Friday, September 20, 2019 - 7:30pm to Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 6:00pm

Philip Glass UMass School of Earth & Sustainability

In partnership with the School of Earth & Sustainability (SES) and the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) for Poets and Writers Program, the University of Massachusetts Fine Arts Center is hosting a series of thought-provoking events expected to attract several hundred students, faculty, staff, and over a thousand community members as well as top university and public officials.


Friday, September 20, 7:30 pm
Design Building

The Philip Glass Weekend at UMass kicks off with invited speaker Roy Scranton 

Roy Scranton is the author of several books, including Learning to Die in the Anthropocene. His latest books are Total Mobilization: World War II and American Literature, and the novel I ❤ Oklahoma! He teaches at the University of Notre Dame. Q & A to follow.

No tickets needed.

Conversation w/ Philip Glass                 
Saturday, September 21, 7:00 pm         
Bowker Auditorium

Join Philip Glass and the UMass School of Earth & Sustainability in an engaging panel discussion with prominent scholars and artists about pressing environmental issues, promising solutions, and the power of creative arts and communication to inspire collective action. 

Joining Philip Glass are panelists Professor Carolina Aragón, public artist and Assistant Professor in the Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Department; Dr. Alison Bates, graduate program director of the MS Sustainability Science (MS3) Program and a clean energy professor in the Department of Environmental Conservation; Dr. Mark Hamin, graduate program director of the Master of Regional Planning Program and senior lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning; Dr. Toni Lyn Morelli, U.S.G.S. research ecologist with the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NE CASC) and an adjunct professor with Environmental Conservation; Dr. Roy Scranton, author and English Professor at the University of Notre Dame. Moderator: Dr. Curtice Griffin, Co-Director of the School of Earth & Sustainability and Department Head of Environmental Conservation.

Reserve your seats here.

Reading: Art in the Anthropocene
Sunday, September 22, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
UMass Old Chapel

Join Paperbark Literary Magazine as they celebrate the fall launch of Issue 2: Resilience with selected readings from the magazine's contributors, followed by a Q & A. Paperbark’s content is motivated by a desire to trace the connections between science, culture, and sustainability. This event is hosted by the UMass MFA for Poets and Writers.


Koyaanisqatsi Live
Sunday, September 22, 3:00 pm
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

As the main event for this special weekend, Philip Glass and The Philip Glass Ensemble will perform Koyaanisqatsi Live.
Must purchase tickets:


The Scranton reading is hosted by the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers, School of Earth & Sustainability, and the Fine Arts Center with gratitude for support from the UMass English Department and the W.E.B. Du Bois Library’s Sustainability Fund; the Mount Holyoke College English Department and the Miller Worley Center for the Environment; the Smith College Poetry Center and the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability; Amherst College’s Center for Humanistic Inquiry; and the Five College Consortium.

The Philip Glass Concert and Talk is presented with the support from the UMass Office of the Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Additional funding comes from the Vidda Foundation. Presented in collaboration with the School of Earth & Sustainability (SES) and the UMass MFA for Poets and Writers.

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