Event Calendar

Thu, Sep 3, 2015

Three colorful artifacts from the "Styled in Stone" installation

A "Closer Look" Gallery Talk

Learn about the cultural meanings associated with the attractive rocks and minerals featured in the installation Styled in Stone with Nadia Waski, a University of Massachusetts Boston graduate student in historical archaeology and organizer of the installation. The talk is free and open to the public.

Sat, Sep 5, 2015

Queer Resource Center Open House!

The Queer Resource Center happily invites everyone to our Fall Open House event! New students, stop by to check out the amazing space and the folks who work here. Returning students, come by to catch up and have a great time! We look forward to seeing many faces before semester classes begins!
(Snacks and drinks will be provided)

Pizza

Music Department Orientation Meeting with Pizza

Come meet the Music Department and find out about the major, lessons, practice rooms, ensembles, job opportunities, Music at Amherst concert series and more...

Music Department Orientation Meeting for Freshmen and Transfer Students, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Room 3, Music Center

Wilder Observatory

Observatory Public Viewing

The Wilder Observatory on Snell Street is free and open to all, starting at 9 p.m. every Saturday from April through October, with the telescope being used on clear evenings. See (if they're in the sky at the time) the moon, planets, asteroids, comets, multiple stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more through the large, world-class refractor telescope. Students, faculty, staff, community members, family and friends are welcome. Weekend programs are provided in partnership with the Astronomy Association and Tom Whitney (tom@astronomyassociation.org).

Mon, Sep 7, 2015

Opening Convocation

Convocation is the opening ceremony for the academic year. Faculty process in full regalia and President Martin welcomes all of the new Amherst College students to campus. Newly tenured professors receive honorary Amherst College diplomas and hoods.

Tue, Sep 8, 2015

National Fellowships and Scholarships Information Sessions

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly

Learn about national fellowships and scholarships for study, teaching, research or travel for the year after you graduate. Come to one of two meetings which will focus on those available to seniors. Denise Gagnon, Director of Fellowship Advising, will be discussing the different fellowships, the application process, upcoming deadlines, letters of recommendation, and effective project proposals and personal statements. She will offer an overview of all fellowships we administer in this office at both sessions but will go into more detail about the Watson and Fulbright Fellowships at the first meeting and the Luce, Churchill, Carnegie, Amherst-Doshisha and Gates Cambridge fellowships at the second. Juniors are invited to attend as it’s not too soon to become acquainted with these opportunities.
Tuesday, Sept. 8 – 7:00 p.m. – Cole Assembly, Converse Hall
Thursday, Sept. 10 – 4:30 p.m. – Cole Assembly, Converse Hall

Wed, Sep 9, 2015

White line drawing of a ship against a background of multicolored paint

"Pericles, Prince of Tyre"

North Carolina Stage Company brings Shakespeare’s Pericles to Amherst's Holden Theater for one weekend only. Pericles is an epic story of one man’s quest to solve a riddle — a quest that takes him on a high-seas odyssey, complete with shipwrecks, assassins, pirates, romance and the heartbreaking story of a family torn apart. The production is the creation of director Ron Bashford and the NC Stage cast, who worked together to create an imaginative, five-actor version that the Asheville Citizen-Times called “a spectacular experience of cutting-edge theater.”

Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended; call (413) 542-2277. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with an additional matinee performance on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Thu, Sep 10, 2015

National Fellowships and Scholarships Information Sessions

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly

Learn about national fellowships and scholarships for study, teaching, research or travel for the year after you graduate. Come to one of two meetings which will focus on those available to seniors. Denise Gagnon, Director of Fellowship Advising, will be discussing the different fellowships, the application process, upcoming deadlines, letters of recommendation and effective project proposals and personal statements. She will offer an overview of all fellowships we administer in this office at both sessions but will go into more detail about the Watson and Fulbright Fellowships at the first meeting and the Luce, Churchill, Carnegie, Amherst-Doshisha and Gates Cambridge fellowships at the second. Juniors are invited to attend as it’s not too soon to become acquainted with these opportunities.
Tuesday, Sept. 8 – 7:00 p.m. – Cole Assembly, Converse Hall
Thursday, Sept. 10 – 4:30 p.m. – Cole Assembly, Converse Hall

Albers image of a red square, inside an orangish square, inside a brownish square

Panel Discussion: "Josef Albers, Vision and Science"

Mead Art Museum, Stirn Auditorium

A discussion offering insights into the visual theory and neuroscience underlying the work of artist Josef Albers, with Susan Barry, professor of biological sciences at Mount Holyoke College; Jeffrey Saletnik, assistant professor of art history at Indiana University Bloomington; and Vanja Malloy, curator of American art at the Mead Art Museum.

