Please join us for our inaugural students, staff and faculty #AmherstChatBack Dialogue Series, which offers an opportunity to engage in critical conversations across difference, gain dialogue skills and learn from one another as we build community among students, staff and faculty.
Dialogues will take place over 5 weeks, each session focusing on a different social and cultural topic such as race, gender, nationality, joy and traditions. Participants should come prepared to share their own personal histories, thoughts, and experiences related to each topic. This event is open to all students, staff and faculty. Lunch will be served.
Want to make your research process more organized and efficient? Attend a one-hour tutorial to get started with Zotero! Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage, and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. If you're interested but can't make it to the workshop, click on the more information link below to see the full workshop schedule or to make an individual appointment.
We’ve heard plenty from politicians and experts on affirmative action and higher education, about how universities should intervene—if at all—to ensure a diverse but deserving student population. But what about those for whom these issues matter the most? In this book talk, Natasha K. Warikoo deeply explores how students themselves think about merit and race at a uniquely pivotal moment: after they have just won the most competitive game of their lives and gained admittance to one of the world’s top universities. What Warikoo uncovers—talking with both white students and students of color at Harvard, Brown and Oxford—is absolutely illuminating, and some of it is positively shocking. As she shows, many elite white students understand the value of diversity abstractly, but they ignore the real problems that racial inequality causes and that diversity programs are meant to solve. They stand in fear of being labeled racist, but they are quick to call foul should a diversity program appear at all to hamper their own chances for advancement. The most troubling result of this ambivalence is what she calls the “diversity bargain,” in which white students reluctantly agree with affirmative action as long as it benefits them by providing a diverse learning environment—racial diversity, in this way, is a commodity, a selling point on a brochure. And, as Warikoo shows, universities play a big part in creating these situations. The way they talk about race on campus and the kinds of diversity programs they offer have a huge impact on student attitudes, shaping them either toward ambivalence or, in better cases, toward more productive and considerate understandings of racial difference.
Ultimately, this book demonstrates just how slippery the notions of race, merit and privilege can be. In doing so, it asks important questions not just about college admissions but about what the elite students who have succeeded at it—who will be the world’s future leaders—will do with the social inequalities of the wider world.
Natasha Kumar Warikoo is an associate professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. She is an expert on the relationships between education, racial and ethnic diversity, and cultural processes in schools and universities. Her most recent book, The Diversity Bargain: And Other Dilemmas of Race, Admissions and Meritocracy at Elite Universities, illuminates how undergraduates attending Ivy League universities and Oxford University conceptualize race and meritocracy. The book emphasizes the contradictions, moral conundrums and tensions on campus related to affirmative action and diversity, and how these vary across racial and national lines. Her first book, Balancing Acts: Youth Culture in the Global City, analyzes youth culture among children of immigrants attending low-performing high schools in New York City and London. Balancing Acts won the Thomas and Znaniecki Best Book Award from the American Sociological Association's International Migration Section.
Professor Takashi Ito, professor of faculty of sociology from Doshisha University, has come to Amherst to speak about the media and content industry in modern Japan. He will touch on topics such as structural characteristics of the Japanese media and content industry, the challenges facing the industry, and more.
Award-winning environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb '09 will discuss his book Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, explore trends in ecological restoration and wildlife conservation, and talk about turning science writing into a career. Goldfarb's work has appeared in Science, Mother Jones, The Guardian, The Washington Post and many other publications. Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter is a finalist for the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.
Learn how to revise sentences to be more concise and clear using the Paramedic Method. Developed by Richard Lanham in Revising Prose, this step-by-step approach emphasizes active verbs, uncomplicated grammar and precise word choice. Participants should bring a paragraph-length writing sample for practice revising. Led by Cassie Sanchez, Senior Writing Associate.
Berkeley Research Group, LLC (BRG) is a global consulting firm that helps leading organizations advance in three key areas: disputes and investigations, corporate finance, and strategy and operations. Headquartered in California with offices around the world, BRG is an integrated group of experts, industry leaders, academics, data scientists, and professionals working beyond borders and disciplines.
Given that BRG is the firm clients trust with their most challenging problems, recruiters look for highly motivated problem solvers with strong analytical abilities and a desire to advance within the organization. Working at BRG means collaborating with colleagues across offices on complex and often groundbreaking projects.
Want to learn more? Attend this information session to speak with BRG representatives, including Amherst alum Drew Altizer ’18, about what it’s like to work there and how to successfully apply for the firm’s entry-level Associate and Summer Associate opportunities.
Join the Department of Theater and Dance for a special talk by Professor Martin Revermann (University of Toronto). Brecht’s theater, both in practice and in theory, is very much a response to Naturalism. Professor Revermann will outline key aspects of this productively antagonistic relationship: What could be wrong with Naturalism? How exactly does Brecht’s theater differ from Naturalism? How does anti-Naturalism manifest itself? Can anti-Naturalism be political at all? And is there common ground after all? Many features central to Brechtian theater will be introduced, with his plays The Life of Galileo and The Good Person of Sezuan functioning as prime case studies.
Sponsored by the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series Fund at Amherst College
Seniors, are you feeling the pressure to nail down your post-grad plans? You’re not alone! Come join your fellow class members to work on job and/or fellowship applications and receive in-person support from Peer Career Advisors (PCAs). Each session, the PCAs will also offer brief tips and advice about specific job search topics such as networking and negotiating job offers. There will be snacks and good company! Feel free to come and go as it fits your schedule.
The series will occur Wednesdays from 8–10 p.m. Additional information is available for each event:
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Visit the Mezzanine Gallery in Frost Library to view Between the Imagined and Seen: The Hand-Pulled Prints of Betsey Garand and Microscope Images of Caroline Goutte, on exhibit from March 4 to Aug. 30. This exhibition is sponsored by the Arts at Amherst Initiative
Professor Caroline Goutte is chair of the Department of Biology and a member of the Program in Biochemistry and Biophysics at Amherst College. Betsey Garand is senior resident artist in the Department of Art and the History of Art at Amherst College.