Event Calendar

Today - Fri, Oct 20, 2017

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Faculty Colloquium Series: "What is Gender?: A View from 19th Century Transgender Archives" presented by Jen Manion, October 20

On Friday, October 20, from noon to 1 p.m., the Faculty Colloquium Series for 2017-18 is sponsoring "What is Gender?: A View from 19th Century Transgender Archives" presented by Jen Manion, associate professor of history. This event will take place in the Mullins and Faerber rooms, Lewis-Sebring Commons.

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!

Spanish Table

Do you want to practice your Spanish language skills during lunch? Join us at the weekly Spanish Table!

The Spanish Table is an informal way to practice and improve your Spanish language skills, and a fun opportunity to meet new people. It is held every Friday, from noon to 2 p.m., on the Mezzanine Level of Valentine Dining Hall. Students of all levels, faculty, staff and community members meet weekly in a relaxed setting over lunch. No need to register! Just grab some lunch and go upstairs!

Korean Language Table

The Korean Language Table will meet this semester on Fridays, from noon - 1 p.m., in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Dining Hall. All are welcome!

Urban Teachers Information Table

Urban Teachers is changing the equation in urban education, offering high-need schools a supply of effective teachers who are ready to make a difference in students’ lives and are committed to a career in teaching. Come swing by their table in Keefe to learn more about the unique opportunity to apply to a teacher residency program in partnership with Johns Hopkins School of Education to make an impact as an educator! For more information, visit http://www.urbanteachers.org

Image above reads #AmherstChatback: A The Office of Diversity and Inclusion presents a 7 Week Dialogue series inviting students to learn how to communicate and collaborate across social and cultural differences. There is a picture of speech bubbles. There is a list of discussion topics and dates. September 29th: Ability. October 6th: Class. October 13th: Gender. October 20th: Sexuality. October 27th: Nationality. November 3rd: Race. November 10th: Hot Topic.

Amherst Chat Back: Dialoguing Across Difference

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) presents a 7-week dialogue series inviting students to learn how to communicate and collaborate across social and cultural differences. The series will be co-hosted by Ismaris (she/her/ella), ODI's Dialogue Coordinator, and Babyface (she/her), ODI's Race, Gender and Sexuality Education Specialist.

This dialogue series will discuss topics such as class, nationality and sexuality. Each time you attend a dialogue, you can enter a raffle for a chance to win an Apple TV & $25 iTunes gift card. The kickoff discussion on Friday, September 29 will discuss the topic of ability and its intersections, such as race, class, etc. For accessibility/accommodations, please contact diversityandinclusion@amherst.edu.

Queer Talk

Join the Queer Resource Center and out queer counselors, Dr. Darien & Dr. Erickson, for a weekly discussion about experiences and topics related to the queer/trans community at Amherst. There will be snacks, company and great conversation!

Game of Thrones Parody Auditions

Don't miss the auditions for the Green Room's parody of Game of Thrones. All seven seasons in the length of one episode! Hope to see you there!

Students Only

Association for Women in Science Alumni Panel

The Association for Women in Science is hosting its 3rd Annual Alumni Panel. Come listen to our panelists, who work in healthcare, technology and research, as they offer their perspectives on their industries and advice to those who are considering a career in STEM. This year’s theme is the applicability of a liberal arts background.

Middlebury Brazil

Middlebury School in Brazil Info Session in FAYE113

Study abroad with Middlebury College’s School in Brazil where students can study in Latin America's largest country, with diverse cultures and geographies. The school is located in Horizonte, Florianópolis, and Niterói, each of these cities is an excellent location to improve Portuguese language skills. Come speak with the School's director, Sílvia Lorenso, who is from Belo Horizonte.

Come to FAYE 113 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. to learn more.

R.A.D. At Amherst

R.A.D. is an internationally recognized self-defense program designed to develop and enhance your options for staying safe. This class is open to women, non-binary, transgender and gender non-conforming participants. All physical ability and skill levels are welcome. No prior experience is required. R.A.D. grads are always encouraged to come back! Sign up at rad@amherst.edu.

Health Professions Alumni Panel for Pre-Med and Other Pre-Health Students

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Greenway A, Event Space

Hear from alumni of all ages about their career paths in health professions, and what they've learned along the way, going back to their Amherst education. This year's focus will be on mental health, and will feature the following panelists: Kaytee Turetsky '12, Dr. Janet Lydecker '06, Dr. John Franklin P'20, Dr. John Glazer '67 and Daniella Colombo '17. Refreshments will be served.

