Event Calendar

Today - Thu, Sep 29, 2016

2016 Hugh Hawkins Lecture: Arne Westad: "Worlds Apart: The Cold War in the 20th Century"

The Department of History is delighted to welcome Professor Arne Westad to Amherst for our 14th annual Hugh Hawkins Lecture. Westad is the S.T. Lee Professor of U.S.-Asia Relations in the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The title of his talk is "Worlds Apart: The Cold War in the 20th Century."

Resource Centers and Campus Center Open House Extravaganza

Please join the Queer Resource Center, Multicultural Resource Center, Women's & Gender Center, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Student Activities, Study Abroad, Center for Community Engagement and more for a Campus Center Open House Extravaganza!

We are celebrating the new year and highlighting the offices and services that come out of the Campus Center.
Stop by for food, music, swag, resources and community on Thursday, September 29, 4:30-6 p.m. - Keefe Campus Center (all offices throughout). All are welcome.

Event poster featuring a stack of smooth rocks on the shore of a body of blue water

"Clarity First: Descartes on Clear and Distinct Perception"

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

Elliot Samuel Paul, professor of philosophy at Barnard College will present a lecture on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 5 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115). The title of his talk is "Clarity First: Descartes on Clear and Distinct Perception."

Abstract: "Clear and distinct perception is the central concept in Descartes’s philosophy-- it’s the source of all certain knowledge --but what he means by it is generally thought to be a mystery. I argue that it’s really not mysterious. We all know what it means to see something clearly as opposed to obscurely. We just forget that we know it when we demand a definition. This demand is doubly misplaced, because the meaning of ‘clear’ is best learned through examples (so a definition isn’t needed) and ‘clear’ is a ‘primitive notion’ (so a definition isn’t possible). A distinct perception is just a clear perception ‘sharply separated’ from anything unclear. So, clarity is a primitive concept; distinctness is defined in terms of clarity; and furthermore, I argue, clarity explains indubitability and infallibility, and thus explains certain knowledge. In a slogan: Clarity First."

The event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and the Joseph Epstein Lecture Fund. For further information, contact the Department of Philosophy at (413) 542-5805 or djbrace@amherst.edu.

Veterans' Creative Writing Group

Come write with others and share. Founded by veterans, this open and variable group offers a great way to develop your individual voice. We meet every Thursday in the Writing Center, 6:45-8pm. Facilitated by Roy Andrews, writing associate. Learn more about the group, and please RSVP if you plan to attend. Open to all members of the Amherst College community. Previous creative writing experience is not required, and participants may come regularly or drop in occasionally.

Bain Case Interview Workshop

Please join members of Bain & Company’s Boston office for a Case Interview Workshop! Bain will provide hands-on guidance to better understand case interviews, as well as an introduction to consulting. We hope you take this opportunity to learn what consulting firms are looking for and how to prepare for case interviews. Experienced interviewers will be on-hand to answer your questions regarding case interviews, consulting, life at Bain and the recruitment process.

Caution: Thesis Writing in Process

Sounds like a Plan: for Thesis Writers

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Frost Library, 211 (CHI conference room)

Congratulations! You've been approved to pursue an honors thesis. Now what? Planning an academic project of this scale can challenge even the most organized and well-prepared students. In this workshop, we will guide writers through the processes of mapping out the thesis project to begin to develop a clear, tenable research plan and a timeline in which to execute it. We'll also discuss some of the habits for productivity and creativity that can help you make steady, incremental progress. Taught by Jessica Kem (Writing Center associate director) and Blake Doherty (research, instruction, and outreach librarian). Advance registration is required.

Students Only

Ouyang Family Summer Fellowship Information Session

Please join us to hear three Ouyang Summer Study Abroad Fellowship recipients share their experiences studying abroad this summer. An Hoang ’18, who completed a language study and internship program in Beijing, Nayereh Doosti ’18, who completed a language and history program in Sarajevo, and Katherine Stanton ’18, who completed a language program in Istanbul, Turkey, will discuss their summer experiences, as well as give information about the Ouyang Summer Study Abroad Fellowship opportunity. The event will take place Thursday, September 29, from 7:30-8:30 in Converse 207.

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

Tomorrow - Fri, Sep 30, 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.

Everybody Has a Story Week September 26-30

One faculty member, one staff member and one student will share a meal together for an hour during the lunch period at Valentine. Tables will be reserved upstairs in the mezzanine and several discussion questions will be provided to help guide conversation. Each person will have 10 minutes to tell some of their story as well as time to listen to the others. We hope that this event will facilitate conversations that help us to foster social cohesion and the kind of inclusive community we desire at Amherst. You will be assigned to a random triad in the time slot(s) you sign up for. Get your assignment at the registration table in the Val Atrium. Faculty and staff can sign-in for lunch. Questions? Contact Paul Sorrentino pvsorrentino@amherst.edu or Maeve McNamara mmcnamara19@amherst.edu Learn more and sign up here! https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/aas/announcement/story

Spanish Table

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

life stories

Life Stories lunch with Katie Pederson '19: "You're Wrong"

The Life Stories 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 is provided. For more information visit https://www.amherst.edu/mm/440084

Amherst Cinema Student Ambassadors meeting

Amherst Cinema Student Ambassadors Lunch

Please join us for our Amherst Cinema student ambassador meeting this Friday in Frost library. The Cinema is looking for students interested in volunteering in exchange for resume-building experiences, this is intended as an informational session for students to find out more.
Catered by Black Sheep!
All are welcome to come.
Friday, September 30
12:30 p.m.
Frost 211
Please contact ekolenda@amherst.edu for more information.

