Event Calendar

Today - Mon, May 4, 2015

German Table

German Table

Enjoy chatting informally with other students who have returned from abroad, with the German language assistants, German faculty members and other native speakers.

Join us on the Mezzanine of Valentine Dining Hall every Monday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Math and Stat Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room B

Join students and faculty interested in statistics, pure mathematics or applied mathematics, for interesting, relaxing conversations and lunch each Monday between noon and 1:30 p.m. in Terrace Room B, Valentine Hall. Pick up your lunch in Val and come on down to Terrace Room B for whatever lunch interval you have. We’ll be glad to see you, and we’ll count on seeing you there!

Statements Before and After Arrests: Performing at Law's Edge in Apartheid South Africa - LJST Lecture by Catherine Cole - UC Berkeley

On Monday, May 4th at 4:30 p.m. in the Alumni House at Amherst College, Catherine Cole, Professor of African Studies, Human Rights, Gender Studies at UC Berkeley will present a paper entitled “ Statements Before and After Arrests: Performing at Law’s Edge in Apartheid South Africa.” This is the final presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Law as Performance.”

Professor Cole is the author of Performing South Africa’s Truth Commission: Stages of Transition, (2010) and Ghana’s Concert Party Theatre, (2001). Currently, she is working on a book on human rights and performance.

To receive a copy of the paper which will consider two different types of statements in the face of apartheid law: one real, one fictional, please email the LJST Dept. Coordinator at mlestes@amherst.edu.

This event is co-sponsored by The Lamont Lecture Fund. https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/ljst/events

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"Who, What Am I?: Tolstoy Struggles to Narrate the Self"

Webster Hall, Room 202: Center for Russian Culture

A leading cultural historian of 19th- and 20th-century Russia, Irina Paperno has, throughout her scholarly career, focused on the multifaceted relationship between life as it is lived and as it is represented and given meaning to by the written word. Her books have transformed the field’s understanding of the place of the literary text and the individual life on the broader stage of Russian culture and provoked a reassessment of longstanding assumptions about the Russian literary canon and its relationship to Russian and Soviet history.

Paperno's latest monograph, just out from Cornell University Press, develops her interests in the history of private life and the intellectual sources of the concepts of self. It offers an account of Leo Tolstoy's lifelong attempt to find adequate ways to represent the self, to probe its limits and, ultimately, to arrive at an identity not based on the bodily self and its accumulated life experience. As it guides the readers through Tolstoy’s voluminous, highly personal nonfiction writings, the book reflects on the problems of self and narrative as well as provides an intellectual and psychological biography of the writer. Irina Paperno will discuss her book in the broader context of interpreting the large, diverse corpus of nonfiction writings by Russian writers.

This event is sponsored by the Amherst Center for Russian Culture, the Department of Russian at Amherst College and the Eastman Lecture Fund.

French Table

French Table will meet on Mondays, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall. French speakers of all levels are encouraged to attend.

Applying to Law School

This workshop, for juniors and seniors, will cover the process of considering and applying to law school.

Tomorrow - Tue, May 5, 2015

Creative Thesis Reading

Creative Writing students will read from their theses. And there will be food!

Insight Meditation

Chapin Hall, Chapel

Whether you have meditated a long time or have never meditated before, come join us to relax and quiet your mind, to learn how to experience less suffering and stress in your life or to explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology. Drop-ins are welcome.

College Meeting - Undergraduate Awards Ceremony

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

Annual awards ceremony for undergraduates of Amherst College. Questions can be addressed to the Office of the Registrar at 413/542-2226. This event is free and open to the public.


German Kaffeeklatsch

Every Tuesday at 9 p.m., the German house hosts Kaffeeklatsch, an informal gathering for conversation and refreshment. This is a great opportunity to meet others interested in German language and culture.

Come join us for Kaffeeklatsch Tuesdays at Porter House!



Join us every Tuesday for LGBTea at 10 p.m. in the Queer Resource Center. Stop by for that daily grind and take a break from studying. Coffee, tea and a fabulous community ia always available.

Wed, May 6, 2015

Internship Pre-Departure Workshop

All students are invited to attend one of three pre-departure meetings this spring. We will be discussing how you can best prepare for a successful internship, what you might expect this summer, and what will likely be expected of you by your employer. Students who have received summer internship funding are required to attend a pre-departure workshop. Workshops will be held on April 29 at 7:00 p.m. in Cole Assembly, May 1 at 2:00 p.m. in Cole Assembly, and May 6 at 4:00 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall. z`The sessions will last about an hour and a half.

Guests at the 2009 Senior Assembly

Senior Assembly

Held on the last day of classes, Senior Assembly is the annual celebration for the graduating class. Graduating seniors gather in Johnson Chapel to commemorate their time at Amherst College, to celebrate their bright futures and to experience the next step in their educational journey together with their peers.

There will be a procession of faculty, administrators and students in full regalia, followed by an awards ceremony honoring student achievements. Honorary Class members are presented and there will be talks by Richard Altieri '15, Tony Russo '15 and Rhonda Cobham Sander, the Emily C. Jordan Folger Professor of Black Studies and English.

Thu, May 7, 2015

Calvin & Hobbes - waiting for inspiration

Amherst Write-In!

Merrill Science Center, Library Classrooms

On the first day of reading period, get started writing your term papers at the Amherst Write-In! There’s no need to toil away in isolation when everyone has papers to write. Enjoy free coffee and snacks, consult with writing associates and librarians, and see how many pages you can produce in the company of fellow writers. The official event time is 10 a.m.-6 p.m., but the space will be available until midnight for night-owl writers. If you are planning to drop in to write with us, please check in on the Write-In's Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/438895959624417/
Sponsored by the Writing Center.

Dog Days

Enjoy a meet and greet with faculty, staff and their pets!

"Nature, Pleasure, Myth" exhibition image of a variety of animals and Japanese warriors against a pink background

"Brand New Beasts," a Closer Look gallery talk

Join Bradley Bailey, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Postdoctoral Curatorial Teaching Fellow in Japanese Prints, for an insider’s view of "Nature, Pleasure, Myth: Animals in the Art of Japan."

Refreshments will be served.

Piece of film, showing a negative image of five people

FAMS Thesis Film Screening

Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

Milagroso Azul (Miracle Blue), by Joyzel Acevedo
With the death of the matriarch that held them together, a small Cuban immigrant family finds themselves dealing with loss in more ways than one. Run time: 27 minutes.

In Future Dreams, by Ashley Blasczyk
A former military police officer reflects on his conversion to Islam and attempts to reconcile his love for music with the memory of hearing it used as a weapon while stationed at Guantánamo Bay. Run time: 30 minutes.

Snacks and beverages will be provided.

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!

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 Friday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., as well as Tuesday and Thursday from 1 p.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.

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.

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.

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

Studio Honors Exhibition

This annual exhibition in the Eli Marsh Gallery, 105 Fayerweather Hall, is the culmination of a year-long project by the senior studio honors majors in the Department of Art and the History of Art. In addition to regular gallery hours Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the gallery will be open commencement weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open to the Public.

Reception on Thursday, 04/23 at 4:30 p.m. at the Gallery