Author and philosopher Elizabeth V. Spelman will talk about her “deep dive” into trash to discover who we are and what we value. Scavenging with abandon from sundry sources, including Darwin, Freud, Plato, Buddha, Milton, and Locke, the author explores the extent to which people rely on trash and waste to make sense of their lives and to shape connections with others.
Elizabeth V. Spelman is Professor of Philosophy and Barbara Richmond 1940 Professor in the Humanities, Smith College.
Did you know that the EU parliament recently approved a sweeping ban on single-use plastics and unveiled a plan to make all plastic packaging recyclable by 2030? Join Connecticut River Conservancy and the Smith College Museum of Art for a conversation with Guiliana Torta, Counsellor for Environment, Fisheries and Ocean policies at the EU Delegation to the U.S. in Washington DC. Giuliana will discuss the political context in Europe that led to this widespread plastic legislation, compare similarities and differences in the U.S. political environment, and share strategies we can implement.
Guiliana Torta serves as Counsellor for Environment, Fisheries and Ocean policies at the EU Delegation to the US in Washington DC. Giuliana worked in the European Commission headquarters for 11 years before moving to DC in 2017. In Washington, she covers a wide range of environmental policies including Circular Economy and Resource efficiency, the recent EU Plastics Strategy, Food waste, Fisheries and Ocean governance. She was previously posted as Environment Adviser in the EU Delegation for the Pacific, with regional responsibilities. A forester by training with a PhD in landscape and plant ecology, she has over 25 years of experience in implementation and development of environmental policies, ranging from biodiversity and nature conservation, international forestry, climate adaptation and sustainable development.
Smith College professor Michael Thurston will read from his new novel, Houses from Another Street (Levellers Press, 2019)
Pa'Lante serves not only as a celebratory space, but also as a space where people can come together as a community. Every year we choose a distinct theme as a way for us to acknowledge all of our intersecting identities and increase our presence and visibility on campus and beyond. While we strive to reaffirm our Latinx identity in these spaces, we also work to acknowledge how each of our experiences may be different. This year we will be centering the identities of queer Latinx people and queerness in Latin America in order to provide visibility for a large community that is often marginalized. Free and open to the public.
Prof. Amel Ahmed, Political Science, U Mass Amherst
Prof. Thomas Dumm, Political Science, Amherst College
Mie Inouye, Political Science, Yale Graduate School
Astra Taylor is a filmmaker, writer and organizer. Her work focuses on the shared human search for truth, community and freedom. Her latest book, Democracy May Not Exist, But We’ll Miss it When It’s Gone (Metropolitan, May 7) has garnered advance praise from Danielle Allen, Robin DG Kelley, and Rebecca Solnit. In recognition of her work on the student debt crisis, she has been named “a new civil rights leader” among scholars and activists such as Michelle Alexander, Patrice Cullors, and Bryan Stevenson (LA Times). She lives in New York City.
This event is generously supported by the Lamont Fund, the Department of Political Science and the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College. It is free and open to the public.
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Ned Markosian (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) will present the third and final lecture in the 2018-2019 Forry and Micken Lecture Series on "Philosophy of Time." His lecture will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 5 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall. The title of his lecture is "Three New Arguments for the Dynamic Theory of Time." All lectures are free and open to the public. For further information, please contact the Department of Philosophy at (413) 542-5805.
Melanie Meng Xue, postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University, will present her studies of a unique historical experiment on relative female income: the cotton revolution, and its impact on the emergence of gender-equitable beliefs. The cotton revolution led to a prolonged phase (1300-1840 AD) of high productivity for women. She hypothesizes that a substantial, long-standing increase in relative female income can erode a resilient cultural belief: that women are less capable than men. Using variation across 1,489 counties in cotton spinning and weaving, she observes the trends in prenatal sex selection, gender-equitable beliefs, and widow suicide in the 17th century. To further isolate the channel of gender-equitable beliefs, she estimates the effect of the cotton revolution under post-1949 state socialism--where both genders had similar economic opportunities, political and legal rights--on predicting a higher probability for the wife to head the household. In addition, she observes the differences between high-value work and low-value work performed by women in shaping gender-equitable beliefs.
It's been called the boldest piece of climate policy in American history. Can the green new deal save us from climate disaster? Come hear from the architect of the policy, Rhiana Gunn-Wright about the creation of the green new deal, and how it can become a law. This event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Amherst College Democrats, Office of Environmental Sustainability, Office of Student Affairs and the Association of Amherst Students.
Circuits & Code is the all-ages, free project showcase of M5, the UMass
Amherst Makerspace for Solid-State Electronics and Computing Machinery.