Event Calendar

Today - Sun, Oct 22, 2017

Gerrymandering in the Supreme Court

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Eric Carle Museum

Gerrymandering in the Supreme Court, a lecture by Professor Stephen Gottlieb will be presented on Sunday, October 22, 2:00 p.m., at the Eric Carle Museum. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Five College Learning in Retirement.
The case to be discussed, Gill v. Whitford, may prove to be one of the Court’s “blockbuster” decisions that shapes American democracy for decades to come.
Professor Gottlieb is the Jay and Ruth Caplan Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Albany Law School and author of Unfit for Democracy: The Roberts Court and the Breakdown of American Politics (NYU Press 2016).

Eugene Uman sitting at a piano on a stage

Adjunct Faculty Performance, Eugene Uman, piano: The Convergence Project

The Convergence Project is Uman’s vehicle to present his original compositions and music that has influenced him. It includes Michael Zsoldos, saxophones; Jeff Galindo, trombone; Uman, piano; David Picchi, bass (electric and acoustic); and Jon Fisher, drums. Special musical guests will include Wanda Houston on vocals and Jason Palmer on trumpet.

The recital is free. No tickets are required.

After spending several years in Colombia, the native country of his wife, Eugene Uman found a niche blending the rhythms of Colombia, such as cumbia, bambuco and pasillo, with jazz harmonies. While living in the state of Antioquia, Uman was commissioned by the Big Band of Medellín to write for their 20-piece orchestra. He composed "Blues para Urabá," a tribute to the strength of the common people of Urabá, who were at that time in the midst of a civil war. The rousing climax of that composition used a rhythm from the Atlantic coast called currulao. After that powerful experience, Uman continued to investigate the rhythms and forms of the music of his newly adopted homeland, internalizing a small handful of the immense and richly varied catalog of Colombian rhythms.

Tomorrow - Mon, Oct 23, 2017

Open Access Logo

Open Access Week events at the Amherst College Library

Open Access Week (October 23 - 27) is an international initiative on the part of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) to advocate for, and increase awareness of Open Access— the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole, and serves to help counter growing inequality in access to scholarly materials across institutions and nations.

This year, the eighth year for Open Access Week, will feature two events at the Amherst College Library:

— Monday, October 23, 4-5 p.m., Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 2d Floor, Frost Library: The Library will be a viewing site for participating in a webinar on Open Access Monograph Publishing, sponsored by Lever Press. Representatives of a number of scholarly publishers moving into, or fully committing to open access publishing models will speak about trends they see shaping the future of scholarly publishing and its advance toward sustainability. Participants include Erich Van Rijn, University of California Press (and director of UC’s Luminos open access imprint); Lara Manville, director of the University of Ottawa Press; Charles Watkinson, speaking for both Lever Press and Knowledge Unlatched; and Wendy Pratt Lougee, speaking on the AAU / ARL / AAUP Open Access Monograph Publishing Initiative. Participants at the viewing site will be able to pose questions to the moderator.

— Wednesday, October 25, 4:30-6 p.m.: Nick Lindsay, director of Open Access and director of Journals Publishing, MIT Press, will speak in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry’s Wednesday Salon Series on “Open Access and the Future of Scholarly Discourse.” Nick is the first appointee to this position in the MIT Press, one of the nation’s premier scholarly publishers. He’ll speak on MIT Press’s increasing investment in open access models for journal and monograph publishing, and look toward how scholarly communication will evolve in the coming years. A wine and cheese reception will follow.

Quest(ions) Around Our Career Portal

Do you like donuts? Do you also want to learn more about job/internship opportunities? Then come visit the Loeb Center’s tabling event next Monday to learn about the Quest database and enjoy some Atkins cider donuts! Loeb Center representatives will be present in the Keefe atrium to teach you how to use Quest to search for jobs or internships, schedule advising appointments, and see what Loeb Center events are coming up. This is a perfect opportunity to have any of your questions answered about Quest, or how to download and use the mobile app.

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

Chinese Language Table

The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 12-1 p.m. in the conference room below Valentine Dining Hall. Come join us to practice your Chinese!

Math & Stats Table

Please come join us on Mondays from 12-1 p.m. in Valentine Terrace Room A (down the stairs). Come and have lunch with fellow math and stats students, majors and professors! Everyone is welcome-you don't need to be a math or stats major. We often chat about math and stats-related topics, but we also talk about lots of other things and it's a great chance to get to know each other. We hope to see you there!

Pathways to Education Panel

Are you someone who wants to pursue a degree in education after you graduate, combat educational inequality, or eat with and hear from education professionals? Join us for a lunch panel featuring representatives from Uncommon Schools, SAGA Innovations, Match Education, City Year, Urban Teachers, and Teach for America! Please contact Anna Vuong (avuong18@amherst.edu) if you have any questions.

Uncommon Schools is a nonprofit network of public charter schools in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts that starts and manages outstanding urban charter public schools that close the achievement gap and prepare low-income students to graduate from college. Uncommon Schools' classrooms are named after colleges because that's where their students are headed — their 52 college-prep schools consistently rank among the highest-performing in their home states because of their emphasis on cultivating the intellectual curiosity and grit in all students, fine-tuning systems that help teachers teach and students learn, and personal development in their teachers and leaders.

