Event Calendar

Week of April 28, 2013

Sun, Apr 28, 2013

Social Council Spring Carnival

It's the annual Social Council Spring Carnival!

Cookout! Inflatable obstacle course! Mechanical surfboard! Dunk tank! Slip 'n Slide! Free tank tops while supplies last! Smoothies! Lawn games! Music! Woo!

(We're on King and Wieland lawn this year due to construction.)

Women's Chorus Spring Concert

The Amherst College Department of Music presents a spring concert by the Women’s Chorus on Sunday, April 28, at 1 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 Women’s Chorus presents their spring concert, assisted by pianist Janet St. Jean. The repertoire will include songs by Felix Mendelssohn, Stephen Hatfield, David Childs, G. Roberts Kolb and more. Also featured are the songs "The Parting Glass" and "Down to the River to Pray." 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.

Rhythm and Shoes Presents: "To the Stage!"

Come to our debut show, featuring Broadway hits from musicals such as "Rent," "Wicked," "Into the Woods" and "Fiddler on the Roof." Admission is FREE.

Catholic Liturgy

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

"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.

Mon, Apr 29, 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.

Part 2 of Two-Part Seminar Series on Peace and Conflict

Mevlude Akbulut-Yuksel (Dalhousie University), Melanie Khamas (Wesleyan University) and Mutlu Yuksel (Dalhousie University) will speak on "Rubble Women: The Long-Term Effects of Postwar Reconstruction on Female Labor Market Outcomes" in Part 2 of a two-part seminar series on Peace and Conflict.

(Part 1 is on Wednesday, April 24, at 2:30 p.m. in Professor Singh's "Microeconomics of Development" class.)

Discussion with Dan Georgakas

In 1970s Detroit, black autoworkers built a new model of labor and political organizing. The League of Revolutionary Black Workers and the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement (DRUM) sought to reform not only the workplace but United Auto Workers (UAW) itself, which they perceived to be racist and hierarchical. Marvin Surkin and Dan Georgakas documented the vision and struggles of these two organizations in "Detroit: I Do Mind Dying." This Monday, come join Georgakas for a presentation and an open discussion about unionism and labor activism in the greater context of black liberation.

Tue, Apr 30, 2013

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

"When Students Have Power: Classroom Dynamics Across Genders" Dialogue

When do we express ourselves in a class? What other salient aspects of identities come into play in our classes? Participate in an engaging dialogue about classroom dynamics as students at Amherst College.
Think. Share. Connect.

Fresh Side and Antonio's will be served!

Trained dialogue facilitators: Julia Alexander (CCE) and Oscar Collins (UMass Amherst Graduate School of Education)

French Film Series: "Les petits mouchoirs"

A la suite d'un événement bouleversant, une bande de copains décide, malgré tout, de partir en vacances au bord de la mer comme chaque année. Leur amitié, leurs certitudes, leur culpabilité, leurs amours en seront ébranlées. Ils vont enfin devoir lever les "petits mouchoirs" qu'ils ont posés sur leurs secrets et leurs mensonges.

Despite a traumatic event, a group of friends decide to go ahead with their annual beach vacation, and with that decision, their relationships, convictions, consciences and friendships are sorely tested. They are finally forced to own up to the little white lies they have been telling each other and themselves.

City Streets

Take a late night stroll through a foreign city, turn a corner, and encounter a street fair. Exotic foods, pulsing music, jugglers, magicians, stilt walkers, clowns painting faces, balloon artists, fire dancers and twinkling lights set against a background of international streets and squares together with flags from every country represented on campus. Come for a taste, catch a glimpse, spend an hour - take a break from your routine and join us on the Valentine Quadrangle between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30. Open to all students, faculty, staff and families.

German Kaffeeklatsch

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

Wed, May 1, 2013

Amnesty International's Mother's Day and Maternal Health Awareness Card Writing Event

This Mother's Day, join Amnesty International in shining a light on the human rights of crisis of maternal mortality. Come write a card supporting the human rights of Mothers around the world. Pizza will be served.

Chess Club Practice

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

Sweet Briar France

Lena Rice '14 and Evelyn Kramer '14 attended Sweet Briar Paris last year and are making crepes and sharing their experiences from abroad. Join them for delicious food and lively conversation!

"Dream Acts"

Join us for a reading of this play that delves into the tribulations of millions of people in this country, including several on our own campus. After the reading, there will be a panel discussion about this important topic, led by Professor Ilan Stavans. The play features Raysa Cabrejo ‘14, Thais Correia ‘16, Saul Grullon ‘15E, Cristian Navarro ‘16, Brianda Reyes ‘14, Abbeh Anderson ‘15, Christian Aviles ‘14, Constance Holden ‘15 and Chelsea Tejada ‘14. It is written by Mia Chung, Jessica Litwak, Chiori Miyagawa, Saviana Stanescu and Andrea Thome in conjunction with the Dream Act Union.

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, May 2, 2013

German Film Series: "Auf der anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven)"

The lives of three families in Turkey and Germany intersect and overlap, as a tragic death prompts several people to go on a quest for their relatives in this award-winning drama by acclaimed Turkish-German director Fatih Akin.

Mat Johnson Reading

Mat Johnson is the highly acclaimed author of the novels "Drop," "Hunting in Harlem" (winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award) and "Pym" (“loony, disrespectful, and sharp” —NPR), as well as the graphic novels "Incognegro" and "Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story." He will be reading from "Pym."

"Thesis Confidential"

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Frost Library, Friendly Periodicals Reading Room

Perhaps you are thinking about writing a thesis in the near future. Perhaps you would like the inside scoop on the thesis experience. On Thursday, May 2, five seniors who have just turned in their honors theses will tell all! The thrill of intellectual discovery... the secrets to success... the ways to overcome obstacles... and the hard, cold facts these writers wish they’d known before they started. Rendezvous with these students, the Writing Center and the Library, and all of your questions will be answered. (And refreshments will be served.)

