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Event Calendar

April 2019

Mon, Apr 1, 2019

Goldman Sachs Information Session

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall

Working on a global scale, Goldman Sachs empowers its clients, communities and staff to turn potential into reality. In every area of the firm, from the trading floor to tech stacks, wealth management to risk management, every team contributes to innovations that drive progress around the world.

Attend this information session to learn more about Goldman Sachs, its culture and its full-time and Summer Analyst and Associate opportunities.

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Biology Monday Seminar: "Fish Tales: How the Zebrafish Grew Its Long Fins"

Jenny Lanni, assistant professor of biology at Wheaton College, will present "Fish Tales: How the Zebrafish Grew its Long Fins."

"My research utilizes the zebrafish model system to explore the regulation of proportional growth in vertebrates. During normal development, growth is integrated such that relative sizes among structures and tissues are specified and maintained. My laboratory is studying a zebrafish mutant strain with fins that grow to over twice the normal length. This long-finned mutant is notable in that it maintains patterned overgrowth, distinct from the kind of aberrant proliferation seen in cancer and overgrowth disorders. As zebrafish share many of their genes with humans, we hope to use this mutant to identify conserved pathways that regulate growth in vertebrates. Zebrafish also possess the remarkable ability to regenerate their fins within two weeks of amputation. Thus, understanding the growth pathways that are activated in our mutant fish may lend insight into tissue regeneration."

Tue, Apr 2, 2019

"Latin America and the Liberal International Order: Historical Trajectories and Contemporary Challenges"

Thomas Long will give a talk titled “Latin America and the Liberal International Order: Historical Trajectories and Contemporary Challenges.” He is an assistant professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick and is Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Instituto de Ciencia Política of the Pontificia Universidad Católica of Chile. He is also an affiliated professor at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City.  He holds a Ph.D. in international relations from American University and was nominated for both the “Brilliant Newcomer” and “Student Experience” awards at the University of Warwick. Long’s research interests include U.S.-Latin American relations, Latin American foreign policy, North America and the dynamics of asymmetrical international relations. His first book, Latin America Confronts the United States: Asymmetry and Influence (Cambridge University Press, 2015) was named one of the best books of 2016 by Foreign Affairs.

This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Department of Political Science at Amherst College along with additional funds from the Lamont Fund and the Lurcy Endowment.

"Superconducting Circuits for Quantum Metrology with Squeezed Microwaves": Talk by Andrew Eddins '11

Andrew Eddins '11 from the Department of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley, will discuss "Superconducting Circuits for Quantum Metrology with Squeezed Microwaves."

Abstract: Intensive development of superconducting circuits has been driven by the prospect of quantum-computing applications. While most agree that practical quantum computers remain many years away, the interim development of quantum circuits opens previously inaccessible classes of quantum-physics experiments. For example, circuits have recently emerged as a powerful platform for studying the interaction of matter with a distinctly quantum type of radiation known as “squeezed” radiation, famous for enabling precision beyond the limit set by intrinsic quantum uncertainty, yet notoriously difficult to couple to in conventional AMO setups using lasers and atoms. In this talk, I will present a brief introduction to superconducting circuits, then discuss two experiments leveraging the circuit environment’s compatibility with squeezing, first studying how squeezing modifies fluorescence spectra of an atomic system, and second investigating the use of squeezing for the readout of a quantum-bit, the building block of proposed quantum computers. The results include the first confirmation of two nearly three-decade-old predictions of quantum optics, and the first demonstration that squeezed microwaves can improve the signal-to-noise ratio of quantum-bit readout."

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Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

5:00 pm Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

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

Cooking Demonstration

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

Students Only

Stifel Summer Analyst Presentation

Stifel is a full-service wealth management and investment banking firm established in 1890 and based in St. Louis, Missouri. The company provides securities brokerage, investment banking, trading, investment advisory and related financial services through its wholly owned subsidiaries to individual investors, professional money managers, businesses and municipalities.

Stifel recruiters are currently accepting applications for its Summer Analyst internship position. Attend this information session to learn more about the company, its culture, what it’s like to work in investment banking and how to successfully apply for Stifel’s full-time and internship opportunities.

Wed, Apr 3, 2019

Get Yourself Tested

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

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"Dimensionism" Gallery Talk with Vanja Malloy

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

Free and open to all!

University of Massachusetts Medical School Information Session

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) is the commonwealth’s first and only public academic health sciences center, home to three graduate schools. Its mission is to advance the health and well-being of the people of the commonwealth and the world through pioneering education, research and health care delivery with the school’s clinical partner, UMass Memorial Health Care.

UMMS graduates rank it in the top 1% for student satisfaction among all medical schools, and U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks it as one of the leading medical schools in the nation. Attend this information session to learn more about the school, its programs and how to successfully navigate its admissions process.

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Film Screening of "Perpetual Journey"

Perpetual Journey is a documentary film by Douglas and Laurie Challenger about students and their teachers on the road to Santiago. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and trip leaders.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is sponsored by the Eastman Fund and the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series Fund.

Education Studies Initiative Presents Mari Castañeda and Joseph Krupczynski: “Civic Engagement in Diverse Latinx Communities: Learning from Social Justice Partnerships in Action”

Education Studies Initiative presents “Civic Engagement in Diverse Latinx Communities: Learning from Social Justice Partnerships in Action.”

Mari Castañeda, Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Joseph Krupczynski, Department of Architecture, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Students, faculty and community partners alike will find "Civic Engagement in Diverse Latinx Communities: Learning From Social Justice Partnerships in Action" accessible not only because it includes an array of examples regarding Latinx civic engagement, but also because it demonstrates that personal experiences are powerful tools for the production of new knowledge. This talk, and the book on which it is based, reveals an epistemology of social justice that aims to investigate and develop a new Latinx community-university praxis for how to engage with diverse communities in the 21st century.

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"Memory and Peace Building: Women’s Resistance in Latin America"

This presentation explores the aesthetic and expressive practices that women's groups have appropriated to build peace toward reconciliation in Latin America. Dr. Sánchez-Blake explores women’s resistance and political organizations from Argentina (Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo); Chile (Arpilleras); Central America (Las Dignas); and Chiapas, Mexico (FOMMA Theater troupe), along with an exploration aimed at better understanding of the role that women’s organizations have played in the recent Colombian peace process. She particularly discusses the role of Colombia’s Women’s Pacifist Route (Mujeres de la Ruta Pacífica) in raising awareness about women’s rights through art, testimonials, expressions and performances in order to transform victims of violence to agents of peace in their communities. She will conclude with cases of women's organizations having a key role in ending or stopping bloodshed on the battlefield. This presentation will address issues of historical memory, gender studies, artistic expressions and conflict resolution.

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"Awake"

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

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

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

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

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

This event is free and open to all!

Spring 2019 Writing Center Workshops: Writing, Reading, Public Speaking, and Time Management

Writing with Sources

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Frost Library, 211 (CHI Seminar Room)

You may have been told that research-writing should be like “entering a scholarly conversation,” but how do you translate that metaphor into a writing process? This workshop will introduce strategies for synthesizing and building upon the ideas and information from outside sources in order to create a research-based essay that foregrounds your insights and voice. Led by Cassie Sanchez, Senior Writing Associate.

Students Only
Registration Required

National Fellowships Information Session

Are you thinking about attending graduate school, conducting research, or traveling abroad after you graduate? Staff from the Office of Fellowships will provide an overview of all the fellowship opportunities our office administers including many you may have heard of – the Rhodes, the Fulbright, the Watson, the Luce – and many you haven’t. We will explain the process for applying and what you can do to become a competitive applicant in the future.

