Five College Consortium

Reception for 'Communication Breakdown'

Fri, Sep 14 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
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Oresman Gallery

Recent oil paintings by Brantner DeAtley
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"Communication Breakdown" Recent Oil Paintings by Brantner DeAtley, on view Sept. 6-28, Oresman Gallery.

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Smith College
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Music in the Noon Hour

Wed, Sep 12 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Sweeney Concert Hall

Music in the Noon Hour: Rhonda Rider, cello, and Judith Gordon, piano

Performing works by Yu-Hui Chang, Erkki-Sven Tüür, and two movements from Elliott Carter’s groundbreaking Cello Sonata (1948).

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Smith College
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Artificial Selections: Art, Natural History, and the Taxonomy of the Museum

Fri, Sep 14 2018 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: 
Integrative Learning Center, Room: N211

This year’s Mark Roskill Symposium includes a lecture, panel discussion, and exhibition tour that will illuminate the ways in which a shared history of curiosity, collection, and categorization influences, informs, or problematizes our study of art and science. 

Free and open to the public. Keynote talk and panel: 4-5:30 PM. Tour at the University Museum of Contemporary Art: 6-6:30. Reception to follow.
Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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Social Science Matters Speaker Series :Artificial Intelligence for Social Good

Thu, Sep 13 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Old Chapel

The last few years have seen the rapid growth of Artificial Intelligence and its pervasive presence in almost every aspect of our lives – e.g., shopping, seeking information, traveling, and social networking. Yet the benefit of AI is largely limited to those in the developed world and the economically advanced in the developing world. The impact of AI on the lives of those in poorer segments has been minimal. Yet it is this segment of society that often suffers from the lack of adequate human expertise to address critical problems in their day to day lives in areas such as health, education, agriculture, and financial inclusion. Also, AI is yet to applied in a serious manner to address the critical infrastructural needs in the developing world.

Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence was created with the purpose of bringing the power of AI and Data Science to address societal challenges, especially in the underserved communities in India and across other parts of the world. We are beneficiaries of the generosity of Indian born American Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists Dr. Romesh Wadhwani and his brother Mr. Sunil Wadhwani. Wadhwani AI was launched on Feb 18, 2018 by the Honourable Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi.

In this talk, I will explain the mission, goals and the approach we are undertaking at Wadhwai AI towards using AI to address societal challenges in underserved communities. Our approach combines innovation in chosen problem domains with the aim of seeing real and tangible impact on the society and with the long term goal of helping governments adopt and scale these solutions to meet state and national needs. We are doing in close partnership with social sector organizations and governments who have proven expertise in identifying societal needs, pilot testing and deploying the solutions and eventually scaling them. I will describe our initial choice of problem areas, how we propose to address them, and our model for staffing, innovation, and collaboration.

About the Speaker 

P. Anandan is the CEO of Wadhwani Institute of Artificial Intelligence. Previous to this Anandan was VP for Research at the Adobe Research Lab India (2016-2017) and before that a Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director at Microsoft Research (1997-2014). Anandan was the founding director of Microsoft Research India which he ran from 2005-2014. Prior to this, Anandan was researcher at Sarnoff corporation (1991-1997) and an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Yale University (1987-1991). His primary research area is Computer vision where he is well known for his fundamental and lasting contributions to the problem of visual motion analysis.

Anandan received his PhD in Computer Science from University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1987, a Masters in Computer Science from University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 1979 and his BTech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras, India in 1977. He is a distinguished alumnus of IIT Madras, and UMass, Amherst and is on the Nebraska Hall of Computing.

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UMass Amherst
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Opening Reception for Pau Atela’s (Re)Creations and the Concinnitas Portfolio

Wed, Sep 12 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
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University Museum of Contemporary Art

Pau Atela’s (Re)Creations and MathStudio / On View: Sep 13 – Dec 9, 2018 

What does it mean for the fields of art and math to intersect? This exhibition offers glimpses into the work of Pau Atela, a professor in the Department of Mathematics at Smith College, that show how bridges can indeed be built between these two worlds. MathStudio is Atela’s ongoing creative studio space at Smith, focusing on process and dialogue between mathematics and art, where his students actively engage in the design and fabrication of 3-dimensional models that deal directly with aspects of mathematics. This exhibition features examples from Atela’s MathStudio teaching practice as well as his own artworks.

