Event Calendar

Mon, Jan 23, 2017

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!

Man-Made Natural Disasters and the Tsunami Project

“Natural” disasters are not simply the result of the overwhelming forces of nature, but rather a deadly and expensive interaction of geophysical hazards with vulnerable human landscapes. We use the dynamic environments of Asia/Pacific to study the evolution of disasters by using geoscience to constrain the frequency and magnitude of impacts, and by comparing the vulnerabilities laid bare by recent events to identify weaknesses in systems that need reinforcement. The increasingly erratic climate is generating events of a scale never before seen in this region already replete with tectonic hazards including the largest volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis in the historical record.

Tue, Jan 24, 2017

Interview Workshop

Join us to learn how to answer challenging questions and present yourself in a professional manner. As a reminder, students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements must attend an interviewing workshop. Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend!

This workshop series is facilitated by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.

Wed, Jan 25, 2017

Amherst Women in Finance: Movie Screening "Equity"

The Amherst Women in Finance are having a screening of the movie "Equity" written by Amy Fox '97. What a great way to start the spring semester! Come join your fellow women interested in careers in finance in the showing of "Equity," a movie about a senior female investment banker attempting to navigate the cutthroat world of Wall Street when a company's IPO threatens to derail the career she's built. We'll share popcorn, refreshments and even spend some time afterward talking about the movie for those who stick around.

late night study hours

WGC Late Night Study Hours!

Join us for silent study hours every Wednesday from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Women and Gender Center! There will be Glazed Donuts!

Thu, Jan 26, 2017

Unsettling the Sinophone Periphery: An Indigenous Critique of Modern Taiwanese Literature

Yuting Huang, Mellon-Keiter Postdoctoral Fellow and visiting assistant professor of English and a candidate for the position of assistant professor of Chinese, will deliver a job talk entitled "Unsettling the Sinophone Periphery."

At the periphery of modern Chinese literature, Taiwanese literature has increasingly embodied a distinct local culture, which expresses its identity around the islands of Taiwan, its Hoklo and Hakka dialect-speaking majority, and their unique colonial and postcolonial experiences. While scholars mostly celebrate Taiwan’s local articulations, however, this talk re-examines the center-periphery dynamics among Chinese and Taiwanese literatures through the lens of Indigenous critique and settler colonial analysis. By close reading two literary texts from Taiwan, this talk demonstrates how Taiwanese literature’s localization also carries with it dominant settler ideologies in relation to Taiwan’s indigenous Austronesian peoples, and that both Taiwan’s peripheral status and its settler history are foundational conditions for its literary culture. The talk will eventually explore how such attention to settler hegemony in the Sinophone periphery may, in turn, point to hitherto under-examined settler colonial dynamics in the larger field of modern Chinese literature as well as in the transnational literature of the Chinese diaspora.

Man-Made Natural Disasters and the Tsunami Project

“Natural” disasters are not simply the result of the overwhelming forces of nature, but rather a deadly and expensive interaction of geophysical hazards with vulnerable human landscapes. We use the dynamic environments of Asia/Pacific to study the evolution of disasters by using geoscience to constrain the frequency and magnitude of impacts, and by comparing the vulnerabilities laid bare by recent events to identify weaknesses in systems that need reinforcement. The increasingly erratic climate is generating events of a scale never before seen in this region already replete with tectonic hazards including the largest volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis in the historical record.

Cover Letter Workshop

Join us to learn how to write a cover letter that will set you apart from the crowd! As a reminder, students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements must attend a cover letter workshop.
Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend. In order to practice writing cover letters, attendees are asked to bring an internship position description and a laptop or pen & paper. RSVP in Quest.

This workshop series is facilitated by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning

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Talk by Russian-American Journalist and Activist Masha Gessen

Masha Gessen is a Russian-American journalist, author and activist noted for her opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin. She has written about a range of topics, including LGBTQ rights, Russia’s Jewish state and the 2016 United States presidential election.

