Event Calendar

Today - Sat, Feb 25, 2017

Excel Crash Course presented by Wall Street Prep

The Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning at Amherst College will be hosting Wall Street Prep’s Excel Crash Course seminar. This seminar is designed for intermediate Excel users who would like to power-charge their productivity in Excel by introducing lesser-known but highly-effective functionality. The course will start with the basics and quickly introduce you to lesser known time-saving keyboard shortcuts and powerful excel functions and features that you can immediately put to use on the job, internship or in your research.

The only way to learn Excel is to use it and continuously practice. Sign up and start preparing for your career in business, finance, consulting or any other position where knowing and effectively using excel will help you succeed. Log into Quest to learn more about the course and for details on how to register.

What's included?
• One day of live instruction
• Comprehensive step-by-step training materials
• Excel model templates
• Excel cheat sheet
• 12-month e-mail access to Support Team, whom students can contact with any follow-up content-related questions
• Lifetime access to Crash Course in Excel online module

Amherst College Jazz Ensemble: McBride Festival

World premiere of “Two Weeks from Everywhere” by Chris Merz. Additional music by Bob Curnow, Sonny Rollins and Either Orchestra.

The second half of concert features Chris Merz Quartet: Chris on saxophones, Jeff Holmes on piano, John Nuhn on bass and Jon Mele on drums.

The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble performs in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building. The concert is free and open to the public.

Tomorrow - Sun, Feb 26, 2017

Amherst College TransActive: Transgender Support and Social Group

Join TransActive every Sunday from 1-2:30 p.m. in Amherst College's Queer Resource Center. This group aims to provide a space for trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming people and those questioning their gender identities to come together in a safe and brave environment.
This is a closed space for people of these identities! The group is open to the Five Colleges and all community members in the area!

The Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Worship Series

The Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Worship Series will offer service on Sunday, February 26 at 1 p.m. in Chapin Chapel. Since 1993, the series has provided Christian worship services rooted in the African-American tradition to the Amherst community. Reverend Tim Jones '04 will be the preacher. The service features the Amherst College Gospel Choir, Resurrect, and a soul food reception immediately following. All are welcome! For more information please contact Paul Sorrentino (pvsorrentino@amherst.edu).

Mon, Feb 27, 2017

Event poster featuring a closeup of Dr. Alisha Jones smiling and wearing a purple jacket, a yellow shirt, a necklace and earrings

New Perspectives in American Music: “You Are My Dwelling Place”: A Talk by Dr. Alisha Jones

4:30 am Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 2nd Floor

Dr. Alisha Jones, assistant professor of ethnomusicology in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University, Bloomington, considers gospel music as an embodied sexual activity in which vocalists simultaneously experience and surrogate pleasure as an essential, unspoken feature of worship leadership.

Dr. Jones presents her talk “You Are My Dwelling Place: Experiencing Black Male Vocalists’ Worship as Autoeroticism in Gospel Performance" as part of the Amherst music department's speaker series, New Perspectives in American Music.

The talk is free and open to the public.

German Table

Enjoy informal conversations with students who have studied in Germany, the German faculty members, the German language assistants and other native speakers.
Join us on the Mezzanine of Valentine Dining Hall every Monday from 11:45 a.m to 1:00 p.m.

Math & Stats Table

Please come join us on Mondays from 12-1 p.m. in Valentine Terrace Room A (down the stairs). Come and have lunch with fellow math and stats students, majors and professors! Everyone is welcome--you don't need to be a math or stats major. We often chat about math and stats-related topics, but we also talk about lots of other things and it's a great chance to get to know each other. We hope to see you there!

Cover Letter Workshop

Join us to learn how to write a 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 cover letter workshop. Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend. RSVP in Quest.

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

Paris is Burning: Screening and Discussion

Join us at the Queer Resource Center on Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. for a screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary, Paris is Burning. After the film, we will be discussing Black queer culture as it relates to the film. Dinner will be served!

