser, Anthony Davis, Derek Bailey, Leo Smith and many others. He currently lives in Switzerland having joined the faculty of the Hochschule Luzern in 2009.
Ray Anderson has shown remarkable musical range on the slide trombone since his emergence in the 1970’s. Having won numerous Down Beat Critics Polls, he has reawakened interest in the instrument’s expressive possibilities and sonic scope. He has led or co-led and composed for tradition-minded ensembles, experimental groups, big bands, blues and funk projects and even a trombone quartet. He has performed and recorded with Anthony Braxton, David Murray, Dr. John, Luther Allison, Henry Threadgill, John Scofield, Roscoe Mitchell, Sam Rivers' Rivbea Orchestra and countless others. A Guggenheim Fellow, Anderson is a gifted teacher and has been the Director of Jazz Studies at Stony Brook University since 2003.
"The story keeps unfolding for this fabled trio that released its first outing in 1978” writes Glenn Astarita. “With rest stops along the way, the musicians' synergy remains as a source of amazement, coupled with their perpetual creative sparks that sculpt a route embedded with fresh concepts and supreme musicianship."
oin us for a conversation with Marine Corps veteran and investigative reporter Thomas Brennan, and acclaimed Boston Globe reporter Kevin Cullen. The conversation will be followed by audience Q&A and a book signing. Books will be available for purchase through Amherst Books.
Thomas Brennan, recipient of the Purple Heart, was a sergeant in the Marine Corps until medically retired in 2012. He served in Iraq during the Battle of Fallujah and was a squad leader in Afghanistan’s Helmand province with the First Battalion, Eighth Marines. Since 2012, he has been a regular contributor to The New York Times At War blog. Brennan was the military affairs reporter at The Daily News from early 2013 through mid-2014. He has a Master’s degree in journalism from Columbia, and is the founder of The War Horse, an award-winning nonprofit newsroom dedicated to chronicling the effects of Post-9/11 conflict. His book Shooting Ghosts, co-authored with combat photographer Finbarr O’Reilly, chronicles his friendship with O’Reilly, and both men’s mental and physical recovery from war.
Kevin Cullen is an author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has written for The Boston Globe since 1985. At the Globe, he served as a local, national and foreign correspondent before becoming a columnist.
He initially worked as the newspaper's law enforcement correspondent, and won the Livingston Award for his 1987 portrait of an East Boston hoodlum. He spent several stints on the Spotlight Team, the Globe's investigative unit, and was part of the team that first exposed the mobster James "Whitey" Bulger as an FBI informant in 1988.
In 2001, after four years abroad, he returned to Boston and joined the Globe's investigative team which won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2003 for exposing the coverup of sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholic priests. The team also won many other awards for those exposes, including the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, the George Polk Award for National Reporting, and the Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting.
In 2014, Cullen won the Mike Royko Award as best columnist chosen by the American Society of Newspaper Editors and was part of the team that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. Separately, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary. The ASNE judges said: "Kevin Cullen's work demonstrates a deft writing touch, a ferocious spirit and a no-holds-barred clarity that is by turns bracing and brilliant. His well-reported columns surrounding the Boston Marathon bombing were particularly noteworthy for their humanity and the way they captured the defiant spirit of a city simultaneously reeling from a devastating attack."
In 2016, he was named best newspaper columnist by the Society of Professional Journalists.
In 2017, he won the David Nyhan Prize for Political Journalism from the Shorenstein Center
The Film & Media Studies Program at Amherst College presents the Helene Keyssar Distinguished Lecture Series, featuring Tung-Hui Hu. Hu will be presenting a talk entitled, "Laugh Out Loud: Race and the Manufacture of Digital Emotions". Please join us March 8, 2018 from 4-6 p.m. in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry (Frost 2nd floor). Free and open to the public.
In his talk, Hu explores how persons of color are asked to perform the role of being emotional online. Taking as a starting point artist Yoshua Okón’s installation Canned Laughter (2009), which depicts a fictitious factory in Juárez that cans every type of laughter for export, Hu suggests that a dystopian world when low-wage workers across the US-Mexico border laugh, cry, or otherwise emote for white audiences is not as far away as we might think.
