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Staceyann Chin

Thursday, March 3, 2011, at 7:00 p.m.
Neilson Browsing Room

Staceyann Chin is a spoken word poet, performing artist and LGBT rights political activist. Her work has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Pittsburgh Daily, and has been featured on 60 Minutes. She was also featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, where she shared her struggles growing up homosexual in Jamaica.

Openly lesbian, Staceyann Chin has been an "out poet and political activist" since 1998. In addition to performing in and co-writing the Tony-nominated Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Chin has appeared in Off-Broadway one-woman shows and at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.

Charlayne Hunter–Gault: "From Jim Crow America to Apartheid South Africa & Beyond: A Journalist's Journey"

Friday, March 27, 2009, at 7:30 p.m.

Mount Holyoke, Art Museum Gamble Auditorium

The Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts at Mount Holyoke College's year–long public program series, Body Politic(s), explores contemporary political matters, issues of women and power and powerlessness, and the issues, possibilities, and challenges that arise when bodies are politicized by domestic and international policies, wars, and conflicts. Charlayne Hunter–Gault, the Emmy and Peabody Award–winning journalist will deliver the first Spring 2009 Body Politic(s) lecture with her talk, "From Jim Crow America to Apartheid South Africa and Beyond: A Journalist's Journey."

Charlayne Hunter–Gault is a veteran and prize–winning journalist. She was part of the heroic cohort of students who integrated universities in the American South during the Civil Rights era. She was the first African American woman to enter the University of Georgia and she graduated in 1962 with a degree in journalism. At the New York Times she was the first African American reporter on staff and she held the position of Harlem Bureau Chief. During her tenure at the New York Times, Ms. Gault won numerous awards, including the National Urban Coalition Award for Distinguished Urban Reporting and the New York Times' Publisher's Award. She served as Johannesburg Bureau Chief and Correspondent for CNN, and spent two decades at PBS where she was national correspondent for The News Hour with Jim Lehrer and also was anchor of Rights and Wrongs, the award–winning human rights–focused newsmagazine. From 1997 to 1999, she was based in Johannesburg as chief correspondent in Africa for NPR. She has written for numerous publications, including Essence, Ms., The New York Times Magazine, Saturday Review, The New York Times Book Review, Essence, Life, O: The Oprah Magazine, and Vogue. Her honors include two Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, and many honorary degrees. Her books include New News Out of Africa: What Africa Means to Me and In My Place, a memoir of her role in the civil rights movement as the first African American woman admitted to the University of Georgia.

For more information about Mount Holyoke's Body Politic(s) series, visit www.mtholyoke.edu/go/bodypolitics.

Weissman Center's Tenth Anniversary Leadership Symposium

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Mount Holyoke

Presentations by Congresswoman Nita Lowey (Mount Holyoke '59), activist Carolyn Jessop, journalist Maria Hinojosa, MHC Athletics Director Laurie Priest, historian Mary Kelley, and Emmy award–winning journalist Charlayne Hunter–Gault.

For a schedule of events, visit www.mtholyoke.edu/wcl/22171.shtml.

Undergraduate Ethics Symposium

April 9–11, 2009

DePauw University, Greencastle, IN

The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University is sponsoring an Undergraduate Ethics Symposium, shaped around a series of workshops in which students present to one another their best work on a subject of ethical concern.

We hope to receive from students thoughtful and insightful essays and creative writing works which explore, analyze and examine ethical issues in a variety of ways. While writings on all areas of ethical concern are welcome, we especially encourage two topics for this year: "Biomedical Ethics" and "Ethics & Race."

The students whose works are accepted for the symposium will benefit from the critiques and comments of their peers in the seminar, and also from the visiting scholar or creative writer who will direct the workshop. Our goal is that each student who participates in the Symposium will have a polished piece of writing which she can then submit in a portfolio, a graduate school application, or a job application. A number of the student works will be selected for publication, along with the writings of the visiting scholars and creative writers.

This is an honors symposium, and those students whose works are received by the February 1, 2009 deadline and accepted for inclusion in the conference program by panels of DePauw faculty members will have all of their expenses paid for the conference. DePauw will cover travel expenses (up to $500), lodging and food for each conference participant. The group will be relatively small; we hope to have 20–30 students from a variety of colleges and universities. The seminars in which the works will be discussed will consist of seven to ten students each.

New Hampshire Institute of Politics Leadership Opportunity

New Hampshire Institute of Politics has partnered with Rutgers University and the Center for American Women in Politics (CAWP) to bring New Leadership, the acclaimed leadership training program for undergraduate women, to New England.

This is a five–day summer residential program for college women designed to educate, engage and empower young women in the political process. For more detailed information, visit www.anselm.edu/newleadership.

Students from all majors are welcome.
Application deadline is March 13, 2009.

Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT)

Founded in 1990 by Kelly Wise, the IRT provides academic and individualized support to students from diverse backgrounds who wish to attain graduate degrees in the humanities, social sciences, education, and mathematics. IRT participants are individuals who plan to pursue careers in teaching, counseling, and administration at both the K–12 and university levels.

The IRT sponsors two programs. The Summer Workshop is a four week program held on the campus of Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. The Associate program is geared toward undergraduates who are recent graduates or otherwise engaged in summer research activities. Participants in both programs are sponsored by the IRT as they apply to graduate schools in a consortium of 42 affiliated universities. The consortium universities waive application fees for IRT applicants.

ENG 337s (01) The Political Imagination in Contemporary South Africa

Spring 2009, Mondays 1:15–4:05 p.m., at Mount Holyoke College, taught by Donald Weber: This seminar examines the variety of literary and cultural expression in South Africa since the 1970s, focusing on the relations between art and political struggle. Among the topics to be discussed are the imagination of history in South African literature; the emergence of the Black Consciousness movement (and its legacies); responses to the Truth and Reconcilliation Commission.

