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October 2019

Tue, Oct 1, 2019

Gopal Narayanan, UMass: “The Event Horizon Telescope: The Story Behind the First Image of a Super-Massive Black Hole”

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) is a Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) array composed of radio telescopes operating around the world and operating at short millimeter wavelengths. This globe-spanning telescope can resolve the event horizons of the nearest super-massive black holes. At millimeter wavelengths, the photons that originate from deep within the gravitational well of the black hole can travel unimpeded and be detectable by the EHT.

In April 2017, the EHT performed observations of two super-massive black holes, SgrA* and M87*, using eight telescopes around the world. And on April 10, 2019, 100 years after Sir Arthur Eddington famously provided observational proof of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity, the EHT collaboration presented the first images of the shadow and event horizon of the super-massive black hole in M87.

In this talk, I will recount the story of this remarkable scientific advance, the novel instrumentation that enables EHT science, and the role that UMass and the Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT) played in this effort. I will also chart out the next steps for this project.

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, 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.

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, across which employees work fluidly (note, business analysts are primarily being recruited to 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.

Overall, 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, a can-do attitude, collaboration, and entrepreneurial passion.

Attend this information to learn more!

Wed, Oct 2, 2019

Dartmouth's Tuck Business Bridge Information Table

Tuck Business Bridge, held at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, is a total immersion business program designed to prepare top liberal arts and STEM undergrads for challenging careers.

With a comprehensive business core curriculum, taught by the Tuck School of Business's top-ranked MBA faculty, a capstone team project, and one-on-one guidance from the Tuck's Career Development Office, the Tuck Business Bridge Program® can give participants the skills confidence needed to get a job and succeed -- all in just a few weeks this summer.

Stop by this information table to learn more about the program and its application process!

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American University of Cairo Info Table

Come find out what a semester or year abroad in Egypt can offer you.
Whether you've always dreamed of visiting the Pyramids, want to excel in Arabic, be in the center of Middle East politics, or gain global experiences to help you in your future careers, The American University in Cairo (AUC) could be the place for you! All classes at AUC are taught in English (except for Arabic courses), so no language prerequisites needed. AUC is a traditional, liberal arts institution so there are also opportunities for students interested in environmental studies, economics, biology, film and media, and many other fields.
Fun fact: Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza, completed in 2650 BCE, is the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World. And if you visit, you can go inside of it!

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CHI Salon: Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint Reading

4:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint is the author of the lyric novel The End of Peril, the End of Enmity, the End of Strife, A Haven, which Jenny Boully called “an amazingly beautiful changeling of a book,” and which won the 2019 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. She also wrote the forthcoming family history project Zat Lun, which won the 2018 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. Her work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, TriQuarterly and Kenyon Review Online, among other journals, and has been translated into Burmese and Lithuanian. She is the new visiting writer at Amherst College.

Refreshments and childcare will be provided.

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"Buddhist Rebels Against Extinction"

4:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

Karin Meyers, visiting assistant professor at Smith College, will examine how and why Western Buddhists are participating in Extinction Rebellion—a global movement against the social, economic and political structures causing the rapid deterioration of our climate and ecosystems. The talk will discuss current Buddhist responses to the climate emergency in the context of the 20th-century movement of "socially engaged Buddhism" initiated by Asian Buddhist teachers such as Thich Nhat Hanh. This event is sponsored by the Department of Religion and Religious and Spiritual Life.

How to Write Personal Statements for Law School App, presented by University of Chicago, University of Michigan, and University of Texas

How to Write Personal Statements for Law School Application, presented by University of Chicago, University of Michigan, and University of Texas

Attend this combined information session to hear from admissions representatives at University of Chicago Law School, University of Michigan Law School, and the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, about their respective programs and admissions process applications. Together, they’ll also shed light on how to write personal statements for law school applications, so that attendees might get a better sense of how to put their best foot forward in this process.

The University of Chicago Law School occupies a unique niche among this country's premier law schools. Located on a residential campus in one of America's great cities, Chicago offers a rigorous and interdisciplinary professional education that blends the study of law with the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. Students, faculty, and staff form a small, tightly knit community devoted to the life of the mind. Learning is participatory. Chicago does not seek to impose a single viewpoint or style of thought on its students. Instead, its faculty exposes students to contrasting views, confident in students' abilities to choose their own paths.

The University of Michigan Law School, one of the oldest law schools in the nation, was founded in 1859, and is now housed in the Cook Quadrangle on the University of Michigan’s central Ann Arbor campus. Unlike other highly selective law schools established in that era, admission was never restricted to the privileged. The School has a sizable and diverse faculty, with many preeminent in their fields. The careers of alumni also speak eloquently to the strength of the School; its graduates are leaders serving with distinction in the public, private, and academic sectors in this nation and beyond.

Texas Law is one of the most selective premier and public law schools in the country – each year receiving over 5,000 applications from around the globe to enroll an incoming class of around 300 students. Its three-year Juris Doctor program is intense and transformative. Students gain hands-on experience through advanced training in simulated settings via the advocacy and legal writing programs, and they step into the lawyer role as they work on real-world cases and projects through clinics, internships and pro bono work.

Thu, Oct 3, 2019

Arturo Escobar: Visions of Design from Anthropology

You are kindly invited to this talk by renowned Colombian anthropologist Arturo Escobar on ontological design. Escobar is a professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and ad hoc professor in the Ph.D. Program in Design and Creation at the Universidad de Caldas, Colombia.
He will be speaking on “Design as the Healing of the Web of Life: A Praxis for Regional Transitions in Colombia.”

In the face of deepening social and ecological crises, design is emerging as a crucial domain of thought and praxis about life itself and the creation of worlds. This confers upon design/ing an ineluctable ontological-political dimension. This lecture outlines ongoing reorientations of design/ing as a relational praxis of ontological re-existence and repair, against the ravages of globalization, and describes the early stages of application of an “autonomous transition design” framework in the Cauca River Valley in Southwest Colombia.

