Event Calendar

2017

Wed, Jan 4, 2017

late night study hours

WGC Late Night Study Hours!

Join us for silent study hours every Wednesday from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Women and Gender Center! There will be Glazed Donuts!

Mon, Jan 9, 2017

There are many ways to spend Interterm...time to see what's going on in the Writing Center

Thesis Writers' Retreat

9:00 am - 1:00 pm Charles Pratt Hall, Common Room (adjacent to Writing center)

Perhaps you plan to write intensely over Interterm, but staying motivated to write without the structure of a regular schedule can be challenging. You are invited to join fellow writers at the Writing Center’s Thesis Writers' Retreat, to commit to write together for a consistent, extended period of time. At the start of each week, the group will establish its rules for participation, and then writers will develop their goals and strategies for success for the week. Every day, writers will set (and discuss) individual goals at 9 a.m. and then review and discuss progress before the session ends at 1 p.m. In between is writing time; Writing Center staff will be available for consultation, and coffee and snacks will be plentiful.

Registration is open for week one (Jan 9-13) and week two (Jan 17-20). Sign up for one or both weeks on the interterm page.

Participants must agree to:
*attend, and be on time for, the first session of the week, where we will discuss the retreat model and establish the group's rules.
*commit to attend all or most days in the session
*observe the retreat rules, as set by the group at the opening session
*set and assess daily goals in a writer's log
If you are unable to meet the requirements of the retreat, you are welcome to attend the drop-in Thesis Space, which is a less-structured thesis writing environment.

All Amherst College students with large writing/academic projects are welcome, but priority will be given to those enrolled for a senior thesis.

Students Only

Tue, Jan 10, 2017

There are many ways to spend Interterm...time to see what's going on in the Writing Center

Personalizing the Process: One-to-One Writing Instruction (Introductory Workshop)

Part of developing as a writer is paying close attention to how you move through the process of writing. In this program, we will focus on process both in group and one-to-one settings. In the introductory workshop we, as a group of students and writing associates, will investigate the writing process to (a) establish a common vocabulary and (b) serve as a jumping-off point to explore your own process. You will then partner with a writing associate to discuss, in 4-6 one-to-one sessions, how and what you write (please bring a few recent papers), identifying strengths, opportunities for development, and ideas and methods to help you strengthen your papers and enhance the overall experience of writing. In the concluding workshop, we will reflect on the process of learning about process, focusing on memorable moments and ways to incorporate what you learned in your course assignments.

Individual sessions: Self-scheduled, two-three times per week during Interterm.

Students Only
There are many ways to spend Interterm...time to see what's going on in the Writing Center

Winter Creative Writing Residency

Interterm is writing time! Join us for a two-week independent residency in creative writing. Modeled on writers and artists colonies like MacDowell, Yaddo, and the Provincetown Fine Arts Workshop, this program offers you the opportunity to devote sustained, undistracted attention to your fiction, poetry, dramatic writing or creative nonfiction in a supportive environment. We'll begin with a meeting in which we'll explore the writing process for insights on starting, developing and realizing a creative project. We will then convene every morning -- the heart of the program -- for three hours of writing (eight sessions total). Each session will start with a brief meeting at Frost Cafe to warm up our writing muscles, set goals and review progress, then we'll write independently (together or alone, as suits each writer) until noon. Participants are welcome to work either on new or existing projects. For participants seeking guidance, instruction or feedback on their work, we'll also offer up to four one-on-one mentoring sessions with program leaders. At the end of the program, we'll come together for a community reading, during which we'll share work produced during the residency.

Facilitators: Roy Andrews and Emily Merriman, writing associates

Initial Workshop: Tuesday Jan. 10, 1-3 p.m. (Converse 207)
Writing Sessions (7): Wednesday-Friday (Jan. 10-13) and Tuesday-Friday (Jan. 17-20), 9 a.m.-noon in Frost Library
Final Community Reading: Friday, January 20, 3:30-5:30 p.m., location T.B.D.
Optional mentoring sessions by appointment.

Students Only

Amherst College Job Fair

The Office of Human Resources is hosting a job fair on Tuesday, January 10, from 2-6 p.m. at the Alumni House. Please share this event with friends and family who may be interested in joining our Amherst College community. All are welcome to come and explore our current job openings! (Inclement weather date is Wednesday, January 11, 2017)

Wed, Jan 11, 2017

There are many ways to spend Interterm...time to see what's going on in the Writing Center

Introduction to Book Binding

Make your own books and never run out of places to write! In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn basic terminology and techniques for book making, see examples of a variety of book binding styles and learn how to make 2-3 kinds of books. Beginners are welcome, as are those with some experience with book binding. Materials will be provided, but participants may bring in papers or other materials they would like to use.

Facilitators: Michele Barale, professor of sexuality, women's and gender studies; Jessica Kem, associate director of the Writing Center

Open to Amherst College/Five College students, faculty, and staff. Open to all levels of book binding experience (beginners are especially welcome!).

late night study hours

WGC Late Night Study Hours!

Join us for silent study hours every Wednesday from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Women and Gender Center! There will be Glazed Donuts!

Mon, Jan 16, 2017

Men's Baseball Amherst College Baseball 2017 Winter Instructional Clinic

For the 26th consecutive winter, our coaching staff and players will be conducting an instructional
clinic for two different age groups. For the 7th straight year we have been able to keep the clinic fee
constant in order to encourage attendance. The purpose of the instructional clinic is to teach individual
players baseball skills and techniques. Players will participate in small groups and will be given
individual attention and instruction by college coaches and players.

The clinic will take place in Calvin Coolidge Cage at Amherst College. Built in 1905 and recently
renovated, Coolidge Cage is one of the best indoor baseball facilities in New England. The facility fits
a regulation size infield and multiple batting cages. Players must wear sneakers (no spikes) to protect
the indoor playing surface. Participants in the hitting session should bring their personal bat and batting
helmet if they have one. There will be live hitting stations.  

Session 1 - Hitting Clinic
All age groups (ages 9 – 16): Monday, January 16, 6:30–8:15 p.m.
* Clinic will be divided into two sections for age groups 9-13 and 14-16.

 Session 2 - Pitching & Positional Play (catching, infield, outfield)
All age groups (ages 9 – 16): Wednesday, January 18, 6:30–8:15 p.m.
* Clinic will be divided into two sections for age groups 9-13 and 14-16

With the younger age group, we concentrate on basic techniques to help participants develop proper
mechanics and to build their confidence. There will be competitive and fun games for the participants
to use what they have learned and to challenge their skills.

With the older group, we concentrate on individual techniques and skills they will need to master in
order to compete at the college level. We will teach techniques and drills that participants can practice
at home or in small groups, as well as use in game situations.

We encourage parents and coaches to attend and observe the instruction and drills. This way, parents
and coaches can reinforce correct fundamentals of the player.  

Cost for attending one session: $60

Cost for attending two sessions: $110

To register for the clinic, please fill out and submit the online registration form that can be found at:

http://athletics.amherst.edu/sports/bsb/camps_and_clinics

Questions call: 413-542-2284
Information and clinic details will be sent to participants upon registration.

Tue, Jan 17, 2017

There are many ways to spend Interterm...time to see what's going on in the Writing Center

Thesis Writers' Retreat

9:00 am - 1:00 pm Charles Pratt Hall, Common Room (adjacent to Writing center)

Perhaps you plan to write intensely over Interterm, but staying motivated to write without the structure of a regular schedule can be challenging. You are invited to join fellow writers at the Writing Center’s Thesis Writers' Retreat, to commit to write together for a consistent, extended period of time. At the start of each week, the group will establish its rules for participation, and then writers will develop their goals and strategies for success for the week. Every day, writers will set (and discuss) individual goals at 9 a.m. and then review and discuss progress before the session ends at 1 p.m. In between is writing time; Writing Center staff will be available for consultation, and coffee and snacks will be plentiful.

Registration is open for week one (Jan 9-13) and week two (Jan 17-20). Sign up for one or both weeks on the interterm page.

Participants must agree to:
*attend, and be on time for, the first session of the week, where we will discuss the retreat model and establish the group's rules.
*commit to attend all or most days in the session
*observe the retreat rules, as set by the group at the opening session
*set and assess daily goals in a writer's log
If you are unable to meet the requirements of the retreat, you are welcome to attend the drop-in Thesis Space, which is a less-structured thesis writing environment.

All Amherst College students with large writing/academic projects are welcome, but priority will be given to those enrolled for a senior thesis.

Students Only
There are many ways to spend Interterm...time to see what's going on in the Writing Center

Communicating with Confidence: a Speaking Intensive for Women

This four day intensive speaking course helps students who identify as women focus on what and how they want to communicate in all aspects of their lives. Drawing on a variety of theatre techniques used by experienced actors to relax, focus their message and connect with an audience, this course will coach students in the art of confident and powerful communication. Students will be guided to uncover their unique strengths, develop an authentic and personalized speaking style and overcome obstacles to delivering their message. Working closely together in a positive, supportive environment, students will finish the week with the presentation of an inspiring speech. Limited to 12 Amherst College students.

Four sessions: Tuesday, January 17 – Friday, January 20. 2–5:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Susan Daniels, associate in public speaking

The course is at capacity. To be put on a waiting list, contact sgdaniels@amherst.edu.

Students Only

Wed, Jan 18, 2017

Caution: Thesis Writing In Progress

Jump Start your Science Thesis!

Come attend a workshop to help science thesis writers start writing. Antonio's Pizza and Black Sheep coffee will be served! Taught by Airlie Rose, writing associate, and Kristen Greenland, science librarian.
RSVP by email to Airlie, or reply to the email invitation sent to all science thesis writers.

Students Only
late night study hours

WGC Late Night Study Hours!

Join us for silent study hours every Wednesday from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Women and Gender Center! There will be Glazed Donuts!

Thu, Jan 19, 2017

Consecration of Chapin Chapel

There will be a multifaith ceremony to consecrate Chapin Chapel. Religious & Spiritual Life staff and students will participate. All are welcome.

Gerald R. Fink '62 Bioscience Symposium for 2017

The Gerald R. Fink '62 Bioscience Symposium for 2017 will be held on January 19 in the Cole Assembly Room of Converse Hall. This is the ninth annual symposium and is sponsored by the Amherst Class of 1962.

Fri, Jan 20, 2017

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Emily Dickinson Museum Poetry Discussion Group

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 2nd floor

The Emily Dickinson Museum's Poetry Discussion Group meets monthly September through May (except for December) for lively conversation about Emily Dickinson’s poetry and letters. Each month, featured facilitators offer fresh perspectives on Dickinson's poetry. For this month's session topic, visit www.EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org/node/556.

Time: noon - 2 p.m.
September through May (no meeting in December)

Location: The Poetry Discussion Group meets at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, on the second floor of Frost Library. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch; beverages and a sweet snack are provided.

Fee: The fee for Museum members is $12/session; the fee for non-members is $15/session. Season subscriptions are $75 for Museum members and $100 for non-members.

For more information, contact the Program Department: edmprograms@emilydickinsonmuseum.org or call (413) 542-2034.

Creative Writing Winter Residency Reading

Stop by Porter Lounge, Friday January 20 at 3 p.m., to hear the participants of the Amherst College Creative Writing Winter Residency read from their works. A cheese plate, cookies and tea will be served. Everyone invited.

contact: rhandrews80@amherst.edu

Mon, Jan 23, 2017

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!

Man-Made Natural Disasters and the Tsunami Project

“Natural” disasters are not simply the result of the overwhelming forces of nature, but rather a deadly and expensive interaction of geophysical hazards with vulnerable human landscapes. We use the dynamic environments of Asia/Pacific to study the evolution of disasters by using geoscience to constrain the frequency and magnitude of impacts, and by comparing the vulnerabilities laid bare by recent events to identify weaknesses in systems that need reinforcement. The increasingly erratic climate is generating events of a scale never before seen in this region already replete with tectonic hazards including the largest volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis in the historical record.

Tue, Jan 24, 2017

French Table

The French Table will meet on Tuesdays from noon until 2 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall. Come join the French language assistants for conversation over lunch. French speakers of all levels are welcome!

Interview Workshop

Join us to learn how to answer challenging questions and present yourself in a professional manner. As a reminder, students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements must attend an interviewing workshop. Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend!

This workshop series is facilitated by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.

Wed, Jan 25, 2017

Amherst Women in Finance: Movie Screening "Equity"

The Amherst Women in Finance are having a screening of the movie "Equity" written by Amy Fox '97. What a great way to start the spring semester! Come join your fellow women interested in careers in finance in the showing of "Equity," a movie about a senior female investment banker attempting to navigate the cutthroat world of Wall Street when a company's IPO threatens to derail the career she's built. We'll share popcorn, refreshments and even spend some time afterward talking about the movie for those who stick around.

late night study hours

WGC Late Night Study Hours!

Join us for silent study hours every Wednesday from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Women and Gender Center! There will be Glazed Donuts!

Thu, Jan 26, 2017

"Unsettling the Sinophone Periphery: An Indigenous Critique of Modern Taiwanese Literature"

Yuting Huang, Mellon-Keiter Postdoctoral Fellow and visiting assistant professor of English and a candidate for the position of assistant professor of Chinese, will deliver a job talk entitled "Unsettling the Sinophone Periphery."

At the periphery of modern Chinese literature, Taiwanese literature has increasingly embodied a distinct local culture which expresses its identity around the islands of Taiwan, its Hoklo- and Hakka-dialect-speaking majority, and their unique colonial and postcolonial experiences. While scholars mostly celebrate Taiwan’s local articulations, however, this talk re-examines the center-periphery dynamics among Chinese and Taiwanese literatures through the lens of Indigenous critique and settler colonial analysis. Through close reading of two literary texts from Taiwan, this talk demonstrates how Taiwanese literature’s localization also carries with it dominant settler ideologies in relation to Taiwan’s indigenous Austronesian peoples, and that both Taiwan’s peripheral status and its settler history are foundational conditions for its literary culture. The talk will eventually explore how such attention to settler hegemony in the Sinophone periphery may, in turn, point to hitherto under-examined settler colonial dynamics in the larger field of modern Chinese literature as well as in the transnational literature of the Chinese diaspora.

Man-Made Natural Disasters and the Tsunami Project

“Natural” disasters are not simply the result of the overwhelming forces of nature, but rather a deadly and expensive interaction of geophysical hazards with vulnerable human landscapes. We use the dynamic environments of Asia/Pacific to study the evolution of disasters by using geoscience to constrain the frequency and magnitude of impacts, and by comparing the vulnerabilities laid bare by recent events to identify weaknesses in systems that need reinforcement. The increasingly erratic climate is generating events of a scale never before seen in this region already replete with tectonic hazards including the largest volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis in the historical record.

Cover Letter Workshop

Join us to learn how to write a cover letter that will set you apart from the crowd! As a reminder, students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements must attend a cover letter workshop.
Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend. In order to practice writing cover letters, attendees are asked to bring an internship position description and a laptop or pen & paper. RSVP in Quest.

This workshop series is facilitated by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning

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"The Trump-Putin Connect: What We Imagine and Why": A Talk by Masha Gessen

Masha Gessen is a Russian-American journalist, author and activist noted for her opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin. She has written about a range of topics, including LGBTQ rights, Russia’s Jewish state and the 2016 United States presidential election and will discuss "The Trump-Putin Connect: What We Imagine and Why." Her talk will be followed by a Q&A.

She is the author of The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin, an international bestseller; Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot, named a Best Book of 2014 by NPR and The Guardian; and The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, named a Best Book of 2015 by Time magazine. Her most recent book, Where the Jews Aren’t: The Sad and Absurd Story of Birobidzhan, Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Region, was hailed by Publisher’s Weekly as “one of the 20th century’s most chilling stories of struggle, perseverance, and despair.” 

The talk is free and open to the public. Gessen's books will be available for sale at the event.

Introduction to the Careers in Business and Finance Program

Have you ever wondered what it means to have a career in finance, consulting, or general business? If so, now is your opportunity to learn, explore and decide if it’s something you want to pursue.

The Loeb Center offers industry specific initiatives to help students explore and plan for careers in seven specific areas. The Careers in Business and Finance Program was established in 2015 to help students explore and prepare for careers in the financial services industry, consulting or general business.

The information session led by Program Director, Stephanie Hockman, will talk about the career exploration and planning workshops included in the Careers in Business and Finance Program.

There are multiple opportunities to hear about the Careers in Business and Finance Program. You only need to attend one. We hope to see you at one of the following information sessions.

• Thursday, Jan. 26th @ 8pm - Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115)
• Friday, Jan. 27th @ 4pm – Loeb Center Events Room
• Tuesday, Jan. 31st @ 7pm – Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115)

https://www.facebook.com/events/1090192491089463/?notif_t=plan_user_joined&notif_id=1485378680190140

Pride Alliance Introductory Meeting

The first Amherst College Pride Alliance meeting will be held on Thursday, January 26th at 8 p.m. in the Queer Resource Center. The Queer Resource Center is located on the second floor of the Keefe Campus Center. The topics of discussion are Queerness on campus and what it means to be Queer in 2017. Pizza will be served!

Fri, Jan 27, 2017

Prof. Barry O'Connell

Spiritual Autobiography with Barry O'Connell

Barry O’Connell, James E. Ostendarp Professor of English, emeritus, will speak on Friday, January 27 at noon in the Keefe Campus Center McCaffrey Room. In this series, staff and faculty members discuss their deeply held beliefs and values. Lunch will be provided and there will be time for questions. Future speakers this semester will be Bryn Geffert on Friday, February 24 and Prakarsh Singh on Wednesday, April 12. This event is sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

Spanish Table

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

The Spanish Table is a friendly way to practice and improve your Spanish language, as well as an informal and fun opportunity to meet people. It is held every Friday, from noon to 2:00 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, go upstairs, and join us for however long you like!

Lunar New Year Series: Personal Reflections on the Year of the Rooster

Join us in celebrating the eve of the Lunar New Year! A panel of faculty and staff speakers will be sharing personal reflections on their work, their traditions, and what this holiday means to them. Refreshments will be served.

Special guests: Professors Robert Hayashi and Franklin Odo (American Studies) and Xiaofeng Wan (Admission); facilitated by Dr. Min Cheng (Counseling Center).

Introduction to the Careers in Business and Finance Program

Have you ever wondered what it means to have a career in finance, consulting, or general business? If so, now is your opportunity to learn, explore and decide if the Careers in Business and Finance Program is something you want to pursue.

The Loeb Center offers industry specific initiatives to help students explore and plan for careers in seven specific careers In areas. The Careers in Business and Finance Program was established in 2015 to help students explore and prepare for careers in the financial services industry, consulting, or general business.

The information session, led by Program Director Stephanie Hockman, will talk about the career exploration and planning workshops included in the Careers in Business and Finance Program. This is your opportunity to hear more about the program and workshops available to you.

There are multiple opportunities to hear about the Careers in Business and Finance Program. You only need to attend one. We hope to see you at one of the following information sessions.

• Thursday, Jan. 26, 8 p.m. - Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115)
• Friday, Jan. 27, 4 p.m. – Loeb Center Events Room
• Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m. – Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115)

Crass Headshot

Courage for Racial Justice, Courage for Collective Liberation in the Era of Trump

We must rise, with our vision, our values, our communities and our courage, for racial justice and collective liberation. With the Movement for Black Lives and the Indigenous Nations-led struggle at Standing Rock, the movement for racial justice continues to move us all forward. In this time of mass incarceration, mass deportation, anti-Muslim sentiment, profound economic inequality, and the election of President Trump, all of our social justice movements are coming together to build powerful resistance to the death culture. Additionally, people of all backgrounds are becoming active for the first time and looking for direction, as many are horrified by what the election of Trump means for our country. Join us for a talk and discussion with longtime anti-racist/collective liberation organizer, author and educator Chris Crass to explore how we can all rise for racial justice and work for collective liberation in these times.

Interview Workshop

Join us to learn how to answer challenging questions and present yourself in a professional manner. As a reminder, students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements must attend an interviewing workshop. Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend!

This workshop series is facilitated by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.

Senior Music Performance Thesis: Anthony Daniel Narag '17 and Tomal Hossain '17

The Amherst College Department of Music presents “Kundalini Rising,” an original composition for voices and electronics by Tomal Hossain '17, and "Retrospect" by Anthony Daniel Narag '17 on Friday, Jan. 27, 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.

“Kundalini Rising” was conceived to serve as an experimental soundtrack for guided meditation for yogic practices such as that of Sahaja Yoga. In particular, the piece’s seven movements deal with texts and musical material that correspond with the ethical and psychological associations espoused by the seven chakras (centers of spiritual energy) housed along the spine of one’s body. In the act of meditation, one concentrates on reciting affirmations directed towards each chakra, one after another, culminating in intense spiritual cleansing. This highly perceptible sensation is thought to reflect one’s attainment of self-realization, i.e., a keen recognition of divinity within.

The piece’s melodic material draws heavily from the music of South Asian composer-performers including Kazi Nazrul Islam and the Dagar family of Dhrupad musicians. Formal and harmonic choices resemble those of the 20th-century choral sounds of Meredith Monk, György Ligeti, Veljo Tormis, David Lang, John Cage and Arvo Pärt. Digital samples and effects processing are inspired by the EAI (Electroacoustic Improvisation) scene of the late 20th century up till the present day. Texts for the piece's seven movements are either poems or excerpts of writing by the spiritual leader and polymath Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007). The debut performance features eight vocalists, a laptop player and the composer himself serving as conductor.

For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, visit us on the web: www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events

AC After Dark Presents Comedian Chloe Hilliard

Start the semester with some laughs!
Comedian Chloe Hilliard recently made her national TV debut on NBC’s smash hit “Last Comic Standing” and appeared on AXSTV’s “Gotham Comedy Live” and was a frequent panel guest on Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.” Hilliard is also a writer for VH1 LIVE!

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Amherst Musical Presents Sweeney Todd

From the people that brought you "Into the Woods" in spring 2016, comes another exciting musical. Amherst Musical will be presenting the masterpiece, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. Performances will take place at Amherst College's Powerhouse (located next to the police station off of route 9) Friday, January 27 at 9:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, January 28-29 at 7:30 p.m. "Sweeney Todd" will be directed by A. Scott Parry, veteran of the New York City Opera and director of past Amherst Musicals, with musical direction of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra by Mark Lane Swanson.

"Sweeney Todd" is described as a "comic musical thriller" (viewer discretion is advised). Modeled after modern Greek tragedies and set in 19th century London, the musical follows the return of barber Sweeney Todd after 15 years of exile due to a wrongful conviction. In order to take revenge on the corrupt judge who banished him, Sweeney conspires with a local baker, Mrs. Lovett, who is in desperate need of fresh meat for her pies.

Winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1979, "Sweeney Todd" is a cautionary tale that has shocked the hearts of viewers everywhere for decades now, and has been revived on Broadway multiple times. Join us for some modern twists on this classic masterpiece. Hold onto your heads, it's sure to be a thrilling ride!

To reserve tickets, email amherstmusicaltix@gmail.com, you will be redirected to a google form page where you can register for tickets. Tickets are free for Five College students and staff, $15 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and children 12 and under. (Not advised for children under 10.)

Email us at amherstmusical2016@gmail.com for any questions.

Tickets Required

Sat, Jan 28, 2017

Dr. MLK Jr. Legacy Symposium: "Moving Toward Collective Liberation"

Join us as we honor the life, legacy and enduring dream of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This interactive panel will explore the continued struggle for collective liberation and explore the role of men and masculinity in a new civil rights movement led by queer/femme black and brown women.

dylan marron, qrc, recption, queer and trans

Dylan Marron Meet-n-Greet & Reception with the Queer Resource Center

In collaboration with the Multicultural Resource Center's Martin Luther King Jr Legacy Symposium we are hosting a meet-n-greet and reception with Dylan Marron. http://www.dylanmarron.com/

Our hope is to create a space where we can critically engage in anti-racist work as queer and trans people and continue the work of MLK in our lives and in the spaces we occupy.

Refreshments will be served

Please check out the series of events the MRC is hosting for the MLK Legacy Symposium

Friday January 27 at 4 p.m. - Multicultural Resource Center, Keefe
“Courage for Racial Justice, Courage for Collective Liberation in the Era of Trump”
A talk and discussion with anti-racist organizer and co-founder of Showing Up for Racial Justice, Chris Crass.
https://www.facebook.com/events/249836305438402/

Saturday January 28 at 1:30 p.m. - Johnson Chapel
“Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Symposium: Moving Toward Collective Liberation” moderated by Dr. Marisa Parham
An interactive panel exploring the continued struggle for collective liberation and explore the role of men and masculinity in a new civil rights movement led by queer/femme black and brown women. – Reception to follow in the MRC
https://www.facebook.com/events/129653260858486/

Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett Preview Image

Amherst Musical Presents: Sweeney Todd

From the people that brought you "Into the Woods" in spring 2016, comes another exciting musical. Amherst Musical will be presenting the masterpiece, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. Performances will take place at Amherst College's Powerhouse (located next to the police station off of route 9) Friday, January 27 at 9:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, January 28-29 at 7:30 p.m. "Sweeney Todd" will be directed by A. Scott Parry, veteran of the New York City Opera and director of past Amherst Musicals, with musical direction of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra by Mark Lane Swanson.

"Sweeney Todd" is described as a "comic musical thriller" (viewer discretion is advised). Modeled after modern Greek tragedies and set in 19th century London, the musical follows the return of barber Sweeney Todd after 15 years of exile due to a wrongful conviction. In order to take revenge on the corrupt judge who banished him, Sweeney conspires with a local baker, Mrs. Lovett, who is in desperate need of fresh meat for her pies.

Winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1979, "Sweeney Todd" is a cautionary tale that has shocked the hearts of viewers everywhere for decades now, and has been revived on Broadway multiple times. Join us for some modern twists on this classic masterpiece. Hold onto your heads, it's sure to be a thrilling ride!

To reserve tickets, email amherstmusicaltix@gmail.com, you will be redirected to a google form page where you can register for tickets. Tickets are free for Five College students and staff, $15 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and children 12 and under. (Not advised for children under 10.)

Email us at amherstmusical2016@gmail.com for any questions.

Tickets Required

Sun, Jan 29, 2017

Amherst College TransActive: Transgender Support and Social Group

Join TransActive every Sunday from 1-2:30 p.m. in Amherst College's Queer Resource Center. This group aims to provide a space for trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming people and those questioning their gender identities to come together in a safe and brave environment.
This is a closed space for people of these identities! The group is open to the Five Colleges and all community members in the area!

