Event Calendar

Today - Sat, May 30, 2015

The words "Literature in a Digital Age" in white against a bluish-purple background

"Literature in a Digital Age"

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

The Internet and digital technologies have been described as both a boon to literature and its death knell. What can we say in 2015 about how people write, read and listen to literary stories, poetry, experiences and opinions in the digital age? Can technology enhance our experience and appreciation of literature? How may the very definition of "literature" change in an increasingly digital age? What is the future for non-technologized methods of literary transmittal, also known as "books"?

Join David Kirkpatrick '75, founder and CEO of Techonomy; Jim Kennedy '75, senior vice president of strategic planning at the Associated Press; Alicia Christoff, assistant professor of English; and Jennifer Acker '00, founder and editor in chief of The Common.

This panel discussion is presented by the Classes of 1975 and 2000 as part of Amherst College Reunion Weekend.

Da Camera Singers standing onstage, dressed formally

Da Camera Singers Pre-Concert Reception with Composer Alice Parker

The Emily Dickinson Museum will host a pre-concert reception for Da Camera Singers' May 30 performance, Women's Voices Through The Ages. The featured piece of the performance is composer Alice Parker's new work "Heavenly Hurt," a choral setting of seven of Emily Dickinson's poems. Parker will be in attendance at the reception, and will read the Dickinson poems that inspired her work. Suggested donations are $10, or $5 for museum members. For more information, visit www.EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org/DaCamera.

Wilder Observatory

Observatory Public Viewing

The Wilder Observatory on Snell Street is free and open to all, starting at 9 p.m. every Saturday from April through October with the telescope being used on clear evenings. See (if they're in the sky at the time) the moon, planets, asteroids, comets, multiple stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more through the large, world-class refractor telescope. Students, faculty, staff, community members, family and friends are welcome. Weekend programs are provided in partnership with the (Astronomy Association - Tom Whitney)tom@astronomyassociation.org

Sat, Jun 6, 2015

Wilder Observatory

Observatory Public Viewing

The Wilder Observatory on Snell Street is free and open to all, starting at 9 p.m. every Saturday from April through October with the telescope being used on clear evenings. See (if they're in the sky at the time) the moon, planets, asteroids, comets, multiple stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more through the large, world-class refractor telescope. Students, faculty, staff, community members, family and friends are welcome. Weekend programs are provided in partnership with the (Astronomy Association - Tom Whitney)tom@astronomyassociation.org

Sun, Jun 7, 2015

Cover of "The Hare with Amber Eyes," featuring a white hare

Mead Reads

Join a lively discussion of The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance, by Edmund de Waal (2010). Refreshments will be served.

Two male characters sitting next to each other onstage during "The Scarlet Professor"

Free Preview of New Opera "The Scarlet Professor"

Arms Music Center, Buckley Recital Hall

A free workshop performance of the first half of The Scarlet Professor, a new opera based on the celebrated 1960 arrest and trial of Smith College professor Newton Arvin, will take place on Sunday, June 7, at 3 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The semi-staged performance will be followed by a discussion with composer Eric Sawyer, librettist Harley Erdman and author Barry Werth, on whose book the opera is based.

The Scarlet Professor recounts the story of Newton Arvin, a nationally renowned literary critic and English professor who was arrested in 1960, along with two younger colleagues, for possessing “beefcake” pornography. The opera blends the human drama of men caught in a national crusade against perceived indecency with fantasy based on scenes from the book Arvin wrote about most passionately: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, with its depiction of sin, secrecy and shame in small-town New England.

Today, Arvin’s nationally famous case is seen as a historical fulcrum, perched between the cultural McCarthyism of the 1950s and the “new world” of personal liberation ushered in by the 1960s.

Sawyer, a music professor at Amherst College, and Erdman, a theater professor at UMass Amherst, collaborated previously on The Garden of Martyrs, an opera premiered in 2013 by the Springfield Symphony Orchestra at Northampton’s Academy of Music.

Directing the stage production of The Scarlet Professor will be Ron Bashford, a theater professor at Amherst College and a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, who brings his production of Shakespeare’s Pericles to Amherst next September.

Conducting the opera will be Gregory W. Brown, who has has led numerous choral performances in the region, including the massed festival choirs in the premiere of his choral work "Five Women Bathing in Moonlight" at the 2012 Five College Choral Festival.

The cast will include seven leading opera vocalists from New York and New England, including Daniel Kamalić, whose performance in "Cavalleria Rusticana" was heard this month at the Academy of Music.

Thu, Jun 11, 2015

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It's Cool at the Mead gallery talk

The Dynamic Spirit of Russian Modernism, with Bettina Jungen, Thomas P. Whitney, Class of 1937, curator of Russian art. Note: This event takes place in the Amherst Center for Russian Culture Art Gallery, on the 2nd floor of Webster Hall, across the quad from the Mead.

