Event Calendar

Today - Sat, Apr 21, 2018

Artwork depicting a building with dark liquid dripping down underneath it

Weekly Tour at the Mead!

Join us for a tour with Stephen Johnson '19. Stephen is an art history major, and his tour will focus on ideas of material and digital manipulation across the exhibitions on view. This tour is free and open to all!

Mead Art Museum, exterior photograph with rainbow filter

Community Day at the Mead!

Join us for storytelling with handmade snake books, poetry and improvisation with artworks, scents and aromatherapy for memory, exploring the small home revolution in Western Mass, food and drink. Bring your family, your neighbor, a work buddy, an old friend or a new friend. Free and open to all!

Crowd of members of the Choral Society

Amherst College Chorus and Glee Club Performances

Saturday evening, April 21, at 5 p.m., the Amherst College Chorus and Glee Club perform works both individually and combined. Featured works include folk music of the Pacific rim and Europe, and selections from Forrest Pierce’s All-Night Vigil of Rabi'a al-Adawiyya with cello accompaniment. Each group also presents music with texts by Amherst poets Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson.

The Amherst College Choral Society is led by Visiting Lecturer and Interim Choir Director Dr. Gregory W. Brown ’98 and Assistant Director Rebecca Ruescher ’17. Dr. Brown holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and The University of Georgia and maintains an active career as a composer.

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.

Five College Networking Social and Party

Five College Networking Social Event and Party

Come out and network with Five College Students all over the Pioneer Valley with this fun, laid back social and party! Even if you are not a Five College student, come collaborate and see what we are all working on and how we can find those with similar interests, collaborate, and maybe even start billion-dollar businesses. Come in your best-dressed or come in your casual-best, but also come with some ideas or projects that you're working on, and get inspired or inspire somebody else. Let's create change together!

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Amherst College Spring Concert

Campus Activities Board presents our 2018 Spring Concert: DRAM, Chelsea Cutler & The Main Squeeze. The Concert will be held in LeFrak Gym on April 21 at 8.30 p.m., doors open at 8 p.m.

Amherst College students can pick up their free tickets from Keefe 019 Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or the night of the concert at LeFrak Gym beginning at 7 p.m. General admission tickets may be purchased for $15.00 (in cash) at the dates/times listed above.

Tickets Required

Tomorrow - Sun, Apr 22, 2018

Mock Case Consulting Interviews

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 spring/summer/fall for a consulting internship or full-time position, you need to practice; the mock interview is a great way to gain an understanding of your strengths and areas to improve. Members of the class of 2018 who successfully interviewed last fall and will be starting full time positions with consulting firms have agreed to host several mock interview sessions.

Interviews are 1 hour long and consist of a 45 minute mock interview including case interview, followed by 15 minutes of feedback. If you are interested, email Stephanie Hockman (shockman@amherst.edu) with your top 3 preferred times. You will receive a confirmation for your time slot. You should plan as if this were a real interview (proper attire, preparation, resumes in hand, etc).

The Choral Society holding sheet music while standing in the loft in Buckley Recital Hall

Concert Choir Performance

The Choral Society invites you to a free noon brunch in Arms Music Center, followed by a 1 p.m. performance. Both events are free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

At 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, April 22, the Amherst College Concert Choir performs a wide variety of unaccompanied music. Featured selections include the North American premiere of Sarah Rimkus’s "Mater Dei" along with other Marian settings, including Rachmaninov's classic "Bogoroditse Devo." The choir will also present local composer Alice Parker’s arrangement of "Hark I Hear the Harps Eternal."

The Amherst College Choral Society is led by Visiting Lecturer and Interim Choir Director Dr. Gregory W. Brown ’98 and Assistant Director Rebecca Ruescher ’17. Dr. Brown holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and The University of Georgia and maintains an active career as a composer.

