Event Calendar

Today - Mon, Oct 5, 2015

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. to 1 p.m.

Doing Well by Doing Good - Brian Stout '04

Brian Stout '04 is a Senior Strategy Consultant at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle. He leads a team responsible for helping execute a strategic pivot in the $2 billion agriculture portfolio to focus on poverty reduction at a country level. Previous experience includes five years at USAID in a variety of functions (in the Office of East African Affairs, helping re-establish the USAID Mission in Myanmar, and in strategic planning in the Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning). He has also worked at the State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, and at international educational nonprofit Facing History and Ourselves. Brian is a 2014 Truman National Security Project Fellow. Brian holds an MA in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Tea, coffee and cookies will be provided. Space is limited. RSVP through the events calendar in Quest by no later than Friday, October 2.

Two Talks on Humanitarianism

UMass campus center 10th floor , Hadley Room

Gender Difference in Post-Conflict Remainders of Violence:
Politics and Imaginaries of Warrior Women
-MaryJo DelVecchio Good

Intervention as a Mode of Inquiry:
Reflections on a Decade of Work in Post-Conflict Aceh, Indonesia
-Byron J. Good
Reception to follow

The Goods have been pioneers in the field of medical anthropology and medical sociology. With early work in Iran, Turkey and the United States, their writings charted out conceptions of illness and disease, belief and knowledge, depression, pain, the education of medical students, and the experience of cancer treatment. Joint ethnographic work in Indonesia has delved into issues of postcolonial disorders, subjectivity, trauma (particularly post-war, post-tsunami in Aceh), art, haunting and more.

In the last decade, with funding from the Fogarty International Center and USAID, the Goods have been involved in the creation of mental health services in China and Indonesia. And in addition to their scholarship and teaching, they have been instrumental in the creation of the Harvard Medical School Department of Social Medicine’s new master’s program in Global Health.

Sponsored by the Five-College Culture, Health, and Science Certificate Program

Prudential Financial Information Session

A team from Prudential will be here to present internship and full time positions opportunities. Learn about the Risk Management Leadership Program (RMLP); an eighteen month rotational development experience providing a select number of associates with an opportunity to build a strong foundation in risk management concepts and principles that would lead to a future career in the risk management field.

Koru Information Session

Amherst is partnering with Koru to help their students and alumni find direction in their job search, build the skills growing companies crave, and get hired at top employers like Mckinsey, LinkedIn, REI, EnergySavvy, Airbnb, HubSpot and Facebook. Koru runs business bootcamps in San Francisco, Boston and Seattle during January and the summer months that are open to Amherst students and recent graduates. Over 85% of grads are hired right out of the program.

Amherst students and alums that have participated in Koru programs include Milton Rico '16, Chloe Revery '16, Jenny Xiao '15, Deborah Bakshiyev '16 and Clay Andrews '13. Hear from these past participants about their experience and learn more about the program. Antonio's Pizza will be served!

Koru will also be holding office hours at on Tuesday, October 6. Sign up for a slot on Quest.

Tomorrow - Tue, Oct 6, 2015

Lunch with a London School of Economics Representative

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

The London School of Economics and Political Science is visiting Amherst! A world leader in the social sciences, LSE offers students an immersive study abroad experience right in the heart of London. Study alongside British and other international students with experts in the fields of economics, political science, sociology, gender studies and even more fields in the social sciences. Yohei Guy will be representing the school to talk to students interested in studying abroad, graduate study or summer courses.

Insight Meditation Group

Chapin Hall, Chapel

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together to relax, quiet the mind, learn to experience less suffering and stress, and to explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology.

Poster of Bawa Muhaiyaddeen hanging on a white wall in a room, surrounded by smaller framed photos and images

"The Life and Legacy of a Tamil Sufi Saint: Bawa Muhaiyaddeen"

Frank J. Korom, professor of religion and anthropology at Boston University, will speak on "The Life and Legacy of a Tamil Sufi Saint: Bawa Muhaiyaddeen" at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6 in 101 Chapin Hall. He is the author and editor of nine books, most recently The Anthropology of Performance (2013). He is also co-editor of the journal Asian Ethnology and serves on a variety of advisory boards, including the American Institute of Indian Studies' board of trustees. He is currently completing a book on the figure at the center of his Amherst talk. The talk is sponsored by the Willis D. Wood Fund and is free and open to the public. A reception will precede the talk at 4 p.m. in Chapin Lounge.

