The Global Education Office (GEO), partnering with the Center for International Students (CISE) is organizing an international festival celebrating the cultural diversity at Amherst on Friday, April 26 from 7-9 p.m. This festival will include food from across the globe, as well as students sharing dances from their cultures and a fashion show inviting students to showcase their cultural dress.
Hear the voice students of Ann Maggs in delightful concert of jazz, Broadway and ethnopop music on Tuesday, April 30 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 3 of Arms Music Center. Free and open to the public.
On Monday, April 29 at 4:30pm in Clark House Room 100 at Amherst College, Elizabeth Anker, Professor of English and Associate Member of the Law Faculty at Cornell University, will present a paper titled “Weaponizing Pluralism and the Dilemmas of Illiberal Speech.” This is the final presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Law and Illiberalism.”
Professor Anker’s field of research includes human rights, law and literature, immigration law, and legal and political theory. She is the author of Fictions of Dignity: Embodying Human Rights in World Literature (Cornell, 2012). She is currently writing two books, On Paradox: Rights and the Claims of Theory and Our Constitutional Metaphors: Law, Culture, and the Management of Crisis.
To receive a copy of the paper which will be presented, please email the LJST Department assistant coordinator at email@example.com
About the seminar series – Law and Illiberalism
With increasing pressure on liberal constitutional values in the United States and abroad, legal institutions face complex challenges. Such taken-for-granted phenomena as judicial independence, freedom of the press, and a commitment to truth are now under attack. "Law and Illiberalism" is designed to explore how legal institutions and legal officials can and should respond to those challenges.
What techniques and resources does law offer in the face of growing illiberalism? How can law check executive power when the executive insists that there is no difference between law and politics? What is law’s role in policing, protecting, framing truth in a world of radical lying and dissembling? What happens to free speech notions that the answer to bad and even false speech is more speech in a world of Facebook and Twitter? What pressures do such technologies place on liberal legal regimes? Does law have a role to play in protecting scientific truth? What lessons can be learned from examining other places or times when liberal values were under attack?
Sarah Repucci is Freedom House’s senior director of research and analysis. In this capacity, she leads the team producing Freedom House’s flagship research and analysis reports, including: Freedom in the World, Freedom on the Net, and Nations in Transit. Repucci has more than ten years’ experience in research and evaluation techniques in the areas of democracy, human rights, and good governance. Previously she worked for Transparency International and the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights, and as an independent consultant for a range of NGOs, bilateral and multilateral organizations, and private businesses.
The event is being sponsored by the Lamont Fund and the Political Science Department of Amherst College.
This event is free and open to the public.
There is a current push to understand and address the underrepresentation of people of color in physics and in STEM more broadly. This talk discusses research that works to explore this through studies of identity and practice.
This work is premised on an understanding that the systems of oppression operate within the culture of physics, and postulates that bridging the gaps between science and art can help us begin to address this challenge. In this talk, Hyater-Adams will describe three ongoing studies that explore these ideas. The first is an overview of the Critical Physics Identity (CPI) framework, a methodological tool to understand the structural and systemic factors that impact the ways that folks identify with the physics discipline. The second applies the CPI framework for an analysis of black physicists' narratives in order to highlight themes in the institutional and structural resources that mold their physics identities. The third explores ways that the performing arts might be used as a tool to address the issues found from the analysis of these narratives. This talk concludes with a working model for informal physics programs designed to support student identity that incorporates the content and practices from the performing arts and from physics.
Hyater-Adams is a Ph.D. candidate at the ATLAS Institute, College of Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder.
Charles Nelson, PhD; Professor of Pediatrics and Neuroscience, & Psychology Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education; and Richard David Scott Chair, Pediatric Developmental Medicine Research, Boston Children’s Hospital
Experience is the engine that drives much of postnatal brain development. When children are deprived of key (i.e., experience-expected) experiences, particularly during critical periods of development, brain and behavioral development can be derailed. There is perhaps no more egregious form of deprivation than being raised in large, state-run institutions.
In my talk, I will introduce a project launched nearly 20 years ago, based in Bucharest, Romania. In the Bucharest Early Intervention Project three groups of Romanian children are being studied: infants abandoned to institutions and who remain in institutional care; infants abandoned to institutions but then placed in high quality foster care; and infants who have never been institutionalized. These three groups have been studied through age 16, with a 20 year follow up being planned.
I will introduce the overall project, including its conceptual framework, its experimental design, the ethics involved in conducting this work and the nature of the intervention we deployed. I will then briefly summarize findings from several key domains, including cognitive development, social-emotional development, psychopathology, brain development and stress physiology.
The Department of Dance presents the annual performance showcasing new solo work by first year MFA dance candidates: Xan Beurley, Alex Springer, and Toni Craige.
Celebrate the end of classes with the Wailing Banshees. As always, jigs, reels, and the best craic on campus! Directed by Ellen Redman.
The Smith College Department of Theatre presents studio productions of The Universal Language, a short one-act by David Ives, directed by Cathy Kennedy ‘20, and I Sing Earth Pt.1: Elephant's Tears, a play with music about the environment and our place in it by the Choreopoem Acting Class directed by Andrea Hairston and Pan Morigan.
Jiayan Sun performs Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23, paired with an exploration of Romeo and Juliet themes in Prokofiev’s Suite No.2 and in Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Jonathan Hirsh conducts.