Event Calendar

Today - Sat, Feb 17, 2018

#ElectHer: A Day-long Training for College Women on How to Run for Office

Join the WGC on Saturday, February 17 from 12 - 4 p.m. in the Alumni House for a training for college women on how to run for political office on campus and in your communities. In this training, we will develop public speaking skills, learn about campaign strategy and build relationships among women and with women in political leadership positions. This training centers cis and trans women, nonbinary folks and femmes. All students are welcome.

Please register before noon on Wednesday, February 14 through the form below. Faculty, staff and student leaders are encouraged to nominate a women to participate. If you have a student or peer who you feel would benefit from this training, you can nominate them here. Brunch will be provided. This program is cosponsored by Center for Community Engagement and Campus Diversity and Student Leadership.

Book, fireside, and mug

Leisure Reading Afternoons: Black Queer Writers

Join the offices of First Year Experience and Residential Life in our second installment of Leisure Reading this Saturday, February 17, from 2-4 p.m. in James Common Room. In celebration of Black History Month we will be featuring black queer writers and giving away three books, "Giovanni's Room" by James Baldwin, "In Another Place Not Here" by Dionne Brand, and "Zami: A New Spelling of My Name" by Audre Lorde, on a first come basis.
Class of 2021, attend 4 of 6 sessions and enter a raffle to win Wireless Bluetooth Headphones and a Kindle Reader! We will have beverages and pastries from Atkins donuts. Come with a book in any form, stay as long as you would like, and relax and meet your reading goals.

Black-and-white photo of 21 members of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) seated in an auditorium

M@A Parallels Series: The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)

Music for Invisible Places (2017) by Woytek Blecharz; 38 minutes

Pauline Oliveros: Earth Ears, a 20-minute pre-concert lobby performance with AC students. Be in the lobby by 7:45 p.m. ICE members will take questions directly after the performance from the Buckley stage.

The Music at Amherst Series continues with a performance of experimental and electronic music by members of the International Contemporary Ensemble on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College, with a pre-show performance of Pauline Oliveros’ Earth Ears in the Arms lobby beginning at 7 :45 p.m.

The performance requires tickets and has general seating. Tickets may be reserved by visiting http://amherst.universitytickets.com or by calling 413/542-2195. This performance is included in the Music at Amherst subscriptions.

Music for Invisible Places, by Wojtek Blecharz, is a semi-staged and choreographed work scored for mixed chamber ensemble. A Polish-born composer, Blecharz was previously a resident of the United States—during which time he began collaborating with ICE musicians—before relocating to Germany in 2015.

Blecharz’s Music for Invisible Places makes reference to areas of our world where individuals must look within themselves—to “invisible” places—because they are forbidden to live their truest lives publicly. The work brings the voices of artists killed in Syria and Iraq to the stage via spoken word, folk instruments and ritualistic actions. The work was commissioned by ICE in 2016; over the 12 months since the project’s inception, there have been several composer-performer workshops, as well as two partial work-in-progress showings.

The box office for this performance opens on Feb. 3. Ticket prices are $18 for the general public, $12 for senior citizens and $10 for students with valid ID. For tickets and a complete listing of upcoming Music at Amherst events, please visit us on the web: http://amherst.universitytickets.com

Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $12
Students with valid ID: $10
Free Student Rush tickets available in Arms lobby the night of the performance beginning 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 Required

Tomorrow - Sun, Feb 18, 2018

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, Feb 19, 2018

Poster of Advanced Studies in England Information Table

Advanced Studies in England Information Table

Study abroad in the World Heritage City of Bath, England! Advanced Studies in England (ASE) is located in the heart of the beautiful, eighteenth-century city of Bath. All students are housed in attractive properties in historic areas of the city center, within walking distance of the Roman Baths, the Abbey, galleries, museums, and an array of cafes, restaurants and pubs.

Bonus: Jane Austen lived in Bath from 1801-1806, and the city features prominently in both Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.

Students Only

Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program Info Table

Bard Globalization and International Affairs (BGIA) provides a unique opportunity for college students and recent college graduates from around the world to take advanced courses in international affairs while working in carefully selected internships based on individual interests—all while experiencing life in Manhattan, the island at the center of the world. BGIA students engage in the study and practice of international law, international relations theory, global public health, political economy, international reporting and other aspects of international affairs. BGIA has semester and summer programs.

Students Only

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 this workshop, see the full workshop schedule below or make an individual appointment.

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

Jazz Composition "Orchids" by Omar Thomas

Berklee College of Music Professor Omar Thomas will present his composition "Orchids" as part of the 2018 McBride '59 Jazz Commission Series. Professor Thomas will share his compositional process and engage in a Q&A with those present.

The piece is commissioned by the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble and will be premiered in concert on February 24, 2018 at 8 p.m.

“Latina Radiophonic Feminism(s): Sounding the Gender Politics of Contemporary Radio”

“Latina Radiophonic Feminism(s): Sounding the Gender Politics of Contemporary Radio”

The Amherst College Department of Spanish is pleased to present a lecture by Esther Díaz Martín: “Latina Radiophonic Feminism(s): Sounding the Gender Politics of Contemporary Radio.”

In this talk, Esther Díaz Martín uses a sound studies approach to discuss gender politics as heard through the sound and voice of contemporary Latina radio hosts and podcasters. As an extension of oral traditions, talk radio is deeply rooted in Latina culture, serving as a site for the sonic reimagination of women’s spaces of convivencia and the (re)construction of Latina feminist epistemologies. By listening closely to the sonic performance of femininity, it theorizes sound-based strategies that interrupt misogyny and male-dominance in popular sound culture. These include Alicia Alarcón’s regaño, Marlene Quinto’s desmadre, and brown girl hour as defined by Mala Muñoz and Diosa Femme of the podcast Locatora Radio. At a critical moment when women in mainstream media are amplifying feminist politics, Latina hosts counterpoint dominant narratives by self-defining feminism(s) through their specific intersectionalities and lived experiences.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

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.

