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Event Calendar

January 2019

Mon, Jan 7, 2019

An overlay of four layers: a topographic map of the area with contour lines representing constant elevation, a digital elevation model representing the same information with color, the calculated watershed, and the boundary of the Town of Amherst.

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a set of powerful tools to discover spatial relationships and illuminate your research with intuitive maps:

• Illustrate historic sites and extract features from old maps
• Spatially correlate census, economic, and other data
• Display geologic formations and delineate watersheds
• Track human, animal, and plant populations
• Map locations from a GPS receiver

You will learn about:

• Constructing and Sharing Maps (including with Google Earth)
• Mapping Named Data (including census data and street addresses)
• Mapping Coordinate Data (including using a GPS receiver)
• Mapping Image Data (including scanned maps and satellite data)
• Extracting Map Features (including geoprocessing and editing vector data)
• Analyzing Geographic Relationships (including geostatistics)

This course is in seven parts: January 7 – 11 and 14 – 15, each day from 9 a.m. – Noon.

Registration Required

Tue, Jan 8, 2019

An overlay of four layers: a topographic map of the area with contour lines representing constant elevation, a digital elevation model representing the same information with color, the calculated watershed, and the boundary of the Town of Amherst.

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a set of powerful tools to discover spatial relationships and illuminate your research with intuitive maps:

• Illustrate historic sites and extract features from old maps
• Spatially correlate census, economic, and other data
• Display geologic formations and delineate watersheds
• Track human, animal, and plant populations
• Map locations from a GPS receiver

You will learn about:

• Constructing and Sharing Maps (including with Google Earth)
• Mapping Named Data (including census data and street addresses)
• Mapping Coordinate Data (including using a GPS receiver)
• Mapping Image Data (including scanned maps and satellite data)
• Extracting Map Features (including geoprocessing and editing vector data)
• Analyzing Geographic Relationships (including geostatistics)

This course is in seven parts: January 7 – 11 and 14 – 15, each day from 9 a.m. – Noon.

Registration Required

Wed, Jan 9, 2019

An overlay of four layers: a topographic map of the area with contour lines representing constant elevation, a digital elevation model representing the same information with color, the calculated watershed, and the boundary of the Town of Amherst.

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a set of powerful tools to discover spatial relationships and illuminate your research with intuitive maps:

• Illustrate historic sites and extract features from old maps
• Spatially correlate census, economic, and other data
• Display geologic formations and delineate watersheds
• Track human, animal, and plant populations
• Map locations from a GPS receiver

You will learn about:

• Constructing and Sharing Maps (including with Google Earth)
• Mapping Named Data (including census data and street addresses)
• Mapping Coordinate Data (including using a GPS receiver)
• Mapping Image Data (including scanned maps and satellite data)
• Extracting Map Features (including geoprocessing and editing vector data)
• Analyzing Geographic Relationships (including geostatistics)

This course is in seven parts: January 7 – 11 and 14 – 15, each day from 9 a.m. – Noon.

Registration Required

Thu, Jan 10, 2019

An overlay of four layers: a topographic map of the area with contour lines representing constant elevation, a digital elevation model representing the same information with color, the calculated watershed, and the boundary of the Town of Amherst.

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a set of powerful tools to discover spatial relationships and illuminate your research with intuitive maps:

• Illustrate historic sites and extract features from old maps
• Spatially correlate census, economic, and other data
• Display geologic formations and delineate watersheds
• Track human, animal, and plant populations
• Map locations from a GPS receiver

You will learn about:

• Constructing and Sharing Maps (including with Google Earth)
• Mapping Named Data (including census data and street addresses)
• Mapping Coordinate Data (including using a GPS receiver)
• Mapping Image Data (including scanned maps and satellite data)
• Extracting Map Features (including geoprocessing and editing vector data)
• Analyzing Geographic Relationships (including geostatistics)

This course is in seven parts: January 7 – 11 and 14 – 15, each day from 9 a.m. – Noon.

Registration Required

Persuasive Public Speaking

3:30 pm Frost Library, CHI Seminar Room

The ability to write and speak persuasively is an essential life skill. Whether you are presenting an argument in class, applying for a job or running for public office, you need to be persuasive and compelling. Through learning and practicing how to structure and deliver a persuasive speech, this 90-minute workshop will prepare you to master the art and craft of persuasion. Open to all interested students. TRUTH contestants are encouraged to attend!

