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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ~ 19/20 Spring

Submitted by Megan L. Howes on Thursday, 4/9/2020, at 11:44 AM

By vote of the faculty, all classes during the spring 2020 semester will be treated as though the flexible grading option (FGO) had been elected. The FGO enables students to decide whether or not to keep a grade they earned in a course after the grade is posted, or in the case of any passing grade, to elect to receive a (“P”).  Students who are not in their final semester at Amherst now have until June 15, 2020, to decide whether or not to keep the grade they earned in each course they are taking this semester, or in the case of any passing grade, to elect to receive a pass (“P”) in each course.  Second-semester seniors now have until May 22, 2020, at 5 p.m., to decide whether or not to keep the grade they earned in each course they are taking this semester, or in the case of any passing grade, to elect to receive a pass (“P”) in each course.  In cases in which students are granted extensions this semester, they will have five days after the grade is posted to decide whether to keep the grade that they earned in the course, or in the case of any passing grade, to elect to receive a pass (“P”) in each course. (There are no extensions for graduating seniors.)

Given the grave emergency posed by COVID-19 and the virus’s impact on all of us, for courses taken in spring 2020, the Architectural Studies Program has decided to accept courses toward the major for which students have earned a grade of Pass.

Architectural Studies Program Calendar

October 2019

Thu, Oct 3, 2019

Visions of Design from Anthropology: Arturo Escobar

Design as the Healing of the Web of Life:
A Praxis for Regional Transitions in Colombia.

Arturo Escobar
Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Ad-hoc Professor, Ph.D. Program in Design and Creation, Universidad de Caldas, Colombia.

In the face of deepening social and ecological crises, design is emerging as a crucial domain of thought and praxis about life itself and the creation of worlds. This confers upon design/ing an ineluctable ontological-political dimension. This lecture outlines ongoing reorientations of design/ing as a relational praxis of ontological re-existence and repair, against the ravages of globalization, and describes the early stages of application of an “autonomous transition design” framework in the Cauca River Valley in Southwest Colombia.

Over the past twenty years, anthropologist Arturo Escobar has closely worked with Afro-Colombian organizations resisting the devastation of their territories and lives by extractive operations. His best-known book is Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World (1995, 2nd Ed. 2011), and his most recent book is Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds (2018).
Sponsored by: The Lamont Fund, the Lurcy Fund, and the Amherst College Architectural Studies Program.

Sat, Oct 12, 2019

Mid-Semester Break

Wed, Oct 16, 2019

Fall Classes Resume - Monday Class Schedule Followed

Mon, Oct 28, 2019

Advising Week