Five College Consortium

Five College Crossroads in the Study of the Americas (CISA)


Past Events

04/24/2010 13th Annual CISA Student Symposium
Undergraduate students from the five colleges will present papers at the annual CISA Student Symposium, which will take place on April 24 at UMass-Amherst.

04/22/2010 Third Annual Eric Schocket Lecture on Class and Culture
Richard Wolff, professor of economics at UMass-Amherst, will give the Third Annual Eric Schocket Lecture on Class & Culture, entitled "Capitalism's Crisis and Class Consciousness Renewed," at 4pm on Thursday, April 22 at Hampshire College.

04/22/2010 3rd Annual UMass-Amherst Indigenous Peoples Symposium
The 3rd Annual UMass-Amherst Indigenous Peoples Symposium will take place April 22-23, with a powwow on April 24.

04/12/2010 Five College Tour: How Democracy Works Now
From April 12-15, work from filmmakers Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini about the the battle over immigration reform will be shown around the Five Colleges and at Amherst Cinema. 

04/07/2010 Nicaraguan feminists talks
Local organization Feminist Aid To Central America is bringing three Nicaraguan feminists and former revolutionaries to speak at events in the Pioneer Valley, April 7-16, 2010.

04/06/2010 "Rethinking Immigration" lecture
Dr. Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco of Princeton University and New York University will give a lecture entitled "Rethinking Immigration and the Family in the Age of Global Vertigo" on Tuesday, April 6, 4pm at the Student Union, UMass-Amherst.

04/02/2010 Black/AfroDescendant Feminisms in the Americas
The Black/AfroDescendant Feminisms in the Americas conference will take place on Friday, April 2, at the Campus Center, UMass-Amherst.

03/26/2010 "Rethinking the Black Revolt" lecture
Jeanne Theoharis from CUNY and Komozi Woodard from Sarah Lawrence College will present a talk entitled "Rethinking the Black Revolt: Towards a New Paradigm in Black Freedom Studies" on Friday, March 26, 4pm at the Campus Center, UMass-Amherst.

03/25/2010 "Elizabeth 'The Black Swan' Greenfield" lecture
Elizabeth Pryor, Professor of History at Smith College, will be present a talk entitled "Elizabeth 'The Black Swan' Greenfield, Frederick Douglass and Debates over Proper Black Womanhood in the 1850s" on Thurs, March 25, 5pm, at the Five College Women's Studies Research Center.

03/11/2010 Du Bois Library Colloquium
Dwight D. Watson of Texas State University-San Marcos will discuss "The Dowling Street Shootout and the Death of Black Power in Houston, Texas" on Thursday, March 11, 5pm, at the Du Bois Library, UMass-Amherst.

03/09/2010 Darién Davis lecture
THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED. Professor Darién J. Davis from Middlebury College will discuss his new book, White Face, Black Music: Africaneity and the Early Social History of Popular Music in Brazil, at Hampshire College, 7:30pm, Tuesday, March 9.

03/08/2010 Community Fundraiser for Haiti
The Committee for the Dignity of Haiti has organized a fundraiser for Haiti on Mon, Mar 8, 6-8pm at the Bangs Community Center in Amherst. All proceeds will benefit the Foundation Honor for Haiti.

02/25/2010 Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham lecture
Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies at Harvard, will speak at UMass-Amherst on "The Many Lives of W.E.B. Du Bois in the New From Slavery to Freedom."

02/24/2010 Food For Thought Books hosts documentaries on Chile
The Food For Thought Books Collective in downtown Amherst presents The Battle of Chile and Chile, Obstinate Memory every Wednesday in February at 7:00pm.

02/23/2010 Millie Thayer book signing at Food For Thought Books
Millie Thayer from the Sociology Dept at UMass and author of Making Transnational Feminism: Rural Women, NGO Activists, and Northern Donors in Brazil, will be present for a book signing and reception at Food For Thought Books in Amherst.

02/15/2010 Collaborative Solidarities lecture by Zaira Rivera Casellas
Zaira Rivera Casellas, from Universidad de Puerto Rico, will give the opening lecture for the Spring 2010 Women, Race and Culture lecture series 'Collaborative Solidarities,' on Mon, Feb 15, 2010, 4:30pm, in Seelye Hall 201 at Smith.

02/11/2010 Haiti benefit concert, Fine Arts Center, UMass
The Fine Arts Center is producing a benefit concert for Haiti Relief on Thursday, February 11 at 7PM in the Concert Hall at UMass-Amherst. All proceeds from the concert will go directly to Partners in Health (PIH).

02/08/2010 CLACLS lecture by José Angel Hernández
CLACLS hosts a talk at 4pm, Feb 8, by José Angel Hernández, professor of History at UMass, entitled "Gringos, Perros, y Cabrones: Mormon Colonization, Nationalism and Historiography in Revolutionary Mexico."

02/08/2010 Leslie Alexander lecture at Smith
Prof. Leslie Alexander from Ohio State University will give a lecture entitled "The Black Republic: The Influence of the Haitian Revolution on Black Political Consciousness, 1817-1861" on Mon, Feb 8, 4:30pm, in the Neilson Library Browsing Room at Smith.

02/04/2010 Frances Aparicio lecture
Frances Aparicio, Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago, will give a lecture entitled "MexiRicans and Other Intralatino/a Subjects in Chicago" on Thurs, Feb 4, at 7PM in the Neilson Library Reading Room.

02/01/2010 Haiti benefit screening at Amherst Cinema
Benefit screenings of the film Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy at the Amherst Cinema on Monday, Feb 1, at 7pm and 9pm. Proceeds will be sent to the Partners In Health and to Fonkoze organizations active in Haiti.

01/29/2010 Haiti: Not Just A Natural Disaster
Haiti: Not Just A Natural Disaster is an event in support of the people of Haiti. Food, films, music, and speakers Friday Jan 29, 4-7pm, at UMass Campus Center 174-176. 

Black Diasporas events

Africans on Africa: Gender, Generation, and Globalization, April 3-13, 2009

Two speakers from Senegal will visit as part of a major "Africans on Africa" event, April 3-13, 2009. Aisatta Tall-Sall is a prominent lawyer in Dakar, and Penda Mbow is Associate Professor in History at University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar.

Lecture by Donald Carter, "Blackness over Europe", April 6, 2009

Donald Carter, associate professor in the Africana Studies Department at Hamilton College, will give a talk entitled "Blackness over Europe: Meditations on Migrancy, Culture and Belonging,” at 7:30pm, April 6, at the UMass Campus Center, Rm 917.

Lecture by Kesha Fikes, "Managing African Portugal", March 5, 2009

Professor Kesha Fikes, from the Dept. of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, will speak on the topic "Managing African Portugal" at 7:30pm, Thursday, March 5, at the UMass Campus Center.

Kwame Dawes Lecture, "Reggae and History: How Reggae Shaped the Way We Understand History", February 24, 2009

Poet, scholar, and activist Kwame Dawes will give a lecture, "Reggae and History: How Reggae Shaped the Way We Understand History," on Tuesday, February 24, at 7:30pm in the Augusta Savage Gallery, New Africa House, UMass-Amherst.

Visions of Freedom, December 13, 2008

A Roundtable on African American Visual Art of the 1960s & 1970s. Springfield Museum’s Davis Auditorium, Saturday, December 13, 2008, at 1pm.