Event Calendar

Today - Wed, Mar 4, 2015

Study Abroad with CIEE

Come meet with a representative from CIEE to learn about an array of study abroad programs offered around the world!

Emily Dickinson's Homestead in springtime

Emily Dickinson Museum 2015 Opening

The Emily Dickinson Museum opens for 2015 on Wednesday, March 4. The Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.

Faculty Lunch: Small-Group Learning and the New Active Learning Classrooms

Faculty are invited to a presentation and discussion with Professor of Biology Caroline Goutte and her colleagues Prof. Pat Williamson, Prof. Alix Purdy, and Dr. Julie Emerson, focusing on their redesign of the large introductory Biology 191 course around the use of small-group learning (SGL). In the fall 2014 semester, continuing their work with SGL over the past several years, Professor Goutte and her team utilized the newly built active learning classroom spaces in Merrill to restructure a large lecture course into substantial SGL experiences for more than one hundred students. At the lunch meeting, the presenters will describe their novel mixed approach, highlight key benefits and results as well as challenges, and share best practices for the successful use of small groups in large courses. Instructional Designer Hari Stephen Kumar will also share information about the range of pedagogies and academic technologies supported by the new active learning classrooms. Sponsored by Academic Technology Services, with support from the Project in Innovative Curriculum and Teaching (PICT) Initiative.

Criminal Gangs and the State in Latin America: The Battle for Hearts and Minds

A talk by Prof. Imke Harbers, Political Science, University of Amsterdam

One of the most central challenges confronting Mexico (and the United States) for two decades now is the Drug War. Prof. Imke Harbers has collected new data that sheds some light on the capacity of the Mexican state—both at the federal and subnational levels—to conduct this war. This talk will inform us on the status on the war on drugs but also new techniques to ascertain state capacity, an issue that is crucial in political science for the study of policy-making

This lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Lurcy Fund, the Lamont Fund and the Department of Political Science at Amherst College.

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.

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

Eye Pillow Making - Video and Discussion with Deb Edelman

Come to Merrill 300B (in Keefe Science Library) to learn about the importance of sleep!
Dr. Edelman will show a brief documentary on the importance of sleep and the impact of sleep deprivation, followed by a discussion on practical strategies for improving sleep.

The Student Health Educators will facilitate eye pillow making at the event.
Sugar Jones cookies and milk will be served.

Event is sponsored by the Student Health Educators, Wellness Team and the Amherst College Public Health Collaborative.

MultiFaith Council Meeting: What defines our generation?

Chapin Hall, lounge

The Multifaith Council will be holding their first meeting of the semester on Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. in Chapin Lounge. The topic of discussion for the meeting will be: What defines our generation?

Refreshments will be served and all members of the Amherst College community are invited to attend.

Flyer for SEA Study Abroad information session

Info Session: SEA Study Abroad

Rebecca Konijnenberg '16 will talk about her time at SEA, a study abroad program designed for all majors interested in maritime studies. Refreshments and exciting stories provided.

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.

Tsentsiper image

"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.

"Fitting-In: Autonomy vs Evolutionary Biology"

Laurence Thomas, Department of Philosophy and Department of Political Science at Syracuse University will present the second lecture in the 2014-15 Forry and Micken Lecture Series on "The Promise and Problems of Citizenship." His lecture is titled "Fitting-In: Autonomy vs Evolutionary Biology" and will be presented in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 5:00pm. For further information, please contact the Philosophy Department at 542-5805.

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.

South American Chimu

"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

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).

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!