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April 2020

Sun, Apr 5, 2020

Amherst: Live abroad and be a mentor! Elite Scholars of China Virtual Info Session

ESC is proud to say that, during these trying times, we are still offering fulfilling and meaningful full-time post-graduate positions.

***Please note that we will be on-boarding new consultants into a remote work model until it is safe to permanently relocate back to Beijing.

If you are interested in living abroad and supporting Chinese high school students through their college application processes, please join Elite Scholars of China (ESC) for a virtual info session to learn more about our full-time educational consultant roles.

PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE: http://bit.ly/ESCVirtual
We will send a Zoom log-in link to all who have registered in advance through our online form.

Hosted by an ESC team member, the session will include a live presentation about full-time educational consultant and internship opportunities at Elite Scholars of China, followed by a Q&A. This is a great way to get any questions you may have answered and to connect with the ESC Recruitment Team.

Students Only

Tue, Apr 7, 2020

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Employee Council Virtual Coffee Hour

Amherst College staff are invited to an Employee Council Virtual Coffee Hour. Meet Employee Council representatives, share your questions and concerns, and connect with other staff.

Virtual: Bain & Company: Learn More About the Consulting Industry

Join Jennifer Rybak Kiernan, a manager in our Boston office, to learn more about the consulting industry and Bain & Company's role. Webinar is intended for undergraduates interested in our ACI (Associate Consultant Internships) and AC (Associate Consultant) programs.

You must register at: https://careers.bain.com/recruits/EventDetail?folderId=32374 to receive the Zoom Link.

Amherst: Live abroad and be a mentor! Elite Scholars of China Virtual Info Session

ESC is proud to say that, during these trying times, we are still offering fulfilling and meaningful full-time post-graduate positions.

***Please note that we will be on-boarding new consultants into a remote work model until it is safe to permanently relocate back to Beijing.

If you are interested in living abroad and supporting Chinese high school students through their college application processes, please join Elite Scholars of China (ESC) for a virtual info session to learn more about our full-time educational consultant roles.

We are offering two virtual info sessions in April.

PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE: http://bit.ly/ESCVirtual
We will send a Zoom log-in link to all who have registered in advance through our online form.

Hosted by an ESC team member, the session will include a live presentation about full-time educational consultant and internship opportunities at Elite Scholars of China, followed by a Q&A. This is a great way to get any questions you may have answered and to connect with the ESC Recruitment Team.

Students Only

Thu, Apr 9, 2020

Virtual: Dynamic Job Search Strategies for Uncertain Times

Due to the far-reaching impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, you may be feeling at a loss about how to approach your job search this spring. In this workshop, we'll share ways to adjust your job search process during this global crisis and highlight the critical core strategies that will continue to serve you well, regardless of the circumstances. Attendees will walk away with new tools and resources to guide them through a new landscape of job prospects, advice for staying adaptable, energized, organized, and engaged, and concrete suggestions for finding opportunities that are viable and relevant to your interests. Designed for seniors!*

Join via Zoom: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/873409147
Meeting ID: 873 409 147

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*Note: There will be an additional summer and internship-focused workshop coming soon!

Students Only

Mon, Apr 13, 2020

Cain Brothers, A division of KeyBanc Capital Markets Information Session

Cain Brothers, a division of KeyBanc Capital Markets (KBCM) invites you to join a virtual information session to hear from members of the public finance team. The team members include an Amherst alum who will provide an overview of Cain/KBCM, career opportunities, and their insight on notable career advice.

Although Cain/KBCM is currently recruiting sophomores (2022 graduates) seeking 2021 investment banking summer analyst positions, students at all class levels are welcome and encouraged to participate.

The meeting will be conducted via Zoom. A Zoom link will be provided closer to the date of the event.

Students Only

Wed, Apr 15, 2020

Bain & Company Webinar: Learn More About Our Private Equity Group (PEG)

Join Sarah Hershey, a principal in our Boston office, to learn more about our Private Equity Group (PEG). Webinar is intended for undergraduates interested in our ACI (Associate Consultant Internships) and AC (Associate Consultant) programs.

You must register via this link to receive the Zoom information.
https://careers.bain.com/recruits/EventDetail?folderId=32372

Zoom In To The Writing Center

4:00 pm Via Zoom

Want a casual place to drop in and talk about (remote) writing at AC? "Zoom In To The Writing Center" and join other students and Writing Center Associates to meet, talk, get writing ideas/tips, and share your experiences with remote writing. Fill out this Google form and we’ll send you the Zoom link. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScAj_AV6sTWDCB4UNIJSkADxRWS5FIS...

Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor

Talking about the N-word: A Social and Pedagogical History of a Word

The Center for Humanistic Inquiry welcomes Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor, Associate Professor of History at Smith College, for a virtual salon. Professor Pryor specializes in 19th-century U.S. history and race. Her first book, Colored Travelers: Mobility and the Fight for Citizenship before the Civil War, is a social history of black activists who, long before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus, fought against segregation on public vehicles. Her essay, “The Etymology of [the n-word]: Resistance, Language, and the Politics of Freedom in the Antebellum North,” won the Ralph D. Gray Prize for the best article of 2016 in the Journal of the Early Republic. Her next project, inspired by the article as well as her teaching at Smith College, is a historical and pedagogical study of the n-word framed, in part, by her experience as a biracial woman in the United States.

Amherst College faculty, staff, and students all welcome. The Zoom link will be made available the day of the event. Amherst College email address is required for login. Video and sound will be turned off for all but the guest speaker and the host facilitator, Jen Manion, Associate Professor of History, Amherst College and CHI advisory board member. Participants will be invited to submit questions via the chat function, which Prof. Manion will share with Prof. Pryor for discussion.

Fri, Apr 17, 2020

HOME IN TIMES OF COVID-19

“It is illuminating that the Chinese symbol for ‘crisis’ includes the symbol for both ‘danger’ and ‘opportunity.’ The former has been much discussed, but the latter largely ignored.” –
Janice Perlman, Author of Favela: Four Decades of Living on the Edge
Originally, this seminar was established to explore how the rapidly urbanizing, technology-based societies of today present both risks to, and opportunities for establishing “home” and social connections. Now, amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic, with students and professionals working from home, “shelter in place” orders in some communities and social distancing advised for everyone, our concepts of “home” and importance of social connections are taking on new meaning. Join us in these seminars with guests who bring unique perspectives in navigating this topic from their respective fields. Participants will find the interdisciplinary and transcultural views relatable to their own experiences and will be invited to join the discussions. Creative prompts will also be proposed.
HOSTS:
Ana Candida Carneiro, PhD, Visiting Artist in Playwriting at Amherst College, Artistic Director of Babel
Brian English, urban planner, Executive Director of Babel
Friday, April 3, 2020, 11:00am-12:30pm
•Gustavo Salcedo – Political Science & International Relations (Amherst College)
•Renata Moretti – Biology & Environmental Sciences (Harvard University)
•Kirun Kapur – Poetry (Amherst College)
Friday, April 10, 2020, 11:00am-12:30pm
•Jessica Litwak – Theater & Social Change (H.E.A.T. Collective) •Carolina L. Zilli Vieira – Environmental Health (Harvard University)
•Kasper Villadsen – Political Science & Philosophy (Copenhagen Business School)
Friday, April 17, 2020, 11:00am-12:30pm
•Jenna Riegel / Sha Harrell – Dance (Amherst College)
•Janice Perlman – Anthropology (Mega Cities Project/Columbia University)
•Alex Ros – Travel Industry (Founder of Open Sky Expeditions)
Friday, April 24, 2020, 11:00am-12:30pm
•Thomas Dumm - Political Science (Amherst College, author of "Home in America")
•Sabato Visconti - Visual Arts (ex-Daca artist)
•Brian English - Urban Planning (Babel)
Join Zoom Meeting:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/161770249?pwd=aWZLNXpJQ UxybkNyWjZJbXJyMGM2dz09
Meeting ID: 161 770 249 Password: 022296

Summer Plans in the Face of Coronavirus: Being Creative and Resourceful In Your Internship Search

Have your summer plans changed in light of the global climate due to Coronavirus? We recognize that this is a difficult moment for students seeking internships, seeking work and conducting research.

During this workshop, learn more about the current professional landscape in light of the virus, tools to take advantage of, strategies to implement, and ways of re-imagining what might be possible this summer.

Log in via Zoom to participate:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/117593569?pwd=VE1hbk1BbGdQTGFPZlNKTHdHM...

Students Only

Sat, Apr 18, 2020

Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine: Virtual Info Session

The Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine is devoted, first and foremost, to offering an outstanding, forward-thinking medical education. Its curriculum is built on the three pillars of Biomedical Science, Clinical Science, and Health Systems Science. Students will think broadly about the ways care can be more effective for everyone and learn how to advocate for better health in homes, school, workplaces, neighborhoods, and society at large.

