Event Calendar

Today - Sat, Jan 20, 2018

Event poster showing the legs and sticks of a row of hockey players on a rink

Women's Ice Hockey Amherst Women's Ice Hockey - Pink in the Rink!

Come to our game against conference opponent Colby College and help the women's hockey team raise funds for the Cancer Connection of Northampton. Admission is FREE! There will be great raffle prizes, games, baked goods and more. The Cancer Connection provides services and resources to community members affected by cancer. Please help us make a difference in the lives of our community members. Puck drops at 3 p.m.

Mon, Jan 22, 2018

MCAT Study Group

Are you preparing for medical school and taking the MCAT this winter or spring? Come join other Amherst students and study with your peers on Monday evenings! Drop-in when you can. Some MCAT resources and snacks will be available. This event is sponsored by the health professions office at the Loeb center for career exploration and planning.

Tue, Jan 23, 2018

Information Session for Junior Physics & Astronomy Majors

Information Session for Junior Physics & Astronomy majors beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Student Lounge/116 Merrill. This will be an informational meeting for all juniors where we will discuss how to go about applying to graduate school and options and procedures for honors thesis projects. Pizza will be served.

Wed, Jan 24, 2018

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!

Amherst Debate Society Interest Meeting

Come check out Amherst Debate Society and get information about our plans for second semester. We're looking for new members and would love for people to join! There will be wings and other food!

Students Only

Thu, Jan 25, 2018

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"Amherst Leads: Healthcare Policy, Careers and Science" - Fink Bioscience Symposium

Established in 2009 in honor of Gerald R. Fink ’62, the annual Fink Bioscience Symposium enables students who aspire to careers in healthcare policy, medicine and bioscience research to interact with Amherst alumni who are leaders in these fields. This year's symposium will feature topics including healthcare policy and careers, and the science behind them. Recent Amherst College alumni Niyi Odewade '17 and Emily Jackson '13 are scheduled to speak, among others. The Keynote address will be given by esteemed molecular biologist and professor of genetics at Harvard, Gary Ruvkun. Ruvkun is the recipient of the Lasker Award and Gruber Prize.

The symposium includes a dinner with the keynote address; registration is required. Please see the Fink Symposium website for registration, a full list of speakers and schedule: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/553184

The Fink Bioscience Symposium is sponsored and directed by the members of the Amherst College Class of 1962 and is managed by the office of Conferences and Special Events.

Tickets Required

Fri, Jan 26, 2018

Image Reads: The Beloved Community an Interfaith Service Friday, January 26 at 7 p.m. in Chapin Chapel with Reverend Tim Jones '04

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: Beloved Community Interfaith Service

Join us for a weekend celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. beginning with an interfaith service led by the Rev. Timothy Jones '04 on Friday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. in Chapin Chapel.

Urinetown: The Musical

Urinetown: The Musical

The Amherst Musical presents the satirical musical comedy Urinetown. With music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book by Greg Kotis, Urinetown narrates the tale of a group of young rebels banded together against an oppressive capitalist system.

Set in a world where a corporation has outlawed the use of private bathrooms and charges people to use public amenities, Urinetown raises questions on the nature of limited resources and unlimited wants while highlighting a seemingly unsolvable problem that is arguably more relevant today than ever before. In the show, anyone found breaking the law against the use of private bathrooms is exiled to the mysterious and secretive Urinetown, never to be seen again. However, Bobby, a lowly janitor at Public Amenity #9, falls madly in love with corporate tycoon Cladwell’s sincere and well-intentioned daughter, Hope, and must sort out where his true beliefs lie. Constantly facing political corruption, Officer Lockstock’s brutal police force and Caldwell B. Cladwell’s greedy corporate dominance, Bobby and the rebellion must fight for their freedom to consume the town’s water supply as they please.

Tickets are FREE for Five College students and staff, $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children under 12. Reserve your tickets.

