Event Calendar

November 2018

Fri, Nov 2, 2018

"Asking Questions: Trusting What You're Told"

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

Paul Harris of the Harvard Graduate School of Education is interested in the early development of cognition, emotion and imagination. His most recent book discusses how children rely on their own firsthand observation or alternatively trust what other people tell them, especially when they confront a domain of knowledge in which firsthand observation is difficult.

The talk is sponsored by the Developmental Science Initiative and the Samuel B. Cummings Lectureship Fund.

Sat, Nov 3, 2018

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M@A Masterclass: Gabriela Montero, piano

M@A Masterclass: Gabriela Montero, piano. This event is free and open to the public.

Pianist Gabriela Montero’s visionary interpretations and unique improvisational gifts have garnered her critical acclaim and a devoted following on the world stage.

A graduate and fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London, Montero has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Royal Liverpool, Rotterdam, Dresden, Oslo, Vienna Radio and Netherlands Radio philharmonic orchestras; the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Australian Chamber Orchestra; the Pittsburgh, Detroit, Houston, Atlanta, Toronto, Baltimore, Vienna, City of Birmingham, Barcelona, Lucerne, and Sydney symphony orchestras; the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada; Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn; and the Cleveland Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin, and Residentie Orkest.

“Montero’s playing had everything: crackling rhythmic brio, subtle shadings, steely power ... soulful lyricism ... unsentimental expressivity.” –Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

Mon, Nov 5, 2018

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Biology Monday Seminar: "Environmental Change Shapes Host Defenses Against Parasites"

Dr. Sarah Knutie is an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Connecticut. The overarching theme of her seminar explores how animal hosts defend themselves against parasites, particularly in response to environmental change. First, she will present her research on the effect of the introduced parasitic nest fly Philornis downsi on birds in the Galapagos, how birds defend themselves against P. downsi, and a method ("self-fumigation") she established for controlling the fly in a bird nest. Second, she will describe the role of host-associated gut microbiota in disease ecology of frogs and, in particular, whether early-life microbiota of hosts mediate the effect of environmental factors, such as pollutants, on later-life resistance to infections.

Computer Science Colloquium: Matteo Riondato, "Data Mining: Tasks, Systems, Challenges and Research Directions"

Matteo Riondato, who will be joining the Amherst computer science faculty in January, will be giving the next colloquium talk, on the topic "Data Mining: Tasks, Systems, Challenges and Research Directions." The talk will be preceded at 3:30 p.m. by snacks in SCCE C209.

"In this talk, I describe the field of data mining (DM) from the point of view of a researcher in this discipline. Starting from my definition of DM, I give examples of DM tasks for different kinds of data, commenting on available systems for DM and discussing the algorithmic challenges in DM. I show how my research tackles some of these challenges and list the interesting questions I plan to answer in the near future with the help of Amherst students."

Matteo Riondato will join Amherst as an assistant professor in January 2019. His research focus is in algorithmic data science: he develops methods to analyze modern data sets, including graphs and time series, as fast as possible and in a statistically sound way. Matteo obtained his Ph.D. from Brown and held postdoc positions at Brown and Stanford. He is a research scientist at Two Sigma and an adjunct assistant professor at Brown. His works received the Best Student Poster award at the 2014 SIAM International Conference on Data Mining and the Best Student Paper award at the 2016 ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining. He tweets @teorionda and lives online at http://matteo.rionda.to.

Tue, Nov 6, 2018

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"Who Is the Dragon Princess?"

With Professor Ryūichi Abe, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute Professor of Japanese Religions, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University.

Sponsored by the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations, the Department of Art and the History of Art and the Hall Fund

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Amartya Sen: "Globalism and Its Discontents: Point/Counterpoint with Ilan Stavans"

Join us as Professor Stavans speaks with Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen.

The "Globalism and Its Discontents: Point/Counterpoint" conversation series features Amherst College professor, and host of NEPR's In Contrast, Ilan Stavans and a guest engaging in thoughtful discussion and attempting to bridge the ideological divide growing in our nation.

The rise of populism worldwide today, personified by Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, is a fierce reaction to globalism policies of the past few decades. Anti-immigration movements in Europe and the United States; assaults on free speech; racial profiling; polarized politics; intolerance for gender, economic and linguistic diversity; the building of walls and the renegotiation of international trade treaties; the tension between rural and urban communities; and the questioning of the basic tenets of pluralism are some of the symptoms. Democracy itself might be at peril.

