Five College Consortium

Zube Lecture: 'The Agile and Entrepreneurial Planner' by Katie Stebbins

Thu, Apr 19 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
Olver Design Building Room: 170

Katie Stebbins, vice president of economic development for the UMass system, speaks on "The Agile and Entrepreneurial Planner."

City planners today are faced with the demands of bridging traditional tools and techniques like zoning and land use planning, with new demands of creating "entrepreneurial ecosystems" and smart cities. The evolution of the profession is creating a new cadre of civic innovators who find themselves on the front lines of innovation and change. Stebbins will describe her own journey from Springfield city planner to secretary of innovation and entrepreneurship and share her perspective on what skills future professionals need to ensure their own success.

Stebbins was previously assistant secretary for technology, innovation and entrepreneurship for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where she co-chaired Gov. Baker’s Digital Health Council and led state investment efforts in health-tech, robotics, advanced manufacturing and cyber security. Stebbins played a leadership role in establishing and managing M2I2 (Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative),  Baker’s nearly $100 million commitment to five Manufacturing USA Institutes. A 20-year veteran of public service and economic development, Stebbins has launched three of her own companies. She is also a shameless champion for mid-size cities, roller derby and women in leadership. Stebbins earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a master’s in regional planning from UMass Amherst.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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Free and open to the public.
Contact phone: 
413-545-2255

Earth Day Festival

Thu, Apr 19 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Location: 
Student Union Room: South Law

Celebrate Earth Day. Student showcase, permaculture, student farmer's market, tie-dye and more.

Follow this link to sign up to table at the festival: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1gfSRr8THCj3hgKAF6RefYZxgWg06WeY9feHmQ5TyPIY/edit

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Accessible location
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.
Contact phone: 
413-545-1188
Contact email: 
raschmid@umass.edu

MMFF Screening: 'Betting on Zero'

Wed, Apr 18 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Isenberg School of Management Room: 137
"Betting on Zero," (2016, dir. Ted Braun, USA, 104 min.)  
 
Writer-director Ted Braun’s critically acclaimed first feature film, "Darfur Now," presented on our campus in 2007, won the NAACP Image Award for best documentary of 2007.  Continuing his work in non-fiction across documentary and scripted forms with a focus on global conflict, "Betting On Zero" explores the battle waged by controversial hedge fund titan Bill Ackman and Latina activist Julie Contreras to expose Herbalife as a massive international pyramid scheme.  (Premiere, 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, special jury mention, World Documentary Competition). 
 
Ted Braun (Joseph Campbell Endowed Chair in Cinematic Ethics, USC School of Cinematic Arts) will be present for Q&A and will hold a master class for Film Studies students the following day.                     
 
Introduction by Shawn Shimpach (UMass).
Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Accessible location
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.
Contact phone: 
413-545-2341
Contact email: 
shimpach@comm.umass.edu

Panel: 'Debating Disinformation'

Fri, Apr 13 2018 - 4:00pm
Location: 
Integrative Learning Center Room: Comm Hub

Social media’s opaque algorithms and filter bubbles have been weaponized to spread fake news and disinformation, hijack attention, and deepen social divisiveness in this current moment of mediated populism.

In this culminating event of the Mediating Care and Justice Seminar Series of SBS, four speakers from the Communication Department will draw from global case studies in the US, Venezuela and the Philippines to compare the diverse outcomes of disinformation and debate culturally appropriate intervention. The speakers' presentations will include:

  • Allison Butler: reflects on opportunities and outcomes of media literacy initiatives in libraries and public schools in the US for developing new ways to evaluate news and information in digital environments
  • Martha Fuentes-Bautista: explores the process in which disinformation networks have used populist communication in hastening political polarization and democratic backsliding in Venezuela
  • Jonathan Corpus Ong: presents from the recently published British Council-funded report “Architects of Networked Disinformation: Behind the Scenes of Troll Accounts and Fake News Production in the Philippines”
  • Wayne Xu: uses big data and social network analysis to explore the seeding of revisionist history narratives by fake accounts on Twitter in the Philippines -- and their achievements in manipulating the agenda of global media outlets
Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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Free and open to the public.
Contact email: 
jcong@umass.edu

Let's Talk: An Open Discussion About Violence in the Cape Verdean Community

Tue, Apr 17 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
Malcolm X Cultural Center Room: Berkshire Dining Commons Lower Level

Come join the Cape Verdean Student Alliance (CVSA) as they kick off their Cape Verdean Awareness Week (April 16th-21st) with a talk about violence in the Cape Verdean community. 

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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Free and open to the public.
Contact phone: 
401-428-9579
Contact email: 
sldias@umass.edu

ISI Residency Public Lecture: Masha Gessen

Tue, Apr 17 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
Integrative Learning Center Room: N151
Masha Gessen is the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute's resident this spring. Gessen's work as an author, journalist and critic makes her a particularly apt choice, given that the theme of this year's ISI seminar is dissent.
 
