Event Calendar

Today - Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Alumni and Parent Programs

Amherst Today: "Privacy"

Amherst Today provides the opportunity for alumni to return to the Amherst classroom for a day and a half of lectures and discussions. Registration is required. Please see the Amherst Today website (at the link below) for more information.

Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day

The Emily Dickinson Museum celebrates Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day on campus with lunchtime readings and art projects. Read aloud a Dickinson poem in our poetry mini-marathon. Make an origami cup with Dickinson's poem folded inside. Take a poem for your pocket, or download one for your smartphone.

Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day

The Emily Dickinson Museum celebrates Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day on campus with lunchtime readings and art projects. Read aloud a Dickinson poem in our poetry mini-marathon. Make an origami cup with Dickinson's poem folded inside. Take a poem for your pocket, or download one for your smartphone.

German Film Series: "Drei Zimmer/Küche/Bad" ("Move")

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

Eight 20-somethings find themselves constantly on the move: from internship to internship, from job to job, from relationship to relationship, from apartment to apartment. Multiple narratives intersect in this smart, complex, refreshingly understated comedy that explores the comical, sometimes tragicomical, trials and tribulations of life in present-day Germany.

"Why China Courts the Third World" with Edward Friedman

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 4

Edward Friedman, professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, will discuss China's engagement with the developing world.

Professor Friedman specializes in the politics of change in rural China and international political economy. From 1999 to 2013, he held the Hawkins Chair as professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he also served as chairman of the Center for East Asian Studies.

A specialist in Chinese politics who chaired the China and Inner Asia Council of the Association of Asian Studies, he served on the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs in 1981, 1982 and 1983. His duties included oversight visits to rural development projects in Nicaragua and El Salvador and to Indonesia and Malaysia. In 1984, he was advisor to a United Nations Development Program project in China on integrated rural development. In 1991, he worked in Albania on a land reform project linked to USAID. He has worked for the past 25 years at the interface between resource management and government programs.

Friedman continues to teach at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and has written widely on Chinese politics. Recent books include "Revolution, Resistance and Reform in Village China" (Yale, 2005); "Regional Cooperation and Its Enemies in Asia" (Routledge, 2006); and "Political Transitions in Dominant Party Systems" (Routledge, 2008). He was the chief editor and organizer for the 2012 translation and publication of Yang Jisheng's study of the worst famine in human history, "Tombstone."

"Applying for a Fulbright"

Converse Hall, Porter Lounge

Malgosia Krasowska ’96, executive director of the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission, will be presenting information, offering advice on applying for a Fulbright and giving insight into the decision-making process in the respective host countries. Hearing firsthand what a host country looks for in applicants can help you clarify your proposal and personal statement. Tony Claudino, director of Fulbright Student Program outreach, will also be attending. Denise Gagnon, director of fellowship advising, will introduce the speaker. There will be cookies and an opportunity to ask questions.

Amherst College Spanish Department Play: "La Chica del Gato"

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

The Spanish Department is proud to present to the community its annual Spanish play performed by students, "La Chica del Gato," by Carlos Arniches. The play follows the hilarious pursuits of Guadalupe, a poor young girl from the streets of Madrid, as she tries to adapt to high society as a maid for a rich family.

Tickets are required to attend and cost $3 each. All proceeds benefit Amherst College GlobeMed, Peruvian Education Initiative and Reader to Reader.

You can purchase them from Professor Victoria Maillo; the Spanish TAs; or any representative from GlobeMed, Peruvian Education Initiative or Reader to Reader.

The performance will be on Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m. The second performance is Sunday, April 27, at 4:30 p.m. There will be refreshments and small snacks during intermission.

See you there!

Pride Alliance Weekly Meeting

Join Pride Alliance every Thursday night from 8 to 9 p.m. in the Queer Resource Center (in the basement of Morrow Residence Hall).

We are a student org that focuses our weekly meetings on discussion topics relevant to the queer community, educational programs/events and social gatherings.

All are welcome! Please join us! We always have food. :)

Tomorrow - Fri, Apr 25, 2014

Spanish Table

Spanish Table meets on Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Dining Hall, starting Jan. 24. Faculty, college staff and students are welcome to join Spanish-speakers of all levels for lunch and interesting Spanish conversation.

Japanese Language Table

Valentine Dining Hall, South Conference Room

The Japanese Language Table will meet every Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the South Conference Room in the basement of Valentine starting Jan. 31 (with no meeting during Spring Break).

