Event Calendar

Today - Sun, Feb 7, 2016

6th Annual Groundhog Day Wrestling Tournament

Wrestling 6th Annual Groundhog Day Wrestling Tournament

Come support the Amherst College Wrestling Club this Sunday, February 7, 10-5 p.m. in LeFrak Gym when they host the 6th Annual Groundhog Day Wrestling Tournament. Watch some of the top men's and woman's collegiate wrestling programs from New England and New York battle it out in one of the world's oldest sports. "Some want it to Happen - Some wish it would Happen - We work to make it happen!"


Fr Bruce Teague

Roman Catholic Mass

“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me has not been ineffective.” Our celebrant on this Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time is former Amherst College Catholic Chaplain Rev. Bruce Teague. Student and staff choir members, lectors and extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist prepare for Mass from around 4-4:30 p.m. Missalettes are provided and all are most welcome!

Music Department Composition Theses: Demetrius Shahmehri '16 and Asa Goodwille '16

The Amherst College Department of Music presents two original theses in composition, a string quartet by Demetrius Shahmehri ‘16 and a choral work, “A new life singing in his veins”, by Asa Goodwillie ‘16, on Sunday, February 7, at 7 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The concert is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.
The string quartet, influenced by the works of twentieth century composers including Janáček, Bartók, Berg and Takemitsu, consists of three movements of varying character. “A new life singing in his veins” is a choral setting of excerpts taken from James Joyce’s first novel, “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man”. Written in five movements, one for each chapter of the novel, it takes musical inspiration from the choral works of twentieth century composers including Britten and Tavener, and is conducted by the composer.
For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, visit us on the web: www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

Tomorrow - Mon, Feb 8, 2016

Beyond Amherst: Recent work of Five Alumni

Welcome five of our alumni: Sierra Cobb '08, Evan Nabrit '06, Shane Neufeld '04, Eleanor Ray '09 and Emilie Selden '06 to the Eli Marsh Gallery, 105 Fayerweather, for an exhibition of their work opening Monday, February 8. These artists, all majors in the practice of art while at Amherst, will give a panel discussion on Thursday, February 11 at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, 115 Fayerweather. A reception follows in the hall, outside the gallery. The exhibition closes Friday, March 11.

Gallery hours:10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday-Friday; noon - 4 p.m. Sundays

German Table

German Table

Enjoy chatting informally with other students who have returned from abroad, the German language assistants, German faculty members and other native speakers.

Join us on the Mezzanine of Valentine Dining Hall every Monday from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.


Ace/Aro Support Group

The Ace/Aro Support Group is hosted in the Queer Resource Center (basement of Morrow Dormitory) and is a closed safe space for students in the Five-College area who identify as asexual, aromantic or along either spectrum to share and celebrate their identities.

Student Library Advisory Board Meeting

Frost Library, Reference Area

Monday, February 8th, 5-6 p.m.

The Student Library Advisory Board, a group of students that works to inform the library’s services, resources and policies, will meet from 5 - 6 in the Frost Library reference area (tables near Frost Cafe-- look for the group with the good food!). Dinner will be provided. New members are welcome!

Safety Last by Harold Lloyd and Wesley Stout

It’s Time to Manage Your Time

In addition to introducing a mindset that will help you improve your approach to studies, this workshop will offer you strategies for gaining control over how you use your time for managing long-term projects while still getting your daily work done, and for avoiding procrastination and perfectionism. Some of our time together will be devoted to planning your individual weekly schedule and routines, as well as mapping out of your semester as a whole. Please bring any planner you use (online or paper), along with the syllabi for your courses. The workshop will be taught by Kristen Brookes, senior writing associate. Pre-registration is required (see below).

Interview Workshop

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

Workshops are sponsored by the Career Center and facilitated by Peer Career Advisors (PCAs).

Caution: Thesis Writing In Progress

Weekly Thesis Write-In

Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 2nd floor

Thesis writers, find motivation and support among your peers at the (now twice-weekly) Thesis Write-in. Drop-ins are welcome, but we encourage you to commit yourself to the regular time if possible. Research and experience show that most of us write more productively when we commit to a regular writing schedule and when we write among others.

Every Monday and Thursday. Coffee and snacks will be provided.
Sponsored by the Writing Center and Library.

