Event Calendar

Today - Tue, Dec 1, 2015

Resume Workshop

Still need help perfecting that resume? Don’t have one started yet? Join us for this workshop and learn how to put together a strong resume that sets you apart from the crowd!



Stop by the Queer Resource Center every Tuesday from 10 p.m.-12 a.m. for that nightly grind and take a break from studying!

Tomorrow - Wed, Dec 2, 2015

French Table

French Table meets on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on the mezzanine in Valentine Hall. Francophones of all levels are welcome to attend.

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Career Center Program Director for Careers in Business & Finance over lunch on Wednesdays for an informal discussion of any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday on the lower level of Val. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!

Careers in Public Service, Global Affairs and Policy Research with Rachel B. Vogelstein, Senior Fellow and Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Students are invited to participate in this CFR Academic Conference Call session. Rachel B. Vogelstein, senior fellow and director of the Women and Foreign Policy program at CFR, will discuss her experience working in foreign policy and offer suggestions for how students can prepare for careers in public service, global affairs and policy research.

A pizza lunch will be provided. Please RSVP though Quest or by emailing careers@amherst.edu by the end of the day on Tuesday, December 1. 

As background for the discussion, you may wish to review the following materials: 

1) Charles King, “The Decline of International Studies,” Foreign Affairs, July/August 2015. https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/united-states/decline-international-studies
2) William J. Burns, “10 Parting Thoughts for America’s Diplomats,” Foreignpolicy.com, October 23, 2014.
3) Micah Zenko, “Ten What’s With…,”Politics, Power, and Preventative Action, Council on Foreign Relations.

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"Sunshine Politics: Puerto Rican Memory and the Political in New Destinations"

Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

Patricia Silver is a sociocultural anthropologist whose research has centered on Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican diaspora in the United States. She holds a B.A. (Princeton University) and M.A. (University of Washington) in comparative literature. She completed her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at American University in 2004. Dr. Silver's current project has included 10 years of ethnographic, oral history and archival research in Orlando, Fla., which has become the new center of the Puerto Rican diaspora. The project examines the challenges to and strategies for Latino, and especially Puerto Rican, political community formation in Orlando.

Refreshments will be served following Dr. Silver's lecture.

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"Bail and Enemies of the State": Lecture by Professor Shima Baradaran from University of Utah College of Law

Clark House, Room 100

On Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 100 of Clark House, Shima Baradaran, associate professor in the College of Law at the University of Utah, will present a paper entitled "Bail and Enemies of the State." This is the third presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme "Criminals and Enemies."

Professor Baradaran’s teaching and scholarship focus on criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence and international law. In 2013 she was voted Professor of the Year at BYU Law School. Her most recent publications are "Does International Law Matter?" (Minnesota Law Review), "Rebalancing the Fourth Amendment" (Georgetown Law Journal) and "Predicting Violence" (Texas Law Review).

To receive a copy of the paper, which explores the fundamental distinction between enemy combatants and criminal defendants under U.S. law, please email the LJST department coordinator at mlestes@amherst.edu.

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Reading: Jenny Offill

Jenny Offill is the author of two novels, Last Things, a New York Times Notable Book, and the recent Dept. of Speculation, which was shortlisted for a number of prizes and chosen as one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times. The Boston Globe described it as “Slender, quietly smashing ... A book so radiant, so sparkling with sunlight and sorrow, that it almost makes a person gasp.” Offill is also the co-editor of two anthologies of essays and the author of several children's books. She teaches writing in New York City. The reading will be followed by refreshments.

Medical School Applicants Launch Meeting

Dean Aronson will be presenting at a mandatory “Launch the Application Process” meeting for all current students who intend to apply to medical school for Fall 2017 matriculation. This meeting will cover important details about the application process and will include a discussion on writing the personal statement.

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Thinking about Grad School in Psychology?

The psychology department is hosting a Q&A on graduate school options, what it takes to get in, and how to decide if graduate school is for you. Come meet with Professors Holoien, Palmquist, and McQuade to hear the inside scoop. 

Wednesday, 12/2 @ 7:30 p.m. in Merrill 403. 