How to Think Like an Investor – Foundational Principles for a Career in Finance or Business

The Careers in Business and Finance Program launches its 2017 Finance and Investing Literacy workshop series with the investor’s perspective. Please join Andrew Sheiner P’19 as he discusses “How to Think Like an Investor.” Mr. Sheiner will discuss concepts that are critical foundational principles for Amherst students interested in opportunities in investment banking, consulting or investing (private equity, investment management/hedge funds, venture capital). These are timeless concepts that relate to risk vs.
return and are essential to success in any investing discipline.

Mr. Sheiner will also discuss how these concepts are applied in particular to private equity investing, which requires not only the skills to invest capital wisely but to be a thoughtful and active owner of businesses.
Lastly, Mr. Sheiner will provide his perspective on the skills required to succeed in different disciplines, providing a framework to help Amherst students think about what would be a good career “fit” given their particular skills and interests.

See Quest for more information about the Finance and Investing Literacy workshop series and for Andrew Sheiner's biography

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Amherst Musical Presents: Sweeney Todd

From the people that brought you "Into the Woods" in spring 2016, comes another exciting musical. Amherst Musical will be presenting the masterpiece, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. Performances will take place at Amherst College's Powerhouse (located next to the police station off of route 9) Friday, January 27 at 9:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, January 28-29 at 7:30 p.m. "Sweeney Todd" will be directed by A. Scott Parry, veteran of the New York City Opera and director of past Amherst Musicals, with musical direction of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra by Mark Lane Swanson.

"Sweeney Todd" is described as a "comic musical thriller" (viewer discretion is advised). Modeled after modern Greek tragedies and set in 19th century London, the musical follows the return of barber Sweeney Todd after 15 years of exile due to a wrongful conviction. In order to take revenge on the corrupt judge who banished him, Sweeney conspires with a local baker, Mrs. Lovett, who is in desperate need of fresh meat for her pies.

Winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1979, "Sweeney Todd" is a cautionary tale that has shocked the hearts of viewers everywhere for decades now, and has been revived on Broadway multiple times. Join us for some modern twists on this classic masterpiece. Hold onto your heads, it's sure to be a thrilling ride!

To reserve tickets, email amherstmusicaltix@gmail.com, you will be redirected to a google form page where you can register for tickets. Tickets are free for Five College students and staff, $15 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and children 12 and under. (Not advised for children under 10.)

Email us at amherstmusical2016@gmail.com for any questions.

Tickets Required

Mon, Jan 30, 2017

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!

Yvette Janine Jackson standing and adjusting knobs and wires on a soundboard

"Radio Drama as a Model for Electroacoustic Composition": Talk by Yvette Janine Jackson (University of California, San Diego)

4:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The Department of Music launches “New Perspectives in American Music,” a spring semester 2017 speaker series, with "Radio Drama as a Model for Electroacoustic Composition,” a talk by Yvette Janine Jackson (Ph.D. Candidate, Music/Integrated Studies, University of California, San Diego) at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Frost Library, Amherst College.

Jackson's talk advocates for the inclusion of radio drama into the electroacoustic music repertoire and suggests how radio drama aesthetics and production techniques serve as models for acousmatic composition. Many pioneers of electroacoustic music developed their works in radio facilities utilizing similar equipment and methods used in contemporaneous radio drama productions. Characteristics from three eras will be reviewed: the Golden Age of Radio (1930s-1950s), the Age of Television (1950s-1980s) and the Internet Age (1990s-present). Drawing upon her own work, excerpts from Jackson's radio operas "Inv​isible Peop​le (A Radio Opera)" and ​"Swan" will be presented to exemplify how radio drama and electroacoustic music have influenced her creative practice.

Yvette Janine Jackson is a composer, sound designer and installation artist whose works frequently focus on historical events and relevant social issues. Recent projects include ​"Par​ty Line," a sound installation for San Diego Art Institute’s “The Dead Are Not Quiet: A Group Exhibition of Macabre Art”; ​"Duets in the Key o​f Dada with David Molina" at the San Francisco International Arts Festival; a residency at Stockholm’s Elektronmusikstudion (EMS); the premiere of ​"This is Rad​io Opera" at Audiorama Stockholm​ ; ​"Soldier," a five-day immersive cinematic installation for the Recombinant Media Lab at Qualcomm Institute’s Calit2; and ​"Invisible People (A Ra​dio Opera)." She was selected by the American Composers Orchestra to participate in the third Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute in 2015 and awarded a reading of her composition "Atla​ntic Crossing" by the Naples Philharmonic in 2016. Jackson earned a B.A. in music from Columbia University, where she was active in the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center as it transitioned into the Computer Music Center. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in music/integrative studies at the University of California, San Diego. Please see www.yvettejackson.com for more information.

“New Perspectives in American Music” is a spring-semester 2017 speaker series offered by the Department of Music and hosted by the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College.

Future speakers include Alisha Jones (Indiana University) on Feb. 27, Braxton Shelley (University of Chicago) on March 20 and Patrice Rushen (University of Southern California) on April 10. All talks are open to the public and begin at 4:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Alisa Pearson at concerts@amherst.edu.

Overland Information Session

Overland hires exceptional college students and recent graduates to lead summer programs across the country and around the world. Their staff of nearly 200 leaders and support staff spend ten days training and six weeks leading or supporting programs throughout the summer. Small groups, carefully crafted programs and inspiring leadership have been at the heart of what we do for the past 32 years. Come learn about the hiking, biking, service, writing, language or field studies programs with Overland. Leading for Overland will be one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences of your life. Attend this information session and find out more!

Tue, Jan 31, 2017

French Table

The French Table will meet on Tuesdays from noon until 2 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall. Come join the French language assistants for conversation over lunch. French speakers of all levels are welcome!

"Casting Gender: Actresses and the Boundaries of Realism in Modern Chinese Drama, 1911-1966"

Megan Ammirati, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Davis, will deliver a lecture titled "Casting Gender."

In the 1920s, intellectuals declared that female impersonation had "died a natural death" as a result of the rise of modern Chinese drama. Their assertion was rooted in China’s investment in realism and the ideology that the stage needed to resemble "real life" in order to reform it. Suddenly women were valued for the "naturalness" of their biological bodies and the authenticity of their lived experiences. This talk will trace the emergence of this idea in dramatic literature, considering how the push for realistic theater in the 20th century influenced the narrative of its performers’ agency, artistry and authority.

Facebook Tech Talk

Are you studying computer science and looking for a summer internship?
Join Facebook software engineers Ryan Mack and Thais Laney '16 to hear firsthand about their experience and projects, and learn about the Facebook working culture, values, and summer internship opportunities. There will be swag and food! RSVP in Quest and bring your resume.

New England Conservation in an Era of Global Change

David Foster is an ecologist and author of Thoreau's Country – Journey through a Transformed Landscape (1999), Forests in Time - The Environmental Consequences of 1000 years of Change in New England (2004), and Hemlock: A Forest Giant on the Edge (2014). David is also a co‐author of Wildlands and Woodlands – A Vision for the New England Landscape, which lays out an ambitious plan for the protection and conservation of forest and farmland across the region.

His recently released book A Meeting of Land and Sea: Nature and the Future of Martha's Vineyard (2017) explores the ecological dynamics, conservation history, and future prospects for one of New England’s iconic and most threatened landscapes.

Introduction to the Careers in Business and Finance Program

Have you ever wondered what it means to have a career in finance, consulting, or general business? If so, now is your opportunity to learn, explore and decide if the Careers in Business and Finance Program is something you want to pursue.

The Loeb Center offers industry specific initiatives to help students explore and plan for careers in seven specific careers In areas. The Careers in Business and Finance Program was established in 2015 to help students explore and prepare for careers in the financial services industry, consulting, or general business.

The information session, led by Program Director Stephanie Hockman, will talk about the career exploration and planning workshops included in the Careers in Business and Finance Program. This is your opportunity to hear more about the program and workshops available to you.

There are multiple opportunities to hear about the Careers in Business and Finance Program. You only need to attend one. We hope to see you at one of the following information sessions.

• Thursday, Jan. 26, 8 p.m. - Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115)
• Friday, Jan. 27, 4 p.m. – Loeb Center Events Room
• Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m. – Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115)

Portrait of Jeb Bush smiling and wearing glasses, jacket, shirt and tie

Talk by Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush served as the 43rd governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007. He is the son of former President George H. W. Bush and brother of former President George W. Bush. He graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., and attended the University of Texas, where he earned a degree in Latin American affairs. In 1980, he moved to Florida and pursued a career in real estate development, and in 1986 became Florida's Secretary of Commerce until 1988.

During his eight years as governor of Florida, Bush pushed an ambitious Everglades conservation plan, supported caps for medical malpractice litigation, launched a Medicaid privatization pilot progra, and instituted reforms to the state education system, including the issuance of vouchers and promoting school choice.

Before running for the Republican presidential nomination in June of 2015, Bush led his own successful consulting business, Jeb Bush and Associates, whose clients ranged from small technology startups to well-known Fortune 500 companies. He currently serves as chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a national foundation focused on education reform, and was co-chairman of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and chair of the National Constitution Center. He is a co-author of Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution (March 2013) and author of Reply All (October 2015).

The talk is free and open to the public. Amherst students, faculty and staff will receive priority seating. Tickets are required.

Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeklatsch

Every Tuesday at 9 p.m. the German House hosts Kaffeeklatsch, an informal gathering for conversation and refreshments. This is a great opportunity to meet others interested in German language and culture.

Come join us for Kaffeeklatsch Tuesdays at Porter House!

LGBTea, coffe and tea, late night study hours

QRC LGBTea Late Night Study Hours

LGBTea is an intentional weekly program that offers a comfortable, affirming, and welcoming space for our community to come together. Join us for late night study hours, take a break if you need one, grab a cup of tea or coffee, or just hang out!!
Every Tuesday in the Queer Resource Center from 10 p.m. - midnight. All are welcome.

Wed, Feb 1, 2017

City Year Information Table

City Year is an education focused, nonprofit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to graduations. Stop by the McCaffrey Room in Keefe Campus Center to talk with Harvey Vincent about opportunities at City Year.

Cornell in Rome Table & Info Session

Cornell in Rome focuses on the disciplines of architecture design, history, and theory; visual arts; art history; urban studies; and Italian language, history, and culture. On February 1, a representative of the Cornell in Rome program will host an info table in Keefe from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and an info session at 4:30 p.m. in Fayerweather 113. Stop by to learn more about this opportunity to live and study in Rome for a semester!

www.aap.cornell.edu/rome

Russian Table

The Russian Table is an opportunity for all interested in conversing in Russian to meet regularly with Russian faculty and students. We'll meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays on the mezzanine level in Valentine Dining Hall. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Internship Information Session

Come learn about this unique summer internship at The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. Students will hear from last year's Amherst College intern and staff from the Career Center. HSH Prince Albert Grimaldi II of Monaco '81 established his foundation to address our planet's alarming environmental situation. The foundation is dedicated to the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development on a global scale by supporting initiatives of public and private organizations, technological innovation and socially-aware practices. See Quest to find out more about this position (applicants must be fluent in French and English) and join us to learn more about this special opportunity.

City Year Information Session

City Year works to bridge the gap in high-poverty communities between the support that students actually need and what their schools are designed and resourced to provide. In doing so, they are helping to increase graduation rates across the country and changing lives of the students the serve. They partner with schools and districts to identify students who are at risk of not graduating on time with their peers, and provide them with extra academic, emotional and social support and skills that they need to be successful for college and a career.
Attend this information session to introduce students to opportunities with City Year and answer questions about the organization.

Circus Introduction Meeting

Circus Introduction Meeting

Circus, Amherst's student literature magazine, announces its spring session. This meeting is a chance for the whole team to get together and for all interested students to find out who we are, what we do and how they can participate in the creating of the magazine.

late night study hours

WGC Late Night Study Hours!

Join us for silent study hours every Wednesday from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Women and Gender Center! There will be Glazed Donuts!

Thu, Feb 2, 2017

World Read's First Meeting of the Semester

Global literacy is more important now than ever. If you are interested in promoting education and literacy join World Reads. The first World Reads meeting of the semester will be held on Monday, February 6 at 8:30 p.m. in the McCaffrey room in Keefe Campus Center. Join us for a brief introduction to the club and its mission, information about upcoming events, and cookies from Insomnia Cookies!

nutrition and mental health

Nutrition Recommendations for Improving Mental Health & Performance

Dr. Georgia Ede, psychiatrist at Smith College, will speak on the impact of diet on mental health. There is now strong evidence that nutrition has a powerful impact on day-to-day mood and cognitive function. Come learn about the profound role sugar plays in mood swings, insomnia and memory problems, which fats are healthiest for the brain, and which food sensitivities are most likely to cause ADHD symptoms in susceptible individuals.

Korean Language Table

Korean Language Table will meet this semester on Thursdays, from 1 - 2 p.m., in Terrace Room A (lower level of Valentine Dining Hall). All are welcome!

Zotero Workshop

Want to make your research process more organized and efficient? Attend a one-hour tutorial to get started with Zotero! Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. If you're interested but can't make it to the workshop, click on the more information link below to see the full workshop schedule or to make an individual appointment.

"Theaters of Illumination and Action: Stage Technology in Modern China"

Tarryn Chun, a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, will deliver a lecture titled "Theaters of Illumination and Action."

From lighting units to digital projectors, the machinery responsible for the magic of the theater often remains hidden offstage, out of sight and out of mind. Beginning in the early decades of the 20th century, however, certain influential Chinese theater artists began to view the technical side of modernized stagecraft as the key to innovation in both the aesthetics and the political efficacy of this popular medium. This talk will trace productions of one canonical work—Thunderstorm (Leiyu 《雷雨》) by Cao Yu 曹禺 (1910-1996)—over the last century in order to illustrate how rereading dramatic literature and theatrical performance from the perspective of stage technologies can illuminate the relationship between the use of technology in the theater and theater as a technology for producing affect and action.

Cover Letter Workshop

Join us to learn how to write a cover letter that will set you apart from the crowd! As a reminder, students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements must attend a cover letter workshop. Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend. In order to practice writing cover letters, attendees are asked to bring an internship position description and a laptop or pen and paper. RSVP in Quest.

This workshop series is facilitated by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.

Yestermorrow Info Session

Yestermorrow Info Session

Learn about opportunities for Amherst College students to enter the world of sustainable building and design at the Yestermorrow Design/ Build School in Vermont through summer and winter break workshops, internships, and the Fall 2017 Semester in Sustainable Design/ Build. Yestermorrow representatives will be in the McCaffrey Room in the Keefe Campus Center on February 2 at 7 p.m.!

Students Only

Russian Tea

Every Thursday at 9 p.m. the Russian House hosts Russian Tea, an informal gathering for conversation and refreshment. This is a great opportunity to meet others interested in Russian language and culture.
Come join us for Russian Tea Thursdays at Porter House! Russian language skills not required.

Music Tutors Informational Meeting

Looking to become more involved in the local community? Want to relive the fun of elementary school band and orchestra? The Music Tutors assist with elementary school band and orchestra rehearsals in the local public schools. If you play an instrument and would be interested in joining, then come to our informational meeting on Thursday, February 2 at 9:30 p.m. in the Green Room of Arms Music Center to find out more. If you have any questions, please email pgramieri17@amherst.edu.

Fri, Feb 3, 2017

Spanish Table

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

The Spanish Table is a friendly way to practice and improve your Spanish language, as well as an informal and fun opportunity to meet people. It is held every Friday, from noon to 2:00 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, go upstairs, and join us for however long you like!

Cover Letter Workshop

Join us to learn how to write a cover letter that will set you apart from the crowd! As a reminder, students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements must attend a cover letter workshop. Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend. In order to practice writing cover letters, attendees are asked to bring an internship position description and a laptop or pen and paper. RSVP in Quest.

This workshop series is facilitated by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.

life stories

Life Stories with Ben Lieber: "How I discovered my daughter knew how to read"

The Life Stories series provides a forum for the Amherst community to get to know each other outside of our professional and academic roles. At each lunch, a student, faculty or staff member will share a story from their lives, followed by the opportunity for participants to engage in reflection and discussion. Lunch provided. More information at https://www.amherst.edu/mm/440084

Queer Talk

Join the QRC 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!

Dan Berger

Information Session with Immigration Attorney Dan Berger

The College has invited immigration attorney Dan Berger of the law firm Curran & Berger to speak to any members of our community who may be interested. The session will provide updates on immigration policies, and will be followed by a Q&A as well as an opportunity for individual consultation. As President Martin also shared in her message over this past weekend, there is a dedicated Immigration Updates and Resources webpage on the Amherst College website where pertinent information is being shared as it becomes available. We also recommend the National Immigration Law Center and American Immigration Council websites for further information.

Thesis poster showing Ruescher and Sandel standing in Buckley Recital Hall

Senior Music Performance Theses by Jamie Sandel '17 and Rebecca Ruescher '17

The Amherst College Department of Music presents the senior theses of Jamie Sandel '17 and Rebecca Ruescher '17. "we all play," a suite of instrumental music composed by Sandel, is first on the program, followed by nine a cappella works conducted by Ruescher. The performance takes place on Friday, Feb. 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.

Sandel presents his composition "we all play," depicting a lived journey through illness and death. That journey is told through five interconnected movements, based on moments in his father’s life, that focus at times on joy, nostalgia, isolation, pain and release. The suite is written for a jazz quintet alongside a chamber sextet of bowed strings and winds; the two ensembles play together, interweaving carefully scored material and improvisation. The compositions are written using a diverse musical palette grounded in jazz genres such as post-bop, fusion, blues and modal jazz, but also incorporate elements of Romanticism, modern classical and Brazilian samba.

The jazz quintet is fronted by Sandel on electric violin, and features Valley-area professional musicians Eugene Uman, Fumi Tomita and Jon Fisher, as well as Nashville guitarist Mike Baggetta. The chamber sextet includes Amherst College students Zach Yanes '17, Eliot Kuan '18, MacKenzie Kugel '19, Christina Hansen '17 and Sam Short ’17, as well as Smith student Megan Mendenhall.

Ruescher then directs the choral concert portion of this two-part thesis, showcasing an eclectic collection of nine a cappella works composed over the past two centuries in six different languages. This second portion of the program features standards from the classical and romantic era, modern pieces by contemporary composers, and traditional folk songs. Ruescher directs and conducts this concert as an ambitious finale to her undergraduate music major. Ruescher’s senior project is performed by 17 Amherst College singers. Though they are a small group, they are certain to make a big sound and a powerful impact on listeners.

Please come share an evening of supremely beautiful music to warm you up on a frosty February night. The concert will be followed by light refreshments.

For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, visit us on the web: www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

Sun, Feb 5, 2017

Junior Year: Getting Ready for Career (and Life) Success

This new, innovative workshop is designed and facilitated specifically for juniors by an Amherst alumna, Denny Meadows ’84. Denny is a professional strategist and career launch advisor. She is also a mentor to many Amherst students and recent alumni through Pathways.

Whether you’ve got an internship or a full-time career choice on your mind, this workshop will give you specific tools, valuable skills and tangible take-aways to help you reach your goals. In one fast-paced, interactive afternoon, you’ll get career hacks to help you figure out what you really want, secrets for creating a compelling value proposition for prospective employers, and tips to reach the hidden job market.

Why start now? Your junior year is the “sweet spot” for career exploration and planning. You already have on- and off-campus experiences to give you some direction, and you still have time on your side (including one more summer internship) to experiment with post-graduation options. This juniors-only workshop will help you think more clearly about your career options, feel more confident in your choices, act more decisively to make things happen, and present yourself in a way that sets you apart. Not quite sure about your future path? Or maybe you have a pretty good idea but don’t know how to reach your goals? This workshop is for you.

Limited to 20 students. RSVP to prietkerk@amherst.edu.

Amherst College TransActive: Transgender Support and Social Group

Join TransActive every Sunday from 1-2:30 p.m. in Amherst College's Queer Resource Center. This group aims to provide a space for trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming people and those questioning their gender identities to come together in a safe and brave environment.
This is a closed space for people of these identities! The group is open to the Five Colleges and all community members in the area!

Super Bowl Party!

Super Bowl Party at The Powerhouse

Come to the Powerhouse this Sunday, February 5, to watch the Super Bowl and enjoy some wings, pizza and drinks with your friends! Doors open at 6 p.m., and the game begins at 6:30!

Students Only

Mon, Feb 6, 2017

Come to World Reads First Meeting of the Semester

Join World Read's for its first meeting of the semester on Monday, February 6 at 8:30 p.m. in the McCaffrey Room (in Keefe). World Reads works to promote global literacy and education, which are more important now than ever. Come learn about the club, hear about upcoming events and eat lots of cookies! All are welcome to attend.

Students Only

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 1:00 p.m.

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!

Pizza Lunch Info Session for Semester in Environmental Science (SES)

Stop by the McCaffrey Room for a slice of pizza and to learn about the Semester in Environmental Science (SES) at the Marine Biological Laboratory program in Woods Hole, MA. SES is a fall semester off-campus program offering field and lab training in ecosystems ecology and bio-geochemistry. This program is approved for credit at Amherst.

If you can't make the info session, there will also be an info table in the Keefe Atrium from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Zotero Workshop

Want to make your research process more organized and efficient? Attend a one-hour tutorial to get started with Zotero! Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. If you're interested but can't make it to the workshop, click on the more information link below to see the full workshop schedule or to make an individual appointment.

Amherst Sailing Team Info Meeting

Looking to try something new? Come learn about the Amherst Sailing Team at an informational meeting on Monday, February 6 at 4 p.m. in the McCaffrey Room in Keefe Campus Center. Refreshments will be provided! The Amherst Sailing Team is fun and inclusive (no experience required!) and also a serious and competitive club sailing team. Open to anyone interested. Sponsored by the Amherst Sailing Team.

Dr. Stephen Keller crouching in front of a trail sign and snow-covered evergreen trees, with his arms around a black dog

"Life at the Edge: Ecological Genomics of Climate Adaptation in Range-Edge Populations of Balsam Poplar"

4:00 pm Lecture Room 4

Dr. Stephen Keller is assistant professor of plant biology at the University of Vermont.

"In light of past and ongoing climate warming, understanding the genetics of local adaptation to climate has become an important research focus in plant ecological genomics. In long-lived species such as forest trees, populations located along southern range edges may be particularly vulnerable to climate warming if they exist at their current physiological limits of environmental stress, and may also face increased exposure to introgression from co-occurring species where ranges overlap. Additionally, southern range edge populations may harbor unique adaptive variants that have been selected under the earliest-onset and longest growing seasons in the species’ range. To address these issues, my lab has been investigating how landscape-scale climate variability has shaped adaptive genomic diversity across the geographic range of Populus balsamifera (balsam poplar), a widespread forest tree and a model system for studying local adaptation to climate. Our approaches integrate measurement of functional traits in common garden experiments, genome-wide patterns of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) from high-throughput sequencing, and targeted genotyping of the Populus flowering time network-- genes that function as key regulators of dormancy onset and release in response to seasonality. We use these data to determine the adaptive relationships between phenotype, genotype and climate, and model how climatic variability and the potential for introgressive hybridization in different parts of the range have shaped adaptive diversity. Our results yield novel insights into the landscape patterns of local adaptation in core and southern edge populations, and have implications for plant conservation and forest management under climate change."

Summer Study Abroad Info Session

Considering a summer abroad? Come to this info session to learn about your program options, which are many, and what funding opportunities exist. Please remember there is no credit awarded for summer courses, and therefore no aid transfer. But students can apply for an Amherst Summer Study Abroad Fellowship, a national fellowship (e.g. Gilman, Boren) or for aid directly from the program. Learn about these options and hear directly from students who've studied abroad in the summer! Join us Monday, February 6 at 7 p.m. in Fayerweather 113.

Students Only

APEX Workshop: Connect with the Career Community

APEX (Amherst Professional Accelerator) Participants: Career development and job applications can feel like solitary endeavors, but your community plays a critical role in educating you about, and supporting you through these processes. Join Career Center staff for APEX's first Career Community Event, where you can meet and connect with other students who are facing the same questions and challenges that you are! We will be engaging in discussions about your experiences with APEX thus far, as well as your interests and goals going forward. This event satisfies the Career Community Milestone for APEX.

Fiction Reading: Aleksandar Hemon

8:00 pm Amherst Books, 8 Main Street

Aleksandar Hemon is the author of the novel The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and which Junot Diaz described thusly: "Incandescent. When your eyes close, the power of this novel, of Hemon's colossal talent, remains." Hemon has also written three books of short stories: The Question of Bruno; Nowhere Man, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Love and Obstacles. He was the recipient of a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship and a "genius grant" from the MacArthur Foundation. He lives in Chicago. Hemon's reading will be followed by refreshments.

Tue, Feb 7, 2017

Employee Council Coffee Hours in February (Feb. 7, Feb. 15, Feb. 23 from 10-11 am in Frost Cafe)

Employee Council: February Coffee Hours

Have coffee with a few representatives from the current Employee Council. Learn more about the council's platform for 2016-17, come talk to us about your ideas and/or well wishes for Amherst staff, or just come socialize with us! The council is offering three coffee hours in February, all from 10-11 a.m. in Frost Cafe: Tuesday, February 7; Wednesday, February 15; and Thursday, February 23.

French Table

The French Table will meet on Tuesdays from noon until 2 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall. Come join the French language assistants for conversation over lunch. French speakers of all levels are welcome!

Nicole Guidotti-Hernández outdoors, smiling and wearing earrings and a blue shirt

“The Homoerotics of Abjection: The Gaze of Leonard Nadel’s Bracero Photographs,” a talk by Nicole Guidotti-Hernández

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

The Bracero Program recruited more than 4.5 million temporary Mexican male laborers to work in the agriculture industry in the U.S. from 1942 to 1964. As this program represented one of the largest influxes of Mexican male migrants into the United States, those workers were subject to bodily inspections and fumigation with toxic chemicals before entering the U.S. and were subject to the whims of their employers. Contrary to a broader narrative of victimization, this presentation provides a queer account of the gaze embodied in Leonard Nadel’s 1956 Bracero photographs for the ways in which they display and register desire, sexuality and longing out of an abject subject position. If we read these photographs as a means of registering queer diaspora, what does this tell us about the affective and emotive registers of men who traveled, worked, loved, drank and gambled together in highly homosocial and homoerotic spaces?

"Writing and the Death of the Artisan in Late Imperial China"

Thomas Kelly, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Chicago, will deliver a lecture titled "Writing and the Death of the Artisan in Late Imperial China."

