Event Calendar

Today - Mon, Sep 25, 2017

Diversity Abroad Tabling in Keefe

Diversity Abroad, an international non-profit organization promoting international opportunities to underrepresented students, will be on campus to promote their resources and study abroad resources. Darius of Diversity Abroad's Passport Tour will be available to discuss the resources available to students considering study and travel in a new culture.

German Table

German Table

Enjoy informal conversations with students who have studied in Germany, the German faculty members, the German language assistants and other native speakers. Join us on the Mezzanine of Valentine Dining Hall every Monday from 11:45 a.m to 1 p.m.

Chinese Language Table

The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 12-1 p.m. in the conference room below Valentine Dining Hall. Come join us to practice your Chinese!

Math & Stats Table

Please come join us on Mondays from 12-1 p.m. in Valentine Terrace Room A (down the stairs). Come and have lunch with fellow math and stats students, majors and professors! Everyone is welcome-you don't need to be a math or stats major. We often chat about math and stats-related topics, but we also talk about lots of other things and it's a great chance to get to know each other. We hope to see you there!

Introduction to the Health Professions Program

All first-year and transfer students interested in exploring Careers in Health Professions should attend one session of "Introduction to the Health Professions Program." Session options are:
Monday, September 11 at 10 a.m.
Thursday, September 14 at 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 20 at 2 p.m.
Monday, September 25 at 3 p.m.
Wednesday, October 4 at 10 a.m.

Zotero Workshop

Want to make your research process more organized and efficient? Attend a one-hour tutorial to get started with Zotero! Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. If you're interested but can't make it to the workshop, click on the more information link below to see the full workshop schedule or to make an individual appointment.

First Year Loeb Seminar: Finding Your Foundation

First year students, the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning is part of your journey here at Amherst, from start to finish. We expect you to start your journey this fall through this fun and interactive workshop. You can get to know other first year students, identify your skills, understand how your values, culture and family influence your thinking about work and careers and also prepare for meaningful summer experiences such as internships, research, summer jobs, studying abroad, volunteering and more. R.S.V.P. required. Don’t miss out!

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Info Session

The mission of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is to provide expert, compassionate care to children and adults with cancer while advancing the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of cancer and related diseases. As an affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a Comprehensive Cancer Center designated by the National Cancer Institute, the Institute also provides training for new generations of physicians and scientists, designs programs that promote public health particularly among high-risk and under-served populations and disseminates innovative patient therapies and scientific discoveries to our target community across the United States and throughout the world.

Participate in the Dana-Farber Information Session and learn about the organization, types of job opportunities that are available and benefits of working there. Join recent Amherst graduates Donna Leet ’15, Katherine S. Ventre '17 and Long Vu’ 17 as they talk about their time at Dana-Farber and provide some insight on working there as a young professional.

Fidelity Investments Info Session

Join representatives from Fidelity’s Asset Management division to learn more about the company and this division's focus.

Auditions for "Peer Gynt"

The Theater and Dance Department is holding auditions for the fall production of Peer Gynt, a phantasmagorical journey that spans over the lifetime of Peer, a young, dreamy and ambitious man who sets out on a quest to find his true self. From the mountains of Norway to the desert of Egypt, from encountering trolls, to riding a moose, to sailing across the ocean, the audience accompanies Peer in his adventurous journey. This is an ensemble-based production that spans over five acts, 40-something characters, 70 years and one desired self. Rehearsals start October 2 and the show performs November 9-11.

Students must arrive by 7 p.m. to register for their auditions. Please prepare a 3 minute monologue to present.

M&T Bank Management Development Program Information Session

Since 1984, M&T’s Management Development Program (MDP) has helped thousands of bright and motivated business students make a seamless transition from college to career. MDP is a year-long management development training program designed to strengthen your leadership skills, followed by direct-position placement where you can immediately provide value. Join M&T representatives Ed Paluch and Cameron Wade to learn more about M&T Bank and its Management Development Program.

Tomorrow - Tue, Sep 26, 2017

City Year Information Table

City Year believes education has the power to help every student reach his or her potential. But, in high-poverty communities, there are external factors and obstacles students are faced with every day that can interfere with their ability to both get to school and show up ready and able to learn. These are the students who need a bit of extra, individualized support. However, there’s a gap between the kind of help they need and the support the schools are designed to provide. Meet with representatives from City Year to learn more about opportunities the organization offers to help address those issues

CET Academic Programs Tabling

Are you interested in studying abroad in China, Italy or Argentina? CET Academic Programs has opportunities in these countries and more! Stop by the information table in Keefe to learn more about the programs.

Chinese Language Table

The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 12-1 p.m. in the conference room below Valentine Dining Hall. Come join us to practice your Chinese!

Book cover for "The Chemical Story of Olive Oil"

Olive Odyssey

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Frost Library, Friendly Reading Room (1st floor)

You are invited to an olive oil tasting and book odyssey in Frost Library’s Friendly Reading Room, Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 4 p.m. Chemistry professor Patricia O’Hara will discuss the exotic realms of olives and olive oil, and the circuitous journey that propelled her and her colleagues through Turkey, Spain, Italy, Greece, South Africa and Australia. Join us for a tale of travel that evolved into the book The Chemical Story of Olive Oil: From Grove to Table. Refreshments will be served!


Weekly Canine Office Hours

Whether you miss your dog, or simply want some canine affection, Huxley or Evie would love to see you! One or the other will be available weekly on Tuesdays from 4 - 5 p.m. for office hours at Frost Library. In nice weather, this will be held on the lawn in front of Frost. In poor weather, it will be beside Frost Cafe. This event is co-sponsored by the wellness team and Amherst College library.

