Event Calendar

March 2013

Fri, Mar 1, 2013

Digital Humanities Colloquium

This event is free and open to the public.

11 a.m. Panel discussion: "What Happens (or Should Happen) at the Intersection of Humanities and Technology?"
Jon Berndt Olsen (History, UMass Amherst)
Caro Pinto (School of Critical Social Inquiry and Technologies Librarian,
Hampshire College)
Karen Remmler (German Studies/Gender Studies, Mount Holyoke College, and
Director of the Five College Women's Studies Research Center)

Noon to 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Panel Discussion: "Student Perspectives and Knowledge"
RSVP to mmuir@fivecolleges.edu if attending lunch.

1:30 p.m. Talk: "2000-Year-Old Walls and 21st-Century Technology: Pompeii and the iPad"
Eric Poehler (Classics, UMass Amherst)

3 to 4:30 p.m. Presentation: "Digital Technologies, New Ways of Learning and Knowing: Five College Projects Currently Under Way"

French Table

French Table will meet from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Fridays on the Mezzanine in Val. French speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

Not-for-Profit Fair: Public Service, Education and International Careers

Want to make a difference and a living? This fair brings opportunities for meaningful work right to your doorstep! Come meet employers offering summer internships, full-time and part-time jobs, and opportunities for service or volunteering abroad. Stick around until 2:30 p.m. after the fair to join us for a panel of Amherst alumni working within the not-for-profit sector. Please visit https://www.amherst.edu/mm/153439 for more information and a list of participating employers. This fair is for all students from the Five Colleges.

Spanish Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Mezzanine Gallery

Spanish Table will meet from noon to 2 p.m. on Fridays, beginning Jan. 25. Spanish speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

Japanese Language Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

The Japanese Language Table will meet this semester on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m.(for first-year language students), Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. starting on Friday, Feb. 1. Meetings will take place downstairs in Valentine in Terrace Room A on Mondays and Fridays, and in the South Conference Room on Wednesdays.

Russian Table

Join us on Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the Mezzanine level of Valentine for lunch and Russian conversation with faculty and friends.

"Doing Well by Doing Good Lunch Series" with Sohil Sheth '08

Looking for inspiration? Join the Career Center for our "Doing Well by Doing Good" lunch series, where you have the opportunity to meet alumni making a difference (and a living). Soup and bread will be provided by Panera.

Sohil Sheth ‘08
Consultant, Vera Solutions

Sohil worked for an investment management firm in New York for two years before quitting to join SKIP (Supporting Kids in Peru), a nonprofit organization providing holistic support to children and their families in an impoverished district located on the outskirts of Trujillo, Peru. Working with a diverse team of teachers, social workers, psychologists and economic development analysts, he developed a desire to strengthen the impact of socially beneficial organizations. At Vera Solutions, Sohil joined a team that harnesses technology to improve the monitoring, evaluation, and management systems of organizations working for social change. Vera helps social-impact organizations become more effective by bringing their data to life and feeding it back to all levels of the organization. Vera Solutions is a registered B Corporation and a winner of the 2012 Echoing Green Fellowship.

Space is limited to 15 students. Email Laura Litwiller at llitwiller@amherst.edu to register.

Steps to Study Abroad

Learn the basics for planning to study abroad. This session (offered every Friday afternoon) is required for new study-abroad applicants prior to meeting with Dean Behrens to plan your program.

"Art and the Community"

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly

Internationally renowned artists of theater, dance, music and visual art will come to Amherst for a weekend of discussion and workshops. Meet and see presentations by Ping Chong, Amie Dowling, George Mathew and Eric Gottesman in which they share discoveries they've made in their work with alternative and marginalized communities around the globe.

About the guests:

Ping Chong, known for his innovative multidisciplinary works that explore the intersections of history, race, art and technology in the modern world, will speak about "Undesirable Elements," an ongoing series of community-specific, interview-based theater works that examine issues of culture and identity of individuals who are outsiders within their mainstream community.

Amie Dowling, associate professor in dance and social justice at the University of San Francisco and artist-in-residence at the San Francisco Jails, will talk about her collaborations with incarcerated individuals on the creation of original dance/theater pieces; a most recent project is the dance film "Well Contested Sites," filmed on Alcatraz Island.

Eric Gottesman, photographic artist and organizer, will speak about a new multimedia project he is working on in Ethiopia (in collaboration with actors, writers and filmmakers) based on the life and fiction of assassinated political journalist Baalu Girma.

Singaporean-born Indian conductor George Mathew, founder and artistic director of Music for Life International and Ubuntu-Shruti, will speak about his work as a conductor in the classical music world bringing symphonic music to focus on global humanitarian issues and crises at the beginning of the 21st century.

These events are sponsored by the Copeland Colloquium at Amherst College, a yearlong initiative exploring "Art in Place/the Place of Art."

Movie Screening: "The Story of Stuff"

We will be showing "The Story of Stuff" and "The Story of Change". A full spread of food and tantalizing discussion will follow!

Sat, Mar 2, 2013

"Art, Community and Social Justice" Workshops

Webster Hall, Studio 1

As part of a weekend exploring how art-making can affect and be affected by communities, internationally renowned artists of theater and dance Ping Chong and Amie Dowling will each give a workshop:

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: "Performing Arts and Community Exchange" with Amie Dowling.
In this experiential workshop, writing, movement, and theater exercises will be introduced that can lead to collaborative creative work with men and women who are, or have been, incarcerated. "Performing Arts and Community Exchange" is designed for participants who are interested in merging activism, performance and teaching.

Dowling, associate professor in dance and social justice at the University of San Francisco and artist-in-residence at the San Francisco Jails, will talk about her collaborations with incarcerated individuals on the creation of original dance/theater pieces; a most recent project is the dance film "Well Contested Sites," filmed on Alcatraz Island.

2 to 5 p.m.: “Introduction to Socially Engaged Theater” with Ping Chong and Company.
This workshop will explore techniques used in Ping Chong & Company's interview-based theater project, the "Undesirable Elements" series. Participants will learn methods of gathering stories within specific communities.

Ping Chong, known for his innovative multidisciplinary works that explore the intersections of history, race, art and technology in the modern world, will speak about "Undesirable Elements," an ongoing series of community-specific, interview-based theater works that examine issues of culture and identity of individuals who are outsiders within their mainstream community.

The events are free and open to students, faculty and staff of Amherst College as well as community members. Space is limited for the workshops, and advance signup is recommended. Please email Linda Celi at ltceli@amherst.edu to reserve a place in the workshops.

These events are sponsored by the Copeland Colloquium at Amherst College, a yearlong initiative exploring "Art in Place/the Place of Art."

Amherst College Choral Society and Symphony Orchestra Concert

Buckley Recital Hall

The Amherst College Department of Music will present Brahms’ "Tragic Overture" and Haydn’s "Lord Nelson Mass" performed by the Amherst College Choral Society and Amherst Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, March 2, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. Tickets are required, and seating is assigned. Reservations can be made by calling 413-542-2195 or emailing concerts@amherst.edu.

Sun, Mar 3, 2013

The Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Worship Series

Chapin Hall, Chapel

A service in the African-American worship tradition of The Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Worship Series will take place on March 3. This service takes on a special significance, as we will celebrate and commemorate Black History.

Pastor Timothy Jones ’05E, former advisor to the Bi-Semester Worship Series and current Bi-Semester Fellow, will be the guest preacher. Pastor Tim serves as the associate pastor of ministry development and new member care at St. John’s Congregational Church in Springfield, Mass.

The service will take place at 1 p.m. in Chapin Chapel. All are welcome to attend! Please email Constance Holden at cholden15@amherst.edu if you have any questions.

Catholic Liturgy

Chapin Hall, Chapel

Join the Catholic community in the celebration of the Mass. All are welcome. Missalettes and guides are provided. The Rev. Dan Pacholek is our celebrant this week.

Mon, Mar 4, 2013

Rebekah Tolley: "Tortua"

The Department of Art and the History of Art is pleased to announce an exhibition of Artist-in-Residence Rebekah Tolley's work in the Eli Marsh Gallery, 105 Fayerweather Hall, March 4 to 27.

Professor Tolley will give a lecture on her work on Thursday, March 7, at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, 115 Fayerweather. A reception will follow at the Gallery.

This event is free and open to the public.

WorldRead Global Literacy Week in Keefe!

Stop by the WorldRead table in Keefe this Monday, March 4, to Friday, March 8, for fun activities, opportunities to learn about student-led literacy initiatives around the world and a chance to win a treasure box set of all seven Harry Potter books!

Activities include bookmark making, blackout poetry and more.

We'll be selling raffle tickets all week to raise money for WorldRead literacy projects from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Keefe Atrium.

Everybody Has a Story Week

Sign up to eat as part of a faculty-staff-student triad and take some time to listen to each other’s story. Faculty and staff may sign in at the checker station, and the cost of your meal will be covered. “Everybody Has a Story Week” is part of the Campus Challenge.

German Table

From 11:45 am. to 1:30 p.m., come to chat and practice your German with faculty and friends in the Mezzanine of Valentine Dining Hall.

Japanese Language Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

The Japanese Language Table will meet this semester on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m.(for first-year language students), Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. starting on Friday, Feb. 1. Meetings will take place downstairs in Valentine in Terrace Room A on Mondays and Fridays, and in the South Conference Room on Wednesdays.