Amartya Sen (born Nov. 3, 1933, in Santiniketan, India) is an economist who was awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his contributions to welfare economics and social choice theory and for his interest in the problems of society’s poorest members. Sen is best known for his work on the causes of famine, which led to the development of practical solutions for preventing or limiting the effects of real or perceived shortages of food.

Sen was educated at Presidency College in Calcutta (now Kolkata). He went on to study at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he received a B.A. (1955), an M.A. (1959) and a Ph.D. (1959). He taught economics at a number of universities in India and England, including the Universities of Jadavpur (1956–58) and Delhi (1963–71), the London School of Economics, the University of London (1971–77) and the University of Oxford (1977–88), before moving to Harvard University (1988–98), where he was professor of economics and philosophy. In 1998 he was appointed master of Trinity College, Cambridge—a position he held until 2004, when he returned to Harvard as Lamont University Professor.

This event is free and open to the public.

"Point/Counterpoint" is co-sponsored by NEPR’s In Contrast and by a generous gift from 36 members of the 50th Reunion Class of 1970.

Find more information about the other speakers in the series here.

Interviews with previous guests, and others, are available through Ilan Stavans' NEPR show In Contrast. Have a listen!

Wed, Nov 7, 2018

"Philology, Translation and Mimicry: Vladimir Nabokov’s 'The Song of Igor’s Campaign'": Talk by Lisa Ryoko Wakamiya (Florida State University)

Drawing on manuscript collations and findings in the Roman Jakobson Papers at MIT, the Vladimir Nabokov Papers at the Library of Congress and the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library, this talk examines the early variant manuscripts of Nabokov’s translation of The Song of Igor’s Campaign, the anonymous Old Rus epic whose antiquity remains the subject of scholarly debate. Nabokov’s decade-long collaboration with Roman Jakobson was intended to produce a scholarly edition of the “Song.” Instead, it resulted in an acrimonious ideologized rift: Nabokov went on to publish his translation of the “Song” with his own commentary; Jakobson’s book was never finished.

Where Jakobson sought to eliminate all doubts concerning the “Song” and its 12th-century provenance, Nabokov sidestepped the authenticity debate to define the epic (whatever its origin) as a work of Great Art. Despite these fundamental differences, Nabokov’s published translation of the “Song” advances a text and a model of scholarly activity that owes much to Jakobson. If Nabokov’s earliest drafts adapt translation to philology in a performance that is at once “reverent” and “ironic,” terms that might also metatextually describe Nabokov’s relationship to his then mentor, his published edition reveals not the displacement of Jakobson’s work by his own, but a condensation of the two in which philological discourse cannot be distinguished from a performance of it.

Lisa Ryoko Wakamiya (Ph.D., Slavic languages and literatures, University of California, Los Angeles) is associate professor of Slavic in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics and Courtesy Associate Professor of English at Florida State University. She is the author of Locating Exiled Writers in Contemporary Russian Literature and co-editor with Mark Lipovetsky of Late and Post-Soviet Russian Literature: A Reader. Her current book project, Collecting Objects, Materializing Ethics, investigates the relationship between collections of material objects and narrative in the work of writer-collectors.

Influence in Politics, the Arts and Public Education with John Abodeely ’01

Are you interested in the arts as an engine for social change, in advancing equity in public education, or in D.C. politics? Join us for a conversation with John Abodeely ’01, CEO of the Houston Arts Alliance and former deputy director for the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. This conversation will explore national policy and advocacy work, the use of the arts in community improvement, and successful efforts to improve public education in high-poverty environments.

As CEO of Houston Arts Alliance, a citywide arts service organization, John directs strategy in grantmaking, civic art development, and new programs. He is committed to developing the organization’s positive impact on arts production throughout the city, in collaboration with board, staff, grantees, investors and other stakeholders. In ten months, Abodeely has reorganized the Alliance’s financial structure, launched new programs in disaster recovery and resilience, and engaged the challenge of educational equity throughout Houston.

