Event Calendar

Today - Mon, Dec 10, 2018

German Table

German Table

Enjoy informal conversations with students who have studied in Germany, the German faculty members, the German language assistants and other native speakers.

Math & Stats Table, Mondays at noon in Terrace Room A

Math & Stats Table

Please join us on Mondays in the Terrace Room A of Valentine Hall. Relax and enjoy lunch with your Math & Stats friends.

Yoda at Amherst

Yoda's Table: A Weekly Lunch Conversation with Religious and Spiritual Life

Does everything happen for a reason? Are there invisible forces at work? What does spirituality look like in our fast-paced, tech-driven lives? Come ponder these and other questions at this casual, drop-in time to share lunch and conversation on a topic of spirituality, belief or values. Every Monday beginning December 3. Look for Yoda to find us, and please reach out if you'd like to co-host a conversation!

Ma outdoors in a snowy mountain landscape, holding a frog

Biology Monday Seminar: "Evolution of Homomorphic Sex Chromosomes, Sex-Biased Gene Expression in the Common Frog"

Wen-Juan Ma, Ph.D. and postdoctoral research associate at Amherst College, will present "Evolution of Homomorphic Sex Chromosomes, Sex-Biased Gene Expression in the Common Frog."

"My research focuses on the fields of evolution and genomics of sex chromosomes and mating-type chromosomes, sex determination, as well as evolution of asexuality (especially induced by the bacteria Wolbachia). To understand the evolution and genomics of sex chromosomes and sex determination, I have used a broad range of non-model organisms, including invertebrate haplodiploid parasitic wasps, vertebrate amphibians, angiosperm plants and parasitic plant anther smut fungi, using various approaches in combination of fieldwork, experimental crosses, common garden experiment, molecular genetics and comparative genomics. Previously, my work on genomics of homomorphic sex chromosomes in the common frogs was investigating of evolutionary signatures of early stage of sex chromosome evolution, such as transcriptional degeneration, feminization of X chromosomes, dynamics of sex-biased gene expression throughout development and among adult tissues. The results revealed that sex-biased gene expressions were not enriched in sex chromosomes, no transcriptional degeneration occurred and no Faster-X (sex chromosome) evolution evolved, suggesting the canonical model of sexual antagonistic selection might not play a critical role at least in amphibian sex chromosome evolution. Currently, I am using comparative genomics approach to investigate temporal degeneration of non-recombining mating-type chromosomes in a series of anther smut Microbotryum fungi species."

Human Rights Day Dinner

Come celebrate World Human Rights Day with GlobeMed from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, December 10 in the Friedmann Room! Hear speakers, including Professors O'Connell and Gewertz, and Dean Aronson, share their interests and discuss what human rights mean in various contexts.

Food from Fresh Side and Panda East will be served!

Loeb.NYC Entrepreneurial Internship Information Session

Startup studio Loeb.NYC is continuing its commitment to entrepreneurial internships in NYC. Michael Loeb ’77, P’21 (serial entrepreneur, founder of Loeb Enterprises/Loeb.NYC and co-founder of Priceline), along with Nicole Williams (founder of portfolio company 'WORKS', 3-time bestselling author and regular talk show guest), have collaborated to bring you the Loeb.NYC Summer Internship Program for the third year in a row.

Loeb.NYC's 10-week, paid internship program provides training and first-hand NYC startup experience to approximately forty bright undergraduate students with an enthusiasm for business and innovation. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for students to learn about entrepreneurship and make a difference at a startup. Attend this information session to learn more about the internship program and how to successfully apply to be part of the Summer 2019 cohort!

The internship kicks off in early June, when interns join Michael and Nicole at Michael’s Southampton house (if you’ve seen Billions on Showtime, it’s that Hampton house), where they are immersed in a one-day training program. The next day, the CEOs of the startup companies selected for the summer program pitch their businesses and summer projects to the interns. After individual meetings between the startups and the students, each intern is matched with a company that closely fits their skills and interests. To ensure this program is a success for interns and companies, company CEOs create defined assignments with meaningful work and oversight.

The internship program is supportive and comprehensive. Each intern receives a subject matter introduction to business and entrepreneurship, obtains support throughout the 10 weeks and is provided with resources enabling them to succeed. Every week, interns visit the Loeb.NYC home office for our version of an evening 'Ted Talk' featuring world class entrepreneurs discussing, well, just about anything they want to. In addition, interns participate in a weekly roundtable where progress is reviewed and concerns are discussed.

Tomorrow - Tue, Dec 11, 2018

Cup of coffee with muffin

Employee Council Coffee Hour

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the academic year and have a free coffee and muffin with representatives from the Employee Council. Come talk to us about issues that matter most to you; learn about resources, benefits and training; or just come socialize with us!

This event is primarily for Amherst College staff.

