Event Calendar

Tomorrow - Mon, Feb 17, 2020

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.

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Biology Monday Seminar

4:00 pm Science Center, Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall A011

Seminar with Javier Apfeld, Ph.D., assistant professor in the biology department at Northeastern University

C. elegans processes sensory information to choose between freeloading and self-defense strategies

My lab’s goal is to elucidate how the brain regulates aging and resilience to oxidants, using the nematode C. elegans as a tractable model organism. Our work combines molecular genetics, quantitative microscopy, mathematical modeling and engineering. During my Ph.D., I pioneered using genetics to study aging in Professor Cynthia Kenyon’s lab, and discovered that intercellular communication regulates lifespan in the nematode C. elegans. I then translated this new science of aging in biotech. Returning to academia, I help develop enabling technologies for studying C. elegans aging in collaboration with Professor Walter Fontana, a theorist and computational scientist.

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"Ghosts from Fukushima"

Professor Isomae Jun’ichi from the International Research Center for Japanese Studies will address the experience of prayer and despair in Japan following the 3.11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown. A prominent scholar of religion, Professor Isomae explores the challenges of capturing the unseen world of hope and despair in contemporary Japan. There will be a response by Professor Marion Eggert of the Ruhr-University Bochum.

Guest Lecturer Elizabeth Emery

“Of Monsters and Women: Collecting Japanese Art in 19th-Century Paris”: A Talk by Professor Elizabeth Emery (Montclair State University)

The Paris Musée d’Ennery owes its existence to a young woman who, in the 1840s, had an interest in acquiring the Chinese and Japanese “monsters” hidden in antique shops. Fifty years later, Clémence Lecarpentier d’Ennery bequeathed her collection of nearly 7,000 objects to the French state. Although she assembled these pieces and built a house and galleries to curate and display them, museum conservators posthumously erased her life’s work, presenting it instead as her husband’s achievement.

This lavishly illustrated talk will present the museum, its collections and its history before teasing out some of the complicated social factors—among them class, gender, religion and nationalism—that led to the museum’s marginalization as a cultural institution.

Dinner Church

Dinner Church (Christian)

6:00 pm Chapin Hall, Pemberton Lounge

Eat, pray, reflect in community, and share in Holy Communion together. All are welcome to join us for Dinner Church. If you have questions, contact Rev. Anna Woofenden, Protestant Advisor, awoofenden@amherst.edu.

Tue, Feb 18, 2020

Employee Council Coffee Hour

Employee Council February Coffee Hour

Please join us for Coffee Hour! Meet Employee Council representatives and other staff from around campus, talk about issues that matter to you, and enjoy a free coffee and muffin—it’s on us!

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Chinese Language Table

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Chinese, then join us twice a week for lunch! The Chinese Language Table is open to students, faculty and staff who would like to have conversations in Chinese. All levels are welcome.

Common Table

Common Table

All are welcome to the Common Table—a casual, drop-in time to share lunch and conversation on a topic of spirituality, belief or values. Please click “Full details” to view the list of weekly topics. Hosted by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

Sanam Nader-Esfahani, Amherst College: “Literature and the Eye in the Age of Kepler”

“I shall describe the means of vision, which no one at all to my knowledge has yet examined and understood in such detail. I therefore beg the mathematicians to consider these carefully, so that thereby at last there might exist in philosophy something certain concerning this most noble function.” It is with these words in his Optical Part of Astronomy (1604) that the German mathematician Johannes Kepler credits himself with inaugurating a new chapter in the history of vision. Kepler does indeed fulfill his promise by advancing knowledge about the eye, vision and the use of lenses in the correction of vision. His conclusions, however, bring anything but certainty on a philosophical level, especially with regard to the relationship between an object and its image. Reading Kepler in dialogue with a selection of nonscientific texts, this presentation experiments with the affinities between Kepler’s scientific findings and literature as a form of knowledge and representation in the 17th century.

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JUSTICE! Amherst College’s Speaking Competition

Students compete with five- to seven-minute speeches using this year’s theme: Justice.

Winners receive cash prizes and recognition in the College award ceremonies.

Recognition of American Judgement in Japan

Each country’s judgment is only valid in that country, as making a judgment is a sovereign act of the country. However, if a judgment ordered in a foreign country can be given the same effect as a judgment in one’s own country, the burden on one’s country will be reduced. For that reason, modern nations are actively adopting a system to recognize foreign judgments. But unconditional recognition can put your country’s judicial system at risk. Therefore, when certain conditions are met, a system is adopted to recognize the effect of the judgment of a foreign court.
The most remarkable of these conditions is “do not violate public order and morals.” If the contents ordered by a foreign court do not conform to the legal consciousness and legal system of one’s own country, it cannot be recognized. In fact, there are cases in which the judgment of the United States has been denied recognition in Japan. One is a judgment ordering punitive damages, and the other is a judgment that allows a child born by a surrogate mother to have a parental relationship with her genetic mother. Neither of these were recognized because they violated Japanese public order and morals.
In this lecture, apart from the legal system of each country, I would like to consider why these conclusions are different between Japan and the United States.
—Yukihiro Okada, Professor of Law at Doshisha University
Presented by the Doshisha University and Amherst College Faculty Exchange Program. Please note that this lecture will be in Japanese.

