Event Calendar

November 2018

Thu, Nov 1, 2018

Onawumi Jean Moss.

"Improvisation in Storytelling: What's Going On?"

Join us for a performance by Onawumi Jean Moss in the galleries. Moss is a storyteller, narrator, keynote speaker and author. Her performances encourage pride of heritage, appreciation of cultural differences and recognition of kinship. They inspire imagination, motivation, reflection and inquiry.

This event is offered in conjunction with the first-year seminar "Thinking Through Improvisation," taught by Visiting Professor of Music Darryl Harper. Special thanks to Arts at Amherst and the Amherst College Department of Music for supporting this event.

Free and open to all!

Brown University Urban Education Master's Program Information Table

The Education Department at Brown University offers a master's level program leading to an A.M. in Urban Education Policy. The twelve-month UEP program dedicated to the study of policy analysis, planning and development in urban public education. The tightly focused academic curriculum, integrated with a nine-month internship, is designed to impart a set of core skills and competencies that are necessary for successful careers in urban education policy. The UEP program also provides a solid foundation for those anticipating advanced study in areas related to urban education policy.

Want to learn more? Stop by this information table to speak with Ann D'Abrosca, assistant director of Graduate and Special Programs for the UEP Program.

The WGC presents: Crafternoons!

Join us in the WGC for the first installment of our Crafternoons series! This week we will have a knitting circle, where we knit and be in community together! Come learn how to make a hat, scarf or any other knitting project you have in mind! Materials will be provided but feel free to bring your own. All levels welcome.

Weekly Canine Office Hours

Whether you miss your dog, or simply want some canine affection, Huxley or Evie would love to see you! One or the other will be available weekly!

Painting from Alice Thomas's "Whispers" series

Opening Reception: "Whispers" by Alice Thomas

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Frost Library, Friendly Reading Room

Join us for the opening reception of Whispers, an exhibition by Alice Thomas. Whispers seeks to inspire viewers to think about the list of endangered and extinct species in a new and contemporary way. Thomas painted this series to form a likeness and discussion with others about what has happened / is happening and why. Each painting is titled for the person, cohort or agency that whispered the alert most consistently to the public.

Paintings will be on exhibit in the Mezzanine Gallery from Nov. 1, 2018, to Jan. 30, 2019. Meet the artist, view the exhibition and enjoy refreshments during the opening reception on Nov. 1 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Frost Library's Friendly Reading Room!

Japanese Language Table

The Japanese Language Program will be hosting a Japanese Language Table on Tuesday and Thursday evenings all semester. Please join Hikari Yoshida '19, a student from Doshisha University, and practice your Japanese! Everyone is welcome to join the Japanese Language Table for all or part of the time we are there.

Voter Engagement: A Jeffersonian Dinner Concerning Midterm Elections and Voter Turnout

Jeffersonian Dinner: Voter Engagement and Midterm Elections

With the midterms coming up, now is the perfect time to discuss the topic of voter turnout and engagement, major factors in the outcome of the election. Come to discuss the issue with the Roosevelt Institute on November 1 in the Friedmann Room from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in a Jeffersonian dinner style!

Free Chipotle will be provided, with your choice of chicken, steak or vegetarian burritos. We have space for 30 students who will be admitted by a random lottery. Sign up by October 26 at 5 p.m. to be considered for a place at the dinner!

Register online at: https://goo.gl/forms/fl6CGYYhHbnMtDep2

Students Only
Registration Required
Jumpstart Your Research Abroad!

Jump-start Your Research Abroad!

Want to jump-start your thesis during your study abroad semester? Not sure you want to write a thesis, but want to explore a topic that’s important to you in a new country? Want to boost your resume and academic portfolio with international research experience?

Join us on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 6:45 p.m. in Fayerweather 217 to talk with students who completed a research project during their semesters abroad.

Pizza will be served!

Please contact Lexie Freeman at alfreeman19@amherst.edu or via Facebook if you have any questions or concerns. We hope to see you there!

Students Only
Careers In Business & Finance Logo

Introduction to the Careers In Business and Finance Program

Have you ever wondered what it means to have a career in finance, consulting, general business or entrepreneurship? Whether you are a first year student, a sophomore, or a junior now exploring new opportunities, this is a great way to learn, discover, and decide if finance, consulting, business, or entrepreneurship is something you want to pursue.

The Loeb Center offers industry specific initiatives to help students explore and plan for careers in seven specific career areas. The Careers In Business and Finance Program was established in 2015 to help students explore and prepare for careers in the financial services industry, consulting, or general business. We are now expanding into entrepreneurship and will be offering programming to help those considering starting their own companies, investing in start-ups, or just gaining an innovative mindset.

The information session led by program director Stephanie Hockman will talk about the career exploration and planning workshops included in the Careers In Business and Finance Program as well as the various experiential learning opportunities and advising. As recruiting for internships and full-time positions star early in business and finance, it is never too early to start the exploration process. Don’t miss out this opportunity to hear more about the program and workshops available to help you explore and prepare for careers in finance, consulting, general business, and entrepreneurship.

There are multiple opportunities to hear about the Careers In Business and Finance Program. You only need to attend one. We hope to see you at one of the following information sessions:

• Wednesday, October 22 at 7 p.m. (Loeb Center Events Room)
• Friday, October 26 at noon (Loeb Center Events Room)
• Thursday, November 1 at 7 p.m. (Pruyne Lecture Hall)
• Tuesday, November 13 at 5 p.m. (Pruyne Lecture Hall)

The Low Down on Going Down

Join the QRC and the SHEs for a student-led panel who will share their tricks and tips for "going down." We will discuss practicing safe and consensual sex in a body-positive, queer-positive way, and we'll provide safer sex resources. As is traditional, we will serve ice cream and refreshments!

Renting in NYC: A How-To Guide from Next Step Realty

Next Step is a leading Manhattan-based real estate brokerage firm providing a seamless, one-day apartment rental search in New York City. While their agents warmly welcome seasoned locals and newcomers alike, Next Step has come to specialize in finding first apartments for those relocating to New York City, including professionals entering the workforce and recent college graduates in particular.

Are you considering a move to New York City after graduation, but feeling overwhelmed by the idea of a big-city relocation? In this workshop, Next Step agents will demystify this process by discussing the NYC rental market, including pricing and floor-plan sizes, highlighting the steps in the NYC rental process, reviewing typical paperwork and landlord requirements, and answering attendees' questions in a dedicated Q&A.

Event poster showing an illustration of a tree, a snake and three human figures in a field

"God's Issue"

Written and directed by David Green '19E for his senior honors project. Set design by Sophina Flores '20, costume design by Lorelei Dietz '20, lighting design by Kathy Couch, sound design by Christianna Mariano '21 and music direction by Eli Quastler '21.

What ever became of Eve and Adam? God’s Issue follows the relationship between God and her first children from the Garden of Eden to the Gospel stories. The play seeks to undermine conventions of western Christianity by telling a story inclusive of marginalized identities. From original musical numbers, to humor, to the apocryphal character of Adam’s first wife, Lilith, God’s Issue preserves the heart of sacred stories in thought-provoking retellings.

Free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended-- call (413) 542-2277.

coffee mug reading "Caution: Thesis Writing in Progress"

Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Every Thursday night, the Writing Center and Library open up the Center for Humanistic Inquiry to students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, coffee and camaraderie. Join the group Thursdays from 8-11 p.m. in the CHI.

Students Only

La Tertulia

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Newport House, Common Room on first floor

Do you want to practice your Spanish language skills and learn more about the Hispanic culture? Please join us at La Tertulia, a weekly informal Spanish conversation gathering with hot chocolate and cookies!
La Tertulia is held every Thursday from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm on the first floor common room of Newport House. The primary purpose of this event is to encourage the use of the Spanish language and to promote the Hispanic culture among the Amherst community. La Tertulia is a great opportunity to speak Spanish in a relaxed setting and to meet students of all levels, Spanish House residents, Spanish language assistants, faculty, staff and community members. La Tertulia is free and open to anyone who wants to speak Spanish and have fun!
We hope to see you there!

Meet the Wellness Team!

Meet the Wellness Team

Come meet the Wellness Team! We're hiring first-years and sophomores to help us promote mental health and well-being initiatives on campus. Applications are due on November 9 to Jessica Gifford at jgifford@amherst.edu

Students Only

Fri, Nov 2, 2018

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Floor

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from noon - 1 p.m.

Spanish Table

Do you want to practice your Spanish language skills during lunch? Join us at the weekly Spanish table!
The Spanish table is an informal way to practice and improve your Spanish language skills, and a fun opportunity to meet new people. It is held every Friday, from noon to 2 p.m., on the Mezzanine Level of Valentine Dining Hall. Students of all levels, faculty, staff and community members meet weekly in a relaxed setting over lunch. No need to register! Just grab some lunch and go upstairs!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Five Colleges International Relations Certificate Program Informational Meeting

Presentation and Q&A session on the International Relations Certificate. The certificate offers an opportunity for students to pursue their interest in international relations by taking classes on global politics across departments and campuses. Professors Pavel Machala, Kerry Ratigan and Ruxandra Paul will introduce the nuts and bolts of the certificate and answer student questions.

GEO Summer Fellowship Experiences Panel

GEO Summer Fellowship Experiences Panel

Come and hear the experiences of Amherst students who went to Lebanon, China, Japan and South Korea last summer under GEO fellowships! They will be sharing individual experiences studying abroad in Asia and hold a Q&A for anyone curious about studying abroad over the summer or applying for a GEO fellowship.

Queer Talk

Join the QRC and our counselors, Dr. Darien and Dr. Erickson, for a weekly discussion on topics related to being queer/trans at Amherst. There will be snacks and great conversation!

Event poster featuring a photo of Paul Harris

"Asking Questions: Trusting What You're Told"

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

Paul Harris of the Harvard Graduate School of Education is interested in the early development of cognition, emotion and imagination. His most recent book discusses how children rely on their own firsthand observation or alternatively trust what other people tell them, especially when they confront a domain of knowledge in which firsthand observation is difficult.

The talk is sponsored by the Developmental Science Initiative and the Samuel B. Cummings Lectureship Fund.

Voter Engagement: A Jeffersonian Dinner Concerning Midterm Elections and Voter Turnout

Jeffersonian Dinner: Voter Engagement and Midterm Elections

With the midterms coming up, now is the perfect time to discuss the topic of voter turnout and engagement, major factors in the outcome of the election. Come to discuss the issue with the Roosevelt Institute on November 1 in the Friedmann Room from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in a Jeffersonian dinner style!

Free Chipotle will be provided, with your choice of chicken, steak or vegetarian burritos. We have space for 30 students who will be admitted by a random lottery. Sign up by October 26 at 5 p.m. to be considered for a place at the dinner!

Register online at: https://goo.gl/forms/fl6CGYYhHbnMtDep2

Students Only
Registration Required
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Music Composition Senior Thesis: “The 9th Dimension” by Samuel Croff III '19E

The Amherst College Department of Music presents The 9th Dimension, an extraterrestrial visitation and music thesis featuring the sounds of a psyched-out, fuzzed-up electric guitar, polyphonic membranophones, synthetically altered claviers, a subspace bass guitar and a horn section abducted from Amherst College’s finest. Composed, performed and directed by Samuel Croff III '19E, this performance is free and open to the public, with seating by general admission.

For almost a year, astronomers have been tracking what initially appeared to be a comet harmlessly passing through our solar system. It was only when said comet diverted course and began approaching Earth at high speed that it was discovered to in fact be a space-faring vessel of unknown origin. Keeping the truth under wraps until now, scientists and astronomers have been working around the clock to determine as much as they can before our intergalactic guests arrive. Though much is still a mystery, they have been able to determine a few things: First, through the use of long-range scanners, strange sonic fluctuations have been detected emanating from the vessel. Initially mistaken to be a form of language, these fluctuations are now identified as instrumental vibrations, suggesting our guests are musical in nature. Second, based on their current speed and trajectory, their arrival seems set for Friday, Nov. 2. All who are interested in making first contact with this new musical species are urged to gather that Friday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College for what will surely be a night to remember.

Event poster showing an illustration of a tree, a snake and three human figures in a field

"God's Issue"

Written and directed by David Green '19E for his senior honors project. Set design by Sophina Flores '20, costume design by Lorelei Dietz '20, lighting design by Kathy Couch, sound design by Christianna Mariano '21 and music direction by Eli Quastler '21.

What ever became of Eve and Adam? God’s Issue follows the relationship between God and her first children from the Garden of Eden to the Gospel stories. The play seeks to undermine conventions of western Christianity by telling a story inclusive of marginalized identities. From original musical numbers, to humor, to the apocryphal character of Adam’s first wife, Lilith, God’s Issue preserves the heart of sacred stories in thought-provoking retellings.

Free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended-- call (413) 542-2277.

Amherst Cinema Late Nights

Join Amherst Cinema every Friday for a free late-night flick featuring the best cult, genre and outré on the big screen. Free for Amherst College students with presentation of student ID at box office. Visit the Amherst Cinema website for more information on programming.

Tickets Required

Sat, Nov 3, 2018

Image of a bullet tearing through an apple that is held up on a metal post

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, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes.

