Event Calendar

Today - Wed, Mar 4, 2015

Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies Symposium “Contested Legal Realities" Different Approaches to the Law in Indian Country

"Contested Legal Realities": Different Approaches to the Law in Indian Country” is a 3-day symposium that focuses on non-lawyer perspectives of legal issues in Indian Country. The concept for this symposium arose from a discussion within the Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies colloquium. Our aim is to build on that conversation by hosting a day of round-table panels and break-out groups involving critical thinking at the crossroads of the Connecticut River Valley. The symposium is open to students, faculty, staff, community members and the general public. Programs include a film screening of “Into America” with Angelo Baca as well as round-table panels and breakout discussions. Events will be held at the UMass Campus Center and various locations at Amherst College.

Roundtable participants include:

Maria Girouard, Penobscot Indian Nation
J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Wesleyan University
Doug Kiel, Williams College
jessie little doe baird, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
Beth Piatote, University of California, Berkeley
Josh Reid, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Tomorrow - Thu, Mar 5, 2015

SEA Semester Study Abroad Info Table

Are you looking for an adventure? Do you want to study abroad? Come learn about SEA Semester study abroad programs on Thursday, March 5th. SEA Semester offers field-based interdisciplinary semester and summer study abroad programs aboard tall ships in the Caribbean, Europe, the South Pacific, and New Zealand. Be sure to stop by Senior Admissions Counselor Elizabeth Dorr's table in Keefe from 11-2 on March 5 to learn more. Email edorr@sea.edu with questions.

Study Abroad with SEA Semester

SEA Semester offers field-based study abroad programs for all majors during the semester and summer. Students spend half a semester in Woods Hole, MA and then half a semester as a full working crew-member aboard our sailing school vessels in Western Europe, the Caribbean, the South Pacific or New Zealand.

Elizabeth Dorr, SEA Semester senior admissions counselor, will have an info table from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Keefe Campus Center. Stop by to learn more or email edorr@sea.edu with questions.

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.

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"Russia by Design: Adventures of Ideas in Global Culture," A Conversation with Ilya Olskolkov-Tsentsiper

A visionary, irreverent cultural entrepreneur, Ilya Oskolkov-Tsentsiper was instrumental in shaping a new image of post-Soviet Russia at the turn of the 21st century through a series of groundbreaking media initiatives, and has been the force behind the reconstruction and repurposing of some of the most important institutions of public life in Moscow.

Tsentsiper will present his recent ambitious redesign projects, from Moscow's Gorky Park to Stalin-era People's Economy Exposition (The VDNKh) and discuss the relationship of media, design and politics in the context of the current regime.

Elaine Scarry - Thermonuclear War and Democracy

Dr. Elaine Scarry is an award-winning social theorist, Harvard
professor, and author of the recent book “Thermonuclear
Monarchy”. In this incisive new book, Elaine demonstrates that
the power of one leader to obliterate millions of people with a
nuclear weapon—a possibility that remains very real even in
the wake of the Cold War—deeply violates our constitutional
rights, undermines the social contract, and is fundamentally at
odds with the deliberative principles of democracy

Mindfulness Meditation (Adi Bemak/Open)

Alumni Gym, Conway Classroom

Take some quiet time in the busyness of your week to practice mindfulness meditation, a proven tool to reduce stress and create greater ease of living. Join Adi Bemak, longtime teacher at The Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School and Valley Mindfulness in Northampton for this one hour drop-in class. There will be periods of guided instruction as well as time for discussion. This class is open to faculty, staff and students and no experience is required.

About the facilitator: Adi was introduced to mindfulness meditation in 1976 in Myanmar (formerly Burma) and has been a practitioner of mindfulness for almost four decades. She has been teaching mindfulness tools since 1993, and is a longtime teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. Adi also teaches MBSR in western Mass. through Valley Mindfulness, and serves on the Teachers’ Council of the Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley. She offers courses and retreats for beginning mindfulness practitioners, college and university staff and faculty, seniors exploring aging and health issues, and mindful parenting. A Buddhist advisor at Mount Holyoke College, Adi also maintains a mindfulness-based psychotherapy practice in Amherst.

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"Experiential Archaeology of Ancient Ritual Vessels": A Closer Look Gallery Talk

Join Miriam Kolar, Five College Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities, in an exploration of the sensory dimensionality of South American vessels in the Mead’s "World Cups" exhibition. Refreshments will be served.

Summer Night by Winslow Homer, 1890, Museum d'Orsay

The Power of Place: A Fiction Writing Workshop

In this workshop, we will warm up by examining and imitating passages of fiction in which setting plays a prominent role in shaping the story, creating atmosphere and defining characters. Then, you will be encouraged to write and share a short fictional piece based on a place that holds especial power for you. The atmosphere of the workshop will be friendly and supportive. Led by Roy Andrews, writing associate.

