Event Calendar

Week of March 31, 2013

Sun, Mar 31, 2013

Catholic Liturgy: Easter

Chapin Hall, Chapel

Join the Catholic community in the celebration of the Mass on Easter Sunday. All are welcome. Missalettes and guides are provided. The Rev. Jonathan Reardon is our celebrant this week.

"Because you’re brown honey gurl!": A Queer of Color Artistic Intervention

"Because you’re brown honey gurl!," by Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian, is a queer of color artistic intervention in the gaystream. How do we distinguish our ways of desiring, thinking, feeling, relating and creating from the economies of white supremacy? We're not tryna get gay-married, honey gurl. We're building solidarity outside those refracted beams of white light we call rainbows. And renegotiate ways of loving our bodies. Join us for an evening of poetry, discussion and community. Decolonize//queer//repeat. Refreshments will be provided.

Mon, Apr 1, 2013

Campus Challenge Fill-A-Truck Food & Educational Supply Drive

Form a friendly competition among teams, join a "tabling" group, or donate individually. We will be happy to accept nonperishable food items and school supplies. Drop-off sites include Barrett Hall, the Cadigan Center, Chapin Hall, College Hall, Converse, Fayerweather, Frost Library, Merrill Science Center, Pontypool, Pratt, Seelye Mudd and Smith House.

Be counted! Register your donation to Campus Challenge-sponsored drives or to ANY organization addressing poverty and/or educational opportunity. Complete a participation form online at http://www.amherst.edu/go/campuschallenge. The form may be submitted anonymously. Bonus: every participation form is entered into a drawing for $200 to be made at the end of April. Even though our major drives this year were scheduled for spring, we made significant progress in the fall. We can reach our goals for the year. The Campus Challenge Committee invites you to join them in making positive expressions of ways that Amherst staff, faculty and students relate with neighbors.

Finding Place

Fayerweather Hall, Eli Marsh Gallery

A multimedia exhibit exploring the realm of physical space and place, featuring local artists from around the Pioneer Valley. There will be a gallery talk on Thursday April 4th at 4:30.

“Art in Place / the Place of Art” is a one-year interdisciplinary arts series at Amherst College which explores the myriad relationships that the arts have with place, and how artistic practice helps to shape our senses of place, identity, communities, cultures, institutions, and conversations. It is organized by faculty from the Departments of Art & the History of Art, Music, and Theater & Dance, as well as the Mead Art Museum and the Frost Library. Support has been provided by the Copeland Colloquium, the Amherst Arts Series Fund, and the Dean of the Faculty.

German Table

From 11:45 am. to 1:30 p.m., come to chat and practice your German with faculty and friends in the Mezzanine of Valentine Dining Hall.

Japanese Language Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

The Japanese Language Table will meet this semester on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m.(for first-year language students), Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. starting on Friday, Feb. 1. Meetings will take place downstairs in Valentine in Terrace Room A on Mondays and Fridays, and in the South Conference Room on Wednesdays.

"Blowing Smoke: The Lost Legacy of the Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health"

Dr. Alan Blum '69, M.D., a 2006 Amherst College Honorary Degree Recipient, is the Gerald Leon Wallace Endowed Chair in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. His visit is sponsored by the Croxton Lecture Fund, the Department of Biology and the AC Lecture Committee.

Presentation Summary:

It has been nearly half a century since President John F. Kennedy commissioned Surgeon Gen. Luther Terry and 10 scientists to evaluate the scientific evidence on smoking and health. The committee's landmark report was a scathing indictment of cigarettes and launched the modern anti-smoking movement. But although we have now learned through internal tobacco industry documents that cigarette companies conspired for decades to dismiss the dangers of smoking, troubling questions linger: What did the public health community know about the impact of smoking on health? When did they know it? And what did they do about it?

