Event Calendar

Today - Fri, Dec 2, 2016

Acro Yoga Workshop

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Greenway A, Event Space

Join Yoga Club for an acro yoga workshop. All levels welcome. We have mats and props. Bring yourself and a friend or two for an afternoon of fun!

Jupiter String Quartet

M@A Chamber Series Masterclass: Jupiter String Quartet

Visiting artists of the Jupiter String Quartet come to Buckley Recital Hall preceding their M@A Performance later that day to work with Amherst College Students. Free and open to the public.

Closeup of Zahia Rahmani touching her chin and smiling while standing in front of a brick wall

"De l’Algérie à la France: Parcours d’une femme écrivain"

4:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

Zahia Rahmani, global faculty in residence at NYU, will give a lecture on Friday, Dec. 2, in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at 4 p.m. Her lecture, "De l’Algérie à la France: Parcours d’une femme écrivain," will focus on her literary trilogy dedicated to contemporary figures of so-called banished men: "Moze" (Sabine Wespieser Editions, 2003); "Muslim: A Novel" (Sabine Wespieser Editions, 2005); and "France, Story of Childhood" (Sabine Wespieser Editions, 2006). The U.S. edition of "France, Story of Childhood" was published by Yale University Press in 2016. The lecture will be given in French.

The lecture and reception following are free and open to the public. For further information, please contact the Department of French at (413) 542-8251.

This event is co-sponsored by the Amherst College Department of French, the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series Fund at Amherst and the Corliss Lamont Lectureship for a Peaceful World.

TEDx Amherst

Our annual TEDx Amherst event will take place this Friday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m. in Kirby Memorial Theater! The theme for this year is "Chain Reactions: Catalysts for Change." Stay tuned to our Facebook event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/1678171205827474/) to hear our exciting lineup of speakers (including a very talented student speaker)!

The first 100 people to sign up in Keefe (every day, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) can reserve free RSVP tickets. These need to be picked up by 3:45 p.m. on the day of the event, or seats will be opened to the public, first-come, first-served.

Tickets Required

Worship Weekend at SUNY Albany

7:00 pm 1400 Washington Ave, Albany, NY

The New Life SDA Youth Ministries, a student-run campus ministry group in the University of Albany in NY (1400 Washington Ave, Albany, NY), is hosting their annual Evangelistic Revival weekend. It begins on Friday evening, December 2 at 7 p.m. The title of the program is "The Desire of Ages: Jesus". Through poems, skits, songs, discussions and a final speaker, Jesus' life and love will be illustrated and discussed. Join ACTS to drive and fellowship from Friday to Saturday afternoon in an on-campus student-run service, discussion regarding Christianity and current events, and lunch.

Students Only
Jupiter String Quartet dressed formally, with their instruments

Music@Amherst Chamber Series: Jupiter String Quartet with James Dunham, viola

The Jupiter String Quartet is a particularly intimate group, consisting of violinists Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel (older sister of Meg) and cellist Daniel McDonough (husband of Meg, brother-in-law of Liz). As they enter their 14th year of making music together, the members of this tightly knit ensemble have firmly established their quartet as an important voice in the world of chamber music. At Amherst they perform with violist James Dunham.

“From beginning to end, they played as if they were on fire, with passion and energy galore.” –The Kansas City Star

Schumann Quartet in A major, Op. 41, No. 3
Ligeti Quartet No. 1
Brahms Viola Quintet, Op. 111

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SINGLE EVENT TICKETS go on sale two weeks before each performance:

General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students, with valid ID: $12
Free Amherst Student Rush signup available in the Arms Music Center lobby an 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

French Film Screening: "Le diner de cons"

This 1998 French comedy, written and directed by Francis Veber, tells the story of Pierre and his snobbish friends: each week they compete to see who can bring the biggest "idiot" to a group dinner. Pierre is sure he has found a winner in François Pignon, a Finance Ministry accountant whose hobby is building replicas of famous monuments out of matchsticks. But when circumstances trap Pierre in his apartment with François, the tables are turned and everyone gets their just deserts!

The film will be shown in French with English subtitles. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Tomorrow - Sat, Dec 3, 2016

Reception: Mythos/Melos — The Intertwining Threads of Music and Narrative

Join us for a pre-concert reception and tour of the From Russian with Love exhibit before going to see "Mythos/Melos — The Intertwining Threads of Music and Narrative" which will be held at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall.

