Event Calendar

Week of December 8, 2013

Sun, Dec 8, 2013

Mead Reads: Discussion of "Seven Days in the Art World"

Come ready to discuss Sarah Thornton's "Seven Days in the Art World," a series of beautifully paced narratives exploring many facets of the art world, with Paul Gulla, gallery manager of R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, Mass.

Christmas Vespers

The annual Amherst College Christmas Vespers will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel. Mallorie Chernin directs the Amherst College Choral Society, assisted by Joseph Taff '13. They are joined by the Amherst College Madrigal Singers, directed by Julia Edholm '15 and Asa Goodwillie '16. Other musicians include the Amherst College Flute Choir, organist James Maes and trumpeters Douglas Purcell and Luca Antonucci '14.

Please join in the singing of traditional carols and the "Hallelujah Chorus" from "The Messiah." The lessons for this traditional “Festival of Lessons and Carols” are read by faculty, staff, students and children of faculty and staff of Amherst College.

This event is free; no tickets are required. A massive fire destroyed small businesses on Route 9 in Hadley on Sunday, Oct. 27. We will provide an opportunity for financial donations to help these businesses get back on their feet. The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce will give 100 percent of these contributions to the fire victims.

Meeting of the Trans*/Queer Writing Group

Writing Center, Charles Pratt Hall

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

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

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

Catholic Mass: Second Sunday of Advent

Chapin Hall, Chapel

The Rev. Jon Reardon is celebrant of this Roman Catholic Liturgy. 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.

Christmas Vespers

The annual Amherst College Christmas Vespers is held on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 4 pm and 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel at Amherst College. Mallorie Chernin directs the Amherst College Choral Society, assisted by Joseph Taff '13. They are joined by the Amherst College Madrigal Singers, directed by Julia Edholm '15 and Asa Goodwillie '16. Other musicians include the Amherst College Flute Choir, organist James Maes and trumpeters Douglas Purcell and Luca Antonucci '14.

Please join in the singing of traditional carols and the "Hallelujah Chorus" from The Messiah. The lessons for this traditional “Festival of Lessons and Carols” are read by faculty, staff, students and children of faculty and staff of Amherst College.

Free. No tickets required. A massive fire destroyed small businesses on Route 9 in Hadley on Sunday October 27th. We will provide an opportunity for financial donations to help these businesses get back on their feet. The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce will give 100% of these contributions to the fire victims.

Mon, Dec 9, 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.

“When Evolution Hurts: Height, Arthritis and the Control of Skeletal Development”

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 4

Dr. Terence Capellini is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.

Research Summary: Modern humans and closely related ancestors display marked variations in many biological traits, although their genotypic basis remains largely unknown. Much of this variation is due to non-coding regulatory mutations. The Growth and Differentiation Factor 5 (GDF5) gene controls skeletal development and recent studies have shown that high frequency variants in GDF5 associate with height and osteoarthritis risk. Although these associations are highly replicated, the causal base pairs controlling these phenotypes remain unknown. Using transgenic and knockout mice, the Capellini lab discovered key GDF5 regulatory enhancers that control expression in separate skeletal structures, including growth plates or individual limb joints. These enhancers contain functional variants and reside in the genetic interval associated with height and arthritis risk. Molecular signatures suggest that a variant regulatory block at GDF5 has been the target of strong natural selection during recent human evolution, particularly in out-of-Africa populations. Past selection may have driven select human and Neanderthal regulatory variants to high frequency, with important consequences for the overall risk of arthritis in modern populations.

Professor David Bates from UC Berkeley: "Catastrophe & Human Order: From Political Theology to Political Physiology"

Clark House, Room 100

On Monday, Dec. 9, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 100 of Clark House, David Bates, professor of rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley, will present a paper entitled “Catastrophe & Human Order: From Political Theology to Political Physiology.” This is the third presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year as part of the Copeland Colloquium Seminar Series “Permanent Catastrophe?”

Professor Bates is past director of the Berkeley Center for New Media. His research focuses on the history of legal and political ideas, and on the relationship between technology, science and the history of human cognition. Bates’s most recent work includes "States of War: Enlightenment Origins of the Political" (Columbia University Press, 2012). His current research project, "Human Insight: An Artificial History of Natural Intelligence," explores technological and physiological conditions of human cognition from the early scientific revolution to artificial intelligence.

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...

Information Session - The Master of Arts in Teaching at Mount Holyoke College

Do you believe all children should have access to quality education?
Are you interested in reforming education?
Do you want to teach?

The Master of Arts in Teaching at Mount Holyoke College is an accelerated coed teacher education program for aspiring early childhood, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers.

The flexible, 11—month M.A.T. includes an innovative curriculum, a unique collaboration with Expeditionary Learning (EL), personalized advising, and initial teacher licensure in 19 subject areas.

