Event Calendar

Today - Thu, Dec 13, 2018

Travel Signatures and Donuts!

Are you an international student traveling over winter break? Do you need a travel signature? Join us at CISE before leaving campus for break! We'll have donuts and will be providing I-20/DS-2019 travel signatures for F-1 and J-1 visa holding students!

Email cise@amherst.edu with any questions or concerns.

Students Only
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Russian Film Screening: "Kiss Them All! 2" (ГОРЬКО! 2)

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

Kiss Them All! 2 • ГОРЬКО! 2
directed by Zhora Kryzhovnikov • 2014 • 96 minutes

A shady businessman fakes his own death to fix his financial problems while his stepdaughter is off on her honeymoon.

This movie will be shown in Russian with English subtitles, and will be screened at both 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

College-funded Winter Travel Abroad: Pre-departure Meeting

Are you traveling with college funds this winter for senior thesis research, or for a special topics course? Any trip that is arranged or funded (in part or in full) by Amherst is a college-sponsored trip, and you receive a special insurance benefit, AIG Travel Guard, if your trip is over 100 miles from Amherst. Come to a pre-departure meeting specially-designed for interterm travel. Students traveling with college funds are required to attend.

Students Only
coffee mug reading "Caution: Thesis Writing in Progress"

Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

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

Tomorrow - Fri, Dec 14, 2018

Calvin and Hobbes discuss the inspiration found in last-minute panic

Amherst Write-In

10:00 am - 3:00 pm Science Center, d103 (Science Library Classroom)

There’s no need to toil away in isolation when everyone has papers to write! Spend this Friday of reading period in a supportive, quiet environment to make some progress on those final projects. The Writing Center will provide snacks, coffee and drop-in writing consultations.

Students Only

Women of Color Luncheon

Come join us in the WGC for conversations about womanhood and gender on campus and in higher education. This is a space for women of color that aims to build community solidarity and intersectional understandings of identity.

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Knitting at Noon

Are you a knitter who has longed to knit with others? Have you always wanted to be a knitter, but are intimidated by all of the paraphernalia, complicated stitches and impossible-to-understand instructions? Then join us for some low-key yarn work and conversation. All students, staff and faculty are welcome. Please bring a brown-bag or grab-and-go lunch to sustain you.

Travel Signatures and Hot Chocolate!

Are you an international student traveling over winter break? Do you need a travel signature? Join us at CISE before leaving campus for break! We'll have hot chocolate and will be providing I-20/DS-2019 travel signatures for F-1 and J-1 visa holding students!

Email cise@amherst.edu with any questions or concerns.

Students Only
Poster promoting a destress event called "Color & Chill"

Color & Chill

3:00 pm Ford Hall, Event Space

Come take a study break and destress! There will be pizza, cookies, ice cream, coloring books and you could even watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine!

"Hodie" Benefit for Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund

This year’s choral concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, at Amherst College’s Buckley Recital Hall and will feature singers from local choruses and the Five Colleges. There is no admission fee, and aside from printing and publicity expenses, all donations will benefit the Toy Fund.

Hodie, whose title means “this day” in Latin, was first produced by choral singer Brit Albritton in 2004, while Deanna Joseph, then an assistant director of choral activities at Smith College, served as the program’s artistic director.

Arianne Abela, director of the Amherst College choral program, said that the Hodie shows were essential in steering her toward a career in music.

Sat, Dec 15, 2018

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AC After Dark: DIY Self-Care Packages

Make a care package filled with snacks, handmade wellness products, DIY stress toys, slime, and more! This is the perfect gift for a friend or for yourself as we enter finals. The first 30 students will get FREE bubble tea from LimeRed. Tea rolls will be provided from Fresh Side. Join us for the last AC After Dark event of the semester!

Students Only

Mon, Dec 17, 2018

Yoda at Amherst

Yoda's Table: A Weekly Lunch Conversation with Religious and Spiritual Life

Does everything happen for a reason? Are there invisible forces at work? What does spirituality look like in our fast-paced, tech-driven lives? Come ponder these and other questions at this casual, drop-in time to share lunch and conversation on a topic of spirituality, belief or values. Every Monday beginning December 3. Look for Yoda to find us, and please reach out if you'd like to co-host a conversation!

