Event Calendar

Today - Fri, Apr 18, 2014

The Common Workshops

The Common Workshop Series

Writing Center, Charles Pratt Hall

Join The Common this Friday, April 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the Writing Center for a creative writing workshop power hour! Take your pick of writing essays, poetry or fiction for an evening of creative catharsis during the slow climb to finals. Workshops will be led by The Common's Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Acker '00 and candidates from the UMass Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers, including David Pritchard. Refreshments will be provided.

If you are interested in participating, RSVP to Meghan McCullough ’15 at admin@thecommononline.org.

Soirée Cabaret

Newport House, Common Room

The French House presidents and TAs would like to invite you to participate in our upcoming event, Soirée Cabaret.

We are holding a French open-mic night where French speakers can showcase their (secret) talents.

You may perform songs, dances, poems, magic tricks, music... as long as your performance includes some French!

If you are interested in doing a show, please contact the French TAs by email (lremy@amherst.edu, cdellagi@amherst.edu, oremy@amherst.edu).

Even if you do not wish to perform, we invite you to come enjoy the French spectacles, fine drinks and desserts with fellow French students and professors.

The Soirée Cabaret will be held in the Newport House common room on Friday, April 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. We hope to see you there!

A très vite!

Chamber Series: Ying Quartet

Buckley Recital Hall

The Ying Quartet occupies a prominent position among today’s classical chamber-music ensembles. Bringing inspired communication and fearless imagination to their work, the group has brought its consistently exceptional performances of traditional and contemporary works to some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, as well as the White House, schools and workplaces during its 20 years together.

The Ying’s performance at Amherst will highlight their versatility as they feature works by Barber, Randall Thompson, Billy Childs and Beethoven.

“... as close to the ideal as possible, delivering chamber music of astonishing, refreshing exaltation and exhilaration.” --Los Angeles Times

Tomorrow - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day at the Mead Art Museum

The third Saturday of every month is Family Fun Day at the Mead! Join the Mead’s educators for drop-in craft activities between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and a gallery talk at 1 p.m. intended for ages 3+ that includes a picture-book reading related to artworks on view. Family Fun Day is free and open to the public.

Sun, Apr 20, 2014

Mon, Apr 21, 2014

Inspiring Our Future: Teaching as Life’s Work - Conversations with the alumni recipients of the Class of '54 Commitment to Teaching Fellowship.

Charles Pratt Hall, Common Room

All are invited to join us for an inspiring conversation with the recipients of the Class of ’54 Commitment to Teaching Alumni Fellowships. These committed teachers will share stories of their schools, their students, and the work that they do to help their students break the chain of poverty. This year's awardees are Delano Asante ’05, 8th grade English and Language Arts teacher at Harlem Village Academies – Harlem, NY; Ron Espiritu ’06, History and Ethnic Studies teacher, Animo South Los Angeles Charter HS – Los Angeles, CA; Ellen Ferrin ’07, Special Education teacher in integrated co-teaching classroom, Bronx Community Charter School – Bronx, NY; Monty Ogden ’09, English Teacher, Kensington CAPA High School – Philadelphia, PA; Jessica Ross ’04, 6th grade Math and Science Teacher, PS839 – New York NY; and Matthew Yellin ’09, Social Studies teacher and Curriculum Coordinator, Hillside Arts and Letters Academy – Jamaica, NY. This panel discussion will take place in the Charles Pratt Common Room on the first floor, near the Writing Center. Refreshments will be served.

Amanda Gibson '08, Ph.D. Candidate, Indiana University

"A Phylogenetic Test of the Red Queen Hypothesis: Outcrossing and Parasitism in the Nematode Phylum”

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 4

Amanda Gibson '08 is a Ph.D. candidate in the Evolution, Ecology and Behavior Program at Indiana University. Her talk is titled, "A Phylogenetic Test of the Red Queen Hypothesis: Outcrossing and Parasitism in the Nematode Phylum.”

Research Summary: The Red Queen Hypothesis argues that the eukaryotic preference for sexual reproduction all comes down to parasitism. It proposes that antagonism between hosts and parasites selects for 1. rare host genotypes that can escape their rapidly adapting parasites and 2. rare parasite genotypes that can keep up with these escaping hosts. Outcrossing can generate a diversity of these rare genotypes and should thus be favored, while cloning or selfing tends to propagate static, common lineages that fail to rapidly adapt. Broadly, Gibson’s dissertation work tests basic predictions of the Red Queen Hypothesis. She uses a diversity of approaches, from fieldwork in natural populations to experimental evolution in the lab. Here, she’ll focus on the Nematode phylum, where she uses phylogenetic comparative methods to determine if sexual outcrossing is more strongly favored in lineages of parasitic nematodes relative to free-living lineages.

City Streets

Valentine Quad

City Streets is the spring celebration for the Amherst College community. This is an international event with flags representing all of our students' nationalities, food tents featuring international flavors and several truck vendors. There will be entertainment and music. Students, staff, faculty and their families are all welcome.

Tue, Apr 22, 2014

Alcohol Screening Day

The Counseling Center will hold a free Alcohol Screening on Tuesday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Keefe Campus Center Atrium. All students are welcome to complete the survey and get feedback from Counseling Center staff. The first 100 students to complete the survey will receive a free National Screening Day T-shirt.

Mindfulness Meditation Group Meeting

Chapin Hall, Chapel

Whether you have meditated a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax and quiet your mind, to learn how to experience less suffering and stress in your life, to explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, or to talk about what it means to awaken in this life and to live from compassion and awareness. Or come just because you are curious!

Ongoing Events

Mother fox and her kit

“Landscapes and Nature” by Thomas Stratford

Frost Library, Mezzanine Gallery

Come see the new photo exhibit at the Frost Library Mezzanine Gallery by Amherst College staffer Thomas Stratford, featuring campus landscapes, local nature and portrait-quality images of wildlife. The exhibit is free and open to the public through June 2014.