Event Calendar

Tomorrow - Sun, Oct 20, 2019

Fall Festival: Pumpkins, Scarecrows and Caramel Apples

The annual Fall Festival is an Amherst College community event featuring fabulous fall foods and music.. Entertainment includes pumpkin carving, an inflatable 16-foot tandem slide and horse-drawn hayrides. Face-painting and a variety of games are available for all participants. Valentine Dining Services provides a Chowder House of steaming New Hampshire corn chowder and New England clam chowder together with lobster salad sliders; Val’s Smoke Haus features pulled pork, chicken and beef brisket sliders and hot chocolate with marshmallows. The Apple Barn features fresh-made apple cider doughnuts coated in cinnamon, and caramel and candied apples, hot mulled cider, apple crisp and apple pie; the Pumpkin Patch offers fried pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cheese cake, pumpkin cupcakes and whoopie pies. The s'mores corner is tucked in next to the ice cream truck and provides a warm alternative to the cold ice cream. Our vendors distribute fried dough, cider doughnuts, caramel corn and freshly squeezed citrus drinks. Maple Valley Farms brings their old-fashioned truck that lends an air of nostagia to the event. The Fall Festival is open to all Amherst College students, faculty, staff and their families.

Mon, Oct 21, 2019

ScribeAmerica: Part-Time and Full-Time Medical Scribe Opportunities Info Table

A Medical Scribe is a revolutionary concept in modern medicine. Traditionally, a physician’s job has focused solely on direct patient contact and care. However, the advent of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) created an overload of documentation and clerical responsibilities that slows physicians down and pulls them away from actual patient care. To relieve the documentation overload, physicians across the country are turning to Medical Scribe services.
ScribeAmerica is currently seeking to hire Medical Scribes all over Massachusetts. Part-time opportunities are available year-round and full-time roles are available for those about to graduate (often a great fit for those taking a gap year before attending medical school).
Stop by this information table to speak with local hiring associate Yasmin Asante.

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.

Math & Stats Table, Mondays at noon in Terrace Room A

Math & Stats Table

Please join us for this informal weekly gathering of math/stat faculty and students for lunch and conversation. It’s a fun opportunity to meet other students interested in math and statistics and to get to know your professors in a casual atmosphere. We hope you will join us!

Alumni-in-Residence

Alumni-in-Residence: Teaching for Liberation and Justice in Times of Oppression with Ron Espiritu ’06

Ron Espiritu ’06 teaches Ethnic Studies to high school students in the Latinx immigrant community of Macarthur Park in Downtown Los Angeles. He will be sharing his journey about developing a district wide culturally relevant, social justice, and anti-oppression curriculum for K-12 classrooms and all academic disciplines. Students interested in careers in teaching, education leadership and education policy are encouraged to join this dialogue.

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

Arabic Language Table for Third-Year Arabic Students

This Arabic language table is a weekly conversation group for third-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 third-year level is welcome to attend. Syonara Tomoum will be present as a moderator.

Students Only

A Conversation with Loretta Ross

All are welcome to join the Reproductive Justice Alliance to hear from Loretta Ross, one of the founders of the modern day Reproductive Justice movement. There will be food and incredible conversation!

Alumni-in-Residence

Alumni-in-Residence: The Movement for Ethnic Studies in Los Angeles, California and Nationwide

Ron Espirit ’06 has taught Ethnic Studies to high school students for the past 13 years in Los Angeles, California. He currently serves as the director of the Ethnic Studies for All Program at Camino Nuevo Charter Academies where he is working with a team of teachers and administrators to infuse Ethnic Studies pedagogies from K-12th grades across academic disciplines in seven different schools. He continues to teach Ethnic Studies classes at Camino Nuevo Miramar High School in the Macarthur Park community of Downtown Los Angeles. Ron also works with the UCLA History and Geography project as the lead facilitator of the curriculum project for the KCET TV documentary series “Lost LA” which brings to light powerful stories from various historical archives in Los Angeles. Ron earned his B.A. in History and Interdisciplinary Ethnic Studies with a focus on Chicano and Nuyorican Literature from Amherst College and a M.A. in Education from Loyola Marymount University. He is a founding member of The People’s Education Movement, a grassroots community organization that mobilizes educators to fight for social justice in and out of the classroom. Espiritu is also a National Board Member for the Education for Liberation Network and is a participant in local and national campaigns that promote and expand Ethnic Studies approaches to teaching.

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!

Tue, Oct 22, 2019

Weill Cornell Medicine: Graduate & Medical Programs Info Session (BYO Lunch!)

Come and join Drs. Elizabeth Wilson-Anstey and Avelino Amado for a discussion about Weill Cornell Medicine’s application process for both medical and graduate school. This “round-table” style presentation will focus on summer research opportunities, how to prepare for the next steps in your education and how to identify strong and effective mentorship along the way.
Dr. Wilson-Anstey is the Assistant Dean of Diversity and Student Life and the Director of the Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program for Premedical Students. She has been a part of the Weill Cornell community for over 40 years and serves on the medical school admissions board. Dr. Avelino Amado is the Diversity Program Manager for the graduate school and will be able to discuss the opportunities available to students interested in pursuing a career in biomedical research. Together they will also touch on how Weill Cornell Medicine is working to increase diversity in medical and graduate education.
We hope you’ll attend to learn more. Please note that this session has been conveniently arranged within Keefe so attendees may bring their grab-and-go lunches to it!

