Event Calendar

Wed, Feb 26, 2020

Schwarzman Scholars Info Session

This fully-funded program bridges the academic and professional worlds with a focus on leadership and China’s role in the world. Schwarzman Scholars earn a master’s degree in global affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing, take Mandarin, are matched with senior mentors in their field, and complete internships. Learn more from Schwarzman rep Elysia Pan and Office of Fellowships staff. Register here: https://schwarzmantsinghua.radiusbycampusmgmt.com/ssc/eform/KBaB02Bkk03m....
Questions? Contact Christine Overstreet via email: coverstreet@amherst.edu.

Registration Required

Thu, Feb 27, 2020

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 students for challenging careers.
With a comprehensive business core curriculum, taught by the Tuck School of Busines’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 participants the skills and confidence necessary to get a job and succeed. All in just three weeks.
Financial aid and scholarships are available. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors, as well as candidates 1-5 years removed from college pursuing advanced degrees in non-business fields or working in non-business careers, are eligible to apply. Three sessions are available—one in December and two during the summer. For more information, visit bridge.tuck.dartmouth.edu and stop by this table to learn more!

Students Only
Hockey team laughing

Russian Film Screening: "Legend №17" • Легенда №17

This film is based on real life events and tells a story of Soviet hockey player Valeri Kharlamov’s career and the first match of the Summit Series between the USSR and Canada in 1972. Directed by Nikolai Lebedev and completed in 2013, the film’s runtime is 134 minutes.

The film is in Russian with English subtitles. The film will be screened at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect 3rd Annual Community Promise

Join the Peer Advocates as we celebrate our community values through the lens of Healthy Relationships! This year, we posed the questions of “What Does a Healthy Relationship Look Like?” and “Why Do You Deserve to Have One?” Come hear the responses of your peers and members from the broader Amherst community!

student with head on table next to thesis mug that reads "caution thesis writing in progress"

Weekly Thesis Write-ins!

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, CHI Think Tank (2nd Floor)

Thesis writers, set yourself up to succeed this year by joining fellow students to write together regularly! Every Thursday night, the Writing Center and Library open up the Center for Humanistic Inquiry for students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, coffee and camaraderie.

Students Only

"Gossamer"

The Department of Theater and Dance presents Gossamer, written and directed by Sophina Flores ’20. Gossamer follows three children and their mother through a dissociative fantasy world they have created as a response to trauma, trapped in the liminal space between death and life. Through surrealist movement, Gossamer carries us through a distorted narrative of a broken home—a family grappling with forgiveness, acceptance and hope for recovery, while facing the truth that no one is innocent within the cycle of abuse.

Set design by Laura Carty ’20, costume design by Lorelei Dietz ’20, lighting design by Lauren Thompson, projection design by Brenna Kaplan ’22, and sound design by Christianna Mariano ’21 and Alistair Edwards ’22

Starring Sam Beach, Emily Fedor, Leah Folpe, Nick Govus, Eli Quastler, Andrew Rosevear, Caroline Seitz and Renz Toledo

Tickets are free; reservations are recommended: call (413) 542-2277 or email theater@amherst.edu.

Russian Tea

9:00 pm Porter House, Common Room

Come and join the Russian House for Russian Tea! All students interested in Russian language or culture, no matter their level of language proficiency, are welcome. Food and tea are included!

Fri, Feb 28, 2020

Plastic food display at a Japanese restaurant

Japanese Language Table

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Japanese, join us on Mondays and Fridays for lunch! The Japanese language table meets twice a week with Doshisha University student Tomajin Morikawa ’21. The Japanese Language Table is open to students, faculty and staff who would like to have conversations in Japanese. All are welcome to attend, and you can come and go as it fits your schedule. We hope to see you there!

Outside of Valentine Dining Hall

Chinese Language Table

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Chinese, then join us twice a week for lunch! The Chinese Language Table is open to students, faculty and staff who would like to have conversations in Chinese. All levels are welcome.

Wellness Party

Join us for lunch, raffle prizes, coloring and DIY self-care kits. We will be celebrating the end of the Wellness Challenge, but the event is open to anyone who would like to hear a little bit more about the Challenge or just enjoy a fun break.

Polyhedra

Playing with Polytopes

Join Amherst student Andrew Tawfeek '21 as he demonstrates the simple mathematical beauty of polytopes. Join the fun and build a 3-D polygon to display in the Science Center! This is an event open to everyone: first-years, faculty, staff, art majors, STEM-minded...all are welcome!

