Event Calendar

Fri, Oct 19, 2018

Electronics Project Showcase and Robot Demonstration

2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Science Center, Living Room (first floor entrance)

Teams of students from the Physics 112 Electronics class will dazzle you with their electronics projects! LEDs that "dance" to music, an alarm that triggers if you have a high heart rate, LEDs that help you get dressed in the morning, a personal air conditioner and much more. Special guest appearance by Eugene, the soccer-playing robot, and the Robot Design Challenge team (robot demos at 2:45 and 3:15).

"Hatred in Democracy" Symposium

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

On Friday, Oct. 19, at 3 p.m. in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at the Frost Library, Amherst College, the Practicing Democracy Symposium will convene to discuss the topic of “Hatred in Democracy.” Guest speakers will be Joseph Levin, co-founder and previously the legal director, president, CEO and general counsel at the Southern Poverty Law Center; Nadia Aziz, policy counsel of the Stop Hate Project at the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; and Manar Waheed, legislative and advocacy counsel for the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union).

This event is sponsored by the Colloquium on Practicing Democracy and the... More »

Queer Talk

Join the QRC and our counselors, Dr. Darien and Dr. Erickson, for a weekly discussion on topics related to being queer/trans at Amherst. There will be snacks and great conversation!

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Dance Master Class with Marion Spencer

Marion Spencer is a New York- based dance artist. Her work has been presented by Gibney's WORK UP 4.0, Triskelion Arts, Movement Research at the Judson Church, and the Domestic Performance Agency. Since moving to New York, Marion has collaborated and performed with Athena Kokoronis, Kinesis Project Dance Theatre, Stephan Koplowitz, Annie Kloppenberg, Carte Blanche Performance, Shaun Irons and Lauren Petty, Vanessa Justice, and apprenticed and performed with David Dorfman Dance. In addition to performing and making, she also teaches dance at Gibney, Dancewave, Greenwich Country Day School, and Girls Preparatory Charter Middle School.... More »

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Joseph Stiglitz '64: "Globalism and Its Discontents: Point/Counterpoint with Ilan Stavans"

4:30 pm Science Center, E110 Lecture Hall

Join us as Professor Stavans speaks with Nobel Laureate in Economics and Amherst College alumnus Joseph Stiglitz '64.

The "Globalism and Its Discontents: 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.

The rise of populism worldwide today, personified by Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, is a fierce reaction to globalism policies of the past few decades. Anti-immigration movements in Europe and the United States; assaults on free... More »

The Second Annual Festival of American Poetry at Amherst College

6:30 pm - 11:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115

The festival is organized by Pioneer Valley Poetry Productions and is co-sponsored by the Amherst College Department of English. No admission is charged for the readings. Poets who will read from their works Friday evening include Monica de la Torre, Brian Henry, Sawako Nakayasu, Uche Nduka and Eleni Sikelianos. The readers are among this country’s established poets working in avant-garde writing and innovative traditions.

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Dance Showcase: "Wolf" by Marion Spencer

7:30 pm Webster Hall, Studio 1 (Room 117)

WOLF is a dance and sound performance that explores beautiful magic and tragically real happenings in our world today. Digging into storms, happiness, the memory of trauma, whiteness, cleaning and transformations, this solo explores falling under spells, the wild beauty of nature as well as its undeniable uncontrollable impending loss, red wine, red blood, the new moon, and how we manage to get out from under it all. Nayyirah Waheed's collection salt; Sara Ahmed's The Promise of Happiness; Maggie Nelson's Bluets; and essays from The Racial Imaginary, edited by Claudia Rankine, all serve as research... More »

Portrait of Stephanie Houtzeel

M@A: Stephanie Houtzeel, mezzo-soprano

Tickets are available though package sales on sale from July 23-August 29, and thereafter in the 14 days before each concert through https://amherst.universitytickets.com, or through the Concert Office at (413) 542-2195 or concerts@amherst.edu.

CHAMBER SERIES
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students (with valid ID): $12
Amherst College Students: $7 in advance or free student rush

Stephanie Houtzeel’s performances in the Strauss repertoire have been heralded around... More »

Tickets Required

Amherst Cinema Late Nights

Join Amherst Cinema every Friday for a free late-night flick featuring the best cult, genre and outré on the big screen. Free for Amherst College students with presentation of student ID at box office. Visit the Amherst Cinema website for more information on programming.

Tickets Required

Sat, Oct 20, 2018

M@A Artist: Stephanie Houtzeel, mezzo with John Milbauer, piano

M@A: Stephanie Houtzeel, mezzo-soprano, masterclass

Students work with mezzo Stephanie Houtzeel on stage in Buckley. Free and open to the public. No tickets required.

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Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes.

Free and open to all!

Science Center Celebration

Join us on Saturday, October 20, 2018, for the celebration of Amherst's new science center. We have planned an afternoon devoted to science and science education in the context of the liberal arts.

The event will begin with a discussion by five distinguished panelists: Bradford Hager ’72, P’12, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Earth Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Kimberlyn Leary '82, associate professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School and executive director of policy outreach, McLean Hospital; Julie Segre '87, senior investigator, National Human Genome Research Institute; Shirley... More »

The Second Annual Festival of American Poetry at Amherst College

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115

The festival is organized by Pioneer Valley Poetry Productions and is co-sponsored by the Amherst College Department of English. No admission is charged for the readings. Poets scheduled to read Saturday evening include, John High, Ruth Lepson, Michael Leong, Elinor Nauen, Patrick Donnelly and Fanny Howe. The readers are among this country’s established poets working in avant-garde writing and innovative traditions.