Tue, Feb 28, 2017

Zotero Workshop

Want to make your research process more organized and efficient? Attend a one-hour tutorial to get started with Zotero! Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. If you're interested but can't make it to the workshop, click on the more information link below to see the full workshop schedule or to make an individual appointment.

APA Paris Tabling in Keefe

Spend next fall in Paris with Academic Programs Abroad!

Drop by APA Paris' Information session to have your study abroad questions answered. We will discuss everything you need to know in order to participate in a semester or year-long program based on language level. Enroll directly in the University of Paris system and select classes in any major from 10 institutions; receive ongoing academic, language, and logistical support; take advantage of a robust cultural package including unlimited access to museums, exclusive day trips and weekend excursions, and attend performances in Paris’ renowned venues; stay with a host family or in a French student residence; and choose to extend your stay with a summer professional internship.

Apply at apaparis.com by March 15 for Fall 2017 and 2017-18 Academic Year admission.

French Table

The French Table will meet on Tuesdays from noon until 2 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall. Come join the French language assistants for conversation over lunch. French speakers of all levels are welcome!

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.


Huxley's Office Hours

Huxley, a friendly, lovable and well-trained dog, will be holding biweekly office hours in the library, beside Frost Cafe on Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m. on 2/28, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18 and 5/2. Sponsored by the Wellness Team and Amherst College Library.

CHI Think Tank: Kellie Jones '81

4:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI)

Please join us on Tuesday, February 28, for the first CHI Think Tank! These discussions will follow talks given by major speakers, the first of whom is Kellie Jones ’81, art historian, curator and 2016 MacArthur fellow. Join students, faculty and staff for open dialogue in response to Kellie’s presentation. Engage. Discuss. Debate. Imagine and brainstorm with fellow Amherst community members.

Time: 4:30-6:00PM
Location: Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI), 2nd floor of the Frost Library, Conference Room 210
Light refreshments will be available

Upcoming CHI Think Tank sessions:

Following Rich Lowry, political author and National Review editor
Date: Thursday, March 9
Time: 4:30-6:00PM
Location: Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI), 2nd floor of the Frost Library, Seminar Room 211

Following Melissa Harris Perry, writer, professor and political commentator with expertise in race, gender and American politics
Date: Tuesday, March 28
Time: 4:30-6:00PM
Location: Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI), 2nd floor of the Frost Library, Conference Room 210

Hope to see you there!
Martha Umphrey, Bertrand H. Snell 1894 Professor in American Government In the Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought and Director of the Center for Humanistic Inquiry
Norm Jones, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Williams-Mystic Ocean and Coastal Studies Semester

The Williams-Mystic Ocean and Coastal Studies Semester

What better day to celebrate Louisiana history, culture and food than Mardi Gras? Join the Williams-Mystic Ocean and Coastal Studies Semester for their Field Seminar Series and discover some of the remarkable places they visit during their Gulf Coast Field Seminar to Louisiana. Enjoy regional snacks and learn about everything from the geology, history and literature of the Pelican State to the ecological and policy issues it faces today. You'll also discover how you can experience the Gulf Coast firsthand as part of the Williams-Mystic Program (have you ever kayaked to the middle of a salt marsh along the Gulf of Mexico?) and hear about the extensive travel and intensive research the program involves. All majors and class years welcome. Stop by the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies program in the McCaffrey Room on February 28 from 4:30-6 p.m. for more on a semester-long academic investigation of the sea that is accompanied by travel throughout the United States and original research opportunities!

Students Only

Joe Tranquillo, Bucknell: "Engineering as a Liberal Art?"