Throughout the late imperial period, prominent writers creatively reimagined the deaths of artisans in poetry and prose. In this talk Kelly will examine the competing impulses behind this literary trope from the 11th to the 17th centuries. A recurring conceit emerges in such representations whereby the artisan’s apotheosis is contingent on his metamorphosis into the things he makes, so we read of ink-makers dissolving as ink cakes or soapstone cutters whose corpses become apotropaic rocks. Kelly shows how this aesthetic negation of the artisan became intimately linked to a newfound scholarly fascination with the substances and material devices that sustain the culture of writing. His central claim is that the act of narrating an artisan’s death proved critical to demarcating the boundary between the worlds of literature and craft, and hence defining what it meant to be a writer.

Marty Baylor, Carleton College: "A Dynamical System Approach to the Cocktail Party Problem: Using Optics Instead of your Brain to Separate Signals"

4:45 pm - 6:00 pm Lecture Room 3

Abstract - Have you ever been at a noisy party and still been able to pick out what the person in front of you is saying? If so, then you are intimately aware of the fact that your brain is able to solve the cocktail party problem. How does your brain separate one signal from a mixture of signals? I have no idea, but I will tell you about a half-optical, half-electronic system that is able to mimic that behavior. The optoelectronic system uses dynamic holography combined with nonlinear electro-optics in a feedback loop to solve the cocktail party problem. By analyzing the dynamics of the feedback loop, it turns out that, under certain conditions, the feedback loop likes to separate signals. Moreover, the system doesn't need to know what the signals are or how they are mixed together to solve the problem.

Bio - I am originally from Columbia, Md. I completed my B.A. in physics at Kenyon College, Ohio, in 1998. After Kenyon, I spent two years teaching middle and high school physics and astronomy at the Maret School in Washington, D.C. Then I spent two years at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center designing telescopes to study the aurora on Jupiter and optical test beds to study MEMs mirrors and shutters for use in the Near Infrared Spectrometer in the James Webb Space Telescope. I completed my Ph.D. in physics in 2007 at the University of Colorado Boulder, where my thesis was "Analog Optoelectronic Independent Component Analysis for Radio Frequency Signals." After completing my Ph.D., I took a year off and was a visiting professor at Carleton College for seven months and vacationed for four months (traveled to China, volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, went whitewater rafting, etc.). I did a two-year postdoc in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, where I collaborated with the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering to make integrated optofluidic devices in photosensitive polymers. I am currently an associate professor of physics at Carleton College.

Political Science Thesis Writer's Workshop

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Frost Library, CHI Think Tank, Room 210

The Political Science department, in conjunction with the library and Writing Center, will be co-hosting a thesis writer's workshop for their majors writing a thesis from 5-7 p.m. The topic will be "Reimagining Your Project".

Interview Workshop

Join us to learn how to answer challenging questions and present yourself in a professional manner. As a reminder, students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements must attend an interviewing workshop. Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend!

This workshop series is facilitated by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.

Reproductive Justice Alliance Intro Meeting

The Reproductive Justice Alliance is looking to organize a group of students on campus interested in engaging in taking radical action on behalf reproductive rights, as well as all the social justice issues that intersect with it, both locally and nationally. Some of the actions we will take include volunteering at abortion clinics, attending Black Lives Matter protests and attending social justice conferences. An informational meeting will be held Tuesday, at 7 p.m. in the WGC. The focus of the meeting will be on contacting our elected representatives. Please contact at sobrien18@amherst.edu or kramlakhan17@amherst.edu with questions.

Porter House

Open House for German Residential Program

Tag der Offenen Tür: The German Department will be accepting applications to live in the German House (Porter House) for 2017-18. The applications are available on the Residential Life website.

Come to the Open House with your questions and check out the wonderful atmosphere at the German House.

Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeklatsch

Every Tuesday at 9 p.m. the German House hosts Kaffeeklatsch, an informal gathering for conversation and refreshments. This is a great opportunity to meet others interested in German language and culture.

Come join us for Kaffeeklatsch Tuesdays at Porter House!

LGBTea, coffe and tea, late night study hours

QRC LGBTea Late Night Study Hours

LGBTea is an intentional weekly program that offers a comfortable, affirming, and welcoming space for our community to come together. Join us for late night study hours, take a break if you need one, grab a cup of tea or coffee, or just hang out!!
Every Tuesday in the Queer Resource Center from 10 p.m. - midnight. All are welcome.

Wed, Feb 8, 2017

Russian Table

The Russian Table is an opportunity for all interested in conversing in Russian to meet regularly with Russian faculty and students. We'll meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays on the mezzanine level in Valentine Dining Hall. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

Dream Careers Information Session

Attend this information session to learn more about Dream Careers global internship programs, specifically their Paris internship program. To learn more, visit their website.

Zotero Workshop

Want to make your research process more organized and efficient? Attend a one-hour tutorial to get started with Zotero! Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. If you're interested but can't make it to the workshop, click on the more information link below to see the full workshop schedule or to make an individual appointment.

Tearing Down Walls

An open space for students to connect and discuss experiences and ramifications of the political climate on sense of safety, mental health and engagement in the college. Those of Muslim faith, refugees, immigrants, trans or non-binary identities, students of color, undocumented students, queer identity, women, and intersecting identities are encouraged to attend.

Wednesdays, starting February 8th

Facilitated by Sarah Erickson, Psy.D. (serickson@amherst.edu) and Zamir Nestelbaum, M.D. (znestelbaum@amherst.edu).

Students Only

“Muslim Minorities and Sacrificial Citizenship”: A Talk by Zahid R. Chaudhary

Professor Chaudhary, of the Department of English at Princeton University, specializes in postcolonial studies, visual culture and critical theory. His first book, Afterimage of Empire: Photography in Nineteenth-Century India, provides a historical and philosophical account of early photography in India. His current book project, Mimetic Acts: The Play of Difference in Late Modernity, analyzes how medium specificity conditions the notions of historical difference emerging across contemporary postcolonial fiction, film and architecture.

Map showing that Spanish is the most commonly spoken language other than English in 43 out of 50 U.S. states

"Addressing the Needs of Spanish Language Users in the 21st Century"

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

The Amherst College Department of Spanish is pleased to present the lecture “Addressing the Needs of Spanish Language Users in the 21st Century,” by Jeannette Sánchez-Naranjo, Ph.D.

Today’s language learning is very different from that of the 20th century. Learners’ curiosity about the world around them continues to grow; however, the difference now is that they have that world at their fingertips. They are experiencing the world through technology in a way that their parents and teachers never did. Accordingly, language learning is changing, and how we teach and assess that learning should change as well. Its focus can no longer be on grammar, memorization or learning from repetition, or largely confined to the classroom. On the contrary, it should serve a diverse community of language users, and emphasize language use and cultural knowledge to communicate and connect to others around the globe. In other words, language users and their needs must be kept at the heart of language learning. This presentation aims to stimulate discussion and provoke thought about the teaching of Spanish in the U.S. and its possibilities to create more collaborative models to empower language users and impact our communities.

This lecture will be in English and is free and open to the public.

Summer 2016 Internship Experiences Exhibit

Are you thinking about applying for internships for next summer, but don’t know what worthwhile opportunities are out there? The Summer 2016 Internship Experiences Exhibit is for you!

Come by the Friedmann Room in Keefe to see and hear your friends and fellow students present on the interesting projects and topics they worked on over the course of their internships this past summer. You’ll get insight into what it takes to intern at the organizations and companies represented, and make a valuable connection that could lead an internship for you in the future.

Stop by for some appetizers and check it out!

I Deserve to Be Here!

Amherst College’s First Generation Association invites you to our intro workshop, “I Deserve to Be Here!” Wednesday, February 8 at 7 p.m. in the Queer Resource Center. In partnership with the Counseling Center and the offices of Admissions and Financial Aid, this discussion will focus on the stressors that first generation students uniquely face on campus, paying particular attention to debunking the idea that students on financial aid are indebted to “full” paying students. Oriental Flavors will be served.

late night study hours

WGC Late Night Study Hours!

Join us for silent study hours every Wednesday from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Women and Gender Center! There will be Glazed Donuts!

Thu, Feb 9, 2017

Korean Language Table

Korean Language Table will meet this semester on Thursdays, from 1 - 2 p.m., in Terrace Room A (lower level of Valentine Dining Hall). All are welcome!

Cover Letter Workshop

Join us to learn how to write a cover letter that will set you apart from the crowd! As a reminder, students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements must attend a cover letter workshop. Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend. In order to practice writing cover letters, attendees are asked to bring an internship position description and a laptop or pen and paper. RSVP in Quest.

This workshop series is facilitated by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.

Image from "Im Juli" of a woman and a man sitting in a car

German Film Series: "Im Juli"

Screenings of the German film Im Juli will be on Feb. 9 at 4 and 7:30 p.m.

Synopsis: Moritz Bleibtreu (Run, Lola, Run) plays an uptight schoolteacher from Hamburg who embarks on an adventurous journey to follow the love of his life, a young Turkish woman, to Istanbul, in this romantic comedy drama full of surprising twists. This film features adult situations. Directed by Fatih Akin, this film was released in 2000 and has a 100-minute run time. It will be shown in German with English subtitles. Contact mhowes@amherst.edu for more information.

New Faculty Social Hour

An occasion to come together and meet other new colleagues across departments. We meet on either the second Thursday or Friday of every month from 4-5:30 p.m. for conversation. Most meetings will happen in the McCaffrey Room in Keefe Campus Center. We have child care services for those that need to pick up their little ones before stopping over.
Reminder emails with updated locations and dates are sent to appropriate colleagues each month.

Dr. Dorceta E. Taylor

Stand Together, Fight Back!

Stand Together, Fight Back: How to Build a Campus Coalition for Real Social & Ecological Justice

Talk titled Race, Space, and Environmental Inequalities by Professor Taylor.

Stand Together, Fight Back! - How to build a campus coalition for social and ecological justice

This 2-day event seeks to examine ways of building a movement across communities, promoting real social and ecological justice. Over the course of two days, talks and workshops will be offered featuring guest speaker, Dorceta Taylor, Ph.D.

Thursday, Feb. 9:
4:30-6 p.m.: Paino Lecture Hall, "Race, Space, and Environmental Inequalities" Talk and Q&A with Dr. Taylor
6-8 p.m.: Greenway A 107, "How to Build a Campus Coalition for Social and Ecological Justice" Student workshop, discussions and dinner led by Dr. Taylor

Friday, Feb. 10:
9-10:30 a.m.: Breakfast and Q&A with Dr. Taylor*
12-1:30 p.m.: Lunch and Q&A w/ Dr. Taylor for Students of Color*
*RSVP Required

Dr. Dorceta E. Taylor

Stand Together, Fight Back!

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Greenway A, 107

How to Build a Campus Coalition for Real Social & Ecological Justice

Stand Together, Fight Back: How to Build a Campus Coalition for Real Social & Ecological Justice is a workshop on Thursday, February 9 at 6 p.m.

One Mind

One Mind film screening at Amherst Cinema

The monks at Zhenru Chan Monastery in eastern China continue to uphold a strict monastic code established over 1,200 years ago by the founding patriarchs of Zen in China. In harmony with the land that sustains them, the monks operate an organic farm, grow tea and harvest bamboo to fuel their kitchen fires.

Director Edward A. Burger has lived and studied with Buddhist communities in China for over 15 years, and is the first Western filmmaker to be granted such unprecedented access to the daily rituals and traditions practiced in this remote mountain monastery.

More than a portrait of life within this monastic community, One Mind is an experiment in Buddhist filmmaking. A markedly quiet and contemplative film, Burger has set forth to craft a documentary that is not ‘about’ Buddhism, but rather a ‘Buddhist film’. Tickets available at Amherst Cinema box office. Burger will join us for this film screening event, which is generously sponsored by the Religion Department and the Willis D. Wood fund.

Tickets Required

Introduction to the Finance Industry Workshop Series

This 9-week program is open to first year students and sophomores interested in learning more about the finance industry. The workshop series, led by Stephanie Hockman, program director for Careers in Business and Finance, is designed to help students understand the finance industry and its components, distinguish the nuances of available opportunitie, and enhance career exploration. Some workshops will include alumni who will provide their practical insights, experience and understanding to the discussion. In addition, some sessions will be followed by an opportunity to engage with young alumni in that part of the finance industry in an organized “Career Fair” type chat room.

The 9-week course will include topics such as:
1. Introduction to Finance – Defining finance and an overview of the components of the finance industry including a discussion of buy side vs. sell side
2. Investment Banking, Part 1 – Corporate Investment Bankers
3. Investment Banking, Part 2 – Capital Markets (including Sales & Trading, Research, and Investor Services)
4. Investment Banking, Part 3 – Introduction to Operations & Supporting functions at an Investment Bank
5. Introduction to Investment Management & Asset Management
6. Overview of Hedge Funds
7. Introduction to Private Equity
8. Introduction to Private Wealth Management/Asset Management
9. Review of the industry and best next steps

The weekly, one-hour workshops will be held every Thursday beginning February 9, 2017, through April 13, 2017 (excluding March 15). Space is limited and advance sign-up is required. Log into Quest for details and information on how to register for this workshop series.

Journaling For Self-Direction

Journaling For Self-Direction

This interactive drop-in workshop series will strengthen your awareness of who you are, what you want to do with your life, and how you are going to do it.

Journaling for a Calm & Focused Mind - Journaling strategies for letting go of worries and paying attention to what matters.

Co-sponsored by the Counseling Center & Writing Center

For more information please contact: Laura Fusari (lfusari@amherst.edu) or Emily Merriman (emerriman@amherst.edu)

Paint and Sip Night!

Head down to The Powerhouse this Thursday, February 9 at 8 p.m. for Campus Activity Board’s Paint and Sip Night! There will be finger food served, and wine service for those who are 21+. First come, first serve!

Russian Tea

Every Thursday at 9 p.m. the Russian House hosts Russian Tea, an informal gathering for conversation and refreshment. This is a great opportunity to meet others interested in Russian language and culture.
Come join us for Russian Tea Thursdays at Porter House! Russian language skills not required.

Fri, Feb 10, 2017

Spanish Table

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

The Spanish Table is a friendly way to practice and improve your Spanish language, as well as an informal and fun opportunity to meet people. It is held every Friday, from noon to 2:00 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, go upstairs, and join us for however long you like!

Write like a ninja

Summer in the UK Fulbright Fellowship Application Writing Workshop

Are you planning to apply for the Fulbright Summer in the UK fellowship? Wondering how to write the personal statement and additional essay? Join Writing Associate Roy Andrews and Director of Fellowships Christine Overstreet in a workshop session where we will explore how to put your best foot forward in your application. We will discuss content and form, look at examples of strong essays, and start writing! Limited to twenty students, so please reserve your seat today.

Students Only

Queer Talk

Join the QRC 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!

Chemistry Poster Session: An Overview of Chemistry Department Research

The chemistry department will be holding a special "cheminar" which will be an overview of chemistry department research for junior majors who are considering a thesis project.

Current chemistry honors and non-honors research students will be presenting posters of the projects they’ve been working on this past year. This will be a great opportunity to gather information if you are considering a chemistry thesis project. You will have a chance to mingle with your peers and discuss current thesis research with our honors students. Additionally, chemistry faculty will be available to discuss your interests in doing a thesis research project. We strongly encourage you to attend this seminar even if you aren’t yet sure you will be undertaking thesis work.

You may also wish to look at the websites of chemistry faculty and/or contact any faculty member to set up a meeting time to learn more about his/her research interests.

We hope to see you there; please feel free to invite friends who would also be interested in chemistry research.

M@A Master Class: Chiara String Quartet

Visiting artists work with Amherst student musicians. Free and open to the public. Don't play a string instrument? Come and be surprised how much you can learn about art, music and performance!

Event poster featuring black-and-white photos of the artists

Student Art Exhibition & Reception: First-Year Seminar: "Representing Equality" -- "Queering Identity" Art Symposium Opening

"Queering Identity: Vulnerability, Fluidity, and the Politics of Representation"
Student Art Exhibition & Reception (First-Year Seminar: "Representing Equality" with Professor Rhonda Cobham-Sander and Wendy Ewald)
Friday, Feb. 10
4-6 p.m.
Keefe Campus Center Atrium

The Gender & Sexuality Art Symposium is the brainchild of Zanele Muholi, a queer South African photographer and visual activist. Multiple Amherst College departments-- including the Queer Resource Center, Art & the History of Art, English, the First-Year Seminar "Representing Equality," the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the Office of Student Activities --have been collaborating with Zanele from afar to plan a symposium that brings together artists, activists, scholars, students and educators from all over the world to discuss and highlight the intersections of identity and art.

Come and attend artist panels (professional and student) and exhibitions to discuss how art can blur binaries and break down cis and heteronormative barriers. It is our hope to engage with the queer and trans experience through and with the various artists, scholars and activists coming to campus.

The amazing artists:
Zanele Muholi-- https://www.artsy.net/artist/zanele-muholi
Lola Flash-- http://www.lolaflash.com/
Dr. Kimberly Brown-- https://www.mtholyoke.edu/people/kimberly-juanita-brown
Monica Trinidad-- http://www.monicatrinidad.com/
Pidgeon Pagonis-- http://www.pidgeonismy.name/
Seyi Adebanjo-- http://www.seyiadebanjo.com/
SD Holman-- http://sdholman.com/
Eric Gottesman-- http://www.ericgottesman.net/

The QRC and Keefe Campus Center are accessible and have gender-inclusive restrooms. Please let us know if you need any other accommodations before the event. Food will be served, and gluten-free options will be available.

This symposium is free and open to all students and community members.

Sponsored by the Amherst College Queer Resource Center, art and English departments, FYSE "Representing Equality," Office of Diversity & Inclusion and Student Activities

Lunar New Year Meets Carnaval

Lunar New Year Meets Carnaval

Hola everybody,

La Casa and Asian Culture House cordially invite you to "Lunar New Year Meets Carnaval" on Friday, February 10 at 6 p.m. in Moore 2nd floor common room.

Carnaval (a festival traditionally celebrated in Latin America before Lent begins) and Lunar New Year (this year is the year of the rooster!) are observed this month.
Come through for wonderful music, masks, and delicious food from Oriental Flavor and La Veracruzana! And of course, wonderful people and conversations.

Hope to see you there!
La Casa and ACH

Sat, Feb 11, 2017

Event poster featuring black-and-white photos of the artists

"Queering Identity": Gender & Sexuality Art Symposium

Queering Identity Art Symposium
A daylong event filled with guest speakers, panelist (professional & student artists), discussion and lunch
Saturday, Feb. 11
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Queer Resource Center & Keefe Campus Center

The Gender & Sexuality Art Symposium is the brainchild of Zanele Muholi, a queer South African photographer and visual activist. Multiple Amherst College departments-- including the Queer Resource Center, Art & the History of Art, English, the First-Year Seminar "Representing Equality," the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the Office of Student Activities --have been collaborating with Zanele from afar to plan a symposium that brings together artists, activists, scholars, students and educators from all over the world to discuss and highlight the intersections of identity and art.

Come and attend artist panels (professional and student) and exhibitions to discuss how art can blur binaries and break down cis and heteronormative barriers. It is our hope to engage with the queer and trans experience through and with the various artists, scholars and activists coming to campus.

The amazing artists:
Zanele Muholi-- https://www.artsy.net/artist/zanele-muholi
Lola Flash-- http://www.lolaflash.com/
Dr. Kimberly Brown-- https://www.mtholyoke.edu/people/kimberly-juanita-brown
Monica Trinidad-- http://www.monicatrinidad.com/
Pidgeon Pagonis-- http://www.pidgeonismy.name/
Seyi Adebanjo-- http://www.seyiadebanjo.com/
SD Holman-- http://sdholman.com/
Eric Gottesman-- http://www.ericgottesman.net/

The QRC and Keefe Campus Center are accessible and have gender-inclusive restrooms. Please let us know if you need any other accommodations before the event. Food will be served, and gluten-free options will be available.

This symposium is free and open to all students and community members.

Sponsored by the Amherst College Queer Resource Center, art and English departments, FYSE "Representing Equality," Office of Diversity & Inclusion and Student Activities

Cover of "Chief Complaint: A Country Doctor’s Tales of Life in Galilee," showing buildings nestled among hills

Dr. Hatim Kanaaneh: A Country Doctor’s Tales of Life in Galilee

Come to Paino Lecture Hall in Beneski Earth Science Building at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, to learn about the experiences of Palestinian author and doctor Hatim Kanaaneh! Originally from Palestine, Dr. Kanaaneh left his village in 1960 to study in the United States, earning degrees in medicine and public health from Harvard University. After returning home, he assumed the responsibility of subdistrict physician, heading the region’s governmental health office, while continuing to reside in his ancestral village. As the first and only resident physician in a rural area of over 50,000 Palestinian citizens of Israel, he was forced to double up as their medical caregiver, operating a solo general practitioner practice during evening hours.

Receive a discount on his new book Chief Complaint: A Country Doctor’s Tales of Life in Galilee.

The Chiara String Quartet posing in front of a wall and holding their instruments

M@A Chamber Series: Chiara String Quartet

Renowned for bringing fresh excitement to traditional string quartet repertoire as well as for creating insightful interpretations of new music, the Chiara String Quartet captivates its audiences throughout the country.

“Like aural three-dimensional chess, each player seems to be aware of what the other three—and the music—are doing at all times.” –Strings Magazine

Program:
Britten Three Divertimenti
Schubert String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, Op. 29
Beethoven String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major, Op. 130 with Grande Fugue, Op. 133

SUBSCRIBE to the M@A Series to receive:
➨ The best seats at the best prices
➨ Priority reservation privileges for additional tickets to individual concerts
➨ A guaranteed seat, even when the “Sold Out” sign goes up
➨ Personalized service and ticket insurance

Single ticket events go on sale two weeks before each performance:
Chamber Series:
General Public: $28 Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22 Students, with valid ID: $12. Free Amherst student rush signup available in the Arms Building lobby an hour before showtime.

Tickets are nonrefundable, and programs and dates are subject to change. Buckley Recital Hall has limited wheelchair-accessible seating.

For further information, please contact the Concert Office at (413) 542-2195 or concerts@amherst.edu.

A complete list of upcoming events can be found on the Amherst College Music Department website at www.amherst.edu/go/music.

Tickets Required

Sun, Feb 12, 2017

Amherst College TransActive: Transgender Support and Social Group

Join TransActive every Sunday from 1-2:30 p.m. in Amherst College's Queer Resource Center. This group aims to provide a space for trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming people and those questioning their gender identities to come together in a safe and brave environment.
This is a closed space for people of these identities! The group is open to the Five Colleges and all community members in the area!

Mon, Feb 13, 2017

Zotero Workshop

Want to make your research process more organized and efficient? Attend a one-hour tutorial to get started with Zotero! Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. If you're interested but can't make it to the workshop, click on the more information link below to see the full workshop schedule or to make an individual appointment.

Advanced Studies in England

Advanced Studies in England

Advanced Studies in England caters to a plethora of majors and interests, from art and architecture, to political and social sciences.They offer internships too! Be sure to drop by Keefe Campus Center Atrium on Monday, February 13 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. if you're interested!

Students Only

Love My Alumni Week 2017

Come to Keefe Campus Center February 13- 16 anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to write thank-you notes to alumni. Help us show our gratitude to the alumni who have sustained Amherst College over the generations by thanking those who currently support the Alumni Fund and who volunteer for the college. We'll have food, shirts and other swag for those who participate. Come and enjoy an Atkins Farms cider doughnut while you write! There will be a photobooth, a Snapchat filter and new swag!

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 1:00 p.m.

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!

"Metabolism, Water Loss and Extreme Environments: The Ecological Physiology of Migratory and Desert-Adapted Birds"

4:00 pm Lecture Room 4

Dr. Alexander Gerson is assistant professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

"Throughout their annual cycle, many birds are exposed to extreme environments, and in order to survive, they rely on unique physiological adaptations. Migratory birds travel thousands of miles between breeding and wintering grounds, and the completion of these journeys requires nonstop flights lasting from hours to days. During flight, fat is the primary fuel for endurance exercise, but protein is also catabolized. Due to this protein catabolism, long-distance migrant birds arrive after flights with organ mass reductions as great as 50 percent of the preflight mass, yet are still able to refuel in preparation for the next leg of the journey. Although this phenomenon has been documented in many species of migratory bird, the physiological consequences and ecological correlates underlying this degree of protein catabolism remain unclear. By flying birds in a climatically controlled wind tunnel, I showed that this in-flight protein catabolism is accelerated in response to warmer and dryer conditions, and thus a changing climate may pose a direct challenge to these animals' physiological ability to complete migratory flights. In a separate system, I also explore the physiological adaptations of birds living in the hottest deserts on earth. As a result of climate change, extreme heat events are becoming more frequent, and catastrophic animal die-offs are becoming common. Through a global survey of heat tolerance in birds we have identified key physiological traits that allow birds to survive these heat events, while also informing the phylogenetic breadth of heat tolerance in birds."

Photo of a gavel and gun on a wooden tabletop

"The Real Promise-- and Hard Truth --About Gun Control"

On Monday, Feb. 13, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 100 of Clark House at Amherst College, Carl Bogus, professor of law at Roger Williams University, will present a paper entitled “The Real Promise-- and Hard Truth --About Gun Control.” This is the fourth presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Guns in Law.”

Carl Bogus is known for his writings about political ideology, gun control and the Second Amendment. His publications include Buckley: William F. Buckley Jr. and the Rise of American Conservatism (Bloomsbury 2011) and Why Lawsuits Are Good for America: Big Business, Disciplined Democracy and the Common Law (NYU Press 2001). His present work is a long term project challenging the current paradigm in antitrust law.

To receive a copy of the paper, which will examine the real promise of gun control, please email the LJST department coordinator at mlestes@amherst.edu.

This event is co-sponsored by The Lamont Lecture Fund.

Caution: Thesis Writing In Progress

Spring Semester Thesis Planning

Deadlines are approaching, and it’s time to get your thesis done. If those words are swirling in your head come join us for a workshop focused on the thesis writing process. Topics will include time management, goal setting, accountability, and making the best of your final months of writing! The first hour will include discussion and goal setting, and the second hour will be spent working individually on theses. Taught by Neelofer Qadir and Lauren Silber, writing associates. Space is limited; please reserve your seat today!

