Event Calendar

February 2019

Fri, Feb 1, 2019

Arabic Language Table First-Year Fridays

This Arabic language table is a weekly conversation group for first-year Arabic students. We meet every Friday in the upstairs seating section of the Valentine Dining Hall, and anyone who can communicate in Arabic at the first-year level is welcome to attend.

Curriculum Associates EdTech Opportunities Info Table

Founded in 1969, Curriculum Associates is leading the adoption of blended learning for over six million K–12 students across the country, evolving along with schools as they focus more on digital content. The company designs cutting-edge print and online instructional materials, screens and assessments and data management tools—including the award-winning i-Ready®, Ready® and BRIGANCE® product lines.

When you start your career at Curriculum Associates, you’ll join an innovative, mission-centered workplace that is invested in the growth of young professionals. Through targeted early career programming such as career panels and professional development workshops, staff members develop new skills and build relationships across the company.

Stop by this information table to chat with Curriculum Associates representative Delancey King '18 about opportunities for new college grads, such as its three-year rotational Management Development Program.

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University of Saint Andrews: Information Table

The University of St Andrews sits on the east coast of Scotland—only 1 hour from Edinburgh. The University is over 600 years old, and is ranked the best University in Scotland and the 3rd best in the United Kingdom. With over 140 countries and territories represented, and 45% of its student population coming from outside the United Kingdom (16% from the United States), St Andrews is a a truly international university.

A Saint Andrews representative will be available to talk with any students who may be interested in choosing to study abroad in St Andrews, Scotland.

Fun fact: The University of St Andrews is the 3rd oldest university in the English speaking world.

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Life Stories

Life Stories Lunch with Susan Daniels, Associate in Public Speaking

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.

Warm Up with the Loeb Center

Hot cocoa and headshots! Stop by and have your photo taken for your LinkedIn and Handshake profile, stay for some hot cocoa and free swag! The Loeb Center welcomes all students to stop by and mingle with career advisors and student staff. Learn about the Clothing Closet, internship funding, Handshake and more. Walk away from one of the three events (February 1, February 15 and February 18) with your own professional headshot.

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TIPS Training

2:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall

Registration is now open for the first TIPS training of the semester! All students who wish to serve alcohol at Commencement Celebrations or during Reunion are required to pass an Amherst College on-premise TIPS Training. Online TIPS certifications cannot be accepted.

What is TIPS Training? TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) is the global leader in education and training for the responsible service, sale and consumption of alcohol. Proven effective by third-party studies, TIPS is a skills-based training program that is designed to prevent intoxication, underage drinking and drunk driving.

Students Only
Registration Required
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Breathing and Blooming

Join Religious and Spiritual Life and First Year Experience at a regroup for the spring semester through simple mindfulness practices and peer discussion. All first year students welcome and food will be served!

Students Only
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Music Composition Senior Theses: Diego Ramos-Meyer ’19 and Ella Yarmo-Gray ’19

The Amherst College Department of Music presents Garden of Snakes, an original jazz composition thesis by Diego Ramos-Meyer '19, on Friday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m., followed by A Thousand Shapes, an original jazz composition thesis by Ella Yarmo-Gray '19, at 7:45 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The concert is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

Garden of Snakes
Garden of Snakes is a five-piece suite exploring African-American and Latinx jazz music. Born to a Costa Rican father and American mother, Ramos-Meyer grew up listening to music from a wide variety of traditions all over the Americas. This 10-piece ensemble, including flute, violin, trumpet, tenor saxophone, trombone and congas, takes the audience on a journey through modern-day manifestations of traditional Afro-Caribbean rhythms. From Herbie Hancock to Pérez Prado to J Dilla, Garden of Snakes has something to offer everybody.

A Thousand Shapes
Virginia Woolf writes in her novel To the Lighthouse, “Love had a thousand shapes.” In a five-piece suite, Yarmo-Gray explores the ways in which various forms of love can be encapsulated in music, particularly those that are nonromantic. The music is of the modern jazz idiom and is written for a six-piece ensemble that includes Yarmo-Gray on piano, Fumi Tomita on bass, Austin McMahon on drums, Will Fishell '20 on trumpet, Dean Gordon '22 on tenor saxophone and MacKenzie Kugel '20E on violin. This exploration takes the listener through a multitude of their own experiences with love, and introduces the possibility of many more.

Poster for "Publik Private: Queer History in Performance"

"Publik Private: Queer History in Performance"

This bilingual work grapples with the past, bearing witness to gender-nonconforming historical figures, La Monja Alferéz and The Publik Universal Friend. Puppetry and poetics lift up the lives of these trans ancestors in an exhilarating conversation honoring their genders and refusing to look away from their transgressions.

Praise for Publik Private:
“The infernal and the saintly collide in a bold intertwining of two adventures too wild to be fictional. Publik Private is a show that smashes the binary in more ways than one: out and passing, chaste and carnal, pacifist and warmonger, hero and villain, thwarted imperialist and well-intentioned gentrifier. With a wry smile, Eppchez dances between the polar opposites of these two trans lives, and joins them together in something tender, irreverent and all too human.” -Mary Tuomanen (Barrymore Award-winning playwright)

AC After Dark Films Presents - Venom!

7:00 pm Keefe Campus Center, Keefe Campus Center Theater

AC After Dark Films Presents - Venom! This film will be played multiple times over the course of the weekend, with snacks at the Friday showing, so don't miss out on a chance to see it for free!

Showing schedule:
Friday, February 1 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 2 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 2 at 10 p.m.
Sunday, February 3 at 2 p.m.

Sat, Feb 2, 2019

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Auditions: Matthew Holliday '19 Senior Dance Project

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Webster Hall, Studio 1 (Room 117)

Using a fusion of modern contemporary, Afro-Caribbean, African and hip-hop styles, the project hopes to explore resistance in diaspora dance as a means of collective healing and self-actualization. Rehearsals begin the week of February 7, with performances on April 11 - 13. Contact Matthew Holliday for more information at mholliday19@amherst.edu.

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Jazz Concert: Michael Musillami Trio + 2

Free of charge and open to the public, the Amherst College Department of Music presents a special jazz concert by the Michael Musillami Trio +2, featuring Musillami (guitar, compositions), Joe Fonda (bass), George Schuller (drums), Kirk Knuffke (cornet) and Jason Robinson (saxophones, alto flute) at 7 p.m. in Room 3 of Arms Music Center. The group will perform new original music from their 2018 release Life Anthem (Playscape), as well as new music for their forthcoming 2019 release Little Ruby Steps.

"Four stars."
--Downbeat Magazine

“[O]ne of the most stimulating contemporary sets I’ve heard in a long time.”
--Nick Jones, Jazz Journal magazine

“Michael Musillami's music is a treasure, and we are fortunate that he came through his recent crisis unscathed.”
--Tim Niland, Jazz and Blues blog

“It's one of the year's best recordings.”
--Jerome Wilson, All About Jazz

About Life Anthem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAM_tBL4Vkg

Michael Musillami's "compositions develop in leisurely style from quiet simplicity to intricate complexity," writes Jack Massarik in Jazzwise, "and the ensemble playing is civilized, sophisticated and clean." The Boston Phoenix's Jon Garelick adds, "Musillami sounds familiar—this is swinging jazz guitar, after all—but not quite like anyone else." Born and raised in California, Musillami studied with renowned guitarist Joe Diorio before moving to the east coast in the early 1980s, working primarily in organ trios led by Richard "Groove" Holmes and Bobby Buster, among others. In addition to paying his dues by sharing the stage with Junior Cook, Dewey Redman and Curtis Fuller, Musillami became part of the circle of musicians connected to the Hillside Club in Waterbury, Conn., throughout the 1980s.

Over his 40-year career, Musillami has led a variety of ensembles, releasing 19 CDs and touring throughout North America, Canada and Europe. Along with his longstanding flagship trio with bassist Joe Fonda and drummer George Schuller, he has earned critical notice as the leader of groups ranging from duo to octet, featuring such prominent collaborators as Mark Feldman, Cameron Brown, Drew Gress, Michael Sarin and Matt Wilson. In 1999, Musillami founded Playscape Recordings to give himself more control over his recording career and support other musicians. Built around a cadre of frequent collaborators, the label has garnered extensive critical praise and a catalog of more than 70 diverse releases. "Like Blue Note or CTI in their prime," writes Signal to Noise reviewer John Chacona, "Michael Musillami's Playscape label has a signature sound." When not working with his own bands or managing his record label, Musillami also writes for and directs the 28-piece jazz ensemble Right Brain Logic at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn. Learn more at www.michaelmusillami.com and www.playscape-recordings.com.

Michael Musillami Trio

"Working on an almost telepathic level," writes Troy Collins, "they have developed an innate familiarity with each other that enables them to second guess abrupt tempo changes and harmonic detours with split-second timing." "Musillami's trio, his alliance with his longtime friends and collaborators, bassist Joe Fonda and drummer George Schuller, is a superb, finely tuned unit, empathetic, swinging and dramatically expressive of emotions sweeping from joy to sadness," says Owen McNally of the Hartford Courant in his recent feature article. "More impressive than longevity, however, is the trio's remarkably tight, cohesive unity. Nurtured by Musillami's celebratory music, the band functions as a musical family, a democratic clan in which everyone expresses himself." Critics have called the group's music "truly original" (Michael G. Nastos, AllMusic.com), "challenging and adventurous" (Bill Beuttler, Boston Globe), "scintillating and provocative" (Bill Milkowski, The Absolute Sound) and "honest, frequently surprising and consistently exciting" (Ron Wynn, JazzTimes). "Working on an almost telepathic level," adds Cadence reviewer Troy Collins, "they have developed an innate familiarity with each other that enables them to second guess abrupt tempo changes and harmonic detours with split second timing. Although the trio certainly doesn't need any help navigating Musillami's compelling tunes, they are occasionally joined by a few guest soloists, always to remarkable effect."

Joe Fonda is a composer, bassist, recording artist, interdisciplinary performer, producer and educator. An accomplished international jazz artist, Fonda has performed with his own ensembles throughout the United States, Canada , Europe and Asia. He has collaborated and performed with such artists as Anthony Braxton, Archie Shepp, Ken McIntyre, Lou Donaldson, Bill and Kenny Barron, Leo Smith, Perry Robinson, Dave Douglas, Curtis Fuller, Bill Dixon, Han Bennink, Bobby Naughton, Xu Fengia, Randy Weston, Gebhard Ullmann, Carla Bley, Carlo Zingaro, Barry Altschul and Billy Bang.

A native of New York City, drummer and composer George Schuller moved to Boston in 1967, where he was raised and educated, and later received a bachelor's degree in jazz performance at the New England Conservatory of Music in 1982. For the next 12 years, Schuller was a fixture on the Boston area jazz scene, performing with Herb Pomeroy, Jaki Byard, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Mick Goodrick, John Lockwood, Ran Blake, Lisa Thorson, Billy Pierce, Bruce Gertz, Mili Bermejo, John LaPorta, Dominique Eade and Hal Crook. Schuller presently resides in Brooklyn and freelances in the New York City area, performing with Ballin' The Jack, Michael Musillami, Burton Greene, Armen Donelian, Morena/Fonda Trio, Seunghee Han, Whirrr! (Music of Jimmy Giuffre), Russ Johnson's Out To Lunch (Music of Eric Dolphy), Yard Byard (Music of Jaki Byard) and Conference Call, in addition to leading his own groups Circle Wide and George Schuller Trio.

Cornetist and composer Kirk Knuffke is the winner of Downbeat Magazine's "Rising Star" critics poll for 2015. A recipient of the Jerome Foundation composers grant, Kirk has released 15 recordings as a leader or co-leader. "One of modern jazz's most skilled navigators of the divide between inside and outside, freedom and swing," he has "full command of his most demanding instrument" – All About Jazz. Kirk placed in the top five in the world in the El Intruso critics poll and was one of six nominees for Trumpeter of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. Knuffke has been based in New York City since 2005. Shortly after his arrival, Knuffke began playing with Butch Morris. Their friendship resulted in four recordings and several European tours. Kirk joined the celebrated Matt Wilson Quartet in 2009, recording "Gathering Call" (Palmetto) featuring John Medeski and touring each year. 2016 brought Matt Wilson's "Beginning of a memory" Palmetto, which received five stars in Downbeat. Michael Formanek's "The Distance" ECM was also awarded 5 stars this year. Knuffke also plays in "Sifter" with Mary Halvorson and Wilson, Ideal Bread, Allison Miller's "Boom Tic Boom," Todd Sickafoose's "Tiny Resistors" and groups led by Ray Anderson, Uri Caine, Mark Helias, Bill Goodwin, Karl Berger and Ted Brown, to name a few. "Arm and Hands," a recent release, garnered praise from every major jazz publication. The Following CDs Little Cross (Steeplechase Records) and Lamplighter (Fresh Sound Records) have also received much praise. Kirk has had feature articles in Downbeat Magazine, Jazz Times, Germany's Sonic and Denmark's JazzSpecial, among others.

The music of American saxophonist and scholar Jason Robinson ("rugged and scintillating," New York Times) thrives in the fertile overlaps between improvisation and composition, acoustic music and electronics, tradition and experimentalism. Initially a devotee of post-1960s jazz and creative music, Robinson is celebrated for bringing together various historical directions in jazz-- bebop, post-bop, the avant-garde --with an improvisatory and compositional sensibility drawn from and extending the languages of John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Lester Young. His musical interests, however, span far and wide. He is a critically acclaimed distinctive voice in a new generation of creative musicians in equal dialogue with jazz, popular music, experimental music and electronic music. Robinson's primary group is his New York-based Janus Ensemble, which ranges in size from a quintet with reedist Marty Ehrlich, guitarist Liberty Ellman, bassist Drew Gress and drummer George Schuller, to the full nine-piece version of the group with the addition of reedist JD Parran, trombonist and tubist Bill Lowe, tubist Marcus Rojas, and drummer Ches Smith. The group's latest release is Tiresian Symmetry (Cuneiform, 2012).

AC After Dark Films Presents - Venom!

7:00 pm Keefe Campus Center, Keefe Campus Center Theater

AC After Dark Films Presents - Venom! This film will be played multiple times over the course of the weekend, with snacks at the Friday showing, so don't miss out on a chance to see it for free!

Showing schedule:
Friday, February 1 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 2 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 2 at 10 p.m.
Sunday, February 3 at 2 p.m.

AC After Dark Films Presents - Venom!

10:00 pm Keefe Campus Center, Keefe Campus Center Theater

AC After Dark Films Presents - Venom! This film will be played multiple times over the course of the weekend, with snacks at the Friday showing, so don't miss out on a chance to see it for free!