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 & 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.


Writing with Scrivener

Scrivener is writing software that facilitates writing in small pieces, rearranging blocks of text and integrating the research and writing processes. This workshop will introduce writers to the software’s features that can help you write more often, revise and reorganize more easily, and manage your project with more agility and efficiency. Recommended especially for thesis writers, but open to all students, staff, and faculty. Those with no experience with Scrivener are welcome; those familiar with it are also encouraged to attend and contribute to the discussion. Taught by Jessica Kem, associate director, Writing Center.
Note: this workshop will be held in a computer lab with a limited number of Macs running Scrivener. If you would like to participate using a personal laptop, please download the free trial of Scrivener prior to the workshop. The workshop will focus on the desktop (Mac/Windows) version of the software, not the new IOS mobile version.
Advance registration is required.

"Pearl Primus: Race, the Body and Danced Memory"

Lecture by Amherst College Visiting Scholar Ninoska M’bewe Escobar

Ninoska M’bewe Escobar is a Consortium for Faculty Diversity visiting scholar in the Department of Theater and Dance. Her research focuses on the dancing body, race, feminism, history and memory, and cultural production in the contexts of social formation and social change. Escobar will discuss her dissertation project, a performance study of choreographer, anthropologist and social activist Pearl Primus (1919-1994), that examines Primus’ contributions and legacy to Black dance and performance as powerful markers of Black experiences, politicization and agency.

Attendance at this event is mandatory for all FCDD dancers.

French Film Screening: "Intouchables"

This 2011 dramatic comedy, directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, tells the true story of a quadriplegic aristocrat whose world is turned upside down when he hires a good-humored ex-con as his caretaker.

This film will be screened in French with English subtitles. Refreshments will be served.

Sat, Oct 1, 2016

queens of the world

Women of Color Kickoff Brunch : Queens from around the World

The Women and Gender center presents:
The Women of Color Luncheon Kickoff Brunch: Queens from around the World

The brunch kickstarts the Women of Color Luncheon Series that empowers and connects women of color on the Amherst College campus. The theme Queens from Across the World celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of women from around the world. If you're interested in the event, RSVP by Wednesday, September 28 at noon and, if you have any dietary restrictions, please email the wgc@amherst.edu.

Sun, Oct 2, 2016

Five people engaged in an archaeological dig at the Emily Dickinson Museum

Archaeology at the Emily Dickinson Museum

On Sunday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m., come view Emily Dickinson’s landscape through the lens of an archaeologist when faculty and members of the University of Massachusetts Amherst archaeological field school present the findings from their work on the grounds of the Emily Dickinson Museum in the spring of 2016. The field school’s work has shed new light on the location of a former Dickinson family barn, and on the soon-to-be-reconstructed Dickinson conservatory site. See firsthand how archaeology informs the Museum’s preservation and restoration projects!

No registration required. $5 per person; free for Museum members.

Resurrect, Amherst College's gospel choir singing at Bi-Semester

The Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Worship Series at Amherst College

An African-American Worship Series is designed for and by students to provide an on-campus Christian worship experience which affirms African-American religious traditions. The uniqueness of the African-American religious experience lends itself to the renewal of our deep spiritual feelings and to the uplifting of ourselves and our community. The Rev. Jean-Luc Charles '94 will preach, and Amherst's own gospel choir, Resurrect will sing. The entire college community is warmly invited to come share with us in the worship service and the reception immediately following.

Dialogue on 'Race': The Model Minority Narrative for Asian-Americans

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Frost Library, floor 2

A series of conversations to help us to understand the nature of racial identification and its implications for who we are at Amherst College and in the rest of the world. This month we will focus on Guy Lowe’s
“The Model Minority Narrative and its Effect on Asian American Identity and Social Status”. If you would like a copy of the reading, please contact Jyl Gentzler at jgentzler@amherst.edu. You are welcome to join us even if you haven't done the reading.

Rosh Hashanah Services

Celebrate the New Year with Amherst's Jewish community. All members of the college community are welcome to our campus-style, pluralistic services led by Rabbi Bruce B Seltzer and student rabbi Jessica Goldberg from the Hebrew College Rabbinical School. Students are encouraged to come late or leave early. Join us afterwards for dinner in the Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons.

Ongoing Events

artwork by Joe Ablow

Joe Ablow: A Life's Work, a retrospective exhibition in the Eli Marsh Gallery

Joseph Ablow was artist-in-residence at Amherst College for the academic year 1975–76. He came again for one-semester residencies in the spring of 1982 and in the fall of 2003.

Opening remarks and reception on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 4:30 p.m. at the gallery. Remarks will be given by Robert T. Sweeney, the William. R. Mead Professor of Art and the History of Art.

Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.