Event Calendar

Today - Thu, Oct 27, 2016

Caution: Thesis Writing in Process

Weekly Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry (2nd fl.)

Thesis writers, set yourself up to succeed this year by joining fellow students to write together regularly. Research and experience show us that most of us write more productively when we commit to a regular writing schedule and when we write among others. Find motivation and support among fellow thesis writers at the Weekly Thesis Write-in. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Sponsored by the Writing Center and Library.

Students Only
Event poster featuring an image of a coffee cup with musical notes rising from it like steam

Jazz@Schwemm's featuring FlavaEvolution

Celebrating its 10th year in existence, the exciting Jazz@Schwemm's series will continue in October with four consecutive Thursday concerts. Join us on Oct. 27 for the perennial favorite FlavaEvolution (featuring our esteemed bass teacher and combo coach David Picchi) and joined by student combos Mingus and Shine. As always, this is a free performance and open to the public at 9 p.m. in Schwemm's Cafe Back Room in Keefe Campus Center.

Thanks to the Office of Student Activities and Jazz@Amherst for the generous support.

Tomorrow - Fri, Oct 28, 2016


Family Weekend

Running from Friday through Sunday, October 28 - 30, Family Weekend is a great opportunity for families of current students to visit campus and learn more about Amherst College.

Jon Sneider lecture

Talk by John Sneider, Trumpet

Free and open to the public:
The Thoughts of a political science studying, jazz trumpet playing, commercial jingle writing Boston sports fanatic.

John Sneider is the featured guest soloist with Amherst College Jazz Ensemble in performance on Saturday, October 29 at 4:30 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College

View his work at www.storefrontmusic.com

A view from Book & Plow Farm of the Pelham Hills

The Book & Plow Constitutional

The Book & Plow Constitutional is chance to gather yourself, collect your thoughts and set an intention for your day. It starts at 6:30 a.m. in the Val lobby, where we will meet. We then greet the day and each other with a walk up to Tuttle Hill where we sit for a 20-minute meditation. At the conclusion of the meditation, we make our way back to Val for breakfast together at 7:30 a.m.

The Constitutional is a chance to connect to ourselves and each other before the day turns into emails, exams, deadlines and deliverables.

This walk-sit-walk and eat is open to anyone-- student, faculty, staff or community member. No need to RSVP. Show up just as you are on Tuesdays and Fridays at 6:30 a.m. to the Val lobby.

Microsoft Office Word Logo

Microsoft Office 2013/2016 Word Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts Beginner/Intermediate Level

You must register to attend this training workshop. Clicking "Add to Calendar" does not register you for the training, just saves the meeting to your calendar. Use the registration link provided to sign up for the workshop.

This 2-hour workshop will provide helpful and time saving tips, tricks and shortcuts for using Microsoft Office Word efficiently. The presenter will work in Windows version Office 2013 and mention what is new and different in Windows and Mac versions Office 2016.

The level of this training is beginner. Intermediate users also may find useful information about features and shortcuts that are new to them and learn about new features or changes introduced with versions 2013 and 2016.

Spanish Table

Spanish Table is held every Friday, from 12 - 2 p.m., in the mezzanine level of Valentine Dining Hall. Students, faculty and staff of all Spanish speaking levels meet weekly over lunch to enjoy using the Spanish language in an informal atmosphere.

Valeria Espinosa of Google: "Did the Military Interventions in the Mexican Drug War Increase Violence?"

We analyze publicly available data to estimate the causal effect of military interventions on the homicide rates in certain problematic regions in Mexico. We use the Rubin Causal Model (Rubin 1974) to compare the post-intervention homicide rate in each intervened region to the hypothetical homicide rate for that same year had the military intervention not taken place. Because the effect of a military intervention is not confined to the municipality subject to the intervention, a nonstandard definition of units is necessary to measure plausibly the causal effect of the intervention under the standard no-interference assumptions of SUTVA. Donor pools for each missing potential outcome under no intervention are created, thereby allowing for the estimation of unit level causal effects. A multiple imputation approach accounts for the uncertainty about the missing potential outcomes.

Food for Thought: Lunch with Taina Bien-Aime P'20, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women

Taina Bien-Aimé has over two decades of experience defending the rights of women and girls at the national and global level. Prior to her position as executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), Taina was the executive director of Women's City Club of New York, an advocacy organization that helps shape policy in New York. She was a founding board member of Equality Now, an international human rights organization working to promote the human rights of women and girls, and served as its general counsel (2000-2001) and subsequently, its executive director (2001-2011).

