Five College Consortium

Theodore Levin: "Musical Meridians of the Silk Roads"

Mon, Oct 29 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Mary Woolley Hall, NY Room

Theodore Levin, professor of music at Dartmouth College, has chronicled Central Asian folk customs and music in his books 100,000 Fools of God: Musical Travels in Central Asia and Where Rivers and Mountains Sing. He served as first executive director of the Silk Road Project, founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma. He has also served as chair of the Arts and Culture Sub-Board of the Open Society (Soros) Foundations and is currently the senior project consultant for the Aga Khan Music Initiative.

Sponsored by Russian and Eurasian Studies and Music Departments at Mount Holyoke, and the Amherst College Department of Music.

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Mount Holyoke College
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Carl Zimmer "Science Reporting in the Age of Fake News"

Tue, Oct 23 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Clapp Laboratory, Hooker Auditorium

Carl Zimmer writes the Matter column for the New York Times and has frequently contributed to The Atlantic, National Geographic, Time, and Scientific American, among others. He  has won the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Science Journalism Award three times, among a host of other awards and fellowships. He teaches science writing at Yale University. His previous books include Parasite Rex, Evolution and Microcosm.

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Mount Holyoke College
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Through the Eyes of the Artist

Sat, Nov 10 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:15pm
Location: 
Art Museum, Art Museum Exhibit Hall

Summayya Wagenseil ’19, Student Guide

This tour focuses on the significance of the artist’s identity. Elements such as an artist’s biography, race, the time period they lived in, and the conditions in which they created their works impact their style and choice of subject matter. This tour will encourage viewers to take a closer look at the historical context and identity of the artist, so that we are able to understand the artwork from their viewpoint and better appreciate their artistic choices.

 All Sightlines Tours last 30-45 minutes

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Mount Holyoke College
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Gallery Talk: Photographing Native America

Thu, Nov 15 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Art Museum, Art Museum Exhibit Hall

Artist Zig Jackson is a professor of photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design and a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation. Jackson’s work challenges popular and deeply ingrained conceptions of Native Americans and encourages viewers to embrace the narratives that people tell us about themselves. On view through December 16, a selection of Jackson’s photographs are featured in dialogue with historic images of Native people in the Collection Spotlight Photographing Native America, curated by Mac Chambers ’19.

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Mount Holyoke College
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Leah Penniman: "Farming While Black: African Diasporic Wisdom for Farming and Food Justice"

Thu, Nov 29 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Clapp Laboratory, Hooker Auditorium

Leah Penniman, a well-known farmer, educator, author and food sovereignty activist, will present a lecture on food justice, "Farming While Black: African Diasporic Wisdom for Farming and Food Justice."

Join us to learn how you can be part of the movement for food sovereignty and help build a food system based on justice, dignity, and abundance for all members of our community.

Leah Penniman is a Black Kreyol educator, farmer/peyizan, author, and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, NY. Leah brings over 20 years of domestic and international experience, including work with the Food Project, Farm School, Many Hands Organic Farm, Youth Grow, and farms in Ghana, Haiti, and Mexico. In 2011, she co-founded Soul Fire Farm, with the mission to end racism in the food system and reclaim our ancestral connection to land. As co-Executive Director, Leah is part of a team that facilitates powerful food sovereignty programs that work towards food equality, such as the Black-Latinx Farmers Immersion, a sliding-scale Farmshare CSA, and Youth Food Justice Leadership trainings. Soul Fire Farm is part of a global network of farmers working to increase farmland stewardship by people of color, restore Afro-indigenous farming practices, and end food apartheid.

Sponsored by the Miller Worley Center for the Environment.

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Mount Holyoke College
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African American Perspectives on Othello: Artist Curlee Raven Holton in Conversation with Actor and Playwright Keith Hamilton Cobb

Fri, Nov 2 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Art Building, Gamble Auditorium A

In their respective artistic fields, Curlee Raven Holton and Keith Hamilton Cobb have both engaged in new interpretations of William Shakespeare’s Othello. In their public conversation, Holton and Cobb will discuss the agency of artists of African descent, and share the experiences that led to their Othello-inspired projects in printmaking and theaterThe museum will have extended hours following the event.

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Mount Holyoke College
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Music Department Tea Time

Fri, Nov 30 2018 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
Arms Music Center, Green Room

Come take a break from your busy week and enjoy tea, coffee, snacks and good company in the Arms Green Room. The music department's tea times are casual get-togethers where you hang out and chat with other musical folks from around campus. Everyone is welcome — students, faculty, staff, visitors. No affiliation with the department is required!

This event follows the "Workshop for Non-Majors and Majors: Listening" hosted by Terry Jenoure.

Campus: 
Amherst College
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Fiction Reading: Amy Bloom

Thu, Nov 29 2018 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Fayerweather Hall, 115

Amy Bloom has been called “a national treasure” by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham and “one of America’s unique and most gifted literary voices” by novelist Colum McCann. She is the author of a nonfiction book, a children’s book, three story collections, including New York Times bestseller  Where the God Of Love Hangs Out and National Book Award finalist Come to Me, and four novels, including the New York Times bestseller Away and her most recent White Houses. Her work has been translated into fifteen languages. She teaches creative writing at Wesleyan University.

This reading will be followed by refreshments.

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Amherst College
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Works in Progress Faculty Seminar "Gender and Microfinancing: A South Asian Experience"

Wed, Oct 24 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
83 College Street, South Hadley

Shagufta Nasreen, FCWSRC Research Associate and Assistant Professor of Women's Studies, University of Karachi

This paper argues that micro-financing is embraced in developing countries as a development intervention for women's empowerment despite growing into a large global industry creating a cycle of dependency for its borrowers. Drawing on evidence from qualitative field research, this research explores the experiences of Pakistani women borrowers and intends to compare it to earlier studies in the South Asian region to analyze how their work situations are shaped by local socio-cultural norms and globalized development agendas. 

Discussants: Lisa Armstrong (Professor of the Study of Women and Gender, Smith College), Marta Calas (Professor of Management, UMass Amherst), Svati Shah (Associate Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, UMass Amherst), and Priyanka Srivastava (Assistant Professor of History and Economics, UMass Amherst)

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Mount Holyoke College
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Helene Keyssar Distinguished Lecture: "Scaling Down" with Marc Siegel

Thu, Nov 8 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Frost Library, 210

Marc Siegel is professor of film studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. His research and publications focus on issues in queer studies and experimental film. He is co-editor of "Film Culture 80: The Legend of Barbara Rubin" (2018) and "Jack Smith: Beyond the Rented World" (2014), a special issue of "Criticism". His book "A Gossip of Images" is forthcoming from Duke University Press. He has also curated numerous film series for festivals, museums and galleries, including the Berlinale; Tate Modern (London); CCCB (Barcelona), Bunkier Sztuki (Cracow) and the Goethe Institute (Kolkata). His curatorial projects include the festivals "Camp/Anti-Camp" (2012) and "LIVE FILM! JACK SMITH!" (2009). He is on the advisory board of the Forum Expanded section of the Berlinale and one of the co-founders of the Berlin-based artists' collective CHEAP. Siegel's talk will engage with current strategies for exhibiting moving images. He will contrast the sometimes spectacular and decorative use of avant-garde films in contemporary exhibitions with select innovative approaches to the presentation of painting and photography. With reference to his own curatorial work on a recent Berlin exhibition, "Edit Film Culture!" (2018), Siegel will argue for the aesthetic significance of scale and context.

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Amherst College
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