Five College Consortium

Base-building for Social Justice Organizing: Getting Our Communities Involved in the Fight

Thu, Apr 19 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
O'Connor Commons

This workshop focuses on base-building and outreach to different sectors of your community to build your organization and the movement for social justice. Participants develop a toolbox of effective methods and messages to reach people in their communities and build the base of their organizations. Facilitated by Juan Haro from the Movement for Justice in El Barrio, a grassroots, anti-gentrification group in New York.

Campus: 
Amherst College
Not accessible
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.
Contact phone: 
(917) 734-3024
Contact email: 
csimon19@amherst.edu

"Benevolent Empire: U.S. Power, Humanitarianism, and the Modern Refugee Crisis" - Stephen Porter

Thu, Apr 19 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Merrill Science Center, Merrill 4

A fierce debate rages today over what role the United States should play in the world’s nearly unprecedented refugee crisis. The issue is animated by a century of U.S. refugee aid initiatives, but ironically one we know relatively little about. University of Cincinnati History professor Stephen R. Porter uncovers this fascinating history in a public lecture. U.S. refugee affairs, he argues, once helped to shape the rise of the United States as a major world power while simultaneously revealing and reweaving America’s social and political fabric at home. The diverse array of people behind these activities typically shared a desire to portray the United States as an exceptional, benevolent world power whose objects of concern might potentially include any vulnerable people across the globe. Then, as now, these Americans wrestled with what responsibility their remarkably powerful country had to the world’s displaced and dispossessed.

Associate Professor of History at the University of Cincinnati, Stephen Porter’s research and teaching explore the intersection of humanitarianism, U.S. power, and American social and political life over the past century and a half. He is particularly interested in understanding changing conceptions of ethical responsibilities and rights as well as the collaboration of state and non-state actors in innovating strategies to manage humanitarian dilemmas.

Campus: 
Amherst College
Not accessible
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.
Contact phone: 
(413) 542-2229
Contact email: 
trubeck@amherst.edu

The Pessimistic Eye: Using Automatic Reporting Devices in Studies of Perceptual Bias in Legal Reasoning - LJST Lecture Series

Thu, Apr 19 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Clark House, 100

On Thursday, April 19 at 4:30 p.m. in the Clark House at Amherst College Kelli Moore, assistant professor of media, culture and communication at New York University will present a paper titled “The Pessimistic Eye: Using Automatic Reporting Devices in Studies of Perceptual Bias in Legal Reasoning.” This is the final presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Law and the Visible.”

Professor Moore’s research examines the role of media technology in the production of legal and political knowledge. Her writings draw on black feminist thought, legal philosophy and visual culture to analyze courtroom rhetorical practices and haptic customs within ongoing debates about the subject of trauma and helplessness, facilitated communication, feminist jurisprudence, visual literacy, “post-racial” embodiment, and digitality.

To receive a copy of the paper which considers the human eye and predictions about racial others in experiments involving machine learning techniques in the time of the law’s discovery of new reading protocols for its own surveillance video footage, whether appropriated from video-recording bystanders, CCTV, or police dash camera, please email the LJST Dept. Coordinator at mlestes@amherst.edu.

Campus: 
Amherst College
Not accessible
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.
Contact phone: 
(413) 542-2380
Contact email: 
mlestes@amherst.edu

CHI Salon: "What's It Like to Film Scientists at Work in the Antarctic?"

Wed, Apr 18 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: 
Frost Library, 210

In April of 2016, photojournalist Maria Stenzel spent one month filming the scientific life aboard the icebreaker Nathaniel B. Palmer on a voyage to the western Antarctic Peninsula. She chronicled the round-the-clock work of physical oceanographers, benthic marine biologists and phytoplankton specialists who are studying why marine life thrives in Andvord Bay and how the influx of glaciers calving into the bay impacts marine life. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the expedition’s scientists seek to understand this ice-dominated ecosystem before it is altered by climate change. The Antarctic Peninsula is one of the fastest-warming regions on the planet, rivaling the rate of warming in the Arctic. Using small cameras such as GoPros mounted on the scientists’ helmets and a drone for aerial footage, Maria documents the excitement, disappointment and challenges of a scientific expedition.

Classical violinist Michi Wiancko has composed an original film score to accompany this impressionistic 10-minute film, which she will play live. A Q&A will follow the film. Join Michi and Maria for a live performance at the CHI.

Michi Wiancko is an internationally acclaimed violinist and composer. She has toured with Silkroad and Yo-Yo Ma, among many other ensembles, and runs Antenna Cloud Farm music festival in Gilll, Mass.

Childcare is available.

