Event Calendar

October 2017

Sun, Oct 1, 2017

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The Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Christian Worship Service

1:00 pm Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel

The Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Worship Series will offer service on Sunday, Oct. 1, 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. The Rev. Jean-Luc Charles '94 will be the preacher.

The service features the Amherst College Gospel Choir, Resurrect and a soul food reception immediately following. All are welcome!

Mon, Oct 2, 2017

Open Staff Meeting

President Biddy Martin invites you to an open staff meeting to welcome new staff, celebrate recent accomplishments and update you on College-wide priorities as well as on key projects ahead within each division. President Martin and senior staff will also be glad to take your questions. Please join us.

Northeastern University Accelerated Nursing Program Info Table

Meet with a representative from Northeastern University's Bouvé College of Health Sciences to find out more about its Accelerated Nursing Programs.

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.

German Table

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 p.m.

Chinese Language Table

The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 12-1 p.m. in the conference room below Valentine Dining Hall. Come join us to practice your Chinese!

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!

New Study Space on Campus

Study in the SWAGS Common Room

The Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies Department is opening its common room as a study space for students every Monday afternoon during the fall semester. Beverages and snacks will be provided. Join us every Monday, except for October 9, which is mid-semester break, and November 20, which is Thanksgiving break.

Students Only
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Traveling Postcards Healing Workshop

Sexual Respect Education and the Women's and Gender Center present Traveling Postcards. Join us to create cards that convey wisdom and resiliency. No artistic experience or talent required. Our postcards will then be shared with another college or university. We will receive cards from another campus, to create a web of healing across the country. Please join us for one of these workshops as we heal, connect and empower through art.

Traveling Postcards will occur at both 4 p.m and 7 p.m.

For accessibility/accommodations please contact wgc@amherst.edu. This event centers survivors, but all are welcome. This event is part of Sexual Respect Education's #SurvivorSupport Series

First Year Loeb Seminar: Finding Your Foundation

First year students, the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning is part of your journey here at Amherst, from start to finish. We expect you to start your journey this fall through this fun and interactive workshop. You can get to know other first year students, identify your skills, understand how your values, culture and family influence your thinking about work and careers and also prepare for meaningful summer experiences such as internships, research, summer jobs, studying abroad, volunteering and more. R.S.V.P. required. Don’t miss out!

Virtual Informational Interview with Booz Allen Hamilton

Booz Allen Hamilton has been at the forefront of strategy and technology for more than 100 years. Today, the firm provides management and technology consulting and engineering services to leading Fortune 500 corporations, governments and not-for-profits across the globe. Booz Allen partners with public and private sector clients to solve their most difficult challenges through a combination of consulting, analytics, mission operations, technology, systems delivery, cybersecurity, engineering and innovation expertise. Empowering you to change the world – this is the mission at Booz Allen. Join alumni Emily Bai '16, Nevon Song '17E, and Robert Neel '16 for this virtual session to learn more about the firm and the recruiting process. They are excited to answer your questions about joining the Booz Allen team as a young professional.

Rohingya Refugee Crisis Panel

Rohingya Refugee Crisis Panel

The International Students Association along with the South Asian Students Association is organizing a panel discussion on the Rohingya crisis taking place in Myanmar, Bangladesh and India right now. Professors Uditi Sen and Sue Darlington from Hampshire College and Professor Nusrat Chowdhury from Amherst College will be presenting various perspectives on the tragedy taking place right now. We will attempt to explain what is happening, and explore the various problems preventing the amelioration of the situation. Snacks will be provided.

Creative Writing Group: First Meeting

The creative writing group will gather five times over fall semester (October 2, 16, 30; Nov 13, 27) to write, share and discuss our fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, drama and other modes of creative writing, in a friendly, supportive way. No homework—just show up to write and share—or bring creative writing you are already working on. Limited to ten students--reserve your spot below! Led by writing associate Roy Andrews.

Students Only

Columbia Law School Information Session

Meet with Columbia Law School's Director of Admissions, Jeb Butler, to learn more about Columbia Law School's programs and application processes.

Example of a postcard created at a previous workshop

Traveling Postcards Healing Workshop

Sexual Respect Education and the Women's and Gender Center present Traveling Postcards. Join us to create cards that convey wisdom and resiliency. No artistic experience or talent required. Our postcards will then be shared with another college or university. We will receive cards from another campus, to create a web of healing across the country. Please join us for one of these workshops as we heal, connect and empower through art.

Traveling Postcards will occur at both 4 p.m and 7 p.m.

For accessibility/accommodations please contact wgc@amherst.edu. This event centers survivors, but all are welcome. This event is part of Sexual Respect Education's #SurvivorSupport Series

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Fiction Reading: Jess Row

8:00 pm Amherst Books, 8 Main Street

Jess Row is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Your Face in Mine, which the Los Angeles Times called “flat-out brilliant” and Vanity Fair called “a provocative and exhilaratingly bold examination of race in America.” He also wrote the story collections The Train to Lo Wu and Nobody Ever Gets Lost. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Granta, The Best American Short Stories and many other venues; he regularly writes essays and criticism for The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum and The New Republic. Row is working on a collection of essays about race and the American imagination, White Flights, to be published by Graywolf in 2019. The event will be followed by refreshments.

French Film Screening: "L'Esquive" (2004)

8:30 pm - 10:30 pm King Hall, French House Common Room

This romantic coming-of-age film, directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, takes place in a poor neighborhood outside Paris. A whole class decides, along with their French literature teacher, to stage a theater play by Marivaux, Le jeu de l'amour et du hasard (The Game of Love and Chance). For the main character, shy 15-year-old Abdelkrim, the play is an opportunity to seduce his schoolmate Lydia, who has captured his heart. The play becomes a chance for this group of students to try something new, to break out of their day-to-day lives, to make this production their own and to find the words to express their own feelings of being outcasts.

This film will be screened in French with English subtitles, and refreshments will be served!

Tue, Oct 3, 2017

Employee Council: October Coffee Hours

Have a (free) coffee and muffin with representatives from the Employee Council. Learn more about the council's agenda for 2017-18, come talk to us about your ideas and/or well wishes for Amherst staff, or just come socialize with us! The coffee hours will take place from 10-11 a.m. in Frost Cafe on Tuesday, October 3 and Wednesday, October 11.

Chinese Language Table

The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 12-1 p.m. in the conference room below Valentine Dining Hall. Come join us to practice your Chinese!

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.

Evie

Weekly Canine Office Hours

Whether you miss your dog, or simply want some canine affection, Huxley or Evie would love to see you! One or the other will be available weekly on Tuesdays from 4 - 5 p.m. for office hours at Frost Library. In nice weather, this will be held on the lawn in front of Frost. In poor weather, it will be beside Frost Cafe. This event is co-sponsored by the wellness team and Amherst College library.

Insight Meditation Group

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, or just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness--or because you are curious.
Led by Mark Hart, Buddhist advisor
mhart@amherst.edu

Regional Economic Model, Inc. (REMI) Information Session

Regional Economic Model, Inc. (REMI) is inspired by a single goal: improving public policy. That’s why they’re dedicated to understanding how government actions and other changes affect the world around us. Their belief is that improved knowledge and information will lead to better decisions. Their work is to develop and support the use of economic models that inform government and corporate decisions.

They are the leading provider of economic forecasting and policy analysis models. REMI’s analysis has guided public policy decisions on healthcare policy, national security issues and state tax legislation. Clients include government agencies, consulting firms and academic institutions. Established in 1980, REMI is a small firm based in Amherst with extensive national and global networks.

Please join us for join us for conversation with the president of the company! Learn more about what REMI does, what job/internship opportunities they are looking to fill, and interesting projects that they’re currently working on, including analyzing policy changes by the Trump administration.

We encourage you to RSVP for this event.

Study Abroad at Oxford or Cambridge Info Session

Studying abroad at Oxford or Cambridge could be an excellent enhancement to your Amherst studies. This tutorial teaching style is often compared to a graduate school experience, in which expert faculty help students strengthen their research, writing and oral argument skills. In addition to this unique and challenging academic environment, students have the opportunity to live alongside matriculated students and participate fully in college life. This information session will teach you the many ways in which you can apply for study abroad at Oxford or Cambridge (e.g. direct enrollment, through a provider) and you will also learn what special arrangements we have, such as New College at Oxford. Students who have studied abroad will also be attending and share with you their perspective.

Application deadlines to study at Oxford or Cambridge are earlier in the year than most study abroad programs and attending this session will provide you with timelines, deadlines and other important details.

Bric-a-brac: A Collection of Film Objects

The Department of English and Film and Media Studies Program are very pleased to be hosting a program of films curated by Mariya Nikiforova this week: "Bric-a-brac: A collection of film objects." The program will screen on Tuesday, October 3 at 7 p.m. in Keefe Campus Center Theater (Room 008). The screening is free and open to the public.

Intended as an exhibition of technical curiosities rather than a "classic" cinematic experience, "Bric-a-brac" explores the centrality of practices of bricolage -- an amateurish tinkering with objects -- within the contemporary movement of independent, artisanal film labs, whose goal is to advance celluloid filmmaking despite the near-completion of the digital revolution. Curiously, many of the forty-something labs currently found in most parts of the globe engage in quite serious research and re-fabrication of disused film technology, such as development machines, optical and contact printers, and even cameras. The filmmakers featured in this program humbly re-imagine primordial mechanisms of celluloid cinema (persistence of vision, photochemistry, re-photography), knowingly or unknowingly they produce curious, imaginative, utopian fantasies of cinema technologies that never came to pass in the mainstream industry.

Featuring:
Lázsló Moholy-Nagy, Lichtspiel Schwarz-Weiss-Grau, 1930, 5'30, bw sil
Will Rifer, Persistance, 2012, 2', col sil
Chris Welsby, Colour Separation, 1974-1976, 2' 30, col sil
Esther Urlus, Rode Molen, 2013, 5', col snd
Alexandra Moralesová & Georgy Bagdasarov, Rhus Typhina, 2014, 3', bw snd
Christian Hossner, Nipkow TV, 1998, 7', col snd
Christian Lebrat, Autoportrait au Dispositif, 1981, 9', col sil
Christian Lebrat, Holon, 1982, 15', col sil
Joost Rekveld, IFS-Film, 1991-1994, 4', col sil
Peter Miller, Photuris, 2013-2014, 6', col sil
Joost Rekveld, VRFilm, 1994, 2', col sil

Mariya Nikiforova (b. 1986) is a Russian-American filmmaker and curator based in Paris. Her current practice and research revolve around independent photochemical film laboratories, audiovisual community archives, and experimental documentary film. Among many others, she has curated programs as part of Balagan (Boston), L'Etna (Paris), and Message to Man (St. Petersburg).

Presented in conjunction with the X (Unknown Quantity) film series. Supported by the Amherst College English Department and the Film and Media Studies Program.

First Year Loeb Seminar: Finding Your Foundation

First year students, the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning is part of your journey here at Amherst, from start to finish. We expect you to start your journey this fall through this fun and interactive workshop. You can get to know other first year students, identify your skills, understand how your values, culture and family influence your thinking about work and careers and also prepare for meaningful summer experiences such as internships, research, summer jobs, studying abroad, volunteering and more. R.S.V.P. required. Don’t miss out!

Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeeklatsch

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!

Wed, Oct 4, 2017

Writing Retreat for Faculty and Staff

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The Writing Center supports faculty and staff in their own writing projects by hosting two weekly morning retreats. Our retreats are designed to encourage a regular writing practice, to emphasize healthy and sustainable approaches to productive writing and to support a community of writers at the College. Retreats will be held Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until noon. Attend regularly or drop in when you can.

Introduction to the Health Professions Program

All first-year and transfer students interested in exploring Careers in Health Professions should attend one session of "Introduction to the Health Professions Program." Session options are:
Monday, September 11 at 10 a.m.
Thursday, September 14 at 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 20 at 2 p.m.
Monday, September 25 at 3 p.m.
Wednesday, October 4 at 10 a.m.
Thursday, October 5 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, October 11 at 10 a.m.

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 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays on the Mezzanine level in Valentine Dining Hall. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

U.S. Marines Information Table

Join representatives from the U.S. Marines to learn more about opportunities.

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Loeb Center program director for careers in business and finance, for a weekly, informal discussion on any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday from noon - 1 p.m. in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Hall. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!

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Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Thomas W. Laqueur

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

Please join us for Thomas Laqueur’s lecture "The Work Of The Dead," which explains why the living need the dead and therefore care for their bodies.

Thomas Laqueur, Fawcett Distinguished Professor of History at Berkeley, specializes in the cultural history of the body, and in the history of humanitarianism and of popular religion and literacy. His books include Work of the Dead, Solitary Sex, Making Sex and Religion and Respectability. He is also currently writing a short history of humanitarianism as well as a book about dogs in Western art. He writes for the London Review of Books and was a founding editor of the journal Representations. He received a Mellon Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award, which he used to commission and write a libretto for an opera based on José Saramago’s novel Death with Interruptions as well as to support projects on human rights, religion and science studies. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Philosophical Society. He comes to Amherst as part of the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Visiting Scholar Program.

This event is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow. This event is sponsored by Amherst College’s Beta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the Corliss Lamont Lectureship for a Peaceful World and the Departments of History, Religion and Art & the History of Art.

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"Heads Up:" A Panel Discussion on Concussion Research

Join industry experts for a presentation and panel discussion on best practices for returning to academics and activities after concussion, and the role of a campus community in helping students make a healthy return. Panelists William Meehan III, M.D., Grant Iverson, M.D., and Rebekah Mannix, M.D., will also present on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and engage in an open forum of audience questions. This event is open to all faculty, staff and students. Please send questions in advance to Maria Rello at mnrello@amherst.edu.

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"The Return of the Living Dead: World War I in Film": Talk by Philipp Stiasny

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Wars do not end when the fighting stops. Berlin-based film historian Dr. Philipp Stiasny, editor of the journal Filmblatt and author of the award-winning book Das Kino und der Krieg: Deutschland 1914-1929 (“Cinema and War: Germany 1924-1929”), will examine how the wounds and memories of the “Great War” continued to fester not primarily in the form of combat movies but as a subtext in melodramas, thrillers and vampire films of the 1920s and 1930s.

The presentation at this CHI Salon is co-sponsored by the Department of German, the Eastman Fund, the Lamont Fund, the European Studies Program and the Film and Media Studies Program. Join us for wine, tapas and conversation. Childcare will be provided.

"Can Friendship Triangles Control the Spread of Epidemics and Opinions?": Talk by Nishant Malik, Dartmouth College

Nishant Malik of Dartmouth College will discuss "Can Friendship Triangles Control the Spread of Epidemics and Opinions?"

Usage of concepts from social network analysis has become very prevalent in mathematical modeling of social and biological contagion dynamics. A distinctive structural characteristic of social networks is the existence of triangles of connected nodes at a higher frequency than expected at random. Transitivity is the numerical measure of this characteristic.

Whereas the influence of transitivity on a variety of contagion dynamics has been previously explored, existing models of co-evolving network systems typically use rewiring rules that randomize away this important property, raising questions about their applicability. In contrast, Malik will introduce new modified models for the susceptible-infected-susceptible (SIS) epidemics and opinion formation on co-evolving networks, incorporating innovative rewiring rules which reinforce transitivity, hence providing a unique opportunity to study various effects of transitivity on the dynamics of co-evolving network systems. Using numerical simulations, Malik will identify and examine an extensive set of dynamical features in the new models. Furthermore, Malik will present a derivation of approximate master equations (AME) for the SIS model and show that for some parameter settings, the AME accurately traces the temporal evolution of the system. These methods and results may be useful not only in studying co-evolving network systems but also in developing ideas for controlling dynamics on networks. 

Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) with David Spound

In this 1-hour, experiential session, you will be introduced to mindfulness-based practices that can help us develop greater ease and resiliency in the face of significant challenges and difficulties that, as human beings, we all face at one time or another in our lives.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) practices bring us more closely in touch with the capacity we all have to treat ourselves and each other with greater kindness, wisdom and understanding.

Open to faculty, staff and students (no meditation experience required)

Led by David Spound from Valley Mindfulness, M.Ed & certified teacher of MSC and MBSR

Amherst Select Internship Program Orientation Session

Come to this orientation for the Amherst Select Internship Program - internships offered by alumni, parents
and friends of the college specifically for Amherst students. You'll learn about the program, the types of
internships offered and what the requirements are for participation. Get a head start on your summer
internship search and attend!