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

JM Holmes

Fiction Reading: JM Holmes '12

In JM Holmes’ debut collection, How Are You Going to Save Yourself, four friends, coming of age in postindustrial Rhode Island, struggle to liberate themselves from the legacies left to them as black men in America. Michael Schaub at NPR described the book as a “stunning accomplishment” and "a shockingly powerful debut collection from a writer whose talent seems almost limitless. [...] It's hard to overstate what an incredible writer Holmes is.” Holmes was born in Denver and raised in Rhode Island. His literary prizes include the Burnett Howe Prize for fiction at Amherst College, the Henfield Prize for literature and a Pushcart Prize.

The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by refreshments.

Thu, Apr 4, 2019

Springfield College School of Social Work Information Table

The Springfield College School of Social Work prepares students for practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities in a variety of areas such as adult mental health, child welfare/child mental health, school social work and gerontology and for direct practice, supervision, administration and public policy-making activities. Since 1989, the master of social work program has been continuously accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Participants have many choices for field internship assignments at agencies throughout New England and New York. The field education program is structured around four areas of learning to ensure students gain experience in developing a full range of advanced generalist social work skills, including direct service with individuals, group work, community development and organization and administration and organizational development.

Want to learn more about program options and how to successfully apply for graduate admission? Stop by this information table to speak with admissions coordinator Franklin Kirschner!

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"Nuclear Politics: The Strategic Causes of Proliferation"

When do states like North Korea acquire nuclear weapons? What can counter-proliferators such as the U.S. really do to stop them? Professor Nuno Monteiro’s latest book, with Professor Alexandre Debs, leverages powerful theory and extensive historical research to analyze the impact of security concerns on the nuclear trajectory of 16 countries to gain insights on these timeless puzzles.

Nuno P. Monteiro is director of International Security Studies and associate professor of political science at Yale University. Dr. Monteiro’s research focuses on international relations theory and security studies. He is the author of Theory of Unipolar Politics and Nuclear Politics: The Strategic Causes of Proliferation (with Alexandre Debs), published by Cambridge University Press in 2014 and 2017, respectively. His work has been printed in the Annual Review of Political Science, Critical Review, International Organization, International Security, International Theory and Perspectives on Politics; and his commentary has appeared in numerous outlets, including The Guardian, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest and Project Syndicate.

This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Stanton Foundation and the Department of Political Science at Amherst College.

Why Do Countries Acquire Nuclear Weapons?

When do states like North Korea acquire nuclear weapons? What can counter proliferators such as the U.S. really do to stop them? Professor Nuno Monteiro’s latest book, with Professor Alexandre Debs, leverages powerful theory and extensive historical research to analyze the impact of security concerns on the nuclear trajectory of sixteen countries to gain insights on these timeless puzzles.

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

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

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

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

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

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Canine Office Hours with Huxley or Evie

Drop by Frost Library for some canine affection and advice from Huxley or Evie. Every Thursday from 4:30-5:30p.m. beside Frost Cafe, or in front of the library when the weather permits.

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Rapaport Lecture in Contemporary Art: Kunié Sugiura

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

Kunié Sugiura will give this annual lecture at Amherst this spring. She was born in Nagoya, Japan. After graduating from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1967, she went to New York with two classmates and since then has been working and living there. As she herself states, “From the beginning I thought of photography as important [a] media as painting and sculpture. [I make] artworks using [the] concepts and process of photography.”

Her major exhibitions include:
Vision and Expression, Eastman Museum (1969)
Annual Exhibition of Painting, Whitney Museum (1972)
New Photography 13, MOMA, NY (1997)
For a New World to Come; Japan 1968-1979, MFA Houston and Grey Art NYU Gallery (2015)
Aspiring Experiments; 50 years in New York, Tokyo Photography and Art Museum (2018)

The Rapaport Lectureship in Contemporary Art Fund, established in 1999 at Amherst College, provides support for an annual lecture by an artist, art writer or art critic on some aspect of contemporary art. The goal of the Rapaport Lectureship is to increase awareness and appreciation of contemporary art among students and the community. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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"Awake"

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

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

Fri, Apr 5, 2019

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Cheminar by Smith College Professor Andrew Burke: “Peering Inside: Understanding Aerosol Chemistry Through Bulk-Phase Reactions”

Professor Andrew Burke of the Department of Chemistry at Smith College will give a seminar titled “Peering Inside: Understanding Aerosol Chemistry Through Bulk-Phase Reactions.”

Wayne Smith

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

Do you think about music? Are you interested in music but haven’t played an instrument or taken a music course? Are you an experienced performer or composer? This is the music workshop series for you! Thinking about music takes many forms. It could mean performing and composing, or developing historical and cultural research into specific forms of music or using software to make or analyze music. Sponsored by the Department of Music, this series is open to all and offers the campus community different models for thinking about and doing music. Paired with the Music Department Tea Time (which takes place at 4:30 p.m. and immediately follows the workshop), the workshop series is an exciting, low-pressure way of expanding your understanding of music.

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

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

Music Department Tea Time

Music Department Tea Time

Come take a break from your busy week and enjoy tea, coffee, snacks and good company in the Arms Green Room. The music department's tea times are casual get-togethers where you hang out and chat with other musical folks from around campus. Everyone is welcome — students, faculty, staff and visitors. No affiliation with the department is required!

This event follows the "Workshop for Non-Majors and Majors: Improvisation, with Wayne Smith" hosted by the Music Department.

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M@A Master Classes with the Argus Quartet

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

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"Awake"

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

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

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Amherst Chorus and Glee Club Perform “Raise Your Voices”

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

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

Sat, Apr 6, 2019

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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 that bring student interests to the fore. Come back every week for a fresh perspective on the works on view in our galleries. Be sure to check our website and Facebook page for updates on weekly topics. All programs are free and open to the public!

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Awake

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

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

A colorful event poster with the title "Awake"

"Awake"

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

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

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M@A Chamber Series Presents the Argus Quartet

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sun, Apr 7, 2019

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Conquering the Finance Interview

Interviewing for finance positions is unlike other interviews. Attend this workshop led by Stephanie Hockman (program director for Careers In Business and Finance), Tiffany Shao '19 and other seniors to gain an understanding of the finance interview process. As the recruiting process for internships and full-time positions for summer 2020 will happen starting now, there is no better time to start your preparation process.

The morning session of the workshop (10 - 11:30 a.m.) will discuss techniques for handling video, phone and in-person interviews, how to craft answers to fit/behavior questions and well as how to master the technical finance interview. Learn proven techniques on how to answer questions like “Tell me about yourself,” “Why finance/investment banking/sales & trading?” and “Why XYZ firm?"

The afternoon session (1 - 4 p.m.) will be led by seniors who will cover how to prepare for investment banking technical interviews and questions that are covered in buy side/sales & trading technical interviews such as providing a stock pitch, which are often part of investment banking interviews.

You will receive guidance on how best to practice and some aids to help in your preparation as well as demonstrated responses to mock interview questions. The key to any successful interview is preparation and practice. Don't miss out on this informative workshop.

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Awake

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

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

Mon, Apr 8, 2019

Schwarzman Scholars Information Session

Are you interested in pursuing a master’s degree that bridges the academic and professional worlds with a focus on leadership and China’s role in the world? Join staff from the Office of Fellowships and learn about the Schwarzman Scholars program. Schwarzman Scholars pursue a one-year masters in global affairs with a concentration in public policy, economics, or international studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

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

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"U.S. Policy in Iraq and Syria: No Friends but the Mountains"

​David L. Phillips ’81 is director of the Program on Peace-Building and Rights at Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Phillips has worked as a senior adviser to the United Nations Secretariat and served as foreign affairs expert and senior adviser to the U.S. Department of State during the administrations of Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Political Science at Amherst College, along with support from the Lamont Funds, and is free and open to the public.

