Event Calendar

September 2013

Sun, Sep 1, 2013

Amherst College Choral Society Auditions

Painless auditions for the Amherst College Choral Society will be Saturday, August 31, through Tuesday, Sept. 3. All students are invited to audition for participation in the Concert Choir (men and women), the Women's Chorus or the Men's Glee Club. Information and sign-up sheets are located on the bulletin board outside Room 3 of the Arms Music Center. (There will also be auditions for the Madrigal Singers, but you must audition first for the Choral Society.) No experience is necessary! Walk-ins welcome! Come try us out! First rehearsals are Wednesday, Sept. 4 for Concert Choir (8-10 pm) and Thursday, Sept. 5 for Women’s Chorus (6:45-8:45 pm) and Glee Club (9-10:30 pm). JOIN US!
For more information: http://www.amherst.edu/~music

Catholic Mass

Chapin Hall, Chapel

Rev. Bruce Teague, celebrant. Join us for a celebration of the Roman Catholic Liturgy. All are welcome and missalettes are provided. Those involved in liturgical ministry arrive 1/2 hour early to prepare.

Mon, Sep 2, 2013

Amherst College Choral Society Auditions

Painless auditions for the Amherst College Choral Society will be Saturday, August 31, through Tuesday, Sept. 3. All students are invited to audition for participation in the Concert Choir (men and women), the Women's Chorus or the Men's Glee Club. Information and sign-up sheets are located on the bulletin board outside Room 3 of the Arms Music Center. (There will also be auditions for the Madrigal Singers, but you must audition first for the Choral Society.) No experience is necessary! Walk-ins welcome! Come try us out! First rehearsals are Wednesday, Sept. 4 for Concert Choir (8-10 pm) and Thursday, Sept. 5 for Women’s Chorus (6:45-8:45 pm) and Glee Club (9-10:30 pm). JOIN US!
For more information: http://www.amherst.edu/~music

Amherst College Choral Society: Join us for Convocation Sept. 2

All students are invited to participate in an open rehearsal in preparation for Opening College Convocation on Monday, Sept. 2, at 10 a.m. in room 3 of the Arms Music Building. We will be learning two songs to perform at Convocation during the morning rehearsal and meeting again in the evening at 6:30 to warm up and walk together to Johnson Chapel for Convocation. Please join us!
For more information: http://www.amherst.edu/~music

Amherst Symphony Orchestra first-year auditions

All first years wishing to participate in Amherst Symphony Orchestra should sign up in the lobby of Arms Music Center for a 15 minute audition slot. All hearings will be held on Monday September 2, 2013 from 10am-7pm, but students who are interested and cannot make that day should email Music Director Mark Lane Swanson at mlswanson@amherst.edu as soon as possible to make alternative arrangements.

Student Activities Fair

Valentine Quad

Students are invited to attend the Student Activities Fair. Over 100 Registered Student Organizations, with student leaders from across campus, will be in attendance the fair to discuss their clubs and activities. This is a great event to attend to learn more about clubs, events, ways to get involved on campus and meet student leaders.

Student Leader and Registered Student Organizations Workshop

Keefe Campus Center, Friedmann Room

The Student Activities Office will host a student organization training workshop for student leaders of Registered Student Organizations (RSO). Student leaders are encouraged to attend. This workshop will include discussions of co-sponsorship funding resources, the event planning process, review of event and party registration and catering policies, AC After Dark program applications, RSO event collaborations, community building and much more!

This workshop is also a great time for club leaders to reconnect with fellow student leaders from different clubs across campus. Refreshments will be provided along with raffles to kick off the start of student event planning and student leadership initiatives.

Opening Convocation

The opening ceremony for the academic year.

Tue, Sep 3, 2013

Amherst College Choral Society Auditions

Painless auditions for the Amherst College Choral Society will be Saturday, August 31, through Tuesday, Sept. 3. All students are invited to audition for participation in the Concert Choir (men and women), the Women's Chorus or the Men's Glee Club. Information and sign-up sheets are located on the bulletin board outside Room 3 of the Arms Music Center. (There will also be auditions for the Madrigal Singers, but you must audition first for the Choral Society.) No experience is necessary! Walk-ins welcome! Come try us out! First rehearsals are Wednesday, Sept. 4 for Concert Choir (8-10 pm) and Thursday, Sept. 5 for Women’s Chorus (6:45-8:45 pm) and Glee Club (9-10:30 pm). JOIN US!
For more information: http://www.amherst.edu/~music

Early Music Program Auditions

The Five College Early Music Program welcomes students, faculty and community members interested in auditioning to sing or play in one or more ensembles, including the Collegium choir; Baroque orchestra (modern string players are encouraged to try this); chamber music, medieval and Renaissance ensembles; and Voces Feminae. The auditions are "painless" and held at all campuses.

Consider beginning recorder, viola da gamba, lute or sackbut! We also offer instruction on period instruments (recorder, sackbut, viol, lute, etc.) for
modern players, in beginning ensembles and lessons. Credit is available for ensembles
and lessons at Mount Holyoke College, UMass and Hampshire College.

Amherst College auditions will be Tuesday, Sept. 3, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Music Room 7.

Wed, Sep 4, 2013

National Fellowships and Scholarships With Early Fall Deadlines

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly

Learn about national fellowships and scholarships for study, teaching, research, or travel for the year after you graduate. Come to one of two meetings which will focus on those available to seniors. Denise Gagnon, Director of Fellowship Advising, will be discussing the different fellowships, the application process, upcoming deadlines, letters of recommendation, and effective project proposals and personal statements. Recent alumni fellowship finalists and winners will be attending each session to answer questions and discuss their experiences. Juniors are invited to attend as it’s not too soon to become acquainted with these opportunities. The same information will be presented again on Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. in the same location.

Jewish New Year Services

Chapin Hall, Chapel

Celebrate the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) on campus with Hillel's pluralistic services led by Jewish Religious Advisor Rabbi Bruce B. Seltzer and rabbinical student Alana Alpert on Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 6 to 7 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 5, from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in Chapin Chapel. You have a right to miss class to
observe religious holidays but feel free to come late and/or leave early. All are
welcome. Our free services are open to the entire Amherst College community.

Audition for WOYZECK directed by Charlotte Brathwaite

Wednesday and Thursday, September 4 &5
Auditions for WOYZECK at 7PM, studio 3, WebsterG19
Woyzeck is the protagonist of the fragmentary play by German dramatist Georg Büchner (1813-1837). Browbeaten by his superiors, betrayed byhis mistress, and tortured by a doctor obsessed with scientific experiments, the hapless Woyzeck is driven into madness. Director Charlotte Brathwaite aims to shape this highly physical production into an intense world of extremes - beauty and brutality, erotic and gritty, highlighting Woyzeck’s fall into hallucinatory disenchantment
- a no man’s land between mania and surrealism.
Audition requirements: come ready to move, speak text and improvise together
Performances October 31-November 2, Kirby Theater.

Thu, Sep 5, 2013

Jewish New Year Services

Chapin Hall, Chapel

Celebrate the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) on campus with Hillel's pluralistic services led by Jewish Religious Advisor Rabbi Bruce B. Seltzer and Rabbinical Student Alana Alpert on Wednesday, Sept. 4 from 6-7 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 5 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in Chapin Chapel, Chapin Hall. You have a right to miss class to observe religious holidays but feel free to come late and/or leave early. All are welcome. Our free services are open to the entire Amherst College community.

Audition for WOYZECK directed by Charlotte Brathwaite

Wednesday and Thursday, September 4 &5
Auditions for WOYZECK at 7PM, studio 3, WebsterG19
Woyzeck is the protagonist of the fragmentary play by German dramatist Georg Büchner (1813-1837). Browbeaten by his superiors, betrayed byhis mistress, and tortured by a doctor obsessed with scientific experiments, the hapless Woyzeck is driven into madness. Director Charlotte Brathwaite aims to shape this highly physical production into an intense world of extremes - beauty and brutality, erotic and gritty, highlighting Woyzeck’s fall into hallucinatory disenchantment
- a no man’s land between mania and surrealism.
Audition requirements: come ready to move, speak text and improvise together
Performances October 31-November 2, Kirby Theater.

National Fellowships and Scholarships With Early Fall Deadlines

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly

Learn about national fellowships and scholarships for study, teaching, research, or travel for the year after you graduate. Come to one of two meetings which will focus on those available to seniors. Denise Gagnon, Director of Fellowship Advising, will be discussing the different fellowships, the application process, upcoming deadlines, letters of recommendation, and effective project proposals and personal statements. Recent alumni fellowship finalists and winners will be attending each session to answer questions and discuss their experiences. Juniors are invited to attend as it’s not too soon to become acquainted with these opportunities.

Fri, Sep 6, 2013

Spanish Table

Spanish Table will meet from noon to 2 p.m. on Fridays, beginning Sept. 6. Spanish speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

Mead Art Museum Student Docent Open Meeting

Do you like art, history, and people? Consider joining the Mead Student Docent program! Docents are volunteer museum teachers who lead gallery activities for visitors of all ages. No background in art is needed, and an interest in public speaking or teaching is helpful but not required. Docents meet 3-5 hours per week to learn about the Mead's collection and museum education, for conversations with experts, and to give tours.

