Event Calendar

Today - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

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.

Tomorrow - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

Fulbright presentation with Meg Stewart

Converse Hall, Porter Lounge

Fulbright Ambassador Meg Stewart will discuss her experience with interested faculty and staff members from the Five College community. There will be opportunities to meet individually with Ms. Stewart following her presentation at Smith College.

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.


Queer Talk with Dr. Deb & Dr. Darien

Please join Dr. Deb and Dr. Darien from the Amherst College Counseling Center every Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Queer Resource Center (basement of Morrow). We meet to discuss any topics you might have on your mind. Been thinking about dating? Not sure if you want to come out? Want to become an active ally? Queer Talk is the space for you. ALL are welcome, and we always have food!

Workshop on Applying for Internship Funding

Are the internships you are interested in unpaid? You can still apply for and accept those internships AND be able to afford it! Join us for this info session on funding resources at Amherst. There are a variety of options for internship funding, and we'll go over those, the application deadlines and how to apply.

Queer Women of Color: Coffee Hour at the Women's and Gender Center

Austin Lee '17 and Amira Lundy-Harris '16 will discuss their experience presenting on the differences between mainstream and self representation of queer women of color at the Women of Color Student Conference in Saint Paul, Minn. They will discuss their planning process, their conference successes and difficulties, as well as answer questions about their time there.

"Prophetic Pakistan"

Assistant Professor Manan Ahmed of the Department of History at Columbia College will deliver this talk.

Prophetic thought, and the Prophet, is an essential frame for the nation-state of Pakistan. Professor Ahmed takes up prophetic discourses as constitutive of a collective political behavior and an occult cosmology that allows us to understand ways within which hidden and manifest power shape everyday life. His presentation will focus on four temporalities that intersect and commingle in contemporary Pakistan from the mid-18th century to the present: the role of the Prophet in the formation of the national state discourse; the presence of the Prophet in the intimate lives and dreams of believers; the role of prophetic thought in shaping a conspiratorial worldview; and, finally, the ultimate heresy of the false Prophet. His stated intent is to make both a historiographic intervention in the scholarly work on Pakistan and a methodological one in taking seriously forms of everyday rituals and practices.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

The Common Workshops

The Common Workshop Series

Writing Center, Charles Pratt Hall

Join The Common this Friday, April 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the Writing Center for a creative writing workshop power hour! Take your pick of writing essays, poetry or fiction for an evening of creative catharsis during the slow climb to finals. Workshops will be led by The Common's Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Acker '00 and candidates from the UMass Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers, including David Pritchard. Refreshments will be provided.

If you are interested in participating, RSVP to Meghan McCullough ’15 at admin@thecommononline.org.

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.