Over the past 20 years, Escobar has closely worked with Afro-Colombian organizations resisting the devastation of their territories and lives by extractive operations. His best-known book is Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World (1995, 2nd Ed. 2011), and his most recent book is Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds (2018).

His lecture is sponsored by The Lamont Fund, the Lurcy Fund, and the Amherst College Architectural Studies Program.

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Conversation with President Biddy Martin

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will join Amherst College President Biddy Martin for an onstage conversation in Coolidge Cage on Thursday, October 3 at 5 p.m. This is a ticketed event open to Amherst College students, faculty and staff.

The second woman ever appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the first Jewish justice since 1969, Justice Ginsburg is well known for her clear voice in support of the constitutional rights of all members of our society. Her early career as a pathbreaking lawyer in defense of fundamental rights, as well as her nearly forty years as an appellate judge and Supreme Court Justice, have been well-documented in many media, including opera, late-night television, and two feature-length films.

For ticket and additional information please visit the link below.

Tickets Required

Fri, Oct 4, 2019

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Professor Klára Móricz: "Crossing Impenetrable Borders: Leningrad’s Sonic Siege Diaries"

Free and open to the public. Lunch provided.

The music department is excited to kick off Research in Music, a new speaker series featuring talks by department faculty discussing their work.

In this first talk of the series, Professor Klára Móricz reconstructs the soundscape of besieged Leningrad during World War II, contrasting the actual and the imposed sound of the city and exploring how the constructed sound of Russia in war managed to cross seemingly impenetrable borders, whereas the actual sound of the siege remained hermetically sealed first in the besieged city and then in the survivors’ memory.

For more information, contact Professor Jason Robinson (jrobinson@amherst.edu).

Sat, Oct 5, 2019

"A Complex Simplicity”: A Symposium in Honor of Dale E. Peterson, Eliza J. Clark Folger Professor of English and Russian, Emeritus

Panel 1: 10 a.m.-Noon, Internationalism
Chair and respondent: Boris Wolfson (Amherst College)
Panelists:
Steven Lee ’01 (University of California, Berkeley), “Up from Bondage in East Asia: Soul as Comparative Frame”
Katerina Clark (Yale University), “Poetry and Internationalism: Claude McKay, Nazim Hikmet and Vladimir Mayakovsky”

Noon-1 p.m., Lunch

Panel 2: 1-3 p.m., Dostoevsky
Chair and respondent: Catherine Ciepiela ’83 (Amherst College)
Panelists:
Michael Kunichika (Amherst College), “Dostoevsky’s Aryanism: On Cultural Purity and Hybridity in Nineteenth Century Thought”
Eric Naiman ’79 (University of California, Berkeley), “Все это было почти уже грубо—Reading Crime and Punishment’s Epilogue Hard Against the Grain”

Panel 3: 3:15-5:15 p.m., Race, Russia, and America
Chair and respondent: Tom Roberts (Smith College)
Panelists:
Kate Baldwin ’88 (Tulane University), “From Bondage to Homage: Revisiting Dale Peterson’s Work on Black Maternity”
Nancy Ruttenburg (Stanford University), “Kirillov, Meet John Brown. John Brown, Kirillov.”

Mon, Oct 7, 2019

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A Composition Masterclass with Eric Nathan

Hone your craft with celebrated composer Eric Nathan at this free masterclass. This event is open to the public and will be held at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry in Amherst College’s Frost Library. No advance registration is required.

Nathan’s music has been called “as diverse as it is arresting,” with a “constant vein of ingenuity and expressive depth” (San Francisco Chronicle), “thoughtful and inventive” (The New Yorker), and “clear, consistently logical no matter how surprising the direction, and emotionally expressive without being simplistic or sentimental” (New York Classical Review). Nathan is a 2013 Rome Prize Fellow and 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, and has garnered acclaim internationally through performances by Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic’s Scharoun Ensemble, soprano Dawn Upshaw and violinist Jennifer Koh; at the New York Philharmonic’s 2014 and 2016 Biennials; and at the Tanglewood, Aspen, Aldeburgh, Cabrillo, Yellow Barn and MATA festivals. Nathan currently serves as assistant professor of music in composition-theory at Brown University.

2019 Fall BCBP Fall Thesis Talk

Biochemistry/Biophysics Fall Thesis Talks - Part 1 of 2

WH Trading Information Session

WH Trading LLC is a proprietary derivatives trading firm that provides liquidity to futures and options markets, including interest rate, foreign exchange, agricultural commodity and energy products. Its proprietary software is built in-house for flexibility and speed, giving the firm an edge in an environment where microseconds often make the difference between a successful and unsuccessful trade.
As a proprietary trading firm, revenue comes from trading profits generated on physical open outcry exchange floors in Chicago and electronic markets globally. WH Trading does not serve customers and its risk capital is provided exclusively by the firm’s partners.
WH Trading believes in training its employees. Towards that end, several programs have been established—namely its 9-week summer internship program—to ensure that new hires and interns receive the support they need to acquire basic skills and succeed in the trading industry. The firm’s leaders also place a strong emphasis on work-life balance, encouraging staff to pursue both with enthusiasm.
Want to learn more about WH Trading’s company culture, cutting-edge technologies, and training programs for interns and new hires? Attend this information session to hear from company representatives, including alum Rob Homchick ’14, to hear more.

Study Abroad to Oxford or Cambridge

Study abroad to Oxford or Cambridge in the tutorial teaching style could be an excellent enhancement to your Amherst academic experience and is often compared to graduate study. Students take tutorials
with expert “tutors,” faculty and final year Ph.D. students, and strengthen their research, writing, and oral argument skills. In addition to this unique and challenging academic environment, students have the opportunity to live alongside local students and participate fully in college life. This session will teach you the ways you can apply for study to Oxford or Cambridge, e.g., direct enrollment, through a provider, and you will also learn what special arrangements we have, i.e., New College at Oxford. Students who have studied abroad will also be attending and share with you their perspective. Application deadlines to study at Oxford or Cambridge are earlier in the year than most study abroad programs and attending this
session will provide you with timelines, deadlines, and other important details.

