Event Calendar

Today - Tue, Feb 9, 2016

Love My Alumni Week

Love my Alumni Week!

Join us in Keefe on February 9 through February 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily to participate in a photo campaign and write thank you notes to our alumni who help make your education possible. You'll get some fantastic new Amherst gear, candy and snacks to show off your love! https://www.facebook.com/events/725259124271347/

The Birds and the Bees - Exoplanet Edition: How Planets are Made - Physics/Astronomy Seminar

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 3

Dr. Katherine Follette of Stanford University will speak on "The Birds and the Bees - Exoplanet Edition: How Planets are Made"

Insight (Mindfulness) Meditation

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 relax and quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, or talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness--or just because you are curious

APA Paris

Study Abroad in France with APA Paris - Info Session

Academic Programs Abroad in Paris (APA Paris) provides a truly culturally-immersive and academically-exceptional program for students who wish to study for a semester or academic year in Paris, France. Students take in-house culture and language courses, as well as taking courses with French students at our 10 partner institutions in any desired field. Participate in one of our study tours to Lille, London or Barcelona. Tutoring, methodology, proof-reading sessions and other accommodation are provided. Spring participants can complete a two-month, full-time professional immersion in the summer.

Come meet with Lindsay Turlan, assistant director, and alums to learn more about APA Paris and discover how a sojourn in Paris could be right for you during an info session!


Winter Carnival - Fire and Ice

Annual Amherst College community event featuring fabulous winter foods, horse-drawn hayrides, ice sculptures, tray sliding (snow permitting), fire dancing and s'mores. Open to students, faculty and staff and their families.


Icon for the ice hockey team

Women's Ice Hockey vs. Salem State University


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!

LGBTea in the QRC

LGBTea is a weekly study and social space hosted by the Queer Resource Center (basement of Morrow Residence Hall). Come take a study break in a comfortable, welcoming, affirming and warm social atmosphere. Grab a cup ot tea or joe, watch a movie, listen to music or just hang out! Once a month there will be a themed LGBTea: February's theme night is karaoke, March's is gayme night, April's is a drag show screening and May's is coloring and crafts. 

Tomorrow - Wed, Feb 10, 2016

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Career Center Program Director for Careers in Business & Finance over lunch on Wednesdays for an informal discussion of any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday on the lower level of Val. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!

French Table

French Table meets on Wednesdays from noon until 1:30 p.m. on the mezzanine in Valentine Hall. Francophones of all levels are invited to attend.

Russian Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Mezzanine Level

Russian Table meets each Wednesday from noon -1:30 p.m. on the mezzanine in Valentine Hall. We encourage Russian speakers (students, faculty and friends) to join us for Russian conversation and cameraderie!

Fr Warren Savage

Ash Wednesday Mass with Ashes

Chapin Hall, Chapel

“But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.” On this Ash Wednesday to begin Lent our celebrant is Fr. Warren Savage, Chaplain at Westfield State University. Student and staff choir members, lectors, and extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist prepare for Mass from around 3-3:30 p.m. Missalettes are provided and all are most welcome!

Pratt Gymnasium

Sentence Boot Camp: Anatomy 101

This workshop is part of a five-part series on developing strength, flexibility and balance in your sentences. This week's topic is Anatomy 101: Learn the names and functions of the parts of the sentence.Wednesdays, February 10-March 9. Register for one or multiple 45-minute sessions. Taught by Jyl Gentzler, professor of philosophy and co-Director of the Writing Center and Jessica Kem, senior writing associate.

Criminals, Enemies, and the Politics of Transitional Justice - lecture by Boston College Professor of History, Devin Pendas - LJST Lecture Series

On Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 100 Clark House at Amherst College, Devin Pendas, associate professor of history at Boston College, will present a paper entitled “Criminals, Enemies, and the Politics of Transitional Justice.” This is the fourth presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Criminals and Enemies.”


Professor Pendas’ teaching and scholarship focus on war crime trials after World War II, particularly on West German Holocaust trials.  He teaches courses on German history, European legal history, the history of war crimes trials, and the history of human rights. His publications include Toward a New Politics? On the Recent Historiography of Human Rights, (Contemporary Human History (2012)) and Retroactive Law and Proactive Justice: Debating Crimes against Humanity in Germany, 1945-1950, (Central European History, 2010).


To receive a copy of the paper which will explore some questions which pose themselves when confronting an approach to the end of authoritarian regimes, please email the LJST Dept. Coordinator at mlestes@amherst.edu.