Photo of the outside of Valentine Dining Hall

Chinese Language Table

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Chinese, then join us twice a week for lunch! The Chinese Language Table is open to students, faculty and staff who would like to have conversations in Chinese. All levels are welcome.

Common Table

Common Table

All are welcome to the Common Table—a casual, drop-in time to share lunch and conversation on a topic of spirituality, belief or values.
Hosted by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

Lunchtime Discussion With Safe Passage: IPV in LGBTQ+ Communities

Lunchtime Discussion With Safe Passage: Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ+ Communities

Join us for a lunchtime conversation centering intimate partner violence in LGBTQ+ communities and learn about on-campus and local resources with Ollie Schwartz, Transgender, Non-Binary, and Gender Non- Conforming Outreach Advocate at Safe Passage.
Lunch will be provided.
Presented by the Queer Resource Center, Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect, and Department of Health Education.

Survivor Art Collective Logo

Craftivism for Reproductive Justice

Join the Reproductive Justice Alliance and the Women’s and Gender Center for an afternoon of craftivism at the Mead. Artists from the Survivor Art Collective in Easthampton will participate in conversation over lunch and then lead art-making workshops in the galleries. Buttons, stickers, zines, and other works of art will be sold throughout the week in the Keefe Campus Center and in the WGC. All proceeds will benefit a
reproductive justice work in western Massachusetts.
Noon–1 pm | Light lunch and conversation
1–3 pm | Art-making workshops
Free and open to all!
Reproductive Justice Week is a program series led by the Amherst College Women’s and Gender Center and Reproductive Justice Alliance, focused on reproductive justice, abortion access, contraception, and safe birth access, as well as empowering and supporting students. This program responds to numerous student requests for programs and support on this topic. Check the WGC’s website for the full schedule of events at www.amherst.edu/go/WGC.
For accessibility concerns, please contact wgc@amherst.edu.

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

Brian Daly, Vassar: “Picosecond Laser Ultrasonics: A Sound Way to Study Nanostructures”

Ultrafast lasers produce pulses of light at extremely regular intervals (about 13 nanoseconds apart) that are less than a picosecond in duration. These lasers allow us to study very fast phenomena in crystals and solid nanostructures. The work that my group at Vassar does involves using these lasers to generate and detect ultrasound that is roughly 1,000 times higher in frequency than traditional medical or industrial ultrasound. Since ultrasound can serve as a nondestructive probe of the size or mechanical properties of buried structures, this so called “picosecond ultrasound” should be a great way to study and image the nanoscale structures that form the backbone of all of our modern electronic devices. In this talk, Professor Daly will describe a number of investigations (some very applied, some very fundamental) that we have pursued over the past decade with this optical experiment.

Book cover for "Wings of Desire" by Christian Rogowski

"Wings of Desire" Book Talk with Christian Rogowski

Filmed in 1986/87 in still-divided Berlin, Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire is both a utopian fairy tale and a fascinating time capsule of that late Cold War moment. Together with legendary French cinematographer Henri Alekan (who had worked on Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et la Bête of 1946, among many other films) and Austrian author Peter Handke (with whom he had collaborated before), Wenders created a multilayered filmic poem of dazzling complexity: the skies over Berlin are populated with angels bearing witness to its inhabitants' everyday concerns. One falls in love with a beautiful young woman, a trapeze artist in a traveling circus, and decides to forfeit his immortality. Wenders’ groundbreaking film has been hailed as a paean to love and a rumination on the continued presence in Berlin of a troubled German history, as well as an homage to the life-affirming power of the cinematic imagination.

Christian Rogowski guides the reader through the film's many aspects, using archival research to bring out new insights into its making and meanings. Rogowski is the G. Armour Craig Professor in Language and Literature in the Department of German at Amherst College.

This event is co-sponsored by the Film and Media Studies Program, the Department of German and the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College.

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, or just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness or because you are curious. The group will be led by Buddhist Advisor Mark Hart.

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

Pan and Bi Joy every other Tuesday. Second meeting on October 8th

Pan and Bi Joy (PB+J)

An inclusive, safe, and comforting environment for individuals centering those who identify with the bisexual and pansexual spectrum where people can talk about the intersectionality of their sexuality, their other identities, and other aspects of their lives.

Students Only
Pan and Bi Joy every other Tuesday. Second meeting on October 8th

Pan and Bi Joy (PB+J)

An inclusive, safe, and comforting environment for individuals centering those who identify with the bisexual and pansexual spectrum where people can talk about the intersectionality of their sexuality, their other identities, and other aspects of their lives.

Students Only

Foundations of Resume and Cover Letter Writing

Did you know that on average recruitment managers spend 5 to 7 seconds analyzing applications to determine if a candidate should be brought in for an interview? Come learn about the techniques needed to create resumes and cover letters that best markets your unique skills and experiences to land summer internships and future job opportunities. *This workshop will fulfill the Internship Preparation Workshop requirement for the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program.*

La Terrasse: French Table

Faculty, students and staff are all welcome to join our French language assistants for informal French conversation over dinner. All levels of French are welcome! We look forward to meeting you!

Intro to Careers in the Arts

7:15 pm - 8:30 pm Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Seminar Room

Are you a creative problem solver with a desire to document, shape and transform culture? Do you wonder if you can really “become” a filmmaker, painter, poet, or performer? From museums and archives, to film and television, to the behind-the-scenes business of artistic practices, careers in the arts are a great fit for those looking to design professional pathways that combine rigor, creativity and curiosity.
Regardless of experience level, you’ll leave this session with an understanding of potential career trajectories, industry timelines for internships and jobs and Loeb Center resources designed to support your search.