Institute for Cultural Diversity (ICD)
Berlin in February 2009

The ICD is an international, not–for–profit, non–governmental organization focused on the theoretical and practical promotion of cultural exchange as a tool for improving relations in all areas. To learn more about our activity, please visit www.culturaldiplomacy.org.

February 2–6: The ICD Academy for Cultural Diplomacy

For more information, click here.

February 9–13: Europe Meets Latin America: Forum for Young Leaders

For more information, click here.

February 16–20: Cultural Diplomacy in Europe: A Forum for Young Leaders

For more information, click here.

February 23–27: Cultural Diplomacy in Africa: A Forum for Young Leaders

For more information, click here.

Five College African Studies Conference (FICAS)

February 27–28, 2009

Smith College

The Five Colleges of western Massachusetts (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst) will host a regional conference to provide an informal arena for scholars of Africa in all disciplines, from throughout New England and eastern New York State, to gather informally to exchange views and to discuss common concerns and shared issues.

Participants will be asked to cover their own transport and lodging. (We have reserved a block of hotel rooms at a reduced rate; for information on lodging, please see below.) The conference will provide a casual dinner on Friday and continental breakfast and light lunch on Saturday. For information on the conference please contact David Newbury, Smith College: dnewbury@smith.edu.

For more information and to register, go to www.fivecolleges.edu/sites/african.

Please register by February 18, 2009

Graduate Student Opportunity: Capital Fellows Programs in California

The nationally recognized Capital Fellows Programs are sponsored by the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento and are an outstanding opportunity for college gaduates to engage in public service and prepare for a future career.

Fellows work 10–11 months as full–time staff members in the California State Assemblv, Senate, Executive Branch or within the California Judicial Branch. They gain first–hand experience in governing the most diverse state in the nation and a sense of personal involvement in the leadership of California society.

For detailed information about the programs and applications, please visit www.csus.edu,/calst/programs. Individuals are invited to apply to one or more of the progams that meet their interests and qualifications. Prospective Capital Fellows must complete appiication forms and submit the required information by the postmark deadline of: February 25, 2009.

If you have questions regarding the Capital Fellows Programs, please contact the Center for California Studies at (915) 278–6906 or calstudies@.csus.edu.

Emergent Colloquium #2

Friday, February 20th, 2009 at 2 p.m.

Shirley Graham Du Bois Library, New Africa House, UMass

Presenting "Scorched Earth: The Etiology and Spread of Guerrilla Organization in the Western Transvaal, July 1900 to December 1902," an essay by Professor John Higginson.

To receive a copy of the essay, please email Tricia Loveland (tlovelan@afroam.umass.edu) or Margo Crawford (margoc@afroam.umass.edu).

Black History Month Conference: Remembering Lincoln in the Age of Obama

February 23, 2009, from 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Memorial Hall, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

The W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies would like to commemorate Black History Month at the University with a conference on Abraham Lincoln and emancipation during the Civil War.

It is appropriate to celebrate black history month at the university with a public event that will examine both Lincoln's legacy on race and black rights at a historic moment in U.S. history, the inauguration of the nation's first African American President who evokes the words and example of Lincoln.

The conference features Professor John Stauffer of Harvard University whose book Giants on Lincoln and Frederick Douglass was blurbed by President Obama and Professor Manisha Sinha of the University of Massachusetts, who has written and spoken widely on Lincoln and African Americans (Our Lincoln) and on the historic nature of Barack Obama's presidential campaign and inauguration in The Huffington Post.

5:30-6:30 p.m.
Chair: John Bracey, professor of Afro–American studies, University of Massachusetts

Members of the Panel: John Stauffer, Professor of English, Harvard University: "Douglass, Lincoln, Obama: Influences and Legacies of these Self-Made Men"
Manisha Sinha, associate professor of Afro-American studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst: "Allies for Emancipation?: Black Abolitionists and Lincoln"

6:30–7:30 p.m.
Reception and book party following the panel. The book display will showcase latest scholarship on Lincoln and the Civil War era written by the participants.

Kwame Dawes: "Reggae and History: How Reggae Shaped the Way We Understand History"

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.

Augusta Savage Gallery, New Africa House, UMass

The Five College Center for Crossroads in the Study of the Americas and the W.E.B. DuBois Department of Afro–American Studies at UMass Amherst are honored to present Kwame Dawes, poet, scholar, and activist from the University of South Carolina.

Nikky Finney, award–winning poet, sister South Carolinian, and Graze Hazard Conkling Writer–in–Residence at Smith College will introduce Professor Dawes, whose talk will take place amid a current exhibit of the work of distinguished painter, visual artist, and former UMass faculty member Nelson Stevens.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Saturday, February 7th, 2009 at 4 p.m.

Mwangi Center, Smith College

The Office of Multicultural Affairs will observe the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service by encouraging faculty, staff and families, and students especially, to spend sometime in the community volunteering their time and/or collecting donations for local organizations and agencies.

While volunteer efforts will occur during the morning and early afternoon on February 7th, everyone is invited to a reception at 4 p.m. in Mwangi Center to reflect on their volunteer experience, and to hear student participants of the oratorical contest.

salt.edu writing//recording//photographing

The Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine educates and promotes documentary storytellers and is looking for students to spend 15 weeks writing, recording, and photographing documentaries for fall and spring semesters. Go to www.salt.edu for more information or call (207) 761-0060.

Wistariahurst Museum: New Oral History Initiative

The Wistariahurst Museum has received funds from the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities for a new oral history initiative that will include a training session with local scholars on how to conduct oral history interviews; a library of oral history texts; trainees collecting digital oral histories from local institutions; oral history opportunities for classrooms; and access to these oral histories via the museum Web site and on air at local broadcasting stations.

