Event Calendar

December 2018

Sat, Dec 1, 2018

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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, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes.

Free and open to all!

La Causa's "Voices 2018: Land Is Life"

La Causa is bringing you the 21st year of Voices, New England's largest free spoken-word concert! This year, we are making a deliberate effort to connect Voices weekend to struggles happening on the ground and in our communities. As such, we’ve decided to give this year’s event a theme: "Land Is Life." Join us in decolonizing the arts at Amherst College and hearing from a wide range of artists flying in from across the country. Let them inspire you with their enthralling words and performance. Let us celebrate the beauty of spoken word and the power behind it. Invite your friends, family and everybody! Food will be provided by Fernandez Family Restaurant at 5:30 p.m., and performances begin at 6 p.m.

This year's marvelous lineup:
José Olivarez
Power Struggle
Terisa Siagatonu
Porsha Olayiwola
Paul Tran
Safia Elhillo

Sun, Dec 2, 2018

Vespers 2018

Choral Society Vespers: Johnson Chapel

The annual Amherst College Christmas Vespers is held on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 4 and 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel. The festival of lessons and carols is free, and no tickets are required.

The Amherst College Choral Society and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life present the annual festival of lessons and carols, joined by members of the Amherst College community, the Amherst College Flute Choir, and guest musicians Brooks Holmes, Derek Schneider and Jim Maes. Music includes familiar carols and the world premiere of choral work by Paul Salerni ’73.

Mon, Dec 3, 2018

Fellowships Information Session

Did you know that Amherst College offers internal fellowships for graduate study? Join staff from the Office of Fellowships on Monday, December 3 at 4 p.m. in the Multicultural Resource Center to learn about these awards and how to apply (application opens December 15). We will also introduce you to some highly competitive external fellowships and describe how we can support and guide you in the process of applying.

For accessibility/accommodations, or with questions, please contact Carter McClintock.

Writing Center Creative Writing Group

The Writing Center's Creative Writing Group will gather weekly on Monday nights to write, share and discuss our fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, drama and other modes of creative writing in a friendly, supportive manner. No homework, just attend. Meetings will be led by writing associate Roy Andrews and student coordinator Gwyneth Lewis. Open to all students.

Amherst Select Internship Program: Making Mammoth Plans

Internships? Off campus research? There are so many options out there for opportunities to pursue over the summer that will set you up for future professional success, but it is sometimes difficult to know which one to choose and how to secure it. If you’re a student ready to get started coming up with a plan to find the right summer experience for you, this is a must-attend workshop!

*This is a required workshop to join the Amherst Select Internship Program. Space is limited, so kindly R.S.V.P. as soon as possible through Handshake. You can email Marcela Murillo Robinson at mmrobinson@amherst.edu to be placed on a wait list if all spots are filled.

Registration Required

Film Screening & Discussion: 120 battements par minute (120 beats per minute)

The French Department & the Queer Resource Center present 120 battements par minute (120 beats per minute), shown in French with English subtitles. Snacks will be provided, and all are welcome!

In Paris in the early 1990s, a group of activists goes to battle for those stricken with HIV/AIDS, taking on sluggish government agencies and major pharmaceutical companies in bold, invasive actions. The organization is ACT UP, and its members, many of them gay and HIV-positive, embrace their mission with a literal life-or-death urgency. Amid rallies, protests, fierce debates and ecstatic dance parties, the newcomer Nathan falls in love with Sean, the group's radical firebrand, and their passion sparks against the shadow of mortality as the activists fight for a breakthrough.

Wed, Dec 5, 2018

Fellowships and International Students

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Center for International Student Engagement

Did you know that Amherst College offers internal fellowships for graduate study that are open to international students? Join staff from the Office of Fellowships to learn about these awards and how to apply (application opens December 15). We will also introduce you to some highly competitive external fellowships open to international students and describe how we can support and guide you in the process of applying.
For accessibility/accommodations, or with questions, please contact Carter McClintock.