Frost Library Open House

On Friday, Sept. 6, from 1 to 3 p.m., enjoy cider and snacks while getting to know the library and all the ways librarians can help you (before you need it). Join us for a scavenger hunt and other "nerd games," meet the birds of Audubon's folio and other treasures in Archives and Special Collections, discover the cafe, and scope out your favorite study space.

Mead Art Museum Exhibition Opening Celebration!

All are welcome to attend the public celebration of the Mead's special exhibition - This Just In! Additions to the Collection from Pompeii to Today - which features Amherst's newly acquired Roman sarcophagus. The Mead will debut a new translation of the Latin poem inscribed on the sarcophagus, a translation composed by former U.S. Poet Laureate—and Amherst College professor and alumnus—Richard Wilbur.

Faculty Dance Concert

Faculty Dance Concert
Friday, September 6, 7PM, Kirby Theater
Free admission. Open seating. No reservations required.
Refreshments after concert with opportunity to meet FCDD faculty

Amherst College Theater and Dance Department is proud to present an evening of original works by faculty members Paul Matteson and Wendy Woodson. The concert will feature, WAYPOINT, a duet for actor and dancer looking for the horizon,
written and directed by Wendy Woodson, created in collaboration with and performed by Ron Bashford and Paul Matteson.
The evening also includes two pieces choreographed by Paul Matteson. SHOW STOPPERS, performed by Matteson and Raja Feather Kelly, is a physically epic journey of brothers, or lovers, or friends; no, strangers who happen to share the same questions, fears and secrets. Matteson’s other work, Take it OVER, performed by Matteson, James Morrow and Jennifer Polins, is a kinetic partnering pushed to the edge of execution where failure is inevitable and intended futures turn inside out.

AC After Dark: DIY Terrariums

Keefe Campus Center, Friedmann Room

Tiny! Adorable! Plants! Put a tiny plastic bird in it! Give your plant a zombie friend!

Sat, Sep 7, 2013

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.

Island in the Sun TAP

Lipton House, Basement & First Floor

A ukulele player; fresh fruit; smoothies--what more could an island-themed party need?

Sun, Sep 8, 2013

Mead Reads

Come ready to discuss Barbara Shapiro's novel The Art Forger, inspired by the largest art heist in history, with Mead Director Elizabeth Barker and the Mead's Head of Security Heath Cummings

Freshman A Cappella Showcase

This is the first a cappella event of the year. All 6 groups (The Bluestockings, The DQ, Route 9, The Sabrinas, TI and The Zumbyes) will each perform a 3-song set to give new students a taste of what each group has to offer.

Catholic Mass

Chapin Hall, Chapel

Rev. Warren Savage, celebrant. Join us for a celebration of the Roman Catholic Liturgy. All are welcome: missallettes are provided. Those involved (or who wish to join) in liturgical ministries are encouraged to arrive 1/2 hour early to prepare.

Faculty Jazz Performance

Buckley Recital Hall

This just doesn't happen every day- Come here our amazing AC jazz faculty live in Buckley:
Claire Arenius, drums; Joe Belmont, guitar; Geoff Cunningham, trumpet; Bruce Diehl, saxophone; Ann Maggs, voice; Neal Melley, trombone; David Picchi, bass; Dominic Poccia, saxophone; Gary Smulyan, saxophone; and Eugene Uman, piano.

Mon, Sep 9, 2013

Fall Zotero Workshop Series at the Frost Library

Attend this one-hour tutorial to get you started with Zotero. Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus, and you can download it on your personal computer for free.

German Table

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

"Kimono Certified"

Romelle Whalen '10 will give a talk on kimono as a garment, with an explanation of how kimono is taught in classes rather than in the home and a discussion of her personal experiences studying and working with kimono.

University College London Neuroscience Info Session

Morgan Hall, 110

Neuroscience majors interested in studying abroad during the 2014 spring semester: The Department of Neuroscience at Amherst has developed a special arrangement with University College London (UCL), an institution that is part of the University of London system. With this special program, neuroscience majors can enroll for spring semester and receive credit in the major. More information about this program is available at https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/study_abroad/all_programs/node/297813. Juniors interested in participating in the spring 2014 semester at UCL need to submit their applications to Janna Behrens, director of international experience, by Friday, Sept. 20. Please drop off your materials to the Career Center. Faculty can send recommendations directly to jbehrens@amherst.edu.

Informational Session on Political Science 309: "Collective Action and the Politics of Resistance"

On Monday, Sept. 9, at 5 p.m. in Paino Lecture Hall, Professor Kerry Ratigan will be holding an informational session for her "Collective Action and the Politics of Resistance" course, POSC 309. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Ratigan by email at kratigan@amherst.edu.

Auditions for "Performance Project"

Webster Hall, Studio 1

"Performance Project" is an evening of original dance, theater and video works created by Five College students as part of their work in "Performance Studio," taught by Professor Wendy Woodson.

Choreographer/directors will present their ideas and preliminary material or improvisational structures.

Performances will be Dec. 6 and 7 at 8 p.m. in Holden Theater.

Multicultural Resource Center Dialogue on Race

Come join MRC Director Mariana Cruz and Coordinator Nick Cream as we begin an ongoing conversation on race and racial identity. Refreshments will be served.

Tue, Sep 10, 2013

Japanese Language Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

The Japanese Language Table will meet twice a week this semester: Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting Sept. 10 and Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. starting Sept. 13.

Meetings will be held in Terrace Room A in Valentine.

There will be no meeting during Mid-Semester Break and no meetings the week before and the week of Thanksgiving Break.

Talk by Kristin LeMay

Dickinson Homestead

Many readers think that Emily Dickinson rejected religion and wanted nothing to do with God. And yet her poetry and life tell a deeper story. Looking closely at 25 of Dickinson's poems, LeMay's book reveals how Dickinson occasionally believed, thoughtfully doubted and, in her divine wrestling, met God. In chapters on belief, prayer, mortality, immortality and beauty, LeMay uncovers the riches of Dickinson’s spiritual life and tells of her own search for God between the lines of the poems Dickinson called “hymns.” LeMay will base her talk on her book. Following the talk, she will be available for conversation and a book signing.

Insight Meditation Group

Chapin Hall, Chapel

Whether you have meditated a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax and quiet your mind, to learn how to experience less suffering and stress in your life, to explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, or to talk about what it means to awaken in this life and to live from compassion and awareness.

German Kaffeeklatsch

Porter House

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

Wed, Sep 11, 2013

French Table

French Table will meet from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 11 on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall. French speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

Multicultural Resource Center Grab-n-Go Conversations: "Our Cultural Identities"

Grab lunch from Schwemm's and come for a chat in the MRC. Different topics every week. Topic for this week: Our cultural identities.

"China Goes Global"

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

Professor David Shambaugh, director of Chinese studies at the George Washington University, will give a lecture drawn from his new book, “China Goes Global: The Partial Power.” Shambaugh is one of America’s authoritative China specialists, particularly influential on Chinese foreign policy, military and security issues. He was longtime editor of "The China Quarterly" and has been a frequent contributor in the American and international media.

This talk is open to the public and sponsored by the Corliss Lamont Lectureship for a Peaceful World and the Department of Political Science.

Thu, Sep 12, 2013

German Film Series: "Westwind"

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

In 1988, two East Germans (twin sisters and promising athletes) are sent to Hungary to train in a rowing camp. When one of the young oarswomen falls in love with a West German man, they are forced to make a decision that will radically alter their lives.

Physics "Welcome Back" Pizza Party

Physics majors and anybody else interested in physics are invited to meet in the physics student lounge, Merrill 114-116, at 4:30 p.m. for pizza and conversation. This is a great time to renew old friendships and meet new students. You MUST RSVP to Ellen Feld (effeld@amherst.edu).

"Celebrate Amherst" Block Party

A primary stretch of North Pleasant Street in downtown Amherst will be closed off to traffic and opened up to fun! Students and town residents are invited to come together and celebrate the community through food, music and other activities sponsored by the town Business Improvement District, the University of Massachusetts and Amherst College. The event will feature two stages with bands and DJs, food from downtown Amherst’s fantastic array of restaurants and entertainment of all sorts for people of all sorts, including a hoops-shooting activity with the Amherst men's and women's basketball teams. The rain date for this event is the following Thursday, Sept. 19.

Calling All Musicians! Become an Amherst Public School Music Tutor Today!

Interested in fostering the musical development of Amherst’s young musicians? Become a part of the Amherst College Music Tutors Program and help children in Amherst Public School bands and orchestras.

An information session will be held on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 9:30 p.m. in the Arms Music Center. Please contact Mary Byrne at mbyrne15@amherst.edu with any questions.

Fri, Sep 13, 2013

Japanese Language Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

The Japanese Language Table will meet twice a week this semester: Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting Sept. 10 and Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. starting Sept. 13.

Meetings will be held in Terrace Room A in Valentine.