As deputy director and then acting executive director of the Presidents’ Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, an advisory body to the White House on cultural issues, John was instrumental in the expansion of Turnaround Arts, a program that leverages the unique power of arts education to improve non-arts outcomes in a cohort of the nation's most struggling schools. During John’s tenure, the program successfully scaled from eight schools to sixty-eight. Also at the Committee, Abodeely served as trip director for the first-ever U.S. cultural delegation to Cuba, which featured artists Dave Matthews, Usher, Alfre Woodard, and John Guare in cultural exchange with Cuban artists, as well as bi-lateral meetings with U.S. and Cuban dignitaries.

Prior to the President's Committee, Abodeely served as manager of National Partnerships for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and as manager of Education at Americans for the Arts. John has taught education policy at the graduate level, and served on boards and various review panels. He is a graduate of Amherst College with a bachelor's degree magna cum laude in Biology and Fine Arts, and holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.

"Putting Pen to Palm Leaf: Buddhism and Contemporary Literature"

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

This year, Five College Buddhist Studies is welcoming a series of visitors focused on Buddhism and contemporary literature, called “Putting Pen to Palm Leaf: Buddhism and Contemporary Literature.” This series will bring four eminent writers, whose work explores or is inflected by Buddhist themes, to the Five Colleges to share their ideas and practice with our students, faculty and the wider community.

Ruth Ozeki is an award-winning author, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest whose novels have garnered international critical acclaim for their ability to integrate issues of science, technology, environmental politics, philosophy and global pop culture into unique hybrid narrative forms. Her best-selling novel A Tale for the Time Being (2013) won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; it has been translated and published in more than 35 countries. Her earlier novels, My Year of Meats (1998) and All Over Creation (2003), were both New York Times Notable Books. Her latest book, The Face: A Time Code, is a memoir, published in 2016 by Restless Books.

After graduating from Smith in 1980 with degrees in English literature and Asian studies, Ozeki received a Japanese Ministry of Education fellowship to do graduate work in classical Japanese literature. While in Japan, she also studied Noh drama and mask carving, founded a language school and taught on the faculty of Kyoto Sangyo University. She returned to New York, where she started a film career, working first as an art director for low-­budget horror movies, and later as a documentary director for Japanese television. Her award­-winning independent films, Halving the Bones (1995) and Body of Correspondence (1994), have shown at Sundance and on public television.

A longtime meditator, Ozeki was ordained in 2010 as a novice priest in the Soto Zen lineage. In 2006, Ozeki returned to Smith to receive an honorary doctorate in humane letters, and she is very happy to be back again, this time to teach creative writing and to work on a new novel. We are thrilled to welcome her to Amherst College, where she will give a public reading of her work.

Cameron Awkward-Rich

Poetry Reading: Cameron Awkward-Rich

8:00 pm Amherst Books, O'Connor Common

A poet and critic, Cameron Awkward-Rich is the author of the forthcoming Dispatch and the collection Sympathetic Little Monster, which was a finalist for a 2017 Lambda Literary Award, and which poet Danez Smith described as “at once analytical, magical, confession, dismissive, but ultimately, and simply, a collection breaking new ground in Trans, Queer, Black, and American Letters.” He is also a poetry editor for Muzzle magazine and has received numerous fellowships. He currently teaches women, gender and sexuality studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

This reading will be followed by refreshments.

Thu, Nov 8, 2018

Careers in Environmental Studies: A Panel with Recent ENST Alumni

Sponsored by the Department of Environmental Studies and the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.

Zack Gerdes '14 lives in Washington D.C. and works as a conservation organizer with the Sierra Club. Zack serves as staff lead for clean water and public health campaigns in the state of Maryland. He also supports Sierra Club's political campaign to elect environmental champions on the local and state level. Before joining Sierra Club, Zack worked as a philanthropy fellow at the Pisces Foundation. While at Amherst, Zack helped launch the coal divestment campaign with the Green Amherst Project and worked with 350.org as a fossil free fellow.

Meghan Cafferty '14 began working for Senator Elizabeth Warren in her Boston office as a staff assistant. In 2016, she transferred to Senator Warren’s D.C. office and was promoted to legislative correspondent with a policy portfolio covering energy and environment. She helped prepare the Senator for meetings, including on national natural gas pipeline infrastructure. In the fall of 2016, Meghan began her JD at Boston University School of Law. She has been a legal intern at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office in the Energy and Telecommunications Division and has participated in BU Law’s Environmental Clinic. She has helped conduct legal research for Alternatives for Community and Environment, a non-profit organization supporting a citizen suit to stop the construction of a power plant in Brockton, MA. This past summer Meghan was a Summer Associate at Brown Rudnick LLP in Boston, MA and will be joining their Commercial Litigation department after graduation.

