This new introductory level workshop will explore the core concepts of gender identity as they relate to the trans and gender non-binary experience. Participants will develop a stronger understanding of some of the factors at play in how gender and gender assumptions play out in our society, as well as a baseline understanding of some of the ways to begin creating inclusive spaces for trans and gender non-binary individuals. To learn more and register, follow this link: https://www.amherst.edu/offices/human_resources/currenttrainings/transin...
The 2018 Annual Willis Wood Lecture will feature Judith Plaskow discussing "Bathroom Anxiety: Frankness, Disgust and the Dilemmas of Being Human."
As the flurry of 'bathroom bills' restricting access for transgender people in North Carolina and other states suggests, there is something about the topic of toilets that engenders intense anxiety, fascination and disgust. Attitudes towards toilets and elimination are connected to understandings of what it means to be human as well as the ways social hierarchies are constructed and justified. The lecture will look at the relationship between attitudes towards toilets, excretion and issues of access through the lens of Jewish sources.
Judith Plaskow wrote the very first book of Jewish feminist theology 27 years ago, the 1991 classic Standing at Sinai: Judaism from a Feminist Perspective. This landmark book critiqued the patriarchal foundations of Judaism and led to a watershed moment in Jewish thought, as feminist-minded scholars and practitioners alike sought to reshape the tradition in ways that supported women’s full participation in Jewish leadership and worship. She writes and speaks extensively on the subject of Jewish feminism and theology. She is the author/co-author of several other books on feminism and religion, including The Coming of Lilith: Essays on Feminism, Judaism, and Sexual Ethics (2005), Weaving the Visions: New Patterns in Feminist Spirituality (1989) as well as the recent (2016) Goddess and God in the World: Conversations in Embodied Theology. She is co-founder of the Journal of Religious Studies in Religion and has formerly served as president of the American Academy of Religion.
Witness an ancient African hairstyle from a sculpture in the exhibition Five Takes on African Art / 42 Paintings by Fred Wilson, re‐created by the hands of stylist Kamala Bhagat on the head of artist Sonya Clark ’89, Amherst College’s visiting artist-in-residence. Clark’s work often features hair and combs to speak meaningfully about cultural heritage, gender, beauty standards, race and identity.
The performance, “Hairdressers Are My Heroes,” celebrates artists across time — from the original hairdresser who created the style, to the sculptor who created the piece, to the contemporary hair stylist, to Clark herself. The performance addresses themes of artistic interpretation, anonymity and value, performative action and social practice. The piece embraces hairdressers as artists and collapses the cultural space between hair salon and art museum.
Throughout the event, Clark and Bhagat will be in dialogue with each other and with the audience. Come for five minutes, or stay for the full two hours to see the hairstyle come to life.
Sonya Clark is the 2017-18 Distinguished Artist‐in‐Residence at Amherst College. She chaired the
Craft/Material Studies Department for 12 years at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
Her work has been exhibited in more than 350 venues worldwide and is included in the permanent
collection of museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, where the performance Hairdressers
Are My Heroes made its debut.
Kamala Bhagat hails from an artistic family. Her mother makes African dolls, and her father teaches
chemistry through African drumming. As a natural hair stylist, Bhagat specializes in intricate braids.
She also designs clothing. Bhagat says that seeing her creations draping the heads and bodies of
models motivates her to new efforts in both pursuits. Her greatest enjoyment comes when clients let
her freestyle and bring forth whatever her imagination conjures.
Are you preparing for medical school and taking the MCAT this winter or spring? Come join other Amherst students and study with your peers on Monday evenings! Drop-in when you can. Some MCAT resources and snacks will be available. This event is sponsored by the health professions office at the Loeb center for career exploration and planning.
First years, let's think summer! Whether you have plans or not, we can help you make the most of your summer. It all starts with "Making Mammoth Plans," the Loeb Center's spring seminar for first year students.
What to look forward to in the seminar:
– Help determining what you want to do over the summer
– In-depth information about how to pursue internships, summer jobs, research, summer abroad, volunteering, and job shadowing
– Time to create a plan of action to accomplish your own unique summer goals
RSVP in QUEST, space is limited. RSVP by clicking on the left column “Info Sessions/ Workshops” and then “Workshops.” You can either use the keyword search or scroll down, and then select “First Year Loeb Seminar: Making Mammoth Plans." Click “RSVP," and you are all set!
Are you confused about networking? Do you feel like you don’t have a network to tap into? Quick Conversations through Pathways is the perfect place to start!
In this workshop you will learn:
– How to use Pathways to identify people who are doing work that interests you
– How to strategize effective networking conversations
– How to build your network by developing long term professional relationships
We look forward to seeing you there! RSVP in Quest to attend.
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.