Event Calendar

Tomorrow - Fri, Feb 22, 2019

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HLW: Sustaining and Building Critical Coalitions

Are you a student leader and feeling overwhelmed by expectation? Questioning what the word "community" really means? Experiencing burnout/activist fatigue? Join us in this arts-centered workshop to challenge, question, and re-imagine community and necessary relationships for social justice work.

Space is limited. For more information, please visit Amherst College Student Activities Facebook Page, or contact Jelani Johnson at jejohnson@amherst.edu and Jxhn T. Martin at jsmartin@amherst.edu

Students Only

Cheminar - Senior Major Student Talks

Jayne Vogelzang and Kevin Wang will each speak about a recent journal article of interest.

Congolese basket with lid made by the Kongo people,Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire).

On Appreciating and Understanding African Art with Nichole Bridges and Rowland Abiodun

Nichole Bridges, Class of 1997, is the associate curator for African art and the associate curator overseeing the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Saint Louis Art Museum. All are invited to a conversation with Bridges and Rowland Abiodun, the John C. Newton Professor of the History of Art and Black Studies at Amherst College.

Free and open to all!

Friday, February 22, 2019 | 5-6:30pm
Mead Art Museum

Lama Rod Owens standing with arms crossed in front of a brick wall

"Fierce Love": Lama Rod Owens

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall

Stevie Wonder once sang, “Love’s in need of love today.” His words couldn’t be more true as we face a global community struggling with war, poverty, illness, climate instability, and the rise of political authorities and governments who do not seem to be grounded in compassion or kindness. We speak about love and attempt to practice love, but some of us are losing faith in the transformative power of the wish for ourselves and others to be happy. Our practice of love is in need of our renewed faith in love. In this talk, we will be exploring the question of how practicing love can become a strategy that resists and undoes our experiences, fear, apathy and numbness as we attempt to live and love in a challenging world.

Lama Rod is a formally trained Buddhist teacher working to be as open, honest and vulnerable as possible and to help others do the same. Because on the other side is liberation.

This event is open to the public and is generously sponsored by the Amherst College Department of Religion, Amherst College Religious & Spiritual Life, Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley and the Willis D. Wood Fund.

Joe Cantrell

"The Timbre of Trash" - Talk and Performance by Joe Cantrell

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Talk and Performance

The Timbre of Trash: Anthropomorphic models to Resist Obsolescence in Technological Sound Practices

"Electronic sound artists and musicians, in their choice of the tools of their craft, have a close, working relationship with a specific form of mass-produced commodity, that of technological audio devices. Like other manufactured goods, they originate from a global production system that is historically exploitative, and environmentally unsustainable. The nature of electronic and digital technology, however, warrants an additional layer of scrutiny: they are beholden to the expectations of continuous technological improvement and obsolescence.

To counter these continuing tendencies, I offer a reading of new materialist theory with an eye toward how it may be specifically applied to electronic and digital musicians. New materialism projects a monistic perception of the world, in which the differentiation between humans, non-humans, and objects is called into question. Applied to technological audio devices, porous boundaries allow a vision of audio technology that is inclusive of all the bodies with which it has come in contact, and urges a limited sense of anthropomorphic identification with its users. This sense of interaction is extended into the realm of audio feedback, in which all audio processors, regardless of their intended functionality, contribute to a common sonic end. Seen in this way, sound technology that was once subject to the whims of constant development, becomes imbued with a personal sense of vitality, making it more difficult to be perceived as a disposable and obsolete."

Joe Cantrell is an artist specializing in sound art, installations, compositions, and performances inspired by the implications of technological objects and practices. His work examines the incessant acceleration of technological production, its ownership, and the waste it produces. Joe holds a BFA in music technology from CalArts, an MFA in digital arts and new media from UC Santa Cruz, and a PhD in music at UC San Diego. His work has been honored with grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, New Music USA, and the Qualcomm Institute Initiative for Digital Exploration of Arts and Sciences, among others.

