Event Calendar

Today - Wed, Feb 19, 2020

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Russian Table

Please join us for the Russian Table for Russian conversation and conviviality! Grab your lunch and head upstairs. We hope to see you there! In case you prefer to use a tray, please ask a Valentine staff member.

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Loeb Center program director for careers in business and finance for a weekly, informal discussion on any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday from noon - 1 p.m. in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Hall. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!

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RLadies Amherst: A Conversation with Professors Brittney Bailey and Katharine Correia

Learn how two Amherst College statistics professors got to where they are now in their careers in data science. Everyone is welcome! RLadies hopes to encourage, inspire and support women in the R community.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Refreshments will be served.

Wondering about how masculinity manifests itself at social events on campus? Join the Peer Advocates for a candid conversation on what masculinity looks like at Amherst parties!

Unpacking Masculinity 2.0: Mixers Edition

Join the Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect for a group discussion on masculinity and parties on campus! This event is a follow-up to our panel on masculinity last semester.

Students Only
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Poetry and Performance: Dao Strom

An evening of poetry and performance from Dao Strom, whose work explores hybridity through melding disparate “voices”—written, sung, visual—to contemplate the intersection of personal and collective histories. The New Yorker has called her work “Quietly beautiful … hip without being ironic.” She makes music as The Sea & The Mother and is the author of five books, including a bilingual poetry/art book, a hybrid-form memoir with a song-cycle, a collection of novellas and a novel. She is a founding member of She Who Has No Master(s), a collective project of women artists of the Vietnamese diaspora, as well as the editor of diaCRITICS. Refreshments will follow.

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Amherst Dreaming Club First Meeting

Amherst Dreaming Club invites you to its first meeting this Wednesday in Cohan Skylounge at 8 p.m. Open to all Amherst community members, Amherst Dreaming Club hopes to bring people together to share and learn about dreams, from lucid dreaming techniques to dream analysis. No previous experience required. Any questions can be directed to dshulman20@amherst.edu or mjohnson22@amherst.edu.

Tomorrow - Thu, Feb 20, 2020

Installation photo of Rotherwas Project 5: Christopher Myers, The Red Plague Rid You for Learning Me Your Language. Quilts of many different fabrics and colors depicts scenes of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" and adorn the wood-paneled rooms of the Rotherwas Room.

Grab and Don’t Go with Christopher Myers

Christopher Myers is an artist and writer based in New York City. A widely acclaimed author of literature for young people, he is also an accomplished fine artist who has lectured and exhibited internationally. His work questions what it means to be an artist and to create art that is rooted in the experience of global cultural exchange.

Meet Myers for lunch in the Amherst College Multicultural Resource Center. Learn more about his artistic practice, his work in publishing, how his work centers historically marginalized perspectives in art and literature, and how he collaborates with artists and craftspeople across cultures and around the world.

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German Film Series: “Young Goethe in Love”

Fictional romantic biopic starring Alexander Fehling as the young Goethe struggling as an aspiring poet. When working as an assistant at a law court, he falls hopelessly in love with a young woman who is already engaged, triggering events that provided the inspiration of Goethe’s first international success, the novel The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774).

This film will be shown at both 4 and 7:30 p.m. in German with English subtitles.

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Reflections on Teaching with Rhonda Cobham-Sander

4:30 pm Frost Library, CHI Think Tank

Rhonda Cobham-Sander, the Emily C. Jordan Folger Professor of Black Studies and English, will reflect with us about her teaching now and how her teaching has evolved throughout her career at Amherst College.

RSVP through the Center for Teaching and Learning website.

Law’s Infamy: Ashker v. Brown and the Failures of Solitary Confinement Reform

Keramet Reiter, Associate Professor of Criminology, Law & Society in the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine, will present a paper entitled “Law’s Infamy: Ashker v. Brown and the Failures of Solitary Confinement Reform.” This is the fifth presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Law’s Infamy.”
Keramet Reiter studies prisons, prisoners’ rights, and the impact of prison and punishment policy on individuals, communities, and legal systems.

"The Court System of Japan"

"After giving an overview of the Japanese court system, I would like to talk about the mediation system, which has been evaluated as characteristic in the Japanese court system. Of course, there is a mediation system in the United States, but mediation in Japan is performed in a court building and involves nonlegal professionals as mediators, which is completely different from mediation in the United States. I would like to think about how disputes are resolved in Japanese court through this characteristic system and what kind of image the Japanese have of the court."

