Event Calendar

Today - Wed, Apr 16, 2014


"Same-Sex Marriage in Hawai'i: Indigenous Tradition and Settler Colonial Continuities"

Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall

Hear a talk by J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, associate professor of American studies and anthropology at Wesleyan University. Kauanui’s first book is "Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity" (Duke University Press, 2008). Her second book project (in-progress), "Thy Kingdom Come? The Paradox of Hawaiian Sovereignty," is a critical study on gender and sexual politics and the tensions regarding indigeneity in relation to statist Hawaiian nationalism.

From February 2007 through June 2013, she served as the sole producer and host of a public-affairs radio program, "Indigenous Politics: From Native New England and Beyond," which was produced in the studios of WESU in Middletown, Conn. The show was widely syndicated across a dozen states and Pacifica radio affiliate stations.

Additionally, Kauanui was a member of The Dream Committee, a radio collective that produced a program that ran from September 2010 through May 2013 called “Horizontal Power Hour” (also on WESU), which featured anarchist culture, politics and philosophies.

In February 2014, with a new group of students, Kauanui helped launch a program called “Anarchy on Air,” which is produced and broadcast through WESU. The program emerged from her course "Anarchy in America: From Haymarket to Occupy Wall Street."

This event is generously sponsored by the Amherst Association of Students and the American Studies Department, the Smith College American Studies Department, the Five Colleges Native American Indian Studies program and the Mount Holyoke College Gender Studies Program and Anthropology and Sociology Department.

French Film Screening: "Delicatessen"

Newport House, Common room

This dark comedy, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, is set in an apartment building in a postapocalyptic France. The story centers on the landlord of the apartment building, his quirky tenants and their desperate bids for survival.

EDU Meeting

Keefe Campus Center, McCaffrey Room

Please join us for an interesting discussion on education. The meeting will take place in the McCaffrey Room at 8 p.m. every Wednesday. Sugar Jones will be provided!

Steven Olikara

"Resolved: Get the Incumbents Out of Washington" with Millennial Action Project President Steven Olikara

Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall

Join the Amherst Political Union, the Debate Team and Millennial Action Project (MAP) President Steven Olikara as we debate the role of the Millennial generation in the future of American politics.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Truman Scholar and two-time Udall Scholar, Olikara founded MAP with the goal of remedying political partisanship and stagnation by promoting young leadership. MAP has been instrumental in founding the Congressional Future Caucus, which advocates for innovative solutions to critical long-term issues.

Students who desire to speak on the motion should email amherst.political.union@gmail.com.

There will be pizza and/or cookies at the event.

Tomorrow - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

Five College Digital Humanities :: Celebrating Student Work!

Smith College, Seelye 201

Five College Digital Humanities invites you to celebrate undergraduate work in the digital humanities with our 1st Annual Student Symposium, featuring talks and presentations by current undergraduate fellows, workshops for interested students, staff, and faculty, and a catered reception for the Five College digital humanities community.

Free and open to the Five College community and the public!

2 PM to 3 PM, Seelye 201 :: Workshop on applying for the 5CollDH Undergraduate Fellowship. Come and learn about current and future opportunities, and get a chance to ask our current fellows about their experience.

3 PM to 4:30 PM, Seelye 201 :: Presentations from our current fellows on their projects.

4:30 PM to 6 PM, Seelye 207 :: Catered reception, open to all! There will be an open bar, so make sure to bring your ID

For more information, please contact Prof. Marisa Parham, director of Five College Digital Humanities, or Jeffrey Moro (AC '12), our senior 5CollDH post-bac fellow.

Counseling Center Open House

Scott House (14 Hitchcock Road), Counseling Center

The Counseling Center will be having an open house on Thursday, April 17, from
3:30 to 5 p.m. This is a great opportunity to meet the staff and have some good conversations. Refreshments will be served.

"It’s Never Too Late: Applying for a Job"

Seniors, are you suddenly realizing that graduation is upon you? It is never to late to start the job search. Come learn where to go next.

Physics Seminar

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 3

Professor David Hall, "I Have Not Yet Finished This Talk on Monopoles".

Russian Film Series, Spring 2014: "Five Evenings"

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

The tangible world of an old, communal apartment in 1950s Moscow is recreated onscreen in this 1979 film, directed by Nikita Mikhalkov.

Autry and Imarisha

Good Sista/Bad Sista

These two phenomenal women write powerful, provocative and political performance poetry with attitude. In the service of soul-sister security of the First, Second and Third Worlds, these poetic provocateurs borrow ballpoints, pilfer paper and liberate language to manufacture mind bombs and lob them on unsuspecting audiences. Turiya and Walidah teach in elementary, middle and high schools, in juvenile detention facilities and in prisons, as well as at Portland State University’s Black Studies Department. The duo has toured nationally and internationally. They have shared the stage, singularly and together, with Angela Davis, Doug E. Fresh, Nikki Giovanni, bell hooks, John Trudell, Chuck D, Spearhead and Saul Williams, among others.

Race as a social construct

"Why Is Race a Social Construct? Debunking the Myth of Race as Biological"

Come have dinner with Dr. Scott MacEachern from Bowdoin College at the Multicultural Resource Center. His talk is titled "Why is Race a Social Construct? Debunking the Myth of Race as Biological." The talk is based on his research as an archaeologist working in Cameroon. Dinner will be served.

Pride Alliance Weekly Meeting

Join Pride Alliance every Thursday night from 8 to 9 p.m. in the Queer Resource Center (in the basement of Morrow Residence Hall).

We are a student org that focuses our weekly meetings on discussion topics relevant to the queer community, educational programs/events and social gatherings.

All are welcome! Please join us! We always have food. :)

Photo of Ilya Somin

"Democracy and Political Ignorance"

Ilya Somin '95 will give a talk titled "Democracy and Political Ignorance," based on his new book "Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter." The book explains why widespread political ignorance is a serious problem for modern democracy, and suggests that it can be mitigated by limiting and decentralizing government power and by strong judicial review.

Ilya Somin is a professor of law at George Mason University School of Law. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Amherst College. His research focuses on constitutional law, property law and the study of popular political participation and its implications for constitutional democracy. He has authored several books and has had many articles appear in numerous scholarly journals, including The Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, The Critical Review and others. He served as a co-editor of the Supreme Court Economic Review from 2006 to 2013.

This talk is open to the public and sponsored by the Political Science Department and the Committee for the American Founding.

Fri, Apr 18, 2014

Spanish Table

Spanish Table meets on Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Dining Hall, starting Jan. 24. Faculty, college staff and students are welcome to join Spanish-speakers of all levels for lunch and interesting Spanish conversation.

Japanese Language Table

Valentine Dining Hall, South Conference Room

The Japanese Language Table will meet every Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the South Conference Room in the basement of Valentine starting Jan. 31 (with no meeting during Spring Break).

Social Entrepreneurship Table

Join Amherst's Social Innovation Leadership Team (SILT) for our biweekly lunch tables to talk about social entrepreneurship, start-ups and how you can activate social change. SILT members and Fellows are here to start conversations for anyone interested in learning more about social entrepreneurship. No experience necessary!

Russian Table

Russian Table meets every Friday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on the Valentine Hall Mezzanine level. Join our professors, our language assistant and fellow students for Russian conversation and fellowship! (Five College students currently taking courses at Amherst will be able to attend and eat lunch at Valentine without charge; please let the checker know that you are on the Russian Department list.)

An Amherst Student Abroad

Steps to Study Abroad

Steps to Study Abroad outlines the process and requirements necessary to study abroad for a semester or for a full year.

Cafe con Leche

Cafe con Leche: Suzanne Coffey at the MRC

Join us for some coffee, tea and snacks at the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) in Keefe Campus Center 112! This week's Cafe con Leche guest speaker is Suzanne Coffey, chief students affairs officer. She will talk about the work she does and how it relates to multiculturalism.

Haimson Lushkov flyer

"Voting Under Fire: Livy on Choosing Leaders and Fighting Wars"

Fayerweather Hall, 115 (Pruyne Lecture Hall)

Ayelet Haimson Lushkov is an assistant professor of classics at The University of Texas at Austin. She will talk about how elections in the Roman Republic came to be a mechanism for generating precedents and political exempla for peace during both war and peacetime.

Ongoing Events

Mother fox and her kit

“Landscapes and Nature” by Thomas Stratford

Frost Library, Mezzanine Gallery

Come see the new photo exhibit at the Frost Library Mezzanine Gallery by Amherst College staffer Thomas Stratford, featuring campus landscapes, local nature and portrait-quality images of wildlife. The exhibit is free and open to the public through June 2014.

Pride & Allies Week

Join Pride Alliance and the Queer Resource Center for a week packed full of events, food, workshops and our first-ever Drag Show! Don't forget to stop by Keefe and get your "I Support Love" shirt and join us for our annual photo campaign! Check the calendar for a list of events! All are welcome, including those from the Five Colleges.