Event Calendar

October 2018

Tue, Oct 2, 2018

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"Sleep" Screening at the Mead

"Andy Warhol, Filmmaker," a course taught by Josh Guilford, assistant professor of English in the Film and Media Studies Program at Amherst College, considers the privileged place that film occupied in Andy Warhol's artistic practice during the 1960's. Warhol’s Sleep (1963) marks the artist’s foray into durational film and captures John Giorno, Warhol’s lover at the time, as he sleeps. Built on intricate sequences of looped imagery, Sleep is among Warhol's most formally complex works on film.

Join us for an immersive screening of Sleep (4 hours, 45 minutes), with introductory remarks by Guilford. All are welcome to move in and out of the screening throughout the evening. Popcorn will be served!

This program is offered in conjunction with the Amherst College’s Department of English and Film and Media Studies Program. It is free and open to all!

Wed, Oct 3, 2018

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Food for Thought: Addressing Difficult Conversations: Moving Beyond a “Bag of Tricks” to Build an Inclusive, Collaborative Classroom that Supports Students’ Intellectual Growth

Conversation during the dean’s retreat surfaced tensions around implementing strategies for building an inclusive classroom, supporting productive team or group work and addressing oppressive behaviors. With the goal of helping you to gain a better understanding how you might shape your own pedagogical approach to build an inclusive classroom that fosters student learning and growth, Riley Caldwell-O’Keefe of the Center for Teaching and Learning will draw on Amherst-specific examples and the literature about inclusive and culturally responsive teaching to facilitate a discussion of these tensions. We want to hear what has worked for you, what others might try and where you are wanting to grow and need more support and ideas.

Games at The Mead

Games at The Mead!

Join us at the Mead as students from visiting Artist-in-Residence Macon Reed's course Installation, Site, and The Embodied Spectator offer a series of interactive art installations inspired by the framework of “games.” All are welcome to play, participate, or simply observe. Light refreshments will be provided.

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Sam Abrams: "Milton Friedman and the Evolution of School Choice"

The Amherst College Education Studies Initiative welcomes Sam Abrams, director of the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, as the second speaker of our 2018–2019 interdisciplinary series.

In this lecture, Abrams will address the contemporary debate about vouchers, charter schools, tuition tax credits and how we got here. With particular attention to the case for vouchers made by Milton Friedman from 1955 to 2000, Abrams will trace the development of an idea, its modifications by Friedman's allies and opponents, and its impact in Chile and Sweden as well as the United States.

Outside of his directorship at the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education, Dr. Abrams is the author of Education and the Commercial Mindset (Harvard University Press, 2016). He was previously a high school teacher for 18 years. He grew up in nearby Holyoke, Mass., and earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. at Columbia. In addition to privatization, his areas of interest include curriculum design and comparative education. For his advancement of the understanding of Finnish education in the United States, the Finnish government made Abrams a Knight, First Class, Order of the Lion of Finland, in 2014.

Fri, Oct 5, 2018

Amherst Cinema Late Nights

Join Amherst Cinema every Friday for a free late-night flick featuring the best cult, genre and outré on the big screen. Free for Amherst College students with presentation of student ID at box office. Visit the Amherst Cinema website for more information on programming.

Tickets Required

Sat, Oct 6, 2018

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Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes.

Free and open to all!

Tue, Oct 9, 2018

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"The Big Short": Special Film Screening

Before journalist and best-selling author Michael Lewis visits campus on Monday, Oct. 15, see the Academy Award-winning film based on his book, The Big Short.

With a superstar cast, The Big Short follows four outsiders and their bold move against big banks during the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis. This is “a madcap comedy and a true crime story” (The New York Times) about the dark underbelly of the modern financial world.

Bubble tea and popsicles will be provided!

Wed, Oct 10, 2018

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Aatish Taseer ’03: "We Shall Be a Country with No History"

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.

Taseer will discuss his experiences at Amherst, with its moments of protest, racial tension and self-reflection, and how they gave him a new perspective on his country of origin, India. His experiences gave him an important lesson: history is a strong vessel for self-improvement, and historical awakening elicits a demand to be seen. Taseer now notices those who need to be heard and has worked to be an active voice for these people.

Aatish Taseer was born in 1980. He is the author of the memoir Stranger to History: A Son’s Journey Through Islamic Lands and three acclaimed novels: The Way Things Were, a finalist for the 2016 Jan Michalski Prize; The Temple-Goers, which was short-listed for the Costa First Novel Award; and Noon. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. He is a contributing writer for The International New York Times and lives in New Delhi and New York.

In his forthcoming book, The Twice-Born: Life and Death on the Ganges, 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 Taseer first came to Benares, the spiritual capital of Hinduism, he was 18, the Westernized child of an Indian journalist and a Pakistani politician, raised among the intellectual and cultural elite of New Delhi. Nearly two decades later, Taseer leaves his life in Manhattan to go in search of the Brahmins, wanting to understand his own estrangement from India through their ties to tradition.

Known as the "twice-born"—first into the flesh, and again when initiated into their vocation—the Brahmins are a caste devoted to sacred learning. But what Taseer finds in Benares, the holy city of death also known as Varanasi, is a window on an India as internally fractured as his own continent-bridging identity. At every turn, the seductive, homogenizing force of modernity collides with the insistent presence of the past. In a globalized world, to be modern is to renounce India—and yet the tide of nationalism is rising, heralded by cries of “Victory to Mother India!” and an outbreak of anti-Muslim violence.

From the narrow streets of the temple town to a Modi rally in Delhi, among the blossoming cotton trees and the bathers and burning corpses of the Ganges, Taseer struggles to reconcile magic with reason, faith in tradition with hope for the future and the brutalities of the caste system, all the while challenging his own myths about himself, his past, and his countries old and new.

The event is funded by the Croxton Lecture Fund.

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

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"Keeping Time: Queering Time"

Curious about how our identities impact the way we experience time? Join us for an interactive tour of the Mead’s exhibition Timing Is Everything, followed by a conversation with Queer Resource Center Director Jxhn Martin on chrononormativity and the notion of queering time.