Charles Nutter ’15 is a manager with Nexamp Community Solar. Charles graduated from Amherst in 2015 with a degree in Economics and Environmental Studies. Through the College’s Center for Community Engagement, he interned as a team leader with the Gulf of Maine Institute, an environmental youth stewardship organization that educates and performs community service all along the Gulf of Maine, from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia. After graduation, Charles began an internship at Nexamp, a leading community solar developer in the Northeast, with funding from the Mass Clean Energy Center. Beginning as a community solar sales and marketing intern, he is now the energy sales manager and leads the company’s efforts to identify and contract institutional and commercial clients to receive energy credit produced by Nexamp’s solar arrays.

Panelists will be available for office hours through Handshake; search "office hours" to locate their individual schedules. For questions regarding this event, please contact Kate Sims (ksims@amherst.edu).

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Helene Keyssar Distinguished Lecture: "Scaling Down" with Marc Siegel

Marc Siegel is professor of film studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. His research and publications focus on issues in queer studies and experimental film. He is co-editor of Film Culture 80: The Legend of Barbara Rubin (2018) and Jack Smith: Beyond the Rented World (2014), a special issue of Criticism. His book A Gossip of Images is forthcoming from Duke University Press. He has also curated numerous film series for festivals, museums and galleries, including the Berlinale, Tate Modern (London), CCCB (Barcelona), Bunkier Sztuki (Cracow) and the Goethe Institute (Kolkata). His curatorial projects include the festivals Camp/Anti-Camp (2012) and LIVE FILM! JACK SMITH! (2009). He is on the advisory board of the Forum Expanded section of the Berlinale and one of the co-founders of the Berlin-based artists' collective CHEAP.

Siegel's talk will engage with current strategies for exhibiting moving images. He will contrast the sometimes spectacular and decorative use of avant-garde films in contemporary exhibitions with select innovative approaches to the presentation of painting and photography. With reference to his own curatorial work on a recent Berlin exhibition, Edit Film Culture! (2018), Siegel will argue for the aesthetic significance of scale and context.

Fri, Nov 9, 2018

Celebrate Lipton Lecture Hall with a Talk by Professor Catherine Sanderson

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall (E110)

Join us to dedicate and celebrate Lipton Lecture Hall in the new Science Center, named for Richard M. Lipton ’74, P’12 ’08, and his family. Following brief introductory remarks in honor of the Liptons, Catherine Sanderson, Manwell Family Professor of Life Sciences (Psychology), will deliver a lecture entitled “They Aren’t as Thin or as Happy as You Think They Are: Exploring Causes and Consequences of Misperceiving Social Norms at Amherst.”

Professor Sanderson will describe research conducted in collaboration with Amherst College students on factors that lead students to misperceive social norms, including those related to eating and exercise, reporting athletic concussions and seeking mental health treatment. She will discuss the consequences of such misperceptions, strategies for correcting them and the benefits of such approaches for improving psychological and physical well-being on college campuses.

Sat, Nov 10, 2018

Screening of JFK: The Last Speech - The Story of President Kennedy’s 1963 Speech at Amherst College

In an era of political tension when the value of a liberal arts education is questioned, a message from 1963 has particular resonance. Twenty-seven days before he was assassinated, President Kennedy came to Amherst College to honor the poet Robert Frost in a speech called “the most majestic” of Kennedy’s career. He spoke of the relationship of poetry to power and of a view shared with Frost that power must be exercised, but wisely -- tempered by a moral restraint inspired by the arts and a liberal arts education. And, he spoke of the obligation of those “given a running start in life” to serve the public interest. "JFK: The Last Speech" is a new documentary aired on public television this summer, and it communicates the impact of this message through the stories of Amherst alumni and students and reflections by prominent scholars and political observers. Produced by an award winning filmmaker, this film will ignite public discourse on enduring values and on our shared responsibility for the public interest. It is a call to action to rebuild our civic sphere -- infused with broad sympathy, understanding and compassion. Neil Bicknell ’64 and Paul Dimond ’66 will host this screening, field questions and share opportunities to make JFK’s call a living legacy going forward. All alumni, current students, faculty and staff are invited.

