Event Calendar

September 2019

Sun, Sep 1, 2019

Min Jin Lee

2019 DeMott Lecture by Min Jin Lee

The annual DeMott lecture, a welcome address for incoming students, will be given by Min Jin Lee. The DeMott lecture is open to first-year students.
Min Jin Lee is a recipient of fellowships in fiction from the Guggenheim Foundation (2018), the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard (2018-2019) and the New York Foundation for the Arts (2000). Her novel Pachinko (2017) was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, a runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize and a New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017. A New York Times Bestseller, Pachinko was also a Top 10 Books of the Year for BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the New York Public Library. Pachinko was a selection for “Now Read This,” the joint book club of PBS NewsHour and The New York Times. It was on over 75 best books of the year lists, including NPR, PBS and CNN. Pachinko will be translated into 29 languages. In 2019, Apple ordered to series a television adaptation of Pachinko, and President Barack Obama selected Pachinko for his recommended reading list, calling it, “a powerful story about resilience and compassion.” Lee’s debut novel Free Food for Millionaires (2007) was a Top 10 Books of the Year for The Times of London, NPR’s Fresh Air, USA Today and a national bestseller. In 2019, Free Food for Millionaires was a finalist for One Book, One New York, a city-wide reading program. Her writings have appeared in The New Yorker, NPR’s Selected Shorts, One Story, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Times Literary Supplement, TheGuardian, Conde Nast Traveler, The Times of London and Wall Street Journal. She served three consecutive seasons as a Morning Forum columnist of the Chosun Ilbo of South Korea. In 2018, Lee was named as an Adweek Creative 100 for being one of the “10 Writers and Editors Who are Changing the National Conversation” and a Frederick Douglass 200. In 2018, Lee was inducted in the Bronx High School of Science Hall of Fame, and in 2019, she was inducted in the New York Foundation for the Arts Hall of Fame. She received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Monmouth College. She serves as a trustee of PEN America and as a director of the Authors Guild.

The DeMott Lecture was established in 2005 by Alan P. Levenstein ’56 in honor of Benjamin DeMott, a legendary and much-loved member of the Amherst English faculty from 1951 until his retirement in 1990. The DeMott Lecture seeks to expose incoming students to an engagement with the world marked by originality of thought coupled with direct social action, and to inspire intellectual participation in issues of social and economic inequality, racial and gender bias and political activism.

Additional information about Professor Benjamin DeMott and previous DeMott lectures, including last year’s talk by Danielle Allen, is available via the link below.

Mon, Sep 2, 2019

Get Involved Fair

Looking to learn about how to get involved in a student organization?
Come and learn how to join a student org!
Food will be served!
To get a table: All you need to do is re-register your organization by August 31.

Students Only

Wed, Sep 4, 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!

Thu, Sep 5, 2019

Mammoth Week: Pre-Health Information Session

This is an information session about pre-health at Amherst, including the pre-med track, facilitated by Dean Richard Aronson and Professor William Loinaz. It will be a great opportunity for you to ask questions about health professions, academic course selection, and other issues, and to learn about our program, which aims to build community among pre-health students.

Students Only

Midnight Munchies with the Loeb Center

Welcome to campus! The Loeb Center team will be dropping by Frost Library’s Reading Room with a special delivery of Insomnia cookies & milk. And SWAG! Brought to you by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.

Students Only

Fri, Sep 6, 2019

Cartoon illustration of five "Superheroes of Summer Research," with a purple Mammoth hot-air balloon in the sky above them

Annual Summer Research Poster Session

Join us for an opportunity to recognize student achievement and experience the state-of-the-art 250,000-square-foot Science Center, which is home to the Departments of Biology, Biochemistry and Biophysics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics and Astronomy, Neuroscience and Psychology. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

We will also be hosting presentations from this summer’s Robotics Team and the Book & Plow Farm.

Appetizers and beverages will be available!

Every summer, dozens of Amherst College students engage in research in the physical sciences, natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. From laboratories to archives to the field, students can spend six or more weeks extending their classroom research, working on their senior theses or assisting in faculty experiments. The Summer Research Poster Session is an opportunity for student researchers to share works in progress, summer research stories, thesis ideas and experimental results.

Sun, Sep 8, 2019

MBA Case: Crack the Case Interview Preparation - Level 1 & 2 Workshops

Cases are not just for consulting interviews anymore. They are showing up in all types of interviews: marketing, banking, private equity, high tech, healthcare and a variety of other industries are also using cases to differentiate candidates. These workshops will give you an overview of the typical case path for case interviews and insight into why companies give case interviews and what interviewers are looking for. Throughout this fast-paced workshop you will be challenged to break down unfamiliar problems, think aloud, and tackle a variety of analytical problems with the help of your peers.

In Crack the Case Level 1 we introduce important case interview concepts and outline great ways to build your skills and consistency – whether you’re a complete beginner or already relatively familiar with case interviews. The MBA Case Workshop is the perfect way to hone your case interview skills as well as work with fellow classmates who are practicing. There are two workshops this fall, so you may come for the full day or just the morning or afternoon sessions. With consulting interviews just around the corner, now is the time to make sure you have what it takes to obtain that internship or full time positions.

Crack the Case Level 1 is from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. During the workshop you will:
• Practice answer first communication
• Learn how to manage your notes and use natural logic to structure and solve tough problems
• Analyze charts and break down numbers to gain insights
• Experiment with different ways to approach market sizing
• Put these concepts into practice by solving mini and full business cases!
You will leave the workshop with tactical tips, suggested homework and additional resources to continue your preparation on your own and with peers.

Crack the Case Level 2 is from 1:30 – 5 p.m.
Now it’s time to take your skills to the next level by practicing additional market sizing cases, structuring your case starts and solving more complex business cases. As a follow-on to the Crack the Case Level 1 workshop, this event is designed for those who will be interviewing with case intensive firms. Through a series of partner exercises and interactive, large group activities, you will have the chance to build deeper skills in the areas of structuring, analytics and answer first communication. Cases for this session will have more difficult math and additional handouts. During the workshop, we will:
• Incorporate tips for handling more unusual estimation cases
• Use your own integrated framework to approach a variety of business cases
• Practice mining for data and mid-case structuring
• Pull insights together to present logical and compelling conclusions.
You will leave the workshop with a better understanding of your strengths and soft spots that need additional drilling and improvement.

The Level 1 and Level 2 workshops each cost $99, or $150 for both. For Amherst College Students: Your student account will be charged your fee after the workshop. You will be billed if you do not cancel 48 hours in advance of the workshop date. Requests for scholarships should be e-mailed to Stephanie Hockman by September 1, 2019. For Smith College and Mount Holyoke College students, the fee is due on the day of the workshop (cash or checks made payable to Amherst College).

Space is limited for these workshops, and reservations will be allocated on a first-reserved basis. If you would like to attend Level 1, Level 2, or both workshops, please complete the following steps:
1. RSVP through Handshake by Thursday, September 5, 2019 @ 5pm
2. Complete the Handshake survey by selecting which workshop(s) you would like to attend and whether you are requesting a scholarship.
• If you select “No, I am not requesting a scholarship to cover fees,” your registration is confirmed.
• If you select “Yes, I am requesting a scholarship to cover fees,” your registration will be confirmed via email.