Bev Bell, Director of the M.A.T. program will be tabling in the lobby of Valentine Dining Hall on Monday December 9th from 11 am to 1 pm should you not be able to attend the info session.

www.mtholyoke.edu/go/mat

Dances in Progress

Holden Experimental Theater, Webster Hall

New work developed in Theater & Dance 209, "Modern Repertory," taught by Professor Paul Matteson, and a new duet by Professor Wendy Woodson, performed by Paul Matteson and Chris Aiken

Write for Rights: Letter-Writing Social

Morris Pratt Dormitory, Ballroom

This holiday season, in celebration of International Day of Human Rights, Amnesty International invites you to write a letter to defend human rights and send cards of support to prisoners of conscience.

There will be stationery, holiday cards, craft supplies, and snacks!

Come join us and Write for Rights!

Russian Chai

Porter House

All are welcome. Bring your own mug!

Tue, Dec 10, 2013

Therapy Dog Visit

Keefe Campus Center, Friedmann Room

The second one of the year. Come cuddle!

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.

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.

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.

Emily Dickinson Museum's Event Honoring Richard Wilbur '42

Poet and translator Richard Wilbur is the recipient of the 2013 Tell It Slant Award, which honors individuals whose life work is imbued with the creative spirit of Emily Dickinson. Following Wilbur’s reading and remarks, Mount Holyoke professor, author, essayist and Dickinson scholar Christopher Benfey will join him on stage for an informal and wide-ranging interview. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org.

Dickinson Museum: "An Evening of Bliss"

Dickinson Homestead

The Emily Dickinson Museum will open the doors of the Homestead and The Evergreens for a rare evening opportunity to see the Dickinson homes decorated for the holidays and recreating pastimes enjoyed by the Dickinson family. "An Evening of Bliss" will feature sweets, savories and cocktails at the Homestead; delivery of poems Dickinson sent to correspondents; music in the Evergreens parlor with renowned pianist Estela Olevsky and celebrated cellist Astrid Schween; and a dining room set for formal dinner. Other exciting offerings include a book signing by Richard Wilbur and a behind-the scenes tour of restoration work in Emily Dickinson's bedroom with modern alterations removed. Tickets for the event cost $100 per person, $175 per couple ($75 per person tax-deductible). For more information, visit www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/2013tellitslant, email info@emilydickinsonmuseum.org or call 413-542-5311.

Study Break

Just can't stare at that computer screen any longer? Then don't! Stop by Keefe for a little break.

Presentation and Discussion of the Power House

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

Open meeting for students to hear a presentation on the design plans and join the discussion of the Power House. This meeting is sponsored by the Dean of Students Office and the Office of Design and Construction.

"This I Believe" Lighting Event

Valentine Quad

This event is sponsored by GlobeMed and will take place on the Valentine Quad from 7 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 10. There will be readings of "This I Believe" essays related to global health, about core values and beliefs that different people hold about global health (inspired by a series on NPR). The essays will come from various students on campus and a few faculty members. During the event, short "This I Believe" statements written by students during tabling throughout the preceding week will be hung on Christmas lights that will be strung next to the walkways on the quad. Students, faculty and staff are invited come by and listen to a few readings as they come and go from Valentine at dinner time. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served.

Talk by Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian

Alexis Ohanian discusses the future of the Internet, what it's like to be an entrepreneur and the creation of Reddit (a website getting more hits than the New York Times website) with Parker Holcomb, president of All College, Inc. Alexis will also discuss his latest book, "Without Their Permission."

German Kaffeeklatsch

Porter House

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

Wed, Dec 11, 2013

Last-Day-of-Classes Study Break

Holed up in Keefe studying? We've got snacks and coloring books to see you through. Bonne chance!

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.

Cover Letter Workshop

Attend this 60-minute workshop to learn the art of writing a strong cover letter.

Cover Letter Workshop

Attend this 60-minute workshop to learn the art of writing a strong cover letter.

Terras Irradient Winter Concert

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 1

Come and celebrate the winter holidays with the Terras Irradient (TI) a cappella group in their Winter Concert. It will be two hours of great music, with a couple of your favorite Christmas carols and great fun! Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

Mead Art Museum Film Screening at Amherst Cinema

In conjunction with the Mead's current exhibition "This Just In! Additions to the Collection from Pompeii to Today," Amherst Cinema will present Roberto Rossellini’s "Journey to Italy" (1954). Elizabeth Barker, Mead director, and Barbara Kellum, professor of art at Smith College, will introduce the film and lead a brief Q&A immediately following. Tickets can be purchased at Amherst Cinema.

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.

Learn about Study-Abroad Experiences in Paris (and Eat Crepes!)

