Maternal Interventions for Ethical, Political and Spiritual Transformation
A symposium to celebrate and engage Mara Benjamin’s new book, The Obligated Self: Maternal Subjectivity and Jewish Thought (Indiana University Press, 2018). Dr. Emilie Townes, Dean and E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society at the Vanderbilt University Divinity School; Dr. Traci Levy, Associate Professor of Political Science at Adelphi University and Mara Benjamin, Irene Kaplan Leiwant Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Mount Holyoke will investigate the maternal from feminist and womanist perspectives to offer new resources for political, ethical, and theological discourse and to address the urgent needs of the current political moment.
Morgan Parker and Danez Smith: Poets in Conversation
The Weissman Center for Leadership and the APAU Black History Month Committee present award winning poets Morgan Parker and Danez Smith: Poets in Conversation. Parker and Smith will share their work and together, will discuss the transformative role of poetry in the contemporary moment.
In the Heights/In Holyoke Symposium: Marisol Negron, Israel Reyes, Merida Rua and Catherine Young
Marisol Negron, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Latino Studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston: “Music as Praxis: Hope, Faith and Community in the Soundtrack for In the Heights.”
Israel Reyes, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portugese, Darmouth College: “The Gentrification of Our Dreams: Urban Space and Upward Mobiity in Lin Manuel-Miranda's In the Heights.”
Merida Ru, Professor of Latina and Latino Studies and American Studies, Williams College: “Paciencia y Fe: Abuelas as Icons and Everyday People.”
Catherine Young, Writing Program Lecturer, Princeton University: “Anita, Diana, Vanessa: The Triangulation of Landmark Latinx Women on Broadway.”
In the Heights/In Holyoke Symposium: Arnaldo Lopez, Juan Recondo and Vanessa Rosa
Arnaldo Lopez, Art Manager and Development Strategist, Pregones Theater, New York City: “Community, Mobility and the Broadway Lottery.”
Juan Recondo, Lecturer, CUNY and New York University, New York City: “Paciencia y Fe in Long Island City: Performing and Teaching in the Heights at LaGuardia Community College, NYC.”
Vanessa Rosa, Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies, Mount Holyoke College: “In the Heights in Holyoke: An Interdisciplinary Anaysis for the Mapping of Latinidad, Civic Engagement and Feminism.”
Occupying Broadway: Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights Spectacular Claim to Latina/o Cultural Citizenship
Alberto Sandoval-Sanchez, professor emeritus of Latina/o studies served as a consultant for the production of "In the Heights" and has been serving as scholar-in-residence at Holyoke Community College this the semester.
Lecture: “The Future of the Planet: Climate Change, Health Equity & Environmental Justice”
Gina McCarthy, former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, will present "The Future of the Planet: Climate Change, Health Equity & Environmental Justice." With 35 years as a public sector environmental leader and policymaker, McCarthy will tackle themes including impact investing for a sustainable future, current efforts to dismantle environmental and public health protections, and the bottom-line business case for sustainability.
Student Leadership and Careers Luncheon with Joan Jonas ‘58
Visual artist Joan Jonas ’58 will be our guest for a Student Leadership and Careers Luncheon.
Free and open to all students. Pre-registration is closed.
2018 Hortense Parker Celebration: I am Hortense Parker: The Power From Within
Please join us for the 2018 Hortense Parker Celebration, featuring keynote speaker Yaba Blay, Dan Blue Endowed Chair in Political Science at North Carolina Central University, and Anastasia Morton ’12, youth leadership coordinator for Amherst-Pelham Public Schools. A reception will follow.
Registration is requested but not required.
Indian Music Festival
The Indian Music Festival brings the variety and richness of Indian musical traditions to Mount Holyoke and the Five Colleges. At Mount Holyoke College, a group of performers of the North Indian classical vocal music, including Pandit Shantanu Bhattacharyya, a highly acclaimed vocal artist, Pandit Ashis Sengupta, a masterful tabla artist and Durba Bhattacharyya, an accomplished harmonium artist, will perform at the Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary on Tuesday, September 25 at 7 pm.
A conversation with John Kerry
A conversation between John Kerry, the former senator, secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate, and Jon Western, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, and the Carol Hoffmann Collins ’63 Professor of International Relations.
The conversation will be centered around Senator Kerry’s new book, “Every Day is Extra."
Tickets are required.
Mayor of San Juan at MHC
The Honorable Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto, mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, presented a lecture to the Mount Holyoke College community on Thursday, April 26, 2018. The event is sponsored by the Weissman Center for Leadership.
They come to present original research, discuss scholarly projects and showcase their best academic work. This year’s Senior Symposium is slated to take place on Friday, April 13. There, seniors of all backgrounds and disciplines, from art studio to STEM, will present their work, invite questions and engage the community in their scholarship.
