Event Calendar

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Thu, Mar 25, 2021

David Schneider in Buckley Recital Hall

M@A: Juilliard String Quartet Preconcert Talk with Professor David Schneider

You are invited to join Professor David Schneider and Wisteria String Quartet members Sarah Briggs, Kaila Graef, Greg Diehl and Wayne Smith as they introduce parts of upcoming Music at Amherst Juilliard String Quartet program to Professor Schneider's class: Music 101: "Listening Through History." This event will be livestreamed on the Music Department Event Livestream page and is free and open to the public.

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Hawkins Lecture: Naomi Oreskes, "Diversity Isn’t Just the Right Thing to Do; Diversity Helps Us Get the Right Answers"

Lecture by Dr. Naomi Oreskes, the Henry Charles Lea Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University and the author of Why Trust Science?

Science has lagged behind other professions in working to purposefully create opportunities to expand diversity in its workforce. Critics of such efforts have framed diversity as antithetical to the pursuit of excellence in scientific inquiry, but this framing has the problem backwards. In this talk, I argue that we cannot have scientific excellence without diversity.

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Elissa Washuta: A Reading and Conversation

7:00 pm Virtual

Please join us. Elissa Washuta is a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and a nonfiction writer. She is the author of My Body Is a Book of Rules and Starvation Mode, and her book, White Magic, is forthcoming from Tin House Books in April. With Theresa Warburton, she is co-editor of the anthology Shapes of Native Nonfiction: Collected Essays by Contemporary Writers. She is a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship recipient, a Creative Capital awardee and an assistant professor of creative writing at Ohio State University.

“Elissa Washuta is exactly the writer we need right now: as funny as she is formidable a thinker, as thoughtful as she is inventive—her scrutiny is a fearless tool, every subject whittled to its truest form. White Magic is a bracingly original work that enthralled me in a hypnosis on the other side of which I was changed for the better, more likely to trust my own strange intelligence.” —Melissa Febos, author of Girlhood.

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Dr. Lori Patton Davis on Race, Colleges and Student Leadership

The Office of Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is excited to present Dr. Lori Patton Davis, an eminent scholar on race and racism in higher education, campus diversity initiatives, Black students-- particularly girls and women in educational and social contexts --and college student development. Dr. Davis will give a 45-minute keynote speech on race, racism and student leadership in higher education, with 15 minutes for questions and answers.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Politics and Poetry: Historian Fredrik Logevall and Biographer Jay Parini

7:00 pm Virtual

In this conversation, Ilan Stavans, Fredrik Logevall and Jay Parini will discuss how politicians and poets approach truth. This event is part of the Politics and Poetry: A Point/Counterpoint Series, which examines our current crossroads, both nationally and globally, from the perspective of opinion writers, poets, activists, linguists and historians.

Fredrik Logevall is the Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs and Professor of History at Harvard. He is the author or editor of 10 books, most recently JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century (2020). His book Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam (2012) won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Francis Parkman Prize, as well as the American Library in Paris Book Award and the Arthur Ross Book Award from the Council on Foreign Relations.

Jay Parini, award-winning poet, novelist, biographer, screenwriter and critic, is the D.E. Axinn Professor of English and Creative Writing at Middlebury. His books include The Last Station: A Novel of Tolstoy's Last Year (1990), Benjamin's Crossing (1996), Jesus: The Human face of God (2013) and Borges and Me: An Encounter (2020). He has written biographies of Robert Frost, John Steinbeck and Gore Vidal.

Ilan Stavans is the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities and Latin American and Latino Studies at Amherst and the publisher of Restless Books. His most recent books are The Seventh Heaven: Travels Through Jewish Latin America (2019), How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish (2020) and Selected Translations: Poems 2000-2021 (2021). He is the recipient of numerous international awards and honors, and his work has been translated into 20 languages and adapted into film, radio, TV and theater.

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