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Event Calendar

March 2019

Fri, Mar 1, 2019

A view of the entrance to Mead Art Museum and Stearns Steeple amidst fall foliage

Discover the Lost Art of Concentration

Join us for a series of conversations and close-looking sessions designed to help visitors gain focus and clarity through extended looking at art. We’ll provide tips and techniques to help you hone your observational acumen and deepen concentration at this series of morning programs. Tea will be served. This event is presented in collaboration with Amherst College Human Resources, and is free and open to all.

Friday, March 1, 2019 | 10–11 a.m.
Close-looking led by Mead head of education and Mellon Curator of Academic Programs Emily Potter-Ndiaye with guided reflection by Stephen Butler.

Friday, March 8, 2019 | 10–11 a.m.
Meditation and mindfulness led by Molly Kitchen with guided reflection by Stephen Butler.

Friday, March 22, 2019 | 10–11 a.m.
Guided looking with Amherst College artist-in-residence Macon Reed with guided reflection by Stephen Butler.

SEA Semester Info Table

Ready to have an adventure with a purpose? Interested in making an impact with your study abroad experience? Come find out more about SEA Semester! Stop by our info table in Keefe Campus Center on Friday, March 1, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., to speak with an admissions counselor and learn about sailing and conducting research with SEA Semester.

Students Only

Peer Advocates' 2nd Annual Community Promise Tabling

The Peer Advocate for Sexual Respect will be tabling this week to gather community responses to the prompt "Why and how we support survivors". These responses will be organized into a community poem that will be read by community members on March 20 at 7 p.m. in the Powerhouse. Stop by to give your response, sign up to be a reader, take some resources, or just say hello!

Life Stories

Life Stories Lunch with Jxhn Martin, Drector of the Queer Resource Center

The Life Stories series provides a forum to foster community through sharing stories of challenge, growth and meaning. At each lunch, a student, faculty or staff member talks about an aspect of their lives that may be meaningful to others, followed by questions and comments. Lunch is provided.

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LitFest: How to Get a Job in Publishing

The world of publishing offers storytellers and literature lovers career paths that can meander from editing, to production, to marketing. If you’re ready to explore the possibilities—from early career to executive leadership—join us Friday, March 1 during LitFest for a behind the scenes look at How to Get a Job in Publishing. This in-depth discussion will feature three distinguished alumni who will share the paths they took that led them to careers with industry leaders Penguin Books, Oxford University Press, and Stanford University Press.

ALUMNI PANELISTS
Sunna Juhn ’18, Editorial Assistant, Stanford University Press
Niko Pfund ’87, President, Oxford University Press
Julie Strauss-Gabel ’94, President and Publisher, Dutton Children's Books

EVENT DETAILS
Each panelist will speak for 10-15 minutes, providing students with an overview of their own career trajectory and some tips for the trade. Following a general Q&A, we will break into small group discussions where students will have the opportunity to ask more direct questions about networking in the field, application advice, and the wide range of job possibilities in publishing.

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LitFest: Crafting a Career in Journalism

Stellar writing skills, a love of storytelling, and a desire to impact our communities and culture. These connective threads unite generations of Amherst alumni and students, and are the foundations of a successful career in journalism. Explore the possibilities for your own work through this in-depth discussion with three distinguished alumni who’ll share the details of their trajectories into daily news, investigative reporting, and science and data journalism.

ALUMNI PANELISTS
Aleszu Bajak ’06, freelance science journalist and graduate programs manager at Northeastern University's School of Journalism
Luis Ferre Rangel ’88, former Editor in Chief of El Nuevo Día & current Chief Social Innovation Officer of Grupo Ferré Rangel
Diana Babineau Owen ’14, Managing Editor, In These Times

EVENT DETAILS
Each panelist will speak for 10-15 minutes, providing students with an overview of their own career trajectory and some tips for the trade. Following a general Q&A, we will break into small group discussions where students will have the opportunity to ask more direct questions about networking in the field, application advice, and the wide range of job possibilities in journalism.

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Cheminar: 32nd Pryde Lecturer Dr. Gerard Hilinski '04 on "Drug Discovery in Academia"

Hilinski is director of biochemistry at the Drug Development Institute of The Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Refreshments will be served at 3:15 p.m.

Sat, Mar 2, 2019

Affinity Group Leadership Summit 2019

Affinity Group Leadership Summit 2019

The Center for Diversity and Student Leadership, and the Office of Student Activities is hosting an Affinity Group Leadership Summit open to all Amherst College students!

The summit is an opportunity for students to connect with group leaders or individuals invested in supporting an affinity group on campus. This includes starting an organization, overcoming challenges in a new or pre-established organization, as well as to provide support and solutions on how to navigate resources on campus.

Lunch will be provided

**Please fill out a brief sign up if interested!**

Students Only
Registration Required

Mon, Mar 4, 2019

Carney, Sandoe & Associates Information Table

Carney, Sandoe & Associates is an educational recruitment, search, and strategic consulting firm that places teachers and administrators in K-12 private, independent, and like-kind (charter, magnet, pilot and merit) schools across the nation and worldwide. The organization placed over 32,000 teachers and administrators in independent schools since 1977.

CS&A works to fill thousands of teaching and administrative openings at hundreds of K-12 schools each year. Teaching certification not required, although candidates will need at least a Bachelor’s degree pertaining to their desired subject area.

Want to learn more? Stop by this information table to speak with Connor J. Rooney, senior associate for Recruitment and Operations.

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Biology Monday Seminar: "Bacterial Spores: Still Surprises After All These Years"

Peter Setlow
Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Molecular Biology and Biophysics
UConn Health, Farmington, Conn.

Title: "Bacterial Spores: Still Surprises After All These Years"

"Dr. Setlow’s research over the past ~50 years has focused on spore formers of various Bacillus species, concentrating on the mechanisms of the formation, resistance, killing and germination of the spores of these organisms, as well as their biochemical properties, and he has published over 500 research papers on these topics, including definitive studies on the mechanism of spore resistance to 254 nm UV radiation. Dr. Setlow’s research work has utilized techniques from many disciplines, including: 1) microbial physiology; 2) molecular genetics; 3) molecular biology; 4) classical genetics; 5) light, fluorescence and electron microscopy; 6) enzyme purification and characterization; 7) spectroscopy of single cells; 8) small molecule analysis; 9) structural biology; and recently 10) transcriptomics."

Film and Media Studies Majors Meeting and Internship Roundtable

Interested in majoring in Film & Media Studies at Amherst College? Wondering what to do with a Film & Media Studies major after you graduate? We are holding an Info Session to discuss everything need to know about the program, the field, and opportunities for students on campus and in the Five College vicinity. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni will be present to answer any questions you may have. Current seniors will also be present to discuss their thesis projects.

The discussion will be followed by a roundtable on internships in the field with presentations by current students, alumni, and faculty.

Pizza and cookies will be provided for all attendees!

Students Only
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"We Want You Here and Alive: Puerto Rican Feminists Confront the Carceral State"

Marisol LeBrón is an assistant professor in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. An interdisciplinary scholar working across American studies, Latinx studies and feminist studies, she researches and teaches on social inequality, policing, violence and protest movements in Puerto Rico and U.S. communities of color. She is the author of Policing Life and Death: Race, Violence and Resistance in Puerto Rico (University of California Press, 2019), which examines the growth of punitive governance in contemporary Puerto Rico.

"Loíza, a low-income and predominantly Afro-Puerto Rican town and municipality just outside of the capital city of San Juan, has long been plagued by racist and violent policing practices. The siege-like conditions that police created in many of Loíza’s public housing complexes and neighborhoods have done little to stem high rates of violence and crime in the area, and, to the contrary, have directly contributed to the general sense of insecurity that many residents feel. Tired of seeing how both police violence and gang violence were creating harm and death in the community, Taller Salud, a feminist public health organization based in Loíza, decided to take action. In this talk, I look at Taller Salud’s program Acuerdo de Paz, which has worked to develop systems of community accountability and mediation as a way of working outside of the punitive structures that tend to exacerbate violence and insecurity in Loíza. I position Taller Salud’s Acuerdo de Paz initiative as just one example of a growing movement in Puerto Rico that is rejecting punitive governance and trying to create alternative visions of justice that do not rely on the intensification of conditions of vulnerability for already marginalized communities."

