Event Calendar

Today - Fri, Oct 21, 2016

Julia Ream, standing at a table and examining a document under a light

Materiality at the Mead with Art Conservator Julia A. Ream

New discoveries and directions in art are presented in this series of gallery talks focusing on the physical materials artists use.

Friday, Oct. 21, 1–3 p.m. (workshop, students only) and 4–5 p.m. (lecture, open to the public)

Thinking of a career in art conservation? Or just curious about the process and materials involved in conserving art? Julia A. Ream, independent conservator of Asian works on paper, will lead a conservation workshop for students and deliver a lecture on her career trajectory and recent work on manuscripts and paintings from the Middle East and South Asia.

The lecture is open to the public, in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather Hall 115).

The workshop will be held in the William Green Study Room of Mead Art Museum. It is limited to 10 students; registration is required. To register, email Louise Beckett (finearts@amherst.edu).

Craftivist Art Project

On Friday, October 21, from 4-5 p.m., Join the Women’s and Gender Center’s Craftivist Art Project for Mason Jar Painting! In our second event of Reproductive Justice Week, we want to take time to practice self-care and learn more self-care tips to prepare for the rest of the week. While we paint and decorate our jars as a form of relaxation, we will also fill the jars with resources, self-care tips, contraceptives and menstrual health products.

many hands

Strategies for Individual and Community Healing in the Midst of Trauma

4:15 pm - 5:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry (2nd fl.)

Faculty, staff and students are impacted by oppression and trauma in the world around us, yet we frequently ignore or minimize these experiences in the name of neutrality and objectivity. In this talk, Stephen John Quaye and Chris Linder will examine strategies for acknowledging and addressing these issues in a manner that honors and recognizes varied ways people experience power, privilege and oppression. Further, they will examine strategies for individual and community healing from individual and collective trauma.

Ulysses on Bottles

"Ulysses on Bottles" Shabbat Dinner and Play Reading

Please join Amherst Hillel and Boston-based theater company Israeli Stage this Friday night for a reading of Gilad Evron's play "Ulysses on Bottles" over dinner at 6:30 p.m. in Friedmann Room! "Ulysses on Bottles" tells the story of the charged relationship between an Arab Israeli jailed for trying to deliver Russian literature to Gaza, and a Jewish Israeli lawyer who takes on the case pro bono. On the surface, the perspectives of the two men illuminate different reactions to Gaza. More deeply, "Ulysses on Bottles" is an allegory on the definition of freedom, what it means, what it entails and what it demands. Winner of Israel Theater Prize’s Best Original Play in 2012. Sponsored by Amherst College Hillel.

Carl Clements, standing and playing a saxophone

Adjunct Recital: Carl Clements Quartet, New Jazz Works

The Carl Clements Quartet features Carl Clements on saxophones and flutes, Bennett Paster on piano, Jim Whitney on bass and Bob Weiner on drums. The repertoire will consist of original compositions for jazz quartet by Carl Clements. Clements is saxophone instructor and jazz combo coach at Amherst College and performs internationally in a variety of styles. Bennett Paster has performed internationally as a leader and with such musicians as Wallace Roney, Keb Mo, Robben Ford, Kurt Elling, Curtis Stigers, Rufus Reid, Bill Stewart, Billy Hart, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Ndugu Chancler and Yosvany Terry. Jim Whitney has a strong reputation as a bassist in the jazz and bluegrass worlds, is a longtime member of the Andy Statman Trio, and has appeared with jazz notables Anthony Braxton, Bill Frisell, Ray Anderson and Alan Dawson. Bob Weiner has toured and performed with Harry Belafonte, Itzhak Perlman, Betty Buckley, Jon Lucien, Dianne Reeves, Andy Statman, Rebecca Paris, Kenny Werner, Bob Moses and many others.

“... a fine composer and player … maybe due to his assimilation of Indian music performance techniques. Clements can articulate verbally and on his instrument with ease and dexterity." -Marc Medwin, Bagatellen.com

The Carl Clements Quartet:
Carl Clements, saxophones and flutes
Bennett Paster, piano
Jim Whitney, bass
Bob Weiner, drums

Performing original compositions for jazz quartet by Carl Clements

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

Five College Worship And Prayer Night w Timothy Reddick

Five College Worship and Prayer Night

Remnant, Amherst College's Black Campus Ministry, will host night two of the Five College Worship series!
We will unite for worship and prayer as we declare that God belongs on our campus. Worship will be led by guest artist Timothy Reddick from Dallas, Texas.
Join the Black Campus Ministries at Mount Holyoke, Smith and Amherst for this event which is sure to be a blessing!