Queer Talk poster, dark gray/blue background, white and gold text and speech bubbles

Queer Talk

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Keefe Campus Center, 213 Keefe Campus Center (QRC)

Join the Queer Resource Center staff and Dr. Darien McFadden & Dr. Sarah Erickson from the Counseling Center for an open discussion space centering conversations related to being LGBTQ+ at Amherst and beyond.
Presented by the QRC in collaboration with the Counseling Center.

Students Only
Symposium schedule

Five College German Studies Undergraduate Research Symposium

You are cordially invited to join us for the Five College German Studies Undergraduate Research Symposium. We hope to see you there! Please contact mhowes@amherst.edu with questions.

Headshot of Professor Ronald Raines

Cheminar: "Ghost Proteins"

3:15 pm - 4:30 pm Science Center, Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall - #A011

Professor Ronald T. Raines, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Chemistry

ABSTRACT: The lipid bilayer that encases human cells has evolved to keep the outside out, and the inside in. This barrier is not, however, impenetrable. Some small molecules, including many drugs, can burrow through and manifest therapeutic activities. Others can be “cloaked” to endow membrane permeability, and then uncloaked inside cells. We have learned how to beneficially cloak proteins, which are typically 100-fold larger than small-molecule drugs. Specifically, the conversion of protein carboxyl groups into esters enables a protein to traverse the lipid bilayer. The nascent esters are substrates for endogenous esterases that regenerate native proteins within cells. The ability to deliver native proteins directly into cells opens a new frontier for molecular medicine.

Parker String Quartet

M@A Masterclass: Parker Quartet Feb. 28

Please join us for a public masterclass as M@A Chamber artists, the Parker Quartet, work with students on their craft.

Crafting a Career in Food Writing

The foodie media universe offers storytellers with a passion for the culinary the opportunity to share in and define new culinary traditions. Explore the possibilities for your own work—across print, digital, and television—with this behind the scenes look at Crafting a Career in Food Writing. This in-depth discussion will feature three distinguished Amherst community members who will share the details of their trajectories into careers as food writer, cookbook authors, recipe developers and personal chefs.
They are:
Lizzy Briskin ’15 is a personal chef, cooking instructor, food writer and recipe developer specializing in healthy, vegetable-forward food.
Dana Cowin P ’22, best known for her two decades as the Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine, is a tastemaker, talent scout, consultant, author, lecturer and radio show host.
Ted Lee ’93 is co-founder of The Lee Bros. Boiled Peanuts Catalogue, an award winning cookbook author, and host/executive producer of Southern Uncovered with The Lee Bros. on Ovation.

collage of protests, marches, and news programs

Shusenjo—The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue

4:30 pm Keefe Campus Center, Keefe Theater Auditorium

Miki Dezaki, a Youtuber who was threatened and harassed by Japan’s notorious netouyo (cyber neo-nationalists) for his video on racism in Japan, is not shying away from controversial topics with his debut feature length documentary on the comfort women issue. The film dives deep into the most contentious dispute between Japan and Korea and finds answers to hotly debated questions, such as: Were the comfort women “sexual slaves” or prostitutes? Were they coercively recruited? Were there really 200,000 comfort women? And, does Japan have a legal responsibility to apologize?
Dezaki masterfully interweaves footage from demonstrations, man-on-the-street interviews, news and archival clips with in-depth interviews with the most prominent scholars and influencers from both sides of the debate, including Yoshiko Sakurai (journalist), Kent Gilbert (lawyer/celebrity), Mina Watanabe (secretary-general of the Women's Active Museum), Koichi Nakano (political science professor) and Yoshiaki Yoshimi (historian).
“Shusenjo” reveals surprising confessions and revelations that uncover the hidden intentions of both supporters and detractors while deconstructing the dominant narratives. That Dezaki has managed to bring nuance to a sensationalized and often oversimplified issue is just one of the many reasons that “Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue” is a must-see work.
Co-sponsored by the Departments of Asian Languages & Civilizations; History; Sexuality, Women’s, & Gender Studies; and Film & Media Studies.

Arabic Language Table for Third-Year Arabic Students

This Arabic Language Table is a weekly conversation group for third-year Arabic students. We meet every Friday in Frost Library's Collaboration Lab, and anyone who can communicate in Arabic at the third-year level is welcome to attend. Syonara Tomoum will be present as a moderator.

Students Only

"Gossamer"

The Department of Theater and Dance presents Gossamer, written and directed by Sophina Flores ’20. Gossamer follows three children and their mother through a dissociative fantasy world they have created as a response to trauma, trapped in the liminal space between death and life. Through surrealist movement, Gossamer carries us through a distorted narrative of a broken home—a family grappling with forgiveness, acceptance and hope for recovery, while facing the truth that no one is innocent within the cycle of abuse.