Physics/Astronomy Senior Thesis Talks

Dr. Miles Blencowe - Dartmouth College will speak on "Does the Big Bang Prevent Us from Being in Two Places at Once?"

Journaling for Thesis Writers

This workshop will present and explore ways you could use journal writing during the process of researching and writing your thesis. Our focus will be on informal writing you might use to find and produce content for your thesis, to reflect on and improve your thesis-making process, and to facilitate an optimal working relationship with your advisor. Various modes of journaling will be presented, and all participants will have the opportunity to try those that seem best suited to their thesis work and share with other participants.
Taught by writing associates Roy Andrews and Cassie Sanchez.

Ralph Nader outdoors among people holding "Ralph Nader for President" signs

The Amherst Political Union Presents: Ralph Nader, American Juggernaut

Mr. Nader will discuss his experience with politics outside of the two-party system, his thoughts on political parties in America today, and the role that third parties and "outsider" candidates will play in 2016. The event will be held in Stirn Auditorium; however, Merrill 2 will be used as an overflow room in which the event will be live-streamed. Mr. Nader will lecture for approximately 30 minutes, followed by a 30-minute Q&A session with the audience. There will be a book signing following the event.


German Kaffeeklatsch

Every Tuesday at 9 p.m. the German house hosts Kaffeeklatsch, an informal gathering for conversation and refreshment. This is a great opportunity to meet others interested in German language and culture.

Come join us for Kaffeeklatsch Tuesdays at Porter House!



Stop by the Queer Resource Center every Tuesday from 10 p.m.-12 a.m. for that nightly grind and take a break from studying!

Wed, Oct 7, 2015

Cullen Washington Jr

Artists's talk by Cullen Washington Jr.

Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall 115

Join visiting artist Cullen Washington Jr. for a talk, followed by a reception. Free and open to the public.

Yanira Castro-Court Garden by Maria Baranova

Power in the Image

Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 2nd Floor Frost Library

Director/Choreographer Yanira Castro leads a conversation about how power is embedded in images, particularly theatrical ones, and how these images have functioned historically and in contemporary culture. She will share examples from her performance work and research, extending from Louis XIV's Baroque period to Kanye West's single, "I Am a God."

Yanira Castro ’94 is a Puerto-Rican born and Brooklyn-based director/choreographer. In 2009, she formed a canary torsi, a collaborative group of artists that invites audiences to participate in work that is anchored in performance and extends into other media and online platforms. She has created nine performance projects that have toured nationally and internationally and have garnered national awards and commissions. Her work focuses on the relationship between audience and event, creating scenarios that explore the political and cultural significance of being in performance. Her work is intimate, site-based, involves media and is often participatory.

Reading: Mary Gaitskill

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

Mary Gaitskill is the author of the novel "Two Girls, Fat and Thin", as well as "Veronica", which was nominated for the 2005 National Book Award, National Critic’s Circle Award, and LA Times Book Award, and, most recently, The Mare. She is also the author of the story collections "Bad Behavior, Because They Wanted To", which was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner in 1998, and "Don’t Cry". Gaitskill has been awarded numerous honors and prizes and, according to The New York Times Book Review, her “palpable talent puts her among the most eloquent and perceptive contemporary fiction writers.” Refreshments to follow.

Morgan Stanley Wall Street 101 Presentation

Amherst first years, sophomores and juniors are invited to attend and learn more about Morgan Stanley. Solving complex challenges and fueling economic growth across continents is what they do. Morgan Stanley will offer you a structured path to success, providing you with the training, mobility and responsibility to make a real difference. Think you might be interested in a future internship in finance? Be sure to attend this educational event to learn more about this highly dynamic and challenging field. To find out more about career opportunities, please visit www.morganstanley.com/campus

Public Health Collaborative Intro Meeting

Come discuss public health issues. Listen to who we are and how to get involved! We have a lot of potential events and collaborations, including our involvement with the developing Amherst Community Health Center!
Food and refreshments will be served.

Yale Law School Information Session

Interested in Yale Law School? Come to an information session and learn about the admissions process.

What's the Deal with Bitcoin?

Gavin Andresen, chief scientist at the Bitcoin Foundation, will be coming to campus to discuss his work and the virtual currency. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session. Pizza will be provided!