The discussion is free, open to the public and held in conjunction with the exhibition Intersecting Colors: Josef Albers and His Contemporaries.

Albers

Exhibition Opening Reception

Celebrate the opening of the exhibition Intersecting Colors: Josef Albers and His Contemporaries with brief curatorial gallery talks and light refreshments. Free and open to the public.

White line drawing of a ship against a background of multicolored paint

"Pericles, Prince of Tyre"

North Carolina Stage Company brings Shakespeare’s Pericles to Amherst's Holden Theater for one weekend only. Pericles is an epic story of one man’s quest to solve a riddle — a quest that takes him on a high-seas odyssey, complete with shipwrecks, assassins, pirates, romance and the heartbreaking story of a family torn apart. The production is the creation of director Ron Bashford and the NC Stage cast, who worked together to create an imaginative, five-actor version that the Asheville Citizen-Times called “a spectacular experience of cutting-edge theater.”

Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended; call (413) 542-2277. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with an additional matinee performance on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Fri, Sep 11, 2015

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.

White line drawing of a ship against a background of multicolored paint

"Pericles, Prince of Tyre"

North Carolina Stage Company brings Shakespeare’s Pericles to Amherst's Holden Theater for one weekend only. Pericles is an epic story of one man’s quest to solve a riddle — a quest that takes him on a high-seas odyssey, complete with shipwrecks, assassins, pirates, romance and the heartbreaking story of a family torn apart. The production is the creation of director Ron Bashford and the NC Stage cast, who worked together to create an imaginative, five-actor version that the Asheville Citizen-Times called “a spectacular experience of cutting-edge theater.”

Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended; call (413) 542-2277. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with an additional matinee performance on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Sat, Sep 12, 2015

Pericles boat image

Pericles, Prince of Tyre

North Carolina Stage Company brings Shakespeare’s Pericles to Amherst's Holden Theater for one weekend only. Pericles is an epic story of one man’s quest to solve a riddle — a quest that takes him on a high-seas odyssey, complete with shipwrecks, assassins, pirates, romance, and the heart-breaking story of a family torn apart. The production is the creation of director Ron Bashford and the NC Stage cast, who worked together to create an imaginative, five-actor version that the Asheville Citizen-Times called “a spectacular experience of cutting edge theater.” Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended by calling 413-542-2277. Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with an additional matinee performance on Saturday at 2 p.m.

DBJ Dance Crew Auditions

Charles Pratt Hall, O'Connor Commons

DBJ Dance Crew will be holding auditions for the upcoming season! All Five College students / alumni are welcome!

DBJ Dance Crew is a K-pop dance crew based in the Five Colleges with many different ethnic backgrounds. DBJ Dance Crew members utilize their unique backgrounds and styles to bring a great mix of musicality, cultural diversity and unique personalities to the stage, and to consistently entertain the audience to the fullest. It is DBJ Dance Crew’s goal to provide the Five College students with an experience in hip-hop, choreographed pop and other forms of dance. DBJ Dance Crew also strives to promote school spirit, activity and involvement through performances both on-campus and out in the community. The DBJ Dance crew strive to be the best quality performers and to provide the best entertainment possible. They perform at several college events.

DBJ Dance Crew Auditions

Charles Pratt Hall, O'Connor Commons

DBJ Dance Crew will be holding auditions for the upcoming season! All Five College students / alumni are welcome!
DBJ Dance Crew is a K-pop dance crew based in the Five Colleges with many different ethnic backgrounds. DBJ Dance Crew members utilize their unique backgrounds and styles to bring a great mix of musicality, cultural diversity and unique personalities to the stage, and to consistently entertain the audience to the fullest. It is DBJ Dance Crew’s goal to provide the Five College students with an experience in hip-hop, choreographed pop and other forms of dance. DBJ Dance Crew also strives to promote school spirit, activity and involvement through performances both on-campus and out in the community. The DBJ Dance crew strive to be the best quality performers and to provide the best entertainment possible. They perform at several college events.

Choreography:
You will be given the choice of learning choreography from either a girl or boy group, and we will teach you three to four 8-counts of choreography for each type. (Can't decide which will best showcase your skills? Do both!) The girl group choreography will be taught first, followed by choreography from a boy group.