Part of the proceeds of our production will go towards the international nonprofit foundation “Water for People” which helps people in rural parts of developing countries achieve greater access to drinkable water and sanitation facilities.

Tickets Required
Juilliard Quartet, seating and playing their instruments

M@A Chamber Series: Juilliard Quartet

Haydn: String Quartet in G minor, Op 74, No 3 ("Rider")
Mozart: String Quartet in D Minor, K. 421
Bartók: String Quartet No. 5, Sz. 102, BB 110

Founded in 1946, the ever-evolving Juilliard String Quartet has become a living American legend. Widely known as the “quintessential American string quartet,” the Juilliard has been recognized for the boldness of its interpretation of the classics, with an equal and parallel tradition of championing the new — a vibrant combination of the familiar and the daring. The Quartet’s sound is famously characterized by clarity of structure, compelling rhythmic drive and an extraordinary unanimity of purpose, no matter the work at hand.

"The Juilliard’s bracing, rhythmically adept performance evoked a mechanism of interlocking parts, meticulously built to create a single, strong gesture." --The Boston Globe

Single event tickets go on sale two weeks before each performance:
Please use the online service at no extra charge, where you will be able to see which seats are available for you. Tickets will be at the evening box office for you after you purchase:

https://amherst.universitytickets.com

Chamber Series:
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students, with valid ID: $12
Free Amherst Student Rush tickets are available when the box office opens an hour before showtime.

Tickets are nonrefundable, and programs and dates are subject to change. Buckley Recital Hall has limited wheelchair-accessible seating.

For further information, please contact the Concert Office at (413) 542-2195 or concerts@amherst.edu.

A complete list of upcoming events can be found on the Amherst College Music Department website at www.amherst.edu/go/music.

Tickets Required

Sat, Jan 27, 2018

Image Reads: The Beloved Community Symposium, Saturday January 27th 2018 at 12:00PM in Johnson Chapel with Sonia Sanchez

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Symposium: "Beloved Community"

Join us for a weekend celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the second annual Legacy Symposium, on Saturday, Jan. 27, at noon in Johnson Chapel, featuring keynote speaker Sonia Sanchez, who will be speaking on this year's theme of "Beloved Community."

Immediately following the keynote address, there will be a reception in the Keefe Campus Center atrium.

This event is free and open to the public. For accessibility/accommodations, contact MRC@amherst.edu or call (413) 542-5372

Urinetown: The Musical

Urinetown: The Musical

The Amherst Musical presents the satirical musical comedy Urinetown. With music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book by Greg Kotis, Urinetown narrates the tale of a group of young rebels banded together against an oppressive capitalist system.

Set in a world where a corporation has outlawed the use of private bathrooms and charges people to use public amenities, Urinetown raises questions on the nature of limited resources and unlimited wants while highlighting a seemingly unsolvable problem that is arguably more relevant today than ever before. In the show, anyone found breaking the law against the use of private bathrooms is exiled to the mysterious and secretive Urinetown, never to be seen again. However, Bobby, a lowly janitor at Public Amenity #9, falls madly in love with corporate tycoon Cladwell’s sincere and well-intentioned daughter, Hope, and must sort out where his true beliefs lie. Constantly facing political corruption, Officer Lockstock’s brutal police force and Caldwell B. Cladwell’s greedy corporate dominance, Bobby and the rebellion must fight for their freedom to consume the town’s water supply as they please.

Tickets are FREE for Five College students and staff, $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children under 12. Reserve your tickets.

Part of the proceeds of our production will go towards the international nonprofit foundation “Water for People” which helps people in rural parts of developing countries achieve greater access to drinkable water and sanitation facilities.

Tickets Required

Sun, Jan 28, 2018

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TIPS Training

Sign-ups are now open for the first TIPS training of the semester! All students who wish to serve alcohol at Commencement Celebrations or during Reunion are required to pass an Amherst College on-premise TIPS Training. Online certifications cannot be accepted. Registration is required; request a space in the class using the link below.