Biology Seminar: Mary Gehring, Ph.D.

Dr. Mary Gehring is a member of the Whitehead Institute and an Assistant Professor of Biology at MIT.

Research Summary: DNA methylation is a heritable epigenetic mark important for genome stability, gene imprinting and transposable element silencing in diverse eukaryotes. During reproductive development in plants, the DNA methylation landscape is dramatically altered in one of the female gametes. Short transposable elements are actively demethylated. Since the expression of some genes is tied to the epigenetic status of nearby transposable elements, the resultant epigenetic asymmetry between maternal and paternal alleles can create imprinted gene expression in the seed after fertilization. Through whole-genome methylation and expression profiling, the Gehring lab is using natural genetic and epigenetic variation within the Arabidopsis thaliana species to test the hypothesis that transposable elements drive genomic imprinting and to identify imprinted genes that may underlie various seed traits. 

Intimate Violence in Colonial Times

Tanika Sarkar is a professor at the Centre for Historical Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, and is currently a visiting professor at Yale University's Department of History. Her work is centered around the intersection of gender, politics, and religion in South Asia.

Sponsored by the Amherst College Georges Lurcy Lecture Series Fund, The Women's and Gender Studies Department, and the History and Asian Languages and Civilization Departments.

Info Session: LinkedIn

Fayerweather Hall, 115 (Pruyne Lecture Hall)

Want to join one of the hottest tech companies in Silicon Valley?

Join us Monday, March 4, at 5 p.m. to learn about job opportunities on LinkedIn’s Sales Development Team. We’ll kick things off with a presentation from LinkedIn’s Senior Vice President of Global Solutions Mike Gamson '96 (http://www.linkedin.com/in/mikegamson), to be followed by an opportunity for you to meet current employees.

And in the spirit of tech company perks, food will be served, and we’ll be raffling off Apple gift cards.

Space is limited. RSVP by Thursday, Feb. 28, with a link to your LinkedIn profile to estrong@linkedin.com.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Keefe Campus Center Kickoff Celebration

You’re invited to the Keefe Campus Center to tour the newly renovated spaces and see the exciting design plans for the rooms. While you explore the new spaces, there will be fun snacks and activities throughout the building to enjoy while we gather as a community to celebrate our newly renovated Campus Center.

Tue, Mar 5, 2013

WorldRead Global Literacy Week in Keefe!

Stop by the WorldRead table in Keefe this Monday, March 4, to Friday, March 8, for fun activities, opportunities to learn about student-led literacy initiatives around the world and a chance to win a treasure box set of all seven Harry Potter books!

Activities include bookmark making, blackout poetry and more.

We'll be selling raffle tickets all week to raise money for WorldRead literacy projects from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Keefe Atrium.

Computer Science Study Abroad in Budapest: Pizza Info Session

Seeley G. Mudd Building, 207

Gergely (Gerry) Vass, lecturer of computer vision for digital film post-production, will be on campus to encourage students to consider a great new study-abroad program, Aquincum Institute of Technology Budapest (www.ait-budapest.com). This program is designed for students interested in computing, design, computational biology and IT entrepreneurship. AIT brings together globally acclaimed scholars, designers and entrepreneurs to provide an inspiring academic program with small classes that emphasize interactivity and creativity. Located in the heart of Europe, AIT is providing a curriculum that integrates foundational courses in computer science, advanced applications, design and entrepreneurship as well as humanities courses related to Hungary’s rich cultural heritage.

AIT is small and friendly, with typical class sizes of five to 15 students. All classes are conducted in English at AIT's state-of-the-art campus on the lovely banks of the Danube River. Students live in vibrant neighborhoods of Budapest and have ample opportunities to interact with Hungarian students and explore Hungary and the region.

Applications for the Fall 2013 term are due by April 1.

Pizza and small treats from Hungary will be served at this info session on Tuesday, March 5, at 4 p.m. in 207 SMudd.

Funding Your Summer Internship!

Students who will be applying for unpaid summer internships are encouraged to attend this information session on the possible funding sources offered by the college. We’ll discuss the various funding options, as well as application processes and timelines. This session will be held on Tuesday, March 5, at 5 p.m. in the Career Center.

Room Draw Information Sessions

Have questions about this whole Room Draw
business? Heard Res Life is shipping students to the
Alpine North? Wondering what the deal is with this
Selig guy and his new dormitory on Route 9? All
these quandaries and more will be answered at
Room Draw: Tips and Tricks!

If you're looking for answers (or just some free
candy) hurry on down to these events!
Tuesday, March 5 - 8pm: Stearns and James
9pm: Charles Pratt and Williston.

Wednesday March 6 - 8pm: North and South
9pm: Williston and Moore.

See you there!

Info Session: Study in China or India with the Alliance for Global Education

Students interested in study in China (Beijing, Shanghai or Xi’an) or India (Manipal, Pune or Varanasi) can spend a semester, year or summer with the Alliance. Programs incorporate language study with elective courses the humanities and social sciences. Each program has a core course, which has a capstone project and allows a student in-depth study into a particular topic.
Cultural activities and excursions are a part of each program.

Visit www.allianceglobaled.org to learn more and to apply.

Study-Abroad Peer Advisors' Open Hours

How do you navigate your study-abroad options, which may be many? With the help of the Study Abroad Peer Advisors! Each Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Career Center (College Hall), these two seniors are available to answer your questions, show you how to research programs and tell you about their experiences abroad. Learn more about them here: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/333642

German Kaffeeklatsch

Porter House

Come and join us for Kaffee and much more, every Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. at Porter House.

Wed, Mar 6, 2013

WorldRead Global Literacy Week in Keefe!

Stop by the WorldRead table in Keefe this Monday, March 4, to Friday, March 8, for fun activities, opportunities to learn about student-led literacy initiatives around the world and a chance to win a treasure box set of all seven Harry Potter books!

Activities include bookmark making, blackout poetry and more.

We'll be selling raffle tickets all week to raise money for WorldRead literacy projects from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Keefe Atrium.

Info Table: SEA Education

Looking for a study-abroad adventure? Representatives from SEA Semester will be on campus Wednesday, March 6. Admissions Counselor Elizabeth Dorr will be tabling, then hosting an information session at 4 p.m. in the Career Center. SEA Semester offers field programs in marine and environmental studies that combine independent research with all the adventure of being a full working crew member on a brigantine sailing vessel. Stop by Elizabeth's table or info session to learn more! Email edorr@sea.edu with any questions.

Info Session: New York College of Podiatric Medicine

Lili Young from New York College of Podiatric Medicine will discuss the field of podiatric medicine and the academic opportunities available at NYCPM. Lunch will be served.

This info session is sponsored by the Charles Drew Health Professions Society.

Info Session: SEA Education

Looking for a study-abroad adventure? SEA Semester will be on campus Wednesday, March 6. Admissions Counselor Elizabeth Dorr will be tabling from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Keefe Campus Center Atrium, then hosting this information session. SEA Semester offers field programs in marine and environmental studies that combine independent research with all the adventure of being a full working crew member on a brigantine sailing vessel. Stop by Elizabeth's table or info session to learn more! Email edorr@sea.edu with any questions.

Room Draw Information Sessions

Have questions about this whole Room Draw
business? Heard Res Life is shipping students to the
Alpine North? Wondering what the deal is with this
Selig guy and his new dormitory on Route 9? All
these quandaries and more will be answered at
Room Draw: Tips and Tricks!

If you're looking for answers (or just some free
candy) hurry on down to these events!
Tuesday, March 5 - 8pm: Stearns and James
9pm: Charles Pratt and Williston.

Wednesday March 6 - 8pm: North and South
9pm: Williston and Moore.

See you there!

Chess Club Practice

Valentine Dining Hall, Conference Room

Come enjoy a game or two while you have dinner! Open to anyone interested!

Wednesday Rosary Prayer & Spiritual Fellowship

Chapin Hall, Lounge

Newman Club members lead a Rosary Prayer in the peaceful, candle-lit chapel. Guides, rosaries and personal instruction is offered. We close with personal prayers of petition to our loving God. All are welcome to come for silent participation or to pray aloud. Join us on Wednesdays of weeks when classes are in session.

Thu, Mar 7, 2013

WorldRead Global Literacy Week in Keefe!

Stop by the WorldRead table in Keefe this Monday, March 4, to Friday, March 8, for fun activities, opportunities to learn about student-led literacy initiatives around the world and a chance to win a treasure box set of all seven Harry Potter books!

Activities include bookmark making, blackout poetry and more.

We'll be selling raffle tickets all week to raise money for WorldRead literacy projects from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Keefe Atrium.

Info Table: Spanish Studies Abroad

Spanish Studies Abroad is an academic organization that has specialized in Spanish language and cultural immersion for more than 40 years, through cultural excursions, homestays, intercambios, internships, volunteering and a broad curriculum of courses designed by Spanish Studies and through direct enrollment at local universities. We currently offer short-term, semester and academic year study-abroad programs for many fields of study and all levels of Spanish in five exciting locations: Seville, Alicante and Barcelona, Spain; Córdoba, Argentina; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Come speak with Will Froehlich to learn more about how you can study with Spanish Studies Abroad on March 7 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Keefe Campus Center.