Students Only

Tue, Oct 8, 2019

Artist Talk with Yehimi Cambron

Artist Talk with Yehimi Cambron

The CDSL is hosting an artist talk with an undocumented artist/activist, Yehimi Cambron. Through both her art and storytelling she will invite students to critically and creatively think about art as a tool for activism, storytelling, and entrepreneurship. Her own personal life experiences inform much of her work and illuminate undocumented and immigrant narratives often missing from conversations at Amherst.

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Fellowships Chat with Ricky Altieri ’15

Join staff from the Office of Fellowships for a chat with Ricky Altieri ’15. Ricky is a former Watson Fellow, Schwarzman Scholar, and Knight-Hennessy finalist, and is currently studying for a J.D. at Yale Law School. He has lots to share about everything from applications to interviews to the actual fellowships experience. Register here: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/fellowships/events/fellowsh....

Registration Required

Chandrasekhar Ramanathan, Dartmouth: “Engineering the Dynamics of Electron and Nuclear Spins in Solids”

Quantum technologies could enable transformative advances in applications such as computing, cryptography and sensing, while furthering our understanding of chemistry and materials design. However, as we construct ever larger and more complex quantum devices, a key challenge is to control them in a way that preserves their fragile quantum nature.

In this talk, Chandrasekhar Ramanathan will describe ongoing efforts in our group to control the dynamics of both electron and nuclear spins in solids using magnetic resonance techniques. These electron and nuclear spin system are excellent platforms for the study of quantum dynamics, due to their long coherence and relaxation times. He will also discuss our efforts to hyperpolarize nuclear spins in semiconductors via dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) techniques, and discuss how the enhanced nuclear spin signal can be used to probe the local physics and chemistry.

Alumni-in-Residence

What Can You Do with a Philosophy Degree??

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Seminar Room

The Philosophy Department has joined forces with the Loeb Center to present an alumni panel highlighting the ways studying philosophy translates into various professional skills and career pathways, from law to marketing to journalism. Join us for a discussion with Richard Altieri ’15, law student at Yale University; Carlyn Robertson '14, product marketing manager at tech startup BookBub; and Lola Fadulu ’17, reporter for the New York Times. Bring your questions! Refreshments provided.

Introduction to the Loeb Center’s Business & Finance Program

What is the 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 industry-specific areas. The 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 also programming to help those considering starting their own companies, investing in start-ups or just gaining an innovative mindset.
The information session will be led by Stephanie Hockman, the Program Director. She will talk about the career exploration and planning workshops included in the Business and Finance Program, the experiential learning opportunities, and how best to take advantage of student interns and advising appointments. As recruiting for internships and full-time positions start 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 how the Loeb Center can help you explore and prepare for careers in finance, consulting, general business, and entrepreneurship.
There are multiple opportunities to hear about the Business and Finance Program. You only need to attend one. We hope to see you at one of the following information sessions:
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m., Paino Lecture Hall
Friday, Oct. 18, 4 p.m., Loeb Center Events Room
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m., Loeb Center Events Room
Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m., Paino Lecture Hall

Thu, Oct 10, 2019

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2019-2020 Hugh Hawkins Lecture: Mae Ngai, "'Mother of Exiles': Refugees in American History and Myth"

4:30 am Beneski Earth Sciences Building, 107 (Paino Lecture Hall)

Mae Ngai will deliver the 2019-2020 Hugh Hawkins Lecture, "'Mother of Exiles': Refugees in American History and Myth." Ngai is the Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and a professor of history at Columbia University. She is the author of the award-winning book Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America.

Emma Lazarus called America the “mother of exiles” in her poem “The New Colossus,” which graces the Statue of Liberty. This lecture will examine the enduring idea of America as a land of hope and refuge for the persecuted and oppressed. It goes beyond the familiar narratives of the Puritan settlers and the Statue of Liberty to think about how the idea of asylum has historically justified and obscured nation-building and racial agendas. It will compare the politics surrounding Cold War refugees from Europe, Cuba and Asia, and consider the contemporary recasting of Central American asylum seekers as undocumented migrants.

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Helene Keyssar Lecture: “Everything Is in Everything: Geography, Documentary and the Political Imagination” with Brett Story

Brett Story is a nonfiction filmmaker and geographer whose work focuses on capitalism, ideology and the production of space. She is the director of the recent feature documentaries The Hottest August (2019) and The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (2016), and is the author of Prison Land: Mapping Carceral Power Across Neoliberal America.

In this talk, Story will explore the relationship between research and creative practice, arguing for a nonfiction cinema that incites the radical imagination. With reference to select scenes from her own documentary films as well as other visual material, Story will discuss geography as a cinematic method, the dynamic between rigorous research and aesthetic form, and the political stakes of trusting one’s audience.

A reception will follow. Childcare will be available in Johnson Chapel.

Internship Search Process 101

Participants will be introduced to the various experiences they can pursue over the summer and learn about the advantages and considerations for each option in order to make a smart, thoughtful decision about how to make the best use of their summer vacations. The workshop will focus on identifying internship resources and developing an internship search strategy.

Overland Summer Trip Leader Opportunities Info Session

Love the outdoors? Seeking an exciting summer opportunity? For more than 30 years, Overland (http://overlandsummers.com) has offered introductory biking, hiking, language, writing, service, and field studies programs domestically and abroad for students in grades 4-12.

51 itineraries, 17 countries, 4 continents: that’s a lot of adventure. Far more than simply a summer experience, Overland aims to provide a life experience with value and resonance that extends beyond the boundaries of a single summer. Trip leaders seek to inspire each student group to see how beautiful, exciting, and full of promise the world is.

Overland aims to a build supportive and wholesome team of leaders. Far more than simply counselors or guides, Overland’s leaders act as terrific role models for each group’s young student participants.

