Event Calendar

Today - Wed, Feb 22, 2017

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 noon to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays on the mezzanine level in Valentine Dining Hall. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

Law School Admissions Strategies Workshop

Have questions about applying to law school? Want to know how to improve your application? Want to speak with an admissions officer? Join Liz Madigan, assistant director of admissions at Brooklyn Law School to learn how to get that extra edge in preparing your law school applications!

Tearing Down Walls

An open space for students to connect and discuss experiences and ramifications of the political climate on sense of safety, mental health and engagement in the college. Those of Muslim faith, refugees, immigrants, trans or non-binary identities, students of color, undocumented students, queer identity, women, and intersecting identities are encouraged to attend.

Wednesdays, starting February 8th

Facilitated by Sarah Erickson, Psy.D. (serickson@amherst.edu) and Zamir Nestelbaum, M.D. (znestelbaum@amherst.edu).

Students Only

Paws and Relax!

Drop by to get some canine affection! Sponsored by the Wellness Team, Amherst College Library and PAW.

Self-Exploration for Career Planning--Part 2

Does the word “career” make you panic? Not sure how to start thinking about your future as a professional? Take the next steps towards discovering your own unique career path!

Reflect with a career advisor and other students on your values, family and cultural influences and personality, and how they may provide direction in your search for meaningful work. Commitment to both sessions is required--Feb. 15 and 22. Space is limited, RSVP on Quest. Priority given to sophomore Amherst Professional Accelerator (APEX) participants.

Questions? Contact Kali Odell at kodell@amherst.edu.

Blaq Out

Blaq Out: Black Queer and Trans History

Join the Queer Resource Center from 5-6 p.m. for an interactive exploration of Black Queer and Trans histories in honor of Black History Month. We are celebrating the lives and legacies of Black Queer and Trans people who have shaped our communities. Dinner will be served!


Manage your Reading Load

Are your reading assignments weighing you down? Learn tips to lighten your load! Managing a heavy reading load can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. There are many ways to approach a text that can make it easier for you. You'll learn strategies that will help you become a more effective and efficient reader. We’ll practice several of them together so you’ll leave the workshop ready to read. Taught by Lydia Peterson, writing associate. Space is limited, so please reserve your seat today!

Students Only

Workshops in Statistics and R

Interested in data? Want to learn some skills with R? Prepping for DataFest?

The second is a series of workshops in Statistics and R brought to you by the Statistics Fellows is "Regression in R", hosted by Silvia Sotolongo, Leonard Yoon and Connor Haley.

Feel free to bring your laptops to follow along with the workshops. Open to all interested students, staff and faculty.

First Generation Study Abroad Meeting

Join the First Generation Association as we discuss the study abroad process from a lens that centers first generation students and their concerns. We will be joined by Amanda Wright from the study abroad office, who will speak generally about the study abroad process, identity, types of study abroad options, how financial aid works, and how to talk to parents about study abroad. Pizza and wings will be served.

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, Feb 23, 2017

Employee Council Coffee Hours in February (Feb. 7, Feb. 15, Feb. 23 from 10-11 am in Frost Cafe)

Employee Council: February Coffee Hours

Have coffee with a few representatives from the current Employee Council. Learn more about the council's platform for 2016-17, come talk to us about your ideas and/or well wishes for Amherst staff, or just come socialize with us! The council is offering three coffee hours in February, all from 10-11 a.m. in Frost Cafe: Tuesday, February 7; Wednesday, February 15; and Thursday, February 23.

Korean Language Table

Korean Language Table will meet this semester on Thursdays, from 1 - 2 p.m., in Terrace Room A (lower level of Valentine Dining Hall). All are welcome!

Collective Improvisation in Sound, with Vic Rawlings

Collective Improvisation in Sound with Vic Rawlings

Develop your listening skills and appreciation of sound - absolutely no musical background is required.
Any means to produce sound will be welcomed, including common objects, all common musical instruments, and voice. We will use structured exercises to explore music and sound improvisation in a group context. We will work beyond standard conceptions of rhythm and melody, beginning with the fundamentals of sound and time. A limited number of objects will be available for student use.

All are welcome to attend, including musicians at any technical level, as well as people who do not consider themselves musicians. The session will be accessible and challenging for all participants. You are welcome if you have no experience improvising. You are welcome if you have experience improvising.

Please be prompt. It is not possible to join the group once the workshop has begun at 4 p.m. The room will be available at 3:30.
If you plan to use amplification you must bring your own equipment.

The workshop will be led by Vic Rawlings.

Vic Rawlings is a musician, instrument builder, sound installation artist, filmmaker and freelance teacher based in western Massachusetts. Collaborators have included Ikue Mori, Greg Kelley, Bhob Rainey, Seijiro Murayama, Jake Meginsky, Sean Meehan and Jason Lescalleet. Visiting artist/teaching residencies have included Oberlin Conservatory, MIT, Harvard, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Princeton, Dartmouth and Wesleyan, as well as homeless shelters and correctional facilities. He has performed throughout North America and Europe at venues including The Stone, Jordan Hall, The Gardner Museum, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and countless galleries and series. Festival appearances include Victoriaville (Quebec), Musique Action (France) and Vision (NYC). Labels include Grob, RRR, Sedimental, Absurd, Emanem, Boxmedia, Audio Dispatch, H+H, Chloe, and Rykodisc. He has performed works by John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Cornelius Cardew, and has worked directly with 20th and 21st century composers Alvin Lucier, Michael Pisaro and Christian Wolff.

