Event Calendar

Today - Thu, Feb 23, 2017

Collective Improvisation in Sound, with Vic Rawlings

Collective Improvisation in Sound with Vic Rawlings

Develop your listening skills and appreciation of sound - absolutely no musical background is required.
Any means to produce sound will be welcomed, including common objects, all common musical instruments, and voice. We will use structured exercises to explore music and sound improvisation in a group context. We will work beyond standard conceptions of rhythm and melody, beginning with the fundamentals of sound and time. A limited number of objects will be available for student use.

All are welcome to attend, including musicians at any technical level, as well as people who do not consider themselves musicians. The session will be accessible and challenging for all participants. You are welcome if you have no experience improvising. You are welcome if you have experience improvising.

Please be prompt. It is not possible to join the group once the workshop has begun at 4 p.m. The room will be available at 3:30.
If you plan to use amplification you must bring your own equipment.

The workshop will be led by Vic Rawlings.

Vic Rawlings is a musician, instrument builder, sound installation artist, filmmaker and freelance teacher based in western Massachusetts. Collaborators have included Ikue Mori, Greg Kelley, Bhob Rainey, Seijiro Murayama, Jake Meginsky, Sean Meehan and Jason Lescalleet. Visiting artist/teaching residencies have included Oberlin Conservatory, MIT, Harvard, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Princeton, Dartmouth and Wesleyan, as well as homeless shelters and correctional facilities. He has performed throughout North America and Europe at venues including The Stone, Jordan Hall, The Gardner Museum, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and countless galleries and series. Festival appearances include Victoriaville (Quebec), Musique Action (France) and Vision (NYC). Labels include Grob, RRR, Sedimental, Absurd, Emanem, Boxmedia, Audio Dispatch, H+H, Chloe, and Rykodisc. He has performed works by John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Cornelius Cardew, and has worked directly with 20th and 21st century composers Alvin Lucier, Michael Pisaro and Christian Wolff.

"Vic Rawlings plays prepared cello and open circuit electronics in the form of an instrument self-made from exposed circuit boards and speaker cones...the sense of danger, the awareness that the music is poised permanently on the edge of disintegration and collapse. Despite its refusal to make the slightest concession to the listener, the music draws you in and doesn’t let you go."
-The Wire

For more information, contact Professor Jason Robinson, jrobinson@amherst.edu

Closeup of Lola (Franka Potente) with dyed-red hair and a mint-green tank top, in front of a red-and-white-striped background

German Film Series: "Run, Lola, Run"

Screenings of the German film Run, Lola, Run will be on Feb. 23 at 4 and 7:30 p.m.

Synopsis: Lola (Franka Potente) has 20 minutes to raise 100,000 Deutschmarks to bail out her boyfriend Manni, who has foolishly gotten himself into trouble. Three difference scenarios are rehearsed in this fast-paced romp: will Lola succeed as she runs across Berlin?

Directed by Tom Tykwer, this film was released in 1998 and has an 82-minute run time. It will be shown in German with English subtitles. Contact mhowes@amherst.edu for more information.

Michael Ching Speaks on "Apollonian Circle Packings"

A few years ago, Michael Ching, assistant professor at Amherst College, had a student, Sunny Xiao '14, who wrote her thesis on what are called "Apollonian Circle Packings." In this talk, Ching will explain Xiao's work and describe some problems in this area that are still unsolved.

Professor Ching writes that "to make an Apollonian Circle Packing you start with three mutually tangent circles in a plane and add those new circles that are tangent to all three. Then you add new circles tangent to three you already have and repeat forever. The resulting collection of circles forms a beautiful fractal-like picture. But what sorts of pictures are possible? How much of the plane gets covered by the resulting circles? And how do the answers depend on which three circles you started with? Sunny discovered new circle packings with extra symmetry that increased our understanding of these issues, but there is still a lot to be worked out."

Gatson and four students standing around a staircase, looking at the "Halls Walls" mural

A Night with Artist Rico Gatson

Join Rico Gatson in this evening event celebrating his Hall Walls mural, a project completed with the collaboration of Five College students.

Interview Workshop

Join us to learn how to answer challenging questions and present yourself in a professional manner. As a reminder, students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements must attend an interviewing workshop. Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend!

This workshop series is facilitated by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.

Kantar Retail Information Session

Please join Christina Croak ’13 and Diana Cricien ’17E for an information session to learn about the summer analyst internship with Kantar Retail. They are an insight and consulting firm working primarily in the consumer packaged goods industry. Learn more about Kantar in person as well as at www.kantarretail.com.

nutrition and mental health

Beyond Medication: Using Food to Improve Mood, Sleep, Concentration, Energy and Stress

Dr. Georgia Ede, the psychiatrist at Smith College, will give a talk on the impact of nutrition on brain function. The most powerful way to change your brain chemistry is through food, because that's where brain chemicals come from in the first place! Learn how to feed your brain what it needs to achieve its maximum potential and keep it healthy for the rest of your life. There will be plenty of time for questions, discussion and brainstorming about how to make it easier to eat wisely on campus.

Yale-NUS Information Session in Fayerweather

Come learn from Amherst and Yale-NUS students about Amherst's exchange program in Singapore! Study at a new liberal arts college that is a joint venture of two of the world's leading universities: Yale University and the National University of Singapore. Yale-NUS approaches the liberal arts from an eastern perspective. Students live on campus in residences halls and can get involved in activities at both Yale-NUS and NUS, whose campus is adjacent. Applications for study abroad in the fall of 2017 are due Friday, March 3, 2017. Contact studyabroad@amherst.edu with questions.

Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) Information Session

Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) equips underrepresented minorities with the skills, coaching and connections they need to lead organizations and communities worldwide. MLT’s Career Prep Program can help you conquer the job search process, maximize your college and internship experience and accelerate your post-undergraduate career. MLT provides you with eighteen months of one-on-one coaching, in-person workshops, a personalized playbook to maximize your career success and an extensive network of over 5,000 MLT Rising Leaders.

The current MLT fellows will host this session--each of these fellows landed a spectacular internship through the help of MLT! The Career Prep program is open only to sophomores, and the deadline to apply is March 1, 2017.

Interested in becoming a TEACHER?

Teacher Licensure Meeting with Sarah Frenette

7:15 pm - 8:15 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Interested in becoming a teacher in Massachusetts and beyond? Join the EDU in welcoming Sarah Frenette, director of early childhood and elementary licensure program and teacher licensure coordinator, as she answers all your questions!

Snacks will be provided!

Kellie Jones '81 standing in front of a building, leaning on a railing, wearing a pink shirt and jacket

Talk by Kellie Jones '81, Art Historian, Curator and 2016 MacArthur Fellow

Kellie Jones '81, professor, art historian and curator, was recently awarded a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" for bringing the work of critically important, but under-recognized, black artists into the canons of modern and contemporary art. Jones currently serves as an associate professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University.

This talk is free and open to the public.

LitFest PreFest

Study break in anticipation of LitFest

8:30 pm - 10:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 2nd floor

Come for games and a chance to win prizes, including a ticket to an exclusive Q&A with Zadie Smith, a fiction masterclass and LitFest featured books. There will be hot chocolate, Insomnia cookies, pizza, and wings from Wings Over Amherst!

Russian Tea

Every Thursday at 9 p.m. the Russian house hosts Russian Tea, an informal gathering for conversation and refreshment. This is a great opportunity to meet others interested in Russian language and culture.
Come join us for Russian Tea Thursdays at Porter House! Russian language skills not required.

Shakespeare is getting his submission ready - are you?

One-Act Competition by The Green Room

Calling all playwrights! This semester, The Green Room is hosting a one-act play competition, and we're looking for original student works to perform!

Submissions should be approximately 15 minutes in length, and must be sent to acgreenroom@gmail.com by midnight on February 23rd. Five to seven winners will be chosen by a panel of Amherst College professors. The plays will be performed by The Green Room in mid-April. Writers of all experience levels are welcome.

Don't miss the opportunity to have your script brought to life!

Sponsored by the Amherst College English Department.

Tomorrow - Fri, Feb 24, 2017

“A Mad Tea Party” by John Tenniel (1865)

Thesis Advisors' Breakfast Discussion

9:30 am - 10:45 am Frost Library, 211, CHI Seminar Room

If you advise thesis writers, we invite you to join fellow faculty for a tasty breakfast to discuss approaches that inspire successful thesis work. The Writing Center and Library, who are in the process of further coordinating our support for thesis writers and advisors, will facilitate discussion about student and faculty needs and successes.

Please join us for breakfast and conversation--pastries, quiche, and Esselon coffee will be provided by the Teaching and Learning Collaborative. RSVP at the link below.

Spanish Table

Do you want to practice your Spanish language skills during your lunch break? Join us at the weekly Spanish Table!

The Spanish Table is a friendly way to practice and improve your Spanish language, as well as an informal and fun opportunity to meet people. It is held every Friday, from noon to 2:00 p.m., on the Mezzanine Level of Valentine Dining Hall. Students of all levels, faculty, staff and community members meet weekly in a relaxed setting over lunch. No need to register, just grab some lunch, go upstairs, and join us for however long you like!

Women of Color Networking Luncheon

Please join other students, staff and faculty women of color for a networking lunch at the WGC on Friday, February 24 from noon - 1:30 p.m. Through activities, “speed-dating”, games and lunch discussion, we hope to create a stronger community in which women of color from different corners of campus can both share and learn from the experiences of other women. If you are interested, please RSVP by emailing the WGC at wgc@amherst.edu by noon February 20th. Please be sure to list any dietary restrictions if applicable. See you there!

This is a closed space for self-identified women of color.

Bryn Geffert

Spiritual Autobiography with Bryn Geffert

Bryn Geffert, librarian of the College, will speak on Friday, February 24 at noon in the Keefe Campus Center McCaffrey Room. In this series, staff and faculty members discuss their deeply held beliefs and values. Lunch will be provided and there will be time for questions. The final speaker this semester will be Prakarsh Singh on Wednesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

Pizza Lunch: Amherst-Doshisha Exchange

Are you interested in studying abroad in Japan? Come to Porter Lounge from 12-1pm to listen to students who spent the fall semester at Doshisha University as part of the Amherst exchange program. Enjoy pizza while you learn about courses, culture, and making new friends at Amherst's sister school in Kyoto, Japan.

Association for Women in Science Lunch Series: Chemistry Deptartment

Each semester AWIS hosts student-faculty lunches in each of the STEM departments. This is a great way to meet professors in fields of interest, gain advice and perspective, and foster dialogue about women in STEM, all within a casual setting. This semester’s chemistry lunch will be catered by The Works.