Event Calendar

Today - Tue, Feb 19, 2019

Japanese Language Table

The Japanese Language Program hosts a Japanese language table twice a week with Doshisha University student Hikari Yoshida ‘19. All are welcome to attend, and you can come and go as it fits your schedule. We hope to see you there!

French Table

If you are interested in speaking French or learning about French culture then come and join us weekly during dinner. 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!

Ysanet Batista at Powerhouse

Ysanet Batista of Woke Foods at Food Justice Week!

Chef Ysanet Batista from Woke Food Coop will speak about the importance of food justice and sovereignty. Food provided from La Veracruzana.

German Kaffeklatsch

German Kaffeeklatsch

Come and join German students and faculty every Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. in Porter House for a chat over coffee and much more! This is a great opportunity to practice your German in a casual and relaxing environment.

Open House for German Residential Program

Open House for German Residential Program

Tag der Offenen Tür: The German Department will be accepting applications to live in the German House (Porter House) for 2019-20. Come to the Open House with your questions and check out the wonderful atmosphere at the German House. Refreshments will be served.
The applications are available on the Residential Life website (Housing Portal) and are due by February 21, 2019.

Tomorrow - Wed, Feb 20, 2019

Russian Table

The Russian Table is an opportunity for all interested in conversing in Russian to meet regularly with Russian faculty and students. We'll meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays on the Mezzanine level in Valentine Dining Hall. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

Arabic Language Table Fourth-Year Wednesdays

This Arabic language table is a weekly conversation group for fourth-year Arabic students. We meet every Wednesday in the upstairs seating section of the Valentine Dining Hall, and anyone who can communicate in Arabic at the fourth-year level is welcome to attend.

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!

amherst chat back dialogue series luncheon students, staff and faculty

#AmherstChatBack: Students, Staff & Faculty Dialogue Luncheon Series

Please join us for our inaugural students, staff and faculty #AmherstChatBack Dialogue Series, which offers an opportunity to engage in critical conversations across difference, gain dialogue skills and learn from one another as we build community among students, staff and faculty.

Dialogues will take place over 5 weeks, each session focusing on a different social and cultural topic such as race, gender, nationality, joy and traditions. Participants should come prepared to share their own personal histories, thoughts, and experiences related to each topic. This event is open to all students, staff and faculty. Lunch will be served.

Stephen Vitiello performing at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York. (Photo: Anna Lee Campbell)

Artist Talk with Stephen Vitiello

"Listening, Hearing and the Human" is a course taught by Associate Professor of Music Jeffers Engelhardt and Associate Professor of Music Darryl Harper that asks us to think about listening and hearing as culturally specific practices that are guided by particular histories, identities, technologies and other factors. All are invited to a talk by sound artist Stephen Vitiello, followed by a discussion led by Professors Engelhardt and Harper. This program is made possible with support from Amherst College Departments of Anthropology and Sociology and Music as well as Arts at Amherst.

This event is free and open to all.

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Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr.: "Interrogation of Excellence in the Black Experience"

Join Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr. for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr./Black History Month Symposium Keynote, "Interrogation of Excellence in the Black Experience."

Glaude is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University, columnist for Time magazine, and a regular contributor to MSNBC. In one of his most notable books, Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, he takes a wide look at black communities and reveals complexities, vulnerabilities and opportunities for hope.

There will be a reception at 5:15 p.m., followed by the keynote at 6:30 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall, Amherst College. The event is free and open to the public.

Elite Scholars of China Full-time and Internship Opportunities Info Session - Presented by E.J. Mitchell '12

Elite Scholars of China (ESC) is looking for talented, motivated students and recent graduates to join its team! Please join E.J. Mitchell '12, senior educational consultant at ESC, as he introduces educational consultant
and internship opportunities at ESC.

As the premier Beijing-based education consulting firm, ESC helps China’s brightest students apply to top U.S. colleges and universities. Educational consultants work to create a holistic learning environment, governed by a high standard of integrity, to ensure that students can thrive academically and socially on an American college campus.

The educational consultant position is ideal for someone with a strong belief in the power of education and mentorship, who wants to develop professional skills with a fast-growing entrepreneurial company. ESC team members have continued on to pursue degrees at Harvard Business School, Yale Law School, Yale School of Management, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and Columbia University Teacher’s College. ESC team members have also then pursued career opportunities in management consulting, tech start ups, education, finance, non-profits and think tanks.

ESC was co-founded eight years ago and is managed by Stacy Palestrant and Tomer Rothschild. ESC is based in Beijing – next door to the U.S. Embassy. Attend this information session to learn more!

"Food Chains" movie poster showing a hand squeezing a tomato in front of a field of crops and a blue sky with clouds

"Food Chains" Film Screening at Food Justice Week

Join Book and Plow Farm and the Multicultural Resource Center for a movie about a movement for farmworkers' rights. Farmworkers in Immokalee, Fla., launch a hunger strike at Publix supermarket to protest poor wages and working conditions.

Loeb Center Seniors Only Series (SOS!): Job Search Support Sessions

Seniors, are you feeling the pressure to nail down your post-grad plans? You’re not alone! Come join your fellow class members to work on job and/or fellowship applications and receive in-person support from Peer Career Advisors (PCAs). Each session, the PCAs will also offer brief tips and advice about specific job search topics such as networking and negotiating job offers. There will be snacks and good company! Feel free to come and go as it fits your schedule.