The school will incorporate many of the most innovative and effective educational practices available today and will give students the opportunity to learn from the physicians and care teams in Kaiser Permanente’s integrated health care system. This approach will provide future physicians with the knowledge and skills to play key roles in the transformation of healthcare in our nation and help people from all backgrounds and settings thrive. Learn more at medschool.kp.org.

Want to learn more about Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine Programs? Join Admissions representative Agasia Lanier, M.Ed., for this informative and interactive presentation.
Click on the URL below or go to Handshake to register.

Students Only
Registration Required

Tue, Apr 21, 2020

Bain & Company Webinar: New York AC Panel

Interested to learn more about our Associate Consultant (AC) and Associate Consultant Internship (ACI) programs? Please join a group of New York ACs to hear about their recruiting experience and the AC/ACI program!

You must register via this link to receive the Zoom information:
https://careers.bain.com/recruits/EventDetail?folderId=32373

Registration Required

Virtual Chat with a Diplomat: Student and Career Opportunities with the State Department

Are you interested in pursuing a career in diplomacy? Want to use your Arabic, Mandarin, Spanish or Portuguese skills to serve as a Consular Fellow? Curious about State Department internships or graduate fellowships? Join the U.S. Department of State's Diplomat in Residence for New England Philip Beekman for this virtual session to learn about careers with the department and how you can serve your country by working in any one of more than 270 U.S. embassies, consulates, and missions overseas, or in Washington, D.C. Opportunities include Foreign Service Officers, Foreign Service Specialists, Civil Service professionals, internships and fellowships. Not just for political science, international affairs, or languages majors – we are also actively recruiting from the fields of business and finance, computer science and information technology, human resources, engineering, and more – all majors welcome!

Note: This event will take place using Zoom. Please register for the event with Amherst College's Loeb Center for Career Exploration & Planning.

Students Only
Registration Required

Wed, Apr 22, 2020

Virtual Pop-up Series: Career Q&A with the Class of 2008, Ace Roesch, Deloitte Consulting

We know it’s a difficult time to be a student—the pandemic is disrupting all aspects of life, and the challenging economy is impacting job and internship experiences. We thought 2008 grads who graduated from Amherst during the Great Recession could relate. In this pop-up series your questions will take center stage. Join us as we:
--learn about the challenges 2008 grads faced in early career experiences
--explore how they’re navigating work during the pandemic
--and get industry-specific considerations for what’s ahead
Our first 2008 alum guest is Anne-Claire (Ace) Roesch, Senior Manager at Deloitte Consulting. Check out her alumni directory and LinkedIn profiles. (They are in the Handshake event linked below.)

Students Only

Thu, Apr 23, 2020

Virtual Chat with ACLU Staff Attorney Ceridwen Cherry '06

Join Ceridwen Cherry '06 as she shares about her work at the intersection of the law and nonprofit sectors. Ceridwen is a Staff Attorney in the Voting Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). She graduated from Amherst with a major in history and has both a Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and a J.D. law degree from the University of Michigan.

In this Zoom chat, Ceridwen will share about her career, current work at the ACLU, and the outlook for nonprofit and legal work at the current time. She is also excited to answer any questions you have.

Students Only

Bain & Company Webinar: Boston AC Panel

Interested to learn more about our Associate Consultant (AC) and Associate Consultant Internship (ACI) programs? Please join a group of Boston ACs to hear about their recruiting experience and the AC/ACI program!

You must register via this link to receive the Zoom information:
https://careers.bain.com/recruits/EventDetail?folderId=32391

Registration Required

Virtual: Conquering the Finance Interview

Interviewing for finance positions is unlike other interviews. Attend this virtual workshop led by Stephanie Hockman, program director for Careers In Business and Finance, Morgan Yurosek '20, and other seniors to gain an understanding of the finance interview process. As the recruiting process for internships and full-time positions for summer 2021 will happen this summer, there is no better time to start your preparation process. The 3 hour session will provide tips and techniques for handling video, phone, and in-person interviews, how to craft answers to fit/behavior questions and well as how to master the technical finance interview. Learn proven techniques on how to answer questions like “Tell me about yourself,” “Why finance/investment banking/sales & trading?,” and “Why XYZ firm?.” The key to any successful interview is preparation and practice. Don't miss out on this informative workshop and gather tactics for your necessary summer preparation process. https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/386770933?pwd=aHRJb3ZjME0vVmJmL09hMHhkV...

