Event Calendar

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Tue, Mar 3, 2020

It's on Us Amherst

It’s On Us Campaign

The Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect in collaboration with Amherst LEADS is hosting the It’s On Us Campaign at Amherst College. This is a national college-centered campaign whose mission engage members of these communities to pledge to end sexual violence on college campuses. To join It’s On Us, we ask students and Amherst community members to “take the pledge” and participate in our photo campaign.

University of Queensland - Study Abroad Info table

Ranked in the world's top 50, The University of Queensland is one of Australia's leading research and teaching institutions. Stop by Keefe Atrium to talk about your study abroad opportunities!

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Common Table

Common Table This Week: Faith and Environmental Responsibility

All are welcome to Common Table—a weekly, drop-in lunch conversation on a topic of spirituality, belief or values. Hosted by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

Serving Tea ft. Dante Brown

A monthly meet and greet with LGBTQ+ staff or faculty. This month’s guest is Dante Brown, current artist-in-residence. Lunch will be served!

Latinx Reception

Latinx Reception

This event will provide Latinx students, staff and faculty with opportunities for networking, meeting new and old friends, and engaging in informal discussions over appetizers and great company. Latinx supporters are welcomed to attend.

Daniella Bardalez Gagliuffi, American Museum of Natural History: “Identifying Observational Signatures of Brown Dwarf and Giant Planet Formation”

Brown dwarfs are the critical link between the products of stellar and planetary formation pathways; hence, their population properties and compositions can inform on the likelihood of either formation history. In particular, multiplicity is a direct outcome of formation, yet it is challenging to measure it in a consistent way, since each binary detection technique is sensitive to a different range of separations and mass ratios.

In this talk, I will present results from a volume-limited spectroscopic sample, including a new binary fraction straddling the hydrogen-burning minimum mass, which separates stars from brown dwarfs. I will discuss future directions for a comprehensive characterization of both the statistical distributions of the population of multiple systems and the fundamental properties of their individual components as a function of age. These are crucial steps to identify spectroscopic signatures of formation.

Event poster featuring a blue outline of Latin America on a red, orange and yellow background, as well as a small photo of Chambers-Ju

“Mobilizing Teachers: The Political Strategies of Mass Member Organizations in Latin America”

Christopher Chambers-Ju ’04, visiting assistant professor at the College of the Holy Cross, will give a talk titled “Mobilizing Teachers: The Political Strategies of Mass Member Organizations in Latin America.”

Chambers-Ju received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2017. His research examines the politics of education through a focus on teachers’ unions. Studying the cases of Argentina, Colombia and Mexico, he examines why some teachers take to the streets while others form an organized voting bloc, with distinct relationships to political parties. By focusing on teachers, he seeks to shed light on broader dynamics of education policy-making and political change in contemporary Latin America.

This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Department of Political Science at Amherst College with funding from the Lurcy Endowment and the Lamont Funds.

Beesy Strategy: Behavioral Science Consulting Info Session

Beesy is an insights-based professional services company, purpose-built to leverage deep, applied behavioral science expertise from academia, as well as best-in-industry marketing and insight acumen, to deliver greater commercial impact.

Founder Elys Roberts established the agency in 2015, with the goal to bring the science of decision-making to an industry where the primary goal is to understand decision-making. Clients typically come from the Pharmaceutical and CPG industries.

If you believe in the tremendous potential of behavioral science to dramatically improve how we understand human decision-making -- and you have a passion for behavioral science, brand management, consumer insights, management consulting, or design-thinking -- Beesy Strategy recruiters would love to hear from you.

Attend this information session to hear more from Amherst alum Alexander Levine ’15 about how behavioral science concepts inform Beesy’s approach to client work, what a “day in the life” looks like for Analysts at the firm, and how to successfully apply for their entry-level opportunities.

Ongoing Events

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“Mariah Garnett Selected Video Works,” An Exhibition by Mariah Garnett

Selected Video Works presents four videos by Mariah Garnett made between 2010 and 2014. These works represent the early cornerstones of her experimental documentary practice. In all four films, the relationship between subject and filmmaker is foregrounded, calling into question the power dynamics at play in representational art practices.

“Garbage, The City, And Death” uses a Fassbinder text to reframe a real-life relationship between long-lost siblings as a romantic rivalry. It was Garnett’s first attempt to mix theatricality with a real relationship between herself and her subject.

“Picaresques” takes its inspiration from Lieutenant Nun, the autobiography of a transgender conquistador at the turn of the 17th century as its inspiration and abruptly becomes a portrait of Garnett’s own friendship with a 9-year-old tomboy from Santa Monica. It is an attempt to look to the past and future for heroes of a similar gender to the artist’s own.

“Encounters I May or May Not Have Had with Peter Berlin” moves through phases of idolization, anxiety ending in a touchdown in reality in a conversation between the artist and Berlin himself. This is the first film in which Garnett used impersonation as a strategy for representing her subject.

Finally, “Full Burn” marks a shift in Garnett’s practice away from overtly queer themes to the geopolitical. It is a portrait of four U.S. war veterans who have continued to use their own physicality to earn a living, three as stunt men and one as a massage therapist. It is a meditation on masculine duty, trauma and re-enactment.

Bio:
Mariah Garnett is an artist and filmmaker who lives and works in Los Angeles. She holds a B.A. in American civilization and an M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts in film/video. In 2019 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Film/Video for her feature film, Trouble, which premiered at the London Film Festival and was named one of the best documentaries of the year by Sight + Sound. Her work has screened and been exhibited internationally at venues including The New Museum, The Hammer Museum, Tate Belfast, REDCAT, SFMoMA and her exhibiting gallery, Commonwealth + Council. She is a MacDowell Fellow, and her work has been featured in Bomb, Artforum and Reverse Shot.