Event Calendar

Today - Wed, Mar 21, 2018

Eli Marsh Exhibition: Sonya Clark

Visiting artist in residence Sonya Clark will exhibit recent work in the gallery through Friday, April 13, and will host an opening lecture at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21 in Pruyne Lecture Hall, 115 Fayerweather.

A reception will follow the event in the hall by the gallery.

The Gallery is open Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. and is closed Saturdays.

Employee Council Coffee Hour

Stop by Frost Café to meet Employee Council representatives, socialize with other staff, talk about issues that matter to you and learn about resources, benefits and opportunities for staff. Enjoy a free coffee and muffin - it's on us!

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"Art as Territory: Maya Weavers Advocate for Collective Intellectual Property Rights in Guatemala"

The Department of Political Science at Amherst College, along with funding from the Lamont Fund, presents "Art as Territory: Maya Weavers Advocate for Collective Intellectual Property Rights in Guatemala."

This event is free and open to the public. The talk will be in Spanish with simultaneous translation for English speakers.

Speaker Angelina Aspuac is a Maya-Kaqchikel indigenous activist and lawyer committed to the defense of territory and self-determination. She is one of the founding leaders in the struggle for collective intellectual property rights in Guatemala, where Maya weavers are claiming authorship over the ancestral weaving of guipiles. Aspuac is a weaver and member of the National Movement of Women Weavers in Guatemala. She is the legal coordinator leading the advocacy strategy at AFEDES (Women’s Association for the Development of Sacatepéquez), representing Maya women in the highest courts of Guatemala. Prior to that, Aspuac was a consultant on indigenous peoples and related issues to the vice-president in 2007. She was the representative of Women Organizations at the Rural and Urban Development Council Systems from 2002 to 2006, and the general director at AFEDES from 2000 to 2006.

In this public lecture, Aspuac explains the political connotation of ancestral Maya textile art and tells the story of the Maya weavers who are challenging the state of Guatemala in the country's highest court.

Guatemala’s National Movement of Maya Weavers is pushing for the collective rights to intellectual property rights. They are pushing the state of Guatemala to safeguard their textile creations and the very fabric of Maya philosophy. In 2016, the women weavers filed a legal action before Guatemala’s Constitutional Court challenging the constitutionality of omitting rules that would protect Maya textile creations. Then they presented a new bill challenging the very concept of intellectual property rights. Aspuac, founder of the initiative, explains how textiles interact with broader patterns of Maya dispossession. According to Aspuac, “Textiles are part of our territories. To protect water and land is to protect our textile art ... they are our knowledge. Maya dispossession does not happen only through territory; it happens also through the dispossession of our ancestral knowledge."

April Open House Hosting Flyer

Sign-up to host! April Open House 2018

Each year, Amherst College welcomes around admitted 400 students to campus in April to get a taste of Amherst College life. A critical part of the success of this effort is the support of several hundred student hosts who provide space for these students to stay while they learn more about this potential college option.

April Open House Hosting is extremely important to the continued success of our recruitment process, and we hope that you will take part and pay it forward.

Stop by our table in Val for more information!

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"Climate Change and Needed Technical Solutions for a Sustainable Future": Lecture by Steven Chu

Join Dr. Steven Chu for a talk on the future of sustainability as he receives an honorary degree from Amherst College. This event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception. Chu was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1997 for his research on atom trapping via laser cooling, and he served as the U.S. Secretary of Energy under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2013.

The industrial and agricultural revolutions have profoundly transformed the world, but the unintended consequence of these revolutions is that humans are changing the climate of Earth. Dr. Chu will briefly describe new data on climate change, before addressing how progress in carbon-free energy can provide a low-cost path to a more sustainable world. Research in energy storage and new approaches to electro-chemical production of chemical fuels will be described in the context of the remaining scientific and technology challenges that need to be overcome in the transition to clean energy solutions.

Steven Chu is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular & Cellular Physiology in the Medical School at Stanford University. He has published over 275 papers in atomic and polymer physics, biophysics, biology and batteries, and he holds 11 patents. Currently, he is developing new optical nanoparticle probes for applications in biology and biomedicine, and exploring new approaches to lithium ion batteries, PM2.5 air filtration and other applications of nanotechnology.

