Event Calendar

April 2013

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.

Finding Place

Fayerweather Hall, Eli Marsh Gallery

A multimedia exhibit exploring the realm of physical space and place, featuring local artists from around the Pioneer Valley. There will be a gallery talk on Thursday April 4th at 4:30.

“Art in Place / the Place of Art” is a one-year interdisciplinary arts series at Amherst College which 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 & the History of Art, Music, and Theater & Dance, as well as the Mead Art Museum and the Frost Library. Support has been provided by the Copeland Colloquium, the Amherst Arts Series Fund, and the Dean of the Faculty.

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.

"Blowing Smoke: The Lost Legacy of the Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health"

Dr. Alan Blum '69, M.D., a 2006 Amherst College Honorary Degree Recipient, is the Gerald Leon Wallace Endowed Chair in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. His visit is sponsored by the Croxton Lecture Fund, the Department of Biology and the AC Lecture Committee.

Presentation Summary:

It has been nearly half a century since President John F. Kennedy commissioned Surgeon Gen. Luther Terry and 10 scientists to evaluate the scientific evidence on smoking and health. The committee's landmark report was a scathing indictment of cigarettes and launched the modern anti-smoking movement. But although we have now learned through internal tobacco industry documents that cigarette companies conspired for decades to dismiss the dangers of smoking, troubling questions linger: What did the public health community know about the impact of smoking on health? When did they know it? And what did they do about it?

Russian-English Poetry Reading by Maria Stepanova

Moscow poet Maria Stepanova, a winner of Russia’s top literary prize, will give a reading on Sunday, April 1 at 7pm in the Amherst Center for Russian Culture. She will read her original poetry along with new English translations. Stepanova is one of the most visible figures in post-Soviet culture, a founder and editor of today’s most influential online journal. She is one of the most important poets working today, addressing contemporary themes through skillfully distorted forms and language.

The reading will be followed by a question-and-answer session in English.
This event is sponsored by the Amherst Center for Russian Culture, the Russian Department and the Lurcy Lecture Fund.

Open Discussion of the College Mascot, "The Lord Jeff"

Converse Hall, Red Room

This Town Hall-format event will provide an open forum for discussing and understanding the complex history behind our mascot, the Lord Jeff, and the wide variety of views and perspectives that exist among members of our community regarding how the Lord Jeff relates to them and to the outside world. The event will be publicized; is open to all members of the community; and will be attended by deans, faculty, staff, students and local alumni. Everyone is encouraged to come, share their views and listen and be respectful to others. Students who have alumni relatives are encouraged to represent their relatives' views at the discussion in the case of their absence.
RSVP Link: www.tinyurl.com/cnbjnon

Tue, Apr 2, 2013

Isosteeple

Mark Santilucito '13 & Steph Robinson's new sound/video installation Isosteeple will be on display at Stearns Steeple in front of the Mead Art Museum. The piece senses the movement of museum visitors to generate an idiosyncratic sound accompaniment to their movements and the architecture.

“Art in Place / the Place of Art” is a one-year interdisciplinary arts series at Amherst College which 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 & the History of Art, Music, and Theater & Dance, as well as the Mead Art Museum and the Frost Library. Support has been provided by the Copeland Colloquium, the Amherst Arts Series Fund, and the Dean of the Faculty.

"Discrimination and Health Among Ethnic Minority Women"

The Social Perception Amherst (SPA) Lab would like to formally invite you to attend a Psychology Talk next week by Dr. May Ling Halim from California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Halim will be talking about her research on "Discrimination and Health Among Ethnic Minority Women." Please see the details below and email Dr. Saaid Mendoza (smendoza@amherst.edu) if you have any questions about the event.

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

Dr. Alan Blum, a professor of family medicine at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and director of its Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society, will discuss the Mead’s collection of Chinese snuff bottles as well as present his own sketches of patients and the touching stories that accompany them.

Junior Jumpstart Series: Three Topics, Three Events!

Juniors, are you interested in getting a job, attending graduate or professional school or taking part in a fellowship program after you graduate? Do you want to know what you should be doing this spring and summer to set yourself up for success during senior year? These are workshops you don't want to miss!

1. "Kickstarting Your Job Search" | Career Center | Tuesday, April 2, 5 p.m.
Don't wait for senior year to get on track with your job search. Join Dean Ursula Olender and get a head start on researching and evaluating employment opportunities. Learn about hiring timelines, on-campus recruiting, networking with alumni and what you can do this summer to make your job search effective.

2. "Applying to Graduate School" | Career Center | Monday, April 8, 4 p.m.
Join Dean Debra Krumholz as she discusses decision-making, the application process and timelines and how you can start thinking about IF you want to go, WHEN you want to go and WHERE you want to go.

3. "The National Fellowships Application and the Fellowships Experience" | Cole Assembly Room (Converse Hall) | Tuesday, April 9, at 4:30 p.m. and Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m.

April 9: Join Denise Gagnon, director of fellowships; Tony Claudino, director of Fulbright Student Program outreach; and panel members Evan Braun '10 (Fulbright Scholar 2010), Lindsay Stern '13 and Keri Lambert '13 (Watson Fellows 2013-14), who will provide information about the Fulbright and Watson experience and application process.

April 11: Join Gagnon, Jordan Krall '01 (Rhodes Scholar 2001-02) and Clare Howard '10 (Gates Scholar 2010-11 and Fulbright Scholar 2011-12) who will discuss the fellowship experience and provide information about the application process for the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates and Luce Scholarships. Gagnon will give an overview of the fellowship opportunities available through the Office of Fellowships. David Schneider, professor of music, will offer guidance and advice about how to ask for and receive strong letters of recommendation from faculty.

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

AAS Executive Board Speech Night

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room (Red Room)

Please come support your friends and classmates running for AAS Executive Board positions! Elections will last all day Thursday.

French Film Series: "Adieu Berthe: L’enterrement de Mémé"

Newport House, Common Room

Mémé is dead. Berthe n'est plus. Armand avait " un peu " oublié sa grand-mère… Pharmacien, il travaille avec sa femme Hélène à Chatou. Dans un tiroir de médicaments, Armand cache ses accessoires de magie, car il prépare en secret un tour pour l'anniversaire de la fille de son amante Alix. Et mémé dans tout ça ? On l'enterre ou on l'incinère ? Qui était Berthe?

Struggling with complicated family dynamics and a full-blown midlife crisis, a small-town chemist is forced to reassess his tangled love life. When his grandmother Berthe dies, he is faced with the profound existential question: Do we burn Granny or bury her?

German Kaffeeklatsch

Porter House

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

Wed, Apr 3, 2013

Isosteeple

Mark Santilucito '13 & Steph Robinson's new sound/video installation Isosteeple will be on display at Stearns Steeple in front of the Mead Art Museum. The piece senses the movement of museum visitors to generate an idiosyncratic sound accompaniment to their movements and the architecture.

“Art in Place / the Place of Art” is a one-year interdisciplinary arts series at Amherst College which 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 & the History of Art, Music, and Theater & Dance, as well as the Mead Art Museum and the Frost Library. Support has been provided by the Copeland Colloquium, the Amherst Arts Series Fund, and the Dean of the Faculty.

"Musical Quests for Heimat"

Porter House

Peter W. Shea, baritone, and Monica Jakuc Leverett, on piano, will perform selected songs by Franz Schubert paired with excerpts from Ernst Krenek's 1929 song cycle "Reisebuch aus den Österreichischen Alpen," with readings by James Yaro '14.

All are invited. Light refreshments will be served after the concert.

This event is sponsored by the Department of German, the European Studies Program, the German House and the Lamont Fund.

Cathy McGeoch: "Experimental Evaluation of an Adiabatic Quantum Computer"

Seeley G. Mudd Building, 206

I will describe experiments to evaluate the performance of a quantum computing system (hardware plus software) for solving NP-hard combinatorial optimization problems.

This unusual computing platform is manufactured by D-Wave Systems of Burnaby, Canada. It comprises a Linux front end with an analog hardware chip that contains up to 512 quantum bits (qubits) capable of quantum superposition. The hardware chip solves optimization problems by a process known as quantum annealing (QA), based on the principles of adiabatic quantum computation (AQC).

Performance comparisons included three conventional solvers-- IBM CPLEX, an open-source implementation of Tabu Search and a branch-and-bound solver that performed well in a recent satisfiability competition. The solvers were tested using instances from three NP-hard optimization problems: Quadratic Unconstrained Boolean Optimization (QUBO), Weighted Max 2-SAT (W2SAT) and the Quadratic Assignment Problem (QAP).

On general problems, the hybrid software/quantum hardware solver was competitive with, and sometimes outperformed, the conventional solvers. On "native" instances that can be solved directly in hardware, the quantum system found optimal solutions 3,000 times faster than CPLEX. (Recent tests on a newer chip suggest that speedup factors of 10,000 or more are possible.)

I will also describe some tests to learn how performance of the quantum hardware depends on input properties.

This is joint work with Cong Wang of Simon Fraser University.

Chess Club Practice

Valentine Dining Hall, Conference Room

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

Spanish Film Festival: "Amerikanuak"

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum, 115

More than half a century ago, many Basques left Spain to look for a better life working as sheepherders in the American West. In "Amerikanuak," Nacho Reig looks at the lives of some of the last remaining Basque sheepherders in the United States. The documentary takes place under the vast blue skies and bleak but beautiful winter landscape of the small town of Elko, Nevada. Through the reflections of immigrants such as Juan Juaristi “Parrillas,” an 83-year old boarder at a Basque boardinghouse called the Star Hotel of Elko, we hear about the difficulties that many of these immigrants faced in forging new lives in a foreign country, as well as their nostalgia for what was left behind. The Basque group Audience created the soundtrack specifically for the film, and the sounds of traditional American folk music resonate throughout the tracks, providing the perfect background for this film about overcoming hardship, adaptation, courage, community and a way of life that will soon be gone forever.

Lip Sync is Here!

The grandest competition of them all is upon us. No not the Super Bowl. Not the Olympics. Not the Hunger Games. Lip Sync. That's right, everyone's
favorite (faux) singing and dancing competition has arrived, and the rights to Room Draw Glory will be on the line. Come see your closest friends and unknown peers strut their stuff, procure their props and sync their lips so they can turn that bottom-pick dud into a top-of-the-list stud.

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, Apr 4, 2013

Isosteeple

Mark Santilucito '13 & Steph Robinson's new sound/video installation Isosteeple will be on display at Stearns Steeple in front of the Mead Art Museum. The piece senses the movement of museum visitors to generate an idiosyncratic sound accompaniment to their movements and the architecture.

“Art in Place / the Place of Art” is a one-year interdisciplinary arts series at Amherst College which 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 & the History of Art, Music, and Theater & Dance, as well as the Mead Art Museum and the Frost Library. Support has been provided by the Copeland Colloquium, the Amherst Arts Series Fund, and the Dean of the Faculty.

Green Amherst Project Teach-In

This two-hour teach-in will feature talks given by professors and community members on environmental issues of their choice.

Was Jesus Married? Early Christian Controversies over Marriage, Celibacy, and Salvation

Karen L. King, Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School (the oldest endowed chair in the United States [1721]), will speak on "Was Jesus Married? Early Christian Controversies over Marriage, Celibacy, and Salvation" at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2013 in the Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall.Trained in comparative religions and historical studies, Professor King pursues teaching and research specialties in the history of Christianity. Her books include The Secret Revelation of John; The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle; What Is Gnosticism?; Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity (with Elaine Pagels); and Revelation of the Unknowable God. Her particular theoretical interests are in discourses of normativity (orthodoxy and heresy), gender studies, and religion and violence. The lecture is sponsored by the Religion Department and the Willis D. Wood Fund and is free and open to the public.

Gallery Talk and Reception for "PLACE": A Group Exhibition

Fayerweather Hall, Eli Marsh Gallery (Room 105)

"PLACE" is an exhibition of the work of Pioneer Valley artists Chris Bagg, Sean Greene, Andrew Greto, Luke Jaeger, Elizabeth Meyersohn, Katy Schneider and Gina Siepel in the Eli Marsh Gallery (105 Fayerweather Hall).

The exhibition opens on Monday, April 1. A gallery talk and reception will take place on Thursday, April 4, at 4:30 p.m. at the gallery. The exhibition closes on Thursday, April 11. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The exhibition and related events are free and open to the public.

