Event Calendar

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Tue, Apr 16, 2019

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Grad Fair 2019

Attention seniors! The Grad Fair is a one-stop-shop for all your Commencement needs. Pick up your cap and gown, confirm the details of family Commencement housing, order commencement photos or a class ring, and visit with representatives from the Loeb Center, Information Technology, Alumni Association and more. It's all the information that need before graduating plus snacks and a chance to win gift cards to local restaurants.

An Amherst College ID is required to pick up regalia. Students unable to pick up their regalia at Grad Fair times should contact Conferences and Special Events/Austin Huot at ahuot@amherst.edu.

There is no charge for regalia. Students are required to wear regalia at Senior Assembly on May 8 and Commencement on May 26.

Students Only

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Floor

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from noon - 1 p.m.

"Decolonizing Foodways from an Indigenous Chef's Perspective" with Guest Speaker Chef Nephi Craig

Guest speaker Chef Nephi Craig will present a lecture and food demonstration with seasonal food provided by Book & Plow Farm on Tuesday, April 16, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Think Tank.

Decolonize Your Thirst

Is there a line between socialization and sexual and romantic attractions? How can we interrogate our sexual and romantic attraction if our desire is rooted in normative beauty standards, rigid gender norms, and white supremacy? Join the Multicultural Resource Center, the Women’s and Gender Center and the Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect on Tuesday, April 16 in the WGC from 4-5:30 p.m. as we explore ways that we can decolonize our attractions through self-reflection and radical self-love.

Professor Bruce Macintosh, Stanford University: "Direct Imaging of Extrasolar Planets"

Almost 4,000 extrasolar planets are now known, but almost all have been detected through so-called indirect methods-- measuring the parent star’s Doppler shift or brightness variations. Direct detection refers to spatially separating the planet’s light from that of the star. It is extremely challenging-- Jupiter in our solar system is 10^-9 the luminosity of the sun --but allows observations of planets inaccessible to other methods, particularly the outer parts of target systems, and allows spectral acharacterization of a planet’s atmospheric properties.

I will discuss the optical physics that makes direct detection challenging, and the techniques-- adaptive optics, coronagraphy, and image processing --that can overcome these challenges. To date, direct detection has been successful for young Jupiter-like planets, and I will show highlights of those discoveries. Finally, I will review future prospects for instruments on ground-based extremely large telescopes, or dedicated space missions with coronagraphs or formation-flying star shades which may reach the level of sensitivity needed to detect Earth-like planets around nearby stars.

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Book Talk with Jennifer Acker

Lauren Groff has said of Jennifer Acker's forthcoming book, "The Limits of the World is such a smart, compassionate and elegant novel, so deeply invested in morality and the subtleties of families, cultures, and continents, that it feels delicious and exciting to recall that this is [her] debut."

Acker is founder and editor-in-chief of The Common. Her short stories, essays, translations and reviews have appeared in Literary Hub, The Washington Post, n+1, Guernica and Ploughshares, among other places. Her essay-length memoir is forthcoming as a Kindle Single from Amazon Original Stories in 2019.

This book talk is co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Center and Center for Humanistic Inquiry.

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"The Whiteness of Walden: Reading Thoreau with Attention to Race"

Rebecca Kneale Gould is associate professor of environmental studies at Middlebury College, where she teaches courses in the environmental humanities. She received her Ph.D. in the study of religion from Harvard University in 1997, and her research and teaching focus on the many compelling ways in which religious and spiritual identity shape and are shaped by our relationships to the natural world (both urban and rural). She is the author of numerous articles and books, and has worked as a board member for the Religion and Ecology group of the American Academy of Religion and currently serves on the boards of Vermont Interfaith Power and Light and The Thoreau Society.

The environmental movement in the United States has been criticized, quite justifiably, for its overwhelming “whiteness”—including the demographics of its leadership, its lack of attention to social and environmental justice, and the racist views of many early conservationists. Where does the life and work of Henry David Thoreau fit into this troubled history? Should we still read, teach and study the work of this “dead white man” today? Gould's argument is that we do a disservice both to Thoreau and to ourselves if we fail to acknowledge the “whiteness” of his thinking and his legacy. At the same time, however, Thoreau’s work calls us to be accountable to our broken world in ways that may ring true now more than ever. In this talk, Gould will offer both scholarly and pedagogical reflections on reading Thoreau with attention to race, leaving ample time for questions and conversation.

This lecture is free and open to the public and is generously sponsored by the Willis D. Wood Fund.

Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

5:00 pm Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness - or because you are curious. This event will be led by Mark Hart, Buddhist Advisor.

Pan, Bi & Joy (PB&J)

Pan, Bi & Joy (PB&J) is an inclusive, safe, and comforting environment for individuals who identify with the bisexual and pansexual spectrum where people can talk about the intersectionality of their sexuality, their other identities, and other aspects of their lives.

Students Only

Japanese Language Table

The Japanese Language Program hosts a Japanese language table twice a week with Doshisha University student Hikari Yoshida ‘19. All are welcome to attend, and you can come and go as it fits your schedule. We hope to see you there!

Speak Up! Preparing for Oral Presentations

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Frost Library, 211 (CHI Seminar Room)

Do you have an oral presentation coming up but aren’t sure how to prepare? Would you like to engage your classmates rather than just read your paper to them? Do you wish you knew how to appear confident in front of an audience? This hands-on workshop covers the key differences between preparing a paper and a presentation, and teaches techniques for delivering a confident, dynamic oral presentation. Led by Susan Daniels, Associate in Public Speaking.

Students Only
Registration Required

French Table

If you are interested in speaking French or learning about French culture then come and join us weekly during dinner. The French table is open to students, faculty, staff and anyone who is interested in having informal conversations in French. All levels are welcome! We look forward to meeting you!

RLadies Amherst Kickoff Event

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is hosting a panel to kickoff our new RLadies group! Amelia McNamara and Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel will be discussing their current research, as well as their experiences as women in the field of Statistics. If you have questions about what a career in statistics could look like, or want to hear first-hand from women in STEM, come to our kickoff panel!

German Kaffeeklatsch

Come and join German students and faculty every Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. in Porter House for a chat over coffee and much more! This is a great opportunity to practice your German in a casual and relaxing environment.

Ongoing Events

"Between the Imagined and Seen: The Hand-Pulled Prints of Betsey Garand and Microscope Images of Caroline Goutte"

until Aug 30 Frost Library, Mezzanine Gallery (2nd Floor)

Visit the Mezzanine Gallery in Frost Library to view Between the Imagined and Seen: The Hand-Pulled Prints of Betsey Garand and Microscope Images of Caroline Goutte, on exhibit from March 4 to Aug. 30. This exhibition is sponsored by the Arts at Amherst Initiative

Professor Caroline Goutte is chair of the Department of Biology and a member of the Program in Biochemistry and Biophysics at Amherst College. Betsey Garand is senior resident artist in the Department of Art and the History of Art at Amherst College.