Event Calendar

Today - Sat, Oct 1, 2016

AC After Dark Presents - Captain America: Civil War

Marvel's Captain America: Civil War will be played multiple times over the course of the weekend in Keefe Campus Center's Theater, so don't miss out on a chance to see the film for free! There will be movie snacks provided at the Friday night showing!!

Tomorrow - Sun, Oct 2, 2016

Five people engaged in an archaeological dig at the Emily Dickinson Museum

Archaeology at the Emily Dickinson Museum

On Sunday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m., come view Emily Dickinson’s landscape through the lens of an archaeologist when faculty and members of the University of Massachusetts Amherst archaeological field school present the findings from their work on the grounds of the Emily Dickinson Museum in the spring of 2016. The field school’s work has shed new light on the location of a former Dickinson family barn, and on the soon-to-be-reconstructed Dickinson conservatory site. See firsthand how archaeology informs the Museum’s preservation and restoration projects!

No registration required. $5 per person; free for Museum members.

Resurrect, Amherst College's gospel choir singing at Bi-Semester

The Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Worship Series at Amherst College

An African-American Worship Series is designed for and by students to provide an on-campus Christian worship experience which affirms African-American religious traditions. The uniqueness of the African-American religious experience lends itself to the renewal of our deep spiritual feelings and to the uplifting of ourselves and our community. The Rev. Jean-Luc Charles '94 will preach, and Amherst's own gospel choir, Resurrect will sing. The entire college community is warmly invited to come share with us in the worship service and the reception immediately following.

Trans Support and Social Group

TransActive: Transgender Support and Social Group

Join TransActive every Sunday from 1-2:30 p.m. in Amherst College's Queer Resource Center. This group aims to provide a space for transgender, gender non-conforming and those questioning their gender identities to come together in a safe and brave environment. It is a closed spaced for those who identify as trans! The group is open to the Five Colleges and all community members!

AC After Dark Presents - Captain America: Civil War

Marvel's Captain America: Civil War will be played multiple times over the course of the weekend in Keefe Campus Center's Theater, so don't miss out on a chance to see the film for free! There will be movie snacks provided at the Friday night showing!

Dialogue on 'Race': The Model Minority Narrative for Asian-Americans

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Frost Library, floor 2

A series of conversations to help us to understand the nature of racial identification and its implications for who we are at Amherst College and in the rest of the world. This month we will focus on Guy Lowe’s
“The Model Minority Narrative and its Effect on Asian American Identity and Social Status”. If you would like a copy of the reading, please contact Jyl Gentzler at jgentzler@amherst.edu. You are welcome to join us even if you haven't done the reading.

Rosh Hashanah Services

Celebrate the New Year with Amherst's Jewish community. All members of the college community are welcome to our campus-style, pluralistic services led by Rabbi Bruce B Seltzer and student rabbi Jessica Goldberg from the Hebrew College Rabbinical School. Students are encouraged to come late or leave early. Join us afterwards for dinner in the Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons.

Mon, Oct 3, 2016

clothesline project

The Clothesline Project

To The Campus Community,

This week on October 8-10 the Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect will be displaying the Five College Clothesline Project on the Valentine Quad. (Trigger Warning: Sexual Violence).

The 5-College Clothesline Project is an opportunity to break the silence about sexual violence by providing space for people to create shirts that give voice to personal experience(s). The shirts are then hung shoulder to shoulder on a clothesline for public viewing. The Goals of the project are:

· To bear witness to victims and survivors of violence.
· To aid and support in the healing process of those who have lost a loved one or who have themselves been victims/survivors of violence.
· To break the silence and unite people in a demonstration of solidarity against physical, verbal, sexual, psychological and social abuse.

The Five College Project has shirts that have been created by survivors, as well as friends and family members of survivors. The Five-College Clothesline Project also welcomes shirts from people who may not be survivors of violence themselves but wish to share the experience of living in a violent society. We embrace the clothesline as a healing and emotional tool for people of all genders. We recognize this project can be a crucial and much needed part of an individual healing process.

We also recognize that seeing the Clothesline can be difficult, if you want to avoid the Clothesline Project display we encourage people to use the Rt. 9 entrance of Val. We will also hang shirts so only the blank side is facing the entrance to Morrow Residence Hall.