Showing schedule:
Friday, February 1 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 2 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 2 at 10 p.m.
Sunday, February 3 at 2 p.m.

The Dogfather Food Truck

The Dogfather Food Truck will be serving hot dogs to Amherst students for free with student ID while supplies last or until 1 am.

Students Only

Sun, Feb 3, 2019

AC After Dark Films Presents - Venom!

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

AC After Dark Films Presents - Venom! This film will be played multiple times over the course of the weekend, with snacks at the Friday showing, so don't miss out on a chance to see it for free!

Showing schedule:
Friday, February 1 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 2 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 2 at 10 p.m.
Sunday, February 3 at 2 p.m.

Mon, Feb 4, 2019

Studio Art Faculty Exhibition

until Mar 1 Fayerweather Hall, 105 - Eli Marsh Gallery

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, and noon - 4 p.m. on Sundays. Closed Saturdays. This exhibition will close at noon on Friday, March 1.

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.

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Common Table: A Weekly Lunch Conversation with Religious and Spiritual Life

Does everything happen for a reason? Where does morality factor into career choice? And more simply, how are you doing anyway? All are welcome to this casual, drop-in time to share lunch and conversation on a topic of spirituality, belief or values as we explore together what it’s like to be a person in the world. Hosted by Religious and Spiritual Life staff and a rotation of student, faculty and staff guests. Please reach out if you'd like to co-host a conversation!

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Biology Monday Seminar: "Insights in Sex Chromosome Evolution from Genetic Mapping"

"Insights in Sex Chromosome Evolution from Genetic Mapping" is presented by Paris Veltsos, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biology at Indiana University.

About:
"I am interested in the evolutionary forces that shape sex chromosomes, such as sexual selection, and their implications to reproductive isolation. I have worked on a variety of organisms (grasshoppers, Drosophila, frogs, plants) and used theoretical models, field and lab populations (including experimental evolution) to investigate these questions. My main project at Indiana University is testing the prediction that sexually antagonistic traits (those that are beneficial for one sex but deleterious for the other) are enriched on the pseudoautosomal region of the sex chromosomes. We are performing a QTL study on >30 traits, some of which are sexually antagonistic, using a cross between plant populations (S. latifolia) that are adapted to different environments. The associated genetic map also allows us to directly identify locations of the genome that are potentially sexually antagonistic by being associated with sex more often than chance."

Disciplining the Problematic Genre: Buddhist Regulations of Theater in Late Imperial China

Mengxiao Wang of Yale University will give a talk titled "Disciplining the Problematic Genre:
Buddhist Regulations of Theater in Late Imperial China."

Existing scholarship on religion and theater in China has regarded religious drama as a medium for transmitting doctrines and spreading cults. Scholars have largely neglected the tensions between the Buddhist value of asceticism and the function of theater as entertainment. These tensions created a dilemma for Buddhist playwrights engaging in both religious and literary practices. This talk examines the strategies adopted by Chinese Buddhist playwrights to reconcile this dilemma through converting the theatrical genre into a sacred medium.

Summary by Mengxiao Wang:
I chose Guiyuan jing (歸元鏡, Mirror of the Return to the Origin)—the only extant play composed by a Buddhist monk, Zhida (智達, circa 1650), in Chinese history—as a case study. Zhida presented his play as a scripture-like text and stipulated a ritualized manner of performing and watching it. His ambition to transform his dramatic work into a sacred text has been realized on the page and defeated on the stage in the historical reception of Guiyuan jing. On the one hand, the text was published and circulated in a similar manner as Buddhist scriptures within a monastic network from the seventeenth century to today. On the other hand, performance adaptations of Guiyuan jing at the Qing royal palace and modern commercial theater diverged from the author’s aesthetic preferences by using lavish stage props to create spectacles.

A comparative reading of multiple editions illuminates how texts and paratexts construct a discursive space for the playwright, readers, publishers and actors to communicate their interpretations of the interplay between Buddhism and theater. This interdisciplinary study proposes a new way of reading drama—not just as a transparent medium for religious teachings, but as a source of anxiety for monastic playwrights and a problematic genre that both invited and challenged Buddhist regulations in late imperial China.

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 kindly R.S.V.P. 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.

Trauma-Informed Yoga

Trauma-Informed Yoga

Join yoga teacher Molly Kitchen for this part theory, part practice workshop! She will first explain the basics of trauma-informed yoga and why it's important. Next, she will lead a group practice focused on personal choice and simple, accessible postures. Then she will finish with a period of relaxation, with time for questions and answers. No yoga experience necessary. Feel free to bring a mat if you have one, but they are not required. Each participant will be given a consent card to keep for their yoga practice. Brought to you by the Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect. #SurvivorSupportSeries

Reproductive Justice Alliance Introductory Meeting

Stop by the Reproductive Justice Alliance's spring introductory meeting to learn more about the club and get involved! All are welcome. There will be food!

Students Only

Tue, Feb 5, 2019

Dr. Shakti Butler, Film Director

"Strategic Questioning" with Dr. Shakti Butler - Student Workshop

As part of the programming for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr./Black History Month Symposium, we are pleased to welcome back Dr. Shakti Butler, film director with World Trust Educational Services. Dr. Butler will lead the group in a workshop on "Strategic Questioning" and what that means. Dr. Butler's workshops are an interactive event helping you ask the critical questions.

Registration is required for this student workshop.

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Registration Required
EC February Coffee Hours

Employee Council Coffee Hours

Come warm up and enjoy a coffee and muffin with representatives from the Employee Council. Talk to us about your ideas and/or well wishes for Amherst staff, learn about resources, benefits and training or just come socialize with us!

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.

Dr. Shakti Butler, Film Director

"Strategic Questioning" with Dr. Shakti Butler - Faculty/Staff Workshop

As part of the programming for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr./Black History Month Symposium, we are pleased to welcome back Dr. Shakti Butler, film director with World Trust Educational Services. Dr. Butler will lead the group in a workshop on "Strategic Questioning" and what that means. Dr. Butler's workshops are an interactive event helping you ask the critical questions.

Registration is required for this faculty/staff workshop.

Registration Required

Study Away in Puerto Rico

Are you interested in study away to a Spanish-speaking country? Consider a semester in Puerto Rico! Dr. Michelle Duran '93, is the academic director of Spanish Studies Abroad which has a site in San Juan at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón. Come to Dr. Duran's drop-in advising hours from 3-5 p.m. in the Center for Diversity & Student Leadership in Keefe Campus Center.

Fun fact: No passport is needed to study in Puerto Rico, only an official government ID!

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Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

5:00 pm Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness - or because you are curious. This event will be led by Mark Hart, Buddhist Advisor.

Junior Political Science Majors Thesis Informational Session

Professor Javier Corrales will be holding an informational session for junior political science majors who are interested in writing a senior thesis.

Dr. Shakti Butler, Film Director

"Healing Justice" with Dr. Shakti Butler

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall (E110)

Dr. Shakti Butler will lead the audience through an interactive viewing of her most recent film, Healing Justice. The film explores the causes and consequences of the current North American justice system and its effect on marginalized communities. The film walks back through the history of violence that has led to our current system, bringing into focus the histories of trauma – on a personal, interpersonal, community and generational level. This powerful documentary addresses the school-to-prison pipeline, the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform and the importance of healing and restorative practices.

This event is free and open to the public.

French Table

If you are interested in speaking French or learning about French culture then come and join us weekly during dinner. The 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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Jackson Katz presents "Men and #MeToo"

Please join us for a Keynote address from Jackson Katz, a noted educator, author, filmmaker and cultural critic. Dr Katz will provide insight on this timely topic and share ways men can be proactive in their efforts to support gender equality, as well as ways to rise up against sexism on the individual and institutional levels.

For accessibility concerns, please contact Amanda Collings Vann.

Jackson Katz, Ph.D. is an American educator, author, filmmaker and cultural theorist who is internationally renowned for his pioneering work in gender violence prevention education and critical media literacy. In 1993 he co-founded the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program at Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society. The mixed-gender, multiracial MVP program is one of the most widely implemented and influential sexual and relationship abuse prevention programs in schools, colleges, sports culture and the military in North America and beyond. MVP introduced the “bystander” approach to the gender violence prevention field; Katz is one of the key architects of this now broadly popular approach. In 1997 Katz created and directed the first worldwide gender violence prevention program in the history of the U.S. Marine Corps. He and his colleagues have been centrally involved in the development and implementation of system-wide bystander intervention training in the U.S. Air Force and Navy. MVP has also worked with the U.S. Army on bases in the U.S. and in Iraq. Katz’s award-winning educational videos ("Tough Guise" and "Tough Guise 2"), his featured appearances in films ("Wrestling With Manhood" and "Spin The Bottle") and his thousands of lectures in North America and overseas have brought his insights into issues of gender and violence to millions of college and high school students as well as professionals in education, human services, public health and law enforcement. His TED talk “Violence Against Women is a Men’s Issue" has been viewed more than 2 million times. He is the author of The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help, and Leading Men: Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood. He is the founder and director of MVP Strategies, which provides gender violence prevention training to institutions in the public and private sectors. Katz speaks extensively in the U.S. and around the world on topics related to violence, media and multiracial, multinational masculinities. Katz has a BA in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a Masters from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in cultural studies and education from UCLA.

German Kaffeklatsch

German Kaffeeklatsch

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, Feb 6, 2019

Dr. Shakti Butler, Film Director

"Racial Healing" with Dr. Shakti Butler - Faculty/Staff Workshop

As part of the programming for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr./Black History Month Symposium, we are pleased to welcome back Dr. Shakti Butler, film director with World Trust Educational Services. Dr. Butler will lead the group in an interactive workshop on "Racial Healing". This workshop will look at incidents involving race and how they impact you. It will further look at how you begin to heal from those incidents.

Registration is required for this faculty/staff workshop.

Registration Required

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!

Arabic Language Table Fourth-Year Wednesdays

This Arabic language table is a weekly conversation group for fourth-year Arabic students. We meet every Wednesday in the upstairs seating section of the Valentine Dining Hall, and anyone who can communicate in Arabic at the fourth-year level is welcome to attend.

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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#AmherstChatBack: Students, Staff & Faculty Dialogue Luncheon Series

Please join us for our inaugural students, staff and faculty #AmherstChatBack Dialogue Series, which offers an opportunity to engage in critical conversations across difference, gain dialogue skills and learn from one another as we build community among students, staff and faculty.

Dialogues will take place over 5 weeks, each session focusing on a different social and cultural topic such as race, gender, nationality, joy and traditions. Participants should come prepared to share their own personal histories, thoughts, and experiences related to each topic. This event is open to all students, staff and faculty. Lunch will be served.

Dr. Shakti Butler, Film Director

"Racial Healing" with Dr. Shakti Butler - Student Workshop

As part of the programming for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr./Black History Month Symposium, we are pleased to welcome back Dr. Shakti Butler, film director with World Trust Educational Services. Dr. Butler will lead the group in an interactive workshop on "Racial Healing". This workshop will look at incidents involving race and how they impact you. It will further look at how you begin to heal from those incidents.

Registration is required for this student workshop.

Students Only
Registration Required

"This Bystander with Cold, Clear Eyes: Meta-Theater in 'The Peach Blossom Fan'"

Allison Bernard of Columbia University will give a talk titled "This Bystander with Cold, Clear Eyes: Meta-Theater in The Peach Blossom Fan."

Summary by Allison Bernard: This talk addresses the uses of meta-theater in The Peach Blossom Fan (Taohua shan), a historical drama completed in 1699 by the Chinese playwright Kong Shangren. I argue that meta-theater—how the play calls attention to itself as a work of theater—becomes a way for The Peach Blossom Fan to critique the historical and dramatic contexts out of which it arises. Historically, the play uses meta-theatrical techniques to evaluate the problems of China’s turbulent 17th century, which, for many period writers, felt unmoored and even a bit surreal. Dramatically, the play uses meta-theater to question and complicate standard generic conventions, such as the classification of characters by “role-type” and the expected happy ending. In this talk, I focus on one case study that unites these historical and dramatic aspects of The Peach Blossom Fan’s meta-theatrical method: the stage character of Ruan Dacheng, a 17th-century politician who was also a popular playwright.

Summer Funding Info Session

Students who will complete unpaid internships or off campus research programs during the summer of 2019 may apply to receive stipends from the college. Join us to learn about the application process and how to submit your application on Handshake. For more information, visit the summer internship funding program website.

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Poetry Reading: Phillip B. Williams

Phillip B. Williams is a poet who “sings for the vanished, for the haunted, for the tortured, for the lost, for the place on the horizon where the little boat of the human body disappears in a wingdom of unending grace” (The Best American Poetry). Williams is the author of the chapbooks Bruised Gospels and Burn, as well as the collection Thief in the Interior, winner of a number of awards, including the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award and a 2017 Lambda Literary Award. Williams is a Cave Canem graduate and the poetry editor of the online journal Vinyl Poetry. He is the recipient of a Whiting Award and teaches at Bennington College.

This reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by refreshments.

Loeb Center Seniors Only Series (SOS!): Job Search Support Sessions

Seniors, are you feeling the pressure to nail down your post-grad plans? You’re not alone! Come join your fellow class members to work on job and/or fellowship applications and receive in-person support from Peer Career Advisors (PCAs). Each session, the PCAs will also offer brief tips and advice about specific job search topics such as networking and negotiating job offers. There will be snacks and good company! Feel free to come and go as it fits your schedule.

The series will occur Wednesdays from 8–10 p.m. Additional information is available for each event:
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Thu, Feb 7, 2019

Zotero Workshop

Want to make your research process more organized and efficient? Attend a one-hour tutorial to get started with Zotero! Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. If you're interested but can't make it to the workshop, click on the more information link below to see the full workshop schedule or to make an individual appointment.

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"Footnotes: Reflections on the Research Process" with Professor Sara Brenneis

Join us for a conversation with Associate Professor of Spanish Sara Brenneis about her new book, Spaniards in Mauthausen: Representations of a Nazi Concentration Camp, 1940-2015. In this book, Brenneis provides a historical, critical and chronological analysis of a virtually unknown body of work by examining narratives about Spanish Mauthausen victims over the past 70 years. Leah Kim '19 will interview Professor Brenneis about the project and her approaches to the research process. Coffee & tea will be provided.

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"Hawks, Doves and Arms Control": Talk by Sarah Kreps

The Department of Political Science, along with funding from the Stanton Foundation, welcomes Sarah Kreps to present "Hawks, Doves and Arms Control."

