Interterm Non-Credit Courses for January 2015

Celestial Navigation

 


Seeing "New Englandly" with Emlily Dickinson - NEW!

Interterm Financial Accounting Workshop - NEW!

Professional Skills Development Academy - NEW INFO!

Movement for Actors - NEW!

The Naked Comedy Lab - NEW!

Wellness and Lifetime Fitness Classes - NEW!

Painting a Word Portrait - NEW!

Horned Larks, Hooded Mergansers, and Cedar Waxwings: A Field Based Bird Identification Course - NEW!

The Fine Art of Sentence Diagramming - NEW!

Academic Writing 101 - NEW!

Developing a Mindset for Academic Success - NEW!

Architectural Journalism: The Houses of Amherst College

An Introduction to the Principles, Practices, and Procedures of Turbine Flight

Audio Visual Narratives

Cultural Competence and Humility: An Essential Component of Medical and Health Care

Introduction to Machine Shop

Curating 101: Acquiring Art for the Mead

Social Enterprise in Action

Celestial Navigation

Mindfulness-Based Meditation and Relaxation Course for Students

Leadership at 29,029 Feet

Discourses of Ferguson

Making Yourself a Better Public Speaker - FULL

Emerging Leaders

Web Programming for Interactive Data Visualization

Winter Creative Writing Residency

Student Support Network Training

Dialogue Journaling

Composing Online: a writing workshop and rhetorical discussion group

Thesis Writers' Retreat

Winners Don't Smash Buttons: A Video Game Practicum

Basic Skills for Video Journalism

Personalizing the Process: One-on-One Academic Writing Study

Mapping Knowledge with Geographic Information Systems

It's 11PM. Do You Know Where Your Thesis Is?: A Personal Digital Archiving Workshop


Course Name: “Seeing New Englandly” with Emily Dickinson


Dates & times:
January 13, 1:30-4:30pm
Snow date: January 20, 1:30-4:30pm
Location: The Emily Dickinson Museum, participants will be e-mailed prior to meeting with an exact meeting location on campus.
Facilitator: Lucy Abbott, Cindy Dickinson (The Emily Dickinson Museum), Alfred Venne (Beneski Museum)


Description: Join us for an afternoon of walking, looking, listening, and writing as we explore New England weather and its influences on Emily Dickinson’s writing who wrote in a poem, “I see - New Englandly -” Learn about Amherst’s weather station and its long history of weather records dating back to the 1830s while traversing town to the Dickinson Homestead, where we’ll learn more about Dickinson’s meteorological inspirations and reflect on our observations from the day in a fun and informal writing activity.

How to register for the course: Register by e-mail to Lucy Abbott (labbott@amherst.edu), Program Coordinator. Preference given to Amherst College students but all Five College students welcome with permission of facilitator. To sign up, e-mail labbott@amherst.edu.
Sponsored by:
The Emily Dickinson Museum and the Beneski Museum of Natural History

 

Course Name: Interterm Financial Accounting Workshop

Dates & times:  January 12, 14 and 16,1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Paino
Facilitator: UMass Isenberg School Professor Emeritus Richard Asebrook, PhD

Description:  This three-session workshop is sponsored by the Career Center, and will be presented by UMass Isenberg School Professor Emeritus Richard Asebrook, PhD.  The objective of the workshop is to help students effectively read and understand published financial statements.  You will gain a foundation in financial accounting models and principals, an overview of financial statements and various methods of constructing them, and learn the basics of analyzing such statements, including basic information on ratio analysis to assess profitability, risk, and trend.

Note: This is a truncated version of the Financial Accounting course that has been offered by the Career Center in recent years.
How to register for the course: There will be no charge for the course or the materials.  Space is limited.  Please register by completing this form.
Sponsored by:
Career Center


Course Name: Movement for Actors

Dates & times:  January 5-9 and January 12-14, 10:00am-12:00pm
Location: Studio 1, Webster Hall
Facilitator: Peter Schmitz

Description: The focus of this course will be on the body's inherent capacity for expression, and the ways such expression supports an actor's work.   In addition, bodily movement can be a resource for text generation and visual design.  Central to our inquiry is the belief that the body serves as a container of knowledge and the three-dimensional form of our poetic imagination.  We will be involved in daily practices designed to enhance a more detailed awareness and understanding of the body, including physical and anatomical principles, such as alignment, strength, flexibility, and the analogous workings of the actor's creative imagination as well.  Previous movement experience is not necessary, but students should be enthusiastic and willing to explore creative and physical principals through rigorous, daily improvisation.  Improvisation -- as a discipline of attention -- will be explored as perceptually complex medium for the creation of various "little theaters" in class.   

