Event Calendar

Tomorrow - Mon, Apr 23, 2018

German Table

German Table

Enjoy informal conversations with students who have studied in Germany, the German faculty members, the German language assistants and other native speakers.

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Flr.

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The conference room is just inside the main entrance, on the right hand side. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday and Tuesday from noon - 1 p.m., and Fridays from 1 - 2 p.m.

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!

Stack of books

Monday Afternoon Study Space - SWAGS Common Room

Come study in the Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies common room! Join us every Monday except for March 12, which is Spring Recess. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Students Only
Write Place, Write Time

Write Place, Write Time: pop-up writing support in Frost Library

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Frost Library, Ground Floor (near entrance)

Are you looking for some structure and support for your writing? The Writing Center hosts a pop-up space where students can write in the company of others with staff support nearby. Join us at the tables near the entrance to Frost Library on Monday and Wednesday afternoons throughout April to make progress on long projects, get started on shorter ones or seek on-the-spot support for your writing.

At Write Place Write Time, you can consult with a writing associate about clarifying a prompt or developing your thesis, for checking citation rules or asking a grammatical question ...or any other issues that come up as you are writing. Associates can also talk with you about ways to get started, generate ideas and write productively. To make an appointment for a longer consultation, visit our website.

Students Only
grief group

Drop-in Grief and Loss Support Group

Supportive drop-in group for dealing with the emotional impact of a major loss. Mondays from 3-4 p.m. in the Counseling Center, Scott House. All are welcome. No pre-registration is necessary.

Event poster featuring photos of a Mexican birth certificate and Imke Harbers

"Rendering Citizens Legible? Birth Certificates as a Measure of State Capacity in Mexico"

The Department of Political Science at Amherst College presents "Rendering Citizens Legible? Birth Certificates as a Measure of State Capacity in Mexico."

This event is free and open to the public.

Imke Harbers is an associate professor of political science at the University of Amsterdam and a research fellow at the Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA).

The ability to effectively claim civil, social or political rights generally depends on an individual’s ability to produce legal documents that serve as proof of identity. A birth certificate, which formally recognizes the existence of an individual, therefore constitutes a prerequisite for the exercise of citizenship. From the perspective of the state, a complete and up-to-date registry of citizens is necessary to design and implement policies. From the perspective of citizens, legal documents provide access to the services offered by the state. Nevertheless, estimates suggest that one in five Mexicans does not have a birth certificate, and is therefore effectively “undocumented” in his or her own country. This talk explores how birth registration can shed light on the relationship between the state and society. How does the state “see” citizens? And who remains unseen?

Book Salon with Manuela Picq: “Vernacular Sovereignties: Indigenous Women Challenging World Politics”

5:00 pm - 7:25 pm Frost Library, CHI Think Tank - 2nd floor

Discussants: Amrita Basu of Amherst College, Ashley Smith of Hampshire College, and Kiran Asher of UMass

Join the festivities as Manuela Picq , visiting professor of political science and sexuality, women’s and gender studies at Amherst College, launches the publication of her new book, titled Vernacular Sovereignties: Indigenous Women Challenging World Politics. You will have a chance to meet and talk with Professor Picq about her new book and the experience she had writing it. There will be a book signing after the event, along with refreshments. Books will be provided by Amherst Books for purchase. This event is free and open to the public.

Craftivist: Sustainable Crocheting

Join the WGC and Book and Plow for a sustainable crocheting event! Kaylee Brow will be teaching us how to crochet using plastic bags following a conversation on environmental justice and feminism.

Kaylee Brow has worked at Book & Plow Farm for two seasons. She studied sustainable food and farming at Umass Amherst and has worked on farms for six seasons. She was born and raised in the Pioneer Valley and learned to crochet at PTA meetings in kindergarten. After neglecting crochet for many years, she was home sick one day in high school and found some old hooks and yarn and made two hats. There was no going back. She's been crocheting for over a decade now and has expanded the things she geeks out over from yarn to breeds of sheep and different yarn-making techniques.

Japanese Language Table

Join us to practice your Japanese on Thursday evenings. Anyone is welcome to join the Japanese Language Table for all or just part of the time we are there.

Summer 2018 Funded Experience Pre-departure Workshop

All students who receive or who plan to receive funding from the college to support unpaid or low-paid
internship or off-campus research opportunities are required to attend a pre-departure workshop session. During this session, students will learn more about the additional program expectations and tips for completing a successful summer opportunity. Students who are abroad or who are unable to attend a workshop in person should contact Victoria Wilson at vwilson@amherst.edu to discuss alternatives.

Harvard Business School Information Session

For over 100 years Harvard Business School's graduates and faculty have shaped business around the world. In this information session, join associate director Gary Schwartz-Moore to learn more about the HBS programs.

MBA: A two-year, full-time residential program with a focus on real-world practice, in the classroom using the case method, which puts students into the role of decision makers every day, and in the field with student teams developing new products or services for real global business partners and starting their own microbusinesses.

Doctoral: Eight full-time programs leading to a PhD or DBA degree for scholars interested in academic research. A minimum of two years in residence is required, and it is expected that students will complete their program in four to five years. Students typically spend two to two-and-a-half years on course work, and another two years on their dissertation.

