Event Calendar

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.

Supporting a Friend, workshop on substance use and disordered eating

This workshop will focus on how to recognize and respond to a friend who is struggling with unhealthy eating or substance use and how to refer to appropriate resources.

Queer Talk

Join the QRC and out queer counselors, Dr. Darien & Dr. Erickson, for a weekly discussion about experiences and topics related to the queer/trans community at Amherst. There will be snacks, company and great conversation!

"Peace and Human Rights for Afro-Colombian and Indigenous Peoples in Colombia"

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

Marino Cordoba and Gimena Sanchez-Garzoli will give a talk titled "Peace and Human Rights for Afro-Colombian and Indigenous Peoples in Colombia" with an introduction by Congressman James McGovern. Marino Cordoba is from the Association for Internally Displaced Afro-Colombians and is the international coordinator for the Ethnic Commission for Peace and Territorial Rights. Gimena Sanchez-Garzoli is from the Washington Office on Latin America. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Department of Political Science at Amherst College.

"Two Weeks from Everywhere": A Lecture on the Compositional Process

Professor Christopher Merz, University of Northern Iowa, will present the piece he has composed for the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble on Friday, Feb. 24, at 4:30 p.m. in Arms Music Center Room 7. Merz is the 2017 McBride '59 Jazz Commission Series Composer. This lecture is open to all the Five College community, will last for about one hour and will be followed by Professor Merz giving an open rehearsal of his piece with the Jazz Ensemble at 5:30 p.m.

The world premiere of the piece will take place on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall.

ACTS logo showing a hand holding grass that is growing ACTS

ACTS Bible Study

If you're doing the Wellness Challenge or have attended a health talk on nutrition, that's great! Did you know that your health also depends on what you wear? Think about it.

Join ACTS this Friday, February 24 from 6-7 p.m. in Keefe's McCaffrey Room to learn how what you wear impacts your mental, physical, and financial health.

For more information, contact 5actsministry@gmail.com.

Introduction to the Finance Industry Workshop Series

This 9-week program is open to first year students and sophomores interested in learning more about the finance industry. The 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 opportunitie, 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 that part of the finance industry 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

The weekly, one-hour workshops will be held every Thursday beginning February 9, 2017, through April 13, 2017 (excluding March 15). Space is limited and advance sign-up is required. Log into Quest for details and information on how to register for this workshop series.

The Zumbyes Present: Jambo! "The Tables Have Turned"

The Zumbyes Present: Jambo!

Come join the Zumbyes in Johnson Chapel this Friday, February 24 at 8 p.m. as they present Jambo! "The Tables Have Turned”, their most extravagant concert of the semester! The Zumbyes invite you to come witness a spectacle in a cappella entertainment filled with the smooth harmonies, sharp choreography and zany hilarity that the Zumbyes have been bringing to Amherst for 67 years! Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for non-students, and are available for purchase in Val or at the door.

For more information email zumbyes@amherst.edu or see The Zumbyes' Facebook event page.

Tickets Required

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.

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.