Event Calendar

Tomorrow - Wed, Sep 26, 2018

Monique Truong

Fiction Reading: Monique Truong

Kirkus Reviews called Monique Truong’s first book, The Book of Salt, “a tour de force,” and accurately predicted, “Truong should take the literate world by storm.” Her other books include Bitter in the Mouth and The Sweetest Fruits, forthcoming from Viking Books. She is also an essayist and a lyricist, working in collaboration with the composer Joan La Barbara. She has been a Guggenheim Fellow, U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Fellow in Tokyo, Visiting Writer at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, and Princeton University’s Hodder Fellow. She lives in Brooklyn.

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Thu, Sep 27, 2018

David Fowler, University of Cambridge

“American Student Revolutionaries in Britain’s ‘1968’: A Study of the Transnational Sixties”

Please join the Education Studies Initiative for a public lecture featuring David Fowler of the University of Cambridge.

Abstract:
The role American students played in the British, and indeed European, student protests of the late 1960s and early 1970s was much discussed at the time in the national and international media, as well as the senior common rooms of Oxford and Cambridge. No historian has yet examined this issue systematically. Drawing on extensive archival research for my forthcoming study of Britain’s “1968,” this lecture will illuminate the international and trans-Atlantic dimensions of the British student... More »

Sun, Sep 30, 2018

Brooklyn Rider and Magos Herrera

M@A: Brooklyn Rider and Magos Herrera: Masterclass

The Amherst College Music Department M@A Series presents a public masterclass/workshop with Brooklyn Rider and Magos Herrera at 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 30, 2018.
Free and open to the public.
For room postings, please see signage upon arrival.

Wed, Oct 10, 2018

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An Evening with Aatish Taseer ’03

8:00 pm Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

Join us for an evening with Aatish Taseer ’03, author and contributing opinion writer for the International New York Times.

In his new book, The Twice-Born: Life and Death on the Ganges, Aatish Taseer embarks on a journey of self-discovery in an intoxicating, unsettling personal reckoning with modern India, where ancient customs collide with the contemporary politics of revivalism and revenge

When Aatish Taseer first came to Benares, the spiritual capital of Hinduism, he was eighteen, the Westernized child of an Indian journalist and a Pakistani politician, raised among the intellectual and cultural elite of... More »

Mon, Oct 15, 2018

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An Evening with Michael Lewis

Join us for an evening with journalist and best-selling author Michael Lewis, whose forthcoming book The Fifth Risk explores the transition of government agencies from the Obama administration to the Trump administration. The talk will be moderated by Cullen Murphy '74, former Amherst College Trustee Chair and former editor-at-large of Vanity Fair.

A sharp observer of politics, finance, and the evolution of American culture, Michael Lewis combines keen insight with his signature wit, making him one of today’s leading social commentators. Lewis’ program takes a fresh, hard look at the ever-changing value... More »

Tue, Oct 16, 2018

Jordy Rosenberg

Fiction Reading: Jordy Rosenberg

8:00 pm Amherst Books, O'Connor Common

Jordy Rosenberg is the author of Confessions of the Fox, which the New York Times names an Editor's Choice selection, and described as: “A mind-bending romp through a gender-fluid 18th-century London. Rosenberg's debut novel is a joyous mash-up of literary genres shot through with queer theory and awash in sex, crime and revolution.” It was also long-listed for the Center for the Fiction First Novel Prize. Rosenberg is a professor of 18th-Century Literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Critical Theory at The University of Massachusetts Amherst.

This reading will be followed by refreshments.

Fri, Oct 19, 2018

"Hatred in Democracy" Symposium

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

On Friday, October 19 at 3 p.m. in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at the Frost Library, Amherst College, the Practicing Democracy Symposium will convene to discuss the topic of “Hatred in Democracy.” Guest speakers will be Joseph Levin, Co-founder, and previously the legal director, president, CEO, and general counsel at the Southern Poverty Law Center, Nadia Aziz, Policy Counsel of the “Stop Hate Project” at the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and Manar Waheed, Legislative and Advocacy Counsel for the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union).

This event is sponsored by the Colloquium on Practicing Democracy and... More »

Joseph Stiglitz '64

Joseph Stiglitz '64: "Globalism and Its Discontents: Point/Counterpoint with Ilan Stavans"

4:30 pm Science Center, E110 Lecture Hall

Join us as Professor Stavans speaks with Nobel Laureate in Economics and Amherst College Alumni, Joseph Stiglitz '64.

The "Globalism and Its Discontents: Point/Counterpoint" conversation series features Amherst College professor, and host of NEPR's In Contrast, Ilan Stavans and a guest engaging in thoughtful discussion and attempting to bridge the ideological divide growing in our nation.

The rise of populism worldwide today, personified by Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, is a fierce reaction to globalism policies of the past few decades. Anti-immigration movements in Europe and the United States; assaults on free... More »

The Second Annual Festival of American Poetry at Amherst College

6:30 pm - 11:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115

The festival is organized by Pioneer Valley Poetry Productions and is co-sponsored by the Amherst College Department of English. No admission is charged for the readings. Poets who will read from their works Friday evening include Monica de la Torre, Brian Henry, Sawako Nakayasu, Uche Nduka and Eleni Sikelianos. The readers are among this country’s established poets working in avant-garde writing and innovative traditions.

