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Aesthetics of Information Conference

Sat, May 5 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Location: 
Frost Library, 210

What are the aesthetics of information? Fifty years after “the society of the spectacle,” how does information entangle with spectacle—as news, entertainment, propaganda or style? How do ideologies of information inflect forms of sensing and knowing? What are the social, legal and technological consequences of prioritizing information over communication as societal infrastructure? How do characteristics of information direct our attention, dazzle and confuse us?

Session 1: Affects of Assembly
Francis Cody, Anthropology, University of Toronto
Kyle Parry, History of Art & Visual Culture, U-C Santa Cruz
Miyako Inoue, Anthropology, Stanford University
Commentator: Jennifer Pranolo

Session 2: Labors of Style
Alison Hearn, Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario
Viveca Greene, Communication and Media Studies, Hampshire College
Aileen Robinson, Theater and Performance Studies, Stanford University
Commentator: Amy Johnson

Session 3: Channels of Attention
Alaina Lemon, Anthropology, University of Michigan
Emily Lordi, English, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Emily West, Communication, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Commentator: Colleen Daniher

Campus: 
Amherst College
Not accessible
Campus contact: 

Reading Ramayana in Hindu India

Thu, May 3 2018 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Arshia Sattar has a PhD in classical Indian literatures from the University of Chicago. Her translations from Sanskrit, "Tales from the Kathasaritsagara" and "The Ramayana of Valmiki", have been published by Penguin Books. She has also written four books for children, "Kishkindha Tails", "Pampa Sutra", "Adventures with Hanuman", and "The Ramayana for Children".

Campus: 
Amherst College
Not accessible

Five College Networking Social Event and Party

Sat, Apr 28 2018 - 8:00pm to 11:45pm
Location: 
Charles Pratt Hall, O'Connor Commons

Come out and network with Five College Students all over the Pioneer Valley with this fun, laid back social and party! Even if you are not a Five College student, come collaborate and see what we are all working on and how we can find those with similar interests, collaborate, and maybe even start billion-dollar businesses. Come in your best-dressed or come in your casual-best, but also come with some ideas or projects that you're working on, and get inspired or inspire somebody else. Let's create change together!

Food will be served.

Agenda:
Mingling and Food: 8-9:30 p.m.
Open Mic for Projects, Speakers and Presentations: 9:30-10:15 p.m.
Mingling, Food and Dancing: 10:15 p.m.

Request songs in the discussion section on Facebook!

Campus: 
Amherst College
Not accessible
Ticket info: 
Free admission
Event contact: 
Shatoyia Jones
Contact phone: 
(781) 658-8210
Contact email: 
sjones19@amherst.edu

35mm - A Musical Exhibition

Sun, May 6 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Location: 
Curtain Theater

People say a photo is worth a 1,000 words, but what about a song?
Join us for a few musical performance of Ryan Scott Oliver's immaculate song cycle. With each song inspired by a singular image, "35MM" is an eccentric, yet compelling exploration into the power of a photograph.

As seating is limited, ticket reservations will be available online starting Wednesday 4/25.

35MM
Music and Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver
Based on Photographs by Matthew Murphy
Arrangements and Orchestrations by Ryan Scott Oliver
Additional Percussion Arrangements by Jeremy Yaddaw
Additional Guitar Arrangements by Matt Hinkley

"35MM: A Musical Exposition" is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

This program was made possible (in part) by a grant from the UMass Arts Council.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Not accessible
Event contact: 
Erin Hamilton
Contact phone: 
774-253-4055
Contact email: 
ehamilton@umass.edu

35mm - A Musical Exhibition

Sat, May 5 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Location: 
Curtain Theater

People say a photo is worth a 1,000 words, but what about a song?
Join us for a few musical performance of Ryan Scott Oliver's immaculate song cycle. With each song inspired by a singular image, "35MM" is an eccentric, yet compelling exploration into the power of a photograph.

As seating is limited, ticket reservations will be available online starting Wednesday 4/25.

35MM
Music and Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver
Based on Photographs by Matthew Murphy
Arrangements and Orchestrations by Ryan Scott Oliver
Additional Percussion Arrangements by Jeremy Yaddaw
Additional Guitar Arrangements by Matt Hinkley

"35MM: A Musical Exposition" is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

This program was made possible (in part) by a grant from the UMass Arts Council.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Not accessible
Event contact: 
Erin Hamilton
Contact phone: 
774-253-4055
Contact email: 
ehamilton@umass.edu

Graduate Film Certificate Presentations and Awards

Thu, May 10 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Integrative Learning Center, Communication Hub (3rd floor)

Presentations by a panel of graduate film certificate and Ph.D. recipients.

The talks will be followed by a Q&A session, an award ceremony and a reception. All are welcome.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Not accessible
Ticket info: 
Free admission
Campus contact: 

Caste and Race - Reconfiguring Solidarities

Repeats every day 2 times.
Fri, May 4 2018 (All day)
Sat, May 5 2018 (All day)
Location: 
Integrative Learning Center, Auditorium N151

The event website can be found here.

