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Event Calendar

March 2019

Fri, Mar 1, 2019

A view of the entrance to Mead Art Museum and Stearns Steeple amidst fall foliage

Discover the Lost Art of Concentration

Join us for a series of conversations and close-looking sessions designed to help visitors gain focus and clarity through extended looking at art. We’ll provide tips and techniques to help you hone your observational acumen and deepen concentration at this series of morning programs. Tea will be served. This event is presented in collaboration with Amherst College Human Resources, and is free and open to all.

Friday, March 1, 2019 | 10–11 a.m.
Close-looking led by Mead head of education and Mellon Curator of Academic Programs Emily Potter-Ndiaye with guided reflection by Stephen Butler.

Friday, March 8, 2019 | 10–11 a.m.
Meditation and mindfulness led by Molly Kitchen with guided reflection by Stephen Butler.

Friday, March 22, 2019 | 10–11 a.m.
Guided looking with Amherst College artist-in-residence Macon Reed with guided reflection by Stephen Butler.

Closeup of Rebecca Carroll smiling

A Conversation with Rebecca Carroll

10:00 am - 11:00 am Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

As part of Amherst College LitFest 2019, associate professor and jazz musician Darryl Harper '90 will host a conversation with Rebecca Carroll, a cultural critic and editor of special projects at WNYC and the author of several books about race and blackness, including 1997’s Sugar in the Raw. This event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a Q&A. Light refreshments will be served.

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

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!

Life Stories

Life Stories Lunch with Jxhn Martin, Drector of the Queer Resource Center

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.

Jennifer Egan

An Evening with Jennifer Egan

As part of Amherst College LitFest 2019, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan will have a conversation with Jennifer Acker '00, editor-in-chief of The Common literary magazine. This event 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.

Sat, Mar 2, 2019

Black-and-white photo of Nuar Alsadir in profile

Poets of Amherst: A Conversation with Shayla Lawson and Nuar Alsadir ’92

10:00 am - 11:30 am Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

As part of Amherst College LitFest 2019, the Emily Dickinson Museum's Executive Director Jane Wald hosts a conversation with poets Shayla Lawson and Nuar Alsadir '92.

This event is free, open to the public and will be followed by Q&A. Light refreshments will be served.

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

Black-and-white photo of Kayla Hamilton wearing an eyepatch and stretching a sweater over her head

Dance Master Class with Kayla Hamilton

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Webster Hall, Studio 1 (Room 117)

This class will play with words, text and personal narratives to craft parameters to explore the relationship of these ingredients in time and space. We will cycle through creating and sharing to have moments of discussion and dialogue around what we are sensing or not sensing. We will layer sensory and textual elements into our parameters to play with how they reveal new interpretations and impact our performative presence. The dynamic pull between your intent and our interpretations will expand these explorations into multiple possibilities, heightening our senses to literary practices, 2-D or 3-D art, movement, or other artistic interests and disciplines for an embodied experience accessible to all bodies.

Kayla Hamilton is a movement artist, producer and educator originally from Texarkana, Texas, who now resides in Bronx, N.Y. Kayla earned a B.A. in dance from Texas Woman’s University and a master's degree in special education from Hunter College. She is a member of the 2017 Bessie-award winning collective Skeleton Architecture, or the future of our worlds, curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa. In addition to Skeleton Architecture, Kayla dances with Gesel Mason Performance Projects, Sydnie L. Mosley Dances and Maria Bauman/MBDance.

Kayla has been supported by the Paloma McGregor / Angela’s Pulse Dancing While Black Fellowship, Brooklyn Arts Exchange Summer Space Grant and Dance USA Institute for Leadership Training. Under the name K. Hamilton Projects, Kayla self-produces numerous projects, organizes community events and writes arts-integrated curriculum throughout NYC. When Kayla is not dancing, she's a special education teacher at the Highbridge Green School who loves to watch Law & Order on Hulu while sipping on peppermint tea.

Part of the Spring 2019 Guest Artist Series, sponsored by the Theater and Dance Department, the Groove Fund, and the Eastman Fund. Free and open to all.

