Event Calendar

Mon, Mar 2, 2015

Illustration of a man's torso with the digestive system visible in red

Biology Seminar: Adam J. Bass '97, M.D.: "Learning from the Genome to Improve Cancer Therapy"

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 4

Dr. Adam J. Bass ‘97 is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Cellular and Molecular Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His talk is entitled "Learning from the Genome to Improve Cancer Therapy."

The Bass Lab "bring[s] together expertise in modern genomics, experimental/functional biology and clinical medicine. [Their] overarching goal is to leverage the study the cancer genome to elucidate key biological processes and therapeutic vulnerabilities in carcinomas arising in the GI tract (especially stomach, esophageal carcinomas)."

Tue, Mar 3, 2015

Physics/Astronomy Seminar

Dr. Paul J. Green of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics will speak on "From Oxymoronic to Ubiquitous: Rejuvenation of the Dwarf Carbon Stars"

Wed, Mar 4, 2015

Criminal Gangs and the State in Latin America: The Battle for Hearts and Minds

A talk by Prof. Imke Harbers, Political Science, University of Amsterdam

One of the most central challenges confronting Mexico (and the United States) for two decades now is the Drug War. Prof. Imke Harbers has collected new data that sheds some light on the capacity of the Mexican state—both at the federal and subnational levels—to conduct this war. This talk will inform us on the status on the war on drugs but also new techniques to ascertain state capacity, an issue that is crucial in political science for the study of policy-making

This lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Lurcy Fund, the Lamont Fund and the Department of Political Science at Amherst College.

Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies Symposium “Contested Legal Realities" Different Approaches to the Law in Indian Country

"Contested Legal Realities": Different Approaches to the Law in Indian Country” is a 3-day symposium that focuses on non-lawyer perspectives of legal issues in Indian Country. The concept for this symposium arose from a discussion within the Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies colloquium. Our aim is to build on that conversation by hosting a day of round-table panels and break-out groups involving critical thinking at the crossroads of the Connecticut River Valley. The symposium is open to students, faculty, staff, community members and the general public. Programs include a film screening of “Into America” with Angelo Baca as well as round-table panels and breakout discussions. Events will be held at the UMass Campus Center and various locations at Amherst College.

Roundtable participants include:

Maria Girouard, Penobscot Indian Nation
J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Wesleyan University
Doug Kiel, Williams College
jessie little doe baird, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
Beth Piatote, University of California, Berkeley
Josh Reid, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Thu, Mar 5, 2015

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Russia by Design: Adventures of Ideas in Global Culture - A Conversation with Ilya Olskolkov-Tsentsiper

A visionary, irreverent cultural entrepreneur, Ilya Oskolkov-Tsentsiper was instrumental in shaping a new image of post-Soviet Russia at the turn of the 21st century through a series of ground-breaking media initiatives, and has been the force behind the reconstruction and repurposing of some of the most important institutions of public life in Moscow.

Tsentsiper will present his recent ambitious re-design projects, from Moscow's Gorky Park to Stalin-era People's Economy Exposition (The VDNKh) and discuss the relationship of media, design and politics in the context of the current regime.

"Fitting-In: Autonomy vs Evolutionary Biology"

Laurence Thomas, Department of Philosophy and Department of Political Science at Syracuse University will present the second lecture in the 2014-15 Forry and Micken Lecture Series on "The Promise and Problems of Citizenship." His lecture is titled "Fitting-In: Autonomy vs Evolutionary Biology" and will be presented in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 5:00pm. For further information, please contact the Philosophy Department at 542-5805.

Mon, Mar 9, 2015

David J. Wynne '01, Ph.D.

Biology Seminar: David J. Wynne '01, Ph.D.

Dr. David J. Wynne '01 is a postdoctoral associate in the Laboratory of Chromosome and Cell Biology at The Rockefeller University. His talk is entitled "Understanding Kinetochore Dynamics Using Super-Resolution Microscopy."