Does it really take a Nixon to go to China, as pundits often claim? Does it take a Trump to get Russia to reduce their production of nuclear weapons? Sarah Kreps will explore these timely questions. Challenging common wisdom, Kreps will discuss when and why leaders with a reputation for preferring peace to war (so called “dovish leaders”) can overcome disadvantages at the negotiating table.

Sarah Kreps is a professor of government and adjunct professor of law at Cornell University. In
2017-2018, she was an adjunct scholar at the Modern War Institute at West Point. She is also a Faculty
Fellow in the Milstein Program in Technology and Humanity at the Cornell Tech Campus in New York
City. Kreps is the author of four books, including, most recently, Taxing Wars: The American Way
of War Finance and the Decline of Democracy
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This event is free and open to the public.

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German Film Series: "Kebab Connection"

Kebab Connection will be screened at both 4 and 7:30 p.m. and will be shown in German with English subtitles. Please contact Megan Howes for more information.

Synopsis:
Hip-hop fan Ibrahim aspires to make the first German kung-fu movie. Things get complicated in this zany multicultural comedy when his Turkish family finds out his German girlfriend is pregnant, he encounters a bunch of extortionist gangsters, and he gets caught up in the competition between his parents’ kebab place and the Greek restaurant across the street.

Q Center spring kick-off event

Opening Reception with Studio Art Faculty

4:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, Eli Marsh Gallery
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The 2018-2019 Hugh Hawkins Lecture: "Against the World: Deglobalization in Interwar Europe"

4:30 pm Beneski Earth Sciences Building, 107 (Paino Lecture Hall)

Tara Zahra, the Homer J. Livingston Professor of History at the University of Chicago, speaks on the transnational history of modern Europe. In 1914, the First World War ushered in a quarter century of anti-global retrenchment in Europe. Why did so many Europeans reject globalization after the First World War? What relationship did these anti-global movements have to the rise of radical political movements on the far right and left? And to what extent do the anti-global politics of interwar Europe resemble those of our own time? This lecture is free and open to the public.

Huxley/Evie office hours

Canine Office Hours with Huxley or Evie

Drop by Frost Library for some canine affection and advice from Huxley or Evie. Every Thursday from 4:30-5:30p.m. beside Frost Cafe, or in front of the library when the weather permits.

Staff & Faculty Pub night @ Schwemm's

Please join us for Pub Night at Schwemm's, Thursdays from 5-7 p.m.
This week Jess Martin, the administrative director of the Science Center, will be entertaining us with her guitar.

We will bring new fun and entertaining activities to your Thursday evenings. Hope to see you there!

Japanese Language Table

The Japanese Language Program hosts a Japanese language table twice a week with Doshisha University student Hikari Yoshida ‘19. All are welcome to attend, and you can come and go as it fits your schedule. We hope to see you there!

AWIS Internship Mixer

Looking for summer research and internship opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)? Come join us for our 3rd annual Internships Mixer. You'll be able to network with the executive board of the Association for Women in Science, as well as upperclassmen majoring in STEM fields. Don't miss out on this opportunity to hear from accomplished students who have been in your shoes! Pizza and wings will be served!

Overland Summer Opportunities Information Session

Love the outdoors? Seeking an exciting summer opportunity? For more than 30 years, Overland has offered introductory biking, hiking, language, writing, service and field studies programs domestically and abroad for students in grades 4-12.

51 itineraries, 17 countries, 4 continents: that’s a lot of adventure. Far more than simply a summer experience, Overland aims to provide a life experience with value and resonance that extends beyond the boundaries of a single summer. Trip leaders seek to inspire each student group to see how beautiful, exciting and full of promise the world is.

Overland aims to a build supportive and wholesome team of leaders. Far more than simply counselors or guides, Overland’s leaders act as terrific role models for each group’s young student participants.

Join Overland representatives at this info session to learn more about 2019 opportunities and how to successfully apply for them.

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Talk by Governor John Kasich

John Kasich served as the 69th governor of Ohio from 2011 to 2019 and was a Republican presidential contender in 2000 and 2016. As governor, his priorities included restoring fiscal stability to Ohio, driving economic growth and job creation, modernizing infrastructure, developing a model to fight drug abuse and addiction, and seeking bipartisan solutions on key national issues such as health care.

Prior to serving as Ohio’s governor, he was a member of Congress for 18 years, where he served as chairman of the House Budget Committee and worked to balance the federal budget. Kasich also served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

He left Congress in 2001 and served as a managing director of Lehman Brothers, as well as a commentator for FOX News and a presidential fellow at The Ohio State University, from which he graduated in 1974 with a degree in political science.

He is the author of four New York Times best-selling books: Courage is Contagious; Stand for Something: The Battle for America’s Soul; Every Other Monday; and, in 2017, Two Paths: America Divided or United.

The talk is free and open to the public. Amherst students, faculty and staff will receive priority seating. Tickets are required for admission.

Tickets Required
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Introduction to the Finance Industry Workshop Series

What is the Introduction to Finance Industry Workshop Series?

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

How do I register for the Introduction to Finance Workshop Series?

The weekly, one-hour workshops will be held every Thursday from 8 – 9 p.m. beginning February 7, 2019 through April 11, 2019 (excluding March 14). Students who register will be expected to commit to attending all 9 sessions. Space is limited and advance sign-up through Handshake is required. Register on Handshake as soon as possible, as spaces are filled on a first come, first serve basis. You will be invited to the other sessions after registering. Please note that registration is capped, and by registering for a slot you are committing to attending all nine sessions. If you register for a slot but are no longer able to commit, please cancel your registration to open it up to another student and email Stephanie Hockman at shockman@amherst.edu. If all slots are filled, email Stephanie to be placed on a waitlist; all other questions may be directed to her as well.

What topics are discussed in the Workshop Series?

The 9-week course will include topics such as:
1. Introduction to finance – defining finance and an overview of the components of the finance industry including a discussion of buy side vs. sell side
2. Investment banking, part 1 – corporate investment bankers
3. Investment banking, part 2– capital markets (including sales & trading, research and investor services)
4. Investment banking, part 3– introduction to operations & supporting functions at an investment bank
5. Introduction to investment management & asset management
6. Overview of hedge funds
7. Introduction to private equity
8. Introduction to private wealth management/asset management
9. Review of the industry and best next steps

Registration Required

French Film Screening: "Persepolis" (2007)

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm King Hall, French House Common Room

"Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.

"Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. Marjane’s child’s-eye view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, with laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love."

Fri, Feb 8, 2019

Second-Year Arabic Language Table

The Second-Year Arabic Language Table will be meeting on Fridays for two weeks, before resuming its Monday schedule for the rest of the Spring Semester. It is open to anyone who can speak Arabic at the Second-Year level.

2019 English Capstone Symposium

9:00 am - 5:00 pm Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Join us for the third annual senior English major capstone symposium. In a series of concurrent panels, senior English majors will present critical or creative work from a 400-level seminar or their thesis project. Panels will take place in the CHI Think Tank and Seminar Room spaces. Follow the link below to view the full schedule. All are welcome to attend!

Arabic Language Table First-Year Fridays

This Arabic language table is a weekly conversation group for first-year Arabic students. We meet every Friday in the upstairs seating section of the Valentine Dining Hall, and anyone who can communicate in Arabic at the first-year level is welcome to attend.

Dartmouth's Tuck Business Bridge Information Table

Tuck Business Bridge, held at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, is a total immersion business program designed to prepare top liberal arts and STEM undergrads for challenging careers.

With a comprehensive business core curriculum, taught by the Tuck School of Business's top-ranked MBA faculty, a capstone team project, and one-on-one guidance from the Tuck's Career Development Office, the Tuck Business Bridge Program® can give you the skills confidence you'll need to get a job and succeed -- all in just a few weeks this summer.

Stop by this information table to learn more about the program and its application process.

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"Historical Foundations of Radical Islamist Doctrine in Northern Nigeria” presented by Olufemi Vaughan

The Faculty Colloquium Series for 2018-19 presents a lecture titled "Sharia Politics, Common Law, and Transition to Civil Democratic Government in Nigeria" presented by Olufemi Vaughan, professor of black studies.

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.

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Faculty Teaching Workshop

Do you teach at one of the Five Colleges? Join us to learn more about how to make the most of the Mead’s collection of more than 19,000 artworks and cultural objects in the classroom. Kindly RSVP to meadartmuseum@amherst.edu by Friday, February 1, 2019, so we can prepare accordingly. Space is limited.

Free and open to Five College faculty.

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Lunch & Learn: Dr. Scott L. Rauch ’82, President & Psychiatrist in Chief of McLean Hospital

Dr. Scott L. Rauch ’82 is President and Psychiatrist in Chief of McLean Hospital, Chair of Psychiatry and Mental Health for the Partners Health Care System and a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. On Friday, February 8, he will visit the Loeb Center to present a catered "Lunch & Learn" event about his career path to current students.

Dr. Rauch's principal research interests relate to neuroimaging and the neurobiology of anxiety disorders. He received his undergraduate degree with honors in Neuroscience from Amherst College in 1982 and attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati. He completed his residency training and a chief residency in Psychiatry as well as a Radiology Research Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in affiliation with Harvard Medical School. Dr. Rauch served on the faculty at MGH for more than 15 years, during which he founded the Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program, the Psychiatric Neurotherapeutics Program and the Psychiatric Neuroscience Division. He was appointed to his current leadership roles at McLean and Partners in 2006.

Most recently, Dr. Rauch has served on a series of committees related to military health for the National Academies of Science, Institute of Medicine. He is also currently a member of the DSM-V Anxiety Disorders Workgroup and President of the Society of Biological Psychiatry.

Register to attend in Handshake. Lunch will be provided.

Registration Required

Trailmixer & Friendship Bracelets

Come unwind, make your own trail mix, and create friendship bracelets!

Cheminar - Professor Meg Stratton; UMass Amherst - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Innovation Fellow.

Seminar Title: "The structural mechanism of CaMKII regulation: from fertilization to encoding long-term memory."

Abstract: Ca2+-calmodulin dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) is a crucial oligomeric enzyme in neuronal and cardiac signaling, fertilization and immunity. Work in the Stratton lab is focused on understanding the role of this fascinating enzyme in different tissues. We have used RNA sequencing to determine which transcripts are present and we are characterizing these different variants in terms of their activation profiles. To facilitate our studies in cells, we have developed a novel, substrate-based, genetically-encoded sensor for CaMKII activity, FRESCA (FRET-based Sensor for CaMKII Activity), which has allowed us to monitor CaMKII activity in live cells under various conditions. We hope that by gaining an understanding of CaMKII in vitro and in cells, we will be able to better understand medical conditions in which it is implicated, such as memory deficiencies and infertility.

Alumni Anthro/Soc

Exploring Future Pathways: an Evening with Anthropology and Sociology Alumni

Please join us for an evening with former majors for a conversation about their career trajectories since graduating.

Sat, Feb 9, 2019

First ACSU Dance Practice

First practice of the semester. No tryouts or experience necessary! Just pass by, meet some new people, and have some fun.

Students Only
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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 that bring student interests to the fore. Come back every week for a fresh perspective on the works on view in our galleries. Be sure to check our website and Facebook page for updates on weekly topics. All programs are free and open to the public!

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MESSA Intro Meeting

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Pita Pockets (Northampton)

This will be the intro meeting of the Middle Eastern Students and Studies Association. It is open to all.

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Music Composition Senior Theses: Patrick Rauschelbach ’19 and Katianna Nardone ’19

The Amherst College Department of Music presents original composition theses Nor Any Tide and Snapshots of Summer. Nor Any Tide, by Patrick Rauschelbach '19, begins at 7 p.m., and Snapshots of Summer, by Katianna Nardone '19, begins at 7:45 p.m. The concert is FREE and open to the public; seating is by general admission.
 
Nor Any Tide parallels the outlook of an increasingly disillusioned people unprepared for the hardships brought about by the First World War. Over 100 years ago, this war carried society into the present era, and many of the concerns faced continue to echo into today. Rauschelbach conveys this period’s voices and their relevant woes for the modern audience. An extended suite comprising movements ranging from blues and R&B to film score and classical, this reflection is written for an ensemble of two dozen, a blend of acoustic and electric sound created from string quartet, bass, brass, guitars, harp, piano, percussion and a chorus.
 
Nardone presents her composition Snapshots of Summer, a collection of short movements depicting moments in time during the period of its composition. The work, scored for string quartet, upright bass, piano and voice, is primarily classical but includes stylistic elements of jazz as well as two original orchestrated pop songs. It is performed by an all-student ensemble composed of Maya Bulos ’20 and Andrea Boskovic ’21 on violin, Daniel Lee ’22 on viola, Jonah Botvinick-Greenhouse ’21 on cello, Sarah Montoya ’21 on bass, Faith Wen ’20 on piano and vocals by Anna Van Der Linden ’20. By taking the listener through a series of the composer’s memories expressed through music, Snapshots of Summer explores the ways that music can capture and preserve the feeling of a memory.

Sun, Feb 10, 2019

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M@A Chamber Series Presents Mnozil Brass: "Cirque"

This septet from Vienna is probably the strangest brass ensemble you will ever hear. With a musical virtuosity mixed with their own special kind of comedy, they really have to be seen to be believed.

Tickets go on sale two weeks before each performance. Evening box office opens one hour prior to the concert. 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

Tickets Required

Mon, Feb 11, 2019

Middelbury Abroad

Middlebury Schools Abroad Information Table

Meet a representative of the Middlebury Schools Abroad to learn about study abroad programs with a focus on cultural integration.

Students of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish can immerse themselves under the Middlebury Language Pledge, and students of virtually all academic disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences can study in Oxford at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Fun fact: In Uruguay, houses aren't marked with numbers. Instead, each one is given a unique name!

Students Only
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.

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Common Table: A Weekly Lunch Conversation with Religious and Spiritual Life

Does everything happen for a reason? Where does morality factor into career choice? And more simply, how are you doing anyway? All are welcome to this casual, drop-in time to share lunch and conversation on a topic of spirituality, belief or values as we explore together what it’s like to be a person in the world. Hosted by Religious and Spiritual Life staff and a rotation of student, faculty and staff guests. Please reach out if you'd like to co-host a conversation!

Zotero Workshop

Want to make your research process more organized and efficient? Attend a one-hour tutorial to get started with Zotero! Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage, and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. If you're interested but can't make it to the workshop, click on the more information link below to see the full workshop schedule or to make an individual appointment.

"Karma in Translation: Buddhism, Darwinism and the Rediscovery of Children in Modern China"

Lei Ying, postdoctoral fellow at Fudan University in Shanghai, will give a talk titled "Karma in Translation: Buddhism, Darwinism and the Rediscovery of Children in Modern China."