Students Only

French Film Screening: "L'auberge espagnole"

In this dramatic comedy, directed by Cédric Klapisch (2002), Xavier is a straitlaced French college senior who moves to Barcelona as part of a student exchange program, much to the dismay of his beautiful girlfriend. But sharing cramped quarters with students from all over Europe quickly leads to multicultural chaos as Xavier gets an eye-opening lesson on how to live, love, laugh and party.

Tomorrow - Sat, Oct 22, 2016

Women of Color Retreat

Women of Color Retreat

The Women of Color Retreat is a day-long program aimed at connecting self-identified women of color. The retreat will provide time for critical self-reflection and discussion as the group explores issues affecting women of color personally, academically and professionally. This retreat will serve as a safe space for women to share ideas, gain support, begin (or continue) difficult dialogue and celebrate the uniqueness of their experiences. Participants will re-energize through validation and nurturing of their identities, connect with community mentors and engage with leadership opportunities.
The day long retreat will feature interdisciplinary modes of exploration. Participants will have the opportunity to identify, nurture and take ownership of their various unique intersectional identities varying in culture, gender expression, religion, sexual orientations, socioeconomic backgrounds and more. By nurturing and exploring these various identities, individually and collectively, participants will develop positive self-care habits that will positively benefit them academically and in their co-curricular experiences.

Family and Community Event at the Mead: Re-stART

Saturday, October 22, 1–3 p.m.

Rediscover the art of the everyday—using found objects, recycled materials and other surprises—at this hands-on crafting marathon for all ages

Sun, Oct 23, 2016

Trans Support and Social Group

TransActive: Transgender Support and Social Group

Join TransActive every Sunday from 1-2:30 p.m. in Amherst College's Queer Resource Center. This group aims to provide a space for trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming people and those questioning their gender identities to come together in a safe and brave environment.
This is a closed space for people of these identities! The group is open to the Five Colleges and all community members in the area!

Event poster featuring four photos of the composers and musicians

New Music Faculty Recital: "Different Duos"

The Amherst College Department of Music presents : "Different Duos", a program featuring new works by two composers: Amherst College Professor of Music Eric Sawyer and Valentine Visiting Professor of Music John McDonald. Joining Sawyer and McDonald (who will play their own piano duets at the opening and close of the evening) are performers Cello e Basso: Emmanuel Feldman, cello and Pascale Delache Feldman, double bass; and Thomas Stumpf, pianist.

The concert takes place at Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center, and is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

NPR dubbed Cello e Basso “a musical Lewis and Clark, opening up new musical territories”

Thomas Stumpf "plays unconditionally, mercilessly” –Mannheimer Morgen

Eric Sawyer’s music is “sweet and strong and…stunning” –Berkshire Bright Focus

John McDonald: “the New England master of the short piece” –The Classical Ear

Eric Sawyer: Good Company (for cello and piano); Depth Charge (for Cello e Basso); Companions (for piano, four hands)
John McDonald: Before(four)hand(s) (piano duet); Mediated, Monitored (for Cello e Basso, with piano); En Plein Air (for cello and piano); Affectueusement (for double bass and piano)
For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, visit us at: www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.


Drop-in Wellness Hour

Do you ever find yourself drowning in homework on Sundays? Take moment to be well! Come through to the foyer on the 1st floor of Frost (opposite Frost Café) and chill out with the Student Wellness Team, every Sunday from 8 - 9 p.m.!

You can:
Be silly with some silly putty
Check-in with a friend
Get a guided self-administered hand massage
Read children's books
Do some tennis ball tension relief
Participate in breathing, relaxation and mindfulness exercises
Take a minute to be mindful
Have fun!

Feel free to drop in and drop out whenever you’d like!

Mon, Oct 24, 2016

International Education of Students (IES) Abroad Info Table

Meet with a representative from the IES Abroad study abroad program on Monday, October 24, between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in Keefe Campus Center. IES Abroad offers semester and summer study abroad programs to Amherst students in a variety countries. Amherst also offers special funding for summer study abroad in China, paired with a fall or spring semester through IES Abroad.

Math & Stats Table

Please come join us on Mondays from 12-1 p.m. in Valentine Terrace Room A (down the stairs). Come and have lunch with fellow math and stats students, majors and professors! Everyone is welcome--you don't need to be a math or stats major. We often chat about math and stats-related topics, but we also talk about lots of other things, and it's a great chance to get to know each other. We hope to see you there!

Octagon Support for Faculty

Stop by Frost Library for help with uploading your publications to The Octagon, Amherst's digital repository! Research and instruction librarians will be available to answer questions about the open access resolution and what it means for you and the products of your research, and to help troubleshoot the upload process. This event is part of our Open Access Week celebration. Look for us at the reference tables (next to Frost cafe) from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, October 24.

