Event Calendar

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Thu, Apr 11, 2019

Neuron Synapse

What Can You Do with a Medical Degree? Fink Bioscience Symposium

Established in 2009 in honor of Gerald R. Fink ’62, the annual symposium is an opportunity for students who aim to work in health care policy, medicine and bioscience research to interact with Amherst alumni who are leaders in these fields.

The symposium will begin at 3 p.m. with introductory remarks by George Carmany ’62, who founded the gathering with Fink. Their Amherst classmate Marc Pohl ’62 , head of clinical hypertension and nephrology at the Cleveland Clinic, will be among the slate of speakers. For a complete schedule visit amherst.edu/go/bioscience

This year’s keynoter is Shirley Tilghman, president emerita of Princeton University, where she is a professor of molecular biology and public affairs. Tilghman made a number of groundbreaking discoveries as part of the team that cloned the first mammalian gene, as an independent investigator at the Institute for Cancer Research in Philadelphia and as an adjunct associate professor of human genetics and biochemistry and biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania. Today, she advises undergraduates on independent work.

The symposium includes a dinner with the keynote address; registration is required. Please see the Fink Symposium website for registration, a full list of speakers and schedule: amherst.edu/go/bioscience

Registration Required
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"How Democracies Die: American Democracy After Two Years of Trump"

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm Science Center, Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall, Room A011

Steven Levitsky will give a talk titled "How Democracies Die: American Democracy After Two Years of Trump." Levitsky is a professor of government at Harvard University. He is co-author of the best-seller How Democracies Die. He is also an expert on Latin American politics, populism, democratic backsliding and competitive authoritarianism. He is currently working on writing about revolutionary regimes.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Political Science at Amherst College, along with support from the Lamont Fund and the Lurcy Endowment.

This event is free and open to the public.

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"This Thing of Darkness: Eisenstein’s 'Ivan the Terrible' in Stalin’s Russia": Book Talk by Joan Neuberger

Sergei Eisenstein's unfinished masterpiece, Ivan the Terrible, was no ordinary movie. Commissioned by Joseph Stalin in 1941 to justify state terror in the 16th century and in the 20th, the film's politics, style and epic scope aroused controversy even before it was released. In This Thing of Darkness, Joan Neuberger offers a sweeping account of the conception, making and reception of Ivan the Terrible that weaves together Eisenstein's expansive thinking and experimental practice with a groundbreaking new view of artistic production under Stalin. Drawing on Eisenstein's unpublished production notebooks, diaries and manuscripts, Neuberger's riveting narrative chronicles Eisenstein's personal, creative and political challenges and reveals the ways cinematic invention, artistic theory, political critique and historical and psychological analysis went hand in hand in this famously complex film. Ivan the Terrible, she argues, shows us one of the world's greatest filmmakers and one of the 20th century's greatest artists observing the world around him and experimenting with every element of film art to explore the psychology of political ambition, uncover the history of recurring cycles of violence and lay bare the tragedy of absolute power.

Joan Neuberger's new book, This Thing of Darkness: Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible in Stalin’s Russia, was published by Cornell University Press in March 2019. Professor Neuberger studies modern Russian culture in social and political context, with a focus on the politics of the arts. She is the author of an eclectic range of publications, including Hooliganism: Crime and Culture in St. Petersburg, 1900-1914 and Ivan the Terrible: The Film Companion; co-author of Europe and the Making of Modernity, 1815-1914; and co-editor of Imitations of Life: Melodrama in Russia, Picturing Russia: Explorations in Visual Culture, Everyday Life in Russian History: Quotidian Studies in Honor of Daniel Kaiser and The Flying Carpet: Studies on Eisenstein in Honor of Naum Kleiman.

"When Would Americans Use Nuclear Weapons Against Foreign Civilians?"

Professor Ben Valentino (Dartmouth College) will present his research on U.S. public opinion's understandings of nuclear weapons and when and why most polled individuals would be OK using nuclear weapons against other countries.