Wistariahurst will advertise the need for local citizens to apply to be local oral historians. Participants will be chosen based on experience, willingness to learn and time schedules. These participants, after being trained, will eventually become our oral historians who will go out into the field and interview residents of Holyoke. Once in the field, we expect our oral historians to meet monthly to discuss and review relevant texts and learn from each other's field experience. When the oral historians have collected three interviews each, they will then become the tools for local educators who are interested in bringing oral history techniques into their classrooms.

Contact Kate Thibodeau, Holyoke's City Historian, for more information.

Labrys Call for Entries

Labrys, the Smith College art and literary magazine is launching a new online space for students to share and showcase their work.

Introducing The Labcat, the online life of Labrys, Smith College's art and literary magazine. We want to see what you do, and we want you to see what we do, and not just once a year! Please send submissions as attachments to labrys@email.smith.edu. We especially like short poems, flash essays, flash fiction, jokes, comics, fotos, drawings, scans/transcripts of things you made or wrote in grade school, and last but certainly not least, collages. That said, send in whatever you are up to!

We are hoping to create a space for a wider variety of work to be shared— across departments, media, and class years. This means writing and visual projects from art to math to English to archaeology to biochemistry!

Internship Opportunity at the Studio Museum in Harlem

The Studio Museum in Harlem is currently accepting applications for the Winter internship season, which runs from December 2008 through February 2009.

10–week, paid internship positions are available in the Curatorial, Education, Development, and Public Relations departments, and the Director's Office.

Alternative Spring Break: New Orleans & Gulf States

We are pleased to announce that Alternative Spring Break (ASP) is now accepting applications for our annual trip to New Orleans and the Gulf States. This year, we plan to continue help restore these regions from hurricane damage, but we will also expand our mission to include more youth work and interpersonal activism.

Upon acceptance, each team member will be required to attend weekly meetings. While credit is not offered for participation, expect to make a 2–3 hour time commitment per week in the weeks leading up to the trip. Various meeting times will be offered, but attendance is absolutely mandatory. One missed meeting means probation. Two missed meetings and your invitation will be revoked. Meetings will typically run 1–1-1/2 hours. If you are interested in obtaining credit for the program, you will need to make those arrangement on your own.

ASB feels very strongly about understanding the uniqueness situation of the in New Orleans and other disaster–struck areas before we try to "remedy" it. As such, weekly meetings are meant to be forums to open up dialogue about activism and social justice as they relate to disaster. Common discussion themes may address issues of race, gender, class and spirituality.

A substantial portion of meeting time will also be dedicated to team building and fundraising efforts. There is a fee for the trip, which we anticipate will be about $200.00. Each team is required to do additional fundraising to meet the costs of the trip. Team building is also crucial as you will work very closely under difficult conditions with your team during spring recess.

Priority deadline (get first–choice destination) is November 1, 2008; Regular decision deadline is December 1, 2008; Last call deadline is January 1, 2009.

Please e–mail altspringbreak09@gmail.com for an application.

AFRO–AM 236 History of the Civil Rights Movement

Winter Session 2009: January 5–23, 2009, Mondays–Thursdays, 3:30–6:30 p.m. at UMass Amherst, taught by Cristy Casado Tondeur: Are you looking for an awesome class to take during winter session? Come learn about "History of the Civil Rights Movement"! Through thought provoking discussions, group work, lecture, video, and engaging readings you will gain a greater appreciation of the women and men who made a profound impact on American society.

http://www.umassulearn.net/

Call for Submissions

Women, Power and Politicsglobal online exhibition at the International Museum of Women (IMOW) extends an invitation to the Smith student body to publish your views and works in its current global online exhibition Women, Power and Politics.

From March 8 to December 31, 2008, Women, Power and Politics focuses on a provocative new topic each month, such as campaigning, voting, power and appearance, religion and politics, and women's transnational organizing.

Log on to the online exhibition at www.imow.org/wpp and share your views. Or learn how to submit your work at www.imow.org/wpp/about. IMOW accepts essays, academic papers, art, photography, film, political cartoons and other creative work related to its exhibition topics. Your work could be chosen for a special feature in the exhibition's upcoming topic on campaigning in October or transnational organizing in November. Work can also be submitted in one of the exhibition's four languages: Arabic, English), French and Spanish.

Be a part of a global community of artists, activists and intellectuals working to transform the lives of women and the world. IMOW is an online social change museum with a mission to value the lives of women around the world and amplify their voices using innovative multi–media exhibitions and a global online community.

Black Womanhood: Images, Icons and Ideologies of the African Body

Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 17, 2008, at 6:00 p.m.
Exhibition dates: September 17–December 14, 2008

Wellesley College Davis Museum

From traditional African pottery to colonial–era photographs and postcards, images of black womanhood appear in many artistic genres.

By combining divergent media from differing time periods in a new exhibit, Black Womanhood: Images, Icons and Ideologies of the African Body, the Davis Museum will seek to unravel many often–romanticized, sexualized and stereotyped visions of the black female body. The exhibition will showcase art by both male and female artists in traditional African cultures. In addition, it will feature images of black womanhood as viewed by Western colonial artists and by contemporary artists of the African diaspora. The opening celebration for Black Womanhood will include gallery talks on featured exhibitions by both artists and curators and a performance by the all-female musical ensemble Zili Misik.

Exposures: Other Histories in Early Postcards from Africa

Opening Reception: November 20, 2008, 6–8:00 p.m.
Exhibition dates: November 21–January 18, 2009

Boston University Art Gallery

The Boston University Art Gallery (BUAG) continues its 2008–2009 season with the presentation of Exposures: Other Histories in Early Postcards from Africa. The exhibit presents early African postcards as a reflection of life on the continent between 1870 and the 1930s.

