Event Calendar

September 2020

Thu, Sep 3, 2020

Professor Catherine Sanderson presents the first lecture in the six-part Psychology Department Lecture Series.  'Resilience in a Pandemic'  begins at 4PM.  The talk is open to all students and followed by friendly discussion.  First-Year students encouraged!

What We Think: Resilience in a Pandemic

Professor Catherine Sanderson presents the first lecture in the six-part Psychology Department Lecture Series. "Resilience in a Pandemic" begins at 4 p.m. The talk is open to all students and followed by friendly discussion. First-Year students encouraged!

Students Only

Fri, Sep 4, 2020

Genomic Consequences of Non-Lethal Doses of Cadmium

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Via Zoom Link.

Cheminar: Professor Shanen Sherrer, St. Mary's College of Maryland, Department of Chemistry

Wed, Sep 9, 2020

Stories in STEM with the Honorable Bella Dinh-Zarr

Bio191 is launching a "Stories in STEM" series where speakers share their paths in STEM. Our first speaker, the Honorable Bella Dinh-Zarr, former member of the National Transportation Safety Board, will speak Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 12:40 to 1:30 p.m. on Zoom: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/99973197368?pwd=TDg4bG01aVlVQ1ZSRUt4bGN....

The Honorable T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, Ph.D., MPH, trained as a public health scientist and is dedicated to promoting safe, sustainable transportation. She served on the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), an independent U.S. agency charged with conducting investigations and making safety recommendations in all areas of transportation. Nominated by President Obama and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate, Dr. Dinh-Zarr chaired NTSB board meetings, conducted investigative hearings and represented the agency at the scene of high-profile disasters from 2015-2019.

Born in Vietnam, Dr. Dinh-Zarr graduated from Rice University in Texas and has a master of public health (MPH) degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas School of Public Health. She is a co-founder of the “.05 Saves Lives Coalition,” a nonpartisan alliance of diverse organizations dedicated to preventing drinking and driving crashes. She also currently serves on the advisory boards for Uber and the AIP Foundation, a nonprofit manufacturer of helmets and disposable medical masks. As a student, Dr. Dinh-Zarr worked at the Railroad Museum on Galveston Island, built latrines in Paraguay and studied Latin American literature in Chile. She recently returned from traveling around the world, visiting ten countries with her husband and son.

Banner image featuring covers of four books by CHI Salon participants

CHI Salon: Constellations of Modernism: Writing New Art Histories

This CHI salon brings together art historians who teach or who have previously taught at the Five Colleges whose recently published books explore modern art from Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe. Through brief presentations and conversation, these authors will reflect on how to write the history of modern art from multiple locations.

Niko Vicario is an assistant professor of art and the history of art at Amherst College and author of Hemispheric Integration: Materiality, Mobility, and the Making of Latin American Art (University of California Press, 2020).

Karen Kurczynski is an associate professor of modern and contemporary art history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author of The Art and Politics of Asger Jorn: The Avant-Garde Won’t Give Up (Routledge, 2014) and Reanimating Art: The Cobra Movement in Postwar Europe (Routledge, 2020), and curator of the exhibitions Human Animals: The Art of Cobra (UMCA and NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, 2016) and Expo Jorn: Art is a Festival (co-curated with Karen Friis Herbsleb, Museum Jorn, 2014).

Christine I. Ho is an associate professor in the history of art and architecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and author of Drawing From Life: Sketching and Socialist Realism in the People’s Republic of China (University of California, 2020).

Alex Dika Seggerman is assistant professor of art history at Rutgers University-Newark, and author of Modernism on the Nile: Art in Egypt between the Islamic and the Contemporary (University of North Carolina Press, 2019).

Co-sponsored by the Center for Humanistic Inquiry and the Arts at Amherst Initiative

Fri, Sep 11, 2020

Cheminar - SURF Video Presentations

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Via Zoom Link.

Wed, Sep 16, 2020

Banner graphic for Affects for Abolition CHI Salon. Gray background with black-and-white photo of the author and CHI Fellow, Stephen Dillon.

