Event Calendar

Today - Tue, Oct 6, 2015

clothesline Project picture of Amherst College

The Five College Clothesline Project

As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the peer advocates for sexual respect will host a display of the Five College Clothesline Project. The Clothesline Project began in 1990 as an outlet for people affected by violence. The project uses decorated t-shirts as a vehicle for people to express their emotions and reactions to their experiences with violence. The Five College Clothesline Project welcomes T-shirts from people of all gender identities. Our goal is to create a space for all people impacted by sexual violence in our community.

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!

Tomorrow - Wed, Oct 7, 2015

A piece of artwork by 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. This event is 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 and 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!

Compass Lexecon Information Session

One of the world’s leading economics consulting firms, Compass Lexecon provides law firms, corporations and government clients with clear analysis of complex issues. Their experience and expertise apply to virtually any question of economics, in virtually any context of the law or business. Their experts and staff are known for developing a thorough understanding of the issues that clients face, relating those issues to relevant economic theory, supporting analysis with solid and persuasive empirical evidence, and presenting findings in an understandable manner. Compass Lexecon is hiring for positions in the Boston office with a summer 2016 start date.

Thu, Oct 8, 2015

History Lecture: A. Holly Shissler "Islamic Modernism and its Connections to European Religious Studies Scholarship"

A. Holly Shissler is an associate professor of Ottoman and Modern Turkish History in the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department at the University of Chicago. Her talk, sponsored by The Eastman Fund and the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series Fund at Amherst College, is entitled, "Islamic Modernism and its Connections to European Religious Studies Scholarship."

Staff Fun Lunch

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A/B

Come join us for a fun lunch! This is staff lunch for any and all Amherst College staff members, so Amherst College staff across departments can meet.

Location: Terrace Room A/B in the lower level of Valentine Dining Hall

Any and all Amherst College staff and administrators are welcome. Let's share the work that we do and get to know each other!
The lunch will take place in the front room of Valentine Dining Hall (the tables on your left as you walk into the dining hall).

Note: This event is not sponsored or paid for by any specific office. The purpose of the lunch is to network across silos and departments.

Registration for Fall 2015 Lunch and Learn Session - What's New in Office 2013?

Frost Library, Barker room

Register to attend a session on what's new in Microsoft Office 2013.


German Film Series: "Bierland"

Screenings at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

"Beerland" (Matt Sweetwood, 2013; 85 min.)
Armed with good humor and cheerful curiosity, an American documentary filmmaker embarks on a trip through various regions of Germany to figure out just what the national beverage means to the Germans.