Event Calendar

May 2019

Thu, May 2, 2019

What is American Studies?

What is American Studies?

Come learn about the department from current majors, as they present "Research in Progress" as part of a student symposium for the course "AMST 468: Research Methods in American Culture“

Refreshments will be served

Students Only

Reading: English Department Creative Thesis Writers

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The 2019 English department creative thesis writers will read short excerpts from their projects. Treats and refreshments from Black Sheep will be served. All are welcome to attend and celebrate their work!

Let us know if you're coming on the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1110933209092130/

Fri, May 3, 2019

Eisenstein's History of Art: An International Symposium at the Amherst Center for Russian Culture

EISENSTEIN'S HISTORY OF ART: AN INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM
Amherst Center for Russian Culture, Amherst College, May 3-5 2019
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Friday, May 3
1:00 Symposium Welcome
Amelie Hastie, Professor, Film and Media Studies, Amherst College
1:15-3:15 Panel I
CHAIR: Shahruz Ghaemi '19
Michael Kunichika, “Eisenstein in the Valley of Man: Prehistory and
Disfiguration"
Joan Neuberger, “‘Only Art’: Michelangelo, Picasso, and Other
Failures”
Aleksandra Jach, “Eisenstein as Method"
3:30-5:30 Roundtable: “Curating Eisenstein”
CHAIR: Galina Mardilovich, Curator of Russian and European Art, Mead Art
Museum
Ada Ackerman, Aleksandra Jach, Pierluca Nardoni, Marie Rebecchi, Elena Vogman
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Saturday, May 4
10:00-12:00 Panel II
CHAIR: Maya Mizrahi '21
Yuri Tsivian, “Eisenstein's Visual Rhetoric on Paper and on Film”
Karla Oeler, “Eisenstein and Hogarth”
Pierluca Nardoni, “Struggling over Abstraction: Eisenstein and Malevich”
12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-3:00 Panel III
CHAIR: Alice Jackson '21
Daria Khitrova, “Eisenstein and Dance”
Evgenii Bershtein, “‘Degenerates in Power’: Contexts for ‘Ivan the
Terrible’”
Ada Ackerman, “Eisenstein, Rodin, and Sculpture”
3:10-3:30 Screening of “Actors of Profane History” (dir. Elena Vogman,
Clemens von Wedemeyer, 2017)
3:30-5:30 Panel IV
CHAIR: David Finn (Hampshire College, '20)
Elena Vogman, “Actors of Profane History: Reading Eisenstein with
Warburg”
Marie Rebecchi, “Eisenstein, Bataille, Painlevé. From Gnosticism to
Animism”
Devin Fore, “Eisenstein and Eidetics”
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Sunday, May 5
10:00-12:00 Participants Roundtable
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All events held at the Amherst Center for Russian Culture (202 Webster Hall).
The symposium is supported by the ACRC and the Amherst College Film and Media
Studies Program.

Headshot of Pia Sorensen smiling

"Food Fermentations: A Curiosity-Driven Teaching Approach for Integrated Chemistry and Biology Education"

Chemistry Seminar with Dr. Pia Sorensen, Harvard University, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Fermented foods are ubiquitous, delicous and rooted in diverse cultures and history. Moreover, the making and enjoyment of them is deeply rooted in science, ranging from microbiology and chemistry, to biochemistry, flavor physiology, and sensory science.

This talk explores how food fermentations can be an engaging teaching tool for an integrated approach to these diverse scientific fields.

The discussion is based on the design and implementation of a course at Harvard University. The course focuses on the production, properties and characterization of the small molecules involved in food fermentations, as well as the microbial community dynamics these molecules drive. It follows an interactive, curiosity-driven format where students experience the scientific process in a creative way by designing and implementing their own research project. By making what inspires them, and eating what they make, students have an individualized experience with the process of scientific innovation.

Fri, May 10, 2019

Professor Lawrence Douglas

Celebrate Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall with a Talk by Professor Lawrence Douglas

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Science Center, Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall (A011)

Join us to dedicate and celebrate Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall in the Science Center, named for John E. Kirkpatrick '51 and Phyllis D. Kirkpatrick. Following brief remarks in honor of the Kirkpatricks, Lawrence Douglas, the James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, will deliver a lecture entitled "The Last Holocaust Trial: The Wages of History and Memory."

What role should the testimony of survivors play in trials involving crimes of mass atrocity? And what happens when there are no survivors left to testify? Professor Douglas's lecture will address these questions as they arose in the case of John (Ivan) Demjanjuk, the last high-profile trial to deal with the crimes of the Holocaust.

Reception with food and drink outside the lecture hall to follow!

Fri, May 17, 2019

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Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The Emily Dickinson Museum’s Poetry Discussion Group meets monthly, September through May, for lively conversation about Emily Dickinson’s poetry and letters. Featured facilitators offer fresh perspectives on Dickinson’s poetry each month. Past topics have included "Tropic Hints," "Emily Dickinson’s Planet," "The Color White" and "Emily Dickinson’s Varmints."

The Poetry Discussion Group meets at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, on the second floor of Amherst College’s Frost Library. Participants should proceed directly to the library and do not need to stop at the museum. While no R.S.V.P. is required, participants are invited to email edmprograms@emilydickinsonmuseum.org to receive a list of poems for discussion. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch. Beverages and a sweet snack are provided. The fee for Museum Friends is $12/session and the general fee is $15/session.

May’s Poetry Discussion Group will be facilitated by Polina Barkskova.

Sun, May 19, 2019

Alfred Venne, the planetarium director, speaks in Bassett Planetarium, a place that has helped generations of students and faculty to better understand their place in the universe.

"Decoding the Universe" with Fred Venne

All are invited to track the movement of celestial bodies at Amherst College's Bassett Planetarium.* This program is inspired by the Mead Art Museum's exhibition Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein and offered with support from the Arts at Amherst Initiative and the Beneski Museum of Natural History. This program is limited to the first 60 guests.

*This is not an accessible building. We apologize for the inconvenience.