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UMass Amherst
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Zube Lecture with Lara Roman of US Forest Service

Wed, Sep 12 2018 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
Olver Design Building, Room: 170

Dynamic landscapes: Tree cover change and historical legacies in urban forests. A lecture by Lara Roman Research Ecologist, US Forest Service Philadelphia Field Station.

Lara Roman is a Research Ecologist with the US Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Philadelphia Field Station. She studies the temporal dynamics of urban forests, including tree mortality and growth, canopy cover change, historical development of urban forests, species composition change, and citizen science monitoring. Her studies take a participatory research approach, collaborating with practitioners for study design and implementation. She has been funded by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, the TREE Fund, the Garden Club of America, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, and the Schwabacher and Berkeley Fellowships. She received a PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelors in Biology and Masters of Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Roman is currently the chair of the Urban Tree Growth & Longevity (UTGL) Working Group, an affiliate of the International Society of Arboriculture, and she serves on the Citizen Science Core Team of the Forest Service. Through the UTGL, she is also leading the development of standard protocols for urban tree monitoring.

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UMass Amherst
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Faculty Concert: Joshua Michal, Horn

Mon, Sep 10 2018 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 
Fine Arts Center Bezanson Recital Hall

The Department of Music & Dance presents a faculty concert by Joshua Michal, horn, and Ludmila Krasin, piano, with John Bottomley, tuba.

The program will feature music by Ryan Nowlin, Gary Kulesha, and Antonio Rosetti plus the world-premiere of Salvatore Macchia's Ekphrasis for horn and live electronics.

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UMass Amherst
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Guest Speaker: Andrew Bernstein

Mon, Sep 10 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Location: 
Integrative Learning Center, Room: S414

Andrew D. Bernstein is a well-known sports photographer.

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Bernstein’s photography has appeared in thousands of newspapers and magazine covers worldwide, as well as major advertising campaigns for over 30 years. His recent commercial projects feature some of the world’s top athletes for Nike®, Reebok®, Adidas®, Pepsi®, Coca-Cola®, Icy Hot® and GlaxoSmithKline. Andrew Bernstein and his company, Andrew D. Bernstein Associates Photography, Inc., has served as team photographers for the LA Lakers, LA Kings, LA Clippers, LA Sparks, LA Football Club and LA Dodgers. In addition, Bernstein holds the position of Director of Photography for STAPLES Center and Microsoft Theater, the sports and entertainment complex in Los Angeles. The unique, personal rapport Bernstein has developed with athletes over the years allows him exclusive access to special behind-the-scenes moments with legendary athletes, some of which were showcased in the 2010 book he co-authored with legendary Hall of Fame NBA coach Phil Jackson, “Journey to the Ring,” documenting the 2009-10 Lakers’ championship season. 

Recognized as a highly skilled and innovative action and portrait photographer, Bernstein was involved in the creation of NBA Photos in 1986, which is the worldwide leader in licensing of NBA photography. He was instrumental in the developing the position of Senior Director of NBA Photos, which he held from 1986 through 2011, and he continues to serve as the longest tenured league photographer. He is the key photographic contributor to NBA Entertainment’s global media platforms, which include NBA.com, all league publications and NBA licensed products. 

Bernstein will receive the 2018 Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this September in Springfield, MA.

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UMass Amherst
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Author Panel: Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, and Scott Westerfeld

Tue, Sep 11 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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Art Building, 106A
Holly Black and Cassandra Clare will launch The Golden Tower, #5 in the Magisterium Series and Scott Westerfeld will return to the world of his bestselling Uglies series with the launch of ImpostersHolly Black is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi) and the Newbery Honor-winning novel Doll BonesCassandra Clare is the author of City of Bones, the first book in The Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Scott Westerfeld is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Uglies series, which has been translated into 35 languages; the Leviathan series; AfterworldsHorizon; and many other books for young readers.
 
The event will be moderated by David Levithan, a children's book editor in New York City, and the author of several books for young adults, including Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist and Dash & Lily's Book of Dares (co-authored with Rachel Cohn).
 
Cosponsored by the Mount Holyoke College English Department and the Odyssey Bookshop. 
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Mount Holyoke College
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Fritz Horstman

Fri, Sep 14 2018 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
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Art Building, 106B

Fritz Horstman has shown his photographs, sculptures, drawings and videos in recent exhibitions in France, Russia, Japan, Norway, California, Massachusetts and Brooklyn. His interdisciplinary practice addresses the ever-moving seam between nature and culture, exploring ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions determine our relationship with and knowledge of nature.

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Mount Holyoke College
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