myMCLA LOGON
DIRECTORY | SUPPORT MCLA   

Creating Equality Calendar of Events Spring 2017


January 2017

Of Ebony Embers Poster 

Of Ebony Embers - Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance

A chamber music theatre work conceived and performed by The Core Ensemble

January 26, 2017 - 7:00pm

Church Street Center (free and open to the public)


Creating Equality Calendar of Events Spring 2016


 

April 2016

Wednesday, April 6, 5:00 - 6:25 p.m.

 

Ben Ripley 

Art in the African Diaspora Lecture Series:  

MCLA Center for Science & Innovation Room 121 (free and open to the public)

Ben Ripley of Buxton School and School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Contemporary Art in the African Diaspora

 

Funded by the MCLA Creating Equality Series

 


 

Thursday, April 7, 7:00 p.m.: Movie screening of From Three to Infinity - Beyond Two Genders.

Three to Infinity - Beyond Two Genders

From Three to Infinity - Beyond Two Genders

Campus Center 324A and B

 In From Three to Infinity, meet teenagers, parents, singles and couples, younger and older people who guide you into their world, where gender is not limited to male or female but is a spectrum of possibilities—where the future is the present in people who identity as a gender, gender neutral, gender queer, and more.

Sponsored by:  ALANA Office, Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, BSU, Creating Equality, Diversity Task Force, Leadership and Women’s Studies Minors, the Queer Student Union and the Women’s Center.  Event Contact:  Karen Cardozo (K.Cardozo@mcla.edu, x5516)


Tuesday, April 19, 5:30-7:00 p.m.: Join faculty and staff for creative expression and conversation about diversity, identity, social justice and belonging - Cultivating Diversity, Creating Community.

Cultivating Community Creating Diversity Poster

Cultivating Diversity, Creating Community

The Marketplace, Amsler Campus Center

Join MCLA students, faculty and staff for creative expression and conversation about diversity, identity, social justice and belonging. Please sign up via email to contribute: thomas.alexander@mcla.edu (There will also be open mic time if the spirit moves you at the event!). Bring friends and make new ones as we explore the threads of our diverse community. The evening will end with brainstorming about how to create ongoing diversity dialogues for 2016-17 and beyond.

Event Contact:  Karen Cardozo (K.Cardozo@mcla.edu, x5516)


 

Previous events:

February 2016

February 4 – 28, 2016: “What does #BlackLivesMatter Mean to You,” a juried exhibition.  The exhibit includes artworks from 33 artists from 17 states at varying stages in their careers. The artworks include traditional art forms like drawing, painting and sculpture, but also time-based mediums like video and artist books, as well as participatory pieces.

MCLA’s Gallery 51, 51 Main St., North Adams

Curated by Frances Jones-Sneed and Melanie Mowinski,

 

Thursday, Feb. 4, 4 – 7 p.m.: Opening reception for “What does #BlackLivesMatter Mean to You”

MCLA’s Gallery 51, 51 Main St., North Adams

This is a public event open to the community.

 

Friday, February 5, 12 p.m.: “#Black Codes + #BlackTwitter + Mobilizing a ‘Mobile’ Disapora”.  This presentation will examine the notion of #Black Codes or Black Coding, embedded in Black Cultural Practices and how these historical practices have been utilized in the era of #BlackTwitter to Mobilize a ‘Mobile’ Diaspora.

Dr. Mark Anthony NealDr. Mark Anthony Neal, Professor African and African-American Studies, Duke University

CSI Atrium

 

Friday, February 5, 3:15 p.m.: “Campus Dialogue that Matters,” Diversity and Inclusion Symposium.  A panel of MCLA and Williams’ faculty, staff and students facilitated discussion by Dr. Mark Anthony Neal on spaces and strategies for meaningful campus discussions about diversity and social justice.” 

CSI Lecture Hall

 

Saturday, February 6, 5 p.m.: “The Movement,” a one man play written and performed by Emmy Award-winning actor Ron Jones. Through a range of characters, original and historical footage, and music, Ron takes the audience on a journey through the ever-changing face of the African-American experience from voting rights to Charleston.