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Meiklejohn Fellows Program: Making Mammoth Plans

For Meiklejohn Fellows, this workshop is a crucial first step to pursuing opportunities that are right for you, whether at Amherst or over the summer. You’ll learn about summer experiences such as internships, jobs, opportunities abroad, volunteering and job shadowing. In this workshop, you’ll identify your skills and explore how your values, cultural background and family influence your perspective on careers. Finally, you’ll create a plan of action designed to accomplish your own unique goals for the summer.

Thu, Dec 6, 2018

Farm Fest meets First Year Seminar-B&P Report Out

Book and Plow Farm will have a season celebration and farm report out. Hear updates from the season, how to get involved with the farm committee, our plans for the core community garden and help us celebrate student farmers with snacks and good cheer.

Life after F-1: Work Visa Info Session with Dan Berger

Join the Center for International Student Engagement for an information session with immigration attorney Dan Berger about non-F-1 visas for current international students to consider after graduation, such as H-1B, O-1, TN, E-3 etc. Bring your questions!

Please email cise@amherst.edu with questions.

ACDE

Dance Ensemble & Collaboration in Theater

An evening of original works created by the Amherst College Dance Ensemble and the "Collaboration in Theater" class.

Intimate Inanimate Responses is choreographed by the Amherst College Dance Ensemble with Danté Brown. This work features Jasmine Gamboa '19, Matthew Holliday '19, Maya Mizrahi '21, Rebecca Schrader '21, Evelyn Touchette '20E, Leah Woodbridge '20, Orianna Xu '19 and Evan Young '19.

Moments of Innocence is a work in progress, created in "Collaboration in Theater" by Owen Deignan '22, Nicholas Govus '22, Zachary Horwitz '20, Sage Innerarity '22, Heiata Julienne-Ista (language assistant) and Brandon Medina '19.

Admission is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended: (413) 542-2277.

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Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Every Thursday night, the Writing Center and Library open up the Center for Humanistic Inquiry to students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, coffee and camaraderie. Join the group Thursdays from 8-11 p.m. in the CHI.

Students Only

Rajiv Satyal Live at Amherst!

Please join us for comedian Rajiv Satyal's performance on Dec. 6 in the Friedman Room!

Fri, Dec 7, 2018

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Arts & Communication Field Trip Fridays: Northampton Community Arts Trust

Arts & Communication Field Trip Friday site visits are a direct connect to the people and places at the heart of the Pioneer Valley’s creative communities. This year’s trips offer you the opportunity to engage with the issues and ideas driving innovative work in the visual arts, advertising, journalism, museums/archives, publishing and community arts.

Field Trip Fridays start at 2 p.m. sharp in front of Frost Library.

December 7: Northampton Community Arts Trust
Lighting designer Kathy Couch ’95 and photographer Stephen Petegorsky ’75 describe how they used the land trust model to preserve affordable and accessible space for Northampton’s creative community.

The Arts Trust envisions a downtown Northampton with art at its center, including a diversity of spaces that can incorporate a range of artistic activities: a black box theater, exhibition galleries, music and dance performance areas, work space for artists, office space for arts administration and retail space for arts related businesses. The Arts Trust will acquire spaces, either through purchase or donation, and ensure that such spaces remain dedicated to creative work as well as affordable and accessible to the community into the future. Adapted from the model of land trusts, the facilities created on property acquired by the Trust will enter into long-term lease agreements with the organizations, artists and businesses that occupy and manage the property. Kathy and Stephen are Amherst alumni and long-time board members of the Arts Trust.

Seating is very limited, so R.S.V.P. quickly through Handshake to reserve your spot!

Volunteering Info Session w/ Rotaract Club of Amherst

Want to make a difference? Interested in meeting new people, volunteering, and forming lasting relationships with the Amherst community? Come join the info session with the new Rotaract Club of Amherst on Friday, December 7 from 4-5 p.m. in the O’Connor Commons (Pratt Basement) to learn about all the exciting volunteering opportunities available and our goals for the club!

