Event Calendar

Today - Wed, Oct 26, 2016

AWIS Breakfast Meetup

AWIS Amherst is holding an informal breakfast meetup with professors from the chemistry, physics and biology departments! Stop by for good food and interactions with professors! It's okay if you cannot make the entire hour.
The event is targeted towards freshman, sophomores and students in the introductory science courses.

The event is in O'Connor Commons (Charles Pratt basement), 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Wednesday October 26.

For more information, contact Minjee Kim at mikim17@amherst.edu.

French Table

The French Table will meet on Wednesdays from noon until 2 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall. French speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

Russian Table

Russian Table is an opportunity for all interested in conversing in Russian to meet regularly with Russian faculty and students. We'll meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays on the mezzanine level in Valentine. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

Grab and Don’t Go: Reproductive Justice is Racial Justice

Grab and Don’t Go: Reproductive Justice is Racial Justice
Noon to 1 p.m. | The Multicultural Center
Join the WGC and the MRC for a discussion about the intersections of race and reproductive justice. The right to choose whether to raise and parent a child has racial implications. From the prison industrial complex to child welfare to forced sterilization, fighting for racial justice is fighting for reproductive justice. Facilitated by Bulaong Ramiz-Hall and Jesse Beal.

Bring your own lunch, we will serve milk and cookies

Latin American Film Series, Fall 2016: "Lucía"

"Lucía" (Humberto Solás, Cuba, 1968, parts 1 and 3)
7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, Stirn Auditorium

"Lucía" is one of Cuba’s most beloved films of all time, a tryptich that interprets the island nation’s historical development through the lives of three strong female protagonists: an aristocratic Lucía living in 1895, during Cuba’s war of independence against Spain; a bourgeois Lucia in the 1930s, during Machado’s dictatorship; and a working-class Lucía, in the early years of the Revolution.

In Spanish with English subtitles

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Embrace of the Serpent

Directed by Ciro Guerra. 125 minutes. Not Rated. Cubeo, Huitoto, Ticuna, Guarano, Ocaina, Spanish, Portuguese and others with subtitles.

At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in Embrace of the Serpent, the third feature by Ciro Guerra.

Filmed in stunning black-and-white, Serpent centers on forty years in the life of Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and two scientists who venture into the jungle.

The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant.
Wedneday, October 26 , 7 p.m.

Purchase tickets online in advance at Amherst Cinema website or in person at the box office.

Tickets Required
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WGC Late Night Study Hours!

Join us for silent study hours every Wednesday from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Women and Gender Center! There will be Glazed Donuts!

Tomorrow - Thu, Oct 27, 2016

Periodic Table

11:30 am - 12:30 pm Valentine Dining Hall, front room, to the left of cashier stn.

The Periodic Table will meet Thursday mornings in the front room of Valentine Dining Hall, just to the left of the cashiers. The Periodic Table is an informal meeting of chemistry faculty and students. Please note the weekly meeting time alternates from one week to the other: either 8-9 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Russian Film Series: "Angels of Revolution"

Two screenings: at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Directed by Aleksey Fedorchenko, 2014, 113 minutes

Based on a true story, this film revisits a dark chapter in Soviet history: the forced collectivization of peasants in the 1930s. It follows the mission of four avant-garde artists, for whom aesthetic experimentation is necessarily of a piece with political revolution, to a remote village in the taiga, where they find themselves embroiled in a very different kind of uprising.

Our Film Series this semester commemorates the 25th anniversary of the political events that took place in the USSR in August of 1991 and led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. These films offer us an opportunity to examine dissent as a social, political and artistic phenomenon in its private and public dimensions, during the Soviet era and in post-Soviet spaces.

Veterans' Creative Writing Group

Come write with others and share. Founded by veterans, this open and variable group offers a great way to develop your individual voice. We meet every Thursday in the Writing Center, 6:45-8 p.m.. Facilitated by Roy Andrews, writing associate. Learn more about the group, and RSVP if you plan to attend. Open to all members of the Amherst College community. Previous creative writing experience is not required and participants may come regularly or drop in occasionally.

Research Your Options - Mellon Seminar Information Session

An information session for the 2017 Mellon Tutorial program will take place Thursday, October 27 in Frost Library.
Faculty and Mellon Scholars students will share their past experiences, announce this spring's courses, describe the summer research program and answer your questions.
Pizza will be available.
Mellon Tutorial Courses are open to all Sophomores and Juniors.

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Info Session for 100 Projects for Peace: $10,000 Grant for Summer 2017

Do you have an idea for a project to build peace and community? Promote economic opportunity? Bring people together across difference? Promote humanity through art and music? Learn more about applying for a $10,000 grant to implement your project in Summer 2017 through the 100 Projects for Peace program. Drop-in info sessions on Tues, Oct 25 from 5:00-7:00pm and Thurs, Oct 27 from 7:00-9:00pm in the Center for Community Engagement. For more information, email Megan Lyster in the CCE: mlyster@amherst.edu



Directed by Ron Bashford

A country at war is led by a tyrant. A single woman stands against him, demanding justice for her brother. The Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance presents Antigone, by the ancient Greek playwright Sophocles, in a version by the great German director and playwright, Bertolt Brecht. Brecht’s version of Sophocles’ tale of oppression and personal sacrifice offered an incisive look at the dangers of authoritarianism when it was performed in Europe just after World War II. Re-conceived for today’s audiences by faculty director Ron Bashford and an ensemble cast of students, Antigone raises questions as relevant today as they were when Brecht re-discovered Sophocles’ two-thousand-year-old tragedy.