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!

Photo of Kolbert

"The Once and Future Planet: Science Journalism in the 21st Century" with Charles Mann '76 and Elizabeth Kolbert

As part of Amherst College LitFest 2019, Cullen Murphy '74, editor-at-large for The Atlantic, hosts a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Kolbert and Charles C. Mann '76, author of New York Times bestseller 1493. The event will be followed by 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.

Black-and-white photo of Kayla Hamilton dancing on a city street

Dance Showcase: Kayla Hamilton

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

Nearly Sighted/unearthing the dark is a multisensory experience for the audience that delves deep into questions of what it means to see and be seen—as well as from whose lens we are doing the viewing. How do hearing and the idea of listening contrast with what is actually being heard? How is taste felt, while exploring the legacies we leave behind?

Kayla Hamilton is a movement artist, producer and educator originally from Texarkana, Texas, who now resides in Bronx, N.Y. Kayla earned a B.A. in dance from Texas Woman’s University and a master's degree in special education from Hunter College. She is a member of the 2017 Bessie-award winning collective Skeleton Architecture, or the future of our worlds, curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa. In addition to Skeleton Architecture, Kayla dances with Gesel Mason Performance Projects, Sydnie L. Mosley Dances and Maria Bauman/MBDance.

Kayla has been supported by the Paloma McGregor / Angela’s Pulse Dancing While Black Fellowship, Brooklyn Arts Exchange Summer Space Grant and Dance USA Institute for Leadership Training. Under the name K. Hamilton Projects, Kayla self-produces numerous projects, organizes community events and writes arts-integrated curriculum throughout NYC. When Kayla is not dancing, she's a special education teacher at the Highbridge Green School who loves to watch Law & Order on Hulu while sipping on peppermint tea.

Part of the Spring 2019 Guest Artist Series, sponsored by the Theater and Dance Department, the Groove Fund, and the Eastman Fund. Free and open to all.

Amherst College Symphony Orchestra: ¡Viva Argentina!

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra closes its survey of music of Spain and Latin America with three works from Argentina on Saturday, March 2, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. 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, email concerts@amherst.edu or visit www.amherstsymphonyorchestra.com.

Argentina is home to one of the world's great opera houses, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Musical narratives of gauchos and the pampas emerged early in the 20th century, and indigenous Indian, mestizo, creole and dance music associated with Carnival found expression in Argentine concert music.  

Estaciones Porteñas (Four Seasons of Buenos Aires) (1965-1970) by Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992), a set of four seductive and beguiling tangos, opens the program. Conceived in response to Vivaldi's Le quattro stagioni (Four Seasons), they were composed for a wide variety of instruments, including bandoneón, but are most commonly performed today in a virtuosic arrangement for strings and violin soloist by the Russian composer Leonid Desyatnikov (1955- ). 

After intermission, the ASO performs another contemporary masterpiece, Three Songs for Soprano & Orchestra (2001) by the Argentine-born Osvaldo Golijov (1960- ). Inspired by poems of Sally Potter, Rosalía de Castro and Emily Dickinson, Three Songs demonstrate Golijov's expert and deeply moving mastery of text setting. 

The concert closes with a brief suite from the ballet Estancia (1941) by Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983), which evokes the life of Argentine ranchers in four short segments: "Land Workers," "Wheat Dance," "Cattlemen" and "Malambo."

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

Tickets Required

Sun, Mar 3, 2019

Amherst Symphony Orchestra playing onstage while Mark Swanson conducts

"Timing Is Everything" Closing Concert: A Broadway Cabaret

Join us for a performance by members of the Amherst College Symphony Orchestra, led by Senior Lecturer in Music and Director of Instrumental Music Mark Swanson. Musicians will present music from Rent, West Side Story, Merrily We Roll Along, Annie, Pippin, Fiddler on the Roof and many other shows.

No tickets are necessary. Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. This program is offered in collaboration with the Amherst College Music Department and the Amherst Symphony Orchestra.