—Yukihiro Okada, Professor of Law at Doshisha University

Presented by the Doshisha University and Amherst College Faculty Exchange Program

Please note that this lecture will be in Japanese.

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Math Colloquium: Amanda Folsom, “Symmetry, Almost”

Some definitions of the word symmetry include “correct or pleasing proportion of the parts of a thing,” “balanced proportions” and “the property of remaining invariant under certain changes, as of orientation in space.” One might think of snowflakes, butterflies and our own faces as naturally symmetric objects—or at least close to it. Mathematically, one can also conjure up many symmetric objects: even and odd functions, fractals, certain matrices and modular forms, a type of symmetric complex function. All of these things exhibit a kind of beauty in their symmetries, so would they lose some of their innate beauty if their symmetries were altered? Alternatively, could some measure of beauty be gained with slight symmetric imperfections? We will explore these questions, guided by the topic of modular forms and their variants. What can be gained by perturbing modular symmetries in particular? We will discuss this theme from past to present: the origins of these questions have their roots in the first half of the 20th century, dating back to Ramanujan and Gauss, while some fascinating and surprising answers come from just the last 15 years.

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"The Red Plague Rid You for Learning Me Your Language": Artist Talk with Christopher Myers

Christopher Myers is an artist and writer based in New York City. A widely acclaimed author of literature for young people, he is also an accomplished fine artist who has lectured and exhibited internationally. His work questions what it means to be an artist and to create art that is rooted in the experience of global cultural exchange.

Join us for an artist talk with Christopher Myers to learn more about his artistic practice and the thinking behind this year’s Rotherwas Project.

This program is supported by the Arts at Amherst Initiative and is free and open to all.

Film & Media Studies Open House

Are you interested in exploring film and media but don’t know where to begin? Our Film & Media Studies open house is just the place! We have an array of opportunities for students here at Amherst College, so cozy up in the McCaffrey Room lounge and join us for pizza and cookies to learn more! All students and majors are welcome.

Financial Aid and Taxes Q&A

Tax Filing and Financial Aid Re-Application Party

It's the time we've all been waiting for! That's right, it's tax and financial aid re-application season. If you didn't know, everyone on financial aid has to re-apply every year and everyone who receives financial aid for housing and food has to file taxes. Don't fret, Amherst QuestBridge Low Income Community will help you as well as answer all your burning questions about financial aid and taxes. You've got to do it anyway, why not do it around friends and snacks??

Overland Summer Trip Leader Opportunities Info Session

Love the outdoors? Seeking an exciting summer opportunity? For more than 30 years, Overland (http://overlandsummers.com) has offered introductory biking, hiking, language, writing, service and field studies programs domestically and abroad for students in grades 4-12.
51 itineraries, 17 countries, 4 continents...that’s a lot of adventure. Far more than simply a summer experience, Overland aims to provide a life experience with value and resonance that extends beyond the boundaries of a single summer. Trip leaders seek to inspire each student group to see how beautiful, exciting and full of promise the world is.
Overland aims to a build supportive and wholesome team of leaders. Far more than simply counselors or guides, Overland’s leaders act as terrific role models for each group’s young student participants.
Join Overland representatives at this info session to learn more about 2020 opportunities and how to successfully apply for them.

Cover of Sarah Knott's book "Mother Is a Verb," with an illustration of a woman with her body underwater and her face and hand sticking out above the surface

"Feminist Theory? Queer Studies? Memoir? How to Write the History of Pregnancy and Birth in Changing Times"

Sarah Knott is a writer, feminist and professor of history. She is the author, most recently, of Mother Is a Verb: An Unconventional History, which The New York Times described as “a joy to read.” She is currently an associate professor of history at Indiana University and a research fellow of the Kinsey Institute.

Sponsored by the Department of History, the Lamont Lecture Fund, and the Eastman Lecture Fund

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Weekly Thesis Write-ins!

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, CHI Think Tank (2nd Floor)

Thesis writers, set yourself up to succeed this year by joining fellow students to write together regularly! Every Thursday night, the Writing Center and Library open up the Center for Humanistic Inquiry for students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, coffee and camaraderie.

