Event Calendar

Today - Wed, Dec 11, 2019

Black-and-white photograph of Emily Dickinson

CHI Salon: Emily Dickinson's Birthday Party

We are celebrating Emily Dickinson's 189th birthday! Please join us for poetry readings, period music, tapas, wine and birthday cake! Childcare is available.

Black-and-white photograph of a cook standing at a window, below which is a sign reading, "PEACE Homecooked Meals 10 & 15 [cents]"

"Embodied Taste" Opening Reception

Embodied Taste explores art that takes food, in all its complexities, as a starting point, and sees how collaborations, connections, sensual experiences and stories are consumed every time you take a bite. This exhibition was organized by students enrolled in “Eat! An Exhibition Seminar at the Mead,” a course led by Amy C. Hall, visiting assistant professor of anthropology, and Emily Potter-Ndiaye, the Dwight and Kirsten Poler & Andrew W. Mellon Head of Education and Curator of Academic Programs.

Join us for the opening reception of Embodied Taste to learn more about this exciting exhibition directly from student curators.

Free and open to all!

Beading Night with INCA (Indigenous Native Citizens Association)

Join INCA (Indigenous Native Citizens Association) in celebrating the last day of classes by making beaded hoop earrings! An Indigenous foods dinner from Sly Fox Den will be served. Everyone is welcome! We ask nicely that the (Indigenous) knowledge learned at the workshop will not be used for profit. Supplies is limited. First come, first served.

Gingerbread Science Center mock-up

Build a Gingerbread Science Center

Join us in the Science Center Living Room on Wednesday evening for building a Gingerbread Science Center (at a slightly reduced scale). Bring your gingerbread creative vision to the team to construct our new Science Center in structurally sound candy form. Gingerbread Building Guides from Prof. Pat O’Hara’s First-Year Seminar course will lead the effort.
And yep, there’ll be holiday cookies, hot cocoa and cider to consume as per gingerbread union guidelines.
The Gingerbread Science Center will be on display through the end of the semester in the Living Room. Call it meta-edible art.

ASA x CSA x ACH Screening: <i>The Farewell</i>

Join CSA, ACH and ASA for a screening of Lulu Wang’s The Farewell. Kick off your reading period with with this humorous and poignant film, boba, Insomnia cookies and an intellectually stimulating discussion afterwards.

Tomorrow - Thu, Dec 12, 2019

Science Center Scavenger Hunt: Reading Period Instant Tradition Edition

Scavenger hunt season returns! Take a study/screen break and hunt down the clues hidden in the Science Center. Are there prizes? Oh yeah. And more, read on:
Join us in the Living Room of the Science Center on Friday at 3 p.m. for dominoes, cookies and the drawing of names. Participate in the game and the hunt for extra tickets in the drawing to win mammoths of unusual sizes.
Clue sheets are available in the Living Room starting Thursday morning.
Open to All. Fitbit participation optional.

STEM Newspaper Introductory Meeting

Are you interested in research on campus? Writing? Pizza? If you answered yes to any (or all) of these questions, then stop by the Science Center Cafe to learn about and help shape a yet-to-be named startup, student-led STEM newspaper. Take a pizza break during reading period to share your input on what’s realistic for writers, a possible paper name and more! If interested, please fill out this RSVP form (https://forms.gle/Na5h3uVPmd6P46nbA) by this Wednesday, December 11, so we can have enough food.

Students Only
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

Fri, Dec 13, 2019

Ask town elders burning life questions! This Friday. All are welcome.

Town Elders Life Advice Stand @ Frost Cafe

Need office hours for your life? This reading period, senior citizens of the Town of Amherst are visiting campus to give life advice to students! Drop by to seek wisdom from town elders on life, the universe, and everything. Brought to you by the Rotaract Club and Humanist Club in collaboration with the Town of Amherst Senior Center.

Knitting at Noon poster

Knitting at Noon

Are you a knitter who has longed to knit with others? Have you always wanted to be a knitter, but are
intimidated by all of the paraphernalia, complicated stitches and impossible-to-understand instructions?
All students, staff and faculty are welcome.
Please bring a brown bag lunch or grab-and-go lunch.

Caribbean Dominoes and Christmas Treats

Take a break from studying and join Jason Williams and Prof. Marc Edwards for a game of Caribbean Style
dominoes!
Come snack on some Christmas cookies and refreshments, too!

Hustlers Movie Poster

Film Screening of Hustlers

AC After Dark presents two film screenings of Hustlers! Join us on Friday and Saturday from 9-11 p.m. for snacks in Keefe Theater.

Mon, Dec 16, 2019

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

Math & Stats Table

Please join us for this informal weekly gathering of math/stat faculty and students for lunch and conversation. It’s a fun opportunity to meet other students interested in math and statistics and to get to know your professors in a casual atmosphere. We hope you will join us!

Tue, Dec 17, 2019

Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

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

La Terrasse: French Table

Faculty, students and staff are all welcome to join our French language assistants for informal French conversation over dinner. All levels of French are welcome! We look forward to meeting you!

Wed, Dec 18, 2019

Weekly Writing Group

Trying to carve out time to write, away from distractions and in a comfortable space? The Center for Humanistic Inquiry invites faculty and staff to participate in an informal writing group every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon at the CHI during the fall semester. The Dean of the Faculty is sponsoring all drinks for writers gathered at CHI on Wednesday mornings, available from Frost Café. Just mention that you are part of the faculty/staff writing group.

Thu, Dec 19, 2019

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

Fri, Dec 20, 2019

Knitting at Noon poster

Knitting at Noon

Are you a knitter who has longed to knit with others? Have you always wanted to be a knitter, but are
intimidated by all of the paraphernalia, complicated stitches and impossible-to-understand instructions?
All students, staff and faculty are welcome.
Please bring a brown bag lunch or grab-and-go lunch.

Thu, Dec 26, 2019

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

Fri, Dec 27, 2019

Knitting at Noon poster

Knitting at Noon

Are you a knitter who has longed to knit with others? Have you always wanted to be a knitter, but are
intimidated by all of the paraphernalia, complicated stitches and impossible-to-understand instructions?
All students, staff and faculty are welcome.
Please bring a brown bag lunch or grab-and-go lunch.