Russian-English Poetry Reading by Maria Stepanova

Moscow poet Maria Stepanova, a winner of Russia’s top literary prize, will give a reading on Sunday, April 1 at 7pm in the Amherst Center for Russian Culture. She will read her original poetry along with new English translations. Stepanova is one of the most visible figures in post-Soviet culture, a founder and editor of today’s most influential online journal. She is one of the most important poets working today, addressing contemporary themes through skillfully distorted forms and language.

The reading will be followed by a question-and-answer session in English.
This event is sponsored by the Amherst Center for Russian Culture, the Russian Department and the Lurcy Lecture Fund.

Open Discussion of the College Mascot, "The Lord Jeff"

Converse Hall, Red Room

This Town Hall-format event will provide an open forum for discussing and understanding the complex history behind our mascot, the Lord Jeff, and the wide variety of views and perspectives that exist among members of our community regarding how the Lord Jeff relates to them and to the outside world. The event will be publicized; is open to all members of the community; and will be attended by deans, faculty, staff, students and local alumni. Everyone is encouraged to come, share their views and listen and be respectful to others. Students who have alumni relatives are encouraged to represent their relatives' views at the discussion in the case of their absence.
RSVP Link: www.tinyurl.com/cnbjnon

Tue, Apr 2, 2013

Isosteeple

Mark Santilucito '13 & Steph Robinson's new sound/video installation Isosteeple will be on display at Stearns Steeple in front of the Mead Art Museum. The piece senses the movement of museum visitors to generate an idiosyncratic sound accompaniment to their movements and the architecture.

“Art in Place / the Place of Art” is a one-year interdisciplinary arts series at Amherst College which explores the myriad relationships that the arts have with place, and how artistic practice helps to shape our senses of place, identity, communities, cultures, institutions, and conversations. It is organized by faculty from the Departments of Art & the History of Art, Music, and Theater & Dance, as well as the Mead Art Museum and the Frost Library. Support has been provided by the Copeland Colloquium, the Amherst Arts Series Fund, and the Dean of the Faculty.

"Discrimination and Health Among Ethnic Minority Women"

The Social Perception Amherst (SPA) Lab would like to formally invite you to attend a Psychology Talk next week by Dr. May Ling Halim from California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Halim will be talking about her research on "Discrimination and Health Among Ethnic Minority Women." Please see the details below and email Dr. Saaid Mendoza (smendoza@amherst.edu) if you have any questions about the event.

A "Closer Look" Gallery Talk at the Mead Art Museum

Dr. Alan Blum, a professor of family medicine at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and director of its Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society, will discuss the Mead’s collection of Chinese snuff bottles as well as present his own sketches of patients and the touching stories that accompany them.

Junior Jumpstart Series: Three Topics, Three Events!

Juniors, are you interested in getting a job, attending graduate or professional school or taking part in a fellowship program after you graduate? Do you want to know what you should be doing this spring and summer to set yourself up for success during senior year? These are workshops you don't want to miss!

1. "Kickstarting Your Job Search" | Career Center | Tuesday, April 2, 5 p.m.
Don't wait for senior year to get on track with your job search. Join Dean Ursula Olender and get a head start on researching and evaluating employment opportunities. Learn about hiring timelines, on-campus recruiting, networking with alumni and what you can do this summer to make your job search effective.

2. "Applying to Graduate School" | Career Center | Monday, April 8, 4 p.m.
Join Dean Debra Krumholz as she discusses decision-making, the application process and timelines and how you can start thinking about IF you want to go, WHEN you want to go and WHERE you want to go.

3. "The National Fellowships Application and the Fellowships Experience" | Cole Assembly Room (Converse Hall) | Tuesday, April 9, at 4:30 p.m. and Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m.

April 9: Join Denise Gagnon, director of fellowships; Tony Claudino, director of Fulbright Student Program outreach; and panel members Evan Braun '10 (Fulbright Scholar 2010), Lindsay Stern '13 and Keri Lambert '13 (Watson Fellows 2013-14), who will provide information about the Fulbright and Watson experience and application process.

