Event Calendar

Sat, Jun 6, 2015

Wilder Observatory

Observatory Public Viewing

The Wilder Observatory on Snell Street is free and open to all, starting at 9 p.m. every Saturday from April through October, with the telescope being used on clear evenings. See (if they're in the sky at the time) the moon, planets, asteroids, comets, multiple stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more through the large, world-class refractor telescope. Students, faculty, staff, community members, family and friends are welcome. Weekend programs are provided in partnership with the Astronomy Association and Tom Whitney (tom@astronomyassociation.org).

Sun, Jun 7, 2015

Cover of "The Hare with Amber Eyes," featuring a white hare

Mead Reads

Join a lively discussion of The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance, by Edmund de Waal (2010). Refreshments will be served.

Two male characters sitting next to each other onstage during "The Scarlet Professor"

Free Preview of New Opera "The Scarlet Professor"

Arms Music Center, Buckley Recital Hall

A free workshop performance of the first half of The Scarlet Professor, a new opera based on the celebrated 1960 arrest and trial of Smith College professor Newton Arvin, will take place on Sunday, June 7, at 3 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The semi-staged performance will be followed by a discussion with composer Eric Sawyer, librettist Harley Erdman and author Barry Werth, on whose book the opera is based.

The Scarlet Professor recounts the story of Newton Arvin, a nationally renowned literary critic and English professor who was arrested in 1960, along with two younger colleagues, for possessing “beefcake” pornography. The opera blends the human drama of men caught in a national crusade against perceived indecency with fantasy based on scenes from the book Arvin wrote about most passionately: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, with its depiction of sin, secrecy and shame in small-town New England.

Today, Arvin’s nationally famous case is seen as a historical fulcrum, perched between the cultural McCarthyism of the 1950s and the “new world” of personal liberation ushered in by the 1960s.

Sawyer, a music professor at Amherst College, and Erdman, a theater professor at UMass Amherst, collaborated previously on The Garden of Martyrs, an opera premiered in 2013 by the Springfield Symphony Orchestra at Northampton’s Academy of Music.

Directing the stage production of The Scarlet Professor will be Ron Bashford, a theater professor at Amherst College and a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, who brings his production of Shakespeare’s Pericles to Amherst next September.

Conducting the opera will be Gregory W. Brown, who has has led numerous choral performances in the region, including the massed festival choirs in the premiere of his choral work "Five Women Bathing in Moonlight" at the 2012 Five College Choral Festival.

The cast will include seven leading opera vocalists from New York and New England, including Daniel Kamalić, whose performance in "Cavalleria Rusticana" was heard this month at the Academy of Music.

Tue, Jun 9, 2015

Exploring Data with Excel

Excel is an essential tool for organizing and exploring data from all fields of research. Its flexible tabular format provides a convenient display of data, and it provides many functions for basic statistics, selection, summary, and plotting. In addition, if you understand Excel, you will also be familiar with Google Docs online spreadsheets. If you’ve been a casual user of Excel, there are many capabilities and tricks that you may not be aware of. Come and find out what you’ve been missing. Excel is part of Microsoft Office, which students, faculty, and staff can download for free.

Light dinner provided at 5:30 PM.

Please register here:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Wed, Jun 10, 2015

Analyzing Data with Mathematica

Mathematica is a multifacted tool for doing mathematics on computer, from algebra and trigonometry through calculus and beyond. It can perform both symbolic and numeric calculations, and it provides numerous mathematical and statistical functions, letting you work with many different data formats, solve equations, and fit data to arbitrary functions. It can also graphically display functions and numerical data in two and three dimensions, allowing visualizations that you can easily manipulate. It is used by mathematicians and statisticians, scientists, engineers, economists, and even game developers. Mathematica can be installed on student-owned computers from the software drive; faculty- and staff-owned computers must obtain a home-use license.

This workshop is in two parts: Wednesday and Thursday June 10 – 11, 6-9 p.m.
Light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m.

Please register here:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Thu, Jun 11, 2015

Documenting Your Research with Zotero

Frost Library, Lane Room

Zotero is a free plug-in for Firefox that helps you collect, manage and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can also install it on your personal computer. Tutorials and documentation are also available.