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Biology Monday Seminar: "Investigating the Emergent Behavior of Teams of Cytoskeletal Motors Using DNA Origami and Single-Molecule Microscopy"

Nathan Derr, Ph.D., assistant professor of biological sciences at Smith College, will present "Investigating the Emergent Behavior of Teams of Cytoskeletal Motors Using DNA Origami and Single-Molecule Microscopy."

The Derr lab pursues the biophysical and cell biological mechanisms of the cytoskeletal molecular motors dynein and kinesin. The group studies these molecular machines in two ways: 1) at the level of individual motors to better understand how they convert ATP into the productive work required by the cell, and 2) in small ensembles that allow us to observe how these motors interact with one another at the nanoscale. In these studies, the lab often employs techniques from the field of DNA structural nanotechnology. The Derr lab also pursues synthetic biology and the application of molecular motors to engineered nanoscale transport devices.

Computer Science Seminar with Dr. Catherine McGeoch, D-Wave Systems: "An Introduction to Annealing-Based Quantum Computing"

A quantum annealer is a computing system that exploits quantum effects-- such as superposition and entanglement --to perform computations. The quantum annealing systems built by D-Wave are designed to be efficient at solving NP-hard optimization problems. This talk will give an overview of how they work, what types of problems they can solve, and what is known to date about their performance.

Dr. Catherine McGeoch is a principal scientist at D-Wave. She was formerly the Beitzel Professor in Technology and Society at Amherst College and, for 27 years, a member of the computer science department at Amherst.

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"Stories from the Front Lines: Indigenous Environmental Justice and Human Rights Violations Under the Duterte Regime"

Guest Speaker Cristina Rey '19E will give a history of indigenous resistance in the Philippines and share first-hand updates on the current conditions of indigenous peoples in Mindanao who are being harassed, bombed, raped and murdered by Philippine military forces in response to their resistance to multinational mining corporations and other extractive industries. In addition, she will discuss one of the primary expressions of indigenous self-determination in Mindanao today: alternative community schools whose three basic pillars are academics, sustainable and organic agriculture, and holistic health. Her experiences in the Philippines can help shine light on the inside of the media blackout for those of us outside of its bubble.

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E2 Embracing Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: "Entrepreneurs Impacting Businesses Happens at All Ages"

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall

As an entrepreneur and business spin-up specialist, Noah Sanborn Friedman has been living the startup life since joining Loeb.nyc, one of the top startup accelerators in NYC. In a hybrid operator/investor role, Noah is in a unique position to help businesses, something he has done quite successfully, especially with one of the primary venture investments, 3x3 Insights. Come and listen to his experience from working with startups, and learn what the vibrant, fast-paced entrepreneurial culture is like in NYC and beyond.

Innovation exists in every aspect of our lives. Whether working for a large company or venturing off on your own, the skills of an entrepreneur are universally applicable. In the E2 Speaker Series, we continue to explore innovation and the culture entrepreneurship on campus and in the world.

Tue, Apr 9, 2019

A Poetry and Translation Master Class with Peter Cole

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

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

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

Registration Required

Yoga on the Quad

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

Supporting your Community: Lunch Panel with OSA Staff

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

Professor Brian Collett, Hamilton College: "A New Precision Measurement of the Lifetime of the Free Neutron"

Since 2000 Brian Collett has been collaborating with Hamilton's Gordon Jones on projects in nuclear physics. Their work has included the development of compact 3He neutron spin filters for use in neutron scattering, and they are participants in the aCORN experiment, studying neutron decay at the National Institutes of Standards and Technologies.

Collett and Jones are responsible for the magnetic and electric fields in the experiment and have contributed extensively to the data collection and analysis. Before coming to Hamilton in 1986, Collett was a staff fellow at the National Institutes of Health and a visiting assistant professor of physics at Mount Holyoke College. He received a doctorate from Princeton University.

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Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

5:00 pm Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

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

Summer Experience Funding Program Pre-Departure Workshop

All students who receive or who plan to receive funding from the college to support unpaid or low-paid internship or off-campus research opportunities are required to attend a pre-departure workshop session.

During this session, students will learn more about the additional program expectations and tips for completing a successful summer opportunity.

Students who are abroad or who are unable to attend an in-person workshop should contact Victoria Wilson at vwilson@amherst.edu to discuss alternatives.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Information Session

Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Global Banking & Markets (GBAM) business includes Corporate & Investment Banking, Corporate Credit and Transaction Banking, Global Markets, Research, Global Commercial Banking and Business banking services. The group provides services to small and midsize companies, middle-market and large corporations, government entities and institutional investors across the globe.

GBAM’s solutions span the breadth of mergers and acquisition advice, equity and debt capital raising, corporate lending, transaction banking, credit treasury and merchant services, sales and trading; in fixed income, commodities, currency and equities, risk management, research; and liquidity and payments management.

Want to learn more about the company culture, as well as what Summer internship and full-time job opportunities are available to undergraduates? Attend this information session to hear from representatives, including Amherst alum Gavin Back '01!

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

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

Psychology Department Panel on Clinical Psychology Careers

We’ve invited four clinicians from the community to answer all your career questions! We’ll hear from clinicians in private practice and clinicians who balance their time between patient treatment, clinical research and training of other clinicians. Clinicians have a range of degrees including a masters in social MSW), a doctorate of psychology (PsyD), and a doctorate of philosophy (PhD) in clinical psychology and in school psychology. These professionals will speak about the path they took to get their degree, their training experiences, and what they do on a day to day basis.
There will be plenty of time for questions and snacks will be provided!

Wed, Apr 10, 2019

Watson Fellowship Info Session

Do you want to explore the world through the lens of an independent project? The Watson might be a good fit for you. Join staff from the Office of Fellowships and learn about this fellowship. We will provide an overview of the Watson, discuss the application process, characteristics of strong candidates and review a past-winning application. All are welcome.

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

Professor Kate Follette

"Math for Real Life: The Role of Quantitative Skills in Educating the Next Generation of Voters, Consumers and Citizens"

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall

Join us for this year's Lazerowitz Lecture with Kate Follette, assistant professor of astronomy. Professor Follette will discuss the critical role that quantitative reasoning plays in educating savvy consumers, discerning voters and conscientious citizens, focusing on recent results that can inform pedagogical practice across the curriculum.

Reception to follow!

This event is made possible by the Max and Etta Lazerowitz Lectureship Fund.

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"The Politics of Research: From Fortress to Intimacy"

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Science Center, Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall, room A011

Paulo Ravecca will give a talk titled "The Politics of Research: From Fortress to Intimacy." Ravecca is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the Universidad de la República, Uruguay, where he researches epistemology and the history of political science; critical theories (queer, neo-Marxist, postcolonial and poststructural approaches); political economy and international relations; and gender and sexuality. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Narrative Politics and Crítica Contemporánea. Revista de Teoría Política.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Political Science at Amherst College, along with support from the Lamont Fund and the Lurcy Endowment.

This event is free and open to the public.

Self-Care and the Cost of Compartmentalization

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

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

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"Seeing the Moon in Islamic Traditions"

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

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

This event is free and open to all!

Guggenheim Partners Information Session

Guggenheim Partners is a global investment and advisory firm with more than $305 billion in assets under management and a track record of delivering results through innovative solutions.

The firm's commitment is to advance the strategic interests of its clients and to deliver long-term results with excellence and integrity. Guggenheim helps governments, institutions, and individuals address complex financial challenges, identify opportunity, and achieve their long-term objectives.

Attend this information session to meet with Guggenheim representatives (including Amherst alum Taylor Barrise '12), learn more about the firm and its culture, and find out how to apply for its entry-level opportunities.