Caste and Race: Reconfiguring Solidarities is a three-day conference that will focus on caste in India and race relations in the U.S., and will feature presentations by leading scholars and activists and highlight discussions of new research, theory and politics in the pursuit of racial justice.

All events on Friday, May 4, are free and open to the public, with a full conference registration fee of $40 for students; $90 for UMass and Five College faculty, as well as for a spouse or companion; and $175 for all others.

Featured speakers include:

Isabel Wilkerson, National Book Critics Circle Award Winner and author of New York Times bestseller “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration”

Michaeline A. Crichlow, professor of African and African-American studies and sociology and a senior fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University

Keisha-Khan Perry, associate professor of Africana studies at Brown University and author of “Black Women against the Land Grab: The Fight for Racial Justice in Brazil”

Gopal Guru, professor, Center for Political Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University

Meena Dhanda, reader in philosophy and cultural politics at University of Wolverhampton, UK

Sujatha Gidla, author of New York Times Editor's choice “Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India”

A program of events can be found here.

The event is sponsored by the UMass Amherst Chancellor's Office, W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, and College of Education; the Center for Global Development and Sustainability at ​Brandeis University; the India-China Institute, New School for Social Research; and Boston Study Group.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Not accessible
Contact phone: 
413-577-8102
Contact email: 
registration@umass.edu
Campus contact: 

Sonnetfest

Fri, May 4 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
The Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst

The annual reading aloud of sonnets. Sign up to read a sonnet at 413-577-3600 or email:renaissance@english.umass.edu.

Free and open to all. Reception to follow. Registration required.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Not accessible
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public
Campus contact: 

Du Bois Visiting Scholars Series: Jennifer Williams

Thu, May 3 2018 - 11:00am to 2:00pm
Location: 
W.E.B. Du Bois Library, Rm 2202

Jennifer Williams speaks on "Du Bois is a Father to a Black Woman: Sexual Justice, Sexual Freedom, and the Patriarch(y)."

Williams earned her Ph.D. in African American studies with a certificate in gender, sexuality and women's studies from Temple University. Her research and teaching interests include African American women's history, black queer studies, Africana nerd culture, and Afrofuturism. Williams's current research explores understudied political expressions of African American women, such as in their digital media footprints, fashion and sexual activities. Her research on Du Bois interrogates his progressive stance on sexuality in his writings, compared to how he interacted with his daughter, Yolande Du Bois Williams, and his colleague, Augustus Granville Dill. Williams was a 2017-18 UMass Amherst W.E.B. Du Bois Postdoctoral Fellow.

In many of his writings, such as "The Damnation of Women" and "The Souls of White Folk," W.E.B. Du Bois condemned white men's raping of enslaved African women. He demanded black women have the right to bear children at their own discretion, as well as having the right to vote and to work. In these same essays, Du Bois argues that black women not only should be protected from sexual violence, but they should have sexual freedom - to be able to pursue pleasure without social shame. Du Bois advocated the upliftment of the race with his chivalrous practice of illuminating and condemning the sexual exploitation of black women; and yet, he also supported an African American future that did not cage women in dependent marriages or chastise their need for passion. In the classic argument of Du Bois's feminism, from looking at his writings, he is both feminist and patriarchal. In this complex narrative of Du Bois, his most personal relationships also show insight into his politics surrounding women; as the father of Nina Yolande Du Bois, he imagined her to be the quintessential modern black woman, but he did not, and possibly could not, raise her to be.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Not accessible
Campus contact: 

Students with Autism: Inclusion, Engagement and Success

Wed, May 2 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am
Location: 
Furcolo Hall, Room W016

The Center for Student Success Research invites you to participate in four conversations with experts about students with disabilities and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) through a Campus Climate Improvement Grant.

Do you realize that course design can make a positive difference in the classroom and co-curricular experiences of students with disabilities? Wondering how to shift away from relying on individual accommodation letters to more inclusive approaches? UDL offers a framework for designing courses and activities that fully enables all students, regardless of ability, to engage substantively in their learning and demonstrate their knowledge. Faculty, staff and graduate students from all disciplines and areas of the university are invited to participate in this conversation series addressing these issues. You can join us for one specific conversation or sign up for multiple sessions. Fifteen participants who attend the most conversations will receive two books on students with disabilities in higher education and Universal Design for Learning in higher education. Breakfast is included.

Facilitator: Lee Burdettte Williams, director of higher education and training, College Autism Network

Questions? Contact Cathy Manly cmanly@educ.umass.edu or Prof. Zeke Kimball ekimball@educ.umass.edu

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Not accessible
Ticket info: 
Free admission
Event contact: 
Cathy Manly
Contact email: 
Cmanly@edu.umass.edu

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