Five College Consortium

Reception for GER 297 Exhibition

Thu, Dec 6 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
BFAC Museum Atrium

Reception for Student-Curated Virtual Exhibition
Charlene Shang Miller, Museum of Art; and Professor Joe McVeigh, German Studies
Opening Reception for, "Transitions: From the Old Order to the New."

The students of GER 297, in cooperation with the Digital Imaging Center and the Smith College Museum of Art, have curated a virtual exhibition of German print artifacts and ephemera from the period 1890-1930 that are part of a private collection. The students have also curated a works-on-paper cabinet in the Museum (3rd floor), which is part of the exhibition. For more information, contact Joe McVeigh of the German Studies Department.

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Darya Khrenova REEES lecture

Wed, Dec 5 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Location: 
Seelye Hall 201

In the 1990s, the Soviet Union collapsed and post-Soviet society experienced a shocking transition, as new views on history, economy and the arts began to circulate. New values were declared, as previously forbidden topics became permissible in public discourse. This lecture explores the reality of Putin’s Russia, more than three decades after the events of Perestroika and Glasnost, and considers what elements of Soviet society have returned, with a focus on documentary film production. As state-controlled television avoids screening documentary films, the talk will address how this media and political landscape impacts documentary film production and directors, as well as how independent documentary films portray contemporary Russian reality.

Darya Khrenova is a documentary film maker and a professor at the Moscow State University of Culture and Arts

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Smith College
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Music in the Noon Hour

Wed, Dec 5 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Sweeney Concert Hall

Katherine Saik, soprano, Volcy Pelletier, cello and Judith Gordon piano. French music past and present.

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Smith College
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Tiana Clark Poetry Reading

Tue, Dec 4 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Campus Center 208 Multipurpose Room

TIANA CLARK aims to start a conversation with her poetry: “I’m humming; I want people to hum too.” Subverting old forms and fashioning new ones with electric confidence, her mind draws poetic inspiration from idiosyncratic sources: from crossbites to volcanic eruptions to the image of pop-star Rihanna. Hailing from Tennessee and southern California, Clark majored in Africana Studies and Women’s Studies at Tennessee State University. While working toward her MFA at Vanderbilt University, she was poetry editor of the Nashville Review. Her collection I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood won the 2017 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. In rich dialogue with artists and activists across decades, Clark’s poems scatter, divide, expose their gaps, and swallow their own tails. She bravely traces the firsts of southern Black girlhood with vulnerability that Ross Gay describes as “a reaching toward.” Clark’s 2016 chapbook, Equilibrum, chosen by Afaa Michael Weaver for the Frost Place Chapbook Competition, explores a biracial speaker’s inner and outer opposing forces, asking in its title poem “what is left / whispering in us, once we have / stopped trying to become the other?” The recipient of honors such as the Academy of American Poets University Prize and the Rattle Poetry Prize, Clark currently teaches creative writing at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

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Queer and Trans Jews in the Contemporary U.S.: Innovation, Resistance, and Radical Inclusion

Mon, Dec 3 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Graham Hall-HILLYR
S.J. Crasnow will speak on the religious lives of queer and trans Jews, and especially their innovations to Judaism. Crasnow is a scholar of gender, sexuality, and Judaism in the contemporary U.S. and has previously published an article on transgender Jewish ritual titled, “On Transition: Trans Innovation and Normative Judaism” in the Journal of Contemporary Religion. Their current research theorizes broader social implications of trans-affirming Jewish spaces and logics; the concept of "passing" as gentile or as straight/cisgender and its limitations; and the links between racism, anti-semitism, and white supremacy. A current resident scholar at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, they are assistant professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Rockhurst University.
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Smith College
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Christmas Vespers Evening Performance

Sun, Dec 2 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
John M. Greene Hall

Smith College’s much-anticipated Christmas Vespers program will be held on Sunday, December 2nd at 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm in John M. Greene Hall, on the campus of Smith College. An annual tradition at Smith, the Christmas Vespers tells the story of advent through hymns and other anthems, prayers, and scripture readings, and is a time when Smith College and the surrounding community come together in the spirit of the holiday season. The services will be led by Rev. Matilda Rose Cantwell, director of Religious and Spiritual Life, with readings by members of the Smith College faculty, staff and senior class. The music portion of the program will feature the Smith College Chorus, Glee Club, Chamber Singers, Handbell Choir, and Orchestra. Traditional hymns and carols will also be sung by the choirs, a special guest choir from the Smith College Campus School, and congregation. Jonathan Hirsh, Sarah Paquet, and Grant Moss will direct the choral and instrumental groups. A free-will donation will be collected for the Hampshire County Interfaith Cot Shelter Program.

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Smith College
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Christmas Vespers Afternoon Performance

Sun, Dec 2 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
John M. Greene Hall

Smith College’s much-anticipated Christmas Vespers program will be held on Sunday, December 2nd at 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm in John M. Greene Hall, on the campus of Smith College.  An annual tradition at Smith, the Christmas Vespers tells the story of advent through hymns and other anthems, prayers, and scripture readings, and is a time when Smith College and the surrounding community come together in the spirit of the holiday season. The services will be led by Rev. Matilda Rose Cantwell, director of Religious and Spiritual Life, with readings by members of the Smith College faculty, staff and senior class. The music portion of the program will feature the Smith College Chorus, Glee Club, Chamber Singers, Handbell Choir, and Orchestra. Traditional hymns and carols will also be sung by the choirs, a special guest choir from the Smith College Campus School, and congregation. Jonathan Hirsh, Sarah Paquet, and Grant Moss will direct the choral and instrumental groups. A free-will donation will be collected for the Hampshire County Interfaith Cot Shelter Program.

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Smith College
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Japanese Internment & Internment Today

Sat, Dec 1 2018 - 11:00am to 5:00pm
Location: 
Campus Center 102 Meeting Room, Campus Center 103/104 Combined

This semester, our campus org Pan Asians in Action (PAIA), along with the Latin American Student Organization (LASO) and Organizing for Undocumented Students Rights (OUSR), is going to be working with the JACL to put together a one-day summit on Japanese American Incarceration and modern day immigration Detention Centers. We were hoping to emphasize parallels in the experiences and where there is room for AAPI/undocumented/LatinX organizing to be done around the issue, and our idea is to feature one speaker on the Japanese American community and one on immigration and incarceration issues to each deliver separate keynotes and then sit together on a panel. The day would also include two workshops run by the student organizations, as well as lunch.

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New Play Reading Series: Andrea Hairston

Fri, Nov 30 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: 
TV Studio

New Play Reading Series presents "I'ma Be My Own Sun" and "Dumb House"
Two One-Acts written and directed by Andrea Hairston

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Smith College
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Sage Chamber Music Society

Thu, Nov 29 2018 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Location: 
Sweeney Concert Hall

Sage Chamber Music Society presents
A Beethoven Cycle: The Complete Piano Sonatas IV
Explore Ludwig van Beethoven’s masterworks presented chronologically by pianist Jiayan Sun. Recital IV: Sonatas Nos. 12-15.

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Smith College
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