Event Calendar

Sun, Aug 26, 2018

Brightly colored closeup drawing of a flower

"Fresh Inklings: New Words, New Works"

Soprano Kristen Watson will join violinist/composer Francine Trester and pianist/composer and Eric Sawyer of the Amherst music faculty in a performance of original music and lyrics. The free concert will take place on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 3 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College. The composers will play premieres of two duos, Sawyer’s "Young Inklings" and Trester’s "Israfel." Two new song cycles with lyrics by the composers will also be introduced, Trester’s Artsonia and Sawyer’s Thirteen Popular Songs (selections). Rounding out the program will be a new piano work written for Sawyer by John McDonald, recently a visitor to Amherst College.

Trester is a prolific composer of vocal and instrumental music, whose recent works include the chamber opera 334 Bunnies and At the River, a vocal/orchestral work performed at the Hatch Shell on Boston’s Esplanade. She is on the music faculty of Berklee School of Music.

Sawyer is known to area audiences through the performances of his operas The Scarlet Professor, The Garden of Martyrs and Our American Cousin.

Kristen Watson is a member of the acclaimed Emmanuel Music, and performs widely in New England as a soloist and in stage roles, including recently as the Doctor in The Scarlet Professor.

Projected images are creations of Trester’s 8-year-old daughter, Chloë Carrano. Trester’s song cycle provides a commentary on Chloë’s paintings and the master paintings on which they are based.

Tue, Aug 28, 2018

Cereal and Cartoons

Already moved in? Looking to meet new friends? Come join us for Cereal and Cartoons, starting at 9 a.m. in Keefe Theater in the basement of Keefe Campus Center! Free food and entertainment.

Sun, Sep 2, 2018

Photo of Danielle Allen

2018 DeMott Lecture - Danielle Allen

The annual DeMott lecture will be on Sunday, September 2, at 4:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel, and will be given by Danielle Allen, a former trustee of Amherst College. Allen received an honorary degree from Amherst College at the 2018 Commencement ceremony. She is a classicist and political theorist, the James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University and director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.

The DeMott lecture is the welcome address to incoming students. It will be live streamed for returning students, alumni and trustees who may wish to watch.

Information about Professor Benjamin DeMott and previous DeMott lectures, including last year’s talk given by attorney Rev. Phillip Jackson '86, is available on the DeMott portion of our website.

Audience in seats of Buckley Recital Hall

Music Department Orientation Showcase

Experience the Amherst music department ensembles: Choral Society, Jazz Ensemble and Amherst Symphony Orchestra offer an introductory showcase performance. The performance is free and open to all.

New and returning students are welcome to stop by for pizza before the ensemble showcase and find out about music department opportunities in Room 3 of Arms Music Center from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Mon, Sep 3, 2018

Photo of Johnson Chapel stage during convocation

Opening Convocation

Opening Convocation is the first formal gathering of the first-year students, at which the president and the faculty, all in full regalia, welcome the students to the College. It is also a time for some of the recently promoted professors to be awarded honorary Amherst College degrees. The traditional ceremony involves a formal procession, musicians and a performance by the College's Choral Society.

This event is intended for faculty and first-year students. Upperclass students, alumni and community members are invited to watch via livestream. Video recording and a transcript of Convocation will be made available after the event.

Tue, Sep 4, 2018

Entrance to Mead Art Museum, near which are lampposts, foliage and Stearns Steeple

Meet and Greet at the Mead

Ever wonder who curates the shows on view and plans events at your college art museum? Stop by the Mead to get to know the people who make up the collections, curatorial, education and security departments.

This event is designed for students, but open to everyone! It is offered in conjunction with Student Activities.

Wed, Sep 5, 2018

 Lesley Schiff (American, 1951-). Clock, 1981. Color xerography. Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts. Gift of Jane P. Singer.

Time Management Program Series

Stressed about how to balance classwork, extracurriculars, friendships, and sleep this semester? Don’t worry! Stop by the Mead for a two-part workshop series that will offer strategies for gaining control over how you use your time.

Part I. Where does the time go? | Wednesday, Sept. 5, 6:30–8 p.m.
All students are invited for an introduction to time management and a sneak peek at the Mead’s exhibition Timing Is Everything before it opens to the public. Pizza will be served!

Part II. Planning Through Procrastination | Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6:30–8 p.m.
All students are invited to a hands-on planning workshop. Now that the semester is underway, join us to plan your individual weekly schedule and semester as a whole. Please bring any planner you use (online or paper), along with the syllabi for your courses. The first twenty students to arrive will be given a free planner and pizza will be served!


These workshops will be facilitated by Senior Associate Dean of Students Charri Boykin-East, Senior Writing Associate Kristen Brookes, and the Mead’s education team. This program is designed for Five College students and offered in collaboration with the Being Human in STEM Initiative, Student Affairs, and the Writing Center.

