Part spoken word, hip-hop freestyling, a cappella singing and 100% improvisational, the tradition of bertsolaritza (bare-so-lar-eet-sa), has become a cultural signifier for the renaissance of Basque language and popular culture. Women poets, Maialen Lujanbio, the first and only woman to win the national bertsolaritza competition, and Miren Artetxe, scholar and poet, will visit Smith College and the University of Massachusetts. They will talk about the craft of improvisation, how the art form has changed, and the experience of being women poets in a largely male art form. Sponsors: UMASS SPP; SC Lecture Committee, Poetry Center, SPP, FRN,SWG
This legendary a cappella event is a Valley tradition. Concert goers pack the 2000 seat hall to witness a showcase of the best a cappella collegiate groups in the Northeast. Opening performance by Northampton High's own Northamptones. Mayor David Narkewicz will be on hand to emcee for this classic event.
Event Sponsor: Whalen Insurance Company
ANGEL WAGENSTEIN: ART IS A WEAPON (2017, dir Andrea Simon, U.S./Bulgaria, in Bulgarian, English, German and Russian w/ English subtitles, 84 min) An exquisitely crafted and intellectually provocative documentary essay on the great Bulgarian screenwriter, novelist, and lifelong revolutionary Angel Wagenstein. At 95 he remains a man of massive charm and ferocious intelligence, a passionate witness to history and an active participant in the debate on Bulgaria’s rocky post-communist future. Wagenstein’s life and work raise critical questions (more timely now than ever) on when, how and why to resist the totalitarian impulse … and where the paths of resistance may lead. Co-sponsored by the UMass DEFA Film Library and German Studies, Mount Holyoke. Introduction by Barton Byg (UMass). The director Andrea Simon will be present for discussion this evening and the following evening in conjunction with the screening of STARS/STERNE.
STARS/STERNE (1959, dir Konrad Wolf, East Germany/Bulgaria, 88mim, in German, Bulgarian, Yiddish, and Ladino with English subtitles) This gripping drama, based on the personal story of screenwriter Angel Wagenstein during the Holocaust in the Balkans, sheds light on the Sephardic experience of WWII. Stationed in a secluded Bulgarian village in 1943, Walter, an artist and sergeant in the Wehrmacht, lives an almost idyllic life far away from the war. Soon, a transit camp is set up for Jews arriving from Greece. When Ruth, one of the Greek Jews, asks Walter to help a pregnant woman in the camp, the two form an unlikely bond. Co-sponsored by DEFA Film Library; German Studies, Mount Holyoke College; UMass Institute for Holocaust, Genocide & Memory Studies. Introduction by Skyler Arndt-Briggs (UMass). Andrea Simon, director of Angel Wagenstein: Art is a Weapon (screening Wed. April 11), will be present for discussion.
Amherst College alumna Pamela Rotner Sakamoto will explore the hardships and resilience of the Fukuhara family, featured in her book Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds. In this single family lies the stories of U.S. Army interpreters, Japanese Imperial Army soldiers, the internment of U.S. citizens, and civilian victims of the bombing of Hiroshima.
An evening of compelling works by the artists graduating from the MFA Programs in Dance and en route to transforming the field. Works by Shayla-Vie Jenkins, Sarah Lass, and Sarah Seder.
Hampshire College Dance Program presents a dynamic evening of dance in its annual Winter Dance Concert on February 1-3, 2018 at 8pm in the Main Dance Studio Theater.
This concert of dances choreographed by Hampshire College students, and performed by students from across the Five Colleges, engages with diverse and complex subjects that are deeply human and pressingly timely – belonging, confrontation, the comfort of friends, loss, love. Each dance offers its unique embodied insight, urgent, celebratory, soothing or haunting. What results is a powerful night of dance that journeys through varied landscapes of playfulness, vulnerability, and the courage to break out of silence.
David Neumeyer, MD, Dean of admissions at Tufts University School of Medicine will present an overview of Tufts Medical School, talk about what medical schools look for in successful applicants, and discuss the admission review process.
Clara Irazábal-Zurita, professor of planning at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, speaks on "The Counter Land Grabbing of the Precariat: Housing Movements and Restorative Justice in Brazil."
Brazil’s precariat (politically organized in national social housing movements) are courageously pressing for a true urban reform in Brazil whose promise has been systematically delayed and subverted. By seizing vacant buildings and underused land, not only are these unsung heroes/heroines confronting neoliberalism in Brazil, but they are also unveiling the impossibility of neoliberalism to deliver socio-spatial justice to the poor. Through a restorative justice practice, the precariat goes beyond critique and show us an alternative project that would allow millions of Brazilians access to decent housing and through the alternative project, the right to the city and opportunity. As these housing experiences demonstrate, restorative justice deserves further exploration as an alternative planning model that combines the strengths of advocacy planning and communicative action while also reducing their drawbacks. This talk reflect is based on team ethnographic and planning studio work.
Clara Irazábal is the director of the Latinx and Latin American studies program and professor of planning in the department of architecture, urban planning and design at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Before joining UMKC in fall 2016, she was the Latin Lab director and associate professor of urban planning in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
In her research and teaching, Irazábal explores the interaction of culture, politics, and placemaking and its impact on community development and socio-spatial justice in Latin American cities and Latinx and immigrant communities. Irazábal is the author of Urban Governance and City Making in the Americas: Curitiba and Portland (Ashgate, 2005) and the editor of Transbordering Latin Americas: Liminal Places, Cultures, and Powers (T)Here (Routledge 2014); Ordinary Places, Extraordinary Events: Citizenship, Democracy; and Public Space in Latin America (Routledge 2008, 2015). Irazábal has worked as consultant, researcher and/or professor in multiple countries of the Americas, Europe and Asia.
How should global communications networks be coordinated? This question has challenged public figures from the eighteenth century to the present. In this illustrated lecture, Professor John explores the cultural and ideological norms that have shaped global communications—mail, cable, telecommunications, broadcasting, and the Internet. Special attention will be given to the evolution of distinctive political-economic regimes, the shifting international role of the United States, and the evolving relationship of governments, corporations, and international organizations.
Presented by Richard R. John, professor of history and communication at Columbia University.