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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Sat, Dec 2, 2017

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"The End of the Cold War and the Challenges of the (Post-)Soviet World": Symposium in Honor of Professor William Taubman

9:00 am - 3:00 pm Webster Hall, Center for Russian Culture

Join us for "The End of the Cold War and the Challenges of the (Post-)Soviet World," a symposium in honor of Amherst College Professor William Taubman. The schedule will be as follows:

9 a.m. Welcome remarks will be given by Catherine Ciepiela, director of the Center for Russian Culture at Amherst College.

9:30 a.m. Session I
Serhii Plokhy of Harvard University will discuss "After the Fall: The Disintegration of the USSR and the Search for Russian Borders."
Mary Sarotte of Harvard University will discuss "The Origins of Post-Cold War NATO Expansion and the Consequences for Western Relations with Russia."

10:15 a.m. Coffee Break

10:30 a.m. Session II
Samuel Charap of RAND Corporation will discuss "Russia and Its Post-Soviet Neighbors."
Vladislav Zubok of the London School of Economics will discuss "China’s Success and Gorbachev’s Failure: The End of Communism in Comparative Perspective."

12:15 p.m. Lunch Break

1:30 p.m. Session III
William Taubman and Melvyn Leffler of the University of Virginia will discuss "Reflection on the End of the Cold War" in a session facilitated by Vanessa Walker of Amherst College.

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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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Performance Thesis: Joshua Ferrer '18E, Cello: “Faith and Disillusionment”

The Amherst College Department of Music presents an honors thesis in cello performance, “Faith and Disillusionment,” by Joshua Ferrer '18E. The recital takes place on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. It is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

When composers become disillusioned with the world they live in, they turn to music as an outlet. Whether through personal tragedy, political fallout or systematized evil, these individuals are forced to question their core life assumptions. They respond in diverse ways—searching for new love, sinking into depression or turning to deeply held religious convictions. In this thesis, Ferrer explores the compositions these artists create as testaments to their personal struggles and journeys.

The concert is anchored by two monumental works written from places of darkness: Bach’s Suite No. 5 in C minor and Shostakovich’s Sonata for Cello and Piano. In between, an alternative path is explored: Messiaen’s testament to his faith in G-d, written during his imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp.

Bach - Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
Messiaen - “Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus” from Quartet for the End of Time
Chung-Mehdi - Piece for Solo Cello (Premiere)
Shostakovich Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40

The recital will last for 75 minutes (including intermission), followed by a reception. Phuong-Nghi Pham ’18 joins on the piano for the Messiaen and Shostakovich.

The performance is free and open to the public.

Ongoing Events

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International Movie Night: Beat the Drum

until Dec 2 Center for International Student Engagemenet

Join the offices of Residential Life and Center for International Student Engagement in our third installation of the International Movie Series, a special edition for AIDS day. We will be watching Beat the Drum from South Africa on Friday, December 1 at 9:30 p.m. in the Center for International Student Engagement. The goal of this series of events is to show movies from different countries in celebration of our Amherst global community and appreciation of various art forms. Snacks and drinks will be provided.