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

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

Thu, Apr 11, 2019

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Health Professions Lunch & Learn with Dr. James Stoller '75 of the Cleveland Clinic

Dr. James K. Stoller M.D., M.S. is a pulmonary/critical care physician at the Cleveland Clinic. He holds the Jean Wall Bennett Professorship and the Samson Global Leadership Academy Endowed Chair at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and serves as the Chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Education Institute. Dr. Stoller holds a Masters degree in organizational development and serves as adjunct Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management of Case Western Reserve University. His main areas of interest in pulmonary/critical care regard alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, COPD, and the delivery of respiratory care services and in organizational behavior regard the impact and organization of physician leadership development.

Pizza will be provided. Space is limited; RSVP through Handshake to reserve your spot.

Dr. Stoller will also be speaking at the Fink Bioscience Symposium, which enables students who aspire to careers in health care policy, medicine and bioscience research to interact with Amherst alumni who are leaders in these fields. Sign up for your seat at the Fink Bioscience Symposium here: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/569444

Registration Required
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What Can You Do with a Medical Degree? Fink Bioscience Symposium

Established in 2009 in honor of Gerald R. Fink ’62, the annual symposium is an opportunity for students who aim to work in health care policy, medicine and bioscience research to interact with Amherst alumni who are leaders in these fields.

The symposium will begin at 3 p.m. with introductory remarks by George Carmany ’62, who founded the gathering with Fink. Their Amherst classmate Marc Pohl ’62 , head of clinical hypertension and nephrology at the Cleveland Clinic, will be among the slate of speakers. For a complete schedule visit amherst.edu/go/bioscience

This year’s keynoter is Shirley Tilghman, president emerita of Princeton University, where she is a professor of molecular biology and public affairs. Tilghman made a number of groundbreaking discoveries as part of the team that cloned the first mammalian gene, as an independent investigator at the Institute for Cancer Research in Philadelphia and as an adjunct associate professor of human genetics and biochemistry and biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania. Today, she advises undergraduates on independent work.

The symposium includes a dinner with the keynote address; registration is required. Please see the Fink Symposium website for registration, a full list of speakers and schedule: amherst.edu/go/bioscience

Registration Required

Yoga on the Quad

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

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"How Democracies Die: American Democracy After Two Years of Trump"

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm Science Center, Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall, Room A011

Steven Levitsky will give a talk titled "How Democracies Die: American Democracy After Two Years of Trump." Levitsky is a professor of government at Harvard University. He is co-author of the best-seller How Democracies Die. He is also an expert on Latin American politics, populism, democratic backsliding and competitive authoritarianism. He is currently working on writing about revolutionary regimes.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Political Science at Amherst College, along with support from the Lamont Fund and the Lurcy Endowment.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Canine Office Hours with Huxley or Evie

Drop by Frost Library for some canine affection and advice from Huxley or Evie. Every Thursday from 4:30-5:30p.m. beside Frost Cafe, or in front of the library when the weather permits.

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"This Thing of Darkness: Eisenstein’s 'Ivan the Terrible' in Stalin’s Russia": Book Talk by Joan Neuberger

Sergei Eisenstein's unfinished masterpiece, Ivan the Terrible, was no ordinary movie. Commissioned by Joseph Stalin in 1941 to justify state terror in the 16th century and in the 20th, the film's politics, style and epic scope aroused controversy even before it was released. In This Thing of Darkness, Joan Neuberger offers a sweeping account of the conception, making and reception of Ivan the Terrible that weaves together Eisenstein's expansive thinking and experimental practice with a groundbreaking new view of artistic production under Stalin. Drawing on Eisenstein's unpublished production notebooks, diaries and manuscripts, Neuberger's riveting narrative chronicles Eisenstein's personal, creative and political challenges and reveals the ways cinematic invention, artistic theory, political critique and historical and psychological analysis went hand in hand in this famously complex film. Ivan the Terrible, she argues, shows us one of the world's greatest filmmakers and one of the 20th century's greatest artists observing the world around him and experimenting with every element of film art to explore the psychology of political ambition, uncover the history of recurring cycles of violence and lay bare the tragedy of absolute power.

Joan Neuberger's new book, This Thing of Darkness: Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible in Stalin’s Russia, was published by Cornell University Press in March 2019. Professor Neuberger studies modern Russian culture in social and political context, with a focus on the politics of the arts. She is the author of an eclectic range of publications, including Hooliganism: Crime and Culture in St. Petersburg, 1900-1914 and Ivan the Terrible: The Film Companion; co-author of Europe and the Making of Modernity, 1815-1914; and co-editor of Imitations of Life: Melodrama in Russia, Picturing Russia: Explorations in Visual Culture, Everyday Life in Russian History: Quotidian Studies in Honor of Daniel Kaiser and The Flying Carpet: Studies on Eisenstein in Honor of Naum Kleiman.

"When Would Americans Use Nuclear Weapons Against Foreign Civilians?"

Professor Ben Valentino (Dartmouth College) will present his research on U.S. public opinion's understandings of nuclear weapons and when and why most polled individuals would be OK using nuclear weapons against other countries.

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Second Lecture in the 2018-2019 Forry and Micken Lecture Series on "The Philosophy of Time"

Ulrich Meyer from Colgate College will present the second lecture in the 2018-2019 Forry and Micken Lecture Series on "Philosophy of Time." The title of his talk is "Action at a Temporal Distance." All lectures are free and open to the public. For further information, please contact the Department of Philosophy at (413) 542-5805.

Dr. Chamara Jewel Kwakye: "Black Girl Lullabies: Pedagogies of Love and Labor"

Memoirs, or life stories, are collections of significant or memorable events in one's life that are captured in narrative form. This Unlock lecture shares, through story, three emergent themes from an exploration of diasporic Black girlhood: Pedagogy (things taught and learned from K-12 through higher education); Love (things learned through being in relationship with self, others and nature); and Labor (things learned about capitalism and communal investment). These stories and the others found in "Black Girl Lullabies" sharply
capture the nuances in the making of the Black diaspora (both inside and outside the United States) and recalls both the physical and metaphysical inheritances of education, family and nation.

"Women Veterans at War": A Panel Discussion

Join us for a panel discussion with two women veterans who have led in their military and civilian careers: former Marine Corps officer Kate Germano and former Army linguist Kayla Williams. The discussion will be moderated by CBS This Morning: Saturday co-host and NCAA Tournament sidelines reporter Dana Jacobson. The panelists will explain what it has been like to serve while the United States has been at war, the particular challenges impacting women servicemembers and veterans, and the impact of policy changes such as the end of the ground combat exclusion policy.

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

Second Annual Queer Theory and Practice Performance Lecture

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

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

Free and open to the public

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"I'm Fine." and "Ha"

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

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

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

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

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Poetry Reading: Jericho Brown

8:00 pm Amherst Books, 8 Main Street

Claudia Rankine has said, “To read Jericho Brown's poems is to encounter devastating genius." Brown’s first book, Please, won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament, won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith says of his forthcoming third collection, The Tradition, “These astounding poems […] don't merely hold a lens up to the world and watch from a safe distance; they run or roll or stomp their way into what matters―loss, desire, rage, becoming―and stay there until something necessary begins to make sense.” Brown directs the Creative Writing Program at Emory University.

The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by refreshments.

Fri, Apr 12, 2019

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Red Eye Black Tie

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

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

Life Stories

Life Stories Lunch with Professor Rhonda Cobham-Sander

The Life Stories lunch series provides a forum to foster community through sharing stories of challenge, growth and meaning. At each lunch, a student, faculty or staff member talks about an aspect of their lives that may be meaningful to others, followed by questions and comments. Lunch is provided. Sponsored by the Counseling Center and the Wellness Team.

