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5th April 2012
Art
   
 

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 Mead Art Museum's collection.

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Community
   
 

Spa Night
At this event of grooming and relaxation, we are offering services like henna tattoos, eyebrow and upper-lip threading, manicure and nail-painting, face masks and short massages, all within the price range of $3-$8. All are welcome to come drop by at the Spa Night in the Blanchard Campus Center.

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Hope of Haiti-CAUSE
Hope of Haiti, a student organization based at Mount Holyoke College strives to provide the youth more access to education in Haiti, one school at a time. Currently, we are supporting primary school Ecole Fraternite in Pernier. The school is in need of books, a bathroom, and a roof to cover them from the sun and rain when they study for exams. We will be holding a Benefit Dinner on April 5th 2012 at 7pm. Haitian cuisine and various caribbean dishes will be served and performances from different regions of Africa and the Caribbean will be showcased. All proceeds from the banquet will directly go to the school and will be used to enhance the noble work of Principal Dorce. $7 admission.

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Conference/Symposium
   
 

ETS Faculty Seminar--Virtual Ink: Collaborative Writing Tools
Educational Technology Services and The Jacobsen Writing Center welcome Richard Olivo (Biology) as keynote speaker, Al Rudnitsky (Education) on collaborative learning, and Janie Vanpée (French)with Wordpress classroom project. Interactive Google Docs workshop (bring your laptop).Refreshments. All 5-College faculty and staff are invited. For registration(Smith), program details, and parking information: http://www.smith.edu/its/ets/virtualink.html. or contact agabriel@smith.edu

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Dance Performance
   
 

Festival of Sound and Space Continues: Curiosity is Gravity.
Smith College's own Mike Vargas, dance, presents the fourth and final show in the Smith College Festival of Sound and Space. Curiosity is Gravity (solo piano plus surprises) is an evening of structured improvisations composed by Vargas during the last fifteen years, with titles like The Wind, Stripes, Zones, With, and Exertion. These consist of temporal, conceptual and procedural limitations that focus the playing. There may be additional sounds, visuals or even participatory elements in the show.

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Exhibitions
   
 

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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Exhibition: The Domestic Sphere Goes Pop
The Domestic Sphere Goes Pop, a new exhibition at the University Museum of Contemporary Art, investigates what happens to unremarkable objects when they are elevated to the status of art. The exhibition will open on Wednesday, April 4 and be on view through May 6. The opening reception will be held on Wednesday, April 4 from 5-7 p.m. and will include a gallery talk by Rebecca Bernard and Kristen Rudy, co-curators and candidates for Master's of Art in Art History, UMass Amherst.

The Domestic Sphere Goes Pop examines works on paper from the 1960s and 1970s. It focuses particularly on the ways artists manipulate color, form, scale, context, and technique to defamiliarize the everyday. Artists in this exhibition include: Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein, Eduardo Paolozzi, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, and Andy Warhol. The works of art in this exhibition have been drawn from the strong permanent collection of the University Museum of Contemporary Art.

The Domestic Sphere Goes Pop is co-curated by Rebecca Bernard and Kristen Rudy, Masters in Art History candidates, 2012. This exhibition is presented as the culmination of their Curatorial Fellowship. The Curatorial Fellowship is a year-long Independent Study that is conducted in collaboration with the Art History Program. The Fellowship entails all aspects of producing an exhibition, including grant writing, researching the UMCA's permanent collection, and developing concepts and theoretical underpinnings. The success of this program is made possible through the support and guidance of Loretta Yarlow (Gallery Director), Eva Fierst (Curator of Education), and
Mario Ontiveros (Assistant Professor of Art History).

Museum Hours:
Tuesday-Friday, 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Saturday/Sunday 2 to 5 PM
Closed Mondays

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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
www.umass.edu/rso/suag
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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Film/Video
   
 

German Film Series: "Pina"
Celebrated director Wim Wenders pays homage to the late legendary choreographer Pina Bausch and her Tanztheater Wuppertal in this fascinating mixture of docudrama and experimental performance film.

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KONY2012 Screening
“KONY 2012" a 30-minute documentary film that aims to expose the abuses of Ugandan guerrilla Joseph Kony and his murderous Lord’s Resistance Army, has received more than 52 million views on YouTube and more than 14 million on Vimeo since it was posted. Artist in Residence Eric Gottesman and Amy Finnegan, who has written about the conflict in Uganda, host the film and accompanying discussion.

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"Creating Buddhas: The Making and Meaning of Fabric Thangkas"
The Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations at Amherst College and Amherst Cinema, in partnership with the Asian Arts & Culture Program at the Fine Arts Center of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, are happy to announce the documentary "Creating Buddhas: The Making and Meaning of Fabric Thangkas," which will be shown on April 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Amherst Cinema, with a Q&A with director Isabella Leidenfrost. "Creating Buddhas" is the story of a Western woman who became a maker of fabric thangkas. Now, with great love and devotion, she is bringing the gift of fabric thangkas to our culture. Fabric thangka is a silk embroidered and appliquéd art form in Tibetan Buddhism and is also known as applique thangka, brocade thangka and silk thangka. Fabric thangka is so rare that in some places it is only seen once a year, and then for only for a few hours. Trained in Dharamsala, India, for nine years, Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo is one of the few female thangka makers in the world and one of the only fabric thangka makers in the West. This film explores Leslie’s life-changing journey of discovering fabric thangka, her apprenticeship in Dharmasala, the step-by-step by process of producing a fabric thangka and the history and spiritual importance of the art form in Tibetan Buddhism.
To purchase tickets, please visit
http://amherstcinema.org/films-and-events/creating-buddhas-making-and-meaning-fabric-thangkas.