Dr. Chu was the 12th U.S. Secretary of Energy, serving from January 2009 until the end of April 2013. As the first scientist to hold a cabinet position and the longest-serving energy secretary, he recruited outstanding scientists and engineers into the Department of Energy. He began several initiatives, including ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy) and the Energy Innovation Hubs, the U.S. – China Clean Energy Research Centers (CERC), and President Obama personally tasked him with assisting BP in stopping the Deepwater Horizon oil leak.

Prior to his cabinet post, Dr. Chu was director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and professor of physics and molecular and cell biology at UC Berkeley. Previously he was the Theodore and Francis Geballe Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Stanford University. At Stanford, he helped launch Bio-X, a multidisciplinary institute combining the physical and biological sciences with medicine and engineering, and the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology. Previously he was head of the Quantum Electronics Research Department at AT&T Bell Laboratories.

Dr. Chu has dozens of awards, including the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics for contributions to laser cooling and atom trapping. He has 30 honorary degrees and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Academia Sinica, and is a foreign member of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Korean Academy of Sciences and Technology.

How to Prepare for Recruiting in Finance & Consulting

Are you interested in recruiting for an internship or full-time position in finance or consulting? If so, you must prepare NOW to have a successful recruiting season, which has already started for both finance and consulting. Please join Stephanie Hockman, Program Director for Careers In Business and Finance, for either of two workshops offered to kick off the spring/summer/fall recruiting for finance and consulting. The workshops will discuss networking techniques, how to create your game plan and strategy for recruiting and how to write your resume/cover letter. You will walk away with valuable tools, a game plan and preparation materials. The workshop will be held twice: on March 19 and March 21. You only need to attend one workshop.

ASA Presents: Helen Zia at Amherst College

Helen Zia is an award-winning journalist, activist and scholar who has written about Asian American communities and their participation in social and political movements. As a second-generation Chinese American, Zia has been outspoken on social justice issues such as human rights, women's rights and countering hate violence and homophobia. Her activism in the landmark 1980s civil rights campaign against anti-Asian American violence is featured in the Academy Award-nominated film Who Killed Vincent Chin?. She was also profiled in Bill Moyers' PBS documentary Becoming American: The Chinese Experience. Zia also authored Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People, which was a finalist for the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize.

Zia's talk will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.!

This event is sponsored by AAS, Student Activities and the Center for Diversity and Student Leadership.

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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, Mar 22, 2018

Lula Part-Time Car Sharing Opportunities Information Table

Lula is a Boston-based startup, that many call the "Airbnb For College Students' Cars." Stop by this information table to speak with co-founder Matthew Vega-Sanz to learn more about their hourly part-time opportunities in this area.

Sophomore Strengths

What are your greatest strengths? This is a very common interview question, but it’s also an important question to ask yourself as you consider your career options. People who know their strengths and have the opportunity to use them at work are six times as likely to be engaged in their jobs and thrice as likely to report having an excellent quality of life.

Join other sophomores to discover your top five strengths through the StrengthsQuest online assessment and follow-up workshop. You’ll learn more about yourself and what you have to offer that’s unique. There’s a 1/250,000 chance that another person has your same top 5 strengths!

Space is limited; RSVP required through Quest (under the Workshops tab). The deadline to register is Wednesday, March 21. Once you register, you'll receive an email with instructions for taking the online assessment prior to the workshop.

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German Film Series: "Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe"

At 4 and 7:30 p.m., there will be two screenings of Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe, an emotional drama telling the story of the Austrian writer and his life in exile from 1936 to 1942. Zweig was one of the most famous writers of his time, but as a Jewish intellectual he struggled to find the right stance toward the events in Nazi Germany. Driven to emigrate to South America, Zweig fell into despair at the sight of Europe’s downfall. This film will be shown in German with English subtitles. Please contact mhowes@amherst.edu for more information. The film will be shown in conjunction with Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival.

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Russian Film Screening: PITER FM • ПИТЕР FM

4:30 pm Keefe Campus Center, Theater (Room 008)

Join us for a screening of Piter FM (ПИТЕР FM). The film is from 2006 and directed by Oksana Bychkova. The runtime is 84 minutes. This film will be shown in Russian with English subtitles.

Enjoy this popular romantic comedy about a radio DJ and a street-sweeper whose lives change forever as a result of their encounter on a St. Petersburg street.

