FCWSRC Faculty Works in Progress Research Seminar "Performing Feminisms"

Thu, Mar 30 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
Five College Women's Studies Research Center

Kirsten Leng (Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies/UMass Amherst) "When Politics Were Fun: Reclaiming the History of Humor in U.S. Feminism"

Leda Cooks (Communication/UMass Amherst) "Baking as a Pedagogy of Performativity: Kneading Voices and Memories at the Pioneer Valley Bread House"

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Mount Holyoke College
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Trans Studies and Reproductive Justice: Curricular and Pedagogical Issues

Tue, Mar 21 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
Five College Women's Studies Research Center

with micha cárdenas, University of Washington, Bothell

Co-sponsored by Gender Liberation UMass, the Office of the Provost, the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College, and the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center.

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Mount Holyoke College
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FCWSRC Faculty Works in Progress Research Seminar "Feminist Activism"

Wed, Feb 22 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
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Five College Women's Studies Research Center

Laura Lovett (History/UMass Amherst) "With Her Fist Raised: Dorothy Pitman Hughes and the Activist's Life"

Traci Parker (Afro-American Studies/UMass Amherst) "Workers, Consumers, and Civil Rights: African American Women's Activism and Class Formation/Mobility in the Mid-Twentieth Century"

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Mount Holyoke College
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Data Journalism at the Los Angeles Times: A Talk by Christine Zhang of the Los Angeles Times and a Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellow

Tue, Dec 6 2016 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
McConnell 103 (Auditorium)

Data journalism could be either the future of news or just another fad. Although the philosophy of data journalism is nothing new, practices have changed with time and technology. Christine Zhang ’09, a Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellow at the LA Times, will present what she's learned about finding stories in numbers.

Light refreshments will be served at 4 pm preceding the talk.

Campus: 
Smith College
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Five College Opera: The Scarlet Professor

Sat, Sep 23 2017 (All day) to Sun, Sep 24 2017 (All day)
Location: 
Theater 14

A major new American opera with strong local connections is coming to Five Colleges in 2017, with an “audition tour” of the campuses taking place this fall. The Scarlet Professor, composed by Amherst College music faculty member Eric Sawyer to a libretto by UMass theater professor Harley Erdman, dramatizes the true story of Newton Arvin, a renowned literature instructor at Smith College.

Arvin, a closeted gay man, and two of his colleagues became the subject of scandal and disgrace in 1960 when they were arrested for possessing “beefcake” pornography. The libretto is based on the award-winning biography of Arvin by Northampton author Barry Werth. Arvin was a specialist on Hawthorne and The Scarlet Letter. In telling Arvin’s multi-layered story, the opera explores the parallels between his public shame and Hester Prynne’s in Hawthorne’s novel.

Uniquely cast, The Scarlet Professor will be presented by one company of singers made up of Five College students and recent alumni, and another made up of guest artists, who will also mentor the students. The premiere will take place in September 2017 as a joint presentation of Five College Opera and Live In Concert, Inc. and will be hosted by the Smith College Theater Department. Ron Bashford of the Amherst College Theater and Dance faculty will direct the stage, collaborating with a team of designers from the five campuses. Opportunities will be available for student assistance in the design, construction and staging of the production.

Curricular programming across the colleges related to Arvin’s story, its background, and its continuing significance is planned for fall 2017 and the months leading up to the premiere. A public symposium will accompany the first weekend of performances, with author Barry Werth leading panel discussions involving scholars, Smith alumni and a team of screenwriters developing a feature film based on the same events. Guest artists will conduct a master class for Five College singers.

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Smith College
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Five College Opera: The Scarlet Professor

Fri, Sep 15 2017 (All day) to Sun, Sep 17 2017 (All day)
Location: 
Theater 14

A major new American opera with strong local connections is coming to Five Colleges in 2017, with an “audition tour” of the campuses taking place this fall. The Scarlet Professor, composed by Amherst College music faculty member Eric Sawyer to a libretto by UMass theater professor Harley Erdman, dramatizes the true story of Newton Arvin, a renowned literature instructor at Smith College.

Arvin, a closeted gay man, and two of his colleagues became the subject of scandal and disgrace in 1960 when they were arrested for possessing “beefcake” pornography. The libretto is based on the award-winning biography of Arvin by Northampton author Barry Werth. Arvin was a specialist on Hawthorne and The Scarlet Letter. In telling Arvin’s multi-layered story, the opera explores the parallels between his public shame and Hester Prynne’s in Hawthorne’s novel.

Uniquely cast, The Scarlet Professor will be presented by one company of singers made up of Five College students and recent alumni, and another made up of guest artists, who will also mentor the students. The premiere will take place in September 2017 as a joint presentation of Five College Opera and Live In Concert, Inc. and will be hosted by the Smith College Theater Department. Ron Bashford of the Amherst College Theater and Dance faculty will direct the stage, collaborating with a team of designers from the five campuses. Opportunities will be available for student assistance in the design, construction and staging of the production.

Curricular programming across the colleges related to Arvin’s story, its background, and its continuing significance is planned for fall 2017 and the months leading up to the premiere. A public symposium will accompany the first weekend of performances, with author Barry Werth leading panel discussions involving scholars, Smith alumni and a team of screenwriters developing a feature film based on the same events. Guest artists will conduct a master class for Five College singers.

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Smith College
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The Five College Collegium

Wed, Nov 30 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Grace Church, Amherst

Mass for Four Voices by William Byrd

Magnificat by Orlando Gibbons

Motets by Thomas Tallis

Wind music from Spain and Flanders

String music from Elizabethan and Jacobean England

Rounded with a Sleep by Yumiko Matsuoka for viols, lute and choir

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Other
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