Event Calendar

Today - Tue, Oct 17, 2017


Weekly Canine Office Hours

Whether you miss your dog, or simply want some canine affection, Huxley or Evie would love to see you! One or the other will be available weekly on Tuesdays from 4 - 5 p.m. for office hours at Frost Library. In nice weather, this will be held on the lawn in front of Frost. In poor weather, it will be beside Frost Cafe. This event is co-sponsored by the wellness team and Amherst College library.

Insight Meditation Group

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, or just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness--or because you are curious.
Led by Mark Hart, Buddhist advisor

Political Science Thesis Writer's Workshop

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Merrill Science Center, Merrill Library Room 300A

The Political Science department, in conjunction with the library and Writing Center, will be co-hosting a thesis writer's workshop for their majors writing a thesis from 5-7 p.m. The topic will be "Reading for Research and Writing While Researching.".

Identity, Transition and the Power of Storytelling

Come join First-Year Experience for this empowering event on Tuesday, October 17, in the McCaffrey Room at 6 p.m.! Student panelists will share the highlights and struggles of their own transition to Amherst, and explore how aspects of their culture and identity influenced these experiences. The panel will be followed by a Q&A and discussion. Food from Paradise of India will be provided! This event is worth 20 points for first-year students (including transfer and exchange students in their first year at Amherst).
Sponsored by: Mental Health Promotion and the Counseling Center

Congressman McGovern

A Conversation with Congressman James McGovern

Please join the Amherst College Democrats and the Amherst Political Union in a co-sponsored event featuring Congressman James McGovern, who represents Massachusetts' Second Congressional District (including Amherst). The event will be town-hall style, and the Congressman looks forward to answering your questions.

Closeup of speaker

"Freedom Dreams and Wound Healing: Survivors of Color at the Front Lines"

Survivor movements on campus are at a crossroads in 2017. To some, Title IX mandated reporting helps survivors of sexual assault on campus feel safe, and to others it feels like being forced to talk to the police and courts, while the Trump administration and white supremacists attack Title IX and all our rights. Thankfully, queer/feminist/disabled/of-color survivor activists have been organizing for years to heal our wounds and work towards transforming the conditions that allow abuse to occur. As survivors, we are mostly seen as victims, and are rarely asked what our visions of justice and healing look like-- yet we are the ones whose wisdom holds the key to transforming abuse culture. In this interactive keynote and performance, writer, performance artist and transformative justice organizer Leah Piepzna-Samarasinha will talk about queer-survivor-of-color models for healing and ending abuse.


German Kaffeeklatsch

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!

Tomorrow - Wed, Oct 18, 2017

Writing Retreat for Faculty and Staff

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The Writing Center supports faculty and staff in their own writing projects by hosting two weekly morning retreats. Our retreats are designed to encourage a regular writing practice, to emphasize healthy and sustainable approaches to productive writing and to support a community of writers at the College. Retreats will be held Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until noon. Attend regularly or drop in when you can.

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 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays on the Mezzanine level in Valentine Dining Hall. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

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!

The i>Clicker, a device with a power button and five buttons marked A-E.

Clickers Are A. Awesome B. Beneficial C. Candid D. Diverting E. Engaging

Classroom response systems enhance the interaction between students and teachers, especially in larger classes. You pose multiple-choice questions, and students use personal transmitters or “clickers” to send private responses. They are less reluctant to respond, and even find it fun to participate. Additionally, they are engaged in a way that encourages them to think more deeply about your presentation. Grab your lunch on us and come find out how they can be used in your class through a series of demonstrations.

Networking for Newcomers: Intro to Informational Interviewing

Networking is a critical skill in the job search process: more than 70% of people get hired for their jobs as a result of networking. Whether networking excites or intimidates you, it's important to dip your toes in the water. In this workshop, you'll learn how to create and build authentic connections with professionals, as well as make the most of relationships you already have. We'll also focus on how to use informational interviews as a foundation for your networking strategy. No matter where you are in figuring out your career path, it's never too early (or too late) to start building on your network!

Boston University School of Law Information Session

Boston University School of Law combines extraordinary teaching with a forward-thinking curriculum, offering over 200 courses and seminars in 18 areas of legal study, more study abroad opportunities than almost any US law school, and one of the widest selections of clinics and externships among the nation’s top 50 law schools. Through a holistic admissions process, BU Law seeks to enroll annually a class of students characterized by extraordinary academic achievements and diverse life experiences. A variety of factors are considered when reviewing your law school application, providing you the opportunity to convey your accomplishments, as well as your capacity for growth in law school.

Join Director of Admissions Anne Taylor for this information session to learn more about the program and its admissions processes.

Overland Information Session

Overland hires exceptional college students and recent graduates to lead summer programs across the country and around the world. Join Overland representatives to learn more about leadership opportunities for this summer. With over thirty years of experience in the outdoor and travel industry, Overland is known for its exceptional leaders and its carefully-crafted programs offering students the opportunity to explore and grow in a small, supportive group setting.