April 11: Join Gagnon, Jordan Krall '01 (Rhodes Scholar 2001-02) and Clare Howard '10 (Gates Scholar 2010-11 and Fulbright Scholar 2011-12) who will discuss the fellowship experience and provide information about the application process for the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates and Luce Scholarships. Gagnon will give an overview of the fellowship opportunities available through the Office of Fellowships. David Schneider, professor of music, will offer guidance and advice about how to ask for and receive strong letters of recommendation from faculty.

Study-Abroad Peer Advisors' Open Hours

How do you navigate your study-abroad options, which may be many? With the help of the Study Abroad Peer Advisors! Each Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Career Center (College Hall), these two seniors are available to answer your questions, show you how to research programs and tell you about their experiences abroad. Learn more about them here: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/333642

AAS Executive Board Speech Night

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room (Red Room)

Please come support your friends and classmates running for AAS Executive Board positions! Elections will last all day Thursday.

French Film Series: "Adieu Berthe: L’enterrement de Mémé"

Newport House, Common Room

Mémé is dead. Berthe n'est plus. Armand avait " un peu " oublié sa grand-mère… Pharmacien, il travaille avec sa femme Hélène à Chatou. Dans un tiroir de médicaments, Armand cache ses accessoires de magie, car il prépare en secret un tour pour l'anniversaire de la fille de son amante Alix. Et mémé dans tout ça ? On l'enterre ou on l'incinère ? Qui était Berthe?

Struggling with complicated family dynamics and a full-blown midlife crisis, a small-town chemist is forced to reassess his tangled love life. When his grandmother Berthe dies, he is faced with the profound existential question: Do we burn Granny or bury her?

German Kaffeeklatsch

Porter House

Come and join us for Kaffee and much more, every Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. at Porter House.

Wed, Apr 3, 2013

Isosteeple

Mark Santilucito '13 & Steph Robinson's new sound/video installation Isosteeple will be on display at Stearns Steeple in front of the Mead Art Museum. The piece senses the movement of museum visitors to generate an idiosyncratic sound accompaniment to their movements and the architecture.

“Art in Place / the Place of Art” is a one-year interdisciplinary arts series at Amherst College which explores the myriad relationships that the arts have with place, and how artistic practice helps to shape our senses of place, identity, communities, cultures, institutions, and conversations. It is organized by faculty from the Departments of Art & the History of Art, Music, and Theater & Dance, as well as the Mead Art Museum and the Frost Library. Support has been provided by the Copeland Colloquium, the Amherst Arts Series Fund, and the Dean of the Faculty.

"Musical Quests for Heimat"

Porter House

Peter W. Shea, baritone, and Monica Jakuc Leverett, on piano, will perform selected songs by Franz Schubert paired with excerpts from Ernst Krenek's 1929 song cycle "Reisebuch aus den Österreichischen Alpen," with readings by James Yaro '14.

All are invited. Light refreshments will be served after the concert.

This event is sponsored by the Department of German, the European Studies Program, the German House and the Lamont Fund.

Cathy McGeoch: "Experimental Evaluation of an Adiabatic Quantum Computer"

Seeley G. Mudd Building, 206

I will describe experiments to evaluate the performance of a quantum computing system (hardware plus software) for solving NP-hard combinatorial optimization problems.

This unusual computing platform is manufactured by D-Wave Systems of Burnaby, Canada. It comprises a Linux front end with an analog hardware chip that contains up to 512 quantum bits (qubits) capable of quantum superposition. The hardware chip solves optimization problems by a process known as quantum annealing (QA), based on the principles of adiabatic quantum computation (AQC).

Performance comparisons included three conventional solvers-- IBM CPLEX, an open-source implementation of Tabu Search and a branch-and-bound solver that performed well in a recent satisfiability competition. The solvers were tested using instances from three NP-hard optimization problems: Quadratic Unconstrained Boolean Optimization (QUBO), Weighted Max 2-SAT (W2SAT) and the Quadratic Assignment Problem (QAP).

