Event Calendar

Today - 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

Amherst College Glee Club Senior Concert

Buckley Recital Hall

The Glee Club performs works chosen by graduating students. This year the group will perform a variety of songs, including pieces by William Dawson, Robert Shaw, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Kurt Knecht, as well as songs taught by Mollie Stone '01. The concert will conclude with the traditional "Senior Song" by James S. Hamilton (Class of 1906) and the passing of the historic senior chalice. Admission is free.

Daniel, Friday, 10:50 a.m.

Live Lit 9 & Outside Windows Launch Party

Flying Object, 42 West Street, Hadley

Join us for the last installment of the UMass MFA Student Reading Series, plus the launch of Steven Tagle's photography book, "Outside Windows." It will be a celebratory night of readings with photographs on display, books for sale, wine and cheese. The event is sponsored by The Common, Amherst College's literary magazine.

Photographs by Steven Tagle

Readings by
Colleen Louise Barry
Sadie Dupuis
Jane Dykema
Patrick Gaughan
Dan Grammer
Chris Lott
Violetta Marmor
Adam Marston
John Sieracki
Haley Thompson
Daniel Williams

For more information about Outside Windows, visit

Tomorrow - Sat, Apr 26, 2014

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.