Respectful Deflationism

Thu, Feb 28 2019 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Skinner 216
Ned Hall

Edward J. Hall
Norman E. Vuilleumier Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University

When philosophers try to describe the metaphysical concepts of “necessity”, “law”, “essence”, and “ground”, a pair of crucial yet overlooked questions lurk in the background. Using recent “Humean” treatments of laws of nature as a case study, I’ll argue that best understanding of law is along “respectful deflationist” lines. On these accounts, the “law of nature” earns its keep because of the way it helps to organize inquiry, not because of some kind of objective metaphysical
structure.

A Roger W. Holmes Fund Lecture
Sponsored by the Mount Holyoke College Philosophy Department

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Mount Holyoke College
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Chen Chen Poetry Reading

Tue, Feb 19 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Weinstein Auditorium

CHEN CHEN’S debut collection When I Grow Up I Want to
Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions, 2017) was the winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Prize, the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry, selected as a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry, and longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award.

Chen’s visionary poems address youth, family and love playfully and tenderly, navigating the intersections of queer, Asian-American and immigrant identities. Poets & Writers named Chen in their Inspiration Issue as one of “Ten Poets Who Will Change the World” and The Atlantic
featured him in the article “How Poetry Came to Matter Again.”

He studied Pacific/Asian/American Studies at Hampshire College and earned his MFA from Syracuse University and his PhD from Texas Tech University.

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Smith College
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SAGE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY

Thu, Feb 21 2019 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Location: 
Sweeney Concert Hall
Sage Chamber Music Society presents: A Beethoven Cycle: The complete Piano Sonatas VI with Jiayan Sun, piano

Jiayan Sun continues his yearlong exploration of Ludwig van Beethoven’s masterworks with Recital VI: Sonatas 22–26, including the Appassionata  and Les Adieux.

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Free and open to the public. 

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Smith College
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The Art of Spiritual Warfare

Fri, Feb 15 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: 
Smith College Museum of Art Cunningham Corridor

The Art of Spiritual Warfare: Anti-Religious Images in Early Soviet Russia

This gallery talk examines early Soviet-era posters as “active participants” or “weapons” in Bolshevik efforts to realize a utopian vision for a new religionless Soviet person. Smith College Professor of Religion Vera Shevzov will discuss Soviet graphic artists’ contribution to this cultural project and the long-term impact such imagery may have had on post-Soviet society, extending to the present day. 

Open to the public; museum admission is $5.

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Smith College
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Kahn Lecture: Miriam Ticktin

Mon, Feb 11 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Location: 
Campus Center 208 Multipurpose Room

Re-Imagining Border Technologies, Designing New Political Forms

Miriam Ticktin, Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the New School for Social Research, will speak as part of the Kahn Institute yearlong project on Refugees. Ticktin will explore the nature of an alter-politics emerging around borders and border walls. Much of the debate on borders—both academically and politically—has revolved around a dichotomy: whether they should be open or closed. Ticktin will argue for an emerging speculative politics that imagines borders beyond this dichotomy, using different terms, such as welcome lounges, or flyways, while tracing various political movements that are re-articulating the meaning of borders in theory and in practice, including the new sanctuary movement.

Free and open to the public.

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Smith College
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Global Salon with Víctor Pavón Vázquez

Mon, Feb 11 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Lewis Global Studies Center Lounge & Library-Wright 127 & 128
Global Salon with Víctor Pavón Vázquez: The Benefits of Bilingual Education: A European Perspective

The Benefits of Bilingual Education: A European Perspective

During the last decade bilingual education programs have flourished all over Spain as an attempt to enhance the learning of foreign languages (mainly English) in all levels of education. This presentation will present the general characteristics of these programs and will address some controversial issues that have been raised in the Spanish context

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Smith College
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Sari Reisner: "Toward Health Equity for Transgender and Other Gender Diverse People"

Thu, Feb 7 2019 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: 
Cleveland Hall, L-2
Sari Reisner

This presentation will describe current issues, research gaps, and future opportunities to promote health equity with transgender and other gender diverse people. 

Sari Reisner, ScD, is Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is also an Affiliated Research Scientist and Director of the Transgender Health Research Team at The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health, a federally-qualified community health center in Boston. Trained as a social and psychiatric epidemiologist, his research addresses health disparities under-served populations, with specialization in transgender and other gender diverse people's health. Dr. Reisner is the investigator of multiple LGBTQ health studies, including a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute study to enroll and follow physical and mental health outcomes in a cohort of 4,500 transgender patients in Boston and New York City. He has co-authored more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and was profiled in The Lancet in 2016 as a global leader in transgender health. He is a member of the trans community. 

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Mount Holyoke College
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Exile: Experience and Testimony - Opening Symposium

Mon, Feb 4 2019 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Williston & MilesSmith Library Stimson Room

The Mount Holyoke College German Studies Department cordially invites you to attend its February 2019 exhibit and opening symposium on Exile: Experience and Testimony. The exhibition presents a selection of exhibits from the new permanent exhibition of the German Exile Archive 1933-1945, part of the German National Library, Frankfurt/M, on display at the Mount Holyoke Library February 4-23. Speakers include:

  • Professor Karen Koehler of Hampshire College on "Texts in Translation, Ideas in Exile: Walter Gropius and Herbert Read"
  • Leslie Fields, Mount Holyoke Head of Archives and Special Collections, on " 'I have been hidden': German Refugess at Mount Holyoke"
  • Mount Holyoke Professors Christopher Benfey and Karen Remmler on "Providing Refuge in Times of War: The Pontigny Encounters at Mount Holyoke College 1942-1944 and 2003"
  • Professor Rachel Rubistein of Hampshire College on " 'Mi Segunda Patria/Mayn tsveytn heym': Language, Race and Homeland in  Yiddish Latin American Literature between the Wars"
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Mount Holyoke College
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Morgan Parker and Danez Smith: Poets in Conversation

Thu, Feb 21 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Art Building, Gamble Auditorium A
Morgan Parker and Danez Smith: Poets in Conversation

The Weissman Center for Leadership and the APAU Black History Month Committee present award winning poets Morgan Parker and Danez Smith: Poets in Conversation. Parker and Smith will share their work and together, will discuss the transformative role of poetry in the contemporary moment.

Organized in collaboration with the Association of Pan-African Unity’s Black History Month Committee.

Free and open to the public.

Book signing to follow.

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Mount Holyoke College
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American Ballet Theater Concert

Repeats every day 1 times. Also includes Sat Feb 16 2019.
Fri, Feb 15 2019 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Sat, Feb 16 2019 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Location: 
Kendall Sports & Dance Complex, Studio Theatre
American Ballet Theater Concert

American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company is a classical ensemble made up of 14 dancers of outstanding potential. The mission of ABT Studio Company is to train young dancers (ages 16-20) in preparation for entering American Ballet Theatre’s main Company or other leading national and international professional ballet companies. The program serves as a bridge between ballet training and professional performance. 

Performances are Friday, February 15 at 8:00 pm, and Saturday, February 16 at 3:00 and 8:00 pm.  

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