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HLW: Tell em how you survived

An open space for expression, articulation, resistance and gathering that centers healing, affirmation, resilience, and magnificence of/found in our complicated interwoven selves, this space aims to center all folks who hold marginalized identities. All forms of performance/art/expression welcomed.

Sign-up ahead of time is strongly encouraged. To do so, please contact Jxhn T. Martin, at jsmartin@amherst.edu with a brief description or draft of what you intend to perform or submit by the end of the day on Thursday, February 21. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out.

Camille Brown performance

Five College Dance: "SPRING"

Five College Dance, in collaboration with the Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance, presents SPRING, an evening of dance featuring contributions from faculty, guest artists and dancers across all five campuses, including Camille A. Brown’s New Second Line, Five College Dance’s 2018-19 guest artist repertory project, made possible with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This dance is a celebration of the spirit and culture of the people of New Orleans.

The concert also features Picture This, a new work by critically acclaimed choreographer David Dorfman. Picture This is a kinetic, visual, musical and textual homage to the next generation of dance citizens-- a brief look at what makes these fine performers both joyous and angry in regard to love and politics.

Dances by Danté Brown (visiting assistant professor, Amherst College), Lailye Weidman (visiting assistant professor, Hampshire College) and Barbie Diewald (visiting artist, Mount Holyoke College), as well as a lobby installation by Rodger Blum (professor, Smith College), complete the program.

Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended: (413) 542-2277 or fcddance.reservations@gmail.com

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M@A Parallels Series Presents Nicole Mitchell: “Mandorla Awakening II”

With her Black Earth Ensemble, Mitchell uses science fiction to address the question: “What would a world look like that is truly egalitarian, with advanced technology that is in tune with nature?”

Tickets are required and are available at amherst.universitytickets.com or the Concert Office at (413) 542-2195.

Single ticket prices:
General Public: $18
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $12
Students, with valid ID: $10
AC student rush one hour before each concert: FREE

Recorded in May 2015 at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Mandorla features Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble with new collaborators Tatsu Aoki (bass, shamisen, taiko) and Kojiro Umezaki (shakuhachi). Also in the mix is Chicago artist, scholar and poet Avery R. Young, who brings the composers’ lyrics to life with visceral humanity; and longtime collaborators Tomeka Reid (cello, banjo), Alex Wing (electric guitar, out, theremin), Mazz Swift (violin) and Jovia Armstrong (percussion).

Mandorla Awakening II explores what Mitchell describes as a “collision of duality,” urban vs. country, hegemonic vs. vulnerable, acoustic vs. electric, with the dialogue of contrasting musical languages: Japanese, African-American gospel, R&B, jazz. The work chronicles the journey of a couple as they find themselves navigating between two civilizations: the World Union, a crumbling society rampant with disease and inequality, and Mandorla, a utopia where spirituality, technology and nature coexist harmoniously. Mandorla Awakening was included among the top 10 jazz albums for 2017 by The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, NPR and Wire (UK).

Nicole M. Mitchell is an award-winning creative flutist, composer, bandleader and educator. She is perhaps best known for her work as a flutist, having developed a unique improvisational language and having repeatedly been named “Top Flutist of the Year” by DownBeat magazine's critics poll and the Jazz Journalists Association (2010–17). Mitchell initially emerged from Chicago’s innovative music scene in the late ’90s, and her music celebrates contemporary African-American culture.

“One of the most exciting jazz soloists and composers in the world” –Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

Tickets Required

Sat, Feb 23, 2019

Careers In Business & Finance Logo

Adventis Financial Modeling Certification Program

Are you interested in pursuing a position in investment banking, private equity, equity research, or other competitive fields in finance?

The Careers in Business and Finance program has partnered with Adventis to provide practical modeling experience through is proven Financial Modeling Certification (FMC) Program. This intensive, 2-day boot camp provides hands-on financial modeling training. Adventis’ unique training style consists of having students build financial models and analyses entirely from scratch, while explaining key concepts along the way. This approach enables students to retain more concepts and develop a valuable skill set.