"The Political Language and Discourse in Japan"

Professor Takashi Ito, professor of faculty of sociology from Doshisha University, has come to Amherst to speak about the current state of Japanese politics from the perspectives of journalism and prevailing public discourse in Japan. He will touch on topics such as the political situation in Japan today, political language and concepts in confusion, and public discourse and media coverage of politics in Japan today.

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Get Career Ready! Use Your Study Abroad Experience to Stand Out in the Applicant Pool

In this workshop, we’ll teach you about transferable skills and career competencies gained through international experiences and how to use them to enhance your networking and interviewing skills. This event is ideal for students who have studied abroad and international students, but is also open to prospective study abroad students, as well.

Light refreshments will be served and the first ten students to RSVP and attend the workshop will receive a LimeRed gift card. RSVP by emailing Amanda Wright at awright@amherst.edu.

Students Only

Tue, Mar 5, 2019

Harvard's HBS CORe Information Table

Harvard Business School's CORe (Credential of Readiness) program brings the dynamism of Harvard Business School’s classrooms to online learning. These virtual courses, developed by Harvard Business School faculty, leverage the case method learning model and are focused on active learning and real-world problem solving. Students log approximately 150 hours of learning time in either a 10-week or 17-week duration.

Stop by this information table to learn more!

Anne Jaskot, UMass: "How to Reionize the Universe: Clues from the Green Pea Galaxies"

In the first billion years after the Big Bang, the universe's hydrogen gas became ionized, an event known as reionization. Reionization represents a fundamental transition in the universe's properties, and yet we know little about how it occurred. The most likely explanation is that ionizing, Lyman continuum (LyC) photons escaped into the intergalactic medium from early star-forming galaxies. However, most star-forming galaxies show no sign of LyC escape. If reionization was caused by galaxies, which galaxies were responsible? The recent discovery of escaping ionizing radiation from the unusual "Green Pea" galaxies has provided new clues to this puzzle. I will discuss what we are learning from the Green Peas about how ionizing radiation escapes galaxies and about the possible properties of the galaxies that reionized the universe.

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Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

5:00 pm Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness - or because you are curious. This event will be led by Mark Hart, Buddhist Advisor.

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"Getting Along with Geese and Horses: Val Vinokur Talks About Translating Isaac Babel and Vladimir Mayakovsky"

A seminar with Val Vinokur '94 of Eugene Lang College and The New School

In 2017, Val Vinokur published The Essential Fictions, his annotated translation of 72 stories by Isaac Babel. In his new book, Relative Genitive, Vinokur translates two of the great Russian poets of the early 20th century: the Acmeist neo-classicist Osip Mandelstam and the Futurist revolutionary Vladimir Mayakovsky––their work woven together by the thread of Vinokur’s own poems, echoing the sound and spirit of the poets he has translated, and collapsing the distance between high culture and low, beauty and wreckage, origin and destination. Val will focus his discussion on two texts that depict the fate of animals (and humans) in Revolution: Babel’s Red Cavalry story “My First Goose” and Mayakovsky’s poem “Getting Along with Horses.”

Val Vinokur (AC '94) was born in Moscow and immigrated to Miami Beach as a child. He is an associate professor of literary studies at Eugene Lang College and The New School, where he also serves as chair of liberal arts in the B.A. Program for Adults and directs the minor in literary translation. He is the author of The Trace of Judaism: Dostoevsky, Babel, Mandelstam, Levinas; and his work as a co-translator with Rose Réjouis was recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008. His annotated translation of 72 stories by Isaac Babel, The Essential Fictions, was published in 2017. Vinokur is a senior editor at Public Seminar and is the founding editor of Poets & Traitors Press, which recently published his new book Relative Genitive: Poems with Translations from Osip Mandelstam and Vladimir Mayakovsky.

"Women in the Spanish-Speaking World"

In celebration of National Women’s History Month, Dr. Bárbara Mujica (Georgetown University) and Dr. Rolón-Barada (independent scholar) will give a talk on women in the Spanish-speaking world, focusing on Frida Kahlo (Mexico) and Carmen Laforet (Spain), on Tuesday, March 5 at 5 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall. This event is sponsored by the Eastman Fund and the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series Fund at Amherst College, with additional funding from the Latinx and Latin American Studies Program and Department of Spanish.

Splash! Teacher Info Sessions

This information session is for students teaching in the Splash program.

Students Only
Spring 2019 Writing Center Workshops

Convince Me! Persuasive Public Speaking

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

The ability to write and speak persuasively is an essential life skill. Whether you are presenting an argument in class, applying for a job or running for public office, you need to be persuasive and compelling. Through learning and practicing how to structure and deliver a persuasive speech, this 90-minute workshop will prepare you to master the art and craft of persuasion. Taught by Susan Daniels, associate for public speaking.

Students Only
Registration Required

Harvard Business School Information Session

For more than 100 years, Harvard Business School's graduates and faculty have shaped business around the world. In this information session, join Associate Director Valerie Krempus to learn more about Harvard’s post-graduate offerings – some of which are offered entirely online!

The modern HBS CORe (Credential of Readiness) program, for example, brings the dynamism of Harvard Business School’s classrooms to online learning. These virtual courses, developed by Harvard Business School faculty, leverage the case method learning model and are focused on active learning and real-world problem solving. Students log approximately 150 hours of learning time in either a 10-week or 17-week duration.

Attend this information session to learn more!

Wed, Mar 6, 2019

amherst chat back dialogue series luncheon students, staff and faculty

#AmherstChatBack: Students, Staff & Faculty Dialogue Luncheon Series

Please join us for our inaugural students, staff and faculty #AmherstChatBack Dialogue Series, which offers an opportunity to engage in critical conversations across difference, gain dialogue skills and learn from one another as we build community among students, staff and faculty.

Dialogues will take place over 5 weeks, each session focusing on a different social and cultural topic such as race, gender, nationality, joy and traditions. Participants should come prepared to share their own personal histories, thoughts, and experiences related to each topic. This event is open to all students, staff and faculty. Lunch will be served.

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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Education Studies Initiative Speaker Series Presents Natasha Warikoo: "The Diversity Bargain: And Other Dilemmas of Race, Admissions and Meritocracy at Elite Universities"

We’ve heard plenty from politicians and experts on affirmative action and higher education, about how universities should intervene—if at all—to ensure a diverse but deserving student population. But what about those for whom these issues matter the most? In this book talk, Natasha K. Warikoo deeply explores how students themselves think about merit and race at a uniquely pivotal moment: after they have just won the most competitive game of their lives and gained admittance to one of the world’s top universities. What Warikoo uncovers—talking with both white students and students of color at Harvard, Brown and Oxford—is absolutely illuminating, and some of it is positively shocking. As she shows, many elite white students understand the value of diversity abstractly, but they ignore the real problems that racial inequality causes and that diversity programs are meant to solve. They stand in fear of being labeled racist, but they are quick to call foul should a diversity program appear at all to hamper their own chances for advancement. The most troubling result of this ambivalence is what she calls the “diversity bargain,” in which white students reluctantly agree with affirmative action as long as it benefits them by providing a diverse learning environment—racial diversity, in this way, is a commodity, a selling point on a brochure. And, as Warikoo shows, universities play a big part in creating these situations. The way they talk about race on campus and the kinds of diversity programs they offer have a huge impact on student attitudes, shaping them either toward ambivalence or, in better cases, toward more productive and considerate understandings of racial difference.

Ultimately, this book demonstrates just how slippery the notions of race, merit and privilege can be. In doing so, it asks important questions not just about college admissions but about what the elite students who have succeeded at it—who will be the world’s future leaders—will do with the social inequalities of the wider world.

Natasha Kumar Warikoo is an associate professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. She is an expert on the relationships between education, racial and ethnic diversity, and cultural processes in schools and universities. Her most recent book, The Diversity Bargain: And Other Dilemmas of Race, Admissions and Meritocracy at Elite Universities, illuminates how undergraduates attending Ivy League universities and Oxford University conceptualize race and meritocracy. The book emphasizes the contradictions, moral conundrums and tensions on campus related to affirmative action and diversity, and how these vary across racial and national lines. Her first book, Balancing Acts: Youth Culture in the Global City, analyzes youth culture among children of immigrants attending low-performing high schools in New York City and London. Balancing Acts won the Thomas and Znaniecki Best Book Award from the American Sociological Association's International Migration Section.