"How We Write: Faculty Writers Lay Bare Their Writing Processes"

Converse Hall, Porter Lounge (3rd Floor)

Join us for a panel discussion with faculty members and writers Alicia Christoff (English), Catherine Epstein (History), Susan Niditch (Religion), Khary Polk (Black Studies) and Daniel Velleman (Mathematics) on how experienced writers actually write. How do they come up with and develop their ideas? When, where and how do they work? How, in short, do they write successfully? For this second annual event, our faculty panelists will share accounts of their individual writing processes and explore similarities and differences in writing practices within, across and beyond the academic disciplines. Refreshments will be served.

"Everything You Need to Know About Applying for Law School"

If you’re considering going to law school, come to this workshop to learn more about the application process and how to best prepare for law school during your time here at Amherst College.

Opportunities and Challenges in Distance Education

William "Terry" Fisher III is currently teaching a HarvardX course on copyright and will present about experimenting with new ways to expand student engagement within a MOOC. It will be exciting to hear from someone who is moving MOOCs beyond lectures and quizzes, and to hear what is required to offer a massive, open, online course.

Professor Fisher received his undergraduate degree from Amherst College in American Studies and his graduate degrees, J.D. and Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization, from Harvard University. Between 1982 and 1984, he served as a law clerk to Judge Harry T. Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court.

"Art & Fear: The Perils of Creativity in the 21st Century" POSTPONED

(Please note that this event has been postponed until further notice.)

The "Art in Place / the Place of Art" series features a presentation and open discussion hosted by composer, saxophonist and Copeland Fellow Matana Roberts.

The artist in her own words:
"Matana (m(a)-ta-na\) Roberts;
internationally documented, chicago born, mixed media sound conceptualist/composer/improviser and performer. main instrument: alto saxophone. working in various mediums of performance inquiry; some recent work focused on the place/problem of memory/tradition as recognized, deciphered, deconstructed, interrogated through radical modes of sound communication, alternative styles of musical notation, and multi genres of improvisation; based in new york city"

**Please note that the time and location are a change from a previously advertised evening presentation of Roberts' work in Webster Hall.**

"Art in Place / the Place of Art" is the 2012-13 Copeland Colloquium at Amherst College.

Physics Seminar

Dr. David Phillips, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Title TBA

"Break the Silence": TWLOHA Benefit Concert

Keefe Campus Center, Friedmann Room

Performances by spoken-word poet Anis Mojgani, a two-time national slam poetry champion and TEDx speaker; rock/alternative band A Moment's Worth; indie/pop band Letters From Home; and the Zumbyes, Amherst's oldest a capella group

Proceeds will benefit treatment and recovery efforts by To Write Love on Her Arms to address depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.

Info Session: Study in Russia with Bard-Smolny

Study abroad in Saint Petersburg at Smolny College, Russia’s first liberal arts college.

If you are looking for a challenging environment in which to pursue your academic studies while advancing your Russian language skills, come learn more about the Bard-Smolny Study Abroad Program on Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m. in the Career Center workshop room.

The Bard-Smolny program is a complete immersion experience in which each participant:

~ Enrolls in a nine-credit Russian as a Second Language program

~ Selects thematic courses (conducted in Russian) from Smolny's full liberal arts curriculum and study alongside Russian peers

~ Earns credit toward an undergraduate degree with courses in literature, art history, politics, economics, history, music and more

~ Receives personalized academic advising and guidance

~ Participates in a rich cultural program that brings students to cultural venues within Saint Petersburg and to other Russian cities

~ Lives with Russian students or families in either the dormitory or home-stay program

~ Participates in community service and internships in Saint Petersburg, and

~ Engages in all aspects of student life at Smolny, including extracurricular clubs and activities

"No Wind Blows Against the Pines"

Holden Experimental Theater, Webster Hall

"No Wind Blows Against the Pines" weaves together the stories of two Japanese Noh plays, "Matsukaze" ("Pining Wind") and "Sumida-gawa" ("The Sumida River"), as well as fragments from ancient and contemporary poetry, myths, interviews and news bulletins.

Call 413-542-2277 to reserve tickets.

Evening at the Mead

Join the Mead student docents for Evenings at the Mead, lighthearted combinations of gallery talks and musical performances with the lively participation of Amherst College's student musicians. This semester’s Evenings at the Mead will be held at 8pm on Feb. 7, March 7 and April 4.

Jazz@Schwemm's

Keefe Health Center, Schwemm's Backroom

The lineup for the Spring Semester Jazz@Schwemm's performance series has
been posted. Performances given by students and local professionals will fall on four Thursday evenings beginning on Feb. 28 (with no performance on March 21) at 9 p.m. in the Schwemm's Backroom Coffeehouse.

Each performance is free and open to the public.

Schwemm's is located in the Keefe Campus Center.

Feb. 28: Reflections Trio featuring Dominic Poccia, Joe Belmont and Vernon David

March 7: Michael Lowenstern Bass Clarinet Experience

March 14: Alex Lee-Clark Quartet

March 28: Sarah Manning's Harmonious Creature

In addition, student combos will perform starting at 10 p.m.

Circus Six-Word Story Voting Event!

Moore Dormitory

Come join the Circus team and vote for the best six-word story submissions from 9 to 11 p.m. on Thursday evening in the Moore Common Room. Snacks and beverages will be served too!

This is an especially great opportunity for anyone interested in being a part of the core Circus team.

Fri, Mar 8, 2013

WorldRead Global Literacy Week in Keefe!

Stop by the WorldRead table in Keefe this Monday, March 4, to Friday, March 8, for fun activities, opportunities to learn about student-led literacy initiatives around the world and a chance to win a treasure box set of all seven Harry Potter books!

Activities include bookmark making, blackout poetry and more.

We'll be selling raffle tickets all week to raise money for WorldRead literacy projects from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Keefe Atrium.

French Table

French Table will meet from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Fridays on the Mezzanine in Val. French speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

Spanish Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Mezzanine Gallery

Spanish Table will meet from noon to 2 p.m. on Fridays, beginning Jan. 25. Spanish speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

Japanese Language Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

The Japanese Language Table will meet this semester on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m.(for first-year language students), Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. starting on Friday, Feb. 1. Meetings will take place downstairs in Valentine in Terrace Room A on Mondays and Fridays, and in the South Conference Room on Wednesdays.

Russian Table

Join us on Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the Mezzanine level of Valentine for lunch and Russian conversation with faculty and friends.

"How to Make the Most of Spring Break-- or Any Break"

This workshop is for first-year students who want to begin exploring ways of making the most of their time off from school to:

--explore different career paths through informational interviewing

--make connections to network and shadow

--get summer internships

Pizza will be served.

Steps to Study Abroad

Learn the basics for planning to study abroad. This session (offered every Friday afternoon) is required for new study-abroad applicants prior to meeting with Dean Behrens to plan your program.

"Drew House Speaks"

Charles Drew House

A collection of pieces about race, culture, and identity written by members of the Charles Drew black culture theme house

Amherst College Entrepreneurs' Society: Business Plan Workshop

Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall

We've got $3,200 on the table and counting. So, what are you going to do about it?

Come learn the SIMPLE things you need to compete on April 7 in the first Amherst College Business Plan Competition and Expo.

NO IDEA OR EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY FOR THIS INFO SESSION.

This info session will contain:
- key dates and deadlines
- competition guidelines and rubric
- demos by UMass BPlan competition winners [with Q&A]
- workshop going over the basics of a business plan

The event should last about an hour or less.

It is open to Five College students.

"No Wind Blows Against the Pines"

Holden Experimental Theater, Webster Hall

"No Wind Blows Against the Pines" weaves together the stories of two Japanese Noh plays, "Matsukaze" ("Pining Wind") and "Sumida-gawa" ("The Sumida River"), as well as fragments from ancient and contemporary poetry, myths, interviews and news bulletins.

Call 413-542-2277 to reserve tickets.

Music at Amherst Parallels Series: Tanya Tagaq Trio

Buckley Recital Hall

The 2012-13 Music at Amherst Parallels Series continues with a performance by Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq on Friday, March 8, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The performance requires tickets; seating is by general admission. Tickets may be reserved by calling 413-542-2195 or visiting amherst.universitytickets.com.

Casino

Casino is back, and this year the theme is "Mad Men"!

Everyone who comes gets free chips to play; at the end of the night you can trade your chips in for fantastic raffle prizes!

We'll also have the jazz band Oh La La playing in Friedmann, a Champagne Lounge in the new McCaffrey Room (please bring cash and ID), a Martini Mocktail Bar upstairs, casino chip keychain photos and a delicious banquet table.

If you come dressed in "Mad Men"-inspired attire, you can enter to win a special prize!

DQ Presents: "Shim Sham"

Morris Pratt Dormitory

Come listen to the the Amherst College DQ perform some of their latest jams. The Smith College Noteables will be opening, and there will be free lemonade and cookies!

Sat, Mar 9, 2013

The Bluestockings Spring Show

Come listen to beautiful music from The Bluestockings as we present our biggest show of the year! You'll be entertained with some brand-new songs, as well as some of your old favorites, as we celebrate our five wonderful seniors.

Tickets are available this week in Val for $3, and they are also available at the door for $5.

"No Wind Blows Against the Pines"

Holden Experimental Theater, Webster Hall

"No Wind Blows Against the Pines" weaves together the stories of two Japanese Noh plays, "Matsukaze" ("Pining Wind") and "Sumida-gawa" ("The Sumida River"), as well as fragments from ancient and contemporary poetry, myths, interviews and news bulletins.

Call 413-542-2277 to reserve tickets.