Pizza will be served! Even if you're unable to stay the entire time, we'd still love for you to drop by and grab a slice!

ACDE

Dance Ensemble & Collaboration in Theater

An evening of original works created by the Amherst College Dance Ensemble and the "Collaboration in Theater" class.

Intimate Inanimate Responses is choreographed by the Amherst College Dance Ensemble with Danté Brown. This work features Jasmine Gamboa '19, Matthew Holliday '19, Maya Mizrahi '21, Rebecca Schrader '21, Evelyn Touchette '20E, Leah Woodbridge '20, Orianna Xu '19 and Evan Young '19.

Moments of Innocence is a work in progress, created in "Collaboration in Theater" by Owen Deignan '22, Nicholas Govus '22, Zachary Horwitz '20, Sage Innerarity '22, Heiata Julienne-Ista (language assistant) and Brandon Medina '19.

Admission is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended: (413) 542-2277.

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M@A Presents Sequentia: "Monks Singing Pagans"

When we think of medieval monks and their musical lives, the first thing to come to mind is Gregorian chant, the solemn ritual song that accompanied the monks' liturgical day, week, season and year. But a closer look at medieval monastic manuscripts from the ninth to 12th centuries shows that many monks were singing other songs as well, with texts that were sometimes anything but Christian.

The Sequentia trio, consisting of Benjamin Bagby (voice, harps), Norbert Rodenkirchen (flutes) and Hanna Marti (voice, harp), perform an evening of songs about Fortuna, Dido, Cleopatra, Hercules and the old gods, as they would have been enjoyed by monastic intellectuals around the turn of the first millennium. This performance features charms and incantations by unknown pagan authors, and the deeply moving poems from Boethius’s The Consolation of Philosophy (early sixth century, set to music in the 11th century), in reconstructions by Bagby and Marti, made together with Sam Barrett.

Sequentia is one of the world’s most respected and innovative ensembles for medieval music. It is an international group of singers and instrumentalists-- united in Paris under the direction of Bagby, a legendary performer and teacher --dedicated to the performance and recording of Western European music from the period before 1300. The size and disposition of the ensemble is determined by the repertoire being performed, and ranges from an instrumental/vocal duo to a large vocal ensemble. Based on meticulous and original research, intensive rehearsal and long gestation, Sequentia’s virtuosic performances are compelling and surprising in their immediacy and strike the listener with a timeless emotional connection to our own past musical cultures.

"This Cologne-based medieval-music ensemble adapts its performing forces to the repertoire at hand, which it performs with both scholarly insight and dramatic verve.​" – The New York Times

Tickets are available in the 14 days before each concert through https://amherst.universitytickets.com, or through the concert office at 413-542-2195 or concerts@amherst.edu.

CHAMBER SERIES
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students (with valid ID): $12
Amherst College Students: $7 in advance or free student rush

Sat, Dec 8, 2018

Image of a bullet tearing through an apple that is held up on a metal post

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, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes.

Free and open to all!

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Celebrate Emily Dickinson's 188th Birthday!

You and your family are cordially invited to celebrate Emily Dickinson's 188th birthday at her home - the Emily Dickinson Museum! On Saturday, December 8, join us for a festive open house. Tour the Homestead and The Evergreens at your leisure for free; enjoy the Holiday decorations and traditional music; decorate an ornament with a special birthday message and hang it on the tree at The Evergreens or take it home; and of course, enjoy coconut cake made from the poet’s own recipe.

All are welcome and no fee or reservations are required. Full schedule online.

ACDE

Dance Ensemble & Collaboration in Theater

An evening of original works created by the Amherst College Dance Ensemble and the "Collaboration in Theater" class.

Intimate Inanimate Responses is choreographed by the Amherst College Dance Ensemble with Danté Brown. This work features Jasmine Gamboa '19, Matthew Holliday '19, Maya Mizrahi '21, Rebecca Schrader '21, Evelyn Touchette '20E, Leah Woodbridge '20, Orianna Xu '19 and Evan Young '19.

