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.
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.
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!
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.
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.