This event is co-sponsored by The Lamont Lecture Fund. https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/ljst/events


Device-free Dinner at Val

Join us for dinner and conversation on the topic of smart phone, social media and other personal technology use. We’ll share our experiences, good and bad, of life with personal tech, discuss its effects on us at a personal, community and global level, and consider possibilities for developing more conscious technology use... or any other topic that comes up. The main idea is really just to dine together without electronic distraction and see how that goes! You’ll find our table, with interested students and Senior Writing Center Associate Michael Keezing, on the 2nd floor of Val. Come once or come weekly, through Spring Break.

Spring into Success

Spring Into Success: Career Advising and More!

North Dormitory, Common Room

Come and learn about what the Career Center can offer you as an Amherst student and discover
internship and employment opportunities for the summer and academic-year.

First-year students are encouraged to attend!

Sponsored by First-Year Programming and Career Services

Growing Up in a Porn Culture: Sex(ism), Identity and Intimacy in a pornographic culture

Keefe Campus Center, Friedmann Room

Growing Up in a Porn Culture: Sex(ism), Identity and Intimacy in a pornographic culture.

Gail Dines will be joinging us for a lecture followed by a Q&A. Professor Dines' reseach intrests focus on the ways media images shape gender and racial identities in the US, particularly the role pornography plays in legitimizing violence against women and children.

Content Warning: Graphic images will be shown. Please practice self care.

Gail Dines is professor of sociology and women's studies and chair of American studies at Wheelock College. 

Five Amherst students standing together at the Paris climate summit, in front of columns that display flags of various nations

"The Climate Conference: What Happened in Paris, and What Needs to Happen Next"

Last December, the highly anticipated Paris Climate Conference (COP 21) ended with 196 countries agreeing to fight climate change and limit global warming impacts. Several students got the opportunity to attend the events in Paris, and they will speak about their experiences of what happened (and didn’t happen) at COP 21. Then we will turn our focus on the United States, and what we need to do to meet our commitments in Paris. If you are interested in policy, addressing climate change, advocacy and international agreements, this is an event for you. Refreshments will be served.

T. Rowe Price Information Session - Equity Summer Internship

John Linehan '87 will host an information session about T. Rowe Price and opportunities at this investment management firm based in Baltimore. He will also discuss the Equity Summer Internship. The goal of the internship is to evaluate the associate’s potential to return after graduation for our full-time Associate Analyst Program. Application deadline in Quest is 2/18/16.

Thu, Feb 11, 2016

Tuck Business Bridge Program Informational Interviews

Amherst College sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited to sign up for half hour informational interviews about the summer Tuck Business Bridge Program. “Bridge,” now in its 20th year, is taught by senior MBA faculty at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Bridge is a one month intensive summer program, covering financial accounting, marketing, managerial economics, corporate finance, spreadsheet modeling, management communication and strategy consulting, for talented students from 60 top colleges and 20 countries. At Bridge, liberal arts and sciences sophomores, juniors and seniors gain early career advantage for obtaining and succeeding in jobs in the private, nonprofit and public sectors. 

Students should go to Quest and sign up for an informational interview slot. For information (see video) and online application: www.tuck.dartmouth.edu/bridge.

Pathways Mentoring Program Information Table

Want to learn more about the Pathways Student-Alumni Mentoring Program? Stop by our table in Keefe during lunch to learn more, view mentor profiles and enjoy some free cupcakes!

The deadline to enroll is February 12.

Cover Letter Workshop

Join us to learn how to write a cover letter that will set you apart from the crowd! Students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements are encouraged to attend this cover letter workshop. Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend.

Workshops are sponsored by the Career Center and facilitated by Peer Career Advisors (PCAs).

New Faculty Social Hour

An occasion to come together and meet other new colleagues across departments. We meet on the second Friday of every month from 4-5:30 p.m. for conversation. Most meetings will happen in the McCaffrey Room in Keefe Campus Center. We have child care services for those that need to pick up their little ones before stopping over.

Reminder emails with updated locations are sent to appropriate colleagues each month.

Ongoing Events

Beyond Amherst: Recent Work of Five Alumni

Welcome five of our alumni: Sierra Cobb '08, Evan Nabrit '06, Shane Neufeld '04, Eleanor Ray '09 and Emilie Selden '06 to the Eli Marsh Gallery, 105 Fayerweather, for an exhibition of their work opening Monday, February 8. These artists, all majors in the practice of art while at Amherst, will give a panel discussion on Thursday, February 11 at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, 115 Fayerweather. A reception follows in the hall, outside the gallery. The exhibition closes Friday, March 11.

Gallery hours:10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday-Friday; noon - 4 p.m. Sundays