Tue, Dec 18, 2018

Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness -or because you are curious. This event will be led by Mark Hart, Buddhist Advisor.

Wed, Dec 19, 2018

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., President and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management

The Role of Diversity and Inclusion in Human Resource Practices

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Human Resources at Amherst College are proud to offer a complimentary event featuring guest speaker, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., the President and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management.

"The Role of Diversity and Inclusion in Human Resource Practices" will be presented in Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall, located on the Amherst College campus. This is a complimentary event and a grab-n-go lunch will be provided at the end of the event.

Registration Required

Wed, Dec 26, 2018

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!

Mon, Jan 7, 2019

RAD Self-Defense Classes

RAD Self-Defense Classes

This is a program of realistic self-defense tactics, concepts, and techniques. It is a comprehensive course open to folks who self-identify as trans or cis women, and/or as nonbinary. It begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing to the basics of hands-on defense training. Available to all faculty, staff and students. Email RAD@Amherst.edu

Sun, Jan 20, 2019

Next Gen Leadership Institute

Next Gen Leadership Institute

Coordinated by the Loeb Center & Office of Campus Diversity & Student Leadership, the Next Gen Leadership Institute is an interterm program designed for first-generation and/or low-income students to cultivate and highlight existing social and cultural capital in their personal and professional lives. We hope to create an affirming space where students can acquire and integrate transferable skills that prepare them for their future and create a culture of peer support and knowledge-sharing.

Students Only
Registration Required

Wed, Jan 23, 2019

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!

Fri, Jan 25, 2019

Amherst x The Great Midwest Trivia Contest

Tony Bradburn believes that if you were to be on skiis, one lap around this lake would be a SERIOUS work out. Nearby this lake is a historical building within which resides a 10 foot sculpture of a historical Illinoisan politician. In the room with the single twin bed, there is a heart-shaped box on top of a dresser. What is in the box?

Over 50 years ago, Lawrence University’s radio station WLFM-AM started the Great Midwest Trivia Contest, a 50-hour research-based trivia event. If you enjoy answering complicated questions (like the one above) or completing action challenges such as “creating and performing the best love song in under 10 minutes,” sign up to express your interest in participating in the Great Midwest Trivia Contest! Participants compete in teams that will likely be defined by class year. Student Activities and Science Center Programs is teaming up to present this weekend-long event complete with food and fun for participants of the contest. The contest begins at 9 p.m. on Friday, January 25, 2019, and ends on Sunday, January 27, at midnight. (This is the weekend right before second-semester classes begin on January 28.) Contest headquarters will be held in the Living Room of the Science Center.

Fill out this form to keep up -to-date with information regarding this contest: https://goo.gl/forms/MGYKbWqpgKXfZjwH2

For more information on the format and history of the contest: https://blogs.lawrence.edu/trivia/about

Mon, Jan 28, 2019

Yoda at Amherst

Yoda's Table: A Weekly Lunch Conversation with Religious and Spiritual Life

Does everything happen for a reason? Are there invisible forces at work? What does spirituality look like in our fast-paced, tech-driven lives? Come ponder these and other questions at this casual, drop-in time to share lunch and conversation on a topic of spirituality, belief or values. Every Monday beginning December 3. Look for Yoda to find us, and please reach out if you'd like to co-host a conversation!

Wed, Jan 30, 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!

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!

Sat, Feb 2, 2019

Michael Musillami Trio +2

Jazz Concert: Michael Musillami Trio + 2

Free of charge and open to the public, the Music Department presents a special jazz concert by the Michael Musillami Trio +2, featuring Musillami (guitar, compositions), Joe Fonda (bass), George Schuller (drums), Kirk Knuffke (cornet), and Jason Robinson (saxophones, alto flute) at 7 p.m. in room 3 of Arms Music Center. The group will perform new original music from their 2018 release Life Anthem (Playscape), as well as new music for their forthcoming 2019 release Little Ruby Steps.