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Learn Linkedin

What's the deal with LinkedIn? What does a good profile look like? How can you use LinkedIn as an effective networking tool? Where in the world do you get a professional-looking headshot? If these are questions you'd like answered, join us for an engaging workshop where you can learn cool tricks for using LinkedIn as a college student. We'll even have a photographer there to take your LinkedIn headshot photo! You are highly encouraged to bring your own laptop so you can follow along throughout the presentation. This event is co-sponsored by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning and the Women’s and Gender Center. This program is designed for women students, but is open to people of all genders.
5-7 p.m. Headshots in the Women's and Gender Center
7-8 p.m. Workshop in the McCaffrey Room

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Principle Centered Planning: Creating the Academic Roadmap

Are you looking to build increased confidence in your academic and social life? Would you like to develop a framework for planning and prioritizing based on principles, so that you can have more sleep, more time, and more control over your life?
Join Pete McLean (aka Farmer Pete) for an experiential evening, engaging in a dynamic process to identify:
• When every assignment and commitment is due or scheduled for the entire semester
• How much each assignment or commitment is worth
• Pre-deadline dates for outlines, reading x number of pages, finishing 1 problem set a day, etc.
• Weekly breakdown of commitments and pre-deadline goals by class, by weight
• Process for daily planning and prioritizing
Please bring with you: syllabi from all current courses, your planner or calendar (electronic or otherwise), and a notebook and writing utensil.
Seats are limited; pre-registration is required.

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Immigration Enforcement Update and Discussion

The College invites the campus community to discuss the latest news about the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids that have occurred in recent days. Professor Leah Schmalzbauer will place the ICE raids in context and offer some basic “know your rights” guidelines. Professors Frank Couvares and Adam Sitze will facilitate a conversation about President Trump’s immigration and deportation policies. Amherst’s Associate General Counsel Justin Smith will also be present.

Northwestern Mutual - The Wellesley Group - Information Session

Please join Scott DeSantis ’15 to hear about his career path in the wealth management and insurance business since graduating from Amherst College. Scott became a Certified Financial Planner at 22, and he’ll provide his insights to life as a financial advisor and what steps he took as an Amherst student to propel his career through leveraging the Amherst network. Scott will provide details on internship and full-time opportunities available at Northwestern Mutual.

Tue, Feb 14, 2017

SAGA Innovations Information Table

SAGA Innovations is a nonprofit that works to bridge the education gap in low income neighborhoods by administering high dosage tutoring as part of the school day. Stop by their information table and learn more about opportunities at SAGA.

Love My Alumni Week 2017

Come to Keefe Campus Center February 13- 16 anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to write thank-you notes to alumni. Help us show our gratitude to the alumni who have sustained Amherst College over the generations by thanking those who currently support the Alumni Fund and who volunteer for the college. We'll have food, shirts and other swag for those who participate. Come and enjoy an Atkins Farms cider doughnut while you write! There will be a photobooth, a Snapchat filter and new swag!

French Table

The French Table will meet on Tuesdays from noon until 2 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall. Come join the French language assistants for conversation over lunch. French speakers of all levels are welcome!

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Huxley's Office Hours: Canine Love on Valentine's Day!

Huxley, a friendly, lovable and well-trained dog, wants to be your Valentine! Huxley will be holding biweekly office hours in the library, beside Frost Cafe on Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m. on 2/14, 2/28, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18 and 5/2. Sponsored by the Wellness Team and Amherst College Library.

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"The Redundant Refugee"

On Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 4:30 p.m. in the Alumni House at Amherst College, Stewart Motha, reader in law and executive dean and director of intensive LLM programs at Birkbeck, University of London, will present a talk on "The Redundant Refugee" and a paper titled “Bodies.” The paper is a chapter from his forthcoming book, Archiving Sovereignty (Michigan University Press).

Motha is an internationally recognized authority in the field of sovereignty, violence and legal theory. His current research is focused on the Indian Ocean region-- including Australia, the Chagos Islands, Sri Lanka, migration and refugees in that region --and on post-apartheid jurisprudence. He has taught law at the University of Adelaide, Australia; at the Law School at Lancaster University; and at Kent Law, UK.

To receive a copy of the paper being presented, which will examine migration, refugees and the law, please email the LJST department coordinator at mlestes@amherst.edu.

Gabriel Sosa: "Monomial Orders Uniquely Determined by Their Induced Orders"

Abstract: "When we are asked to write the polynomial p(x)=3x2+x4+7-x in standard form, we know our answer is x4+3x2-x+7, because the only way to order powers of x in a consistent way is the natural one: degree-wise. Complexity is introduced when we are asked to write q(x)=2x3yz2-6x4z+x2y3z in standard form, because we have to define what 'standard form' means in this setting.

In this talk we will present the three classical monomial orders (lexicographic, degree lexicographic and reverse lexicographic), explore a curious property they possess (hint: it is the title), and discuss whether other monomial orders possess this property."

"How Are Students Using Math in Our Physics Courses? And Why?": Talk by Danny Caballero of Michigan State University

4:45 pm - 6:00 pm Lecture Room 3

Using mathematics is essential to understanding physics. Students taking physics courses must develop facility and expertise with all manner of mathematical tools to engage productively with physical ideas and models. For students to develop a deep understanding of physics, they must facilely and deftly utilize mathematical ideas and tools in their physics coursework. The research literature reports on difficulties that students have using mathematics in various areas, but these reports are often disjointed and unconnected-- lacking an overarching framework to understand commonalities among our observations of students’ use of mathematics. Furthermore, we are only beginning to unpack why students use mathematics in the ways that they do.

In this talk, we will discuss the literature on students’ use of mathematics in physics, describe efforts to develop an overarching structure to understand similarities and differences of students’ use of mathematics across the physics curriculum, and present early results from work aimed at understanding why students use mathematics in the way they do and how that changes over their physics career.

The research discussed in this talk was supported by the University of Colorado Science Education Initiative, the National Science Foundation and Michigan State University.

Marcos (Danny) Caballero, caballero@pa.msu.edu
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Leadership Faculty, CREATE for STEM Institute
Michigan State University
Associate Professor, Center for Computational Science Education
University of Oslo

Interview Workshop

Join us to learn how to answer challenging questions and present yourself in a professional manner. As a reminder, students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements must attend an interviewing workshop. Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend!

This workshop series is facilitated by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.

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Mead Reimagined, Take 2: Opening Reception

Join us to celebrate the opening of Mead Reimagined, Take 2.

We will debut Kota Ezawa's Gardner Museum Revisted, which recreates 13 paintings stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990. The paintings were worth over $500 million, and the mystery remains unsolved.

We are also launching Talking Heads, which Amherst College students helped to curate. Come to see our many heads and listen to fun tunes inspired by this show!

Finally, be sure to check out all of the new works on view in our main gallery and our new video room!

As always, there will be delicious refreshments and a bar for those over 21.

This event is free and open to the public.

Elite Scholars of China Information Session

Elite Scholars of China is looking for talented individuals to join their team! Elite Scholars of China is the premier Beijing-based education consulting firm, helping China’s brightest students apply to top US colleges and universities.

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"The Price of Manliness: What Is the True Cost?"

Duane de Four is an educator and activist who will be speaking on the true cost of manliness. How does being "masculine" contribute to a culture that is supportive of sexual violence and what can we do to challenge that culture.

About the Speaker:

Duane de Four is an educator, media critic and activist with more than 20 years of experience facilitating interactive, engaging trainings on gender violence prevention, bystander intervention, consent, redefining masculinity and sexual health.

In his time as a public speaker and educator, Duane has traveled across the United States educating men and women in all branches of the U.S. Military; each of the “Big 4” North American professional sports leagues (NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB) and NASCAR; as well as middle and high schools, colleges and universities. Duane has also worked internationally, training educators at rape prevention programs in Nairobi, Kenya.

In 2011, Duane was one of only six subject-matter experts selected to train Air Force SARCs (Sexual Assault Response Coordinators) to deliver a groundbreaking bystander intervention curriculum that reached over 600,000 Air Force personnel serving around the world.

When he’s not traveling, Duane is a member of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, works as a program manager for Violence Prevention and Response (VPR) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), sits on the board of directors at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) and co-facilitates Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts' sexuality education trainings for professionals.

Duane has appeared on NPR, HuffPost Live, international newspapers and numerous local radio and TV news programs. Additionally, his writing has been published in SLUT: A Play and Guidebook for Combating Sexism and Sexual Violence and APEX Magazine, and can also be found on his blog, HowManly.com, where he writes about masculinity in media and culture.

Introduction to the Finance Industry Workshop Series

This 9-week program is open to first year students and sophomores interested in learning more about the finance industry. The workshop series, led by Stephanie Hockman, program director for Careers in Business and Finance, is designed to help students understand the finance industry and its components, distinguish the nuances of available opportunitie, and enhance career exploration. Some workshops will include alumni who will provide their practical insights, experience and understanding to the discussion. In addition, some sessions will be followed by an opportunity to engage with young alumni in that part of the finance industry in an organized “Career Fair” type chat room.

The 9-week course will include topics such as:
1. Introduction to Finance – Defining finance and an overview of the components of the finance industry including a discussion of buy side vs. sell side
2. Investment Banking, Part 1 – Corporate Investment Bankers
3. Investment Banking, Part 2 – Capital Markets (including Sales & Trading, Research, and Investor Services)
4. Investment Banking, Part 3 – Introduction to Operations & Supporting functions at an Investment Bank
5. Introduction to Investment Management & Asset Management
6. Overview of Hedge Funds
7. Introduction to Private Equity
8. Introduction to Private Wealth Management/Asset Management
9. Review of the industry and best next steps

The weekly, one-hour workshops will be held every Thursday beginning February 9, 2017, through April 13, 2017 (excluding March 15). Space is limited and advance sign-up is required. Log into Quest for details and information on how to register for this workshop series.

Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeklatsch

Every Tuesday at 9 p.m. the German House hosts Kaffeeklatsch, an informal gathering for conversation and refreshments. This is a great opportunity to meet others interested in German language and culture.

Come join us for Kaffeeklatsch Tuesdays at Porter House!

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QRC LGBTea Late Night Study Hours

LGBTea is an intentional weekly program that offers a comfortable, affirming, and welcoming space for our community to come together. Join us for late night study hours, take a break if you need one, grab a cup of tea or coffee, or just hang out!!
Every Tuesday in the Queer Resource Center from 10 p.m. - midnight. All are welcome.

Queer your Valentine

Join us at the QRC at 10 p.m. on Valentine's Day for a queer your valentine evening! We will provide materials to create crafty Valentine's Day cards. Come and decorate cards for the most important people in your life-- inclusive of all identities. Wings and refreshments will be served!

Wed, Feb 15, 2017

Employee Council Coffee Hours in February (Feb. 7, Feb. 15, Feb. 23 from 10-11 am in Frost Cafe)

Employee Council: February Coffee Hours

Have coffee with a few representatives from the current Employee Council. Learn more about the council's platform for 2016-17, come talk to us about your ideas and/or well wishes for Amherst staff, or just come socialize with us! The council is offering three coffee hours in February, all from 10-11 a.m. in Frost Cafe: Tuesday, February 7; Wednesday, February 15; and Thursday, February 23.

Love My Alumni Week 2017

Come to Keefe Campus Center February 13- 16 anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to write thank-you notes to alumni. Help us show our gratitude to the alumni who have sustained Amherst College over the generations by thanking those who currently support the Alumni Fund and who volunteer for the college. We'll have food, shirts and other swag for those who participate. Come and enjoy an Atkins Farms cider doughnut while you write! There will be a photobooth, a Snapchat filter and new swag!

Russian Table

The Russian Table is an opportunity for all interested in conversing in Russian to meet regularly with Russian faculty and students. We'll meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays on the mezzanine level in Valentine Dining Hall. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

Zotero Workshop

Want to make your research process more organized and efficient? Attend a one-hour tutorial to get started with Zotero! Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. If you're interested but can't make it to the workshop, click on the more information link below to see the full workshop schedule or to make an individual appointment.

Quaker Voluntary Service Information Table

The Quaker Voluntary Service is a faith-based service year in Atlanta, Georgia; Portland, Oregon; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Boston, Massachusetts. Each location takes 6-8 young adults excited about social justice and interested in living in community, and places them in full-time professional roles at nonprofits. Participants are engaged in considering how their faith and spirituality informs their social justice work, and how to stay grounded through the challenges that often come with this vocation. The Quaker Voluntary Service provides workshops, training, and support to participants, with the help of local Quakers in each of the cities. Stop by their information table to learn more.

Tearing Down Walls

An open space for students to connect and discuss experiences and ramifications of the political climate on sense of safety, mental health and engagement in the college. Those of Muslim faith, refugees, immigrants, trans or non-binary identities, students of color, undocumented students, queer identity, women, and intersecting identities are encouraged to attend.

Wednesdays, starting February 8th

Facilitated by Sarah Erickson, Psy.D. (serickson@amherst.edu) and Zamir Nestelbaum, M.D. (znestelbaum@amherst.edu).

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"'The Good War' and Asian Americans: Chinese, Koreans, Filipinos and Japanese in the United States"

2017 marks the 75th anniversary of Franklin Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 authorizing the forced removal and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. That experience and the heroic military exploits of Japanese Americans, some of whom served even as their families remained behind barbed-wire enclosures, have been widely studied, but the war involved other major Asian American groups as well, in fascinating and complex ways. This panel of scholars will discuss the war and its impact upon these communities as well as the ways in which members participated both on battlefields and on the home front. Panelists include Greg Robinson, professor of history at l’Université du Québec à Montréal, and Franklin Odo, the John J. McCloy Visiting Professor at Amherst College, on Japanese Americans; Richard Chu, Five College Professor of History at UMass Amherst, on Filipino Americans; Lili Kim, associate professor of history and global migrations at Hampshire College, on Korean Americans; and K. Scott Wong, the Charles R. Keller Professor of History at Williams College, on Chinese Americans. There will be a Q&A session following the presentations.

Self-Exploration for Career Planning--Part 1

Does the word “career” make you panic? Not sure how to start thinking about your future as a professional? Take the next steps towards discovering your own unique career path!

Reflect with a career advisor and other students on your values, family and cultural influences and personality, and how they may provide direction in your search for meaningful work. Commitment to both sessions required--Feb. 15 and 22. Space is limited, RSVP on Quest. Priority given to sophomore Amherst Professional Accelerator (APEX) participants.

Questions? Contact Kali Odell at kodell@amherst.edu.

"Developing Oral Proficiency in Spanish Lower-Level Courses: The Case of Voice Recording and Videoconferencing Activities"

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

The Amherst College Department of Spanish is pleased to present the lecture “Developing Oral Proficiency in Spanish Lower-Level Courses: The Case of Voice Recording and Videoconferencing Activities" by Marta Tecedor Cabrero, Ph.D.

Oral communication has become an increasingly important goal in college lower-level courses at the same time that advances in technology are fostering new types of interactions in the L2 classroom. Computer-mediated voice-based tools allow us to provide students opportunities for oral practice beyond the classroom. Yet the question remains: Do these new forms of learning technology help beginning learners of Spanish improve their oral communication skills?

This presentation discusses the impact of two such tools-- voice recording and videoconferencing activities --on the development of beginning learners’ oral communication skills. The rationale behind the use of voice recording activities is that allowing learners the opportunity to express complete thoughts in the target language will translate into greater complexity, accuracy, fluency and, ultimately, an improvement in their ability to converse in the second language. Videoconferencing activities, on the other hand, represent a more real-world activity but pose greater challenges in terms of implementation. Discussion will focus on main findings of the study and pedagogical implications.

This lecture will be in English and is free and open to the public.

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"The New Arab Cold War and the Trump Administration"

6:00 pm Lecture Room 4

Dr. Gregory Gause is the John H. Lindsey '44 Professor and head of the International Affairs Department at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. His research focuses on the international politics of the Middle East, particularly the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf. He has published three books, most recently The International Relations of the Persian Gulf (Cambridge University Press, 2010). His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Middle East Journal, Security Studies, Journal of Democracy, Washington Quarterly, National Interest, and other journals and edited volumes. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University in 1987 and his B.A. (summa cum laude) from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia in 1980. He studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo (1982-83) and Middlebury College (1984).

QTPOC Turnup

Join your fellow queer and trans people of color for the first QTPOC event of the year. This will be a closed space for individuals to socialize, share experiences and empower one another. Open to all QTPOC students, staff and faculty in the five college community and beyond. Food, snacks and lit music will be provided.

Center for Ecological Technology (CET) Information Session

The Center for EcoTechnology is a nonprofit organization in Northampton, MA that helps people and businesses save energy and reduce waste. They do this through a variety of programs and services focused on energy efficiency, renewable energy, recycling and composting. They work with partners throughout the region to transform the way we live and work for a better community, economy and environment.

Katie Costantini and Lexie Vining are outreach and education fellows and will be holding an information session about the Center for EcoTechnology’s (CET) EcoFellowship program.

The EcoFellowship is one-year program with five paid positions. Fellows carryout community outreach, school education, and support CET’s initiatives to assist residents, students, institutions and businesses. Together, fellows work hard while also receiving ample guidance, mentorship and professional development. To learn more about this incredible opportunity, please attend this info session and visit http://www.cetonline.org/about-center-for-ecotechnology/ecofellowship/.

French Film Screening: "Un long dimanche de fiançailles"

This 2003 romantic war story, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, tells of a young woman's relentless search for her fiancé, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War I. Mathilde refuses to believe that Manech is dead and begins her own investigation into his infantry, hiring a private detective and piecing together his war stories.

The film will be screened in French with English subtitles. Refreshments will be served!

Workshops in Statistics and R

Interested in data? Want to learn some skills with R? Prepping for DataFest?

The first in a series of workshops brought to you by the Statistics Fellows is Data Wrangling in R. Hosted by Paul Gramieri and Jonathan Che. It will be preceded by DataFest Information Session from 7-7:30 p.m.

Feel free to bring your laptops to follow along with the workshops. Open to all interested students, staff and faculty.

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WGC Late Night Study Hours!

Join us for silent study hours every Wednesday from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Women and Gender Center! There will be Glazed Donuts!

Thu, Feb 16, 2017

Middlebury Schools Abroad Info Table

Middlebury Schools Abroad

With a commitment to language and cultural immersion, you can go to a country like Israel, Brazil, Jordan, Uruguay or Germany, and many others with Middlebury C.V. Starr Schools Abroad. Stop by their info table for more on taking classes, interning or volunteering, and ultimately "living the language" in your soon-to-be host country. Middlebury reps will be in Keefe Atrium on February 16 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Love My Alumni Week 2017

Come to Keefe Campus Center February 13- 16 anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to write thank-you notes to alumni. Help us show our gratitude to the alumni who have sustained Amherst College over the generations by thanking those who currently support the Alumni Fund and who volunteer for the college. We'll have food, shirts and other swag for those who participate. Come and enjoy an Atkins Farms cider doughnut while you write! There will be a photobooth, a Snapchat filter and new swag!

Korean Language Table

Korean Language Table will meet this semester on Thursdays, from 1 - 2 p.m., in Terrace Room A (lower level of Valentine Dining Hall). All are welcome!

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"Real Native Genuis" Lecture by Professor Angela Pulley Hudson

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Angela Pulley Hudson, associate professor at Texas A & M University, will talk about her award-winning book titled Real Native Genuis: How an Ex-Slave and a White Mormon Became Famous Indians on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, on the second floor of Frost Library. A reception will follow.

Quaker Voluntary Service Information Session

The Quaker Voluntary Service is a faith-based service year in Atlanta, Georgia; Portland, Oregon; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Boston, Massachusetts. Each location takes 6-8 young adults excited about social justice and interested in living in community, and places them in full-time professional roles at nonprofits. Participants are engaged in considering how their faith and spirituality informs their social justice work, and how to stay grounded through the challenges that often come with this vocation. The Quaker Voluntary Service provides workshops, training and support to participants, with the help of local Quakers in each of the cities. Attend this information session to learn more about this program.

Splash! Teacher Info Sessions

Splash is a one–day event at Amherst College, where middle and high school students learn anything from "Masks of the World" to "How People Make Money" to "Harry Potter: A Chamber of Secrets" to "Instant Chinese" to "Beat–boxing", all taught by college students! Come learn about how you can teach your own class at one of two very short info sessions on Thursday, February 16 at 4:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. in Chapin 103

Russian Film Series: "Once Upon a Time There Lived a Simple Woman"

Two screenings, at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Andrey Smirnov, 2011; 156 min.

World War I, the Russian Revolution, civil war and famine ripped apart the Russian village. Peasants who refused to obey the new authorities found themselves dispossessed of their land, property and, all too often, their lives. Once Upon a Time There Lived a Simple Woman tells the brutal story of Russia’s suffering during the darkest pages of its history as seen through the life, loves and tragic fate of Varvara, a simple Russian woman.

Screened in Russian with English subtitles

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Nkiru Nzegwu: "Nike Davies Okundaye: Àjé-Power, Òsun and the First Creative Principle"

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

Yoruba philosophy of culture embodies a conception of power that resides at the center of life, and that is simultaneously creative and destructive. This multifaceted power, known as ájé, is an inscrutable latent force of change and transformation. While the power may be expressed in action, and works dynamically to effect change, power does not exist solely in the processes or interactions that presuppose forms of relationships. Equally too, although ájé-power has the capacity to influence or control, it need not manipulate actors or the environment to achieve its goal. The reason for this is that it operates in an ontology that dissolves dichotomies--sacred/profane, physical/spiritual, creative/destructive, life/death and cool/hot.

Using the art and life work of Nike Davies Okundaye, preeminent Nigerian adíre and batik artist, Professor Nzegwu explores how Nike parallels Òsun, and in doing so, employs Òsun's traits of immensity, knowledge, patience (suuru), sexuality, resilience and force to achieve transformation. In the process of this employment, Nike activates a necessary paradigm, for moving a neo-colonial society beyond the structurations of gender. Whereas gender operates in a reality of fixed ideal states, ájé-power exploits áse (energy) to penetrate and dissolve fixity. The logic of female limitation underlying gender becomes unintelligible in the Àjé cosmos and creative scheme.

The Classics and the Information Revolution of the Late 15th Century

5:00 pm Converse Hall, Porter Lounge, 3rd Floor

Samuel Ellenport will present a wide perspective of the fate of the Classics from the fall of the Roman Empire through the 15th century, with attention to why classical texts were maintained, how they were used, and how they were kept and copied. He will also discuss the effect of new printing technologies on the surviving texts. He will illustrate his talk with samples of early printed books, available for the audience to examine, as well as elements of earlier book production.

Interview Workshop

Join us to learn how to answer challenging questions and present yourself in a professional manner. As a reminder, students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements must attend an interviewing workshop. Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend!

This workshop series is facilitated by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.

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Book & Plow Info Sessions

Book & Plow Farm work study, commencement/reunion, and summer internship opportunities are available. We have two information sessions coming up on Thursday, February 16 and Sunday, February 19 from 7-8:30 p.m. in McCaffrey Room at Keefe Campus Center. If you have worked on the farm before, you are invited to share your experience and hear about the new season. If you did not even know we had a farm on campus, you are encouraged to come and learn more about it. We look forward to connecting around a shared interest the farm.

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"Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid and the Betrayal of the American Dream"

If you are a young person and you work hard enough, you can get a college degree and set yourself on the path to a good life, right?

Not necessarily. In her recent book Paying the Price, Sara Goldrick-Rab shows in damning detail exactly why. Quite simply, college is far too expensive for many people today, and the confusing mix of federal, state, institutional and private financial aid leaves countless students without the resources they need to pay for it. Drawing on an unprecedented study of 3,000 young adults who entered public colleges and universities with the support of federal aid and Pell Grants, Goldrick-Rab reveals the devastating effect of these shortfalls. Half the students in the study left college without a degree, while less than 20 percent finished within five years. Unable to afford tuition, books and living expenses, they worked too many hours at outside jobs, dropped classes, took time off to save money, and even went without adequate food or housing. In many heartbreaking cases, they simply left school—not with a degree, but with crippling debt. Goldrick-Rab combines that shocking data with the stories of six individual students, whose struggles make clear the horrifying human and financial costs of our convoluted financial aid policies.

In this presentation Goldrick-Rab will describe these issues and offer a range of possible solutions, from technical improvements to the financial aid application process, to a bold, public-sector-focused “first degree free” program. What’s not an option is doing nothing, and continuing to crush the college dreams of a generation of young people.

Sara Goldrick-Rab is professor of higher education policy and sociology at Temple University. She is co-editor of Reinventing Financial Aid: Charting a New Course to College Affordability, and has written on education issues for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. Her work has also been covered by The Atlantic, Slate, NPR and PBS.

This presentation is sponsored by The EDU and the Departments of Anthropology & Sociology and American Studies. The EDU unites students who are passionate about education and prepares them to become effective leaders and thinkers in the field.

Big Love: Senior Thesis in Acting for Lauren Carter

Written by Charles Mee
Adapted and Directed by Yagil Eliraz

Three sisters escape from their home in Greece and take refuge at a wealthy man’s villa in Italy. They hope the three brothers they are forced to marry will never find them, but they do… What happens when people try to stand against social conventions of love and marriage? Hilarious tragedy; a loose adaptation of the Greek tragedy the Suppliants by Aeschylus, written by Charles Mee, one of the leading voices of contemporary American playwriting.

Tickets are free. To reserve tickets, please call our Box Office at (413)542-2277.

Introduction to the Finance Industry Workshop Series

This 9-week program is open to first year students and sophomores interested in learning more about the finance industry. The workshop series, led by Stephanie Hockman, program director for Careers in Business and Finance, is designed to help students understand the finance industry and its components, distinguish the nuances of available opportunitie, and enhance career exploration. Some workshops will include alumni who will provide their practical insights, experience and understanding to the discussion. In addition, some sessions will be followed by an opportunity to engage with young alumni in that part of the finance industry in an organized “Career Fair” type chat room.

The 9-week course will include topics such as:
1. Introduction to Finance – Defining finance and an overview of the components of the finance industry including a discussion of buy side vs. sell side
2. Investment Banking, Part 1 – Corporate Investment Bankers
3. Investment Banking, Part 2 – Capital Markets (including Sales & Trading, Research, and Investor Services)
4. Investment Banking, Part 3 – Introduction to Operations & Supporting functions at an Investment Bank
5. Introduction to Investment Management & Asset Management
6. Overview of Hedge Funds
7. Introduction to Private Equity
8. Introduction to Private Wealth Management/Asset Management
9. Review of the industry and best next steps

The weekly, one-hour workshops will be held every Thursday beginning February 9, 2017, through April 13, 2017 (excluding March 15). Space is limited and advance sign-up is required. Log into Quest for details and information on how to register for this workshop series.

Splash! Teacher Info Session 2

Splash is a one–day event at Amherst College, where middle and high school students learn about everything and anything, including "Masks of the World", "How People Make Money", "Harry Potter: A Chamber of Secrets", "Instant Chinese" and "Beat–boxing", all taught by college students! Come learn how to teach your own hour-long class by attending one of two info sessions at 4:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. in Chapin 103 on Thursday, February 16!

