Event Calendar

September 2020

Tue, Sep 1, 2020

Amherst Tuning In: Student Music Theses as Tools to Engage

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm See Daily Mail for the Zoom link

Amherst Tuning In, Tuesdays at 5:30 PM EST
Join us Tuesday, September 1, at 5:30 PM EST, where we will be chatting with past thesis students about political messages in music theses. We'll get to hear some fantastic excerpts from past theses and talk about how composers put political ideas into their writing.

Check the Daily Mail for the zoom link.

Next week on September 8: Perspectives from faculty plus fun and games!

Thu, Sep 3, 2020

What We Think: Resilience in a Pandemic

Professor Catherine Sanderson presents the first lecture in the six-part Psychology Department Lecture Series. "Resilience in a Pandemic" begins at 4 p.m. The talk is open to all students and followed by friendly discussion. First-Year students encouraged!

Students Only

Fri, Sep 4, 2020

Virtual Write-on-Site

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Virtual, Zoom

Enhance productivity. Find mutual support. Maintain a regular practice. Write with others. Faculty and staff are invited to a virtual Write-on-Site over Zoom each Friday during the fall semester between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. Hosted by Professor of Art History Nicola Courtright, and CHI Fellows Ashley Smith and Sam Presnal.

Open to the Amherst College community. Please login to Zoom with your Amherst ID and password:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/92776199071?pwd=Z1lpRDc2Y21sQjlKckgyc1o...

Meeting ID: 927 7619 9071
Passcode: 335098

Professor Shanen Sherrer

Genomic Consequences of Non-Lethal Doses of Cadmium

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Via Zoom Link.

Cheminar: Professor Shanen Sherrer, St. Mary's College of Maryland, Department of Chemistry

Tue, Sep 8, 2020

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Russian Table

Please join us for the virtual Russian Table on Tuesdays between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. EST. Russian Table offers an opportunity to gather and converse with other Russian-language learners and teachers. Come for the whole time or drop in for a shorter conversation; all levels of Russian speakers very welcome!
Please be in touch with Kristina Diachenko (kdiachenko@amherst.edu) in order to receive the Zoom link.

Amherst Tuning In: Perspectives from Faculty

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm See Daily Mail for the Zoom link

Join us Tuesday, September 8, at 5:30 PM EST, where we will be chatting with Professors Tanya Leise, Jennifer Hamilton, and Lili Kim about their inspirations for the neat courses they are teaching this semester. And stick around for some fun and games including "Is this music from a movie advertisement or a campaign video?" with Gil Wermeling '18, host.

Check the Daily Mail for the zoom link.

Next week on September 15: Find out about the new AC Music Department Commission is celebrating the 19th Amendment with special guest, composer Reena Esmail.

Wed, Sep 9, 2020

Stories in STEM with the Honorable Bella Dinh-Zarr

Bio191 is launching a "Stories in STEM" series where speakers share their paths in STEM. Our first speaker, the Honorable Bella Dinh-Zarr, former member of the National Transportation Safety Board, will speak Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 12:40 to 1:30 p.m. on Zoom: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/99973197368?pwd=TDg4bG01aVlVQ1ZSRUt4bGN....

The Honorable T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, Ph.D., MPH, trained as a public health scientist and is dedicated to promoting safe, sustainable transportation. She served on the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), an independent U.S. agency charged with conducting investigations and making safety recommendations in all areas of transportation. Nominated by President Obama and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate, Dr. Dinh-Zarr chaired NTSB board meetings, conducted investigative hearings and represented the agency at the scene of high-profile disasters from 2015-2019.

Born in Vietnam, Dr. Dinh-Zarr graduated from Rice University in Texas and has a master of public health (MPH) degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas School of Public Health. She is a co-founder of the “.05 Saves Lives Coalition,” a nonpartisan alliance of diverse organizations dedicated to preventing drinking and driving crashes. She also currently serves on the advisory boards for Uber and the AIP Foundation, a nonprofit manufacturer of helmets and disposable medical masks. As a student, Dr. Dinh-Zarr worked at the Railroad Museum on Galveston Island, built latrines in Paraguay and studied Latin American literature in Chile. She recently returned from traveling around the world, visiting ten countries with her husband and son.

Real Talk Poster

QRC/CC: Real Talk (1st of Fall 2020!)

