Book Talk with Jennifer Acker

Tue, Apr 16 2019 - 4:30pm
Location: 
Frost Library, 210

Lauren Groff has said of Jennifer Acker's forthcoming book, "'The Limits of the World' is such a smart, compassionate and elegant novel, so deeply invested in morality and the subtleties of families, cultures, and continents, that it feels delicious and exciting to recall that this is [her] debut." Acker is founder and editor in chief of "The Common." Her short stories, essays, translations, and reviews have appeared in "Literary Hub," "The Washington Post," "n+1," "Guernica," and "Ploughshares," among other places. Her essay-length memoir is forthcoming as a Kindle Single from Amazon Original Stories in 2019.

Co-Sponsored by the Creative Writing Center and Center for Humanistic Inquiry.

Image by Zoe Fisher.

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Amherst College
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Professor Bruce Macintosh, Stanford: "Direct Imaging of Extrasolar Planets"

Tue, Apr 16 2019 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Location: 
Science Center, A011

Almost 4000 extrasolar planets are now known, but almost all have been detected through so-called indirect methods - measuring the parent star’s Doppler shift or brightness variations. Direct detection refers to spatially separating the planet’s light from that of the star. It is extremely challenging - Jupiter in our solar system is 10^-9 the luminosity of the sun - but allows observations of planets inaccessible to other methods, particularly the outer parts of target systems - and allows spectral acharacterization of a planet’s atmospheric properties.

I will discuss the optical physics that makes direct detection challenging, and the techniques - adaptive optics, coronagraphy, and image processing - that can overcome these challenges. To date, direct detection has been successful for young Jupiter-like planets and I will show highlights of those discoveries. Finally, I will review future prospects for instruments on ground-based extremely large telescopes ,or dedicated space missions with coronagraphs or formation-flying star shades which may reach the level of sensitivity needed to detect Earth-like planets around nearby stars.

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Amherst College
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Decolonize Your Thirst

Tue, Apr 16 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
Women's & Gender Center, Keefe Campus Center, 211

Is there a line between socialization and sexual and romantic attractions? How can we interrogate our sexual and romantic attraction if our desire is rooted in normative beauty standards, rigid gender norms, and white supremacy? Join the Multicultural Resource Center, the Women’s and Gender Center and the Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect on Tuesday, April 16 in the WGC from 4-5:30 p.m. as we explore ways that we can decolonize our attractions through self-reflection and radical self-love.

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Amherst College
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"Decolonizing Foodways from an Indigenous Chef's Perspective" with Guest Speaker Chef Nephi Craig

Tue, Apr 16 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Location: 
Frost Library, CHI Think Tank
Chef Nephi Craig

Guest speaker Chef Nephi Craig will present a lecture and food demonstration with seasonal food provided by the Book & Plow Farm on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 1-3:30 p.m. in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Think Tank.

Campus: 
Amherst College
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Biology Monday Seminar: "Neuronal Complexity and Hippocampus-dependent Cognition"

Mon, Apr 15 2019 - 4:00pm
Location: 
Science Center, A011

Alo Basu, Ph.D. and associate professor of psychology at College of the Holy Cross, will present "Neuronal Complexity and Hippocampus-dependent Cognition."

There is strikingly little understanding, at present, of how cellular and circuit-level variation in the mammalian brain relates to variation in cognition. Following from case studies of brain damage and disease in humans, current understanding of brain-behavior relationships is largely based on results of physical, chemical, pharmacological and genetic ‘lesions’ that result in changes to neuronal morphology, circuit physiology and cognition in experimental systems. We have developed a mouse model of D-serine deficiency which reveals the limitations of the current paradigm including the pitfalls of hypothesis testing as regards variability in neuronal structure and cognitive function. Further, we have uncovered deleterious effects of standard laboratory housing conditions on cognition in mice that suggest that the range of behavior that is being routinely observed in translational neuroscience is limited. We propose that the analysis of variability in hippocampal neuronal morphology and behavior can be combined with noninvasive environmental enrichment to test assumptions about how complexity of hippocampal neurons relates to hippocampus-dependent cognition in mice.

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Amherst College
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Gamelan Spring Concert

Wed, Apr 24 2019 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Location: 
Sage Recital Hall, 144 Green Street

Gamelan Spring Concert, Smith Central Javanese Gamelan Ensemble performing a series of traditional Central Javanese pieces. Directed by Maho A. Ishiguro.

Campus: 
Smith College
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A Branch of Yellow Leaves: Buddhism, The World, & Poetry.

Wed, Apr 24 2019 - 6:00pm to Thu, Apr 25 2019 - 7:30pm
Location: 
Leo Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, 5 Chapin Drive

Jane Hirshfield's eight books of poetry have received numerous awards. Her fifth book, Given Sugar, Given Salt, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. After was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. Her eighth collection, The Beauty, was named a “best book of 2015” by The San Francisco Chronicle. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Academy of American Poets Fellowship for Distinguished Achievement, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and in 2012, the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Award in American Poetry. 

Campus: 
Smith College
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Beethoven's Sonata

Wed, Apr 24 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall, 144 Green Street

Ronald Gorevic and Tae Kim perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata in A Major, Op. 47, Kreutzer.

Campus: 
Smith College
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Everything Is Connected: An Evening of Poetry & Conversation

Tue, Apr 23 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Leo Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, 5 Chapin Drive

Deliberate and masterful in their craft, Jane Hirshfield’s poems invite readers to contemplate the many facets of being. Of Hirshfield's books, Laura Donnelly writes, “[T]hey waken us through their travels in the elemental; or rather, they waken us to the ways the elemental travels through us.” Hirshfield is the author of ten books of poetry, the most recent of which is 2015’s The Beauty: Poems. She is also the author of two books of essays, and she's served as the editor of four poetry anthologies. She has received countless awards for her poetry, among them fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and from the Academy of American Poets for distinguished poetic achievement. 

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Smith College
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Landscape Studies Lecture

Mon, Apr 22 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Location: 
Graham Auditorium, Hillyer, Brown Fine Arts Center, 20 Elm Street

Maggie Kraus ’12, "A Reading List for the End of the World: How I Sought to Stay Hopeful as a Student of the Built Environment" 

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Smith College
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