Event Calendar

Today - Wed, May 4, 2016

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Career Center program director for careers in business and 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!

French Table

French Table meets on Wednesdays from noon until 1:30 p.m. on the mezzanine in Valentine Hall. Francophones of all levels are invited to attend.

Russian Table

Russian Table meets each Wednesday from noon -1:30 p.m. on the mezzanine in Valentine Hall. We encourage Russian speakers (students, faculty and friends) to join us for Russian conversation and cameraderie!

Association for Women in Science Lunch Series - Physics and Computer Science

Come join the Association for Women in Science for a lunch with female faculty from the Physics and Computer Science departments! This is a great way to meet professors in fields of interest, gain advice and perspective, and foster dialogue about women in STEM. Food will be catered by The Works.


De-Stress With Dogs!

Take a study break to spend some quality time with dogs! Co-sponsored by the Wellness Team, Amherst College Library and PAW.

Songwriting Workshop and Open Mic with Musician Craig Cardiff

Calling all singers, songwriters and performers! Special guest musician, Craig Cardiff, will be offering a songwriting workshop from 4-7 p.m. in the Powerhouse on Wednesday, May 4. Drop in at any point with your own work to meet with Craig and work through your creative process and ideas.

At 9 p.m. in the Powerhouse that night, there will be an open mic, hosted by Craig. Craig will be performing some of his songs and welcoming others on stage to share their own work. All are welcome to join and perform! Event is free and open to all.

Sepia-toned portrait of Sojourner Truth seated with a ball of yarn and knitting needles

"A Singular, Communal Voice: Sojourner Truth in the Northampton 'Community,' 1843-1846"

Talk and discussion with CHI Fellow Max Perry Mueller
During our regular Wednesday salon with tapas, wine and childcare provided!

Drawn from his second book project, "To Abolish Race: American Utopianism and the Pitfalls of Post-Racial Ideology, 1817-1859," this paper looks at the role Sojourner Truth played in the short-lived interracial intentional community, the Northampton Association of Education and Industry, 1843-1846. An association of “come-outers,” the Community members believed that the only solution to the “race problem” was to form idealistic societies apart from the corrupt American political and religious culture. Rather than view Truth as a singular figure in the history of antebellum antislavery movements, as has been the tendency in the scholarship of Truth’s life and works, this paper understands Truth as a member of a community—in particular the “Community” in Northampton. As such, this paper examines how the racialized and gendered reaction to Truth’s growing authority exposed this short-lived utopia’s inability to fully “come out” of the American society of which it was so critical.

Internship Pre-departure Workshop

Students who have received summer internship funding are required to attend one of three pre-departure workshops being offered this spring. All students are invited to participate. The workshop will cover how you can best prepare for a successful internship, what you might expect this summer, and what will likely be expected of you by your employer. Workshops will be held on May 3 at 7 p.m. and May 4 at 5 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, and May 6 at 3 p.m. in Paino Lecture Hall.

Chipotle Chats: International Identities

Join the MRC, the AC Women's Squash Team and the ISA in activities and discussion on the topic of international identities over Chipotle!

Into the Woods teaser poster

Amherst Musical Presents: Into the Woods

Amherst College revives its tradition of presenting annual musicals with their production of Stephen Sondheim’s iconic masterpiece "Into the Woods," with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. Performances will take place at Amherst College’s Orr Rink, located next to the alumni gym off of route 116, Wednesday through Saturday, May 4 to 7 at 8 p.m. New York City Opera veteran A. Scott Parry directs the musical, with musical direction by Mark Lane Swanson who will lead members of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra “in the pit.” There will be a surprise special guest in the role of the Giant.

This enchanting musical intertwines several of the Brother Grimms fairy tale characters such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Jack (of Beanstalk fame). The story is unified by the original tale of a Baker and his Wife in their quest to beget a child after having been cursed by a vengeful witch. With the help (and in spite) of the other storybook characters, the Baker and the Baker’s wife’s wish comes true, as does everyone else’s. But just when it seems like everyone will be happily ever after, the characters are faced with the moral repercussions of their wishes. Into the Woods won numerous Tony awards when it first was on Broadway in 1988 and won even more when it was revived in 2002. The film was recently adapted into a Disney film starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt and James Corden.