Free and open to all!

Brightly colored triptych depicting an ornately patterned rug with various objects arranged on it

Keeping Time: Community Fall Back!

Join us for a free afternoon of time-themed fun at the Mead!

This year’s Community Day will prepare us for the end of Daylight Saving Time. Learn how farmers have responded to turning the clock back while enjoying veggies from Book and Plow Farm, and participate in a movement workshop to ask how we appreciate the present with Dante Brown, visiting assistant professor of theater and dance, and students in the course “Ensemble: Dancing in Community.”

This program is offered in conjunction with the Mead’s exhibition Timing Is Everything and in collaboration with the Arts at Amherst Initiative and Book and Plow Farm. Free and open to all!

Jennifer Losch Bartlett, Autumn, 1991.

Community Day: Fall Back at the Mead!

Join us for a free afternoon of time-themed fun at the Mead! This year’s Community Day will prepare us for the end of Daylight Saving Time. Learn how farmers have responded to turning the clock back while enjoying veggies from Book and Plow Farm. All are also invited to explore a performance by students in the course “Ensemble: Dancing in Community,” taught by Dante Brown, visiting assistant professor of theater and dance. Throughout the day, dancers will improvise movements that are inspired by works of art throughout the Mead.

This program is offered in conjunction with the Mead’s exhibition Timing Is Everything, Amherst College Theater & Dance Department, and Book and Plow Farm.

Free and open to all!

Voter Engagement: A Jeffersonian Dinner Concerning Midterm Elections and Voter Turnout

Jeffersonian Dinner: Voter Engagement and Midterm Elections

With the midterms coming up, now is the perfect time to discuss the topic of voter turnout and engagement, major factors in the outcome of the election. Come to discuss the issue with the Roosevelt Institute on November 1 in the Friedmann Room from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in a Jeffersonian dinner style!

Free Chipotle will be provided, with your choice of chicken, steak or vegetarian burritos. We have space for 30 students who will be admitted by a random lottery. Sign up by October 26 at 5 p.m. to be considered for a place at the dinner!

Register online at: https://goo.gl/forms/fl6CGYYhHbnMtDep2

Students Only
Registration Required
Gabriela Montero sitting cross-legged in an armchair

M@A Masterclass: Gabriela Montero, piano

M@A Masterclass: Gabriela Montero, piano. This event is free and open to the public.

Pianist Gabriela Montero’s visionary interpretations and unique improvisational gifts have garnered her critical acclaim and a devoted following on the world stage.

A graduate and fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London, Montero has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Royal Liverpool, Rotterdam, Dresden, Oslo, Vienna Radio and Netherlands Radio philharmonic orchestras; the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Australian Chamber Orchestra; the Pittsburgh, Detroit, Houston, Atlanta, Toronto, Baltimore, Vienna, City of Birmingham, Barcelona, Lucerne, and Sydney symphony orchestras; the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada; Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn; and the Cleveland Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin, and Residentie Orkest.

“Montero’s playing had everything: crackling rhythmic brio, subtle shadings, steely power ... soulful lyricism ... unsentimental expressivity.” –Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

Diwali 2018

Diwali 2018

Come celebrate Diwali with the South Asian Students Association on Saturday, Nov 3, at 7 p.m. in Ford Hall. There will be food, dancing and music!

Event poster showing an illustration of a tree, a snake and three human figures in a field

"God's Issue"

Written and directed by David Green '19E for his senior honors project. Set design by Sophina Flores '20, costume design by Lorelei Dietz '20, lighting design by Kathy Couch, sound design by Christianna Mariano '21 and music direction by Eli Quastler '21.

What ever became of Eve and Adam? God’s Issue follows the relationship between God and her first children from the Garden of Eden to the Gospel stories. The play seeks to undermine conventions of western Christianity by telling a story inclusive of marginalized identities. From original musical numbers, to humor, to the apocryphal character of Adam’s first wife, Lilith, God’s Issue preserves the heart of sacred stories in thought-provoking retellings.

Free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended-- call (413) 542-2277.

Fall formal poster

Fall Formal: A Night at the Museum 2

Join us in Beneski for a night of live music, museum-themed hors d'oeuvres, and drink service with alcoholic beverages for those over 21.

Students Only
Craft Night

Craft Night

AC After Dark and the Anime Club present Craft Night! Learn how to create plushies, or use your imagination to make your own original fabric crafts. Supplies will be provided, and bubble tea will be available for the first 30 people.

Students Only

Sun, Nov 4, 2018

"Dickinson's Eden": A Performance by the Red Skies Music Ensemble

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Amherst Woman's Club

Join us for an autumnal concert with the Red Skies Music Ensemble. This program illuminates the confluence of Dickinson’s engagements in home music-making with her sister Vinnie, and the lifetime botanical passion that helped form her personal soundscape. The concert bridges Dickinson's musical, poetic and natural worlds. Costumed musicians share rarely performed vocal and piano music from Dickinson's own collection of sheet music, as well as selections of the popular sentimental songs. At this program, the music will be played directly from the digitized version of the sheet music in Dickinson's own music book. Readings from correspondence illuminate and animate both the music and the musical relationship between the two sisters.

Tickets are available at the door-- $10 for general admission.

Tickets Required
Pianist Gabriela Montero

M@A Chamber Series: Gabriela Montero, Piano

Pianist Gabriela Montero’s visionary interpretations and unique improvisational gifts have garnered her critical acclaim and a devoted following on the world stage.

A graduate and fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London, Montero has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Royal Liverpool, Rotterdam, Dresden, Oslo, Vienna Radio, and Netherlands Radio philharmonic orchestras; the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and Australian Chamber Orchestra; the Pittsburgh, Detroit, Houston, Atlanta, Toronto, Baltimore, Vienna, City of Birmingham, Barcelona, Lucerne, and Sydney symphony orchestras; the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada, Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, and the Cleveland Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin, and Residentie Orkest.

“Montero’s playing had everything: crackling rhythmic brio, subtle shadings, steely power . . . soulful lyricism . . . unsentimental expressivity.” –Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

Program:
Robert Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op. 15 (18 minutes)
Chick Corea: Selections from Children’s Songs (16 minutes)
Gabriela Montero: Scenes from Childhood: “Morning in Caracas,” “Wild Parrots,” “The Swing,” “Missing Home” and “My Mother’s Lullaby” (15 minutes)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 61 (29 minutes)
Gabriela Montero: Improvisations

Tickets go on sale two weeks before each performance. Evening box office opens one hour prior to concert begin. Free Amherst Student rush tickets are available on the night of the performance.

Ticket website: https://amherst.universitytickets.com

Chamber Series:
General public: $28
Senior citizens (65+) and Amherst College employees: $22
Students, with valid ID: $12
Amherst Student Rush tickets on the night of the performance: FREE

Voter Engagement: A Jeffersonian Dinner Concerning Midterm Elections and Voter Turnout

Jeffersonian Dinner: Voter Engagement and Midterm Elections

With the midterms coming up, now is the perfect time to discuss the topic of voter turnout and engagement, major factors in the outcome of the election. Come to discuss the issue with the Roosevelt Institute on November 1 in the Friedmann Room from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in a Jeffersonian dinner style!

Free Chipotle will be provided, with your choice of chicken, steak or vegetarian burritos. We have space for 30 students who will be admitted by a random lottery. Sign up by October 26 at 5 p.m. to be considered for a place at the dinner!

Register online at: https://goo.gl/forms/fl6CGYYhHbnMtDep2

Students Only
Registration Required

Mon, Nov 5, 2018

German Table

German Table

Enjoy informal conversations with students who have studied in Germany, the German faculty members, the German language assistants and other native speakers.

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Floor

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from noon - 1 p.m.

Math & Stats Table, Mondays at noon in Terrace Room A

Math & Stats Table

Please join us on Mondays in the Terrace Room A of Valentine Hall. Relax and enjoy lunch with your Math & Stats friends.

Biology Monday Seminar: "Environmental Change Shapes Host Defenses Against Parasites"

Dr. Sarah Knutie is an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Connecticut. The overarching theme of her seminar explores how animal hosts defend themselves against parasites, particularly in response to environmental change. First, she will present her research on the effect of the introduced parasitic nest fly Philornis downsi on birds in the Galapagos, how birds defend themselves against P. downsi, and a method ("self-fumigation") she established for controlling the fly in a bird nest. Second, she will describe the role of host-associated gut microbiota in disease ecology of frogs and, in particular, whether early-life microbiota of hosts mediate the effect of environmental factors, such as pollutants, on later-life resistance to infections.

Computer Science Colloquium: Matteo Riondato, "Data Mining: Tasks, Systems, Challenges and Research Directions"

Matteo Riondato, who will be joining the Amherst computer science faculty in January, will be giving the next colloquium talk, on the topic "Data Mining: Tasks, Systems, Challenges and Research Directions." The talk will be preceded at 3:30 p.m. by snacks in SCCE C209.

Abstract:
"In this talk, I describe the field of data mining (DM) from the point of view of a researcher in this discipline. Starting from my definition of DM, I give examples of DM tasks for different kinds of data, commenting on available systems for DM and discussing the algorithmic challenges in DM. I show how my research tackles some of these challenges and list the interesting questions I plan to answer in the near future with the help of Amherst students."

Bio:
Matteo Riondato will join Amherst as an assistant professor in January 2019. His research focus is in algorithmic data science: he develops methods to analyze modern data sets, including graphs and time series, as fast as possible and in a statistically sound way. Matteo obtained his Ph.D. from Brown and held postdoc positions at Brown and Stanford. He is a research scientist at Two Sigma and an adjunct assistant professor at Brown. His works received the Best Student Poster award at the 2014 SIAM International Conference on Data Mining and the Best Student Paper award at the 2016 ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining. He tweets @teorionda and lives online at http://matteo.rionda.to.

Voter Engagement: A Jeffersonian Dinner Concerning Midterm Elections and Voter Turnout

Jeffersonian Dinner: Voter Engagement and Midterm Elections

With the midterms coming up, now is the perfect time to discuss the topic of voter turnout and engagement, major factors in the outcome of the election. Come to discuss the issue with the Roosevelt Institute on November 1 in the Friedmann Room from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in a Jeffersonian dinner style!

Free Chipotle will be provided, with your choice of chicken, steak or vegetarian burritos. We have space for 30 students who will be admitted by a random lottery. Sign up by October 26 at 5 p.m. to be considered for a place at the dinner!

Register online at: https://goo.gl/forms/fl6CGYYhHbnMtDep2

Students Only
Registration Required

Writing Center Creative Writing Group

The Writing Center's Creative Writing Group will gather weekly on Monday nights to write, share and discuss our fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, drama and other modes of creative writing in a friendly, supportive manner. No homework, just attend. Meetings will be led by writing associate Roy Andrews and student coordinator Gwyneth Lewis. Open to all students.

Foundations of Resume Building

Did you know that on average recruitment managers spend 5 to 7 seconds analyzing a resume to determine if a candidate should be brought in for an interview? Come learn about the techniques needed to build a resume that best markets your unique skills and experiences to land summer internships and future job opportunities.

*This workshop will fulfill the Internship Preparation Workshop requirement for the Amherst Select Internship Program.

Tue, Nov 6, 2018

Arabic Language Table

The Arabic Language Table is a weekly conversation group for Second-Year Arabic students. The Language Table meets every Tuesday in the upstairs seating section of the Valentine Dining Hall, and is open to anyone who can communicate in Arabic at the second-year level.

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Floor

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from noon - 1 p.m.

Office Hours with Bear

Office Hours with Bear! (the puppy)

Canine Office Hours with Bear will be held every Tuesday for the remainder of the fall semester from 3-4 p.m. beside Frost Cafe. Bear is an assistance dog in training. Drop by to get some puppy love and help with his training. Sponsored by the Wellness Team and the AC Library.

artwork depicting the dragon princess

"Who Is the Dragon Princess?"

With Professor Ryūichi Abe, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute Professor of Japanese Religions, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University.

Sponsored by the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations, the Department of Art and the History of Art and the Hall Fund

Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

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.

Japanese Language Table

The Japanese Language Program will be hosting a Japanese Language Table on Tuesday and Thursday evenings all semester. Please join Hikari Yoshida '19, a student from Doshisha University, and practice your Japanese! Everyone is welcome to join the Japanese Language Table for all or part of the time we are there.

Trans Artist Panel

As a part of the Feminist Education Series and Trans Empowerment Week, join us for a panel of transgender artists. They will be discussing art as a form of labor, transgender empowerment through art and much more! Come by for an amazing talk co-sponsored by SWAGS, Art and Art History, the Queer Resource Center and the Multicultural Resource Center.

French Table

If you are interested in speaking French or learning about French culture then come and join us weekly during dinner. French Table is open to students, faculty, staff and anyone who is interested in having informal conversations in French. All levels are welcome! We look forward to meeting you!

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Amartya Sen: "Globalism and Its Discontents: Point/Counterpoint with Ilan Stavans"

Join us as Professor Stavans speaks with Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen.