Students Only

Fri, Apr 24, 2020

HOME IN TIMES OF COVID-19

“It is illuminating that the Chinese symbol for ‘crisis’ includes the symbol for both ‘danger’ and ‘opportunity.’ The former has been much discussed, but the latter largely ignored.” –
Janice Perlman, Author of Favela: Four Decades of Living on the Edge
Originally, this seminar was established to explore how the rapidly urbanizing, technology-based societies of today present both risks to, and opportunities for establishing “home” and social connections. Now, amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic, with students and professionals working from home, “shelter in place” orders in some communities and social distancing advised for everyone, our concepts of “home” and importance of social connections are taking on new meaning. Join us in these seminars with guests who bring unique perspectives in navigating this topic from their respective fields. Participants will find the interdisciplinary and transcultural views relatable to their own experiences and will be invited to join the discussions. Creative prompts will also be proposed.
HOSTS:
Ana Candida Carneiro, PhD, Visiting Artist in Playwriting at Amherst College, Artistic Director of Babel
Brian English, urban planner, Executive Director of Babel
Friday, April 3, 2020, 11:00am-12:30pm
•Gustavo Salcedo – Political Science & International Relations (Amherst College)
•Renata Moretti – Biology & Environmental Sciences (Harvard University)
•Kirun Kapur – Poetry (Amherst College)
Friday, April 10, 2020, 11:00am-12:30pm
•Jessica Litwak – Theater & Social Change (H.E.A.T. Collective) •Carolina L. Zilli Vieira – Environmental Health (Harvard University)
•Kasper Villadsen – Political Science & Philosophy (Copenhagen Business School)
Friday, April 17, 2020, 11:00am-12:30pm
•Jenna Riegel / Sha Harrell – Dance (Amherst College)
•Janice Perlman – Anthropology (Mega Cities Project/Columbia University)
•Alex Ros – Travel Industry (Founder of Open Sky Expeditions)
Friday, April 24, 2020, 11:00am-12:30pm
•Thomas Dumm - Political Science (Amherst College, author of "Home in America")
•Sabato Visconti - Visual Arts (ex-Daca artist)
•Brian English - Urban Planning (Babel)
Join Zoom Meeting:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/161770249?pwd=aWZLNXpJQ UxybkNyWjZJbXJyMGM2dz09
Meeting ID: 161 770 249 Password: 022296

People demonstrating bednet use

Rob Mather: Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) and What We Do

Rob is the founder of AMF, consistently rated as one of the world’s most effective charities (especially in terms of lives saved per dollar). AMF has raised over $240m ($200m in the past 4 years) and distributed over 110m anti-mosquito bednets, protecting over 200m people. Rob will join us online to tell us about AMF and what it does, followed by a Q&A.
For more information: https://us04web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_34AJSGCOTvSEcEwc-hs4ww

Sun, Apr 26, 2020

Virtual Poetry Readings

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Zoom Webinar

Please join us for a Sunday Poetry Reading, hosted virtually, by the Amherst Center for Russian Culture, with Maria Stepanova & Linor Goralik.
The reading will be in Russian with English translations provided.
The event will be held via a zoom webinar. To access the broadcast, you must register in advance at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Zx2gI5YkTUCmDT0nX7F5zA
Along with registering, those new to zoom will also have to download the application to the device they will use to join the broadcast. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Registration Required

Mon, Apr 27, 2020

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Office Hours with Amherst College Press

Do you have questions about scholarly book publishing? Are you curious about the workflow of university presses, the role of acquisitions editors, and how and when to approach presses about your project? Amherst College Press is offering drop-in monthly office hours via Zoom! Staff from the press will be available to talk with you about a range of issues that first-time and long-time authors often confront.

Tue, Apr 28, 2020

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Fulbright Independent Research Webinar

AC Director of Fellowships Christine Overstreet will co-present a webinar on the Fulbright Independent Research Grant for students and alums. Learn how to design a compelling project and get the process started! KINDLY REGISTER: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Z5RHvHCFSHSSPVj90dXCcA
Applications will be due in fall 2020 for grants that will begin in fall 2021 or later.
This event is open to students and alums of all class years as well as to interested faculty and staff. As a U.S. State Department award, this fellowship is only open to U.S. citizens. Questions? Contact coverstreet@amherst.edu.

Registration Required
Stiglitz and Novak

COVID Conversations: Thinking Through the Pandemic, with Joseph Stiglitz ’64 H’74, hosted by David Novak ’91

COVID-19 has caused fear, grief, upheaval, and loneliness; it has also led us to appreciate compassion, resilience, selflessness, and adaptability. It has laid bare the social inequalities that too many people live with day in and day out, pandemic or not, and it has caused us, as individuals and as societies, to think more deeply about the balance between self-determination and interdependence, individual freedoms and responsibility to the common good.

