Event Calendar

Today - Tue, Mar 3, 2015

Closeup of Susan Bernofksy, smiling and wearing glasses

Translator Talks: Susan Bernofsky: "Finding a Language for the Past: On Translating Jenny Erpenbeck"

Acclaimed translator and author Susan Bernofsky, former chair of the Translation Committee of the PEN American Center, directs the literary translation program in the School of the Arts MFA Program in Writing at Columbia University. She has translated over 20 books, including seven by the great Swiss-German modernist author Robert Walser, Kafka's The Metamorphosis, Hesse's Siddhartha and, most recently, The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck (November 2014). Her prizes and awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship this year, as well as the 2006 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translation Prize and the 2012 Herman Hesse Translation Prize, and fellowships from the NEH, the NEA, the PEN Translation Fund, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Lannan Foundation and the Leon Levy Center for Biography. She blogs about translation at www.translationista.net.

Photo credit: Caroline White

Physics/Astronomy Seminar

Dr. Paul J. Green of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics will speak on "From Oxymoronic to Ubiquitous: Rejuvenation of the Dwarf Carbon Stars"

Fresh Air Fund Information Session--Summer Opportunities

Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund has provided free summer programs to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities. Every summer, over 3,000 children visit our five sleep-away camps 65 miles north of NYC to get a break from city life and learn about the outdoors, make new friends and unlock their limitless potential. We are looking for dedicated and motivated individuals who want to have a fun, but challenging summer, while making a difference in the lives of New York City’s youth. Over 400 staff members from around the world will join us this summer as general counselors, lifeguards, program specialists/instructors, farm and ropes course staff and camp nurses. All of our positions are paid and include room and board during the summer. For more information about working as a counselor and to apply online, please visit our website at: www.freshair.org/camp


German Kaffeeklatsch

Every Tuesday at 9 p.m., the German house hosts Kaffeeklatsch, an informal gathering for conversation and refreshment. Everyone in the campus community is welcome to come, whether they speak German or not. 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.

Tomorrow - Wed, Mar 4, 2015

Study Abroad with CIEE

Come meet with a representative from CIEE to learn about an array of study abroad programs offered around the world!

Emily Dickinson's Homestead in springtime

Emily Dickinson Museum 2015 Opening

The Emily Dickinson Museum opens for 2015 on Wednesday, March 4. The Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.

Faculty Lunch: Small-Group Learning and the New Active Learning Classrooms

Faculty are invited to a presentation and discussion with Professor of Biology Caroline Goutte and her colleagues Prof. Pat Williamson, Prof. Alix Purdy, and Dr. Julie Emerson, focusing on their redesign of the large introductory Biology 191 course around the use of small-group learning (SGL). In the fall 2014 semester, continuing their work with SGL over the past several years, Professor Goutte and her team utilized the newly built active learning classroom spaces in Merrill to restructure a large lecture course into substantial SGL experiences for more than one hundred students. At the lunch meeting, the presenters will describe their novel mixed approach, highlight key benefits and results as well as challenges, and share best practices for the successful use of small groups in large courses. Instructional Designer Hari Stephen Kumar will also share information about the range of pedagogies and academic technologies supported by the new active learning classrooms. Sponsored by Academic Technology Services, with support from the Project in Innovative Curriculum and Teaching (PICT) Initiative.

Criminal Gangs and the State in Latin America: The Battle for Hearts and Minds

A talk by Prof. Imke Harbers, Political Science, University of Amsterdam

One of the most central challenges confronting Mexico (and the United States) for two decades now is the Drug War. Prof. Imke Harbers has collected new data that sheds some light on the capacity of the Mexican state—both at the federal and subnational levels—to conduct this war. This talk will inform us on the status on the war on drugs but also new techniques to ascertain state capacity, an issue that is crucial in political science for the study of policy-making

This lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Lurcy Fund, the Lamont Fund and the Department of Political Science at Amherst College.

Engagement Advisors Drop-In Hours

Interested in getting involved with community projects or organizations? Don't know where to start? Engagement Advisors (EAs) are students who know the ropes of engagement at Amherst and are available to advise students who may be newer to engagement. EAs will hold drop-in hours in Keefe Atrium Mon-Wed 4-5 p.m. if you wish to discuss how to get involved with community organizations and projects.

Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies Symposium “Contested Legal Realities" Different Approaches to the Law in Indian Country

"Contested Legal Realities": Different Approaches to the Law in Indian Country” is a 3-day symposium that focuses on non-lawyer perspectives of legal issues in Indian Country. The concept for this symposium arose from a discussion within the Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies colloquium. Our aim is to build on that conversation by hosting a day of round-table panels and break-out groups involving critical thinking at the crossroads of the Connecticut River Valley. The symposium is open to students, faculty, staff, community members and the general public. Programs include a film screening of “Into America” with Angelo Baca as well as round-table panels and breakout discussions. Events will be held at the UMass Campus Center and various locations at Amherst College.

Roundtable participants include:

Maria Girouard, Penobscot Indian Nation
J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Wesleyan University
Doug Kiel, Williams College
jessie little doe baird, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
Beth Piatote, University of California, Berkeley
Josh Reid, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Eye Pillow Making - Video and Discussion with Deb Edelman

Come to Merrill 300B (in Keefe Science Library) to learn about the importance of sleep!
Dr. Edelman will show a brief documentary on the importance of sleep and the impact of sleep deprivation, followed by a discussion on practical strategies for improving sleep.

The Student Health Educators will facilitate eye pillow making at the event.
Sugar Jones cookies and milk will be served.

Event is sponsored by the Student Health Educators, Wellness Team and the Amherst College Public Health Collaborative.

MultiFaith Council Meeting: What defines our generation?

Chapin Hall, lounge

The Multifaith Council will be holding their first meeting of the semester on Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. in Chapin Lounge. The topic of discussion for the meeting will be: What defines our generation?

Refreshments will be served and all members of the Amherst College community are invited to attend.

Flyer for SEA Study Abroad information session

Info Session: SEA Study Abroad

Rebecca Konijnenberg '16 will talk about her time at SEA, a study abroad program designed for all majors interested in maritime studies. Refreshments and exciting stories provided.

Thu, Mar 5, 2015

SEA Semester Study Abroad Info Table

Are you looking for an adventure? Do you want to study abroad? Come learn about SEA Semester study abroad programs on Thursday, March 5th. SEA Semester offers field-based interdisciplinary semester and summer study abroad programs aboard tall ships in the Caribbean, Europe, the South Pacific, and New Zealand. Be sure to stop by Senior Admissions Counselor Elizabeth Dorr's table in Keefe from 11-2 on March 5 to learn more. Email edorr@sea.edu with questions.

Study Abroad with SEA Semester

SEA Semester offers field-based study abroad programs for all majors during the semester and summer. Students spend half a semester in Woods Hole, MA and then half a semester as a full working crew-member aboard our sailing school vessels in Western Europe, the Caribbean, the South Pacific or New Zealand.

Elizabeth Dorr, SEA Semester senior admissions counselor, will have an info table from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Keefe Campus Center. Stop by to learn more or email edorr@sea.edu with questions.

Russian Table - Fridays from 12:00 - 1:30, Spring 2015

Join us for Russian conversation and cameraderie each week of the semester (except for Spring Break) on the Mezzanine Level of Valentine.

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"Russia by Design: Adventures of Ideas in Global Culture," A Conversation with Ilya Olskolkov-Tsentsiper

A visionary, irreverent cultural entrepreneur, Ilya Oskolkov-Tsentsiper was instrumental in shaping a new image of post-Soviet Russia at the turn of the 21st century through a series of groundbreaking media initiatives, and has been the force behind the reconstruction and repurposing of some of the most important institutions of public life in Moscow.

Tsentsiper will present his recent ambitious redesign projects, from Moscow's Gorky Park to Stalin-era People's Economy Exposition (The VDNKh) and discuss the relationship of media, design and politics in the context of the current regime.

"Fitting-In: Autonomy vs Evolutionary Biology"

Laurence Thomas, Department of Philosophy and Department of Political Science at Syracuse University will present the second lecture in the 2014-15 Forry and Micken Lecture Series on "The Promise and Problems of Citizenship." His lecture is titled "Fitting-In: Autonomy vs Evolutionary Biology" and will be presented in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 5:00pm. For further information, please contact the Philosophy Department at 542-5805.

Ongoing Events

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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.

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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.

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.

Green Games Begin

The Second Annual Green Games are running in the First-Year dormitories!