Attention seniors! The Grad Fair is a one-stop-shop for all your Commencement needs. Pick up your cap and gown, confirm the details of family Commencement housing, order commencement photos or a class ring, and visit with representatives from the Loeb Center, Information Technology, Alumni Association and more. It's all the information that need before graduating plus snacks and a chance to win gift cards to local restaurants.
An Amherst College ID is required to pick up regalia. Students unable to pick up their regalia at Grad Fair times should contact Conferences and Special Events/Austin Huot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no charge for regalia. Students are required to wear regalia at Senior Assembly on May 8 and Commencement on May 26.
Does everything happen for a reason? Where does morality factor into career choice? And more simply, how are you doing anyway? All are welcome to this casual, drop-in time to share lunch and conversation on a topic of spirituality, belief or values as we explore together what it’s like to be a person in the world. Hosted by Religious and Spiritual Life staff and a rotation of student, faculty and staff guests. Please reach out if you'd like to co-host a conversation!
Join us in the WGC to hear from recent alums, blaqueer scholars, Ph.D students and friends Amira Lundy-Harris '16 and Austin Lee '17, about their journeys from Amherst into Ph.D programs, their experiences and current research.
Amira Lundy-Harris is a third year Ph.D student in the Women's Studies program at the University of Maryland, College Park. He graduated from Amherst with a B.A. in Black Studies and Sexuality, Women's & Gender Studies. His research explores how the language of kinship is used in textual exchanges among Black trans people to create networked bonds of shared knowledge and mutual support.
Austin Lee is a Fontaine Fellow and doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania's department of Sociology. Her B.A. in Black Studies from Amherst's Black Studies department informs her study of the intersections between race and sexuality. Her current project explores the experiences of members of LGBT-affirming churches and how these individuals come to understand queer and religious identity.
Alo Basu, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at College of the Holy Cross, will present "Neuronal Complexity and Hippocampus-Dependent Cognition."
There is strikingly little understanding, at present, of how cellular and circuit-level variation in the mammalian brain relates to variation in cognition. Following from case studies of brain damage and disease in humans, current understanding of brain-behavior relationships is largely based on results of physical, chemical, pharmacological and genetic "lesions" that result in changes to neuronal morphology, circuit physiology and cognition in experimental systems. We have developed a mouse model of D-serine deficiency which reveals the limitations of the current paradigm, including the pitfalls of hypothesis testing as regards variability in neuronal structure and cognitive function. Further, we have uncovered deleterious effects of standard laboratory housing conditions on cognition in mice that suggest that the range of behavior that is being routinely observed in translational neuroscience is limited. We propose that the analysis of variability in hippocampal neuronal morphology and behavior can be combined with noninvasive environmental enrichment to test assumptions about how complexity of hippocampal neurons relates to hippocampus-dependent cognition in mice.
How did the ancient Greeks imagine the underworld? Their depictions of the life after death reveal the variety of conflicting ideas in the Greek tradition, from the continuative existences after death that preserve cultural memories to the compensatory afterlives that rectify the incompleteness of justice in the mortal world to the grand cosmic visions that bring together life and death, mortal and immortal, chthonic and celestial, into a single system. All these imaginings of afterlife make use of familiar tropes, names and images from the Greek mythic tradition, and each of the authors of an afterlife vision thinks with and through an imagined underworld in different ways for different ends.
A proud Jamaican national, Staceyann’s voice was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is also widely known as co-writer and original performer in the Tony Award-winning Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway.
She unapologetically identifies as Caribbean and Black, Asian and lesbian, woman and resident of New York City. She is the author of the memoir The Other Side of Paradise.
Join us for a conversation about intersectionality.
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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.