The Art of the Elevator Pitch & Profile Perfection Workshop

In this interactive workshop, learn how to craft an impactful, personalized 30-second ‘Elevator Pitch’ to introduce yourself and network within your professional and academic communities. We will learn different approaches to crafting the pitch, practice and become comfortable. Additionally, learn how to maximize your professional profiles on Handshake and LinkedIn while also taking advantage of the Loeb's free, on-site portrait station! Wear your best professional outfit for a headshot to use on your profile. *This workshop fulfills the workshop requirement for the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program.*

La Terrasse - French Table

Faculty, students and staff are all welcome to join our French language assistants for informal French conversation over dinner. All levels of French are welcome! We look forward to meeting you!

Vaping Debunked: Schooling the JUUL & Beyond

Want to learn more about vaping? Curious about recent studies and the various health effects? Christine Johnston MPH, Assistant Director of Alcohol and Other Drug Education and Health Promotion at Springfield College, is a prominent lecturer on the social and health impacts of vaping. Join us and demystify vaping for yourself!

Dr. Dick Goldsby

Keynote: Dr. Dick Goldsby: “The Nature and Biology of Race”

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall, E110

Join us for a keynote lecture from Amherst College Professor Emeritus Dr. Dick Goldsby on “The Nature and Biology of Race.” The talk will be followed by a moderated question & answer session.
Dr. Goldbsy is the author of the 2019 book Thinking Race: Social Myths and Biological Realities.
Co-sponsors for this lecture are:
Being Human in Stem
Departments of Biology, Sociology, Anthropology, and Black Studies
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Center for Humanistic Inquiry
Science Center

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Film Screening of <i>Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am</i>

Come celebrate Toni Morrison’s birthday with a film screening of Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am. Drinks and desserts will be available.
This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career (www.imdb.com).
Co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty and the Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies Department.
Free and open to the public.

German Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeeklatsch

Come and join German students and faculty for a chat over coffee and much more! This is a great opportunity to practice your German in a casual and relaxing environment.

Porter House Open House 2020

Open House for German Residential Program

Tag der Offenen Tür: The German Department will be accepting applications to live in the German House (Porter House) for 2020-21. Come to the Open House with your questions and check out the wonderful atmosphere at the German House. Refreshments will be served. The applications are available on the Residential Life website (Housing Portal) and are due by February 27, 2020.

Wed, Feb 19, 2020

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Russian Table

Please join us for the Russian Table for Russian conversation and conviviality! Grab your lunch and head upstairs. We hope to see you there! In case you prefer to use a tray, please ask a Valentine staff member.

Dartmouth’s Tuck Business Bridge Information Table

Tuck Business Bridge, held at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, is a total immersion business program designed to prepare top liberal arts and STEM students for challenging careers.
With a comprehensive business core curriculum, taught by the Tuck School of Busines’s top-ranked MBA faculty, a capstone team project, and one-on-one guidance from the Tuck’s Career Development Office, the Tuck Business Bridge Program® can give participants the skills and confidence necessary to get a job and succeed. All in just three weeks.
Financial aid and scholarships are available. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors, as well as candidates 1-5 years removed from college pursuing advanced degrees in non-business fields or working in non-business careers, are eligible to apply. Three sessions are available—one in December and two during the summer. For more information, visit bridge.tuck.dartmouth.edu and stop by this table to learn more!

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Loeb Center program director for careers in business and finance for a weekly, informal discussion on any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday from noon - 1 p.m. in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Hall. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!

RLadies Amherst: A Conversation with Professors Brittney Bailey and Katharine Correia, Wed. Feb. 19, 4 p.m., SCCE E108

RLadies Amherst: A Conversation with Professors Brittney Bailey and Katharine Correia

Learn how two Amherst College statistics professors got to where they are now in their careers in data science! Everyone is welcome! RLadies hopes to encourage, inspire and support women in the R community. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Refreshments will be served.

Wondering about how masculinity manifests itself at social events on campus? Join the Peer Advocates for a candid conversation on what masculinity looks like at Amherst parties!

Unpacking Masculinity 2.0: Mixers Edition

Join the Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect for a group discussion on masculinity and parties on campus! This event is a follow-up to our panel on masculinity last semester.

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Poetry and Performance: Dao Strom

An evening of poetry and performance from Dao Strom, whose work explores hybridity through melding disparate “voices”—written, sung, visual—to contemplate the intersection of personal and collective histories. The New Yorker has called her work “Quietly beautiful … hip without being ironic.” She makes music as The Sea & The Mother and is the author of five books, including a bilingual poetry/art book, a hybrid-form memoir with a song-cycle, a collection of novellas and a novel. She is a founding member of She Who Has No Master(s), a collective project of women artists of the Vietnamese diaspora, as well as the editor of diaCRITICS. Refreshments will follow.

Thu, Feb 20, 2020

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Grab and Don’t Go with Christopher Myers

Christopher Myers is an artist and writer based in New York City. A widely acclaimed author of literature for young people, he is also an accomplished fine artist who has lectured and exhibited internationally. His work questions what it means to be an artist and to create art that is rooted in the experience of global cultural exchange.

Meet Myers for lunch in the Amherst College Multicultural Resource Center. Learn more about his artistic practice, his work in publishing, how his work centers historically marginalized perspectives in art and literature, and how he collaborates with artists and craftspeople across cultures and around the world.