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Event Calendar

November 2018

Thu, Nov 1, 2018

Brown University Urban Education Master's Program Information Table

The Education Department at Brown University offers a master's level program leading to an A.M. in Urban Education Policy. The twelve-month UEP program dedicated to the study of policy analysis, planning and development in urban public education. The tightly focused academic curriculum, integrated with a nine-month internship, is designed to impart a set of core skills and competencies that are necessary for successful careers in urban education policy. The UEP program also provides a solid foundation for those anticipating advanced study in areas related to urban education policy.

Want to learn more? Stop by this information table to speak with Ann D'Abrosca, assistant director of Graduate and Special Programs for the UEP Program.

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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Introduction to the Careers In Business and Finance Program

Have you ever wondered what it means to have a career in finance, consulting, general business or entrepreneurship? Whether you are a first year student, a sophomore, or a junior now exploring new opportunities, this is a great way to learn, discover, and decide if finance, consulting, business, or entrepreneurship is something you want to pursue.

The Loeb Center offers industry specific initiatives to help students explore and plan for careers in seven specific career areas. The Careers In Business and Finance Program was established in 2015 to help students explore and prepare for careers in the financial services industry, consulting, or general business. We are now expanding into entrepreneurship and will be offering programming to help those considering starting their own companies, investing in start-ups, or just gaining an innovative mindset.

The information session led by program director Stephanie Hockman will talk about the career exploration and planning workshops included in the Careers In Business and Finance Program as well as the various experiential learning opportunities and advising. As recruiting for internships and full-time positions star early in business and finance, it is never too early to start the exploration process. Don’t miss out this opportunity to hear more about the program and workshops available to help you explore and prepare for careers in finance, consulting, general business, and entrepreneurship.

There are multiple opportunities to hear about the Careers In Business and Finance Program. You only need to attend one. We hope to see you at one of the following information sessions:

• Wednesday, October 22 at 7 p.m. (Loeb Center Events Room)
• Friday, October 26 at noon (Loeb Center Events Room)
• Thursday, November 1 at 7 p.m. (Pruyne Lecture Hall)
• Tuesday, November 13 at 5 p.m. (Pruyne Lecture Hall)

The Low Down on Going Down

Join the QRC and the SHEs for a student-led panel who will share their tricks and tips for "going down." We will discuss practicing safe and consensual sex in a body-positive, queer-positive way, and we'll provide safer sex resources. As is traditional, we will serve ice cream and refreshments!

Renting in NYC: A How-To Guide from Next Step Realty

Next Step is a leading Manhattan-based real estate brokerage firm providing a seamless, one-day apartment rental search in New York City. While their agents warmly welcome seasoned locals and newcomers alike, Next Step has come to specialize in finding first apartments for those relocating to New York City, including professionals entering the workforce and recent college graduates in particular.

Are you considering a move to New York City after graduation, but feeling overwhelmed by the idea of a big-city relocation? In this workshop, Next Step agents will demystify this process by discussing the NYC rental market, including pricing and floor-plan sizes, highlighting the steps in the NYC rental process, reviewing typical paperwork and landlord requirements, and answering attendees' questions in a dedicated Q&A.

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Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Every Thursday night, the Writing Center and Library open up the Center for Humanistic Inquiry to students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, coffee and camaraderie. Join the group Thursdays from 8-11 p.m. in the CHI.

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Meet the Wellness Team!

Meet the Wellness Team

Come meet the Wellness Team! We're hiring first-years and sophomores to help us promote mental health and well-being initiatives on campus. Applications are due on November 9 to Jessica Gifford at jgifford@amherst.edu

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Fri, Nov 2, 2018

Five Colleges International Relations Certificate Program Informational Meeting

Presentation and Q&A session on the International Relations Certificate. The certificate offers an opportunity for students to pursue their interest in international relations by taking classes on global politics across departments and campuses. Professors Pavel Machala, Kerry Ratigan and Ruxandra Paul will introduce the nuts and bolts of the certificate and answer student questions.

GEO Summer Fellowship Experiences Panel

GEO Summer Fellowship Experiences Panel

Come and hear the experiences of Amherst students who went to Lebanon, China, Japan and South Korea last summer under GEO fellowships! They will be sharing individual experiences studying abroad in Asia and hold a Q&A for anyone curious about studying abroad over the summer or applying for a GEO fellowship.

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"Asking Questions: Trusting What You're Told"

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

Paul Harris of the Harvard Graduate School of Education is interested in the early development of cognition, emotion and imagination. His most recent book discusses how children rely on their own firsthand observation or alternatively trust what other people tell them, especially when they confront a domain of knowledge in which firsthand observation is difficult.

The talk is sponsored by the Developmental Science Initiative and the Samuel B. Cummings Lectureship Fund.

Sat, Nov 3, 2018

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M@A Masterclass: Gabriela Montero, piano

M@A Masterclass: Gabriela Montero, piano. This event is free and open to the public.

Pianist Gabriela Montero’s visionary interpretations and unique improvisational gifts have garnered her critical acclaim and a devoted following on the world stage.

A graduate and fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London, Montero has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Royal Liverpool, Rotterdam, Dresden, Oslo, Vienna Radio and Netherlands Radio philharmonic orchestras; the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Australian Chamber Orchestra; the Pittsburgh, Detroit, Houston, Atlanta, Toronto, Baltimore, Vienna, City of Birmingham, Barcelona, Lucerne, and Sydney symphony orchestras; the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada; Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn; and the Cleveland Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin, and Residentie Orkest.

“Montero’s playing had everything: crackling rhythmic brio, subtle shadings, steely power ... soulful lyricism ... unsentimental expressivity.” –Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

Mon, Nov 5, 2018

Biology Monday Seminar: "Environmental Change Shapes Host Defenses Against Parasites"

Dr. Sarah Knutie is an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Connecticut. The overarching theme of her seminar explores how animal hosts defend themselves against parasites, particularly in response to environmental change. First, she will present her research on the effect of the introduced parasitic nest fly Philornis downsi on birds in the Galapagos, how birds defend themselves against P. downsi, and a method ("self-fumigation") she established for controlling the fly in a bird nest. Second, she will describe the role of host-associated gut microbiota in disease ecology of frogs and, in particular, whether early-life microbiota of hosts mediate the effect of environmental factors, such as pollutants, on later-life resistance to infections.

