“Songs of Desire” — Pharaoh’s Daughter in concert
In music both hip and deeply informed by her Hasidic, Yiddish-speaking background, singer Basya Schecter leads seven-piece band Pharaoh’s Daughter in songs of erotic and spiritual desire drawn from the Song of Songs. The band creates a tapestry of sounds influenced by Sephardic, Arabic, and other Middle Eastern musical traditions. Free and open to the public.
Camilo Diaz Pinto: “Animexico: Japanese Animation’s Trajectory to and through Mexico City”
Digital Arts Spring Lecture Series
Please join us in welcoming our guest speaker Camilo Diaz Pino from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As an excerpt of a larger project examining the role of Mexico City as a site of media importation and redistribution to the wider Latin American diaspora, Pino's talk focuses on the industrial and cultural impact of Japanese animation’s (anime) circulation through the region. It will focus in particular on fannish performances of anime textualities during the Chilean anti-neoliberal protests of 2011. During these demonstrations, students and allies would recreate scenes from the show Dragon Ball Z, (airdate 1997-9), using them to illustrate both the power of collective action in the face of privatization and debt culture.
A Celebration of the Life and Work of Kavita Saraswathi Datla, 1975-2017
Mount Holyoke's History Department and Office of the Dean of Faculty will host "A Celebration of the Life and Work of Kavita Saraswathi Datla, 1975-2017" this coming Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 1:00-4:00 p.m., in Dwight 101, located on the north end of Mount Holyoke's campus (Church Street).
After a brief opening, Professors Amrita Basu, Barbara Metcalf, Manan Ahmed, David Lelyveld, and Joan Cocks will discuss Kavita's scholarship, followed by a program of tributes in word and song. A reception will follow in the Stimson Room in the Williston Library from 4:00-6:30 p.m.
Parking: Visitors attending an event on campus on Saturday/Sunday may park in faculty/staff spaces.
A map of the Mount Holyoke Campus, indicating Dwight Hall and campus parking, can be found at https://map.mtholyoke.edu/#ll=42.258,-72.575&place=dwight&options=parking.
Egyptian American musician, dancer and educator, Karim Nagi delivers this dynamic concert and demonstration. He performs on various traditional Arabic percussion and melodic instruments, while including the audience to participate from their seats. Additionally, he demonstrates various styles of folkloric dance from around the Arab world.
A Middle Eastern dinner will be served after the event.
This event is co-sponsored by MHC Asian Studies Program, MHC President's Office, MHC Dean of Students, MHC Multicultural Community and College Life Committee, MHC Dance Dept., MHC Theatre Dept., MHC Religion Dept., and the Five College Arabic Language Initiative.
Barbara Yen Sun Prize First Round Application
The Asian Studies Program faculty is pleased to announce the Barbara Yen Sun Prize competition for 2017-18. Students majoring in East Asian Studies or Asian Studies-Transregional or minoring in Asian Studies and who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and research in East Asian Studies are eligible. The prize of $500-$800 may be used to support innovative independent study projects involving East Asia, including but not limited to senior thesis research. Apply before November 30, 2017.
Studying and Interning in China Information Session
Studying and Interning in China Information Session; supported by the Chinese program and the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives at Mount Holyoke College
Charm of the Peony Pavilion: The Creation of Liu Mengmei in Yue Opera Adaptation of the Play
Charm of the Peony Pavilion: The Creation of Liu Mengmei in Yue Opera Adaptation of the Play, presented by Jun'an Wang
Fujian Fanghua Yue Opera Theatrical Troupe, People's Republic of China
Sponsored by the Asian Studies Program and Inclusiveness Initiative Fund, Mount Holyoke College and East Asian Language Program, Five Colleges, Inc.
This event is free and open to the public.
Study Abroad in Japan Information Session
Study Abroad in Japan Information Session
4:00pm-4:30pm: How to apply, with April Stroud, Dean of International Affairs
4:30pm-5:30pm: Students' Presentations: Mengjiao Zhang-Kyoto Consortium of Japanese Studies; Audrey Fahey-Japan Women's University; Millie Koong-Nanzan University; Xier Li-Sophia University
5:30pm-6:00pm: Living in Japan and Programs in Japan with Naoko Nemoto, Professor of Asian Studies
Language Living Learning Communities Celebration
Celebrate Language Learning Communities!
Come Celebrate the end of a great year with your peers!
There will be food, raffles, and lawn games!
Art à la Carte Gallery Talk: The Tale of Genji in Four Seasons
"From Cherry Blossoms to Playing in the Snow"
Please join us in welcoming Sadako Ohki, The Japan Foundation Associate Curator of Japanese Art from Yale University Art Gallery.
Five College 7th Japanese Speech Contest
The Five College 7th Japanese Speech Contest, held at Mount Holyoke College; sponsored by the Asian Studies Program at Mount Holyoke College, The Five College East Asian Language Program, and the Japan Foundation. Reception to follow.
Asian Studies Spring Tea
Asian Studies Spring Tea and Presentation of Awards and Prizes. Please come join us to learn more about the Asian Studies program and meet faculty and staff. We will also be giving out awards and prizes to current Asian Studies Majors and Minors for the 2016-2017 academic year. Food and beverages will be served.
Faculty Recital — Adrianne Greenbaum, flute, Mark Gionfriddo, piano and Guest Artist Pete Rushefsky
Join Professor of Music Adrianne Greenbaum (vintage and modern flutes) and friends, pianist Mark Gionfriddo and special guest Pete Rushefsky for an evening of music spanning three centuries. Professor of Music Adrianne Greenbaum, will perform three centuries of music on vintage and modern flutes, including baroque, gypsy dance, classical period, klezmer, 19th c. Hungarian and jazz. She's joined by pianist Mark Gionfriddo (MHC Director of Jazz Ensembles), and special NYC guest artist Pete Rushefsky on cimbalom (Eastern European hammered dulcimer). Free and open to the public.
