Event Calendar

Tue, Feb 28, 2017

Joe Tranquillo, Bucknell: "Engineering as a Liberal Art?"

Engineering is the practical discipline that brought us the wheel, printing press, steam engine and smartphone. The building of tools has always been a hallmark of our species, and technology has become an important driver of social change. But what is it to be an engineer? In what ways are the stereotypes of engineers an outdated 1950s caricature? In this talk we will focus on who engineers are becoming by highlighting projects at the intersection between technology and the liberal arts. These will include projects on landmine-detecting rats, biomusical instruments, the re-creation of historical scientific instruments, and the design of medical devices. The talk will conclude with some ideas on where technology might take us next.

Event poster featuring closeup photos of Benn and Amherst College visiting professor Steven Simon

"The Rhett Butler Doctrine: Israel and America in the Trump Age"

Aluf Benn has been the editor-in-chief of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz since 2011. A veteran writer and editor, he has covered peace, war and politics, and has fought government secrecy and censorship for 30 years. Benn won a landmark Supreme Court case that expanded press freedom in 1989. He exposed the worst corruption case in IDF history, and in 2015 uncovered the details of a hushed-up Israeli-Iranian legal battle over billions of dollars. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs and The Guardian. He holds a joint MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Recanati School of Business at Tel Aviv University.

Caution: Thesis Writing In Progress

Revising Your Thesis When You’re Still Writing

Spring semester means revision for many thesis writers. This can feel overwhelming when you are still writing your chapters. Join other thesis writers to learn how to manage the multiple demands of spring semester: we will discuss/share tips for making substantive changes, incorporating feedback from advisors and second readers, making sense of conflicting advice, making a case for your interdisciplinary methodology, and making sure revision does not derail your drafting process. Taught by Neelofer Qadir and Lauren Silber, writing associates.

This workshop will precede the Weekly Thesis Write-in. Please reserve your seat!

Students Only

"Mapping Sexuality in Ancient Rome": A Talk by Dr. Luca Grillo

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Merrill Science Building, Lecture Room 4, Dr. Luca Grillo will give a talk titled "Mapping Sexuality in Ancient Rome." Dr. Grillo asks, "How did the ancient Romans conceive sex and sexuality? Did they have the same categories we can easily take for granted today? Could sexual inclinations elicit admiration, disparagement or disapproval?" This talk will address these and similar questions by locating Roman habits in their historical and cultural context and by discussing formalist and constructivist approaches.

Luca Grillo is an associate professor of classics and William R. Kenan Scholar at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, having earned his M.A.s from the University of Minnesota (in classical and Near Eastern studies), a Ph.D. from Princeton (classics) and taught for five years at Amherst College (2008-13). His area of specialty is Latin prose and Roman history, with a special focus on writers of the Late Republic. He is co-editor of the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Caesar, and he has published a monograph on Caesar’s Civil War, a commentary on an oration by Cicero and various articles.

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


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, Mar 1, 2017


Conversations with Alison Saar

Internationally acclaimed artist, Alison Saar, will mark the installation of her imposing work, Sleeping Beauty, 1997, recently purchased by the Mead through a student curatorial project, funded by the Trinkett Clark Memorial Fund.

Alison Saar will join us for two days of events. Please join us!

Wednesday, March 1: 5-6 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium
Alison Saar will give a talk about her artistic practice and issues of identity. The talk will be followed by a reception and viewing of her print in the Fairchild Gallery at the Mead Art Museum

Thursday, March 2: Noon-1 p.m. in the Multicultural Resource Center
Students are invited to join Alison Saar for Antonio's pizza lunch and informal conversation in the MRC.

These events are free and open to the public!

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!

Book covers for "Intimate Relations" and "Lyric Tactics"

Book Launch Party

4:30 pm Amherst Books

Help us celebrate the publication of new books by Amherst College Professors Krupa Shandilya and Ingrid Nelson! Professor Shandilya, in the Sexuality, Women’s & Gender Studies Department, is author of "Intimate Relations: Social Reform & the Late Nineteenth-Century South Asian Novel." Her colleague in the English Department, Professor Nelson, is author of "Lyric Tactics: Poetry, Genre & Practice in Later Medieval England."

Refreshments will be provided. Free and open to the public.

Networking for Introverts

Networking is a critical part of searching for a job or internship. More than 70% of people are hired into their jobs because of networking. For many people, components of networking like attending large events, making small talk with strangers, or asking people for favors can feel overwhelming. If this sounds like you, this workshop is designed to help you develop strategies that make networking seem less intimidating and more manageable. *This workshop satisfies the Networking Milestone for sophomores participating in APEX.

Apogee Adventures Information Session

Apogee Adventures offers hiking, biking, community service, language and writing trips for teenagers aged 11-18. Apogee is looking for responsible, dynamic and motivated leaders to lead trips in New England, Montana, Oregon, California, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and throughout Europe. Trip leader pairs are responsible for the safety and well-being of up to 12 students in outdoor adventure travel settings. Leaders must serve as excellent role models as they foster teamwork and a healthy, nurturing group dynamic. Join us for an information session to learn more about opportunities with Apogee!

