Event Calendar

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Thu, Apr 11, 2019

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What Can You Do with a Medical Degree? Fink Bioscience Symposium

Established in 2009 in honor of Gerald R. Fink ’62, the annual symposium is an opportunity for students who aim to work in health care policy, medicine and bioscience research to interact with Amherst alumni who are leaders in these fields.

The symposium will begin at 3 p.m. with introductory remarks by George Carmany ’62, who founded the gathering with Fink. Their Amherst classmate Marc Pohl ’62 , head of clinical hypertension and nephrology at the Cleveland Clinic, will be among the slate of speakers. For a complete schedule visit amherst.edu/go/bioscience

This year’s keynoter is Shirley Tilghman, president emerita of Princeton University, where she is a professor of molecular biology and public affairs. Tilghman made a number of groundbreaking discoveries as part of the team that cloned the first mammalian gene, as an independent investigator at the Institute for Cancer Research in Philadelphia and as an adjunct associate professor of human genetics and biochemistry and biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania. Today, she advises undergraduates on independent work.

The symposium includes a dinner with the keynote address; registration is required. Please see the Fink Symposium website for registration, a full list of speakers and schedule: amherst.edu/go/bioscience

Registration Required

"How Democracies Die: American Democracy After Two Years of Trump"

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm Science Center, Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall, Room A011

Steven Levitsky will give a talk titled "How Democracies Die: American Democracy After Two Years of Trump." Levitsky is a professor of government at Harvard University. He is co-author of the best-seller How Democracies Die. He is also an expert on Latin American politics, populism, democratic backsliding and competitive authoritarianism. He is currently working on writing about revolutionary regimes.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Political Science at Amherst College, along with support from the Lamont Fund and the Lurcy Endowment.

This event is free and open to the public.

"This Thing of Darkness: Eisenstein’s 'Ivan the Terrible' in Stalin’s Russia": Book Talk by Joan Neuberger

Sergei Eisenstein's unfinished masterpiece, Ivan the Terrible, was no ordinary movie. Commissioned by Joseph Stalin in 1941 to justify state terror in the 16th century and in the 20th, the film's politics, style and epic scope aroused controversy even before it was released. In This Thing of Darkness, Joan Neuberger offers a sweeping account of the conception, making and reception of Ivan the Terrible that weaves together Eisenstein's expansive thinking and experimental practice with a groundbreaking new view of artistic production under Stalin. Drawing on Eisenstein's unpublished production notebooks, diaries and manuscripts, Neuberger's riveting narrative chronicles Eisenstein's personal, creative and political challenges and reveals the ways cinematic invention, artistic theory, political critique and historical and psychological analysis went hand in hand in this famously complex film. Ivan the Terrible, she argues, shows us one of the world's greatest filmmakers and one of the 20th century's greatest artists observing the world around him and experimenting with every element of film art to explore the psychology of political ambition, uncover the history of recurring cycles of violence and lay bare the tragedy of absolute power.

Joan Neuberger's new book, This Thing of Darkness: Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible in Stalin’s Russia, was published by Cornell University Press in March 2019. Professor Neuberger studies modern Russian culture in social and political context, with a focus on the politics of the arts. She is the author of an eclectic range of publications, including Hooliganism: Crime and Culture in St. Petersburg, 1900-1914 and Ivan the Terrible: The Film Companion; co-author of Europe and the Making of Modernity, 1815-1914; and co-editor of Imitations of Life: Melodrama in Russia, Picturing Russia: Explorations in Visual Culture, Everyday Life in Russian History: Quotidian Studies in Honor of Daniel Kaiser and The Flying Carpet: Studies on Eisenstein in Honor of Naum Kleiman.

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"When Would Americans Use Nuclear Weapons Against Foreign Civilians?"

Professor Ben Valentino (Dartmouth College) will present his research on U.S. public opinion's understandings of nuclear weapons and when and why most polled individuals would be OK using nuclear weapons against other countries.

Second Lecture in the 2018-2019 Forry and Micken Lecture Series on "The Philosophy of Time"

Ulrich Meyer from Colgate College will present the second lecture in the 2018-2019 Forry and Micken Lecture Series on "Philosophy of Time." The title of his talk is "Action at a Temporal Distance." All lectures are free and open to the public. For further information, please contact the Department of Philosophy at (413) 542-5805.

Dr. Chamara Jewel Kwakye: "Black Girl Lullabies: Pedagogies of Love and Labor"

Memoirs, or life stories, are collections of significant or memorable events in one's life that are captured in narrative form. This Unlock lecture shares, through story, three emergent themes from an exploration of diasporic Black girlhood: Pedagogy (things taught and learned from K-12 through higher education); Love (things learned through being in relationship with self, others and nature); and Labor (things learned about capitalism and communal investment). These stories and the others found in "Black Girl Lullabies" sharply
capture the nuances in the making of the Black diaspora (both inside and outside the United States) and recalls both the physical and metaphysical inheritances of education, family and nation.

Languages Party, hosted by Confluences multilingual magazine

There will be several "language stations" offering short interactive lessons on one aspect of various languages. Learn, for example, how the Korean alphabet is put together, how to write your name in the Serbian Cyrillic script, how ancient Chinese characters have become modern ones, and more! This will be a relaxed, informal but fun and informative event. Bubble tea will be served!

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"Women Veterans at War": A Panel Discussion

Join us for a panel discussion with two women veterans who have led in their military and civilian careers: former Marine Corps officer Kate Germano and former Army linguist Kayla Williams. The discussion will be moderated by CBS This Morning: Saturday co-host and NCAA Tournament sidelines reporter Dana Jacobson. The panelists will explain what it has been like to serve while the United States has been at war, the particular challenges impacting women servicemembers and veterans, and the impact of policy changes such as the end of the ground combat exclusion policy.

Poetry Reading: Jericho Brown

8:00 pm Amherst Books, 8 Main Street

Claudia Rankine has said, “To read Jericho Brown's poems is to encounter devastating genius." Brown’s first book, Please, won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament, won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith says of his forthcoming third collection, The Tradition, “These astounding poems […] don't merely hold a lens up to the world and watch from a safe distance; they run or roll or stomp their way into what matters―loss, desire, rage, becoming―and stay there until something necessary begins to make sense.” Brown directs the Creative Writing Program at Emory University.

The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by refreshments.