Russian Tea

Every Thursday at 9 p.m. the Russian House hosts Russian Tea, an informal gathering for conversation and refreshment. This is a great opportunity to meet others interested in Russian language and culture.
Come join us for Russian Tea Thursdays at Porter House! Russian language skills not required.

Fri, Feb 17, 2017

BGIA Info Session

Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program

Join Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program (BGIA) this Friday, February 17 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Keefe Campus Center Atrium! BGIA provides a unique opportunity for college students and recent college graduates from around the world to take specialized courses in international affairs while working in carefully selected internships based on individual interests. The program’s diverse and motivated students spend mornings at their internships around New York City, and afternoons studying with leading scholars, practitioners and policymakers. A semester or summer at BGIA also includes talks by high-profile guest speakers and exciting cultural events—all while experiencing life in Manhattan, the island at the center of the world.

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Emily Dickinson Museum Poetry Discussion Group

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 2nd floor

The Emily Dickinson Museum's Poetry Discussion Group meets monthly September through May (except for December) for lively conversation about Emily Dickinson’s poetry and letters. Each month, featured facilitators offer fresh perspectives on Dickinson's poetry. For this month's session topic, visit www.EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org/node/556.

Time: noon - 2 p.m.
September through May (no meeting in December)

Location: The Poetry Discussion Group meets at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, on the second floor of Frost Library. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch; beverages and a sweet snack are provided.

Fee: The fee for Museum members is $12/session; the fee for non-members is $15/session. Season subscriptions are $75 for Museum members and $100 for non-members.

For more information, contact the Program Department: edmprograms@emilydickinsonmuseum.org or call (413) 542-2034.

Spanish Table

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

The Spanish Table is a friendly way to practice and improve your Spanish language, as well as an informal and fun opportunity to meet people. It is held every Friday, from noon to 2:00 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, go upstairs, and join us for however long you like!

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Life Stories with Christine Croasdaile '17: "When I Thought I Lost My Voice"

The Life Stories series provides a forum for the Amherst community to get to know each other outside of our professional and academic roles. At each lunch, a student, faculty or staff member will share a story from their lives, followed by the opportunity for participants to engage in reflection and discussion. Lunch provided. For more information at https://www.amherst.edu/mm/440084

Supporting a Friend, workshop on depression and suicide prevention

This workshop will focus on how to recognize and respond to a friend is struggling with depression or suicidal ideation. It will cover support strategies and how to refer to appropriate resources.

Queer Talk

Join the QRC 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!

"The Mashpee Nine:  And the Beat Goes On"

The Mashpee Nine: And the Beat Goes On

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 2nd Floor

Wampanoag filmmaker Paula Peters will be screening her documentary film "The Mashpee Nine: And the Beat Goes On" from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, February 17, 2017 at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 2nd Level of Frost Library. A Q&A reception will follow. Hosted by the Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies Program with support from the Center for Humanistic Inquiry. For more information see http://wwwMashpeeNine.com

Ryan Dohoney at Amherst College, Feb. 17

“Excesses of Memory and Forgetting: Julius Eastman, the Society of Black Composers, and the Black Radical tradition" Lecture by Ryan Dohoney

Ryan Dohoney is assistant professor of musicology at Northwestern University. He writes on modernism and experimentalism in the 20th and 21st centuries and has particular interests in the musical communities around Morton Feldman, Julius Eastman, and Wandelweiser. He also writes on issues in music philosophy. He is currently completing a book manuscript titled “Abstract Ecumenism: Morton Feldman, Dominique de Menil, and the Rothko Chapel” which has been supported by a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies and grants from the American Philosophical Society and the Paul Sacher Foundation.

Musicological studies of New York City’s cultural life from the late 1960s to the 1980s have relied on a geographical, institutional and aesthetic distinction between “uptown” modernism and “downtown” postmodernism in work that focuses largely on Euro-American musicians in Manhattan. In this talk, Donohey critiques this limited geographical purview and argues that a fuller understanding of musical life in New York City in this era requires an approach that includes musical activities in Harlem and Brooklyn, which would afford a broader account of the city's musical networks irreducible to the downtown/uptown binary that structures extant histories.

This event is free and open to the public.

"Excesses of Memory and Forgetting: Julius Eastman, the Society of Black Composers, and the Black Radical Tradition"

Talk by Ryan Dohoney "Excesses of Memory and Forgetting: Julius Eastman, the Society of Black Composers, and the Black Radical Tradition"

Pre-concert talk for "To the Fullest: The Music of Julius Eastman and T.J. Anderson"
Ryan Dohoney, assistant professor of musicology at Northwestern University
"Excesses of Memory and Forgetting: Julius Eastman, the Society of Black Composers, and the Black Radical Tradition"

Schuyler Bailar: Talk and Meet and Greet

Schuyler Bailar is the first openly transgender athlete to compete in any sport on an NCAA Division 1 men's team. By 17, he set a national age group record in breast stroke. Shuyler's difficult choice - transitioning while potentially giving up the prospect of being an NCAA Champion - was historic and timely. His story has appeared everywhere from the Washington Post to 60 Minutes and the Ellen Show. Schuyler chronicles his experiences on Instagram - @pinkmantaray - for others to explore his journey.

French House Open House and Karaoke Night

The French House is hosting an Open House and Karaoke Night event this Friday, February 17, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. on the second floor of King Hall. If you are considering applying to live in the French House next year, this is your moment! TAs and French House residents will be available for questions and tours of the French House, and discuss French House events. We will also have a Karaoke Night on this evening from 7:30 - 9 p.m. in the Common Room of King. So come for the Open House and stay for the singing! Snacks will be provided!
We look forward to welcoming you on Friday.

Big Love: Senior Thesis in Acting for Lauren Carter

Written by Charles Mee
Adapted and Directed by Yagil Eliraz

Three sisters escape from their home in Greece and take refuge at a wealthy man’s villa in Italy. They hope the three brothers they are forced to marry will never find them, but they do… What happens when people try to stand against social conventions of love and marriage? Hilarious tragedy; a loose adaptation of the Greek tragedy the Suppliants by Aeschylus, written by Charles Mee, one of the leading voices of contemporary American playwriting.

Tickets are free. To reserve tickets, please call our Box Office at (413)542-2277.

Sat, Feb 18, 2017

"Before and after" versions of the painting "Wartrace Creek," by Mayna Treanor Avent

"The Politics and Poetics of Conservation" Conference

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

This conference considers the topic of “Conservation” in relation to the care, repair and stewardship of nature and culture. How have processes of collecting and classifying shaped our understanding of natural and human history? How have methods of imagining and restoring the past changed over time? What is the role of care in motivating our efforts to conserve natural and social environments? And how are discussions of conservation-- whether in relation to museums and archives, literature and film, or parks and wetlands --shaped by a sense of impending decay?

SASA Presents: Bollywood Movie Night!

SASA (South Asian Students Association) presents: Bollywood Movie Night!

Join us on Saturday, February 18, at 7 p.m. in the McCaffrey Room. We will be screening the blockbuster movie Bajrangi Bhaijaan, a touching story of an Indian man with a magnanimous spirit, who helps a lost mute girl from Pakistan return home. There will be snacks!

https://www.facebook.com/events/216851642120638/notif_t=plan_user_joined...

Big Love: Senior Thesis in Acting for Lauren Carter

Written by Charles Mee
Adapted and Directed by Yagil Eliraz

Three sisters escape from their home in Greece and take refuge at a wealthy man’s villa in Italy. They hope the three brothers they are forced to marry will never find them, but they do… What happens when people try to stand against social conventions of love and marriage? Hilarious tragedy; a loose adaptation of the Greek tragedy the Suppliants by Aeschylus, written by Charles Mee, one of the leading voices of contemporary American playwriting.

Tickets are free. To reserve tickets, please call our Box Office at (413)542-2277.

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"To the Fullest: The Music of Julius Eastman and T.J. Anderson"

With works described as “minimal in form but maximal in effect,” composer and performer Julius Eastman spent his career challenging audiences. Eastman’s self-aware queerness and blackness fueled his often highly controversial-- in both title and performance --compositions. His involvement in both the “uptown” and the “downtown” music scenes during the mid-to-late 20th century has made it difficult to characterize and historicize him in the canon of American experimental music.

Mark DeVoto, professor emeritus of music at Tufts University, describes T.J. Anderson as having spent a long and distinguished career composing music reflecting a global awareness of human experience in the 20th century, synthesizing Eastern and Western classical traditions with the Black experience in America. His works reveal inspiration from a variety of classical styles ranging from Purcell to Alban Berg, and techniques and forms ranging from the serially rigorous to the freely improvisatory.

This event is free and open to the public.

Sun, Feb 19, 2017

Amherst College TransActive: Transgender Support and Social Group

Join TransActive every Sunday from 1-2:30 p.m. in Amherst College's Queer Resource Center. This group aims to provide a space for trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming people and those questioning their gender identities to come together in a safe and brave environment.
This is a closed space for people of these identities! The group is open to the Five Colleges and all community members in the area!

Ace/Aro Support Group

Welcome to the Ace/Aro Support Group, an intentional and closed space for those who identify as asexual, aromantic, along either spectrum, or questioning, to affirm and celebrate their identities. Snacks are provided.

Water wheel transplantor and tractor

Book & Plow Info Session

Book & Plow Farm work study, commencement/reunion, and summer internship opportunities are available. We have two information sessions coming up on Thursday, February 16 and Sunday, February 19 from 7-8:30 p.m. in McCaffrey Room at Keefe Campus Center. If you have worked on the farm before, you are invited to share your experience and hear about the new season. If you did not even know we had a farm on campus, you are encouraged to come and learn more about it. We look forward to connecting around a shared interest the farm.

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Mon, Feb 20, 2017

SFS and SIT Tabling in Keefe

The School for Field Studies and SIT Study Abroad will be on campus to jointly promote their culturally immersive, research focused study abroad programs in over 40 countries. Join us to in the Keefe atrium to learn more between 11am-1pm today

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 1:00 p.m.

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!

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"Engaging Cultural and Linguistic Differences in the Contact Zone" by Kimberly Vinall, De Anza College

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

Pratt defines a contact zone as a social space in which disparate cultures “meet, clash, and grapple with each other,” indexing larger global relations of power and domination. In many ways, language/culture classrooms can be considered a contact zone. Teaching materials construct representations of cultural and linguistic otherness which meet and can clash with the instructor’s and students’ own perspectives as all grapple with these interactions.

In this presentation, Vinall analyzes constructions of difference in a university-level intermediate Spanish classroom in the U.S. borderlands. Cultural and linguistic differences were (re)constructed through a "tourist gaze," a term borrowed from critical tourist studies to refer to a way of viewing the “other” from the perspective of a tourist. In her analysis, Vinall considers how the tourist gaze constructs cultural difference and organizes social roles across the chapters of the textbook, the sequences of a video, and turns-at-talk in classroom activities. Vinall also reflects on how the construction of the tourist gaze and its operation function to reproduce larger transnational power structures. She concludes with a consideration of the implications of the tourist gaze in light of recent theorizations of symbolic competence and a reflection on how this analysis has altered her own teaching and research.

This lecture will be in English and is free and open to the public.

SIT & SFS at Amherst

The School for Field Studies and SIT Study Abroad

The School for Field Studies and SIT Study Abroad will be on campus to jointly promote their culturally immersive, research focused study abroad programs in over 40 countries. Don't miss out! They will be in the McCaffrey Room in Keefe this Monday, February 20, from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

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Lecture and Demonstration by Professor John McDonald: "Stirring Up the Music: The Life and Works of Composer T.J. Anderson"

4:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Amherst College's 2016-2017 Valentine Visiting Professor of Music, John McDonald, presents a talk on his in-progress biography project on the composer T.J. Anderson.

Complete with musical performances sounding out Anderson's recent works from the piano, pianist, composer and scholar McDonald's presentation contextualizes Anderson's career highlights and achievements from the point of view of a composer and performer, musical collaborator and chronicler. McDonald partitions and analyzes Anderson's work and influence in five chronological phases.

SFS and SIT Information Session in McCaffrey

The School for Field Studies and SIT Study Abroad will be on campus to jointly promote their culturally immersive, research focused study abroad programs in over 40 countries. Come to the McCaffrey room in Keefe from 4:30-5:30 pm

Russian Film Series: His Wife's Diary

One of the most prominent Russian-speaking writers of the twentieth century, an émigré to France and the 1933 recipient of the Nobel Prize in literature, Ivan Bunin, is portrayed here as the writer whose unabashedly bohemian lifestyle caused somewhat of an uproar in Europe and Russia in the years leading up to World War II.

Two screenings, 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Screened in Russian with English subtitles; Alexei Uchitel, 2000, 103 minutes.

"Undoing Monogamy"

On Monday, Feb. 20, Angela Willey will give a talk titled "Undoing Monogamy." In this book talk, Willey both frames and traces the broad contours of Undoing Monogamy, a radically interdisciplinary exploration of the concept of monogamy in U.S. science and culture, propelled by queer feminist desires for new modes of conceptualization and new forms of belonging. She approaches the politics and materiality of monogamy as intertwined with one another such that disciplinary ways of knowing themselves become an object of critical inquiry. Refusing to answer the naturalization of monogamy with a naturalization of nonmonogamy, the book demands a critical reorientation toward the monogamy question in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. The talk traverses the book's treatments of colonial sexual science, monogamous voles, polyamory and the works of Alison Bechdel and Audre Lorde to show how challenging the lens through which human nature is seen as monogamous or nonmonogamous forces us to reconsider our investments in coupling and in disciplinary notions of biological bodies.

Dr. Angela Willey is an assistant professor in the Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She works at the interstices of queer feminist theory, feminist science studies and sexuality studies. Her work has appeared in Feminist Studies; Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society; Journal of Gender Studies; Science, Technology, and Human Values; Archives of Sexual Behavior; and Sexualities, as well as in volumes on monogamy, the science of difference, materialism and the global history of sexual science.

This event is free and open to the public. It is being sponsored by the Lamont Fund and the Political Science Department of Amherst College.

Learning LinkedIn Workshop

Join us for an engaging workshop where you can learn cool tricks for using LinkedIn as a college student. You are highly encouraged to bring your own laptop so you can follow along throughout the presentation. This event is co-sponsored by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning and the Women’s and Gender Center. This program is designed for women, but is open to students of all genders.

Tue, Feb 21, 2017

"The Thing Is...: An Archaeological Approach to Objects in the Mead"

Join Dr. Cecilia Feldman, Kress Interpretive Fellow at the Mead, for an archaeologist's perspective on a variety of works in the collection. Her focus on materials, labor, resources, technology and cultural coding represent the processes that are present, but often unacknowledged, in material culture.

French Table

The French Table will meet on Tuesdays from noon until 2 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall. Come join the French language assistants for conversation over lunch. French speakers of all levels are welcome!

Dr. Casey Stevens Bester, Duke University: "An Impactful Experiment: Impact, Penetration and Cratering in Granular Media"

4:45 pm - 6:00 pm Lecture Room 3

Examples of granular materials, or large collections of discrete macroscopic grains, exist in abundance, from rice and cereal to sand and rocks. However, the physics of granular media present significant complexities that are still poorly understood. Impact of granular targets by solid projectiles is an experimental approach to understanding force transmission in soft matter. A granular target can cause a free-falling projectile to come to an abrupt stop as its momentum is dissipated to the grains. A complete interpretation of the stopping force, incorporating grain-scale interactions during impact, remains unresolved. We use direct force measurements and high-speed imaging to determine the forces acting on a projectile as it decelerates through a dense granular medium. These impact studies probe the unique response and properties of granular media.

Junior Political Science Majors Informational Session - Thesis Writing

Professor Kristin Bumiller, chair of the Political Science Department, will be holding an informational session for students who are Juniors and interested in writing a Senior thesis. The session is on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in Clark House, room 100.

Cover Letter Workshop

Join us to learn how to write a cover letter that will set you apart from the crowd! As a reminder, students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements must attend a cover letter workshop. Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend. In order to practice writing cover letters, attendees are asked to bring an internship position description and a laptop or pen and paper. RSVP in Quest.

This workshop series is facilitated by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.

BaeWatch: Online Dating

In the next installment of BaeWatch Series, join the Multicultural Resource Center, Women and Gender Center, and Queer Resource Center in the MRC for a panel discussion on the ins and outs of online dating.

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Argument Development

It has been said that all academic writing is argument, and that to develop a good argument, writers must “find some genuine question or perplexity” worth pursuing (Peter Elbow, 1988). In this workshop, we will discuss how to move from prompt to argument, use readings and other sources appropriately and with confidence, and work toward making the best case for your original idea or “hard-won insight” so valued by professors. Please bring a prompt that you are working on or have worked on in the past. Taught by Cassie Sanchez, senior writing associate. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot today!

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Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeklatsch

Every Tuesday at 9 p.m. the German House hosts Kaffeeklatsch, an informal gathering for conversation and refreshments. This is a great opportunity to meet others interested in German language and culture.

Come join us for Kaffeeklatsch Tuesdays at Porter House!

LGBTea, coffe and tea, late night study hours

QRC LGBTea Late Night Study Hours

LGBTea is an intentional weekly program that offers a comfortable, affirming, and welcoming space for our community to come together. Join us for late night study hours, take a break if you need one, grab a cup of tea or coffee, or just hang out!!
Every Tuesday in the Queer Resource Center from 10 p.m. - midnight. All are welcome.

Wed, Feb 22, 2017

Russian Table

The Russian Table is an opportunity for all interested in conversing in Russian to meet regularly with Russian faculty and students. We'll meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays on the mezzanine level in Valentine Dining Hall. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

Grab and Don't Go. Wednesday 12PM in the MRC

Grab & Don't Go

Grab your lunch and join us in the MRC every other Wednesday for a conversation on current events. Facilitated by MRC staff.

Law School Admissions Strategies Workshop

Have questions about applying to law school? Want to know how to improve your application? Want to speak with an admissions officer? Join Liz Madigan, assistant director of admissions at Brooklyn Law School to learn how to get that extra edge in preparing your law school applications!

Tearing Down Walls

An open space for students to connect and discuss experiences and ramifications of the political climate on sense of safety, mental health and engagement in the college. Those of Muslim faith, refugees, immigrants, trans or non-binary identities, students of color, undocumented students, queer identity, women, and intersecting identities are encouraged to attend.

Wednesdays, starting February 8th

Facilitated by Sarah Erickson, Psy.D. (serickson@amherst.edu) and Zamir Nestelbaum, M.D. (znestelbaum@amherst.edu).

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Dogs!

Paws and Relax!

Drop by to get some canine affection! Sponsored by the Wellness Team, Amherst College Library and PAW.

Self-Exploration for Career Planning--Part 2

Does the word “career” make you panic? Not sure how to start thinking about your future as a professional? Take the next steps towards discovering your own unique career path!

Reflect with a career advisor and other students on your values, family and cultural influences and personality, and how they may provide direction in your search for meaningful work. Commitment to both sessions is required--Feb. 15 and 22. Space is limited, RSVP on Quest. Priority given to sophomore Amherst Professional Accelerator (APEX) participants.

Questions? Contact Kali Odell at kodell@amherst.edu.

Blaq Out

Blaq Out: Black Queer and Trans History

Join the Queer Resource Center from 5-6 p.m. for an interactive exploration of Black Queer and Trans histories in honor of Black History Month. We are celebrating the lives and legacies of Black Queer and Trans people who have shaped our communities. Dinner will be served!

Eyes on the PRize Documentary Series. Wednesdays 6:30-7:30PM until May 6th

Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years Documentary Series

Join the MRC and Drew House for a semester-long viewing of the moving Civil Rights documentary "Eyes on the Prize"! This documentary tells the definitive story of the civil rights era from the perspectives of the ordinary people whose extraordinary actions launched a movement that changed the fabric of American life, whose reverberations continue to be felt today.

Reading

Manage your Reading Load

Are your reading assignments weighing you down? Learn tips to lighten your load! Managing a heavy reading load can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. There are many ways to approach a text that can make it easier for you. You'll learn strategies that will help you become a more effective and efficient reader. We’ll practice several of them together so you’ll leave the workshop ready to read. Taught by Lydia Peterson, writing associate. Space is limited, so please reserve your seat today!

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Workshops in Statistics and R

Interested in data? Want to learn some skills with R? Prepping for DataFest?

The second is a series of workshops in Statistics and R brought to you by the Statistics Fellows is "Regression in R", hosted by Silvia Sotolongo, Leonard Yoon and Connor Haley.

Feel free to bring your laptops to follow along with the workshops. Open to all interested students, staff and faculty.

First Generation Study Abroad Meeting

Join the First Generation Association as we discuss the study abroad process from a lens that centers first generation students and their concerns. We will be joined by Amanda Wright from the study abroad office, who will speak generally about the study abroad process, identity, types of study abroad options, how financial aid works, and how to talk to parents about study abroad. Pizza and wings will be served.

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WGC Late Night Study Hours!

Join us for silent study hours every Wednesday from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Women and Gender Center! There will be Glazed Donuts!

Thu, Feb 23, 2017

Employee Council Coffee Hours in February (Feb. 7, Feb. 15, Feb. 23 from 10-11 am in Frost Cafe)

Employee Council: February Coffee Hours

Have coffee with a few representatives from the current Employee Council. Learn more about the council's platform for 2016-17, come talk to us about your ideas and/or well wishes for Amherst staff, or just come socialize with us! The council is offering three coffee hours in February, all from 10-11 a.m. in Frost Cafe: Tuesday, February 7; Wednesday, February 15; and Thursday, February 23.

Korean Language Table

Korean Language Table will meet this semester on Thursdays, from 1 - 2 p.m., in Terrace Room A (lower level of Valentine Dining Hall). All are welcome!

Collective Improvisation in Sound, with Vic Rawlings

Collective Improvisation in Sound with Vic Rawlings

Develop your listening skills and appreciation of sound - absolutely no musical background is required.
Any means to produce sound will be welcomed, including common objects, all common musical instruments, and voice. We will use structured exercises to explore music and sound improvisation in a group context. We will work beyond standard conceptions of rhythm and melody, beginning with the fundamentals of sound and time. A limited number of objects will be available for student use.

All are welcome to attend, including musicians at any technical level, as well as people who do not consider themselves musicians. The session will be accessible and challenging for all participants. You are welcome if you have no experience improvising. You are welcome if you have experience improvising.

Please be prompt. It is not possible to join the group once the workshop has begun at 4 p.m. The room will be available at 3:30.
If you plan to use amplification you must bring your own equipment.

The workshop will be led by Vic Rawlings.

Vic Rawlings is a musician, instrument builder, sound installation artist, filmmaker and freelance teacher based in western Massachusetts. Collaborators have included Ikue Mori, Greg Kelley, Bhob Rainey, Seijiro Murayama, Jake Meginsky, Sean Meehan and Jason Lescalleet. Visiting artist/teaching residencies have included Oberlin Conservatory, MIT, Harvard, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Princeton, Dartmouth and Wesleyan, as well as homeless shelters and correctional facilities. He has performed throughout North America and Europe at venues including The Stone, Jordan Hall, The Gardner Museum, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and countless galleries and series. Festival appearances include Victoriaville (Quebec), Musique Action (France) and Vision (NYC). Labels include Grob, RRR, Sedimental, Absurd, Emanem, Boxmedia, Audio Dispatch, H+H, Chloe, and Rykodisc. He has performed works by John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Cornelius Cardew, and has worked directly with 20th and 21st century composers Alvin Lucier, Michael Pisaro and Christian Wolff.

"Vic Rawlings plays prepared cello and open circuit electronics in the form of an instrument self-made from exposed circuit boards and speaker cones...the sense of danger, the awareness that the music is poised permanently on the edge of disintegration and collapse. Despite its refusal to make the slightest concession to the listener, the music draws you in and doesn’t let you go."
-The Wire

For more information, contact Professor Jason Robinson, jrobinson@amherst.edu

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German Film Series: "Run, Lola, Run"

Screenings of the German film Run, Lola, Run will be on Feb. 23 at 4 and 7:30 p.m.

Synopsis: Lola (Franka Potente) has 20 minutes to raise 100,000 Deutschmarks to bail out her boyfriend Manni, who has foolishly gotten himself into trouble. Three difference scenarios are rehearsed in this fast-paced romp: will Lola succeed as she runs across Berlin?

Directed by Tom Tykwer, this film was released in 1998 and has an 82-minute run time. It will be shown in German with English subtitles. Contact mhowes@amherst.edu for more information.

Michael Ching Speaks on "Apollonian Circle Packings"

A few years ago, Michael Ching, assistant professor at Amherst College, had a student, Sunny Xiao '14, who wrote her thesis on what are called "Apollonian Circle Packings." In this talk, Ching will explain Xiao's work and describe some problems in this area that are still unsolved.

Professor Ching writes that "to make an Apollonian Circle Packing you start with three mutually tangent circles in a plane and add those new circles that are tangent to all three. Then you add new circles tangent to three you already have and repeat forever. The resulting collection of circles forms a beautiful fractal-like picture. But what sorts of pictures are possible? How much of the plane gets covered by the resulting circles? And how do the answers depend on which three circles you started with? Sunny discovered new circle packings with extra symmetry that increased our understanding of these issues, but there is still a lot to be worked out."

Gatson and four students standing around a staircase, looking at the "Halls Walls" mural

A Night with Artist Rico Gatson

Join Rico Gatson in this evening event celebrating his Hall Walls mural, a project completed with the collaboration of Five College students.

Interview Workshop

Join us to learn how to answer challenging questions and present yourself in a professional manner. As a reminder, students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements must attend an interviewing workshop. Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend!

This workshop series is facilitated by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.

Kantar Retail Information Session

Please join Christina Croak ’13 and Diana Cricien ’17E for an information session to learn about the summer analyst internship with Kantar Retail. They are an insight and consulting firm working primarily in the consumer packaged goods industry. Learn more about Kantar in person as well as at www.kantarretail.com.

nutrition and mental health

Beyond Medication: Using Food to Improve Mood, Sleep, Concentration, Energy and Stress

Dr. Georgia Ede, the psychiatrist at Smith College, will give a talk on the impact of nutrition on brain function. The most powerful way to change your brain chemistry is through food, because that's where brain chemicals come from in the first place! Learn how to feed your brain what it needs to achieve its maximum potential and keep it healthy for the rest of your life. There will be plenty of time for questions, discussion and brainstorming about how to make it easier to eat wisely on campus.

Yale-NUS Information Session in Fayerweather

Come learn from Amherst and Yale-NUS students about Amherst's exchange program in Singapore! Study at a new liberal arts college that is a joint venture of two of the world's leading universities: Yale University and the National University of Singapore. Yale-NUS approaches the liberal arts from an eastern perspective. Students live on campus in residences halls and can get involved in activities at both Yale-NUS and NUS, whose campus is adjacent. Applications for study abroad in the fall of 2017 are due Friday, March 3, 2017. Contact studyabroad@amherst.edu with questions.

Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) Information Session

Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) equips underrepresented minorities with the skills, coaching and connections they need to lead organizations and communities worldwide. MLT’s Career Prep Program can help you conquer the job search process, maximize your college and internship experience and accelerate your post-undergraduate career. MLT provides you with eighteen months of one-on-one coaching, in-person workshops, a personalized playbook to maximize your career success and an extensive network of over 5,000 MLT Rising Leaders.

The current MLT fellows will host this session--each of these fellows landed a spectacular internship through the help of MLT! The Career Prep program is open only to sophomores, and the deadline to apply is March 1, 2017.

Interested in becoming a TEACHER?

Teacher Licensure Meeting with Sarah Frenette

7:15 pm - 8:15 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Interested in becoming a teacher in Massachusetts and beyond? Join the EDU in welcoming Sarah Frenette, director of early childhood and elementary licensure program and teacher licensure coordinator, as she answers all your questions!

Snacks will be provided!

Introduction to the Finance Industry Workshop Series

This 9-week program is open to first year students and sophomores interested in learning more about the finance industry. The workshop series, led by Stephanie Hockman, program director for Careers in Business and Finance, is designed to help students understand the finance industry and its components, distinguish the nuances of available opportunitie, and enhance career exploration. Some workshops will include alumni who will provide their practical insights, experience and understanding to the discussion. In addition, some sessions will be followed by an opportunity to engage with young alumni in that part of the finance industry in an organized “Career Fair” type chat room.

The 9-week course will include topics such as:
1. Introduction to Finance – Defining finance and an overview of the components of the finance industry including a discussion of buy side vs. sell side
2. Investment Banking, Part 1 – Corporate Investment Bankers
3. Investment Banking, Part 2 – Capital Markets (including Sales & Trading, Research, and Investor Services)
4. Investment Banking, Part 3 – Introduction to Operations & Supporting functions at an Investment Bank
5. Introduction to Investment Management & Asset Management
6. Overview of Hedge Funds
7. Introduction to Private Equity
8. Introduction to Private Wealth Management/Asset Management
9. Review of the industry and best next steps

The weekly, one-hour workshops will be held every Thursday beginning February 9, 2017, through April 13, 2017 (excluding March 15). Space is limited and advance sign-up is required. Log into Quest for details and information on how to register for this workshop series.

Kellie Jones '81 standing in front of a building, leaning on a railing, wearing a pink shirt and jacket

Talk by Kellie Jones '81, Art Historian, Curator and 2016 MacArthur Fellow

Kellie Jones '81, professor, art historian and curator, was recently awarded a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" for bringing the work of critically important, but under-recognized, black artists into the canons of modern and contemporary art. Jones currently serves as an associate professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University.

This talk is free and open to the public.

LitFest PreFest

Study break in anticipation of LitFest

8:30 pm - 10:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 2nd floor

Come for games and a chance to win prizes, including a ticket to an exclusive Q&A with Zadie Smith, a fiction masterclass and LitFest featured books. There will be hot chocolate, Insomnia cookies, pizza, and wings from Wings Over Amherst!

Russian Tea

Every Thursday at 9 p.m. the Russian House hosts Russian Tea, an informal gathering for conversation and refreshment. This is a great opportunity to meet others interested in Russian language and culture.
Come join us for Russian Tea Thursdays at Porter House! Russian language skills not required.

Shakespeare is getting his submission ready - are you?

One-Act Competition by The Green Room

Calling all playwrights! This semester, The Green Room is hosting a one-act play competition, and we're looking for original student works to perform!

Submissions should be approximately 15 minutes in length, and must be sent to acgreenroom@gmail.com by midnight on February 23rd. Five to seven winners will be chosen by a panel of Amherst College professors. The plays will be performed by The Green Room in mid-April. Writers of all experience levels are welcome.

Don't miss the opportunity to have your script brought to life!

Sponsored by the Amherst College English Department.

Fri, Feb 24, 2017

“A Mad Tea Party” by John Tenniel (1865)

Thesis Advisors' Breakfast Discussion

9:30 am - 10:45 am Frost Library, 211, CHI Seminar Room

If you advise thesis writers, we invite you to join fellow faculty for a tasty breakfast to discuss approaches that inspire successful thesis work. The Writing Center and Library, who are in the process of further coordinating our support for thesis writers and advisors, will facilitate discussion about student and faculty needs and successes.

Please join us for breakfast and conversation--pastries, quiche, and Esselon coffee will be provided by the Teaching and Learning Collaborative. RSVP at the link below.

Healthy Relationships Tabling with the PAs

Stop by the Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect table in Keefe Atrium to take a Polaroid picture and write what love is to you on it. You can also make your own relationship rights list, so you can think more about what is truly healthy in a relationship. Come by from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, February 24.

Spanish Table

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

The Spanish Table is a friendly way to practice and improve your Spanish language, as well as an informal and fun opportunity to meet people. It is held every Friday, from noon to 2:00 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, go upstairs, and join us for however long you like!

Women of Color Networking Luncheon

Please join other students, staff and faculty women of color for a networking lunch at the WGC on Friday, February 24 from noon - 1:30 p.m. Through activities, “speed-dating”, games and lunch discussion, we hope to create a stronger community in which women of color from different corners of campus can both share and learn from the experiences of other women. If you are interested, please RSVP by emailing the WGC at wgc@amherst.edu by noon February 20th. Please be sure to list any dietary restrictions if applicable. See you there!

This is a closed space for self-identified women of color.

Bryn Geffert

Spiritual Autobiography with Bryn Geffert

Bryn Geffert, librarian of the College, will speak on Friday, February 24 at noon in the Keefe Campus Center McCaffrey Room. In this series, staff and faculty members discuss their deeply held beliefs and values. Lunch will be provided and there will be time for questions. The final speaker this semester will be Prakarsh Singh on Wednesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

Pizza Lunch: Amherst-Doshisha Exchange

Are you interested in studying abroad in Japan? Come to Porter Lounge from 12-1pm to listen to students who spent the fall semester at Doshisha University as part of the Amherst exchange program. Enjoy pizza while you learn about courses, culture, and making new friends at Amherst's sister school in Kyoto, Japan.

Association for Women in Science Lunch Series: Chemistry Deptartment

Each semester AWIS hosts student-faculty lunches in each of the STEM departments. This is a great way to meet professors in fields of interest, gain advice and perspective, and foster dialogue about women in STEM, all within a casual setting. This semester’s chemistry lunch will be catered by The Works.

Supporting a Friend, workshop on substance use and disordered eating

This workshop will focus on how to recognize and respond to a friend who is struggling with unhealthy eating or substance use and how to refer to appropriate resources.

Queer Talk

Join the QRC 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!

"Peace and Human Rights for Afro-Colombian and Indigenous Peoples in Colombia"

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

Marino Cordoba and Gimena Sanchez-Garzoli will give a talk titled "Peace and Human Rights for Afro-Colombian and Indigenous Peoples in Colombia" with an introduction by Congressman James McGovern. Marino Cordoba is from the Association for Internally Displaced Afro-Colombians and is the international coordinator for the Ethnic Commission for Peace and Territorial Rights. Gimena Sanchez-Garzoli is from the Washington Office on Latin America. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Department of Political Science at Amherst College.

"Two Weeks from Everywhere": A Lecture on the Compositional Process

Professor Christopher Merz, University of Northern Iowa, will present the piece he has composed for the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble on Friday, Feb. 24, at 4:30 p.m. in Arms Music Center Room 7. Merz is the 2017 McBride '59 Jazz Commission Series Composer. This lecture is open to all the Five College community, will last for about one hour and will be followed by Professor Merz giving an open rehearsal of his piece with the Jazz Ensemble at 5:30 p.m.

The world premiere of the piece will take place on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall.

ACTS logo showing a hand holding grass that is growing ACTS

ACTS Bible Study

If you're doing the Wellness Challenge or have attended a health talk on nutrition, that's great! Did you know that your health also depends on what you wear? Think about it.

Join ACTS this Friday, February 24 from 6-7 p.m. in Keefe's McCaffrey Room to learn how what you wear impacts your mental, physical, and financial health.

For more information, contact 5actsministry@gmail.com.

The Zumbyes Present: Jambo! "The Tables Have Turned"

The Zumbyes Present: Jambo!

Come join the Zumbyes in Johnson Chapel this Friday, February 24 at 8 p.m. as they present Jambo! "The Tables Have Turned”, their most extravagant concert of the semester! The Zumbyes invite you to come witness a spectacle in a cappella entertainment filled with the smooth harmonies, sharp choreography and zany hilarity that the Zumbyes have been bringing to Amherst for 67 years! Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for non-students, and are available for purchase in Val or at the door.

For more information email zumbyes@amherst.edu or see The Zumbyes' Facebook event page.

Tickets Required

Sat, Feb 25, 2017

Excel Crash Course presented by Wall Street Prep

The Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning at Amherst College will be hosting Wall Street Prep’s Excel Crash Course seminar. This seminar is designed for intermediate Excel users who would like to power-charge their productivity in Excel by introducing lesser-known but highly-effective functionality. The course will start with the basics and quickly introduce you to lesser known time-saving keyboard shortcuts and powerful excel functions and features that you can immediately put to use on the job, internship or in your research.

The only way to learn Excel is to use it and continuously practice. Sign up and start preparing for your career in business, finance, consulting or any other position where knowing and effectively using excel will help you succeed. Log into Quest to learn more about the course and for details on how to register.

What's included?
• One day of live instruction
• Comprehensive step-by-step training materials
• Excel model templates
• Excel cheat sheet
• 12-month e-mail access to Support Team, whom students can contact with any follow-up content-related questions
• Lifetime access to Crash Course in Excel online module

Amherst College Jazz Ensemble: McBride Festival

World premiere of “Two Weeks from Everywhere” by Chris Merz. Additional music by Bob Curnow, Sonny Rollins and Either Orchestra.

The second half of concert features Chris Merz Quartet: Chris on saxophones, Jeff Holmes on piano, John Nuhn on bass and Jon Mele on drums.

The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble performs in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building. The concert is free and open to the public.

Sun, Feb 26, 2017

Amherst College TransActive: Transgender Support and Social Group

Join TransActive every Sunday from 1-2:30 p.m. in Amherst College's Queer Resource Center. This group aims to provide a space for trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming people and those questioning their gender identities to come together in a safe and brave environment.
This is a closed space for people of these identities! The group is open to the Five Colleges and all community members in the area!

The Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Worship Series

The Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Worship Series will offer service on Sunday, February 26 at 1 p.m. in Chapin Chapel. Since 1993, the series has provided Christian worship services rooted in the African-American tradition to the Amherst community. Reverend Tim Jones '04 will be the preacher. The service features the Amherst College Gospel Choir, Resurrect, and a soul food reception immediately following. All are welcome! For more information please contact Paul Sorrentino (pvsorrentino@amherst.edu).

Mon, Feb 27, 2017

Event poster featuring a closeup of Dr. Alisha Jones smiling and wearing a purple jacket, a yellow shirt, a necklace and earrings

New Perspectives in American Music: “You Are My Dwelling Place”: A Talk by Dr. Alisha Jones

4:30 am Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 2nd Floor

Dr. Alisha Jones, assistant professor of ethnomusicology in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University, Bloomington, considers gospel music as an embodied sexual activity in which vocalists simultaneously experience and surrogate pleasure as an essential, unspoken feature of worship leadership.

Dr. Jones presents her talk “You Are My Dwelling Place: Experiencing Black Male Vocalists’ Worship as Autoeroticism in Gospel Performance" as part of the Amherst music department's speaker series, New Perspectives in American Music.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Online Dating Safety with the Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect

It's Healthy Relationships Month with the PAs! Join us and learn about how to stay safe when dating online. Play some games or take a photo with us to win prizes in our raffle - everything from chocolate-covered strawberries to gift cards to Antonio's will be available.

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 1:00 p.m.

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!

Cover Letter Workshop

Join us to learn how to write a cover letter that will set you apart from the crowd! As a reminder, students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements must attend a cover letter workshop. Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend. RSVP in Quest.

This workshop series is facilitated by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.

Release

Release

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Keefe Campus Center, Multicultural Resource Center

An open forum for Amherst students to talk about issues of race, ethnicity and cultural identity at Amherst and beyond. Facilitated by Dr. Darien McFadden from the Counseling Center.

Paris is Burning: Screening and Discussion

Join us at the Queer Resource Center on Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. for a screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary, Paris is Burning. After the film, we will be discussing Black queer culture as it relates to the film. Dinner will be served!

Tue, Feb 28, 2017

Zotero Workshop

Want to make your research process more organized and efficient? Attend a one-hour tutorial to get started with Zotero! Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. If you're interested but can't make it to the workshop, click on the more information link below to see the full workshop schedule or to make an individual appointment.

APA Paris Tabling in Keefe

Spend next fall in Paris with Academic Programs Abroad!

Drop by APA Paris' Information session to have your study abroad questions answered. We will discuss everything you need to know in order to participate in a semester or year-long program based on language level. Enroll directly in the University of Paris system and select classes in any major from 10 institutions; receive ongoing academic, language, and logistical support; take advantage of a robust cultural package including unlimited access to museums, exclusive day trips and weekend excursions, and attend performances in Paris’ renowned venues; stay with a host family or in a French student residence; and choose to extend your stay with a summer professional internship.

Apply at apaparis.com by March 15 for Fall 2017 and 2017-18 Academic Year admission.

Online Dating Safety with the Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect

It's Healthy Relationships Month with the PAs! Join us and learn about how to stay safe when dating online. Play some games or take a photo with us to win prizes in our raffle - everything from chocolate-covered strawberries to gift cards to Antonio's will be available.

French Table

The French Table will meet on Tuesdays from noon until 2 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall. Come join the French language assistants for conversation over lunch. French speakers of all levels are welcome!

Interview Workshop

Join us to learn how to answer challenging questions and present yourself in a professional manner. As a reminder, students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements must attend an interviewing workshop. Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend!

This workshop series is facilitated by the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning.

Huxley

Huxley's Office Hours

Huxley, a friendly, lovable and well-trained dog, will be holding biweekly office hours in the library, beside Frost Cafe on Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m. on 2/28, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18 and 5/2. Sponsored by the Wellness Team and Amherst College Library.

CHI Think Tank: Kellie Jones '81

4:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI)

Please join us on Tuesday, February 28, for the first CHI Think Tank! These discussions will follow talks given by major speakers, the first of whom is Kellie Jones ’81, art historian, curator and 2016 MacArthur fellow. Join students, faculty and staff for open dialogue in response to Kellie’s presentation. Engage. Discuss. Debate. Imagine and brainstorm with fellow Amherst community members.

Time: 4:30-6:00PM
Location: Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI), 2nd floor of the Frost Library, Conference Room 210
Light refreshments will be available

Upcoming CHI Think Tank sessions:

Following Rich Lowry, political author and National Review editor
Date: Thursday, March 9
Time: 4:30-6:00PM
Location: Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI), 2nd floor of the Frost Library, Seminar Room 211

Following Melissa Harris Perry, writer, professor and political commentator with expertise in race, gender and American politics
Date: Tuesday, March 28
Time: 4:30-6:00PM
Location: Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI), 2nd floor of the Frost Library, Conference Room 210

Hope to see you there!
Martha Umphrey, Bertrand H. Snell 1894 Professor in American Government In the Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought and Director of the Center for Humanistic Inquiry
Norm Jones, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Williams-Mystic Ocean and Coastal Studies Semester

The Williams-Mystic Ocean and Coastal Studies Semester

What better day to celebrate Louisiana history, culture and food than Mardi Gras? Join the Williams-Mystic Ocean and Coastal Studies Semester for their Field Seminar Series and discover some of the remarkable places they visit during their Gulf Coast Field Seminar to Louisiana. Enjoy regional snacks and learn about everything from the geology, history and literature of the Pelican State to the ecological and policy issues it faces today. You'll also discover how you can experience the Gulf Coast firsthand as part of the Williams-Mystic Program (have you ever kayaked to the middle of a salt marsh along the Gulf of Mexico?) and hear about the extensive travel and intensive research the program involves. All majors and class years welcome. Stop by the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies program in the McCaffrey Room on February 28 from 4:30-6 p.m. for more on a semester-long academic investigation of the sea that is accompanied by travel throughout the United States and original research opportunities!

Students Only

Joe Tranquillo, Bucknell: "Engineering as a Liberal Art?"

4:45 pm - 6:00 pm Lecture Room 3

Engineering is the practical discipline that brought us the wheel, printing press, steam engine and smartphone. The building of tools has always been a hallmark of our species, and technology has become an important driver of social change. But what is it to be an engineer? In what ways are the stereotypes of engineers an outdated 1950s caricature? In this talk we will focus on who engineers are becoming by highlighting projects at the intersection between technology and the liberal arts. These will include projects on landmine-detecting rats, biomusical instruments, the re-creation of historical scientific instruments, and the design of medical devices. The talk will conclude with some ideas on where technology might take us next.

Event poster featuring closeup photos of Benn and Amherst College visiting professor Steven Simon

"The Rhett Butler Doctrine: Israel and America in the Trump Age"

Aluf Benn has been the editor-in-chief of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz since 2011. A veteran writer and editor, he has covered peace, war and politics, and has fought government secrecy and censorship for 30 years. Benn won a landmark Supreme Court case that expanded press freedom in 1989. He exposed the worst corruption case in IDF history, and in 2015 uncovered the details of a hushed-up Israeli-Iranian legal battle over billions of dollars. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs and The Guardian. He holds a joint MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Recanati School of Business at Tel Aviv University.

Caution: Thesis Writing In Progress

Revising Your Thesis When You’re Still Writing

Spring semester means revision for many thesis writers. This can feel overwhelming when you are still writing your chapters. Join other thesis writers to learn how to manage the multiple demands of spring semester: we will discuss/share tips for making substantive changes, incorporating feedback from advisors and second readers, making sense of conflicting advice, making a case for your interdisciplinary methodology, and making sure revision does not derail your drafting process. Taught by Neelofer Qadir and Lauren Silber, writing associates.

This workshop will precede the Weekly Thesis Write-in. Please reserve your seat!

Students Only

"Mapping Sexuality in Ancient Rome": A Talk by Dr. Luca Grillo

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Lecture Room 4

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Merrill Science Building, Lecture Room 4, Dr. Luca Grillo will give a talk titled "Mapping Sexuality in Ancient Rome." Dr. Grillo asks, "How did the ancient Romans conceive sex and sexuality? Did they have the same categories we can easily take for granted today? Could sexual inclinations elicit admiration, disparagement or disapproval?" This talk will address these and similar questions by locating Roman habits in their historical and cultural context and by discussing formalist and constructivist approaches.

Luca Grillo is an associate professor of classics and William R. Kenan Scholar at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, having earned his M.A.s from the University of Minnesota (in classical and Near Eastern studies), a Ph.D. from Princeton (classics) and taught for five years at Amherst College (2008-13). His area of specialty is Latin prose and Roman history, with a special focus on writers of the Late Republic. He is co-editor of the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Caesar, and he has published a monograph on Caesar’s Civil War, a commentary on an oration by Cicero and various articles.

This event is sponsored by the Lamont Funds and the Department of Political Science at Amherst College. It is free and open to the public.

Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeklatsch

Every Tuesday at 9 p.m. the German House hosts Kaffeeklatsch, an informal gathering for conversation and refreshments. This is a great opportunity to meet others interested in German language and culture.

Come join us for Kaffeeklatsch Tuesdays at Porter House!

LGBTea, coffe and tea, late night study hours

QRC LGBTea Late Night Study Hours

LGBTea is an intentional weekly program that offers a comfortable, affirming, and welcoming space for our community to come together. Join us for late night study hours, take a break if you need one, grab a cup of tea or coffee, or just hang out!!
Every Tuesday in the Queer Resource Center from 10 p.m. - midnight. All are welcome.

Wed, Mar 1, 2017

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Conversations with Alison Saar

Internationally acclaimed artist Alison Saar will mark the installation of her imposing work, Sleeping Beauty, 1997, recently purchased by the Mead through a student curatorial project, funded by the Trinkett Clark Memorial Fund.

Saar will be here for two days of events. Please join us!

Wednesday, March 1: 5-6 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium
Saar will give a talk about her artistic practice and issues of identity. The talk will be followed by a reception and viewing of her print in the Fairchild Gallery at the Mead Art Museum

Thursday, March 2: Noon-1 p.m. in the Multicultural Resource Center
Students are invited to join Saar for Antonio's pizza lunch and informal conversation in the MRC.

These events are free and open to the public!

Online Dating Safety with the Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect

It's Healthy Relationships Month with the PAs! Join us and learn about how to stay safe when dating online. Play some games or take a photo with us to win prizes in our raffle - everything from chocolate-covered strawberries to gift cards to Antonio's will be available.

Women’s History Month Tabling in Keefe Campus Center

Join us the atrium of Keefe Campus Center for the kickoff event of Women’s History Month! We will have a photobooth with the iconic “We Can Do It” backdrop of Rosie the Riveter, where you can take pictures with friends, in the spirit of our theme #feelingyourselfies!

Russian Table

The Russian Table is an opportunity for all interested in conversing in Russian to meet regularly with Russian faculty and students. We'll meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays on the mezzanine level in Valentine Dining Hall. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

Grab and Don't Go. Wednesday 12PM in the MRC

Grab & Don't Go

Grab your lunch and join us in the MRC every other Wednesday for a conversation on current events. Facilitated by MRC staff.

Book covers for "Intimate Relations" and "Lyric Tactics"

Book Launch Party

4:30 pm Amherst Books, 8 Main Street

Help us celebrate the publication of new books by Amherst College Professors Krupa Shandilya and Ingrid Nelson! Professor Shandilya, in the Department of Sexuality, Women’s & Gender Studies, is author of Intimate Relations: Social Reform & the Late Nineteenth-Century South Asian Novel. Her colleague in the English department, Professor Nelson, is author of Lyric Tactics: Poetry, Genre & Practice in Later Medieval England.

Refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.

Body Week: Men's Dinner and Discussion

Come join the Student Health Educators in the O'Connor Commons for a discussion on the body and body positivity for those who identify as men. Antonio's will be served!

Eyes on the PRize Documentary Series. Wednesdays 6:30-7:30PM until May 6th

Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years Documentary Series

Join the MRC and Drew House for a semester-long viewing of the moving Civil Rights documentary "Eyes on the Prize"! This documentary tells the definitive story of the civil rights era from the perspectives of the ordinary people whose extraordinary actions launched a movement that changed the fabric of American life, whose reverberations continue to be felt today.

Queer and Trans People Of Color Meeting

Join your fellow queer and trans students of color for the first Queer and Trans People Of Color (QTPOC) Meeting of the year. This will be a closed space for individuals who identify as people of color and queer or trans. This will be a space to debrief on the impact of last weeks political events on communities of color and also to share our goals for QTPOC for the semester. Open to all QTPOC students, staff and faculty in the Five Colleges. Snacks will be provided.

Networking for Introverts

Networking is a critical part of searching for a job or internship. More than 70% of people are hired into their jobs because of networking. For many people, components of networking like attending large events, making small talk with strangers, or asking people for favors can feel overwhelming. If this sounds like you, this workshop is designed to help you develop strategies that make networking seem less intimidating and more manageable. *This workshop satisfies the Networking Milestone for sophomores participating in APEX.

Apogee Adventures Information Session

Apogee Adventures offers hiking, biking, community service, language and writing trips for teenagers aged 11-18. Apogee is looking for responsible, dynamic and motivated leaders to lead trips in New England, Montana, Oregon, California, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and throughout Europe. Trip leader pairs are responsible for the safety and well-being of up to 12 students in outdoor adventure travel settings. Leaders must serve as excellent role models as they foster teamwork and a healthy, nurturing group dynamic. Join us for an information session to learn more about opportunities with Apogee!

Workshops in Statistics and R

Interested in data? Want to learn some skills with R? Prepping for DataFest?

The third in a series of workshops in Statistics and R brought to you by the Statistics Fellows is "Intro to ggplot2 in R", hosted by Pei Gong and Sarah Teichman.

Feel free to bring your laptops to follow along with the workshops. Open to all interested students, staff and faculty.

late night study hours

WGC Late Night Study Hours!

Join us for silent study hours every Wednesday from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Women and Gender Center! There will be Glazed Donuts!

Thu, Mar 2, 2017

CAEMBA - Building Sustainable Housing in Ecuador

Cristina Latorre and Manuel Pallares will speak about their humanitarian work using bamboo for earthquake reconstruction. Their organization, CAEMBA, which is based in Ecuador, was founded in response to the housing crisis following the severe earthquake that hit the country in April 2016. CAEMBA manufactures and distributes cost-free prefabricated bamboo structures, with lightweight roofing material that reflects the sun’s heat. Recognizing that permanent housing solutions would likely take many years, the structures are designed to be built in a short amount of time, then improved and completed according to their inhabitants’ resources to make it their own home on a medium and long term basis.

Arcadia Tabling in Keefe

Amherst approves many of the study abroad programs offered through Arcadia’s College of Global Studies. You can study in Italy, Spain, the UK, Australia and New Zealand, and many more destinations. Programs vary in style; some are language-intensive, some offer direct enrollment at foreign universities. Come speak with an Arcadia rep. between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Keefe Campus Center to learn about your options.

More information online at http://www.arcadia.edu/abroad/.

Middlebury School of Environment Information Table

At the Middlebury School of the Environment, students spend six intensive weeks in Vermont, immersing themselves in the study of the relationship between humans and the environment. They may choose to study under an introductory track or a more advanced track (for those with previous environmental studies experience). In each, they take a core course, a practicum and an elective course for a total of 9 semester-hour credits. Their coursework is supplemented by leadership training from visiting environmental practitioners, providing them with a toolkit for effectively putting their knowledge to use. The video below helps to give a better sense of the student experience, and more about the curriculum and financial aid can be found on the website. http://www.middlebury.edu/environment

Online Dating Safety with the Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect

It's Healthy Relationships Month with the PAs! Join us and learn about how to stay safe when dating online. Play some games or take a photo with us to win prizes in our raffle - everything from chocolate-covered strawberries to gift cards to Antonio's will be available.

Korean Language Table

Korean Language Table will meet this semester on Thursdays, from 1 - 2 p.m., in Terrace Room A (lower level of Valentine Dining Hall). All are welcome!

Summer at Sea

Did you ever daydream of what it would be like to go to school at sea like Zack and Cody on The Suite Life on Deck?! Well your childhood dreams can still come true! SEA Semester reps will be in Keefe Campus Center today from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. so be sure to check them out. 
Their field-based programs cater to all majors and you can apply either for a summer or a semester sea voyage. 

