Event Calendar

Today - Wed, Dec 7, 2016

Open Task Force Hour

The Presidential Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion is hosting Open Task Force Hours.

This week the Open Task Force Hour is Wednesday, December 7, 3:30-4:30 p.m., in Keefe, Friedmann Room. Join Task Force members, Jessica Gifford and Marisa Parham for conversation and to hear about the work of the Task Force.

Black-and-white photo of a man sitting on the roof of an early-20th-century car, looking at a herd of bison in a field

Laura Martin Speaking at CHI Salon

Laura Martin, Ziff Environmental Fellow at Harvard University Center for the Environment, is a historian and ecologist who studies the cultural and political dimensions of ecological management.

Please join us for conversation, tapas, wine and music!
Childcare provided!

late night study hours

WGC Late Night Study Hours!

Join us for silent study hours every Wednesday from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Women and Gender Center! There will be Glazed Donuts!

Tomorrow - Thu, Dec 8, 2016

Microsoft Excel 2016 training logo

Microsoft Office Excel 2016 Beginner Level - Introduction to Excel

This workshop will provide a thorough introduction to getting started with Microsoft Office Excel 2016, and is for those new to using Excel. You will learn about using Excel spreadsheets to track and analyze data.

You must register to attend this training workshop. Clicking "Add to Calendar" does not register you for the training, it only saves the meeting to your own calendar. Use the provided registration link to sign up.

Periodic Table

11:30 am - 12:30 pm Valentine Dining Hall, front room, to the left of cashier stn.

The Periodic Table will meet Thursday mornings in the front room of Valentine Dining Hall, just to the left of the cashiers. The Periodic Table is an informal meeting of chemistry faculty and students. Please note the weekly meeting time alternates from one week to the other: either 8-9 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Ghostbusters Film Screening

Join the Women and Gender Center to watch the 2016 supernatural action comedy horror film Ghostbusters. There will be snacks, popcorn and pizza!

Photo of Dr. Hanan Ashrawi

"Palestine in Context: The Prospects of Peace," a Talk by Hanan Ashrawi

A distinguished Palestinian leader, Hanan Ashrawi is a legislator, activist and scholar who served as a member of the leadership committee and as an official spokesperson of the Palestinian delegation to the Middle East peace process, beginning with the Madrid Peace Conference of 1991. Making history as the first woman to hold a seat in the Palestine Liberation Organization, she was elected as a member of its executive committee in 2009.

As a civil society activist, she founded the Independent Commission for Human Rights (1994); MIFTAH, the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (1998); and AMAN, the National Coalition for Accountability and Integrity (1999). She serves on the advisory and international boards of several global, regional and local organizations, and she is the recipient of numerous awards from all over the world and several academic accolades, including 11 honorary doctorates from universities in the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Arab world.

The talk is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a Q&A with Ashrawi.

Romanticism and the Anthropocene

Romanticism and the Anthropocene

Prof. James Castell from Cardiff University in Wales will present a talk on the relationship between current environmental discourse and British Romantic Poetry. Open to all students and faculty. Students of English and Environmental Studies will find this history of why we think about nature in the way we do particularly useful.

Reception to follow.

Contact Professor Worsley, aworsley@amherst.edu with any questions.

Eleventh Annual Amherst Lecture in Philosophy with Susan Wolf to Speak on "Aesthetic Responsibility"

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

Susan Wolf, professor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will present the Eleventh Annual ALP (Amherst Lecture in Philosophy) on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 5 p.m., in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115). The title of her talk is "Aesthetic Responsibility."

Abstract:
Philosophers often suggest that the fact that we are morally responsible is an important mark of our distinctive humanity. But people are responsible for much more than the moral qualities of their actions. Artists, for example, are typically aesthetically responsible for the qualities of their artistic creations. The talk will discuss similarities and differences between aesthetic and moral responsibility and speculate on what a consideration of aesthetic responsibility tells us about both responsibility and humanity.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

For further information, please contact the Department of Philosophy at (413) 542-5805 or djbrace@amherst.edu.

Russian Film Series: "I Am Twenty"

Marlen Khutsiev, 1965; 189 min.

Legendary for the controversy it stirred at the time, the film follows three lifelong friends, just back from the army, who wander the streets of Moscow during the years of the post-Stalin “thaw.” Their search for an authentic life — one not limited by either ideological or materialistic concerns — unfolds against the background of their struggles with the personal and collective legacy of Soviet participation in World War II.

Our fall series commemorates the 25th anniversary of the political events that took place in the USSR in August of 1991 and led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. These films offer us an opportunity to examine dissent as a social, political and artistic phenomenon in its private and public dimensions, during the Soviet era and in post-Soviet spaces.

Caution: Thesis Writing in Process

Weekly Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry (2nd fl.)

Thesis writers, set yourself up to succeed this year by joining fellow students to write together regularly. Research and experience show us that most of us write more productively when we commit to a regular writing schedule and when we write among others. Find motivation and support among fellow thesis writers at the Weekly Thesis Write-in. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Sponsored by the Writing Center and Library.