Physics Seminar

Prof David Kawall, University of Massachusetts, title TBA

Film Screening: Trade

Moore Dormitory, 2nd Floor Common Room

Amnesty International presents Trade. Trade is a motion picture about a 13-year-old girl from Mexico City whose kidnapping by sex traffickers sets in motion a desperate mission by her 17-year-old brother to save her. Snacks will be served.

Film Screening: "The Interrupters"

Careers in Education Professions presents "The Interrupters," an award-winning documentary about gang violence workers in Chicago. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Cobe Williams, one of the stars of the film, and Zak Piper, the producer of the film. Mr. Williams is a former gang member and current violence “interrupter.” Snacks will be served.

"The Biz"

Webster Hall, Studio 3 (basement G19)

Directed by Michael Birtwistle

Tickets are free. Reservations are recommended. Call the Box Office at 413-542-2278.

On her first day of work, a young intern struggles to navigate the sensitive world of an NGO with questionable intentions. But she isn't the only person in The Biz who has some learning to do. Things aren't always as they seem, and people aren't always who they would lead others to believe. Could this be the worst internship in the world?

Visit amherst.edu/go/performance.

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 8 p.m. on Feb. 7, March 7 and April 4.

Fri, Apr 5, 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.

Amherst Explorations: Devon Geary, Arielle Fein, Charles Oluwunmi, James Barrett-Morrison

Come to the College’s inaugural campus-wide showcase of student discovery and inspiration!
You’ll see artwork, posters, a video, and hear lightning talks, panel discussions, and musical performances.
Refreshments will be served all afternoon.

Come check out the inaugural Amherst Explorations this Friday, April 5, from noon to 5 p.m. on the first floor of Frost Library. Amherst students will present individual and collaborative research projects and performances in hour-long blocks of panel discussions, lightning talks, poster presentations, artwork, video and live chamber music. Refreshments will be served throughout the day. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, the Library, the Center for Community Engagement, the Writing Center and Information Technology. See the link below for a detailed schedule, or just drop by.

Amherst Explorations

Come check out the inaugural Amherst Explorations this Friday, April 5, from noon to 5 p.m. on the first floor of Frost Library. Amherst students will present individual and collaborative research projects and performances in hour-long blocks of panel discussions, lightning talks, poster presentations, artwork, video and live chamber music. Refreshments will be served throughout the day. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, the Library, the Center for Community Engagement, the Writing Center and Information Technology. See the link below for a detailed schedule, or just drop by.

"Doing Well by Doing Good" Lunch Series with Andy Logan '99

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.

Andy Logan '99, director of Oil & Gas and Insurance Programs at Ceres Andrew, joined Ceres in 2002 and has launched and directs two program areas for the organization. The first program area focuses on working with investors to engage the oil sector on key sustainability issues, including climate change, biodiversity and water. Andrew's second area of focus is the insurance sector, particularly the role that insurers could play in encouraging solutions to climate change. Prior to joining Ceres, Andrew directed U.S. PIRG's corporate campaign to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He also has a background in corporate strategy from his work with Bain & Co., a leading management consultancy.

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.

"Science On and Off The Hill"

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 4

In 1986, the Everett H. Pryde Fund was established by Mrs. Phyllis W. Pryde in honor of her late husband. The Pryde Fund is used to bring to the college distinguished alumni who specialize in the field of chemistry, each of whom presents a lecture/seminar, and to honor seniors who are outstanding research assistants in chemistry.

Sarah Miller believes that everyone deserves clean water, wherever they live, whatever their means. Trained as an environmental engineer, she invented and patented a bio-based agent for removing arsenic from water supplies in the developing world. During her doctoral studies at Yale, she conducted research in India, where arsenic contamination of the groundwater has devastated many rural communities.

Sarah also believes that every child deserves an excellent education. She has worked in inner-city public schools in California and Connecticut and in the Admissions Office of Amherst College, where she earned a B.A. in chemistry. As a member of the Teach For America corps, she taught middle-school math and science in East Palo Alto, Calif., and as a senior administrator, she helped New Haven, Conn., reinvent a low-performing K-8 school, located less than a mile from Yale's campus. Sarah currently works as an AAAS Science Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation.

Movie Screening: "Adwa"

The Battle of Adwa is a historical event that maintained the independence of Ethiopia during the period of Western Imperialism in Africa. This event is highly misunderstood and not widely known, although it was a significant event in our world. Come here an expert speak and watch a movie about it.

"The Biz"

Webster Hall, Studio 3 (basement G19)

Directed by Michael Birtwistle

Tickets are free. Reservations are recommended. Call the Box Office at 413-542-2278.

On her first day of work, a young intern struggles to navigate the sensitive world of an NGO with questionable intentions. But she isn't the only person in The Biz who has some learning to do. Things aren't always as they seem, and people aren't always who they would lead others to believe. Could this be the worst internship in the world?

Visit amherst.edu/go/performance.

"On Stage(s)": Women of Amherst 2013

On April 5-7, the Women of Amherst will perform an original show about the stages we all go through, the defining moments we collectively recall that, at their core, are profoundly unique and deeply personal. Written by members of the Amherst community, "On Stage(s)" includes true stories of hilarious and harrowing experiences alike. All proceeds go to the New England Learning Center for Women in Transition, a local center for survivors of domestic abuse. For tickets, please visit www.womenofamherst.eventbrite.com

TROPICANA NIGHT: Latino Variety Show

A showcase of Latino culture through music and dance. Performances include live salsa dancing, tango dancing, singing and even a Jazz Combo! Come enjoy, dance and have a good time. Catered by Salsa-Rengue restaurant. Sponsored by the Amherst College Spanish Department, La Causa, La Casa, and Newport Spanish House. Semi-Formal attire recommended.

Movie Night with CSA

Moore Dormitory, 2nd floor common room

Come and join us for a fun night with Jackie Chan's famous "Rush Hour". Good food, hilarious movie, and great company guaranteed! Information regarding the "Rush Hour" series can be found here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120812/.

CSA Movie Screening - Rush Hour

Moore Dormitory

CSA will be screening Jackie Chan's movie, Rush Hour. Place: Moore 2nd Floor Amphitheater. Snacks will be provided!

Virtual Tour: Professor Jason Robinson in concert with Marty Ehrlich, Bob Weiner and an All-Star Quartet at UC San Diego

Buckley Recital Hall

Assistant professor of music and saxophonist Jason Robinson leads a trio consisting of himself, Hampshire College professor and saxophonist/clarinetist Marty Ehrlich and Amherst-based percussionist Bob Weiner, in a special multi-site networked concert with real-time collaborators at the University of California, San Diego. Using special audio and video networking technology over Internet2, the event is the first of three concerts that make up “Virtual Tour: A Reduced-Carbon-Footprint Concert Series,” a project produced and directed by UC San Diego professor and bassist Mark Dresser and UC Irvine professor and trombonist Michael Dessen. Performed simultaneously from two locations, the concert will take place at 10 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, April 5, featuring Robinson, Ehrlich and Weiner at Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. They will be joined by Dresser, Dessen, UC Irvine professor and flutist Nicole Mitchell and UC Berkeley professor and pianist Myra Melford, performing simultaneously from the Conrad Prebys Music Center Theatre at UC San Diego.

The concert is free of charge and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the 2013 Amherst College Copeland Colloquium, “Art and Place / The Place of Art.”

For more information, contact the Amherst College Concert Office at 413-542-2195 or concerts@amherst.edu.

Sat, Apr 6, 2013

Creoleness in Sound and Image

Cooper House

A daylong symposium on the theme "Creoleness in Sound and Image," drawing on cinema, poetry, and music in order to explore concepts of creole identity and culture. Speakers from Amherst College, Wellesley College, Tufts University, and Depaul University.

SCHEDULE OF TALKS

9:30-10:45: Rhonda Cobham-Sander (Amherst), “‘An Enemy so was a compliment’: Walcott, Brathwaite, and the Problem of Creole Form ”

11:00-12:15: Anjali Prabhu (Wellesley), “For History: Creolizing Image and Sound in African Cinema”

BREAK

1:30-2:45: H. Adlai Murdoch (Tufts), “From Kaiso to Zouk: The Complex Paths of Caribbean Music”

3:00-4:15: Marisa Parham (Amherst), “M.I.A., The Third World International, and Other Acoustic Illusions”

4:30-5:45: Jacqueline Lazu (Depaul), “Apocalypse, Femininity and Postcolonial Aesthetics in Nuyorican Theater: José Rivera's Revolutionary Millenarianism”

Gallery Talk, Slide Lecture and Reception at the Mead Art Museum

Join Dr. Masha Zavialova, a curator at The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis, and Dr. Alla Rosenfeld, an internationally renowned expert in Russian art, for a gallery talk and a slide lecture in conjunction with the Mead’s "Art for All" exhibition featuring the print series "The House with the Mezzanine", by Russian artist Oleg Vassiliev (1931–2013).

"The Biz"

Webster Hall, Studio 3 (basement G19)

Directed by Michael Birtwistle

Tickets are free. Reservations are recommended. Call the Box Office at 413-542-2278.

On her first day of work, a young intern struggles to navigate the sensitive world of an NGO with questionable intentions. But she isn't the only person in The Biz who has some learning to do. Things aren't always as they seem, and people aren't always who they would lead others to believe. Could this be the worst internship in the world?

Visit amherst.edu/go/performance.

"On Stage(s)": Women of Amherst 2013

On April 5-7, the Women of Amherst will perform an original show about the stages we all go through, the defining moments we collectively recall that, at their core, are profoundly unique and deeply personal. Written by members of the Amherst community, "(On)Stages" includes true stories of hilarious and harrowing experiences alike. All proceeds go to the New England Learning Center for Women in Transition, a local center for survivors of domestic abuse. For tickets, please visit www.womenofamherst.eventbrite.com.

Steve Reich's "Different Trains", performed by the Erebos Quartet

Buckley Recital Hall

The Amherst College-based Erebos String Quartet presents a concert of one work on Saturday, April 6 at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The concert, approximately one half hour in length, is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

Free Public Observing at Amherst College's Observatory

Wilder Observatory, Snell Street

The Wilder Observatory on Snell Street is free and open to all, starting at 9 p.m. every clear Saturday from April through October. See (if they're in the sky at the time) the moon, planets, asteroids, comets, multiple stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more through the large, world-class refractor telescope. Students, faculty, staff, family and friends are welcome.

Sun, Apr 7, 2013

Men's Basketball NCAA Championship Game Viewing Party

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

Couldn't make it to Atlanta to support the men's basketball game in their quest to win a second national championship? Cheer them on from campus! Join the Friends of Amherst Athletics and fellow fans in Stirn Auditorium where the action will be streamed live.

Bi-Semester Christian Worship Service

Chapin Hall, Chapel

The Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Christian Worship Service will take place on Sunday, April 7, in Chapin Chapel. Mrs. Hermenia Gardner is the speaker. Seniors will also be honored during the service. The service features music from the Amherst College Gospel Choir. A soul food reception will follow. Please contact Constance Holden at cholden15@amherst.edu or The Rev. Dr. Paul Sorrentino at pvsorrentino@amherst.edu for more information. All are welcome to attend!

"On Stage(s)": Women of Amherst 2013

On April 5-7, the Women of Amherst will perform an original show about the stages we all go through, the defining moments we collectively recall that, at their core, are profoundly unique and deeply personal. Written by members of the Amherst community, "(On)Stages" includes true stories of hilarious and harrowing experiences alike. All proceeds go to the New England Learning Center for Women in Transition, a local center for survivors of domestic abuse. For tickets, please visit www.womenofamherst.eventbrite.com.

Art and Fear: the Perils of Creativity in the 21st Century.

Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall

The “Art in Place / The Place of Art” series at Amherst College continues with a presentation and open discussion with Copeland fellow Matana Roberts, entitled “Art and Fear: the Perils of Creativity in the 21st Century”. Free and open to the public.
Matana Roberts is a Chicago-born, New York-based saxophonist, improviser and composer who works as a soloist and a multimedia collaborator. Matana’s 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 attraction/repulsion to 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.
"Art in Place / the Place of Art" is a one-year interdisciplinary arts series at Amherst College which 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 & the History of Art, Music and Theater & Dance, as well as the Mead Art Museum and the Frost Library.

