Talk: 'The Autism Spectrum and Neurodiversity in Higher Education'

Wed, Apr 4 2018 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Location: 
Campus Center Room: 917
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Diversity Lunch Talks - Come for lunch, connect and join your colleagues to explore issues related to diversity, inclusion, and equity in teaching. Open to faculty, post-docs, and graduate students.

How can autism (and neurodiversity more generally) enrich university teaching and learning in radically inclusive and inventive ways? In this interactive workshop, Anne Ciecko (associate professor, communication) will share, via presentation and discussion, a unique toolbox of theory, research, mediations, and practical (interdisciplinary) applications that enable and affirm the connective possibilities of neurodiversity in higher education. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in several short facilitated and interactive exercises in perception and pattern recognition, dialogism and metacognition, autodidacticism and critical curation, and sensory (dis)integration.

This event is part of the monthly Diversity Lunch Talks offered by The Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (TEFD) through its Diversity & Inclusive Teaching Professional Development Series.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Accessible location
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public
Contact phone: 
413-545-5180
Contact email: 
khelmer@umass.edu

Sarah Hennies Performance: "Gather & Release"

Tue, Apr 3 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: 
Arms Music Center, Rm 7
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"Gather & Release” is a one-hour performance for vibraphone and a variety of pre-recorded sounds, composed by percussionist Sarah Hennies. Her work explores issues related to queer/trans identity, mediated through sound and music technologies.

Over the course of an hour, Hennies entangles highly focused percussion playing with field recordings, sine waves, signifiers from her personal & family history (including a 20+ year old recording of her grandfather reciting poetry) and bilateral stimulation, a tool for anxiety release and a major component of EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy is a branch of psychotherapy that focuses on relieving the patient of disturbing memories).

"Gather & Release" is personal, immediate, yet reserved.

Sarah Hennies will also give a presentation for students enrolled in MUSI 264 on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Please contact Yvette Jackson at yjackson@amherst.edu if you would like to sit in. Limited space is available.

Campus: 
Amherst College
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Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public
Contact phone: 
(413) 542-2195
Contact email: 
concerts@amherst.edu

Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Léonce Ndikumana

Mon, Apr 9 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
Mullins Center Room: Great Hall
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Professor Léonce Ndikumana of the department of economics will present a Distinguished Faculty Lecture on “Capital Flight from Africa: Is the World Genuinely Ready for Action?”

Domestic and global structural factors have caused a sustained outflow of capital from Africa, a continent that faces deep development financing constraints. This lecture will explain how capital flight is part of a pattern of integration of Africa into the global economy that has entrenched the continent’s exploitation and marginalization. It will also show how structural flaws in the global economic system and its governance make it difficult to combat capital flight and illicit financial flows from Africa and propose new ways to address these problems.

Professor Ndikumana will be presented with the Chancellor’s Medal, the highest recognition bestowed to faculty by the campus, at the conclusion of the lecture. 

This lecture is free and open to the public. For information, call 413-577-1101.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public
Contact phone: 
413-577-1101
Contact email: 
events@umass.edu

Reception for "Seeing Music"

Wed, Apr 18 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Location: 
Oresman Gallery
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Exhibition Dates: April 17 - May 17, 2018

"Seeing Music: Color Finds Rhythms, Harmonies, and Counterpoints" features new work by local artist Lorna Ritz. In her paintings she is developing the tradition coming out of cubism and Hans Hofmann’s plastic space.

Lorna says: “My painting process is unsettling, passionate, radical, and driven. All together, a body of paintings becomes like the movements of a symphony that take a year or more to fully realize. Each painting has immediacy to it, but takes time to complete; it’s my own personal paradox. The painting is the consequence of technique and skill brought about by the concept. That is how what ends up on my canvas gets said, and how my paintings come to be.”

Lorna Ritz received a BFA from Pratt and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has taught at RISD, Brown U., Dartmouth College, U of Minnesota, the New York Studio School, and has shown extensively at galleries, museums, and embassies.

www.lornaritz.com

Campus: 
Smith College
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Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.

From Archive to Article in Six Months: Building a Collaborative Research Project in the Humanities

Sat, Apr 7 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Location: 
Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum
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This session will describe an intensive research experience that sent six students to London for summer archival research, and resulted in their writing an original scholarly article. Ellen Boucher, assistant professor of history, and Dunstan McNutt, research and instruction librarian, together with Alisa Bajramovic ’18, Isabel Miller ’19, Chelsea Pan ’18, Emily Ratte ‘18 and Anton Vicente-Kliot ‘18 will present. Associate Dean of the Faculty John (Jack) T. Cheney, the Samuel A. Hitchcock Professor of Mineralogy and Geology, will introduce and moderate the panel.