Icon for the ice hockey team

Women's Ice Hockey "Pink in the Rink" Fundraiser

Come support Amherst Women's Ice Hockey in its effort to raise funds for the Cancer Connection of Northampton, Mass. which provides services and resources to community members affected by cancer. The fundraiser will feature a bake sale, raffle prizes, a "chuck-the-duck" contest at intermission (for a grand prize) and much more. Help AWH make a difference, and enjoy the game against NESCAC opponent Trinity College while you're at it!

Event poster featuring, on top, an image of a dancer leaping and, at the bottom, a man's face

"Mythos/Melos — The Intertwining Threads of Music and Narrative"

The Amherst College Department of Music and the Amherst Center for Russian Culture present "Mythos/Melos — The Intertwining Threads of Music and Narrative," a program featuring two-piano versions of Igor Stravinsky’s seminal ballets Petrushka and Firebird. Alongside these classic ballet suites, pianists Lois Shapiro and Randall Hodgkinson are joined by performance artist Colin Gee for the Pioneer Valley premiere of John McDonald’s Kindling with Subsongs, a compositional reaction to the Firebird Suite. This program also includes True Pete by Martin Brody.

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

Randall Hodgkinson transcribed and arranged the Firebird Suite for two pianos with extra players; Amherst College student pianists will take on selected parts. Hodgkinson and Lois Shapiro have presented previous versions of this Stravinsky celebration at Wellesley College and Tufts University, with companion pieces by Martin Brody and John McDonald premiered with newly commissioned movement pieces by Rome Prize-winning performance artist Colin Gee. Amherst College now receives its new version of the project.

Lois Shapiro “inspires musical magic” –Boston Globe

Randall Hodgkinson’s solo CD “Petrushka and Other Prophecies” received a double five-star rating from BBC Magazine.

Colin Gee was the founding Whitney Live Artist-in-Residence at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Lois Shapiro, piano
Randall Hodgkinson, piano
Colin Gee, performance artist
Amherst College Pianists: Audrey Cheng '20, Phuong-Nghi Pham '18, Charles Smith '19

Petrushka (1911/1947) by Igor Stravinsky
Kindling With Subsongs [Two-Part Prequel To Ignite Would-Be Firebirds] (2014-2015) by John McDonald (Valentine Visiting Professor of Music, 2016-2017)
True Pete by Martin Brody
Firebird Suite (1910/1945) by Igor Stravinsky; arranged for two pianos by Randall Hodgkinson

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

Sun, Dec 4, 2016

Amherst College 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!

Choral Society Vespers

Sunday, December 4, 4 p.m. and (repeat) 7:30 p.m.
This Festival of Lessons and Carols is free. No tickets are required.
Johnson Chapel.

Choral Society Vespers in Johnson Chapel

70th Anniversary Vespers

The annual Amherst College Christmas Vespers takes place Sunday, December 4, at 4 and repeats at 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel. The Festival of Lessons and Carols is free, no tickets required.

This is the 70th anniversary of Christmas Vespers. Mallorie Chernin directs the Amherst College Choral Society assisted by Hannah Goodwillie ’16. They are joined by the Amherst College Madrigal Singers, directed by Joshua Young ’17 and Hannah Goodwillie. Other musicians include timpanist David Wang ’17, organist James Maes and trumpeters Brooks Holmes and Samuel Rosenblum ’16.

The congregation joins in the singing of traditional carols and the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel’s Messiah. The lessons for this traditional “Festival of Lessons and Carols” are read by faculty, staff, students and children of faculty and staff. Free, no tickets required. Donations may be made to the Amherst Survival Center.
For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, visit us on the web: 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, Dec 5, 2016

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!


Release is an open forum for interested Amherst students to talk about issues of race, ethnicity and cultural identities at Amherst and beyond.