Workshops in Statistics and R

Interested in data? Want to learn some skills with R? Prepping for DataFest?

The third in a series of workshops in Statistics and R brought to you by the Statistics Fellows is "Intro to ggplot2 in R", hosted by Pei Gong and Sarah Teichman.

Feel free to bring your laptops to follow along with the workshops. Open to all interested students, staff and faculty.

late night study hours

WGC Late Night Study Hours!

Join us for silent study hours every Wednesday from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Women and Gender Center! There will be Glazed Donuts!

Thu, Mar 2, 2017

CAEMBA - Building Sustainable Housing in Ecuador

Cristina Latorre and Manuel Pallares will speak about their humanitarian work using bamboo for earthquake reconstruction. Their organization, CAEMBA, which is based in Ecuador, was founded in response to the housing crisis following the severe earthquake that hit the country in April 2016. CAEMBA manufactures and distributes cost-free prefabricated bamboo structures, with lightweight roofing material that reflects the sun’s heat. Recognizing that permanent housing solutions would likely take many years, the structures are designed to be built in a short amount of time, then improved and completed according to their inhabitants’ resources to make it their own home on a medium and long term basis.

Arcadia Tabling in Keefe

Amherst approves many of the study abroad programs offered through Arcadia’s College of Global Studies. You can study in Italy, Spain, the UK, Australia and New Zealand, and many more destinations. Programs vary in style; some are language-intensive, some offer direct enrollment at foreign universities. Come speak with an Arcadia rep. between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Keefe Campus Center to learn about your options.

More information online at http://www.arcadia.edu/abroad/.

Middlebury School of Environment Information Table

At the Middlebury School of the Environment, students spend six intensive weeks in Vermont, immersing themselves in the study of the relationship between humans and the environment. They may choose to study under an introductory track or a more advanced track (for those with previous environmental studies experience). In each, they take a core course, a practicum and an elective course for a total of 9 semester-hour credits. Their coursework is supplemented by leadership training from visiting environmental practitioners, providing them with a toolkit for effectively putting their knowledge to use. The video below helps to give a better sense of the student experience, and more about the curriculum and financial aid can be found on the website. http://www.middlebury.edu/environment

Korean Language Table

Korean Language Table will meet this semester on Thursdays, from 1 - 2 p.m., in Terrace Room A (lower level of Valentine Dining Hall). All are welcome!

Summer at Sea

Did you ever daydream of what it would be like to go to school at sea like Zack and Cody on The Suite Life on Deck?! Well your childhood dreams can still come true! SEA Semester reps will be in Keefe Campus Center today from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. so be sure to check them out. 
Their field-based programs cater to all majors and you can apply either for a summer or a semester sea voyage. 

Students Only

Boston University Questrom School of Business Information Table

Stop by Keefe Atrium and learn about the programs at Boston University's Questrom School of Business.

Master of Science in Mathematical Finance
The 17-month, full-time, 36 credit Master of Science in Mathematical Finance (MSMF) program focuses on the crux of mathematical concepts that led to the development of the Black-Scholes option pricing method and have grown recently into a universal tool for creating effective investment strategies and risk-analysis. A distinguishing characteristic of the MSMF is the careful integration of certain practical domains of mathematics with an in-depth study of the theory and practice of modern finance.

Master of Science in Management Studies
The Master of Science in Management Studies (MSMS) at Boston University Questrom School of Business builds a bridge to business for recent graduates with a background in areas like science, math, technology, engineering, digital communications, economics and more. An additional year of study, the MSMS adds business expertise to your skillset so that you can go farther faster in your career. For nine months, you’ll work with a collaborative team in a dedicated space to solve real problems with real companies in real time (including Fidelity, AT&T, Quintiles, and Thermofisher Scientific). With the MSMS, there’s only one degree of separation between where you are and where you want to be.

SEA Semester Information Session in Fayerweather

SEA Semester offers field-based study abroad programs for all majors during the semester and summer. Students spend half a semester in Woods Hole, Mass. and then half a semester as a full working crew-member aboard our sailing school vessels in Western Europe, the Caribbean, the South Pacific or New Zealand.

Maurice Rojas of Texas A&M, "Polygons and Approximating Roots"

Abstract: "Looking at polynomials in the simplest possible way leads us to fast and elegant algorithms. For instance, if you simply look at a polynomial as a sum of terms, and plot a point for each term in a certain way, you naturally get a polygon from which you can read off important information about the complex roots. We explain these tricks, and how they relate to 19th century work on the Riemann zeta function and new results about solving systems of polynomial equation. There are also relations to the exciting new field called tropical geometry. We start from scratch, and assume no background beyond second semester calculus and a modest acquaintance with complex numbers."

LitFest 2017 - Illuminating great writing & Amherst College's literary life

Amherst’s annual literary festival celebrates the College’s extraordinary literary life by bringing to campus distinguished authors and editors to share and discuss the pleasures and challenges of verbal expression—from fiction and nonfiction, to poetry and spoken-word performance.

This year’s festival features award-winning novelist Zadie Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and 2016 National Book Award Fiction Finalists Chris Bachelder and Jacqueline Woodson, among others.

Visit amherst.edu/go/litfest for the festival schedule and biographies of each guest.