This program is in honor of National Coming Out Day and offered in collaboration with the Queer Resource Center. This event is free and open to all!

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Queering Time

Curious about how our identities impact the way we experience time? Join us for an interactive tour of the Mead’s exhibition, Timing Is Everything, followed by a conversation with Queer Resource Center Director Jxhn Martin on chrononormativity and the notion of queering time. Lunch will be served following the tour.

This program is in honor of National Coming Out Day and offered in collaboration with the Queer Resource Center. Free and open to all!

Thursday, October 11, 2018 | Noon–1 pm
Mead Art Museum

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"Motive and Wrongdoing": 13th Annual Amherst Lecture in Philosophy with Barbara Herman

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

Barbara Herman, the Griffin Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Philosophy, will present the 13th Annual Amherst Lecture in Philosophy (ALP), titled "Motive and Wrongdoing."

This event is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and funded by the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science. For further information, please contact Dee Brace.

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Amherst Books Celebrates the Launch of Professor Geoffrey Sanborn's Book, "The Value of Herman Melville"

Join Geoff Sanborn, Amherst's Henry S. Poler '59 Presidential Teaching Professor of English, in celebrating the publication of his new book, The Value of Herman Melville. Sanborn is author of several books on Melville, as well as Plagiarama!: William Wells Brown and the Aesthetic of Attractions.

Fri, Oct 12, 2018

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Arts & Communication Field Trip Fridays: School for Contemporary Dance and Thought

Arts & Communication Field Trip Friday site visits are a direct connect to the people and places at the heart of the Pioneer Valley’s creative communities. This year’s trips offer you the opportunity to engage with the issues and ideas driving innovative work in the visual arts, advertising, journalism, museums/archives, publishing and community arts.

Field Trip Fridays start at 2 p.m. sharp in front of Frost Library.

October 12: School for Contemporary Dance and Thought
Founding director and dancer, Jennifer Polins, hosts our visit to this regionally renowned center for movement training and performance practices.

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (SCDT) is comprised of independent and internationally experienced performance artists/movement practitioners who are also innovative teachers. The school creates a space for the creative process by regularly curating performances and workshops with established international performance practitioners. SCDT works collaboratively with Stephanie Maher and the Ponderosa TanzLand Festival outside of Berlin, with Kathleen Hermesdorf and Alternativa in San Francisco, and with Jared Williams and The New Movement Collaborative in Boston and the Northampton Community Arts Trust. SCDT is affiliated with the Northampton Community Arts Trust and is working to maintain the space at 25 Main in Northampton as a vibrant community arts space for the greater Pioneer Valley.

Seating is very limited, so R.S.V.P. quickly through Handshake to reserve your spot!

UPCOMING FIELD TRIPS:
November 9: Daily Hampshire Gazette
Founded in 1786, the Gazette serves more than 15,000 readers a day and is an essential daily news source for the Pioneer Valley.

December 7: Northampton Community Arts Trust
Lighting designer Kathy Couch ’95 and photographer Stephen Petegorsky ’75 describe how they used the land trust model to preserve affordable and accessible space for Northampton’s creative community.

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Adjunct Faculty Concert: Wayne Smith, Cello

Free adjunct cello faculty recital by Wayne Smith with Gregory Hayes on piano, Patrick Doane on violin and Lysha Smith on electronics

Music by Beethoven, Kodály, Rachmaninoff and Arctic Moth

No reservations necessary

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AC After Dark Films - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Don't miss your chance to watch Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom for free this weekend! Catch one of 4 showings in the Keefe Theater:
Friday 10/12: 7 p.m.* and 10 p.m.
Saturday 10/13: 5:30 p.m.
Sunday 10/14: 2 p.m.
*Free bubble teawill be available to the first 40 attendees at the 7 p.m. showing on 10/12! For more information, contact eding@amherst.edu.

Students Only

Amherst Cinema Late Nights

Join Amherst Cinema every Friday for a free late-night flick featuring the best cult, genre and outré on the big screen. Free for Amherst College students with presentation of student ID at box office. Visit the Amherst Cinema website for more information on programming.

Tickets Required
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AC After Dark Films - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Don't miss your chance to watch Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom for free this weekend! Catch one of 4 showings in the Keefe Theater:
Friday 10/12: 7 p.m.* and 10 p.m.
Saturday 10/13: 5:30 p.m.
Sunday 10/14: 2 p.m.
*Free bubble teawill be available to the first 40 attendees at the 7 p.m. showing on 10/12! For more information, contact eding@amherst.edu.

Students Only

Sat, Oct 13, 2018

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Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes.

Free and open to all!

Multiple dinosaurs in front of a firey background.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Don't miss your chance to watch Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom for free this weekend! Catch one of 4 showings in the Keefe Theater:
Friday 10/12: 7 p.m.* and 10 p.m.
Saturday 10/13: 5:30 p.m.
Sunday 10/14: 2 p.m.
*Free bubble teawill be available to the first 40 attendees at the 7 p.m. showing on 10/12! For more information, contact eding@amherst.edu.

Students Only

Sun, Oct 14, 2018

Multiple dinosaurs in front of a firey background.

AC After Dark Films - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Don't miss your chance to watch Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom for free this weekend! Catch one of 4 showings in the Keefe Theater:
Friday 10/12: 7 p.m.* and 10 p.m.
Saturday 10/13: 5:30 p.m.
Sunday 10/14: 2 p.m.
*Free bubble tea will be available to the first 40 attendees at the 7 p.m. showing on 10/12! For more information, contact eding@amherst.edu.

Students Only

Mon, Oct 15, 2018

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Food for Thought with Alain Silk, Diabetes Diagnostic Devices Branch of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration

"What a science career looks like when med school doesn’t work out" From research to teaching to federal regulatory work, Dr. Alain Silk has followed a non-linear career path in science after his initial plan to attend medical school fell apart. Come chat with him over lunch in the new science center café, and learn about how he has made career decisions, what the day-to-day work of a scientist looks like in the FDA, and what advice he has for science students considering a range of career options. Lunch sponsored by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot through Handshake.

