Event Calendar

Today - Tue, Oct 24, 2017

Get Yourself Tested Day

The Student Health Educators and the Health Center staff are organizing a Get Yourself Tested day on Tuesday October 24 from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. If you want to sign up to get STI testing done on that day, you can register with one of the SHEs tabling on Monday October 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Val and in Keefe Campus Center. Each appointment takes about 15 minutes, and spots fill up fast! Of course, your information will remain confidential. Please feel free to contact she@amherst.edu with any questions.

Students Only

Careers In Government and Nonprofit Table

Stop by Keefe to learn about Careers In Government and Nonprofit programming through the Loeb Center! Find out how to stay up-to-date on internships, jobs, and careers in these sectors and how to participate in the Careers In Government & Nonprofit Trek to Washington, DC, and Annapolis, MD, over spring break.

Chinese Language Table

The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 12-1 p.m. in the conference room below Valentine Dining Hall. Come join us to practice your Chinese!

Introduction to the Health Professions Program

All first-year and transfer students interested in exploring careers in health professions should attend one session of "Introduction to the Health Professions Program."

Session options are:
Thursday, October 19, at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, October 24, at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, November 1, at 3 p.m.

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Weekly Canine Office Hours

Whether you miss your dog, or simply want some canine affection, Huxley or Evie would love to see you! One or the other will be available weekly on Tuesdays from 4 - 5 p.m. for office hours at Frost Library. In nice weather, this will be held on the lawn in front of Frost. In poor weather, it will be beside Frost Cafe. This event is co-sponsored by the wellness team and Amherst College library.

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Isabella Tardin-Cardoso, University of Campinas, Brazil: "The Saint and the Sow: Poetics of Illusion in a Brazilian Imitation on Plautus"

4:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

Written in 1957, the popular Brazilian comedy O Santo e a Porca (The Saint and the Sow) has its classical source of inspiration already stated in its subtitle: a Northeastern Imitation of Plautus. Its author, Ariano Suassuna (1927-2014), alludes in particular to the play Aulularia (The Pot of Gold), by Titus Maccius Plautus (3rd-2nd century BC). As we shall see, the allusiveness of the play goes beyond its subtitle: it is apparent in Suassuna’s plot, in his imitation of Plautine speaking names, word-games and other comic techniques. Professor Tardin-Cardoso will first illustrate the way the Brazilian play calls attention both to its proximity to and distance from its Roman model. By means of such a dialogue, Suassuna underlines (just as Plautus had) his inspirations in popular culture. She will also argue that in Suassuna’s reception of the way Plautus represents deception in his theater, the modern playwright provides a fresh kind of illusion that reflects the image of life and Brazilian culture represented in his drama.

Insight Meditation Group

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
mhart@amherst.edu

R.A.D. At Amherst

R.A.D. is an internationally recognized self-defense program designed to develop and enhance your options for staying safe. This class is open to women, non-binary, transgender and gender non-conforming participants. All physical ability and skill levels are welcome. No prior experience is required. R.A.D. grads are always encouraged to come back! Sign up at rad@amherst.edu.

Tacos & Truman: Eat, and Meet AC Truman Scholars!

Come meet Truman Scholar Dakota Foster '18, learn about her experience, and enjoy delicious food from Bueno y Sano. The Truman Scholarship generously funds graduate study at any university for those intending a career in public service. This event is for sophomores and juniors only. Space is limited, signup via our webform (https://www.amherst.edu/mm/551625). Questions? Contact coverstreet@amherst.edu.

Students Only

First Year Loeb Seminar: Finding Your Foundation

First year students, the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning is part of your journey here at Amherst, from start to finish. We expect you to start your journey this fall through this fun and interactive workshop. You can get to know other first year students, identify your skills, understand how your values, culture and family influence your thinking about work and careers and also prepare for meaningful summer experiences such as internships, research, summer jobs, studying abroad, volunteering and more. R.S.V.P. required. Don’t miss out!

Ogilvy & Mather Information Session

In 1948, David Ogilvy founded the agency that would become Ogilvy & Mather. Starting with no clients and a staff of two, he built his company into one of the eight largest advertising networks in the world. Today it has more than 450 offices in 169 cities. Over the past 60 years, Ogilvy has helped to build some of the most recognizable brands in the world: American Express, Sears, Ford, Shell, Barbie, Pond's, Dove and Maxwell House among them, and more recently, IBM and Kodak.