Join the Queer Resource Center staff and Dr. Darien McFadden & Dr. Sarah Erickson from the Counseling Center for an open discussion and support space centering conversations concerning our current moment, navigating gender, sexuality, identity at large, and what it means to be LGBTQ+ at Amherst and beyond.

Join us via Zoom: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/99335278766?pwd=cHdrU05PMm9RSjdEaDErSnk...

For accessibility needs or concerns, please contact jsmartin@amherst.edu or 413-542-5964.

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Book cover for "Hemispheric Intergration: Materiality, Mobility, and the Making of Latin American Art," by Niko Vicario

CHI Salon: Constellations of Modernism: Writing New Art Histories

This CHI salon brings together art historians who teach or who have previously taught at the Five Colleges whose recently published books explore modern art from Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe. Through brief presentations and conversation, these authors will reflect on how to write the history of modern art from multiple locations.

Niko Vicario is an assistant professor of art and the history of art at Amherst College and author of Hemispheric Integration: Materiality, Mobility, and the Making of Latin American Art (University of California Press, 2020).

Karen Kurczynski is an associate professor of modern and contemporary art history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author of The Art and Politics of Asger Jorn: The Avant-Garde Won’t Give Up (Routledge, 2014) and Reanimating Art: The Cobra Movement in Postwar Europe (Routledge, 2020), and curator of the exhibitions Human Animals: The Art of Cobra (UMCA and NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, 2016) and Expo Jorn: Art is a Festival (co-curated with Karen Friis Herbsleb, Museum Jorn, 2014).

Christine I. Ho is an associate professor in the history of art and architecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and author of Drawing From Life: Sketching and Socialist Realism in the People’s Republic of China (University of California, 2020).

Alex Dika Seggerman is assistant professor of art history at Rutgers University-Newark, and author of Modernism on the Nile: Art in Egypt between the Islamic and the Contemporary (University of North Carolina Press, 2019).

Co-sponsored by the Center for Humanistic Inquiry and the Arts at Amherst Initiative

Fri, Sep 11, 2020

Virtual Write-on-Site

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Virtual, Zoom

Enhance productivity. Find mutual support. Maintain a regular practice. Write with others. Faculty and staff are invited to a virtual Write-on-Site over Zoom each Friday during the fall semester between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. Hosted by Professor of Art History Nicola Courtright, and CHI Fellows Ashley Smith and Sam Presnal.

Open to the Amherst College community. Please login to Zoom with your Amherst ID and password:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/92776199071?pwd=Z1lpRDc2Y21sQjlKckgyc1o...

Meeting ID: 927 7619 9071
Passcode: 335098

Cheminar - SURF Video Presentations

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Via Zoom Link.

Tue, Sep 15, 2020

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Russian Table

Please join us for the virtual Russian Table on Tuesdays between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. EST. Russian Table offers an opportunity to gather and converse with other Russian-language learners and teachers. Come for the whole time or drop in for a shorter conversation; all levels of Russian speakers very welcome!
Please be in touch with Kristina Diachenko (kdiachenko@amherst.edu) in order to receive the Zoom link.

Illustration of a purple cartoon Mammoth wearing headphones and working on a laptop while sitting in a lounge area. On a nearby window is an "Amherst Tuning In" poster with photos of Reena Esmail and Rebecca Howell.

Amherst Tuning In: 19th Amendment Commission

The music department has commissioned a large-scale work to commemorate the centennial of the 19th amendment, to be premiered in the fall of 2021 by Amherst's own Choral Society, the Jazz Ensemble and the Amherst Symphony Orchestra.  Please join us on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 5:30 p.m. EDT, as we talk with composer Reena Esmail and librettist Rebecca Howell to discuss this momentous undertaking.  
You can join by using this Zoom link:  https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/96712048638

Reena Esmail has been commissioned by ensembles across the U.S., including the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Chicago Sinfonietta and Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and she is the Los Angeles Master Chorale's 2020-2023 Swan Family Artist in Residence. 

Rebecca Gayle Howell is poetry editor for Oxford American and the author of two critically acclaimed collections, American Purgatory and Render/An Apocalypse.

Wed, Sep 16, 2020

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CHI Salon: Affects for Abolition: Feeling the Ends of the Prison, a Book Talk with CHI Fellow Stephen Dillon

Stephen Dillon is a CHI Fellow at Amherst College and associate professor of critical race and queer studies at Hampshire College. He is author of Fugitive Life: The Queer Politics of the Prison State (Duke University Press, 2018). He will be speaking about the research for his upcoming book Affects for Abolition: Feeling the Ends of the Prison.

