Event Calendar

May 2019

Wed, May 1, 2019

Event poster with a color photo of Schneider's students posing onstage with their instruments, and black-and-white photos of two composers

MUSIC 310: Professor Schneider's Class Performance

Students of Professor David Schneider perform works by Ravel, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn, Dvořák and Schoenfeld. Performers include Andrea Boskovic, Jonah Botvinick-Greenhouse, Devin Epstein, Seoyeon Kim, Diane Lee, Marie Leou, Lucas Newman-Johnson, David Shin, Shannon Wei and Hikari Joshida.

Thu, May 2, 2019

What is American Studies?

What is American Studies?

Come learn about the department from current majors, as they present "Research in Progress" as part of a student symposium for the course "AMST 468: Research Methods in American Culture“

Refreshments will be served

Students Only
A music disc with the words "fashion" and "dance" are shown under the title, "International Extravaganza." On the left of the disc are the location and times, "Powerhouse" and "May 2, 6-7:30PM."

International Extravaganza

The Global Education Office (GEO), partnering with the Center for International Students (CISE), is organizing an international festival celebrating the cultural diversity at Amherst on Thursday, May 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Powerhouse. This festival will include food from around the globe, as well as students sharing dances from their cultures and a fashion show inviting students to showcase their cultural dress.
This event is open to everyone!

Students Only

Amherst International Festival

The Global Education Office (GEO), partnering with the Center for International Students (CISE) is organizing an international festival celebrating the cultural diversity at Amherst on Friday, April 26 from 7-9 p.m. This festival will include food from across the globe, as well as students sharing dances from their cultures and a fashion show inviting students to showcase their cultural dress.

Reading: English Department Creative Thesis Writers

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The 2019 English department creative thesis writers will read short excerpts from their projects. Treats and refreshments from Black Sheep will be served. All are welcome to attend and celebrate their work!

Let us know if you're coming on the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1110933209092130/

Fri, May 3, 2019

Eisenstein's History of Art: An International Symposium at the Amherst Center for Russian Culture

Amherst Center for Russian Culture, Amherst College, May 3-5 2019
Friday, May 3
1:00 Symposium Welcome
Amelie Hastie, Professor, Film and Media Studies, Amherst College
1:15-3:15 Panel I
CHAIR: Shahruz Ghaemi '19
Michael Kunichika, “Eisenstein in the Valley of Man: Prehistory and
Joan Neuberger, “‘Only Art’: Michelangelo, Picasso, and Other
Aleksandra Jach, “Eisenstein as Method"
3:30-5:30 Roundtable: “Curating Eisenstein”
CHAIR: Galina Mardilovich, Curator of Russian and European Art, Mead Art
Ada Ackerman, Aleksandra Jach, Pierluca Nardoni, Marie Rebecchi, Elena Vogman
Saturday, May 4
10:00-12:00 Panel II
CHAIR: Maya Mizrahi '21
Yuri Tsivian, “Eisenstein's Visual Rhetoric on Paper and on Film”
Karla Oeler, “Eisenstein and Hogarth”
Pierluca Nardoni, “Struggling over Abstraction: Eisenstein and Malevich”
12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-3:00 Panel III
CHAIR: Alice Jackson '21
Daria Khitrova, “Eisenstein and Dance”
Evgenii Bershtein, “‘Degenerates in Power’: Contexts for ‘Ivan the
Ada Ackerman, “Eisenstein, Rodin, and Sculpture”
3:10-3:30 Screening of “Actors of Profane History” (dir. Elena Vogman,
Clemens von Wedemeyer, 2017)
3:30-5:30 Panel IV
CHAIR: David Finn (Hampshire College, '20)
Elena Vogman, “Actors of Profane History: Reading Eisenstein with
Marie Rebecchi, “Eisenstein, Bataille, Painlevé. From Gnosticism to
Devin Fore, “Eisenstein and Eidetics”
Sunday, May 5
10:00-12:00 Participants Roundtable
All events held at the Amherst Center for Russian Culture (202 Webster Hall).
The symposium is supported by the ACRC and the Amherst College Film and Media
Studies Program.

Headshot of Pia Sorensen smiling

"Food Fermentations: A Curiosity-Driven Teaching Approach for Integrated Chemistry and Biology Education"

Chemistry Seminar with Dr. Pia Sorensen, Harvard University, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Fermented foods are ubiquitous, delicous and rooted in diverse cultures and history. Moreover, the making and enjoyment of them is deeply rooted in science, ranging from microbiology and chemistry, to biochemistry, flavor physiology, and sensory science.

This talk explores how food fermentations can be an engaging teaching tool for an integrated approach to these diverse scientific fields.

The discussion is based on the design and implementation of a course at Harvard University. The course focuses on the production, properties and characterization of the small molecules involved in food fermentations, as well as the microbial community dynamics these molecules drive. It follows an interactive, curiosity-driven format where students experience the scientific process in a creative way by designing and implementing their own research project. By making what inspires them, and eating what they make, students have an individualized experience with the process of scientific innovation.

Sat, May 4, 2019

Students looking at art at the Mead

Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes that bring student interests to the fore. Come back every week for a fresh perspective on the works on view in our galleries. Be sure to check our website and Facebook page for updates on weekly topics. All programs are free and open to the public!

Abstract painting

N+1 Community Day: May the Fourth Be With You

All are invited to the Mead for an afternoon of art and experimentation. We’ll explore questions about the universe as we delve into Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein, the Mead’s exhibition about the connection between art and science. This program is offered with support from the Arts at Amherst Initiative.

