Event Calendar

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Sat, Oct 14, 2017

Miram teaching

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

You do not have to attend to New England Conservatory to meet Miriam Fried in person and discover in person what makes her playing so great, nor do you have to sign on to Jonathan's wildly popular Beethoven course to hear his thoughts on playing chamber music, in particular on piano:

You can just stop by the Arms Music Building Saturday morning for a free hour and a half masterclasses from 10-11:30 a.m. Bring your ears.

Hear these two world famous musicians coach young players in free masterclasses open to the public in the Arms Music Center: Biss is in Buckley with pianists, Fried in room 3 with violinists. This is how music has been passed on from generation to generation: one person to another since the advent of music.

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Auditions for Senior Thesis Performances

Auditions for Theater and Dance senior thesis performances for Denison Marsland-Rello and Denzel Wood will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and 2-5 p.m. in Webster Hall, Studio 2. Call backs will take place on Sunday, October 15 from 6-9 p.m.

The Electric Dream, written and directed by Denzel Wood, will be performed February 8-10, 2018.

Uncanny Valley, written by Thomas Gibbons and directed by Denison Marsland-Rello, will be performed March 1-3, 2018.

All levels of experience welcome, including first-year and five college students.

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Leisure Reading Afternoons

Join the Office of Residential Life in an afternoon of leisure reading in Stearns common room every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. Bring a book, a cozy blanket/stuffed animal and reading material. It can be in any form and from any genre. Come make new friends who love to read, de-stress, maybe accomplish your new year reading resolutions and gain all the benefits that come with reading. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided.

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"Sourcing the Stream"

Sourcing the Stream is an immersive video, sound and performance event that looks to the stream as a timely source for inspiration, solace, reflection and reaction. This performance is part of Arts Ecologies, a yearlong series of events sponsored by the Arts at Amherst Initiative.

For each performance, nine dancers experiment with different ways to spontaneously create material, working with both set sequences and improvisational scores within a surround environment of video projection and sound. The performances at Amherst College will allow time to experiment in an open environment where unexpected reactions and interactions can influence the evolution of the project.

Dancers: Lauren Horn, Lucille Jun, Forrest Locklear, Molly McBride, Chris McMillan, Madison Palffy, Jen Polins, Ian Spak, Leah Woodbridge

Each performance will be followed by a talkback with the artists and interested audience members.

Admission is free and open to the public. To reserve tickets, please call our box office: (413) 542-2277.

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