The event is part of “Virtual Tour: A Reduced-Carbon Footprint Concert Series,” a three-concert series that will occur on April 5-7, 2013 featuring performances between UC San Diego and different locations for each concert. Live audiences will be present at all locations. The “tour” kicks off with the Amherst concert featuring Robinson, Ehrlich, and Weiner and continues with Matthias Ziegler and Gerry Hemingway at the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology (ICST) in Zurich, Switzerland on Apr. 6, and Sarah Weaver, Jane Ira Bloom, Ray Anderson, Min Xiao Fen and Matt Wilson at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, Consortium for Digital Arts, Culture, and Technology (cDACT) at Stony Brook University in New York on Apr. 7. Taking advantage of high bandwidth networks available only at research and educational institutions, these concerts will feature virtuoso performers performing together across thousands of miles with lifelike, uncompressed audio and minimal time delays and HD video, setting a new standard for music making on the telematic stage.

This Virtual Tour builds upon years of collaborative exploration into the artistic potential of telematics for improvisers performing simultaneously at great geographical distances. Co-directors Mark Dresser and Michael Dessen and site-directors Sarah Weaver and Jason Robinson have been leading innovators in the field of networked jazz and improvised music. This project represents an important step forward: a “virtual tour” in which a core group at UC San Diego will perform a series of concerts with other ensembles and live audiences in different cities each night. The tour will feature premieres of new compositions created specifically for the telematic stage by Mark Dresser, Michael Dessen, Nicole Mitchell, Jason Robinson, Marty Ehrlich, Gerry Hemingway, Matthias Ziegler and Sarah Weaver.

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, Apr 8, 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: Stephen Devoto, Ph.D.

Stephen Devoto, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Biology Department and the Neuroscience and Behavior Program at Wesleyan University. His lab studies the development of muscle and muscle stem cells as part of a broader goal of understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms that lead to the development of specific identities during development. They use zebrafish as a model for all vertebrates, including humans, because zebrafish are readily accessible for experimental manipulations throughout development and because a genetic approach to studying development is feasible. Muscle is a very abundant and easily accessible tissue, and diseases of muscle development are debilitating and common childhood diseases. Vertebrate muscle precursors derive from a transient embryonic tissue known as the dermomyotome. The development of the dermomyotome and the morphogenesis of the myotome take place within the somites, epithelial segments of the paraxial mesoderm. They have recently identified a transcription factor, Tbx6, as an important regulator of dermomyotome development. Tbx6 also regulates somite formation, and they are now examining other genes that regulate somite formation and interact with Tbx6. They hope to understand the gene regulatory network that regulates muscle and muscle stem cell development in the early embryo.

Writing After Amherst: The Freelance Life

Two Amherst grads (and former Zu housemates) read from their work and field questions about writing, publishing and freelancing.

Presentation by UMass Medical School

If you're interested in surgery or want to learn more about the UMass Medical School in Worcester and medical school in general, we're excited to have Dr. Mitch Cahan join us in the Career Center Conference Room in College Hall on Monday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Cahan, associate professor of surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, will show a fascinating DVD entitled "Redefining Surgery". The last quarter of a century has seen remarkable changes in the training of surgeons and the evolution of surgical technology, making surgery an attractive specialty for those interested in medicine. Dr. Cahan will describe his own path to general surgery and answer any of your questions about applying for medical school, UMass Medical School in particular or your potential interest in surgery.

Tue, Apr 9, 2013

Table: Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA)

1) Learn the ins and outs of running a successful, long-term "buy local" campaign with proven impact on local agriculture. Provide support to the campaign manager, including delivering materials to farms and other Local Hero members, setting up visits of local farms for staff, writing farm and business profiles for newsletters.

2) Research and write material for CISA's website, email newsletters, and reports. Help maintain website and email newsletters.

3) Support outreach to potential business and corporate partners, including research, development of materials, and administrative support. Prepare and distribute membership materials at community events, farmers' markets, market co-ops and retail locations and assist with membership mailings, appeals, and record-keeping. Help in event planning for fall fundraiser and summer house parties.

4) Assist in research assessing the economic impact of local buying and the impact of investment in local and regional agricultural infrastructure. Support the development of tools for communicating this information to consumers, such as on-line calculators.

Flamenco Dance Classes

Newport House

No previous knowledge about dancing is required. All classes are independent, so don't worry if you missed the first one!

FOUR SESSIONS: Tuesday, April 9, to Friday, April 12, 3-4 p.m.

Mead Book Signing at Amherst Books

Join us at Amherst Books (8 Main Street in Amherst) to celebrate the newly published catalogue "Picturing Enlightenment: Tibetan Tangkas in the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College," with a book signing and reception with catalogue editor and main author Marylin M. Rhie, the Jesse Wells Post Professor of Art and Professor of East Asian Studies at Smith College, and essay contributors Maria Heim, associate professor of religion and Buddhist studies at Amherst College; Paola Zamperini, associate professor of Asian languages and civilizations at Amherst College; and Camille Myers Breeze, director of Museum Textile Services.

"Rethinking South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission"

The 2013 Max and Etta Lazerowitz Lecture will be "Rethinking South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission" with Adam Sitze, assistant professor of law, jurisprudence and social thought. The lecture will be held on Tuesday, April 9, at 4:30 p.m. in the Alumni House. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

"Fellowship Opportunities: Start the Process Now"

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly

Juniors and sophomores are encouraged to join Tony Claudino, director of Fulbright Student Program outreach, and panel members Evan Braun '10 (Fulbright Scholar 2010), Lindsay Stern '13 and Keri Lambert '13 (Watson Fellows 2013), who will provide information about the Fulbright and Watson experience and application process. Director of Fellowship Advising Denise Gagnon will give an overview of the fellowship opportunities available through the Office of Fellowships.

Also see Part 2 on April 11 (see separate Event Calendar listing) to learn about other fellowships.

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

How to be a Professional Poet & Why it Might Even be a Good Idea

How to be a Professional Poet, and Why it Might Even be a Good Idea.

You'd have to be crazy to try being a professional poet in this economy, right? Maybe. But just because it's crazy doesn't mean it's a bad idea. After all, career moves that appeared eminently sensible in 2008 can look downright nutty today. Might there be some value, even some practicality, in doing what you love?

If you want to be a professional poet, you can't just be a good poet. You must also be a good professional. They don't teach professionalism in Johnson Chapel, but you still need to understand it before you hit the workforce. This will not be a writing workshop, but a talk and Q&A session on professional skills for poets, comedians, singer/songwriters, and other creative writers. (If your career plans terrify your parents, then this talk is for you!)
• The relationship between art and commerce…and why you need to stop making that face you just made (we saw it!).
• Basic business skills you need to know and how to learn them.
• Why your resume matters, why your resume probably stinks, and how to fix it.
• Why you need to stop saying "once I graduate, I'll…"
Artie Moffa '00 is the founding editor of Bicycle Comics and the co-producer of San Francisco's The Lit Slam. A three-year veteran of the Boston Poetry Slam and a five-year veteran of Pearson Custom Publishing, he was the co-author of 2009's Boys at Play, a collection of light verse and comics to benefit the Annual Fund.

German Kaffeeklatsch

Porter House

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

Wed, Apr 10, 2013

New Exhibits at Beyond Words Gallery

Frost Library, Beyond Words Gallery

Come to the second floor of Frost Library to view the student exhibits on display at Beyond Words Gallery!

Anzia Rae Mayer '13 presents two styles of ancient Chinese calligraphy dating as far back as 1000 BC and as recently as 200 BC, including China's first standardized written script. Eirene Wang '13 exhibits the best strips from The Amherst Student's only syndicated strip, "The Hamster Student," as well as other pieces from her first comic book compilation. And Sebastian Herrera '14 portrays absurd or fantastic situations in 35mm color film.

Interested in displaying your student work next year? Contact Amy Johnson at ahjohnson@amherst.edu.

Info Table: SIT Study Abroad

A pioneer in experiential, field-based study abroad, SIT offers semester, summer and academic-year programs for undergraduate students in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, as well as comparative programs in multiple locations. Meet with SIT representative Wanda Dutton to learn more about study-abroad opportunities on Wednesday, April 10, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Keefe Campus Center.

Flamenco Dance Classes

Newport House

No previous knowledge about dancing is required. All classes are independent, so don't worry if you missed the first one!

FOUR SESSIONS: Tuesday, April 9, to Friday, April 12, 3-4 p.m.

"Focusing on the System: A Somewhat Different Career in Medicine"

Aaron Carroll, MD, MS '94 will be giving a talk on "Focusing on the System: A Somewhat Different Career in Medicine". Dr. Carroll is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Assistant Dean for Research Mentoring, and Director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research at the Indiana School of Medicine.

Screening and Film Presentation by Freya Klier

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

East German human rights activist and filmmaker Freya Klier will present her film, "We want to be free! East Germans Rise Up, 1953".

Fourth and Final Lecture in the 2012-2013 Forry and Micken Lecture Series on “Climate, Nature and the Frontiers of Ethics”

John Broome from Corpus Christi College, Oxford, will present the fourth and final lecture of the 2012-2013 Forry and Micken Lecture Series on Environmental Philosophy. His talk is titled "The Public and Private Ethics of Climate Change." The talk will take place on Wednesday, April 10, in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact Dee Brace at 413-542-5805.

Chess Club Practice

Valentine Dining Hall, Conference Room

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

Writing & Producing for TV with Emmy Award Winner Norman Steinberg

Norman Steinberg’s work has been recognized with an Emmy Award, a Writer’s Guild Award and a British Academy Award nomination. Steinberg has penned screenplays for numerous films, including “Blazing Saddles,” “My Favorite Year” and “Johnny Dangerously.” In the television arena, he has served as writer, creator showrunner and executive producer, leaving his mark on such programs as “Cosby,” “When Things Were Rotten,” “Doctor, Doctor,” Showtime’s “Paradise” and the upcoming series “Chemistry.”

He previously taught at the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and at the American Film Institute (AFI). A graduate of the University of Maryland and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Steinberg also was a practicing attorney, specializing in entertainment and copyright law.

He will be sharing information about his experiences and the TV Writer's Studio (M.F.A.) program at Long Island University: Brooklyn.

Spanish Film Festival: "The Death of Pinochet"

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum, 115

On Dec. 10, 2006, Gen. Pinochet died in Santiago’s Military Hospital. For 24 hours, his death reawakened the political divisions that marked Chile’s recent history with dictatorship, death and violence. In "The Death of Pinochet," Bettina Perut and Ivan Osnovikoff use original footage and the testimonies of four characters who lived through that day to relate the end of a key chapter in Chile’s history. A work that balances tragedy and comedy, it is a surprising portrait of Chilean society. In observing and giving voice to a group of Chilean people on a very special day in that country’s history, Perut and Osnovikoff show the same provocative spirit that they demonstrated in their previous film, "Noticias" ("News"). By the time of his death, Pinochet had not held power in Chile for several years. However, this fascinating documentary shows that although Pinochet may now be gone, he has certainly not been forgotten.

"Great Careers in Advertising and Marketing"

Elliott Easterling '93 will present the career landscape in the marketing and advertising industry. He will talk about options for working at tech startups, big brands and advertising agencies. He will also present the range of jobs and roles that are available to students interested in this field and lay out strategies for landing jobs and internships.

One of the myths that Elliott wants to dispel is that there is no role for scientists in marketing. Elliott works in an area of marketing that leverages both creative and quantitative minds. Math, bio, chem and physics majors are welcome to attend!

ABOUT ELLIOTT
Elliott is a 15-year digital marketing veteran who runs two businesses: a digital advertising agency, Red Bricks Media (RBM), and a Web incubator, Folsom Media.

In 2003, Elliott launched RBM and has been instructive in leading its fast-paced growth and regional expansion, servicing the needs of some of the world’s biggest brands. Elliott’s relentless pursuit of innovation and excellence has produced a sequence of new service lines that have consistently set the pace for the digital advertising industry. Prior to his current roles, Elliott was VP of sales and account management at Digital Impact (now Acxiom Digital) and oversaw 60 percent of the company’s accounts. Armed with a B.A. from Amherst College and a master’s degree in international technology management from UC San Diego, Elliott’s abiding interests include fluency in two languages, an appreciation for painting and photography and extensive world travel.

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, Apr 11, 2013

A Celebration for Terras Irradient (Past and Present)

Terras Irradient (Past and Present): Let Them Give Light to the World

Throughout Wendy Ewald’s Fall 2012 Art and the History of Art course "Collaborative Art: The Practices and Theory of Working with Communities," students were engaged with two “character” projects. One was historical, the other contemporary. The first installment, located downstairs in the display cases, exhibits carefully selected objects from the Amherst College archive, which the students felt best evoked the historical resonance of their subjects.
Each historical figure is connected to Amherst College. There are Amherst graduates, spouses of graduates and their children, each of whom played a role in the missionary efforts of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Missionaries figure importantly in the history of Amherst College, the motto on the Amherst seal being Terras Irradient, meaning “Let them give light to the world.” Throughout the semester, students researched their historical figures through archival materials. The final product was a book, which connects the historical and contemporary projects. A selection of these pages has been enlarged and is displayed to give a context for the contemporary art projects that evolved from the research on the missionaries.