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Free, Live Show in a Haunted Attic at Amherst

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

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

Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Night

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

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

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"I'm Fine." and "Ha"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets Required

Sat, Apr 13, 2019

Conference with Immigrant Women Leaders

11:00 am - 2:00 pm Keefe Campus Center Theater

Join the immigrant women leaders of Movement for Justice in El Barrio, an immigrant-led grassroots organization in NYC fighting against gentrification and defending immigrant rights nationwide, as they show a film and engage in conversation with the Amherst community about their activism and their work in organizing.

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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 that bring student interests to the fore. Come back every week for a fresh perspective on the works on view in our galleries. Be sure to check our website and Facebook page for updates on weekly topics. All programs are free and open to the public!

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"I'm Fine." and "Ha"

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

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

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

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

Sun, Apr 14, 2019

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

Whether you’ve attended the Introduction to Consulting workshop series, attended the Consulting Trek, preparing for consulting interviews this summer or fall, or are just exploring consulting, this Level 1 workshop provides a great foundation to understanding what consultants do, how do they add value, what exactly does a recent liberal arts graduate do as a first year consultant, and what doors does it open. Deborah Resnick, ex-McKinsey consultant and MBACASE coach and trainer will help you get prepared and explore if consulting is right for you. She'll give you insights into what consultants do and how the case interview relates to the day-to-day job. You’ll also jump-start your preparations for summer/fall recruiting through interactive exercises, live cases, and opportunities to practice engaging communication and problem solving.

Cases are not just for consulting interviews anymore. Marketing, banking, private equity, high tech, healthcare and a variety of other industries are now using cases to differentiate candidates. So no matter where you interview, you'll want to be case interview ready! During this fast paced, full-day workshop you will be challenged to think beyond simple frameworks, participate often, and learn to handle a variety of analytical problems. Deborah will give you tactical tips to get the most out of any jobs/internship you are heading to this summer as well as a homework plan to follow to get ready for recruiting next September.
This is a foundation workshop that will help you understand about consulting and how to prepare for the summer/fall recruiting season.
There will be Level 2 workshop in early September to help hone your skills right before the interview process begins.

Cost of Workshop
The cost of the workshop is $125 per student and includes the full-day of instruction and extensive course materials. Your student account will be billed for the cost of the course upon completion or if you are a ‘no show’ for the course.

Scholarships are available. Requests for scholarships should be sent to Stephanie Hockman (shockman@amherst.edu) by April 1, 2019.

How to Register
If interested, register for the event through Handshake by April 5, 2019. Space is limited and seats are provided on a first come first serve basis. A waitlist will be created once capacity is reached. Consideration will be given to sophomores and juniors if capacity is reached.

For more information about MBA Case, go to www.mbacase.com

Registration Required

Building Unity in Our Communities

Come learn about confronting multiple forms of oppression such as racism, patriarchy, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, and other forms with Movement for Justice in El Barrio, an immigrant-led grassroots organization dedicated to fight against gentrification and defend immigrant rights nationwide.

Students Only
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Sarah Briggs Studio Recital

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

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

Mon, Apr 15, 2019

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Grad Fair 2019

Attention seniors! The Grad Fair is a one-stop-shop for all your Commencement needs. Pick up your cap and gown, confirm the details of family Commencement housing, order commencement photos or a class ring, and visit with representatives from the Loeb Center, Information Technology, Alumni Association and more. It's all the information that need before graduating plus snacks and a chance to win gift cards to local restaurants.

An Amherst College ID is required to pick up regalia. Students unable to pick up their regalia at Grad Fair times should contact Conferences and Special Events/Austin Huot at ahuot@amherst.edu.

There is no charge for regalia. Students are required to wear regalia at Senior Assembly on May 8 and Commencement on May 26.

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Biology Monday Seminar

Enjoy a seminar with Dr. Alo Baso, College of the Holy Cross.

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Biology Monday Seminar: "Neuronal Complexity and Hippocampus-Dependent Cognition"

Alo Basu, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at College of the Holy Cross, will present "Neuronal Complexity and Hippocampus-Dependent Cognition."

There is strikingly little understanding, at present, of how cellular and circuit-level variation in the mammalian brain relates to variation in cognition. Following from case studies of brain damage and disease in humans, current understanding of brain-behavior relationships is largely based on results of physical, chemical, pharmacological and genetic "lesions" that result in changes to neuronal morphology, circuit physiology and cognition in experimental systems. We have developed a mouse model of D-serine deficiency which reveals the limitations of the current paradigm, including the pitfalls of hypothesis testing as regards variability in neuronal structure and cognitive function. Further, we have uncovered deleterious effects of standard laboratory housing conditions on cognition in mice that suggest that the range of behavior that is being routinely observed in translational neuroscience is limited. We propose that the analysis of variability in hippocampal neuronal morphology and behavior can be combined with noninvasive environmental enrichment to test assumptions about how complexity of hippocampal neurons relates to hippocampus-dependent cognition in mice.

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"Imagining the Underworld: Life after Death in Ancient Greek Religion"

How did the ancient Greeks imagine the underworld? Their depictions of the life after death reveal the variety of conflicting ideas in the Greek tradition, from the continuative existences after death that preserve cultural memories to the compensatory afterlives that rectify the incompleteness of justice in the mortal world to the grand cosmic visions that bring together life and death, mortal and immortal, chthonic and celestial, into a single system. All these imaginings of afterlife make use of familiar tropes, names and images from the Greek mythic tradition, and each of the authors of an afterlife vision thinks with and through an imagined underworld in different ways for different ends.

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

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

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

Join us for a conversation about intersectionality.

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

Registration Required

Tue, Apr 16, 2019

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Grad Fair 2019

Attention seniors! The Grad Fair is a one-stop-shop for all your Commencement needs. Pick up your cap and gown, confirm the details of family Commencement housing, order commencement photos or a class ring, and visit with representatives from the Loeb Center, Information Technology, Alumni Association and more. It's all the information that need before graduating plus snacks and a chance to win gift cards to local restaurants.

An Amherst College ID is required to pick up regalia. Students unable to pick up their regalia at Grad Fair times should contact Conferences and Special Events/Austin Huot at ahuot@amherst.edu.

There is no charge for regalia. Students are required to wear regalia at Senior Assembly on May 8 and Commencement on May 26.

Students Only
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"Decolonizing Foodways from an Indigenous Chef's Perspective" with Guest Speaker Chef Nephi Craig

Guest speaker Chef Nephi Craig will present a lecture and food demonstration with seasonal food provided by Book & Plow Farm on Tuesday, April 16, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Think Tank.

Professor Bruce Macintosh, Stanford University: "Direct Imaging of Extrasolar Planets"

Almost 4,000 extrasolar planets are now known, but almost all have been detected through so-called indirect methods-- measuring the parent star’s Doppler shift or brightness variations. Direct detection refers to spatially separating the planet’s light from that of the star. It is extremely challenging-- Jupiter in our solar system is 10^-9 the luminosity of the sun --but allows observations of planets inaccessible to other methods, particularly the outer parts of target systems, and allows spectral acharacterization of a planet’s atmospheric properties.

I will discuss the optical physics that makes direct detection challenging, and the techniques-- adaptive optics, coronagraphy, and image processing --that can overcome these challenges. To date, direct detection has been successful for young Jupiter-like planets, and I will show highlights of those discoveries. Finally, I will review future prospects for instruments on ground-based extremely large telescopes, or dedicated space missions with coronagraphs or formation-flying star shades which may reach the level of sensitivity needed to detect Earth-like planets around nearby stars.

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Book Talk with Jennifer Acker

Lauren Groff has said of Jennifer Acker's forthcoming book, "The Limits of the World is such a smart, compassionate and elegant novel, so deeply invested in morality and the subtleties of families, cultures, and continents, that it feels delicious and exciting to recall that this is [her] debut."

Acker is founder and editor-in-chief of The Common. Her short stories, essays, translations and reviews have appeared in Literary Hub, The Washington Post, n+1, Guernica and Ploughshares, among other places. Her essay-length memoir is forthcoming as a Kindle Single from Amazon Original Stories in 2019.

