Event Calendar

Today - Wed, Sep 20, 2017

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First Year Write-In

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Charles Pratt Hall, Common Room (adjacent to Writing center)

First-Year Students, this is just for you: Your first semester demands lots of writing! How do you find the time, get started early enough and fend off procrastination? The Writing Center invites you to join fellow first-years in a regular write-in just for you. Find a supportive, productive place to write, as well as plenty of coffee and snacks to keep you going. Writing Center associates will be available for brief consultations.

Join us for the optional start-up workshops in the Writing Center:
September 20: Engaged Reading
October 4: Writing at Amherst
October 18: Major Revisions
November 1: Overcoming Resistance to Writing

Students Only

Tomorrow - Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Writing Retreat for Faculty and Staff

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The Writing Center supports faculty and staff in their own writing projects by hosting two weekly morning retreats. Our retreats are designed to encourage a regular writing practice, to emphasize healthy and sustainable approaches to productive writing and to support a community of writers at the College. Retreats will be held Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until noon. Attend regularly or drop in when you can.

Rosh Hashanah Morning Services

9:30 am Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

Celebrate the New Year with Amherst's Jewish community. All members of the college community are welcome to our campus-style, pluralistic services led by Rabbi Bruce B. Seltzer and student rabbi Jessica Goldberg from the Hebrew College Rabbinical School. Students are encouraged to come late or leave early as needed. Join us afterwards for tashlich and lunch.

Employee Council: September Coffee Hours

Have a free coffee and muffin with representatives from the Employee Council. Learn more about the council's agenda for 2017-18, talk to us about your ideas and/or well wishes for Amherst staff or just come socialize with us! The council is offering two coffee hours in September, both from 10 to 11 a.m. in Frost Cafe: Wednesday, September 13 and Thursday, September, 21.

French Table

If you are interested in speaking French or learning about French culture, come and join the French table on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall on Thursdays from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The French table is open to students, faculty, staff and anyone who is interested in having informal conversations in French. All levels are welcome! We look forward to meeting you!

Urban Teachers Information Table

Every child deserves a great teacher, yet students in urban districts often receive the least effective and least experienced teachers available. Urban Teachers is changing the equation in urban education, offering high-need schools a supply of effective teachers who are ready to make a difference in students’ lives and are committed to a career in teaching. Come by their information table to meet with representatives and find out more.

Semester in Environmental Science Pizza Information Session

Interested in studying aquatic and terrestrial environmental science at one of the leading research stations? This pizza lunch information will feature Luke O'Brien discussing the Semester in Environmental Science fall semester program based at the Marine Biological Lab in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Students conduct field work and a research project in this graduate school-like experience. Stop by any time during this session!

Students Only

Zotero Workshop

Want to make your research process more organized and efficient? Attend a one-hour tutorial to get started with Zotero! Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. If you're interested but can't make it to the workshop, click on the more information link below to see the full workshop schedule or to make an individual appointment.

Rosh Hashanah Tashlich

12:15 pm - 12:40 pm Meet on Valentine Quad

Celebrate the New Year with Amherst’s Jewish community. Join Rabbi Bruce and Amherst Hillel for the brief tashlich service to cast away your sins and hear the shofar (ram's horn) blown for the holiday. Meet on the Valentine Quad (or come to the end of Rosh Hashanah services in Chapin Chapel) for a brief walk to a stream. Wear shoes that can handle leaves and mud. This event will be followed by lunch in the Valentine Terrace rooms.

Rosh Hashanah Lunch

Celebrate the New Year with Amherst’s Jewish community. Join Amherst Hillel for a festive, kosher lunch. Meet new friends and catch up with old friends over a traditional meal.

Jane Street Information Session

With offices in New York, London, and Hong Kong, Jane Street is a trading firm that operates around the clock and around the globe, trading a wide range of financial products, including: ETFs, equities, futures, commodities, options, bonds, and currencies.

Jane Street trading is based on its own proprietary models. Quantitative analysis and insights into related markets enable the firm to make competitive markets in even the most complicated products. Technology is at the core of how Jane Street approaches trading, and they consider themselves as much a technology company as a trading firm.

Join representatives from Jane Street to learn more about the firm and its entry-level opportunities.

"Between the Body Cam and the Black Body: The Post-Panoptic Racial Interface"

On Thursday, Sept. 21, at 4:30 p.m. in the Alumni House at Amherst College, Eden Osucha, associate professor of English at Bates College, will present a paper titled “Between the Body Cam and the Black Body: The Post-Panoptic Racial Interface.” This is the first presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Law and the Visible.”

Professor Osucha’s research and teaching focus on U.S. literature and culture and critical approaches to the intersecting histories of U.S. citizenship, sexuality and racial formation. She is currently working on her forthcoming book, titled The Post-Racial Past: Race, Privacy and Identity Before the Obama Era, which examines historical productions of post-racial discourse in U.S. law, literature and media.

To receive a copy of the paper, which will consider the rise of body-worn cameras in the practice of American policing in relation to racial alienation, please email the LJST department coordinator at mlestes@amherst.edu.

