Event Archive

Colum McCann Reading

Nov. 11, 2017 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Stimson Reading Room, Williston Library

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: kocallag@mtholyoke.edu 


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A Curious Man: The Life and Work of Jay Leyda

Nov. 2, 2017 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Nov. 3, 2017 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Nov. 4, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Willits-Hallowell Conference Center

Leyda — a scholar, a translator, an artist, an archivist and a teacher — worked across the 20th century in a remarkable array of fields. He left his intellectual mark, in his characteristically understated way, on cinema, photography, music, painting and literature. This symposium brings together scholars from many aspects of Leyda’s life and work in order to spark conversation regarding his influence and legacy.

♿ Free and open to the public. Please register by October 25 to ensure adequate seating for the symposium and lunch on Friday.

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Tanzina Vega: “The Media and Race: Why It Matters”

Nov. 2, 2017 4:30 pm
Dwight 101

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.

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Robert K. Musil: “The Legacy of Rachel Carson: Empathy and Environmental Justice”

Oct. 5, 2017 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium

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.

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Robert Musil: “Is Anybody Listening? Lessons from a Life in Advocacy”

Oct. 3, 2017 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Dwight 101

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.

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Claudia Rankine: Student Leadership Seminar

Sep. 28, 2017 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Location To Be Announced

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.

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Claudie Rankine: Student Master Class

Sep. 28, 2017 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

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 an interactive Student Master Class on writing and the arts. To register please click here.

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Shaughnessy Naughton: Student Leadership Seminar

Sep. 21, 2017 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

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.

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A conversation with Pete Muller and Donna Ferrato: Violence, Gender, and the Photographic Medium

Apr. 13, 2017 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Dwight 101

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.

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Weapons of Math Destruction

Apr. 8, 2017 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Wiese-Merriwether room in Willits-Hallowell Center and Hooker Auditorium in Clapp Hall

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 datascience@mtholyoke.edu

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2017 African Cinema Symposium and Festival

Apr. 5, 2017 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Apr. 6, 2017 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Apr. 7, 2017 9:30 am – 6:15 pm
Apr. 8, 2017 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Various locations - see Schedule of Events

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.

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Staceyann Chin- Keynote Speaker for the 2017 Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference

Apr. 1, 2017 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Mary Woolley Hall, Chapin Auditorium

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.

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The 2017 Women of Color Traiblazers Leadership Conference

Apr. 1, 2017 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Wooley Hall

"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.

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"A Tale of Two Wolves" - Photographer Pete Muller

Mar. 30, 2017 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium, Art Building

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!

Feb. 16, 2017 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium, Art Building

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.

MHConnect Internship Fair

Feb. 8, 2017 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
New York Room

Learn more about Lynk UAF eligible MHConnect internship and research opportunities in the US and around the globe. MHConnect positions are high-quality, opportunities where Mount Holyoke students have access to a special application pathway and benefit from the close relationship that the college has cultivated with the organization.

Our Own Collision Space

Sep. 27, 2016 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Oct. 4, 2016 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Oct. 18, 2016 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Nov. 1, 2016 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Nov. 15, 2016 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Blanchard Community Center Room 318

Meet with friends, fellow students, and faculty to discuss anything of interest related to innovation, invention, entrepreneurship, arts management, social impact enterprise, CGI-U, Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Institute, Mount Holyoke Innovation Impact Competition, creating solutions to global challenges, Draper Competition for Undergraduate Women, courses, Women of Business, business and finance.... and other topics of interest.  Informal, social, a place to build community....cookies and other refreshment will be provided.

Changing World Views

Nov. 3, 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium, Art Building

Public Lecture

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

Oct. 20, 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium, Art Museum

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.

Social Entrepreneurship Summit & Masterclass: present your ideas

Oct. 14, 2016 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Morisson Room, Willits-Hallowell Center

We invite students to apply for a master class with global scholar Zainab Salbi and alumna Suzanne Bowles (deadline October 1).

This is a unique opportunity for students to present their own social enterprise ideas and initiatives and get feedback. Rick Feldman will serve as moderator/facilitator. Both of our truly inspiring guests have remarkable backgrounds in social enterprise and social action.  Meet with them in a supportive environment, engage in conversation with them and your peers, and learn together about change through social impact projects and action.  

Co-sponsored by the Entrepreneurship, Organizations, and Society Program, the Miller Worley Center for the Environment, the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives, and the Weissman Center for Leadership

Beyond the Win: Leadership for Life

Sep. 22 – 23, 2016 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Chapin Auditorium - Mary Woolley Hall

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.

Seating is limited, and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority is given to the Mount Holyoke student, faculty, and staff with current ID.
Seating for the general public (to include guests of MHC students, faculty or staff, alumnae, as well as local community members) is very limited and will also be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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Navigating Internships and Experiential Learning: An Introduction for Sophomores and Juniors

Sep. 8, 2016 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Hooker Auditorium

Everything you need to know for a successful launch into internships and experiential learning! Get an overview of the numerous campus resources available from departments, centers, and organizations as well as how to best leverage your strengths in pursuit of your goals. Learn what you need to do NOW so you don't miss any opportunities!  Register in LyonNet.

Fourth Exposure Symposium: The Dark Room: Race and Visual Culture Studies Symposium

Apr. 23, 2016 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium

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.

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Hortense Parker Celebration: Celebrating Diversity, Cultivating Inclusion

Apr. 13, 2016 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Gamble Auditorium

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.

Inclusivity and Indie Authors: A talk by Zetta Elliot

Mar. 24, 2016 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
305 Kendade

Zetta Elliot, author of more than 20 books for children, teens, and adults, speaks on the case for Community-Based Publishing.

Zetta Elliott, a member of the Africana Studies Program faculty of Mount Holyoke College from 2006-2009. Reception immediately following the talk.

Sponsored by: Africana Studies, Department of English, Department of Psychology and Education, Weissman Center for Leadership

Created By Weissman Center for Leadership

Author Jhumpa Lahiri presents In altre parole/ In Other Words

Feb. 29, 2016 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Chapin Auditorium

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

Feb. 11, 2016 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium

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

Nov. 9, 2015 7:30 pm
Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary

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Global Connections Conference: Traversing Culture and Disciplines

Oct. 27 – 28, 2015 4:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College

An introduction to the world of social entrepreneurship and international institutions. Sponsored by McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives, Weissman Center for Leadership, Career Development Center and the International Relations Department.

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Leading Woman in the Arts: Patrizia von Brandenstein

Oct. 15, 2015 7:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium

“Translations: From Word to Image to Screen”

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Interrupting (Gendered) Group Dynamics

Mar. 26, 2015 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Kencade 305

One hour discussion for Women in STEM with light reception to follow.

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Leading Woman in the Arts: Carrie Mae Weems

Sep. 18, 2014 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium

“Art and Humanity”

Free and Open to the Public. ♿ [hearing device access, closed captioned]


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