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September 2018

Ancestors, Art and Black Ritual Diasporas

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free

A public conversation with artists Junior Pakapym and Daniel Minter about their work and its inspiration, September 19, 4 p.m. Antonio dos Santos Cerqueira Junior (aka Junior Pakapym) is a digital artist and painter whose work draws on the rich iconography of Afro-Brazilian religious and cultural imagery. Daniel Minter is a Maine-based painter, sculptor, illustrator and assemblage artist whose work is profoundly influenced by his roots in southern African American culture and his decades of exploration of artistic and religious traditions of the African diaspora. Rachel Harding, Sterling Brown '22 Visiting Professor of Africana Studies, will facilitate a conversation between the artists with slides of their work. Both artists explore Afro-Diasporan religious sensibilities and environmental/racial justice concerns.

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Eric Laursen – The Duty to Stand Aside

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Journalist, activist and commentator Eric Laursen will discuss his new book The Duty to Stand Aside

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Healing, Sovereignty and Activism: Perspectives from Candomblé and the Mohawk Nation

Thursday, September 20th, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free

A conversation circle with Candomblé and Mohawk elder/activists, Makota Valdina Pinto and Louise Herne, September 20, 4 p.m. Makota Valdina Pinto is an ethicist, environmental justice activist and an elder in the Congo-Angola tradition of the Afro-Brazilian religion, Candomblé.  Ms. Pinto is also a specialist in the ritual pharmacology of the Afro-Indigenous religious traditions of northeastern Brazil. Louise Wakerakatse Herne, a Clan Mother of the Mohawk Longhouse of Akwesasne.  Ms. Herne, is a respected ceremonial leader, counselor and community organizer responsible for protecting and passing on traditional spiritual and cultural teachings.  She is also an activist whose work combines organizing for environmental and gender justice and advocating for the rights of indigenous people in North America.

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Student Conversation with Steven Pinker

Thursday, September 20th, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Interested students are invited to a conversation with cognitive scientist Steven Pinker before his public lecture on Thursday, September 20th. Please join us at 4pm in Griffin 2. No prior reading is necessary.

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Soledad Fox Maura – Exile, Writer, Soldier, Spy: Jorge Semprún

Thursday, September 20th, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Soledad Fox Maura, author of the new biography Exile, Writer, Soldier, Spy: Jorge Semprún, will present a talk on her work followed by a reception and book signing.

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Powerful Water & Thirsty Energy: The Energy-Water Nexus

Thursday, September 20th, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

A talk and discussion about the challenges of the interdependence between energy and water, and the solution space created at the Department of Energy and the White House. Dr. Noel Bakhtian is the Director of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, a research and education consortium bringing together the Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory and the four public research universities in Idaho and Wyoming. Previously, she served in Washington D.C. in a variety of science policy roles, including as Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP). Dr. Bakhtian holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, completed at the Advanced Supercomputing Division at NASA Ames Research Center, where she developed a a potentially enabling technology for … Continue reading "Powerful Water & Thirsty Energy: The Energy-Water Nexus"

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Palestine 101: Thursday 9/20 7pm Hopkins 002

Thursday, September 20th, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Want to learn more about the occupation of Palestine? What does it have to do with apartheid? Do you feel like you need to know more before taking a stance? Students for Justice in Palestine invites you to a Palestine 101 teach-in. There will be food! Bring your questions and a friend.

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Computer Science Colloquium – Richard Ward ’89, Microsoft

Thursday, September 20th, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday 9/20 @ 7:30pm, TCL 123. Rich Ward '89, will give a talk titled "Don’t Forget Division I, or Why that Liberal Arts Degree is Valuable in the Tech World." CS majors will receive colloquium credit.

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CES Log Lunch: To the White House and Beyond: Life of a Science Policy Wonk

Friday, September 21st, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Noel Bakhtian, Director, Center for Advanced Energy Studies, named 11th most powerful woman engineer by Business Insider in 2018.  Reservations ($4) thru:  https://goo.gl/forms/VhrhzLdItmXlAdNn1 or dlewis@williams.edu.  If cost is a financial hardship, financial aid students may get a reduced-price lunch at CES office before Friday.  Sponsored by Center for Environmental Studies.

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Biology Colloquium: Dr. Tarjinder Singh ’12, Harvard Medical School

Friday, September 21st, 2018 @ 1:10 pm - 2:30 pm

Join us for Dr. Singh's talk "The promise of human genetics in uncovering the biological mechanisms underlying neurodevelopmental disorders and mental illnesses" at 1:10pm in Wege Auditorium. All are welcome, light refreshments will be available.

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