Event Calendar

Fri, Mar 6, 2020

Amy Coddington smiling in front of a staircase

Professor Amy Coddington: "Containing Black Noise: Radio Responds to Hip-Hop in the Early 1990s"

Free and open to the public. Lunch provided.

The music department continues its Research in Music speaker series featuring department faculty discussing their work.

In the late 1980s, hip-hop moved from the margins to the mainstream, from New York block parties to family rooms across America. But despite this tremendous growth in popularity, many in the music industry hadn't come around to the relatively new style. In this talk, Professor Coddington will analyze how the radio industry reacted to hip-hop's popularity, tracing the emergence of "rap-free" radio stations and examining how these stations segregated the American public by protecting white listeners from hip-hop's black sounds.

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

Professor Rory Waterman

Cheminar - Professor and Associate Dean Rory Waterman; University of Vermont, Chemistry Department

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

Seminar Title: “Phosphorus, Photons, and Metals: Increasingly Efficient Ways to P–C Bonds”

Story Time with Lorraine Avila

Join the MRC and La Causa for a storytelling event and Q+A session with Lorraine Avila. Through her storytelling, Lorraine Avila seeks to break free from generational trauma by continuing to rupture the traditions of silence. She will be reading from her most recent book, Malcriada. Food from El Comalito will be provided.

Sat, Mar 7, 2020

Birth Doula Workshop

Siobhan Marks and I have been working to organize a doula training workshop with Warm Welcome Birth Services. Doulas provide non-medical support to laboring people. The training will be on campus March 7, 8, 28, and 29 and four-day attendance is required in order to be eligible for certification. This training is taught by a certified professional midwife, and ends with a hands-on module with pregnant families. Sign up ASAP if you are interested. Currently, funding for the training is pending, but likely. If you need more information, please contact me or Siobhan.

Registration Required

Mon, Mar 9, 2020


Biology Monday Seminar

4:00 pm Science Center, Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall A011

Terri Long, Ph.D., associate professor at North Carolina State University, will give a talk titled “Living on the edge: Iron homeostasis regulatory mechanisms in plants.”
Anemia induced by iron deficiency is one of the most prevalent nutritional disorders in the world. Most people obtain nutritional iron predominantly from plants. Our research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms that plants use to uptake, transport, and utilize iron, and respond to low iron conditions. We use molecular and systems biology to identify iron deficiency response regulators and their corresponding gene targets, with the long-term goal of elucidating gene regulatory networks involved in plant iron homeostasis. Ultimately this information may lead to the generation of crops with increased nutritional content and increased yield when grown in poor soils.

Tue, Mar 10, 2020

Navigating Identities in the Workplace

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Keefe Campus Center, Multicultural Resource Center

How might you hold your identities in a new setting and a new community while completing your internship? During this workshop, learn about how identities might show up in the workplace, strategies for self care and criteria to consider when researching and selecting an internship, and different supports both on and off campus during the summer.

This workshop is the first in a two-part series. The second installment will be held during the Fall 2020 semester.

Co-hosted with Amherst College Resource Center Team

This workshop is part of the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program Professional Development Series. Visit this website (link to: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/careers/houston-internship-program) for more information about the program or send an email to internships@amherst.edu.

Students Only
Registration Required

Yale School of Management: Early-Career Programs Info Session

Join Admissions Officers from the Yale School of Management to learn more about graduate programs offered by the University.
The Silver Scholars Program was specifically designed for college seniors who wish to earn an MBA immediately after completing undergraduate studies. Students enroll in the full-time two-year MBA program; but rather than the traditional summer MBA internship, Silver Scholars complete a year-long internship of their choice. Candidates of all majors are welcome to apply.
The Asset Management Program seeks candidates with a strong interest in short- and long-term careers in investment analysis, fiduciary ethics, and financial portfolio performance. Graduates will receive an MMS degree and will be prepared to take on full-time roles in a variety of financial management positions, from hedge funds to investment banking to philanthropic portfolio management.
The Global Business and Society Program is a one-year program designed for MIM students and graduates of partner schools within the Global Network for Advanced Management.
Attend this information to hear more!

Wed, Mar 11, 2020

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!

U.S. Department of State Student Opportunities and Careers Info Session

Are you interested in pursuing a career in diplomacy? Want to use your Arabic, Mandarin, Spanish or Portuguese skills to serve as a Consular Fellow? Curious about State Department internships or graduate fellowships?
Attend the U.S. Department of State Information Session and meet with Philip Beekman, the U.S. Department of State Diplomat in Residence for New England. Attendees will learn about careers with the department and how you can serve your country by working in any one of more than 270 U.S. embassies, consulates and missions overseas or in Washington, D.C.
Opportunities include Foreign Service Officers, Foreign Service Specialists, Civil Service professionals, internships and fellowships. Not just for political science, international affairs or languages majors; the State Department is also actively recruiting from the fields of business and finance, computer science and information technology, human resources, engineering and more. All majors welcome!