Alain Silk is a medical device regulatory professional working on behalf of the American people to protect and promote the public health. Alain is committed to ensuring timely patient access to high-quality medical devices and has seen first-hand the added value of regulation in assuring medical device safety and effectiveness. Alain received his Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego, conducted post-doctoral training in the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health and Science University, and has held teaching appointments in the biology departments of both Lewis & Clark College (Portland, OR) and American University (Washington, D.C.).

Alain brings his broad research and teaching background to his current role at the US Food and Drug Administration. Since joining FDA in early 2014 he has reviewed pre-market submissions and worked on post-market issues related to in-vitro diagnostic devices as a member of the Division of Chemistry and Toxicology Devices in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

Registration Required
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Artist Talk: Nancy Nowacek

Nancy Nowacek will be presenting an artist talk on Monday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. in Fayerweather 303 as part of Artist-in-Residence Macon Reed's course "Installation, Site and The Embodied Spectator." All are welcome to attend. Tea and snacks will be provided.

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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 chair of the Amherst College Board of Trustees 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 systems that drive our economic markets, political landscapes and cultural norms, and how organizations can adapt their thought strategies to facilitate growth among all three.

Michael Lewis has published 16 books on subjects ranging from politics to Wall Street. Lewis‘s newest book, The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy, which debuted on Oct. 2, 2018, examines a government in crisis. It explores the Trump Administration's failure to fill vacancies in some of the most important positions in crucial government agencies like the Departments of Agriculture, Energy and Commerce. With so much at stake, Lewis seeks out the (former) linchpins of the system—those public servants whose knowledge, dedication and proactivity kept the machinery running for so many years—and asks them what keeps them up at night.

Cullen Murphy ’74 served on Amherst College's Board of Trustees from 2000 to 2018. He served as chair of the board from 2012 to 2018.

Murphy holds a B.A. in European studies from Amherst. In 2018 he rejoined The Atlantic as editor-at-large. He is a writer and former editor-at-large of Vanity Fair magazine. Before arriving at Vanity Fair in 2006, he was an associate editor of Change magazine (1975 to 1977), senior editor of The Wilson Quarterly (1977 to 1985) and then managing editor of The Atlantic Monthly (1985 to 2005). His books include Rubbish! The Archaeology of Garbage, with co-author William L. Rathje (2001); The Word According to Eve: Women and the Bible in Ancient Times and Our Own (1998); Are We Rome? The Fall of an Empire and the Fate of America (2008); and God's Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World (2013). His latest book, Cartoon County: My Father and His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-Believe, was published in November 2017.

Tue, Oct 16, 2018

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"Everyday Humanitarianism & New Technologies: Civil Society Responses to the Refugee Crisis in Greece"

Nicholas R. Micinski will give a talk titled "Everyday Humanitarianism & New Technologies: Civil Society Responses to the Refugee Crisis in Greece." This talk is sponsored by the Eastman Fund, the Lamont Fund and the Department of Political Science at Amherst College. It is free and open to the public. Micinski is a research associate at the EU Studies Center at the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

In the summer of 2015, large numbers of refugees and migrants arrived on the shores of the Aegean islands, but the Greek government and international organizations were slow to respond. How did civil society actors coordinate their responses when national, regional and global governance failed? This presentation will describe how civil society actors improvised their response through new cyber-technologies and everyday coordination mechanisms defined as the informal processes for communication and decision-making that make up the day-to-day action of implementation. In Greece, four examples of everyday coordination emerged: new technologies (like Facebook groups and WhatsApp chats), peer-to-peer refugee coordination, maps of services and field-level working groups. Everyday coordination threatened traditional authority in the state or international organizations, because it governed actors in a different way, created parallel systems and sometimes promoted competing goals. The Greek government responded by institutionalizing, co-opting and cracking down on civil society actors helping refugees.

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"Women Fleeing Gender-Based Violence: Human Rights Abuses in the Northern Triangle of Central America"

Dr. Kim Baranowski, associate director of the Mount Sinai Human Rights Clinic, will give context to the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.

This talk is sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and Sociology; GlobeMed; the Center for Community Engagement; the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning; the Five College Program in Culture, Health and Science; the Eastman Fund; and the Lamont Fund.

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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 named 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.

Wed, Oct 17, 2018

"Staging Blackqueer Lives in Anti-Black Queer Times: Visual Possibilities, Poetics and Resistance in/through Collage"

In “Staging Blackqueer Lives in Anti-Black Queer Times: Visual Possibilities, Poetics and Resistance in/through Collage,” Dr. Durell M. Callier, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Miami University, offers an analysis of Black and queer quotidian practices and artistic practices within the area of collage and visual. Fundamentally, the question of how Black and queer people are seen, remembered and honored, their lives held sacred or not within our society, is explored. To answer this question, attention is given to the ways Black communities perform embodied, visual, sonic, resistances and representations of themselves and their lives which envision anew freedom, pleasure and Black life beyond structural forces of confinement and degradation. Based in part on two mixed-media art installations, disclosure (2015) and Staging Blackqueer Possibilities (2018), this talk examines Callier's exploration into manifesting these possibilities through creating collages, reflecting upon the visual and thus spatial interventions which are made possible through critical engagements with visual art and performance.

Sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement and the Amherst College Education Studies Initiative

Thu, Oct 18, 2018

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"Imperial Cities as Capitals of Buddhist Empires"

Dorothy Wong will introduce and discuss her new book Buddhist Pilgrim-Monks as Agents of Cultural and Artistic Transmission: The International Buddhist Art Style in East Asia, Ca. 645-770. This event is free and open to the public, and all with an interest in the Buddhist arts of Asia are welcome to attend.