Computer Science Colloquium: Matteo Riondato, "Data Mining: Tasks, Systems, Challenges and Research Directions"

Matteo Riondato, who will be joining the Amherst computer science faculty in January, will be giving the next colloquium talk, on the topic "Data Mining: Tasks, Systems, Challenges and Research Directions." The talk will be preceded at 3:30 p.m. by snacks in SCCE C209.

Abstract:
"In this talk, I describe the field of data mining (DM) from the point of view of a researcher in this discipline. Starting from my definition of DM, I give examples of DM tasks for different kinds of data, commenting on available systems for DM and discussing the algorithmic challenges in DM. I show how my research tackles some of these challenges and list the interesting questions I plan to answer in the near future with the help of Amherst students."

Bio:
Matteo Riondato will join Amherst as an assistant professor in January 2019. His research focus is in algorithmic data science: he develops methods to analyze modern data sets, including graphs and time series, as fast as possible and in a statistically sound way. Matteo obtained his Ph.D. from Brown and held postdoc positions at Brown and Stanford. He is a research scientist at Two Sigma and an adjunct assistant professor at Brown. His works received the Best Student Poster award at the 2014 SIAM International Conference on Data Mining and the Best Student Paper award at the 2016 ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining. He tweets @teorionda and lives online at http://matteo.rionda.to.

Writing Center Creative Writing Group

The Writing Center's Creative Writing Group will gather weekly on Monday nights to write, share and discuss our fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, drama and other modes of creative writing in a friendly, supportive manner. No homework, just attend. Meetings will be led by writing associate Roy Andrews and student coordinator Gwyneth Lewis. Open to all students.

Foundations of Resume Building

Did you know that on average recruitment managers spend 5 to 7 seconds analyzing a resume to determine if a candidate should be brought in for an interview? Come learn about the techniques needed to build a resume that best markets your unique skills and experiences to land summer internships and future job opportunities.

*This workshop will fulfill the Internship Preparation Workshop requirement for the Amherst Select Internship Program.

Tue, Nov 6, 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.

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"Who Is the Dragon Princess?"

With Professor Ryūichi Abe, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute Professor of Japanese Religions, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University.

Sponsored by the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations, the Department of Art and the History of Art and the Hall Fund

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.

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Amartya Sen: "Globalism and Its Discontents: Point/Counterpoint with Ilan Stavans"

Join us as Professor Stavans speaks with Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen.

The "Globalism and Its Discontents: Point/Counterpoint" conversation series features Amherst College professor, and host of NEPR's In Contrast, Ilan Stavans and a guest engaging in thoughtful discussion and attempting to bridge the ideological divide growing in our nation.

The rise of populism worldwide today, personified by Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, is a fierce reaction to globalism policies of the past few decades. Anti-immigration movements in Europe and the United States; assaults on free speech; racial profiling; polarized politics; intolerance for gender, economic and linguistic diversity; the building of walls and the renegotiation of international trade treaties; the tension between rural and urban communities; and the questioning of the basic tenets of pluralism are some of the symptoms. Democracy itself might be at peril.

Amartya Sen (born Nov. 3, 1933, in Santiniketan, India) is an economist who was awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his contributions to welfare economics and social choice theory and for his interest in the problems of society’s poorest members. Sen is best known for his work on the causes of famine, which led to the development of practical solutions for preventing or limiting the effects of real or perceived shortages of food.

Sen was educated at Presidency College in Calcutta (now Kolkata). He went on to study at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he received a B.A. (1955), an M.A. (1959) and a Ph.D. (1959). He taught economics at a number of universities in India and England, including the Universities of Jadavpur (1956–58) and Delhi (1963–71), the London School of Economics, the University of London (1971–77) and the University of Oxford (1977–88), before moving to Harvard University (1988–98), where he was professor of economics and philosophy. In 1998 he was appointed master of Trinity College, Cambridge—a position he held until 2004, when he returned to Harvard as Lamont University Professor.

This event is free and open to the public.

"Point/Counterpoint" is co-sponsored by NEPR’s In Contrast and by a generous gift from 36 members of the 50th Reunion Class of 1970.

Find more information about the other speakers in the series here.

Interviews with previous guests, and others, are available through Ilan Stavans' NEPR show In Contrast. Have a listen!

Amherst Select Internship Program: Making Mammoth Plans

Internships? Off campus research? There are so many options out there for opportunities to pursue over the summer that will set you up for future professional success, but it is sometimes difficult to know which one to choose and how to secure it. If you’re a student ready to get started coming up with a plan to find the right summer experience for you, this is a must-attend workshop!

*This is a required workshop to join the Amherst Select Internship Program. Space is limited, so RSVP as soon as possible through Handshake. You can email Victoria Wilson at vwilson@amherst.edu to be placed on a waitlist if all spots are filled.

Wed, Nov 7, 2018

"Philology, Translation and Mimicry: Vladimir Nabokov’s 'The Song of Igor’s Campaign'": Talk by Lisa Ryoko Wakamiya (Florida State University)

Drawing on manuscript collations and findings in the Roman Jakobson Papers at MIT, the Vladimir Nabokov Papers at the Library of Congress and the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library, this talk examines the early variant manuscripts of Nabokov’s translation of The Song of Igor’s Campaign, the anonymous Old Rus epic whose antiquity remains the subject of scholarly debate. Nabokov’s decade-long collaboration with Roman Jakobson was intended to produce a scholarly edition of the “Song.” Instead, it resulted in an acrimonious ideologized rift: Nabokov went on to publish his translation of the “Song” with his own commentary; Jakobson’s book was never finished.

Where Jakobson sought to eliminate all doubts concerning the “Song” and its 12th-century provenance, Nabokov sidestepped the authenticity debate to define the epic (whatever its origin) as a work of Great Art. Despite these fundamental differences, Nabokov’s published translation of the “Song” advances a text and a model of scholarly activity that owes much to Jakobson. If Nabokov’s earliest drafts adapt translation to philology in a performance that is at once “reverent” and “ironic,” terms that might also metatextually describe Nabokov’s relationship to his then mentor, his published edition reveals not the displacement of Jakobson’s work by his own, but a condensation of the two in which philological discourse cannot be distinguished from a performance of it.

Lisa Ryoko Wakamiya (Ph.D., Slavic languages and literatures, University of California, Los Angeles) is associate professor of Slavic in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics and Courtesy Associate Professor of English at Florida State University. She is the author of Locating Exiled Writers in Contemporary Russian Literature and co-editor with Mark Lipovetsky of Late and Post-Soviet Russian Literature: A Reader. Her current book project, Collecting Objects, Materializing Ethics, investigates the relationship between collections of material objects and narrative in the work of writer-collectors.

