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Fri, Feb 21, 2020

Queer Talk poster, dark gray/blue background, white and gold text and speech bubbles

Queer Talk

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Keefe Campus Center, 213 Keefe Campus Center (QRC)

Join the Queer Resource Center staff and Dr. Darien McFadden & Dr. Sarah Erickson from the Counseling Center for an open discussion space centering conversations related to being LGBTQ+ at Amherst and beyond.
Presented by the QRC in collaboration with the Counseling Center.

Students Only
Headshot of Sherrie Tucker

"Improvising Across Abilities: Pauline Oliveros and the Adaptive-Use Musical Instrument": A Talk by Professor Sherrie Tucker (University of Kansas)

The music department presents a special talk by jazz historian and professor of American studies Sherrie Tucker. All are invited.

Professor Tucker’s talk focuses on the work of composer, musician and humanitarian Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016), who is renowned for her innovations in composition, sound technology, research, philosophy and practices of listening, as well as feminist and environmental humanitarian projects. Less known is her work on all-ability improvisation through the Adaptive-Use Musical Instrument (AUMI), a free download/app that transforms any laptop, desktop, iPad or iPhone into a musical instrument that uses motion tracking to adapt to every body. Oliveros considered the AUMI a continuation of, not a departure from, her life’s work, listing it as her major research project with her department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in her final years. From 2007 until her passing, she spoke of the AUMI as interconnected with her other projects and collaborations intended to expand our abilities to listen, and thus to expand consciousness—such as the Sonic Meditations, Expanded Instrument System and Deep Listening® practice. 

In this lecture/demonstration, jazz studies scholar Sherrie Tucker shares what she has learned as a member of the ongoing collaborative AUMI Research Project, including how it challenged her exclusive relationship with jazz as an object of study, and pivoted her jazz studies questions and methods toward explorations of inclusive mixed-ability listening, sounding and sociality. Participants are invited to bring laptops, iPads or iPhones (sorry, Android users), if they wish. Those who want to try the AUMI in advance may download it free of charge at http://aumiapp.com/download.php.

Sherrie Tucker (professor, American studies, University of Kansas) is the author of Dance Floor Democracy: The Social Geography of Memory at the Hollywood Canteen (Duke, 2014) and Swing Shift: “All-Girl” Bands of the 1940s (Duke, 2000) and co-editor, with Nichole T. Rustin, of Big Ears:  Listening for Gender in Jazz Studies (Duke, 2008). She is a member of the AUMI Editorial Collective, whose collaborative volume, Improvising Across Abilities: Pauline Oliveros and the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI) is currently under review at University of Michigan Press. She is a member of two major collaborative research initiatives: the International Institute of Critical Improvisation Studies and Improvisation, Community and Social Practice (for which she served as facilitator for the Improvisation, Gender and the Body research area), both funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She is a founding member of the Melba Liston Research Collective, a member of the AUMI (Adaptive Use Musical Instrument) Project and founding member of AUMI-KU InterArts, one of six member institutions of the AUMI Research Consortium. She was the Louis Armstrong Visiting Professor at the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University in 2004-2005, where she was a member of the Columbia Jazz Study Group. With Randal M. Jelks, she co-edits the journal American Studies. She serves with Deborah Wong and Jeremy Wallach as series editors for the Music/Culture Series at Wesleyan University Press. She is the proud holder of a Deep Listening® Ear-tificate.

For more information, contact Professor Jason Robinson (jrobinson@amherst.edu).

Mon, Feb 24, 2020

Alumni-in-Residence

Alumni-in-Residence: Strategic Networking - Powerful Tactics to Gain the Most from Connections

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall E110

One of the most valuable skills you can have is being able to network strategically and effectively. Kim Karetsky ’99 will be at Amherst College as part of the Loeb Center’s Alumni in Residence Program. As an expert in leadership and learning, she will be hosting an interactive workshop on strategic networking and providing tactics and tips on how YOU can gain the most from your connections with alumni and others. Kim is the founder and CEO of KHK Leadership and Learning, a consulting business which designs and implements customized professional development and leadership services to organizations and individuals. After spending 15 years at Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan in leadership and professional development roles, Kim created KHK and is dedicated to helping her clients build skills in leadership. She is also dedicated to helping Amherst College students become the leaders of tomorrow. Through this workshop, she will help YOU develop skills and tactics on how to effectively connect with alumni and others and how to develop long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with others that can impact your professional (and personal) lives.