Students Only

Fri, Jan 11, 2019

An overlay of four layers: a topographic map of the area with contour lines representing constant elevation, a digital elevation model representing the same information with color, the calculated watershed, and the boundary of the Town of Amherst.

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a set of powerful tools to discover spatial relationships and illuminate your research with intuitive maps:

• Illustrate historic sites and extract features from old maps
• Spatially correlate census, economic, and other data
• Display geologic formations and delineate watersheds
• Track human, animal, and plant populations
• Map locations from a GPS receiver

You will learn about:

• Constructing and Sharing Maps (including with Google Earth)
• Mapping Named Data (including census data and street addresses)
• Mapping Coordinate Data (including using a GPS receiver)
• Mapping Image Data (including scanned maps and satellite data)
• Extracting Map Features (including geoprocessing and editing vector data)
• Analyzing Geographic Relationships (including geostatistics)

This course is in seven parts: January 7 – 11 and 14 – 15, each day from 9 a.m. – Noon.

Registration Required

Mon, Jan 14, 2019

An overlay of four layers: a topographic map of the area with contour lines representing constant elevation, a digital elevation model representing the same information with color, the calculated watershed, and the boundary of the Town of Amherst.

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a set of powerful tools to discover spatial relationships and illuminate your research with intuitive maps:

• Illustrate historic sites and extract features from old maps
• Spatially correlate census, economic, and other data
• Display geologic formations and delineate watersheds
• Track human, animal, and plant populations
• Map locations from a GPS receiver

You will learn about:

• Constructing and Sharing Maps (including with Google Earth)
• Mapping Named Data (including census data and street addresses)
• Mapping Coordinate Data (including using a GPS receiver)
• Mapping Image Data (including scanned maps and satellite data)
• Extracting Map Features (including geoprocessing and editing vector data)
• Analyzing Geographic Relationships (including geostatistics)

This course is in seven parts: January 7 – 11 and 14 – 15, each day from 9 a.m. – Noon.

Registration Required
A laptop computer typing out an HTML document, with snowflakes constructed from 0s and 1s slowly falling down over it

Web Programming

The World-Wide Web is a set of computer technologies that publish and display information over the Internet in a highly interactive manner. At the heart of the Web are several content and programming languages that will be covered in this example-based course:

• The Web content languages (HTML and CSS) that are the foundation of web pages
• The Web programming language (JavaScript) that makes web pages dynamic and interactive
• A document object library (jQuery) that makes it easier to manipulate your pages
• User-interface frameworks (Bootstrap and React) that provide pre-built components for your pages
• A Web server (Node.js + Express) that lets you store and search for your data
• A server-side database (MongoDB) to provide efficient access to your data

Please think about a project to which you’d like to apply your new understanding!

Prerequisites: None; some programming experience helpful

Registration Required

Tue, Jan 15, 2019

An overlay of four layers: a topographic map of the area with contour lines representing constant elevation, a digital elevation model representing the same information with color, the calculated watershed, and the boundary of the Town of Amherst.

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a set of powerful tools to discover spatial relationships and illuminate your research with intuitive maps:

• Illustrate historic sites and extract features from old maps
• Spatially correlate census, economic, and other data
• Display geologic formations and delineate watersheds
• Track human, animal, and plant populations
• Map locations from a GPS receiver

You will learn about:

• Constructing and Sharing Maps (including with Google Earth)
• Mapping Named Data (including census data and street addresses)
• Mapping Coordinate Data (including using a GPS receiver)
• Mapping Image Data (including scanned maps and satellite data)
• Extracting Map Features (including geoprocessing and editing vector data)
• Analyzing Geographic Relationships (including geostatistics)

This course is in seven parts: January 7 – 11 and 14 – 15, each day from 9 a.m. – Noon.

Registration Required
A laptop computer typing out an HTML document, with snowflakes constructed from 0s and 1s slowly falling down over it

Web Programming

The World-Wide Web is a set of computer technologies that publish and display information over the Internet in a highly interactive manner. At the heart of the Web are several content and programming languages that will be covered in this example-based course:

• The Web content languages (HTML and CSS) that are the foundation of web pages
• The Web programming language (JavaScript) that makes web pages dynamic and interactive
• A document object library (jQuery) that makes it easier to manipulate your pages
• User-interface frameworks (Bootstrap and React) that provide pre-built components for your pages
• A Web server (Node.js + Express) that lets you store and search for your data
• A server-side database (MongoDB) to provide efficient access to your data

Please think about a project to which you’d like to apply your new understanding!

