Birth of a Dream Weaver: The Pleasures and Perils of Writing

Thu, Mar 1 2018 - 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall
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Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o lecture with Q&A.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o is a novelist, essayist, playwright, journalist, editor, memoirist, academic, and social activist, born in Kenya in 1938. He published his first novel, Weep Not, Child, in 1964. In the wake of his 1977 novel Petals of Blood and play Ngaahika Ndeenda, both critiques of neo-colonial inequalities, he was incarcerated at Kamiti Prison. Exiled from Kenya, he was Five Colleges Visiting Distinguished Professor of English and African Literature in 1991. In the past decade, he has published three memoirs: Dreams in a Time of War, The House of the Interpreter, and Birth of a Dream Weaver. He is currently Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine. His books have been translated into more than thirty languages.

Campus: 
Smith College
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Free

"The Washing Society"

Tue, Feb 27 2018 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Location: 
Keefe Campus Center, 008
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Filmmaker Lynne Sachs and playwright Lizzie Olesker will be present for a discussion following a screening of their new award-winning film The Washing Society (2018, 44 mins).

When you drop off a bag of dirty laundry, who’s doing the washing and folding? The Washing Society brings us into New York City laundromats and the experiences of the people who work there. A collaboration between filmmaker Lynne Sachs and playwright Lizzie Olesker, the film observes the disappearing public space of the neighborhood laundromat and the continual, intimate labor that happens there. The Washing Society combines interviews and observational moments, re-enactment and choreography to produce a stark yet poetic vision of underpaid work, immigration and the sheer math of doing laundry. Inspired by To ’Joy My Freedom, author Tera Hunter’s depiction of the 1881 organization of African-American laundresses in Atlanta, the filmmakers interweave dirt, skin, lint, stains, money and time into the fabric of their film to create a dreamlike yet hyper-real portrayal of a day in the life of a laundry worker, both past and present.

Campus: 
Amherst College
Not accessible
Accessibility info: 
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Ticket info: 
Free admission
Contact phone: 
(413) 542-5870
Contact email: 
fam6@amherst.edu

MMFF Screening: 'Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah'

Wed, Mar 7 2018 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 
Isenberg School of Management Room: 137
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"Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah"
(2015, dir. Adam Benzine, UK, 58 min.; Academy Award nominee, Documentary Short Subject).
 
In this special director's cut, Lanzmann discusses the challenges of tracking down Nazi officials and traumatized death camp survivors, fighting in the French Resistance as a teenager, his relationship with philosophers Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, and his hopes and expectations for the future in this intimate portrait.
 
Co-sponsored by UMass Institute for Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies.  
 
Introduction by Jonathan Skolnik (UMass).
Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Accessible location
Accessibility info: 
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Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.
Contact phone: 
413-545-2341
Contact email: 
shimpach@comm.umass.edu

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres Of The Shoah (HBO Documentary Films)

Art as Territory: Maya Weavers Advocate for Collective Intellectual Property Rights in Guatemala

Wed, Mar 21 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: 
Beneski Earth Sciences Building, Paino Lecture Hall
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The Political Science Department of Amherst College along with funding from the Lamont Fund, presents:
Art as Territory: Maya Weavers Advocate for Collective Intellectual Property Rights in Guatemala

This event is free and open to the public.
This talk will be in Spanish with simultaneous translation for English speakers.

Speaker:
Angelina Aspuac:

Angelina Aspuac is a Maya-Kaqchikel indigenous activist and lawyer committed to the defense of territory and self determination. She is one of the founding leaders in the struggle for collective intellectual property rights in Guatemala, where Maya weavers are claiming authorship over the ancestral weaving of guipiles. Aspuac is a weaver and member of the National Movement of Women Weavers in Guatemala. She is the legal coordinator leading the advocacy strategy at AFEDES (Women’s Association for the Development of Sacatepéquez) representing Maya women in the highest courts of Guatemala. Prior to that, Aspuac was a consultant on Indigenous Peoples and related issues to the Vice-President in 2007. She was the representative of Women Organizations at the Rural and Urban Development Council Systems from 2002-2006, and the General Director at the Women’s Association for the Development of Sacatepéquez (AFEDES) from 2000-2006.

Angelina Aspuac will give a talk titled “Art as Territory: Maya Weavers Advocate for Collective Intellectual Property Rights in Guatemala.” In this public lecture, Aspuac explains the political connotation of ancestral Maya textile art and tells the story of the Maya weavers who are challenging the state of Guatemala in the country's highest Court.

Guatemala’s National Movement of Maya Weavers is pushing for the collective rights to intellectual property rights. They are pushing the state of Guatemala to safeguard their textile creations and the very fabric of Maya philosophy. In 2016, the women weavers they filed a legal action before Guatemala’s Constitutional Court challenging the constitutionality of omitting rules that would protect Maya textile creations. Then they presented a new bill challenging the very concept of intellectual property rights. The maya weaver and legal scholar Angelina Aspuac, founder of the initiative, explains how textiles interact with broader patterns of Maya dispossession. According to Angelina Aspuac, “Textiles are part of our territories. To protect water and land is to protect our textile art ... they are our knowledge. Maya dispossession does not happen only through territory, it happens also through the dispossession of our ancestral knowledge."