Sat, Oct 20, 2018

The Second Annual Festival of American Poetry at Amherst College

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115

The festival is organized by Pioneer Valley Poetry Productions and is co-sponsored by the Amherst College Department of English. No admission is charged for the readings. Poets scheduled to read Saturday evening include, John High, Ruth Lepson, Michael Leong, Elinor Nauen, Patrick Donnelly and Fanny Howe. The readers are among this country’s established poets working in avant-garde writing and innovative traditions.

Fri, Oct 26, 2018

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"Listening to our Microbial Partners: Lessons from Bacterial Pathogens and Beneficial Symbionts" presented by Alexandra Purdy

The Faculty Colloquium Series for 2018-19 presents a lecture entitled "Listening to our Microbial Partners: Lessons from Bacterial Pathogens and Beneficial Symbionts" presented by Alexandra Purdy, assistant professor of biology.

Mon, Oct 29, 2018

Debra Magpie Earling

Fiction Reading: Debra Magpie Earling

8:00 pm Amherst Books, O'Connor Common

Library Journal called Debra Magpie Earling’s Perma Red “a beautiful first novel,” and Louise Erdrich described it as “boldly drawn and passionate.” It won the Western Writers Association Spur Award, WWA’s Medicine Pipe Bearer Award for Best First Novel, a WILLA Literary Award and the American Book Award. She is also the author of The Lost Journals of Sacajewea, a collaboration with photographer Peter Rutledge Koch. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and she teaches Fiction and Native American Studies at the University of Montana.

This reading will be followed by refreshments.

Sat, Nov 3, 2018

Pianist Gabriela Montero

M@A Masterclass: Gabriela Montero, piano

M@A Masterclass: Gabriela Montero, piano. This event is free and open to the public.

Pianist Gabriela Montero’s visionary interpretations and unique improvisational gifts have garnered her critical acclaim and a devoted following on the world stage.

A graduate and fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London, Montero has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Royal Liverpool, Rotterdam, Dresden, Oslo, Vienna Radio, and Netherlands Radio philharmonic orchestras; the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Academy of... More »

Tue, Nov 6, 2018

Amartya Sen

Amartya Sen: "Globalism and Its Discontents: Point/Counterpoint with Ilan Stavans"

Join us as Professor Stavans speaks with Nobel Prize-winning economist, Amartya Sen.

The "Globalism and Its Discontents: Point/Counterpoint" conversation series features Amherst College professor, and host of NEPR's In Contrast, Ilan Stavans and a guest engaging in thoughtful discussion and attempting to bridge the ideological divide growing in our nation.

The rise of populism worldwide today, personified by Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, is a fierce reaction to globalism policies of the past few decades. Anti-immigration movements in Europe and the United States; assaults on free speech; racial profiling; polarized... More »

Wed, Nov 7, 2018

Cameron Awkward-Rich

Poetry Reading: Cameron Awkward-Rich

8:00 pm Amherst Books, O'Connor Common

A poet and critic, Cameron Awkward-Rich is the author of the forthcoming Dispatch and the collection Sympathetic Little Monster, which was a finalist for a 2017 Lambda Literary Award, and which poet Danez Smith described as “at once analytical, magical, confession, dismissive, but ultimately, and simply, a collection breaking new ground in Trans, Queer, Black, and American Letters.” He is also a poetry editor for Muzzle Magazine and has received numerous fellowships. He currently teaches Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

This reading will be followed by refreshments.

Thu, Nov 29, 2018

Amy Bloom

Fiction Reading: Amy Bloom

Amy Bloom has been called “a national treasure” by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham and “one of America’s unique and most gifted literary voices” by novelist Colum McCann. She is the author of a nonfiction book, a children’s book, three story collections, including New York Times bestseller Where the God Of Love Hangs Out and National Book Award finalist Come to Me, and four novels, including the New York Times bestseller Away and her most recent White Houses. Her work has been translated into fifteen languages. She teaches creative writing at Wesleyan University.

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Fri, Nov 30, 2018

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"Citizens of the Market: How High-Mobility Migration Changes Politics in the Migrants Countries of Origin" presented by Ruxandra Paul

The Faculty Colloquium Series for 2018-19 presents a lecture entitled "Citizens of the Market: How High-Mobility Migration Changes Politics in the Migrants Countries of Origin" presented by Ruxandra Paul, assistant professor of political science.

Martha Nussbaum

Martha Nussbaum: "Globalism and Its Discontents: Point/Counterpoint with Ilan Stavans"

Join us as Professor Stavans speaks with celebrated philosopher Martha Nussbaum.

The "Globalism and Its Discontents: Point/Counterpoint" conversation series features Amherst College professor, and host of NEPR's In Contrast, Ilan Stavans and a guest engaging in thoughtful discussion and attempting to bridge the ideological divide growing in our nation.

The rise of populism worldwide today, personified by Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, is a fierce reaction to globalism policies of the past few decades. Anti-immigration movements in Europe and the United States; assaults on free speech; racial profiling; polarized... More »

Fri, Feb 8, 2019

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"Sharia Politics, Common Law, and Transition to Civil Democratic Government in Nigeria" presented by Olufemi Vaughan

The Faculty Colloquium Series for 2018-19 presents a lecture titled "Sharia Politics, Common Law, and Transition to Civil Democratic Government in Nigeria" presented by Olufemi Vaughan, professor of black studies.

Fri, Mar 22, 2019

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"A Brief Introduction to the Number Theory" presented by Harris Daniels

The Faculty Colloquium Series for 2018-19 presents a lecture entitled "A Brief Introduction to the Number Theory" presented by Harris Daniels, assistant professor of mathematics.