Event Calendar

April 2019

Tue, Apr 2, 2019

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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.

Cooking Demonstration

Sign up to learn hands on from farm manager Maida Ives how to make healthy snacks!

Students Only

Wed, Apr 3, 2019

Get Yourself Tested

Come by our tables and sign up to get yourself tested for STIs!

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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"Dimensionism" Gallery Talk with Vanja Malloy

Learn more about Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein at a gallery talk with Curator of American Art Vanja Malloy. Malloy’s groundbreaking research on the Dimensionist Manifesto is the backbone of this pioneering exhibition. This program is offered with support from the Arts at Amherst Initiative.

Free and open to all!

Psychology Club

Join psychology club for an informal project meeting. All majors and class years welcome!

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"Awake"

Created by Lauren Thompson '19 and Benjamin Kissinger '20E, AWAKE is a multimedia work of installation art/experimental theater designed as an immersive, single-viewer experience. Drawing upon Buddhist teachings, philosophy, mathematics, the sciences and narrative, AWAKE is an exploration of the self and how we understand our place in the world told through light, sound, projections and space.

Limited reservations are available for one individual at a time, April 3 through 7. Walk-ins are welcome, but not guaranteed. AWAKE runs at 25 minutes per showing. Follow the link below to view reservations.

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"Innovation and Invention": A Conducting Recital by Ellen Mutter '18

Join us for an hour-long concert pairing choral music with stories of scientific advancements presented by Graduate Associate in Music Ellen Mutter '18. This performance will explore the links between scientific and artistic innovation from Palestrina and Galileo to Philip Glass and Einstein. The recital features students and faculty from Amherst and Smith Colleges.

No tickets are necessary. Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. This program is offered with support from the Amherst College Department of Music and Arts at Amherst.

This event is free and open to all!

Thu, Apr 4, 2019

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Russian Film Screening: "Day Watch" (ДНЕВНОЙ ДОЗОР)

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

The Department of Russian presents Day Watch (ДНЕВНОЙ ДОЗОР), a 2006 film directed by Timur Bekmambetov.

Synopsis: A man who serves in the war between the forces of Light and Dark comes into possession of a device that can restore life to Moscow, which was nearly destroyed by an apocalyptic event.

This movie is in Russian with English subtitles and will be screened at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. The runtime is 132 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.

A colorful event poster with the title "Awake"

"Awake"

Created by Lauren Thompson '19 and Benjamin Kissinger '20E, AWAKE is a multimedia work of installation art/experimental theater designed as an immersive, single-viewer experience. Drawing upon Buddhist teachings, philosophy, mathematics, the sciences and narrative, AWAKE is an exploration of the self and how we understand our place in the world told through light, sound, projections and space.

Limited reservations are available for one individual at a time, April 3 through 7. Walk-ins are welcome, but not guaranteed. AWAKE runs at 25 minutes per showing. Follow the link below to view reservations.

Fri, Apr 5, 2019

Spanish Table

Spanish Table meets on Fridays from 12-2:00 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Dining Hall. Faculty, college staff and students are welcome to join Spanish speakers of all levels for lunch and interesting Spanish conversation.

Wayne Smith

Music Workshop for Non-Majors and Majors: Improvisation, with Wayne Smith

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.

Improvisation: This installment of the workshop features cellist Wayne Smith and focuses on musical improvisation. A creative and expressive approach central to so many forms of cultural production, improvisation is a music making strategy that relies on real-time decision making and interactivities. All are welcome, and if you play an instrument (including voice), please consider bringing your instrument.

