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!
Welcome to the Ace/Aro Support Group, an intentional and closed space for those who identify as asexual, aromantic, along either spectrum, or questioning, to affirm and celebrate their identities. Snacks are provided.
Book & Plow Farm work study, commencement/reunion, and summer internship opportunities are available. We have two information sessions coming up on Thursday, February 16 and Sunday, February 19 from 7-8:30 p.m. in McCaffrey Room at Keefe Campus Center. If you have worked on the farm before, you are invited to share your experience and hear about the new season. If you did not even know we had a farm on campus, you are encouraged to come and learn more about it. We look forward to connecting around a shared interest the farm.
The School for Field Studies and SIT Study Abroad will be on campus to jointly promote their culturally immersive, research focused study abroad programs in over 40 countries. Join us to in the Keefe atrium to learn more between 11am-1pm today
Enjoy informal conversations with students who have studied in Germany, the German faculty members, the German language assistants and other native speakers.
Join us on the Mezzanine of Valentine Dining Hall every Monday from 11:45 a.m to 1:00 p.m.
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!
Pratt defines a contact zone as a social space in which disparate cultures “meet, clash, and grapple with each other,” indexing larger global relations of power and domination. In many ways, language/culture classrooms can be considered a contact zone. Teaching materials construct representations of cultural and linguistic otherness which meet and can clash with the instructor’s and students’ own perspectives as all grapple with these interactions.
In this presentation, Vinall analyzes constructions of difference in a university-level intermediate Spanish classroom in the U.S. borderlands. Cultural and linguistic differences were (re)constructed through a "tourist gaze," a term borrowed from critical tourist studies to refer to a way of viewing the “other” from the perspective of a tourist. In her analysis, Vinall considers how the tourist gaze constructs cultural difference and organizes social roles across the chapters of the textbook, the sequences of a video, and turns-at-talk in classroom activities. Vinall also reflects on how the construction of the tourist gaze and its operation function to reproduce larger transnational power structures. She concludes with a consideration of the implications of the tourist gaze in light of recent theorizations of symbolic competence and a reflection on how this analysis has altered her own teaching and research.
This lecture will be in English and is free and open to the public.
The School for Field Studies and SIT Study Abroad will be on campus to jointly promote their culturally immersive, research focused study abroad programs in over 40 countries. Don't miss out! They will be in the McCaffrey Room in Keefe this Monday, February 20, from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Amherst College's 2016-2017 Valentine Visiting Professor of Music, John McDonald, presents a talk on his in-progress biography project on the composer T.J. Anderson.
Complete with musical performances sounding out Anderson's recent works from the piano, pianist, composer and scholar McDonald's presentation contextualizes Anderson's career highlights and achievements from the point of view of a composer and performer, musical collaborator and chronicler. McDonald partitions and analyzes Anderson's work and influence in five chronological phases.
The School for Field Studies and SIT Study Abroad will be on campus to jointly promote their culturally immersive, research focused study abroad programs in over 40 countries. Come to the McCaffrey room in Keefe from 4:30-5:30 pm
On Monday, Feb. 20, Angela Willey will give a talk titled "Undoing Monogamy." In this book talk, Willey both frames and traces the broad contours of Undoing Monogamy, a radically interdisciplinary exploration of the concept of monogamy in U.S. science and culture, propelled by queer feminist desires for new modes of conceptualization and new forms of belonging. She approaches the politics and materiality of monogamy as intertwined with one another such that disciplinary ways of knowing themselves become an object of critical inquiry. Refusing to answer the naturalization of monogamy with a naturalization of nonmonogamy, the book demands a critical reorientation toward the monogamy question in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. The talk traverses the book's treatments of colonial sexual science, monogamous voles, polyamory and the works of Alison Bechdel and Audre Lorde to show how challenging the lens through which human nature is seen as monogamous or nonmonogamous forces us to reconsider our investments in coupling and in disciplinary notions of biological bodies.
Dr. Angela Willey is an assistant professor in the Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She works at the interstices of queer feminist theory, feminist science studies and sexuality studies. Her work has appeared in Feminist Studies; Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society; Journal of Gender Studies; Science, Technology, and Human Values; Archives of Sexual Behavior; and Sexualities, as well as in volumes on monogamy, the science of difference, materialism and the global history of sexual science.
This event is free and open to the public. It is being sponsored by the Lamont Fund and the Political Science Department of Amherst College.
Join us for an engaging workshop where you can learn cool tricks for using LinkedIn as a college student. You are highly encouraged to bring your own laptop so you can follow along throughout the presentation. This event is co-sponsored by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning and the Women’s and Gender Center. This program is designed for women, but is open to students of all genders.
Join Dr. Cecilia Feldman, Kress Interpretive Fellow at the Mead, for an archaeologist's perspective on a variety of works in the collection. Her focus on materials, labor, resources, technology and cultural coding represent the processes that are present, but often unacknowledged, in material culture.
Examples of granular materials, or large collections of discrete macroscopic grains, exist in abundance, from rice and cereal to sand and rocks. However, the physics of granular media present significant complexities that are still poorly understood. Impact of granular targets by solid projectiles is an experimental approach to understanding force transmission in soft matter. A granular target can cause a free-falling projectile to come to an abrupt stop as its momentum is dissipated to the grains. A complete interpretation of the stopping force, incorporating grain-scale interactions during impact, remains unresolved. We use direct force measurements and high-speed imaging to determine the forces acting on a projectile as it decelerates through a dense granular medium. These impact studies probe the unique response and properties of granular media.
Professor Kristin Bumiller, chair of the Political Science Department, will be holding an informational session for students who are Juniors and interested in writing a Senior thesis. The session is on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in Clark House, room 100.
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 and paper. RSVP in Quest.
This workshop series is facilitated by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.
In the next installment of BaeWatch Series, join the Multicultural Resource Center, Women and Gender Center, and Queer Resource Center in the MRC for a panel discussion on the ins and outs of online dating.
It has been said that all academic writing is argument, and that to develop a good argument, writers must “find some genuine question or perplexity” worth pursuing (Peter Elbow, 1988). In this workshop, we will discuss how to move from prompt to argument, use readings and other sources appropriately and with confidence, and work toward making the best case for your original idea or “hard-won insight” so valued by professors. Please bring a prompt that you are working on or have worked on in the past. Taught by Cassie Sanchez, senior writing associate. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot today!
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!
LGBTea is an intentional weekly program that offers a comfortable, affirming, and welcoming space for our community to come together. Join us for late night study hours, take a break if you need one, grab a cup of tea or coffee, or just hang out!!
Every Tuesday in the Queer Resource Center 10 p.m.-Midnight
All are welcome
The Russian Table is an opportunity for all interested in conversing in Russian to meet regularly with Russian faculty and students. We'll meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays on the mezzanine level in Valentine Dining Hall. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!
Have questions about applying to law school? Want to know how to improve your application? Want to speak with an admissions officer? Join Liz Madigan, assistant director of admissions at Brooklyn Law School to learn how to get that extra edge in preparing your law school applications!