Event Calendar

Tomorrow - Tue, Feb 21, 2017

"The Thing Is...: An Archaeological Approach to Objects in the Mead"

Join Dr. Cecilia Feldman, Kress Interpretive Fellow at the Mead, for an archaeologist's perspective on a variety of works in the collection. Her focus on materials, labor, resources, technology and cultural coding represent the processes that are present, but often unacknowledged, in material culture.

French Table

The French Table will meet on Tuesdays from noon until 2 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall. Come join the French language assistants for conversation over lunch. French speakers of all levels are welcome!

Dr. Casey Stevens Bester, Duke University: "An Impactful Experiment: Impact, Penetration and Cratering in Granular Media"

Examples of granular materials, or large collections of discrete macroscopic grains, exist in abundance, from rice and cereal to sand and rocks. However, the physics of granular media present significant complexities that are still poorly understood. Impact of granular targets by solid projectiles is an experimental approach to understanding force transmission in soft matter. A granular target can cause a free-falling projectile to come to an abrupt stop as its momentum is dissipated to the grains. A complete interpretation of the stopping force, incorporating grain-scale interactions during impact, remains unresolved. We use direct force measurements and high-speed imaging to determine the forces acting on a projectile as it decelerates through a dense granular medium. These impact studies probe the unique response and properties of granular media.

Junior Political Science Majors Informational Session - Thesis Writing

Professor Kristin Bumiller, chair of the Political Science Department, will be holding an informational session for students who are Juniors and interested in writing a Senior thesis. The session is on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in Clark House, room 100.

Cover Letter Workshop

Join us to learn how to write a cover letter that will set you apart from the crowd! As a reminder, students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements must attend a cover letter workshop. Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend. In order to practice writing cover letters, attendees are asked to bring an internship position description and a laptop or pen and paper. RSVP in Quest.

This workshop series is facilitated by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.

BaeWatch: Online Dating

In the next installment of BaeWatch Series, join the Multicultural Resource Center, Women and Gender Center, and Queer Resource Center in the MRC for a panel discussion on the ins and outs of online dating.

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Argument Development

It has been said that all academic writing is argument, and that to develop a good argument, writers must “find some genuine question or perplexity” worth pursuing (Peter Elbow, 1988). In this workshop, we will discuss how to move from prompt to argument, use readings and other sources appropriately and with confidence, and work toward making the best case for your original idea or “hard-won insight” so valued by professors. Please bring a prompt that you are working on or have worked on in the past. Taught by Cassie Sanchez, senior writing associate. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot today!

Students Only

German Kaffeklatsch

Every Tuesday at 9 p.m. the German House hosts Kaffeeklatsch, an informal gathering for conversation and refreshments. This is a great opportunity to meet others interested in German language and culture.

Come join us for Kaffeeklatsch Tuesdays at Porter House!

LGBTea, coffe and tea, late night study hours

QRC LGBTea Late Night Study Hours

LGBTea is an intentional weekly program that offers a comfortable, affirming, and welcoming space for our community to come together. Join us for late night study hours, take a break if you need one, grab a cup of tea or coffee, or just hang out!!
Every Tuesday in the Queer Resource Center 10 p.m.-Midnight
All are welcome

Wed, Feb 22, 2017

Russian Table

The Russian Table is an opportunity for all interested in conversing in Russian to meet regularly with Russian faculty and students. We'll meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays on the mezzanine level in Valentine Dining Hall. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

Law School Admissions Strategies Workshop

Have questions about applying to law school? Want to know how to improve your application? Want to speak with an admissions officer? Join Liz Madigan, assistant director of admissions at Brooklyn Law School to learn how to get that extra edge in preparing your law school applications!

Tearing Down Walls

An open space for students to connect and discuss experiences and ramifications of the political climate on sense of safety, mental health and engagement in the college. Those of Muslim faith, refugees, immigrants, trans or non-binary identities, students of color, undocumented students, queer identity, women, and intersecting identities are encouraged to attend.

Wednesdays, starting February 8th

Facilitated by Sarah Erickson, Psy.D. (serickson@amherst.edu) and Zamir Nestelbaum, M.D. (znestelbaum@amherst.edu).

Students Only

Paws and Relax!

Drop by to get some canine affection! Sponsored by the Wellness Team, Amherst College Library and PAW.

Self-Exploration for Career Planning--Part 2

Does the word “career” make you panic? Not sure how to start thinking about your future as a professional? Take the next steps towards discovering your own unique career path!

