Event Calendar

Today - Wed, Oct 26, 2016

Latin American Film Series, Fall 2016: "Lucía"

"Lucía" (Humberto Solás, Cuba, 1968, parts 1 and 3)
7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, Stirn Auditorium

"Lucía" is one of Cuba’s most beloved films of all time, a tryptich that interprets the island nation’s historical development through the lives of three strong female protagonists: an aristocratic Lucía living in 1895, during Cuba’s war of independence against Spain; a bourgeois Lucia in the 1930s, during Machado’s dictatorship; and a working-class Lucía, in the early years of the Revolution.

In Spanish with English subtitles

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Embrace of the Serpent

Directed by Ciro Guerra. 125 minutes. Not Rated. Cubeo, Huitoto, Ticuna, Guarano, Ocaina, Spanish, Portuguese and others with subtitles.

At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in Embrace of the Serpent, the third feature by Ciro Guerra.

Filmed in stunning black-and-white, Serpent centers on forty years in the life of Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and two scientists who venture into the jungle.

The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant.
Wedneday, October 26 , 7 p.m.

Purchase tickets online in advance at Amherst Cinema website or in person at the box office.

Tickets Required
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WGC Late Night Study Hours!

Join us for silent study hours every Wednesday from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Women and Gender Center! There will be Glazed Donuts!

Tomorrow - Thu, Oct 27, 2016

Periodic Table

11:30 am - 12:30 pm Valentine Dining Hall, front room, to the left of cashier stn.

The Periodic Table will meet Thursday mornings in the front room of Valentine Dining Hall, just to the left of the cashiers. The Periodic Table is an informal meeting of chemistry faculty and students. Please note the weekly meeting time alternates from one week to the other: either 8-9 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Russian Film Series: "Angels of Revolution"

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

Directed by Aleksey Fedorchenko, 2014, 113 minutes

Based on a true story, this film revisits a dark chapter in Soviet history: the forced collectivization of peasants in the 1930s. It follows the mission of four avant-garde artists, for whom aesthetic experimentation is necessarily of a piece with political revolution, to a remote village in the taiga, where they find themselves embroiled in a very different kind of uprising.

Our Film Series this semester commemorates the 25th anniversary of the political events that took place in the USSR in August of 1991 and led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. These films offer us an opportunity to examine dissent as a social, political and artistic phenomenon in its private and public dimensions, during the Soviet era and in post-Soviet spaces.

Veterans' Creative Writing Group

Come write with others and share. Founded by veterans, this open and variable group offers a great way to develop your individual voice. We meet every Thursday in the Writing Center, 6:45-8 p.m.. Facilitated by Roy Andrews, writing associate. Learn more about the group, and RSVP if you plan to attend. Open to all members of the Amherst College community. Previous creative writing experience is not required and participants may come regularly or drop in occasionally.

Research Your Options - Mellon Seminar Information Session

An information session for the 2017 Mellon Tutorial program will take place Thursday, October 27 in Frost Library.
Faculty and Mellon Scholars students will share their past experiences, announce this spring's courses, describe the summer research program and answer your questions.
Pizza will be available.
Mellon Tutorial Courses are open to all Sophomores and Juniors.

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Info Session for 100 Projects for Peace: $10,000 Grant for Summer 2017

Do you have an idea for a project to build peace and community? Promote economic opportunity? Bring people together across difference? Promote humanity through art and music? Learn more about applying for a $10,000 grant to implement your project in Summer 2017 through the 100 Projects for Peace program. Drop-in info sessions on Tues, Oct 25 from 5:00-7:00pm and Thurs, Oct 27 from 7:00-9:00pm in the Center for Community Engagement. For more information, email Megan Lyster in the CCE: mlyster@amherst.edu



Directed by Ron Bashford

A country at war is led by a tyrant. A single woman stands against him, demanding justice for her brother. The Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance presents Antigone, by the ancient Greek playwright Sophocles, in a version by the great German director and playwright, Bertolt Brecht. Brecht’s version of Sophocles’ tale of oppression and personal sacrifice offered an incisive look at the dangers of authoritarianism when it was performed in Europe just after World War II. Re-conceived for today’s audiences by faculty director Ron Bashford and an ensemble cast of students, Antigone raises questions as relevant today as they were when Brecht re-discovered Sophocles’ two-thousand-year-old tragedy.

Caution: Thesis Writing in Process

Weekly Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry (2nd fl.)

Thesis writers, set yourself up to succeed this year by joining fellow students to write together regularly. Research and experience show us that most of us write more productively when we commit to a regular writing schedule and when we write among others. Find motivation and support among fellow thesis writers at the Weekly Thesis Write-in. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Sponsored by the Writing Center and Library.

Students Only

Intro to Networking and Informational Interviews

Networking is a critical skill in the job search process. More than 70% of people get hired for their jobs as a result of networking. In this workshop you'll learn how to create and build authentic network connections, as well as make the most of relationships you already have. We'll also focus on how you can use informational interviews as a critical networking tool. No matter where you are in your career development process, it's never too early (or too late) to start working on your network!

This workshop satisfies the networking milestone for sophomores participating in APEX.

Explo Information Session

Explo is now hiring for Summer 2017! Explo is an academic summer program for elementary, middle and high schoolers that encourages learning through exploration. It is a dynamic and fun learning community that brings together people from all over the world! If you love working with students and learning for the sake of learning, want to acquire valuable skills that you’ll never gain from most internships and earn money, this is an awesome opportunity for you!