Join Overland representatives at this info session to learn more about 2020 opportunities and how to successfully apply for them.

Fri, Oct 11, 2019

Chemistry Student Thesis Talks

Chemistry Seminar: Fall 2019 Student Thesis Presentations

Student Presenters: Ezra Alexander ’21, Kashmeera Baboolall ’21 and Anna Makar-Limanov ’21

Wed, Oct 16, 2019

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Study Abroad at Queen Mary University of London

Stop by the info table to talk with representative Rachel Davies to learn more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary University of London.

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"Sounding Tokyo: Japan in the Era of 'Tokyo March' and 'Tokyo Boogie-Woogie'"

In 1929, the Victor Talking Machine Co. of Japan released a record featuring “Tokyo March,” which ultimately became one of the very first “hit” songs produced by the Japanese pop music industry. Almost 20 years later, in 1947, Columbia Records Japan released “Tokyo Boogie-Woogie,” which is recalled to this day as a song that emblematized Japan’s transformation under the Allied Occupation. Between the release of these two songs, Japan, and the world, experienced two turbulent decades that witnessed the emergence of mass consumer societies as well as a World War. This talk highlights how paying attention to these songs and, more generally, the sounds that went into the ears of Tokyoites as they walked about their streets reveals both surprising and enduring dynamics within the politics of culture in modern Japan.

Presented by guest speaker Hiromu Nagahara, associate professor of history at MIT

Free and open to the public

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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"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 mlestes@amherst.edu.

Alumni-in-Residence

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.

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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 djbrace@amherst.edu.

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.

Fri, Oct 18, 2019

Amherst Folger Humanities Fellowship Info Session

10:00 am - 11:00 am Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Seminar Room

Join us for an info session with Folger Shakespeare Library Director Michael Witmore.
There will be Esselon Coffee and cider donuts.
Learn more about the new Amherst Folger Humanities Fellowship which provides one Amherst College graduate* with nine months of professional development experience at two world-class institutions—the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. Designed to support career exploration in the humanities, applicants can pursue hands-on work in curation and exhibit preparation, research and publication, collection development or conservation, marketing and communication, or education and public outreach initiatives.
The fellowship term runs from September 2020 through May 2021 and includes a $23,000 stipend, and optional health insurance; free housing in Washington, D.C., at Dumbarton Oaks for the term of the fellowship; and discounted access to arts and culture institutions across Washington, D.C.
To view full details visit: https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/jobs/3160749/share_preview
or email Carla Costa at ccosta@amherst.edu.
*Only current Amherst College seniors or alumni graduating between December 2018 and May 2020 will be eligible to apply.

2019F BCBP Honors Talks

BCBP Fall Thesis Talks - Part 2 of 2

Collage of images from the film "Finding KUKAN"

"Finding KUKAN": Screening and Q&A

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

A filmmaker turns detective to uncover the forgotten story of Li Ling-Ai, the uncredited female producer of KUKAN, an Academy Award-winning color documentary about World War II China that has been lost for decades.

In the late 1930s, China is in dire straits. The country will collapse under Japan’s military juggernaut if it doesn’t get outside help. Chinese-American firebrand Li Ling-Ai jolts Americans into action with a new medium—16mm Kodachrome color film. She hires photojournalist Rey Scott to travel to China and capture a citizen’s perspective of the war-torn country, including the massive bombing of the wartime capital Chungking (now Chongqing). Their landmark film KUKAN screens for President Roosevelt at the White House, is called “awesome” by The New York Times and receives one of the first Academy Awards for a feature documentary in 1942. Why have we never heard of Li Ling-Ai? And why have all copies of KUKAN disappeared? Filmmaker Robin Lung goes on a seven-year quest to find the answers.

Filmmaker Robin Lung visits the Pioneer Valley for a screening of her award-winning film, Finding KUKAN, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Introduction to the Loeb Center’s Business & Finance Program

What is the 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 industry-specific areas. The 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 also programming to help those considering starting their own companies, investing in start-ups, or just gaining an innovative mindset.
The information session will be led by Stephanie Hockman, the Program Director. She will talk about the career exploration and planning workshops included in the Business and Finance Program, the experiential learning opportunities, and how best to take advantage of student interns and advising appointments. As recruiting for internships and full-time positions start 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 how the Loeb Center can help you explore and prepare for careers in finance, consulting, general business, and entrepreneurship.
There are multiple opportunities to hear about the Business and Finance Program. You only need to attend one. We hope to see you at one of the following information sessions:
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m., Paino Lecture Hall
Friday, Oct. 18, 4 p.m., Loeb Center Events Room
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m., Loeb Center Events Room
Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. Paino Lecture Hall

Sat, Oct 19, 2019

Paul Lewis, piano

M@A Chamber Series Masterclass with Pianist Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis works with Amherst student pianists. This event is free and open to the public.

Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide, and consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the Central European classical repertoire.

He returns to Buckley on Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. to perform on the Hamburg Steinway D that he helped select for the Amherst music department.

Mon, Oct 21, 2019

Alumni-in-Residence

Alumni-in-Residence: Teaching for Liberation and Justice in Times of Oppression with Ron Espiritu ’06

Ron Espiritu ’06 teaches Ethnic Studies to high school students in the Latinx immigrant community of Macarthur Park in Downtown Los Angeles. He will be sharing his journey about developing a district wide culturally relevant, social justice, and anti-oppression curriculum for K-12 classrooms and all academic disciplines. Students interested in careers in teaching, education leadership and education policy are encouraged to join this dialogue.

A Conversation with Loretta Ross

All are welcome to join the Reproductive Justice Alliance to hear from Loretta Ross, one of the founders of the modern day Reproductive Justice movement. There will be food and incredible conversation!

Math & Stats: Information Sessions for Prospective Majors: Stats 10/21 7:30 pm SMUD 207; Math 10/23 5 pm, 10/24 6 pm, SMUD 204

Statistics: Information Session for Prospective Majors

Interested in majoring in Statistics? Please join the Statistics faculty to chat, get your questions answered and eat!