"Vic Rawlings plays prepared cello and open circuit electronics in the form of an instrument self-made from exposed circuit boards and speaker cones...the sense of danger, the awareness that the music is poised permanently on the edge of disintegration and collapse. Despite its refusal to make the slightest concession to the listener, the music draws you in and doesn’t let you go."
-The Wire

For more information, contact Professor Jason Robinson, jrobinson@amherst.edu

Closeup of Lola (Franka Potente) with dyed-red hair and a mint-green tank top, in front of a red-and-white-striped background

German Film Series: "Run, Lola, Run"

Screenings of the German film Run, Lola, Run will be on Feb. 23 at 4 and 7:30 p.m.

Synopsis: Lola (Franka Potente) has 20 minutes to raise 100,000 Deutschmarks to bail out her boyfriend Manni, who has foolishly gotten himself into trouble. Three difference scenarios are rehearsed in this fast-paced romp: will Lola succeed as she runs across Berlin?

Directed by Tom Tykwer, this film was released in 1998 and has an 82-minute run time. It will be shown in German with English subtitles. Contact mhowes@amherst.edu for more information.

Michael Ching Speaks on "Apollonian Circle Packings"

A few years ago, Michael Ching, assistant professor at Amherst College, had a student, Sunny Xiao '14, who wrote her thesis on what are called "Apollonian Circle Packings." In this talk, Ching will explain Xiao's work and describe some problems in this area that are still unsolved.

Professor Ching writes that "to make an Apollonian Circle Packing you start with three mutually tangent circles in a plane and add those new circles that are tangent to all three. Then you add new circles tangent to three you already have and repeat forever. The resulting collection of circles forms a beautiful fractal-like picture. But what sorts of pictures are possible? How much of the plane gets covered by the resulting circles? And how do the answers depend on which three circles you started with? Sunny discovered new circle packings with extra symmetry that increased our understanding of these issues, but there is still a lot to be worked out."

Gatson and four students standing around a staircase, looking at the "Halls Walls" mural

A Night with Artist Rico Gatson

Join Rico Gatson in this evening event celebrating his Hall Walls mural, a project completed with the collaboration of Five College students.

Interview Workshop

Join us to learn how to answer challenging questions and present yourself in a professional manner. As a reminder, students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements must attend an interviewing workshop. Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend!

This workshop series is facilitated by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.

Kantar Retail Information Session

Please join Christina Croak ’13 and Diana Cricien ’17E for an information session to learn about the summer analyst internship with Kantar Retail. They are an insight and consulting firm working primarily in the consumer packaged goods industry. Learn more about Kantar in person as well as at www.kantarretail.com.

nutrition and mental health

Beyond Medication: Using Food to Improve Mood, Sleep, Concentration, Energy and Stress

Dr. Georgia Ede, the psychiatrist at Smith College, will give a talk on the impact of nutrition on brain function. The most powerful way to change your brain chemistry is through food, because that's where brain chemicals come from in the first place! Learn how to feed your brain what it needs to achieve its maximum potential and keep it healthy for the rest of your life. There will be plenty of time for questions, discussion and brainstorming about how to make it easier to eat wisely on campus.

Yale-NUS Information Session in Fayerweather

Come learn from Amherst and Yale-NUS students about Amherst's exchange program in Singapore! Study at a new liberal arts college that is a joint venture of two of the world's leading universities: Yale University and the National University of Singapore. Yale-NUS approaches the liberal arts from an eastern perspective. Students live on campus in residences halls and can get involved in activities at both Yale-NUS and NUS, whose campus is adjacent. Applications for study abroad in the fall of 2017 are due Friday, March 3, 2017. Contact studyabroad@amherst.edu with questions.

Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) Information Session

Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) equips underrepresented minorities with the skills, coaching and connections they need to lead organizations and communities worldwide. MLT’s Career Prep Program can help you conquer the job search process, maximize your college and internship experience and accelerate your post-undergraduate career. MLT provides you with eighteen months of one-on-one coaching, in-person workshops, a personalized playbook to maximize your career success and an extensive network of over 5,000 MLT Rising Leaders.

The current MLT fellows will host this session--each of these fellows landed a spectacular internship through the help of MLT! The Career Prep program is open only to sophomores, and the deadline to apply is March 1, 2017.

Kellie Jones '81

Talk by Kellie Jones '81, art historian, curator and 2016 MacArthur Fellow

Kellie Jones '81, professor, art historian and curator was recently awarded a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" for bringing the work of critically important, but under-recognized, black artists into the canons of modern and contemporary art. Jones currently serves as an associate professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University.

This talk is free and open to the public.