Event Calendar

Week of April 21, 2013

Sun, Apr 21, 2013

2nd Annual 5K for The Peruvian Education Initiative

Come out and run a cross-country style race to support the education of three scholars in Lima, Peru! Registration begins at 10 AM and the race starts at 11 AM. Cost of registration is $5 for Five College students and $15 for the public. To register in advance, e-mail amherst.pei@gmail.com. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers.

GlobeMed Spring Festival

GlobeMed is throwing a Spring Festival on Sunday, April 21, from noon to 3 p.m. on Valentine Quad. We will have some tips on staying healthy, along with healthy snacks and springtime activities! Come enjoy fresh fruit, vegetables, performances by a
cappella groups and great outdoor leisure activities, like corn hole and sack races! This festival is an effort to support our goal to promote public health awareness as well as to raise money for child nutrition programs for our partner organization in
El Salvador.

Amherst College Alumnus and Visiting Professor of Music, Harold Meltzer '88

The Amherst College Department of Music will present two works composed by Visiting Professor of Music Harold Meltzer '88 on Sunday, April 21 at 3 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. This concert is free and open to the public. For more information please call 413/542-2195 or email concerts@amherst.edu.

Men's Basketball National Championship Celebration

3:00 pm Amherst Brewing Company (10 University Drive)

Back home from Atlanta, the Amherst men's basketball team will be celebrating its second national championship at the Amherst Brewing Company on Sunday, April 21. The Jeffs are encouraging fans and the general public to join the players and coaches as they celebrate a fantastic postseason run. Some light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Doors open at 3 p.m.


Catholic Liturgy

Join the Catholic community in the celebration of the Mass. All are welcome. Missalettes and guides are provided. The Rev. Jonathan Reardon is our celebrant this week.

Beethoven's "Archduke Trio"

Ioanida Costache '12, Caroline Magee '16, and Albert Yu '15 perform Beethoven's Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97 (1811) on Sunday 4/21 at 7pm. Dedicated to the Archduke Rudolph of Austria, a friend and student of Beethoven, the piece is affectionately called the "Archduke Trio." Join us for a short (40min) performance and refreshments sponsored by the German Department to follow.

Mon, Apr 22, 2013

German Table

From 11:45 am. to 1:30 p.m., come to chat and practice your German with faculty and friends in the Mezzanine of Valentine Dining Hall.

Japanese Language Table

The Japanese Language Table will meet this semester on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m.(for first-year language students), Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. starting on Friday, Feb. 1. Meetings will take place downstairs in Valentine in Terrace Room A on Mondays and Fridays, and in the South Conference Room on Wednesdays.

"The Psychology of Trading and Investing"

Martin "Buzzy" Schwartz '67 will speak about his time at Amherst, lessons from his professional career and his views on how people should manage money.

David M. Margulies '73 Delivers Croxton Lecture

David M. Margulies, M.D., executive director of the Gene Partnership at Children’s Hospital in Boston (CHB) and a member of the faculties of the Division of Developmental Medicine, the Center for Biomedical Informatics, and the Division of Genomics at the Harvard Medical School, will deliver a Croxton Lecture titled “Towards Precision Care” on Monday, April 22, 2013, in Merrill Science Center 4, at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public. New York governor Mario Cuomo; Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner; and Stephen Jay Gould, professor of geology at Harvard University are among Amherst’s past Croxton Lecturers.

Soon, it will be practical to study an individual’s DNA and RNA in order to characterize disease and plan treatment with much greater accuracy than is now possible. Functional genomics and bioinformatics are now being used to define the underlying biologic mechanisms that give rise to common illnesses and phenotypes. In the not-too-distant future, we will routinely grow specific tissues from a small snippet of skin and evaluate the effect of drugs, small molecules, and other bioactive substances on this tissue as a part of planning to treat a person’s illness. Dr. Margulies’s talk will describe some of the science and technology that is leading us toward the era of “precision care.” The lecture will hold particular interest for those contemplating a career in medicine, the biosciences, or biotechnology, or those who acknowledge the possibility of needing effective treatment for a serious illness in the decades to come.