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First Year Write-In

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Charles Pratt Hall, Common Room (adjacent to Writing center)

First-Year Students, this is just for you: Your first semester demands lots of writing! How do you find the time, get started early enough and fend off procrastination? The Writing Center invites you to join fellow first-years in a regular write-in just for you. Find a supportive, productive place to write, as well as plenty of coffee and snacks to keep you going. Writing Center associates will be available for brief consultations.

Join us for the optional start-up workshops in the Writing Center:
September 20: Engaged Reading
October 4: Writing at Amherst
October 18: Major Revisions
November 1: Overcoming Resistance to Writing

Students Only

"Picturing Social Justice: Bridging Images and Collective Action" - Talk by Rhea Boyd

In partnership with the Amherst College Public Health Collaborative, the Kidney Disease Screening & Awareness Program and the Women's & Gender Center, the Loeb Center Health Professions program is excited to welcome the phenomenal Dr. Rhea Boyd for an evening talk on the effects of contemporary politics on health. Boyd is a pediatrician by training working in the Bay Area, but she is also very passionate about the intersections of health, identity, policy and social justice. She has previously given a talk at Amherst on how toxic stress in children (particularly children of color, low income children, first generation children, etc.) manifests pathologically, but also how these conditions are systematically reinforced by biased structures. This event is funded by the Eastman Fund and the Lurcy Fund. Food will be provided and we hope to see you there!

Thu, Oct 5, 2017

Writing Retreat for Faculty and Staff

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The Writing Center supports faculty and staff in their own writing projects by hosting two weekly morning retreats. Our retreats are designed to encourage a regular writing practice, to emphasize healthy and sustainable approaches to productive writing and to support a community of writers at the College. Retreats will be held Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until noon. Attend regularly or drop in when you can.

French Table

If you are interested in speaking French or learning about French culture, come and join the French table on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall on Thursdays from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The French table is open to students, faculty, staff and anyone who is interested in having informal conversations in French. All levels are welcome! We look forward to meeting you!

Hopkins-Nanjing Center Information Session

Join Franklin Eneh, a representative from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies (HNC) Admissions Team, to learn more about the programs and admission process over lunch in the Loeb Center. Pizza and drinks will be provided.

The HNC opened in 1986 as a one-of-a-kind graduate center for international studies in China. An educational collaboration between the Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University, it is located on the downtown campus of Nanjing University. Chinese and international students live and learn international relations together in a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to free and open academic exploration and intellectual dialogue. International students take most of their courses in Chinese taught by Chinese faculty, while Chinese students are taught by international faculty with courses primarily in English. HNC students can choose from a range of courses in six concentrations, and may pursue one of three graduate study options.

This year marks the HNC’s 30th year providing bilingual education and training graduates who contribute to Sino-global relations across a variety of fields. Learn more about the HNC 30th Anniversary Celebration and the HNC’s impact over three decades of US-China relations.

Introduction to the Health Professions Program

All first-year and transfer students interested in exploring Careers in Health Professions should attend one session of "Introduction to the Health Professions Program." Session options are:
Monday, September 11 at 10 a.m.
Thursday, September 14 at 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 20 at 2 p.m.
Monday, September 25 at 3 p.m.
Wednesday, October 4 at 10 a.m.
Thursday, October 5 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, October 11 at 10 a.m.

Keefe Campus Center Community Hour

Stop by the Amherst College Campus Center every Thursday for a fun filled hour of community, popcorn and music! Throughout the semester we will offer various community building events in the campus center and on the Green. Make sure to stop by for bonfires, dance parties and self-care activities. All are welcome to join.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Student Affairs, the Dean of the Faculty, The Office of the President, Dining Services, Facilities and the Mail Room.

Screenshot from "Vitus" of a boy and a woman sitting across a table from one another

German Film Series: "Vitus"

There will be two screenings of Vitus, one at 4 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m. The movie is a charming Swiss comedy about a child prodigy, piano wunderkind Vitus, and his gnarly grandfather (played by Bruno Ganz), who team up with a bag of tricks to protect the boy from his over-ambitious parents. This 2006 film will be shown in German with English subtitles and run about two hours. Please contact mhowes@amherst.edu for more information.

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Hugh Hawkins Lecture 2017: "The Approaching Past: Legacies of Slavery and Conquest on Campus"

The Department of History is delighted to welcome Craig Steven Wilder to campus to deliver the 15th annual Hugh Hawkins lecture. Dr. Wilder, the Barton L. Weller Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will be speaking on contemporary efforts of colleges and universities to confront historical relationships to slavery and colonialism. His most recent book is the award-winning Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities. He is also the author of A Covenant with Color: Race and Social Power in Brooklyn and In the Company of Black Men: The African Influence on African American Culture in New York City. His talk will examine how we arrived at this moment and how to address the challenges that remain.

The annual Hugh Hawkins Lecture honors Hugh D. Hawkins, who was the Anson D. Moore Professor of History and American Studies upon his retirement from the faculty in 2000 after 43 years of teaching at Amherst. He was a distinguished scholar of American higher education, of the American South and of cultural and intellectual history. In 1976 he was the principal architect of the first-year Introduction to Liberal Studies curriculum, and he helped build both the history and American studies departments.

Yvonne Rainer, Trio A with flags (1970)

What Does Now Need? A Conversation About Making and Studying Art in Times of Ecological and Political Upheaval

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm CHI Lounge, 2nd Floor, Frost Library

How are artists responding to the current social, ecological and political moment? How can artists and art act as agents of change, and what is the responsibility of artists as imaginative citizens? What skills and dispositions can art help cultivate? What is the relationships between art making and activism? This event will be an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to come together to discuss our thoughts, questions and understandings of the arts during times of change and crisis. This event is facilitated by Kathy Couch of theater and dance and Sara Smith of the library.

Political Science Thesis Writer's Workshop

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Merrill Science Center, Merrill Library Room 300B

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 "Joining the Scholarly Conversation: Developing search strategies for library databases."

R.A.D. At Amherst

R.A.D. is an internationally recognized self-defense program designed to develop and enhance your options for staying safe. This class is open to women, non-binary, transgender and gender non-conforming participants. All physical ability and skill levels are welcome. No prior experience is required. R.A.D. grads are always encouraged to come back! Sign up at rad@amherst.edu.

UP Education Network Information Session

UP Education Network operates six tuition-free public schools in Boston, Lawrence and Springfield, Massachusetts. All UP Academies share the same mission: To ensure that all UP scholars receive the knowledge, skills, and strength of character necessary to succeed on the path to college and to achieve their full potential. Join representatives at this information session to learn more about opportunities with the UP Education Network.

Caution: Thesis Writing in Progress

Introduction to Scrivener

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Frost Library, 211 (CHI classroom)

Scrivener is writing software that facilitates writing in small pieces, rearranging blocks of text and integrating the research and writing processes. This workshop will introduce the software’s features that can help you write more often, revise and reorganize more easily and manage your project with more agility and efficiency. This event is recommended especially for thesis writers, but is open to all students, staff and faculty. Those with no experience with Scrivener are welcome, while those familiar with it are also encouraged to attend and contribute to the discussion.

This event will be taught by Jessica Kem, associate director of the Writing Center.

Note: Scrivener is available on a select number of public computers in Frost Library (in Barker Room and A Level). For personal computers, the software may be purchased for about $45. If you would like to participate using a personal laptop, please download the free trial of Scrivener prior to the workshop.

Advance registration is required for this event.

Students Only

Falafel and Schnitzel in the Sukkah

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm 194 Amity Street

Join the Amherst College Jewish community for a falafel and schnitzel dinner in the Chabad Nation sukkah, at 194 Amity Street. Feel free to come for a few minutes or stay as long as you want!

Caution: Thesis Writing in Progress

Weekly Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry (2nd flr)

Every Thursday night, the Writing Center and Library open up the Center for Humanistic Inquiry to students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, coffee and camaraderie. Join the group Thursdays from 8-11 p.m. in the CHI.

Students Only

La Tertulia

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Newport House, Common Room (1st Floor)

Do you want to practice your Spanish language skills and learn more about Hispanic culture? Please come join us at La Tertulia, a weekly informal Spanish conversation gathering with hot chocolate and cookies! La Tertulia is held every Thursday from 8 - 9 p.m. in the Common Room of Newport House. Students of all levels, faculty, staff and community members are welcome. We hope to see you there!

Jazz@Schwemm's featuring Cathy Jensen-Hole Quartet

Join us on Thursday Nights in October for our fall semester run of Jazz@Schwemm's performances. Each performance brings a local professional group to campus, who will perform in the 9 p.m. hour. This is followed by a student jazz combo in the 10 p.m. hour.

October 5 features vocalist Cathy Jensen Hole and her quartet. This evening will also feature a jam session featuring pianist Eugene Uman and is open to anyone interested in joining the performance.

We wish to thank Paul Gallegos, Jazz@Amherst, and the management of Schwemm's Coffeehouse for the support and opportunity to present music in this space.

Fri, Oct 6, 2017

Laurie Frankl, Title IX Coordinator

Title IX Training Basics: & Mandatory Reporting for Faculty & Staff

Please join Laurie Frankl, Amherst’s Title IX Coordinator, for Title IX Basics & Mandatory Reporter training. During this interactive discussion, you will learn about the work of the Title IX Office and about why the College requires all faculty, most staff and some student employees to share information about sexual misconduct concerns that affect the Amherst College community. Laurie will provide a foundation for understanding Title IX and how it relates to sexual misconduct on campus, explain the College’s response to reports of sexual misconduct and offer tools to help you assist those who may share troubling concerns with you.

Chinese Language Table

The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 12-1 p.m. in the conference room below Valentine Dining Hall. Come join us to practice your Chinese!

Spanish Table

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

The Spanish Table is an informal way to practice and improve your Spanish language skills, and a fun opportunity to meet new people. It is held every Friday, from noon to 2 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 and go upstairs!

Korean Language Table

The Korean Language Table will meet this semester on Fridays, from noon - 1 p.m., in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Dining Hall. All are welcome!

Image above reads #AmherstChatback: A The Office of Diversity and Inclusion presents a 7 Week Dialogue series inviting students to learn how to communicate and collaborate across social and cultural differences. There is a picture of speech bubbles. There is a list of discussion topics and dates. September 29th: Ability. October 6th: Class. October 13th: Gender. October 20th: Sexuality. October 27th: Nationality. November 3rd: Race. November 10th: Hot Topic.

Amherst Chat Back: Dialoguing Across Difference

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) presents a 7-week dialogue series inviting students to learn how to communicate and collaborate across social and cultural differences. The series will be co-hosted by Ismaris (she/her/ella), ODI's Dialogue Coordinator, and Babyface (she/her), ODI's Race, Gender and Sexuality Education Specialist.

This dialogue series will discuss topics such as class, nationality and sexuality. Each time you attend a dialogue, you can enter a raffle for a chance to win an Apple TV & $25 iTunes gift card. The kickoff discussion on Friday, September 29 will discuss the topic of ability and its intersections, such as race, class, etc. For accessibility/accommodations, please contact diversityandinclusion@amherst.edu.

Queer Talk

Join the Queer Resource Center 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!

Shabbat Dinner in the Sukkah

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm 194 Amity Street

Join the Amherst College Jewish community for a delicious, home-cooked Shabbat dinner in the Chabad Nation sukkah at 194 Amity Street, in town. Come for whatever part of the event you are able!

Sun, Oct 8, 2017

CISE Fall Break: Move Night

Join us for movies and popcorn and good company over fall break! Movie selection is TBD -- we will exercise our democratic process and pick together!

Contact the Center for International Student Engagement at internationalstudents@amherst.edu for more information.

Mon, Oct 9, 2017

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Mammoths in (library) space: A library orientation

Never been in a six floor library before? Need to find books “on reserve” but not sure where to go? Looking to learn more about the library’s spaces, resources and services? Stop by Frost Library anytime this month and explore library space: take the self-directed Mammoths in (Library) Space Tour! To begin the tour, go to the welcome station across from Frost's circulation desk (look for the poster with balloons) and pick up a library orientation sticker card.

Complete the tour and receive a gift card to Frost Cafe plus a chance to win our grand prize: a unique space mammoth t-shirt or tote and a gift card to Antonio’s Pizza!

CISE Fall Break: Study Night

Fall Break is still going strong, but that does't mean you don't have work to do.... Join the Center for International Student Engagement for sweet treats and camaraderie as you check some assignments off your to-do list!

Contact the CISE at internationalstudents@amherst.edu for more information.

Tue, Oct 10, 2017

CISE Fall Break: Brunch

Did you stick around over Fall Break? Are you just getting back to campus from a fun trip? Stop by the Center for International Student Engagement for brunch and get back into the swing of things with friends before the semester picks back up!

Contact the CISE at internationalstudents@amherst.edu for more information.

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Weekly Canine Office Hours

Whether you miss your dog, or simply want some canine affection, Huxley or Evie would love to see you! One or the other will be available weekly on Tuesdays from 4 - 5 p.m. for office hours at Frost Library. In nice weather, this will be held on the lawn in front of Frost. In poor weather, it will be beside Frost Cafe. This event is co-sponsored by the wellness team and Amherst College library.

Insight Meditation Group

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, or just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness--or because you are curious.
Led by Mark Hart, Buddhist advisor
mhart@amherst.edu

Wed, Oct 11, 2017

Writing Retreat for Faculty and Staff

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The Writing Center supports faculty and staff in their own writing projects by hosting two weekly morning retreats. Our retreats are designed to encourage a regular writing practice, to emphasize healthy and sustainable approaches to productive writing and to support a community of writers at the College. Retreats will be held Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until noon. Attend regularly or drop in when you can.

Introduction to the Health Professions Program

All first-year and transfer students interested in exploring Careers in Health Professions should attend one session of "Introduction to the Health Professions Program." Session options are:
Monday, September 11 at 10 a.m.
Thursday, September 14 at 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 20 at 2 p.m.
Monday, September 25 at 3 p.m.
Wednesday, October 4 at 10 a.m.
Thursday, October 5 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, October 11 at 10 a.m.

Employee Council: October Coffee Hours

Have a (free) coffee and muffin with representatives from the Employee Council. Learn more about the council's agenda for 2017-18, come talk to us about your ideas and/or well wishes for Amherst staff, or just come socialize with us! The coffee hours will take place from 10-11 a.m. in Frost Cafe on Tuesday, October 3 and Wednesday, October 11.

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 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays 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.

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Loeb Center program director for careers in business and finance, for a weekly, informal discussion on any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday from noon - 1 p.m. in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Hall. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!

Crafternoons

Come join us in the Women's and Gender Center on October 11 from 3:30-4:30 for Crafternoons. One Wednesday each month will be dedicated to an afternoon of feminist crafting headed by Ashley Maitland, assistant director of residential life.
Ashley started working at Amherst College in August 2016. Before coming to Amherst College, she received her Masters of Education in Student Affairs with a certificate in Social Justice Education from Iowa State University. Before graduate school, she attended college at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Ashley is passionate about and finds joy in feminism, social justice, crafts, dogs and yummy food! Ashley believes that new generations of young folks continue to make the world a better and more equitable place!

October 11: Feminist Embroidery Hoops
For more information, contact wgc@amherst.edu

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"From Russia to Paris and Beyond: 20th-Century Russian Artists in Europe"

Join us for a lecture by Dr. Alla Rosenfeld, Curator of Russian & European Art, in conjunction with the exhibition Home Away from Home: Russian Artists Abroad. Dr. Rosenfeld will present her insights on how the concept of “home” was ever-changing for Russian artists, who fled to Western Europe. She will also trace the complex interconnections and rich influences between Russian and Western artists in the 20th century. Immediately following the lecture, please join us for a reception in the galleries and a viewing of the exhibition.

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CUPA (Study Abroad in Paris) Info Session

Did you know that The Eiffel Tower was supposed to be a temporary installation, intended to stand for 20 years after being built for the 1889 World Fair? Well CUPA provides an educational opportunity in the city of the Eiffel Tower.

Come to the info session today from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in FAYE 113 to learn more about this program for advanced students

Treacy & Company Information Session

Treacy & Company is a strategy-management consulting and venturing firm founded by business strategist and former professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Dr. Michael Treacy. They are currently recruiting students of all majors for both full-time analyst (Class of 2018) and summer analyst (Class of 2019) positions.