When Thomas Henry Huxley’s Evolution and Ethics was translated into Chinese at the end of the 19th century, thanks to the ingenious efforts of Yan Fu, it became an immediate hit among Chinese intellectuals who were preoccupied with China’s fate in a colonial world order.

This study traces how evolutionary thinking entered China through Buddhist translingual practice and brought with it unexpected implications, when Huxley’s invocation of the notion of karma stirred the power of darkness in Lu Xun. The leader of “New Literature” who championed the call to “save the children” was torn between a widespread developmentalist faith among his contemporaries and his own deep-rooted fear for karmic inheritance and a spectral past that constantly returns to haunt the present. This study highlights the global circulation of Buddhist ideas as a distinct facet of the modern age. Moreover, in revisiting some of Lu Xun’s best-known and lesser-known works, it celebrates literature as a vehicle for spiritual reflection and pays homage to writing as existential courage.

Political Science Thesis Writer's Workshop: "How To Do Revisions"

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Frost Library, CHI Think Tank, Level 2

The Political Science department will be co-hosting with the Library and Writing Center, a workshop for their majors writing a thesis from 5:30 - 7 p.m. The topic will be "How To Do Revisions."

Tue, Feb 12, 2019

The Swedish Program

The Swedish Program - Info Table

Explore the beautiful city of Stockholm with The Swedish Program. The Swedish Program offers liberal arts courses in English at the prestigious Stockholm School of Economics, in the heart of the city. Stop by our table to find out more!

Students 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.

Assistant Professor Jinglei Ping, UMass Amherst: "¬2D-Material Biosensors"

The emerging field of biosensors based on two-dimensional (2D) materials offers a pathway to new opportunities in microbioanalytics, highlighting next-generation tools for point-of-care diagnostic, health care, and environmental monitoring. My talk will focus on the unique transduction properties of 2D materials and the downstream biomolecular-sensor applications with unprecedented high sensitivity and efficiency in power, size and cost. I will discuss the self-transducibility of 2D materials at the interface to biofluids; the methodologies I developed to fabricate, functionalize and implement small-scale (~ ????m) 2D-based biosensing devices; and label-free detection of various biomarkers (nucleic acid oligomers, proteinaceous antigens, opioid-neuropeptides, pH) with high sensitivity, e.g. attomolar for DNA, by using the devices. I will conclude by introducing a handheld multiplexed water-quality monitoring robot enabled by graphene aptasensors.

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Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

5:00 pm Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness - or because you are curious. This event will be led by Mark Hart, Buddhist Advisor.

Summer Internship Mixer

It's the beginning of the spring semester -- a prime time to begin your summer internship search. Do you feel stuck about how to start? How about you talk to someone who’s been in your shoes not too long ago -- your fellow peers!

Come to the Summer Internship Mixer to learn from upperclassmen about where they've interned in the past and how they were able to search and secure their internships in a fun, low-key environment. Free, tasty food and drinks will be provided. Attendees will have the chance to enter into a raffle for prizes.*

*Must be present at the time of the drawing at the end of the event to be eligible.

Japanese Language Table

The Japanese Language Program hosts a Japanese language table twice a week with Doshisha University student Hikari Yoshida ‘19. All are welcome to attend, and you can come and go as it fits your schedule. We hope to see you there!

Spring 2019 Writing Center Workshops: Writing, Reading, Public Speaking, Time Management

Persuasive Public Speaking

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Frost Library, 211 (CHI Seminar Room)

The ability to write and speak persuasively is an essential life skill. Whether you are presenting an argument in class, applying for a job or running for public office, you need to be convincing and compelling. In this hands-on workshop, you will develop your own art of persuasion by practicing how to structure and deliver a persuasive speech. This workshop is led by Susan Daniels, Associate for Public Speaking.

Students Only
Registration Required

French Table

If you are interested in speaking French or learning about French culture then come and join us weekly during dinner. The 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!

Renting In New York: A Practical Guide

Planning to relocate to New York City after graduation? Considering a big city move in the future, but feeling overwhelmed by what that might entail?

Join representatives from Manhattan-based residential real estate brokerage firm Cooper & Cooper for their annual "Renting In New York" campus workshop. During the session, agents will break down the ins-and-outs of finding a new apartment in the Big Apple.

With access to over 8000+ buildings throughout NYC, Cooper & Cooper agents are experts at helping graduating students make successful transitions. Their mission is to ensure your experience is as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Food will be served! Learn more about Cooper & Cooper.

Speed Friending

Speed Friending

The Peer Advocates and First Year Experience are excited to bring you Speed Friending! Do you want to meet new people? Expand your social circle? Just take a break and have some fun? Come to speed friending! Move from table to table and spend a short amount of time meeting someone new. We'll have prompt questions (Who is your favorite superhero? Favorite Netflix binge? Outdoor activity you love?) or you can talk about something that interests you. When we ring the bell, move to the next person. Start the new year off by meeting some amazing new people. Raffle prizes and yummy treats are a must.

German Kaffeklatsch

German Kaffeeklatsch

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.

Open House for German Residential Program

Open House for German Residential Program

Tag der Offenen Tür: The German Department will be accepting applications to live in the German House (Porter House) for 2019-20. Come to the Open House with your questions and check out the wonderful atmosphere at the German House. Refreshments will be served.
The applications are available on the Residential Life website (Housing Portal) and are due by February 21, 2019.

Wed, Feb 13, 2019

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Galentine's Day: A Celebration of Friendship

Join us for a waffle breakfast to celebrate platonic friendship and the closing of Fragmented Identities: The Gendered Roles of Women in Art Through the Ages. This program is offered with support from Amherst College’s Human Resources Activities Committee.

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!

Arcadia Program

Arcadia Program

Stop by Valentine Atrium to talk with Arcadia Programs Representative, Aurora Margarita-Goldkamp, to learn more about study abroad locations!

Students Only

Arabic Language Table Fourth-Year Wednesdays

This Arabic language table is a weekly conversation group for fourth-year Arabic students. We meet every Wednesday in the upstairs seating section of the Valentine Dining Hall, and anyone who can communicate in Arabic at the fourth-year level is welcome to attend.

IFSA Study Abroad

IFSA Study Abroad - Info Table

Ever considered studying abroad? Come learn more about IFSA and the incredible array of programs we offer Amherst College students in 19 different countries. Whatever you're studying, we have a program for you! Spring, fall, summer, full-year, the choice is yours! Pick up a brochure and chat to an IFSA representative. We'd love to hear about your plans for studying abroad (even if you've only just started to think about it) and help you fulfill those goals.

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IES Abroad

IES Abroad - Info Session

Stop by the IES Abroad information table in Keefe Campus Center to learn about study abroad opportunities available to Amherst College students. Amherst approves IES Abroad semester programs in Argentina, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Spain.

Students Only

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!

amherst chat back dialogue series luncheon students, staff and faculty

#AmherstChatBack: Students, Staff & Faculty Dialogue Luncheon Series

Please join us for our inaugural students, staff and faculty #AmherstChatBack Dialogue Series, which offers an opportunity to engage in critical conversations across difference, gain dialogue skills and learn from one another as we build community among students, staff and faculty.

Dialogues will take place over 5 weeks, each session focusing on a different social and cultural topic such as race, gender, nationality, joy and traditions. Participants should come prepared to share their own personal histories, thoughts, and experiences related to each topic. This event is open to all students, staff and faculty. Lunch will be served.

Weekly ProjectConnect Lunch!

ProjectConnect is a peer-led initiative to help build social connection and community on campus. Drop by the weekly ProjectConnect lunch Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. at the Val community table in the front room to meet the peer facilitators and learn more about it, or to get to know students who've been through the program. Sponsored by the Wellness Team and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Zotero Workshop

Want to make your research process more organized and efficient? Attend a one-hour tutorial to get started with Zotero! Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage, and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. If you're interested but can't make it to the workshop, click on the more information link below to see the full workshop schedule or to make an individual appointment.

Translating Korea to the Chinese Stage: The Politics of Theatrical Adaptation in Tale of Chunxiang

Anne Rebull, postdoctoral fellow, Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigam, will give a talk titled "Translating Korea to the Chinese Stage: The Politics of Theatrical Adaptation in Tale of Chunxiang"
In celebration of the Chinese new year in 1955, two staged excerpts were filmed of the most recent hit— not Beijing opera, and not even a Chinese story, at all. The adaptation of the Korean classic Tale of Ch’unhyang into Shanghai’s favored yueju opera form was the focus of attention, a feat that would have been hard to predict even just five years before. In the backstory of this play’s creation is a complicated knot of politics both domestic and foreign, pitting the shifting fortunes of Beijing opera actors against the rising stars of yueju on the stakes of the spotlight of an international stage. In this talk, I explore what the implications of this shift were for theatrical politics of all kinds, including the delicate balancing act of expressing Koreana on Chinese terms.

LitFest Event Poster

LitFest PreFest

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Already excited for LitFest 2019? Join The Common for a pre-LitFest study break in the CHI with snacks, games and free books. This year we'll be giving away books by LitFest headliners Jamel Brinkley, Jennifer Egan, Elizabeth Kolbert and more. Insomnia cookies and Antonio's pizza will be provided.

Loeb Center Seniors Only Series (SOS!): Job Search Support Sessions

Seniors, are you feeling the pressure to nail down your post-grad plans? You’re not alone! Come join your fellow class members to work on job and/or fellowship applications and receive in-person support from Peer Career Advisors (PCAs). Each session, the PCAs will also offer brief tips and advice about specific job search topics such as networking and negotiating job offers. There will be snacks and good company! Feel free to come and go as it fits your schedule.

The series will occur Wednesdays from 8–10 p.m. Additional information is available for each event:
February 6 Handshake Information
February 13 Handshake Information
February 20 Handshake Information
February 27 Handshake Information
March 6 Handshake Information

Thu, Feb 14, 2019

Weekly ProjectConnect Lunch!

ProjectConnect is a peer-led initiative to help build social connection and community on campus. Drop by the weekly ProjectConnect lunch Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. at the Val community table in the front room to meet the peer facilitators and learn more about it, or to get to know students who've been through the program. Sponsored by the Wellness Team and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

A safe space for five-college students who identify along either the Asexual or Aromantic spectrum, or who are questioning, to share and celebrate their identities. Chocolate fondue and cake will be served. Conversation will focus on a community brainstorm on what an Ace/Aro support group can look like!

Ace/Aro Cake + Fondue

A safe space for Five College students who identify along either the asexual or aromantic spectrum, or who are questioning, to share and celebrate their identities. Chocolate fondue and cake will be served. Conversation will focus on a community brainstorm on what an Ace/Aro support group can look like!

Thursday (Valentine’s Day) from 4-5 p.m. at the QRC

For accessibility questions and needs, contact qrc@amehrst.edu or 413.542.5964

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Russian Film Screening: "I Am Dragon" (ОН-ДРАКОН)

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

The Department of Russian presents I Am Dragon (ОН-ДРАКОН), a 2015 film directed by Indar Dzhendubaev.

Synopsis: During her wedding ceremony, Princess Mira is snatched by a dragon and is carried away to its lair on a remote island where rescue is impossible. The princess is unharmed and has nothing but a stone cage and a mysterious young man named Arman who finds her food and drink but keeps his distance from her. Who is he, and what's he doing on the island? Is he also the dragon's prisoner?

The movie is in Russian with English subtitles and will be screened at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. The runtime is 110 minutes.

Huxley/Evie office hours

Canine Office Hours with Huxley or Evie

Drop by Frost Library for some canine affection and advice from Huxley or Evie. Every Thursday from 4:30-5:30p.m. beside Frost Cafe, or in front of the library when the weather permits.

French House Open House

4:30 pm King Hall, French House Common Room

Please join the members of the French House for our annual Open House. In anticipation of applications for French House for the 2019-2020 academic year, come meet current residents, get a sense of the King Hall 2nd floor, and what life is like in French House! Interested prospective residents will have the opportunity to ask questions, see a typical room in French House, and meet some of their prospective co-residents. Refreshments will be served!
Applications are available through the Office of Residential Life's Housing Portal until Thursday, February 21.

Greek Doctors and Money

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Frost Library, CHI Think Tank (2nd Floor)

Nigel Nicholson (Walter Mintz Professor of Classics and Dean of the Faculty, Reed College) will be giving a talk on the the development of medical ethics by looking at ancient (Greek) and modern examples and ideas. Nigel has just completed, with Dr. Nathan Selden of Oregon Health Sciences University, a book for Oxford University Press, The Rhetoric of Medicine: Contemporary Lessons from Ancient Greece. Refreshments will be served. This talk is sponsored by the Ampersand working group, the Department of Classics, the Corliss Lamont Lecture Fund, the Health Professions Committee, and the Center for Humanistic Inquiry.

Japanese Language Table

The Japanese Language Program hosts a Japanese language table twice a week with Doshisha University student Hikari Yoshida ‘19. All are welcome to attend, and you can come and go as it fits your schedule. We hope to see you there!

Valentine’s Day with ACF

This Valentine’s Day, join Amherst Christian Fellowship for an evening of games, snacks and fellowship! Whether you fancy crafting cards or hanging out with friends old and new, there’s something for everyone.

Thursday, February 14, 8 p.m. in the Friedmann Room (2nd Floor, Keefe Campus Center).

Fri, Feb 15, 2019

Second-Year Arabic Language Table

The Second-Year Arabic Language Table will be meeting on Fridays for two weeks, before resuming its Monday schedule for the rest of the Spring Semester. It is open to anyone who can speak Arabic at the Second-Year level.

Arabic Language Table First-Year Fridays

This Arabic language table is a weekly conversation group for first-year Arabic students. We meet every Friday in the upstairs seating section of the Valentine Dining Hall, and anyone who can communicate in Arabic at the first-year level is welcome to attend.

School for Field Studies and SIT Abroad Info Table

Stop by the info table in Keefe Atrium to meet with representatives from School for Field Studies & SIT Abroad to learn more about study abroad programs that they offer.

Students 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.

Zotero Workshop

Want to make your research process more organized and efficient? Attend a one-hour tutorial to get started with Zotero! Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage, and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. If you're interested but can't make it to the workshop, click on the more information link below to see the full workshop schedule or to make an individual appointment.

Life Stories

Life Stories Lunch with Dick Aronson, Health Professions Adviser and Assistant Dean of Students

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.

