Audio and Video of Family Weekend 2015

Conversation with President Biddy Martin

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President Martin was introduced by Oluwatomi Williams '16, president of the Association of Amherst Students.

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From Galileo to Google: The Art and Science of Answering Life's Big Questions

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Faculty lecture and discussion with Crystal Valentine ’04, assistant professor of computer science.

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Immigration in Unexpected Places: Latinos in the Rural Mountain West

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Lecture and discussion with Leah Schmalzbauer, associate professor of sociology and American studies, author of The Last Best Place? Gender, Family and Migration in the New West.

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A Reading with Philip Schultz P’18

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Watch Philip Schultz P’18, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, educator and founder of the Writers Studio, give a reading of new poetry and plenty of time for questions. Schultz won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Failure (Harcourt 2007) and is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. His most recent book, The Wherewithal, a novel in verse, was released by W.W. Norton in February 2014. He is also the author of the influential memoir, My Dyslexia, published by W.W. Norton in 2011. Schultz will sign copies of his books in Converse Lobby following the talk.

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Pluto and its Atmosphere

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Pluto’s atmosphere may be cooling as its orbit leaves the sun, but the conversation about Pluto is heating up. Dr. Eliot Young '84, P'17, '19, principal research scientist for Southwest Research Institute Space Studies, with Carolina Carriazo '18, Jason Mackie '17 and Aaron Resnick '16 will share their summer Pluto research from Colorado, Tasmania, and New Zealand.

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90 Miles/50 Years: The Politics of an Open Cuba

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Ricardo Torres, a Cuban native and current professor at American University, discussed the evolution of the political and economic relationship between the United States and Cuba over the last 50 years.

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Women in Business and Finance

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The Amherst College Career Center hosted a distinguished panel of women (click for bios): Nancy McKinstry P'18, '12; Joan Solotar P'16; Sallie Krawcheck P'16 and moderator Sarah Bloom Raskin '83, P'19, '17, '14. Each panelist discussed their career paths, what it takes to succeed as a woman in business and finance, how to take advantage of opportunities and avoid potential road blocks.

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More Family Weekend Mulitmedia

Audio and video files from the most recent Family Weekend events can be found below.

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