There will be no meeting during Mid-Semester Break and no meetings the week before and the week of Thanksgiving Break.

Spanish Table

Spanish Table will meet from noon to 2 p.m. on Fridays, beginning Sept. 6. Spanish speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

Fall Zotero Workshop Series at the Frost Library

Frost Library, Lane Room

Attend this one-hour tutorial to get you started with Zotero. Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus, and you can download it on your personal computer for free.

Pathways Student-Alumni Mentoring Program Kickoff Celebration!

Join us to learn more about the Pathways Student-Alumni Mentoring Program!

The first 250 students to arrive will get FREE ice cream from Flayvors! Also, enter a raffle for a chance to join our Alumni Executive Committee for a FREE lunch at the Lord Jeff Inn!

To learn more and register for Pathways, visit www.amherst.edu/go/pathways.

MRC Cafe con Leche / Coffee Hour

Get to know Amherst administrators and staff over coffee, tea and conversation! Special guest: Molly Mead, director of the Center for Community Engagement.

AAS Tea Time

Keefe Campus Center, Women's and Gender Center

Interested in the AAS? Want more information on what the AAS does on campus and how to run? Curious about how current Senators ran for election? Like cookies and coffee? Then come to the AAS tea time in the Women's and Gender Center(in Keefe, next to Schwemms) Friday September 13 at 3pm to chat with current Senators about the AAS and how you can get involved. Open to all students. Hosted by the Women of AAS.

Mead Public Lecture and Reception

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

Join alumnus author Jonathon Keats '94 for a discussion of his new book "Forged: Why Fakes are the Great Art of Our Age" in Stirn Auditorium, adjacent to the Mead Art Museum.

Zumba on the Quad

Main Quad

Zumba instructor Lauren Franks will lead an hour-long beginner Zumba dance/exercise class on the Main Quad. All are welcome!

"Environmental Issues in Global Health"

Lewis-Sebring Commons, Valentine Hall

Dr. Philip Landrigan, dean for global health at Mount Sinai, is coming to Amherst to lecture on "Environmental Issues in Global Health." Dr. Landrigan is known for his many decades of work in protecting children against environmental threats to health and was a critical force in removing lead from gasoline and paint. Join us for dinner in Lewis-Sebring at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13. Dr. Landrigan will lecture after dinner, and his talk will be followed by dessert and discussion. This event is presented by GlobeMed at Amherst College.

Kol Nidre Services

Chapin Hall, Chapel

Celebrate Yom Kippur on campus with Hillel's pluralistic services led by Jewish Religious Advisor Rabbi Bruce B. Seltzer and rabbinical student Alana Alpert at 6:30 p.m. in Chapin Chapel. Our free services are open to the entire Amherst College community.

AC After Dark: Trivia Night

Keefe Campus Center, Friedmann Room

Finally put all that useless knowledge to good use! We've got gift certificates to local eateries for the teams who place first, second and third.

Sat, Sep 14, 2013

Yom Kippur Morning Services

Chapin Hall, Chapel

Celebrate Yom Kippur on campus with Hillel's pluralistic services led by Jewish Religious Advisor Rabbi Bruce B. Seltzer and rabbinical student Alana Alpert on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Chapin Chapel. All are welcome. Our free services are open to the entire Amherst College community.

Yom Kippur Afternoon and Closing Services

Chapin Hall, Chapel

Celebrate Yom Kippur on campus with Hillel's pluralistic services led by Jewish Religious Advisor Rabbi Bruce B. Seltzer and rabbinical student Alana Alpert on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. in Chapin Chapel. All are welcome. Our free services are open to the entire Amherst College community.

Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast

Lewis-Sebring Commons, Valentine Hall

Join Hillel at the conclusion of the Yom Kippur Fast for a delicious Kosher meal of bagels, lox, pastries, and more.
Connect with old friends and meet new ones.

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.

AC After Dark: Letter-Writing Social

Keefe Campus Center, Friedmann Room

Everyone loves to get mail! Write a letter home; write a letter to a friend at another college; write a letter to a new friend. Postcards, greeting cards, stationery and typewriters await your notes.

Sun, Sep 15, 2013

Catholic Mass

Chapin Hall, Chapel

Rev. Dan Pacholek, celebrant. Join us for a celebration of the Roman Catholic Liturgy. All are welcome: missalettes are provided. Those involved (or who wish to join) in liturgical ministries are encouraged to arrive 1/2 hour early to prepare.

MRC Film Screening: Spike Lee's "4 Little Girls"

"4 Little Girls" is a 1997 American historical documentary film about the Sept. 15, 1963, murder of four African-American girls in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Ala. It was directed by Spike Lee and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary.

This event is co-sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center, the Black Student Union, Religious Life, the Women's & Gender Resource Center, Residential Life, the Gospel Choir, the Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Christian Worship Series, Dance and Step at Amherst College, Student Activities, the Queer Resource Center, The Education Initiative, La Causa, Charles Drew House and the African and Caribbean Students' Union.

Mon, Sep 16, 2013

Book & Plow Farm Volunteer Hours in Full Swing!

Book & Plow Farm

Book & Plow Farm is officially open to student and community volunteers every Monday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and every Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m.! To learn more about volunteering, the Book & Plow produce served in Valentine and other sustainable agriculture activities on campus, be sure to subscribe to the Book & Plow e-newsletter by going to our website, www.bookandplowfarm.com, or liking our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/BookAndPlow.

German Table

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

Math Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

Math Table meets on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. in Valentine Terrace Room A. It offers a chance for mathematics and statistics students and faculty to meet informally.

MRC Dialogue on Race

Come join MRC Director Mariana Cruz and Coordinator Nick Cream as we begin an ongoing conversation on race and racial identity. Refreshments will be served.

Whistle A Happy Tune - First Meeting!

Morris Pratt Dormitory, Ballroom

Do you like to sing and make people smile? Do you want a fun and easy way to engage with the community? Are you walking around on those – what do you call ‘em?

If you answered “yes” or “oh, feet” to any of these questions, you should join WHISTLE A HAPPY TUNE!

We’re an eclectic group of divas (of the gender-neutral hustler variety), closeted shower singers, and “others” (NO AUDITION NECESSARY!!!) who perform for retirement homes, work with after school programs, and paint with all the colors of the wind*!

Questions? Concerns? Fan mail? Contact us at AmherstWAHT@gmail.com.

*We don’t actually paint. Or whistle. But you can bet before we’re through, baby I’ll make a singer out of you!

Tue, Sep 17, 2013

Fall Zotero Workshop Series at the Frost Library

Frost Library, Lane Room

Attend this one-hour tutorial to get you started with Zotero. Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage, and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free.

Japanese Language Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

The Japanese Language Table will meet twice a week this semester: Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting Sept. 10 and Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. starting Sept. 13.

Meetings will be held in Terrace Room A in Valentine.

There will be no meeting during Mid-Semester Break and no meetings the week before and the week of Thanksgiving Break.

Strictly for Seniors: Writing Effective Cover Letters

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room B

Join us to learn how to write an outstanding cover letter. We'll tell you all the "dos" and "don'ts."

"LGBT Rights in Argentina and, More Specifically, Buenos Aires"

Beneski Museum of Natural History, Paino Lecture Hall Room 107

Pedro Robledo is director of diversity and inclusion at the Buenos Aires-based Fundación Pensar. He will reflect on working with the LGBT-friendly Kirchner administration as a prominent member of the opposition. Mr. Robledo will discuss the LGBT movement's achievements at a national level in Argentina (same-sex marriage and gender-identity law); his personal experience as a young LGBT activist in an opposition political party; the achievements of the government of the city of Buenos Aires regarding LGBT issues (modification of the pre-blood-donation form which now allows homosexual men to donate and the modification of a bullying bill); and their working agenda, which focuses on sexual and reproductive health, safe classrooms and the creation of a protection system for the transsexual community.

This event is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by Amherst College Department of Political Science and the Lecture Committee Funds.

"Solutions to the Demise of the North American Prairie"

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.

"Rediscovering the Constitutional Origins of Copyright"

Frost Library, Friendly Reading Room

Laura Quilter, copyright and information policy librarian at the University of Massachusetts, explores how The Copyright Clause has become surprisingly contentious in recent decades. Copyright law now governs each paper you write, each email you send, every snapshot you take with your smartphone and even the notes you jot on scraps of paper-- until 70 years after your death. This expansion has led copyright to become the subject of contentious debate, and courts and scholars have begun rediscovering copyright's Constitutional origins. Where is all this going, and what effect will it have on those of us in the academy, who create, learn from, teach and preserve the products of The Copyright Clause?

Insight Meditation Group

Chapin Hall, Chapel

Whether you have meditated a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax and quiet your mind, to learn how to experience less suffering and stress in your life, to explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, or to talk about what it means to awaken in this life and to live from compassion and awareness.

