Christine Vachon is the founder of Killer Films. Since 1995, it has been one of the most important independent film companies in the world and a transformational voice in New Queer Cinema. Rose Troche, who first received acclaim for the film Go Fish (1994), has been a pioneering force in LGBTQ moving image work ever since, working in film, television (The L Word) and most recently Virtual Reality.
This talk explores the ontological politics of the image in Tamil cinema. Its focus is a particular scene from the 2011 film "Mankatha" (dir. Venkat Prabhu) in which the protagonist, played by the “mass hero” Ajith Kumar, is slapped by a character played by the actor Vaibhav Reddy. Taking the screen image not simply as diegetic representation but as performative act unto itself, Ajith fans were enraged at Vaibhav. In reflecting on this scene, its making, and its uptake, Nakassis shows how multiple ontological and political claims on what an image is intersect in and manifest in and as this image-act. This multiplicity, Nakassis argues, opens up a space to think with and against arguments by André Bazin and others about “the” ontology of the film image.
Constantine V. Nakassis is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Associate Faculty of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago.
Reception to follow. Childcare will be provided.
Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College.
The current political crisis in the US revolves around a media crisis: Twitter rivals official communiqués, bots plant invented news stories on social media to swing elections, television networks brand themselves with rival versions of the truth, and reporters who document lies are accused of peddling “fake news.” It has become clear in retrospect that the comparatively stable public sphere of the twentieth century rested on the gatekeeping function of major newspapers and television news, a function they no longer play. Their model of broadcast-plus-feedback has come to seem archaic. Social media, especially Facebook, have introduced new structuring principles in public discourse, having to do with their own architecture and profit model. The media infrastructure by which publics come into existence has fractured. In other respects, though, the combat of representation has been a condition of the public sphere from its emergence in the early eighteenth century, the very notion of the public has always been an imaginary, and publics have always been more plural than anyone wanted to admit. In this talk, Warner will take a long view of media infrastructures as grounds from which to project publics, to ask what might have changed as well as what features of the public sphere might simply be newly exposed.
Michael Warner is Seymour H. Knox Professor of English at Yale University. He received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins and taught at Northwestern and Rutgers before going to Yale, where he served as chair of the department of English. His books include Publics and Counterpublics (2002); The Trouble with Normal (1999); and The Letters of the Republic: Publication and the Public Sphere in Eighteenth-Century America (1990). With Craig Calhoun and Jonathan VanAntwerpen, he has edited Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age (2010). He is also the editor of The Portable Walt Whitman (2003); American Sermons (1999); The English Literatures of America (with Myra Jehlen); and Fear of a Queer Planet: Queer Politics and Social Theory (1993).
Reception to follow. Childcare will be provided.
The lecture will feature Dr. Kristen Ghodsee, who will speak on "Sex and Superpower Rivalry: Global Women's Activism During the Cold War, 1968-1990."
An annual conference, in its 26th year, it allows students to network and build community and showcase their research. The conference consists of sessions of contributed talks and one plenary talk. This year, the plenary speaker will be Henry Cohn, of MIT and Microsoft Research New England. We also understand that you expect significant participation from all four of the colleges that are supporting this year’s conference.
The University of Massachusetts MFA for Poets and Writers announces the
Juniper Literary Festival to be held April 12-13, 2019 on the UMass Amherst
campus. All events are free, accessible, and open to the public.
The Juniper Literary Festival celebrates the literary community of the
region, the UMass MFA Program present, past, and future, and the
intersections of those communities with the larger literary world. Featured
readers include novelist, short story writer, and journalist Horacio
Castellanos Moya on Friday, April 12 at 7:00pm and poet Danez Smith on
Saturday, April 13 at 7:00pm. Both readings will be in the Old Chapel.
On Saturday, April 13th, the Literary Arts Fair opens at 10:00am in South
College on the UMass Amherst campus. The Fair features representatives from
new and established journals and presses, including Massachusetts Review,
Paperbark Magazine, Rescue Press, Factory Hollow Press, jubilat, St.
Petersburg Review, and others.
Also on Saturday, the Editors & Publishers Panel includes Matvei Yankelevich
(Ugly Duckling Presse), Katie Raissian (Grove Atlantic), and Zach Savich
(Rescue Press) discussing what they're looking for, how to submit to literary
magazines, and the behind-the-scenes editorial process. The audience is
encouraged to bring questions. Check out our website for times and locations.
Readings on Saturday include Five College Writers: a Reading by Faculty
Writers From Across the Valley at 1:00pm in South College which will feature
Samuel Ace (Mount Holyoke), Polina Barskova (Hampshire), Arda Collins
(Smith), Noy Holland (UMass Amherst) and Shayla Lawson (Amherst) in South
College, followed by a UMass MFA Alumni reading by Hannah Brooks-Motl, Andrea
Lawlor, Arisa White & Jung Yun at 4:00pm.
