EDUCATION STUDIES SPEAKER SERIES
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 -
7:00 pm, Cole Assembly Hall, Converse Hall
"Equality of Educational Opportunity: The American Dream of the American Fantasy?"
presented by Sean Reardon, Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education, Professor (by courtesy) of Sociology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA. Click here for further information.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
4:30 pm, Pruyne Lecture Hall
"From Bad Hombres to Bilingual Education: A Raciolinguistic Approach to the Learning of Latinindad" byJonathan Rosa, Assistant Professor of Education
Assistant Professor (by courtesy) of Anthropology and Linguistics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Decolonization in Comparative Context - Frost Library - Center for Humanistic Inquiry
Friday, October 27, 2017 4:00-6:00
Saturday, October 28, 2017 10:30-6:00
What is decolonization? What are its origins and its connection to the histories and memories of a given geographical space? What legacies does decolonial thinking pass on to contemporary thought? And what we can learn about decolonization from comparative contexts? See complete schedule on our Lectures and Events page.
Film Screen of the Documentary "Mele Murals"
Friday, November 10, 2017 at 12:00 pm in Keefe Theater Room 008 with director Tadashi Nakamura. Mele Murals is a documentary on the transformative power of modern graffiti art and ancient Hawaiian cultures for a new generation of Native Hawaiians.
At the center of the story are two renowned street artists - Estria Miyashiro (aka Estria) and John Hina (aka Prime) - a group of Native Hawaiian youth, and the rural community of Waimea.
Set against the resurgence of Hawaiian language and culture of the past twenty years, Estria and Prime tell how their street art has taken them on personal journeys to discover their history, identity and responsibilities as Hawaiian people. Estria, who left Hawai'i to study art in San Francisco, made a name for himself as an internationally known graffiti artist before returning to reconnect with his Hawaiian roots. Prime, who grew up in the projects and became one of the first kings of the Honolulu graffiti scene, left a life of hustling and drugs after the birth of his first child and returned to the art when he realized it was a way to help youth.
Through the stories of these two graffiti artists and their joint quest to uphold Hawaiian culture through mural-making, Mele Murals shows how public art rooted in underground graffiti unexpectedly but powerfully fuses with Native Hawaiian traditions and contemporary life to impact the students, the town of Waimea, and most of all the artists.
Tadashi Nakamura was named one of CNN’s Young People Who Rock for being the youngest filmmaker at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. His last film "Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings" (NEA funded) was broadcasted nationally on PBS in 2013 and went on to win the 2013 Gotham Independent Film Audience Award. Nakamura’s trilogy of films on the Japanese American experience, "Yellow Brotherhood" (2003), "Pilgrimage" (2007) and "A Song for Ourselves" (2009) have garnered over 20 awards at film festivals.
NEW AMERICAN STUDIES COURSES FOR FALL 2017
NOT TO LATE ......
Take advantage of these two new exciting classes being taught by Professor Rafael Suarez, Jr., (known as Ray Suarez), is an American broadcast journalist and the current John J. McCloy Visiting Professor of American Studies at Amherst College.
American Studies 202 - From the Moral Majority to the Rise of the “Nones”
Since the earliest years of nationhood, the United States has debated the role of religion in civic life. In the post-World War II era the US stood alone among wealth industrialized democracies in its level of religious belief, and the frank and overt religious themes sounded in campaigns and civic discourse. The percentage of Americans who say that they have no religious or congressional affiliation, who reply “none” when asked for a faith affiliation. This course will look at the reasons for the change, and how it is transforming US politics, religion and culture.
Prior study in American History is recommended.
Visiting Professor Rafael Suarez
Class time: MW 8:30-9:50
American Studies 300 - The End of Authority, Politics in Post-Truth America
New technologies for finding and disseminating information have created new channels and sources for people trying to determine “the truth” of anything. As traditional sources of authority, the news business, politics, the academy, organized religion have all watched as public confidence in them declines, a new world of information has rushed in to fill the void. How do political identity and social class inform, and perhaps deform, knowledge, and credibility when making political choices? This class will assess the impact of new ways of ‘knowing,’ and how the old American sources of authority have scrambled to keep pace, with special attention to the Presidential Election of 2016.
Limit 30 students.
Visiting Professor Rafael Suarez
Class Time: MW 2:00-3:20
Check back for the fall semester list of visiting speakers.
Please view the lecture video "From Access to Inclusion" by Dr. Anthony Jack of Harvard University. This talk was taped during his December 1st, 2016 visit to Amherst.