An insider's perspective: "Conflict in DR Congo: What Hinders Peace?"
Maurice Carney, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Friends of the Congo, will examine the origins of violence and obstacles to peace in DR Congo through a uniquely personal and academic lens. Please join the Mount Holyoke International Affairs Association for a thought-provoking discussion on a much-overlooked issue. Refreshments will be provided!
Sponsored by the Department of Politics and International Relations; McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives; and the Weissman Center for Leadership. Organized by the Mount Holyoke International Affairs Association.
2018 Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference
This year's 2018 Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference (WOCTLC) theme is Empowerment through Engagement and will consist of workshops that focus on the topics of peer networking, professional and personal development, and leadership opportunities. Most importantly, this conference will provide a space to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of women of color. Keynote speaker(s) are Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, and Linda Sarsour, founders of the National Women's March and the keynote event is free and open to the public!
Conference registration fees: Free for all Mount Holyoke College Students, $10 for five college students, faculty and staff, $15.00 for non five college attendees, $8 per person for groups with 10 or more attendees. To take advantage of this group discount, contact email@example.com or call 413-538-2550.
Yarimar Bonilla: The Wait of Disaster: Hurricanes and the Politics of Recovery in Puerto Rico
Yarimar Bonilla, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University, will explore the temporal politics of recovery in Puerto Rico, examining how catastrophic events impact our experience of time, progression, social action, and political possibility.
Lecture and Reception: Mita Hosali, UN Deputy Director of Media
Join us for a presentation by Mita Hosali talking about her experiences as the UN Deputy Director of the News and Media Division. Following the lecture at 6 pm, we will be hosting a reception with refreshments from 7 pm-8 pm.
Hosali formerly managed the UN News Centre, the online news portal that provides wire-style stories and multimedia features on the UN and its agencies around the world. Prior to that, she worked on strategic communications in a team under Secretaries-General Ban Ki-moon and Kofi Annan.
Soudhamini: “Ready Player One?: Preparing for the Virtual World"
Please join us in welcoming filmmaker and writer Soudhamini for a free public lecture. Soudhamini is from Bangalore, India and is the Fulbright Nehru Research Fellow for Academic and Professional Excellence (2017-2018) from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University.
Generous sponsors include the Amy M. Sacker Memorial Lectureship Fund, Weissman Center for Leadership, and the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives.
Poetry and Sound: Reading, Performance and Conversation with Samuel Ace
Samuel Ace, Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing will present a public performance of his work titled “Poetry and Sound: Reading, Performance and Conversation.” A poet, Ace presents the written word as sound, interlaced with music, challenging and seducing the listener to engage with new ideas.
MHC Semester in D.C. Information Session
“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.
Erin Hennessy: “Finding—and Using—Your Voice: A Communications Toolkit for Advocates”
Annual Leadership Workshop
Communications specialist Erin Hennessy will facilitate an interactive workshop “Finding—and Using—Your Voice: A Communications Toolkit for Advocates”. The workshop will cover effective advocacy and communication topics such as personal branding, interpersonal communications, intergroup dynamics, and media training. Registration is now closed.
12:00 Noon: Check-in
12:30 pm Luncheon and presentation followed by an afternoon interactive workshop
Part of the Weissman Center for Leadership series Advocacy in the Public Domain.
Branko Milanovic: "Global Inequality: Cases and Socio-political Implications"
Branko Milanovic, former world bank economist and author of "Global Inequality" was hosted by Mount Holyoke College on February 2018. Branko Milanovic served as lead economist in the World Bank’s Research Department for almost 20 years, leaving to write his seminal book on global income inequality, Worlds Apart (2005). His main area of work is income inequality in individual countries and globally, including in pre-industrial societies. Branko’s new book, Global Inequality (2016), was awarded the Bruno Kreisky Prize for the best political book of 2016 and was translated into twelve languages.
Arlene Dávila: “Latinxs, Race and the Politics of Space-Making in the Art World”
Arlene Dávila, author and professor of Anthropology and American Studies at New York University, will present a lecture “Latinxs, Race and the Politics of Space-Making in the Art World” as part of the Weissman Center for Leadership series Advocacy in the Public Domain. The event is free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible and closed caption.
Colum McCann Reading
The English Department at Mount Holyoke College welcomes National Book Award recipient Colum McCann. Join us for a reading from his recent book Letters to a Young Writer, followed by discussion. All Welcome. With thanks to the English Department, the Weissman Center and the Dean of Students at MHC, and the English Departments at UMass Amherst and Smith College. Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tanzina Vega: “The Media and Race: Why It Matters”
Pruitt Fund Public Lecture
Tanzina Vega, CNN national reporter for race and inequality in America, will present a public lecture “The Media and Race: Why It Matters”. The event is free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible and closed caption.