The exhibition is a collaborative effort between Cynthia Becker, Assistant Professor of African Art at Boston University and Christraud M. Geary, Teel Curator of African and Oceanic Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. It showcases selections from private collections and creates a poignant display of postcards produced from images by both African and foreign photographers during that era. Cynthia Becker says: "Instead of focusing on European stereotypes so prevalent in photography during colonialism, we wanted to show indigenous African self–portrayal and demonstrate how Africans took control of their own self–images."

The picture postcards in this exhibition expose Africans as cosmopolitan people, participating in creative exchange and imaginative engagement across lines of difference. They reveal other histories, showing how the lives of Africans unfolded in vibrant cities during the colonial era and how Africans fashioned their own cosmopolitan image of modernity. The postcards also demonstrate that African rulers recognized the power of the image to legitimize their rule and used photography and by extension postcards for this purpose.

"We wonder if the Africans depicted in these postcards knew their personal photographs had second lives," says Becker. Today the images on these cards help modern audiences better understand African agency and other histories, which typically have been subverted and forgotten over time. Dedicated to serving the public of New England as well as the university community, Boston University Art Gallery (BUAG) is a non-profit art gallery geared toward an interdisciplinary interpretation of art and culture. Maintaining an ongoing exhibition schedule in its current location since 1958, now named the Stone Gallery, exhibitions focus on international, national, and regional art developments, chiefly in the twentieth century. BUAG has a particular commitment to offer a culturally inclusive view of art, one that expands the boundaries of museum exhibitions. BUAG is located at 855 Commonwealth Avenue, at the Stone Gallery inside the College of Fine Arts building on the Boston University campus (BU West T stop on the "B" Green Line).

Gallery hours are Tuesday–Friday 11:00–5:00 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 1–5:00 p.m. (closed Mondays and holidays). Exhibition and gallery events free and open to the public

For more information, please visit www.bu.edu/art.

Roundtable Discussion: "Visions of Freedom: African American Visual Art of the '60s and '70s"

Saturday, December 13th, 2008, at 1:00 p.m.

Springfield Museum's Davis Auditorium

Presentations by eminent artists and scholars Nelson Stevens, Richard Yarde, Margo Crawford and Mario Ontiveros.

For more information visit http://www.umass.edu/afroam.

Brown Bag Seminar: "Haunted Methodology, or 'Foxy Brown' and the Problem of Disciplinary"

Thursday, December 4th, at 12:30 p.m.

Amherst College Cooper House, Room 101 (Black Studies Reading Room), 89 College Street

The Black Studies Department at Amherst College presents a Brown Bag Seminar with Marisa Parham of Amherst College, entitled, "Haunted Methodology, or 'Foxy Brown' and the Problem of Disciplinarity."

This paper takes up the question of methodology when looking at texts from a cross–disciplinary perspective, especially when the texts at hand are themselves cross–purposed in their significations. To get at this, this paper looks at three texts: the 1974 blaxploitation film, Foxy Brown, Angela Davis' discussion of her seventies Afro as a pop–culture ideograph, and Avery Gordon's research on the ghostly iconography of the Abu Ghraib prison debacle.

Please contact Karla Keyes at blackstudies@amherst.edu to be included among the participants of the seminar and receive an advance copy of Parham's essay.

A light lunch will be provided.

Poetryfest Call for Entries

Two poets need to represent Smith at the seventh annual Five–College Student Poetryfest. The Poetryfest reading will take place at Amherst in the spring semester with two students from each of the five colleges reading for five minutes each. This is not a competition, just a celebration of student poetry in the valley.

To be considered, please submit five unstapled pages of poetry, plus cover sheet with name and contact info. Send or deliver your entry to:
Five College Poetryfest
c/o Bobbie Kozash
Pierce 105

Deadline is Thursday, December 4, at 2:00 p.m. Any questions: aboutell@email.smith.edu.

An Afternoon of Performance Poetry with Patricia Smith and Cheryl Boyce–Taylor

Thursday, December 4th, at 4:30 p.m.

Theatre Green Room (T114) with reception to follow.

Film Series: "Black Woman's Body in Africa"

Wednesdays, from September 24–December 3

Wellesley College Davis Museum

In conjunction with Black Womanhood, a film series, "Black Woman's Body in Africa," will begin September 24 with a screening of Safe Faye's Mossane(1996). The film series will consist of works exploring various images of black womanhood in Africa, the Diaspora and the United States.

According to Davis Museum organizers, the juxtaposition of several art forms will create a deeper understanding of the ways in which black women have been represented by diverse artists in the past and present.

"The exhibition provides the opportunity to raise awareness about the history of stereotypes of black womanhood and the continued impact they have not just on artists today, but on all of us living in the global community," explained curator Barbara Thompson.

For more information, call (781) 283–2034.

The West Wing actress Anna Deavere Smith performance

Sunday, November 30th, at 7:30 p.m.

Westfield State College's Dever Auditorium

Actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith, best known for her role as Nancy McNally, the national security advisor on NBC's former hit, The West Wing, will perform a concert version of her play, Let Me Down Easy.

The event is part of the Westfield State College Foundation Speaker Series, which is free and open to the public.

Symposium: "Cosmopolitan Identities and Alternative Histories: Africans in Front and Behind the Camera"

Saturday, November 22, at 9:30–6:30 p.m.

Boston University African Studies Center, 270 Bay State Road, Boston, MA

Curator Discussion

Saturday, November 22, from 9:30–6:30 p.m.

Boston University Stone Gallery, Boston, MA

Curators Cynthia Becker and Christraud Geary will lead a discussion of the art and explore the conception of the exhibit.

Native American Food Night

Wednesday, November 19th, at 5:30 p.m.

