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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Wed, Oct 14, 2020

Quarterly Economic and Market Update with TIAA's Chief Investment Strategist

OHR Learning & Development invites you to a live webinar presented by TIAA.
Take a closer look at our views on the financial markets, including key market drivers, U.S. economy, policy and politics, and investing in public markets. This seminar will also cover the challenges that investors face and how to navigate them.

An Introduction to Alternative Investments: Real Estate

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Live Webinar

OHR Learning & Development invites you to a live webinar presented by TIAA.
During times of market and other crises, we believe that having real estate as part of your portfolio can help provide three critically important investment attributes: liquidity, low leverage, and diversification. This presentation will discuss the reasons to consider investing in private real estate and provide an overview of the real estate market and its outlook for the future.

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CANCELLED: CHI Salon: A Symbiotic Future for Machine Learning and the Humanities

Computational methods can help the humanities by making massive cultural heritage collections more explorable and analyzable. Machine learning and statistical methods provide an opportunity to view collections from alien, defamiliarized perspectives that can call into question the boundaries between established categories. But the converse is also true: the humanities have much to offer machine learning. The use of computational methods within humanities scholarship often tests and expands the affordances of these methods. The complexities and idiosyncrasies of humanities collections can improve our understanding of what models learn and how we might direct what they learn.

In this talk, Laure Thompson will discuss how machine learning and the humanities help each other. She will demonstrate how convolutional neural networks can be used as an exploratory tool to ask "What is Dada?" Then, she will show how science fiction novels highlight the way topic models tend to learn author- and series-oriented discourses, and how they have inspired a method for directing these models towards more cross-cutting themes. Finally, Thompson will briefly describe how these two lines of work are being combined to enable the study of magical gems, an art historic category of engraved gemstones from the Greco-Roman world.

Laure Thompson is an assistant professor in the College of Information & Computer Sciences at UMass Amherst. This talk will be introduced and facilitated by Lee Spector, visiting professor of computer science at Amherst College.

Please note this event will be recorded for use by students in the computer science course "Machine Learning."

Co-sponsored and funded by the Artificial Intelligence in the Liberal Arts initiative

This event is open to the public over Zoom. Pre-registration is required.

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A Conversation With the College's Investment Office

Meet some of the investment professionals managing the College's $3 billion endowment portfolio and learn about the office's Summer 2021 student internship opportunity in Boston. A great introduction to how endowments work, what makes Amherst special, and how you might gain real-word experience in the areas of finance and investments while supporting one of the College's enduring resources.

Panelists include:
Letitia Johnson, Chief Investment Officer
Letitia Johnson is Chief Investment Officer of Amherst College. Prior to joining the College in 2019, Letitia worked at Cambridge Associates, where she partnered with endowment and foundation clients to invest their long-term assets, including developing strategy, selecting and diligencing managers, and formulating investment and spending policies. She has an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA in Mathematics from Brown University.

Adam McPherson, Investment Analyst
Adam McPherson is an Investment Analyst at Amherst College. Adam joined Amherst in April 2018 after graduating from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst with a degree in Finance and Economics and a minor in Information Technology.

Yunfei Liu, Investment Analyst
Yunfei Liu is an Investment Analyst at Amherst College. Prior to joining Amherst in 2020, Yunfei worked at Harvard Management Company, where he covered a range of asset classes on the generalist investment team. Yunfei holds a BA in Economics from Princeton University and is a CFA Charterholder.

This event is brought to you by the Loeb Center of Career Exploration and Planning in collaboration with Amherst College's Investment Office.

Khalil Gibran Muhammad

The Condemnation of Blackness

Khalil Gibran Muhammad is a professor of history, race and public policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. He is the former director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a division of the New York Public Library and the world’s leading library and archive of global black history. Before leading the Schomburg Center, he was an associate professor at Indiana University.

Professor Muhammad will discuss how the history of the idea of Black criminality was crucial to the making of modern urban America.

This event is part of the Provost's Lecture Series, which will focus on "The History of Anti-Black Racism in America" for the 2020-2021 academic year. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and the public are all welcome.

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Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Information Session

Join Ford Barnet, Associate Director of Admissions for Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, for a virtual information session with the Amherst area colleges and universities.

Ford will be joined by current Tufts veterinary students to discuss preparing for veterinary school, the Tufts admissions process, and details about opportunities available to their DVM and master's students. Participation is encouraged, so please come with questions!

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