Event Calendar

Tomorrow - Mon, Mar 2, 2015

German Table

German Table

The German language table provides a wonderful opportunity for developing language skills over lunch. 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!

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.

Illustration of a man's torso with the digestive system visible in red

Biology Seminar: Adam J. Bass '97, M.D.: "Learning from the Genome to Improve Cancer Therapy"

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 4

Dr. Adam J. Bass ‘97 is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Cellular and Molecular Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His talk is entitled "Learning from the Genome to Improve Cancer Therapy."

The Bass Lab "bring[s] together expertise in modern genomics, experimental/functional biology and clinical medicine. [Their] overarching goal is to leverage the study the cancer genome to elucidate key biological processes and therapeutic vulnerabilities in carcinomas arising in the GI tract (especially stomach, esophageal carcinomas)."

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.

Tue, Mar 3, 2015

Quaker Voluntary Service Information Table

The Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) is a faith-based service year in Atlanta (GA), Portland (OR), Philadelphia (PA), or Boston (MA). Each location takes 6-8 young adults excited about social justice and interested in living in community, and places them in full-time professional roles at nonprofits. Participants are engaged in considering how their faith and spirituality informs their social justice work, and how to stay grounded through the challenges that often come with this vocation. The QVS provides workshops, training, and support to participants, with the help of local Quakers in each of the cities. QVS is open to persons from all traditions.

Quaker Voluntary Service Information Session/Coffee Chat

Keefe Campus Center, McCaffrey Room

The Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) is a faith-based service year in Atlanta (GA), Portland (OR), Philadelphia (PA), or Boston (MA). Each location takes 6-8 young adults excited about social justice and interested in living in community, and places them in full-time professional roles at nonprofits. Participants are engaged in considering how their faith and spirituality informs their social justice work, and how to stay grounded through the challenges that often come with this vocation. The QVS provides workshops, training, and support to participants, with the help of local Quakers in each of the cities. QVS is open to persons from all traditions.

Physics/Astronomy Seminar

Dr. Paul J. Green of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics will speak on "From Oxymoronic to Ubiquitous: Rejuvenation of the Dwarf Carbon Stars"

Fresh Air Fund Information Session--Summer Opportunities

Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund has provided free summer programs to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities. Every summer, over 3,000 children visit our five sleep-away camps 65 miles north of NYC to get a break from city life and learn about the outdoors, make new friends and unlock their limitless potential. We are looking for dedicated and motivated individuals who want to have a fun, but challenging summer, while making a difference in the lives of New York City’s youth. Over 400 staff members from around the world will join us this summer as general counselors, lifeguards, program specialists/instructors, farm and ropes course staff and camp nurses. All of our positions are paid and include room and board during the summer. For more information about working as a counselor and to apply online, please visit our website at: www.freshair.org/camp

Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeeklatsch

Every Tuesday at 9 p.m., the German house hosts Kaffeeklatsch, an informal gathering for conversation and refreshment. Everyone in the campus community is welcome to come, whether they speak German or not. This is a great opportunity to meet others interested in German language and culture.

Come join us for Kaffeeklatsch Tuesdays at Porter House!

LGBTea, QRC

LGBTea

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, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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!