Alumni-in-Residence

Alumni-in-Residence: The Movement for Ethnic Studies in Los Angeles, California and Nationwide

Ron Espirit ’06 has taught Ethnic Studies to high school students for the past 13 years in Los Angeles, California. He currently serves as the director of the Ethnic Studies for All Program at Camino Nuevo Charter Academies where he is working with a team of teachers and administrators to infuse Ethnic Studies pedagogies from K-12th grades across academic disciplines in seven different schools. He continues to teach Ethnic Studies classes at Camino Nuevo Miramar High School in the Macarthur Park community of Downtown Los Angeles. Ron also works with the UCLA History and Geography project as the lead facilitator of the curriculum project for the KCET TV documentary series “Lost LA” which brings to light powerful stories from various historical archives in Los Angeles. Ron earned his B.A. in History and Interdisciplinary Ethnic Studies with a focus on Chicano and Nuyorican Literature from Amherst College and a M.A. in Education from Loyola Marymount University. He is a founding member of The People’s Education Movement, a grassroots community organization that mobilizes educators to fight for social justice in and out of the classroom. Espiritu is also a National Board Member for the Education for Liberation Network and is a participant in local and national campaigns that promote and expand Ethnic Studies approaches to teaching.

Tue, Oct 22, 2019

Weill Cornell Medicine: Graduate & Medical Programs Info Session (BYO Lunch!)

Come and join Drs. Elizabeth Wilson-Anstey and Avelino Amado for a discussion about Weill Cornell Medicine’s application process for both medical and graduate school. This “round-table” style presentation will focus on summer research opportunities, how to prepare for the next steps in your education and how to identify strong and effective mentorship along the way.
Dr. Wilson-Anstey is the Assistant Dean of Diversity and Student Life and the Director of the Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program for Premedical Students. She has been a part of the Weill Cornell community for over 40 years and serves on the medical school admissions board. Dr. Avelino Amado is the Diversity Program Manager for the graduate school and will be able to discuss the opportunities available to students interested in pursuing a career in biomedical research. Together they will also touch on how Weill Cornell Medicine is working to increase diversity in medical and graduate education.
We hope you’ll attend to learn more. Please note that this session has been conveniently arranged within Keefe so attendees may bring their grab-and-go lunches to it!

Lunchtime Discussion With Safe Passage: IPV in LGBTQ+ Communities

Lunchtime Discussion With Safe Passage: Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ+ Communities

Join us for a lunchtime conversation centering intimate partner violence in LGBTQ+ communities and learn about on-campus and local resources with Ollie Schwartz, Transgender, Non-Binary, and Gender Non- Conforming Outreach Advocate at Safe Passage.
Lunch will be provided.
Presented by the Queer Resource Center, Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect, and Department of Health Education.

Brian Daly, Vassar: “Picosecond Laser Ultrasonics: A Sound Way to Study Nanostructures”

Ultrafast lasers produce pulses of light at extremely regular intervals (about 13 nanoseconds apart) that are less than a picosecond in duration. These lasers allow us to study very fast phenomena in crystals and solid nanostructures. The work that my group at Vassar does involves using these lasers to generate and detect ultrasound that is roughly 1,000 times higher in frequency than traditional medical or industrial ultrasound. Since ultrasound can serve as a nondestructive probe of the size or mechanical properties of buried structures, this so called “picosecond ultrasound” should be a great way to study and image the nanoscale structures that form the backbone of all of our modern electronic devices. In this talk, Professor Daly will describe a number of investigations (some very applied, some very fundamental) that we have pursued over the past decade with this optical experiment.

Book cover for "Wings of Desire" by Christian Rogowski

"Wings of Desire" Book Talk with Christian Rogowski

Filmed in 1986/87 in still-divided Berlin, Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire is both a utopian fairy tale and a fascinating time capsule of that late Cold War moment. Together with legendary French cinematographer Henri Alekan (who had worked on Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et la Bête of 1946, among many other films) and Austrian author Peter Handke (with whom he had collaborated before), Wenders created a multilayered filmic poem of dazzling complexity: the skies over Berlin are populated with angels bearing witness to its inhabitants' everyday concerns. One falls in love with a beautiful young woman, a trapeze artist in a traveling circus, and decides to forfeit his immortality. Wenders’ groundbreaking film has been hailed as a paean to love and a rumination on the continued presence in Berlin of a troubled German history, as well as an homage to the life-affirming power of the cinematic imagination.

Christian Rogowski guides the reader through the film's many aspects, using archival research to bring out new insights into its making and meanings. Rogowski is the G. Armour Craig Professor in Language and Literature in the Department of German at Amherst College.

This event is co-sponsored by the Film and Media Studies Program, the Department of German and the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College.

Introduction to the Loeb Center’s Business & Finance Program

What is the 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 industry-specific areas. The 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 also programming to help those considering starting their own companies, investing in start-ups or just gaining an innovative mindset.
The information session will be led by Stephanie Hockman, the Program Director. She will talk about the career exploration and planning workshops included in the Business and Finance Program, the experiential learning opportunities, and how best to take advantage of student interns and advising appointments. As recruiting for internships and full-time positions start 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 how the Loeb Center can help you explore and prepare for careers in finance, consulting, general business and entrepreneurship.
There are multiple opportunities to hear about the Business and Finance Program. You only need to attend one. We hope to see you at one of the following information sessions:
Friday, Oct. 18, 4 p.m., Loeb Center Events Room
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m., Loeb Center Events Room
Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m., Paino Lecture Hall

Foundations of Resume and Cover Letter Writing

Did you know that on average recruitment managers spend 5 to 7 seconds analyzing applications to determine if a candidate should be brought in for an interview? Come learn about the techniques needed to create resumes and cover letters 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 Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program.*

Intro to Careers in the Arts

7:15 pm - 8:30 pm Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Seminar Room

Are you a creative problem solver with a desire to document, shape and transform culture? Do you wonder if you can really “become” a filmmaker, painter, poet, or performer? From museums and archives, to film and television, to the behind-the-scenes business of artistic practices, careers in the arts are a great fit for those looking to design professional pathways that combine rigor, creativity and curiosity.
Regardless of experience level, you’ll leave this session with an understanding of potential career trajectories, industry timelines for internships and jobs and Loeb Center resources designed to support your search.

