Five College Consortium

Holiday Market

Fri, Dec 7 2018 - 12:00pm to 3:30pm
Location: 
Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union UMass

Skip the mall this year and find a present that's really worth giving.

Check out a wide selection of student-made crafts, art, literature and food at our special Holiday Market.

Enjoy hot refreshments and holiday treats while you shop for unique, hand-made arts, crafts, and food.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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Artificial Epistemology: Knowledge, Truth, and Value in Machine Learning

Fri, Dec 7 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Seelye 201, Two Seelye Drive

"Artificial Epistemology: Knowledge, Truth, and Value in Machine Learning" by Heather Roff, senior research analyst, National Security Analysis Department, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. There is often a lack of understanding about what Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) actually are and what they do. This talk seeks to provide a first step in answering pressing questions about the adoption of AI by examining AI from the perspective of epistemology. As intelligence, whether natural or artificial, is purposive, we must have some knowledge about the ends it seeks to pursue. We must begin from difficult questions about the nature of knowledge, justified belief, truth, and value. From there, we can examine specific AI and ML applications to larger social, political and ethical questions.

Campus: 
Smith College
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Public Talk by Tito Mitjans Alayón

Thu, Nov 29 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
83 College St. Five College Women's Studies Research Center

"Building Bridges Between Afrodiasporic Queer Transits in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas"

Public Talk by Tito Mitjans Alayón, Scholar-in-Residence, Cuba Exchange Program, Hampshire College

Tito Mitjans Alayón is an Afro-Cuban trans masculine non-binary feminist scholar and activist. He obtained a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies of Cuban, Caribbean and Latin American History from the University of Havana, Cuba, in 2013, and he is currently a PhD candidate in the program of Feminist Studies and Interventions at the University of Arts and Sciences of Chiapas, in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico. His areas of interest include Black Critical Studies, Black Feminism, Queer and Gender Studies, and Caribbean History.

Dinner provided RSVP HERE

Campus: 
Mount Holyoke College
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Anatomy of a Genocide: A Local History of the Holocaust

Wed, Dec 5 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: 
IHGMS, 758 N Pleasant St, Amherst MA 01002

The Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at UMass Amherst presents "Anatomy of a Genocide: A Local History of the Holocaust". 

For more than four hundred years, the Eastern European border town of Buczacz—today part of Ukraine—was home to a highly diverse citizenry. It was here that Poles, Ukrainians, and Jews all lived side by side in relative harmony. Then came World War II, and three years later the entire Jewish population had been murdered by German and Ukrainian police, while Ukrainian nationalists eradicated Polish residents. In truth, though, this genocide didn’t happen so quickly.

In "Anatomy of a Genocide" (Simon & Schuster, 2018) Omer Bartov explains that ethnic cleansing doesn’t occur as is so often portrayed in popular history. It begins in seeming peace, slowly and often unnoticed, the culmination of pent-up slights and grudges and indignities. The perpetrators aren’t just sociopathic soldiers. They are neighbors and friends and family.

Panel will include:

Omer Bartov is the John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History at Brown University. He is the author of "Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz", along with several other well-respected scholarly works on the Holocaust and genocide, including "Hitler’s Army, Germany’s War and the Holocaust: Disputed Histories" and "Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine".

Alison Frank Johnson is Professor of History and of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University.

Jan T. Gross is a professor of history emeritus at Princeton. He is the author of "Neighbors", "Fear", and "Revolution from Abroad", among other books.

Larry Wolff is the Julius Silver Professor of History at New York University, director of the NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, and executive director of the NYU Remarque Institute. His books include "Inventing Eastern Europe: The Map of Civilization on the Mind of the Enlightenment" (1994), "The Idea of Galicia: History and Fantasy in Habsburg Political Culture" (2010), and most recently "The Singing Turk: Ottoman Power and Operatic Emotions on the European Stage from the Siege of Vienna to the Age of Napoleon" (Stanford 2016).