Treacy & Company's management consulting practice provides strategic insight and support to the top executives of the Fortune 500 and similar global corporations on a range of business issues related to growth strategy, offer and go-to-market innovation, operating model innovation, and growth discipline. In all of our engagements, Treacy & Company combines analytical rigor with hard-hitting insights.

Treacy & Company is distinctive in the work they do, the clients they serve, and the people they attract. Consultants join the firm because they offer:
• An exclusive focus on strategy, growth, and innovation engagements
• Proven intellectual capital that integrates creative qualitative skills and quantitative techniques
• An industry-agnostic client base typically made up of firms with $1B to $50B in annual revenue
• An ability to personally influence the growth and development of the firm
• An entrepreneurial and collaborative culture
• A sustainable lifestyle supported by an office-based model

Join representatives to learn more about the firm, as well as their open full-time analyst (Class of 2018) and summer analyst (Class of 2019) positions.

Kantar Retail Information Session

Kantar Retail helps leading retailers and brand manufacturers to transform purchase behavior and grow profits by providing specialist insight, research and data analytics. The company provides innovative consultancy and retail VR services, and it constantly tracks more than 1,000 retailers and creates market leading reports. Representatives will be on-site to share information on Kantar Retail's entry-level job opportunities.

ACPHC Soap Making

Is the dorm soap starting to dry your hands out? Wish you had your own soap to use?

Well, good news! The Public Health Collaborative is hosting its semesterly soap making event on Wednesday in Cohan starting at 7 p.m. Stop by to learn about hygiene and make soap for yourself, your friends and the Amherst community. Even if you don't need soap, please stop by to make some for those who need it. We'll be donating soap to the Amherst Survival Center and Amherst Community Connections, so we need lots of help. Also there will be food!

Thu, Oct 12, 2017

Writing Retreat for Faculty and Staff

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The Writing Center supports faculty and staff in their own writing projects by hosting two weekly morning retreats. Our retreats are designed to encourage a regular writing practice, to emphasize healthy and sustainable approaches to productive writing and to support a community of writers at the College. Retreats will be held Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until noon. Attend regularly or drop in when you can.

French Table

If you are interested in speaking French or learning about French culture, come and join the French table on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall on Thursdays from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The French table is open to students, faculty, staff and anyone who is interested in having informal conversations in French. All levels are welcome! We look forward to meeting you!

Food for Thought Lunch - Microsoft Cloud AI Enablement Senior Program Manager, Marla Michel

Join us in the Loeb Center for a lunch discussion with Marla Michel, senior program manager for Cloud AI Enablement at Microsoft. Marla will discuss her career in software engineering and data science, her current work at Microsoft, and her perspective on the future of AI and cloud technologies. Lunch from The Works Bakery Café will be provided. Space is limited to 15 students; RSVP in Quest.

Marla Michel is a Senior Program Manager in the Microsoft Cloud AI Enablement team where she iss working to bring Microsoft AI technology to businesses through training. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2016, she worked for the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in a variety of roles including: Director of Strategic Programs for the UMass Center for Data Science, Director of Regional Engagement, and Executive Director of Research Liaison and Development. She also served as the Director of the Scibelli Enterprise Center at the Springfield Technology Park, growing the Pioneer Valley’s future businesses and its leaders. She received a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University at Albany - SUNY and a M.S. in Software Engineering from Monmouth University. She moved to the Pioneer Valley in 1996 from New Jersey where she worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories as a member of the Software Technology Center and a member of the original AT&T Smart Phone team. She is also a founding board member of Leadership Pioneer Valley.

Michel will also be holding office hours to discuss graduate school and career options related to engineering and data science with students from 1:30–3 p.m. Space is limited; to participate, students must register for a specific appointment time through Quest.

Lunch in McCaffrey with DIS Academic Director and Faculty Member

Come learn the many options available in Copenhagen on DIS-Study in Scandinavia with Dr. Helle Rytkønen, academic director & faculty member, over lunch in McCaffrey. DIS has many program tracks, each with a core course that includes a study tour. Students have successfully studied with many of their options (though not all are approved). Dr. Rytkønen has a Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University and received both an M.S. and B.S. from the University of Copenhagen. Students who have studied abroad with DIS will also be in attendance!

Office Hours with Microsoft Cloud AI Enablement Senior Program Manager, Marla Michel

Marla Michel, senior program manager of Microsoft Cloud AI Enablement, will be coming to campus to host 20-minute informational meetings for students interested in learning about a careers in data science, software engineering, and technical project management and strategy. RSVP through Quest to reserve a 20-minute appointment. Space is limited.

Marla Michel is a Senior Program Manager in the Microsoft Cloud AI Enablement team, where she is working to bring Microsoft AI technology to businesses through training. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2016, she worked for the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in a variety of roles including: Director of Strategic Programs for the UMass Center for Data Science, Director of Regional Engagement, and Executive Director of Research Liaison and Development. She also served as the Director of the Scibelli Enterprise Center at the Springfield Technology Park, growing the Pioneer Valley’s future businesses and its leaders.

She received a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University at Albany - SUNY and a M.S. in Software Engineering from Monmouth University. She moved to the Pioneer Valley in 1996 from New Jersey where she worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories as a member of the Software Technology Center and a member of the original AT&T Smart Phone team. She is also a founding board member of Leadership Pioneer Valley.

Michel will also be sharing about her career in software engineering and data science, her current work at Microsoft, and her perspective on the future of AI and cloud technologies at the Loeb Center Food for Thought Lunch. Space is limited to 15 people; RSVP required through Quest.

Keefe Campus Center Community Hour

Stop by the Amherst College Campus Center every Thursday for a fun filled hour of community, popcorn and music! Throughout the semester we will offer various community building events in the campus center and on the Green. Make sure to stop by for bonfires, dance parties and self-care activities. All are welcome to join.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Student Affairs, the Dean of the Faculty, The Office of the President, Dining Services, Facilities and the Mail Room.

Keefe Community Hour: Pumpkin Painting & S'mores!

Stop by the Amherst College Campus Center every Thursday for a fun filled hour of community, popcorn and music. Throughout the semester we will offer various community building events in the campus center and on the Green.

This week, the WGC will be co-hosting the Keefe Campus Center Community Hour. Please join us for s'mores and pumpkin decorating! All are welcome! For more information contact wgc@amherst.edu

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Keyssar Lecture: Lesley Stern

The Film & Media Studies Program at Amherst College presents the Helene Keyssar Distinguished Lecture Series, featuring Lesley Stern this fall! Please join us Oct. 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Merrill Science 2. This event is free and open to the public.

Lesley Stern is the author of Dead and Alive: The Body as Cinematic Thing, The Smoking Book and The Scorsese Connection, and she is the co-editor of Falling For You: Essays on Cinema and Performance. Her work moves between a number of disciplinary locations and spans both theory and production. Although her reputation was established in the fields of film theory and history, she is also known for her fictocritical writing. Stern was born and raised in Zimbabwe, and she has taught in a number of universities around the globe (including at the University of Zimbabwe, Glasgow University, La Trobe and Murdoch Universities, The University of New South Wales and the University of California, Irvine) before moving to the University of California, San Diego, in 2000. In thinking through the “poetry” of the videographic essay, her talk draws on her innovative critical-creative approach to moving-image media.

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Russian Film Screening: VIY (ВИЙ)

4:30 pm Keefe Campus Center, Theater (Room 008)

A cult-classic, Soviet-era adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s 1835 horror novella, in which a chance encounter between a seminary student and a witch leads to murder and mayhem in the Ukrainian countryside. This film is directed by Konstantin Ershov and became one of the most popular films of 1968, with over 30 million viewers across the Soviet Union.

This movie is 78 minutes long and will be screened at both 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

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"What Are Moral Reasons?": Stephen Darwall Presents the 12th Amherst Lecture in Philosophy

4:30 pm - 7:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115)

Stephen Darwall, the Andrew Downey Orrick Professor of Philosophy at Yale University, will give the 12th Amherst Lecture in Philosophy on Thursday, Oct. 12. The title of his talk is "What Are Moral Reasons?," and it is event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. For further information, please contact Dee Brace of the Department of Philosophy at Amherst College.

DIS Abroad Info Session

Did you know that the UN World Happiness Report has rated Danes as the happiest people on earth two years in a row? We have an opportunity for you to study among the "happiest" people on earth, at least according to the UN.

Come learn about DIS Abroad and learn how you can study abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark during their info session in FAYE 113 between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Building Your Pathway to a Summer Internship

Searching for a summer internship can feel daunting and it’s difficult to know where or how to start. Come learn from Loeb Center staff about tools and best practices, including reflecting on skills, values and interests, to creative an effective strategy for landing the right internship for you.

R.A.D. At Amherst

R.A.D. is an internationally recognized self-defense program designed to develop and enhance your options for staying safe. This class is open to women, non-binary, transgender and gender non-conforming participants. All physical ability and skill levels are welcome. No prior experience is required. R.A.D. grads are always encouraged to come back! Sign up at rad@amherst.edu.

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Digital Africas Symposium

The symposium addresses how 21st century sub-Saharan African writers use and respond to digital technologies when they publish traditional print texts, experiment with online platforms or interact with local and international audiences through social media. Apart from showcasing the formal innovations such new modes of delivery facilitate, we will consider the often unanticipated connections they facilitate among writers, texts and reading publics. Ultimately, the questions we hope to explore about the relationship between forms of representation and modes of production will help re-situate the work of today’s African writers and artists within the digital contexts that have enabled and circumscribed their success. The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, October 12:
5 p.m. “Aesthetic Judgment in the Era of the Digital” - Keynote by Ato Quayson

Friday, October 13:
10:30 a.m. "Why Walk the Line?" - Panel discussion with Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang, Moses Kilolo and Dami Ajayi, facilitated by Kim Dionne

1 p.m. "When Poetry Goes Public" - Panel discussion with Meg Arenberg, Shola Adenekan and Kwame Dawes, facilitated by Katwiwa Mule

2:45 p.m. "Who Reads, Who Writes?" - Panel discussion with Bhakti Shringapure, James Yeku and Stephanie Bosch Santana, facilitated by Stephen Clingman

5 p.m. "Shifting Margins: Digital Media and New African Textual Practices" - Keynote by Akin Adesokan

Saturday, October 14:
10:30 a.m. "What's Code Got to Do with It?" - Panel discussion with Ainehi Edoro, Sandy Baldwin and Marisa Parham, facilitated by Amelie Hastie

1 p.m. "New Directions - Old Challenges" - Panel discussion with Keguro Macharia, Kristen Stern and Wambui Mwangi, facillitated by Dawn Fulton

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“Aesthetic Judgment in the Era of the Digital": Digital Africas Keynote by Ato Quayson

5:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Ato Quayson will present the first Digital Africas keynote address, “Aesthetic Judgment in the Era of the Digital.” Quayson is professor of English and director of the Centre for Diaspora Studies at the University of Toronto and visiting professor in the Department of English at New York University. His teaching and research interests include postcolonial and diasporic writing, literary theory, tragedy (from the Greeks to the present day), Shakespeare, representations of disability, magical realism and postmodernism and urban studies. His book, Oxford Street, Accra: City Life and the Itineraries of Transnationalism, was co-winner of the Urban History Association's top award in the international category for books published in 2013–14.

Abstract: Marshall McLuhan famously noted that “the medium is the message.” At the time when he wrote this in 1964, he had in mind primarily televisual and radio cultures. But what do we make now of the specific character of aesthetic judgement in an era of electronic multimodality made available by and through the internet with respect to text (literature), still images (art and photography), moving images (film), sound (music) and infrastructure (architecture)? How are these to be explored together as part of a new paradigm of aesthetic judgement, and what concepts do the humanities have to contribute to this exploration? Related to this is a second question pertaining to stories. The telling of stories has historically provided humans with the means of social identification, and also with ways by which to invite others’ identification with the self. These have changed historically from oral storytelling throughout human history, to newspapers and the novel in the 19th and much of the 20th century (recall Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities), through the soap operas and telenovelas of the 1970s, to the reality TV shows of the 1990s and on to the social media we have today. If stories shape our view of the world, then in what ways are the different media of telling stories in the world today affecting the shaping of aesthetic judgement? The lecture will be devised as a series of provocations around these and related questions.

The symposium addresses how 21st-century sub-Saharan African writers use and respond to digital technologies when they publish traditional print texts, experiment with online platforms or interact with local and international audiences through social media. Apart from showcasing the formal innovations such new modes of delivery facilitate, we will consider the often unanticipated connections they facilitate among writers, texts and reading publics. Ultimately, the questions we hope to explore about the relationship between forms of representation and modes of production will help re-situate the work of today’s African writers and artists within the digital contexts that have enabled and circumscribed their success.

First Year Loeb Seminar: Finding Your Foundation

First year students, the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning is part of your journey here at Amherst, from start to finish. We expect you to start your journey this fall through this fun and interactive workshop. You can get to know other first year students, identify your skills, understand how your values, culture and family influence your thinking about work and careers and also prepare for meaningful summer experiences such as internships, research, summer jobs, studying abroad, volunteering and more. R.S.V.P. required. Don’t miss out!

Peer Advocates Meet and Greet

Do you fondue? We do! Come meet the Peer Advocates over chocolate fondue-- everything you need to make chocolate-covered treats will be provided! The PAs will be getting to know people and talking about our upcoming hiring process Thursday, October 12, in the Morris Pratt Ballroom.

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"America and the Middle East: Where to From Here?"

6:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall

Robert Malley, former Middle East Advisor to President Obama, and Michael Singh, former senior director for Middle East and North Africa on the National Security Council under President Bush, will join Professor Steven Simon to discuss the future of U.S. involvement in the Middle East.

Trump: Point/Counterpoint series - Trump and the Middle East

The "Trump: Point/Counterpoint" conversation series features Amherst College Professor, and host of NEPR's "In Contrast", Ilan Stavans and a guest engaging in thoughtful discussion and attempting to bridge the ideological divide growing in our nation.

For part three of the series, join Ilan and his guest, Robin Wright, as they discuss "Trump in the Middle East".

Robin Wright is a contributing writer to The New Yorker and a joint fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She has reported from more than 140 countries on six continents. She is a former diplomatic correspondent for The Washington Post. She has also written for The New York Times Magazine, TIME, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs and many others. Wright has been a fellow at the Brookings Institution, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as well as Yale, Duke, Dartmouth, and the University of California.

Among several awards, Wright received the U.N. Correspondents Gold Medal, the National Magazine Award for reportage from Iran in The New Yorker, and the Overseas Press Club Award for "best reporting in any medium requiring exceptional courage and initiative" for coverage of African wars. The American Academy of Diplomacy selected Wright as the journalist of the year for her “distinguished reporting and analysis of international affairs.” She also won the National Press Club Award for diplomatic reporting and has been the recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation grant.

She lectures extensively around the United States and has been a television commentator on morning and evening news programs on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN and MSNBC as well as "Meet the Press," "Face the Nation," "This Week," “Nightline," “PBS Newshour,” "Frontline," “Charlie Rose,” "Washington Week in Review," “Hardball,” “Morning Joe,” “Anderson Cooper 360,” “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” “The Colbert Report” and HBO’s “Real Time.”

Wright’s most recent book is “Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion across the Islamic world.” It was selected as the Best Book on International Affairs by the Overseas Press Club. Her other books include “Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East” (2008), which The New York Times and The Washington Post both selected as one of the most notable books of the year. She was the editor of “The Iran Primer: Power, Politics and U.S. Policy” (2010). Her other books include “The Last Great Revolution: Turmoil and Transformation in Iran” (2000), which was selected as one of the 25 most memorable books of the year 2000 by the New York Library Association, "Sacred Rage: The Wrath of Militant Islam" (2001), "Flashpoints: Promise and Peril in a New World" (1991), and "In the Name of God: The Khomeini Decade" (1989).

This event is free and open to the public.
Presented by the Amherst College Class of 1970

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"A Brief History of the North Korea Nuclear Weapons Issue"

This Amherst Political Union event features Bonnie Jenkins, the State Department's Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation and the U.S. representative to the G7 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons of Mass Destruction.

The event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. in Paino Lecture Room. Refreshments will be served.

Teach For America Information Session

Education opens doors of opportunity. It transforms life outcomes and empowers communities. Teach For America leaders work to ensure all kids receive a fair and just education. During the two years that participants teach with Teach For America, they are called corps members.

