3rd April 2012

Meditation at the Mead
Pamela Russell, the Andrew W. Mellon Coordinator of College Programs, and a member of the Mead Student Docents will facilitate a meditative close-looking experience with shared responses to a single work of art in the museum’s collection.

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Dance Performance

Ballet Hispanico
Ticket information: Reserved seating- $35, $30, $15; FC, GCC, STCC and
17 & under $10
Handicapped accessibility: Yes
Sponsor: Baystate Medical Practices, El Sol Latino, Unity First,
Domingos de Parranda, WGBY

Known for its magnetic energy and vivacious choreography,
Ballet Hispanico¹s works fuse Latin dance with elements of classical
and contemporary forms to create a new sphere of concert dance in
which theatricality and passion propel every move. A Latin Social
Dance with members of Ballet Hispanico, which is free and open to the
public, will take place on Monday, April 2, from 6:30 to 7:30PM in the
Fine Arts Center Lobby.

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Picturing Enlightenment: Thangka in the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
This special exhibition marks the completion of an extensive project to conserve the Mead Art Museum’s collection of thangka (pronounced “tan-kah”)—scroll paintings of Buddhist figures. So fragile that they have remained largely inaccessible to scholars and museum visitors for nearly six decades, Amherst College’s eighteen thangka, primarily from Tibet, have been gently cleaned, stabilized, and repaired by conservators at Museum Textile Services in Andover, Massachusetts, under the leadership of Camille Myers Breeze. A generous grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and additional support from the Amherst College Department of Religion underwrote the conservation treatment. The Louis and Nettie Horch Foundation provided further support for the conservation of one thangka.
For more information, visit www.amherst.edu/museums/mead/programs/2011exhib/picturingenlightenment.

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Photo Exhibition: The Gesture in Light: Illuminated
Exhibit: The Gesture in Light: Illuminated by Theresa Antonellis runs from Monday Jan. 9 through Sunday May 11.
A reception will be held Thursday, February 2, from 4-6pm.

The exhibit consists of a related series of framed prints featuring photo-enhanced light photography by Theresa Antonellis.

Info: 577-0785, mcharney@library.umass.edu  

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Charles Dickens at 200
An exhibition of books by Charles Dickens from the Mortimer Rare Book Room, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Dickens birth in February 2012. The exhibition is in the Book Arts Gallery (Neilson, 3rd floor). See http://www.smith.edu/libraries/info/ for library open hours, direction and other general information.
The exhibition runs from January 15 through April 15, 2012

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Paste Papers of the Pioneer Valley

Exhibition is on view from January 15 through April 15, 2012.
"Paste Papers of the Pioneer Valley" features decorated paste papers by 19 bookbinders, most of whom live and work in the vicinity of Northampton. The exhibition marks the publication of "Paste Papers of the Pioneer Valley" in late fall 2011, and also showcases bookbindings which incorporate paste papers. All items on display are from the Mortimer Rare Book Room.
The exhibition is in the Neilson Library, 3rd floor. See http://www.smith.edu/libraries/info/ for library open hours, direction and other general information.

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Exhibition: Eija-Liisa Ahtila: The Annunciation
February 22-May 6, 2012

The University Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to present The Annunciation, a new work by Eija-Liisa Ahtila, the internationally acclaimed artist from Finland who is a pioneer in the development of multi-media art. Her work explores the potential of the film medium, weaving an intricate web of references between film and theater, painting and poetry, fiction and documentary.

Museum Hours: Beginning February 1, 2012
Tuesday-Friday, 11:00 AM-4:30 PM, Saturday/Sunday 2-5 PM
Closed Mondays and Spring Break, March 17-26

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BFA Candidates Exhibition
The Student Union Art Gallery at UMass Amherst proudly presents artwork of BFA Candidates--Liana Gozdowski, Leah Hollrock and Jameson Harper, from April 2nd through April 6th.

An opening reception will take place Tuesday, April 3 from 4-6 pm. Please join us to congratulate the artists. Light refreshments will be served. 

Student Union Art Gallery
Gallery Hours: Monday through Thursday 10 to 5 and Fridays 10 to 2.
326 Student Union

All events are free and open to the public. Made possible by the UMass Arts Council, the GSS, the SGA, and an ECSA (Engage, Connect, Serve, Achieve) Grant,  funded by the CSD  the Division of Student Affairs & Campus Life. 

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Documentary Film Screening: Shadows & Illuminations: A Balinese Man Haunted by the Spirit World
What roles do community, family, and cultural beliefs and practices play in mental health?

Shadows & Illuminations is part of the ethnographic film series “Afflictions: Culture & Mental Illness in Indonesia,” and is based on material drawn from 12 years of person-centered research by anthropologist and director Robert Lemelson. The screening is free and open to the public.

The film focuses on Nyoman Kereta, a rural Balinese man in his late sixties, who suffers from a mental illness. The film explores Kereta’s personal history of trauma, loss, and environmental illness, all of which may have contributed to his experience.

His story is placed in the context of local community, cultural beliefs and practices, with his family members and local mental health practitioners’ observations and perspectives.

Hampshire College Alumnus Dr. Robert Lemelson will introduce the film. Lemelson is an anthropologist who received his M.A. from the University of Chicago, and Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology, UCLA. He is also trained as a clinical psychologist. He is currently a research anthropologist at the Semel Institute of Neuroscience at UCLA. He is the president and founder of The Foundation for Psychocultural Research, a non-profit research foundation supporting research and training in the neurosciences and social sciences. In addition, Dr. Lemelson is the director of Elemental Productions, a documentary film production company.

