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Events Calendar

2015 - 2016

Tue, Oct 27, 2015

Closeup of Binalakshmi Nepram

"State, Law and the Hindu Right in India"

Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Frost Library, 2nd Floor

Featuring guest speaker Binalakshmi Nepram

Ms. Nepram is a writer and civil rights activist who has spearheaded a women‐led peace and disarmament movement. She is a leading advocate against martial law in the state of Manipur and one of the founders of the Control Arms Foundation of India. She also launched the Manipur Women Gun Survivor Network. She is the author and editor of four books, including India and the Arms Trade Treaty.

Other panelists are Amrita Basu, the Domenic J. Paino 1955 Professor of Political Science and Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies at Amherst College, and Uditi Sen, assistant professor of South Asian studies and history at Hampshire College. This event will be moderated by Krupa Shandilya, assistant professor of sexuality, women's and gender studies at Amherst College.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College, Inter‐Asian Political Cultures, the Lamont Fund, the Tagliabue Fund, and the Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies Department at Amherst College.

Tue, Nov 3, 2015

Closeup of Sonia Sanchez, dressed in purple

Documentary Film Screening of "BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez"

Keefe Campus Center, Theater (basement)

The Amherst College Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies (SWAGS) Department invites you to attend a screening of BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez (2015) on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 10 a.m. in the Keefe Campus Center Theater.

BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez offers unprecedented access to the life, work and mesmerizing performances of renowned poet and activist Sonia Sanchez, who describes herself as "a woman with razor blades between my teeth."

A leading figure in the Black Arts Movement and inspiration to today's hip-hop spoken-word artists, Sanchez for over 60 years has helped to redefine American culture and politics as an activist in the Black, women's and peace movements.

Refreshments will be provided.

This event is free and open to the public.

Film trailer:

Thu, Nov 12, 2015

Jason & Shirley

Free screening of the new film "Jason and Shirley" + talkback with director Stephen Winter

Once upon a time in the Chelsea Hotel... "Jason and Shirley" re-imagines the electrifying, take-no- prisoners 1966 power struggle between Jason Holliday, a trail-blazing black gay queen and Shirley Clarke, a Jewish, female, Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker, over a 12-hour marathon filming session that gave rise to Clarke's iconic documentary "Portrait of Jason."

Stephen Winter is an award-winning film director, screenwriter and producer whose work consistently examines the lives of those marginalized by race, gender, and sexuality in our contemporary society. His film Chocolate Babies (1996) received awards at the New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival & SXSW Film Festival, and his new film "Jason and Shirley" (2015)--which just finished a week-long run at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City—has received critical acclaim from the New Yorker, the Village Voice, and NPR. Currently making the film festival circuit, this screening of Jason and Shirley will be the first time the film has been shown in Massachusetts.

Free and open to the public!

Sponsored by Amherst College Departments of Black Studies and Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies.

Tue, Dec 1, 2015

This Is Where I Live

Book Signing: Wendy Ewald/Martha Saxton

Join us to celebrate the recent publication of two books "This Is Where I Live" and "The Transformation of the this World Depends on You" by Amherst faculty members, Martha Saxton and Wendy Ewald.

The community collaborators of "The Transformation of this World Depends on You" will also be present.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Thu, Dec 3, 2015

Transvisible with Bamby Salcedo

Transvisible with Bamby Salcedo

Bamby Salcedo is a trans latina activist and a Mexican immigrant. She is the founder of Angles of Change and the TransLatin@ Coalition, organizations aimed at providing support and resources for trans people of all ages. In 2014 she received a national recognition for her activist work from the National LGBTQ Task Force and in 2015 she was featured in OUT Magazine's OUT100. Join us in learning more about her story and the intersections of her identities.

Sponsored by AAS; Queer Resource Center; Women's and Gender Center; Multicultural Resource Center; President's Office; Pride Alliance; and the Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies Department.

Fri, Dec 4, 2015

Resurrect's Annual Winter Gospel Concert

Resurrect's Annual Winter Gospel Concert

On Friday, Dec 4 at 7 p.m. Resurrect will be hosting our annual Winter Concert. It is our goal to encourage the college community, and to bring joy through song as we reach the difficult end of the semester. The concert will feature a number of songs performed by Resurrect. We will joined by a special guest. Stay tuned for updates.

Sponsored by AAS, President's Office, Student Activities, Religious Life, Music, Religion, American Studies, Theater & Dance, SWAGS, & CAB.

Mon, Dec 7, 2015

Closeup of Margo Jefferson

Talk by Margo Jefferson on her book "Negroland"

Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Frost Library

Margo Jefferson is the author of Negroland: A Memoir and On Michael Jackson. From 1993 to 2005 she was a book, theater and culture critic for The New York Times; she won a Pulitzer Prize in 1995. She has received Guggenheim and Rockefeller grants, and her essays have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including New York Magazine, The Washington Post, Guernica, The Believer, The Nation, O, Vogue, The Best American Essays 2015, The Best African American Essays 2010, The Mrs. Dalloway Reader and The Jazz Cadence of American Culture. She teaches in the writing program at Columbia University.

This event is sponsored by the English, Black Studies, History, and Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies Departments at Amherst College, and the Eastman Fund.

Refreshments will be provided.

This event is free and open to the public.

Thu, Dec 10, 2015

Five-College Student Seminar on the Ebola Epidemic

Five-College Student Seminar on the Ebola Epidemic

Join a panel of Five-College students to discuss the socioeconomic, political and biological factors of the Ebola epidemic. We will explore the virus, media coverage, the transnational pharmaceutical industry, the racialization of the epidemic and more!

Organized by SWAG 410: Epidemics and Society seminar participants and the Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies Department at Amherst College.

This event is free and open to the public.

Tue, Dec 15, 2015

The Dimensions of Inequality

The Dimensions of Inequality

Join first-year seminar students (FYSE 122: Representing Equality, taught by Martha Saxton and Wendy Ewald) and visiting artist Harrell Fletcher in listening and learning about the culture of equality on the Amherst Campus.

Fri, Mar 25, 2016

June Jordan

Feminist Poetics: Legacies of June Jordan


A Symposium celebrating the work of feminist poet, scholar and activist June Jordan, and her legacies in comtemporary feminist poetics.

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Fri, Apr 8, 2016


CLPP's 30th Annual Conference "From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom"

Hampshire College

Conference is free for five college students. Sliding-scale registration offered for all other attendees. Registration opens January 2016.