Sun, Oct 21, 2018

First Years: Fall in "Loeb" with the Loeb Center (Appleton and Williston)

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm Appleton and Williston Residence Halls, Common Room

Fall in "Loeb" with the Loeb Center as the Peer Career Advisors (PCAs) visit First Year Residence Hall tea times this October! We'll share with you the resources available at the Loeb Center, what you can do on Handshake, and how PCAs can guide you on your career exploration journey! There will be snacks, and we'll raffle off an adorable mammoth plush toy and other prizes at each session.

We will be in the Williston common room from 8–8:30 p.m. and the Appleton common room from 9–9:30 p.m.

Mon, Oct 22, 2018

U.S. PIRG Information Table

Stop by this information table to speak with Brendan Mahoney, a 21st Century Transportation Fellow with U.S. PIRG (United States Public Interest Research Group).

U.S. PIRG is an advocate for the public interest, working to win concrete results on real problems that affect millions of lives, and standing up for the public against powerful interests when they push the other way. Fellowship opportunities are now available to Amherst students looking to make a positive impact, using the time-tested tools of investigative research, media exposés, grassroots organizing, advocacy and litigation.

German Table

German Table

Enjoy informal conversations with students who have studied in Germany, the German faculty members, the German language assistants and other native speakers.

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Floor

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from noon - 1 p.m.

Math & Stats Table, Mondays at noon in Terrace Room A

Math & Stats Table

Please join us on Mondays in the Terrace Room A of Valentine Hall. Relax and enjoy lunch with your Math & Stats friends.

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Biology Monday Seminar

Allen Hurlbert '94, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
University of North Carolina

"Big Data, Birds, and Citizen Science: Understanding the Impacts of Global Change"
In the Hurlbert Lab we ask questions about the structure of ecological communities, and the processes that are responsible for determining the patterns of diversity, composition, turnover and relative abundance both within local assemblages and across the globe. Our work spans vertebrate, invertebrate, and plant communities, and we use a variety of approaches from manipulative experiments to modeling to working with global scale... More »

Writing Center Creative Writing Group

The Writing Center's Creative Writing Group will gather weekly on Monday nights to write, share and discuss our fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, drama and other modes of creative writing in a friendly, supportive manner. No homework, just attend. Meetings will be led by writing associate Roy Andrews and student coordinator Gwyneth Lewis. Open to all students.

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Auditions: "Doctor Faustus"

7:00 pm Webster Hall, Studio 2 (Room 122)

Auditions for the Theater and Dance Department's production of "Doctor Faustus" by Christopher Marlowe, the famous Elizabethan tragedy about a professor who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and power. Directed by Prof. Ron Bashford with Wes Guimarães ’19 as Faustus for his senior project.

Rehearsals will begin on January 3, with performances on March 21, 22, and 23 in Holden Theater.

Cast members will have a special intensive three-day workshop with Eliot Shrimpton from the Guildhall School of Drama in London, and Carine Montbertrand, commedia/mask expert from NYC!

First-year & Five College... More »

U.S. PIRG Information Session

U.S. PIRG is an advocate for the public interest, working to win concrete results on real problems that affect millions of lives, and standing up for the public against powerful interests when they push the other way.

With U.S. PIRG, students can join a team of dozens of organizers, advocates, lawyers, researchers, policy analysts, communicators and others with a record of winning hundreds of new laws and other policies that have made the lives of people all across the country healthier, safer and more secure. Fellowship opportunities are now available to Amherst students looking to make a positive impact, using the time-tested... More »

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Introduction to the Careers In Business and Finance Program

Have you ever wondered what it means to have a career in finance, consulting, general business or entrepreneurship? Whether you are a first year student, a sophomore, or a junior now exploring new opportunities, this is a great way to learn, discover, and decide if finance, consulting, business or entrepreneurship is something you want to pursue.

The Loeb Center offers industry specific initiatives to help students explore and plan for careers in seven specific careers In areas. The Careers In Business and Finance Program was established in 2015 to help students explore and prepare for careers in the financial services industry... More »

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"Vote Suppression, Gerrymandering and the Supreme Court" Talk by Paul Smith '76

The Amherst Political Union welcomes Paul Smith ’76, P’09 for a talk on "Vote Suppression, Gerrymandering and the Supreme Court."

Smith was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2016. He is a Distinguished Visiting Professor from Practice at Georgetown Law School and Vice President for Litigation and Strategy at the Campaign Legal Center, which seeks to protect voting rights, to defend reasonable campaign finance regulation and enforce government ethics rules. Before taking these positions in 2017, he practiced law at the firm of Jenner & Block LLP, where he became one of the most prominent Supreme Court advocates of his... More »

diaTribe Foundation, Close Concerns, and dQ&A Information Session

Attend this joint information session to hear about opportunities at the diaTribe Foundation, Close Concerns, and dQ&A, related organizations led by led by Kelly Close '90 (Harvard Business School ’95) and located in the vibrant Lower Haight neighborhood of San Francisco.

The diaTribe Foundation is a 501(c)3 certified nonprofit organization with a mission to improve the lives of people living with diabetes and prediabetes, and to advocate for action. The diaTribe Foundation is committed to helping people with diabetes live happier, healthier and more hopeful lives through its many programs, including diaTribe.org, a free... More »