Event Calendar

Wed, Feb 1, 2017

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, Feb 2, 2017

Student Interview Workshop

Interviewing for a job can be a nerve wracking experience, even after you've done it multiple times. 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! RSVP in Quest.

This workshop series is facilitated by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.

New England Conservation in an Era of Global Change

David Foster is an ecologist and author of Thoreau's Country – Journey through a Transformed Landscape (1999), Forests in Time - The Environmental Consequences of 1000 years of Change in New England (2004), and Hemlock: A Forest Giant on the Edge (2014). David is also a co‐author of Wildlands and Woodlands – A Vision for the New England Landscape, which lays out an ambitious plan for the protection and conservation of forest and farmland across the region.

His recently released book A Meeting of Land and Sea: Nature and the Future of Martha's Vineyard (2017) explores the ecological dynamics, conservation history, and future prospects for one of New England’s iconic and most threatened landscapes.

Fri, Feb 3, 2017

New England Conservation in an Era of Global Change

David Foster is an ecologist and author of Thoreau's Country – Journey through a Transformed Landscape (1999), Forests in Time - The Environmental Consequences of 1000 years of Change in New England (2004), and Hemlock: A Forest Giant on the Edge (2014). David is also a co‐author of Wildlands and Woodlands – A Vision for the New England Landscape, which lays out an ambitious plan for the protection and conservation of forest and farmland across the region.

His recently released book A Meeting of Land and Sea: Nature and the Future of Martha's Vineyard (2017) explores the ecological dynamics, conservation history, and future prospects for one of New England’s iconic and most threatened landscapes.

Ruescher Sandel Thesis Poster

Senior Music Performance Theses by Jamie Sandel '17 and Rebecca Ruescher '17

The Amherst College Department of Music presents the senior theses of Jamie Sandel '17 and Rebecca Ruescher '17. "we all play", a suite of instrumental music composed by Jamie Sandel ’17, is first on the program, followed by nine a cappella works conducted by Rebecca Ruescher '17. The performance takes place on Friday, February 3, at 8 PM in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The concert is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

Jamie Sandel presents his composition "and we all play", depicting a lived journey through illness and death. That journey is told through five interconnected movements, based on moments in his father’s life, that focus at times on joy, nostalgia, isolation, pain, and release. The suite is written for a jazz quintet alongside a chamber sextet of bowed strings and winds; the two ensembles play together, interweaving carefully scored material and improvisation. The compositions are written using a diverse musical palette grounded in jazz genres such as post-bop, fusion, blues and modal jazz, but also incorporate elements of Romanticism, modern classical, and Brazilian samba.

The jazz quintet is fronted by Sandel on electric violin, and features Valley-area professional musicians Eugene Uman, Fumi Tomita and Jon Fisher, as well as Nashville guitarist Mike Baggetta. The chamber sextet includes Amherst College students Zach Yanes ‘17, Eliot Kuan ‘18, MacKenzie Kugel ‘19, Christina Hansen ’17, and Sam Short ’17, as well as Smith student Megan Mendenhall.

Rebecca Ruescher then directs the choral concert portion of this two-part thesis, showcasing an eclectic collection of nine a cappella works composed over the past two centuries in six different languages. This second portion of the program features standards from the classical and romantic era, modern pieces by contemporary composers, and traditional folk songs. Rebecca Ruescher directs and conducts this concert as an ambitious finale to her undergraduate music major. Rebecca’s senior project is performed by seventeen Amherst College singers. Though they are a small group, they are certain to make a big sound and a powerful impact on listeners.

Please come share an evening of supremely beautiful music to warm you up on a frosty February night. The concert will be followed by light refreshments.

For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, visit us on the web: www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

Sun, Feb 5, 2017

Junior Year: Getting Ready for Career (and Life) Success

This new, innovative workshop is designed and facilitated specifically for juniors by an Amherst alumna, Denny Meadows ’84. Denny is a professional strategist and career launch advisor. She is also a mentor to many Amherst students and recent alumni through Pathways.

Whether you’ve got an internship or a full-time career choice on your mind, this workshop will give you specific tools, valuable skills and tangible take-aways to help you reach your goals. In one fast-paced, interactive afternoon, you’ll get career hacks to help you figure out what you really want, secrets for creating a compelling value proposition for prospective employers, and tips to reach the hidden job market.

Why start now? Your junior year is the “sweet spot” for career exploration and planning. You already have on- and off-campus experiences to give you some direction, and you still have time on your side (including one more summer internship) to experiment with post-graduation options. This juniors-only workshop will help you think more clearly about your career options, feel more confident in your choices, act more decisively to make things happen, and present yourself in a way that sets you apart. Not quite sure about your future path? Or maybe you have a pretty good idea but don’t know how to reach your goals? This workshop is for you.

