Event Calendar

Tue, Oct 4, 2016

Insight Meditation Group (Mindfulness)

5-6 p.m. Chapin Hall, Chapel
Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, or just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness--or because you are curious.
Led by Mark Hart, Buddhist advisor in the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life.

Political Science Thesis Writer's Workshop

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Frost Library, CHI Think Tank, Room 210

The Political Science department will be co-hosting a thesis writer's workshop from 5-7 p.m. with the Library and Writing Center. The topic will be "Joining the Scholarly Conversation: Developing Search Strategies for Library Databases."

Adaugo Ugocha speaks at Amherst Explorations, April 2016

Get Engaged! How to use professional actor skills to get standing ovations

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Converse Hall, Porter Lounge (3rd floor)

Using the same skills professional actors practice to relax, focus and engage, this workshop will take your speech from a “loud reading” to a dynamic performance. Pre-registration is required.

Part of the Speaking with Confidence Workshop Series. These six highly interactive (i.e. fun!) public speaking workshops will teach you how to become calm, confident and compelling presenters. Take an individual workshop as an introduction to basic skills or attend the entire series to build on those skills and see impressive results. The series culminates in a celebratory evening of inspirational speeches on November 1. Taught by Susan Daniels, associate in public speaking.

Students Only
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Being Sexual After Trauma: For Survivors

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Chapin Hall, 108 Chapin Lounge

Emily Nagoski will be holding space for two conversations on sexual pleasure after trauma. Topics will include communicating with your partner, the body’s response and ways to reduce stress and panic. The conversation is meant to be one that creates a path to healing and pleasure. All are welcome.

A Conversation for Survivors will be held on October 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Chapin Lounge (confidential space)

A Conversation for Friends, Partners and People who want to learn more will be held on October 5 at 7:30 p.m. in McCaffrey Room.

Emily Nagoski is the New York Times bestselling author of "Come As You Are: the surprising new science that will transform your sex life". She has a PhD in health behavior with a doctoral concentration in human sexuality from Indiana University (IU), and a master’s degree (also from IU) in counseling, with a clinical internship at the Kinsey Institute Sexual Health Clinic. She has taught graduate and undergraduate classes in human sexuality, relationships and communication, stress management and sex education. For eight years, she was the inaugural director of wellness education at Smith College, before transitioning to full-time sex nerd, traveling the country, teaching college students, training professionals and learning every day.

This event is sponsored by Sexual Respect Education, The Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect and the Counseling Center. This is part of a year long #SurvivorSupport series

Students Only
Kaffeeklatsch

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!

LGBTea

Come take a study break in a comfortable, welcoming, affirming and warm social atmosphere! Have some tea or coffee, listen to music, watch a move or just keep studying!
LGBTea is every Tuesday from 10 p.m.-midnight at the Queer Resource Center.

Students Only

Wed, Oct 5, 2016

Midweek Mindfulness Meditation

Take a break from the busyness of life and come practice mindfulness meditation, a proven tool to reduce stress and create greater ease of living. In this class there will be periods of guided instruction as well as time for discussion. Sessions are facilitated by Adi Bemak, a long time teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), who teaches both at Valley Mindfulness and the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester. This class is open to faculty, staff and students - and no experience is necessary!

Counseling Center Open House

Wed, Oct 5, 2016
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Hitchcock House, Directly Across St. From Alumni Gym

Drop by the Counseling Center during our open house to:
Enjoy some lunch, meet our staff, tour our newest space, learn about our services, decorate cookies and enjoy the coloring station!
Attendance guarantees you an entry into our raffle for a massage at Elements Massage in Hadley.
NOTE: Faculty & Staff are encouraged to bring in personal items (i.e.: shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, etc) to donate and stock the Counseling Center's Pantry.

French Table

The French Table will meet on Wednesdays from noon until 2:00 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall. French speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

Russian Table

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. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

Jessamyn Stanley

Body Talk: Yoga and Conversation with Jessamyn Stanley

The WGC's 2016-2017 theme is: "Body Talk." Our programming will explore topics of body positivity, sizism, self love, and physical and emotional health. We will complicate the conversation on body positivity by providing an intersectional framework.

Jessamyn Stanley is a North Carolina based yoga teacher, body positivity advocate, and writer. She has been featured in many media outlets including Good Morning America, Glamour, Shape, Buzzfeed, The New York Times, People, and more.

Her classes provide a body positive approach to yoga which celebrates students’ bodies and encourages them to ask “How do I feel?” rather than “How do I look?” when practicing yoga.

Jessamyn will lead a yoga session in the Powerhouse at 5 p.m. A community conversation centered around body positivity will take place in the Friedmann Room (Keefe Campus Center), following yoga.

Academic Essentials

Getting Started

At some point you’ll need to write out a draft of a paper, but what if you try and can’t? Do you have to wait until deadline pressure overwhelms your hesitation? No! In this workshop, you’ll learn and practice successful techniques for getting started and getting beyond writer’s block. Taught by Roy Andrews, writing associate. Pre-registration is required.

Students Only

Macquarie Capital Information Session

Come learn more about Macquarie Capital’s intern opportunities and network with Macquarie professionals.

Info Session: Attending Law School

Do you think law school might be in your future? Join the Career Center staff to learn more about the law school process: from deciding if law school is a good fit for you through building a strong application.

While this session will address topics relevant to students in all stages of the law school exploration and application process, it is geared more toward students who are in the later stages of this process.

