Event Calendar

Today - Thu, Apr 26, 2018

Ivory Billed Woodpecker

On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinctions

Student curated temporary exhibit, On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinctions, is available for public viewing from Thursday, April 19-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 26 and May 3 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.

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"City Bench Live: An Eco-Urban Assemblage with Sculptor Ted Esselstyn"

Arts at Amherst Presents "City Bench Live: An Eco-Urban Assemblage with Sculptor Ted Esselstyn"

In this daylong workshop, community members will be able to watch Master Carpenter Ted Esselstyn make a new bench for the community by up-cycling "Street Trees," which are trees that have had to be torn down for various reasons. He then uses this recycled wood and turns it into sustainable, eco-artistic and unique pieces of furniture. During this demonstration, community members are invited to both observe and ask Ted questions about his sustainability practices in art and more.

More about City Bench:
"City Bench grew out of our passion for building beautiful objects with meaning and a story. It also grew out of a reverence for the trees that line our streets, fill our public spaces and enliven our campuses. Those trees represent our shared space and generations of common stories—they are also a vital and overlooked resource.

"There are over 70 billion trees in U.S. metropolitan areas. New Haven removes more than 600 trees each year, New York City fells 7,000, and hundreds of thousands more come down across the country. Most of these grand, historic trees are relegated to the landfill, ground into mulch or chopped into firewood each year.

"We extend the life left in those trees by building uniquely handcrafted furniture that tells their stories. Community and connection to place are built into everything we create—whether that community is a big city, a small town, or a much-loved school. Our pieces have a 'birth certificate' describing the tree’s origin, significance and story. Our aim is to build a meaningful and lasting enterprise, which creates positive environmental and social change and contributes to the vitality of the communities in which we operate."

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Poem in Your Pocket Day at the Emily Dickinson Museum

Join the Emily Dickinson Museum and the Academy of American Poets in celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day! Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day and on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem.

On April 26, the Emily Dickinson Museum will grant free admission all day to any visitors who can recite a Dickinson poem from memory. Bring a budding poet for free activities. Make a "Poem Catcher" craft, decorate a miniature pot and plant seeds from Emily Dickinson's own garden, or take a Story Walk through the Dickinson landscape.

This event is free and open to the public, with no reservations required.

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Opening Ceremony of Healing Fire for Survivors of Sexual Violence

The Healing Fire Initiative for Survivors of Sexual Violence, their friends, families and allies.
Opening Ceremony 1 p.m. on April 26
Fire will burn until 1 p.m. on April 27

People who come to the healing fire are welcome to make offerings to the fire. Wooden shims and sharpies will be provided and you are welcome to bring letters and pictures of your own. Amherst College is honored to partner with Gedakina Inc. in an effort to provide a space of healing for our campus community. In 2002 Gedakina co-founded the Healing Fire Initiative for Survivors of Sexual Violence. The purpose of the Healing Fire Initiative is to offer survivors of sexual violence a welcoming and comforting place to break the isolation they may feel, build community with other survivors and supporters, and begin or continue their healing process. This program is now a regional initiative with organizations and colleges/universities across the United States adopting this award-winning program.

The Healing Fire will begin with an opening ceremony at 1 p.m. on Thursday April 26, on the First Year Quad (directly across from the Frost Library entrance). The fire will be burning until 1 p.m. on April 27 and will staffed by faculty, staff and the Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect throughout the 24 hour period. Please feel free to stay for any amount of time that feels right for you. In respect for attendees we ask that no photography or social media include faces of people unless you have explicit permission.

“When I sit in the light of the Healing Fire, there are no voices that tell me I am to blame, that I am the only one, or that I deserve to be assaulted. When I sit in the light of the Healing Fire, I see the many kind faces before me. I hear their stories and feel the warmth and wisdom that we share. There is a power hear tonight, As this fire symbolizes the strength of survivors, it also symbolizes our passion, our righteous anger, our commitment and hope for a future where our children will be free of abuse and violence.”- A quote from a Survivor who attended a Healing Fire in Burlington, Vermont

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Healing Fire for Survivors of Sexual Violence

The Healing Fire Initiative for Survivors of Sexual Violence, their friends, families and allies.
Opening Ceremony 1 p.m. on April 26
Fire will burn until 1 p.m. on April 27

People who come to the healing fire are welcome to make offerings to the fire. Wooden shims and sharpies will be provided and you are welcome to bring letters and pictures of your own. Amherst College is honored to partner with Gedakina Inc. in an effort to provide a space of healing for our campus community. In 2002 Gedakina co-founded the Healing Fire Initiative for Survivors of Sexual Violence. The purpose of the Healing Fire Initiative is to offer survivors of sexual violence a welcoming and comforting place to break the isolation they may feel, build community with other survivors and supporters, and begin or continue their healing process. This program is now a regional initiative with organizations and colleges/universities across the United States adopting this award-winning program.

