Event Calendar

Week of December 1, 2013

Sun, Dec 1, 2013

Catholic Mass: First Sunday of Advent

The Rev. Bruce Teague is 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 half an hour early to prepare.

Mon, Dec 2, 2013

German Table

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

Math Table

Math Table meets on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. in Valentine Terrace Room A. It offers a chance for mathematics and statistics students and faculty to meet informally.

"The Psychology of John Lennon" (NOTE CHANGE OF TIME)

On Monday, Dec. 2, from 12:30 to 1:50 p.m. in Merrill Lecture Room 4, Professor Tim Kasser of Knox College will be giving a talk on his recent book, “Lucy in the Mind of Lennon.” This presentation will be offered in the class "Personality Psychology," but space is available for others in the community who would like to attend. Professor Kasser’s book, recently reviewed in The Chronicle of Higher Education, applies theories and methods from psychology to a close examination of “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” and other songs in order to understand John Lennon’s psychology.

(The start time for this event was originally incorrectly listed as noon; the event actually begins at 12:30 p.m.)

Biology Seminar: Sevan Suni, Ph.D.

Dr. Sevan Suni is a Darwin Postdoctoral Fellow in the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Suni's research focuses on the evolutionary ecology of species interactions, effects of ecology and environmental change on genetic variation, and the application of population genetic information to conservation. She use genomics, population genetics, observational data, and field experiments. Her primary focus is on plant-pollinator interactions due to the central importance of pollinators both to ecosystem health and the global food supply.

"How Law Should Avoid Mistakes: Alexander Bickel's Jurisprudence of Mood"

On Monday, Dec. 2, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 100 Clark House, Kunal Parker, professor of law at University of Miami School of Law, will present a paper entitled “How Law Should Avoid Mistakes: Alexander Bickel’s Jurisprudence of Mood.” This is the first presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Law’s Mistakes.”

In addition to teaching at the University of Miami, Professor Parker also holds the title of Dean’s Distinguished Scholar. Prior to teaching, he practiced law in the area of bankruptcy with respect to complex financial transactions. His scholarship is focused in the area of colonial Indian legal history and U.S. citizenship and immigration history and theory. Professor Parker’s publications include "Common Law, History, and Democracy in America, 1790-1900: Legal Thought Before Modernism" (2011), and his current work to be published is on the history of U.S. immigration and citizenship law from the colonial period to the end of the 20th century.

To receive a copy of the paper that 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.

MRC Dialogue on Religion and Spirituality

Come join MRC Director Mariana Cruz and Coordinator Nick Cream for a co-facilitated dialogue on religion, spirituality and how these intersect with our various social identities.

These dialogues take place every Monday night at 7 p.m. at the MRC. Refreshments will be served.

Russian Chai

All are welcome. Bring your own mug!

Tue, Dec 3, 2013

Red Cross Blood Drive

Please donate with us on Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the Friedmann Room in the Keefe Campus Center from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

This holiday season give back to your community by signing up to donate blood. It is a small gesture that will mean so much to those in need.

For an appointment, please either call 1-800-REDCROSS or go to www.redcrossblood.org.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Japanese Language Table

The Japanese Language Table will meet twice a week this semester: Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting Sept. 10 and Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. starting Sept. 13.

Meetings will be held in Terrace Room A in Valentine.

There will be no meeting during Mid-Semester Break and no meetings the week before and the week of Thanksgiving Break.

Being a Man at Amherst

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm Keefe Campus Center, Women's & Gender Center

Not a therapy group… Not a political initiative… Not a seminar.

An opportunity for men to talk openly, privately and without judgment with one another about our experiences as men.

Love… Sex… Relationships… Friends… Families… Women… War… Athletics… Politics… Power… Sexual Politics… Fraternities… Careers… Music… Alcohol… Sadness… Laughter… The Meaning of Life…

Everything’s on the table.

Bring ideas, concerns, interests and passions to share. All affiliations and non-affiliations are welcome.

The discussions will be facilitated by Dr. McFadden and Dr. Phillips of the Counseling Center.

They are co-sponsored by the Counseling Center and the Women's & Gender Center.

Insight Meditation Group

Whether you have meditated a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax and quiet your mind, to learn how to experience less suffering and stress in your life, to explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, or to talk about what it means to awaken in this life and to live from compassion and awareness.

Russian Film Series: "Short Stories" (2012)

A writer's rejected manuscript for a collection of short stories finds its way into the hands of employees of the stylish publishing house; each of the readers' lives becomes linked to the tales they read.

German Kaffeeklatsch

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

Wed, Dec 4, 2013

French Table

French Table will meet from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 11 on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall. French speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

Résumé Workshop

Learn how to make your résumé stand out and make the right impression on employers.

