Five College Consortium

The Healing-Killing Paradox: talk by Jeffrey Grossman

Thu, Jan 31 2019 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: 
IHGMS, 758 N Pleasant St, Amherst

The Institute of Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at UMass Amherst presents "The Healing-Killing Paradox, Or: Double Consciousness and the Nazi Doctor in Martin Amis’s 'Time’s Arrow'", a talk by Jeffrey Grossman.

 

In his novel, 'Time’s Arrow', Martin Amis offers a striking case of narrative fiction: the story of a person’s life told in reverse—one in which the life told is that of a former Nazi doctor living under an assumed identity in post-war America. At the same time, the novel’s first-person narrator—who inhabits the body of the Nazi doctor—fails to comprehend the story he tells, even as he also fails to comprehend its backwards trajectory.

In this way, Amis presents us with a narrative puzzle that offers a glimpse into the mind and being of a (fictionalized) Nazi war criminal. What is the purpose of such a narrative? Is Time’s Arrow a novel about the problem of narrative time and history? How does perception of events change when viewed uncomprehendingly in reverse? And why go to the trouble of telling a Nazi war criminal’s story in reverse?

 

In addressing these questions, this talk will propose one possible way, suggested in its own title, of unraveling the puzzle Amis presents in this uncanny Holocaust novel.

 

Jeffrey A. Grossman is Associate Professor and Chair of the German Department at the University of Virginia where he is also a member of the Jewish Studies and Comparative Literature Programs. His research addresses problems in transmission and knowledge of literature and ideas, generally, and German Jewish and Yiddish writing, in particular. The current talk comes from an essay that will appear in Germany in a volume on reverse and recursive narratives. Grossman is currently at work on a book about early 20th century translation from Yiddish to German and its impact on the perception of East European immigrants and minority culture in German-speaking countries.

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UMass Amherst
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The Home Experience of German Jews under the Nazi Regime

Mon, Feb 11 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: 
IHGMS, 758 N Pleasant St, Amherst

The Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at UMass Amherst presents "The Home Experience of German Jews under the Nazi Regime", a talk by Guy Miron.

 

Guy Miron explores the changing perceptions of home among bourgeois German Jews under the Nazi regime. Using diaries, correspondence, and the Jewish press, he links their exclusion from the public space to their domestic private sphere, analyzing a declining bourgeois social group struggling to adapt its domestic habitus to deteriorating legal, economic and social conditions.

 

Professor Guy Miron teaches Modern Jewish History at the Open University of Israel in Raanana. He is also the director of a research center for the study and research of the Holocaust in Germany at the International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem. His research focuses on German and Central European Jewish history in the 20th century.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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Women Leading Western Mass.: Campaigns, Policy & Public Service

Mon, Jan 28 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
Old Chapel, Room: Conference Room (1st floor)

Newly elected state Sen. Jo Comerford and state Reps. Natalie Blais, Lindsay Sabadosa, and Mindy Domb will speak about gender representation in government and public service, their priorities in the Massachusetts Legislature and offer advice to future leaders at "Women Leading Western Mass.: Campaigns, Policy & Public Service." 

The event is sponsored by the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy and UWil (UMass Women into Leadership). 

"Women Leading Western Mass." is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required. 

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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Valley Classical Concert

Sun, Jan 13 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
Sweeney Concert Hall

Valley Classical Concert at Smith College presents Peter Serkin.

Recognized as an artist of passion and integrity, the distinguished American pianist Peter Serkin has successfully conveyed the essence of five centuries of repertoire. His inspired performances with symphony orchestras, in recital appearances, chamber music collaborations and on recordings have been lauded worldwide for decades.

