Event Calendar

Week of November 17, 2013

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.

Fiesta cubana: Azúcar

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.

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.