Event Calendar

Today - Tue, Nov 12, 2019

La Terrasse: French Table

Faculty, students and staff are all welcome to join our French language assistants for informal French conversation over dinner. All levels of French are welcome! We look forward to meeting you!

Carney, Sandoe & Associates Information Session and Resume Review

Want to use your degree to make a difference for the next generation? Join Carney, Sandoe & Associates for an info session about working in K-12 private, independent schools across the country. CS&A is an educational recruitment firm that can help recent college graduates get started as a teacher or coach in the rewarding word of independent schools—no education degree or teaching certification required.

A CS&A representative will explain the process and benefits of the organization's free educational placement service, discuss what it’s like working at independent schools, and share resume and job search advice.

Whether you become a master teacher or pursue a different career down the road, CS&A believes that independent schools are a great place to work, coach, and even live. Students of all majors who are looking for a first teaching job, an opportunity to work with kids, or a way to translate a love of one or more areas of study into a rewarding job are encouraged to attend this session and learn more!

Philosophy Club

Friendly conversations and presentations on ethics, metaphysics, epistemology and other philosophical subjects.

German Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeeklatsch

Come and join German students and faculty for a chat over coffee and much more! This is a great opportunity to practice your German in a casual and relaxing environment.

Tomorrow - Wed, Nov 13, 2019

Black-and-white headshot of Joseph O'Neill

CHI Salon: Joseph O'Neill Reading and Book Talk

4:30 am Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Ploughshares at Emerson College called Good Trouble, Joseph O’Neill’s new book of short stories, “[f]unny and fierce ... [a]n essential book, full of unexpected bursts of meaning and beauty.” O’Neill also wrote the novels The Breezes, This Is the Life, The Dog and Netherland, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award. He has also written a family history, Blood-Dark Track. He lives in New York City and teaches at Bard College.

Childcare and refreshments will be provided at the reading.

AWIS Breakfast Series

Do you like building great relationships with your professors? Do you like food?? If you answered yes to either of these, you’re in luck. AWIS Breakfast Series is back! Come meet faculty members from various STEM departments and have great conversations over a delicious breakfast catered by Black Sheep.
Nov. 13: Biology, Chemistry, Physics/Astronomy, Geology, Environmental Studies
Nov. 14: Neuroscience, Computer Science, Math, Statistics, Psychology

Weekly Writing Group

Trying to carve out time to write, away from distractions and in a comfortable space? The Center for Humanistic Inquiry invites faculty and staff to participate in an informal writing group every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon at the CHI during the fall semester. The Dean of the Faculty is sponsoring all drinks for writers gathered at CHI on Wednesday mornings, available from Frost Café. Just mention that you are part of the faculty/staff writing group.

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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!


Release is an open forum for Amherst community members to talk about race, ethnicity, cultural identity, and current events impacting us at Amherst and beyond. Conversations center the experiences and voices of people of color.

Students Only
Event poster featuring photos of Angelina Aspuac and a crowd of women and babies, all wearing brightly colored traditional clothing and blankets

“Art as Territory: The Story of Maya Weavers Advocating for Collective Intellectual Property Rights in Guatemala”

Angelina Aspuac will give a talk titled “Art as Territory: The Story of Maya Weavers Advocating for Collective Intellectual Property Rights in Guatemala.” This talk, sponsored by the Department of Political Science at Amherst College along with funding from the Lamont Funds, is free and open to the public.

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Nonbinary Affinity Space

Join the WGC and QRC for an affinity space dedicated to empowering and uplifting nonbinary, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, and gender creative students, faculty and staff. This is a space that centers around people who identify within these groups or who are exploring their identities. The location alternates between the WGC and the QRC!

Kris Mereigh

Talk and Tacos with Kris Mereigh: Success Is Greater Than Your Achievements

The pressure to achieve is immense! Speaker Kris Mereigh provides insight into how to combat the success paradigm with tools you already possess—authenticity, empathy and vulnerability—to access the life you truly want! Tacos from Chipotle. Sponsored by the Wellness Team.