This event is free and open to all!

Mon, Mar 4, 2019

 A print depicting a 4,000x magnification of a microscope photograph

"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.

Opening Reception for "Paste, Stick, Glue: Constructing Collage in Russia"

Join us for a welcome from Michael Kunichika, director of the Amherst Center for Russian Culture, followed by remarks from David Little, director and chief curator of the Mead Art Museum, and remarks from Galina Mardilovich, acting curator of Russian and European art at the Mead.

The word collage comes from the French verb coller, which means “to paste, stick, glue.” In practice, it is a technique that involves the physical layering of disparate elements. It originated as an art form when the Cubists and Futurists experimented with the surface of the picture plane in the early 1910s. Collage’s capacity for combining, fragmenting and disrupting meaning has since rendered it an inexhaustible medium, emblematic of the fast-paced modern world.

Paste, Stick, Glue: Constructing Collage in Russia offers a historical overview of the many ways in which Russian and Soviet artists employed collage and the related techniques of film montage and photomontage. Drawn from the permanent collections of the Mead Art Museum and Amherst Center for Russian Culture, the exhibition features works by Liubov’ Popova, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Varvara Stepanova, El Lissitzky, Sergei Eisenstein, Oscar Rabin, Oleg Kudryashov and Alexander Kosolapov, among others.

This exhibition is presented in conjunction with Constructing Collage, on view at the Mead Art Museum from March 5, 2019, to Jan. 5, 2020, and curated by Galina Mardilovich.

Tue, Mar 5, 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.

Thu, Mar 7, 2019

Crochet 101 with Book and Plow

Learn to crochet with Farmer Kaylee, no experience necessary. Walk away with skills and supplies to make your own hat. Yarn, hooks and herbal teas provided.

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.

Film cover image showing Lee Sexton wearing overalls and holding his banjo

"Linefork" Screening and Q&A

Lee and Opal Sexton live in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, farming the land where Lee was raised. Lee is a retired coal miner and a revered banjo legend, a living link to the deep past of American music. Though now well into his 80s and hampered by age, Lee continues to perform and teach his distinctive banjo style to a new generation eager to preserve a vanishing cultural tradition. Linefork offers an immersive view of Lee and Opal’s daily rituals and inherent resilience while documenting the raw yet delicate music of a singular musician, linked to the past yet immediately present. Q&A with Vic Rawlings, one of the filmmakers, will follow the screening.

Supported by the Department of Music and the Department of Anthropology

Jazz@Schwemm's Featuring the Jason Ennis Trio

The spring edition of Jazz@Schwemm's kicks off on Thursday, March 7, at 9 p.m. Help us welcome the Jason Ennis Trio featuring vocalist Natalia Bernal, and two student groups: Ascension and Giant Steps. The pro groups start at 9 p.m., followed by student groups at 10 p.m.

Thanks to Jazz@Amherst, the Office of Student Activities and Schwemm's.

Fri, Mar 8, 2019

A view of the entrance to Mead Art Museum and Stearns Steeple amidst fall foliage

Discover the Lost Art of Concentration

Join us for a series of conversations and close-looking sessions designed to help visitors gain focus and clarity through extended looking at art. We’ll provide tips and techniques to help you hone your observational acumen and deepen concentration at this series of morning programs. Tea will be served. This event is presented in collaboration with Amherst College Human Resources, and is free and open to all.

Friday, March 1, 2019 | 10–11 a.m.
Close-looking led by Mead head of education and Mellon Curator of Academic Programs Emily Potter-Ndiaye with guided reflection by Stephen Butler.

Friday, March 8, 2019 | 10–11 a.m.
Meditation and mindfulness led by Molly Kitchen with guided reflection by Stephen Butler.

Friday, March 22, 2019 | 10–11 a.m.
Guided looking with Amherst College artist-in-residence Macon Reed with guided reflection by Stephen Butler.

Wed, Mar 13, 2019

CISE Movie Night

Join the Center for International Student Engagement (CISE) for a movie night over Spring Break! We'll be showing A Fantastic Woman and there will be snacks available!

