Event Calendar

Today - Wed, Feb 21, 2018

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Cosmos and "Cosmos"

Interested in learning more about the Astronomy major? Come join us for an evening of Cosmos! The purpose of this informal get-together is to give students an opportunity to learn more about the major and to meet other majors/prospective majors. Desserts, coffee and virgin cosmopolitans will be served, and we will end the evening by screening a portion of the old (Carl Sagan) and new (Neil deGrasse Tyson) versions of the Cosmos television series for those who are interested. Please feel free to drop in for just the first portion of the event or to stay through the final "which is better?" vote!

Hosted by the Physics and Astronomy Department.

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Women's and Gender Center Late Night Study Hours

Join us for study hours every Wednesday from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Women's and Gender Center, Keefe 211! There will be donuts from Glazed!

Tomorrow - Thu, Feb 22, 2018

Study Abroad in Russia and Kyrgyzstan

Don’t miss your chance to study abroad in St. Petersburg or Central Asia through Bard College. Bard’s partnership with Smolny College – Russia's first and most prestigious liberal arts institution – is an excellent opportunity to immerse oneself in Russian language and culture.

Also, don’t pass up a unique opportunity to study the liberal arts, in English, at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. We invite students to spend a semester or summer learning about a fascinating region at the crossroads of history, commerce and development. Numerous scholarships are available.

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Google Presents: Intro to Design Thinking for Women in STEM

In this workshop, which is open to all, but primarily targeted towards women interested in working in STEM fields, recent alums Julia Edholm '15 and Elizabeth Lefever '16 will present an introductory workshop on the design thinking process.

This is the first of three workshops that two recent Amherst College alums now working at Google will present on campus on February 22 and 23. Please view details and RSVP to each event separately in Quest!

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German Film Series: "Berlin Calling"

There will be two screenings of Berlin Calling, one at 4 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m.

Berlin Calling is a fast-paced film depicting Ickarus, a DJ/Producer, who is working on an album and touring techno clubs with his girlfriend. After consuming drugs, he goes into a drug-induced psychosis and ends up in a psychiatric hospital. A prize-winning tragic comedy in the Berlin of today, this film will be shown in German with English subtitles. Please contact mhowes@amherst.edu for more information.

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.

Baewatch Presents: Au'Jays Love

Join Aubrey and Jayceon in the MRC this Thursday as they engage in a discussion on their Black trans love!
Check out their YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy-cnjmZmEyMEN0_ZZ75XTQ

Contact Babyface Card for more info and accessibility/accommodations at rcard@amherst.edu

Grow with Google: Alums Share Resources for Developing Software Technical Skills

In this "Grow with Google" workshop, which is open to all, but mainly targeted towards first years, sophomores, and, recent alums Julia Edholm '15 and Elizabeth Lefever '16 will share helpful resources for those working to develop software technical skills.

This is the second of three workshops that two recent Amherst College alums now working at Google will present on campus on February 22 and 23. Please view details and RSVP to each event separately in Quest!

Internship Resume & Cover Letter Workshop

Join us to learn how to write a resume and cover letter that will set you apart from the crowd! As a reminder, students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements must attend a resume and cover letter workshop. Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend.

Introduction to the Finance Industry Workshop Series

What is the Introduction to Finance Industry Workshop Series?

This is a 9-week program open to first year students and sophomores interested in learning more about the finance industry. This workshop series, led by Stephanie Hockman, program director for careers in business and finance, is designed to help students understand the finance industry and its components, distinguish the nuances of available opportunities and enhance career exploration. Some workshops will include alumni who will provide their practical insights, experience and understanding to the discussion. In addition, some sessions will be followed by an opportunity to engage with young alumni in an organized career fair-type chat room.

The 9-week course will include topics such as:
1. Introduction to Finance – Defining finance and an overview of the components of the finance industry including a discussion of buy side vs.
sell side
2. Investment Banking, Part 1 – Corporate Investment Bankers 3. Investment Banking, Part 2 – Capital Markets (including Sales & Trading, Research and Investor Services) 4. Investment Banking, Part 3 – Introduction to Operations & Supporting Functions at an Investment Bank 5. Introduction to Investment Management & Asset Management 6. Overview of Hedge Funds 7. Introduction to Private Equity 8. Introduction to Private Wealth Management/Asset Management 9. Review of the industry and best next steps

How do I register for the Introduction to Finance Workshop Series?

The weekly, one-hour workshops will be held every Thursday from 8 – 9 p.m.
beginning February 8, 2018 (excluding March 15). The final workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 11, instead of that Thursday. Space is limited and advance registration is required. If you are interested in learning more about the finance industry and willing to attend all 9 sessions, please email Stephanie Hockman by February 2, 2018. Your email should include a statement on why you want to attend this workshop series. Confirmation of acceptance to the workshop series will be provided by February 5, 2018.

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Frost Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Every Thursday night, the Writing Center and Library open up the Center for Humanistic Inquiry to students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, coffee and camaraderie. Join the group Thursdays from 8-11 p.m. in the CHI or Sundays from 8-11 in Merrill 300A (Science Library).

