Event Calendar

Today - Mon, Feb 27, 2017

Paris is Burning: Screening and Discussion

Join us at the Queer Resource Center on Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. for a screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary, Paris is Burning. After the film, we will be discussing Black queer culture as it relates to the film. Dinner will be served!

Tomorrow - Tue, Feb 28, 2017

Zotero Workshop

Want to make your research process more organized and efficient? Attend a one-hour tutorial to get started with Zotero! Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. If you're interested but can't make it to the workshop, click on the more information link below to see the full workshop schedule or to make an individual appointment.

APA Paris Tabling in Keefe

Spend next fall in Paris with Academic Programs Abroad!

Drop by APA Paris' Information session to have your study abroad questions answered. We will discuss everything you need to know in order to participate in a semester or year-long program based on language level. Enroll directly in the University of Paris system and select classes in any major from 10 institutions; receive ongoing academic, language, and logistical support; take advantage of a robust cultural package including unlimited access to museums, exclusive day trips and weekend excursions, and attend performances in Paris’ renowned venues; stay with a host family or in a French student residence; and choose to extend your stay with a summer professional internship.

Apply at apaparis.com by March 15 for Fall 2017 and 2017-18 Academic Year admission.

Online Dating Safety with the Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect

It's Healthy Relationships Month with the PAs! Join us and learn about how to stay safe when dating online. Play some games or take a photo with us to win prizes in our raffle - everything from chocolate-covered strawberries to gift cards to Antonio's will be available.

French Table

The French Table will meet on Tuesdays from noon until 2 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall. Come join the French language assistants for conversation over lunch. French speakers of all levels are welcome!

Interview Workshop

Join us to learn how to answer challenging questions and present yourself in a professional manner. As a reminder, students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements must attend an interviewing workshop. Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend!

This workshop series is facilitated by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.


Huxley's Office Hours

Huxley, a friendly, lovable and well-trained dog, will be holding biweekly office hours in the library, beside Frost Cafe on Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m. on 2/28, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18 and 5/2. Sponsored by the Wellness Team and Amherst College Library.

CHI Think Tank: Kellie Jones '81

4:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI)

Please join us on Tuesday, February 28, for the first CHI Think Tank! These discussions will follow talks given by major speakers, the first of whom is Kellie Jones ’81, art historian, curator and 2016 MacArthur fellow. Join students, faculty and staff for open dialogue in response to Kellie’s presentation. Engage. Discuss. Debate. Imagine and brainstorm with fellow Amherst community members.

Time: 4:30-6:00PM
Location: Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI), 2nd floor of the Frost Library, Conference Room 210
Light refreshments will be available

Upcoming CHI Think Tank sessions:

Following Rich Lowry, political author and National Review editor
Date: Thursday, March 9
Time: 4:30-6:00PM
Location: Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI), 2nd floor of the Frost Library, Seminar Room 211

Following Melissa Harris Perry, writer, professor and political commentator with expertise in race, gender and American politics
Date: Tuesday, March 28
Time: 4:30-6:00PM
Location: Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI), 2nd floor of the Frost Library, Conference Room 210

Hope to see you there!
Martha Umphrey, Bertrand H. Snell 1894 Professor in American Government In the Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought and Director of the Center for Humanistic Inquiry
Norm Jones, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Williams-Mystic Ocean and Coastal Studies Semester

The Williams-Mystic Ocean and Coastal Studies Semester

What better day to celebrate Louisiana history, culture and food than Mardi Gras? Join the Williams-Mystic Ocean and Coastal Studies Semester for their Field Seminar Series and discover some of the remarkable places they visit during their Gulf Coast Field Seminar to Louisiana. Enjoy regional snacks and learn about everything from the geology, history and literature of the Pelican State to the ecological and policy issues it faces today. You'll also discover how you can experience the Gulf Coast firsthand as part of the Williams-Mystic Program (have you ever kayaked to the middle of a salt marsh along the Gulf of Mexico?) and hear about the extensive travel and intensive research the program involves. All majors and class years welcome. Stop by the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies program in the McCaffrey Room on February 28 from 4:30-6 p.m. for more on a semester-long academic investigation of the sea that is accompanied by travel throughout the United States and original research opportunities!

Students Only

Joe Tranquillo, Bucknell: "Engineering as a Liberal Art?"

Engineering is the practical discipline that brought us the wheel, printing press, steam engine and smartphone. The building of tools has always been a hallmark of our species, and technology has become an important driver of social change. But what is it to be an engineer? In what ways are the stereotypes of engineers an outdated 1950s caricature? In this talk we will focus on who engineers are becoming by highlighting projects at the intersection between technology and the liberal arts. These will include projects on landmine-detecting rats, biomusical instruments, the re-creation of historical scientific instruments, and the design of medical devices. The talk will conclude with some ideas on where technology might take us next.

Event poster featuring closeup photos of Benn and Amherst College visiting professor Steven Simon

"The Rhett Butler Doctrine: Israel and America in the Trump Age"

Aluf Benn has been the editor-in-chief of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz since 2011. A veteran writer and editor, he has covered peace, war and politics, and has fought government secrecy and censorship for 30 years. Benn won a landmark Supreme Court case that expanded press freedom in 1989. He exposed the worst corruption case in IDF history, and in 2015 uncovered the details of a hushed-up Israeli-Iranian legal battle over billions of dollars. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs and The Guardian. He holds a joint MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Recanati School of Business at Tel Aviv University.

