Event Calendar

Today - 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

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

This talk, by Andrew Case of Washington College, explores the shifting environmental and cultural values of the organic movement in the postwar U.S. 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.

This event is 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.

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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.

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"Raising Ms. President: Women in Politics," A Conversation with Babson College 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!

Amherst Lip Sync

The grandest competition of them all is upon us. No, not the Super Bowl. Not the Olympics. Not the Hunger Games. Lip Sync. That's right, everyone's
favorite (faux) singing and dancing competition has arrived, and the rights to room draw glory will be on the line. Come see your closest friends and unknown peers strut their stuff, procure their props and sync their lips so they can turn that bottom-pick dud into a top-of-the-list stud.

Tomorrow - Thu, Apr 2, 2015

Russian Table - Fridays from 12:00 - 1:30, Spring 2015

Join us for Russian conversation and cameraderie each week of the semester (except for Spring Break) on the Mezzanine Level of Valentine.

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German Film Series: "Die Mörder sind unter uns"

Two screenings, at 4 and 7:30 p.m.

"The Murderers Are Among Us" (Wolfgang Staudte, 1946; 85 min.)
The first feature-length film produced in Germany after World War II: a traumatized German soldier returns to a Berlin in rubble, only to encounter his former superior officer, a war criminal who has quickly reestablished himself as a successful factory owner. Shown by kind permission of the DEFA Film Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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“The Challenge of World Music for the Creative Musician” by Ned Rothenberg

The Amherst College Department of Music presents a lecture/workshop by clarinetist, composer and improviser Ned Rothenberg titled “The Challenge of World Music for the Creative Musician” on Thursday, April 2, at 4 p.m. in Room 3 of Arms Music Center at Amherst College.

For musicians and nonmusicians alike, Rothenberg’s presentation addresses an important question: How can the Western composer/improviser address philosophical, technical and aesthetic issues that arise from the consideration of foreign traditions in a way that isn’t superficial or exploitative? The event is free and open to the public.

Ned Rothenberg has been internationally acclaimed for both his solo and ensemble music, presented for the past 33 years on five continents. He performs primarily on alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet and the shakuhachi, an end-blown Japanese bamboo flute. His solo work utilizes an expanded palette of sonic language, creating a kind of personal idiom all its own. In an ensemble setting, he leads the trio Sync, with Jerome Harris, guitars, and Samir Chatterjee, tabla; works with the Mivos string quartet playing his Quintet for Clarinet and Strings; and collaborates around the world with fellow improvisors. Recent recordings include this "Quintet," "The World of Odd Harmonics," "Ryu Nashi" (new music for shakuhachi) and "Inner Diaspora," all on John Zorn's Tzadik label, as well as "Live at Roulette" with Evan Parker, and "The Fell Clutch," on Rothenberg’s Animul label.

Later the same day, Rothenberg’s group Inner Diaspora performs on the Magic Triangle concert series at 8 p.m. at Bezanson Hall at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Details are available at https://fac.umass.edu/Online/NedRothenberg.

For more information, contact Professor Jason Robinson at (413) 542-8208 or jrobinson@amherst.edu.

Photo credit: Caroline Forbes

Audrey St. John talk, Rigidity Theory for Robotics, Drug Design and CAD

When designing a bridge, how can we minimize the amount of building materials while maintaining stability? Are there computational tools that can help predict protein flexibility, a key component in drug design? Rigidity theory seeks to answer these questions by studying structural properties from mathematical and computational perspectives. This talk will discuss the fundamental questions considered by rigidity theory and its applications, including those in robotics, structural biology and Computer Aided Design for mechanical engineers.

State Violence and Black Dispossession in the Americas

Lecture by Keisha-Khan Y. Perry, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Africana Studies, Brown University in Pruyne Lecture Hall, 115 Fayerweather, Amherst College.

Mindfulness Meditation (Adi Bemak/Open)

Alumni Gym, Conway Classroom

Take some quiet time in the busyness of your week to practice mindfulness meditation, a proven tool to reduce stress and create greater ease of living. Join Adi Bemak, longtime teacher at The Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School and Valley Mindfulness in Northampton for this one hour drop-in class. There will be periods of guided instruction as well as time for discussion. This class is open to faculty, staff and students and no experience is required.

About the facilitator: Adi was introduced to mindfulness meditation in 1976 in Myanmar (formerly Burma) and has been a practitioner of mindfulness for almost four decades. She has been teaching mindfulness tools since 1993, and is a longtime teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. Adi also teaches MBSR in western Mass. through Valley Mindfulness, and serves on the Teachers’ Council of the Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley. She offers courses and retreats for beginning mindfulness practitioners, college and university staff and faculty, seniors exploring aging and health issues, and mindful parenting. A Buddhist advisor at Mount Holyoke College, Adi also maintains a mindfulness-based psychotherapy practice in Amherst.

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“Gods, Kings, and Lovers: Paintings from Courtly India”: A Closer Look Gallery Talk

Focus on the delights of miniature painting in the exhibition "Gods, Kings and Lovers," with Yael Rice, visiting assistant professor of art and the history of art, and Chen Jiang '15. Refreshments will be served.

AAS Budgetary Feedback and Information Session

Come with questions, comments, or feedback about the student government funding and reimbursement process. We are here to listen and help! Unsure how to get funding for your activities? Come to learn more! Students only.

Sugar Jones Cookies and other refreshments will be provided.


Powerhouse Play-in

Come to the Powerhouse on Friday, April 3 at 8 p.m. for the first ever Powerhouse Play-In. Bring any instrument, grab some sheet music and play along! It will be a chance to create music with new people and explore tons of new genres like jazz, pop, broadway, choral and classical. Haven't played in awhile? Rusty instrument? Have no fear! Come and play!

Sheet music and snacks will be provided.

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"The Lower Frequencies"

Written and Performed by Bryce Monroe '15
Directed by Peter B. Schmitz
Inspired by the novel Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

The Lower Frequencies depicts the particular experience of a nameless narrator who must overcome his naïveté about the American Dream. This experience is brought to life through a series of vignettes which comment upon the socioeconomic injustices caused by enduring institutional systems that have muted the voices, camouflaged the bodies, and denigrated the lives of the black community in the United States.

The playwright and performer, Bryce Monroe, is a senior psychology and theater and dance double major at Amherst College. In addition to his passions in theater, he is an accomplished singer-songwriter and athlete. He hopes to develop his thesis into a professional production that not only entertains but enlightens audiences of the harsh realities of living in America as a black man.

Reservations are recommended; please call (413) 542-2277.

Pride Alliance Weekly Meeting

Please join us weekly for our Pride Alliance Meeting at 8:00 p.m. in the Queer Resource Center. We host weekly discussions, guest speakers, workshops and events, and the GAP (Gay Amherst Party). All are welcome and there is always food!

Ongoing Events

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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.

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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.

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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.