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First Year Write-In

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Charles Pratt Hall, Common Room (adjacent to Writing center)

First-Year Students, this is just for you: Your first semester demands lots of writing! How do you find the time, get started early enough and fend off procrastination? The Writing Center invites you to join fellow first-years in a regular write-in just for you. Find a supportive, productive place to write, as well as plenty of coffee and snacks to keep you going. Writing Center associates will be available for brief consultations.

Join us for the optional start-up workshops in the Writing Center:
September 20: Engaged Reading
October 4: Writing at Amherst
October 18: Major Revisions
November 1: Overcoming Resistance to Writing

Students Only
Sean Reardon, Stanford University

Amherst College Education Studies Initiative: "Equality and Educational Opportunity" Talk by Sean Reardon

7:00 pm Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

The Amherst College Education Studies Initiative is pleased to announce an annual interdisciplinary speaker series on education and inequality. Please join us for our inaugural event with Sean Reardon, discussing "Equality and Educational Opportunity: The American Dream of the American Fantasy."

Reardon is a professor of poverty and inequality in education, professor (by courtesy) of sociology and director of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Program in Quantitative Education Policy Analysis at Stanford University. His research focuses on the causes, patterns, trends and consequences of social and educational inequality, and the effects of educational policy on educational and social inequality. He is a member of the National Academy of Education and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also a recipient of the William T. Grant Foundation Scholar Award, the National Academy of Education Postdoctoral Fellowship and an Andrew Carnegie Fellow.

This talk will discuss how the “American Dream” promises everyone in America equal educational and economic opportunity, and how education is widely imagined to be the pathway to economic opportunity. But some argue that our schools, rather than serving as engines of equal opportunity, are instead agents of inequality. In this talk, Reardon will describe the landscape of educational opportunity in America, with a particular focus on how opportunity is distributed by race, ethnicity and social class, and the roles that our schools play-- and might play --in making the American Dream a reality.

This event is sponsored by Amherst College Education Professions and the Departments of American Studies, History and English.

Amherst Connects

Amherst Connects is an initiative to create a student union on campus. Please come join members from across our community to make a change for students by students. The hope is to create a space where students come together for each other, to learn from each other, and to grow together as individuals. Community cannot happen unless we start recognizing, discussing and reminding ourselves that there is no singular experience as an Amherst student and that we have the capacity to support each other. Everything starts with a voice, a story and a presence.

Come and join the conversation on Wednesday October 18, 2017 at 8:30 p.m. in the Powerhouse.

Thu, Oct 19, 2017

Writing Retreat for Faculty and Staff

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The Writing Center supports faculty and staff in their own writing projects by hosting two weekly morning retreats. Our retreats are designed to encourage a regular writing practice, to emphasize healthy and sustainable approaches to productive writing and to support a community of writers at the College. Retreats will be held Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until noon. Attend regularly or drop in when you can.

French Table

If you are interested in speaking French or learning about French culture, come and join the French table on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall on Thursdays from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The French table is open to students, faculty, staff and anyone who is interested in having informal conversations in French. All levels are welcome! We look forward to meeting you!

Urban Teachers Information Table

Urban Teachers is changing the equation in urban education, offering high-need schools a supply of effective teachers who are ready to make a difference in students’ lives and are committed to a career in teaching. Come swing by their table in Keefe to learn more about the unique opportunity to apply to a teacher residency program in partnership with Johns Hopkins School of Education to make an impact as an educator!

Introduction to the Health Professions Program

All first-year and transfer students interested in exploring careers in health professions should attend one session of "Introduction to the Health Professions Program."

Session options are:
Thursday, October 19, at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, October 24, at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, November 1, at 3 p.m.

Keefe Campus Center Community Hour

Stop by the Amherst College Campus Center every Thursday for a fun filled hour of community, popcorn and music! Throughout the semester we will offer various community building events in the campus center and on the Green. Make sure to stop by for bonfires, dance parties and self-care activities. All are welcome to join.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Student Affairs, the Dean of the Faculty, The Office of the President, Dining Services, Facilities and the Mail Room.

Ongoing Events

Rotherwas Room, photo by Maria Stenzel

Study at the Mead!

Throughout the week, we will have lots of art activities to help you destress from finals period. We also have comfy chairs, plenty of outlets, great lighting, and extra tables to give you an inspirational place to work and study.

Closed on Mondays, but open until Midnight on school nights!

"Our" Story Exhibit: 400 Years of Wampanoag History

“Our” Story is an interactive, multimedia exhibit that frames the 1620 Pilgrim arrival in Plymouth within a long history of Wampanoag adaptation and innovation. The exhibit's content ranges from videos by award-winning Mashpee journalist, author and filmmaker Paula Peters, to art by Mashpee artist, writer and activist Robert Peters and his son, Robert Peters Jr.

Each year, a new theme is added to the traveling exhibit; the first installation debuted in 2014 with “Captured 1614” providing a critical back story to colonization and the roots of the American holiday of Thanksgiving. “The Messenger Runner” added new context regarding the Wampanoag tribe’s communication traditions. The newest panel “The Great Dying” depicts the catastrophic effects of a plague that devastated the Wampanoag nation between 1616 and 1619.