Event Calendar

Today - Wed, Feb 10, 2016

French Table

French Table meets on Wednesdays from noon until 1:30 p.m. on the mezzanine in Valentine Hall. Francophones of all levels are invited to attend.

Russian Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Mezzanine Level

Russian Table meets each Wednesday from noon -1:30 p.m. on the mezzanine in Valentine Hall. We encourage Russian speakers (students, faculty and friends) to join us for Russian conversation and cameraderie!

Fr Warren Savage

Ash Wednesday Mass with Ashes

Chapin Hall, Chapel

“But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.” On this Ash Wednesday to begin Lent our celebrant is Fr. Warren Savage, Chaplain at Westfield State University. Student and staff choir members, lectors, and extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist prepare for Mass from around 3-3:30 p.m. Missalettes are provided and all are most welcome!

Pratt Gymnasium

Sentence Boot Camp: Anatomy 101

This workshop is part of a five-part series on developing strength, flexibility and balance in your sentences. This week's topic is Anatomy 101: Learn the names and functions of the parts of the sentence.Wednesdays, February 10-March 9. Register for one or multiple 45-minute sessions. Taught by Jyl Gentzler, professor of philosophy and co-Director of the Writing Center and Jessica Kem, senior writing associate.

Criminals, Enemies, and the Politics of Transitional Justice - lecture by Boston College Professor of History, Devin Pendas - LJST Lecture Series

On Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 100 Clark House at Amherst College, Devin Pendas, associate professor of history at Boston College, will present a paper entitled “Criminals, Enemies, and the Politics of Transitional Justice.” This is the fourth presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Criminals and Enemies.”


Professor Pendas’ teaching and scholarship focus on war crime trials after World War II, particularly on West German Holocaust trials.  He teaches courses on German history, European legal history, the history of war crimes trials, and the history of human rights. His publications include Toward a New Politics? On the Recent Historiography of Human Rights, (Contemporary Human History (2012)) and Retroactive Law and Proactive Justice: Debating Crimes against Humanity in Germany, 1945-1950, (Central European History, 2010).


To receive a copy of the paper which will explore some questions which pose themselves when confronting an approach to the end of authoritarian regimes, please email the LJST Dept. Coordinator at mlestes@amherst.edu.


This event is co-sponsored by The Lamont Lecture Fund. https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/ljst/events


Device-free Dinner at Val

Join us for dinner and conversation on the topic of smart phone, social media and other personal technology use. We’ll share our experiences, good and bad, of life with personal tech, discuss its effects on us at a personal, community and global level, and consider possibilities for developing more conscious technology use... or any other topic that comes up. The main idea is really just to dine together without electronic distraction and see how that goes! You’ll find our table, with interested students and Senior Writing Center Associate Michael Keezing, on the 2nd floor of Val. Come once or come weekly, through Spring Break.

Spring into Success

Spring Into Success: Career Advising and More!

North Dormitory, Common Room

Come and learn about what the Career Center can offer you as an Amherst student and discover
internship and employment opportunities for the summer and academic-year.

First-year students are encouraged to attend!

Sponsored by First-Year Programming and Career Services

Growing Up in a Porn Culture: Sex(ism), Identity and Intimacy in a pornographic culture

Keefe Campus Center, Friedmann Room

Growing Up in a Porn Culture: Sex(ism), Identity and Intimacy in a pornographic culture.

Gail Dines will be joinging us for a lecture followed by a Q&A. Professor Dines' reseach intrests focus on the ways media images shape gender and racial identities in the US, particularly the role pornography plays in legitimizing violence against women and children.

Content Warning: Graphic images will be shown. Please practice self care.

Gail Dines is professor of sociology and women's studies and chair of American studies at Wheelock College. 

Five Amherst students standing together at the Paris climate summit, in front of columns that display flags of various nations

"The Climate Conference: What Happened in Paris, and What Needs to Happen Next"

Last December, the highly anticipated Paris Climate Conference (COP 21) ended with 196 countries agreeing to fight climate change and limit global warming impacts. Several students got the opportunity to attend the events in Paris, and they will speak about their experiences of what happened (and didn’t happen) at COP 21. Then we will turn our focus on the United States, and what we need to do to meet our commitments in Paris. If you are interested in policy, addressing climate change, advocacy and international agreements, this is an event for you. Refreshments will be served.

T. Rowe Price Information Session - Equity Summer Internship

John Linehan '87 will host an information session about T. Rowe Price and opportunities at this investment management firm based in Baltimore. He will also discuss the Equity Summer Internship. The goal of the internship is to evaluate the associate’s potential to return after graduation for our full-time Associate Analyst Program. Application deadline in Quest is 2/18/16.

Tomorrow - Thu, Feb 11, 2016

Tuck Business Bridge Program Informational Interviews

Amherst College sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited to sign up for half hour informational interviews about the summer Tuck Business Bridge Program. “Bridge,” now in its 20th year, is taught by senior MBA faculty at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Bridge is a one month intensive summer program, covering financial accounting, marketing, managerial economics, corporate finance, spreadsheet modeling, management communication and strategy consulting, for talented students from 60 top colleges and 20 countries. At Bridge, liberal arts and sciences sophomores, juniors and seniors gain early career advantage for obtaining and succeeding in jobs in the private, nonprofit and public sectors. 