Come to the info session:
Paino Lecture Hall
Thursday, October 27
8 p.m.

If you want to learn more but cannot make the info session, contact Zoe Kayton ’18 at zkayton18@amherst.edu.

Students Only
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Jazz@Schwemm's featuring FlavaEvolution

Celebrating its 10th year in existence, the exciting Jazz@Schwemm's series will continue in October with four consecutive Thursday concerts. Join us on Oct. 27 for the perennial favorite FlavaEvolution (featuring our esteemed bass teacher and combo coach David Picchi) and joined by student combos Mingus and Shine. As always, this is a free performance and open to the public at 9 p.m. in Schwemm's Cafe Back Room in Keefe Campus Center.

Thanks to the Office of Student Activities and Jazz@Amherst for the generous support.

Fri, Oct 28, 2016


Family Weekend

Running from Friday through Sunday, October 28 - 30, Family Weekend is a great opportunity for families of current students to visit campus and learn more about Amherst College.

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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 or community member. No need to RSVP. Show up just as you are on Tuesdays and Fridays at 6:30 a.m. to the Val lobby.

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Microsoft Office 2013/2016 Word Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts Beginner/Intermediate Level

You must register to attend this training workshop. Clicking "Add to Calendar" does not register you for the training, just saves the meeting to your calendar. Use the registration link provided to sign up for the workshop.

This 2-hour workshop will provide helpful and time saving tips, tricks and shortcuts for using Microsoft Office Word efficiently. The presenter will work in Windows version Office 2013 and mention what is new and different in Windows and Mac versions Office 2016.

The level of this training is beginner. Intermediate users also may find useful information about features and shortcuts that are new to them and learn about new features or changes introduced with versions 2013 and 2016.

Spanish Table

Spanish Table is held every Friday, from 12 - 2 p.m., in the mezzanine level of Valentine Dining Hall. Students, faculty and staff of all Spanish speaking levels meet weekly over lunch to enjoy using the Spanish language in an informal atmosphere.

Valeria Espinosa of Google: "Did the Military Interventions in the Mexican Drug War Increase Violence?"

We analyze publicly available data to estimate the causal effect of military interventions on the homicide rates in certain problematic regions in Mexico. We use the Rubin Causal Model (Rubin 1974) to compare the post-intervention homicide rate in each intervened region to the hypothetical homicide rate for that same year had the military intervention not taken place. Because the effect of a military intervention is not confined to the municipality subject to the intervention, a nonstandard definition of units is necessary to measure plausibly the causal effect of the intervention under the standard no-interference assumptions of SUTVA. Donor pools for each missing potential outcome under no intervention are created, thereby allowing for the estimation of unit level causal effects. A multiple imputation approach accounts for the uncertainty about the missing potential outcomes.

Food for Thought: Lunch with Taina Bien-Aime P'20, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women

Taina Bien-Aimé has over two decades of experience defending the rights of women and girls at the national and global level. Prior to her position as executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), Taina was the executive director of Women's City Club of New York, an advocacy organization that helps shape policy in New York. She was a founding board member of Equality Now, an international human rights organization working to promote the human rights of women and girls, and served as its general counsel (2000-2001) and subsequently, its executive director (2001-2011).

Taina was also director of business affairs/film acquisitions at Home Box Office (1996-2000) and practiced international corporate law at the Wall Street law firm, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (1992-1996). Taina holds a Juris Doctor from NYU School of Law where she received the Vanderbilt Medal. She earned a license in political science from the University of Geneva/Graduate School of International Studies in Switzerland. She sits on the board of the New York Women’s Foundation and on the New York City Mayoral Commission on Gender Equity.

Taina has extensive public speaking and media experience, including with the New York Times, Associated Press, Reuters, CNN, the Amanpour Show and many other print and television outlets. She is also a contributor to the Huffington Post.

Lunch from The Works Bakery Café will be provided. Space is limited, RSVP in Quest.

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Life Stories lunch with Manuela Picq, "Chronicle of a life not foretold"

Manuela Picq, Karl Loewenstein Fellow and visiting associate professor of political science will speak at the Life Stories series on Friday, October 31. This series provides a forum for the Amherst community to get to know each other outside of our professional and academic roles. At each lunch, a student, faculty or staff member will share a story from their lives, followed by the opportunity for participants to engage in reflection and discussion. Lunch provided. For more information https://www.amherst.edu/mm/440084

2016-2017 Peer Advocate Faculty Series

Bridging Academics and Activism: A Faculty Discussion Series on Sexual Violencece & Race

Join the Peer Advocates for our year-long faculty discussion series, bridging the gap between academics and activism. This week features Professors Parham and Drabinski discussing how their research relates to gender-based violence and its intersections with race. Q&A will follow. Refreshments from Black Sheep will be served!

Queer Talk

Queer Talk with Dr. Darien & Dr. Deb

3:00 pm Keefe Campus Center, Queer Resource Center, 2nd Floor

Join the Queer Resource Center and out queer counselors, Dr. Darien and Dr. Deb, for a weekly discussion about experiences and topics related to the queer/trans community at Amherst. Queer Talk is at 3 p.m. every Friday in the QRC (2nd floor of Keefe). Snacks will be served.