Event Calendar

Today - Fri, Mar 23, 2018

7th Annual Arabic Night

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Alumni Gym, Middleton Room (Basketball Court)

Please join us for the Seventh Annual Arabic Night. This year's event will feature live Arabic music by the Zay-Tunes Ensemble, Tannoura and folk dance by Yasser Darwish, Debke dance led by Sharon Arslanian and Middle Eastern dinner and student performances.
This event is sponsored by the Five College Arabic Language Initiative and the Amherst Middle Eastern Student and Studies Association.

April Open House Hosting Flyer

Sign-up to host! April Open House 2018

Each year, Amherst College welcomes around admitted 400 students to campus in April to get a taste of Amherst College life. A critical part of the success of this effort is the support of several hundred student hosts who provide space for these students to stay while they learn more about this potential college option.

April Open House Hosting is extremely important to the continued success of our recruitment process, and we hope that you will take part and pay it forward.

Stop by our table in Val for more information!

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The Mask You Live In

Film Screening: "The Mask You Live In"

Join the peer advocates for the first film in our film screening series this semester, "The Mask You Live In." Food and drink will be provided. Be sure to check out all of our programming surrounding masculinity this week!

About the film:

The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.

Pressured by the media, their peer group and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.

Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it.

The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

Seventh Annual Arabic Night

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Alumni Gym, Middleton Room (Basketball Court)

Join us for Amherst College's Seventh Annual Arabic Night! The evening will feature delicious food, live music, performances and more! All are welcome.

Damien Sneed seated in an armchair in front of a piano, wearing a suit and tie

M@A Series: Damien Sneed, Piano

Please note:
This concert replaces the concert by Maarja Nuut, which was canceled by the artist. This replacement concert will honor all tickets for March 23 sold to date.

Damien Sneed offers a diverse solo piano program.

Multi-genre recording artist and a 2014 recipient of the prestigious Sphinx Medal of Excellence honor, which is presented annually to emerging Black and Latino leaders in classical music, Sneed has also garnered attention in a wide range of other musical genres, including jazz, gospel, pop, R&B, opera and musical theater.

He has already been featured in The New York Times multiple times for his work in various genres. A pianist, organist, vocalist, conductor, composer, producer, arranger, and arts educator, Sneed has worked with legends such as Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis, Jessye Norman, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Ashford & Simpson, Wycliffe Gordon and Eric Reed. He has served as music director for GRAMMY® Award-winning gospel artists including Kim Burrell, The Clark Sisters, Richard Smallwood, Donnie McClurkin, Hezekiah Walker, Marvin Sapp, Karen Clark Sheard, Dorinda Clark-Cole and Kierra Sheard. He also served as musical director for season four of Sunday Best, Black Entertainment Television’s hit award-winning gospel singing competition show.

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750): Prelude no. 1 in C Major
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827): Sonata in C minor (“Pathetique”), Opus 13, Adagio cantabile
FREDERIC CHOPIN (1810-1849): Nocturne, Opus 9, No. 1 in B-flat minor
RICHARD STRAUSS (1864-1949) / MAX REGER (1873-1916): Allerseelen (1899)
RICHARD STRAUSS (1864-1949) / MAX REGER (1873-1916): Morgen (1899)
AARON COPLAND (1900-1990): Passacaglia (1922)
SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR (1875-1912): Deep River (1905)
R. NATHANIEL DETT (1882-1943): Juba Dance from "In The Bottoms" Suite
JOHN WORK (1901-1967): At a Certain Church (1951)
MARGARET BONDS (1913-1972): Troubled Water (1967)
HALE SMITH (1925-2009): Evocation (1966)
THOMAS H. KERR JR. (1915-1988): Easter Monday Swagger (1970)
DAMIEN SNEED (b. 1979) - Wade In The Water
RICHARD SMALLWOOD (b. 1948) Total Praise
DAMIEN SNEED (b. 1979) Good Shepherd Medley
DAMIEN SNEED (b. 1979) Call Him By His Name

Parallels Series, general seating
General Public: $18
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $12
Students, with valid ID: $10
Free Amherst student rush tickets available in the Arms lobby one hour before showtime

Tickets are nonrefundable, and programs and dates are subject to change. Buckley Recital Hall has limited wheelchair-accessible seating. For further information, please contact the Concert Office at (413) 542-2195 or concerts@amherst.edu.

A complete list of upcoming events can be found on the Amherst College Music Department website at www.amherst.edu/go/music. Tickets are available online at no added cost at https://amherst.universitytickets.com.