Sun, Mar 10, 2013

"Folk and Faith: The Roots of Modern European Choral Music"

Buckley Recital Hall

The Amherst College Department of Music will present “Folk and Faith: The Roots of Modern European Choral Music,” a choral directing thesis by Beccie Magnus '13, on Sunday, March 10, at 3 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center. The concert is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

“Folk and Faith: The Roots of Modern European Choral Music” is a collection of 20th-century choral music written by composers from a range of European countries including Estonia, Bulgaria, Finland and Ireland. The program contrasts secular pieces strongly rooted in national folk music traditions with sacred repertoire influenced by a more familiar classical tradition. The concert will be performed by singers from the Amherst College Concert Choir, directed and conducted by Magnus.

Russian House: Maslenitsa!

Porter House

Come rejoice with the traditional Russian pancake festival. Say farewell to winter and welcome to spring!

Catholic Liturgy

Chapin Hall, Chapel

Join the Catholic community in the celebration of the Mass. All are welcome. Missalettes and guides are provided. The Rev. Bruce Teague is our celebrant this week.

(Mass will not be celebrated on campus on the first Sunday of Spring Break. We will resume on March 24.)

Mon, Mar 11, 2013

ESPN Information Sessions

Two members of ESPN's Stats & Info Group, Caroline Stedman (Amherst '12) and Erin Quinn (Smith '09), will be at Amherst on Monday, March 11, for a series of small-group informational interviews followed by an "ESPN Stats & Info: Day in the Life" workshop. Students of all class years interested in careers in sports are encouraged to attend.

What will you get out of this?

Informational Interviews: Students can sign up to meet with Caroline and Erin to ask them anything they'd like to know about working in the sports industry. Please come prepared with questions, as these sessions are geared toward providing you with a better understanding of the sports industry and how you can make yourself an ideal job candidate.

There will be mini Information Sessions at 9:45, 10:30, 11:15 and noon. Come to the Career Center in College Hall for one of these sessions if you are interested. There will be signup sheets at the Front Desk.

Information Session: “ESPN Stats & Info: Day in the Life,” Smith College Campus Center, Room 102, 5 p.m.: Students will receive a firsthand look at some of the applications and research tools that Stats & Info Group members use on a daily basis. The session will conclude with a Q&A about ESPN and the Stats & Info Group.

Students should email Carol Sharick (crsharick@amherst.edu) by Friday, March 8, at noon-- space is limited.

Info Table: Study in South Africa with Interstudy

Established in 1980, Interstudy is the premier study-abroad organization for students looking for a diversity of program options in Southern Africa. Interstudy offers facilitated direct-enrollment programs at several universities in South Africa. Courses are available in a wide variety of disciplines, and Interstudy students take classes alongside local students. Currently, Interstudy offers Amherst-approved programs in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Pietermaritzburg.

Visit the website or write studyabroad@interstudy.org for more information on each of these exciting programs. Come speak with Zac Macinnes, Interstudy regional director, at his information table in the Campus Center on Monday, March 11, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

2012 Olio Yearbook Distribution in Keefe!

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors:

It's your last chance to pick up your copy of the 2011-2012 Olio! Drop by our table in Keefe's Atrium to grab your free book and cupcake.

German Table

From 11:45 am. to 1:30 p.m., come to chat and practice your German with faculty and friends in the Mezzanine of Valentine Dining Hall.

Japanese Language Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

The Japanese Language Table will meet this semester on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m.(for first-year language students), Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. starting on Friday, Feb. 1. Meetings will take place downstairs in Valentine in Terrace Room A on Mondays and Fridays, and in the South Conference Room on Wednesdays.

Biology Seminar: R. Scott Stephens, M.D.

Dr. R. Scott Stephens, M.D., is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Stephens’ research interest is in acute lung injury, a common and often lethal condition. Specifically, he has focused on the pulmonary endothelium-- the cell layer which lines the blood vessels in the lungs --and the regulation of endothelial antioxidants and endothelial permeability via protein kinase signaling. Using primary isolated mouse lung endothelial cells, the isolated perfused mouse lung, knock-out mice and intact animal models, he has shown that activation of Protein Kinase G by cGMP increases levels of antioxidants in pulmonary endothelium, leading to increased resistance to oxidant-mediated acute lung injury. Most recently, he has described a novel interaction between PKG and the c-Abl tyrosine kinase and has found that inhibition of c-Abl also attenuates oxidant-induced lung injury. His long-term goal is to develop new approaches to treating patients with acute lung injury and improve the outcomes of patients with this condition.

Poetry Reading by Raul Zurita

RAÚL ZURITA, winner of the National Literature Prize of Chile and the Pablo Neruda Prize, is one of the most widely acclaimed and innovative Latin American poets writing today. His books in English translation include "Anteparadise" (translated by Jack Schmitt), "Purgatory" (translated by Anna Deeny), "INRI" (translated by William Rowe) and "Song for His Disappeared Love" (translated by Daniel Borzutzky). Zurita Lives in Chile.

"The Fukushima Atomic Power Plant Disaster and the Media"

A lecture by Kenichi Asano, professor of journalism and mass communications in the Department of Media Studies at Doshisha University (Kyoto), as part of the Amherst-Doshisha Faculty Exchange Program

Tue, Mar 12, 2013

Networking & Interviewing for Introverts

Attention all introverts! Have you ever felt like the job and internship search process is stacked against you? Introverts are often energized more by thoughts and ideas than by people and are typically more reflective than talkative. These characteristics can make networking and interviewing a challenge, yet they can also be an advantage in your search for opportunities. Learn how to network and interview more successfully by identifying your strengths and developing concrete strategies for working with your limitations. Do not miss this opportunity to embrace your introversion!

RSVP is required to Laura Litwiller (llitwiller@amherst.edu).

"Art in Research / the Place of Research in Art"

Frost Library, Reading Room

Copeland Fellows Idan Cohen, Eric Leonardson, Matana Roberts and Artist in Residence Rebekah Tolley reflect on varying modes of “research” in their multidisciplinary work, exploring how their creative process shapes the works they produce.

About the panelists:

Idan Cohen was born and raised in Israel in Kibbutz Mizra, a socialist community. The kibbutz lifestyle has had a wide effect on his artistic life and work. He danced with the world-renowned Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. Since 2005, Idan has been performing, creating and teaching as an international award- winning choreographer. A psychological sensibility, a keen sense of musicality, and a profound understanding of cultural context lend Cohen’s work a rare combination of analysis and compassion. Cohen has toured with his work internationally and been invited as a guest artist and teacher worldwide.

Eric Leonardson is a Chicago-based composer/improvisor, sound designer, visual artist and teacher. Leonardson’s work relies on a broad understanding of texture, atmosphere and microtones and includes the invention of the Springboard-- an electroacoustic percussion instrument made from readily available materials. Its sounds belie its humble origins, thanks to the rich enharmonic timbres of bowed coil springs and the curious sound of the crude wooden daxophones-- all amplified by a single, inexpensive piezoelectric contact mic. Leonardson is a recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Media Arts Fellowship (2002 and 2006) and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Matana Roberts is a Chicago-born, New York-based saxophonist, improviser and composer who works as a soloist and a multimedia collaborator. Her current sound project, "COIN COIN," brings a genealogical history of Africans in America together with research into her own ancestry. She says of her work, "COIN COIN is a compositional sound language that I have been developing since 2006. My initial interest in creating this work came from my childhood fascination with ghosts, spirits, spooks and the faint traces of what they leave behind. I have a deep interest in old, antique objects of human existence, mostly because of the variety of story that can be created, factual or not, from the possibility of their being. This project is a combination of those interests as well as my delight in musical communication, ritual adornment and the genealogical 20th-century history of Africans in America. In some instances I am using information that I have gleaned from research into my own ancestral history, as inspiration and area of creative consideration. The musical root of much of this work also stems from my continued attractionto /repulsion from certain aspects of the American Jazz tradition(s) which I am deeply involved with as an alto saxophonist." Various movements of the piece have already been composed, workshopped and performed. The first movement, Chapter 1: "Gens De Couleur Libres (or free people of color)," was recently released as an audio album.

Rebekah Tolley is a printmaker and digital media artist. Her work uses traditional printmaking and digitally generated imagery in animated sequences that are projected onto sculptural forms. She is represented in collections at the Hood Museum of Art, Library and Archives Canada, The National Library of Quebec, The Boston Public Library, the Amity Art Foundation and the Kohler Library, as well as numerous other public and private collections. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in Canada, France, China, Japan and across the United States. She received her B.F.A. from Concordia University in Montreal and her M.F.A. from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She has taught at UNC-Chapel Hill, Colby-Sawyer College, Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in Vermont, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and Davidson College and is currently Visiting Artist in Residence at Amherst College.

Study-Abroad Peer Advisors' Open Hours

How do you navigate your study-abroad options, which may be many? With the help of the Study Abroad Peer Advisors! Each Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Career Center (College Hall), these two seniors are available to answer your questions, show you how to research programs and tell you about their experiences abroad. Learn more about them here: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/333642

Poetry Reading by Jennifer Clarvoe

Amherst Books, 8 Main Street

Jennifer Clarvoe's second book of poems, "Counter-Amores," appeared in 2011. Her first book, "Invisible Tender," won the Poets Out Loud Prize and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. J.D. McClatchy writes, “Clarvoe’s canny perspectives, glistening details, and unnerving surprises are a constant delight. Her book places her at once in the starry company of poets like Elizabeth Bishop and May Swenson. I am moved and thrilled to know, here is the real thing, a poet.” A recipient of the Rome Prize in Literature, Clarvoe teaches literature and creative writing at Kenyon College in Ohio.

