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Photographer Vince Cianni Continues Lecture Series

vince cianniPhotographer Vince Cianni will give a lecture at The Williston Northampton School’s Photographers’ Lecture Series in the Dodge Room of the Reed Campus Center on February 17, 2011, at 6:30 p.m.

Vincent Cianni’s documentary photography explores community and memory, the human condition, and the use of image and text. His photographic project and book We Skate Hardcore is an eight-year study of urban latino youth in NYC, published by NYU Press and the Center for Documentary Studies. The photographs from We Skate Hardcore have been widely published in magazines and journals including Double Take, Aperture, The New Yorker, and La Fotografia. Cianni’s new documentary project, ‘Gays in the Military: How America Thanked Me,’ explores how the lives of many gay and lesbian service members have been affected by homophobia in the military and by the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. His photographs have been exhibited in many museums including LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), MFAH (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston), and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Cianni teaches photography at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.

Upcoming Lecturers in this year’s series are scheduled as follows:

Ken Sklute, March 1

Michael Lesy, April 1

Thatcher Cook, April 18

All presentations, which are free and open to the public, take place in the Dodge Room of the Reed Campus Center at The Williston Northampton School. Full biographies of the visiting lecturers can be found at http://www.williston.com/photographers.

The Photographers’ Lecture Series features internationally acclaimed photographers who present and discuss their work to the school and community. Advanced photography students will have the opportunity to participate in a class taught by the photographers preceding the public lecture. Past visiting photographers have included photojournalist Yunghi Kim, who is known for her coverage of international conflicts; Sean Hemmerle, an architectural and landscape photographer; and Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Ed Keating.

For more information, please call 413-529-3237. Dates are subject to change.

Eudora Welty: Photographs of the 1930s and 40s

eudora welty photoEudora Welty: Photographs of the 1930s and 40s will be exhibited in the Grubbs Gallery of the Reed Campus Center at The Williston Northampton School from February 27 – April 9, 2011. A reception will be held on February 27 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

During her spare time as a junior publicist for the WPA in the 1930s, Eudora Welty captured people and places in Mississippi with her camera. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author would later write in her memoir One Writer’s Beginning, “Photography taught me that to be able to capture transience, by being ready to click the shutter at the crucial moment, was the greatest need I had. Making pictures of people in all sorts of situations, I learned that every feeling waits upon its gesture; and I had to be prepared to recognize this moment when I saw it.” Eudora Welty was known for her writing, yet her photographic documentation of the Depression-era created a compelling record of the time and place that would greatly influence all of her creative works. Her photographs have been shown in the Smithsonian, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Museum of the City of New York.

This exhibit, curated by Burns Maxey, will focus on the story of the photographer and how Welty’s influence has permeated other lives. Alongside the 20-plus silver gelatin prints there will be supplemental multimedia materials exhibited. Ephemera and audio narratives of people who met Eudora Welty will be part of the exhibition and will include a story by renowned illustrator Barry Moser who is a former Williston teacher and currently a professor in residence at Smith College.

The Eudora Welty: Photographs of the 1930s and 40s exhibit is also free and open to the public and takes place in the Grubbs Gallery of the Reed Campus Center at The Williston Northampton School.

Classics Day at Mount Holyoke College

Williston students at the certamen (trivia) contest

The 2011 Classics Day at Mount Holyoke College drew more than 300 Latin students from area high schools for a day of workshops and competition. Williston students regularly participate in this event, which is held annually at one of the Five Colleges. Classics Day celebrates the study of Latin and classical culture.

The following students won honors at Classics Day:

1st place – Latin I certamen (trivia)
Ben Greeman ’15
Lena Gandevia ’15
Hannah Lewis ’13
Kelly O’Donnell ’13

1st place – poster contest
Elyssa Katz ’15

1st place – model contest
Laura Bowman ’13

2nd place – model contest
Josh Simpson ’15 and Chase Tanguay ’15

2nd place – novice level oration contest
Lucas Ferrer ’16

Photographer Michael Itkoff Begins Lecture Series

michael itkoffPhotographer Michael Itkoff will give a lecture at The Williston Northampton School’s Photographers’ Lecture Series in the Dodge Room in the Reed Campus Center on January 25, 2011, at 6:30 p.m.

Michael Itkoff is a photographer and a founding editor of Daylight Magazine, a photography publication dedicated to publishing in-depth photographic essays on important issues of the day. In his photography, Itkoff captures his subjects in a documentary style by investigating topics ranging from demolition derbies to portrait studies. In 2009, Charta Books published Street Portraits, Itkoff’s exploration of the artifice of portraiture. Itkoff’s photographs are in public and private collections in the United States, and he has been a recipient of the Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism, a Creative Artists Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Arts Council, and a Puffin Foundation Grant. In 2010, Itkoff received an MFA from the ICP-Bard program in 2010.

Upcoming Lecturers in this year’s series are scheduled as follows:
Vince Cianni, February 17
Ken Sklute, March 1
Michael Lesy, April 1
Thatcher Cook, April 18

All presentations, which are free and open to the public, take place in the Dodge Room of the Reed Campus Center at The Williston Northampton School. Complete information about the lecture series and program can be found at http://www.williston.com/photographers.

For more information, please call 413-529-3237. Dates are subject to change.

Ninth Annual Diversity Conference Emphasizes Change

The Williston Northampton School will hold its ninth annual Diversity Conference on Thursday, January 27, 2011. The theme of this year’s event is “Be the Change You Wish to See in the World.” All students will participate in their choice of over 90 workshops led by fellow students, staff, faculty, parents, alumni, and community members on many aspects of diversity including age, ability, race, gender, political affiliation, language, religion, socio-economic status, family composition, ethnicity, sexual orientation, adoption, and more.

john kawieWorkshop presenters include former Smith College professor Sheri Lyn Schmidt of The Ethel Walker School; Bessie Jones, founder of Mothers of Color Awareness Initiative; Mark C Franczyk ’00, a financial analyst at J.P. Morgan; Lissa Pierce Bonifaz of the Massachusetts Latino political organization ¿Oíste?; Veterans Education Project; and Easthampton Police Department.

The opening keynote speaker for the event is comedian and stroke survivor John Kawie ’68. Kawie’s solo show, “Brain Freeze,” about his journey through the aftermath of a stroke, has been performed off Broadway and at theaters and hospitals throughout the country, and won Best Solo Show in the 2003 InternationalFringe Festival in New York City. Kawie writes a column called “Life At The Curb” for the American Heart Association’s magazine Stroke Connection and has numerous credits as a writer and comedian.

The conference will culminate with an afternoon performance by Jeremy Cohen of Nani Kwashi AgbeliThisWorldMusic and Nani Kwashi Agbeli of Woezo, who will offer what is sure to be a high-energy performance of west African drumming and dance that will also feature students who have spent the day in drumming and dance workshops.

 

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