This workshop is repeated four times:

• Thursday, June 11, 9 AM – 10 AM or
• Tuesday, June 16, 12 Noon – 1 PM or
• Wednesday, July 1, 12 Noon – 1 PM or
• Tuesday, July 7, 10 AM – 11 AM

Please register here:
https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

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It's Cool at the Mead gallery talk

The Dynamic Spirit of Russian Modernism, with Bettina Jungen, Thomas P. Whitney, Class of 1937, curator of Russian art. Note: This event takes place in the Amherst Center for Russian Culture Art Gallery, on the 2nd floor of Webster Hall, across the quad from the Mead.

"It's Cool at the Mead" gallery talks will be held every other week on Thursdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., beginning Thursday, June 11, through Sunday, August 23.

Reading Comic

Reading for Research Projects and Writing While Researching

It can be easy to become overwhelmed by all the material you are gathering for a substantial research project, and it can be difficult to start writing after being immersed in reading sources. This workshop will offer instruction and practice in varying your reading strategies and speed, according to your purpose in reading a particular source. You will also practice reading effectively and efficiently, rather than dutifully. The second half of this workshop will offer strategies for writing as you research, to help you articulate what you have learned, as well as to develop your own ideas along the way. Ultimately, these approaches will not only save you time and effort but, once it comes time to start a draft, you will actually already be revising, rather than facing a blank screen. Taught by Kristen Brookes, senior writing associate.

Analyzing Data with Mathematica

Mathematica is a multifacted tool for doing mathematics on computer, from algebra and trigonometry through calculus and beyond. It can perform both symbolic and numeric calculations, and it provides numerous mathematical and statistical functions, letting you work with many different data formats, solve equations, and fit data to arbitrary functions. It can also graphically display functions and numerical data in two and three dimensions, allowing visualizations that you can easily manipulate. It is used by mathematicians and statisticians, scientists, engineers, economists, and even game developers. Mathematica can be installed on student-owned computers from the software drive; faculty- and staff-owned computers must obtain a home-use license.

This workshop is in two parts: Wednesday and Thursday June 10 – 11, 6-9 p.m.
Light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m.

Please register here:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Fri, Jun 12, 2015

New Faculty Social Hour

An occasion to come together and meet other new colleagues across departments. We meet on the second Friday of every month from 4-5:30 p.m. for conversation. Most meetings will happen in the McCaffrey Room in Keefe Campus Center. We have child care services for those that need to pick up their little ones before stopping over.

Reminder emails with updated locations are sent to appropriate colleagues each month.

Sat, Jun 13, 2015

Of Land and Water: Contemporary Chamber Works for Tenor, Horn and Piano

Vocalist Peter W. Shea, hornist Jean Jeffries and pianist Susan Dedell perform a concert of contemporary vocal chamber music on the themes of land and water, on Saturday June 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The concert is free and open to the public.

The featured work is the world premiere of “The Fish” by Amherst College emeritus professor Lew Spratlan, which sets to music Elizabeth Bishop’s poem of the same title. The trio also performs recently composed pieces by New England composers Paul Dedell, Lawrence Siegel and David Kidwell, and works from the 1950s by British composer Arnold Cooke. These include musical settings of poems by Carl Sandburg, Alfred Tennyson and William Wordsworth, among others.
Shea, Jeffries and Dedell are well-known performers in western New England and beyond. Shea has been a soloist since the 1970s with numerous performing groups in the Connecticut River Valley, the Berkshires, and the Worcester and Albany areas. For the past 15 years he has given annual recitals of German lieder for the Amherst College German Department. Jean Jeffries teaches horn and coaches chamber music at Amherst and Mt. Holyoke colleges, and plays both modern and natural horn in several New England orchestras. Susan Dedell is active both as a pianist and as a conductor. She is Director of Music at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Brattleboro VT, and conducts the Brattleboro Concert Choir.

Wilder Observatory

Observatory Public Viewing

The Wilder Observatory on Snell Street is free and open to all, starting at 9 p.m. every Saturday from April through October, with the telescope being used on clear evenings. See (if they're in the sky at the time) the moon, planets, asteroids, comets, multiple stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more through the large, world-class refractor telescope. Students, faculty, staff, community members, family and friends are welcome. Weekend programs are provided in partnership with the Astronomy Association and Tom Whitney (tom@astronomyassociation.org).