French Film Series: "Astérix et Obélix : Mission Cléopâtre"

Newport House, Common Room

Trois mois. Numérobis, architecte de sa capricieuse majesté Cléopâtre, n'a que trois mois pour mener à bien le pari fou lancé par la reine d'Egypte à son arrogant Jules... César. Impossible? C'est un mot que nos Gaulois, Astérix, Obélix et Panoramix ne connaissent pas. Armés de la potion magique, ils feront tout pour aider le jeune Numérobis dans son entreprise, même s'il faut affronter pour cela Amonbofils, un architecte jaloux et le manque de fair-play de l'empereur de Rome. On est irréductibles ou on ne l'est pas.

Three months. Numérobis, the architect of her capricious majesty Cléopâtre, has only three months to complete the crazy bet the queen of Egypt laid against the arrogant Jules César. Impossible? Here is a word the Gauls, Astérix, Obélix and Panoramix do not know. Equipped with their magic potion, they will do everything they can do to help the young Numérobis in his project, even if they have to face the jealousy of Amonbofils and the lack of fair play by the Roman Emperor.

German Kaffeeklatsch

Porter House

Come and join us for Kaffee and much more, every Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. at Porter House.

Wed, Mar 13, 2013

Info Table: RPI's Lally School of Management and Technology

In a technology-driven world, you need a technology-driven business degree. RPI’s Lally School of Management offers a one-year M.B.A. and M.S. degrees in business analytics, financial engineering and risk analytics, management, supply chain management and technology commercialization and entrepreneurship. Tuition scholarships are available. Visit www.lallyschool.rpi.edu.

French Department Lecture by Pierre Frantz

Fayerweather Hall, 115 (Pruyne Lecture Hall)

Pierre Frantz is the foremost specialist in French theater of the 18th century. He has published five books, including "L’Esthétique du tableau dans le théâtre du XVIIIe siècle" (Paris: PUF, collection “Perspectives littéraires”, 1998); "Le Siècle des théâtres, Salles et scènes en France, 1748-1807" (1999), in collaboration with Michèle Sajous d’Oria; and "Beaumarchais" (2004), in collaboration with Florence Balique. Professor Frantz also collaborated on the Pléiade edition of Diderot’s dramatic and aesthetic works, and he is currently preparing a complete edition of Voltaire’s theater.

"Japan's Lap Dog Media and the 'Kisha Club' System"

A lecture by Kenichi Asano, professor of journalism and mass communications in the Department of Media Studies at Doshisha University (Kyoto) as part of the Amherst-Doshisha Faculty Exchange Program

Chess Club Practice

Valentine Dining Hall, Conference Room

Come enjoy a game or two while you have dinner! Open to anyone interested!

Wednesday Rosary Prayer & Spiritual Fellowship

Chapin Hall, Lounge

Newman Club members lead a Rosary Prayer in the peaceful, candle-lit chapel. Guides, rosaries and personal instruction is offered. We close with personal prayers of petition to our loving God. All are welcome to come for silent participation or to pray aloud. Join us on Wednesdays of weeks when classes are in session.

Thu, Mar 14, 2013

German Film Series: "Das System (The System)"

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

Gripping drama about a disaffected young man, whose aimless life changes when he crosses paths with former agents of the East German secret police. Dreams of money and power evaporate as he uncovers disturbing facts about his family’s past.

"Teaching a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course): A Survivor's Tale"

Jeremy Adelman, the Walter Samuel Carpenter III Professor of Spanish Civilization and Culture at Princeton University, has taught a Coursera course titled "A History of the World since 1300." He has experimented with different technologies, such as Skype and Google+ Hangouts, to provide professor-student interaction. His focus will be on how his on-campus teaching has been influenced by teaching a MOOC. This presentation will be done by videoconference.

Adelman was educated at the University of Toronto, the London School of Economics and the University of Oxford. His most recent book, "Worldly Philosopher: The Odyssey of Albert O. Hirschman," will be published in March 2013. He has received a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and an ACLS Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship, and he combines an interest in global history with an interest in Latin American history.

Amherst Women's Network Zumba Class

Come shake it with Lauren Franks, and meet the lovely ladies of the AWN!

Steps to Success: The Nonprofit Job Search

There are certain nuances to finding opportunities in the world of nonprofit organizations. Learn how to search for jobs and internships in nonprofit, tailor your resume toward mission-driven work and write a compelling cover letter that demonstrates your passion for an issue or cause.

Physics Seminar

Dr. Stephan Wielandy '90, LGS Innovations, title TBA

A "Closer Look" Gallery Talk at the Mead Art Museum

"Art for All: Additions to the Collection from Antiquity to Today" features a wide variety of important works that bring new strengths to the Mead’s collection. Notable additions include an Impressionist landscape by Alfred Sisley, a collection of lithographs by Russian artist Oleg Vassiliev and magical realist works by Jared French '25. Learn about works that Mead curators particularly enjoy, and discover new favorites for yourself.

Info Session on SILT Summer Fellows: Internships Across Three Countries!

Center for Community Engagement, Keefe Campus Center

The Social Innovation Leadership Team (SILT) has been working hard with many partner organizations to bring you a plethora of exciting internships. We have positions open in Ecuador, Uganda and China, in areas ranging from education, to micro-finance, to conservation, to agriculture and more!

Visit http://www.amherstinnovation.org/internships for more information, and see the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/events/538444892866686/.

All the deadlines for the applications are on Sunday, March 17, at 8 p.m.

The Social Innovation Leadership Team (SILT) is a student-led organization that operates as part of the CCE. Founded in 2010, it seeks to inspire and facilitate social entrepreneurship on the Amherst campus.

Game Night

Keefe Campus Center, Atrium; Game Room

Jaunt on out to Keefe to enjoy some of our new games and delicious, healthy snacks-- veg, fruit and cheese!

Newly added games include Star Fluxx, Agricola, Guillotine, Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots and Innovation.

Something in particular you'd like to see? Post your requests to the Keefe Campus Center Facebook page: facebook.com/amherstkeefe

Jazz@Schwemm's

Keefe Health Center, Schwemm's Backroom

The lineup for the Spring Semester Jazz@Schwemm's performance series has
been posted. Performances given by students and local professionals will fall on four Thursday evenings beginning on Feb. 28 (with no performance on March 21) at 9 p.m. in the Schwemm's Backroom Coffeehouse.

Each performance is free and open to the public.

Schwemm's is located in the Keefe Campus Center.

Feb. 28: Reflections Trio featuring Dominic Poccia, Joe Belmont and Vernon David

March 7: Michael Lowenstern Bass Clarinet Experience

March 14: Alex Lee-Clark Quartet

March 28: Sarah Manning's Harmonious Creature

In addition, student combos will perform starting at 10 p.m.

Fri, Mar 15, 2013

Investment Options Overview Seminar

Find out how the plans's fund choices offer you the opportunity to build an investment strategy that meets your retirement savings needs at this presentation by Gregg Andronian from Bay State Fiduciary.

French Table

French Table will meet from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Fridays on the Mezzanine in Val. French speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

Spanish Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Mezzanine Gallery

Spanish Table will meet from noon to 2 p.m. on Fridays, beginning Jan. 25. Spanish speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

Japanese Language Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

The Japanese Language Table will meet this semester on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m.(for first-year language students), Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. starting on Friday, Feb. 1. Meetings will take place downstairs in Valentine in Terrace Room A on Mondays and Fridays, and in the South Conference Room on Wednesdays.

Russian Table

Join us on Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the Mezzanine level of Valentine for lunch and Russian conversation with faculty and friends.

Steps to Study Abroad

Learn the basics for planning to study abroad. This session (offered every Friday afternoon) is required for new study-abroad applicants prior to meeting with Dean Behrens to plan your program.

Mon, Mar 18, 2013

Japanese Language Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

The Japanese Language Table will meet this semester on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m.(for first-year language students), Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. starting on Friday, Feb. 1. Meetings will take place downstairs in Valentine in Terrace Room A on Mondays and Fridays, and in the South Conference Room on Wednesdays.

Tue, Mar 19, 2013

Study-Abroad Peer Advisors' Open Hours

How do you navigate your study-abroad options, which may be many? With the help of the Study Abroad Peer Advisors! Each Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Career Center (College Hall), these two seniors are available to answer your questions, show you how to research programs and tell you about their experiences abroad. Learn more about them here: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/333642

Wed, Mar 20, 2013

Frost Library Open House

The Amherst College Employee Council and the Library invite staff and faculty to an Open House on Wednesday, March 20, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon of analog and digital fun and discovery throughout the Library: scavenger hunts in the stacks, contests of dexterity and nerd skill, muskets, hi-res scanning demos, a database petting zoo, tours, the world’s largest magazine, food, prizes and absolutely no shushing.

Wednesday Rosary Prayer & Spiritual Fellowship

Chapin Hall, Lounge

Newman Club members lead a Rosary Prayer in the peaceful, candle-lit chapel. Guides, rosaries and personal instruction is offered. We close with personal prayers of petition to our loving God. All are welcome to come for silent participation or to pray aloud. Join us on Wednesdays of weeks when classes are in session.

