Event Calendar

Friday, October 13, 2017

Fri, Oct 13, 2017

UP Education Network Office Hours

Shannon Langone of UP Education Network’s office in Springfield, Mass., will be coming to campus to host 30-minute informational meetings for students interested in learning about a career in education and opportunities at UP Education Network.

UP Education Network operates six tuition-free public schools in Boston, Lawrence and Springfield, Massachusetts. All UP Academies share the same mission: To ensure that all UP scholars receive the knowledge, skills, and strength of character necessary to succeed on the path to college and to achieve their full potential.

Sign up now to reserve a 30-minute appointment. This is an opportunity to ask questions about what the culture is like at UP Education Network, how to prepare for an interview, what to expect out of its entry-level opportunities, etc, in a small and informal setting.

Office Hours with Sita Sonty '00, Director of Foreign Policy & National Security, Raytheon

Sita Sonty ’00, director of foreign policy & national security, at Raytheon, will be coming to campus to host 20-minute informational meetings for students interested in learning about a career in international affairs/foreign policy.

Ms. Sonty has worked in many capacities as a foreign service officer for the Department of State both in Washington, DC and abroad in Croatia, Libya, Iraq and Egypt. She received two individual Superior Honor Awards from the U.S. Department of State for her work on the Israel-Lebanon war in 2006 and for her Economic Statecraft Program in Southeast Europe in 2013. She graduated with distinction from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, earning a master’s degree in conflict management, African studies, and development finance. At Amherst, she majored in political science and economics.
This is an opportunity to ask Ms. Sonty one-on-one questions about her career trajectory, international affairs graduate programs, career paths in the Department of State, private sector foreign affairs work, and more.

RSVP through Quest to reserve a 20-minute appointment. Space is limited. Open initially only to juniors and seniors. Ms. Sonty will also be sharing information about her career trajectory at the Loeb Center Food for Thought lunch, at 12 noon. RSVP required through Quest; open to all class years.

If you have trouble RSVP’ing through Quest, please contact ppang17@amherst.edu.

Chinese Language Table

The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 12-1 p.m. in the conference room below Valentine Dining Hall. Come join us to practice your Chinese!

Spanish Table

Do you want to practice your Spanish language skills during lunch? Join us at the weekly Spanish Table!

The Spanish Table is an informal way to practice and improve your Spanish language skills, and a fun opportunity to meet new people. It is held every Friday, from noon to 2 p.m., on the Mezzanine Level of Valentine Dining Hall. Students of all levels, faculty, staff and community members meet weekly in a relaxed setting over lunch. No need to register! Just grab some lunch and go upstairs!

Korean Language Table

The Korean Language Table will meet this semester on Fridays, from noon - 1 p.m., in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Dining Hall. All are welcome!

Food for Thought Lunch - Sita Sonty '00, Director Foreign Policy & National Security, Raytheon

Join Sita Sonty '00 for lunch and a conversation about her career in foreign service. Lunch from The Works Bakery Café will be provided. Space is limited, RSVP in Quest.

Prior to joining Raytheon, Sonty was a foreign service officer for the U.S. Department of State with 15 years of service. At the State Department, Sonty served as the executive secretary of the International Security Advisory Board, Senior Political Desk Officer for Indian Affairs, Attache for Cultural and Educational Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia, Attache for Cultural and Educational Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, Desk Officer for Syria at the State Department in Washington, Desk Officer for Iraq, Political Action Officer at the Coalition Provisional Authority (and, subsequently, the U.S. Embassy) in Baghdad, and as a Vice Consul at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt.

Sonty’s native tongue is Telugu; she also speaks Hindi, French, Arabic, Croatian, and Urdu. She received two individual Superior Honor Awards from the U.S. Department of State for her work on the Israel-Lebanon war in 2006 and for her Economic Statecraft Program in Southeast Europe in 2013.

Sonty graduated with distinction from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, earning a Master’s degree in Conflict Management, African Studies, and Development Finance. She majored in Political Science and Economics at Amherst and earned the Densmore Berry Collins Award for Best Political Science Thesis on the topic of Suicide Law in the U.S.

Women of Color Luncheon

Being a woman of color isn't just an identity -- it is a mode of being in which we are always exepending emotional labor and energy. How do we honor women's work at Amherst? How can we cultivate these strengths and take care of ourselves? What makes us strong and how can we support each other in that? Come join us at the WGC to discuss these questions and meet other women of color on campus. Lunch will be served. This is a closed space for self-identifying women of color. For more information contact wgc@amherst.edu .

