Event Calendar

Today - Tue, Jan 23, 2018

Information Session for Junior Physics & Astronomy Majors

Information Session for Junior Physics & Astronomy majors beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Student Lounge/116 Merrill. This will be an informational meeting for all juniors where we will discuss how to go about applying to graduate school and options and procedures for honors thesis projects. Pizza will be served.

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.

Tomorrow - Wed, Jan 24, 2018

Russian Table

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 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays on the Mezzanine level in Valentine Dining Hall. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Loeb Center program director for careers in business and finance, for a weekly, informal discussion on any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday from noon - 1 p.m. in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Hall. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!

Amherst Debate Society Interest Meeting

Come check out Amherst Debate Society and get information about our plans for second semester. We're looking for new members and would love for people to join! There will be wings and other food!

Students Only

Thu, Jan 25, 2018

Peace Corps Information Table

Can't make tonight's Peace Corps information session? Stop by our information table in Keefe for a quick chat with East Region recruiter Adam Housh — who also served as a Volunteer in Armenia from 2012-15 — to learn more about the Peace Corps' mission, how its programs are structured, what service opportunities are currently available and how undergraduate students can successfully apply for them.

The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated change-makers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation. The agency's volunteer program is often called life-defining by the more than 220,000 Americans who have served.

Volunteers are offered the chance to fully integrate into a host country community, where they will live and work on projects ranging from education to business development. Volunteers receive a living allowance that allows them to live in a manner similar to the local people in that community. The Peace Corps also provides complete medical and dental care and covers the cost of transportation to and from that country of service.

Overall, the Peace Corps' mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:
– To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
– To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
– To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Thumbnail image showing a CGI rendering of a DNA helix

"Amherst Leads: Healthcare Policy, Careers and Science" - Fink Bioscience Symposium

Established in 2009 in honor of Gerald R. Fink ’62, the annual Fink Bioscience Symposium enables students who aspire to careers in healthcare policy, medicine and bioscience research to interact with Amherst alumni who are leaders in these fields. This year's symposium will feature topics including healthcare policy and careers, and the science behind them. Recent Amherst College alumni Niyi Odewade '17 and Emily Jackson '13 are scheduled to speak, among others. The Keynote address will be given by esteemed molecular biologist and professor of genetics at Harvard, Gary Ruvkun. Ruvkun is the recipient of the Lasker Award and Gruber Prize.

The symposium includes a dinner with the keynote address; registration is required. Please see the Fink Symposium website for registration, a full list of speakers and schedule: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/553184

The Fink Bioscience Symposium is sponsored and directed by the members of the Amherst College Class of 1962 and is managed by the office of Conferences and Special Events.

Tickets Required

Amherst College Fellowships Reception

Are you considering graduate school, conducting research or traveling abroad after you graduate?

Allen Hart, Faculty Diversity & Inclusion Officer, and Carter McClintock, Fellowships Coordinator, will discuss fellowships to support your postgraduate endeavors. We will focus on Amherst College Fellowships, which fund graduate school and independent study of the arts, and provide information on national fellowships. Applications for Amherst College Fellowships are open now and due February 10. Please join us and learn about the opportunities at your fingertips!

Snacks will be provided.

Students Only

The Peace Corps — Service Opportunities Information Session

The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated change-makers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation. The agency's volunteer program is often called life-defining by the more than 220,000 Americans who have served.

Volunteers are offered the chance to fully integrate into a host country community, where they will live and work on projects ranging from education to business development. Volunteers receive a living allowance that allows them to live in a manner similar to the local people in that community. The Peace Corps also provides complete medical and dental care and covers the cost of transportation to and from that country of service.

Overall, the Peace Corps' mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:
– To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
– To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
– To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

In this information session, join Peace Corps East Region recruiter Adam Housh — who also served as a Volunteer in Armenia from 2012-15 — to learn more about the Peace Corps' mission, how its programs are structured, what service opportunities are currently available and how undergraduate students can successfully apply for them.

