Event Calendar

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Thu, Sep 20, 2018

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Gallery Talk with Curator of American Art Vanja Malloy

Drawn entirely from the Mead’s permanent collection, Timing Is Everything presents artworks that visualize concepts of time: linear and cyclical, absolute and relative. It questions the role of time in memory and the many factors that have influenced human perception of the past, present and future, including seasons, geography and technology. Join us for a gallery talk with Curator of American Art Vanja Malloy to learn more about this exhibition.

Free and open to all!

LJST Lecture Series presents "Post-Truth as a Precursor to Authoritarianism"

Lee McIntyre will present a paper entitled “Post-Truth as a Precursor to Authoritarianism.” This is the first presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Law and Illiberalism.”

Lee McIntyre is a research fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University and a lecturer in ethics at Harvard Extension School. Formerly Executive Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University, McIntyre is the author of Dark Ages: The Case for a Science of Human Behavior and Respecting Truth: Willful Ignorance in the Internet Age. His latest book Post-Truth explores the problem of “fake news” and “alternative facts” as they relate to the defense of truth.

To receive a copy of the paper which will explore the conceptual and historical roots of how the recent attack on truth in the United States may be exploited for political purposes, and how those of us who are concerned about the values of liberalism can learn to fight back, please email Megan Estes, the Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought (LJST) Department Coordinator.

Amherst Poetry Festival

Amherst Poetry Festival

The Amherst Poetry Festival returns for a sixth year, celebrating the literary legacy and contemporary creativity of the Pioneer Valley and beyond.

Anchored by the annual Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon, the 2018 festival features Ocean Vuong, the Astro Poets, Shayla Lawson, a screening of the new feature film Wild Nights with Emily, the No-No project, the art exhibition, reading Dickinson's poem "We Grow Accustomed to the Dark" and much more!

A poetry master class with Amherst College writer-in-residence Shayla Lawson and Astro poet Dorothea Lasky is free to all on Saturday, September 22, at 2:30 p.m. in the Powerhouse.

Organized by the Emily Dickinson Museum, and funded in part by the Mass Cultural Council and Amherst Business Improvement District, this year's festival partners include Mass Poetry, the Jones Library, UMass Amherst, Amherst College, Hope & Feathers Framing and Printing, Attack Bear Press, Union St. Records and other local businesses and organizations.

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Saskia Sassen - "Globalism and Its Discontents: Point/Counterpoint with Ilan Stavans"

Join us as Professor Stavans speaks with sociologist and professor Saskia Sassen.

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 politics; intolerance for gender, economic and linguistic diversity; the building of walls and the renegotiation of international trade treaties; the tension between rural and urban communities; and the questioning of the basic tenets of pluralism are some of the symptoms. Democracy itself might be at peril.

Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and a member of its Committee on Global Thought, which she chaired till 2015. She is a student of cities, immigration and states in the world economy, with inequality, gendering and digitization three key variables running though her work. Born in the Netherlands, she grew up in Argentina and Italy, studied in France, was raised in five languages and began her professional life in the United States. She is the author of eight books and the editor or co-editor of three books. Together, her authored books are translated in over 20 languages. She has received many awards and honors, among them multiple doctorates honoris causa, the 2013 Principe de Asturias Prize in the Social Sciences, election to the Royal Academy of the Sciences of the Netherlands and being made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French government.

This event is free and open to the public.

"Point/Counterpoint" is co-sponsored by NEPR’s In Contrast and by a generous gift from 36 members of the 50th Reunion Class of 1970.

Find more information about the other speakers in the series href="https://www.amherst.edu/mm/564883">here.

Interviews with previous guests, and others, are available through Ilan Stavans' NEPR show In Contrast. Have a listen!

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"Wild Nights with Emily" Film Screening in Emily Dickinson's Garden

Fresh from its SXSW premiere, the Amherst Poetry Festival is pleased to present the dramatic comedy Wild Nights With Emily about the life of Emily Dickinson. IndieWire called Molly Shannon's portrayal of Dickinson "brilliant," saying the film "could forever change the narrative of the world's most famous woman poet." Bring your picnic blankets, camp chairs and snacks for this lawn screening that runs 84 minutes. Join Jane Wald, executive director of the Dickinson Museum, in a Q&A after with filmmaker Madeleine Olnek, at this exciting outdoor screening on the lawn at Dickinson’s home!

Ongoing Events

Dave Gloman painting

Re-presenting Nonotuck: The Landscape Paintings of Hitchcock and Gloman

until Oct 29 Frost Library, Mezzanine Gallery

Professor David Gloman has partnered with Kurt Heidinger, director of the Biocitizen School, to create an art event that inspires the public to imagine the unique biocultural character of the Nonotuck biome (also known as the central Connecticut River Valley) by “re-presenting” the landscapes that Orra Hitchcock depicted in the mid 19th century. Professor Gloman has located the sites where they were painted and created his own painted landscape portraits of those sites. View Gloman and Hitchcock's illustrations together in Frost Library's Mezzanine Gallery from September 4 - October 29.

The opening reception will be on September 27 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry (2nd Floor, Frost Library).

Lisa McCarty, Louisa May Alcott’s Desk, Orchard House, 2015. Image courtesy of the artist.

Transcendental Concord: Photographs by Lisa McCarty, on view in the Eli Marsh Gallery Sept. 10–Oct. 12

until Oct 12 Fayerweather Hall, 105: Eli Marsh Gallery

Transcendental Concord: Photographs by Lisa McCarty documents the spirit of Transcendentalism, the 19th-century philosophical movement that embraced idealism, communal living and reverence for the natural world in the face of growing industrialization and inhumanity.