SAGA Innovations transforms the lives of the students they serve through high-dosage personalized tutoring that motivates students to generate new levels of effort, develops their academic and problem-solving skills, and builds their confidence. SAGA's professional tutoring is embedded within the school day and secures strong relationships among students, tutors, families, and schools.

The Match Education Teacher Residency's goal is to prepare and train the country's best rookie teachers by offering real-world experience on the pathway to becoming a teacher. Residents work full-time at one of Match's three campuses (elementary, middle and high school) during the day as tutors in their first year and teachers in their second year, and take classes at the Sposato Graduate School of Education during the evenings and on weekends. Residents receive individualized coaching throughout their entire experience and earn a Masters degree in Effective Teaching on completion of the two-year program.

City Year was founded in 1988 on the belief that young people can change the world. It is an education-focused nonprofit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service aimed at keeping students in school and on track to graduation. At City Year’s 28 urban locations across the United States and two international affiliates, teams of trained AmeriCorps members serve full-time in schools during the academic year as tutors, mentors and role models. By focusing on attendance, behavior and course performance, which identify students who are at risk of not graduating on time, they are uniquely positioned to help students and schools succeed.

Urban Teachers is a four-year alternative teacher certification program that works to close the achievement gap in schools by improving teacher quality and preparing a pipeline of high-performing career teachers that stay. Urban Teachers participants are among the most expert and results-oriented in the nation because they receive the best teacher preparation available, with over 1500 hours dedicated to working with students in urban classrooms in the first year alone. The program includes mentoring and support tailored to participants' needs all four years, and coursework for a Master of Science in Education degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education — ranked 6th in the nation. Urban Teachers participants are part of an unprecedented commitment to student performance, as only those who demonstrate an effective teaching practice, student learning gains and growth mindset/professionalism are recommended for certification and complete the full four-year program.

Teach For America is a diverse network of leaders who confront educational inequity through initially teaching and serving in a low-income community, but, with this classroom context, then continue to work with unwavering commitment from every sector of society - from education to medicine to law to policy to consulting to even still in the classroom - to create a nation free from this injustice.

New Study Space on Campus

Study in the SWAGS Common Room

The Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies Department is opening its common room as a study space for students every Monday afternoon during the fall semester. Beverages and snacks will be provided. Join us every Monday, except for October 9, which is mid-semester break, and November 20, which is Thanksgiving break.

Students Only

The F Word: No Apologies with Professor Haile Eshe Cole

The WGC is proud to present Professor Haile Eshe Cole as the next speaker for "The F Word: No Apologies," a series in which notable feminists on campus share their stories of growth, success and their feminist journey unapologetically.

Haile Eshe Cole hails from the small town of Temple, Texas and has lived, worked, and played in Austin, Texas for 13 years. She is the proud mother of two beautiful children who are 8 and 2 and is currently a visiting assistant professor at Amherst College. She began her journey in reproductive justice work in 2009 as a collective member of a grassroots organization of mothers of color organizing around various issues pertaining to poor and working-class women. She has been trained as a birth educator and birth companion (doula) and received her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology and African diaspora studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Her current research focuses on the legacy of scrutiny and violence against black women’s bodies. It builds upon the birthing and reproductive justice framework to examine the current condition of health and reproduction among black women in Texas. Some of her insights relating to black women’s reproductive experiences and their interactions with medical and social institutions are chronicled in her recent publication entitled “A Love Letter for my Daughter: Love as a Political Act.” This article was published in Birthing Justice: Black Women, Pregnancy, and Childbirth Anthology, edited by Julia Oparah and Alicia Bonaparte.

This program is a part of Reproductive Justice Week. For more information, please contact wgc@amherst.edu

Wadjda

Arabic Movie Series: Wadjda

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Greenway A, Event Space

The Arabic Program at Amherst invites you to its second movie night this fall featuring: Wadjda.

Synopsis: "An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest."

Tue, Oct 24, 2017

Get Yourself Tested Day

The Student Health Educators and the Health Center staff are organizing a Get Yourself Tested day on Tuesday October 24 from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. If you want to sign up to get STI testing done on that day, you can register with one of the SHEs tabling on Monday October 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Val and in Keefe Campus Center. Each appointment takes about 15 minutes, and spots fill up fast! Of course, your information will remain confidential. Please feel free to contact she@amherst.edu with any questions.

Students Only

Careers In Government and Nonprofit Table

Stop by Keefe to learn about Careers In Government and Nonprofit programming through the Loeb Center! Find out how to stay up-to-date on internships, jobs, and careers in these sectors and how to participate in the Careers In Government & Nonprofit Trek to Washington, DC, and Annapolis, MD, over spring break.

Chinese Language Table

The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 12-1 p.m. in the conference room below Valentine Dining Hall. Come join us to practice your Chinese!

Introduction to the Health Professions Program

All first-year and transfer students interested in exploring careers in health professions should attend one session of "Introduction to the Health Professions Program."

Session options are:
Thursday, October 19, at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, October 24, at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, November 1, at 3 p.m.

