The department of music and dance presents String Chamber Music, coordinated by Elizabeth Chang.
The department of music and dance presents Brass Bash, featuring student brass ensembles including the UMass Trombone & Brass Choirs, Horn, Trumpet and Tuba Ensembles. The concert is directed by faculty members Greg Spiridopoulos, Eric Berlin, Josh Michal and John Bottomley.
Two of North India’s best-known classical musicians will be offering a free concert at Amherst College. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear traditional North Indian classical music performed by two of its finest exponents.
Sitarist Rabindra Goswami has been a professional musician for nearly 50 years and is recognized as a senior artist in his musically rich city of Banaras, India. Unlike many Indian classical musicians who have become well known in the West, Goswami plays pure, traditional raga music. Goswami is a disciple of the late Amiya Devi, and also studied the ancient Dhrupad style with Pandit Ramakant Mishra. Later in life, he studied the advanced intricacies of raga with Dr. Balchandra Patekar. Goswami has won a number of national awards in India, including first place in the Prayag Sangeet Samiti All-India Competition in 1967, and second place at Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Academy in 1972. He is an "A level" Artist of All India Radio and Television, and has performed throughout India (Delhi, Bombay, Lucknow, Indore, Patna, Allahabad, many others) and the world (Greece, Nepal, Switzerland, United States). He was a fellow at Yale University's Institute of Sacred Music in 2014, researching Christian ragas.
Tablaist Ramu Pandit is a long-time professional performer of classical, semi-classical, folk and popular music. A life-long disciple of Pandit Sharda Sahai, he is a colorful performer and experienced educator who specializes in demonstrating and explaining Indian music to Western audiences. A Master of Music, he has also performed for All India Radio, and played percussion on film soundtracks in Bombay for the legendary composer S. D. Burman. He currently directs the Sarangi Institute of Banaras, an organization that he founded to preserve the sarangi, an instrument with a long pedigree in Indian Classical music but that now has few masters. He is also the former coordinator of the University of Wisconsin College Year in India Program, a position that he held for nearly 30 years.
Sponsored by Smith College’s South Asia Concentration, Religion Department, Music Department, Lecture Committee, Ada Howe Kent Fund, and EKTA; Mount Holyoke College’s Department of Asian Studies, Amherst College’s Religion Department, University of Massachusetts Asian Arts & Culture Program, Five College Tibetan Studies in India Program, and the Five College Lecture Fund.
What is the role of the historian in this political moment? How can a historian make historical insights accessible to a general audience?
Come discuss these issues with Prof. Nancy MacLean, Duke University, an award-winning scholar of the twentieth-century U.S., whose new book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, has been described by Publishers Weekly as “a thoroughly researched and gripping narrative… [and] a feat of American intellectual and political history.” Booklist called it “perhaps the best explanation to date of the roots of the political divide that threatens to irrevocably alter American government.”
A light lunch will be provided.
MacLean's talk is part of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) Speaker Series: The Right Wing Assault on American Democracy: What Is It? How Can We Defeat It? Co-sponsored by the Department of History and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst.
"Writing about women, violence and war in contemporary Peru," a lecture by Peruvian writer and scholar Claudia Salazar
In recent decades, many highly educated women have successfully navigated career roadblocks that hindered equally gifted women in the past. More recently, a greater fraction of college graduate women has achieved family as birthrates have risen. What happens when there are more kids and more careers? Is it a collision course or a successful confluence of desires? Claudia Goldin will address the topics of women, work, pay and family.
About Claudia Goldin:
Claudia Goldin is a professor of economics at Harvard University and director of the NBER’s Development of the American Economy program. Goldin is an economic historian and a labor economist. Her research has covered a wide array of topics, including slavery, the economic impact of war, the female labor force, immigration, New Deal policies, income inequality, technological change, education, and the gender gap in pay. Most of her research interprets the present through the lens of the past and explores the origins of current issues of concern. In the past several years her work has focused on college women’s achievement of career and family. Her most recent project concerns the increase of women’s employment in their mature and older years.
This symposium that celebrates U.S.-Mexico scholarly exchanges as the kick-off event for International Education Week. Planned in collaboration with the Mexico Colegio Nacional, this event seeks to develop strategies for maintaining and improving scholarly relationships between researchers in the U.S. and Mexico in the face of policies that may complicate the logistical realities of such collaboration.
The day-long event will highlight some of the research projects that have been fueled by international collaboration, including the Large Millimeter Telescope Alfonso Serrano, a collaboration between UMass Amherst and Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica, Óptica y Electrónica. The event will also feature an interdisciplinary panel highlighting other cross-border collaborations between Five College Faculty and their Mexico-based collaborators.
Julie Iromuanya is the author of Mr. and Mrs. Doctor (Coffee House Press), a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, the Etisalat Prize for Literature, and the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize for Debut Fiction.
Her scholarly-critical work most recently appears in Converging Identities: Blackness in the Modern Diaspora (Carolina Academic Press). She was the inaugural Herbert W. Martin Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Dayton. She has also been a Jane Tinkham Broughton Fellow in Fiction at Bread Loaf Writers Conference, a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference, a Bread Loaf Bakeless/Camargo France Fellow, a Brown Foundation Fellow at the Dora Maar House, and a Jan Michalski Fellow at “The Treehouses.”
Her work has also been supported by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Ragdale Foundation.
Iromuanya earned her B.A. at the University of Central Florida and her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she was a Presidential Fellow and award-winning teacher. She is an assistant professor in the creative writing MFA program at the University of Arizona.
The Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by the MFA for Poets and Writers and the Juniper Initiative, and made possible by support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the UMass Arts Council and the English Department.
Memorial Hall is wheel-chair accessible.
Lecture by Tamar Carroll, "Creating Queer Politics: Coalitions Between AIDS and Reproductive Rights Activists", 2:40 -4:00 p.m., Friday, November 10, 2017.
Bethany Bradley, environmental conservation, speaks on "Implications of Climate Change for Invasive Species."
Invasive species and climate change are two of the most prominent forms of anthropogenic global change identified by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. These two global changes are likely to interact in a number of ways. Climate change could increase invasion risk by increasing growth rates, advancing phenology, and increasing weather-related disturbances. This seminar will review how climate change influences invasive species and how those changes might affect invasive species management.