Wed, Oct 23, 2019

Event poster showing a photo of a violent conflict on a street and a headshot of Angana P. Chatterji

"Kashmir: Unrelenting States of Exception"

Professor Angana P. Chatterji is founding co-chair of the Political Conflict, Gender and People’s Rights Initiative, and research anthropologist at the Center for Race and Gender at the University of California, Berkeley. Chatterji co-founded the People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Kashmir in 2008. Her collaborative work with Kashmiri civil society organizations uncovered the unknown and mass graves
there, calling attention to the need for accountability. Chatterji will speak about her research, undertaken in partnership with civil society organizations in Kashmir, and to the events following Aug. 5, 2019, that evidence the injurious consequences affected by the majoritarian state.

This event, sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the South Asian Student Association at Amherst College along with funding from the Lamont and Lurcy Funds, is free and open to the public.

Math & Stats: Information Sessions for Prospective Majors: Stats 10/21 7:30 pm SMUD 207; Math 10/23 5 pm, 10/24 6 pm, SMUD 204

Mathematics: Information Session for Prospective Majors

Interested in majoring in Mathematics? Join the Mathematics faculty to chat, have your questions answered and eat!

Tufts University’s Gordon Institute: M.S. in Innovation & Management (MSIM) Info Session

The M.S. in Innovation & Management from Tufts University’s Gordon Institute is a full-time, accelerated program that will provide graduates with the product innovation, marketing, finance and leadership skills necessary to be a new leader in today’s technology-driven world.
Each semester, participants work on a fast-paced, immersive team venture called an Innovation Sprint, where they identify key problems, prototype solutions, and synthesize business and financial models that scale. With each of these three Innovation Sprints, participants go through the entire innovation cycle, from ideation to rapid prototyping.
Big team projects are also supported by small seminar-style courses that are interactive, in-depth, and taught exclusively by Tufts professors with decades of experience running innovative companies and social ventures.
Want to learn more? Attend this information session to hear from Ethan Robles, Tufts Gordon Institute’s Assistant Director of Admissions.

Oracle NetSuite: Sales Positions Information Session

If you’re interested in exploring a career in sales, please join Amherst alum Keon Webbe ’04 for this information session.
Keon is a Business Development Manager at Oracle NetSuite and will be on campus to chat about sales in corporate America and their Business Development Representative (BDR) Program. His team focuses on hiring the next future rock stars—high energy, sharp, focused recent college grads who are excited about a career in sales.
Oracle NetSuite offers a unique, hands-on learning opportunity and a well-defined career path. So if you’re curious and would like to learn more, be sure to attend.

Thu, Oct 24, 2019

Event poster showing a spiral pattern of various shades of blue

Math Colloquium by David Freund: “Knot for Everyday Purposes”

David Freund is a preceptor in the Department of Mathematics at Harvard University.

Abstract: Knots are a part of our everyday lives, from twisted strands of DNA, to shoelaces, braided hair and the inevitable tangle of headphones. Mathematics offers an insight into the structure and complexity of everyday knots and provides tools to tell them apart. Starting with pieces of string, we will explore the study of knots and how it ties together various fields of mathematics. No background knowledge is assumed.

There will be refreshments served at 4:15 p.m. in Seeley G. Mudd Building Room 208.

Math & Stats: Information Sessions for Prospective Majors: Stats 10/21 7:30 pm SMUD 207; Math 10/23 5 pm, 10/24 6 pm, SMUD 204

Mathematics: Information Session for Prospective Majors

Interested in majoring in Mathematics? Join the department faculty to chat, have your questions answered and eat!

Dr. Nadia Biassou, Wade Fellow

Current Wade Fellow, Dr. Nadia Biassou ’88, to Give Talk

Current Wade Fellow, Dr. Nadia Biassou ’88, will be presenting a talk titled “Boiling Rocks: Origins of Excellence.” Biassou is a renowned diagnostic neuroradiologist and is currently a Senior Research Physician in the Radiology and Imaging Sciences Department at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md.
The goal of sharing her extensive experiences through her presentation is to help students learn how identity informs career exploration and to collaborate on programming that teaches them skills for navigating a complex professional world before and after graduation.

Introduction to the Loeb Center's Business & Finance Program

What is the 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 industry-specific areas. The 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 also programming to help those considering starting their own companies, investing in start-ups or just gaining an innovative mindset.
The information session will be led by Stephanie Hockman, the Program Director. She will talk about the career exploration and planning workshops included in the Business and Finance Program, the experiential learning opportunities, and how best to take advantage of student interns and advising appointments. As recruiting for internships and full-time positions start 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 how the Loeb Center can help you explore and prepare for careers in finance, consulting, general business and entrepreneurship.
There are multiple opportunities to hear about the Business and Finance Program. You only need to attend one. We hope to see you at one of the following information sessions:
Friday, Oct. 18, 4 p.m., Loeb Center Events Room
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m., Loeb Center Events Room
Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m., Paino Lecture Hall

Fiction Reading: Nicholas Mancusi '10

Nicholas Mancusi '10 is the author of the new novel A Philosophy of Ruin, which the New York Times Book Review called “riveting fun to read,” and which Alexander Chee called “An unforgettable debut. Mancusi is a writer to watch.”

Mancusi has written about books and culture for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Miami Herald, The Boston Globe, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Newsday, Newsweek, NPR Books, American Arts Quarterly, BOMB magazine and other publications. He lives in Brooklyn.

The event will be followed by refreshments.

