Enrico Fermi was one of the most significant figures of 20th-century physics, with major contributions across a wide range of sub-disciplines. He was also a central figure in the Manhattan Project, and led the team that created the first controlled, sustained nuclear chain reaction at the University of Chicago in December 1942.
How did Fermi become Fermi? Drawing on research undertaken in preparation for his new biography of Fermi, The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age, David Schwartz will discuss the development of Fermi as a physicist as well as the role of nature, nurture and historical circumstance in his career and the characteristics behind both his strengths and his weaknesses.
Are great physicists born, do they make themselves, or do others make them? How does the accident of one’s birth influence a career like Fermi’s? What was it that enabled Fermi to continue to contribute to the field well beyond the age when many great physicists are content to rest on their previous achievements?
This event is sponsored by the Department of History and the Corliss Lamont Fund.
The Amherst College Department of Spanish is pleased to present a lecture by Rebeca Hey-Colón titled "Blood in the Water: Diasporic Renditions of the Massacre River."
In this talk, Professor Hey-Colón discusses the cultural and literary history of the Massacre River, a body of water that serves as a border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Focusing on women's writing from Hispaniola's diaspora, Hey-Colón discusses how reading and writing the Massacre River transforms it into an alternative site of archival knowledge. As a result, its waters become a crucial site of symbolic and historical power for the island of Hispaniola.
This lecture is free and open to the public.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Valerie Parkas, the Associate Dean of Admissions for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, to campus. Parkas will share information about FlexMed, Mount Sinai’s early acceptance program for sophomores, as well as the Mount Sinai Medical School as a whole.
FlexMed is the first program of its kind in the nation, offering college sophomores from any major early acceptance, with no MCAT requirement and a progressive approach to medical school preparation for half of each entering class. Learn about the application process for FlexMed, and ask questions about medical school admissions in general.
Are you preparing for medical school and taking the MCAT this winter or spring? Come join other Amherst students and study with your peers on Monday evenings! Drop-in when you can. Some MCAT resources and snacks will be available. This event is sponsored by the health professions office at the Loeb center for career exploration and planning.
Join us to call Massachusetts congresspeople in support of Data Disaggregation for Asian American ethnic groups. There will be dumplings from Oriental Flavors and pakoras from Paradise of India! For more information, contact Jenna Peng. This event is a collaboration with the South Asian Students Association and the Asian Students Association.