Closeup of Jiayan Sun smiling with his hand under his chin

Open Piano Masterclass with Smith College's Jiayan Sun

Masterclass for Music 310 with pianist Jiayan Sun

Mr. Sun, Smith College's Iva Dee Hiatt Visiting Artist in Piano and Lecturer in Music, works with Amherst College seniors Minato Sakamoto and Phuong-Nghi Pham.

Free and open to the public

Share the Share Fest at Book & Plow Farm: Free and open to the public; Earth Day, April 22nd, 4-7pm; Square dancing, food, live music; Benefit for community-subsidized vegetable shares

Share the Share Fest at Book & Plow Farm!

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Book and Plow Farm, Tuttle Hill

All community members are welcome to come to Book & Plow Farm on Earth Day to join the Food Justice Alliance for Share the Share Fest! There will be square dancing, music, local food, and beer tasting for Amherst College students (21+). Free admission and family friendly! This event is open to all Five College members and residents of Amherst. We will be collecting donations to benefit the subsidization of community-supported agriculture (CSA) shares from Book and Plow for members of the Amherst community.

Mon, Apr 23, 2018

German Table

German Table

Enjoy informal conversations with students who have studied in Germany, the German faculty members, the German language assistants and other native speakers.

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Flr.

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The conference room is just inside the main entrance, on the right hand side. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday and Tuesday from noon - 1 p.m., and Fridays from 1 - 2 p.m.

Math & Stats Table

Please come join us on Mondays from 12-1 p.m. in Valentine terrace room A (down the stairs). Come and have lunch with fellow math and stats students, majors and professors! Everyone is welcome - you don't need to be a math or stats major. We often chat about math and stats-related topics, but we also talk about lots of other things and it's a great chance to get to know each other. We hope to see you there!

Stack of books

Monday Afternoon Study Space - SWAGS Common Room

Come study in the Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies common room! Join us every Monday except for March 12, which is Spring Recess. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Students Only
Write Place, Write Time

Write Place, Write Time: pop-up writing support in Frost Library

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Frost Library, Ground Floor (near entrance)

Are you looking for some structure and support for your writing? The Writing Center hosts a pop-up space where students can write in the company of others with staff support nearby. Join us at the tables near the entrance to Frost Library on Monday and Wednesday afternoons throughout April to make progress on long projects, get started on shorter ones or seek on-the-spot support for your writing.

At Write Place Write Time, you can consult with a writing associate about clarifying a prompt or developing your thesis, for checking citation rules or asking a grammatical question ...or any other issues that come up as you are writing. Associates can also talk with you about ways to get started, generate ideas and write productively. To make an appointment for a longer consultation, visit our website.

Students Only
grief group

Drop-in Grief and Loss Support Group

Supportive drop-in group for dealing with the emotional impact of a major loss. Mondays from 3-4 p.m. in the Counseling Center, Scott House. All are welcome. No pre-registration is necessary.

Event poster featuring photos of a Mexican birth certificate and Imke Harbers

"Rendering Citizens Legible? Birth Certificates as a Measure of State Capacity in Mexico"

The Department of Political Science at Amherst College presents "Rendering Citizens Legible? Birth Certificates as a Measure of State Capacity in Mexico."

This event is free and open to the public.

Imke Harbers is an associate professor of political science at the University of Amsterdam and a research fellow at the Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA).

The ability to effectively claim civil, social or political rights generally depends on an individual’s ability to produce legal documents that serve as proof of identity. A birth certificate, which formally recognizes the existence of an individual, therefore constitutes a prerequisite for the exercise of citizenship. From the perspective of the state, a complete and up-to-date registry of citizens is necessary to design and implement policies. From the perspective of citizens, legal documents provide access to the services offered by the state. Nevertheless, estimates suggest that one in five Mexicans does not have a birth certificate, and is therefore effectively “undocumented” in his or her own country. This talk explores how birth registration can shed light on the relationship between the state and society. How does the state “see” citizens? And who remains unseen?

