I remember the heat of the hot asphalt on my feet as I circled on the edges of my elementary school’s blacktop. Watching the boys play soccer and the girls play “Snow White,” I wondered when I would stop being an outsider. It got better in middle school, and then worse again in high school. I didn’t seem to fit in any group I joined. While I experienced vocal rejection in my earlier years, I learned silent rejection as I grew older. First, they would stop inviting me. Then, they would stop recognizing me.

Adam Levine

Adam Levine, Visiting Assistant Professor in Film and Media Studies, received a B.A. from the University of East Anglia and an M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts. His film and video work has screened at festivals and galleries including the Vienna International Film Festival, Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris, TIE: The International Experimental Cinema Exposition, Artists’ Television Access and REDCAT.

Assistant Professor of Psychology Carrie Palmquist grew up in Northern Virginia. She received a BA from the College of William & Mary where she majored in Psychology and Linguistics. She received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Virginia. Her research explores how children learn about the world around them. Specifically, she is interested in how children use other people’s nonverbal communication (e.g., pointing and gaze) to decide when someone will be a good source of information.

Major: Asian Languages and Civilizations

Advisor: Trent Maxey

Sahar Sadjadi grew up in Iran, studied medicine at Tehran Univ. of Medical Sciences and received her Ph.D. in medical anthropology at Columbia Univ. Before joining Amherst College, Dr. Sadjadi was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Committee for Interdisciplinary Science Studies, The Graduate Center and City University of New York. She is an associate professor in the Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies Department at Amherst College.