Full-Time & Internship Opportunities at Clarion Healthcare Consulting

Clarion Healthcare, a life sciences strategy consulting firm in downtown Boston, is seeking intellectually curious, highly analytical, team-oriented individuals eager to roll up their sleeves and help pharmaceutical and biotech clients address their most important strategic and organizational challenges.

The firm is now accepting applications for both full-time associate and summer 2018 internship positions, and and representatives will be holding interviews on campus early next month! A background in science and/or economics is not required, but a clear and demonstrated interest in the life sciences and/or healthcare is essential.

Working side-by-side with colleagues at all levels, associates and summer interns will sharpen quantitative skills through immediate exposure to a range of business problems. You’ll become closely familiar with the particular challenges faced by the life sciences industry, and you’ll learn the foundation of consulting — to identify both the right questions and the best answers — hands on.

Join representatives, including recent alum Shelton Cochran '16, to learn more about this firm and its open full-time associate and internship opportunities.

Fri, Jan 26, 2018

Study Sustainability at Columbia University's Earth Institute

Passionate about sustainability? Interested in studying climate change and environmental policy after graduation? Columbia University’s Earth Institute blends research in the physical and social sciences, education and practical solutions to help guide the world onto a path toward sustainability.

The people who make up the Earth Institute are earth scientists, economists, business and policy experts, specialists in public health and law, researchers, teachers and students. The institute comprises more than two dozen research centers and several hundred people who collaborate across many disciplines and schools at the university.

In this session, Earth Institute program manager Avantika Goswami will shed light on some of its graduate program offerings, both at the Master's and Ph.D. level. Some of these programs include: M.S. in Sustainability Management, M.P.A. in Environmental Science and Policy, M.A. in Climate and Society, M.P.H. or Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences, M.A. in Conservation Biology, M.S. in Earth Resources Engineering, Ph.D. in Sustainable Development, Ph.D./Eng.Sc.D. in Earth and Environmental Engineering and Ph.D. in Ecological and Evolutionary Biology.

Image Reads: The Beloved Community an Interfaith Service Friday, January 26 at 7 p.m. in Chapin Chapel with Reverend Tim Jones '04

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: Beloved Community Interfaith Service

Join us for a weekend celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. beginning with an interfaith service led by the Rev. Timothy Jones '04 on Friday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. in Chapin Chapel.

Urinetown: The Musical

Urinetown: The Musical

The Amherst Musical presents the satirical musical comedy Urinetown. With music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book by Greg Kotis, Urinetown narrates the tale of a group of young rebels banded together against an oppressive capitalist system.

Set in a world where a corporation has outlawed the use of private bathrooms and charges people to use public amenities, Urinetown raises questions on the nature of limited resources and unlimited wants while highlighting a seemingly unsolvable problem that is arguably more relevant today than ever before. In the show, anyone found breaking the law against the use of private bathrooms is exiled to the mysterious and secretive Urinetown, never to be seen again. However, Bobby, a lowly janitor at Public Amenity #9, falls madly in love with corporate tycoon Cladwell’s sincere and well-intentioned daughter, Hope, and must sort out where his true beliefs lie. Constantly facing political corruption, Officer Lockstock’s brutal police force and Caldwell B. Cladwell’s greedy corporate dominance, Bobby and the rebellion must fight for their freedom to consume the town’s water supply as they please.

Tickets are FREE for Five College students and staff, $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children under 12. Reserve your tickets.

Part of the proceeds of our production will go towards the international nonprofit foundation “Water for People” which helps people in rural parts of developing countries achieve greater access to drinkable water and sanitation facilities.

Tickets Required
Juilliard Quartet, seating and playing their instruments

M@A Chamber Series: Juilliard Quartet

Haydn: String Quartet in G minor, Op 74, No 3 ("Rider")
Mozart: String Quartet in D Minor, K. 421
Bartók: String Quartet No. 5, Sz. 102, BB 110

Founded in 1946, the ever-evolving Juilliard String Quartet has become a living American legend. Widely known as the “quintessential American string quartet,” the Juilliard has been recognized for the boldness of its interpretation of the classics, with an equal and parallel tradition of championing the new — a vibrant combination of the familiar and the daring. The Quartet’s sound is famously characterized by clarity of structure, compelling rhythmic drive and an extraordinary unanimity of purpose, no matter the work at hand.