About MBACASE: Founded by David Ohrvall in 2003, MBACASE’s core belief is that anyone can conquer their case interviews. David authored the book Crack the Case: How to Conquer your Case Interview, and we now train several thousand students each year at premier colleges and universities around the world. Their goal is to provide you with outstanding study materials, in-person and online training opportunities and private coaching services to optimize your case interview performance and help you achieve your career goals. For more information about the Crack the Case System and their team of talented trainers and coaches visit their website (https://www.mbacase.com).

About Your Facilitator: Deborah Resnick Deborah is a former McKinsey consultant whose experience at the firm spanned more than a decade. She began her career as a Business Analyst in McKinsey & Company’s Chicago office, then left to get additional operational experience at both a start-up and large Fortune 500 companies, returning to consulting in 2006 after completing her MBA. As a top-rated Associate and Engagement Manager, Deborah managed a wide range of engagements across the globe and co-led McKinsey’s undergraduate recruiting efforts at Northwestern. From 2011-2014, Deborah oversaw staffing, training, people initiatives and outplacement for over 400 consultants as the Director of Professional Development for McKinsey’s Midwest offices. With years of firsthand experience recruiting and interviewing candidates, Deborah has a deep, insider perspective on what companies are looking for and what differentiates top candidates. Deborah’s passion for helping individuals make successful career transitions shines through in the dynamic and practical workshops she facilitates. Deborah graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She has been helping students and experienced professionals prepare for interviews for over 15 years and is excited to work with you!

Secular Chapel

Secular Chapel: What Serena Williams Means to Me

Join us for "Secular Chapel" where we reflect on the human condition. This week we will talk about what Serena Williams means to us. Then we will invite you to reflect on what Serena Williams means to you. Join us for this open, casual, reflective gathering for Amherst College students, faculty and staff. Hosted by Jen Manion, associate professor of history, and Michael Kunichika, associate professor of Russian.

Some sources of information/inspiration for our conversation include the New York Times essay by Claudia Rankine from 2015, “The Meaning of Serena Williams,” and the HBO documentary series “Being Serena.” These are references for people who want to learn more; they are not required.

Fall Into Finance: An Exploration, Networking, and Recruiting Event for Careers in Finance

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall and E108

The finance industry can seem very complex. Understanding sell-side vs. buy-side career paths, the distinctions between firms, the daily life and responsibilities, and the recruiting timelines are paramount to pursuing careers in finance. Take this opportunity to start or continue to explore the myriad of career paths in the finance industry. Firms will be on campus to network with students in all stages in their exploration – from first year students just starting to consider finance, to sophomores exploring next steps, to juniors and seniors looking to find that right summer internship or post-graduate positions. The Fall Into Finance event includes employer/alumni networking opportunities as well as two panel discussions to help you learn more about the finance industry. The Agenda includes:

Sunday, September 8 at the Science Center
• 5 p.m.: Open Networking in E108 - - This is a great opportunity to meet with employers and alumni, learn more about firms, and the recruiting opportunities
• 6 p.m.: Introduction of the Finance Industry and our alumni-led panels
• 6:15 p.m.: "Why Start your Career on the Sell-Side" - - Come hear a panel of alumni talk about careers on the sell-side of the finance industry including investment banking, sales & trading, and research. It’s also a great opportunity to start to distinguish between bulge bracket banks and boutique investment advisory firms.
• 7 p.m.: Break
• 7:15 p.m.: "Advantages of a Career on the Buy Side" - Although many students consider the sell-side an ideal place to start post Amherst, the buy-side of the industry has compelling reasons to start your investing career where the money is! Come hear from a panel of alumni representing asset management firms and private investing firms talk about their careers and why the buy-side of the industry is a great place to start a career.
• 8 p.m.: Networking

Monday, September 9
• 9 a.m. - noon: Office Hours for any employers in the Loeb Center
• 1-4pm: Office Hours for any employers in the Loeb Center

Students can pre-register through Handshake for employer offered office hours.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to learn about the industry, explore various career paths, meet with alumni and employers, and understand the fast-paced recruiting of the finance industry. No need to do back-to-school shopping in advance. There will be lots of cool swag handed out and catered refreshments. Also, if you are stressed out about updating your resume, PCAs will be on hand to review and approve resumes.

Mon, Sep 9, 2019

EY-Parthenon Consulting Information Session

EY-Parthenon is a strategy consultancy, committed to bringing unconventional yet pragmatic thinking together with clients’ smarts to deliver actionable strategies for real impact in today’s complex business landscape.

Undergraduate applicants with less than three years of work experience join EY-Parthenon as associates. The associate program at EY-Parthenon is highly sought after, as it is an incredible opportunity to fast-track your career by addressing the most challenging strategic issues that today’s businesses and organizational leaders face. Associates work side by side with an incredible group of peers, highly achieved mentors and senior leaders to advise clients on concerns, opportunities and pathways to help them reach their full potential.

Wondering if a career in consulting is right for you? Want to learn more about EY-Parthenon’s culture? Attend this information session to hear current associates, including Amherst alums, speak about their projects and sectors in the strategy consulting space, EY-Parthenon's culture and commitment to inclusiveness and how entry-level staff members can flex their entrepreneurial muscles from day one to make an impact as an intern or full time employee.

Note: Presenters will be dressed in business casual -- no formal attire required!

EY-Parthenon Diversity Recruiting Q&A and Networking Event

8:30 pm - 9:30 pm Keefe Campus Center, Multicultural Resource Center

EY-Parthenon seeks to recruit, retain and develop the highest caliber talent from across the globe — the diversity of its workforce is considered a cornerstone of the firm’s commitment to excellence, to both clients our employees.
Following EY-Parthenon’s information session, (https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/events/310578/share_preview) students who are interested in learning more about the firm’s diversity recruitment policies and inclusive company culture are invited to join representatives in the Multicultural Resource Center to continue the conversation.

Students Only

Tue, Sep 10, 2019

Welcome Back Pizza Party

Students interested in learning more about and/or declaring a Physics & Astronomy Major are invited to attend this information session. During this session you will learn about the requirements for the major as well as opportunities available for students in the Physics & Astronomy department. First year and transfer students are encouraged to attend! Meet department faculty, staff and majors!

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SWAGS Fall Reception

Join the Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies (SWAGS) Department as we kick off an exciting new year.
Connect with colleagues, chat with students about sexuality and gender studies, participate in the student raffle and enjoy some delicious refreshments!

Truman Scholarship Info Session/Discussion

Join the Office of Fellowships staff and AC Truman Scholar Pierre Joseph '15 for pizza and talk about public service. Open to first years, sophomores, and juniors who have demonstrated leadership and plan to pursue a career in public service. Register for the Truman Session via the more info link.

Students Only
Registration Required

Consulting Case Interview Workshop, presented by EY-Parthenon

A panel of EY-Parthenon Associates, including Amherst alumni, will be on campus hosting a case interview preparation workshop. Come hear from recent graduates about how to master the case interview process and the do's and don'ts of the case interview.