This book talk is co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Center and Center for Humanistic Inquiry.

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"The Whiteness of Walden: Reading Thoreau with Attention to Race"

Rebecca Kneale Gould is associate professor of environmental studies at Middlebury College, where she teaches courses in the environmental humanities. She received her Ph.D. in the study of religion from Harvard University in 1997, and her research and teaching focus on the many compelling ways in which religious and spiritual identity shape and are shaped by our relationships to the natural world (both urban and rural). She is the author of numerous articles and books, and has worked as a board member for the Religion and Ecology group of the American Academy of Religion and currently serves on the boards of Vermont Interfaith Power and Light and The Thoreau Society.

The environmental movement in the United States has been criticized, quite justifiably, for its overwhelming “whiteness”—including the demographics of its leadership, its lack of attention to social and environmental justice, and the racist views of many early conservationists. Where does the life and work of Henry David Thoreau fit into this troubled history? Should we still read, teach and study the work of this “dead white man” today? Gould's argument is that we do a disservice both to Thoreau and to ourselves if we fail to acknowledge the “whiteness” of his thinking and his legacy. At the same time, however, Thoreau’s work calls us to be accountable to our broken world in ways that may ring true now more than ever. In this talk, Gould will offer both scholarly and pedagogical reflections on reading Thoreau with attention to race, leaving ample time for questions and conversation.

This lecture is free and open to the public and is generously sponsored by the Willis D. Wood Fund.

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Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

5:00 pm Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

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

Spring 2019 Writing Center Workshops: Writing, Reading, Public Speaking, and Time Management

Speak Up! Preparing for Oral Presentations

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Frost Library, 211 (CHI Seminar Room)

Do you have an oral presentation coming up but aren’t sure how to prepare? Would you like to engage your classmates rather than just read your paper to them? Do you wish you knew how to appear confident in front of an audience? This hands-on workshop covers the key differences between preparing a paper and a presentation, and teaches techniques for delivering a confident, dynamic oral presentation. Led by Susan Daniels, Associate in Public Speaking.

Students Only
Registration Required

RLadies Amherst Kickoff Event

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is hosting a panel to kickoff our new RLadies group! Amelia McNamara and Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel will be discussing their current research, as well as their experiences as women in the field of Statistics. If you have questions about what a career in statistics could look like, or want to hear first-hand from women in STEM, come to our kickoff panel!

Wed, Apr 17, 2019

The More You Know

The More You Know is a series that celebrates students of color who have a thesis, capstone, or any other culminating project of their work at Amherst. We center scholarship that focuses on racial and ethnic studies, culture, and identity. This program consists of a brief presentation followed by a Q&A session and reception with snacks.

Love Black Love

Join the QRC in a conversation centering Black queer femmes and Black queer relationships. Using love in all aspects as a unifying tool, Love Black Love will center various forms of relationships and how do Black queer folk maintain and challenge our loving relationships in spite of racism and cis-heteronormativity.

For accessibility need/concerns, please contact us at qrc@amherst.edu or 413-542-5964.

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"The Stars on Screen"

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

This event is free and open to all!

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

Bodies and Beauty

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

Students Only

Thu, Apr 18, 2019

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Canine Office Hours with Huxley or Evie

Drop by Frost Library for some canine affection and advice from Huxley or Evie. Every Thursday from 4:30-5:30p.m. beside Frost Cafe, or in front of the library when the weather permits.

Why Do Countries Refrain from Using Nuclear Weapons?

"Why Do Countries Refrain from Using Nuclear Weapons?"

Jennifer Erickson will give a talk titled: "Why Do Countries Refrain from Using Nuclear Weapons". Jennifer L. Erickson is an associate professor in the Political Science Department and International Studies Program at Boston College. Her research interests include international security and arms control, conventional and nuclear weapons, and the laws and norms of war. Her current book project explores the historical and contemporary cases of new weapons technologies and the creation of new laws and norms of war. Her first book, which deals with the conventional arms trade and the creation of the UN Arms Trade Treaty, won the 2017 APSA Foreign Policy Section's Best Book Award.

The event is being sponsored by the Stanton Foundation and the Political Science Department of Amherst College.

This event is free and open to the public.

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"Asian Americans and Affirmative Action": A Panel & Conversation

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

For their final project, the students of Professor Franklin Odo's research colloquium "Asian Americans and Affirmative Action" will be producing podcast episodes covering topics including the legal and political history of affirmative action, South Asian perspectives on the lawsuit, and Chinese American media activism through WeChat. Come to hear more about each episode, and join us for a discussion on the Harvard lawsuit and its potential impact on race-based affirmative action and college admissions! Participants: DJ Boakye '21, Tara Guo '20, Seoyeon Kim '21, Eric Kim '19, Sabrina Lin '21, Marco Sanchez '21, Karina Thanawala '21. Moderated by Shawna Chen '20.

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Senior Recital Performance: Amber Liu '19, Piano

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

"Configurations of Russian-Jewish Modernity": Symposium and Exhibition

Marina Mogilner (University of Illinois, Chicago):
"[De]racializing Modern Jewishness between the 'Boasian Revolution' in the U.S. and the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia"

Brian Horowitz (Tulane University, New Orleans):
"Jabotinsky's Russia and the Politics and Culture of Pre-State Zionism"

Exhibition of Russian-Jewish Periodicals from the Collection of the Amherst Center for Russian Culture

The panel is moderated by Sergey Glebov and Adi Gordon from the Amherst College Department of History.

Sponsored by the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series Fund and Amherst Center for Russian Culture

Free and open to the public

Cooking With Farmers

RSVP to mives@amherst.edu

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

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

We hope you'll join us!

Students Only

Centerview Partners Information Session

Centerview Partners is committed to the success of the companies it works with, and believes this commitment provides meaningful rewards to the people of Centerview. By creating opportunities to advance rapidly while always preserving the firm’s reputation in the marketplace, Centerview Partners is quickly establishing itself among the top-tier of financial advisory firms, and it is consistently ranked as one of the top banking employers to work for in Vault.com’s annual survey.

Centerview believes in bringing on the most-talented people and offering them the opportunity for a long term career. The firm offers a summer internship to college juniors, and hires full time analysts who start after college graduation. Unlike many other investment banking firms, Centerview’s hope is that analysts will choose to stay on beyond their analyst years. As a result, senior staff members commit additional resources to provide an analyst experience that is head and shoulders above traditional two-year programs.

Want to learn more about internship and full-time opportunities at Centerview Partners? Attend this information session to hear from Amherst alumni representatives Nicholas Ulanoff '18 and Cameron Bahadori '18.

Fri, Apr 19, 2019

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Grant Writing for Artists

This workshop is a primer for graduating artists who plan to seek financial support for their creative practices through grants and will include an guidance on funder expectations, building strong summaries, concise narratives, professional bios, realistic budgets, and clear benchmarks.This workshop was developed with artists, filmmakers, musicians and performers in mind, but is open to anyone who wants to learn more about grant writing.

WORKSHOP INSTRUCTOR
Fafnir Adamites is a local, visual artist who holds an MFA from the Fiber and Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Photography and Women’s Studies from Umass Amherst. Using traditional craft processes such as feltmaking, weaving and papermaking, she creates sculptural and installation work that serve as meditations on trauma, memory and the legacy of emotional turmoil inherited from past generations. She teaches across the Pioneer Valley and lives in Turners Falls, MA.

Resilience

Grit and Resiliency Skills for Difficult Times

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

Sat, Apr 20, 2019

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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 that bring student interests to the fore. Come back every week for a fresh perspective on the works on view in our galleries. Be sure to check our website and Facebook page for updates on weekly topics. All programs are free and open to the public!

