Event Calendar

Today - Fri, May 6, 2016

Internship Pre-departure Workshop

Students who have received summer internship funding are required to attend one of three pre-departure workshops being offered this spring. All students are invited to participate. The workshop will cover how you can best prepare for a successful internship, what you might expect this summer, and what will be expected of you by your employer. Workshops will be held on May 3 at 7 p.m. and May 4 at 5 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, and May 6 at 3 p.m. in Paino Lecture Hall.

Seniors Assemble

Senior Assembly

Held on the last day of classes, Senior Assembly is the annual celebration for the graduating class. Graduating seniors gather in Johnson Chapel to commemorate their time at Amherst College, to celebrate their bright futures and to experience the next step in their educational journey together with their peers.

Senior Assembly is May 6, 2016. Graduating seniors should gather—in caps and gowns—no later than 4:35 p.m. on the Quad side of Johnson Chapel. If it's raining, the line will form indoors—but bring an umbrella just in case; remember, gowns sometimes bleed when they get wet.

Senior Assembly will feature the awarding of prizes and honorary class memberships; a speech by Javier Corrales, the Dwight W. Morrow 1895 Professor of Political Science; and talks by Danny Curtis '16 and Mercedes MacAlpine '16.

After the assembly there will be a reception in LeFrak Gymnasium for graduating seniors, faculty and administrators with dinner to follow. Remember to bring your student I.D. please. No sharp heels on the gymnasium floor!

Event poster featuring an image of a nun's head opened up to reveal her brain, with seven demonic faces floating around it

"Seven Devils and a French Nun"

8:00 pm Webster Hall, Studio 3 (Room G19)

"Seven Devils and a French Nun" is based on the true story of Jeanne des Anges, the 17th-century hunchback nun who accused a renegade priest of possessing her with seven devils. Multiple exorcisms, a burning and a major miracle later, Jeanne became a living saint, captivating all of France during her lifetime.

Performing in the tradition of a bouffon clown (a technique made famous by Sasha Baron Cohen’s “Borat” character), Carine Montbertrand portrays Jeanne and each of the devils who possessed her in a 75-minute one-woman bravura performance. The show was co-created and co-written with director Ron Bashford through a two-year process of improvisation and research. More information on Carine Montbertrand is at carinemontbertrand.com.

Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended; call (413) 542-2277. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in Studio 3.

Tickets Required
Into the Woods teaser poster

Amherst Musical Presents: Into the Woods

Amherst College revives its tradition of presenting annual musicals with their production of Stephen Sondheim’s iconic masterpiece "Into the Woods," with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. Performances will take place at Amherst College’s Orr Rink, located next to the alumni gym off of route 116, Wednesday through Saturday, May 4 to 7 at 8 p.m. New York City Opera veteran A. Scott Parry directs the musical, with musical direction by Mark Lane Swanson who will lead members of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra “in the pit.” There will be a surprise special guest in the role of the Giant.

This enchanting musical intertwines several of the Brother Grimms fairy tale characters such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Jack (of Beanstalk fame). The story is unified by the original tale of a Baker and his Wife in their quest to beget a child after having been cursed by a vengeful witch. With the help (and in spite) of the other storybook characters, the Baker and the Baker’s wife’s wish comes true, as does everyone else’s. But just when it seems like everyone will be happily ever after, the characters are faced with the moral repercussions of their wishes. Into the Woods won numerous Tony awards when it first was on Broadway in 1988 and won even more when it was revived in 2002. The film was recently adapted into a Disney film starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt and James Corden.

Tickets for Into the Woods may be reserved by emailing amherstmusicaltix@gmail.com After emailing them you will receive an automatic message directing you to a forum where you will officially reserve your tickets. Tickets are free for all five-college students, $10 for general public and $5 for children. Early reservations are strongly recommended, as the annual musical often sells out.

Into the Woods is generously sponsored by the Association of Amherst Students (AAS) and the President’s Office. It is also presented by special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI).

Tickets Required

Soirée Cabaret

The French House celebrates the end of the semester with the traditional “Soirée Cabaret” this Friday at 8:30 p.m. in Newport House. The show will feature the performances of students and faculty of the French Department, and French food will be served! And for those who want to, let’s meet at 4 p.m. in Newport kitchen for a French bakery workshop!

Tie-Dye and Chill

AC After Dark invites you to Tie-Dye and Chill, this Friday May 6 from 9-11 p.m. in the Friedmann Room! Food and white t-shirts will be provided - you can also bring your own items to tie-dye!

Students Only

Tomorrow - Sat, May 7, 2016

ACTS Sabbath Service

Seventh Day Adventist student-led worship service with students from the Five Colleges.

Concert flyer featuring images of the Gospel Choir and silhouettes of audience members holding up their arms

Gospel Choir Concert

Come join the Amherst College Gospel Choir for our end-of-the-semester concert! Come sing and dance with us to celebrate the end of classes and relax before the stress of finals settles upon us.

