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Event Calendar

December 2018

Sun, Dec 2, 2018

Book cover of After Emily

"After Emily": A Reading and Book-Signing with Julie Dobrow

2:00 pm Amherst Woman's Club

When Emily Dickinson died in 1886, she was unknown outside the circle of her family and friends. After her death, her sister Lavinia found the cache of nearly 1,800 poems and sought an editor who could decipher the confusing manuscripts and put them into publishable form. Though the poet never met Mabel Loomis Todd face-to-face, their correspondence afforded Todd the insight she would later need as she and her daughter Millicent Todd Bingham shaped Dickinson's literary legacy.

For author Julie Dobrow, the story of Mabel's and Millicent’s lives and their integral role in editing and publicizing Emily Dickinson’s poems, and shaping the myth of the so-called Belle of Amherst, has been waiting in the archives. Now, in After Emily: Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America’s Greatest Poet, the full story behind Mabel and Millicent’s work is finally revealed.

Join us for a reading and book-signing with Julie Dobrow. After the reading, stay for refreshments and have your book signed by the author! Books will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

Mon, Dec 3, 2018

Math & Stats Table, Mondays at noon in Terrace Room A

Math & Stats Table

Please join us on Mondays in the Terrace Room A of Valentine Hall. Relax and enjoy lunch with your Math & Stats friends.

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Biology Monday Seminar: “Molecular Mechanisms of Iron Uptake and Compartmentalization in Plants”

Erin Connolly, Ph.D., professor and department head of plant sciences at Penn State University, will discuss “Molecular Mechanisms of Iron Uptake and Compartmentalization in Plants.”

Current estimates indicate that ~3 billion people suffer from iron deficiency and plant foods serve as the principal source of iron for most people. In addition, ~30 percent of the world's soils are considered iron-limiting for plant growth. Improving iron uptake and partitioning in plants could therefore have dramatic effects on plant and human health. Research in the Connolly Lab focuses on the molecular mechanisms of micronutrient uptake and trafficking in plants. We are particularly interested in the mechanisms that underlie the delivery of iron to mitochondria and chloroplasts. In addition, we have a long-term goal of elucidating the mechanisms that function to maintain iron homeostasis in plants.

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Stephen Finley: "Wheels, Wombs and Women: Louis Farrakhan, UFOs and the Religious Meaning of Black Women's Bodies in the Nation of Islam"

Join us for a public lecture by Stephen C. Finley, associate professor at Louisiana State University. Finley is a member of the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies at Louisiana State and is the director of the African & African American Studies Program.

This presentation will argue that making theoretical sense of UFO (what the Nation of Islam calls the "Mother Wheel") discourses in the Nation of Islam and-- indeed --Louis Farrakhan's own UFO narrative are necessary to make sense of the ultimate significance of race, "gender" and sexuality in the religion. More specifically, the religious meaning of women's embodiment in the Nation of Islam is refracted though the meaning of Farrakhan's own body, which is not intelligible outside of his UFO narrative. In short, wheels, wombs and women are inextricably bound in the Nation of Islam.

This event is generously supported by the Amherst College Department of Religion and the Willis D. Wood Fund.

Tue, Dec 4, 2018

Office Hours with Bear

Office Hours with Bear! (the puppy)

Canine Office Hours with Bear will be held every Tuesday for the remainder of the fall semester from 3-4 p.m. beside Frost Cafe. Bear is an assistance dog in training. Drop by to get some puppy love and help with his training. Sponsored by the Wellness Team and the AC Library.

"Breakup of the Russian Empire and Soviet Union: Similarities, Dissimilarities or a Continuum of Imperial Transformations" - Talk by Alexander Semyonov

Alexander Semyonov will discuss "Breakup of the Russian Empire and Soviet Union: Similarities, Dissimilarities or a Continuum of Imperial Transformations."

This talk addresses the tectonic shift in thinking about empire and nation in contemporary historical writing and, in particular, the critique of the teleological assumption of ubiquitous transition from empire to nation-state as the vector of modern history. The talk summarizes the recent literature on the problem of diversity in the moment of breakup of the Russian empire and Soviet Union, advances diachronic comparison of two historical events, and suggests an alternative framework of imperial transformation that captures the horizons of expectations of political actors during the reform processes in the Russian empire and Soviet Union and the persistence of the problem of diversity in the post-imperial political arrangements.