Set design by Laura Carty ’20, costume design by Lorelei Dietz ’20, lighting design by Lauren Thompson, projection design by Brenna Kaplan ’22, and sound design by Christianna Mariano ’21 and Alistair Edwards ’22

Starring Sam Beach, Emily Fedor, Leah Folpe, Nick Govus, Eli Quastler, Andrew Rosevear, Caroline Seitz and Renz Toledo

Tickets are free; reservations are recommended: call (413) 542-2277 or email theater@amherst.edu.

Sat, Feb 29, 2020

"Gossamer"

The Department of Theater and Dance presents Gossamer, written and directed by Sophina Flores ’20. Gossamer follows three children and their mother through a dissociative fantasy world they have created as a response to trauma, trapped in the liminal space between death and life. Through surrealist movement, Gossamer carries us through a distorted narrative of a broken home—a family grappling with forgiveness, acceptance and hope for recovery, while facing the truth that no one is innocent within the cycle of abuse.

Set design by Laura Carty ’20, costume design by Lorelei Dietz ’20, lighting design by Lauren Thompson, projection design by Brenna Kaplan ’22, and sound design by Christianna Mariano ’21 and Alistair Edwards ’22

Starring Sam Beach, Emily Fedor, Leah Folpe, Nick Govus, Eli Quastler, Andrew Rosevear, Caroline Seitz and Renz Toledo

Tickets are free; reservations are recommended: call (413) 542-2277 or email theater@amherst.edu.

The Parker Quartet standing together and dressed formally

M@A CHAMBER Series presents: Parker Quartet

Inspiring performances, luminous sound and exceptional musicianship are the hallmarks of the Grammy-winning Parker Quartet. Renowned for its dynamic interpretations and polished, expansive colors, the group has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. Performing works by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Szymanowski and Beethoven.

“pinpoint precision and spectacular sense of urgency” —The Boston Globe

Program:
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Homunculus Szymanowski: Quartet No.2
Intermission
Beethoven: Op.132

Tickets are available in the 14 days ahead of each performance at amherst.universitytickets.com.
Single ticket prices:
General public: $28
Senior citizens (65+) and Amherst College employees: $22
Students with valid ID: $12
FREE student rush available at the box office beginning one hour before the concert.

Tickets Required

Mon, Mar 2, 2020

Still from the film Garbage, The City, And Death, courtesy of Mariah Garnett

“Mariah Garnett Selected Video Works,” An Exhibition by Mariah Garnett

“Selected Video Works” presents four videos by Mariah Garnett made between 2010 and 2014. These works represent the early cornerstones of her experimental documentary practice. In all four films, the relationship between subject and filmmaker is foregrounded, calling into question the power dynamics at play in representational art practices.
“Garbage, The City, And Death” uses a Fassbinder text to reframe a real-life relationship between long-lost siblings as a romantic rivalry. It was Garnett’s first attempt to mix theatricality with a real relationship between herself and her subject.
“Picaresques” takes its inspiration from “Lieutenant Nun,” the autobiography of a transgender conquistador at the turn of the 17th century as its inspiration and abruptly becomes a portrait of Garnett’s own friendship with a nine-year-old tomboy from Santa Monica. It is an attempt to look to the past and future for heroes of a similar gender to the artist’s own.
“Encounters I May Or May Not Have Had With Peter Berlin” moves through phases of idolization, anxiety ending in a touchdown in reality in a conversation between the artist and Berlin himself. This is the first film in which Garnett used impersonation as a strategy for representing her subject.
Finally, “Full Burn” marks a shift in Garnett’s practice away from overtly queer themes to the geopolitical. It is a portrait of four U.S. War Veterans who have continued to use their own physicality to earn a living, three as stunt men and one as a massage therapist. It is a meditation on masculine duty, trauma and re-enactment.
Bio:
Mariah Garnett is an artist and filmmaker who lives and works in Los Angeles. She holds a B.A. in American Civilization and an M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts in Film/Video. In 2019 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Film/Video for her feature film, “Trouble,” which premiered at the London Film Festival and was named one of the best documentaries of the year by Sight + Sound Magazine. Her work has screened and been exhibited internationally at venues including The New Museum, The Hammer Museum, Tate Belfast, REDCAT, SFMoMA and her exhibiting gallery, Commonwealth + Council. She is a Macdowell Fellow and her work has been featured in Bomb, Artforum and Reverse Shot.