Event Calendar

November 2013

Fri, Nov 1, 2013

All Saints Day Mass and Special Remembrance of the Recently Departed

Chapin Hall, Chapel

This morning celebration of the Eucharist draws attention to all the saints: those who are with us (perhaps unknown) and those who have gone before us (perhaps recognized as Saints). Our celebrant will also offer an opportunity to remember loved ones who have recently passed away. Nov. 1, All Saints Day, is a holy day of obligation for Roman Catholics. This morning's Mass is a great occasion to introduce friends to an early Christian tradition offered in a contemporary Mass setting. All are welcome.

Annual Local Vendor Fair

Valentine Dining Hall, Weiller Wing

Join us for the Annual Local Vendor Fair on Friday, Nov. 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Weiller Wing of Valentine Dining Hall. Meet the local businesses and farms who supply our foods!

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": Panera Lunch and Conversation with Sandy Rosenberg ‘72, Maryland House of Delegates

Looking for inspiration?! Join the Career Center for our "Doing Well by Doing Good" lunch series, where you have the opportunity to meet alumni making a difference (and a living) in the world of nonprofit and public service. These incredible people are excited to share their work, ideas and stories with you over a warm bowl of soup and delicious bread provided by Panera Bread.

Friday, Nov 1, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Converse 302.
Samuel I. "Sandy" Rosenberg ’72 has been a member of the House of Delegates since 1983. His most significant legislative accomplishments are repealing the death penalty; authorizing state funding of embryonic stem cell research; writing the holding of Roe v. Wade into Maryland law; creating three programs that encourage students to enter public service, by repaying a portion of the educational debt of people who have lower-paying public interest jobs, providing an up-front scholarship to students planning careers in public service, and giving a stipend to students who take public-interest summer jobs; requiring the French national railroad company to disclose the role it played in transporting people to their deaths during the Holocaust; the Voters Rights Protection Acts of 2005 and 2006, which expand access to the ballot and deter activities intended to suppress turnout. He co-teaches Legislation at the University of Baltimore Law School and the University of Maryland Law School.

"The American Landscape, Past and Present"

Join members of the Mead staff and student docents for a conversation about Hudson River School artist Thomas Cole’s pair of paintings "The Past" and "The Present" and contemporary photographer Barbara Bosworth’s responses to vistas along the New England National Scenic Trail. Selections from Thomas Cole’s “Essay on American Scenery” (1836) will be available for participants to consult and discuss.

Multi Cultural Resource Center Cafe con Leche / Coffee Hour with Leykia Brill

Get to know Amherst College staff and administrators over coffee, tea, cookies and conversation. Our guest this week is Leykia Brill, associate dean of admissions and coordinator of Diversity Outreach. She will be talking about how she got to where she is today, the work she does at Amherst College and how multiculturalism fits into the work she does.

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

Join renowned Roman sculpture expert Elizabeth Bartman for a closer look at Amherst’s recently acquired Roman sarcophagus. Dr. Bartman, the current president of the Archaeological Institute of America, holds a doctorate in art and archaeology from Columbia University. Amherst’s marble sarcophagus, beautifully decorated with sea nymphs riding marine centaurs, was made for 10-year-old Laberia Alexandria and her 6-year-old brother Sylvanus. An inscribed poem, newly translated by Richard Wilbur '42, records the grief of their mother. Dr. Bartman will offer a brief overview of Roman sarcophagi and discuss the significance of this major new addition to the Mead’s collection.

Lucy Guerin Performance

Australian based choreographer Lucy Guerin and her company will perform excerpts from "Weather", currently on tour throughout North America. Q&A to follow.

"Woyzeck"

Free Admission. Open seating. No reservations required. Show contains strong language and mature subject matter.

Woyzeck is the central figure in German dramatist Georg Büchner’s fragmentary tale. Browbeaten by his superiors, betrayed by his mistress and tortured by a doctor obsessed with scientific experiments.

Director Charlotte Brathwaite shapes "Woyzeck" into a world of intense physical actions-- beautiful and brutal, erotic and gritty --highlighting Woyzeck’s fall into hallucinatory disenchantment, a no-man’s-land somewhere between mania and surrealism.

Amherst College Choral Society Family Weekend Concert

Music will be performed by the Concert Choir, Women’s Chorus and Men’s Glee Club, directed by Mallorie Chernin and assistant director Joseph Taff ’13, and the Madrigal Singers, directed by Julia Edholm ’15 and Asa Goodwillie ’16.

The program will include works by Pärt, Whitacre, Mendelssohn, Clifton J. Noble ’83 and others. Also highlighted is the premiere of Irish composer Fergus O’Farrell’s “Something Right,” newly arranged for the Women’s Chorus by Taff. The program will end with traditional College Songs.

Tickets are available for $10 for general admission and $5 for children and senior citizens. Admission for Five College students is free. Email Chernin for ticket reservations at mchernin@amherst.edu, or call 413-542-2484. Unclaimed tickets will be available at the door the night of the concert.

Sat, Nov 2, 2013

"Masterpieces at the Mead"

Join a tour led by student docents and learn about the many fascinating works of art housed in the Mead Art Museum, from larger-than-life depictions of ancient Assyrian kings to abstract contemporary works. Highlights include works by Hudson River School landscape painters, American Impressionists and Realists and Russian artists of the early 20th century.

"This Just In! Additions to the Collection from Pompeii to Today"

Join the Mead student docents for a 30-minute tour of the special exhibition "This Just In!" Highlights include an ancient Roman sarcophagus; prints by Dürer, Delacroix and Hopper; contemporary art by Will Barnet, Vik Munez and Michael Huey; and much more.

"Art in the Liberal Arts Education"

Elizabeth Barker, director, will lead this insiders’ tour of the Mead, which explores fresh uses of the museum’s encyclopedic art collection for teaching and research. Visitors will learn about new discoveries, forgotten masterpieces and surprising collaborations.

The Common at The Mead

Mead Art Museum, Rotherwas Room

Join us for readings of poetry, essays and fiction paired with art during Family Weekend. Wine, cheese, fruit and crackers will follow.

The Harlem Renaissance: Night at the Apollo

The Harlem Renaissance is an annual event sponsored by the Black Student Union that celebrates Black culture in a way that pays homage to the artistic boom during the 1920s. Performances will include singing, monologues and poetry. Dinner will be served, and semiformal attire is required. Please join us as we celebrate the past and look to the future!

"Ring Cycle" Pre-Concert Talk by Professor Christian Rogowski

Professor Christian Rogowski of the German Department will be your guide through Wagner's "Ring Cycle." Don't miss this pre-concert talk!

"Woyzeck"

Free Admission. Open seating. No reservations required. Show contains strong language and mature subject matter.

Woyzeck is the central figure in German dramatist Georg Büchner’s fragmentary tale. Browbeaten by his superiors, betrayed by his mistress and tortured by a doctor obsessed with scientific experiments.

Director Charlotte Brathwaite shapes "Woyzeck" into a world of intense physical actions-- beautiful and brutal, erotic and gritty --highlighting Woyzeck’s fall into hallucinatory disenchantment, a no-man’s-land somewhere between mania and surrealism.

Amherst Symphony Orchestra Presents "The Ring: A Symphonic Synthesis"

The symphony orchestra will perform "Die Ring des Nibelungen: A Symphonic Synthesis" (or "Ring ohne Worte"), by Richard Wagner (arr. Loren Maazel). It is a 70-minute symphony of the greatest orchestral music from Wagner's greatest masterpiece, the four-opera, 19-hour "Ring Cycle," with movie-screen images and text.

Sun, Nov 3, 2013

Catholic Mass: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Chapin Hall, Chapel

The Rev. Warren Savage is 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 half an hour early to prepare. (Note: there is no 5 p.m. Mass today.)

The Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Worship Series

Chapin Hall, Chapel

The Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Worship Series offers a Christian service in the African American tradition to the Amherst Community. Join us on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 1 p.m. in Chapin Chapel. The Rev. R. Janae Pitts-Murdock will serve as the guest preacher. The service features music from the Amherst College Gospel Choir. A soul food reception also follows the service. All are welcome!