Corps members have the opportunity to partner with students and families in one of 53 regions across the nation where school leaders rely on TFA teachers to fill open roles. Participants will be challenged to think creatively and lead boldly, while creating opportunity for students. Join TFA representative Abigail Schnibbe for this information session to learn more about opportunities and the application process.

CISE Late Night Study Hours

The Center for International Student Engagement (CISE) is holding late night study hours each Thursday, from 7-10 p.m. Join us for snacks, camaraderie, and a collective attempt to chip away at all of the work we have to do! For more information, contact internationalstudents@amherst.edu

La Tertulia

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Newport House, Common Room (1st Floor)

Do you want to practice your Spanish language skills and learn more about Hispanic culture? Please come join us at La Tertulia, a weekly informal Spanish conversation gathering with hot chocolate and cookies! La Tertulia is held every Thursday from 8 - 9 p.m. in the Common Room of Newport House. Students of all levels, faculty, staff and community members are welcome. We hope to see you there!

Jazz@Schwemm's featuring the Geoff Cunningham Trio

Join us on Thursday nights in October for our fall semester run of Jazz@Schwemm's performances. Each performance brings a local professional group to campus, who will perform in the 9 p.m. hour. This is followed by a student jazz combo in the 10 p.m. hour.
October 12 features trumpeter Geoff Cunningham accompanied by Jason Schwartz and Jon Fisher with an added appearance by pianist Stephen Page. The student jazz combo Mustang Madness will follow in the 10 p.m. hour.
We wish to thank Paul Gallegos, Jazz@Amherst and the management of Schwemm's Coffeehouse for the support and opportunity to present music in this space.

Fri, Oct 13, 2017

UP Education Network Office Hours

Shannon Langone of UP Education Network’s office in Springfield, Mass., will be coming to campus to host 30-minute informational meetings for students interested in learning about a career in education and opportunities at UP Education Network.

UP Education Network operates six tuition-free public schools in Boston, Lawrence and Springfield, Massachusetts. All UP Academies share the same mission: To ensure that all UP scholars receive the knowledge, skills, and strength of character necessary to succeed on the path to college and to achieve their full potential.

Sign up now to reserve a 30-minute appointment. This is an opportunity to ask questions about what the culture is like at UP Education Network, how to prepare for an interview, what to expect out of its entry-level opportunities, etc, in a small and informal setting.

Office Hours with Sita Sonty '00, Director of Foreign Policy & National Security, Raytheon

Sita Sonty ’00, director of foreign policy & national security, at Raytheon, will be coming to campus to host 20-minute informational meetings for students interested in learning about a career in international affairs/foreign policy.

Ms. Sonty has worked in many capacities as a foreign service officer for the Department of State both in Washington, DC and abroad in Croatia, Libya, Iraq and Egypt. She received two individual Superior Honor Awards from the U.S. Department of State for her work on the Israel-Lebanon war in 2006 and for her Economic Statecraft Program in Southeast Europe in 2013. She graduated with distinction from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, earning a master’s degree in conflict management, African studies, and development finance. At Amherst, she majored in political science and economics.
This is an opportunity to ask Ms. Sonty one-on-one questions about her career trajectory, international affairs graduate programs, career paths in the Department of State, private sector foreign affairs work, and more.

RSVP through Quest to reserve a 20-minute appointment. Space is limited. Open initially only to juniors and seniors. Ms. Sonty will also be sharing information about her career trajectory at the Loeb Center Food for Thought lunch, at 12 noon. RSVP required through Quest; open to all class years.

If you have trouble RSVP’ing through Quest, please contact ppang17@amherst.edu.

Chinese Language Table

The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 12-1 p.m. in the conference room below Valentine Dining Hall. Come join us to practice your Chinese!

Spanish Table

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

The Spanish Table is an informal way to practice and improve your Spanish language skills, and a fun opportunity to meet new people. It is held every Friday, from noon to 2 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 and go upstairs!

Korean Language Table

The Korean Language Table will meet this semester on Fridays, from noon - 1 p.m., in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Dining Hall. All are welcome!

Food for Thought Lunch - Sita Sonty '00, Director Foreign Policy & National Security, Raytheon

Join Sita Sonty '00 for lunch and a conversation about her career in foreign service. Lunch from The Works Bakery Café will be provided. Space is limited, RSVP in Quest.

Prior to joining Raytheon, Sonty was a foreign service officer for the U.S. Department of State with 15 years of service. At the State Department, Sonty served as the executive secretary of the International Security Advisory Board, Senior Political Desk Officer for Indian Affairs, Attache for Cultural and Educational Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia, Attache for Cultural and Educational Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, Desk Officer for Syria at the State Department in Washington, Desk Officer for Iraq, Political Action Officer at the Coalition Provisional Authority (and, subsequently, the U.S. Embassy) in Baghdad, and as a Vice Consul at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt.

Sonty’s native tongue is Telugu; she also speaks Hindi, French, Arabic, Croatian, and Urdu. She received two individual Superior Honor Awards from the U.S. Department of State for her work on the Israel-Lebanon war in 2006 and for her Economic Statecraft Program in Southeast Europe in 2013.

Sonty graduated with distinction from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, earning a Master’s degree in Conflict Management, African Studies, and Development Finance. She majored in Political Science and Economics at Amherst and earned the Densmore Berry Collins Award for Best Political Science Thesis on the topic of Suicide Law in the U.S.

Women of Color Luncheon

Being a woman of color isn't just an identity -- it is a mode of being in which we are always exepending emotional labor and energy. How do we honor women's work at Amherst? How can we cultivate these strengths and take care of ourselves? What makes us strong and how can we support each other in that? Come join us at the WGC to discuss these questions and meet other women of color on campus. Lunch will be served. This is a closed space for self-identifying women of color. For more information contact wgc@amherst.edu .

Life Stories Lunch with Irisdelia Garcia '18

The Life Stories series provides a forum to foster empathy and community through sharing stories of challenge, growth and learning. At each lunch, a student, faculty or staff member talks about an aspect of their lives that may be meaningful to others, followed by questions and comments. Lunch is provided. Sponsored by Mental Health Promotion and the Wellness Team. More information available at https://www.amherst.edu/mm/440084

Image above reads #AmherstChatback: A The Office of Diversity and Inclusion presents a 7 Week Dialogue series inviting students to learn how to communicate and collaborate across social and cultural differences. There is a picture of speech bubbles. There is a list of discussion topics and dates. September 29th: Ability. October 6th: Class. October 13th: Gender. October 20th: Sexuality. October 27th: Nationality. November 3rd: Race. November 10th: Hot Topic.

Amherst Chat Back: Dialoguing Across Difference

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) presents a 7-week dialogue series inviting students to learn how to communicate and collaborate across social and cultural differences. The series will be co-hosted by Ismaris (she/her/ella), ODI's Dialogue Coordinator, and Babyface (she/her), ODI's Race, Gender and Sexuality Education Specialist.

This dialogue series will discuss topics such as class, nationality and sexuality. Each time you attend a dialogue, you can enter a raffle for a chance to win an Apple TV & $25 iTunes gift card. The kickoff discussion on Friday, September 29 will discuss the topic of ability and its intersections, such as race, class, etc. For accessibility/accommodations, please contact diversityandinclusion@amherst.edu.

Queer Talk

Join the Queer Resource Center 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 Dream After DACA: A Conversation with Freedom University

Join us for a panel and discussion on undocumented student activism and the right to an education with the Executive Director of Freedom University, Dr. Emiko Soltis, and seven Freedom University students who will share their experiences as leaders in the Undocumented Student Movement in the U.S. South.
This event is done in collaboration with the Five Colleges, the Sociology Deptartment, the MRC and Freedom University's Fourth Annual Northeast College Tour.
For accessibility/accommodations please contact MRC@amherst.edu or 413-542-5372

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“Shifting Margins: Digital Media and New African Textual Practices” Digital Africas Keynote by Akin Adesokan

Akin Adesokan will present the second Digital Africas keynote address on “Shifting Margins: Digital Media and New African Textual Practices.” Adesokan is associate professor of comparative literature and of cinema and media studies at the Media School at Indiana University, Bloomington. His books include Roots in the Sky, a novel, Postcolonial Artists and Global Aesthetics, a critical study and Celebrating D. O. Fagunwa: Aspects of African and World Literary History, an edited volume on the work of Daniel Fagunwa, the pioneer Yoruba novelist. His writings have also appeared in AGNI, Screen, Glänta, Social Dynamics, African Affairs, Black Camera, Research in African Literatures, PMLA and Textual Practice, as well as in numerous edited volumes. He is a Contributing Editor of The Chimurenga Chronic, the Cape Town-based journal of politics and ideas.

Abstract: This lecture undertakes a preliminary discussion of ways to conceptualize the evolving reconfiguration of African literary studies in the context of digital media. By supplementing current interest in the global fortunes of African literature with a central focus on conceptual issues of diachronicity and mediation, I shall make a case for the historicity of form in relation to critiques of technology as a phenomenon (Walter Benjamin, Jack Goody) and thus address the standard distinction between “literature” and “other arts.” Through shortreads, blogging, curating and other social media-friendly practices, the notion of literature as well as of its relationship to other artistic media have been undergoing unprecedented changes. The changes are qualitatively different from those which informed the emergence of the field of postcolonial studies nearly three decades ago and they pertain, unequally, to production and what is often characterized as appreciation in literary studies. Scholars of new media posit that the lines between the two spheres of activity are now blurred, due to the mode of engagement which social media as a digital form of creating publics fosters. Without underestimating persistent forms of unequal exchange, and without presuming an irreducibly antagonistic relationship between old and new modes of production and communication, I argue that digital media are an opportune mode of reconstituting textuality. For scholarship invested in African artistic practices, this mode can be productively understood in terms of concepts like diachronicity and mediation which have been neglected in current discussions of “world” or “global” literature.

The symposium addresses how 21st century sub-Saharan African writers use and respond to digital technologies when they publish traditional print texts, experiment with online platforms or interact with local and international audiences through social media. Apart from showcasing the formal innovations such new modes of delivery facilitate, we will consider the often unanticipated connections they facilitate among writers, texts and reading publics. Ultimately, the questions we hope to explore about the relationship between forms of representation and modes of production will help re-situate the work of today’s African writers and artists within the digital contexts that have enabled and circumscribed their success.

Jonathan Biss and Miriam Fried posing with their instruments

M@A Chamber Series: Miriam Fried, violin, and Jonathan Biss, piano

Program:
Brahms Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100
Bartók Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano, Sz. 76
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Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30, No. 2

Growing up surrounded by music, Jonathan Biss began his piano studies at age 6 and his first musical collaborations were with his mother and father, violinist Miriam Fried and violist/violinist Paul Biss. Those early collaborations gave birth to an uncommonly strong musical connection. Today, mother and son have formed a highly esteemed duo, devoting a portion of their schedules each year to performing together.

“Both musicians combine power and delicacy in a widely varied spectrum of color and dynamics. And they listen to each other…. They weren’t making any apparent effort to do this … the genuine musical impulse seems to come as natural as breathing.”
Boston Phoenix

Tickets go on sale two weeks before each performance. Evening box office opens one hour prior to the concert. Free Amherst student rush tickets will be available on the night of the performance. Ticket Website: https://amherst.universitytickets.com

Chamber Series:
General Public: $28
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $22
Students, with valid ID: $12

Tickets Required

Marsh Coffee Haus III: We Camp at the Quad

The Marsh House of Arts presents a special edition of its open mic event. Coffee Haus will happen on the First Year Quad as part of the Climate Camp programming. Come by to support student performances in the form of music, poetry, dance, improv and many others. Bring a blanket! (And a sweater!).

Performers wanted!

Email marshcoffeehaus@gmail.com to sign up for a 5-minute slot and present your art (in whichever form it comes). Come and share your talent!

Free and open to the public.

Phoebe Robinson Performance

Comedian/Author/Actress/Podcast Host Extraordinaire Phoebe Robinson will be performing in Kirby Theater on Friday, October 13 at 9 p.m. Amherst College students can pick up a ticket from Keefe 019 between the hours of 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. beginning Monday, September 18. Tickets are limited so get yours while they last.

Tickets Required

Sat, Oct 14, 2017

Miram teaching

M@A Masterclass: Miriam Fried, violin and Jonathan Biss, piano

You do not have to attend to New England Conservatory to meet Miriam Fried in person and discover in person what makes her playing so great, nor do you have to sign on to Jonathan's wildly popular Beethoven course to hear his thoughts on playing chamber music, in particular on piano:

You can just stop by the Arms Music Building Saturday morning for a free hour and a half masterclasses from 10-11:30 a.m. Bring your ears.

Hear these two world famous musicians coach young players in free masterclasses open to the public in the Arms Music Center: Biss is in Buckley with pianists, Fried in room 3 with violinists. This is how music has been passed on from generation to generation: one person to another since the advent of music.

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Auditions for Senior Thesis Performances

Auditions for Theater and Dance senior thesis performances for Denison Marsland-Rello and Denzel Wood will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and 2-5 p.m. in Webster Hall, Studio 2. Call backs will take place on Sunday, October 15 from 6-9 p.m.

The Electric Dream, written and directed by Denzel Wood, will be performed February 8-10, 2018.

Uncanny Valley, written by Thomas Gibbons and directed by Denison Marsland-Rello, will be performed March 1-3, 2018.

All levels of experience welcome, including first-year and five college students.

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Leisure Reading Afternoons

Join the Office of Residential Life in an afternoon of leisure reading in Stearns common room every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. Bring a book, a cozy blanket/stuffed animal and reading material. It can be in any form and from any genre. Come make new friends who love to read, de-stress, maybe accomplish your new year reading resolutions and gain all the benefits that come with reading. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided.

Closeup of colors and shadows reflecting on a shallow stream

"Sourcing the Stream"

Sourcing the Stream is an immersive video, sound and performance event that looks to the stream as a timely source for inspiration, solace, reflection and reaction. This performance is part of Arts Ecologies, a yearlong series of events sponsored by the Arts at Amherst Initiative.

For each performance, nine dancers experiment with different ways to spontaneously create material, working with both set sequences and improvisational scores within a surround environment of video projection and sound. The performances at Amherst College will allow time to experiment in an open environment where unexpected reactions and interactions can influence the evolution of the project.

Dancers: Lauren Horn, Lucille Jun, Forrest Locklear, Molly McBride, Chris McMillan, Madison Palffy, Jen Polins, Ian Spak, Leah Woodbridge

Each performance will be followed by a talkback with the artists and interested audience members.

Admission is free and open to the public. To reserve tickets, please call our box office: (413) 542-2277.

Sun, Oct 15, 2017

First Year Loeb Seminar: Finding Your Foundation

First year students, the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning is part of your journey here at Amherst, from start to finish. We expect you to start your journey this fall through this fun and interactive workshop. You can get to know other first year students, identify your skills, understand how your values, culture and family influence your thinking about work and careers and also prepare for meaningful summer experiences such as internships, research, summer jobs, studying abroad, volunteering and more. R.S.V.P. required. Don’t miss out!

Fall Festival Caramel Apples

Fall Festival: Pumpkins, Scarecrows and Caramels Apples

Annual Amherst College community event featuring fabulous fall foods, music and entertainment.

Entertainment includes pumpkin carving and painting, horse-drawn hayrides, and lawn games like cornhole and giant connect 4. Food will be prepared by the Valentine dining staff, a menu made specially for the fall festival including cider, caramel apples and much more.

Bring your cell phone or camera and have your photo taken in the graveyard with the ghouls and skeletons! Open to all Amherst College students, staff and faculty, and their families.

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Sourcing the Stream

A video and performance event directed by Wendy Woodson

Sourcing the Stream is an immersive video, sound and performance event that looks to the stream as a timely source for inspiration, solace, reflection and reaction. This performance is part of ‘Arts Ecologies’ a year-long series of events sponsored by the Arts at Amherst Initiative.

For each performance, nine dancers experiment with different ways to spontaneously create material working both with set sequences and improvisational scores within a surround environment of video projection and sound. The performances at Amherst College will allow time to experiment in an open environment where unexpected reactions and interactions can influence the evolution of the project.

Dancers: Lauren Horn, Lucille Jun, Forrest Locklear, Molly McBride, Chris McMillan, Madison Palffy, Jen Polins, Ian Spak, Leah Woodbridge.

