Event Calendar

Today - Thu, Oct 20, 2016

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German Film Series: "Pina"

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

(Wim Wenders, 2011; 103 min.)

Stunningly beautiful, multilayered documentary, conceived as a poetic homage to the creative legacy of famed German Tanztheater pioneer Pina Bausch (1940-2009), featuring excerpts from many of her groundbreaking dance pieces.

Event poster featuring Clyde Fitch wearing a dress, wig and makeup

"Clyde Fitch: Amherst's Queer History" Discussion with Author Kevin Lane Dearinger

Join the Queer Resource Center and Archives & Special Collections for an evening celebrating Amherst College's Queer History.

On Thursday, Oct. 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the Queer Resource Center, meet author Kevin Lane Dearinger and hear about his most recent book "Clyde Fitch and the American Theater: An Olive in the Cocktail."

We will hear Kevin discuss his work and learn about the brilliant theatrical artist Clyde Fitch. Refreshments and appetizers will be served. This event is free and open to the Five College and Amherst community.

Clyde Fitch (1865-1909) graduated from Amherst College in 1886 and became the most successful and prolific dramatist of his time, producing nearly 60 plays in a 20-year career. He wrote witty comedies, chaotic farces, homespun dramas, star vehicles, historical works, stark melodramas and adaptations of European successes, but he was best known for his society plays, mirroring themes found in the novels of Henry James and Edith Wharton. In fact, Fitch collaborated with Wharton on a stage adaptation of her "House of Mirth."

He was also a gay man, although that gentler adjective was not the term of his time. He was bullied in school and baited by critics throughout his career for what they supposed of his private life. He responded with impressive strength and integrity. He was, at least for a short time, Oscar Wilde’s lover, and Wilde influenced his early plays, but Fitch’s study of Ibsen and other European dramatists inspired him to pursue the course of naturalism. As he became more successful, he took greater control of the staging and design of his plays. He was a complete man of the theater and among the first names enrolled in New York’s theatrical hall of fame.

Kevin Lane Dearinger is a teacher, actor and author of "The Bard in the Bluegrass: Two Hundred Years of Shakespearean Performance in Lexington, Kentucky" (2007), "Marie Prescott: 'A Star of Some Brilliance' (2009) and the play Regarding Mrs. Carter, the "American Bernhardt." His talk will include an overview of the life of Clyde Fitch as well as the complexity of recovering and reconstructing queer history.

Please email qrc@amherst.edu or call 413-542-5114 about accessibility needs and/or accommodations.

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.

What does Cuba look like to an Amherst College student? How does the media portrayal of Cuba distort the true identity of the country? What do Cubans think about Cuba? Come and join students who have studied abroad in Cuba and students of Cuban descent as we discuss the ins and outs of this dynamic place!

The Study Abroad Office Presents "Cuba: Uncut"

What does Cuba look like to an Amherst College student? How does the media portrayal of Cuba distort the true identity of the country? What do Cubans think about Cuba? Come and join students who have studied abroad in Cuba and students of Cuban descent as we discuss the ins and outs of this dynamic place!

Dance Workshop: Merengue, Salsa, Bachata and more! (Held by the Spanish House)

During this semester, each event of the Spanish House is hosted by a different Spanish speaking country and this week is the Dominican Republic's turn.

Have you always wanted to learn the basics of the most popular Latin dances? This is your chance! You don't need any previous knowledge; we will start from scratch! Join our dance workshop to get your groove on and have some fun! Appetizers and beverages will be served.

The primary purpose of Spanish House events is to encourage the use of the Spanish language and to promote the Hispanic culture among the Amherst community. These events are free and open to anyone–students, faculty, staff or community members. Everyone is expected to speak Spanish!

We hope to see you there!

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
trapped film screening

Feminist Flicks screening of “Trapped”

U.S. reproductive health clinics are fighting to remain open. Since 2010, 288 laws regulating abortion providers have been passed by state legislatures. In total, 44 states and the District of Columbia have measures subjecting abortion providers to legal restrictions not imposed on other medical professionals. Unable to comply with these far-reaching and medically unnecessary laws, clinics have taken their fight to the courts. In 2016, as the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether individual states may, essentially, outlaw abortion (Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt), "Trapped" follows clinic workers and lawyers who are on the front lines of the battle to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women.

Pizza and popcorn will be served

Event poster featuring an image of a coffee cup with musical notes rising from it like steam

Jazz@Schwemm's Featuring Pete Kenagy Quintet

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. 20 for the Boston-based Pete Kenagy Quintet and joined by student combos Travelogue and Hejira. Jazz@Schwemm's is always a free performance and open to the public. Join us at 9 p.m. in the Schwemm's Back Room, Keefe Campus Center.

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

Tomorrow - Fri, Oct 21, 2016

A view from Book & Plow Farm of the Pelham Hills

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.


Come join your Eco-Reps for activities such as roasted cricket taste tests and other fun green games! Complete the activities and talk to some other green groups on campus about their initiatives to earn stickers, cupcakes and entrance into a grand prize raffle! This is also the day to redeem your tickets from the Clothing Swap for new clothes. Come find us on the Val Quad from 11-2 p.m. Friday the October 21!

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.

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"Ideals and Elliptic Curves, or Cryptography Inspired by a Moose" Faculty Colloquium Series: Gregory Call

On Friday, October 21, from noon to 1 p.m., the Faculty Colloquium Series for 2016-17 is sponsoring "Ideals and Elliptic Curves, or Cryptography Inspired by a Moose" presented by Gregory Call, Peter R. Pouncey Professor of Mathematics. This event will take place in the Mullins and Faerber rooms, Lewis-Sebring Commons.