Certified students have been able to demonstrate to employers that they have strong analytical capabilities and are ready to hit the ground running, impressing interviewers and ultimately landing positions at top firms on Wall Street. For those looking to excel quickly in their full-time or internship position or for sophomores looking to demonstrate abilities to potential employers, this program will reduce your learning curve and put you on a more even playing field with finance majors with whom you will be working or interning.

LOGISTICS
The training will be held from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on Saturday, February 23 and Sunday, February 24, with a 1-hour lunch break each day, in Webster 102. The course requires a PC (no Macs), and space will be limited to the first 22 students (based on the number of PCs available in Webster 102), plus up to an additional 10 students who can provide their own PC laptop. Certification exams will be held approximately every other week after the boot camp.

PROGRAM AGENDA
Day 1 Highlights:
• Build a 3-statement financial model of Allegiant Travel
• Build public & M&A comparables, a WACC analysis, a DCF analysis, and a “football field” analysis of Allegiant Travel
• Includes a 40-page trainee packet

Day 2 Highlights:
• Build a leveraged buyout analysis of Allegiant Travel
• Build a 3-statement financial model of PepsiCo

HOW TO REGISTER & COST PER STUDENT
Adventis is offering a discounted price of $199, as long as you enroll before Friday, February 8, 2019. After this date the course fee will go to $245. The final deadline for registration is February 21. Scholarships are available. Enroll online and email Stephanie Hockman (shockman@amherst.edu) if you would like to request a scholarship.

The link to register is as follows; registering in Handshake will also automatically redirect you to the page, but please note that RSVPing through Handshake does not count as registration: https://bootcamps.adventiscg.com/landing/Amherst-College-2019-02-23

Registration Required
Students looking at art at the Mead

Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes that bring student interests to the fore. Come back every week for a fresh perspective on the works on view in our galleries. Be sure to check our website and Facebook page for updates on weekly topics. All programs are free and open to the public!

Camille Brown performance

Five College Dance: "SPRING"

Five College Dance, in collaboration with the Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance, presents SPRING, an evening of dance featuring contributions from faculty, guest artists and dancers across all five campuses, including Camille A. Brown’s New Second Line, Five College Dance’s 2018-19 guest artist repertory project, made possible with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This dance is a celebration of the spirit and culture of the people of New Orleans.

The concert also features Picture This, a new work by critically acclaimed choreographer David Dorfman. Picture This is a kinetic, visual, musical and textual homage to the next generation of dance citizens-- a brief look at what makes these fine performers both joyous and angry in regard to love and politics.

Dances by Danté Brown (visiting assistant professor, Amherst College), Lailye Weidman (visiting assistant professor, Hampshire College) and Barbie Diewald (visiting artist, Mount Holyoke College), as well as a lobby installation by Rodger Blum (professor, Smith College), complete the program.

Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended: (413) 542-2277 or fcddance.reservations@gmail.com

Sun, Feb 24, 2019

Careers In Business & Finance Logo

Adventis Financial Modeling Certification Program

Are you interested in pursuing a position in investment banking, private equity, equity research, or other competitive fields in finance?

The Careers in Business and Finance program has partnered with Adventis to provide practical modeling experience through is proven Financial Modeling Certification (FMC) Program. This intensive, 2-day boot camp provides hands-on financial modeling training. Adventis’ unique training style consists of having students build financial models and analyses entirely from scratch, while explaining key concepts along the way. This approach enables students to retain more concepts and develop a valuable skill set.

Certified students have been able to demonstrate to employers that they have strong analytical capabilities and are ready to hit the ground running, impressing interviewers and ultimately landing positions at top firms on Wall Street. For those looking to excel quickly in their full-time or internship position or for sophomores looking to demonstrate abilities to potential employers, this program will reduce your learning curve and put you on a more even playing field with finance majors with whom you will be working or interning.

LOGISTICS
The training will be held from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on Saturday, February 23 and Sunday, February 24, with a 1-hour lunch break each day, in Webster 102. The course requires a PC (no Macs), and space will be limited to the first 22 students (based on the number of PCs available in Webster 102), plus up to an additional 10 students who can provide their own PC laptop. Certification exams will be held approximately every other week after the boot camp.