Students Only

Why Choose a Non-Bulge Bracket Investment Bank

The finance industry can seem very complex, especially when distinguishing between investment banks. This is your opportunity to hear from a panel of industry experts who will be discussing the advantages of choosing a non-bulge bracket investment bank/investment advisory firm. These alumni, who represent middle market and boutique investment banks, will be talking about the pros and cons of working at smaller firms and how your career can be directly impacted. These same firms will be on campus this fall for internship and/or full-time recruiting. Following the panel, the employers will be available for networking and individual questions. Come hear about each firm and determine if pursuing investment banking at a middle market or boutique firm is right for you.

Thu, Sep 6, 2018

Advantages to Careers on the Buy Side

As the finance recruiting season starts, it’s important to understand every aspect of the industry. Here’s your opportunity to hear why a career on the buy side can be an advantageous place to start your career. Alumni from leading buy-side investment firms will be participating in a panel discussion about the pros and cons of careers on the buy side. These same firms will be on campus this fall for internship and full-time recruiting. Following the panel, the employers will be available for networking and individual questions. Come hear about each firm and determine if pursuing a career on the buy-side is right for you.

Depiction of the cratered surface of the moon with a spacecraft on it

Midnight Tour of the Mead!

Did you know that the Mead is open until midnight on school nights? Stop by your favorite college art museum for a special midnight tour with our student educators.

This program is offered in conjunction with the Mead’s Student Educator Program and Student Activities.

Fri, Sep 7, 2018

Women's & Gender Center Mammoth Week Ice Cream Social

Join the Women's & Gender Center for an ice cream social to kick of the new school year! Vegan and gluten-free options will be available. Faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend this event.

Mastering the Finance and Consulting Recruiting Process

The recruiting process for finance and consulting is here. Now is the time to make sure you have everything ready to conquer the process and land that full-time position or summer 2019 internship. Whether you will be interviewing for sell-side investment banking, sales, trading or research positions, looking at buy-side opportunities, or determined to land a consulting position, this workshop will help you hone all your skills and techniques to make the fall recruiting process easier. Stephanie Hockman, program director for Careers In Business and Finance, will lead a workshop to help you master the process including reviewing how to network at information sessions (which start as early as September 10) tips for acing the fit and behavior questions, technical finance questions, and the consulting case interview. Stephanie and the CIBF Interns will also be on hand to review resumes and cover letters after the workshop presentation.

Sat, Sep 8, 2018

Mock Finance Interviews – Fall 2018

If you are recruiting this fall, getting more practice interviews is a foundation for success. Members of the class of 2019 who successfully interviewed last fall and had internships in finance this summer have agreed to interview sophomores, juniors and seniors to help you prepare for first round interviews and Super Days in finance. Mock interviews are available for Investment Banking, Sales and Trading, Research, and Buy-Side positions, and will begin on the hour at 9, 10, and 11 a.m. and at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. in the Loeb Center. Each interview will consist of a 45 minute fit/behavior + technical interview followed by a 15 minute feedback session.

Spaces are limited, so you should RSVP as soon as possible through Handshake. Registration closes at 11:55 p.m. on Wednesday, September 5. Upon registering for the event, you will be redirected to a survey where you can indicate the type of interview needed and your first three time preferences. You will receive an email from Stephanie Hockman within 48 hours of the mock interviews with confirmation of your assigned time. You should plan to participate as if this is a real interview (dress, preparation, resumes in hand, etc).

Sun, Sep 9, 2018

Amherst College jazz faculty playing various instruments on Buckley Recital Hall stage

Jazz Faculty Concert

The Amherst College jazz faculty welcomes new and returning students with a concert showcasing the depth and richness of jazz at the College. The concert features original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards performed by Claire Arenius (drums), Joe Belmont (guitar), Carl Clements (saxophones, flutes), Geoff Cunningham (trumpet, flugelhorn), Darryl Harper (clarinet), Ann Maggs (voice), David Picchi (bass), Jason Robinson (saxophones), Eugene Uman (piano) and Bob Weiner (percussion). The concert is free and open to the public.

Mon, Sep 10, 2018

Chinese Language Table

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

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from noon - 1 p.m.

Students Only

Deloitte Consulting Information Session

Deloitte Consulting has more than 263,900 professionals at member firms delivering services in audit and assurance, tax, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, and related services in more than 150 countries and territories. Revenues for fiscal year 2017 were $38.8 billion.

Those who work at Deloitte are encouraged to challenge themselves. Staff at all levels are empowered to mentor others, forge new paths, and make an impact that matters across the globe – for clients, for Deloitte colleagues, and within the firm’s communities. Deloitte gives its professionals the opportunity to work with the best and explore what works best for you. Along the way, you’ll develop skills and experience that will last your whole career, wherever it takes you.