Fri, Mar 22, 2013

French Table

French Table will meet from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Fridays on the Mezzanine in Val. French speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

Spanish Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Mezzanine Gallery

Spanish Table will meet from noon to 2 p.m. on Fridays, beginning Jan. 25. Spanish speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

Japanese Language Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

The Japanese Language Table will meet this semester on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m.(for first-year language students), Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. starting on Friday, Feb. 1. Meetings will take place downstairs in Valentine in Terrace Room A on Mondays and Fridays, and in the South Conference Room on Wednesdays.

Russian Table

Join us on Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the Mezzanine level of Valentine for lunch and Russian conversation with faculty and friends.

"Memory: Why You're Always Right and They're Always Wrong" (RESCHEDULED from March 8)

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

Participants may join by computer or phone. Please register at https://www.amherst.edu/mm/123873.

If memory worked like a video camera and provided a faithful record of our past experiences, we would never disagree with our friends and family about important events from our pasts. But memory does not work that way, and contrary to what you might think, we might be better off for it. In this talk, Associate Professor of Psychology Matthew Schulkind will describe how cognitive psychologists think memory works and why we should be glad to accept the imperfections inherent in the system.

Steps to Study Abroad

Learn the basics for planning to study abroad. This session (offered every Friday afternoon) is required for new study-abroad applicants prior to meeting with Dean Behrens to plan your program.

Sun, Mar 24, 2013

Catholic Liturgy

Chapin Hall, Chapel

Join the Catholic community in the celebration of the Mass. All are welcome. Missalettes and guides are provided. The Rev. John Gawienowski is our celebrant this week.

Mon, Mar 25, 2013

German Table

From 11:45 am. to 1:30 p.m., come to chat and practice your German with faculty and friends in the Mezzanine of Valentine Dining Hall.

Japanese Language Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

The Japanese Language Table will meet this semester on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m.(for first-year language students), Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. starting on Friday, Feb. 1. Meetings will take place downstairs in Valentine in Terrace Room A on Mondays and Fridays, and in the South Conference Room on Wednesdays.

Biology Seminar: Cammie Lesser, M.D./Ph.D.

Dr. Lesser is an associate professor of medicine in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Harvard Medical School.

Research Summary: Many Gram-negative bacteria, including pathogens and endosymbionts, directly usurp eukaryotic host cell processes to promote their own survival and spread by injecting tens of proteins directly into host cells using complex secretion systems. The Lesser lab focuses on identifying the secreted substrates and determining their roles in pathogenesis, particularly of type 3 secretion systems, which are common to gastrointestinal pathogens. For these studies, they pioneered the development of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model system for studying mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis, and they developed a novel and powerful assay for studying protein-protein interactions in live cells, the Protein Interaction Platform assay. These studies have not only provided new insights into bacterial and host cell biology but have also identified new avenues for the development of novel antimicrobial agents.

Pre-Vet Info Session

Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall

Dr. Lisa Corti '89, who works as a veterinarian, will be giving a talk to students who are interested in the pre-vet track. She'll talk about vet school requirements, the admissions process and the career itself for about half an hour, then take questions. There will be Sugar Jones!

Tue, Mar 26, 2013

Global Smarts: China

Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall

The Global Smarts Series is a sequence of events geared towards engaging and educating the campus community about different countries and regions around the world from which members of our student body hail. We are pleased to announce that the first event in the Global Smarts Series will focus on China. Please join us for an interactive presentation by Professors of Asian Languages and Civilizations Paola Zamperini and Jerry Dennerline, Nancy Tang '14 and Andre Wang '14 to learn about the many aspects of China that aren't represented in the mainstream American media. Plus, enjoy some authentic Chinese cooking, with refreshments prepared by Panda East and our very own Xiao Xiao '16. The event will be held in Pruyne Lecture Hall from 5:30 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26.

Amherst College Passover Seder

Lewis-Sebring Commons, Valentine Hall

Join Amherst Hillel for a student-led Seder with catered kosher-for-Passover food, familiar songs, discussion and new ways of engaging with and retelling the story of the Exodus.

The Seder is open to all members of the Amherst College community, but reservations are required.

To sign up for this Seder (Passover meals in Valentine and home hospitality for First Seder), please use this link: www.surveymonkey.com/s/H2YFYYF

Study-Abroad Peer Advisors' Open Hours

How do you navigate your study-abroad options, which may be many? With the help of the Study Abroad Peer Advisors! Each Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Career Center (College Hall), these two seniors are available to answer your questions, show you how to research programs and tell you about their experiences abroad. Learn more about them here: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/333642

French Film Series: "Entre les murs"

Newport House, Common Room

Palme d’Or du Festival de Cannes 2008

Une année de la vie d'une classe de 4e dans un collège dit difficile vue à travers les yeux de François, un jeune professeur de français qui aime aller chercher ses élèves là où ça fait mal pour les stimuler

A year in the daily life of a ninth-grade class in a so-called "difficult" medium school, through the eyes of François, a young professor of French who enjoys stimulating his pupils by tugging at their heartstrings

German Kaffeeklatsch

Porter House

Come and join us for Kaffee and much more, every Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. at Porter House.

Wed, Mar 27, 2013

Info Session: Study in Asia: The ISLE Program in Sri Lanka

ISLE is the only undergraduate study-abroad program in Sri Lanka and has been operating for 30 years. Faculty from the University of Peradeniya, the flagship university in the country, teach students in the humanities and social sciences courses that have been custom-designed for ISLE students. Signature to the ISLE program is an independent research project.

Consider study in this fascinating country, which is heavily influenced by four major world religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity) and had successive colonial reigns by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. The country is rich with traditions, religions and cultural beliefs ripe for you to discover.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall term. Come learn more about this unique program from Craig Hardt on Wednesday, March 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Keefe Campus Center or 4:30 p.m. in the Career Center.

Info Table: Study to Asia: the ISLE Program in Sri Lanka

ISLE is the only undergraduate study-abroad program in Sri Lanka and has been operating for 30 years. Faculty from the University of Peradeniya, the flagship university in the country, teach students in the humanities and social sciences courses that have been custom-designed for ISLE students. Signature to the ISLE program is an independent research project.

Consider study in this fascinating country, which is heavily influenced by four major world religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity) and had successive colonial reigns by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. The country is rich with traditions, religions and cultural beliefs ripe for you to discover.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall term. Come learn more about this unique program from Craig Hardt on Wednesday, March 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Keefe Campus Center or 4:30 p.m. in the Career Center.

Takeshi Murata

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

The Screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.

"Mourning in America: What's Law Got to Do With It?"

On Wednesday, March 27, at 4:45 p.m. in Room 100 of Clark House, Ray Madoff, associate professor at Boston College Law School, will present a paper entitled “Mourning in America: What’s Law Got to Do with It?” This is the fourth presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Law & Mourning.”

Professor Madoff is an attorney who teaches trusts and estates and a seminar on immortality and the law. She is the author of "Immortality and the Law: The Rising Power of the American Dead" (Yale, 2010), which looks at how American law treats the interests of the dead and what this tells us about our values for the living. In addition to teaching and writing, Madoff has also appeared on many radio shows, including "All Things Considered," and has been quoted in "The Wall Street Journal" and Barrons.

To receive a copy of the paper that will be presented at this lecture, please email the LJST department coordinator at mlestes@amherst.edu.

This event is co-sponsored by The Lamont Lecture Fund.

Visit https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/ljst/events.

"Gender Transformation: Women and Buddhist Transnationalism"

Sponsored by the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations and the Tagliabue Lecture Fund

Chess Club Practice

Valentine Dining Hall, Conference Room

Come enjoy a game or two while you have dinner! Open to anyone interested!

"The Invisible War"

Converse Hall, Red Room

Amy Ziering '84-- Amherst alum and producer of "The Invisible War" --will present the recently Academy Award-nominated film documenting and exposing the epidemic of sexual assault in the United States Military. In addition to its most recent nomination, the documentary has won recognition at the Sundance and Seattle Film Festivals and the Human Rights Watch Film Festival and has already served as a catalyst for policy change within the U.S. Military. Ziering will host a question-and-answer session following the screening.

Peace Corps Info Session and Panel

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy formed the Peace Corps with three goals in mind: help countries meet their need for trained men and women, help promote a better understanding of Americans around the world, and help promote a better understanding of other countries on the part of Americans. If you are inspired by these goals and interested in spending two years (plus training) in a developing country, Peace Corps service might be the right fit for you. Volunteers work in education, health, business and many other fields alongside local partners. Peace Corps provides a stipend, health insurance and a readjustment allowance upon completion of service. Learn more about job opportunities and benefits at www.peacecorps.gov. Speak to a recruiter and hear returned volunteers' stories at our info session and panel. Panelists include Peace Corps recruiter Zoe Armstrong, Janna Behrens (Ghana '95-'97) and Suzy Campos (Morocco '96-'98).

Spanish Film Festival: "Chico & Rita"

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum, 115

"Chico & Rita" is an animated love story starring the music, culture and people of Cuba. Chico is a dashing piano player, and Rita is an enchanting and beautiful Havana nightclub singer. When they meet, the sparks fly, and they fall madly in love. An epic romance unfolds as the pair travels the glamorous stages of 1940s/1950s Havana, New York City, Las Vegas, Hollywood and Paris. Accompanying them is an amazing soundtrack featuring the music of jazz legends Thelonious Monk, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie and Freddy Cole (brother of Nat King Cole), performed by a range of contemporary singers including Idania Valdés, Carlos Sarduy Horacio Hernández, Rolando Luna, Germán Velazco and Jorge Reyes. In "Chico & Rita," Trueba and Mariscal pay tribute to a vibrant and colorful time in the history of both Cuba and jazz.