This event will take place over Zoom. Pre-registration is required.

Registration Required

Thu, Sep 17, 2020

What We Think: Amherst College Psychology Department Lecture Series

Join the Psychology Department for the fall lecture series, What We Think. This Thursday, September 17, at 7 PM, Professor Julia McQuade presents: "Children's Social-Emotional Development during COVID-19."
Open to All Students. First-Year students encouraged!
20-minute talk followed by friendly discussion.

ZOOM: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/94205651897pwd=bXpxY2JUSFpXbW1ZdXFuZWlE...

Students Only

Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Virtual Write-on-Site

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Virtual, Zoom

Enhance productivity. Find mutual support. Maintain a regular practice. Write with others. Faculty and staff are invited to a virtual Write-on-Site over Zoom each Friday during the fall semester between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. Hosted by Professor of Art History Nicola Courtright, and CHI Fellows Ashley Smith and Sam Presnal.

Open to the Amherst College community. Please login to Zoom with your Amherst ID and password:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/92776199071?pwd=Z1lpRDc2Y21sQjlKckgyc1o...

Meeting ID: 927 7619 9071
Passcode: 335098

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OFTW: from founding to $1,000,000 donated

Join Amherst EA and OFTW's co-founder Josh McCann to hear about OFTW's journey from being founded at Wharton to donating its millionth dollar to the world's most cost effective charities. Josh will talk about the organization's founding ethos and values, its evolution, give an introduction to effective giving and then take questions. Register at the link!

Registration Required

Cheminar: Student Thesis Talks

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Via Zoom Link

Thesis Student Presenters:
Yusrah Kaudeer, Nejc Nagelj, Alyson Plaman and Clara Seo

Presentation Titles:
Yusrah Kaudeer: "Probing the pH Modulation of a Hyper-Phosphorylated Model
of Alpha-B Crystallin"

Nejc Nagelj: "Modelling Photoexcited Processes in Quantum Dots"

Alyson Plaman: "Ring-Opening Polymerization of Cyclic Esters in Open-Air"

Clara Seo: "Investigating Monomer Kinetics of ONN-Titanium Complexes in
Ring-Opening Polymerization"

Please visit the chemistry department's seminar webpage for additional information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/chemistry/seminar-sched...

Mon, Sep 21, 2020

QRC: Questioning/Exploring Affinity Space

An affinity space hosted by the Queer Resource Center for students looking for an open space to talk to others who are exploring or questioning their gender, sexual, and/or romantic identities! Participants are encouraged to participate in the degree you feel comfortable (feel free to join without your camera, mic, and to communicate using the chat function).

If you have any questions or concerns, or accessibility needs, please contact Jxhn at jsmartin@amherst.edu.

Please join us via Zoom: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/99761188215?pwd=bE1ENWhORzl3VGJyWXB6UE9...

Students Only

Tue, Sep 22, 2020

Employee Council Virtual Coffee Hour

The next Employee Council Virtual Coffee Hour will take place on:
Thursday, September 22, 2020
10am - 11am via Zoom - https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/94262837659
Meet Employee Council representatives, share your questions and concerns, and connect with other staff. Hosted by EC representatives Mariesa Negosanti and Andrea Sulavik.

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Russian Table

Please join us for the virtual Russian Table on Tuesdays between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. EST. Russian Table offers an opportunity to gather and converse with other Russian-language learners and teachers. Come for the whole time or drop in for a shorter conversation; all levels of Russian speakers very welcome!
Please be in touch with Kristina Diachenko (kdiachenko@amherst.edu) in order to receive the Zoom link.

Professor of Physics Janice Hudgings, Pomona College: "Building Equity: Creating Inclusive STEM Classrooms and Departments"

Despite decades of effort to create a more welcoming environment, women and people of color remain dramatically underrepresented in physics and astronomy, and minoritized groups continue to report hostile climates. This unwelcoming environment manifests, for example, in the use of textbooks focused on the achievements of white men, widespread accounts of microaggressions, and the conflation of privilege with aptitude. So what, then, can we do about this? In this presentation, I will outline some strategies being used by small liberal arts college physics programs and STEM faculty members-- including at Amherst --to develop more equitable pedagogies and to build actively anti-racist and inclusive STEM departments. We will end with a collective discussion of how some of these strategies are already being used or could be implemented in an Amherst-College-specific context.