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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After Emily: A reading and book signing with Julie Dobrow

Sun, Dec 2 2018 - 2:00pm
Location: 
Amherst Woman's Club

When Emily Dickinson died in 1886, she was unknown outside the circle of her family and friends. After her death, her sister Lavinia found the cache of nearly 1,800 poems and sought an editor who could decipher the confusing manuscripts and put them into publishable form. Though the poet never met Mabel Loomis Todd face-to-face, their correspondence afforded Todd the insight she would later need as she and her daughter Millicent Todd Bingham shaped Dickinson's literary legacy.

For author Julie Dobrow, the story of Mabel and Millicent’s lives and their integral role in editing and publicizing Emily Dickinson’s poems and shaping the myth of the so-called “Belle of Amherst” has been waiting in the archives. Now, in AFTER EMILY: Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America’s Greatest Poet the full story behind Mabel and Millicent’s work is finally revealed.

After the reading stay for refreshments and have your book signed by the author! Books will be available for purchase. 

Produced by the Emily Dickinson Museum in partnership with the Amherst Historical Society.

Campus: 
Other
Directions and parking info: 
35 Triangle Street, Amherst, MA 01002 Parking available
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Free and open to the public. No reservations required.
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4135422034
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Bare Bones Dance Concert

Thu, Dec 6 2018 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm
Location: 
Scott Gym Dance Studio

Come see the talented Smith College undergraduate dance students in the annual Bare Bones Dance Concert. This concert offers an exciting showcase of dances choreographed, danced, and produced entirely by undergraduate students from across campus. Directed by Department of Dance Faculty Angie Hauser.

Campus: 
Smith College
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Fall Theatre Studio Production: FAR AWAY by Caryl Churchill

Thu, Dec 6 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: 
Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre

Fall Studio Production
FAR AWAY by Caryl Churchill
directed by Gabby Farrah '19
December 6 & 8 at 7:30 PM in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre
Confronting our deepest fears, Caryl Churchill's extraordinary play depicts a chilling world where everyone is at war, and not even the birds and trees can be trusted.

Campus: 
Smith College
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Plurals, Paradox and Modality

Thu, Dec 6 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: 
Campus Center 103/104 Combined

20th Annual Alice Ambrose Lazerowitz-Thomas Tymoczko Memorial Logic Lecture

Stewart Shapiro, Professor of Philosophy, Ohio State University, Distinguished Professor, University of Connecticut, Professorial Fellow, University of Oslo, will argue, first, that certain natural language examples - so-called superplurals - prove empirically problematic for extant analyses that reject the existence of plural entities.

What these examples reveal, ultimately, is the need for groups, or collections viewed as entities in their own right. However, since these iterate like sets, they lead to Russell's Paradox. He will sketch a potentialist theory of groups according to which group-formation is merely potential, as opposed to actual or complete.

Campus: 
Smith College
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Environmental Justice and Environmental Inequalities: Towards a Legal Vision of the Climate Justice Concept

Thu, Nov 29 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
Seelye Hall 106

Marine Denis is a PhD candidate in Public International Law at Université Paris Sorbonne Cité and EHESS in Paris, France. Her work analyses the UNHCR and IOM legal responses in addressing displacement related to natural hazards and climate change in South Asia.

In addition to her PhD, she is also a research assistant at Sciences Po - medialab' for a scientific project funded by the European Union ‘Environmental Diplomacy and Geopolitics’ and she teaches a course on climate negotiations, climate justice and international environmental law in Sciences Po Paris "Political Economy of the Environment : Managing our ecological crisis".

She is a visiting scholar in MA this fall. 

Campus: 
Smith College
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Climate Change Talk (Lecture in French)

Mon, Nov 26 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Campus Center 102 Meeting Room

A l'aube d'un échec de la diplomatie environnementale grandissant, quels sont les enjeux de la COP24?

Campus: 
Smith College
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