PROGRAM AGENDA
Day 1 Highlights:
• Build a 3-statement financial model of Allegiant Travel
• Build public & M&A comparables, a WACC analysis, a DCF analysis, and a “football field” analysis of Allegiant Travel
• Includes a 40-page trainee packet

Day 2 Highlights:
• Build a leveraged buyout analysis of Allegiant Travel
• Build a 3-statement financial model of PepsiCo

HOW TO REGISTER & COST PER STUDENT
Adventis is offering a discounted price of $199, as long as you enroll before Friday, February 8, 2019. After this date the course fee will go to $245. The final deadline for registration is February 21. Scholarships are available. Enroll online and email Stephanie Hockman (shockman@amherst.edu) if you would like to request a scholarship.

The link to register is as follows; registering in Handshake will also automatically redirect you to the page, but please note that RSVPing through Handshake does not count as registration: https://bootcamps.adventiscg.com/landing/Amherst-College-2019-02-23

Registration Required

Mon, Feb 25, 2019

Arabic Language Table Second-Year Mondays

This Arabic language table is a weekly conversation group for second-year Arabic students. We meet every Monday in the upstairs seating section of the Valentine Dining Hall, and anyone who can communicate in Arabic at the second-year level is welcome to attend.

German Table

German Table

Enjoy informal conversations with students who have studied in Germany, the German faculty members, the German language assistants and other native speakers.

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Floor

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from noon - 1 p.m.

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Common Table: A Weekly Lunch Conversation with Religious and Spiritual Life

Does everything happen for a reason? Where does morality factor into career choice? And more simply, how are you doing anyway? All are welcome to this casual, drop-in time to share lunch and conversation on a topic of spirituality, belief or values as we explore together what it’s like to be a person in the world. Hosted by Religious and Spiritual Life staff and a rotation of student, faculty and staff guests. Please reach out if you'd like to co-host a conversation!

Bard In Berlin

Bard in Berlin - Info Table

Meet Bard representative Hannah Barrett and find out about our study abroad options at Bard College Berlin. True to the principles of liberal arts education, Bard College Berlin offers interdisciplinary programs in the humanities and social sciences. Study in the core program and the student’s chosen field of specialization is supplemented by a wide variety of elective courses in fields such as theater, film, philosophy, and studio arts, and by many forms of engagement with the city of Berlin, including museum visits, special courses and internships.

Students Only
Bard In Berlin- Info Table Poster

Bard in Berlin - Info Table

Stop by the info table to meet Bard representative Hannah Barrett. True to the principles of liberal arts education, Bard College Berlin offers interdisciplinary programs in the humanities and social sciences, with a strong focus on individual growth and the development of essential skills in writing and thinking. 

Students Only

Zotero Workshop

Want to make your research process more organized and efficient? Attend a one-hour tutorial to get started with Zotero! Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage, and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. If you're interested but can't make it to the workshop, click on the more information link below to see the full workshop schedule or to make an individual appointment.

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Biology Monday Seminar

Kamilah Ali, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Basic Science
Course Director, Pharmacology
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

Title: “The forgotten one- ApoD, lipoprotein oxidation, and atherosclerosis”
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. The pathogenesis of CAD is complex and is due to the development of plaque, the accumulation of cholesterol in macrophages, in blood vessels that can thrombosis leading to a heart attack or stroke. Some of the key players or steps in accumulation of cholesterol is the levels of plasma lipoproteins- LDL-cholesterol, oxidative capacity of LDL-cholesterol, the inflammatory state of macrophages. Apolipoproteins (apos) are major determinants in regulating human plasma lipoprotein levels, thus affecting plaque formation (atherogenesis) in blood vessels. Our protein of interest, ApoD, is associated with plasma high-density lipoproteins (HDL), low-density lipoproteins (LDL), and very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL), and is ubiquitously expressed in tissues and present in cell types (endothelial cells (EC), vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC), macrophages) involved in plaque formation. However, we have a poor understanding of the role(s) and mechanism(s) of apoD in plaque development. We use in vivo animal models on a Western diet, lipid biochemistry, and cell culture to address our hypothesis. Our preliminary data suggest that apoD is anti-atherogenic whose effects may be mediated by modulating LDL oxidation and/or downstream activation of macrophage- vascular smooth muscle cells signaling pathways.