Sat, Mar 16, 2019

CISE Winter Photography & Walk

Have you been neglecting your Instagram profile? Do you need cool new photos to show off to your social media followers? Want to get some exercise or fresh air? Spring Break is the perfect opportunity! Join the Center for International Student Engagement for a winter photography session and walk. Meeting in front of Keefe Campus Center, the walk will take place on the trail where you will find many beautiful spots to pose! See you there!

Mon, Mar 18, 2019

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.

Headshot of Keith Phares

First of Two New Music March Mondays in Buckley

Renowned opera and art song baritone Keith Phares joins Boston pianist Linda Osborn in a program of new songs. Letting Go, a new cycle by Boston composer Howard Frazin, is the featured work on the program, rounded out by seven new songs written for the occasion by Amherst College’s own student composers. Frazin will be on hand to introduce his work.

Free and open to the public

Tue, Mar 19, 2019

fluorescence microscope photograph mounted on aluminum    12" x 12"  (4000 x magnification)

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

Join Amherst College's Senior Resident Artist Betsey Garand and Professor Caroline Goutte for the opening reception of their exhibition, Between the Imagined and Seen: The Hand-Pulled Prints of Betsey Garand and Microscope Images of Caroline Goutte. The exhibition will run in Frost Library's Mezzanine Gallery from March 4 to August 30. Refreshments will be served!

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.

PB&J First Meeting!

We provide 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. For our first meeting, we will enjoy a peanut butter and jelly sandwich bar!

Students Only

Thu, Mar 21, 2019

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.

Purple event flier featuring a greyscale image of an Oud

A Concert of Traditional Arabic Instrumental and Vocal Music

The Arabic Program at Amherst College invites you to a concert of traditional Arabic instrumental and vocal music! The Pioneer Valley Arabic Music Ensemble is a community-based group of singers and instrumentalists who share a common interest in learning and performing traditional music of the Arab world. Directed by Layth Sidiq, this event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

This event is co-sponsored by The Five College Arabic Language Program and The Qatar Foundation International. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

"Doctor Faustus" poster

"Doctor Faustus"

The Department of Theater and Dance performs Doctor Faustus, Christopher Marlowe’s harrowing play about a brilliant scholar who sells his soul to the devil. The wildly irreverent production stars Wesley Guimarães ’19 in his senior thesis project in acting, and Maki Ybarra-Young ’20 as Mephistopheles. The show is directed by Professor Ron Bashford ’88, with set, props, costume, lighting and sound design provided by professional staff and guest artists Dedalus Wainwright, Barbara Neulinger, Sarah Woodham, Kathy Couch and Jake Meginsky. The Five College student cast also includes Samuel Hood, Max Nemhauser, Antigoni Papapostolou, Emma Ratshin, Lorelle Sang, Sebastian Son, Renz Toledo, Lindsay Turner and Jasper Wolf, stage managed by Julian Brown.

Seating is limited; reservations are strongly encouraged. For reservations, call (413) 542-2277.

Jazz@Schwemm's featuring Ask Me Now

The spring season of Jazz@Schwemm's continues on Thursday, March 21, at 9 p.m. Jazz group Ask Me Now (featuring biology professor Dominic Poccia) and two student groups: Transition and Crescent. The pro groups start at 9 p.m., followed by student groups at 10 p.m.

Thanks to Jazz@Amherst, the Office of Student Activities and Schwemm's.

Fri, Mar 22, 2019

A view of the entrance to Mead Art Museum and Stearns Steeple amidst fall foliage

Discover the Lost Art of Concentration

Join us for a series of conversations and close-looking sessions designed to help visitors gain focus and clarity through extended looking at art. We’ll provide tips and techniques to help you hone your observational acumen and deepen concentration at this series of morning programs. Tea will be served. This event is presented in collaboration with Amherst College Human Resources, and is free and open to all.

Friday, March 1, 2019 | 10–11 a.m.
Close-looking led by Mead head of education and Mellon Curator of Academic Programs Emily Potter-Ndiaye with guided reflection by Stephen Butler.