CHI Salon: Affects for Abolition: Feeling the Ends of the Prison, a Book Talk with CHI Fellow Stephen Dillon

Stephen Dillon is a CHI Fellow at Amherst College and associate professor of critical race and queer studies at Hampshire College. He is author of Fugitive Life: The Queer Politics of the Prison State (Duke University Press, 2018). He will be speaking about the research for his upcoming book Affects for Abolition: Feeling the Ends of the Prison.

This event will take place over Zoom. Pre-registration is required.

Registration Required

Thu, Sep 17, 2020

Professor Julia McQuade presents Children's Social Emotional Development During COVID-19

What We Think: Amherst College Psychology Department Lecture Series

Join the Psychology Department for the fall lecture series, What We Think. This Thursday, September 17, at 7 PM, Professor Julia McQuade presents: "Children's Social-Emotional Development during COVID-19."
Open to All Students. First-Year students encouraged!
20-minute talk followed by friendly discussion.

ZOOM: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/94205651897pwd=bXpxY2JUSFpXbW1ZdXFuZWlE...

Students Only

Fri, Sep 18, 2020

OFTW: from founding to $1,000,000 donated

Join Amherst EA and OFTW's co-founder Josh McCann to hear about OFTW's journey from being founded at Wharton to donating its millionth dollar to the world's most cost effective charities. Josh will talk about the organization's founding ethos and values, its evolution, give an introduction to effective giving and then take questions. Register at the link!

Registration Required

Cheminar: Student Thesis Talks

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Via Zoom Link

Thesis Student Presenters:
Yusrah Kaudeer, Nejc Nagelj, Alyson Plaman and Clara Seo

Presentation Titles:
Yusrah Kaudeer: "Probing the pH Modulation of a Hyper-Phosphorylated Model
of Alpha-B Crystallin"

Nejc Nagelj: "Modelling Photoexcited Processes in Quantum Dots"

Alyson Plaman: "Ring-Opening Polymerization of Cyclic Esters in Open-Air"

Clara Seo: "Investigating Monomer Kinetics of ONN-Titanium Complexes in
Ring-Opening Polymerization"

Please visit the chemistry department's seminar webpage for additional information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/chemistry/seminar-sched...

Tue, Sep 22, 2020

Professor of Physics Janice Hudgings, Pomona College: "Building Equity: Creating Inclusive STEM Classrooms and Departments"

Despite decades of effort to create a more welcoming environment, women and people of color remain dramatically underrepresented in physics and astronomy, and minoritized groups continue to report hostile climates. This unwelcoming environment manifests, for example, in the use of textbooks focused on the achievements of white men, widespread accounts of microaggressions, and the conflation of privilege with aptitude. So what, then, can we do about this? In this presentation, I will outline some strategies being used by small liberal arts college physics programs and STEM faculty members-- including at Amherst --to develop more equitable pedagogies and to build actively anti-racist and inclusive STEM departments. We will end with a collective discussion of how some of these strategies are already being used or could be implemented in an Amherst-College-specific context.

Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote and Insisted on Equality for All

Martha S. Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. She is a legal and cultural historian whose work examines how Black Americans have shaped the story of American democracy. Most recently, Professor Jones is the author of Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All (2020) and Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America (2018), which earned many awards.

Professor Jones will discuss the history of African-American women who defied both racism and sexism to fight for the ballot, and how they wielded political power to secure the equality and dignity of all persons. This event is part of the Provost’s Lecture Series, which will focus on “The History of Anti-Black Racism in America” for the 2020-2021 academic year. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and the public are all welcome.

Wed, Sep 23, 2020

Conversation with Karin Aguilar-San Juan  and Lili Kim

CHI Salon: Exploring Afro-Asian Solidarities in the Aftermath of George Floyd

In conversation, Karin Aguilar-San Juan and Lili Kim will explore the contexts for Afro-Asian solidarities with reference to the brutal police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the end of May 2020. One of the four officers charged with the killing is Hmong, leading Hmong and Asian American communities to a painful self-inquiry on the nature and scope of our anti-Black racism. Essential to that inquiry is knowledge of the U.S. wars in Asia, reaching as far back as the Philippine-American War. From the Philippines all the way to Laos and Cambodia-- where the US/CIA coerced Hmong villagers into accessory roles in a "Secret War" --BIPOC communities have been presented with a limited menu of options for good citizenship. How will we deal with that menu today?

