Event Calendar

Today - Sat, Feb 23, 2019

Careers In Business & Finance Logo

Adventis Financial Modeling Certification Program

Are you interested in pursuing a position in investment banking, private equity, equity research, or other competitive fields in finance?

The Careers in Business and Finance program has partnered with Adventis to provide practical modeling experience through is proven Financial Modeling Certification (FMC) Program. This intensive, 2-day boot camp provides hands-on financial modeling training. Adventis’ unique training style consists of having students build financial models and analyses entirely from scratch, while explaining key concepts along the way. This approach enables students to retain more concepts and develop a valuable skill set.

Certified students have been able to demonstrate to employers that they have strong analytical capabilities and are ready to hit the ground running, impressing interviewers and ultimately landing positions at top firms on Wall Street. For those looking to excel quickly in their full-time or internship position or for sophomores looking to demonstrate abilities to potential employers, this program will reduce your learning curve and put you on a more even playing field with finance majors with whom you will be working or interning.

LOGISTICS
The training will be held from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on Saturday, February 23 and Sunday, February 24, with a 1-hour lunch break each day, in Webster 102. The course requires a PC (no Macs), and space will be limited to the first 22 students (based on the number of PCs available in Webster 102), plus up to an additional 10 students who can provide their own PC laptop. Certification exams will be held approximately every other week after the boot camp.

PROGRAM AGENDA
Day 1 Highlights:
• Build a 3-statement financial model of Allegiant Travel
• Build public & M&A comparables, a WACC analysis, a DCF analysis, and a “football field” analysis of Allegiant Travel
• Includes a 40-page trainee packet

Day 2 Highlights:
• Build a leveraged buyout analysis of Allegiant Travel
• Build a 3-statement financial model of PepsiCo

HOW TO REGISTER & COST PER STUDENT
Adventis is offering a discounted price of $199, as long as you enroll before Friday, February 8, 2019. After this date the course fee will go to $245. The final deadline for registration is February 21. Scholarships are available. Enroll online and email Stephanie Hockman (shockman@amherst.edu) if you would like to request a scholarship.

The link to register is as follows; registering in Handshake will also automatically redirect you to the page, but please note that RSVPing through Handshake does not count as registration: https://bootcamps.adventiscg.com/landing/Amherst-College-2019-02-23

Registration Required
Students looking at art at the Mead

Close Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes that bring student interests to the fore. Come back every week for a fresh perspective on the works on view in our galleries. Be sure to check our website and Facebook page for updates on weekly topics. All programs are free and open to the public!

Camille Brown performance

Five College Dance: "SPRING"

Five College Dance, in collaboration with the Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance, presents SPRING, an evening of dance featuring contributions from faculty, guest artists and dancers across all five campuses, including Camille A. Brown’s New Second Line, Five College Dance’s 2018-19 guest artist repertory project, made possible with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This dance is a celebration of the spirit and culture of the people of New Orleans.

The concert also features Picture This, a new work by critically acclaimed choreographer David Dorfman. Picture This is a kinetic, visual, musical and textual homage to the next generation of dance citizens-- a brief look at what makes these fine performers both joyous and angry in regard to love and politics.

Dances by Danté Brown (visiting assistant professor, Amherst College), Lailye Weidman (visiting assistant professor, Hampshire College) and Barbie Diewald (visiting artist, Mount Holyoke College), as well as a lobby installation by Rodger Blum (professor, Smith College), complete the program.

Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended: (413) 542-2277 or fcddance.reservations@gmail.com

Tomorrow - Sun, Feb 24, 2019

Careers In Business & Finance Logo

Adventis Financial Modeling Certification Program

Are you interested in pursuing a position in investment banking, private equity, equity research, or other competitive fields in finance?

The Careers in Business and Finance program has partnered with Adventis to provide practical modeling experience through is proven Financial Modeling Certification (FMC) Program. This intensive, 2-day boot camp provides hands-on financial modeling training. Adventis’ unique training style consists of having students build financial models and analyses entirely from scratch, while explaining key concepts along the way. This approach enables students to retain more concepts and develop a valuable skill set.

Certified students have been able to demonstrate to employers that they have strong analytical capabilities and are ready to hit the ground running, impressing interviewers and ultimately landing positions at top firms on Wall Street. For those looking to excel quickly in their full-time or internship position or for sophomores looking to demonstrate abilities to potential employers, this program will reduce your learning curve and put you on a more even playing field with finance majors with whom you will be working or interning.

LOGISTICS
The training will be held from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on Saturday, February 23 and Sunday, February 24, with a 1-hour lunch break each day, in Webster 102. The course requires a PC (no Macs), and space will be limited to the first 22 students (based on the number of PCs available in Webster 102), plus up to an additional 10 students who can provide their own PC laptop. Certification exams will be held approximately every other week after the boot camp.