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"Economies of Recognition: Portrait Photography Competitions in Turkish Journals of the 1920s"

Dr. Yasemin Gencer, a scholar of Islamic art, will be visiting Amherst College to give a talk on "Portrait Photography Competitions in Turkish Journals of the 1920s," sponsored by the Faculty Lecture Fund.

"Media and Content Industry in Today's Japan"

Professor Takashi Ito, professor of faculty of sociology from Doshisha University, has come to Amherst to speak about the media and content industry in modern Japan. He will touch on topics such as structural characteristics of the Japanese media and content industry, the challenges facing the industry, and more.

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"Beaverland: Travels Among Rodents of Unusual Size with Ben Goldfarb '09"

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Science Center, Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall (SCCE A011)

Award-winning environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb '09 will discuss his book Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, explore trends in ecological restoration and wildlife conservation, and talk about turning science writing into a career. Goldfarb's work has appeared in Science, Mother Jones, The Guardian, The Washington Post and many other publications. Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter is a finalist for the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.

Splash! Teacher Info Sessions

This information session is for students teaching in the Splash program.

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

Writing Concisely

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Frost Library, 211 (CHI Seminar Room)

Learn how to revise sentences to be more concise and clear using the Paramedic Method. Developed by Richard Lanham in Revising Prose, this step-by-step approach emphasizes active verbs, uncomplicated grammar and precise word choice. Participants should bring a paragraph-length writing sample for practice revising. Led by Cassie Sanchez, Senior Writing Associate.

Students Only
Registration Required

Berkeley Research Group (BRG) Global Consulting Info Session

Berkeley Research Group, LLC (BRG) is a global consulting firm that helps leading organizations advance in three key areas: disputes and investigations, corporate finance, and strategy and operations. Headquartered in California with offices around the world, BRG is an integrated group of experts, industry leaders, academics, data scientists, and professionals working beyond borders and disciplines.

Given that BRG is the firm clients trust with their most challenging problems, recruiters look for highly motivated problem solvers with strong analytical abilities and a desire to advance within the organization. Working at BRG means collaborating with colleagues across offices on complex and often groundbreaking projects.

Want to learn more? Attend this information session to speak with BRG representatives, including Amherst alum Drew Altizer ’18, about what it’s like to work there and how to successfully apply for the firm’s entry-level Associate and Summer Associate opportunities.

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"Brecht and Naturalism"

Join the Department of Theater and Dance for a special talk by Professor Martin Revermann (University of Toronto). Brecht’s theater, both in practice and in theory, is very much a response to Naturalism. Professor Revermann will outline key aspects of this productively antagonistic relationship: What could be wrong with Naturalism? How exactly does Brecht’s theater differ from Naturalism? How does anti-Naturalism manifest itself? Can anti-Naturalism be political at all? And is there common ground after all? Many features central to Brechtian theater will be introduced, with his plays The Life of Galileo and The Good Person of Sezuan functioning as prime case studies.

Sponsored by the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series Fund at Amherst College

Loeb Center Seniors Only Series (SOS!): Job Search Support Sessions

Seniors, are you feeling the pressure to nail down your post-grad plans? You’re not alone! Come join your fellow class members to work on job and/or fellowship applications and receive in-person support from Peer Career Advisors (PCAs). Each session, the PCAs will also offer brief tips and advice about specific job search topics such as networking and negotiating job offers. There will be snacks and good company! Feel free to come and go as it fits your schedule.

The series will occur Wednesdays from 8–10 p.m. Additional information is available for each event:
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Thu, Mar 7, 2019

Crochet 101 with Book and Plow

Learn to crochet with Farmer Kaylee, no experience necessary. Walk away with skills and supplies to make your own hat. Yarn, hooks and herbal teas provided.

Huxley/Evie office hours

Canine Office Hours with Huxley or Evie

Drop by Frost Library for some canine affection and advice from Huxley or Evie. Every Thursday from 4:30-5:30p.m. beside Frost Cafe, or in front of the library when the weather permits.

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Womxn and Work: Student Panel

Join us for a panel of international women in our student community and hear about their varied experiences of work in multiple contexts and as students at Amherst! Dinner will be served.

Splash! Teacher Info Sessions

This information session is for students teaching in the Splash program.

Students Only

Fri, Mar 8, 2019

A view of the entrance to Mead Art Museum and Stearns Steeple amidst fall foliage

Discover the Lost Art of Concentration

Join us for a series of conversations and close-looking sessions designed to help visitors gain focus and clarity through extended looking at art. We’ll provide tips and techniques to help you hone your observational acumen and deepen concentration at this series of morning programs. Tea will be served. This event is presented in collaboration with Amherst College Human Resources, and is free and open to all.

Friday, March 1, 2019 | 10–11 a.m.
Close-looking led by Mead head of education and Mellon Curator of Academic Programs Emily Potter-Ndiaye with guided reflection by Stephen Butler.

Friday, March 8, 2019 | 10–11 a.m.
Meditation and mindfulness led by Molly Kitchen with guided reflection by Stephen Butler.

Friday, March 22, 2019 | 10–11 a.m.
Guided looking with Amherst College artist-in-residence Macon Reed with guided reflection by Stephen Butler.

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.

Sat, Mar 16, 2019

CISE Winter Photography & Walk

Have you been neglecting your Instagram profile? Do you need cool new photos to show off to your social media followers? Want to get some exercise or fresh air? Spring Break is the perfect opportunity! Join the Center for International Student Engagement for a winter photography session and walk. Meeting in front of Keefe Campus Center, the walk will take place on the trail where you will find many beautiful spots to pose! See you there!

Mon, Mar 18, 2019

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Biology Monday Seminar: "Dynamic Cytoskeletal Reorganization in the C. Elegans Reproductive System"

Erin Cram, associate professor in biology at Northeastern University, will present "Dynamic Cytoskeletal Reorganization in the C. Elegans Reproductive System."

The Cram lab uses the nematode C. elegans to understand how cells respond to mechanical forces such as stretch. They focus on the reproductive system, which naturally undergoes cycles of stretch and relaxation. Particular interests are in cell-cell coordination of calcium signaling and mechanical regulation of cytoskeletal alignment and contractility.

2018-2019 LJST Seminar Series: LAW and ILLIBERALISM with Sharon Krause

Sharon Krause, Professor of Political Science at Brown University, will present a paper entitled “The Anti-liberalism of Neoliberalism.” This is the fifth presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Law and Illiberalism.”

Professor Krause’s field of research includes classical and contemporary liberalism and contemporary theories of justice. She is the author of Liberalism with Honor (Harvard, 2002) and Civil Passions: Moral Sentiment and Democratic Deliberation (Princeton, 2008).

To receive a copy of the paper which will be presented, please email slaizer@amherst.edu.

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"Torrid Zones: Sexual Politics in Jamaican Dancehall Culture"

5:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall

Carolyn Cooper, professor emerita from the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica, will give a talk on "Torrid Zones: Sexual Politics in Jamaican Dancehall Culture."

Fulbright Information Session

Considering a Fulbright? Join us for an info session. Christine Overstreet, director of fellowships, and Carter McClintock, fellowships specialist, will discuss research and study grants, English teaching assistantships, how to explore your Fulbright options and how to get started on the application.

Writing center workshops Spring 2019

It's Time to Manage your Time

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

Are you struggling to find the time to prepare for class? Do you waste a lot of time? Are you overbooked, or do you do nothing but study? If so, it’s time to learn new ways to think about time, make realistic plans and stick to them, so that you can gain control over your own schedule. Led by Kristen Brookes, Senior Writing Associate, and Charri Boykin-East, Senior Associate Dean of Students.

Students Only
Registration Required

Tue, Mar 19, 2019

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Keyssar Lecture: "My Completely Impossible and Yet Partially Successful Effort to Stop Time: Jenni Olson on Landscape Filmmaking"

A major voice in the use of film as personal essay, queer documentarian Jenni Olson has been making 16mm durational urban landscape voiceover films for more than 20 years. Her feature-length essay films The Joy of Life (2005) and The Royal Road (2015) both premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and have earned awards and acclaim worldwide. In this presentation, Olson will share select excerpts from her work as well as discussing her unique storytelling style—in her films, contemplative 16mm urban California landscapes are accompanied by lyrical essayistic voiceovers reflecting on an eclectic array of topics ranging from the history of the Mexican American War to the pleasures of pining over unavailable women.