Join representatives from Ogilvy & Mather to learn more about the company as well as its 2018 internship and full time opportunities.

Trump: Point/Counterpoint Series: "Immigration Under Trump: Personal Stories"

The Trump: Point/Counterpoint conversation series features Amherst College professor and host of NEPR's In Contrast Ilan Stavans and a guest engaging in thoughtful discussion and attempting to bridge the ideological divide growing in our nation.

Part four of the conversation series will feature a departure in format from the previous three sessions.

In a town hall format, students, alumni and the community are invited to share personal stories of immigration and its challenges in an age of intolerance. The conversation will be moderated by Stavans. All are welcome to attend and participate.

This event is free and open to the public.
It is presented by the Amherst College Class of 1970.

Series Information

Listen to part one, via Ilan Stavans' NEPR show In Contrast, episode #10: "Why 'Black Lives Matter' Matters"

Research Your Options- Mellon Tutorial Information Session

On Tuesday, October 24 at 7 p.m. in the Periodicals Room of Frost Library, there will be an information session (and pizza) for sophomores and juniors to learn more about the Mellon Tutorial Program and the courses being offered in Spring 2018. Faculty and students will share their past experiences, describe the tutorial program, and answer questions.

Students Only

Istanbul Trip for HIST-494/ASLC-494/ANTH-431

Professors Dole and Ringer will be taking their HIST-494/ANTH 431 class to Istanbul in May 2018 (expenses paid by Amherst). Profsessors Ringer and Dole will be hosting a session about their course and the travel embedded in it. They will also be discussing student expectations on the trip and much more about travel to this fascinating and complex city.

Students Only

Loretta Ross: "Reproductive Justice in the Age of Trump and White Supremacy"

Dismayed by the way in which certain legal victories, such as Roe v. Wade, served only to benefit to most privileged, white and middle-to-upper-class women, Loretta Ross sought a more comprehensive approach to activism. She coined the term "Reproductive Justice" in order to establish a human rights framework. Ross lectures on topics of Reproductive Justice, white supremacy and the "calling-out culture of college activists." She organized the 2004 March for Women's Lives, served as the director of the nation's first rape crisis center and has has been an activist for over 30 years. Currently, Ross is working as an assistant professor at Hampshire College. For more information, contact wgc@amherst.edu.

Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeeklatsch

Every Tuesday at 9 p.m. the German House hosts Kaffeeklatsch, an informal gathering for conversation and refreshments. This is a great opportunity to meet others interested in German language and culture. Come join us for Kaffeeklatsch Tuesdays at Porter House!

Tomorrow - Wed, Oct 25, 2017

Writing Retreat for Faculty and Staff

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The Writing Center supports faculty and staff in their own writing projects by hosting two weekly morning retreats. Our retreats are designed to encourage a regular writing practice, to emphasize healthy and sustainable approaches to productive writing and to support a community of writers at the College. Retreats will be held Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until noon. Attend regularly or drop in when you can.

Russian Table

The Russian Table is an opportunity for all interested in conversing in Russian to meet regularly with Russian faculty and students. We'll meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays on the Mezzanine level in Valentine Dining Hall. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Loeb Center program director for careers in business and finance, for a weekly, informal discussion on any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday from noon - 1 p.m. in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Hall. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!

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Moodle Lunch for Faculty: Using Online Communications to Support the In-Class Experience

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Frost Library, CHI Seminar Room, 211

Faculty and instructional staff are invited to come learn and discuss how Amherst faculty use Moodle to support their teaching. Boris Wolfson of the Russian Department and Jun Hee Cho of History will share their Moodle tips and strategies, with a focus on the use of discussion forums to support and enhance the in-class experience.

We’ll also have time for general Moodle-related discussion, tip sharing, and Q & A.

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"How I Found My Voice": A Talk by Boniface Mwangi

The Department of Political Science at Amherst College welcomes Boniface Mwangi to discuss "How I Found My Voice."

Boniface Mwangi will speak about his experiences as a photojournalist during the Kenyan 2007 election, his activism work since and his decision to run for Member of Parliament in the most recent 2017 Kenyan election. In 2007, Mr. Mwangi gave voice and image to heartbreak of a nation with his photography.