Campus: 
Amherst College
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Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.
Contact phone: 
(413) 542-8094
Contact email: 
pmallen@amherst.edu

Music Performance: 'Brass Bash'

Fri, Apr 6 2018 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 
Integrative Learning Center Room: 151
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The Department of Music and Dance presents Brass Bash, featuring trombone, horn and brass choirs, and trumpet and tuba ensembles.

Directed by Eric Berlin, John Bottomley, Joshua Michal and Greg Spiridopoulos.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Accessible location
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.
Contact phone: 
413-577-2154
Contact email: 
music@music.umass.edu

"The Presence of Pearl Primus"

Sat, Apr 14 2018 - 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Location: 
Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum
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Join us for a public talk on dance biography with Peggy and Murray Schwartz, co-authors of The Dance Claimed Me: A Biography of Pearl Primus, which was published by Yale University Press, New Haven, in 2011. Peggy Schwartz is professor and director emerita of the dance program and the Sankofa Dance Project at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and former chair of the Five College Dance department. Murray Schwartz is the former dean of humanities and fine arts at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The talk is free and open to the Five College community.

This event is part of "African American Dance: Form, Function and Style!," organized by Ninoska M’bewe Escobar, Consortium for Faculty Diversity Scholar in Theater and Dance at Amherst College, and sponsored by the Department of Theater and Dance, Five College Dance, Arts at Amherst Initiative, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Center for Community Engagement, Frost Library, and African and Caribbean Students Union.

Campus: 
Amherst College
Not accessible
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.
Contact phone: 
(413) 542-2411
Contact email: 
srivers@amherst.edu

Lecture: 'Memory is Our Soil: Bringing History into the Commons'

Tue, Apr 17 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
Student Union Room: Ballroom
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Aurora Levins Morales is a Puerto Rican Ashkenazi Jewish feminist writer, historian and well-rounded radical. She is the author of six books including Medicine Stories, Remedios: Stories of Earth and Iron from the History of Puertorriqueñas and Kindling: Writings on the Body. Her work has appeared in dozens of anthologies, is widely taught, and has been translated into seven languages. She produces Letters from Earth, an environmental justice podcast, and is a member of JOCSM, the Jews of Color, Sephardi and Mizrahi Caucus partnership with Jewish Voice for Peace, and the JVP Artists’ Council. She lives in a tiny house in Northern California. 

Levins Morales will be in residency at the Department of History from April 17-21.

The History Department Writer-in Residence Program facilitates sustained conversation with widely-read authors whose historical work engages broad public audiences. It is supported by Five Colleges, Inc. This residency is sponsored by the UMass/Five College Graduate History Program, Department of History, and Five Colleges, Inc. It is co-sponsored by the Ethics and Common Good Program at Hampshire College, the Amherst College Department of History, the Mount Holyoke College Department of History, the UMass Amherst Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies (CLACLS), and the Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies.

A book-signing will follow.

Location and Accessibility Information: This is a fragrance free event. The UMass Student Center is a short distance from the Campus Parking Garage (1 Campus Center Way, off of Commonwealth Ave). The UMass Amherst Student Center has accessible parking, is wheelchair accessible, and has accessible restrooms. The ballroom is directly adjacent to the lounge in the UMass Student Union.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Accessible location
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.
Contact email: 
communications@umass.edu

Guest Artist Concert: Alan Kay, clarinet

Thu, Apr 19 2018 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 
Fine Arts Center Bezanson Recital Hall
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The Department of Music and Dance presents a guest artist concert featuring Alan Kay, principal clarinetist of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and faculty member at the Juilliard and Manhattan Schools of Music.

Including music by Denisov, Schoenfield, Mendelssohn and Ponchielli.

Mr. Kay will be joined by Jeewon Park, piano, and Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Accessible location
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.
Contact phone: 
413-577-2154
Contact email: 
music@music.umass.edu

Asian Night: 'Our Golden Story'

Sat, Apr 28 2018 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: 
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
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Asian Night is an annual cultural student talent show and our biggest event of the year. The event is open to the public with the student performers coming from UMass, the Five Colleges and as far away as from Boston and Lowell.

Performances include, but are not limited to, singing, dancing, martial arts, cultural fashion show, slam poetry, magic and cultural skits. Along with the student performances, we invite guest performers who are influential amongst the Asian and Asian American community to inspire as well as motivate our attendees. Our event is free of charge and the space is quickly filled up with a line forming before the doors are open to get the best seats in the Fine Arts Center. The event is followed up with free food outside the Fine Arts Center as well as a free meet-and-greet with the guest artists to take pictures and personally socialize with them.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Accessible location
Ticket info: 
Free admission
Event contact: 
Jenifer Bui
Contact phone: 
508-873-9935
Contact email: 
jbui@umass.edu

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