Research Summary: "During mitosis and meiosis, chromosomes are partitioned equally into daughter cells by first aligning in the center of the spindle and then being pulled toward opposite poles. This process is normally monitored by a surveillance system known as the Spindle Assembly Checkpoint (SAC) that delays the cell cycle until all chromosomes have made productive attachments to microtubules. Macromolecular complexes called kinetochores play the duel roles of orchestrating this complex chromosome choreography and generating the signals that halt cell cycle progression. Although the identity of kinetochore components has now been well established, we have just begun to understand the assembly process and spatial arrangement of these dynamic machines. Applying 3-D super-resolution imaging to Xenopus egg extracts, we reveal that the kinetochore is spatially and functionally segmented into a static core module supporting stable microtubule attachments and an expandable module responsible for initial, transient attachments and SAC signaling. Our data challenge conventional models of kinetochore assembly and suggest new mechanisms by which kinetochore functions can be coordinated in space and time."

Tue, Mar 10, 2015


About Nihilism: The Intellectual Tradition of Radical Thought

Talk by Nitzan Lebovic (Lehigh University) on nihilism's long intellectual tradition, and centrality in contemporary thought and film. Event sponsored by the Corliss Lamont and Georges Lurcy Lecture Funds.

Physics/Astronomy Seminar

Dr. Aiko Voigt of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University will speak on "Clouds, Water Vapor and the Large-Scale Circulation of the Atmosphere"


Fiction Reading: David Vann

Published in 20 languages, David Vann’s internationally-bestselling books—Legend of a Suicide, Caribou Island, Dirt, Goat Mountain, Aquarium and the nonfiction books A Mile Down: The True Story of a Disastrous Career At Sea and Last Day On Earth: A Portrait of the NIU School Shooter—have won 15 prizes, including best foreign novel in France and Spain, and appeared on 75 Best Books of the Year lists in a dozen countries. He is currently a professor at the University of Warwick in England and honorary professor at the University of Franche-Comté in France.

Mon, Mar 23, 2015


Fiction Reading: Gina Apostol

Gina Apostol's most recent novel, Gun Dealers' Daughter, won the 2013 PEN/Open Book Award and was shortlisted for the 2014 William Saroyan International Prize. The L.A. Review of Books called it “brilliant.” Her first two novels, Bibliolepsy and The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata, both won the Philippine National Book Award. She was writer-in-residence at Phillips Exeter Academy and a fellow at Civitella Ranieri in Umbria, Italy, among other fellowships. She lives in New York City and Western Massachusetts and grew up in Tacloban, the Philippines.

Tue, Mar 24, 2015

The Common

Contemporary Arabic Fiction: A Panel Discussion with Hisham Bustani, Thoraya El-Rayyes, Jennifer Acker, Michel Moushabeck, and John Siciliano

What themes, styles and innovative collaborations are emerging in Middle Eastern fiction? What linguistic, political and cultural opportunities and challenges do Arabic writers and their editors face in translating and publishing new works?

Hisham Bustani is the author of four collections of fiction and has been featured internationally in publications such as Poets & Writers, the German magazine Inamo, and Britain's The Culture Trip. Works translated into English have been published in World Literature Today, The Common, The Literary Review and other journals in the US, UK and Canada.

Thoraya El-Rayyes is an Amman-based literary translator who has rendered the works of more than half a dozen contemporary Arabic writers into English. She and Hisham Bustani are the recipients of this year's University of Arkansas Award for the Translation of Arabic Literature for her translation of Bustani's "The Perception of Meaning."

Jennifer Acker is editor in chief of The Common. She teaches for the English Department at Amherst College and was a Faculty Fellow at NYU Abu Dhabi.

Michel S. Moushabeck is the founder of Interlink Publishing, and the author of several books, including "Kilimanjaro: A Photographic Journey to the Roof of Africa" and "A Brief Introduction to Arabic Music." He is on the board of trustees of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.

