Event Calendar

Today - Thu, Apr 28, 2016

Lazard - Financial Advisory and Asset Management Information Session/Alumni Panel

Lazard will be hosting an information session with Amherst Alumni for sophomores interested in investment banking and asset management. Lazard is a financial advisory and asset management firm that engages in investment banking, asset management and other financial services primarily with institutional clients. Its principal executive offices are in New York City, Paris and London. Erik Hanson '14 will be the host along with a vice president, an associate and an analyst. This is a great opportunity to learn, network and ask questions! Current students Liam Fine '17, Carlos Bracamonte '16 and Myles Tang '17 will also be there.

Veterans' Creative Writing Group--open to all

The Veterans’ Creative Writing Group meets Thursdays in the writing center from 6:45-8 p.m. Everyone is welcome, vets and non-vets alike. Come, and bring a friend too. For more information contact Roy Andrews at rhandrews80@amherst.edu.


Pride Alliance Meeting

Join Pride Alliance for our weekly meeting in the Queer Resource Center (basement of Morrow Residence Hall) on Thursdays at 7 p.m. where we discuss queer and trans issues, identities and experiences both at Amherst and beyond.

"Accentuating the Absurd"

Join us on a journey through the world of absurdist filmmaking!
Curated by Evgeniia Trufanova, Basil Fawaz and Keara Phillips-Vabre
TRT ca. 60 minutes
Free and open to the public
Costumes are encouraged!

Kim Phuc Phan Thi

Kim Phuc Phan Thi Visits Amherst College

The Vietnam War gave rise to many tragedies, some more familiar than others. A photograph of a young girl running naked down a road, her skin on fire with napalm, changed the way the world looked at the Vietnam War, and indeed at all wars. That photograph was seen around the world and later won a Pulitzer Prize. The girl in that photograph is Kim Phuc Phan Thi.

Avner Gvaryahu from Breaking the Silence

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115)

Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada and have taken it upon themselves to expose the public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories. They endeavor to stimulate public debate about the price paid for a reality in which young soldiers face a civilian population on a daily basis, and are engaged in the control of that population’s everyday life. Over the past year, Breaking the Silence has faced an unprecedented wave of attacks from the Israeli right, including several direct attacks from the prime minister himself.

Avner Gvaryahu was born in the Israeli city of Rehovot and raised in the religious nationalist community. During his army service, he served in the special forces of the paratroopers brigade, where he attained the rank of staff sergeant. A year after he was discharged he joined Breaking the Silence as a researcher and tour guide with a focus on working with world Jewry. In his last position he served as the director of the Public Outreach Department and has been with BTS for over five years. Avner holds a B.A. in social work from Tel Aviv university and today is an M.A. candidate in the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia.


Join us for a collection of films exploring intersections of race, gender and identity on the site of Amherst Uprising 2015.
Alfred Friendly ’33 Periodicals Reading Room, First Floor of Robert Frost Library
Curated by Elena Marione, Alexandra James, Dane Englehart, and Jin Jin Xu
TRT ca. 70 minutes
Free and open to members of the Five College community

Tomorrow - Fri, Apr 29, 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, community member. No need to RSVP. Show up just as you are on Tuesdays and Fridays at 6:30 AM to the Val lobby.

The Writing Retreat for Faculty and Staff

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 2nd floor

This spring, the Writing Center is hosting weekly writing sessions to create a common and supportive space for faculty and staff to write together. Snacks and coffee/tea are provided. A writing associate is available at the start of each session to discuss writing logs, goal-setting and other strategies to write productively, with focus and intention. Faculty and staff are welcome to attend regularly or sporadically. 

Spanish Table

Spanish Table meets on Fridays from 12-2 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Dining Hall. Faculty, College staff and students are welcome to join Spanish speakers of all levels for lunch and interesting Spanish conversation.

Open Meeting Presidential Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion

12:00 pm Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

The Presidential Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion will hold an open meeting for a conversation about Amherst’s efforts to move toward a more inclusive campus, which will include an update on this task force’s ongoing work. We will gather at noon on Friday, April 29, 2016, in Converse Hall’s Cole Assembly Room.

As we move forward with the essential work of enhancing diversity and inclusion at the College, please take this opportunity to add your voice to the discussion of a cornerstone of Amherst’s mission.