Ron Jones, Emmy Award winning actor

Church Street Center

 

Wednesday, February 17, 7 p.m.: City of Boston Poet Laureate, Danielle Legros Georges: Reading from her work.

Danielle Legros Georges

MCLA’s Gallery 51, 51 Main St., North Adams

This is a free event open to the public.

 

Wednesday, February 24, 3 p.m.: Amazing Grace – reading, poetry, conversation.

MCLA Women’s Center

Co-sponsored by the Black Students’ Union, Slam Poetry Club, and the Women’s Center

 

Thursday, February 25, 7 p.m.: Movie screening of Vanguard Black Panther Film.

218 Murdock Hall

 

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Vanguard of the Revolution explores the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, and its cultural and political awakening for black people. The film weaves rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. This documentary is a vibrant chronicle of a movement that birthed a new revolutionary culture in America.

Sponsored by:  ALANA Office, Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, BSU, Creating Equality, Diversity Task Force, Leadership and Women’s Studies Minors, the Queer Student Union and the Women’s Center.  Event Contact:  Karen Cardozo (K.Cardozo@mcla.edu, x5516)

 

 


 

March 2016

 Tuesday, March 8, 12:30 p.m.: Movie screening of American Revolutionary.

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

American Revolutionary - The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

119 Bowman Hall

 American Revolutionary plunges us into activist philosopher Grace Lee Boggs’s lifetime of traversing major U.S. social movements from labor to civil rights, to Black Power, feminism, the Asian American and environmental justice movements and beyond.  Constantly shifting tactics to respond to changing realities, Boggs emerges with a radically clear approach: revolution is not an act of aggression or merely a protest. Revolution is about the ability to transform oneself to transform the world.

Sponsored by:  ALANA Office, Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, BSU, Creating Equality, Diversity Task Force, Leadership and Women’s Studies Minors, the Queer Student Union and the Women’s Center.  Event Contact:  Karen Cardozo (K.Cardozo@mcla.edu, x5516)


Tuesday, March 8, 3:30-4:45 pm
Joanna Das 

Art in the African Diaspora Lecture Series:  

MCLA Center for Science & Innovation Room 121 (free and open to the public)

Joanna Das of Williams College: Choreographing the African Diaspora: Katherine Dunham's Contribution to the Black Intellectual Tradition

 

Funded by the MCLA Creating Equality Series


Thursday, March 10, 7:00 p.m.: Movie screening of Free Angela.

 Free Angela and All Political Prisoners

Thursday March 10, 7PM

218 Murdock Hall

 

In the 1960s, University of California professor Angela Davis' social activism implicates her in a botched kidnapping that ends with four people dead and her name on the FBI's most-wanted list. Free Angela offers a powerful account of tumultuous times and a woman who challenges a society afraid of all that she represents. Filled with intrigue, suspense and conspiracies, the film inspires diverse audiences with its message of hope and redemption. 

Sponsored by:  ALANA Office, Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, BSU, Creating Equality, Diversity Task Force, Leadership and Women’s Studies Minors, the Queer Student Union and the Women’s Center.  Event Contact:  Karen Cardozo (K.Cardozo@mcla.edu, x5516)


 

   Thursday, March 24, 7:00 p.m.: Movie screening of No Land's Song.

No Land's Song

218 Murdock Hall

 

Since the 1979 Islamic revolution, women in Iran were not allowed to sing in public as soloists - at least in front of men. In defiance, young composer Sara Najafi organizes an official concert for solo female singers. No Land’s Song documents how Sara and her friends invite three French female singers, Elise Caron, Jeanne Cherhal and Emel Mathlouthi, to support their fight and join them in Tehran to collaborate on their musical project, re-opening a musical bridge between Europe and Iran.  

Sponsored by:  ALANA Office, Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, BSU, Creating Equality, Diversity Task Force, Leadership and Women’s Studies Minors, the Queer Student Union and the Women’s Center.  Event Contact:  Karen Cardozo (K.Cardozo@mcla.edu, x5516)

 


 

April 2015

Wednesday, April 1: Join us for a talk by Matthew Hughey, Ph.D., critical race scholar, University of Connecticut. Dr. Hughey will speak on his book Whitebound: Nationalists, Anti-racists, and the Shared Meanings of Race.