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Influence in Politics, the Arts and Public Education with John Abodeely ’01

Are you interested in the arts as an engine for social change, in advancing equity in public education, or in D.C. politics? Join us for a conversation with John Abodeely ’01, CEO of the Houston Arts Alliance and former deputy director for the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. This conversation will explore national policy and advocacy work, the use of the arts in community improvement, and successful efforts to improve public education in high-poverty environments.

As CEO of Houston Arts Alliance, a citywide arts service organization, John directs strategy in grantmaking, civic art development, and new programs. He is committed to developing the organization’s positive impact on arts production throughout the city, in collaboration with board, staff, grantees, investors and other stakeholders. In ten months, Abodeely has reorganized the Alliance’s financial structure, launched new programs in disaster recovery and resilience, and engaged the challenge of educational equity throughout Houston.

As deputy director and then acting executive director of the Presidents’ Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, an advisory body to the White House on cultural issues, John was instrumental in the expansion of Turnaround Arts, a program that leverages the unique power of arts education to improve non-arts outcomes in a cohort of the nation's most struggling schools. During John’s tenure, the program successfully scaled from eight schools to sixty-eight. Also at the Committee, Abodeely served as trip director for the first-ever U.S. cultural delegation to Cuba, which featured artists Dave Matthews, Usher, Alfre Woodard, and John Guare in cultural exchange with Cuban artists, as well as bi-lateral meetings with U.S. and Cuban dignitaries.

Prior to the President's Committee, Abodeely served as manager of National Partnerships for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and as manager of Education at Americans for the Arts. John has taught education policy at the graduate level, and served on boards and various review panels. He is a graduate of Amherst College with a bachelor's degree magna cum laude in Biology and Fine Arts, and holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Information Session

The mission of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is to provide expert, compassionate care to children and adults with cancer while advancing the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of cancer and related diseases.

As an affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a Comprehensive Cancer Center designated by the National Cancer Institute, Dana-Farber also provides training for new generations of physicians and scientists, designs programs that promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations, and disseminates innovative patient therapies and scientific discoveries to target community members across the United States and throughout the world.

Attend this information session learn about the organization, the types of job opportunities that are available at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the benefits of working there. Amherst College alumni will be present, as well, to share insight on working there as a young professional.

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"Putting Pen to Palm Leaf: Buddhism and Contemporary Literature"

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

This year, Five College Buddhist Studies is welcoming a series of visitors focused on Buddhism and contemporary literature, called “Putting Pen to Palm Leaf: Buddhism and Contemporary Literature.” This series will bring four eminent writers, whose work explores or is inflected by Buddhist themes, to the Five Colleges to share their ideas and practice with our students, faculty and the wider community.

Ruth Ozeki is an award-winning author, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest whose novels have garnered international critical acclaim for their ability to integrate issues of science, technology, environmental politics, philosophy and global pop culture into unique hybrid narrative forms. Her best-selling novel A Tale for the Time Being (2013) won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; it has been translated and published in more than 35 countries. Her earlier novels, My Year of Meats (1998) and All Over Creation (2003), were both New York Times Notable Books. Her latest book, The Face: A Time Code, is a memoir, published in 2016 by Restless Books.

After graduating from Smith in 1980 with degrees in English literature and Asian studies, Ozeki received a Japanese Ministry of Education fellowship to do graduate work in classical Japanese literature. While in Japan, she also studied Noh drama and mask carving, founded a language school and taught on the faculty of Kyoto Sangyo University. She returned to New York, where she started a film career, working first as an art director for low-­budget horror movies, and later as a documentary director for Japanese television. Her award­-winning independent films, Halving the Bones (1995) and Body of Correspondence (1994), have shown at Sundance and on public television.

A longtime meditator, Ozeki was ordained in 2010 as a novice priest in the Soto Zen lineage. In 2006, Ozeki returned to Smith to receive an honorary doctorate in humane letters, and she is very happy to be back again, this time to teach creative writing and to work on a new novel. We are thrilled to welcome her to Amherst College, where she will give a public reading of her work.

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Poetry Reading: Cameron Awkward-Rich

8:00 pm Amherst Books, O'Connor Common

A poet and critic, Cameron Awkward-Rich is the author of the forthcoming Dispatch and the collection Sympathetic Little Monster, which was a finalist for a 2017 Lambda Literary Award, and which poet Danez Smith described as “at once analytical, magical, confession, dismissive, but ultimately, and simply, a collection breaking new ground in Trans, Queer, Black, and American Letters.” He is also a poetry editor for Muzzle magazine and has received numerous fellowships. He currently teaches women, gender and sexuality studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

This reading will be followed by refreshments.

Yahoo!/Oath Product Management Information Session

Oath, Yahoo!'s parent company, is home to the media, tech and communication brands that 1 billion people love and trust. Zachary Lehman-Ludwig '18 is returning to campus to offer a limited number of office hour appointments
and host an information session on his company, which is currently hiring for the following entry-level roles:
associate product manager and associate product manager intern. Attend this information session to learn more about these positions, the company culture and what day-to-day life is like for a recent alum working in tech!

Thu, Nov 8, 2018

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Food for Thought Lunch with Charles Nutter '15: A Firsthand Look at Working in Solar Energy

Charles Nutter ’15 will return to campus on Thursday, November 8, to present a Food for Thought luncheon (and offer a limited number of office hours appointments) for current students who are interested in combining interests between environmental studies, economics and clean energy. This lunch event presents an informal opportunity to hear from a recent graduate and gain advice about navigating a career path post-Amherst.

Charles graduated from Amherst in 2015 with a degree in Economics and Environmental Studies. Through the College’s Center for Community Engagement, he interned as a team leader with the Gulf of Maine Institute, an environmental youth stewardship organization that educates and performs community service all along the Gulf of Maine, from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia.

After graduation, Charles began an internship at Nexamp, a leading community solar developer in the Northeast, with funding from the Mass Clean Energy Center. Beginning as a Community Solar Sales and Marketing intern, he is now the Energy Sales manager where he leads the company’s efforts to identify and contract institutional and commercial clients to receive energy credit produced by Nexamp’s solar arrays.

Lunch will be served! Space is limited, so RSVP through Handshake to reserve your spot.

Careers in Environmental Studies: A Panel with Recent ENST Alumni

Sponsored by the Department of Environmental Studies and the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.