Drew House Presents: Spoken Word

Keefe Campus Center, Friedmann Room

Come listen to fellow Amherst College student artists and a guest speaker in this spoken-word event presented by Charles Drew House. Natalie Cook is a writer, performance artist, activist and community organizer. She is currently an undergrad student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is double-majoring in English with an emphasis in creative writing and Afro-American studies, and a member of First Wave, the only collegiate spoken-word and hip-hop theater ensemble and learning community of its kind in the country. Please join us in celebrating the talents of these individuals. Refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday Rosary Prayer & Spiritual Fellowship

Chapin Hall, Lounge

Newman Club members lead a Rosary Prayer in the peaceful, candle-lit chapel. Guides, rosaries and personal instruction is offered. We close with personal prayers of petition to our loving God. All are welcome to come for silent participation or to pray aloud. Join us on Wednesdays of weeks when classes are in session.

Thu, Mar 28, 2013

German Film Series: "Vincent will Meer (Vincent Wants to Sea)"

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

Young Vincent—a Tourette syndrome patient in a mental home—wants to fulfill his promise to spread this mother’s ashes in the Mediterranean Ocean. One day, together with two other patients, he seizes the opportunity to head south -- with Vincent’s father and a psychiatrist in hot pursuit of this oddball trio, in this touching comedy drama.

Physics Seminar

Prof. Ed Boyden, MIT, will speak on "Optogenetics"

"Shuttered Doors: Education, Inequality and Opportunity in America" (POSTPONED)

The EDU will host a talk with Diane Ravitch, a renowned education policy expert and historian. Ravitch is a bestselling author and staunch supporter of the public school system who has served on White House executive administrations and continues to teach and speak about educational inequities at the national level.

Topics discussed will include education policies (e.g., RTTT and value-added measurements), wealth inequality, opportunity gap, teaching programs (e.g., Teach For America), charter schools, race, class, democracy and the American Dream.

(Please note that this event, originally scheduled for March 28, has been POSTPONED until further notice.)

Poetry Reading by Buddhist Religious Adviser Mark Hart

Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall

Mark Hart, Buddhist religious adviser at Amherst College, will read from his recently published collection of poetry, "Boy Singing to Cattle." His book won the Pearl Poetry Prize for 2013 and is available form Pearl Editions in Long Beach, Calif.

Andrea Carter Brown, judge for the contest, wrote this about the book: "'Boy Singing to Cattle' is at once a moving elegy for a lost parent, a portrait of a way of life, and of the landscape and community tied to it, and a reconciliation with that past. It is remarkable for its wisdom, for the generosity of its spirit. These poems continue to haunt me-- in their grittiness, their loveliness, their eloquence; for the heart which informs every poem. 'Boy Singing to Cattle' renews and refreshes the tradition of poetry about the land and those who live from it in ways I would not have thought possible in the 21st century."

Exposing the Mead

Join the Mead student docents for Exposing the Mead and participate in thematic conversations featuring photographs from the Mead's collection. This semester’s Exposing the Mead events will be held at 8 p.m. and feature the following student presenters: Alice Wang '13 on Feb. 21, Siyu Shen '15 on March 28 and Heather Lee '15 on April 25.

Jazz@Schwemm's

Keefe Health Center, Schwemm's Backroom

The lineup for the Spring Semester Jazz@Schwemm's performance series has
been posted. Performances given by students and local professionals will fall on four Thursday evenings beginning on Feb. 28 (with no performance on March 21) at 9 p.m. in the Schwemm's Backroom Coffeehouse.

Each performance is free and open to the public.

Schwemm's is located in the Keefe Campus Center.

Feb. 28: Reflections Trio featuring Dominic Poccia, Joe Belmont and Vernon David

March 7: Michael Lowenstern Bass Clarinet Experience

March 14: Alex Lee-Clark Quartet

March 28: Sarah Manning's Harmonious Creature

In addition, student combos will perform starting at 10 p.m.

Fri, Mar 29, 2013

French Table

French Table will meet from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Fridays on the Mezzanine in Val. French speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

Faculty Colloquium Series 2012-13: John-Paul Baird

Lewis-Sebring Commons, Valentine Hall, Mullins

On Friday, March 29, from noon to 1 p.m., the Faculty Colloquium Series for 2012-13 is sponsoring "Brainstem Controls of Feeding Behavior," presented by John-Paul Baird, associate professor of psychology. This event will take place in the Mullins Room of Lewis-Sebring Commons.

Spanish Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Mezzanine Gallery

Spanish Table will meet from noon to 2 p.m. on Fridays, beginning Jan. 25. Spanish speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

Japanese Language Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

The Japanese Language Table will meet this semester on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m.(for first-year language students), Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. starting on Friday, Feb. 1. Meetings will take place downstairs in Valentine in Terrace Room A on Mondays and Fridays, and in the South Conference Room on Wednesdays.

Russian Table

Join us on Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the Mezzanine level of Valentine for lunch and Russian conversation with faculty and friends.

Steps to Study Abroad

Learn the basics for planning to study abroad. This session (offered every Friday afternoon) is required for new study-abroad applicants prior to meeting with Dean Behrens to plan your program.

Public Economics Lecture: "Work-Family Policies: The Case for Paid Parental Leave in the U.S."

Christopher Ruhm P'14, professor of economics and public policy at the University of Virginia, will speak on "Work-Family Policies: The Case for Paid Parental Leave in the U.S."

"International Move, Shake, Drop"

Featuring belly dancing, break dancing, Bollywood bhangra, Ethiopian dance, ballroom and tango, with performances from student groups including DASAC, Amherst Dance, Amherst Tango, Amherst Swing & Ballroom and ISA.

Drinks and snacks will be served! Bring your friends!

Music at Amherst Chamber Series: The Boston Camerata

Buckley Recital Hall

The Boston Camerata is a pioneer in the contemporary performance of early music. Celebrated for their ambitious programs executed with exquisite tone and balance, the ensemble was commissioned to develop its newest major production: The Lady Mass of Guillaume de Machaut, in celebration of the 800th anniversary of the Reims Cathedral. It is considered a profound vision of medieval spirituality. This program, set alongside Gregorian chants, will receive its American premiere at Amherst.

The box office for this performance opens on Monday, March 18. Ticket prices are $28 for the general public, $22 for senior citizens and $12 for students. Amherst College students are admitted free. For reservations or more information, contact the Amherst College Concert Office at 413-542-2195 or concerts@amherst.edu.

Blood Diamonds

Seelye House

Electronic dance artist will be performing in Seeyle on Friday, March 29, presented on behalf of WAMH 89.3 FM: Amherst College Radio.

Sat, Mar 30, 2013

ARTing Club Field Trip to Norman Rockwell Museum

ARTing Club is taking a day-long field trip to Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass. As a popular painter/illustrator in 20th-century America, Rockwell is most well known for the works he created for "Saturday Evening Post" magazine covers, which illustrate daily American life in his era. Space is limited, so if you want to join us, please -mail jeolee13@gmail.com as soon as possible.

Young Alumni-Student Networking Event

Join young Amherst alumni from around the country to build meaningful networks for the postcollegiate world. The program includes alumni panels, time for casual conversation and food. There is also a pre-event Happy Hour at the High Horse on Friday, March 29, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Register now, as space is limited! https://www.amherst.edu/mm/364171

Big Idea Challenge

How would you change the world for the better in 90 seconds? Pitch your idea to your peers and a small panel of judges in order to win prizes and brainstorm your potential social impact.

The top three pitches receive $50, $30 and $20 gift certificates, respectively, and everyone who participates will receive $10 gift certificates.

In order to reserve prizes, make sure you RSVP by sending a private Facebook message to "Social Innovation Leadership | Amherst CCE" or by emailing ehutchins15@amherst.edu.

The Big Idea Challenge is sponsored by the Social Innovation Leadership Team (SILT) at the Center for Community Engagement.

Soundfest

Octagon, Webster, Mead

The program will begin at 1 p.m. in the Amherst College Octagon, with Tim Eriksen’s “George Cheney and the Amherst Old Folks.”

From there, audience members will be guided around campus to experience a variety of sonic and multimedia environments by a diverse mix of local and guest artists.

The following is an approximate schedule of events:

1 p.m. — Tim Eriksen’s “George Cheney and the Amherst Old Folks: Community Singing and the College’s First Music Professor” — The Octagon

1:45 p.m. — Wendy Woodson and Jake Meginsky’s “Rim light” — Studio 1, Webster Hall

2:10 p.m. — Jake Meginsky’s “Secret Beach” — Holden Theater

2:30 p.m. — Eric Leonardson’s “Similaria” — Rotherwas Gallery, Mead Art Museum

3 p.m. — Steph Robinson and Mark Santolucito’s “Isosteeple” — Stearns Steeple, Mead Art Museum

About the pieces and the artists:

"George Cheney and the Amherst Old Folks: Community Singing and the College’s First Music Professor"
By Tim Eriksen '88
A selection of early American hymns that the college's first music instructor led at concerts involving both students and local residents 150 years ago.

