Event Calendar

Tomorrow - Fri, Mar 23, 2018

Chinese Language Table

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The conference room is just inside the main entrance, on the right hand side. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Friday from 1 - 2 p.m., and Monday and Tuesday from noon - 1 p.m.

Women of Color Luncheon

We will be making empowerment vision boards! These boards will encapsulate where we are in life and what we celebrate currently, as well as elements of what we aspire to. Lunch will be served. This is a space that centers women of color.

Portrait of Sufrin smiling

Pryde Lecture: Dr. Carolyn Sufrin '97: "Pregnant Behind Bars: Challenges and Opportunities in Health Care and Social Justice"

Dr. Carolyn Sufrin '97 will be visiting from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is a professor of gynecology and obstetrics, and a medical anthropologist.

Seminar Title: "Pregnant Behind Bars: Challenges and Opportunities in Health Care and Social Justice"

The Dr. Everett H. Pryde ‘39 Research Award was established in 1985 by Phyllis W. Pryde in honor of her late husband. The Pryde fund is used to bring to the College distinguished alumni who specialize in the field of chemistry, to present a lecture/seminar and to honor a senior who has been an outstanding research assistant in chemistry and who shows great promise for carrying out research in science or medicine.

Careers In Health Professions Presents: Dr. Joseph Kass '89, Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Joseph Kass ‘89, MD, JD, FAAN is a neurologist and professor of neurology, psychiatry, and medical ethics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, where he also serves as a dean. He is an Amherst alum with a rich career ranging from work in Alzheimer's Disease and predictors of cognitive decline and the development of neuropsychiatric symptoms in patients with dementia, to medical student wellness, social determinants of health, and the interface of medical ethics and the law.

Please join Health Professions, the Kidney Disease Screening & Awareness Program (KDSAP), and the Psychology Department on to hear about his extraordinary path and his advice to students interested in health, ethics, medicine, neurology and law. Refreshments will be provided.

Event poster featuring a black-and-white closeup of Carmen De Lavallade leaning on Geoffrey Holder

African American Dance Symposium: Film Screening of "Carmen and Geoffrey"

Originally released in 2005, this documentary tracks the lives and marriage of Carmen De Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder. Packed with archival material depicting the artists at work, including clips from the 1950s and 1960s, in addition to footage of their contemporary projects, the film stands as evidence that Carmen and Geoffrey's greatest accomplishment is their balance of passion—for their art and for each another.

This event is part of "African American Dance: Form, Function and Style!," sponsored by the Department of Theater and Dance , Five College Dance Department, Arts at Amherst Initiative, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Center for Community Engagement, and African and Caribbean Students Union.

It is open to the Amherst and Five College community.

7th Annual Arabic Night

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Alumni Gym, Middleton Room (Basketball Court)

Please join us for the Seventh Annual Arabic Night. This year's event will feature live Arabic music by the Zay-Tunes Ensemble, Tannoura and folk dance by Yasser Darwish, Debke dance led by Sharon Arslanian and Middle Eastern dinner and student performances.
This event is sponsored by the Five College Arabic Language Initiative and the Amherst Middle Eastern Student and Studies Association.

April Open House Hosting Flyer

Sign-up to host! April Open House 2018

Each year, Amherst College welcomes around admitted 400 students to campus in April to get a taste of Amherst College life. A critical part of the success of this effort is the support of several hundred student hosts who provide space for these students to stay while they learn more about this potential college option.

April Open House Hosting is extremely important to the continued success of our recruitment process, and we hope that you will take part and pay it forward.

Stop by our table in Val for more information!

Students Only
The Mask You Live In

Film Screening: "The Mask You Live In"

Join the peer advocates for the first film in our film screening series this semester, "The Mask You Live In." Food and drink will be provided. Be sure to check out all of our programming surrounding masculinity this week!

About the film:

The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.

Pressured by the media, their peer group and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.

Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it.

The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

Seventh Annual Arabic Night

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Alumni Gym, Middleton Room (Basketball Court)

Join us for Amherst College's Seventh Annual Arabic Night! The evening will feature delicious food, live music, performances and more! All are welcome.

Damien Sneed seated in an armchair in front of a piano, wearing a suit and tie

M@A Series: Damien Sneed, Piano

Please note:
This concert replaces the concert by Maarja Nuut, which was canceled by the artist. This replacement concert will honor all tickets for March 23 sold to date.