Freestyle / Prepared dance (optional):
For those that want to show us more, you can come prepared with a dance (it doesn't have to be a K-pop; any style is welcomed) or show us your freestyle. Please bring your own music on an iPod or phone if you choose to show us a prepared dance.

Any questions? Visit our Facebook event page!

We look forward to meeting you all!
DBJ Dance Crew

**note: Anybody that is neither auditioning nor a current DBJ member WILL be asked to step outside the room for the duration of the audition.

Adjunct Recital: Delores Thayer, viola

Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

Viola Recital, Delores Thayer

The Amherst College Department of Music presents a viola faculty recital Saturday, September 12, at 7 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

Violist Delores Thayer plays a varied program of French, American, and Argentinian viola music of the 19th and 20th centuries. Solo viola works include Capriccio by Henri Vieuxtemps of the 19th century Franco-Belgian school, Suite for Viola Alone by the New England composer Quincy Porter and Polygraph, which is a musical rendition of truth telling written by Amherst College faculty composer Eric Sawyer. Joining her for Vieuxtemps Elegie and the rhythmic and colorful Le Grand Tango by the Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla is Amherst alumnus and Dartmouth College pianist Gregory Hayes. Cellist Phil Helzer joins for Duett (Scherzo) by the German/ New England composer Paul Hindemith, Lullaby and Grotesque by the English/American composer Rebecca Clarke, and for an arrangement of the famous Oblivion by Piazzolla.

For more information about this concert, contact the Amherst College Concert Office at 413/542-2195 or concerts@amherst.edu.

White line drawing of a ship against a background of multicolored paint

"Pericles, Prince of Tyre"

North Carolina Stage Company brings Shakespeare’s Pericles to Amherst's Holden Theater for one weekend only. Pericles is an epic story of one man’s quest to solve a riddle — a quest that takes him on a high-seas odyssey, complete with shipwrecks, assassins, pirates, romance and the heartbreaking story of a family torn apart. The production is the creation of director Ron Bashford and the NC Stage cast, who worked together to create an imaginative, five-actor version that the Asheville Citizen-Times called “a spectacular experience of cutting-edge theater.”

Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended; call (413) 542-2277. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with an additional matinee performance on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Wilder Observatory

Observatory Public Viewing

The Wilder Observatory on Snell Street is free and open to all, starting at 9 p.m. every Saturday from April through October, with the telescope being used on clear evenings. See (if they're in the sky at the time) the moon, planets, asteroids, comets, multiple stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more through the large, world-class refractor telescope. Students, faculty, staff, community members, family and friends are welcome. Weekend programs are provided in partnership with the Astronomy Association and Tom Whitney (tom@astronomyassociation.org).

Sun, Sep 13, 2015

Freshman A cappella Showcase 2015

This is the first a cappella event of the year. All 6 groups (The Bluestockings, The DQ, Route 9, The Sabrinas, TI and The Zumbyes) will each perform a 3-song set to give new students a taste of what each group has to offer. Audition sheets will go up directly after in Arms Music Hall, as well as singing in freshman dorms.

Jazz Faculty Performance

The members of the Adjunct Jazz Faculty at Amherst College come together to present a concert on Sunday, September 13 at 4pm in Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College. This free concert will feature music composed by the performers as well as other standard and non-standard jazz selections.

Included on stage will be Claire Arenius (drums), Joe Belmont (guitar), Carl Clements (saxophones), Geoff Cunningham (trumpet), Ann Maggs (vocals), David Picchi (bass), and Eugene Uman (piano). Assistant Professor of Music Jason Robinson (saxophones) and Director of Jazz Performance Bruce Diehl (saxophones) will round out the performer line-up.

Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

Mon, Sep 14, 2015

German Table

German Table

Enjoy chatting informally with other students who have returned from abroad, the German language assistants, German faculty members and other native speakers.

Join us on the Mezzanine of Valentine Dining Hall every Monday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tue, Sep 15, 2015

Kaffeeklatsch

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!

Thu, Sep 17, 2015

Screenshot from "Der ganz große Traum," showing a man kicking a ball indoors

German Film Series: "Der ganz große Traum"

Two screenings, at 4 and 7:30 p.m.

Lessons of a Dream (Sebastian Grobler, 2011; 105 min.)
Daniel Brühl (Good Bye, Lenin!) stars as a high school teacher in late-19th-century Germany who is determined to introduce a newfangled sport from England-- soccer --to curious enthusiastic kids and stubbornly skeptical authorities.