Francophone Study Abroad: Wells in Paris and Wells in Dakar Info Session

Morgan Hall, 110

Spend a semester in Paris studying the arts or spend a semester studying West African culture in Dakar! Wells in Paris offers studio art and theater/dance courses for French and non-French speakers. Take studio courses while living in the heart of one of Europe's most exciting and artistic cities. Wells in Dakar offers social science and humanities courses, most conducted in French, and you can participate in research should you want an independent study. Professor Amy Staples will discuss these two unique programs in detail on Sept. 17 at 4:30 p.m. Visit http://wellsabroad.com/cities/ for more program information.

Donna Ferrato: "I Am Unbeatable"

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum, 115

Donna Ferrato's photographs heighten public awareness of domestic violence. In 1982 she was hired by Japanese Playboy to photograph couples who epitomized the wealthy American lifestyle of the early 1980s. After witnessing the husband of one of those couples brutally beat his wife, Ferrato embarked on an independent documentation of domestic violence in the United States. She spent several years visiting women's shelters, emergency rooms and prisons and traveling with police to make contact with people involved in domestic violence. Her photographs on this subject were published in Life, The New York Times Magazine, Time and USA Today. In 1991, she published "Living with the Enemy" and founded the Domestic Abuse Awareness Project, which produces photographic exhibitions on domestic violence to raise money for women's shelters. She uses only black-and-white film and thus avoids exploiting the victims' suffering through the sensationalizing effects of color. Hers is an important and effective body of work that continues to insist on photojournalism's potential for social change.

Physics Seminar with Dr. Mohammad Dehghani Ashkezari

Dr. Mohammad Dehghani Ashkezari of Simon Fraser University will speak on "Microwave Spectroscopy of Magnetically Trapped Antihydrogen"

Women's Club Soccer Practice!

Bottom of Memorial Hill

Interested in starting a club soccer team, ladies? First practice will be held Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at the bottom of Memorial Hill. Come ready to play!

Law School Panel: NYU, Duke, Stanford, Cornell

Keefe Campus Center, Friedmann Room

Learn more about the law school application process and get a chance to meet and ask questions of the admissions deans from NYU, Duke, Cornell and Stanford law schools. All class years are welcome. Pizza will be served.

Introduction to Mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Alumni Gym, Conway Classroom

This session with David Spound from Valley Mindfulness will introduce mindfulness practices, including meditation, that may help you manage stress, cope more effectively with challenging circumstances, develop awareness and cultivate a sense of inner balance and well-being. Options for developing a personal practice and
information about current clinical research on mindfulness will be discussed. Participants will also be introduced to the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, an eight-week intensive training in mindfulness meditation originally developed at UMass Medical School by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

This one-time session will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Conway Classroom at the Alumni Gym.

Please contact Chris Paradis at cyparadis@amherst.edu if interested in attending.

MRC Hispanic Heritage Month Dinner: Rice and Beans!

Come join us for a delicious dinner of homemade rice and beans to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Our special guest for the evening is renowned guitar-maker William Cumpiano who will give a presentation on guitar-making and the traditional music of Puerto Rico.

Deloitte Consulting Info Session

Deloitte Consulting will be here to present and discuss opportunities with Amherst College alumni presenters!

French House: Soirée crêpes

Newport House, Basement Kitchen

Il n' y a pas que Robert et Mireille dans la vie, il y a aussi les crêpes!!!

Soirée crêpes à Newport House!

Come and meet the French TAs!

Venez nombreux découvrir une véritable tradition française!

German Kaffeeklatsch

Porter House

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

Wed, Sep 18, 2013

Book & Plow Farm Volunteer Hours in Full Swing!

Book & Plow Farm

Book & Plow Farm is officially open to student and community volunteers every Monday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and every Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m.! To learn more about volunteering, the Book & Plow produce served in Valentine and other sustainable agriculture activities on campus, be sure to subscribe to the Book & Plow e-newsletter by going to our website, www.bookandplowfarm.com, or liking our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/BookAndPlow.

French Table

French Table will meet from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 11 on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall. French speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

MRC Grab-n-Go Conversations: "'Latino'? 'Hispanic'? 'Spanish'? What Do These Terms Mean?"

Grab lunch from Schwemm's and come for a chat in the MRC, on different topics every week.

Jay Emerson of Yale University: A Crash Course in Shiny via ShinyHelper

Seeley G. Mudd Building, 207

Shiny makes it super-simple for users like you to turn analyses into interactive web applications that anyone can use.

In this talk, Jay (John) Emerson from Yale will give a crash course in Shiny and the in-development package ShinyHelper.

Info Session: Critical Language Study: Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

Boren Awards are grants given to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students interested in "less commonly taught" languages, geographic areas and fields of study. Awards are generous: up to $10,000 for a semester and up to $20,000 for an academic year. Summer recipients must be from STEM fields and will receive $8,000 (although they do not need to attend a STEM-focused program). All recipients are required to seek employment with a federal agency or office involved in national security affairs but may be allowed to fulfill their service through work in higher education if a position is not available in government. Students are selected based on merit, not need, and must be U.S. citizens, and the application deadlines are in late January.

Lisa Mayorga will give an information session and answer questions students may have. More information is online at http://www.borenawards.org/.

Fidelity Information Session

Fidelity will be presenting organizational information and opportunities for fall 2013: on-campus recruiting for the High-Yield Research Associate, Equity Research Associate, Equity Business Associate and Fixed-Income Research Associate positions.

SPLASH! Teacher Info Session

Interested in teaching? SPLASH! is a one-day event where Amherst College students teach anything of their choosing to middle- and high-school students. Past classes have ranged from "Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream" to "Beginner Yoga." If you have any sort of interest in education, please check this out!

"J Street U 101"

Interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Curious to discuss it in an open environment? Come learn about J Street U, a national student movement that educates and takes action to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict!

"Writing at Amherst: Entering the Academic Conversation"

Writing Center, Charles Pratt Hall, 101A

Over the next few weeks, you will be asked to write in ways that may be unfamiliar and daunting. Through various types of assignments, your professors will expect you to interpret, analyze, synthesize and, ultimately, contribute to academic discourse. In Part I of this workshop series, which is geared toward first-year students, we will discuss the conventions of academic writing and then will explore the kinds of writing you can expect to do at Amherst and the common pitfalls you should avoid. This workshop, taught by Writing Associate Cassie Sanchez, provides a great opportunity to meet other first-year students who might be equally mystified by academic writing and to learn, collectively, how to enter the academic conversation.

EDU Meeting: Talk by Linda Aronson

Keefe Campus Center, McCaffrey Room

Author Linda Aronson, M.Ed., the designer and facilitator of a high school initiative, the Senior Capstone, invites you to be inspired by her new book "Unleashed to Learn." The book is a powerful illustration of students learning at full capacity, engendering innovation/creativity and exceeding their own and others’ expectations. The talk is sponsored by The EDU.

No-Mic Open-Mic Poetry Reading

Mead Art Museum, Rotherwas Room

Join us for the first No-Mic Open-Mic Poetry Reading of the semester! Poets and poetry lovers alike are invited to read original work, read personal favorites or just sit and listen to their talented peers. The event is fittingly held in the Mead’s 16th-century Jacobean Rotherwas Room, where Robert Frost himself offered public readings from 1949 to 1962. Attendees can look forward to delicious cookies and hot chocolate served afterward in the museum's lobby. The event is free and open to the public. Future dates to come soon!

Thu, Sep 19, 2013

Book & Plow Farm Volunteer Hours in Full Swing!

Book & Plow Farm

Book & Plow Farm is officially open to student and community volunteers every Monday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and every Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m.! To learn more about volunteering, the Book & Plow produce served in Valentine and other sustainable agriculture activities on campus, be sure to subscribe to the Book & Plow e-newsletter by going to our website, www.bookandplowfarm.com, or liking our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/BookAndPlow.

"Regional Diversities in India's Development"

Atul Kohli, the David K. E. Bruce Professor of International Affairs at Princeton University, will give a talk based on part of his latest book, "Poverty Amid Plenty in the New India."

Physics Seminar

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 3

Professor Thomas Greenslade Jr. of Kenyon College will give a physics seminar, title TBA.

Tea and cookies will be served before the talk, at 4:15 p.m. in Merrill 204.

Fall Zotero Workshop Series at the Frost Library

Attend this one-hour tutorial to get you started with Zotero. Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage, and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free.

McKinsey & Company Info Session

McKinsey & Company will present and offer information about opportunities and the Case Interview.

Chamber Series: Eric Owens, Bass-Baritone

Buckley Recital Hall

Grammy-Award winning bass-baritone Eric Owens has catapulted into the American consciousness after triumphant operatic and solo performances with the Metropolitan and other premier opera companies and the nation's top symphony orchestras. Owens's powerful poise, expansive voice and inventive artistry have earned him a place among the most celebrated voices in both classical and contemporary vocal performance. Owens will perform a recital of lieder, art songs and more at Amherst.

"American bass-baritone Eric Owens speaks to you even in his silences... and shakes you when he sings." - Chicago Sun-Times

Fri, Sep 20, 2013

Japanese Language Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

The Japanese Language Table will meet twice a week this semester: Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting Sept. 10 and Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. starting Sept. 13.

Meetings will be held in Terrace Room A in Valentine.