"Mass Extinctions and Other Catastrophes in Earth History"

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Frost Library, Friendly Reading Room

Assistant Professor of Geology David Jones presents how humans have emerged as powerful geological and evolutionary agents through our impacts on climate and biodiversity. The rock record provides abundant evidence for climate catastrophes and mass extinction events prior to human history. Investigating the causes, consequences, rates and magnitudes of these episodes in deep time illuminates our current Earth-historical moment and helps define what is presently at stake. This is the second of five talks in a series related to this year’s Copeland Colloquium theme, “Catastrophe and the Catastrophic.” Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

Spanish Film: "Arráncame la vida"

4 DICIEMBRE: Arráncame la vida (México) de Roberto Sneider, 2009; 111 min.)

Basada en la vida del general Maximino Ávila Camacho, hermano del presidente mexicano Manuel Ávila Camacho. Fue gobernador de Puebla 1937-1941 y sirvió como secretario de obras públicas en el gabinete de su hermano. Fue famoso por ser despiadado, arrogante y violento con sus enemigos políticos.

Preconcert Talk for ASO Britten Concert

Professors Jeffers Engelhardt and Visiting Valentine Professor of Music Mitchell Morris present a pre-concert talk on the Part work and on Britten beginning at 7pm in Room 3, Arms Music Center, just downstairs from Buckley Recital Hall. Free

HeArtBeat Coffeehouse

Perform or display any of your God-inspired gifts, or just come to enjoy the food and show. Past performances have included, but are not limited to, dancing, singing, spoken-word and instrumental music. Displays have included artwork and poetry, but we're happy to make accommodations if we can. It's always one of the most fun events of the semester, but we'll need your help to make it happen.

Verdi Quartet

Heesun (Sonia) Min '16 and Ella Cohen '17, violins; Matt Van Pelt '13, viola; and Caroline Magee '14, cello, will perform Italian opera master Giuseppe Verdi's only string quartet, in honor of bicentennial of the composer's birth year.

Thu, Dec 5, 2013

"From Molecules to Patients: A Biochemical Understanding of Disease"

As future health professionals and scientists, students from the course “Fundamental Principles of Biochemistry” have selected human diseases and designed posters to explain the biochemical role of a specific rogue molecule involved in each disease. The poster session will be very accessible-- no biochemistry or science background is necessary to attend and enjoy the session.

German Film Series: "An uns glaubt Gott nicht mehr" ("God Does Not Believe In Us Anymore")

Watch a powerful drama about the predicament of Jewish residents of Vienna after the Anschluss (the annexation of Austria into Nazi Germany). When his father is killed by the Nazis, a 16-year-old boy, faced with seemingly insurmountable obstacles, seeks to escape abroad in a struggle for survival.

Performance Studio Concert

Victoria Luizzi: piece for solo horn

Alexander Li: Brahms Rhapsody in G minor

Jenny Xiao: Bartók Suite, Op. 14: 2 movements

Madeline Chan: Schubert Impromptu (4 minutes)

Matt Van Pelt: Bach Suite

Interviewing Workshop

Learn how to make a good impression in an interview.

Poetry Reading by Polina Barskova and Anna Glazova, with Catherine Ciepiela

Polina Barskova and Anna Glazova belong to the last generation of poets raised in Soviet Russia and are now engaged in transforming their Modernist legacy. They appear together in the new anthology "Relocations," edited by Catherine Ciepiela '83, who teaches Russian literature and poetic translation at Amherst.

Salsa Party

Come join the Amherst College Salsa, Swing and Ballroom Dance Club for a night of Latin music and dancing! The event will feature a live, professional salsa band and snacks. All Five College students are welcome-- no experience or partner necessary. Bring your friends!

Study Abroad Student Peer Advisers - Open Hours

Are you considering study abroad? Do you have questions about how to make that happen? Or do you just want to know what it was like to spend a semester away from Amherst? Stop by Frost Cafe and speak with a few Amherst College students who have gone abroad already.

Fri, Dec 6, 2013

Japanese Language Table

The Japanese Language Table will meet twice a week this semester: Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting Sept. 10 and Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. starting Sept. 13.

Meetings will be held in Terrace Room A in Valentine.

There will be no meeting during Mid-Semester Break and no meetings the week before and the week of Thanksgiving Break.

"Locating American Literature in Native Space: Mary Rowlandson’s Captivity Narrative and the Kwinitekw Valley"

On Friday, Dec. 6, from noon to 1 p.m., the Faculty Colloquium Series for 2013-14 is sponsoring "Locating American Literature in Native Space: Mary Rowlandson’s Captivity Narrative and the Kwinitekw Valley," presented by Lisa Brooks, associate professor of English and American studies. 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 Sept. 6. Spanish speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

A "Closer Look" Gallery Talk: A Contemporary White-on-White Russian Painting

Join Russian art curator Bettina Jungen for a closer look at a contemporary white-on-white Russian painting featured in the special exhibition "This Just In! Additions to the Collection from Pompeii to Today."

