Event Calendar

Today - Wed, Oct 7, 2015

A piece of artwork by Cullen Washington Jr.

Artists's talk by Cullen Washington Jr.

Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall 115

Join visiting artist Cullen Washington Jr. for a talk, followed by a reception. This event is free and open to the public.

Yanira Castro-Court Garden by Maria Baranova

"Power in the Image"

Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 2nd Floor Frost Library

Director/choreographer Yanira Castro leads a conversation about how power is embedded in images, particularly theatrical ones, and how these images have functioned historically and in contemporary culture. She will share examples from her performance work and research, extending from Louis XIV's Baroque period to Kanye West's single "I Am a God."

Yanira Castro ’94 is a Puerto Rican-born and Brooklyn-based director/choreographer. In 2009, she formed a canary torsi, a collaborative group of artists that invites audiences to participate in work that is anchored in performance and extends into other media and online platforms. She has created nine performance projects that have toured nationally and internationally and have garnered national awards and commissions. Her work focuses on the relationship between audience and event, creating scenarios that explore the political and cultural significance of being in performance. Her work is intimate and site-based, involves media and is often participatory.

Reading: Mary Gaitskill

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

Mary Gaitskill is the author of the novel "Two Girls, Fat and Thin", as well as "Veronica", which was nominated for the 2005 National Book Award, National Critic’s Circle Award, and LA Times Book Award, and, most recently, The Mare. She is also the author of the story collections "Bad Behavior, Because They Wanted To", which was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner in 1998, and "Don’t Cry". Gaitskill has been awarded numerous honors and prizes and, according to The New York Times Book Review, her “palpable talent puts her among the most eloquent and perceptive contemporary fiction writers.” Refreshments to follow.

Morgan Stanley Wall Street 101 Presentation

Amherst first years, sophomores and juniors are invited to attend and learn more about Morgan Stanley. Solving complex challenges and fueling economic growth across continents is what they do. Morgan Stanley will offer you a structured path to success, providing you with the training, mobility and responsibility to make a real difference. Think you might be interested in a future internship in finance? Be sure to attend this educational event to learn more about this highly dynamic and challenging field. To find out more about career opportunities, please visit www.morganstanley.com/campus

Biochemistry Biophysics Student Thesis Symposium

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 4

BCBP thesis students will each give a 15 minute presentation of their research.

Public Health Collaborative Intro Meeting

Come discuss public health issues. Listen to who we are and how to get involved! We have a lot of potential events and collaborations, including our involvement with the developing Amherst Community Health Center!
Food and refreshments will be served.

Yale Law School Information Session

Interested in Yale Law School? Come to an information session and learn about the admissions process.

What's the Deal with Bitcoin?

Gavin Andresen, chief scientist at the Bitcoin Foundation, will be coming to campus to discuss his work and the virtual currency. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session. Pizza will be provided!

Clean Water Rules! A Panel Discussion on the Future of our Water

The night’s discussion will focus on threats to water sources here in Massachusetts and across the nation, and solutions to protect against them. The panel will also touch on the local and national politics of water and, in particular, the EPA’s recent Clean Water Rule which went into effect August 28, 2015. There have been numerous challenges to the rule (in North Dakota, and from Sen. Joni Ernst in Iowa). These challenges will be good windows into a discussion about the importance of protecting our water sources from pollution, and the political avenues open to us to do so. At the end of the moderated discussion, panelists will take questions from the audience. After questions, audience members will be asked to take action to thank Senators Warren and Markey for standing up for clean water in Congress and asking them to continue to champion the Clean Water Rule.

Panelists: Sara Moffett, Clean Water Action organizer; Peter McLean and Tobin Porter-Brown, farmers at Book and Plow Farm; hydrogeology professor Christine Hatch, Department of Geosciences at University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Moderator: Laura Dorle, impact campaign organizer with Environment America

Sponsored by the Amherst Political Union and the Green Amherst Project

Compass Lexecon Information Session

One of the world’s leading economics consulting firms, Compass Lexecon provides law firms, corporations and government clients with clear analysis of complex issues. Their experience and expertise apply to virtually any question of economics, in virtually any context of the law or business. Their experts and staff are known for developing a thorough understanding of the issues that clients face, relating those issues to relevant economic theory, supporting analysis with solid and persuasive empirical evidence, and presenting findings in an understandable manner. Compass Lexecon is hiring for positions in the Boston office with a summer 2016 start date.

Tomorrow - Thu, Oct 8, 2015

History Lecture: A. Holly Shissler "Islamic Modernism and its Connections to European Religious Studies Scholarship"

A. Holly Shissler is an associate professor of Ottoman and modern Turkish History in the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department at the University of Chicago. Her talk, sponsored by The Eastman Fund and the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series Fund at Amherst College, is entitled, "Islamic Modernism and its Connections to European Religious Studies Scholarship."