Boniface Mwangi is one of the most vocal and courageous Kenyans of our generation. He came to the world’s attention for his vivid documentation of the 2007-08 post-election violence in Kenya. Subsequently he stood up alone in a packed stadium and heckled the then-president, seeking justice. He was arrested and beaten. Since then he has spearheaded campaigns that speak to equality, corruption and the end of tribalism in Kenya. A decade later, he and other like-minded Kenyans founded a vibrant youthful party, the Ukweli Party, or truth party. Through a groundbreaking crowd-sourcing campaign, they took part in the just concluded 2017 general election symbolizing transformative leadership in a country. Although at one point he stood alone, today his movement has gained traction with many – inspired by his vision and consistency – adding their voices to champion for a better Kenya.

Boniface Mwangi is an award-winning Kenyan photojournalist and human rights activist. His work has appeared in leading publications in the world — including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and The Boston Globe.

He studied human rights and documentary photography at New York University. He has twice won the CNN Multichoice Africa Photojournalist of the Year Award and is the youngest Prince Claus Laureate. New African Magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential Africans of 2014, and he is also a senior TED Fellow. Time magazine recognized him as a Next Generation Leader in 2015.

This event is sponsored by the Lamont Fund, dean of the faculty and political science department of Amherst College. It is free and open to the public.

David Cox: "Tangents to Four Unit Spheres"

Abstract: How many lines can be tangent to four spheres of radius one sitting in three-dimensional space? I will use this question to introduce enumerative algebraic geometry. The lecture will include an introduction to projective space, Bézout's Theorem, and mirror symmetry from mathematical physics. Parts of the lecture will use some ideas from multivariable calculus.

Ongoing Events

Rotherwas Room, photo by Maria Stenzel

Study at the Mead!

Throughout the week, we will have lots of art activities to help you destress from finals period. We also have comfy chairs, plenty of outlets, great lighting, and extra tables to give you an inspirational place to work and study.

Closed on Mondays, but open until Midnight on school nights!

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Mammoths in (library) space: A library orientation

Never been in a six floor library before? Need to find books “on reserve” but not sure where to go? Looking to learn more about the library’s spaces, resources and services? Stop by Frost Library anytime this month and explore library space: take the self-directed Mammoths in (Library) Space Tour! To begin the tour, go to the welcome station across from Frost's circulation desk (look for the poster with balloons) and pick up a library orientation sticker card.

Complete the tour and receive a gift card to Frost Cafe plus a chance to win our grand prize: a unique space mammoth t-shirt or tote and a gift card to Antonio’s Pizza!

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Open Access Week events at the Amherst College Library

Open Access Week (October 23 - 27) is an international initiative on the part of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) to advocate for, and increase awareness of Open Access— the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole, and serves to help counter growing inequality in access to scholarly materials across institutions and nations.

This year, the eighth year for Open Access Week, will feature two events at the Amherst College Library:

— Monday, October 23, 4-5 p.m., Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 2d Floor, Frost Library: The Library will be a viewing site for participating in a webinar on Open Access Monograph Publishing, sponsored by Lever Press. Representatives of a number of scholarly publishers moving into, or fully committing to open access publishing models will speak about trends they see shaping the future of scholarly publishing and its advance toward sustainability. Participants include Erich Van Rijn, University of California Press (and director of UC’s Luminos open access imprint); Lara Manville, director of the University of Ottawa Press; Charles Watkinson, speaking for both Lever Press and Knowledge Unlatched; and Wendy Pratt Lougee, speaking on the AAU / ARL / AAUP Open Access Monograph Publishing Initiative. Participants at the viewing site will be able to pose questions to the moderator.

— Wednesday, October 25, 4:30-6 p.m.: Nick Lindsay, director of Open Access and director of Journals Publishing, MIT Press, will speak in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry’s Wednesday Salon Series on “Open Access and the Future of Scholarly Discourse.” Nick is the first appointee to this position in the MIT Press, one of the nation’s premier scholarly publishers. He’ll speak on MIT Press’s increasing investment in open access models for journal and monograph publishing, and look toward how scholarly communication will evolve in the coming years. A wine and cheese reception will follow.