Newport House, Basement/Kitchen

Interested in studying abroad in France? Come to the Newport basement for crepes from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, to talk about studying in Paris or Nice on the Sweet Briar Junior Year in France program. Hear from Helen Rice '14 and Evelyn Kramer '14, who were abroad last fall!

Newt Gingrich: "Contract with Amherst"

This is the third installment of the Amherst College Republican's Resurgence initiative.

Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich will be speaking regarding current events as well as the future of American politics.

Mr. Gad's Murder Mystery

Mr. Gad's welcomes all for a fun night filled with laughter, free food, and a murder mystery to be solved by the audience!

Japanese Scavenger Hunt

Come participate in an exciting scavenger hunt through Keefe Campus Center where you can test out your Japanese skills. Beginners can take this opportunity to pick up some useful Japanese phrases, and advanced speakers can read some Japanese books and poetry.

Thu, Dec 12, 2013

"Writing a Personal Statement for Medical School" Workshop

On Thursday, Dec. 12, at 1 p.m., Dean Aronson will be presenting a one-hour workshop, “Writing the Medical School Application Personal Statement,” in 209 Converse. Though primarily for the applicants next year (Fall 2015 matriculation), it is open to all interested students. Please RSVP to Erin Cherewatti ahead of time (echerewatti@amherst.edu). Lunch will be provided for those who register by Tuesday, Dec. Dec. 10.

Required Study Abroad Pre-Departure Meeting for Continental Europe

Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

Studying abroad in Spring 2014? You must attend one pre-departure meeting. If you can't make your region-specific meeting, come to one that fits your schedule.

Info Table: Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program

If you are considering study away and you're interested in research of the sea, stop by the info table and talk to two Five College interns for the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program.

Required Study Abroad Pre-departure Meeting for Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East

Studying abroad in Spring 2014? You must attend one pre-departure meeting. If you can't make your region-specific meeting, come to one that fits your schedule.

"Moral Logicism"

E. Sonny Elizondo (University of Maryland, Baltimore, Philosophy Department) will present a lecture on "Moral Logicism" at 5 p.m.in Paino Lecture Hall.

Habitat for Humanity's Gingerbread Build

Teams of students can come build gingerbread houses, and we will give rewards for the most creative ones!

Open Hours with Study Abroad Student Peer Advisers

Frost Library, Frost Cafe

Are you considering study abroad? Do you have questions about how to make that happen? Or do you just want to know what it was like to spend a semester away from Amherst? Stop by Frost Cafe and speak with a few Amherst College students who have gone abroad already.

Student Study Break at the Mead Art Museum

Visit the Mead during Amherst College's reading period and finals week for a late-night snack and a new place to study. Enjoy a rotating menu of doughnuts and cookies, and spread out at tables specifically set up for studying, located in the museum's galleries and study room. Join us anytime Dec. 12-20 from 10 to 11:30 p.m. (except Monday, Dec. 16, when the museum is closed).

Fri, Dec 13, 2013

Japanese Language Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

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

Meetings will be held in Terrace Room A in Valentine.

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

Spanish Table

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

Required Study Abroad Pre-Departure Meeting for the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand

Fayerweather Hall, Room 115 (Pruyne Lecture Hall)

Studying abroad in Spring 2014? You must attend one pre-departure meeting. If you can't make your region-specific meeting, come to one that fits your schedule.

Concert by Voice Students of Ann Maggs

RagaJazz / Broadway / Ethnic / Pop songs

WGC Study Break (NOTE CHANGE OF DATE)

Keefe Campus Center, Women's and Gender Center

Finals season got you down? Come take a break at the Women's & Gender Center!

Eat some Fresh Side TEA ROLLS (!!!!) while you talk about gender, winter break plans or really anything EXCEPT your finals.

(Please note that this event was originally scheduled for Thursday night but has been rescheduled to Friday night.)

Student Study Break at the Mead Art Museum

Visit the Mead during Amherst College's reading period and finals week for a late-night snack and a new place to study. Enjoy a rotating menu of doughnuts and cookies, and spread out at tables specifically set up for studying, located in the museum's galleries and study room. Join us anytime Dec. 12-20 from 10 to 11:30 p.m. (except Monday, Dec. 16, when the museum is closed).

Sat, Dec 14, 2013

Study Hours at the Cad

Cadigan Center

Papers and exams coming up? Tired of studying in the same old spaces? Need a late-night study area?

Come to the Cadigan Center for warmth, quiet, and coffee! We'll even have baked goods available. Bring your friends!

We're open from Dec. 14 through Dec. 19.

Student Study Break at the Mead Art Museum

Visit the Mead during Amherst College's reading period and finals week for a late-night snack and a new place to study. Enjoy a rotating menu of doughnuts and cookies, and spread out at tables specifically set up for studying, located in the museum's galleries and study room. Join us anytime Dec. 12-20 from 10 to 11:30 p.m. (except Monday, Dec. 16, when the museum is closed).

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.