Inside Admissions: Perspectives from the Yale School of Medicine

The Yale system of medical education remains unique among medical schools for a number of reasons. In this information session, Amherst alum Dr. Michael J. Sernyak Jr. ’83, who is a professor of psychiatry at Yale, as well as deputy chair for Clinical Affairs and Program Development within its Department of Psychiatry, will discuss how key features of Yale’s medical education plays a role in the educational mission and how they translate to the admissions process at the Yale School of Medicine. The session will also allow time for questions and answers.

TEDx Amherst College

TEDx Amherst College

Amherst College plays host to TEDx on the theme “changing worlds.” TEDx brings the spirit of TED’s mission of ideas worth spreading to local communities around the globe and provides the opportunity to be a part of the narrative. Our lineup includes two Amherst College students and two Amherst College professors.

Tickets Required
Registration Required
Graphically Yours: Express your sexuality with cubes, cannoli, and conversation!

Graphically Yours: Express your Sexuality with Cubes, Cannoli, and Conversation!

Engage in a positive discourse surrounding sex and sexuality through a gallery walk and graph-making activity! Partnering with the Graphic Sex Project, the Student Health Educators present over 100 graphs mapping out various sexual experiences and desires. Feel free to take some cannoli, walk through the gallery of graphs, and even make your own graph if you choose! Drop-in any time from 7-9 pm November 13 at the Powerhouse.

Sounds of Stonewall Logo, featuring graphics of facade of Stonewall Inn and Marsha Johnson

"Sounds of Stonewall"

All are invited to honor the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising with a live performance by the Amherst College Choral Society. Join us for an evening of musical selections inspired by tunes that played on the jukebox at the Stonewall Inn in 1969 and to hear pieces by contemporary LGBT composers, with special guests Mari Esabel Valverde and Grey Grant, featuring the world premiere of "Drones for the In-Between Time."

This program is presented in collaboration with the Arts at Amherst Initiative, the Amherst College Choral Society and Amherst College’s Stonewall Committee. The Stonewall Committee is a college-wide committee composed of staff, faculty and students whose aim is to bring conversations recognizing and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and its legacies. The Stonewall Committee values and aims to center Queer & Trans Person of Color histories and labor; global histories of LGBTQA+/Queer activism and pride; and marginalized identities within the LGBTQA+/Queer community.

This event is free and open to all!

If you have accessibility concerns, please contact Danielle Amodeo.

Thu, Nov 14, 2019

Arabic Language Table for First-Year Arabic Students

This Arabic language table is a weekly conversation group for first-year Arabic students. We meet every Thursday in the upstairs seating section of the Valentine Dining Hall and anyone who can communicate in Arabic at the first-year level is welcome to attend. Syonara Tomoum will be present as a moderator.

Students Only

Food for Thought with Bill Ackerman ’88: An Unconventional Career Path in Business