For their contemporary projects, students paired up with members of the Senior Center at the Bangs Community Center in Amherst and collaborated on art projects that were produced in a wide range of mediums. The students discussed their historical characters with their partners and tried to find a connection by means of which they could collaborate on a new art project. Some projects have a stronger connection with their historical characters than others. As a result, each project is different, and the ensemble makes for an interesting collection of work. Throughout the semester, students learned about what it meant to work collaboratively and the importance of engaging with the community and doing so respectfully. They spent a lot of time with their community members from the Senior Center and have developed wonderful relationships, which will continue beyond the projects seen before you today.

Flamenco Dance Classes

Newport House

No previous knowledge about dancing is required. All classes are independent, so don't worry if you missed the first one!

FOUR SESSIONS: Tuesday, April 9, to Friday, April 12, 3-4 p.m.

"Solutions to the Demise of the North American Prairie" CANCELLED

Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall

Renowned writer William Least Heat-Moon described the American prairie as “the center of our national identity.” Shockingly, what little that remains of the tall-grass prairie now is being plowed up to plant more corn and soybeans in response to record grain prices. In a bold and innovative experiment, EcoSun Prairie Farms, a nonprofit South Dakota corporation, is reversing this trend by transforming a corn and soybean farm to one with restored prairie and wetlands as a means of demonstrating how to make a living from grassland while protecting and improving the environment. This seminar documents the highs and lows of ecological farming by examining the challenges of grassland restoration and the search for new income streams to make prairie farming sustainable and attractive to producers.

"Rethinking Cosmopolitanism: Is ‘Afropolitan’ the Answer?"

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

Salah M. Hassan, a leading critic and curator of contemporary African and African-American art and professor of African and African Diaspora art history and visual culture at Cornell University, will deliver the lecture “Rethinking Cosmopolitanism: Is ‘Afropolitan’ the Answer?” in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall on Thursday, April 11, at 4:30 p.m.

The lecture is free and open to the public and has been organized by Rowland O. Abiodun, the John C. Newton Professor of the History of Art and Black Studies and chair of Black studies at Amherst College. It is co-sponsored by Amherst College’s Departments of Black Studies and Art and the History of Art, the Mead Art Museum and the Office of the President.

Physics Seminar

Prof. Steve Lamoreaux, Yale, title TBA

"Fellowship Opportunities: Start the Process Now"

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly

Juniors and sophomores are encouraged to join Jordan Krall ’01 (Rhodes Scholar 2001-02) and Clare Howard ’10 (Gates Scholar 2010-11 and Fulbright Scholar 2011-12), who will present and discuss information about the Rhodes and Gates Scholarships. Director of Fellowship Advising Denise Gagnon will provide information and an overview of all the fellowship opportunities available through the Office of Fellowships, including the Marshall, Mitchell and Luce Scholarships. David Schneider, Professor of Music, will offer guidance and advice about how to ask for and receive strong letters of recommendation from faculty.

Also see Part 1 on April 9 (see separate Event Calendar listing) to learn about other fellowships.

Presentation by Dr. Aaron Carroll '94

Interested in health policy, health economics, health information technology, writing books and combining any of this with a health professions career? We're excited to have Dr. Aaron Carroll '94 return to campus! He'll be presenting and discussing his career path on Thursday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Career Center Conference Room in College Hall.

Dr. Aaron Carroll '94 is an associate professor of pediatrics, assistant dean for research mentoring and director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research at Indiana University School of Medicine. He earned a B.A. in chemistry from Amherst College, an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and an M.S. in health services from the University of Washington, where he was also a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. His research focuses on the study of information technology to improve pediatric care and areas of health policy, including physician malpractice, the pharmaceutical industry/physician relationship and health care reform. He writes about health policy for CNN.com and the JAMA forum, and he is the coauthor of two books on medical myths: "Don't Swallow Your Gum: Myths, Half-Truths, and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health" and "Don't Cross Your Eyes... They'll Get Stuck That Way! And 75 Other Health Myths Debunked". His work has been featured in nearly all major international print magazines and newspapers, and he has appeared on many TV programs, including "The Colbert Report."

Film Screening of Disney's "Pocahontas"

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 4

Join the Native American Students Organization for a screening and discussion of Disney’s Pocahontas. We will be considering stereotypes and tropes related to Native Americans in popular culture, including miscegenation, landscape, gender roles, pan-Indian portrayal, and historical inaccuracy. This event is a collaborative effort with the Gender Justice Collective (formerly the Amherst Feminist Alliance).

Generously sponsored by the AAS.

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A Discussion with 30-Year Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau

Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall

The Amherst Political Union (APU) is honored to welcome former Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau back to Amherst College. Morgenthau, alum of the Class of 1941, helped to found the APU almost 75 years ago. Now, after a career as one of the most iconic figures in law enforcement history, Morgenthau will return to Amherst for a conversation with Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought Lawrence Douglas on Thursday, April 11 at 8:00 P.M. in Pruyne Lecture Hall. They will discuss crime, immigration, and Morgenthau’s life as a Navy officer, a New York gubernatorial candidate, and nine-time elected Manhattan DA. This event is free and open to the public.

No-Mic Open-Mic Poetry Night April 11

A venue for students to read and share their own or their favorite poems. There will be Sugar Jones!

Fri, Apr 12, 2013

Community Hour with Professor Catherine Sanderson

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

Join us and hear what everyone is talking about! There has long been a buzz about Catherine Sanderson's views on happiness. Here is your chance to get the info first hand. Students, faculty and staff are invited to the second Community Hour on Friday, April 12 at 11 a.m. in Stirn Auditorium.

This talk presents both surprising and not-so-surprising information on the science behind happiness. What role do money, IQ, marriage, friends, children, weather, and religion play in making us feel happier? Is happiness stable over time? How can happiness be increased? Professor Catherine Sanderson will describe cutting-edge research from the field of positive psychology on the factors that do (and do not) predict happiness, and provide participants with practical (and relatively easy!) ways to increase their own psychological well-being.

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.

First-Year Friday: "Networking Do's & Don't's"

Did you know that 70 to 80 percent of all jobs and internships are never listed but are gotten through the power of networking? In this session, geared toward first-year students, begin practicing your networking skills and learn about the “do's” and “don't's” of effective networking. Bring your Grab 'n Go lunch.

"Punishment in Popular Culture" Conference

On Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, in the Alumni House at Amherst College, there will be a conference entitled “Punishment in Popular Culture.” The conference will feature presentations from a number of distinguished scholars, including Amy Adler (NYU), Brandon Garrett (Virginia Law), Kristen Henning (Georgetown Law), Daniel LaChance (University of Massachusetts), Larry May (University of Minnesota), Karl Shoemaker (University of Wisconsin Law), Aurora Wallace (NYU Steinhardt) and Kristen Whissel (UC Berkeley). The conference will explore the presence of punishment as a subject in American popular culture. This conference is being sponsored by the Charles Hamilton Houston Forum on Law and Social Justice and the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School.

"The Spectacle of Punishment and the Melodramatic Imagination in the Classical Hollywood Prison Film"

Kristen Whissel from the University of California, Berkley, presents as part of a conference entitled "Punishment in Popular Culture," exploring the presence of punishment as a subject in American popular culture.

"The Pornography of Punishment"

Amy Adler from the NYU School of Law presents as part of a conference entitled "Punishment in Popular Culture," exploring the presence of punishment as a subject in American popular culture.

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.

Celebrating Architectural Studies: Perspectives From Five Young Alumni

Mead Art Museum, William Green Study Room

Panel presentations by alumni working in architectural studies will take place in the Mead Art Museum from 2-4pm followed by a reception.

"'"Deserve" Ain't Got Nothing to Do with It': The Breakdown of Moral Justifications for Punishment in 'The Wire'"

Kristin N. Henning from Georgetown Law School presents as part of a conference entitled "Punishment in Popular Culture," exploring the presence of punishment as a subject in American popular culture.

Flamenco Dance Classes

Newport House

No previous knowledge about dancing is required. All classes are independent, so don't worry if you missed the first one!

FOUR SESSIONS: Tuesday, April 9, to Friday, April 12, 3-4 p.m.

"Punishment by Death: The 'Sons of Anarchy,' Seigniorial Justice and the Impoverishment of American Penal Thought"

Karl Shoemaker from the University of Wisconsin-Madison presents as part of a conference entitled "Punishment in Popular Culture," exploring the presence of punishment as a subject in American popular culture.

First in My Family: Dessert Mixer for First-generation College Students, Staff, and Faculty

Converse Hall, Porter Lounge

Were you the first in your family to attend college? Campus community members who self-identify as first-generation college students/graduates are invited to connect at a dessert reception! RSVPs appreciated; email jmestre10@amherst.edu. Note: We recognize that the definition of “first-generation” varies, which is why we leave this up for personal interpretation.

"Scenes of Execution: Spectatorship, Political Responsibility and State Killing in American Film"

Austin Sarat, Madeline Chan, Maia Cole, Melissa Lang, Nicholas Schcolnik, Jasjaap Sidhu and Nica Siegal from Amherst College present as part of a conference entitled "Punishment in Popular Culture," exploring the presence of punishment as a subject in American popular culture.

"Tres Colores: A Musical Journey of Immigration and Hope in America"

Buckley Recital Hall

"Tres Colores" is a collaboration between Amherst College Professor Ilan Stavans, the Kingswood Oxford Middle School Chorus, the Amherst College Concert Choir and composers Francisco Nunez and Jim Papoulis. It describes Stavans’ experience as an immigrant from Mexico to the United States.

CSA Screening: Somewhere Between

Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall

This Friday, April 12, CSA is screening "Somewhere Between," a powerful documentary about four Chinese adoptee girls and their lives in the United States. It is a story of abandonment and heritage, receiving and giving, bitterness and happiness. These four personal accounts about self-discovery will inspire us to reflect upon important questions such as multi-cultural identities, adoption and China's One Child Policy. There will be an optional discussion after the screening. Pizza, wings, and bubble tea will be served.

Sat, Apr 13, 2013

"Redeeming the Lost War: Backlash Films and the Rise of the Punitive State"

Larry May from the University of Minnesota presents as part of a conference entitled "Punishment in Popular Culture," exploring the presence of punishment as a subject in American popular culture.

"In the Shadow of State Violence: Popular Representations of Rehabilitation in the 1990s"

Daniel LeChance from the University of Massachusetts presents as part of a conference entitled "Punishment in Popular Culture," exploring the presence of punishment as a subject in American popular culture.

"Better Here Than There: Prison Narratives in Reality Television"

Aurora Wallace from New York University presents as part of a conference entitled "Punishment in Popular Culture," exploring the presence of punishment as a subject in popular culture.

Family Fun Day at the Mead Art Museum

Celebrate spring at the Mead! Join us for this family-friendly afternoon of fun-filled activities for children and adults of all ages, including spring-themed tours of the museum’s galleries, a flora and fauna scavenger hunt and art-making projects. This event is free and open to the public, and no registration is required. Stop by anytime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

"Images of Injustice"

Brandon Garrett from the University of Virginia School of Law presents as part of a conference entitled "Punishment in Popular Culture," exploring the presence of punishment as a subject in American popular culture.

Asian Night Market

Come celebrate different Asian cultures with KSA, CSA, and SASA! Food from Miss Saigon, Freshside, Panda East, and Paradise of India. Performances by DBJ from 5-college, Smikpop from Smith, Unity from Yale, and many talented students from Amherst! There will be activities such as origami and calligraphy after the show.

“One-Drop: Fact, Fiction, or Fate?” by Dr. Yaba Blay

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

What exactly is Blackness and what does it mean to be Black? Is Blackness a matter of biology or consciousness? Who determines who is Black and who is not? The State, the society, or the individual? On April 13th at 7pm, Dr. Yaba Blay, an Africana Studies professor at Drexel University, will present at Amherst in Stirn Auditorium. “One-Drop: Fact, Fiction, or Fate?” provides a brief social history of the laws instituted to regulate social interactions between the races and thus outlines how it is that the United States came to adopt the one-drop rule as the specific, and seemingly quantitative definition of Black identity. This presentation highlights the lived experiences of individuals for whom the one-drop rule exacts its influence most. There will be food and drinks!