There will be no meeting during Mid-Semester Break and no meetings the week before and the week of Thanksgiving Break.

Faculty Colloquium Series 2013-14: Ashley Carter

Lewis-Sebring Commons, Valentine Hall, Mullins Room

On Friday, Sept. 20, from noon to 1 p.m., the Faculty Colloquium Series for 2013-14 is sponsoring "Finding a Way to Package DNA," presented by Ashley Carter, assistant professor of physics.

Spanish Table

Spanish Table will meet from noon to 2 p.m. on Fridays, beginning Sept. 6. Spanish speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

Extended Orientation

Mariana Cruz, interim director of the Multicultural Resource Center; Angie Tissi, LGBTQIA program coordinator; and representatives from student groups will lead a workshop and facilitate discussion to gain a greater understanding of ourselves and our community. Lunch will be provided.

MRC Cafe con Leche (Coffee) Hour with Dean Larimore

Get to know Amherst staff and administrators over coffee, tea and conversation!

Strictly for Seniors: Networking

Converse Hall, Porter Lounge

Networking effectively can be the key to a successful job or internship search. It doesn’t have to be scary or intimidating. It’s simply about building relationships and connections. Come to this workshop and learn the “do”s and “don’t”s of networking.

Annual Summer Science Research Poster Presentation 2013

The 2013 summer science research student fellows will present their research findings in a poster session in the lobby of the Merrill building from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20. Stop by to discuss their research! Refreshments will be provided.

"Dog Days Are Over"

Valentine Quad

TWLOHA and PAW invites you to our biannual event with animal friends. Dogs can be therapeutic, and that's why almost everyone loves them. TWLOHA info and merchandise will be available, and the first 50 people to visit our tables will get free dog paw temporary tattoos.

Officially recognized in March 2012, TWLOHA-Amherst provides a voice of hope at the college and in the local community for individuals struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide, while also providing an outlet for students to get involved around these issues.

Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon

Dickinson Homestead, Parlor

Don't miss this year's Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon, an annual reading of all 1,789 poems by Dickinson! No previous experience or qualifying time is required. The 2013 reading will take place over two days: Friday, Sept. 20, from 3 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 21, from 7 a.m. until all poems have been read (approximately 5 p.m.).

Whether you’re a longtime Emily Dickinson fan or new to Dickinson's poetry, the marathon is the perfect chance to experience her work in the place where she composed it. Greg Mattingly, a devoted participant of past marathons, says, "Don’t just read Emily Dickinson, join in the Marathon and experience her!"

A Special Anniversary Celebration: The Emily Dickinson Museum's 10th Anniversary & The Homestead's 200th Anniversary

Dickinson Homestead

2013 is a special year at the Emily Dickinson Museum. We are celebrating two anniversaries: the 200th anniversary of the construction of the Homestead and the 10th anniversary of the founding of the museum.

Two hundred years ago, in 1813, Emily Dickinson's grandfather, Samuel Fowler Dickinson, built The Homestead, which was probably the first brick house in Amherst and would become one of the most famous literary homes in the world. Ten years ago, in 2003, the Emily Dickinson Museum was created when ownership of The Evergreens, the home of Emily's brother Austin and sister-in-law Susan, was transferred to Amherst College so that the two historic Dickinson houses could be joined as a single museum operation.

Our September celebration includes several special programs:

--The annual Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon, during which all of Emily's 1,789 known poems are read. The marathon begins on Friday, Sept. 20, at 3 p.m. in the Homestead parlors, and runs until 8 p.m. Readings begin again at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, and continue until all of the poems have been read. (See separate Event Calendar Listing.)

--Open Houses on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at both The Homestead and The Evergreens. Admission will be free, though donations will be accepted for the ongoing restoration of Emily's bedroom and for a new fire-suppression system for both homes. There will be no formal guided tours of either house on Saturday.

--Spotlight on The Homestead. In honor of The Homestead's anniversary, the museum will offer a talk about the house at 1:30 p.m. Myron Stachiw, author of the Homestead's Historic Structure Report (1999), will present the talk, which will be followed at 2:30 p.m. by a guided architecture tour of the exteriors of both the Homestead and The Evergreens.

--A reception and reading of "Alison's House" on Saturday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. "Alison's House," for which playwright Susan Glaspell won a Pulitzer Prize, was the first full-length play inspired by Emily Dickinson's life and work. The play, in which the family home is almost a participating character, was first perfomed in 1930, the centenary of Dickinson’s birth.

“Education in the Liberal Arts and Sciences: Glancing Backward, Imagining Forward”

Howard Gardner, Amherst College trustee and Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will discuss the challenges facing liberal arts education today and the need to rethink-- and, as necessary, reinvent --the liberal arts as we look to the future. This is the keynote address opening the celebration of the successful five-year Lives of Consequence: Creating Connections campaign for Amherst.

Evening at the Mead

Start your weekend at the Mead. From acapella and improv to bingo and trivia, Evenings at the Mead are a unique way to experience your campus art museum.

Feeling lucky this Friday the 13th? Unwind at the Mead’s Bingo Night. Enjoy an art-inspired version of this classic game of chance, meet people, and win a prize. Games begin at 7pm. Refreshments served. Presented by the Mead Student Docents.

Mead Bingo is free and is not a gambling event.

Russian Film Series - Fall 2013

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

A "movie-joke" which offers four episodes on the ups and downs of Love, Friendship, Respect and Cooperation.

"The Garden of Martyrs"

Academy of Music, Northampton

In November 1805, a young man named Marcus Lyon was brutally murdered on the turnpike in Wilbraham, Mass., near Springfield. Two Irish Catholic laborers, Dominic Daley and James Halligan, were seen near the vicinity of the crime and apprehended. The case became a huge sensation. The men were given a hasty trial and executed in Northampton in June 1806, before a crowd of 20,000 cheering spectators. Subsequent research has borne out a miscarriage of justice: the men were likely innocent, victims of prejudice and a rush to judgment. Daley and Halligan are now known as the “Irish Sacco and Vanzetti.” They were officially pardoned by Gov. Michael Dukakis in 1984.

Inspired by this true story that still resonates today, "The Garden of Martyrs" is the creation of composer Eric Sawyer and librettist Harley Erdman, based on the novel by Michael C. White. This powerful new opera that will make its world premiere on Sept. 20 (at 7:30 p.m.) and 22 (at 3 p.m.) at Northampton’s historic Academy of Music. It features the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Kevin Rhodes, as well as current Amherst students and recent graduates singing in a chorus with Mallorie Chernin as chorus master.

Tickets cost between $10 and $50 and are available through the Academy of Music and the opera homepage:

http://academyofmusictheatre.tix.com/Schedule.asp?VenueCode=4098,6866,13...

http://thegardenofmartyrsopera.com/

AC After Dark: Dinner and a Movie

Keefe Campus Center, Atrium/McCaffrey Room/Theater

No one would be afraid of the Dread Pirate Westley...

Sat, Sep 21, 2013

Is There a Quantum Computer in Your Future?

The age of quantum computing appears to have snuck up on us: in just a few years the state of the art has gone from tiny prototypes in physics labs to commercial production of computer chips built of quantum bits (qubits). Despite this rapid advance in fabrication technology, surprisingly little is known about what these chips are capable of, or even how exactly they work.

Last year Catherine McGeoch, Beitzel Professor in Technology and Society (Computer Science) helped design a set of benchmark tests to evaluate performance of a quantum computer system. She will talk about this work, starting with a gentle introduction to the main ideas of quantum computation. The talk will conclude with some wild speculation about the future of quantum computers.

A Point-Counterpoint on Affirmative Action

With Bert Rein '61, plaintiff's counsel in the Supreme Court Case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, and Paul Smith '76, whose three-decade Supreme Court practice includes a landmark victory in Lawrence v. Texas. Moderated by Professor Martha Umphrey, professor of law, jurisprudence and social thought

Campaign Celebration Lunch

Valentine Quad

Everyone on campus is invited to enjoy lunch outside, featuring food from Book & Plow Farm and other local producers.

A Poet and a Painting

We will unveil a portrait of Richard Wilbur '42, two-time Pulitzer Prize for Poetry winner, former U.S. Poet Laureate, literary translator and, since 2008, the John Woodruff Simpson Lecturer at Amherst College. Wilbur will read from his works, as will David Sofield, the Samuel Williston Professor of English, and others.
Portraitist Sarah Belchetz-Swenson has painted many other well-known public figures, including Jill Kerr Conway, author and former Smith College President; Margaret Mahoney, late president of The Commonwealth Fund; and Rose Olver, the first female professor at Amherst College, whose portrait also hangs in Johnson Chapel.

Collecting Art Now: Reflections from the Inside

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

Why collect art? How to identify value? What distinguishes an individual’s from an institution’s approach? Explore these and other questions with celebrated alumni collectors John Wieland ’58 (contemporary masterworks), John Hillman ’66 (photography and ceramics), and Charles Wilkes ’71 and P’08 (European sculpture), and Elizabeth Barker, director of the Mead Art Museum.