She is the author of The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin, an international bestseller; Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot, named a Best Book of 2014 by NPR and The Guardian; and The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, named a Best Book of the 2015 by Time magazine. Her most recent book, Where the Jews Aren’t: The Sad and Absurd Story of Birobidzhan, Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Region, was hailed by Publisher’s Weekly as “one of the 20th century’s most chilling stories of struggle, perseverance, and despair.” 

The talk is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a Q&A. Her books will be available for sale at the event.

Introduction to the Careers in Business and Finance Program

Have you ever wondered what it means to have a career in finance, consulting, or general business? If so, now is your opportunity to learn, explore and decide if it’s something you want to pursue.

The Loeb Center offers industry specific initiatives to help students explore and plan for careers in seven specific areas. The Careers in Business and Finance Program was established in 2015 to help students explore and prepare for careers in the financial services industry, consulting or general business.

The information session led by Program Director, Stephanie Hockman, will talk about the career exploration and planning workshops included in the Careers in Business and Finance Program.

There are multiple opportunities to hear about the Careers in Business and Finance Program. You only need to attend one. We hope to see you at one of the following information sessions.

• Thursday, Jan. 26th @ 8pm - Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115)
• Friday, Jan. 27th @ 4pm – Loeb Center Events Room
• Tuesday, Jan. 31st @ 7pm – Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115)

Fri, Jan 27, 2017

Introduction to the Careers in Business and Finance Program

Have you ever wondered what it means to have a career in finance, consulting, or general business? If so, now is your opportunity to learn, explore and decide if the Careers in Business and Finance Program is something you want to pursue.

The Loeb Center offers industry specific initiatives to help students explore and plan for careers in seven specific careers In areas. The Careers in Business and Finance Program was established in 2015 to help students explore and prepare for careers in the financial services industry, consulting, or general business.

The information session, led by Program Director Stephanie Hockman, will talk about the career exploration and planning workshops included in the Careers in Business and Finance Program. This is your opportunity to hear more about the program and workshops available to you.

There are multiple opportunities to hear about the Careers in Business and Finance Program. You only need to attend one. We hope to see you at one of the following information sessions.

• Thursday, Jan. 26, 8 p.m. - Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115)
• Friday, Jan. 27, 4 p.m. – Loeb Center Events Room
• Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m. – Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115)

Senior Music Performance Thesis: Anthony Narag '17 and Tomal Hossain '17

The Amherst College Department of Music presents “Kundalini Rising”, an original composition for voices and electronics by Tomal Hossain '17 on Friday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The concert is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

“Kundalini Rising” was conceived to serve as an experimental soundtrack for guided meditation for yogic practices such as that of Sahaja Yoga. In particular, the piece’s seven movements deal with texts and musical material that correspond with the ethical and psychological associations espoused by the seven chakras (centers of spiritual energy) housed along the spine of one’s body. In the act of meditation, one concentrates on reciting affirmations directed towards each chakra, one after another, culminating in intense spiritual cleansing. This highly perceptible sensation is thought to reflect one’s attainment of self-realization, i.e. a keen recognition of divinity within.

The piece’s melodic material draws heavily from the music of South Asian composer-performers including Kazi Nazrul Islam and the Dagar family of Dhrupad musicians. Formal and harmonic choices resemble that of the twentieth century choral sounds of Meredith Monk, György Ligeti, Veljo Tormis, David Lang, John Cage, and Arvo Pärt. Digital samples and effects processing are inspired by the EAI (Electroacoustic Improvisation) scene of the late twentieth century up till the present day. Texts for the pieces seven movements are either poems or excerpts of writing by the spiritual leader and polymath, Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007).
The debut performance features eight vocalists, a laptop player, and the composer himself serving as conductor.