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Amherst College Dance Ensemble Performance

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

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

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

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

Mon, Apr 22, 2019

Studio Honors Senior Thesis Exhibition

until May 26 Fayerweather Hall, 105 - Eli Marsh Gallery

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

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Short Experimental Films by Spanish Filmmaker Laida Lertxundi

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

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

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

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An open forum for Amherst community members to talk about race, ethnicity, cultural identity, and current events impacting us at Amherst and beyond.
Conversations center the experiences and voices of people of color.

"Gaia Has a Fever: James Lovelock, Big Oil and Planetary Health" -- Jennifer Thomson

This lecture is part of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Lecture Series.

Jennifer Thomson, assistant professor of history at Bucknell University, studies the relationship between American political culture and environmental politics in the 20th century.

Preparing for Careers in Technology with the Loeb Center with Emily Griffen, Director of the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning

Preparing for Careers in Technology with the Loeb Center
with Emily Griffen, Director of the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning

The field of technology is growing and changing every day, meaning career opportunities are plentiful, but sometimes hard to navigate. How do you translate your academic computer science work into a resume that tech recruiters will respond to? What are the best sources for internships and jobs? How do you prepare for a coding interview? What kind of roles are there beyond software engineering? Emily Griffen, director of the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning, will answer these questions and more, and give you concrete action items and resources to help you tackle the career development process in this field. This talk will be especially helpful for interested first year students and newly-declared CS majors.

Refreshments will be served beginning at 3:30 in Room C209

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Bodies and Beauty

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

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The Green New Deal: An Evening with Policy Architect Rhiana Gunn-Wright

It's been called the boldest piece of climate policy in American history. Can the Green New Deal save us from climate disaster? Come hear from the architect of the policy, Rhiana Gunn-Wright, about the creation of the Green New Deal and how it can become a law.

This event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Amherst College Democrats, Office of Environmental Sustainability, Office of Student Affairs and Association of Amherst Students.

Tue, Apr 23, 2019

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Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

5:00 pm Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

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

Cross Cultural Exchange Through Art: An Interactive Workshop

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

Catfish & Desire

Who deserves to be loved?
How do the politics of desirability drive us in our daily lives to present ourselves differently in order to feel worthy of accepting love?
How are perceptions of attractiveness and physical desirability are used to validate and celebrate certain identities while denigrating others?

Join us as we discuss the strong effect of social ideals for attractiveness on our actions while examining some of the wildest episodes of Catfish!

Wed, Apr 24, 2019

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"High-Value Work and the Rise of Women: The Cotton Revolution and Gender Equality in China"

Melanie Meng Xue, postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University, will present her studies of a unique historical experiment on relative female income: the cotton revolution and its impact on the emergence of gender-equitable beliefs. The cotton revolution led to a prolonged phase (1300-1840 AD) of high productivity for women. She hypothesizes that a substantial, long-standing increase in relative female income can erode a resilient cultural belief: that women are less capable than men. Using variation across 1,489 counties in cotton spinning and weaving, she observes the trends in prenatal sex selection, gender-equitable beliefs and widow suicide in the 17th century. To further isolate the channel of gender-equitable beliefs, she estimates the effect of the cotton revolution under post-1949 state socialism-- where both genders had similar economic opportunities and political and legal rights --on predicting a higher probability for the wife to head the household. In addition, she observes the differences between high-value work and low-value work performed by women in shaping gender-equitable beliefs.

"Soviet Cybernetics and the Cybernetic Art of Lev Nussberg and the Dvizhenie Group": Talk by Tomas Glanc

A Talk by Tomas Glanc (University of Zurich): Soviet Cybernetics and the Cybernetic Art of Lev Nussberg and the Dvizhenie Group

Summer Experience Funding Program Pre-Departure Workshop

All students who receive or who plan to receive funding from the college to support unpaid or low-paid internship or off-campus research opportunities are required to attend a pre-departure workshop session.

During this session, students will learn more about the additional program expectations and tips for completing a successful summer opportunity.

Students who are abroad or who are unable to attend an in-person workshop should contact Victoria Wilson at vwilson@amherst.edu to discuss alternatives.

Queeries for Pride Week

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

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

A Conversation with Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions

What was it that moved voters to support Donald Trump while many establishment voices opposed? The issues did play an important role but what were those issues and why did the people care? Are these issues still important and what role will they play next election?

To hear former Attorney General Jeff Session’s answer these questions and more, please join us at Johnson Chapel at 8 pm on April 24. Registration is open now at (see link bellow for tickets) for Amherst College students, faculty, and staff only. Doors will open at 7 pm. Please arrive early to ensure a good seat. The only thing that you should bring is your student ID. Bags and drinks will not be permitted inside Johnson Chapel.

Tickets Required

Thu, Apr 25, 2019

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Russian Film Screening: "Zoologie" (ЗООЛОГИЯ)

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

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

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

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

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Canine Office Hours with Huxley or Evie

Drop by Frost Library for some canine affection and advice from Huxley or Evie. Every Thursday from 4:30-5:30p.m. beside Frost Cafe, or in front of the library when the weather permits.

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3MT®: Three-Minute Thesis Competition

Thesis students compete for cash prizes as they each talk about their thesis in a compelling and accessible way—in just three minutes! Support the competitors and vote for the "People's Choice" award. Winner and runner-up prizes will be awarded by external judges.

Host: Susan Daniels, associate in public speaking

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"What Is Democracy?": A Film Screening and Community Discussion with Director Astra Taylor

4:30 pm - 7:30 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall

Discussants:
Professor Amel Ahmed, political science, UMass Amherst
Professor Thomas Dumm, political science, Amherst College
Mie Inouye, political science, Yale Graduate School

Astra Taylor is a filmmaker, writer and organizer. Her work focuses on the shared human search for truth, community and freedom. Her latest book, Democracy May Not Exist, But We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone (Metropolitan, May 7), has garnered advance praise from Danielle Allen, Robin DG Kelley and Rebecca Solnit. In recognition of her work on the student debt crisis, she has been named “a new civil rights leader” among scholars and activists such as Michelle Alexander, Patrice Cullors and Bryan Stevenson (Los Angeles Times). She lives in New York City.

This event is generously supported by the Lamont Fund, the Department of Political Science and the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College. It is free and open to the public.

For further information, please contact mbrangan@amherst.edu.

A Scholars' Roundtable on "Paste, Stick, Glue: Constructing Collage in Russia"

With Ilya Kukulin (Brown University), Jane Sharp (Rutgers University) and Tomas Glanc (University of Zurich)

The roundtable will be moderated by Galina Mardilovich, acting curator of Russian and European art at the Mead Art Museum and curator of the exhibition.

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Third and Final Lecture of the 2018-2019 Forry and Micken Lecture Series on the "Philosophy of Time"

Ned Markosian (University of Massachusetts Amherst) will present the third and final lecture in the 2018-2019 Forry and Micken Lecture Series on "Philosophy of Time." His lecture will be held on Thursday, April 25, at 5 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall. The title of his lecture is "Three New Arguments for the Dynamic Theory of Time." All lectures are free and open to the public. For further information, please contact the Department of Philosophy at (413) 542-5805.

Fri, Apr 26, 2019

McKinsey & Company Information Session

McKinsey & Company (https://www.mckinsey.com/careers) is a global management consulting firm, deeply committed to helping institutions in the private, public, and social sectors achieve lasting success. For over 90 years, the firm's primary objective has been to serve as clients' most trusted external advisor. With consultants in over 100 cities in over 60 countries, across industries and functions, McKinsey brings unparalleled expertise to clients anywhere in the world, working closely with teams at all levels of an organization to shape winning strategies, mobilize for change, build capabilities and drive successful execution.