"Doing Well by Doing Good" Lunch with Malgosia Krasowska '96, Executive Director of the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission

Converse Hall, Porter Lounge

Malgorzata (Malgosia) Krasowska was an English and French major at Amherst College and then continued with graduate studies in comparative literature at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. During college and graduate school, Malgosia studied in Paris, worked as an academic program support staff member in Florence and lived for a year in Warsaw, where she also taught English and Italian; she also interned at a journal and tried interpreting and translation.

After graduate school, Malgosia moved to Chicago, where she joined the Kellogg School of Management (KSM) as assistant director of admissions for the Executive MBA program. She traveled extensively through Central and Latin America and participated in building the KSM Executive MBA office in Coral Gables, Fla.

After 17 years in the U.S., Malgosia decided to move back to Poland and contribute to the growth of her homeland and the region. She became a specialist on intelligent scientific solutions by Thomson Reuters and immersed herself in the higher-education support efforts in Poland, Central Europe, Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan. Since October 2012, Malgosia has been working as executive director of the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission, an educational foundation based on a bilateral agreement of the U.S. and Polish governments.

Panera bread, soup and salad will be served. Space is limited. RSVP to llitwiller@amherst.edu by no later than noon, Thursday, April 24.

Russian Table

Russian Table meets every Friday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on the Valentine Hall Mezzanine level. Join our professors, our language assistant and fellow students for Russian conversation and fellowship! (Five College students currently taking courses at Amherst will be able to attend and eat lunch at Valentine without charge; please let the checker know that you are on the Russian Department list.)

An Amherst Student Abroad

Steps to Study Abroad

Steps to Study Abroad outlines the process and requirements necessary to study abroad for a semester or for a full year.

Cafe con Leche

Cafe con Leche: Debra Edelman at the MRC

Join us for some coffee, tea, and snacks at the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) in Keefe Campus 112! This week's Cafe con Leche guest speaker is Debra Edelman, Interim Director of the Counseling Center. She will talk about the work she does and how it relates to multiculturalism.

Cafe con Leche: Debra Edelman @ MRC

Come by the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) this Friday for some snacks, tea, and coffee. This week's guest is Debra Edelman, Interim Director of the Counseling Center. She will talk about her work and how it relates to multiculturalism.


Queer Talk with Dr. Deb & Dr. Darien

Please join Dr. Deb and Dr. Darien from the Amherst College Counseling Center every Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Queer Resource Center (basement of Morrow). We meet to discuss any topics you might have on your mind. Been thinking about dating? Not sure if you want to come out? Want to become an active ally? Queer Talk is the space for you. ALL are welcome, and we always have food!

Piotr Sommer Poetry Reading

Amherst Books, 8 Main Street

Formerly a visiting writer at Amherst College, Piotr Sommer returns to the Valley to read new and old poems. An acclaimed poet in his native Poland, Sommer has played a major role in translating British and American poets into Polish, making known the work of such writers as e.e. cummings, Robert Lowell, Allen Ginsberg, Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, Charles Reznikoff, John Ashbery and many others. He has published many books of his own poetry and three translated into English: "Things To Translate" (1991), "Continued" (2005) and a recent chapbook, "Overdoing It" (2013). He has edited, for over 20 years, "Literatura na swiece," the major literary and cultural journal not only in Poland but throughout Central Europe as well. Keeping it lively, open and culturally attuned-- first under a Communist regime and, for more than a decade, under a capitalist system --testifies to Piotr Sommer’s many talents.

"Henry Folger and Amherst College"

Frost Library, Friendly Periodicals Reading Room

Hear an address by Stephen H. Grant, author of "Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger." Drawing heavily on Frost Library’s photo collection, the author will trace the academic career of Henry Clay Folger (Class of 1879), discuss his five decades with the Standard Oil Co., explore his relations with the college and chart his creation of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

Amherst College Women's Chorus Spring Concert

Buckley Recital Hall

The Women’s Chorus presents their spring concert, assisted by pianist Lars Roewer. The repertoire will include songs by Felix Mendelssohn, Zoltály Kodály and Béla Bartók. Also featured are the songs "Shen Khar Venachi," a Georgian arrangement by Kitka, and "Eatnemen Vuelie" (also known as "Deilig er jorden"), by Frode Fjellheim, which was the song from "Frozen." The concert will end with the traditional "Senior Song." Admission is free.

Russian Film Series, Spring 2014

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

A tragicomic film about a man searching for where he belongs in his daily life

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.