What is TIPS Training? TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) is the global leader in education and training for the responsible service, sale and consumption of alcohol. Proven effective by third-party studies, TIPS is a skills-based training program that is designed to prevent intoxication, underage drinking and drunk driving.

Students Only Tickets Required
Urinetown: The Musical

Urinetown: The Musical

The Amherst Musical presents the satirical musical comedy Urinetown. With music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book by Greg Kotis, Urinetown narrates the tale of a group of young rebels banded together against an oppressive capitalist system.

Set in a world where a corporation has outlawed the use of private bathrooms and charges people to use public amenities, Urinetown raises questions on the nature of limited resources and unlimited wants while highlighting a seemingly unsolvable problem that is arguably more relevant today than ever before. In the show, anyone found breaking the law against the use of private bathrooms is exiled to the mysterious and secretive Urinetown, never to be seen again. However, Bobby, a lowly janitor at Public Amenity #9, falls madly in love with corporate tycoon Cladwell’s sincere and well-intentioned daughter, Hope, and must sort out where his true beliefs lie. Constantly facing political corruption, Officer Lockstock’s brutal police force and Caldwell B. Cladwell’s greedy corporate dominance, Bobby and the rebellion must fight for their freedom to consume the town’s water supply as they please.

Tickets are FREE for Five College students and staff, $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children under 12. Reserve your tickets.

Part of the proceeds of our production will go towards the international nonprofit foundation “Water for People” which helps people in rural parts of developing countries achieve greater access to drinkable water and sanitation facilities.

Tickets Required

Mon, Jan 29, 2018

MCAT Study Group

Are you preparing for medical school and taking the MCAT this winter or spring? Come join other Amherst students and study with your peers on Monday evenings! Drop-in when you can. Some MCAT resources and snacks will be available. This event is sponsored by the health professions office at the Loeb center for career exploration and planning.

Tue, Jan 30, 2018

"The Dialectic of Enlightenment" - Steven E. Aschheim

"The Dialectic of Enlightenment" Talk by Steven E. Aschheim

Intellectual and cultural historian Steven E. Aschheim (Hebrew University, Jerusalem) will present a lecture on "The Dialectic of Enlightenment Revisited." In his lecture, Aschheim will critically interrogate Adorno and Horkheimer's 1944 much admired "Dialectic of Enlightenment", addressing its contextual and ideological origins, its philosophical biases and theoretical assumptions and the nature of its emphases and omissions as the work sought to grasp the barbarism of the time. He will also highlight a rather overlooked publication detail which ideally should have given the authors pause to somewhat revise their provocative views and positions, but in practice did not.

Aschheim is the author of Brothers and Strangers: The East European Jew in German and German Jewish Consciousness, 1800-1923 (1982), The Nietzsche Legacy in Germany 1890-1990 (1993), Culture and Catastrophe: German and Jewish Confrontations With National Socialism and Other Crises (1996), In Times of Crisis: Essays on European Culture, Germans and Jews (2000), Scholem, Arendt, Klemperer: Intimate Chronicles in Turbulent Times (2001), Beyond the Border: The German-Jewish Legacy Abroad (2007) and At the Edges of Liberalism: Junctions of European, German and Jewish History (2012).

Wed, Jan 31, 2018

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!

Academic Programs Abroad Paris Information Table

Spend a semester in the breathtaking city of Paris, France! Stop by the Academic Programs Abroad (APA) table to learn more about how your time in France can give you a leg up in your studies and career. APA gives you the flexibility to build your own schedule and take courses in any subject, in French, that are of interest to you from the University of Paris system, APA's in-house electives or replace a course with an independent study or research. Benefit from weekly one-on-one customized language support and ongoing academic support.

Complete your immersive time in the French capital with an array of cultural activities including day trips, weekend excursions, weekly performances and events and more! Become a part of the APA community, where you will always have a home in Paris.

Students Only

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!

