Event Calendar

December 2018

Sat, Dec 1, 2018

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Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes.

Free and open to all!

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

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

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

Sun, Dec 2, 2018

Vespers 2018

Choral Society Vespers: Johnson Chapel

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

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

Mon, Dec 3, 2018

Math & Stats Table, Mondays at noon in Terrace Room A

Math & Stats Table

Please join us on Mondays in the Terrace Room A of Valentine Hall. Relax and enjoy lunch with your Math & Stats friends.

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

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

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

Wed, Dec 5, 2018

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Loeb Center program director for careers in business and finance, for a weekly informal discussion on any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday from noon – 1 p.m. in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Hall. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!

Thu, Dec 6, 2018

ACE/ARO Fondue + Cake

A safe space for five-college students who identify along either the asexual or aromantic spectrum, or who are questioning, to share and celebrate their identities. Cheese fondue and cake will be served. The conversation will focus on a community brainstorm on what an ace/aro support group can look like!

Students Only
ACDE

Dance Ensemble & Collaboration in Theater

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

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

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

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

Rajiv Satyal Live at Amherst!

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

Fri, Dec 7, 2018

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Arts & Communication Field Trip Fridays: Northampton Community Arts Trust

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

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

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

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

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

ACDE

Dance Ensemble & Collaboration in Theater

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

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

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

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

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M@A Presents Sequentia: "Monks Singing Pagans"

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sat, Dec 8, 2018

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

Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes.

Free and open to all!

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Celebrate Emily Dickinson's 188th Birthday!

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

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

ACDE

Dance Ensemble & Collaboration in Theater

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

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

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

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

ACJE Poster with art by William Mead

Amherst College Jazz Ensemble Concert

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

Sun, Dec 9, 2018

Project ReCul Meeting

Are you interested in preserving regional culture? Project ReCul is a student-run group that aims to strengthen cultural diversity by providing a global platform that empowers youth to rediscover their regional cultures through languages and dialects and express their merits through the arts. We aim to afford youth a platform of expression in own their tongue. If you want to learn more about Project ReCul, please come to our table at Valentine Hall on Sunday at 1 p.m. on the Mezzanine Level.

Amherst Symphony Orchestra: ¡Cuba y Brasil!

3:00 pm Arms Music Center, Buckley Recital Hall

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra continues the fall 2018 season of the music of Spain and Latin America with music from Cuba and Brazil on Friday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College. Tickets are available on the day of the concert beginning at 7 p.m. in the lobby of Arms Music Center.

For more information, please call (413) 542-2195, email concerts@amherst.edu or visit amherstsymphonyorchestra.com.

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets Required

Alvin Plantinga Dinner

Alvin Plantinga has spent a distinguished philosophical career exploring the intersection of faith and reason. Join the Amherst Christian Fellowship for an end-of-semester dinner and roundtable discussion of Plantinga's work on the Problem of Evil, examined through the lens of an award-winning essay by Caroline West (The Hopkins Dialectic). Come for interfaith discussion and delicious food from Oriental Flavor.

Mon, Dec 10, 2018

Math & Stats Table, Mondays at noon in Terrace Room A

Math & Stats Table

Please join us on Mondays in the Terrace Room A of Valentine Hall. Relax and enjoy lunch with your Math & Stats friends.

Tue, Dec 11, 2018

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Gallery Talk with David E. Little

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

Free and open to all!

Wed, Dec 12, 2018

Study at the Mead, students studying in galleries

Study at the Mead

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

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Loeb Center program director for careers in business and finance, for a weekly informal discussion on any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday from noon – 1 p.m. in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Hall. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!

Voice Studio of Ann Maggs Concert

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

Asian/American Story Slam

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

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

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

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Film Screening: "Fictional Narrative Video Production" Class

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

Thu, Dec 13, 2018

College-funded Winter Travel Abroad: Pre-departure Meeting

Are you traveling with college funds this winter for senior thesis research, or for a special topics course? Any trip that is arranged or funded (in part or in full) by Amherst is a college-sponsored trip, and you receive a special insurance benefit, AIG Travel Guard, if your trip is over 100 miles from Amherst. Come to a pre-departure meeting specially-designed for interterm travel. Students traveling with college funds are required to attend.

Students Only

Fri, Dec 14, 2018

"Hodie" Benefit for Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund

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

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

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

Wed, Dec 26, 2018

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Loeb Center program director for careers in business and finance, for a weekly informal discussion on any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday from noon – 1 p.m. in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Hall. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!