In this series of live-streamed conversations, esteemed alumni and friends of the College will discuss current and future impacts of the public health crisis within the United States and globally. Audience members may submit live questions for the Q&A portion of each conversation.

Joseph Stiglitz '64 is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is also the co-chair of the High-Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress at the OECD, and the Chief Economist of the Roosevelt Institute. A recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (2001) and the John Bates Clark Medal (1979), he is a former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank and a former member and chairman of the (US president's) Council of Economic Advisers. In 2000, Stiglitz founded the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, a think tank on international development based at Columbia University. He has been a member of the Columbia faculty since 2001 and received that university's highest academic rank (university professor) in 2003.

In 2011 Stiglitz was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Known for his pioneering work on asymmetric information, Stiglitz's work focuses on income distribution, risk, corporate governance, public policy, macroeconomics and globalization. He is the author of numerous books, and several bestsellers. His most recent titles are People, Power, and Profits, Rewriting the Rules of the European Economy, Globalization and Its Discontents Revisited, The Euro and Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy.

David Novak '91 was appointed to the Amherst College Board of Trustees in 2018. He is Co-President at the private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R), and is based in London. He joined the firm in 1997 and moved to London in 2000. He is responsible for CD&R’s European business and is a member of the firm’s Executive and Investment committees. Prior to CD&R, he worked at Morgan Stanley in the private equity and investment banking divisions.
Since graduating from Amherst, Novak has served as international chair of Amherst’s Lives of Consequence campaign, chair of the executive committee of the Alumni Council, class agent, associate class agent, member of the 25th Reunion Gift Committee and volunteer for the Amherst Alumni Outreach Volunteer Program.

Novak currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the American School in London and on the Board of the Valerie Fund, which supports children with cancer and blood disorders. Other prior charitable activities have included service on boards associated with Maccabi GB, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and Right to Play UK. He currently serves as an advisor to Ahren Innovation Capital. In 2009 he was selected to join the Forum of Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum.

Novak graduated from Amherst with a B.A. in economics, cum laude, and received an MBA from Harvard Business School with honors. He and his wife, Jane, have two boys.

Wed, Apr 29, 2020

Virtual Pop-up Series: Career Q+A with the Class of 2008: Tosin Onafowokan, Vudu Streaming Service

We know it’s a difficult time to be a student—the pandemic is disrupting all aspects of life, and the challenging economy is impacting job and internship experiences. We thought 2008 grads who graduated from Amherst during the Great Recession could relate. In this pop-up series your questions will take center stage. Join us as we:
--learn about the challenges 2008 grads faced in early career experiences
--explore how they’re navigating work during the pandemic
--and get industry-specific considerations for what’s ahead

Our second 2008 alum guest is Tosin Onafowokan, a Product Manager at Vudu who is responsible for their iOS and Android apps, Theater at Home initiative, and other exploratory technologies. Check out his alumni directory and LinkedIn profiles, and then let us know if you have any questions you'd like to ask him during our chat!

Students Only

Thu, Apr 30, 2020

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Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Webinar

AC Director of Fellowships Christine Overstreet will co-present a webinar on the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant for students and alums. Learn how to choose a country as well as the best ETA role for you, so you can get the process started! KINDLY REGISTER: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lIs1HUpOTKWPJakygJKPaw
Applications will be due in fall 2020 for grants that will begin in fall 2021 or later.
This event is open to students and alums of all class years as well as to interested faculty and staff. As a U.S. State Department award, this fellowship is open only to U.S. citizens. Questions? Contact coverstreet@amherst.edu.

Registration Required

Three Minute Thesis Competition (Virtual)

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 they communicate the significance of their thesis in a compelling and accessible way—in 3 minutes. Cheer on these senior thesis writers and help judge which presentation should win the “People’s Choice” award. The Zoom link will be made available the day of the event.

Sponsored by the Writing Center. Hosted by Susan Daniels, associate in public speaking.

Prudential Financial: Enterprise Risk Info Session - Internships and Full-time Rotational Program

We look forward to speaking with you about Prudential Financial's Enterprise Risk Management internships and full-time rotational programs! In this session, you will hear from the Chief Risk Officer and Amherst alumni who have participated in one or both of the programs. You will hear about Prudential, the role of the Risk team, the role we play in the current climate, and what a normal day is like on the job. Please register to join us in this interactive and interesting conversation. We are excited to meet you!