The Healing Fire will begin with an opening ceremony at 1 p.m. on Thursday April 26, on the First Year Quad (directly across from the Frost Library entrance). The fire will be burning until 1 p.m. on April 27 and will staffed by faculty, staff and the Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect throughout the 24 hour period. Please feel free to stay for any amount of time that feels right for you. In respect for attendees we ask that no photography or social media include faces of people unless you have explicit permission.

“When I sit in the light of the Healing Fire, there are no voices that tell me I am to blame, that I am the only one, or that I deserve to be assaulted. When I sit in the light of the Healing Fire, I see the many kind faces before me. I hear their stories and feel the warmth and wisdom that we share. There is a power hear tonight, As this fire symbolizes the strength of survivors, it also symbolizes our passion, our righteous anger, our commitment and hope for a future where our children will be free of abuse and violence.”- A quote from a Survivor who attended a Healing Fire in Burlington, Vermont

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Russian Film Screening: "Everybody Dies But Me" (ВСЕ УМРУТ, А Я ОСТАНУСЬ)

4:30 pm Keefe Campus Center, Theater (Room 008)

Join us for a screening of Everybody Dies But Me (ВСЕ УМРУТ, А Я ОСТАНУСЬ). The film is from 2008 and directed by Valeria Gai Germanika. The runtime is 80 minutes. This film will be shown in Russian with English subtitles.

The lifelong friendship of three young women is tested in this hard-hitting coming-of-age drama
that broke new ground in post-Soviet cinema with its unflinching, controversial account
of teenage life in a grim urban neighborhood.

The film will be screened at both 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

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Celebration of Professor Emeritus Jan Dizard

The Departments of Anthropology and Sociology, American Studies and Environmental Studies at Amherst College are pleased to announce a celebration of Professor Emeritus Jan Dizard, a pivotal member of all three departments. The event will include tributes to Jan's scholarship by distinguished colleagues John Organ, Donal Waller, Allen Rutberg and Hannah Holleman. The celebration will take place on Thursday, April 26, at 4:30 p.m. in Paino Lecture Room in the Beneski Museum of Natural History. A reception will follow.

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"Martin Luther King Now"

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

Brandon Terry of Harvard University will present the fourth and final lecture in the 2017-2018 Forry & Micken Lecture Series on "Racial Justice and Injustice." His talk is titled "Martin Luther King Now" and will take place on Thursday, April 26, at 5 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115). This event is free and open to the public and wheelchair-accessible. For further information, please contact the Department of Philosophy at (413) 542-5805.

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Mass Poetry's Common Threads Poetry Discussion

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? Poetry is alive in Massachusetts this spring in this friendly discussion group at the Emily Dickinson Museum! Facilitated by local poet Adam Grabowski in the home of Amherst’s favorite poet, this discussion will revolve around eight poems by Massachusetts poets featured in Common Threads 2018. Common Threads, an annual publication produced by MassPoetry, includes a guide to reading and discussing these poems and inspires hundreds of programs around the state. This year's collection focuses on the shared ideas of connection and disconnection.

Poetry newcomers and enthusiasts alike are welcome to this program. Tea and cookies will be served. The participation fee is $5 per person. Space is limited; please reserve a space by calling 413-542-2034.

Registration Required

French Department Thesis Showcase

5:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The Department of French is pleased to invite you to its first annual Thesis Showcase.

Lily Fang, Joshua Harmon, Sunna Juhn and Flavia Martinez will talk about female networks in Gustave Flaubert’s novel Madame Bovary and the Bechdel Test, the unparalleled tradition of the French snare drum and its revolutionary political uses, how fragments of foreign languages can make us feel at home, and the tension between mother and other tongues.

Please join us and help us celebrate their work on Thursday, April 26, at 5 p.m., in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry. Refreshments will be served following the presentations!

Realterm Information Session

A career at Realterm allows individuals to thrive in a fast-paced workplace environment with tremendous scale. Enjoy working in a collaborative environment with supportive teammates where you will be challenged to grow and be at your best every day.

Realterm offers several career fields such as accounting, leasing, construction and property management that make working at the firm unique, challenging, stimulating and rewarding. With offices in Annapolis, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles and Montreal, employees are empowered to take their careers where they want them to go.

If you are looking for a rewarding career in private equity commercial real estate, attend Realterm's information session to learn more about its entry-level opportunities and how to successfully apply for them.