Cellist Wayne Smith gave his recital debut at the Kennedy Center in 1996, and has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Italy, Germany, Romania, Hungary, Poland and China. He is the principal cellist of the Manhattan Symphonie and a frequent performer at BargeMusic in New York City. He also performs with the Harlem Chamber Players and the Portland Piano Trio. In the Pioneer Valley, he is a member of the Wistaria String Quartet and a founding member of 1200 Horsehairs, a band of cellos. He is also the co-creator of Arctic Moth, an improvising electronica duo. He has played with the New Jersey Chamber Music Society, the National Chamber Orchestra, the Harlem Chamber Players, the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonic of New Jersey, the Princeton Chamber Symphony and the Heidelberg Castle Festival Orchestra in Heidelberg, Germany, among other groups, and was a featured soloist on the PBS Series “Musical Encounters.” He has recorded and performed with such artists as Joe, Richard Smallwood, the Spin Doctors’ Anthony Krizan, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and the Moody Blues. He has also enjoyed an active teaching career and has taught lessons and master classes at Amherst College, Salisbury State University in Maryland and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He did his undergraduate studies at the Eastman School of Music with Steven Doane and his graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with Astrid Schween.

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: Improvisation, with Wayne Smith" hosted by the Music Department.

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M@A Master Classes with the Argus Quartet

The Amherst College Department of Music M@A Series presents master classes with the Argus Quartet that are free and open to the public. For room postings, please see signage on the door of Buckley upon arrival.

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"Awake"

Created by Lauren Thompson '19 and Benjamin Kissinger '20E, AWAKE is a multimedia work of installation art/experimental theater designed as an immersive, single-viewer experience. Drawing upon Buddhist teachings, philosophy, mathematics, the sciences and narrative, AWAKE is an exploration of the self and how we understand our place in the world told through light, sound, projections and space.

Limited reservations are available for one individual at a time, April 3 through 7. Walk-ins are welcome, but not guaranteed. AWAKE runs at 25 minutes per showing. Follow the link below to view reservations.

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Amherst Chorus and Glee Club Perform “Raise Your Voices”

The Amherst Chorus and Glee Club present Raise Your Voices. The performance, conducted by Arianne Abela and Assistant Conductor Ellen Mutter ’18, includes music by Jeffrey Douma, Alice Parker and Stephen Paulus, and concludes with traditional Amherst songs. 

Tickets are available on the day of the concert, beginning at 7 p.m. in the lobby of Arms Music Center. For more information, please call (413) 542-2195 or email concerts@amherst.edu. Tickets may be purchased only at the door. Tickets are $10 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens, students with ID and children under 12; and FREE to Five College students with I.D.

Sat, Apr 6, 2019

Students looking at art at the Mead

Close Looks at the Mead

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

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Awake

Created by Lauren Thompson ‘19 and Benjamin Kissinger ‘20E, AWAKE is a multimedia work of installation art/experimental theater designed as an immersive, single-viewer experience. Drawing upon Buddhist teachings, philosophy, mathematics, the sciences and narrative, AWAKE is an exploration of the self and how we understand our place in the world told through light, sound, projections and space.

Limited reservations are available for one individual at a time, April 3 through 7. Walk-ins welcome, but not guaranteed. AWAKE runs at 25 minutes per showing. Follow link below to view reservations: https://doodle.com/poll/nyu6xgr3imge7ueb

A colorful event poster with the title "Awake"

"Awake"

Created by Lauren Thompson '19 and Benjamin Kissinger '20E, AWAKE is a multimedia work of installation art/experimental theater designed as an immersive, single-viewer experience. Drawing upon Buddhist teachings, philosophy, mathematics, the sciences and narrative, AWAKE is an exploration of the self and how we understand our place in the world told through light, sound, projections and space.

Limited reservations are available for one individual at a time, April 3 through 7. Walk-ins are welcome, but not guaranteed. AWAKE runs at 25 minutes per showing. Follow the link below to view reservations.

Argus Quartet standing on the grass with their instruments

M@A Chamber Series Presents the Argus Quartet

Praised for playing with “supreme melodic control and total authority” and “decided dramatic impact” (Calgary Herald), the Argus Quartet has quickly emerged as one of today’s most dynamic and versatile young ensembles, winning first prize at the 2017 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, and the 2017 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition.

Recent performances include appearances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall, Roulette, the Albany Symphony’s American Music Festival, Bang on a Can at the Noguchi Museum, the Hear Now Music Festival, Providence College, University of Michigan, James Madison University’s Contemporary Music Festival, Princeton University, the Shalin Liu Performance Center at Rockport Music and the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ in Amsterdam.