6 p.m., Murdock 218

 

Wednesday, April 22: Sekou Sundiata Evening of Spoken Word & Poetry featuring The Voices of Berkshire Youth. Hosted by Craig Harris

Featuring original poems by Williams students and MCLA alumni, as well as the voices of our local high school students, this evening is in remembrance of the poet Sekou Sundiata. Sundiata was a Harlem born, African American poet, activist, and performer. The sound of Sundiata’s voice became iconic as his words were always full of honesty, warmheartedness, comedy, righteous anger and longing.

6 p.m., MCLA Gallery 51

 

Wednesday, April 22 – Saturday, April 25: Performances of “Mud” and “The Successful Life of 3” by Maria Irene Fornes.

8 p.m. each day, Venable Theatre; also 2 p.m. on April 25.

 

Saturday, April 25: LGBTQIA + Live Out Loud Community Conference

All day, MCLA campus.

 

Monday, April 27: Lessons From Ferguson: A Community's Response to Race and Racism

This case study presentation explores the circumstances that informed the organizational response of three school districts in St. Louis County to the civil unrest following the shooting of Michael Brown by a local police officer. How should organizations, particularly, education organizations, respond to incidents involving racial tensions? This case brings to the forefront the racialized context in which educators operate, but often do not acknowledge. Case writers Veronica Benavides, Tracey Benson, and Raygine DiAquoi, Doctoral candidates from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will be joining.

6:30 p.m., Center for Science and Innovation Room 121

 

March 2015

Tuesday, March 3: Public Policy Lecture Series presents: Cheryl Jacques, GLBT Civil Rights Leader and Former Massachusetts Senator

7 p.m., MCLA Murdock Hall, Sammer Dennis Room (218)

 
The Public Policy Lecture Series is made possible through the generosity of the Ruth Proud Charitable Trust

 

Wednesday, March 25Kate Bornstein, “On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us”

KateBornsteinKate Bornstein, a performance artist and playwright, is the author of several books, including Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and The Rest of Us; My Gender Workbook; and a memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger: the true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology, and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today. Bornstein's signature performance piece, creates an emotional affirmation for everyone living outside of the societal norms, particularly in the lens of sexuality and gender.

Kate Bornstein is a role model for LGBT+ individuals who are navigating their own understandings of gender and sexuality, as well as a world at large where they frequently are met with hate and hostility.


7 p.m., MCLA Church Street Center Auditorium

 

February 2015

Friday, February 6: 10th Annual Blues and Funk Festival, Night One: The ReMiNDers and Maya Azucena

The ReMiNDers return to MCLA for the third time. They are a remarkable musical duo seamlessly blending soulful sounds and roots music with insightful messages and thoughtful lyrics. The group consists of Brussels-born emcee Big Samir and Queens-born emcee/ vocalist Aja Black.

Much loved R&B diva Maya Azucena returns for what promises to be a special evening for all. Singer-activist Azucena is a global artist making music that matters. The Village Voice said, “armed with a powerfully compelling voice, Azucena just could be the most impressive of the current hip-hop/soul/r&b diva crop.”

7:30 p.m., MCLA Venable Gymnasium

 

Saturday, February 7: 10th Annual Blues and Funk Festival, Night TwoL Arthur Holmes Blues Band, Misty Blues Band, and the Albert Cummings Band

Getting the party started on night two is the Berkshires’ own Arthur Holmes Blues Band, followed by Gina Coleman and the Misty Blues Band and the Albert Cummings Band.

7:30 p.m., MCLA Venable Gymnasium

 

Sunday, February 8: Slam Poetry Festival featuring special guest Henry Paige.

7 p.m., Sullivan Lounge. Co-sponsored by the Black Student Union and the Slam Poetry Club.

 

Tuesday, February 10: Campus Conversations on Race

6:30 p.m. place TBD

 

Thursday, February 12: An Evening with Rutha Mae Harris

Rutha Mae Harris


Miss Rutha Harris was one of the original Freedom Singers, a group formed in Albany, Georgia in 1962 to educate about civil rights issues through songs. Their concerts and performances linked the civil rights movement to the traditional hymns and spirituals performed in black churches as well as labor songs and folk songs that became anthems of the movement. Her performance will mix history and memory together with singing and promises to be a special event.