Mon, Nov 4, 2013

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.

Self-Exploration for Career Planning for Seniors

Attention, seniors:

Are you feeling lost about what to do after you graduate? Not sure what kind of job or field to pursue? Getting to know yourself better through self-reflection is a key part of determining your next steps and can help you move toward discovering your own unique career path!

Reflect with career advisors and other students on your values, skills, interests and personality and how they may provide direction in your search for meaningful work. This event is targeted for seniors. Commitment to both sessions required. Space is limited-- RSVP to Debra Krumholz at dkrumholz@amherst.edu.

“Integrating Behavior, Hormones and Life History Towards Understanding Complex Phenotypes”

Dr. Ryan L. Earley is an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama.

Research Summary: The Earley laboratory uses a variety of fish species to understand the mechanisms underlying phenotypic variation, particularly aggressive and reproductive behaviors. More recently, we have capitalized on some extraordinary characteristics of a unique vertebrate model to explore the mechanisms that sculpt complex phenotypes, and how suites of phenotypic traits change in response to early-life environmental conditions and in response to selection. The mangrove rivulus is the only self-fertilizing, hermaphroditic vertebrate capable of producing offspring that are genetically identical to the parent and all siblings. This extraordinary reproductive strategy, coupled with occasional out-crossing, provides the opportunity to explore with unprecedented resolution both genetic and non-genetic bases of phenotypic variation in a vertebrate system. We combine field and laboratory investigations to understand the degree to which phenotypic traits (from endocrine profiles and life history characteristics to behavior) covary, the evolutionary implications of such covariance, and how the physical and social environments alter developmental trajectories of behavior, physiology and sex.

"Economy and Society in Ancient Israel"

David Schloen, professor of Syro-Palestinian Archaeology in the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department of the University of Chicago, will speak on "Economy and Society in Ancient Israel" on Monday, Nov. 4, at 4:30 p.m. in 101 Chapin Hall. Professor Schloen specializes in the archaeology and history of the ancient Levant (Syria and Palestine) from ca. 3000 to 300 BCE. Over the past two decades he has conducted archaeological excavations in Israel and Turkey. As a historian of ancient culture, his longstanding ambition has been to understand the structure and operation of the small kingdoms that flourished in the eastern Mediterranean region during the Bronze and Iron Ages and especially to explicate the interaction between day-to-day social practices and the shared metaphors and narratives that sustained, and were sustained by, those practices. He is the author of "The House of the Father as Fact and Symbol," which focuses on the Bronze Age (3000–1200 BCE), and he is currently completing a book entitled "The Bible and Archaeology: Exploring the History and Mythology of Ancient Israel," which explains how ancient artifacts, inscriptions and other archaeological discoveries shed light on biblical narratives. The lecture is sponsored by the Religion Department and the Willis D. Wood Fund. Free and open to the public.

MRC Dialogue on Religion and Spirituality

Come join MRC Director Mariana Cruz and Coordinator Nick Cream for a co-facilitated dialogue on religion, spirituality and how these intersect with our various social identities.

These dialogues take place every Monday night at 7 p.m. at the MRC. Refreshments will be served.

Carney Sandoe Information Session

Interested in finding a teaching position at an independent school? Carney, Sandoe & Associates can help! CS&A is a K-12 educational recruitment firm that places teachers and administrators in private, independent and like-kind (charter, magnet, pilot and merit) schools across the nation. They have placed over 30,500 teachers and administrators in independent schools since 1977. CS&A works to fill thousands of teaching and administrative openings at hundreds of K-12 college preparatory schools each year.

Tue, Nov 5, 2013

Food Handling Training

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room B, Lower Level

Dining Services is offering a Food Handling Training Session to teach students the necessary safety steps when preparing food for student events. Student leaders of Registered Student Organizations seeking to host small events, where students prepare and serve food, must be trained on food safety before hosting cooking events. If a student group seeks to host an event to prepare and serve food, student leaders must attend a training session.

Table: The Walker Home and School

The Walker Home and School is a therapeutic treatment facility. At their Needham campus, they serve children from 3 to 13. Walker has had a therapeutic day school, a residential facility and a hospital diversion program called ICBAT. All of the children served come to Walker with some sort of mental illness, trauma and/or developmental disability, and are struggling in the community with behavioral issues as a result. On the Watertown campus, Walker has the Beacon High School that serves 14-to-22-year-olds struggling with depression, anxiety, drug addiction, etc. Walker also has Walker Partnerships that send trained employees into public schools to do behavioral support and consultation for specific students. The Walker website is http://walkerschool.org/.

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.

"It’s Time to Manage Your Time"

Now that the semester is two-thirds over and deadlines for final projects loom on the horizon, it’s time to put an end to procrastination and perfectionism. In addition to introducing a mindset that will help you improve your approach to your studies, this workshop will offer you strategies for gaining control over your own time, for managing long-term projects while still getting your daily work done, and for avoiding procrastination and unproductive perfectionism. Some of our time together will be devoted to planning your individual weekly schedule and routines, as well as to mapping out the remainder of your semester. Please bring any planner you use (online or paper), along with the syllabi for your courses. The workshop will be taught by Kristen Brookes, senior writing associate.

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.

The Internship Fair

Students: Don't wait! Start considering your summer internship now! Talk to your peers about their experiences. Discover and explore potential opportunities at the Internship Fair.

Faculty, staff and administration: On Tues., Nov. 5, more than 90 Amherst students will be sharing information about their summer internship experiences at the Annual Internship Fair. Help us recognize the wonderful work that our students are doing locally, nationally and internationally.

Light refreshments will be served.

Russian Film Series: "I'll Be Around" (2012)

Winner of the Russian Kinotavr Film Festival, this harrowing drama (shot with a hand-held camera) focuses on the story of a single mother's relationship with her son.

Shimaa Helmy Speaks on the Egyptian Crisis

Since the ousting of President Morsi in June 2013, a vicious cycle of violence has taken Egypt to the verge of chaos. These events have led many people to question the future of democracy, democratic governance and the role of institutions in Egypt.

Shimaa Helmy, a young human-rights activist from Cairo, will give a first-hand account of the unfolding crisis in Egypt, discuss the current state of human rights and media activists, and provide some insight into what comes next for the nation.

Helmy is a journalist who has been an organizer, media producer and social-media activist since January 2011 in Cairo. Currently on a speaking tour about Egypt after finishing her media and human-rights advocacy training with Witness in Brooklyn, N.Y., Helmy has a B.Sc. in biotechnology and genetic engineering from Misr University for Science and Technology. She will soon be working as a research associate at the Center for Race and Gender Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

German Kaffeeklatsch

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

Wed, Nov 6, 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.

MRC Grab-n-Go Conversations: Indigenous Knowledges

Keefe Campus Center, Multicultural Resource Center

Join staff and students for a dynamic lunchtime conversation that explores perceptions and concepts of indigenous knowledges.

Resume Workshop

Learn how to improve your resume skills.

Northfield Mount Hermon: Tabling and Information Session

Northfield Mount Hermon School is an independent, coeducational boarding school in Western Massachusetts. NMH Summer Session provides quality educational programs that attract students and faculty from all over the United States and the world. NMH offers a variety of credit and enrichment courses that enable young people to explore ideas and talents they might not have time for during the school year. Applicantions are invited from undergraduates who, as a minimum, will have completed their junior year by the upcoming summer, and from graduate students and recent college graduates.

An applicant must have a strong academic record and the maturity and work ethic to succeed in a rigorous and demanding position.

"A Reconsideration of the Making of the Cuban Revolution: Women in the Clandestine City Movement and Women in the Sierra"

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 3

Consuelo Elba will be giving a talk entitled "A Reconsideration of The Making of the Cuban Revolution: Women in the Clandestine City Movement and Women in the Sierra." Elba is a Cuban filmmaker, TV producer and director, whose works include her film "Mujeres de la Guerrilla" (“Women of the Rebel Army”), shown at the 2007 MSP International Film Festival. She was a member of the revolutionary underground and later the Rebel Army.

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

French Film Screening: "A bout de souffle"

Newport House, Common Room

Jean Luc Godard's "Breathless" is the story of Michel, a small-time hood wanted for killing a cop, and Patricia, an aspiring journalist from the United States who sells the International Herald Tribune along the boulevards of Paris. Their relationship develops as Michel hides out from a police dragnet.

Thu, Nov 7, 2013

Food Handling Training

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Rooms A and B, Lower Level

Dining Services is offering a Food Handling Training Sessions to teach students the necessary safety steps when preparing food for student events. Student leaders of Registered Student Organizations seeking to host small events, where students prepare and serve food, must be trained on food safety before hosting these cooking/grilling events. If a student group seeks to host an event to prepare and serve food, student leaders must attend a training session.

German Film Series: "Gripsholm"

In the summer of 1932, famous German-Jewish political satirist Kurt Tucholsky seeks peace and quiet in a charming country estate in Sweden. Romance and leisure give way to vexing questions, as news of the escalating political and economic turmoil of Weimar Germany and the rise of the Nazis reach his idyllic retreat.

Neuroscience Senior Comprehensives

Neuroscience Senior Comprehensives will be held on Thursday, November 7, 2013 in Merrill 4 at 4:30 p.m. (refreshments will be served at 4:15 p.m.). All are welcome.

Stephen Petegorsky: "The Meadows"

New York-born artist and freelance photographer Stephen Petegorsky has lived in the Northampton, Mass., area for almost 40 years. His work has been exhibited internationally, and is currently in collections throughout this country as well as in Europe.

An Amherst College graduate, he later received an M.F.A. in photography from Rhode Island School of Design. He has taught at Amherst College, Smith College, Hampshire College and the University of Connecticut.

For many years he has started his days walking his dog in a part of Northampton called The Meadows. This area is bordered by the Connecticut River and is in the shadow of the small mountains known as the Holyoke Range. Mostly agricultural, the Meadows also hosts a number of homes, farms, a small airport, a wildlife refuge and a fairground. The landscape of The Meadows changes with the seasons and with the light; its rhythms of life, growth, harvest, death and decay are a reminder of our own mortality.

Physics Seminar

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 3

Professor John Deutch of MIT will give a talk (title TBA).

Workshop on Academic Thinking Journals

For just 10 minutes a day, keep one of these journals, and you will improve not only your writing but also your thinking. This tool will help you take an active role as you engage with texts and in discussions throughout the year. And right now it could be especially useful, as you move toward final projects and exams; regular journaling will prime your brain for the tasks ahead. In this workshop we will discuss the basics of keeping an academic journal-- what, how, when, where and why --discuss how it might be useful to you, and experiment with several different approaches to journaling. The workshop will be taught by Roy Andrews, writing center associate.

Fri, Nov 8, 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.

Multicultural Resource Center Cafe con Leche / Coffee Hour with Hannah Fatemi

Get to know Hannah Fatemi, assistant dean of students and director of the Campus Center over coffee, tea and conversation. She will talk about how she got to where she is today, the work she does at Amherst College and how multiculturalism fits into the work she does.

"Democracy, the Mass Media and Political Polarization: Whither Constitutional Government"

On Friday, Nov. 8, and Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Alumni House at Amherst College, the Colloquium on the Constitution and the Imagining of America will reconvene to discuss the topic of “Democracy, the Mass Media, and Political Polarization: Whither Constitutional Government.” Guest speakers will be Roy Peter Clark, senior scholar and vice president of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies; Juan Gonzalez, co-host of the news show "Democracy Now"; Robert McCartney ‘75, columnist for The Washington Post; and Jennifer Peter ‘90, deputy managing editor at The Boston Globe for local news, overseeing coverage of government, politics, education, crime and religion.

For a complete schedule, go to https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/ljst/events/conferences....

This event is sponsored by the Colloquium on the Constitution and the Imagining of America and the Sperling Fund.

Chemistry Seminar: "Resolving Complex Protein Folding Mechanisms with Mass Spectrometry"

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 4

Professor Patrick Wintrode from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences will be giving a seminar titled "Resolving Complex Protein Folding Mechanisms with Mass Spectrometry."

Research Interests: Characterization of pathological protein conformations using biophysical techniques to elucidate how these contribute to disease; mass spectrometry and computer simulations are also being used to determine how the molecular dynamics of HIV proteins contribute to drug susceptibility and drug resistance.

Link to department webpage: http://www.pharmacy.umaryland.edu/about/depts/psc/

"Stoking the Fire: How the New Journalism Cheapens Discourse and Rewards Excess," Presented by Robert McCartney '75

Robert McCartney '75 is a columnist for The Washington Post. This event is part of the Colloquium on the Constitution and the Imagining of America, "Democracy, the Mass Media, and Political Polarization: Whither Constitutional Government."

Annual Glee Club Concert: "Autumn Leaves"

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 1

Hot songs!

This annual Glee Club concert is your perfect solution to a chilly November weekend. Give us the chance to warm up your heart and soul with more than one hour of nonstop fun and music. Even better, we have Antonio's pizza that promises to satisfy your appetite while you enjoy the singing.

Join us Friday, Nov. 8, at 5 p.m. in Merrill Science 1. Admission is free, so come early to grab seats!

Evening at the Mead

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

Student Perspectives: Study in China and Taiwan

Two Smith College students are sharing their experiences studying in China and Taiwan through the National Youth Language Initiative. Come hear their perspectives on language learning, being a foreigner abroad and how they found their study-abroad programs. Refreshments will be provided. Contact Laura Nunnelly (lnunnelly@smith.edu) or Elizabeth Besozzi (ebesozzi@smith.edu) for more information.

"If Music Be the Food of Love"

This Amherst College senior thesis explores the theme of love through repertoire inspired by William Shakespeare, featuring works by Finzi, Purcell, Gounod, Mills, Schmidt, Rodgers and Hart, Porter, Bernstein and Thomas. The performers are David Ressler, baritone, and Larry Schipull, piano. The concert is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

Cheer Team Info Session

Morrow Dormitory, First Floor Library

Want to know more about the future of cheerleading at Amherst College? Come to the info session for Purple Pride to find out more! It's an all-new club designed to break barriers and promote community at Amherst.

AC After Dark: Lego Night

Keefe Campus Center, Atrium/McCaffrey Room

Hurrah! Legos! Submit a picture of your finished creation to our Facebook page and you'll be entered to win a prize.

Sat, Nov 9, 2013

The Fifth Annual Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education Conference

The Fifth Annual ACMHE Conference will be held at Amherst College, Nov. 8-10. The theme this year is "Integrity of Practice: A Contemplative Vision for Higher Education." Some 200 participants will come together to share work and discuss the use of contemplative methods throughout higher education. Some 80 papers and poster sessions will examine work being done throughout higher education.

All members of the Amherst community are welcome to attend the parallel sessions Saturday and Sunday. A schedule of the presentations will be available at http://www.acmheconference.org/presentation-list/.

If you plan to attend, please contact jennifer@contemplativemind.org.

"Brown v. Warren 2012: A Case Study of the Role Partisan Blogs Played in Coverage of the Nation's Most Prominent Senate Race"

Jennifer Peter '90, editor for The Boston Globe, will give a talk as part of the Colloquium on the Constitution and The Imagining of America's theme "Democracy, the Mass Media and Political Polarization: Whither Constitutional Government."

"Kicking the Stone: The Search for Reliable Evidence in Journalism"

Roy Peter Clark, vice president of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies will give a talk as part of the Colloquium on the Constitution and the Imagining of America's theme, "Democracy, the Mass Media and Political Polarization: Whither Constitutional Government."

"So Clear of Victory: Emily Dickinson's Gettysburg Address"

Amherst History Museum, 67 Amity Street, Amherst, MA

Civil War historian Walter L. Powell will deliver a free talk titled “So Clear of Victory: Emily Dickinson’s Gettysburg Address” at the Amherst History Museum on Saturday, November 9 at 3 p.m.

The talk, co-sponsored by the Emily Dickinson Museum and the Amherst History Museum, will highlight contributions made by Amherst and the region to the Battle of Gettysburg and Lincoln’s delivery of the Gettysburg Address during the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery on Nov. 19, 1863. A special focus will be on Emily Dickinson’s circle of friends and acquaintances involved in the battle, including Samuel Fiske and Springfield Republican publisher and editor Samuel Bowles.

The Amherst History Museum is located at 67 Amity Street in Amherst. For more information about the talk, please visit www.EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org/events.

AC After Dark: Board Games: Outwit, Outsmart, Outlast

Keefe Campus Center, Atrium/McCaffrey Room

It's a tournament! Who will be victorious? Visit our Facebook page to make suggestions for what game you want to play competitively.

Sun, Nov 10, 2013

TEDxAmherstCollege

TEDx is an independently organized TED conference, organized around the concept of "ideas worth sharing." Nine speakers, all members of the Amherst community-- including alumni, faculty and a student --will gather at Kirby Theater on Nov. 10 to give talks on the theme "Disruptive Innovation," each talk a maximum of 18 minutes. Speakers will present on diverse topics, from music to history to social work-- sciences as well as humanities. There will also be plenty of opportunities to mingle with the speakers and other students during breaks, and lunch will be available.

The Fifth Annual Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education Conference

The Fifth Annual ACMHE Conference will be held at Amherst College, Nov. 8-10. The theme this year is "Integrity of Practice: A Contemplative Vision for Higher Education." Some 200 participants will come together to share work and discuss the use of contemplative methods throughout higher education. Some 80 papers and poster sessions will examine work being done throughout higher education.

All members of the Amherst community are welcome to attend the parallel sessions Saturday and Sunday. A schedule of the presentations will be available at http://www.acmheconference.org/presentation-list/.

If you plan to attend, please contact jennifer@contemplativemind.org.

Amherst Soka Buddhist Club Meeting

Charles Pratt Hall, O'Connor Commons

Come learn about Buddhism in the 21st Century! We're a new joint club that affiliates with the Soka Gakkai International and Smith College and we're tons of fun!

p.s. We have pizza...

Meeting of the Trans*/Queer Writing Group

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: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Chapin Hall, Chapel

The Rev. Gary Dailey is celebrant of this Roman Catholic Liturgy over the holiday weekend. All are truly welcome. Missalettes are provided. Those involved (or who wish to join) in liturgical ministries are encouraged to arrive half an hour early to prepare.

Mon, Nov 11, 2013

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.

"Control Your Excitement: Inhibition of Escape Behavior in Zebrafish"

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 4

Dr. Bryan Monesson-Olson is a postdoctoral research associate in the biology department at Amherst College.

Research summary: Escaping from dangerous situations is something all animals have to do. How they do it is a complex question. One group of inhibitory receptors, the GABAA receptors, regulates a long list of circuits and behaviors in vertebrates, including escape behavior. Monesson-Olson studies how these receptors regulate escape behavior, and he uses zebrafish to study these questions. Using a combination of mRNA in situ hybridization, drug treatment, behavioral analysis and now electrophysiology, he is unraveling how these circuits function or fail to function.

"Catastrophe's Apocalypse"

Clark House, Room 100

On Monday, Nov. 11, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 100 of Clark House, Joseph Masco, associate professor of anthropology and of the social sciences at the University of Chicago, will present a paper entitled “Catastrophe’s Apocalypse.” This is the second presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year as part of the Copeland Colloquium Seminar Series “Permanent Catastrophe?”

Professor Masco’s paper mobilizes nuclear history, policy and visual culture to interrogate how catastrophe has been culturally coded and temporally framed in American culture since World War II.

To view a draft of the paper that will be presented at this seminar, please see the Copeland Colloquium website: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/colloquia/copeland_colloquium/descr...

MRC Dialogue on Religion and Spirituality

Come join MRC Director Mariana Cruz and Coordinator Nick Cream for a co-facilitated dialogue on religion, spirituality and how these intersect with our various social identities.

These dialogues take place every Monday night at 7 p.m. at the MRC. Refreshments will be served.

Amherst Select Internship Program Orientation (ASIP)

Come learn what ASIP is all about. Attendance is required in order to participate in the ASIP program.

Speed Dating: Chinese Language Night

Keefe Campus Center, Friedmann Room

Find the love of your life and learn some Chinese pickup lines! In China, 11/11 (Guanggun'er Jie) is Single's Awareness Day-- we'd like to give you a chance to change that. Come learn Chinese and try out some lines in three-minute speed dates with native speakers. Beginning and intermediate speakers are welcome, but no experience is necessary.

Mead Art Museum Film Screening at Amherst Cinema

Amherst Cinema

In conjunction with the Mead Art Museum's exhibition "This Just In! Additions to the Collection from Pompeii to Today," Amherst Cinema will present Roberto Rossellini’s 1954 film "Journey to Italy." Barbara Kellum, professor of art at Smith College, will introduce the film and lead a brief question and answer period immediately following.

Russian Chai

All are welcome. Bring your own mug!

Tue, Nov 12, 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.

Interviewing Workshop

Come learn what to do at an interview.

Being a Man at Amherst

Keefe Campus Center, Women's & Gender Center

Not a therapy group… Not a political initiative… Not a seminar.

An opportunity for men to talk openly, privately and without judgment with one another about our experiences as men.

Love… Sex… Relationships… Friends… Families… Women… War… Athletics… Politics… Power… Sexual Politics… Fraternities… Careers… Music… Alcohol… Sadness… Laughter… The Meaning of Life…

Everything’s on the table.

Bring ideas, concerns, interests and passions to share. All affiliations and non-affiliations are welcome.

The discussions will be facilitated by Dr. McFadden and Dr. Phillips of the Counseling Center.

They are co-sponsored by the Counseling Center and the Women's & Gender Center.

Alison Bechdel: "Drawing Lessons: The Comics of Everyday Life"

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

This lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Amherst College Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies Department; the Dean of the Faculty; The Lamont Fund; and The Eastman Fund.

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.

"Augmenting an Art Form: Technologically Extending Live Performance with the Opera of the Future Group"

Elly Jessop '08 will discuss her research as a doctoral student in the Opera of the Future research group at the MIT Media Lab, working at the intersection of live performance, gesture and music. Drawing on her Amherst computer science and theater and dance majors, she explores the ways that technology and the arts can combine to create new means of expression and qualities of experience, through work from technologically enhanced musical instruments and interactive art installations to a "robotic opera." Her doctoral thesis work focuses on new high-level analysis frameworks for recognition and extension of physical performance, including the development of systems to intelligently capture and analyze expressive qualities of movement and voice.

Navigating Social Identities Abroad: Student Panel and Discussion

Keefe Campus Center, Multicultural Resource Center

What is it like to be a queer student abroad? What is it like to be a woman abroad? A person of color? Come hear from students about how they navigated their identity while studying abroad, and what the challenges and rewards are in different regions of the world. Refreshments will be provided by the Study Abroad Office, the Multicultural Resource Center, the Queer Resource Center and the Women's and Gender Center.

Information Session: Careers in USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development)

Dana Ott, director of the Office of Development Planning at the USAID Bureau for Africa is coming to campus! Please join us if you would like to learn more about the following:

• An overview of what USAID does and career opportunities within the agency
• Dana’s work at the Bureau for Africa
• The Bureau for Africa’s summer internship program

Sweet Briar Paris: Students Share Their Experiences and French Food!

Newport House, Basement

Evelyn Kramer '14 and Lena Rice '14 studied abroad with Sweet Briar Paris. They are ambassadors to the program and will share their experiences with you as well as give you more information about the programs in Paris and Nice. Come chat and eat delicious croissants with Nutella and learn about study abroad to France! Please contact Lena or Evelyn with questions.

German Kaffeeklatsch

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

Wed, Nov 13, 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.

MRC Grab-n-Go Conversations: Microaggressions and Systemic Racism

Grab your lunch at Schwemms and come to the MRC for a dymanic lunchtime discussion around the meaning and experiences of microaggressions and systemic racism in society and everyday life.

Cover Letter Workshop

Learn how to grab an employer's attention with a good cover letter.

Focus on Pioneer Valley Citizens Summer

Come learn about Pioneer Valley Citizen Summer (PVCS). A few students from the 2013 cohort will speak about their experience and answer questions.

PVCS is a public service learning program unlike any other offered at Amherst College. It is a residential learning opportunity where students:

-Live together on campus
-Work for a public service organization in either Holyoke or Amherst for June and July
-Participate in a weekly seminar that focuses on bridging experiences in the community with analytical, theoretical, reflective and interpersonal work

Together, students explore meaningful ways to promote social justice and thoughtful, positive community engagement while gaining important work experience. During PVCS, students have the opportunity to dialogue through difference and engage in reflective practices that inspire a greater self-awareness. If you’re interested in social justice, meaningful community engagement, forming a deep connection with your peers and learning more about yourself and the community, PVCS may be the summer opportunity for you!

"Surfing the Tsunami: Technology and Pedagogical Innovation"

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

Candace Thille, Ph.D.-- founding director of the Open Learning Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University, senior research fellow in the office of the vice provost for online learning at Stanford University and assistant professor of education at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education --will speak at Amherst College on Nov. 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room of Converse Hall. The event is open to the Five College Community.

Her visit is part of an initiative by the Dean of the Faculty’s Office and the Department of Information Technology at Amherst College to further the exploration of the opportunities and challenges of using technology to advance the teaching mission.

Dr. Thille's research focuses on applying results from the learning sciences to the design, implementation and evaluation of open Web-based learning environments, and on using those environments to engage in research to refine theories of human learning.

Isenberg School of Management MBA Fellowship Information Session

Amherst College and the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts are proud to announce the Isenberg-Amherst MBA Fellowship.

As an accepted MBA Fellow, you will participate in a unique two-year MBA program experience that provides you the strongest possible start to your career.

Program benefits include:

• Full financial support for two years, including health care and a stipend

• A flexible program design: one- or two-year residency options to best meet your career objectives

• Opportunities to gain professional experience that leverages your individual strengths and interests

Our small program size enables us to do more for our students.

Spanish Film: "La teta asustada"

13 NOVIEMBRE: La teta asustada (Perú) de Claudia Llosa Bueno, 2010; 94 min.)

Fausta tiene la "teta asustada", una enfermedad que se transmite por la leche materna de las mujeres que fueron violadas o maltratadas durante la guerra del terrorismo en el Perú. La guerra acabó, pero Fausta vive para recordarla porque la "enfermedad del miedo" le ha robado el alma. Ahora la súbita muerte de su madre la obligará a enfrentarse a sus miedos y al secreto que oculta en su interior.

Cover Letter Workshop

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

All students are encouraged and invited to attend this workshop on writing effective cover letters. Join us to learn the art of writing a cover letter that will set you apart from the crowd.

This workshop fulfills the Amherst Select cover letter requirement.

French Film Screening: "Les Poupées Russes"

Newport House, Common Room

In this 2006 sequel to Cédric Klapisch’s "L'auberge Espagnole," the story of Xavier and his group of international friends continues. Five years later, Xavier, having given up on his aspirations of a career in international finance, is a writer, who lately has been working on scripts for a French soap opera. Between the cities of Paris, London and St. Petersburg, the drama unfolds as Xavier and his past roommates from Spain reconnect.

Fiction Reading by Susan Stinson

Amherst Books, 8 Main Street

Susan Stinson’s newest novel, "Spider in a Tree," takes place in Northampton during the time of theologian, preacher and slave-owner Jonathan Edwards. Alison Bechdel describes it as “a revelation”: “Susan Stinson has wrought something wondrous in this book about the spiritual tribulations of a community of New England Calvinists.” Stinson, the author of three previous novels and a collection of poetry and lyric essays, was awarded the Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize from the Lambda Literary Foundation in 2011. She is writer-in-residence at Forbes Library.

Amherst PostSecret: Second Annual Submission Event

You're invited to contribute to an Amherst community art project by sharing an anonymous secret on a postcard. When doing so, we create community around things that matter to each of us. Reveal anything as long as it is true and you have never shared it with anyone before. Also, everyone who submits a secret gets Sugar Jones. TWLOHA merchandise and info will be available.

Thu, Nov 14, 2013

Peace Corps on Campus

Keefe Campus Center, McCaffrey Room

11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tabling in Keefe Atrium
2 - 5 p.m., Open hours in Keefe, McCaffrey Room
6 p.m., Information Session in Keefe, McCaffrey Room

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy formed the Peace Corps with three goals in mind: to help countries meet their need for trained men and women, to help promote a better understanding of Americans around the world and to help promote a better understanding of other countries on the part of Americans. If you are inspired by these goals and interested in spending two years (plus training) in a developing country, Peace Corps service might be the right fit for you. Volunteers work in education, health, business and many other fields, alongside local partners. Peace Corps provides a stipend, health insurance and a readjustment allowance upon completion of service. Learn more about job opportunities and benefits at www.peacecorps.gov.

Bonnie Ray, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

As one of the largest IT companies in the world, IBM has been at the forefront of systems, software, and physical and mathematical sciences research for many decades. However, only in the last ten years has it begun to systematically apply advanced statistics and optimization capabilities to support its internal business decision making. In this talk, I’ll provide examples of how the Business Analytics and Math Sciences organization within IBM Research has partnered with other IBM divisions to enable data-driven business transformation. For one example, that of predicting performance of new business initiatives, I’ll discuss two different statistical approaches investigated, Regression Trees and Nearest Neighbors with Metric Learning, and discuss their performance from both a technical and a business perspective. I’ll also highlight some open problems with potential for future research.

"Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement as Precedent for Religion in U.S. Politics"

Albert J. Raboteau is the Henry W. Putnam Professor of Religion Emeritus at Princeton University, where he taught from 1982 until his retirement earlier this year. Professor Raboteau will speak on "Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement as Precedent for Religion in U.S. Politics" at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, in Chapin 101.

A specialist in American religious history, Raboteau is best known for his landmark contributions to the study of African-American religious movements. His extensive publications in this area include "Slave Religion: The 'Invisible Institution' in the Antebellum South" (a “classic” reissued in an updated 25th anniversary edition in 2004), "A Fire in the Bones: Reflections on African-American Religious History," "African-American Religion: Interpretative Essay in History," co-edited with Timothy Fulop, and "Canaan Land: A Religious History of African Americans." His other publications include "A Sorrowful Joy" and, most recently, "Immigration and Religion in America: Comparative and Historical Perspectives," co-edited with Richard Alba and Josh DeWind. In addition to Martin Luther King Jr., figures of particular interest to Professor Raboteau include Howard Thurman, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton. He is currently working on the place of beauty in the history of Eastern and Western Christian spirituality. The lecture is sponsored by the Religion Department and the Willis D. Wood Fund and is free and open to the public.

Neuroscience Senior Comprehensives

Neuroscience Senior Comprehensives will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14, in Merrill 4 at 4:30 p.m. (Refreshments will be served at 4:15 p.m.). All are welcome.

Women's and Gender Center Student/Faculty Meet & Greet Reception

The Women's & Gender Center is working collaboratively with students to create an opportunity to meet and talk with women from the faculty during reception at the WGC. Join us, along with Professors Holleman, Mun, Vigil, Christoff, Palmquist, Del Moral, Sadjadi and others.

In addition to introducing students to new faculty members and to the WGC, this event will create an opportunity for students and faculty to discuss issues like feminism, intellectual living post-graduation and learning critically outside the classroom while still at Amherst, among other things. This is a great chance to meet the faculty who will teach the spring courses you are currently registering for!

Refreshments will be served.

Film Screening: "Gasland 2"

Shale gas was discovered in Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley in 2012, which makes the social and ecological controversies of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," germane to the daily lives of Pioneer Valley residents.

"Gasland II," by Josh Fox, is a follow-up to his first film, which argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of fracking-derived natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth, and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time and present unaccounted-for risks to water, air and society.

Join us for a free screening of "Gasland II," followed by breakout discussions with Environment Massachusetts representatives on their campaign efforts to garner public support for Massachusetts legislation to follow in Vermont's footsteps and ban fracking in Massachusetts before it starts.

"Black Slaves, Indian Masters: Slavery, Emancipation and Citizenship in the Native American South"

Co-sponsored by the Women's & Gender Center, Queer Resource Center, Center for Community Engagement, Religious Life, Student Life Fellows, Native American Students Association and Black Student Union and Departments of Black Studies, Sociology, Anthropology and American Studies

High Mountain Institute Information Session

Looking for a teaching experience with a twist? The High Mountain Institute's Apprentice Program offers the unique opportunity to explore teaching both wilderness education and traditional academics in Leadville, Colorado.

As an instructor on multi-week backpacking expeditions and an assistant teacher in a high school classroom, you have the opportunity to positively impact your students while earning invaluable personal experience. You'll mentor students as a cabin head on our residential campus, lead activities and collaborate with your peers in a graduate-level seminar on educational theories over the course of the semester.

If you are ready to be a part of a community that values knowledge, personal growth and challenge, then please visit www.hminet.org/apprenticeprogram
or contact Carrie Mallozzi (cmallozzi@hminet.org).

Goldman Sachs Information Session

Goldman Sachs will be hosting an informational session next week to provide information on their Investment Banking Division Summer Analyst Position and their Summer Intern Sales and Trading Position posted in Quest. Jelani Harris ’09, Chris Spofford ’92, and Mike Smith ’84 will be presenting and meeting with students in groups to answer your individual questions. Although the positions are limited to juniors only, first-years and sophomores can benefit from the information and are encouraged to attend. Come learn how to prepare for the application process by learning about what Goldman Sachs looks for in their intern candidates. This way you can strategize and intentionally participate in experiences that prepare you to be a competitive candidate in your junior year. Dress: Business Casual Tips: Companies provide this opportunity so that they may share with you details about the firm, the position, and most often, their culture. In addition, this should give you some idea of what you can expect from their recruiting process, the interview itself and next steps. It is very important that you bring a pen/pencil and notepad to take down notes during the informational session and take the opportunity to ask questions. Be sure to do your research ahead of time!

"Wholly Man Again," directed by Hans Meyer

Webster Hall, Studio 3

Tickets are free. Reservations are recommended.
Box Office: 413-542-2277

Warning: Contains disturbing adult material.

A man, a manikin, an empty space. Echoes of a man(ikin)'s mother and the dirt from which he came. Part narrative, part movement-based performance art, "Wholly Man Again" is the dizzying journey of one man's search for perfection against the soul-crushing pressures of Oedipal complexes, theatrical limitations and wet black rubber. Josh Wren keeps you guessing as he throws the definitions of "Performance," "Performer," "Space," "Character," and "Playwright" into one boiling, caustic vat.

"Silver Linings Playbook"

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

Mental Health Education is offering a film series to raise awareness of mental health and wellness. Please join us for the first film in the series, "Silver Linings Playbook."

"Life doesn't always go according to plan. Pat Solatano has lost everything-- his house, his job and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother and father after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat's parents want is for him to get back on his feet-- and to share their family's obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he'll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives."

--Written by The Weinstein Company

Fri, Nov 15, 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 Mattea Kramer ’07, Research Director at the National Priorities Project

Mattea Kramer '07 leads National Priorities Project’s research program, covering topics on the federal budget process, federal spending and tax policy, federal health care programs, Social Security, military and homeland security funding, and debt and deficit. Mattea is the lead author of NPP’s book "A People’s Guide to the Federal Budget," and she serves as a regular commentator for media outlets across the country. Her writing has been published in The Washington Post, The Nation, The Christian Science Monitor, Mother Jones, Al Jazeera and CBS News. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Amherst College and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University.

Mattea is excited to share the following with you:
• Her career thus far in public policy, research and writing
• How she ended up working on the issue of the federal budget
• What motivated her to pursue a master’s degree in public policy

Panera bread and soup will be served. Space is limited. RSVP to Laura Litwiller (llitwiller@amherst.edu) by no later than noon, Thursday, Nov.14.

Multicultural Resource Center Cafe con Leche / Coffee Hour with Flora Chan

Get to know Flora Chan, student life fellow for first-generation and transfer students. She will talk about how she got to where she is today, the work she does at Amherst College and how multiculturalism fits into the work she does.

Israel Shabbat

Friday night dinner with Amherst Hillel celebrating Shabbat and Judaism's connection to Israel and Israeli culture!

Students will be cooking an Israeli-themed dinner-- join us for a night of fun and friends! Everyone is welcome to stop by for some delicious FREE food and great company!

Janet Mock: Transgender Writer & Advocate

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

In honor of Trans* Awareness Week, the Queer Resource Center presents Janet Mock. As a Trans* women of color, writer and advocate, Janet Mock is empowering the lives of Trans folks across the globe! Come join us for an evening of empowerment!

"Celluloid (and Digital) Dreams: Making Feature Films for College (and Professional) Credit"

The Amherst College Film Society will present award-winning Vermont indie filmmaker Jay Craven, who will screen his new feature film, “Northern Borders,” starring Academy Award-nominated actors Bruce Dern and Genevieve Bujold, on Friday, Nov. 15, at the Keefe Campus Theater. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

“Northern Borders” was made during a special film-intensive semester at Marlboro College, where Craven teaches film production and film studies. Thirty students from 10 colleges collaborated with 20 professionals to make the picture. The students received college credit (and professional film credit) taking classes and working in leading film crew positions including script supervisor, wardrobe supervisor, sound boom operator, assistant directors, camera operators, associate editors, location manager, still photographer, production coordinator and more.

Craven is launching a second film-intensive semester in January, during which students will travel to the Sundance Film Festival and then return to Marlboro for classes, workshops, visiting artists, student filmmaking, pre-production and production of an 1872 period film, “Peter and John,” that will be shot on the island of Nantucket. The new picture will be based on French writer Guy de Maupassant’s groundbreaking novel, “Pierre et Jean.”

Craven will discuss the film-intensive program for interested students, and share his experience working in the trenches of New England independent feature filmmaking.

And he will screen “Northern Borders,” which tells the story of 10-year-old Austen Kittredge, who is sent to live on his grandparents’ Vermont farm, where he has wild adventures and uncovers long-festering family secrets. It’s 1956, and Austen experiences rural Kingdom County as a place full of eccentric people, including his stubborn grandparents, whose thorny marriage is known as the "Forty Years War." Initially feeling stuck in this fractured household, young Austen plans a quick exit but ends up stranded with no choice but to navigate and endure. A humorous and sometimes startling coming-of-age story, "Northern Borders" evokes Vermont’s wildness, its sublime beauty, a haunted past and an aura of enchantment.

Relaxation Night

Hey, you work hard-- take a few moments to relax with a smoothie or maybe a massage. Sign up for a massage starting Wednesday, Nov. 13, at noon at the Campus Center Manager booth.

"Wholly Man Again," directed by Hans Meyer

Webster Hall, Studio 3

Tickets are free. Reservations are recommended.
Box Office: 413-542-2277

Warning: Contains disturbing adult material.

A man, a manikin, an empty space. Echoes of a man(ikin)'s mother and the dirt from which he came. Part narrative, part movement-based performance art, "Wholly Man Again" is the dizzying journey of one man's search for perfection against the soul-crushing pressures of Oedipal complexes, theatrical limitations and wet black rubber. Josh Wren keeps you guessing as he throws the definitions of "Performance," "Performer," "Space," "Character," and "Playwright" into one boiling, caustic vat.

Sat, Nov 16, 2013

SPLASH!

Middle and high school students will be on campus taking classes taught my Amherst College students.

Multicultural Cooking Night

The International Student Association presents Multicultural Cooking Night! Stop by to get a chance to taste and learn about cuisines from around the world, including Indonesian, Burmese, Trinidadian, Singaporean and Chinese food. Come by 4 p.m. if you'd like to learn how to cook and help with cooking dishes from these cuisines, or at 6:30 p.m. to eat the delicious food.

Soirée Cabaret

Newport House, Common room

Come and discover the Parisian world of Cabaret with French professors and students. Performances (in French) will include song, dance, poetry, music...

"Wholly Man Again," directed by Hans Meyer

Webster Hall, Studio 3

Tickets are free. Reservations are recommended.
Box Office: 413-542-2277

Warning: Contains disturbing adult material.

A man, a manikin, an empty space. Echoes of a man(ikin)'s mother and the dirt from which he came. Part narrative, part movement-based performance art, "Wholly Man Again" is the dizzying journey of one man's search for perfection against the soul-crushing pressures of Oedipal complexes, theatrical limitations and wet black rubber. Josh Wren keeps you guessing as he throws the definitions of "Performance," "Performer," "Space," "Character," and "Playwright" into one boiling, caustic vat.

Sun, Nov 17, 2013

Arvo Pärt Concert

Joint concert by the Amherst College Choir, directed by Mallorie Chernin, and the Boston Choral Ensemble, directed by Andrew Shenton, of music by the renowned Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. The concert includes the U.S. premieres of Pärt's "Habitare fratres in unum" and "Virgencita" and is organized in conjunction with Professor Jeffers Engelhardt's seminar on Pärt this semester.

Catholic Mass: 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Chapin Hall, Chapel

The Rev. Dan Pacholek is celebrant of this Roman Catholic Liturgy over the holiday weekend. All are truly welcome. Missalettes are provided. Those involved (or who wish to join) in liturgical ministries are encouraged to arrive half an hour early to prepare.

Mon, Nov 18, 2013

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.

Self-Exploration for Career Planning for Seniors

Attention, seniors:

Are you feeling lost about what to do after you graduate? Not sure what kind of job or field to pursue? Getting to know yourself better through self-reflection is a key part of determining your next steps and can help you move toward discovering your own unique career path!

Reflect with career advisors and other students on your values, skills, interests and personality and how they may provide direction in your search for meaningful work. This event is targeted for seniors. Commitment to both sessions required. Space is limited-- RSVP to Debra Krumholz at dkrumholz@amherst.edu.

"Small Scales, Big Picture: Allocation and Limitation of Carotenoid Pigments in a Female-Ornamented Fish"

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 4

Dr. Lexi Brown is a recent graduate of UMass Amherst and did her doctoral research in the Clotfelter lab at Amherst College.

Research Summary: Some animals use pigments called carotenoids to produce red, yellow or orange coloration. In addition, carotenoids may benefit the health or breeding potential of these animals. If carotenoids that are placed in the skin are unavailable for supporting health, body coloration might show an overall picture of how an animal is faring in its environment-- e.g., a sick or poorly fed animal might have dull color, while a healthy animal might be colorful. This is called “honest signaling." Female signaling is rarely considered by researchers, because males are usually the flashy, carotenoid-ornamented sex, and they use this signal to attract females. But what about cases in which females are ornamented and males are dull? How a carotenoid-based ornament may have evolved in the female convict cichlid fish (Amatitlania siquia) is the focus of Dr. Brown’s research.

Why Pursue A Ph.D.: Three Practical Reasons

Philip Guo of the University of Rochester.
This talk presents three practical reasons to pursue (and not to pursue) a Ph.D. degree, from the perspective of a computer scientist who has seen both the pros and cons of academia and industry.  It is most relevant for juniors and seniors who are thinking about post-graduation plans.  This talk will be as interactive as the audience makes it; come prepared to interrupt and ask questions!

Philip Guo (www.pgbovine.net) is an assistant professor of Computer Science at the University of Rochester, focusing on human-computer interaction and online education research.  He previously worked as a software engineer at Google after graduating from MIT and Stanford.  In 2012, he wrote "The Ph.D. Grind" (www.phdgrind.com), a free e-book that is the first detailed account of an entire Ph.D. experience; over 100,000 people have downloaded it so far.

Auditions for "Anna K," directed by Peter Lobdell

Webster Hall, 122 (Studio 2)

Auditions for "Anna K" will take place on Nov. 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. in Studio 2 of Webster. The audition will consist of games, improvisations and readings from the text. Each audition time will engage five actors. Sign-up sheet and perusal script will be available outside of Webster G27.

MRC Dialogue on Religion and Spirituality

Come join MRC Director Mariana Cruz and Coordinator Nick Cream for a co-facilitated dialogue on religion, spirituality and how these intersect with our various social identities.

These dialogues take place every Monday night at 7 p.m. at the MRC. Refreshments will be served.

Russian Chai

All are welcome. Bring your own mug!

"Waiting for 'Superman'" Screening

Watch a screening of the documentary "Waiting for 'Superman'" co-sponsored by World Read and the EDU. A discussion will take place after the screening. Pizza and cookies will be provided.

Tue, Nov 19, 2013

Being a Man at Amherst

Keefe Campus Center, Women's & Gender Center

Not a therapy group… Not a political initiative… Not a seminar.

An opportunity for men to talk openly, privately and without judgment with one another about our experiences as men.

Love… Sex… Relationships… Friends… Families… Women… War… Athletics… Politics… Power… Sexual Politics… Fraternities… Careers… Music… Alcohol… Sadness… Laughter… The Meaning of Life…

Everything’s on the table.

Bring ideas, concerns, interests and passions to share. All affiliations and non-affiliations are welcome.

The discussions will be facilitated by Dr. McFadden and Dr. Phillips of the Counseling Center.

They are co-sponsored by the Counseling Center and the Women's & Gender Center.

Fall Book Party

Frost Library, Friendly Reading Room

Please join us as we celebrate the publication of two books written by members of the Amherst College community on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m. in Frost Library’s Friendly Reading Room.

Lisa Stoffer (director of foundation and corporate relations) and Michael Lesy (professor of literary journalism at Hampshire College) will discuss their book, "Repast: Dining Out at the Dawn of the New American Century, 1900-1910." "Repast" takes readers on a culinary tour of early-20th-century restaurants and dining. The innovations introduced at the time transformed the act of eating in public in ways that persist to this day.

Professor Deborah Gewertz (G. Henry Whitcomb 1874 Professor of Anthropology) will discuss "The Noodle Narratives: The Global Rise of an Industrial Food into the Twenty-First Century." "The Noodle Narratives" examines the history, manufacturing, marketing and consumption of instant noodles. By focusing on three specific markets, the book reveals various ways in which these noodles enable diverse populations to manage their lives.

Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

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.

Performance Studio Concert

This is the first of this year's mixed Music Department recitals in which each student or group plays for not more than 10 minutes. It is organized by Professor Schneider.

Opportunities in Public Health and Biostatistics

Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room

The Public Health Collaborative is excited to announce our upcoming event, Opportunities in Public Health and Biostatistics: Dinner and Discussion with Nicholas Horton (Professor of Statistics in the Department of Mathematics). Professor Horton is a biostatistician who has collaborated with investigators in Boston; St. Petersburg, Russia; Stockholm, Sweden; Auckland, New Zealand; and Newcastle, Australia.

Professor Horton will speak about his experiences from the Harvard School of Public Health, his work in psychiatric epidemiology and substance abuse research, and much more! Students will have the opportunity to receive advice from Professor Horton and to learn about the wide array of opportunities that exist at the intersection of public health and math, particularly biostatistics.

The dinner will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 5:30 p.m. in the Small Conference Room of Val. Space is limited, so please send your RSVP to acpublichealth@gmail.com no later than Friday, Nov. 15!

Auditions for "Anna K," directed by Peter Lobdell

Webster Hall, 122 (Studio 2)

Auditions for "Anna K" will take place on Nov. 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. in Studio 2 of Webster. The audition will consist of games, improvisations and readings from the text. Each audition time will engage five actors. Sign-up sheet and perusal script will be available outside of Webster G27.

German Kaffeeklatsch

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

Göttingen Abend: Junior Year Abroad in Germany

Join us for an informational meeting to find out more about the Amherst College Junior Year Abroad Program at the University of Göttingen. Our two teaching assistants from Göttingen, as well as former exchange students, will be there to answer questions and share their experiences. We will also show a short movie about the town and university and explain how the program works.

Wed, Nov 20, 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.