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Equality Out Loud with Samira Wiley: a NYT viewing party

Equality Out Loud with Samira Wiley
April 26, 8 p.m. EST @ Columbia University
Moderated by Jazmine Hughes

Known for her breakout roles in the critically-acclaimed The Handmaid’s Tale and Orange Is the New Black, Samira will talk about her career, share her experience as an actor and woman in the entertainment industry, and discuss how she has recently become a model for young people around the world, championing the rights and safety of the LGBTQ community and people of color.

As part of its "Get With The Times" series, the Times is hosting viewing parties on college campuses across the nation in an effort to connect with its younger audiences and bring people together to discuss critical issues facing our country today. At Amherst, we'll be streaming the conversation live at the Powerhouse and providing a space for students to have discussions related to topics covered during the event.

There will be free food and New York Times swag, and students will have the opportunity to submit questions to Samira through our "Get With The Times" social media promotions.

Make sure you bring your student/staff/faculty ID — we'll be checking in attendees on the Times' GWTT website.

Doors open at 7:45 p.m. Invite your friends!

For any questions or concerns, email Shawna Chen, New York Times Collegiate Event Coordinator at Amherst, at schen20@amherst.edu.

Registration Required

"Revolutionaries, Please Stand Up! The Story of Fred Hampton" - A Staged Reading Written and Directed by Rebecca Ford '18

Please join us in Studio Three in Webster Hall on Thursday, April 26, for a staged reading of a play written and directed by Rebecca Ford '18 about Fred Hampton and the Black Panthers.

Come and support these amazing people who will be reading:

Amir Denzel Hall
Brad Besson
Elijah Langston
Emmanuel Osunlana
Grace Karanja
Marvin Bell
Tasheena Stewart

We're going to have refreshments starting at 7:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 8 p.m. After the reading, there will be a talk-back opportunity with the playwright and cast.

Hope to see you there!

All power to the people!

Tomorrow - Fri, Apr 27, 2018

Ivory Billed Woodpecker

On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinctions

Student curated temporary exhibit, On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinctions, is available for public viewing from Thursday, April 19-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 26 and May 3 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.

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Life Stories Lunch with Paul Sorrentino, "An Unexpected Journey"

The Life Stories series provides a forum to foster community through sharing stories of challenge, growth and meaning. At each lunch, a student, faculty or staff member talks about an aspect of their lives that may be meaningful to others, followed by questions and comments. Lunch is provided.

Sponsored by Mental Health Promotion and the Wellness Team.

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.

Design Thinking Challenge Project Showcase

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Frost Library, Friendly Reading Room

Planting seeds of community.
A gathering of makers.
Building bridges to the new science center.

Join us to celebrate and explore the work of the three student teams in this year's Design Thinking Challenge!

Design thinking is a process—applicable to all disciplines—of generating new and innovative ideas and developing solutions to problems. The Design Thinking Challenge program brings together teams of students from a range of majors to research a problem proposed by a local community partner, identify a facet of the problem to investigate more deeply, and develop ideas that they can share with the community to gain a more complex understanding of possible solutions. 2018 challenge sponsors are Book & Plow Farm, Academic Technology Services, and the new Science Center.

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Trails Toward Solidarity 5K

Join the Amherst College Reproductive Justice Alliance for our Second Annual Trails Toward Solidarity 5K benefiting the Pioneer Valley Workers Center. The race will start on the First-Year Quad, go through the bird sanctuary, and end on the Quad with food and music. This year, there is the option of a shorter (~2K) trail as well.

Sign up here: https://bit.ly/2H0GPUl

There is a $10 suggested donation for the PVWC, but anyone is welcome to participate, regardless of donation.

Registration Required
AMST Research Colloquium

American Studies Research Colloquium

The American Studies Research Colloquium will be held on Friday, April 27 at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall, Amherst College.

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Rooted: MRC Graduation Celebration

Rooted is a celebration of Amherst’s graduating seniors of color and seniors of the Multicultural Resource Center. Reception immediately following. 

If you are a senior interested in participating in this years Rooted Ceremony, please visit the MRC Facebook Event page for sign-up information.

For more information about this event please contact MRC Director, Bulaong Ramiz-Hall at bramiz@amherst.edu or by phone at 413-542-5372. For accessibility/accommodations please contact mrc@amherst.edu or call 413-542-5372.

French House Quartier Latin - "Crêpe Night Event"

8:00 pm King Hall, Common Room

The traditional Crêpe Party will take place Friday April 27, at 8 p.m., in the French House (King Hall, 1st Floor). Come enjoy delicious homemade crêpes. All are welcome! See you soon!

Sat, Apr 28, 2018

Ivory Billed Woodpecker

On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinctions

Student curated temporary exhibit, On Today’s Horizon: Mass Extinctions, is available for public viewing from Thursday, April 19-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 26 and May 3 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.

Ongoing Events

Image of Ivory Billed by Matthew Inabinett

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.