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Russian Film Screening: "Night Watch" (Ночной дозор)

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

Please join us as we screen the first film in the Amherst College Department of Russian Fall Film Series "Russian Horror Story." The 2004 film Night Watch (Ночной дозор) was directed by Timur Bekmambetov. In this blockbuster urban fantasy supernatural thriller, armies of Good and Evil, Light and Darkness, gear up to do battle in turn-of-the-21st-century Moscow.

This movie is 115 minutes long and will be screened at both 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Study in Spain! PRESHCO Info Table and Session

Study in Spain with Programa de Estudios Hispánicos en Córdoba (PRESHCO), a consortium with Wellesley and Smith Colleges. Students with at least four semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent will take a variety of courses, conducted in Spanish, with program and local university students. There are many opportunities for cultural immersion in this program. Come speak with Stacia Biel, who will be on campus with an information table in Keefe Campus Center from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and an information session in Fayerweather 113 at 4:30 p.m.

Students Only

Political Science Thesis Writer's Workshop

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Merrill Science Center, Merrill Library Room 300B

The Political Science department, in conjunction with the library and Writing Center, will be co-hosting a thesis writer's workshop for their majors writing a thesis from 5-7 p.m. The topic will be "Thesis Brainstorming: Concept mapping and developing research questions."

Urban Teachers App-y Hour

Every child deserves a great teacher, yet students in urban districts often receive the least effective and least experienced teachers available. Urban Teachers is changing the equation in urban education, offering high-need schools a supply of effective teachers who are ready to make a difference in students’ lives and are committed to a career in teaching.

Join the Urban Teachers "App-y Hour" to learn about opportunities with the organization over appetizers.

Google Technical Interview and Resume Workshop

Join representatives from Google for a technical interview demonstration and resume workshop that will help participants prepare for a job search in this industry.

Bain & Company Case Interview Workshop

Join representatives from Bain & Company for a Case Interview Workshop.

"Lessons for Official Statistics Production Around the World from the Experience Of Greece": Talk by Andreas Georgiou '83

Andreas Georgiou '83, visiting lecturer in economics, will give a talk titled "Lessons for Official Statistics Production Around the World from the Experience Of Greece." The seminar will address what lessons can be gleaned from the experience with official statistics production in Greece, both in the period up to the onset of the debt crisis and since then. The seminar will discuss lessons about the appropriate institutional setting, legal framework, statistical culture and statistical practices.

Georgiou worked as an economist at the International Monetary Fund in Washington for 21 years. When the Greek debt crisis hit, he became the president of the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT), an independent authority tasked with cleaning up Greece's official statistics, which had been persistently misreported for years, contributing to the Greek and broader European debt crisis. During his five-year term as president of ELSTAT, his revision of the country’s public finance statistics according to European Union statistical legislation revealed the true magnitude of Greece's fiscal problems, and it formed the basis for EU and international financial assistance to Greece from 2011 through today. However, in the process, Georgiou became a scapegoat for the economic difficulties of the Greek debt crisis and has been subjected to multiple prosecutions within Greece for this statistical work. This is in spite of the fact that the ELSTAT statistics produced under his watch have been consistently validated the statistical office of the EU (Eurostat) and have been used for all official government business in Greece since 2010.

Mapping Your Thesis Research

Congratulations! You've been approved to pursue an honors thesis. Now what? Planning an academic project of this scale can challenge even the most organized students. In this workshop, you will have the chance to begin to map out your thesis project, brainstorm with other students and develop a plan for starting your research. We'll also discuss the library resources and services available to thesis writers.

This session is taught by Blake Doherty, the Research, Instruction, & Outreach Librarian.

Students Only

Next Steps: Going to Graduate School

Are you thinking about graduate school? A majority of alumni attend grad school within five years of leaving Amherst, so it's a common path to tread! But the graduate school process can be different from undergrad. So whether you're in the process of applying now or thinking about grad school as a step just down the road, you should join this conversation and learn how to choose the right grad program for you and submit a strong application.
*This workshop is geared toward Master programs, rather than Ph.D. programs.

Caution: Thesis Writing in Progress

Weekly Thesis Write-In

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

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

Students Only

Ongoing Events

Rotherwas Room, photo by Maria Stenzel

Study at the Mead!

Throughout the week, we will have lots of art activities to help you destress from finals period. We also have comfy chairs, plenty of outlets, great lighting, and extra tables to give you an inspirational place to work and study.

Closed on Mondays, but open until Midnight on school nights!

"Our" Story Exhibit: 400 Years of Wampanoag History

“Our” Story is an interactive, multimedia exhibit that frames the 1620 Pilgrim arrival in Plymouth within a long history of Wampanoag adaptation and innovation. The exhibit's content ranges from videos by award-winning Mashpee journalist, author and filmmaker Paula Peters, to art by Mashpee artist, writer and activist Robert Peters and his son, Robert Peters Jr.

Each year, a new theme is added to the traveling exhibit; the first installation debuted in 2014 with “Captured 1614” providing a critical back story to colonization and the roots of the American holiday of Thanksgiving. “The Messenger Runner” added new context regarding the Wampanoag tribe’s communication traditions. The newest panel “The Great Dying” depicts the catastrophic effects of a plague that devastated the Wampanoag nation between 1616 and 1619.