Reflect with a career advisor and other students on your values, family and cultural influences and personality, and how they may provide direction in your search for meaningful work. Commitment to both sessions is required--Feb. 15 and 22. Space is limited, RSVP on Quest. Priority given to sophomore Amherst Professional Accelerator (APEX) participants.

Questions? Contact Kali Odell at kodell@amherst.edu.

Blaq Out

Blaq Out: Black Queer and Trans History

Join the Queer Resource Center from 5-6 p.m. for an interactive exploration of Black Queer and Trans histories in honor of Black History Month. We are celebrating the lives and legacies of Black Queer and Trans people who have shaped our communities. Dinner will be served!


Manage your Reading Load

Are your reading assignments weighing you down? Learn tips to lighten your load! Managing a heavy reading load can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. There are many ways to approach a text that can make it easier for you. You'll learn strategies that will help you become a more effective and efficient reader. We’ll practice several of them together so you’ll leave the workshop ready to read. Taught by Lydia Peterson, writing associate. Space is limited, so please reserve your seat today!

Students Only

Workshops in Statistics and R

Interested in data? Want to learn some skills with R? Prepping for DataFest?

The second is a series of workshops in Statistics and R brought to you by the Statistics Fellows is "Regression in R", hosted by Silvia Sotolongo, Leonard Yoon and Connor Haley.

Feel free to bring your laptops to follow along with the workshops. Open to all interested students, staff and faculty.

late night study hours

WGC Late Night Study Hours!

Join us for silent study hours every Wednesday from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Women and Gender Center! There will be Glazed Donuts!

Thu, Feb 23, 2017

Employee Council Coffee Hours in February (Feb. 7, Feb. 15, Feb. 23 from 10-11 am in Frost Cafe)

Employee Council: February Coffee Hours

Have coffee with a few representatives from the current Employee Council. Learn more about the council's platform for 2016-17, come talk to us about your ideas and/or well wishes for Amherst staff, or just come socialize with us! The council is offering three coffee hours in February, all from 10-11 a.m. in Frost Cafe: Tuesday, February 7; Wednesday, February 15; and Thursday, February 23.

Korean Language Table

Korean Language Table will meet this semester on Thursdays, from 1 - 2 p.m., in Terrace Room A (lower level of Valentine Dining Hall). All are welcome!

Collective Improvisation in Sound, with Vic Rawlings

Collective Improvisation in Sound with Vic Rawlings

Develop your listening skills and appreciation of sound - absolutely no musical background is required.
Any means to produce sound will be welcomed, including common objects, all common musical instruments, and voice. We will use structured exercises to explore music and sound improvisation in a group context. We will work beyond standard conceptions of rhythm and melody, beginning with the fundamentals of sound and time. A limited number of objects will be available for student use.

All are welcome to attend, including musicians at any technical level, as well as people who do not consider themselves musicians. The session will be accessible and challenging for all participants. You are welcome if you have no experience improvising. You are welcome if you have experience improvising.

Please be prompt. It is not possible to join the group once the workshop has begun at 4 p.m. The room will be available at 3:30.
If you plan to use amplification you must bring your own equipment.

The workshop will be led by Vic Rawlings.

Vic Rawlings is a musician, instrument builder, sound installation artist, filmmaker and freelance teacher based in western Massachusetts. Collaborators have included Ikue Mori, Greg Kelley, Bhob Rainey, Seijiro Murayama, Jake Meginsky, Sean Meehan and Jason Lescalleet. Visiting artist/teaching residencies have included Oberlin Conservatory, MIT, Harvard, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Princeton, Dartmouth and Wesleyan, as well as homeless shelters and correctional facilities. He has performed throughout North America and Europe at venues including The Stone, Jordan Hall, The Gardner Museum, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and countless galleries and series. Festival appearances include Victoriaville (Quebec), Musique Action (France) and Vision (NYC). Labels include Grob, RRR, Sedimental, Absurd, Emanem, Boxmedia, Audio Dispatch, H+H, Chloe, and Rykodisc. He has performed works by John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Cornelius Cardew, and has worked directly with 20th and 21st century composers Alvin Lucier, Michael Pisaro and Christian Wolff.

"Vic Rawlings plays prepared cello and open circuit electronics in the form of an instrument self-made from exposed circuit boards and speaker cones...the sense of danger, the awareness that the music is poised permanently on the edge of disintegration and collapse. Despite its refusal to make the slightest concession to the listener, the music draws you in and doesn’t let you go."
-The Wire

For more information, contact Professor Jason Robinson, jrobinson@amherst.edu