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German Film Series: "Pina"
Celebrated director Wim Wenders pays homage to the late legendary choreographer Pina Bausch and her Tanztheater Wuppertal in this fascinating mixture of docudrama and experimental performance film.

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Lecture/Reading
   
 

Interpreting Financial News.
This series covers timely and relevant global finance topics. Regular contributors, economics department professors Mahnaz Mahdavi and James Miller and other guest speakers discuss issues related to the stock market, employment and the economy, healthcare, technology, philanthropy and more. Lunch 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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"Understanding the Holy Man in His Local Religious Environment"
David Frankfurter is a scholar of ancient Mediterranean religions, with specialties in Jewish and Christian apocalyptic literature, magical texts, popular religion and Egypt in the Roman and late antique periods. Frankfurter’s particular interests revolve around theoretical issues such as the place of magic in religion, the relationship between religion and violence, the nature of Christianization and the representation of evil in culture. He teaches courses on Western religions, comparative religions, Jewish and Christian apocalyptic literature and the documents of early Christianity, including extra-canonical sources, magical texts and saints’ lives. His publications include "Elijah in Upper Egypt," "Religion in Roman Egypt: Assimilation and Resistance" and "Evil Incarnate: Rumors of Demonic Conspiracy and Satanic Abuse in History." His current work in progress, tentatively entitled "Christianizing Egypt: Syncretism and Local Worlds in Late Antiquity," concerns the various religious sites in late Roman Egypt, such as homes, shrines and workshops, where Christianity was combined with Egyptian traditions.

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22nd Annual Lehmann Lecture.
Jeffrey Hurwit, Professor of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, will give the 22nd Annual Phyllis Williams Lehmann Lecture, "The Shipwreck of Odysseus: Problems in the Imagery of Geometric Greek Art." Reception to follow in the BFAC Atrium.

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A Reading by Carole DeSanti
A reading by Carole DeSanti reading from her debut novel, "The Unruly Passions of Eugenie R".

Reception with Five College Women's Studies Research Center co-sponsor follows at the FCWSRC, 83 College Street, South Hadley at 9pm.

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Faculty Fiction Reading
Faculty Fiction Reading by Karen Osborn (Patchwork, Between Earth and Sky, The River Road) and Dean Albarelli (Cheaters and Other Stories)

Sponsored by the Department of English at MHC.
The event is free and open to the public.


http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/english/events.html

contact Sara London, slondon@mtholyoke.edu

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Music
   
 

University Horn Chair & Trombone Choir
UNIVERSITY HORN CHOIR & TROMBONE CHOIR
Laura Klock & Greg Spiridopoulos, directors
Includes music by Debussy, Wilder & Tcherepnin
No charge

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The M&Cs and Unusual Suspects Benefit Concert The Search for Convenient Resilience
Join M&C acapella and the Unusual Suspects for a benefit show not to be missed. The student organizations will be donating all of their proceeds to The Search for Convenient Resilience, a project that will take two soon-to-be graduates across the country to visit practical and economical environmental projects occurring across the country. From homesteading, alternative energies, urban gardens and upcycling projects Dana Rubin and Hannah Blackmer plan on proving the positive benefits of making small environmental changes within their lives. They need your help. http://www.facebook.com/events/381907518501297/ $3 for everyone.

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Special Event
   
 

Art & Yoga Workshop
Harim Kirin, author of the book "Art & Yoga" will conduct an interactive workshop of kundalini yoga and art. Participants should dress for yoga and bring a yoga mat if they like.

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Beyond Belief Unusual Spiritual Journeys
A conversation with authors Thomas Moore (Care for the Soul) and Hari Kirin (Art & Yoga) on their unusual spiritual journeys.

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Theater
   
 

New Play Reading Series: The Analog Play.
By Diane Exavier. In an exploration of intimacy during a sweltering digital age, a few people negotiate the time, spaces, and terms of what may or may not be lasting connections in a brave new world that might just really be the same old thing. Before the play, the audience is invited to participate in a round of Connect4Love, a good old match-making game.

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Women of Amherst: "If These Lips Could Talk"
On April 5, 6 and 7 at 8 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room of Converse Hall, Women of Amherst will give voice to the unspoken experiences, questions and thoughts of Amherst women.
Inspired by years of performing Eve Ensler's "Vagina Monologues," our original show, "If These Lips Could Talk", explores the joy, pain, courage, sorrow, humor and excitement of Amherst women.
All the proceeds from ticket donations and our annual raffle will go to NELCWIT, a local center for survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence. Suggested donation is $5 for students and $10 for the general public. Reserve tickets now at woamherst.eventbrite.com.
Contact woamherst@gmail.com if you have any questions regarding ticket reservations.

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Workshop
   
 

Peoples Prep Charter School Info Session
Information on programs and job opportunities with Peoples Preparatory Charter School. Smith alumna Jess Rooney, 03, will speak about the organization and careers available.

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