Fri, Feb 2, 2018

Dan Langa '18, wearing eyeglasses, light blue shirt and gray jacket, and smiling

Music Department Presents Senior Thesis: Dan Langa ’18 Conducts His Score to “The Passion of Joan of Arc (1927)” Live to Film

The Amherst College Department of Music presents The Passion of Joan Of Arc, a film score thesis composed and conducted by Dan Langa ’18, on Friday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The performance is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

Written to accompany the 1927 masterpiece entitled The Passion of Joan of Arc, directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, this score is performed live to picture. The music, written for a 12-person ensemble of string quintet, piano, percussion, flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet and horn, draws from the intense and raw emotion displayed in Renée Jeanne Falconetti’s unparalleled portrayal of Jeanne d’Arc. This story of faith, power and desire so famously portrayed by Dreyer is given a new, fresh, and unique soundtrack fusing influences of minimalism, French impressionism and the great film composers of the mid-20th century.

For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, visit us on the web: www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

Sat, Feb 3, 2018

Abre Dance Company (Dance and Movement): Auditions

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Keefe Campus Center, Keefe Theater (Downstairs Keefe)

Come audition for Abre Dance Company! Whether you think you're good or not, join us to audition, watch or support those who audition and drink some hot chocolate (bring your own cup or mug).

We are not just looking for people with only amazing technique and beautiful lines or a certain style of moving, but we also want people with passion, with fire and with soul when they move. We want people who desire to express themselves however they feel via movement. Feel. Move. Express. Abre.

"Chinese Railway" Original Composition by Minato Sakamoto '18

Performance Theses: Gabriela Smith-Rosario '18 and Minato Sakamoto '18

AMHERST, Mass. – On Saturday, February 3, 2018, at 7 p.m., the Amherst College Department of Music presents “La Isla de Esperanza” (The Island of Hope), an original thesis on Puerto Rican music, written and conducted by Gabriela Smith-Rosario ’18 followed at 7:45 p.m. by a composition thesis entitled "Chinese Railway" presented by Minato Sakamoto '18 in Buckley Recital Hall of the Arms Music Center at Amherst College.

The concert is free and open to the public, and seating is by general admission. Although admission is free, Smith-Rosario respectfully requests that attendees make a donation to “Unidos Por Puerto Rico” (United for Puerto Rico), a nonprofit organization providing hurricane relief to the island that will be present during the concert in the lobby of Arms Music Center.

Smith-Rosario’s music thesis explores the historical intersectionality of the three primary cultures that comprise the Puerto Rican cultural identity - the island’s native Taínos, the invading Spaniards, and the West African slaves brought to the island by the Spanish. “La Isla de Esperanza” incorporates elements of traditional Spanish music, Taíno chants, West African drumming, and modern Puerto Rican music forms, including Danza, Bomba, Plena, Salsa, and Latin Jazz. In addition to violin, cello, double bass, trumpet, flute, alto saxophone, piano, drums, and guitar, “La Isla de Esperanza” also relies on various forms of traditional Taíno and African percussion, as well as a chorus. Professional Latin percussionist Rene Gonzalez and jazz alto saxophonist Linda Solval ’18 present solo performances. Smith-Rosario set texts by Puerto Rican and Nuyorican poets, including Francisco Arriví, Julia de Burgos, and Miguel Piñero, as well as written texts for her pieces using the Taíno, Yorùbá, and Spanish languages, receiving guidance on Yorùbá translation and drumming traditions from Mount Holyoke College Professor Olabode Omojola and Katherine (Doyin) Ariyibi ’18.

For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, visit us on the web: www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

Mon, Feb 5, 2018

MCAT Study Group

Are you preparing for medical school and taking the MCAT this winter or spring? Come join other Amherst students and study with your peers on Monday evenings! Drop-in when you can. Some MCAT resources and snacks will be available. This event is sponsored by the health professions office at the Loeb center for career exploration and planning.