John Siciliano is an executive editor at Penguin Random House. He publishes writers from around the world—classic and contemporary, famous and forgotten, and first-time for the Viking, Penguin and Penguin Classics imprints. Among the books he has published from the Arab world are the Iraqi short story collection "The Corpse Exhibition" by Hassan Blasim, the Saudi novel "Wolves of the Crescent Moon" by Yousef Al-Mohaimeed, and the Palestinian memoir "I Saw Ramallah" by Mourid Barghouti.

This event is in partnership with the Copeland Colloquium.

Physics/Astronomy Seminar

Prof. Kevin Wright of Dartmouth College will be speaking. Title TBA.

Thu, Mar 26, 2015

"Looking Out for Yourself: Victims, Complicity, and Resistance"

Daniel Silvermint, Department of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut will present the third lecture in the 2014-15 Forry and Micken Lecture Series on "The Promise and Problems of Citizenship." His lecture is titled "Looking Out for Yourself: Victims, Complicity, and Resistance" and will be presented in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 5:00pm. For further information, please contact the Philosophy Department at 542-5805.

Daniel Goleman ’68: A Talk on Innovative Education and Leadership

Amherst Careers in Education Professions Program welcomes Dr. Daniel Goleman
'68 back to campus for a public talk about innovative education, leadership, and his next book, "A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama's Vision for Our World", which emphasizes new approaches to education.

Thursday March 26, at 8 p.m. - Johnson Chapel. Open to the public.

Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Physics/Astronomy Seminar

Dr. Paul Oxley of the College of the Holy Cross will speak on "Over the Hill – Electron Transfer in Ion-Atom Collisions"

Mon, Apr 6, 2015


Fiction Reading: Ayana Mathis

Writing for the New York Times, Michiko Kakutani described Ayana Mathis’s writing as “both lyrical and unsparing, meditative and visceral, and capable of giving the reader nearly complete access to her characters’ minds and hearts." The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, her first novel, was a New York Times Bestseller, a 2013 New York Times Notable Book of the Year, an NPR Best Book of 2013 and an Oprah’s Book Club selection. Mathis is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a recipient of the 2014-15 New York Public Library's Cullman Center Fellowship. She lives in Brooklyn.

Tue, Apr 7, 2015

Full Contact Entrepreneurship and the Liberal Arts

Andy Palmer, Bowdoin College class of 1988, has spent three decades founding, funding and advising start up companies. One philosophy unites his diverse work across enterprise software, life sciences and advising start ups: a full contact approach to entrepreneurship. This presentation will explore how a liberal arts background does, and does not, prepare graduates for a career in start ups.

This event is part of the Problem Solvers Speaker Series, highlighting professionals and alumni who are engaging some of the world's most pressing challenges through creative and innovative strategies, and exploring new models and methods for addressing social and/or environmental problems.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement, the Career Center, and the Department of Computer Science

Thu, Apr 9, 2015

10th Annual Amherst Lecture in Philosophy" - "What's All The Fuss about Consciousness?"

Jerry Alan Fodor, Rutgers University will present the 10th Annual ALP (Amherst Lecture in Philosophy) on Thursday, April 9, 2015. His lecture is titled "What's All The Fuss about Consciousness?" and will be presented in the Pruyne Lecture Hall on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 5:00pm. A reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact the Department of Philosophy at 542-5805.

Fri, Apr 10, 2015

Alumni Panel

Celebrating Architectural Studies: Perspectives From Young Alumni

Mead Art Museum, William Green Study Room

Panel presentations by alumni working in architectural studies will take place from 2-4:30pm. Networking Reception with wine and cheese to follow in the Rotherwas Room. All are welcome.

Fri, Apr 17, 2015

Fri, Apr 24, 2015

Thu, Apr 30, 2015

"Fairness and the Political Obligations of Citizenship"

Erin Taylor, Cornell University Department of Philosophy, will present the fourth and final lecture in the 2014-15 Forry and Micken Lecture Series on "The Promise and Problems of Citizenship." Her lecture is titled "Fairness and the Political Obligations of Citizenship" and will be presented in Paino Lecture Hall (107 Beneski Building) on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 5:00pm. For further information, please contact the Philosophy Department at 542-5805.

Fri, May 1, 2015