"Acting is looking with one's own resources.  To have a different sense of one's resources is to have a different perception and that effects the quality of one's acting."   -- Andrei Serban
How to register for the course: Email Stephanie Vieira at svieira@amherst.edu to sign up for the class.
Sponsored by:
Department of Theater and Dance and Student Activities


Course Name: The Naked Comedy Lab

Dates & times:  January 19-23, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Studio 2, Webster Hall
Facilitator: Deanna Fleysher

Description: A workshop in hilarious vulnerability with Deanna Fleysher
BE MORE THAN FUNNY. BE LOVED.  You’re funny, but are they on the edge of their seats? Are they breathless to see what crazy thing you do next? They could be. You just need to strip down and get naked.
Naked Comedy demands your body, your guts, and all your fluids. We want to see how funny you can be without thinking or trying. Through play, we will explore your unique connection to the audience, the bravery required to be vulnerable, and the gratification that comes with letting go. Expose yourself (metaphorically speaking), and make people laugh.
This work is very physical. Workout wear only. No shoes, no jeans. You’re lucky you’re allowed to wear clothes.

WHAT PARTICIPANTS HAVE SAID:  Deanna creates an incredible environment of trust and honesty which allows you to really go there, to the depths, the weird, dark and zany places. She has a great eye and won’t let you hide or foster old patterns. Sometimes I feel like I’m a child in front of my siblings, free to go wild.  —Krista H.

Deanna is like a sculptor. She molds your talents, quirks and insecurities into a character you can play through.  —Estela G.

Deanna Fleysher’s Naked Comedy workshop focuses a powerful lens on the performer’s inner and outer world, the audience’s emotional response, and the strange, often unspoken interplay  between them. She is a tough, smart, inspiring teacher.  —Alex B.

Deanna is uncanny at drawing genuineness and comedy out of every single person. The class is engaging from beginning to end, and her way of explaining the work is wonderfully precise and effective.  —Andy C.

Deanna’a workshop allowed me to see the translucent naked shining vulnerability of the clown in myself and in all of us. I thought it would be fun. It turned out to be profound.  --CK
How to register for the course: Email Stephanie Vieira at svieira@amherst.edu to sign up for the class.
Sponsored by:
Department of Theater and Dance and Student Activities


Course Name: Wellness and Lifetime Fitness Classes

Dates & times: Please see listing below.
Location: Please see listing below.
Facilitator: Please see listing below.

Description:  The Department of Athletics is pleased to announce that it will offer Wellness & Lifetime Fitness Classes this Interterm from January 5 – 23. All classes are FREE and OPEN to faculty, staff and students.

Yoga  - Vinyasa Flow (Monday 1:00 pm – 2:00pm/Conway)

Yoga – Start the day the right way (Tuesday 7:30 am – 8:30 am/Conway)

Intermediate Circuit Training (Tuesday/Thursday 12:00pm – 1:00pm/Fitness Center)

Intro to Weight Training 101 (Wednesday 12:00pm – 1:00pm/Fitness Center)

HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training (Wednesday 12:00pm – 1:00pm/Friends Room)

Intro to Tennis 101 (Wednesday/Friday 12:00pm – 1:00pm/Cage)

Yoga – Restorative (Friday 4:45pm -5:45pm/Conway)


How to register for the course: For more details visit the Wellness-Mindfulness page.
Sponsored by:
Department ofAthletics



Course Name: Architectural Journalism: The Houses of Amherst College
Dates & times:  NEW TIMES 10:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00pm - 3:00pm, January 12 - 16
Location: Frost Library archives
Facilitator:  Blair Kamin, '79, architecture critic, Chicago Tribune; Carol Clark, professor of the history of art; Heidi Gilpin, chair of architectural studies.

Description: Amherst's greatest buildings, like Johnson Chapel, strike notes of monumental grandeur. But the College also draws its distinctively intimate character from the houses that frame its identity as a community of scholars. In this course, Blair Kamin '79, the Chicago Tribune's Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic and the author of a forthcoming architectural guide to the College, will work with students to research and write guide entries that illuminate the under-appreciated beauty of Amherst's houses. These structures range from the President's House to the Emily Dickinson Museum to former fraternity houses such as Seeyle and Mayo-Smith. In addition to doing archival research on these buildings, students will make site visits to shed light on the aims of the buildings' architects, the aspirations of their clients and their place in the College's history. Each student will write one short (500-750 word) essay on one of the houses. The class will give participants a richer understanding of Amherst's architecture and landscape architecture. For those interested in journalism, it will also serve as a five-day introduction to the basics of the field.
How to register for the course: Contact Blair Kamin at bkamin@chicagotribune.com
Sponsored by:
Five College Architectural Studies


Course Name: An Introduction to the Principles, Practices, and Procedures of Turbine Flight: ALL MAJORS WELCOME!
Dates & times: January 13 - January 21, no class on Sunday, January 18 or Monday, January 19 MLK day
Location: Merrill 4
Facilitator: Henry Parker Hirschel

Description:
For a complete course description follow this link
How to register for the course: Contact Instructor directly at hhirschel@amherst.edu
Sponsored by:
Department of Physics and Astronomy


