Event Calendar

Today - Sun, Feb 25, 2018

coffee mug reading "Caution: Thesis Writing in Progress"

Merrill Thesis Write-In

Every Sunday night, the Writing Center and Library reserve the large classroom in the Science Library to students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, tea, and camaraderie. Join the group Sundays from 8-11 in Merrill 300A (Science Library) or Thursdays from 8-11 p.m. in the CHI (Frost Library).

Students Only

Tomorrow - Mon, Feb 26, 2018

German Table

German Table

Enjoy informal conversations with students who have studied in Germany, the German faculty members, the German language assistants and other native speakers.

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Flr.

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The conference room is just inside the main entrance, on the right hand side. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday and Tuesday from noon - 1 p.m., and Fridays from 1 - 2 p.m.

amie & reggie

Boundaries Between Bodies Workshop

Boundaries Between Bodies brings artists Reggie Daniels and Amie Dowling to facilitate workshops and present projects that are striving to begin a collective process of political struggle where inside and outside artists are working side by side for a transformation that addresses the legacies of racism, segregation, disenfranchisement and mass incarceration.

This workshop is designed for people who are curious about community-engaged performance practices and how those practices can address critical systemic issues facing our communities. For over a decade, facilitators Reggie Daniels and Amie Dowling have collaborated on performance and film projects focusing on the eradication of mass incarceration.

The workshop will consider questions such as: What can artists offer to combat today’s climate of injustice? How does deficit thinking shape projects, and what can be done about it? How can performance projects build beneficial community relationships?

The workshop is free for Five College students. Wear clothing you can move in, bring a notebook and something to write with!

Stack of books

Monday Afternoon Study Space - SWAGS Common Room

Come study in the Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies common room! Join us every Monday except for March 12, which is Spring Recess. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Students Only

Japanese Language Table

Join us to practice your Japanese on Thursday evenings. Anyone is welcome to join the Japanese Language Table for all or just part of the time we are there.

Writing Center Creative Writing Group

The Writing Center's Creative Writing Group is open to all Amherst College students. All levels of creative writing experience are welcome. At each meeting a creative writing challenge will be offered with time to work on it. This will be followed by an opportunity for everyone to share their creations and respond to others. Refreshments will be served.

The group will meet every Monday evening, beginning February 5. Writers are welcome to make a weekly commitment or to join us on an occasional basis. However, because seating is limited, kindly R.S.V.P. below if you plan to attend.

This event is led by Roy Andrews, writing associate, and Gwyneth Lewis '20E, student coordinator.

Students Only

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.

First Year Loeb Seminar: Making Mammoth Plans

First years, let's think summer! Whether you have plans or not, we can help you make the most of your summer. It all starts with "Making Mammoth Plans," the Loeb Center's spring seminar for first year students.

What to look forward to in the seminar:

– Help determining what you want to do over the summer
– In-depth information about how to pursue internships, summer jobs, research, summer abroad, volunteering, and job shadowing
– Time to create a plan of action to accomplish your own unique summer goals

RSVP in QUEST as space is limited. RSVP by clicking on the left column “Info Sessions/ Workshops” and then “Workshops.” You can either use the keyword search or scroll down, and then select “First Year Loeb Seminar: Making Mammoth Plans." Click “RSVP," and you are all set!

Hermione Hoby

Fiction Reading: Hermione Hoby

Ann Patchett calls Hermione Hoby “a writer of extreme intelligence, insight, style and beauty” and says, of her brand-new debut novel, Neon in Daylight, “Hermione Hoby paints a garish world that drew me in and held me spellbound. She is a marvel." Hoby writes about culture, especially books, film, music and gender, for numerous publications, for which she has interviewed such actors, writers and pop stars as Toni Morrison, Meryl Streep and Naomi Campbell. She also writes the Stranger of the Week column at The Awl. Hoby grew up in South London and currently lives in Brooklyn. The event will be followed by refreshments.

French Film Screening: "Ma Vie de Courgette" (2016)

8:00 pm King Hall, French House Common Room

"Ma vie de Courgette" is a stop motion adult animated comedy-drama film, directed by Claude Barras. After losing his mother, a young boy nicknamed Courgette is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love. The story soars with laughter, sorrow and joy, and stands as a testament to the resilience of the human heart. Ma vie de Courgette received 12 awards at different film festivals.
The film will be screened in French with English subtitles.
Snacks and refreshments will be served!

Beyond El Campo Summer Internship Information Session

Looking for an amazing summer internship opportunity? Learn more about the opportunity to work in Santa Cruz de Leon Cortes in Costa Rica as an intern for Beyond el Campo - a program run through Reader to Reader - and have your questions and concerns addressed by two seniors who have completed this internship. This 6-8 week internship is the perfect opportunity to travel and enhance your Spanish, all while implementing programs and projects designed to empower students and people in Santa Cruz in their pursuit of quality education. We will help anyone interested navigate application logistics; funding is available! We hope to see you there!

Students Only

Tue, Feb 27, 2018

Study Abroad with Spanish Studies

Spanish Studies Abroad has hosted programs in Seville (since 1969), Alicante and Barcelona, Spain, as well as Córdoba, Argentina, San Juan, Puerto Rico and Havana, Cuba. We offer both English and Spanish courses and semester, short term and summer term study abroad options in these locations. We strive to offer academic excellence while providing students with continued support throughout their journey abroad.

