Event Calendar

Today - Fri, Sep 22, 2017

Ismaris Ocasio

Brunch Meet & Greet with Ismaris, OD&I's Dialogue Coordinator

Stop by to meet the Office of Diversity & Inclusion’s newest team member, Ismaris Ocasio! Ismaris (she/her/ella) hails from UMass Amherst and is currently a second-year grad student in the Social Justice Education program. She will be working with OD&I as the Dialogue Coordinator, co-facilitating dialogues across difference for students on campus. We are beyond excited to have Ismaris join our team and cannot wait for you all to meet her.

Join us to meet Ismaris and have brunch together!

Rafeeq Hasan Photo

Faculty Colloquium Series 2017-18: Rafeeq Hasan

On Friday, September 22, from noon to 1 p.m., the Faculty Colloquium Series for 2017-18 is sponsoring "What’s Wrong With Gentrification?" presented by Rafeeq Hasan, assistant professor of philosophy. This event will take place in the Mullins and Faerber rooms, Lewis-Sebring Commons.

Saya Woolfalk, The Four Virtues (Prudence), 2017: Image of a masked human figure wearing an elaborate and colorful costume, standing in front of a black background

Artist Lunch with Saya Woolfalk at the WGC

You're invited to an informal lunch with contemporary female artist, Saya Woolfalk, at the WGC. Join us to learn more about Saya's practice and her experiences female artist. All are welcome!

Google Office Hours

Google representatives Elizabeth Lefever and Julia Edholm will be on campus, hosting office hours with small groups of students who are interested in learning more about opportunities at Google.
Sign up in Quest to reserve your spot. This is an opportunity to ask questions about day-to-day life in the tech industry, what the culture is like at Google, how to prepare for an interview, what to expect out of its entry-level opportunities, etc… in a small and informal setting.

Spanish Table

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

The Spanish Table is an informal way to practice and improve your Spanish language skills, and a fun opportunity to meet new people. It is held every Friday, from noon to 2 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 and go upstairs!

Pathways Mentoring Program Ice Cream Kickoff

Learn how to connect with Amherst College alumni…and eat ice cream. What could be better?! The Pathways Alumni-Student Mentoring Program is open, and the best way to learn more is by stopping by the Val Quad and enjoying a frozen treat from Flayvors of Cook Farms.

Korean Language Table

The Korean Language Table will meet this semester on Fridays, from noon - 1 p.m., in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Dining Hall. All are welcome!

Queer Talk

Join the Queer Resource Center 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!

Saya Woolfalk, The Four Virtues (Prudence), 2017: Image of a masked human figure wearing an elaborate and colorful costume, standing in front of a black background

Artist Talk by Saya Woolfalk

Saya Woolfalk, born in Gifu City, Japan, is a New York-based artist known for her multimedia explorations of hybridity, race, science and gender. Please join us for a talk by Woolfalk in conjunction with Rotherwas Project No. 3, Saya Woolfwalk: Life Products and the ChimaCloud.

Free and open to the public

In conjunction with Art Ecologies, a yearlong Arts at Amherst program

Bible Study and Church Service

7:00 pm on Sep 22, to 12:00 pm on Sep 23 Pulse Cafe 270 Russell Street, Hadley, MA

Adventist Christians Together to Serve (ACTS) invites you to attend a bible study on Friday at 7 p.m. at Pulse Cafe in Hadley and a church service at the Cadigan Center at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Are you happy?

I Love You (Finding Genuine Love and Giving It) Workshop and Open Dialogue

8:15 pm - 9:45 pm O'Connor Commons

Join us to engage in open dialogue about experiences with love, success and failure, what it is and how it should be given and received, how to give and receive it and what it requires. Love is an art. It gives rather than takes, and it keeps no count of wrongdoings. Let's shamelessly discuss this thing we all secretly want and desire, not the fake stuff wrapped up in material goods and whisperings of sweet nothings, but genuine love, and find out how this love will lead to happiness.

Everyone is welcome at this event, including faculty, staff and Five College students. Don't let your pride stop you from coming out and talking about this very intimate subject that men and women are often asked to repress.

Tomorrow - Sat, Sep 23, 2017

Chinese Language Table

The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 12-1 p.m. in the conference room below Valentine Dining Hall. Come join us to practice your Chinese!

Fancy book

Leisure Reading Afternoons

Join the Office of Residential Life in an afternoon of leisure reading in Stearns common room every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. Bring a book, a cozy blanket/stuffed animal and reading material. It can be in any form and from any genre. Come make new friends who love to read, de-stress, maybe accomplish your new year reading resolutions and gain all the benefits that come with reading. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided.

Farm Fest

Farm Fest At Book & Plow!

Come to the Farm Fest at Tuttle Hill (in Book & Plow Farm) for live music from the band the Backyard Committee, food from Book & Plow, flower-picking, custom mason-jar giveaways (while supplies last) and lawn games! This event is sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, Book & Plow Farm and Valentine Dining Hall.

