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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Wed, Sep 9, 2020

Stories in STEM with the Honorable Bella Dinh-Zarr

Bio191 is launching a "Stories in STEM" series where speakers share their paths in STEM. Our first speaker, the Honorable Bella Dinh-Zarr, former member of the National Transportation Safety Board, will speak Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 12:40 to 1:30 p.m. on Zoom: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/99973197368?pwd=TDg4bG01aVlVQ1ZSRUt4bGN....

The Honorable T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, Ph.D., MPH, trained as a public health scientist and is dedicated to promoting safe, sustainable transportation. She served on the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), an independent U.S. agency charged with conducting investigations and making safety recommendations in all areas of transportation. Nominated by President Obama and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate, Dr. Dinh-Zarr chaired NTSB board meetings, conducted investigative hearings and represented the agency at the scene of high-profile disasters from 2015-2019.

Born in Vietnam, Dr. Dinh-Zarr graduated from Rice University in Texas and has a master of public health (MPH) degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas School of Public Health. She is a co-founder of the “.05 Saves Lives Coalition,” a nonpartisan alliance of diverse organizations dedicated to preventing drinking and driving crashes. She also currently serves on the advisory boards for Uber and the AIP Foundation, a nonprofit manufacturer of helmets and disposable medical masks. As a student, Dr. Dinh-Zarr worked at the Railroad Museum on Galveston Island, built latrines in Paraguay and studied Latin American literature in Chile. She recently returned from traveling around the world, visiting ten countries with her husband and son.

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Mindfulness Tune Ups, 15-minute slots under the RSL canopy on Main Quad

Having a tough time staying in the moment? Thoughts or worries taking up too much space? Or just want to enjoy the simple things more? Stop by for a brief coaching session on personally tailored mindfulness tools. Sessions will include conversation and guided meditation, and participants will be given resources to practice on their own. Please come ready to share about an aspect of your daily life in which you'd like to be more present and grounded. All on campus students welcome to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040444AEAE28A4FA7-mindfulness
Sessions provided by Religious and Spiritual Life Director Harrison Blum. More info: hblum@amherst.edu.

Students Only
Book cover for "Hemispheric Intergration: Materiality, Mobility, and the Making of Latin American Art," by Niko Vicario

CHI Salon: Constellations of Modernism: Writing New Art Histories

This CHI salon brings together art historians who teach or who have previously taught at the Five Colleges whose recently published books explore modern art from Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe. Through brief presentations and conversation, these authors will reflect on how to write the history of modern art from multiple locations.

Niko Vicario is an assistant professor of art and the history of art at Amherst College and author of Hemispheric Integration: Materiality, Mobility, and the Making of Latin American Art (University of California Press, 2020).

Karen Kurczynski is an associate professor of modern and contemporary art history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author of The Art and Politics of Asger Jorn: The Avant-Garde Won’t Give Up (Routledge, 2014) and Reanimating Art: The Cobra Movement in Postwar Europe (Routledge, 2020), and curator of the exhibitions Human Animals: The Art of Cobra (UMCA and NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, 2016) and Expo Jorn: Art is a Festival (co-curated with Karen Friis Herbsleb, Museum Jorn, 2014).

Christine I. Ho is an associate professor in the history of art and architecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and author of Drawing From Life: Sketching and Socialist Realism in the People’s Republic of China (University of California, 2020).

Alex Dika Seggerman is assistant professor of art history at Rutgers University-Newark, and author of Modernism on the Nile: Art in Egypt between the Islamic and the Contemporary (University of North Carolina Press, 2019).

Co-sponsored by the Center for Humanistic Inquiry and the Arts at Amherst Initiative

Ongoing Events

Aerial view of Johnson Chapel and the surrounding Amherst College campus

Poetry in the Pandemic

In the time of uncertainty and anxiety, poetry brings us hope, inspiration and reflection. Have you been reading or writing poems in the pandemic? Do you want to share the lines you've read or written with the Amherst community? Please fill out the form: https://forms.gle/AqT9ofE76gL9edCp6 or email your response to Haoran Tong '23 at htong23@amherst.edu.

We welcome all students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents of Amherst College to participate! Help us lead a poetic life to overcome the difficult circumstances. We plan to compile all submissions into an anthology titled "Amherst Poetry in the Pandemic."