Closeup of Zach Yanes '17 playing the saxophone on stage in front of other musicians

ACJE, the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble: Homecoming Performance

The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble performs in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building, with Rob Tapper, trombone, featured soloist, and Bruce Diehl, director. The concert is free and open to the public.

Please bring your cash donation to the Amherst Survival Center-- you'd be amazed how many students and grad students they support to make ends meet.

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Homecoming Bonfire and Mammoth Logo Launch Party

After months of excavating, we'll finally reveal the Amherst Mammoth logo at the Homecoming Bonfire on Friday, October 20 from 8-10 p.m. on Val Quad (Alumni Gym in case of rain)! Students: Look for a Mammoth T-shirt ticket in your AC Box on Friday, October 20! Pick-up your shirt at the bonfire.

Open Dialogue: Questioning Faith

How does one go about questioning faith, religion, spirituality, and the existence of a god, gods, or a "God?" What are some issues with the idea of a "God?" Why do you or don't you believe? What is necessary for the belief in a "God?" Who/what is God? Where can I find resources to taking steps to finding answers to these questions? Where can I find an inclusive support group that allows for such questioning and open-ended responses? Open dialogue, snacks, networking and resources available. Open to everyone no matter what spiritual background (including none). O'Connor Commons, Friday, October 19, 2017, 8:15-9:15 p.m.

The Trifecta 2! - Homecoming

Three of the most lit groups to ever grace Amherst College's campus have teamed up once again to bless you with a move!

Amherst College's Black Student Union, African and Caribbean Students Union and La Causa present: The Trifecta 2!

Join us as we turn up and start Homecoming Weekend off right!
10 p.m.-2 a.m. in The Powerhouse on Friday, October 20.

Free for Amherst College students (but make sure you come early if you want to get in).

For everyone else, $5 before midnight, $7 after.

DJ Dutch and the Codewine DJs will be on the ones and twos, and you know they can do no wrong!

Tomorrow - Sat, Oct 21, 2017

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"Digging at the Dickinson": A Massachusetts Archaeology Month Talk

View Emily Dickinson’s world through the eyes of an archaeologist during this presentation and walking tour at the museum. Faculty and members of the University of Massachusetts Amherst archaeological field school will present findings from their work on the grounds of the Emily Dickinson Museum in the summer of 2017. Their work sheds new light on the location of a former Dickinson family barn and well, and on the recently reconstructed Dickinson conservatory site. In 2017, archaeobotany was a feature of the field school for the first time. This special branch of archaeology studies plant remains in the soil and will help to illuminate Dickinson's 19th-century environment. See firsthand how archaeology informs the museum’s preservation and restoration projects!

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Game of Thrones Parody Auditions

Don't miss the auditions for the Green Room's parody of Games of Thrones. All seven seasons in the length of one episode! Hope to see you there!

Students Only
Young man in a suit and tie playing timpani on the Buckley Recital Hall stage

Homecoming Performance: Amherst Symphony Orchestra, Works by Copland

Saturday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall, the Amherst Symphony Orchestra continues its yearlong survey of American concert music with a tribute to 20th-century master Aaron Copland.

In works such as "Fanfare for the Common Man" and "Four Dance Episodes" from the ballet Rodeo, Copland created a definitive and instantly recognizable musical vernacular which to this day evokes the "can-do" optimism and the wide open spaces of our country. Copland also drew on contemporary influences such as Stravinsky and jazz to create innovative masterpieces such as the "Clarinet Concerto," and imagined urban landscapes as well as those of Appalachia and the prairie in works such as "Quiet City." The ASO performs all four works on its concert; Leonard Yoon '18 is the clarinet soloist.

Full details of the orchestra's season: http://www.amherstsymphonyorchestra.com

Tickets may be purchased only at the door. Prices are $10 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens, students with ID and children under 12; and free to Amherst students and all Five College students with ID.

Tickets Required
Young women dressed in black, singing on the Buckley Recital Hall stage

Amherst College Choral Society: Homecoming Performance

The Amherst College Choral Society presents its annual Homecoming Concert on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 9 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The program will be repeated at noon on Saturday, Nov. 4, for the College’s Family Weekend concert.

Performers include the Concert Choir, the Chorus and the Glee Club, directed by Mallorie Chernin and assistant director Rebecca Ruescher ’17, and the Madrigal Singers, directed by Ellen Mutter ’18 and Anna Makar-Limanov ’20. The program features a wide range of music, including classical and world music: Brahms, Hatfield, Sametz, Roueché and more. The program ends with traditional College songs.