"See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." -Isaiah 43:19

Event poster featuring an image of a nun's head opened up to reveal her brain, with seven demonic faces floating around it

"Seven Devils and a French Nun"

8:00 pm Webster Hall, Studio 3 (Room G19)

"Seven Devils and a French Nun" is based on the true story of Jeanne des Anges, the 17th-century hunchback nun who accused a renegade priest of possessing her with seven devils. Multiple exorcisms, a burning and a major miracle later, Jeanne became a living saint, captivating all of France during her lifetime.

Performing in the tradition of a bouffon clown (a technique made famous by Sasha Baron Cohen’s “Borat” character), Carine Montbertrand portrays Jeanne and each of the devils who possessed her in a 75-minute one-woman bravura performance. The show was co-created and co-written with director Ron Bashford through a two-year process of improvisation and research. More information on Carine Montbertrand is at carinemontbertrand.com.

Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended; call (413) 542-2277. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in Studio 3.

Tickets Required
Into the Woods teaser poster

Amherst Musical Presents: Into the Woods

Amherst College revives its tradition of presenting annual musicals with their production of Stephen Sondheim’s iconic masterpiece "Into the Woods," with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. Performances will take place at Amherst College’s Orr Rink, located next to the alumni gym off of route 116, Wednesday through Saturday, May 4 to 7 at 8 p.m. New York City Opera veteran A. Scott Parry directs the musical, with musical direction by Mark Lane Swanson who will lead members of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra “in the pit.” There will be a surprise special guest in the role of the Giant.

This enchanting musical intertwines several of the Brother Grimms fairy tale characters such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Jack (of Beanstalk fame). The story is unified by the original tale of a Baker and his Wife in their quest to beget a child after having been cursed by a vengeful witch. With the help (and in spite) of the other storybook characters, the Baker and the Baker’s wife’s wish comes true, as does everyone else’s. But just when it seems like everyone will be happily ever after, the characters are faced with the moral repercussions of their wishes. Into the Woods won numerous Tony awards when it first was on Broadway in 1988 and won even more when it was revived in 2002. The film was recently adapted into a Disney film starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt and James Corden.

Tickets for Into the Woods may be reserved by emailing amherstmusicaltix@gmail.com After emailing them you will receive an automatic message directing you to a forum where you will officially reserve your tickets. Tickets are free for all five-college students, $10 for general public and $5 for children. Early reservations are strongly recommended, as the annual musical often sells out.

Into the Woods is generously sponsored by the Association of Amherst Students (AAS) and the President’s Office. It is also presented by special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI).

Tickets Required

Sun, May 8, 2016

Event poster featuring a drawing of a bird on a leafy branch

Birds and Breakfast

7:00 am - 10:00 am Book & Plow Farm, 425 S. East St., Amherst

Birds and Breakfast is back for its fifth year of spotting beautiful birds and enjoying bountiful breakfasts! Join Pete McLean for a two-hour bird walk around the varied habitats of Book & Plow Farm at 425 S. East St in Amherst. Once the group has seen its fair share of bird beauties, we retire to the top of Tuttle Hill, where a beautiful farm breakfast has been prepared by breakfast chefs extraordinaire Sky Loth and Erin Ferrentino. If you have been to Birds and Breakfast in the past, then you know these ladies spare no expense in serving up a proper breakfast. Last year’s bird boasts: Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark and Blue-Winged Warbler. Last year’s breakfast boasts: Huevos Rancheros, Bacon-Spinach Frittata, Raspberry Scones, Cinnamon Raisin French Toast and the always popular Eggs/Sausage/Potatoes/Onions in a huge cast-iron skillet! The program begins at 7 a.m. at the Book & Plow Farm greenhouse (425 S. East St. in Amherst), and breakfast is served from 9 a.m. to whenever you need to get back to your Sunday.

Cost: $20 to $30, sliding scale. Cash only, payable on the day of. Kids under 8 eat free.

Registration: The cooks need to know how much pancake batter to make, so please register by going to http://www.bookandplowfarm.com/programs/.

Dates: May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. (Every Sunday in May)

Time: 7-10 a.m.

7 Devils and a French Nun

Seven Devils and a French Nun

2:00 pm Webster Hall, Studio 3, room G19

"Seven Devils and a French Nun" is based on the true story of Jeanne des Anges, the 17th-century hunchback nun who accused a renegade priest of possessing her with seven devils. Multiple exorcisms, a burning and a major miracle later, Jeanne became a living saint, captivating all of France during her lifetime. Performing in the tradition of a bouffon clown (a technique made famous by Sasha Baron Cohen’s “Borat” character), Carine Montbertrand portrays Jeanne and each of the devils who possessed her in a 75-minute one-woman bravura performance. The show was co-created and co-written with director Ron Bashford through a two-year process of improvisation and research. More information on Carine Montbertrand is at carinemontbertrand.com.

Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended; call (413) 542-2277. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in Studio 3.