The "Globalism and Its Discontents: Point/Counterpoint" conversation series features Amherst College professor, and host of NEPR's In Contrast, Ilan Stavans and a guest engaging in thoughtful discussion and attempting to bridge the ideological divide growing in our nation.

The rise of populism worldwide today, personified by Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, is a fierce reaction to globalism policies of the past few decades. Anti-immigration movements in Europe and the United States; assaults on free speech; racial profiling; polarized politics; intolerance for gender, economic and linguistic diversity; the building of walls and the renegotiation of international trade treaties; the tension between rural and urban communities; and the questioning of the basic tenets of pluralism are some of the symptoms. Democracy itself might be at peril.

Amartya Sen (born Nov. 3, 1933, in Santiniketan, India) is an economist who was awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his contributions to welfare economics and social choice theory and for his interest in the problems of society’s poorest members. Sen is best known for his work on the causes of famine, which led to the development of practical solutions for preventing or limiting the effects of real or perceived shortages of food.

Sen was educated at Presidency College in Calcutta (now Kolkata). He went on to study at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he received a B.A. (1955), an M.A. (1959) and a Ph.D. (1959). He taught economics at a number of universities in India and England, including the Universities of Jadavpur (1956–58) and Delhi (1963–71), the London School of Economics, the University of London (1971–77) and the University of Oxford (1977–88), before moving to Harvard University (1988–98), where he was professor of economics and philosophy. In 1998 he was appointed master of Trinity College, Cambridge—a position he held until 2004, when he returned to Harvard as Lamont University Professor.

This event is free and open to the public.

"Point/Counterpoint" is co-sponsored by NEPR’s In Contrast and by a generous gift from 36 members of the 50th Reunion Class of 1970.

Find more information about the other speakers in the series here.

Interviews with previous guests, and others, are available through Ilan Stavans' NEPR show In Contrast. Have a listen!

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The Common's Issue 16 Launch: "De Puerto Rico: Un año después de la tormenta" / "From Puerto Rico: One year after the storm"

Join The Common to celebrate our Fall Issue 16 Launch, featuring readings by contributors to our special portfolio of Puerto Rican writers, De Puerto Rico: Un año después de la tormenta / From Puerto Rico: One year after the storm. Writers Ana Teresa Toro, Sergio Gutiérrez Negrón, María José Giménez, Willie Perdomo and María Luisa Arroyo Cruzado will read and participate in a conversation moderated by The Common's Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Acker.

The conversation will be followed by a wine reception at 8:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, so make sure to stop by!

Amherst Select Internship Program: Making Mammoth Plans

Internships? Off campus research? There are so many options out there for opportunities to pursue over the summer that will set you up for future professional success, but it is sometimes difficult to know which one to choose and how to secure it. If you’re a student ready to get started coming up with a plan to find the right summer experience for you, this is a must-attend workshop!

*This is a required workshop to join the Amherst Select Internship Program. Space is limited, so RSVP as soon as possible through Handshake. You can email Victoria Wilson at vwilson@amherst.edu to be placed on a waitlist if all spots are filled.

Love Black Love

The Queer Resource Center and the Black Student Union presents Love Black Love. Join us in a discussion on what Black love is, and how Black people can form loving relationships. We will also pay close attention to non-cisheteronormative relationships

Election Night Watch party

Election Night Watch Party

Watch parties in resource centers, APU-facilitated discussion in the McCaffrey Room at 8:30 p.m., free snacks at Schwemm's and screenings of episodes of Parks and Recreation.

Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeklatsch

Come and join German students and faculty every Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. in Porter House for a chat over coffee and much more! This is a great opportunity to practice your German in a casual and relaxing environment.

Wed, Nov 7, 2018

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 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays on the Mezzanine level in Valentine Dining Hall. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Loeb Center program director for careers in business and finance, for a weekly informal discussion on any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday from noon – 1 p.m. in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Hall. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!

"Philology, Translation and Mimicry: Vladimir Nabokov’s 'The Song of Igor’s Campaign'": Talk by Lisa Ryoko Wakamiya (Florida State University)

Drawing on manuscript collations and findings in the Roman Jakobson Papers at MIT, the Vladimir Nabokov Papers at the Library of Congress and the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library, this talk examines the early variant manuscripts of Nabokov’s translation of The Song of Igor’s Campaign, the anonymous Old Rus epic whose antiquity remains the subject of scholarly debate. Nabokov’s decade-long collaboration with Roman Jakobson was intended to produce a scholarly edition of the “Song.” Instead, it resulted in an acrimonious ideologized rift: Nabokov went on to publish his translation of the “Song” with his own commentary; Jakobson’s book was never finished.

Where Jakobson sought to eliminate all doubts concerning the “Song” and its 12th-century provenance, Nabokov sidestepped the authenticity debate to define the epic (whatever its origin) as a work of Great Art. Despite these fundamental differences, Nabokov’s published translation of the “Song” advances a text and a model of scholarly activity that owes much to Jakobson. If Nabokov’s earliest drafts adapt translation to philology in a performance that is at once “reverent” and “ironic,” terms that might also metatextually describe Nabokov’s relationship to his then mentor, his published edition reveals not the displacement of Jakobson’s work by his own, but a condensation of the two in which philological discourse cannot be distinguished from a performance of it.

Lisa Ryoko Wakamiya (Ph.D., Slavic languages and literatures, University of California, Los Angeles) is associate professor of Slavic in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics and Courtesy Associate Professor of English at Florida State University. She is the author of Locating Exiled Writers in Contemporary Russian Literature and co-editor with Mark Lipovetsky of Late and Post-Soviet Russian Literature: A Reader. Her current book project, Collecting Objects, Materializing Ethics, investigates the relationship between collections of material objects and narrative in the work of writer-collectors.

Trans Empowerment Nonbinary Affinity Space

Join the Women’s and Gender Center and Queer Resource Center for our Trans Empowerment Week installment of Nonbinary Affinity Space. We will have snacks and talk about what empowerment and community look like for us. This space is meant to center the voices and experiences of nonbinary students, faculty and staff.

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Influence in Politics, the Arts and Public Education with John Abodeely ’01

Are you interested in the arts as an engine for social change, in advancing equity in public education, or in D.C. politics? Join us for a conversation with John Abodeely ’01, CEO of the Houston Arts Alliance and former deputy director for the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. This conversation will explore national policy and advocacy work, the use of the arts in community improvement, and successful efforts to improve public education in high-poverty environments.

As CEO of Houston Arts Alliance, a citywide arts service organization, John directs strategy in grantmaking, civic art development, and new programs. He is committed to developing the organization’s positive impact on arts production throughout the city, in collaboration with board, staff, grantees, investors and other stakeholders. In ten months, Abodeely has reorganized the Alliance’s financial structure, launched new programs in disaster recovery and resilience, and engaged the challenge of educational equity throughout Houston.

As deputy director and then acting executive director of the Presidents’ Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, an advisory body to the White House on cultural issues, John was instrumental in the expansion of Turnaround Arts, a program that leverages the unique power of arts education to improve non-arts outcomes in a cohort of the nation's most struggling schools. During John’s tenure, the program successfully scaled from eight schools to sixty-eight. Also at the Committee, Abodeely served as trip director for the first-ever U.S. cultural delegation to Cuba, which featured artists Dave Matthews, Usher, Alfre Woodard, and John Guare in cultural exchange with Cuban artists, as well as bi-lateral meetings with U.S. and Cuban dignitaries.

Prior to the President's Committee, Abodeely served as manager of National Partnerships for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and as manager of Education at Americans for the Arts. John has taught education policy at the graduate level, and served on boards and various review panels. He is a graduate of Amherst College with a bachelor's degree magna cum laude in Biology and Fine Arts, and holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Information Session

The mission of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is to provide expert, compassionate care to children and adults with cancer while advancing the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of cancer and related diseases.

As an affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a Comprehensive Cancer Center designated by the National Cancer Institute, Dana-Farber also provides training for new generations of physicians and scientists, designs programs that promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations, and disseminates innovative patient therapies and scientific discoveries to target community members across the United States and throughout the world.

Attend this information session learn about the organization, the types of job opportunities that are available at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the benefits of working there. Amherst College alumni will be present, as well, to share insight on working there as a young professional.

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"Putting Pen to Palm Leaf: Buddhism and Contemporary Literature"

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

This year, Five College Buddhist Studies is welcoming a series of visitors focused on Buddhism and contemporary literature, called “Putting Pen to Palm Leaf: Buddhism and Contemporary Literature.” This series will bring four eminent writers, whose work explores or is inflected by Buddhist themes, to the Five Colleges to share their ideas and practice with our students, faculty and the wider community.

Ruth Ozeki is an award-winning author, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest whose novels have garnered international critical acclaim for their ability to integrate issues of science, technology, environmental politics, philosophy and global pop culture into unique hybrid narrative forms. Her best-selling novel A Tale for the Time Being (2013) won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; it has been translated and published in more than 35 countries. Her earlier novels, My Year of Meats (1998) and All Over Creation (2003), were both New York Times Notable Books. Her latest book, The Face: A Time Code, is a memoir, published in 2016 by Restless Books.

After graduating from Smith in 1980 with degrees in English literature and Asian studies, Ozeki received a Japanese Ministry of Education fellowship to do graduate work in classical Japanese literature. While in Japan, she also studied Noh drama and mask carving, founded a language school and taught on the faculty of Kyoto Sangyo University. She returned to New York, where she started a film career, working first as an art director for low-­budget horror movies, and later as a documentary director for Japanese television. Her award­-winning independent films, Halving the Bones (1995) and Body of Correspondence (1994), have shown at Sundance and on public television.

A longtime meditator, Ozeki was ordained in 2010 as a novice priest in the Soto Zen lineage. In 2006, Ozeki returned to Smith to receive an honorary doctorate in humane letters, and she is very happy to be back again, this time to teach creative writing and to work on a new novel. We are thrilled to welcome her to Amherst College, where she will give a public reading of her work.

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Poetry Reading: Cameron Awkward-Rich

8:00 pm Amherst Books, O'Connor Common

A poet and critic, Cameron Awkward-Rich is the author of the forthcoming Dispatch and the collection Sympathetic Little Monster, which was a finalist for a 2017 Lambda Literary Award, and which poet Danez Smith described as “at once analytical, magical, confession, dismissive, but ultimately, and simply, a collection breaking new ground in Trans, Queer, Black, and American Letters.” He is also a poetry editor for Muzzle magazine and has received numerous fellowships. He currently teaches women, gender and sexuality studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

This reading will be followed by refreshments.

French Film Screening: "Ouvrir la voix" / "Speak Up"

8:30 pm King Hall, French House Common Room

Ouvrir la voix / Speak Up is a 2017 documentary directed by Amandine Gay that focuses on women of African descent from France and Belgium who converse about what it means to be a woman today and belong to the African diaspora. By sharing their experiences and aspirations for the future, these women speak for themselves and take control again of their own representation on the screen.

The film will be screened in French with English subtitles. All are welcome, and refreshments will be served!

Yahoo!/Oath Product Management Information Session

Oath, Yahoo!'s parent company, is home to the media, tech and communication brands that 1 billion people love and trust. Zachary Lehman-Ludwig '18 is returning to campus to offer a limited number of office hour appointments
and host an information session on his company, which is currently hiring for the following entry-level roles:
associate product manager and associate product manager intern. Attend this information session to learn more about these positions, the company culture and what day-to-day life is like for a recent alum working in tech!

Thu, Nov 8, 2018

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Food for Thought Lunch with Charles Nutter '15: A Firsthand Look at Working in Solar Energy

Charles Nutter ’15 will return to campus on Thursday, November 8, to present a Food for Thought luncheon (and offer a limited number of office hours appointments) for current students who are interested in combining interests between environmental studies, economics and clean energy. This lunch event presents an informal opportunity to hear from a recent graduate and gain advice about navigating a career path post-Amherst.

Charles graduated from Amherst in 2015 with a degree in Economics and Environmental Studies. Through the College’s Center for Community Engagement, he interned as a team leader with the Gulf of Maine Institute, an environmental youth stewardship organization that educates and performs community service all along the Gulf of Maine, from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia.

After graduation, Charles began an internship at Nexamp, a leading community solar developer in the Northeast, with funding from the Mass Clean Energy Center. Beginning as a Community Solar Sales and Marketing intern, he is now the Energy Sales manager where he leads the company’s efforts to identify and contract institutional and commercial clients to receive energy credit produced by Nexamp’s solar arrays.

Lunch will be served! Space is limited, so RSVP through Handshake to reserve your spot.

Careers in Environmental Studies: A Panel with Recent ENST Alumni

Sponsored by the Department of Environmental Studies and the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.

Zack Gerdes '14 lives in Washington D.C. and works as a conservation organizer with the Sierra Club. Zack serves as staff lead for clean water and public health campaigns in the state of Maryland. He also supports Sierra Club's political campaign to elect environmental champions on the local and state level. Before joining Sierra Club, Zack worked as a philanthropy fellow at the Pisces Foundation. While at Amherst, Zack helped launch the coal divestment campaign with the Green Amherst Project and worked with 350.org as a fossil free fellow.

