Event Calendar

Today - Thu, Apr 19, 2018

U.K. Business Schools' Accelerated Master's Programs (Reps from Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle)

Considering continuing your studies after Amherst? Would you like to do so abroad, in the U.K.? Meet with not one, but four representatives from the prestigious "Russell Group" of schools (the U.K.’s equivalent of the Ivy League) at their information table in Keefe.

The four featured programs — at University of Edinburgh, University of Leeds, University of Manchester, and Newcastle University — each offer 1-year, specialized master’s degrees for college graduates in subjects such as management, finance, marketing, innovation/entrepreneurship, big data, and human resources.

In addition to their Russell Group status, these four business schools are all triple-accredited — a qualification that is obtained by less than 1% of business schools around the world. Stop by this information table to learn more from each school's visiting representative!

"How Have Trump and Kim Established Their Global Reputations?"

When newly minted leaders such as Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un bargain over nuclear weapons, whose reputation is at stake? How does each of them assess the resolve of their counterpart? Professor Lupton builds on extensive research to examine how these reputations form and change over time and to answer a fundamental question: Can we identify the most effective ways for new leaders to communicate resolve without resorting to dangerous threats?

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"Recasting Emily": A Panel Discussion for Educators

Join educators from K through higher ed classrooms for this arts integration discussion. It is sponsored by the Five College Arts Integration Faculty Seminar; The Emily Dickinson Museum; and the Language, Literacy & Culture Concentration of the College of Education of the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Participation is free, and no reservations required.

3MT® Three-Minute Thesis Competition

Thesis students, nominated by their departments and selected as finalists, will compete for cash prizes as they rise to the challenge of describing their thesis research and its meaning in the world, in three minutes! Come and listen to the competitors, and help to judge which presentation should win the "People's Choice" award!

LJST Lecture Series: "The Pessimistic Eye: Using Automatic Reporting Devices in Studies of Perceptual Bias in Legal Reasoning"

On Thursday, April 19, at 4:30 p.m. in Clark House at Amherst College, Kelli Moore, assistant professor of media, culture and communication at New York University, will present a paper titled “The Pessimistic Eye: Using Automatic Reporting Devices in Studies of Perceptual Bias in Legal Reasoning.” This is the final presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Law and the Visible.”

Professor Moore’s research examines the role of media technology in the production of legal and political knowledge. Her writings draw on black feminist thought, legal philosophy and visual culture to analyze courtroom rhetorical practices and haptic customs within ongoing debates about the subject of trauma and helplessness, facilitated communication, feminist jurisprudence, visual literacy, “postracial” embodiment and digitality.

To receive a copy of the paper, which considers the human eye and predictions about racial others in experiments involving machine learning techniques in the time of the law’s discovery of new reading protocols for its own surveillance video footage, whether appropriated from video-recording bystanders, CCTV or police dash camera, please email the LJST department coordinator at mlestes@amherst.edu.

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"Benevolent Empire: U.S. Power, Humanitarianism and the Modern Refugee Crisis" - Stephen Porter

A fierce debate rages today over what role the United States should play in the world’s nearly unprecedented refugee crisis. The issue is animated by a century of U.S. refugee aid initiatives, but ironically one we know relatively little about.

Stephen R. Porter, associate professor of history at the University of Cincinnati, uncovers this fascinating history in a public lecture. U.S. refugee affairs, he argues, once helped to shape the rise of the United States as a major world power while simultaneously revealing and reweaving America’s social and political fabric at home. The diverse array of people behind these activities typically shared a desire to portray the United States as an exceptional, benevolent world power whose objects of concern might potentially include any vulnerable people across the globe. Then, as now, these Americans wrestled with what responsibility their remarkably powerful country had to the world’s displaced and dispossessed.

Stephen Porter’s research and teaching explore the intersection of humanitarianism, U.S. power and American social and political life over the past century and a half. He is particularly interested in understanding changing conceptions of ethical responsibilities and rights as well as the collaboration of state and non-state actors in innovating strategies to manage humanitarian dilemmas.

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.

Intersectional Feminism 101 Training

Have you heard or seen the phrase Intersectional Feminism in your classroom, homework, or online? Join the WGC for our pilot Intersectional Feminism training on Thursday, April 19 from 5:30-7 p.m. In this program, we plan to define and develop a deeper understanding of Intersectional Feminism and discuss the ways we can better practice and apply it to our lives. Whether you are just learning about the concept or wanting to know more, we hope to see you at the workshop! Food will be provided.

Prudential Risk Management/Insurance Info Session

Prudential is a company of smart, ambitious professionals working together across a multitude of disciplines. Together, the firm is building a better financial future for its customers and communities around the globe.

In this information session, representatives from Prudential will provide details about the Risk Management/Insurance industry and share case studies for students' consideration. They will also talk about various internship and full-time opportunities at the firm. All class years and majors are welcome to attend this event.

Dr. Michael Sernyak '83 of the Yale School of Medicine: Insights from a Life in Academic Medicine

Dr. Michael Sernyak ‘83 is a professor of psychiatry at Yale and the CEO of the Connecticut Mental Health Center — a collaboration between the psychiatry department and the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Dr. Sernyak is an internationally recognized health services researcher who specializes in the treatment issues of the severely mentally ill. His most recent areas of focus have been the development of metabolic abnormalities such as diabetes and the delivery of medical care in patients with schizophrenia.

Come hear Dr Michael Sernyak ‘83 speak about his experiences as a physician focusing on the academic and administrative side of medicine. He will also give invaluable insight into applying to Medical school, especially at Yale.

