Event Calendar

Wed, Nov 29, 2017

Thu, Nov 30, 2017

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!

Careers In Health Professions: John Dorsey, Project Horseshoe Farm

Join us for a Careers In Health Professions lunch with Dr. John Dorsey, Executive Director of Project Horseshoe Farm. Project Horseshoe Farm has a three-part mission of service, community and leadership development. Horseshoe farm runs a variety of programs, including an enhanced independent living housing program for women 50 years old and older diagnosed with a mental disorder, daytime adult programs and outreach activities for elderly and mentally disabled members of the local community and tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programs to more than 60 local children each week. Horseshoe Farm offers a one year “Horseshoe Farm Fellowship” program as a gap year opportunity that aims to help prepare students for discerning and effective community based service leadership in the rapidly evolving healthcare and education systems they will likely face. Lunch will be served at this event but space is limited; R.S.V.P. in Quest.

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.

CISE Late Night Study Hours

The Center for International Student Engagement (CISE) is holding late night study hours each Thursday, from 7-10 p.m. Join us for snacks, camaraderie, and a collective attempt to chip away at all of the work we have to do! For more information, contact internationalstudents@amherst.edu

Home is Where the Art Is

7:00 pm - 7:45 pm Mead Art Museum, Study Room and Gallery

Join the Mead Art Museum educators to learn how to view art in a new way - from prints to paintings to pieces of sculpture! Gain visual acuity and learn how to look at art and architecture in a new place with new eyes. This event is for students who have been abroad or are considering it. Tips on how to find cultural activities and museums while traveling will be shared. Refreshments will be served!

Students Only

Psychology Majors, Thinking About What You'll Do This Summer?

Come to the psychology department's student panel on summer experiences in psychology, hosted by the psychology student-faculty committee. We will hear from current students about their past summer experiences, how they found them, how they applied and how it went. Refreshments will be served.

Internship Interviewing Workshop

Join us to learn how to answer challenging questions and present yourself in a professional manner. As a reminder, students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements must attend an interviewing workshop. Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend!

The internship interview workshop schedule is as follows:
Thursday, October 26 at 5 p.m. in Paino
Thursday, November 2 at 8 p.m. in Pruyne
Tuesday, November 7 at 5:30 p.m. in Paino
Thursday, November 30 at 8 p.m. in Pruyne
Wednesday, December 6 at 8 p.m. in Pruyne

Caution: Thesis Writing in Progress

Weekly Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry (2nd flr)

Every Thursday night, the Writing Center and Library open up the Center for Humanistic Inquiry to students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, coffee and camaraderie. Join the group Thursdays from 8-11 p.m. in the CHI.

Students Only

La Tertulia

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Newport House, Common Room (1st Floor)

Do you want to practice your Spanish language skills and learn more about Hispanic culture? Please come join us at La Tertulia, a weekly informal Spanish conversation gathering with hot chocolate and cookies! La Tertulia is held every Thursday from 8 - 9 p.m. in the Common Room of Newport House. Students of all levels, faculty, staff and community members are welcome. We hope to see you there!

Wellness Hour

Come hang with the Wellness Team on Thursday's from 8-9 p.m. in Frost Cafe to play with silly putty, journal, read a children's book or color. Wellness Hour is an easy and fun way to de-stress in a casual setting.

3rd Annual Amherst Intramurals Spelling Bee

Show off your spelling skills at the 3rd annual Amherst Intramurals Spelling Bee! Prizes will be awarded to top finishers. Join us on November 30 in the Friedmann Room at 8 p.m. Refreshments will be provided!

Email ehorwitz17@amherst.edu to sign up.

Students Only

Fri, Dec 1, 2017

Betsey Garand Photo

Faculty Colloquium Series: "Under Pressure: The Hand Pulled Print" presented by Betsey Garand, December 1

On Friday, December 1, from noon to 1 p.m., the Faculty Colloquium Series for 2017-18 is sponsoring "Under Pressure: The Hand Pulled Print" presented by Betsey Garand, senior resident artist, with the department of Art and the History of Art. 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!