"Four stars."
-Downbeat Magazine

“[O]ne of the most stimulating contemporary sets I’ve heard in a long time.”
-Nick Jones, Jazz Journal Magazine

“Michael Musillami's music is a treasure, and we are fortunate that he came through his recent crisis unscathed.”
-Tim Niland, Jazz and Blues Blog

“It's one of the year's best recordings."
-Jerome Wilson, All About Jazz

About Life Anthem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAM_tBL4Vkg

Michael Musillami's "compositions develop in leisurely style from quiet simplicity to intricate complexity," writes Jack Massarik in Jazzwise, "and the ensemble playing is civilized, sophisticated and clean." The Boston Phoenix's Jon Garelick adds, "Musillami sounds familiar — this is swinging jazz guitar, after all — but not quite like anyone else." Born and raised in California, Musillami studied with renowned guitarist Joe Diorio before moving to the east coast in the early 1980s, working primarily in organ trios led by Richard "Groove" Holmes and Bobby Buster, among others. In addition to paying his dues by sharing the stage with Junior Cook, Dewey Redman, and Curtis Fuller, Musillami became part of the circle of musicians connected to the Hillside Club in Waterbury, CT, throughout the 1980s.

Over his 40-year career, Musillami has led a variety of ensembles, releasing 19 CDs and touring throughout North America, Canada and Europe. Along with his longstanding flagship trio with bassist Joe Fonda and drummer George Schuller, he has earned critical notice as the leader of groups ranging from duo to octet, featuring such prominent collaborators as Mark Feldman, Cameron Brown, Drew Gress, Michael Sarin, and Matt Wilson. In 1999, Musillami founded Playscape Recordings to give himself more control over his recording career and support other musicians. Built around a cadre of frequent collaborators, the label has garnered extensive critical praise and a catalog of more than 70 diverse releases. "Like Blue Note or CTI in their prime," writes Signal to Noise reviewer John Chacona, "Michael Musillami's Playscape label has a signature sound." When not working with his own bands or managing his record label, Musillami also writes for and directs the 28 piece jazz ensemble Right Brain Logic at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut. Learn more at: www.michaelmusillami.com and www.playscape-recordings.com.

Michael Musillami Trio

"Working on an almost telepathic level," writes Troy Collins, "they have developed an innate familiarity with each other that enables them to second guess abrupt tempo changes and harmonic detours with split-second timing." "Musillami's trio, his alliance with his longtime friends and collaborators, bassist Joe Fonda and drummer George Schuller, is a superb, finely tuned unit, empathetic, swinging and dramatically expressive of emotions sweeping from joy to sadness," says Owen McNally of the Hartford Courant in his recent feature article. "More impressive than longevity, however, is the trio's remarkably tight, cohesive unity. Nurtured by Musillami's celebratory music, the band functions as a musical family, a democratic clan in which everyone expresses himself." Critics have called the group's music "truly original" (Michael G. Nastos, AllMusic.com), "challenging and adventurous" (Bill Beuttler, Boston Globe), "scintillating and provocative" (Bill Milkowski, The Absolute Sound) and "honest, frequently surprising and consistently exciting" (Ron Wynn, JazzTimes). "Working on an almost telepathic level," adds Cadence reviewer Troy Collins, "they have developed an innate familiarity with each other that enables them to second guess abrupt tempo changes and harmonic detours with split second timing. Although the trio certainly doesn't need any help navigating Musillami's compelling tunes, they are occasionally joined by a few guest soloists, always to remarkable effect."

Joe Fonda is a composer, bassist, recording artist, interdisciplinary performer, producer and educator. An accomplished international jazz artist, Fonda has performed with his own ensembles throughout the United States ,Canada , Europe and Asia. He has collaborated and performed with such artists as Anthony Braxton ,Archie Shepp, Ken McIntyre, Lou Donaldson, Bill and Kenny Barron, Leo Smith, Perry Robinson, Dave Douglas, Curtis Fuller, Bill Dixon, Han Bennink, Bobby Naughton, Xu Fengia, Randy Weston, Gebhard Ullmann, Carla Bley, Carlo Zingaro, Barry Altschul, Billy Bang.

