Event Calendar

Today - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

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.

Tomorrow - 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

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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, Mar 30, 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!

Dr. Regina Rabinovich

Regina Rabinovich, M.D., M.P.H.: "Whither Malaria?: Towards a Rational Long-Term Goal"

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 4

Dr. Regina Rabinovich is a scholar in residence at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her talk is entitled "Whither Malaria?: Towards a Rational Long Term Goal."

"Dr. Rabinovich is a global health executive with over 25 years’ experience in the research, public health and philanthropic sectors, with focus on strategy, analytics, global health product development and the introduction and scale-up of tools and strategies resulting in impact on endemic populations. She is also the 2012-2013 ExxonMobil Malaria Scholar in Residence at Harvard University. Prior to joining Harvard, Dr. Rabinovich served as director of the Infectious Diseases Unit at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (from 2003 to 2012), overseeing the development and implementation of strategies for the prevention, treatment and control of diseases of particular relevance to global health, including malaria, pneumonia, diarrhea and neglected infectious diseases.”

--Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Event poster featuring a black-and-white photo of women lined up and saluting

"Did Women Have a Great War?"

A talk by Susan Grayzel, professor of history and director of the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies, University of Mississippi. Free and open to the public.

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.

Maria Cartagena

Community Voices-Maria Cartagena

Meet members of the Pioneer Valley community and learn about how their engagement and activism contributes to a greater understanding of the area's multicultural and multiracial past and present. This month: organizer and activist Maria Cartagena of Holyoke, MA.

Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Crump and Halvorson

Secret Keeper Featuring Bassist Stephan Crump ’94 and Guitarist Mary Halvorson Perform in Cole Assembly Room

Converse Hall, Red Room

The Amherst College Department of Music presents a concert by Secret Keeper, a duo featuring bassist and Amherst College alum Stephan Crump ‘94 and guitarist Mary Halvorson, on Tuesday, Mar. 31 at 4 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room of Converse Hall at Amherst College. The performance is free of charge and open to the public.

Described by Jim Macnie of the Village Voice as “a laboratory for two of the most inventive string players working today…luminous, hushed, reflective, whimsical, dramatic, gripping, edge-of-your-seat soundscapes imbued with architectural savvy…,” Secret Keeper will perform music from their new Intakt Records release, Emerge, along with pieces from their debut, Super Eight, interspersed with spontaneously composed passages.

Memphis-bred, Grammy-nominated bassist and composer Stephan Crump is a rising light on the New York music scene. Shunning barriers of genre, he has performed and recorded in the US and across the globe with a diverse list of artists—from late blues legend Johnny Clyde Copeland to Portishead's Dave McDonald, Patti Austin, The Violent Femmes' Gordon Gano, Dave Liebman, Billy Hart, Sonny Fortune, Greg Osby, The Mahavishnu Project and Bobby Previte, among others. As a longtime collaborator with adventurous jazz composers (since 1999 with Vijay Iyer) as well as guitar wizard Jim Campilongo and radiant singer- songwriter Jen Chapin, he has become known for the elegance and purposeful groove of his acoustic and electric bass playing, and for transforming his instrument into a speaking entity with magnetic pull on audiences. As a composer, Crump is emerging as a singular voice, one who “avoids obvious routes but manages never to lose his way” (New York Times). His music can be heard in numerous films and on his eight critically acclaimed albums, the latest of which, Thwirl, featuring his all-string Rosetta Trio (“a highly-original ensemble” JazzWise), has been lauded by DownBeat for its “superior interplay, chemistry, delicacy and vision.” Currently, Stephan can be heard as a member of Vijay Iyer Trio, Jen Chapin Band, Ches Smith Quartet, Rez Abassi Acoustic Quartet, Liberty Ellman Quintet, Secret Keeper, and his own Rosetta Trio.

Guitarist and composer Mary Halvorson has been active in New York since 2002, following jazz studies at Wesleyan University and the New School. Critics have called Ms. Halvorson “NYC’s least ­predictable improviser” (Howard Mandel, City Arts), “the most forward-thinking guitarist working right now” (Lars Gotrich, NPR.org) and “one of today’s most formidable bandleaders” (Francis Davis, Village Voice). In addition to her longstanding trio, featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Ches Smith, and her quintet, which adds trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon, Ms. Halvorson also co­leads a chamber ­jazz duo with violist Jessica Pavone, the avant­rock band People and the collective ensembles Thumbscrew and Secret Keeper. She is also an active member of bands led by Tim Berne, Anthony Braxton, Taylor Ho Bynum, Trevor Dunn, Tomas Fujiwara, Curtis Hasselbring, Ingrid Laubrock, Tom Rainey, Mike Reed and Marc Ribot, among others.
For more information contact the Amherst College Concert Office at 413/542-2195 or concerts@amherst.edu.

Insight Meditation Group

Chapin Hall, chapel

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice to relax an quiet your mind, to learn how to experience less suffering and stress, and to explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology.

Five Colleges Blended Learning workshop poster with picture of classroom, Webster 102

Enhancing Student Learning and Engagement Through Moodle

The Five College Blended Learning Program invites faculty, staff, and students across the five campuses to participate in its upcoming workshop featuring blended learning presentations and hands-on activities using Moodle. Participants have the option to attend the event at Amherst College, or via live videoconferencing at Smith and Hampshire College. There are multiple locations for this event: Amherst College- Webster 102 (Main Location), Smith College- Seelye Hall B4, Hampshire College- Faculty Lounge, Franklin Patterson Hall. Space is limited at each campus, so register today at https://www.fivecolleges.edu/blended/Spring2015_BLWorkshop

Please note the multiple locations for the event:

(Main Location) Amherst College- Webster 102
Hampshire College- Faculty Lounge, Franklin Patterson Hall
Smith College- Seeyle Hall B4

Physics/Astronomy Seminar

Dr. Paul Oxley of the College of the Holy Cross will speak on "Over the Hill – Electron Transfer in Ion-Atom Collisions"

Winslow Homer's Summer Night, 1890, Museum d'Orsay

The Power of Place: A Poetry Writing Workshop

If William Carlos Williams is right, and a poem is a "machine made out of words," then this workshop will be like an introduction to the tools you'll need to build it. Through collaborative reading and writing exercises organized around the theme of "the power of place," we will explore how poetry works and what it can do, and, most important of all, how to write it. It doesn't matter if you've never written or even read a poem before; enthusiasm and openness are all you need to get started, and hopefully poetry will excite you enough that you'll keep returning to it even after our time together ends. Readings and writing prompts will be provided, but participants may bring a favorite poem by someone else to share with the group if they feel so moved. Led by David W. Pritchard, visiting poet.

This workshop is part of The Power of Place workshop series, sponsored by the Writing Center, the Common, and Circus.

Danilo Perez

Conversation with Danilo Perez

Converse Hall, Red Room

Join us for a conversation with Danilo Perez, Jason Robinson (Amherst), Felipe Salles (UMass), and Marty Ehrlich (Hampshire), who will discuss jazz as an international idiom and its relation to local culture and politics.

Then, join us for a concert the following day for a concert with Danilo Perez Panama 500:https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/calendar/events/node/601007

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.

Open
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.

Open
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.

Open
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.