Friday, March 8, 2019 | 10–11 a.m.
Meditation and mindfulness led by Molly Kitchen with guided reflection by Stephen Butler.

Friday, March 22, 2019 | 10–11 a.m.
Guided looking with Amherst College artist-in-residence Macon Reed with guided reflection by Stephen Butler.

Life Stories

Life Stories Lunch with Harith Khawaja '19

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 the Counseling Center and the Wellness Team.

"Doctor Faustus" poster

"Doctor Faustus"

The Department of Theater and Dance performs Doctor Faustus, Christopher Marlowe’s harrowing play about a brilliant scholar who sells his soul to the devil. The wildly irreverent production stars Wesley Guimarães ’19 in his senior thesis project in acting, and Maki Ybarra-Young ’20 as Mephistopheles. The show is directed by Professor Ron Bashford ’88, with set, props, costume, lighting and sound design provided by professional staff and guest artists Dedalus Wainwright, Barbara Neulinger, Sarah Woodham, Kathy Couch and Jake Meginsky. The Five College student cast also includes Samuel Hood, Max Nemhauser, Antigoni Papapostolou, Emma Ratshin, Lorelle Sang, Sebastian Son, Renz Toledo, Lindsay Turner and Jasper Wolf, stage managed by Julian Brown.

Seating is limited; reservations are strongly encouraged. For reservations, call (413) 542-2277.

Sat, Mar 23, 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!

"Doctor Faustus" poster

"Doctor Faustus"

The Department of Theater and Dance performs Doctor Faustus, Christopher Marlowe’s harrowing play about a brilliant scholar who sells his soul to the devil. The wildly irreverent production stars Wesley Guimarães ’19 in his senior thesis project in acting, and Maki Ybarra-Young ’20 as Mephistopheles. The show is directed by Professor Ron Bashford ’88, with set, props, costume, lighting and sound design provided by professional staff and guest artists Dedalus Wainwright, Barbara Neulinger, Sarah Woodham, Kathy Couch and Jake Meginsky. The Five College student cast also includes Samuel Hood, Max Nemhauser, Antigoni Papapostolou, Emma Ratshin, Lorelle Sang, Sebastian Son, Renz Toledo, Lindsay Turner and Jasper Wolf, stage managed by Julian Brown.

Seating is limited; reservations are strongly encouraged. For reservations, call (413) 542-2277.

Closeup photo of Sara Jacovino wearing sunglasses and blowing into a trombone

Amherst College Jazz Ensemble McBride Concert

Concert by the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble, featuring the world premiere of "Mammoth Interruption," by NYC-based trombonist Sara Jacovino. Free and open to the public. Donations collected for the Amherst Survival Center.

Mon, Mar 25, 2019

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!

Brian Diehl playing a trombone amid rows of empty theater seats

Second of Two New Music March Mondays in Buckley

Brian Diehl, principal trombonist of the Hartford and Springfield Symphonies, joins pianist and Amherst College Professor of Music Eric Sawyer in a program introducing Sawyer’s new duo “Genial Giant” and featuring another duo commissioned for Diehl, “Devil’s Dermish,” by Lauren Bernofsky. Rounding out the program is music of Schumann and Piazzolla.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Marron background with yellow flowers with green stems in the corners. Text includes the time, date and location listed in the program description below.

Plants and Flowers for Healing

In this workshop you'll create a relaxing herbal tea blend and a calming lavender sachet while learning the properties and benefits of the herbs you're using. If you'd like to learn more about herbalism, plant medicine or would just enjoy a cup of tea, this workshop is for you.

Students Only

Tue, Mar 26, 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.

Body Inclusive Yoga

Sebastian (he/him/his) will lead a yoga class that is consent based, alignment focused and trauma informed. Sebastian creates an affirming learning space that is welcoming to everyone, including beginners, POC and the LGBTQIA+ community. Class will focus on self-empowerment and strengthening the mind-body connection.