King/Scales, Chase/Duckett Dinning Halls

Hosted by ISSA (Indigenous Smith Students & Allies). The menu includes fry bread Indian tacos, pesole soup (hominy soup), corn, squash, and pumpkin pie (vegan/vegetarian options). Discussion to follow.

Discussion on Native American Identity

Wednesday, Nov. 19th, at 7:00 p.m. (after Food Night)

Seelye 106

Alice Nash, UMass History Professor and co-coordinator of the 5 College Certificate in Native American Studies will lead a discussion on Native American Identity.

Film Showing: Powwow Highway

Tuesday, November 18th, at 7:00 p.m.

Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall

Buddy Red Bow and Philbert Bano are best friends, trying to cope with their troubles linked to their heritage and identity. When Buddy's sister gets arrested, Buddy and Philbert try to have her released. In the meantime, they must care for her children. This film illustrates many of the complex issues Native Americans face today, including the continuous struggle to become and remain a sovereign people.

Tonya Gonnella Frichner, Esq. of the Onondaga Nation

Monday, November 17th, at 7:00 p.m.

Neilson Browsing Room

President & founder of American Indian Law Alliance Non Governmental Organization in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (20087–2011 appointment North American Regional Representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues) will speak on indigenous issues and her role as an unpaid UN representative.

Professor Paula J. Giddings Discusses Her Book

Tuesday, November 18th, at 7:00 p.m.

UMass New Africa House Shirley Graham Du Bois Library (2nd Floor): Professor Giddings discusses her book Ida: A Sword Among Lions. Sponsored by the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro–American Studies in conjunction with the Local Amherst Branch of Association for the Study of African American Life & History. For more info call (413) 545–2751.

Film Showing: Bunker Hill, with introduction by director Kevin Willmott

Monday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Herter Hall, Room 231, UMass Amherst

Bunker Hill, the new independent feature film from director Kevin Willmott (CSA: Confederate States of America) stars Emmy and Peabody Award winner James McDaniel (NYPD Blue); Laura Kirk, star and co–writer of the acclaimed feature film Lisa Picard is Famous, which premiered at The Cannes Film Festival; and Saeed Jaffrey the legendary actor from India who has starred in more than 150 films.

What would happen if 9/11 happened again? Bunker Hill is the story of a former Wall Street executive who leaves prison and heads for the small town of Bunker Hill, Kansas, where his ex–wife and their children have started a new life. Soon after he arrives, an apparent massive terrorist attack against America darkens the town. Cut off from the world, the town's militant past is reawakened and forces coalesce to protect citizens from an unseen enemy. The town's fear leads to the creation of a posse of gunmen, resulting in torture, illegal searches and eventually, murder. Civil liberties and justice itself hang in the balance as the town must decide whether to embrace freedom or fear.

For trailer and further information go to http://www.bunkerhillthefilm.com/

Sponsored by Program for Undergraduate Mentoring and Achievement, UMass Amherst (413) 577-1740. Free and open to the public.

Free Concert: Salman Ahmad (of Junoon) and Samir Chatterjee

Sunday, November 16 at 4:00 p.m.

Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall

Free concert for Peace and Tolerance that features guitarist Salman Ahmad and Indian virtuoso tabla player Samir Chatterjee.

The pair will perform live contemporary music from Pakistan and India. Ahmad's "Sufi Rock" band Junoon has sold over 25 million albums worldwide. A passionate peace activist, Ahmad has performed at the Nobel Peace Prize awards ceremony and has appeared with Pearl Jam, Iron Maiden, Queensryche, Sting, Def Leppard, and Prodigy. Chatterjee's work has has been a catalyst for the fusion of Indian and Western musical traditions. He has performed extensively on Indian national radio and television and has appeared with Ravi Shankar, Vilayat Khan, Bhimsen Joshi, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Dance Theater of Harlem, Boston Philharmonic, Ethos Percussion group, Da Capo Chamber Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva, and other jazz, classical, and avant–garde musicians and ensembles. Ahmad and Chatterjee will present an acoustic blend of popular music incorporating Eastern and Western influences and conveying messages of peace and tolerance. The concert is co–sponsored by The Smith College Music Department, the President's Office, the Lecture Committee, and the Kent Fund.

Ahmad, a trained doctor who left a promising career in medicine to embrace his deep passion for music, has inspired thousands of Muslims and Hindus in Pakistan and India to work towards a peaceful resolution of their half–century conflict. At one point in his career he was banned from Pakistani TV and radio; and band members received death threats for his outspokenness. He served as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador on HIV/AIDS in 2004, and joined relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina victims and earthquake victims of northern Pakistan in 2005.

Film Screening: It's My Country Too

Tuesday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall

It's My Country Too, produced by Pakistan's top rock musician, Salman Ahmad, is a BBC–World documentary film that features Ahmad as he explores post 9/11 views of American Muslims. The lead guitarist and founding member of Junoon, South Asia's most popular rock band, fields questions about the social consequences of the 9/11 attacks, talking to taxi drivers, students, an attorney, and a Muslim mother of a 9/11 victim. The event, which is co–sponsored by the Music Department, President's Office, and Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, will offer a post–film discussion with Smith faculty Suleiman Mourad (religion) and Saleema Waraich (art history) with Jennifer Walters, dean of Religious Life serving as moderator. Free.

Writing, Language and Globalization: Readings from Wizard of the Crow

Monday, November 10, at 6:00 p.m.

MacMillan 117, 324 Brook St, Providence, RI

Reading with Ngügï wa Thiong'o. Sponsored by Africana studies at Brown University. For more information: (401) 863-3558.

Conversations in Africana Writing

Friday, November 7, at 4:00 p.m.

Brown University, Salomon 101 on the Main Green, Providence, RI

Politics and the Novel: conversations with Ngügï wa Thiong'o and George Lamming. Sponsored by Africana studies at Brown University. For more information: (401) 863-3558.