Tickets are available for $10 for general admission and $5 for children and senior citizens. Admission for Five College students is free. Email Mallorie Chernin for ticket reservations at mchernin@amherst.edu or call 413-542-2484. Unclaimed tickets will be available at the door the night of the concert.

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

Tickets Required

Sun, Oct 22, 2017

Gerrymandering in the Supreme Court

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Eric Carle Museum

Gerrymandering in the Supreme Court, a lecture by Professor Stephen Gottlieb will be presented on Sunday, October 22, 2:00 p.m., at the Eric Carle Museum. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Five College Learning in Retirement.
The case to be discussed, Gill v. Whitford, may prove to be one of the Court’s “blockbuster” decisions that shapes American democracy for decades to come.
Professor Gottlieb is the Jay and Ruth Caplan Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Albany Law School and author of Unfit for Democracy: The Roberts Court and the Breakdown of American Politics (NYU Press 2016).

Eugene Uman sitting at a piano on a stage

Adjunct Faculty Performance, Eugene Uman, piano: The Convergence Project

The Convergence Project is Uman’s vehicle to present his original compositions and music that has influenced him. It includes Michael Zsoldos, saxophones; Jeff Galindo, trombone; Uman, piano; David Picchi, bass (electric and acoustic); and Jon Fisher, drums. Special musical guests will include Wanda Houston on vocals and Jason Palmer on trumpet.

The recital is free. No tickets are required.

After spending several years in Colombia, the native country of his wife, Eugene Uman found a niche blending the rhythms of Colombia, such as cumbia, bambuco and pasillo, with jazz harmonies. While living in the state of Antioquia, Uman was commissioned by the Big Band of Medellín to write for their 20-piece orchestra. He composed "Blues para Urabá," a tribute to the strength of the common people of Urabá, who were at that time in the midst of a civil war. The rousing climax of that composition used a rhythm from the Atlantic coast called currulao. After that powerful experience, Uman continued to investigate the rhythms and forms of the music of his newly adopted homeland, internalizing a small handful of the immense and richly varied catalog of Colombian rhythms.

Mon, Oct 23, 2017

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Open Access Week events at the Amherst College Library

Open Access Week (October 23 - 27) is an international initiative on the part of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) to advocate for, and increase awareness of Open Access— the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole, and serves to help counter growing inequality in access to scholarly materials across institutions and nations.

This year, the eighth year for Open Access Week, will feature two events at the Amherst College Library:

— Monday, October 23, 4-5 p.m., Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 2d Floor, Frost Library: The Library will be a viewing site for participating in a webinar on Open Access Monograph Publishing, sponsored by Lever Press. Representatives of a number of scholarly publishers moving into, or fully committing to open access publishing models will speak about trends they see shaping the future of scholarly publishing and its advance toward sustainability. Participants include Erich Van Rijn, University of California Press (and director of UC’s Luminos open access imprint); Lara Manville, director of the University of Ottawa Press; Charles Watkinson, speaking for both Lever Press and Knowledge Unlatched; and Wendy Pratt Lougee, speaking on the AAU / ARL / AAUP Open Access Monograph Publishing Initiative. Participants at the viewing site will be able to pose questions to the moderator.

— Wednesday, October 25, 4:30-6 p.m.: Nick Lindsay, director of Open Access and director of Journals Publishing, MIT Press, will speak in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry’s Wednesday Salon Series on “Open Access and the Future of Scholarly Discourse.” Nick is the first appointee to this position in the MIT Press, one of the nation’s premier scholarly publishers. He’ll speak on MIT Press’s increasing investment in open access models for journal and monograph publishing, and look toward how scholarly communication will evolve in the coming years. A wine and cheese reception will follow.

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!

Mammoth in library space

Mammoths in (library) space: A library orientation

Never been in a six floor library before? Need to find books “on reserve” but not sure where to go? Looking to learn more about the library’s spaces, resources and services? Stop by Frost Library anytime this month and explore library space: take the self-directed Mammoths in (Library) Space Tour! To begin the tour, go to the welcome station across from Frost's circulation desk (look for the poster with balloons) and pick up a library orientation sticker card.

Complete the tour and receive a gift card to Frost Cafe plus a chance to win our grand prize: a unique space mammoth t-shirt or tote and a gift card to Antonio’s Pizza!