Life Stories Lunch with Irisdelia Garcia '18

The Life Stories series provides a forum to foster empathy and community through sharing stories of challenge, growth and learning. At each lunch, a student, faculty or staff member talks about an aspect of their lives that may be meaningful to others, followed by questions and comments. Lunch is provided. Sponsored by Mental Health Promotion and the Wellness Team. More information available at https://www.amherst.edu/mm/440084

Queer Talk

Join the Queer Resource Center and our queer counselors, Dr. Darien & Dr. Erickson, for a weekly discussion about experiences and topics related to the queer/trans community at Amherst. There will be snacks, company and great conversation!

The Dream After DACA: A Conversation with Freedom University

Join us for a panel and discussion on undocumented student activism and the right to an education with the Executive Director of Freedom University, Dr. Emiko Soltis, and seven Freedom University students who will share their experiences as leaders in the Undocumented Student Movement in the U.S. South.
This event is done in collaboration with the Five Colleges, the Sociology Deptartment, the MRC and Freedom University's Fourth Annual Northeast College Tour.
For accessibility/accommodations please contact MRC@amherst.edu or 413-542-5372

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“Shifting Margins: Digital Media and New African Textual Practices” Digital Africas Keynote by Akin Adesokan

Akin Adesokan will present the second Digital Africas keynote address on “Shifting Margins: Digital Media and New African Textual Practices.” Adesokan is associate professor of comparative literature and of cinema and media studies at the Media School at Indiana University, Bloomington. His books include Roots in the Sky, a novel, Postcolonial Artists and Global Aesthetics, a critical study and Celebrating D. O. Fagunwa: Aspects of African and World Literary History, an edited volume on the work of Daniel Fagunwa, the pioneer Yoruba novelist. His writings have also appeared in AGNI, Screen, Glänta, Social Dynamics, African Affairs, Black Camera, Research in African Literatures, PMLA and Textual Practice, as well as in numerous edited volumes. He is a Contributing Editor of The Chimurenga Chronic, the Cape Town-based journal of politics and ideas.

Abstract: This lecture undertakes a preliminary discussion of ways to conceptualize the evolving reconfiguration of African literary studies in the context of digital media. By supplementing current interest in the global fortunes of African literature with a central focus on conceptual issues of diachronicity and mediation, I shall make a case for the historicity of form in relation to critiques of technology as a phenomenon (Walter Benjamin, Jack Goody) and thus address the standard distinction between “literature” and “other arts.” Through shortreads, blogging, curating and other social media-friendly practices, the notion of literature as well as of its relationship to other artistic media have been undergoing unprecedented changes. The changes are qualitatively different from those which informed the emergence of the field of postcolonial studies nearly three decades ago and they pertain, unequally, to production and what is often characterized as appreciation in literary studies. Scholars of new media posit that the lines between the two spheres of activity are now blurred, due to the mode of engagement which social media as a digital form of creating publics fosters. Without underestimating persistent forms of unequal exchange, and without presuming an irreducibly antagonistic relationship between old and new modes of production and communication, I argue that digital media are an opportune mode of reconstituting textuality. For scholarship invested in African artistic practices, this mode can be productively understood in terms of concepts like diachronicity and mediation which have been neglected in current discussions of “world” or “global” literature.

The symposium addresses how 21st century sub-Saharan African writers use and respond to digital technologies when they publish traditional print texts, experiment with online platforms or interact with local and international audiences through social media. Apart from showcasing the formal innovations such new modes of delivery facilitate, we will consider the often unanticipated connections they facilitate among writers, texts and reading publics. Ultimately, the questions we hope to explore about the relationship between forms of representation and modes of production will help re-situate the work of today’s African writers and artists within the digital contexts that have enabled and circumscribed their success.

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M@A Chamber Series: Miriam Fried, violin, and Jonathan Biss, piano

Program:
Brahms Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100
Bartók Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano, Sz. 76
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Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30, No. 2

Growing up surrounded by music, Jonathan Biss began his piano studies at age 6 and his first musical collaborations were with his mother and father, violinist Miriam Fried and violist/violinist Paul Biss. Those early collaborations gave birth to an uncommonly strong musical connection. Today, mother and son have formed a highly esteemed duo, devoting a portion of their schedules each year to performing together.

