(subject to change)

Friday, November 21

6:30pm     Opening reception     Converse Hall lobby
Opening remarks by Catherine Epstein, Dean of the Faculty, Amherst College, and Jason Robinson, Amherst College, workshop coordinator and liaison

7pm     Keynote address
Prolegomena to Critical Improvisation Studies
George E. Lewis, Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music, Columbia University


Saturday, November 22

9am     Light breakfast     Friedman Room, Keefe Campus Center, 2nd floor

9:30am-12pm     Presentation session 1
     Chair: Mark Lomanno, Swarthmore College

Thinking Through Improvisation: Creative and Critical Thinking in the Liberal Arts Curriculum
Dominic Poccia, Amherst College

Poetic Instincts—Thinking in Action
Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser, Smith College

Improvising Histories: Performing the Experiments of Surrealism
Mercedes Teixido, Pomona College

12pm-1     Lunch

1-3:30     Presentation session 2
     Chair: Sandra Mathern, Denison University

Translating in the Conditional: Collaborative Music-Making, Emergence, and Breaking the Classroom
Mark Lomanno, Swarthmore College

Life Practices
Ann Cooper Albright, Oberlin College

Jazz, Improvisation and Liveness: Historical Reflections on Jazz as a Live Medium
Steve Waksman, Smith College

3:30-4     Coffee break

4-5:30     Keynote address
Sound Changes: Five Takes on Improvisation, Social Justice, and Interdisciplinarity
Daniel Fischlin, University Research Chair, University of Guelph

6pm     Dinner     Mullins Room, Lewis-Sebring Common, Valentine Hall


Sunday, November 23, 2014

8:30am     Light breakfast     Friedman Room, Keefe Campus Center, 2nd floor

9am-12pm      Presentation session 3
     Chair: Jason Robinson, Amherst College

International Improvisational Exchange
Colleen Thomas, Barnard College

The Media Arts & Sciences Major at Wellesley
David Teng-Olsen, Wellesley College

Improvisation as a Mode of Address
Monique Roelofs, Hampshire College

Preaching the Gospel of Improvisation
Sandra Mathern, Denison University

12pm     Closing remarks and light lunch