Caution: Thesis Writing In Progress

Revising Your Thesis When You’re Still Writing

Spring semester means revision for many thesis writers. This can feel overwhelming when you are still writing your chapters. Join other thesis writers to learn how to manage the multiple demands of spring semester: we will discuss/share tips for making substantive changes, incorporating feedback from advisors and second readers, making sense of conflicting advice, making a case for your interdisciplinary methodology, and making sure revision does not derail your drafting process. Taught by Neelofer Qadir and Lauren Silber, writing associates.

This workshop will precede the Weekly Thesis Write-in. Please reserve your seat!

Students Only

"Mapping Sexuality in Ancient Rome": A Talk by Dr. Luca Grillo

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Merrill Science Building, Lecture Room 4, Dr. Luca Grillo will give a talk titled "Mapping Sexuality in Ancient Rome." Dr. Grillo asks, "How did the ancient Romans conceive sex and sexuality? Did they have the same categories we can easily take for granted today? Could sexual inclinations elicit admiration, disparagement or disapproval?" This talk will address these and similar questions by locating Roman habits in their historical and cultural context and by discussing formalist and constructivist approaches.

Luca Grillo is an associate professor of classics and William R. Kenan Scholar at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, having earned his M.A.s from the University of Minnesota (in classical and Near Eastern studies), a Ph.D. from Princeton (classics) and taught for five years at Amherst College (2008-13). His area of specialty is Latin prose and Roman history, with a special focus on writers of the Late Republic. He is co-editor of the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Caesar, and he has published a monograph on Caesar’s Civil War, a commentary on an oration by Cicero and various articles.

This event is sponsored by the Lamont Funds and the Department of Political Science at Amherst College. It is free and open to the public.


German Kaffeklatsch

Every Tuesday at 9 p.m. the German House hosts Kaffeeklatsch, an informal gathering for conversation and refreshments. This is a great opportunity to meet others interested in German language and culture.

Come join us for Kaffeeklatsch Tuesdays at Porter House!

LGBTea, coffe and tea, late night study hours

QRC LGBTea Late Night Study Hours

LGBTea is an intentional weekly program that offers a comfortable, affirming, and welcoming space for our community to come together. Join us for late night study hours, take a break if you need one, grab a cup of tea or coffee, or just hang out!!
Every Tuesday in the Queer Resource Center 10 p.m.-Midnight
All are welcome

Wed, Mar 1, 2017

Closeup of Alison Saar resting her chin on her hand, wearing a black jacket and beaded necklace and earrings

Conversations with Alison Saar

Internationally acclaimed artist Alison Saar will mark the installation of her imposing work, Sleeping Beauty, 1997, recently purchased by the Mead through a student curatorial project, funded by the Trinkett Clark Memorial Fund.

Saar will be here for two days of events. Please join us!

Wednesday, March 1: 5-6 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium
Saar will give a talk about her artistic practice and issues of identity. The talk will be followed by a reception and viewing of her print in the Fairchild Gallery at the Mead Art Museum

Thursday, March 2: Noon-1 p.m. in the Multicultural Resource Center
Students are invited to join Saar for Antonio's pizza lunch and informal conversation in the MRC.

These events are free and open to the public!

Online Dating Safety with the Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect

It's Healthy Relationships Month with the PAs! Join us and learn about how to stay safe when dating online. Play some games or take a photo with us to win prizes in our raffle - everything from chocolate-covered strawberries to gift cards to Antonio's will be available.

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 noon to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays on the mezzanine level in Valentine Dining Hall. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

Book covers for "Intimate Relations" and "Lyric Tactics"

Book Launch Party

4:30 pm Amherst Books, 8 Main Street

Help us celebrate the publication of new books by Amherst College Professors Krupa Shandilya and Ingrid Nelson! Professor Shandilya, in the Department of Sexuality, Women’s & Gender Studies, is author of Intimate Relations: Social Reform & the Late Nineteenth-Century South Asian Novel. Her colleague in the English department, Professor Nelson, is author of Lyric Tactics: Poetry, Genre & Practice in Later Medieval England.

Refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.

Queer and Trans People Of Color Meeting

Join your fellow queer and trans students of color for the first Queer and Trans People Of Color (QTPOC) Meeting of the year. This will be a closed space for individuals who identify as people of color and queer or trans. This will be a space to debrief on the impact of last weeks political events on communities of color and also to share our goals for QTPOC for the semester. Open to all QTPOC students, staff and faculty in the Five Colleges. Snacks will be provided.

Networking for Introverts

Networking is a critical part of searching for a job or internship. More than 70% of people are hired into their jobs because of networking. For many people, components of networking like attending large events, making small talk with strangers, or asking people for favors can feel overwhelming. If this sounds like you, this workshop is designed to help you develop strategies that make networking seem less intimidating and more manageable. *This workshop satisfies the Networking Milestone for sophomores participating in APEX.

Apogee Adventures Information Session

Apogee Adventures offers hiking, biking, community service, language and writing trips for teenagers aged 11-18. Apogee is looking for responsible, dynamic and motivated leaders to lead trips in New England, Montana, Oregon, California, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and throughout Europe. Trip leader pairs are responsible for the safety and well-being of up to 12 students in outdoor adventure travel settings. Leaders must serve as excellent role models as they foster teamwork and a healthy, nurturing group dynamic. Join us for an information session to learn more about opportunities with Apogee!

Workshops in Statistics and R

Interested in data? Want to learn some skills with R? Prepping for DataFest?

The third in a series of workshops in Statistics and R brought to you by the Statistics Fellows is "Intro to ggplot2 in R", hosted by Pei Gong and Sarah Teichman.

Feel free to bring your laptops to follow along with the workshops. Open to all interested students, staff and faculty.