More accurately called “stocks and bonds,” Professor Roger Kaufman introduces students, faculty and staff to the fundamental concepts of investing, including differentiation between stocks and bonds; mutual funds, ETFs and index funds; the importance of portfolio diversification; and approaches to asset allocation. (Seven sessions beginning February 8.) All welcome and a free lunch is provided for the first 30 people.
Dr. Amina Wadud is Professor Emeritus of Islamic Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, and visiting scholar at Starr King School for Ministry in Berkeley, California. She is an internationally known scholar on Islam and gender, has lived in six different countries, and has traveled to more than 50 countries as a consultant on Islam, Human Rights, and Women. She is the Global Scholar in Residence for the February conference at Smith, Women in Islam.
Pizza will be provided to the first 25 attendees.
Part spoken word, hip-hop freestyling, a cappella singing and 100% improvisational, the tradition of bertsolaritza (bare-so-lar-eet-sa), has become a cultural signifier for the renaissance of Basque language and popular culture. Women poets, Maialen Lujanbio, the first and only woman to win the national bertsolaritza competition, and Miren Artetxe, scholar and poet, will visit Smith College and the University of Massachusetts. They will talk about the craft of improvisation, how the art form has changed, and the experience of being women poets in a largely male art form. Sponsors: UMASS SPP; SC Lecture Committee, Poetry Center, SPP, FRN,SWG
David Neumeyer, MD, Dean of admissions at Tufts University School of Medicine will present an overview of Tufts Medical School, talk about what medical schools look for in successful applicants, and discuss the admission review process.
How should global communications networks be coordinated? This question has challenged public figures from the eighteenth century to the present. In this illustrated lecture, Professor John explores the cultural and ideological norms that have shaped global communications—mail, cable, telecommunications, broadcasting, and the Internet. Special attention will be given to the evolution of distinctive political-economic regimes, the shifting international role of the United States, and the evolving relationship of governments, corporations, and international organizations.
Presented by Richard R. John, professor of history and communication at Columbia University.
Eagle Eye Institute is a nonprofit organization empowering people from underserved communities, especially youth of color, to play an active role in caring for our environment. Eagle Eye's summer residential internship is a chance to (re)connect with yourself, others and nature in a beautiful and protected outdoor setting. The Residential Summer Internship takes place at our 200+ acre forest site in the Berkshires, 35 miles west of Amherst. As a Residential Summer Intern, you will live and learn for six weeks at our forest site, which is equipped with tent platforms, solar panels, trail network, fire circle, outdoor kitchen and vegetable gardens. You will gain hands-on experience in land management, sustainable living, gardening, trail building and more. You will assist with summer events and programs on our site and, depending on your interests and goals, you will have the opportunity to design an independent project. This internship opportunity is best suited for those who are prepared for an intensive experience outdoors, are comfortable living in a small community and sharing about themselves, and are open-minded to learning about others. Interns must have their own transportation (or a way to leave site on the weekends) and be physically fit to work outdoors everyday in all weather. For more information and to apply, contact Cass Pastorelle, Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. This talk is co-hosted by the Career Options Resource Center and professor Tim Zimmerman
Laser cooling is a tool that allows physicists to obtain samples of atoms, and even molecules, near the temperature of absolute zero, - colder than anything we observe in the universe. We describe the ideas behind laser cooling of atoms and using them as building blocks for diatomic molecules at ultracold temperatures. The atoms or molecules can be trapped and exquisitely probed with lasers, serving as extremely precise quantum oscillators, or “clocks”. These systems are useful for measurements in fundamental physics, as well as for studies of quantum optics and chemistry.
The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble performs in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building. The concert is free and open to the public.
The Amherst College Department of Music presents: "A Sleep of Prisoners", a new chamber opera by Caleb Brooks ’18 with a libretto adapted from a text by playwright Christopher Fry, an honors thesis performance in composition.
The performance, which will be held at 7:00 PM on Saturday, February 10th 2018 in Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College’s Arms Music Center, is free and open to the public, and will be followed by the performance of the composition honors thesis of Jerry Navarro ’18.
The piece is adapted from Christopher Fry’s 1951 play of the same title, in which the author attempts to reckon with the aftermath of the second world war through the lens of his Quaker faith. Scored for 4 vocal soloists and a piano accompaniment, the music draws on influences from the 20th and 21st century dramatic and vocal works of Benjamin Britten, Igor Stravinsky, Tom Cipullo, and many others. The piece will be performed by Elizabeth Maxey, soprano, Carol Wrobleski, mezzo-soprano, Caleb Brooks ’18, baritone, Ramsey Kurdi, Bass, and Benjamin Tibbetts, piano.
Free and open to the public.
Incendies is a drama/mystery from 2010 directed by Denis Villeneuve, adapted from the acclaimed play by Wajdi Mouawad, in which a mother's dying wishes send her twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to the Middle East in search of their tangled roots. This movie tells the powerful and moving story of two young adults' voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, never-ending wars and enduring love.
This film will be screened in French with English subtitles. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome!