Event Calendar

Week of April 14, 2013

Sun, Apr 14, 2013

Catholic Liturgy

Chapin Hall, Chapel

Join the Catholic community in the celebration of the Mass. All are welcome. Missalettes and guides are provided. The Rev. Dan Pacholek is our celebrant this week.

Mon, Apr 15, 2013

Healthy Relationships Week

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

Graduation Fair for Class of 2013

Keefe Campus Center, Friedmann Room

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

German Table

From 11:45 am. to 1:30 p.m., come to chat and practice your German with faculty and friends in the Mezzanine of Valentine Dining Hall.

Japanese Language Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

The Japanese Language Table will meet this semester on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m.(for first-year language students), Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. starting on Friday, Feb. 1. Meetings will take place downstairs in Valentine in Terrace Room A on Mondays and Fridays, and in the South Conference Room on Wednesdays.

Biology Seminar: Charles L. Ross

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

"What Rituals Teach: A Philosopher's View"

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

Close Relationships Workshop

Charles Pratt Hall, 1st Fl. Common Rm.

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

Tue, Apr 16, 2013

Slow Down Day

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

Graduation Fair for Class of 2013

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

Slow Down Day Yoga

Chapin Chapel

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

Slow Down Day Mindful Eating

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

Slow Down Day: Make an eye pillow

Keefe Campus Center, McCaffery Room

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

Ensemble Helacious

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

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

About the performers:

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

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

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

Drop-In Info Session for ELL Academy

Cadigan Center, 108

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

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

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

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

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

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

Slow Down Day: Stroll through the Sanctuary

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

Healthy Relationships Dinner & Discussion

Morris Pratt Dormitory, Ballroom

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

Study-Abroad Peer Advisors' Open Hours

How do you navigate your study-abroad options, which may be many? With the help of the Study Abroad Peer Advisors! Each Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Career Center (College Hall), these two seniors are available to answer your questions, show you how to research programs and tell you about their experiences abroad. Learn more about them here: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/333642

Dialogue about Class on Campus

Keefe Campus Center, Multicultural Resource Center

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

Presentation by Admissions Dean of NYU School of Medicine

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

Holocaust Survivor Testimony: Chris Lerman

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

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

Fiction Reading by Hector Tobar

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

French Film Series: "Potiche"

Newport House, Common Room

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

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

Amherst Debate Society Debates John Bonifaz on Campaign Finance Reform

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

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

German Kaffeeklatsch

Porter House

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

Wed, Apr 17, 2013

Information Session: Churchill Scholarship for Research in Math and Science

Converse Hall, Porter Lounge

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

Info Table: World Teach

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

“Educational Inequality and Opportunity”

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

Drop-In Info Session for ELL Academy

Cadigan Center, 108

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Steps to Success: The Senior Job Search"

Seelye House

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

Chess Club Practice

Valentine Dining Hall, Conference Room

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

Info Session: World Teach

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

Antonio's pizza will be provided!

"The Art of Doing Well While Doing Good"

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

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

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

Spanish Film Festival: "The Cinema Holdup"

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum, 115

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

HeArtbeat Coffee House

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

"School Vouchers and the Public Education Reform"

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

"Fighting for the Soul of Public Education"

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

Speed Friending

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

Wednesday Rosary Prayer & Spiritual Fellowship

Chapin Hall, Lounge

Newman Club members lead a Rosary Prayer in the peaceful, candle-lit chapel. Guides, rosaries and personal instruction is offered. We close with personal prayers of petition to our loving God. All are welcome to come for silent participation or to pray aloud. Join us on Wednesdays of weeks when classes are in session.

Thu, Apr 18, 2013

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

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

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

Drop-In Info Session for ELL Academy

Cadigan Center, 108

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rumi and the Nature of Religious Identity

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

"Great Careers in Advertising and Marketing"

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

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

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

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

Walker Prize Examination in Mathematics

Seeley G. Mudd Building

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

Emily Dickinson Poetry Mini-Marathon

Frost Library, Archives

EXERCISE YOUR CREATIVE SPIRIT IN A POETRY MINI-MARATHON!

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

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

For more information, contact:

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

"Power Up!"

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

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

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

Film Screening & Discussion: "Silver Linings Playbook"

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

AC After Dark Game Night

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

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

Fri, Apr 19, 2013

French Table

French Table will meet from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Fridays on the Mezzanine in Val. French speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

Spanish Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Mezzanine Gallery

Spanish Table will meet from noon to 2 p.m. on Fridays, beginning Jan. 25. Spanish speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

Japanese Language Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

The Japanese Language Table will meet this semester on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m.(for first-year language students), Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. starting on Friday, Feb. 1. Meetings will take place downstairs in Valentine in Terrace Room A on Mondays and Fridays, and in the South Conference Room on Wednesdays.

Russian Table

Join us on Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the Mezzanine level of Valentine for lunch and Russian conversation with faculty and friends.

Lunch on Book & Plow Farm

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

Steps to Study Abroad

Learn the basics for planning to study abroad. This session (offered every Friday afternoon) is required for new study-abroad applicants prior to meeting with Dean Behrens to plan your program.

CSA Dumpling Night

Cohan Dormitory, Kitchen

Come make and enjoy some dumplings!

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

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

Music at Amherst Chamber Series: Tetzlaff Ensemble

Buckley Recital Hall

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

DASAC Spring Show

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

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

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

Get ready for... daSAC LUNCH.

Sat, Apr 20, 2013

Retreat for Women of Color

Lord Jeffrey Inn

~Brunch will be served.~

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

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

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

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

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

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

Men's Glee Club Spring Concert

Buckley Recital Hall

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

Free Public Observing at Amherst College's Observatory

Wilder Observatory, Snell Street

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

Ongoing Events

Campus Challenge Fill-A-Truck Food & Educational Supply Drive

Form a friendly competition among teams, join a "tabling" group, or donate individually. We will be happy to accept nonperishable food items and school supplies. Drop-off sites include Barrett Hall, the Cadigan Center, Chapin Hall, College Hall, Converse, Fayerweather, Frost Library, Merrill Science Center, Pontypool, Pratt, Seelye Mudd and Smith House.

Be counted! Register your donation to Campus Challenge-sponsored drives or to ANY organization addressing poverty and/or educational opportunity. Complete a participation form online at http://www.amherst.edu/go/campuschallenge. The form may be submitted anonymously. Bonus: every participation form is entered into a drawing for $200 to be made at the end of April. Even though our major drives this year were scheduled for spring, we made significant progress in the fall. We can reach our goals for the year. The Campus Challenge Committee invites you to join them in making positive expressions of ways that Amherst staff, faculty and students relate with neighbors.

New Exhibits at Beyond Words Gallery

Frost Library, Beyond Words Gallery

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

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

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