EY-Parthenon is a strategy consultancy, committed to bringing unconventional yet pragmatic thinking together with clients’ smarts to deliver actionable strategies for real impact in today’s complex business landscape.

Undergraduate applicants with less than three years of work experience join EY-Parthenon as associates. The associate program at EY-Parthenon is an incredible opportunity to fast-track your career by addressing the most challenging strategic issues that today’s businesses and organizational leaders face. Associates work side by side with an incredible group of peers, highly achieved mentors and senior leaders to advise clients on concerns, opportunities and pathways to help them reach their full potential.

Teach For America Information Session

Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty.

Founded in 1990, Teach For America seeks the most promising leaders of this generation early in their careers who have demonstrated the values and leadership necessary to make systemic change. The organization's diverse, outstanding corps members make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and have a profound impact on their students. Their classroom leadership becomes the foundation for long-term leadership.

Through these two years, corps members gain context, clarity, and conviction to lead a life of impact from any sector or field they choose. Beyond their two years, corps members become part of a network of 60,000 leaders working together across sectors to shape the political, economic, and social future of our nation.

Attend this information session to learn more and speak with TFA recruitment manager Ellie deMuth!

Wed, Sep 11, 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!

Guggenheim Investments: Corporate Credit Full-Time and Internship Info Session

National Fellowships Information Session

Join the Office of Fellowships staff and learn about opportunities to pursue graduate study, conduct research, or travel abroad via national fellowships like the Rhodes, Fulbright, Watson and more! Register for this session using the link to more info.

Students Only
Registration Required

Fiction Reading: Min Jin Lee

Min Jin Lee is the author of Pachinko, a four-generation saga of a Korean family that the San Francisco Chronicle called “Beautiful ... an extraordinary epic,” and which President Barack Obama selected for his recommended reading list, calling it, “a powerful story about resilience and compassion.” She is also the author of the prize-winning novel Free Food for Millionaires, and the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships. She is a current writer-in-residence at Amherst College. The event will be followed by refreshments.

Alumni-in-Residence: How to Find an Internship in Tech with Thais Correia '16

Join the Loeb Center’s alum-in-residence, software engineer Thais Correia ’16, to learn about how to search for tech internships, create a great technical resume, and prepare for coding interviews.

This session is appropriate for all CS majors, including first years starting out with limited experience.

Prudential Financial Information Session

For 140 years, Prudential Financial has helped individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth. With operations in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America, Prudential provides customers with a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management.

Prudential’s leadership believes that the company’s best work happens in collaboration. You’ll spend your time working alongside colleagues from a multitude of disciplines, who bring complementary skills and unique perspectives to solving some of today’s most challenging questions. All staff members are provided with opportunities to develop skills, connect with mentors, take on challenging projects and stretch beyond your formal job description.

Want to learn more about Prudential’s entry-level full-time and internship opportunities in advance of the company’s on-campus interviews? Attend this information to hear from representatives within the firm's Risk Management division about company culture, different segments of the company and what the application process entails.

Thu, Sep 12, 2019

Employee Council Coffee Hour

Employee Council September Coffee Hour

Please join us for Coffee Hour! Meet Employee Council representatives and other staff from around campus, talk about issues that matter to you, and enjoy a free coffee and muffin—it’s on us!

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Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS)

The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) is a nonprofit consortium of about fifty universities, colleges, and research institutions worldwide. Founded in 1963, OTS’ mission is to provide leadership in education, research, and the responsible use of natural resources in the tropics. If you are considering a semester abroad, stop by the info table in Keefe Atrium on Tuesday, September 12 from 1-2:30 p.m. or, for a more in depth Q & A, come to the info session in Keefe's McCaffery Room from 4-5 p.m.

Students Only

CET Film Production at FAMU: Narrative

Join Cameron Ruscitti in the Keefe Campus Center Theater to learn more about the newly approved program based at FAMU, the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
With state-of-the-art facilities, inspiring faculty mentors, and a jaw-dropping roster of famous alumni, this is the school for aspiring filmmakers. This is one of the only programs that allows you to learn old-school film production techniques—16mm or 35mm. Working in these media means that planning is everything and every shot counts—lessons that come in handy when you switch back to digital after the program.
The film is approximately 15 minutes long and will run three to four times during the hour with a Q&A time.

Students Only
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“The New Mooreans: On Personal and Impersonal Good”

5:00 pm - 6:15 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

Professor Nandi Theunissen of the philosophy department at the University of Pittsburgh will present this lecture, which is sponsored by the Philosophy Department and the Joseph Epstein Lecture Fund. For further information, contact the Department of Philosophy at (413) 542-5805.

Diversity@Bain: Panel Discussion

Diversity@Bain: Panel Discussion

Are you thinking about recruiting or interested in learning more about management consulting?
Associate consultants Alejandro Quintero and Princess Adedoyin ’19 will be hosting a discussion panel on finding community and overcoming challenges in the professional world, sharing their experiences in their respective offices, and answering any questions you may have. Flayvors ice cream provided!
You’ll then have the opportunity to continue the conversation in small breakout groups, and we encourage you to continue learning more about Bain and management consulting at our Associate Consultant Fall Presentation at 7 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our campus recruiter, Lauren Kauffman (Lauren.Kaufman@bain.com), Alejandro Quintero (Alejandro.Quintero@Bain.com) or Princess Adedoyin (Princess.Adedoyin@bain.com).
This program is presented by the Multicultural Resource Center and the Loeb Center.

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Diversity@ Bain: Networking Ice Cream Social

Join alumni representatives from Bain & Company, shortly before their larger information session that evening, for an ice cream social (catered by local favorite, Flayvors) and discussion regarding Bain’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Diversity is key to Bain & Company’s mission of building extraordinary teams that deliver unparalleled results for the firm and its clients. They’ve found that the best solution to a complex problem often comes from a different perspective or a fresh point of view. For that reason, Bain strives to recruit people with exceptional talent and ability—and to celebrate their differences, develop and train them, and then give them the opportunity to be the best they can be.
Attend this informal networking event to learn more!

Bain & Company Fall Presentation

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm College Hall, Cole Assembly Room

When the leaders of the world's largest, fastest-growing companies look for help with their most complex challenges, they call Bain & Company. Today, the firm is at the top of its field, helping organizations—many of which are brands you're familiar with—create change.

At Bain, consultants will work with these global organizations, alongside their most senior executives, to solve their toughest challenges. The firm has worked with the majority of the Global 500, thousands of major regional and local organizations, hundreds of nonprofits, and private equity funds representing 75 percent of global equity capital.

Attend this information session to hear from Amherst alumni about their experiences working at Bain, learn more about the firm’s Associate Consultant and Associate Consultant Internship programs, and find out how to successfully apply for their open opportunities. All years and majors are welcome to attend.

Alumni-in-Residence: How to Develop a Personal Coding Project

Personal projects are great for broadening your coding skills, and help you stand out with tech recruiters. But where do you start? In this special workshop, experienced software engineer Thais Correia ’16 will walk you through the magic of coding communities and other resources for building out your ideas with code. Bring your laptop to this interactive session, as we will explore online resources (like https://glitch.com/) and then collaboratively re-mix a coding project together.