Campus: 
Amherst College
Not accessible
Contact phone: 
(413) 542-5870
Contact email: 
hgrimes@amherst.edu

"The Presence of Pearl Primus"

Sat, Apr 14 2018 - 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Location: 
Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

Join us for a public talk on dance biography with Peggy and Murray Schwartz, co-authors of The Dance Claimed Me: A Biography of Pearl Primus, which was published by Yale University Press, New Haven, in 2011. Peggy Schwartz is professor and director emerita of the dance program and the Sankofa Dance Project at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and former chair of the Five College Dance department. Murray Schwartz is the former dean of humanities and fine arts at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The talk is free and open to the Five College community.

This event is part of "African American Dance: Form, Function and Style!," organized by Ninoska M’bewe Escobar, Consortium for Faculty Diversity Scholar in Theater and Dance at Amherst College, and sponsored by the Department of Theater and Dance, Five College Dance, Arts at Amherst Initiative, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Center for Community Engagement, Frost Library, and African and Caribbean Students Union.

Campus: 
Amherst College
Not accessible
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.
Contact phone: 
(413) 542-2411
Contact email: 
srivers@amherst.edu

"The Living Books: Forces of Nature Dance Theatre"

Sat, Apr 14 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

Public talk on the philosophy of choreography with Abdel R. Salaam, founding director of Forces of Nature Dance Theatre and current artistic director of DanceAfrica.

The talk is free and open to the Five College community.

This event is part of "African American Dance: Form, Function and Style!," organized by Ninoska M’bewe Escobar, Consortium for Faculty Diversity Scholar in Theater and Dance at Amherst College, and sponsored by the Theater and Dance Department, Five College Dance, Arts at Amherst Initiative, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Center for Community Engagement, Frost Library, and African and Caribbean Students Union.

Campus: 
Amherst College
Not accessible
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.
Contact phone: 
(413) 542-2411
Contact email: 
srivers@amherst.edu

Solo Piano Recital: John Janezich '18, student of Ms. Shin

Sat, Apr 14 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: 
Arms Music Center, 3

John Janezich '18, student of Ms. Shin, presents a solo piano recital in Arms Room 3 at 3 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Program: Mozart Sonata K332, Chopin Fantasy in f minor, and 2 études, plus variations by Kapustin

Campus: 
Amherst College
Not accessible
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.
Contact phone: 
(413) 542-2195
Contact email: 
concerts@amherst.edu

Leisure Reading Finale: Make A Book

Sat, Apr 14 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: 
James Hall, Outside, between Stearns and James

Join us for our final leisure reading program of the year! We are going to be outside between James and Stearns from 2-4 p.m. Come enjoy a literary themed playlist, company and great weather, finally! We will also be making book marks, have some Froyo from Flayvors, and give away some Barnes and Nobles goodies! Let's end the semester right!

Campus: 
Amherst College
Not accessible
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.
Contact phone: 
(413) 542-5930
Contact email: 
ctirop1@amherst.edu

Master Dance Class: Black Classic Modern with Alvin Rangel

Sat, Apr 14 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Location: 
Kirby Memorial Theater

Alvin Rangel is an assistant professor of dance at California State University, Fullerton. He is a dancer, choreographer and African American concert dance scholar. He appeared in a revival of Donald McKayle’s Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder(1959) performed by Dayton Contemporary Dance Co., produced by Paul Taylor American Modern Dance and winner of a Bessie Award for Outstanding Revival (2016).

This master class is free and open to the Five College community.

This event is part of "African American Dance: Form, Function and Style!," organized by Ninoska M’bewe Escobar, Consortium for Faculty Diversity Scholar in Theater and Dance at Amherst College, and sponsored by the Theater and Dance Department, Five College Dance, Arts at Amherst Initiative, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Center for Community Engagement, Frost Library, and African and Caribbean Students Union.

Campus: 
Amherst College
Not accessible
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the Five College community.
Contact phone: 
(413) 542-2411
Contact email: 
srivers@amherst.edu

Master Dance Class: Afro-Caribbean with Rosemarie Roberts

Sat, Apr 14 2018 - 11:15am to 12:45pm
Location: 
Kirby Memorial Theater

Rosemarie Roberts, Ph.D., is an associate professor of dance at Connecticut College. She is a dancer, anthropologist, co-director of the Cultural Traditions Program (2006) and research fellow of the Hip Hop Continuum Cultural Traditions Program (2009) at Jacob’s Pillow.

This class is free and open to the Five College community.

This event is part of "African American Dance: Form, Function and Style!," organized by Ninoska M’bewe Escobar, Consortium for Faculty Diversity scholar in theater and dance at Amherst College, and sponsored by the Theater and Dance Department, Five College Dance, Arts at Amherst Initiative, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Center for Community Engagement, Frost Library, and African and Caribbean Students Union.

Campus: 
Amherst College
Not accessible
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the Five College community.
Contact phone: 
(413) 542-2411
Contact email: 
srivers@amherst.edu

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