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

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Amherst Musical Presents Sweeney Todd

From the people that brought you "Into the Woods" in spring 2016, comes another exciting musical. Amherst Musical will be presenting the masterpiece, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. Performances will take place at Amherst College's Powerhouse (located next to the police station off of route 9) Friday, January 27 at 9:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, January 28-29 at 7:30 p.m. "Sweeney Todd" will be directed by A. Scott Parry, veteran of the New York City Opera and director of past Amherst Musicals, with musical direction of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra by Mark Lane Swanson.

"Sweeney Todd" is described as a "comic musical thriller" (viewer discretion is advised). Modeled after modern Greek tragedies and set in 19th century London, the musical follows the return of barber Sweeney Todd after 15 years of exile due to a wrongful conviction. In order to take revenge on the corrupt judge who banished him, Sweeney conspires with a local baker, Mrs. Lovett, who is in desperate need of fresh meat for her pies.

Winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1979, "Sweeney Todd" is a cautionary tale that has shocked the hearts of viewers everywhere for decades now, and has been revived on Broadway multiple times. Join us for some modern twists on this classic masterpiece. Hold onto your heads, it's sure to be a thrilling ride!

To reserve tickets, email amherstmusicaltix@gmail.com, you will be redirected to a google form page where you can register for tickets. Tickets are free for Five College students and staff, $15 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and children 12 and under. (Not advised for children under 10.)

Email us at amherstmusical2016@gmail.com for any questions.

Tickets Required

Sat, Jan 28, 2017

Dr. MLK Jr. Legacy Symposium: Moving Toward Collective Liberation

Join us as we honor the life, legacy and enduring dream of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This interactive panel will explore the continued struggle for collective liberation and explore the role of men and masculinity in a new civil rights movement led by queer/femme black and brown women.

Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett Preview Image

Amherst Musical Presents: Sweeney Todd

From the people that brought you "Into the Woods" in spring 2016, comes another exciting musical. Amherst Musical will be presenting the masterpiece, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. Performances will take place at Amherst College's Powerhouse (located next to the police station off of route 9) Friday, January 27 at 9:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, January 28-29 at 7:30 p.m. "Sweeney Todd" will be directed by A. Scott Parry, veteran of the New York City Opera and director of past Amherst Musicals, with musical direction of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra by Mark Lane Swanson.

"Sweeney Todd" is described as a "comic musical thriller" (viewer discretion is advised). Modeled after modern Greek tragedies and set in 19th century London, the musical follows the return of barber Sweeney Todd after 15 years of exile due to a wrongful conviction. In order to take revenge on the corrupt judge who banished him, Sweeney conspires with a local baker, Mrs. Lovett, who is in desperate need of fresh meat for her pies.

Winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1979, "Sweeney Todd" is a cautionary tale that has shocked the hearts of viewers everywhere for decades now, and has been revived on Broadway multiple times. Join us for some modern twists on this classic masterpiece. Hold onto your heads, it's sure to be a thrilling ride!

To reserve tickets, email amherstmusicaltix@gmail.com, you will be redirected to a google form page where you can register for tickets. Tickets are free for Five College students and staff, $15 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and children 12 and under. (Not advised for children under 10.)

Email us at amherstmusical2016@gmail.com for any questions.

Tickets Required

Sun, Jan 29, 2017

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!

How to Think Like an Investor – Foundational Principles for a Career in Finance or Business

The Careers in Business and Finance Program launches its 2017 Finance and Investing Literacy workshop series with the investor’s perspective. Please join Andrew Sheiner P’19 as he discusses “How to Think Like an Investor.” Mr. Sheiner will discuss concepts that are critical foundational principles for Amherst students interested in opportunities in investment banking, consulting or investing (private equity, investment management/hedge funds, venture capital). These are timeless concepts that relate to risk vs.
return and are essential to success in any investing discipline.

Mr. Sheiner will also discuss how these concepts are applied in particular to private equity investing, which requires not only the skills to invest capital wisely but to be a thoughtful and active owner of businesses.
Lastly, Mr. Sheiner will provide his perspective on the skills required to succeed in different disciplines, providing a framework to help Amherst students think about what would be a good career “fit” given their particular skills and interests.