Part of the Weissman Center for Leadership series Advocacy and the Public Domain.
Robert K. Musil: “The Legacy of Rachel Carson: Empathy and Environmental Justice”
Please join us in welcoming Robert K. Musil, President and CEO of the Rachel Carson Council, as he discusses environmental justice and political advocacy. There will be a book signing after a presentation. This event is free and open to the public.
Robert Musil: “Is Anybody Listening? Lessons from a Life in Advocacy”
Katherine Fitzgerald Public Lecture
From the Vietnam anti-war movement, to award-winning alternative radio, to today’s campaigns to link the environment with economic, gender, and racial justice, Rachel Carson Council CEO Robert Musil will share his insights on effective organizing, communications, and lobbying at a public lecture “Is Anybody Listening? Lessons from a Life in Advocacy” on Tuesday, October 3, at 4:30 pm in Dwight 101. The event is free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible, and closed caption. Part of the Weissman Center for Leadership series on Advocacy and the Public Domain.
Claudia Rankine: Student Leadership Seminar
Common Read speaker Claudia Rankine (“Citizen: An American Lyric”) returns to campus on September 28 as our 2017-18 Leading Woman in the Arts. Rankine will lead a Student Leadership Seminar, an informal convesation to discuss students’ questions about careers, leadership, the arts, social change, and beyond. Pre-registration for the seminar is required and available here.
Claudie Rankine: Student Master Class
Shaughnessy Naughton: Student Leadership Seminar
Join chemist and science policy advocate Shaughnessy Naughton for an informal conversation on political engagement, STEM leadership and advocacy careers. Part of the Weissman Center for Leadership series Advocacy and the Public Domain.
A conversation with Pete Muller and Donna Ferrato: Violence, Gender, and the Photographic Medium
Join photographers Donna Ferrato and Pete Muller (Cyrus Vance Professor of International Relations) as they reflect on their respective work on gender and violence, intergenerational mentorship, and how they use their craft to shift the conversation. Come to hear this incredible conversation and mix over refreshments afterward. Free and open to the public.
2017 African Cinema Symposium and Festival
The 2017 African Cinema Symposium and Festival brings together filmmakers, producers, scholars, and organizers of film festivals from Africa, Europe, and the United States to explore the increasing visibility of African cinema as a form of expression through film screenings, scholarly presentations, and Q&A sessions with African filmmakers. Please see the Five Colleges Website for more information.
Weapons of Math Destruction
Join us for a morning with Cathy O'Neil exploring how big data increases inequality and threatens democracy.
- Conversation and coffee: "Data and Democracy"
9:30-10:15 a.m. in the Wiese-Merriwether room, Willits-Hallowell Conference Center
- Cathy O'Neil talk: "Weapons of Math Destruction: How big data increases inequality and threatens democracy"
10:30-11:30 a.m. in Hooker Auditorium, Clapp Hall
- Panel discussion
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Hooker Auditorium
Organized by the Data Science Initiative. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
Staceyann Chin- Keynote Speaker for the 2017 Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference
Please join us in welcoming, Staceyann Chin, full time artist and keynote speaker for the 2017 Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference.
Staceyann Chin is a resident of New York City and a Jamaican National, she has been an “out poet and political activist” since 1998. From the Nuyorican Poets' Cafe to one-woman shows Off- Broadway to acting in Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe and performing in both the stage and film versions of Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People's History of the United States, to starring in the Tony nominated, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Chin credits the long list of "things she has done" to her grandmother's hard-working history and the pain of her mother's absence.
This event is open to the public. Free for all MHC students, faculty, and staff and $5.00 for Five-College and non-conference attendees.
The 2017 Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference
“Empowering Voices: Breaking Boundaries, Making Change”
Featuring keynote speaker Staceyann Chin, this conference will consist of workshops that focus on the topics of peer networking, professional and personal development, and leadership opportunities. Most importantly, this conference will provide a space to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of women of color. The Keynote address is open to the public and free for all MHC students, faculty, and staff and $5.00 for Five-College and non-conference attendees. Interested individuals who self-identify as women of color can register for the conference.
"A Tale of Two Wolves" - Photographer Pete Muller
In conversation with Jon Western, Dean of Faculty. Reception to follow.
Co-sponsored with the Departments of International Relations, Art History, Classics and Italian, English, French, German Studies, History, Politics, Theatre Arts, the Film Studies Program, the Weissman Center for Leadership, and the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives.
Roxane Gay: Flashpoint!
