Event Calendar

Today - Tue, Oct 25, 2016

A view from Book & Plow Farm of the Pelham Hills

The Book & Plow Constitutional

The Book & Plow Constitutional is chance to gather yourself, collect your thoughts and set an intention for your day. It starts at 6:30 a.m. in the Val lobby, where we will meet. We then greet the day and each other with a walk up to Tuttle Hill where we sit for a 20-minute meditation. At the conclusion of the meditation, we make our way back to Val for breakfast together at 7:30 a.m.

The Constitutional is a chance to connect to ourselves and each other before the day turns into emails, exams, deadlines and deliverables.

This walk-sit-walk and eat is open to anyone-- student, faculty, staff or community member. No need to RSVP. Show up just as you are on Tuesdays and Fridays at 6:30 a.m. to the Val lobby.

Korean Language Table

Korean Language Table will meet this semester every Tuesday, from 12 - 1 p.m., in Terrace Room A on the lower level of Valentine Dining Hall. All are welcome.

Conversations On A Bench featuring Norm J. Jones, Ph.D.

Drop by the Mead, Tuesday, October 25, for a conversation session with Norm – Amherst College Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.

Norm joined Amherst College over the summer and in this role, he works with campus partners to advance practices and programs that foster diversity, inclusivity and accessibility. He oversees the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, which comprises the Queer Resource Center, the Women’s and Gender Center and the Multicultural Resource Center. Working with the dean of the faculty and the chief human resources officer, he plays a key role in recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff. He ensures that the college is an active participant in national and international conversations around inclusive excellence.

Come by and start a conversation with Norm about diversity, inclusion or just about your day.

We look forward to seeing you at the Mead!

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 required--October 18 and 25. Space is limited, RSVP on Quest. Priority given to sophomore Amherst Professional Accelerator (APEX) participants.

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

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“Spanish Women in the Antifascist Resistance in France, 1936-1956”

Lecture by Gina Herrmann on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall

Hundreds of thousands of Spanish women who fled Spain after the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) spent the years of World War II in France.

Thousands of these women, whose political activism from the 1930s continued in the fight against the German occupation of France, joined units of the French Resistance. What kinds of work did Spanish and French women perform together to resist Fascism? What were the consequences of this work? How did they interact with their male comrades during a period of great social upheaval?

Gina Herrmann, associate professor of Spanish at the University of Oregon, is a specialist on the long anti-Fascist resistance of Spaniards. In her lecture she will discuss how Spanish exiles — especially communist and anarchist women — contributed to the French Resistance, and how they often suffered from the deadly consequences of their commitments.

Fall Faculty Book Party

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Frost Library, Friendly Reading Room

Please join us Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 4:30 p.m. in Frost Library's Friendly Reading Room as we celebrate the publication of new books written by Amherst College faculty.

Lawrence R. Douglas, the James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, will discuss "The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial."

Rhonda Cobham-Sander, the Emily C. Jordan Folger Professor of Black Studies and English, will discuss "I and I: Epitaphs for the Self in the Work of V.S. Naipaul, Kamau Brathwaite and Derek Walcott."

Martha Saxton, professor of history and sexuality, women's and gender studies and Elizabeth W. Bruss Reader, emerita, and Wendy Ewald, visiting artist-in-residence, will discuss "The Transformation of This World Depends Upon You."

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Arshad Kudrolli, Clark University: "Patterns in Sand"

We will discuss pattern formation resulting from the interaction of sand and water in various contexts ranging from formation of channel networks to building sand castles. The study is motivated not only by the beauty and complexity of the structures associated with these two basic ingredients, but also by implications to extraction and remediation of hydrocarbons and 3-D printing. We will advance the understanding of the observed phenomena by discussing a series of physical experiments performed to develop the erosion and sedimentation laws important to each system.

Insight Meditation Group (Mindfulness)

5-6 p.m. Chapin Hall, Chapel
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 in the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life.

Health Disparities: Access and Women's Health in Latinx Communities

Join Project Salud, the WGC and La Causa in exploring the challenges Latinx women have historically faced in accessing healthcare, with a focus on reproductive health. Professor of Medical Anthropology at Mount Holyoke College, Lynn Morgan will share some of her own work in the field, with follow up questions and discussions.
Monday October 25 at 5 p.m. in the McCaffrey Room (Keefe Campus Center) - Veracruzana catering will be provided!

