G is for Gun is a 30 minute documentary film exploring the highly controversial trend of armed faculty and staff in K-12 schools. Only five years ago this practice was practically unheard of, but since the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, it has spread to as many as 13 states. Often without public knowledge, there are teachers, administrators, custodians, nurses, and bus drivers carrying guns in America’s schools. G is for Gun documents a growing program in Ohio that is training school staff to respond to active shooter situations with guns, and follows the story of one Ohio community divided over arming its teachers.
Celebrating diversity and inclusion in the sciences
A Research Art-Science Exhibition (RASE) celebrating the rich diversity of the students in the College of Natural Sciences in collaboration with the Digital Media Lab in the Du Bois Library and the Global Educational Outreach for Science Engineering and Technology (GEOSET) initiative.
Undergraduates and graduates, especially underrepresented students will be encouraged to create an artistic representation of their research work that can be produced as a picture to be mounted and displayed in various locations over the course of a year.
During the opening event, students will stand by their artwork and talk to the visitors about their research, giving them the opportunity to network with the campus community.
The Department of Music and Dance presents the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Catherine Jensen-Hole. The program will include music ranging from Miles Davis to Take 6 and David Bowie performed by small and large vocal ensembles, plus swing, Latin and rock arrangements and original music by Cathy Jensen-Hole, Kerry Marsh, Paris Rutherford, Rosana Eckert and graduate student Jackie Chasen.
Asian Night is an annual cultural student talent show and our biggest event of the year. The event is open to the public with the student performers coming from UMass, the Five Colleges and as far away as from Boston and Lowell.
Performances include, but are not limited to, singing, dancing, martial arts, cultural fashion show, slam poetry, magic and cultural skits. Along with the student performances, we invite guest performers who are influential amongst the Asian and Asian American community to inspire as well as motivate our attendees. Our event is free of charge and the space is quickly filled up with a line forming before the doors are open to get the best seats in the Fine Arts Center. The event is followed up with free food outside the Fine Arts Center as well as a free meet-and-greet with the guest artists to take pictures and personally socialize with them.
14th Annual Historical Swordsmanship Symposium.
Various speakers will present lectures and demonstrations on the topic of historical swordsmanship. Lunch is provided.
Pre-registration required via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 413-577-3600 by April 25th
The Indian Classical Arts Society of UMass Amherst presents its first event featuring student artists.
"Utsav" seeks to explore the intricate world of Indian classical arts by showcasing the ancient music and dance forms of Odissi, Kathak and Bharata Natyam. Utsav derives its meaning from the Sanskrit word for celebration. Come and celebrate the colors of spring with student artists from the Five College area.
Author and activist Kali Akuno speaks on "Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi."
Cooperation Jackson is an emerging network of cooperatives and grassroots institutions that aim to build a "solidarity economy."
Sponsored by Department of Anthropology and the U.S. Solidarity Economy Network; Center for Education Policy & Advocacy; Civic Engagement and Service Learning; New Economy Coalition; Neighbor to Neighbor; Resistance Center for Peace and Justice; School of Public Policy; Social Thought and Political Economy; Sustainable Community Development; UMass Alliance for Community Transformation, Labor Center; UMass Amherst Libraries Sustainability Fund.
Dan S. Collins Memorial Lecture featuring Katherine Eggert, from the University of Colorado Boulder
Topic: 'How to Be Happy in Shakespeare and Hobbes' organized by the English Literary Renaissance Journal.
Free and open to all. Reception to follow.
Mark Guzdial, professor and computing education researcher at Georgia Institute of Technology, speaks on "Research Issues Around Preparing Computing Educators."
Abstract: "Preparing teachers to teach computing is more than a matter of re-purposing existing courses for computer science majors. The tasks, knowledge, and skills of a CS teacher are dramatically different than that of a software developer. To meet the worldwide need for computing teachers, we must design new kinds of learning opportunities that address the needs of teachers. In this talk, I review research questions being asked about public policy, strategies for teaching and learning, and how to develop sustainable infrastructure for computing education, like teacher professional development."
Color in Containment
11th Annual Curatorial Fellowship / March 22 – April 29, 2018
Opening reception: March 22 from 5-7 p.m.
Color in Containment examines the use of color within a group of works to ask a difficult question: can color be controlled? Should it be? The exhibition, including pieces by Patrick Hughes, Andy Warhol, and Pipilotti Rist, among others, imagines vibrant works of art from the UMCA permanent collection as specimens under glass, inviting viewers to make their own discoveries about the necessity or futility of containing color.
Whether blossoming across a white page or glinting from within a dark ground, color is a powerful visual force, which a work of art makes a necessary effort to contain. However, in the context of an exhibition, no work of art is an entity unto itself. In a room full of works color bounces. It spills forth and shrinks back. Delicate colors can be washed out and garish color can bully its neighbors in the exhibition space. Beyond the literal frame that contains a print, painting, or photograph there is the frame of the exhibition, which must be equally prepared to point color in the right direction or deal with the resulting chaos. Co-curated by M.F.A. Studio Arts, 2019, candidate Margaret Wilsonand
M.A. Art History, 2019, candidate Alison Ritacco, Color in Containment invites its audience to interpret these images and exhibition space with a phenomenological curiosity. The exhibition abandons the question of what color means, and instead explores the question of what color does.
The University Museum of Contemporary Art’s annual Curatorial Fellowship exhibition — now in its eleventh year — is the culmination of a year-long independent project. It is a collaboration between the art history and studio arts graduate programs. The Fellowship is designed to deepen students’ understanding of the intellectual and practical tasks of curation in a museum setting. Over the years it has provided students with hands on experience and highly valuable skills in the job market.
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