Abstract:
The period ca. 645–770 marked an extraordinary era in the development of East Asian Buddhism and Buddhist art. Increased contacts between China and regions to both its west and east facilitated exchanges and the circulation of ideas, practices and art forms, giving rise to a synthetic art style uniform in both iconography and formal characteristics. The formulation of this new Buddhist art style occurred in China in the latter part of the seventh century, and from there it became widely disseminated and copied throughout East Asia, and to some extent in Central Asia, in the eighth century. This book argues that notions of Buddhist kingship formed the underpinnings of Buddhist states experimented in China and Japan from the late seventh to the mid-eighth century. For brief periods, the imperial cities of the Tang and Nara courts—Chang’an, Luoyang and Heijōkyō (present-day Nara)—became transformed into capitals of Buddhist empires. The volume also argues that Buddhist pilgrim-monks were among the key agents in the transmission of the religio-political ideals of state Buddhism, its visual language, and attendant rituals and practices. As this visual style of state Buddhism was spread, circulated, adopted and transformed in faraway lands, it transcended cultural and geographical boundaries and became cosmopolitan.

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Tanya Luhrmann: "How Local Theory of Mind Shapes Spiritual Experience"

Tanya Marie Luhrmann is the 2018 Willis Wood Lecturer for the Amherst College Department of Religion. She is the Watkins University Professor at Stanford University in the Department of Anthropology. Her work focuses on the edge of experience: on voices, visions, the world of the supernatural and the world of psychosis. She has done ethnography on the streets of Chicago with homeless and psychotic women, and worked with people who hear voices in Chennai, Accra and the South Bay. She has also done fieldwork with evangelical Christians who seek to hear God speak back, with Zoroastrians who set out to create a more mystical faith, and with people who practice magic. She uses a combination of ethnographic and experimental methods to understand the phenomenology of unusual sensory experiences, the way they are shaped by ideas about minds and persons, and what we can learn from this social shaping that can help us to help those whose voices are distressing.

Luhrmann was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003 and received a John Guggenheim Fellowship award in 2007. When God Talks Back was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year. It was awarded the $100,000 Grawemeyer Prize for Religion by the University of Louisville. She has published over thirty op-eds in The New York Times, and her work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, Science News and many other publications. Her new book, Our Most Troubling Madness: Schizophrenia and Culture, was published by the University of California Press in October 2016.

This talk makes the argument that the way we think about our minds matters, and may shape the phenomenology of our mental events. It makes the case that different practices of attending to mental events have identifiable phenomenological consequences; and that different cultures and different theologies emphasize mind and mental process in distinctive ways. The way that people map the territory of the mind works as a kind of practice of attention: with practiced attention and cultural invitation, Christians report that some kinds of events come to feel more “external”—they develop more confidence that God has spoken, and they report a more sensory quality to the voice. The data suggest that one consequence of culturally different ways of representing mind and mental experience is that Americans have a harsher experience of psychosis, and less spiritual experience.

The talk is open to the public.

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An Evening of Arabic Literature and Music

7:00 pm Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

The Arabic Program at Amherst College and the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) are proud to present an evening of Arabic literature and music as part of the first U.S. IPAF book tour.

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction is the most prestigious and important literary prize in the Arab world. Its aim is to reward excellence in contemporary Arabic creative writing and to encourage the readership of high-quality Arabic literature internationally through the translation and publication of winning and shortlisted novels in other major languages.

Featuring:
Saud Alsanousi, author of the IPAF-winning novel The Bamboo Stalk
Jonathan Wright, award-winning translator of The Bamboo Stalk

Live performance by:
Layaali Arabic Music Trio

This event is free and open to the public. A reception with light refreshments will follow.

Sponsored by the Five College Arabic Language Initiative, the International Prize for Arabic Fiction and the Tagliabu Fund

About The Bamboo Stalk:
Josephine escapes poverty by coming to Kuwait from the Philippines to work as a maid, where she meets Rashid, an idealistic only son with literary aspirations. Josephine, with all the wide-eyed naivety of youth, believes she has found true love. But when she becomes pregnant, and with the rumble of war growing ever louder, Rashid bows to family and social pressure and sends her back home with her baby son, José.

Brought up struggling with his dual identity, José clings to the hope of returning to his father's country when he is 18. He is ill-prepared to plunge headfirst into a world where the fear of tyrants and dictators is nothing compared to the fear of "what people will say." And with a Filipino face, a Kuwaiti passport, an Arab surname and a Christian first name, will his father’s country welcome him?

The Bamboo Stalk takes an unflinching look at the lives of foreign workers in Arab countries and confronts the universal problems of identity, race and religion.

About the author:
Saud Alsanousi is an award-winning Kuwaiti novelist and journalist, born in 1981. His debut novel, The Bamboo Stalk, won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. His work has appeared in a number of Kuwaiti publications, including Al-Watan newspaper and Al-Arabi, Al-Kuwait and Al-Abwab magazines, and he currently writes for Al-Qabas newspaper.

About the translator:
Jonathan Wright studied Arabic, Turkish and Islamic civilization at St John’s College, Oxford. He joined Reuters news agency in 1980 as a correspondent, and has been based in the Middle East for most of the last three decades. He has translated numerous novels from Arabic, including, most recently, Ahmed Saadawi’s award-winning novel Frankenstein in Baghdad. He won the 2016 Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation for his translation of The Bamboo Stalk.

Fri, Oct 19, 2018

Shivangi Ladha, Self Portrait, 2017. Screenprint with masking tape. Purchase, Trinkett Clark Memorial Studetn Acquisition Fund, 2018.04

"Fragmented Identities: The Gendered Roles of Women in Art Through the Ages" Gallery Talk with Mila Hruba

This exhibition presents works from a variety of time periods and media to examine the ways in which women have been depicted around the globe. Join us for a gallery talk with European print specialist and study room manager Mila Hruba to learn how these portrayals of women can pigeonhole their subjects into gendered roles, and in other cases challenge social constructs. This event is free and open to all!

Lorna Simpson, C-ration, 1991.

Black Women in Museums

Come to the Mead to discuss how black women are represented in museums. We will be looking at works of art on view that address race, gender and sexuality. This program will take an intersectional approach, while centering the experiences and voices of black women. Facilitated by DeLyna Hadgu '21 and Team Mead with support from Amherst College Black Student Union. All Five College students are welcome to attend.

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"Hatred in Democracy" Symposium

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

On Friday, Oct. 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 the Sperling Fund.