"Crafting a life as a successful media journalist"
An informal conversation with Zainab Salbi, 2016 Global Scholar-in-Residence
Salbi is the creator and host of The Nida's Show, a ground-breaking talk show focused on women that airs in 22 countries in the Arab world. She will give a public talk on October 13 at 7:00 pm in Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College.
Co-sponsored by the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives; the Career Development Center; Nexus in Journalism, Media, and Public Discourse; and the English Department at MHC
Iconoclasm and the Claim to Culture: Case Studies in the Islamic Context
Mushaira 2016: Musical Evening and Benefit Dinner
Kuch Karo: Pakistani Students for Change invite you to join us for an evening of soulful poetry, mouth watering South Asian delicacies, and warm community and conversation. Treat yourself to butter chicken tikka, vegetable curry, palak paneer, samosas, gulab jamun, and chai. Pre-sale tickets $6: $8 at the door. All proceeds go to Rozan, a Pakistani NGO that systematically address domestic violence.
Alien Capital: Asian Racialization and the Logic of Settler Colonial Capitalism
Professor Iyko Day to discuss her new book. In Alien Capital Professor Day retheorizes the history and logic of settler colonialism by examining its intersection with capitalism and the racialization of Asian immigrants to Canada and the United States. Day explores how the historical alignment of Asian bodies and labor with capital's abstract and negative dimensions became one of settler colonialism's foundational and defining features. This alignment allowed white settlers to gloss over and expunge their complicity with capitalist exploitation from their collective memory.
A Concert of Indian Classical Vocal Music
MHC is proud to welcome Vocalist Pandit Vinayak Torvi accompanied by Pandit Ashis Sengupta on Tabla and Dr. Vinay Kumar Mishra on Harmonium. Chai will be served at 7:30.
This concert is generously sponsored by: The Five Colleges Lecture Fund, Five Colleges, Inc.; Mount Holyoke College Inclusiveness Initiatives Fund, Asian Studies Program, Music Department, Amherst College Hamilton Fund and Dean of Faculty; Religion Department, and Smith College Music Department
Fifth Annual Arabic Night
Amherst College is hosting this year's fifth Annual Arabic Night with live music from Layaali, Middle Eastern Food and Guest Speaker John Eiselle, Associate Professor of Arabic Studies at The College of William & Mary. Admission is free. For more information.
Sponsored by the Five College Arabic Language Initiative and Amherst College's MESSA.
Japan's Gendered Robots: Robo-Sexism and Retro-Tech by Professor Jennifer Robertson, Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan
Why are robots gendered? The process of gendering robots (and also AI itself) is largely based on self-evident and unexamined preconceptions of the "naturalness" of human gender. Professor Robertson will explore and interrogate the gendering of robots (and AI) manufactured today in Japan for employment in homes, hospitals, and offices. Open to the public, Japanese snacks provided.
Indira Viswanathan Peterson, Arjuna and the Hunter
The Odyssey, along with the Mount Holyoke College Asian Studies program, is pleased to welcome Indira Peterson, who will read from Arjuna and the Hunter (Harvard University Press 2016, Murty Classical Library of India) and will discuss the challenges of translating an ancient Sanskrit poem for 21st century readers.
Globaling Pedagogy, Globaling Research
The Kahn Liberal Arts Institute presents Smith alumnae Dr. Susan Kart '96 and Dr. Jennifer Pruit '97 discuss the way the category of 'global' shapes their teaching and research on African and Islamic art. Followed by breakfast and open discussion with a range of experts in global art history.
Sponsored by the Lecture Committee, Smith Colege Museum of Art, the Sherrerd Center, The Smith College Art Department, and the Sams Fund.
Water and Sacred Spaces: A Case Study from India
Water is an essential resource for the evolution of human settlements throughout history. The illustrated lecture, with Dr. Yaaminey Mubayi '90, will explore the relationship between water and human history in a culturally-rich region of western India known as Marathwada, home to the Ellora Caves and Daulatabad fort and Hindu and Muslim sacred shrines.
Spotlight on MHC Shanghai Program
Come to the McCulloch Center to learn about the MHC/Alliance program in Shanghai, Economic Transformation and Business Challenges in China. In this spring semester program, you will explore China's emergence as a political and economic powerhouse. One semester of Chinese, two econ courses required; credit-bearing internship course available to students with three semesters of Chinese. Laurel Fellowships guaranteed for qualified students.
Apply by March 31 to secure a place for Spring 2017!
Japanese Tea Ceremony
The True Story of "Women's Empowerment" in Japan
Unexpected Consequences of Work and Family Policies
Professor Keiko Hirao is a sociologist specializing in the intersections among family, education and work. Her main research interests include gender stratification, intergenerational relations, human capital development, and sustainable lifestyles. She joined the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies in 2009, after having taught at the Department of Philosophical Anthropology for ten years. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame and M.A. in International Relations from Sophia University.
Aesthetic Worlds of the Romantic Heroine in Indian Painting & Poetry
Professor Allison Busch from the Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies (MESAAS) Department at Columbia and Professor Molly Emma Aitken, from the Art Department and the City College of New York and the Art History Department at the CUNY Graduate Center will participate in an illustrated conversation exploring this interesting topic. This event is generously sponsored by the Amy M. Sacker Memorial Lectureship Fund and the Art and Art History Department of Mount Holyoke College.
The White Stripe on Our Flag
Wlodzimierz Cieciura, Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies from the University of Warsaw (Poland) speaks about Sino-Muslims' Quest for Identity from Empire to People's Republic