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Second Lecture in the 2018-2019 Forry and Micken Lecture Series on "The Philosophy of Time"

Ulrich Meyer from Colgate College will present the second lecture in the 2018-2019 Forry and Micken Lecture Series on "Philosophy of Time." The title of his talk is "Action at a Temporal Distance." All lectures are free and open to the public. For further information, please contact the Department of Philosophy at (413) 542-5805.

Dr. Chamara Jewel Kwakye: "Black Girl Lullabies: Pedagogies of Love and Labor"

Memoirs, or life stories, are collections of significant or memorable events in one's life that are captured in narrative form. This Unlock lecture shares, through story, three emergent themes from an exploration of diasporic Black girlhood: Pedagogy (things taught and learned from K-12 through higher education); Love (things learned through being in relationship with self, others and nature); and Labor (things learned about capitalism and communal investment). These stories and the others found in "Black Girl Lullabies" sharply
capture the nuances in the making of the Black diaspora (both inside and outside the United States) and recalls both the physical and metaphysical inheritances of education, family and nation.

"Women Veterans at War": A Panel Discussion

Join us for a panel discussion with two women veterans who have led in their military and civilian careers: former Marine Corps officer Kate Germano and former Army linguist Kayla Williams. The discussion will be moderated by CBS This Morning: Saturday co-host and NCAA Tournament sidelines reporter Dana Jacobson. The panelists will explain what it has been like to serve while the United States has been at war, the particular challenges impacting women servicemembers and veterans, and the impact of policy changes such as the end of the ground combat exclusion policy.

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Ronaldo V. Wilson: "Panoramas in the Mind of Surely Temple BLK"

Second Annual Queer Theory and Practice Performance Lecture

Ronaldo V. Wilson, Ph.D., is a poet, dancer, performer, mixed-media artist, and author of four books: Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man; Poems of the Black Object; Farther Traveler: Poetry, Prose, Other; and Lucy 72. He is co-founder of the Black Took Collective. Wilson is an associate professor of creative writing and literature at UC Santa Cruz.

Sponsored by the Department of Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, the Department of Black Studies, the Corliss Lamont Lectureship for a Peaceful World and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty

Free and open to the public

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"I'm Fine." and "Ha"

The Department of Theater and Dance presents an evening of two senior honors performances. I'm Fine., created by Brandon Medina ’19, follows Calvin, a socially anxious young man who receives a visit from his Conscience. They take a mind-bending journey through his formative memories, seeing what made him who he is, and the human connections he made and lost. Throughout their journey, Calvin is pursued by antagonistic Muses – shape-shifting beings who wish for Calvin to distort himself into something other than who he is. Starring: Leah Folpe, Brandon Medina, Samuel Melcher and Chloe Wohlgemuth.

Ha, created by Matthew Holliday ’19, challenges us to think about how we truly feel. Rooting memory, emotion and physical histories in the body, Ha explores our needs, wants, fears and desires. One must laugh at the contradictory nature that defines how we construct memory and how we embody our past, both good and bad. Starring: Bridget Carmichael, Michael Gibson, Benin Gardener, Matthew Holliday, Genevieve Lucas-Narcisse, Andres Niño, Rachel Marchica, Kiara Mickens, Rebecca Schrader, and Leah Woodbridge.

Set Design by Maia Doerner, Costume Design by Lorelei Diets, Lighting Design by Sophina Flores, Sound Design by Micha Starr, Music Design by Alistair Edwards, MacKenzie Kugel and Cristóbal Silva.

Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended: (413) 542-2277.

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Poetry Reading: Jericho Brown

8:00 pm Amherst Books, 8 Main Street

Claudia Rankine has said, “To read Jericho Brown's poems is to encounter devastating genius." Brown’s first book, Please, won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament, won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith says of his forthcoming third collection, The Tradition, “These astounding poems […] don't merely hold a lens up to the world and watch from a safe distance; they run or roll or stomp their way into what matters―loss, desire, rage, becoming―and stay there until something necessary begins to make sense.” Brown directs the Creative Writing Program at Emory University.

The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by refreshments.

Ongoing Events

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"Between the Imagined and Seen: The Hand-Pulled Prints of Betsey Garand and Microscope Images of Caroline Goutte"

until Aug 30 Frost Library, Mezzanine Gallery (2nd Floor)

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.