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Info Session for 100 Projects for Peace: $10,000 Grant for Summer 2017

Do you have an idea for a project to build peace and community, promote economic opportunity, bring people together across difference or promote humanity through art and music? Learn more about applying for a $10,000 grant to implement your project in the summer of 2017 through the 100 Projects for Peace program. Drop-in info sessions on Tuesday, October 25 from 5-7 p.m. and Thursday, October 27 from 7-9 p.m. in the Center for Community Engagement. For more information, email Megan Lyster in the CCE: mlyster@amherst.edu

Academic Essentials

The Savvy Reader

The reading load for many classes can sometimes seem overwhelming and unmanageable. This workshop, taught by senior writing associate Kristen Brookes, 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 being introduced 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. Advance registration is required.

Students Only
Adaugo Ugocha speaks at Amherst Explorations, April 2016

Essential Ingredients for Giving Constructive Feedback

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Converse Hall, Porter Lounge (3rd floor)

When your friends rehearse class presentations and ask your opinion, do you know what to say to genuinely help them improve? Learn and practice how to give positive productive feedback to speakers based on their performance, not just on content. Not only will you learn how to recognize what the speaker is doing well and what needs improvement, but you will also learn how to share that evaluation effectively.

Advance registration is required.

Part of the Speaking with Confidence Workshop Series. These six highly interactive (i.e. fun!) public speaking workshops will teach you how to become calm, confident and compelling presenters. Take an individual workshop as an introduction to basic skills or attend the entire series to build on those skills and see impressive results. The series culminates in a celebratory evening of inspirational speeches on November 1. Taught by Susan Daniels, associate in public speaking.

Students Only
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"The Last Slide Projector" (2006) with Filmmaker Paige Sarlin in Person

"The Last Slide Projector" examines the story of Eastman Kodak's Carousel projector on the eve of its final production run, documenting the disappearance of a projection technology that was once as integral to family memories as it was to education, art history and the development of both cinema and corporate culture. Sarlin's film is a cinematic example of what George Marcus calls "following the thing," a method of tracking an object as it crosses temporal, spatial and disciplinary boundaries. Through this method, the film reveals the social consequences of technological change and obsolescence, as well as the broader aesthetic, ideological and economic implications of our ongoing transition from analog to digital.

Screening with "Workers Leaving the Factory" (Harun Farocki, 1995)
Total run time: ca. 96 minutes


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!

Spooky LGBTea!

Study break! Join us in the QRC for a Halloween-inspired LGBTea. We'll be sharing spooky horror stories so if you have a scary tale to tell come prepared! Pizza and candy will be served!

Tomorrow - Wed, Oct 26, 2016

AWIS Breakfast Meetup

AWIS Amherst is holding an informal breakfast meetup with professors from the chemistry, physics and biology departments! Stop by for good food and interactions with professors! It's okay if you cannot make the entire hour.
The event is targeted towards freshman, sophomores and students in the introductory science courses.

The event is in O'Connor Commons (Charles Pratt basement), 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Wednesday October 26.

For more information, contact Minjee Kim at mikim17@amherst.edu.

French Table

The French Table will meet on Wednesdays from noon until 2 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall. French speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

Russian Table

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. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

Grab and Don’t Go: Reproductive Justice is Racial Justice

Grab and Don’t Go: Reproductive Justice is Racial Justice
Noon to 1 p.m. | The Multicultural Center
Join the WGC and the MRC for a discussion about the intersections of race and reproductive justice. The right to choose whether to raise and parent a child has racial implications. From the prison industrial complex to child welfare to forced sterilization, fighting for racial justice is fighting for reproductive justice. Facilitated by Bulaong Ramiz-Hall and Jesse Beal.

Bring your own lunch, we will serve milk and cookies

Latin American Film Series, Fall 2016: "Lucía"

"Lucía" (Humberto Solás, Cuba, 1968, parts 1 and 3)
7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, Stirn Auditorium

"Lucía" is one of Cuba’s most beloved films of all time, a tryptich that interprets the island nation’s historical development through the lives of three strong female protagonists: an aristocratic Lucía living in 1895, during Cuba’s war of independence against Spain; a bourgeois Lucia in the 1930s, during Machado’s dictatorship; and a working-class Lucía, in the early years of the Revolution.

In Spanish with English subtitles

embrace of serpent

Embrace of the Serpent

Directed by Ciro Guerra. 125 minutes. Not Rated. Cubeo, Huitoto, Ticuna, Guarano, Ocaina, Spanish, Portuguese and others with subtitles.

At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in Embrace of the Serpent, the third feature by Ciro Guerra.

Filmed in stunning black-and-white, Serpent centers on forty years in the life of Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and two scientists who venture into the jungle.

The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant.
Wedneday, October 26 , 7 p.m.

Purchase tickets online in advance at Amherst Cinema website or in person at the box office.

Tickets Required
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!

Thu, Oct 27, 2016