Event Calendar

September 2020

Thu, Sep 3, 2020

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Here and Now: A Welcome Event with Theater & Dance

The Department of Theater and Dance welcomes all students (and especially new students!) to join us for sharing and conversation. The event will include recent alums and current majors, who will talk about what they have been doing creatively. Come learn about opportunities for creative exploration, fall events, classes, and collaborations, and connect with fellow students. Department faculty and staff, along with Carla Costa from the Loeb Center, will also be on hand to answer questions and share information. We look forward to gathering with you!

Join us via Zoom:

Students are welcome to stay for as long as they wish.

Hosted by the Department of Theater and Dance. Co-sponsored by the Arts and Communication Program of the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.

Tue, Sep 8, 2020

M@A: A Virtual Season Presents the Calidore String Quartet

Please join online for the third in the series of free virtual M@A performances:

Recipient of a 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2017 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists, the Calidore String Quartet first made international headlines as winner of the $100,000 Grand Prize of the 2016 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition. The quartet was the first North American ensemble to win the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, and is currently in residence with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two).

“deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct.” –The New York Times

Thu, Sep 10, 2020

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AC Reads Plays Together

The Department of Theater and Dance invites any interested students to meet several times this semester to read plays aloud together. We hope this will be a great way to get to know new works of dramatic literature, and connect! The plan is to choose up to four plays, with selection input from the members of the group, and meet roughly every 2-3 weeks. Hosted by Professor Ron Bashford.

The first meeting will be Thursday, September 10, at 7 p.m.

Zoom link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/91963845044?pwd=eWY1U1JUcGo2ZGNsTGZ6NXF...

Fri, Sep 11, 2020

Beneski Guided Visit (ON SITE)

“A Mammoth History”: Participants will explore the migration of mammoths into North America, a little about life in the herd, the extinction of mammoths, the discovery of the Amherst College mammoth, and the selection of the mammoth as the first official Amherst College mascot.

Students Only

Mon, Sep 14, 2020

The 2020 Tell It Slant Poetry Festival: Remote Event

The Tell It Slant Poetry Festival (formerly the Amherst Poetry Festival) is a free event that celebrates the poetic legacy of Emily Dickinson and the contemporary creativity of the Connecticut River Valley and beyond.

This year’s festival will be held remotely; the schedule is now live and includes headliners Ada Limón, Jericho Brown, Kimaya Diggs, Franny Choi, Shayla Lawson and, as is tradition, the Emily Dickinson Marathon. Sign up for events through the schedule page!

Registration Required

Tue, Sep 15, 2020

Shayla Lawson Reading and Q&A

Join poet Shayla Lawson as she reads from her new essay collection This is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope, which has been called “a hilarious, heartbreaking, and endlessly entertaining homage to black women’s resilience and excellence” (Kirkus Reviews). A Q&A with Lawson follows the reading. This event kicks off the Amherst College Creative Writing Fall Reading Series.

Register ahead of time through the link!

Registration Required

Thu, Sep 17, 2020

Black Lives and Black Poetics Matter: A Reading and Discussion Curated by Faraday Publishing

Join us for an evening of vibrant poetry and dialogue on the vitality and importance of Black Lives and Black Poetics in contemporary America. Moderated by Enzo Silon Surin, founder and director of Faraday Publishing, this panel will feature leading Black poets, scholars and educators, including Dr. Tony Medina, Bonita Lee Penn, Lisa Pegram and Dr. Shauna Morgan.

To register, follow the link!

Registration Required

Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Poetry Open Mic & Franny Cho

If you’d like to hear a wide variety of poets bravely sharing their work, be sure to tune in to our Festival open mic night! Following the open mic, participants will be treated to a poetry reading by festival headliner Franny Choi. Reader spots are full, but the audience is still open!

Follow the link for more info and registration!

Registration Required
Image shows the Valentine Balcony lit up by string lights at night, some students sitting in the grass on the quad looking at the balcony where music is being played.

Music on the Val Balcony

Come join us in listening to our own Amherst students performing from the Valentine Balcony. Some chairs will be provided, but we recommend you bring a sweatshirt as fall draws near!

Sat, Sep 19, 2020

Poetry Masterclass with Jericho Brown

Hone your craft with Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Jericho Brown. In the “Jumpstart Your Engines” Poetry Workshop, Jericho Brown helps writers generate new work through a set of unconventional exercises that keep our ears open and our fingers moving. The workshop engenders new ideas about writing, and as there is a profound relationship between reading poetry and writing it, we participants read, discuss and even recite the work of several poets whose examples might lead us to a further honing of our craft. As a virtual participant, you will engage in writing prompts and exercises at home alongside a panel of students selected to share their work along the way.

For more information and to register, follow the link!

Registration Required

Festival Headliners Ada Limón and Jericho Brown with Music by Kimaya Diggs

Settle in for an evening of music and poetry celebrating Emily Dickinson’s ongoing creative legacy with the work of three contemporary artists. Singer-songwriter Kimaya Diggs brings you new original settings of Dickinson poems live from the poet’s bedroom, and headliners Ada Limón and Jericho Brown read from their work and discuss their poetic practice and inspiration. The evening begins and ends with 20-minute musical sets by Diggs, bookending the headliner poetry reading and Q&A with Brown, Limón and guest interviewer Nathan McClain. Don’t miss out on this special evening of community through art!

For more info and to register, follow the link.

Registration Required

Fri, Sep 25, 2020

Image shows the Valentine Balcony lit up by string lights at night, some students sitting in the grass on the quad looking at the balcony where music is being played.

Music on the Val Balcony

Come join us in listening to our own Amherst students performing from the Valentine Balcony. Some chairs will be provided, but we recommend you bring a sweatshirt as fall draws near!

Regina Carter dressed in a brightly colored sweater and scarf, standing in front of a tree trunk, smiling and holding her violin

M@A: A Virtual Season Presents Regina Carter and Friends

Regina Carter and Friends open the Music@Amherst 2020-2021 Virtual Series with a live, online performance hosted by Professor Darryl Harper. This performance is free and open to the public. Please visit the music department's event livestream page, listed below, to catch the show. We look forward to seeing you!

For Grammy-nominated artist Regina Carter, the violin isn't simply an improvisational vehicle; it’s a Rosetta Stone that unlocks the doors to a myriad of cultures, sounds and worlds apart. The first jazz musician and African-American to play the Guarneri Del Gesu violin, once owned by Niccolò Paganini, MacArthur “Genius” award-winning Regina Carter is director of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s All-Female Jazz Residency and has collaborated with artists including Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill, Billy Joel, Dolly Parton, Ray Brown, Kenny Barron, the String Trio of New York, Cassandra Wilson, Oliver Lake and Steve Turre.

Your safety is our highest concern. We have therefore temporarily suspended M@A subscriptions for this season until it is again safe to gather in Buckley in person. Thank you for your understanding.

Ongoing Events

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Poetry in the Pandemic

In the time of uncertainty and anxiety, poetry brings us hope, inspiration and reflection. Have you been reading or writing poems in the pandemic? Do you want to share the lines you've read or written with the Amherst community? Please fill out the form: https://forms.gle/AqT9ofE76gL9edCp6 or email your response to Haoran Tong '23 at htong23@amherst.edu.

We welcome all students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents of Amherst College to participate! Help us lead a poetic life to overcome the difficult circumstances. We plan to compile all submissions into an anthology titled "Amherst Poetry in the Pandemic."