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Registration Required
Varmus, Kessler and Tilghman

"COVID Conversations: Thinking Through the Pandemic," with Harold Varmus ’61 & David Kessler ’73, hosted by Shirley Tilghman H’08

COVID-19 has caused fear, grief, upheaval and loneliness; it has also led us to appreciate compassion, resilience, selflessness and adaptability. It has laid bare the social inequalities that too many people live with day in and day out, pandemic or not, and it has caused us, as individuals and as societies, to think more deeply about the balance between self-determination and interdependence, individual freedoms and responsibility to the common good.

In this series of live-streamed conversations, esteemed alumni and friends of the College will discuss current and future impacts of the public health crisis within the United States and globally. Audience members may submit live questions for the Q&A portion of each conversation.

Harold Varmus '61, M.D., co-recipient of the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for studies of the genetic basis of cancer, joined the Meyer Cancer Center of Weill Cornell Medicine as the Lewis Thomas University Professor of Medicine in April, 2015. He is also a senior associate member of the New York Genome Center, where he helps to develop programs in cancer genomics, and an adjunct professor at the Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York. Previously, Dr. Varmus was director of the National Cancer Institute for five years, president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for 10 years and director of the National Institutes of Health for six years.

A graduate of Amherst College and Harvard University in English literature and of Columbia University in medicine, he was further trained at Columbia University Medical Center, the National Institutes of Health and the University of California, San Francisco, before becoming a member of the UCSF basic science faculty for over two decades. He is a member of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences and Medicine, is involved in several initiatives to promote science and health in developing countries, and serves on advisory groups for several academic, governmental, philanthropic and commercial institutions. His current positions include co-chair of the Mayor’s LifeSciNYC initiative and member of advisory boards for Chan-Zuckerberg Science, the Broad and Crick Institutes, the global health program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and four biotechnology companies (Surrozen, Dragonfly, PetraPharma, and Volastra).

The author of about 400 scientific papers and five books, including a 2009 memoir entitled The Art and Politics of Science, Varmus was a co-chair of President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, a co-founder and chair of the board of the Public Library of Science, and chair of the scientific board of the Gates Foundation Grand Challenges in Global Health.

David A. Kessler '73, M.D. is professor of pediatrics and epidemiology and professor of biostatistics at the School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco. He previously served as dean of the schools of medicine at UCSF and Yale University.

Dr. Kessler served as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from November 1990 until March 1997, appointed by President George H.W. Bush and reappointed by President Bill Clinton. As commissioner of the FDA, he acted to speed approval of new drugs and placed high priority on getting promising therapies for serious and life-threatening diseases to patients as quickly as possible. According to The New York Times, Kessler “revitalized a beleaguered agency that had become mired in bureaucratic disarray.” The Los Angeles Times praised him for “restor[ing] the Food and Drug Administration to what it was meant to be--an aggressive advocate for the public’s health.”

Dr. Kessler’s books Capture: Unraveling the Mystery of Mental Suffering (2016) and The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite (2009) were New York Times best-sellers. His latest book is Fast Carbs, Slow Carbs: The Simple Truth About Food, Weight, and Disease (2020). Kessler serves on the board of various organizations, including as chair of the board of Science in the Public Interest, and has been an Amherst College trustee. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the recipient of the 2001 National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal. His other honors have included the American Cancer Society’s Medal of Honor, the American Heart Association’s National Public Affairs Special Recognition Award, the American Federation for AIDS Research Sheldon W. Andelson Public Policy Achievement Award, the American Academy of Pediatrics Excellence in Public Service Award, the March of Dimes Franklin Delano Roosevelt Leadership Award, the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health Excellence in Women’s Health Award and the “2008 National Hero” award from the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.

Shirley M. Tilghman H'08 was elected Princeton University’s 19th president on May 5, 2001, after serving on the Princeton faculty for 15 years. Upon the completion of her term in June of 2013, she returned to the faculty. During her scientific career as a mammalian developmental geneticist, she studied the way in which genes are organized in the genome and regulated during early development, and was one of the founding members of the National Advisory Council of the Human Genome Project for the National Institutes of Health.

Tilghman is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Developmental Biology, the Genetics Society of America Medal and the L’Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science. She is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine and The Royal Society of London. She serves as a trustee of Amherst College, the Institute for Advanced Study and the Simons Foundation. She serves on the Science Advisory Board of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, is a director of The Broad Institute of MIT, and is a Fellow of the Corporation of Harvard College.