Elections 2008: History in the Making

Thursday, November 6, at 4:30 p.m.

Mount Holyoke College Clapp Hall

A discussion featuring Columbia University law professor and The Nation columnist Patricia Williams and National Review Online editor Kathryn Jean Lopez. This forum is the third fall semester event in Body Politic(s), our 2008–2009 Weissman Center lecture series. Our speakers will discuss the 2008 elections and outcomes, and assess the current and future impact of class, gender, and race on U.S. elections.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information go to http://www.mtholyoke.edu/wcl/20399.shtml

Otelia Cromwell Day

Thursday, November 6

Events and workshops across campus.

For more information go to http://www.smith.edu/otelia/

Smith College Activist Nancy Young on Black Student Alliance and Otelia Comwell

Sunday, November 2, at 2:00 p.m.

Mwangi Cultural Center

This event is part of the BSA general body meeting. All are welcome.

AAS Presentation of the Major & Research Fair

Monday, October 27, at noon

Campus Center 205

Come hear about the research and study abroad experiences of Sue Flint, Ashley Lawrence, Morgan Moorehead and Itoro Udofia. Lunch provided.

Joint Artist Talk: What You See is What You Get

Tuesday, October 28, at 4:30 p.m.

Seelye Hall 201

Ryan Alexiev and Hank Willis Thomas, Members of the Cause Collective will give a joint artist talk.

The Cause Collective is a diverse group of artists, composers and ethnographers with equally diverse training from graphic arts to political science, who work both as a group and also work as individuals. Their collective work is all public art. They are a young group, sharp and clear in their engagement in the issues they address: identity in the mediatized and consumerized age, problems of cultural translation, the troubling history of African American representation in the context of capitalism, the consequences of consumer choice replacing political choice.

Their work is multimedia, smart and accessible. They are also a very useful model for students to imagine what they can do in a collective situation without giving up their own individual work. The Collective's agenda, as they put it, is to "explore and enliven public spaces by creating a dynamic conversation between issues, sites and the public audience. By exploring ideas that affect and shape society, we seek to add the 'public' back into public space and art." For additional information go to http://causecollective.com.

The event is sponsored by the Smith College Film Studies Program with support from the departments of American Studies, Art and Afro–American Studies, the Smith College Endowed Lecture Fund and the James E. Robison Foundation, Inc.

Alternative Spring Break: Hawaii

The UMASS Civic Interfaith Alliance is coordinating a January Term trip to Oahu, Hawaii to work with disadvantaged children. We hope to experience Hawaii from an anti–tourist perspective. The trip will be for approximate two weeks between January 5th and the 25th. The exact dates will be determined by when we can the best airfares and will be announced no later than November 21st. Application are now being accepted. To further insure your place in this program, priority deadline is October 15th. The final deadline for applications is October 31st. Please email volunteerhawaii@gmail.com for an application as soon as possible.

Students accepted into the program will be responsible for airfare and personal spending money. Through fundraising, the other necessities such as shelter, food, and transportation will be provided. After your application is approved, a nonrefundable deposit of $400 will be due by November 7th. You will then be responsible for the remainder of the the ticket price by last day of classes or December 12th. Ticket prices are anticipated not to exceed $800, and you will only be asked to pay for the exact price of the ticket.

The first information session will be held on Thursday, October 9th at 6pm at three places simultaneously: The Blue Wall/UMASS, Freedman Apt D-4/Smith, and Blanchard/Mt. Holyoke. Please come to one of these session most convenient to you.

Documentary Production Company in Northampton Seeking Spring Interns

The Media Education Foundation in downtown Northampton, MA is offering two internships for the Spring '09 semester.

To apply send a resume, unofficial transcript, and a brief explanation of interest to: Scott Morris, Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic St., Northampton, MA 01060, scott@mediaed.org.

*The deadline for applications is Friday, October 31.
*More information about MEF can be found at http://www.mediaed.org/jobs
Check out clips of all our films at http://www.mediaed.org

Production Internship

6–12 credits, 2–4 days a week, 9-5:00 p.m.: Production interns work directly with MEF producers and editors on a variety of tasks assisting in the completion of both daily and long–term operations. These include media collection and research, converting media to an assortment of different formats, transcribing, maintaining our extensive in–house news log and other responsibilities.

We are looking for someone with experience using Macs and Mac–based programs such as Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro, and/or Photoshop. Experience with these programs is preferred, but primarily we are looking for people with depth, diligence, communication skills and the ability to collaborate.

Marketing/Administration Internship

6–9 credits, 2–3 days a week, 9–5:00 p.m.: Marketing interns gain experience in various aspects of market and distribution research, outreach, and public relations. Marketing interns assist in creating and assembling press kits, developing and updating content for the website, and sending out new video releases to reviewers. Additional past projects have included writing articles for the MEF E–newsletter, creating student handouts, submitting our films to film festivals, and proofreading print and web materials. On the administration side, interns will assist in all aspects of sales and distribution, and help with other front–office operations.

Desirable candidates will be curious, organized and self–directed, and able to multi–task. Strong writing and communication skills are essential. Knowledge of basic HTML is a plus.

Lecture: "Happiness, Empire and Melancholic Migrants"

Thursday, October 30, at 5:00 p.m.

Hampshire College Main Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall

"Happiness, Empire and Melancholic Migrants," Sara Ahmed, Professor of Race and Culture Studies at Goldsmith College, University of London. Reception to follow the lecture.

Talk: "Old Dynamics, New Spaces? The Europeanization of Blackness"

Tuesday, October 21, at 4:00 p.m., in Fernald Hall 11 on UMass Amherst campus: Peggy Piesche from the German Studies Department of Vassar College will speak on "Old Dynamics, New Spaces? The Europeanization of Blackness."