Bill Ackerman ’88 epitomizes how the Amherst College liberal arts education prepares you to think innovatively, constantly seek new opportunities and explore different career paths. He will be speaking at the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning Food for Thought Lunch. Come learn more about his career and how his liberal arts education at Amherst College led to his unique career path in business including roles in financial management, journalism, corporate audit, sales, strategy, investment advice, and now as the head of human resources at Fidelity Investments.
Ackerman is passionate about identifying and solving business opportunities and problems in unique ways rather than the easy way. He believes that an organization’s strongest assets are often their people and that for an organization to thrive, it is important that every person in the organization feels valued. He has brought this philosophy to his latest opportunity, and his first stint in HR, as the head of human resources at Fidelity Investments. He is eager to share his insights and perspectives on how your liberal arts education can lead you on a path not only of self-discovery, but also a constant weaving path of learning and new opportunities (in and out of business). His full biography is below.
Full biography for Bill Ackerman ’88:
Bill Ackerman is head of human resources (HR) for Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and other financial products and services to more than 26 million individuals, institutions and financial intermediaries. During his tenure with the firm, Ackerman has held a variety of leadership positions across several of the company’s divisions. He was named head of human resources in 2014 and currently oversees the HR function, the Fidelity Real Estate Company, and Enterprise Events & Corporate Sponsorships. Prior to this role, he led the firm’s Strategy and Planning Office.
Ackerman has acted in strategic operating roles in various parts of Fidelity, including the company’s Personal Investing and Workplace Solutions divisions. In addition, he held several leadership positions within Fidelity’s COLT Telecom Group in London, including COLT Finance & Planning, COLT Marketing Development and COLT eBusiness. He also held the roles of senior vice president, business development and chief financial officer for Fidelity Ventures Telecom Group in Boston and Tokyo.
Prior to joining Fidelity, Ackerman worked at General Electric (GE) where he held a number of business and finance-related roles at GE business units around the world. He is a graduate of GE’s Financial Management Program and Corporate Audit Staff. Ackerman was a journalist in California and a freelance writer for other publications.
Ackerman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College where he majored in economics. He earned his master’s degree in Communications from Stanford University.
Lunch will be served. Please register in advance through Handshake. Space is limited and a waiting list will begin once the seats are filled.


Release is an open forum for Amherst community members to talk about race, ethnicity, cultural identity, and current events impacting us at Amherst and beyond. Conversations center the experiences and voices of people of color.

Students Only
Movie image showing a teenage girl sitting at a desk in a classroom amid other students

Russian Film Screening: "The Geographer Drank His Globe Away" • Географ глобус пропил

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

To make ends meet, an unemployed biologist takes a job as geography teacher in a local secondary school and, as he battles a midlife crisis of his own, tries to find ways to connect to the teenagers whose lives are complicated in both usual and unusual ways.

Directed by Alexander Veledinsky, the film was completed in 2013. Its duration is 120 minutes.

The film will be in Russian with English subtitles. There are two screenings: 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Thanksgiving Meal at Val

Please join us on Thursday, November 14, for a Thanksgiving meal with your Amherst College family. Beginning at 4:30 p.m. we will have all the fixings for a great meal. We hope to see you at Val!

Photograph of Tourmaline, seated with greenery behind her

Tourmaline at Amherst College

The Amherst College Stonewall Committee, Mead Art Museum and Queer Resource Center are pleased to welcome Tourmaline to Amherst College. Tourmaline is a video artist and filmmaker whose work “highlights the capacity of black queer/trans social life to impact the world while living what is simultaneously an invisible—and hypervisible—existence.”

Join us for a screening of Tourmaline’s short films, followed by a keynote lecture and conversation with the filmmaker. This program is presented by the Amherst College Stonewall Committee, Mead Art Museum and Queer Resource Center.

The film screenings will be from 5 to 6 p.m., and the keynote talk and Q&A from 6 to 7:15 p.m.

Free and open to all!

If you have accessibility concerns, please contact Danielle Amodeo.

Amherst Has Talent!

AAS is hosting a talent show for Amherst students with performances from 25 different acts involving Spoken Word, Singing, Stand-Up Comedy and much more! Stop by for snacks and some awesome performances! All in the community and five college area are welcome to attend free of charge!

Ongoing Events

Operation Fill-A-Cruiser ACPD

Operation Fill-A-Cruiser to Benefit AC’s Counseling Center

Now through November 22, help ACPD support the Counseling Center’s efforts to help those in need. Please donate new, unused, self-care products such as lotion, deodorant, shaving cream, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, dental floss, tampons, panty liners, soap, body wash, laundry detergent or chapstick. Travel size is also accepted.
Locations to donate: ACPD, dispatch; New Science Center, 1st floor near water feature; Keefe Campus Center, manager’s office and Valentine Dining Hall, basement, reception desk.