"The Juilliard’s bracing, rhythmically adept performance evoked a mechanism of interlocking parts, meticulously built to create a single, strong gesture." --The Boston Globe

Single event tickets go on sale two weeks before each performance:
Please use the online service at no extra charge, where you will be able to see which seats are available for you. Tickets will be at the evening box office for you after you purchase:

https://amherst.universitytickets.com

Chamber Series:
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students, with valid ID: $12
Free Amherst Student Rush tickets are available when the box office opens an hour before showtime.

Tickets are nonrefundable, and programs and dates are subject to change. Buckley Recital Hall has limited wheelchair-accessible seating.

For further information, please contact the Concert Office at (413) 542-2195 or concerts@amherst.edu.

A complete list of upcoming events can be found on the Amherst College Music Department website at www.amherst.edu/go/music.

Tickets Required

Sat, Jan 27, 2018

Image Reads: The Beloved Community Symposium, Saturday January 27th 2018 at 12:00PM in Johnson Chapel with Sonia Sanchez

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Symposium: "Beloved Community"

Join us for a weekend celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the second annual Legacy Symposium, on Saturday, Jan. 27, at noon in Johnson Chapel, featuring keynote speaker Sonia Sanchez, who will be speaking on this year's theme of "Beloved Community."

Immediately following the keynote address, there will be a reception in the Keefe Campus Center atrium.

This event is free and open to the public. For accessibility/accommodations, contact MRC@amherst.edu or call (413) 542-5372

Urinetown: The Musical

Urinetown: The Musical

The Amherst Musical presents the satirical musical comedy Urinetown. With music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book by Greg Kotis, Urinetown narrates the tale of a group of young rebels banded together against an oppressive capitalist system.

Set in a world where a corporation has outlawed the use of private bathrooms and charges people to use public amenities, Urinetown raises questions on the nature of limited resources and unlimited wants while highlighting a seemingly unsolvable problem that is arguably more relevant today than ever before. In the show, anyone found breaking the law against the use of private bathrooms is exiled to the mysterious and secretive Urinetown, never to be seen again. However, Bobby, a lowly janitor at Public Amenity #9, falls madly in love with corporate tycoon Cladwell’s sincere and well-intentioned daughter, Hope, and must sort out where his true beliefs lie. Constantly facing political corruption, Officer Lockstock’s brutal police force and Caldwell B. Cladwell’s greedy corporate dominance, Bobby and the rebellion must fight for their freedom to consume the town’s water supply as they please.

Tickets are FREE for Five College students and staff, $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children under 12. Reserve your tickets.

Part of the proceeds of our production will go towards the international nonprofit foundation “Water for People” which helps people in rural parts of developing countries achieve greater access to drinkable water and sanitation facilities.

Tickets Required

Sun, Jan 28, 2018

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TIPS Training

Sign-ups are now open for the first TIPS training of the semester! All students who wish to serve alcohol at Commencement Celebrations or during Reunion are required to pass an Amherst College on-premise TIPS Training. Online certifications cannot be accepted. Registration is required; request a space in the class using the link below.

What is TIPS Training? TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) is the global leader in education and training for the responsible service, sale and consumption of alcohol. Proven effective by third-party studies, TIPS is a skills-based training program that is designed to prevent intoxication, underage drinking and drunk driving.

Students Only Tickets Required
Urinetown: The Musical

Urinetown: The Musical

The Amherst Musical presents the satirical musical comedy Urinetown. With music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book by Greg Kotis, Urinetown narrates the tale of a group of young rebels banded together against an oppressive capitalist system.

