Event Calendar

Today - Thu, Mar 26, 2015

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Working with Geographic Data in R

When your data depends on geography, it involves an important but complicated explanatory variable for statistical analyses. If location is handled properly, it can provide useful maps of your data’s spatial distribution, reduce the variance of the dependent variable, and potentially help you discover causative variables that you might not otherwise have considered.

Instructions for which R packages to download and install will be sent out in advance to those who request it.

This is the last workshop in the Statistics and R series in preparation for Datafest 2015.

U.S. Department of State Information Session

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly

Mary Beth Leonard, Diplomat in Residence for the New England Region, is coming to campus! Please join us for an overview of the mission and work of the Department of State. Learn about foreign and civil service careers as well as internship opportunities within the Department of State. Do not miss this incredible opportunity to learn about careers with the U.S. government in diplomacy, development and defense!

Workshop in Statistics, Working with Greographic Data in R

Workshop in preparation for Data Fest hosted by Andy Anderson, academic technology specialist.

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Layaali: Arabic Music Performance

Join us at the Amherst College Powerhouse for an electrifying musical performance by Layaali, an internationally known group committed to furthering the appreciation of traditional Arab music and culture.

Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Refreshments will be served. The concert is free and open to the public.

It is co-hosted by the Copeland Colloquium and The Common literary magazine.

Pride Alliance Weekly Meeting

Please join us weekly for our Pride Alliance Meeting at 8:00 p.m. in the Queer Resource Center. We host weekly discussions, guest speakers, workshops and events, and the GAP (Gay Amherst Party). All are welcome and there is always food!

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Daniel Goleman ’68: A Talk on Innovative Education and Leadership

Amherst Careers in Education Professions Program welcomes Dr. Daniel Goleman
'68 back to campus for a public talk about innovative education, leadership and his next book, A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama's Vision for Our World, which emphasizes new approaches to education.

The talk is open to the public.

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Jazz @ Schwemm's: Genevive Rose Quartet with Student Combos Talking Book, Songs in the Key of Life and Christmas with the Jorts

Keefe Campus Center, Schwemm's Backroom

Genevive Rose Quartet performs with student combos Talking Book, Songs in the Key of Life and Christmas with the Jorts.

Schwemm's Coffeehouse will be swinging hard to the sounds of Amherst's own student combos and the professional groups with whom they will share the stage.

Each week features a pro group at 9 p.m. followed at 10 p.m. by two or three groups from Amherst's robust jazz combo program. This spring, the performances take place every Thursday, excluding spring break. The performance dates and groups are listed below. Don't miss the Genevive Rose Quartet this Thursday!

Conceived in 2007 by then-senior Alex Rodriguez '08, Jazz Performance Director Bruce Diehl and Professor Dominic Poccia, Jazz @ Schwemm's was designed to bring jazz into the thick of the Amherst campus. It's a win-win arrangement: the campus gets quality jazz music, professionals get a new gig opportunity, and student combos get to see the pros in action. “The kind of music [jazz musicians] do is learned by apprenticeship,” Poccia says. “It’s hard for students to get the courage for improvisation, and with Schwemm’s, students are encouraged to jump off the diving board and do it.”

Schwemm's is located in the Keefe Campus Center at Amherst College.

Tomorrow - Fri, Mar 27, 2015

Spanish Table

The Spanish Department invites the Amherst community to improve their language skills and have a wonderful time with us at lunch.
This is a great opportunity to chat with the TA's, faculty members and native speakers, practice your Spanish or even ask questions about cultural things like study abroad!
Join us on the Mezzanine of Valentine Dining Hall every Friday from noon to 2 p.m.

Professor Dan Barbezat to Speak at Life Stories Series

Keefe Campus Center, McCaffrey Room

The Life Stories series provides a forum for the Amherst community to get to know each other outside of our professional and academic roles. At each lunch, a student, faculty or staff member will share a story from their lives, followed by the opportunity for participants to engage in reflection and discussion. Lunch provided. For more information https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/counseling/mh_education/programs/life....

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The Savvy Reader: Managing an Unmanageable Reading Load

The reading load for many classes can sometimes seem overwhelming and unmanageable. This workshop will help you take control over your reading and stay on top of it, rather than drowning in it or avoiding it altogether. In addition to being introduced to approaches to large reading loads and long texts, you will have the opportunity to practice strategies for reading more effectively and, when necessary, more efficiently. Please bring a course syllabus, a set of readings for that class, and, if applicable, a non-fiction book you need to read. Taught by Kristen Brookes, senior writing associate.

Please Register Here: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/workshops/reg...

