Event Calendar

Today - Wed, Oct 18, 2017

Writing Retreat for Faculty and Staff

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The Writing Center supports faculty and staff in their own writing projects by hosting two weekly morning retreats. Our retreats are designed to encourage a regular writing practice, to emphasize healthy and sustainable approaches to productive writing and to support a community of writers at the College. Retreats will be held Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until noon. Attend regularly or drop in when you can.

Russian Table

The Russian Table is an opportunity for all interested in conversing in Russian to meet regularly with Russian faculty and students. We'll meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays on the Mezzanine level in Valentine Dining Hall. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

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!

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Clickers Are A. Awesome B. Beneficial C. Candid D. Diverting E. Engaging

Classroom response systems enhance the interaction between students and teachers, especially in larger classes. You pose multiple-choice questions, and students use personal transmitters or “clickers” to send private responses. They are less reluctant to respond, and even find it fun to participate. Additionally, they are engaged in a way that encourages them to think more deeply about your presentation. Grab your lunch on us and come find out how they can be used in your class through a series of demonstrations.

Wellness Workshop - Introduction to Mindfulness

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Alumni Gym, Founders Room (Room 1216)

In this 1-hour, experiential session, you will be introduced to the practice of mindfulness meditation, a practice that has been widely studied as an important and empowering method for reducing the harmful effects of stress, pain, and illness as well as increasing one's overall sense of well-being.
No experience necessary - faculty, staff and students are welcome!
Led by David Spound from Valley Mindfulness, M.Ed & certified teacher of MSC and MBSR

Questions? Contact Chris Paradis at 413-542-8136

Networking for Newcomers: Intro to Informational Interviewing

Networking is a critical skill in the job search process: more than 70% of people get hired for their jobs as a result of networking. Whether networking excites or intimidates you, it's important to dip your toes in the water. In this workshop, you'll learn how to create and build authentic connections with professionals, as well as make the most of relationships you already have. We'll also focus on how to use informational interviews as a foundation for your networking strategy. No matter where you are in figuring out your career path, it's never too early (or too late) to start building on your network!

Boston University School of Law Information Session

Boston University School of Law combines extraordinary teaching with a forward-thinking curriculum, offering over 200 courses and seminars in 18 areas of legal study, more study abroad opportunities than almost any US law school, and one of the widest selections of clinics and externships among the nation’s top 50 law schools. Through a holistic admissions process, BU Law seeks to enroll annually a class of students characterized by extraordinary academic achievements and diverse life experiences. A variety of factors are considered when reviewing your law school application, providing you the opportunity to convey your accomplishments, as well as your capacity for growth in law school.

Join Director of Admissions Anne Taylor for this information session to learn more about the program and its admissions processes.

Overland Information Session

Overland hires exceptional college students and recent graduates to lead summer programs across the country and around the world. Join Overland representatives to learn more about leadership opportunities for this summer. With over thirty years of experience in the outdoor and travel industry, Overland is known for its exceptional leaders and its carefully-crafted programs offering students the opportunity to explore and grow in a small, supportive group setting.

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First Year Write-In

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Charles Pratt Hall, Common Room (adjacent to Writing center)

First-Year Students, this is just for you: Your first semester demands lots of writing! How do you find the time, get started early enough and fend off procrastination? The Writing Center invites you to join fellow first-years in a regular write-in just for you. Find a supportive, productive place to write, as well as plenty of coffee and snacks to keep you going. Writing Center associates will be available for brief consultations.

Join us for the optional start-up workshops in the Writing Center:
September 20: Engaged Reading
October 4: Writing at Amherst
October 18: Major Revisions
November 1: Overcoming Resistance to Writing

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Sean Reardon, Stanford University

Amherst College Education Studies Initiative: "Equality and Educational Opportunity" Talk by Sean Reardon

7:00 pm Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

The Amherst College Education Studies Initiative is pleased to announce an annual interdisciplinary speaker series on education and inequality. Please join us for our inaugural event with Sean Reardon, discussing "Equality and Educational Opportunity: The American Dream of the American Fantasy."