Taina was also director of business affairs/film acquisitions at Home Box Office (1996-2000) and practiced international corporate law at the Wall Street law firm, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (1992-1996). Taina holds a Juris Doctor from NYU School of Law where she received the Vanderbilt Medal. She earned a license in political science from the University of Geneva/Graduate School of International Studies in Switzerland. She sits on the board of the New York Women’s Foundation and on the New York City Mayoral Commission on Gender Equity.

Taina has extensive public speaking and media experience, including with the New York Times, Associated Press, Reuters, CNN, the Amanpour Show and many other print and television outlets. She is also a contributor to the Huffington Post.

Lunch from The Works Bakery Café will be provided. Space is limited, RSVP in Quest.

life stories

Life Stories lunch with Manuela Picq, "Chronicle of a life not foretold"

Manuela Picq, Karl Loewenstein Fellow and visiting associate professor of political science will speak at the Life Stories series on Friday, October 31. This series provides a forum for the Amherst community to get to know each other outside of our professional and academic roles. At each lunch, a student, faculty or staff member will share a story from their lives, followed by the opportunity for participants to engage in reflection and discussion. Lunch provided. For more information https://www.amherst.edu/mm/440084

2016-2017 Peer Advocate Faculty Series

Bridging Academics and Activism: A Faculty Discussion Series on Sexual Violencece & Race

Join the Peer Advocates for our year-long faculty discussion series, bridging the gap between academics and activism. This week features Professors Parham and Drabinski discussing how their research relates to gender-based violence and its intersections with race. Q&A will follow. Refreshments from Black Sheep will be served!

Queer Talk

Queer Talk with Dr. Darien & Dr. Deb

3:00 pm Keefe Campus Center, Queer Resource Center, 2nd Floor

Join the Queer Resource Center and out queer counselors, Dr. Darien and Dr. Deb, for a weekly discussion about experiences and topics related to the queer/trans community at Amherst. Queer Talk is at 3 p.m. every Friday in the QRC (2nd floor of Keefe). Snacks will be served.

Amherst Reacts

Amherst Reacts: a presentation by Frost Digital Scholarship Interns

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Frost Library, Friendly Reading Room

Making use of nearly two centuries of student publications preserved in Amherst’s Archives and Special Collections, students from the Library's 2016 Digital Scholarship Summer Internship immersed themselves in traditional scholarship with a digital lens to explore how Amherst students reacted to campus life and the world around them through comedy, poetry and protest. In this panel presentation, students will present their final project and take questions from the audience, and library staff will provide context on digital humanities at the college, as well as how the library helps foster and support student research. Coloring and button-making will be available for children! Student panelists include William Harvey '18, Norah Oteri '18 and Phuong-Nghi Pham '18.

This event is part of family weekend, but is open to all! Donuts and cider will be provided.

AmHERST T-shirts will be for sale during the open house

Women’s and Gender Center Family Weekend Open House

Meet the staff of the Women’s and Gender Center and learn about our exciting programs and services for women and students interested in feminism. All are welcome! Bring your family or join ours! We will have coloring pages and delicious treats!


Film and Media Studies Career Roundtable

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Frost Library, Center For Humanistic Inquiry

Students in the Film and Media Studies program and their families are invited to hear from a panel of alumni and parents in the film and media industry about their career paths. Featuring Julie Dunfey P'19, Jason Kliot ’85 P’18 and Richard Ledes '79. Stay after to meet the panelists and enjoy some refreshments. Open to any students interested in a career in film or media. Moderated by Professor Hastie.

Refreshments provided by The Black Sheep!

Contact Elizabeth Kolenda for more information. ekolenda@amherst.edu

QRC, Open House

Queer Resource Center Family Weekend Open House

Join us in the Queer Resource Center for our Family Weekend Open House! Meet the amazing staff of the QRC and learn about our resources and support services for our queer and trans community.

Families of all kinds are welcome to attend. Food and refreshments will be served.

Cover of Issue 11 of The Common: Tajdeed, showing shards of a broken mirror against a pale blue background

The Common at the Mead

The Common literary magazine welcomes parents, students and the general public for a cocktail hour reception. Join us for wine, snacks and brief readings from newly released Issue 12 as well as Issue 11: Tajdeed, The Common's special issue of translated Arabic fiction. All readings will be in English. Pick up a copy of Issue 12, with artwork by Rico Gatson.

Amherst Women in Finance Speaker Series: How to be Successful in Finance

Amherst Women in Finance cordially invites you to participate in the inaugural speaker series event featuring Joan Solotar P'16 P'20, managing director at Blackstone. Ms. Solotar will be providing advice to young women considering careers in finance on how to be successful in finance.

Ms. Solotar is a senior managing director at Blackstone, head of multi-asset investing and external relations and serves on the management committee. Ms. Solotar oversees the firm’s multi-asset investing business, which develops and distributes products and services to meet the needs of institutional and high net worth clients. Additionally, she manages global shareholder relations, public affairs and corporate services.

Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Ms. Solotar was with Bank of America Securities where she was a managing director and head of equity research. Prior to joining Bank of America, she was a consistently highly ranked institutional investor “All-America Research Team” financial services analyst at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and a managing director at Credit Suisse.

Ms. Solotar chairs the board of directors of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. She is also chairman of the board of trustees of the East Harlem Tutorial Program and the East Harlem Scholars Academies. She is the recent author of a Harvard Business Review article titled “Truths for our Daughters.”

Ms. Solotar received a BS in Management Information Systems from the State University of New York at Albany and an MBA in Finance from New York University.

AC After Dark Presents - The Purge: Election Year!

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Keefe Campus Center, Keefe Campus Center Theater

The third installment in the "The Purge" film series will be played multiple times over the course of the weekend, so don't miss out on a chance to see it for free! There will be movie snacks provided at the Friday night showing!



Directed by Ron Bashford

A country at war is led by a tyrant. A single woman stands against him, demanding justice for her brother. The Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance presents Antigone, by the ancient Greek playwright Sophocles, in a version by the great German director and playwright, Bertolt Brecht. Brecht’s version of Sophocles’ tale of oppression and personal sacrifice offered an incisive look at the dangers of authoritarianism when it was performed in Europe just after World War II. Re-conceived for today’s audiences by faculty director Ron Bashford and an ensemble cast of students, Antigone raises questions as relevant today as they were when Brecht re-discovered Sophocles’ two-thousand-year-old tragedy.

Event poster featuring an orange and brown color scheme and a photo of College Row in autumn

Choral Society Performance for Family Weekend

The Amherst College Choral Society, directed by Mallorie Chernin, presents its annual Family Weekend Concert on Friday, Oct. 28, at 8:30 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center. The program will be repeated on Saturday, Nov. 12, for the College’s Homecoming concert at 7 p.m.

Performers include the Concert Choir, Women's Chorus and Glee Club, directed by Mallorie Chernin and assistant director Hannah Goodwillie ’16, and the Madrigal Singers, directed by Joshua Young ’17 and Charlie Newman-Johnson ’18.

The program features a wide range of music, including works by Carol Barnett, Claude Debussy, Felix Mendelssohn, William Dawson and many more. Music of Estonia, Georgia and Ireland is also featured. The program ends with traditional College songs.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for children and senior citizens. Admission for Five College students is free. Tickets are available from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Alumni House on Friday, Oct. 28, and thereafter in the lobby of the Arms Music Building beginning at 7:30 p.m. You can also email Mallorie Chernin for ticket reservations at mchernin@amherst.edu or by calling (413) 542-2484.

For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, visit us on the web: www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

Tickets Required

Sat, Oct 29, 2016


Classified: A Conversation with Former CIA Director John Deutch

9:00 am - 11:00 am Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (FAYE 115)

Please join the Amherst Political Union this coming Saturday, October 29 for a breakfast reception and conversation with former CIA Director, John M. Deutch. As this event is scheduled over family weekend, please feel free to invite any and all family members that may be on campus. The breakfast reception will begin at 9 a.m. in the lobby of Fayerweather, and Director Deutch's talk will begin at 9:30 a.m. We understand that family weekend is a busy time, so please note that our event will conclude promptly at 10:30 a.m. to ensure that everyone has enough time to see Biddy's address at 11 a.m.

Here is a brief biography from Director Deutch's distringuished career in public service: "In May of 1995, John Deutch was sworn in as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency following a unanimous vote in the Senate. After his tenure at the CIA, Director Deutch served as the Deputy Secretary of Defense. In addition to these prominent cabinet positions, Director Deutch has also served in a number of positions at the U.S. Department of Energy. As if that is not enough, Director Deutch has also worked closely with numerous Presidential administrations, serving on the President’s Nuclear Safety Oversight Committee, the President’s Commission on Strategic Forces, and the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, amongst others. John Deutch earned a B.A. in History and Economics from Amherst College (1960), and a B.S. in chemical engineering and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry, both from M.I.T."


Building Bridges in Negative and Positive Spaces: Stencil-A-Tote

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Greenway Patio or Greenway A 109

Come and join the Arting Club this Family Weekend to learn a bit about positive and negative spaces in art by making your own stencil! No experience necessary. We'll provide basic instruction and let your imagination run free for the image. A reference photo of what you want is highly encouraged.

Materials for the stencil will be provided, as well as a tote bag to print your creation on. Bags are limited, and are distributed on a first come, first served basis. Print paper will be provided after totebags are distributed. You are welcome to bring something else if you would like to paint your stencil onto it!

Greenway A will be used if the weather is poor.