For more information on (1)ne Drop, go here: http://1nedrop.com/

Zumbyes Spring Show

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 1

Come check out the Zumbyes' biggest and best show of the year! So long and amazing it requires division into two halves, this will also be your last chance to see our three amazing seniors (Dan Paltiel, Jake Samuels and Matt Fernald) in action. Don't miss out!

Tickets are $5 for all students and children and $10 for adults and may be purchased in Valentine during the week before the show, as well as at the door.

Arts at Amherst: Faculty Collaborations

The “Art in Place / The Place of Art” series at Amherst College concludes with "Arts at Amherst: Faculty Collaborations". Faculty organizers of this year’s “Art in Place” Copeland Colloquium from the departments of Theater & Dance, Music, and Art & the History of Art at Amherst College take the stage, collaborating on a variety of new multimedia works. Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

The program will include a wide variety of work, including a performance of George Crumb’s “Black Angels” by the locally-based Erebos String Quartet (Sarah Briggs & Joseph Jewett, violins, Delores Thayer, viola, and Rebecca Hartka, cello). Also featured will be a new duet by Theater & Dance faculty Wendy Woodson, performed by Ron Bashford and Paul Matteson. David Gloman will perform an improvisational painting in collaboration with Jason Robinson on saxophone and electronics; and Eric Sawyer’s piano duets will be performed by Judy Gordon and Alissa Leiser, accompanied by visuals from Betsey Garand.

"Art in Place / the Place of Art" is a one-year interdisciplinary arts series at Amherst College which 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 & the History of Art, Music and Theater & Dance, as well as the Mead Art Museum and the Frost Library.

Free Public Observing at Amherst College's Observatory

Wilder Observatory, Snell Street

The Wilder Observatory on Snell Street is free and open to all, starting at 9 p.m. every clear Saturday from April through October. See (if they're in the sky at the time) the moon, planets, asteroids, comets, multiple stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more through the large, world-class refractor telescope. Students, faculty, staff, family and friends are welcome.

Sun, Apr 14, 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. Dan Pacholek is our celebrant this week.

Mon, Apr 15, 2013

Healthy Relationships Week

The Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect invite you to Healthy Relationships Week, a series of events that will take place each evening between Monday, April 15 and Thursday, April 18 (Please see daily listings in the College calendar). We encourage members of the community to reflect on our theme: Caring for ourselves, caring for each other. How do we form healthy relationships? What kinds of relationships make up a caring, supportive and healthy community? What can we do to interrupt sexual disrespect and challenge rape culture? We will explore these and other questions in a workshop with Professor Sanderson, a dinner discussion with a faculty/staff panel, a movie night and a speed friending event. Join us!

Graduation Fair for Class of 2013

Keefe Campus Center, Friedmann Room

Graduation Fair for all graduating seniors will be held in the Friedmann Room of Keefe Campus Center on Monday, April 15 and Tuesday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is the opportunity for graduating seniors to pick up their cap and gown, receive commemorative graduation announcements, check on commencement housing, verify their personal data with the registrar's office, communicate name pronunciation for the commencement stage announcement, get information on the senior gift, commencement photographs and the annual commencement video. Thinking about the next steps after graduation? The Career Center staff will also be on hand.

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: Charles L. Ross

Charles L. Ross, Assistant Professor of Evolutionary Biology at Hampshire College, received his B.S. and M.S. in biology from Stanford University, and his Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University. He did postdoctoral work at the University of Arizona and New Mexico State University. Charles studies the ecological and evolutionary genetics of hybrid zones and speciation, specifically in crickets. His research and teaching interests include all aspects of evolutionary biology, as well as population genetics, molecular ecology, entomology, and genomics.

"What Rituals Teach: A Philosopher's View"

Kevin Schilbrack, professor of philosophy and religious studies at Western Carolina University, will speak on “What Rituals Teach: A Philosopher’s View,” on Monday, April 15, at 4:30 p.m. in Chapin 101. His publications include "The Future of the Philosophy of Religion" (Blackwell, 2013), and he is a contributing editor to the forthcoming "Blackwell Companion to Religious Diversity" (2014). The lecture is sponsored by the Religion Department and the Willis D. Wood Fund.

Close Relationships Workshop

Charles Pratt Hall, 1st Fl. Common Rm.

The Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect present the well loved workshop by Professor Catherine Sanderson. Like her Psychology seminar of the same name, the Close Relationships workshop will explore relationships using the lens of social-psychological theory and research.

Tue, Apr 16, 2013

Slow Down Day

At this hectic time in the semester it's important for students, faculty and staff alike to take time to slow down, breathe and rejuvenate. There are a number of activities planned throughout the day to help you do just that.
• Yoga, 12 noon-1 p.m., Chapin Chapel with Chris Paradis
• Mindful Eating, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Valentine Terrace Room A with Ruth Kane-Levit and Laura Fusari
• Make an Eye Pillow, 3:30-4:30 p.m., McCaffrey Room Keefe Campus Center with Jessica Gifford
• Meditation, 4:30-5:45 p.m., Chapin Chapel with Mark Hart
• Stroll in the Sanctuary, 4:30 p.m. in front of Keefe Campus Center with Jennifer Good-Schiff
The third floor of Frost Library and Chapin Chapel from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, have been designated as quiet spaces that can be used for the duration of the semester as spaces to slow down, work & reflect.
Slow Down Day is organized by the Quiet Committee of the Mental Health Task Force.

Graduation Fair for Class of 2013

Graduation Fair for all graduating seniors will be held in the Friedmann Room of Keefe Campus Center on Monday, April 15 and Tuesday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is the opportunity for graduating seniors to pick up their cap and gown, receive commemorative graduation announcements, check on commencement housing, verify their personal data with the registrar's office, communicate name pronunciation for the commencement stage announcement, get information on the senior gift, commencement photographs and the annual commencement video. Thinking about the next steps after graduation? The Career Center staff will also be on hand.

Slow Down Day Yoga

Chapin Chapel

From 12-1 PM Chris Paradis will be leading yoga in Chapin Chapel

Slow Down Day Mindful Eating

Enjoy mindful eating in Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace A room with Ruth Kane-Levit & Laura Fusari.

Slow Down Day: Make an eye pillow

Keefe Campus Center, McCaffery Room

Relax and make an eye pillow to improve your sleep! Jessica Gifford will be leading eye pillow making from 3:30-4:30 PM in Keefe Campus Center, McCaffrey Room

Ensemble Helacious

New York City based Ensemble Helacious presents a special performance on Tuesday, April 16 at 4 p.m. in Room 7 in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The concert is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

Ensemble Helacious explores multiple structural traditions realized by three musicians performing on woodwinds, brasses and percussion. Their music utilizes notated materials with improvisation and electronic sound processing.

About the performers:

JD Parran’s most recent release is Window Spirits Solo. He has performed at New York’s Vision Festival with Amiri Baraka, in a collaboration with Joseph Jarman and Douglas Ewart. Mr. Parran has premiered and recorded You Have the Right to Remain Silent, Concerto for Clarinet by Anthony Davis and recorded (Beautiful Day) and performed with Andrew Hill. His project JD Parran & Spirit Stage TOO is a long-time collaboration with Stephen Haynes. He participated in Music and Musicians in the Black Artists' Group of St. Louis at Washington University (St. Louis), performed at the Skopje Jazz Festival (Macedonia) with Cecil Taylor and soundVision Orchestra, and in Henry Threadgill’s commissioned work Peroxide at the Miller Theater (NYC). Mr. Parran’s recent projects include Ensemble Helacious (Peter Zummo and Kevin Norton) and collaborations with William Hooker, Earl Howard, Wadada Leo Smith and others. He teaches at BMCC CUNY and Greenwich House Music School in New York.

An exponent of the American contemporary-classical tradition as well as more vernacular genres, trombonist Peter Zummo pursues the evolving boundary of music making and brass culture and in so doing creates compositions for interactive ensemble. His musical pieces and his solo and ensemble performances - in his own works and in those of theater, dance, poetry, film, television, and new-media artists - evoke the influences and methodologies of the minimalist, rock, jazz, and world music styles. His work is informed by four decades of realizing the work of other composers and bandleaders, and is currently performing with the David Behrman Ensemble; the Go: Organic Orchestra; Michael Schumacher; Heroes of Toolik; Bear 54; the Deep Listening Band; Ensemble Helacious; Ben Neill; and Mitra Sumara. Mr. Zummo received a Bessie award for Trisha Brown’s Lateral Pass and has had numerous other commissions by choreographers including David Dorfman, Risa Jarsolow, Irene Hultman, Debra Wanner, and Stephanie Woodard. He is Senior Faculty Advisor with the New York Arts Program, a program of the Great Lakes Colleges Association, and artistic director of The Loris Bend Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit presenter of music, dance, and media. Mr. Zummo holds BA and MA degrees from Wesleyan University.

Kevin Norton was born in Brooklyn and raised in Staten Island, NY. The composer/percussionist came to jazz in an unlikely setting but befriended drummer and fellow record collector Kenny Washington as a teenager. Studies at Hunter College introduced him to Milt Hinton and after a short period, with whom he performed and recorded (The Judge's Decision). Mr. Norton has written several multi-movement pieces sometimes based on extra-musical subject matter. For Guy Debord (in nine events) is a piece for quintet and woodwind soloist (originally Anthony Braxton) based on the texts of the radical French philosopher whose thought proved central to the riots of Paris, 1968. Change Dance (Troubled Energy) draws it's inspiration from another radical political activist, Kathy Change (born Kathleen Chang). Mr. Norton's 2006 work Water and Fire Suite was commissioned by Meet The Composer, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Helen F. Whitaker Fund, and the Target Foundation. Mr. Norton has led and/or co-led about 20 critically acclaimed recordings, many of them making year-end "Best of" lists. He has served on the faculty of several schools including the University of Maryland and is currently on the faculty of William Paterson University and earned a Masters Degree in Music from Manhattan School of Music.

Drop-In Info Session for ELL Academy

Cadigan Center, 108

Learn more about the possibility of spending the summer reading and mentoring! Reader to Reader is holding drop-in hours in the Cadigan Center for more information about our summer job opportunities. Join us when you can on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 4 and 5:30 p.m. to learn more!

Here's a brief description of the job:
Spend the summer reading and discussing books with middle and high school English language learners! Reader to Reader and the Holyoke Public Schools will be holding a summer learning academy for English language learners (ELL) grades 7-12.

You will lead literature circles and tutor students in writing and reading. Working with teachers, you will participate in team-building activities support these students as they grow and improve as learners. A great opportunity for college students interested in teaching or for book lovers in general!

The program runs July 8-August 9, Monday through Thursday. The hourly wage is $15/hour for 16 hours/week.

Mead Art Museum Lecture: “The Part and the Whole: An Assyrian Synecdoche”

Lindsay Oxx '14 unlocks a museum mystery by examining how and why one slab of the Mead’s renowned group of Assyrian palace reliefs was incorrectly restored in the 1850s and does not belong with the others. She demonstrates how this “alien” element, only recently recognized, sheds light on the reception and interpretation of these reliefs when they first arrived in bucolic Amherst from exotic Mesopotamia.

Slow Down Day: Stroll through the Sanctuary

Take a stroll through the Sanctuary to let your mind escape from the end of the semester push. Meet Jennifer Good-Schiff in front of Keefe Campus center at 4:30 PM.

Healthy Relationships Dinner & Discussion

Morris Pratt Dormitory, Ballroom

The Peer Advocates, along with a panel of Amherst faculty and staff, will be have a conversation about the many different types of relationships in our lives, the unique challenges that face them, and the importance of honoring our relationships with ourselves in addition to those with other people. We will explore the idea of what a healthy relationship truly is, and what it is not. Fresh Side will be served.

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

Dialogue about Class on Campus

Keefe Campus Center, Multicultural Resource Center

Amherst’s Admissions Office makes socioeconomic diversity a priority when selecting incoming students. How does this range of class status impact your life as a student? Participate in an engaging dialogue about socioeconomic class on Amherst’s campus. Julia Alexander (Public Service Internship Coordinator and graduate of UMass’ Social Justice Program) and Ben Schneider ’14 (Quest Scholars Executive Board Member) will facilitate the conversation. Fresh Side tea rolls and dessert provided. Contact Jessica Mestre (jmestre10@amherst.edu) with questions. Sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center, the Quest Scholars, and the Dean of Students Office.

Presentation by Admissions Dean of NYU School of Medicine

Interested in NYU School of Medicine? You'll have a great opportunity to learn about it and ask questions to one of their admissions deans on Tuesday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Career Center Conference Room, College Hall.

