Event Calendar

Today - Sun, Feb 14, 2016

Know your Bae?

Keefe Campus Center, Friedmann Room

Happy Valentine's Day! Want to celebrate the holiday without spending a ton of money? Want to celebrate without feeling cheesy? Want to win prizes? 

Come to the Friedmann Room and bring your best friend, roommate or significant other! Compete against other pairs to see who knows their Bae best. There will be a grand prize for the winners of the day! Hosted by Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect. 

TransActive Poster

Five College TransActive Meeting

Come to the Queer Resource Center every Sunday from 1-2:30 p.m. for an inclusive, safe and brave space for trans individuals and those in the process of discovering their gender identities. Open to students and community members of the Five Colleges.

Icon for the ice hockey team

Men's Ice Hockey vs. Connecticut College

Enjoy Yourself Night

Are you looking for a non-romantic Valentines Day evening? Join the QRC and Ace and Aro support group from 4-6 p.m. this Sunday to watch a movie and relax in the Queer Resource Center! The space is open to everyone, and we will be watching the movie "Home". 

Pizza will be served!

Fr Warren Savage

Roman Catholic Mass

Chapin Hall, Chapel

“Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil.” On this First Sunday in 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 4-4:30 p.m. Missalettes are provided and all are most welcome!

La Casa Open House

Moore Dormitory, 3rd Floor Common Room

Do you like chocoflan? Do you not know what chocoflan is, but want to find out? Come and join La Casa for their annual open house to learn more about our community and to have some sweet postres (desserts) on Saturday, February 14 at 2 p.m. in the Casa common room (Moore 3rd floor). Applications are also open for the 2016-2017 school year. Just click on this link https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/housing-dining/residential-life/housing/theme/lacasa/application. If you have any questions please contact Irma Zamora '17 (izamora17@amherst.edu) or Elizabeth Gonzalez '17 (egonzalez17@amherst.edu).

Steven Molitor '16 outdoors, wearing a purple AMHERST sweatshirt and holding an electric guitar, with snow on the ground behind him

Music Department Composition Thesis: Steven Molitor '16, "Four and Five"

The Amherst College Department of Music presents <i>Four and Five</i>, an original composition thesis by Steven Molitor '16, on Sunday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The concert is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

<i>Four and Five</i> is a culmination of Steven’s musical education at Amherst and is focused on classical and jazz music. The concert consists of two sections: a string quartet performance and a five-person jazz combo performance. Steven’s compositions are influenced by his studies of both classical and jazz music in addition to his experience as a guitarist playing jazz, rock and metal music. The music for string quartet will be performed by the Wistaria String Quartet, and the jazz combo pieces will be performed by a combo comprising saxophonist Carl Clements, bassist Jamie MacDonald, pianist Paul Arslanian, drummer Jon Fisher and the composer, Steven Molitor, on guitar.

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

Tomorrow - Mon, Feb 15, 2016

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Swing by the Keefe Atrium to grab a cupcake and learn about the impact that HIV and AIDS have on the Black community. The Queer Resource Center will be tabling from 11 a.m.-1 p.m!

Educate! Information Table with Loren Crary '07

Educate! is a fast-growing non-profit social enterprise, currently operating in Uganda and Rwanda, imminently expanding across East Africa and beyond. Educate! works to transform education in Africa to teach youth to solve poverty for themselves and their communities.

Educate! was founded at Amherst College by two freshmen, Boris Bulayev '07, executive director and Eric Glustrom '07, board of directors. Derek Wittenberg '87 is board treasurer, Steve Seward '70 is fundraising advisor, and Loren Crary '07 is director of external relations.

German Table

German Table

Enjoy chatting informally with other students who have returned from abroad, the German language assistants, German faculty members and other native speakers.

Join us on the Mezzanine of Valentine Dining Hall every Monday from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.


Educate! Coffee Chats with Loren Crary '07

Keefe Campus Center, McCaffrey Room

Educate! is a fast-growing non-profit social enterprise, currently operating in Uganda and Rwanda, imminently expanding across East Africa and beyond. Educate! works to transform education in Africa to teach youth to solve poverty for themselves and their communities.

Sign up in Quest for a 20 minute informal coffee chat with Loren Crary '07 from Educate! 

Educate! was founded at Amherst College by two freshmen, Boris Bulayev '07, executive director, and Eric Glustrom '07, board of directors. Derek Wittenberg '87 is board treasurer, Steve Seward '70 is fundraising advisor, and Loren Crary '07 is director of external relations.

Study Abroad in Cuba with Sarah Lawrence

Cuba is a country few Americans have visited. Sarah Lawrence College has a long-standing study abroad semester program where students take courses organized by Sarah Lawrence and through direct enrollment at the University of Havana. Students take a core course in Cuban culture and society, an advanced Spanish language course, and electives in the humanities, social sciences, or visual or performing arts. Students with a minimum of four semesters of Spanish (or the equivalent) and an interest in studying in a country with a rich history should come learn more about Cuba and the program. Prema Samuel, study abroad director at Sarah Lawrence in New York, will be giving an information session on Monday, February 15 at 4:30 p.m. in Converse 107. 

