Russian Film Screening: Night Watch

Thu, Sep 21 2017 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
Keefe Campus Center, Theater (Room 008)

Please join us as we screen the first film in the Amherst College Department of Russian Fall Film Series "Russian Horror Story." The 2004 film "Night Watch" (Ночной дозор) was directed by Timur Bekmambetov. In this blockbuster urban fantasy supernatural thriller, armies of Good and Evil, Light and Darkness, gear up to do battle in turn-of-the-twenty-first-century Moscow.

This movie is 115 minutes long and will be screened at both 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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Trump: Point/Counterpoint Series: "Why 'Black Lives Matter' Matters"

Tue, Sep 19 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

The "Trump: Point/Counterpoint" conversation series features Amherst College professor, and host of NEPR's In Contrast, Ilan Stavans and a guest engaging in thoughtful discussion and attempting to bridge the ideological divide growing in our nation.

For the premier conversation, join Stavans and his guest, Wesley Lowery, as they discuss "Why 'Black Lives Matter' Matters."

Wesley Lowery is a Pulitzer Prize-winning national correspondent covering law enforcement, race and justice for The Washington Post and an on-air contributor for CNN. He has been the paper's lead reporter covering police shootings and the Black Lives Matter protest movement. His work has also appeared in The Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and Sports Illustrated. His first book, the New York Times bestseller They Can't Kill Us All, was awarded the 2017 Christopher Isherwood prize for autobiographical prose by the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes.

Free and open to the public
Presented by the Amherst College Class of 1970

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Poetry in the Planetarium

Fri, Sep 15 2017 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm
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Bassett Planetarium, Morgan Hall

Amherst College’s Bassett Planetarium will host the first reading from poet Dara Wier’s newest bookIn the Still of the Night from Wave Books. She will be joined by poet and artist Bianca Stone. As Wier and Stone read, the planetarium’s analogue Spitz A3p optical projector, one of the last of its kind still in use, will display the starscapes on the nights of Emily Dickinson’s birth and death. This event is free, but seating is limited.

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Amherst College
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German Film Series: "Bandits"

Thu, Sep 14 2017 - 4:00pm to 10:00pm
Location: 
Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

Two screenings, at 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm
"Bandits" (Katja von Garnier, 1997; 109 min.)
Fast-paced feel-good movie featuring some of Germany’s best known actresses, including Katja Riemann and Jasmin Tabatabai: four female prison inmates form a rock band. At an outside gig, at a policemen’s ball, they seize the opportunity to escape, leading to a dramatic, crazy chase all over Germany, to an upbeat musical score. This film will be shown in German with English subtitles. Please contact mhowes@amherst.edu for more information.

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"Ultrasonic 3-D Cell Culture: A New Method Useful in Immunotherapy Research": Talk by Martin Viklund

Tue, Sep 19 2017 - 4:45pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 3

Visiting Professor Martin Viklund of Sweden's KTH Royal Institute of Technology will discuss a novel method for tissue and tumor micro-engineering that was developed in his lab in Stockholm. Based on ultrasound-supported three-dimensional (3-D) cell culture in a multi-well microplate, the method is gentle and can be used for producing various tissue-mimicking 3-D structures in parallel. It is based on ultrasonic-standing-wave particle manipulation inside hundreds of micro-wells in the microplate. The method consists of analysis and optimization of the driving parameters of the ultrasound transducer attached to the microplate, and demonstration of the production of various micro-engineered models of solid tumors. Vilund and his colleagues have primarily used cells from HepG2 hepatocellular carcinoma and A498 renal carcinoma cell lines as building blocks in the tumor models, but have also tested the method with fibroblasts, thyroid cells and melanoma cells.

The solid tumor models are characterized on-chip by detailed 3-D confocal and light-sheet microscopy, and off-chip with fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS). Furthermore, the team has developed an image analysis-based method for cell counting and characterization in 3-D, and have studied protein expression in tumor models by FACS, comparing 2-D and 3-D cultures. The selected proteins for the analysis are relevant ligands for natural killer (NK) cell recognition. The results show differences in protein expression levels between 2-D and 3-D cultures. This is of interest when optimizing future treatment protocols in NK cell-based cancer immunotherapy.