This workshop is part of the Power of Place Writing Workshop series, sponsored by the Writing Center, the Common, and Circus.

Winslow Homer's Summer Night, 1890, Museum d'Orsay

The Power of Place: A Fiction Writing Workshop

In this workshop, we will warm up by examining and imitating passages of fiction in which setting plays a prominent role in shaping the story, creating atmosphere and defining characters. Then, you will be encouraged to write and share a short fictional piece based on a place that holds especial power for you. The atmosphere of the workshop will be friendly and supportive. Led by Roy Andrews, writing associate.
This workshop is part of the Power of Place Writing Workshop series, sponsored by the Writing Center, the Common, and Circus.

Co-sponsored by The Common and the Writing Center, with support from Circus

Fiction Writing Workshop with Roy Andrews

In this workshop, we will warm up by examining and imitating passages of fiction in which setting plays a prominent role in shaping the story, creating atmosphere and defining characters. Then, you will be encouraged to write and share a short fictional piece based on a place that holds especial power for you. The atmosphere of the workshop will be friendly and supportive. Led by Roy Andrews, writing associate.

Refreshments will be provided.

Workshop will meet at the Writing Center. Thursday, March 5, 6:30–8 p.m.

This workshop is part of the Power of Place Writing Workshop series, sponsored by the Writing Center, The Common, and Circus. Space is limited; please register online at http://tinyurl.com/ac-place

Image From the Film Daughters of the Dust

International Women's Day Film Screening: Daughters of the Dust

Celebrate International Women's Day by coming to Keefe Theater to watch Julie Dash's film, "Daughters of the Dust".

Daughters of the Dust is a 1991 independent film written, directed and produced by Julie Dash; it is the first feature film by an African-American woman distributed theatrically in the United States. It tells the story of three generations of Gullah women in the Peazant family on St. Helena Island in 1902, as they prepare to migrate to the North.

Join us in the WGC after the screening for a discussion.

DataFest Information Session

On Thursday, March 5th from 7-7:30 p.m. in Seelye Mudd 207, we will host an info session (with delicious cookies!). Come find out what DataFest is all about and, if you are interested, formally sign up for DataFest. Past participants will be present to share their experiences and to answer your questions.

Can’t make it to the info session but still want to take part in DataFest? Send an email to Prof. Wang (swang@amherst.edu) or Prof. Wagaman (awagaman@amherst.edu).

Working with Data in R

The first workshop in a series on Statistics and R, hosted by the Statistics Fellows. Feel free to bring your laptop to follow along.

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"Destiny"

Webster Hall, Studio 3, G19

Written and directed by Daejione Jones '15 for her Senior Project

"Destiny" is the story of a young woman who is a cipher to the members of her community back home and at her new school. In telling her story, they reveal more about themselves and our society than they do about her.

The playwright and director, Daejione Jones, is a senior theater and dance major and a pre-med student.

Reservations are recommended; please call (413) 542-2278.

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!

Jazz@Schwemm's March 2015 poster

Jazz@Schwemm's Dan Gabel Quartet

Keefe Campus Center, Schwemm's Coffeehouse

Join us for a free performance by trombonist/vocalist Dan Gabel and his Abeltones Quartet, followed by two Amherst College Jazz Combos.

This is the first performance of the Jazz@Schwemm's March 2015 series. Thanks to the Office of Student Activities and Jazz@Amherst for sponsoring this series of events!

The fun starts at 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, in the back room of Schwemm's Coffeehouse.

Fri, Mar 6, 2015

Basic CMS Training Friday March 6th in Webster 102

Learn how to set up a webpage within the Amherst webpage. This class will show you how to create a basic article, insert pictures, create links and other things contained within a webpage.

Amherst Careers in Finance - Food for Thought: Ji-Yeun Lee '88

Ji-Yeun Lee ’88 had worked for Morgan Stanley since her graduation from Amherst, serving most recently as COO and Managing Director of Global Mergers and Acquisitions from 2004 to 2013. Lee has since partnered with her former Morgan Stanley colleague, Paul Taubman, to found PJT Partners. PJT Partners is now in the process of acquiring Blackstone’s financial and strategic advisory business. “PJT Partners is a next generation financial advisory firm. Our team of elite practitioners provides expertise and innovative advice to clients across industries on transformative strategic events including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and corporate reorganizations as well as defense, capital structure and capital-raising.” Ms. Lee lives in New York City with her husband and three children.

RSVP required, limited space available. Email careers@amherst.edu to reserve a space.

Ongoing Events

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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.

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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.

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!