Kwanzaa Celebration 2013

6:00 pm Octagon, Gerald Penny Center

Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration that honors the African heritage of the African-American community. At its core are seven principles that embody the culture of the Black diaspora: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. The Black Student Union of Amherst College celebrates Kwanzaa through a traditional six-part ceremony. This year it will take place on Friday, Dec. 6, at the Octagon from 6 to 9 p.m. The ceremony features West African dancers, drummers, the Amherst College Gospel Choir and more. A soul food dinner will be served. All are welcome!

Rhythm and Shoes: The Fellowship of the Shoe

6:00 pm Keefe Campus Center, Friedmann Roomn room

Come by for an epic theatrical performance in the Friedmann Room involving a combination of songs from a variety of musicals, an original plot, dance numbers, humor, and drama.

"Baseball in the Time of Cholera"

As part of its 10-Day Global Health Education/Awareness Event, GlobeMed is hosting a screening of "Baseball in the Time of Cholera." The documentary tells the story of a Haitian boy living in post-earthquake Haiti at the time of a cholera outbreak. Despite evidence that the outbreak was brought on by Nepalese peacekeepers sent into Haiti by the United Nations, the UN refuses to accept responsibility. Following the screening, Professor Alexandra Purdy will lead a discussion of relevant themes from the film.

"Performance Project"

An evening of original works by students in Theater and Dance 353

Craft Night!

9:00 pm Keefe Campus Center, Atrium/McCaffrey Room

The gift-giving season is upon us yet again. Take a break from all your hard work and make a thing or two for yourself or to give as a gift this festive season.

Sat, Dec 7, 2013


La Causa of Amherst College invites you to its 16th annual "Voices for the Voiceless" at Amherst College, the largest spoken-word concert in New England! "Voices" brings together established poets for an evening of literary and cultural entertainment. The event is free and features buffet catering.

Alysia Harris
Joshua Bennett
Lenelle Moïse
Paul Tran
Quique Avilés
Sonia Sanchez
Suzi Q. Smith

Annual Human Rights Day Dinner

One of GlobeMed's most popular awareness events, five professors will be speaking about human rights in their field. Come for good food and meaningful discussion. Pasta E Basta will be served.

Amherst Symphony Orchestra Preconcert Talk

Assistant Professor of Music Jeffers Engelhardt and Visiting Valentine Professor of Music Mitchell Morris present a half-hour pre-concert talk on Arvo Pärt's moving "Cantus in Memoriam." The talk on Benjamin Britten starts at at 7 p.m. in Room 3 of the Arms Music Building, just downstairs from Buckley Recital Hall. The talk is free.

Christmas Cancer Benefit A Cappella Show

Enjoy an a cappella Christmas performance by the Bluestockings and the Zumbyes. Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided by Valentine Dining Hall, with all proceeds going toward cancer research.

Speaker: Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian

On Dec. 10th at 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel, Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of the popular social media site Reddit will discuss his new book, Without Their Permission, and the tech industry. After, Alexis will be signing books and will be happy to chat! Books will be for sale.

"Performance Project"

An evening of original works by students in Theater and Dance 353

Amherst Symphony Orchestra Winter Concert

Capping its semester-long celebration of legendary opera composers, the Amherst Symphony Orchestra presents A Centennial Tribute to Benjamin Britten on Saturday evening, December 7, 2013 at 8pm in Buckley Recital Hall on the Amherst College campus. Britten (1913-1976), the greatest opera composer of the 20th century, was attracted to themes of social isolation and misunderstanding, as reflected in his masterpieces Peter Grimes, Billy Budd, The turn of the Screw, Death in Venice, among many others. He is widely considered as the finest composer for the voice in the English language.

The orchestra performs Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings, sublime settings of poems by Blake, Keats, Tennyson and others. Guest artists William Hite, tenor, and Laura Klock, horn, faculty at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, join the ASO for the Serenade. The orchestra also performs the popular Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra; Amherst College President Biddy Martin narrates. Finally, the concert opens with Estonian master Arvo Part's moving Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten. The ASO is conducted by Mark Lane Swanson, its Music Director since 2001.

Also on Saturday evening, December 7, 2013, Professors Jeffers Engelhardt and Visiting Valentine Professor of Music Mitchell Morris present a pre-concert talk on the Part work and on Britten beginning at 7pm in Room 3, Arms Music Center, just downstairs from Buckley Recital Hall.

Tickets will be sold only on the night of the concert beginning at 6:45pm in the lobby of Arms Music Center. General admission is $10, seniors, children and students $5, Five College students are free, as well as families with school-age children. The preconcert talk is also free.

December 7, 2013 - 8:00 pm

Groove Boston TAP

The dance party to end all dance parties-- lights, lasers, haze. Info about how to pick up a ticket will be distributed closer to the event.

Ongoing Events

Mead Art Museum Special Exhibition

Celebrate the recent growth of Amherst College's art collection with more than 100 objects (most on view for the first time EVER at the Mead!), including an ancient Roman sea creature sarcophagus; prints by Dürer, Delacroix and Hopper; contemporary art by Will Barnet, Vik Munez and Michael Huey; and much, much more.