Sat, Sep 14, 2019

Geckos

Biology Departmental Showcase

11:00 am Science Center, 2nd and 3rd floor lounge, B-wing

This Saturday, the biology department will host a Department Showcase. Come by to talk with students doing research in the department, meet faculty, eat some snacks, and learn about the fascinating research happening in the biology department! There will be two sessions, one from 11 a.m. to noon and the other from 3 to 4 p.m. You can find us by the spiral staircase on the 2nd and 3rd floor of B-wing in the Science Center.

Mon, Sep 16, 2019

Study Away Fair

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Keefe Campus Center, Freidman Room/ Keefe Atrium

Come speak with one of over 30 program representatives at the study away fair! Programs and universities from the U.S. and around the world are eager to share details about their programs with you. Over 45% of the junior class studies away each year – come learn what it’s all about! Whether you are interested in learning a language, conducting research, or enrolling at a foreign university, the fair is an excellent point to begin exploring programs. Learn more about the event online: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/117575.

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Artificial Intelligence Club First Meeting

Join us in the first AI Club meeting of the year! No experience in programming or statistics is required and we welcome all backgrounds and familiarity with the field. We will discuss plans for the year in AI and have an exciting schedule this semester. Meetings will include discussions about the philosophy and ethics of AI, tutorial sessions and AI and machine learning techniques in Python/R and panels about the future of AI. For more information contact Álex Santos ’20, asantos19@amherst.edu.

Cornerstone Research Information Session

Cornerstone Research is a consulting firm specializing in the analysis of complex financial, economic, accounting, and marketing issues. In recent years, Cornerstone Research has become one of the nation’s leading finance and economics consulting firms with more than 750 full-time staff members across eight offices. Cornerstone attributes its success to a unique combination of resources: a creative and energetic staff, cutting-edge research, and our network of academic and industry experts.

Currently, Cornerstone Research is recruiting for full-time analysts (open to seniors graduating in late 2019 or 2020) and their 10-week Summer Analyst program (open to juniors graduating in late 2020 or 2021). Recruiters look for exceptional graduates who are team-oriented leaders, passionate about solving complex business problems, and excited about contributing to the growth of the firm.

Attend this information session to learn more about the firm and the type of work that Analysts and Summer Analysts do every day!

Tue, Sep 17, 2019

ISDSI Poster

International Sustainable Studies Institute

11:00 am - 5:30 pm Keefe Campus Center, Atrium & McCaffery Room

Come learn about a unique community-based and highly experiential semester program in Thailand focused on environmental studies and sustainability studies. A cross-cultural, highly immersive, and experiential semester that incorporates ecosystem field studies, anthropology, sociology, geography and
wilderness travel skills including backpacking and sea kayaking. Subjects include sustainable food systems, political ecology of forests, mangrove and coral reef ecology, and much more!
If you're looking for a challenging and unique study abroad experience and are interested in becoming an environmental leader after graduation, you'll definitely want to learn more about this opportunity!
Fun fact: Our new campus is built out of repurposed shipping containers in the vibrant cultural capital of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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Five College Queer/Trans/Sexuality Studies Reception

Join faculty, staff and students from Amherst, UMass, Smith, Mount Holyoke and Hampshire to kick off the school year and learn more about the Five College Queer/Trans/Sexuality Studies Certificate. An informal reception will be followed by a panel discussion on "Queer/Trans/Sexuality Studies Now!," featuring faculty from each college. All are welcome. The program is co-chaired by Ren-Yo Hwang, assistant professor of gender studies and critical social thought, Mount Holyoke College; Jina Kim, assistant professor of study of women and gender, Smith College; and Khary Polk, assistant professor of sexuality, women's and gender studies, Amherst College.

The Brattle Group Information Session

Founded in 1990, the Brattle Group has been recognized as one of the top consulting firms to work for, ranking 7th overall — the highest among economic consulting firms — in the 2016 Vault Consulting 50. Whether working as a Research Analyst, Associate, Principal, or a member of the Professional Services team, each day at Brattle brings opportunities to make an impact. The firm works with the brightest minds in economics, energy, and finance.

The Brattle Group prides itself on having a flat organizational structure, so new hires work side-by-side with some of the most respected analytical minds in the world. The firm provides a small-company atmosphere, where people know each other by name and develop strong professional relationships. Yet, Brattle is large enough to have a global reputation in its markets and attract the best cases.

The firm strives to recruit and develop individuals with the highest qualifications and credentials from diverse backgrounds. Attend this information session to learn more about Brattle Group’s company culture, what a “day in the life” is like for an economic and financial consultant, and what entry-level Analyst opportunities are now accepting applications.

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Poetry Reading: Simone White

Simone White is the author of the poetry collections Of Being Dispersed, Unrest and House Envy of All the World, as well as the collaborative poem/painting chapbook Dolly and, most recently, a book of criticism and poems, Dear Angel of Death. White is a Cave Canem Fellow and was selected as a New American Poet for the Poetry Society of America in 2013. Eileen Myles described her poetry as “an ur text of the fourth wave of feminism which we come to realize is ocean and women are now standing on it and amidst this clatter of voices Simone White walks." The event will be followed by refreshments.

Dalberg: Making a Difference in the World through Strategic Consulting, Capital Advising and Innovative Partnerships

8:30 pm - 9:30 pm Science Center, E110 - Lipton Lecture Hall

Please join Edwin Macharia ’01 as he talks about his career since graduating Amherst, his work with Dalberg, and the impact he is making in the world. As a biology major and international student at Amherst, he is eager to help all students understand the impact they can have in the world regardless of the career path they choose. Edwin will also be discussing his firm, Dalberg, and ways that you can join the firm. You can learn more about Edwin and his amazing career from Amherst College, to McKinsey & Company, to the Clinton Foundation and now as Partner and Regional Director for Africa at Dalberg Advisors. See more information about Edwin on his bio.
Dalberg is a global consulting firm that works to build a more inclusive and sustainable world where people, everywhere, can reach their fullest potential. They work with and serve communities governments, and companies throughout the world providing an innovative mix of services that work alongside their clients or they start their own ventures to be laser-focused on creating positive impact. They don’t think of themselves as just consultants; they are investors, designers, and researchers who are conscientious about the externalities of their work. The consult, invest, design and research purely in the service of their impact objective.
Today’s complex global problems require new solutions. Each of Dalberg’s businesses approach problems differently, but all of their businesses work together to create impact at scale. You can talk to Edwin and learn more about how to join Dalberg in one of their global offices and in one of their many businesses which include:
* Dalberg Advisors is a strategic advisory firm that combines the best of private sector strategy skills and rigorous analytical capabilities with deep knowledge and networks across emerging and frontier markets. We work collaboratively across the public, private and philanthropic sectors to fuel inclusive growth and help clients achieve their goals.
* Dalberg Capital facilitates investments that catalyze economic and social change. They advise on investments and develop investment strategies equally driven by purpose and performance. They design new ways to invest in emerging markets and mobilize capital to tackle development challenges.
* Dalberg Data Insights builds bridges between private data and important social problems. We create tools to interpret data and uncover solutions in international development, humanitarian action, and social impact.
* Dalberg Design engages people, communities and organizations to foster creative solutions to enhance economic opportunity and human potential. We combine the best skills in human-centered design, rapid prototyping and systems thinking to accelerate positive change in underserved communities around the world.
* Dalberg Research provides research and analysis that offers clients actionable solutions to their problems. We are a full service research agency answering questions about markets, consumers and lifestyles across more than 20 African countries via quantitative and qualitative studies. We specialize in the inventory, collection, and analysis of primary research data for businesses, NGOs, governments and other institutions.