Mon, Nov 12, 2018

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Biology Monday Seminar: "Long-Distance Shoot-to-Root Signaling of Iron Deficiency in Plants"

Join Elsbeth Walker, Ph.D and professor of biology at University of Massachusetts Amherst, for a discussion on "Long-Distance Shoot-to-Root Signaling of Iron Deficiency in Plants."

The Walker lab aims to discover novel mechanisms that control the uptake and distribution of iron in plants. Part of the impetus for such discovery research is that iron deficiency is one of the most significant micronutrient malnutrition problems facing the world today. The World Health Organization estimates that ~1.62 billion people-- ~25 percent of the world’s population --are affected by iron deficiency. The production of staple crops that have elevated iron in edible parts (e.g., in the grains of cereals) is widely regarded as the primary means by which this problem could be stably addressed. However, this goal is thwarted, because our knowledge of the molecular mechanisms controlling iron accumulation in plants is far from complete. We have discovered that three distinct iron-transporter proteins are required in the leaves of plants in order for those leaves to send correct signals of iron deficiency to the roots. Our current work focuses on understanding how the leaf signals of iron deficiency are generated. We are also avidly pursuing the phloem-mobile inductive RNA signal that induces iron-deficiency-associated gene expression in the roots. Our hope is that, by improving our understanding of whole-plant iron-signaling processes, we may identify improved strategies for manipulating iron distribution in staple crop plants.

Tue, Nov 13, 2018

Assistant Professor Daniel McCarron, University Of Connecticut: "Taming Molecules with Light"

Laser cooling and trapping have revolutionized atomic physics, enabling a wide range of advances in science and technology. In recent years, it has become clear that general methods to produce ultracold molecules would have a similarly broad scientific impact. The rich internal structures of molecules make them versatile tools for a variety of experiments in ultracold chemistry, precision measurement and quantum simulation. However, this same structure poses challenges once believed to be fatal to any attempt at laser cooling. Over the past several years, several groups have devised and implemented methods to overcome these difficulties. Now the standard tools of atomic laser cooling-- including magneto-optical trapping --can work with specific molecular species in a manner similar to the familiar cases for atoms. In this talk, I will review progress in this emerging field and present our experimental effort designed to laser-cool new molecular species with favorable properties for both laser cooling and a range of proposed applications.

Wed, Nov 14, 2018

"Colombia: Peace Agreements and the Future of Democracy"

Mónica Pachón will discuss the complicated peace process currently going on in Colombia and how that will affect the future of democracy in the country. Pachón is the dean of political science and international relations at Rosario University, Bogotá, Colombia.

Discussants will be Sebastián Bitar, the Karl Loewenstein Fellow and visiting associate professor in political science at Amherst College, and Javier Corrales, professor of political science at Amherst College.

This event is sponsored by the Lurcy Fund, the Lamont Fund and the Department of Political Science at Amherst College. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Javier Corrales at

Thu, Nov 15, 2018

"The Edge of the Petri Dish: Wizards and Prophets," by Charles C. Mann '76

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Science Center, Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall (SCCE A011)

Charles C. Mann ’76, a local author, will give a talk on his most recent book, The Wizard and the Prophet.

In 40 years, Earth’s population will reach 10 billion. Can our world support that? What kind of world will it be? Those answering these questions generally fall into two deeply divided groups-- wizards and prophets, as Mann calls them.

Mon, Nov 26, 2018


Biology Monday Seminar: "Near Infrared Red Light Exposure Is Associated with Elevations in Nitric Oxide and cGMP"

Join Tiffany Oliver, Ph.D, associate professor of biology at Spelman College for a discussion titled "Near Infrared Red Light Exposure Is Associated with Elevations in Nitric Oxide and cGMP."

