Event Calendar

Mon, Apr 22, 2019

Gaia has a Fever: James Lovelock, Big Oil, and Planetary Health - Jennifer Thomson

This lecture is part of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Lecture Series.
Professor Jennifer Thomson, Assistant Professor of History at Bucknell University, studies the relationship between American political culture and environmental politics in the 20th century.

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The Green New Deal: An Evening with Policy Architect Rhiana Gunn-Wright

It's been called the boldest piece of climate policy in American history. Can the green new deal save us from climate disaster? Come hear from the architect of the policy, Rhiana Gunn-Wright about the creation of the green new deal, and how it can become a law. This event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Amherst College Democrats, Office of Environmental Sustainability, Office of Student Affairs and the Association of Amherst Students.

Wed, Apr 24, 2019

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High Value Work and the Rise of Women: The Cotton Revolution and Gender Equality in China

Melanie Meng Xue, postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University, will present her studies of a unique historical experiment on relative female income: the cotton revolution, and its impact on the emergence of gender-equitable beliefs. The cotton revolution led to a prolonged phase (1300-1840 AD) of high productivity for women. She hypothesizes that a substantial, long-standing increase in relative female income can erode a resilient cultural belief: that women are less capable than men. Using variation across 1,489 counties in cotton spinning and weaving, she observes the trends in prenatal sex selection, gender-equitable beliefs, and widow suicide in the 17th century. To further isolate the channel of gender-equitable beliefs, she estimates the effect of the cotton revolution under post-1949 state socialism--where both genders had similar economic opportunities, political and legal rights--on predicting a higher probability for the wife to head the household. In addition, she observes the differences between high-value work and low-value work performed by women in shaping gender-equitable beliefs.

"Soviet Cybernetics and the Cybernetic Art of Lev Nussberg and the Dvizhenie Group": Talk by Tomas Glanc

A Talk by Tomas Glanc (University of Zurich): Soviet Cybernetics and the Cybernetic Art of Lev Nussberg and the Dvizhenie Group

Thu, Apr 25, 2019

Ned Markosian - Thursday, April 25, 2019

Third and final lecture of the 2018-2019 Forry and Micken Lecture Series on the "Philosophy of Time"

Ned Markosian (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) will present the third and final lecture in the 2018-2019 Forry and Micken Lecture Series on "Philosophy of Time." His lecture will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 5 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall. The title of his lecture is "Three New Arguments for the Dynamic Theory of Time." All lectures are free and open to the public. For further information, please contact the Department of Philosophy at (413) 542-5805.

3MT® - Three-Minute Thesis Competition 2019

Presenting Amherst College's 3MT® - Three-Minute Thesis Competition!

Thesis students, nominated by their departments and selected as finalists, compete for cash prizes as they communicate the significance of their thesis in a compelling and accessible way—in just three minutes! Support the competitors and help to judge which presentation should win the "People's Choice" award. Winner and runner-up prizes will be awarded by external judges. Reception to follow. Free and open to the public. Host: Susan Daniels, Associate in Public Speaking.

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3MT® - Three-Minute Thesis Competition

Thesis students compete for cash prizes as they talk about their thesis in a compelling and accessible way—in just three minutes! Support the competitors and vote for the "People's Choice" award. Winner and Runner-Up prizes will be awarded by external judges.
Host: Susan Daniels, Associate in Public Speaking.

What is democracy?

What is Democracy? - a film screening and community discussion with director Astra Taylor

4:30 pm - 7:30 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall

Prof. Amel Ahmed, Political Science, U Mass Amherst
Prof. Thomas Dumm, Political Science, Amherst College
Mie Inouye, Political Science, Yale Graduate School

Astra Taylor is a filmmaker, writer and organizer. Her work focuses on the shared human search for truth, community and freedom. Her latest book, Democracy May Not Exist, But We’ll Miss it When It’s Gone (Metropolitan, May 7) has garnered advance praise from Danielle Allen, Robin DG Kelley, and Rebecca Solnit. In recognition of her work on the student debt crisis, she has been named “a new civil rights leader” among scholars and activists such as Michelle Alexander, Patrice Cullors, and Bryan Stevenson (LA Times). She lives in New York City.

This event is generously supported by the Lamont Fund, the Department of Political Science and the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College. It is free and open to the public.
For further questions, please contact mbrangan@amherst.edu.

A Scholars Roundtable on: Paste, Stick, Glue: Constructing Collage in Russia

With Ilya Kukulin (Brown University), Jane Sharp (Rutgers University), and Tomas Glanc (University of Zurich).
The roundtable will be moderated by Galina Mardilovich, Acting Curator of Russian and European Art at the Mead Art Museum and Curator of the exhibition.

Mon, Apr 29, 2019

2018-2019 LJST Seminar Series – LAW and ILLIBERALISM

2018-2019 LJST Seminar Series – Law and Illiberalism "Weaponizing Pluralism and the Dilemmas of Illiberal Speech"

On Monday, April 29 at 4:30pm in Clark House Room 100 at Amherst College, Elizabeth Anker, Professor of English and Associate Member of the Law Faculty at Cornell University, will present a paper titled “Weaponizing Pluralism and the Dilemmas of Illiberal Speech.” This is the final presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Law and Illiberalism.”

Professor Anker’s field of research includes human rights, law and literature, immigration law, and legal and political theory. She is the author of Fictions of Dignity: Embodying Human Rights in World Literature (Cornell, 2012). She is currently writing two books, On Paradox: Rights and the Claims of Theory and Our Constitutional Metaphors: Law, Culture, and the Management of Crisis.

To receive a copy of the paper which will be presented, please email the LJST Department assistant coordinator at slaizer@amherst.edu


About the seminar series – Law and Illiberalism

With increasing pressure on liberal constitutional values in the United States and abroad, legal institutions face complex challenges. Such taken-for-granted phenomena as judicial independence, freedom of the press, and a commitment to truth are now under attack. "Law and Illiberalism" is designed to explore how legal institutions and legal officials can and should respond to those challenges.

What techniques and resources does law offer in the face of growing illiberalism? How can law check executive power when the executive insists that there is no difference between law and politics? What is law’s role in policing, protecting, framing truth in a world of radical lying and dissembling? What happens to free speech notions that the answer to bad and even false speech is more speech in a world of Facebook and Twitter? What pressures do such technologies place on liberal legal regimes? Does law have a role to play in protecting scientific truth? What lessons can be learned from examining other places or times when liberal values were under attack?