Argus is dedicated to reinvigorating the audience-performer relationship through innovative concerts and diverse programming. The quartet’s core mission is to connect with and build up a community of engaged listeners, with the strong belief that today’s ensembles can honor the storied chamber music traditions of our past while forging a new path forward. In that spirit, the ensemble’s repertoire includes not just masterworks of the chamber music canon, but also a wide range of pieces by living composers.

In the fall of 2017, the Argus Quartet began a two-year appointment as the Graduate Quartet in Residence at the Juilliard School, where they work closely with the Juilliard String Quartet. In addition, Juilliard presented Argus’ Lincoln Center recital debut at Alice Tully Hall in May 2018. From 2015–17, the Quartet served as the Fellowship Quartet in Residence at the Yale School of Music (as the first ensemble mentored by the Brentano String Quartet in that capacity), and during the 2016–17 season, they served as the Ernst Stiefel Quartet in Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.

• Clara Kim, violin
• Jason Issokson, violin
• Dana Kelley, viola
• Joann Whang, cello

Program
Josef Haydn - String Quartet in B minor Opus 33, No. 1 - (19:00)
Tan Dun – Eight Colors for String Quartet (1986) – (16:00)
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Claude Debussy - String Quartet in G minor, Opus 10 - (26:00)

Sun, Apr 7, 2019

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Awake

Created by Lauren Thompson ‘19 and Benjamin Kissinger ‘20E, AWAKE is a multimedia work of installation art/experimental theater designed as an immersive, single-viewer experience. Drawing upon Buddhist teachings, philosophy, mathematics, the sciences and narrative, AWAKE is an exploration of the self and how we understand our place in the world told through light, sound, projections and space.

Limited reservations are available for one individual at a time, April 3 through 7. Walk-ins welcome, but not guaranteed. AWAKE runs at 25 minutes per showing. Follow link below to view reservations: https://doodle.com/poll/nyu6xgr3imge7ueb

Tue, Apr 9, 2019

A Poetry and Translation Master Class with Peter Cole

MacArthur-winning poet and translator Peter Cole leads a master class on the translation of poetry and the poetry of translation. Cole illustrates the central place translation holds in our lives and the ways in which it can come to inform both our experience of the world and the making of poems. This master class is free and open to all Five College students and faculty!

Peter Cole teaches comparative literature and Judaic studies at Yale University. He is the author of five books of poems and many volumes of translation from Hebrew and Arabic. Cole’s numerous honors include fellowships from the MacArthur and Guggenheim Foundations and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is currently a co-editor of Princeton University Press’s Lockert
Library of Poetry in Translation and divides his time between Jerusalem and New Haven.

To register, e-mail EDMPrograms@EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org.

Registration Required

Yoga on the Quad

As part of “Mental Health Week” join Yogi Eddy Augustin for a serene outdoor yoga practice. Open to all members of the campus community. In case of inclement weather, alternate space is Chapin Chapel

Supporting your Community: Lunch Panel with OSA Staff

As part of “Mental Health Week” members of the Office of student affairs and religious life welcome all members of the community to join them for lunch to introduce themselves and discuss mental health resources on campus.

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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.

Kevin Love: Viewing and Facilitated Discussion surrounding Mental Health Stigma Among Men

As part of “Mental Health Week” join Dr Darien McFadden for a viewing of a presentation by Kevin Love, NBA star, discussing his struggles with panic attacks and his mission to end the stigma surrounding mental health among men. Dr McFadden will facilitate a discussion following the viewing. All community members are welcome to attend.

Wed, Apr 10, 2019

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!

Self-Care and the Cost of Compartmentalization

As part of our "Labor Intensive" series and Mental Health Week, join us in the WGC for a conversation on compartmentalization with Laura Fusari and Jessica Gifford. What's the impact of having to perform emotions while suppressing or compartmentalizing aspects of your experience or identity? Together, we'll find tricks and self-care strategies you use at the moment and retrospectively. There will be bubble tea!

