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New Africa House | Augusta Savage Gallery
5:00pm to 7:00pm

Augusta Savage Gallery presents an exhibition of film and photography by Liane Brandon and Holly Fisher entitled POWER/PLAY from November 3-21, 2014.

POWER/PLAY is an installation of film and photographic images that matches two veteran artists with widely differing sensibilities. From Liane Brandon’s documentation of women powerlifters to Holly Fisher’s improvisatory visual essays, we enter the worlds of artists with tremendous vision and an impressive range of experiences. 

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A New Brain

Fine Arts Center | Curtain Theater

Audiences will enjoy a wild, quirky, hilarious and sentimental ride indeed with the UMass Department of Theater's production of A New Brain, previewing on Nov. 13, with an official opening on November 15th in the Curtain Theater. All are invited to stay after select performance for talks that unpack the nature of the show. 

The show is inspired by composer and writer William Finn’s own tumultuous medical experience. Shortly after winning two Tony Awards (for Falsetto), Finn began suffering from the symptoms of an Arteriovenous Malformation, a rare and dangerous brain disorder. Only after the malformation was identified and later corrected did it become clear that he would live, let alone compose again. This traumatizing ordeal brought him to have a creative epiphany—a new brain, if you will.
Tickets are $16 general admission, $8 students and seniors.
Sat 11/15  7:30 pm 
Tues 11/18  7:30 pm
Wed 11/19  7:30 pm
Thurs 11/20  7:30 pm 
Fri 11/21  7:30 pm
Sat 11/22  2pm & 7:30 pm
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Classical Legacy Lecture

Reading Room | The Renaissance Center

The Renaissance Center hosts James Hankins, Harvard University, with a lecture entitled "The Virtue Politics of the Italian Humanists".Reception to follow lecture.

This is a free event.
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A Talk by Jessica Gordon Nembhard Based on Her New Book | Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice

Gordon Hall | Third Floor Conference Room

The UMass Economics Department History and Development Workshop, the UMass Cooperative Economies Collaborative,The W.E.B. Du Bois Department of  Afro-American Studies, the Valley Alliance of Worker Cooperatives, and the Neighboring Food Coop Association invite you to a talk by Jessica Gordon Nembhard based on her new book Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice, to be followed by a reception in the Gordon Hall atrium. 

Gordon Nembhard has a Ph.D. And M.A. in economics from UMass, Amherst ('92 and '89) and is Associate Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development in the Department of African American Studies at John Jay College, of the City University of New York.

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Film Screening: Women, War & Peace

Machmer | Room W32

In solidarity with Afro-Colombian Women's March of the Headwraps - Marcha de los Turbantes. "Territory is Life and Life Does Not Have a Price."

"We are black women from Northern Cauca. We are the descendants of Africans that were enslaved. We know, understand, and feel the ancestral value of our territories. We know that our ancestors had to pay for our libery with their lives. They taught us that the land should not be sold. They understood that we should guarantee our decendants' renacientes permanence in the territory." 


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Supporting Mental Health and Self-Care of Graduate Women of Color


A supportive group session co-sponsored by Graduate Students of Color Association and Center for Women and Community, focused on supporting mental health and self-care of graduate women of color. Facilitated by Dr. Mamta Dadlani, this session will provide an opportunity for graduate women of color to share concerns they face in graduate school, as well as leave with coping strategies for dealing with these challenges.  Food and refreshments will be provided. Space is limited to 20 participants. Registration required, more information at this link:

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All-University Orchestra Fall Concert

Bowker Auditorium

Conducted by UMass Department of Music & Dance Professor Brandon Keith Brown.

This is a free concert and the public is invited to attend. 

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Trombone & Brass Choirs with Boston Symphony Guest Trombonist

Fine Arts Center | Bezanson Recital Hall

Guest trombonist Ronald Barron, who joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1970, was its Principal Trombonist from 1975 until 2008. He was Principal Trombonist of the Boston Pops for thirteen seasons.  As a recitalist he performed across the U.S., Europe and Japan. In addition to numerous recordings with the Boston Symphony and the Boston Pops, Barron recorded and performed with the Canadian Brass, Empire Brass, and Summit Brass, and has nine solo recordings.  He taught at Boston University and the Tanglewood Music Center.

The Trombone and Brass Choirs are under the direction of UMass Amherst Department of Music & Dance Professor Greg Spiridopoulos.

This concert is free, and the public is invited to attend.


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