Event Calendar

Today - Sun, Feb 19, 2017

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Book & Plow Info Session

Book & Plow Farm work study, commencement/reunion, and summer internship opportunities are available. We have two information sessions coming up on Thursday, February 16 and Sunday, February 19 from 7-8:30 p.m. in McCaffrey Room at Keefe Campus Center. If you have worked on the farm before, you are invited to share your experience and hear about the new season. If you did not even know we had a farm on campus, you are encouraged to come and learn more about it. We look forward to connecting around a shared interest the farm.

Students Only

Tomorrow - Mon, Feb 20, 2017

SFS and SIT Tabling in Keefe

The School for Field Studies and SIT Study Abroad will be on campus to jointly promote their culturally immersive, research focused study abroad programs in over 40 countries. Join us to in the Keefe atrium to learn more between 11am-1pm today

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 1:00 p.m.

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!

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"Engaging Cultural and Linguistic Differences in the Contact Zone" by Kimberly Vinall, De Anza College

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

Pratt defines a contact zone as a social space in which disparate cultures “meet, clash, and grapple with each other,” indexing larger global relations of power and domination. In many ways, language/culture classrooms can be considered a contact zone. Teaching materials construct representations of cultural and linguistic otherness which meet and can clash with the instructor’s and students’ own perspectives as all grapple with these interactions.

In this presentation, Vinall analyzes constructions of difference in a university-level intermediate Spanish classroom in the U.S. borderlands. Cultural and linguistic differences were (re)constructed through a "tourist gaze," a term borrowed from critical tourist studies to refer to a way of viewing the “other” from the perspective of a tourist. In her analysis, Vinall considers how the tourist gaze constructs cultural difference and organizes social roles across the chapters of the textbook, the sequences of a video, and turns-at-talk in classroom activities. Vinall also reflects on how the construction of the tourist gaze and its operation function to reproduce larger transnational power structures. She concludes with a consideration of the implications of the tourist gaze in light of recent theorizations of symbolic competence and a reflection on how this analysis has altered her own teaching and research.

This lecture will be in English and is free and open to the public.

SIT & SFS at Amherst

The School for Field Studies and SIT Study Abroad

The School for Field Studies and SIT Study Abroad will be on campus to jointly promote their culturally immersive, research focused study abroad programs in over 40 countries. Don't miss out! They will be in the McCaffrey Room in Keefe this Monday, February 20, from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Students Only
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Lecture and Demonstration by Professor John McDonald: "Stirring Up the Music: The Life and Works of Composer T.J. Anderson"

4:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Amherst College's 2016-2017 Valentine Visiting Professor of Music, John McDonald, presents a talk on his in-progress biography project on the composer T.J. Anderson.

Complete with musical performances sounding out Anderson's recent works from the piano, pianist, composer and scholar McDonald's presentation contextualizes Anderson's career highlights and achievements from the point of view of a composer and performer, musical collaborator and chronicler. McDonald partitions and analyzes Anderson's work and influence in five chronological phases.

SFS and SIT Information Session in McCaffrey

The School for Field Studies and SIT Study Abroad will be on campus to jointly promote their culturally immersive, research focused study abroad programs in over 40 countries. Come to the McCaffrey room in Keefe from 4:30-5:30 pm

"Undoing Monogamy"

On Monday, Feb. 20, Angela Willey will give a talk titled "Undoing Monogamy." In this book talk, Willey both frames and traces the broad contours of Undoing Monogamy, a radically interdisciplinary exploration of the concept of monogamy in U.S. science and culture, propelled by queer feminist desires for new modes of conceptualization and new forms of belonging. She approaches the politics and materiality of monogamy as intertwined with one another such that disciplinary ways of knowing themselves become an object of critical inquiry. Refusing to answer the naturalization of monogamy with a naturalization of nonmonogamy, the book demands a critical reorientation toward the monogamy question in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. The talk traverses the book's treatments of colonial sexual science, monogamous voles, polyamory and the works of Alison Bechdel and Audre Lorde to show how challenging the lens through which human nature is seen as monogamous or nonmonogamous forces us to reconsider our investments in coupling and in disciplinary notions of biological bodies.

Dr. Angela Willey is an assistant professor in the Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She works at the interstices of queer feminist theory, feminist science studies and sexuality studies. Her work has appeared in Feminist Studies; Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society; Journal of Gender Studies; Science, Technology, and Human Values; Archives of Sexual Behavior; and Sexualities, as well as in volumes on monogamy, the science of difference, materialism and the global history of sexual science.

