Apart from its regular seminars, the ISI hosts a number of related activities. We are delighted to invite eminent figures for our Annual Lecture, which supplements and corresponds to our seminar in any given year; sometimes this takes on other formats, such as a symposium or panel presentation. We also host other panels and presentations from time to time, and co-sponsor other events on campus. Details on current and past activities are below.

Professor Michael Gomez (NYU) Gives Lecture

On Thursday, April 18th, the World Studies Interdisciplinary Project (WSIP) brings Professor Michael Gomez to campus for a talk entitled 'Malian Malestrom: Mayhem and Meaning in the Muslim World' in Herter 601 at 4:00. The lecture will center on Islam in Africa and current political troubles in Mali. The Interdisciplinary Studies Institute was a major sponsor of the original WSIP symposium and is proud to cosponsor this exciting event, which is part of a two-day visit by Professor Gomez. For full details and schedule of events, see the WSIP website.

Acclaimed Israeli Poet Visits Smith

Renowned Israeli translator, poet, linguist, and literary critic Rami Saari visited Smith College from April 2-15, 2013 as part of the College’s Visiting Scholars Program. During his stay, Saari offered a talk entitled ‘When Poets Translate Poets: Going Far and Getting Closer’ and met with interested students and faculty from across the Five Colleges. ISI was pleased to contribute to the event.

Biondi Speaks on ‘The Black Revolution on Campus'

On February 28th, the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute (ISI) was pleased to host a stimulating lecture with Professor Martha Biondi, Associate Professor of African American Studies and History at Northwestern University. Professor Biondi holds the position of Graduate Director in one of the first African American departments to grant a Ph.D. in the discipline, where her research examines the intersection of 20th Century African American History with social movements, politics, labor, gender, cities, and international affairs. Her critically acclaimed To Stand and Fight: the Struggle for Civil Rights in Postwar New York City received two prestigious awards: the Meyers Outstanding Book Award (2004) and the Thomas J. Wilson Prize (2003). Recent publications include articles in several journals and edited collections and, in 2012, The Black Revolution on Campus, from which her talk was drawn.

Magnet Theater Artists Visit UMass

ISI contributed to a week-long residency hosted by the Theater department, which brought four artists from Magnet Theatre, based in Cape Town, South Africa, to the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. The artists—director and scholar Mark Fleishman, performers Jennie Reznek and Faniswa Yisa, and composer Neo Muyanga—performed their award-winning piece about the effects of forced migration, xenophobia, and the triumph of the human imagination Every Year, Every Day, I Am Wallking in The Curtain Theater. Their residency also included movement and devised theatre-making workshops (Reznek and Yisa), a public lecture on South African theatre and politics (Fleishman), and a musical lecture demonstration (Muyanga).