Limited to 20 students. RSVP through Quest under Events--Workshops. Deadline to register is Monday, January 23, 2017

Amherst College TransActive: Transgender Support and Social Group

Join TransActive every Sunday from 1-2:30 p.m. in Amherst College's Queer Resource Center. This group aims to provide a space for trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming people and those questioning their gender identities to come together in a safe and brave environment.
This is a closed space for people of these identities! The group is open to the Five Colleges and all community members in the area!

Mon, Feb 6, 2017

Math & Stats Table

Please come join us on Mondays from 12-1 p.m. in Valentine Terrace Room A (down the stairs). Come and have lunch with fellow math and stats students, majors and professors! Everyone is welcome--you don't need to be a math or stats major. We often chat about math and stats-related topics, but we also talk about lots of other things and it's a great chance to get to know each other. We hope to see you there!

New England Conservation in an Era of Global Change

David Foster is an ecologist and author of Thoreau's Country – Journey through a Transformed Landscape (1999), Forests in Time - The Environmental Consequences of 1000 years of Change in New England (2004), and Hemlock: A Forest Giant on the Edge (2014). David is also a co‐author of Wildlands and Woodlands – A Vision for the New England Landscape, which lays out an ambitious plan for the protection and conservation of forest and farmland across the region.

His recently released book A Meeting of Land and Sea: Nature and the Future of Martha's Vineyard (2017) explores the ecological dynamics, conservation history, and future prospects for one of New England’s iconic and most threatened landscapes.

APEX Workshop: Connect with the Career Community

APEX (Amherst Professional Accelerator) Participants: Career development and job applications can feel like solitary endeavors, but your community plays a critical role in educating you about, and supporting you through these processes. Join Career Center staff for APEX's first Career Community Event, where you can meet and connect with other students who are facing the same questions and challenges that you are! We will be engaging in discussions about your experiences with APEX thus far, as well as your interests and goals going forward. This event satisfies the Career Community Milestone for APEX.

Fiction Reading: Aleksandar Hemon

Aleksandar Hemon is the author of the novel The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and which Junot Diaz described thusly “"Incandescent. When your eyes close, the power of this novel, of Hemon's colossal talent, remains." Hemon has also written three books of short stories: "The Question of Bruno"; "Nowhere Man", which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and "Love and Obstacles." He was the recipient of a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship and a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation. He lives in Chicago. Hemon's reading will be followed by refreshments.

Tue, Feb 7, 2017

New Supervisor Orientation, Part 1

All new supervisors are invited to attend supervisory orientations early in their career. Current supervisors are welcome to attend as a refresher. This is the first part of a two part course and will take place from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the Alumni House.

This session will include:

- Recruitment/Hiring

- New Employee Orientation/Onboarding

- Overview of the Ombudsperson

- Performance Management

- Progressive Discipline

- Lunch and Networking

Hosted by the Office of Human Resources

photo of Nicole GuidottHernandez

“The Homoerotics of Abjection: The Gaze of Leonard Nadel’s Bracero Photographs,” a talk by Nicole Guidotti-Hernández

The Bracero Program recruited more than 4.5 million temporary Mexican male laborers to work in the agriculture industry in the U.S. from 1942-1964. As this program represented one of the largest influxes of Mexican male migrants into the United States, those workers were subject to bodily inspections and fumigation with toxic chemicals before entering the U.S. and were subject to the whims of their employers. Contrary to a broader narrative of victimization, this presentation provides a queer account of the gaze embodied in Leonard Nadel’s 1956 Bracero photographs for the ways in which they display and register desire, sexuality and longing out of an abject subject position. If we read these photographs as a means of registering queer diaspora, what does this tell us about the affective and emotive registers of men who traveled, worked, loved, drank and gambled together in highly homosocial and homoerotic spaces?

Political Science Thesis Writer's Workshop

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

The Political Science department, in conjunction with the library and Writing Center, will be co-hosting a thesis writer's workshop for their majors writing a thesis from 5-7 p.m. The topic will be "Reimagining Your Project".

Interview 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!

This workshop series is facilitated by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.

New England Conservation in an Era of Global Change

David Foster is an ecologist and author of Thoreau's Country – Journey through a Transformed Landscape (1999), Forests in Time - The Environmental Consequences of 1000 years of Change in New England (2004), and Hemlock: A Forest Giant on the Edge (2014). David is also a co‐author of Wildlands and Woodlands – A Vision for the New England Landscape, which lays out an ambitious plan for the protection and conservation of forest and farmland across the region.