Tue, Feb 25, 2020

Alumni-in-Residence

Alumni-in-Residence: Lessons Learned About Starting a Business, Breakfast with Kim Karetsky ’99

Interested in starting a business one day or the lessons an entrepreneur learns when starting a new venture? Then have breakfast with Kim Karetsky ’99 as part of the Loeb Center’s Alumni in Residence Program. Kim Karetsky ’99 is the Founder and CEO of KHK Leadership and Learning, a consulting business which designs and implements customized professional development and leadership services to organizations and individuals. Before becoming a founder-owner, Kim spent 15 years honing her skills and abilities in leadership and professional development at Goldman, Sachs & Co and J.P. Morgan Chase. She took her knowledge and experience to create a company that is now transforming businesses and their people into leaders. This breakfast is a great opportunity for all students to learn what it takes to start a company and how women entrepreneurs succeed.

Statistics Colloquium: “Are We Not Doing Phrasing Anymore?":  Mining Narrative Texts for Meaning - John Laudun, Tues. Feb. 25, 4:30 p.m., SMUD 206

Statistics Colloquium: “Are We Not Doing Phrasing Anymore?”: Mining Narrative Texts for Meaning with John Laudun

The rise of algorithmic analysis has been met by a rise in the interest in storytelling, suggesting that we are most human in the stories we tell, and that the stories we tell cannot be readily rendered into numbers. And so data scientists and digital humanities scholars have turned their attention to narrative forms in hopes of at least sketching out a computational model of narrative which might reveal how narratives work at least as texts if not also as vehicles for the delivery of meaning. Much of this work has, however, focused on texts like novels, skipping over the kinds of texts that most of us
produce each and every day both online and off. This presentation surveys recent work in corpus
stylistics, digital humanities, and information and data sciences and then sketches out what might be a way to discern the shape of small stories. Examples are drawn from local legends about treasure, the clown legend cascade of 2016, and select literary works, among other things.
Dr. John Laudun, Professor of English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, is “fascinated by how humans create their world with relatively simple resources.” His current work in culture analytics has brought collaborations with physicists and other scientists seeking to understand how texts can be modeled computationally in order to better describe their functions and features.

Wed, Feb 26, 2020

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Russian Table

Please join us for the Russian Table for Russian conversation and conviviality! Grab your lunch and head upstairs. We hope to see you there! In case you prefer to use a tray, please ask a Valentine staff member.

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Loeb Center program director for careers in business and finance for a weekly, informal discussion on any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday from noon - 1 p.m. in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Hall. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!

Schwarzman Scholars Info Session

This fully-funded program bridges the academic and professional worlds with a focus on leadership and China’s role in the world. Schwarzman Scholars earn a master’s degree in global affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing, take Mandarin, are matched with senior mentors in their field, and complete internships. Learn more from Schwarzman rep Elysia Pan and Office of Fellowships staff. Register here: https://schwarzmantsinghua.radiusbycampusmgmt.com/ssc/eform/KBaB02Bkk03m....
Questions? Contact Christine Overstreet via email: coverstreet@amherst.edu.

Registration Required

Thu, Feb 27, 2020

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Weekly Thesis Write-ins!

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, CHI Think Tank (2nd Floor)

Thesis writers, set yourself up to succeed this year by joining fellow students to write together regularly! Every Thursday night, the Writing Center and Library open up the Center for Humanistic Inquiry for students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, coffee and camaraderie.