Sun, May 5, 2019

Five dancers posing in the windows of a studio

Intersections Dance Company Showcase

Come to our very first outdoor showcase in the Greenway Courtyard! Expect to see some amazing dancing in a wide range of styles, including ballet, jazz and contemporary. Refreshments will be served.

Fri, May 10, 2019

Professor Lawrence Douglas

Celebrate Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall with a Talk by Professor Lawrence Douglas

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Science Center, Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall (A011)

Join us to dedicate and celebrate Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall in the Science Center, named for John E. Kirkpatrick '51 and Phyllis D. Kirkpatrick. Following brief remarks in honor of the Kirkpatricks, Lawrence Douglas, the James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, will deliver a lecture entitled "The Last Holocaust Trial: The Wages of History and Memory."

What role should the testimony of survivors play in trials involving crimes of mass atrocity? And what happens when there are no survivors left to testify? Professor Douglas's lecture will address these questions as they arose in the case of John (Ivan) Demjanjuk, the last high-profile trial to deal with the crimes of the Holocaust.

Reception with food and drink outside the lecture hall to follow!

Fri, May 17, 2019

Photo of several participants in a discussion group, smiling as they look down at papers on a table

Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The Emily Dickinson Museum’s Poetry Discussion Group meets monthly, September through May, for lively conversation about Emily Dickinson’s poetry and letters. Featured facilitators offer fresh perspectives on Dickinson’s poetry each month. Past topics have included "Tropic Hints," "Emily Dickinson’s Planet," "The Color White" and "Emily Dickinson’s Varmints."

The Poetry Discussion Group meets at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, on the second floor of Amherst College’s Frost Library. Participants should proceed directly to the library and do not need to stop at the museum. While no R.S.V.P. is required, participants are invited to email edmprograms@emilydickinsonmuseum.org to receive a list of poems for discussion. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch. Beverages and a sweet snack are provided. The fee for Museum Friends is $12/session and the general fee is $15/session.

May’s Poetry Discussion Group will be facilitated by Polina Barkskova.

Sat, May 18, 2019

Emily Dickinson Homestead

Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk

Join us on May 18 for the annual Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk! This event honors the anniversary of the poet’s death with readings of her poetry at historic sites around Amherst. This spring, the walk will explore the poet’s many local sources of inspiration, including the arts, nature, her personal relationships and her cherished books. To pay homage to Dickinson’s role in inspiring a new generation of writers, we will also read contemporary poems that have been influenced by her life and work.

The walk begins at 10:30 a.m. on the Homestead lawn and proceeds on foot through Amherst, stopping at sites significant in Dickinson’s life and concluding at the poet’s grave in West Cemetery. At the cemetery, participants are invited to read a favorite Dickinson poem or original work in memory of the poet. Please arrive promptly at 10:15 a.m. to be assigned a poem to read. Latecomers are welcome to join the tour at any stop!

Wheelchair-accessible parking is available at the Homestead, and all other vehicles are asked to park on the street or to use town parking, a short walk from the museum. For more information about accessibility on the walk, call (413) 542-2034. The Poetry Walk takes place rain or shine.

Sun, May 19, 2019

Alfred Venne, the planetarium director, speaks in Bassett Planetarium, a place that has helped generations of students and faculty to better understand their place in the universe.

"Decoding the Universe" with Fred Venne

All are invited to track the movement of celestial bodies at Amherst College's Bassett Planetarium.* This program is inspired by the Mead Art Museum's exhibition Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein and offered with support from the Arts at Amherst Initiative and the Beneski Museum of Natural History. This program is limited to the first 60 guests.

*This is not an accessible building. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Sat, May 25, 2019

Amherst College Choral Society Commencement Concert

The Amherst College Choral Society, under the direction of Arianne Abela, presents its Commencement Concert in Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College. The concert features all of the choral ensembles performing works by Monteverdi, Lassus, Heath, Abela and Parker in preparation for their tour to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The combined choirs also join in singing traditional Amherst songs.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for senior citizens, students and children 12 and under. Five College student tickets are free. Tickets may be purchased in advance by contacting Ellen Mutter (emutter17@amherst.edu), by visiting the Alumni House during Commencement weekend, or in the Buckley Recital Hall lobby starting at 8:15 p.m. the evening of the concert.

Ongoing Events

 A print depicting a 4,000x magnification of a microscope photograph

"Between the Imagined and Seen: The Hand-Pulled Prints of Betsey Garand and Microscope Images of Caroline Goutte"

until Aug 30 Frost Library, Mezzanine Gallery (2nd Floor)

Visit the Mezzanine Gallery in Frost Library to view Between the Imagined and Seen: The Hand-Pulled Prints of Betsey Garand and Microscope Images of Caroline Goutte, on exhibit from March 4 to Aug. 30. This exhibition is sponsored by the Arts at Amherst Initiative

Professor Caroline Goutte is chair of the Department of Biology and a member of the Program in Biochemistry and Biophysics at Amherst College. Betsey Garand is senior resident artist in the Department of Art and the History of Art at Amherst College.

Studio Honors Senior Thesis Exhibition

until May 26 Fayerweather Hall, 105 - Eli Marsh Gallery

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, and noon - 4 p.m. Sundays. Closed Saturdays.
Special Hours for Commencement Weekend: Open Saturday and Sunday, May 25 an 26 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.