Event Calendar

Monday, October 19, 2020

Mon, Oct 19, 2020

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Biology Monday Seminar: "Don’t Stress: Iron Regulatory Mechanisms at the Intersection of Plant Development and Multi-Stress Resilience"

Terri Long, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
North Carolina State University

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 to 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.

Open to members of the Amherst College community. Please contact Karen Racz, biology department ADC, for information and a link to the Zoom presentation.

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Why Democracy Matters: A Conversation with Danielle Allen H’18

7:00 pm Virtual

Danielle Allen H’18, former trustee and James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University and director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, is interviewed by Bella Edo '21, Ryan Kyle '23 and Jeremy Thomas '21.

Allen is a political theorist who has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology and the history of political thought. She is the recipient of the 2020 John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity, an award administered by the Library of Congress that recognizes work in disciplines not covered by the Nobel Prizes. Widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America, Allen is the author of The World of Prometheus: The Politics of Punishing in Democratic Athens (2000), Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown vs. the Board of Education (2004), Why Plato Wrote (2010), Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality (2014), Education and Equality (2016) and Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. (2017).

Allen is also the principal investigator for the Democratic Knowledge Project, a distributed research and action lab at Harvard University. The Democratic Knowledge Project seeks to identify, strengthen and disseminate the bodies of knowledge, skills and capacities that democratic citizens need in order to succeed at operating their democracy. She is a co-chair of the Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship, formed to explore how best to respond to the weaknesses and vulnerabilities in political and civic life. Its final and bipartisan report, Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century, was released in June 2020 and includes six strategies and 31 ambitious recommendations to help the nation emerge as a more resilient democracy by 2026, the nation’s 250th anniversary. As director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Allen led a collaboration of scientists and researchers at leading institutions to develop the Key Metrics For COVID Suppression framework, which provides clear, accessible guidance to policy makers and the public on how to target and suppress COVID-19 more effectively across the nation.

Still from "The Prison in Twelve Landscapes," showing people playing chess in a park

A Conversation with Award-Winning Filmmaker Brett Story

The Department of Art and the History of Art and the Program in Film and Media Studies is excited to present a conversation with filmmaker Brett Story, who will be discussing her award-winning film The Prison in Twelve Landscapes. (We recommend watching the film on Kanopy.com ahead of this event: https://amherst.kanopy.com/video/prison-twelve-landscapes-1.)

Brett Story is a filmmaker, writer and geographer based in Toronto. Her films have screened internationally at festivals such as CPH-DOX, the Viennale, SXSW, True/False and Oberhausen. Her most recent feature documentary, The Hottest August, was a New York Times Critics’ Pick and is currently playing cinemas and festivals around the world.

Brett has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Sundance Documentary Institute. Her 2016 feature documentary, The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Hot Docs Documentary Festival and was a nominee for Best Feature Documentary at the Canadian Screen Awards.

Brett is the author of the book Prison Land: Mapping Carceral Power across Neoliberal America and co-editor of the forthcoming volume Digital Life in the Global City. She holds a Ph.D. in geography and is currently an assistant professor in the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University.

Please register in advance. This event is sponsored by the Eastman Lecture Fund.

Registration Required