Event Calendar

Tomorrow - Tue, Sep 26, 2017

Black-and-white, off-center closeup of Maaza Mengiste

Fiction Reading: Maaza Mengiste

Maaza Mengiste is a novelist and essayist. Her debut novel, Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, was selected by The Guardian as one of the 10 best contemporary African books; The New York Times Book Review called it “an important novel, rich in compassion for its anguished characters.” Both Mengiste's fiction and her nonfiction examine the individual lives at stake during migration, war and exile, and can be found in The New Yorker, Granta and The New York Times and on BBC Radio, among other places. Mengiste was a writer on the social activist documentary film Girl Rising. Her second novel, The Shadow King, is forthcoming.

This event will be followed by refreshments.

Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeeklatsch

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!

Wed, Sep 27, 2017

Writing Retreat for Faculty and Staff

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The Writing Center supports faculty and staff in their own writing projects by hosting two weekly morning retreats. Our retreats are designed to encourage a regular writing practice, to emphasize healthy and sustainable approaches to productive writing and to support a community of writers at the College. Retreats will be held Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until noon. Attend regularly or drop in when you can.

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 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays on the Mezzanine level in Valentine Dining Hall. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Loeb Center program director for careers in business and finance, for a weekly, informal discussion on any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday from noon - 1 p.m. in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Hall. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!

SAGA Innovations Information Table

SAGA Innovations helps students in a very direct way. Students in participating schools receive personalized instruction in their regular school day in groups of two from professional, full-time tutoring fellows. In addition to academic instruction, their tutors mentor students on the behaviors, skills, attitudes and strategies that are critical to academic achievement. SAGA provides regular communication to families, keeping them engaged in their children’s learning, and address the needs of chronically underperforming students in a way that schools have not be able to effectively, given the school schedule and staffing constraints. Stop by SAGA Innovations' information table in Keefe Campus Center to learn more about their mission and opportunities.

Zotero Workshop

Want to make your research process more organized and efficient? Attend a one-hour tutorial to get started with Zotero! Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. If you're interested but can't make it to the workshop, click on the more information link below to see the full workshop schedule or to make an individual appointment.

Wednesday Wellness: Introduction to Feldenkrais with Fritha Pengelly

What does it mean to be ‘grounded?’ How can we improve our balance? As humans we stand on a relatively small base of support, and our center of gravity is high – making us a fairly unstable species. Moshe Feldenkrais understood this relationship and actually described ‘good posture’ as the ability to move in any direction without hesitation. In other words, our balance is dependent upon a dynamic stability, not a static one.

In this workshop we will explore how to find clear support through the skeleton in relationship to the ground for ease of movement and a sense of stability. When we find this support we lesson the pressures on our soft tissues and reduce general wear and tear and overall muscular tension.

Workshop will include exploration of one Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lesson. No experience necessary – this workshop is open to faculty, staff and students! Yoga mat recommended.

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.

Nonbinary Community Forum

Join the Women's and Gender Center (WGC) and Queer Resource Center (QRC) in the WGC for a community forum for nonbinary, genderqueer, gender non-conforming and gender creative students, faculty and staff. This is a closed space for people who identify within these groups or who exploring their identities. We will discuss community needs and aspirations. We will build community together and share snacks and drinks. For questions and/or more information contact Jesse Beal.

Q&A with Ben Gold '11: Thriving in a Career in Medicine

Please join us for a talk and Q&A with Dr. Benjamin Gold ’11, a third-year internal medicine resident at Baylor College of Medicine. He is a medical writer, with pieces featured in the Houston Chronicle, KevinMD.com, and TMC Pulse. He blogs regularly at www.bengoldmd.com. His most recent article featured in the Houston Chronicle was about his 60-hour shift at a Houston ER during Hurricane Harvey. He is also a musician, playing French Horn for the Texas Medical Center Orchestra.

International Affairs Graduate Programs Info Session (featuring Tufts, Georgetown, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Princeton)

Join representatives from a consortium of graduate schools focused on international affairs, which includes Tufts University (The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy), Georgetown University (Walsh School of Foreign Service), Columbia University (School of International and Public Affairs), Johns Hopkins University (School of Advanced International Studies) and Princeton University (The Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs). This session will provide students with both specific information about each school's graduate degrees, as well as general information about applying to graduate school and potential careers in international affairs.

Information Session on SPAN 345: Puerto Rico: Diaspora Nation

This will be an information session on SPAN 345: Puerto Rico: Diaspora Nation, a spring semester course that includes travel to Puerto Rico during Spring Break 2018, with travel costs covered for all accepted students. If you are interested but cannot attend the meeting, please contact Professor Paul Schroeder Rodríguez at pschroeder@amherst.edu for instructions on how to apply.

The course description is as follows: Puerto Rico’s colonial relationship to the United States has generated waves of migration to the point that today, more Puerto Ricans live in the United States than on the island. In this course, we will examine the literary and cultural manifestations of this diaspora. The course will also integrate a community-based learning component in partnership with the Holyoke Public Library, which is working to preserve and make available artifacts and stories about Puerto Ricans in Holyoke. As part of this community component, students will conduct oral history interviews in Holyoke, and then travel to Puerto Rico during Spring Break in order to visit relatives of the interviewees, share this knowledge, interview them in turn, and bring the gathered oral histories and artifacts back to Holyoke for sharing and archiving. During the trip to Puerto Rico we will also conduct cultural visits directly related to the course material. Conducted in Spanish. Limited to 12 students, with priority given to Spanish majors.