Krans standing next to laboratory equipment

"Picking Up the Slack: How Giant Muscle Proteins Buy the Nervous System Time to React": Biology Seminar with Dr. Jacob Krans

Dr. Jacob Krans is an associate professor of neuroscience at Western New England University, chair of the East Coast Nerve Net Committee and lead editor of Nature Education.

Dr. Krans' research aims to better understand mechanisms of plasticity in neuromuscular control. His methods and approaches are cross-disciplinary, combining engineering, genetics, molecular biology, neuroscience and evolutionary frameworks. He has used several model organisms to probe for parsimonious conservation of molecular mechanisms within motor plasticity, but most recently has combined novel genetic and physiologic approaches in the larval fruit fly preparation to understand macro-protein structural plasticity. Dr. Krans’ research has led to the development of new biomechanic instruments, and he holds a patent for a novel sensing apparatus aimed to improve tactile feedback in prosthetic devices.

Dr. Jacob Krans has been involved in promoting life science education since the late 1990s. He is a founding member of the Neuroscience BS Program at Western New England University, where he received major funding from United Technologies for STEM project promotion. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, he became a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University and has held faculty positions at Mount Holyoke College and Central Connecticut State University.

Adaugo Ugocha speaks at Amherst Explorations, April 2016

Public Speaking as Performance: How to Evaluate Students to Help Them Become More Dynamic and Engaging Public Speakers

In this faculty workshop, Susan Daniels, associate in public speaking, introduces and demonstrates skills to help with three major areas of public speaking performance:
* Relaxation
* Focusing your message
* Authentically engaging with your audience
Faculty will receive a rubric that they can use to evaluate a student’s oral presentation which focuses on the speaker’s performance. Participants will learn how to diagnose the obstacles to students’ effectiveness and will practice giving positive, constructive feedback. This workshop will be facilitated by Susan Daniels, associate for public speaking; advance registration is strongly encouraged.
Sponsored by the Teaching and Learning Collaborative.

LJST "Guns in Law" Lecture Series: "The Expressive Second Amendment": Lecture by Duke University Professor of Law Darrell Miller

On Monday, Oct. 24, at 4:30 p.m. in the Alumni House at Amherst College, Darrell Miller, professor of law at Duke University, will present a paper entitled “The Expressive Second Amendment.” This is the second presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Guns in Law.”

Professor Miller’s scholarship and teaching focuses on issues concerning civil rights, constitutional law, civil procedure, state and local government law and legal history. His writings on the Second and Thirteenth Amendments have appeared in the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review and the Harvard Law Review. In addition, Miller has been cited in opinions of the United States Supreme Court.

To receive a copy of the paper which will explore questions about gun rights and regulations, please email the LJST Department Coordinator at mlestes@amherst.edu.

This event is co-sponsored by The Lamont Lecture Fund.

AmHERst Alumnae Series: Naomi Aberly

AmHERst Alumnae Series: Naomi Aberly '85

Join us for a conversation with notable Amherst alumna Naomi Aberly '85. Naomi Aberly is a political activist and civic volunteer who focuses her efforts on women’s health. She has been deeply involved in progressive politics, policy-making and fundraising at the state and federal levels for the past fifteen years. She will discuss her work in the reproductive justice movement and how students can get involved in making a difference. Light refreshments will be served!
Cosponsored by The Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning, and Alumni and Parent Programs.

Healthy Friendships Chat with Peer Advocates and the MRC

Healthy Friendships Chat with Peer Advocates and the MRC

"From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of each other - above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy." -Einstein

Our friendships are shaped by our different backgrounds, experiences and identities. How can we navigate friendships respectfully and healthily at Amherst, especially with friends who come from different backgrounds? Join the Peer Advocates and the MRC Monday, October 24 from 6-7 p.m. to discuss these complicated issues. Chipotle will be provided.

Truman Scholarship Information Session

Join the Office of Fellowships and Truman Scholar, Pierre Joseph '15, to learn what it's like to be a Truman Scholar and how to apply. Juniors who are U.S. citizens and planning to pursue a career in public service are eligible to apply this year, but interested sophomores are encouraged to attend as well.

Faith Abroad: Student Stories of Religion around the Globe

Please join us on Monday, October 24, at 7 p.m. in the Friedmann Room for a multifaith student panel exploring the intersection of religion and studying abroad. Hear from Amherst students about their religious experiences abroad, how they differed from Amherst, and how living in a foreign environment influenced their outlook on world faith and belief. We will also provide information on study abroad programs. Refreshments will be served.
This event is made possible by support from the Institute for Study Abroad at Butler University, and is co-sponsored by the Office of Study Abroad, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Multifaith Council, Amherst Christian Fellowship, Muslim Student Association, Resurrect (Amherst Gospel Choir), Remnant Black Campus Ministry, Amherst Christians Together to Serve and Newman Club.

Tue, Oct 25, 2016

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.