QRC/WGC: Trans Affinity Space

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Virtual, https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/9932679

Open to current students and alumni in the five colleges, this space centers all folks of trans experience, including those who explicitly identify as transgender, nonbinary, genderqueer, and/or at some distance from the gender they were assigned at birth and/or who are exploring their gender identity.

To join, please follow this link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/99326798710?pwd=amV4UmY3c0hrUHVoMk5xUWI...

Presented by the WGC and QRC. For accessibility needs or concerns, contact qrc@amherst.edu or wgc@amherst.edu.

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Martha S. Jones

Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote and Insisted on Equality for All

Martha S. Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. She is a legal and cultural historian whose work examines how Black Americans have shaped the story of American democracy. Most recently, Professor Jones is the author of Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All (2020) and Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America (2018), which earned many awards.

Professor Jones will discuss the history of African-American women who defied both racism and sexism to fight for the ballot, and how they wielded political power to secure the equality and dignity of all persons. This event is part of the Provost’s Lecture Series, which will focus on “The History of Anti-Black Racism in America” for the 2020-2021 academic year. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and the public are all welcome.

Wed, Sep 23, 2020

CHI Salon: Exploring Afro-Asian Solidarities in the Aftermath of George Floyd

In conversation, Karin Aguilar-San Juan and Lili Kim will explore the contexts for Afro-Asian solidarities with reference to the brutal police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the end of May 2020. One of the four officers charged with the killing is Hmong, leading Hmong and Asian American communities to a painful self-inquiry on the nature and scope of our anti-Black racism. Essential to that inquiry is knowledge of the U.S. wars in Asia, reaching as far back as the Philippine-American War. From the Philippines all the way to Laos and Cambodia-- where the US/CIA coerced Hmong villagers into accessory roles in a "Secret War" --BIPOC communities have been presented with a limited menu of options for good citizenship. How will we deal with that menu today?

Karin Aguilar-San Juan is professor and chair of American studies and associate director of the Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching at Macalester College. She is also a leader within the Race, Love, and Liberation Laboratory (for growing spiritual things) based at Clouds in Water Zen Center, St. Paul, Minn.

Lili Kim is a CHI Fellow, Visiting Lecturer in the Department of History at Amherst College, and an Associate Professor of History and Global Migrations at Hampshire College.

This event is open to the public over Zoom. Co-sponsored by the Department of History at Amherst College. Pre-registration is required.

Registration Required

Thu, Sep 24, 2020

Biology Study Sessions poster

Biology Study Sessions

Want a buddy while working on Biology? Drop by the virtual Biology study sessions for a space to be productive! Whether studying silently together in the homeroom or working on an assignment with others in a breakout room, you can build community while getting work done.
Zoom link: bit.ly/2ZGbPAX or Meeting ID: 939 140 9559.

Fri, Sep 25, 2020

Virtual Write-on-Site

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Virtual, Zoom

Enhance productivity. Find mutual support. Maintain a regular practice. Write with others. Faculty and staff are invited to a virtual Write-on-Site over Zoom each Friday during the fall semester between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. Hosted by Professor of Art History Nicola Courtright, and CHI Fellows Ashley Smith and Sam Presnal.

Open to the Amherst College community. Please login to Zoom with your Amherst ID and password:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/92776199071?pwd=Z1lpRDc2Y21sQjlKckgyc1o...

Meeting ID: 927 7619 9071
Passcode: 335098

Faculty Colloquim Series: "Advancing Science by (Not) Testing Billions of Hypotheses, Fast and Well," Presented by Matteo Riondato

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm To Be Held Via Zoom, Zoom Link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.

The Faculty Colloquium Series for 2020-21 presents a lecture entitled "Advancing Science by (Not) Testing Billions of Hypotheses, Fast and Well," presented by Matteo Riondato, assistant professor of computer science.

Cheminar: Student Thesis Presentations

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Via Zoom Link

Student Thesis Presenters: Jordan Aucoin '21, Katherine Boback '21, Nina Fitzgerald '21 and Shantam Jha '21

This is week two of honors presentations. Please visit the chemistry department seminar page for additional information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/chemistry/seminar-sched...

QRC: Bi and Pan Joy (BP+J)

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Virtual, https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/9884450

An affinity hosted by the QRC that centers those who identify with the bisexual and pansexual spectrum where people can talk about the intersectionality of their sexuality, their other identities, and other aspects of their lives.