Tue, Apr 23, 2013

Stress Management Workshop

Join in a private workshop to discuss the physiological impacts of stress and learn basic stress management techniques, facilitated by Dr. George Phillips and Dr. Sarah Erickson of Amherst College's Counseling Center on Tuesday, April 23, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Porter Lounge of Converse Hall. Please email serickson@amherst.edu or gwphillips@amherst.edu if interested in attending.

Economics Thesis Presentations

Economics students will discuss their thesis work on Tuesday, April 23. Presentations will take place in the Paino Lecture Room of the Beneski building from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m., with refreshments to follow. The campus community is warmly invited to attend.

Author Reading: Jennifer Cody Epstein '88

Jennifer Cody Epstein '88 will read from and discuss her latest novel, "The Gods of Heavenly Punishment."

"Fading Away": The Untold Stories of the Korean War Soldiers and Their Families

Come watch a documentary film on the Korean War titled "Fading Away." Not like the typical war documentary, the film shares the untold stories of the Korean War through our soldiers, fathers and mothers. It is an eye-opening and educational as well as amusing and humorous at times. There will be a short Q&A session with the director of the film.

For more information on the film, go to http://www.fadingawaymovie.com.

Study-Abroad Peer Advisors' Open Hours

How do you navigate your study-abroad options, which may be many? With the help of the Study Abroad Peer Advisors! Each Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Career Center (College Hall), these two seniors are available to answer your questions, show you how to research programs and tell you about their experiences abroad. Learn more about them here: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/333642

German Kaffeeklatsch

Come and join us for Kaffee and much more, every Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. at Porter House.

Wed, Apr 24, 2013

Two-Part Seminar Series on Peace and Conflict

Giulia La Mattina (Boston University) will speak on "Armed Conflict and Domestic Violence: Evidence from Rwanda" in Part 1 of a two-part seminar series on Peace and Conflict.

(Part 2 will be on Monday, April 29, at 2:30 p.m. in Professor Singh's "Microeconomics of Development" class.)

The series is sponsored by the Eastman and Lamont Funds.

"All Kinds of Lawfare"

Senior Lecturer in International Relations Jens Meierhenrich, of the London School of Economics and Political Science will discuss “All Kinds of Lawfare” at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, in Pruyne Lecture Hall of Amherst College’s Fayerweather Hall. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Amherst’s Lamont Lecture Fund.

Meierhenrich previously taught at Harvard University and was a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court. The author of numerous books, Meierhenrich won the American Political Science Association’s 2009 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for "The Legacies of Law: Long-Run Consequences of Legal Development in South Africa, 1652-2012" (Cambridge University Press, 2008). He is currently a member in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

Chess Club Practice

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

Spanish Film Festival: "Even the Rain"

Filmmaker Sebastian (Gael García Bernal) and his cynical producer Costa (Luis Tosar) arrive in Cochabamba, Bolivia, to make a film about Columbus’s voyage to the New World and the subjugation of the indigenous population. Just as filming begins, the natives face a crisis when the government privatizes the water company and prices skyrocket. Daily protests erupt and the local man cast as a rebellious 16th-century Taino chief also becomes a leader in the water hike protests. Director Icíar Bollaín intercuts footage of Sebastian’s film with recordings of the demonstrations that occurred during the real-life “Water Wars” that took place when the Bolivian government privatized the water company in 2000. In this masterful film-within-a-film, which is anchored in the philosophies of historian Howard Zinn as well as the stories of 16th-century priests Fathers Bartolome de las Casas and Antonio Montesinos, Bollaín raises questions about exploitation in South America, blurring the lines between past and present, fiction and reality.

IFSA-Butler Study Abroad: Pizza Session with Returning Students!

Have you ever wanted to hang out with kangaroos in Australia? Or check out Wimbledon, the site of the oldest tennis tournament in the world, in London? How about getting the chance to actually live in one of these or numerous other foreign places?

If you are AT ALL INTERESTED IN STUDYING ABROAD in the future, this meeting will give you the chance to talk with five Amherst students who went abroad through the IFSA-Butler program! They went to either London or a city in Australia, but the information they share will be interesting to anyone considering studying abroad and will directly discuss the IFSA-Butler program. They will talk a bit about their experiences, show a few pictures and open it up to a Q&A.

Also, there will be FREE PIZZA AND COOKIES!

Wednesday Rosary Prayer & Spiritual Fellowship

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.