“I’ve been filming the landscapes of San Francisco since just a few years after I arrived here. In capturing these images on film, I’m engaged in a completely impossible and yet partially successful effort to stop time.” —from The Royal Road

Positing the ambition that landscape cinema has the capacity to transform how we see the world, Olson will also discuss some of her cinematic influences and engage attendees in dialogue about broadening our expectations for film form.

In addition to being an award-winning filmmaker, Olson is also an acclaimed LGBT film historian, co-founder of the pioneering LGBT website PlanetOut.com, proud proprietor of Butch.org and a 2018 MacDowell Colony Fellow.

Note: An emergency snow date has been reserved for this event: March 20, 4-6 p.m., in the Keefe Campus Center Theater.

"Biomechanics of Underwater Walking: Sea Stars, Crabs, Octopi": Talk by Olaf Ellers, Bowdoin College

The biomechanics of terrestrial legged locomotion has been extensively studied, but underwater legged locomotion is virtually unstudied. On land, animals change gaits as they increase in speed, e.g., from walking to running. These gaits are different in that step-by-step fluctuations in the kinetic and potential energy of the center of mass change from being out of phase in walking to being in phase during running. The transition from walking to running can be interpreted in terms of a dimensionless number, the Froude number, which is a ratio of inertial to gravitational forces. We have developed underwater versions of the Froude number to account for drag, fluid accelerations and buoyancy. We have discovered that sea stars use two gaits that are neither walking nor running, for two different speed ranges. And we have described how the multitude of legs work to develop effective steps. Octopi and crabs show similar oscillating patterns of motion as sea stars. A biomimetic approach based on sea stars is being used by engineers to design underwater soft-bodied robots.

Education Studies Initiative Presents Roberto G. Gonzales: "Lives Still in Limbo: UnDACAmented and Navigating Uncertain Futures"

Roberto G. Gonzales, Ph.D.
Harvard University
Graduate School of Education

Due to the political gridlock in the U.S. Congress, the fate of more than 2 million young immigrants remains uncertain. With legalization efforts stalled, on June 15, 2012, President Obama introduced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a change in his administration’s enforcement policy that would temporarily defer deportations from the United States for undocumented youth and young adults, in addition to providing temporary Social Security numbers and two-year work permits. At the six-year mark, more than 814,000 young people have benefited from the program and, as a result, had taken giant steps towards the American mainstream. Things changed under the Trump administration, on Sept. 5, 2017, when U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced an end to what had become a very successful policy. What does this termination mean for these young people and their families? Based on a multi-year study, Professor Gonzales provides some interesting answers to these vexing questions.

Roberto G. Gonzales is professor of education at Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Since 2002 he has carried out one of the most comprehensive studies of undocumented immigrants in the United States. His book, Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America, is based on an in-depth study that followed 150 undocumented young adults in Los Angeles for 12 years. To date, Lives in Limbo has won seven major book awards, including the Society for the Study of Social Problems C. Wright Mills Award, the American Education Research Association Outstanding Book Award, and the Law and Society Association Herbert Jacob Book Award. It has also been adopted by several universities as a common read and is being used by K-12 schools across the country in teacher and staff training. In addition, Professor Gonzales’ National UnDACAmented Research Project has surveyed nearly 2,700 undocumented young adults and has carried out 500 in-depth interviews on their experiences following President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

5:00 pm Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness - or because you are curious. This event will be led by Mark Hart, Buddhist Advisor.

PB&J First Meeting!

We provide an inclusive, safe, and comforting environment for individuals who identify with the bisexual and pansexual spectrum where people can talk about the intersectionality of their sexuality, their other identities and other aspects of their lives. For our first meeting, we will enjoy a peanut butter and jelly sandwich bar!

Students Only

Wed, Mar 20, 2019

Grassroots Campaigns Information Table

Grassroots Campaigns is a progressive organization that specializes in running face-to-face campaigns for political parties, candidates and advocacy groups. Staff members build membership bases and mobilize citizens for groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, the Democratic National Committee, the Nature Conservancy and Oxfam America.

Stop by this information table to learn more about current opportunities with the organization nationwide, as well as at its local office in Amherst!

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CHI Salon: “My Way: Crossing the U.S., from Venice to Babylon” with Laure Murat

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The Department of French and the Center for Humanistic Inquiry invite you to join us for the second lecture in a series in honor of Professor Emerita Leah Hewitt, who taught for 30 years in the French department at Amherst College. We have invited Laure Murat to give a CHI Salon talk titled “My Way: Crossing the U.S., from Venice to Babylon.” Professor Murat is the director of the Center for European and Russian Studies at the University of California, where she also teaches French.

“My Way” is the title of a work in progress, both a road trip and a book. The purpose of this project is to cross the U.S. from the West Coast to the East Coast and back again, stopping only in places named after foreign cities. From Venice, Calif., to Babylon, N.Y., Professor Murat will analyze how America paid homage to the rest of the world, revealing the "elsewhere" hidden within the "here." Paris, Texas, and Memphis, Tenn., will serve as highlights of a trip which is also a wandering of the mind, inspired by the magic of names.

The lecture and reception are free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Lurcy Lecture Fund Series at Amherst College, the Amherst College French department, The Center for Humanistic Inquiry and the Turgeon Fund.

17th Annual Five College PoetryFest

7:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The 17th annual reading in celebration of poetry at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, featuring two students from each institution: Eliza Brewer and Aqiil Gopee (Amherst College); Olivia Caldwell and Blue Keller (Hampshire College); Mars Early-Hubelbank and Ariana Sarmiento Fielding (Mount Holyoke College); Ava Goga and Lucy Liu (Smith College); Courtney Janes and Vanan Phan (University of Massachusetts Amherst). Free and open to the public. Refreshments to follow.

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"Decolonizing Indigenous Masculinities: Perspectives from Hawai‘i" with Ty P. Kāwika Tengan

Ty P. Kāwika Tengan (Kanaka ‘Ōiwi) is an associate professor of ethnic studies and anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, as well as the author of Native Men Remade: Gender and Nation in Contemporary Hawai‘i (Duke U, 2008). He has both researched and participated in community-based efforts to regenerate Native Hawaiian masculinities through Indigenous cultural practice. In this talk, he will describe the work carried out by the Hale Mua (Men's House) and the ‘Aha Kāne (Foundation for the Advancement of Native Hawaiian Men) and discuss the potentials and limitations that their respective projects hold for decolonizing Indigenous masculinities.

Thu, Mar 21, 2019

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Teaching with Technology Lunch: Fostering Student Feedback, In and Out of the Classroom

Please join us to learn and discuss how Amherst faculty use digital tools like clickers in combination with Moodle to enhance student participation and create feedback loops in synchronous and asynchronous settings.

In this Teaching with Technology lunch, Professor Kate Follette (astronomy) and Professor Chris Kingston (economics) will describe how they are using classroom response systems for real-time feedback, Moodle quizzing tools to track student understanding of course content and online forums for peer discussions. They will share 1) how these low-stakes activities help verify student comprehension, and 2) how they use the learning analytics to feed back into enhancing their teaching practices.

Bring your own Moodle and polling tips and questions as well!

Academic Technology Services will facilitate this session and provide info about alternate polling resources such as Plickers and PollEverywhere.

Registration Required
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Opening Lecture and Reception with Artist-in-Residence Macon Reed

4:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, 115 - Pruyne Lecture Hall

Join Macon Reed for a lecture and the opening of her exhibition Against Doom, on view in the Eli Marsh Gallery through April 5.

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Canine Office Hours with Huxley or Evie

Drop by Frost Library for some canine affection and advice from Huxley or Evie. Every Thursday from 4:30-5:30p.m. beside Frost Cafe, or in front of the library when the weather permits.

Fulbright Information Session

Considering a Fulbright? Join us for an info session. Christine Overstreet, director of fellowships, and Carter McClintock, fellowships specialist, will discuss research and study grants, English teaching assistantships, how to explore your Fulbright options and how to get started on the application.

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"Courts at War: Federal Judges, National Security and the Rule of Law"

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Science Center, Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall - Room A011)

Exploring both contemporary debates and the 1944 Korematsu ruling endorsing the Japanese-American internment camps, Steve Vladeck '01 will discuss the role of the federal courts in balancing collective security and civil rights, and the dangers of excessive deference to the Executive Branch on issues of national security.