Evie

Weekly Canine Office Hours

Whether you miss your dog, or simply want some canine affection, Huxley or Evie would love to see you! One or the other will be available weekly on Tuesdays from 4 - 5 p.m. for office hours at Frost Library. In nice weather, this will be held on the lawn in front of Frost. In poor weather, it will be beside Frost Cafe. This event is co-sponsored by the wellness team and Amherst College library.

Event flyer featuring a stylized drawing of a human figure standing behind a pink sow

Isabella Tardin-Cardoso, University of Campinas, Brazil: "The Saint and the Sow: Poetics of Illusion in a Brazilian Imitation on Plautus"

4:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

Written in 1957, the popular Brazilian comedy O Santo e a Porca (The Saint and the Sow) has its classical source of inspiration already stated in its subtitle: a Northeastern Imitation of Plautus. Its author, Ariano Suassuna (1927-2014), alludes in particular to the play Aulularia (The Pot of Gold), by Titus Maccius Plautus (3rd-2nd century BC). As we shall see, the allusiveness of the play goes beyond its subtitle: it is apparent in Suassuna’s plot, in his imitation of Plautine speaking names, word-games and other comic techniques. Professor Tardin-Cardoso will first illustrate the way the Brazilian play calls attention both to its proximity to and distance from its Roman model. By means of such a dialogue, Suassuna underlines (just as Plautus had) his inspirations in popular culture. She will also argue that in Suassuna’s reception of the way Plautus represents deception in his theater, the modern playwright provides a fresh kind of illusion that reflects the image of life and Brazilian culture represented in his drama.

Insight 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.
Led by Mark Hart, Buddhist advisor
mhart@amherst.edu

R.A.D. At Amherst

R.A.D. is an internationally recognized self-defense program designed to develop and enhance your options for staying safe. This class is open to women, non-binary, transgender and gender non-conforming participants. All physical ability and skill levels are welcome. No prior experience is required. R.A.D. grads are always encouraged to come back! Sign up at rad@amherst.edu.

Tacos & Truman: Eat, and Meet AC Truman Scholars!

Come meet Truman Scholar Dakota Foster '18, learn about her experience, and enjoy delicious food from Bueno y Sano. The Truman Scholarship generously funds graduate study at any university for those intending a career in public service. This event is for sophomores and juniors only. Space is limited, signup via our webform (https://www.amherst.edu/mm/551625). Questions? Contact coverstreet@amherst.edu.

Students Only

First Year Loeb Seminar: Finding Your Foundation

First year students, the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning is part of your journey here at Amherst, from start to finish. We expect you to start your journey this fall through this fun and interactive workshop. You can get to know other first year students, identify your skills, understand how your values, culture and family influence your thinking about work and careers and also prepare for meaningful summer experiences such as internships, research, summer jobs, studying abroad, volunteering and more. R.S.V.P. required. Don’t miss out!

Ogilvy & Mather Information Session

In 1948, David Ogilvy founded the agency that would become Ogilvy & Mather. Starting with no clients and a staff of two, he built his company into one of the eight largest advertising networks in the world. Today it has more than 450 offices in 169 cities. Over the past 60 years, Ogilvy has helped to build some of the most recognizable brands in the world: American Express, Sears, Ford, Shell, Barbie, Pond's, Dove and Maxwell House among them, and more recently, IBM and Kodak.

Join representatives from Ogilvy & Mather to learn more about the company as well as its 2018 internship and full time opportunities.

Trump: Point/Counterpoint Series: "Immigration Under Trump: Personal Stories"

The Trump: Point/Counterpoint conversation series features Amherst College professor and host of NEPR's In Contrast Ilan Stavans and a guest engaging in thoughtful discussion and attempting to bridge the ideological divide growing in our nation.

Part four of the conversation series will feature a departure in format from the previous three sessions.

In a town hall format, students, alumni and the community are invited to share personal stories of immigration and its challenges in an age of intolerance. The conversation will be moderated by Stavans. All are welcome to attend and participate.

This event is free and open to the public.
It is presented by the Amherst College Class of 1970.

Series Information

Listen to part one, via Ilan Stavans' NEPR show In Contrast, episode #10: "Why 'Black Lives Matter' Matters"

Ongoing Events

Rotherwas Room, photo by Maria Stenzel

Study at the Mead!

Throughout the week, we will have lots of art activities to help you destress from finals period. We also have comfy chairs, plenty of outlets, great lighting, and extra tables to give you an inspirational place to work and study.

Closed on Mondays, but open until Midnight on school nights!

Mammoth in library space

Mammoths in (library) space: A library orientation

Never been in a six floor library before? Need to find books “on reserve” but not sure where to go? Looking to learn more about the library’s spaces, resources and services? Stop by Frost Library anytime this month and explore library space: take the self-directed Mammoths in (Library) Space Tour! To begin the tour, go to the welcome station across from Frost's circulation desk (look for the poster with balloons) and pick up a library orientation sticker card.

Complete the tour and receive a gift card to Frost Cafe plus a chance to win our grand prize: a unique space mammoth t-shirt or tote and a gift card to Antonio’s Pizza!