Reardon is a professor of poverty and inequality in education, professor (by courtesy) of sociology and director of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Program in Quantitative Education Policy Analysis at Stanford University. His research focuses on the causes, patterns, trends and consequences of social and educational inequality, and the effects of educational policy on educational and social inequality. He is a member of the National Academy of Education and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also a recipient of the William T. Grant Foundation Scholar Award, the National Academy of Education Postdoctoral Fellowship and an Andrew Carnegie Fellow.

This talk will discuss how the “American Dream” promises everyone in America equal educational and economic opportunity, and how education is widely imagined to be the pathway to economic opportunity. But some argue that our schools, rather than serving as engines of equal opportunity, are instead agents of inequality. In this talk, Reardon will describe the landscape of educational opportunity in America, with a particular focus on how opportunity is distributed by race, ethnicity and social class, and the roles that our schools play-- and might play --in making the American Dream a reality.

This event is sponsored by Amherst College Education Professions and the Departments of American Studies, History and English.

Amherst Connects

Amherst Connects is an initiative to create a student union on campus. Please come join members from across our community to make a change for students by students. The hope is to create a space where students come together for each other, to learn from each other, and to grow together as individuals. Community cannot happen unless we start recognizing, discussing and reminding ourselves that there is no singular experience as an Amherst student and that we have the capacity to support each other. Everything starts with a voice, a story and a presence.

Come and join the conversation on Wednesday October 18, 2017 at 8:30 p.m. in the Powerhouse.

Tomorrow - Thu, Oct 19, 2017

Writing Retreat for Faculty and Staff

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The Writing Center supports faculty and staff in their own writing projects by hosting two weekly morning retreats. Our retreats are designed to encourage a regular writing practice, to emphasize healthy and sustainable approaches to productive writing and to support a community of writers at the College. Retreats will be held Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until noon. Attend regularly or drop in when you can.

French Table

If you are interested in speaking French or learning about French culture, come and join the French table on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall on Thursdays from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The French table is open to students, faculty, staff and anyone who is interested in having informal conversations in French. All levels are welcome! We look forward to meeting you!

Urban Teachers Information Table

Urban Teachers is changing the equation in urban education, offering high-need schools a supply of effective teachers who are ready to make a difference in students’ lives and are committed to a career in teaching. Come swing by their table in Keefe to learn more about the unique opportunity to apply to a teacher residency program in partnership with Johns Hopkins School of Education to make an impact as an educator!

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.

Keefe Campus Center Community Hour

Stop by the Amherst College Campus Center every Thursday for a fun filled hour of community, popcorn and music! Throughout the semester we will offer various community building events in the campus center and on the Green. Make sure to stop by for bonfires, dance parties and self-care activities. All are welcome to join.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Student Affairs, the Dean of the Faculty, The Office of the President, Dining Services, Facilities and the Mail Room.

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German Film Series: "Vorspiel"

There will be two screenings of "Vorspiel", one at 4 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m.

Come experience this bittersweet comedy drama, set in East Germany in the 1980s. Tom, a shy 17-year-old, hangs out with his pals in a drab provincial town. When dashing Corinna and her father, museum director Dr. Lange, move into town from East Berlin, Tom enlists the help of all his friends to conquer the girl of his dreams. But he is in for a bunch of surprises.

Screenings, with director Peter Kahane present for Q&A, are held in conjunction with, and with the generous support of, the U Mass DEFA Film Library's 2017 Artist-In-Residence Program.

This film will be shown in German with English subtitles. Please contact mhowes@amherst.edu for more information.

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"The KGB: Ruthless Sword, Imperfect Shield": Talk by Amir Weiner

4:30 pm Amherst Center for Russian Culture, Webster Hall, 2nd floor

Based on hitherto untapped KGB archives and first-ever interviews with KGB officers, this talk by Professor Amir Weiner from Stanford University explores the history of the Soviet state security apparatus from its inception to present day and seeks to explore key questions: Who was the KGB? Who were its agents, informants and officers? How did they obtain information, and what did they know or want to know about their population? How did KGB officers, many of whom understood that they engaged in unethical activities even by the norms of the Soviet state, justify their actions, such as blackmail, coercion or intimidation? How did the KGB cope with the challenges of the post-Stalin era, particularly the end to mass terror, the spillover of unrest from the restless satellites and the loss of a monopoly over information? How did the KGB adjust to the decline in the party-state authority and the rise of dissent, restless youth and secessionist national movements and the eventual collapse of the Soviet Union? Finally, and most importantly, when and how did the KGB’s obsessive gathering of information overwhelm and undermine the organization itself, and ultimately, the Soviet state?