"Quantum Magnets and Time Crystals: Having Fun with Trapped Ions" - Talk by Paul Hess

Professor Paul Hess of Middlebury College will discuss how understanding magnetic particles' interactions can help unravel the physics of exotic materials like high-temperature superconductors. It is known that such systems are governed by the laws of quantum mechanics, but when many quantum particles start interacting, the physics gets messy and hard to predict. To better understand these complicated systems, Hess and his colleagues built a quantum magnet from the ground up, using trapped and levitated atomic ions.

Hess will discuss how they used this experimental platform to realize a new phase of matter called a discrete time crystal. These time crystals are a kind of self-stabilizing clock, a behavior which could be turned on and off by changing the interactions between the magnetic spins in the trapped ion crystal.

Amherst Select Internship Program Orientation Session

Come to this orientation for the Amherst Select Internship Program - internships offered by alumni, parents and friends of the college specifically for Amherst students. You'll learn about the program, the types of internships offered, and what the requirements are for participation. Get a head start on your summer internship search and attend!

Insight Meditation Group

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, or just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness--or because you are curious.
Led by Mark Hart, Buddhist advisor

English Department Welcome Back Party

5:00 pm Johnson Chapel, The Chapel and Room 202

Chat with English professors, meet our wonderful majors and potential majors, learn about upcoming events, ask questions and enjoy delicious treats! Everyone is welcome. Bring your friends.

Success Kid

Start Off on the Right Track: Time Management Workshop (First-Year Experience)

This workshop for first-years will explore students' strategies on how to meet the many demands of being a student at Amherst College. Time management strategies will be shared through individual and group discussions. The goal of the workshop is to help students explore ways to be socially and academically successful. Date books will be available, but students are also encouraged to bring with them the tools they use to help them meet their personal goals and deadlines. This event will be facilitated by Kristen Brookes, Senior Writing Associate, Writing Center, and Charri Boykin-East, Senior Associate Dean of Students. Pizza will be provided. The first 25 people to arrive get a planner! Please reserve your spot.

Students Only

Film Screening: "Deep Play: Sport & Experimental Media"

The department of English and the film and media studies program are very pleased to be hosting Brett Kashmere next week for a screening of his curated film/video program, "Deep Play: Sport & Experimental Media." The program will screen on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Keefe Campus Center Theater and is free and open to the public.

Originally commissioned by the VISIONS screening series in Montreal, Deep Play features films and videos by Stan Brakhage, Nathaniel Dorsky, Kevin Jerome Everson, Ana Husman, Tara Mateik, Nam June Paik, Keith Piper and Lillian Schwartz. The program offers a cross-sectional overview of the ways that athletics have been treated in artists’ film and video, from examinations of vernacular and mass-mediated games to interplays with their geographies, architectures, histories and audiovisual grammar, to incisive analyses of sports’ gender codes and racialized dynamics. In exploring the convergences of sports and experimental media, Kashmere aims to suggest a cross-disciplinary equivalence of practice, skill and flow-- the state of intensified, rapturous performance known as “deep play.”

Brett Kashmere is a media artist, historian and curator living in Oakland, Calif. Combining archival research with materialist aesthetics and hybrid forms, Kashmere’s work explores the intersection of history and (counter-) memory, sports media and popular culture. His films and videos have screened internationally at the BFI London Film Festival, Milano Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, British Film Institute and other venues. Kashmere has curated projects for La Cinematheque Quebecoise in Montreal, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Strasbourg, New York's Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, Light Cone in Paris, the Seoul Film Festival and other venues. His writing has appeared in journals, magazines and anthologies such as The Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Millennium Film Journal, Moving Image Review & Art Journal (MIRAJ), Carolee Schneemann: Unforgivable, Senses of Cinema and other publications. He was a founding director of The Antechamber Art Gallery & Cinematheque and Syracuse Experimental, a grassroots film and media collective. He is also the founding editor and publisher of INCITE Journal of Experimental Media. Kashmere holds bachelor of arts degree in film and video studies from the University of Regina, as well as a master of arts in film studies and a master of fine arts in studio arts from Concordia University in Montreal. He is currently a Ph.D. student in film and digital media at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Kashmere has taught film and video production at Concordia University's Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and in the cinema studies program at Oberlin College.

Ongoing Events

Rotherwas Room, photo by Maria Stenzel

Study at the Mead!

Throughout the week, we will have lots of art activities to help you destress from finals period. We also have comfy chairs, plenty of outlets, great lighting, and extra tables to give you an inspirational place to work and study.

Closed on Mondays, but open until Midnight on school nights!

"Our" Story Exhibit: 400 Years of Wampanoag History

“Our” Story is an interactive, multimedia exhibit that frames the 1620 Pilgrim arrival in Plymouth within a long history of Wampanoag adaptation and innovation. The exhibit's content ranges from videos by award-winning Mashpee journalist, author and filmmaker Paula Peters, to art by Mashpee artist, writer and activist Robert Peters and his son, Robert Peters Jr.

Each year, a new theme is added to the traveling exhibit; the first installation debuted in 2014 with “Captured 1614” providing a critical back story to colonization and the roots of the American holiday of Thanksgiving. “The Messenger Runner” added new context regarding the Wampanoag tribe’s communication traditions. The newest panel “The Great Dying” depicts the catastrophic effects of a plague that devastated the Wampanoag nation between 1616 and 1619.