See Quest for more information about the Finance and Investing Literacy workshop series and for Andrew Sheiner's biography

Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett Preview Image

Amherst Musical Presents: Sweeney Todd

From the people that brought you "Into the Woods" in spring 2016, comes another exciting musical. Amherst Musical will be presenting the masterpiece, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. Performances will take place at Amherst College's Powerhouse (located next to the police station off of route 9) Friday, January 27 at 9:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, January 28-29 at 7:30 p.m. "Sweeney Todd" will be directed by A. Scott Parry, veteran of the New York City Opera and director of past Amherst Musicals, with musical direction of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra by Mark Lane Swanson.

"Sweeney Todd" is described as a "comic musical thriller" (viewer discretion is advised). Modeled after modern Greek tragedies and set in 19th century London, the musical follows the return of barber Sweeney Todd after 15 years of exile due to a wrongful conviction. In order to take revenge on the corrupt judge who banished him, Sweeney conspires with a local baker, Mrs. Lovett, who is in desperate need of fresh meat for her pies.

Winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1979, "Sweeney Todd" is a cautionary tale that has shocked the hearts of viewers everywhere for decades now, and has been revived on Broadway multiple times. Join us for some modern twists on this classic masterpiece. Hold onto your heads, it's sure to be a thrilling ride!

To reserve tickets, email amherstmusicaltix@gmail.com, you will be redirected to a google form page where you can register for tickets. Tickets are free for Five College students and staff, $15 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and children 12 and under. (Not advised for children under 10.)

Email us at amherstmusical2016@gmail.com for any questions.

Tickets Required

Mon, Jan 30, 2017

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!

Yvette Janine Jackson standing and adjusting knobs and wires on a soundboard

"Radio Drama as a Model for Electroacoustic Composition": Talk by Yvette Janine Jackson (University of California, San Diego)

4:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The Department of Music launches “New Perspectives in American Music,” a spring semester 2017 speaker series, with "Radio Drama as a Model for Electroacoustic Composition,” a talk by Yvette Janine Jackson (Ph.D. Candidate, Music/Integrated Studies, University of California, San Diego) at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Frost Library, Amherst College.

Jackson's talk advocates for the inclusion of radio drama into the electroacoustic music repertoire and suggests how radio drama aesthetics and production techniques serve as models for acousmatic composition. Many pioneers of electroacoustic music developed their works in radio facilities utilizing similar equipment and methods used in contemporaneous radio drama productions. Characteristics from three eras will be reviewed: the Golden Age of Radio (1930s-1950s), the Age of Television (1950s-1980s) and the Internet Age (1990s-present). Drawing upon her own work, excerpts from Jackson's radio operas "Inv​isible Peop​le (A Radio Opera)" and ​"Swan" will be presented to exemplify how radio drama and electroacoustic music have influenced her creative practice.

Yvette Janine Jackson is a composer, sound designer and installation artist whose works frequently focus on historical events and relevant social issues. Recent projects include ​"Par​ty Line," a sound installation for San Diego Art Institute’s “The Dead Are Not Quiet: A Group Exhibition of Macabre Art”; ​"Duets in the Key o​f Dada with David Molina" at the San Francisco International Arts Festival; a residency at Stockholm’s Elektronmusikstudion (EMS); the premiere of ​"This is Rad​io Opera" at Audiorama Stockholm​ ; ​"Soldier," a five-day immersive cinematic installation for the Recombinant Media Lab at Qualcomm Institute’s Calit2; and ​"Invisible People (A Ra​dio Opera)." She was selected by the American Composers Orchestra to participate in the third Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute in 2015 and awarded a reading of her composition "Atla​ntic Crossing" by the Naples Philharmonic in 2016. Jackson earned a B.A. in music from Columbia University, where she was active in the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center as it transitioned into the Computer Music Center. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in music/integrative studies at the University of California, San Diego. Please see www.yvettejackson.com for more information.

