Event Calendar

Today - Mon, Oct 24, 2016

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.

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"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 titled “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.

Tomorrow - 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.

Korean Language Table

Korean Language Table will meet this semester every Tuesday, from 12 - 1 p.m., in Terrace Room A on the lower level of Valentine Dining Hall. All are welcome.

Self-Exploration for Career Planning--Part 2

Does the word “career” make you panic? Not sure how to start thinking about your future as a professional? Take the next steps towards discovering your own unique career path!

Reflect with a career advisor and other students on your values, family and cultural influences, and personality and how they may provide direction in your search for meaningful work. Commitment to both sessions required--October 18 and 25. Space is limited, RSVP on Quest. Priority given to sophomore Amherst Professional Accelerator (APEX) participants.

Questions? Contact Kali Odell at kodell@amherst.edu.

Black-and-white photo of a man and a woman standing near windows and each holding a gun

“Spanish Women in the Antifascist Resistance in France, 1936-1956”

Lecture by Gina Herrmann on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall

Hundreds of thousands of Spanish women who fled Spain after the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) spent the years of World War II in France.

Thousands of these women, whose political activism from the 1930s continued in the fight against the German occupation of France, joined units of the French Resistance. What kinds of work did Spanish and French women perform together to resist Fascism? What were the consequences of this work? How did they interact with their male comrades during a period of great social upheaval?

Gina Herrmann, associate professor of Spanish at the University of Oregon, is a specialist on the long anti-Fascist resistance of Spaniards. In her lecture she will discuss how Spanish exiles — especially communist and anarchist women — contributed to the French Resistance, and how they often suffered from the deadly consequences of their commitments.

Fall Faculty Book Party

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Frost Library, Friendly Reading Room

Please join us Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 4:30 p.m. in Frost Library's Friendly Reading Room as we celebrate the publication of new books written by Amherst College faculty.

Lawrence R. Douglas, the James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, will discuss "The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial."

Rhonda Cobham-Sander, the Emily C. Jordan Folger Professor of Black Studies and English, will discuss "I and I: Epitaphs for the Self in the Work of V.S. Naipaul, Kamau Brathwaite and Derek Walcott."

Martha Saxton, professor of history and sexuality, women's and gender studies and Elizabeth W. Bruss Reader, emerita, and Wendy Ewald, visiting artist-in-residence, will discuss "The Transformation of This World Depends Upon You."

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Arshad Kudrolli, Clark University: "Patterns in Sand"

We will discuss pattern formation resulting from the interaction of sand and water in various contexts ranging from formation of channel networks to building sand castles. The study is motivated not only by the beauty and complexity of the structures associated with these two basic ingredients, but also by implications to extraction and remediation of hydrocarbons and 3-D printing. We will advance the understanding of the observed phenomena by discussing a series of physical experiments performed to develop the erosion and sedimentation laws important to each system.

Insight Meditation Group (Mindfulness)

5-6 p.m. 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 to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, or just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness--or because you are curious.
Led by Mark Hart, Buddhist advisor in the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life.

Health Disparities: Access and Women's Health in Latinx Communities

Join Project Salud, the WGC and La Causa in exploring the challenges Latinx women have historically faced in accessing healthcare, with a focus on reproductive health. Professor of Medical Anthropology at Mount Holyoke College, Lynn Morgan will share some of her own work in the field, with follow up questions and discussions.
Monday October 25 at 5 p.m. in the McCaffrey Room (Keefe Campus Center) - Veracruzana catering will be provided!

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Info Session for 100 Projects for Peace: $10,000 Grant for Summer 2017

Do you have an idea for a project to build peace and community, promote economic opportunity, bring people together across difference or promote humanity through art and music? Learn more about applying for a $10,000 grant to implement your project in the summer of 2017 through the 100 Projects for Peace program. Drop-in info sessions on Tuesday, October 25 from 5-7 p.m. and Thursday, October 27 from 7-9 p.m. in the Center for Community Engagement. For more information, email Megan Lyster in the CCE: mlyster@amherst.edu

Academic Essentials

The Savvy Reader

The reading load for many classes can sometimes seem overwhelming and unmanageable. This workshop, taught by senior writing associate Kristen Brookes, will help you take control over your reading and stay on top of it, rather than drowning in it or avoiding it altogether. In addition to being introduced to approaches to large reading loads and long texts, you will have the opportunity to practice strategies for reading more effectively and, when necessary, more efficiently. Advance registration is required.

Students Only
Adaugo Ugocha speaks at Amherst Explorations, April 2016

Essential Ingredients for Giving Constructive Feedback

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Converse Hall, Porter Lounge (3rd floor)

When your friends rehearse class presentations and ask your opinion, do you know what to say to help them genuinely improve? Learn and practice how to give positive productive feedback to speakers based on their performance, not just on content. Not only will you learn how to recognize what the speaker is doing well and what needs improvement, but you will also learn how to share that evaluation effectively.

Advance registration is required.

Part of the Speaking with Confidence Workshop Series: these six highly interactive (i.e. fun!) public speaking workshops will teach you how to become calm, confident and compelling presenters. Take an individual workshop as an introduction to basic skills or attend the entire series to build on those skills and see impressive results. The series culminates in a celebratory evening of inspirational speeches on November 1. Taught by Susan Daniels, associate in public speaking.

Students Only
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"The Last Slide Projector" (2006) with Filmmaker Paige Sarlin in Person

"The Last Slide Projector" examines the story of Eastman Kodak's Carousel projector on the eve of its final production run, documenting the disappearance of a projection technology that was once as integral to family memories as it was to education, art history and the development of both cinema and corporate culture. Sarlin's film is a cinematic example of what George Marcus calls "following the thing," a method of tracking an object as it crosses temporal, spatial and disciplinary boundaries. Through this method, the film reveals the social consequences of technological change and obsolescence, as well as the broader aesthetic, ideological and economic implications of our ongoing transition from analog to digital.

Screening with "Workers Leaving the Factory" (Harun Farocki, 1995)
Total run time: ca. 96 minutes


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!

Spooky LGBTea!

Study break! Join us in the QRC for a Halloween-inspired LGBTea. We'll be sharing spooky horror stories, so if you have a scary tale to tell, come prepared! Pizza and candy will be served!

Wed, Oct 26, 2016

AWIS Breakfast Meetup

AWIS Amherst is holding an informal breakfast meetup with professors from the chemistry, physics and biology departments! Stop by for good food and interactions with professors! It's okay if you cannot make the entire hour.
The event is targeted towards freshman, sophomores and students in the introductory science courses.

The event is in O'Connor Commons (Charles Pratt basement), 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Wednesday October 26.

For more information, contact Minjee Kim at mikim17@amherst.edu.