Fulbright Info Session & Pizza with FB Director Erica Lutes

Learn about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program while munching on Sibie’s pizza. Special guest FB Executive Commission Director Erica Lutes will discuss opportunities for study, research and assistant teaching English. Open to U.S. citizens. Please register so we get enough pizza. Questions? Contact Christine Overstreet, coverstreet@amherst.edu, or call 413-542-2536.

OXYGY Consulting Info Session & Case Interview Workshop

OXYGY is the management consultancy arm of the international law firm Bird & Bird. It is one of the largest management consultancies linked to a law firm. OXYGY aspires to be a new breed of consulting company, born with a vision of transforming businesses through a fresh approach and the combined offering of management consultancy, digital technology and legal expertise.
OXYGY consultants are collaborative, collegial, down-to-earth and authentic. Throughout staff members’ careers, the firm provides both formal and informal learning opportunities, allowing consultants to take charge of their professional development. OXYGY Learning Academies include training on core consulting tools and methodologies, facilitation skills, innovation, strategy and lean thinking. Consultants also invest time refining the firm’s Knowledge Management System, providing access to fresh content and sharing best practice across teams.
Want to learn more about OXYGY’s open entry-level opportunities, including its 8-week Management Consulting Summer Internship Program? Attend this session to hear from Michelle Shafer, a 2014 Hamilton College graduate, who will provide more information about the company and also walk attendees through a helpful Case Interview workshop exercise!
All class years and majors welcome.

Poetry Reading and Conversation: Fatimah Asghar and Franny Choi

Asghar is a poet, filmmaker, educator and performer, as well as the creator of the Emmy-nominated web series Brown Girls. She is the author of the poetry collection If They Come For Us and the co-editor of Halal If You Hear Me, an anthology celebrating Muslim writers who are also women, queer, gender-nonconforming and/or trans.

Choi is the author of two poetry collections, Soft Science, which Monica Youn called “raw and radiant,” and Floating, Brilliant, Gone. She edits for Hyphen Magazine and co-hosts the podcast VS alongside fellow Dark Noise Collective member Danez Smith.

Refreshments will follow.

Thu, Mar 12, 2020

Kannan Jagannathan sitting at desk looking at camera

Reflections on Teaching with Kannan Jagannathan

4:30 pm Frost Library, CHI Think Tank

Kannan Jagannathan, Bruce B. Benson '43 and Lucy Wilson Benson Professor of Physics, will join the Center for Teaching and Learning’s 2020 “Reflections on Teaching” series. The CTL invites four senior members of the faculty to reflect on their practice—to share with us not only what they do, but also to take us behind the scenes and explain why they made the choices that they did over the years that they have been teaching.

Fri, Mar 13, 2020

Internship Application Drop-In Clinic

Come to the Loeb Center and work on your internship applications! Show us your cover letters in progress, get feedback and advice, or just come for some dedicated time and space to make progress. There are also two other drop-in clinics on February 14 and February 21. Hosted by the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program.

Students Only

Tue, Mar 17, 2020

Internship Application Drop-In Clinic

Come to the Loeb Center and work on your internship applications! Show us your cover letters in progress, get feedback and advice, or just come for some dedicated time and space to make progress. There are also two other drop-in clinics on February 7 and February 21. Hosted by the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program.

Students Only

Mon, Mar 23, 2020


Biology Monday Seminar

4:00 pm Science Center, Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall A011

Kate Eisen ’12, Ph.D. candidate, Cornell University, will give a talk titled “Species interactions affect the distribution and evolution of multiple floral traits in California native wildflowers.”
Determining how ecological interactions and evolutionary trajectories vary across communities represents a fundamental goal of evolutionary ecology. In animal-pollinated flowering plants, pollinator sharing among co-occurring plants can shape the structure of ecological communities and the evolution of species' traits. My research examines patterns of species co-occurrence and the distribution and differentiation of traits across communities of annual wildflower species that are native to California in the genus Clarkia. My results from field and greenhouse studies indicate that species interactions may shape ecological communities on multiple levels and that a plant's local neighborhood can affect its evolutionary trajectory.

Money Matters: Budgeting 101 for Summer Internships

Learn the basics of budgeting to make the most of your resources this summer for a successful internship experience. We will review different budgeting tools, making a personal inventory, review strategies in which to be personally financially responsible and make individual plans for personal financial well being. *This workshop fulfills the workshop requirement for the Charles Hamilton Internship Program.*

Tue, Mar 24, 2020

Keith Ulmer '01, Colorado: "Searching for Supersymmetry at the Large Hadron Collider"

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN currently provides the highest energy particle collisions ever produced in a laboratory. These collisions were reconstructed and analyzed by the CMS and ATLAS experiments to claim the discovery of the Higgs Boson in 2012, thus completing the Standard Model of particle physics. This talk explores what's next for the LHC, including the implications of the Higgs discovery on the search for new physics beyond the Standard Model. In particular, such open questions as the nature of dark matter and the gauge hierarchy problem may find eloquent solutions in supersymmetry, a proposed new symmetry of nature relating fermions and bosons. I will discuss the current state of experimental searches for supersymmetry at CMS including the prospects for discovery.