Join us on Zoom- https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/98844509170?pwd=Y2dMUzJZelFxVUVBYVEzSXR...

If you have any questions, concerns, and/or accessibility needs, please contact jsmartin@amherst.edu.

Students Only

Sat, Sep 26, 2020

QRC: Ace/Aro/Gray Space

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Virtual, https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/9740161

An affinity space for students who identify as asexual, aromantic, gray or ace/aro-spectrum to share and celebrate their identities. All are welcome.

Join us on Zoom at https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/97401619068?pwd=azc4MXVBYjg5NWJHNkhpakp...

If you have any questions, concerns, and/or accessibility concerns, contact jsmartin@amherst.edu

Students Only

Mon, Sep 28, 2020

QRC: Questioning/Exploring Affinity Space

An affinity space hosted by the Queer Resource Center for students looking for an open space to talk to others who are exploring or questioning their gender, sexual, and/or romantic identities! Participants are encouraged to participate in the degree you feel comfortable (feel free to join without your camera, mic, and to communicate using the chat function).

If you have any questions or concerns, or accessibility needs, please contact Jxhn at jsmartin@amherst.edu.

Please join us via Zoom: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/99761188215?pwd=bE1ENWhORzl3VGJyWXB6UE9...

Students Only

Tue, Sep 29, 2020

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Russian Table

Please join us for the virtual Russian Table on Tuesdays between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. EST. Russian Table offers an opportunity to gather and converse with other Russian-language learners and teachers. Come for the whole time or drop in for a shorter conversation; all levels of Russian speakers very welcome!
Please be in touch with Kristina Diachenko (kdiachenko@amherst.edu) in order to receive the Zoom link.

Poupeh Missaghi

Poupeh Missaghi: A Reading and Conversation

Join writer Poupeh Missaghi as she reads from her novel Trans(re)lating House One, about which Publishers Weekly has said, “Missaghi’s lyrical, meditative debut merges fiction, poetry, and critical study to explore Iran’s history and volatile present ... a bravura exhibition of writing as performance art.” A Q&A will follow.

Missaghi is a writer, a translator (both into and out of Persian), Asymptote’s Iran editor-at-large, and an educator. She holds a Ph.D. in English and creative writing from the University of Denver and an M.A. in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University. Her nonfiction, fiction and translations have appeared in numerous journals, and she has several books of translation published in Iran. She is currently a visiting assistant professor at the Department of Writing at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn.

Registration Required

Wed, Sep 30, 2020

"Arts of Address" book cover

CHI Salon: Arts of Address, a Book Talk with Monique Roelofs

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Virtual, Zoom

Join Monique Roelofs in a discussion of her new book Arts of Address: Being Alive to Language and the World (Columbia University Press, 2020).

Modes of address are forms of signification that we direct at living beings, things and places, and they at us and at each other. Seeing is a form of address. So are speaking, singing and painting. Initiating or responding to such calls, we participate in encounters with the world. In readings of writers and artists ranging from Julio Cortázar to Jamaica Kincaid and from Martha Rosler to Pope.L, Roelofs demonstrates the centrality of address to freedom and a critical political aesthetics. Hume, Kant and Foucault enter into conversation with Fanon and Anzaldúa. Drawing on a wide array of artistic and theoretical sources and challenging disciplinary boundaries, the book illuminates address’s significance to cultural existence and to our reflexive aesthetic engagement in it.

Monique Roelofs is currently a visiting scholar in the political science department at Amherst College and a professor of philosophy at Hampshire College. Please also join us in congratulating Monique and wishing her well before she moves onto a new position as professor of philosophy of art and culture in the philosophy department at the University of Amsterdam. She will also be chairing the department's Critical Cultural Theory Group.

This event will take place over Zoom. Pre-registration is required.

Registration Required
Why Democracy Matters: A Panel Discussion

Why Democracy Matters? A Panel Discussion

The Department of Political Science would like to invite the entire Amherst College community to a panel discussion on "Why Democracy Matters." Hop on Zoom to hear Profs. Javier Corrales, Jonathan Obert, Ruxandra Paul, and Austin Sarat share their views. Following the panel, breakout rooms will be available for Zoom participants to ask questions and discuss issues further. Panel discussion starts at 8pm. Break-out rooms open at 9pm. This is part of a series of events the department is organizing this semester in relation to the 2020 elections in the United States.

Registration in advance is required for this meeting:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwlce-vrj4rH9ZgO4_L6Rpy...

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Registration Required