Event Calendar

Today - Sat, Apr 25, 2015

Wilder Observatory

Observatory Public Viewing

The Wilder Observatory on Snell Street is free and open to all, starting at 9 p.m. every Saturday from April through October with the telescope being used on clear evenings. See (if they're in the sky at the time) the moon, planets, asteroids, comets, multiple stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more through the large, world-class refractor telescope. Students, faculty, staff, community members, family and friends are welcome. Weekend programs are provided in partnership with the (Astronomy Association - Tom Whitney)tom@astronomyassociation.org

The Feminism and Legal Theory Project: A Workshop on Vulnerability and Education

April 25, 2015
A Workshop on Vulnerability and Education.

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative at the Emory University School of Law, Five College Childhood Studies, the Smith College Wiley Fund, Smith College Office of the Provost, Smith College Department of Government, Amherst College Department of Political Science, and the Amherst College Lamont Lecture Fund.
For more information please go to the following URL:

Chonghyo Shin sitting at a piano

Piano Recital by 12 Students of Chonghyo Shin

Hui Xu '18, Paul Gramieri '17, Sol Lee '17, Benjamin Fiedler '17, John Janezich '18, Ha Ram Hwang '17, Jiwoon Choi '16, Johnathan Sataloff '15, Khishigsuren Jargalsaikhan '17, Diana Chou '15, Dvij Bajpai '15 and Albert Yu '15 perform works by Shostakovich, Debussy, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Scriabin and Liszt.

Concert Choir standing on stage, dressed in black, with Mallorie Chernin conducting

Concert Choir Performance

The Amherst College Concert Choir performs on Saturday, April 25, at 5 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. The concert is open to the public and free of charge, with general seating.

The Concert Choir presents songs of England, including the masterpiece “Hymn to St. Cecilia” by Benjamin Britten, and “Why Fum’th in Fight” by Thomas Tallis, which was used by Ralph Vaughan Williams in his “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.” Other composers include William Byrd, Gerald Finzi, Gustav Holst, C.V. Stanford and Michael Tippett. The concert ends with the traditional "Senior Song."

For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, please visit us on the Web: www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events. For further information please contact Alisa Pearson, manager of concert programming, production and publicity, at 413/542-2195.

NOVETO press photo


Webster Hall, Studio 3, G19

Taking inspiration from John Cage and Merce Cunningham, Peter Lobdell, Thom Haxo and Charles Ditto will collage their independent efforts. About three weeks before opening, the three strands-- music, digital imagery and text performed live --will meet and interact. NOVETO means that each artist is assured that his contributions will not be cut or directed. We will collage them to see what we have wrought.

Charles Ditto is a composer and multi-instrumentalist. He received a B.M. in composition from the University of Houston. In 1986, he established Ditto Records and Human Symphony Music, and he has produced eight albums of original music to date. He received an M.M. and D.M.A. in composition from the University of Texas at Austin. Ditto teaches at the School of Music at Texas State University in San Marcos. He has worked with Peter Lobdell for over 25 years.

Thom Haxo is presently teaching sculpture at Hampshire College. He has worked on set, puppet and mask design for the last 17 years as part of his sculptural and collaborative interests. Projects he has worked on include The Skriker, by Caryl Churchill; I Stand Before You Naked, by Joyce Carol Oates; and The Millennium Two-Step, a collaboration with Peter Lobdell and Charles Ditto.

Peter Lobdell is a senior resident artist in the Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance and is presently the department's chair. He has directed and/or performed on, off and off-off Broadway in New York, on national tours, at regional theaters and in international venues. Recently he directed the movement for Our Town at the Hartford Stage Company and the Alley Theatre in Houston. Lobdell has worked on seven projects with Ditto and Haxo.

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended; call (413) 542-2277.


GenderBender GAP (Gay Amherst Party)

Seelye House, Ballroom

Join us for our Gender Bender GAP. Come and defy gender stereotypes by dressing up as whatever you want. Who says because you're a girl you have to wear a dress to a party? Not us! If you want to come in a suit and bow tie, then do it! Let's break out of those stereotypes and embrace being unique!

Presented by Pride Alliance and co-sponsored by the QRC and AAS. This is a 5-College event; all 5-College students are welcome!

10 PM - 2 AM

Tomorrow - Sun, Apr 26, 2015

Women's Chorus standing on stage, dressed in black

Women's Chorus Performance

The Amherst College Women's Chorus performs on Sunday, April 26, at 1 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. The concert is open to the public and free of charge, with general seating.