Tickets Required
Fr Warren Savage

Roman Catholic Mass

Last Mass of the semester - “Let us hold unwaveringly to our confession that gives us hope, for he who made the promise is trustworthy.” On this Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord our celebrant is Fr. Warren Savage, Chaplain at Westfield State University. Student and staff choir members, lectors and extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist prepare for Mass from around 4-4:30 p.m. Missalettes are provided and all are most welcome!

Mon, May 9, 2016

First Folio!

Exhibition: "First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare"

How do we know Shakespeare's plays? For many of them, the answer is one book: the 1623 First Folio. Without it, 18 plays, including MacbethJulius Caesar, Twelfth Night and The Tempest could have been lost forever. 

In 2016, the Folger Shakespeare Library presents "First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare," a national traveling exhibition bringing the First Folio to 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. Amherst College will be the only Massachusetts stop for the traveling exhibition.

Free and open to the public.

calvin&hobbes-last minute panic

Amherst Write-In

There’s no need to toil away in isolation when everyone has papers to write! Spend the last day of reading period in a supportive, quiet environment and make some progress on those final projects. We'll provide snacks and coffee and break activities, and writing center associates and librarians will be available during the day for drop-in consultation.

Students Only

Resource Center Open Hours!

Prepare for finals with the WGC, QRC, and MRC from May 9-14!

Open hours:
QRC: Noon-4 p.m., 8 p.m. to midnight

MRC: Noon-4 p.m., 10 p.m. to midnight (Monday- Thursday); Noon-4 p.m. (Friday)

WGC: Noon-4 p.m., 8 p.m. to midnight

See you then!

Book & Plow Farm

Book & Plow Farm Spring Volunteer Hours

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Book and Plow Farm Greenhouse

Book & Plow Farm is hard at work preparing trays in the seedling greenhouse, building a new grant funded greenhouse, preparing agricultural fields, and generally getting the farm up and running for its 4th season of providing local, organic, sustainably raised veggies to Val.

Come join us!

Fridays from 1-5 p.m. at the greenhouse located at the top of Tuttle Hill. Never been before? Walk down to the tennis courts past the socials, turn left after a grounds building into a gravel parking lot. Walk under the powerlines down the service road. The road will start to bear right up a hill, follow it. At that point you will see our greenhouse. We'll be in there at 1 p.m. and then we'll return back there again at 5. If you come in between those hours we may not be at the greenhouse but at one of our production fields. It's best to come on time or call Pete McLean at 317/658-4253 to find out where everyone is.

Typical Friday afternoon volunteer jobs include seeding trays in the greenhouse, picking rocks from one of our fields and helping to build a greenhouse!

Come and join us every Friday afternoon from 1-5 p.m. Bring your floor, your office, your department, your girlfriend, your boyfriend, your ex, your roommate, your dad... it doesn't matter, just come!

Hope to see you soon!

Pre-departure Meeting for Summer Study Abroad

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room (Red Room)

Pre-departure meeting for students traveling abroad on a College trip this summer. Are you going abroad this summer with funds from Amherst College for research, an internship, job, or to attend a special program? Students who are attending a college-sponsored program this summer - any trip that is funded or arranged by Amherst - must attend this pre-departure meeting to learn about the emergency medical assistance benefit available to you and other essential pre-trip information.

Black-and-white image of the backs of three students displaying labels denoting race, sexuality, gender, socioeconomic class and career

Book Launch: "A Sex and Education Handbook: By and for Amherst College Students"

5:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Created by students in Martha Saxton's and Wendy Ewald's First Year Seminar: "Representing Equality" (Fall 2015).

Refreshments will be served.

First Folio, opened to a "To the Reader" introduction and a title page with a depiction of Shakespeare

Shakespeare's First Folio Exhibition Opening Reception

Join us in celebrating the greatest playwright of the English language at a reception marking the opening of this historical exhibition, First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library. 

Published in 1623, the First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, and only 233 copies are known today. To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, this year the Folger Shakespeare Library is sending a First Folio to every state in the United States, and Amherst College been selected for Massachusetts.

Ongoing Events

Tom Friedman: Untitled (Flute Player)

Exhibition: "Tom Friedman: Untitled (Foundation)"

This special exhibition unveils new works by renowned conceptual artist Tom Friedman, and marks the first time Friedman has drawn artistic inspiration directly from a museum collection. The works on view correspond to existing works in the Mead’s permanent collection, and represent a contemporary dialogue with art from the past in ways that introduce subtexts, narratives and new ways of thinking about the Mead’s art collection. 

Print by Binnie

Exhibition: "Unimaginable by One Mind Alone: Exquisite Corpses from the William Green Collection of Japanese Prints"

For this exhibition, the Mead Art Museum commissioned contemporary artists to finish uncompleted works from the Mead's Japanese print collection in the spirit of the Exquisite Corpse. Each participant was allowed to select designs from the Mead’s holdings and extend them into full compositions. They were given complete freedom to create anything they could imagine...