Event Calendar

Today - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

Tomorrow - Sun, Mar 1, 2015

The Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester African-American Worship Service

Chapin Hall, Chapel

Bi-Semester is a Christian service rooted in the African-American worship tradition. The first service of the spring semester will take place on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 1 pm in Chapin Chapel.

Bi-Semester features great music from Amherst College Gospel Choir. Gospel Choir has been ministering in the Amherst Community for more than 30 years. Additionally, this year, we celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Bi-Semester.

Pastor Timothy Jones ’05E, former advisor to the Bi-Semester Worship Series and current Bi-Semester Fellow, will be the guest preacher. Pastor Tim serves as the pastor of Community Baptist Church in New Haven, CT.

A delicious soul food dinner will follow the service. All are welcome to attend!

Trans, QRC

Five College Transgender Support & Social Group

Are you transgender, genderqueer, non-binary, gender-fluid, questioning or gender non-conforming? Come join us in a positive, inclusive, safe and brave space for trans individuals and those in the process of discovering their gender identities. This group is a closed space to all trans-identifying five college undergraduate and graduate students. Supportive loved ones are welcome.

Cover of "Lisette's List" by Susan Vreeland

Mead Reads

Join an informal discussion of "Lisette’s List," by Susan Vreeland (2014), a novel set in southern France, touching on the lives of Paul Cézanne and Marc Chagall. Refreshments will be served.


Catholic Mass

Chapin Hall, Chapel

All are welcome in the celebration of the Sunday Liturgy. Missalettes are provided to help us pray and lift up our voices in song.

Mon, Mar 2, 2015

German Table

German Table

The German language table provides a wonderful opportunity for developing language skills over lunch. Enjoy chatting informally with other students who have returned from abroad, with the German language assistants, German faculty members and other native speakers.

Join us on the Mezzanine of Valentine Dining Hall every Monday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Math and Stat Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room B

Join students and faculty interested in statistics, pure mathematics or applied mathematics, for interesting, relaxing conversations and lunch each Monday between noon and 1:30 p.m. in Terrace Room B, Valentine Hall. Pick up your lunch in Val and come on down to Terrace Room B for whatever lunch interval you have. We’ll be glad to see you, and we’ll count on seeing you there!

Engagement Advisors Drop-In Hours

Interested in getting involved with community projects or organizations? Don't know where to start? Engagement Advisors (EAs) are students who know the ropes of engagement at Amherst and are available to advise students who may be newer to engagement. EAs will hold drop-in hours in Keefe Atrium Mon-Wed 4-5 p.m. if you wish to discuss how to get involved with community organizations and projects.

Illustration of a man's torso with the digestive system visible in red

Biology Seminar: Adam J. Bass '97, M.D.: "Learning from the Genome to Improve Cancer Therapy"

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 4

Dr. Adam J. Bass ‘97 is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Cellular and Molecular Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His talk is entitled "Learning from the Genome to Improve Cancer Therapy."

The Bass Lab "bring[s] together expertise in modern genomics, experimental/functional biology and clinical medicine. [Their] overarching goal is to leverage the study the cancer genome to elucidate key biological processes and therapeutic vulnerabilities in carcinomas arising in the GI tract (especially stomach, esophageal carcinomas)."

French Table

French Table will meet on Mondays, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall. French speakers of all levels are encouraged to attend.

Tue, Mar 3, 2015

Quaker Voluntary Service Information Table

The Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) is a faith-based service year in Atlanta (GA), Portland (OR), Philadelphia (PA), or Boston (MA). Each location takes 6-8 young adults excited about social justice and interested in living in community, and places them in full-time professional roles at nonprofits. Participants are engaged in considering how their faith and spirituality informs their social justice work, and how to stay grounded through the challenges that often come with this vocation. The QVS provides workshops, training, and support to participants, with the help of local Quakers in each of the cities. QVS is open to persons from all traditions.

Ongoing Events

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.

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.

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.

Green Games Begin

The Second Annual Green Games are running in the First-Year dormitories!

Chalkboard drawing of single bed with "Probably" written underneath

"Probably" Staged Reading

"Probably" is a play written by Owen Davis '14 that explores language, sexual respect and violence on college campuses. The story follows a group of college seniors who are consumed by their relationships and uncertain futures while still trying to enjoy their last semester-- until whispers of an act of violence shatter their community, destroy the boundaries of friendship and intimacy and cause them all to re-examine the way they treat, trust and speak to one another.

"Probably" was originally staged in the spring of 2014, and served as an important contribution to the Amherst College community's conversation about sexual respect. Fangran Li (HC '11) revives the play this semester as a staged reading as part of her thesis work and in an effort to continue the conversation about sexual respect on college campuses.

The play will be performed at two different venues:
Friday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m. at The Powerhouse, Amherst College
Saturday, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. at Emily Dickinson Hall, Hampshire College

Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended.
Amherst tickets: www.probablyatamherst.brownpapertickets.com
Hampshire tickets: www.probablyathampshire.brownpapertickets.com


Both performances are followed by an optional postshow conversation about the themes of the play.

Written by Owen Davis (AC '14)
Directed by Fangran Li (HC '11)
Featuring Aine Hegarty (UMASS '15), Isaiah Holloway (AC '17), Noelle Micarelli (HC '14), Lilly Mommens (AC '18), Rob Thoma (AC '17) and Denzel Wood (AC '18)
Produced by Reilly Horan (AC '13)