This event is being sponsored by The Political Science Department of Amherst College along with funding support from the Lamont Funds.

Campus: 
Amherst College
Not accessible
Accessibility info: 
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Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.
Contact phone: 
(413) 542-2208
Contact email: 
talaizer@amherst.edu

Childhood Mortality and Family Dynamics in Late Second Temple Israel

Mon, Apr 9 2018 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
Chapin Hall, 101
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Please join us for a public lecture with David Fiensy, professor of New Testament and dean of the Graduate School of Religion at Kentucky Christian University in Grayson, Kentucky. His publications include Jesus the Galilean (2007), The Galilean Economy in the Time of Jesus (co-editor, 2013), Christian Origins and the Ancient Economy (2014), and Galilee in the Late Second Temple and Mishnaic Periods: The Archaeological Record from Cities, Towns, and Villages: 2 (2015).
This event is sponsored by the Amherst College Religion Department and Willis Wood Fund.

Campus: 
Amherst College
Not accessible
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Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.
Contact phone: 
(413) 542-2181
Contact email: 
lballou@amherst.edu

Trust: A Resource We Need More Than We Know

Thu, Apr 5 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: 
Mary Woolley Hall, NY Room
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2018 Edeltraut P. Barrett Memorial Lecture "Trust: A Resource We Need More Than We Know" by Elke Schmitter.
 
Elke Schmitter, Author, Editor of Der Spiegel, and Max Kade Visiting Professor of German, Vanderbilt University “Trust is something we rely on in all aspects of our lives, including the economical, political, and personal. We need it to grow up as human beings. We need it for orientation and reflecting on the resource of trust when, all of the sudden, it feels limited. Now might be the right time to do so.”
 
Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.
Campus: 
Mount Holyoke College
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Free and open to the public
Contact email: 
drampton@mtholyoke.edu

'Excavations' by Ben Sears

Sun, Apr 1 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: 
Hampden Gallery
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The drawings in this exhibit are investigations of ideas that Ben Sears has been working with for the past several years. Each piece begins with an image that has psychological resonance for the artist. Lately he has been working with empty clothing and stadium interiors as starting points. Through the process of making, erasing, remaking and layering, he starts to understand what he is going after. The relationship that he has with each drawing deepens over the course of months or, sometimes, years. By the time he is ready to call a drawing finished it has usually been made and re-made many times. The history of each piece can be seen through the layers of ink, paint and charcoal.

Benjamin Sears earned a BFA from RISD in illustration (1996) and an MFA in painting from the Cranbrook Academy of Art (1999). He is a working artist and has exhibited throughout New England and New York state. He has been teaching since 1999 and currently teaches art at Amherst Regional High School.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Accessible location
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public
Contact email: 
anneseuthe@gmail.com

The Fourth Wall: 'Fruit Flies Like a Banana'

Tue, Apr 3 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Fine Arts Center Bezanson Recital Hall
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The Department of Music and Dance presents a guest artist concert by 'The Fourth Wall', an ensemble in which musicians are also dancers and actors.

"Serious music by seriously talented musicians in a show that doesn't take itself seriously at all." - CBC

3 performers. 60 minutes. 20+ pieces. Music, theatre, and dance collide in this madcap variety show, and you choose the order. The Fourth Wall combines stellar musicianship with daring physicality to make music that leaps off the stage.

Praised for their 'deft choreography' (The Wall Street Journal), conservatory-trained flutist Hilary Abigana, bass trombonist C. Neil Parsons, and percussionist Greg Jukes have devised a new hybrid art form. They play while dancing a tango, hanging upside-down, or maneuvering atop fast-moving hover boards.

Musical offerings include Chopin on the aforementioned hover boards, exuberant homages to classical music favorites, pop covers stood on their heads, and breathtaking feats of acrobatics. Vaudeville is alive and well in Amherst.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Not accessible
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public
Contact phone: 
413-577-2154
Contact email: 
music@music.umass.edu

Holi 2018

Sat, Apr 7 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: 
Tennis Courts Lower, Book and Plow Farm
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The South Asian Students Association (SASA) invites you to celebrate Holi (the Hindu festival of colors) with us on Saturday, April 7th at Book and Plow Farm! There will be colors and supersoakers. Dress code: come in your worst clothes! There will be refreshments, music and plenty of color being thrown around!

Campus: 
Amherst College
Not accessible
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.
Contact phone: 
(413) 356-0135
Contact email: 
sagrawal19@amherst.edu

Weekly Tour at the Mead!

Sat, Apr 21 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Location: 
Mead Art Museum
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Join us for a tour with Stephen Johnson '19. Stephen is an art history major, and his tour will focus on ideas of material and digital manipulation across the exhibitions on view. This tour is free and open to all!

Campus: 
Amherst College
Not accessible
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.
Contact phone: 
(413) 542-5123
Contact email: 
jedens@amherst.edu

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