Event Calendar

Tomorrow - Wed, Oct 23, 2019

Weekly Writing Group

Trying to carve out time to write, away from distractions and in a comfortable space? The Center for Humanistic Inquiry invites faculty and staff to participate in an informal writing group every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon at the CHI during the fall semester. The Dean of the Faculty is sponsoring all drinks for writers gathered at CHI on Wednesday mornings, available from Frost Café. Just mention that you are part of the faculty/staff writing group.

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Russian Table

Please join us for the Russian Table for Russian conversation and conviviality! Grab your lunch and head upstairs. We hope to see you there! In case you prefer to use a tray, please ask a Valentine staff member.

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!

ACPD Open House

ACPD Open House

Come visit the Amherst College Police patrol room and check out the remodeled dispatch room.
You will be able to meet some of our furry friends too or bring yours for their own mug shot!
*Fall treats will be provided*

Release

Release is an open forum for Amherst community members to talk about race, ethnicity, cultural identity, and current events impacting us at Amherst and beyond. Conversations center the experiences and voices of people of color.

Students Only
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"Kashmir: Unrelenting States of Exception"

Professor Angana P. Chatterji is founding co-chair of the Political Conflict, Gender and People’s Rights Initiative, and research anthropologist at the Center for Race and Gender at the University of California, Berkeley. Chatterji co-founded the People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Kashmir in 2008. Her collaborative work with Kashmiri civil society organizations uncovered the unknown and mass graves
there, calling attention to the need for accountability. Chatterji will speak about her research, undertaken in partnership with civil society organizations in Kashmir, and to the events following Aug. 5, 2019, that evidence the injurious consequences affected by the majoritarian state.

This event, sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the South Asian Student Association at Amherst College along with funding from the Lamont and Lurcy Funds, is free and open to the public.

Math & Stats: Information Sessions for Prospective Majors: Stats 10/21 7:30 pm SMUD 207; Math 10/23 5 pm, 10/24 6 pm, SMUD 204

Mathematics: Information Session for Prospective Majors

Interested in majoring in Mathematics? Join the Mathematics faculty to chat, have your questions answered and eat!

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Observation and Action: Contemplation with Guitar

Through a structured and direct experience of silence, sound, time, and acoustic space, we will practice simplicity, presence and togetherness. No prior experience with music or meditation is required.
Guitars will be available for student use. If you have an acoustic guitar, you are welcome to bring it.
This session will be presented by Vic Rawlings, a musician, instrument builder, sound installation artist, and filmmaker based in western Massachusetts, in collaboration with Mark Hart, Buddhist Advisor for Religious and Spiritual Life.

QTPOC Affinity Space and Dinner

The Amherst College Queer and Trans People of Color Affinity Space centers students from Amherst College and within the Five Colleges who identify as queer/trans/genderqueer people of color. Presented by the QRC and MRC.
Staff and faculty who identify with the QTPOC community are welcome to attend!
Dinner will be served on: 09/25*, 10/23*, 11/20* (in the QRC)
Just discussion will be hosted on: 10/09, 11/06, 12/04 (in the MRC)

Tufts University’s Gordon Institute: M.S. in Innovation & Management (MSIM) Info Session

The M.S. in Innovation & Management from Tufts University’s Gordon Institute is a full-time, accelerated program that will provide graduates with the product innovation, marketing, finance and leadership skills necessary to be a new leader in today’s technology-driven world.
Each semester, participants work on a fast-paced, immersive team venture called an Innovation Sprint, where they identify key problems, prototype solutions, and synthesize business and financial models that scale. With each of these three Innovation Sprints, participants go through the entire innovation cycle, from ideation to rapid prototyping.
Big team projects are also supported by small seminar-style courses that are interactive, in-depth, and taught exclusively by Tufts professors with decades of experience running innovative companies and social ventures.
Want to learn more? Attend this information session to hear from Ethan Robles, Tufts Gordon Institute’s Assistant Director of Admissions.

Oracle NetSuite: Sales Positions Information Session

If you’re interested in exploring a career in sales, please join Amherst alum Keon Webbe ’04 for this information session.
Keon is a Business Development Manager at Oracle NetSuite and will be on campus to chat about sales in corporate America and their Business Development Representative (BDR) Program. His team focuses on hiring the next future rock stars—high energy, sharp, focused recent college grads who are excited about a career in sales.
Oracle NetSuite offers a unique, hands-on learning opportunity and a well-defined career path. So if you’re curious and would like to lean more, be sure to attend.

Tabling for the Reproductive Justice Week

Come stop by the Reproductive Justice Week table in the Keefe Atrium to talk to some members from the Reproductive Justice Alliance and Women’s and Gender Center. Purchase some stickers to benefit the Western MA Abortion Rights Fund. You can also find out more information about our events for the week!

Thu, Oct 24, 2019

Arabic Language Table for First-Year Arabic Students

This Arabic language table is a weekly conversation group for first-year Arabic students. We meet every Thursday in the upstairs seating section of the Valentine Dining Hall and anyone who can communicate in Arabic at the first-year level is welcome to attend. Syonara Tomoum will be present as a moderator.

Students Only
Employee Council Coffee Hours

Employee Council October Coffee Hour

Please join us for Coffee Hour! Meet Employee Council representatives and other staff from around campus, talk about issues that matter to you, and enjoy a free coffee and muffin—it’s on us!

Release

Release is an open forum for Amherst community members to talk about race, ethnicity, cultural identity, and current events impacting us at Amherst and beyond. Conversations center the experiences and voices of people of color.