Zack Gerdes '14 lives in Washington D.C. and works as a conservation organizer with the Sierra Club. Zack serves as staff lead for clean water and public health campaigns in the state of Maryland. He also supports Sierra Club's political campaign to elect environmental champions on the local and state level. Before joining Sierra Club, Zack worked as a philanthropy fellow at the Pisces Foundation. While at Amherst, Zack helped launch the coal divestment campaign with the Green Amherst Project and worked with 350.org as a fossil free fellow.

Meghan Cafferty '14 began working for Senator Elizabeth Warren in her Boston office as a staff assistant. In 2016, she transferred to Senator Warren’s D.C. office and was promoted to legislative correspondent with a policy portfolio covering energy and environment. She helped prepare the Senator for meetings, including on national natural gas pipeline infrastructure. In the fall of 2016, Meghan began her JD at Boston University School of Law. She has been a legal intern at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office in the Energy and Telecommunications Division and has participated in BU Law’s Environmental Clinic. She has helped conduct legal research for Alternatives for Community and Environment, a non-profit organization supporting a citizen suit to stop the construction of a power plant in Brockton, MA. This past summer Meghan was a Summer Associate at Brown Rudnick LLP in Boston, MA and will be joining their Commercial Litigation department after graduation.

Charles Nutter ’15 is a manager with Nexamp Community Solar. Charles graduated from Amherst in 2015 with a degree in Economics and Environmental Studies. Through the College’s Center for Community Engagement, he interned as a team leader with the Gulf of Maine Institute, an environmental youth stewardship organization that educates and performs community service all along the Gulf of Maine, from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia. After graduation, Charles began an internship at Nexamp, a leading community solar developer in the Northeast, with funding from the Mass Clean Energy Center. Beginning as a community solar sales and marketing intern, he is now the energy sales manager and leads the company’s efforts to identify and contract institutional and commercial clients to receive energy credit produced by Nexamp’s solar arrays.

Panelists will be available for office hours through Handshake; search "office hours" to locate their individual schedules. For questions regarding this event, please contact Kate Sims (ksims@amherst.edu).

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Helene Keyssar Distinguished Lecture: "Scaling Down" with Marc Siegel

Marc Siegel is professor of film studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. His research and publications focus on issues in queer studies and experimental film. He is co-editor of Film Culture 80: The Legend of Barbara Rubin (2018) and Jack Smith: Beyond the Rented World (2014), a special issue of Criticism. His book A Gossip of Images is forthcoming from Duke University Press. He has also curated numerous film series for festivals, museums and galleries, including the Berlinale, Tate Modern (London), CCCB (Barcelona), Bunkier Sztuki (Cracow) and the Goethe Institute (Kolkata). His curatorial projects include the festivals Camp/Anti-Camp (2012) and LIVE FILM! JACK SMITH! (2009). He is on the advisory board of the Forum Expanded section of the Berlinale and one of the co-founders of the Berlin-based artists' collective CHEAP.

Siegel's talk will engage with current strategies for exhibiting moving images. He will contrast the sometimes spectacular and decorative use of avant-garde films in contemporary exhibitions with select innovative approaches to the presentation of painting and photography. With reference to his own curatorial work on a recent Berlin exhibition, Edit Film Culture! (2018), Siegel will argue for the aesthetic significance of scale and context.

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!

Nexamp Solar Energy Information Session

Nexamp is leading the transformation to the new energy economy with proven solutions for solar energy development, ownership, and operation. The company's comprehensive capabilities span the entire solar project lifecycle—from project development, design and construction to financing and operations and maintenance. Their ability to provide integrated, best-in-class solutions makes solar energy simple and profitable for clients and partners.

Nexamp's team is among the most experienced in the industry, with expertise in every facet of power generation, marketing and investment -- and that expertise is complemented with a passion for solar energy and innovation. The company's mission is clear: to reshape the energy landscape, delivering value to clients and partners while benefiting communities and society at large. The company's rapidly growing portfolio of solar assets and established partnerships with communities, commercial and non-profit organizations, property owners, and investors are laying the groundwork for a cleaner, more secure energy future.

Want to learn more about Nexamp's mission, growth, and entry-level opportunities? Attend this information, which will be led by Amherst alum Charles Nutter '15!

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Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Every Thursday night, the Writing Center and Library open up the Center for Humanistic Inquiry to students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, coffee and camaraderie. Join the group Thursdays from 8-11 p.m. in the CHI.

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Seurat Group Information Session

Seurat Group is a boutique, data-driven management consulting and private equity firm with 20+ professionals specializing in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry. Its name comes from Georges Seurat, the pointillist painter. As with pointillism, the firm aims to integrate many points of cultural, behavioral and sales data, identifying insights to help clients and portfolio companies see the “bigger picture.”

Seurat Group consists of two core branches, consulting and capital, across which employees work fluidly (note, business analysts are being recruited to primarily support consulting at this time).
Consulting: Consulting work involves creatively integrating multiple lenses of insight to challenge conventional wisdom and provide guidance for future growth. Clients include leading Fortune 500 companies in food, beverage, personal care/beauty and other consumer products categories.
Capital: Seurat's market expertise guides private equity investments, and the firm provides its portfolio companies with the resources and strategic insight of its consultancy branch to accelerate growth. The firm invests in and advises start-up “challenger brands” who are driving significant, exciting change in the industry. In short, Seurat Group creates value for its clients through leading-edge creative thinking, providing the clarity to act and invest in the future.

Culture: The Seurat Group is a young firm with a driven, yet informal, collaborative culture. The firm strives to provide hands-on training, room for career development and opportunities to learn by working closely with senior members of the organization. The managing partners all come from strong CPG backgrounds and have 20+ combined years in the consulting arena working with large CPG firms such as General Mills, Kraft, Clorox, etc. Overall, Seurat recruiters look for team members who embody the firm's core values: drive for results, can-do attitude, collaboration and entrepreneurial passion.

Attend this information session to learn more!

Fri, Nov 9, 2018

Life Stories

Life Stories Lunch with Robert Hayashi, Associate Professor of American Studies

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 Mental Health Promotion and the Wellness Team.

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Celebrate Lipton Lecture Hall with a Talk by Professor Catherine Sanderson

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall (E110)

Join us to dedicate and celebrate Lipton Lecture Hall in the new Science Center, named for Richard M. Lipton ’74, P’12 ’08, and his family. Following brief introductory remarks in honor of the Liptons, Catherine Sanderson, Manwell Family Professor of Life Sciences (Psychology), will deliver a lecture entitled “They Aren’t as Thin or as Happy as You Think They Are: Exploring Causes and Consequences of Misperceiving Social Norms at Amherst.”