PROGRAM AGENDA
Day 1 Highlights:
• Build a 3-statement financial model of Allegiant Travel
• Build public & M&A comparables, a WACC analysis, a DCF analysis, and a “football field” analysis of Allegiant Travel
• Includes a 40-page trainee packet

Day 2 Highlights:
• Build a leveraged buyout analysis of Allegiant Travel
• Build a 3-statement financial model of PepsiCo

HOW TO REGISTER & COST PER STUDENT
Adventis is offering a discounted price of $199, as long as you enroll before Friday, February 8, 2019. After this date the course fee will go to $245. The final deadline for registration is February 21. Scholarships are available. Enroll online and email Stephanie Hockman (shockman@amherst.edu) if you would like to request a scholarship.

The link to register is as follows; registering in Handshake will also automatically redirect you to the page, but please note that RSVPing through Handshake does not count as registration: https://bootcamps.adventiscg.com/landing/Amherst-College-2019-02-23

Registration Required
Black Art at Amherst Matters

Black Art Matters Festival

Join the MRC and the Mead as we conclude Black History Month with the Black Art Matters Festival, a visual art exhibition and performance showcase highlighting the work and artistic talent of Black student artists across the Five Colleges. Sunday February 24 at the Mead. The exhibition opens at 7 p.m., with live performances starting at 8 p.m.

Mon, Feb 25, 2019

Arabic Language Table Second-Year Mondays

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

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 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.

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Common Table: A Weekly Lunch Conversation with Religious and Spiritual Life

Does everything happen for a reason? Where does morality factor into career choice? And more simply, how are you doing anyway? All are welcome to this casual, drop-in time to share lunch and conversation on a topic of spirituality, belief or values as we explore together what it’s like to be a person in the world. Hosted by Religious and Spiritual Life staff and a rotation of student, faculty and staff guests. Please reach out if you'd like to co-host a conversation!

Bard In Berlin

Bard in Berlin - Info Table

Meet Bard representative Hannah Barrett and find out about our study abroad options at Bard College Berlin. True to the principles of liberal arts education, Bard College Berlin offers interdisciplinary programs in the humanities and social sciences. Study in the core program and the student’s chosen field of specialization is supplemented by a wide variety of elective courses in fields such as theater, film, philosophy, and studio arts, and by many forms of engagement with the city of Berlin, including museum visits, special courses and internships.

Students Only
Bard In Berlin- Info Table Poster

Bard in Berlin - Info Table

Stop by the info table to meet Bard representative Hannah Barrett. True to the principles of liberal arts education, Bard College Berlin offers interdisciplinary programs in the humanities and social sciences, with a strong focus on individual growth and the development of essential skills in writing and thinking. 

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.

Kamilah Ali wearing a white lab coat and smiling

Biology Monday Seminar: “The Forgotten One: ApoD, Lipoprotein Oxidation and Atherosclerosis”

Kamilah Ali, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Basic Science
Course Director, Pharmacology
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

Title: “The Forgotten One: ApoD, Lipoprotein Oxidation and Atherosclerosis”
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. The pathogenesis of CAD is complex and is due to the development of plaque, the accumulation of cholesterol in macrophages, in blood vessels that can cause thrombosis, leading to a heart attack or stroke. Some of the key players or steps in accumulation of cholesterol are the levels of plasma lipoproteins, oxidative capacity of LDL-cholesterol, and the inflammatory state of macrophages. Apolipoproteins (apos) are major determinants in regulating human plasma lipoprotein levels, thus affecting plaque formation (atherogenesis) in blood vessels. Our protein of interest, ApoD, is associated with plasma high-density lipoproteins (HDL), low-density lipoproteins (LDL), and very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL), and is ubiquitously expressed in tissues and present in cell types (endothelial cells (EC), vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC), macrophages) involved in plaque formation. However, we have a poor understanding of the role(s) and mechanism(s) of apoD in plaque development. We use in vivo animal models on a Western diet, lipid biochemistry and cell culture to address our hypothesis. Our preliminary data suggest that apoD is anti-atherogenic whose effects may be mediated by modulating LDL oxidation and/or downstream activation of macrophage- vascular smooth muscle cells signaling pathways.

Derron Wallace, wearing a suit and tie and smiling

Education Studies Initiative Speaker Series Presents Derron Wallace: “Safe Routes to School? Black Caribbean Youth Negotiating Police Surveillance in London and New York City”

This talk examines how Black Caribbean youth perceive and experience the state-endorsed "Stop and Search" program in London and then-ongoing "Stop and Frisk" practices in New York City while on route to and from public schools between 2007 and 2014. Despite a growing body of scholarship on the relationship between policing and schooling in the U.S. and U.K., comparative research on how school students experience stop-and-frisk/search practices remains sparse. Drawing on the BlackCrit tradition of Critical Race Theory and in-depth interviews with 60 Black Caribbean secondary school students, this article explores how adolescents experience adultlike policing to and from schools. The findings indicate that participants develop a strained sense of belonging in British and American societies due to a security paradox—a policing formula that promises safety for all in principle, but does so at the expense of some Black youth in practice. Participants learned that, irrespective of ethnicity, Black youth are regularly rendered suspicious subjects worthy of scrutiny, even during the school commute. This paper concludes with recommendations that can assist in improving students’ safety while en route to and from school.