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"Protest Songs in Putin's Russia": Talk by Artemy Troitsky

After a decade of relative economic prosperity and political laziness, the 2010s became the decade of growing conflict between Putin's authoritarian regime and the young people of Russia, demanding freedom and social justice. Among them there are rockers and rappers, using Internet and live gigs to express their anger. The report will be illustrated by music and videos.

Artemy Troitsky is a journalist, music critic, promoter and broadcaster who played a vital role in popularizing independent Soviet rock music, as well as establishing the post-Soviet musical culture. He has published a large number of works about the Soviet underground that have been published in Great Britain, the United States, Europe and Japan. Currently, Troitsky resides in Estonia, primarily involved with social journalism, but continuing to host radio projects Pesni i Plyaski (Song and Dance) and Zapiski iz Podpolya” (Notes from the Underground).

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"The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges are Failing Poor Students" with Anthony Jack '07

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall

Join us for a talk, followed by a Q&A, with Anthony Jack '07 on his recently released book The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Poor Students. A book signing and reception will follow.

Getting into college is only half the battle. The Privileged Poor reveals how—and why—disadvantaged students struggle at elite colleges, and explains what schools can do differently if these students are to thrive.

Despite their lofty aspirations, top colleges hedge their bets by recruiting their new diversity largely from the same old sources, admitting scores of lower-income black, Latino and white undergraduates from elite private high schools like Exeter and Andover. These students approach campus life very differently from students who attended local, and typically troubled, public high schools and are often left to flounder on their own. Drawing on interviews with dozens of undergraduates at one of America’s most famous colleges and on his own experiences as one of the privileged poor, Jack describes the lives poor students bring with them and shows how powerfully background affects their chances of success.

If top colleges want to be engines of opportunity, university policies and campus cultures will have to change. Jack provides concrete advice to help schools reduce these hidden disadvantages.

Anthony Abraham Jack '07 (Ph.D., Harvard University, 2016) is a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and assistant professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He holds the Shutzer Assistant Professorship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

His research documents the overlooked diversity among lower-income undergraduates: the Doubly Disadvantaged—those who enter college from local, typically distressed public high schools—and Privileged Poor—those who do so from boarding, day and preparatory high schools. His scholarship appears in the Du Bois Review, Sociological Forum and Sociology of Education and has earned awards from the American Sociological Association, Eastern Sociological Society and Society for the Study of Social Problems. Jack has held fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation and was a 2015 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellow. The National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan named him a 2016 Emerging Diversity Scholar.

The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, The National Review, The Washington Post, The Hechinger Report, American RadioWorks and NPR have featured his research and writing as well as biographical profiles of his experiences as a first-generation college student. His first book, The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Poor Students, was released in February 2019 with Harvard University Press.

Fri, Mar 22, 2019

Info Session: Trinity Rep Post-Bacc Theatre Internship Program

Join the Loeb Center for an info session with current interns and staff members in Trinity Repertory Company's Post-Undergrad Theater Internship Program. Trinity Rep, an award winning resident theater company in Providence, offers recent college graduates the opportunity to receive intensive professional training in theater production and administration through its hands-on, immersive internship program. Trinity Rep interns learn alongside full-time staff and are also offered a monthly professional development and seminars. Housing is provided along with a small stipend to offset living expenses.

This is an outstanding opportunity for graduating seniors looking to evolve their passion into a strong skillset in the technical, creative or administrative aspects of theater. Internships are available in the following areas: artistic management, education, marketing, development, graphic design, costumes, sound, electrics, stage management and the Brown/Trinity MFA Program.

Applications are due April 1, 2019. So, bring your application questions with you!

More information about the program:
Trinity's administrative interns are the backbone of their artistic community. Make no mistake – these internships aren’t about getting coffee or making photocopies. Interns serve as an integral part of the institution and are an investment in the company. Each internship is an active part of Trinity Rep, with hands-on experience, one-on-one mentorship opportunities and numerous educational opportunities to promote growth with a variety of skills earned.

Production internships at Trinity Rep are a hands-on experience. They want interns to leave with practical working knowledge of their field of internship as well as the confidence to move ahead to a job in that field. Production interns work as part of their department alongside professionals who have been in their field for years. They believe that the best way to learn how to do something is to do it, and that’s what the internships focus on. Throughout the year, interns get a chance to interact with people from other departments, as well as out-of-town designers and artists from around the country. Trinity Rep production interns are given opportunities to make great contacts and to learn about other fields of interest. They are looking for individuals who are hungry to learn and to ask questions. The production departments have to function as a team, so they need individuals that are willing to work like that.

Internship information

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Discover the Lost Art of Concentration

Join us for a series of conversations and close-looking sessions designed to help visitors gain focus and clarity through extended looking at art. We’ll provide tips and techniques to help you hone your observational acumen and deepen concentration at this series of morning programs. Tea will be served. This event is presented in collaboration with Amherst College Human Resources, and is free and open to all.

Friday, March 1, 2019 | 10–11 a.m.
Close-looking led by Mead head of education and Mellon Curator of Academic Programs Emily Potter-Ndiaye with guided reflection by Stephen Butler.

Friday, March 8, 2019 | 10–11 a.m.
Meditation and mindfulness led by Molly Kitchen with guided reflection by Stephen Butler.

Friday, March 22, 2019 | 10–11 a.m.
Guided looking with Amherst College artist-in-residence Macon Reed with guided reflection by Stephen Butler.

Fulbright Information Session

Considering a Fulbright? Join us for an info session. Christine Overstreet, director of fellowships, and Carter McClintock, fellowships specialist, will discuss research and study grants, English teaching assistantships, how to explore your Fulbright options and how to get started on the application.

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"A Brief Introduction to the Number Theory" presented by Harris Daniels

The Faculty Colloquium Series for 2018-19 presents a lecture entitled "A Brief Introduction to the Number Theory" presented by Harris Daniels, assistant professor of mathematics.

Life Stories

Life Stories Lunch with Harith Khawaja '19

The Life Stories series provides a forum to foster community through sharing stories of challenge, growth and meaning. At each lunch, a student, faculty or staff member talks about an aspect of their lives that may be meaningful to others, followed by questions and comments. Lunch is provided. Sponsored by the Counseling Center and the Wellness Team.

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After Amherst: Recent American Studies Alumni Talk about Their Career Choices and Trajectories Since Graduation

Please join us for an evening of good food and good conversation as recent American Studies alumni talk about their experiences with work and graduate school in education, design, finance, law and public service.

Sat, Mar 23, 2019

Birth Doula Workshop

This semester, a birth doula workshop will be happening on campus. The course will be four full days long on March 23 and 24, and April 6 and 7. This opportunity will be open to Amherst College community members, as well as people from the local community. The workshop will be hosted by Michelle L'Esperance, a trained doula.

Registration Required

5C Film and Media Studies Undergraduate Conference

The 5C Film and Media Studies Undergraduate Conference is designed to build community among students studying film and media on each of the five campuses, to give our most engaged students an opportunity to hone their presentation skills and to allow them to share insights from their work with a wider audience. Participants will each give a 15-minute presentation as part of a panel with 2-3 fellow students working on related themes (the organizers will assemble these panels). Each panel will include time for questions and discussion.

This event is sponsored by the Five College Film Council, the Mount Holyoke College Film Studies Program, the Smith College Film Studies Program and the Amherst College Film and Media Studies Program.

Schedule:
12:30 p.m. Opening remarks from Jen Malkowski and Pooja Rangan, conference co-organizers.

12:45 - 2 p.m. Panel 1: Industry Influences
• Camille Faucheux, “Myth and Melodrama at the End of the World: Remediating Annihilation in Thor: Ragnarok and God of War”
• Makena Rasmussen, “The Next Top Model Global Empire”
• Ali Meneghetti, “Technology and Characterization in Animated Films”

2:15 - 3:45 p.m. Panel 2: Identities in Stasis and in Flux
• Shan Jiang, “Transformations of Female Depictions in Chinese Animation”
• Julia Sagaser, “Listening Against Aural Taxidermy in Trinh T. Minh-ha’s Reassemblage”
• Maeve McNamara, “‘You Can Tell Mom She Was Right’: Intergenerational Coming of Knowledge in Pariah”
• Dutch Clark, “Ripped and Gouged: Grotesque Transphobia, Victimhood and Ridicule in Ricky Gervais’ Humanity”

3:45 p.m. Break: Light refreshments including coffee and tea

4:15 - 5:30 p.m. Panel 3: Media Analysis through Media
• Elliott Farquhar, “Be More: The Liminality of Genderqueer Identity in Contemporary Media” (Video Essay)
• Kameron Millner, “‘Tie Me Up for the Culture’: Violence against Women in Celebrated Spanish Cinema” (Video Essay)
• Haley Shaw, “Reversing the Dynamic of a Terms of Service Agreement via a Choose Your Own Adventure Game”

5:40 - 6:30 p.m. Panel 4: The Futures of Authorship
• Kat Quinn, “Feminine Performance, Masculine Spaces: Gendered Displacement in the Films of Maya Deren and Celia Rowlson-Hall”
• Tara Coughlin, “The Overall Deal: How Mr. Robot Reflects the Expanding Creative Role of the Showrunner”

6:30 p.m. Catered dinner for all panelists and faculty organizers

Mon, Mar 25, 2019

Bodies Week

Join the Student Health Educators for two weeks of events that focus on exploring your relationship with your body and celebrating what it does for you. See a full list of events on our Facebook!