Each performance will be followed by a talk back with the artists and interested audience members.

Admission is free and open to the public. To reserve tickets, please call our box office: (413) 542-2277.

Trevor Noah on Race and Identity

“Trevor Noah: Race and Identity in America Now” — an NYT viewing party

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Greenway A, Event Space

Join comedian, writer and host of “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah, and celebrated New York Times journalist John Eligon for a provocative conversation about identity, ethnicity, acceptance and the turbulent state of race in Trump’s America. Trevor will share stories about his journey from apartheid South Africa to the desk of “The Daily Show,” which he has explored in his recent memoir, “Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood.” This unique event will be filmed live at Northwestern University in front of a student audience.

As part of its "Get With The Times" series, the Times is hosting viewing parties on college campuses across the nation in an effort to connect with its younger audiences and bring people together to discuss critical issues facing our country today. At Amherst, we'll stream the conversation live at Greenway A Event Space and provide a space for students to have discussions related to topics covered during the event.

There will be free food and New York Times swag. Make sure you bring your student/staff/faculty ID — we'll be checking in attendees on the Times' GWTT website.

RSVP in advance at getwiththetimes.com.

For questions or concerns, email Shawna Chen at schen20@amherst.edu.

Students Only

Mon, Oct 16, 2017

SEA Semester Tabling in Keefe

Sea Education Association (SEA) is an internationally recognized leader in undergraduate ocean education. Since 1971, we have equipped students with the tools to become environmentally literate leaders prepared to address the defining issue of the twenty-first century: the human impact on the environment.

Come to Keefe from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. to learn more!

German Table

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 p.m.

Chinese Language Table

The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 12-1 p.m. in the conference room below Valentine Dining Hall. Come join us to practice your Chinese!

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!

New Study Space on Campus

Study in the SWAGS Common Room

The Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies Department is opening its common room as a study space for students every Monday afternoon during the fall semester. Beverages and snacks will be provided. Join us every Monday, except for October 9, which is mid-semester break, and November 20, which is Thanksgiving break.

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Mochlos shore

"Mathematical Models for Minoan Civilization and Archaeology"

Archaeology is a subject that generates a great amount of numerical data, but in practice the research is usually qualitative in nature. The presence of large data sets promotes the possibility of a new line of inquiry perhaps called digital archaeology. In this talk, Professor Stanley Chang, of Wellesley College, will discuss the ongoing research taking place on Mochlos, an island settlement off the coast of Crete which experienced continuous occupation from 3000 to 1500 BCE. In particular, we will examine the ways in which mathematics and statistics might be useful to support or refute hypotheses about architecture, cultural practices and economy. Conversely, we will deliberate the limitations of mathematics in archaeological studies in such cases as network theory.

First Year Loeb Seminar: Finding Your Foundation

First year students, the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning is part of your journey here at Amherst, from start to finish. We expect you to start your journey this fall through this fun and interactive workshop. You can get to know other first year students, identify your skills, understand how your values, culture and family influence your thinking about work and careers and also prepare for meaningful summer experiences such as internships, research, summer jobs, studying abroad, volunteering and more. R.S.V.P. required. Don’t miss out!

French Film Screening: "La Grande Illusion"

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm King Hall, French House Common Room

This 1937 film, directed by Jean Renoir, takes place during WWI. The film follows two French soldiers who are captured and imprisoned in a German POW camp. Here, Frenchmen from all walks of life band together to escape the camp. After several attempts the two soldiers are sent to an impenetrable mountain fortress, from which there is no escape. Through La Grande Illusion, often regarded as a masterpiece of French Cinema, Renoir questions human relationships and human nature. What separates humans? Social origins ? Languages? Nationalities? And what is the source of evil? This widely acclaimed film stands as a pacifist manifesto against antisemitism and war.
The film will be screened in French with English subtitles.
Refreshments will be served!

Tue, Oct 17, 2017

Chinese Language Table

The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 12-1 p.m. in the conference room below Valentine Dining Hall. Come join us to practice your Chinese!

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Weekly Canine Office Hours

Whether you miss your dog, or simply want some canine affection, Huxley or Evie would love to see you! One or the other will be available weekly on Tuesdays from 4 - 5 p.m. for office hours at Frost Library. In nice weather, this will be held on the lawn in front of Frost. In poor weather, it will be beside Frost Cafe. This event is co-sponsored by the wellness team and Amherst College library.

Insight Meditation Group

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, or just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness--or because you are curious.
Led by Mark Hart, Buddhist advisor
mhart@amherst.edu

Political Science Thesis Writer's Workshop

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Merrill Science Center, Merrill Library Room 300A

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 "Reading for Research and Writing While Researching.".

Identity, Transition and the Power of Storytelling

Come join First-Year Experience for this empowering event on Tuesday, October 17, in the McCaffrey Room at 6 p.m.! Student panelists will share the highlights and struggles of their own transition to Amherst, and explore how aspects of their culture and identity influenced these experiences. The panel will be followed by a Q&A and discussion. Food from Paradise of India will be provided! This event is worth 20 points for first-year students (including transfer and exchange students in their first year at Amherst).
Sponsored by: Mental Health Promotion and the Counseling Center

Congressman McGovern

A Conversation with Congressman James McGovern

Please join the Amherst College Democrats and the Amherst Political Union in a co-sponsored event featuring Congressman James McGovern, who represents Massachusetts' Second Congressional District (including Amherst). The event will be town-hall style, and the Congressman looks forward to answering your questions.

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"Freedom Dreams and Wound Healing: Survivors of Color at the Front Lines"

Survivor movements on campus are at a crossroads in 2017. To some, Title IX mandated reporting helps survivors of sexual assault on campus feel safe, and to others it feels like being forced to talk to the police and courts, while the Trump administration and white supremacists attack Title IX and all our rights. Thankfully, queer/feminist/disabled/of-color survivor activists have been organizing for years to heal our wounds and work towards transforming the conditions that allow abuse to occur. As survivors, we are mostly seen as victims, and are rarely asked what our visions of justice and healing look like-- yet we are the ones whose wisdom holds the key to transforming abuse culture. In this interactive keynote and performance, writer, performance artist and transformative justice organizer Leah Piepzna-Samarasinha will talk about queer-survivor-of-color models for healing and ending abuse.

Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeeklatsch

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!

Wed, Oct 18, 2017

Writing Retreat for Faculty and Staff

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The Writing Center supports faculty and staff in their own writing projects by hosting two weekly morning retreats. Our retreats are designed to encourage a regular writing practice, to emphasize healthy and sustainable approaches to productive writing and to support a community of writers at the College. Retreats will be held Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until noon. Attend regularly or drop in when you can.

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 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays on the Mezzanine level in Valentine Dining Hall. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Loeb Center program director for careers in business and finance, for a weekly, informal discussion on any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday from noon - 1 p.m. in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Hall. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!

The i>Clicker, a device with a power button and five buttons marked A-E.

Clickers Are A. Awesome B. Beneficial C. Candid D. Diverting E. Engaging

Classroom response systems enhance the interaction between students and teachers, especially in larger classes. You pose multiple-choice questions, and students use personal transmitters or “clickers” to send private responses. They are less reluctant to respond, and even find it fun to participate. Additionally, they are engaged in a way that encourages them to think more deeply about your presentation. Grab your lunch on us and come find out how they can be used in your class through a series of demonstrations.

Wellness Workshop - Introduction to Mindfulness

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Alumni Gym, Founders Room (Room 1216)

In this 1-hour, experiential session, you will be introduced to the practice of mindfulness meditation, a practice that has been widely studied as an important and empowering method for reducing the harmful effects of stress, pain, and illness as well as increasing one's overall sense of well-being.
No experience necessary - faculty, staff and students are welcome!
Led by David Spound from Valley Mindfulness, M.Ed & certified teacher of MSC and MBSR

Questions? Contact Chris Paradis at 413-542-8136

Networking for Newcomers: Intro to Informational Interviewing

Networking is a critical skill in the job search process: more than 70% of people get hired for their jobs as a result of networking. Whether networking excites or intimidates you, it's important to dip your toes in the water. In this workshop, you'll learn how to create and build authentic connections with professionals, as well as make the most of relationships you already have. We'll also focus on how to use informational interviews as a foundation for your networking strategy. No matter where you are in figuring out your career path, it's never too early (or too late) to start building on your network!

Boston University School of Law Information Session

Boston University School of Law combines extraordinary teaching with a forward-thinking curriculum, offering over 200 courses and seminars in 18 areas of legal study, more study abroad opportunities than almost any US law school, and one of the widest selections of clinics and externships among the nation’s top 50 law schools. Through a holistic admissions process, BU Law seeks to enroll annually a class of students characterized by extraordinary academic achievements and diverse life experiences. A variety of factors are considered when reviewing your law school application, providing you the opportunity to convey your accomplishments, as well as your capacity for growth in law school.

Join Director of Admissions Anne Taylor for this information session to learn more about the program and its admissions processes.

Overland Information Session

Overland hires exceptional college students and recent graduates to lead summer programs across the country and around the world. Join Overland representatives to learn more about leadership opportunities for this summer. With over thirty years of experience in the outdoor and travel industry, Overland is known for its exceptional leaders and its carefully-crafted programs offering students the opportunity to explore and grow in a small, supportive group setting.

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First Year Write-In

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Charles Pratt Hall, Common Room (adjacent to Writing center)

First-Year Students, this is just for you: Your first semester demands lots of writing! How do you find the time, get started early enough and fend off procrastination? The Writing Center invites you to join fellow first-years in a regular write-in just for you. Find a supportive, productive place to write, as well as plenty of coffee and snacks to keep you going. Writing Center associates will be available for brief consultations.

Join us for the optional start-up workshops in the Writing Center:
September 20: Engaged Reading
October 4: Writing at Amherst
October 18: Major Revisions
November 1: Overcoming Resistance to Writing

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Sean Reardon, Stanford University

Amherst College Education Studies Initiative: "Equality and Educational Opportunity" Talk by Sean Reardon

7:00 pm Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

The Amherst College Education Studies Initiative is pleased to announce an annual interdisciplinary speaker series on education and inequality. Please join us for our inaugural event with Sean Reardon, discussing "Equality and Educational Opportunity: The American Dream of the American Fantasy."

Reardon is a professor of poverty and inequality in education, professor (by courtesy) of sociology and director of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Program in Quantitative Education Policy Analysis at Stanford University. His research focuses on the causes, patterns, trends and consequences of social and educational inequality, and the effects of educational policy on educational and social inequality. He is a member of the National Academy of Education and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also a recipient of the William T. Grant Foundation Scholar Award, the National Academy of Education Postdoctoral Fellowship and an Andrew Carnegie Fellow.

This talk will discuss how the “American Dream” promises everyone in America equal educational and economic opportunity, and how education is widely imagined to be the pathway to economic opportunity. But some argue that our schools, rather than serving as engines of equal opportunity, are instead agents of inequality. In this talk, Reardon will describe the landscape of educational opportunity in America, with a particular focus on how opportunity is distributed by race, ethnicity and social class, and the roles that our schools play-- and might play --in making the American Dream a reality.

This event is sponsored by Amherst College Education Professions and the Departments of American Studies, History and English.

Amherst Connects

Amherst Connects is an initiative to create a student union on campus. Please come join members from across our community to make a change for students by students. The hope is to create a space where students come together for each other, to learn from each other, and to grow together as individuals. Community cannot happen unless we start recognizing, discussing and reminding ourselves that there is no singular experience as an Amherst student and that we have the capacity to support each other. Everything starts with a voice, a story and a presence.

Come and join the conversation on Wednesday October 18, 2017 at 8:30 p.m. in the Powerhouse.

Thu, Oct 19, 2017

Writing Retreat for Faculty and Staff

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The Writing Center supports faculty and staff in their own writing projects by hosting two weekly morning retreats. Our retreats are designed to encourage a regular writing practice, to emphasize healthy and sustainable approaches to productive writing and to support a community of writers at the College. Retreats will be held Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until noon. Attend regularly or drop in when you can.

French Table

If you are interested in speaking French or learning about French culture, come and join the French table on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall on Thursdays from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The French table is open to students, faculty, staff and anyone who is interested in having informal conversations in French. All levels are welcome! We look forward to meeting you!

Urban Teachers Information Table

Urban Teachers is changing the equation in urban education, offering high-need schools a supply of effective teachers who are ready to make a difference in students’ lives and are committed to a career in teaching. Come swing by their table in Keefe to learn more about the unique opportunity to apply to a teacher residency program in partnership with Johns Hopkins School of Education to make an impact as an educator!

Introduction to the Health Professions Program

All first-year and transfer students interested in exploring careers in health professions should attend one session of "Introduction to the Health Professions Program."

Session options are:
Thursday, October 19, at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, October 24, at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, November 1, at 3 p.m.

Keefe Campus Center Community Hour

Stop by the Amherst College Campus Center every Thursday for a fun filled hour of community, popcorn and music! Throughout the semester we will offer various community building events in the campus center and on the Green. Make sure to stop by for bonfires, dance parties and self-care activities. All are welcome to join.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Student Affairs, the Dean of the Faculty, The Office of the President, Dining Services, Facilities and the Mail Room.

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German Film Series: "Vorspiel"

There will be two screenings of Vorspiel, one at 4 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m.

Come experience this bittersweet comedy-drama, set in East Germany in the 1980s. Tom, a shy 17-year-old, hangs out with his pals in a drab provincial town. When dashing Corinna and her father, museum director Dr. Lange, move into town from East Berlin, Tom enlists the help of all his friends to conquer the girl of his dreams. But he is in for a bunch of surprises.

Screenings, with director Peter Kahane present for Q&A, are held in conjunction with, and with the generous support of, the UMass DEFA Film Library's 2017 Artist-In-Residence Program.

This film will be shown in German with English subtitles. Please contact mhowes@amherst.edu for more information.

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"The KGB: Ruthless Sword, Imperfect Shield": Talk by Amir Weiner

4:30 pm Amherst Center for Russian Culture, Webster Hall, 2nd floor

Based on hitherto untapped KGB archives and first-ever interviews with KGB officers, this talk by Professor Amir Weiner from Stanford University explores the history of the Soviet state security apparatus from its inception to present day and seeks to explore key questions: Who was the KGB? Who were its agents, informants and officers? How did they obtain information, and what did they know or want to know about their population? How did KGB officers, many of whom understood that they engaged in unethical activities even by the norms of the Soviet state, justify their actions, such as blackmail, coercion or intimidation? How did the KGB cope with the challenges of the post-Stalin era, particularly the end to mass terror, the spillover of unrest from the restless satellites and the loss of a monopoly over information? How did the KGB adjust to the decline in the party-state authority and the rise of dissent, restless youth and secessionist national movements and the eventual collapse of the Soviet Union? Finally, and most importantly, when and how did the KGB’s obsessive gathering of information overwhelm and undermine the organization itself, and ultimately, the Soviet state?

Amir Weiner is a professor of history at Stanford University. He is the author of Making Sense of War, Landscaping the Human Garden and numerous articles and edited volumes on the impact of World War II on the Soviet polity, the social history of WWII and Soviet frontier politics. His forthcoming book, The KGB: Ruthless Sword, Imperfect Shield, will be published by Yale University Press in 2018. He is currently working on a collective autobiography of KGB officers titled Coffee with the KGB: Conversations with Soviet Security Officers.

IES Abroad Rome Information Session

At this information session you will have the opportunity to meet the director of the IES Abroad Rome program, Gianni Ponti. IES Abroad has programs all over the world, with language components that range from a 3 credit class to taking all your classes in the local language at a local university.

BaeWatch: New to the Game

In the first installment of the BaeWatch Series of the year, join the MRC, QRC and WGC to explore what it means to be or be dating someone who is “new to the game.” How do you handle dating someone who is new to relationships, queerness, trans identity, etc. as someone who is more familiar with a situation? How do you navigate a relationship as the person who is “new to the game?” We will discuss the challenges and benefits of navigating new relationships and/or identities over Bruno's from 5:30-6:30 in the WGC.

BaeWatch: New to the Game

In this year's first installment of the BaeWatch Series, join the Women's and Gender Center, Queer Resource Center and Multicultural Resource Center in exploring the challenges and benefits of dating someone who is “new to the game.” How do you handle dating someone who is new to relationships, queerness, trans identity, etc. as someone who is more familiar with the situation? How do you navigate a relationship as the person who is “new to the game?” We will have a facilitated discussion over dinner from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday October, 19 in the WGC.