Students Only

SEA Semester Information Table

SEA Semester is the leading off-campus Environmental Studies program focused on the ocean. While the academic focus varies, each program offers an interconnected suite of courses designed to explore a specific ocean-related theme using a cross-disciplinary approach. We look for motivated undergraduates of all majors who are passionate about learning, inspired to tackle and address real-world problems and eager to become part of an unparalleled living and learning community. Ready to have an adventure with a purpose? Stop by our information table or email jeckstein@sea.edu for more information!

Students Only
Image of Black Panther with text "Black Panther Discussion with the MRC." Lunch at 11:30 in the Friedmann Room. Tuesday, February 27, 2018. For accessibility/accommodations contact mrc@amherst.edu or call (413) 542-5372.

Black Panther Discussion with the MRC

Join the MRC and Residential Life for lunch and a discussion of "Black Panther" at 11:30 in the Friedmann Room on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. For accessibility and accommodations, contact mrc@amherst.edu or call (413) 542-5372.

Black Panther Discussion with the MRC

Black Panther Discussion

Join the MRC and Residential Life for lunch and a discussion of "Black Panther."

Lunch at 11:30 - 1 in the Friedmann Room.
For accessibility/accommodations contact mrc@amherst.edu or call (413) 542-5372.

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Flr.

Bring your lunch from Val and practice your Chinese. The conference room is just inside the main entrance, on the right hand side. The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday and Tuesday from noon - 1 p.m., and Fridays from 1 - 2 p.m.

Northeastern Graduate Admissions Information Table

Stop by the Keefe Campus Center atrium to meet with Elizabeth Bollino, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions at Northeastern University. At her information table, Amherst students can learn more about programs offered within Northeastern's Professional Advancement Network, ask questions about the school's graduate application process and get a better sense of which program fits their professional goals.

Zotero Workshop

Want to make your research process more organized and efficient? Attend a one-hour tutorial to get started with Zotero! Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. If you're interested but can't make it to this workshop, see the full workshop schedule below or make an individual appointment.

office hours

Weekly Office Hours with Huxley or Evie

Canine office hours will be held every Tuesday from 4 - 5 p.m., in the area beside Frost Cafe, staffed by Huxley and Evie on alternating weeks. Drop in for some canine affection and advice. If the weather is nice, this event will move to the lawn in front of Frost Library.

Associate Professor Tanya Zelevinsky from Columbia University: "Ultracold Molecules as Quantum Clocks"

Laser cooling is a tool that allows physicists to obtain samples of atoms, and even molecules, near the temperature of absolute zero-- colder than anything we observe in the universe. We describe the ideas behind laser cooling of atoms and using them as building blocks for diatomic molecules at ultracold temperatures. The atoms or molecules can be trapped and exquisitely probed with lasers, serving as extremely precise quantum oscillators, or “clocks.” These systems are useful for measurements in fundamental physics, as well as for studies of quantum optics and chemistry.

Daily Life on Athenian Vases - John Oakley, College of William and Mary

John is the Chancellor Professor and Forrest D. Murden, Jr. Professor of Classical Studies at the College of William and Mary. A classical archaeologist with a specialty in iconography, in particular the iconography of Greek vase paintings, he is the recipient of numerous academic and teaching awards and the author or editor of more than a dozen books. He has been honored by professorships around the world, including a term as the Mellon Professor at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

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.

A woman standing in front of dryers full of laundry with her eyes closed and arms crossed

"The Washing Society"

Filmmaker Lynne Sachs and playwright Lizzie Olesker will be present for a discussion following a screening of their new award-winning film The Washing Society (2018, 44 mins).

When you drop off a bag of dirty laundry, who’s doing the washing and folding? The Washing Society brings us into New York City laundromats and the experiences of the people who work there. A collaboration between filmmaker Lynne Sachs and playwright Lizzie Olesker, the film observes the disappearing public space of the neighborhood laundromat and the continual, intimate labor that happens there. The Washing Society combines interviews and observational moments, re-enactment and choreography to produce a stark yet poetic vision of underpaid work, immigration and the sheer math of doing laundry. Inspired by To ’Joy My Freedom, author Tera Hunter’s depiction of the 1881 organization of African-American laundresses in Atlanta, the filmmakers interweave dirt, skin, lint, stains, money and time into the fabric of their film to create a dreamlike yet hyper-real portrayal of a day in the life of a laundry worker, both past and present.

Ongoing Events

Adventures in Photography Exhibition

During January interterm nine students from Amherst, UMass, Smith, and Mount Holyoke participated in “Adventures in Photography,” an interterm course taught by Joshua Baum and Takudzwa Tapfuma. Over the five-day course, students learned fundamental techniques of digital photography: manual exposure, composition, lighting, and post-production. The class ventured into the field for hands-on excursions to the New England Peace Pagoda, Montague Bookmill and downtown Northampton. The images in this exhibit are a selection of work created during the class.

Thank you to the Department of Art and the History of Art, and the Center for Community Engagement for sponsoring the course, and to Valentine Dining Hall for hosting this exhibition.