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October 2018

UMass Week of Memory and Forgetting

October 28, 2018 - November 2, 2018

Science, Society, and Senescence Oct 29 - Nov 2, 2018 This is a week of events relating memory and forgetting from a variety of perspectives. It shows how memory is both an individual and a societal feature. The Week of Memory and Forgetting is a collaboration between The Initiative on Neurosciences (IONs), the Fine Art Center (FAC), the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies (IHGMS), and faculty in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies. Ofrenda Competion Students are…

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10/29 Welcome Reception for Week of Memory and Forgetting

October 29, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, 758 N Pleasant St
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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This reception is the kick off event for the week of Memory and Forgetting. It will feature organizers and administration reflecting on the meaning of memory and forgetting. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Speakers: Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy Provost John McCarthy Paul Katz, Professor of Biology and Director of Neurosciences Elizabeth Connor, Associate Dean College of Natural Sciences Alon Confino, Pen Tishkach Chair of Holocaust Studies and professor of History and Jewish Studies, Director, Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and…

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10/30 Round Table Discussion: “Collective Memories and Forgetting”

October 30, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, 758 N Pleasant St
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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Collective memories play a fundamental role in bringing people together, but the very notion of memory, and the implications attached to it, can be substantially different from one society to another as well as across time. In this round table, seven scholars in the humanities will reflect on ideas of memory and forgetting in social and cultural contexts, discussing approaches to studying memory in linguistics, cultural studies, medieval studies, film studies, theater, and history. This event is part of the…

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10/30 Film screening “Who is Dayani Cristal”

October 30, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, 758 N Pleasant St
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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"Who is Dayani Cristal?" by Marc Silver (2013) tells the story of a migrant who found himself in the deadly stretch of desert known as “the corridor of death” and shows how one life becomes testimony to the tragic results of the U.S. war on immigration. As the real-life drama unfolds we see this John Doe, denied an identity at his point of death, become a living and breathing human being with an important life story. Introduced by Luis Marentes…

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10/31 Neuroscience and Behavior Seminar Series-Rosemary Cowell

October 31, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Morrill Science Center II room 222, 611 North Pleasant St
Amherst, MA 01003
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Rosemary Cowell Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences University of Massachusetts Amherst Memory research in the 21st century: More than just pinning the tail on the donkey What are the brain mechanisms that allow you to recognize an old friend, or recall your sister’s wedding in vivid detail? In the twentieth century, researchers discovered that one brain region, the hippocampus, plays a pivotal role in “declarative memory” (memory for facts like your old friend’s name and events like your sister’s…

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November 2018

11/1 Psychological and Brains Sciences: Clinical Psychology Colloquia – Bruna Martins

November 1, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Campus Center 805-809, 1 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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Bruna Martins Assistant Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences, UMass “Cracking the age-related emotion-cognition paradox: Linking memory to late-life emotion regulation” Emotion regulation processes improve across the lifespan, despite declining cognitive functioning and memory across the lifespan- a paradox that remains poorly understood. This talk will discuss how self-reflective memory is preserved in older adults, and enhanced connectivity of self-reflective and cognitive networks in the brain may promote better emotional outcomes in the elderly.  Distraction to autobiographical events may be less…

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11/2 Open house: Psychological and Brain Sciences

November 2, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Tobin Hall, 135 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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Explore Tobin Hall, meet current faculty and students, and learn about research in Psychological Brain Science. You'll see demonstrations using the latest technology in brain sciences while discovering how much the building has changed since its opening in 1972. https://www.umass.edu/pbs/events/open-house-tobin-hall-labs This open house is part of the UMass Week of Memory and Forgetting

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11/2 Peformance by Theater Re: “The Nature of Forgetting”

November 2, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bowker Auditorium, Stockbridge Hall, 100 Holdsworth Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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The UMass Fine Arts Center presents a Peformance by Theater Re: "The Nature of Forgetting" Followed by Q&A with Neuroscientists and Performers. "The Nature of Forgetting" offers a glimpse into the challenges of an individual suffering from early-onset dementia. The work tells the story of Tom as his family celebrates his 55th birthday. Yet the textures of his clothes and voice of his daughter plunges Tom into a whirlwind of memories from his past. Theatre Re recreates a theatrical experience…

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