Damien Sneed offers a diverse solo piano program.

Multi-genre recording artist and a 2014 recipient of the prestigious Sphinx Medal of Excellence honor, which is presented annually to emerging Black and Latino leaders in classical music, Sneed has also garnered attention in a wide range of other musical genres, including jazz, gospel, pop, R&B, opera and musical theater.

He has already been featured in The New York Times multiple times for his work in various genres. A pianist, organist, vocalist, conductor, composer, producer, arranger, and arts educator, Sneed has worked with legends such as Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis, Jessye Norman, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Ashford & Simpson, Wycliffe Gordon and Eric Reed. He has served as music director for GRAMMY® Award-winning gospel artists including Kim Burrell, The Clark Sisters, Richard Smallwood, Donnie McClurkin, Hezekiah Walker, Marvin Sapp, Karen Clark Sheard, Dorinda Clark-Cole and Kierra Sheard. He also served as musical director for season four of Sunday Best, Black Entertainment Television’s hit award-winning gospel singing competition show.

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750): Prelude no. 1 in C Major
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827): Sonata in C minor (“Pathetique”), Opus 13, Adagio cantabile
FREDERIC CHOPIN (1810-1849): Nocturne, Opus 9, No. 1 in B-flat minor
RICHARD STRAUSS (1864-1949) / MAX REGER (1873-1916): Allerseelen (1899)
RICHARD STRAUSS (1864-1949) / MAX REGER (1873-1916): Morgen (1899)
AARON COPLAND (1900-1990): Passacaglia (1922)
SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR (1875-1912): Deep River (1905)
R. NATHANIEL DETT (1882-1943): Juba Dance from "In The Bottoms" Suite
JOHN WORK (1901-1967): At a Certain Church (1951)
MARGARET BONDS (1913-1972): Troubled Water (1967)
HALE SMITH (1925-2009): Evocation (1966)
THOMAS H. KERR JR. (1915-1988): Easter Monday Swagger (1970)
DAMIEN SNEED (b. 1979) - Wade In The Water
RICHARD SMALLWOOD (b. 1948) Total Praise
DAMIEN SNEED (b. 1979) Good Shepherd Medley
DAMIEN SNEED (b. 1979) Call Him By His Name

Parallels Series, general seating
General Public: $18
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $12
Students, with valid ID: $10
Free Amherst student rush tickets available in the Arms lobby one hour before showtime

Tickets are nonrefundable, and programs and dates are subject to change. Buckley Recital Hall has limited wheelchair-accessible seating. For further information, please contact the Concert Office at (413) 542-2195 or concerts@amherst.edu.

A complete list of upcoming events can be found on the Amherst College Music Department website at www.amherst.edu/go/music. Tickets are available online at no added cost at https://amherst.universitytickets.com.

Tickets Required

French House Quartier Latin - Music Quiz Event

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm King Hall, French House Common Room

Come to our super music quiz to discover plenty of French-speaking artists. We promise not to play (only) Edith Piaf. We will have snacks and refreshments, so don’t hesitate and come practice your French with us!

Oshi Live @ Amherst

WAMH Presents: Oshi

Oshi is a London based hip-hop and electronic music producer who rose to fame after being discovered online at 16 years old. He's known for his work on Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" as well as Kali Uchis’ "Ridin Round" and Justin Bieber's "All That Matters." His music ranges from mellow beats to up-tempo EDM music. Sung-Ooga+Atlas will be making their debut as the openers and will be creating chill, dreamy vibes.

Silly Putty, Stress Balls and Crazy Noodles!

Come out to the Friedmann Room to make silly putty, stress balls and eat lots of Crazy Noodles! Vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian options will be available. This event is sponsored by AC After Dark.

Students Only

Sat, Mar 24, 2018

M@A Artist Damien Sneed: Buckley Masterclass

Damien Sneed will work with the Amherst College Gospel Choir. This masterclass is free and open to the public.

Image of art installation for HOUSE exhibition

Weekly Tour at the Mead!

Join us for a tour with DeLyna Hadgu '21. DeLyna is a prospective art history and anthropology major, and her tour will focus on interactive engagement with key works in the exhibition HOUSE. This tour is free and open to all!

Open Book

Leisure Reading Afternoons

Join us for our penultimate session of leisure reading this Saturday, March 24 in James Common Room from 2-4 p.m. As usual, members of the class of '21 can enter a draw to win wireless headphones and a kindle reader. There will be insomnia cookies, books to give away and a space to relax and read. Come enjoy and get your reading goals back on track!