Snacks provided.

Thinking About Graduate School in Psychology?

The psychology department is hosting a Q&A on gradute school options, what it takes to get in, and how to decide if graduate school is for you. Come meet with Professors Holoien, Palmquist, and McQuade to hear the inside scoop. Snacks provided. Wednesday December 2 at 7:30pm in Merrill 403. Contact idmargolin@amherst.edu with questions. 

Thu, Dec 3, 2015

Weekly Office Hours with Amanda Vann

Come to the WGC every Thursday from 12:30- 2:30 p.m. to meet or hang out with Amanda Vann, Amherst College's Sexual Respect Educator. Amanda will hold weekly office hours, providing support and resources for the WGC community. Stop by and say hello!

Vier Minuten

German Film Series: "Vier Minuten"

Screenings at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

"Four Minutes" (Chris Kraus, 2006; 112 mins.)
Gripping, award-winning prison drama: powerful wills clash and painful secrets emerge as an elderly teacher (Monika Bleibtreu) attempts to coach a young, highly gifted woman (Hannah Herzsprung) for a life-changing piano competition.


Writing with Scrivener (rescheduled)

Frost Library, Barker Room

Scrivener is writing software that facilitates flexible writing processes. This workshop will introduce writers to the software's relevant features and how they might help you write more often, revise and re-organize more easily, and manage your project with more agility and efficiency. Especially recommended for thesis writers, but open to all students. Students with no experience with Scrivener are welcome; those who are familiar with it are especially encouraged to attend and contribute to the discussion. Taught by Jessica Kem, senior writing associate. Please pre-register at the link below.

Fall Faculty Book Party at Frost

Frost Library, Friendly Periodicals Reading Room

Thursday, December 3rd at 4:30 p.m. in the Friendly Reading Room, Frost Library

Please join us as we celebrate the publication of new books written by Amherst College faculty. Amrita Basu (Domenic J. Paino 1955 Professor of Political Science and Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies) will discuss Violent Conjunctures in Democratic India; Trent Maxey (Associate Professor of Asian Languages and Civilizations and History) will discuss The 'Greatest Problem': Religion and State formation in Meiji Japan; and Ilan Stavans (Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture) will discuss Quixote: The Novel and the World. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Mindfulness Meditation

The Center for Counseling and Well-being, 271 South Pleasant St. , Room 201

Take some quiet time in the busyness of your week to practice Mindfulness Meditation, a proven tool to reduce stress and create greater ease of living. Join Adi Bemak, longtime teacher at The Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School, and Valley Mindfulness in Northampton for this one hour drop-in class. There will be periods of guided instruction as well as time for discussion. All are welcome and no experience is necessary.

Political Science Junior Majors Informational Session for Writing a Thesis

The Political Science Department will be holding an informational session for their Junior students who are interested in writing a Senior thesis. The meeting is Thursday, December 3 in Clark House, room 100 from 5-6 p.m.

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A Closer Look Gallery Talk

Explore materials and techniques in Russian and other European paintings from the Cold War era to the present, with Bettina Jungen, Thomas P. Whitney '37, curator of Russian art. Free and open to the public.

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TransVisible with Bamby Salcedo

Come to the Multicultural Resource Center this Thursday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m. to hear Bamby Salcedo speak. Bamby Salcedo is a trans Latina activist and a Mexican immigrant. She is the founder of Angles of Change and the TransLatin@ Coalition, organizations aimed at providing support and resources for trans people of all ages. In 2014 she received a national recognition for her activist work from the National LGBTQ Task Force and in 2015 she was featured in OUT Magazine’s OUT100. Join us in learning more about her story and the intersections of her identities.

Pride Alliance/LGBTQIAP

Pride Alliance Meeting

Come to the Queer Resource Center every Thursday from 7-8 p.m. to discuss topics surrounding the LGBTQIAP community at Amherst and beyond.

Interview Workshop

Join us to learn how to answer challenging questions and present yourself in a professional manner. Students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements are encouraged to attend this interviewing workshop. Non-ASIP students are welcome to attend.