Karin Aguilar-San Juan is professor and chair of American studies and associate director of the Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching at Macalester College. She is also a leader within the Race, Love, and Liberation Laboratory (for growing spiritual things) based at Clouds in Water Zen Center, St. Paul, Minn.

Lili Kim is a CHI Fellow, Visiting Lecturer in the Department of History at Amherst College, and an Associate Professor of History and Global Migrations at Hampshire College.

This event is open to the public over Zoom. Co-sponsored by the Department of History at Amherst College. Pre-registration is required.

Registration Required

Fri, Sep 25, 2020

Faculty Colloquim Series: "Advancing Science by (Not) Testing Billions of Hypotheses, Fast and Well," Presented by Matteo Riondato

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm To Be Held Via Zoom, Zoom Link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.

The Faculty Colloquium Series for 2020-21 presents a lecture entitled "Advancing Science by (Not) Testing Billions of Hypotheses, Fast and Well," presented by Matteo Riondato, assistant professor of computer science.

Cheminar: Student Thesis Presentations

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Via Zoom Link

Student Thesis Presenters: Jordan Aucoin '21, Katherine Boback '21, Nina Fitzgerald '21 and Shantam Jha '21

This is week two of honors presentations. Please visit the chemistry department seminar page for additional information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/chemistry/seminar-sched...

Tue, Sep 29, 2020

Poupeh Missaghi: A Reading and Conversation

Join writer Poupeh Missaghi as she reads from her novel Trans(re)lating House One, about which Publishers Weekly has said, “Missaghi’s lyrical, meditative debut merges fiction, poetry, and critical study to explore Iran’s history and volatile present ... a bravura exhibition of writing as performance art.” A Q&A will follow.

Missaghi is a writer, a translator (both into and out of Persian), Asymptote’s Iran editor-at-large, and an educator. She holds a Ph.D. in English and creative writing from the University of Denver and an M.A. in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University. Her nonfiction, fiction and translations have appeared in numerous journals, and she has several books of translation published in Iran. She is currently a visiting assistant professor at the Department of Writing at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn.

Registration Required

Wed, Sep 30, 2020

Segment of the "Arts of Address" book cover

CHI Salon: Arts of Address, a Book Talk with Monique Roelofs

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Virtual, Zoom

Join Monique Roelofs in a discussion of her new book Arts of Address: Being Alive to Language and the World (Columbia University Press, 2020).

Modes of address are forms of signification that we direct at living beings, things and places, and they at us and at each other. Seeing is a form of address. So are speaking, singing and painting. Initiating or responding to such calls, we participate in encounters with the world. In readings of writers and artists ranging from Julio Cortázar to Jamaica Kincaid and from Martha Rosler to Pope.L, Roelofs demonstrates the centrality of address to freedom and a critical political aesthetics. Hume, Kant and Foucault enter into conversation with Fanon and Anzaldúa. Drawing on a wide array of artistic and theoretical sources and challenging disciplinary boundaries, the book illuminates address’s significance to cultural existence and to our reflexive aesthetic engagement in it.

Monique Roelofs is currently a visiting scholar in the political science department at Amherst College and a professor of philosophy at Hampshire College. Please also join us in congratulating Monique and wishing her well before she moves onto a new position as professor of philosophy of art and culture in the philosophy department at the University of Amsterdam. She will also be chairing the department's Critical Cultural Theory Group.

This event will take place over Zoom. Pre-registration is required.

Registration Required
Why Democracy Matters

Why Democracy Matters? A Panel Discussion

The Department of Political Science would like to invite the entire Amherst College community to a panel discussion on "Why Democracy Matters." Hop on Zoom to hear Profs. Javier Corrales, Jonathan Obert, Ruxandra Paul, and Austin Sarat share their views. Following the panel, breakout rooms will be available for Zoom participants to ask questions and discuss issues further. Panel discussion starts at 8pm. Break-out rooms open at 9pm. This is part of a series of events the department is organizing this semester in relation to the 2020 elections in the United States.

Registration in advance is required for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Registration Required