A showing of the documentary film "Sonic Sea" will take place on Wednesday, March 1 at 630PM in the Franklin Patterson East Lecture Hall. This showing is co-sponsored by the Hampshire College CS-0259 Marine Mammals class taught by Laela Sayigh, and the Five College Coastal and Marine Sciences Program (contact person: Cindy Bright). The film is a documentary about the effects of noise on marine life (more information is at sonicsea.org). The film runs for one hour, and will be followed by a question and answer session with guest Leila Hatch, Marine Ecologist at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (who is featured in the film) and Laela Sayigh, Hampshire College Visiting Assistant Professor of Animal Behavior and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Research Specialist.
"Buddhism in Current China"
The Venerable Yifa
Lecture on March 1 at 5 pm
West Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall
As the founder of the Woodenfish Project in 2002 which moved from Taiwan to mainland China in 2009, the Ven. Yifa has been a first-hand witness of many changes and revivals within the Buddhist community in China. In her lecture, the Ven. Yifa will share her reflections on the phenomena of Buddhist rejuvenation in current China. During the first phase in the 1980's after China's Cultural Revolution, Buddhist leaders derived policies to revive Buddhism. During the second phase, after the thirty years of Deng Xiaoping's economic reforms, reconstruction of giant temples and monasteries on historical sites mushroomed around the country. Under the surface of massive temple reconstruction, we find struggles sparking between the monastic communities that want to uphold cultural traditions, local governments seeking revenue from entrance fees, and investing developers craving monetary profits from temple tourism. The rule and management of sacred temples are in the hands of investors who plan to put the temples to IPO (initial public offering), but some are stopped by the central government's decrees. As we now enter the third phase, the Chinese Buddhist community faces a challenge of cultivating a new generation of more talented monastics to fill the new, massive temples by promoting seminary education and facilitating more modern internet media and propagation of Buddhist dharma.
The ven. Dr. Yifa is abbess of Woodenfish Foundation (Beijing), a lawyer and a scholar of philosophy and religious studies. She is a leader in interreligious dialogue, Buddhist education and in advocacy for women's health and women's rights. Her work has been central to the development of Buddhist political, educational and charitable work in East Asia.
Over the course of 2016-17, the Robed Warriors program brings to the Five Colleges four prominent Buddhist monastic women whose work has transformed contemporary Buddhist practice and the world beyond. Each visiting scholar is in residence for one to two weeks, with Smith College as the home base.
Hampshire's Summer Social Justice Grant process makes it easy to apply for multiple grants using ONE online application. Information about the grants and the application process is available on the Social Justice Summer Grants Website: https://www.hampshire.edu/corc/social-justice-summer-grants.
Please note that while applying to multiple grants is encouraged, the total amount granted to any one student is generally limited to $3500. Students are encouraged to meet with grant administrators to talk about their project and make sure it is an appropriate fit before applying.
COME TO AN INFO SESSION!
Wednesday, March 1st, 4:30 at the Career Options Resource Center, Library, 3rd Floor
Westfield State University Education Job Fair
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
(snow date: Tues., March 21, 2017)
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Scanlon Banquet Hall
Visitor parking will be available in our South Parking Lot (www.westfield.ma.edu/map) and there will be a campus shuttle to transport candidates to and from the career fair.
Internationally acclaimed artist, Alison Saar, will join us for two days of special programs to mark the installation of her imposing work, Sleeping Beauty, 1997. The print was purchased by students through a Mead curatorial project, funded by Trinkett Clark Memorial Fund.
Wednesday, March 1: 5pm - 6pm @ Stirn Auditorium
Alison Saar will give a talk about her artistic practice and issues of identity. The talk will be followed by a reception and viewing of her print in the Fairchild Gallery at the Mead Art Museum
Thursday, March 2: 9-10am @ Mead Art Museum
Five College faculty and staff are invited for an informal breakfast with Alison Saar in the Rotherwas Room.
Thursday, March 2: 12-1pm @ MRC
Students are invited to join Alison Saar for pizza lunch and informal conversation at the MRC.
These events are free and open to the public! Please join us!