Course Name: Audio Visual Narratives
Dates & times: 1:00pm - 4:00pm, January 6th, 8th,13th & 15th
Location: Seeley Mudd 115
Facilitator:
  Joshua Baum

Description: In this course students will make creative audio visual narratives in their choice medium: video, still photography, audio, music, etc. Students will develop their narratives in a workshop format with their peers and learn how to use software and equipment for the medium of their choice. Class time will primarily be devoted to viewing narrative work, workshopping stories and hands-on production. Students will use Lynda.com tutorials to learn additional technical aspects of production software (audio/video/photo) and equipment outside of class.
How to register for the course: Email Joshua Baum, jmbaum@amherst.edu with the following information: Name, school, class year and a very brief description of interest and/or experience in audio visual mediums.
Sponsored by:
IT - Academic Technology Services


Course Name: Cultural Competence and Humility: An Essential Component of Medical and Health Care

Dates & times: 10:30am - 12:30pm, January 15 & 16, 20 & 21
Location: Chapin 101
Facilitator:  Richard Aronson, MD, MPH - Health Professions Advisor and Assistant Dean of Students

Description: Cultural competence and humility are central to creating effective medical and public health care, and to addressing health inequities. It is the way that patients and doctors - and public health - can come together and talk about health concerns without cultural differences hindering the conversation, but enhancing it. Cultural competence in health care does not mean being an authority on the values and beliefs of every culture. This course addresses the core components of cultural competence as it applies to health care. This means being culturally humble, personally and organizationally; holding and practicing a respect for all people, including cultural and language differences;  developing an awareness of the specific cultural and linguistic lenses through which we, as individuals and groups, view the world, including the universal human tendency for bias and stereotype; being aware how every aspect of public health and medical care is cross-cultural in nature; learning how cultural factors play a role in health disparities such as the Latino Paradox, the diabetes epidemic among Pima Indians in Arizona, and African American infant mortality; understanding the cultural competence continuum; that covers the spectrum between cultural destruction and cultural proficiency: and growing to internalize the concept that an individual's uniqueness transcends cultural traits and that our shared humanity and inter-connectedness ultimately form the foundation for humane and effective medical care and public health strategies.
How to register for the course: Email Richard Aronson, MD, MPH at raaronson69@amherst.edu
Students are required to attend all four sessions, complete the readings, and post responses and discussion on Moodle in addition to classroom engagement.
Sponsored by:
Health Professions Office/CareerCenter


Course Name: Introduction to Machine Shop

Dates & times:
  9:00am-12:00pm, January 5-9, January 12-16, January 20-21
Location: Student Shop Room 126 Merrill Science Center
Facilitator:  Jim Kubasek

Description:
This course will be an introduction to the machine shop and metal working in general. This is an intensive 36 hour course that employs a hands on approach as well as differentiated learning to allow the student to learn at their own pace. Students will be introduced to a variety of machinery such as the lathe and milling machine as well as other pieces of shop equipment and hand tools with an emphasis on shop safety. The students will work on different projects that will introduce the basic concepts of metal cutting such as drilling, tapping, turning, sawing, and milling as well as layout and measurement with precision measuring tools. The students will work with aluminum, brass, and steel for their projects.
How to register for the course: Students should be prepared to attend all dates. All absences must be approved by instructor. There is a very limited amount of available openings. Students should contact Jim Kubasek via email at Jkubasek@amherst.edu to sign up.
Sponsored by:
Physics


Course Name: Curating 101: Acquiring Art for the Mead

Dates & times:
  10:00am - 4:30pm, January 9, 12 & 14
Location: Mead Art Museum
Facilitator:  Dr. Vanja Malloy, Dr. Miloslava Waldman

Description:
Curious to learn how museums acquire the objects they hold? Interested in purchasing a real work of art for the permanent collection of the Mead? Then this Interterm course is for YOU. In four days spent behind-the-scenes at the museum and on field trips to artists' studios and galleries, participants will learn the ins and outs of museum acquisitions, and will lay the groundwork for the project's grand finale: the mock court-style presentation, scheduled for Tuesday, January 27, at 7:00 pm, in which two teams of participants will argue the case for two final artworks, and audience members, including Mead curators and staff, will select by secret ballot the work to be purchased in memory of the former curator of American art, Trinkett Clark.
How to register for the course: Please send an email message to the facilitators at vmalloy@amherst.edu and mwaldman@amherst.edu
Sponsored by: Mead Art Museum

 


Course Name: Social Enterprise in Action

Dates & times:
1:00 pm - 4:00pm January 8, 9, 12, 14, 16 & 20
Location: Fayerweather 113
Facilitator:  Megan Lyster

Description: Are you interested in learning more about how social enterprises address social problems?  Participants in this course will gain practical experience tackling a real-world, real-time challenge by working directly with local social enterprise startups, and will get exposure to the start-up process in general.  Each group will produce a detailed summary of their work for the social enterprise client and present it at the end of the course.  Last year's projects included a social media marketing project for AMS Imports, a rug importer connecting independent artisans around the world with the U.S. interior design market, and a strategy project for Roopod, a small and highly efficient alternative transportation vehicle developed by a local industrial designer. Students will work in small groups and should expect to do some work outside of class meeting times, and thus, should be comfortable working collaboratively and doing independent research within a short timeframe.  This seminar is open to all students, regardless of experience, but is limited to 15 students, so register early.
How to register for the course: Contact Megan Lyster at mlyster@amherst.edu with your name and a brief explanation of your interest (1-2 sentences)
Sponsored by:
Center for Community Engagement

 


Course Name: Celestial Navigation: ALL MAJORS WELCOME!