A row of books covered in brightly patterned fabric

Gallery Talk with David E. Little

Yinka Shonibare MBE’s The American Library Collection (Activists) presents the names of immigrants or the children of immigrants, side by side with names of those who have spoken against immigration, diversity and equality. All are invited to a gallery talk with the Mead's director and chief curator, David E. Little, to learn more about this powerful installation.

Free and open to all!

Serving Tea featuring Sydney Tate '18

A monthly meet and greet with our LGBTQ+ staff or faculty. This month's awesome guest is Sydney Tate '18, alum and current Book and Plow Farm fellow. Lunch will be served!

Office Hours with Bear

Office Hours with Bear! (the puppy)

Canine Office Hours with Bear will be held every Tuesday for the remainder of the fall semester from 3-4 p.m. beside Frost Cafe. Bear is an assistance dog in training. Drop by to get some puppy love and help with his training. Sponsored by the Wellness Team and the AC Library.

Insight (Mindfulness) 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, just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness -or because you are curious. This event will be led by Mark Hart, Buddhist Advisor.

Japanese Language Table

The Japanese Language Program will be hosting a Japanese Language Table on Tuesday and Thursday evenings all semester. Please join Hikari Yoshida '19, a student from Doshisha University, and practice your Japanese! Everyone is welcome to join the Japanese Language Table for all or part of the time we are there.

French Table

If you are interested in speaking French or learning about French culture then come and join us weekly during dinner. 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!


German Kaffeklatsch

Come and join German students and faculty every Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. in Porter House for a chat over coffee and much more! This is a great opportunity to practice your German in a casual and relaxing environment.

Wed, Dec 12, 2018

Study at the Mead, students studying in galleries

Study at the Mead

Throughout reading period and finals week, the Mead will offer lots of activities to help you de-stress with art. Join us for bottomless coffee, massages and more! We also have comfortable chairs, plenty of outlets and great lighting to provide an inspirational place for you to study. The Mead is open until midnight on school nights (but closed on Mondays).

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!

Event poster featuring a cartoon of a man at an easel, painting "the cysteine chapel" (a church with molecular diagrams above it)

Capstone 2018: "Biochemical Principles of Life at the Molecular Level"

This event will showcase 20 student projects that elucidate the biochemical etiology of a variety of diseases, ranging from cholera to porphyria to cystic fibrosis to chronic myelogenous leukemia.

Voice Studio of Ann Maggs Concert

Enjoy the songs of the voice students of Ann Maggs in a concert of jazz, Broadway, classical and ethnopop music. The concert is free and open to the public.

Asian/American Story Slam

Amherst Asian Student Association, Mount Holyoke Asian American Students in Action and Smith Pan Asians in Action are collaborating to put together an Asian/American Story Slam event! The event will be held on Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Powerhouse at Amherst College. Dinner from local restaurants will be provided!

A Story Slam is a live storytelling event where participants each have five minutes to share a story based on a chosen theme. Similar to an open mic, slammers are encouraged to tell stories they’re excited to share with an audience-- whether they be funny, surprising, confusing or heartwarming.

Our theme for this story slam is "Asian/American (Un)Belonging."

Photograph of the milky way galaxy

Massages at the Mead

Celebrate the last day of classes by getting a massage at the Mead. This will kick off our study at the Mead series, in which we provide unlimited coffee, tea and cocoa all day and all night during finals period. We'll serve cookies and treats every evening to help fuel your work.

Massages are free and open to Amherst College students. Sign-up is required and will be first come first served on the evening of December 12.

Thu, Dec 13, 2018

Travel Signatures and Donuts!

Are you an international student traveling over winter break? Do you need a travel signature? Join us at CISE before leaving campus for break! We'll have donuts and will be providing I-20/DS-2019 travel signatures for F-1 and J-1 visa holding students!

Email cise@amherst.edu with any questions or concerns.

Students Only

Russian Film Screening: Kiss Them All! 2• ГОРЬКО! 2

4:30 pm Keefe Campus Center, Theater (Room 008)

Kiss Them All! 2 • ГОРЬКО! 2
dir. Zhora Kryzhovnikov • 2014 • 96 min.

A shady businessman fakes his own death to fix his financial problems while his stepdaughter is off on her honeymoon.

This movie will be shown in Russian with English subtitles, and will be screened at both 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

College-funded Winter Travel Abroad: Pre-departure Meeting

Are you traveling with college funds this winter for senior thesis research, or for a special topics course? Any trip that is arranged or funded (in part or in full) by Amherst is a college-sponsored trip, and you receive a special insurance benefit, AIG Travel Guard, if your trip is over 100 miles from Amherst. Come to a pre-departure meeting specially-designed for interterm travel. Students traveling with college funds are required to attend.

Students Only
coffee mug reading "Caution: Thesis Writing in Progress"

Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Every Thursday night, the Writing Center and Library open up the Center for Humanistic Inquiry to students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, coffee and camaraderie. Join the group Thursdays from 8-11 p.m. in the CHI.

Students Only