The film will be screened at both 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Technologies of Responsibility--Making Bystander Irresponsibility Visible in Social Media

On Thursday, March 22 at 4:30 p.m. in the Clark House at Amherst College, Carrie Rentschler, associate professor and William Dawson Scholar of Feminist Media Studies in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies, and an associate of the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at McGill University, will present a paper titled “Technologies of Responsbility-Making Bystander Irresponsibility Visible in Social Media.” This is the fourth presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Law and the Visible.”

Rentschler is the author of "Second Wounds: Victims’ Rights and the Media in the U.S." (Duke UP, 2011), and co-editor of "Girlhood Studies and the Politics of Place" (Berghahn Press, 2016). Her current research examines the history of the bystander as an agent of social change, feminist social media responses to sexual violence, campus activism against rape culture, and the role media infrastructures play in social movement activism.

To receive a copy of the paper which will examine the role digital bystander videos and their uploading onto video aggregation sites play in current conceptions of legal and moral responsibility for witnessing social violence, please email the LJST Department Coordinator at mlestes@amherst.edu.

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"Defending Water Protectors from the State of Guatemala"

The Department of Political Science at Amherst College, along with funding from the Lamont Fund, presents "Defending Water Protectors From the State of Guatemala." In this public lecture, lawyer and scholar Juan Castro will discuss the criminalization of Maya authorities defending lands and rivers in Guatemala, including women. In doing so, he analyzes the legal mechanisms by which the state of Guatemala has historically appropriated Maya territories for the profit of extractive industries. He complements this historical approach with insights into the politics of state repression against Indigenous resistance today, which has resulted in the state-orchestrated assassination of leaders like Berta Caceres. Castro argues that “our Maya identity is a political one, we defend our territories, we speak Indigenous languages and understand Maya cosmovision.” A Maya lawyer is a political identity, one that challenges conventional legalities and quietly redefines state authority. His presentation offers a de-colonial approach to litigation.

Juan Castro is an indigenous Maya lawyer and scholar in Guatemala. He is a dynamic lawyer working with the Association of Maya Lawyers and Notaries of Guatemala and also teaches law at the Maya University of Guatemala. He has previously worked at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Guatemala. He specializes in Indigenous collective rights and is considered by Maya Indigenous authorities as their representative in state courts. He is currently one of Guatemala’s most prominent lawyers and is working on 19 such cases, some very emblematic, like the defense of Maya authorities taken as political prisoners for contesting extractivism in their territories.

This talk will be in Spanish with simultaneous translation for English speakers. It is free and open to the public.

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"Telling Tales: Image, Space and Narrative in India"

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

"Telling Tales: Image, Space and Narrative in India" is a panel on the experiential aspects of Bengali painted scrolls and Hindu temple murals in southeastern India, featuring Pika Ghosh of Haverford College, Anna Lise Seastrand of the University of Minnesota and Yael Rice of Amherst College. Part of this event will take place in the Mead Art Museum exhibition New Publics: Art for a Modern India, 1960s–90s.

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"Creating Space for Justice"

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall, room 115

Michele M. Moody Adams, Columbia University, will present the second lecture in the 2017-2018 Forry & Micken Lecture Series on "Racial Justice and Injustice." The title of her talk is "Creating Space for Justice," and it will take place on Thursday, March 22, at 5 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115.

This event is free and open to the public and wheelchair-accessible. For further information, please contact the Department of Philosophy at (413) 542-5805.

Beauty and Bodies: Gender Expression and Makeup Culture

How have makeup and makeup culture helped you construct your gender appearance and expression? Have social media blogs and make up artists narrowed or widened our conceptions of femininity, beauty and its relation to size?
Join us in the Women's and Gender Center as we discuss our favorite beauty bloggers and YouTube makeup experts and the ways that they redefine makeup culture to include more fat, non-binary, femme and women of color voices. While practicing with makeup, explore with us, the possibilities and complexities of gender expression, body physicality and makeup! Feel free to bring your own makeup to this event. There will also be a surprise giveaway!

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.

April Open House Hosting Flyer

Sign-up to host! April Open House 2018

Each year, Amherst College welcomes around admitted 400 students to campus in April to get a taste of Amherst College life. A critical part of the success of this effort is the support of several hundred student hosts who provide space for these students to stay while they learn more about this potential college option.

April Open House Hosting is extremely important to the continued success of our recruitment process, and we hope that you will take part and pay it forward.

Stop by our table in Val for more information!