Dates & times:
  12:30pm - 2:30pm, January 5 - January 12 (No class on Sunday, January 11) through and including Monday 12 January, 1230 to 1430 (no class on Sunday)
Location: Merrill 4
Facilitator:  Henry Parker Hirschel

Description:
For a complete course description follow this link
How to register for the course: Contact Instructor directly at hhirschel@amherst.edu
Sponsored by:
Department of Physics and Astronomy


Course name: Mindfulness-Based Meditation and Relaxation Course for Students

Dates & times:
10:00am - 12:30pm,  January 12-16
Location: Conway Classroom, Alumni Gymnasium
Facilitator:  Adi Bemak, Valley Mindfulness (www.valleymindfulness.com)

Description: 
The Department of Athletics and the Counseling Center are co-sponsoring this weeklong introductory program in the practice of mindfulness for the support of students' personal health and wellness. The emphasis of the course will be on developing a daily mindfulness practice that can be sustained over time. The hope is that students will be able to discover practical applications to daily life as a young adult, as well as to help them with the common stress of being in a demanding academic environment.
Adi Bemak of Valley Mindfulness will facilitate the course. The class will meet from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Jan. 12-16. To register, please email both Chris Paradis (cyparadis@amherst.edu) and Debra Edelman (dedelman@amherst.edu).
How to register for the course: Please e-mail BOTH Chris Paradis cyparadis@amherst.edu & Debra Edelman dedelman@amherst.edu
Sponsored by:
Department of Athletics & the Counseling Center

 


Course Name: Leadership at 29,029 Feet

Dates & times:
January 12, 9:00am - 3:00pm & January 13, 9:00am-5:00pm, Break for lunch both days.
Location: Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center
Facilitator:  Michael Matt and Emily Lombardo

Description:
Have you ever wondered what it feels like to lead a team up the tallest mountain in the world? Well now you can find out from the comfort an Amherst classroom! In this class students will participate in an interactive web-based leadership simulation in which team members fill different roles on a Mount Everest expedition. This simulation will require participants to analyze information such as goals, health, weather, and available medical supplies in order to make decisions that will influence both personal and team success. A high alpine climber who has successfully summited Mount Everest will also join us to speak about the personal and team leadership skills necessary to accomplish this demanding feat. Participants will have the unique chance to learn about what true leadership looks like in one of the most mentally and physically demanding environments on Earth. On Tuesday, join us for a snowshoeing adventure in the Pioneer Valley as we put our leadership learning into action.
How to register for the course: To register for this course, please email Amherst LEADS at amherstleads@amherst.edu
Sponsored by:
Amherst LEADS

 


Course Name: Discourses of Ferguson

Dates & times:
 
Classes: 1:00pm - 4:00pm, January 13 - 16
Panel Discussion: 1:00pm - 3:00pm, January 19, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Location:
Facilitator:  Tracie L. Rubeck, Ph.D.

Description:
This 5 day non-credit course will offer an extended tour of the national public discourse that has emerged across the United States in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014.  For four days, we will doing a primary source analysis of a wide range of media sources news coverage, punditry, the blogosphere, partisan media, and social media to discuss how the nation discusses (or doesn't discuss), the following topics:  racial profiling and the prison industrial complex (Day 1); the militarization of American police (Day 2); racial dog whistles/coding and white privilege (Day 3); and contemporary civil rights activism (Day 4).  Our fifth and final day, on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday, will conclude with a faculty/student panel discussion of the themes that emerged in the course.
How to register for the course: Email trubeck@amherst.edu
Sponsored by:
Multicultural Resource Center (MRC)


Course Name: Making Yourself a Better Public Speaker - THIS COURSE IS FULL!