For more information about the event, please contact cbd@hampshire.edu or call 413.559.5501. The auditorium is accessible. If you need special accommodations, please contact Hampshire’s disabilities services office 413.559.5423

This event is organized by the Foundation for Psychocultural Research and Hampshire College Program in Culture, Brain, and Development

For more information about the film, please visit www.afflictionsfilmseries.com

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”Women in Moroccan Cinema”.
This two day film festival continues on April 3 with the 6:30 screening of the short documentary film Arab Diaries: Home, or Maids in My Family, followed at 7:30pm by the documentary Aisha. After this film, there will be a pre-recorded Q&A with the directors, Oshri Hayun and Hili Cohen.

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Principles of Investing.
Interested in investing? This is the course for you! Professor Roger Kaufman will introduce the Smith community to the fundamental concepts of investing, including stocks and bonds, portfolio diversification and asset allocation, and much more. Lunch is provided for the first 50 attendees. Sponsored by the Center for Women and Financial Independence. For more information, visit www.smith.edu/wfi.

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Global Salon: Women in Subtitling
Global Salon: Women in Subtitling. With special guest Bouchra Bouziane, a visiting Fulbright Scholar from Morocco. A talk about representation of women in audiovisual translation and how women’s dialog in subtitling of Moroccan films is adapted. The topic is discussed from gender linguistics and feminist translation approaches.

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Imagining Female Sports Fans.
Kim Toffoletti, Five College Women's Studies Research Associate from Deakin University, will give a talk entitled “Imagining Female Sports Fans.” In her talk, Toffoletti analyses the way women supporters of sports are represented in popular western media. Situating her analysis within what has been described as a “postfeminist” climate, she examines the influence of prevailing narratives of gender and sexuality on images of women sport supporters, and reflects on how portrayals of female sports fans influence broader social perceptions of women who follow sport. This talk is co-sponsored with the Smith College Program for the Study of Women and Gender and the Five College Women's Studies Research Center.

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Snapshots of Undergraduate Students' Interest during Analytical Chemistry
The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education Institute presents:
Martina Nieswandt
School of Education, UMass

"Snapshots of Undergraduate Students' Interest during Analytical Chemistry Laboratory Activities"

This qualitative study explores whether undergraduate students' interest can be aroused in a mandatory analytical chemistry class that generally is considered of little to no interest. Assuming that certain features of a learning situation arouse a person's interest regardless of personal preferences (interestingness or non-interest) for the situation this study
asks: (1) Do a series of analytical chemistry laboratory activities, which are part of a required undergraduate analytic chemistry course, arouse students' situational interest? (2) If so, what stimuli promote situational interest and how does it develop throughout the semester?

The program begins at 4 PM; refreshments at 3:45 PM.
Parking available at the Campus Center Garage.
For more information, contact STEM Ed Institute at 545-0734.

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"How Can Art Be Used for Social Change?"
Join the ARTing Club and youth and staff from the Youth Action Coalition for an interactive afternoon of discussion, viewing youth-made art and delving into questions about the intersections of art and social justice! Cheese, fruit and cold apple cider will be served.

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"Acts of Faith: Interfaith Leadership in a Time of Global Religious Crisis"
Named by "U.S. News & World Report" as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009, Eboo Patel is the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a Chicago-based institution building the global interfaith youth movement. Author of the award-winning book "Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation," Eboo is also a regular contributor to "The Washington Post," National Public Radio and CNN. He served on President Obama’s Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.
His talk is sponsored by the Campus Challenge, Schwemm Fund, Willis Wood Fund and the Religion Department.

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Shakespeare Symposium in Honor of Frank Brownlow
A Shakespeare symposium in honor of Gwen and Allen Smith Professor of English Frank Brownlow. Featured speakers: William Carroll, Boston University, and Martha Tuck Rozett, University of Albany. Gamble Auditorium, Art Building.

A lecture and panel, small reception to follow

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"We are the 99%"
Economics professors Robert Buchele, Roger Kaufman, and James Miller will discuss whether growing income inequality is something about which we should be worried. They question whether we should instead focus on reducing poverty and not necessarily inequality, what policies might make sense for reducing inequality; what would happen if taxes are raised on high incomes (the "tradeoff between equality and growth"), and whether any degree of income inequality is acceptable in the presence of true equality of opportunity. Sponsored by the Center for Women and Financial Independence in connection with its 10th Anniversary C! elebration. Cosponsored by the Department of Economics. For more information, contact wfi@smith.edu or call x3653

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Andrew Salkey Memorial Reading

Poet Martín Espada will read at the Andrew Salkey Memorial Reading on Tuesday, April 3 from 7 to 8 p.m. The reading will take place on the lower level of the Harold F. Johnson Library Center, and is free and open to the public. After the reading, Espada will be available for a signing session.

Espada has published more than fifteen books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His latest collection of poems is called The Trouble Ball (Norton, 2011). The Republic of Poetry, a collection published by Norton in 2006, received the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His poems have appeared in the The New Yorker, Harper’s, The New York Times Book Review and The Best American Poetry.

As part of Hampshire’s commitment to social and artistic engagement, The Salkey Memorial Reading is organized in order to both commemorate the writer and beloved Hampshire professor, Andrew Salkey, and celebrate the work of living writers whose writing addresses similar concerns to Salkey’s.

The Salkey Memorial Reading is sponsored by The Creative Writing Program and The School of Critical Social Inquiry.

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Poetry Reading Eavan Boland and High School Prize Winners.
Eavan Boland will read her poetry with the winner and finalists of the Sixth Annual High School Girls Poetry Prize.

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