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Folger Fellows Presentations

Faculty and staff are invited to join us in the CHI Think Tank to learn about the fascinating research our talented Folger Undergraduate Fellows did at the Folger Shakespeare Library in D.C. last January! Light snacks and refreshments will be available.

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Biology Monday Seminar: "Stress! Plants Have It Too"

Susan Bush, Ph.D. and assistant professor in biology at Trinity College, will present "Stress! Plants Have It Too." This talk will assess aluminum tolerance in plants: learning how tomatoes tolerate stressful soil.

The Bush lab studies the way in which plants respond to environmental stresses. Stresses like drought, heat or toxic minerals like aluminum in the soil can make it difficult for a plant to grow, and-- unlike animals --a plant must survive and reproduce in the same location it was originally planted. Crop plants, like tomatoes, have been domesticated to carry genes that are important for farming and high yield, but the plants may not carry the gene variants that can help them survive under environmental stresses. Wild South American relatives of the tomato and colorful heirloom varieties of domesticated tomatoes harbor naturally occurring genetic diversity, which can make them more tolerant of stressful conditions.

In the Bush lab, we study the physiology, or the growth traits, of plants under normal conditions compared to their growth in the presence of the toxic element aluminum. We also examine how differences in plant physiology are underlain by genetic variation. Students can examine growth of tomato plants and the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, the effect of stress hormones and the degree to which aluminum stress impacts different plants. We also study the genes involved in aluminum tolerance, using mutants and different species or varieties of tomato.

"Constructions of Europe/Europeans"

4:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

This panel discussion on "The Future of European Studies" will reflect on what it means to study Europe in the era of the refugee crisis, climate change and Brexit. Panelists include three top scholars: Holly Case of Brown University, Denise McCoskey of Miami University and Katharina Piechocki of Harvard University. The panel discussion will be moderated by Christopher van den Berg of Amherst College.

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"'Strange Radio' as Method" with Dr. Karen Werner

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Strange Radio explores the transmission of Holocaust postmemory in Vienna through a series of radio fragments made from field recordings, narration, archival material and divination. "Strange Radio as Method" proposes an approach to art and research based on autoethnography, radiophonics, and the politics of knowledge plus an aspiration to transform.

Karen Werner, Ph.D., is a radio artist and sociologist based in Western Massachusetts. Recently, she has been an artist-in-residence in Finland at the Saari Residence-Kone Foundation and in Vienna, Austria, at the MuseumsQuartier/Tonspur and studio das weisse haus. Werner is a 2017-2018 Fellow of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture and received a Tending Space Fellowship from the Hemera Foundation from 2014 to 2016 for artists with a Buddhist practice. In 2016, Werner’s radio documentary Laws of Lost and Found Objects won the Grand Prix Marulic. Her writings about radio, autoethnography and the performativity of language have been published in a range of academic journals. She teaches in the B.F.A. in Socially Engaged Art Program at Goddard College in Vermont.

All are welcomed. Reception to follow.

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Plants and Flowers for Healing

In this workshop you'll create a relaxing herbal tea blend and a calming lavender sachet while learning the properties and benefits of the herbs you're using. If you'd like to learn more about herbalism, plant medicine or would just enjoy a cup of tea, this workshop is for you.

Students Only

Tue, Mar 26, 2019

EY-Parthenon Information Table

EY-Parthenon is a strategy consultancy, committed to bringing unconventional yet pragmatic thinking together with clients’ smarts to deliver actionable strategies for real impact in today’s complex business landscape.

The associate program at EY-Parthenon is highly sought after, as it is an incredible opportunity to fast-track a recent graduate’s career by addressing the most challenging strategic issues that today’s businesses and organizational leaders face.

Stop by this information table to learn more!

EY-Parthenon Office Hours

Want to learn more about EY-Parthenon’s company culture and what it’s like to work there? Wondering if a career in consulting is right for you? Sign up for informational appointments with current EY-Parthenon associates, including Amherst alums, to discuss these and other topics!

EY-Parthenon is a strategy consultancy, committed to bringing unconventional yet pragmatic thinking together with clients’ smarts to deliver actionable strategies for real impact in today’s complex business landscape.

The associate (full-time) and summer associate (internship) programs at EY-Parthenon are highly sought after, as these roles offer incredible opportunities to fast-track a recent graduate’s career by addressing the most challenging strategic issues that today’s businesses and organizational leaders face. Associates work side by side with an incredible group of peers, highly achieved mentors and senior leaders to advise clients on concerns, opportunities and pathways to help them reach their full potential.

These small-group appointments are 20 minutes in length and open to current sophomores and juniors on a first-come, first-served basis. Submit your resume through Handshake to sign up today!

"Engineering Applications of Light-Matter Interactions": Talk by Tina Shih

Tina Shih, of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, will discuss "Engineering Applications of Light-Matter Interactions."

Abstract: The study of how light interacts with materials serves to uncover phenomena that have led to the development of the sensors and technologies we readily use today. This talk will walk through a few examples of light-matter interactions that have demonstrable applications, including ultrafast material switches, aerial 3D mapping and laser communication to the moon and beyond.

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“'When Shall We Meet Again?': Remembering a Trip to Japan in an Album"

Naoko Adachi, Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss “'When Shall We Meet Again?': Remembering a Trip to Japan in an Album."

In 1901, an American couple, Albert and Lillian Allen, traveled to Japan and documented their trip in an album with photographs. Their album, held today at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania, is a unique and interesting collection of photographs because it combines professionally produced photographs and Albert's own snapshots. The professional photographs are large-scale, hand-colored images of famous historical sites and the everyday lives of Japanese people. The smaller snapshots depict scenes from the couple's own trip, recording people and landscapes they encountered. In this presentation, Adachi explores how the album as a format changes the meanings of the photographs within, and how this album helped Albert's family remember their trip.

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Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

5:00 pm Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness - or because you are curious. This event will be led by Mark Hart, Buddhist Advisor.

EY-Parthenon Diversity Dinner & Discussion

EY-Parthenon is a strategy consultancy, committed to bringing unconventional yet pragmatic thinking together with clients’ smarts to deliver actionable strategies for real impact in today’s complex business landscape.

Want to learn more about EY-Parthenon’s diversity & inclusion initiatives, company culture and what it’s like to work there? Wondering if a career in consulting is right for you? Attend this Diversity Dinner & Discussion
session (catered by Fresh Side!) to talk about these and other topics with current EY-Parthenon associates, including Amherst alums Gabriella Selover '17 and Olivia Pinney '17.

The associate program at EY-Parthenon is highly sought after, as it is an incredible opportunity to fast-track a recent graduate’s career by addressing the most challenging strategic issues that today’s businesses
and organizational leaders face. Associates work side by side with an incredible group of peers, highly achieved mentors and senior leaders to advise clients on concerns, opportunities and pathways to help them reach their full potential.

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"Cultivating Healthy Communities: Addressing the Mental Health and Well-Being of a Diverse Student Body"

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall

Alfiee Breland-Noble provides a unique perspective on examining the mental health needs of diverse students using over 20 years of her research in working with socioeconomically diverse young people, families and communities. She is attuned to the unique factors impacting students of color, including marginalized identities and intersectionality. She will share insights on the prominent mental health concerns facing students of color on college campuses, while also providing innovative insights on self-care for students, tips for supporting diverse faculty and training for administrators in improving the campus climate for all.