Sleep Pillows with the SHEs and Wellness Team!

Come by the McCaffrey Room in Keefe Campus Center on Friday, December 1 from 1-2 p.m. to make a sleep pillow and learn about improving sleep with the Student Health Educators and Wellness Team!

Queer Talk

Join the Queer Resource Center and our 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!

Detail from the famous Impressionist painting, showing trees reflected in water

The Music of Claude Debussy Performed by Amherst College Student Chamber Musicians

Join us for performances of the music of Claude Debussy by Amherst College student chamber musicians with opening remarks by Mark Swanson. This concert is offered in conjunction with the exhibition From the Picturesque to the Modern Vision: Landscape Painting in Europe Across the Centuries.

No tickets are required. The concert is free and open to all!

Sat, Dec 2, 2017


The End of the Cold War and the Challenges of the (Post) Soviet World: Symposium in honor of Professor William Taubman

9:00 am - 3:00 pm Webster Hall, Center for Russian Culture

Join us for "The End of the Cold War and the Challenges of the (Post) Soviet World" a symposium in honor of Amherst College Professor William Taubman. The schedule will be as follows:

9 a.m. Welcome remarks will be given by Catherine Ciepiela, Director of the Center for Russian Culture at Amherst College
9:30 a.m. Session I
Serhii Plokhy of Harvard University will discuss "After the Fall: The Disintegration of the USSR and the Search for Russian Borders"
Mary Sarotte of Harvard University will discuss "The Origins of Post-Cold War NATO Expansion and the Consequences for Western Relations with Russia"
10:15 a.m. Coffee Break
10:30 a.m. Session II
Samuel Charap of the International Institute of Strategic Studies will discuss "Russia and its Post-Soviet Neighbors"
Vladislav Zubok of the London School of Economics will discuss "China’s Success and Gorbachev’s failure: The End of Communism in Comparative Perspective"
12:15 p.m. Lunch Break
1:30 p.m. Session III
William Taubman and Melvyn Leffler of the University of Virginia will discuss "Reflection on the End of the Cold War" in a session facilitated by Vanessa Walker of Amherst College.

Fancy book

Leisure Reading Afternoons

Join the Office of Residential Life in an afternoon of leisure reading in Stearns common room every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. Bring a book, a cozy blanket/stuffed animal and reading material. It can be in any form and from any genre. Come make new friends who love to read, de-stress, maybe accomplish your new year reading resolutions and gain all the benefits that come with reading. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided.

Event poster featuring a photo, shot from behind, of Ferrer playing the cello

Performance Thesis: Joshua Ferrer '18E, Cello: “Faith and Disillusionment”

The Amherst College Department of Music presents an honors thesis in cello performance, “Faith and Disillusionment,” by Joshua Ferrer '18E. The recital takes place on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. It is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

When composers become disillusioned with the world they live in, they turn to music as an outlet. Whether through personal tragedy, political fallout or systematized evil, these individuals are forced to question their core life assumptions. They respond in diverse ways—searching for new love, sinking into depression or turning to deeply held religious convictions. In this thesis, Ferrer explores the compositions these artists create as testaments to their personal struggles and journeys.

The concert is anchored by two monumental works written from places of darkness: Bach’s Suite No. 5 in C minor and Shostakovich’s Sonata for Cello and Piano. In between, an alternative path is explored: Messiaen’s testament to his faith in G-d, written during his imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp.

Bach - Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
Messiaen - “Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus” from Quartet for the End of Time
Chung-Mehdi - Piece for Solo Cello (Premiere)
Shostakovich Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40

The recital will last for 75 minutes (including intermission), followed by a reception. Phuong-Nghi Pham ’18 joins on the piano for the Messiaen and Shostakovich.

The performance is free and open to the public.

Sun, Dec 3, 2017

Choral Society Vespers

This Festival of Lessons and Carols is free. Performances are at 4 and 7:30 p.m., and tickets are not required.

Mon, Dec 4, 2017

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. Join us on the Mezzanine of Valentine Dining Hall every Monday from 11:45 a.m to 1 p.m.