Students should go to Quest and sign up for an informational interview slot. For information (see video) and online application: www.tuck.dartmouth.edu/bridge.

Pathways Mentoring Program Information Table

Want to learn more about the Pathways Student-Alumni Mentoring Program? Stop by our table in Keefe during lunch to learn more, view mentor profiles and enjoy some free cupcakes!

The deadline to enroll is February 12.

Cover Letter Workshop

Join us to learn how to write a cover letter that will set you apart from the crowd! Students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements are encouraged to attend this cover letter workshop. Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend.

Workshops are sponsored by the Career Center and facilitated by Peer Career Advisors (PCAs).

New Faculty Social Hour

An occasion to come together and meet other new colleagues across departments. We meet on the second Friday of every month from 4-5:30 p.m. for conversation. Most meetings will happen in the McCaffrey Room in Keefe Campus Center. We have child care services for those that need to pick up their little ones before stopping over.

Reminder emails with updated locations are sent to appropriate colleagues each month.

Neuroscience Comprehensives

Please join us on Thursday, February 11, 2016 to hear Kevin Mei and Steven Ryu present their neuroscience comprehensives. This event will begin at 4:15 in room Merrill Science 4. Refreshments will be offered. All welcome.

Optional Practical Training (OPT) Info Session + Q&A Dinner

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room B

Are you an international student? Do you have questions about Optional Practical Training (OPT)? Join the International Students Office this Thursday for an information session and dinner, or stop by with your questions.

What: OPT Info Session + Q&A Dinner

When: Thursday, February 11, 5:30-7 p.m.

Where: Val Terrace Room B

Bring your dinner in from Val.

Veterans' Creative Writing Group--open to all

The Veterans’ Creative Writing Group will meet Thursdays in the writing center, 6:45-8 p.m. Everyone is welcome, vets and non-vets. Come; maybe bring a friend, too. The only stipulation is that everyone who comes must bring a piece of their creative writing (fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, etc.) to read aloud to the group. For more information and this week’s suggested topic contact Roy Andrews at rhandrews80@amherst.edu.

Amherst College Pride Alliance

Pride Alliance Meeting

Come to the Queer Resource Center every Thursday at 7 p.m. for an engaging discussion on topics surrounding the LGBTQIAP community at Amherst and beyond.

Pride Alliance Meeting

Join Pride Alliance for our weekly meeting in the Queer Resource Center (basement of Morrow Residence Hall) on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. where we discuss queer and trans issues, identities and experiences both at Amherst and beyond.

Partners for Animal Welfare

PAW Intro Meeting

Interested in volunteering at a local no-kill animal shelter, having conversations about animal welfare topics, and planning fundraising and awareness events? How about Sugar Jones cookies? Please attend Partners for Animal Welfare's (PAW) first meeting of Spring 2016 to learn more!

Caution: Thesis Writing In Progress

Weekly Thesis Write-In

Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 2nd floor

Thesis writers, find motivation and support among your peers at the (now twice-weekly) Thesis Write-in. Drop-ins are welcome, but we encourage you to commit yourself to the regular time if possible. Research and experience show that most of us write more productively when we commit to a regular writing schedule and when we write among others.

Note the later start time this evening, 9:00 p.m.

Every Monday and Thursday. Coffee and snacks will be provided.
Sponsored by the Writing Center and Library.

Fri, Feb 12, 2016

Macquarie Bank Coffee Chats with Katharine Rudzitis '15

Frost Library, Frost Cafe

Sophomores and juniors are invited to sign up for an informal informational interview in Frost Café with Katharine Rudzitis ’15 to learn about Macquarie work culture, the internship process, or anything that would be helpful. Katharine works in the in the Commodities & Financial Markets division, and can also speak about that, MacCap (investment banking arm), the risk group or any other divisions.

Sign up for a slot in Quest!

Ongoing Events

Beyond Amherst: Recent Work of Five Alumni

Welcome five of our alumni: Sierra Cobb '08, Evan Nabrit '06, Shane Neufeld '04, Eleanor Ray '09 and Emilie Selden '06 to the Eli Marsh Gallery, 105 Fayerweather, for an exhibition of their work opening Monday, February 8. These artists, all majors in the practice of art while at Amherst, will give a panel discussion on Thursday, February 11 at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, 115 Fayerweather. A reception follows in the hall, outside the gallery. The exhibition closes Friday, March 11.

Gallery hours:10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday-Friday; noon - 4 p.m. Sundays

Love My Alumni Week

Love my Alumni Week!

Join us in Keefe on February 9 through February 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily to participate in a photo campaign and write thank you notes to our alumni who help make your education possible. You'll get some fantastic new Amherst gear, candy and snacks to show off your love! https://www.facebook.com/events/725259124271347/