Book Salon with Manuela Picq: “Vernacular Sovereignties: Indigenous Women Challenging World Politics”

5:00 pm - 7:25 pm Frost Library, CHI Think Tank - 2nd floor

Discussants: Amrita Basu of Amherst College, Ashley Smith of Hampshire College, and Kiran Asher of UMass

Join the festivities as Manuela Picq , visiting professor of political science and sexuality, women’s and gender studies at Amherst College, launches the publication of her new book, titled Vernacular Sovereignties: Indigenous Women Challenging World Politics. You will have a chance to meet and talk with Professor Picq about her new book and the experience she had writing it. There will be a book signing after the event, along with refreshments. Books will be provided by Amherst Books for purchase. This event is free and open to the public.

Craftivist: Sustainable Crocheting

Join the WGC and Book and Plow for a sustainable crocheting event! Kaylee Brow will be teaching us how to crochet using plastic bags following a conversation on environmental justice and feminism.

Kaylee Brow has worked at Book & Plow Farm for two seasons. She studied sustainable food and farming at Umass Amherst and has worked on farms for six seasons. She was born and raised in the Pioneer Valley and learned to crochet at PTA meetings in kindergarten. After neglecting crochet for many years, she was home sick one day in high school and found some old hooks and yarn and made two hats. There was no going back. She's been crocheting for over a decade now and has expanded the things she geeks out over from yarn to breeds of sheep and different yarn-making techniques.

Japanese Language Table

Join us to practice your Japanese on Thursday evenings. Anyone is welcome to join the Japanese Language Table for all or just part of the time we are there.

Summer 2018 Funded Experience 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 a workshop in person should contact Victoria Wilson at vwilson@amherst.edu to discuss alternatives.

Harvard Business School Information Session

For over 100 years Harvard Business School's graduates and faculty have shaped business around the world. In this information session, join associate director Gary Schwartz-Moore to learn more about the HBS programs.

MBA: A two-year, full-time residential program with a focus on real-world practice, in the classroom using the case method, which puts students into the role of decision makers every day, and in the field with student teams developing new products or services for real global business partners and starting their own microbusinesses.

Doctoral: Eight full-time programs leading to a PhD or DBA degree for scholars interested in academic research. A minimum of two years in residence is required, and it is expected that students will complete their program in four to five years. Students typically spend two to two-and-a-half years on course work, and another two years on their dissertation.

HBX: Online programs developed by Harvard Business School faculty, leveraging the case method learning model, focused on active learning and real-world problem solving.

Thesis Celebration: Monday April 23, 7-8pm, Frost Library

Thesis Celebration

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Frost Library, Friendly Periodicals Reading Room

The Library and Writing Center are celebrating the close of the thesis process.

Seniors, this is your night to revel in the completion of a mammoth project, and a chance to pass on your insights, pro-tips and thesis hacks for future thesis students.
Potential future thesis students, this is an opportunity to ask questions and listen in as this year's seniors share their hard-won insights about writing a thesis.

There will be cake!

Student Health Educator Dinner

Join the Student Health Educators during dinner for an informal discussion on mental health, sexual health and campus resources. You can also submit a topic for discussion during dinner.

Students Only

Ongoing Events

Image of Ivory Billed by Matthew Inabinett

On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinctions - Beneski Museum of Natural History

Student curated temporary exhibit, On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinctions, is available for public viewing from Thursday, April 19 until May 20. Step into the Beneski and discover the history of the five mass extinctions that have ravaged the species living on Earth. We are currently undergoing a sixth mass extinction, this time caused by our human impact. What can we do to mitigate the effects of this mass extinction? Learn more about what you can do in this interpretive exhibition.

Spanning all three floors, the exhibition will take you through all previous mass extinctions and the theories on how they were caused. What kinds of species did they affect? What information can we take from these previous mass extinctions to learn about the sixth one? Come for a guided tour with the student curator, Antonella Dominguez ‘18, on April 19 at 2:30 p.m. The small steps we take now to reduce the effects of our human impact can only help now with the trajectory of the six mass extinction we have caused.