Tickets for Into the Woods may be reserved by emailing amherstmusicaltix@gmail.com After emailing them you will receive an automatic message directing you to a forum where you will officially reserve your tickets. Tickets are free for all five-college students, $10 for general public and $5 for children. Early reservations are strongly recommended, as the annual musical often sells out.

Into the Woods is generously sponsored by the Association of Amherst Students (AAS) and the President’s Office. It is also presented by special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI).

Tickets Required
Holocaust Remembrance

Holocaust Remembrance: An Evening with Dean Epstein and Amherst Hillel

Please join Amherst Hillel this Wednesday for Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. We will begin the evening with a brief talk by Dean Epstein who will share her personal and professional connection to the Holocaust. We will then watch a short video of a Holocaust survivor, followed by a brief service and reflective discussion.

Tomorrow - Thu, May 5, 2016

The Writing Retreat for Faculty and Staff

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 2nd floor

This spring, the Writing Center is hosting weekly writing sessions to create a common and supportive space for faculty and staff to write together. Snacks and coffee/tea are provided. A writing associate is available at the start of each session to discuss writing logs, goal-setting and other strategies to write productively, with focus and intention. Faculty and staff are welcome to attend regularly or sporadically. 

Association for Women in Science Lunch Series - Chemistry and Geology

Come join the Association for Women in Science for a lunch with faculty from the Chemistry and Geology departments! This is a great way to meet female professors in fields of interest, gain advice and perspective, and foster dialogue about women in STEM. Food will be catered by Black Sheep.

Book & Plow Farm

Book & Plow Farm Spring Volunteer Hours

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Book and Plow Farm Greenhouse

Book & Plow Farm is hard at work preparing trays in the seedling greenhouse, building a new grant funded greenhouse, preparing agricultural fields, and generally getting the farm up and running for its 4th season of providing local, organic, sustainably raised veggies to Val.

Come join us!

Fridays from 1-5 p.m. at the greenhouse located at the top of Tuttle Hill. Never been before? Walk down to the tennis courts past the socials, turn left after a grounds building into a gravel parking lot. Walk under the powerlines down the service road. The road will start to bear right up a hill, follow it. At that point you will see our greenhouse. We'll be in there at 1 p.m. and then we'll return back there again at 5. If you come in between those hours we may not be at the greenhouse but at one of our production fields. It's best to come on time or call Pete McLean at 317/658-4253 to find out where everyone is.

Typical Friday afternoon volunteer jobs include seeding trays in the greenhouse, picking rocks from one of our fields and helping to build a greenhouse!

Come and join us every Friday afternoon from 1-5 p.m. Bring your floor, your office, your department, your girlfriend, your boyfriend, your ex, your roommate, your dad... it doesn't matter, just come!

Hope to see you soon!

CAB Presents Spring Carnival

This Thursday May 5 from 3-6 p.m., join CAB out on the Social Quad for this year's Spring Carnival! There will be inflatables, grilling, cotton candy, a shorts giveaway and more!

Being Human in STEM

Being Human in STEM: end-of-year salon

Join the members of "Being Human in STEM" -- a special topics course studying the intersection of diversity, science and teaching -- for an end-of-year salon to present our research findings. We will discuss the 40+ interviews we conducted with Amherst College community-members, hold a short inclusive pedagogy workshop, and end with a Q&A about our work this semester.

The event should run an hour. There will be refreshments from Black Sheep!

Fr Warren J Savage

Ascension of the Lord Solemnity Mass

The Catholic Community at Amherst joins parishes across the Diocese of Springfield in celebrating Ascension Thursday. Fr. Warren Savage will preside. For the Mass readings visit http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/050516-ascension.cfm
All are welcome! Liturgical ministers arrive around 4:15 p.m. to prepare the Chapel.


College Meeting - Undergraduates Award Ceremony

Annual awards ceremony for undergraduates of Amherst College. Award questions can be addressed to the Office of the Registrar at 413/542-2226. General questions can be addressed by the events office at 413/542-8094. This event is free and open to the public.

Image of the head, neck, shoulders and raised left hand of a human figure with a colorful floral headdress and a black strap across his mouth

Evening at the Mead

Meet internationally renowned conceptual artist Tom Friedman at this gallery talk held in conjunction with the exhibition Tom Friedman: Untitled (Foundation).

