Event Calendar

Tomorrow - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Black-and-white photo of Crump and Halvorson walking down a street, holding bags and an umbrella

Secret Keeper Featuring Bassist Stephan Crump ’94 and Guitarist Mary Halvorson

Converse Hall, Red Room

The Amherst College Department of Music presents a concert by Secret Keeper, a duo featuring bassist and Amherst College alum Stephan Crump '94 and guitarist Mary Halvorson, on Tuesday, March 31 at 4 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room of Converse Hall at Amherst College. The performance is free of charge and open to the public.

Described by Jim Macnie of The Village Voice as “a laboratory for two of the most inventive string players working today ... luminous, hushed, reflective, whimsical, dramatic, gripping, edge-of-your-seat soundscapes imbued with architectural savvy...,” Secret Keeper will perform music from their new Intakt Records release, Emerge, along with pieces from their debut, Super Eight, interspersed with spontaneously composed passages.

Memphis-bred, Grammy-nominated bassist and composer Stephan Crump is a rising light on the New York music scene. Shunning barriers of genre, he has performed and recorded in the U.S. and across the globe with a diverse list of artists-- from late blues legend Johnny Clyde Copeland, Portishead's Dave McDonald, Patti Austin, The Violent Femmes' Gordon Gano, Dave Liebman, Billy Hart, Sonny Fortune, Greg Osby, The Mahavishnu Project and Bobby Previte, among others. As a longtime collaborator with adventurous jazz composers (since 1999 with Vijay Iyer) as well as guitar wizard Jim Campilongo and radiant singer-songwriter Jen Chapin, he has become known for the elegance and purposeful groove of his acoustic and electric bass playing, and for transforming his instrument into a speaking entity with magnetic pull on audiences. As a composer, Crump is emerging as a singular voice, one who “avoids obvious routes but manages never to lose his way” (The New York Times). His music can be heard in numerous films and on his eight critically acclaimed albums, the latest of which, Thwirl, featuring his all-string Rosetta Trio (“a highly-original ensemble” --JazzWise), has been lauded by DownBeat for its “superior interplay, chemistry, delicacy and vision.” Currently, Stephan can be heard as a member of Vijay Iyer Trio, Jen Chapin Band, Ches Smith Quartet, Rez Abassi Acoustic Quartet, Liberty Ellman Quintet, Secret Keeper and his own Rosetta Trio.

Guitarist and composer Mary Halvorson has been active in New York since 2002, following jazz studies at Wesleyan University and the New School. Critics have called Ms. Halvorson “NYC’s least ­predictable improviser” (Howard Mandel, City Arts), “the most forward-thinking guitarist working right now” (Lars Gotrich, NPR.org) and “one of today’s most formidable bandleaders” (Francis Davis, The Village Voice). In addition to her longstanding trio, featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Ches Smith, and her quintet, which adds trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon, Ms. Halvorson also co­-leads a chamber ­jazz duo with violist Jessica Pavone, the avant-­rock band People and the collective ensembles Thumbscrew and Secret Keeper. She is also an active member of bands led by Tim Berne, Anthony Braxton, Taylor Ho Bynum, Trevor Dunn, Tomas Fujiwara, Curtis Hasselbring, Ingrid Laubrock, Tom Rainey, Mike Reed and Marc Ribot, among others.

For more information, contact the Amherst College Concert Office at 413-542-2195 or concerts@amherst.edu.

Insight Meditation Group

Chapin Hall, chapel

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice to relax an quiet your mind, to learn how to experience less suffering and stress, and to explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology.