For accessibility information, contact wgc@amherst.edu or 413-542-5667.

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"Seeing the Moon in Islamic Traditions"

Join us for a conversation with Amherst College Muslim Student Association and advisors to learn more about the lunar calendar and moon sightseeing in Islamic traditions leading up to the month of Ramadan. People of all religions, beliefs and experience levels are invited to attend.

This program is offered in conjunction with Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein with support from the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and the Muslim Students Association.

This event is free and open to all!

Anxiety and Performance: Mindfulness Tools and Techniques-- Laura Fusari

As part of “Mental Health Week” join Laura Fusari, psychotherapist from the counseling center as she offers tips and techniques for mindfulness and self care. All community members are welcome to attend.

Thu, Apr 11, 2019

Yoga on the Quad

As part of “Mental Health Week” join Yogi Eddy Augustin for a serene outdoor yoga practice. Open to all members of the campus community. In case of inclement weather, alternate space is Chapin Chapel

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.

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Languages Party, hosted by Confluences multilingual magazine

There will be several "language stations" offering short interactive lessons on one aspect of various languages. Learn, for example, how the Korean alphabet is put together, how to write your name in the Serbian Cyrillic script, how ancient Chinese characters have become modern ones, and more! This will be a relaxed, informal but fun and informative event. Bubble tea will be served!

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Ronaldo V. Wilson: "Panoramas in the Mind of Surely Temple BLK"

Second Annual Queer Theory and Practice Performance Lecture

Ronaldo V. Wilson, Ph.D., is a poet, dancer, performer, mixed-media artist, and author of four books: Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man; Poems of the Black Object; Farther Traveler: Poetry, Prose, Other; and Lucy 72. He is co-founder of the Black Took Collective. Wilson is an associate professor of creative writing and literature at UC Santa Cruz.

Sponsored by the Department of Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, the Department of Black Studies, the Corliss Lamont Lectureship for a Peaceful World and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty

Free and open to the public

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"I'm Fine." and "Ha"

The Department of Theater and Dance presents an evening of two senior honors performances. I'm Fine., created by Brandon Medina ’19, follows Calvin, a socially anxious young man who receives a visit from his Conscience. They take a mind-bending journey through his formative memories, seeing what made him who he is, and the human connections he made and lost. Throughout their journey, Calvin is pursued by antagonistic Muses – shape-shifting beings who wish for Calvin to distort himself into something other than who he is. Starring: Leah Folpe, Brandon Medina, Samuel Melcher and Chloe Wohlgemuth.

Ha, created by Matthew Holliday ’19, challenges us to think about how we truly feel. Rooting memory, emotion and physical histories in the body, Ha explores our needs, wants, fears and desires. One must laugh at the contradictory nature that defines how we construct memory and how we embody our past, both good and bad. Starring: Bridget Carmichael, Michael Gibson, Benin Gardener, Matthew Holliday, Genevieve Lucas-Narcisse, Andres Niño, Rachel Marchica, Kiara Mickens, Rebecca Schrader, and Leah Woodbridge.

Set Design by Maia Doerner, Costume Design by Lorelei Diets, Lighting Design by Sophina Flores, Sound Design by Micha Starr, Music Design by Alistair Edwards, MacKenzie Kugel and Cristóbal Silva.

Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended: (413) 542-2277.

Fri, Apr 12, 2019

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Red Eye Black Tie

The Mead Art Museum commissioned three contemporary artists to create art for the Q Center/Keefe Science Library and CCE/GEO. Join us to meet the artists, explore our makerspace and participate in live art-making all day long on the Mead’s sculpture quad. Special thanks to Student Activities, AAS, Science at Amherst, the Q-Center/Keefe Science Library, and the Center for Community Engagement and Global Education Office for supporting this event.

