European Studies Events

2014 - 2015

Fri, Oct 24, 2014

Family Weekend Reception

Family Weekend Reception

Students and their families are cordially invited to a reception with 
the European Studies Program Faculty in the Barrett Hall Library.
Refreshments will be served.

Wed, Oct 29, 2014

Richard Beban

Lecture: "Why Don’t We Do It in the Rue: Celebrating Street Art in Paris" with Richard Beban

4:30 pm Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

Sponsored by the Amherst College Programs in Architectural Studies and European Studies, The Departments of French and Art and the History of Art, the Corliss Lamont Lectureship for a Peaceful World, and the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series at Amherst.

Richard Beban, BA, MFA, came to photography after a fifty-year writing career that began in print journalism, then evolved into radio and TV news, television, screenwriting and finally, poetry. He has five published books of poetry, the last two through Red Hen Press of Los Angeles.

In 2009 he took up digital photography, and in 2011 moved to Paris, France, where he has studied with a variety of photographers, including Patrick Zachmann of Magnum Photos. He specializes in street photography, a genre pioneered by such masters as Eugéne Atget, Brassaï, Willy Ronis, and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

He has catalogued the Paris street art community, capturing this ephemeral craft as practiced by graffiti writers, spray-can bombers, stencil artists, poster makers, mosaicists, sculptors, and fine artists of all types. His photographs of street art illustrate the writings of poet-novelist-essayist Kaaren Kitchell in the online journal, Paris Play and are often featured on other online sites, including Underground Paris and The Scream Online. Seventeen of his photographs appear in the 40-page book, Fred Le Chevalier (September 2013), about the Paris street artist of that name.

Beban now leads tours in the street-art rich Belleville and Ménilmontant neighborhoods of Paris for various organizations, as well as an on-demand tour of the Montmartre neighborhood, the capital of Paris art in the early 1900s.

Fri, Oct 31, 2014


Music at Amherst Chamber Series: Sequentia, Medieval Ensemble with Fragments for the End of Time

Tickets Required: Tickets can be reserved through

One of the world’s most respected and innovative ensembles for medieval music, Sequentia is directed by the legendary performer and teacher Benjamin Bagby.

The instruments used in this concert include reconstructions of Germanic harps (based on 7th century instruments from Oberflacht, near Stuttgart), an early medieval triangular harp and copies of medieval transverse flutes (including a flute made from a swan’s bone, based on an 11th century instrument unearthed near Speyer).

This free concert is made possible by Amherst College Music Department, History Department, English Department, European Studies Department, German Department and Amherst College lecture fund.

Thu, Mar 5, 2015

Russia By Design

"Russia by Design: Adventures of Ideas in Global Culture," A Conversation with Ilya Olskolkov-Tsentsiper

A visionary, irreverent cultural entrepreneur, Ilya Oskolkov-Tsentsiper was instrumental in shaping a new image of post-Soviet Russia at the turn of the 21st century through a series of groundbreaking media initiatives, and has been the force behind the reconstruction and repurposing of some of the most important institutions of public life in Moscow.

Tsentsiper will present his recent ambitious redesign projects, from Moscow's Gorky Park to Stalin-era People's Economy Exposition (The VDNKh) and discuss the relationship of media, design and politics in the context of the current regime.

Fri, Apr 24, 2015

Paul Jaskot

"The Built Environment at Auschwitz: Between Imperial Ambition and Genocide"

4:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall

"Professor Paul Jaskot utilizes the archival record and, with his co-author Anne Kelly Knowles, employs GIS technology to digitally reconstruct the design of Auschwitz, both the town and the extermination camp, in the effort to discover what its varied urban spaces and structures reveal about the goals of the Nazi perpetrators and the experiences of their victims," said Professor Gavriel D. Rosenfeld, Ph.D., director of the Judaic Studies Program. He co-edited a book with Dr. Jaskot: "Beyond Berlin: Twelve German Cities Confront the Nazi Past" (University of Michigan Press, 2008).

Sponsored by the Amherst College Lamont Fund, the Department of Art and the History of Art and the Programs in Architectural Studies and European Studies at Amherst College, and the Departments of Art and Architectural History, Humanities and Cultural Studies, the Program in European Studies and the School of Critical Social Inquiry at Hampshire College.