Students Only

Introduction to the Finance Industry Workshop Series (9 Weeks)

What is the Introduction to Finance Industry Workshop Series?
This is a 9-week program open to first-year students and sophomores interested in learning more about the finance industry and exploring potential careers in finance. The workshop series is led by Stephanie Hockman, Director of the Business and Finance Program through the Loeb Center. The series is designed to help students understand the finance industry and its components, distinguish the nuances of career opportunities, and understand the lingo used in the finance industry. Some workshops will include alumni who will provide their practical insights, experience and understanding to the discussion.
What topics are discussed in the workshop series?
The 9-week course will include topics such as:
1. Overview of the Finance Industry
2. Investment Banking, Part 1 – Corporate Investment Bankers
3. Investment Banking, Part 2 – Global Markets (e.g. Sales & Trading, Research, and Investor Services)
4. Investment Banking, Part 3 - CIB Operations & Supporting functions
5. Investment Management & Asset Management
6. Industry Trends & Alternative Investments: Fintech, Hedge Funds, Insurance, & Real Estate
7. Private Equity
8. Private Wealth Management/Asset Management
9. Review of the industry and next steps to preparing for finance industry interviews
How do I register for the Introduction to Finance Workshop Series?
The weekly, one-hour workshops will be held every Thursday from 8pm – 9pm beginning February 6, 2020, through April 9, 2020 (excluding spring break - March 19). YOU MUST COMMIT TO ATTENDING ALL 9 WEEKS.
Space is limited and advance sign up is required. If you are interested in learning more about the finance industry and willing to attend all 9 sessions, please register on Handshake for the first session (Feb. 6) That enrolls you for the entire series.
All questions may be directed to Stephanie Hockman (shockman@amherst.edu).

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Registration Required

Fri, Feb 28, 2020

Polyhedra

Playing with Polytopes

Join Amherst student Andrew Tawfeek '21 as he demonstrates the simple mathematical beauty of polytopes. Join the fun and build a 3-D polygon to display in the Science Center! This is an event open to everyone: first-years, faculty, staff, art majors, STEM-minded...all are welcome!

Queer Talk poster, dark gray/blue background, white and gold text and speech bubbles

Queer Talk

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Keefe Campus Center, 213 Keefe Campus Center (QRC)

Join the Queer Resource Center staff and Dr. Darien McFadden & Dr. Sarah Erickson from the Counseling Center for an open discussion space centering conversations related to being LGBTQ+ at Amherst and beyond.
Presented by the QRC in collaboration with the Counseling Center.

Students Only
Professor Ronald Raines

Cheminar: Professor Ronald T. Raines; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Chemistry

3:15 pm - 4:30 pm Science Center, Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall - #A011

Seminar Title: “Ghost Proteins”
This talk will be on chemistry that endows proteins with the ability to walk through walls.

Parker String Quartet

M@A Masterclass: Parker Quartet Feb. 28

Please join us for a public masterclass as M@A Chamber artists, the Parker Quartet, work with students on their craft.

Crafting a Career in Food Writing

The foodie media universe offers storytellers with a passion for the culinary the opportunity to share in and define new culinary traditions. Explore the possibilities for your own work—across print, digital, and television—with this behind the scenes look at Crafting a Career in Food Writing. This in-depth discussion will feature three distinguished Amherst community members who will share the details of their trajectories into careers as food writer, cookbook authors, recipe developers and personal chefs.
They are:
Lizzy Briskin ’15 is a personal chef, cooking instructor, food writer and recipe developer specializing in healthy, vegetable-forward food.
Dana Cowin P ’22, best known for her two decades as the Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine, is a tastemaker, talent scout, consultant, author, lecturer and radio show host.
Ted Lee ’93 is co-founder of The Lee Bros. Boiled Peanuts Catalogue, an award winning cookbook author, and host/executive producer of Southern Uncovered with The Lee Bros. on Ovation.