Friday, April 12, 2019
Live art-making ft. DJ Quills and DJRM | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Maple Valley Creamery Ice Cream Sundae Bar | 1-4 p.m.
Spring Formal for Amherst College Students | 9 p.m.–Midnight

Spanish Table

Spanish Table meets on Fridays from 12-2:00 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Dining Hall. Faculty, college staff and students are welcome to join Spanish speakers of all levels for lunch and interesting Spanish conversation.

Life Stories

Life Stories Lunch with Professor Rhonda Cobham-Sander

The Life Stories lunch 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 the Counseling Center and the Wellness Team.

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Free, Live Show in a Haunted Attic at Amherst

Macon Reed’s “World-Making” class and visiting artists from Whoop Dee Doo invite you to a free, live show. This unique and unforgettable lightning-fast show will take place in an immersive haunted attic space as a collaboration with multiple local artists and performers. Showings will be at 5, 5:15, 5:30 and 5:45 p.m.

This is a very unusual and special event for Amherst College-- don't miss it!

Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Night

This is a casual, de-stressing art event where you can learn some cultural history while you paint or write calligraphy.

Come try out different traditional scripts (with a calligraphy book from Professor Morse), or paint the classic Chinese Bamboo (and a variety of other easily executable paintings like pandas and plum flowers).

Event poster showing a stylized illustration of two halves of human faces; one side of the illustration is in black, gray and white, and the other side is in red, yellow and blue

"I'm Fine." and "Ha"

The Department of Theater and Dance presents an evening of two senior honors performances. I'm Fine., created by Brandon Medina ’19, follows Calvin, a socially anxious young man who receives a visit from his Conscience. They take a mind-bending journey through his formative memories, seeing what made him who he is, and the human connections he made and lost. Throughout their journey, Calvin is pursued by antagonistic Muses – shape-shifting beings who wish for Calvin to distort himself into something other than who he is. Starring: Leah Folpe, Brandon Medina, Samuel Melcher and Chloe Wohlgemuth.

Ha, created by Matthew Holliday ’19, challenges us to think about how we truly feel. Rooting memory, emotion and physical histories in the body, Ha explores our needs, wants, fears and desires. One must laugh at the contradictory nature that defines how we construct memory and how we embody our past, both good and bad. Starring: Bridget Carmichael, Michael Gibson, Benin Gardener, Matthew Holliday, Genevieve Lucas-Narcisse, Andres Niño, Rachel Marchica, Kiara Mickens, Rebecca Schrader, and Leah Woodbridge.

Set Design by Maia Doerner, Costume Design by Lorelei Diets, Lighting Design by Sophina Flores, Sound Design by Micha Starr, Music Design by Alistair Edwards, MacKenzie Kugel and Cristóbal Silva.

Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended: (413) 542-2277.

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Amherst Symphony Orchestra Presents "Carmen" with the Amherst College Choral Society

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra presents a semi-staged performance of Georges Bizet's tragic masterpiece, the opera Carmen. It will be performed in a condensed, two-act, two-hour production in French with supertitles.

Visiting professional guest artists for Carmen include Olga Perez Flora in the title role, James Flora as Don José, Danielle Pastin as Micaela and Brian Hupp as Escamillo. The Amherst College Choral Society, directed by Arianne Abela, joins the cast and orchestra for this performance.

Tickets at the door: $10 general admission; $5 for seniors, children and students with ID. This event is free for Five College students.

Tickets Required

Sat, Apr 13, 2019

Students looking at art at the Mead

Close Looks at the Mead

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

Event poster showing a stylized illustration of two halves of human faces; one side of the illustration is in black, gray and white, and the other side is in red, yellow and blue

"I'm Fine." and "Ha"

The Department of Theater and Dance presents an evening of two senior honors performances. I'm Fine., created by Brandon Medina ’19, follows Calvin, a socially anxious young man who receives a visit from his Conscience. They take a mind-bending journey through his formative memories, seeing what made him who he is, and the human connections he made and lost. Throughout their journey, Calvin is pursued by antagonistic Muses – shape-shifting beings who wish for Calvin to distort himself into something other than who he is. Starring: Leah Folpe, Brandon Medina, Samuel Melcher and Chloe Wohlgemuth.