On general problems, the hybrid software/quantum hardware solver was competitive with, and sometimes outperformed, the conventional solvers. On "native" instances that can be solved directly in hardware, the quantum system found optimal solutions 3,000 times faster than CPLEX. (Recent tests on a newer chip suggest that speedup factors of 10,000 or more are possible.)

I will also describe some tests to learn how performance of the quantum hardware depends on input properties.

This is joint work with Cong Wang of Simon Fraser University.

Chess Club Practice

Valentine Dining Hall, Conference Room

Come enjoy a game or two while you have dinner! Open to anyone interested!

Spanish Film Festival: "Amerikanuak"

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum, 115

More than half a century ago, many Basques left Spain to look for a better life working as sheepherders in the American West. In "Amerikanuak," Nacho Reig looks at the lives of some of the last remaining Basque sheepherders in the United States. The documentary takes place under the vast blue skies and bleak but beautiful winter landscape of the small town of Elko, Nevada. Through the reflections of immigrants such as Juan Juaristi “Parrillas,” an 83-year old boarder at a Basque boardinghouse called the Star Hotel of Elko, we hear about the difficulties that many of these immigrants faced in forging new lives in a foreign country, as well as their nostalgia for what was left behind. The Basque group Audience created the soundtrack specifically for the film, and the sounds of traditional American folk music resonate throughout the tracks, providing the perfect background for this film about overcoming hardship, adaptation, courage, community and a way of life that will soon be gone forever.

Lip Sync is Here!

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.

Wednesday Rosary Prayer & Spiritual Fellowship

Chapin Hall, Lounge

Newman Club members lead a Rosary Prayer in the peaceful, candle-lit chapel. Guides, rosaries and personal instruction is offered. We close with personal prayers of petition to our loving God. All are welcome to come for silent participation or to pray aloud. Join us on Wednesdays of weeks when classes are in session.

Thu, Apr 4, 2013

Isosteeple

Mark Santilucito '13 & Steph Robinson's new sound/video installation Isosteeple will be on display at Stearns Steeple in front of the Mead Art Museum. The piece senses the movement of museum visitors to generate an idiosyncratic sound accompaniment to their movements and the architecture.

“Art in Place / the Place of Art” is a one-year interdisciplinary arts series at Amherst College which explores the myriad relationships that the arts have with place, and how artistic practice helps to shape our senses of place, identity, communities, cultures, institutions, and conversations. It is organized by faculty from the Departments of Art & the History of Art, Music, and Theater & Dance, as well as the Mead Art Museum and the Frost Library. Support has been provided by the Copeland Colloquium, the Amherst Arts Series Fund, and the Dean of the Faculty.

Green Amherst Project Teach-In

This two-hour teach-in will feature talks given by professors and community members on environmental issues of their choice.

Was Jesus Married? Early Christian Controversies over Marriage, Celibacy, and Salvation

Karen L. King, Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School (the oldest endowed chair in the United States [1721]), will speak on "Was Jesus Married? Early Christian Controversies over Marriage, Celibacy, and Salvation" at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2013 in the Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall.Trained in comparative religions and historical studies, Professor King pursues teaching and research specialties in the history of Christianity. Her books include The Secret Revelation of John; The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle; What Is Gnosticism?; Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity (with Elaine Pagels); and Revelation of the Unknowable God. Her particular theoretical interests are in discourses of normativity (orthodoxy and heresy), gender studies, and religion and violence. The lecture is sponsored by the Religion Department and the Willis D. Wood Fund and is free and open to the public.

Gallery Talk and Reception for "PLACE": A Group Exhibition

Fayerweather Hall, Eli Marsh Gallery (Room 105)

"PLACE" is an exhibition of the work of Pioneer Valley artists Chris Bagg, Sean Greene, Andrew Greto, Luke Jaeger, Elizabeth Meyersohn, Katy Schneider and Gina Siepel in the Eli Marsh Gallery (105 Fayerweather Hall).

The exhibition opens on Monday, April 1. A gallery talk and reception will take place on Thursday, April 4, at 4:30 p.m. at the gallery. The exhibition closes on Thursday, April 11. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The exhibition and related events are free and open to the public.