“New Perspectives in American Music” is a spring-semester 2017 speaker series offered by the Department of Music and hosted by the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College.

Future speakers include Alisha Jones (Indiana University) on Feb. 27, Braxton Shelley (University of Chicago) on March 20 and Patrice Rushen (University of Southern California) on April 10. All talks are open to the public and begin at 4:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Alisa Pearson at concerts@amherst.edu.

Overland Information Session

Overland hires exceptional college students and recent graduates to lead summer programs across the country and around the world. Their staff of nearly 200 leaders and support staff spend ten days training and six weeks leading or supporting programs throughout the summer. Small groups, carefully crafted programs and inspiring leadership have been at the heart of what we do for the past 32 years. Come learn about the hiking, biking, service, writing, language or field studies programs with Overland. Leading for Overland will be one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences of your life. Attend this information session and find out more!

Tue, Jan 31, 2017

New England Conservation in an Era of Global Change

David Foster is an ecologist and author of Thoreau's Country – Journey through a Transformed Landscape (1999), Forests in Time - The Environmental Consequences of 1000 years of Change in New England (2004), and Hemlock: A Forest Giant on the Edge (2014). David is also a co‐author of Wildlands and Woodlands – A Vision for the New England Landscape, which lays out an ambitious plan for the protection and conservation of forest and farmland across the region.

His recently released book A Meeting of Land and Sea: Nature and the Future of Martha's Vineyard (2017) explores the ecological dynamics, conservation history, and future prospects for one of New England’s iconic and most threatened landscapes.

Introduction to the Careers in Business and Finance Program

Have you ever wondered what it means to have a career in finance, consulting, or general business? If so, now is your opportunity to learn, explore and decide if the Careers in Business and Finance Program is something you want to pursue.

The Loeb Center offers industry specific initiatives to help students explore and plan for careers in seven specific careers In areas. The Careers in Business and Finance Program was established in 2015 to help students explore and prepare for careers in the financial services industry, consulting, or general business.

The information session, led by Program Director Stephanie Hockman, will talk about the career exploration and planning workshops included in the Careers in Business and Finance Program. This is your opportunity to hear more about the program and workshops available to you.

There are multiple opportunities to hear about the Careers in Business and Finance Program. You only need to attend one. We hope to see you at one of the following information sessions.

• Thursday, Jan. 26, 8 p.m. - Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115)
• Friday, Jan. 27, 4 p.m. – Loeb Center Events Room
• Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m. – Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115)

Portrait of Jeb Bush

Talk by Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush served as the 43rd Governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007. He is the son of former President George H. W. Bush and brother of former President George W. Bush. He graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, and attended the University of Texas, where he earned a degree in Latin American affairs. In 1980, he moved to Florida and pursued a career in real estate development, and in 1986 became Florida's Secretary of Commerce until 1988.

During his eight years as governor of Florida, Bush pushed an ambitious Everglades conservation plan, supported caps for medical malpractice litigation, launched a Medicaid privatization pilot program, and instituted reforms to the state education system, including the issuance of vouchers and promoting school choice.

Before running for the Republican presidential nomination in June of 2015, Bush led his own successful consulting business, Jeb Bush and Associates, whose clients ranged from small technology start-ups to well-known Fortune 500 companies. He currently serves as the chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a national foundation focused on education reform, and was the co-chairman of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and chair of the National Constitution Center. He is the co-author of Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution (March 2013) and author of Reply All (October 2015).

The talk is free and open to the public. Amherst students, faculty and staff will receive priority seating. Tickets are required.

Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeklatsch

Every Tuesday at 9 p.m. the German House hosts Kaffeeklatsch, an informal gathering for conversation and refreshments. This is a great opportunity to meet others interested in German language and culture.

Come join us for Kaffeeklatsch Tuesdays at Porter House!