Professor Sanderson will describe research conducted in collaboration with Amherst College students on factors that lead students to misperceive social norms, including those related to eating and exercise, reporting athletic concussions and seeking mental health treatment. She will discuss the consequences of such misperceptions, strategies for correcting them and the benefits of such approaches for improving psychological and physical well-being on college campuses.

Sat, Nov 10, 2018

Screening of JFK: The Last Speech - The Story of President Kennedy’s 1963 Speech at Amherst College

In an era of political tension when the value of a liberal arts education is questioned, a message from 1963 has particular resonance. Twenty-seven days before he was assassinated, President Kennedy came to Amherst College to honor the poet Robert Frost in a speech called “the most majestic” of Kennedy’s career. He spoke of the relationship of poetry to power and of a view shared with Frost that power must be exercised, but wisely -- tempered by a moral restraint inspired by the arts and a liberal arts education. And, he spoke of the obligation of those “given a running start in life” to serve the public interest. "JFK: The Last Speech" is a new documentary aired on public television this summer, and it communicates the impact of this message through the stories of Amherst alumni and students and reflections by prominent scholars and political observers. Produced by an award winning filmmaker, this film will ignite public discourse on enduring values and on our shared responsibility for the public interest. It is a call to action to rebuild our civic sphere -- infused with broad sympathy, understanding and compassion. Neil Bicknell ’64 and Paul Dimond ’66 will host this screening, field questions and share opportunities to make JFK’s call a living legacy going forward. All alumni, current students, faculty and staff are invited.

Mon, Nov 12, 2018

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Biology Monday Seminar: "Long-Distance Shoot-to-Root Signaling of Iron Deficiency in Plants"

Join Elsbeth Walker, Ph.D and professor of biology at University of Massachusetts Amherst, for a discussion on "Long-Distance Shoot-to-Root Signaling of Iron Deficiency in Plants."

The Walker lab aims to discover novel mechanisms that control the uptake and distribution of iron in plants. Part of the impetus for such discovery research is that iron deficiency is one of the most significant micronutrient malnutrition problems facing the world today. The World Health Organization estimates that ~1.62 billion people-- ~25 percent of the world’s population --are affected by iron deficiency. The production of staple crops that have elevated iron in edible parts (e.g., in the grains of cereals) is widely regarded as the primary means by which this problem could be stably addressed. However, this goal is thwarted, because our knowledge of the molecular mechanisms controlling iron accumulation in plants is far from complete. We have discovered that three distinct iron-transporter proteins are required in the leaves of plants in order for those leaves to send correct signals of iron deficiency to the roots. Our current work focuses on understanding how the leaf signals of iron deficiency are generated. We are also avidly pursuing the phloem-mobile inductive RNA signal that induces iron-deficiency-associated gene expression in the roots. Our hope is that, by improving our understanding of whole-plant iron-signaling processes, we may identify improved strategies for manipulating iron distribution in staple crop plants.

Writing Center Creative Writing Group

The Writing Center's Creative Writing Group will gather weekly on Monday nights to write, share and discuss our fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, drama and other modes of creative writing in a friendly, supportive manner. No homework, just attend. Meetings will be led by writing associate Roy Andrews and student coordinator Gwyneth Lewis. Open to all students.

Tue, Nov 13, 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.

Assistant Professor Daniel McCarron, University Of Connecticut: "Taming Molecules with Light"

Laser cooling and trapping have revolutionized atomic physics, enabling a wide range of advances in science and technology. In recent years, it has become clear that general methods to produce ultracold molecules would have a similarly broad scientific impact. The rich internal structures of molecules make them versatile tools for a variety of experiments in ultracold chemistry, precision measurement and quantum simulation. However, this same structure poses challenges once believed to be fatal to any attempt at laser cooling. Over the past several years, several groups have devised and implemented methods to overcome these difficulties. Now the standard tools of atomic laser cooling-- including magneto-optical trapping --can work with specific molecular species in a manner similar to the familiar cases for atoms. In this talk, I will review progress in this emerging field and present our experimental effort designed to laser-cool new molecular species with favorable properties for both laser cooling and a range of proposed applications.

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.

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Introduction to the Careers In Business and Finance Program

Have you ever wondered what it means to have a career in finance, consulting, general business or entrepreneurship? Whether you are a first year student, a sophomore, or a junior now exploring new opportunities, this is a great way to learn, discover, and decide if finance, consulting, business, or entrepreneurship is something you want to pursue.

The Loeb Center offers industry specific initiatives to help students explore and plan for careers in seven specific Careers In areas. The Careers In Business and Finance Program was established in 2015 to help students explore and prepare for careers in the financial services industry, consulting, or general business. We are now expanding into entrepreneurship and will be offering programming to help those considering starting their own companies, investing in start-ups, or just gaining an innovative mindset.

The information session led by program director Stephanie Hockman will talk about the career exploration and planning workshops included in the Careers In Business and Finance Program as well as the various experiential learning opportunities and advising. As recruiting for internships and full-time positions star early in business and finance, it is never too early to start the exploration process. Don’t miss out this opportunity to hear more about the program and workshops available to help you explore and prepare for careers in finance, consulting, general business, and entrepreneurship.

There are multiple opportunities to hear about the Careers In Business and Finance Program. You only need to attend one. We hope to see you at one of the following information sessions:

• Wednesday, October 22 at 7 p.m. (Loeb Center Events Room)
• Friday, October 26 at noon (Loeb Center Events Room)
• Thursday, November 1 at 7 p.m. (Pruyne Lecture Hall)
• Tuesday, November 13 at 5 p.m. (Pruyne Lecture Hall)

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Food for Thought with Tim Visser '06, Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice

Join Tim Visser ’06 for dinner and a discussion about his career as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. As part of the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section, Tim prosecutes hate crimes, incidents of police misconduct and other cases involving the violent interference with individual’s civil rights.

Tim graduated from Harvard Law School in 2013. While in law school, he served as President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, the nation’s oldest student-run legal services office. After Harvard, Tim spent a year clerking on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia before becoming an Associate at Covington & Burling LLP. Before joining the Civil Rights Division, Tim spent six months prosecuting domestic violence cases in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Between college and law school, Tim spent four years with Teach for America, first as a teacher in Miami and then as part of the national teams focused on recruitment, school leadership and teacher preparation.