Tickets Required

French House Quartier Latin - Music Quiz Event

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm King Hall, French House Common Room

Come to our super music quiz to discover plenty of French-speaking artists. We promise not to play (only) Edith Piaf. We will have snacks and refreshments, so don’t hesitate and come practice your French with us!

Oshi Live @ Amherst

WAMH Presents: Oshi

Oshi is a London based hip-hop and electronic music producer who rose to fame after being discovered online at 16 years old. He's known for his work on Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" as well as Kali Uchis’ "Ridin Round" and Justin Bieber's "All That Matters." His music ranges from mellow beats to up-tempo EDM music. Sung-Ooga+Atlas will be making their debut as the openers and will be creating chill, dreamy vibes.

Silly Putty, Stress Balls and Crazy Noodles!

Come out to the Friedmann Room to make silly putty, stress balls and eat lots of Crazy Noodles! Vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian options will be available. This event is sponsored by AC After Dark.

Students Only

Tomorrow - Sat, Mar 24, 2018

M@A Artist Damien Sneed: Buckley Masterclass

Damien Sneed will work with the Amherst College Gospel Choir. This masterclass is free and open to the public.

Art Ecologies Pop Up Shop

Arts Ecologies Pop Up Shop

Join the Arts at Amherst Advocates for an afternoon of crafts and workshops!

Each activity will focus on upcycling, also known as creative reuse, which is the process of reusing discarded objects to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original.

Image of art installation for HOUSE exhibition

Weekly Tour at the Mead!

Join us for a tour with DeLyna Hadgu '21. DeLyna is a prospective art history and anthropology major, and her tour will focus on interactive engagement with key works in the exhibition HOUSE. This tour is free and open to all!

Open Book

Leisure Reading Afternoons

Join us for our penultimate session of leisure reading this Saturday, March 24 in James Common Room from 2-4 p.m. As usual, members of the class of '21 can enter a draw to win wireless headphones and a kindle reader. There will be insomnia cookies, books to give away and a space to relax and read. Come enjoy and get your reading goals back on track!

Logros Latinx: Celebrating Latinx Success (Past, Present and Future)

Come join us in celebrating Latinx success in this all-day event! Beginning with senior thesis presentations, learn about the the research and study Amherst seniors are pursuing. Next, there will be a career panel followed by small group discussions meant to explore different career options available for Latinx students at Amherst and beyond. Afterward, there will be a Latinx and Latin American Studies (LLAS) Panel where both students and faculty will discuss the new LLAS major followed by an alumni-student reception. Following the reception will be dinner, catered by the Fernandez Family Restaurant located in Holyoke. Finally, the day will culminate with a keynote address by Burth Lopez '01, attorney with MALDEF, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and a celebration featuring dancing and dance instruction with Daniel Trenner. Logros Latinx is brought to you by the students of La Causa, the Multicultural Resource Center, the office of Student Activities and the office of Alumni and Parent Programs. Questions? Contact alumni@amherst.edu.

Sun, Mar 25, 2018

Conquering the Finance Interview

Interviewing for finance positions is unlike other interviews. Attend this workshop led by Stephanie Hockman, Program Director for Careers In Business and Finance, to gain an understanding of the finance interview process. The workshop will discuss techniques for handling video, phone and in-person interviews, how to craft answers to fit/behavior questions and well as how to start to prepare for technical finance interviews that will be discussed more in-depth in the workshop on April 2. Learn proven techniques on how to answer questions like “Tell me about yourself” or “Why finance/investment banking/sales & trading” or “Why XYZ firm?” The key to any successful interview is preparation and practice, and this workshop outlines preparation techniques that you can use in every finance interview.

coffee mug reading "Caution: Thesis Writing in Progress"

Merrill Thesis Write-In

Every Sunday night, the Writing Center and Library reserve the large classroom in the Science Library to students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, tea, and camaraderie. Join the group Sundays from 8-11 in Merrill 300A (Science Library) or Thursdays from 8-11 p.m. in the CHI (Frost Library).

Students Only

Mon, Mar 26, 2018

German Table

German Table

Enjoy informal conversations with students who have studied in Germany, the German faculty members, the German language assistants and other native speakers.

Chinese Language Table

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Valentine Dining Hall, Small Conference Room, 1st Flr.

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

Stack of books

Monday Afternoon Study Space - SWAGS Common Room

Come study in the Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies common room! Join us every Monday except for March 12, which is Spring Recess. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

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Headshot of David Karp, professor of Sociology

"Restorative Justice: Can Its Full Potential Be Achieved?"