Writing Center Creative Writing Group

The Writing Center's Creative Writing Group is open to all Amherst College students. All levels of creative writing experience are welcome. At each meeting a creative writing challenge will be offered with time to work on it. This will be followed by an opportunity for everyone to share their creations and respond to others. Refreshments will be served.

The group will meet every Monday evening, beginning February 5. Writers are welcome to make a weekly commitment or to join us on an occasional basis. However, because seating is limited, kindly R.S.V.P. below if you plan to attend.

This event is led by Roy Andrews, writing associate, and Gwyneth Lewis '20E, student coordinator.

Students Only

MCAT Study Group

Are you preparing for medical school and taking the MCAT this winter or spring? Come join other Amherst students and study with your peers on Monday evenings! Drop-in when you can. Some MCAT resources and snacks will be available. This event is sponsored by the health professions office at the Loeb center for career exploration and planning.

Food Justice League––Intro Meeting

Interested in doing work around food justice on campus and in the community? Want to know where your food in Val comes from? Wondering how to protect SNAP benefits from being cut? Come to the intro meeting for the Food Justice League to share some ideas and hear what fellow students have in mind for the semester.

Tue, Feb 20, 2018

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.

Primary-colored illustration of a house against a gray background

Gallery Talk with Mead Director and Chief Curator David E. Little

HOUSE: Selections from the Collection of John and Sue Wieland features 58 artworks that present provocative interpretations of the house in various shapes, sizes, materials and imaginative manifestations. You’re invited to a gallery talk about this exhibition with David E. Little.

This event is free and open to all.

Regina Carter holding a violin in her arms vertically, so that its neck partially covers her face

Performance of "The Hair Bow Anthems" by Regina Carter

Regina Carter is a master jazz violinist and MacArthur Fellow. She will perform "Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing" and "The Star-Spangled Banner" using violin bows that have been restrung with human hair by contemporary artist Sonya Clark. This performance will be followed by an artist talk with Regina Carter, Sonya Clark and Darryl Harper.

This program is a part of the Embodied Knowledge Program Series.

office hours

Weekly Office Hours with Huxley or Evie

Canine office hours will be held every Tuesday from 4 - 5 p.m., in the area beside Frost Cafe, staffed by Huxley and Evie on alternating weeks. Drop in for some canine affection and advice. If the weather is nice, this event will move to the lawn in front of Frost Library.

Closeup of Bill Porter / Red Pine wearing a black shirt and red bandana around his neck

"The Search for Solitude": Bill Porter / Red Pine

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (115)

The search for solitude has been at the core of Chinese civilization ever since it began 5,000 years ago. Spending time alone, usually in the mountains, has been an essential part of all three major spiritual traditions in China from their very beginning, and it continues to be so today. Bill Porter, a renowned scholar of Chinese poetry and Buddhist texts who writes under the pseudonym Red Pine, will give a slide presentation and talk about this tradition based on his book Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits. His book has become a best-seller in China, where it has sold a quarter of a million copies in its Chinese translation 空谷幽蘭. He will also share poetry from his recent book, Finding Them Gone: Visiting China's Poets of the Past.

Books for purchase will be available immediately following the lecture, and Bill Porter will sign and greet guests at this time. This event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Insight Meditation Group (Mindfulness)

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness -- or come because you are curious. This group meets on Tuesdays from 5 - 6 p.m. in in Chapin Chapel, and is led by Mark Hart, Buddhist Advisor.

At The Intersection: Gender & Religion

Join us for the second program in the "At the Intersections" series, featuring a panel discussion on how gender, religion, faith and spirituality intersect. We will be addressing the ways in which gender within a faith or spiritual tradition can be designated, as well as the ways those outside of the faith may interpret gender within it. How do faith and spirituality impact our relationship to gender, and how can gender be understood through faith and spirituality? There will be pizza!
For more information, contact wgc@amherst.edu

The Fresh Air Fund: Summer Job and Internship Opportunities

Each summer, the Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, provides thousands of New York City children with unforgettable summer experiences that unlock their limitless potential.

Perhaps you love working with children. Running across the ball field, washing off the glitter glue, or swimming in the lake; with your cabin group laughing around you you’ll be in your element. Or maybe you’re more organized than artsy; better at making plans than making s’mores. You can’t carry a tune, but your writing skills are top-notch.

Since 1877, the Fresh Air Fund has worked with more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities. Each year, thousands of children experience outdoor summer adventures through visits with volunteer host families along the East Coast and Southern Canada and at the Fund’s five overnight camps in Fishkill, NY. Fresh Air children also participate in year-round leadership and educational programs.

Whether you yearn to become a camp counselor, or look forward to working in our Manhattan offices, there is a position that’s right for you. Join representative Michelle Gottlieb for this information session to learn more about the organization's summer job and internship opportunities.

Ongoing Events

Adventures in Photography Exhibition

During January interterm nine students from Amherst, UMass, Smith, and Mount Holyoke participated in “Adventures in Photography,” an interterm course taught by Joshua Baum and Takudzwa Tapfuma. Over the five-day course, students learned fundamental techniques of digital photography: manual exposure, composition, lighting, and post-production. The class ventured into the field for hands-on excursions to the New England Peace Pagoda, Montague Bookmill and downtown Northampton. The images in this exhibit are a selection of work created during the class.

Thank you to the Department of Art and the History of Art, and the Center for Community Engagement for sponsoring the course, and to Valentine Dining Hall for hosting this exhibition.