Meghan Cafferty '14 began working for Senator Elizabeth Warren in her Boston office as a staff assistant. In 2016, she transferred to Senator Warren’s D.C. office and was promoted to legislative correspondent with a policy portfolio covering energy and environment. She helped prepare the Senator for meetings, including on national natural gas pipeline infrastructure. In the fall of 2016, Meghan began her JD at Boston University School of Law. She has been a legal intern at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office in the Energy and Telecommunications Division and has participated in BU Law’s Environmental Clinic. She has helped conduct legal research for Alternatives for Community and Environment, a non-profit organization supporting a citizen suit to stop the construction of a power plant in Brockton, MA. This past summer Meghan was a Summer Associate at Brown Rudnick LLP in Boston, MA and will be joining their Commercial Litigation department after graduation.

Charles Nutter ’15 is a manager with Nexamp Community Solar. Charles graduated from Amherst in 2015 with a degree in Economics and Environmental Studies. Through the College’s Center for Community Engagement, he interned as a team leader with the Gulf of Maine Institute, an environmental youth stewardship organization that educates and performs community service all along the Gulf of Maine, from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia. After graduation, Charles began an internship at Nexamp, a leading community solar developer in the Northeast, with funding from the Mass Clean Energy Center. Beginning as a community solar sales and marketing intern, he is now the energy sales manager and leads the company’s efforts to identify and contract institutional and commercial clients to receive energy credit produced by Nexamp’s solar arrays.

Panelists will be available for office hours through Handshake; search "office hours" to locate their individual schedules. For questions regarding this event, please contact Kate Sims (ksims@amherst.edu).

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Helene Keyssar Distinguished Lecture: "Scaling Down" with Marc Siegel

Marc Siegel is professor of film studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. His research and publications focus on issues in queer studies and experimental film. He is co-editor of Film Culture 80: The Legend of Barbara Rubin (2018) and Jack Smith: Beyond the Rented World (2014), a special issue of Criticism. His book A Gossip of Images is forthcoming from Duke University Press. He has also curated numerous film series for festivals, museums and galleries, including the Berlinale, Tate Modern (London), CCCB (Barcelona), Bunkier Sztuki (Cracow) and the Goethe Institute (Kolkata). His curatorial projects include the festivals Camp/Anti-Camp (2012) and LIVE FILM! JACK SMITH! (2009). He is on the advisory board of the Forum Expanded section of the Berlinale and one of the co-founders of the Berlin-based artists' collective CHEAP.

Siegel's talk will engage with current strategies for exhibiting moving images. He will contrast the sometimes spectacular and decorative use of avant-garde films in contemporary exhibitions with select innovative approaches to the presentation of painting and photography. With reference to his own curatorial work on a recent Berlin exhibition, Edit Film Culture! (2018), Siegel will argue for the aesthetic significance of scale and context.

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German Film Series: "Soul Kitchen"

There will be two screenings of Soul Kitchen, one at 4 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m.

What to do when the woman you love runs off to China? Well, of course, you take action by converting a run-down dive in a funky neighborhood into a swanky restaurant, enlisting the help of your brother, a small-time crook. A real estate mogul has different ideas for the place, and regulars clash with the new hipster clientele in this gritty, deadpan multicultural comedy.

This film will be shown in German with English subtitles. Please contact mhowes@amherst.edu for more information.

Weekly Canine Office Hours

Whether you miss your dog, or simply want some canine affection, Huxley or Evie would love to see you! One or the other will be available weekly!

Nexamp Solar Energy Information Session

Nexamp is leading the transformation to the new energy economy with proven solutions for solar energy development, ownership, and operation. The company's comprehensive capabilities span the entire solar project lifecycle—from project development, design and construction to financing and operations and maintenance. Their ability to provide integrated, best-in-class solutions makes solar energy simple and profitable for clients and partners.

Nexamp's team is among the most experienced in the industry, with expertise in every facet of power generation, marketing and investment -- and that expertise is complemented with a passion for solar energy and innovation. The company's mission is clear: to reshape the energy landscape, delivering value to clients and partners while benefiting communities and society at large. The company's rapidly growing portfolio of solar assets and established partnerships with communities, commercial and non-profit organizations, property owners, and investors are laying the groundwork for a cleaner, more secure energy future.

Want to learn more about Nexamp's mission, growth, and entry-level opportunities? Attend this information, which will be led by Amherst alum Charles Nutter '15!

QTPOC Dinner with Alok Vaid-Menon

QTPOC Dinner with Alok Vaid-Menon

Join us for a QTPOC dinner with Alok Vaid-Menon! This event specifically centers queer and trans people of color.
Alok (they/them) is a gender non-conforming performance artist, writer, educator and entertainer. Their eclectic sense of style, political comedy and poetic challenge to the gender binary have been internationally renowned. Alok was recently the youngest recipient of the Live Works Performance Act Award granted to ten performance artists across the world. They have been featured on HBO, MTV, The Guardian, National Geographic, The New York Times and more.

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Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Every Thursday night, the Writing Center and Library open up the Center for Humanistic Inquiry to students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, coffee and camaraderie. Join the group Thursdays from 8-11 p.m. in the CHI.

Students Only

La Tertulia

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Newport House, Common Room on first floor

Do you want to practice your Spanish language skills and learn more about the Hispanic culture? Please join us at La Tertulia, a weekly informal Spanish conversation gathering with hot chocolate and cookies!
La Tertulia is held every Thursday from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm on the first floor common room of Newport House. The primary purpose of this event is to encourage the use of the Spanish language and to promote the Hispanic culture among the Amherst community. La Tertulia is a great opportunity to speak Spanish in a relaxed setting and to meet students of all levels, Spanish House residents, Spanish language assistants, faculty, staff and community members. La Tertulia is free and open to anyone who wants to speak Spanish and have fun!
We hope to see you there!

"Femme in Public"

What feminine part of yourself did you have to destroy in order to survive in this world? At what point does femininity become synonymous with apology? Who hurt the people who hurt you? Alok Vaid-Menon (they/them) is trying to figure it out. Join them for an evening of poetry, stand-up comedy, drag and more as they take their audience on an emotional roller coaster all the way from the personal to the political.

Alok is a gender-nonconforming performance artist, writer, educator and entertainer. Their eclectic sense of style, political comedy and poetic challenge to the gender binary have been internationally renowned. Alok was recently the youngest recipient of the Live Works Performance Act Award, granted to 10 performance artists across the world. They have been featured on HBO, MTV, The Guardian, National Geographic, The New York Times and more.

Seurat Group Information Session

Seurat Group is a boutique, data-driven management consulting and private equity firm with 20+ professionals specializing in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry. Its name comes from Georges Seurat, the pointillist painter. As with pointillism, the firm aims to integrate many points of cultural, behavioral and sales data, identifying insights to help clients and portfolio companies see the “bigger picture.”

Seurat Group consists of two core branches, consulting and capital, across which employees work fluidly (note, business analysts are being recruited to primarily support consulting at this time).
Consulting: Consulting work involves creatively integrating multiple lenses of insight to challenge conventional wisdom and provide guidance for future growth. Clients include leading Fortune 500 companies in food, beverage, personal care/beauty and other consumer products categories.
Capital: Seurat's market expertise guides private equity investments, and the firm provides its portfolio companies with the resources and strategic insight of its consultancy branch to accelerate growth. The firm invests in and advises start-up “challenger brands” who are driving significant, exciting change in the industry. In short, Seurat Group creates value for its clients through leading-edge creative thinking, providing the clarity to act and invest in the future.

Culture: The Seurat Group is a young firm with a driven, yet informal, collaborative culture. The firm strives to provide hands-on training, room for career development and opportunities to learn by working closely with senior members of the organization. The managing partners all come from strong CPG backgrounds and have 20+ combined years in the consulting arena working with large CPG firms such as General Mills, Kraft, Clorox, etc. Overall, Seurat recruiters look for team members who embody the firm's core values: drive for results, can-do attitude, collaboration and entrepreneurial passion.

Attend this information session to learn more!

Fri, Nov 9, 2018

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Floor

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from noon - 1 p.m.

Spanish Table

Do you want to practice your Spanish language skills during lunch? Join us at the weekly Spanish table!
The Spanish table is an informal way to practice and improve your Spanish language skills, and a fun opportunity to meet new people. It is held every Friday, from noon to 2 p.m., on the Mezzanine Level of Valentine Dining Hall. Students of all levels, faculty, staff and community members meet weekly in a relaxed setting over lunch. No need to register! Just grab some lunch and go upstairs!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Life Stories

Life Stories Lunch with Robert Hayashi, Associate Professor of American Studies

The Life Stories series provides a forum to foster community through sharing stories of challenge, growth and meaning. At each lunch, a student, faculty or staff member talks about an aspect of their lives that may be meaningful to others, followed by questions and comments. Lunch is provided. Sponsored by Mental Health Promotion and the Wellness Team.

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Arts & Communication Field Trip Fridays: Daily Hampshire Gazette

Arts & Communication Field Trip Friday site visits are a direct connect to the people and places at the heart of the Pioneer Valley’s creative communities. This year’s trips offer you the opportunity to engage with the issues and ideas driving innovative work in the visual arts, advertising, journalism, museums/archives, publishing and community arts.

Field Trip Fridays start at 2 p.m. sharp in front of Frost Library.

November 9: Daily Hampshire Gazette
Founded in 1786, the Gazette serves more than 15,000 readers a day and is an essential daily news source for the Pioneer Valley. Brooke Hauser, the Gazette’s Editor in Chief and the former Arts & Culture editor will give us a behind-the-scenes look at the newspaper’s Northampton headquarters.

Hauser is the author of Enter Helen: The Invention of Helen Gurley Brown and the Rise of the Modern Single Woman, Winner of the National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Award for Best Nonfiction Book. A longtime journalist, she has written for Allure (where she was also a contributing editor), Glamour, Marie Claire, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. Her first book, The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens, won the American Library Association’s 2012 Alex Award. For several years, Hauser covered the film industry as an editor and writer-at-large at Premiere. As a reporter, Hauser has written about a wide range of subjects, including female corrections officers, Baptist preachers, Chinese beauty queens and a Vermont dairy farmer with a screenwriting career on the side. Originally from Miami, Florida, Hauser recently moved to western Massachusetts, where she lives with her family.

Seating is very limited, so R.S.V.P. quickly through Handshake to reserve your spot!

UPCOMING FIELD TRIPS:
December 7: Northampton Community Arts Trust
Lighting designer Kathy Couch ’95 and photographer Stephen Petegorsky ’75 describe how they used the land trust model to preserve affordable and accessible space for Northampton’s creative community.

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#AmherstChatback: Joy and Self-care

Join us for the last #AmherstChatBack of the semester, where we will unpack misconceptions about self-care and develop strategies to incorporate more joy in our lives in response to today's socio-political climate. Beats Pill speakers will also be distributed to raffle winners.

Queer Talk

Join the QRC and our counselors, Dr. Darien and Dr. Erickson, for a weekly discussion on topics related to being queer/trans at Amherst. There will be snacks and great conversation!

AWIS Alumni Panel

The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is hosting its 4th annual alumni panel featuring women with career paths in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). Come listen to our panelists, who hail from diverse backgrounds, as they offer insight and advice to those who are considering a STEM-related field as a career!

Please email mhle19@amherst.edu if you have any questions.

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Celebrate Lipton Lecture Hall with a Talk by Professor Catherine Sanderson

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall (E110)

Join us to dedicate and celebrate Lipton Lecture Hall in the new Science Center, named for Richard M. Lipton ’74, P’12 ’08, and his family. Following brief introductory remarks in honor of the Liptons, Catherine Sanderson, Manwell Family Professor of Life Sciences (Psychology), will deliver a lecture entitled “They Aren’t as Thin or as Happy as You Think They Are: Exploring Causes and Consequences of Misperceiving Social Norms at Amherst.”

Professor Sanderson will describe research conducted in collaboration with Amherst College students on factors that lead students to misperceive social norms, including those related to eating and exercise, reporting athletic concussions and seeking mental health treatment. She will discuss the consequences of such misperceptions, strategies for correcting them and the benefits of such approaches for improving psychological and physical well-being on college campuses.

AC After Dark Films Presents: Crazy Rich Asians

The summer's hit blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians hits the screens at Keefe Theater this weekend. Showings will be on Friday at 7 p.m., on Saturday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Bubble tea will be provided at Friday's screening!

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Amherst Cinema Late Nights

Join Amherst Cinema every Friday for a free late-night flick featuring the best cult, genre and outré on the big screen. Free for Amherst College students with presentation of student ID at box office. Visit the Amherst Cinema website for more information on programming.

Tickets Required

Sat, Nov 10, 2018

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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, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes.

Free and open to all!

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EXPO-losion!

It's that time of year again... EXPO-losion! Kick Homecoming Weekend off right with a cultural showcase AND charity event. All proceeds will be going toward the Distant Relatives Project, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., that is committed to fighting for the world's most vulnerable communities, in both Africa and the U.S.

Doors will open at 3 p.m. at the Powerhouse, where we will eat good food, watch the illustrious ACSU Dance, amongst other performances, and wrap the whole thing up with a cultural fashion show!