Wed, Sep 18, 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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"Ginza Bricktown and the Politics of Urban Space in Early Meiji Tokyo"

4:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall

Guest lecturer Professor Tristan Grunow, visiting associate research scholar in East Asian Studies at Yale, will host a special talk on "Ginza Bricktown and the Politics of Urban Space in Early Meiji Tokyo."

Professor Grunow specializes in modern Japanese history; urban history; colonial urban planning and architecture; environmental and spatial history; imperialism, colonialism and postcolonialism.

All are welcome to attend.

Bain & Company: Case Prep Workshop

Are you considering a career in consulting? Are you preparing to apply (and interview for) internship or post-graduation positions in this field? In this workshop, representatives from Bain & Company – including Amherst alumni – will walk students through the typical case interview process and provide helpful advice for how to approach this format successfully.

For more than 40 years, Bain has been passionate about achieving better results for its clients—results that go beyond financial and are uniquely tailored, pragmatic, holistic and enduring. The firm advises global leaders on their most critical issues and opportunities: strategy, marketing, organization, operations, information technology, digital transformation and strategy, advanced analytics, transformations, sustainability, corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions, across all industries and geographies.

Thu, Sep 19, 2019

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The Seventh Annual Amherst Poetry Festival

The Emily Dickinson Museum presents the seventh annual Amherst Poetry Festival from Sept. 19 to 22. Experience one-of-a-kind programs around downtown Amherst, including workshops, master classes, poetry discussions, and readings from headliners Adrian Matejka, Paige Lewis and Paisley Rekdal. And don’t miss the Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon, an epic one-day reading of all 1,789 of Dickinson’s poems! Visit https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/apf/ for our full schedule of events.

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Alumni-in-Residence: Careers in Journalism and Media With Aleszu Bajak ’06

Interested in combining a passion for writing with the issues and ideas that shape our world? Curious to learn more about data and storytelling as tools for social justice? Looking to explore how your first/second/third language could help shape your pathway into journalism?
Join us for lunch and conversation with bilingual science journalist Aleszu Bajak. Since graduating from Amherst in 2006 with majors in Spanish and biology, Bajak has pursued a wide range of career experiences—from marine biology labs to launching and editing Esquire Classic, the digital archive of Esquire magazine. He currently serves as graduate programs manager at Northeastern University’s School of Journalism, where he teaches courses and runs research on digital journalism, data reporting and new media. Aleszu is the editor of Storybench.org and LatinAmericanScience.org. He was a founding senior writer at Undark, has also been a freelance reporter in Latin America, and a producer for the public radio show Science Friday. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, the Boston Globe magazine, MIT Technology Review, the Huffington Post, bioGraphic, Esquire, Nature, Science, New Scientist, Beeradvocate, and Guernica, among other outlets.

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Opening Lecture and Reception with Odette England

4:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, 115 - Pruyne Lecture Hall

Join Odette England for a lecture and the opening of her exhibition Do Things to Images, on view in the Eli Marsh Gallery Sept. 16–Oct. 11.

“Law, Infamy and the Time of Sovereignty”

Sherally Munshi, associate professor of law at Georgetown Law, will present a paper. This is the first presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Law’s Infamy.”
Professor Munshi’s areas of scholarly interests include property law, immigration law, and critical legal theory. Her writings have been published in the Yale Journal of Law & Humanities, the American Journal of Comparative Law, and Harper’s. Forthcoming works by Munshi include: Immigration and the Imperial, in THE OXFORD HANDBOOK ON LAW AND THE HUMANITIES (Simon Stern, Bernadette Meyler & Maksymilian Del Mar eds., Oxford University Press) and Before the Muslim Ban, in DEEPENING DIVIDES: HOW BORDERS AND SOCIAL BOUNDARIES DELINEATE OUR WORLD (Didier Fassin ed.,).
To receive a copy of the paper being presented which will explore the ambivalent status of the 1823 property law case, Johnson v. M’Intosh, please email the LJST department assistant coordinator at mlestes@amherst.edu.

Putnam Investments Info Session

Putnam has helped individuals and institutions pursue successful investment strategies for 80 years. Today, Putnam provides investment services across a range of equity, fixed income, absolute return, and alternative strategies. A global asset manager serving individuals, institutions, and retirement plan sponsors, Putnam distributes its services largely through intermediaries via offices and strategic alliances in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Putnam's Early Career Programs offer a wealth of opportunities for motivated, talented, and creative individuals with a passion to learn and succeed in the investment management industry. These programs offer fast-paced, hands-on job responsibilities, working directly with Putnam professionals; robust formal training programs to supplement on-the-job experience; and accelerated opportunities for those who demonstrate the aptitude and passion for success.

Attend this information session to learn more about Putnam’s culture, its early career opportunities, and how to successfully apply for internships and full-time positions in various divisions of the company.

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KDSAP Intro Meeting

Come join the Amherst College Chapter of the Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program (KDSAP)! We fight chronic kidney disease, host talks from doctors and community leaders, and serve the Amherst population through volunteer work. If you want to learn medical skills and do good, we are the club for you!

Trade Informatics Full-Time Analyst & Internship Information Session

Trade Informatics is a team of data-driven trading experts helping clients retain more of their alpha. Via its vertically integrated platform of global multi-asset trading and quantitative analytics, the firm provides buy-side institutional investors with the tools and insights necessary to succeed in the increasingly competitive investment world. Collectively, Trade Informatics’ client base accounts for over 20% of global equities trading.
In this information session, Trade Informatics representatives will share information on its open full-time analyst and internship positions, both of which are currently accepting applications via Handshake. These positions provide an excellent opportunity to gain experience in trade strategy and analysis, action-oriented consulting and centralized workflow management.
Attend this session to learn more!

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Fri, Sep 20, 2019

Publishing Masterclass with The Common and [PANK]

Hoping to get your creative writing published? Join editors from The Common and [PANK] for a masterclass on publishing. Learn how to find the right publications for your work and prepare a successful submission as part of the 2019 Amherst Poetry Festival. All are welcome!

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Cheminar with Professor Maren Buck, Smith College Department of Chemistry

Professor Maren Buck will be visiting from the Smith College Department of Chemistry.