Warm Up with the Loeb Center

Hot cocoa and headshots! Stop by and have your photo taken for your LinkedIn and Handshake profile, stay for some hot cocoa and free swag! The Loeb Center welcomes all students to stop by and mingle with career advisors and student staff. Learn about the Clothing Closet, internship funding, Handshake and more. Walk away from one of the three events (February 1, February 15 and February 18) with your own professional headshot.

Music Workshop for Non-Majors and Majors: Research in Music (with professors Jeffers Engelhardt, Yvette Jackson, Klara Moricz, and Jason Robinson)

Music Workshop for Non-Majors and Majors: Research in Music (with professors Jeffers Engelhardt, Yvette Jackson, Klara Moricz, and Jason Robinson)

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 Department of Music, 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.

Research in Music: This installment of the workshop features a few of the College’s own faculty in a freewheeling panel discussion describing their research and what drew them to a life in music. Panelists include professors Jeffers Engelhardt, Yvette Jackson, Klara Moricz, and Jason Robinson. Come be inspired by and learn about various ways to do research in music.

Cheminar - Senior Thesis Research Poster Presentations.

This Cheminar is an overview of chemistry department research. Current chemistry honors and non-honors research students will be presenting posters of the projects they've been working on. This is an opportunity for junior majors to discuss peer research and talk with chemistry faculty about interests in doing a thesis research project.

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 and visitors. No affiliation with the department is required!

This event follows the "Workshop for Non-Majors and Majors: Research in Music" hosted by Faculty in Music.

Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Information Session

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is dedicated to the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development on a global scale. The Foundation supports initiatives of public and private organizations, in the fields of research and studies, technological innovation and socially-aware practices. Come to this information session to learn more about the summer internship available to Amherst students and the process for applying to and receiving funding for the internship, along with hearing first-hand from a previous intern about her experiences.

The Foundation supports projects in three main geographical zones and focuses its efforts on three main areas.
• The Mediterranean basin, due to the geographic position of the Principality of Monaco.
• The Polar Regions, as privileged indicators of climate change evolutions.
• The Least Developed Countries (as defined by the United Nations official list), such as the countries in Sahelian Africa, which are severely impacted by the effects of climate change, the loss of biodiversity and water shortage.

The Foundation has three principal domains of action:
• To limit the effects of climate change and promote renewable energies.
• To safeguard biodiversity.
• To manage water resources and combat desertification.

WAMH Presents: Carinae, Gabe's Mystery Band, and TWEN

WAMH Presents: Carinae, Gabe's Mystery Band, and TWEN

89.3 WAMH presents three bands, Carinae, Gabe’s Mystery Band, and TWEN, at Marsh House on Friday, February 15 at 8:30 p.m. Ring in the weekend with great music, friends, and your favorite college radio station.

Sat, Feb 16, 2019

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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 that bring student interests to the fore. Come back every week for a fresh perspective on the works on view in our galleries. Be sure to check our website and Facebook page for updates on weekly topics. All programs are free and open to the public!

Sun, Feb 17, 2019

Winter Festival

Winter Festival will feature ice-skating, interactive activities, music by Boston based a cappella group Ball in the House, ice sculpting demonstrations and comfort foods, including chocolate drizzled Belgian waffles, s’mores, gourmet hot chocolate, pulled pork sundaes and more. Ice skates will be available. Don’t miss the return of this spirited and tasty Amherst tradition. Students, faculty, staff and families welcomed. Sponsored by the Office of the President.

Mon, Feb 18, 2019

Arabic Language Table Second-Year Mondays

This Arabic language table is a weekly conversation group for second-year Arabic students. We meet every Monday in the upstairs seating section of the Valentine Dining Hall, and anyone who can communicate in Arabic at the second-year level is welcome to attend.

Calendar of Events for Food Justice Week

First Ever Food Justice Week at Amherst College

Come to tabling in Keefe to learn what Food Justice is through trivia! There will be cake and chances to win raffle prizes and donate to the Food Bank of Western Mass.

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.

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Common Table: A Weekly Lunch Conversation with Religious and Spiritual Life

Does everything happen for a reason? Where does morality factor into career choice? And more simply, how are you doing anyway? All are welcome to this casual, drop-in time to share lunch and conversation on a topic of spirituality, belief or values as we explore together what it’s like to be a person in the world. Hosted by Religious and Spiritual Life staff and a rotation of student, faculty and staff guests. Please reach out if you'd like to co-host a conversation!

Warm Up with the Loeb Center

Hot cocoa and headshots! Stop by and have your photo taken for your LinkedIn and Handshake profile, stay for some hot cocoa and free swag! The Loeb Center welcomes all students to stop by and mingle with career advisors and student staff. Learn about the Clothing Closet, internship funding, Handshake and more. Walk away from one of the three events (February 1, February 15 and February 18) with your own professional headshot.

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Biology Monday Seminar

Kristen M DeAngelis, PhD
Associate Professor, Microbiology Department
Microbiology Honors Program Director
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Title: Soil Microbes Acclimate to a Warming World
The acceleration of global warming due to terrestrial carbon (C)-cycle feedbacks is likely to be an important, though poorly defined, component of future climate change. Both the sign and magnitude of these feedbacks in the real Earth system are still highly uncertain due to gaps in basic understanding of terrestrial ecosystem processes. This research takes advantage of an ongoing long-term soil warming experiment in which soils at the Harvard Forest LTER in Massachusetts have been heated for 27 years. Our approach includes a combination of soil biochemistry, isotopic labeling, and trait-based modeling methods. By examining this long-term climate warming manipulation, this research targets two of the biggest questions in soil carbon response to climate warming: how will carbon use efficiency and physical protection of carbon alter microbial feedbacks to climate in a warming world?

Celine Shimizu

Making the Compassionate Spectator: Annihilation and Affliction in the Films of Brillante Mendoza

Making the Compassionate Spectator: Annihilation and Affliction in the Films of Brillante Mendoza.
A lecture by award winning film scholar and filmmaker Professor Celine Shimizu on Monday, February 18, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. in Paino Lecture Hall, Beneski.

Summer Funding Info Session

Students who will complete unpaid internships or off campus research programs during the summer of 2019 may apply to receive stipends from the college. Join us to learn about the application process and how to submit your application on Handshake. For more information, visit the summer internship funding program website.

University of Michigan Medical School Virtual Information Session

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Virtual — Join from wherever you are!

Join admissions representatives and med students from the University of Michigan Medical School (https://medicine.umich.edu/medschool/education/md-program/md-admissions/...) for a virtual chat! We will start at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 18. Your hosts will be Becky Weeks from the Office of Admissions and Eric Steinbrook '15, M1, plus other medical students. Eric graduated from Amherst in 2015, so has an invaluable alum perspective! You can join the meeting using the following link: https://bluejeans.com/511102945. Be sure to mute your camera and microphone and use the chat feature to ask your questions. #GoBlueMed

Summer Study Abroad- Info Session

Considering a summer abroad? Come to this info session to learn about your program options - which are many! - and what funding opportunities exist. Please remember there is no credit awarded for summer courses, and therefore no aid transfer. But students can apply for an Amherst Summer Study Abroad Fellowship, a national fellowship (e.g. Gilman, Boren) or for aid directly from the program. Learn about these options and hear directly from students who've studied abroad in the summer!

Students Only

Tue, Feb 19, 2019

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.

Weekly ProjectConnect Lunch!

ProjectConnect is a peer-led initiative to help build social connection and community on campus. Drop by the weekly ProjectConnect lunch Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. at the Val community table in the front room to meet the peer facilitators and learn more about it, or to get to know students who've been through the program. Sponsored by the Wellness Team and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

5:00 pm Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness - or because you are curious. This event will be led by Mark Hart, Buddhist Advisor.

Japanese Language Table

The Japanese Language Program hosts a Japanese language table twice a week with Doshisha University student Hikari Yoshida ‘19. All are welcome to attend, and you can come and go as it fits your schedule. We hope to see you there!

French Table

If you are interested in speaking French or learning about French culture then come and join us weekly during dinner. The 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!

Ysanet Batista at Powerhouse

Ysanet Batista of Woke Foods at Food Justice Week!

Chef Ysanet Batista from Woke Food Coop will speak about the importance of food justice and sovereignty. Food provided from La Veracruzana.

German Kaffeklatsch

German Kaffeeklatsch

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.

Open House for German Residential Program

Open House for German Residential Program

Tag der Offenen Tür: The German Department will be accepting applications to live in the German House (Porter House) for 2019-20. Come to the Open House with your questions and check out the wonderful atmosphere at the German House. Refreshments will be served.
The applications are available on the Residential Life website (Housing Portal) and are due by February 21, 2019.

Wed, Feb 20, 2019

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!

Arabic Language Table Fourth-Year Wednesdays

This Arabic language table is a weekly conversation group for fourth-year Arabic students. We meet every Wednesday in the upstairs seating section of the Valentine Dining Hall, and anyone who can communicate in Arabic at the fourth-year level is welcome to attend.

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!

amherst chat back dialogue series luncheon students, staff and faculty

#AmherstChatBack: Students, Staff & Faculty Dialogue Luncheon Series

Please join us for our inaugural students, staff and faculty #AmherstChatBack Dialogue Series, which offers an opportunity to engage in critical conversations across difference, gain dialogue skills and learn from one another as we build community among students, staff and faculty.

Dialogues will take place over 5 weeks, each session focusing on a different social and cultural topic such as race, gender, nationality, joy and traditions. Participants should come prepared to share their own personal histories, thoughts, and experiences related to each topic. This event is open to all students, staff and faculty. Lunch will be served.

Stephen Vitiello performing at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York. (Photo: Anna Lee Campbell)

Artist Talk with Stephen Vitiello

"Listening, Hearing and the Human" is a course taught by Associate Professor of Music Jeffers Engelhardt and Associate Professor of Music Darryl Harper that asks us to think about listening and hearing as culturally specific practices that are guided by particular histories, identities, technologies and other factors. All are invited to a talk by sound artist Stephen Vitiello, followed by a discussion led by Professors Engelhardt and Harper. This program is made possible with support from Amherst College Departments of Anthropology and Sociology and Music as well as Arts at Amherst.

This event is free and open to all.

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Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr.: "Interrogation of Excellence in the Black Experience"

Join Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr. for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr./Black History Month Symposium Keynote, "Interrogation of Excellence in the Black Experience."

Glaude is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University, columnist for Time magazine, and a regular contributor to MSNBC. In one of his most notable books, Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, he takes a wide look at black communities and reveals complexities, vulnerabilities and opportunities for hope.

There will be a reception at 5:15 p.m., followed by the keynote at 6:30 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall, Amherst College. The event is free and open to the public.

Elite Scholars of China Full-time and Internship Opportunities Info Session - Presented by E.J. Mitchell '12

Elite Scholars of China (ESC) is looking for talented, motivated students and recent graduates to join its team! Please join E.J. Mitchell '12, senior educational consultant at ESC, as he introduces educational consultant
and internship opportunities at ESC.

As the premier Beijing-based education consulting firm, ESC helps China’s brightest students apply to top U.S. colleges and universities. Educational consultants work to create a holistic learning environment, governed by a high standard of integrity, to ensure that students can thrive academically and socially on an American college campus.

The educational consultant position is ideal for someone with a strong belief in the power of education and mentorship, who wants to develop professional skills with a fast-growing entrepreneurial company. ESC team members have continued on to pursue degrees at Harvard Business School, Yale Law School, Yale School of Management, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and Columbia University Teacher’s College. ESC team members have also then pursued career opportunities in management consulting, tech start ups, education, finance, non-profits and think tanks.

ESC was co-founded eight years ago and is managed by Stacy Palestrant and Tomer Rothschild. ESC is based in Beijing – next door to the U.S. Embassy. Attend this information session to learn more!

"Food Chains" movie poster showing a hand squeezing a tomato in front of a field of crops and a blue sky with clouds

"Food Chains" Film Screening at Food Justice Week

Join Book and Plow Farm and the Multicultural Resource Center for a movie about a movement for farmworkers' rights. Farmworkers in Immokalee, Fla., launch a hunger strike at Publix supermarket to protest poor wages and working conditions.

Loeb Center Seniors Only Series (SOS!): Job Search Support Sessions

Seniors, are you feeling the pressure to nail down your post-grad plans? You’re not alone! Come join your fellow class members to work on job and/or fellowship applications and receive in-person support from Peer Career Advisors (PCAs). Each session, the PCAs will also offer brief tips and advice about specific job search topics such as networking and negotiating job offers. There will be snacks and good company! Feel free to come and go as it fits your schedule.

The series will occur Wednesdays from 8–10 p.m. Additional information is available for each event:
February 6 Handshake Information
February 13 Handshake Information
February 20 Handshake Information
February 27 Handshake Information
March 6 Handshake Information

Thu, Feb 21, 2019

U.S. PIRG Information Table

Stop by this information table to speak with Brendan Mahoney, a 21st Century Transportation Fellow with U.S. PIRG. U.S. PIRG is an advocate for the public interest, working to win concrete results on real problems that affect millions of lives, and standing up for the public against powerful interests when they push the other way. Fellowship opportunties are now available to Amherst students looking to make a positive impact, using the time-tested tools of investigative research, media exposés, grassroots organizing, advocacy and litigation.

EC February Coffee Hours

Employee Council Coffee Hours

Come warm up and enjoy a coffee and muffin with representatives from the Employee Council. Talk to us about your ideas and/or well wishes for Amherst staff, learn about resources, benefits and training or just come socialize with us!

APA Paris/Dakar Info Table in Val Atrium

Spend a semester in the breathtaking city of Paris, France! Stop by the Academic Programs Abroad (APA) table in Keefe Center between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to learn more about how your time in France can give you a leg up in your studies and career. APA gives you the flexibility to build your own schedule and take courses in any subject, in French, that are of interest to you from the University of Paris system, APA's in-house electives or replace a course with an independent study or research. Benefit from weekly one-on-one customized language support and ongoing academic support.

Students Only

The Life of a Software Engineer: Lunch & Learn with Amherst Alumni at Google

What is it like to be a software engineer at Google? Join us for a Lunch & Learn with two Amherst alumni currently working there -- Julia Edholm '15 and Emily Masten '17 -- to hear day-in-the life stories and get an insider's glimpse at what makes engineering at Google unique.

This event will be catered! RSVP on Handshake and the following link to get more information about Google events and opportunities: http://tinyurl.com/Amherstspring2019

Pies with Profs

Pies with Profs: Meet STEM Faculty in the Resource Centers

Stop by the Resource Centers (CISE, MRC, QRC, CDSL, WGC) To chat with STEM Faculty over some Pi! This is an opportunity to meet faculty, connect and learn more about Humanity in STEM outside the classroom.