Holocaust Survivor Testimony: Chris Lerman

Join us to hear the moving and compelling testimony of Holocaust survivor Chris Lerman. She and her two sisters spent three years in various prison and labor campus during World War II, a year and a half of which was in Auschwitz-Berkenau. She and her sisters survived when an Auschwitz secretary took pity on the girls and allowed them to work in an indoor work detail. Following the war, Chris met Miles Lerman at a Displaced Persons Camp in Poland. The two married and immigrated to the United States.

Chris will be joined by her daughter, who will also show a short film she made about her mother's time in Auschwitz.

Fiction Reading by Hector Tobar

Hector Tobar is a Los Angeles-born novelist and journalist. He is the author of three books, most recently "The Barbarian Nurseries," which was named a New York Times Notable Book in 2011 and also won the California Book Award Gold Medal for Fiction, a distinction Tobar shares with John Steinbeck, among others. The Los Angeles Times called "The Barbarian Nurseries" “a book of extraordinary scope and extraordinary power.” Tobar has also worked as a reporter and was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1992 L.A. riots.

French Film Series: "Potiche"

Newport House, Common Room

Suzanne Pujol est l'épouse bourgeoise d'un patron vieux jeu. Elle a pour toute occupation son jogging, ses bonnes oeuvres et ses poèmes. La vie de Suzanne coule dans un train-train sans ombrage jusqu'au jour où un conflit social surgit à l'usine de son mari. Celui-ci ne tarde pas à s'éclipser pour laisser la direction à Suzanne, qui se montre bientôt capable de prendre résolument l'affaire en mains...

Suzanne Pujol is the bourgeois spouse of an old-fashioned boss. Her only occupations are jogging, righteous deeds and poetry. Her life is but a monotonous routine until the day when a social conflict bursts out in her husband’s factory. He quickly has to slip away and entrusts the direction to Suzanne, who happens to be up to the task...

Amherst Debate Society Debates John Bonifaz on Campaign Finance Reform

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

Amherst Debate Society presents a debate with John Bonifaz on the topic of campaign finance reform. John is a Boston-based lawyer, MacArthur Genius Grant winner, and executive director of Free Speech for People. A Q&A session will follow the debate.

German Kaffeeklatsch

Porter House

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

Wed, Apr 17, 2013

Information Session: Churchill Scholarship for Research in Math and Science

Converse Hall, Porter Lounge

If you are considering a research career in math or science, come learn about the Churchill Scholarship from Peter Patrikis, executive director of the Winston Churchill Foundation. This scholarship offers U.S. students of exceptional ability the opportunity to pursue graduate studies in mathematics and the sciences at the University of Cambridge as well as the opportunity to experience life in Britain. Lunch will be served, so please contact the Office of Fellowships for details and to RSVP: fellowships@amherst.edu.

Info Table: World Teach

WorldTeach partners with governments and other organizations in developing countries to provide volunteer teachers to meet local needs and promote responsible global citizenship.

“Educational Inequality and Opportunity”

A panel discussion featuring Barry O’Connell, Vanessa Fong, Ben Guest, Karen Sanchez-Eppler and Luca Grillo. Light refreshments will be provided.

Drop-In Info Session for ELL Academy

Cadigan Center, 108

Learn more about the possibility of spending the summer reading and mentoring! Reader to Reader is holding drop-in hours in the Cadigan Center for more information about our summer job opportunities. Join us when you can on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 4 and 5:30 p.m. to learn more!

Here's a brief description of the job:
Spend the summer reading and discussing books with middle and high school English language learners! Reader to Reader and the Holyoke Public Schools will be holding a summer learning academy for English language learners (ELL) grades 7-12.

You will lead literature circles and tutor students in writing and reading. Working with teachers, you will participate in team-building activities support these students as they grow and improve as learners. A great opportunity for college students interested in teaching or for book lovers in general!

The program runs July 8-August 9, Monday through Thursday. The hourly wage is $15/hour for 16 hours/week.

"Imagining Iran in South Asia: Indian Paintings from the Persian 'Book of Kings'"

Artists in early modern South Asia drew inspiration from many literary and artistic traditions, and among the most influential texts was the "Shahnama," a Persian epic poem describing the reigns of legendary and historical rulers of Iran. In surviving illustrated manuscripts, one finds a variety of approaches taken to the depiction of the epic’s most popular stories. Reconstructing and analyzing a dispersed 17th-century "Shahnama" from India’s Deccan Plateau, this talk explores how one group of artists illustrated these tales and what this tells us about the local courtly culture.

The Mourning After: Posthumous Sperm Retrieval and the New Laws of Mourning

On Wednesday, April 17, at 4:45 p.m. in Room 100 Clark House, Shai Lavi, Professor of Law, and the director of the Minerva Center for Human Rights at Tel Aviv University, will present a paper entitled “Mortality, Fertility, and Mourning the Dead.” This is the final presentation in a series of seminars that have taken place this year on the theme “Law & Mourning.”
Professor Lavi’s book, The Modern Art of Dying: A History of Euthanasia in the United States (Princeton University Press) won the 2006 Distinguished Book Award from the American Sociological Association. His current work is on the history of Jews and Muslims in Germany focusing on the debate on animal slaughter rituals.
To receive a copy of the paper which 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. https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/ljst/events

"Steps to Success: The Senior Job Search"

Seelye House

Seniors! It is not too late to start your job search. Come to this workshop to learn how to get started navigating your way into the workplace. Join us in Seelye House as Dean Ursula Olender, director of the Career Center, shares her expertise.

Chess Club Practice

Valentine Dining Hall, Conference Room

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

Info Session: World Teach

WorldTeach partners with governments and other organizations in developing countries to provide volunteer teachers to meet local needs and promote responsible global citizenship.

Antonio's pizza will be provided!

"The Art of Doing Well While Doing Good"

Best-selling author, serial entrepreneur and social entrepreneur Robert L. Wallace, founder of Bithgroup Technologies, Inc. (www.bithgroup.com) and Bithenergy, LLC (www.bithenergy.com) will explore the process of conceiving, creating, organizing, managing and ultimately exiting a social entrepreneurial enterprise. Mr. Wallace will provide anecdotal case studies, business strategies and recently developed methodologies that will provide guidance on navigating the tumultuous terrain of social entrepreneurship endeavors by leveraging the art of “doing well while doing good.”

It's a talk you won't want to miss, and refreshments will be served!

https://www.facebook.com/events/144310332411472/

Spanish Film Festival: "The Cinema Holdup"

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum, 115

"The Cinema Holdup" is a vibrant, authentic and wonderfully observed portrait of the tempo and texture of today's Mexican youth culture. First-time feature director Iria Gómez Concheiro draws pitch-perfect performances from the talented ensemble cast and registers a strong and original voice in Mexican cinema. Negus, Chale, Sapo and Chata are teenagers who grew up in the same rundown district of Mexico City. They spend their days listening to hip-hop, smoking marihuana and fantasizing about the opposite sex. One day they have the bright idea of robbing a movie theater, jeopardizing the one sure thing they have in life-- their friendship. An explosive, entertaining comedy with impeccable performances, this original, unpredictable debut establishes Iria Gómez Concheiro as a promising new voice in Mexican cinema.

HeArtbeat Coffee House

The Amherst Christian Fellowship is hosting it's semiannual coffeehouse, HeArtbeat! Take a break from studying to join us for a relaxing night of music performance, poetry reading and student artist presentations. Refreshments will be served. Coffee will be served by Freedom Cafe, a nonprofit cafe which donates all proceeds to rescuing victims of human trafficking.

"School Vouchers and the Public Education Reform"

Author and activist Barbara Miner will speak about her campaign against school vouchers for private schools in Wisconsin and her new book, "Lessons from the Heartland: A Half-Century of Public Education in an Iconic American City."

"Fighting for the Soul of Public Education"

Come listen to journalist Barbara Miner speak about her new book, "Lessons from the Heartland: A Turbulent Half-Century of Public Education in an Iconic American City," and the perils of privatizing public education. She will speak in Pruyne Lecture Hall in Fayerweather at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15. The EDU will provide Antonio's.

Speed Friending

It's never too late to make new friends! The Peer Advocates invite you to Speed Friending Wednesday, April 17th at 8pm in Keefe Atrium. The PAs took the concept of speed dating and added a Healthy Relationships Week twist — now it's about making friends in a casual, fun setting. There will be snacks, conversation starters, music and more!

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, Apr 18, 2013

German Film Series: "Kaddisch für einen Freund (Kaddish for a Friend)"

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

Tensions erupt in a grimy tenement complex in contemporary Berlin when a Palestinian youth encounters a Russian-Jewish WWII veteran. Mutual distrust and misunderstanding make way for the possibility of friendship in this gritty, thought-provoking drama. Screenings co-sponsored by Amherst College Office of the Jewish Religious Advisor. Shown in conjunction with the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival.

Drop-In Info Session for ELL Academy

Cadigan Center, 108

Learn more about the possibility of spending the summer reading and mentoring! Reader to Reader is holding drop-in hours in the Cadigan Center for more information about our summer job opportunities. Join us when you can on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 4 and 5:30 p.m. to learn more!

Here's a brief description of the job:
Spend the summer reading and discussing books with middle and high school English language learners! Reader to Reader and the Holyoke Public Schools will be holding a summer learning academy for English language learners (ELL) grades 7-12.

You will lead literature circles and tutor students in writing and reading. Working with teachers, you will participate in team-building activities support these students as they grow and improve as learners. A great opportunity for college students interested in teaching or for book lovers in general!

The program runs July 8-August 9, Monday through Thursday. The hourly wage is $15/hour for 16 hours/week.

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

Stephen Petegorsky will discuss his powerful images that address issues of disability resulting from acts of war, accidents or disease. His photographs, taken mainly in developing countries to document the work of The Polus Center for Social and Economic Development, record distressing circumstances but also celebrate these humanitarian efforts as well as fundamental human dignity.

Rumi and the Nature of Religious Identity

Jamal J. Elias, Walter H. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies and South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania where he is also a member of the Graduate Groups in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and in Ancient History, will speak on "Rumi and the Nature of Religious Identity" at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18th in 101 Chapin Hall. Elias, a former member of the Religion Department at Amherst College, has published broadly on history, religion, literature and material and visual culture in the medieval and modern Islamic world, his two most recent books being On Wings of Diesel: Trucks, Identity and Culture in Pakistan (Oxford 2011) and Aisha's Cushion: Religious Art, Perception and Practice in Islam (Cambridge, MA, 2012). A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship this year, he is working (primarily) on a history of the Mevlevi Sufi order from the death of its founder, Rumi (d. 1273), until the advent of the modern era. This lecture is sponsored by the Religion Department and the Willis D. Wood Fund and is free and open to the public.

"Great Careers in Advertising and Marketing"

Elliott Easterling '93 will present the career landscape in the marketing and advertising industry. He will talk about options for working at tech startups, big brands and advertising agencies. He will also present the range of jobs and roles that are available to students interested in this field and lay out strategies for landing jobs and internships.

One of the myths that Elliott wants to dispel is that there is no role for scientists in marketing. Elliott works in an area of marketing that leverages both creative and quantitative minds. Math, bio, chem and physics majors are welcome to attend!

ABOUT ELLIOTT
Elliott is a 15-year digital marketing veteran who runs two businesses: a digital advertising agency, Red Bricks Media (RBM), and a Web incubator, Folsom Media.

In 2003, Elliott launched RBM and has been instructive in leading its fast-paced growth and regional expansion, servicing the needs of some of the world’s biggest brands. Elliott’s relentless pursuit of innovation and excellence has produced a sequence of new service lines that have consistently set the pace for the digital advertising industry. Prior to his current roles, Elliott was VP of sales and account management at Digital Impact (now Acxiom Digital) and oversaw 60 percent of the company’s accounts. Armed with a B.A. from Amherst College and a master’s degree in International Technology Management from UC San Diego, Elliott’s abiding interests include fluency in two languages, an appreciation for painting and photography and extensive world travel.

Walker Prize Examination in Mathematics

Seeley G. Mudd Building

The Walker Prize Examination is open to first-year students and sophomores. There are two prizes in each category. The examination is designed to emphasize mathematical ingenuity rather than possession of specific background material. No mathematics beyond that covered in Mathematics 111-121 will be assumed.

Emily Dickinson Poetry Mini-Marathon

Frost Library, Archives

EXERCISE YOUR CREATIVE SPIRIT IN A POETRY MINI-MARATHON!