Food will be provided at this event, R.S.V.P. through Handshake to reserve your spot.

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Columbia's Summer Public Health Scholars Information Session

Do you want to be a part of an incredible summer internship at Columbia University? Do you have an interest in public health, medicine or dentistry? Do you want to learn more about Columbia’s Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP)?

If you said yes to at least one of those questions, then I hope to see you at our information session. Let’s sip some Boba and learn more about this incredible program. This information session is facilitated by Stanley Dunwell ’20.

Wed, Nov 14, 2018

Where There Be Dragons - Study Abroad Info Table

Where There Be Dragons (Dragons) has been running cross-cultural education abroad programs since 1993. Dragons facilitates dynamic experiences around the world, including college study abroad programs in China India, Nepal and South America (Bolivia and Peru). Our approach to study abroad programming is to provide high-quality academic experiences in unconventional places. Come by our information table in the Keefe Campus Center on November 14 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. to learn more about study abroad options with Dragons.

Fun fact: We go where other study abroad programs don’t. Whether trekking in the snow-capped peaks of the Andes or drinking chai along the ghats of Varanasi, we take students to places seldom visited by tourists.
We provide mentorship that support academic programming in places that are often challenging to navigate as an individual. We strive to have a 4 to 1 student to instructor ratio. Our staff attend to program safety and quality, and are also invested in establishing strong mentor relationships with students. This mentorship supports students as they make meaning out of experiences abroad and has a powerful impact on academic and personal growth.

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Title IX Basics Training

Please join Laurie Frankl, Amherst’s Title IX Coordinator, for Title IX Basics & Mandatory Reporter training. During this interactive discussion, you will learn about the work of the Title IX Office and about why the College requires all faculty, most staff and some student employees to share information about sexual misconduct concerns that affect the college community. Laurie will explain the College’s response to reports of sexual misconduct and offer tools to help you assist those who may share troubling concerns with you. Please sign up for this session on the Title IX webpage.

Registration Required
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Promoting Active Learning through Moodle: Examples from the Amherst Classroom

Please join us to learn and discuss how Amherst faculty use Moodle to promote active learning in the classroom. This lunch presentation is for faculty and instructional staff.

Professor Elizabeth Aries will share how she uses pre-class forums and quizzes in Moodle to enhance in-class discussions and gauge student understanding of key concepts. Professor Adi Gordon will share how he uses Moodle to provide transparency in course assignments and expectations, and engage students with media and Open Educational Resources.

Bring your own Moodle tips and questions as well! Kindly click below to learn more and to R.S.V.P.

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"Colombia: Peace Agreements and the Future of Democracy"

Mónica Pachón will discuss the complicated peace process currently going on in Colombia and how that will affect the future of democracy in the country. Pachón is the dean of political science and international relations at Rosario University, Bogotá, Colombia.

Discussants will be Sebastián Bitar, the Karl Loewenstein Fellow and visiting associate professor in political science at Amherst College, and Javier Corrales, professor of political science at Amherst College.

This event is sponsored by the Lurcy Fund, the Lamont Fund and the Department of Political Science at Amherst College. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Javier Corrales at
jcorrales@amherst.edu.

TV Writers Studio Info Session: Long Island University's MFA in Writing & Producing for Television

Join William Rabkin, assistant director of the MFA program in writing and producing for television at the TV Writer’s Studio, as he shares insights about the field.

Professor William Rabkin of Long Island University’s TV Writers Studio, which grants an MFA in Writing and Producing for Television, is a thirty-year veteran writer, producer and showrunner in television. He has worked on such shows as Monk, Psych and Diagnosis Murder.

Professor Rabkin works closely with Emmy Award-winning veteran screenwriter, director, producer and showrunner Norman Steinberg to make LIU Brooklyn’s TV Writers StudioSM an environment where students experience what it is like to be a writer and producer of a TV series.

The underlying philosophy of the TV Writers Studio is that, given a well-designed curriculum, the right team of mentors, appropriate technical resources and sufficient time, a group of talented graduate student writers, working collaboratively, can develop a TV series that is broadcast worthy. It is through this process that the students will develop the full range of skills, knowledge and experience necessary to enter the profession of television writing and production.

Thu, Nov 15, 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!

"The Edge of the Petri Dish: Wizards and Prophets," by Charles C. Mann '76

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

Charles C. Mann ’76, a local author, will give a talk on his most recent book, The Wizard and the Prophet.

In 40 years, Earth’s population will reach 10 billion. Can our world support that? What kind of world will it be? Those answering these questions generally fall into two deeply divided groups-- wizards and prophets, as Mann calls them.

Survivor Support Series: Hooked on Crochet

Survivor Support Series: Hooked on Crochet

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Chapin Hall, John Pemberton III Lounge

Learn the basics of crochet and how it can be used as a method of grounding for anxiety or intrusive thoughts with the Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect and instructor Kaylee Brow! Materials and light refreshments will be provided. Although this event is focused on survivors, all are welcome to attend!

Survivor Support Series: Hooked on Crochet

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Chapin Hall, John Pemberton III Lounge

Come learn the basics of crocheting and how crochet can be used as a self-soothing technique for anxious and intrusive thoughts with the Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect and instructor Kaylee Brow. Materials and light refreshments will be provided.

The Art of the Cover Letter

Cover letters are an important part of the internship application process; they turn the dry facts of your resume into an engaging story that captures recruiters' attention. This workshop will teach you the elements of a great cover letter and will give you the chance to practice crafting your own. This is a hands on workshop. Attendees are asked to bring sample internship or job descriptions along with their laptops.

*This workshop will fulfill the Internship Preparation Workshop requirement for the Amherst Select Internship Program.

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Speak Up: Preparing for Oral Presentations

7:00 pm - 8:15 pm Science Center, E110 (Lipton Lecture Hall)

Do you have an upcoming oral presentation but aren’t sure how to prepare? Would you like to engage your classmates rather than just read your paper to them? Do you wish you knew how to appear confident in front of an audience?

This hands-on workshop covers the key differences between preparing a paper and a presentation, and teaches techniques for delivering a confident, dynamic oral presentation. Plus, cookies from Black Sheep!

Led by Susan Daniels, Associate in Public Speaking. Kindly R.S.V.P. by November 13.