Every other week, Thursdays || 12-1pm || different STEM fauclty will come to each of the centers.

CISE-2/21, MRC-3/7, QRC-3/21, CDSL-4/4, WGC-4/18
Pizza Pi will be served! Open to all.

Weekly ProjectConnect Lunch!

ProjectConnect is a peer-led initiative to help build social connection and community on campus. Drop by the weekly ProjectConnect lunch Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. at the Val community table in the front room to meet the peer facilitators and learn more about it, or to get to know students who've been through the program. Sponsored by the Wellness Team and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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"Change of the Guard": A Talk by Jazz Critic Nate Chinen

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The story of jazz has often been upheld in terms of cultural triumph, as a transcendent response to African-American struggle. Jazz is also presented as a story of succession, a chain of creative genius passing from one "Great Man" to the next. These are persuasive frameworks that define the artform by a canon and a fixed set of values, inscribing a kind of perimeter.

In this multimedia presentation, which draws from the first chapter of Playing Changes: Jazz For the New Century (Pantheon, 2018), Chinen will address the rise of a conservation agenda in the jazz culture of the 1970s and '80s, and the stubbornly powerful trope of a jazz messiah, which now exists in a different form.

Nate Chinen was born in Honolulu, to a musical family: he grew up around the local Musicians Union, as his parents were popular nightclub entertainers. He began writing about jazz in 1996 for the Philadelphia City Paper, and has now authored content for several national music publications, including DownBeat, Blender and Vibe. Chinen spent about 12 years working as a jazz and pop critic for The New York Times and wrote monthly columns for JazzTimes. He is a 10-time winner of the Helen Dance-Robert Palmer Award for Excellence in Writing, presented by the Jazz Journalists Association. The same organization presented him with its award for Best Book About Jazz, for his work on Myself Among Others, the autobiography of impresario George Wein. Chinen is currently working as director of editorial content at WBGO, while still closely engaging with programs like Jazz Night in America, The Checkout and a range of jazz programming on NPR.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Music, the Corliss Lamont Lectureship for a Peaceful World and the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series at Amherst. This event is free and open to the public.

For more music department events, see our department calendar at https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

Photo by Michael Lionstar

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German Film Series: "Mahler auf der Couch"

Mahler auf der Couch will be screened at both 4 and 7:30 p.m. and will be shown in German with English subtitles. Please contact Megan Howes for more information.

Synopsis: Experimental drama that imaginatively reconstructs a real encounter between two giants of fin-de-siècle Viennese culture. In the summer of 1910, composer Gustav Mahler traveled to Leyden in the Netherlands, to seek help with his troubled marriage to Alma-- from none other than Sigmund Freud.

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Canine Office Hours with Huxley or Evie

Drop by Frost Library for some canine affection and advice from Huxley or Evie. Every Thursday from 4:30-5:30p.m. beside Frost Cafe, or in front of the library when the weather permits.

TRUTH: Amherst College's Speaking Competition 2019

TRUTH. Arrive curious. Leave inspired.
On Thursday, Feb. 21, support student speakers by attending TRUTH: Amherst College’s Speaking Competition. Ten students have written persuasive speeches about this year’s theme, “Truth,” and will speak compellingly about what matters to them. Speaking prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the event.

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"The Bible: Bane and Blessing"

Phyllis Trible earned a Ph.D. in 1963 from Union Seminary, Columbia University, with an emphasis in Old Testament. By the time she earned her Ph.D., there were regularly 300+ women enrolled at Union Seminary—but women were still not correspondingly visible in the faculty. Trible taught at Wake Forest University and Andover-Newton Theological School before being appointed professor of Old Testament at Union, and later became the first woman to hold the post of Baldwin Professor of Sacred Literature. Trible has become a leading authority on what is now known as feminist interpretation of biblical texts, as well as literary and rhetorical methods of biblical criticism. She is an internationally known lecturer, and also has served as President of the Society of Biblical Literature. Professor Trible left Union to pursue a deanship at the new Wake Forest School of Divinity in Winston-Salem, N.C. She is the author of what are considered to be two of the groundbreaking works in feminist biblical scholarship: God and the Rhetoric of Sexuality and Texts of Terror. She also contributed Jonah to the New Interpreters' Bible Commentary Series; appeared on television as part of Bill Moyers' PBS special Genesis; and has written numerous articles, book reviews and columns for various publications.

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Book Discussion with Author Dr. Tom Wickman: "Snowshoe Country"

Dr. Tom Wickman, associate professor of history and American studies at Trinity College, will discuss his new book, titled Snowshoe Country: An Environmental and Cultural History of Winter in the Early American Northeast, on Thursday, Feb. 29, at 5 p.m. in Paino Lecture Hall (Beneski 107).

Japanese Language Table

The Japanese Language Program hosts a Japanese language table twice a week with Doshisha University student Hikari Yoshida ‘19. All are welcome to attend, and you can come and go as it fits your schedule. We hope to see you there!

First KDSAP Meeting

Interested in community service and real hands-on medical experience? The Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program (KDSAP) will be running a free kidney disease screening for the Amherst public this April. We also help out at a local soup kitchen and run events on campus relating to medicine. All are very welcome, whether pre-health, pre-anything-at-all, or pre-I-don't-know!

Build an Android App in Two Hours with Amherst Alums at Google

Bring your laptops! This hands-on workshop will walk participants through all the necessary steps to build your very own functional Android app in just two hours' time.

Please register on Handshake and at the following link, so that presenter Julia Edholm '15 may e-mail you resources for the session in advance: http://tinyurl.com/Amherstspring2019

This event will be catered! Please note that a foundation in Data Structures is highly recommended for successful participation in this workshop.

U.S. PIRG Fellowships & Internships Information Session

U.S. PIRG is an advocate for the public interest, working to win concrete results on real problems that affect millions of lives, and standing up for the public against powerful interests when they push the other way.

With U.S. PIRG, students can join a team of dozens of organizers, advocates, lawyers, researchers, policy analysts, communicators and others with a record of winning hundreds of new laws and other policies that have made the lives of people all across the country healthier, safer and more secure. Fellowship opportunities are now available to Amherst students looking to make a positive impact, using the time-tested tools of investigative research, media exposés, grassroots organizing, advocacy and litigation.

Attend this information session to hear from Brendan Mahoney, a 21st Century Transportation Fellow with U.S. PIRG, about his experiences with the organization and what full-time fellowship and summer internship opportunities are available.

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Healthy Snack Making Workshop

Learn how to make healthy, affordable and tasty snacks! Sign up at tabling on Monday, February 18.

Registration Required
Camille Brown performance

Five College Dance: "SPRING"

Five College Dance, in collaboration with the Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance, presents SPRING, an evening of dance featuring contributions from faculty, guest artists and dancers across all five campuses, including Camille A. Brown’s New Second Line, Five College Dance’s 2018-19 guest artist repertory project, made possible with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This dance is a celebration of the spirit and culture of the people of New Orleans.

The concert also features Picture This, a new work by critically acclaimed choreographer David Dorfman. Picture This is a kinetic, visual, musical and textual homage to the next generation of dance citizens-- a brief look at what makes these fine performers both joyous and angry in regard to love and politics.

Dances by Danté Brown (visiting assistant professor, Amherst College), Lailye Weidman (visiting assistant professor, Hampshire College) and Barbie Diewald (visiting artist, Mount Holyoke College), as well as a lobby installation by Rodger Blum (professor, Smith College), complete the program.

Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended: (413) 542-2277 or fcddance.reservations@gmail.com

French Film: "Les Petits Mouchoirs" (2010)

"Every year, Max, a successful restaurant owner, and Véro, his eco-friendly wife, invite a merry group of friends to their beautiful beach house to celebrate Antoine's birthday and kick-start the vacation. But, this year, before they all leave Paris, their buddy Ludo is hurt in a serious accident, which sets off a dramatic chain of reactions and emotional responses. The eagerly anticipated vacation leads each of the protagonists to raise the little veils that for years they have draped over what bothers and upsets them. Pretenses become increasingly hard to keep up. Until the moment when the truth finally catches up with them all..."

CAB Presents: Fondue Night

Join CAB for a night of cheesy, chocolatey fun!

Fri, Feb 22, 2019

Arabic Language Table First-Year Fridays

This Arabic language table is a weekly conversation group for first-year Arabic students. We meet every Friday in the upstairs seating section of the Valentine Dining Hall, and anyone who can communicate in Arabic at the first-year level is welcome to attend.

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Food Justice Photo Campaign

Come tell us why food justice is important to you. Have your photo taken with your testimony on a sign to be put up in a photo installation.

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Designing Your Digital Portfolio

This workshop will help you understand how a digital portfolio can be useful for presenting and promoting your creative work to employers, curators, grad schools, and more—including tips for curation, a how-to on gathering digital-ready content, and a close look at a commonly used platform. This workshop was developed with artists, designers, and performers in mind, but is open to anyone who wants to learn creative ways to amp up their professional presentation.

WORKSHOP INSTRUCTOR
Fafnir Adamites is a local, visual artist who holds an MFA from the Fiber and Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Photography and Women’s Studies from UMass Amherst. Using traditional craft processes such as feltmaking, weaving and papermaking, she creates sculptural and installation work that serve as meditations on trauma, memory and the legacy of emotional turmoil inherited from past generations. She teaches across the Pioneer Valley and lives in Turners Falls, MA.

Office Hours with Google

Two recent alums who now work for Google -- Emily Masten '17 and Julia Edholm '15 -- will be on campus on Friday, February 22, hosting office hours with small groups of students. This is an opportunity to ask questions about day-to-day life in the tech industry, what the culture is like at Google, how to prepare for a tech industry interview, what to expect out of its entry-level opportunities, etc… in a small and informal setting.

Drop-ins are available on a first come, first served basis, but appointments will go fast, so we recommend signing up for a slot ahead of time via Handshake to guarantee yourself a meeting time.

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.

"Stalin: Waiting for Hitler": Talk by Stephen Kotkin

"Stalin: Waiting for Hitler" is a talk by Stephen Kotkin, who is the John P. Birkelund Professor in History and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is also a fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He directs Princeton's Institute for International and Regional Studies and co-directs its Program in the History and Practice of Diplomacy. His books include Uncivil Society, Armageddon Averted and Magnetic Mountain. Kotkin was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928.

The talk is sponsored by the Amherst Center for Russian Culture and the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series at Amherst College. This event is free and open to the public.

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HLW: Student Community Meet and Greet

All students are invited to informal lunch and conversation with Dominique C. Hill and Durell M. Callier as part of their residency as Hill L. Waters (HLW). Food will be provided.

Hill L. Waters (HLW) is a Black feminist love praxis project birthed by two queer scholar artists, Durell M. Callier and Dominique C. Hill. HLW engenders healing through community accountability and artistic productions and dialogue. The scope of HLW’s work includes workshops, classes/lectures, community organizing, and performances that all highlight Black love; race, gender, and sexuality as interwoven systems of oppressions; feminism in action; and the power of self-affirming spaces

Students Only
Fitness Center Open House

Fitness Center Open House with scavenger hunt, bubble tea and raffle!

Want to learn about what the Fitness Center has to offer? Drop by between 12:30 and 2 p.m. on Friday February 22 to meet the staff, take a tour, and/or get to know how to use the machines. Complete a quick scavenger hunt for a cup of bubble tea and to enter a raffle! Sponsored by the Wellness Team and Athletics.

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HLW: Sustaining and Building Critical Coalitions

Are you a student leader and feeling overwhelmed by expectation? Questioning what the word "community" really means? Experiencing burnout/activist fatigue? Join us in this arts-centered workshop to challenge, question, and re-imagine community and necessary relationships for social justice work.

Space is limited. For more information, please visit Amherst College Student Activities Facebook Page, or contact Jelani Johnson at jejohnson@amherst.edu and Jxhn T. Martin at jsmartin@amherst.edu

Students Only

Cheminar - Senior Major Student Talks

Jayne Vogelzang and Kevin Wang will each speak about a recent journal article of interest.

Congolese basket with lid made by the Kongo people, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire).

"On Appreciating and Understanding African Art" with Nichole Bridges '97 and Rowland Abiodun

Nichole Bridges, class of 1997, is the associate curator for African art and the associate curator overseeing the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Saint Louis Art Museum. All are invited to a conversation with Bridges and Rowland Abiodun, the John C. Newton Professor of the History of Art and Black Studies at Amherst College.

Free and open to all!

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"Fierce Love": Lama Rod Owens

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall

Stevie Wonder once sang, “Love’s in need of love today.” His words couldn’t be more true as we face a global community struggling with war, poverty, illness, climate instability, and the rise of political authorities and governments who do not seem to be grounded in compassion or kindness. We speak about love and attempt to practice love, but some of us are losing faith in the transformative power of the wish for ourselves and others to be happy. Our practice of love is in need of our renewed faith in love. In this talk, we will be exploring the question of how practicing love can become a strategy that resists and undoes our experiences, fear, apathy and numbness as we attempt to live and love in a challenging world.

Lama Rod is a formally trained Buddhist teacher working to be as open, honest and vulnerable as possible and to help others do the same. Because on the other side is liberation.

This event is open to the public and is generously sponsored by the Amherst College Department of Religion, Amherst College Religious & Spiritual Life, Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley and the Willis D. Wood Fund.

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"The Timbre of Trash": Talk and Performance by Joe Cantrell

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Talk and Performance

"The Timbre of Trash: Anthropomorphic models to Resist Obsolescence in Technological Sound Practices"

"Electronic sound artists and musicians, in their choice of the tools of their craft, have a close, working relationship with a specific form of mass-produced commodity, that of technological audio devices. Like other manufactured goods, they originate from a global production system that is historically exploitative and environmentally unsustainable. The nature of electronic and digital technology, however, warrants an additional layer of scrutiny: they are beholden to the expectations of continuous technological improvement and obsolescence.

"To counter these continuing tendencies, I offer a reading of new materialist theory with an eye toward how it may be specifically applied to electronic and digital musicians. New materialism projects a monistic perception of the world, in which the differentiation between humans, non-humans and objects is called into question. Applied to technological audio devices, porous boundaries allow a vision of audio technology that is inclusive of all the bodies with which it has come in contact, and urges a limited sense of anthropomorphic identification with its users. This sense of interaction is extended into the realm of audio feedback, in which all audio processors, regardless of their intended functionality, contribute to a common sonic end. Seen in this way, sound technology that was once subject to the whims of constant development, becomes imbued with a personal sense of vitality, making it more difficult to be perceived as a disposable and obsolete."