A native of New York City, drummer and composer George Schuller moved to Boston in 1967, where he was raised and educated, and later received a bachelor's degree in jazz performance at the New England Conservatory of Music in 1982. For the next 12 years, Schuller was a fixture on the Boston area jazz scene, performing with Herb Pomeroy, Jaki Byard, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Mick Goodrick, John Lockwood, Ran Blake, Lisa Thorson, Billy Pierce, Bruce Gertz, Mili Bermejo, John LaPorta, Dominique Eade and Hal Crook. Schuller presently resides in Brooklyn and freelances in the New York City area, performing with Ballin' The Jack, Michael Musillami, Burton Greene, Armen Donelian, Morena/Fonda Trio, Seunghee Han, Whirrr! (Music of Jimmy Giuffre), Russ Johnson's Out To Lunch (Music of Eric Dolphy), Yard Byard (Music of Jaki Byard) and Conference Call, in addition to leading his own groups Circle Wide and George Schuller Trio.

Cornetist and composer Kirk Knuffke is the winner of Downbeat Magazine's "Rising Star" critics poll for 2015. A recipient of the Jerome Foundation composers grant, Kirk has released 15 recordings as a leader or co-leader. "One of modern jazz's most skilled navigators of the divide between inside and outside, freedom and swing," he has "full command of his most demanding instrument" – All About Jazz. Kirk placed in the top five in the world in the El Intruso critics poll and was one of six nominees for Trumpeter of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. Knuffke has been based in New York City since 2005. Shortly after his arrival, Knuffke began playing with Butch Morris. Their friendship resulted in four recordings and several European tours. Kirk joined the celebrated Matt Wilson Quartet in 2009, recording "Gathering Call" (Palmetto) featuring John Medeski and touring each year. 2016 brought Matt Wilson's "Beginning of a memory" Palmetto, which received 5 stars in Downbeat. Michael Formanek's "The Distance" ECM was also awarded 5 stars this year. Knuffke also plays in "Sifter" with Mary Halvorson and Wilson, Ideal Bread, Allison Miller's "Boom Tic Boom," Todd Sickafoose's "Tiny Resistors" and groups led by Ray Anderson, Uri Caine, Mark Helias, Bill Goodwin, Karl Berger and Ted Brown, to name a few. "Arm and Hands," a recent release, garnered praise from every major jazz publication.. The Following CDs "Little Cross" Steeplechase records and "Lamplighter" Fresh Sound Records have also received much praise. Kirk Has had feature articles in Downbeat Magazine, Jazz Times, Germany's "Sonic", and Denmark's "JazzSpecial" among others.

The music of American saxophonist and scholar Jason Robinson ("rugged and scintillating," New York Times) thrives in the fertile overlaps between improvisation and composition, acoustic music and electronics, tradition and experimentalism. Initially a devotee of post-1960s jazz and creative music, Robinson is celebrated for bringing together various historical directions in jazz--bebop, post-bop, the avant-garde--with an improvisatory and compositional sensibility drawn from and extending the languages of John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Lester Young. His musical interests, however, span far and wide. He is a critically acclaimed distinctive voice in a new generation of creative musicians in equal dialogue with jazz, popular music, experimental music, and electronic music. Robinson's primary group is his New York-based Janus Ensemble, which ranges in size from a quintet with reedist Marty Ehrlich, guitarist Liberty Ellman, bassist Drew Gress, and drummer George Schuller, to the full nine-piece version of the group with the addition of reedist JD Parran, trombonist and tubist Bill Lowe, tubist Marcus Rojas, and drummer Ches Smith. The group's latest release is Tiresian Symmetry(Cuneiform, 2012).

Mon, Feb 4, 2019

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.

Ongoing Events

Study at the Mead, students studying in galleries

Study at the Mead

Throughout reading period and finals week, the Mead will offer lots of activities to help you de-stress with art. Join us for bottomless coffee, massages and more! We also have comfortable chairs, plenty of outlets and great lighting to provide an inspirational place for you to study. The Mead is open until midnight on school nights (but closed on Mondays).