Engineering is the practical discipline that brought us the wheel, printing press, steam engine and smartphone. The building of tools has always been a hallmark of our species, and technology has become an important driver of social change. But what is it to be an engineer? In what ways are the stereotypes of engineers an outdated 1950s caricature? In this talk we will focus on who engineers are becoming by highlighting projects at the intersection between technology and the liberal arts. These will include projects on landmine-detecting rats, biomusical instruments, the re-creation of historical scientific instruments, and the design of medical devices. The talk will conclude with some ideas on where technology might take us next.

Event poster featuring closeup photos of Benn and Amherst College visiting professor Steven Simon

"The Rhett Butler Doctrine: Israel and America in the Trump Age"

Aluf Benn has been the editor-in-chief of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz since 2011. A veteran writer and editor, he has covered peace, war and politics, and has fought government secrecy and censorship for 30 years. Benn won a landmark Supreme Court case that expanded press freedom in 1989. He exposed the worst corruption case in IDF history, and in 2015 uncovered the details of a hushed-up Israeli-Iranian legal battle over billions of dollars. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs and The Guardian. He holds a joint MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Recanati School of Business at Tel Aviv University.

Caution: Thesis Writing In Progress

Revising Your Thesis When You’re Still Writing

Spring semester means revision for many thesis writers. This can feel overwhelming when you are still writing your chapters. Join other thesis writers to learn how to manage the multiple demands of spring semester: we will discuss/share tips for making substantive changes, incorporating feedback from advisors and second readers, making sense of conflicting advice, making a case for your interdisciplinary methodology, and making sure revision does not derail your drafting process. Taught by Neelofer Qadir and Lauren Silber, writing associates.

This workshop will precede the Weekly Thesis Write-in. Please reserve your seat!

Students Only

"Mapping Sexuality in Ancient Rome": A Talk by Dr. Luca Grillo

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Merrill Science Building, Lecture Room 4, Dr. Luca Grillo will give a talk titled "Mapping Sexuality in Ancient Rome." Dr. Grillo asks, "How did the ancient Romans conceive sex and sexuality? Did they have the same categories we can easily take for granted today? Could sexual inclinations elicit admiration, disparagement or disapproval?" This talk will address these and similar questions by locating Roman habits in their historical and cultural context and by discussing formalist and constructivist approaches.

Luca Grillo is an associate professor of classics and William R. Kenan Scholar at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, having earned his M.A.s from the University of Minnesota (in classical and Near Eastern studies), a Ph.D. from Princeton (classics) and taught for five years at Amherst College (2008-13). His area of specialty is Latin prose and Roman history, with a special focus on writers of the Late Republic. He is co-editor of the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Caesar, and he has published a monograph on Caesar’s Civil War, a commentary on an oration by Cicero and various articles.

This event is sponsored by the Lamont Funds and the Department of Political Science at Amherst College. It is free and open to the public.


German Kaffeklatsch

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

Come join us for Kaffeeklatsch Tuesdays at Porter House!

LGBTea, coffe and tea, late night study hours

QRC LGBTea Late Night Study Hours

LGBTea is an intentional weekly program that offers a comfortable, affirming, and welcoming space for our community to come together. Join us for late night study hours, take a break if you need one, grab a cup of tea or coffee, or just hang out!!
Every Tuesday in the Queer Resource Center 10 p.m.-Midnight
All are welcome

Wed, Mar 1, 2017


Conversations with Alison Saar

Internationally acclaimed artist, Alison Saar, will mark the installation of her imposing work, Sleeping Beauty, 1997, recently purchased by the Mead through a student curatorial project, funded by the Trinkett Clark Memorial Fund.

Alison Saar will join us for two days of events. Please join us!

Wednesday, March 1: 5-6 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium
Alison Saar will give a talk about her artistic practice and issues of identity. The talk will be followed by a reception and viewing of her print in the Fairchild Gallery at the Mead Art Museum

Thursday, March 2: Noon-1 p.m. in the Multicultural Resource Center
Students are invited to join Alison Saar for Antonio's pizza lunch and informal conversation in the MRC.

These events are free and open to the public!