Students Only

Boston University Questrom School of Business Information Table

Stop by Keefe Atrium and learn about the programs at Boston University's Questrom School of Business.

Master of Science in Mathematical Finance
The 17-month, full-time, 36 credit Master of Science in Mathematical Finance (MSMF) program focuses on the crux of mathematical concepts that led to the development of the Black-Scholes option pricing method and have grown recently into a universal tool for creating effective investment strategies and risk-analysis. A distinguishing characteristic of the MSMF is the careful integration of certain practical domains of mathematics with an in-depth study of the theory and practice of modern finance.

Master of Science in Management Studies
The Master of Science in Management Studies (MSMS) at Boston University Questrom School of Business builds a bridge to business for recent graduates with a background in areas like science, math, technology, engineering, digital communications, economics and more. An additional year of study, the MSMS adds business expertise to your skillset so that you can go farther faster in your career. For nine months, you’ll work with a collaborative team in a dedicated space to solve real problems with real companies in real time (including Fidelity, AT&T, Quintiles, and Thermofisher Scientific). With the MSMS, there’s only one degree of separation between where you are and where you want to be.

SEA Semester Information Session in Fayerweather

SEA Semester offers field-based study abroad programs for all majors during the semester and summer. Students spend half a semester in Woods Hole, Mass. and then half a semester as a full working crew-member aboard our sailing school vessels in Western Europe, the Caribbean, the South Pacific or New Zealand.

Maurice Rojas of Texas A&M: "Polygons and Approximating Roots"

Abstract: "Looking at polynomials in the simplest possible way leads us to fast and elegant algorithms. For instance, if you simply look at a polynomial as a sum of terms, and plot a point for each term in a certain way, you naturally get a polygon from which you can read off important information about the complex roots. We explain these tricks, and how they relate to 19th-century work on the Riemann zeta function and new results about solving systems of polynomial equation. There are also relations to the exciting new field called tropical geometry. We start from scratch, and assume no background beyond second-semester calculus and a modest acquaintance with complex numbers."

Russian Film Series: "In Spring"

Two screenings, at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Mikhail Kaufman, 1929; 60 min.

Mikhail Kaufman's In Spring, much admired by the contemporaries but seldom seen abroad in original form, can be considered something of a companion piece to the legendary film The Man with the Movie Camera, directed by Kaufman’s brother Dziga Vertov. A gorgeous meditation on daily life in the town and the rural countryside, it portrays the springtime devastation of rain and flood-- preliminaries to rebirth --making spring a metaphor for revolution.

LitFest 2017: Illuminating Great Writing & Amherst College's Literary Life

Amherst’s annual literary festival celebrates the College’s extraordinary literary life by bringing to campus distinguished authors and editors to share and discuss the pleasures and challenges of verbal expression—from fiction and nonfiction, to poetry and spoken-word performance.

This year’s festival features award-winning novelist Zadie Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and 2016 National Book Award Fiction Finalists Chris Bachelder and Jacqueline Woodson, among others.

Visit amherst.edu/go/litfest for the festival schedule and biographies of each guest.

Body Week: Women's Dinner and Discussion

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Greenway A, Event Space

Come enjoy tea rolls from Fresh Side with the Women's and Gender Center and Student Health Educators for a discussion on body positivity and how it fits into campus culture.
Can't wait to see you in the Greenway A event space!

Gender Inclusive Dinner and Discussion

Join the QRC and the Student Health Educators for our annual dinner and discussion about the nuances of gender and gender identity. We will discuss gender beyond binaries and its relationship to sexuality. Oriental Flavor will be served!

Book covers: Chris Bachelder's "The Throwback Special" on left and Jacqueline Woodson's "Another Brooklyn" on right

A Conversation with National Book Award Finalists Chris Bachelder and Jacqueline Woodson

As part of Amherst College LitFest 2017, Pamela Paul, editor of The New York Times Book Review, hosts a conversation with 2016 National Book Award Fiction Finalists Chris Bachelder (The Throwback Special) and Jacqueline Woodson (Another Brooklyn).

This event is part of the National Book Awards on Campus program, hosted in partnership with the National Book Foundation. It will be followed by Q&A and book signing. It is free and open to the public.

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Five College Faculty Dance Concert

The concert features Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company's Story/Time (excerpt), an intricate collage of dance, live music and personal narratives orchestrated in new configurations for each performance by chance procedures. Long-time company members Jennifer Nugent and Shayla-Vie Jenkins, both of whom had leading roles in the original production, served as rehearsal directors.

Deborah Goffe, assistant professor at Hampshire College, presents debate, a duet in which the three-piece suit is donned as modern armor, the throne-like chair reminds us of the struggle to claim place, choice and power, and the viewer emerges as a potential ally who may be won to either side.

Leslie Frye Maietta’s (visiting artist at UMass) waist deep takes us on a journey to worlds of in between, between knowing and unknowing, masked and unmasked, finding a groove and losing it. It is a relationship in relation. It is the wilderness.

Lengen/Sinte' is an original African dance choreography by Marilyn Sylla, Five College lecturer in dance. This festive, vibrantly colorful ensemble work features an all-female, intergenerational, ethnically diverse cast of dancers and drummers.

Angie Hauser, assistant professor at Smith College draws on a variety of images and narratives from specific moments throughout her performing career to create a new choreography for eleven women. Working in collaboration with individual performers on specific narratives, she weaves together a group tapestry of memory, image and action.

The concert concludes with Nudge, a new work from Swiss-Canadian choreographer Kinsun Chan guest artist at Mount Holyoke College. Working with a cast of Five College dancers, Chan draws inspiration from the musical compositions of Canadian cellist and composer Julia Kent to create a large ensemble dance notable for its feline dynamism and striking visual designs.

The concert also includes two new video installation works. In the lobby, The Silk Room by Rodger Blum, professor at Smith College, explores the relationship between light, movement and textile. Video is passed through successive layers of hand-dyed silk fabric and the light is absorbed, energizing the dancing and textiles. At first glance, the dancing image appears to decay in the rear fabric layers, but the body reemerges, remade and timeless. Mount Holyoke Professor Jim Coleman’s video dance sequences will be projected on the exterior facade of the theater.

Introduction to the Finance Industry Workshop Series

This 9-week program is open to first year students and sophomores interested in learning more about the finance industry. The workshop series, led by Stephanie Hockman, program director for Careers in Business and Finance, is designed to help students understand the finance industry and its components, distinguish the nuances of available opportunitie, and enhance career exploration. Some workshops will include alumni who will provide their practical insights, experience and understanding to the discussion. In addition, some sessions will be followed by an opportunity to engage with young alumni in that part of the finance industry in an organized “Career Fair” type chat room.

The 9-week course will include topics such as:
1. Introduction to Finance – Defining finance and an overview of the components of the finance industry including a discussion of buy side vs. sell side
2. Investment Banking, Part 1 – Corporate Investment Bankers
3. Investment Banking, Part 2 – Capital Markets (including Sales & Trading, Research, and Investor Services)
4. Investment Banking, Part 3 – Introduction to Operations & Supporting functions at an Investment Bank
5. Introduction to Investment Management & Asset Management
6. Overview of Hedge Funds
7. Introduction to Private Equity
8. Introduction to Private Wealth Management/Asset Management
9. Review of the industry and best next steps

The weekly, one-hour workshops will be held every Thursday beginning February 9, 2017, through April 13, 2017 (excluding March 15). Space is limited and advance sign-up is required. Log into Quest for details and information on how to register for this workshop series.

Rehearsal for Kinsun Chan's "Nudge." Photo by Jim Coleman.

Five College Dance Department Faculty Concert

The Five College Dance Department, in collaboration with the Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance, presents an evening of dance featuring contributions from faculty, guest artists and dancers across all five campuses, including Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company's "Story/Time" (excerpt), an intricate collage of dance, live music and personal narratives orchestrated in new configurations for each performance by chance procedures, and "Nudge," a new work from Swiss-Canadian choreographer Kinsun Chan (guest artist at Mount Holyoke College), which draws inspiration from the musical compositions of Canadian cellist and composer Julia Kent to create a large ensemble dance notable for its feline dynamism and striking visual designs. The concert also features choreography by Deborah Goffe (assistant professor at Hampshire College), Leslie Frye Maietta (visiting artist at UMass), Marilyn Sylla (Five College lecturer in dance), and Angie Hauser (assistant professor at Smith College), as well as video installations by Rodger Blum (professor at Smith College) and Jim Coleman (professor at Mount Holyoke College).

Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended: 413-542-2277 or fcddancereservations@gmail.com.
Visit www.fivecolleges.edu/dance for more information.

Tickets Required

Russian Tea

Every Thursday at 9 p.m. the Russian House hosts Russian Tea, an informal gathering for conversation and refreshment. This is a great opportunity to meet others interested in Russian language and culture.
Come join us for Russian Tea Thursdays at Porter House! Russian language skills not required.

Jazz@Schwemm's featuring Ann Maggs Trio

The March edition of Jazz@Schwemm's will feature Ann Maggs and her trio, which includes Andy and Marty Jaffe. The performance will commence at 9 p.m. on March 2 in the back room of Schwemm's Coffeehouse.

Student combos Blue and New Sextet will perform at 10 p.m.

This concert is free and open to the public.

Thanks to the Office of Student Activities and Engagement and the staff of Schwemm's Coffeehouse for their support of this series.

Fri, Mar 3, 2017

Online Dating Safety with the Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect

It's Healthy Relationships Month with the PAs! Join us and learn about how to stay safe when dating online. Play some games or take a photo with us to win prizes in our raffle - everything from chocolate-covered strawberries to gift cards to Antonio's will be available.

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"Reading: The National Scene," a Conversation with Pamela Paul and Lisa Lucas, Hosted by Judith Frank

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 2nd floor

As part of Amherst College LitFest 2017, Professor Judith Frank hosts a conversation with Pamela Paul, editor of The New York Times Book Review, and Lisa Lucas, executive director of the National Book Foundation.

Light lunch refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

Spanish Table

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

The Spanish Table is a friendly way to practice and improve your Spanish language, as well as an informal and fun opportunity to meet people. It is held every Friday, from noon to 2:00 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, go upstairs, and join us for however long you like!

Conference: "The Symbolic and Material Construction of Guns"

On Friday and Saturday, March 3-4, at the Lord Jeffery Inn and the Alumni House at Amherst College, there will be a conference titled “The Symbolic and Material Construction of Guns.” The conference will feature presentations from a number of distinguished experts including Elisabeth Anker (George Washington University), Harel Shapira (University of Texas), Timothy Luke (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), Joanna Bourke (University of London), Franklin Zimring (University of California, Berkeley) and David Yamane (Wake Forest University). The conference is sponsored by the 2016-17 Copeland Colloquium, as part of a series of events organized to explore the symbolic and culture construction of guns and to ask questions about the symbolic value of guns and the meanings the weapons used in the making of day-to-day violence convey. The complete conference schedule is available at https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/colloquia/copeland_colloquium.

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Life Stories lunch with Tenzin Kunor, "139 Days of Isolation"

The Life Stories series provides a forum for the Amherst community to get to know each other outside of our professional and academic roles. At each lunch, a student, faculty or staff member will share a story from their lives, followed by the opportunity for participants to ask questions and engage in conversation. Lunch will be provided. The speaker will be Tenzin Kunor, assistant director of residential life.
For more information, visit https://www.amherst.edu/mm/440084

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"Literary Arts and Public Engagement," a Conversation with Daniel Gallant, Elizabeth MacDuffie and Richard Michelson, Hosted by Jane Wald

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 2nd floor

As part of Amherst College LitFest 2017, Jane Wald, executive director of the Emily Dickinson Museum, hosts a conversation with Daniel Gallant, executive director of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe; Elizabeth MacDuffie, founding editor of Meat for Tea: The Valley Review; and Richard Michelson, owner of R. Michelson Galleries.

Free and open to the public

"Health Care in the Sanctuary Era": A Panel Discussion

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

The panel discussion focuses on who is "deserving" of health care, and how the framing of this issue in national policy has affected immigrant and undocumented families. It features Miriam Ticktin, associate professor of anthropology and co-director of Zolberg Institute for Migration and Mobility; Cristina Huebner-Torres, director of research and wellness for the Caring Health Center; and Leah Schmalzbauer, associate professor of American studies and sociology at Amherst College. It is sponsored by the Five Colleges Culture, Health and Science Certificate Program and UMass Amherst Anthropology Department. Please contact us at chs@fivecolleges.edu for more information or directions.

Queer Talk

Join the QRC 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!

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"Tripping the Metalloprotein Electric”: Boston University Professor Sean Joseph Elliott '94

3:15 pm - 4:30 pm Lecture Room 4

Seminar Title: "Tripping the Metalloprotein Electric”

Pryde Lecturer: Professor Sean Joseph Elliott '94 from Boston University's department of chemistry, molecular biology, cell biology & biochemistry, and bioinformatics programs

The Elliott Group has multidisciplinary interests that span redox enzymology, electrochemistry / electrocatalysis, microbiology and the use of spectroscopy to study redox active proteins and enzymes. We study a wide range of multi-electron redox enzymes containing multiple redox cofactors, bringing direct electrochemistry and electrochemical methodologies to bear upon problems in mechanistic enzymology and the development of protein-based electrodes. Areas of chemistry of interest to us include long-range electron transfer achieved by multi-heme cytochromes, multi-electron reductions of nitrite and sulfite reduction, bacterial peroxidase activities and CO2 reduction catalyzed by metalloproteins.

Insecure HBO series poster

"Insecure" Season 1 Marathon

7:00 pm Keefe Campus Center, Basement Theater

Join us for a marathon screening of the complete season one of HBO's hit series "Insecure."

Free and open to the public. Cookies will be provided.

Closeup of Zadie Smith leaning her head on her left hand, wearing a black headscarf, large hoop earrings, red lipstick and a blue denim jacket

An Evening with Zadie Smith

As part of Amherst College LitFest 2017, award-winning author Zadie Smith will give a reading followed by a conversation with Jen Acker '00, editor-in-chief of The Common literary magazine.

This event will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. It is free and open to the public.

five college faculty dance concert

Five College Faculty Dance Concert

The concert features Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company's Story/Time (excerpt), an intricate collage of dance, live music and personal narratives orchestrated in new configurations for each performance by chance procedures. Long-time company members Jennifer Nugent and Shayla-Vie Jenkins, both of whom had leading roles in the original production, served as rehearsal directors.

Deborah Goffe, assistant professor at Hampshire College, presents debate, a duet in which the three-piece suit is donned as modern armor, the throne-like chair reminds us of the struggle to claim place, choice and power, and the viewer emerges as a potential ally who may be won to either side.

Leslie Frye Maietta’s (visiting artist at UMass) waist deep takes us on a journey to worlds of in between, between knowing and unknowing, masked and unmasked, finding a groove and losing it. It is a relationship in relation. It is the wilderness.

Lengen/Sinte' is an original African dance choreography by Marilyn Sylla, Five College lecturer in dance. This festive, vibrantly colorful ensemble work features an all-female, intergenerational, ethnically diverse cast of dancers and drummers.

Angie Hauser, assistant professor at Smith College draws on a variety of images and narratives from specific moments throughout her performing career to create a new choreography for eleven women. Working in collaboration with individual performers on specific narratives, she weaves together a group tapestry of memory, image and action.

The concert concludes with Nudge, a new work from Swiss-Canadian choreographer Kinsun Chan guest artist at Mount Holyoke College. Working with a cast of Five College dancers, Chan draws inspiration from the musical compositions of Canadian cellist and composer Julia Kent to create a large ensemble dance notable for its feline dynamism and striking visual designs.

The concert also includes two new video installation works. In the lobby, The Silk Room by Rodger Blum, professor at Smith College, explores the relationship between light, movement and textile. Video is passed through successive layers of hand-dyed silk fabric and the light is absorbed, energizing the dancing and textiles. At first glance, the dancing image appears to decay in the rear fabric layers, but the body reemerges, remade and timeless. Mount Holyoke Professor Jim Coleman’s video dance sequences will be projected on the exterior facade of the theater.

Rehearsal for Kinsun Chan's "Nudge." Photo by Jim Coleman.

Five College Dance Department Faculty Concert

The Five College Dance Department, in collaboration with the Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance, presents an evening of dance featuring contributions from faculty, guest artists and dancers across all five campuses, including Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company's "Story/Time" (excerpt), an intricate collage of dance, live music and personal narratives orchestrated in new configurations for each performance by chance procedures, and "Nudge," a new work from Swiss-Canadian choreographer Kinsun Chan (guest artist at Mount Holyoke College), which draws inspiration from the musical compositions of Canadian cellist and composer Julia Kent to create a large ensemble dance notable for its feline dynamism and striking visual designs. The concert also features choreography by Deborah Goffe (assistant professor at Hampshire College), Leslie Frye Maietta (visiting artist at UMass), Marilyn Sylla (Five College lecturer in dance), and Angie Hauser (assistant professor at Smith College), as well as video installations by Rodger Blum (professor at Smith College) and Jim Coleman (professor at Mount Holyoke College).

Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended: 413-542-2277 or fcddancereservations@gmail.com.
Visit www.fivecolleges.edu/dance for more information.

Tickets Required

Marsh Coffee Haus Part VII: Café Soirée

This Friday at 8 p.m., Marsh Haus will host the seventh open mic of the year: Café Soirée. (Why a soirée? There will be cheese and crackers.) Coffee Haus is held every 2-3 weeks to provide students with an opportunity to showcase their art to a supportive audience. We accept acts (up to 5 minutes) in many forms: improv, solo music, music in a band, poetry reading, prose reading, short one-acts - whatever you can come up with.

Please email marshcoffeehaus@gmail.com to request a slot!
Free and open to the public.

Sat, Mar 4, 2017

The Symbolic and Material Construction of Guns Conference

On Friday and Saturday, March 3-4, 2017, at the Lord Jeffery Inn and the Alumni House at Amherst College, there will be a conference titled “The Symbolic and Material Construction of Guns.” The conference will feature presentations from a number of distinguished experts including Elisabeth Anker (George Washington University), Harel Shapira (University of Texas), Timothy Luke (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), Joanna Bourke (University of London), Franklin Zimring (University of California, Berkeley) and David Yamane (Wake Forest University). The conference is sponsored by the 2016-17 Copeland Colloquium, as part of a series of events organized to explore the symbolic and culture construction of guns and to ask questions about the symbolic value of guns and the meanings the weapons used in the making of day-to-day violence convey. The complete Conference Schedule is available at https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/colloquia/copeland_colloquium

Closeup of Doris Kearns Goodwin smiling and wearing white pearl earrings, black-and-gold beaded necklace and black dress

A Conversation with Doris Kearns Goodwin

As part of Amherst College LitFest 2017, Cullen Murphy '74, Vanity Fair editor-at-large and chair of the College's Board of Trustees, hosts a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

The event will be followed by Q&A and book signing. It is free and open to the public.

Conference - Minorities and Minority Discourses in Germany since 1990

Amherst College will be hosting a Five College conference about migrants, minorities, and current affairs in Germany, taking place in Pruyne. The speakers are from all over the country and two of our own students will read papers. For more info please contact Megan Howes at mhowes@amherst.edu or x2312.

Women’s History Month Wikithon

Help us combat Wikipedia’s well-documented gender gap by improving its coverage of feminists and womanists that have made herstory. From noon to 5 p.m., we will add more feminist profiles on Wikipedia and flesh out the meager entries of existing profiles on the site. There will be lunch, snacks and company! Please bring a laptop if available.

Violinists, flutists and other musicians from the Amherst Symphony Orchestra playing onstage in Buckley Recital Hall, being conducted by Mark Lane Swanson

Amherst Symphony Orchestra and Choral Society Collaboration

The Amherst College Department of Music presents the annual collaboration between the Amherst College Choral Society (Mallorie Chernin, director) and Amherst Symphony Orchestra (Mark Lane Swanson, director), Saturday, March 4, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall of Arms Music Center at Amherst College. Tickets are required and may be purchased at the door; seating is by general admission.

On the program are the deeply spiritual Five Mystical Songs by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958). Set to religious texts on universal topics of love, redemption and the Resurrection by the Welsh Anglican minister George Herbert (1593-1633), the Five Mystical Songs are powerful, authentic meditations on crucial aspects of our personal existence. Amherst native David Lemly McFerrin, baritone, who appears regularly at Boston Lyric Opera, the Handel & Haydn Society and other major venues, is guest soloist in the Vaughan Williams; Ms. Chernin conducts.

The ASO is joined by the treble voices of the Choral Society to present perhaps the most popular and colorful orchestral suite even written: The Planets (1916), by Vaughan William's English compatriot Gustav Holst (1874-1924). Often mischaracterized as mere musical pictures of the seven then-known planets of our solar system (but leaving out Earth), The Planets is better understood as depictions of different aspects of the human character, whether bellicose (Mars), peaceful (Venus), jolly (Jupiter) or mystical (Neptune). Mr. Swanson conducts.

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

For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, please visit us at www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

Tickets Required
five college faculty dance concert

Five College Faculty Dance Concert

The concert features Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company's Story/Time (excerpt), an intricate collage of dance, live music and personal narratives orchestrated in new configurations for each performance by chance procedures. Long-time company members Jennifer Nugent and Shayla-Vie Jenkins, both of whom had leading roles in the original production, served as rehearsal directors.

Deborah Goffe, assistant professor at Hampshire College, presents debate, a duet in which the three-piece suit is donned as modern armor, the throne-like chair reminds us of the struggle to claim place, choice and power, and the viewer emerges as a potential ally who may be won to either side.

Leslie Frye Maietta’s (visiting artist at UMass) waist deep takes us on a journey to worlds of in between, between knowing and unknowing, masked and unmasked, finding a groove and losing it. It is a relationship in relation. It is the wilderness.

Lengen/Sinte' is an original African dance choreography by Marilyn Sylla, Five College lecturer in dance. This festive, vibrantly colorful ensemble work features an all-female, intergenerational, ethnically diverse cast of dancers and drummers.

Angie Hauser, assistant professor at Smith College draws on a variety of images and narratives from specific moments throughout her performing career to create a new choreography for eleven women. Working in collaboration with individual performers on specific narratives, she weaves together a group tapestry of memory, image and action.

The concert concludes with Nudge, a new work from Swiss-Canadian choreographer Kinsun Chan guest artist at Mount Holyoke College. Working with a cast of Five College dancers, Chan draws inspiration from the musical compositions of Canadian cellist and composer Julia Kent to create a large ensemble dance notable for its feline dynamism and striking visual designs.

The concert also includes two new video installation works. In the lobby, The Silk Room by Rodger Blum, professor at Smith College, explores the relationship between light, movement and textile. Video is passed through successive layers of hand-dyed silk fabric and the light is absorbed, energizing the dancing and textiles. At first glance, the dancing image appears to decay in the rear fabric layers, but the body reemerges, remade and timeless. Mount Holyoke Professor Jim Coleman’s video dance sequences will be projected on the exterior facade of the theater.

Rehearsal for Kinsun Chan's "Nudge." Photo by Jim Coleman.

Five College Dance Department Faculty Concert

The Five College Dance Department, in collaboration with the Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance, presents an evening of dance featuring contributions from faculty, guest artists and dancers across all five campuses, including Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company's "Story/Time" (excerpt), an intricate collage of dance, live music and personal narratives orchestrated in new configurations for each performance by chance procedures, and "Nudge," a new work from Swiss-Canadian choreographer Kinsun Chan (guest artist at Mount Holyoke College), which draws inspiration from the musical compositions of Canadian cellist and composer Julia Kent to create a large ensemble dance notable for its feline dynamism and striking visual designs. The concert also features choreography by Deborah Goffe (assistant professor at Hampshire College), Leslie Frye Maietta (visiting artist at UMass), Marilyn Sylla (Five College lecturer in dance), and Angie Hauser (assistant professor at Smith College), as well as video installations by Rodger Blum (professor at Smith College) and Jim Coleman (professor at Mount Holyoke College).

Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended: 413-542-2277 or fcddancereservations@gmail.com.
Visit www.fivecolleges.edu/dance for more information.

Tickets Required

AC After Dark Presents Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company

The flagship touring show is a 90-minute, unscripted and totally improvised performance. Four improvisers at the top of their game perform a high-energy, surprising and hilarious show that has never been seen before and will never be seen again.

Opener: Mr. Gad's House of Improv!

Food will be provided as well as free AC After Dark "Dad Hats" to the first 50 attendees!

Sun, Mar 5, 2017

Amherst College TransActive: Transgender Support and Social Group

Join TransActive every Sunday from 1-2:30 p.m. in Amherst College's Queer Resource Center. This group aims to provide a space for trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming people and those questioning their gender identities to come together in a safe and brave environment.
This is a closed space for people of these identities! The group is open to the Five Colleges and all community members in the area!

Internship Pre-Departure Training Series: Surviving and Thriving During the Summer on a Budget

Whether your internship is paid or not, figuring out how to budget while completing an internship over the summer can seem daunting. In this two-day seminar facilitated by Chloe McKenzie ‘14, founder and CEO of BlackFem, Inc., participants will develop a concrete plan for covering their expenses during the summer while also learning how to save and invest for the future.

This seminar is open to any student who plans to complete an internship, research program, part-time job or other summer opportunity. Students applying for internship and off-campus research funding through the college are strongly encouraged to attend.

Log into in Quest for more information and to sign up for one session on March 5, "Budgeting", and one session on March 6, "Saving & Investing".

Topic: "Budgeting for Your Summer Internship"
Sunday, March 5 – Alumni House
Session A - 1-3 p.m.
Session B - 3-5 p.m.

Topic: "Saving and Investing During Your Summer Internship"
Monday, March 6 – Alumni House
Session A - 4-6 p.m.
Session B - 6-8 p.m.

Hosted by the Loeb Center and the Center for Community Engagement.

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"Koyaanisqatsi" at Amherst Cinema

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Amherst Cinema

An unconventional work in every way, Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi was nevertheless a sensation when it was released in 1983.
The astonishing wordless collage created by the director, cinematographer Ron Fricke, and composer Philip Glass, shuttles viewers from one jaw-dropping vision to the next, looking at our world from a truly unique angle.
Directed by Godfrey Reggio. 86 minutes. Not Rated.

Presented by Amherst Cinema in collaboration with The Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Tickets Required

Introduction to Fixed Income as an Asset: Workshop #2 in the Finance and Investment Literacy Series

The Careers in Business and Finance Program will host the second workshop in the 2017 Finance and Investing Literacy workshop series. Please join David Rosenblum ’92 as he provides an introduction to fixed income as an asset class and discusses some of the specific fixed income products used in investing.

