Event Calendar

Friday, April 5, 2013

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.

Ongoing Events

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.

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.