The Women’s Chorus presents their spring concert. The repertory includes songs by Franz Schubert (Psalm 23 with piano accompaniment by Jordan Hugh Sam '14), Clifton J. Noble Jr. ’83, Jeremy Koo ’12 and more. The concert ends with the traditional "Senior Song” and the passing of the chalice. A light brunch will be served at noon on the lower level of Arms Music Center.

For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, please visit us on the web: www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events. For further information, please contact Alisa Pearson, manager of concert programming, production and publicity, at 413/542-2195.

Trans, QRC

Five College Transgender Support & Social Group

Are you transgender, genderqueer, non-binary, gender-fluid, questioning or gender non-conforming? Come join us in a positive, inclusive, safe and brave space for trans individuals and those in the process of discovering their gender identities. This group is a closed space to all trans-identifying five college undergraduate and graduate students. Supportive loved ones are welcome.

Schedule of Biology Thesis Presentations

Biology: Thesis Presentations

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 3

Biology's Thesis Presentations for the Class of 2015 are scheduled throughout the day on Sunday, April 26, in Merrill 3. Congratulations to our honors students!

Closeup of part of a violin

Violin Recital: Students of Sarah Briggs

Performers: Emma Ryan, Elliot Kuan, Lily Fang, Grant Park, Xuan Nguyen (viola), Matthew Chow, Rachel Szymanski, Elaine Jeon, Madeline Clyne

Guest artist: Monica Jakuc Leverett, piano

A reception will follow.


Catholic Mass

Chapin Hall, Chapel

All are welcome in the celebration of the Sunday Liturgy. Missalettes are provided to help us pray and lift up our voices in song.

Mon, Apr 27, 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!

Careers in Health Professions Luncheon with David Allan Cates

David Allan Cates is a novelist and the executive director of Missoula Medical Aid. Missoula Medical Aid is a small non-profit that sends three teams of medical volunteers each year to work in rural Honduras to work in clinics and in the public hospital. They support clinics, fund scholarships, support healthy home and farm projects, dental hygiene projects and nutrition and early childhood development education centers. Space is limited, RSVP in Quest.

Webinar on Fair Use in the Visual Arts

Frost Library, Barker Room

A webinar featuring the principal authors of the new Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts published by the College Art Association, will be hosted by the Mead Art Museum and the Amherst College Press on Monday, April 27 at 4 p.m. in the Barker Room of the Robert Frost Library.

The Code of Best Practices is an invaluable resource guiding students and scholars in the use of copyrighted artworks, and images of these works, in their research and publishing. In publishing this guide, the College Art Association—the nation’s foremost learned society for historians of art and architecture—is taking a strong stand for the rights of scholars to use these works in the course of their research, drawing on the protections of section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act.

Even so, wise researchers will take time to study the welter of rules and limitations that pertain to the use of copyrighted works—and the potential troubles that lurk for the unwary. Please join together with us to watch the webinar at the library, where refreshments will be served and conversation will follow the presentation. If you can’t join physically, please feel welcome to join us virtually at this link:


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.

Jeffs in Space: a talk with Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman '66

Amherst Hillel presents a lecture by a high-flying Amherst graduate. Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman, Class of 1966, made five flights as a space shuttle astronaut and has logged more than 1,211 hours and 21.5 million miles in space. He is the first Jewish astronaut and is currently a professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT. Join us for Dr. Hoffman's talk on the future of human spaceflight and Mars exploration, lifting off from Stirn Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. on Monday night, April 27.

Tue, Apr 28, 2015

Couvares Global Valley

American Studies Research Colloquium

The American Studies Department is hosting its annual American Studies Research Colloquium. Two students, Erin Martin '16 and Sylvia Hickman '16, will be giving presentations on their AMST research. This will also be a wonderful opportunity to learn more about what is happening in the AMST Department. Refreshments will be served. We hope you will join us!

Student-Staff Event with Val Staff

Valentine Dining Hall, Val Terrace Room

This event is part of an ongoing series that hopes to bring students and staff closer together to form friendships and talk about the current state of student-staff relations on campus. This event will be from 2:15-2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28 in the Val Terrace Room and will be with staff members from Val. Please fill out this Google Form if you are interested in attending https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cOC9QcFzBZpcnuB3f5AZEM-QsNglrkxWE7obqnQ....

Thanks! Feel free to contact nives18@amherst.edu with any questions

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.

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