Five College Consortium

“Fanon and #BlackLivesMatter: Humanism, Embodiment, Negation”

Mon, Nov 6 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Frost Library

Please join us for a timely and compelling talk on Monday, November 6th at 4:30 in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry (Frost Library) at Amherst College. The talk is by Kimberly Ann Harris (Penn State), entitled “Fanon and #BlackLivesMatter: Humanism, Embodiment, Negation,” exploring the relationship between Fanon’s early work in Black Skin, White Masks and the Black Lives Matter movement.

A poster is attached, and the Facebook event page link is here:

http://bit.ly/2gY1mOd

The event is open to the public, so make your way over and bring your friends! And share widely in your networks. It should be a great conversation.

Campus: 
Amherst College
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Smith College Fall Faculty Dance Concert

Repeats every day 3 times.
Thu, Nov 16 2017 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Fri, Nov 17 2017 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Sat, Nov 18 2017 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Location: 
Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts

This year’s Faculty Concert will premiere new works by dance faculty members Chris Aiken and Rodger Blum as well as guest artist Bronwen MacArthur. The evening will include The Blues Project choreography by Bebe Miller with Angie Hauser.

Campus: 
Smith College
Directions and parking info: 
122 Green Street, Northampton, MA
Accessible location
Ticket info: 
$10 General, $5 Students and Seniors (65+)
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Troy Lecture: War, Fiction, and the Ethics of Memory

Wed, Nov 15 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Student Union Ballroom

Each year the UMass Amherst English Department welcomes an eminent writer and scholar to UMass to deliver the annual Troy Lecture. This year’s Troy Lecturer, Viet Thanh Nguyen, recently received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (a “genius grant”), won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award for nonfiction. Nguyen’s Troy Lecture, “War, Fiction, and the Ethics of Memory,” will be held on November 15, 2017 at 4.30 pm in the Student Union Ballroom. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Viet Thanh Nguyen is Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. His novel The Sympathizer (2015) won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, while Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (2016), was a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America (2002), and a recent collection of short stories, The Refugees (2017). Nguyen also writes for the New York Times, Time, The Guardian, The Atlantic, and the Los Angeles Times, where he is a critic at large.

Previous Troy lecturers have included Nadine Gordimer, Sherman Alexie, Margaret Atwood, Judith Butler, J.M. Coetzee, Seamus Heaney, Salman Rushdie, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Orhan Pamuk, and Wole Soyinka. The Troy Lecture honors Frederick S. Troy, who was a Professor of English, an Honorary Professor of the University, and a former UMass trustee.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Not accessible
Ticket info: 
Open to the Public
Contact phone: 
413-545-2575
Campus contact: 

Author Talk: John Elder Robison

Thu, Nov 30 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: 
Library, W.E.B. Du Bois Room: 2601

John Elder Robison’s works include Be Different(2011), a how-to guide for grownups with autism; Raising Cubby (2013), the story of raising his autistic son; and Switched On (2016), about his participation as a research subject in brain studies.

Robison is active in the autism civil rights movement and is a strong supporter of neurodiversity – the idea that autism and ADHD are a natural part of humanity, essential for our success, and should be honored and accepted even as we work to relieve any disability they may cause.   

Copies of his books will be for sale at the event. 

The Author Talk Series is made possible through the support of the Friends of the Library.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Accessible location
Ticket info: 
Free and Open to the Public
Contact phone: 
413-545-6971
Contact email: 
lespinal@library.umass.edu

Concert: Five College Early Music Collegium

Wed, Nov 29 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: 
Grace Episcopal Church 14 Boltwood Ave. Amherst, MA 01002

The Five College Consortium presents the Five College Early Music Collegium, directed by Robert Eisenstein.

Campus: 
Other
Not accessible
Accessibility info: 
Check with the Umass Amherst Disability Services office for more information about accessibility at this event
Ticket info: 
Free and Open to the Public
Contact phone: 
413-577-2154
Contact email: 
music@music.umass.edu

Lecture: 'The Dark Age of Herodotus' with Scott G. Bruce

Wed, Nov 29 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
Student Union Room: Cape Cod Lounge

Despite the fact that the Historiae of the Greek historian Herodotus (d. c. 425 BCE) were never translated into Latin, monastic authors of medieval Europe were familiar with its stories of ancient kings, monstrous peoples, and exotic places.  Using as a case study Herodotus’ tale of the vengeance of King Cyrus against the Ganges River, "The Dark Age of Herodotus: Shards of a Fugitive History in Medieval Europe" investigates the modes of transmission that carried stories by Herodotus from Greek to Latin, from the eastern Mediterranean to Rome, and from there across the Alps into northern Europe.  In doing so, it illuminates the channels by which knowledge of this most ancient work of Greek history migrated into the cultural repertoire of medieval Christian authors.

 

Scott G. Bruce is a professor of medieval history and director of the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (CMEMS) at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  He is an historian of medieval religion and culture with a special interest in the abbey of Cluny.  

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Accessible location
Ticket info: 
Free and Open to the Public
Contact email: 
communications@umass.edu

Western Mass Flute Day

Sat, Nov 18 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Location: 
Fine Arts Center Bezanson Recital Hall

The Department of Music and Dance presents Western Mass Flute Day, coordinated by Cobus du Toit.