Time: 3-4 p.m.
Where: Multicultural Resource Center
Facilitator: Darien McFadden
Sponsored by: The Counseling Center & MRC

For more information please contact Darien McFadden at dmcfadden@amherst.edu

Closeup of Amy Vollmer smiling

"Using Stress-Responsive E. Coli as Environmental Biosensors"

Amy Vollmer's research focuses on stress response, i.e., the genetics and physiology of Escherichia coli as it encounters and overcomes challenges in its environment. These stresses include chemical and physical agents that damage cellular components, which require repair or degradation, and nutritional challenges, either too little or too much, which require metabolic adjustments. The Vollmer lab has hosted over 70 students, some of whom have used E. coli that have been engineered to produce light when they are stressed to indicate when the environment has been stressed. Other projects in the Vollmer lab involve the regulation of stress response as well as changes in microbiota (in small animals) that correlate with manipulation of nutrition and metabolism.

Sanctuary City Letter-Writing Campaign AMST 305

Sanctuary City Letter-Writing Campaign

According to the Center for Immigration Studies, the state of Massachusetts is not yet considered a sanctuary, although several cities are (including, but not limited to, Amherst, Northampton and Holyoke). For American Studies 305's final project, they will be hosting a letter-writing workshop to write pro-sanctuary letters to Massachusetts state legislator and individual local and state legislators. In partnership with the Multicultural Resource Center, these students are seeking to engage our communities by fighting for the permanent protection, respect and dignity of all migrants and immigrants.

Closeup of Carlson sitting in front of a bookshelf

"Examining Gun Policy in Action: The Curious Case of California-Style Gun Control"

On Monday, Dec. 5, at 4:30 p.m. in the Alumni House at Amherst College, Jennifer Carlson, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Arizona, will present a paper titled “Examining Gun Policy in Action: The Curious Case of California-Style Gun Control.” This is the third presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Guns in Law.”

Jennifer Carlson’s work examines gun politics, violence, policing and public law enforcement, and the politics of race and gender. Her publications include a 2015 book on the politics of gun carry, "Citizen-Protectors: The Everyday Politics of Guns in an Age of Decline" (Oxford University Press). Her current project examines gun law enforcement in Arizona, California and Michigan.

To receive a copy of the paper which will examine the case of California’s gun policy, please email the LJST Department Coordinator at mlestes@amherst.edu.


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

Finding Jobs & Internships as an International Student

International students, are you concerned about finding professional opportunities in the U.S. over the summer or after you graduate? Join the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning to learn how to be prepared and well informed as you approach your job or internship search. You’ll walk away with strategies for determining if prospective employers hire international students and tips for sharing your work authorization status with them. You’ll also learn about resources to support your search process including networking with alumni.

Do not wait to get started! This workshop is open to all class years because the earlier you understand the job and internship search process, the more likely you are to find an experience that’s a good fit for you. Cosponsored by the International Students Office.

Tea and hot chocolate will be served.

Info Session: Attending Law School

Do you think law school might be in your future? Join the Career Center staff to learn more about the law school process: from deciding if law school is a good fit for you through building a strong application.

While this session will address topics relevant to students in all stages of the law school exploration and application process, it is geared more toward students who are in the later stages of this process.

"Establishing Parameters of the Syrian Conflict and Reconstruction"

7:30 pm Beneski Earth Sciences Building, Paino Lecture Room (107)

This panel discussion will be moderated by Steven Simon, the John J. McCloy Visiting Professor of History. Panelists include Alexander Bick, former director for Syria at the National Security Council; Samuel Charap '02, senior fellow for Russia and Eurasia at the International Institute for Strategic Studies; Omar Dahi, associate professor of economics, Hampshire College; and George Saghir, principal at Graham Capital, blogger at Syria Comment and "Ehsani2" on Twitter. This event is sponsored by the Departments of History and Asian Languages and Civilizations, the Dean of the Faculty and the Corliss Lamont Lecture Fund.

Ongoing Events

Between Us: A Social Practice Exhibition

Between Us: A Social Practice

until Dec 14 Fayerweather Hall, Eli Marsh Gallery, Room 103

Visiting Professor Amanda Herman has been teaching Five College students enrolled in the advanced art seminar “Make It Public: Art and Social Practice” about socially engaged art. The course has introduced students into the realm of socially engaged art, where each student has proposed and implemented a social practice project structured around their core concerns as an artist. Social practice encompasses work as diverse as utopian proposals, guerrilla architecture, project-based community practice, activism, interventions, collaborations, social sculpture, interactive media and street performance.

These projects, exhibited together in Between Us, engage with people and places near to each student, exploring themes of identity, gender, race, mental health, human perceptions, feelings, and more.