Tung-Hui Hu writes on media art and the politics of digital culture. He is the author of "A Prehistory of the Cloud" (MIT Press, 2015), and three collections of poetry, most recently "Greenhouses, Lighthouses" (Copper Canyon Press, 2013). Hu has received fellowships from the NEA, Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, and the San Francisco Foundation, and is an assistant professor of English at the University of Michigan.
(Note: This lecture was formerly titled, "How to Comply with an Algorithm: Lethargy and the Affects of Big Data")
Join Hillel for a carnival style Purim party.
Purim is the Jewish holiday commemorating a story of redemption, secret identity, and more. Click hereto learn more about this Jewish festival
There will be a a bouncy house, a ball pit, a popcorn machine and more. We'll provide the music, you provide the dance moves.
Wear your best/wackiest costume. The winner, chosen by UMass Hillel staff, will win a $50 Amazon gift card.
Please join us for the 2017-2018 Mary E. Johnson Lecture on Social Justice and Human Rights at Mount Holyoke College. This year’s lecture will feature Assoc. Prof. Esra Özyürek from London School of Economics, who will be giving a talk entitled: “Generation Allah: Democratizing Young Muslim Men and Working Through Holocaust Memory in Germany.”
Dr. Esra Özyürek is an Associate Professor and Chair for Contemporary Turkish Studies at the European Institute, London School of Economics. She is a political anthropologist who seeks to understand how Islam, Christianity, secularism, and nationalism are dynamically positioned in relation to each other in Turkey and in Europe. Her most recent book is Being German, Becoming Muslim: Race, Religion and Conversion in the New Europe (2014).
The UMass Amherst Libraries host “Of Our Spiritual Strivings: W. E. B. Du Bois at 150” in the W. E. B. Du Bois Library, both on the Lower Level and in Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), on Floor 25, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
The exhibit, celebrating the sesquicentennial anniversary of the birth of W. E. B. Du Bois, examines Du Bois and his influences. Drawing its title from the first chapter of Du Bois’s 'The Souls of Black Folk', the exhibit includes materials from his papers as well as the papers of other figures in the Libraries’ social change collections.
Join the Peer Advocates for the second film of their film screening series this semester, "Together." Special guests and filmmakers from Bowdoin College will be here to help facilitate a short discussion after the screening. Food and drinks will be provided!
Together shares stories about what it’s like to be a student who has experienced sexual violence. Students at Bowdoin College submitted anonymous, written stories about their own experiences, and in the film, actors tell these stories in the context of a day in the life of a student. While these stories do not represent every experience of sexual violence on and off a college campus, they do offer a wide range of perspectives on what it can be like to experience rape and/or sexual assault and endure its aftermath.
Together is a film about support and prevention. The film aims to educate and shift the way we think and talk about sexual violence by focusing on the validity of each story rather than blame and punishment or what is legal and illegal.
The film operates on a simple premise: only when we understand that sexual violence personally affects all of us - whether it be directly or through a friend daughter, boyfriend or classmate - will be able to successfully address it on college campuses, in high schools and in the broader community.
Keynote address for "African American Dance: Form, Function and Style!" by Dr. Yvonne Daniel, African Diasporic dance authority and Five College professor emerita of dance and Afro-American studies at Smith College. Author of Rumba(1995), Dancing Wisdom: Embodied Knowledge in Haitian Vodou, Cuban Yoruba, and Bahian Candomblé (2005), and Caribbean and Atlantic Diaspora Dance: Igniting Citizenship (2011).
Free and open to the Five College community. Registration is encouraged.
"African American Dance: Form, Function and Style!" is organized by Ninoska M’bewe Escobar, Consortium for Faculty Diversity Scholar in Theater and Dance at Amherst College, and sponsored by the Theater and Dance Department, Five College Dance Department, Arts at Amherst Initiative, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Center for Community Engagement, and African and Caribbean Students Union.