Alfiee created The AAKOMA (African American Knowledge Optimized for Mindfully Healthy Adolescents) Project in 1999 to address depression and other mental health needs of African American youth and young adults of color. Back then, she was an assistant professor focused on developing and implementing rigorous, culturally relevant, patient-centered, community-engaged research and clinical care for people in need. Today, she uses her 20+ years of knowledge and experience to collaborate with diverse teens, young adults, families and communities impacted by mental illness. Her mission is to educate the public about the unique mental health needs of students and young people of color, to educate professionals about the unique perspectives of diverse young people and their mental health and to describe her innovative solutions to supporting diverse young people.

KeyBanc Capital Markets Information Session

KeyBanc's Capital Markets division has opportunities for all majors in both its internship programs and development programs. As one of America’s most recognized financial companies, KeyBanc's success is achieved through one greatest asset — its people. New staff members have the opportunity to contribute on day one — and also get support every step of the way, from co-workers, peers, managers and leadership teams.

Attend this information session to speak directly with alum James Kim '99 about his experiences post-Amherst, what it's like to work in capital markets and at KeyBanc, and how to successfully apply for the company's internship and full-time opportunities.

Body Inclusive Yoga

Sebastian (he/him/his) will lead a yoga class that is consent based, alignment focused and trauma informed. Sebastian creates an affirming learning space that is welcoming to everyone, including beginners, POC and the LGBTQIA+ community. Class will focus on self-empowerment and strengthening the mind-body connection.

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Literary Reading: Alexander Chee

Named a Best Book of 2018 by New York Magazine, The Washington Post, NPR, and Time Magazine, among others, Alexander Chee’s essay collection How to Write an Autobiographical Novel explores how we form our identities in life and in art. “These essays feel like a life's wisdom, salvaged from a great fire,” Ocean Vuong has said. “This book makes me feel possible.” As a novelist, Chee is the author of Edinburgh and Queen of the Night, and has been described as “masterful” by Roxane Gay and “incendiary” by The New York Times. He is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Dartmouth College.

The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by refreshments.

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Clare Malone at Amherst

FiveThirtyEight Senior Political Reporter Clare Malone is coming to Amherst. She has written for The New York Times, The American Prospect and The New Yorker. In addition to appearing on the weekly FiveThirtyEight politics podcast, she regularly writes all about politics and will be sharing some of her ideas about identity politics with us. Come to hear her thoughts or to ask questions about gender in politics, the 2020 democratic primary, responsibly reporting about Trump and more! This event is free and open to the public.

Wed, Mar 27, 2019

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"Diverse Students, Campus Climate and Intentional Student Mental Health" with Alfiee Breland-Noble

This workshop supports an open dialogue on amplifying the needs of students of color regarding their perspectives on campus climate, safety and academic success, based on Alfiee Breland-Noble's experiences over 20 plus years as faculty in academic environments, especially academic medicine. She offers insight into lessons learned (directly from the mouths of babes) and uses 20 years of rigorous research to inform faculty and staff on how they can build a portfolio of knowledge to include the voices of the young people they hope to serve.

This workshop is for faculty and staff.

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"Shaping Your Vision: Healthy Campus, Healthy You" - Alfiee Breland-Noble

Students attending this workshop will have the opportunity to share their expertise and insights with Alfiee Breland-Noble on the major issues facing Amherst students of racially diverse backgrounds. Using an intersectional lens and acknowledging the realities faced by marginalized young people of color, Alfiee Breland-Noble will provide context for challenges facing Amherst students and will offer unique insights and tools to support student mental health. Lunch will be provided.

Students Only

Theory of Mind and the Brain Hosted by Psychology Journal Club

How does the brain understand other people's thoughts? Join us for Antonio's pizza as we watch a Ted Talk and discuss an article (link) on Theory of Mind research done by Rebecca Saxe, a cognitive neuroscientist at MIT. All majors and class years welcome!

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How to Manage Stress and be More Than "Just Okay" with Alfiee Breland-Noble

This is an experiential workshop designed to help students of color implement self-care tools. Alfiee Breland-Noble will lead students through evidence-based and culturally relevant exercises and discussion on how to support students of color by gaining knowledge of the unique stressors they face while educating on how chronic stress impacts behavior and sharing practical tools to help students manage stress. This session also includes time for students to debrief on the day’s activities and share knowledge gained and insights on their experiences with Alfiee Breland-Noble. Students are expected to leave this session with practical tools to support their self-care routine.

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CHI Salon: "The Hero's Mass" with Constantine Nakassis

Constantine V. Nakassis, assistant professor of anthropology and associate faculty of cinema and media studies at the University of Chicago, will discuss "The Hero's Mass."

This talk explores the ontological politics of the image in Tamil cinema. Its focus is a particular scene from the 2011 film "Mankatha" (directed by Venkat Prabhu) in which the protagonist, played by the “mass hero” Ajith Kumar, is slapped by a character played by the actor Vaibhav Reddy. Taking the screen image not simply as diegetic representation but as performative act unto itself, Ajith fans were enraged at Vaibhav. In reflecting on this scene, its making and its uptake, Nakassis will show how multiple ontological and political claims on what an image is intersect in and manifest in and as this image-act. This multiplicity, Nakassis argues, opens up a space to think with and against arguments by André Bazin and others about “the” ontology of the film image.

A reception will follow. Childcare will be provided.

Cha Time: A Conversation with Asian American Studies Faculty and Staff

Cha Time: A Conversation with Asian American Studies Faculty and Staff

The Amherst Asian American Studies Working Group invites you to Cha Time, an informal panel with Amherst’s incredible Asian American Studies faculty and staff. Come for insider information on Asian American Studies classes offered next semester, anecdotes about your professors’ illustrious journeys in academia and general life wisdom! Reception to follow.
The panel will feature:
Professor Sony Coráñez Bolton (Spanish & Latinx/Latin American Studies)
Professor Pawan Dhingra (American Studies & Sociology)
Professor Robert Hayashi (American Studies)
Karu Kozuma (Chief Student Affairs Officer)
Professor Franklin Odo (American Studies)

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Embracing Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: Being a College Student and a Successful Entrepreneur

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall

E2 – Embracing Entrepreneurship Speaker Series
Innovation exists in every aspect of our lives whether working for a large company or venturing off on your own, the skills of an entrepreneur are universally applicable. In the E2 Speaker Series, we continue to explore innovation and the culture of entrepreneurship on campus and in the world.

Join Brian Curcio ’16, Myles Gage and the Embracing Entrepreneurship community as they discuss how they used their time at college not only to learn but to create a successful business...before graduation! Brian and Myles were both raised in Chicago and became friends in high school. That friendship has become the foundation for a growing idea and business. As advocates for financial education, especially for individuals in underserved communities, Brian and Myles designed and developed an app that addresses the three roadblocks that prohibit many from understanding the stock market: fear, exposure, and accessibility. What started out as a great idea to foster their passion for investing, the goal of improving financial literacy has become a successful company that is their effort to combat the financial illiteracy crisis in the U.S.

Biographies:
Brian co-founded Rapunzl while at Amherst College. As a mathematics major, he loved the idea of creating a financial tool that others could use to invest. He taught himself to code his senior year and managed two outsourced teams before on boarding an inhouse CTO to help develop the Rapunzl platform that educates others about investing. Brian constantly balances his time between development and marketing initiatives. Two months ago, he negotiated a meter with PrimalQuant, a back end technology company founded by an ex-CTO of TD Ameritrade. Currently he handles web & mobile UI design as well as coordinating college marketing efforts.

Myles Gage co-founded Rapunzl while working at CIBC after graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana-Campaign in 2016. He cultivates and maintains relationships with corporate financial sponsors and handles daily operations as they relate to Rapunzl’s high school outreach and growth. Myles develops long-term strategies that integrate Rapunzl’s social impact initiatives with broader growth objectives. He sits on the board of UrbanX Learning, Rapunzl’s fiscal sponsor, and serves as the director of Financial Pathways, a non-profit partnership aiming to address financial illiteracy across the nation.

Film Screening Series: "The Bystander Moment"

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Pruyne Lecture Hall

Join the peer advocates in an illuminating evening featuring Jackson Katz's renowned documentary "The Bystander Moment." The film draws on male involvement in the #MeToo movement and educates on ways to be an effective bystander!

