Event Calendar

Today - Mon, Sep 26, 2016

Guggenheim Investments Information Session

Representatives from Guggenheim Investments will be on campus to talk about internship opportunities in their Corporate Credit division.

First Presidential Debate - APU Screening

The Amherst Political Union will be hosting a screening of the first presidential debate between contenders Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump this coming Monday. Please join us in Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall at 9 p.m. Thanks to the co-sponsorship of the Campus Activities Board, refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome.

Tomorrow - Tue, Sep 27, 2016

A view from Book & Plow Farm of the Pelham Hills

The Book & Plow Constitutional

The Book & Plow Constitutional is chance to gather yourself, collect your thoughts and set an intention for your day. It starts at 6:30 a.m. in the Val lobby, where we will meet. We then greet the day and each other with a walk up to Tuttle Hill where we sit for a 20-minute meditation. At the conclusion of the meditation, we make our way back to Val for breakfast together at 7:30 a.m.

The Constitutional is a chance to connect to ourselves and each other before the day turns into emails, exams, deadlines and deliverables.

This walk-sit-walk and eat is open to anyone-- student, faculty, staff or community member. No need to RSVP. Show up just as you are on Tuesdays and Fridays at 6:30 a.m. to the Val lobby.

Everybody Has a Story Week September 26-30

One faculty member, one staff member and one student will share a meal together for an hour during the lunch period at Valentine. Tables will be reserved upstairs in the mezzanine and several discussion questions will be provided to help guide conversation. Each person will have 10 minutes to tell some of their story as well as time to listen to the others. We hope that this event will facilitate conversations that help us to foster social cohesion and the kind of inclusive community we desire at Amherst. You will be assigned to a random triad in the time slot(s) you sign up for. Get your assignment at the registration table in the Val Atrium. Faculty and staff can sign-in for lunch. Questions? Contact Paul Sorrentino pvsorrentino@amherst.edu or Maeve McNamara mmcnamara19@amherst.edu Learn more and sign up here! https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/aas/announcement/story

Conversations On A Bench

Conversations On A Bench - Mead Art Museum

Students and other members of the community are invited to engage in conversation in the museum with a curator, artist or local celebrity. Visit amherst.edu/mead to see the community members and guests available for conversation, and to sign up for your time on the bench.

“I am interested in secondary architecture — screens, canopies, wall paneling . . . the gray area or middle ground of the built world. These are the spaces of renovation, manipulation, compromise and potential.” — Liam Gillick

Korean Language Table

Korean Language Table will meet this semester every Tuesday, from 12 - 1 p.m., in Terrace Room A on the lower level of Valentine Dining Hall. All are welcome.

Reception for Sr. Chris Clark, DHM

Sister Chris Clark served the Catholic community at Amherst for the past six years. She has left Amherst in order to focus on her other work at DeCice Hall, Elms College, and the Homework House Holyoke. We will have a thank you reception at the Cadigan Center on 38 Woodside Avenue from 2-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27. Drop by to wish Chris well. Refreshments will be served.

"International Law and Self-Determination: Indigenous Peoples Building a Plurinational State in Ecuador"

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 2 p.m. in Porter Lounge, Converse Hall, Carlos Perez Guartambel, in conversation with Peter D'Errico, will give a lecture titled "International Law and Self Determination: Indigenous Peoples Building a Plurinational State in Ecuador."

Perez Guartambel is a Kichwa-Kanari lawyer, scholar and activist. In 2016 he was re-elected president of ECUARUNARI, the Confederation of Kichwa peoples in Ecuador, the country's largest and oldest Indigenous organization. He is a public intellectual in Ecuador and has taught at Universidad de Cuenca and Universidad Salesiana. Perez Guartambel is the author of six books on issues including parliamentary law, water rights and Indigenous justice. He has been criminalized under Correa's government for his defense of water and rights to prior consultation in the highlands of Ecuador.

This event is being sponsored by the Lurcy Fund and the Political Science Department. It is free and open to the public.

Jonathan Baugh, IQC: "Quantum Hybrid Systems: Semiconductor Nanostructure Devices for Quantum Information Applications"

The electron spin is a natural choice for encoding a quantum bit (qubit), the fundamental building block of a quantum information processor. In this talk I will review semiconductor quantum dot approaches to realizing spin qubits, and some of the key challenges to scaling up. I will describe recent efforts in my research group to develop CMOS-like silicon quantum dots for scalable, long-lived spin qubits and ideas for implementing active error correction in such devices. Results will also be presented from experiments on quantum devices based on III-V nanowires, including superconductor-semiconductor junctions that show unusual effects such as Andreev bound states and proximity supercurrent. These nanowire junction devices are useful in the exploration of Majorana bound state physics as a possible basis for topological quantum computing.

NYU Law School Information Session

Melanie Hochberg Giger, associate director of admission, Office of JD Admissions at New York University School of Law will be here to talk about the law school application process and answer students questions.

Insight Meditation Group (Mindfulness)

5-6 p.m. Chapin Hall, Chapel
Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, or just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness--or because you are curious.
Led by Mark Hart, Buddhist advisor in the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life.

Academic Essentials

It's Time to Manage your Time

This workshop offers strategies for gaining control over how you use your time, for managing long-term projects while still getting your daily work done, and for avoiding procrastination and perfectionism. Some of our time together will be devoted to planning your individual weekly schedule and routines, as well as mapping out of your semester as a whole. Please bring any planner you use (online or paper), along with the syllabi for your courses. Led by Kristen Brookes, senior writing associate, and Charri Boykin-East, senior associate dean of students. Pre-registration is required.