Students Only

First Year Loeb Seminar: Finding Your Foundation

First year students, the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning is part of your journey here at Amherst, from start to finish. We expect you to start your journey this fall through this fun and interactive workshop. You can get to know other first year students, identify your skills, understand how your values, culture and family influence your thinking about work and careers and also prepare for meaningful summer experiences such as internships, research, summer jobs, studying abroad, volunteering and more. R.S.V.P. required. Don’t miss out!

Thu, Sep 28, 2017

Writing Retreat for Faculty and Staff

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The Writing Center supports faculty and staff in their own writing projects by hosting two weekly morning retreats. Our retreats are designed to encourage a regular writing practice, to emphasize healthy and sustainable approaches to productive writing and to support a community of writers at the College. Retreats will be held Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until noon. Attend regularly or drop in when you can.

French Table

If you are interested in speaking French or learning about French culture, come and join the French table on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall on Thursdays from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The French table is open to students, faculty, staff and anyone who is interested in having informal conversations in French. All levels are welcome! We look forward to meeting you!

Lunch Chat: Explore Careers In Arts & Communications

Are you considering a career in the arts or communications fields? Join Kali Odell, the Loeb Center's careers in arts and communications adviser for lunch in Val. Whether you're just starting to explore career options or getting ready to apply for full-time jobs, this is a great opportunity to get to know Kali, find out more about the programs and resources we offer, share ideas or desires you have for our services and ask any questions you have about careers. So grab your lunch, head downstairs to Terrace Room A and join the conversation when you can!

Keefe Campus Center Community Hour

Stop by the Amherst College Campus Center every Thursday for a fun filled hour of community, popcorn and music! Throughout the semester we will offer various community building events in the campus center and on the Green. Make sure to stop by for bonfires, dance parties and self-care activities. All are welcome to join.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Student Affairs, the Dean of the Faculty, The Office of the President, Dining Services, Facilities and the Mail Room.

Jason Bridges Lecture

Philosopher Jason Bridges will speak on "Comparison and Practical Reason"

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall, room 115

Jason Bridges of the University of Chicago will present a lecture on "Comparison and Practical Reason" on Thursday, September 28, 2017. This event is sponsored by the Philosophy Department at Amherst College and the Joseph Epstein Lecture Fund. For further information, please contact the Philosophy Department. The event is open to the public and is handicapped accessible.

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.

Harvard Law School Info Session

Harvard Law School combines genuine excellence and diversity on a scale that is unmatched anywhere. Join Admissions Officer Tina Lagerstedt to learn more about Harvard Law School's programs and admissions processes. Interested students may register in advance to attend the session.

Photograph of Bret Stephens

"Trump: Point/Counterpoint" Series: "Illiberalism in the Age of Trump"

The "Trump: Point/Counterpoint" conversation series features Amherst College professor, and host of NEPR's In Contrast, Ilan Stavans and a guest engaging in thoughtful discussion and attempting to bridge the ideological divide growing in our nation.

For part two of the series, join Ilan and his guest Bret Stephens as they discuss "Illiberalism in the Age of Trump." Illiberalism describes a system, while ostensibly a democracy, in which citizens experience reduced civil liberties and are cut off from knowledge of who holds real power in their society.

Bret L. Stephens joined The New York Times as an op-ed columnist in April 2017. His column appears Thursday and Saturday.

Mr. Stephens came to the Times after a long career with The Wall Street Journal, where he was most recently deputy editorial-page editor and, for 11 years, foreign affairs columnist. Before that, he was editor in chief of The Jerusalem Post, where he oversaw the paper's news, editorial and digital operations and its international editions, and also wrote a weekly column. He has reported from around the world and interviewed scores of world leaders.

Mr. Stephens is the author of America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder, released in November 2014. He is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, including two honorary doctorates and the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. He is also a political analyst for MSNBC.

Mr. Stephens was raised in Mexico City and holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics. He and his wife, Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, a music critic for the Times, live with their three children in New York and Hamburg, Germany.

The event is free and open to the public.

It is presented by the Amherst College class of 1970.

Series Information

WH Trading Information Session

Join alumni representatives Pat Lahey '00 and Rob Homchick '14 to learn more about WH Trading and its entry-level opportunities. WH Trading is a global proprietary derivatives trading firm that provides liquidity to a wide range of global futures and options markets including interest rate, foreign exchange, agricultural commodity and energy products. As a proprietary trading firm, WH Trading's revenue comes from trading profits generated on physical open outcry exchange floors in Chicago and electronic markets globally. The firm does not serve customers, and its risk capital is provided exclusively by the firm’s partners.

WH Trading has its roots in the open outcry markets of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Will Hobert founded the firm in 1994 in a small office above the CME trading floor. Since that time, WH Trading has grown and developed to keep pace with the markets they trade. Today the firm has over 70 employees including trading, technology and administrative staff.

Caution: Thesis Writing in Progress

Productive Habits and Planning for Thesis Writers

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Frost Library, 211 (CHI classroom)

If you are writing a thesis, you may have been told to manage your time well, keep on track and make steady, incremental progress all year. But you may also have realized that some advice is easier said than done! This workshop will discuss habits and practices for productivity, as well as practical ways to introduce them into your writing and research process. This workshop will be taught by Jessica Kem, associate director of the Writing Center.

Students Only