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Food Justice Panel

Join the Amherst College Food Justice Alliance for a panel on food worker justice and food policy with organizers from the Pioneer Valley Workers Center (PWVC) and Book and Plow Farm. Hear about what food justice means, ask questions and get answers. We will be giving out homemade cookies and kombucha while collecting optional donations for the PWVC.

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Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Every Thursday night, the Writing Center and Library open up the Center for Humanistic Inquiry to students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, coffee and camaraderie. Join the group Thursdays from 8-11 p.m. in the CHI.

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Mon, Nov 26, 2018

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Biology Monday Seminar: "Near Infrared Red Light Exposure Is Associated with Elevations in Nitric Oxide and cGMP"

Join Tiffany Oliver, Ph.D, associate professor of biology at Spelman College for a discussion titled "Near Infrared Red Light Exposure Is Associated with Elevations in Nitric Oxide and cGMP."

Research in the Oliver Lab aims to identify the biological pathways that prevent cell death upon exposure to red light and to determine how the inhibition of cell death can be prolonged. Exposure to 2.88 J/cm2 of red light (632 nm), 24 hours prior, induces resistance to cell killing in RPE cells exposed to a 1-second pulse of 2 μm laser radiation. The initiating event in the cellular response to red light involves the absorption of photons by Complex IV of the electron transport chain. However, alteration of Complex IV also facilitates mitochondria-mediated apoptosis in response to oxidative stress. Completion of the proposed work will further our understanding of novel aspects of cellular respiration, a fundamental process by which mitochondria, a major cellular organelle, use oxygen to make energy (i.e., ATP). Specifically, it will provide insight into the effects of red light on cellular respiration, a fundamental cellular process.

Writing Center Creative Writing Group

The Writing Center's Creative Writing Group will gather weekly on Monday nights to write, share and discuss our fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, drama and other modes of creative writing in a friendly, supportive manner. No homework, just attend. Meetings will be led by writing associate Roy Andrews and student coordinator Gwyneth Lewis. Open to all students.

Tue, Nov 27, 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.

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"The Global Rise of Nativism and Illiberalism: A Conversation on the Contemporary Political Pathology"

In the contemporary political pathology, two phenomena appear currently intertwined: exclusionary nativist beliefs and electoral preferences for illiberal styles of politics. Do we witness a global return to a longing for closed ethnic communities and authoritarian rulers, promising security in an age of perceived systematic crises? Whereas the rapid rise of the populist radical right in Europe as much as in the U.S. is an evident starting point, the aim of the panel is also to open up the conversation to a larger outlook. How can we explain these global reactions upon geopolitical developments as much as the globalization of uncertainty? These issues will be addressed by the four panelists, followed by a discussion in plenum.

Panelists Tamir Bar-On, Chip Berlet, Dwaipayan Sen and Maria Sidorkina will be moderated by discussant Andreas Önnerfors. Dr. Tamir Bar-On is one of world’s leading experts on the French and European New Right. He is a professor in the School of Social Sciences and Government, Tecnológico de Monterrey, in Queretaro, Mexico. Chip Berlet is a Boston-based American investigative journalist, research analyst, photojournalist, scholar and activist, specializing in the study of extreme right-wing movements in the U.S. and the dissemination of conspiracy theories. Dr. Dwaipayan Sen is an expert on the history of caste policy and postcolonial democratization in India. He is an assistant professor of Asian Languages and Civilizations and History at Amherst College. Dr. Maria Alexandrovna Sidorkina is a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College. Her research concerns illiberal publics and politics in post-socialist space, linguistic anthropology and digital sociability. Dr. Andreas Önnerfors is associate professor in intellectual history at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, currently specializing in contemporary European New Right populist rhetoric, and STINT Fellow 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.

Responding to Students in Distress Workshop

This workshop will help participants recognize signs that a student may be struggling with emotional or mental health issues. It will offer suggestions on how to respond to concerns and connect students to appropriate resources. All members of the Amherst community are welcome. In this workshop we will discuss common stressors, identify “red flags” that may indicate risk, offer suggestions on how to talk with students about a concern and provide an overview of campus resources. Please contact Jessica Gifford jgifford@amherst.edu for more information.

Wed, Nov 28, 2018

"Courtesans and Curtains: Photographs of the Countess de Castiglione (1837-1899)"

The Amherst College Department of French is pleased to present a talk by special guest lecturer Heidi Brevik-Zender titled "Courtesans and Curtains: Photographs of the Countess de Castiglione (1837-1899)". The lecture is free and open to the public, and will be given in English. It is sponsored by the Amherst College French department, the Eastman Fund and the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series Fund at Amherst College.

Heidi Brevik-Zender is associate professor of French and comparative literature at the University of California, Riverside. Her research interests are in French literature and culture of the 19th century, with an emphasis on fashion, gender, architecture, urban space and issues of modernity. She also works on visual media and material culture, with publications on film, television and 19th-century fashion plates and photographs. She is the author of Fashioning Spaces: Mode and Modernity in Late-Nineteenth-Century Paris (University of Toronto Press, 2015) and the editor of the anthology Fashion, Modernity, and Materiality in France from Rousseau to Art Deco (SUNY Press, 2018). Professor Brevik-Zender has written numerous scholarly articles on fashion, feminism and 19th-century French literature, and she was a 2017-2018 Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Student Voices from the Frontlines of Climate Change: In Support of CAP

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Frost Library, Friendly Reading Room

Join students from across campus as we share our stories about how climate change is affecting our communities right now, with drought, fire, floods, fossil fuel extraction, mining and pollution. Come learn more about the Climate Action Plan to make Amherst go carbon-neutral and how you can help get it passed. Together, we must demonstrate to the administration that we are united in common purpose, and demand that they take action and de-carbonize our campus-- it might be our last chance to do so. This event is sponsored by the Association of Amherst Students and the Direct Action Coordinating Committee. Food from Pasta E Basta!

Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine Information Session

Join Aileen Panitz, admissions director of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, and Dino Koff, director of financial aid for Dartmouth College, for an evening presentation about Geisel's program and the general medical school admissions and financial aid processes.

Geisel's program is designed around the "complete" physician — one who excels in the basic sciences, delivers outstanding clinical care, discovers and shares new knowledge and works to improve systems of healthcare delivery. Experiential learning and clinical work is included across all four years of training, with a focus on compassionate, patient- and family-centered care that addresses the "whole" patient. Geisel strives to foster a strong, supportive community both on and off campus by making community service and health care delivery science integral parts of its curriculum, in order to prepare students for future careers across the entire spectrum of medical practice.