Public Lecture - Doors open at 6:30 pm
Roxane Gay, best-selling author and pundit, will examine social critique and innovative reasoning on race, gender, and identity at a public lecture "Flashpoint!" on Thursday, February 16, 2017, 7:00pm at Gamble Auditorium. This event is part of the Imagination series.
Featured Leadership Workshop
Roxane Gay will lead a writer’s workshop for the MHC community and invited guests on Friday, February 17, Morrison Room, Willits Hallowell Conference Center, 11:30am - 3:30pm. Student preregistration required by February 9.
Changing World Views
The first American journalist to wear a hijab, Noor Tagouri will share her quest for equality while inspiring others to reach their own potential at a public lecture "Changing World Views". Tagouri uses her role as a journalist and social media influencer to reach audiences to pursue their true passion, staying true to their identity, and empowering and embracing their differences. The event is free and open to the public. This event is part of the Imagination series.
Student Leadership Seminar "Persistence To Succeed"
An informal gathering with intrepid journalist Noor Tagouri to discuss what it takes to follow and live your dreams in life or career. Thursday, November 3, 4:30 PM, Willits-Hallowell Conference Center. Pre-registration
Bodies of Knowledge
Katherine Fitzgerald Public Lecture
Performance Artist, Choreographer, and TedX speaker Natalia Duong will present a public lecture "Bodies of Knowledge" on Thursday, October 20, at 7:00 PM in Gamble Auditorium. Duong will examine the power of movement to evoke compassion, empathy, and communication. The event is free and open to the public and is part of the Imagination series.
Experiential Movement/Expression Workshop (limited to 20 students)
Natalia Duong will give a hands-on workshop, Thursday, October 20, 2016, 4:15–5:30pm, Studio 2, Kendall Sports and Dance Complex, to demonstrate the power of movement to connect and relate. Preregister now. This workshop is open to all students. No prior experience is necessary.
Beyond the Win: Leadership for Life
The Weissman Center will launch its 2016-17 “Imagination” series with Abby Wambach, legendary U.S. soccer player and team captain, World Cup Champion and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist.
This event is open to the Mount Holyoke community with current I.D. Event begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Wheelchair accessible, listening device access, and closed caption. Co-sponsored by the Department of Athletics, this event is part of the Imagination series.
More information is available for Mount Holyoke Faculty and Staff.
Fourth Exposure Symposium: The Dark Room: Race and Visual Culture Studies Symposium
Featuring keynote Speakers Professor of English Lisa Lowe & artist Toyin Ojih Odutola and members of the Dark Room: Race and Visual Studies Seminar, including Professors Patricia A. Banks, Kimberly Juanita Brown, Iyko Day, and Kia M. Q. Hall from the Five Colleges Women's Studies Research Center, Aneeka Henderson from Amherst College.
Sponsored by The Africana Studies Program, Art History Department, English Department, History Department, The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, The Weissman Center for Leadership and The Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Hortense Parker Celebration: Celebrating Diversity, Cultivating Inclusion
Honor the first known student of color to graduate from Mount Holyoke College through a celebration of reflective words and performing arts from students, faculty, staff and surrounding community members. Featuring keynote speaker Zowie Banteah, founder of the Zowie Banteah Cultural Center for Indigenous Communities. Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by SGA Students of Color Committee, Office of Advancement, Weissman Center, and Cultural Centers.
Author Jhumpa Lahiri presents In altre parole/ In Other Words
2016 Valentine Giamatti Lecture
Pulitzer prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri's intense desire to learn Italian inspired a bold decision. Seeking true immersion, she moved to Rome in 2012 with her Family. Her non-fiction debut, In altre parole, is a provocative exploration of the power of language to transform—and reinvent—one's voice and sense of self. Free and open to the public.
Organized by the Italian Program of the Department of Classics and Italian with the generous contribution from: The Office of The President, The Dean of the College, The Valentine Giamatti Fund, The McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives, The Weissman Center for Leadership
A shared language: Memoir, Feminism and Queer Cuentos
Daisy Hernández is the author of A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir and coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism. She has written for the Atlantic, ColorLines, the New York Times, and NPR's All Things Considered and CodeSwitch, and her essays have been published in the Bellingham Review, Dogwood, Fourth Genre, Gulf Coast, and Hunger Mountain. She teaches creative writing at Miami University in Ohio.
Presented by the Weissman Center for Leadership & the Journalism, Media, and Public Discourse Nexus, Co-sponsored by Familia, Femmepowered, OUTreach & English at MHC
Indian Classical Vocal Music
Leading Woman in the Arts: Patrizia von Brandenstein
“Translations: From Word to Image to Screen”
Leading Woman in the Arts: Carrie Mae Weems
“Art and Humanity”
Free and Open to the Public. ♿ [hearing device access, closed captioned]