Staff Fun Lunch

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A/B

Come join us for a fun lunch! This is staff lunch for any and all Amherst College staff members, so Amherst College staff across departments can meet.

Location: Terrace Room A/B in the lower level of Valentine Dining Hall

Any and all Amherst College staff and administrators are welcome. Let's share the work that we do and get to know each other!
The lunch will take place in the front room of Valentine Dining Hall (the tables on your left as you walk into the dining hall).

Note: This event is not sponsored or paid for by any specific office. The purpose of the lunch is to network across silos and departments.

Fall 2015 Lunch and Learn Session - What's New in Office 2013?

Frost Library, Barker room

Register to attend a session on what's new in Microsoft Office 2013.

Image of a man shouting while holding a mug of beer, against a background of beer suds

German Film Series: "Beerland"

Two screenings, at 4 and 7:30 p.m.

Beerland (Matt Sweetwood, 2013; 85 min.)
Armed with good humor and cheerful curiosity, an American documentary filmmaker embarks on a trip through various regions of Germany to figure out just what the national beverage means to the Germans.

Thriving at Amherst College as a Non-Native English Speaker and Writer

Keefe Campus Center, Friedmann Room (2nd floor)

Join us for a roundtable discussion of the strategies that our most successful speakers of English as a foreign/second language at Amherst have found to meet the challenges of advanced language acquisition and cultural acclimation. We'll ask which strategies really work for developing your English at Amherst? What are the real obstacles for the non-native speaker? What does success look like? How do you master the writing? How do you manage the reading? How do you flourish in the classroom? Come ask questions, share your struggles and successes, and gain insight into ESL/EFL issues through the actual experiences of non-native speakers at Amherst who have made the journey to linguistic and cultural competence and confidence. Discussion will include newer Amherst students, more experienced upper-class students, and a non-native English-speaking faculty member, Professor of Music Klara Moricz. Facilitated by Michael Keezing, writing center senior associate and ESL/EFL tutor.

Refreshments will be served! Co-sponsored by the International Students Office and the Writing Center.

Please RSVP at https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/workshops/201....

Pride Alliance/LGBTQIAP

Pride Alliance Meeting

Come to the Queer Resource Center every Thursday from 7-8 p.m. to discuss topics surrounding the LGBTQIAP community at Amherst and beyond.

Pritzker (University of Chicago) School of Medicine Admissions Visit

Leila Amiri, the director of admissions and financial aid at Pritzker Medical School (University of Chicago) will be on campus for an information session. Pizza will be provided.

She will also offer one-on-one individual advising appointments to future medical school applicants on Friday morning. Please contact Erin Cherewatti at echerewatti@amherst.edu for more information or to sign up for these 15-minute slots.

Jazz @ Schwemm's Presents: Joe Belmont Trio with Picture This

Keefe Campus Center, Schwemm's Coffee House

The month-long Jazz @ Schwemm's series brings jazz professionals to Amherst to perform alongside student musicians at Schwemm’s Coffee House in the Keefe Campus Center at Amherst. This semester's series consists of performances on the following four Thursdays at 9 p.m.

Opening the series tonight is a trio headed by Amherst College's adjunct faculty member for jazz guitar performance, Joe Belmont. At 10 p.m., Belmont will turn over the stage to student combo "Picture This", featuring Jack Corcoran, Bryan Doniger, Michael Harmon, Josh Harmon, Tomal Hossain, and Sarah Teichman.

The event is free of charge and is not ticketed; drop-ins are encouraged.

Fri, Oct 9, 2015

Writing the Stepmother Tongue: A Symposium on Translingual Literature

The Symposium on Translingual Literature: Writing the Stepmother Tongue will take place at Amherst College on October 9, 2015 and will be the first independent forum of scholars and writers of translingual literature in the U.S. The field of Translingual literature studies texts written in a non-native language, in two languages, or in a mix of languages. Some of the best known examples are the classics Vladimir Nabokov, Samuel Beckett and Joseph Conrad, and among contemporary writers, Ilan Stavans, Nancy Huston, Alexandar Hemon, Ha Jin, and many others.

The symposium will take place at Alumni House, 75 Churchill Street, and will open at 10 a.m. The morning events, the keynote talk (Doris Sommer) and the panel with translingual writers are open for the general audience; the afternoon events are for scholars only. For more details and the symposium program, please visit https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/spanish/newsevents

Clothes swapping

Collection for Amherst's First Annual Clothing Swap

The Green Amherst Project will be tabling in Keefe Campus Center atrium on Friday, October 9, Tuesday, October 13, and Wednesday, October 14 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. to collect items for Amherst's First Annual Clothing Swap. Students will get a ticket for each item submitted to exchange for items at the Swap. Clothes and shoes should be in good, wearable condition. Items will also be accepted on the day of the Swap.

The Clothing Swap will take place on Friday, October 15 on Val Quad as part of Ecofair. Contact aberglund16@amherst.edu for more information.