Physics Seminar

Prof David Kawall, University of Massachusetts, title TBA

Film Screening: Trade

Moore Dormitory, 2nd Floor Common Room

Amnesty International presents Trade. Trade is a motion picture about a 13-year-old girl from Mexico City whose kidnapping by sex traffickers sets in motion a desperate mission by her 17-year-old brother to save her. Snacks will be served.

Film Screening: "The Interrupters"

Careers in Education Professions presents "The Interrupters," an award-winning documentary about gang violence workers in Chicago. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Cobe Williams, one of the stars of the film, and Zak Piper, the producer of the film. Mr. Williams is a former gang member and current violence “interrupter.” Snacks will be served.

"The Biz"

Webster Hall, Studio 3 (basement G19)

Directed by Michael Birtwistle

Tickets are free. Reservations are recommended. Call the Box Office at 413-542-2278.

On her first day of work, a young intern struggles to navigate the sensitive world of an NGO with questionable intentions. But she isn't the only person in The Biz who has some learning to do. Things aren't always as they seem, and people aren't always who they would lead others to believe. Could this be the worst internship in the world?

Visit amherst.edu/go/performance.

Evening at the Mead

Join the Mead student docents for Evenings at the Mead, lighthearted combinations of gallery talks and musical performances with the lively participation of Amherst College's student musicians. This semester’s Evenings at the Mead will be held at 8 p.m. on Feb. 7, March 7 and April 4.

Fri, Apr 5, 2013

French Table

French Table will meet from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Fridays on the Mezzanine in Val. French speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

Spanish Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Mezzanine Gallery

Spanish Table will meet from noon to 2 p.m. on Fridays, beginning Jan. 25. Spanish speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

Japanese Language Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

The Japanese Language Table will meet this semester on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m.(for first-year language students), Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. starting on Friday, Feb. 1. Meetings will take place downstairs in Valentine in Terrace Room A on Mondays and Fridays, and in the South Conference Room on Wednesdays.

Russian Table

Join us on Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the Mezzanine level of Valentine for lunch and Russian conversation with faculty and friends.

Amherst Explorations: Devon Geary, Arielle Fein, Charles Oluwunmi, James Barrett-Morrison

Come to the College’s inaugural campus-wide showcase of student discovery and inspiration!
You’ll see artwork, posters, a video, and hear lightning talks, panel discussions, and musical performances.
Refreshments will be served all afternoon.

Come check out the inaugural Amherst Explorations this Friday, April 5, from noon to 5 p.m. on the first floor of Frost Library. Amherst students will present individual and collaborative research projects and performances in hour-long blocks of panel discussions, lightning talks, poster presentations, artwork, video and live chamber music. Refreshments will be served throughout the day. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, the Library, the Center for Community Engagement, the Writing Center and Information Technology. See the link below for a detailed schedule, or just drop by.

Amherst Explorations

Come check out the inaugural Amherst Explorations this Friday, April 5, from noon to 5 p.m. on the first floor of Frost Library. Amherst students will present individual and collaborative research projects and performances in hour-long blocks of panel discussions, lightning talks, poster presentations, artwork, video and live chamber music. Refreshments will be served throughout the day. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, the Library, the Center for Community Engagement, the Writing Center and Information Technology. See the link below for a detailed schedule, or just drop by.

"Doing Well by Doing Good" Lunch Series with Andy Logan '99

Looking for inspiration? Join the Career Center for our "Doing Well by Doing Good" lunch series, where you have the opportunity to meet alumni making a difference (and a living). Soup and bread will be provided by Panera.

Andy Logan '99, director of Oil & Gas and Insurance Programs at Ceres Andrew, joined Ceres in 2002 and has launched and directs two program areas for the organization. The first program area focuses on working with investors to engage the oil sector on key sustainability issues, including climate change, biodiversity and water. Andrew's second area of focus is the insurance sector, particularly the role that insurers could play in encouraging solutions to climate change. Prior to joining Ceres, Andrew directed U.S. PIRG's corporate campaign to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He also has a background in corporate strategy from his work with Bain & Co., a leading management consultancy.

