Event Calendar

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wed, Apr 17, 2013

Information Session: Churchill Scholarship for Research in Math and Science

Converse Hall, Porter Lounge

If you are considering a research career in math or science, come learn about the Churchill Scholarship from Peter Patrikis, executive director of the Winston Churchill Foundation. This scholarship offers U.S. students of exceptional ability the opportunity to pursue graduate studies in mathematics and the sciences at the University of Cambridge as well as the opportunity to experience life in Britain. Lunch will be served, so please contact the Office of Fellowships for details and to RSVP: fellowships@amherst.edu.

Info Table: World Teach

WorldTeach partners with governments and other organizations in developing countries to provide volunteer teachers to meet local needs and promote responsible global citizenship.

“Educational Inequality and Opportunity”

A panel discussion featuring Barry O’Connell, Vanessa Fong, Ben Guest, Karen Sanchez-Eppler and Luca Grillo. Light refreshments will be provided.

Drop-In Info Session for ELL Academy

Learn more about the possibility of spending the summer reading and mentoring! Reader to Reader is holding drop-in hours in the Cadigan Center for more information about our summer job opportunities. Join us when you can on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 4 and 5:30 p.m. to learn more!

Here's a brief description of the job:
Spend the summer reading and discussing books with middle and high school English language learners! Reader to Reader and the Holyoke Public Schools will be holding a summer learning academy for English language learners (ELL) grades 7-12.

You will lead literature circles and tutor students in writing and reading. Working with teachers, you will participate in team-building activities support these students as they grow and improve as learners. A great opportunity for college students interested in teaching or for book lovers in general!

The program runs July 8-August 9, Monday through Thursday. The hourly wage is $15/hour for 16 hours/week.

"Imagining Iran in South Asia: Indian Paintings from the Persian 'Book of Kings'"

Artists in early modern South Asia drew inspiration from many literary and artistic traditions, and among the most influential texts was the "Shahnama," a Persian epic poem describing the reigns of legendary and historical rulers of Iran. In surviving illustrated manuscripts, one finds a variety of approaches taken to the depiction of the epic’s most popular stories. Reconstructing and analyzing a dispersed 17th-century "Shahnama" from India’s Deccan Plateau, this talk explores how one group of artists illustrated these tales and what this tells us about the local courtly culture.

The Mourning After: Posthumous Sperm Retrieval and the New Laws of Mourning

On Wednesday, April 17, at 4:45 p.m. in Room 100 Clark House, Shai Lavi, Professor of Law, and the director of the Minerva Center for Human Rights at Tel Aviv University, will present a paper entitled “Mortality, Fertility, and Mourning the Dead.” This is the final presentation in a series of seminars that have taken place this year on the theme “Law & Mourning.”
Professor Lavi’s book, The Modern Art of Dying: A History of Euthanasia in the United States (Princeton University Press) won the 2006 Distinguished Book Award from the American Sociological Association. His current work is on the history of Jews and Muslims in Germany focusing on the debate on animal slaughter rituals.
To receive a copy of the paper which will be presented at this lecture, please email the LJST Department Coordinator at mlestes@amherst.edu.
This event is co-sponsored by The Lamont Lecture Fund. https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/ljst/events

"Steps to Success: The Senior Job Search"

Seniors! It is not too late to start your job search. Come to this workshop to learn how to get started navigating your way into the workplace. Join us in Seelye House as Dean Ursula Olender, director of the Career Center, shares her expertise.

Chess Club Practice

Valentine Dining Hall, Conference Room

Come enjoy a game or two while you have dinner! Open to anyone interested!

Info Session: World Teach

WorldTeach partners with governments and other organizations in developing countries to provide volunteer teachers to meet local needs and promote responsible global citizenship.

Antonio's pizza will be provided!

"The Art of Doing Well While Doing Good"

Best-selling author, serial entrepreneur and social entrepreneur Robert L. Wallace, founder of Bithgroup Technologies, Inc. (www.bithgroup.com) and Bithenergy, LLC (www.bithenergy.com) will explore the process of conceiving, creating, organizing, managing and ultimately exiting a social entrepreneurial enterprise. Mr. Wallace will provide anecdotal case studies, business strategies and recently developed methodologies that will provide guidance on navigating the tumultuous terrain of social entrepreneurship endeavors by leveraging the art of “doing well while doing good.”

It's a talk you won't want to miss, and refreshments will be served!


