Event Calendar

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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.

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.