Students Only

Introduction to the Finance Industry Workshop Series (9 Weeks)

What is the Introduction to Finance Industry Workshop Series?
This is a 9-week program open to first-year students and sophomores interested in learning more about the finance industry and exploring potential careers in finance. The workshop series is led by Stephanie Hockman, Director of the Business and Finance Program through the Loeb Center. The series is designed to help students understand the finance industry and its components, distinguish the nuances of career opportunities, and understand the lingo used in the finance industry. Some workshops will include alumni who will provide their practical insights, experience and understanding to the discussion.
What topics are discussed in the workshop series?
The 9-week course will include topics such as:
1. Overview of the Finance Industry
2. Investment Banking, Part 1 – Corporate Investment Bankers
3. Investment Banking, Part 2 – Global Markets (e.g. Sales & Trading, Research, and Investor Services)
4. Investment Banking, Part 3 - CIB Operations & Supporting functions
5. Investment Management & Asset Management
6. Industry Trends & Alternative Investments: Fintech, Hedge Funds, Insurance, & Real Estate
7. Private Equity
8. Private Wealth Management/Asset Management
9. Review of the industry and next steps to preparing for finance industry interviews
How do I register for the Introduction to Finance Workshop Series?
The weekly, one-hour workshops will be held every Thursday from 8pm – 9pm beginning February 6, 2020, through April 9, 2020 (excluding spring break - March 19). YOU MUST COMMIT TO ATTENDING ALL 9 WEEKS.
Space is limited and advance sign up is required. If you are interested in learning more about the finance industry and willing to attend all 9 sessions, please register on Handshake for the first session (Feb. 6) That enrolls you for the entire series.
All questions may be directed to Stephanie Hockman (shockman@amherst.edu).

Students Only
Registration Required
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"Intimate Distance": Five College Dance Faculty Concert

This year’s Five College Dance Faculty Concert features five faculty and guest artist works (one from each campus) that investigate human distance and intimacy. Set against the backdrop of global social and environmental crises, these performances provide ways to contemplate how we connect—or not—with our own internal landscapes, with other individuals and with our physical surroundings. The concert invites performers and audiences to consider how embodiment, movement collaboration and the community inherent to performance can provide not solutions to the difficulties we face, but rather new avenues by which to broach them.

All five pieces are premieres that either continue or initiate the artists’ choreographic investigations with Five College Dance students. Featuring new work by newer members of the Five College Dance community, this concert can be seen as a look into the future of Five College Dance.

The choreographers are:
Deborah Goffe, assistant professor of dance, Hampshire College
Barbie Diewald, assistant professor of dance, Mount Holyoke College
Sarah Lass, Smith MFA ’18, Smith College guest artist
Jenna Riegel, assistant professor of dance, Amherst College
Aston K. McCullough, assistant professor of dance science, UMass Amherst

Main Studio Theater, Hampshire College
Tickets are $5 for students/seniors and $10 for general admission, and are available online: www.fivecolleges.edu/dance

See the poster for more information.

Tickets Required

French House Open House

8:00 pm King Hall, French House Common Room

Come explore French House. This is an opportunity to meet with current French House residents and the French Language Assistants to ask any questions that you might have. Learn about what it's like to live in French House, and to be part of this community. Refreshments will be served!

Russian Tea

9:00 pm Porter House, Common Room

Come and join the Russian House for Russian Tea! All students interested in Russian language or culture, no matter their level of language proficiency, are welcome. Food and tea are included!

Fri, Feb 21, 2020

Photo of the wood paneled Rotherwas Room, depicts Chris Myers' boat and quilted depictions of The Tempest.

Art and Reading with Christopher Myers

Enjoy a children’s storybook reading and signing with author and artist Christopher Myers. Books will be available for purchase. After story time, stay for free activities inspired by Myers’s latest exhibition, Rotherwas Project 5: The Red Plague Rid You for Learning Me Your Language. Choose from sonnet writing, quilting, mapping and more!

Refreshments will be served.

Activities are designed for children ages 6–11, but all are welcome to attend. This program is presented in partnership with the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, The Common and the Amherst College Women’s and Gender Center.

Free and open to all!

If you have accessibility concerns, please contact Danielle Amodeo at (413) 542-5651.

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Japanese Language Table

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Japanese, join us on Mondays and Fridays for lunch! The Japanese language table meets twice a week with Doshisha University student Tomajin Morikawa ’21. The Japanese Language Table is open to students, faculty and staff who would like to have conversations in Japanese. All are welcome to attend, and you can come and go as it fits your schedule. We hope to see you there!