Logros Latinx: Celebrating Latinx Success (Past, Present and Future)

Come join us in celebrating Latinx success in this all day event! Beginning with senior thesis presentations, learn about the the research and study Amherst seniors are pursuing. Next, there will be a career panel followed by small group discussions meant to explore different career options available for Latinx students at Amherst and beyond. Afterwards, there will be a Latinx and Latin American Studies Panel where both students and faculty will discuss the new LLAS (Latinx and Latin American Studies) major followed by an alumni-student reception. Following the reception will be dinner, catered by the Fernandez Family Restaurant located in Holyoke. Finally, the day will culminate with Burth Lopez's '01 Keynote Address (Attorney with MALDEF, or Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) and a celebration featuring dancing and dance instruction with Daniel Trenner. Logros Latinx is brought to you by the students of La Causa, the Multicultural Resource Center, the office of Student Activities and the office of Alumni and Parent Programs. Questions? Contact alumni@amherst.edu

Sun, Mar 25, 2018

Conquering the Finance Interview

Interviewing for finance positions is unlike other interviews. Attend this workshop led by Stephanie Hockman, Program Director for Careers In Business and Finance, to gain an understanding of the finance interview process. The workshop will discuss techniques for handling video, phone and in-person interviews, how to craft answers to fit/behavior questions and well as how to start to prepare for technical finance interviews that will be discussed more in-depth in the workshop on April 2. Learn proven techniques on how to answer questions like “Tell me about yourself” or “Why finance/investment banking/sales & trading” or “Why XYZ firm?” The key to any successful interview is preparation and practice, and this workshop outlines preparation techniques that you can use in every finance interview.

coffee mug reading "Caution: Thesis Writing in Progress"

Merrill Thesis Write-In

Every Sunday night, the Writing Center and Library reserve the large classroom in the Science Library to students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, tea, and camaraderie. Join the group Sundays from 8-11 in Merrill 300A (Science Library) or Thursdays from 8-11 p.m. in the CHI (Frost Library).

Students Only

Mon, Mar 26, 2018

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.

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Flr.

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The conference room is just inside the main entrance, on the right hand side. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday and Tuesday from noon - 1 p.m., and Fridays from 1 - 2 p.m.

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Monday Afternoon Study Space - SWAGS Common Room

Come study in the Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies common room! Join us every Monday except for March 12, which is Spring Recess. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Students Only
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"The War in the Ground": James Gillam

4:30 pm Beneski Earth Sciences Building, Paino Lecture Room (107)

For 27 years, Dr. James Gillam was a professor of history at Spelman College in Atlanta, where he taught East Asian and Vietnam history. He holds a doctorate in Chinese history from Ohio State University and has served as the editor of the Southeast Review of Asian Studies. Dr. Gillam published Life and Death in the Central Highlands: An American Sergeant in the Vietnam War, 1968-1970 and has contributed to The History Channel’s documentary series Passages, offering commentary on both tunnel warfare during Vietnam and the tomb of the first Emperor of China. Most recently he contributed to and is featured in episodes 8 and 9 of Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s documentary Vietnam.

While major battles fought on the ground and in the air during the Vietnam War, such as the Tet
Offensive and Operation Rolling Thunder, are well-known to the general public and their political and historical significance understood, less attention has been given to the war in the ground. This presentation will focus on the rarely acknowledged perspective of those "tunnel rats" who engaged in warfare underneath the jungles and plains of Vietnam. Dr. Gillam’s talk will provide not only a scholarly view, but also a personal one highlighting his experience as a tunnel rat during the Vietnam War and its importance.  

This event is sponsored by the Lucius Root Eastman Fund, the Corliss Lamont Fund and the Department of History.

Japanese Language Table

Join us to practice your Japanese on Thursday evenings. Anyone is welcome to join the Japanese Language Table for all or just part of the time we are there.

Ongoing Events

Eli Marsh Exhibition: Sonya Clark

Visiting artist in residence Sonya Clark will exhibit recent work in the gallery through Friday, April 13, and will host an opening lecture at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21 in Pruyne Lecture Hall, 115 Fayerweather.

A reception will follow the event in the hall by the gallery.

The Gallery is open Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. and is closed Saturdays.