Ha, created by Matthew Holliday ’19, challenges us to think about how we truly feel. Rooting memory, emotion and physical histories in the body, Ha explores our needs, wants, fears and desires. One must laugh at the contradictory nature that defines how we construct memory and how we embody our past, both good and bad. Starring: Bridget Carmichael, Michael Gibson, Benin Gardener, Matthew Holliday, Genevieve Lucas-Narcisse, Andres Niño, Rachel Marchica, Kiara Mickens, Rebecca Schrader, and Leah Woodbridge.

Set Design by Maia Doerner, Costume Design by Lorelei Diets, Lighting Design by Sophina Flores, Sound Design by Micha Starr, Music Design by Alistair Edwards, MacKenzie Kugel and Cristóbal Silva.

Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended: (413) 542-2277.

Sun, Apr 14, 2019

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Sarah Briggs Studio Recital

Students in Sarah Briggs' violin studio perform a year-end recital featuring concerti of Brahms and Prokofiev (and maybe Mendelssohn!)

The program will be brief-- about 45 minutes. All are welcome to listen, clap enthusiastically and stay for cookies and cider afterward. This event is free.

Mon, Apr 15, 2019

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"Surviving the Dominant Culture: An Evening with Staceyann Chin"

A proud Jamaican national, Staceyann’s voice was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is also widely known as co-writer and original performer in the Tony Award-winning Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway.

She unapologetically identifies as Caribbean and Black, Asian and lesbian, woman and resident of New York City. She is the author of the memoir The Other Side of Paradise.

Join us for a conversation about intersectionality.

To RSVP, fill out this google form: https://forms.gle/8trvU9r9YE1VHEM3A

Registration Required

Tue, Apr 16, 2019

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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.

Pan, BI & Joy (PB&J) Meeting!

Pan, Bi & Joy (PB&J)

Pan, Bi & Joy (PB&J) is an inclusive, safe, and comforting environment for individuals who identify with the bisexual and pansexual spectrum where people can talk about the intersectionality of their sexuality, their other identities, and other aspects of their lives.

Students Only

Wed, Apr 17, 2019

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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"The Stars on Screen"

Join us for a screening of short science films from the 1920s and 1930s. Stay for a conversation with Vanja Malloy, curator of American Art; Hannah Goodwin, assistant professor of film and media studies at Mount Holyoke College; and Kate Follette, assistant professor of astronomy at Amherst College. This program is supported by Arts at Amherst, Amherst College Program of Film and Media Studies and the Amherst College Department of Astronomy.

This event is free and open to all!

Bodies & Beauty Monday, April 22nd at 7pm in the QRC

Bodies and Beauty

Join the QRC and the WGC as we discuss our favorite beauty bloggers and YouTube makeup experts and the ways that they redefine makeup culture to include more fat, non-binary, femme, and women of color voices. While practicing with makeup, let's explore the possibilities and complexities of gender expression, body physicality and makeup!

Students Only

Thu, Apr 18, 2019

BIG Initiative – Workday Overview Demonstration

Amherst has launched the BIG initiative to modernize our administrative business systems and processes, and a key part of the work is to identify and implement a new ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system. Workday has emerged as one of the ERP vendors who we believe can meet our needs. College faculty and staff are invited to the overview demonstration for a chance to see the product first-hand and have the opportunity to ask questions.

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.

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Senior Recital Performance: Amber Liu '19, Piano

Amber Liu '19's senior piano recital is an exploration of music from different time periods, including classical, Romantic, French and Spanish Impressionism, and contemporary. The program features pieces by Haydn, Chopin, Debussy, Prokofiev and Albeniz.

Cooking With Farmers

RSVP to mives@amherst.edu

Book & Plow is hosting another cooking night Thursday, April 18 from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Ford Hall Demo Kitchen. This time we'll be cooking up an easy, healthy meal and talking about different sauces you can make to add flavor (and nutrients!) to your meals. We'll be making rice, beans, and steamed kale.

