Event Calendar

Today - Tue, Apr 28, 2015

Couvares Global Valley

American Studies Research Colloquium

The American Studies Department is hosting its annual American Studies Research Colloquium. Two students, Erin Martin '16 and Sylvia Hickman '16, will be giving presentations on their AMST research. This will also be a wonderful opportunity to learn more about what is happening in the AMST Department. Refreshments will be served. We hope you will join us!

Student-Staff Event with Val Staff

Valentine Dining Hall, Val Terrace Room

This event is part of an ongoing series that hopes to bring students and staff closer together to form friendships and talk about the current state of student-staff relations on campus. This event will be from 2:15-2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28 in the Val Terrace Room and will be with staff members from Val. Please fill out this Google Form if you are interested in attending https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cOC9QcFzBZpcnuB3f5AZEM-QsNglrkxWE7obqnQ....

Thanks! Feel free to contact nives18@amherst.edu with any questions

Insight Meditation

Chapin Hall, Chapel

Whether you have meditated a long time or have never meditated before, come join us to relax and quiet your mind, to learn how to experience less suffering and stress in your life or to explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology. Drop-ins are welcome.

Black-and-white image of Ishimure Machiko, seated and smiling in front of a bookshelf, wearing a striped kimono

Film Screening: "Towards the Paradise of Flowers: A Documentary Film on Ishimure Michiko"

Produced by Fujiwara Shoten Publishing Co.

Directed and with music by Kin Tai.

English translation by Bruce Allen, 2014.

Presented by Bruce Allen, with a discussion to follow on April 29.

Total running time: 113 minutes.

Physics/Astronomy Senior Thesis Talks

- Changyun Yoo: “The Landau-Zener-Stueckelberg Interferometry on Single-molecule Magnets”

- Daniel Ang: “In Search of New Geometries to Probe Long Range Spin-Spin Interactions”

- Owen Marschall: “Anomalies in Quantum Mechanics”

Voices From Inside

Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall

Voices from Inside: Hear our voices!

Previously incarcerated women will share their creative writing.
Join us for this informative and inspirational reading. This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Department of Political Science at Amherst College and is in conjunction with Political Science 302: Disabling Institutions.

Closeup of Robert Gates

"Our Era of War and American Democracy: A Conversation with Robert Gates"

Amherst College will welcome former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to Johnson Chapel on Tuesday, April 28, at 8 p.m. for a discussion with history professor Frank Couvares, the E. Dwight Salmon Professor of History and American Studies at Amherst, about foreign affairs, Middle East conflicts, the workings of Washington and government leadership in our democracy. The event, titled “Our Era of War and American Democracy: A Conversation with Robert Gates,” will be free and open to the public. Following Gates’ talk, he will take questions from the audience and then hold a signing of his 2014 best-selling book, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.


German Kaffeeklatsch

Every Tuesday at 9 p.m., the German house hosts Kaffeeklatsch, an informal gathering for conversation and refreshment. This is a great opportunity to meet others interested in German language and culture.

Come join us for Kaffeeklatsch Tuesdays at Porter House!



Join us every Tuesday for LGBTea at 10 p.m. in the Queer Resource Center. Stop by for that daily grind and take a break from studying. Coffee, tea and a fabulous community ia always available.

Tomorrow - Wed, Apr 29, 2015

Open Forum on the Survey on Sexual Respect and Sexual Misconduct

Please join Title IX, Sexual Respect Education and Institutional Research as we share data from Amherst College’s first Survey on Sexual Respect and Sexual Misconduct. In November and December of 2014 Amherst College launched its first survey on sexual misconduct. In this forum will share data from the survey, share our next steps and engage the community in a conversation around the data. We hope that you can join us. All are welcome.

Closeup of Bruce Allen, smiling and wearing a jacket and tie

Translator Talks: Bruce Allen '71: "Nurturing Kotodama—the Spirit of Words: From Amherst to Translating Japanese Literature"

Bruce Allen was born and brought up in the Boston area. A member of the Amherst class of ’71, he graduated from Amherst in 1972, in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, after taking an extra year for field study. In 1983 he moved to Tokyo, where he has lived ever since.

He is a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Seisen University in Tokyo, where he teaches courses in translation, environmental literature and comparative literature. He is in the U.S. on sabbatical for a year, starting April 2015.

His research interests are in translation, environmental literature and ecocriticism. He has concentrated particularly on the work of Japanese writer Ishimure Michiko and has translated several of her works, including her novel Lake of Heaven (2008), her Noh play Shiranui (2015) and her documentary film Towards the Paradise of Flowers (2014). He has also co-translated Japanese Tales from Times Past: Stories of Fantasy and Folklore from the Konjaku Monogatari Shu (2015). He has co-edited Between Sea and Sky, a collection of essays on Ishimure from an ecocritical perspective (2015), and is currently translating Ishimure Michiko's novel Spirit Birds.


Chips, Dips and Relationships: a discussion facilitated by alumna Sarah Greenspan '02

Chapin Hall, Chapin Lounge

Alumna Sarah Greenspan '02 will facilitate a discussion on relationships, with a focus on risk-taking, vulnerability, self-awareness and boundaries

Just for Juniors – Kicking Off Your Senior Job Search

Attention Juniors!

