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Today - Fri, Feb 28, 2020

Wellness Party

Join us for lunch, raffle prizes, coloring and DIY self-care kits. We will be celebrating the end of the Wellness Challenge, but the event is open to anyone who would like to hear a little bit more about the Challenge or just enjoy a fun break.

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!

Headshot of Professor Ronald Raines

Cheminar: "Ghost Proteins"

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

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

ABSTRACT: The lipid bilayer that encases human cells has evolved to keep the outside out, and the inside in. This barrier is not, however, impenetrable. Some small molecules, including many drugs, can burrow through and manifest therapeutic activities. Others can be “cloaked” to endow membrane permeability, and then uncloaked inside cells. We have learned how to beneficially cloak proteins, which are typically 100-fold larger than small-molecule drugs. Specifically, the conversion of protein carboxyl groups into esters enables a protein to traverse the lipid bilayer. The nascent esters are substrates for endogenous esterases that regenerate native proteins within cells. The ability to deliver native proteins directly into cells opens a new frontier for molecular medicine.

Three members of the Parker Quartet, dressed elegantly and standing near a wall

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.

Tomorrow - Sat, Feb 29, 2020

Craft Night: Mug and Coaster Decorating

Come decorate mugs and coasters this Saturday at 8pm in the Friedmann Room! Presented by AC After Dark. There will be food! Supplies are limited.

Students Only

Mon, Mar 2, 2020

McAnulty Headshot

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.

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.

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

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!

Students Only

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.

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

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!

Middlebury Language Schools Info Session

Learn more about the Middlebury Language Schools from the director of admissions. Middlebury College has been delivering 7-8-week summer immersion language programs from complete beginner to graduate level for over 100 years. The difference is the Language Pledge. We offer 11 languages in Vermont for college credit with scholarships and financial aid.

Students Only
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.

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.*

Thu, Mar 5, 2020

Afterlives of the Universal Symposium

“Afterlives of the Universal”: A two-day symposium hosted by Kent Law School, UK and the Amherst College Department of Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought will take place March 5-6 at the Inn on Boltwood.
“Afterlives of the Universal” interrogates the notions of universal humanity that have been central to modern legal doctrine, practice and claims to legitimacy.
With a focus on racial inequality and biopolitical, political theological and decolonial perspectives, this two-day event will consider the contemporary situation of legal universalist conceptions of the human and the practical and theoretical challenges those conceptions face today.
Confirmed participants include: Brenna Bhandar (SOAS, UK), Davide Tarizzo (Salerno, Italy), Patricia J. Williams (Columbia Law, USA).
For additional information about this event, please contact Professor Adam Sitze at asitze@amherst.edu or Megan Estes at mlestes@amherst.edu.

Abstract print depicting a still life of fruits in the foreground and a waterscape in the background.

Winter Warmers: Foods and Beverages to Warm You Up from the Inside Out

You don't need to like spicy foods to enjoy this hands-on workshop inspired by the practices of Ayurveda, an ancient wellness system from India. We'll discuss (and taste test) foods and beverages that will help warm you from the inside out. These age-old dietary practices were used to aid digestion and maintain health, even in the doldrums of winter. Participants will sample a variety of foods and beverages and leave with recipes that they can duplicate on their own. This program is presented by Molly Kitchen and offered in
conjunction with Embodied Taste and HR Wellness.

Free and open to Amherst College faculty and staff!

It's On Us Amherst

It’s On Us Campaign

Join us on Monday, March 2, through Thursday, March 5, in Val and Keefe Atriums to take the pledge as an Amherst College community. 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.

Neuroscience Lecture by Torsten Klengel, M.D., Ph.D.

Torsten Klengel, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Translational Molecular Genomics Laboratory, McLean Hospital, will speak on “Translational Research in Psychiatry From Humans to Monkeys and Back.”
Abstract: Genetic and environmental factors profoundly influence the risk to develop psychiatric disorders. A number of large clinical studies provide evidence for the long-term effects of early life stress on disease trajectories across the lifespan and even across generations. My talk will focus on the concept of gene-environment interaction and how the environment influences epigenetic cellular programming with a focus on HPA axis function. I will introduce the concept of inter- and transgenerational effects of environmental exposure and how non-human primate studies can bridge a translational gap between studies in rodents and clinical studies in humans.
Refreshments will be served.

Portrait of Chon Noriega

Helene Keyssar Lecture: “Seeing Ghosts: Latinx Video in the American Art Museum” with Chon A. Noriega

Chon A. Noriega is professor of cinema and media studies and director of the Chicano Studies Research Center, both at UCLA, and consulting curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). He has published on media, performance and the visual arts. Noriega has curated or co-curated numerous exhibitions, including Home—So Different, So Appealing (2017-18), Asco and Friends: Exiled Portraits (2014), L.A. Xicano (2011-12) and Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement (2008-10). He is currently completing a book on artist Raphael Montañez Ortiz (b. 1934) and an oral history project on Daniel Joseph Martinez (b. 1957).

Noriega describes the subject of his lecture as follows: “I remember walking through the WACK!: Art and the Feminist Revolution exhibition with Barbara Hammer in spring 2007. She had insisted that the curators show her films in the museum galleries and play them on a loop, not exile them to a side theater where they would be shown on a schedule. But letting her speak during the walkthrough was another matter. So Barbara grabbed the microphone and stood by her work: ‘Film is an art form,’ she began. Today, media installations and even two-dimensional media works like Barbara’s are quite common in contemporary art exhibitions. This talk is not so much about the aesthetic status of film/video in the gallery space—one dealt with quite well by Kate Mondloch and Catherine Elwes—as it is about the curatorial frameworks that render certain artists and artworks as ‘orphans of modernism’ or ‘ghosts of modernity.’ I will draw on my own experiences as a curator and art historian who was trained in cinema and media studies.”

A reception will follow.