collage of protests, marches, and news programs

Shusenjo—The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue

4:30 pm Keefe Campus Center, Keefe Theater Auditorium

Miki Dezaki, a Youtuber who was threatened and harassed by Japan’s notorious netouyo (cyber neo-nationalists) for his video on racism in Japan, is not shying away from controversial topics with his debut feature length documentary on the comfort women issue. The film dives deep into the most contentious dispute between Japan and Korea and finds answers to hotly debated questions, such as: Were the comfort women “sexual slaves” or prostitutes? Were they coercively recruited? Were there really 200,000 comfort women? And, does Japan have a legal responsibility to apologize?
Dezaki masterfully interweaves footage from demonstrations, man-on-the-street interviews, news and archival clips with in-depth interviews with the most prominent scholars and influencers from both sides of the debate, including Yoshiko Sakurai (journalist), Kent Gilbert (lawyer/celebrity), Mina Watanabe (secretary-general of the Women's Active Museum), Koichi Nakano (political science professor) and Yoshiaki Yoshimi (historian).
“Shusenjo” reveals surprising confessions and revelations that uncover the hidden intentions of both supporters and detractors while deconstructing the dominant narratives. That Dezaki has managed to bring nuance to a sensationalized and often oversimplified issue is just one of the many reasons that “Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue” is a must-see work.
Co-sponsored by the Departments of Asian Languages & Civilizations; History; Sexuality, Women’s, & Gender Studies; and Film & Media Studies.

Mon, Mar 2, 2020

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Biology Monday Seminar

4:00 pm Science Center, Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall A011

Sarah McAnulty, Ph.D., assistant research professor at the University of Connecticut, will give a talk titled “A Tale of Two Symbioses: development and maintenance of bacterial partnerships with the Hawaiian Bobtail Squid.” Sarah McAnulty is a squid biologist and the executive director of the science communication non-profit Skype a Scientist! In her talk, she will cover her research on the Hawaiian bobtail squid and its relationship with the bioluminescent bacterium Vibrio fischeri and how the immune system plays a role in these interactions. She will also speak on the symbiosis within female squid’s reproductive system, the accessory nidamental gland. In addition to discussing her science, she will discuss the many ways that scientists can get involved in their communities, both local and online.

McNulty Headshot

Biology Monday Seminar

4:00 pm Science Center, Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall A011

Sarah McNulty, Ph.D., assistant research professor at the University of Connecticut, will give a talk titled
“A Tale of Two Symbioses: development and maintenance of bacterial partnerships with the Hawaiian Bobtail Squid.”
Sarah McAnulty is a squid biologist and the executive director of the science communication non-profit Skype a Scientist! In her talk, she will cover her research on the Hawaiian bobtail squid and its relationship with the bioluminescent bacterium Vibrio fischeri and how the immune system plays a role in these interactions. She will also speak on the symbiosis within female squid’s reproductive system, the accessory nidamental gland. In addition to discussing her science, she will discuss the many ways that scientists can get involved in their communities, both local and online.

LAL

“Securofeminists, Muslims, and the Political Geography of Gender Violence”

Lila Abu-Lughod is the Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science at Columbia University where she teaches anthropology and gender studies. A leading voice in the debates about culture, gender, Islam, and global feminist politics, her award-winning books and articles have been translated into 14 languages. Her most recent book, published by Harvard University Press in 2013, is titled Do Muslim Women Need Saving? Abu-Lughod’s scholarship, mostly ethnographic and based on long-term fieldwork in Egypt, has focused on the power of cultural forms, from poetry to television soap operas; the politics of knowledge and representations of cultural “others”; violence and memory; and the question of liberalism and global projects of human and women’s rights. She has been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, a Carnegie Scholar, and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. Sponsored by the Center for Humanistic Inquiry Feminist Thought Working Group.

Tue, Mar 3, 2020

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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Christopher 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 ’04 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 teacher’s 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 Political Science Department 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.

Wed, Mar 4, 2020

vinni puhh

Russian Table

Please join us for the Russian Table for Russian conversation and conviviality! Grab your lunch and head upstairs. We hope to see you there! In case you prefer to use a tray, please ask a Valentine staff member.

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Loeb Center program director for careers in business and finance for a weekly, informal discussion on any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday from noon - 1 p.m. in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Hall. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!

Professional Norms in the Workplace

How are we ‘supposed’ to conduct ourselves at work? What’s it like to have a professional relationship with a supervisor? How can we communicate respectfully while still expressing ourselves? How might we get to know a company’s culture? How might we ask for advice at work?
During this one-hour workshop, learn about expectations, best practices and strategies for understanding expected professional behaviors and etiquette in the workplace. Every organization has its own culture, leadership, mission and identity: we’ll cover the constants, the variables and the possibilities in different environments.
*This program is part of the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program Professional Development Series.*