HBX: Online programs developed by Harvard Business School faculty, leveraging the case method learning model, focused on active learning and real-world problem solving.

Thesis Celebration: Monday April 23, 7-8pm, Frost Library

Thesis Celebration

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Frost Library, Friendly Periodicals Reading Room

The Library and Writing Center are celebrating the close of the thesis process.

Seniors, this is your night to revel in the completion of a mammoth project, and a chance to pass on your insights, pro-tips and thesis hacks for future thesis students.
Potential future thesis students, this is an opportunity to ask questions and listen in as this year's seniors share their hard-won insights about writing a thesis.

There will be cake!

Image of the sign at the main entrance to Amherst College

State of the College Address

7:00 pm Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

On Monday, April 23, at 7 p.m., President Biddy Martin will host the second annual State of the College Address, organized by Sade Green, AAS Senator for the Class of 2020. With the theme of "community", remarks will be delivered by former AAS President Aditi Krishnamurthy ’18, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Norm Jones, and Biddy Martin, who will discuss community and how the College can help fulfill its promise.

The State of the College Address was created by Sade Green ’20 for her Senate Project. As a Senator, one of Sade’s main goals is to enhance communication between the administration and student body. Sade also aims to create a more transparent student government.

The gathering is primarily intended for Amherst students, but faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

Student Health Educator Dinner

Join the Student Health Educators during dinner for an informal discussion on mental health, sexual health and campus resources. You can also submit a topic for discussion during dinner.

Students Only

Tue, Apr 24, 2018

Harvard Business School Information Table

For over 100 years Harvard Business School's graduates and faculty have shaped business around the world. Stop by this information table to speak with associate director Gary Schwartz-Moore about the following HBS programs:

MBA → A two-year, full-time residential program with a focus on real-world practice—in the classroom using the case method, which puts students into the role of decision makers every day, and in the field with student teams developing new products or services for real global business partners and starting their own microbusinesses.

Doctoral → Eight full-time programs leading to a PhD or DBA degree for scholars interested in academic research. A minimum of two years in residence is required, and it is expected that students will complete their program in four to five years. Students typically spend two to two-and-a-half years on course work, and another two years on their dissertation.

HBX→ Online programs developed by Harvard Business School faculty, leveraging the case method learning model, focused on active learning and real-world problem solving.

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Flr.

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The conference room is just inside the main entrance, on the right hand side. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday and Tuesday from noon - 1 p.m., and Fridays from 1 - 2 p.m.

office hours

Weekly Office Hours with Huxley or Evie

Canine office hours will be held every Tuesday from 4 - 5 p.m., in the area beside Frost Cafe, staffed by Huxley and Evie on alternating weeks. Drop in for some canine affection and advice. If the weather is nice, this event will move to the lawn in front of Frost Library.

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, just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness -- or come because you are curious. This group meets on Tuesdays from 5 - 6 p.m. in in Chapin Chapel, and is led by Mark Hart, Buddhist Advisor.

Bi +Film Screening: Appropriate Behavior

Join us on Tuesday, April 24 at 6 p.m. for a film screening of Appropriate Behavior – a romantic comedy telling the story of Shirin, a Brooklynite from a Persian immigrant family who is navigating the ins and outs of her bisexual identity. This film is directed by and starring the Iranian-American film maker, Desiree Akhavan. The screening will be followed by a discussion which will center bisexual+ identities. Snacks will be provided! For more information, contact wgc@amherst.edu. This event is co-sponsored by Student Activities, the WGC, the QRC, and the Middle Eastern Students and Studies Association.

Morgan Stanley Investment Banking Information Session

Morgan Stanley is a worldwide leader in investment banking. The company is one of the top firms in mergers & acquisitions (M&A), underwriting of equity transactions, corporate debt issuance and high-yield debt financing.

With professionals in 30 countries, Morgan Stanley is consistently recognized for its performance in traditional and innovative financing techniques, helping clients around the world to make decisions about their business strategy and financial structure.

In this information session, Morgan Stanley representatives will provide an overview of undergraduate opportunities within investment banking, including summer internships, full-time positions and diversity programs.

German Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeeklatsch

Come and join German students and faculty every Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. in Porter House for a chat over coffee and much more! This is a great opportunity to practice your German in a casual and relaxing environment.

Ongoing Events

Image of Ivory Billed by Matthew Inabinett

On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinctions - Beneski Museum of Natural History

Student curated temporary exhibit, On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinctions, is available for public viewing from Thursday, April 19 until May 20. Step into the Beneski and discover the history of the five mass extinctions that have ravaged the species living on Earth. We are currently undergoing a sixth mass extinction, this time caused by our human impact. What can we do to mitigate the effects of this mass extinction? Learn more about what you can do in this interpretive exhibition.

Spanning all three floors, the exhibition will take you through all previous mass extinctions and the theories on how they were caused. What kinds of species did they affect? What information can we take from these previous mass extinctions to learn about the sixth one? Come for a guided tour with the student curator, Antonella Dominguez ‘18, on April 19 at 2:30 p.m. The small steps we take now to reduce the effects of our human impact can only help now with the trajectory of the six mass extinction we have caused.