Dates & times:
9:00am - 12:00pm, January 9 & 16 & 10:00am - 12:00pm, January 20
Location: Converse 308
Facilitator:  Pete Mackey

Description:
Want to be a better public speaker? This course will give you steps to getting there, show you how to assess your own abilities and learn from others, and guide you on building the skills and confidence to communicate your ideas effectively in public.
How to register for the course: Email Maryann at mjwood@amherst.edu
Sponsored by:
Office of Communications


Course Name: Emerging Leaders

Dates & times:
  Wednesday, January 14th at 9am through Friday, January 16th at 6pm
Location: On Campus and Whispering Pines Conference Center, Greenwich, RI
Facilitators: 
2014-2015 Leadership Working Group:
Karen Miller   CCE
Justin Serpone - Athletics
Megan Lyster   CCE
Angie Tissi-Gassoway - Queer Resource Center
Debra Krumholz - Career Center
Carol Sharick - Career Center
Demetrius Brown - Student Affairs
Oluwatomi Williams '16  - Student Representative
Student Advisory Committee:
Jessica Maposa 17
Noah Morton 17
Chico (Rashid) Kosber 17
Tomi (Oluwatomi) Williams 16

Description: Apply to participate in a FREE powerful, overnight, off-campus, hands-on, interactive,  leadership development program that takes place in a retreat setting over the course of two nights/three days.
How to apply for the course: Space is limited. Only apply if you are able to commit to moving back to campus by Tuesday, January 13, 2015 (the retreat begins on the morning of Wednesday, January 14, 2015 and goes through Friday, January 16, 2015).
Application Timeline
    November 21, 2014 - Applications Due
    November 22 - December 5, 2014- Applications reviewed
    December 10, 2014 - Acceptance emails and waiting list emails sent to applicants
    December 12, 2014 - Accepted students commit to program by completing the Registration Webform
Sponsored by:
AAS, CCE, Career Center, Provost, Student Affairs, & Queer Resource Center


Course Name: Web Programming for Interactive Data Visualization

Dates & times:
10:00am - 12:00pm, Monday - Friday, January 12 - 16
Location: Webster 102
Facilitator:  Andy Anderson

Description:
The World-Wide Web is a set of computer technologies that publish and display information over the Internet in a highly interactive manner. Snazzy, interactive visualizations of information produced by science or the digital humanities are all over the Web and easier to create than ever before. At the heart of the Web are several content and programming languages that will be covered in this example-based five-day course:
• The Web content languages (HTML, CSS, SVG, Canvas) that are the foundation of web pages;
• The Web programming language (JavaScript) that makes web pages dynamic and interactive;
• A visualization library (d3.js) that will make your data sparkle;
• A Web server (Node.js + Express) that lets you store and search for your data;
• A server-side database (MongoDB) to provide efficient access to your data. This course is non-credit and no charge. Enrollment is limited; priority is given to the Amherst College community and then the Five College community through December 28, after which it is first-come, first-served.
How to register for the course: Send e-mail to Andy Anderson aanderson@amherst.edu
This course is non-credit and no charge. Enrollment is limited; priority is given to the Amherst College community and then the Five College community through December 28, after which it is first-come, first-served.
Sponsored by:
Academic Technology Services

 


Course Name: Winter Creative Writing Residency

Dates & times & Locations:
 
Introductory Meeting:
Tuesday, January 6, 1:00pm - 2:30pm, in the Writing Center, Charles Pratt Hall 101A.
Daily writing sessions:
9:00am - 12:00pm, Wed. 1/7 - Fri. 1/9 and Mon. 1/12   Fri. 1/16, in Frost Library (eight sessions in total). We ask all participants to commit to all sessions. Please contact Michael Keezing with any questions.
Individual sessions:
Up to four 45-minute afternoon sessions, self-scheduled with instructor.
Community Reading:
Friday, January 16, 4:00 p.m., location TBA. Refreshments will be served.
Facilitator:  Led by Michael Keezing and Roy Andrews, Writing Associates.

Description: Interterm is writing time! Join us for a two-week independent residency in creative writing. Modeled on writers and artists colonies like MacDowell, Yaddo, and the Provincetown Fine Arts Workshop, this program offers you the opportunity to devote sustained, undistracted attention to your fiction, poetry, dramatic writing, or creative nonfiction in a supportive environment. We'll begin with a meeting in which we'll explore the writing process for insights on starting, developing, and realizing a creative project. We will then convene every morning -- the heart of the program -- for three hours of writing (eight sessions total). Each session will start with a brief meeting at Frost Cafe to warm up our writing muscles, set goals, and/or review progress, then we'll write independently (together or alone, as suits each writer) until noon. Participants are welcome to work either on new or existing projects. For participants seeking guidance, instruction, or simply feedback on their work, we'll also offer up to four one-on-one mentoring sessions with one of the program leaders. At the end of the program, we'll come together for a community reading, during which we'll share work produced during the residency.
How to register for the course: Pregistration at this link. Preference given to Amherst College students, but other Five College students welcome with permission of instructor. Please contact Michael Keezing with questions or requests (mkeezing@amherst.edu).
Sponsored by:
Writing Center and Frost Library


Course Name: Student Support Network Training

Dates & times:
  1:00pm - 4:00pm, January 12, 14 and 16
Location: Porter Lounge, Converse
Facilitator:

