Event Calendar

Tomorrow - Fri, Mar 27, 2015

Spanish Table

The Spanish Department invites the Amherst community to improve their language skills and have a wonderful time with us at lunch.
This is a great opportunity to chat with the TA's, faculty members and native speakers, practice your Spanish or even ask questions about cultural things like study abroad!
Join us on the Mezzanine of Valentine Dining Hall every Friday from noon to 2 p.m.

Professor Dan Barbezat to Speak at Life Stories Series

Keefe Campus Center, McCaffrey Room

The Life Stories series provides a forum for the Amherst community to get to know each other outside of our professional and academic roles. At each lunch, a student, faculty or staff member will share a story from their lives, followed by the opportunity for participants to engage in reflection and discussion. Lunch provided. For more information https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/counseling/mh_education/programs/life....

Reading Comic

The Savvy Reader: Managing an Unmanageable Reading Load

The reading load for many classes can sometimes seem overwhelming and unmanageable. This workshop will help you take control over your reading and stay on top of it, rather than drowning in it or avoiding it altogether. In addition to being introduced to approaches to large reading loads and long texts, you will have the opportunity to practice strategies for reading more effectively and, when necessary, more efficiently. Please bring a course syllabus, a set of readings for that class, and, if applicable, a non-fiction book you need to read. Taught by Kristen Brookes, senior writing associate.

Please Register Here: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/workshops/reg...

Note: this workshop was originally scheduled for March 6. Students who registered for it then do not need to re-register.

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CAFE CON LECHE with Laura Draucker, Dir. of Sustainability

Hi Friends,
This Friday, from 2-3 p.m., our Cafe con Leche (coffee hour) guest is Laura Draucker, Director of Sustainability for the Office of Environmental Sustainability. Come learn about who she is, the work she does at Amherst and how multiculturalism fits or can fit into her work... There is always time for Q&A as well. Coffee, tea and cookies will be served.

queer talk, counseling center, LGBTQ, QRC

Queer Talk with Dr. Darien & Dr. Deb

Please join us every Friday for Queer Talk with Dr. Deb & Dr. Darien at 3 p.m. in the Queer Resource Center. Stop by to talk with students and one of the fabulous counseling center staff about LGBTQIAP related topics. All are welcome. This event is co-sponsored by the Amherst College Counseling Center.

Amherst College WGC

WGC Coffee Hour

The Women's and Gender Center invites you to our weekly coffee hour! Come join us for coffee, snacks and conversation.

Lecture flyer featuring a "Fresco from the House of Chaste Lovers at Pompei"

"Ancient Sexuality at a New Crossroads: Beyond Binarism"

Marilyn Skinner (professor emerita, University of Arizona) is a pioneer in the study of gender and sexuality in Classical Antiquity. She will deliver the keynote speech on "Ancient Sexuality at a New Crossroads: Beyond Binarism." Professor Skinner's talk is part of a workshop sponsored by The Alliance to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges on the theme "New Directions in Gender and Sexuality in Classical Antiquity." The talk is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Concert poster: Cartoon image of Albert Joo '15's and Lucas Lebovitz '15's faces and names on a jukebox

"The Jukebox": Albert Joo '15 and Lucas Lebovitz '15 Senior Theses

The Jukebox takes the listener on an eclectic journey between the 19th and 21st century, making stops in contemporary classical, jazz and electronic music.

In the first half of the concert, Lucas Lebovitz and the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble will take you on a trip back to the golden age of the Big Band. Once the most widespread and popular form of popular music, Big Band Jazz has shaped popular music since its heyday. On this trip you’ll hear a survey of original compositions inspired by and dedicated to the important figures and bands of the time. The music pays tribute to many famous composers and arrangers: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Gill Evans, Fletcher Henderson, Nelson Riddle, Tito Puente and others. Special thanks to the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble and conductor Bruce Diehl for the performance.

Albert Joo explores the elements that give music depth and complexity, while attempting to keep it accessible to the general public. This balance includes the use of both consonance and dissonance, as well as rhythms that are both intuitive and erratic. His performance combines traditional acoustic instruments with the more popular electronic sounds of today, as he hopes to examine how they build off of each other.

Men's Ice Hockey

Men's Ice Hockey Watch Men's Ice Hockey in the NCAA Semifinals!