Huge Celebration on the Main Quad

Main Quad

Join us for a celebration on the quad that will include music, games, food, and some surprises. Don't be late! You don't want to miss the start of the fun.

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.

"Last Day of Summer" Party

Say farewell to summer with a giant indoor picnic! S'mores, cotton candy, pretzels, popcorn, lemonade, lime rickeys, lawn games-- it'll be delightful.

Sun, Sep 22, 2013

Artist Talk by Photographer Barbara Bosworth, Followed by Reception

Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall

Join Barbara Bosworth, artist-in-residence for the New England National Scenic Trail, for a slide lecture related to the Mead's special exhibition "To Be At the Farther Edge: Photographs Along the New England Trail," presented by the Mead Art Museum and eight other venues along the National New England Scenic Trail.

The lecture will take place in Pruyne Lecture Hall in Fayerweather Hall, followed by a reception in the Mead Art Museum. Both events are open to the public. This event is co-sponsored by the Beneski Museum of Natural History, the Mount Holyoke College Museum of Art, the Kestral Land Trust and independent curator Randi Hopkins.

"The Garden of Martyrs"

Academy of Music, Northampton

In November 1805, a young man named Marcus Lyon was brutally murdered on the turnpike in Wilbraham, Mass., near Springfield. Two Irish Catholic laborers, Dominic Daley and James Halligan, were seen near the vicinity of the crime and apprehended. The case became a huge sensation. The men were given a hasty trial and executed in Northampton in June 1806, before a crowd of 20,000 cheering spectators. Subsequent research has borne out a miscarriage of justice: the men were likely innocent, victims of prejudice and a rush to judgment. Daley and Halligan are now known as the “Irish Sacco and Vanzetti.” They were officially pardoned by Gov. Michael Dukakis in 1984.

Inspired by this true story that still resonates today, "The Garden of Martyrs" is the creation of composer Eric Sawyer and librettist Harley Erdman, based on the novel by Michael C. White. This powerful new opera that will make its world premiere on Sept. 20 (at 7:30 p.m.) and 22 (at 3 p.m.) at Northampton’s historic Academy of Music. It features the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Kevin Rhodes, as well as current Amherst students and recent graduates singing in a chorus with Mallorie Chernin as chorus master.

Tickets cost between $10 and $50 and are available through the Academy of Music and the opera homepage:

http://academyofmusictheatre.tix.com/Schedule.asp?VenueCode=4098,6866,13...

http://thegardenofmartyrsopera.com/

Catholic Mass, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Chapin Hall, Chapel

Rev. Gary Dailey, celebrant. Join us for a celebration of the Roman Catholic Liturgy. All are welcome: missalettes are provided. Those involved (or who wish to join) in liturgical ministries are encouraged to arrive 1/2 hour early to prepare.

Habitat for Humanity Introductory Meeting

Stearns Hall

Learn about what Habitat for Humanity does and how to get involved while enjoying some delicious cookies!

Mon, Sep 23, 2013

Book & Plow Farm Volunteer Hours in Full Swing!

Book & Plow Farm

Book & Plow Farm is officially open to student and community volunteers every Monday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and every Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m.! To learn more about volunteering, the Book & Plow produce served in Valentine and other sustainable agriculture activities on campus, be sure to subscribe to the Book & Plow e-newsletter by going to our website, www.bookandplowfarm.com, or liking our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/BookAndPlow.

German Table

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

Math Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

Math Table meets on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. in Valentine Terrace Room A. It offers a chance for mathematics and statistics students and faculty to meet informally.

Cassandra Pattanayak, Wellesley College: "Inferring Causation Without Randomization: A Matched Design to Assess the Number of Embryos to Transfer During In Vitro Fertilization"

Seeley G. Mudd Building, 206

Abstract: Transferring one rather than two embryos during in vitro fertilization has been endorsed as a way to reduce multiple-birth rates, but no large-scale randomized trial has evaluated the impact of the number of embryos transferred on birth outcomes. This presentation describes the design of a nonrandomized study that parallels a hypothetical randomized experiment to examine the effect of single- versus double-embryo transfer. Using national surveillance data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, single- and double-embryo cycles were paired on estimated propensity scores to create matched treated and control groups that are as similar on the observed background covariates as if the number of embryos transferred had been randomly assigned. This example illustrates a general framework for drawing causal rather than associative inferences from nonrandomized studies, and the crucial role of checking balance between treatment and control groups on key background covariates is emphasized.

Study-Abroad Fair 2013

Keefe Campus Center, Friedmann Room

Visit the world in one day! The study-abroad fair has 35+ program providers who represent programs around the world-- summer, semester and year-long options are available! Come learn what possibilities exist for you.

MRC Dialogue on Race

Come join MRC Director Mariana Cruz and Coordinator Nick Cream as we begin an ongoing conversation on race and racial identity. Refreshments will be served.

Sustainable Study Abroad

Living Routes offers study-abroad programs in sustainable communities, including Auroville in India, Findhorn in Scotland, IPEC in Brazil, Kibbutz Lotan in Israel, Monteverde Institute in Costa Rica and Sachamama in Peru. Students in a variety of majors, from colleges and universities throughout the country, participate in these programs and often describe their Living Routes experiences as “life-changing.” Students in Amherst's environmental studies and Anthropology majors in particular may find that Living Routes programs align well with their learning and career goals. All Living Routes programs emphasize systems thinking and interdisciplinary learning, and each program has a unique focus. For example, in Costa Rica the program focuses on the interplay of tropical ecology, international development and social justice, and in Scotland the program focuses on the human challenges of sustainability. Living Routes programs are fully credited by UMass Amherst. To learn more, come to the information session, and visit the Living Routes website at livingroutes.org.

Ernst & Young Information Session

Ernst & Young will be on campus to talk about the opportunities in the Transaction Advisory Services.

Tue, Sep 24, 2013

Japanese Language Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

The Japanese Language Table will meet twice a week this semester: Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting Sept. 10 and Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. starting Sept. 13.

Meetings will be held in Terrace Room A in Valentine.

There will be no meeting during Mid-Semester Break and no meetings the week before and the week of Thanksgiving Break.

Quinnipiac University School of Law Representative on Campus

Interested in Law School? Meet a representative from Quinnipiac University School of Law in Keefe Campus Center.

Insight Meditation Group

Chapin Hall, Chapel

Whether you have meditated a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax and quiet your mind, to learn how to experience less suffering and stress in your life, to explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, or to talk about what it means to awaken in this life and to live from compassion and awareness.

Meeting for Spanish Majors, Prospective Majors and Students Interested in Study Abroad

Barrett Hall, 102

The Spanish Department has scheduled an important meeting for all Spanish majors, prospective majors and students who plan to study abroad. Faculty members will be available to answer questions about:

Spanish major requirements

Study abroad, approved programs, courses that count toward major requirements, etc.

Comprehensive exam, foundational texts and strategies for answering exam questions, etc.

Please plan to attend! Refreshments will be served.

Study Abroad in The Hague with Brandeis University

Morgan Hall, 110

Brandeis in The Hague gives students a close-up view of the international courts and tribunals found in the Dutch city that has become famous as the “world capital of peace and justice.” Students attend criminal trials dealing with Balkan genocide, child soldiers, gender violence and other war crimes, exploring how international law uses criminal justice in the interests of peace. Students also visit the historic Peace Palace to learn about the settlement of disputes involving sovereign nations, in both the International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Students live in the nearby university town of Leiden, which is a great place to explore the cultural riches of this area and elsewhere in Europe. Come learn about the spring semester or summer program in The Hague!

"The Savvy Reader: Managing an Unmanageable Reading Load"

Writing Center, Charles Pratt Hall, 101A

The reading load for many classes can sometimes seem overwhelming and unmanageable. This workshop, taught by Senior Writing Associate Kristen Brookes, will help you take control over your reading and stay on top of it, rather than drowning in it or avoiding it altogether. In addition to being introduced to approaches to large reading loads and long texts, you will have the opportunity to practice strategies for reading more effectively and, when necessary, more efficiently.

MRC & QRC Dialogue on Sexuality

Dialogue on sexuality facilitated by MRC Director Mariana Cruz and Queer Resource Center Director Angie Tissi.

German Kaffeeklatsch

Porter House

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

Wed, Sep 25, 2013

Book & Plow Farm Volunteer Hours in Full Swing!

Book & Plow Farm

Book & Plow Farm is officially open to student and community volunteers every Monday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and every Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m.! To learn more about volunteering, the Book & Plow produce served in Valentine and other sustainable agriculture activities on campus, be sure to subscribe to the Book & Plow e-newsletter by going to our website, www.bookandplowfarm.com, or liking our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/BookAndPlow.

"Objects of Worship: Icons, Crosses, Pendants and Other Articles of Faith in the Russian Orthodox Tradition"

Icons were important in the church, in daily life and in the homes of the Russian people. Throughout Russia’s many internal and external struggles, the icon provided a sense of identity, consolation and renewal. Russian icons express originality and imagination in design as well as the use of color and folk motifs. This exhibit of 18th- and 19th-century objects includes several painted icons as well as many smaller traveling icons made of brass and brightly colored enamel.

