Come warm up and enjoy a coffee and muffin with representatives from the Employee Council. Talk to us about your ideas and/or well wishes for Amherst staff, learn about resources, benefits and training, or just come socialize with us! The coffee hour will take place from 10-11 a.m. in Frost Cafe on Thursday, March 21.
Please join us to learn and discuss how Amherst faculty use digital tools like clickers in combination with Moodle to enhance student participation and create feedback loops in synchronous and asynchronous settings.
In this Teaching with Technology lunch, Professor Kate Follette (astronomy) and Professor Chris Kingston (economics) will describe how they are using classroom response systems for real-time feedback, Moodle quizzing tools to track student understanding of course content and online forums for peer discussions. They will share 1) how these low-stakes activities help verify student comprehension, and 2) how they use the learning analytics to feed back into enhancing their teaching practices.
Bring your own Moodle and polling tips and questions as well!
Academic Technology Services will facilitate this session and provide info about alternate polling resources such as Plickers and PollEverywhere.
ProjectConnect is a peer-led initiative to help build social connection and community on campus. Drop by the weekly ProjectConnect lunch Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. at the Val community table in the front room to meet the peer facilitators and learn more about it, or to get to know students who've been through the program.
Considering a Fulbright? Join us for an info session. Christine Overstreet, director of fellowships, and Carter McClintock, fellowships specialist, will discuss research and study grants, English teaching assistantships, how to explore your Fulbright options and how to get started on the application.
Exploring both contemporary debates and the 1944 Korematsu ruling endorsing the Japanese-American internment camps, Steve Vladeck '01 will discuss the role of the federal courts in balancing collective security and civil rights, and the dangers of excessive deference to the Executive Branch on issues of national security.
After a decade of relative economic prosperity and political laziness, the 2010s became the decade of growing conflict between Putin's authoritarian regime and the young people of Russia, demanding freedom and social justice. Among them there are rockers and rappers, using Internet and live gigs to express their anger. The report will be illustrated by music and videos.
Artemy Troitsky is a journalist, music critic, promoter and broadcaster who played a vital role in popularizing independent Soviet rock music, as well as establishing the post-Soviet musical culture. He has published a large number of works about the Soviet underground that have been published in Great Britain, the United States, Europe and Japan. Currently, Troitsky resides in Estonia, primarily involved with social journalism, but continuing to host radio projects Pesni i Plyaski (Song and Dance) and Zapiski iz Podpolya” (Notes from the Underground).
The Arabic Program at Amherst College invites you to a concert of traditional Arabic instrumental and vocal music! The Pioneer Valley Arabic Music Ensemble is a community-based group of singers and instrumentalists who share a common interest in learning and performing traditional music of the Arab world. Directed by Layth Sidiq, this event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.
This event is co-sponsored by The Five College Arabic Language Program and The Qatar Foundation International. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
The Department of Theater and Dance performs Doctor Faustus, Christopher Marlowe’s harrowing play about a brilliant scholar who sells his soul to the devil. The wildly irreverent production stars Wesley Guimarães ’19 in his senior thesis project in acting, and Maki Ybarra-Young ’20 as Mephistopheles. The show is directed by Professor Ron Bashford ’88, with set, props, costume, lighting and sound design provided by professional staff and guest artists Dedalus Wainwright, Barbara Neulinger, Sarah Woodham, Kathy Couch and Jake Meginsky. The Five College student cast also includes Samuel Hood, Max Nemhauser, Antigoni Papapostolou, Emma Ratshin, Lorelle Sang, Sebastian Son, Renz Toledo, Lindsay Turner and Jasper Wolf, stage managed by Julian Brown.
Seating is limited; reservations are strongly encouraged. For reservations, call (413) 542-2277.
Join us for a talk, followed by a Q&A, with Anthony Jack '07 on his recently released book The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Poor Students. A book signing and reception will follow.
Getting into college is only half the battle. The Privileged Poor reveals how—and why—disadvantaged students struggle at elite colleges, and explains what schools can do differently if these students are to thrive.
Despite their lofty aspirations, top colleges hedge their bets by recruiting their new diversity largely from the same old sources, admitting scores of lower-income black, Latino and white undergraduates from elite private high schools like Exeter and Andover. These students approach campus life very differently from students who attended local, and typically troubled, public high schools and are often left to flounder on their own. Drawing on interviews with dozens of undergraduates at one of America’s most famous colleges and on his own experiences as one of the privileged poor, Jack describes the lives poor students bring with them and shows how powerfully background affects their chances of success.
If top colleges want to be engines of opportunity, university policies and campus cultures will have to change. Jack provides concrete advice to help schools reduce these hidden disadvantages.
Anthony Abraham Jack '07 (Ph.D., Harvard University, 2016) is a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and assistant professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He holds the Shutzer Assistant Professorship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
His research documents the overlooked diversity among lower-income undergraduates: the Doubly Disadvantaged—those who enter college from local, typically distressed public high schools—and Privileged Poor—those who do so from boarding, day and preparatory high schools. His scholarship appears in the Du Bois Review, Sociological Forum and Sociology of Education and has earned awards from the American Sociological Association, Eastern Sociological Society and Society for the Study of Social Problems. Jack has held fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation and was a 2015 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellow. The National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan named him a 2016 Emerging Diversity Scholar.
The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, The National Review, The Washington Post, The Hechinger Report, American RadioWorks and NPR have featured his research and writing as well as biographical profiles of his experiences as a first-generation college student. His first book, The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Poor Students, was released in February 2019 with Harvard University Press.
The spring season of Jazz@Schwemm's continues on Thursday, March 21, at 9 p.m. Jazz group Ask Me Now (featuring biology professor Dominic Poccia) and two student groups: Transition and Crescent. The pro groups start at 9 p.m., followed by student groups at 10 p.m.
Thanks to Jazz@Amherst, the Office of Student Activities and Schwemm's.
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 - August 30. This exhibition is sponsored by the Arts at Amherst Initiative
Opening reception will be held on Tuesday, March 19 from 4:30 – 6 p.m in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry (Frost Library, 2nd Floor).
Professor Caroline Goutte is Chair of the Biology Department 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.