Description:
The goal of SSN is to create a culture of support at Amherst by building on students listening and crisis response skills. The training will cover: • Active listening and support skills • Recognizing and responding to signs of depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, substance use/abuse and disordered eating • Ways to support friends and connect them with resources that can provide help For more information, check the website www.tinyurl.com/ssnac. Students must be able to attend all 3 sessions.
How to register for the course: Students may sign up by calling or emailing Jessica Gifford, Mental Health Educator
Sponsored by:
Mental Health Education



Course Name: Dialogue Journaling


Dates & times:
  January 5-21. Weekdays. Daily emails exchanged. Plus a minimum of one meeting with Roy in the Writing Center during the first week and another during the second week.
Location: Writing Center
Facilitator:  Roy Andrews, Writing Associate

Description:
Dialogue Journaling Develop intellectual friendship and increase your writing fluency by keeping a dialogue journal over interterm with writing associate Roy Andrews. In this adventure, you will explore matters of interest to you in written exchange (daily short emails). Dialogues will develop from questions of inquiry regarding a range of topics, such as academic subjects, your experiences as an Amherst student, your roles both inside and outside the classroom, how you go about writing, and your ideas about college, the world, and life. This experience will include a minimum of two 45-minute meetings in the writing center to discuss the dialogue process and subjects explored. You will have equal say in choosing the subject matter of your dialogues. Limited to the first five students who sign up (register on line). Written dialogues begin Monday January 5th and can be done from off campus. One of your meetings in the Writing Center (on campus) will be during the first week of interterm and another during the second week. Contact Roy Andrews rhandrews80@amherst.edu with any questions.
How to register for the course: Click on this link and then click on "Dialogue Journals"
Sponsored by:
The Writing Center


Course Name: Composing Online: a writing workshop and rhetorical discussion group

Dates & times:
  Meetings Wednesday 1-3pm during Interterm, to continue into Spring Semester if interest persists.
Location: TBD
Facilitator:  Jessica Gorman, Writing Associate, and Criss Guy, Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Digital Humanities

Description: 
This group will discuss rhetorical issues that emerge when composing on/for the web and will workshop our own online writing. Writers may discuss their current projects in social media, blogs, or other digital platforms. Each session will include both a discussion and a workshop component, but we will set specific agendas in our first meeting. Experienced and novice web-composers are equally welcome.

Questions we may discuss include:

  • How do we conceive of “audience” in online environments?
  • How do we conceive/plan/execute a project with multiple modes of composition (e.g., visual images, video, and text)?
  • How do we adapt our writing habits to collaborative composition situations?

We may assign short readings to discuss at meetings/online. Participants are expected to share their web-based composition projects with the group in some capacity.
How to register for the course: Participants must register on the Writing Center web site.
Sponsored by:
The Writing Center

 


Course Name: Thesis Writers' Retreat

Dates & times:
  January 5-21: Writers may register for one or both weeks, and may choose either morning or afternoon sessions (but not both in the same week). Participants must commit to attend all five days of the session (contact the facilitator to request an exemption).

Mornings: 9:00 a.m. - noon
Week one: Monday, January 5 - Friday, January 9
Week two: Monday, January 12 - Friday, January 16

Afternoons: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Week one: Monday, January 5 - Friday, January 9
Week two: Monday, January 12 - Friday, January 16

Mini-session: 9:00 a.m. - noon, Tuesday, January 20 and Wednesday, January 21. Participants must attend one of the previous sessions to register for the mini-session.
Location: Writing Center/Charles Pratt Common Room
Facilitator:  Jessica Gorman

Description:
Perhaps you plan to work intensely on your senior thesis during the January term, but staying motivated to write on a daily basis can be challenging. You are invited to join fellow writers at the Writing Center’s Winter Retreat, where writers commit to write together for a consistent, extended period of time. Every day, writers will set writing goals and then review those goals at the close of the writing time. Writing Center staff will be available for consultation and will provide coffee and snacks. At the close of each week, writers will discuss their progress and goals over pizza.
The retreat will be held in Charles Pratt Common Room, but on the first day, please meet us in the Writing Center for a brief orientation.
A full description can be found on The Writing Center website.
How to register for the course: Limited space is available, so pre-registration is required. Limited to Amherst College students writing a senior thesis (or similar large project). Participants must register on the Writing Center web site.
Sponsored by:
The Writing Center


Course Name: Professional Skills Development Academy - NEW INFO!

Dates & times:
  January 20 - 21, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Lewis-Sebring
Facilitator:  Career Center staff and outside presenters

Description: 
Do you want to stand out from the crowd in the professional world?

The Career Center brings you a two-day professional skill development program. You will learn how to build your executive presence by strengthening your written and oral professional communication skills, developing a strong personal brand, becoming a confident networker and feeling comfortable “working the room” in a cocktail party-type setting.  Learn how to position yourself in a way that differentiates you from everyone else, and develop the skills to succeed in the world of work.  Guest presenters will include Career Launch Advisor Denny Meadows'84 , employer-partner Bob Saul ’80, and body language, business etiquette, interviewing expert, and author of How to Wow Frances Cole Jones.  The program will culminate with “Painless Networking – a.k.a. The Art of Small Talk”, with Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting.