Research in the Oliver Lab aims to identify the biological pathways that prevent cell death upon exposure to red light and to determine how the inhibition of cell death can be prolonged. Exposure to 2.88 J/cm2 of red light (632 nm), 24 hours prior, induces resistance to cell killing in RPE cells exposed to a 1-second pulse of 2 μm laser radiation. The initiating event in the cellular response to red light involves the absorption of photons by Complex IV of the electron transport chain. However, alteration of Complex IV also facilitates mitochondria-mediated apoptosis in response to oxidative stress. Completion of the proposed work will further our understanding of novel aspects of cellular respiration, a fundamental process by which mitochondria, a major cellular organelle, use oxygen to make energy (i.e., ATP). Specifically, it will provide insight into the effects of red light on cellular respiration, a fundamental cellular process.

Tue, Nov 27, 2018

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"The Global Rise of Nativism and Illiberalism: A Conversation on the Contemporary Political Pathology"

In the contemporary political pathology, two phenomena appear currently intertwined: exclusionary nativist beliefs and electoral preferences for illiberal styles of politics. Do we witness a global return to a longing for closed ethnic communities and authoritarian rulers, promising security in an age of perceived systematic crises? Whereas the rapid rise of the populist radical right in Europe as much as in the U.S. is an evident starting point, the aim of the panel is also to open up the conversation to a larger outlook. How can we explain these global reactions upon geopolitical developments as much as the globalization of uncertainty? These issues will be addressed by the four panelists, followed by a discussion in plenum.

Panelists Tamir Bar-On, Chip Berlet, Dwaipayan Sen and Maria Sidorkina will be moderated by discussant Andreas Önnerfors. Dr. Tamir Bar-On is one of world’s leading experts on the French and European New Right. He is a professor in the School of Social Sciences and Government, Tecnológico de Monterrey, in Queretaro, Mexico. Chip Berlet is a Boston-based American investigative journalist, research analyst, photojournalist, scholar and activist, specializing in the study of extreme right-wing movements in the U.S. and the dissemination of conspiracy theories. Dr. Dwaipayan Sen is an expert on the history of caste policy and postcolonial democratization in India. He is an assistant professor of Asian Languages and Civilizations and History at Amherst College. Dr. Maria Alexandrovna Sidorkina is a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College. Her research concerns illiberal publics and politics in post-socialist space, linguistic anthropology and digital sociability. Dr. Andreas Önnerfors is associate professor in intellectual history at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, currently specializing in contemporary European New Right populist rhetoric, and STINT Fellow at Amherst College.

Wed, Nov 28, 2018

"Courtesans and Curtains: Photographs of the Countess de Castiglione (1837-1899)"

The Amherst College Department of French is pleased to present a talk by special guest lecturer Heidi Brevik-Zender titled "Courtesans and Curtains: Photographs of the Countess de Castiglione (1837-1899)". The lecture is free and open to the public, and will be given in English. It is sponsored by the Amherst College French department, the Eastman Fund and the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series Fund at Amherst College.

Heidi Brevik-Zender is associate professor of French and comparative literature at the University of California, Riverside. Her research interests are in French literature and culture of the 19th century, with an emphasis on fashion, gender, architecture, urban space and issues of modernity. She also works on visual media and material culture, with publications on film, television and 19th-century fashion plates and photographs. She is the author of Fashioning Spaces: Mode and Modernity in Late-Nineteenth-Century Paris (University of Toronto Press, 2015) and the editor of the anthology Fashion, Modernity, and Materiality in France from Rousseau to Art Deco (SUNY Press, 2018). Professor Brevik-Zender has written numerous scholarly articles on fashion, feminism and 19th-century French literature, and she was a 2017-2018 Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Student Voices from the Frontlines of Climate Change: In Support of the Climate Action Plan. Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 6:30 on first floor Frost.

Student Voices from the Frontlines of Climate Change: In Support of CAP

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Frost Library, Friendly Reading Room

Join students from across campus as we share our stories about how climate change is affecting our communities right now, with drought, fire, floods, fossil fuel extraction, mining and pollution. Come learn more about the Climate Action Plan to make Amherst go carbon-neutral and how you can help get it passed. Together, we must demonstrate to the administration that we are united in common purpose, and demand that they take action and de-carbonize our campus-- it might be our last chance to do so. This event is sponsored by the Association of Amherst Students and the Direct Action Coordinating Committee. Food from Pasta E Basta!