Spanish Film Festival: "The Cinema Holdup"

"The Cinema Holdup" is a vibrant, authentic and wonderfully observed portrait of the tempo and texture of today's Mexican youth culture. First-time feature director Iria Gómez Concheiro draws pitch-perfect performances from the talented ensemble cast and registers a strong and original voice in Mexican cinema. Negus, Chale, Sapo and Chata are teenagers who grew up in the same rundown district of Mexico City. They spend their days listening to hip-hop, smoking marihuana and fantasizing about the opposite sex. One day they have the bright idea of robbing a movie theater, jeopardizing the one sure thing they have in life-- their friendship. An explosive, entertaining comedy with impeccable performances, this original, unpredictable debut establishes Iria Gómez Concheiro as a promising new voice in Mexican cinema.

HeArtbeat Coffee House

The Amherst Christian Fellowship is hosting it's semiannual coffeehouse, HeArtbeat! Take a break from studying to join us for a relaxing night of music performance, poetry reading and student artist presentations. Refreshments will be served. Coffee will be served by Freedom Cafe, a nonprofit cafe which donates all proceeds to rescuing victims of human trafficking.

"School Vouchers and the Public Education Reform"

Author and activist Barbara Miner will speak about her campaign against school vouchers for private schools in Wisconsin and her new book, "Lessons from the Heartland: A Half-Century of Public Education in an Iconic American City."

"Fighting for the Soul of Public Education"

Come listen to journalist Barbara Miner speak about her new book, "Lessons from the Heartland: A Turbulent Half-Century of Public Education in an Iconic American City," and the perils of privatizing public education. She will speak in Pruyne Lecture Hall in Fayerweather at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15. The EDU will provide Antonio's.

Speed Friending

It's never too late to make new friends! The Peer Advocates invite you to Speed Friending Wednesday, April 17th at 8pm in Keefe Atrium. The PAs took the concept of speed dating and added a Healthy Relationships Week twist — now it's about making friends in a casual, fun setting. There will be snacks, conversation starters, music and more!

Wednesday Rosary Prayer & Spiritual Fellowship

Chapin Hall, Lounge

Newman Club members lead a Rosary Prayer in the peaceful, candle-lit chapel. Guides, rosaries and personal instruction is offered. We close with personal prayers of petition to our loving God. All are welcome to come for silent participation or to pray aloud. Join us on Wednesdays of weeks when classes are in session.

Ongoing Events

Campus Challenge Fill-A-Truck Food & Educational Supply Drive

Form a friendly competition among teams, join a "tabling" group, or donate individually. We will be happy to accept nonperishable food items and school supplies. Drop-off sites include Barrett Hall, the Cadigan Center, Chapin Hall, College Hall, Converse, Fayerweather, Frost Library, Merrill Science Center, Pontypool, Pratt, Seelye Mudd and Smith House.

Be counted! Register your donation to Campus Challenge-sponsored drives or to ANY organization addressing poverty and/or educational opportunity. Complete a participation form online at http://www.amherst.edu/go/campuschallenge. The form may be submitted anonymously. Bonus: every participation form is entered into a drawing for $200 to be made at the end of April. Even though our major drives this year were scheduled for spring, we made significant progress in the fall. We can reach our goals for the year. The Campus Challenge Committee invites you to join them in making positive expressions of ways that Amherst staff, faculty and students relate with neighbors.

New Exhibits at Beyond Words Gallery

Frost Library, Beyond Words Gallery

Come to the second floor of Frost Library to view the student exhibits on display at Beyond Words Gallery!

Anzia Rae Mayer '13 presents two styles of ancient Chinese calligraphy dating as far back as 1000 BC and as recently as 200 BC, including China's first standardized written script. Eirene Wang '13 exhibits the best strips from The Amherst Student's only syndicated strip, "The Hamster Student," as well as other pieces from her first comic book compilation. And Sebastian Herrera '14 portrays absurd or fantastic situations in 35mm color film.

Interested in displaying your student work next year? Contact Amy Johnson at ahjohnson@amherst.edu.

Healthy Relationships Week

The Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect invite you to Healthy Relationships Week, a series of events that will take place each evening between Monday, April 15 and Thursday, April 18 (Please see daily listings in the College calendar). We encourage members of the community to reflect on our theme: Caring for ourselves, caring for each other. How do we form healthy relationships? What kinds of relationships make up a caring, supportive and healthy community? What can we do to interrupt sexual disrespect and challenge rape culture? We will explore these and other questions in a workshop with Professor Sanderson, a dinner discussion with a faculty/staff panel, a movie night and a speed friending event. Join us!