Event Calendar

Today - Wed, Apr 25, 2018

Who's in the Pews in 2016?

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Amherst Common, Grace Episcopal Church

McCloy Visiting Professor in American Studies, Ray Suarez will speak Wednesday, April 25 at Grace Episcopal Church in Amherst. His 7 p.m. talk will highlight the rapid decline in religious affiliation, especially among younger Americans, age 18-35, and the challenges presented to the Episcopal Church and all Mainline Protestant denominations.

Grace Church is located at 14 Boltwood Avenue, next to Town Hall. Professor Suarez’ presentation will be in “The Connector,” next door to the church.

Tomorrow - Thu, Apr 26, 2018

Event poster featuring a closeup photo of Jan Dizard

Celebration of Professor Emeritus Jan Dizard

The Departments of Anthropology and Sociology, American Studies and Environmental Studies at Amherst College are pleased to announce a celebration of Professor Emeritus Jan Dizard, a pivotal member of all three departments. The event will include tributes to Jan's scholarship by distinguished colleagues John Organ, Donal Waller, Allen Rutberg and Hannah Holleman. The celebration will take place on Thursday, April 26, at 4:30 p.m. in Paino Lecture Room in the Beneski Museum of Natural History. A reception will follow.

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"Martin Luther King Now"

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

Brandon Terry of Harvard University will present the fourth and final lecture in the 2017-2018 Forry & Micken Lecture Series on "Racial Justice and Injustice." His talk is titled "Martin Luther King Now" and will take place on Thursday, April 26, at 5 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115). This event is free and open to the public and wheelchair-accessible. For further information, please contact the Department of Philosophy at (413) 542-5805.

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Mass Poetry's Common Threads Poetry Discussion

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? Poetry is alive in Massachusetts this spring in this friendly discussion group at the Emily Dickinson Museum! Facilitated by local poet Adam Grabowski in the home of Amherst’s favorite poet, this discussion will revolve around eight poems by Massachusetts poets featured in Common Threads 2018. Common Threads, an annual publication produced by MassPoetry, includes a guide to reading and discussing these poems and inspires hundreds of programs around the state. This year's collection focuses on the shared ideas of connection and disconnection.

Poetry newcomers and enthusiasts alike are welcome to this program. Tea and cookies will be served. The participation fee is $5 per person. Space is limited; please reserve a space by calling 413-542-2034.

Registration Required

French Department Thesis Showcase

5:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The Department of French is pleased to invite you to its first annual Thesis Showcase.

Lily Fang, Joshua Harmon, Sunna Juhn and Flavia Martinez will talk about female networks in Gustave Flaubert’s novel Madame Bovary and the Bechdel Test, the unparalleled tradition of the French snare drum and its revolutionary political uses, how fragments of foreign languages can make us feel at home, and the tension between mother and other tongues.

Please join us and help us celebrate their work on Thursday, April 26, at 5 p.m., in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry. Refreshments will be served following the presentations!

Fri, Apr 27, 2018

AMST Research Colloquium

American Studies Research Colloquium

The American Studies Research Colloquium will be held on Friday, April 27 at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall, Amherst College.

Thu, May 3, 2018

Reading Ramayana in Hindu India

4:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Arshia Sattar has a PhD in classical Indian literatures from the University of Chicago. Her translations from Sanskrit, "Tales from the Kathasaritsagara" and "The Ramayana of Valmiki", have been published by Penguin Books. She has also written four books for children, "Kishkindha Tails", "Pampa Sutra", "Adventures with Hanuman", and "The Ramayana for Children".

Sat, May 5, 2018

Aesthetics of Information

Aesthetics of Information Conference

What are the aesthetics of information? Fifty years after “the society of the spectacle,” how does information entangle with spectacle—as news, entertainment, propaganda or style? How do ideologies of information inflect forms of sensing and knowing? What are the social, legal and technological consequences of prioritizing information over communication as societal infrastructure? How do characteristics of information direct our attention, dazzle and confuse us?

Session 1: Affects of Assembly
Francis Cody, Anthropology, University of Toronto
Kyle Parry, History of Art & Visual Culture, U-C Santa Cruz
Miyako Inoue, Anthropology, Stanford University
Commentator: Jennifer Pranolo

Session 2: Labors of Style
Alison Hearn, Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario
Viveca Greene, Communication and Media Studies, Hampshire College
Aileen Robinson, Theater and Performance Studies, Stanford University
Commentator: Amy Johnson

Session 3: Channels of Attention
Alaina Lemon, Anthropology, University of Michigan
Emily Lordi, English, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Emily West, Communication, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Commentator: Colleen Daniher