30th May 2012

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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The Cat Lover Speaks
"The Cat Lover Speaks" is an exhibition, curated by Sally Fisher AC '12, of books and prints featuring felines from the Mortimer Rare Book Room. See historical cats, cats in costume, cute cats, cats and rats, and more. For more information: mrbr@smith.edu or 413-585-2906. To check Library hours, see: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/hours

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New England Workshop on Social Network Analysis
Intructors: Dr. Ryan Acton, University of Massachusetts Amherst & Dr. Andrew Papachristos, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

How do diseases, violence, and fashion trends spread through a population? What is the connection between global trade patterns and modern art? Does marriage affect banking relationships? How do modern technologies such as Facebook affect our intimate relationships? How cohesive are terrorist cells, and how successful are the government’s attempt at dismantling them? How does peer pressure influence obesity, smoking, and other behaviors? The answer to all these questions is based on an understanding of social networks and how they are structured. This workshop is an introduction to the burgeoning field of social network analysis, which spans many disciplines. The morning sessions will focus on introducing the network paradigm, its basic tenets, and methods of data collection and analysis. Topics include: a history of the field; basic graph theory, notation, and properties; network visualization; properties of actors including centrality, power, prestige, and prominence; cohesion and sub-groupings; and a brief introduction to statistical models for social networks. The afternoon sessions will guide the participant through a hands-on tutorial using the R software platform. A variety of data examples will be used from multiple substantive areas.
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Location: UMass Amherst
Fees: General: $500 / Students: $400 / CRF Affiliates: $400
To Register: http://www.umass.edu/family/methodology/workshops-conferences

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