Semyonov is a historian of modern Russian history, his research interests include political and intellectual history, history of empire and nationalism. He is also interested in the emerging field of global history and dialogue between new imperial history and global history. He has published on the intellectual and political history of Russian liberalism and liberal imperialism, the history of political reforms and revolutions, the first Russian parliament in the early twentieth century and the history of Russian social sciences and their global connections. Since 2000, he has been a co-founding member of the editorial board of Ab Imperio: Studies of New Imperial History and Nationalism in the Post-Soviet Space.

The talk is sponsored by the Amherst Center for Russian Culture, the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series at Amherst College and the Lucius Root Eastman 1895 Fund at Amherst College.

Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

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.

Wed, Dec 5, 2018

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!

Thu, Dec 6, 2018

Weekly Canine Office Hours

Whether you miss your dog, or simply want some canine affection, Huxley or Evie would love to see you! One or the other will be available weekly!

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History of Science, Technology and Medicine Lecture Series: Kate Brown on "Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future"

4:00 pm Science Center, Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall - Room A011)

Governments and journalists tell us that though Chernobyl was “the worst nuclear disaster in history,” a reassuringly small number of people died (44) and nature recovered. Yet, drawing on a decade of fine-grained archival research and interviews in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus, this talk uncovers a much more disturbing story—one in which radioactive isotopes caused hundreds of thousands of casualties. Scores of Soviet scientists, bureaucrats and civilians documented stunning increases in cases of birth defects, child mortality, cancers and a multitude of prosaic diseases, which they linked to Chernobyl. Worried that this evidence would blow the lid on the effects of massive radiation release from weapons testing during the Cold War, international scientists and diplomats tried to bury or discredit it. A haunting revelation of how political exigencies shape responses to disaster, Kate Brown's Manual for Survival makes clear the irreversible impact on every living thing not just from Chernobyl, but from eight decades of radiation from nuclear energy and weaponry.

Math Colloquium: "Symmetries, Groups & How They Interact"

Catherine Pfaff of Queen's University will deliver the final colloquium of the semester, titled "Symmetries, Groups & How They Interact."

Abstract: "The symmetries of a polygon form a group. This group acts on the polygon by rotating it and flipping it. This basic idea of studying a group as symmetries of an object extends far beyond polygons. Through a myriad of colorful pictures, I will introduce the notion of a group, some of my favorite examples and then examples of the interplay between these groups and various geometric objects. No advanced mathematical knowledge will be assumed, and of course we will also play with doughnuts!"

Refreshments will be served at 4 p.m. in Seeley Mudd 208.

ACE/ARO Fondue + Cake

A safe space for five-college students who identify along either the asexual or aromantic spectrum, or who are questioning, to share and celebrate their identities. Cheese fondue and cake will be served. The conversation will focus on a community brainstorm on what an ace/aro support group can look like!

Students Only

Fri, Dec 7, 2018

Scrub Your Stress Away

Scrub Your Stress Away

Join us to make your own custom lip and body scrubs! Enjoy this de-stressing activity hosted by First-Year Experience.

Students Only

Sun, Dec 9, 2018

Project ReCul Meeting

Are you interested in preserving regional culture? Project ReCul is a student-run group that aims to strengthen cultural diversity by providing a global platform that empowers youth to rediscover their regional cultures through languages and dialects and express their merits through the arts. We aim to afford youth a platform of expression in own their tongue. If you want to learn more about Project ReCul, please come to our table at Valentine Hall on Sunday at 1 p.m. on the Mezzanine Level.

Alvin Plantinga Dinner

Alvin Plantinga has spent a distinguished philosophical career exploring the intersection of faith and reason. Join the Amherst Christian Fellowship for an end-of-semester dinner and roundtable discussion of Plantinga's work on the Problem of Evil, examined through the lens of an award-winning essay by Caroline West (The Hopkins Dialectic). Come for interfaith discussion and delicious food from Oriental Flavor.

Mon, Dec 10, 2018

Math & Stats Table, Mondays at noon in Terrace Room A

Math & Stats Table

Please join us on Mondays in the Terrace Room A of Valentine Hall. Relax and enjoy lunch with your Math & Stats friends.

Ma outdoors in a snowy mountain landscape, holding a frog

Biology Monday Seminar: "Evolution of Homomorphic Sex Chromosomes, Sex-Biased Gene Expression in the Common Frog"

Wen-Juan Ma, Ph.D. and postdoctoral research associate at Amherst College, will present "Evolution of Homomorphic Sex Chromosomes, Sex-Biased Gene Expression in the Common Frog."