Derron Wallace, Assistant Professor of Education and Sociology, Brandeis University

Education Studies Initiative Speaker Series Presents Derron Wallace: “Safe Routes to School? Black Caribbean Youth Negotiating Police Surveillance in London and New York City”

This talk examines how Black Caribbean youth perceive and experience the state-endorsed ‘Stop and Search’ program in London and then-ongoing ‘Stop and Frisk’ practices in New York City while on route to and from public schools between 2007 and 2014. Despite a growing body of scholarship on the relationship between policing and schooling in the U.S. and U.K., comparative research on how school students experience stop and frisk/search practices remains sparse. Drawing on the BlackCrit tradition of Critical Race Theory and in-depth interviews with 60 black Caribbean secondary school students, this article explores how adolescents experience adult-like policing to and from schools. The findings indicate that participants develop a strained sense of belonging in British and American societies due to a security paradox—a policing formula that promises safety for all in principle, but does so at the expense of some black youth in practice. Participants learned that irrespective of ethnicity, black youth are regularly rendered suspicious subjects worthy of scrutiny, even during the school commute. This paper concludes with recommendations that can assist in improving students’ safety while en route to and from school.

Derron Wallace is an assistant professor of education and sociology at Brandeis University with joint affiliations in African and Afro-American Studies and Social Justice & Social Policy. He is a sociologist of race, ethnicity and education who specializes in cross-national studies of inequalities and identities in urban schools and neighborhoods, focusing specifically on the experiences of young people of African descent. His work has appeared in journals such as Sociology: The Journal of the British Sociological Association, The British Journal of Sociology of Education and Harvard Educational Review. His research has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Gates Cambridge Trust, the Marion & Jasper Whiting Foundation and the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. Prior to joining the Brandeis faculty, he served as a professional community organizer in London, working on youth safety, living wages, fair housing and immigrant rights campaigns.

Spring 2019 Writing Center Workshops: Writing, Reading, Public Speaking, and Time Management

The Savvy Reader: Managing an Unmanageable Reading Load

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Frost Library, 211 (CHI Seminar Room)

The reading load for many classes can sometimes seem overwhelming and unmanageable. This workshop will help you take control of your reading and stay on top of it, rather than drowning in it or avoiding it altogether. In addition to being introduced to approaches to managing large reading loads and long texts, you will have the opportunity to practice strategies for reading more effectively and, when necessary, more efficiently. Led by Kristen Brookes, Senior Writing Associate.

Students Only
Registration Required

Writing Center Creative Writing Group

We will gather in the Writing Center to write and share fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, drama and other modes of creative writing in a friendly, supportive manner. No homework, just show up. Meetings will be led by writing associate Roy Andrews. All students are welcome.

Students Only

Tue, Feb 26, 2019

Associate Professor Takeuchi Tatsu, Virginia Tech: Proposal of a New Terminology for Newton's 3rd Law: From Force-centric to Momentum-centric Pedagogy of Newton's Laws

Newton's 3rd Law, aka the action-reaction law, can be quite confusing to many students, instructors, and even to some textbook writers as well. The main reason for this is the unfortunate choice of terminology by Newton in his Principia. Many people think that what Newton meant by "reaction" is the reaction to "action" (which it isn't) and this misunderstanding is prevalent not only in the classroom but in popular media as well. I propose that even though "action" and "reaction" are the terms used by Newton himself (they are the same in Latin), it is high time we abandoned them for better ones that would aid in our own and our students' understanding. I will present my own proposal in this talk, though I suspect there may be better ones, and also propose a new pedagogy which emphasizes the concept of momentum above force in teaching Newton's Laws.

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Floor

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from noon - 1 p.m.