Governments and journalists tell us that though Chernobyl was “the worst nuclear disaster in history,” a reassuringly small number of people died (44) and nature recovered. Yet, drawing on a decade of fine-grained archival research and interviews in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus, this talk uncovers a much more disturbing story—one in which radioactive isotopes caused hundreds of thousands of casualties. Scores of Soviet scientists, bureaucrats and civilians documented stunning increases in cases of birth defects, child mortality, cancers and a multitude of prosaic diseases, which they linked to Chernobyl. Worried that this evidence would blow the lid on the effects of massive radiation release from weapons testing during the Cold War, international scientists and diplomats tried to bury or discredit it. A haunting revelation of how political exigencies shape responses to disaster, Kate Brown's Manual for Survival makes clear the irreversible impact on every living thing not just from Chernobyl, but from eight decades of radiation from nuclear energy and weaponry.
Catherine Pfaff of Queen's University will deliver the final colloquium of the semester, titled "Symmetries, Groups & How They Interact."
Abstract: "The symmetries of a polygon form a group. This group acts on the polygon by rotating it and flipping it. This basic idea of studying a group as symmetries of an object extends far beyond polygons. Through a myriad of colorful pictures, I will introduce the notion of a group, some of my favorite examples and then examples of the interplay between these groups and various geometric objects. No advanced mathematical knowledge will be assumed, and of course we will also play with doughnuts!"
Refreshments will be served at 4 p.m. in Seeley Mudd 208.
Join the Center for International Student Engagement for an information session with immigration attorney Dan Berger about non-F-1 visas for current international students to consider after graduation, such as H-1B, O-1, TN, E-3 etc. Bring your questions!
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A safe space for five-college students who identify along either the asexual or aromantic spectrum, or who are questioning, to share and celebrate their identities. Cheese fondue and cake will be served. The conversation will focus on a community brainstorm on what an ace/aro support group can look like!
The Japanese Language Program will be hosting a Japanese Language Table on Tuesday and Thursday evenings all semester. Please join Hikari Yoshida '19, a student from Doshisha University, and practice your Japanese! Everyone is welcome to join the Japanese Language Table for all or part of the time we are there.
Amherst Queer and Trans People of Color Affinity Group seeks to support students, staff and faculty in the five colleges who identify as queer/trans/genderqueer people of color. This group seeks to provide a safe space for queer people of color to build community, to celebrate all facets of our identities, and to engage in meaningful discussion.
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Staff and faculty of color are welcomed and encouraged to attend!
El Comalito will be served.
An evening of original works created by the Amherst College Dance Ensemble and the "Collaboration in Theater" class.
Intimate Inanimate Responses is choreographed by the Amherst College Dance Ensemble with Danté Brown. This work features Jasmine Gamboa '19, Matthew Holliday '19, Maya Mizrahi '21, Rebecca Schrader '21, Evelyn Touchette '20E, Leah Woodbridge '20, Orianna Xu '19 and Evan Young '19.
Moments of Innocence is a work in progress, created in "Collaboration in Theater" by Owen Deignan '22, Nicholas Govus '22, Zachary Horwitz '20, Sage Innerarity '22, Heiata Julienne-Ista (language assistant) and Brandon Medina '19.
Admission is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended: (413) 542-2277.
Every Thursday night, the Writing Center and Library open up the Center for Humanistic Inquiry to students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, coffee and camaraderie. Join the group Thursdays from 8-11 p.m. in the CHI.
The Office of Residential Life is hosting a student clothing drive from Monday, December 3 to Sunday, December 9! Then, on Sunday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Friedmann Room there will be a Final Push Celebration with free pizza and cookies! You can donate any clothes in good condition. Where can you donate? All week long you can drop your clothes off inside of a bin in the atrium of Keefe campus center! You may also donate your clothes at the Final Push Celebration. Where will the clothes be donated? All of the clothes will be given to the Amherst Survival Center, a local non-profit organization.