Caution: Thesis Writing in Process

Weekly Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry (2nd fl.)

Thesis writers, set yourself up to succeed this year by joining fellow students to write together regularly. Research and experience show us that most of us write more productively when we commit to a regular writing schedule and when we write among others. Find motivation and support among fellow thesis writers at the Weekly Thesis Write-in. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Sponsored by the Writing Center and Library.

Students Only

Intro to Networking and Informational Interviews

Networking is a critical skill in the job search process. More than 70% of people get hired for their jobs as a result of networking. In this workshop you'll learn how to create and build authentic network connections, as well as make the most of relationships you already have. We'll also focus on how you can use informational interviews as a critical networking tool. No matter where you are in your career development process, it's never too early (or too late) to start working on your network!

This workshop satisfies the networking milestone for sophomores participating in APEX.

Explo Information Session

Explo is now hiring for Summer 2017! Explo is an academic summer program for elementary, middle and high schoolers that encourages learning through exploration. It is a dynamic and fun learning community that brings together people from all over the world! If you love working with students and learning for the sake of learning, want to acquire valuable skills that you’ll never gain from most internships and earn money, this is an awesome opportunity for you!

Come to the info session:
Paino Lecture Hall
Thursday, October 27
8 p.m.

If you want to learn more but cannot make the info session, contact Zoe Kayton ’18 at zkayton18@amherst.edu.

Students Only
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Jazz@Schwemm's featuring FlavaEvolution

Celebrating its 10th year in existence, the exciting Jazz@Schwemm's series will continue in October with four consecutive Thursday concerts. Join us on Oct. 27 for the perennial favorite FlavaEvolution (featuring our esteemed bass teacher and combo coach David Picchi) and joined by student combos Mingus and Shine. As always, this is a free performance and open to the public at 9 p.m. in Schwemm's Cafe Back Room in Keefe Campus Center.

Thanks to the Office of Student Activities and Jazz@Amherst for the generous support.

Fri, Oct 28, 2016


Family Weekend

Running from Friday through Sunday, October 28 - 30, Family Weekend is a great opportunity for families of current students to visit campus and learn more about Amherst College.

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The Book & Plow Constitutional

The Book & Plow Constitutional is chance to gather yourself, collect your thoughts and set an intention for your day. It starts at 6:30 a.m. in the Val lobby, where we will meet. We then greet the day and each other with a walk up to Tuttle Hill where we sit for a 20-minute meditation. At the conclusion of the meditation, we make our way back to Val for breakfast together at 7:30 a.m.

The Constitutional is a chance to connect to ourselves and each other before the day turns into emails, exams, deadlines and deliverables.

This walk-sit-walk and eat is open to anyone-- student, faculty, staff or community member. No need to RSVP. Show up just as you are on Tuesdays and Fridays at 6:30 a.m. to the Val lobby.

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Microsoft Office 2013/2016 Word Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts Beginner/Intermediate Level

You must register to attend this training workshop. Clicking "Add to Calendar" does not register you for the training, just saves the meeting to your calendar. Use the registration link provided to sign up for the workshop.

This 2-hour workshop will provide helpful and time saving tips, tricks and shortcuts for using Microsoft Office Word efficiently. The presenter will work in Windows version Office 2013 and mention what is new and different in Windows and Mac versions Office 2016.

The level of this training is beginner. Intermediate users also may find useful information about features and shortcuts that are new to them and learn about new features or changes introduced with versions 2013 and 2016.

Spanish Table

Spanish Table is held every Friday, from 12 - 2 p.m., in the mezzanine level of Valentine Dining Hall. Students, faculty and staff of all Spanish speaking levels meet weekly over lunch to enjoy using the Spanish language in an informal atmosphere.

Valeria Espinosa of Google: "Did the Military Interventions in the Mexican Drug War Increase Violence?"

We analyze publicly available data to estimate the causal effect of military interventions on the homicide rates in certain problematic regions in Mexico. We use the Rubin Causal Model (Rubin 1974) to compare the post-intervention homicide rate in each intervened region to the hypothetical homicide rate for that same year had the military intervention not taken place. Because the effect of a military intervention is not confined to the municipality subject to the intervention, a nonstandard definition of units is necessary to measure plausibly the causal effect of the intervention under the standard no-interference assumptions of SUTVA. Donor pools for each missing potential outcome under no intervention are created, thereby allowing for the estimation of unit level causal effects. A multiple imputation approach accounts for the uncertainty about the missing potential outcomes.