Event Calendar

Today - 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.

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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!

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"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.

Tomorrow - 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

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"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.

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"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.

Tue, Dec 6, 2016

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.

American art: sculpture of a hunter kneeling and aiming a bow and arrow at a sculpture of a deer

Materiality at the Mead: Carol Clark

New discoveries and directions in art are presented in this series of gallery talks focusing on the physical materials artists use.

Get a closer look at the Mead’s larger-than-life bronze sculptures Pronghorn Antelope and Indian Hunter (1917), made by American artist Paul Manship (1885–1966), led by Carol Clark, professor emerita of art and the history of art.

Lunch will be provided.

Spiritual Autobiography with Hadley Arkes

Hadley Arkes, Edward N. Ney Professor in American Institutions (Political Science), emeritus, will speak on Tuesday, December 6 at noon in the Keefe Campus Center McCaffrey Room. In this series staff and faculty members discuss their deeply held beliefs and values. Lunch will be provided and there will be time for questions. This event is sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

Negotiating your Salary – Getting What you Deserve

Negotiating your salary is a skill that will literally pay off throughout your lifetime…and it’s something that everyone should do. Yet many people don’t negotiate because they are apprehensive about it for one reason or another, and many students don’t because they’re just so grateful to have a job! Most employers expect you to negotiate. Come find out how to respectfully advocate for yourself when you negotiate your benefits package. You’ll learn how to do important industry salary comparison research and how make a reasonable, respectful request for what you want from a potential employer. Co-sponsored by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning, the Women and Gender Center and the Multicultural Resource Center.

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, 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.

Political Science Thesis Writer's Workshop

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Frost Library, CHI Think Tank, Room 210

The political science department will be co-hosting a thesis writer's workshop from 5-7 p.m., with the Library and Writing Center. The topic will be "Planning and Preparing to Complete Your Draft."

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.