Students Only

Finding Internships and Jobs in Government & Nonprofit

Did you know that most internships and jobs in the government and nonprofit sectors are posted during the spring semester or when a job opens up…which can be at any time! Moreover, these employers don’t typically recruit on campus. Yet you are probably anxious to start planning now for next summer or post-graduation. Join the Career Center for a workshop to learn about relevant resources for finding opportunities and important strategies for helping you explore your options and prepare now for future applications.

Adaugo Ugocha speaks at Amherst Explorations, April 2016

Starring: you! How to show up authentically for successful presentations

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Converse Hall, Porter Lounge (3rd floor)

This workshop will help you identify and use your strengths to present confidently and authentically every time you speak. Pre-registration is required.

Part of the Speaking with Confidence Workshop Series. These six, highly interactive (i.e. fun!) public speaking workshops will teach you how to become calm, confident and compelling presenters. Take an individual workshop as an introduction to basic skills or attend the entire series to build on those skills and see impressive results. The series culminates in a celebratory evening of inspirational speeches on November 1. Taught by Susan Daniels, associate in public speaking.

Students Only

Cadent Consulting Group Information Session

An Amherst alum from Cadent Consulting Group will be here to present and discuss their full time analyst position.

Sharing your Study Abroad Experience: In Writing

September 27, 7-8:30 p.m., Webster 215
Facilitated by Emily Merriman, writing associate
This second workshop in the series on sharing your study abroad experience focuses on writing about what you encountered. Come and write about such topics as characterizing significant people you met, describing a striking landscape, developing the narrative of a surprising incident, and explaining the challenges of re-entry to U.S. culture. You will leave the workshop with material that you could use in a blog post or a cover letter. Perhaps most importantly, by writing them down you will crystallize some of your formative experiences into memory.

Blurry black-and-white image from Schlemowitz's camera roll

Correspondences: Films by Joel Schlemowitz

An Evening of Cinematic Epistles, Odes, and Documents with Filmmaker Joel Schlemowitz Appearing in Person

Joel Schlemowitz is an experimental filmmaker based in Brooklyn who works in 16mm film, shadowplay and stereographic media. His films evoke a conciseness emulating the poem’s heightened state of experience, an undercurrent of droll humor, a preoccupation with the tactile nature of the filmic image, and an eye toward the 19th century.

An Evening of Cinematic Epistles, Odes, and Documents

An Evening of Cinematic Epistles, Odes, and Documents

Join Filmmaker Joel Schlemowitz in "An Evening of Cinematic Epistles, Odes, and Documents". The event will occur on Tuesday, September 27, 7 p.m., in the Keefe Campus Theater.

Joel Schlemowitz is an experimental filmmaker based in Brooklyn who works in 16mm film, shadowplay and sterographic media. His films evoke a conciseness emulating the poem's heightened state of experience, an undercurrent of droll humor, a preoccupation with the tactile nature of the filmic image, and an eye towards the nineteenth century.

Eldridge Industries Information Session

Eldridge Industries is a buy-side investment management firm. They are hosting an information
session to discuss both their full-time analyst position and their summer internship program. Please join John Klein '85 to find out more about the firm and these opportunities.

Intro Meeting of ASK

We are Amherst Safe Space for Kinksters but also support other alternative relationships such as polyamory.

A lot of people have read or seen 50 Shades of Grey but many kinksters agree it is a poor representation of healthy and consensual kink practices. If you’re interested in BDSM, kink, fetishes, open or polyamorous relationships, come to our 101 meeting with Q&A! Snacks from The Henion Bakery will be provided!

Questions? Concerns? Email ASKclub@amherst.edu

Students Only

Black Nonbinary Group - First Meeting!

BNG is a new subgroup of The Black Student Union that centers black nonbinary and gender nonconforming people and provides an alternative space to Black Men’s Group and Black Women’s group. Open to all. Five College inclusive. You don’t need to be a BSU regular to come! Contact jfields17@amherst.edu for more information.

Students Only

German Kaffeeklatsch

Every Tuesday at 9 p.m. the German house hosts Kaffeeklatsch, an informal gathering for conversation and refreshment. This is a great opportunity to meet others interested in German language and culture.

Come join us for Kaffeeklatsch Tuesdays at Porter House!

Wed, Sep 28, 2016

Midweek Mindfulness Meditation

Take a break from the busyness of life and come practice mindfulness meditation, a proven tool to reduce stress and create greater ease of living. In this class there will be periods of guided instruction as well as time for discussion. Sessions are facilitated by Adi Bemak, a long time teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), who teaches both at Valley Mindfulness and the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester. This class is open to faculty, staff and students - and no experience is necessary!

Ongoing Events

artwork by Joe Ablow

Joe Ablow: A Life's Work, a retrospective exhibition in the Eli Marsh Gallery

Joseph Ablow was artist-in-residence at Amherst College for the academic year 1975–76. He came again for one-semester residencies in the spring of 1982 and in the fall of 2003.

Opening remarks and reception on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 4:30 p.m. at the gallery. Remarks will be given by Robert T. Sweeney, the William. R. Mead Professor of Art and the History of Art.

Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.