Thu, Nov 29, 2018

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Information Table

Stop by this information table to speak with Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) representatives Jovanna Mason and Robert Rogers about opportunities at their organization. J-PAL was established in 2003 as a research center at the economics department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since then, it has grown into a global network of researchers who use randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in the fight against poverty. J-PAL's headquarters (J-PAL Global) and J-PAL North America (one of six regional offices) are both based at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The organization leverages research by affiliated professors from universities across the continent and a full-time staff of researchers, policy experts and administrative professionals to generate and disseminate rigorous evidence about which anti-poverty social policies work and why. They do this by conducting randomized evaluations, sharing policy lessons and building evaluation capacity. J-PAL's work spans a wide range of sectors including healthcare, housing, criminal justice, education and economic mobility.

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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2018-19 Annual Vogel Lecture: "Can Competitive Authoritarianism Happen Here? Lessons from Latin America"

The Annual Vogel Lecture on Latin American Politics and Economics will discuss "Can Competitive Authoritarianism Happen Here?: Lessons from Latin America." Panelist Raúl Madrid of The University of Texas at Austin is the co-editor of the edited volume When Democracy Trumps Populism: Lessons from Europe and Latin America. Panelist Fran Hagopian of Harvard University is an expert on Brazil and democracy in Latin America. Panelist Bob Kaufman of Rutgers University is a prominent scholar on the political economy of Latin America. Moderator Javier Corrales is the Dwight W. Morrow 1895 Professor and Chair of Political Science at Amherst College. His new book Fixing Democracy was published by Oxford University Press in 2018. His article "On Abortion Rights in Argentina" was published in The New York Times on Aug. 10, 2018, and his article "On the Return of Populism in Colombia and Mexico" was published in The New York Times on June 25, 2018.

This event is sponsored by the Departments of Political Science and Economics at Amherst College, through the generosity of the Robert C. Vogel ’60 Fund. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Works in Progress Series: Amanda Henrichs Presents "Deforming Shakespeare's Sonnets: Topic Models as Poems"

Join us for the first English department Works in Progress series event of the semester, with Professor Amanda Henrichs, the Five College Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities. Her talk is titled "Deforming Shakespeare's Sonnets: Topic Models as Poems."

The Works in Progress Series provides an opportunity for English department faculty to share their current research projects with students. All are welcome to attend. Food from Black Sheep will be served! This event is brought to you by the English Department Student Steering Committee.

Trade Informatics Info Session

Attend this information session to learn more about Trade Informatics, its culture, and what a “day in the life” looks like in its full-time and internship analyst roles. Trade Informatics is a financial services technology firm located in New York City. The firm serves institutional clients via a vertically-integrated platform of global multi-asset trading and quantitative analytics.

Recruiters are now seeking applicants for quantitative analyst full-time and summer internship roles. These entry-level roles provide excellent opportunities to gain experience in a software development environment and acquire analytical and consulting skills useful across many professions. To succeed at the firm, candidates must have the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, demanding and data-driven environment.

Trade Informatics’ team members analyze the trading work flows of major financial institutions and create customized trading strategies using a variety of performance measurement tools. Analysts contribute to the development of proprietary products and should demonstrate the ability to understand and employ technical concepts. This position will offer significant individual responsibility and the opportunity to materially affect the direction of the firm.

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Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Every Thursday night, the Writing Center and Library open up the Center for Humanistic Inquiry to students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, coffee and camaraderie. Join the group Thursdays from 8-11 p.m. in the CHI.

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Fiction Reading: Amy Bloom

Amy Bloom has been called “a national treasure” by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham and “one of America’s unique and most gifted literary voices” by novelist Colum McCann. She is the author of a nonfiction book; a children’s book; three story collections, including New York Times bestseller Where the God Of Love Hangs Out and National Book Award finalist Come to Me; and four novels, including the New York Times bestseller Away and her most recent White Houses. Her work has been translated into 15 languages. She teaches creative writing at Wesleyan University.

This reading will be followed by refreshments.

Fri, Nov 30, 2018

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"Citizens of the Market: How High-Mobility Migration Changes Politics in the Migrants Countries of Origin" presented by Ruxandra Paul

The Faculty Colloquium Series for 2018-19 presents a lecture entitled "Citizens of the Market: How High-Mobility Migration Changes Politics in the Migrants Countries of Origin" presented by Ruxandra Paul, assistant professor of political science.

Life Stories

Life Stories Lunch with Traci Roy, Lead Certified Medical Assistant

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 Mental Health Promotion and the Wellness Team.

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Martha Nussbaum: "Globalism and Its Discontents: Point/Counterpoint with Ilan Stavans"

Join us as Professor Ilan Stavans speaks with celebrated philosopher Martha Nussbaum.

The "Globalism and Its Discontents: Point/Counterpoint" conversation series features Amherst College professor, and host of NEPR's In Contrast, Ilan Stavans and a guest engaging in thoughtful discussion and attempting to bridge the ideological divide growing in our nation.

The rise of populism worldwide today, personified by Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, is a fierce reaction to globalism policies of the past few decades. Anti-immigration movements in Europe and the United States; assaults on free speech; racial profiling; polarized politics; intolerance for gender, economic and linguistic diversity; the building of walls and the renegotiation of international trade treaties; the tension between rural and urban communities; and the questioning of the basic tenets of pluralism are some of the symptoms. Democracy itself might be at peril.

Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, with appointments in the law school and the philosophy department. The author of more than 20 books and numerous essays and articles, she is the editor of another 21 books and the recipient of many prestigious awards. A fellow of the British Academy, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Philosophical Society, she has received honorary degrees from 56 colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad.

Breadth is a signature feature of her work. Her scholarship ranges from the study of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy and literature all the way to modern political theory and policy. Along the way, she has found time to examine such weighty matters as gender equality, gay rights, the nation of India, international development and the case for an education in the humanities. Yet the variety of subject matter can sometimes disguise the underlying unity of purpose.

This event is free and open to the public.

"Point/Counterpoint" is co-sponsored by NEPR’s In Contrast and by a generous gift from 36 members of the 50th Reunion Class of 1970.

Find more information about the other speakers in the series here.

Interviews with previous guests, and others, are available through Ilan Stavans' NEPR show In Contrast. Have a listen!

Letter Writing & Coloring Social

AC After Dark Letter Writing and Coloring Social

Write letters to loved ones, relax with coloring books and doodle in free journals provided by the wellness team. Supplies, stamps and snacks will be provided.

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