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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Thu, Oct 17, 2019

Alumni-in-Residence: “How a Liberal Arts Education Leads to Becoming a CEO and Board Chairman,” with Lou Silverman ’81

As part of the Alumni-in-Residence Program, please join Lou Silverman ’81 for a Lunch and Learn event to discuss “How a Liberal Arts Education Leads to Becoming a CEO and Chairman of the Board.”
Lou Silverman ’81 exemplifies how you can translate your liberal arts education into a successful career by exploring various opportunities and finding a passion. His initial role as a consultant led to a successful career innovating and driving companies to provide amazing healthcare advances and profitability.
Students interested in healthcare, business, innovation and entrepreneurship will want to come hear Silverman’s story of how he utilized what he learned at Amherst College to turn his passion into profitable businesses.
Space is limited, so please RSVP in advance.

International Relations Certificate Information Session

Have questions on the IR Certificate? Which classes count toward the IR Certificate? How to meet requirements abroad or on other campuses? Please join Professor Mattiacci for a Q&A session on the IR Certificate. Feel free to drop in if the meeting has already started.

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Illustration of a Chinese man with a "Peepbox"

"Optical Devices, Art and Visuality in China"

With Kristina Kleutghen, Washington University in St. Louis

When European optical devices were first introduced into early modern East Asia, these devices affected not only viewing experiences and ideas about vision, but also the production of art. In contrast to the well-established effects on Japanese art, the Chinese case has barely been explored, not the least reason being that the science of optics did not develop significantly there prior to the mid-19th century. Yet from the 17th century onward, Qing domestic production and use of optical devices resulted in significant relationships with art at the imperial, elite and popular levels. The devices and the viewing experiences that they mediated created varying levels of foreign intervention into Chinese art, vision and visuality. However, the consistent but diverse methods of Sinification of all these elements and the reliance on domestic products rather than imports offer new insights into how Qing art engaged the West without being limited either to the court or to the capital. Through an art-historical case study of several different optical devices and their related works of art that are all linked through one particular type of magnifying lens, this talk examines how the production and consumption of these new objects and images varied with place, format, audience and social status.

This talk is free and open to the public. All are welcome to attend.

LJST Dept. Presents Prof. Robert Tsai, “Processes of Infamy”

Robert Tsai, Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law, will present a paper titled “Processes of Infamy.” This is the second presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Law’s Infamy.”
Robert Tsai’s primary research interests include constitutional law, legal history, democratic theory, and criminal procedure. He pens essays on law, politics and culture for a broad audience, and his writings have been published by Politico, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. Professor Tsai’s third book published by W.W. Norton in February 2019, Practical Equality: Forgiving Justice in a Divided Nation, explores why we have such a difficult time doing the work of equality and recommends pragmatic second-best solutions to break and ideological gridlock.
To receive a copy of the paper being presented which will investigate the socio-legal dynamics by which losers to a legal contest seek to castigate and de-legitimate the outcome of a controversial matter, please email the LJST Department Assistant Coordinator at


Alumni-in-Residence: “How to Apply Innovation and an Entrepreneurial Spirit to Create Success,” with Lou Silverman '81

As part of the Alumni-in-Residence Program, please join Lou Silverman ’81 for his workshop on “How to Apply Innovation and an Entrepreneurial Spirit to Create Success.”
Lou Silverman ’81 exemplifies how you can translate your liberal arts education into leadership traits and an innovative mindset to achieve a successful career and life. Lou’s initial career as a consultant led to a successful career innovating and driving companies to provide amazing healthcare advances and sustaining business an profitability.
Through this workshop, he’ll walk students through how to frame issues to gain clarity, find opportunities, and take risks to define YOUR success. Amherst taught Lou how to succeed and he is eager to meet with students and pass that knowledge forward.
Space is limited, so please RSVP in advance.

Event poster illustrated with a silhouette of a hand dangling a puppet on strings

14th Annual Amherst Lecture in Philosophy: "Autonomy, Consciousness and Freedom"

Daniel C. Dennett, co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University, will present the 14th Annual Amherst Lecture in Philosophy. The title of his lecture is “Autonomy, Consciousness and Freedom.” A reception will follow. All lectures are free and open to the public.

For further information, please contact Dee Brace at (413) 542-5805 or send email to

Airbnb and the Global Economy

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

Interested in startups with a purpose? Learn more about the evolution of Airbnb, one of the most groundbreaking startups in tech.
In this special presentation, Airbnb’s head of global policy and communications, Chris Lehane ’90, will talk about how the company uniquely leverages technology to democratize travel and generate economic and social benefits around the world.
Chris Lehane is the Senior Vice President of Global Policy and Communications for Airbnb. In this role, he leads Airbnb’s work with policy makers around the world to support common sense approaches that protect the right of everyday people to share their homes in order to help make ends meet, oversees the company’s efforts to educate the public about the community wide economic benefits created by home sharing and directs initiatives to communicates how the platform is helping to democratize travel by allowing anyone to belong anywhere.
Prior to joining Airbnb, Lehane provided strategic counsel to political, corporate, technology, entertainment and professional sports clients. In the 1990s, Lehane served in various positions in the Clinton Administration, including Press Secretary to Vice President Al Gore, Special Assistant Counsel to President Bill Clinton and Counselor to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo. A published author and film/co-producer, Lehane has also served as a Lecturer in Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Lehane graduated from Harvard Law School in 1994 and from Amherst College in 1990. He serves on the Board of Trustees for Amherst College; the Board of Advisors for Common Sense Media, a children’s health media advocacy non-profit and AT&T’s Aspire Accelerator, an effort to promote education technology to improve learning.
We hope you will attend this information session to learn more.

Jazz@Schwemm’s Featuring the Paul Lieberman Group

Saxophonist and flutist Paul Lieberman continues the Jazz@Schwemm’s series as he leads a group to perform music influenced by Brazilian jazz. His prowess on the flute will be especially rewarding! Joining for the Student Combo portion of the event will be combos Ptolemy and Galilei.

Jazz@Schwemm’s appreciates the financial support of the Office of Student Activities and Jazz@Amherst. The concert is free, and the coffee shop food offerings are tasty!