Marion Spencer

Dance Master Class with Marion Spencer

Marion Spencer is a New York- based dance artist. Her work has been presented by Gibney's WORK UP 4.0, Triskelion Arts, Movement Research at the Judson Church, and the Domestic Performance Agency. Since moving to New York, Marion has collaborated and performed with Athena Kokoronis, Kinesis Project Dance Theatre, Stephan Koplowitz, Annie Kloppenberg, Carte Blanche Performance, Shaun Irons and Lauren Petty, Vanessa Justice, and apprenticed and performed with David Dorfman Dance. In addition to performing and making, she also teaches dance at Gibney, Dancewave, Greenwich Country Day School, and Girls Preparatory Charter Middle School.
www.marion-spencer.com

Part of the Theater and Dance Department's Fall Guest Artist Series. Open to Amherst and Five College students.

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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 alumnus 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 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.

Joseph E. Stiglitz is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is also the co-chair of the High-Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Chief Economist of the Roosevelt Institute. A recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (2001) and the John Bates Clark Medal (1979), he is a former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank and a former member and chairman of the (U.S. president's) Council of Economic Advisers. In 2000, Stiglitz founded the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, a think tank on international development based at Columbia University. He has been a member of the Columbia faculty since 2001 and received that university's highest academic rank (university professor) in 2003. In 2011 Stiglitz was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Known for his pioneering work on asymmetric information, Stiglitz focuses on income distribution, risk, corporate governance, public policy, macroeconomics and globalization. He is the author of numerous books, several of them best-sellers. His most recent titles are Globalization and Its Discontents Revisited, The Euro, Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy and The Great Divide.

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 here.

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

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.

Marion Spencer dancing on a bare wooden floor while wearing a bright red garment

Dance Showcase: "Wolf" by Marion Spencer

7:30 pm Webster Hall, Studio 1 (Room 117)

WOLF is a dance and sound performance that explores beautiful magic and tragically real happenings in our world today. Digging into storms, happiness, the memory of trauma, whiteness, cleaning and transformations, this solo explores falling under spells, the wild beauty of nature as well as its undeniable uncontrollable impending loss, red wine, red blood, the new moon, and how we manage to get out from under it all. Nayyirah Waheed's collection salt; Sara Ahmed's The Promise of Happiness; Maggie Nelson's Bluets; and essays from The Racial Imaginary, edited by Claudia Rankine, all serve as research informing this project. WOLF prioritizes process, multimedia, world-conjuring, and the color red as it exists in our world and within the human body.

Marion Spencer is a Brooklyn-based dance artist. Her work has been presented by Brooklyn Studios for Dance, Gibney (Work Up 4.0), Movement Research at the Judson Church, Triskelion Arts, the Dance Now Festival and the Domestic Performance Agency. Her practice embraces pushing artistic, sociopolitical, personal and imaginative boundaries, while also siphoning nuanced human emotion. She currently dances for Kendra Portier and Kinesis Project Dance Theatre, and is collaborating with dance artist Simon Thomas-Train. Since moving to New York City, she has had the pleasure of working with Athena Kokoronis, Stephan Koplowitz, Annie Kloppenberg, Shandoah Goldman, Vanessa Justice, Shaun Irons & Lauren Petty, Michiyaya, Hollis Bartlett, Megan Bascom and The Space We Make, and apprenticed and performed with David Dorfman Dance. In addition to making and performing, Marion teaches dance at Gibney, Dancewave, Greenwich Country Day School and Girls Preparatory Charter Middle School. Visit www.marion-spencer.com.

This event is part of the theater and dance department's Fall Guest Artist Series. It is free and open to the Five College Community.

Portrait of Stephanie Houtzeel

M@A: Stephanie Houtzeel, mezzo-soprano

Tickets are available though package sales on sale from July 23-August 29, and thereafter in the 14 days before each concert through https://amherst.universitytickets.com, or through the Concert Office at (413) 542-2195 or concerts@amherst.edu.

CHAMBER SERIES
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students (with valid ID): $12
Amherst College Students: $7 in advance or free student rush

Stephanie Houtzeel’s performances in the Strauss repertoire have been heralded around the world. Her most recent appearances as Octavian were opposite Anja Harteros in Vienna, at the Opéra Bastille under Philippe Jordan, and at the Kennedy Center with Renée Fleming and Christoph Eschenbach. Named one of the best up-and-coming singers by Opernwelt magazine for the role of der Komponist, which she has sung under Sir Jeffrey Tate and Franz Welser-Möst in Vienna, under Fabio Luisi in Zürich, and most recently under Marek Janowski in Tokyo.

“The figurative rose of the night went to Houtzeel .... She was completely convincing in the part, carrying off the wooing of two other women in concert dress without the slightest vestige of awkwardness and more than holding her own with Fleming with her easy-sounding vocal warmth.” –Anne Midgette, The Washington Post

Program
Tales and Memories:
Alberto Ginastera (1916–1983) – “Canción al arbol del olvido,” Op. 3
Charles Ives (1874–1954) – “Songs My Mother Taught Me”
Gustav Mahler (1860–1911) – “Rheinlegendchen”
Gustav Mahler – “Ablösung im Sommer”
Carlos López Buchardo (1881–1948) – “Prendiditos de la mano”
Regret:
Gustav Mahler – “Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht”
Charles Ives – “Like a Sick Eagle”
Carlos Guastavino (1912–2000) – “Pampamapa (Aire de huella)”
Gustav Mahler – “Ich hab’ ein glühend Messer”
- Intermission -
Sights, Sounds, Smells:
Charles Ives – “Down East”
Charles Ives – “Ann Street”
Charles Ives – “The Housatonic at Stockbridge”
Gustav Mahler – “Ich atmet’ einen linden Duft”
Carlos Guastavino – “Encantamiento”
Loss:
Charles Ives – “The Indians”
Charles Ives – “Tom Sails Away”
Gustav Mahler – “Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen” Alberto Ginastera – “Triste,” Op. 10, No. 2
Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992) – “Los pájaros perdidos”

This concert is followed by a master class, 10-11:30 a.m. on Oct. 20, which is free and open to the public.