Students Only
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Math Colloquium by David Freund: “Knot for Everyday Purposes”

David Freund is a preceptor in the Department of Mathematics at Harvard University.

Abstract: Knots are a part of our everyday lives, from twisted strands of DNA, to shoelaces, braided hair and the inevitable tangle of headphones. Mathematics offers an insight into the structure and complexity of everyday knots and provides tools to tell them apart. Starting with pieces of string, we will explore the study of knots and how it ties together various fields of mathematics. No background knowledge is assumed.

There will be refreshments served at 4:15 p.m. in Seeley G. Mudd Building Room 208.

Math & Stats: Information Sessions for Prospective Majors: Stats 10/21 7:30 pm SMUD 207; Math 10/23 5 pm, 10/24 6 pm, SMUD 204

Mathematics: Information Session for Prospective Majors

Interested in majoring in Mathematics? Join the department faculty to chat, have your questions answered and eat!

Dr. Nadia Biassou, Wade Fellow

Current Wade Fellow, Dr. Nadia Biassou ’88, to Give Talk

Current Wade Fellow, Dr. Nadia Biassou ’88, will be presenting a talk titled “Boiling Rocks: Origins of Excellence.” Biassou is a renowned diagnostic neuroradiologist and is currently a Senior Research Physician in the Radiology and Imaging Sciences Department at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md.
The goal of sharing her extensive experiences through her presentation is to help students learn how identity informs career exploration and to collaborate on programming that teaches them skills for navigating a complex professional world before and after graduation.

Create, Connect, Construct: A Collage Event

Create, Connect, Construct: A Collage Event

Come unwind with the PAs with a low-key night of collaging! Bonus: Insomnia cookies and hot tea.

Students Only

Introduction to the Loeb Center's Business & Finance Program

What is the Business and Finance Program?
Have you ever wondered what it means to have a career in finance, consulting general business or entrepreneurship? Whether you are a first-year student, a sophomore or a junior now exploring new opportunities, this is a great way to learn, discover, and decide if finance, consulting, business or entrepreneurship is something you want to pursue.
The Loeb Center offers industry specific initiatives to help students explore and plan for careers in industry-specific areas. The Business and Finance Program was established in 2015 to help students explore and prepare for careers in the financial services industry, consulting or general business. We are also programming to help those considering starting their own companies, investing in start-ups or just gaining an innovative mindset.
The information session will be led by Stephanie Hockman, the Program Director. She will talk about the career exploration and planning workshops included in the Business and Finance Program, the experiential learning opportunities, and how best to take advantage of student interns and advising appointments. As recruiting for internships and full-time positions start early in business and finance, it is NEVER TOO EARLY to start the exploration process. Don’t miss out this opportunity to hear more about the program how the Loeb Center can help you explore and prepare for careers in finance, consulting, general business and entrepreneurship.
There are multiple opportunities to hear about the Business and Finance Program. You only need to attend one. We hope to see you at one of the following information sessions:
Friday, Oct. 18, 4 p.m., Loeb Center Events Room
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m., Loeb Center Events Room
Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m., Paino Lecture Hall

Fiction Reading: Nicholas Mancusi '10

Nicholas Mancusi '10 is the author of the new novel A Philosophy of Ruin, which the New York Times Book Review called “riveting fun to read,” and which Alexander Chee called “An unforgettable debut. Mancusi is a writer to watch.”

Mancusi has written about books and culture for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Miami Herald, The Boston Globe, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Newsday, Newsweek, NPR Books, American Arts Quarterly, BOMB magazine and other publications. He lives in Brooklyn.

The event will be followed by refreshments.

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Weekly Thesis Write-ins!

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, CHI Think Tank (2nd Floor)

Thesis writers, set yourself up to succeed this year by joining fellow students to write together regularly! Every Thursday night, the Writing Center and Library open up the Center for Humanistic Inquiry for students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, coffee and camaraderie.

Students Only

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Information Session

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) was established in 2003 as a research center at the Economics Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since then, it has grown into a global network of researchers who use randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in the fight against poverty.

J-PAL's headquarters (J-PAL Global) and J-PAL North America (one of six regional offices) are both based at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The organization leverages research by affiliated professors from universities across the continent and a full-time staff of researchers, policy experts, and administrative professionals to generate and disseminate rigorous evidence about which anti-poverty social policies work and why. They do this by conducting randomized evaluations, sharing policy lessons, and building evaluation capacity.

J-PAL's work spans a wide range of sectors including healthcare, housing, criminal justice, education, and economic mobility. Attend this information session to learn more about the organization and how to apply for opportunities there.

Partners Group Information Session

Partners Group is a global private markets investment manager serving over 900 institutional investors. The firm has USD 91 billion in assets under management and more than 1,300 professionals across 20 offices worldwide.
Partners Group realizes potential in private markets by financing and developing great companies, desirable real estate and essential infrastructure. The firm creates value in its investments through active and long-term responsible ownership.
Want to learn more about the Group’s company culture, open entry-level opportunities and how to successfully apply for them? Attend this information session to hear from representative and Amherst alum Andrew Sommer ’19!

Ongoing Events

Tabling for the Reproductive Justice Week

Come stop by the Reproductive Justice Week table in the Keefe Atrium to talk to some members from the Reproductive Justice Alliance and Women’s and Gender Center. Purchase some stickers to benefit the Western MA Abortion Rights Fund. You can also find out more information about our events for the week!