Deloitte professionals, from interns to management, can lead at every level. Interns and entry-level staff represent the firm’s future, and Deloitte is committed to investing in your development to help you become the best you can be. Deloitte believes in authenticity, and in bringing your true self to work. That way, you can be an inspiration to those around you.

Attend this information session to learn more about Deloitte’s company culture, its entry-level and internship opportunities, and the consulting field as a whole. Amherst alum Pete Giorgio '92, a principal at Deloitte, will be on hand to answer questions.

Tue, Sep 11, 2018

Chinese Language Table

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

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from noon - 1 p.m.

Students Only

Bain Capital Information Session

Bain Capital is one of the world’s leading multi-asset alternative investment firms, with over $95 billion in assets under management that creates lasting impact for investors, teams, businesses and the communities in which we live.

Founded in 1984, Bain Capital pioneered a consulting-based approach to private equity investing, partnering closely with management teams to offer the insights that challenge conventional thinking, build great businesses and improve operations. Today, the firm strives to create value through private equity, public equity, fixed income and credit and venture capital investments across multiple sectors, industries and geographies.

Bain Capital has opportunities available for talented people who are ready to create lasting impact for its investors, teams, businesses and communities. Attend this information session to learn more about the firm’s culture, its entry-level opportunities, and how to successfully apply for them.

Wed, Sep 12, 2018

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!

Putnam Investments Information Session

Putnam has helped individuals and institutions pursue successful investment strategies for 80 years. Today, Putnam provides investment services across a range of equity, fixed income, absolute return, and alternative strategies. A global asset manager serving individuals, institutions, and retirement plan sponsors, Putnam distributes its services largely through intermediaries via offices and strategic alliances in North America, Europe and Asia.

Putnam's Early Career Programs offer a wealth of opportunities for motivated, talented and creative individuals with a passion to learn and succeed in the investment management industry. These programs offer fast-paced, hands-on job responsibilities, working directly with Putnam professionals; robust formal training programs to supplement on-the-job experience; and accelerated opportunities for those who demonstrate the aptitude and passion for success.

Attend this information session to learn more about Putnam’s culture, its Early Career opportunities, and how to successfully apply for internships and full-time positions with the company.

Thu, Sep 13, 2018

Bain & Company Information Table

Bain & Company is one of the world's leading management consulting firms, working with top executives to help them make better decisions, convert those decisions to actions and deliver the sustainable success they desire.

The firm advises global leaders on their most critical issues and opportunities: strategy, marketing, organization, operations, information technology, digital transformation and strategy, advanced analytics, transformations, sustainability, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions, across all industries and geographies.

Stop by this information table to speak with recruiters and Amherst alumni who work for the firm about whether an internship or post-graduation opportunity at Bain is a great fit for you!

Katja Oxman (American, born in Germany, 1942). Sound of Water Over Rock, 2003. Etching and aquatint. Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts. Anonymous gift.

Fall Exhibitions Opening Reception

Please join us to celebrate the opening of our new lineup of fall exhibitions at the Mead Art Museum. Drawn from our permanent collection, these exhibitions offer new narratives of gender and time, and reveal new directions in the Mead’s collecting practices. All are invited for an artistic experience that explores themes across centuries, continents and media!

5–5:30 p.m. | Director’s welcome followed by curatorial remarks by american art curator Vanja Malloy and European print specialist and study room manager Mila Hruba

5:30–7 p.m. | Reception featuring DJ Quills, refreshments and more!

Free and open to all!

William Mazzarella

"Why Is Trump So Enjoyable?" with William Mazzarella

How can we begin to explain the apparent imperviousness of Trump’s popularity to gaffes and scandals that would long since have brought down any other politician? In order to begin to answer this question, we need to come grips with the dimension of enjoyment that drives attachment – as well as opposition – to the Trump phenomenon. One of the most important implications of interpreting politics through the lens of enjoyment is the necessity of moving beyond merely interest-based and utility-based analyses of public life.

Join us as William Mazzarella, professor of anthropology at the University of Chicago, speaks on "Why Is Trump So Enjoyable?" This talk will include responses from Kenneth Tucker of Mount Holyoke College, Monique Roelofs of Hampshire College and Andrew Poe of Amherst College.

Bain & Company Fall Presentation

When the leaders of the world's largest, fastest-growing companies look for help with their most complex challenges, they call Bain & Company. Today, the firm is at the top of its field, helping organizations—many of which are brands you're familiar with—create change.

At Bain, consultants will work with these global organizations, alongside their most senior executives, to solve their toughest challenges. The firm has worked with the majority of the Global 500, thousands of major regional and local organizations, hundreds of nonprofits, and private equity funds representing 75 percent of global equity capital.

Attend this information session to hear from Amherst alumni about their experiences working at Bain, learn more about the firm’s associate consultant and associate consultant internship programs, and find out how to successfully apply for their open opportunities.

Fri, Sep 14, 2018

Chinese Language Table

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

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from noon - 1 p.m.

Students Only