Event Calendar

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Tue, Feb 18, 2020

Employee Council February Coffee Hour

Please join us for Coffee Hour! Meet Employee Council representatives and other staff from around campus, talk about issues that matter to you, and enjoy a free coffee and muffin—it’s on us!

Sanam Nader-Esfahani, Amherst College: “Literature and the Eye in the Age of Kepler”

“I shall describe the means of vision, which no one at all to my knowledge has yet examined and understood in such detail. I therefore beg the mathematicians to consider these carefully, so that thereby at last there might exist in philosophy something certain concerning this most noble function.” It is with these words in his Optical Part of Astronomy (1604) that the German mathematician Johannes Kepler credits himself with inaugurating a new chapter in the history of vision. Kepler does indeed fulfill his promise by advancing knowledge about the eye, vision and the use of lenses in the correction of vision. His conclusions, however, bring anything but certainty on a philosophical level, especially with regard to the relationship between an object and its image. Reading Kepler in dialogue with a selection of nonscientific texts, this presentation experiments with the affinities between Kepler’s scientific findings and literature as a form of knowledge and representation in the 17th century.

Picture of hand grasping microphone, framed by words "JUSTICE: Amherst College's Speaking Competition 2020" and "PERSUADE. INSPIRE. SPEAK OUT."

JUSTICE! Amherst College’s Speaking Competition

Students compete with five- to seven-minute speeches using this year’s theme: Justice.

Winners receive cash prizes and recognition in the College award ceremonies.

"Recognition of American Judgment in Japan"

Each country’s judgment is valid only in that country, as making a judgment is a sovereign act of the country. However, if a judgment ordered in a foreign country can be given the same effect as a judgment in one’s own country, the burden on one’s country will be reduced. For that reason, modern nations are actively adopting a system to recognize foreign judgments. But unconditional recognition can put your country’s judicial system at risk. Therefore, when certain conditions are met, a system is adopted to recognize the effect of the judgment of a foreign court.

The most remarkable of these conditions is “do not violate public order and morals.” If the contents ordered by a foreign court do not conform to the legal consciousness and legal system of one’s own country, it cannot be recognized. In fact, there are cases in which the judgment of the United States has been denied recognition in Japan. One is a judgment ordering punitive damages, and the other is a judgment that allows a child born by a surrogate mother to have a parental relationship with her genetic mother. Neither of these was recognized, because each violated Japanese public order and morals.

In this lecture, apart from the legal system of each country, I would like to consider why these conclusions are different between Japan and the United States.

—Yukihiro Okada, Professor of Law at Doshisha University

Presented by the Doshisha University and Amherst College Faculty Exchange Program. Please note that this lecture will be in Japanese.

The Art of the Elevator Pitch & Profile Perfection Workshop

In this interactive workshop, learn how to craft an impactful, personalized 30-second ‘Elevator Pitch’ to introduce yourself and network within your professional and academic communities. We will learn different approaches to crafting the pitch, practice and become comfortable. Additionally, learn how to maximize your professional profiles on Handshake and LinkedIn while also taking advantage of the Loeb's free, on-site portrait station! Wear your best professional outfit for a headshot to use on your profile. *This workshop fulfills the workshop requirement for the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program.*

"Vaping Debunked: Schooling the JUUL & Beyond"

Want to learn more about vaping? Curious about recent studies and the various health effects? Christine Johnston, M.P.H., assistant director of alcohol and other drug education and health promotion at Springfield College, is a prominent lecturer on the social and health impacts of vaping. Join us and demystify vaping for yourself!

Keynote: Professor Dick Goldsby: “The Nature and Biology of Race”

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall, E110

Join us for a keynote lecture from Dick Goldsby, Amherst's Thomas B. Walton Jr. Memorial Professor of Biology, Emeritus, on “The Nature and Biology of Race.” The talk will be followed by a moderated question-and-answer session.

Professor Goldsby is the author of the 2019 book Thinking Race: Social Myths and Biological Realities.

Co-sponsors for this lecture are:
Being Human in STEM
Departments of Biology, Sociology, Anthropology and Black Studies
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Center for Humanistic Inquiry
Science Center

Collage portrait of Toni Morrison with a fabric flower covering part of her face, next to the words "TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM"

Film Screening of "Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am"

Come celebrate Toni Morrison’s birthday with a film screening of Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am. Drinks and desserts will be available.

This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career (imdb.com).

Co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty and the Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies Department

Free and open to the public

Open House for German Residential Program

Tag der Offenen Tür: The German Department will be accepting applications to live in the German House (Porter House) for 2020-21. Come to the Open House with your questions and check out the wonderful atmosphere at the German House. Refreshments will be served. The applications are available on the Residential Life website (Housing Portal) and are due by February 27, 2020.