Seminar Title: "Poly(2-alkenyl azlactone)s: Versatile Polymers for the Synthesis of Multifunctional Gels and Drug Delivery Platforms"

"My research interests fall at the intersection of organic chemistry, polymer chemistry and materials science. We use a polymer bearing reactive, azlactone functional groups to assemble multifunctional hydrogels of interest in the contexts of drug delivery, in vitro cell culture, and tissue engineering and regeneration. We are currently developing both complex 2-D and 3-D hydrogel scaffolds functionalized with a broad range of chemical and biological motifs that can direct the behavior of mammalian cells cultured on these materials. A second major area of research focuses on the use of these azlactone-based polymers as macromolecular drug delivery vehicles. We are fabricating nanoscale polymeric micelles that can be used to deliver chemotherapeutics with control over where and when the drug is released. We are also working in collaboration with Sarah Moore’s lab in engineering to synthesize protein-polymer-drug conjugates that specifically target cancer cells as well as cells at the blood-brain barrier."

Sat, Sep 21, 2019

Holyoke Bound

What is Holyoke Bound? A day-long gathering for students, staff and faculty members from the Five College Consortium interested in working, interning, volunteering and collaborating with residents and community organizations in the city of Holyoke. Join us to learn about the rich cultural history of this city and its people. Event includes: transportation, continental breakfast, workshops and networking, and a traditional Puerto Rican lunch. Please remember to sign up by Friday, September 13.

Registration Required

Mon, Sep 23, 2019

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“Territory as Home: Maya Resistance Against Extractivism in Guatemala”

Lawyer and scholar Juan Castro will discuss Maya concepts of home, including the deep and complex roots of Mayan conceptualization of place. He will show how this concept of home arises from the longstanding historical and literary traditions of Mayan people and informs ongoing resistance to colonization and extraction. This talk is a vital aspect of the courses that we are teaching, which embed interaction with Indigenous scholars, knowledge keepers and activists. We are especially aware of the crucial relevance of this discussion in light of both global climate change and localized manifestations, including the burning of the forests in Brazil and the continuing dispossession of Mayan and other indigenous people.
Castro can speak directly to the criminalization of Maya authorities defending lands and rivers in Guatemala, including women. In doing so, he analyzes the legal mechanisms by which the state of Guatemala has historically appropriated Maya territories for the profit of extractive industries. He complements this historical approach with insights into the politics of state repression against Indigenous resistance today, which has resulted in the state-orchestrated assassination of leaders like Berta Caceres. Castro argues that “our Maya identity is a political one; we defend our territories, we speak Indigenous languages and understand Maya cosmovision.” A Maya lawyer is a political identity, one that challenges conventional legalities and quietly redefines state authority. His presentation offers a decolonial approach to litigation.
Juan Castro is an indigenous Maya lawyer and scholar in Guatemala. He is the founder and director of the Legal Center for Indigenous Peoples in Guatemala. He is a dynamic member of the Association of Maya Lawyers and Notaries of Guatemala and also teaches law at the Maya University of Guatemala. He has previously worked at the OHCHR in Guatemala. He specializes in Indigenous collective rights and is considered by Maya Indigenous authorities as their representative in state courts. He is currently one of Guatemala’s most prominent lawyers, working on 19 such cases, some very emblematic, like the defense of Maya authorities taken as political prisoners for contesting extractivism in their territories.

Clarion Life Sciences Consulting Information Session

Clarion is a life sciences strategy and organizational consultancy that collaborates with its clients to envision, craft and enable growth through innovation and leadership.
Advisors at Clarion use their passion for life sciences to work closely with clients and build solutions to complicated challenges, which requires a commitment to collaboration and building shared ideas. The firm attracts the brightest and most forward-thinking minds in life sciences—seasoned professionals who obsess with the details of daunting challenges deep into the night; scientists and business brains working in symphony; gritty professionals who thrive on taking problems apart and putting them together again as elegant solutions.
Want to learn more about the company and its culture? Attend this information to hear from current advisors, including Amherst alum Shelton Cochran ’16, about what it’s like to work at Clarion and how to apply for the firm’s entry-level opportunities.

Tue, Sep 24, 2019

Employee Council Coffee Hour

Employee Council September Coffee Hour

Please join us for Coffee Hour! Meet Employee Council representatives and other staff from around campus, talk about issues that matter to you, and enjoy a free coffee and muffin—it’s on us!

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"Coffee Break" with Sarah Lawrence College

Sarah Lawrence Representative, Prema Samuel will be here to discuss the following programs over coffee and cookies!

· Havana, Cuba: This program is the longest running program in Havana with specializations in the humanities, social sciences and the arts.
This is an approved Amherst program.

·London, England: The London Theatre Program, run in partnership with BADA (British American Drama Academy), offers conservatory acting training.
Students can petition this program.

Come learn about these exciting study abroad opportunities!

Students Only

Thomas Langin, Yale: “Ultracold Molecules: A New Tool for Studying Strongly Interacting Quantum Systems”

Thomas Langin from Yale University will be speaking on Bose-Einstein Condensates (BECs).

BECs, in which the material is cold and dense enough that the wavefunctions of the particles overlap (e.g., when the DeBroglie wavelength (λ∝1/√T) equals the interparticle spacing (a∝n^(- 1/3))), are typically created by cooling N≥1000 atoms to T≤100 nK. These systems have many interesting properties, such as superfluidity, easily tunable interactions and phase coherence. However, in most atoms, interactions are limited to short-range van der Waals interactions.

At Yale, we are attempting to create BECs of SrF, a polar molecule which has strong, tunable, long-range dipole-dipole interactions. Molecules also have many easily accessible long-lived rotational states, which make them attractive for quantum information studies. In this talk, I will discuss the techniques we have implemented thus far to cool thousands of SrF molecules to T∼10μK. I will conclude by discussing our progress toward reaching lower temperatures and achieving a BEC of SrF.

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Biophysical Society Student Chapter - Welcome Introduction

The first welcome meeting of the new Biophysical Society - Amherst College Student Chapter. Come enjoy some liquid nitrogen ice cream and hear about the upcoming Molecular Biophysics Northeast Conference at Northeastern University, Boston.

Questions? Contact bpsamherstcollege@gmail.com
or message us at https://www.facebook.com/amherstcollegebps

Intro to Careers in Communication

7:15 pm - 8:30 pm Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Seminar Room

Are you an interdisciplinary or creative thinker, skilled in research, writing, and synthesizing complex information? From publishing and writing, to marketing and advertising, to media and journalism—communications industries are a great fit for lovers of storytelling and those hoping to bring creativity to business practices.
Regardless of experience level, you’ll leave this session with an understanding of potential career trajectories, industry timelines for internships and jobs, and Loeb Center resources designed to support your search.

Wed, Sep 25, 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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"Culture, Race and Religion: On the Construction of the Logic of Mestizaje in Latin America"

The arrival of Europeans to the Americas brought about a complex process of ethnocultural and racialized intermixture, which has come to be known as mestizaje. This session explores the intersection of racial, cultural and religious markers as contributing factors to the formation of colonial societies. It explores how these three markers helped create and shape the racialized ideology and logic of mestizaje as a divinely inspired foundational mechanism for the whitening of the population of these societies.