MRC Grab-n-Go Conversations: Deconstructing Thanksgiving

Bring your lunch to the MRC and join staff and students for a thought-provoking conversation that takes a critical look at the meaning and history of Thanksgiving and what it represents in the popular imaginary.

"Using Quest and Other Career Center Resources"

If you have never been to the Career Center or have questions about using Quest, this is the place to be. Grab your lunch and join us for an overview of how things work and where to start with your job or internship search.

Amherst Transitions

Stearns Hall, First-Floor Common Room

First-year students have a variety of feelings during their first few months of college.

Amherst Transitions is an open discussion that will provide a space for students to reflect on those experiences, both good and bad.

All first-year students are welcome.

These informal chats will be co-facilitated by Dr. Sarah Erickson and Dr. Debra Edelman from the Amherst College Counseling Center.

Amherst Select Internship Program (ASIP) Orientation Session

Students planning to participate in the Amherst Select Internship Program are required to attend this required program orientation session.

"Strong Constitutions: Social-Cognitive Origins of the Separation of Powers"

Maxwell A. Cameron (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1989) specializes in comparative politics (Latin America) and international political economy. He recently published "Strong Constitutions" (Oxford University Press, 2013) and will come to Amherst to speak about it.

Cameron’s previous publications include "Democracy and Authoritarianism in Peru" (St. Martin's 1994), "The Peruvian Labyrinth" (Penn State University Press, 1997), "The Political Economy of North American Free Trade" (McGill-Queen's 1993), "Democracy and Foreign Policy" (Carleton, 1995), "To Walk Without Fear: The Global Movement to Ban Landmines" (Oxford, 1998), "The Making of NAFTA: How the Deal Was Done" (Cornell, 2000), "Latin America's Left Turns: Politics, Policies and Trajectories of Change" (Lynne Rienner, 2010), "Democracia en la Region Andina" (IEP, 2010) and "New Institutions for Participatory Democracy in Latin America" (Palgrave, 2012). As director of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions, he coordinated the organization of the first UBC Summer Institute for Future Legislators. In 2011-12 Cameron was a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, where he organized a colloquium series on Aristotle’s idea of “practical wisdom” and its relevance in politics today.

Cameron's talk is sponsored by the Amherst College Political Science Department, the Lamont Lecture Fund, and the Lurcy Lecture Fund.

This event is free and open to the public.

"Prevention, Rescue and Tiny Risks"

Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (115)

J. Paul Kelleher of the University of Wisconsin-Madison will present a lecture on "Prevention, Rescue and Tiny Risks" on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 5 p.m. in the Pruyne Lecture Hall. This event is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and the Joseph Epstein Lecture Fund. For further information, please call 413-542-5805.

Interviewing Workshop

Learn how to make a good impression in an interview.

French Film Screening: "Persepolis"

Newport House, Common Room

This 2007 animated film by Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi is an adaptation of Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novel and features the voices of Chiara Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve. This poignant film details the trials faced by a young, outspoken Iranian girl during the time of the Islamic revolution of Iran. It was the 2007 Cannes Festival Jury Prize winner.

Feministing Campus Panel

Keefe Campus Center, Friedmann Room

Join the Women's and Gender Center and the Gender Justice Collective for a Feministing Campus event!

The panelists will be executive directors Lori Adelman, and Jos Truitt, along with editor Alexandra Brodsky. For more information about the panelists, see Feministing.com's online profiles of them (http://bit.ly/1afiv9s, http://bit.ly/18Dhkwz and http://bit.ly/1bCtlGN)

There will be one student panelist from the Amherst College student body, to be selected by the GJC, WGC and the assistant dean of students/director of student activities (250-300 word statements of interest due Monday, Nov 18 by e-mail to Grace Brotsker 16).

Feministing Campus is devoted to facilitating and fostering feminist activity on and among college campuses. We are working in collaboration with students and their communities to highlight and strengthen the efforts of campus feminists to effect change at the grassroots, national, and global levels. Feministing Campus provides students with opportunities and resources to engage in productive dialogue with their peers, raise awareness about their cause, develop their leadership and organizing skills, and be connected with other feminist actors and movements.

This event is sponsored by the AAS, the Gender Justice Collective, the Sexuality Women's & Gender Studies Department, the English Department, the WGC, MRC, QRC and the Interdepartmental Student Fund.

Thu, Nov 21, 2013

"New Mechanisms for Dopaminergic Control of Prefrontal Learning"

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 4

Kevin J. Bender, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurology at the Ernest Gallo Clinic & Research Center for Integrative Neuroscience at the University of California, San Francisco, will present the lecture "New Mechanisms for Dopaminergic Control of Prefrontal Learning." The talk will be presented on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 4:30 p.m. in Merrill Lecture Room 4. Refreshments will be served at 4:15. All are welcome.

Fri, Nov 22, 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.

Sat, Nov 23, 2013

Thanksgiving Break Kickoff Meeting and Game Night

Keefe Campus Center, Friedmann Room

Staying on campus for the Thanksgiving break? Kickoff your break with a night of fun and games in the Friedmann Room! Refreshments will be served and there will be a raffle (this means an awesome prize)! This is an excellent opportunity to hang out with people who will also be on campus. You can also sign up for off-campus excursions, massages during Relaxation Night and check out cooking equipment and board games.

Sun, Nov 24, 2013

Meeting of the Trans*/Queer Writing Group

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: Solemnity of Christ the King

Chapin Hall, Chapel

The Rev. Jon Reardon is celebrant of this Roman Catholic Liturgy over Thanksgiving Recess. All are truly welcome. Missalettes are provided. Those involved (or who wish to join) in liturgical ministries are encouraged to arrive half an hour early to prepare.

Movie Screening- Avatar

Need a break from doing homework? Come hang out and watch Avatar in the Keefe Campus Center Theatre! There will be delicious popcorn and slushes for your snacking pleasure.

Mon, Nov 25, 2013

Relaxation Night

It’s the beginning of break but the stress of the semester hasn’t quite dissipated. Come hang out in the Keefe Campus Center for the night and maybe get rid of some of the tension from the last semester. We will have open yoga classes, chair massages, and yummy healthy snacks!

Tue, Nov 26, 2013

A Thanksgiving Dinner for Students on Campus

Lord Jeffery Inn, Emily Dickinson Ballroom

Students who are on campus over Thanksgiving Break are invited to join senior administrators for a Thanksgiving Dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 26, in the Emily Dickinson Room at the Lord Jeffery Inn. There are two seatings: 5:30 and 7:45 p.m. Vegetarian options will be available. Sign up on the Thanksgiving Dinner webpage (https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/president/10-10). RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 20. Please contact the President's Office at 413-542-2234 or president@amherst.edu if you have any questions.

Arts and Snacks

Keefe Campus Center, Friedmann Room

Stuffed from your dinner at the Lord Jeff but still not ready for bed? Come relax in the Friedmann Room for a night of arts and snacks!

Wed, Nov 27, 2013

Bowling Outing

Tired of seeing the same old beautiful scenery of the Amherst College campus? Get off campus and into Northampton for a bowling trip! Space is limited, so please pre-register by emailing Dexter Padayachee (dpadayachee13@amherst.edu). Vans will depart from Converse Hall at 8:30 p.m., so please don’t be late! Games and shoes are paid for. We will probably be back by midnight.

Thu, Nov 28, 2013

Video Games and Karaoke

Keefe Campus Center, Second Floor

Happy Thanksgiving! To finish off your day of delicious food and fun, there will be karaoke and video games on the second floor of Keefe Campus Center. Pizza will be served. Please keep in mind that Valentine is closed for dinner.

Fri, Nov 29, 2013

S'mores Night

James Hall, Common Room

Thanksgiving break is almost over but don’t dwell on this sad fact. Come to James Dormitory for a night of s’mores and scintillating conversation.

Sat, Nov 30, 2013

"Orange is the New Black" Screening

Moore Dormitory, Queer Resource Center

Haven’t had time to watch good, quality television this semester? Come to the Queer Resource Center and watch a screening of "Orange is the New Black," a new series on Netflix.

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.

"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.