This workshop will help you plan for your senior year in all career areas and prepare for early on-campus recruiting.

Please RSVP through Quest.

Last-Chance Improv Workshop for Seniors!

Class of 2015: Looking for something to do before bar night? Join the seniors of Mr. Gad's House of Improv for an evening of hilarity! In this workshop, we'll teach you and your fellow-seniors some fun games and exercises to practice the basics of improvisational comedy! Keefe Campus Center Theater. Wednesday, April 29th at 9 p.m. Be prepared to laugh.

Thu, Apr 30, 2015

Russian Table - Fridays from 12:00 - 1:30, Spring 2015

Join us for Russian conversation and cameraderie each week of the semester (except for Spring Break) on the Mezzanine Level of Valentine.

Black-and-white image of a man looking over his shoulder into a mirror, to see "M" written on the back of his jacket

German Film Series: "M"

Two screenings, at 4 and 7:30 p.m.

M (Fritz Lang, 1931; 111 min.)
Fritz Lang’s legendary early sound film, the granddaddy of all suspenseful thrillers: the police and an organized crime racket conduct parallel investigations to capture a mysterious serial killer (Peter Lorre) terrorizing the big city.

Portion of event flyer, featuring a statue in front of a stained-glass window

"Commenting on Tacitus' Agricola"

Converse Hall, Porter Lounge 3rd floor

Sponsored by the Corliss Lamont Lectureship for a Peaceful World and the Department of Classics at Amherst College

Nam June Paik, Untitled, ca. 1988, from Project DMZ, Storefront for Art and Architect, New York. Courtesy of the Storefront for Art and Architecture Archive, New York.

"An Alternative Korean Art History: Embodying the Peninsula"

How can an account of Korean art history consider both North and South Koreas? What would such an art history look like? This talk by Sohl Lee, assistant professor in modern and contemporary East Asian art department of art history at Stony Brook University, will begin by examining the most recent example of such an attempt—Crow’s Eye View: the Korean Peninsula, an exhibition for the Korean Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale—and recuperate the history of parallelism, coexistence and contingency that complicates the separation between visions of modernity as promulgated by capitalism and socialism, as much as the post-Cold War triumph of market economy as dictating artistic productions in the two Koreas. At stake is the hitherto uncharted history of cultural exchanges, the divisional lines of the Korean peninsula (DMZ) as artistic inspiration, and virtuous gestures in the mediums of photography, painting, drawing, sculpture and architecture that have flourished across and beyond national borders.

Ongoing Events

Russian painting by Esker

КИНЕТИЧЕСКИЕ РИТМЫ: The Dynamic Spirit of Russian Modernism

Webster Hall, Amherst Center for Russian Culture

In 2014, the Mead Art Museum oversaw the installation of art in the Russian Center Art Gallery, a newly refurbished space in the Amherst Center for Russian Culture, located in Webster Hall. The exhibition on view, КИНЕТИЧЕСКИЕ РИТМЫ: The Dynamic Spirit of Russian Modernism, brings together works from the Thomas P. Whitney ’37 collection that reflect the dynamic spirit of the artistic milieu of the first three decades of the twentieth century. Visit the link below for additional information about the works on view.

The Russian Center Art Gallery is located in the Amherst Center for Russian Culture, on the second floor of Webster Hall. Open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., as well as Tuesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Nature, Pleasure, Myth exhibition image

Nature, Pleasure, Myth: Animals in the Art of Japan

This special exhibition explores the appearance of animals throughout different genres of Japanese woodblock prints, textiles and fashionable objects. From Japanese folklore to kabuki performances, from the embroidered robes of courtesans to fascinating “secret calendars,” animals—domestic, wild and fantastical—offer a view into the “floating world” of Japan. On view at the Mead Art Museum February 7–June 28.

Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sun: 9 a.m.–midnight
Fri: 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Fifty Years of Showa Japan image

Fifty Years of Shōwa Japan: The Photography of Kageyama Kōyō

The photographs of Kageyama Kōyō (1907–1981) document the changing urban landscape of Tokyo during the Shōwa imperial period (1926–1989). Kageyama captured scenes of the city as it rebuilt after the Great Kantō Earthquake of 1923, underwent militarization in the 1930s, endured the years of World War II and its aftermath, and as it developed into a global metropolis. On view at the Mead Art Museum February 7–June 28.

Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sun: 9 a.m.–midnight
Fri: 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Gods, Kings, and Lovers

Gods, Kings, and Lovers: Paintings from Courtly India

Drawn entirely from the Mead’s permanent collection, this exhibition explores the essential role of painting in the lives of India’s elites, looking especially at the convergence of human and divine in nine exquisite works created for Muslim and Hindu patrons between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. On view at the Mead Art Museum February 14–July 5.

Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sun: 9 a.m.–midnight
Fri: 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Studio Honors Exhibition

This annual exhibition in the Eli Marsh Gallery, 105 Fayerweather Hall, is the culmination of a year-long project by the senior studio honors majors in the Department of Art and the History of Art. In addition to regular gallery hours Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the gallery will be open commencement weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open to the Public.

Reception on Thursday, 04/23 at 4:30 p.m. at the Gallery