Note: this workshop was originally scheduled for March 6. Students who registered for it then do not need to re-register.

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CAFE CON LECHE with Laura Draucker, Dir. of Sustainability

Hi Friends,
This Friday, from 2-3 p.m., our Cafe con Leche (coffee hour) guest is Laura Draucker, Director of Sustainability for the Office of Environmental Sustainability. Come learn about who she is, the work she does at Amherst and how multiculturalism fits or can fit into her work... There is always time for Q&A as well. Coffee, tea and cookies will be served.

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Queer Talk with Dr. Darien & Dr. Deb

Please join us every Friday for Queer Talk with Dr. Deb & Dr. Darien at 3 p.m. in the Queer Resource Center. Stop by to talk with students and one of the fabulous counseling center staff about LGBTQIAP related topics. All are welcome. This event is co-sponsored by the Amherst College Counseling Center.

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WGC Coffee Hour

The Women's and Gender Center invites you to our weekly coffee hour! Come join us for coffee, snacks and conversation.

Lecture flyer featuring a "Fresco from the House of Chaste Lovers at Pompei"

"Ancient Sexuality at a New Crossroads: Beyond Binarism"

Marilyn Skinner (professor emerita, University of Arizona) is a pioneer in the study of gender and sexuality in Classical Antiquity. She will deliver the keynote speech on "Ancient Sexuality at a New Crossroads: Beyond Binarism." Professor Skinner's talk is part of a workshop sponsored by The Alliance to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges on the theme "New Directions in Gender and Sexuality in Classical Antiquity." The talk is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Concert poster: Cartoon image of Albert Joo '15's and Lucas Lebovitz '15's faces and names on a jukebox

"The Jukebox": Albert Joo '15 and Lucas Lebovitz '15 Senior Theses

The Jukebox takes the listener on an eclectic journey between the 19th and 21st century, making stops in contemporary classical, jazz and electronic music.

In the first half of the concert, Lucas Lebovitz and the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble will take you on a trip back to the golden age of the Big Band. Once the most widespread and popular form of popular music, Big Band Jazz has shaped popular music since its heyday. On this trip you’ll hear a survey of original compositions inspired by and dedicated to the important figures and bands of the time. The music pays tribute to many famous composers and arrangers: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Gill Evans, Fletcher Henderson, Nelson Riddle, Tito Puente and others. Special thanks to the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble and conductor Bruce Diehl for the performance.

Albert Joo explores the elements that give music depth and complexity, while attempting to keep it accessible to the general public. This balance includes the use of both consonance and dissonance, as well as rhythms that are both intuitive and erratic. His performance combines traditional acoustic instruments with the more popular electronic sounds of today, as he hopes to examine how they build off of each other.

Men's Ice Hockey

Men's Ice Hockey Watch Men's Ice Hockey in the NCAA Semifinals!

The Department of Athletics and Physical Education and Amherst LEADS invite the campus community to Stirn Auditorium to cheer on the Amherst men's ice hockey team as it takes on the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in an NCAA semifinal game on Friday night (3/27/15). We will be streaming live video of the game, which is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. (ET). Stop by to catch some of the action and show your support for the team! Light refreshments will be served. Please contact amherstleads@amherst.edu with any questions.

Ongoing Events

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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.

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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.

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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.

Beneski Exhibit

Then & Now: The Changing Arctic Landscape

If a picture is worth a thousand words, "Then & Now: The Changing Arctic Landscape" —a traveling exhibition from the University of Alaska Museum of the North—speaks volumes about glacial retreat and the consequences of climate change in the Alaskan Arctic.

On view at Amherst College’s Beneski Museum of Natural History through April 19, "Then & Now" features photographs and media presentations that illustrate the startling effects of climate change, provide context about the Arctic ecosystem and illuminate the behind-the-photo stories of the consequences of climate change for Arctic indigenous peoples.

Open Tue–Fri, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. | Sat & Sun, 10 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.

Nathaniel Lieb: Untitled

Nathaniel Lieb: "Driving to Amherst"

Fayerweather Hall, Eli Marsh Gallery (105)

Nathaniel Lieb, artist-in-residence in the Department of Art and the History of Art, exhibits a multimedia installation in the Eli Marsh Gallery and gives a lecture about his work on Thursday, March 12, in Pruyne Lecture Hall, followed by a reception in the gallery. Note that the exhibition will be closed during spring break (Saturday, March 14, through Sunday, March 22) and will reopen on Monday, March 23. The exhibition closes April 3. It is free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours:
Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Sunday, 12–4 p.m.