Event Calendar

Tomorrow - Mon, Nov 30, 2015

German Table

German Table

Enjoy chatting informally with other students who have returned from abroad, the German language assistants, German faculty members and other native speakers.

Join us on the Mezzanine of Valentine Dining Hall every Monday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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"Islamic Futures: Attempts at a History of Conceptual Frameworks"

Shahzad Bashir, the Lysbeth Warren Anderson Professor in Islamic Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University, will speak on “Islamic Futures: Attempts at a History of Conceptual Frameworks,” Monday, Nov. 30, at 5 p.m. in Pryune Lecture Hall (115 Fayerweather Hall), sponsored by the Hamilton Fund and the Religion Department.

Professor Bashir specializes in Islamic studies, with a particular interest in the intellectual and social histories of Persianate societies of Iran and Central and South Asia circa 14th century CE to the present. His published work is concerned with the study of Sufism and Shi’ism, messianic movements originating in Islamic contexts, representation of corporeality in hagiographic texts and Persian miniature paintings, religious developments during the Timurid and Safavid periods, and modern transformations of Islamic societies.  

He is currently working on two major projects. The first is a book entitled Islamic Times: Conceptualizing Pasts and Futures. The second project is tentatively entitled Building the Past: Memory, Metaphor, and Reality in Persianate Islamic Societies. Both these projects engage contemporary academic debates regarding language, historiography and history on the basis of materials of Islamic provenance. Most recently, Professor Bashir was named an inaugural Andrew F. Carnegie Fellow for the academic year 2015-16.

Tue, Dec 1, 2015

Image of Romeo Santos, below which is his name and the words "Propuesta Indecente"

“An Indecent Proposal: Latino Masculinity and College Audience Readings of Latina/o Music Video”

Latino Pop Culture Scholar Dr. María Elena Cepeda, Williams College, presents:

“An Indecent Proposal: Latino Masculinity and College Audience Readings of Latina/o Music Video”

Tuesday, Dec. 1, in 102 Barrett from 2:30 to 3:50 p.m.

Based on collaborative faculty-student research, this presentation addresses questions of Latino masculinity, representation and audience dynamics in the recent music video "Propuesta Indecente" ("Indecent Proposal") by U.S.-Dominican performer Romeo Santos. This research draws on interviews with local college students in order to highlight the often contradictory content of Latina/o music video and the complexity of audience responses to popular media in general.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Spanish and the McCloy Fund.

Refreshments will follow.

Insight Meditation Group

Chapin Hall, Chapel

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together to relax, quiet the mind, learn to experience less suffering and stress, and to explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology.

Physics/Astronomy Seminar

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 3

Dr. Nate Derr of Smith College will speak on "Investigating the Collective Motility of Dynein Motor Ensembles Using Structural DNA Nanotechnology"

Book Signing: Wendy Ewald/Martha Saxton

December 1, 2015 - 5 p.m.
Amherst Books · 8 Main Street · Amherst, Mass.

Join us to celebrate the recent publication of two books by Amherst faculty members, Martha Saxton and Wendy Ewald. Meet the collaborators on 'The Transformation of this World Depends on You'. Refreshments will be served.


German Kaffeeklatsch

Every Tuesday at 9 p.m. the German house hosts Kaffeeklatsch, an informal gathering for conversation and refreshment. This is a great opportunity to meet others interested in German language and culture.

Come join us for Kaffeeklatsch Tuesdays at Porter House!

Resume Workshop

Still need help perfecting that resume? Don’t have one started yet? Join us for this workshop and learn how to put together a strong resume that sets you apart from the crowd!



Stop by the Queer Resource Center every Tuesday from 10 p.m.-12 a.m. for that nightly grind and take a break from studying!

Wed, Dec 2, 2015

French Table

French Table meets on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on the mezzanine in Valentine Hall. Francophones of all levels are welcome to attend.

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Career Center Program Director for Careers in Business & Finance over lunch on Wednesdays for an informal discussion of any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday on the lower level of Val. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!