His recently released book A Meeting of Land and Sea: Nature and the Future of Martha's Vineyard (2017) explores the ecological dynamics, conservation history, and future prospects for one of New England’s iconic and most threatened landscapes.

Wed, Feb 8, 2017

“Muslim Minorities and Sacrificial Citizenship” a talk by Zahid R. Chaudhary

Professor Chaudhary, of the department of English, Princeton University, specializes in postcolonial studies, visual culture and critical theory. His first book, "Afterimage of Empire: Photography in Nineteenth-Century India", provides a historical and philosophical account of early photography in India. His current book project, "Mimetic Acts: The Play of Difference in Late Modernity", analyzes how medium specificity conditions the notions of historical difference emerging across contemporary postcolonial fiction, film and architecture.

Summer 2016 Internship Experiences Exhibit

Are you thinking about applying for internships for next summer, but don’t know what worthwhile opportunities are out there? The Summer 2016 Internship Experiences Exhibit is for you!

Come by the Friedmann Room in Keefe to see and hear your friends and fellow students present on the interesting projects and topics they worked on over the course of their internships this past summer. You’ll get insight into what it takes to intern at the organizations and companies represented, and make a valuable connection that could lead an internship for you in the future.

Stop by for some appetizers and check it out!

New England Conservation in an Era of Global Change

David Foster is an ecologist and author of Thoreau's Country – Journey through a Transformed Landscape (1999), Forests in Time - The Environmental Consequences of 1000 years of Change in New England (2004), and Hemlock: A Forest Giant on the Edge (2014). David is also a co‐author of Wildlands and Woodlands – A Vision for the New England Landscape, which lays out an ambitious plan for the protection and conservation of forest and farmland across the region.

His recently released book A Meeting of Land and Sea: Nature and the Future of Martha's Vineyard (2017) explores the ecological dynamics, conservation history, and future prospects for one of New England’s iconic and most threatened landscapes.

Kaffeeklatsch

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!

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, Feb 9, 2017

New Faculty Social Hour

An occasion to come together and meet other new colleagues across departments. We meet on either the 2nd Thursday or Friday of every month from 4-5:30 p.m. for conversation. Most meetings will happen in the McCaffrey Room in Keefe Campus Center. We have child care services for those that need to pick up their little ones before stopping over.

Reminder emails with updated locations and dates are sent to appropriate colleagues each month.

Kota Ezawa, The Concert

Mead Art Museum Spring Exhibitions Opening Reception

On February 9, the Mead Art Museum unveils MEAD REIMAGINED, TAKE 2, featuring contemporary works by artist Kota Ezawa, video selections by Amherst Film and Media Studies faculty, and highlights from the Amherst College art collection.

All are invited to attend the opening and reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., which is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

New England Conservation in an Era of Global Change

David Foster is an ecologist and author of Thoreau's Country – Journey through a Transformed Landscape (1999), Forests in Time - The Environmental Consequences of 1000 years of Change in New England (2004), and Hemlock: A Forest Giant on the Edge (2014). David is also a co‐author of Wildlands and Woodlands – A Vision for the New England Landscape, which lays out an ambitious plan for the protection and conservation of forest and farmland across the region.

His recently released book A Meeting of Land and Sea: Nature and the Future of Martha's Vineyard (2017) explores the ecological dynamics, conservation history, and future prospects for one of New England’s iconic and most threatened landscapes.

Introduction to the Finance Industry Workshop Series

This 9-week program is open to first year students and sophomores interested in learning more about the finance industry. The workshop series, led by Stephanie Hockman, program director for Careers in Business and Finance, is designed to help students understand the finance industry and its components, distinguish the nuances of available opportunitie, and enhance career exploration. Some workshops will include alumni who will provide their practical insights, experience and understanding to the discussion. In addition, some sessions will be followed by an opportunity to engage with young alumni in that part of the finance industry in an organized “Career Fair” type chat room.

The 9-week course will include topics such as:
1. Introduction to Finance – Defining finance and an overview of the components of the finance industry including a discussion of buy side vs. sell side
2. Investment Banking, Part 1 – Corporate Investment Bankers
3. Investment Banking, Part 2 – Capital Markets (including Sales & Trading, Research, and Investor Services)
4. Investment Banking, Part 3 – Introduction to Operations & Supporting functions at an Investment Bank
5. Introduction to Investment Management & Asset Management
6. Overview of Hedge Funds
7. Introduction to Private Equity
8. Introduction to Private Wealth Management/Asset Management
9. Review of the industry and best next steps

The weekly, one-hour workshops will be held every Thursday beginning February 9, 2017, through April 13, 2017 (excluding March 15). Space is limited and advance sign-up is required. Log into Quest for details and information on how to register for this workshop series.