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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.

Fellowships Information Session

Did you know that Amherst College offers internal fellowships for graduate study? Join staff from the Office of Fellowships on Monday, December 3 at 4 p.m. in the Multicultural Resource Center to learn about these awards and how to apply (application opens December 15). We will also introduce you to some highly competitive external fellowships and describe how we can support and guide you in the process of applying.

For accessibility/accommodations, or with questions, please contact Carter McClintock.

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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.

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.

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 kindly R.S.V.P. as soon as possible through Handshake. You can email Marcela Murillo Robinson at mmrobinson@amherst.edu to be placed on a wait list if all spots are filled.

Registration Required

Tue, Dec 4, 2018

"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.

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!

Fellowships and International Students

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Center for International Student Engagement

Did you know that Amherst College offers internal fellowships for graduate study that are open to international students? Join staff from the Office of Fellowships to learn about these awards and how to apply (application opens December 15). We will also introduce you to some highly competitive external fellowships open to international students and describe how we can support and guide you in the process of applying.
For accessibility/accommodations, or with questions, please contact Carter McClintock.

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Meiklejohn Fellows Program: Making Mammoth Plans

For Meiklejohn Fellows, this workshop is a crucial first step to pursuing opportunities that are right for you, whether at Amherst or over the summer. You’ll learn about summer experiences such as internships, jobs, opportunities abroad, volunteering and job shadowing. In this workshop, you’ll identify your skills and explore how your values, cultural background and family influence your perspective on careers. Finally, you’ll create a plan of action designed to accomplish your own unique goals for the summer.

Thu, Dec 6, 2018

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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.

Farm Fest meets First Year Seminar-B&P Report Out

Book and Plow Farm will have a season celebration and farm report out. Hear updates from the season, how to get involved with the farm committee, our plans for the core community garden and help us celebrate student farmers with snacks and good cheer.

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.

Life after F-1: Work Visa Info Session with Dan Berger

Join the Center for International Student Engagement for an information session with immigration attorney Dan Berger about non-F-1 visas for current international students to consider after graduation, such as H-1B, O-1, TN, E-3 etc. Bring your questions!

Please email cise@amherst.edu with questions.

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
coffee mug reading "Caution: Thesis Writing in Progress"

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.

Students Only

Fri, Dec 7, 2018

Volunteering Info Session w/ Rotaract Club of Amherst

Want to make a difference? Interested in meeting new people, volunteering, and forming lasting relationships with the Amherst community? Come join the info session with the new Rotaract Club of Amherst on Friday, December 7 from 4-5 p.m. in the O’Connor Commons (Pratt Basement) to learn about all the exciting volunteering opportunities available and our goals for the club!

Pizza will be served! Even if you're unable to stay the entire time, we'd still love for you to drop by and grab a slice!

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."

Loeb.NYC Entrepreneurial Internship Information Session

Startup studio Loeb.NYC is continuing its commitment to entrepreneurial internships in NYC. Michael Loeb ’77, P’21 (serial entrepreneur, founder of Loeb Enterprises/Loeb.NYC and co-founder of Priceline), along with Nicole Williams (founder of portfolio company 'WORKS', 3-time bestselling author and regular talk show guest), have collaborated to bring you the Loeb.NYC Summer Internship Program for the third year in a row.

Loeb.NYC's 10-week, paid internship program provides training and first-hand NYC startup experience to approximately forty bright undergraduate students with an enthusiasm for business and innovation. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for students to learn about entrepreneurship and make a difference at a startup. Attend this information session to learn more about the internship program and how to successfully apply to be part of the Summer 2019 cohort!

The internship kicks off in early June, when interns join Michael and Nicole at Michael’s Southampton house (if you’ve seen Billions on Showtime, it’s that Hampton house), where they are immersed in a one-day training program. The next day, the CEOs of the startup companies selected for the summer program pitch their businesses and summer projects to the interns. After individual meetings between the startups and the students, each intern is matched with a company that closely fits their skills and interests. To ensure this program is a success for interns and companies, company CEOs create defined assignments with meaningful work and oversight.

The internship program is supportive and comprehensive. Each intern receives a subject matter introduction to business and entrepreneurship, obtains support throughout the 10 weeks and is provided with resources enabling them to succeed. Every week, interns visit the Loeb.NYC home office for our version of an evening 'Ted Talk' featuring world class entrepreneurs discussing, well, just about anything they want to. In addition, interns participate in a weekly roundtable where progress is reviewed and concerns are discussed.

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!

Event poster featuring a cartoon of a man at an easel, painting "the cysteine chapel" (a church with molecular diagrams above it)

Capstone 2018: "Biochemical Principles of Life at the Molecular Level"

This event will showcase 20 student projects that elucidate the biochemical etiology of a variety of diseases, ranging from cholera to porphyria to cystic fibrosis to chronic myelogenous leukemia.

Thu, Dec 13, 2018

Travel Signatures and Donuts!

Are you an international student traveling over winter break? Do you need a travel signature? Join us at CISE before leaving campus for break! We'll have donuts and will be providing I-20/DS-2019 travel signatures for F-1 and J-1 visa holding students!

Email cise@amherst.edu with any questions or concerns.

Students Only

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
coffee mug reading "Caution: Thesis Writing in Progress"

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.

Students Only

Fri, Dec 14, 2018

Calvin and Hobbes discuss the inspiration found in last-minute panic

Amherst Write-In

10:00 am - 3:00 pm Science Center, d103 (Science Library Classroom)

There’s no need to toil away in isolation when everyone has papers to write! Spend this Friday of reading period in a supportive, quiet environment to make some progress on those final projects. The Writing Center will provide snacks, coffee and drop-in writing consultations.

Students Only

Travel Signatures and Hot Chocolate!

Are you an international student traveling over winter break? Do you need a travel signature? Join us at CISE before leaving campus for break! We'll have hot chocolate and will be providing I-20/DS-2019 travel signatures for F-1 and J-1 visa holding students!

Email cise@amherst.edu with any questions or concerns.

Students Only

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!