"It's Cool at the Mead" gallery talks will be held every other week on Thursdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., beginning Thursday, June 11, through Sunday, August 23.

Reading Comic

Reading for Research Projects and Writing While Researching

It can be easy to become overwhelmed by all the material you are gathering for a substantial research project, and it can be difficult to start writing after being immersed in reading sources. This workshop will offer instruction and practice in varying your reading strategies and speed, according to your purpose in reading a particular source. You will also practice reading effectively and efficiently, rather than dutifully. The second half of this workshop will offer strategies for writing as you research, to help you articulate what you have learned, as well as to develop your own ideas along the way. Ultimately, these approaches will not only save you time and effort but, once it comes time to start a draft, you will actually already be revising, rather than facing a blank screen. Taught by Kristen Brookes, senior writing associate.

Fri, Jun 12, 2015

New Faculty Social Hour

An occasion to come together and meet other new colleagues across departments. We meet on the second Friday of every month from 4-5:30 p.m. for conversation. Most meetings will happen in the McCaffrey Room in Keefe Campus Center. We have child care services for those that need to pick up their little ones before stopping over.

Reminder emails with updated locations are sent to appropriate colleagues each month.

Sat, Jun 13, 2015

Of Land and Water: Contemporary Chamber Works for Tenor, Horn and Piano

Vocalist Peter W. Shea, hornist Jean Jeffries and pianist Susan Dedell perform a concert of contemporary vocal chamber music on the themes of land and water, on Saturday June 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The concert is free and open to the public.

The featured work is the world premiere of “The Fish” by Amherst College emeritus professor Lew Spratlan, which sets to music Elizabeth Bishop’s poem of the same title. The trio also performs recently composed pieces by New England composers Paul Dedell, Lawrence Siegel and David Kidwell, and works from the 1950s by British composer Arnold Cooke. These include musical settings of poems by Carl Sandburg, Alfred Tennyson and William Wordsworth, among others.
Shea, Jeffries and Dedell are well-known performers in western New England and beyond. Shea has been a soloist since the 1970s with numerous performing groups in the Connecticut River Valley, the Berkshires, and the Worcester and Albany areas. For the past 15 years he has given annual recitals of German lieder for the Amherst College German Department. Jean Jeffries teaches horn and coaches chamber music at Amherst and Mt. Holyoke colleges, and plays both modern and natural horn in several New England orchestras. Susan Dedell is active both as a pianist and as a conductor. She is Director of Music at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Brattleboro VT, and conducts the Brattleboro Concert Choir.

Wilder Observatory

Observatory Public Viewing

The Wilder Observatory on Snell Street is free and open to all, starting at 9 p.m. every Saturday from April through October with the telescope being used on clear evenings. See (if they're in the sky at the time) the moon, planets, asteroids, comets, multiple stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more through the large, world-class refractor telescope. Students, faculty, staff, community members, family and friends are welcome. Weekend programs are provided in partnership with the (Astronomy Association - Tom Whitney)tom@astronomyassociation.org

Sun, Jun 14, 2015

FeeJee mermaid

It's Cool at the Mead gallery talk

The Feejee Mermaid, with Keely Sarr, assistant museum educator.

"It's Cool at the Mead" gallery talks will be held every other week on Thursdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., beginning Thursday, June 11, through Sunday, August 23.

Thu, Jun 18, 2015

Thesis writing in progress

Productive Habits for Long Term Projects

If you are embarking on an honors thesis, special topics course, or any other long-term academic project, you may have good intentions about setting deadlines and staying motivated, but you may also recognize that you've never done this before. Learn practices that will help you complete a long-term project you can be proud of without losing your mind. This workshop will introduce you to strategies for establishing good habits early, for writing more in less time, for avoiding procrastination and writer’s block, as well as for restoring creativity and finding joy in your work. Participants should bring their calendars. Taught by Jessica Gorman, writing associate.

Sat, Jun 20, 2015

Wilder Observatory

Observatory Public Viewing

The Wilder Observatory on Snell Street is free and open to all, starting at 9 p.m. every Saturday from April through October with the telescope being used on clear evenings. See (if they're in the sky at the time) the moon, planets, asteroids, comets, multiple stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more through the large, world-class refractor telescope. Students, faculty, staff, community members, family and friends are welcome. Weekend programs are provided in partnership with the (Astronomy Association - Tom Whitney)tom@astronomyassociation.org

Wed, Jun 24, 2015

James Peale, Summer

Mead Summer Night: A Spirited Evening of Art and Wine

Mead Art Museum, Neuhoff Sculpture Courtyard

Enjoy imaginative combinations of food, wine and works of art from around the world in the museum's outdoor Neuhoff sculpture courtyard. $15 per person, click link below to purchase tickets. Rain date is Thursday, June 25.