This is a two-full-day program, and you must attend all sessions and participate fully.  This program is open to Amherst sophomores, juniors and seniors only.  Our deadline has been extended.  To register for the program, please complete this form by December 31st.


How to register for the course: This program is open to Amherst sophomores, juniors and seniors only.  Our deadline has been extended.  To register for the program, please complete this form by December 31st.
Sponsored by:
Career Center


Course Name: Winners Don't Smash Buttons: A Video Game Practicum

Dates & times:
  January 12 - 16, 10:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Pruyne Lecture Hall
Facilitator:  Kimberly Bain, Five College Digital Humanities Post-Bac

Description:
This week-long interterm course will serve as an introduction to two not necessarily opposing things: 1) digital game playing as a skill that can be, if not taught, then at least learned through sheer stubbornness and 2) games as interactive and immersive, as carefully coded (social, cultural, political) structures, and as learning spaces. Over the course of one week, we will play (though not necessarily complete) games like Papo y Yo, Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry, Last of Us, and Watchdogs, etc.
FORMAT:
There will be five “lab” sections, which will comprise of two-and-a-half hour long gaming sessions. Each lab section will culminate in a discussion and accompanied by a short piece of media (i.e. article, film, podcast, etc). Because this course is modeled on a lab (and because there are only so many controllers), group/partner work will be integral to the experience. Furthermore, everyone will be expected to play at some point during the week—after all, the course would not be a practicum if we didn’t practice!
How to register for the course: To register for the course, please email Kimberly Bain at kbain14@amherst.edu with your name, class year/position, school, and a short paragraph (one or two sentences) about your familiarity with playing digital games. *****No prior experience with playing video games necessary. All students, faculty and staff in the Five Colleges, regardless of familiarity with games, are welcome.*****
Sponsored by:
Five Colleges Inc.


Course Name: Basic Skills for Video Journalism

Dates & times:
  January 12, 14 & 16, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Seeley Mudd 115
Facilitator:  Peter Marvin

Description: 
Covers basic camera operation, organizing a news "package," and video editing. Participants will be asked to work together in small teams to record an interview, gather B-roll footage, edit the material, and then possibly produce one comprehensive news magazine program at the completion. Class limit: 12
How to register for the course: Email Peter Marvin: pjmarvin@amherst.edu, please include your phone number.
Sponsored by:
Academic Technology Services


Course Name: Personalizing the Process: One-on-One Academic Writing Study

Dates & times:  First meeting: Tuesday, January 6, 10:00am
Last meeting: Tuesday, January 20, 10:00am
Location: Writing Center, 101 Charles Pratt Hall
Facilitator:  Cassie Sanchez

Description: This course has two components: A set of workshops and individual writing instruction sessions with a Writing Associate. In the introductory workshop we will investigate the writing process to (a) establish a common vocabulary and (b) serve as a jumping-off point to explore your own process in 4-6 one-on-one sessions. In the individual instruction sessions, you will be paired up with a Writing Associate to discuss how and what you write (please bring your papers from the previous semester), identifying strengths, weaknesses, and ways to strengthen your papers and enhance the overall experience of writing. In the concluding workshop, we will reflect on the process of learning about process, focusing on memorable moments and ways to incorporate what you learned in your course assignments.
How to register for the course: Registration is required. Please follow this link to register.
Sponsored by:
Writing Center



Course Name: Mapping Knowledge with Geographic Information Systems

Dates & times:
January 5 - 9, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Seeley Mudd 014
Facilitator: Andy Anderson

Description: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a powerful set of tools to discover spatial relationships and illuminate your research with intuitive maps:

• Spatially correlate census, economic, and other data
• Illustrate historic sites and extract features from old maps
• Track human, animal, and plant populations
• Map locations from a GPS receiver
• Display geologic formations and delineate watersheds

The course will cover the following content, meeting for two hours each day:

• Constructing and Sharing Maps (including with Google Earth)
• Mapping Named Data (including census data and street addresses)
• Mapping Coordinate Data (including using a GPS receiver)
• Mapping Image Data (including scanned maps, and satellite data)
• Analyzing Geographic Data (including watersheds)
• Extracting Map Features

This course is non-credit and no charge. Enrollment is limited; priority is given to the Amherst College community and then the Five College community through December 28, after which it is first-come, first-served.
How to register for the course: Send e-mail to Andy Anderson
Sponsored by: Academic Technology Services


Course Name: It's 11PM. Do You Know Where Your Thesis Is?: A Personal Digital Archiving Workshop

Dates & times:
January 15, 4:00pm-5:00pm
Location: Lane Room, Frost Library
Facilitator:  Sarah Walden, Criss Guy

Description: "What did I name that awesome essay I wrote two years ago?" "Where did that chapter of my thesis just go?" "Can we talk about an extension?" These are some of the questions we hope will come up less after you attend our event.