Fall Zotero Workshop Series at the Frost Library

Frost Library, Lane Room

Attend this one-hour tutorial to get you started with Zotero. Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free.

French Table

French Table will meet from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 11 on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall. French speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

MRC Grab-n-Go Conversations: Intersectionality

Grab lunch from Schwemm's and come for a chat in the the MRC. Different topics every week. Topic for this week: Intersectionality.

"Rahul Sankrityayan: Between Buddha and Marx"

Converse Hall, Porter Lounge

Dr. Maya Joshi is associate professor in the Department of English at the Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi.

This talk will consider the literary and philosophical contributions of Rahul Sankrityayan (1893-1963), whose contributions are relatively unknown outside the Hindi speaking world. Its focus is on his complex negotiations of Buddha and Marx at a crucial and formative juncture in modern Indian history.

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Amherst College Political Science Department and the Lecture Committee Funds.

"The Tenth Parallel: The Global Encounter of Christianity and Islam"

Hampshire College, Franklin Patterson Hall

Eliza Griswold, author of the book "The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam," has spent the past seven years traveling in Africa and Asia, interviewing members of many religions. Her talk will focus on the 1,500-year story of how these two faiths have come to intersect and interact.

This lecture takes place at Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College, and is co-sponsored by Amherst College. Anyone requiring transportation to the event is asked to meet in front of Converse Hall at 6:30 p.m.

Poetry Reading by Mary Jo Salter

Reviewing Mary Jo Salter’s "A Phone Call to the Future: New & Selected Poems" for The New York Times Book Review, James Longenbach wrote, “Only a few poets transcend the history of taste to participate in the history of art-- and only in a handful of poems. Salter has been struck by lightning more than once.” Salter’s brand-new poetry collection, "Nothing By Design," is her seventh. She is also the author of a children's book, "The Moon Comes Home," and a co-editor of "The Norton Anthology of Poetry." She teaches at Johns Hopkins University and lives in Baltimore.

Thu, Sep 26, 2013

Book & Plow Farm Volunteer Hours in Full Swing!

Book & Plow Farm

Book & Plow Farm is officially open to student and community volunteers every Monday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and every Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m.! To learn more about volunteering, the Book & Plow produce served in Valentine and other sustainable agriculture activities on campus, be sure to subscribe to the Book & Plow e-newsletter by going to our website, www.bookandplowfarm.com, or liking our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/BookAndPlow.

German Film Series: "Barbara"

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

Watch a suspenseful drama set in 1980s East Germany. For political reasons, Barbara (Nina Hoss), a brilliant physician, is demoted to a job in the drab provinces. Her meticulously engineered plans to escape to the West run into trouble there, when she encounters a charismatic colleague to whom she finds herself attracted and a young female patient who desperately needs her help.

"The Art and Craft of the Fellowship Application Essay(s)"

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

What constitutes effective essays for applications for enticing but highly competitive fellowships like the Watson, the Fulbright, the Truman, the Rhodes, the Marshall, the Churchill, the Gates and others? This workshop offers a survey of common strategies and patterns of organization in successful fellowship application essays, including a discussion of the perspective of selection committees, the typical contents of personal statements and grant proposals (including discussion of what belongs where when both are required), style and tone, the role of future vision, strategies for an effective writing process, tips and common pitfalls. The workshop will focus on applications for the Watson, as the deadline is approaching, but will also address general principles and other major fellowships as well. Current applicants-- including those who will have a chance to revise their essays further if they pass the internal selection rounds --and potential future applicants are welcome. The workshop will be led by Michael Keezing, senior associate at the Career Center, and Denise Gagnon, director of career advising.

Charles C. Mann '76 to Give Annual Hugh Hawkins Lecture

Journalist and award-winning author Charles C. Mann '76, will deliver Amherst College’s annual Hugh Hawkins lecture, titled “1493: Entwining Ecology and History” on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 4:30 p.m. in Paino Lecture Hall of Amherst College’s Beneski Building.

A 1976 graduate of Amherst College and an Amherst resident, Mann is the author of "1493," a New York Times best-seller in 2011, and "1491," which won the U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ Keck Award for the best book of 2005.

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of History at Amherst College and named in honor of Hugh Hawkins, professor emeritus of history and American Studies. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Opening of "Reed Kay: Mark of Truth: Painting Retrospective, 1953-2004"

Fayerweather Hall, Eli Marsh Gallery (Room 105)

Introductory remarks by Robert T. Sweeney, the William R. Mead Professor of Fine Arts, with reception to follow at the gallery.

Physics Seminar: "Quantum Sensing"

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 3

Dr. Danielle Braje of MIT Lincoln Laboratory will give a physics seminar, "Quantum Sensing: Harnessing the Power of Quantum Mechanical Systems to Make the World's Most Precise Measurements."

Tea/cookies will be served before the talk, at 4:15 p.m. in Merrill 204.

"Planning, Managing and Retaining Your Thesis Research"

Writing Center, Charles Pratt Hall

Writing an honors thesis often entails more substantial research than you’ve done before. A project of this magnitude requires more planning and management to ensure that stuff doesn’t get lost, forgotten or otherwise wasted as the year progresses. Learn about ways to find, process, remember, integrate and use your research effectively. We’ll talk about our research processes and how database tools, citation managers and note-taking techniques can save time, effort and heartache.

This workshop will be taught by Jessica Gorman, writing associate, and Missy Roser, head of reference and instruction at Frost Library. Online registration is required at https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/workshops/reg...

Venture for America Info Session

“Venture for America will recruit the best and brightest college grads to work for two years at start-ups and early stage companies in emerging cities across the country. In 2012, VFA sent its inaugural class of 40 Fellows to work at companies in Cincinnati, Detroit, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Providence, and added 70+ Fellows in 2013 along with 2-3 additional cities.”

Study to Japan - CET Osaka

Jensen Bouzi 14 will give a presentation on CET programs. He spent the spring 2013 semester in Osaka learning Japanese language and culture and lived in a dorm with a Japanese roommate. Learn about his experience and all of CET's offerings by coming to the MRC on 9/26!

"An Evening of Codes, Symbols and Secrets with Dan Brown ’86"

Amherst College welcomes back alumnus Dan Brown, author of the bestsellers "Digital Fortress," "Deception Point," "Angels & Demons," "The Da Vinci Code," "The Lost Symbol" and, most recently, "Inferno." The son of a math teacher and a church organist, Brown is fascinated with the paradoxical interplay between science and religion, and his novels have thrilled millions of readers in 52 languages around the world.

Sponsored by the President's Office, Brown's talk is open to the public at no charge.

Fri, Sep 27, 2013

Japanese Language Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

The Japanese Language Table will meet twice a week this semester: Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting Sept. 10 and Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. starting Sept. 13.

Meetings will be held in Terrace Room A in Valentine.

There will be no meeting during Mid-Semester Break and no meetings the week before and the week of Thanksgiving Break.

Spanish Table

Spanish Table will meet from noon to 2 p.m. on Fridays, beginning Sept. 6. Spanish speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

Doing Well by Doing Good lunch with Bennett Rathbun '07

Converse Hall, Porter Lounge

Join us for the Doing Well by Doing Good lunch with Bennett Rathbun '07, Founder and Director of Hope on a String, a start-up nonprofit organization dedicated to building strong communities in Haiti.

Panera bread and soup will be served.
Bennett is excited to share the following with you:
• How to build and run a non-profit organization.
• How to integrate financial management consulting experience into work with a non-profit organization.
• What it's like to do a Master's in Public Administration.
• How music can be used as a medium to build common bonds, collective purpose, and social capital.

Space is limited. RSVP to llitwiller@amherst.edu by no later than noon, Thursday September 26.

First Annual Amherst College Wellness Fair!

Valentine Quad

Drop by the Wellness Fair to participate in fun stress-relief activities, enjoy yummy snacks and get to know Amherst’s wellness resources and student groups. Get a free chair massage, make your own stress ball or eye pillow, try a yoga posture, pick up free giveaways and more!

MRC Cafe con Leche / Coffee Hour with Provost Peter Uvin

Get to know Amherst staff and administrators over coffee, tea and conversation!

Fall Zotero Workshop Series at the Frost Library

Attend this one-hour tutorial to get you started with Zotero. Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage, and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free.

Chemistry Seminar with Professor Melanie Sanford: "C-H Bond Functionalization in Organic Synthesis"

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 4

University of Michigan Chemistry Professor Melanie Sanford will conduct a seminar on C-H Bond Functionalization in Organic Synthesis.

“Marriage: More Than a Contract? A Conversation”

Ryan Anderson will give a talk entitled “Marriage: More than a Contract? A Conversation.” Anderson is a William Simon Fellow on Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation. He is an editor for "Public Discourse" and contributing author for "The Weekly Standard," "National Review" and other publications.

This talk is open to the public and sponsored by American Founding.

5-College Clothesline Project T-shirt making session

Morrow Dormitory, Basement

The Clothesline Project gives women and men an opportunity to break the silence about violence by creating shirts that give voice to their personal experience(s). The shirts are then hung shoulder to shoulder on a clothesline for public viewing.