Can't wait to see you all there!

Screening of JFK: The Last Speech - The Story of President Kennedy’s 1963 Speech at Amherst College

In an era of political tension when the value of a liberal arts education is questioned, a message from 1963 has particular resonance. Twenty-seven days before he was assassinated, President Kennedy came to Amherst College to honor the poet Robert Frost in a speech called “the most majestic” of Kennedy’s career. He spoke of the relationship of poetry to power and of a view shared with Frost that power must be exercised, but wisely -- tempered by a moral restraint inspired by the arts and a liberal arts education. And, he spoke of the obligation of those “given a running start in life” to serve the public interest. "JFK: The Last Speech" is a new documentary aired on public television this summer, and it communicates the impact of this message through the stories of Amherst alumni and students and reflections by prominent scholars and political observers. Produced by an award winning filmmaker, this film will ignite public discourse on enduring values and on our shared responsibility for the public interest. It is a call to action to rebuild our civic sphere -- infused with broad sympathy, understanding and compassion. Neil Bicknell ’64 and Paul Dimond ’66 will host this screening, field questions and share opportunities to make JFK’s call a living legacy going forward. All alumni, current students, faculty and staff are invited.

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Amherst College Choral Society: Homecoming Concert

The Amherst College Choral Society presents its annual Homecoming concert on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall of Arms Music Center. The performance, conducted by Dr. Arianne Abela and Assistant Conductor Ellen Mutter '18, includes music by Shawn Kirchner, Sydney Guillaume, György Ligeti, Ēriks Ešenvalds and Veljo Tormis. The concert concludes with traditional Amherst songs.

Tickets may be purchased only at the door. Tickets are $10 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens, students with ID and children under 12; and free to Amherst and all Five College students with ID.

Tickets Required

AC After Dark Films Presents: Crazy Rich Asians

The summer's hit blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians hits the screens at Keefe Theater this weekend. Showings will be on Friday at 7 p.m., on Saturday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Bubble tea will be provided at Friday's screening!

Students Only

Amherst College Jazz Ensemble Homecoming Concert

Saturday, Nov. 10, at 9 p.m., the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble performs for Homecoming under the direction of Visiting Director of Jazz Performance Carl Clements. This performance features works by Wayne Shorter, Count Basie, Thad Jones, Mongo Santamaria, Maria Schneider, Charles Mingus, Carl Clements and Cameron Chandler.

The ACJE performs in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center. The concert is free and open to the public, collecting cash donations for the Amherst Survival Center.

AC After Dark Films Presents: Crazy Rich Asians

The summer's hit blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians hits the screens at Keefe Theater this weekend. Showings will be on Friday at 7 p.m., on Saturday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Bubble tea will be provided at Friday's screening!

Students Only

Sun, Nov 11, 2018

Bi-Semester Worship service

The Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Christian Worship Service

1:00 pm Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

The Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Worship Series will offer service on Sunday, November 11 at 1 pm in Chapin Chapel. Since 1993, the series has provided Christian worship services rooted in the African-American tradition to the Amherst community. The Reverend Jean-Luc Charles '94 will be preaching and the Amherst College Gospel Choir, Resurrect, will be providing the hymns. A soul food reception will follow immediately. All are welcome!

Project ReCul Meeting

Are you interested in preserving regional culture? Project ReCul is a student-run group that aims to strengthen cultural diversity by providing a global platform that empowers youth to rediscover their regional cultures through languages and dialects and express their merits through the arts. We aim to afford youth a platform of expression in own their tongue. If you want to learn more about Project ReCul, please come to our table at Valentine Hall on Sunday at 1 p.m. on the Mezzanine Level.

AC After Dark Films Presents: Crazy Rich Asians

The summer's hit blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians hits the screens at Keefe Theater this weekend. Showings will be on Friday at 7 p.m., on Saturday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Bubble tea will be provided at Friday's screening!

Students Only

Mon, Nov 12, 2018

German Table

German Table

Enjoy informal conversations with students who have studied in Germany, the German faculty members, the German language assistants and other native speakers.

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Floor

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from noon - 1 p.m.

Math & Stats Table, Mondays at noon in Terrace Room A

Math & Stats Table

Please join us on Mondays in the Terrace Room A of Valentine Hall. Relax and enjoy lunch with your Math & Stats friends.

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Biology Monday Seminar: "Long-Distance Shoot-to-Root Signaling of Iron Deficiency in Plants"

Join Elsbeth Walker, Ph.D and professor of biology at University of Massachusetts Amherst, for a discussion on "Long-Distance Shoot-to-Root Signaling of Iron Deficiency in Plants."

The Walker lab aims to discover novel mechanisms that control the uptake and distribution of iron in plants. Part of the impetus for such discovery research is that iron deficiency is one of the most significant micronutrient malnutrition problems facing the world today. The World Health Organization estimates that ~1.62 billion people-- ~25 percent of the world’s population --are affected by iron deficiency. The production of staple crops that have elevated iron in edible parts (e.g., in the grains of cereals) is widely regarded as the primary means by which this problem could be stably addressed. However, this goal is thwarted, because our knowledge of the molecular mechanisms controlling iron accumulation in plants is far from complete. We have discovered that three distinct iron-transporter proteins are required in the leaves of plants in order for those leaves to send correct signals of iron deficiency to the roots. Our current work focuses on understanding how the leaf signals of iron deficiency are generated. We are also avidly pursuing the phloem-mobile inductive RNA signal that induces iron-deficiency-associated gene expression in the roots. Our hope is that, by improving our understanding of whole-plant iron-signaling processes, we may identify improved strategies for manipulating iron distribution in staple crop plants.

4th Annual International Photo Contest- Finalist Voting & Reception

Join the Global Education Office for the 4th annual international photo contest- finalist voting & reception.
Light refreshments will be served.

Writing Center Creative Writing Group

The Writing Center's Creative Writing Group will gather weekly on Monday nights to write, share and discuss our fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, drama and other modes of creative writing in a friendly, supportive manner. No homework, just attend. Meetings will be led by writing associate Roy Andrews and student coordinator Gwyneth Lewis. Open to all students.

Artificial Intelligence Club

Come to the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Club for pizza & heated debates on the nature of (machine) intelligence, the ethics of facial recognition, the economic impact of self-driving cars and much more! We'll also discuss (optional) planned machine learning projects for the semester.

Everyone is welcome! To participate:
- You do not need to know how to code!
- You do not need any CS experience!

Tue, Nov 13, 2018

Arabic Language Table

The Arabic Language Table is a weekly conversation group for Second-Year Arabic students. The Language Table meets every Tuesday in the upstairs seating section of the Valentine Dining Hall, and is open to anyone who can communicate in Arabic at the second-year level.

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Floor

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from noon - 1 p.m.

Office Hours with Bear

Office Hours with Bear! (the puppy)

Canine Office Hours with Bear will be held every Tuesday for the remainder of the fall semester from 3-4 p.m. beside Frost Cafe. Bear is an assistance dog in training. Drop by to get some puppy love and help with his training. Sponsored by the Wellness Team and the AC Library.

Assistant Professor Daniel McCarron, University Of Connecticut: "Taming Molecules with Light"

Laser cooling and trapping have revolutionized atomic physics, enabling a wide range of advances in science and technology. In recent years, it has become clear that general methods to produce ultracold molecules would have a similarly broad scientific impact. The rich internal structures of molecules make them versatile tools for a variety of experiments in ultracold chemistry, precision measurement and quantum simulation. However, this same structure poses challenges once believed to be fatal to any attempt at laser cooling. Over the past several years, several groups have devised and implemented methods to overcome these difficulties. Now the standard tools of atomic laser cooling-- including magneto-optical trapping --can work with specific molecular species in a manner similar to the familiar cases for atoms. In this talk, I will review progress in this emerging field and present our experimental effort designed to laser-cool new molecular species with favorable properties for both laser cooling and a range of proposed applications.

Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

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.

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Introduction to the Careers In Business and Finance Program

Have you ever wondered what it means to have a career in finance, consulting, general business or entrepreneurship? Whether you are a first year student, a sophomore, or a junior now exploring new opportunities, this is a great way to learn, discover, and decide if finance, consulting, business, or entrepreneurship is something you want to pursue.

The Loeb Center offers industry specific initiatives to help students explore and plan for careers in seven specific Careers In areas. The Careers In Business and Finance Program was established in 2015 to help students explore and prepare for careers in the financial services industry, consulting, or general business. We are now expanding into entrepreneurship and will be offering programming to help those considering starting their own companies, investing in start-ups, or just gaining an innovative mindset.

The information session led by program director Stephanie Hockman will talk about the career exploration and planning workshops included in the Careers In Business and Finance Program as well as the various experiential learning opportunities and advising. As recruiting for internships and full-time positions star early in business and finance, it is never too early to start the exploration process. Don’t miss out this opportunity to hear more about the program and workshops available to help you explore and prepare for careers in finance, consulting, general business, and entrepreneurship.

There are multiple opportunities to hear about the Careers In Business and Finance Program. You only need to attend one. We hope to see you at one of the following information sessions:

• Wednesday, October 22 at 7 p.m. (Loeb Center Events Room)
• Friday, October 26 at noon (Loeb Center Events Room)
• Thursday, November 1 at 7 p.m. (Pruyne Lecture Hall)
• Tuesday, November 13 at 5 p.m. (Pruyne Lecture Hall)

Japanese Language Table

The Japanese Language Program will be hosting a Japanese Language Table on Tuesday and Thursday evenings all semester. Please join Hikari Yoshida '19, a student from Doshisha University, and practice your Japanese! Everyone is welcome to join the Japanese Language Table for all or part of the time we are there.

Trans Community Dinner

Join us in cooking a dinner together! Come spend time in community to commemorate and celebrate trans lives and reflect on our experiences over delicious food. This space centers transgender, nonbinary, gender non conforming community and/or anyone who otherwise does not identify as cisgender. We will start cooking at 5:30 and plan to eat around 7 p.m.

Trans Community Dinner

Join us in cooking a dinner together! Come to spend time in the community to celebrate and commemorate trans lives and reflect on our experiences over delicious food. This space centers transgender, non-binary and gender-non-conforming folks and/or anyone who otherwise does not identify as cisgender.

French Table

If you are interested in speaking French or learning about French culture then come and join us weekly during dinner. French Table is open to students, faculty, staff and anyone who is interested in having informal conversations in French. All levels are welcome! We look forward to meeting you!

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Food for Thought with Tim Visser '06, Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice

Join Tim Visser ’06 for dinner and a discussion about his career as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. As part of the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section, Tim prosecutes hate crimes, incidents of police misconduct and other cases involving the violent interference with individual’s civil rights.

Tim graduated from Harvard Law School in 2013. While in law school, he served as President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, the nation’s oldest student-run legal services office. After Harvard, Tim spent a year clerking on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia before becoming an Associate at Covington & Burling LLP. Before joining the Civil Rights Division, Tim spent six months prosecuting domestic violence cases in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Between college and law school, Tim spent four years with Teach for America, first as a teacher in Miami and then as part of the national teams focused on recruitment, school leadership and teacher preparation.

Food will be provided at this event, R.S.V.P. through Handshake to reserve your spot.

Registration Required

Columbia's Summer Public Health Scholars Information Session

Do you want to be a part of an incredible summer internship at Columbia University? Do you have an interest in public health, medicine or dentistry? Do you want to learn more about Columbia’s Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP)?

If you said yes to at least one of those questions, then I hope to see you at our information session. Let’s sip some Boba and learn more about this incredible program. This information session is facilitated by Stanley Dunwell ’20.

Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeklatsch

Come and join German students and faculty every Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. in Porter House for a chat over coffee and much more! This is a great opportunity to practice your German in a casual and relaxing environment.

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Göttingen Abend

Participate in an informational meeting to find out more about the Amherst College Study Abroad Program at the Göttingen University. Our two teaching assistants from Göttingen as well as former exchange students will be there to answer questions and share their experiences. We will also show a short movie about the town and university and explain how the program works. Refreshments will be served. Please invite others who you think may be interested in this program. We look forward to seeing you!

Wed, Nov 14, 2018

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 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays on the Mezzanine level in Valentine Dining Hall. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

Where There Be Dragons - Study Abroad Info Table

Where There Be Dragons (Dragons) has been running cross-cultural education abroad programs since 1993. Dragons facilitates dynamic experiences around the world, including college study abroad programs in China India, Nepal and South America (Bolivia and Peru). Our approach to study abroad programming is to provide high-quality academic experiences in unconventional places. Come by our information table in the Keefe Campus Center on November 14 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. to learn more about study abroad options with Dragons.

Fun fact: We go where other study abroad programs don’t. Whether trekking in the snow-capped peaks of the Andes or drinking chai along the ghats of Varanasi, we take students to places seldom visited by tourists.
We provide mentorship that support academic programming in places that are often challenging to navigate as an individual. We strive to have a 4 to 1 student to instructor ratio. Our staff attend to program safety and quality, and are also invested in establishing strong mentor relationships with students. This mentorship supports students as they make meaning out of experiences abroad and has a powerful impact on academic and personal growth.

