Event Calendar

Today - Wed, Feb 21, 2018

Russian Table

The Russian Table is an opportunity for all interested in conversing in Russian to meet regularly with Russian faculty and students. We'll meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays on the Mezzanine level in Valentine Dining Hall. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

Quaker Voluntary Service Information Table

In advance of her evening info session, Zenaida Peterson of Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) will be tabling in Keefe Campus Center to share information about the program.

QVS is a national organization based in the Quaker faith tradition and modeled on other faith-based volunteer programs, such as Lutheran Volunteer Corps, Mission Year and Jesuit Volunteer Corps. The purpose of QVS is to provide opportunities for recent graduates to spend a year living in an intentional community with other young adults and to directly serve marginalized people through full-time volunteer positions with nonprofit agencies, actively seeking to transform unjust social structures. QVS currently has houses of service in Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, Portland and will be opening its fifth house this fall in Minneapolis.

QVS makes for a great gap year opportunity, given that it's an 11-month experiment, living at the intersection of transformational spirituality and activism. Participants work full-time in professional positions at community-based organizations addressing a wide range of issues, while living in a cooperative house and being mentored by local Quakers. Fellows receive housing, transportation, food, support for health and wellness (including access to health insurance, if needed) and a small stipend, while engaging in workshops and retreats that allow for continuing education in social justice, faith and community building topics.

Stop by Zenaida's information table to learn more about the program's structure, what her own service year was like, and how interested students can apply to participate before QVS's upcoming March 15 deadline.

French Table

If you are interested in speaking French, or learning about French culture, come and join the French language table. We will meet on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the mezzanine in Valentine Hall. The French language table is open to students, faculty, staff and anyone who is interested in having informal conversations in French. All levels are welcome! We look forward to meeting you.

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Loeb Center program director for careers in business and finance, for a weekly, informal discussion on any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday from noon - 1 p.m. in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Hall. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!

Food for Thought — Lessons from a CEO: How to Prepare for a Career in a Dynamic Global Economy

Frits Dirk van Paasschen '83, former CEO of Starwood Resorts and Coors Brewing Company, and Amazon best-selling author of The Disruptors' Feast, will be meeting with students over lunch to discuss his career journey after Amherst, and what he has learned about surviving in business during a time of tumultuous and accelerated change. If you are considering entering into the business world, pursuing a career impacted by a global economy, or wanting a better understanding of how to lead in a dynamic and disrupting the global economy, then join your classmates for this enlightening discussion with an alumnus who has achieved success through embracing the challenges that come with change.

RSVP, space is limited. Lunch from Fresh Side will be provided.

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A Conversation with Sonya Clark, Followed by Her Performance of "Unraveling"

Join us for a conversation with renowned artists Sonya Clark '89 and Darryl Harper '90 for an evening that blurs the lines of protest and performance. Following the discussion, Clark will perform "Unraveling" at the Mead Art Museum. All are invited to participate in this performance by working side-by-side with the artist to unravel threads of the Confederate battle flag.

This event is part of the Embodied Knowledge Program Series.

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"More than Cookies and Crayons: Head Start and Mississippi's Black Freedom Struggle" - Crystal Sanders

The Amherst College Education Studies Initiative welcomes the fourth speaker of our interdisciplinary series: Crystal Sanders, associate professor of history at Pennsylvania State University. Even after passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act, black Mississippians remained disenfranchised and shut out of many public accommodations. To secure the citizenship rights that civil rights legislation alone could not provide, local people turned to an unlikely source: Project Head Start. Early childhood education in the Magnolia State was about much more than cookies and crayons. The Child Development Group of Mississippi (CDGM), a nonprofit entity that operated 84 Head Start centers in 24 counties in 1965, offered black children quality educational opportunities void of notions of black inferiority. The program also provided black adults with well-paying jobs outside of the local white power structure. This paper demonstrates that preschool education became controversial as Mississippi’s black working-class participants collaborated with the federal government and moved beyond teaching shapes and colors to challenge the state’s racially exploitative social practices, repressive political policies and white supremacist ideology.  

Professor Sanders is an historian of the modern United States with research interests in African American history, Southern history, and the history of Black education. Her scholarly work joins a growing body of literature that moves beyond “the two-dimensional story of oppression and submission” during the Jim Crow era of segregation and black disfranchisement to explore African Americans’ everyday acts of resistance and resiliency throughout the 20th century in efforts to secure the rights and privileges of American citizenship. The University of North Carolina Press published her first book, A Chance for Change: Head Start and Mississippi’s Black Freedom Struggle, in 2016 as part of its John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture.  

Thank you to our co-sponsors: The Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation; Amherst College Careers in Education Professions; the Lucius Root Eastman and Corliss Lamont Lectureship Funds; and the Amherst College Departments of American Studies, Anthropology and Sociology, Black Studies, Economics, English, History, Mathematics and Statistics, and Spanish.

Meaningful Gap Year Opportunities at Quaker Voluntary Service

Seeking a meaningful gap year opportunity? Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) is an 11-month experiment, living at the intersection of transformational spirituality and activism. Participants work full-time in professional positions at community-based organizations addressing a wide range of issues, while living in a cooperative house and being mentored by local Quakers. Fellows receive housing, transportation, food, support for health and wellness (including access to health insurance, if needed) and a small stipend, while engaging in workshops and retreats that allow for continuing education in social justice, faith and community building topics.

QVS is a national organization based in the Quaker faith tradition and modeled on other faith-based volunteer programs, such as Lutheran Volunteer Corps, Mission Year and Jesuit Volunteer Corps. The purpose of QVS is to provide opportunities for recent graduates to spend a year living in an intentional community with other young adults and to directly serve marginalized people through full-time volunteer positions with nonprofit agencies, actively seeking to transform unjust social structures. QVS currently has houses of service in Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, Portland and will be opening its fifth house this fall in Minneapolis.

In advance of its upcoming March 15 application deadline, QVS recruiting coordinator Zenaida Peterson will be on campus to explain the program's structure, what her own service year was like and how interested students can apply to participate.

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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.

Students Only

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.

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).

Students Only

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!

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.