In honor of National Poetry Month, the Emily Dickinson Museum will sponsor a poetry mini-marathon on Thursday, April 18, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Archives and Special Collections in Frost Library. We’ll read aloud all 295 of the poems that Emily Dickinson wrote in 1863 (150 years ago). This program is a mini-version of the marathon we hold each fall at the museum, when we read all 1,789 of Dickinson’s poems. The readings are done round-robin style, sitting in a circle, with people taking turns reading one poem each. No prior experience with Emily Dickinson or with reading poetry aloud is required!

During the program, items from the Archives’ vast collection of Dickinson material will be on display. Most important, we’ll have gingerbread and coconut cake, made from Dickinson’s recipes, for all to enjoy. Readers-- students, faculty, staff --are welcome to drop in at any time and stay for as long as they like.

For more information, contact:

Cindy Dickinson, director of interpretation and programming
Emily Dickinson Museum
csdickinson@emilydickinsonmuseum.org
413-542-8429

"Power Up!"

Join Drew House in welcoming Erika Nicole Kendall, writer and creator of the blog "A Black Girl's Guide to Weight Loss," to Amherst College! She will be visiting to speak about how to create healthy lifestyle changes, social and mental barriers to sustainable healthy living and other topics anyone else might want to touch on. She has been successful on her journey toward a healthy lifestyle, creating this blog, becoming a personal trainer and writing books on her success.

With the increased obesity rate throughout these past years in the United States, health and weight have become prime issues of discussion, especially in the college-aged community. It is important for ALL of us, regardless or ethnicity or gender, to come together and learn how we can improve ourselves, so as to better benefit our communities.

Come listen to Ms. Kendall, her story and her advice, and be inspired by her success to stay fit and healthy!

Film Screening & Discussion: "Silver Linings Playbook"

The Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect and The Amherst Film Society will host a screening of "Silver Linings Playbook" in the Keefe Campus Center Theater. A discussion will follow. Sugar Jones will be served.

AC After Dark Game Night

Come enjoy snacks in the (pool side) Game Room while you spend time with your friends!

If you have any suggestions for new games, please visit https://www.facebook.com/amherstkeefe to let us know!

Fri, Apr 19, 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.

Lunch on Book & Plow Farm

Meet in front of the Keefe Campus center at 1 p.m. to take Grab-n-Go lunch to Tuttle Hill and have a picnic on the farm with the farmers at Book & Plow. Those interested in sustainability, local agriculture and the freshest veggies at Val are encouraged to attend! In case of rain, the farm table will once again meet in the very front room of Valentine Dining Hall.

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.

CSA Dumpling Night

Cohan Dormitory, Kitchen

Come make and enjoy some dumplings!

What Shall We Do about Lord Jeffery Amherst/Lord Jeff?

Join us for a deliberative discussion of our treasured “Rouse Song” and cherished mascot, “Lord Jeff."

Music at Amherst Chamber Series: Tetzlaff Ensemble

Buckley Recital Hall

The 2012-2013 Music at Amherst Chamber Series concludes with The Tetzlaff Ensemble’s performance of works by Widmann, Mozart and Messiaen on Friday, April 19 at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The performance requires tickets and seating is assigned. Tickets may be reserved beginning April 8 by visiting http://amherst.universitytickets.com or calling 413/542-2195.

DASAC Spring Show

Come see some of the most talented dancers at the 'herst in our final (and biggest ever!) dance show this year.

The DASAC (Dance and Step at Amherst College) performances are in the Friedmann Room on:

Friday, April 19, at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 20, at 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 21, at 8 p.m.

Get ready for... daSAC LUNCH.

Sat, Apr 20, 2013

Retreat for Women of Color

Lord Jeffrey Inn

~Brunch will be served.~

Deadline to apply for registration: Friday, April 12, at 11:59 p.m.

This retreat aims to facilitate a dialogue between working professionals and students about how to navigate the professional space as women of color. "Women of color" is defined as women of African, Asian, Latina and/or Native American ancestry.

Participants will engage in a dialogue regarding the range of circumstances that women of color face and how they may network, acquire mentors and/or sponsors and employ other strategies to advance professionally while staying true to themselves. Workshop discussions will not only foreground how to transition from college to the workplace but also build supportive networks within the Amherst family.

There is limited space for this event (30 students max). In the event of a wait list, student registration confirmations will be based on application responses. Confirmations will be sent on Tuesday, April 16.
In order to secure your attendance, a refundable deposit of $10 must be made to the Career Center by Thursday, April 18, by noon, since brunch will be provided. Registrations without the deposit will be forfeited, and the wait list will be notified accordingly. This deposit will be refunded to all participants in attendance on the day of the event. Students in need of financial assistance can contact Christina Ramos at 413-542-8419 or at cramos@amherst.edu for a waiver.

Questions? Contact Maggie Huang ’13 at mhuang13@amherst.edu or Esther Fevrier ’13 at efevrier13@amherst.edu.

Registration is at https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/careers/students/women_of_color_in_th....

Men's Glee Club Spring Concert

Buckley Recital Hall

The Amherst College Department of Music presents a spring concert by the Men’s Glee Club on Saturday, April 20, at 5 p.m., directed by Mallorie Chernin and assistant director Jeremy Koo ’12. The concert will take place in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. It is open to the public at no charge and seating is by general admission.
The Glee Club performs works chosen by graduating students. This year, singers will perform a variety of sacred and secular music, songs of other nations and spirituals, including pieces by William Dawson, Robert Shaw, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Marshall Bartholomew and many others. The concert will conclude with the traditional "Senior Song" by James S. Hamilton (Class of 1906) and the passing of the historic senior chalice.
For more information please contact director Mallorie Chernin at (413) 542-2484 or email mchernin@amherst.edu.

Free Public Observing at Amherst College's Observatory

Wilder Observatory, Snell Street

The Wilder Observatory on Snell Street is free and open to all, starting at 9 p.m. every clear Saturday from April through October. See (if they're in the sky at the time) the moon, planets, asteroids, comets, multiple stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more through the large, world-class refractor telescope. Students, faculty, staff, family and friends are welcome.

Sun, Apr 21, 2013

2nd Annual 5K for The Peruvian Education Initiative

Memorial Field

Come out and run a cross-country style race to support the education of three scholars in Lima, Peru! Registration begins at 10 AM and the race starts at 11 AM. Cost of registration is $5 for Five College students and $15 for the public. To register in advance, e-mail amherst.pei@gmail.com. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers.

GlobeMed Spring Festival

Valentine Quad

GlobeMed is throwing a Spring Festival on Sunday, April 21, from noon to 3 p.m. on Valentine Quad. We will have some tips on staying healthy, along with healthy snacks and springtime activities! Come enjoy fresh fruit, vegetables, performances by a
cappella groups and great outdoor leisure activities, like corn hole and sack races! This festival is an effort to support our goal to promote public health awareness as well as to raise money for child nutrition programs for our partner organization in
El Salvador.

Amherst College Alumnus and Visiting Professor of Music, Harold Meltzer '88

Buckley Recital Hall

The Amherst College Department of Music will present two works composed by Visiting Professor of Music Harold Meltzer '88 on Sunday, April 21 at 3 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. This concert is free and open to the public. For more information please call 413/542-2195 or email concerts@amherst.edu.

Men's Basketball National Championship Celebration

Amherst Brewing Company (10 University Drive)

Back home from Atlanta, the Amherst men's basketball team will be celebrating its second national championship at the Amherst Brewing Company on Sunday, April 21. The Jeffs are encouraging fans and the general public to join the players and coaches as they celebrate a fantastic postseason run. Some light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Doors open at 3 p.m.

http://www.amherstbrewing.com/amherst-brewing-company-events/events/amhe...

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. Jonathan Reardon is our celebrant this week.

Beethoven's "Archduke Trio"

Porter House

Ioanida Costache '12, Caroline Magee '16, and Albert Yu '15 perform Beethoven's Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97 (1811) on Sunday 4/21 at 7pm. Dedicated to the Archduke Rudolph of Austria, a friend and student of Beethoven, the piece is affectionately called the "Archduke Trio." Join us for a short (40min) performance and refreshments sponsored by the German Department to follow.

Mon, Apr 22, 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.

"The Psychology of Trading and Investing"

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

Martin "Buzzy" Schwartz '67 will speak about his time at Amherst, lessons from his professional career and his views on how people should manage money.

David M. Margulies '73 Delivers Croxton Lecture

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 4

David M. Margulies, M.D., executive director of the Gene Partnership at Children’s Hospital in Boston (CHB) and a member of the faculties of the Division of Developmental Medicine, the Center for Biomedical Informatics, and the Division of Genomics at the Harvard Medical School, will deliver a Croxton Lecture titled “Towards Precision Care” on Monday, April 22, 2013, in Merrill Science Center 4, at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public. New York governor Mario Cuomo; Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner; and Stephen Jay Gould, professor of geology at Harvard University are among Amherst’s past Croxton Lecturers.

Soon, it will be practical to study an individual’s DNA and RNA in order to characterize disease and plan treatment with much greater accuracy than is now possible. Functional genomics and bioinformatics are now being used to define the underlying biologic mechanisms that give rise to common illnesses and phenotypes. In the not-too-distant future, we will routinely grow specific tissues from a small snippet of skin and evaluate the effect of drugs, small molecules, and other bioactive substances on this tissue as a part of planning to treat a person’s illness. Dr. Margulies’s talk will describe some of the science and technology that is leading us toward the era of “precision care.” The lecture will hold particular interest for those contemplating a career in medicine, the biosciences, or biotechnology, or those who acknowledge the possibility of needing effective treatment for a serious illness in the decades to come.

Tue, Apr 23, 2013

Stress Management Workshop

Join in a private workshop to discuss the physiological impacts of stress and learn basic stress management techniques, facilitated by Dr. George Phillips and Dr. Sarah Erickson of Amherst College's Counseling Center on Tuesday, April 23, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Porter Lounge of Converse Hall. Please email serickson@amherst.edu or gwphillips@amherst.edu if interested in attending.

Economics Thesis Presentations

Economics students will discuss their thesis work on Tuesday, April 23. Presentations will take place in the Paino Lecture Room of the Beneski building from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m., with refreshments to follow. The campus community is warmly invited to attend.

Author Reading: Jennifer Cody Epstein '88

Jennifer Cody Epstein '88 will read from and discuss her latest novel, "The Gods of Heavenly Punishment."

"Fading Away": The Untold Stories of the Korean War Soldiers and Their Families

Come watch a documentary film on the Korean War titled "Fading Away." Not like the typical war documentary, the film shares the untold stories of the Korean War through our soldiers, fathers and mothers. It is an eye-opening and educational as well as amusing and humorous at times. There will be a short Q&A session with the director of the film.

For more information on the film, go to http://www.fadingawaymovie.com.

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, Apr 24, 2013

Two-Part Seminar Series on Peace and Conflict

Giulia La Mattina (Boston University) will speak on "Armed Conflict and Domestic Violence: Evidence from Rwanda" in Part 1 of a two-part seminar series on Peace and Conflict.

(Part 2 will be on Monday, April 29, at 2:30 p.m. in Professor Singh's "Microeconomics of Development" class.)

The series is sponsored by the Eastman and Lamont Funds.

"All Kinds of Lawfare"

Senior Lecturer in International Relations Jens Meierhenrich, of the London School of Economics and Political Science will discuss “All Kinds of Lawfare” at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, in Pruyne Lecture Hall of Amherst College’s Fayerweather Hall. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Amherst’s Lamont Lecture Fund.

Meierhenrich previously taught at Harvard University and was a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court. The author of numerous books, Meierhenrich won the American Political Science Association’s 2009 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for "The Legacies of Law: Long-Run Consequences of Legal Development in South Africa, 1652-2012" (Cambridge University Press, 2008). He is currently a member in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

Chess Club Practice

Valentine Dining Hall, Conference Room

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

Spanish Film Festival: "Even the Rain"

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum, 115

Filmmaker Sebastian (Gael García Bernal) and his cynical producer Costa (Luis Tosar) arrive in Cochabamba, Bolivia, to make a film about Columbus’s voyage to the New World and the subjugation of the indigenous population. Just as filming begins, the natives face a crisis when the government privatizes the water company and prices skyrocket. Daily protests erupt and the local man cast as a rebellious 16th-century Taino chief also becomes a leader in the water hike protests. Director Icíar Bollaín intercuts footage of Sebastian’s film with recordings of the demonstrations that occurred during the real-life “Water Wars” that took place when the Bolivian government privatized the water company in 2000. In this masterful film-within-a-film, which is anchored in the philosophies of historian Howard Zinn as well as the stories of 16th-century priests Fathers Bartolome de las Casas and Antonio Montesinos, Bollaín raises questions about exploitation in South America, blurring the lines between past and present, fiction and reality.