Students Only

Title IX Basics Training

Please join Laurie Frankl, Amherst’s Title IX Coordinator, for Title IX Basics & Mandatory Reporter training. During this interactive discussion, you will learn about the work of the Title IX Office and about why the College requires all faculty, most staff and some student employees to share information about sexual misconduct concerns that affect the college community. Laurie will explain the College’s response to reports of sexual misconduct and offer tools to help you assist those who may share troubling concerns with you. Please sign up for this session on the Title IX webpage.

Registration Required

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Loeb Center program director for careers in business and finance, for a weekly informal discussion on any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday from noon – 1 p.m. in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Hall. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!

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Promoting Active Learning through Moodle: Examples from the Amherst Classroom

Please join us to learn and discuss how Amherst faculty use Moodle to promote active learning in the classroom. This lunch presentation is for faculty and instructional staff.

Professor Elizabeth Aries will share how she uses pre-class forums and quizzes in Moodle to enhance in-class discussions and gauge student understanding of key concepts. Professor Adi Gordon will share how he uses Moodle to provide transparency in course assignments and expectations, and engage students with media and Open Educational Resources.

Bring your own Moodle tips and questions as well! Kindly click below to learn more and to R.S.V.P.

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"Colombia: Peace Agreements and the Future of Democracy"

Mónica Pachón will discuss the complicated peace process currently going on in Colombia and how that will affect the future of democracy in the country. Pachón is the dean of political science and international relations at Rosario University, Bogotá, Colombia.

Discussants will be Sebastián Bitar, the Karl Loewenstein Fellow and visiting associate professor in political science at Amherst College, and Javier Corrales, professor of political science at Amherst College.

This event is sponsored by the Lurcy Fund, the Lamont Fund and the Department of Political Science at Amherst College. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Javier Corrales at
jcorrales@amherst.edu.

TV Writers Studio Info Session: Long Island University's MFA in Writing & Producing for Television

Join William Rabkin, assistant director of the MFA program in writing and producing for television at the TV Writer’s Studio, as he shares insights about the field.

Professor William Rabkin of Long Island University’s TV Writers Studio, which grants an MFA in Writing and Producing for Television, is a thirty-year veteran writer, producer and showrunner in television. He has worked on such shows as Monk, Psych and Diagnosis Murder.

Professor Rabkin works closely with Emmy Award-winning veteran screenwriter, director, producer and showrunner Norman Steinberg to make LIU Brooklyn’s TV Writers StudioSM an environment where students experience what it is like to be a writer and producer of a TV series.

The underlying philosophy of the TV Writers Studio is that, given a well-designed curriculum, the right team of mentors, appropriate technical resources and sufficient time, a group of talented graduate student writers, working collaboratively, can develop a TV series that is broadcast worthy. It is through this process that the students will develop the full range of skills, knowledge and experience necessary to enter the profession of television writing and production.

Thu, Nov 15, 2018

Weekly Canine Office Hours

Whether you miss your dog, or simply want some canine affection, Huxley or Evie would love to see you! One or the other will be available weekly!

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Russian Film Screening: "Life is Full of Fun" (ЖИЗНЬ ЗАБАВАМИ ПОЛНА)

4:30 pm Keefe Campus Center, Theater (Room 008)

Life is Full of Fun (ЖИЗНЬ ЗАБАВАМИ ПОЛНА)

directed by Petr Todorovsky • 2002 • 98 minutes

The extraordinary lives of several ordinary families who share a communal apartment in a provincial town during the early 1990s

This movie will be shown in Russian with English subtitles, and will be screened at both 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 15.

"The Edge of the Petri Dish: Wizards and Prophets," by Charles C. Mann '76

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Science Center, Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall (SCCE A011)

Charles C. Mann ’76, a local author, will give a talk on his most recent book, The Wizard and the Prophet.

In 40 years, Earth’s population will reach 10 billion. Can our world support that? What kind of world will it be? Those answering these questions generally fall into two deeply divided groups-- wizards and prophets, as Mann calls them.

Survivor Support Series: Hooked on Crochet

Survivor Support Series: Hooked on Crochet

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Chapin Hall, John Pemberton III Lounge

Learn the basics of crochet and how it can be used as a method of grounding for anxiety or intrusive thoughts with the Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect and instructor Kaylee Brow! Materials and light refreshments will be provided. Although this event is focused on survivors, all are welcome to attend!

Survivor Support Series: Hooked on Crochet

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Chapin Hall, John Pemberton III Lounge

Come learn the basics of crocheting and how crochet can be used as a self-soothing technique for anxious and intrusive thoughts with the Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect and instructor Kaylee Brow. Materials and light refreshments will be provided.

Japanese Language Table

The Japanese Language Program will be hosting a Japanese Language Table on Tuesday and Thursday evenings all semester. Please join Hikari Yoshida '19, a student from Doshisha University, and practice your Japanese! Everyone is welcome to join the Japanese Language Table for all or part of the time we are there.

The Art of the Cover Letter

Cover letters are an important part of the internship application process; they turn the dry facts of your resume into an engaging story that captures recruiters' attention. This workshop will teach you the elements of a great cover letter and will give you the chance to practice crafting your own. This is a hands on workshop. Attendees are asked to bring sample internship or job descriptions along with their laptops.

*This workshop will fulfill the Internship Preparation Workshop requirement for the Amherst Select Internship Program.

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Speak Up: Preparing for Oral Presentations

7:00 pm - 8:15 pm Science Center, E110 (Lipton Lecture Hall)

Do you have an upcoming oral presentation but aren’t sure how to prepare? Would you like to engage your classmates rather than just read your paper to them? Do you wish you knew how to appear confident in front of an audience?

This hands-on workshop covers the key differences between preparing a paper and a presentation, and teaches techniques for delivering a confident, dynamic oral presentation. Plus, cookies from Black Sheep!

Led by Susan Daniels, Associate in Public Speaking. Kindly R.S.V.P. by November 13.

Students Only
Registration Required

Food Justice Panel

Join the Amherst College Food Justice Alliance for a panel on food worker justice and food policy with organizers from the Pioneer Valley Workers Center (PWVC) and Book and Plow Farm. Hear about what food justice means, ask questions and get answers. We will be giving out homemade cookies and kombucha while collecting optional donations for the PWVC.

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Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Every Thursday night, the Writing Center and Library open up the Center for Humanistic Inquiry to students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, coffee and camaraderie. Join the group Thursdays from 8-11 p.m. in the CHI.

Students Only

La Tertulia

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Newport House, Common Room on first floor

Do you want to practice your Spanish language skills and learn more about the Hispanic culture? Please join us at La Tertulia, a weekly informal Spanish conversation gathering with hot chocolate and cookies!
La Tertulia is held every Thursday from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm on the first floor common room of Newport House. The primary purpose of this event is to encourage the use of the Spanish language and to promote the Hispanic culture among the Amherst community. La Tertulia is a great opportunity to speak Spanish in a relaxed setting and to meet students of all levels, Spanish House residents, Spanish language assistants, faculty, staff and community members. La Tertulia is free and open to anyone who wants to speak Spanish and have fun!
We hope to see you there!

Trivia Night at Schwemm's

Come to the pub, get some grub and work your noggin!

La Niebla at the Powerhouse

La Niebla at the Powerhouse

La Niebla ("The Fog" in Spanish) is a Filipina Cubana musician born and raised in the Bay Area of California. She has been studying classical piano for over 16 years, and over the past five years she has found herself performing Latin jazz, hip-hop, reggaeton and R&B with various groups in the Bay Area. She has gone solo and started incorporating these many genres to create her unique sound in relation to her multicultural background. After finishing her first album with Las Dueñas in May of this year, La Niebla will release her own album within this coming year that tells her story of being of a diverse background in an ever-changing environment. Her lyricism is relatable and authentic to being a young woman of color with a raw and genuine honesty. The many sounds of La Niebla are drawn from her reality of being exposed to different cultural settings with influences that come from all across the world to around the corner of the city.

Fri, Nov 16, 2018

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Floor

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from noon - 1 p.m.

Spanish Table

Do you want to practice your Spanish language skills during lunch? Join us at the weekly Spanish table!
The Spanish table is an informal way to practice and improve your Spanish language skills, and a fun opportunity to meet new people. It is held every Friday, from noon to 2 p.m., on the Mezzanine Level of Valentine Dining Hall. Students of all levels, faculty, staff and community members meet weekly in a relaxed setting over lunch. No need to register! Just grab some lunch and go upstairs!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Queer Talk

Join the QRC and our counselors, Dr. Darien and Dr. Erickson, for a weekly discussion on topics related to being queer/trans at Amherst. There will be snacks and great conversation!

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Dance Master Class with Maree ReMalia

Guest Artist-in-Residence Maree ReMalia facilitates a master class in which participants are guided through explorations from the Gaga movement language and improvisational methods based in dance and theater. She then offers an experiential window into her latest project in development, A Letter Compiled From All Letters, in which the artists are investigating connection and communication in a digital age. The group engages in generative explorations and learns excerpts of choreography from the artistic team’s process. The approach is playful, inquisitive and nonjudgmental; all are welcome (ages 16+), and no previous experience is necessary.

Born in South Korea and raised in Ohio, Maree ReMalia is a choreographer, performer, educator and certified Gaga instructor. merrygogo is her platform for crafting contemporary dance works. Her choreography has been commissioned by the Gibney DoublePlus Festival in New York under the curation of Bebe Miller and has been presented at venues such as Dance Place in Washington, D.C.; Kelly Strayhorn Theater in Pennsylvania; La MaMa Experimental Theater Club in New York; Movement Research at the Judson Church in New York; and Daegu International Dance Festival in South Korea. Recent collaborations include Hatch Arts Collective, Rickey Laurentiis and slowdanger. She has performed in the work of Gabriel Forestieri, Bebe Miller, Michael J. Morris, Ohad Naharin, Lida Winfield and Noa Zuk.

Since earning her MFA at The Ohio State University, she has traveled frequently, working with individuals across disciplines, identities and experience levels. From 2015 to 2017, she was selected as the Andrew W. Mellon Interdisciplinary Choreographer for the Middlebury College Movement Matters Residency, and in 2018 she was invited faculty at the Bates Dance Festival and Lion’s Jaw Performance + Dance Festival.

Currently based in Pittsburgh, she is faculty at Point Park University and is premiering her collaborative, evening-length work A Letter Compiled From All Letters at New Hazlett Theater June 14-15, 2019.

https://mahiree.wordpress.com

Photo by Garret Jones

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Dance Showcase: "A Letter Compiled From All Letters"

7:30 pm Webster Hall, Studio 1 (Room 117)

Guest artists Maree ReMalia, David Bernabo, Lillian Cho and Gigi Gatewood will present their work-in-progress, A Letter Compiled From All Letters, a new evening-length dance work merging live performance and video projection with movement, music, text and a modular set, which began with letter-writing. Collaborators Maree ReMalia (choreographer/director), Gigi Gatewood (multimedia artist) and Lillian Cho (performer) wanted to investigate connection and communication in an era of digital media. So they asked friends and acquaintances to write them letters sharing moments of significance or how communication has changed with digitization. The answers were profound, mundane, absurd.

They are working with Pittsburgh-based artists David Bernabo, Natalia Gomez, Susan Kuo, Moriah Ella Mason and Jil Stifel to explore how this correspondence cultivates a sense of intimacy with others and the ways this type of interaction influences the choreographed work. Aspects of the letters influenced the development of improvisational scores designed to generate movement and experiments with video, music, sound, text and set design for the work. The portrayals in the live performance are abstracted and nonlinear. As the project grows, the performance migrates between almost-pedestrian and semi-virtuosic. It toys with the distance between carefully curated virtual selves and true realities.

The project premieres at New Hazlett Theater in Pittsburgh, Pa., on June 14–15, 2019, as part of a pilot program aimed to support artists who are shifting beyond emerging status. New Hazlett Theater will support the project with venue rental, production assistance, staffing and marketing, while ReMalia raises funds for artistic expenses.

"Special thank you to Amherst College theater and dance department. This project is supported in part by New Hazlett Theater, Opportunity Fund, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (a state agency), The Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative, The Pittsburgh Foundation Investing in Professional Artists Program, Amherst College Theater and Dance Department Guest Artist Series, Kelly Strayhorn Theater Fresh Works Residency and PearlArts Studios PearlDiving Movement Residency." --Maree ReMalia

This event is part of the Fall Guest Artist Series and is sponsored by the Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance and the Eastman Fund.

Photo by Kitoko Chargois

This Friday, November 16th at 7:30, kick off break by making your own campfire s'mores! Event is contingent on weather.

AC After Dark Presents - S'mores Night!

Kick off break by making your own campfire s'mores! Event is contingent on weather.

Mon, Nov 19, 2018

Math & Stats Table, Mondays at noon in Terrace Room A

Math & Stats Table

Please join us on Mondays in the Terrace Room A of Valentine Hall. Relax and enjoy lunch with your Math & Stats friends.

Tue, Nov 20, 2018

French Table

If you are interested in speaking French or learning about French culture then come and join us weekly during dinner. French Table is open to students, faculty, staff and anyone who is interested in having informal conversations in French. All levels are welcome! We look forward to meeting you!