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Meiklejohn Fellows Program: Surviving (and Thriving!) This Summer

Meiklejohn Fellows, this workshop will guide you in preparing for your summer experience. You’ll learn how to identify and achieve goals specific to your summer, understand your role and find meaning in your work and learn as much as you can about the field or industry. We will also discuss how to handle unexpected challenges and logistics such as budgeting, finding housing and travel arrangements.

Bain & Company Presents: Management Consulting 101

Considering a career in consulting? Want to understand what management consulting is? Please join this panel of Amherst alums currently working at Bain & Company (Cassandra Farnow '13, Jason Darell '18, Pascual Cortes-Monroy '17 and Alejandro Nino Quintero '18) to learn more!

Bain is a management consulting firm that works with top executives in a variety of different industries and geographies on their most critical issues, including strategy, organization, operations and transformations.

No prior knowledge of consulting is required! Bain representatives, including some Amherst alums, will be talking about their paths to consulting, how they each approached the application process and advice for Amherst students.

Thu, Mar 28, 2019

Five College Faculty Seminar in Digital Humanities: Dr. Amanda Henrichs on "Computational Approaches to Shakespeare's Sonnets"

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Frost Library, Periodical Reading Room

The Five College Faculty Seminar in Digital Humanities and the Amherst College Library welcome Amanda Henrichs for a talk called "Computational Approaches to Shakespeare's Sonnets."

Henrichs is a postdoctoral fellow in English (next year, visiting assistant professor of English) at Amherst College.

This talk brings together Shakespeare's sonnets and topic modeling (a popular digital humanities process) in order to propose that word clouds are poems. As an author steeped in the humanist educational system of late-16th-century England, Shakespeare relies on the forms of his poetry to perform communicative functions; and in fact, early modern conceptions of shaped language help us understand word clouds. What unites humanist poems and digital humanities word clouds is an abiding concern with form, and particularly form as endowed with social meaning. Taken together, theories of early modern poetic form and modern digital humanities topic modeling practices emphasize that digital humanities products are not transparent keys to the text: they are generative, and are best when read like poems, a shaped remediation of language.

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Canine Office Hours with Huxley or Evie

Drop by Frost Library for some canine affection and advice from Huxley or Evie. Every Thursday from 4:30-5:30p.m. beside Frost Cafe, or in front of the library when the weather permits.

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"Fake Publics" with Michael Warner

In this talk, Michael Warner will take a long view of media infrastructures as grounds from which to project publics, to ask what might have changed as well as what features of the public sphere might simply be newly exposed.

The current political crisis in the United States revolves around a media crisis: Twitter rivals official communiqués, bots plant invented news stories on social media to swing elections, television networks brand themselves with rival versions of the truth and reporters who document lies are accused of peddling “fake news.” It has become clear in retrospect that the comparatively stable public sphere of the 20th century rested on the gatekeeping function of major newspapers and television news, a function they no longer play. Their model of broadcast-plus-feedback has come to seem archaic. Social media, especially Facebook, have introduced new structuring principles in public discourse, having to do with their own architecture and profit model. The media infrastructure by which publics come into existence has fractured. In other respects, though, the combat of representation has been a condition of the public sphere from its emergence in the early 18th century, the very notion of the public has always been an imaginary, and publics have always been more plural than anyone wanted to admit.

Michael Warner is the Seymour H. Knox Professor of English at Yale University. He received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins and taught at Northwestern and Rutgers before going to Yale, where he served as chair of the Department of English. His books include Publics and Counterpublics (2002), The Trouble with Normal (1999) and The Letters of the Republic: Publication and the Public Sphere in Eighteenth-Century America (1990). With Craig Calhoun and Jonathan VanAntwerpen, he has edited Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age (2010). He is also the editor of The Portable Walt Whitman (2003), American Sermons (1999), The English Literatures of America (with Myra Jehlen) and Fear of a Queer Planet: Queer Politics and Social Theory (1993).

A reception will follow. Childcare will be provided.

Gardening 101 with Book and Plow Farm

Book and Plow Farm staff offers a workshop on garden planning. We will explore seed catalogs, garden mapping, container growing and seeding calendars. We encourage you to bring your garden plans and/or dreams.

Part 2 of the workshop is April 27 or 28 and students who attend both will receive a Gardening Answers or Container Garden booklet to support the gardening journey.

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First Lecture in the Forry and Micken Lecture Series on "Philosophy of Time"

Nina Emery from Mount Holyoke College will present the first lecture in the 2018-2019 Forry and Micken Lecture Series on "Philosophy of Time." The title of her lecture is "What Was and What Could Be: What Makes Time Different from Modality." All lectures are free and open to the public. For further information, please contact the philosophy department at (413) 542-5805.

Rabbi Saul Berman

"Protest, Prison and Purim: A Rabbi Remembers 1965 in Selma, Alabama"

Rabbi Saul Berman, a leading Orthodox thinker and teacher, was part of a group of clergy who responded to a plea from Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for clergy to participate in voter registration campaigns and demonstrations in Selma, Ala., in March 1965. Arrested twice, he will share his motivation for that participation, his experiences while incarcerated with other activists and memories of the March from Selma to Montgomery.

Rabbi Berman will be introduced by Norm Jones, Ph.D., Amherst's chief diversity and inclusion officer.

Rabbi Berman was ordained at Yeshiva University, from which he also received his B.A. and his M.H.L. He completed a J.D. in law at New York University and an M.A. in political science at the University of California, Berkeley. Rabbi Berman has served in pulpits in Berkeley, Calif.; Brookline, Mass.; and Manhattan and run Edah, an organization invigorating Modern Orthodox thought and religious life. Currently, Rabbi Berman is professor of Jewish studies at Stern College and the Rotter Fellow in Talmudic Law at Columbia University Law School. Rabbi Berman is a contributor to the Encyclopedia Judaica and is the author of numerous articles published in journals such as Tradition, Judaism, Journal of Jewish Studies and Dinei Yisrael. His book entitled Boundaries of Loyalty: Testimony Against Fellow Jews in Non-Jewish Courts was published in 2016 by Cambridge University Press.

Cantor Fitzgerald Networking and Information Session

Cantor Fitzgerald is a leading global financial services firm serving clients from over 30 offices around the world. Founded in 1945 as a securities brokerage and investment bank, the firm pioneered computer-based bond trading, built one of the broadest distribution networks in the industry, and became the market’s premier dealer of government securities.

Today, Cantor Fitzgerald is known for its strength across a diverse array of businesses, including equity and fixed income capital markets, investment banking, commercial real estate finance and services, prime brokerage, asset management and wealth management, and e-commerce and online ventures. In all its businesses, the firm is an acknowledged leader in developing advanced technologies to expand market access and help clients achieve their most important financial and strategic objectives. This commitment to client-centered innovation has led to enduring relationships with many of the world’s most demanding institutional investors and corporations.

Attend this information session to learn more about Cantor Fitzgerald’s company culture and its open internship and full-time opportunities. Food will be served!

Fri, Mar 29, 2019

Getting to Know UK Fellowships

Are you interested in pursuing graduate study in the UK? Come meet representatives from Rhodes, Marshall and Fulbright, as well as staff from the Office of Fellowships and learn about fellowships for graduate study in the UK through presentations and conversation. All attendees must register online. Lunch will be provided.

Can't make it? Check out our website for more information.

Registration Required
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Writing for Your Life: Pursuing Writing as a Career

Student FAQs inform this lunchtime masterclass on pursuing writing as a career. Distinguished writer and alumnus Cullen Murphy ’74 will walk students through step-by-step details on the power of the informational interview, where and how to connect with editors and writers and crafting effective pitch letters.

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Chemistry Seminar with Professor Kendra Frederick: "In-Cell Structural Biology of Proteins Behaving Badly"

Professor Kendra Frederick of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Biophysics Department, an NIH New Innovator Awardee, will give a seminar titled "In-Cell Structural Biology of Proteins Behaving Badly."

Brief Abstract: The misfolded proteins associated with neurodegenerative disease can adopt a variety of different conformations, some of which are toxic. Because these proteins have identical amino acid sequences, the cellular environment clearly influences the final state, yet most structural studies do not include the cellular context, and, perhaps because we are not studying the correct conformation, not a single therapeutic strategy for these diseases addresses the underlying protein-misfolding pathology. Using new sensitivity-enhancement technology for solid-state NMR spectroscopy, we study protein structure in native environments-- inside living cells --to reveal how both healthy and disease-relevant cellular environments influence protein structure.