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"Video Vixens" in Hip Hop today

Special Event In conjunction with our production of Venus, the Department of Theater will host a free panel discussion and live demonstration examining the relationship between Baartman's image and the image of "Video Vixens" in Hip Hop today. To be held on April 5 at 4 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Atrium, the event will feature Hip Hop activist Rosa Clemente and DJ Reborn. This special event is made possible in part by Amherst College, the Five College Multicultural Fund, the Lois E. Toko Fund, and the UMass Arts Council.

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Architecture + Design: Design 6 (Design Engagement Studio)

This capstone design studio is offered each Spring as part of the Architecture + Design curriculum. Working with a different community based organization each semester student teams engage in reflective research on sustainability, social engagement and innovative design practices as they respond to a design need defined by the local organization. The projects and proposals that emerge from this studio promote social transformation through innovative design.

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Asian Arts and Culture Program

The Asian Arts and Culture Program was founded in 1993 by the Fine Arts Center to provide an awareness, appreciation and knowledge of Asia and Middle Eastern arts, culture and heritage. The program provides a consistent presence to non-western arts on campus and events for K-12 grades, college students and adults and seniors. Performances, festivals and events help showcase traditional, international and contemporary artists on campus for audiences to experience and enjoy.

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Casanova

Casanova UMass alumna Connie Congdon Directed by Brianna Sloane April 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 The Rand Theater The University of Massachusetts-Amherst Department of Theater is fortunate to count renowned playwright Constance Congdon among its alumnae. We are pleased to end our celebrating of women playwrights with one of her favorite works, Casanova. This play nimbly examines the story of the famous Italian seducer and across time and space, weaving memory with fantasy and prompting intriguing questions about the nature of love and remembrance.

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Classics Department

The Master of Arts in Teaching graduates go out to teach Latin in secondary schools all over the country and introduce the ancient western world to new generations of students. The program leads to a middle- and high-school (grades 5-12) teaching certificate in Latin and Classical Humanities valid in 30 states within the Interstate Certification Compact.

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Digital Media and the Built Environment

In this service learning class, undergraduates partner with a teacher at The High School of Science & Technology in Springfield, helping facilitate a high school class introducing students to larger concepts of media and communication studies. Undergraduates and high school students work in teams, developing lectures and designing classes, which the teams then co-present to the high school students’ classmates.

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Field School in Heritage Archaeology

The field school recently partnered with the W.E.B. Du Bois National Historic Site, an organization in Great Barrington supporting the development of a community wide plan to celebrate the work of W.E.B. Du Bois, with the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association’s project to present the African American history of Franklin County, and with the Pan African History Museum USA of Springfield a community based museum that presents the African American history of the Springfield area. In the past we have also worked with Historic Deerfield, Inc., a regional museum of New England history.

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Five College Magnet Theatre Residency

Cape Town-based Magnet Theatre will be in residency at UMass in Winter 2013. The residency will feature its artists Mark Fleishman, Jennie Reznek, Faniswa Yisa, and Neo Muyanga and will be centered on four performances of Magnet’s two-woman play, “Every Year, Every Day, I Am Walking,” which is also part of the Department of Theater’s 40th Anniversary Season. The resident artists will visit classes, give guest lectures and demonstrations at several of the Five Colleges, and join UMass Assistant Professor of Theater Dr. Megan Lewis for the 2012 Rand Lecture.

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