Space is limited to 15 students. Email Laura Litwiller at llitwiller@amherst.edu to register.

Steps to Study Abroad

Learn the basics for planning to study abroad. This session (offered every Friday afternoon) is required for new study-abroad applicants prior to meeting with Dean Behrens to plan your program.

"Science On and Off The Hill"

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 4

In 1986, the Everett H. Pryde Fund was established by Mrs. Phyllis W. Pryde in honor of her late husband. The Pryde Fund is used to bring to the college distinguished alumni who specialize in the field of chemistry, each of whom presents a lecture/seminar, and to honor seniors who are outstanding research assistants in chemistry.

Sarah Miller believes that everyone deserves clean water, wherever they live, whatever their means. Trained as an environmental engineer, she invented and patented a bio-based agent for removing arsenic from water supplies in the developing world. During her doctoral studies at Yale, she conducted research in India, where arsenic contamination of the groundwater has devastated many rural communities.

Sarah also believes that every child deserves an excellent education. She has worked in inner-city public schools in California and Connecticut and in the Admissions Office of Amherst College, where she earned a B.A. in chemistry. As a member of the Teach For America corps, she taught middle-school math and science in East Palo Alto, Calif., and as a senior administrator, she helped New Haven, Conn., reinvent a low-performing K-8 school, located less than a mile from Yale's campus. Sarah currently works as an AAAS Science Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation.

Movie Screening: "Adwa"

The Battle of Adwa is a historical event that maintained the independence of Ethiopia during the period of Western Imperialism in Africa. This event is highly misunderstood and not widely known, although it was a significant event in our world. Come here an expert speak and watch a movie about it.

"The Biz"

Webster Hall, Studio 3 (basement G19)

Directed by Michael Birtwistle

Tickets are free. Reservations are recommended. Call the Box Office at 413-542-2278.

On her first day of work, a young intern struggles to navigate the sensitive world of an NGO with questionable intentions. But she isn't the only person in The Biz who has some learning to do. Things aren't always as they seem, and people aren't always who they would lead others to believe. Could this be the worst internship in the world?

Visit amherst.edu/go/performance.

"On Stage(s)": Women of Amherst 2013

On April 5-7, the Women of Amherst will perform an original show about the stages we all go through, the defining moments we collectively recall that, at their core, are profoundly unique and deeply personal. Written by members of the Amherst community, "On Stage(s)" includes true stories of hilarious and harrowing experiences alike. All proceeds go to the New England Learning Center for Women in Transition, a local center for survivors of domestic abuse. For tickets, please visit www.womenofamherst.eventbrite.com

TROPICANA NIGHT: Latino Variety Show

A showcase of Latino culture through music and dance. Performances include live salsa dancing, tango dancing, singing and even a Jazz Combo! Come enjoy, dance and have a good time. Catered by Salsa-Rengue restaurant. Sponsored by the Amherst College Spanish Department, La Causa, La Casa, and Newport Spanish House. Semi-Formal attire recommended.

Movie Night with CSA

Moore Dormitory, 2nd floor common room

Come and join us for a fun night with Jackie Chan's famous "Rush Hour". Good food, hilarious movie, and great company guaranteed! Information regarding the "Rush Hour" series can be found here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120812/.

CSA Movie Screening - Rush Hour

Moore Dormitory

CSA will be screening Jackie Chan's movie, Rush Hour. Place: Moore 2nd Floor Amphitheater. Snacks will be provided!