Five Colleges Blended Learning workshop poster with picture of classroom, Webster 102

Enhancing Student Learning and Engagement Through Moodle

The Five College Blended Learning Program invites faculty, staff, and students across the five campuses to participate in its upcoming workshop featuring blended learning presentations and hands-on activities using Moodle. Participants have the option to attend the event at Amherst College, or via live videoconferencing at Smith and Hampshire College. There are multiple locations for this event: Amherst College- Webster 102 (Main Location), Smith College- Seelye Hall B4, Hampshire College- Faculty Lounge, Franklin Patterson Hall. Space is limited at each campus, so register today at https://www.fivecolleges.edu/blended/Spring2015_BLWorkshop

Please note the multiple locations for the event:

(Main Location) Amherst College- Webster 102
Hampshire College- Faculty Lounge, Franklin Patterson Hall
Smith College- Seeyle Hall B4

Physics/Astronomy Seminar

Dr. Paul Oxley of the College of the Holy Cross will speak on "Over the Hill – Electron Transfer in Ion-Atom Collisions"

Winslow Homer's Summer Night, 1890, Museum d'Orsay

The Power of Place: A Poetry Writing Workshop

If William Carlos Williams is right, and a poem is a "machine made out of words," then this workshop will be like an introduction to the tools you'll need to build it. Through collaborative reading and writing exercises organized around the theme of "the power of place," we will explore how poetry works and what it can do, and, most important of all, how to write it. It doesn't matter if you've never written or even read a poem before; enthusiasm and openness are all you need to get started, and hopefully poetry will excite you enough that you'll keep returning to it even after our time together ends. Readings and writing prompts will be provided, but participants may bring a favorite poem by someone else to share with the group if they feel so moved. Led by David W. Pritchard, visiting poet.

This workshop is part of The Power of Place workshop series, sponsored by the Writing Center, the Common, and Circus.

Photos of Perez, Robinson, Salles and Ehrlich

Conversation on Jazz with Danilo Perez

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room (108)

Join us for a conversation with Danilo Perez, Jason Robinson (Amherst), Felipe Salles (UMass) and Marty Ehrlich (Hampshire), who will discuss jazz as an international idiom and its relation to local culture and politics.

Then, join us for a concert the following day for a concert with Danilo Perez: Panama 500: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/calendar/events/node/601007

Rhonda Cobham Sander

Slice of Life-Professor Rhonda Cobham Sander

Come learn about the life, research and teaching interests of our faculty as well as how diversity and multiculturalism fit into both their work and world-view. This month: Rhonda Cobham Sander, Emily C. Jordan Folger Professor of Black Studies and English.

Increasing Financial Inclusion in Lation America: Letting technology do the work.

: A talk by Jose Lapadula. Mr Lapadula is a senior financial services industry executive for Millicom International Cellular. He specializes in risk management issues, including regulatory relations,
compliance and Anti-Money Laundering/Counter Terrorism Financing matters.
This talk will discuss how cellular technology is changing the financial landscape in the region by providing access to formal financial services to those at the base of the economic pyramid not currently served by traditional banks. This talk is sponsored by the Vogel Fund and the Departments of Political Science and Economics at Amherst College and is free and open to the public.

Group of students holding a sign that reads "Mead Art Museum"

Evening at the Mead: Art & Literature

Five College students are invited to enjoy art, music and mingling at the Mead. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, Feb. 17
Lunar New Year

Tuesday, March 31
Art & Literature

Tuesday, April 21
Grand Tour


German Kaffeeklatsch

Every Tuesday at 9 p.m., the German house hosts Kaffeeklatsch, an informal gathering for conversation and refreshment. Everyone in the campus community is welcome to come, whether they speak German or not. This is a great opportunity to meet others interested in German language and culture.

Come join us for Kaffeeklatsch Tuesdays at Porter House!



Join us every Tuesday for LGBTea at 10 p.m. in the Queer Resource Center. Stop by for that daily grind and take a break from studying. Coffee, tea and a fabulous community ia always available.

Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Annual Lip Sync! Performance

The annual Amherst tradition known as Lip Sync will take place Wednesday April 1 at 9 p.m. in Johnson Chapel. Watch your classmates perform for a chance to be at the top of their class for this year's room draw! This family friendly event is open to the entire campus community. If you are unable to attend the festivities, it will be streamed live for members of the Amherst community. Click here to log in: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/316719 For more informatoin contact SHAC@amherst.edu
Prepare to have fun!


Danilo Perez Masterclass

Arms Music Center, Buckley Recital Hall

Danilo Perez will hold a music masterclass at 4 p.m. His concert will be at 8 p.m. the same evening.

On his new Mack Avenue release "Panama 500", Danilo Pérez adds his voice to the tributes with a stunning portrait of his native land, its storied history, rich culture and fierce struggles.