Since 2001, the Juniper Literary Festival has showcased exciting new writing
and explored issues vital to the literary arts, helping to ensure their
vitality, plurality, and accessibility. The Juniper Festival is produced by
the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers and the
Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts and Action. The Festival is also
supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the UMass College for
Humanities and Fine Arts; English Department; Arts Council; Stonewall Center;
Program in Comparative Literature; Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality
Studies; Translation Center; and the Vice Chancellor for Research and
Engagement, as well as the Amherst College Queer Resource Center, English
Department, and Center for Creative Writing, The Massachusetts Review,
Factory Hollow Press, jubilat, the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, and our
For the full schedule and event details, please visit
CRM 30 Years Later: How the landmark project “Dealing with Change in the Connecticut River Valley” became an agent of change
- The celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Center for Rural Massachusetts.
- Robert Yaro, Professor of Practice at PennDesign, University of Pennsylvania; and President Emeritus of the Regional Plan Association
- Randall Arendt, author and consultant
- Harry Dodson, President of Dodson Flinker (formerly Dodson Associates), Ashfield, MA
- Elizabeth Brabec, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning and Director of the Center for Heritage & Society; formerly President of Land Ethics, Inc.
In 1986 a group of committed planners and landscape architects came together at the fledgling Center for Rural Massachusetts (CRM) to deal with the challenges of rampant growth and development in the Valley. Housed in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, the Center for Rural Massachusetts was created to advocate for measured, sustainable growth in rural communities. The project that became “Dealing with Change in the Connecticut River Valley,” was funded by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management and published in 1988 by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge. Tapping into a national movement to find ways to manage growth, and into a movement that in the 1990’s was rebranded as sustainable development, the project was lauded as a landscape planning process through which you could have it all – development and environmental conservation.
The project was broadly disseminated and written about: a New Yorker article by Tony Hiss; a Fortune Magazine “Best Ideas;” part of a book “The Experience of Place: A completely new way of looking at and dealing with our radically changing cities and countryside” by author Tiny Hiss; and given APA and ASLA awards. It also spawned a follow-up book written by the authors of “Dealing with Change,” published by the American Planning Association titled “Rural by Design,” which was in print continuously for the next 25 years.
So why did this project tap into the zeitgeist of its time, and become a major planning movement? What other outcomes were spawned by its event and the creation of the Center for Rural Massachusetts? And how can CRM, now the Center for Resilient Metro Regions, continue to lead in landscape planning?
Join us for this retrospective of the intersection of planning and landscape architecture at UMass.
Mara Prentiss, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics at Harvard University, will present a talk titled, "Energy Revolution: The Physics and Promise of Efficient Technology."
The talk is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the talk in the Gordon Hall Atrium. This event is sponsored by the Political Economy Research Insitute.
This year’s Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series, “Another World Is Possible: Revolutionary Visions, Past and Present,” hosted visionary scholars and organizers from across the U.S. and world, exploring how social movements have thought about -- and worked towards -- building other possible worlds at many points in history and in many places around the globe.
This capstone event is a participatory forum to “plug in” and contribute to collective visions right here in western Massachusetts. More than two dozen students, faculty and community members contributed to the planning of this event, which emerged from a months-long visioning process facilitated by the UMass Alliance for Community Transformation.
During the event, attendees will participate in community-led visioning workshops on the following themes:
- Cooperative ecosystems in Springfield
- Ethnic studies in Holyoke
- Food Justice across the region
- Building a world where black and brown youth in Western Mass and beyond are supported, not criminalized
- And where local communities have the power to decide their own futures
Come connect, collaborate and imagine together with people who are building local cooperative economies, just food systems, community-driven education, and more.
4:30 pm: Connecting, Gathering, Snacking
5:00 pm: Introductory Activity and Panel
5:20 pm: Simultaneous Workshops
5:50 pm: Break
6:15 pm: Simultaneous Workshops
6:40 pm: Closing Session
Free and open to all with free food from El Rincon Boricua Restaurant.
Young people of all ages are welcome. There will be coloring books and crayons available for children.
There will be FREE buses from UMass, departing from Haigis Mall at 4pm. Sign up here (https://goo.gl/forms/iWwNg1xVJo3O58kE3) to reserve your spot. Parking is available nearby.
Wheelchair accessible. To request additional accommodations, contact email@example.com
This event and the community visioning processes leading up to it were designed and facilitated by the UMass Alliance for Community Transformation.
The Feinberg Series is presented by the UMass Amherst History Department, and co-sponsored by more than three dozen university and community groups. Visit the Feinberg Series webpage for more information about the series, including a list of co-sponsors and community partners.
This event is offered with the support of the Five College Lecture Fund.
Graphic facilitation by Dpict.