Dr. Néstor Medina is a Guatemalan-Canadian Scholar and assistant professor of religious ethics and culture at Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto. He received his Ph.D. from University of St. Michael's College, University of Toronto. He was the recipient of a First Book Grant for Minority Scholars (2014) and a Project Grant for Researchers (2018) from the Louisville Institute. He studies the intersection between people’s cultures, histories, ethnoracial relations and forms of knowledge. Among his numerous articles and publications, he is the author of Mestizaje: (Re)Mapping "Race," Culture, and Faith in Latina/o Catholicism (Orbis, 2009), a booklet On the Doctrine of Discovery (CCC, 2017) and his recent Christianity, Empire and the Spirit (Brill 2018).

The public is welcome!

Cantor Fitzgerald Information Session

Cantor Fitzgerald is a leading global financial services firm, serving clients from over 30 offices around the world. Founded in 1945 as a securities brokerage and investment bank, the firm pioneered computer-based bond trading, built one of the broadest distribution networks in the industry, and became the market’s premier dealer of government securities.

Today, Cantor Fitzgerald is known for its strength across a diverse array of businesses, including equity and fixed income capital markets, investment banking, commercial real estate finance and services, prime brokerage, asset management and wealth management, and e-commerce and online ventures. In all its businesses, the firm is an acknowledged leader in developing advanced technologies to expand market access, and help clients achieve their most important financial and strategic objectives. This commitment to client-centered innovation has led to enduring relationships with many of the world’s most demanding institutional investors and corporations.

Attend this information session to learn more about Cantor Fitzgerald's company culture and its open internship and full-time opportunities. Food will be served!

Getting Your Letters of Recommendation for Law School Applications, Presented by Yale Law School

A representative from Yale Law School will be on site to speak in depth about the letters of recommendation portion of the law school application, as well as Yale Law School's specific program offerings and admissions processes.

Yale Law School is a community of commitment to world-class scholarship, to professional excellence, and to service for the greater good. J. D. students learn from a faculty of world-class scholars and skilled practitioners, and Yale Law School’s unmatched 7-to-1 student-faculty ratio allows students to be challenged and mentored by their professors in a very personal way.

Some students choose to focus on traditional “black-letter law” classes, while others experiment with cutting-edge legal theory or interdisciplinary courses. Students may undertake independent writing projects following their own academic interests or organize reading groups around a specific topic. As early as the spring of their first year, J.D. students gain first-hand experience with legal practice by participating in the Law School's many clinics, conferences, and other experiential learning courses.

In addition to Yale’s J.D. program, the graduate school offers a Master of Laws (LL.M.) program, open to those committed to a career in teaching law; a Doctor of the Science of Law (J.S.D.) program, open to graduates of the LL.M. program at Yale Law School; a Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.) program for non-lawyers who wish to obtain familiarity with legal thought and explore how law relates to their discipline; and a Ph.D. in Law, offered in conjunction with Yale University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Thu, Sep 26, 2019

Poster for QRC/WGC event Pop-up Trans Legal Clinic

Pop-up Trans Legal Clinic

Pop-up Trans Legal Clinic
Thursday, September 26
12-1 p.m.- Introduction to Name and Gender Marker Change
1-3 p.m.- Legal Clinic

Follow link to register:
http://bit.ly/actranslegalreg

The QRC, WGC, and Law Office of Peter Irvine in Northampton are teaming up to bring the Amherst College community a pop-up legal clinic that will center the needs and concerns of Trans and nonbinary folks in pursuing name and gender marker change on our official documents! Visiting legal team, paralegal Sarah Wolfe and attorney Peter Irvine will lead a conversation and overview of the process, followed by appointment times to meet one on one with Peter or Sarah.

Lunch will be provided.

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University of Edinburgh Info Table

Interested in studying abroad in the UK? The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top 20 universities, and its location in Scotland’s capital gives you all of the social and cultural benefits of living
in one of the UK’s leading tourist destinations as well. Come to speak to one of our representatives in person to find out more about study abroad at the University of Edinburgh!
Fun fact: Walk in the footsteps of our distinguished alumni—including Charles Darwin, David Hume, JK Rowling, Sir Christopher Hoy and many others—and see the beautiful, historic and exciting city of Edinburgh for yourself.

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"From Spoils to Saviors: Re-valuing the First Roman Wives as Civic Actors in Livy's 'From the Foundation of the City'"

This talk will focus on the episode traditionally known as “the rape of the Sabine women,” in which the first Romans staved off the extinction of their new community and established Rome’s version of marriage, but did so by obtaining their wives through a mass bride abduction. Unlike most of the women who fall victim to violence in Rome’s founding myths, the Sabine women not only survive their assault; by the end of their story, as told by the Roman historian Livy, they’ve won universal respect and recognition for saving both new and old communities, which they risk their own lives to defend.

Treacy & Company Management Consulting Information Session

Treacy & Company is a management consulting firm that is dedicated to helping its clients grow faster, more profitably, and more steadily than before. The firm believes that the measure of its success is results – not pretty PowerPoint presentations, not gotcha! analyses, not 2x2 frameworks – but, results measured on clients’ income statements and share values.

Over the years, the firm has accumulated a lot of insight about what it takes to drive growth, but customers benefit from that knowledge only when it is delivered through skilled and experienced project teams. For that reason, Treacy & Company believes it is in all stakeholders' best interests to help every team member develop skills and accumulate experience as effectively and as rapidly as possible. The firm takes new hires' development very seriously and dedicates long hours to reviewing performance, creating development plans, and training & coaching each individual in the science and the art of corporate growth.

In addition to that, the firm offers:
- An exclusive focus on Strategy, Growth, and Innovation engagements
- Proven intellectual capital that integrates creative qualitative skills and quantitative techniques
- An ability to personally influence the growth and development of the firm
- An entrepreneurial and collaborative culture
- A sustainable lifestyle supported by an office-based model

Attend this information session to hear more about what a "day in the life" looks like at Treacy & Company, what current summer internship and full-time opportunities the firm has open, and how to successfully apply for them.

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Point/Counterpoint: "The Arc of U.S. History," with Jill Lepore and Ross Douthat, moderated by President Biddy Martin

The Point/Counterpoint conversation series features an Amherst College professor and guests engaging in thoughtful discussion and attempting to bridge the growing ideological divide in our nation.

Join Amherst College President Biddy Martin for a discussion on "The Arc of U.S. History" with Harvard University professor Jill Lepore and New York Times columnist Ross Douthat. A Q&A will follow, with books available for purchase through Amherst Books.

Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University. She is also a staff writer at The New Yorker. A prize-winning professor, she teaches classes in evidence, historical methods, humanistic inquiry and American history. Much of her scholarship explores absences and asymmetries in the historical record, with a particular emphasis on the history and technology of evidence. As a wide-ranging and prolific essayist, Lepore writes about American history, law, literature and politics. She is the author of many award-winning books, including the bestselling These Truths: A History of the United States (2018). Her latest book is This America: The Case for the Nation (2019).

Ross Douthat joined The New York Times as an op-ed columnist in April 2009. His column appears every Wednesday and Sunday. Previously, he was a senior editor at The Atlantic and a blogger for theatlantic.com.

He is the author of Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics, published in 2012, and Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class (2005), and a co-author, with Reihan Salam, of Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream (2008). He is the film critic for National Review.