Moments of Innocence is a work in progress, created in "Collaboration in Theater" by Owen Deignan '22, Nicholas Govus '22, Zachary Horwitz '20, Sage Innerarity '22, Heiata Julienne-Ista (language assistant) and Brandon Medina '19.

Admission is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended: (413) 542-2277.

ACJE Poster with art by William Mead

Amherst College Jazz Ensemble Concert

The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble will perform works by Mary Lou Williams, Juno Son, Ellen Rowe, Maria Schneider, Leigh Pilzer, Melba Liston, Thad Jones, Duke Ellington and Carl Clements. This concert is free and open to the public, collecting cash for the Amherst Survival Center.

Sun, Dec 9, 2018

Amherst Symphony Orchestra: ¡Cuba y Brasil!

3:00 pm Arms Music Center, Buckley Recital Hall

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra continues the fall 2018 season of the music of Spain and Latin America with music from Cuba and Brazil on Friday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College. 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 amherstsymphonyorchestra.com.

Program
Tania León: "Alegre" ("Cheerful") and "La indígena" ("Indigenous")
Heitor Villa-Lobos: "Bachianas Brasilieras #5"
Zequinha de Abre: "Tico Tico"
George Gershwin: "Cuban Overture"
Traditional Cuban folk song: "La Paloma"

Traditional Afro-Cuban and agricultural worker Guajiro styles first incorporated in art music of Roldan and Caturla find their modern-day expression in the work of Cuban-born composer Tania León (b. 1943). The orchestra performs León’s boisterous and jazzy "Alegre" ("Cheerful") as well as the chamber work "La Indígena" ("Indigenous"), a collage of melodic memories evoking the sonic environment of León's childhood in Havana.

Sandwiched between Cuban repertoires is the ravishing "Bachianas Brasilieras #5" (1942/1945) for solo soprano and eight cellos, from a suite of nine works by the Brazilian master Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959), as well as the whirlwind showpiece "Tico Tico" by Zequinha de Abreu (1880-1935).
The concert closes with "Cuban Overture" (1932) by the American master George Gershwin (1900-1937), a giant rumba that draws on popular hits Gershwin absorbed during a vacation in Havana in 1932, followed by the traditional Cuban folk song "La Paloma."

For information on ticketing and directions to the concert, please see https://www.amherstsymphonyorchestra.com/musicians

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

Tickets Required

Mon, Dec 10, 2018

Loeb.NYC Entrepreneurial Internship Information Session

Startup studio Loeb.NYC is continuing its commitment to entrepreneurial internships in NYC. Michael Loeb ’77, P’21 (serial entrepreneur, founder of Loeb Enterprises/Loeb.NYC and co-founder of Priceline), along with Nicole Williams (founder of portfolio company 'WORKS', 3-time bestselling author and regular talk show guest), have collaborated to bring you the Loeb.NYC Summer Internship Program for the third year in a row.

Loeb.NYC's 10-week, paid internship program provides training and first-hand NYC startup experience to approximately forty bright undergraduate students with an enthusiasm for business and innovation. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for students to learn about entrepreneurship and make a difference at a startup. Attend this information session to learn more about the internship program and how to successfully apply to be part of the Summer 2019 cohort!

The internship kicks off in early June, when interns join Michael and Nicole at Michael’s Southampton house (if you’ve seen Billions on Showtime, it’s that Hampton house), where they are immersed in a one-day training program. The next day, the CEOs of the startup companies selected for the summer program pitch their businesses and summer projects to the interns. After individual meetings between the startups and the students, each intern is matched with a company that closely fits their skills and interests. To ensure this program is a success for interns and companies, company CEOs create defined assignments with meaningful work and oversight.

The internship program is supportive and comprehensive. Each intern receives a subject matter introduction to business and entrepreneurship, obtains support throughout the 10 weeks and is provided with resources enabling them to succeed. Every week, interns visit the Loeb.NYC home office for our version of an evening 'Ted Talk' featuring world class entrepreneurs discussing, well, just about anything they want to. In addition, interns participate in a weekly roundtable where progress is reviewed and concerns are discussed.