Amir Weiner is a professor of history at Stanford University. He is the author of Making Sense of War, Landscaping the Human Garden and numerous articles and edited volumes on the impact of World War II on the Soviet polity, the social history of WWII and Soviet frontier politics. His forthcoming book, The KGB: Ruthless Sword, Imperfect Shield, will be published by Yale University Press in 2018. He is currently working on a collective autobiography of KGB officers titled Coffee with the KGB: Conversations with Soviet Security Officers.

IES Abroad Rome Information Session

At this information session you will have the opportunity to meet the director of the IES Abroad Rome program, Gianni Ponti. IES Abroad has programs all over the world, with language components that range from a 3 credit class to taking all your classes in the local language at a local university.

BaeWatch: New to the Game

In the first installment of the BaeWatch Series of the year, join the MRC, QRC and WGC to explore what it means to be or be dating someone who is “new to the game.” How do you handle dating someone who is new to relationships, queerness, trans identity, etc. as someone who is more familiar with a situation? How do you navigate a relationship as the person who is “new to the game?” We will discuss the challenges and benefits of navigating new relationships and/or identities over Bruno's from 5:30-6:30 in the WGC.

BaeWatch: New to the Game

In this year's first installment of the BaeWatch Series, join the Women's and Gender Center, Queer Resource Center and Multicultural Resource Center in exploring the challenges and benefits of dating someone who is “new to the game.” How do you handle dating someone who is new to relationships, queerness, trans identity, etc. as someone who is more familiar with the situation? How do you navigate a relationship as the person who is “new to the game?” We will have a facilitated discussion over dinner from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday October, 19 in the WGC.

Close Concerns, diaTribe Foundation, and dQ&A Info Session

Diabetes is a serious disease, posing one of the largest challenges to our nation: 1 in 7 American adults already have diabetes, and we spend $245 billion on diabetes healthcare every year. And that’s just in the United States – by 2040, more than 642 million adults in the world are projected to have diabetes.

Close Concerns' mission is to improve patient outcomes by making researchers, clinicians, scientists, companies, patients, and families smarter about diabetes and obesity. The organization does this by creating and synthesizing news and insights on therapies and technologies related to these conditions. Close Concerns founders also helped launch diaTribe, an education resource which informs patients and caregivers of the latest products and research in diabetes, and now runs under The diaTribe Foundation, an independent non-profit organization. And through a partnership with its sister company, dQ&A, organizers offer corporate clients an array of market research and consulting services.

Join alumni representatives from Close Concerns, diaTribe Foundation, and dQ&A to learn more about opportunities at these organizations.


“People of the Book” Series Reading

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Jones Library, Amherst Room

Ilan Stavans will read from All the Odes of Pablo Neruda. Pablo Neruda was a master of the ode, which he conceived as an homage to just about everything that surrounded him—from an artichoke to the clouds in the sky, from the moon to his own friendship with Federico García Lorca, from the seasons to his favorite places in Chile. He was in his late forties when he committed himself to writing an ode a week and in the end produced a total of 225, which are dispersed throughout his varied oeuvre. This bilingual volume, edited by Ilan Stavans, the distinguished translator and scholar of Latin American literature, gathers all the odes together for the first time in any language. Rendered into English by an assortment of accomplished translators that includes Philip Levine, Paul Muldoon, Mark Strand, and Margaret Sayers Peden, collectively they read like the personal diary of a man in search of meaning who sings to life itself, to our connections with one another, and to the place we have in nature and the cosmos. All the Odes is a lasting statement on the role of poetry as a lightning rod during tumultuous times.

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!