Ace/Aro Support Group

The Ace/Aro Support Group is hosted in the Queer Resource Center (basement of Morrow Dormitory) and is a closed safe space for students in the Five-College area who identify as asexual, aromantic or along either spectrum to share and celebrate their identities.


The Savvy Reader

The reading load for many classes can sometimes seem overwhelming and unmanageable. This workshop, taught by Kristen Brookes, senior writing associate, will help you take control over your reading and stay on top of it, rather than drowning in it or avoiding it altogether. In addition to an introduction to approaches to large reading loads and long texts, you will have the opportunity to practice strategies for reading more effectively and, when necessary, more efficiently. Pre-registration is required (see below).

"Do You Wanna Go Out?" : Panel on the Trials and Tribulations of Dating

Keefe Campus Center, Friedmann Room

Come to the Friedmann Room at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 15 to hear Becky Danning, Amanda and Rick Lopez and Jeremy Paula speak on a panel on the trials and tribulations of dating in the age of Tinder. It will be moderated by Angie Tissi-Gassoway and there'll be a chance to win a raffle for coffee gift certificates for your next date!!

Book & Plow Farm Spring Info Session

James Hall, Common Room

Join us to hear from Farmer Pete of Book & Plow about how you can get involved with the farm this Spring! With everything from work study to campus events, summer internships and more, there is no shortage of ways to engage with this amazing resource available to all Amherst students!

Summer Study Abroad Info Session

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

Are you considering a summer abroad? Come to this info session to learn about your program options - which are many! - and what funding opportunities exist. Please remember there is no credit awarded for summer courses, and therefore no aid transfer. But students can apply for an Amherst Summer Study Abroad Fellowship, a national fellowship (e.g. Gilman, Boren) or for aid directly from the program. Learn about these options and hear directly from students who've studied abroad in the summer!

100 Days to Graduation: Managing Your Finances Life After Graduation

This event geared for seniors will focus on how to manage personal finances successfully across all majors and professional next steps. Learn how to manage your money on any budget, make financial goals (saving vs. spending), and find out how to take advantage of benefits in the workplace. Food and beverages will be served. 

Our speaker, Loren Cray ’07 is director of external relations for Educate!, a non-profit founded by an Amherst graduate that endeavors to help fight poverty through education in East Africa and beyond. Loren graduated from Amherst College and Stanford Law, and now works in the non-profit world.

For questions, contact Emily Moreau, Alumni and Parent Programs at emoreau@amherst.edu. 

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.

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

Tue, Feb 16, 2016


Pizza Info Session with Yestermorrow Design/Build School

Come and learn about opportunities for Amherst College students to enter the world of sustainable building and design at the Yestermorrow Design/Build School in VT through summer and winter break workshops, internships and the fall 2016 semester in Sustainable Design/Build. Pizza will be provided.

Particle Physics: From Grains To Cells - Physics/Astronomy Seminar

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 3

Dr. Kerstin Nordstrom of Mt. Holyoke College will speak on "Particle Physics: From Grains To Cells"

Tom Friedman: Untitled (Flute Player)

Spring Exhibitions Opening Reception

The Mead Art Museum opens its spring exhibitions on Tuesday, Feb. 16, showcasing eight new works based on the Mead’s collection by artist Tom Friedman in Tom Friedman: Untitled (Foundation), and photographs, video and works on paper by two prominent contemporary South African artists in Second-Hand Reading: William Kentridge and Zanele Muholi.

Join artist Tom Friedman, David Little, director and chief curator, and Vanja Malloy, curator of American art, for an opening reception on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 67:30 pm. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Tom Friedman: Untitled (Foundation) translates significant parts of the Mead’s permanent collection through the artist’s uniquely whimsical approach to art and materials. An ancient Greek terracotta figurine, the bequest of William R. Mead, an 1867 Amherst graduate, inspired Friedman’s life-size sculpture in Styrofoam and paint, while a wood pagoda from eighth-century Japan has been recast in acrylic. Other works Friedman looks at include one of the Mead’s masterpieces, Monet’s “Morning on the Seine” (1897), as well as Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Pea Pickers” (1938).

Second-Hand Reading: William Kentridge and Zanele Muholi looks at how the works of Kentridge and Muholi represent their native country’s unfolding history. Kentridge (b. 1955) and Muholi (b. 1972) create artworks that reflect on the complex history of race and gender in South Africa through distinct media, artistic philosophies and emphases. Muholi’s black-and-white photographs portray South Africa’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community through portraits from her Faces and Phases series as well as her recent self-portraits. An activist as well as an artist, she seeks to “re-write a black queer and trans visual history of South Africa for the world.” Kentridge, who has dedicated the last four decades to examining apartheid’s effects on his life and South Africa’s historical memory, deploys a variety of artistic techniques—text, drawing and stop-motion film—to articulate the elusive nature of marking and narrating history.

Image: Tom Friedman, Untitled (Flute Player), 2016. Styrofoam, paint, cotton shirt, socks, and flip-flops, 66 x 25 x 49 in. © Tom Friedman. Image courtesy of Tom Friedman Studio. 

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