Close Concerns, diaTribe Foundation, and dQ&A Info Session

Diabetes is a serious disease, posing one of the largest challenges to our nation: 1 in 7 American adults already have diabetes, and we spend $245 billion on diabetes healthcare every year. And that’s just in the United States – by 2040, more than 642 million adults in the world are projected to have diabetes.

Close Concerns' mission is to improve patient outcomes by making researchers, clinicians, scientists, companies, patients, and families smarter about diabetes and obesity. The organization does this by creating and synthesizing news and insights on therapies and technologies related to these conditions. Close Concerns founders also helped launch diaTribe, an education resource which informs patients and caregivers of the latest products and research in diabetes, and now runs under The diaTribe Foundation, an independent non-profit organization. And through a partnership with its sister company, dQ&A, organizers offer corporate clients an array of market research and consulting services.

Join alumni representatives from Close Concerns, diaTribe Foundation, and dQ&A to learn more about opportunities at these organizations.

Neruda

“People of the Book” Series Reading

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Jones Library, Amherst Room

Ilan Stavans will read from All the Odes of Pablo Neruda. Pablo Neruda was a master of the ode, which he conceived as an homage to just about everything that surrounded him—from an artichoke to the clouds in the sky, from the moon to his own friendship with Federico García Lorca, from the seasons to his favorite places in Chile. He was in his late forties when he committed himself to writing an ode a week and in the end produced a total of 225, which are dispersed throughout his varied oeuvre. This bilingual volume, edited by Ilan Stavans, the distinguished translator and scholar of Latin American literature, gathers all the odes together for the first time in any language. Rendered into English by an assortment of accomplished translators that includes Philip Levine, Paul Muldoon, Mark Strand, and Margaret Sayers Peden, collectively they read like the personal diary of a man in search of meaning who sings to life itself, to our connections with one another, and to the place we have in nature and the cosmos. All the Odes is a lasting statement on the role of poetry as a lightning rod during tumultuous times.

CISE Late Night Study Hours

The Center for International Student Engagement (CISE) is holding late night study hours each Thursday, from 7-10 p.m. Join us for snacks, camaraderie, and a collective attempt to chip away at all of the work we have to do! For more information, contact internationalstudents@amherst.edu

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Weekly Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry (2nd flr)

Every Thursday night, the Writing Center and Library open up the Center for Humanistic Inquiry to students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, coffee and camaraderie. Join the group Thursdays from 8-11 p.m. in the CHI.

Students Only

La Tertulia

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Newport House, Common Room (1st Floor)

Do you want to practice your Spanish language skills and learn more about Hispanic culture? Please come join us at La Tertulia, a weekly informal Spanish conversation gathering with hot chocolate and cookies! La Tertulia is held every Thursday from 8 - 9 p.m. in the Common Room of Newport House. Students of all levels, faculty, staff and community members are welcome. We hope to see you there!

Jazz@Schwemm's Featuring the Rob Tapper Quartet

Join us on Thursday nights in October for our fall semester run of Jazz@Schwemm's performances. Each performance brings a local professional group to campus, who will perform in the 9 p.m. hour. This is followed by a student jazz combo in the 10 p.m. hour.

Oct. 19 features Montana-based trombonist Rob Tapper and his local Western Mass quartet. This evening will also feature student jazz combos Bugatti Bunch and Corvette Convention.

We wish to thank Paul Gallegos, Jazz@Amherst and the management of Schwemm's Coffeehouse for the support and opportunity to present music in this space.

Fri, Oct 20, 2017

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Faculty Colloquium Series: "What is Gender?: A View from 19th Century Transgender Archives" presented by Jen Manion, October 20

On Friday, October 20, from noon to 1 p.m., the Faculty Colloquium Series for 2017-18 is sponsoring "What is Gender?: A View from 19th Century Transgender Archives" presented by Jen Manion, associate professor of history. This event will take place in the Mullins and Faerber rooms, Lewis-Sebring Commons.

Chinese Language Table

The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 12-1 p.m. in the conference room below Valentine Dining Hall. Come join us to practice your Chinese!

Spanish Table

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

The Spanish Table is an informal way to practice and improve your Spanish language skills, and a fun opportunity to meet new people. It is held every Friday, from noon to 2 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 and go upstairs!

Korean Language Table

The Korean Language Table will meet this semester on Fridays, from noon - 1 p.m., in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Dining Hall. All are welcome!

Urban Teachers Information Table

Urban Teachers is changing the equation in urban education, offering high-need schools a supply of effective teachers who are ready to make a difference in students’ lives and are committed to a career in teaching. Come swing by their table in Keefe to learn more about the unique opportunity to apply to a teacher residency program in partnership with Johns Hopkins School of Education to make an impact as an educator! For more information, visit http://www.urbanteachers.org

Image above reads #AmherstChatback: A The Office of Diversity and Inclusion presents a 7 Week Dialogue series inviting students to learn how to communicate and collaborate across social and cultural differences. There is a picture of speech bubbles. There is a list of discussion topics and dates. September 29th: Ability. October 6th: Class. October 13th: Gender. October 20th: Sexuality. October 27th: Nationality. November 3rd: Race. November 10th: Hot Topic.

Amherst Chat Back: Dialoguing Across Difference

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) presents a 7-week dialogue series inviting students to learn how to communicate and collaborate across social and cultural differences. The series will be co-hosted by Ismaris (she/her/ella), ODI's Dialogue Coordinator, and Babyface (she/her), ODI's Race, Gender and Sexuality Education Specialist.

This dialogue series will discuss topics such as class, nationality and sexuality. Each time you attend a dialogue, you can enter a raffle for a chance to win an Apple TV & $25 iTunes gift card. The kickoff discussion on Friday, September 29 will discuss the topic of ability and its intersections, such as race, class, etc. For accessibility/accommodations, please contact diversityandinclusion@amherst.edu.

Queer Talk

Join the Queer Resource Center 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!

Game of Thrones Parody Auditions

Don't miss the auditions for the Green Room's parody of Game of Thrones. All seven seasons in the length of one episode! Hope to see you there!

Students Only

Association for Women in Science Alumni Panel

The Association for Women in Science is hosting its 3rd Annual Alumni Panel. Come listen to our panelists, who work in healthcare, technology and research, as they offer their perspectives on their industries and advice to those who are considering a career in STEM. This year’s theme is the applicability of a liberal arts background.

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Middlebury School in Brazil Info Session in FAYE113

Study abroad with Middlebury College’s School in Brazil where students can study in Latin America's largest country, with diverse cultures and geographies. The school is located in Horizonte, Florianópolis, and Niterói, each of these cities is an excellent location to improve Portuguese language skills. Come speak with the School's director, Sílvia Lorenso, who is from Belo Horizonte.

Come to FAYE 113 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. to learn more.

R.A.D. At Amherst

R.A.D. is an internationally recognized self-defense program designed to develop and enhance your options for staying safe. This class is open to women, non-binary, transgender and gender non-conforming participants. All physical ability and skill levels are welcome. No prior experience is required. R.A.D. grads are always encouraged to come back! Sign up at rad@amherst.edu.

Health Professions Alumni Panel for Pre-Med and Other Pre-Health Students

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Greenway A, Event Space

Hear from alumni of all ages about their career paths in health professions, and what they've learned along the way, going back to their Amherst education. This year's focus will be on mental health, and will feature the following panelists: Kaytee Turetsky '12, Dr. Janet Lydecker '06, Dr. John Franklin P'20, Dr. John Glazer '67 and Daniella Colombo '17. Refreshments will be served.

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ACJE, the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble: Homecoming Performance

The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble performs in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building, with Rob Tapper, trombone, featured soloist, and Bruce Diehl, director. The concert is free and open to the public.

Please bring your cash donation to the Amherst Survival Center-- you'd be amazed how many students and grad students they support to make ends meet.

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Homecoming Bonfire and Mammoth Logo Launch Party

After months of excavating, we'll finally reveal the Amherst Mammoth logo at the Homecoming Bonfire on Friday, October 20 from 8-10 p.m. on Val Quad (Alumni Gym in case of rain)! Students: Look for a Mammoth T-shirt ticket in your AC Box on Friday, October 20! Pick-up your shirt at the bonfire.

Open Dialogue: Questioning Faith

How does one go about questioning faith, religion, spirituality, and the existence of a god, gods, or a "God?" What are some issues with the idea of a "God?" Why do you or don't you believe? What is necessary for the belief in a "God?" Who/what is God? Where can I find resources to taking steps to finding answers to these questions? Where can I find an inclusive support group that allows for such questioning and open-ended responses? Open dialogue, snacks, networking and resources available. Open to everyone no matter what spiritual background (including none). O'Connor Commons, Friday, October 19, 2017, 8:15-9:15 p.m.

The Trifecta 2! - Homecoming

Three of the most lit groups to ever grace Amherst College's campus have teamed up once again to bless you with a move!

Amherst College's Black Student Union, African and Caribbean Students Union and La Causa present: The Trifecta 2!

Join us as we turn up and start Homecoming Weekend off right!
10 p.m.-2 a.m. in The Powerhouse on Friday, October 20.

Free for Amherst College students (but make sure you come early if you want to get in).

For everyone else, $5 before midnight, $7 after.

DJ Dutch and the Codewine DJs will be on the ones and twos, and you know they can do no wrong!

Today - Sat, Oct 21, 2017

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"Digging at the Dickinson": A Massachusetts Archaeology Month Talk

View Emily Dickinson’s world through the eyes of an archaeologist during this presentation and walking tour at the museum. Faculty and members of the University of Massachusetts Amherst archaeological field school will present findings from their work on the grounds of the Emily Dickinson Museum in the summer of 2017. Their work sheds new light on the location of a former Dickinson family barn and well, and on the recently reconstructed Dickinson conservatory site. In 2017, archaeobotany was a feature of the field school for the first time. This special branch of archaeology studies plant remains in the soil and will help to illuminate Dickinson's 19th-century environment. See firsthand how archaeology informs the museum’s preservation and restoration projects!

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Game of Thrones Parody Auditions

Don't miss the auditions for the Green Room's parody of Games of Thrones. All seven seasons in the length of one episode! Hope to see you there!

Students Only
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Homecoming Performance: Amherst Symphony Orchestra, Works by Copland

Saturday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall, the Amherst Symphony Orchestra continues its yearlong survey of American concert music with a tribute to 20th-century master Aaron Copland.

In works such as "Fanfare for the Common Man" and "Four Dance Episodes" from the ballet Rodeo, Copland created a definitive and instantly recognizable musical vernacular which to this day evokes the "can-do" optimism and the wide open spaces of our country. Copland also drew on contemporary influences such as Stravinsky and jazz to create innovative masterpieces such as the "Clarinet Concerto," and imagined urban landscapes as well as those of Appalachia and the prairie in works such as "Quiet City." The ASO performs all four works on its concert; Leonard Yoon '18 is the clarinet soloist.

Full details of the orchestra's season: http://www.amherstsymphonyorchestra.com

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

Tickets Required
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Amherst College Choral Society: Homecoming Performance

The Amherst College Choral Society presents its annual Homecoming Concert on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 9 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The program will be repeated at noon on Saturday, Nov. 4, for the College’s Family Weekend concert.

Performers include the Concert Choir, the Chorus and the Glee Club, directed by Mallorie Chernin and assistant director Rebecca Ruescher ’17, and the Madrigal Singers, directed by Ellen Mutter ’18 and Anna Makar-Limanov ’20. The program features a wide range of music, including classical and world music: Brahms, Hatfield, Sametz, Roueché and more. The program ends with traditional College songs.

Tickets are available for $10 for general admission and $5 for children and senior citizens. Admission for Five College students is free. Email Mallorie Chernin for ticket reservations at mchernin@amherst.edu or call 413-542-2484. Unclaimed tickets will be available at the door the night of the concert.

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

Tickets Required

Tomorrow - Sun, Oct 22, 2017

Gerrymandering in the Supreme Court

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Eric Carle Museum

Gerrymandering in the Supreme Court, a lecture by Professor Stephen Gottlieb will be presented on Sunday, October 22, 2:00 p.m., at the Eric Carle Museum. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Five College Learning in Retirement.
The case to be discussed, Gill v. Whitford, may prove to be one of the Court’s “blockbuster” decisions that shapes American democracy for decades to come.
Professor Gottlieb is the Jay and Ruth Caplan Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Albany Law School and author of Unfit for Democracy: The Roberts Court and the Breakdown of American Politics (NYU Press 2016).

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Adjunct Faculty Performance, Eugene Uman, piano: The Convergence Project

The Convergence Project is Uman’s vehicle to present his original compositions and music that has influenced him. It includes Michael Zsoldos, saxophones; Jeff Galindo, trombone; Uman, piano; David Picchi, bass (electric and acoustic); and Jon Fisher, drums. Special musical guests will include Wanda Houston on vocals and Jason Palmer on trumpet.

The recital is free. No tickets are required.

After spending several years in Colombia, the native country of his wife, Eugene Uman found a niche blending the rhythms of Colombia, such as cumbia, bambuco and pasillo, with jazz harmonies. While living in the state of Antioquia, Uman was commissioned by the Big Band of Medellín to write for their 20-piece orchestra. He composed "Blues para Urabá," a tribute to the strength of the common people of Urabá, who were at that time in the midst of a civil war. The rousing climax of that composition used a rhythm from the Atlantic coast called currulao. After that powerful experience, Uman continued to investigate the rhythms and forms of the music of his newly adopted homeland, internalizing a small handful of the immense and richly varied catalog of Colombian rhythms.

Mon, Oct 23, 2017

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Open Access Week events at the Amherst College Library

Open Access Week (October 23 - 27) is an international initiative on the part of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) to advocate for, and increase awareness of Open Access— the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole, and serves to help counter growing inequality in access to scholarly materials across institutions and nations.

This year, the eighth year for Open Access Week, will feature two events at the Amherst College Library:

— Monday, October 23, 4-5 p.m., Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 2d Floor, Frost Library: The Library will be a viewing site for participating in a webinar on Open Access Monograph Publishing, sponsored by Lever Press. Representatives of a number of scholarly publishers moving into, or fully committing to open access publishing models will speak about trends they see shaping the future of scholarly publishing and its advance toward sustainability. Participants include Erich Van Rijn, University of California Press (and director of UC’s Luminos open access imprint); Lara Manville, director of the University of Ottawa Press; Charles Watkinson, speaking for both Lever Press and Knowledge Unlatched; and Wendy Pratt Lougee, speaking on the AAU / ARL / AAUP Open Access Monograph Publishing Initiative. Participants at the viewing site will be able to pose questions to the moderator.

— Wednesday, October 25, 4:30-6 p.m.: Nick Lindsay, director of Open Access and director of Journals Publishing, MIT Press, will speak in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry’s Wednesday Salon Series on “Open Access and the Future of Scholarly Discourse.” Nick is the first appointee to this position in the MIT Press, one of the nation’s premier scholarly publishers. He’ll speak on MIT Press’s increasing investment in open access models for journal and monograph publishing, and look toward how scholarly communication will evolve in the coming years. A wine and cheese reception will follow.

Quest(ions) Around Our Career Portal

Do you like donuts? Do you also want to learn more about job/internship opportunities? Then come visit the Loeb Center’s tabling event next Monday to learn about the Quest database and enjoy some Atkins cider donuts! Loeb Center representatives will be present in the Keefe atrium to teach you how to use Quest to search for jobs or internships, schedule advising appointments, and see what Loeb Center events are coming up. This is a perfect opportunity to have any of your questions answered about Quest, or how to download and use the mobile app.

German Table

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 p.m.

Chinese Language Table

The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 12-1 p.m. in the conference room below Valentine Dining Hall. Come join us to practice your Chinese!

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!

Pathways to Education Panel

Are you someone who wants to pursue a degree in education after you graduate, combat educational inequality, or eat with and hear from education professionals? Join us for a lunch panel featuring representatives from Uncommon Schools, SAGA Innovations, Match Education, City Year, Urban Teachers, and Teach for America! Please contact Anna Vuong (avuong18@amherst.edu) if you have any questions.

Uncommon Schools is a nonprofit network of public charter schools in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts that starts and manages outstanding urban charter public schools that close the achievement gap and prepare low-income students to graduate from college. Uncommon Schools' classrooms are named after colleges because that's where their students are headed — their 52 college-prep schools consistently rank among the highest-performing in their home states because of their emphasis on cultivating the intellectual curiosity and grit in all students, fine-tuning systems that help teachers teach and students learn, and personal development in their teachers and leaders.