Derron Wallace is an assistant professor of education and sociology at Brandeis University, with joint affiliations in African and Afro-American studies and social justice and social policy. He is a sociologist of race, ethnicity and education who specializes in cross-national studies of inequalities and identities in urban schools and neighborhoods, focusing specifically on the experiences of young people of African descent. His work has appeared in journals such as Sociology: The Journal of the British Sociological Association, The British Journal of Sociology of Education and Harvard Educational Review. His research has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Gates Cambridge Trust, the Marion & Jasper Whiting Foundation and the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. Prior to joining the Brandeis faculty, he served as a professional community organizer in London, working on youth safety, living wages, fair housing and immigrant rights campaigns.

Peer Advocate's 2nd Annual Community Promise Tabling

The Peer Advocate for Sexual Respect will be tabling this week to gather community responses to the prompt "Why and how we support survivors". These responses will be organized into a community poem that will be read by community members on March 20 at 7 p.m. in the Powerhouse. Stop by to give your response, sign up to be a reader, take some resources, or just say hello!

Spring 2019 Writing Center Workshops: Writing, Reading, Public Speaking, and Time Management

The Savvy Reader: Managing an Unmanageable Reading Load

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Frost Library, 211 (CHI Seminar Room)

The reading load for many classes can sometimes seem overwhelming and unmanageable. This workshop will help you take control of your reading and stay on top of it, rather than drowning in it or avoiding it altogether. In addition to being introduced to approaches to managing large reading loads and long texts, you will have the opportunity to practice strategies for reading more effectively and, when necessary, more efficiently. Led by Kristen Brookes, Senior Writing Associate.

Students Only
Registration Required

Writing Center Creative Writing Group

We will gather in the Writing Center to write and share fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, drama and other modes of creative writing in a friendly, supportive manner. No homework, just show up. Meetings will be led by writing associate Roy Andrews. All students are welcome.

Students Only

Tue, Feb 26, 2019

Associate Professor Takeuchi Tatsu, Virginia Tech: "Proposal of a New Terminology for Newton's Third Law: From Force-centric to Momentum-centric Pedagogy of Newton's Laws"

Newton's Third Law, aka the action-reaction law, can be quite confusing to many students, instructors and even to some textbook writers as well. The main reason for this is the unfortunate choice of terminology by Newton in his Principia. Many people think that what Newton meant by "reaction" is the reaction to "action" (which it isn't), and this misunderstanding is prevalent not only in the classroom but in popular media as well. I propose that even though "action" and "reaction" are the terms used by Newton himself (they are the same in Latin), it is high time we abandoned them for better ones that would aid in our own and our students' understanding. I will present my own proposal in this talk, though I suspect there may be better ones, and also propose a new pedagogy which emphasizes the concept of momentum above force in teaching Newton's Laws.

Peer Advocate's 2nd Annual Community Promise Tabling

The Peer Advocate for Sexual Respect will be tabling in Val and and the Keefe Campus Center this week to gather community responses to the prompt "Why and how we support survivors". These responses will be organized into a community poem that will be read by community members on March 20 at 7 p.m. in the Powerhouse. Stop by to give your response, sign up to be a reader, take some resources, or just say hello!

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.

Serving Tea ft. Jelani Johnson

A monthly meet and greet with out LGBTQ+ faculty or staff. This month's awesome guest is Associate Director of Student Activities, Jelani Johnson. Lunch will be served!

Blackness Inviolate

Leave No Mark: Blackness Inviolate, 1700-1731

In the first three decades of the eighteenth century, a series of personal accounts, sworn attestations, and trial records of the Portuguese Inquisition detail how enslaved and free black people, many African-born, would publicly take knives to their own flesh but not be harmed. These unworldly powers, they claimed, emerged from a type of pouch-form talisman called "mandinga." While these objects contained a wide array of empowering contents, a necessary and occasionally singular inclusion was writings and drawings inscribed on paper. This talk considers the role of these papers and the pouches which contained them against a longer Atlantic history of “marking” black bodies with scarifications, in slave ship registers, through iron brandings and torturous wounds. In so doing, it asks what new archives of Atlantic slavery may emerge from a seemingly violating performance of blackness that left no mark.

Matthew Francis Rarey is Assistant Professor of Art History at Oberlin College, and a 2018-2019 Visiting Scholar at the Program of African Studies at Northwestern University. His writing on Black Atlantic visual culture has appeared in African Heritage and Memories of Slavery in Brazil and the South Atlantic World(2015) and African Arts (2018). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Lotus flower

Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation Group

5:00 pm Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

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.

Summer Internship Mixer

It's the beginning of the spring semester -- a prime time to begin your summer internship search. Do you feel stuck thinking about how to start? How about you talk to someone who’s been in your shoes not too long ago -- your peers!

Come to the Summer Internship Mixer to learn from upperclassmen about where they've interned in the past and how they were able to search and secure their internships in a fun, low-key environment. Free, tasty food and drinks will be provided. Attendees will have the chance to enter into a raffle for prizes.*

*Must be present at the time of the drawing at the end of the event to be eligible.

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.