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Amherst College
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"Gorbachev: His Life and Times": Conversation with Professors William Taubman and Pavel Machala

Thu, Sep 14 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

Join the political science department as William Taubman, the Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, and Pulitzer Prize Winner, discusses his newly released book, Gorbachev: His Life and Times, with Pavel Machala, the Charles E. Merrill 1908 Professor of Political Science.

The conversation will be followed by a reception and book signing. Staff from Amherst Books will be onsite for book sales.

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"The Making of Minorities: Conceptual Genealogies and Historical Realities": A Conversation with Laura Robson and Till Van Rahden

Thu, Sep 14 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Beneski Earth Sciences Building, Paino Lecture Room

Join us for a public discussion of minorities as a political, legal and historical concept, with two leading scholars.

Laura Robson is an associate professor of history at Portland State University and a scholar of modern Middle Eastern and international history. Her areas of interest include local, regional and global iterations of internationalism and international governance; modern histories of mass violence; and the politics of ethnicity and religion in the 20th-century Arab world.

Till Van Rahden is the Canada research chair in German and European studies at the Université de Montréal and a scholar of modern European, Jewish and German histories. His areas of interest include the tension between the elusive promise of democratic equality and the recurrent presence of diversity and moral conflicts.

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Amherst College
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Auditions for Early Music Ensembles

Fri, Sep 8 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
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Room 103, Sage Hall

The Five College Early Music Program welcomes students, faculty, and community members interested in auditioning to SING or PLAY in one or more ensembles, including the COLLEGIUM choir, BAROQUE ORCHESTRA (modern string players and adventurous pianists are encouraged to try this!) and chamber music, MEDIEVAL and RENAISSANCE ensembles and VOCES FEMINAE. The auditions are "painless" experiences, held at all the campuses. Performances sponsored by the program feature baroque and Renaissance music played on modern and period instruments and sung in historically-informed style.  Consider beginning RECORDER, VIOLA DA GAMBA, LUTE or RENAISSANCE TROMBONE! We also offer instruction on period instruments (recorders, sackbut, viol, lute, etc.) for modern players, in beginning ensembles and lessons.  Credit is available for ensembles and lessons for MHC, UMass and HC.

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Smith College
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Auditions for Early Music Ensembles

Thu, Sep 7 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
Room 170 Fine Arts Center

The Five College Early Music Program welcomes students, faculty, and community members interested in auditioning to SING or PLAY in one or more ensembles, including the COLLEGIUM choir, BAROQUE ORCHESTRA (modern string players and adventurous pianists are encouraged to try this!) and chamber music, MEDIEVAL and RENAISSANCE ensembles and VOCES FEMINAE. The auditions are "painless" experiences, held at all the campuses. Performances sponsored by the program feature baroque and Renaissance music played on modern and period instruments and sung in historically-informed style.  Consider beginning RECORDER, VIOLA DA GAMBA, LUTE or RENAISSANCE TROMBONE! We also offer instruction on period instruments (recorders, sackbut, viol, lute, etc.) for modern players, in beginning ensembles and lessons.  Credit is available for ensembles and lessons for MHC, UMass and HC.

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UMass Amherst
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Auditions for Early Music Ensembles

Thu, Sep 7 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Location: 
Music Lounge

The Five College Early Music Program welcomes students, faculty, and community members interested in auditioning to SING or PLAY in one or more ensembles, including the COLLEGIUM choir, BAROQUE ORCHESTRA (modern string players and adventurous pianists are encouraged to try this!) and chamber music, MEDIEVAL and RENAISSANCE ensembles and VOCES FEMINAE. The auditions are "painless" experiences, held at all the campuses. Performances sponsored by the program feature baroque and Renaissance music played on modern and period instruments and sung in historically-informed style.  Consider beginning RECORDER, VIOLA DA GAMBA, LUTE or RENAISSANCE TROMBONE! We also offer instruction on period instruments (recorders, sackbut, viol, lute, etc.) for modern players, in beginning ensembles and lessons.  Credit is available for ensembles and lessons for MHC, UMass and HC.

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Hampshire College
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