Sun, Nov 25, 2018

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AC After Dark Films Presents: Moonlight

2:00 pm Keefe Campus Center, Keefe Campus Center Theater

AC After Dark Films Presents: Moonlight! This film will be played at both 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, so don't miss out on a chance to see it for free!

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AC After Dark Films Presents: Moonlight

4:30 pm Keefe Campus Center, Keefe Campus Center Theater

AC After Dark Films Presents: Moonlight! This film will be played at both 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, so don't miss out on a chance to see it for free!

Mon, Nov 26, 2018

German Table

German Table

Enjoy informal conversations with students who have studied in Germany, the German faculty members, the German language assistants and other native speakers.

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Floor

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from noon - 1 p.m.

Math & Stats Table, Mondays at noon in Terrace Room A

Math & Stats Table

Please join us on Mondays in the Terrace Room A of Valentine Hall. Relax and enjoy lunch with your Math & Stats friends.

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Biology Monday Seminar: "Near Infrared Red Light Exposure Is Associated with Elevations in Nitric Oxide and cGMP"

Join Tiffany Oliver, Ph.D, associate professor of biology at Spelman College for a discussion titled "Near Infrared Red Light Exposure Is Associated with Elevations in Nitric Oxide and cGMP."

Research in the Oliver Lab aims to identify the biological pathways that prevent cell death upon exposure to red light and to determine how the inhibition of cell death can be prolonged. Exposure to 2.88 J/cm2 of red light (632 nm), 24 hours prior, induces resistance to cell killing in RPE cells exposed to a 1-second pulse of 2 μm laser radiation. The initiating event in the cellular response to red light involves the absorption of photons by Complex IV of the electron transport chain. However, alteration of Complex IV also facilitates mitochondria-mediated apoptosis in response to oxidative stress. Completion of the proposed work will further our understanding of novel aspects of cellular respiration, a fundamental process by which mitochondria, a major cellular organelle, use oxygen to make energy (i.e., ATP). Specifically, it will provide insight into the effects of red light on cellular respiration, a fundamental cellular process.

Writing Center Creative Writing Group

The Writing Center's Creative Writing Group will gather weekly on Monday nights to write, share and discuss our fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, drama and other modes of creative writing in a friendly, supportive manner. No homework, just attend. Meetings will be led by writing associate Roy Andrews and student coordinator Gwyneth Lewis. Open to all students.

Study Abroad Pre-departure Meeting

If you're studying away in Spring 2019...

1. Attend one pre-departure meeting! We have scheduled them early (November 26 at 7 p.m. and December 6 at 4 p.m.) since we know end of term is very busy for you. Kindly R.S.V.P. for a meeting by Friday, November 23.

2. Submit your educational leave form by December 1.

3. Meet with Dean Kate Gentile (x2296) if you receive financial aid to learn how your aid package will transfer.

Students Only

Tue, Nov 27, 2018

Arabic Language Table

The Arabic Language Table is a weekly conversation group for Second-Year Arabic students. The Language Table meets every Tuesday in the upstairs seating section of the Valentine Dining Hall, and is open to anyone who can communicate in Arabic at the second-year level.

Coffee cup and muffin

Employee Council Coffee Hour

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the academic year and have a free coffee and muffin with representatives from the Employee Council. Come talk to us about issues that matter most to you, learn about resources, benefits and training or just come socialize with us!

For Amherst College staff only.

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Floor

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from noon - 1 p.m.

Office Hours with Bear

Office Hours with Bear! (the puppy)

Canine Office Hours with Bear will be held every Tuesday for the remainder of the fall semester from 3-4 p.m. beside Frost Cafe. Bear is an assistance dog in training. Drop by to get some puppy love and help with his training. Sponsored by the Wellness Team and the AC Library.

Sylvia Rivera Floor Launch

Join us in celebrating the establishment and launch of the Silvia Rivera Community House. Named after the transgender Latinx icon, Sylvia Rivera, this house was founded in 2017 as a space where members of the Amherst College community can engage in debate and expression that highlight the lived experiences of LGBTQ+ peoples on campus and throughout the world. This event will formally launch the house and introduce it to the wider Amherst community. This is, to our knowledge, the first residential community in a college campus to be named after a transgender woman of color in the United States. Through this event, we would like to honor the legacy of Sylvia Rivera, her plight for proper housing and community-building for queer people and to recognize her impact in our work and in the work we hope to see out of this house in the years to come.

Food will be provided.

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"The Global Rise of Nativism and Illiberalism: A Conversation on the Contemporary Political Pathology"

In the contemporary political pathology, two phenomena appear currently intertwined: exclusionary nativist beliefs and electoral preferences for illiberal styles of politics. Do we witness a global return to a longing for closed ethnic communities and authoritarian rulers, promising security in an age of perceived systematic crises? Whereas the rapid rise of the populist radical right in Europe as much as in the U.S. is an evident starting point, the aim of the panel is also to open up the conversation to a larger outlook. How can we explain these global reactions upon geopolitical developments as much as the globalization of uncertainty? These issues will be addressed by the four panelists, followed by a discussion in plenum.

Panelists Tamir Bar-On, Chip Berlet, Dwaipayan Sen and Maria Sidorkina will be moderated by discussant Andreas Önnerfors. Dr. Tamir Bar-On is one of world’s leading experts on the French and European New Right. He is a professor in the School of Social Sciences and Government, Tecnológico de Monterrey, in Queretaro, Mexico. Chip Berlet is a Boston-based American investigative journalist, research analyst, photojournalist, scholar and activist, specializing in the study of extreme right-wing movements in the U.S. and the dissemination of conspiracy theories. Dr. Dwaipayan Sen is an expert on the history of caste policy and postcolonial democratization in India. He is an assistant professor of Asian Languages and Civilizations and History at Amherst College. Dr. Maria Alexandrovna Sidorkina is a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College. Her research concerns illiberal publics and politics in post-socialist space, linguistic anthropology and digital sociability. Dr. Andreas Önnerfors is associate professor in intellectual history at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, currently specializing in contemporary European New Right populist rhetoric, and STINT Fellow at Amherst College.

Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

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.

Japanese Language Table

The Japanese Language Program will be hosting a Japanese Language Table on Tuesday and Thursday evenings all semester. Please join Hikari Yoshida '19, a student from Doshisha University, and practice your Japanese! Everyone is welcome to join the Japanese Language Table for all or part of the time we are there.

French Table

If you are interested in speaking French or learning about French culture then come and join us weekly during dinner. French Table is open to students, faculty, staff and anyone who is interested in having informal conversations in French. All levels are welcome! We look forward to meeting you!

Sex Work and Labor Panel: Labor Intensive

As part of our education series "Labor Intensive," this panel will focus on sex work as a form of labor and how we frame this conversation in society. The panelists engage with sex work as researchers, activists and as people in the field. Dinner will be served!

Sex Work and Labor Panel: Labor Intensive

As part of our education series "Labor Intensive," this panel will focus on sex work as a form of labor and how we frame this conversation in society. The panelists engage with sex work as researchers, activists and as people in the field. Dinner will be served!

Responding to Students in Distress Workshop

This workshop will help participants recognize signs that a student may be struggling with emotional or mental health issues. It will offer suggestions on how to respond to concerns and connect students to appropriate resources. All members of the Amherst community are welcome. In this workshop we will discuss common stressors, identify “red flags” that may indicate risk, offer suggestions on how to talk with students about a concern and provide an overview of campus resources. Please contact Jessica Gifford jgifford@amherst.edu for more information.

Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeklatsch

Come and join German students and faculty every Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. in Porter House for a chat over coffee and much more! This is a great opportunity to practice your German in a casual and relaxing environment.

Wed, Nov 28, 2018

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 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays on the Mezzanine level in Valentine Dining Hall. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Loeb Center program director for careers in business and finance, for a weekly informal discussion on any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday from noon – 1 p.m. in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Hall. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!

"Courtesans and Curtains: Photographs of the Countess de Castiglione (1837-1899)"

The Amherst College Department of French is pleased to present a talk by special guest lecturer Heidi Brevik-Zender titled "Courtesans and Curtains: Photographs of the Countess de Castiglione (1837-1899)". The lecture is free and open to the public, and will be given in English. It is sponsored by the Amherst College French department, the Eastman Fund and the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series Fund at Amherst College.

Heidi Brevik-Zender is associate professor of French and comparative literature at the University of California, Riverside. Her research interests are in French literature and culture of the 19th century, with an emphasis on fashion, gender, architecture, urban space and issues of modernity. She also works on visual media and material culture, with publications on film, television and 19th-century fashion plates and photographs. She is the author of Fashioning Spaces: Mode and Modernity in Late-Nineteenth-Century Paris (University of Toronto Press, 2015) and the editor of the anthology Fashion, Modernity, and Materiality in France from Rousseau to Art Deco (SUNY Press, 2018). Professor Brevik-Zender has written numerous scholarly articles on fashion, feminism and 19th-century French literature, and she was a 2017-2018 Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Student Voices from the Frontlines of Climate Change: In Support of CAP

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Frost Library, Friendly Reading Room

Join students from across campus as we share our stories about how climate change is affecting our communities right now, with drought, fire, floods, fossil fuel extraction, mining and pollution. Come learn more about the Climate Action Plan to make Amherst go carbon-neutral and how you can help get it passed. Together, we must demonstrate to the administration that we are united in common purpose, and demand that they take action and de-carbonize our campus-- it might be our last chance to do so. This event is sponsored by the Association of Amherst Students and the Direct Action Coordinating Committee. Food from Pasta E Basta!

Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine Information Session

Join Aileen Panitz, admissions director of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, and Dino Koff, director of financial aid for Dartmouth College, for an evening presentation about Geisel's program and the general medical school admissions and financial aid processes.

Geisel's program is designed around the "complete" physician — one who excels in the basic sciences, delivers outstanding clinical care, discovers and shares new knowledge and works to improve systems of healthcare delivery. Experiential learning and clinical work is included across all four years of training, with a focus on compassionate, patient- and family-centered care that addresses the "whole" patient. Geisel strives to foster a strong, supportive community both on and off campus by making community service and health care delivery science integral parts of its curriculum, in order to prepare students for future careers across the entire spectrum of medical practice.

GlobeMed Paint and Sip Night

Need a fun way to de-stress? Drop by the Powerhouse this Wednesday for a Paint and Sip night! Create your very own masterpiece. The event runs from 8 - 10 p.m., but you're is welcome to drop by throughout the event. Boba will be served!
Suggested donation: $10-20
All proceeds go to Heart and Sole Africa, a non-profit in Rwanda fighting podoconiosis.

Thu, Nov 29, 2018

Queer and Asian Luncheon

Join us for a discussion on queer Asian identity facilitated by Alex Kim from the Counseling Center! Possible topics of discussion include queer Asian representation on campus, cultural/familial pressures and navigating an often white-centered queerness. All students are welcome to attend, but our discussion will center students who identify as queer and Asian. Lunch from Lili's and boba will be provided.

Cartoons and Fondue

Unwind at the WGC with some chocolate fondue and an afternoon watching and debriefing gender expression in cartoons like Powerpuff Girls, Kim Possible, Avatar, Steven Universe and Teen Titans. Come by for your favorite snacks and throwback shows!

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Information Table

Stop by this information table to speak with Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) representatives Jovanna Mason and Robert Rogers about opportunities at their organization. J-PAL was established in 2003 as a research center at the economics department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since then, it has grown into a global network of researchers who use randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in the fight against poverty. J-PAL's headquarters (J-PAL Global) and J-PAL North America (one of six regional offices) are both based at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The organization leverages research by affiliated professors from universities across the continent and a full-time staff of researchers, policy experts and administrative professionals to generate and disseminate rigorous evidence about which anti-poverty social policies work and why. They do this by conducting randomized evaluations, sharing policy lessons and building evaluation capacity. J-PAL's work spans a wide range of sectors including healthcare, housing, criminal justice, education and economic mobility.

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"More Than a Word" Film Screening

More Than a Word analyzes the Washington football team and their use of the derogatory term "R*dskins." Using interviews from both those in favor of changing the name and those against, More Than a Word presents a deeper analysis of the many issues surrounding the Washington team name. The documentary also examines the history of Native American cultural appropriation.

The film screening will take place in the Lipton Lecture Hall (E110) located in the new Science Center, followed by a reception in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry (Frost Library 210).

About the Filmmakers:
John Little is enrolled in the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. He was born and raised in Denver, Colo., and South Dakota. He graduated with his B.A. from South Dakota State and M.A. in history from the University of South Dakota. His research focus is on Native American veterans, music, cultural appropriation and mascots. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota.

Kenn Little is enrolled in the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. He was born and raised in Denver, Colo., and currently lives in Kansas City, Mo. He received his B.A. in graphic design and New Media from Full Sail University in 2013. He is a multifaceted artist, writer, videographer and musician and often combines those abilities on his projects.

Filmmaker John Little will be in attendance at the event.