Joe Cantrell is an artist specializing in sound art, installations, compositions and performances inspired by the implications of technological objects and practices. His work examines the incessant acceleration of technological production, its ownership and the waste it produces. Joe holds a B.F.A. in music technology from CalArts, an M.F.A. in digital arts and new media from UC Santa Cruz, and a Ph.D. in music at UC San Diego. His work has been honored with grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, New Music USA and the Qualcomm Institute Initiative for Digital Exploration of Arts and Sciences, among others.

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HLW: Tell em how you survived

An open space for expression, articulation, resistance and gathering that centers healing, affirmation, resilience, and magnificence of/found in our complicated interwoven selves, this space aims to center all folks who hold marginalized identities. All forms of performance/art/expression welcomed.

Sign-up ahead of time is strongly encouraged. To do so, please contact Jxhn T. Martin, at jsmartin@amherst.edu with a brief description or draft of what you intend to perform or submit by the end of the day on Thursday, February 21. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out.

Camille Brown performance

Five College Dance: "SPRING"

Five College Dance, in collaboration with the Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance, presents SPRING, an evening of dance featuring contributions from faculty, guest artists and dancers across all five campuses, including Camille A. Brown’s New Second Line, Five College Dance’s 2018-19 guest artist repertory project, made possible with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This dance is a celebration of the spirit and culture of the people of New Orleans.

The concert also features Picture This, a new work by critically acclaimed choreographer David Dorfman. Picture This is a kinetic, visual, musical and textual homage to the next generation of dance citizens-- a brief look at what makes these fine performers both joyous and angry in regard to love and politics.

Dances by Danté Brown (visiting assistant professor, Amherst College), Lailye Weidman (visiting assistant professor, Hampshire College) and Barbie Diewald (visiting artist, Mount Holyoke College), as well as a lobby installation by Rodger Blum (professor, Smith College), complete the program.

Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended: (413) 542-2277 or fcddance.reservations@gmail.com

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M@A Parallels Series Presents Nicole Mitchell: “Mandorla Awakening II”

With her Black Earth Ensemble, Mitchell uses science fiction to address the question: “What would a world look like that is truly egalitarian, with advanced technology that is in tune with nature?”

Tickets are required and are available at amherst.universitytickets.com or the Concert Office at (413) 542-2195.

Single ticket prices:
General Public: $18
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $12
Students, with valid ID: $10
AC student rush one hour before each concert: FREE

Recorded in May 2015 at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Mandorla features Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble with new collaborators Tatsu Aoki (bass, shamisen, taiko) and Kojiro Umezaki (shakuhachi). Also in the mix is Chicago artist, scholar and poet Avery R. Young, who brings the composers’ lyrics to life with visceral humanity; and longtime collaborators Tomeka Reid (cello, banjo), Alex Wing (electric guitar, out, theremin), Mazz Swift (violin) and Jovia Armstrong (percussion).

Mandorla Awakening II explores what Mitchell describes as a “collision of duality,” urban vs. country, hegemonic vs. vulnerable, acoustic vs. electric, with the dialogue of contrasting musical languages: Japanese, African-American gospel, R&B, jazz. The work chronicles the journey of a couple as they find themselves navigating between two civilizations: the World Union, a crumbling society rampant with disease and inequality, and Mandorla, a utopia where spirituality, technology and nature coexist harmoniously. Mandorla Awakening was included among the top 10 jazz albums for 2017 by The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, NPR and Wire (UK).

Nicole M. Mitchell is an award-winning creative flutist, composer, bandleader and educator. She is perhaps best known for her work as a flutist, having developed a unique improvisational language and having repeatedly been named “Top Flutist of the Year” by DownBeat magazine's critics poll and the Jazz Journalists Association (2010–17). Mitchell initially emerged from Chicago’s innovative music scene in the late ’90s, and her music celebrates contemporary African-American culture.

“One of the most exciting jazz soloists and composers in the world” –Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

Tickets Required

Sat, Feb 23, 2019

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Adventis Financial Modeling Certification Program

Are you interested in pursuing a position in investment banking, private equity, equity research, or other competitive fields in finance?

The Careers in Business and Finance program has partnered with Adventis to provide practical modeling experience through is proven Financial Modeling Certification (FMC) Program. This intensive, 2-day boot camp provides hands-on financial modeling training. Adventis’ unique training style consists of having students build financial models and analyses entirely from scratch, while explaining key concepts along the way. This approach enables students to retain more concepts and develop a valuable skill set.

Certified students have been able to demonstrate to employers that they have strong analytical capabilities and are ready to hit the ground running, impressing interviewers and ultimately landing positions at top firms on Wall Street. For those looking to excel quickly in their full-time or internship position or for sophomores looking to demonstrate abilities to potential employers, this program will reduce your learning curve and put you on a more even playing field with finance majors with whom you will be working or interning.

LOGISTICS
The training will be held from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on Saturday, February 23 and Sunday, February 24, with a 1-hour lunch break each day, in Webster 102. The course requires a PC (no Macs), and space will be limited to the first 22 students (based on the number of PCs available in Webster 102), plus up to an additional 10 students who can provide their own PC laptop. Certification exams will be held approximately every other week after the boot camp.

PROGRAM AGENDA
Day 1 Highlights:
• Build a 3-statement financial model of Allegiant Travel
• Build public & M&A comparables, a WACC analysis, a DCF analysis, and a “football field” analysis of Allegiant Travel
• Includes a 40-page trainee packet

Day 2 Highlights:
• Build a leveraged buyout analysis of Allegiant Travel
• Build a 3-statement financial model of PepsiCo

HOW TO REGISTER & COST PER STUDENT
Adventis is offering a discounted price of $199, as long as you enroll before Friday, February 8, 2019. After this date the course fee will go to $245. The final deadline for registration is February 21. Scholarships are available. Enroll online and email Stephanie Hockman (shockman@amherst.edu) if you would like to request a scholarship.

The link to register is as follows; registering in Handshake will also automatically redirect you to the page, but please note that RSVPing through Handshake does not count as registration: https://bootcamps.adventiscg.com/landing/Amherst-College-2019-02-23

Registration Required
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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 that bring student interests to the fore. Come back every week for a fresh perspective on the works on view in our galleries. Be sure to check our website and Facebook page for updates on weekly topics. All programs are free and open to the public!

Camille Brown performance

Five College Dance: "SPRING"

Five College Dance, in collaboration with the Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance, presents SPRING, an evening of dance featuring contributions from faculty, guest artists and dancers across all five campuses, including Camille A. Brown’s New Second Line, Five College Dance’s 2018-19 guest artist repertory project, made possible with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This dance is a celebration of the spirit and culture of the people of New Orleans.

The concert also features Picture This, a new work by critically acclaimed choreographer David Dorfman. Picture This is a kinetic, visual, musical and textual homage to the next generation of dance citizens-- a brief look at what makes these fine performers both joyous and angry in regard to love and politics.

Dances by Danté Brown (visiting assistant professor, Amherst College), Lailye Weidman (visiting assistant professor, Hampshire College) and Barbie Diewald (visiting artist, Mount Holyoke College), as well as a lobby installation by Rodger Blum (professor, Smith College), complete the program.

Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended: (413) 542-2277 or fcddance.reservations@gmail.com

Sun, Feb 24, 2019

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Adventis Financial Modeling Certification Program

Are you interested in pursuing a position in investment banking, private equity, equity research, or other competitive fields in finance?

The Careers in Business and Finance program has partnered with Adventis to provide practical modeling experience through is proven Financial Modeling Certification (FMC) Program. This intensive, 2-day boot camp provides hands-on financial modeling training. Adventis’ unique training style consists of having students build financial models and analyses entirely from scratch, while explaining key concepts along the way. This approach enables students to retain more concepts and develop a valuable skill set.

Certified students have been able to demonstrate to employers that they have strong analytical capabilities and are ready to hit the ground running, impressing interviewers and ultimately landing positions at top firms on Wall Street. For those looking to excel quickly in their full-time or internship position or for sophomores looking to demonstrate abilities to potential employers, this program will reduce your learning curve and put you on a more even playing field with finance majors with whom you will be working or interning.

LOGISTICS
The training will be held from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on Saturday, February 23 and Sunday, February 24, with a 1-hour lunch break each day, in Webster 102. The course requires a PC (no Macs), and space will be limited to the first 22 students (based on the number of PCs available in Webster 102), plus up to an additional 10 students who can provide their own PC laptop. Certification exams will be held approximately every other week after the boot camp.

PROGRAM AGENDA
Day 1 Highlights:
• Build a 3-statement financial model of Allegiant Travel
• Build public & M&A comparables, a WACC analysis, a DCF analysis, and a “football field” analysis of Allegiant Travel
• Includes a 40-page trainee packet

Day 2 Highlights:
• Build a leveraged buyout analysis of Allegiant Travel
• Build a 3-statement financial model of PepsiCo

HOW TO REGISTER & COST PER STUDENT
Adventis is offering a discounted price of $199, as long as you enroll before Friday, February 8, 2019. After this date the course fee will go to $245. The final deadline for registration is February 21. Scholarships are available. Enroll online and email Stephanie Hockman (shockman@amherst.edu) if you would like to request a scholarship.

The link to register is as follows; registering in Handshake will also automatically redirect you to the page, but please note that RSVPing through Handshake does not count as registration: https://bootcamps.adventiscg.com/landing/Amherst-College-2019-02-23

Registration Required
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Black Art Matters Festival

Join the MRC and the Mead as we conclude Black History Month with the Black Art Matters Festival, a visual art exhibition and performance showcase highlighting the work and artistic talent of Black student artists across the Five Colleges. Sunday February 24 at the Mead. The exhibition opens at 7 p.m., with live performances starting at 8 p.m.

Mon, Feb 25, 2019

Arabic Language Table Second-Year Mondays

This Arabic language table is a weekly conversation group for second-year Arabic students. We meet every Monday in the upstairs seating section of the Valentine Dining Hall, and anyone who can communicate in Arabic at the second-year level is welcome to attend.

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.

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Common Table: A Weekly Lunch Conversation with Religious and Spiritual Life

Does everything happen for a reason? Where does morality factor into career choice? And more simply, how are you doing anyway? All are welcome to this casual, drop-in time to share lunch and conversation on a topic of spirituality, belief or values as we explore together what it’s like to be a person in the world. Hosted by Religious and Spiritual Life staff and a rotation of student, faculty and staff guests. Please reach out if you'd like to co-host a conversation!

Bard In Berlin

Bard in Berlin - Info Table

Meet Bard representative Hannah Barrett and find out about our study abroad options at Bard College Berlin. True to the principles of liberal arts education, Bard College Berlin offers interdisciplinary programs in the humanities and social sciences. Study in the core program and the student’s chosen field of specialization is supplemented by a wide variety of elective courses in fields such as theater, film, philosophy, and studio arts, and by many forms of engagement with the city of Berlin, including museum visits, special courses and internships.

Students Only
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Bard in Berlin - Info Table

Stop by the info table to meet Bard representative Hannah Barrett. True to the principles of liberal arts education, Bard College Berlin offers interdisciplinary programs in the humanities and social sciences, with a strong focus on individual growth and the development of essential skills in writing and thinking. 

Students Only

Zotero Workshop

Want to make your research process more organized and efficient? Attend a one-hour tutorial to get started with Zotero! Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage, and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. If you're interested but can't make it to the workshop, click on the more information link below to see the full workshop schedule or to make an individual appointment.

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Biology Monday Seminar: “The Forgotten One: ApoD, Lipoprotein Oxidation and Atherosclerosis”

Kamilah Ali, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Basic Science
Course Director, Pharmacology
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

Title: “The Forgotten One: ApoD, Lipoprotein Oxidation and Atherosclerosis”
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. The pathogenesis of CAD is complex and is due to the development of plaque, the accumulation of cholesterol in macrophages, in blood vessels that can cause thrombosis, leading to a heart attack or stroke. Some of the key players or steps in accumulation of cholesterol are the levels of plasma lipoproteins, oxidative capacity of LDL-cholesterol, and the inflammatory state of macrophages. Apolipoproteins (apos) are major determinants in regulating human plasma lipoprotein levels, thus affecting plaque formation (atherogenesis) in blood vessels. Our protein of interest, ApoD, is associated with plasma high-density lipoproteins (HDL), low-density lipoproteins (LDL), and very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL), and is ubiquitously expressed in tissues and present in cell types (endothelial cells (EC), vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC), macrophages) involved in plaque formation. However, we have a poor understanding of the role(s) and mechanism(s) of apoD in plaque development. We use in vivo animal models on a Western diet, lipid biochemistry and cell culture to address our hypothesis. Our preliminary data suggest that apoD is anti-atherogenic whose effects may be mediated by modulating LDL oxidation and/or downstream activation of macrophage- vascular smooth muscle cells signaling pathways.

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Education Studies Initiative Speaker Series Presents Derron Wallace: “Safe Routes to School? Black Caribbean Youth Negotiating Police Surveillance in London and New York City”

This talk examines how Black Caribbean youth perceive and experience the state-endorsed "Stop and Search" program in London and then-ongoing "Stop and Frisk" practices in New York City while on route to and from public schools between 2007 and 2014. Despite a growing body of scholarship on the relationship between policing and schooling in the U.S. and U.K., comparative research on how school students experience stop-and-frisk/search practices remains sparse. Drawing on the BlackCrit tradition of Critical Race Theory and in-depth interviews with 60 Black Caribbean secondary school students, this article explores how adolescents experience adultlike policing to and from schools. The findings indicate that participants develop a strained sense of belonging in British and American societies due to a security paradox—a policing formula that promises safety for all in principle, but does so at the expense of some Black youth in practice. Participants learned that, irrespective of ethnicity, Black youth are regularly rendered suspicious subjects worthy of scrutiny, even during the school commute. This paper concludes with recommendations that can assist in improving students’ safety while en route to and from school.

Derron Wallace is an assistant professor of education and sociology at Brandeis University, with joint affiliations in African and Afro-American studies and social justice and social policy. He is a sociologist of race, ethnicity and education who specializes in cross-national studies of inequalities and identities in urban schools and neighborhoods, focusing specifically on the experiences of young people of African descent. His work has appeared in journals such as Sociology: The Journal of the British Sociological Association, The British Journal of Sociology of Education and Harvard Educational Review. His research has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Gates Cambridge Trust, the Marion & Jasper Whiting Foundation and the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. Prior to joining the Brandeis faculty, he served as a professional community organizer in London, working on youth safety, living wages, fair housing and immigrant rights campaigns.