McKinsey senior leaders are dedicated to building a great firm that attracts, develops, excites and retains exceptional people. Staff members value a respectful and inclusive work environment and are committed to inclusion of all people, providing a welcoming environment where mentorship and community create an unparalleled sense of belonging and growth.

Want to learn more about the firm's work, its people, and the various opportunities McKinsey offers? Attend this information to hear from company representatives, including recent Amherst graduates!

AWIS Thesis Mixer

Come join the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) for our Thesis Mixer this Friday! Learn all about what the process of a thesis really entails, and chat with seniors in STEM departments about their experiences writing their theses. Food from Oriental Flavor will be provided! This will be a casual setting, and feel free to come for as long as you can—everyone is welcome!

Please contact Sarah Ibrahimi (sibrahimi20@amherst.edu) if you have any questions.

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Solo Performance

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

Resurrect Gospel Choir Spring 2019 Concert

Total Praise Resurrect Gospel Choir Spring Concert

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

Sat, Apr 27, 2019

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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 that bring student interests to the fore. Come back every week for a fresh perspective on the works on view in our galleries. Be sure to check our website and Facebook page for updates on weekly topics. All programs are free and open to the public!

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Amherst College Symphony Orchestra: Student Concertos Concert

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

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

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

Tickets Required
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Solo Performance

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

Sun, Apr 28, 2019

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Mock Case Consulting Interviews – Spring 2019

Practice is the key to success in the consulting interview. Consulting interviews include fit/behavior questions, market sizing questions and the case interview. If you are recruiting this summer/fall for a consulting internship or full-time position for 2020, you need to practice and the mock interview is a great way to gain an understanding of your strengths and areas to improve. Members of the class of 2019 who have successfully interviewed and landed full-time positions at consulting firms will be hosting 1-hour mock interviews all day in the Loeb Center. Each interview will consist of a 45 minute interview covering fit/behavior, market sizing and case questions followed by a 15 minute feedback session. Interview slots are available every hour from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (except 12-1).

Spaces are limited. RSVP on Handshake and complete the survey upon registration to indicate your preferred interview start time. You will receive a confirmation of your interview time by April 26. You should plan to participate as if this is a real interview (dress, preparation, resumes in hand, etc).

Registration Required
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Mock Finance Interviews - Spring 2019

Practice! Practice! Practice!
For anyone preparing for summer/fall interviews in finance (Investment banking, sell-side sales and trading/research, buy-side opportunities or private equity), practice is essential. If you are a sophomore (class of 2021) or junior (class of 2020) now is the time to prepare and determine areas of strength and areas where you need to improve prior to going into those first finance interviews. Members of the class of 2019 who successfully interviewed last fall and will be starting full time positions in finance have agreed to host several mock interview sessions for sophomores and juniors. This is an essential step to help you prepare for first round interviews and Super Days.

Interviews are available from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. in 1 hour increments. Interviews will take place at the Loeb Center and will consist of 30- 40 minutes of fit/behavior + technical finance questions followed by a feedback session.

Spaces are limited. RSVP on Handshake and complete the survey upon registration, which will ask you to pick a first and second time slot and the type of interview focus (investment banking or sales & trading/markets/buy side).

You will receive a confirmation for your time slot by April 26. You should plan to participate as if this is a real interview (dress, preparation, resumes in hand, arrive early etc).

Registration Required

Mon, Apr 29, 2019

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Biology Honors Thesis Presentations

Candidates for Honors in Biology, class of 2019, will present Honors thesis projects. The schedule and a complete list of candidates and thesis titles appears below:

BIOLOGY HONORS

3:45 PM Irish Amundson Advisor: Michael Hood
"Density-Dependent Transmission in a Vector-Borne Pathogen"

4:00 PM Rachel Cohen Advisor: Michael Hood
“Coevolution as the Driver of Specificity in Host-Pathogen Interactions”

4:15 PM Augusta Hollers Advisor: Sarah Goodwin
"The Effects of Acoustic Experience on Mate Choice Plasticity in Fall Field Crickets (Gryllus pennsylvanicus) and House Crickets
(Acheta domesticus)"

4:30 PM Jocelyn Hunyadi Advisor: Ethan Clotfelter
"Morphological Predictors of Escape Performance in the Rusty
Crayfish (Orconectes rusticus)"

4:55 PM Leah Kim Advisor: Jeeyon Jeong
"Ferroportin 3: A mitochondrial iron exporter in Arabidopsis thaliana"

5:10 PM Gabby Ro Advisor: Alexandra Purdy
"Multiple modes of cAMP-mediated regulation of the acetate switch in
Vibrio fischeri "

5:25 PM Katie Rosenberg Advisor: Caroline Goutte
“Investigating a Possible Relationship between Germ cell proliferation and Apoptosis in the C. elegans ”

Event poster featuring a photo of a man playing a violin on a city street while police officers walk behind him in riot gear

"Freedom in the World 2019: Democracy in Retreat"

Sarah Repucci is Freedom House’s senior director of research and analysis. In this capacity, she leads the team producing Freedom House’s flagship research and analysis reports, including Freedom in the World, Freedom on the Net and Nations in Transit. Repucci has more than 10 years’ experience in research and evaluation techniques in the areas of democracy, human rights and good governance. Previously she worked for Transparency International and the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights, and as an independent consultant for a range of NGOs, bilateral and multilateral organizations, and private businesses.

This event is sponsored by the Lamont Fund and the Department of Political Science at Amherst College.

It is free and open to the public.

2018-2019 LJST Seminar Series – LAW and ILLIBERALISM

2018-2019 LJST Seminar Series – Law and Illiberalism "Weaponizing Pluralism and the Dilemmas of Illiberal Speech"

On Monday, April 29 at 4:30pm in Clark House Room 100 at Amherst College, Elizabeth Anker, Professor of English and Associate Member of the Law Faculty at Cornell University, will present a paper titled “Weaponizing Pluralism and the Dilemmas of Illiberal Speech.” This is the final presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Law and Illiberalism.”

Professor Anker’s field of research includes human rights, law and literature, immigration law, and legal and political theory. She is the author of Fictions of Dignity: Embodying Human Rights in World Literature (Cornell, 2012). She is currently writing two books, On Paradox: Rights and the Claims of Theory and Our Constitutional Metaphors: Law, Culture, and the Management of Crisis.

To receive a copy of the paper which will be presented, please email the LJST Department assistant coordinator at slaizer@amherst.edu

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About the seminar series – Law and Illiberalism

With increasing pressure on liberal constitutional values in the United States and abroad, legal institutions face complex challenges. Such taken-for-granted phenomena as judicial independence, freedom of the press, and a commitment to truth are now under attack. "Law and Illiberalism" is designed to explore how legal institutions and legal officials can and should respond to those challenges.

What techniques and resources does law offer in the face of growing illiberalism? How can law check executive power when the executive insists that there is no difference between law and politics? What is law’s role in policing, protecting, framing truth in a world of radical lying and dissembling? What happens to free speech notions that the answer to bad and even false speech is more speech in a world of Facebook and Twitter? What pressures do such technologies place on liberal legal regimes? Does law have a role to play in protecting scientific truth? What lessons can be learned from examining other places or times when liberal values were under attack?

Tue, Apr 30, 2019

Lotus flower

Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

5:00 pm Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

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

Concert by the Voice Studio of Ann Maggs

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

Ongoing Events

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

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

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

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

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

A Pressing Conference

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

until Apr 5 Fayerweather Hall, 105 - Eli Marsh Gallery

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

Birth Doula Workshop

This semester, a birth doula workshop will be happening on campus. The course will be four full days long on March 23 and 24, and April 6 and 7. This opportunity will be open to Amherst College community members, as well as people from the local community. The workshop will be hosted by Michelle L'Esperance, a trained doula.

Registration Required

Bodies Week

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