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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Thu, Apr 22, 2021

Asian Americans in an Anti-Black World

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Event poster featuring overlapping photos of two ancient statues

"Classics and White Supremacism in the United States: A Brief History"

Rebecca Futo Kennedy, who studies notions of race and ethnicity in the ancient world, will speak on the reception of classical antiquity within the U.S. white supremacist movement.

Kennedy is an associate professor of classics, women’s and gender studies and environmental studies at Denison University and director of the Denison Museum. She is the author of Immigrant Women in Athens: Gender, Ethnicity, and Citizenship in the Classical City and editor of the Handbook to Identity and the Environment in the Classical and Medieval Worlds. She is a translator and editor of Race and Ethnicity in the Classical World: An Anthology of Primary Sources and editor of The Companion to the Reception of Aeschylus.

This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Classics at Amherst College and the Department of Classical Studies at Trinity College, with support from the Lamont Fund. All Five College faculty, staff and students are welcome.

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Statistics and Data Science Colloquium: "Evaluating Potential Critical Windows of Exposure to Antiretroviral Treatment Using Multiple Informant Models"

It is widely known that antiretroviral treatment (ART) has been successful in reducing mother-to-child HIV transmission. Some studies report that infants of women living with HIV (WLHIV) who start ART before conception may have a higher risk of adverse birth and infant neurodevelopmental outcomes than those starting ART during pregnancy. However, differences in the potential adverse effects of ART based on their timing (i.e., preconception, first trimester, etc.) require further investigation. Many studies define ART exposures based only on the timing of initiation (i.e., initiated prior to conception vs early in pregnancy vs later in pregnancy), rather than considering continued exposures over multiple trimesters during pregnancy, and thus may not correctly reflect the effects of multiple time points of exposure. This is true especially when ART regimens change during pregnancy. Also, observational studies may be missing information for each time point of exposure, creating a statistical challenge when attempting to compare ART effects across preconception and each trimester. We explore a method that can evaluate potential periods of heightened vulnerability to ART exposure while accounting both for missing data and correlated exposures.

Jemar R. Bather is a biostatistics Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University and a Fostering Diversity in HIV Research Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. Before joining Harvard, he was a quantitative research assistant at New York University, publishing work in diverse outlets such as Public Health Reports and Patient Education and Counseling. His current research focuses on statistical methods for improving perinatal and reproductive outcomes among infants and women living with HIV. Beyond his research, Jemar specializes in coaching prospective doctoral applicants through their application process. Applicants that he worked with are now in Ph.D. programs at Stanford, Emory and Boston Universities. Jemar holds a B.S. in statistics from Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in applied statistics from NYU and an M.A. in biostatistics from Harvard University. He is also the founder of the NYU Chapter of the National Statistics Honor Society. For this service and his involvement with NYU’s statistics club, he received the President’s Service Award and the Samuel Eshborn Service Award.

Eduardo C. Corral

Eduardo C. Corral: A Reading and Conversation

7:00 pm Virtual

Eduardo C. Corral is the son of Mexican immigrants. He is the author of Guillotine, which was longlisted for the 2020 National Book Award for Poetry, and Slow Lightning, which won the 2011 Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition. Natalie Scenters-Zapico describes Corral as “A master artist. [...] Only a poet as skilled as Corral could connect rejection from the US nation-state with unrequited love to such effect. Carefully code-switching between Spanish and English, Corral is a poet to be studied for his radical contributions to the American canon.” He's the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. He teaches in the M.F.A. program at North Carolina State University.

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Fred Sievert discussion

Fast-Starting a Career of Consequence: Practical Christ-Centered Advice for Entering the Workforce

Former Fortune 100 company president and Yale Divinity School graduate, Fred Sievert (Amherst ’70) will summarize the 10 practical, Biblically-based tips on entering the professional world from his latest book. The program will include ample time for Q & A and discussion. Co-sponsored by Amherst Christian Fellowship and Religious and Spiritual Life.

Book cover image of "Amherst College: The Architectural Guide" by Blair Kamin '79

"The Storm and the War that Changed Amherst: An Amherst College Bicentennial Event"

The War Memorial, with its panoramic view of the Holyoke Range, and the Main Quadrangle, with its lush carpet of grass and soaring tree canopy, almost surely are the most beloved outdoor spaces at Amherst. Each appears inevitable, timeless, as if it had always been there. In fact, both are relatively recent additions to the campus, which looked very different before their creation in 1939 and 1946, respectively.

We are extending three opportunities to virtually attend this richly illustrated slide lecture—please select the option that best suits your schedule and location.
Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Blair Kamin '79, P'15, will discuss how the Great New England Hurricane of 1938 and World War II led to a profound reorientation of Amherst’s hilltop campus. He’ll also paint a portrait of the little-known landscape architect who designed these signature spaces. The lecture will conclude with an analysis of the War Memorial’s original design as well as an appreciation of how the passage of time has transformed the memorial into the campus icon it is today. A question-and-answer session will follow.