Peer Advocate's 2nd Annual Community Promise Tabling

The Peer Advocate for Sexual Respect will be tabling this week to gather community responses to the prompt "Why and how we support survivors". These responses will be organized into a community poem that will be read by community members on March 20 at 7 p.m. in the Powerhouse. Stop by to give your response, sign up to be a reader, take some resources, or just say hello!

Spring 2019 Writing Center Workshops: Writing, Reading, Public Speaking, and Time Management

The Savvy Reader: Managing an Unmanageable Reading Load

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Frost Library, 211 (CHI Seminar Room)

The reading load for many classes can sometimes seem overwhelming and unmanageable. This workshop will help you take control of your reading and stay on top of it, rather than drowning in it or avoiding it altogether. In addition to being introduced to approaches to managing large reading loads and long texts, you will have the opportunity to practice strategies for reading more effectively and, when necessary, more efficiently. Led by Kristen Brookes, Senior Writing Associate.

Students Only
Registration Required

Tue, Feb 26, 2019

Associate Professor Takeuchi Tatsu, Virginia Tech: "Proposal of a New Terminology for Newton's Third Law: From Force-centric to Momentum-centric Pedagogy of Newton's Laws"

Newton's Third Law, aka the action-reaction law, can be quite confusing to many students, instructors and even to some textbook writers as well. The main reason for this is the unfortunate choice of terminology by Newton in his Principia. Many people think that what Newton meant by "reaction" is the reaction to "action" (which it isn't), and this misunderstanding is prevalent not only in the classroom but in popular media as well. I propose that even though "action" and "reaction" are the terms used by Newton himself (they are the same in Latin), it is high time we abandoned them for better ones that would aid in our own and our students' understanding. I will present my own proposal in this talk, though I suspect there may be better ones, and also propose a new pedagogy which emphasizes the concept of momentum above force in teaching Newton's Laws.

Peer Advocate's 2nd Annual Community Promise Tabling

The Peer Advocate for Sexual Respect will be tabling in Val and and the Keefe Campus Center this week to gather community responses to the prompt "Why and how we support survivors". These responses will be organized into a community poem that will be read by community members on March 20 at 7 p.m. in the Powerhouse. Stop by to give your response, sign up to be a reader, take some resources, or just say hello!

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.

Serving Tea ft. Jelani Johnson

A monthly meet and greet with out LGBTQ+ faculty or staff. This month's awesome guest is Associate Director of Student Activities, Jelani Johnson. Lunch will be served!

Illustration of a black man in 18th-century European-style clothing, drawing a circle around himself on the ground

"Leave No Mark: Blackness Inviolate, 1700-1731"

In the first three decades of the 18th century, a series of personal accounts, sworn attestations and trial records of the Portuguese Inquisition detail how enslaved and free black people, many African-born, would publicly take knives to their own flesh but not be harmed. These unworldly powers, they claimed, emerged from a type of pouch-form talisman called "mandinga." While these objects contained a wide array of empowering contents, a necessary and occasionally singular inclusion was writings and drawings inscribed on paper. This talk considers the role of these papers and the pouches which contained them against a longer Atlantic history of "marking" black bodies with scarifications, in slave ship registers, through iron brandings and torturous wounds. In so doing, it asks what new archives of Atlantic slavery may emerge from a seemingly violating performance of blackness that left no mark.

Matthew Francis Rarey is assistant professor of art hHistory at Oberlin College, and a 2018-2019 visiting scholar at the Program of African Studies at Northwestern University. His writing on Black Atlantic visual culture has appeared in African Heritage and Memories of Slavery in Brazil and the South Atlantic World (2015) and African Arts (2018). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

5:00 pm Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness - or because you are curious. This event will be led by Mark Hart, Buddhist Advisor.

Summer Internship Mixer

It's the beginning of the spring semester -- a prime time to begin your summer internship search. Do you feel stuck thinking about how to start? How about you talk to someone who’s been in your shoes not too long ago -- your peers!

Come to the Summer Internship Mixer to learn from upperclassmen about where they've interned in the past and how they were able to search and secure their internships in a fun, low-key environment. Free, tasty food and drinks will be provided. Attendees will have the chance to enter into a raffle for prizes.*

*Must be present at the time of the drawing at the end of the event to be eligible.

Japanese Language Table

The Japanese Language Program hosts a Japanese language table twice a week with Doshisha University student Hikari Yoshida ‘19. All are welcome to attend, and you can come and go as it fits your schedule. We hope to see you there!

French Table

If you are interested in speaking French or learning about French culture then come and join us weekly during dinner. The 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!

German Kaffeklatsch

German Kaffeeklatsch

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, Feb 27, 2019

Q&A with Professor of Environmental Justice Dorceta Taylor

Dorceta Taylor is professor of environmental justice at the University of Michigan. She is also the program director of the Multicultural Environmental Leadership Development Initiative and the University’s director of diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has successfully worked with students and organizations to collaborate across difference to address interrelated social and ecology issues. Professor Taylor is an extremely distinguished and leading scholar. She was the first Black woman to earn a Ph.D. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Professor Taylor is the founder of the Minority Environmental Leadership and Diversity Initiative and is one of the world’s foremost experts on diversity and inclusion in environmental fields, including in the academy and in workplaces (public and private).

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!

Arabic Language Table Fourth-Year Wednesdays

This Arabic language table is a weekly conversation group for fourth-year Arabic students. We meet every Wednesday in the upstairs seating section of the Valentine Dining Hall, and anyone who can communicate in Arabic at the fourth-year level is welcome to attend.

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!

amherst chat back dialogue series luncheon students, staff and faculty

#AmherstChatBack: Students, Staff & Faculty Dialogue Luncheon Series

Please join us for our inaugural students, staff and faculty #AmherstChatBack Dialogue Series, which offers an opportunity to engage in critical conversations across difference, gain dialogue skills and learn from one another as we build community among students, staff and faculty.

Dialogues will take place over 5 weeks, each session focusing on a different social and cultural topic such as race, gender, nationality, joy and traditions. Participants should come prepared to share their own personal histories, thoughts, and experiences related to each topic. This event is open to all students, staff and faculty. Lunch will be served.

Identity and Inclusion, Part 1

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Ford Hall, Event Space, Room 107

Explore your own identities using a model of identity development and consider the impact of power and privilege in the ways in which we understand our own sense of self and that of others. This session offers an opportunity to reflect on the importance of our own identities as we work towards intentionally inclusive communities at Amherst College. Intended for any interested staff or faculty member, this session is part one of a two-part series.

Please click the link below to register!

Registration Required
Blackalicious Poster

Blackalicious Performance and Q&A

Come see hip-hop group Blackalicious perform and get a chance to ask them about their music and career. Acclaimed for the sublime combination of rapper Gab's verbal dexterity and lyrical eloquence and producer X's bracing beats and distinctive soundscapes, Blackalicious has earned widespread respect, both inside and outside of the hip-hop community, for the wildly inventive, personally charged innovations of its first three albums, 1999's Nia, 2002's Blazing Arrow and 2005's The Craft.

"1937, or Pushkin Divided": Talk by Klára Móricz

Klára Móricz is the Joseph E. and Grace. W. Valentine Professor at Amherst College. Her book Jewish Identities: Nationalism, Racism, and Utopianism in Twentieth-Century Music, was published by University of California Press in 2008, and the volume Funeral Games in Honor of Arthur Lourié, which she co-edited with Simon Morrison, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013.

This talk is sponsored by the Amherst Center for Russian Culture. The event is free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

Peer Advocates' 2nd Annual Community Promise Tabling

The Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect will be tabling in Val and and the Keefe Campus Center this week to gather community responses to the prompt "Why and how we support survivors". These responses will be organized into a community poem that will be read by community members on March 20 at 7 p.m. in the Power House. Stop by to give your response, sign up to be a reader, take some resources, or just say hello!

Amherst Poetry Slam

Spoken Word Slam by Amherst Students

As part of LitFest 2019, Daniel Gallant, a playwright and executive director of New York’s famed Nuyorican Poets Cafe, hosts a spoken word slam for Amherst College students. All students are invited to attend. Keep an eye out for sign-up information.

The LitFest 2019 schedule has additional event information and biographies of each guest.

Loeb Center Seniors Only Series (SOS!): Job Search Support Sessions

Seniors, are you feeling the pressure to nail down your post-grad plans? You’re not alone! Come join your fellow class members to work on job and/or fellowship applications and receive in-person support from Peer Career Advisors (PCAs). Each session, the PCAs will also offer brief tips and advice about specific job search topics such as networking and negotiating job offers. There will be snacks and good company! Feel free to come and go as it fits your schedule.

The series will occur Wednesdays from 8–10 p.m. Additional information is available for each event:
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LitFest Poetry Slam

LitFest Poetry Slam

Hosted by David Gallant of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City. First place winner will receive a trip to NYC and a guest of honor appearance at the Nuyorican. Second place wins an iPad, and third place will get a free writing session at the Emily Dickinson House. Email studentactivities@amherst.edu to sign up.

Students Only

Thu, Feb 28, 2019

Weekly ProjectConnect Lunch!

ProjectConnect is a peer-led initiative to help build social connection and community on campus. Drop by the weekly ProjectConnect lunch Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. at the Val community table in the front room to meet the peer facilitators and learn more about it, or to get to know students who've been through the program. Sponsored by the Wellness Team and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Hiring for Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Human Resources and the Office of Inclusive Leadership are teaming up to offer this two-hour session on hiring for diversity and inclusion. Learn best practices for achieving a diverse candidate pool and an inclusive search process. Topics include job descriptions and postings, effective interview strategies, and managing implicit bias. This workshop is intended for anyone who will be serving on a staff search committee or participating in the hiring of staff in their department.

Please click the link below to register!

Registration Required
Burnout

Burnout Prevention: the Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle

Dynamic speaker and bestselling author Emily Nagoski, PhD, will give a talk on her newly released book, Burnout, which explores the gap between societal expectations of women and what it’s really like to be a woman in today’s world. How can you “love your body” when every magazine cover has ten diet tips for becoming “your best self”? How do you “lean in” when you’re already operating at 110% and aren’t recognized for it? Nagoski explains what we’re up against with compassion—and offers concrete strategies to end the stress cycle and fight back. This session is geared toward staff and faculty.

At the Intersection: Gender, Asexuality, and Sexual Agency; The labor of saying “No”

Come join us for a conversation on sexual agency and body ownership. When sex is equated to intimacy and deemed mandatory in relationships, people, especially women, nonbinary, and ace people, experience pressure to say “not now” to sex even if we mean “no” or “never.” Together we will construct a way to create healthy and safe relationships that go beyond narratives of “owed” sex, and help us understand the labor involved in saying “no.” We will conclude with affirmations and cupcakes!

Screenshot of the shoulders and head of a green-haired young woman wearing a striped shirt and stocking cap

Russian Film Screening: Mermaid (РУСАЛКА)

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

The Department of Russian presents Mermaid (РУСАЛКА), a 2007 film directed by Anna Melikyan.

Synopsis: A green-haired girl's family is forced to move from their rural home to Moscow. Once there, the quirky, introverted girl comes of age while clashing with the trappings of the big city.

This movie is in Russian with English subtitles and will be screened at 4 and 7:30 p.m. The runtime is 115 minutes.

Huxley/Evie office hours

Canine Office Hours with Huxley or Evie

Drop by Frost Library for some canine affection and advice from Huxley or Evie. Every Thursday from 4:30-5:30p.m. beside Frost Cafe, or in front of the library when the weather permits.

Schwemm's Pub Nights - Thursday 5-7

Schwemm's Staff & Faculty Pub night

Join us every Thursday at Schwemm's from 5-7 p.m. Staff and faculty are invited to get together and enjoy a pint, or a glass of wine and some great food! Jess Martin will be gracing us with her covers and original songs. Bring your office mates. Featuring a variety craft beers, wines and sangria.

Science Center Pop-Up Study Break

Take a break before your CHEM exam, ECON exam, or just from your work with free snack provided by First Year Quad Council! Good luck with your midterms!

Students Only

Japanese Language Table

The Japanese Language Program hosts a Japanese language table twice a week with Doshisha University student Hikari Yoshida ‘19. All are welcome to attend, and you can come and go as it fits your schedule. We hope to see you there!

Burnout

The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle

Dynamic speaker and bestselling author Emily Nagoski, PhD, will give a talk on her newly released book, Burnout, which explores the gap between societal expectations of women and what it’s really like to be a woman in today’s world. How can you “love your body” when every magazine cover has ten diet tips for becoming “your best self”? How do you “lean in” when you’re already operating at 110% and aren’t recognized for it? Nagoski explains what we’re up against with compassion—and offers concrete strategies to end the stress cycle and fight back. This event is geared toward students.

Peer Advocates' 2nd Annual Community Promise Tabling

The Peer Advocate for Sexual Respect will be tabling this week to gather community responses to the prompt "Why and how we support survivors". These responses will be organized into a community poem that will be read by community members on March 20 at 7 p.m. in the Powerhouse. Stop by to give your response, sign up to be a reader, take some resources, or just say hello!

Image: Sol Lewitt, Nine Part Modular Cube, sculpture. 1978.

"Symmetry in Art & Science"

All are invited to the Mead for a talk on symmetry with Amherst College Assistant Professor of Chemistry Chris Durr. Join us to learn more about a chemist’s perspective on symmetry, structure and time. Attendees will walk away with a greater understanding of how scientific principles play out visually in our galleries.

Free and open to all!

Susquehanna International Group (SIG) Quantitative Trading Info Session

Susquehanna International Group (SIG) is a global quantitative trading firm founded with an entrepreneurial mindset and a rigorous analytical approach to decision making. The firm commits its own capital to trade financial products around the world.

Building virtually all of its own trading technology from scratch, staff members are leaders and innovators in high performance, low latency trading. SIG traders, quants, developers, and systems engineers work side-by-side to develop and implement trading strategies. Each individual brings their unique expertise every day to help make optimal decisions in the global financial markets.

Want to learn more about decision science career paths and opportunities at SIG? Attend this information session to hear from representative Todd Simkin.

National Book Awards on Campus: A Conversation with Jamel Brinkley and Brandon Hobson

As part of Amherst College LitFest 2019, author and WNYC editor Rebecca Carroll hosts a conversation with two 2018 finalists for the National Book Award for Fiction: Jamel Brinkley (A Lucky Man: Stories) and Brandon Hobson (Where the Dead Sit Talking). This event is part of the National Book Awards on Campus program, hosted in partnership with The Common and the National Book Foundation, and will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. It is free and open to the public.

The LitFest 2019 schedule has additional event information and biographies of each guest.

*Please note: The venue for this event is Johnson Chapel, which seats 600 people. We recommend arriving early to get a seat.