November 10, 2008     

AMHERST, Mass.—On Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m., the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College will host a reading by slam poet Jared Paul in the Small Fairchild Gallery. Organized by sophomores Maxwell Suechting and Michael Harrington on behalf of the college’s Marsh Arts House, the event will open with a performance by up-and-coming fellow slam poet Bernard Dolan. The gathering has been made possible with generous support from the Amherst Arts Series, the Center for Community Engagement and the English Department. It is free and open to the public.

A social worker, journalist and activist from Providence, R.I., Paul is widely recognized for his emotional and politically charged spoken-word performances. His accomplishments include two national tours with fellow poet and underground hip-hop artist Sage Francis, covering the 2004 Democratic and Republican National Conventions for 90.3FM WRIU News and coaching the Providence National Youth Slam Team. Since abandoning his car some years back, Jared has become an avid bicyclist and diehard environmentalist.

Paul will perform against the backdrop of ALARM de ALARM (PROPAGANDA IN ALASKA) New and Recent Works by Jonathan Meese from the Collection of Adam Lindemann ’83 and Amalia Dayan, an installation of contemporary mixed-media German art whose energetic style and references to popular culture, European history and classical mythology offer a compelling visual complement to Paul’s spoken words. Mead docent and first-year student Katherine Eisen will offer a brief introduction to the installation.

The Mead Art Museum is open year-round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays, and until 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. During the academic term, the museum also remains open until midnight on school nights (Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays). Admission is always free of charge, and the museum is fully accessible. To learn more, please visit the Mead’s Web site, or call 413/542-2335.