Event Calendar

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.

HBX Core Information Session

Come learn about Harvard Business School’s new online foundational business program, HBX Credential of Readiness (CORe). This program is a great summer opportunity to complement your existing coursework, expand your business knowledge and acumen, and enhance your resume. CORe is more than an online program. It is an immersive learning experience in which you discover the fundamentals of business through an interactive platform that allows you to engage in real-world case studies and interact with peers from around the world.

CORe is an 11-week program comprised of three courses: Business Analytics, Economics for Managers and Financial Accounting. You are encouraged to review the program curriculum and browse through the participant testimonials to decide if HBX CORe is right for you. A credential from HBX and Harvard Business School is granted upon successful completion of CORe. The program costs $1,800, and HBX grants need-based financial aid.

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!

Fri, May 8, 2015

MUSIC 372 Performance

Professor Sawyer's MUSIC 372 students present their work in a year-end concert.

New Faculty Social Hour

An occasion to come together and meet other new colleagues across departments. We meet on the second Friday of every month from 4-5:30 p.m. for conversation. Most meetings will happen in the McCaffrey Room in Keefe Campus Center. We have child care services for those that need to pick up their little ones before stopping over.

Reminder emails with updated locations are sent to appropriate colleagues each month.

Third Annual Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation is a ceremony to recognize and honor the accomplishments of graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students, their allies and their families as they graduate from Amherst College. You are invited to celebrate with the graduating students and honor all that they have achieved.

This year will be honoring 19 Amherst College graduates and our keynote speaker will be Professor Khary Polk.

Reception to immediately follow ceremony - hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served

Route 9 Spring Show

Come out to hear the musical styling's of Route 9! One of Amherst's all-male A Capella groups, Route 9 will be performing songs and skits honoring their seniors! The show is in Merrill Lecture Hall 1, Friday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are being sold in Valentine Dining Hall for $3, and for $5 at the door!

Sat, May 9, 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

Sun, May 10, 2015


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.

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