Sauces include:
Honey-mustard sauce with local honey
Tahini-miso dressing with Book & Plow chives and garlic
Balsamic-nutritional yeast dressing that is so good on salads

We hope you'll join us!

Students Only

Fri, Apr 19, 2019

Spanish Table

Spanish Table meets on Fridays from 12-2:00 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Dining Hall. Faculty, college staff and students are welcome to join Spanish speakers of all levels for lunch and interesting Spanish conversation.

Resilience

Grit and Resiliency Skills for Difficult Times

Grit helps us persist in the face of challenges and is a significant predictor of personal and professional success. Resilience helps us recover from difficulties and is vital to mental health and well-being. This workshop will provide you with a toolbox of specific practices to help you navigate life’s challenges and connect with the things that matter most to you. Students, staff and faculty welcome. Please email Jessica Gifford for more information jgifford@amherst.edu.

Sat, Apr 20, 2019

Students looking at art at the Mead

Close Looks at the Mead

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

Dance Ensemble dancers

Amherst College Dance Ensemble Performance

Join the Department of Theater and Dance for an evening of original dance works choreographed by the Amherst College Dance Ensemble, featuring Maragaret Donaghey UM '20, Jasmine Gamboa '19, Matthew Holliday '19, Rachel Marchica UM '21, Kiara Mickens SC '21, Maya Mizrahi '21, Alexandra Sala '22, Remy Swift HC '20 and Evelyn Touchette '20E.

Tickets are free, reservations recommended: (413) 542-2277.

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89.3 WAMH Presents: Vundabar / Sweet Lightning / King of Nowhere

On April 20, Marsh House at Amherst College will host the venerable Bostonian trio Vundabar, the Pioneer Valley eccentrics Sweet Lightning, and New York's soft/heavy masters King of Nowhere. The event is FREE and open the public and all Five College students.

Mon, Apr 22, 2019

Studio Honors Senior Thesis Exhibition

until May 26 Fayerweather Hall, 105 - Eli Marsh Gallery

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

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Short Experimental Films by Spanish Filmmaker Laida Lertxundi

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Keefe Campus Center, Keefe Theater (Room 008)

Lertxundi received a M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts and a B.F.A. from Bard College. She has had solo exhibitions and screenings at venues and festivals including the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles (2016), Tate Modern (2016), Frieze Projects New York (2014) and the Whitney Biennial, among many others. She teaches film and fine art at ArtCenter College of Design in Los Angeles and is the chair of filmmaking studies at EQZE master's program in San Sebastián, Spain.

**This event was made possible through the generous support of the Lamont Fund, the Amherst College Department of Art and the History of Art and the Amherst College Program in Film and Media Studies.***

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Bodies and Beauty

Join us as we discuss our favorite beauty bloggers and YouTube makeup experts and the ways that they redefine makeup culture to include more fat, non-binary, femme, and women of color voices. While practicing with makeup, let's explore the possibilities and complexities of gender expression, body physicality, and makeup!

Tue, Apr 23, 2019

Lotus flower

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.

Cross Cultural Exchange Through Art: An Interactive Workshop

Are you studying abroad, traveling this summer, or interning in a new place? Join us for an evening with head of education Emily Potter-Ndiaye to learn how to use art as a tool for understanding and connecting with new cultures and unfamiliar places. Join us on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 7–8 p.m. in the Mead Art Museum.

Wed, Apr 24, 2019

Queeries for Pride Week

This space centers LGBTQ+ identifying students, staff and faculty in conversation around current events affecting the LGBTQ+ community. Each month's dialogue is inspired by video clips/articles and facilitated by QRC staff members and participants. Food will be provided.

The topic of this month's Queeries is "What Does Pride Mean to You?" Discussion will center around Ariana Grande performing at pride, police officers at pride and more! Join us for a great conversation.

Thu, Apr 25, 2019

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Russian Film Screening: "Zoologie" (ЗООЛОГИЯ)

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

The Department of Russian presents Zoologie (ЗООЛОГИЯ), a 2016 film directed by Ivan I. Tverdovskiy.