“Both musicians combine power and delicacy in a widely varied spectrum of color and dynamics. And they listen to each other…. They weren’t making any apparent effort to do this … the genuine musical impulse seems to come as natural as breathing.”
Boston Phoenix

Tickets go on sale two weeks before each performance. Evening box office opens one hour prior to the concert. Free Amherst student rush tickets will be available on the night of the performance. Ticket Website: https://amherst.universitytickets.com

Chamber Series:
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students, with valid ID: $12

Tickets Required

Marsh Coffee Haus III: We Camp at the Quad

The Marsh House of Arts presents a special edition of its open mic event. Coffee Haus will happen on the First Year Quad as part of the Climate Camp programming. Come by to support student performances in the form of music, poetry, dance, improv and many others. Bring a blanket! (And a sweater!).

Performers wanted!

Email marshcoffeehaus@gmail.com to sign up for a 5-minute slot and present your art (in whichever form it comes). Come and share your talent!

Free and open to the public.

Phoebe Robinson Performance

Comedian/Author/Actress/Podcast Host Extraordinaire Phoebe Robinson will be performing in Kirby Theater on Friday, October 13 at 9 p.m. Amherst College students can pick up a ticket from Keefe 019 between the hours of 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. beginning Monday, September 18. Tickets are limited so get yours while they last.

Tickets Required

Ongoing Events

"Our" Story Exhibit: 400 Years of Wampanoag History

“Our” Story is an interactive, multimedia exhibit that frames the 1620 Pilgrim arrival in Plymouth within a long history of Wampanoag adaptation and innovation. The exhibit's content ranges from videos by award-winning Mashpee journalist, author and filmmaker Paula Peters, to art by Mashpee artist, writer and activist Robert Peters and his son, Robert Peters Jr.

Each year, a new theme is added to the traveling exhibit; the first installation debuted in 2014 with “Captured 1614” providing a critical back story to colonization and the roots of the American holiday of Thanksgiving. “The Messenger Runner” added new context regarding the Wampanoag tribe’s communication traditions. The newest panel “The Great Dying” depicts the catastrophic effects of a plague that devastated the Wampanoag nation between 1616 and 1619.

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Mammoths in (library) space: A library orientation

Never been in a six floor library before? Need to find books “on reserve” but not sure where to go? Looking to learn more about the library’s spaces, resources and services? Stop by Frost Library anytime this month and explore library space: take the self-directed Mammoths in (Library) Space Tour! To begin the tour, go to the welcome station across from Frost's circulation desk (look for the poster with balloons) and pick up a library orientation sticker card.

Complete the tour and receive a gift card to Frost Cafe plus a chance to win our grand prize: a unique space mammoth t-shirt or tote and a gift card to Antonio’s Pizza!

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Digital Africas Symposium

The symposium addresses how 21st century sub-Saharan African writers use and respond to digital technologies when they publish traditional print texts, experiment with online platforms or interact with local and international audiences through social media. Apart from showcasing the formal innovations such new modes of delivery facilitate, we will consider the often unanticipated connections they facilitate among writers, texts and reading publics. Ultimately, the questions we hope to explore about the relationship between forms of representation and modes of production will help re-situate the work of today’s African writers and artists within the digital contexts that have enabled and circumscribed their success. The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, October 12:
5 p.m. “Aesthetic Judgment in the Era of the Digital” - Keynote by Ato Quayson

Friday, October 13:
10:30 a.m. "Why Walk the Line?" - Panel discussion with Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang, Moses Kilolo and Dami Ajayi, facilitated by Kim Dionne

1 p.m. "When Poetry Goes Public" - Panel discussion with Meg Arenberg, Shola Adenekan and Kwame Dawes, facilitated by Katwiwa Mule

2:45 p.m. "Who Reads, Who Writes?" - Panel discussion with Bhakti Shringapure, James Yeku and Stephanie Bosch Santana, facilitated by Stephen Clingman

5 p.m. "Shifting Margins: Digital Media and New African Textual Practices" - Keynote by Akin Adesokan

Saturday, October 14:
10:30 a.m. "What's Code Got to Do with It?" - Panel discussion with Ainehi Edoro, Sandy Baldwin and Marisa Parham, facilitated by Amelie Hastie

1 p.m. "New Directions - Old Challenges" - Panel discussion with Keguro Macharia, Kristen Stern and Wambui Mwangi, facillitated by Dawn Fulton