Partners Group Information Session

Partners Group is a global private markets investment manager serving over 900 institutional investors. The firm has USD 91 billion in assets under management and more than 1,300 professionals across 20 offices worldwide.
Partners Group realizes potential in private markets by financing and developing great companies, desirable real estate and essential infrastructure. The firm creates value in its investments through active and long-term responsible ownership.
Want to learn more about the Group’s company culture, open entry-level opportunities and how to successfully apply for them? Attend this information session to hear from representative and Amherst alum Andrew Sommer ’19!

Mon, Oct 28, 2019

Deby Katz '04 of Carnegie Mellon University: “Ensuring Software Quality in Complex Settings”

Abstract: Software runs many things in our lives and our society. It’s important that software running vital systems works as intended, but ensuring that software works as intended can be a surprisingly difficult task. In this talk, Katz will introduce some of the techniques that software researchers and professionals use to ensure software quality. She will also examine some well-known software failures: why they happened and how they were missed. She will discuss some of her work, including work with finding bugs in robotics and autonomous vehicle software.

Headshot of Omar Quintero wearing a white collared shirt and smiling

Biology Monday Seminar: “More Than a Meme: How Studying Mitochondrial Motility with Undergraduates Has Been the Powerhouse of My Career”

4:00 pm Science Center, Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall A011

Omar Quintero, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Richmond, will deliver a seminar titled “More Than a Meme: How Studying Mitochondrial Motility with Undergraduates Has Been the Powerhouse of My Career.”

The goal of Quintero lab (Q-lab) is to investigate the functional, enzymatic and biochemical properties of myosin-XIX (MYO19), an uncharacterized class of myosin motor involved in mitochondrial dynamics. Specifically, we are currently using cell-based quantitative microscopy assays to determine the roles that MYO19 plays in normal cellular function. Using transient siRNA interference, we recently demonstrated that loss of MYO19 results in cell division defects including cytokinesis failure and asymmetric distribution of mitochondria in the two daughter cells. Using lentiviral approaches, we have generated cell lines stably expressing shRNA against MYO19 and are currently assaying these different cell types for changes in mitochondrial activity, motile behavior and differentiation when levels of MYO19 are decreased. We are also currently using in vitro biochemistry approaches, including transient kinetics assays and motility assays, to determine the rate and equilibrium constants and motility properties of the MYO19 motor domain (collaboration with Eva Forgacs at Eastern Virginia Medical School). By focusing specifically on the role of “conserved sequence differences” specific to class XIX myosins, our goal is to better understand MYO19 function specifically, and better understand myosin mechanochemistry in general. As MYO19 interacts with mitochondria via a novel, uncharacterized MYO19/mitochondrial outer membrane association domain (MyMOMA), we have used bioinformatics analysis and mutational analysis to identify specific sequences within the MyMOMA domain required for mitochondrial binding. Our most recent publication (https://doi.org/10.1002/cm.21560) used proteomics approaches to identify proteins that interact with MYO19. The proteomics work is with the support of Ben Major at UNC-Chapel Hill. As University of Richmond is a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI) with no graduate programs, nearly all of this work was completed by undergraduates. One of the driving principles of the Q-lab is the idea that fundamental research practice is excellent training for future researchers and future doctors, as well as for a well-informed citizenry.

Point72 Information Session

Point72 is a global asset management firm led by Steven Cohen that uses discretionary long/short, macro and systematic strategies to invest in eight offices across the globe. Their recruiters look for people who want to build a career with the firm—people who want to innovate, experiment, and be the best at what they do—while adhering to the highest ethical standards.
Point72’s 1,150+ employees, including more than 500 investment professionals, live by the tenets set forth in the firm’s mission and values and seek to be the industry’s premier asset management firm through delivering superior risk-adjusted returns, adhering to the highest ethical standards and offering the greatest opportunities to the industry’s brightest talent.
If you have a passion for investing, are great at what you do, enjoy the challenge of learning every day, and seek a rewarding career path, you are invited to attend this information session to learn more.

"The Cancer Journals: Revisited": A Screening and Conversation with Filmmaker Lana Lin

A poetic, experimental rumination on Audre Lorde’s memoir The Cancer Journals read aloud and responded to by a chorus of people, including current and former breast cancer patients. The stories they share are candid, cathartic messages about what it means to be a Person of Color Living with illness in American society.
This event is free and open to the public.
Keefe 008 is located in the basement of Keefe Campus Center and is wheelchair-accessible. Volunteers will be present to guide visitors to the venue via elevator or stairs. Seating is auditorium-style; space will be cleared for wheelchairs.
Sponsored by the Language and Literary Fund of Amherst College.
Please contact prangan@amherst.edu to request captions or live audio description by a student volunteer or to discuss any other accessibility concerns. For more accessibility information, please visit https://bit.ly/2N6hAAO

Alumni-in-Residence

Alumni-in-Residence: “OPP: Embracing Other People’s Perspectives of Health and Wellness,” with Kimberlee Wyche-Etheridge ’87

Dr. Wyche-Etheridge has brought to her medical, public health, and public service career a deep commitment to address social injustice and inequity as it relates to the health and healing of people and communities. She has faced systemic challenges to addressing inequity, and through her leadership, has had a significant impact on dealing directly with the root factors that contribute to health and illness. She will discuss issues such as implicit bias in health care, the impact of racism on health, and the vital importance of engaging with patients and communities in a respectful, humble, and empowering way.

