Event Calendar

Today - Wed, Sep 28, 2016

Russian Table

Russian Table is an opportunity for all interested in conversing in Russian to meet regularly with Russian faculty and students. We'll meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays on the Mezzanine level in Valentine. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

Dan Velleman: "What to Expect in a Game of Memory"

Abstract: The game of memory is played with a deck of 2n cards. The cards are numbered from 1 to n, with each number appearing twice. The deck is shuffled, and then the cards are laid out facedown. A move consists of flipping first one card and then another. If the cards match, then both are removed from play. If not, they are flipped back over. Play ends when all pairs have been removed. In this talk, I will discuss the average number of moves required to complete a game of memory.

There will be pizza at this talk, but you must RSVP to awtorrey@amherst.edu by noon on Monday, Sept. 26.

Academic Essentials

Analyzing Writing Prompts

What kind of thinking and writing is your professor asking for or not asking for? It’s easy to get into the habit of writing a paper like the last one you wrote rather than writing one that addresses the particularities of a new prompt. In this workshop, participants will analyze writing assignments, both from their classes and others, to lead to a broader conversation about different kinds of writing assignments and types of writing requested at Amherst. Taught by Roy Andrews, writing associate. Pre-registration is required.

Students Only

Pritzker (University of Chicago) School of Medicine Admissions Visit

We are excited to welcome Leila Amiri, the director of admissions and financial aid at Pritzker Medical School (University of Chicago) to campus.
Pizza will be provided at the session.

Public Health Collaborative Biweekly Meeting: Healthcare Marketing

Join us for our first biweekly meeting of the semester to hear about healthcare marketing and to discuss your thoughts on this topic in public health! The meeting is on Wednesday, September 28 from 8-9 p.m. in Merrill 300A. We hope to see you there (especially if you weren't able to make the intro meeting)! Feel free to reach out if you have specific topic recommendations for future general meetings.

late night study hours

WGC Late Night Study Hours!

Join us for silent study hours every Wednesday from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Women and Gender Center! There will be Glazed Donuts!

Tomorrow - Thu, Sep 29, 2016

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

Tortoise Investment Management Information Table

Interested in finance but afraid of becoming just another number? Tortoise Investment Management is a rapidly growing independent investment management firm located just outside of New York City in White Plains, New York. They manage over $700 million in assets and provide customized, sophisticated investment management and financial advice to high net worth families and individuals across the country.
To learn more about the firm and discuss available positions for summer 2017, please join Tortoise’s founder, Ian Yankwitt, and associate Andrea Remec for an informal meet-and-greet in Keefe Atruim.

Audible Information Session

Audible is an innovative tech company pushing the boundaries of audio content across a multitude of devices around the world - and they’ve got a role for you to play. They’re looking for Software Development Engineer Interns. Experience with software development in services, APIs, Java, mobile apps or web are preferred but not required. Is that you? Attend this information session to learn more!

2016 Hugh Hawkins Lecture: Arne Westad: "Worlds Apart: The Cold War in the 20th Century"

The Department of History is delighted to welcome Professor Arne Westad to Amherst for our 14th annual Hugh Hawkins Lecture. Westad is the S.T. Lee Professor of U.S.-Asia Relations in the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The title of his talk is "Worlds Apart: The Cold War in the 20th Century."

Resource Centers and Campus Center Open House Extravaganza

Please join the Queer Resource Center, Multicultural Resource Center, Women's & Gender Center, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Student Activities, Study Abroad, Center for Community Engagement and more for a Campus Center Open House Extravaganza!

We are celebrating the new year and highlighting the offices and services that come out of the Campus Center.
Stop by for food, music, swag, resources and community on Thursday, September 29, 4:30-6 p.m. - Keefe Campus Center (all offices throughout). All are welcome.

Event poster featuring a stack of smooth rocks on the shore of a body of blue water

"Clarity First: Descartes on Clear and Distinct Perception"

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

Elliot Samuel Paul, professor of philosophy at Barnard College will present a lecture on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 5 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115). The title of his talk is "Clarity First: Descartes on Clear and Distinct Perception."