Wed, Mar 27, 2019

Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble

"Diverse Students, Campus Climate and Intentional Student Mental Health" with Alfiee Breland-Noble

This workshop supports an open dialogue on amplifying the needs of students of color regarding their perspectives on campus climate, safety and academic success, based on Alfiee Breland-Noble's experiences over 20 plus years as faculty in academic environments, especially academic medicine. She offers insight into lessons learned (directly from the mouths of babes) and uses 20 years of rigorous research to inform faculty and staff on how they can build a portfolio of knowledge to include the voices of the young people they hope to serve.

This workshop is for faculty and staff.

Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble

"Shaping Your Vision: Healthy Campus, Healthy You" - Alfiee Breland-Noble

Students attending this workshop will have the opportunity to share their expertise and insights with Alfiee Breland-Noble on the major issues facing Amherst students of racially diverse backgrounds. Using an intersectional lens and acknowledging the realities faced by marginalized young people of color, Alfiee Breland-Noble will provide context for challenges facing Amherst students and will offer unique insights and tools to support student mental health. Lunch will be provided.

Students Only
Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble

How to Manage Stress and be More Than "Just Okay" with Alfiee Breland-Noble

This is an experiential workshop designed to help students of color implement self-care tools. Alfiee Breland-Noble will lead students through evidence-based and culturally relevant exercises and discussion on how to support students of color by gaining knowledge of the unique stressors they face while educating on how chronic stress impacts behavior and sharing practical tools to help students manage stress. This session also includes time for students to debrief on the day’s activities and share knowledge gained and insights on their experiences with Alfiee Breland-Noble. Students are expected to leave this session with practical tools to support their self-care routine.

Students Only

Film Screening Series: "The Bystander Moment"

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Pruyne Lecture Hall

Join the peer advocates in an illuminating evening featuring Jackson Katz's renowned documentary "The Bystander Moment." The film draws on male involvement in the #MeToo movement and educates on ways to be an effective bystander!

Thu, Mar 28, 2019

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.

An abstract image in blue, white and gray

"Dimensionism": Opening Keynote and Reception

Join us for a keynote talk with Vanja Malloy, the Mead Art Museum's curator of American art, as she explains her pioneering research on Dimensionism, an art movement during the early 20th century in which American and European artists responded in their work to the air of excitement from the scientific discoveries happening around them. After the talk, come experience this first-of-its-kind exhibition, Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein, at the opening reception. This program is offered with support from the Arts at Amherst Initiative.

Free and open to all!

Keynote will begin at 5 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium, with reception to follow at the Mead.

Jazz@Schwemm's featuring the WW Project

The spring edition of Jazz@Schwemm's concludes on Thursday, March 28, at 9 p.m. Help us welcome the WW Project (featuring Bob Weiner, Joe LaCreta, David Picchi and Bruce Diehl) and two student groups: Impressions and Blue Trade.

The pro groups start at 9 p.m., followed by student groups at 10 p.m.

Thanks to Jazz@Amherst, the Office of Student Activities, and Schwemm's.

Fri, Mar 29, 2019

Sydnie Mosley headshot

Dance Master Class with Sydnie Mosley

4:30 pm Webster Hall, Studio 1 (Room 117)

SLMDances' modern technique class pulls together a diverse set of movement practices which cultivate versatility and are grounded in the use of breath/voice, improvisation and personal choices. While I encourage dancers to be mindful in their individual technical practice, I facilitate exercises that build relationships with their fellow dancers in the space.

We begin in a circle. As we check in with our individual bodies, we also check in with one another. Make eye contact. Breathe together. We descend to the floor to focus on the development of the dancers’ alignment and core strength as a foundation for them to build upon. Here on the floor we also invert our bodies and explore how to use our hands as feet. Improvisational exercises transition us to standing center work that warms and articulates the major joints and muscle groups in the body. I build upon movement themes as the class progresses into locomotion across the floor and a major movement combination, which may include jumps and quickly moving in and out of the floor. Class comes to a close by returning to the circle and stretching the dancers’ now fully warmed bodies.