Women of Color Luncheon

Join the Women’s and Gender Center for its monthly Women of Color Luncheon in the WGC on October 21, 2016 from 12-1:30 p.m. This month, we will discuss beauty perceptions and standards around the world. How do women of color interact with these standards in relation to their own identities? Is incorporating rituals from other parts of the world appropriation? We hope to explore how beauty plays into women of color’s lives in beauty stations over nail-painting, body scrub making and sheet masks. Pizza will be served. This event is a closed space for self-identifying women of color.

hari stephen kumar

Spiritual Autobiography with hari stephen kumar

hari stephen kumar, director of instructional and curricular design services, will speak on Friday, Oct. 21 at noon in the Keefe Campus Center McCaffrey Room. kumar's talk is part of a series of staff and faculty talks about their deeply held beliefs and values. Lunch will be provided, and there will be time for questions. Future speakers this semester will be Karen Sanchez-Eppler and Benigno Sanchez-Eppler on Friday, Nov. 4 and Hadley Arkes on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the same time and location. The series is sponsored by the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life.

Julia Ream, standing at a table and examining a document under a light

Materiality at the Mead with Art Conservator Julia A. Ream

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

New discoveries and directions in art are presented in this series of gallery talks focusing on the physical materials artists use.

Friday, Oct. 21, 1–3 p.m. (workshop, students only) and 4–5 p.m. (lecture, open to the public)

Thinking of a career in art conservation? Or just curious about the process and materials involved in conserving art? Julia A. Ream, independent conservator of Asian works on paper, will lead a conservation workshop for students and deliver a lecture on her career trajectory and recent work on manuscripts and paintings from the Middle East and South Asia.

The lecture is open to the public, in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather Hall 115).

The workshop will be held in the William Green Study Room of Mead Art Museum. It is limited to 10 students; registration is required. To register, email Louise Beckett (finearts@amherst.edu).

13th Documentary Screening

“America makes up only 5% of the world's population, yet locks up 25% of the world's prisoners. Forty percent are black men. Director Ava DuVernay explores how we got here.”

Join MRC for a screening and discussion of 13th
October 21 1-3:30 p.m.
Location: MRC

Caution: Thesis Writing in Process

Start Writing your Thesis!

It can be easy to become overwhelmed by all the material you are gathering for a substantial research project and it can be difficult to start writing after being immersed in reading sources. This workshop will offer instruction and practice in varying your reading strategies and speed, according to your purpose in reading a particular source. You will also practice reading effectively and efficiently, rather than dutifully. The second half of this workshop will offer strategies for writing as you research, to help you articulate what you have learned, as well as to develop your own ideas along the way. Ultimately, these approaches will not only save you time and effort but, once it comes time to start a draft, you will actually already be revising, rather than facing a blank screen. Taught by Kristen Brookes, senior writing associate. Advance registration is required.

Students Only
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Workshop: Creating and Maintaining Inclusive Classrooms

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry (2nd fl.)

Stephen John Quaye and Chris Linder will lead a hands-on workshop for faculty and instructional staff. Most educators have genuinely good intentions in supporting students from varied backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. However, sometimes we unconsciously engage in behavior that may stymie discussion or even cause harm to a student. In this workshop, Stephen and Chris will discuss building and maintaining inclusive classroom environments, specifically focusing on self-awareness and small, everyday strategies that can make a big difference in the lives of students. Through interactive discussion and activities, participants will gain tools and skills for considering ways to improve the climate in their classrooms. Advance registration is strongly encouraged.

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.

Craftivist Art Project

On Friday, October 21, from 4-5 p.m., Join the Women’s and Gender Center’s Craftivist Art Project for Mason Jar Painting! In our second event of Reproductive Justice Week, we want to take time to practice self-care and learn more self-care tips to prepare for the rest of the week. While we paint and decorate our jars as a form of relaxation, we will also fill the jars with resources, self-care tips, contraceptives and menstrual health products.

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Strategies for Individual and Community Healing in the Midst of Trauma

4:15 pm - 5:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry (2nd fl.)

Faculty, staff and students are impacted by oppression and trauma in the world around us, yet we frequently ignore or minimize these experiences in the name of neutrality and objectivity. In this talk, Stephen John Quaye and Chris Linder will examine strategies for acknowledging and addressing these issues in a manner that honors and recognizes varied ways people experience power, privilege and oppression. Further, they will examine strategies for individual and community healing from individual and collective trauma.

Ulysses on Bottles

"Ulysses on Bottles" Shabbat Dinner and Play Reading

Please join Amherst Hillel and Boston-based theater company Israeli Stage this Friday night for a reading of Gilad Evron's play "Ulysses on Bottles" over dinner at 6:30 p.m. in Friedmann Room! "Ulysses on Bottles" tells the story of the charged relationship between an Arab Israeli jailed for trying to deliver Russian literature to Gaza, and a Jewish Israeli lawyer who takes on the case pro bono. On the surface, the perspectives of the two men illuminate different reactions to Gaza. More deeply, "Ulysses on Bottles" is an allegory on the definition of freedom, what it means, what it entails and what it demands. Winner of Israel Theater Prize’s Best Original Play in 2012. Sponsored by Amherst College Hillel.

Ongoing Events

artwork by Joe Ablow

Joe Ablow: A Life's Work, a retrospective exhibition in the Eli Marsh Gallery

Joseph Ablow was artist-in-residence at Amherst College for the academic year 1975–76. He came again for one-semester residencies in the spring of 1982 and in the fall of 2003.

Opening remarks and reception on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 4:30 p.m. at the gallery. Remarks will be given by Robert T. Sweeney, the William. R. Mead Professor of Art and the History of Art.

Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.