The series will occur Wednesdays from 8–10 p.m. Additional information is available for each event:
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Thu, Feb 21, 2019

U.S. PIRG Information Table

Stop by this information table to speak with Brendan Mahoney, a 21st Century Transportation Fellow with U.S. PIRG. U.S. PIRG is an advocate for the public interest, working to win concrete results on real problems that affect millions of lives, and standing up for the public against powerful interests when they push the other way. Fellowship opportunties are now available to Amherst students looking to make a positive impact, using the time-tested tools of investigative research, media exposés, grassroots organizing, advocacy and litigation.

EC February Coffee Hours

Employee Council Coffee Hours

Come warm up and enjoy a coffee and muffin with representatives from the Employee Council. Talk to us about your ideas and/or well wishes for Amherst staff, learn about resources, benefits and training or just come socialize with us!

APA Paris/Dakar Info Table in Val Atrium

Spend a semester in the breathtaking city of Paris, France! Stop by the Academic Programs Abroad (APA) table in Keefe Center between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to learn more about how your time in France can give you a leg up in your studies and career. APA gives you the flexibility to build your own schedule and take courses in any subject, in French, that are of interest to you from the University of Paris system, APA's in-house electives or replace a course with an independent study or research. Benefit from weekly one-on-one customized language support and ongoing academic support.

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Pies with Profs

Pies with Profs: Meet STEM Faculty in the Resource Centers

Stop by the Resource Centers (CISE, MRC, QRC, CDSL, WGC) To chat with STEM Faculty over some Pi! This is an opportunity to meet faculty, connect and learn more about Humanity in STEM outside the classroom.

Every other week, Thursdays || 12-1pm || different STEM fauclty will come to each of the centers.

CISE-2/21, MRC-3/7, QRC-3/21, CDSL-4/4, WGC-4/18
Pizza Pi will be served! Open to all.

ProjectConnect lunch

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Front Room Community Table

ProjectConnect is a peer-led initiative to help build social connection and community on campus. Drop by the weekly ProjectConnect lunch Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. at the Val community table in the front room to meet the peer facilitators and learn more about it, or to get to know students who've been through the program.

Weekly ProjectConnect Lunch!

ProjectConnect is a peer-led initiative to help build social connection and community on campus. Drop by the weekly ProjectConnect lunch Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. at the Val community table in the front room to meet the peer facilitators and learn more about it, or to get to know students who've been through the program. Sponsored by the Wellness Team and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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"Change of the Guard": A Talk by Jazz Critic Nate Chinen

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The story of jazz has often been upheld in terms of cultural triumph, as a transcendent response to African-American struggle. Jazz is also presented as a story of succession, a chain of creative genius passing from one "Great Man" to the next. These are persuasive frameworks that define the artform by a canon and a fixed set of values, inscribing a kind of perimeter.

In this multimedia presentation, which draws from the first chapter of Playing Changes: Jazz For the New Century (Pantheon, 2018), Chinen will address the rise of a conservation agenda in the jazz culture of the 1970s and '80s, and the stubbornly powerful trope of a jazz messiah, which now exists in a different form.

Nate Chinen was born in Honolulu, to a musical family: he grew up around the local Musicians Union, as his parents were popular nightclub entertainers. He began writing about jazz in 1996 for the Philadelphia City Paper, and has now authored content for several national music publications, including DownBeat, Blender and Vibe. Chinen spent about 12 years working as a jazz and pop critic for The New York Times and wrote monthly columns for JazzTimes. He is a 10-time winner of the Helen Dance-Robert Palmer Award for Excellence in Writing, presented by the Jazz Journalists Association. The same organization presented him with its award for Best Book About Jazz, for his work on Myself Among Others, the autobiography of impresario George Wein. Chinen is currently working as director of editorial content at WBGO, while still closely engaging with programs like Jazz Night in America, The Checkout and a range of jazz programming on NPR.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Music, the Corliss Lamont Lectureship for a Peaceful World and the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series at Amherst. This event is free and open to the public.

For more music department events, see our department calendar at https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

Photo by Michael Lionstar

Screenshot of a young woman in a dress and a young man in a three-piece suit standing close and looking into each other's eyes

German Film Series: "Mahler auf der Couch"

Mahler auf der Couch will be screened at both 4 and 7:30 p.m. and will be shown in German with English subtitles. Please contact Megan Howes for more information.

Synopsis: Experimental drama that imaginatively reconstructs a real encounter between two giants of fin-de-siècle Viennese culture. In the summer of 1910, composer Gustav Mahler traveled to Leyden in the Netherlands, to seek help with his troubled marriage to Alma-- from none other than Sigmund Freud.

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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.

TRUTH: Amherst College's Speaking Competition 2019

TRUTH. Arrive curious. Leave inspired.
On Thursday, Feb. 21, support student speakers by attending TRUTH: Amherst College’s Speaking Competition. Ten students have written persuasive speeches about this year’s theme, “Truth,” and will speak compellingly about what matters to them. Speaking prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the event.

Ongoing Events

Studio Art Faculty Exhibition

until Mar 1 Fayerweather Hall, 105 - Eli Marsh Gallery

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, and noon - 4 p.m. on Sundays. Closed Saturdays. This exhibition will close at noon on Friday, March 1.