SAGA Innovations transforms the lives of the students they serve through high-dosage personalized tutoring that motivates students to generate new levels of effort, develops their academic and problem-solving skills, and builds their confidence. SAGA's professional tutoring is embedded within the school day and secures strong relationships among students, tutors, families, and schools.

The Match Education Teacher Residency's goal is to prepare and train the country's best rookie teachers by offering real-world experience on the pathway to becoming a teacher. Residents work full-time at one of Match's three campuses (elementary, middle and high school) during the day as tutors in their first year and teachers in their second year, and take classes at the Sposato Graduate School of Education during the evenings and on weekends. Residents receive individualized coaching throughout their entire experience and earn a Masters degree in Effective Teaching on completion of the two-year program.

City Year was founded in 1988 on the belief that young people can change the world. It is an education-focused nonprofit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service aimed at keeping students in school and on track to graduation. At City Year’s 28 urban locations across the United States and two international affiliates, teams of trained AmeriCorps members serve full-time in schools during the academic year as tutors, mentors and role models. By focusing on attendance, behavior and course performance, which identify students who are at risk of not graduating on time, they are uniquely positioned to help students and schools succeed.

Urban Teachers is a four-year alternative teacher certification program that works to close the achievement gap in schools by improving teacher quality and preparing a pipeline of high-performing career teachers that stay. Urban Teachers participants are among the most expert and results-oriented in the nation because they receive the best teacher preparation available, with over 1500 hours dedicated to working with students in urban classrooms in the first year alone. The program includes mentoring and support tailored to participants' needs all four years, and coursework for a Master of Science in Education degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education — ranked 6th in the nation. Urban Teachers participants are part of an unprecedented commitment to student performance, as only those who demonstrate an effective teaching practice, student learning gains and growth mindset/professionalism are recommended for certification and complete the full four-year program.

Teach For America is a diverse network of leaders who confront educational inequity through initially teaching and serving in a low-income community, but, with this classroom context, then continue to work with unwavering commitment from every sector of society - from education to medicine to law to policy to consulting to even still in the classroom - to create a nation free from this injustice.

New Study Space on Campus

Study in the SWAGS Common Room

The Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies Department is opening its common room as a study space for students every Monday afternoon during the fall semester. Beverages and snacks will be provided. Join us every Monday, except for October 9, which is mid-semester break, and November 20, which is Thanksgiving break.

Students Only

The F Word: No Apologies with Professor Haile Eshe Cole

The WGC is proud to present Professor Haile Eshe Cole as the next speaker for "The F Word: No Apologies," a series in which notable feminists on campus share their stories of growth, success and their feminist journey unapologetically.

Haile Eshe Cole hails from the small town of Temple, Texas and has lived, worked, and played in Austin, Texas for 13 years. She is the proud mother of two beautiful children who are 8 and 2 and is currently a visiting assistant professor at Amherst College. She began her journey in reproductive justice work in 2009 as a collective member of a grassroots organization of mothers of color organizing around various issues pertaining to poor and working-class women. She has been trained as a birth educator and birth companion (doula) and received her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology and African diaspora studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Her current research focuses on the legacy of scrutiny and violence against black women’s bodies. It builds upon the birthing and reproductive justice framework to examine the current condition of health and reproduction among black women in Texas. Some of her insights relating to black women’s reproductive experiences and their interactions with medical and social institutions are chronicled in her recent publication entitled “A Love Letter for my Daughter: Love as a Political Act.” This article was published in Birthing Justice: Black Women, Pregnancy, and Childbirth Anthology, edited by Julia Oparah and Alicia Bonaparte.

This program is a part of Reproductive Justice Week. For more information, please contact wgc@amherst.edu

Wadjda

Arabic Movie Series: Wadjda

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Greenway A, Event Space

The Arabic Program at Amherst invites you to its second movie night this fall featuring: Wadjda.

Synopsis: "An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest."

Tue, Oct 24, 2017

Get Yourself Tested Day

The Student Health Educators and the Health Center staff are organizing a Get Yourself Tested day on Tuesday October 24 from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. If you want to sign up to get STI testing done on that day, you can register with one of the SHEs tabling on Monday October 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Val and in Keefe Campus Center. Each appointment takes about 15 minutes, and spots fill up fast! Of course, your information will remain confidential. Please feel free to contact she@amherst.edu with any questions.

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Careers In Government and Nonprofit Table

Stop by Keefe to learn about Careers In Government and Nonprofit programming through the Loeb Center! Find out how to stay up-to-date on internships, jobs, and careers in these sectors and how to participate in the Careers In Government & Nonprofit Trek to Washington, DC, and Annapolis, MD, over spring break.

Chinese Language Table

The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 12-1 p.m. in the conference room below Valentine Dining Hall. Come join us to practice your Chinese!

Introduction to the Health Professions Program

All first-year and transfer students interested in exploring careers in health professions should attend one session of "Introduction to the Health Professions Program."

Session options are:
Thursday, October 19, at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, October 24, at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, November 1, at 3 p.m.

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Weekly Canine Office Hours

Whether you miss your dog, or simply want some canine affection, Huxley or Evie would love to see you! One or the other will be available weekly on Tuesdays from 4 - 5 p.m. for office hours at Frost Library. In nice weather, this will be held on the lawn in front of Frost. In poor weather, it will be beside Frost Cafe. This event is co-sponsored by the wellness team and Amherst College library.

Event flyer featuring a stylized drawing of a human figure standing behind a pink sow

Isabella Tardin-Cardoso, University of Campinas, Brazil: "The Saint and the Sow: Poetics of Illusion in a Brazilian Imitation on Plautus"

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

Written in 1957, the popular Brazilian comedy O Santo e a Porca (The Saint and the Sow) has its classical source of inspiration already stated in its subtitle: a Northeastern Imitation of Plautus. Its author, Ariano Suassuna (1927-2014), alludes in particular to the play Aulularia (The Pot of Gold), by Titus Maccius Plautus (3rd-2nd century BC). As we shall see, the allusiveness of the play goes beyond its subtitle: it is apparent in Suassuna’s plot, in his imitation of Plautine speaking names, word-games and other comic techniques. Professor Tardin-Cardoso will first illustrate the way the Brazilian play calls attention both to its proximity to and distance from its Roman model. By means of such a dialogue, Suassuna underlines (just as Plautus had) his inspirations in popular culture. She will also argue that in Suassuna’s reception of the way Plautus represents deception in his theater, the modern playwright provides a fresh kind of illusion that reflects the image of life and Brazilian culture represented in his drama.

Insight Meditation Group

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, or just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness--or because you are curious.
Led by Mark Hart, Buddhist advisor
mhart@amherst.edu

R.A.D. At Amherst

R.A.D. is an internationally recognized self-defense program designed to develop and enhance your options for staying safe. This class is open to women, non-binary, transgender and gender non-conforming participants. All physical ability and skill levels are welcome. No prior experience is required. R.A.D. grads are always encouraged to come back! Sign up at rad@amherst.edu.

Tacos & Truman: Eat, and Meet AC Truman Scholars!

Come meet Truman Scholar Dakota Foster '18, learn about her experience, and enjoy delicious food from Bueno y Sano. The Truman Scholarship generously funds graduate study at any university for those intending a career in public service. This event is for sophomores and juniors only. Space is limited, signup via our webform (https://www.amherst.edu/mm/551625). Questions? Contact coverstreet@amherst.edu.

Students Only

First Year Loeb Seminar: Finding Your Foundation

First year students, the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning is part of your journey here at Amherst, from start to finish. We expect you to start your journey this fall through this fun and interactive workshop. You can get to know other first year students, identify your skills, understand how your values, culture and family influence your thinking about work and careers and also prepare for meaningful summer experiences such as internships, research, summer jobs, studying abroad, volunteering and more. R.S.V.P. required. Don’t miss out!

Ogilvy & Mather Information Session

In 1948, David Ogilvy founded the agency that would become Ogilvy & Mather. Starting with no clients and a staff of two, he built his company into one of the eight largest advertising networks in the world. Today it has more than 450 offices in 169 cities. Over the past 60 years, Ogilvy has helped to build some of the most recognizable brands in the world: American Express, Sears, Ford, Shell, Barbie, Pond's, Dove and Maxwell House among them, and more recently, IBM and Kodak.

Join representatives from Ogilvy & Mather to learn more about the company as well as its 2018 internship and full time opportunities.

Trump: Point/Counterpoint Series: "Immigration Under Trump: Personal Stories"

The Trump: Point/Counterpoint conversation series features Amherst College professor and host of NEPR's In Contrast Ilan Stavans and a guest engaging in thoughtful discussion and attempting to bridge the ideological divide growing in our nation.

Part four of the conversation series will feature a departure in format from the previous three sessions.

In a town hall format, students, alumni and the community are invited to share personal stories of immigration and its challenges in an age of intolerance. The conversation will be moderated by Stavans. All are welcome to attend and participate.

This event is free and open to the public.
It is presented by the Amherst College Class of 1970.

Series Information

Listen to part one, via Ilan Stavans' NEPR show In Contrast, episode #10: "Why 'Black Lives Matter' Matters"

Research Your Options- Mellon Tutorial Information Session

On Tuesday, October 24 at 7 p.m. in the Periodicals Room of Frost Library, there will be an information session (and pizza) for sophomores and juniors to learn more about the Mellon Tutorial Program and the courses being offered in Spring 2018. Faculty and students will share their past experiences, describe the tutorial program, and answer questions.

Students Only

Istanbul Trip for HIST-494/ASLC-494/ANTH-431

Professors Dole and Ringer will be taking their HIST-494/ANTH 431 class to Istanbul in May 2018 (expenses paid by Amherst). Profsessors Ringer and Dole will be hosting a session about their course and the travel embedded in it. They will also be discussing student expectations on the trip and much more about travel to this fascinating and complex city.

Students Only

Loretta Ross: "Reproductive Justice in the Age of Trump and White Supremacy"

Dismayed by the way in which certain legal victories, such as Roe v. Wade, served only to benefit to most privileged, white and middle-to-upper-class women, Loretta Ross sought a more comprehensive approach to activism. She coined the term "Reproductive Justice" in order to establish a human rights framework. Ross lectures on topics of Reproductive Justice, white supremacy and the "calling-out culture of college activists." She organized the 2004 March for Women's Lives, served as the director of the nation's first rape crisis center and has has been an activist for over 30 years. Currently, Ross is working as an assistant professor at Hampshire College. For more information, contact wgc@amherst.edu.

Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeeklatsch

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!

Wed, Oct 25, 2017

Writing Retreat for Faculty and Staff

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The Writing Center supports faculty and staff in their own writing projects by hosting two weekly morning retreats. Our retreats are designed to encourage a regular writing practice, to emphasize healthy and sustainable approaches to productive writing and to support a community of writers at the College. Retreats will be held Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until noon. Attend regularly or drop in when you can.

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 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays on the Mezzanine level in Valentine Dining Hall. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Loeb Center program director for careers in business and finance, for a weekly, informal discussion on any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday from noon - 1 p.m. in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Hall. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!

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Moodle Lunch for Faculty: Using Online Communications to Support the In-Class Experience

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Frost Library, CHI Seminar Room, 211

Faculty and instructional staff are invited to come learn and discuss how Amherst faculty use Moodle to support their teaching. Boris Wolfson of the Russian Department and Jun Hee Cho of History will share their Moodle tips and strategies, with a focus on the use of discussion forums to support and enhance the in-class experience.

We’ll also have time for general Moodle-related discussion, tip sharing, and Q & A.

Mwangi Publicity

"How I Found My Voice" - A Talk by Boniface Mwangi

The Political Science Department of Amherst College welcomes Boniface Mwangi to discuss "How I Found My Voice."

Boniface Mwangi will speak about his experiences as a photojournalist during the Kenyan 2007 election, his activism work since and his decision to run for Member of Parliament in the most recent 2017 Kenyan election. In 2007, Mr. Mwangi gave voice and image to heartbreak of a nation with his photography.

Boniface Mwangi is one of the most vocal and courageous Kenyans of our generation. He came to the world’s attention for his vivid documentation of the 2007-08 post-election violence in Kenya. Subsequently he stood up alone in a packed stadium and heckled the then-president seeking justice. He was arrested and beaten. Since then he has spearheaded campaigns that speak to equality, corruption and the end of tribalism in Kenya. A decade later, he and other like-minded Kenyans founded a vibrant youthful party, the Ukweli Party, or truth party. Through a ground-breaking crowdsourcing campaign, they took part in the just concluded 2017 general election symbolizing transformative leadership in a country. Although at one point he stood alone, today his movement has gained traction with many – inspired by his vision and consistency – adding their voices to champion for a better Kenya.

Boniface Mwangi is an award-winning Kenyan photojournalist and human rights activist. His work has appeared in leading publications in the world — including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and The Boston Globe .

He studied human rights and documentary photography at New York University. He has twice won the CNN Multichoice Africa Photojournalist of the Year Award and is the youngest Prince Claus Laureate. New African Magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential Africans of 2014 and he is also a senior TED Fellow. Time magazine recognized him as a Next Generation Leader in 2015.

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

David Cox, "Tangents to Four Unit Spheres"

Abstract: How many lines can be tangent to four spheres of radius one sitting in three-dimensional space?  I will use this question to introduce enumerative algebraic geometry.  The lecture will include an introduction to projective space, Bezout's Theorem, and mirror symmetry from mathematical physics.  Parts of the lecture will use some ideas from multivariable calculus.

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Presentation by Latvian Russophone poet Semyon Khanin

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Webster Hall, Center for Russian Culture

"Khanin brilliantly creates an impression of the fragility of ties between letters as well as people.”

On Wednesday, October 25 at 4:30 in the Amherst Center for Russian Culture, Semyon Khanin will read from his poetry and speak about his conceptual art projects. Khanin, who visits us from Riga, Latvia, is a Russian poet with three books of poetry to his name, a translator of Latvian poetry into Russian, and the editor of numerous poetry collections of Russian and Latvian poets. He compiled the anthology Latvian/Russian poetry. Poems in Russian written by Latvian poets (2011), the first of its kind. Khanin's books have been translated into Latvian, Czech, Ukrainian, Serbian and Italian. He is one of the key members of the multimedia poetry project Orbita, which is a creative group of poets and artists whose works aim at creating a dialogue between various cultures and genres (which include literature, music, video, and photography, among others). His poems in English translation appeared in the anthology Hit parade. The Orbita group (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015).

This event is sponsored by the Amherst Center for Russian Culture. The Center is located on the second floor of Webster Hall on the Amherst College campus. Please contact Catherine Ciepiela for more information (caciepiela@amherst.edu).

Internship Resume and Cover Letter Workshop

Join us to learn how to write a resume and 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 resume and cover letter workshop. Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend.

The resume and cover letter workshop schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, October 25 at 5 p.m. in Paino
Wednesday, November 1 at 6 p.m. in Paino
Thursday, November 16 at 6 p.m. in Pruyne
Wednesday, November 29 at 8 p.m. in Pruyne
Thursday, December 7 at 6 p.m. in Paino

Workshop with Planned Parenthood and Keefe Health Center

Join the WGC, Planned Parenthood and Keefe Health Center for an overview of the services available to Amherst College students. Learn more about emergency contraception, STI testing, PReP, Abortion-related care and pregnancy testing. Insomnia cookies will be served!

First Year Loeb Seminar: Finding Your Foundation

First year students, the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning is part of your journey here at Amherst, from start to finish. We expect you to start your journey this fall through this fun and interactive workshop. You can get to know other first year students, identify your skills, understand how your values, culture and family influence your thinking about work and careers and also prepare for meaningful summer experiences such as internships, research, summer jobs, studying abroad, volunteering and more. R.S.V.P. required. Don’t miss out!

QTPOC GROUP

QTPOC Affinity Group, Wednesdays 6:30PM QRC

Amherst Queer and Trans People of Color Affinity Group seeks to support students, staff and faculty in the five colleges who identify as queer/trans/genderqueer people of color. This closed QTPOC Affinity seeks to provide a safe space for queer people of color to build community, to celebrate all facets of our identities, and to engage in meaningful discussion.