Sun, Jun 14, 2015

FeeJee mermaid

It's Cool at the Mead gallery talk

The Feejee Mermaid, with Keely Sarr, assistant museum educator.

"It's Cool at the Mead" gallery talks will be held every other week on Thursdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., beginning Thursday, June 11, through Sunday, August 23.

Mon, Jun 15, 2015

Scientific Programming with Python

Python is a freely distributable high-level programming language that has become very popular for everything from scripting applications and web-page generation to solving scientific problems. It shares many basic characteristics with languages like Mathematica, Matlab, and Labview, and has an extensive set of numerical and scientific modules. In this class we will use Python to build instructions describing a scientific problem, and solve it using the college computing cluster.

This workshop is in four parts: Monday through Thursday, June 15 – 18, 6-9 p.m.

Light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m.

Please register here:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Tue, Jun 16, 2015

Documenting Your Research with Zotero

Frost Library, Lane Room

Zotero is a free plug-in for Firefox that helps you collect, manage, and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can also install it on your personal computer. Tutorials and documentation are also available.

This workshop is repeated four times:

• Thursday, June 11, 9 AM – 10 AM or
• Tuesday, June 16, 12 Noon – 1 PM or
• Wednesday, July 1, 12 Noon – 1 PM or
• Tuesday, July 7, 10 AM – 11 AM

Please register here:
https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Scientific Programming with Python

Python is a freely distributable high-level programming language that has become very popular for everything from scripting applications and web-page generation to solving scientific problems. It shares many basic characteristics with languages like Mathematica, Matlab, and Labview, and has an extensive set of numerical and scientific modules. In this class we will use Python to build instructions describing a scientific problem, and solve it using the college computing cluster.

This workshop is in four parts: Monday through Thursday, June 15 – 18, 6-9 p.m.

Light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m.

Please register here:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Wed, Jun 17, 2015

Summer Researcher Reception

Get together with other students engaged in research on campus, librarians, and technologists, and enjoy some refreshments while we talk informally about your projects and answer your questions about upcoming workshops.

Please register here:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Scientific Programming with Python

Python is a freely distributable high-level programming language that has become very popular for everything from scripting applications and web-page generation to solving scientific problems. It shares many basic characteristics with languages like Mathematica, Matlab, and Labview, and has an extensive set of numerical and scientific modules. In this class we will use Python to build instructions describing a scientific problem, and solve it using the college computing cluster.

This workshop is in four parts: Monday through Thursday, June 15 – 18, 6-9 p.m.

Light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m.

Please register here:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Thu, Jun 18, 2015

Thesis writing in progress

Productive Habits for Long Term Projects

If you are embarking on an honors thesis, special topics course, or any other long-term academic project, you may have good intentions about setting deadlines and staying motivated, but you may also recognize that you've never done this before. Learn practices that will help you complete a long-term project you can be proud of without losing your mind. This workshop will introduce you to strategies for establishing good habits early, for writing more in less time, for avoiding procrastination and writer’s block, as well as for restoring creativity and finding joy in your work. Participants should bring their calendars. Taught by Jessica Gorman, writing associate.

Scientific Programming with Python

Python is a freely distributable high-level programming language that has become very popular for everything from scripting applications and web-page generation to solving scientific problems. It shares many basic characteristics with languages like Mathematica, Matlab, and Labview, and has an extensive set of numerical and scientific modules. In this class we will use Python to build instructions describing a scientific problem, and solve it using the college computing cluster.

This workshop is in four parts: Monday through Thursday, June 15 – 18, 6-9 p.m.

Light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m.

Please register here:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Fri, Jun 19, 2015

Ethics Luncheon Discussion

Many student researchers are required to take ethics training, formally known as Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). At Amherst College this requirement is fulfilled through online training and through faculty-student discussions. This open discussion will be led by several faculty members who will share their own insights into ethical dilemmas they have encountered, and describe scenarios that student researchers might face. Students will be encouraged to explore ethical questions related to their own research process and consider what to do when presented with an ethical dilemma. This workshop is mandatory for SURF students and strongly encouraged for SRP students. Other summer research students are also encouraged to attend, as well as take the online training.

Please register here:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

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 Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., as well as Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.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.

Open
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.

Open
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.

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