IFSA-Butler Study Abroad: Pizza Session with Returning Students!

Charles Pratt Hall, Common Room

Have you ever wanted to hang out with kangaroos in Australia? Or check out Wimbledon, the site of the oldest tennis tournament in the world, in London? How about getting the chance to actually live in one of these or numerous other foreign places?

If you are AT ALL INTERESTED IN STUDYING ABROAD in the future, this meeting will give you the chance to talk with five Amherst students who went abroad through the IFSA-Butler program! They went to either London or a city in Australia, but the information they share will be interesting to anyone considering studying abroad and will directly discuss the IFSA-Butler program. They will talk a bit about their experiences, show a few pictures and open it up to a Q&A.

Also, there will be FREE PIZZA AND COOKIES!

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, Apr 25, 2013

Senior Honors Art Thesis Opening

Fayerweather Hall, Eli Marsh Gallery

This is a time to celebrate the end of a year long exploration in Art by viewing and interacting with students' nature-inspired sculptures.All sculptures are made from wood, metal or recycled electronic devices.

"The Story and the Word: Arabic Narrative and the Qur'an"

Bruce Fudge, professor of Arabic, Département des langues et des littératures méditerranéennes, slaves et orientales, Université de Genève will speak on “The Story and the Word: Arabic Narrative and the Qur’an,” Thursday, April 25, at 5 p.m. in 101 Chapin Hall. Professor Fudge is the author of "Qur'anic Hermeneutics" (2011), as well as various articles on Qur'ânic exegesis, literary theory and both medieval and modern Arabic literature. His current work focuses on two areas: 1) the origins of the collection of the "1001 Nights" and 2) the relationship between knowledge and narrative in classical and medieval Arabic prose. The lecture is sponsored by the Religion Department and the Willis D. Wood Fund and is free and open to the public.

Iron Chef Contest

Valentine Dining Hall, Weiller Wing

The annual Iron Chef Contest is tomorrow in the Weiller Wing of Val. at 5:15 pm.
Stop in and cheer for your favorite cooking team!

An Evening with the Puzzle Master

Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (115)

Will Shortz, crossword editor for The New York Times, will come to Amherst College on Thursday, April 25, to discuss puzzles, crosswords and life at The New York Times. The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Pruyne Lecture Hall, located inside of Fayerwewather Hall. At the end of the lecture, Mr. Shortz will autograph books and answer questions.

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.

Fri, Apr 26, 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: Jill Miller

Lewis-Sebring Commons, Valentine Hall, Mullins

On Friday, April 26, from noon to 1 p.m., the Faculty Colloquium Series for 2012-13 is sponsoring "Evolutionary Patterns of Reproduction: The Evolution of Sex and Mate Choice in Plants," presented by Jill Miller, associate professor of biology. 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.

Neuroscience Thesis Presentation

The Neuroscience Thesis Presentations will be held on the following two dates:
Friday, April 26 in Merrill 315 from 12:00 -1:30
Sunday, April 28 in Merrill 3 from 12:10-2:20

All are welcomed.

Info Session: Monitor/Deloitte Careers in Consulting

At Monitor-Deloitte Consulting, we work with our clients to solve some of their most complex business problems. Come learn about what consultants actually do and some of the career opportunities for Amherst grads. We will also discuss the value of your liberal arts education and how it can help to position you for a career in consulting. Antonio’s pizza will be served at the beginning of the session.

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.

"Towards multielectron redox chemistry with bimetallic compounds"

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 4

Professor Villagran's lab explores physical, inorganic and computational chemistry. They use multiple-bonded bimetallic systems to study multi-electron redox chemistry for the activation of small molecules of energy and environmental importance. We are interested in the use of these systems for the study of electron transfer reactions through covalent or hydrogen-bond pathways. We utilize several spectroscopical and electrochemical methods as well as high-level computational algorithms.

Theme House Reception Dinner

Charles Pratt Hall, O'Connor Commons

Ever considered living in a theme house? Come enjoy dinner and see why you should! Representatives from the Charles Drew Memorial Culture House, German House and Arts House will speak about why theme housing is important and about their specific theme houses.

Russian Film Event - In Memoriam, Alexei German

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

In late February, Russians bid farewell to a man many considered to be the country’s greatest living filmmaker. Largely under-appreciated in the West, Alexei German’s films delighted in their complexity, tones, textured aesthetics, and the absence of simple heroes or villains. "My Friend Ivan Lapshin" (1984) is a gritty, beautiful and a strange mixture of realism and dreamish images. The film will be screened and then discussed by professors from the Five Colleges, led by Polina Barskova of Hampshire College.

"Eloísa está debajo de un almendro"

Converse Hall, Red Room

The Spanish Department presents "Eloísa está debajo de un almendro," a play written by Enrique Jardiel Poncela. All proceeds will benefit Beyond el Campo, GlobeMed and the Peruvian Education Initiative. Tickets are $3 and can be purchased at the door.

Amherst Dance Concert

Amherst Dance cordially invites you to spend an evening in Wonderland. This is your last chance to see the lovely seniors in Amherst Dance perform so don’t miss it! The concert is the perfect way to pregame Spring Formal (which doesn’t start until 10 pm so you’ll have plenty of time in between to do whatever you need to do). The best part? ADMISSION IS FREE!!! We look forward to seeing you all there!

Sat, Apr 27, 2013

"Slow Art Day": A Worldwide Event at the Mead Art Museum

Slow Art Day is a worldwide celebration of art that encourages people to look at art slowly-- and thereby experience art in a new way. It happens on the same day around the world, and here's what it entails...

You'll visit the Mead and view five pre-selected artworks on your own-- slowly. Then, all of the participants will meet with Mead educator Wendy Somes over lunch at the High Horse (in downtown Amherst) to discuss and share experiences. All you need to do is RSVP by sending a quick email to Wendy Somes: wsomes@amherst.edu.

Learn more about Slow Art Day and the mission behind it here: http://SlowArtDay.com.

SASA Cooking Night

Cohan Dormitory, Kitchen

South Asian Students Association (SASA) is having its second cooking night of the semester this Saturday. Come to Cohan Kitchen for a delicious dinner before you get ready for the Spring Concert! The dinner will start at 6 p.m.

Concert Choir Spring Concert

Buckley Recital Hall

The Amherst College Department of Music presents a spring concert by the Concert Choir on Saturday, April 27, at 5 p.m., directed by Mallorie Chernin and assistant director Jeremy Koo ’12. The concert will take place in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. It is open to the public at no charge, and seating is by general admission.

The Concert Choir will present a concert featuring music that will be part of their repertoire on tour to Ireland in May. The concert includes works by Samuel Barber ("The Reincarnations"), Johannanes Brahms ("Warum ist das Licht gegeben"), Moses Hogan ("Elijah Rock"), Zoltan Kodaly ("Esti Dal") and Jaako Mäntyjärvi ("Pseudo Yoik"). Also featured is the song "Gold" from the musical "Once." The concert will end with the traditional "Senior Song."

For more information, please contact director Mallorie Chernin at 413-542-2484 or email mchernin@amherst.edu.

Catholic Mass: Second Sunday of Easter

Chapin Hall, Chapel

Rev. Warren Savage, celebrant of this Roman Catholic Liturgy. All are truly welcome. Missalettes are provided. Those involved (or who wish to join) in liturgical ministries are encouraged to arrive 1/2 hour early to prepare.

Spring Concert

For artist and ticket information, please visit the Student Activities Office website: www.amherst.edu/campuslife/keefe/calendar. Information will be posted as it becomes available. Tickets are required for this concert.

Free Public Observing at Amherst College's Observatory

Wilder Observatory, Snell Street

The Wilder Observatory on Snell Street is free and open to all, starting at 9 p.m. every clear Saturday from April through October. See (if they're in the sky at the time) the moon, planets, asteroids, comets, multiple stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more through the large, world-class refractor telescope. Students, faculty, staff, family and friends are welcome.

Sun, Apr 28, 2013

Social Council Spring Carnival

King/Wieland Lawn

It's the annual Social Council Spring Carnival!

Cookout! Inflatable obstacle course! Mechanical surfboard! Dunk tank! Slip 'n Slide! Free tank tops while supplies last! Smoothies! Lawn games! Music! Woo!

(We're on King and Wieland lawn this year due to construction.)

Women's Chorus Spring Concert

Buckley Recital Hall

The Amherst College Department of Music presents a spring concert by the Women’s Chorus on Sunday, April 28, at 1 p.m., directed by Mallorie Chernin and assistant director Jeremy Koo ’12. The concert will take place in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. It is open to the public at no charge, and seating is by general admission.

The Women’s Chorus presents their spring concert, assisted by pianist Janet St. Jean. The repertoire will include songs by Felix Mendelssohn, Stephen Hatfield, David Childs, G. Roberts Kolb and more. Also featured are the songs "The Parting Glass" and "Down to the River to Pray." The concert will end with the traditional "Senior Song."

For more information, please contact director Mallorie Chernin at 413-542-2484 or email mchernin@amherst.edu.

Rhythm and Shoes Presents: "To the Stage!"

Come to our debut show, featuring Broadway hits from musicals such as "Rent," "Wicked," "Into the Woods" and "Fiddler on the Roof." Admission is FREE.

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.

"Eloísa está debajo de un almendro"

Converse Hall, Red Room

The Spanish Department presents "Eloísa está debajo de un almendro," a play written by Enrique Jardiel Poncela. All proceeds will benefit Beyond el Campo, GlobeMed and the Peruvian Education Initiative. Tickets are $3 and can be purchased at the door.

Mon, Apr 29, 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.

Part 2 of Two-Part Seminar Series on Peace and Conflict

Mevlude Akbulut-Yuksel (Dalhousie University), Melanie Khamas (Wesleyan University) and Mutlu Yuksel (Dalhousie University) will speak on "Rubble Women: The Long-Term Effects of Postwar Reconstruction on Female Labor Market Outcomes" in Part 2 of a two-part seminar series on Peace and Conflict.

(Part 1 is on Wednesday, April 24, at 2:30 p.m. in Professor Singh's "Microeconomics of Development" class.)

Discussion with Dan Georgakas

Octagon

In 1970s Detroit, black autoworkers built a new model of labor and political organizing. The League of Revolutionary Black Workers and the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement (DRUM) sought to reform not only the workplace but United Auto Workers (UAW) itself, which they perceived to be racist and hierarchical. Marvin Surkin and Dan Georgakas documented the vision and struggles of these two organizations in "Detroit: I Do Mind Dying." This Monday, come join Georgakas for a presentation and an open discussion about unionism and labor activism in the greater context of black liberation.

Tue, Apr 30, 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

"When Students Have Power: Classroom Dynamics Across Genders" Dialogue

Keefe Campus Center, McCaffrey Room

When do we express ourselves in a class? What other salient aspects of identities come into play in our classes? Participate in an engaging dialogue about classroom dynamics as students at Amherst College.
Think. Share. Connect.

Fresh Side and Antonio's will be served!

Trained dialogue facilitators: Julia Alexander (CCE) and Oscar Collins (UMass Amherst Graduate School of Education)

French Film Series: "Les petits mouchoirs"

Newport House, Common Room

A la suite d'un événement bouleversant, une bande de copains décide, malgré tout, de partir en vacances au bord de la mer comme chaque année. Leur amitié, leurs certitudes, leur culpabilité, leurs amours en seront ébranlées. Ils vont enfin devoir lever les "petits mouchoirs" qu'ils ont posés sur leurs secrets et leurs mensonges.

Despite a traumatic event, a group of friends decide to go ahead with their annual beach vacation, and with that decision, their relationships, convictions, consciences and friendships are sorely tested. They are finally forced to own up to the little white lies they have been telling each other and themselves.

City Streets

Valentine Quad

Take a late night stroll through a foreign city, turn a corner, and encounter a street fair. Exotic foods, pulsing music, jugglers, magicians, stilt walkers, clowns painting faces, balloon artists, fire dancers and twinkling lights set against a background of international streets and squares together with flags from every country represented on campus. Come for a taste, catch a glimpse, spend an hour - take a break from your routine and join us on the Valentine Quadrangle between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30. Open to all students, faculty, staff and families.

German Kaffeeklatsch

Porter House

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