Whether pursuing a career in finance or just interested in the intricacies of investing, understanding the differences in asset classes and why companies issue stock versus bonds is important. Mr. Rosenblum will discuss some of the characteristics of the fixed income asset class and provide insights into the myriad of fixed income projects that firms use to raise capital. He will also discuss the impact the fixed income asset class has on capital markets and the finance industry.

Log into Quest to learn more about Mr. Rosemblum '92, the Finance and Investing Literacy workshop series, and to RSVP for this workshop.

OGJB Quartet performing onstage

Magic Triangle Series Comes to Buckley: The OGJB Quartet

The Magic Triangle Jazz Series, produced by the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in collaboration with the Amherst College Department of Music, begins its 28th season on Sunday, March 5, at Amherst's Buckley Recital Hall at 7 p.m. with a performance by OGJB Quartet. The Quartet features Oliver Lake (saxophone), Graham Haynes (cornet), Joe Fonda (bass) and Barry Altschul (drums). The concert is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

A highlight of New York’s 2016 Winter Jazzfest was the debut of the OGJB Quartet, a collaborative endeavor with each member contributing compositions to their repertoire.

The artistic scope of saxophonist, composer, painter and poet Oliver Lake’s half-century-long career is unparalleled. His collaborations includes work with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Flux String Quartet, Bjork, Lou Reed, A Tribe Called Quest, Mos Def, Meshell Ndegeocello, Anthony Braxton, James Blood Ulmer, William Parker, Vijay Iyer, Andrew Cyrille and a veritable who’s-who of the jazz vanguard. He has published two books of poetry and produces visual artwork for exhibitions across the country. Lake’s multidisciplinary approach can be traced back to his formative years with the Black Artists Group, the innovative St. Louis collective of musicians, poets, dancers and painters he helped architect over 35 years ago. He is a co-founder of the acclaimed World Saxophone Quartet (with fellow luminaries David Murray, Julius Hemphill and Hamiet Bluiett), one of the seminal ensembles of the last 30 years. In 2014, he was honored with a Doris Duke Artist Award. He currently leads the Oliver Lake Organ Quartet, Oliver Lake Big Band and Trio 3.

In the early 1970s, drummer Barry Altschul was in one of the most important ensembles of the decade: Circle, with Chick Corea, Dave Holland and Anthony Braxton. “Now, as then,” writes Kevin Whitehead, “he's great at mixing opposites: funky drive with a spray of dainty coloristic percussion, abstract melodic concepts with parade beats, open improvising and percolating swing. He's a busy player, but never too loud-- he's also busy listening.” The Bronx-born Altschul was largely self-taught until 1960, when he began study with Charlie Persip. In 1972, he recorded Dave Holland’s classic album Conference of the Birds, and also made records with Julius Hemphill, Alan Silva and Andrew Hill. His first records as a leader, You Can’t Name Your Own Tune (1977) and Another Time/Another Place (1978), are hugely influential recordings. The 3dom Factor (TUM, 2013), featuring saxophonist Jon Irabagon and bassist Joe Fonda, was the first new album under his leadership in over a quarter century, followed by Tales of the Unforseen (TUM, 2015). Altschul, Fonda and late violinist Billy Bang toured and recorded as the FAB Trio.

Over his 35-year career, cornetist Graham Haynes, the son of drummer Roy Haynes, has pushed jazz beyond its traditional boundaries. Together with saxophonist Steve Coleman, Haynes formed Five Elements, which launched an influential group of improvisers called the M-Base Collective. After the formation of his own ensemble-- Graham Haynes and No Image --and the subsequent release of an album (What Time It Be?), Haynes would spend the balance of the 1980s studying a wide range of African, Arabic and South Asian Music. Haynes incorporated these influences into his next two releases, Nocturne Parisian and Griot's Footsteps. Haynes has studied and incorporated hip-hop and drum 'n' bass and began working with some of the finest DJs and producers in London and the U.S. Haynes has several critically acclaimed multimedia projects, and composed the score for the films Flag Wars and The Promise. He has collaborated with Cassandra Wilson, Vernon Reid, Meshell Ndegeocello, The Roots, David Murray, Ed Blackwell, Bill Laswell and Bill Dixon.

Joe Fonda is perhaps best known as Anthony Braxton's bassist of choice for much of the 1990s, but he has made vital contributions to the Fonda-Stevens Group, the Nu Band, Conference Call, the FAB Trio and the Michael Musillami Trio. While playing around New Haven in the 1980s, he began an association with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, whose global aesthetic helped shape Fonda's own musical philosophy; they recorded together on 1983's Procession of the Great Ancestry. Fonda also created From the Source, an interdisciplinary group including tap dancer Brenda Bufalino and vocalist/body healer Vicki Dodd as equal members, which is acclaimed as a groundbreaking effort. Fonda has worked with Archie Shepp, Ken McIntyre, Satoko Fujii, Bill and Kenny Barron, Randy Weston, Han Bennink and Karl Berger.

Buckley Recital Hall is in Arms Music Center at 53 College Street, Amherst, Mass. This event is free. No tickets are required. Please call the Concert Office at 413-542-2195 for more information.

Study Break At The Powerhouse!

Come on down to The Powerhouse this Sunday, March 5 to de-stress! There will be cookie decorating, board games, and a great, chill vibe! Tell your friends!

Mon, Mar 6, 2017

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 1:00 p.m.

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!

Release

Release

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Keefe Campus Center, Multicultural Resource Center

An open forum for Amherst students to talk about issues of race, ethnicity and cultural identity at Amherst and beyond. Facilitated by Dr. Darien McFadden from the Counseling Center.

Internship Pre-Departure Training Series: Surviving (and Thriving!) During the Summer on a Budget

Whether your internship is paid or not, figuring out how to budget while completing an internship over the summer can seem daunting. In this two-day seminar facilitated by Chloe McKenzie ‘14, founder and CEO of BlackFem, Inc., participants will develop a concrete plan for covering their expenses during the summer while also learning how to save and invest for the future.

This seminar is open to any student who plans to complete an internship, research program, part-time job or other summer opportunity. Students applying for internship and off-campus research funding through the college are strongly encouraged to attend.

Log into in Quest for more information and to sign up for one session on March 5, "Budgeting", and one session on March 6, "Saving & Investing".

Topic: "Budgeting for Your Summer Internship"
Sunday, March 5 – Alumni House
Session A - 1-3 p.m.
Session B - 3-5 p.m.

Topic: "Saving and Investing During Your Summer Internship"
Monday, March 6 – Alumni House
Session A - 4-6 p.m.
Session B - 6-8 p.m.

Hosted by the Loeb Center and the Center for Community Engagement.

Photo of a gavel and gun on a wooden tabletop

"Guns in Law" LJST Lecture Series: Kate Shaw from Cardozo School of Law

On Monday, March 6, at 4:30 p.m., Kate Shaw, associate professor of law at Cardozo School of Law, and the co-director of the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy, will present a paper titled “Guns, Interpretation and Executive Branch Constitutionalism.” This is the fifth presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Guns in Law.”

Shaw’s teaching and research interests are in constitutional and administrative law, legislation, executive power and the separation of powers, federal courts, the Supreme Court, election law, and gender and sexual orientation and the law. Her work has been featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Additionally, Shaw serves as a Supreme Court contributor with ABC News.

To receive a copy of the paper, which will examine legal provisions beyond the Second Amendment, please email the LJST department coordinator at mlestes@amherst.edu.

This event is co-sponsored by The Lamont Lecture Fund.

Black-and-white photo of Madison Moore sitting outdoors alongside a staircase

On Queer Nightlife

Madison Moore, author of How to Be Beyoncé (2013) and The Theory of the Fabulous Class (forthcoming, Yale UP), will put the "life" back in queer nightlife with this performance and lecture.

Hamantaschen Bake-Off

Hamantaschen Bake-Off

Need a break from studying for midterms? Come to Chapin Lounge and bake hamantaschen cookies to get ready for the Jewish holiday Purim that is coming up next week! Drop in anytime from 5-7 p.m. and stay as long as you want. You will leave with delicious hamantaschen to eat by yourself or share with friends. Everyone is welcome!

Tue, Mar 7, 2017

Summer Funding Info Session for Staff and Faculty

Students who will complete unpaid internships or off campus research programs during the summer of 2017 may apply to receive stipends from the college. Join us to learn more about the program and how you can better advise students through the application process. For more information visit the Summer Internship Funding Programs and Fellowships website. (https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/careers/find-an-internship/funding)

Employee Council Coffee Hours in March (Mar 7, Mar 15, Mar 23 from 10-11 am in Frost Cafe)

Employee Council: March Coffee Hours

Free coffee! Have a free coffee with a few representatives from the current Employee Council. Learn more about the council's platform for 2016-17, come talk to us about your ideas and/or well wishes for Amherst staff, or just come socialize!
The council is offering three coffee hours in March, all from 10-11 a.m. in Frost Cafe:
Tuesday, March 7, Wednesday, March 15 and Thursday, March 23

You will find us in the café itself – please look for the sign on our table.

CET Tabling in Keefe

Stop by the CET Academic Programs table today from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. to learn about semester, summer, and academic year opportunities abroad. CET offers approved programs in Japan and China, as well as a number of summer options all over the world, and you can petition options in Jordan, Prague (Film Production), and Vietnam (Public Health, Development, and Environment).

French Table

The French Table will meet on Tuesdays from noon until 2 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall. Come join the French language assistants for conversation over lunch. French speakers of all levels are welcome!

Spring Faculty Book Party

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Frost Library, Friendly Periodical Reading Room, 1st fl

Join us in the Friendly Reading Room of Frost Library as we celebrate the publication of new books written by College faculty. Bryn Geffert, librarian of the College, will discuss Eastern Orthodox Christianity: The Essential Texts. Steve Simon, John J. McCloy Visiting Professor of History, will discuss The Pragmatic Superpower: Winning the Cold War in the Middle East. Tom Zanker, assistant professor of classics, will discuss Greek and Latin Expressions of Meaning: The Classical Origins of a Modern Metaphor.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

This event is sponsored by the Library and The Center for Humanistic Inquiry.

Professor David Smith '95, Williams College: "Baryogenesis at the Weak Scale"

4:45 pm - 6:00 pm Lecture Room 3

Abstract: Given that particles and their antiparticles are on similar footing theoretically, it is a puzzle that the universe contains much more matter than antimatter. Physicists have speculated that the matter-antimatter asymmetry might have been generated during the electroweak phase transition, when the Higgs field-- the thing that gives masses to elementary particles --went from being switched off to switched on shortly after the Big Bang. I will discuss the basic idea behind this framework, experimental probes, and challenges and opportunities for model-building, including a possible connection to dark matter.

3rd Annual Latke vs. Hamentashen Debate!

This Tuesday, March 7, please join Amherst Hillel for its biggest event of the year: The 3rd Annual Latke vs. Hamentashen Debate!

There will be Jewish foods, Illan Stavans, 3 million latkes and Hamentashen for tasting, and powerhouse professors in a head to head food showdown. Come watch your favorite professors turn grandma’s oven all the way up in a heavyweight battle of Jewish humor. Which cuisine shall reign supreme?

Defending the Latke: Professors Ronald Rosbottom and Pavel Machala

Defending the Hamentashen: Professors Lawrence Douglas and Daniel Barbezat

Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The debate will begin at 6:15 p.m. This event is incredibly casual and is open to any and all members of the Amherst community.

Baewatch: Race and Relationships

Join us in the MRC for an intersectional discussion on race and relationships. Dessert will be served!

Closeup of Andrew C. Kuchins '81 smiling and wearing a blue shirt, dark jacket and dark tie, in front of a blue background

"Fantasy and Reality for the Trump Administration in U.S.-Russia Relations"

8:30 pm - 9:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

Please join the Amherst Political Union on March 7 at 8:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall (115 Fayerweather Hall) for a conversation regarding the current state of U.S.-Russian relations featuring distinguished alumnus Andrew Kuchins '81. According to Kuchins, “One of the most consistent themes during the Trump campaign was the desire to improve relations with Russia. But even before the resignation of … Michael Flynn … the notion that there was any quick fix to the dangerously fraught relationship that deteriorated during Mr. Obama's second term was a fantasy.” Join us to further unpack this complexity in American geopoliticking. Presently, Dr. Kuchins is a senior fellow at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and a senior associate at the Center for Strategic & International Studies.

Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeklatsch

Every Tuesday at 9 p.m. the German House hosts Kaffeeklatsch, an informal gathering for conversation and refreshments. This is a great opportunity to meet others interested in German language and culture.

Come join us for Kaffeeklatsch Tuesdays at Porter House!

LGBTea, coffe and tea, late night study hours

QRC LGBTea Late Night Study Hours

LGBTea is an intentional weekly program that offers a comfortable, affirming, and welcoming space for our community to come together. Join us for late night study hours, take a break if you need one, grab a cup of tea or coffee, or just hang out!!
Every Tuesday in the Queer Resource Center from 10 p.m. - midnight. All are welcome.

Wed, Mar 8, 2017

International Women's Day: Day Without a Woman

On March 8, International Women’s Day, the WGC will be a closed space to women and their allies for a Day Without a Woman. The event aims to highlight the presence of women on campus and their daily contributions. We will host hourly themed conversations. The WGC will be closed for operations, but open for community and dialogue.

Russian Table

The Russian Table is an opportunity for all interested in conversing in Russian to meet regularly with Russian faculty and students. We'll meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays on the mezzanine level in Valentine Dining Hall. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

Grab and Don't Go. Wednesday 12PM in the MRC

Grab & Don't Go

Grab your lunch and join us in the MRC every other Wednesday for a conversation on current events. Facilitated by MRC staff.

Tearing Down Walls

An open space for students to connect and discuss experiences and ramifications of the political climate on sense of safety, mental health and engagement in the college. Those of Muslim faith, refugees, immigrants, trans or non-binary identities, students of color, undocumented students, queer identity, women, and intersecting identities are encouraged to attend.

Wednesdays, starting February 8th

Facilitated by Sarah Erickson, Psy.D. (serickson@amherst.edu) and Zamir Nestelbaum, M.D. (znestelbaum@amherst.edu).

Students Only
Poster for International Women's Day, March 8, 2017, Women's General Strike with stylized drawing of a woman

"Feminist Movements in a Reactionary Era" Symposium

Given recent events, we will mark International Women's Day 2017 with a series of events that explore the implications of recent global political shifts for national and transnational feminist movements and consider strategies of resistance in moving forward.

"Feminist Movements in a Reactionary Era: A Teach-In, Talk-Around and Walk-Out Honoring the International Women's Strike"

Panelists will include Sonia Alvarez (UMass Amherst), Elora Chowdhury (UMass Boston), Islah Jad (Birzeit University, Palestine), Benita Roth (Binghamton University), Svati Shah (UMass Amherst) and Millie Thayer (UMass Amherst). The moderator will be Kristin Bumiller (Amherst College).

The symposium is sponsored by the Amherst College Department of Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies; Amherst College Lamont Fund; Five College Lecture Fund; Alliance to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges (AALAC); Hampshire College Feminist Studies Program; Mount Holyoke College Gender Studies Department; Smith College Program for the Study of Women and Gender; UMass Religious Studies Certificate Program; UMass Amherst Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Program; and Five College Women’s Studies Research Center.

The symposium is free and open to the public.

And don't miss these related events happening on March 7 at the Five College Women's Studies Research Center (FCWSRC), 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley:

Faculty workshop: "Authoritarianism, Religion and the State," 4 to 6 p.m.

Faculty workshop: "Neoliberalism and Feminism," 7 to 9 p.m.

Dinner provided from 6 to 7 p.m.

Eyes on the PRize Documentary Series. Wednesdays 6:30-7:30PM until May 6th

Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years Documentary Series

Join the MRC and Drew House for a semester-long viewing of the moving Civil Rights documentary "Eyes on the Prize"! This documentary tells the definitive story of the civil rights era from the perspectives of the ordinary people whose extraordinary actions launched a movement that changed the fabric of American life, whose reverberations continue to be felt today.

French Film Screening: "Les Choristes"

In this 2004 musical drama, directed by Jacques Perrin, unemployed music teacher Clement Mathieu becomes the supervisor at a boarding school for the rehabilitation of minors. Dismayed by the repressive administration, he works to positively transform the students' lives through music.

The film will be screened in French with English subtitles. Refreshments will be served!

Closeup of Sabina Murray wearing a light blue sleeveless blouse, standing in front of a beige background

Fiction Reading: Sabina Murray

8:00 pm Amherst Books, 8 Main Street

Sabina Murray is the author of the novels Forgery, A Carnivore’s Inquiry, Slow Burn and, recently, Valiant Gentlemen, a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2016. She has also written two short story collections, Tales of the New World and The Caprices, which won the 2002 PEN/Faulkner Award, and about which Claire Messud said, "Murray writes stories of fierce intensity, stories that are evocative, distinct and haunting." Murray’s screenplay for the film Beautiful Country was an Independent Spirit Award Best First Screenplay nominee. She is currently a member of the creative writing faculty at UMass Amherst. The reading will be followed by refreshments.

Closeup of Rich Lowry smiling and wearing a light blue shirt and black jacket, in front of a gray background

Talk by Rich Lowry

National Review editor Rich Lowry is the author of the New York Times best-seller Lincoln Unbound and Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years. Lowry is also a syndicated columnist, author and political commentator who writes for Politico and Time, and often appears on such public affairs programs as Meet the Press and The McLaughlin Group.

This talk is free and open to the public.

late night study hours

WGC Late Night Study Hours!

Join us for silent study hours every Wednesday from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Women and Gender Center! There will be Glazed Donuts!

Thu, Mar 9, 2017

Korean Language Table

Korean Language Table will meet this semester on Thursdays, from 1 - 2 p.m., in Terrace Room A (lower level of Valentine Dining Hall). All are welcome!

"‘Hyper-Tellic’ Sexes in the Neobaroque Cosmos: Severo Sarduy, ‘Southern’ Queer Theory, and From Afar" by Dorian Lugo Bertrán

Contemporary discussions of queer theory revolve mainly around the work of thinkers from the North Atlantic such as Foucault, Butler, Sedgwick, Wittig and Preciado. What would the conversation look like if we were to consider the contributions to queer theory made from the Global South? In this talk, Dorian Lugo Bertrán, of the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras, will try to answer this question by reflecting on the work of Cuban novelists and theorists Severo Sarduy and José Lezama Lima, both of whom question the shared constructivism of North Atlantic queer theory by enabling an understanding of queerness as a neobaroque and hyper-tellic praxis.

The talk is sponsored by the Department of Spanish, and by the Eastman and Lamont Lecture Funds.

It is presented in Spanish, and is free open to the public

German Film Series

German Film Series: "Carbide and Sorrell"

Screenings of the German film "Carbide and Sorrell" will be on March 9th at 4 and 7:30 p.m.

Synopsis: Historical East German comedy: in the summer of 1945, Kalle Bluecher (Erwin Geschonneck) sets out to deliver several barrels of carbide to a factory in Dresden, dodging Soviet occupation officers, land mines, and love-crazed widows along the way. Directed by Frank Beyer, this film was released in 1963 and has an 85-minute run time.
It will be shown in German with English subtitles. Contact mhowes@amherst.edu for more information.

CHI Think Tank: Rich Lowry

4:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI)

Please join us on Thursday, March 9, for a CHI Think Tank! These discussions will follow talks given by major speakers, the second of whom is Rich Lowry, political author and National Review editor. Join students, faculty and staff for open dialogue in response to Lowry’s presentation. Engage. Discuss. Debate. Imagine and brainstorm with fellow Amherst community members.

Time: 4:30-6 p.m.
Location: Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 2nd floor of the Frost Library, Seminar Room 211
Light refreshments will be available

Upcoming CHI Think Tank sessions:

Following Melissa Harris Perry, writer, professor and political commentator with expertise in race, gender and American politics
Date: Tuesday, March 28
Time: 4:30-6 p.m.
Location: Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 2nd floor of the Frost Library, conference room 210

Hope to see you there!
Hosted by Martha Umphrey, Bertrand H. Snell 1894 Professor in American Government In the Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought and Director of the Center for Humanistic Inquiry and Norm Jones, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Craftivist: Making a Feminist Quilt

The Women’s and Gender Center is creating a feminist quilt in honor of 40 years of co-education at Amherst College. Throughout history, women used quilting both as a form of relaxation and as a form of community building to reflect the experiences of their lives. Come to the Women’s and Gender Center and contribute to the quilt by decorating a patch inspired by your favorite feminists. No previous sewing skills needed. Dinner will be provided.

Introduction to the Finance Industry Workshop Series

This 9-week program is open to first year students and sophomores interested in learning more about the finance industry. The workshop series, led by Stephanie Hockman, program director for Careers in Business and Finance, is designed to help students understand the finance industry and its components, distinguish the nuances of available opportunitie, and enhance career exploration. Some workshops will include alumni who will provide their practical insights, experience and understanding to the discussion. In addition, some sessions will be followed by an opportunity to engage with young alumni in that part of the finance industry in an organized “Career Fair” type chat room.

The 9-week course will include topics such as:
1. Introduction to Finance – Defining finance and an overview of the components of the finance industry including a discussion of buy side vs. sell side
2. Investment Banking, Part 1 – Corporate Investment Bankers
3. Investment Banking, Part 2 – Capital Markets (including Sales & Trading, Research, and Investor Services)
4. Investment Banking, Part 3 – Introduction to Operations & Supporting functions at an Investment Bank
5. Introduction to Investment Management & Asset Management
6. Overview of Hedge Funds
7. Introduction to Private Equity
8. Introduction to Private Wealth Management/Asset Management
9. Review of the industry and best next steps

The weekly, one-hour workshops will be held every Thursday beginning February 9, 2017, through April 13, 2017 (excluding March 15). Space is limited and advance sign-up is required. Log into Quest for details and information on how to register for this workshop series.

Journaling For Self-Direction

Journaling For Self-Direction

This interactive drop-in workshop series will strengthen your awareness of who you are, what you want to do with your life, and how you are going to do it.

Journaling for Empowerment-Writing tools that provide a foundation for personal achievement and social action.

This event is co-sponsored by the Writing Center & Counseling Center. For more information please contact Emily Merriman (emerriman@amherst.edu) or Laura Fusari (lfusari@amherst.edu)

Journal

Journaling for Empowerment

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Keefe Campus Center, Multicultural Resource Center

Join us in the MRC on March 9 at 8 p.m. for a journaling workshop on self-empowerment!

St Patricks Day Trivia Night

St. Patrick’s Day Trivia Night!

Come to the Powerhouse on Thursday, March 9 at 8 p.m. for a fun night of trivia, pizza, wings and prizes! There will be beer and cider for students who are 21 years of age or older. Sponsored by Campus Activities Board!

Russian Tea

Every Thursday at 9 p.m. the Russian House hosts Russian Tea, an informal gathering for conversation and refreshment. This is a great opportunity to meet others interested in Russian language and culture.
Come join us for Russian Tea Thursdays at Porter House! Russian language skills not required.

Jazz@Schwemm's featuring Eugene Uman Quartet

The March edition of Jazz@Schwemm's will feature Eugene Uman and his Quartet. Rounding out the quartet is Jeff Galindo, Carl Oman and Jon Fisher. The performance will commence at 9 p.m. on March 9 in the back room of Schwemm's Coffeehouse. Student combos Toxic Thunder and Chicago will perform at 10 p.m.

This concert is free and open to the public.

Thanks to the Office of Student Activities and Engagement and to the staff at Schwemm's Coffeehouse for their support of this series.

Fri, Mar 10, 2017

Spanish Table

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

The Spanish Table is a friendly way to practice and improve your Spanish language, as well as an informal and fun opportunity to meet people. It is held every Friday, from noon to 2:00 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, go upstairs, and join us for however long you like!

Professor Nicola Courtright

Insights on ACLS Fellowships

Are you a faculty member who is considering applying for an ACLS Fellowship next fall? Join us for a luncheon workshop on March 10 at noon in the Mullins-Faerber Room, where Amherst College Professors Nicola Courtright and Karen Sanchez-Eppler will offer their insights on the ACLS Fellowship application process. Professor Sanchez-Eppler was an ACLS recipient in 2014. Professor Courtright is currently vice-chair of the ACLS Board of Directors. Five College faculty are welcome. Because space is limited and we are serving lunch, all attendees must R.S.V.P. at least two days in advance.

Queer Talk

Join the QRC 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!

New Faculty Social Hour

An occasion to come together and meet other new colleagues across departments. We meet on either the second Thursday or Friday of every month from 4-5:30 p.m. for conversation. Most meetings will happen in the McCaffrey Room in Keefe Campus Center. We have child care services for those that need to pick up their little ones before stopping over.
Reminder emails with updated locations and dates are sent to appropriate colleagues each month.

Sun, Mar 12, 2017

Amherst College TransActive: Transgender Support and Social Group

Join TransActive every Sunday from 1-2:30 p.m. in Amherst College's Queer Resource Center. This group aims to provide a space for trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming people and those questioning their gender identities to come together in a safe and brave environment.
This is a closed space for people of these identities! The group is open to the Five Colleges and all community members in the area!

Mon, Mar 13, 2017

Caution: Thesis Writing In Progress

Spring Thesis Writing Retreat & Workshops

10:00 am - 3:00 pm Writing Center, Charles Pratt Hall, Common Room (adjacent to Writing center)

The Writing Center is pleased to offer a spring break writing retreat and micro-workshop series. Mornings will consist of goal sharing, micro-workshops on time management, incorporating feedback, revision and talking about your thesis, in addition to writing time. Afternoons will be dedicated entirely to individual writing. You choose which parts to join, according to your schedule and goals. Food and drink will be provided to fuel the process.

The micro-workshops will be held from 10 - 10:30 a.m.:
March 15: Understanding and incorporating feedback (taught by Lauren Silber, writing associate)
March 16: Revision (taught by Lauren Silber, writing associate)
March 17: Talking about your thesis (taught by Susan Daniels, public speaking associate)

Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Students Only

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!

Wed, Mar 15, 2017

Employee Council Coffee Hours in March (Mar 7, Mar 15, Mar 23 from 10-11 am in Frost Cafe)

Employee Council: March Coffee Hours

Free coffee! Have a free coffee with a few representatives from the current Employee Council. Learn more about the council's platform for 2016-17, come talk to us about your ideas and/or well wishes for Amherst staff, or just come socialize!
The council is offering three coffee hours in March, all from 10-11 a.m. in Frost Cafe:
Tuesday, March 7, Wednesday, March 15 and Thursday, March 23

You will find us in the café itself – please look for the sign on our table.