Stifel Summer Analyst Opportunties Info Session

Stifel is a full-service wealth management and investment banking firm established in 1890 and based in St. Louis, Missouri. The company provides securities brokerage, investment banking, trading, investment advisory, and related financial services through its wholly owned subsidiaries to individual investors, professional money managers, businesses and municipalities.
Stifel recruiters are currently accepting applications for its Summer Analyst internship position. Attend this information session to learn more about the company, its culture, what it’s like to work in investment banking and how to successfully apply for Stifel’s full-time and internship opportunities.

Introduction to Consulting Workshop Series (Four-Week Series)

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall E110

Introduction to Consulting Workshop Series
This four-week workshop series is open to first-years, sophomores and juniors interested in learning more about consulting. The workshop series is led by Stephanie Hockman, Director of the Business and Finance Program through the Loeb Center and Henry Atkeson ’20, the CIBF Consulting Intern. The workshop series is designed to help students understand the purpose of a consulting firm to their clients, the responsibilities and roles of consultants and explore the types of career opportunities available. Some workshops will include alumni speakers who will provide their practical insights, experience and understanding to the discussion.
The four-week course will include the following topics:
1. Overview of consulting: Defining consulting and its role in the economy, an overview of different
types of consulting firms, entry-level roles, and what a career looks like for a consultant.
2. Overview of management/strategic consulting: Discuss the types of problems they solve, go over a client example, and discuss roles played in a management consulting firm.
3. Overview of economic consulting: Discuss the types of problems solved, types of clients, sample client issue, and roles played by people at the firm.
4. Preparation for consulting recruiting: In the final workshop, students will learn more about the
recruiting process for consulting, how to maximize networking and how best to prepare for the case
interview. The workshop will also review techniques on how to get comfortable with mental math,
how to be comfortable with ambiguity, and introduce upcoming preparation workshops by the Loeb
Center and outside vendors.
How do I register for the Introduction to Consulting Workshop Series?
The weekly, one-hour workshops will be held from 8pm – 9pm on Tuesdays from March 24 to April 14 (March 24 & 31, April 7 & 14).
Space is limited and advance sign up is required. If you are interested in learning more about consulting and willing to attend all four sessions, please RSVP on Handshake by March 13, 2020. You will receive a confirmation email. All questions may be directed to Stephanie Hockman (shockman@amherst.edu)

Students Only
Registration Required

Wed, Mar 25, 2020

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!

Loeb Center Summer Internship Funding Information Session

Join us to learn more about the funding options the Loeb Center has available for students who have secured unpaid/low-paying summer internships along with the application process.

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

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Alumni-in-Residence: How to Get Hired by the Federal Government, with Julia Rhodes ’90

Navigating the process of finding and securing work with the federal government can be tricky without a guide. In her 26 years of federal service, alumna Julia Rhodes ’90 has provided legal counsel to hiring managers and defended federal managers’ hiring decisions in litigation. She has also managed the hiring of four new staff in her time working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and participated, throughout her federal career in the Executive Branch, on numerous hiring panels for permanent legal and non-legal positions as well as legal interns and externs.
Julia is excited to share tips and advice for students interested in getting their foot in the door with the federal government and to provide the inside scoop on how those hiring discuss law schools and other experiences as they evaluate candidates.

Johnetta Cole In Conversation With President Biddy Martin

8:00 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall

Johnnetta Betsch Cole is a noted educator, author, speaker and consultant on diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion in educational institutions, museums and workplaces. After receiving a Ph.D. in anthropology, Dr. Cole held teaching positions in anthropology, women’s studies, and African American studies at several colleges and universities. She served as President of both historically Black colleges for women in the United States, Spelman College and Bennett College, a distinction she alone holds. She also served as the Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, as a Principal Consultant at Cook Ross, and as a Senior Consulting Fellow at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Dr. Cole is currently the Chair and Seventh President of the National Council of Negro Women, an advocacy organization for women’s rights and civil rights. Throughout her career and in her published work, speeches, and community service, Johnnetta Betsch Cole consistently addresses issues of race, gender, and other systems of inequality.

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

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Alumni-in-Residence: The Big Impact and Day-to-Day Work of a Federal Attorney, with Julia Rhodes ’90

Julia Rhodes ’90 has practiced law in all three branches of the federal government: the U.S. Court of Appeals in the Third Circuit, the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Senate Judiciary Committee. She is currently the Assistant General Counsel for the Civil Rights Law Practice Group in the Office of General Counsel in EPA.
After 26 years of federal service, Julia still believes that the federal government can do (and often does) great things and that federal attorneys can have a positive impact. She remains in awe of the D.C. monuments and institutions in which such work is performed and likes to run up the stairs of the Supreme Court with her dog as part of her exercise routine!
Julia has always looked for a degree of novelty and variety in her work, and she is excited to talk about the wide range of work one can do with the federal government. She will share about her own career path and provide concrete examples of her day-to-day work and cases on which she has worked in each branch of the federal government.
If you’ve ever wondered about what it’s really like to work as an attorney for the government, this event is for you!