Tickets Required

Amherst Cinema Late Nights

Join Amherst Cinema every Friday for a free late-night flick featuring the best cult, genre and outré on the big screen. Free for Amherst College students with presentation of student ID at box office. Visit the Amherst Cinema website for more information on programming.

Tickets Required

Sat, Oct 20, 2018

The MURAL Project: In CISE!

The MURAL Project: In CISE!

Come contribute to our collaborative mural! This project began with the idea of using art to heal from sexual violence. From there, it evolved into a collaborative mural between all the resource centers that puts focus on the theme of healing from any kind of trauma or any type of injustice. Feel free to come with an item you would like to glue on or supplies, or use our supplies. We will have paint, markers, paint pens, hot glue guns (for gluing on items) and collage supplies. By contributing to this mural, you are by no means obligated to explain your contribution, or share anything about your experience that is private.

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Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes.

Free and open to all!

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.

Mon, Oct 22, 2018

Photo of a yellow-bellied bird on a branch with a green worm in its beak

"Big Data, Birds, and Citizen Science: Understanding the Impacts of Global Change"

Allen Hurlbert '94, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
University of North Carolina

In the Hurlbert Lab, we ask questions about the structure of ecological communities and the processes that are responsible for determining the patterns of diversity, composition, turnover and relative abundance both within local assemblages and around the globe. Our work spans vertebrate, invertebrate and plant communities, and we use a variety of approaches from manipulative experiments to modeling to working with global-scale data sets.

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Auditions: "Doctor Faustus"

7:00 pm Webster Hall, Studio 2 (Room 122)

Auditions for the Theater and Dance Department's production of "Doctor Faustus" by Christopher Marlowe, the famous Elizabethan tragedy about a professor who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and power. Directed by Prof. Ron Bashford with Wes Guimarães ’19 as Faustus for his senior project.

Rehearsals will begin on January 3, with performances on March 21, 22, and 23 in Holden Theater.

Cast members will have a special intensive three-day workshop with Eliot Shrimpton from the Guildhall School of Drama in London, and Carine Montbertrand, commedia/mask expert from NYC!

First-year & Five College Students Welcome! No experience or preparation necessary to audition, just show up, ready for fun!

Paul Smith Event Poster

"Vote Suppression, Gerrymandering and the Supreme Court": Talk by Paul Smith '76

The Amherst Political Union welcomes Paul Smith ’76, P’09 for a talk on "Vote Suppression, Gerrymandering and the Supreme Court."

Smith was elected to the Amherst College Board of Trustees in 2016. He is a Distinguished Visiting Professor from Practice at Georgetown Law School and vice president for litigation and strategy at the Campaign Legal Center, which seeks to protect voting rights, to defend reasonable campaign finance regulation and to enforce government ethics rules. Before taking these positions in 2017, he practiced law at the firm of Jenner & Block LLP, where he became one of the most prominent Supreme Court advocates of his generation. He has handled many cases involving civil rights and civil liberties, notably in the areas of free speech, voting rights and gay rights. He has argued 21 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including the landmark gay-rights case Lawrence v. Texas, as well as Brown v. EMA, which established the First Amendment rights of video game producers.

Smith has received multiple awards for his work promoting civil rights and civil liberties, including the 2010 Thurgood Marshall Award from the American Bar Association. He is a member and former chair of the board of the American Constitution Society, and a former member and co-chair of the board of Lambda Legal. He also is on the boards of the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Castleton Festival and the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

Tue, Oct 23, 2018

Matthew Rattigan, Center for Data Science, UMass: "Data Science for Political Campaigns"

Abstract: In recent years, presidential campaigns have become increasingly quantitative in nature. Once dominated by a small group of backroom strategists making gut decisions, modern campaigns have become increasingly reliant on data-backed decision support. Over the past two decades, this "moneyball-ization" of politics has transformed the way campaigns are run and how resources are allocated.

In this talk, I will describe my experiences working for the Analytics Department of Obama For America during the 2012 election cycle. As a digital analyst, I worked alongside political scientists, statisticians and physicists on problems ranging from social media analytics to quantifying the effects of communications and messaging. In addition, I'll touch upon some of the privacy issues brought up in the 2016 election cycle.

prison photo

Auditions: "Doctor Faustus"

7:00 pm Webster Hall, Studio 2 (Room 122)

Auditions for the Theater and Dance Department's production of "Doctor Faustus" by Christopher Marlowe, the famous Elizabethan tragedy about a professor who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and power. Directed by Prof. Ron Bashford with Wes Guimarães ’19 as Faustus for his senior project.

Rehearsals will begin on January 3, with performances on March 21, 22, and 23 in Holden Theater.

Cast members will have a special intensive three-day workshop with Eliot Shrimpton from the Guildhall School of Drama in London, and Carine Montbertrand, commedia/mask expert from NYC!

First-year & Five College Students Welcome! No experience or preparation necessary to audition, just show up, ready for fun!

Wed, Oct 24, 2018

Christina Frederick on "Aliasing in Sampling Theory and Applications"

Abstract: The area of inverse problems can be thought of as the Jeopardy! of mathematical research. Instead of trying to find solutions to complicated equations, the theory of inverse problems attempts to do the opposite: Given solutions to equations, what are the equations themselves? Just as many questions have the same answer, it is true that many different equations have the same solution, making inverse problems extremely challenging to solve. In this talk I’ll describe the inverse problem of sampling continuous signals, and how to guarantee a perfect reconstruction by preventing the occurrence of “alias” signals.

Thu, Oct 25, 2018

LJST Seminar Series Presents "The New Conspiracism and Immunity to the Law"

On Thursday, Oct. 25, at 4:30 p.m. in Clark House Room 100 at Amherst College, Nancy Rosenblum, professor of ethics in politics and government at Harvard University, will present a paper titled “The New Conspiracism and Immunity to the Law.” This is the second presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Law and Illiberalism.”

Professor Rosenblum’s field of research is historical and contemporary political thought. Her publications include Good Neighbors: The Democracy of Everyday Life in America (2016) and On the Side of the Angels: An Appreciation of Parties and Partisanship (2010). Professor Rosenblum is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science and co-editor of the Annual Review of Political Science.