Crafternoons in the WGC: Affirmation Jars

Join us in the Women's and Gender Center for the next installation of Crafternoons. This week we will be making affirmation jars. We hope to see you there!

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German Film Series: "Aimée & Jaguar"

There will be two screenings of Aimée & Jaguar, one at 4 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m.

Based on a true story, this historical drama, set in wartime Berlin, centers on the unlikely romance that develops when Lilly Wust (Juliane Köhler), the dutiful wife of a Nazi soldier, meets free-spirited Felice Schragenheim (Maria Schrader), who happens to be Jewish. This film will be shown in German with English subtitles. Please contact mhowes@amherst.edu for more information.

Weekly Canine Office Hours

Whether you miss your dog, or simply want some canine affection, Huxley or Evie would love to see you! One or the other will be available weekly!

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2018-19 Annual Vogel Lecture: "Can Competitive Authoritarianism Happen Here? Lessons from Latin America"

The Annual Vogel Lecture on Latin American Politics and Economics will discuss "Can Competitive Authoritarianism Happen Here?: Lessons from Latin America." Panelist Raúl Madrid of The University of Texas at Austin is the co-editor of the edited volume When Democracy Trumps Populism: Lessons from Europe and Latin America. Panelist Fran Hagopian of Harvard University is an expert on Brazil and democracy in Latin America. Panelist Bob Kaufman of Rutgers University is a prominent scholar on the political economy of Latin America. Moderator Javier Corrales is the Dwight W. Morrow 1895 Professor and Chair of Political Science at Amherst College. His new book Fixing Democracy was published by Oxford University Press in 2018. His article "On Abortion Rights in Argentina" was published in The New York Times on Aug. 10, 2018, and his article "On the Return of Populism in Colombia and Mexico" was published in The New York Times on June 25, 2018.

This event is sponsored by the Departments of Political Science and Economics at Amherst College, through the generosity of the Robert C. Vogel ’60 Fund. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Works in Progress Series: Amanda Henrichs Presents "Deforming Shakespeare's Sonnets: Topic Models as Poems"

Join us for the first English department Works in Progress series event of the semester, with Professor Amanda Henrichs, the Five College Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities. Her talk is titled "Deforming Shakespeare's Sonnets: Topic Models as Poems."

The Works in Progress Series provides an opportunity for English department faculty to share their current research projects with students. All are welcome to attend. Food from Black Sheep will be served! This event is brought to you by the English Department Student Steering Committee.

Japanese Language Table

The Japanese Language Program will be hosting a Japanese Language Table on Tuesday and Thursday evenings all semester. Please join Hikari Yoshida '19, a student from Doshisha University, and practice your Japanese! Everyone is welcome to join the Japanese Language Table for all or part of the time we are there.

RJA presents Soiree for Safe Passage at the Powerhouse on November 29th from 7pm to 9pm

Soiree for Safe Passage

The Amherst College Reproductive Justice Alliance is hosting an Art Gala Fundraiser to raise money for Safe Passage, a Northampton based non-profit dedicated to creating a world free of domestic violence. This semi-formal event is emceed by members of Gads and will include a catered dinner and performances by students, as well as an art auction. There is a suggested donation of $10-20 for each guest, though any amount will be greatly appreciated. Cash or Venmo donations (@amherstrja) are accepted.

Contact amherstrja@gmail.com if you would like to perform, donate art or have any questions!

Trade Informatics Info Session

Attend this information session to learn more about Trade Informatics, its culture, and what a “day in the life” looks like in its full-time and internship analyst roles. Trade Informatics is a financial services technology firm located in New York City. The firm serves institutional clients via a vertically-integrated platform of global multi-asset trading and quantitative analytics.

Recruiters are now seeking applicants for quantitative analyst full-time and summer internship roles. These entry-level roles provide excellent opportunities to gain experience in a software development environment and acquire analytical and consulting skills useful across many professions. To succeed at the firm, candidates must have the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, demanding and data-driven environment.

Trade Informatics’ team members analyze the trading work flows of major financial institutions and create customized trading strategies using a variety of performance measurement tools. Analysts contribute to the development of proprietary products and should demonstrate the ability to understand and employ technical concepts. This position will offer significant individual responsibility and the opportunity to materially affect the direction of the firm.

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Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Every Thursday night, the Writing Center and Library open up the Center for Humanistic Inquiry to students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, coffee and camaraderie. Join the group Thursdays from 8-11 p.m. in the CHI.

Students Only
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Fiction Reading: Amy Bloom

Amy Bloom has been called “a national treasure” by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham and “one of America’s unique and most gifted literary voices” by novelist Colum McCann. She is the author of a nonfiction book; a children’s book; three story collections, including New York Times bestseller Where the God Of Love Hangs Out and National Book Award finalist Come to Me; and four novels, including the New York Times bestseller Away and her most recent White Houses. Her work has been translated into 15 languages. She teaches creative writing at Wesleyan University.

This reading will be followed by refreshments.

La Tertulia

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Newport House, Common Room on first floor

Do you want to practice your Spanish language skills and learn more about the Hispanic culture? Please join us at La Tertulia, a weekly informal Spanish conversation gathering with hot chocolate and cookies!
La Tertulia is held every Thursday from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm on the first floor common room of Newport House. The primary purpose of this event is to encourage the use of the Spanish language and to promote the Hispanic culture among the Amherst community. La Tertulia is a great opportunity to speak Spanish in a relaxed setting and to meet students of all levels, Spanish House residents, Spanish language assistants, faculty, staff and community members. La Tertulia is free and open to anyone who wants to speak Spanish and have fun!
We hope to see you there!

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"The Changing Landscape of News + Media"

Each year Amherst LEADS incorporates a community event into our curriculum around a timely theme or issue. This year we chose the intersections of changing media, news, communication and information.

This year's event will feature a panel conversation exploring how the ways we receive and interact with news and information have changed and will continue to change. The panelists include legendary Boston Globe sportswriter and frequent contributor to ESPN Bob Ryan, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times journalist Kate Zernike, Associate Professor of Emerging Media Studies at Boston University Jacob Groshek and Senior Politics Reporter at VOX Media and past contributor to MTV News Jane Coaston.

Fri, Nov 30, 2018

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"Citizens of the Market: How High-Mobility Migration Changes Politics in the Migrants Countries of Origin" presented by Ruxandra Paul

The Faculty Colloquium Series for 2018-19 presents a lecture entitled "Citizens of the Market: How High-Mobility Migration Changes Politics in the Migrants Countries of Origin" presented by Ruxandra Paul, assistant professor of political science.

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Floor

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from noon - 1 p.m.

Spanish Table

Do you want to practice your Spanish language skills during lunch? Join us at the weekly Spanish table!
The Spanish table is an informal way to practice and improve your Spanish language skills, and a fun opportunity to meet new people. It is held every Friday, from noon to 2 p.m., on the Mezzanine Level of Valentine Dining Hall. Students of all levels, faculty, staff and community members meet weekly in a relaxed setting over lunch. No need to register! Just grab some lunch and go upstairs!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Women of Color Luncheon

Come join us in the WGC for conversations about womanhood and gender on campus and in higher education. This is a space for women of color that aims to build community solidarity and intersectional understandings of identity.

Gallery Talk by Galina Mardilovich

Join Galina Mardilovich, the Mead's acting curator of Russian and European art, to learn more about the "Views from the Eastern Front: Russian Modernism and the Great War" exhibition.

Life Stories

Life Stories Lunch with Traci Roy, Lead Certified Medical Assistant

The Life Stories series provides a forum to foster community through sharing stories of challenge, growth and meaning. At each lunch, a student, faculty or staff member talks about an aspect of their lives that may be meaningful to others, followed by questions and comments. Lunch is provided. Sponsored by Mental Health Promotion and the Wellness Team.

AWIS Modular Origami Making

Join the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) for a fun session of modular origami making! Learn how to fold tessellations, polyhedra and more as we work together in a collaborative atmosphere. No prior experience is necessary, and we'll walk you through all the steps. By the end, we'll combine all of our individual pieces to form a larger, more complex structure. Desserts and supplies will be provided, and everyone is welcome!

Please contact Sarah Ibrahimi if you have any questions.

Music Department Workshop for Non-Majors and Majors

Music Workshop for Non-Majors and Majors: Listening (with Terry Jenoure)

Do you think about music? Are you interested in music but haven’t played an instrument or taken a music course? Are you an experienced performer or composer? This is the music workshop series for you! Thinking about music takes many forms. It could mean performing and composing, or developing historical and cultural research into specific forms of music or using software to make or analyze music. Sponsored by the Music Department, this series is open to all and offers the campus community different models for thinking about and doing music. Paired with the Music Department Tea Time (which takes place at 4:30 p.m. and immediately follows the workshop), the workshop series is an exciting low-pressure way of expanding your understanding of music.

Terry Jenoure (musician, visual artist, writer and educator) was born and raised in the South Bronx, New York into a Puerto Rican and Jamaican family. As a violinist, vocalist and composer, she began music studies at the age of seven and attended the High School of Music and Art in New York City. She was a protégé of major free jazz innovators within the Black Arts Movement. Terry has exhibited her artwork at the London Bienelle, as well as in Germany, Cameroon, Italy and Brussels. Her mixed-media figures are featured at the Smithsonian Museum Shop in Washington, D.C. Her first book NAVIGATORS: African American Musicians, Dancers, and Visual Artists in Academe is published by SUNY Press. Also to her credit are numerous essays addressing arts-based research, cultural identity and performance practice as well as a recently completed novel. Terry holds a master's and a doctoral degree in education, a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and was on the graduate faculty at Lesley University for 18 years. She has been a keynote speaker at international conferences and has trained community leaders in the field of arts for social change in Mexico, India, Colombia and South Africa. Terry has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For the past twenty-five years, Terry has served as the Director of Augusta Savage Art Gallery at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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"Soundscapes of the Connecticut River Valley: Screening and Presentation"

4:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

"Soundscapes of the Connecticut River Valley" will include screenings and presentations of work by Sam Croff and Max Nemhauser, Dean Gordon and Joaquin Townsend, Ailey Verdelle and Emely McKeown, and Bela Haye and Eli Salcedo, as well as a performance by Mariachi Mexico Antiguo. A reception will follow.

Music Department Tea Time

Music Department Tea Time

Come take a break from your busy week and enjoy tea, coffee, snacks and good company in the Arms Green Room. The music department's tea times are casual get-togethers where you hang out and chat with other musical folks from around campus. Everyone is welcome — students, faculty, staff, visitors. No affiliation with the department is required!

This event follows the "Workshop for Non-Majors and Majors: Listening" hosted by Terry Jenoure.

INCA Speaker: Charlie Scott

Join us for a conversation with indigenous activist Charlie Scott regarding gender and indigeneity in higher education.

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Martha Nussbaum: "Globalism and Its Discontents: Point/Counterpoint with Ilan Stavans"

Join us as Professor Ilan Stavans speaks with celebrated philosopher Martha Nussbaum.

The "Globalism and Its Discontents: Point/Counterpoint" conversation series features Amherst College professor, and host of NEPR's In Contrast, Ilan Stavans and a guest engaging in thoughtful discussion and attempting to bridge the ideological divide growing in our nation.

The rise of populism worldwide today, personified by Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, is a fierce reaction to globalism policies of the past few decades. Anti-immigration movements in Europe and the United States; assaults on free speech; racial profiling; polarized politics; intolerance for gender, economic and linguistic diversity; the building of walls and the renegotiation of international trade treaties; the tension between rural and urban communities; and the questioning of the basic tenets of pluralism are some of the symptoms. Democracy itself might be at peril.

Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, with appointments in the law school and the philosophy department. The author of more than 20 books and numerous essays and articles, she is the editor of another 21 books and the recipient of many prestigious awards. A fellow of the British Academy, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Philosophical Society, she has received honorary degrees from 56 colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad.

Breadth is a signature feature of her work. Her scholarship ranges from the study of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy and literature all the way to modern political theory and policy. Along the way, she has found time to examine such weighty matters as gender equality, gay rights, the nation of India, international development and the case for an education in the humanities. Yet the variety of subject matter can sometimes disguise the underlying unity of purpose.

This event is free and open to the public.

"Point/Counterpoint" is co-sponsored by NEPR’s In Contrast and by a generous gift from 36 members of the 50th Reunion Class of 1970.

Find more information about the other speakers in the series here.

Interviews with previous guests, and others, are available through Ilan Stavans' NEPR show In Contrast. Have a listen!

Letter Writing & Coloring Social

AC After Dark Letter Writing and Coloring Social

Write letters to loved ones, relax with coloring books and doodle in free journals provided by the wellness team. Supplies, stamps and snacks will be provided.

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Ongoing Events

Fill-A-Cruiser

Fill-A-Cruiser for Amherst Survival Center

until Nov 2 Chapin Hall, Look for the Cruiser Outside

Please donate non-perishable foods and/or personal care items at the ACPD cruiser parked outside Chapin Hall on October 25 & 26 / November 1 & 2 between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. If you are unable to make the dates and times listed, ACPD can accept donations at the Police Department (6 East Drive) at any time until 2:30 p.m. on November 2, 2018. All items donated will be given to Amherst Survival Center.