The Point/Counterpoint series is based on a course of the same name. The course and associated event series received special funding through a generous gift from 36 members of the 50th Reunion Class of 1970.

Project Horseshoe Farm: Fellowship & Internship Info Session

Project Horseshoe Farm is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization offering unique, hands-on opportunities for recent graduates and undergraduates interested in leadership, service, and community-based healthcare.
Located in rural Greensboro, Alabama, the organization manages several innovative programs to support and improve the health and quality of life of adults in its community, including the elderly and those with mental illness. It also runs a comprehensive K-12 after school program for underserved children in the area.
In addition to managing Adult Day Programs, Youth Programs, two Enhanced Independent Living Housing Programs, fellows and interns have opportunities to shadow and learn about psychiatry, nursing, social work, and family medicine. Past fellows have gone on to pursue medicine and other graduate studies at top institutions across the US, as well as education and nonprofit work.
Join current fellow Grace Chamberlin for an information session about fellowship and internship opportunities at Project Horseshoe Farm.

Berkeley Research Group (BRG) Global Consulting Info Session

Berkeley Research Group, LLC (BRG) is a global consulting firm that helps leading organizations advance in three key areas: disputes and investigations, corporate finance, and strategy and operations. Headquartered in California with offices around the world, BRG is an integrated group of experts, industry leaders, academics, data scientists and professionals working beyond borders and disciplines.
Given that BRG is the firm clients trust with their most challenging problems, recruiters look for highly motivated problem solvers with strong analytical abilities and a desire to advance within the organization. Working at BRG means collaborating with colleagues across offices on complex and often groundbreaking projects.
Want to learn more? Attend this information session to speak with BRG representatives, including Amherst alum Drew Altizer ’18, about what it’s like to work there and how to successfully apply for the firm’s entry-level Associate and Summer Associate opportunities.

Fri, Sep 27, 2019

Not of Glass, But of Paper: When Texts Become Lenses (And Why This Matters)

"Not of Glass, But of Paper: When Texts Become Lenses (And Why This Matters)" presented by Sanam Nader-Esfahani.

The Faculty Colloquium Series for 2019-20 presents a lecture titled "Not of Glass, But of Paper: When Texts Become Lenses (And Why This Matters)" presented by Sanam Nader-Esfahani, assistant professor of French.
https://www.amherst.edu/mm/33214

The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries mark a pivotal moment in the history of visual theories and technologies. From enhancements in the understanding and craftsmanship of lenses to new conclusions about the location and form of the image inside the eye, from progress in ophthalmology to telescopic discoveries, these developments raised questions about the nature of vision, exposed the vulnerability and limitations of “the most noble sense”, and created a rivalry between the natural organ of sight and the artificial instrument.

This talk analyzes works from the French and Italian traditions in the early modern period in light of the conversations that animated their contemporary scientific debates. Why might an author privilege the lens as a means of representation, be it through an explicit use of the metaphor or more implicitly in the text’s formal components? What does it mean for a text to behave as a lens, and what are the implications of its lenticular nature for the dynamic between vision, knowledge and power?

Faculty Colloquium events are sponsored by a group of faculty colleagues who meet informally with the purpose of supporting and promoting the College’s commitment to faculty research. Colleagues interested in joining this endeavor are welcome and should contact us by email: adsarat@amherst.edu . Faculty, staff, and members of the administration are cordially invited to attend these presentations.

Dr. Jacob Olshansky

Chemistry Seminar with Professor Jacob Olshansky

His seminar is titled “Photogenerated Spin Qubits in DNA.”

Sat, Sep 28, 2019

Adventis Financial Modeling Certification Program

Are you interested in pursuing a position in investment banking, private equity, equity research, or other competitive fields in finance? The Careers in Business and Finance program has partnered with Adventis to provide practical modeling experience through its proven Financial Modeling Certification (FMC) Program. This intensive, 2-day boot camp provides hands-on financial modeling training.

Adventis’ unique training style consists of having students build financial models and analyses entirely from scratch, while explaining key concepts along the way. This approach enables students to retain more concepts and develop a valuable skill set. It also provides the basis for students to proceed with their certification. Certified students have been able to demonstrate to employers that they have strong analytical capabilities and are ready to hit the ground running. It has also proven to be a great discussion topic for networking and interviews. For those looking to excel quickly in their full-time or internship position or for sophomores looking to demonstrate abilities to potential employers, this program will reduce your learning curve and put you on a more even playing field with finance majors with whom you will be working or interning.

Follow the link provided to learn how certified students have used their experience with the FMC Program to impress interviewers and ultimately land positions at top firms on Wall Street. This link will also direct you to a page for registration and payment ($199 before September 13; $249 after September 13).

Springfield Bound

Springfield Bound is a day-long interactive event connecting students, faculty, and staff members from the Five Colleges who are interested in interning, volunteering, and collaborating with community leaders of Greater Springfield. This event offers a diverse set of workshops led by community organizations and walking tours of Springfield’s downtown and neighborhoods. Free breakfast, lunch, and transportation provided by the Five College Consortium. Please register online by September 23!

Sun, Sep 29, 2019

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Secular Chapel: What RBG Means to Me

Join us for Secular Chapel, A Reflection on the Human Condition. For our second meeting, we will talk about what RBG means to us and invite you to reflect on what RBG means to you. This is an open, casual, reflective gathering for Amherst College students, faculty and staff hosted by Associate Professors Jen Manion and Michael Kunichika. There will be a light reception. See link below for suggested inspiration.

Mon, Sep 30, 2019

Elite Scholars of China Info Session (Full-time and Internship Opportunities)

Elite Scholars of China (ESC, www.elitescholarschina.com) is looking for talented, motivated students and recent graduates to join its team as Educational Consultants and Interns!
As the premier Beijing-based education consulting firm, ESC helps China’s most motivated students apply to top U.S. colleges and universities. The organization aims to create a holistic learning environment, governed by a high standard of integrity, to ensure that students can thrive academically and socially on an American college campus.
The full-time Educational Consultant and Internship positions are ideal for individuals with a strong belief in the power of education and mentorship, who wish to develop their professional skills with a fast-growing entrepreneurial company. ESC team members have continued on to pursue degrees at Harvard Business School, Yale Law School, Yale School of Management, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and Columbia University Teacher’s College, as well as career opportunities in management consulting, tech start-ups, education, finance, non-profits and think tanks.
ESC was co-founded in 2010 and is managed by Stacy Palestrant (BA, Wellesley and MBA, Chicago Booth) and Tomer Rothschild (BA, Wesleyan and MBA, Wharton). Before or after the information session, ESC encourages students to submit a cover letter, resume and transcripts via the Educational Consultant or Internship job posting on Handshake. Questions may be directed to Dorothy Ajayi: talent@elitescholarschina.com

Ongoing Events

Mammoths in (Library) Space Tour

Learning to navigate Frost Library can set you up to take on all your academic missions this year. Get on the right track: take the self-directed Mammoths in (Library) Space Tour! To begin the tour, go to the welcome station across from Frost’s circulation desk. Complete the tour and get a gift card to Frost Café plus a chance to win our grand prize!