Tim Eriksen is acclaimed for transforming American tradition with his startling interpretations of old songs from New England and Southern Appalachia. He combines hair-raising vocals with inventive accompaniment on banjo, fiddle, guitar and bajo sexto-- a 12-string Mexican acoustic bass --creating a distinctive hardcore Americana sound that ranges from the bare bones of solo unaccompanied singing to the lush, multilayered arrangements on on his album "Josh Billings Voyage."

"Rim light"
Text by Wendy Woodson
Sound design by Jake Meginsky and Wendy Woodson

"Secret Beach"
Two-channel installation. Steel, transducers, low-frequency audio loop.
By Jake Meginsky

“A point beats in your breast: your heart.
A point beats for your hand: your pulse.
A point beats in space. Listen.”
--Edmond Jabès

I grew up next to an interstate highway. Climbing into the underpass as a child, I could place my head close to the highway foundation to listen as the passing vehicles set the Interstate into vibration like a string. With my head surrounded by the dynamic oscillations of massive amounts of metal and concrete, a distant truck could excite the empty roadway into a beautiful, shimmering microtonal drone, as complex and musical as anything I had ever heard. This formative listening experience helped to birth and nurture what would become a central idea in my development as a musician: the notion that inside all physical materials exists a frozen sound potential. With "Secret Beach," I am attempting to recapture and formalize this early aesthetic experience.

Low-frequency vibration is transferred to the steel sheets through the transducers. The resonant frequencies of the steel sheets reinforce themselves as sound waves travel inside the material. As sounds collide, the waveforms of each frequency alternately reinforce and inhibit themselves. If you listen along the surface of the sheets, certain areas contain patches of higher volume as these collisions create standing waves, while other areas of the surface suddenly drop in volume as juxtaposed waves cancel each other out. The piece is meant to activate the hallway as a site for listening, both for the people who choose to spend time in the space reflecting on the work and for the more common use-- walking through on the way from one part of the campus to the other.

"Similaria"
by Eric Leonardson

This electroacoustic performance uses sounds made with amplified objects and digital processing, with those recorded from the surrounding environment itself to act on multiple levels. They attempt to create a musical experience using the particular social and spatial characteristics of the walnut-paneled Rotherwas Room, to transform listeners’ awareness of both physical and imaginary space and time.

Eric Leonardson is a Chicago-based composer/improvisor, sound designer, visual artist and teacher. His work relies on a broad understanding of texture, atmosphere and microtones and includes the invention of the Springboard, an electroacoustic percussion instrument made from readily available materials. Its sounds belie its humble origins, thanks to the rich enharmonic timbres of bowed coil springs and the curious sound of the crude wooden daxophones, all amplified by a single, inexpensive piezoelectric contact mic.

Leonardson is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Media Arts Fellowship (2002 and 2006) and adjunct associate professor in the Department of Sound at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

"Isosteeple"
Sound design / composition by Stephanie Robinson (also known as sroM [http://www.sromusik.com or http://www.facebook.com/sromanalog])
Video projections and programming by Mark Santolucito
Special thanks to Aaron Hayden for performing the carillon during the field-recording process

"Isosteeple" is an immersive and interactive sound environment created for the courtyard space outside of Stearns Steeple. For its sound elements, Isosteeple features highly processed samples of the carillon located inside of the steeple. The long history of the carillon as a musical instrument was part of the inspiration for this installation project; compositional elements are based on the medieval and Renaissance technique of “isorhythm,” a method by which composers utilized simultaneous (yet separate) multi-length sequences of both pitch and rhythm as the structuring element behind musical works.

Participants in this installation will experience isorhythm in multiple guises: on one level as an ambient environment but also on a second level as an interactive environment in which participants can “play” the steeple by triggering portions of an isorhythmic series (sampled from the carillon) with bodily motion. The installation also features a visual element of projection within the steeple itself, also derived from the isorhythmic technique of the sound materials.

Steph Robinson, electronic sound artist, is also active as a composer, keyboardist, installation artist, recording engineer and vocalist. She has concentrated many of her recent compositional efforts on theater projects and works professionally as a theatrical sound designer and composer. Additionally, she is an active performer of a variety of musical styles and genres, ranging from opera to church music and performance art to heavy metal. Currently employed by Amherst College’s Department of Theater and Dance as a visiting lecturer, Robinson teaches courses on sound design for theater, installation art, dance and multimedia. In her spare time, she is an avid runner of ultramarathon distances of 100 miles... and longer.

"Art in Place / the Place of Art" is a one-year interdisciplinary arts series at Amherst College that explores the myriad relationships that the arts have with place and how artistic practice helps to shape our senses of place, identity, communities, cultures, institutions and conversations. It is organized by faculty from the Departments of Art and the History of Art, Music and Theater and Dance, as well as the Mead Art Museum and the Frost Library.

Improv Workshop with John Timothy '07

Improv expert and Mr. Gad's alum John Timothy, currently performing with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, is returning to Amherst College to provide an improv comedy workshop for the community.

Amherst Women's Network Alumnae Conversation

Keefe Campus Center, Women's Center

Following the Young Alumni-Student Networking Event, the AWN invites women alums to the newly renovated Women's Center in Keefe to talk with current students about their experiences as women, both on the Amherst campus and in the workforce. This will be a casual, safe environment where current and former students can bond and share advice. Pizza will be served!

Clarinet Recital by Robert Flynn '13 (NOTE CHANGE OF TIME)

Buckley Recital Hall

The Amherst College Department of Music will present a senior clarinet recital by Robert Flynn ’13 on Saturday, March 30, at 5:30 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The concert is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

The recital, a culmination of four years of clarinet playing at the college, will feature the Mozart Clarinet Quintet, Brahms’ Clarinet Sonata in F minor and Malcolm Arnold’s Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano, with the three pieces spanning three centuries of clarinet music.

For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, visit us on the Web: www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

(Please note that the timing of this event has been changed. It is now occurring 90 minutes earlier than originally scheduled.)

Talk by Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow will be speaking in Johnson Chapel, which has a capacity of 600. We will also be simulcasting this event to Cole Assembly Room, Stirn Auditorium and Merrill 1.

Amherst College student tickets are available at https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/campus_community_events/maddow....

We no longer have non-student tickets available.

Dinosaurs vs. Puppies

Charles Pratt Hall, O'Connor Commons

Which is better, dinosaurs or puppies? Come enjoy Black Sheep sandwiches, fudgy oatmeal bars, and cookie decorating! We will be making felt stuffed animals, animal ears, animal origami and face painting! There will be a Polaroid camera available to document the whole night-- make memories and then take them home!

Queer Prom

Seelye House, Ballroom

On March 30, the Pride Alliance is hosting Queer Prom! There will be snacks, refreshments, a photographer and killer DJ holding it down! What better way to spend the evening? Formal attire is suggested.

ALL are welcome to attend.

Sun, Mar 31, 2013

Catholic Liturgy: Easter

Chapin Hall, Chapel

Join the Catholic community in the celebration of the Mass on Easter Sunday. All are welcome. Missalettes and guides are provided. The Rev. Jonathan Reardon is our celebrant this week.

"Because you’re brown honey gurl!": A Queer of Color Artistic Intervention

"Because you’re brown honey gurl!," by Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian, is a queer of color artistic intervention in the gaystream. How do we distinguish our ways of desiring, thinking, feeling, relating and creating from the economies of white supremacy? We're not tryna get gay-married, honey gurl. We're building solidarity outside those refracted beams of white light we call rainbows. And renegotiate ways of loving our bodies. Join us for an evening of poetry, discussion and community. Decolonize//queer//repeat. Refreshments will be provided.

Mon, Apr 1, 2013

Campus Challenge Fill-A-Truck Food & Educational Supply Drive

Form a friendly competition among teams, join a "tabling" group, or donate individually. We will be happy to accept nonperishable food items and school supplies. Drop-off sites include Barrett Hall, the Cadigan Center, Chapin Hall, College Hall, Converse, Fayerweather, Frost Library, Merrill Science Center, Pontypool, Pratt, Seelye Mudd and Smith House.

Be counted! Register your donation to Campus Challenge-sponsored drives or to ANY organization addressing poverty and/or educational opportunity. Complete a participation form online at http://www.amherst.edu/go/campuschallenge. The form may be submitted anonymously. Bonus: every participation form is entered into a drawing for $200 to be made at the end of April. Even though our major drives this year were scheduled for spring, we made significant progress in the fall. We can reach our goals for the year. The Campus Challenge Committee invites you to join them in making positive expressions of ways that Amherst staff, faculty and students relate with neighbors.

Ongoing Events

AC After Dark: DIY Scarf Night and Game Night

We've rescheduled the DIY Scarf Night and paired it with a Game Night! Scarves and supplies will be in the Atrium; snacks and games are upstairs in the main Game Room.

GlobeMed Date Auction

Whether you're being auctioned off, bidding on someone, or just coming to enjoy the atmosphere, GlobeMed Date Auction is an event you do not want to miss. Ample comedy will be provided by some of your favorite members from Mr. Gad's House of Improv, who will be auctioning off dates with our volunteers. Come watch your friends work it down the runway and do whatever they can to up their selling price. Enjoy the cookies, hot chocolate, apple cider and excitement.

All money raised from the event will be used to fund our child and maternal nutrition projects that aid our partner community in El Salvador!