Thu, Apr 25, 2013

Senior Honors Art Thesis Opening

This is a time to celebrate the end of a year long exploration in Art by viewing and interacting with students' nature-inspired sculptures.All sculptures are made from wood, metal or recycled electronic devices.

"The Story and the Word: Arabic Narrative and the Qur'an"

Bruce Fudge, professor of Arabic, Département des langues et des littératures méditerranéennes, slaves et orientales, Université de Genève will speak on “The Story and the Word: Arabic Narrative and the Qur’an,” Thursday, April 25, at 5 p.m. in 101 Chapin Hall. Professor Fudge is the author of "Qur'anic Hermeneutics" (2011), as well as various articles on Qur'ânic exegesis, literary theory and both medieval and modern Arabic literature. His current work focuses on two areas: 1) the origins of the collection of the "1001 Nights" and 2) the relationship between knowledge and narrative in classical and medieval Arabic prose. The lecture is sponsored by the Religion Department and the Willis D. Wood Fund and is free and open to the public.

Iron Chef Contest

The annual Iron Chef Contest is tomorrow in the Weiller Wing of Val. at 5:15 pm.
Stop in and cheer for your favorite cooking team!

An Evening with the Puzzle Master

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (115)

Will Shortz, crossword editor for The New York Times, will come to Amherst College on Thursday, April 25, to discuss puzzles, crosswords and life at The New York Times. The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Pruyne Lecture Hall, located inside of Fayerwewather Hall. At the end of the lecture, Mr. Shortz will autograph books and answer questions.

Exposing the Mead

Join the Mead student docents for Exposing the Mead and participate in thematic conversations featuring photographs from the Mead's collection. This semester’s Exposing the Mead events will be held at 8 p.m. and feature the following student presenters: Alice Wang '13 on Feb. 21, Siyu Shen '15 on March 28 and Heather Lee '15 on April 25.

Fri, Apr 26, 2013

French Table

French Table will meet from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Fridays on the Mezzanine in Val. French speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

Faculty Colloquium Series 2012-13: Jill Miller

On Friday, April 26, from noon to 1 p.m., the Faculty Colloquium Series for 2012-13 is sponsoring "Evolutionary Patterns of Reproduction: The Evolution of Sex and Mate Choice in Plants," presented by Jill Miller, associate professor of biology. This event will take place in the Mullins Room of Lewis-Sebring Commons.

Spanish Table

Spanish Table will meet from noon to 2 p.m. on Fridays, beginning Jan. 25. Spanish speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

Japanese Language Table

The Japanese Language Table will meet this semester on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m.(for first-year language students), Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. starting on Friday, Feb. 1. Meetings will take place downstairs in Valentine in Terrace Room A on Mondays and Fridays, and in the South Conference Room on Wednesdays.

Russian Table

Join us on Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the Mezzanine level of Valentine for lunch and Russian conversation with faculty and friends.

Neuroscience Thesis Presentation

The Neuroscience Thesis Presentations will be held on the following two dates:
Friday, April 26 in Merrill 315 from 12:00 -1:30
Sunday, April 28 in Merrill 3 from 12:10-2:20

All are welcomed.

Info Session: Monitor/Deloitte Careers in Consulting

At Monitor-Deloitte Consulting, we work with our clients to solve some of their most complex business problems. Come learn about what consultants actually do and some of the career opportunities for Amherst grads. We will also discuss the value of your liberal arts education and how it can help to position you for a career in consulting. Antonio’s pizza will be served at the beginning of the session.

Steps to Study Abroad

Learn the basics for planning to study abroad. This session (offered every Friday afternoon) is required for new study-abroad applicants prior to meeting with Dean Behrens to plan your program.

"Towards multielectron redox chemistry with bimetallic compounds"

Professor Villagran's lab explores physical, inorganic and computational chemistry. They use multiple-bonded bimetallic systems to study multi-electron redox chemistry for the activation of small molecules of energy and environmental importance. We are interested in the use of these systems for the study of electron transfer reactions through covalent or hydrogen-bond pathways. We utilize several spectroscopical and electrochemical methods as well as high-level computational algorithms.