"Panama 500" is Pérez’ most ambitious project to date, the furthest evolution yet of what the pianist/composer calls “three-dimensional music.” His blend of influences makes him the ideal musical chronicler of his country’s history: already a land bridge between the Americas with a vibrant indigenous culture, Panama also began to absorb European culture into its own following Balboa’s arrival. Pérez similarly weaves together jazz and Pan-American folkloric traditions with influences from European classical music.

“[Panama 500 is a] distillation of ideas…mingling elements of classical form, jazz flexibility and Latin-American folk melody…impressive for both its design and its execution, and for the strong implication that those two qualities are inextricable, even indivisible.”
-The New York Times

Where Did 'Organic' Come From?

Where Did 'Organic' Come From? The Unpredictable Past of Natural Food

This talk, by Andrew Case, Washington College, explores the shifting environmental and cultural values of the organic movement in the postwar US through the story of publisher and natural health enthusiast J.I. Rodale. A transformational figure in the history of environmentalism, Rodale began publishing about health and farming in 1942, and became the popular face of the organic movement in the late 1960s. Eccentric enough that people did not always take him seriously, his story nonetheless raises critical questions about the limits of the marketplace as a site of equitable and sustainable environmental reform, particularly given the international and global scope of the issues at stake.
Sponsored by the Eastman and Lamont Lecture Funds

Performance Studio Concert, Rm 3

Amherst College Students perform a short, mixed concert in ARMS, Room 3.


Danilo Pérez and Panama 500

Panama 500 is Pérez’s most ambitious project to date, the furthest evolution yet of what the pianist/composer calls “three-dimensional music.” His blend of influences makes him the ideal musical chronicler of his country’s history: already a land bridge between the Americas with a vibrant indigenous culture, Panama also began to absorb European culture into its own following Balboa’s arrival. Pérez similarly weaves together jazz and Pan-American folkloric traditions with influences from European classical music.

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets may be reserved by emailing rmihaly@amherst.edu.

This event will be at Buckley Recital Hall, located in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College.

Raising Ms. President: Women in Politics

Raising Ms. President Women in Politics, A Conversation with President Kerry Healey

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

The Amherst Political Union is proud to bring Babson College President Kerry Healey to Amherst on Wednesday, April 1.

President Healey is not only the first woman to serve as the President of Babson, but she also served as the Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts under Mitt Romney, and served as a top aid during his Presidential campaign.

Additionally, President Healey was appointed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as a founding member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. Department of State’s Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan (PPP), a position to which she was reappointed in 2009 by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. President Healey is also a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics and Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership.

With her immense experience, President Healey will discuss political parity and the role of women in politics. She will also provide her insights on the 2016 election. It's sure to be an exciting and informative event! Hope to see you there!

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 Friday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., as well as Tuesday and Thursday from 1 p.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.

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.

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

Beneski Exhibit

Then & Now: The Changing Arctic Landscape

If a picture is worth a thousand words, "Then & Now: The Changing Arctic Landscape" —a traveling exhibition from the University of Alaska Museum of the North—speaks volumes about glacial retreat and the consequences of climate change in the Alaskan Arctic.

On view at Amherst College’s Beneski Museum of Natural History through April 19, "Then & Now" features photographs and media presentations that illustrate the startling effects of climate change, provide context about the Arctic ecosystem and illuminate the behind-the-photo stories of the consequences of climate change for Arctic indigenous peoples.

Open Tue–Fri, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. | Sat & Sun, 10 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.

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

Nathaniel Lieb: Untitled

Nathaniel Lieb: "Driving to Amherst"

Fayerweather Hall, Eli Marsh Gallery (105)

Nathaniel Lieb, artist-in-residence in the Department of Art and the History of Art, exhibits a multimedia installation in the Eli Marsh Gallery and gives a lecture about his work on Thursday, March 12, in Pruyne Lecture Hall, followed by a reception in the gallery. Note that the exhibition will be closed during spring break (Saturday, March 14, through Sunday, March 22) and will reopen on Monday, March 23. The exhibition closes April 3. It is free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours:
Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Sunday, 12–4 p.m.