Closeup of Patricia Silver, smiling in front of green foliage

"Sunshine Politics: Puerto Rican Memory and the Political in New Destinations"

Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

Patricia Silver is a sociocultural anthropologist whose research has centered on Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican diaspora in the United States. She holds a B.A. (Princeton University) and M.A. (University of Washington) in comparative literature. She completed her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at American University in 2004. Dr. Silver's current project has included 10 years of ethnographic, oral history and archival research in Orlando, Fla., which has become the new center of the Puerto Rican diaspora. The project examines the challenges to and strategies for Latino, and especially Puerto Rican, political community formation in Orlando.

Refreshments will be served following Dr. Silver's lecture.

Shima Baradaran

Bail and Enemies of the State - Lecture by Prof. Shima Baradaran from University of Utah College of Law

Clark House, Room 100

On Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 100 Clark House at Amherst College, Shima Baradaran, associate professor, College of Law, University of Utah, will present a paper entitled “Bail and Enemies of the State.” This is the third presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Criminals and Enemies.”

Professor Baradaran’s teaching and scholarship focus on criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence and international law. In 2013 she was voted Professor of the year at BYU Law School. Her most recent publications are "Does International Law Matter?," Minnesota Law Review, "Rebalancing the Fourth Amendment," Georgetown Law Journal and "Predicting Violence," Texas Law Review.

To receive a copy of the paper which will explore the fundamental distinction between enemy combatants and criminal defendants under U.S. law, please email the LJST Dept. Coordinator at mlestes@amherst.edu.


Reading: Jenny Offill

Jenny Offill is the author of two novels, "Last Things", a New York Times Notable Book, and the recent "Dept. of Speculation", which was shortlisted for a number of prizes and chosen as one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times. The Boston Globe described it as “Slender, quietly smashing. . . A book so radiant, so sparkling with sunlight and sorrow, that it almost makes a person gasp.” Offill is also the co-editor of two anthologies of essays and the author of several children's books. She teaches writing in New York City. Reading to be followed by refreshments.

Medical School Applicants Launch Meeting

Dean Aronson will be presenting at a mandatory “Launch the Application Process” meeting for all current students who intend to apply to medical school for Fall 2017 matriculation. This meeting will cover important details about the application process and will include a discussion on writing the personal statement.

Thu, Dec 3, 2015

Weekly Office Hours with Amanda Vann

Come to the WGC every Thursday from 12:30- 2:30 p.m. to meet or hang out with Amanda Vann, Amherst College's Sexual Respect Educator. Amanda will hold weekly office hours, providing support and resources for the WGC community. Stop by and say hello!

Vier Minuten

German Film Series: "Vier Minuten"

Screenings at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

"Four Minutes" (Chris Kraus, 2006; 112 mins.)
Gripping, award-winning prison drama: powerful wills clash and painful secrets emerge as an elderly teacher (Monika Bleibtreu) attempts to coach a young, highly gifted woman (Hannah Herzsprung) for a life-changing piano competition.


Writing with Scrivener (rescheduled)

Frost Library, Barker Room

Scrivener is writing software that facilitates flexible writing processes. This workshop will introduce writers to the software's relevant features and how they might help you write more often, revise and re-organize more easily, and manage your project with more agility and efficiency. Especially recommended for thesis writers, but open to all students. Students with no experience with Scrivener are welcome; those who are familiar with it are especially encouraged to attend and contribute to the discussion. Taught by Jessica Kem, senior writing associate. Please pre-register at the link below.

Fall Faculty Book Party at Frost

Frost Library, Friendly Periodicals Reading Room

Thursday, December 3rd at 4:30 p.m. in the Friendly Reading Room, Frost Library

Please join us as we celebrate the publication of new books written by Amherst College faculty. Amrita Basu (Domenic J. Paino 1955 Professor of Political Science and Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies) will discuss Violent Conjunctures in Democratic India; Trent Maxey (Associate Professor of Asian Languages and Civilizations and History) will discuss The 'Greatest Problem': Religion and State formation in Meiji Japan; and Ilan Stavans (Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture) will discuss Quixote: The Novel and the World. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.