The workshop will begin with a brief presentation on the importance of file management for students, basic naming and organization conventions, and tools that can help you preserve and de-clutter your research. During the second part of the workshop, students will have the opportunity to ask questions and begin cleaning up their own files using suggestions from the presentation. 

*Therefore, it is highly recommended that students bring their laptops or other devices with files that need organizing*. While this workshop is especially relevant for thesis writers, any Amherst students interested in getting some ideas for managing their documents and creating a better workflow are also encouraged to attend.
How to register for the course: Please email Sarah Walden at swalden@amherst.edu
Sponsored by:
Library Digital Programs Department


Course Name: Painting a Word Portrait

Dates & times:  January 13, 6:30-7:30pm
Location: The Writing Center, 101 Charles Pratt Hall
Facilitator: Kristen Brookes

Description: Come do a fun, easy, writing project that will result in a vivid picture of someone important to you. With just the right details, organized just the right way, you will be able to capture something essential about your subject, enabling the reader to see this person in his or her mind’s eye. This workshop offers you the opportunity to practice—in just sixty minutes— an entire writing process, from collecting or generating details, to finding a focus, to selecting and organizing details, to re-seeing and then polishing the whole. And you may well have, as a result, an early gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or Valentine’s Day, or just something to display on your refrigerator at home.
How to register for the course: The course is open to the entire college community. Space is limited, so please register online.  (If you need to cancel, please email the instructor: kgbrookes88@amherst.edu.)
Sponsored by:
The Writing Center


Course Name: Horned Larks, Hooded Mergansers, and Cedar Waxwings: A Field Based Bird Identification Course

Dates & times:  Mondays, January 5, 12 & 19, 9:00am-1:00pm
Location: We will meet inside the lobby of Keefe Campus Center and then leave in a van
Facilitator: Pete McLean

Description: Join Farmer Pete for a crash course into bird identification. We'll take to the Pioneer Valley in search of Horned Larks, Hooded Mergansers, Green Winged Teal and many more winter time residents. We'll talk habitat, song identification, nesting strategies, and migration routes. Bundle up and get ready to find some birds.
How to register for the course: To register for this 3 day Birding Course you need to email bookandplowfarm@gmail.com. This is limited to the first 10 who can make all 3 outings.
Sponsored by:
Facilities


Course Name: The Fine Art of Sentence Diagramming

Dates & times:  Monday, January 5 - Friday, January 9, 4-5:00 p.m.
Location: The Writing Center, Charles Pratt 101A
Facilitator: Jyl Gentzler

Description: Gertrude Stein once commented, “I really do not know that anything has ever been more exciting than diagramming sentences. I suppose other things may be more exciting to others when they are at school but to me undoubtedly when I was at school the really completely exciting thing was diagramming sentences and that has been to me ever since the one thing that has been completely exciting and completely completing.” In addition to such delights, sentence diagramming offers us insights into the intricacies of English grammar. Since many of the sentences that we will diagram in this workshop will be drawn from Henry James’s A Portrait of a Lady, familiarity with this novel will offer additional pleasures, but is not required. Nightly diagramming homework is required. Registering for this workshop commits you to attending all five sessions.
How to register for the course: You can register for the course on the Writing Center's Interterm Workshop page.
Sponsored by:
The Writing Center


Course Name: Academic Writing 101

Dates & times:  Monday, January 12 - Friday, January 16, 4-5:00 p.m.
Location: Cooper House 201
Facilitator:  Jyl Gentzler

Description: If you still find the art of academic writing a bit baffling, or if you have managed to be successful at it, but would like to understand the rationale behind what you are doing, this four-part workshop is for you. The first workshop will teach you the goals and conventions of classical American academic writing. In workshop two, you will learn how to analyze, evaluate, and produce academic arguments. Workshop three will introduce you to techniques for gathering and developing your ideas before you sit down to write your first draft. In the fourth workshop, you will learn how to revise your paper so that it expresses clearly and persuasively your very best ideas. Nightly homework is required. Registering for this workshop commits you to attending all four sessions.
How to register for the course: You can register for the course on the Writing Center's Interterm Workshop page.
Sponsored by:
The Writing Center


Course Name: Developing a Mindset for Academic Success

Dates & times:  Tuesday, January 20, 10am-11:15am
Location: TBD
Facilitator: Kristen Brookes, Charri Boykin-East

Description: Our fundamental attitudes about ourselves and our academic work have a lot to do with how we approach our studies, how we use our time, how much and why we avoid doing our work, and how anxious we feel about our performance. If you have been procrastinating a lot or struggling to get all of your work done, a change in your mindset might be in order. This workshop will offer you the opportunity to articulate to yourself your own approach to your studies and then, if necessary, to revise your mindset into a more productive one, one that will help you work more effectively and happily.
How to register for the course: Please register online here.
Sponsored by:
The Writing Center, Office of Student Affairs


 

 

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