Gessen is perhaps best known for her advocacy for LGBTQ rights in Russia, but her work forcely addresses a very broad range of central political and social issues in present-day Russia and more recently in the United States. Gessen won the National Book Award for nonfiction in 2017 for her book The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia. She is currently a staff writer at the New Yorker.

Signed copies of her award-winning book will be available for purchase.

Over the course of her time with us, Gessen will also meet with students during classroom visits on April 10 and 11, and will meet with faculty and graduate students in the ISI faculty and graduate student seminars on April 24.
Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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Free and open to the public.
Contact email: 
isi@umass.edu

Lecture: Men & #MeToo: Possibilities & Perils in a Time of Change

Tue, Apr 17 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: 
Campus Center Room: Auditorium
A multi-media lecture by Jackson Katz, creator of the Tough Guise film series, and author of Man Enough?: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the Politics of Presidential Masculinity.
 
Katz is internationally renowned for his pioneering scholarship and activism on issues of gender, race, and violence. He has long been a major figure and thought leader in the growing global movement of men working to promote gender equality and prevent gender violence.
 
He is co-founder of Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), one of the longest-running and most widely influential gender violence prevention programs in North America, and the first major program of its kind in the sports culture and the military.
Campus: 
UMass Amherst
Accessible location
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.
Contact phone: 
413-545-1311
Contact email: 
sutj@comm.umass.edu

Du Bois Visiting Scholars Series: Gaidi Faraj

Tue, Apr 17 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: 
Library, W.E.B. Du Bois Room: 2202

Gaidi Faraj speaks on "W.E.B. Du Bois, John Brown, and the Spectre of Violence in the Black Freedom Struggle."

Faraj brings a rich blend of experience in education and private sector business on the African continent. Prior to being appointed dean of faculty at African Leadership University, Faraj was a faculty member in the business management department at African Leadership College in Mauritius. Faraj has over 10 years of senior level experience of managing large scale projects and navigating regulatory framework in Tanzania and broader East Africa.

Faraj holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.A. in Teaching from Troy State University and was a 2017-18 UMass Amherst W.E.B. Du Bois Postdoctoral Fellow.

Fifty years after John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry, Du Bois wrote a poignant biography on Brown's life and recounted his armed uprising. In more recent years, we have seen the 50th anniversary of pivotal events such as the Selma march, the founding of the Black Panther Party, and the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. In revisiting and reexamining these defining moments, we are quickly reminded of how the civil rights movement has been deliberately diluted. Similar to how Du Bois's radical politics have been extracted from his story and his image reconfigured to make him more digestible, academia and mainstream culture have omitted significant aspects of the Black Panther Party and the radical politics of the Black Power Movement. This paper explores the armed resistance and activism of the Black Liberation Army and looks at the similarities that exist between the radical black underground of the black power era and the underground railroad built by the abolitionist movement.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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Free and open to the public.
Contact phone: 
413-577-0932
Contact email: 
wbbaptiste@anthro.umass.edu

Sidney Kaplan Memorial Lecture: Farah Jasmine Griffin

Tue, Apr 17 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Augusta Savage Gallery

This year's Sidney Kaplan Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Farah Jasmine Griffin of Columbia University.

Griffin's talk is titled "In Pursuit of Justice and Grace: Reflections on the African-American Literary Tradition."

Griffin is the William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies at Columbia University.

Additional support for this event has been provided by the departments of Afro-American Studies and Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies; the Graduate School, and the Commonwealth Honors College.

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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Free and open to the public.
Contact email: 
elordi@english.umass.edu

Lecture: 'Memory is Our Soil: Bringing History into the Commons'

Tue, Apr 17 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
Student Union Room: Ballroom

Aurora Levins Morales is a Puerto Rican Ashkenazi Jewish feminist writer, historian and well-rounded radical. She is the author of six books including Medicine Stories, Remedios: Stories of Earth and Iron from the History of Puertorriqueñas and Kindling: Writings on the Body. Her work has appeared in dozens of anthologies, is widely taught, and has been translated into seven languages. She produces Letters from Earth, an environmental justice podcast, and is a member of JOCSM, the Jews of Color, Sephardi and Mizrahi Caucus partnership with Jewish Voice for Peace, and the JVP Artists’ Council. She lives in a tiny house in Northern California. 

Levins Morales will be in residency at the Department of History from April 17-21.

The History Department Writer-in Residence Program facilitates sustained conversation with widely-read authors whose historical work engages broad public audiences. It is supported by Five Colleges, Inc. This residency is sponsored by the UMass/Five College Graduate History Program, Department of History, and Five Colleges, Inc. It is co-sponsored by the Ethics and Common Good Program at Hampshire College, the Amherst College Department of History, the Mount Holyoke College Department of History, the UMass Amherst Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies (CLACLS), and the Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies.

A book-signing will follow.

Location and Accessibility Information: This is a fragrance free event. The UMass Student Center is a short distance from the Campus Parking Garage (1 Campus Center Way, off of Commonwealth Ave). The UMass Amherst Student Center has accessible parking, is wheelchair accessible, and has accessible restrooms. The ballroom is directly adjacent to the lounge in the UMass Student Union.

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

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