The works on view correspond to existing works in the Mead's permanent collection and mark the first time Friedman has drawn artistic inspiration directly from a museum collection.

Friedman works in a range of media, most famously using Styrofoam and paint to sculpt objects that resonate with contemporary audiences. His most recent work is Looking Up, a large-scale (over 30 feet high) stainless steel figure gazing skyward on Park Avenue and East 53rd St. in New York City.

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Friedman lives and works in Massachusetts and teaches in the graduate program in art at UMass Amherst. Later in May, his work will be featured in the MASS MoCA exhibition Explode Every Day: An Inquiry Into the Phenomena of Wonder in North Adams, Massachusetts.

The Amherst Symphony orchestra on the Buckley Recital Hall stage in front of an audience

Amherst Symphony Orchestra: "Concertofest!"

The Amherst College Department of Music presents its annual "Concertofest!," showcasing talented senior class instrumentalists and orchestra leaders on Thursday evening, May 5, at 7 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center. Tickets are required and may be purchased at the door; seating is by general admission.

The program's centerpiece is Henryk Wieniawski's romantic Violin Concerto #2 in D minor, op. 22, featuring Heesun (Sonia) Min '16, soloist. Other works include the first movement of Robert Schumann's Konzertstücke for four horns, featuring Mark Boyer '16 and Hannah Tandon '16 as soloists. Victoria Luizzi '17 and Patrick Williams '18 assist in the Schumann, conducted by senior hornist Ashley Bohan '16. The concert closes with Johannes Brahms' Hungarian Dance #5, conducted by Samuel Rosenblum '16. Mark Lane Swanson, music director, conducts the Wieniawski.

Tickets may be purchased at the door only. Prices are $10 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens, children 12 and under and students with ID; and free for Amherst and Five College students with ID.

For information on the Amherst Symphony Orchestra, please consult http://www.amherstsymphonyorchestra.com.

Tickets Required

Pride Alliance Meeting

Join Pride Alliance for our weekly meeting in the Queer Resource Center (basement of Morrow Residence Hall) on Thursdays at 7 p.m. where we discuss queer and trans issues, identities and experiences both at Amherst and beyond.

Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation

The QRC, Pride Alliance, and AAS invite you to join us for Lavender Graduation, a ceremony to recognize and honor the accomplishments of graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students, as well as their allies and families. We hope that you will join us in celebrating with the graduating students, honoring all that they have achieved!

This year's keynote speaker is Tiq Milan! Tiq has been an advocate in the LGBT community for over a decade. He is also a writer and journalist who carved a niche for himself as a media advocate and one of the leading voices for transgender equality. He is a regular on-air contributor to Huff Post Live and various MSNBC news outlets and has penned articles for BET.com, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Source, Vibe and others on issues facing the LGBT movement. Tiq is the former editor-in-chief of IKONS magazine, an LGBT pop culture magazine, and has been a freelance pop culture journalist for several years, interviewing people from Jay-Z to Cicely Tyson. Recently married to Toronto based artist and educator Kim Katrin Milan, they together speak about creating love in queer communities of color and intersectional approaches to human rights activism in North America and abroad.
To learn more, visit http://www.tiqmilan.com/

This event is open to all students, staff, faculty, alumni and families in the Five Colleges.

Reception with refreshments and hors d'oeuvres immediately to follow.

Ongoing Events

Tom Friedman: Untitled (Flute Player)

Exhibition: "Tom Friedman: Untitled (Foundation)"

This special exhibition unveils new works by renowned conceptual artist Tom Friedman, and marks the first time Friedman has drawn artistic inspiration directly from a museum collection. The works on view correspond to existing works in the Mead’s permanent collection, and represent a contemporary dialogue with art from the past in ways that introduce subtexts, narratives and new ways of thinking about the Mead’s art collection. 

Print by Binnie

Exhibition: "Unimaginable by One Mind Alone: Exquisite Corpses from the William Green Collection of Japanese Prints"

For this exhibition, the Mead Art Museum commissioned contemporary artists to finish uncompleted works from the Mead's Japanese print collection in the spirit of the Exquisite Corpse. Each participant was allowed to select designs from the Mead’s holdings and extend them into full compositions. They were given complete freedom to create anything they could imagine...