To receive a copy of the paper which will define the new conspiracism, identify its principal targets and survey how it delegitimates democratic institutions, please email the LJST Department Coordinator at mlestes@amherst.edu.

Wade Symposium: Careers Inside Out — Non-Traditional Positions in Long Established Industries

Expand your understanding of career options after graduation. Join us in a discussion with five unique alumni, moderated by Wade Fellow Anthony Jack '07, and hear about the professional paths they traveled after Amherst. Panelists are: Amelia Schoenbeck '14, human capital analyst at Goldman Sachs; Evan Nabrit '06, creative services specialist at Jacobs; Charmel Maynard '07, treasurer for the University of Miami; Jared Banner '07, vice president of player personnel for the Boston Red Sox; and Tarasai Karega '09, in partnership sales at NBC Sports Philadelphia.

This event is supported by the Harold Wade '68 Memorial Fund, in partnership with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.

Fri, Oct 26, 2018

Alexandra Purdy Photo

"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.

Outline of a bird with the words "REPEAL HYDE" on the wings

Queering Reproductive Justice: Art & Activism with Megan Smith

Join the Mead Art Museum and the Women's and Gender Center for a day of art and activism with Megan Smith, the artist behind Repeal Hyde Art Project. This project draws attention to and creates intersectional dialogue about the Hyde Amendment, which blocks people from using Medicaid to pay for abortion. The project educates through collaborative art-making and shareable graphic arts.

Artist Lunch with Megan Smith
All students are invited to lunch with Megan Smith to learn more about their role at the intersection of art and activism.
Friday, Oct. 26, noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Women’s and Gender Center in Keefe Campus Center

Art & Activism Workshop with Megan Smith
All are invited to attend an art and activism workshop with Megan Smith. We will gather as a community to make works of art that respond to key issues of reproductive justice and then complete a pop-up art installation at a secret location on campus. This event is free and open to all!
Friday, Oct. 26, 1–3 p.m.
Location: Sculpture Courtyard outside Mead Art Museum
Rain location: Women’s and Gender Center in Keefe Campus Center

Artist Talk with Megan Smith
Ever wonder about how you can channel your passion for the arts into activism? Curious about what reproductive justice means? Join us for a keynote talk with artist and activist Megan Smith. This event is free and open to all!
Friday, Oct. 26, 4–5 p.m.
Location: Mead Art Museum

Family Weekend Speaker in Economics: Joe Quinn '69: "The Challenges and Opportunities of Living and Working Longer"

The Department of Economics welcomes Joseph F. Quinn '69, professor at Boston College and trustee of Amherst College, for our annual Family Weekend presentation. Professor Quinn's talk, "The Challenges and Opportunities of Living and Working Longer" will be on Friday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall, with reception to follow in Converse lobby. All are welcome.

Artist Talk with Megan Smith

Ever wonder about how you can channel your passion for the arts into activism? Curious about what reproductive justice means? Join us for a keynote talk with artist and activist Megan Smith. Free and open to all!

The Common at the CHI event image: painting of a stone building by the sea

The Common's Family Weekend Reading

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Frost Library, The Center for Humanistic Inquiry

During Family Weekend, join staff and interns of The Common, Amherst's award-winning literary magazine, to celebrate the launch of Issue 16 and hear brief readings from the new issue! Wine and cheese will follow. This event is free and open to the public.

Amherst College Jazz Ensemble Performs with Natraj: ACJE Family Weekend Concert

Friday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m., the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble, under Visiting Director of Jazz Performance Carl Clements, collaborates with Boston-based world-jazz group Natraj. The two groups will perform together on a piece by Natraj leader Phil Scarff based on the North Indian raga "Jog." The ACJE also features works by Mongo Santamaria, Wayne Shorter, Charles Mingus and others. Natraj will perform a set of original compositions.

Natraj seamlessly melds the classical music of India, traditional music from West Africa and contemporary jazz to create its own unique and infectious style. Hard-driving African grooves and graceful Indian ragas meet in the band’s expansive jazz conception. Selected as Boston’s Best Jazz Band by The Improper Bostonian and nominated Best World Music Act at the Boston Music Awards, Natraj captivates and excites audiences with exotic textures, accessible melodies, and rhythmic energy.

Natraj:
www.natrajmusic.com
Phil Scarff – soprano saxophone 
Bruno Raberg – string bass
Jerry Leake – tabla, multipercussion
Bertram Lehmann – drums and percussion
Carl Clements – special guest, bamboo flute

“Natraj blends complex tempos and traditions with graceful, unforced virtuosity … a hypnotic, symbiotic tapestry. Fusion is rarely this deep and exotic yet accessible … discover a new world here.” —The Boston Globe

“Technical excellence and sensitive musicianship transcend national and cultural boundaries, and there is clearly an abundance of both on this recording…. Compares favorably with Shakti.... Every performer displays both a melodic and technical flair…. The performances on this album are everywhere excellent.” —Cadence

“[This] Boston group doesn’t simply draw on Indian influences some of the time—it specializes in a seamless blend of jazz and Indian music.... [Natraj] embraces both Western and Indian instruments … delightfully unconventional.” —Jazziz

“We heard the future of jazz ... we heard the future of world music ... a spellbinding tapestry... a jazz hybrid of celebration and reflection.” —Times of India

“East meets West and South in the music of the Boston-based band Natraj. The quintet plays contemporary jazz with intoxicating Indian influences and entrancing African rhythms, hypnotically combining instruments from the three regions into eerie and original music.” —WBUR-FM, Boston, MA

ACJE performs in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building. The concert is free and open to the public, collecting cash for the Amherst Survival Center.

Amherst Cinema Late Nights

Join Amherst Cinema every Friday for a free late-night flick featuring the best cult, genre and outré on the big screen. Free for Amherst College students with presentation of student ID at box office. Visit the Amherst Cinema website for more information on programming.