The Department of Athletics and Physical Education and Amherst LEADS invite the campus community to Stirn Auditorium to cheer on the Amherst men's ice hockey team as it takes on the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in an NCAA semifinal game on Friday night (3/27/15). We will be streaming live video of the game, which is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. (ET). Stop by to catch some of the action and show your support for the team! Light refreshments will be served. Please contact amherstleads@amherst.edu with any questions.

Half of Mendelssohn Octet, performing outdoors on campus

Parker Quartet Plays with Amherst's Own Quartets

Grammy award-winning string quartet the Parker Quartet perform the Mendelssohn Octet with Amherst College's own Matthew Chow '18, Elliot Kuan '18, Brian Min '18, Daniel Ang '15, Evelyn Ting '17, Athr Ranganathani '16, Alexis Ligon '17 and Joshua Ferrer '17.

The performance is at the Alumni House at 9 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Sat, Mar 28, 2015

The Fifth Five College Japanese Speech Contest

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room (1st Floor)

All are welcome to attend and support students who will participate in the Fifth Five College Japanese Speech Contest.

There will also be a musical performance during the program:
Jiuta Shamisen (地唄三味線) performance Kurokami (『黒髪』」)by Professor Junko Oba
of Hampshire College.

Gospel Choir Presents: #Speaklife

Amherst College's Gospel Choir, now called Resurrect, presents their mid-semester concert called, Speak Life. The concert will feature the well known Resound as its main artist, as well as local artists Sacred Harmony, Arriel Hall, Sean Lypher, Rising Voices and Amherst's very own Resurrect.

Come join us in a joyous time as we speak life to our college campus through a variety of music, clapping, singing and dancing! The event is free and open to all ages.

Parker Quartet holding their instruments

Music at Amherst Chamber Series: Parker Quartet

Currently in residence at Harvard, the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet began touring on the international circuit after winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition and the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition. Chamber Music America honored the quartet with the prestigious biennial Cleveland Quartet Award. Music at Amherst is delighted to welcome the Parker Quartet back to Buckley for an evening of Prokofiev, Widmann and Brahms.

“Something extraordinary....” —The New York Times

Chamber Series Concert prices:
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students (with valid ID): $12
Amherst College Students: $7 in advance, or free student rush tickets are also available for Amherst College students beginning one hour prior to the performance, in the lobby outside of Buckley Recital Hall.

Single tickets are available through https://amherst.universitytickets.com.

Queer Prom

Join us for our annual Queer Prom. Come as you are. All are welcome. Be loud, be proud, be fabulous! Come and have the queerest prom ever for all those queers who never had one in high school. Presented by Pride Alliance and co-sponsored by the QRC, Student Activities, and AAS. This is a 5-College event; all 5-College students are welcome.

Sun, Mar 29, 2015

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.

Second Annual Sports Analytics Forum (Rescheduled Date)

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

Please join us for the Second Annual Sports Analytics Forum on Sunday, March 29 from 1 - 4 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room of Converse Hall. The day will consist of several guest speakers who work in and/or do research in the field of Sports Analytics, as well as several student research presentations. Come for the entire afternoon or drop-in for the sessions that are most interesting to you. This event is free and open to the public. Detailed schedule at: www.amherst.edu/athletics/amherst_leads

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.

Beneski Exhibit

Then & Now: The Changing Arctic Landscape

If a picture is worth a thousand words, "Then & Now: The Changing Arctic Landscape" —a traveling exhibition from the University of Alaska Museum of the North—speaks volumes about glacial retreat and the consequences of climate change in the Alaskan Arctic.

On view at Amherst College’s Beneski Museum of Natural History through April 19, "Then & Now" features photographs and media presentations that illustrate the startling effects of climate change, provide context about the Arctic ecosystem and illuminate the behind-the-photo stories of the consequences of climate change for Arctic indigenous peoples.

Open Tue–Fri, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. | Sat & Sun, 10 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.

Nathaniel Lieb: Untitled

Nathaniel Lieb: "Driving to Amherst"

Fayerweather Hall, Eli Marsh Gallery (105)

Nathaniel Lieb, artist-in-residence in the Department of Art and the History of Art, exhibits a multimedia installation in the Eli Marsh Gallery and gives a lecture about his work on Thursday, March 12, in Pruyne Lecture Hall, followed by a reception in the gallery. Note that the exhibition will be closed during spring break (Saturday, March 14, through Sunday, March 22) and will reopen on Monday, March 23. The exhibition closes April 3. It is free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours:
Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Sunday, 12–4 p.m.