Please stop by the Peer Advocate resource table for information on campus resources as well as to find out how you can become involved in our work to create a safer, more sexually respectful community.

This event is co-sponsored by Sexual Respect Education, the QRC and The WGC.

Rosh Hashanah Services

Celebrate the New Year with Amherst's Jewish community. All members of the college community are welcome to our campus-style, pluralistic services led by Rabbi Bruce B. Seltzer and student rabbi Jessica Goldberg from the Hebrew College Rabbinical School. Students are encouraged to come late or leave early. Join us afterwards for tashlich and lunch.

Zotero Workshop

Monday, October 3rd, 11am - noon, Frost Library Lane Room, A Level
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 the workshop, click on the more information link below to see the full workshop schedule or to make an individual appointment.

Math & Stats Table

Please come join us on Mondays from 12-1 p.m. in Valentine Terrace Room A (down the stairs). Come and have lunch with fellow math and stats students, majors and professors! Everyone is welcome--you don't need to be a math or stats major. We often chat about math and stats-related topics, but we also talk about lots of other things, and it's a great chance to get to know each other. We hope to see you there!

Release

Every Monday starting September 26

Release is an open forum for interested Amherst students to talk about issues of race, ethnicity and cultural identities at Amherst and beyond.

Time: 3-4 p.m.
Where: Multicultural Resource Center
Facilitator: Darien McFadden
Sponsored by: The Counseling Center & MRC

For more information please contact Darien McFadden at dmcfadden@amherst.edu

academic Essentials

Effective Speech Composition (Public Speaking)

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Converse Hall, Porter Lounge (3rd floor)

An organized speech is essential to attracting and keeping the audience’s attention.
This workshop examines the differences a live audience makes when a speaker performs a speech vs. just reads it out loud. Students will learn and practice different ways of grabbing the audience’s attention and of crafting a compelling speech introduction, body, and conclusion. Taught by Susan Daniels, associate in public speaking.
Pre-registration is required.

Students Only

Tue, Oct 4, 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.

Korean Language Table

Korean Language Table will meet this semester every Tuesday, from 12 - 1 p.m., in Terrace Room A on the lower level of Valentine Dining Hall. All are welcome.

Zotero Workshop

Tuesday, October 4, 2-3 p.m., Frost Library Lane Room, A Level
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 the workshop, click on the more information link below to see the full workshop schedule or to make an individual appointment.

Judith Joy Ross; Photographer

Over the course of the past thirty years, Judith Joy Ross (b. 1946) has produced a remarkable oeuvre focusing on portraiture. She has been working in series since 1982, when she began her artistic career with photographs of Eurana Park, a small-town municipal park. Drawing on her own biography, she often makes references to universal social issues.

Judith Joy Ross, who uses a large-format camera and works in both black and white and color, has received numerous awards for her work and carries on the tradition of August Sander or Walker Evans’ “documentary style.” She is represented by by Pace-MacGill Gallery.

Free and open to the public. This lecture is sponsored by The Department of Art and the History of Art, the Mead Art Museum and the Office of the President, Amherst College.

Charles Collett, Amherst College: "Exploring Clock Transitions in Molecular Nanomagnets"

Molecular nanomagnets combine the simplicity of an isolated spin with the accessibility of a large spin ensemble and are currently being widely explored for possible quantum computing applications. Clock transitions (avoided crossings) in these molecules are of interest due to their suppression of field dependence, leading to an enhancement of spin coherence times. I will present recent work in our group on two particular nanomagnets, Cr7Mn and Ni4, demonstrating the effects of reduced field dependence around an avoided crossing through electron spin resonance (ESR). I will also discuss a novel method for characterizing certain avoided crossings by combining dilution, another method for increasing coherence times, with ESR using custom resonators.

Insight Meditation Group (Mindfulness)

5-6 p.m. Chapin Hall, Chapel
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, or just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness--or because you are curious.
Led by Mark Hart, Buddhist advisor in the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life.

Political Science Thesis Writer's Workshop

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Frost Library, CHI Think Tank, Room 210

The Political Science department will be co-hosting a thesis writer's workshop from 5-7 p.m. with the Library and Writing Center. The topic will be "Joining the Scholarly Conversation: Developing Search Strategies for Library Databases."

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.