Thu, Nov 29, 2018

2018-19 Annual Vogel Lecture: "Can Competitive Authoritarianism Happen Here? Lessons from Latin America"

The Annual Vogel Lecture on Latin American Politics and Economics will discuss "Can Competitive Authoritarianism Happen Here?: Lessons from Latin America." Panelist Raúl Madrid of The University of Texas at Austin is the co-editor of the edited volume When Democracy Trumps Populism: Lessons from Europe and Latin America. Panelist Fran Hagopian of Harvard University is an expert on Brazil and democracy in Latin America. Panelist Bob Kaufman of Rutgers University is a prominent scholar on the political economy of Latin America. Moderator Javier Corrales is the Dwight W. Morrow 1895 Professor and Chair of Political Science at Amherst College. His new book Fixing Democracy was published by Oxford University Press in 2018. His article "On Abortion Rights in Argentina" was published in The New York Times on Aug. 10, 2018, and his article "On the Return of Populism in Colombia and Mexico" was published in The New York Times on June 25, 2018.

This event is sponsored by the Departments of Political Science and Economics at Amherst College, through the generosity of the Robert C. Vogel ’60 Fund. This lecture is free and open to the public.

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Works in Progress Series: Amanda Henrichs Presents "Deforming Shakespeare's Sonnets: Topic Models as Poems"

Join us for the first English department Works in Progress series event of the semester, with Professor Amanda Henrichs, the Five College Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities. Her talk is titled "Deforming Shakespeare's Sonnets: Topic Models as Poems."

The Works in Progress Series provides an opportunity for English department faculty to share their current research projects with students. All are welcome to attend. Food from Black Sheep will be served! This event is brought to you by the English Department Student Steering Committee.

Fiction Reading: Amy Bloom

Amy Bloom has been called “a national treasure” by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham and “one of America’s unique and most gifted literary voices” by novelist Colum McCann. She is the author of a nonfiction book; a children’s book; three story collections, including New York Times bestseller Where the God Of Love Hangs Out and National Book Award finalist Come to Me; and four novels, including the New York Times bestseller Away and her most recent White Houses. Her work has been translated into 15 languages. She teaches creative writing at Wesleyan University.

This reading will be followed by refreshments.

Fri, Nov 30, 2018

"Citizens of the Market: How High-Mobility Migration Changes Politics in the Migrants Countries of Origin" presented by Ruxandra Paul

The Faculty Colloquium Series for 2018-19 presents a lecture entitled "Citizens of the Market: How High-Mobility Migration Changes Politics in the Migrants Countries of Origin" presented by Ruxandra Paul, assistant professor of political science.

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Martha Nussbaum: "Globalism and Its Discontents: Point/Counterpoint with Ilan Stavans"

Join us as Professor Ilan Stavans speaks with celebrated philosopher Martha Nussbaum.

The "Globalism and Its Discontents: Point/Counterpoint" conversation series features Amherst College professor, and host of NEPR's In Contrast, Ilan Stavans and a guest engaging in thoughtful discussion and attempting to bridge the ideological divide growing in our nation.

The rise of populism worldwide today, personified by Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, is a fierce reaction to globalism policies of the past few decades. Anti-immigration movements in Europe and the United States; assaults on free speech; racial profiling; polarized politics; intolerance for gender, economic and linguistic diversity; the building of walls and the renegotiation of international trade treaties; the tension between rural and urban communities; and the questioning of the basic tenets of pluralism are some of the symptoms. Democracy itself might be at peril.

Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, with appointments in the law school and the philosophy department. The author of more than 20 books and numerous essays and articles, she is the editor of another 21 books and the recipient of many prestigious awards. A fellow of the British Academy, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Philosophical Society, she has received honorary degrees from 56 colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad.

Breadth is a signature feature of her work. Her scholarship ranges from the study of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy and literature all the way to modern political theory and policy. Along the way, she has found time to examine such weighty matters as gender equality, gay rights, the nation of India, international development and the case for an education in the humanities. Yet the variety of subject matter can sometimes disguise the underlying unity of purpose.

This event is free and open to the public.

"Point/Counterpoint" is co-sponsored by NEPR’s In Contrast and by a generous gift from 36 members of the 50th Reunion Class of 1970.

Find more information about the other speakers in the series here.

Interviews with previous guests, and others, are available through Ilan Stavans' NEPR show In Contrast. Have a listen!