Event Calendar

Today - 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.

Scrivener

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.

AC After Dark Presents - Captain America: Civil War

Marvel's Captain America: Civil War will be played multiple times over the course of the weekend in Keefe Campus Center's Theater, so don't miss out on a chance to see the film for free! There will be movie snacks provided at the Friday night showing!!

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.

Tomorrow - 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.

AC After Dark Presents - Captain America: Civil War

Marvel's Captain America: Civil War will be played multiple times over the course of the weekend in Keefe Campus Center's Theater, so don't miss out on a chance to see the film for free! There will be movie snacks provided at the Friday night showing!!

AC After Dark Presents - Captain America: Civil War

Marvel's Captain America: Civil War will be played multiple times over the course of the weekend in Keefe Campus Center's Theater, so don't miss out on a chance to see the film for free! There will be movie snacks provided at the Friday night showing!!

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.

Trans Support and Social Group

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 transgender, gender non-conforming and those questioning their gender identities to come together in a safe and brave environment. It is a closed spaced for those who identify as trans! The group is open to the Five Colleges and all community members!

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.

Mon, Oct 3, 2016

clothesline project

The Clothesline Project

To The Campus Community,

This week on October 8-10 the Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect will be displaying the Five College Clothesline Project on the Valentine Quad. (Trigger Warning: Sexual Violence).

The 5-College Clothesline Project is an opportunity to break the silence about sexual violence by providing space for people to create shirts that give voice to personal experience(s). The shirts are then hung shoulder to shoulder on a clothesline for public viewing. The Goals of the project are:

· To bear witness to victims and survivors of violence.
· To aid and support in the healing process of those who have lost a loved one or who have themselves been victims/survivors of violence.
· To break the silence and unite people in a demonstration of solidarity against physical, verbal, sexual, psychological and social abuse.

The Five College Project has shirts that have been created by survivors, as well as friends and family members of survivors. The Five-College Clothesline Project also welcomes shirts from people who may not be survivors of violence themselves but wish to share the experience of living in a violent society. We embrace the clothesline as a healing and emotional tool for people of all genders. We recognize this project can be a crucial and much needed part of an individual healing process.

We also recognize that seeing the Clothesline can be difficult, if you want to avoid the Clothesline Project display we encourage people to use the Rt. 9 entrance of Val. We will also hang shirts so only the blank side is facing the entrance to Morrow Residence Hall.

Please stop by the Peer Advocate resource table for information on campus resources as well as to find out how you can become involved in our work to create a safer, more sexually respectful community.

This event is co-sponsored by Sexual Respect Education, the QRC and The WGC.

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 tashlich and lunch.

Zotero Workshop

Monday, October 3rd, 11am - noon, Frost Library Lane Room, A Level
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 the workshop, click on the more information link below to see the full workshop schedule or to make an individual appointment.

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.