Theme House Reception Dinner

Ever considered living in a theme house? Come enjoy dinner and see why you should! Representatives from the Charles Drew Memorial Culture House, German House and Arts House will speak about why theme housing is important and about their specific theme houses.

Russian Film Event - In Memoriam, Alexei German

In late February, Russians bid farewell to a man many considered to be the country’s greatest living filmmaker. Largely under-appreciated in the West, Alexei German’s films delighted in their complexity, tones, textured aesthetics, and the absence of simple heroes or villains. "My Friend Ivan Lapshin" (1984) is a gritty, beautiful and a strange mixture of realism and dreamish images. The film will be screened and then discussed by professors from the Five Colleges, led by Polina Barskova of Hampshire College.

"Eloísa está debajo de un almendro"

The Spanish Department presents "Eloísa está debajo de un almendro," a play written by Enrique Jardiel Poncela. All proceeds will benefit Beyond el Campo, GlobeMed and the Peruvian Education Initiative. Tickets are $3 and can be purchased at the door.

Amherst Dance Concert

Amherst Dance cordially invites you to spend an evening in Wonderland. This is your last chance to see the lovely seniors in Amherst Dance perform so don’t miss it! The concert is the perfect way to pregame Spring Formal (which doesn’t start until 10 pm so you’ll have plenty of time in between to do whatever you need to do). The best part? ADMISSION IS FREE!!! We look forward to seeing you all there!

Sat, Apr 27, 2013

"Slow Art Day": A Worldwide Event at the Mead Art Museum

Slow Art Day is a worldwide celebration of art that encourages people to look at art slowly-- and thereby experience art in a new way. It happens on the same day around the world, and here's what it entails...

You'll visit the Mead and view five pre-selected artworks on your own-- slowly. Then, all of the participants will meet with Mead educator Wendy Somes over lunch at the High Horse (in downtown Amherst) to discuss and share experiences. All you need to do is RSVP by sending a quick email to Wendy Somes: wsomes@amherst.edu.

Learn more about Slow Art Day and the mission behind it here: http://SlowArtDay.com.

SASA Cooking Night

South Asian Students Association (SASA) is having its second cooking night of the semester this Saturday. Come to Cohan Kitchen for a delicious dinner before you get ready for the Spring Concert! The dinner will start at 6 p.m.

Concert Choir Spring Concert

The Amherst College Department of Music presents a spring concert by the Concert Choir on Saturday, April 27, at 5 p.m., directed by Mallorie Chernin and assistant director Jeremy Koo ’12. The concert will take place in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. It is open to the public at no charge, and seating is by general admission.

The Concert Choir will present a concert featuring music that will be part of their repertoire on tour to Ireland in May. The concert includes works by Samuel Barber ("The Reincarnations"), Johannanes Brahms ("Warum ist das Licht gegeben"), Moses Hogan ("Elijah Rock"), Zoltan Kodaly ("Esti Dal") and Jaako Mäntyjärvi ("Pseudo Yoik"). Also featured is the song "Gold" from the musical "Once." The concert will end with the traditional "Senior Song."

For more information, please contact director Mallorie Chernin at 413-542-2484 or email mchernin@amherst.edu.

Catholic Mass: Second Sunday of Easter

Rev. Warren Savage, celebrant of this Roman Catholic Liturgy. All are truly welcome. Missalettes are provided. Those involved (or who wish to join) in liturgical ministries are encouraged to arrive 1/2 hour early to prepare.

Spring Concert

For artist and ticket information, please visit the Student Activities Office website: www.amherst.edu/campuslife/keefe/calendar. Information will be posted as it becomes available. Tickets are required for this concert.

Free Public Observing at Amherst College's Observatory

The Wilder Observatory on Snell Street is free and open to all, starting at 9 p.m. every clear Saturday from April through October. See (if they're in the sky at the time) the moon, planets, asteroids, comets, multiple stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more through the large, world-class refractor telescope. Students, faculty, staff, family and friends are welcome.

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

until May 24 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.

DASAC Spring Show

Come see some of the most talented dancers at the 'herst in our final (and biggest ever!) dance show this year.

The DASAC (Dance and Step at Amherst College) performances are in the Friedmann Room on:

Friday, April 19, at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 20, at 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 21, at 8 p.m.

Get ready for... daSAC LUNCH.