The Clothesline Project has the following goals:

• To bear witness to victims and survivors of violence.
• To aid and support in the healing process of those who have lost a loved one or who have themselves been victims/survivors of violence.
• To break the silence and unite local people with those around the country and the world in a demonstration of solidarity against physical, verbal, sexual, psychological and social abuse.

Please join the Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect and the Queer Resource Center to make a T-shirt to hang on the Clothesline.

Five College Game Jam

Hampshire College, Adele Simmons Hall, 126

Would you like to make a game in 24 hours, alongside other local game developers and Five College students? If so, join us for a game jam at Hampshire College on September 27-28, 2013.

When: 6pm Friday, September 27, 2013
Where: Hampshire College, Adele Simmons Hall, Room 126
What: 24 hours full of game making fun (ends 6pm Saturday)
Who: Anyone with an interest in making games, especially if you have some programming, art, audio, or game design skills.

For more information and to register http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8217455631

The event is sponsored in part by the 5 College Student Coordinating Board and the AAS.

“Promoting Democracy in the Middle East-- Real and Spurious”

Lewis-Sebring Commons, Valentine Hall

Andrew McCarthy will give a talk entitled “Promoting Democracy in the Middle East-- Real and Spurious”. This talk will center on the crisis in Syria, set in that larger issue of Jihadism and the currents at work in the Arab world.

McCarthy is a Senior Fellow for the National review Institute and for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He is the former Assistant U.S. Attorney who prosecuted Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. McCarthy is a contributing editor for the "National Review," "New Criterion" and "Commentary." He has authored several books, including "Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad" (2008), "The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America" (2010) and, more recently, "Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy" (2013).

This talk is open to the public and sponsored by American Founding.

AC After Dark: Game Night

Keefe Campus Center, Friedmann Room

We have nearly 200 board games-- come play!

Sat, Sep 28, 2013

“What ‘Intelligence’ is Driving Our Wars?”

Lewis-Sebring Commons, Valentine Hall

Angelo Codevilla will discuss his perspective on our current military situation in the Middle East, along with his assessment of the state of our “intelligence” and how it is being used. Codevilla is a professor emeritus of international relations at Boston University. He was a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence of the United States Senate during the Reagan administration. Codevilla has authored several books and numerous articles that range from French and Italian politics to the thoughts of Machiavelli and Montesquieu to arms control, war, the technology of ballistic missile defenses and a broad range of international topics. Articles by Codevilla have appeared in "Commentary," "Foreign Affairs," "National Review," "New Republic," "The New York Times," "The Wall Street Journal" and "The Washington Post." This talk is open to the public and sponsored by American Founding.

“Five Years after the Financial Crisis: Threats to Taxpayers in the Era of Much Bigger Government”

Lewis-Sebring Commons, Valentine Hall

“Five Years after the Financial Crisis: Threats to Taxpayers in the Era of Much Bigger Government”

James Freeman
Date: Saturday, September 28, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM

Description: James Freeman will give a talk entitled “Five Years after the Financial Crisis: Threats to Taxpayers in the Era of Much Bigger Government”. Freeman will take a look back at the crisis and discuss what lessons may be extracted. He will also discuss the size of our current government since the crisis and what that means to us taxpayers. This talk will be on Saturday, September 28, at 11:00 AM, in Lewis Sebring Commons, Valentine Hall. James Freeman is currently an Assistant Editor for the Wall Street Journal. He previously served as an investor advocate at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where he encouraged the transformation of financial reporting technology to benefit individual investors. This talk is open to the public and sponsored by American Founding.

Location: Lewis Sebring Commons
Valentine Hall

"Making the Argument on Marriage"

Lewis-Sebring Commons, Valentine Hall

"Making the Argument on Marriage"

Ryan Anderson
Date: Saturday, September 28, 2013
Time: 2:00 PM

Description: Ryan Anderson will give a talk entitled “Making the Argument on Marriage”. Ryan Anderson will give his account of where the issue of marriage stands right now in the law and in the whirl of politics, on Capitol Hill and in the rest of the country. Ryan Anderson is a William Simon Fellow on Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation. He is an editor for Public Discourse and contributing author for The Weekly Standard, National Review the, and other publications. This talk will be on Saturday, September 28, at 2:00 PM, in Lewis Sebring Commons, Valentine Hall. This talk is open to the public and sponsored by American Founding.

Location: Lewis Sebring Commons
Valentine Hall

Roaring '20s Fall Formal

Back again by popular demand: Get dressed in your 1920s best and come on out for the gala! The 16-piece band is staying an extra hour, the mocktails will flow, and SugarBakers is cooking up some specialty themed cupcakes. Don't forget: we're hosting a costume contest!! There will be prizes for the top three best costumes, as well as for the best group costume.

ASO Concert: Welcome, Class of 2017!

Buckley Recital Hall

The Amherst College Department of Music presents the Amherst Symphony VIVA VERDI! 200th Birthday Opera Gala Tribute to Giuseppe Verdi on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. Tickets are required and may be purchased at the door; 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, Sep 29, 2013

Meeting of the Trans*/Queer Writing Group

Writing Center, Charles Pratt Hall

A facilitated writing group for students who want to explore issues of gender and/or sexuality in their creative writing. All genres/forms are welcome. Depending on the needs of the group, we may do writing exercises together, workshop members’ manuscripts and/or read short examples of innovative writing which addresses themes of gender and/or sexuality. No previous creative writing experience is necessary.

This bi-weekly group will meet at the Writing Center from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on the following Sundays: Sept. 29, Oct. 13 (optional), Oct. 27, Nov. 10, Nov. 24 and Dec. 8. Participants are asked to commit to attending most of the meetings in the series.

This group is limited to 12 students. It's open to Five College students, with priority given to Amherst students. Online registration is required. It's co-sponsored by the Queer Resource Center and led by Andrea Lawlor, writing associate.

Catholic Mass: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Chapin Hall, Chapel

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

Parallels Series: Sonia M'barek

Buckley Recital Hall

Tunisian vocalist Sonia M’barek evokes and intertwines the diverse traditions of North Africa with her sultry and supple voice. Both preserving and defying tradition, M’barek performs in a predominantly male genre, breaking down boundaries between classical and popular songs, between nations and eras.

M’barek will join forces with the Philadelphia-based Arab music ensemble Al-Bustan to perform a program honoring the work of Federico García Lorca and influenced by both North African and Andalusian traditions.

“It is music that exposes, and focuses on, all the nuances of a vocal performance-- every change of timbre, every crescendo and diminuendo, every embellishment --and Ms. M’barek brought grace to every phrase.” --The New York Times

Mon, Sep 30, 2013

Book & Plow Farm Volunteer Hours in Full Swing!

Book & Plow Farm

Book & Plow Farm is officially open to student and community volunteers every Monday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and every Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m.! To learn more about volunteering, the Book & Plow produce served in Valentine and other sustainable agriculture activities on campus, be sure to subscribe to the Book & Plow e-newsletter by going to our website, www.bookandplowfarm.com, or liking our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/BookAndPlow.

German Table

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

Math Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

Math Table meets on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. in Valentine Terrace Room A. It offers a chance for mathematics and statistics students and faculty to meet informally.

"Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America"

Professor Robert McChesney and John Nichols will visit Amherst College to speak on themes related to their most recent work. In their new book, Nichols, one of the nation's most prominent political commentators, and McChesney, a preeminent scholar of media issues, show how unbridled campaign spending defines our politics and, failing a dramatic intervention, signals the end of our democracy. "Dollarocracy" explains how American democracy is declining as the range of debate is increasingly controlled by big-money campaign contributions, wall-to-wall lobbying and a media that is more inclined to repeat official spin than to dig for the truth. They will also discuss themes in another of Professor McChesney's recent books, "Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy."

McChesney is the Gutsgell Endowed Professor of Communications at the University of Illinois. He is one of the most prolific, widely read and widely cited communications scholars in the United States. His work is translated and read in over 30 languages.

Nichols has written for "The New York Times," "The Chicago Tribune," "The Progressive," "In These Times" and dozens of other newspapers. He is the Washington correspondent for "The Nation" and has authored or co-authored over a dozen books. His work also is widely translated.

This event is sponsored by the Lamont Fund.

Eastern College Career Day (ECCD) Boston - Info Session

If you are interested in a chance to interview with organizations participating in the Eastern College
Career Day in Boston November 1st come to this session and learn how to apply and details about the event!

MRC Dialogue on Race

Come join MRC Director Mariana Cruz and Coordinator Nick Cream as we begin an ongoing conversation on race and racial identity. Refreshments will be served.

S'MORES with the PEER ADVOCATES!!

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Ongoing Events

Mead Art Museum Special Exhibition

Celebrate the recent growth of Amherst College's art collection with more than 100 objects (most on view for the first time EVER at the Mead!), including an ancient Roman sea creature sarcophagus; prints by Dürer, Delacroix and Hopper; contemporary art by Will Barnet, Vik Munez and Michael Huey; and much, much more.