Base-building for Social Justice Organizing: Getting Our Communities Involved in the Fight

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm O'Connor Commons

This workshop focuses on base-building and outreach to different sectors of your community to build your organization and the movement for social justice. Participants develop a toolbox of effective methods and messages to reach people in their communities and build the base of their organizations. Facilitated by Juan Haro from the Movement for Justice in El Barrio, a grassroots, anti-gentrification group in New York.

WAMH Presents: Casey Opal, Maple Babes, and Ritual Talk

WAMH Presents: Casey Opal, Maple Babe and Ritual Talk

Come out for some live jams, as produced by local talent and visitors from New York. Lineup subject to change.

Show starts at 8 p.m. -- Powerhouse, Amherst College

Casey Opal: Local favorite whale-core post spliff haunting tunes

Maple Babe: Jazz influenced indie fusion with members of Ginger Libations and Who Da Funk It

Ritual Talk: Psychedelic Indie rock band touring from Brooklyn NYC

Organised by 89.3 WAMH

Sponsored by the Amherst College Office of Student Activities

Goldman Sachs Information Session

Working on a global scale, Goldman Sachs empowers its clients, communities and staff to turn potential into reality. In every area of the firm, from the trading floor to tech stacks, wealth management to risk management, every team contributes to innovations that drive progress around the world.

Attend this information session to learn more about Goldman Sachs, its culture, and its full-time and summer analyst and associate opportunities.

Tomorrow - Fri, Apr 20, 2018

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Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Session Topic: "Poems About Poets & Poetry"

In honor of National Poetry Month, the April discussion will focus on some of Emily Dickinson’s poems about poets and poetry. For comparison’s sake, we will also look at other poets’ poems on the same topic, including poetry by Marianne Moore, Archibald Macleish and Pablo Neruda. Some of the Dickinson selections are familiar; others less so.

The fee for Emily Dickinson Museum members is $12/session; the fee for non-members is $15/session.

Leader: Bruce M. Penniman taught writing, speech and literature at Amherst Regional High School from 1971 to 2007. He is the site director of the Western Massachusetts Writing Project and lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In 1999 he was Massachusetts Teacher of the Year and a finalist for National Teacher of the Year, and he is the author of Building the English Classroom: Foundations, Support, Success (NCTE, 2009). He has served as a teacher curriculum mentor in all three NEH "Emily Dickinson: Person, Poetry and Place" workshops and has facilitated discussions in the Poetry Discussion Group on topics ranging from "Emily Dickinson and the Bible" to "Emily Dickinson and Science."

Women of Color Luncheon

Come join us for our last Women of Color Luncheon! We will have a chocolate fondue bar and decompress in preparation for the end of the semester. Lunch will be served. This is a space that centers women of color.

Chinese Language Table

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 Friday from 1 - 2 p.m., and Monday and Tuesday from noon - 1 p.m.

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Men's Baseball Amherst Baseball Pride Game

Join us on Friday, April 20 at 4 p.m. for the Amherst baseball team’s second annual Pride Game! Hosted by Amherst Athletes and Allies, the QRC, AAS, Student Activities, and the Amherst baseball team, the goal of the event is to show support for Amherst’s LGBTQ+ community and raise money for the Boston Alliance of Gay and Lesbian Youth (BAGLY). Stop by for free food, lawn games, a raffle and lots of pride!

Rainbow Baseball

Men's Baseball Amherst Baseball Pride Game

Come join us on Friday, April 20 for the Amherst baseball team's second annual pride game! Hosted by Amherst Athletes and Allies, the QRC, AAS, Student Activities and the Amherst baseball team, the goal of this event is to show support for our college's LGBTQ+ community and raise money for the Boston Alliance of Gay and Lesbian Youth (BAGLY). The event will feature food, lawn games, a raffle and lots of pride!

Emergent Ecologies

Emergent Ecologies of the Middle East

Panel will present and discuss highlights of the intersections of environmental transformations, politics and cultures in the contemporary middle east. Guest panelists are Jessica Barnes (University of South Carolina), Tessa Farmer (University of Virginia); Simone Poperl (University of California, Santa Cruz) and Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins (Bard College). For questions, contact Caterina Scaramelli at cscaramelli@amherst.edu.

Launch Party - Confluences: Lost & Found in Translation

Come and celebrate with refreshments and conversation the launch of Amherst College's online multilingual magazine: Confluences: Lost & Found in Translation. Meet some of the writers and translators and find out how to get involved in this exciting new project.

Summer 2018 Funded Experience Pre-departure Workshop

All students who receive or who plan to receive funding from the college to support unpaid or low-paid
internship or off-campus research opportunities are required to attend a pre-departure workshop session. During this session, students will learn more about the additional program expectations and tips for completing a successful summer opportunity. Students who are abroad or who are unable to attend a workshop in person should contact Victoria Wilson at vwilson@amherst.edu to discuss alternatives.

Glee Club Performance

The Glee Club performs works chosen by graduating students. Free.

Ongoing Events

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On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinctions - Beneski Museum of Natural History

Student curated temporary exhibit, On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinctions, is available for public viewing from Thursday, April 19 until May 20. Step into the Beneski and discover the history of the five mass extinctions that have ravaged the species living on Earth. We are currently undergoing a sixth mass extinction, this time caused by our human impact. What can we do to mitigate the effects of this mass extinction? Learn more about what you can do in this interpretive exhibition.

Spanning all three floors, the exhibition will take you through all previous mass extinctions and the theories on how they were caused. What kinds of species did they affect? What information can we take from these previous mass extinctions to learn about the sixth one? Come for a guided tour with the student curator, Antonella Dominguez ‘18, on April 19 at 2:30 p.m. The small steps we take now to reduce the effects of our human impact can only help now with the trajectory of the six mass extinction we have caused.