Tue, Dec 11, 2018

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Gallery Talk with David E. Little

Yinka Shonibare MBE’s The American Library Collection (Activists) presents the names of immigrants or the children of immigrants, side by side with names of those who have spoken against immigration, diversity and equality. All are invited to a gallery talk with the Mead's director and chief curator, David E. Little, to learn more about this powerful installation.

Free and open to all!

Wed, Dec 12, 2018

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Study at the Mead

Throughout reading period and finals week, the Mead will offer lots of activities to help you de-stress with art. Join us for bottomless coffee, massages and more! We also have comfortable chairs, plenty of outlets and great lighting to provide an inspirational place for you to study. The Mead is open until midnight on school nights (but closed on Mondays).

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Capstone 2018: "Biochemical Principles of Life at the Molecular Level"

This event will showcase 20 student projects that elucidate the biochemical etiology of a variety of diseases, ranging from cholera to porphyria to cystic fibrosis to chronic myelogenous leukemia.

Voice Studio of Ann Maggs Concert

Enjoy the songs of the voice students of Ann Maggs in a concert of jazz, Broadway, classical and ethnopop music. The concert is free and open to the public.

Asian/American Story Slam

Amherst Asian Student Association, Mount Holyoke Asian American Students in Action and Smith Pan Asians in Action are collaborating to put together an Asian/American Story Slam event! The event will be held on Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Powerhouse at Amherst College. Dinner from local restaurants will be provided!

A Story Slam is a live storytelling event where participants each have five minutes to share a story based on a chosen theme. Similar to an open mic, slammers are encouraged to tell stories they’re excited to share with an audience-- whether they be funny, surprising, confusing or heartwarming.

Our theme for this story slam is "Asian/American (Un)Belonging."

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Film Screening: "Fictional Narrative Video Production" Class

Please join the students of "Fictional Narrative Video Production" for a screening of original films. Refreshments will be provided.

Thu, Dec 13, 2018

Travel Signatures and Donuts!

Are you an international student traveling over winter break? Do you need a travel signature? Join us at CISE before leaving campus for break! We'll have donuts and will be providing I-20/DS-2019 travel signatures for F-1 and J-1 visa holding students!

Email cise@amherst.edu with any questions or concerns.

Students Only
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Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Every Thursday night, the Writing Center and Library open up the Center for Humanistic Inquiry to students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, coffee and camaraderie. Join the group Thursdays from 8-11 p.m. in the CHI.

Students Only

Fri, Dec 14, 2018

Calvin and Hobbes discuss the inspiration found in last-minute panic

Amherst Write-In

10:00 am - 3:00 pm Science Center, d103 (Science Library Classroom)

There’s no need to toil away in isolation when everyone has papers to write! Spend this Friday of reading period in a supportive, quiet environment to make some progress on those final projects. The Writing Center will provide snacks, coffee and drop-in writing consultations.

Students Only

Travel Signatures and Hot Chocolate!

Are you an international student traveling over winter break? Do you need a travel signature? Join us at CISE before leaving campus for break! We'll have hot chocolate and will be providing I-20/DS-2019 travel signatures for F-1 and J-1 visa holding students!

Email cise@amherst.edu with any questions or concerns.

Students Only

"Hodie" Benefit for Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund

This year’s choral concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, at Amherst College’s Buckley Recital Hall and will feature singers from local choruses and the Five Colleges. There is no admission fee, and aside from printing and publicity expenses, all donations will benefit the Toy Fund.

Hodie, whose title means “this day” in Latin, was first produced by choral singer Brit Albritton in 2004, while Deanna Joseph, then an assistant director of choral activities at Smith College, served as the program’s artistic director.

Arianne Abela, director of the Amherst College choral program, said that the Hodie shows were essential in steering her toward a career in music.