Tue, Oct 29, 2019

Alumni-in-Residence

Alumni-in-Residence: View from the Bottom of the Bus: If you haven't seen it yet, you will..., Lunch with Kimberlee Wyche-Etheridge ’87

Dr. Wyche-Etheridge’s career path is an inspiration for a number of reasons. Majoring in English and Spanish at Amherst, she can speak to the tremendous importance and value of Amherst courses that expand one’s horizons about the myriad ways that language, culture, literature, history, and other intellectual exploration contribute to the growth, sensitivity, compassion, and humanity that have been central to her career. She also exemplifies the power of resilience in pursuing one’s “calling” in life, that with perseverance and keeping the big picture in mind, it’s indeed possible to live out one’s passions and make a difference in the world. In addition, she will speak candidly about obstacles she has faced in her career and how she has dealt with them. She has lived out the importance of seeing life’s challenges like a bottle that is half-full rather than half-empty; in other words, the more that we can have a positive spirit and envision our lives and the people we serve in the context of strengths and opportunities rather than deficit, the more likely we are to have an impact for a more just society. Finally, her career path is a model for the fact that there are so many paths and roads that one can take to realize dreams and hopes.

Info Session Oct. 29th 12-1 PM McCaffery Room Keefe Campus Center

Specialty Pizza Lunch and Info Session with AIT-Budapest

A talk by AIT-Budapest founder and professor Gabor Bojar will be presented on campus to encourage students to consider a great study abroad program, Aquincum Institute of Technology BUDAPEST (AIT), for students interested in computer science. Tailored to the needs of North American computer science and software engineering undergraduates in their sophomore through senior years, AIT offers semester-long programs. All classes are conducted in English at AIT’s state-of-the-art campus on the lovely banks of the Danube River. Students live in vibrant neighborhoods of Budapest and have ample opportunities to interact with Hungarian students and explore Hungary and Europe.

Global News Hour

Global News Hour

Get up to date on global news stories.
Sponsored by the Center for International Student Engagement.

Myriam Sarachik, City College of New York: “SURPRISE: Just Because You Think You’re Heading Toward a Quantum Phase Transition Does Not Mean You Will Get There”

Measurements of the Hall coefficient, resistivity, magnetoresistance, magnetic response and thermopower in two-dimensional strongly interacting electron systems have established that, contrary to expectations, a metal-insulator transition occurs at a critical electron density nc and a metallic phase exists in 2-D. One intriguing mystery has been that, by contrast with the dramatic divergences that have been observed for all other physical properties, the magnetoresistance has exhibited smooth and uneventful behavior approaching and crossing nc.

In this talk, I will present new data and a different new analysis of the magnetoresistance of the strongly interacting 2-D electron system in a silicon MOSFET for a broad range of electron densities. Our surprising results should trigger a re-examination of past work.

Event flier featuring a headshot of Jennifer Levi wearing a blue pinstriped collared shirt

"Queer Rights and the Courts: The Meaning of Sex, Sexual Orientation and Transgender Status"

All welcome for a discussion about “Queer Rights and the Courts: The Meaning of Sex, Sexual Orientation, and Transgender Status,” with Jennifer Levi, director of the Transgender Rights Project at GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders and professor of law at Western New England University, and Jen Manion, associate professor of history, Amherst College.

United Talent Agency: Summer Entertainment Internships 2020

Spend your summer immersed in the entertainment industry!
United Talent Agency (UTA) internships offer great exposure to the business practices that support and foster the work of writers, actors, filmmakers, game designers, brands and more. Industry insiders—in both the creative and business sides—consider talent agencies to be the ultimate training ground for understanding how Hollywood works.
Learn more about UTA directly from Dan Erlij ’90, a partner and long-time agent in the television literary department. Dan will join us remotely from UTA’s L.A. office to share his own experiences as an agent who represents television creators, show runners and writer-producers. Former UTA interns Ariana Lee ’20 and Amalia Roy ’21 will also speak about their time in the program and offer practical application advice.
UTA is one of the entertainment industry’s premier talent and literary agencies, representing many of the world’s most widely-known figures in every current and emerging area of entertainment, including motion pictures, television, books, music, digital media and live entertainment.

Wed, Oct 30, 2019

RCT Faculty Lecture Series in the MRC with Alicia Christoff

MRC Spotlight: RCT Faculty Lecture Series with Alicia Christoff

Join the RCT for our inaugural Faculty Lecture Series in the Resource Centers. Throughout the fall semester we will host five amazing faculty as they talk about their scholarship within the centers. Please see poster for more information.
Food will be provided. All are welcome to attend.
This series is in collaboration with the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty and the Resource Centers Team (QRC, MRC, CDSL, CISE, WGC).

D.E. Shaw Group Information Session

Headquartered in New York City, the D. E. Shaw group is a global investment and technology development firm, founded in 1988, with offices around the world. As one of the world’s largest hedge fund managers, the firm has earned an international reputation for successful investing based on innovation, careful risk management, and the quality and depth of its research and staff.

The firm’s ideal hires are intellectual but also humble, rigorous in their work but flexible in their approach, interesting, friendly, and most of all, curious about the world around us. With a culture that combines some of the best aspects of academia, finance and technology, D. E. Shaw prides itself on a work environment that promotes collaboration, integrity, and adherence to the highest possible ethical standards.

Teams work in close collaboration—not in competitive silos—to share trade ideas, manage risks, streamline processes, and explore new opportunities. The firm is committed to the well-being and happiness of its employees, recognizing that different people thrive in different types of environments: some are most productive working in t-shirts or listening to music, while others need time away from the office to recharge after a challenging project.

Want to learn more about what it’s like to work at D. E. Shaw group? Attend this information session to hear from current employees and recruiters about company culture, entry-level opportunities, and how to successfully apply for positions there.

Thu, Oct 31, 2019

Event poster featuring a headshot of Oliver Stuenkel and an outline of Brazil with the partial figure of a politician inside it

“Right-Wing Populism in Brazil Today”

Oliver Stuenkel will give a talk titled “Right-Wing Populism in Brazil Today.” He is an associate professor of international relations at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) in São Paulo, where he coordinates the São Paulo branch of the School of History and Social Science. He is also a nonresident fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin, a columnist for EL PAÍS and Americas Quarterly, and a weekly commentator for GloboNews. His research focuses on Brazilian foreign policy, Latin American politics, global order and emerging powers.
This talk is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Political Science Department of Amherst College along with funding from the Lurcy Endowment Fund.