Making Alumni Connections - Cookies, Conversation and Connection

Please consider attending this special session to learn how Advancement can help students engage, build relationships and be leaders with our alumni. This event will be held on February 8 at 8 p.m. in Lewis-Sebring. Come decorate cookies and learn how we can help you connect with alumni.

Topics will include: funding, event support, college contacts, alumni directory, Career Center resources and jobs/volunteering opportunities.

For questions, contact Emily Moreau, Alumni and Parent Programs at emoreau@amherst.edu

Tue, Feb 9, 2016

Physics/Astronomy Seminar

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 3

Dr. Katherine Follette of Stanford University will speak on "The Birds and the Bees - Exoplanet Edition: How Planets are Made"

Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation

Chapin Hall, Chapel

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come relax and quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, or talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness--or just because you are curious


Winter Carnival

Annual Amherst College community event featuring fabulous winter foods, horse-drawn hayrides, ice sculptures, tray sliding (snow permitting), fire dancing and s'mores. Open to students, faculty and staff and their families.

Rain Date: February 10 or 11


German Kaffeeklatsch

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

Come join us for Kaffeeklatsch Tuesdays at Porter House!

LGBTea in the QRC

LGBTea is a weekly study and social space hosted by the Queer Resource Center (basement of Morrow Residence Hall). Come take a study break in a comfortable, welcoming, affirming and warm social atmosphere. Grab a cup ot tea or joe, watch a movie, listen to music or just hang out! Once a month there will be a themed LGBTea: February's theme night is karaoke, March's is gayme night, April's is a drag show screening and May's is coloring and crafts. 

Wed, Feb 10, 2016

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Career Center Program Director for Careers in Business & Finance over lunch on Wednesdays for an informal discussion of any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday on the lower level of Val. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!

French Table

French Table meets on Wednesdays from noon until 1:30 p.m. on the mezzanine in Valentine Hall. Francophones of all levels are invited to attend.

Russian Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Mezzanine Level

Russian Table meets each Wednesday from noon -1:30 p.m. on the mezzanine in Valentine Hall. We encourage Russian speakers (students, faculty and friends) to join us for Russian conversation and cameraderie!

Fr Warren Savage

Ash Wednesday Mass with Ashes

Chapin Hall, Chapel

“But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.” On this Ash Wednesday to begin Lent our celebrant is Fr. Warren Savage, Chaplain at Westfield State University. Student and staff choir members, lectors, and extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist prepare for Mass from around 3-3:30 p.m. Missalettes are provided and all are most welcome!

Pratt Gymnasium

Sentence Boot Camp: Anatomy 101

This workshop is part of a five-part series on developing strength, flexibility and balance in your sentences. This week's topic is Anatomy 101: Learn the names and functions of the parts of the sentence.Wednesdays, February 10-March 9. Register for one or multiple 45-minute sessions. Taught by Jyl Gentzler, professor of philosophy and co-Director of the Writing Center and Jessica Kem, senior writing associate.

Criminals, Enemies, and the Politics of Transitional Justice - lecture by Boston College Professor of History, Devin Pendas - LJST Lecture Series

On Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 100 Clark House at Amherst College, Devin Pendas, associate professor of history at Boston College, will present a paper entitled “Criminals, Enemies, and the Politics of Transitional Justice.” This is the fourth presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Criminals and Enemies.”


Professor Pendas’ teaching and scholarship focus on war crime trials after World War II, particularly on West German Holocaust trials.  He teaches courses on German history, European legal history, the history of war crimes trials, and the history of human rights. His publications include Toward a New Politics? On the Recent Historiography of Human Rights, (Contemporary Human History (2012)) and Retroactive Law and Proactive Justice: Debating Crimes against Humanity in Germany, 1945-1950, (Central European History, 2010).


To receive a copy of the paper which will explore some questions which pose themselves when confronting an approach to the end of authoritarian regimes, please email the LJST Dept. Coordinator at mlestes@amherst.edu.


This event is co-sponsored by The Lamont Lecture Fund. https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/ljst/events


Spring into Success

Spring Into Success: Career Advising and More!

North Dormitory, Common Room

Come and learn about what the Career Center can offer you as an Amherst student and discover
internship and employment opportunities for the summer and academic-year.

First-year students are encouraged to attend!

Sponsored by First-Year Programming and Career Services