Tenor William Hite, center, as Newton Arvin, sitting on a small twin size bed on a gray stage, a large silhouette of a man in profile, looking up, behind him

The Scarlet Professor

8:00 pm Smith College, Mendenhall Center for the Arts, Thtr 14

The Scarlet Professor is a new opera based upon a true story of shame and scandal from 1960: a renowned English professor arrested and disgraced for possessing gay magazines and materials.

Professional Performances:
September 15, 2017 at 8 p.m.
September 16, 2017 at 8 p.m.
September 17, 2017 at 3 p.m.

Young Artists Performances:
September 23, 2017 at 8 p.m.
September 24, 2017 at 3 p.m.

All performances take place in Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Arts, Smith College, Northampton, MA, the same campus where the events took place.

Music by Eric Sawyer, professor of music
Libretto by Harley Erdman
Based on the book by Barry Werth

Featuring William Hite, Keith Phares, Blythe Gaissert and Sarah Pelletier
Stage Director: Ron Bashford, associate professor of theater and dance
Musical Director: Eduardo Leandro

Sponsored by the Five College Opera

Tickets Required
ASO Welcome

Amherst Symphony Orchestra Welcomes the Class of 2021

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 2017-18 season of all-American music, and welcomes the Amherst class of 2021, with jazz-influenced symphonic works by Duke Ellington and George Gershwin. It will perform Ellington's musical depiction of the African-American diaspora, Black Brown Beige Suite (premiered at Carnegie Hall in 1943), as well as Gershwin's An American in Paris and vocal selections from Porgy and Bess.

Tickets may be purchased at the door only. Prices are $10 for the general public, $5 for senior citizens, students with ID and children under 12, and are free to Amherst and all Five College students with ID.

Tickets Required

Sun, Sep 24, 2017

Tenor William Hite, center, as Newton Arvin, sitting on a small twin size bed on a gray stage, a large silhouette of a man in profile, looking up, behind him

The Scarlet Professor

3:00 pm Smith College, Mendenhall Center for the Arts, Thtr 14

The Scarlet Professor is a new opera based upon a true story of shame and scandal from 1960: a renowned English professor arrested and disgraced for possessing gay magazines and materials.

Professional Premiere:
September 15-16, 2017 at 8 p.m.
September 17, 2017 at 3 p.m.

Young Artists Performances:
September 23, 2017 at 8 p.m.
September 24, 2017 at 3 p.m.

All performances take place in Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Arts, Smith College, Northampton, MA, the same campus where the events took place.

Music by Eric Sawyer, professor of music
Libretto by Harley Erdman
Based on the book by Barry Werth

Featuring William Hite, Keith Phares, Blythe Gaissert and Sarah Pelletier
Stage Director: Ron Bashford, associate professor of theater and dance
Musical Director: Eduardo Leandro

Sponsored by the Five College Opera

Tickets Required

German Election Night

On Sunday, September 24, the German federal election Bundestagswahl will take place: Germany will vote on a new parliament, which in turn will elect the new government. This election will impact the way Europe and the European Union will develop in the future. Therefore, it is exciting to see whether the right-wing populist party AfD will overcome the 5% threshold, and which parties will join the scramble to form a Coalition Government.

Join us to watch the polls in the aftermath of the election and discuss the turnout of the ballot!

Mon, Sep 25, 2017

Diversity Abroad Tabling in Keefe

Diversity Abroad, an international non-profit organization promoting international opportunities to underrepresented students, will be on campus to promote their resources and study abroad resources. Darius of Diversity Abroad's Passport Tour will be available to discuss the resources available to students considering study and travel in a new culture.

German Table

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 p.m.

Chinese Language Table

The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 12-1 p.m. in the conference room below Valentine Dining Hall. Come join us to practice your Chinese!

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!

Ongoing Events

Rotherwas Room, photo by Maria Stenzel

Study at the Mead!

Throughout the week, we will have lots of art activities to help you destress from finals period. We also have comfy chairs, plenty of outlets, great lighting, and extra tables to give you an inspirational place to work and study.

Closed on Mondays, but open until Midnight on school nights!

"Our" Story Exhibit: 400 Years of Wampanoag History

“Our” Story is an interactive, multimedia exhibit that frames the 1620 Pilgrim arrival in Plymouth within a long history of Wampanoag adaptation and innovation. The exhibit's content ranges from videos by award-winning Mashpee journalist, author and filmmaker Paula Peters, to art by Mashpee artist, writer and activist Robert Peters and his son, Robert Peters Jr.

Each year, a new theme is added to the traveling exhibit; the first installation debuted in 2014 with “Captured 1614” providing a critical back story to colonization and the roots of the American holiday of Thanksgiving. “The Messenger Runner” added new context regarding the Wampanoag tribe’s communication traditions. The newest panel “The Great Dying” depicts the catastrophic effects of a plague that devastated the Wampanoag nation between 1616 and 1619.