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May 2021

Mon, May 3, 2021

Gathering at the Crossroads: Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies Symposium 2021

The 2021 Five College NAIS Symposium continues with the following events that will be held May 3 and May 10 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. EST.

Monday, May 3: "Teaching and Learning"
This panel features Rae Gould (Nipmuc Nation), executive director of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative at Brown University, and historian Christine DeLucia (Williams College) in a presentation and discussion regarding the challenges and opportunities of incorporating Indigenous perspectives, materials and methods into teaching and research for scholars based in the Northeast.

In addition, recipients of Mellon-funded mini-grants will present updates on the status of their initial forays with including NAIS in their Five College classrooms. Students will also share their experiences during a panel discussion and Q&A with attendees.

Monday, May 10: Celebration
During our final Gathering at the Crossroads, a keynote speaker will celebrate the Five College NAIS students, and we will enjoy performances by Native artists Urban Thunder and The Cody Blackbird Band.

All events will be Zoom webinars. Registration is required. Registering for one event automatically provides access to all events.

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Thu, May 6, 2021

Amherst College's (Virtual) Three Minute Thesis Competition!

Zoom in with us and support the senior speakers in Amherst College’s 3MT®: Three Minute Thesis Competition. Thesis students, nominated by their departments and selected as finalists, will compete for cash prizes as each one communicates the significance of their thesis in a compelling and accessible way—in just 3 minutes! At the end of the competition, you will help judge which presentation should win the “People’s Choice” award. Register via the Zoom link below.

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The Common Spring Launch Party

7:00 pm Virtual

Amherst College's award-winning literary magazine The Common celebrates the release of Issue 21 with authors from around the world. Please join writers Aleksandar Hemon, Celeste Mohammed and Abdelaziz Errachidi, as well as translator Nariman Youssef, for brief readings followed by conversation about place, culture and translation, hosted by the magazine's editor in chief Jennifer Acker.

This event is cosponsored by the Arts at Amherst Initiative.

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Kat Stafford: "Covering Race in America: COVID-19, 2020 Election and Racial Justice"

Join the Amherst Political Union in hosting Associated Press journalist Kat Stafford! Stafford is a national investigative reporter who focuses on race and ethnicity. Prior to the Associated Press, Stafford worked as an investigative reporter at the Detroit Free Press, where her reporting on lead poisoning and housing demolitions prompted congressional reviews and policy changes.

Tue, May 11, 2021

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How the U.S. and Others Can Advance a Pro-LGBTQ Agenda in the Americas: A Discussion with Professor Javier Corrales and Former U.S. Ambassador James (Wally) Brewster

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Held Via Zoom,

The Amherst College Department of Political Science presents a talk by former U.S. Ambassador James (Wally) Brewster, "How the U.S. and Others Can Advance a Pro-LGBTQ Agenda in the Americas: A Discussion with Professor Javier Corrales."

Named one of Foreign Policy magazine's "Top 100 Global Thinkers," former U.S. Ambassador James (Wally) Brewster is an internationally recognized executive, political leader, human rights activist and motivational speaker. He is known for his expertise in geopolitical issues, corruption, human rights, immigration and international commerce, and his leadership has impacted nations, religions and societies worldwide.

Registration in advance is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Professor Javier Corrales at or visit

Wed, May 12, 2021

"Beyond Hate and Anti-Asian Racism: A Conversation with Lisa Lowe"

For the final event in the President’s Colloquium on Race and Racism, we welcome interdisciplinary scholar Lisa Lowe, the Samuel Knight Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration at Yale University. Amherst College Professor of American Studies Pawan Dhingra will moderate the conversation and Q&A.

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Fri, May 14, 2021

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Biochemistry and Biophysics Program: Honors Thesis Presentations

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Virtual Symposium via Zoom


-Sarah Gayer: "Systematic Discovery of Novel Allosteric Sites on Striatal Enriched Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase" (Advisor: Professor Bishop)

-Koun Yun: "Ionic Interactions that Govern the SHP2 Open Conformation" (Advisor: Professor Bishop)

-Kyle Jones: "Characterizing the Histone-to-Protamine Replacement Pathway" (Advisor: Professor Carter)

-Donna Roscoe: "Comparing DNA Folding by Different Condensing Agents" (Advisor: Professor Carter)

-Jasper Flint: "Monitoring Protein Conformational Landscapes with Native State HXMS Simulations" (Advisor: Professor Jaswal)

-Scott Song: "Quantitatively Characterizing CcdB’s Folding Pathway Using a Numerical Simulations Approach on Hydrogen Exchange Mass Spectrometry Experiments Under Native Conditions" (Advisor: Professor Jaswal)

-Samuel Grondin: "Discovery of Novel Small Proteins in a Highly Virulent Strain of the Human Pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa PA14" (Advisor: Professor Wu Orr)

Russian Department Senior Capstone and Thesis Showcase 2021

4:30 pm Virtual

Please join two graduating Russian majors and one graduating history major as they present the fruits of their senior-year research. This is an opportunity for our community to hear about capstone projects that examine original materials from the Amherst Center for Russian Culture collection, as well as the latest honors theses in our program.

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Tue, May 18, 2021

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"Globalization and COVID-19: Learning Lessons in the Midst of the Pandemic"

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Held Via Zoom

The Department of Political Science at Amherst College, along with additional funding from the Dean of the Faculty and Provost's Office, the Eastman Fund, and the Lamont Fund, presents a talk by Jeremy Youde, titled "Globalization and COVID-19: Learning Lessons in the Midst of the Pandemic."

In just over a year, COVID-19 has gone from completely unknown to dramatically altering the global landscape. There is much that we still do not know about the virus, but we are starting to see some important truths come to light as we examine how various governments and the international community as a whole have responded. Globalization both increases our mutual vulnerability and provides us with the tools to respond in a coherent and collective manner. While there is much we are yet to learn about the pandemic and how it will continue to play out, we can start to tease out important lessons that can potentially guide the global community so that it can reform itself in order to better respond to this and future pandemics.

Jeremy Youde, Ph.D., is dean for the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He is an internationally recognized expert on global health politics. Youde is the author of five books, co-editor of three volumes and author of more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He has also written for outlets like World Politics Review and Duck of Minerva, and he has appeared in Slate, Vox, Nature, ABC Radio National, Science, Sky News and Gizmodo. He is a member of the editorial board of Global Health Governance and is the current chair of the Global Health Section of the International Studies Association.

Ruxandra Paul, assistant professor of political science at Amherst College

This event is free and open to the public.

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