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Being Sexual After Trauma: For Friends, Partners and People Who Want to Learn More

Emily Nagoski will be holding space for two conversations on sexual pleasure after trauma. Topics will include communicating with your partner, the body’s response and ways to reduce stress and panic. The conversation is meant to be one that creates a path to healing and pleasure. All are welcome.

A Conversation for Survivors will be held on October 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Chapin Lounge (confidential space)

A Conversation for Friends, Partners and People who want to learn more will be held on October 5 at 7:30 p.m. in McCaffrey Room.

Emily Nagoski is the New York Times bestselling author of "Come As You Are: the surprising new science that will transform your sex life". She has a PhD in health behavior with a doctoral concentration in human sexuality from Indiana University (IU), and a master’s degree (also from IU) in counseling, with a clinical internship at the Kinsey Institute Sexual Health Clinic. She has taught graduate and undergraduate classes in human sexuality, relationships and communication, stress management and sex education. For eight years, she was the inaugural director of wellness education at Smith College, before transitioning to full-time sex nerd, traveling the country, teaching college students, training professionals and learning every day.

This event is sponsored by Sexual Respect Education, The Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect and the Counseling Center. This is part of a year long #SurvivorSupport series

Poetry Reading: Kirun Kapur '97

Robert Pinsky calls Kirun Kapur “a true, gifted poet.” Kapur is the winner of the Arts & Letters Rumi Prize in Poetry and the Antivenom Poetry Award for her first book, Visiting Indira Gandhi’s Palmist, which Andre Dubus III calls an “absolutely superb collection of poems.” Kapur’s work has appeared in AGNI, Poetry International, Massachusetts Review and The Christian Science Monitor, among other publications. In 2015, NBCNews named her to their list of Asian-American Poets to Watch. Kapur is director of the New England arts program The Tannery Series and serves as poetry editor at The Drum Literary Magazine. The reading will be followed by refreshments.

Affirmative Action: College Quality, Student Fit and Institutional Response

Michael Lovenheim will discuss affirmative action on the college campus, and its consequences, both intended and unforeseen.

Dr. Lovenheim is an associate professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University, a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a research affiliate with CESifo. He earned a BA in Economics from Amherst College in 2000 and a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan in 2007. Before joining the Cornell faculty in 2009, Lovenheim spent two years as a Searle Freedom Trust Post-doctoral Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. He currently serves as an editor for the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. His primary research interests center around the economics of education, with a particular focus on teacher labor markets and the economics of higher education. Recent research examines the effect of recruiting and supporting low-income, high-achieving students at flagship universities, the economic returns to college major choices, the effect of attending a for-profit college on earnings and student debt, and the effect of teacher collective bargaining on the future labor market success of students.

Carney, Sandoe & Associates

Carney, Sandoe & Associates is an educational recruitment firm that places teachers and administrators in K-12 private, independent and like-kind (charter, magnet, pilot and merit) schools across the nation and worldwide.

Discover how an independent school could be the right place for you to start your teaching career. Join us at our info session and schedule an on-campus interview with us to learn more.

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, Oct 6, 2016

Der schöne Tag

German Film Series: "Der schöne Tag"

Two screenings, at 4 and 7:30 p.m.

"One Fine Day" (Thomas Arslan, 2001; 73 min.)
Young Turkish German actress Deniz (Serpil Turhan) is thrown into a crisis after a break-up with her boyfriend. Is it still possible to find romance and fulfillment in today’s Berlin? Will everything change for the better when she meets Diego (Bilge Bingül), a charismatic stranger?

image of a library catalog search box

Contested Subjects: The Politics of Library Classification

The recent controversy over the subject heading “illegal alien” reminds us that, despite appearances, the library catalog is never truly a neutral space. The way that books and other items are classified have both short-term and lasting effects, not just on whether researchers can access what they need but also how they understand what they find, collective memory and even government policy. Panelists will discuss efforts to counteract bias in library classification as well as strategies for decolonizing and re-imagining the library catalog, including community cataloging, participatory metadata creation and incorporating natural language or indigenous knowledge in catalog records.

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David Cox of Amherst College: Graphs, Sudoku and Equations

Abstract: On the surface, polynomial equations look like a part of algebra, which is very different from graph theory, where the basic objects consist of vertices linked by edges. And both of these seem totally removed from the Sudoku puzzles that appear in newspapers and on the web. In my lecture, I will explain that if you color the vertices of a graph so that vertices linked by an edge have different colors, then you get a system of polynomials that can shed light on the original coloring problem. I will also show how to recast a Sudoku puzzle as a graph coloring problem, which will enable us to use the computational theory of polynomial equations to solve Sudoku puzzles.

Mikhail Bychkov

Making Theater in Today's Russia: Mikhail Bychkov

Mikhail Bychkov, widely known in the Russian performing arts community as the founder of the Voronezh Chamber Theater and the International Platonov Festival, was chosen this year as chair of the jury for the Golden Mask National Theater Prize, Russia’s equivalent of the Tony Awards, in recognition of his contributions to Russian theater. His presentation will focus on the place of Russian theater in the cultural transformation that has taken place over the past quarter of a century. Bychkov's perspective is especially valuable because he has played a leading role in shaping and developing theater in Russia’s regions, which is where the visionary theater-makers of the New Russian Drama movement have come from, and which are now viewed, in Moscow and Petersburg, as incubators of the most far-reaching cultural experimentation.