Event Calendar

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Sat, May 5, 2018

Ivory Billed Woodpecker

On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction

Student curated temporary exhibit, On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction, is available for public viewing from Thursday, April 19-May 20. Step into the Beneski and discover the history of the five mass extinctions that have ravaged the species living on Earth. We are currently undergoing a sixth mass extinction, this time caused by our human impact. What can we do to mitigate the effects of this mass extinction? Learn more about what you can do in this interpretive exhibition.

Spanning all three floors, the exhibition will take you through all previous mass extinctions and the theories on how they were caused. What kinds of species did they affect? What information can we take from these previous mass extinctions to learn about the sixth one? Come for a guided tour with the student curator, Antonella Dominguez ‘18, on April 26 and May 3 at 2:30 p.m. The small steps we take now to reduce the effects of our human impact can only help now with the trajectory of the six mass extinction we have caused.

Aesthetics of Information

Aesthetics of Information Conference

What are the aesthetics of information? Fifty years after “the society of the spectacle,” how does information entangle with spectacle—as news, entertainment, propaganda or style? How do ideologies of information inflect forms of sensing and knowing? What are the social, legal and technological consequences of prioritizing information over communication as societal infrastructure? How do characteristics of information direct our attention, dazzle and confuse us?

Session 1: "Affects of Assembly"
Francis Cody, Anthropology, University of Toronto
Kyle Parry, History of Art & Visual Culture, UC Santa Cruz
Miyako Inoue, Anthropology, Stanford University
Commentator: Jennifer Pranolo

Session 2: "Labors of Style"
Alison Hearn, Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario
Viveca Greene, Communication and Media Studies, Hampshire College
Aileen Robinson, Theater and Performance Studies, Stanford University
Commentator: Amy Johnson

Session 3: "Channels of Attention"
Alaina Lemon, Anthropology, University of Michigan
Emily Lordi, English, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Emily West, Communication, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Commentator: Colleen Daniher

HOUSE exhibition installation image in Fairchild Gallery at Mead Art Museum

Weekly Tour at the Mead!

Join us for a tour with Cosmo Brossy '19. Cosmo is an art history and studio art major. This tour is free and open to all!

Ongoing Events

Image of Ivory Billed by Matthew Inabinett

On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction - Beneski Museum of Natural History

Student curated temporary exhibit, On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinction, is available for public viewing from Thursday, April 19 until May 20. Step into the Beneski and discover the history of the five mass extinctions that have ravaged the species living on Earth. We are currently undergoing a sixth mass extinction, this time caused by our human impact. What can we do to mitigate the effects of this mass extinction? Learn more about what you can do in this interpretive exhibition.

Spanning all three floors, the exhibition will take you through all previous mass extinctions and the theories on how they were caused. What kinds of species did they affect? What information can we take from these previous mass extinctions to learn about the sixth one? Come for a guided tour with the student curator, Antonella Dominguez ‘18, on April 19 at 2:30 p.m. The small steps we take now to reduce the effects of our human impact can only help now with the trajectory of the six mass extinction we have caused.

Transitional Justice Workshop

On May 4-5, 2018, Amherst College will host the third in a series of workshops on the subject of Transitional Justice. The first two workshops were held at the London School of Economics and at Rutgers University. Papers from the workshops will be collected in the Oxford Handbook of Transitional Justice. The workshop will take place in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 2nd floor Frost Library beginning at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 4. Students interested in attending the workshop sessions should contact Professor Douglas at lrdouglas@amherst.edu