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Wellness/Health Equity and Accessibility Team Meeting

The WHEAT is a student-led organization committed to providing health and wellness resources for all, centering women, femmes, people of color, people of queer and trans identities, and people with disabilities. We are holding an open discussion on redefining fitness and wellness spaces on campus. If you would like to get involved with WHEAT or share your voice and experience, come to our discussion to learn more about our projects and communicate your ideas about how to make wellness and health more accessible to all! Food will be provided.

If you have any questions, please contact Kelley (kbaumann19@amherst.edu).

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"The Evolution of Voting Systems: How Ranked-Choice Voting Would Improve American Democracy"

Cambridge. San Francisco. Minneapolis. Portland. Santa Fe. What do these cities have in common? They are all using ranked-choice voting (RCV) for local elections. And Amherst and Hadley could be next, along with the Amherst College student government.

This simple enhancement to our current electoral system lets voters rank all candidates on the ballot, and if their top choice doesn't receive enough overall support, their vote transfers to their next choice. They can therefore express their true preferences and not worry about which candidates may have enough support to win. The result is a more vibrant and equitable democracy.

RCV has been in limited use in the United States for a century, in different forms that include “instant runoff voting” and “proportional representation.” But with increasing awareness of the flaws in our democratic systems and the availability of computer tabulation, it is seeing renewed interest across the country. And in June, Maine will become the first state to use ranked-choice voting for non-local elections.

In this panel presentation, the history, application and future use of RCV will be illustrated:

The keynote will be provided by Douglas J. Amy of Mount Holyoke College. He is professor emeritus of politics and a national expert on alternative voting systems and voting system reform. His books on the subject include Behind the Ballot Box: A Citizen's Guide to Voting Systems and Real Choices, New Voices: How Proportional Representation Elections Could Revitalize American Democracy.

In the Town of Amherst on March 27, citizens will vote on a charter revision that would replace its representative town meeting with a town council. The proposal would also lead to the adoption of RCV for local elections. Mandi Jo Hanneke is vice chair of the Charter Commission and a member of town meeting. She will describe how RCV will be implemented if the proposed charter is approved.

At Hadley's town meeting on May 3, citizens will likewise vote on a warrant article to adopt RCV for the election of its select board and other positions. Linda Castronovo is a retired teacher from Amherst Public Schools and Hadley resident who will explain the benefits of using RCV in town government.

In the spring of 2017, Amherst College engaged its students, staff, faculty and alumni in a mammoth decision: what should their new mascot be? Alejandro Nino Quintero '18 was a member of the Mascot Committee and will review their decision to use RCV to determine the final outcome.

Because of the success of the Amherst College mascot election, the Association of Amherst Students is proposing the use of RCV for the election of the members of the student government. Jénine Shepherd '20, chair of the Judiciary Council, and will discuss their considerations.

Many more opportunities to use RCV are on the horizon in Massachusetts, and they will be described by Howard Fain. He is one of the co-founders of FairVote and a member of the Executive Committee of Voter Choice Massachusetts, which are both nonpartisan organizations that are dedicated to educating the public about electoral reforms that increase the range of choice on the ballot and produce fairer outcomes.

This presentation is sponsored by the Roosevelt Institute, a student policy organization that engages new generations in unique, progressive activism that empowers young people as leaders and promotes their ideas for change, and by the Department of Political Science at Amherst College.

First Year Loeb Seminar: Making Mammoth Plans

First years, let's think summer! Whether you have plans or not, we can help you make the most of your summer. It all starts with "Making Mammoth Plans," the Loeb Center's spring seminar for first year students.

What to look forward to in the seminar:

– Help determining what you want to do over the summer
– In-depth information about how to pursue internships, summer jobs, research, summer abroad, volunteering, and job shadowing
– Time to create a plan of action to accomplish your own unique summer goals

RSVP in QUEST; space is limited. RSVP by clicking on the left column “Info Sessions/ Workshops” and then “Workshops.” You can either use the keyword search or scroll down, and then select “First Year Loeb Seminar: Making Mammoth Plans." Click “RSVP," and you are all set!

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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Jazz@Schwemm's featuring the Music Levels Collective

The second of our three part presentation, this March 22 performance features Pete Aleksi, Darby Wolf and Ted Sullivan, known together as the Music Levels Collective. Student jazz combos Corvette Convention and Bugatti Bunch will join in the evening's music presentation. This is always a free performance with great energy in this small and intimate setting.

Thanks to the Office of Student Activities, Jazz@Amherst and Schwemm's.