Tina Shih, of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, will discuss "Engineering Applications of Light-Matter Interactions."
Abstract: The study of how light interacts with materials serves to uncover phenomena that have led to the development of the sensors and technologies we readily use today. This talk will walk through a few examples of light-matter interactions that have demonstrable applications, including ultrafast material switches, aerial 3D mapping and laser communication to the moon and beyond.
Naoko Adachi, Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss “'When Shall We Meet Again?': Remembering a Trip to Japan in an Album."
In 1901, an American couple, Albert and Lillian Allen, traveled to Japan and documented their trip in an album with photographs. Their album, held today at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania, is a unique and interesting collection of photographs because it combines professionally produced photographs and Albert's own snapshots. The professional photographs are large-scale, hand-colored images of famous historical sites and the everyday lives of Japanese people. The smaller snapshots depict scenes from the couple's own trip, recording people and landscapes they encountered. In this presentation, Adachi explores how the album as a format changes the meanings of the photographs within, and how this album helped Albert's family remember their trip.
Alfiee Breland-Noble provides a unique perspective on examining the mental health needs of diverse students using over 20 years of her research in working with socioeconomically diverse young people, families and communities. She is attuned to the unique factors impacting students of color, including marginalized identities and intersectionality. She will share insights on the prominent mental health concerns facing students of color on college campuses, while also providing innovative insights on self-care for students, tips for supporting diverse faculty and training for administrators in improving the campus climate for all.
Alfiee created The AAKOMA (African American Knowledge Optimized for Mindfully Healthy Adolescents) Project in 1999 to address depression and other mental health needs of African American youth and young adults of color. Back then, she was an assistant professor focused on developing and implementing rigorous, culturally relevant, patient-centered, community-engaged research and clinical care for people in need. Today, she uses her 20+ years of knowledge and experience to collaborate with diverse teens, young adults, families and communities impacted by mental illness. Her mission is to educate the public about the unique mental health needs of students and young people of color, to educate professionals about the unique perspectives of diverse young people and their mental health and to describe her innovative solutions to supporting diverse young people.
Named a Best Book of 2018 by New York Magazine, The Washington Post, NPR, and Time Magazine, among others, Alexander Chee’s essay collection How to Write an Autobiographical Novel explores how we form our identities in life and in art. “These essays feel like a life's wisdom, salvaged from a great fire,” Ocean Vuong has said. “This book makes me feel possible.” As a novelist, Chee is the author of Edinburgh and Queen of the Night, and has been described as “masterful” by Roxane Gay and “incendiary” by The New York Times. He is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Dartmouth College.
The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by refreshments.
FiveThirtyEight Senior Political Reporter Clare Malone is coming to Amherst. She has written for The New York Times, The American Prospect and The New Yorker. In addition to appearing on the weekly FiveThirtyEight politics podcast, she regularly writes all about politics and will be sharing some of her ideas about identity politics with us. Come to hear her thoughts or to ask questions about gender in politics, the 2020 democratic primary, responsibly reporting about Trump and more! This event is free and open to the public.