Includes Guest Artist Concert at 5 p.m. with Christina Jennings, University of Colorado, Boulder 

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Not accessible
Accessibility info: 
Check with the Umass Amherst Disability Services office for more information about accessibility at this event
Ticket info: 
Pre-registration: $10; On the day: $15
Contact phone: 
413-577-2154
Contact email: 
music@music.umass.edu

Magic Triangle Jazz Series: Slavic Soul Party!

Thu, Nov 16 2017 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Location: 
Bowker Auditorium

The slight of hand that Slavic Soul Party! has achieved with deft arrangements and strong Balkan playing is wonderfully disorienting. This is music that has taken several trips across the Atlantic, in both directions. It’s obviously a brass band that has fallen in love with the sound of jazz, but where is this music from?

Slavic Soul Party! has always had a complex answer to that question, tangling issues of authenticity, originality, expression and identity. The name itself has confused many, and rightly so; inspired in part by Yugoslav brass bands (Yugoslav means “southern Slav”), Slavic Soul Party! has never had much of a connection to the larger Slavic cultures of Russia or Poland. When percussionist Matt Moran (Claudia Quintet, Joe Maneri, Sufjan Stevens) started the band in the late nineties, listening to unlabeled cassettes passed among folk music aficionados, he didn’t know that much of what inspired him was Roman music – yet another tangled web of identity and geography. Slavic Soul Party’s music is ultimately New York music: a strong Balkan brass sound pumped through the filter of life in New York's outer boroughs, making new music out of the unplanned results of immigration, proximity, and globalization.

In 1966, Duke Ellington recorded his brilliant collaboration with Billy Strayhorn, The Far East Suite. Fifty years later, Slavic Soul Party! re-imagined The Far East Suite as an Eastern European brass band discovering an exotic American sound, reversing the "exotic tinge" and reveling in this subtle, funky, and brilliant music.

“The arrangement found on Slavic Soul Party! Plays Duke Ellington's Far East Suite is a match made in high-concept heaven (or maybe just in Brooklyn): a rambunctious Balkan party band reinterpreting Ellington's earthy, yet endlessly sophisticated music,” says NPR. “Somehow, this mashup sidesteps touristy exotica. Starting with rhythms you'd hear on the street or at a Balkan wedding, the band's nine musicians give those majestic Ellington melodies a shot of adrenaline.

What's most impressive: Slavic Soul Party! did this live, on a single night. The band took a beloved big-band score, reconfigured it for a much smaller group and executed it with precision — and dazzling energy.”

Slavic Soul Party’s Magic Triangle Series performance will feature much of The Far East Suite.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Accessible location
Ticket info: 
Admission: $15 adults; $7 students
Contact phone: 
413-320-1089
Contact email: 
gsiegel@umass.edu
Campus contact: 

M@A Chamber Series: The Tallis Scholars

Sun, Dec 10 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
Buckley Recital Hall

The program commemorates the 500th year of Isaac’s death:
Josquin: Gaude virgo
Josquin: Stabat mater
Josquin: Absalom fili mi
Gombert: Lugebat Absalom
Isaac: Optime divino
Interval
Browne: Stabat juxta
Isaac: Tota pulchra es
Josquin: Inter natos mulierum
Gombert: Regina caeli

Over four decades of performance and a catalogue of award-winning recordings for Gimell, Peter Phillips and the Tallis Scholars have done more than any other group to establish sacred vocal music of the Renaissance as one of the great repertoires of Western classical music. Reviewers praise their sound for its supple clarity and tone, and Tallis harnesses it to bring fresh interpretations to music by contemporary as well as past composers.

“The Tallis Scholars vocal ensemble seems to have a direct line to heaven—inspiring reverence for the power of the human vocal chords to echo spiritual realms.”
—Australian Stage

CHAMBER SERIES
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students, with valid ID: $12
Free Amherst Student Rush begins when the box office opens an hour before showtime.

Tickets are nonrefundable, and programs and dates are subject to change. Buckley Recital Hall has limited wheelchair-accessible seating.

For further information, please contact the Concert Office at (413) 542-2195 or concerts@amherst.edu.

A complete list of upcoming events can be found on the Amherst College Music Department website at www.amherst.edu/go/music.

Campus: 
Amherst College
Accessible location
Accessibility info: 
Check with Accessibility Services on campus for more information about accessibility at this event
Ticket info: 
Tickets Required
Contact phone: 
(413) 542-2195
Contact email: 
concerts@amherst.edu

ASO: Amherst Symphony Orchestra Performance

Sat, Dec 9 2017 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Location: 
Buckley Recital Hall

Amherst Symphony Orchestra performs in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building. Tickets are sold only on the night of the concert, beginning an hour before the performance, in the lobby of Arms. General admission is $10; seniors, children and students, $5; free to Five College students.

For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, visit us on the Web: www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

Campus: 
Amherst College
Not accessible
Ticket info: 
Tickets Required
Contact phone: 
(413) 542-2195
Contact email: 
concerts@amherst.edu
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