Tickets Required

Sat, Oct 27, 2018

singer-songwriter Shara Nova

Amherst College Choral Society: Family Weekend Concert with Shara Nova

The Amherst College Choral Society presents its annual Family Weekend concert on Saturday, Oct. 27, at noon in Buckley Recital Hall of Arms Music Center. The performance, conducted by Dr. Arianne Abela and assistant conductor Ellen Mutter '18, includes music by Shawn Kirchner, Sydney Guillaume, György Ligeti, Ēriks Ešenvalds and Veljo Tormis. The Choral Society is joined by renowned singer/songwriter Shara Nova in the world premiere of her composition "If I Say That You're My Sister." The concert concludes with traditional Amherst songs.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for senior citizens, students and children 12 and under. Five College student tickets are free. Tickets may be purchased at the door only, beginning one hour before the concert.

For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, please visit us at www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

Tickets Required
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Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes.

Free and open to all!

Amherst Symphony Orchestra: ¡Viva España!

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra continues the fall 2018 season with the music of Spain and Latin America on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. Tickets are available on the day of the concert beginning at 7 p.m. in the lobby of Arms Music Center. For more information, please call (413) 542-2195, email concerts@amherst.edu or visit amherstsymphonyorchestra.com.

Program:
Isaac Albéniz: "Catalonia"
Joaqúin Rodrigo: "Concierto de Aranjuez"
Manuel da Falla: El sombrero de tres picos (The three-cornered hat)

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra celebrates Family Weekend at Amherst College with performances of the vibrant concert music of continental Spain! From Visigoth liturgical chant; to the Renaissance motets of Victoria and Morales; to the zarzuelas of Calderón, Chuecca and Torroba; to the colorful and foundational exploitation of the guitar and native dance forms such as jota — Spain has a rich, rhythmic and widely emulated musical language reflecting subtle regional differences and Moorish and Islamic influences.

The concert opens with the fiery showpiece "Catalonia" (1899), by Catalan piano virtuoso and composer Isaac Albéniz (1860–1909), followed by perhaps the most famous guitar concerto in the repertoire, the "Concierto de Aranjuez" (1939), by Joaquín Rodrigo (1901–1999). Inspired by imperial gardens on the river Tagus at the Palacio Real de Aranjuez, dating from the 16th-century Hapsburg monarch Philip II, the flamenco-influenced "Concierto" is by turns flashy and tragic (the slow movement reflects the deep sadness following the Spanish Civil War).

The concert closes with music from the ballet El sombrero de Tres Picos (The three-cornered hat) (1919) by Spain's greatest 20th-century composer, the Andalusian Manuel da Falla (1876–1946). Written for Diaghilev for Paris, with choreography by Massine and sets and costumes by Picasso, it tells of a town magistrate who attempts to seduce the wife of a local miller.

For information on ticketing and directions to the concert, see amherstsymphonyorchestra.com/musicians.
Tickets may be purchased only at the door. Tickets are $10 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens, students with ID and children under 12; and free to Amherst and all Five College students with ID.

Tickets Required

Mon, Oct 29, 2018

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Biology Monday Seminar: "Notch and T Lymphocyte Function: A Complex Tale"

Barbara A. Osborne, Ph.D.
Professor, Veterinary and Animal Sciences
Co-director, Center for Bioactive Delivery, Institute for Applied Life Sciences
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Research in the Osborne Lab
The Osborne laboratory focuses on the differentiation and function of mature CD4+ lymphocytes. In particular, we are interested in the role of Notch proteins in CD4+ maturation and function. Over the past several years, we have demonstrated that Notch plays a critical role in the differentiation of the T-helper 1 (Th1) and T-helper17 (Th17) subsets of T cells. Both Th1 and Th17 cells have been implicated in several diseases, including experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), a mouse model of multiple sclerosis. Using gamma-secretase inhibitors (GSIs), compounds that block the activation of Notch, we have found that we can block the development of EAE in mice, suggesting that GSIs may be a possible therapeutic for the treatment of MS. Our current studies are focused on determining how Notch signaling influences the development of EAE, as well as determining which Notch family member is important in the development of disease. In mammals, there are four Notch family members, and it is unclear which Notch family member is most important in driving EAE.

Notch signaling is initiated by two enzymatic cleavages. The first cleavage, driven by ADAM proteases, is required for the second cleavage, mediated by gamma-secretase, which results in the release of the intra-cellular domain of Notch and initiates the Notch signaling cascade. Notch signaling can be blocked by gamma-secretase inhibitors, and our lab, in collaboration with colleagues at UMass, UFlorida and LSU Medical School, investigates how gamma-secretase inhibition may be used to modulate immune responses. We also are actively investigating whether Notch signaling in CD4+ T cells is mediated through canonical Notch signaling. Our data suggest Notch signaling in T cells occurs through a non-canonical pathway and current research is focused on a clearer description of this non-canonical pathway.

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"More than Fair: How Excessive Sympathy ('Himpathy') for Privileged Men Masks and Causes Misogyny" with Kate Manne

Kate Manne is assistant professor at the Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell University. She works in the areas of moral philosophy, feminist philosophy and social philosophy, and is the author of Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny (Oxford, 2018), which examines misogyny as a device to control, police, punish and exile “bad” women who challenge male dominance. Her current project focuses on the idea of “himpathy,” the practice of exonerating, forgiving, forgetting and rewarding often extended to privileged boys and men. She is a sought-after commentator, most recently on the Kavanaugh hearings and on the controversial Canadian academic Jordan Peterson.

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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. Earling 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.

Tue, Oct 30, 2018

Detail from Shonibare's artwork: books lined up on a shelf, each with a brightly patterned cover

A Cross-Disciplinary Debate on Art and Migration, with Opening Reception

Join us for a cross-disciplinary debate on art and migration featuring faculty members Javier Corrales (political science) , Caroline Theoharides (economics), Leah C. Schmalzbauer (American studies, sociology and anthropology) and Niko Vicario (art and the history of art). There will be and audience Q&A, so please bring your thoughts and questions. After the debate, celebrate the opening of Yinka Shonibare MBE's The American Library (Activists) at the Mead Art Museum. Free and open to all!

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.