This event is free and open to the public. It is being sponsored by the Lamont Fund and the Political Science Department of Amherst College.

Learning LinkedIn Workshop

Join us for an engaging workshop where you can learn cool tricks for using LinkedIn as a college student. You are highly encouraged to bring your own laptop so you can follow along throughout the presentation. This event is co-sponsored by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning and the Women’s and Gender Center. This program is designed for women, but is open to students of all genders.

Tue, Feb 21, 2017

"The Thing Is...: An Archaeological Approach to Objects in the Mead"

Join Dr. Cecilia Feldman, Kress Interpretive Fellow at the Mead, for an archaeologist's perspective on a variety of works in the collection. Her focus on materials, labor, resources, technology and cultural coding represent the processes that are present, but often unacknowledged, in material culture.

French Table

The French Table will meet on Tuesdays from noon until 2 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall. Come join the French language assistants for conversation over lunch. French speakers of all levels are welcome!

Dr. Casey Stevens Bester, Duke University: "An Impactful Experiment: Impact, Penetration, and Cratering in Granular Media"

Examples of granular materials, or large collections of discrete macroscopic grains, exist in abundance, from rice and cereal to sand and rocks. However, the physics of granular media present significant complexities that are still poorly understood. Impact of granular targets by solid projectiles is an experimental approach to understanding force transmission in soft matter. A granular target can cause a free-falling projectile to come to an abrupt stop as its momentum is dissipated to the grains. A complete interpretation of the stopping force, incorporating grain-scale interactions during impact, remains unresolved. We use direct force measurements and high-speed imaging to determine the forces acting on a projectile as it decelerates through a dense granular medium. These impact studies probe the unique response and properties of granular media.

Junior Political Science Majors Informational Session - Thesis Writing

Professor Kristin Bumiller, chair of the Political Science Department, will be holding an informational session for students who are Juniors and interested in writing a Senior thesis. The session is on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in Clark House, room 100.

Cover Letter Workshop

Join us to learn how to write a cover letter that will set you apart from the crowd! As a reminder, students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements must attend a cover letter workshop. Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend. In order to practice writing cover letters, attendees are asked to bring an internship position description and a laptop or pen and paper. RSVP in Quest.

This workshop series is facilitated by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.

BaeWatch: Online Dating

In the next installment of BaeWatch Series, join the Multicultural Resource Center, Women and Gender Center, and Queer Resource Center in the MRC for a panel discussion on the ins and outs of online dating.

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Argument Development

It has been said that all academic writing is argument, and that to develop a good argument, writers must “find some genuine question or perplexity” worth pursuing (Peter Elbow, 1988). In this workshop, we will discuss how to move from prompt to argument, use readings and other sources appropriately and with confidence, and work toward making the best case for your original idea or “hard-won insight” so valued by professors. Please bring a prompt that you are working on or have worked on in the past. Taught by Cassie Sanchez, senior writing associate. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot today!

Students Only

German Kaffeklatsch

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

Come join us for Kaffeeklatsch Tuesdays at Porter House!

LGBTea, coffe and tea, late night study hours

QRC LGBTea Late Night Study Hours

LGBTea is an intentional weekly program that offers a comfortable, affirming, and welcoming space for our community to come together. Join us for late night study hours, take a break if you need one, grab a cup of tea or coffee, or just hang out!!
Every Tuesday in the Queer Resource Center 10 p.m.-Midnight
All are welcome

Wed, Feb 22, 2017

Russian Table

The 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 Dining Hall. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

Law School Admissions Strategies Workshop

Have questions about applying to law school? Want to know how to improve your application? Want to speak with an admissions officer? Join Liz Madigan, assistant director of admissions at Brooklyn Law School to learn how to get that extra edge in preparing your law school applications!

Tearing Down Walls

An open space for students to connect and discuss experiences and ramifications of the political climate on sense of safety, mental health and engagement in the college. Those of Muslim faith, refugees, immigrants, trans or non-binary identities, students of color, undocumented students, queer identity, women, and intersecting identities are encouraged to attend.

Wednesdays, starting February 8th

Facilitated by Sarah Erickson, Psy.D. (serickson@amherst.edu) and Zamir Nestelbaum, M.D. (znestelbaum@amherst.edu).

Students Only

Paws and Relax!

Drop by to get some canine affection! Sponsored by the Wellness Team, Amherst College Library and PAW.