Abstract: "Clear and distinct perception is the central concept in Descartes’s philosophy-- it’s the source of all certain knowledge --but what he means by it is generally thought to be a mystery. I argue that it’s really not mysterious. We all know what it means to see something clearly as opposed to obscurely. We just forget that we know it when we demand a definition. This demand is doubly misplaced, because the meaning of ‘clear’ is best learned through examples (so a definition isn’t needed) and ‘clear’ is a ‘primitive notion’ (so a definition isn’t possible). A distinct perception is just a clear perception ‘sharply separated’ from anything unclear. So, clarity is a primitive concept; distinctness is defined in terms of clarity; and furthermore, I argue, clarity explains indubitability and infallibility, and thus explains certain knowledge. In a slogan: Clarity First."

The event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and the Joseph Epstein Lecture Fund. For further information, contact the Department of Philosophy at (413) 542-5805 or djbrace@amherst.edu.

Veterans' Creative Writing Group

Come write with others and share. Founded by veterans, this open and variable group offers a great way to develop your individual voice. We meet every Thursday in the Writing Center, 6:45-8pm. Facilitated by Roy Andrews, writing associate. Learn more about the group, and please RSVP if you plan to attend. Open to all members of the Amherst College community. Previous creative writing experience is not required, and participants may come regularly or drop in occasionally.

Bain Case Interview Workshop

Please join members of Bain & Company’s Boston office for a Case Interview Workshop! Bain will provide hands-on guidance to better understand case interviews, as well as an introduction to consulting. We hope you take this opportunity to learn what consulting firms are looking for and how to prepare for case interviews. Experienced interviewers will be on-hand to answer your questions regarding case interviews, consulting, life at Bain and the recruitment process.

Caution: Thesis Writing in Process

Sounds like a Plan: for Thesis Writers

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Frost Library, 211 (CHI conference room)

Congratulations! You've been approved to pursue an honors thesis. Now what? Planning an academic project of this scale can challenge even the most organized and well-prepared students. In this workshop, we will guide writers through the processes of mapping out the thesis project to begin to develop a clear, tenable research plan and a timeline in which to execute it. We'll also discuss some of the habits for productivity and creativity that can help you make steady, incremental progress. Taught by Jessica Kem (Writing Center associate director) and Blake Doherty (research, instruction, and outreach librarian). Advance registration is required.

Students Only

Ouyang Family Summer Fellowship Information Session

Please join us to hear three Ouyang Summer Study Abroad Fellowship recipients share their experiences studying abroad this summer. An Hoang ’18, who completed a language study and internship program in Beijing, Nayereh Doosti ’18, who completed a language and history program in Sarajevo, and Katherine Stanton ’18, who completed a language program in Istanbul, Turkey, will discuss their summer experiences, as well as give information about the Ouyang Summer Study Abroad Fellowship opportunity. The event will take place Thursday, September 29, from 7:30-8:30 in Converse 207.

Caution: Thesis Writing in Process

Weekly Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry (2nd fl.)

Thesis writers, set yourself up to succeed this year by joining fellow students to write together regularly. Research and experience show us that most of us write more productively when we commit to a regular writing schedule and when we write among others. Find motivation and support among fellow thesis writers at the Weekly Thesis Write-in. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Sponsored by the Writing Center and Library.

Students Only

Fri, Sep 30, 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

Spanish Table

Spanish Table is held every Friday, from 12 - 2 p.m., in the Mezzanine Level of Valentine Dining Hall. Students of all Spanish speaking levels, as well as faculty and staff, meet weekly over lunch to enjoy using the Spanish language in an informal atmosphere.

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.

Russian Table

Russian Table is an opportunity for all interested in conversing in Russian to meet regularly with Russian faculty and students. We'll meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays on the Mezzanine level in Valentine. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

Russian Table

Russian Table is an opportunity for all interested in conversing in Russian to meet regularly with Russian faculty and students. We'll meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays on the Mezzanine level in Valentine. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!