This is the second talk of the year–long W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture Series, "Black Europeans: Race and the New Europe." The talk is free and open to the public.

At 7:30 p.m. in Campus Center 911-915 Professor Piesche will conduct a seminar for faculty members and graduate students on the topic of her lecture. For a reading (in German and/or English) to accompany the seminar, contact Sara Lennox at lennox@german.umass.edu.

Since 1990 Peggy Piesche has been an active member of ADEFRA, an organization for Black women in Germany. She was a founding member of the research initiative Black Europe: History of a Forgotten Continent. Her books include AufBrueche: Kulturelle Produktionen von Migrantinnen, Schwarzen und j├╝dischen Frauen in Deutschland (1999) and Mythen, Masken und Subjekte. Kritische Weissseinsforschung in Deutschland (2005).

Fernald Hall is located off of North Pleasant Street, on Infirmary Way to the northeast of the new Studio Arts Building und just south of Franklin Dining Commons.

Lecture: "Latino Politics in a Post–Bush World"

Thursday, October 23, at 7:30 p.m.

Seelye Hall, Room 106

Angelo Facón, President and Founder of National Institute for Latino Policy. Part of the Fall 2008 Lecture Series: "Race, Politcs, Justice: Election Year Conversations."

Lecture: "The Origins of Anti–Americanism in the Middle East"

Thursday, October 23, at 5:00 p.m.

Stoddard Auditorium, G–2

The History Department is pleased to announce the Frank and Lois Green Schwoerer '49 Annual History lecturer for 2008–2009 is Ussama Makdisi. He is the Arab–American Educational Foundation chair in Arabic Studies and professor of history at Rice University. Professor Makdisi has authored The Culture of Sectarianism: Community, History, and Violence in 19th Century Ottoman Lebanon (2000) and The Artillery of Heaven: American Missionaries and the Failed Conversion of the Middle East (2008). His lecture will address the history of Arab–American relations in the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries.

Lecture: "Housing, Health... and Other Human Rights"

Thursday, October 16, at 5:00 p.m.

Seelye Hall, Room 201

Byron Rushing, Massachusetts State Representative. Part of the Fall 2008 Lecture Series: "Race, Politcs, Justice: Election Year Conversations."

Study Anthropology in London, Spring 2009

Join Wake Forest anthropology professor Margaret Bender for a great experience exploring the unique cultural and linguistic environment of London at WFU's Worrell House. In the program's two anthropology courses, students will:

Students will also take a course in British theatre that includes twelve live performances (free to students) and an art history class that will take them on weekly gallery tours.

For more information, contact Margaret Bender, Wake Forest University Department of Anthropology, at benderm@wfu.edu, 336-758-5326.

Apply no later than October 15 here. For more information about Wake Forest's Department of Anthropology, see www.wfu.edu/anthropology.

Talk: "Confronting Obama: A Primer on Race and Empire for the New U.S. President"

Tuesday, October 15, at 4:00 p.m.

Hampshire College Robert Crown Center

Robin D.G. Kelley, regarded as one of the nations preeminent scholars in African American history, will deliver Hampshire College's 11th annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture, "Confronting Obama: A Primer on Race and Empire for the New U.S. President."

Kelley is professor of American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California.

Kelley's book Yo Mamas DisFunktional!: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America was selected as one of the top ten books of 1998 by the Village Voice. Among other books he has authored are Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression (1990), Race Rebels: Culture Politics and the Black Working Class (1994) and Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination (2002).

His research interests include labor history, popular culture, the African diaspora, and jazz. He is currently completing a biography of jazz great Thelonious Monk.

The annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture honors the teaching, scholarship and activism of the late Eqbal Ahmad, who was a long–time Hampshire College professor. Professor Ahmads faculty colleagues, former students, family, and friends from around the globe have joined together to make this lecture series a continuing celebration of his life and work. Previous Eqbal Ahmad Lecturers include Kofi Annan, Edward Said, Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy, and Seymour Hersh.

The public is invited and this lecture is free of charge.

Colloquium: "The Development, Experiences, and Effects of Allies"

Tuesday, October 7, from 4–5:00 p.m.

McConnell B05

Professor Jeffery Mio, California State Polytechnic University, will give a lecture on multicultural psychology. He will discuss his work on the topic of allies: those who advocate for groups on the downside of power who are not part of that demographic group. In addition to publishing research articles, Professor Mio has written or edited five books in the areas of clinical and multicultural psychology. His latest (2006) is a textbook titled Multicultural Psychology: Understanding our Diverse Communities.

Theater Performance: "Sash & Trim"

Wed–Fri, September 24–26, 8:00 p.m.

UMass Fine Arts Center, Curtain Theater

New World Theater's 4th Annual Community Spirit Showcase presents "Sash & Trim," written by Djola Branner and directed by Laurie Carlos. Presented with UMass Department of Theater.

Tickets are $15, general public; $8 seniors/low income; $5 students (with ID). Call FAC Box Office for tickets: (413) 545–2511.

For information about shows call NWT at (413) 545–1972 or visit www.newworldtheater.org.

Film Showing: "Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear, and the Selling of American Empire," and talk with film's creator

Monday, October 6, at 7:00 p.m.

Seelye 106

The Smith College Anthropology Club proudly presents a film showing of the Media Education Foundation's Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear, and the Selling of American Empire. It will feature a discussion led by the film's maker, renowned professor Dr. Sut Jhally. Please join us for an exploration on how this issue continues to have widespread consequences around the globe.