"My research focuses on the fields of evolution and genomics of sex chromosomes and mating-type chromosomes, sex determination, as well as evolution of asexuality (especially induced by the bacteria Wolbachia). To understand the evolution and genomics of sex chromosomes and sex determination, I have used a broad range of non-model organisms, including invertebrate haplodiploid parasitic wasps, vertebrate amphibians, angiosperm plants and parasitic plant anther smut fungi, using various approaches in combination of fieldwork, experimental crosses, common garden experiment, molecular genetics and comparative genomics. Previously, my work on genomics of homomorphic sex chromosomes in the common frogs was investigating of evolutionary signatures of early stage of sex chromosome evolution, such as transcriptional degeneration, feminization of X chromosomes, dynamics of sex-biased gene expression throughout development and among adult tissues. The results revealed that sex-biased gene expressions were not enriched in sex chromosomes, no transcriptional degeneration occurred and no Faster-X (sex chromosome) evolution evolved, suggesting the canonical model of sexual antagonistic selection might not play a critical role at least in amphibian sex chromosome evolution. Currently, I am using comparative genomics approach to investigate temporal degeneration of non-recombining mating-type chromosomes in a series of anther smut Microbotryum fungi species."

Tue, Dec 11, 2018

Office Hours with Bear

Office Hours with Bear! (the puppy)

Canine Office Hours with Bear will be held every Tuesday for the remainder of the fall semester from 3-4 p.m. beside Frost Cafe. Bear is an assistance dog in training. Drop by to get some puppy love and help with his training. Sponsored by the Wellness Team and the AC Library.

Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

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.

Wed, Dec 12, 2018

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!

Book and Plow Winter Veggie Pickup

2:00 pm - 5:30 pm Book and Plow Farm

If you want a share, stop by the greenhouse on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 2 to 5:30 p.m. with $25 cash or check to get some veggies!

This week's share includes garlic, sweet potatoes, acorn squash, kabocha squash, butternut squash, popcorn, cabbage, fingerling potato, white potato, beets and purple top turnips. Fill your bag and take 2 extra squash, some rosemary and decorative gourds as well.

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Massages at the Mead

Celebrate the last day of classes by getting a massage at the Mead. This will kick off our study at the Mead series, in which we provide unlimited coffee, tea and cocoa all day and all night during finals period. We'll serve cookies and treats every evening to help fuel your work.

Massages are free and open to Amherst College students. Sign-up is required and will be first come first served on the evening of December 12.

Thu, Dec 13, 2018

College-funded Winter Travel Abroad: Pre-departure Meeting

Are you traveling with college funds this winter for senior thesis research, or for a special topics course? Any trip that is arranged or funded (in part or in full) by Amherst is a college-sponsored trip, and you receive a special insurance benefit, AIG Travel Guard, if your trip is over 100 miles from Amherst. Come to a pre-departure meeting specially-designed for interterm travel. Students traveling with college funds are required to attend.

Students Only

Fri, Dec 14, 2018

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Knitting at Noon

Are you a knitter who has longed to knit with others? Have you always wanted to be a knitter, but are intimidated by all of the paraphernalia, complicated stitches and impossible-to-understand instructions? Then join us for some low-key yarn work and conversation. All students, staff and faculty are welcome. Please bring a brown-bag or grab-and-go lunch to sustain you.

Sat, Dec 15, 2018

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AC After Dark: DIY Self-Care Packages

Make a care package filled with snacks, handmade wellness products, DIY stress toys, slime, and more! This is the perfect gift for a friend or for yourself as we enter finals. The first 30 students will get FREE bubble tea from LimeRed. Tea rolls will be provided from Fresh Side. Join us for the last AC After Dark event of the semester!

Students Only

Tue, Dec 18, 2018

Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

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.

Wed, Dec 19, 2018

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., President and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management

The Role of Diversity and Inclusion in Human Resource Practices

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Human Resources at Amherst College are proud to offer a complimentary event featuring guest speaker, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., the President and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management.

"The Role of Diversity and Inclusion in Human Resource Practices" will be presented in Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall, located on the Amherst College campus. This is a complimentary event and a grab-n-go lunch will be provided at the end of the event.

Registration Required

Wed, Dec 26, 2018

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!