Sydnie L. Mosley is an artist-activist and educator who produces experiential dance works with her all-women company SLMDances. Through her choreographic work, the company works in communities to organize for gender and racial justice. Her evening-length dances The Window Sex Project and BodyBusiness address sexual harassment in public spaces and the economics of NYC dance, respectively.

Part of the 2019 Spring Dance Series, sponsored by the Theater and Dance Department, the Groove Fund and the Eastman Fund. Free and open to all.

Side view of Sydnie Mosley extending her left arm in front of her

Dance Showcase: Sydnie Mosley

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

PURPLE dances sisterhood; it amplifies the ways we invest in one another, we honor and celebrate each other's brilliance, and how we capture our radical joy. Each of these interactions is a small miracle. That space between women is magic. It's PURPLE, just like Auntie Alice wrote to us so many years ago. That’s where there is God. Spirit. True Love.

Sydnie L. Mosley is an artist-activist and educator who produces experiential dance works with her all-women company SLMDances. Through her choreographic work, the company works in communities to organize for gender and racial justice. Her evening-length dances The Window Sex Project and BodyBusiness address sexual harassment in public spaces and the economics of NYC dance, respectively.

In February 2017, Sydnie was recognized by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray for using her talents in dance to fuel social change. Sydnie is a part of the 2017 Bessie Award-winning cast of the skeleton architecture, or the future of our worlds, curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa. Other funding and recognitions include Lincoln Center Education Manhattan Community Artist in Residence, LMCC Creative Engagement Grant, The Field Leadership Fund, CUNY Dance Initiative, Dancing While Black Artist Fellowship, The Performance Project @ University Settlement, Create Change Fellowship with The Laundromat Project, the Gibney Dance Institute for Community Action Training, and the inaugural Barnard Center for Research on Women Alumnae Fellow.

Sydnie earned her M.F.A. in dance choreography from the University of Iowa and her B.A. in dance and Africana studies from Barnard College at Columbia University. She danced with Christal Brown’s INSPIRIT (2010-2013) and continues to appear as a guest artist for Brooklyn Ballet. An advocate for the field, Sydnie sits on the Advisory Committee to Dance/NYC.

Part of the Spring 2019 Guest Artist Series, sponsored by the Theater and Dance Department, the Groove Fund and the Eastman Fund. Free and open to all.

Flor de Tolache on the Brooklyn Bridge

M@A Parallels Series Presents Flor de Toloache

Music at Amherst proudly presents all-female mariachi band Flor de Toloache.

Latin Grammy-winning all-female ensemble and beloved press darlings, Flor de Toloache continues to win the hearts of mainstream music fans and traditional mariachi music fans through their distinct artistic vision and sophisticated enlightened interpretation of traditional mariachi instruments.

With diverse musical backgrounds, soaring vocals and physical elegance, the women of Flor de Toloache cast a spell over their audiences, like their namesake flower used as a love potion in Mexico.

The New York City-based all-female quartet is led by Mireya I. Ramos on violin and Shae Fiol on vihuela. Performing on international stages from Asia to Europe, Flor de Toloache has toured the U.S. extensively, most recently with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, as well as the Arcs, Cafe Tacvba, La Santa Cecilia and Natalia Lafouracade.

“There should be fireworks named after this band, for all the intensity and color and life that bursts forth from Flor de Toloache.” –Marisa Arbona-Ruiz, NPR's First Listen

Ticket prices are $18 for the general public, $12 for senior citizens and $10 for students with valid ID. General seating.

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Tickets Required

Sat, Mar 30, 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!

Sun, Mar 31, 2019

Crump/Chapin/Cheek play Stevie Wonder

Music of Stevie Wonder by Stephan Crump '94 with Chris Cheek and Jen Chapin

Bassist Stephan Crump '94 returns to campus for a residency that includes a performance of the music of Stevie Wonder with vocalist Jen Chapin and saxophonist Chris Cheek. This is a free performance, and funds raised will support the Amherst Survival Center.

Ongoing Events

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.