Synopsis: Middle-aged zoo worker Natasha still lives with her mother in a small coastal town. She is stuck, and it seems that life has no surprises for her, until one day she grows a tail and turns her life around.

This movie is in Russian with English subtitles and will be screened at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. The runtime is 91 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.

Fri, Apr 26, 2019

Spanish Table

Spanish Table meets on Fridays from 12-2:00 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Dining Hall. Faculty, college staff and students are welcome to join Spanish speakers of all levels for lunch and interesting Spanish conversation.

Solo Performance poster showing a human silhouette standing in front of a white light and a blue and silver background

Solo Performance

A presentation of six original solos created and performed by students in Th/Da 355: "Solo Performance." The evening offers a program of diverse 10-minute pieces in dance and theater by Eleanor Crawford (HC), Anna Hendricks (MHC), Heiata Julienne-Ista, Sadie Popoli (HC), Leah Woodbridge and Rosie Xu (MHC), with a central focus on sharing personal, transformative experiences and stories with the audience.

Resurrect Gospel Choir Spring 2019 Concert

Total Praise Resurrect Gospel Choir Spring Concert

Resurrect Gospel Choir will be singing at the spring concert with songs in the gospel style. This concert is welcome for anyone to attend, and this event is free. The theme of the concert is Total Praise as the gospel choir will give total praise to God while performing.

Sat, Apr 27, 2019

Students looking at art at the Mead

Close Looks at the Mead

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

Student soloists standing onstage in front of the rest of the ASO, holding instruments and bouquets of flowers

Amherst College Symphony Orchestra: Student Concertos Concert

Amherst Symphony Orchestra presents the Student Concertos Concert on Friday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center.

Tickets at the door one hour before showtime:
$10 general admission
$5 seniors and students with ID
FREE for Five College students.

Performing:
Concerto for Oboe & Strings (Marcello): Anna Dalton '19, soloist; Katianna Nardone '19, conductor
Romance for Horn & Orchestra (Saint-Saens): Helene Burgueño '19, soloist; Patrick Rauschelbach '19, conductor
Concerto for Oboe & Strings (Vaughan Williams): David Brinkley '19, soloist

Tickets Required
Solo Performance poster showing a human silhouette standing in front of a white light and a blue and silver background

Solo Performance

A presentation of six original solos created and performed by students in Th/Da 355: "Solo Performance." The evening offers a program of diverse 10-minute pieces in dance and theater by Eleanor Crawford (HC), Anna Hendricks (MHC), Heiata Julienne-Ista, Sadie Popoli (HC), Leah Woodbridge and Rosie Xu (MHC), with a central focus on sharing personal, transformative experiences and stories with the audience.

Tue, Apr 30, 2019

BIG Initiative: Meet and help us evaluate implementation partners - Alchemy

Attend a presentation by possible implementation partners. ERP Vendors (such as Workday) do not manage all aspects of a college’s ERP transition and instead work with third-party companies who facilitate the work of the transition with technical, hands-on support as we create our new business processes and systems. We are meeting and evaluating three possible implementation partners, who will be a visible presence on campus during the entire ERP transition. We hope you will attend the presentations to learn more and share your feedback. The event is open to Amherst faculty, staff and students.

Lotus flower

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.

Concert by the Voice Studio of Ann Maggs

Hear the voice students of Ann Maggs in a delightful concert of jazz, Broadway and ethnopop music on Tuesday, April 30, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 3 of Arms Music Center. The performance is free and open to the public.

Ongoing Events

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

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

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

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

A Pressing Conference

Against Doom - an exhibition by artist-in-residence Macon Reed

until Apr 5 Fayerweather Hall, 105 - Eli Marsh Gallery

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, and from noon - 4 p.m. on Sundays. Closed Saturdays. This exhibition will close at noon on Friday, April 5.

Bodies Week

Join the Student Health Educators for two weeks of events that focus on exploring your relationship with your body and celebrating what it does for you. See a full list of events on our Facebook!