Students Only

An Evening with Anand Dibble: Career Paths for Russian Majors

9:00 pm Porter House, Common Room

Curious about what you can do with a degree in Russian after graduation? Please join students of Russian at Porter House at 9 p.m. this Thursday, December 8 in an evening of conversation with Anand Dibble. A graduate of Hampshire College, Anand studied Russian language and literature and began his career in Ukraine, first working as an ESL teacher at the American English Center in Kiev, and later as a technical and marketing writer at Level Up Games, Brainberry Global and Dreamscape Networks. He now serves as an analyst focusing on anti-corruption research on Russian businesses.

Anand is excited to share with students his experiences in Ukraine and the possibilities presented by the knowledge of Russian. Anand will give a brief presentation on his career path and will open up the talk for Q&A.

Tea and snacks will be provided!

Надеемся на скорую встречу,

Студенты Русского дома

Fri, Dec 9, 2016

"Belief as a Basis for Practice," a student exhibition curated by Cullen Washington, Jr.

"Belief as a Basis for Practice," a student exhibition curated by Cullen Washington, Jr.

Students of Cullen Washington, Jr., visiting artist-in-residence, used the manifestos of the Dada, Gutai, Arte Povera and Bauhaus movements as the impetus to create art that seeks to answer the question, who are we as humans in relation to natural phenomena and disaster?

4:30-530 p.m. Meet the artists reception

Spanish Table

Spanish Table is held every Friday, from 12 - 2 p.m., in the mezzanine level of Valentine Dining Hall. Students, faculty and staff of all Spanish speaking levels meet weekly over lunch to enjoy using the Spanish language in an informal atmosphere.

Women of Color Luncheon: Self-Care

Come celebrate yourself and your accomplishments at the last Women of Color Luncheon of the semester on Friday, December 9 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Women's and Gender Center! After a long semester, we want to relax and enjoy friendship before finals. There will be bracelet making and food! This event is a closed space for self-identifying women of color.

Queer Talk

Queer Talk with Dr. Darien & Dr. Deb

3:00 pm Keefe Campus Center, Queer Resource Center, 2nd Floor

Join the Queer Resource Center and out queer counselors, Dr. Darien and Dr. Deb, for a weekly discussion about experiences and topics related to the queer/trans community at Amherst. Queer Talk is at 3 p.m. every Friday in the QRC (2nd floor of Keefe). Snacks will be served.

Photo by Wendy Ewald

Representing Equality: A conversation with Wendy Ewald, Eric Gottesman, and Rhonda Cobham-Sanders

Join Rhonda Cobham-Sander, Professor of English and Black Studies, and Eric Gottesman, Artist in Residence in the Department of Art and the History of Art, in conversation with Wendy Ewald, photographer and visiting artist-in-residence. Followed by a reception.

E Dinner

A reception and dinner will be held in honor of this year's early graduates in the Class of 2017. Early Graduates and their guests are welcome.

Amherst College Gospel Choir Winter Concert

Please join Resurrect, the Amherst College Gospel Choir, as we culminate our successful semester with a winter concert featuring gospel artist Jonathan Nelson!

Soirée Cabaret

The French House invites you to Cabaret Night on December 9 at King House! Enjoy the open mic and dazzle us with your songs, theatrical performances, poem readings, jokes or stories (in French). Or just listen, that's okay too. It will be the semester's last French House event and we're counting on you to make it memorable! If you're planning to perform, please inform us at mcravatte@amherst.edu, so that we know how many people want to join in! Refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!

performance project 2016

Performance Project

Tickets are free. Reservations recommended. To reserve tickets, please call our box office at (413) 542-2278

The Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance is proud to present Performance Project, an evening of original dance and theater works created by Five College students as part of their work in Performance Studio taught by Professor Wendy Woodson.

This year’s show features a variety of new work in different media for the audience’s enjoyment. In Cuba I was Lucille Ball by Letty Bassart (MFA, Smith College) is a duet featuring Stephanie Turner and Letty Bassart. This work plays with images from I Love Lucy to explore generational differences in concepts of Cuban-American identity and relationships between women.  

Reflexiones by Diana Cricien (Amherst College) is a journey of a young girl who travels through different encounters and voices in search of her own dream. Without realizing it, the rhythm of each encounter prepares her as she finds the dance she’s been looking for.

Lauren Horn’s (Amherst College) Do Ask. Do Tell. is an exploration of black identity through the shared insights of two black men navigating injustice attempting to uncover an authentic code. In the process they reveal vulnerability, truth, strength and hardship.

Yetunde Ojetade’s (Amherst College) I’m Fine. travels to the darker recesses of our minds, bringing back ruminations and impulses we don't dare think about aloud. How often do you find yourself lying when you say, “I’m fine.”?

Ongoing Events

Between Us: A Social Practice Exhibition

Between Us: A Social Practice

until Dec 12 Fayerweather Hall, Eli Marsh Gallery, Room 103

Visiting Professor Amanda Herman has been teaching Five College students enrolled in the advanced art seminar “Make It Public: Art and Social Practice” about socially engaged art. The course has introduced students into the realm of socially engaged art, where each student has proposed and implemented a social practice project structured around their core concerns as an artist. Social practice encompasses work as diverse as utopian proposals, guerrilla architecture, project-based community practice, activism, interventions, collaborations, social sculpture, interactive media and street performance.

These projects, exhibited together in Between Us, engage with people and places near to each student, exploring themes of identity, gender, race, mental health, human perceptions, feelings, and more.