Event Calendar

Monday, October 29, 2018

Mon, Oct 29, 2018

Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program

Join JET Program Coordinator, Mx. Adrain Hutton, to learn more about the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. This is an extraordinary opportunity for college graduates to live and work in Japan. Each year, with the aid of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the JET Program recruits more than one thousand new JET participants to come to Japan and work as either Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) who provide language instruction in elementary, junior and senior high schools, or Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs) who work in communities on international exchange activities.

Students Only

German Table

Enjoy informal conversations with students who have studied in Germany, the German faculty members, the German language assistants and other native speakers.

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.

Math & Stats Table

Please join us on Mondays in the Terrace Room A of Valentine Hall. Relax and enjoy lunch with your Math & Stats friends.

Serving Tea featuring Professor Sony Coráñez-Bolton

Serving Tea, featuring Professor Coráñez-Bolton

Serving Tea is a monthly meet and greet with out LGBTQ+ staff and faculty from Amherst College. Join us and get to know this month's awesome guest, Sony Coráñez-Bolton, professor of Spanish, and Latinx and Latin American Studies, for casual lunch and conversation. Lunch and tea will be served!

Graph illustrating Osborne's research

Biology Monday Seminar: "Notch and T Lymphocyte Function: A Complex Tale"

Barbara A. Osborne, Ph.D.
Professor, Veterinary and Animal Sciences
Co-director, Center for Bioactive Delivery, Institute for Applied Life Sciences
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Research in the Osborne Lab
The Osborne laboratory focuses on the differentiation and function of mature CD4+ lymphocytes. In particular, we are interested in the role of Notch proteins in CD4+ maturation and function. Over the past several years, we have demonstrated that Notch plays a critical role in the differentiation of the T-helper 1 (Th1) and T-helper17 (Th17) subsets of T cells. Both Th1 and Th17 cells have been implicated in several diseases, including experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), a mouse model of multiple sclerosis. Using gamma-secretase inhibitors (GSIs), compounds that block the activation of Notch, we have found that we can block the development of EAE in mice, suggesting that GSIs may be a possible therapeutic for the treatment of MS. Our current studies are focused on determining how Notch signaling influences the development of EAE, as well as determining which Notch family member is important in the development of disease. In mammals, there are four Notch family members, and it is unclear which Notch family member is most important in driving EAE.

Notch signaling is initiated by two enzymatic cleavages. The first cleavage, driven by ADAM proteases, is required for the second cleavage, mediated by gamma-secretase, which results in the release of the intra-cellular domain of Notch and initiates the Notch signaling cascade. Notch signaling can be blocked by gamma-secretase inhibitors, and our lab, in collaboration with colleagues at UMass, UFlorida and LSU Medical School, investigates how gamma-secretase inhibition may be used to modulate immune responses. We also are actively investigating whether Notch signaling in CD4+ T cells is mediated through canonical Notch signaling. Our data suggest Notch signaling in T cells occurs through a non-canonical pathway and current research is focused on a clearer description of this non-canonical pathway.

"More than Fair: How Excessive Sympathy ('Himpathy') for Privileged Men Masks and Causes Misogyny" with Kate Manne

Kate Manne is assistant professor at the Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell University. She works in the areas of moral philosophy, feminist philosophy and social philosophy, and is the author of Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny (Oxford, 2018), which examines misogyny as a device to control, police, punish and exile “bad” women who challenge male dominance. Her current project focuses on the idea of “himpathy,” the practice of exonerating, forgiving, forgetting and rewarding often extended to privileged boys and men. She is a sought-after commentator, most recently on the Kavanaugh hearings and on the controversial Canadian academic Jordan Peterson.

Writing Center Creative Writing Group

The Writing Center's Creative Writing Group will gather weekly on Monday nights to write, share and discuss our fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, drama and other modes of creative writing in a friendly, supportive manner. No homework, just attend. Meetings will be led by writing associate Roy Andrews and student coordinator Gwyneth Lewis. Open to all students.

Fiction Reading: Debra Magpie Earling

8:00 pm Amherst Books, O'Connor Common

Library Journal called Debra Magpie Earling’s Perma Red “a beautiful first novel,” and Louise Erdrich described it as “boldly drawn and passionate.” It won the Western Writers Association Spur Award, WWA’s Medicine Pipe Bearer Award for Best First Novel, a WILLA Literary Award and the American Book Award. Earling is also the author of The Lost Journals of Sacajewea, a collaboration with photographer Peter Rutledge Koch. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and she teaches fiction and Native American studies at the University of Montana.

This reading will be followed by refreshments.

Ongoing Events

Orra Hitchcock illustration of mount Sugar Loaf beside painting by Dave Gloman of the same scene

Re-presenting Nonotuck: The Landscape Paintings of Hitchcock and Gloman

until Oct 29 Frost Library, Mezzanine Gallery

Professor David Gloman has partnered with Kurt Heidinger, director of the Biocitizen School, to create an art event that inspires the public to imagine the unique biocultural character of the Nonotuck biome (also known as the central Connecticut River Valley) by “re-presenting” the landscapes that Orra Hitchcock depicted in the mid 19th century. Professor Gloman has located the sites where they were painted and created his own painted landscape portraits of those sites. View Gloman and Hitchcock's illustrations together in Frost Library's Mezzanine Gallery from September 4 - October 29.

The opening reception will be on September 27 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry (2nd Floor, Frost Library).

Fill-A-Cruiser for Amherst Survival Center

Fill-A-Cruiser for Amherst Survival Center

until Nov 2 Chapin Hall, Look for the Cruiser Outside

Please donate non-perishable foods and/or personal care items at the ACPD cruiser parked outside Chapin Hall on October 25 & 26 / November 1 & 2 between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. If you are unable to make the dates and times listed, ACPD can accept donations at the Police Department (6 East Drive) at any time until 2:30 p.m. on November 2, 2018. All items donated will be given to Amherst Survival Center.