Set in a world where a corporation has outlawed the use of private bathrooms and charges people to use public amenities, Urinetown raises questions on the nature of limited resources and unlimited wants while highlighting a seemingly unsolvable problem that is arguably more relevant today than ever before. In the show, anyone found breaking the law against the use of private bathrooms is exiled to the mysterious and secretive Urinetown, never to be seen again. However, Bobby, a lowly janitor at Public Amenity #9, falls madly in love with corporate tycoon Cladwell’s sincere and well-intentioned daughter, Hope, and must sort out where his true beliefs lie. Constantly facing political corruption, Officer Lockstock’s brutal police force and Caldwell B. Cladwell’s greedy corporate dominance, Bobby and the rebellion must fight for their freedom to consume the town’s water supply as they please.

Tickets are FREE for Five College students and staff, $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children under 12. Reserve your tickets.

Part of the proceeds of our production will go towards the international nonprofit foundation “Water for People” which helps people in rural parts of developing countries achieve greater access to drinkable water and sanitation facilities.

Tickets Required

Mon, Jan 29, 2018

MCAT Study Group

Are you preparing for medical school and taking the MCAT this winter or spring? Come join other Amherst students and study with your peers on Monday evenings! Drop-in when you can. Some MCAT resources and snacks will be available. This event is sponsored by the health professions office at the Loeb center for career exploration and planning.

Tue, Jan 30, 2018

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.

Event poster with an image of Steven E. Aschheim standing at a podium

"The Dialectic of Enlightenment Revisited": Talk by Steven E. Aschheim

6:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

Intellectual and cultural historian Steven E. Aschheim (Hebrew University, Jerusalem) will present a lecture on "The Dialectic of Enlightenment Revisited." In his lecture, Aschheim will critically interrogate Adorno and Horkheimer's much-admired 1944 "Dialectic of Enlightenment," addressing its contextual and ideological origins, its philosophical biases and theoretical assumptions and the nature of its emphases and omissions as the work sought to grasp the barbarism of the time. He will also highlight a rather overlooked publication detail which ideally should have given the authors pause to somewhat revise their provocative views and positions, but in practice did not.

Aschheim is the author of Brothers and Strangers: The East European Jew in German and German Jewish Consciousness, 1800-1923 (1982), The Nietzsche Legacy in Germany 1890-1990 (1993), Culture and Catastrophe: German and Jewish Confrontations With National Socialism and Other Crises (1996), In Times of Crisis: Essays on European Culture, Germans and Jews (2000), Scholem, Arendt, Klemperer: Intimate Chronicles in Turbulent Times (2001), Beyond the Border: The German-Jewish Legacy Abroad (2007) and At the Edges of Liberalism: Junctions of European, German and Jewish History (2012).

Reclaim Childhood: Spend a Summer Empowering Refugee Girls Through Sport

Reclaim Childhood (RC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Amman, Jordan, that seeks to empower refugee girls and local women through sport and play.

Sport is a language spoken by everyone, and RC's founders believe sport has the power to inspire confidence, hope and ambition. With that in mind, Reclaim Childhood operates regular after-school sports leagues, a month-long summer camp for girls ages 8–16 and coaching clinics for local adult women. Team-oriented games at all levels provide the psycho-social support necessary to improve self-esteem, strengthen peer relationships and foster leadership.

RC's beneficiary base is diverse and includes Syrian, Iraqi and Jordanian nationals, among others. By encouraging youth from different parts of the region to focus on their similarities, RC aims to encourage valuable, cross-cultural and inter-community dialogue.

Recent research from the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Economic Forum shows female education is one of the key ingredients to a nation’s success. Educating women leads to a more productive workforce, higher wages, smaller families and reduces maternal and child mortality rates. In short, education makes for a healthier, safer life. For these reasons, Reclaim Childhood also works closely with beneficiaries and their families to help women navigate life off the playing field, helping families identify and apply for academic scholarships and continuing to support the student and family once enrolled.

In this information session, U.S. operations coordinator Maddie Ulanow will share more information about Reclaim Childhood's mission, how the program is structured and how students can successfully apply for its open opportunities, namely its Summer 2018 Internship Program.

Wed, Jan 31, 2018

Russian Table

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 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays on the Mezzanine level in Valentine Dining Hall. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!