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3D Printing Workshop

The Amherst Electronics Club is excited to present a four-part workshop series on 3D printing! This exciting technology enables the user to produce everything from prototypes and concept models to custom production-grade parts on a personal desktop. Come learn more about the art and science of 3D printing while gaining experience with the club's own printer. No experience necessary!
Feb. 15: 3D Printing 101
Feb. 22: So, What Do I Print?
March 1: Anatomy of a 3D Printer
March 8: Zen and the Art Of 3D Printer Maintenance

Fri, Feb 23, 2018

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Overcoming Overthinking Workshop

This workshop will describe how overthinking undermines performance, depletes motivation and compromises wellness. It will also offer specific strategies to manage the habit. Facilitated by Rachel Simmons. 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.

Lunch & Learn: Google Cloud Info Session, Presented by Julia Edholm '15 and Elizabeth Lefever '16

In this Lunch & Learn information session — which is open to all, but mainly targeted towards sophomores, juniors, and seniors — recent alums Julia Edholm '15 and Elizabeth Lefever '16 will provide an rare and enlightening inside look at Google Cloud. Lunch will be served!

This is the last of three workshops that two recent Amherst College alums now working at Google will present on campus on February 22 and 23. Please view details and RSVP to each event separately in Quest!

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African American Dance Symposium: Master Dance Class: WA Sabar with Andara Koumba and Obara Wali Rahman

Andara Koumba Rahman and Obara Wali Rahman are esteemed cultural elders, co-artistic directors of Cumbé: Center for African and Diaspora Dance in New York, and former co-directors of the popular dance company Sabar Ak Ru Afriq Dance Theater. Ms. Rahman is an authority on West African and Caribbean dance and performance techniques. Mr. Rahman is a master drummer and teacher, poet and choreographer specializing in the music and dance of the SeneGambia and old Mali empire. Together they lead The Drumsong African Ballet Theatre, which performs and presents African folkloric dance, music, drama, poetry and connections to African-American and world cultures.

This event is part of African American Dance: Form, Function and Style!, which kicks off mid-February and culminates on April 13-14. Organized by Ninoska M’bewe Escobar, Consortium for Faculty Diversity Scholar in Theater and Dance at Amherst College, the symposium will offer an exciting array of activities from February to April, including a special evening performance on Friday, April 13.

Sponsored by the Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance, Five College Dance Department, Arts at Amherst Initiative, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Center for Community Engagement and African and Caribbean Students Union

Imagine a World

Listen to the voices of your community recite a poem made of thoughts and hopes about a world without sexual violence collected from your community. Come listen and contemplate what such a world would look like as you munch on refreshments from the Black Sheep (the best way to contemplate!). A small discussion will be held afterwards. We hope you will come out to listen, hope and imagine with us!

LOL.G.B.T. Standup Comedy Show!

LOL.G.B.T. Comedy is a college touring stand up show that features professional queer performers. The show tackles issues of sexuality, gender, feminism, sexism, masculinity and other social issues in the most accessible way: through humor. Both educational and hilarious, the show leaves audiences thoroughly entertained and looking at the world a little differently. This show will feature Ashley Gavin and Kate Sisk '14, as well as current students Long You '18 and Lauren Weiss '18.

Sat, Feb 24, 2018

B.A.A.M. (Black Arts at Amherst Matter) Exhibition

B.A.A.M. (Black Arts at Amherst Matter) Exhibition

Join the MRC as we conclude Black History Month with B.A.A.M. (Black Arts at Amherst Matter), an art exhibition highlighting those in Amherst’s Black community carving out a place for themselves in the arts, imprinting their vision and defining their own history at Amherst.

The exhibition opens at 5 p.m., with live performances starting at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble and the Mark Zaleski Band: McBride Commission Concert

Amherst College Jazz Ensemble and the Mark Zaleski Band present music of Thad Jones, Lennie Niehaus and Matt Harris and the world premiere of “Orchids,” by Omar Thomas, as part of the McBride ’59 Jazz Commission Series.

Buckley Recital Hall is in the Arms Music Building. The concert is free and open to the public. We will be collecting donations for Puerto Rico hurricane relief.

Sun, Feb 25, 2018

Wall Street Prep Excel Crash Course

The Amherst College Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning will be hosting Wall Street Prep’s Excel Crash Course seminar. This seminar is designed for intermediate Excel users who would like to power-charge their productivity in Excel, by introducing lesser-known but highly-effective functionality. The class costs $99 per student, and includes the following:
• One day of live instruction
• Comprehensive step-by-step training materials
• Excel model templates
• Excel cheat sheet
• 12-month e-mail access to the support team, whom students can contact with any follow-up content-related questions
• Lifetime access to Crash Course in Excel online module

Please feel free to contact Matt Blair mblair@wallstreetprep.com with any questions or concerns.

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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, Feb 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.

Ongoing Events

Adventures in Photography Exhibition

During January interterm nine students from Amherst, UMass, Smith, and Mount Holyoke participated in “Adventures in Photography,” an interterm course taught by Joshua Baum and Takudzwa Tapfuma. Over the five-day course, students learned fundamental techniques of digital photography: manual exposure, composition, lighting, and post-production. The class ventured into the field for hands-on excursions to the New England Peace Pagoda, Montague Bookmill and downtown Northampton. The images in this exhibit are a selection of work created during the class.

Thank you to the Department of Art and the History of Art, and the Center for Community Engagement for sponsoring the course, and to Valentine Dining Hall for hosting this exhibition.