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Friday, February 16, 2018

Fri, Feb 16, 2018

life stories

Life Stories Lunch with Jesse Beal, Director of the Women's and Gender Center

The Life Stories series provides a forum to foster community through sharing stories of challenge, growth and meaning. 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.

Chinese Language Table

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The conference room is just inside the main entrance, on the right hand side. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Friday from 1 - 2 p.m., and Monday and Tuesday from noon - 1 p.m.

Event poster featuring an image of a black female dancer with her head thrown back; her hands are holding up behind her the skirt of her white dress

African American Dance Symposium Film Screening: "Free to Dance"

In three one-hour programs, Free To Dance chronicles the crucial role that African American dancers and choreographers have played in the development of modern dance as an American art form. "What Do You Dance?" begins the story of African American dance with African slaves on a Southern plantation. "Steps of the Gods" examines the emergence of dance pioneers Katherine Dunham and Pearl Primus in the 1930s and 1940s and their influence on later choreographers including Donald McKayle, Talley Beatty and Alvin Ailey. "Go for What You Know" traces the rise of African American dance from the 1960s through the late 20th century as dancers and choreographers explore new directions and old questions about the meaning of "Black dance."

Each episode runs approximately one hour; audience can enter on the hour to view individual episodes.

This event is part of African American Dance: Form, Function and Style!, which kicks off mid-February and culminates on April 13-14. It is sponsored by the Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance, Five College Dance Department, Amherst Arts, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Center for Community Engagement, and African and Caribbean Students Union.

Organized by Ninoska M’bewe Escobar, Consortium for Faculty Diversity Scholar in Theater and Dance at Amherst College, the symposium will offer an exciting array of activities from February to April, including a special evening performance on Friday, April 13.

Chinese Cultural Club Lunar New Year Celebration

Lunar New Year Celebration

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm Greenway A Event Space

Come enjoy the Lunar New Year with catered Chinese food, hot pots and dumplings (and yes, there will be scallion pancakes)! Come alone or bring your friends! All cultural backgrounds are welcome. Food is universal.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Movie Screening

The Multicultural Resource Center and the Women's & Gender Center present The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a film that details the true story of Henrietta Lacks, a Black woman whose cells were taken and used for research without her consent and became immortalized, still used in research to this day. The film deals with the complicated history between the Black community and the medical field through the eyes of Lacks' adult daughter, played by Oprah Winfrey. Come join us to learn about this important topic and and figure in Black history!

Argentine Tango Club

Argentine Tango Club will be having its first meeting of the semester Friday, February 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. We will be meeting in Webster Studio 2. Come enjoy two hours of dance coaching by Daniel Trenner, a dance teacher at Smith College. All levels are welcome!

French House Quartier Latin

8:00 pm King Hall, French House Common Room

Come and join us for Quartier Latin, an informal meeting in the French House. We will speak French and answer all of your questions about France and French Culture. So don't hesitate: drinks, snacks and a cool French playlist are waiting for you on the 2nd floor of King Hall, this Friday, February 16, beginning at 8 p.m.

German Carnival

Join us to celebrate German Carnival!

There will be food, drinks and music. Everyone is welcome!

Grab your friends, put on a costume and find out that Germans have humor, too!

purple concert poster for smooky margielaa

Smooky MarGielaa Concert

Smooky MarGielaa Concert
Featuring Gosha Guppy

Come find out why this 15 year old Bronx rapper is A$AP Rocky's new protege...
Doors open at 9 p.m., show starts at 9:30 p.m.

Ongoing Events

Adventures in Photography Exhibition

During January interterm nine students from Amherst, UMass, Smith, and Mount Holyoke participated in “Adventures in Photography,” an interterm course taught by Joshua Baum and Takudzwa Tapfuma. Over the five-day course, students learned fundamental techniques of digital photography: manual exposure, composition, lighting, and post-production. The class ventured into the field for hands-on excursions to the New England Peace Pagoda, Montague Bookmill and downtown Northampton. The images in this exhibit are a selection of work created during the class.

Thank you to the Department of Art and the History of Art, and the Center for Community Engagement for sponsoring the course, and to Valentine Dining Hall for hosting this exhibition.