Prerequisites: None; some programming experience helpful

Registration Required

Wed, Jan 16, 2019

A laptop computer typing out an HTML document, with snowflakes constructed from 0s and 1s slowly falling down over it

Web Programming

The World-Wide Web is a set of computer technologies that publish and display information over the Internet in a highly interactive manner. At the heart of the Web are several content and programming languages that will be covered in this example-based course:

• The Web content languages (HTML and CSS) that are the foundation of web pages
• The Web programming language (JavaScript) that makes web pages dynamic and interactive
• A document object library (jQuery) that makes it easier to manipulate your pages
• User-interface frameworks (Bootstrap and React) that provide pre-built components for your pages
• A Web server (Node.js + Express) that lets you store and search for your data
• A server-side database (MongoDB) to provide efficient access to your data

Please think about a project to which you’d like to apply your new understanding!

Prerequisites: None; some programming experience helpful

Registration Required

Thu, Jan 17, 2019

A laptop computer typing out an HTML document, with snowflakes constructed from 0s and 1s slowly falling down over it

Web Programming

The World-Wide Web is a set of computer technologies that publish and display information over the Internet in a highly interactive manner. At the heart of the Web are several content and programming languages that will be covered in this example-based course:

• The Web content languages (HTML and CSS) that are the foundation of web pages
• The Web programming language (JavaScript) that makes web pages dynamic and interactive
• A document object library (jQuery) that makes it easier to manipulate your pages
• User-interface frameworks (Bootstrap and React) that provide pre-built components for your pages
• A Web server (Node.js + Express) that lets you store and search for your data
• A server-side database (MongoDB) to provide efficient access to your data

Please think about a project to which you’d like to apply your new understanding!

Prerequisites: None; some programming experience helpful

Registration Required

Persuasive Public Speaking

Convince me!
The ability to write and speak persuasively is an essential life skill. Whether you are presenting an argument in class, applying for a job or running for public office, you need to be persuasive and compelling. Through learning and practicing how to structure and deliver a persuasive speech, this 90-minute workshop will prepare you to master the art and craft of persuasion. This event is open to all interested students and TRUTH contestants are encouraged to attend.

Students Only

Fri, Jan 18, 2019

A laptop computer typing out an HTML document, with snowflakes constructed from 0s and 1s slowly falling down over it

Web Programming

The World-Wide Web is a set of computer technologies that publish and display information over the Internet in a highly interactive manner. At the heart of the Web are several content and programming languages that will be covered in this example-based course:

• The Web content languages (HTML and CSS) that are the foundation of web pages
• The Web programming language (JavaScript) that makes web pages dynamic and interactive
• A document object library (jQuery) that makes it easier to manipulate your pages
• User-interface frameworks (Bootstrap and React) that provide pre-built components for your pages
• A Web server (Node.js + Express) that lets you store and search for your data
• A server-side database (MongoDB) to provide efficient access to your data

Please think about a project to which you’d like to apply your new understanding!

Prerequisites: None; some programming experience helpful

Registration Required

Tue, Jan 22, 2019

tree with interfaith symbols

Spiritual Practices Across Traditions

Students of any or no religious affiliation are welcome to this afternoon of experiential learning about spiritual practices across religious traditions. Practices will include Muslim ritual washing, Buddhist loving-kindness meditation, Jewish ethics and Taoist tai chi. Participants are welcome to engage in these guided practices and conversations to the extent they are comfortable. Our closing dialogue will explore the place of spiritual and well-being practices in our daily lives toward continuing or starting them.

This program is led by Amherst’s Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist advisors, along with our tai chi instructor and director of religious and spiritual life.

Wed, Jan 23, 2019

A map of Europe, with approximate regions superimposed representing the locations of different ancestries

Where Do You Think You’re From?

Do you know about your family’s origins beyond your parents and grandparents? The ancestors of most Americans are immigrants, arriving within the last 400 years and commonly within the last 150 years. In this course you’ll learn how to use census data, archival records and other sources to trace your genealogical past and determine when your family arrived and from where. You’ll also learn how to compile this information into a free software program and share it with others.

Recommended: during the holidays, talk to your parents and other relatives to gather as much name, date and location information as you can before coming to the workshop: relationships, births, marriages, deaths, migration, etc.