6:30 p.m., Church Street Center

January 2015

Sunday, January 25Selma, screening of the critically acclaimed film followed by discussion led by Tom Alexander and others.

3:30 p.m., North Adams Movieplex. Transportation will be provided to and from for MCLA students.

November 2014

Saturday, November 8: Margaret A. Hart ’35 Scholarship Concert featuring Craig Harris playing the music of Sun Ra, with very special guests the Dartmouth Barbary Coast Big Band

Backed by a twenty piece big band from Dartmouth as well as some of New York City’s finest musicians, Craig Harris channels the spirit and music of the prolific jazz prophet Sun Ra.

7:30 p.m., MCLA Church Street Center, Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium

 

Thursday, November 13: The 4th annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukaksi Public Policy Lecture: Jose Antonio Vargas

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist and founder of DefineAmerican.com and Undocumented Immigrant

7 p.m., MCLA Church Street Center, Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium


The Public Policy Lecture Series is made possible through the generosity of the Ruth Proud Charitable Trust


Tuesday, November 18: Cheryl Savageau will present "Coming Out x Three", addressing the intersections of three identities (Native American, queer, disability) through an evening of poetry and memoir. The event is free and open to the public.

7 p.m., Murdock 218

October 2014

Wednesday, October 1: Susan B. Anthony Women’s Center coffee and discussion of community reading, “Half the Sky.” Amsler Campus Center, Room 323.

 

Thursday, October 9: Panel conversation on "Half the Sky. " Moderator: Prof. Zack Finch, English/Communications; participants Prof Karen Cardozo, Interdisciplinary Studies; Prof. Kiaran Honderich, Williams College, feminist economist; Kristen van Ginhoven, founder of WAM Theater (Women's Action Movement).

7 p.m., Church Street Center.

 

Thursday, October 16: The Hardman Lecture Series presents Nicholas Kristof, New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author with his wife Sheryl WuDann of the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, MCLA’s 2014 community reading.

 7 p.m., MCLA Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium


www.facebook.com/kristof
www.twitter.com/NickKristof


The Hardman Lecture Series is made possible through the generosity of the Hardman Family Endowment

 

Thursday, October 23: MCLA Presents! A Night in New Orleans John “Papa” Gros Band

Booty shaking party music best sums up the inimitable John “Papa” Gros Band, one of the most successful funk bands to emanate from New Orleans. Rooted in improvisation, the group of all-star musicians led by Hammond B3 keyboardist and lead vocalist John Gros has built its enthusiastic vibe on a long-standing musical tradition that dates back to the hot jazz of the legends Fats Domino and Louis Armstrong.

7:30 p.m., MCLA Venable Gymnasium

September 2014

Wednesday, September 17: Constitution Day lecture featuring Prof. Martha Davis, Esq.: “Brown at 60: The Promise, and Limits, of Law.”

Distinguished law professor, legal scholar and activist attorney Martha Davis will give this year’s Constitution Day program. Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas (1954) was the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that declared the doctrine of "separate but equal" unconstitutional and led to the abolition of segregated schools, public schools, workplaces, and more.

5 p.m., Murdock 218

 

Thursday, September 25: Opening of DownStreet Art PRESS Gallery exhibit, “Paper Dresses.”

This is a project that 12 women artists have been working on for the past four months. There will be wearable paper dresses, small origami paper dresses and prints that somehow relate to the dress. Each artist explored the concept of freedom and confinement. PRESS and participating Paper Dresses artists hope that this exhibition will raise awareness and fuel the dialogue about the injustices against women, and the growing opportunities available to them. Through their artworks, the artists explore their own journeys as women, igniting discussions of motherhood, body image, and gender roles. PRESS founder and exhibit organizer Prof. Melanie Mowinski is contributing a suite of origami paper dresses that have various statements and statistics--some from Nicolas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book, Half the Sky, the 2014 MCLA community reading (See the Hardman Lecture Series event of October 16).

http://letterpressasapublicartproject.wordpress.com/2014/09/05/paper-dresses-inspiration/