Sources revealed! Our informants will include: Charles Oluwunmi, political science; Emily Corwin, interdisciplinary studies; Claudia Wack, women and gender studies; Ewuradjoa Gadzanku, chemistry; Reilly Horan, theater and dance.

"How to Find and Enjoy Your First Apartment Without Losing Your Mind"

Settling into your first home after Amherst will be one of the biggest commitments you make in your first months after Commencement. So how do you start looking for an apartment? How can you sell yourself to the landlord? What are the important questions you need to ask before signing a lease? This talk will offer a brief overview of the apartment search and leasing process from start to finish, to prepare you for your first new home away from Amherst!

Terras Irradient Spring Show

Come join TI for our spring show! It shall be a lovely time of singing, sharing, fooding, laughing and (hopefully) cheering! The event is free, and we will have delicious refreshments. Also come celebrate the graduation of our seniors: Tom Vu, John Cho, Christy Kim, Sabrina Song and Rachel Om!

Panel on Clinical Psychology/Social Work

Thinking about a career as a therapist or clinical researcher? On Thursday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m., the Psychology Department will host a panel on graduate programs and careers in clinical psychology and social work.

The panelists will represent different degree programs and professions: a Ph.D. who is a researcher/professor, a Ph.D. who is a therapist, a Psy.D. who is a therapist and an M.S.W. who is a therapist. The panelists will speak for about 45 minutes about their training programs and careers and then will answer questions. Informal conversation and refreshments will follow.

Salsa Night!

Come and join us for a fantastic night of salsa dancing! There will be a live salsa band, and dancers with all levels of experience are invited. Semi-formal attire is recommended, and refreshments will be served!

Senior Ball

Seniors are cordially invited to attend the Senior Ball. Cocktail attire is suggested. Refreshments will be served. Amherst ID is required.

This party is only open for seniors from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Fri, May 3, 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.

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.

Dog Days

TWLOHA-Amherst and PAW invite you to an afternoon with animal friends. Dogs and other animal friends can be therapeutic, and that's why almost everyone loves them. Chapter info will be available, and the first 30 people get free dog paw temporary tattoos. There will be raffles to raise money for our chapter's cause. Gift cards to local restaurants and eateries are possible prizes!

Officially recognized in March 2012, TWLOHA-Amherst provides a voice of hope at the college and in the local community for individuals struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide, while also providing an outlet for students to get involved around these issues.

"Typography Boot Camp: What I Did on My Summer Vacation"

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Frost Library, Periodicals Reading Room

Ron studied printing and typography before starting his own Oliphant Press in 1970 and launching a long career as a graphic designer and printer. His illustrated and interactive talk will attempt to recreate not only what he taught (traditional typography and book design) but also the excitement of the class he taught last summer at the Wells College Book Arts Center.

WorldRead Spring Spectacular

Come to Valentine Quad between 5 and 7 p.m. for doughnuts, pizza, freeze pops and spring games (Frisbee, jump rope, hula hoop, water guns and more!). We suggest a donation of $5 to fund literacy projects in the Dominican Republic, Zimbabwe and Nigeria.

AC After Dark Craft Night

Come out to Keefe and make a lovely shadowbox! We have all the supplies and doughnuts from Glazed. Take a quick break.

Amherst College Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert

The Amherst College Department of Music presents a spring concert by the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble on Friday, May 3, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The concert is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

Sat, May 4, 2013

Amherst Senior Garage Sale

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Seelye House, Lawn, and King/Wieland Lawn

Seniors, bring your used appliances and sell them!

Underclassmen, come for some great deals and buy whatever you want!

Venue: Seelye Triangle Lawn and King/Wieland Lawn

Please refer to the Facebook page for information on what items can be sold: https://www.facebook.com/events/305937846204415/

First Ever Amherst Farm Fest!

4:30 pm - 8:00 pm Tuttle Hill, a brief jaunt down a trail by the begining of the bike path

Dining Services will be serving up BBQ buffet-style from 5 to 7 p.m. They'll also be serving pies, and Maple Valley Creamery will be providing ice cream.

There will be a live band! TBA.

Lots of activities, information and games! TBA.

Come check out the beautiful views, meet the new farmers, eat some food, listen to music and have a grand ol' time.

Check out Book & Plow Farm's Facebook page or their website, www.bookandplowfarm.com, for more information!

Sabrinas' Spring Show: "Where's Sabrina?"

Come hear the Sabrinas' last show of the year (and celebrate our four lovely seniors)! Tickets are free, seating is ample, and we'd love to serenade you! Also, if you have any information about the whereabouts of Sabrina, drop us a line. We'd love to know where on earth she is.

Amherst Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert

The Amherst College Department of Music presents the Amherst Symphony Orchestra’s last installment of its yearlong survey “Famous Fifth Symphonies.” The performance takes place Saturday, May 4, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. Tickets are required and may be purchased at the door; seating is by general admission. Preceding the concert is a lecture on the evening’s program. The pre-concert lecture takes place at 7 p.m. in Room 3 in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College.

AC AfterDark: Food and Fun Stress-Break

Has the last weekend before Reading Period got you stressed-out? Class assignments piling up and weighing you down?

Break the stress by building a cookie sandwich extraordinaire: Nutella, peanut butter, cereal, nuts... just see what we've got.

Or perhaps competition is your path away from stress. Prove yourself the cleverest Dominion player at Amherst and win fantastic prizes. Never played a multiplayer, deck-building card game of awesomeness? We'll show you!
Diets and stress be warned; it's time for Stress-Break!

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.