Discover the Lost Art of Concentration

Repeats every week 3 times except Fri Mar 15 2019.
Fri, Mar 1 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Fri, Mar 8 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Fri, Mar 22 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Location: 
Mead Art Museum
mead

Join us for a series of conversations and close-looking sessions designed to help visitors gain focus and clarity through extended looking at art. We’ll provide tips and techniques to help you hone your observational acumen and deepen concentration at this series of morning programs. Tea will be served. This event is presented in collaboration with Amherst College Human Resources, and is free and open to all.

Friday, March 1, 2019 | 10–11 a.m.
Close-looking led by Mead head of education and Mellon Curator of Academic Programs Emily Potter-Ndiaye with guided reflection by Stephen Butler.

Friday, March 8, 2019 | 10–11 a.m.
Meditation and mindfulness led by Molly Kitchen with guided reflection by Stephen Butler.

Friday, March 22, 2019 | 10–11 a.m.
Guided looking with Amherst College artist-in-residence Macon Reed with guided reflection by Stephen Butler.

Campus: 
Amherst College
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Five College Student Film & Video Festival

Fri, Mar 1 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: 
Integrative Learning Center, Room: N251
ReVision Cinema

The 25th Annual Five College Student Film Festival (2019) will take place on Friday, March 1 at 5:00pm, and will be held at UMass Amherst in the ILC, Room N251.

About the Festival

Founded in 1994, the Five College Student Film and Video Festival is an annual event featuring original films and videos by Five College students. The festival has become an important venue for film students to meet, collaborate and share their productions with their peers and with the Five College film community.

Students from each of the Five Colleges organize the festival with the assistance of a Student Director from the host college and a faculty advisor. The festival, which is sponsored by the Five College Film Council, is held each year during the Spring semester. Submissions are evaluated by a jury of students and faculty members from each campus. Selected works are shown at the festival and awards are given.

Prizes will be awarded to winning films and videos selected from the submitted pool and screened at the festival. This year, prizes for outstanding work will be given titles based on jury evaluation (i.e. "most outstanding ____"), reasons for their selection will be provided, and one will be named best of festival!

Campus: 
UMass Amherst
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Free and open to the public
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The Political Language and Discourse in Japan

Mon, Mar 4 2019 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
Fayerweather Hall, 217

Professor Takashi Ito, professor of faculty of sociology from Doshisha University, has come to Amherst to speak about the current state of Japanese politics from the perspectives of journalism and prevailing public discourse in Japan. He will touch on topics such as The Political Situation in Japan Today, Political Language and Concepts in Confusion, and Public Discourse and Media Coverage of Politics in Japan Today.

Campus: 
Amherst College
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We Want You Here and Alive: Puerto Rican Feminists Confront the Carceral State

Mon, Mar 4 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Frost Library, CHI, Think Tank
Marisol

Marisol LeBrón is an assistant professor in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. An interdisciplinary scholar working across American Studies, Latinx Studies, and Feminist Studies her research and teaching focus on social inequality, policing, violence, and protest movements in Puerto Rico and U.S. communities of color. She is the author of "Policing Life and Death: Race, Violence, and Resistance in Puerto Rico" (University of California Press, 2019), which examines the growth of punitive governance in contemporary Puerto Rico.

Loíza, a low-income and predominantly Afro-Puerto Rican town and municipality just outside of the capital city of San Juan, has long been plagued by racist and violent policing practices. The siege-like conditions that police created in many of Loíza’s public housing complexes and neighborhoods have done little to stem high rates of violence and crime in the area, and, to the contrary, have directly contributed to the general sense of insecurity that many residents feel. Tired of seeing how both police violence and gang violence were creating harm and death in the community, Taller Salud, a feminist public health organization based in Loíza, decided to take action. In this talk, I look at Taller Salud’s program Acuerdo de Paz, which has worked to develop systems of community accountability and mediation as a way of working outside of the punitive structures that tend to exacerbate violence and insecurity in Loíza. I position Taller Salud’s Acuerdo de Paz initiative as just one example of a growing movement in Puerto Rico that is rejecting punitive governance and trying to create alternative visions of justice that do not rely on the intensification of conditions of vulnerability for already marginalized communities.

Campus: 
Amherst College
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Timing Is Everything Closing Concert: A Broadway Cabaret

Sun, Mar 3 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
Mead Art Museum
Amherst College Symphony Orchestra

Join us for a performance by members of the Amherst College Symphony Orchestra, led by Senior Lecturer in Music and Director of Instrumental Music Mark Swanson. Musicians will present music from Rent, West Side Story, Merrily We Roll Along, Annie, Pippin, Fiddler on the Roof and many other shows. No tickets necessary. Seating is limited and first come, first served. This program is offered in collaboration with the Amherst College Music Department and the Amherst Symphony Orchestra.

This event is free and open to all!

Campus: 
Amherst College
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Qawsaan: an evening of unique arrangements of traditional and contemporary Arab songs from different parts of the Middle East and North Africa

Thu, Mar 7 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Location: 
Community Center Great Room

Qawsaan (two bows in English) is a contemporary string duo hailing from the Middle East featuring the violin and the cello in an approach that has never been heard before. Palestinian cellist Naseem Alatrash and Iraqi/Jordanian violinist Layth Sidiq are graduates of Berklee College of Music and have been playing together for more than 15 years! They have toured the world together, playing in orchestras and chamber ensembles and right now, as a duo. Their aim is to use the exciting combination of violin/cello  to combine different styles of music, shattering stylistic stereotypes through improvisation, original compositions and arrangements. 

Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public. 

Campus: 
Mount Holyoke College
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Don't Be a Fool, Lose the JUUL!

Tue, Mar 5 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Art Building Gamble Auditorium A
*Learn about the different produces and terminology
*Understand how vaping is becoming the next Big Tobacco
*Discuss the potential risks associated with vaping
*Learn prevention strategies
Presented by: Christine Johnston, MPH
Assistant Director, Alcohol & Other Drug Education and Health Promotion

at Springfield College. 

 

Campus: 
Mount Holyoke College
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Sightlines Tour - The Disruption of Meaning: How the Travel of Art Informs Modern Viewing

Sat, Mar 2 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:15pm
Location: 
Art Museum, Art Museum Exhibit Hall

Jocelyn Furniss ’21, Student Guide

Most of us do not question the journey an artwork takes before it arrives at a museum. Yet many objects we encounter have a history of transcending borders, whether they are displayed far from their place of origin or influenced by foreign traditions. This tour will examine and analyze a wide range of works of art with a focus on how the travel of art informs our viewing. 

Campus: 
Mount Holyoke College
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MHC Orchestra Spring Concert

Fri, Mar 1 2019 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Location: 
Abbey Memorial Chapel Chapel

The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra will explore the rhythms of Central and South America on March 1, 2019. Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story" will be the main attraction, with Ginastera's Harp Concerto, featuring Charles Overton, and Marquez's Danzon No. 2 to finish

Campus: 
Mount Holyoke College
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Music and Art: Removing our Rose-Colored Glasses

Fri, Mar 1 2019 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
Art Museum, Art Museum Exhibit Hall

During this engaging Music and Art performance and gallery talk, experience Walter Williams’ painting Southern Landscape in musical dialogue with a Schubert trio, performed by Relyn Myrthil ’19 (violin), Hanna Danziger ’19 (piano), and Evvie Halpert ’19 (cello). 

Campus: 
Mount Holyoke College
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