Registration Required
Water ripple

Mindfulness of the Body

11:00 am Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

This introductory session will overview the concept and practice of mindfulness via walking, standing and seated meditation practices, with special attention to mindfulness of physical sensations. No meditation experience needed. Join us just for this morning's session, or attend the full mindfulness series meeting on January 23-25.

Program instructor Harrison Blum, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at the College, has been practicing Buddhism for 20 years and is an authorized Community Dharma Leader in the Insight Meditation tradition of Western Buddhism.

Thu, Jan 24, 2019

A map of Europe, with approximate regions superimposed representing the locations of different ancestries

Where Do You Think You’re From?

Do you know about your family’s origins beyond your parents and grandparents? The ancestors of most Americans are immigrants, arriving within the last 400 years and commonly within the last 150 years. In this course you’ll learn how to use census data, archival records and other sources to trace your genealogical past and determine when your family arrived and from where. You’ll also learn how to compile this information into a free software program and share it with others.

Recommended: during the holidays, talk to your parents and other relatives to gather as much name, date and location information as you can before coming to the workshop: relationships, births, marriages, deaths, migration, etc.

Registration Required
Water ripple

Mindfulness of the Breath

11:00 am Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

This introductory session will overview the concept and practice of mindfulness via walking, standing and seated meditation practices, with special attention to mindfulness of the breath. No meditation experience needed. Join us just for this morning's session, or attend the full mindfulness series meeting on January 23-25.

Program instructor Harrison Blum, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at the College, has been practicing Buddhism for 20 years and is an authorized Community Dharma Leader in the Insight Meditation tradition of Western Buddhism.

Geometry square

Mindful Movement and Dance

Mindful Movement and Dance brings a mindfulness-based approach, informed by classical Theravada Buddhist teachings, to basic breakdance instruction and creative movement exercises. The program culminates in an all out dance party fueled by eclectic beats from EDM, hip-hop, pop and beyond. No dance or meditation experience needed. Join us, and confirm your suspicion that this might just be a ridiculously excellent experience!

Program instructor Harrison Blum, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at the College, has been practicing Buddhism for 20 years and is an authorized Community Dharma Leader in the Insight Meditation tradition of Western Buddhism.

Fri, Jan 25, 2019

Water ripple

Mindfulness of Difficult Emotions

11:00 am Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

This introductory session will overview the concept and practice of mindfulness via walking, standing and seated meditation practices, with special attention to mindfulness of difficult emotions. Join us just for this morning's session, or attend the full mindfulness series meeting on January 23-25. While not required, for those with no previous mindfulness meditation experience please consider also attending at least one of the other morning mindfulness programs offered January 23 and 24.

Program instructor Harrison Blum, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at the College, has been practicing Buddhism for 20 years and is an authorized Community Dharma Leader in the Insight Meditation tradition of Western Buddhism.

Tue, Jan 29, 2019

Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) Internship/Fellowship Info Session

The Robert Frederick Smith Fund for the Digitization and Curation of African American History was established to advance the digital curation, community outreach and internship initiatives at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

As part of the Smith Fund Internship and Fellowship Program, the Museum will select and provide funding for interns who will be located onsite with the Museum and offsite at select African American museums, art galleries and museums of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), cultural institutions and historic sites, or other related institutions dedicated to the study and preservation of African American history and culture. All internship opportunities with this program will focus on work related to digital imaging, media preservation, digital preservation of personal and community objects, digital content management, collections information management, recording and preserving oral histories or digital filmmaking.

Internships will provide guided learning experiences consisting of hands-on training, mentoring, attendance at educational events and cultivation of contacts for the next generation of researchers, scholars, curators, and other museum, library, preservation and heritage professionals – individuals who will assume the mantle of identifying, documenting, curating and digitizing treasured artifacts that reflect African American history and culture.

Attend this information session -- a virtual presentation by the Museum's staff hosted by Loeb Center advisors -- to learn more about the internship program and how to successfully apply before the February 15 deadline.

Lotus flower

Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

5:00 pm Chapin Hall, Chapin 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, just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness - or because you are curious. This event will be led by Mark Hart, Buddhist Advisor.

Thu, Jan 31, 2019

CommuniTea Hours

Join Residential Life for CommuniTea hours hosted by the Community Development Coordinators (CDC's) from each of the four campus areas in the newly redesigned Keefe 011. CDC's will host programs centered around health and wellness and community living. Be on the look out for the many programs we will host this semester. We will also provide snacks, coffee/tea for the evening.

Students Only