Virtual Tour: Professor Jason Robinson in concert with Marty Ehrlich, Bob Weiner and an All-Star Quartet at UC San Diego

Buckley Recital Hall

Assistant professor of music and saxophonist Jason Robinson leads a trio consisting of himself, Hampshire College professor and saxophonist/clarinetist Marty Ehrlich and Amherst-based percussionist Bob Weiner, in a special multi-site networked concert with real-time collaborators at the University of California, San Diego. Using special audio and video networking technology over Internet2, the event is the first of three concerts that make up “Virtual Tour: A Reduced-Carbon-Footprint Concert Series,” a project produced and directed by UC San Diego professor and bassist Mark Dresser and UC Irvine professor and trombonist Michael Dessen. Performed simultaneously from two locations, the concert will take place at 10 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, April 5, featuring Robinson, Ehrlich and Weiner at Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. They will be joined by Dresser, Dessen, UC Irvine professor and flutist Nicole Mitchell and UC Berkeley professor and pianist Myra Melford, performing simultaneously from the Conrad Prebys Music Center Theatre at UC San Diego.

The concert is free of charge and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the 2013 Amherst College Copeland Colloquium, “Art and Place / The Place of Art.”

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

Sat, Apr 6, 2013

Creoleness in Sound and Image

Cooper House

A daylong symposium on the theme "Creoleness in Sound and Image," drawing on cinema, poetry, and music in order to explore concepts of creole identity and culture. Speakers from Amherst College, Wellesley College, Tufts University, and Depaul University.

SCHEDULE OF TALKS

9:30-10:45: Rhonda Cobham-Sander (Amherst), “‘An Enemy so was a compliment’: Walcott, Brathwaite, and the Problem of Creole Form ”

11:00-12:15: Anjali Prabhu (Wellesley), “For History: Creolizing Image and Sound in African Cinema”

BREAK

1:30-2:45: H. Adlai Murdoch (Tufts), “From Kaiso to Zouk: The Complex Paths of Caribbean Music”

3:00-4:15: Marisa Parham (Amherst), “M.I.A., The Third World International, and Other Acoustic Illusions”

4:30-5:45: Jacqueline Lazu (Depaul), “Apocalypse, Femininity and Postcolonial Aesthetics in Nuyorican Theater: José Rivera's Revolutionary Millenarianism”

Gallery Talk, Slide Lecture and Reception at the Mead Art Museum

Join Dr. Masha Zavialova, a curator at The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis, and Dr. Alla Rosenfeld, an internationally renowned expert in Russian art, for a gallery talk and a slide lecture in conjunction with the Mead’s "Art for All" exhibition featuring the print series "The House with the Mezzanine", by Russian artist Oleg Vassiliev (1931–2013).

"The Biz"

Webster Hall, Studio 3 (basement G19)

Directed by Michael Birtwistle

Tickets are free. Reservations are recommended. Call the Box Office at 413-542-2278.

On her first day of work, a young intern struggles to navigate the sensitive world of an NGO with questionable intentions. But she isn't the only person in The Biz who has some learning to do. Things aren't always as they seem, and people aren't always who they would lead others to believe. Could this be the worst internship in the world?

Visit amherst.edu/go/performance.

"On Stage(s)": Women of Amherst 2013

On April 5-7, the Women of Amherst will perform an original show about the stages we all go through, the defining moments we collectively recall that, at their core, are profoundly unique and deeply personal. Written by members of the Amherst community, "(On)Stages" includes true stories of hilarious and harrowing experiences alike. All proceeds go to the New England Learning Center for Women in Transition, a local center for survivors of domestic abuse. For tickets, please visit www.womenofamherst.eventbrite.com.

Steve Reich's "Different Trains", performed by the Erebos Quartet

Buckley Recital Hall

The Amherst College-based Erebos String Quartet presents a concert of one work on Saturday, April 6 at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The concert, approximately one half hour in length, is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

Free Public Observing at Amherst College's Observatory

Wilder Observatory, Snell Street

The Wilder Observatory on Snell Street is free and open to all, starting at 9 p.m. every clear Saturday from April through October. 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, family and friends are welcome.

Ongoing Events

Queer Prom

Seelye House, Ballroom

On March 30, the Pride Alliance is hosting Queer Prom! There will be snacks, refreshments, a photographer and killer DJ holding it down! What better way to spend the evening? Formal attire is suggested.

ALL are welcome to attend.