Peter Serkin’s rich musical heritage extends back several generations: his grandfather was violinist and composer Adolf Busch and his father pianist Rudolf Serkin. He has performed with the world’s major symphony orchestras, led by such eminent conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Alexander Schneider, Daniel Barenboim, George Szell, Eugene Ormandy, Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, James Levine, Herbert Blomstedt, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and George Cleve. A dedicated chamber musician, Mr. Serkin has collaborated with Alexander Schneider, Pamela Frank, Yo-Yo Ma, the Budapest, Guarneri, Orion, Shanghai, and Dover String Quartets and TASHI, of which he was a founding member.

Campus: 
Smith College
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OCD Mass Lecture Series: OCD and Anxiety in the Classroom

Tue, Dec 18 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Weinstein Auditorium

"OCD and Anxiety in the Classroom," presented by Denise Egan Stack, LMHC

Campus: 
Smith College
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30 Poems in November Reading/Celebration

Thu, Dec 13 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Location: 
Weinstein Auditorium

30 Poems in November! is a literary fundraiser in support of literacy programs at Center for New Americans in Northampton. Writers commit to write one poem a day for the 30 days of November. Some poems reflect on the immigrant experience; others paint a picture or tell a story.

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Smith College
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Music of UMass Composers

Tue, Jan 22 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Fine Arts Center Bezanson Recital Hall

The Department of Music and Dance presents Music of UMass Composers, celebrating the tradition of music composition at UMass Amherst.

The program will include works by Frederick Tillis, Charles Fussell, Robert Stern and Marc Antonio Consoli and will be performed by Ayano Kataoka, marimba; Ben Tibbetts, piano; Salvatore Macchia, contrabass and Jazer Giles, electronics.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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The Role of Diversity and Inclusion in Human Resource Practices

Wed, Dec 19 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Human Resources at Amherst College are proud to offer a complimentary event featuring guest speaker, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., the President and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management.

"The Role of Diversity and Inclusion in Human Resource Practices" will be presented in Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall, located on the Amherst College campus. This is a complimentary event and a grab-n-go lunch will be provided at the end of the event.

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Amherst College
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Russian Film Screening: Kiss Them All! 2• ГОРЬКО! 2

Thu, Dec 13 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Keefe Campus Center, Theater (Room 008)

Kiss Them All! 2 • ГОРЬКО! 2
dir. Zhora Kryzhovnikov • 2014 • 96 min.

A shady businessman fakes his own death to fix his financial problems while his stepdaughter is off on her honeymoon.

This movie will be shown in Russian with English subtitles, and will be screened at both 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

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Amherst College
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Biology Monday Seminar: "Evolution of Homomorphic Sex Chromosomes, Sex-Biased Gene Expression in the Common Frog"

Mon, Dec 10 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
Science Center, A011

Wen-Juan Ma, Ph.D. and postdoctoral research associate at Amherst College, will present "Evolution of Homomorphic Sex Chromosomes, Sex-Biased Gene Expression in the Common Frog."

"My research focuses on the fields of evolution and genomics of sex chromosomes and mating-type chromosomes, sex determination, as well as evolution of asexuality (especially induced by the bacteria Wolbachia). To understand the evolution and genomics of sex chromosomes and sex determination, I have used a broad range of non-model organisms, including invertebrate haplodiploid parasitic wasps, vertebrate amphibians, angiosperm plants and parasitic plant anther smut fungi, using various approaches in combination of fieldwork, experimental crosses, common garden experiment, molecular genetics and comparative genomics. Previously, my work on genomics of homomorphic sex chromosomes in the common frogs was investigating of evolutionary signatures of early stage of sex chromosome evolution, such as transcriptional degeneration, feminization of X chromosomes, dynamics of sex-biased gene expression throughout development and among adult tissues. The results revealed that sex-biased gene expressions were not enriched in sex chromosomes, no transcriptional degeneration occurred and no Faster-X (sex chromosome) evolution evolved, suggesting the canonical model of sexual antagonistic selection might not play a critical role at least in amphibian sex chromosome evolution. Currently, I am using comparative genomics approach to investigate temporal degeneration of non-recombining mating-type chromosomes in a series of anther smut Microbotryum fungi species."

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Amherst College
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