Thu, Jun 25, 2015

Late 18th or Early 19th Egyptian painting of The Goddess Hathor Given Offerings by Attendants

It's Cool at the Mead gallery talk

Ancient Egyptian Art, with Pamela Russell, head of education and Andrew W. Mellon curator of academic programs.

"It's Cool at the Mead" gallery talks will be held every other week on Thursdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., beginning Thursday, June 11, through Sunday, August 23.

Scrivener

Writing and Revising a Thesis with Scrivener

Merrill Science Center, Library Classroom 300B

Scrivener is a writing software that facilitates writing in small pieces, rearranging blocks of text, and integrating the research and writing processes. This workshop will introduce writers to the software's relevant features and how they might help you write more often, revise and re-organize more easily and manage your project with more agility and efficiency. Especially recommended for thesis writers, but open to all students. Students with no experience with Scrivener are welcome; those who are familiar with it are especially encouraged to attend and contribute to the discussion. Taught by Jessica Gorman, writing associate.

Sat, Jun 27, 2015

Wilder Observatory

Observatory Public Viewing

The Wilder Observatory on Snell Street is free and open to all, starting at 9 p.m. every Saturday from April through October with the telescope being used on clear evenings. See (if they're in the sky at the time) the moon, planets, asteroids, comets, multiple stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more through the large, world-class refractor telescope. Students, faculty, staff, community members, family and friends are welcome. Weekend programs are provided in partnership with the (Astronomy Association - Tom Whitney)tom@astronomyassociation.org

Sun, Jun 28, 2015

Russian porcelain

It's Cool at the Mead gallery talk

Russian Porcelain, with Bettina Jungen, Thomas P. Whitney, Class of 1937, curator of Russian art.

"It's Cool at the Mead" gallery talks will be held every other week on Thursdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., beginning Thursday, June 11, through Sunday, August 23.

Sat, Jul 4, 2015

Wilder Observatory

Observatory Public Viewing

The Wilder Observatory on Snell Street is free and open to all, starting at 9 p.m. every Saturday from April through October with the telescope being used on clear evenings. See (if they're in the sky at the time) the moon, planets, asteroids, comets, multiple stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more through the large, world-class refractor telescope. Students, faculty, staff, community members, family and friends are welcome. Weekend programs are provided in partnership with the (Astronomy Association - Tom Whitney)tom@astronomyassociation.org

Ongoing Events

Russian painting by Esker

КИНЕТИЧЕСКИЕ РИТМЫ: The Dynamic Spirit of Russian Modernism

Webster Hall, Amherst Center for Russian Culture

In 2014, the Mead Art Museum oversaw the installation of art in the Russian Center Art Gallery, a newly refurbished space in the Amherst Center for Russian Culture, located in Webster Hall. The exhibition on view, КИНЕТИЧЕСКИЕ РИТМЫ: The Dynamic Spirit of Russian Modernism, brings together works from the Thomas P. Whitney ’37 collection that reflect the dynamic spirit of the artistic milieu of the first three decades of the twentieth century. Visit the link below for additional information about the works on view.

The Russian Center Art Gallery is located in the Amherst Center for Russian Culture, on the second floor of Webster Hall. Open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., as well as Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Nature, Pleasure, Myth exhibition image

Nature, Pleasure, Myth: Animals in the Art of Japan

This special exhibition explores the appearance of animals throughout different genres of Japanese woodblock prints, textiles and fashionable objects. From Japanese folklore to kabuki performances, from the embroidered robes of courtesans to fascinating “secret calendars,” animals—domestic, wild and fantastical—offer a view into the “floating world” of Japan. On view at the Mead Art Museum February 7–June 28.

Open
Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sun: 9 a.m.–midnight
Fri: 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Fifty Years of Showa Japan image

Fifty Years of Shōwa Japan: The Photography of Kageyama Kōyō

The photographs of Kageyama Kōyō (1907–1981) document the changing urban landscape of Tokyo during the Shōwa imperial period (1926–1989). Kageyama captured scenes of the city as it rebuilt after the Great Kantō Earthquake of 1923, underwent militarization in the 1930s, endured the years of World War II and its aftermath, and as it developed into a global metropolis. On view at the Mead Art Museum February 7–June 28.

Open
Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sun: 9 a.m.–midnight
Fri: 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Gods, Kings, and Lovers

Gods, Kings, and Lovers: Paintings from Courtly India

Drawn entirely from the Mead’s permanent collection, this exhibition explores the essential role of painting in the lives of India’s elites, looking especially at the convergence of human and divine in nine exquisite works created for Muslim and Hindu patrons between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. On view at the Mead Art Museum February 14–July 5.

Open
Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sun: 9 a.m.–midnight
Fri: 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.