Alternative Fall Break: Identity Retreat

During fall break the Office of Student Affairs and the Inter–group Dialogue Program are sponsoring a social identity retreat. During our one–night stay at the retreat location (Oct. 13–14) we will journal and discuss the ways in which our social identities (those socially and internally constructed) affect our daily experiences. Also, there will be s'mores and campfires! If you would like to apply and/or learn more about this wonderful free opportunity, please visit the Inter–group Dialogue Program website: www.smith.edu/sao/intergroupdialogue/.

Lecture: "Human Rights in the Age of Genocide"

Thursday, September 25, at 7:30 p.m.

Mount Holyoke College, Art Building, Gample Auditorium

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, professor, and foreign policy analyst Samantha Poiwer will launch the /Body Politic(s)/ 2008–09 series with her lecture "Human Rights in the Age of Genocide." Ms. Power will address the unspeakable realities of genocide and the impact of civil wars, and also discuss the mandates for public activism and political intervention. The event is free and open to all.

Sponsored by the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts at Mount Holyoke College, /Body Politic(s)/ 2008–09 program series explores contemporary political matters, issues of women and power and powerlessness, and the issues, possibilities, and challenges that arise when bodies are politicized by domestic and international policies, wars, and conflicts. For more information on the series visit the website at www.mtholyoke.edu/go/bodypolitics

Named in 2004 by Time Magazine as one of the 100 top scientists and thinkers of that year, Samantha Power has been hailed for her compelling critiques of leadership, eloquent writing, and savvy political analysis of foreign affairs. Ms. Power is the founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University. Currently the Anna Lindh Professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy, Ms. Power teaches courses on human rights and foreign policy.

A native of Ireland, where she lived until age nine, Ms. Power graduated from Yale University and from Harvard University Law School. Following her graduation from Yale, she began her journalism career, and for three years reported on the wars and conflicts in the former Yugoslavia for U.S. News and World Report, The New Republic, and the Boston Globe. Since her first articles appeared in 1993, she has published widely in journals, magazines, and newspapers such as The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, The Economist, New York Times, Washington Post, and Time Magazine, for which she serves now as foreign policy columnist. She also has been featured on radio and television on shows such as "All Things Considered" and "Day to Day" on National Public Radio, "The Charlie Rose Show," "The Rachel Maddow Show" on Air America, and "The Colbert Report."

Lecture: "The Physics of Blackness: Reconsidering the African Diaspora in the Postwar Era"

Thursday, September 25, at 4:00 p.m.

UMass, 101 Campus Center Auditorium, Wright Hall

Michelle Wright, University of Minnesota, will give a public talk entitled "The Physics of Blackness: Reconsidering the African Diaspora in the Postwar Era."

Professor Wright is the author of Becoming Black: Creating Identity in the African Diaspora. She is the first of six experts on "race" in contemporary Europe who will present public lectures in connection with the year–long W.E.B. DuBois Lecture Series focused on "Black Europeans: Race and the New Europe."

At 7:30 on September 25 Professor Wright will a conduct a seminar for faculty and graduate students in 174–76 Campus Center. To obtain a copy of the reading for this seminar, contact Sara Lennox, obtain a copy of the reading for this seminar, contact Sara Lennox, lennox@german.umass.edu. If you cannot make this meeting of the seminar but wish to be added to the seminar mailing list, please also contact Sara Lennox.

The W.E.B. DuBois Lecture Series pays tribute to DuBois, a pioneering theorist of the transnational dimensions of "race" issues, by examining the complex histories and identities of blacks within contemporary European cultures and societies.

The series is organized by Professor Sara Lennox and Prof. Jonathan Skolnik, from the Program in German and Scandinavian Studies in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

Talk: "Evaluating the Durban Agenda Against Racism in the Americas: A Report from the Latin American and Caribbean Review Conference, Brasilia, June 2008"

Friday, September 19, at 4:00 p.m.

Campus Center, Room 168

Speakers: Humberto Brown, Alianza Estrategica Afrolatinoamericana; Agustin Lao-Montes: Sociology at UMass & Coordinator CLACLS & Afro–Am Project "Afro–Latino Diasporas: Black Cultures & Racial Politics in the Americas." Moderated by Sonia Alvarez, CLACLS Director and Hortwitz Professor of political science at UMass.

A reception will follow. This activity will be the kick–off event for CLACLS's and Afro–Am's Project "Afro–Latina/o Diasporas: Black Cultures and Racial Politics in the Americas." We are planning a very active year including a conference early December on "Reconfigurations of Racism and New Scenarios of Power after 2001" in which intelectual–activists from both movements and academia and from U.S. and Latin America will analyze and discuss political and policy alternatives.

Talk: "A Gathering Place for Dialogue: The Role of Radio in Our National Conversation about Race"

Friday, September 19, at 4:00 p.m.

Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall

Michel Martin, National Public Radio Host of "Tell Me More." Part of the Fall 2008 Lecture Series: "Race, Politcs, Justice: Election Year Conversations." Sponsored by Afro–American studies, American Studies, Government, Latin American and Latino/a Studies, Philosophy, Study of Women and Gender, Offices of the Dean of the College, Institutional Diversity, and the Smith College Lecture Committee.

Film Screening/Discussion: "Buffalo Soldiers"

Wednesday, September 17, at 4:30 p.m.

Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall

"Buffalo Soldiers" is a documentary by filmmakers Allan Shinohara, Nozomi Ito, and Peter Scheehle, which traces the lives of Jamaican migrant farm workers who come to rural Massachusetts every summer to work the tobacco harvest—the staple crop of the region and the last to rely solely on manual labor.

Maria Cuerda, a member of the Pioneer Valley Project for Immigrant and Worker Rights and legal advisor for Western Mass Legal Services will lead a discussion afterwards.

For more about the film go to http://www.blinefilms.com/films_buffalo.htm

Sponsored by the Program for the Study of Women and Gender. For more information, go to www.smith.edu/swg/news.html.