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HR café conversations: performance evaluations
Continuing our series highlighting a topic and one or more books or resources in the HR Café Collection, we are offering a discussion on Performance Evaluations on January 15th, from 12:30-1:30pm in the Friendly Reading Room. The intent of these conversations is to provide a time to meet and have an informal conversation on a topic that can help improve dynamics in our workplace. The session is open to all employees, supervisors and faculty. For a complete list of related books, or to sign up for this event, please visit the HR Café Collection page.

Hari Kumar square.jpgIntroducing Hari Kumar: Reception to welcome our new instructional designer
Thursday, October 30th at 3:00pm in the Friendly Reading Room. Please join us for a reception to welcome Hari Kumar to the new position of instructional designer at Amherst. As part of the event, Hari will discuss the responsibilities of his position, which has been funded through a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. Hari will focus, in particular, on the issues and possibilities most relevant to the pedagogical values central to small, residential, diverse, liberal arts colleges. This event will feature introductions by Dean of the Faculty Catherine Epstein and Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations Lisa Stoffer. Sponsored by Amherst College Library and Information Technology. Refreshments will follow.

John William Ward: An American Idealist with Kim Townsend
Please join us Tuesday, November 18, at 4 p.m. in the Friendly Reading Room for a discussion with Kim Townsend, Class of 1959 Professor of English, Emeritus, upon the recent publication of John William Ward: An American Idealist. Professor Townsend’s biography of the fourteenth president of Amherst College delves into all aspects of his life, including his scholarship, his tumultuous years at the college, his work in Massachusetts politics, and his eventual suicide. Professor Townsend will provide an overview of his work, leaving plenty of time for questions from attendees. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Open Pathways In Publishing: the story of the Open Library of Humanities with Dr. Martin Eve
Friday, October 3, 3PM - Frost Library periodicals Reading Room, Reception to Follow. Open access, the notion that research work should be free to access and re-use, is a theoretically simple concept that has become mired in practical complexities and controversies. It is also, however, an aspect of contemporary research practice that is gaining worldwide traction and one that no contemporary scholar can afford to ignore, regardless of his or her discipline. Dr. Martin Eve will set out the background to open access, the specific challenges faced by the humanities and the potential future solutions. Dr. Eve is lecturer in English Literature at the University of Lincoln, UK specializing in contemporary American fiction and scholarly communications. Sponsored by Amherst College Library and the Amherst College Press.

bookptyFall Book Party
Thursday, October 23rd at 4:00 PM in the Friendly Reading Room. Please join us as we celebrate the publication of new books written by Amherst College faculty.  Professor Ron Rosbottom (Winifred L. Arms Professor in the Arts and Humanities and Professor of French and European Studies) will discuss When Paris Went DarkThe City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944; Professor Leah Schmalzbauer (American Studies and Sociology) will discuss The Last Best Place? : Gender, Family, and Migration in the New West. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Five College Digital Humanities Speaker Series: Hari Kumar
Join Five College Digital Humanities on Wednesday, December 3rd at 4:30pm in the Friendly Reading Room, as Hari Kumar, Instructional Designer at Amherst College, explores the stakes in the performative cultural politics of doing digital humanities. In what ways are the digital humanities subject to the larger sociopolitical forces of textual fundamentalism in the Western academy? How should our scholarship in the digital humanities challenge and decenter and decolonize Western textualism? Whose bodies and performances and interactions are at risk? This is the third lecture in the 5CollDH 2014-2105 Speaker Series.

Rising Tea Levels
Join the Green Amherst Project and Laura Draucker, Director of the Office of Sustainability on Tuesday, November 18th, at 7 p.m. in the Friendly Reading Room for an open discussion of climate change solutions. We'll be focusing on the role of Amherst students in creating change on campus, in their communities, and in a global context. All are welcome and tea will be provided.

It's 11PM. Do you know where your thesis is?: A workshop on personal digital archiving
11PMPosterFinal.jpgWhat 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 the Personal Digital Archiving Workshop at the Library on Wednesday, November 12th from 5 - 6 pm in the Lane Room. 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. We’ll also have pizza from Antonio's! This event is hosted by Digital Programs.

Five College DH Speaker Series: Angel Nieves
Angel Nieves lecture posterJoin Five College Digital Humanities on Wednesday, October 29th in Frost Library's Friendly Reading Room at 4:30pm as Angel Nieves, Professor of Africana Studies and co-director of the Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi) at Hamilton College, explores cultural practices of remembrance, reconciliation and empowerment with a view towards an integrative approach to social justice and the practice of digital humanities scholarship in his talk "Digital Humanities as Restorative Social Justice: Virtual Heritage, 3D Reconstructions, and South Africa's Township Histories." Visit to find out more about this lecture and the Five College DH Speaker Series for the 2014 - 2015 academic year.