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

David Karp of Skidmore College will visit Amherst to help our community learn about restorative justice. Restorative justice is an approach that focuses on the reparation of harm and reconciliation of interpersonal conflict, with healing and reintegration as central tenets. He will participate in the panel "Restorative Justice: Can Its Full Potential Be Achieved?," which will explore restorative justice from a multidisciplinary perspective. We expect a lively discussion of this important and relevant topic, with time for questions from the audience. The panelists are:

David Karp, sociology, Skidmore College
Kristin Bumiller, political science, Amherst College
Leah Schmalzbauer, sociology and American studies, Amherst College
Martha Umphrey, law, jurisprudence and social thought, Amherst College

David Karp is a professor of sociology and the director of the Project on Restorative Justice at Skidmore College. His research focuses on restorative justice in community and educational settings. In 2010, Karp received the Donald D. Gehring Award for his work on restorative justice on college campuses. He has published numerous papers and written six books, including The Little Book of Restorative Justice for Colleges and Universities, published in 2013. Karp is also on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Community and Restorative Justice.

Event poster featuring Gillam's wartime photos and book cover

"The War in the Ground": James Gillam

4:30 pm Beneski Earth Sciences Building, Paino Lecture Room (107)

For 27 years, Dr. James Gillam was a professor of history at Spelman College in Atlanta, where he taught East Asian and Vietnam history. He holds a doctorate in Chinese history from Ohio State University and has served as the editor of the Southeast Review of Asian Studies. Dr. Gillam published Life and Death in the Central Highlands: An American Sergeant in the Vietnam War, 1968-1970 and has contributed to The History Channel’s documentary series Passages, offering commentary on both tunnel warfare during Vietnam and the tomb of the first Emperor of China. Most recently he contributed to and is featured in episodes 8 and 9 of Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s documentary Vietnam.

While major battles fought on the ground and in the air during the Vietnam War, such as the Tet
Offensive and Operation Rolling Thunder, are well-known to the general public and their political and historical significance understood, less attention has been given to the war in the ground. This presentation will focus on the rarely acknowledged perspective of those "tunnel rats" who engaged in warfare underneath the jungles and plains of Vietnam. Dr. Gillam’s talk will provide not only a scholarly view, but also a personal one highlighting his experience as a tunnel rat during the Vietnam War and its importance.  

This event is sponsored by the Lucius Root Eastman Fund, the Corliss Lamont Fund and the Department of History.

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.

An Evening with Kat Blaque

Join the Women's and Gender Center for our Women’s History Month keynote, “An Evening With Kat Blaque.” Kat Blaque is a popular black trans Youtuber, illustrator, animator, writer and trans activist known for her “True Tea” videos and her commentary on race, gender, transphobia and other social justice issues. She has contributed to sites such as Everyday Feminism and Huffington Post, and co-created the short film on privilege titled “Sometimes You’re A Caterpillar.” Her keynote talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

To learn more about Kat, please visit her YouTube Channel: youtube.com/katblaque

This program is sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Center, the Queer Resource Center, the Multicultural Resource Center, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Student Activities and the President’s Office. This event also is funded by the Johnson Lectureship Fund.

Food for Thought with Tim Visser '06, Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice

Join Tim Visser ’06 for dinner and a discussion about his career as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. As part of the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section, Tim prosecutes hate crimes, incidents of police misconduct and other cases involving the violent interference with individual’s civil rights.

Tim graduated from Harvard Law School in 2013. While in law school, he served as President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, the nation’s oldest student-run legal services office. After Harvard, Tim spent a year clerking on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia before becoming an Associate at Covington & Burling LLP. Before joining the Civil Rights Division, Tim spent six months prosecuting domestic violence cases in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Between college and law school, Tim spent four years with Teach for America, first as a teacher in Miami and then as part of the national teams focused on recruitment, school leadership and teacher preparation.

Space is limited, so please reserve your spot through Quest as soon as possible. Dinner from Fresh Side will be provided.

Writing Center Creative Writing Group

The Writing Center's Creative Writing Group is open to all Amherst College students. All levels of creative writing experience are welcome. At each meeting a creative writing challenge will be offered with time to work on it. This will be followed by an opportunity for everyone to share their creations and respond to others. Refreshments will be served.

The group will meet every Monday evening, beginning February 5. Writers are welcome to make a weekly commitment or to join us on an occasional basis. However, because seating is limited, kindly R.S.V.P. below if you plan to attend.

This event is led by Roy Andrews, writing associate, and Gwyneth Lewis '20E, student coordinator.

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Ongoing Events

Eli Marsh Exhibition: Sonya Clark

Visiting artist in residence Sonya Clark will exhibit recent work in the gallery through Friday, April 13, and will host an opening lecture at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21 in Pruyne Lecture Hall, 115 Fayerweather.

A reception will follow the event in the hall by the gallery.

The Gallery is open Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. and is closed Saturdays.