Black-and-white closeup of Charles Hamilton Houston wearing a jacket and tie

"On the Conditions of Racial Reconciliation: Law, Justice and Social Change": The Charles Hamilton Houston Forum

On Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, at the Lord Jeffery Inn and the Alumni House at Amherst College, there will be a conference entitled “On the Conditions of Racial Reconciliation: Law, Justice and Social Change.” The conference will feature presentations from a number of distinguished scholars, including Valerie Cooper (Duke Divinity School), Kirstie Dorr (University of California, San Diego), Matthew Gutterl (Brown), Naomi Murkawa (Princeton), Osagie Obasogie (University of California, Hastings) and Carla Shedd (Columbia). The conference will explore questions associated with racial reconciliation and justice. This conference is being sponsored by the Charles Hamilton Houston Forum on Law and Social Justice and the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School. For a complete program, please email srosenblum@amherst.edu or mlestes@amherst.edu.

Latinx Hand

Latinx Reception for Students, Staff and Faculty

This event will provide Latinx students, staff and faculty with an opportunity to enjoy music, food and great company. The reception will take place on Friday, April 29, from 1–2:30 p.m. at the Powerhouse. Latinx supporters are welcomed to attend.

Please share this invitation with others. For more information and to register, please visit the Latinx Reception Website. Registration is requested but not required.

Queer Talk Poster

Queer Talk with Dr. Darien and Dr. Deb

Stop by for this weekly event every Friday from 3-4 p.m. at the Queer Resource Center to talk with students and our fabulous counseling center staff about LGBTQIAP (Lesbian,
 Gay, Bisexual, 
Transgender, Queer
, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual) related topics. All are welcome.

Closeup of Dr. Amy Mullin, smiling and wearing a black shirt, white pearl necklace and earrings

"Dynamics of Molecular Super Rotors made in an Optical Centrifuge": Chemistry Seminar with Professor Amy Mullin

Chemistry seminar with Professor Amy Mullin, University of Maryland at College Park, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

"An American Genocide: The California Indian Catastrophe"

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Frost Library, Friendly Reading Room

On Friday, April 29, at 4 p.m. in the Friendly Reading Room of Frost Library, Professor Benjamin Madley from the University of California, Los Angeles, will be talking about his new book, "An American Genocide: The California Indian Catastrophe" (Yale University Press, 2016).

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Men's Baseball vs. Wesleyan University

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Women's Softball vs. Wesleyan University

Biochemistry/Biophysics Senior Thesis Research Symposium

This is the second of two public presentations given by the Biochemistry Biophysics senior thesis students. Each student will give a 15 minute talk on their thesis research and allow for questions afterwards.
The schedule will be as follows:
5:15-5:35 p.m. - Hyun Jae Seo
5:35-5:55 p.m. - Han Vu
5:55-6:15 p.m. - Chanyoung Park

6:30-7:30 p.m. - Intermission

7:45-8:05 p.m. - Shelton Cochran
8:05-8:25 p.m. - Abigail Lemma

Event poster showing images from both films: a closeup of a person's eye from "Connected," and a bespectacled young woman from "Recognition"

Senior Thesis Film Showing

Sarah Jordan '16 and Meghan McDonough '16 will be screening their senior thesis films. Popcorn and other refreshments will be served. "Recognition" shares the story of Sarah's sister's experience with having face blindness. Face blindness, or prosopagnosia, is the inability to recognize people. By tying together the stories of two young artists, "Connected" explores how we relate to other people through art.

Ongoing Events

Tom Friedman: Untitled (Flute Player)

Exhibition: "Tom Friedman: Untitled (Foundation)"

This special exhibition unveils new works by renowned conceptual artist Tom Friedman, and marks the first time Friedman has drawn artistic inspiration directly from a museum collection. The works on view correspond to existing works in the Mead’s permanent collection, and represent a contemporary dialogue with art from the past in ways that introduce subtexts, narratives and new ways of thinking about the Mead’s art collection. 

Print by Binnie

Exhibition: "Unimaginable by One Mind Alone: Exquisite Corpses from the William Green Collection of Japanese Prints"

For this exhibition, the Mead Art Museum commissioned contemporary artists to finish uncompleted works from the Mead's Japanese print collection in the spirit of the Exquisite Corpse. Each participant was allowed to select designs from the Mead’s holdings and extend them into full compositions. They were given complete freedom to create anything they could imagine...