Every Wednesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the QRC

Association for Women in Science Internships Mixer

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Greenway A Event Space

Curious about summer research and internship opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)? Don't know where to start? Come join us for our 2nd annual Internships Mixer. You'll be able to network with the Executive Board of the Association for Women in Science, as well as juniors and seniors majoring in STEM. Get a head start on your applications and stay informed on the processes. There will be pizza, wings and dessert!

Introduction to the Careers In Business & Finance Program

What is 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. This is your opportunity to hear more about the program and workshops available to help you explore and prepare for careers in finance, consulting or general business.

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:

• Wednesday, October 25, 8 p.m. – Pruyne Lecture Hall
• Friday, November 3, noon – Loeb Center Events Room
• Thursday, November 9, 7 p.m. – Fayerweather 113
• Monday, November 13, 4 p.m. – Loeb Center Events Room

Thu, Oct 26, 2017

Writing Retreat for Faculty and Staff

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The Writing Center supports faculty and staff in their own writing projects by hosting two weekly morning retreats. Our retreats are designed to encourage a regular writing practice, to emphasize healthy and sustainable approaches to productive writing and to support a community of writers at the College. Retreats will be held Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until noon. Attend regularly or drop in when you can.

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Office Hours with Sita Sonty '00, Director of Foreign Policy & National Security, Raytheon

Sita Sonty ’00, director of Foreign Policy & National Security, Raytheon, will be coming to campus to host 20-minute informational meetings for students interested in learning about a career in international affairs and foreign policy.

Ms. Sonty has worked in many capacities as a foreign service officer for the Department of State both in Washington, DC and abroad in Croatia, Libya, Iraq, and Egypt. She received two individual Superior Honor Awards from the U.S. Department of State for her work on the Israel-Lebanon war in 2006 and for her Economic Statecraft Program in Southeast Europe in 2013. She graduated with distinction from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, earning a Master’s degree in Conflict Management, African Studies, and Development Finance. At Amherst, she majored in Political Science and Economics.

This is an opportunity to ask Ms. Sonty one-on-one questions about her career trajectory, international affairs graduate programs, career paths in the Department of State, private sector foreign affairs work, etc. RSVP through Quest to reserve a 20-minute appointment. Space is limited. Open initially only to juniors and seniors.

Ms. Sonty will also be sharing about her career trajectory at the Loeb Center Food for Thought lunch, at noon. RSVP required through Quest; open to all class years.

French Table

If you are interested in speaking French or learning about French culture, come and join the French table on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall on Thursdays from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The French table is open to students, faculty, staff and anyone who is interested in having informal conversations in French. All levels are welcome! We look forward to meeting you!

Visit from Duke Medical School's Dean of Admissions

The Loeb Center and Health Professions Office are pleased to welcome Dr. Brenda Armstrong, the senior associate dean of admissions at Duke University School of Medicine, for a lunchtime meeting to discuss medical school, the admissions program and Duke. Pizza will be served. Space is limited; RSVP in Quest.

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Food for Thought Lunch - Sita Sonty '00, Director of Foreign Policy & National Security, Raytheon

Join Sita Sonty '00 for lunch and a conversation about her career in foreign service. Lunch from The Works Bakery Café will be provided. Space is limited, RSVP in Quest.

Prior to joining Raytheon, Sonty was a foreign service officer for the U.S. Department of State with 15 years of service. At the State Department, Sonty served as the executive secretary of the International Security Advisory Board, senior political desk officer for Indian affairs, attache for cultural and educational affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia, attache for cultural and educational affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, desk officer for Syria at the State Department in Washington, desk officer for Iraq, political action officer at the Coalition Provisional Authority (and, subsequently, the U.S. Embassy) in Baghdad, and as a vice consul at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt.

Sonty’s native tongue is Telugu; she also speaks Hindi, French, Arabic, Croatian and Urdu. She received two individual Superior Honor Awards from the U.S. Department of State for her work on the Israel-Lebanon war in 2006 and for her Economic Statecraft Program in Southeast Europe in 2013.

Sonty graduated with distinction from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, earning a Master’s degree in Conflict Management, African Studies, and Development Finance. She majored in Political Science and Economics at Amherst and earned the Densmore Berry Collins Award for Best Political Science Thesis on the topic of Suicide Law in the U.S.

Michael Mazur

Gallery Talk with Betsey Garand: Perspectives on Michael Mazur

Join us for a conversation with former colleague and friend of the late Michael Mazur, Betsey Garand, Senior Resident Artist at Amherst College. This talk is in conjunction with the exhibition Perspectives on Michael Mazur.

Free and open to all!

LiveRamp Resume Review Workshop

Join representatives from LiveRamp, including Amherst alum Jeanne Lee '16, for a primer on its hiring processes and an interactive resume review workshop. LiveRamp offers brands and the companies they work with identity resolution that is integrated throughout the digital ecosystem, providing the foundation for true omnichannel marketing. Its services transform the technology platforms used by clients into people-based marketing channels that improve the relevancy of marketing and ultimately allow consumers to better connect with the brands and products they love.

Keefe Campus Center Community Hour

Stop by the Amherst College Campus Center every Thursday for a fun filled hour of community, popcorn and music! Throughout the semester we will offer various community building events in the campus center and on the Green. Make sure to stop by for bonfires, dance parties and self-care activities. All are welcome to join.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Student Affairs, the Dean of the Faculty, The Office of the President, Dining Services, Facilities and the Mail Room.

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Russian Film Screening: Agony: The Life and Death of Rasputin (Агония)

4:30 pm Keefe Campus Center, Theater (Room 008)

dir. Elem Klimov • 1974 • 143 min.

The demonic figure of Grigory Rasputin, the nomadic Siberian monk whose charismatic hold over the Russian imperial family at the turn of the twentieth century became the stuff of legend, looms large over this controversial account of the Romanovs’ decline and fall. Directed by Elem Klimov, the film was completed in 1974.

This movie is 143 minutes long and will be screened at both 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Visualizing the Surveillance Archive: Critical Art and the Dangers of Transparency

On Thursday, October 26 at 4:30 p.m. in the Clark House at Amherst College, Torin Monahan, professor of communication at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will present a paper titled “Visualizing the Surveillance Archive: Critical Art and the Dangers of Transparency.” This is the second presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Law and the Visible.”

Professor Monahan’s research focuses on institutional transformations with new technologies, with a particular emphasis on surveillance and security programs. His many publications include the book, Surveillance in the Time of Insecurity.

To receive a copy of the paper which will investigate a number of critical art projects that construct counter-archives of visual material as a response to institutional surveillance programs, please email the LJST Dept. Coordinator at mlestes@amherst.edu.

Internship Interviewing 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!

The internship interview workshop schedule is as follows:
Thursday, October 26 at 5 p.m. in Paino
Thursday, November 2 at 8 p.m. in Pruyne
Tuesday, November 7 at 5:30 p.m. in Paino
Thursday, November 30 at 8 p.m. in Pruyne
Wednesday, December 6 at 8 p.m. in Pruyne

Berislav Marusic to present

Berislav Marušić to present "How Can Beliefs Wrong?"

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall, room 115

Berislav Marušić (Brandeis University) will give a talk on Thursday, October 26, 2017. The title of his talk is "How Can Beliefs Wrong? -- A Strawsonian Epistemology" and will be presented in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at 5 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact the Philosophy Department at Amherst College 413-542-5805 or djbrace@amherst.edu.

Jonathan Jackson, "Evan, Make-Up Contact Sheet," 2015.

Picture This: Photo Sessions with Jonathan Jackson

"Tell It Like It Is – or Could Be" presents work by contemporary photographers who use their camera to (re)construct historical and personal narratives. Join us for a night of self-exploration and the chance to be photographed by emerging artist, Jonathan Jackson ’19.

Jackson received the Wise Award for Studio Art, presented annually for distinction in the completion of an original work or works of art and the purchase thereof. The Mead Art Museum acquired a one of Jackson’s photographs in 2017. Come early to sign up for a portrait session with Jonathan—space is limited.

We will have various articles of clothing and accessories on site for you to explore with modes of self-representation, selfie-stations, snacks, music and more!

All are welcome: first come, first served.

LiveRamp Information Session

LiveRamp offers brands and the companies they work with identity resolution that is integrated throughout the digital ecosystem, providing the foundation for true omnichannel marketing. Its services transform the technology platforms used by clients into people-based marketing channels that improve the relevancy of marketing and ultimately allow consumers to better connect with the brands and products they love. Join representatives to learn more about LiveRamp and its entry-level opportunities.

Psychology Panel on Careers in Clinical Psychology

The Psychology department has invited four clinicians from the community to answer all your career questions. We’ll hear from two clinicians in private practice, one with a masters in social work and another with a doctorate of psychology. We’ll also hear from two professors with doctorates of philosophy, one in clinical psychology and one in school psychology, who balance their time between patient treatment (in schools or private practice), clinical research and training of other clinicians. These professionals will speak about the path they took to get their degree, their training experiences and what they do on a day to day basis. There will be plenty of time for questions, and snacks will be provided.

CISE Late Night Study Hours

The Center for International Student Engagement (CISE) is holding late night study hours each Thursday, from 7-10 p.m. Join us for snacks, camaraderie, and a collective attempt to chip away at all of the work we have to do! For more information, contact internationalstudents@amherst.edu

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Poetry Reading: Mary Jo Salter

Reviewing Mary Jo Salter’s "A Phone Call to the Future: New & Selected Poems" for The New York Times Book Review, James Longenbach wrote, “Only a few poets transcend the history of taste to participate in the history of art—and only in a handful of poems. Salter has been struck by lightning more than once.” Salter’s most recent collection, The Surveyors (2017), is her eighth. She is also the author of a children's book, The Moon Comes Home, a coeditor of The Norton Anthology of Poetry, and a lyricist whose song cycle “Rooms of Light” premiered at Lincoln Center in 2007. She teaches at Johns Hopkins University and lives in Baltimore. The event will be followed by refreshments.

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Weekly Thesis Write-In

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry (2nd flr)

Every Thursday night, the Writing Center and Library open up the Center for Humanistic Inquiry to students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, coffee and camaraderie. Join the group Thursdays from 8-11 p.m. in the CHI.

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La Tertulia

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Newport House, Common Room (1st Floor)

Do you want to practice your Spanish language skills and learn more about Hispanic culture? Please come join us at La Tertulia, a weekly informal Spanish conversation gathering with hot chocolate and cookies! La Tertulia is held every Thursday from 8 - 9 p.m. in the Common Room of Newport House. Students of all levels, faculty, staff and community members are welcome. We hope to see you there!

Film Screening: Obvious Child

Join us in the Women's and Gender Center for a screening of Obvious Child. This award-winning romantic comedy follows the journey of a stand-up comic through her abortion after breaking up with her partner. There will be snacks and a discussion after! Contact wgc@amherst.edu for additional information.

Jazz@Schwemm's featuring the Bob Ferrier/Stephen Page Duo

Join us on Thursday nights in October for our fall semester run of Jazz@Schwemm's performances. Each performance brings a local professional group to campus, who will perform in the 9 p.m. hour. This is followed by a student jazz combo in the 10 p.m. hour.
October 26 features guitarist Bob Ferrier and pianist Stephen Page. This evening will also feature student jazz combos Porsche Posse and Camaro Crew.
We wish to thank Paul Gallegos, Jazz@Amherst, and the management of Schwemm's Coffeehouse for the support and opportunity to present music in this space.

Fri, Oct 27, 2017

Chinese Language Table

The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 12-1 p.m. in the conference room below Valentine Dining Hall. Come join us to practice your Chinese!

Spanish Table

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

The Spanish Table is an informal way to practice and improve your Spanish language skills, and a fun opportunity to meet new people. It is held every Friday, from noon to 2 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 and go upstairs!

Five Colleges International Relations Certificate Program Informational Meeting

Please join us for an information session regarding the Five Colleges International Relations Certificate. The certificate offers an opportunity for students to pursue their interest in international relations as a complement to their majors by taking classes on global politics across departments and campuses. During the information session, Professors Pavel Machala, Eleonora Mattiacci and Ruxandra Paul will introduce the nuts and bolts of the certificate and answer student questions.

Korean Language Table

The Korean Language Table will meet this semester on Fridays, from noon - 1 p.m., in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Dining Hall. All are welcome!

"Hello, Girl" LiveRamp Lunch Information Session

In partnership with Hello, Girl, please join representatives, including Amherst alum Jeanne Lee '16, to learn more about LiveRamp and its entry-level opportunities during this lunch hour session. LiveRamp offers brands and companies identity resolution that is integrated throughout the digital ecosystem, providing the foundation for true omnichannel marketing. Its services transform the technology platforms used by clients into people-based marketing channels that improve the relevancy of marketing and ultimately allow consumers to better connect with the brands and products they love.

Reproductive Justice Week Zine Workshop

Join the us in the WGC for a reproductive justice art project to close out the week! We will be making zines about reproductive justice, centering the Repeal Hyde Art Project. The Hyde Amendment blocks use of federal funds for abortions, making it even harder for those folks who need it to receive an abortion. During this zine making event we will be using art to create dialogue and awareness surrounding the Hyde Amendment and abortion. For more information, contact wgc@amherst.edu

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Amherst Chat Back: Dialoguing Across Difference

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) presents a 7-week dialogue series inviting students to learn how to communicate and collaborate across social and cultural differences. The series will be co-hosted by Ismaris (she/her/ella), ODI's Dialogue Coordinator, and Babyface (she/her), ODI's Race, Gender and Sexuality Education Specialist.

This dialogue series will discuss topics such as class, nationality and sexuality. Each time you attend a dialogue, you can enter a raffle for a chance to win an Apple TV & $25 iTunes gift card. The kickoff discussion on Friday, September 29 will discuss the topic of ability and its intersections, such as race, class, etc. For accessibility/accommodations, please contact diversityandinclusion@amherst.edu.

Queer Talk

Join the Queer Resource Center 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!

Decolonization in Comparative Context

What is decolonization? What are its origins and its connection to the histories and memories of a given geographical space? What legacies does decolonial thinking pass on to contemporary thought? And what can we learn about decolonization from comparative contexts?
Friday, October 27 from 4-6 p.m. and Saturday, October 28 from 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

R.A.D. At Amherst

R.A.D. is an internationally recognized self-defense program designed to develop and enhance your options for staying safe. This class is open to women, non-binary, transgender and gender non-conforming participants. All physical ability and skill levels are welcome. No prior experience is required. R.A.D. grads are always encouraged to come back! Sign up at rad@amherst.edu.

Heaven Night

Heaven Night

Amherst Christian Fellowship (ACF) invites you to Heaven Night! We believe that God created and loves all people, and He isn't limited to any one culture, language or ethnicity. At Heaven Night, we will celebrate and participate in various valuable expressions of worship featuring Terras Irradient, Remnant Worship, Resurrect Gospel Choir and ACF. We invite you to join us, see how people all over the world worship God and share your voice. All are welcome.

Sat, Oct 28, 2017

Community Day

Community Day!

Join us for a free day of family fun at the Mead, featuring guided tours, art-making, and activities inspired by our latest exhibitions.

Free and open to all!

Black-and-white image of Kennedy speaking at a raised podium on the Amherst College campus, surrounded by guards and spectators

"Poetry and Politics: A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of President John F. Kennedy"

1:00 pm Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

This year marks the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s birth. To celebrate that occasion and also President Kennedy’s Oct. 26, 1963, visit to, and speech at, Amherst College, the College will host a forum on “Poetry and Politics.” The forum will trace the thread connecting President Kennedy’s concerns with the College’s current interest in, to use President Martin’s words, setting “an example of community characterized by openness and respect, freedom with responsibility, and politics inflected by poetry.”

President Kennedy used his remarks at the College to honor Robert Frost and to extol the virtues of the poetic in political life. The President noted that Frost “saw poetry as the means of saving power from itself.” “When power,” President Kennedy continued, “leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses. For art establishes the basic human truth which must serve as the touchstone of our judgment.”

Recently, President Martin returned to this theme, saying that a politics inflected by poetry would nurture “a way of approaching things that lets them come in in their strangeness or their otherness and does not rush to grasp things in the terms we have adopted in advance. An approach that lets others live requires … the art of receiving and the lessons of slowness, which foster the ability to see before comprehension.”

Keynote address to be provided by Congressman Joseph Kennedy III on the steps of Frost Library. For a complete schedule of events, please visit the link below. All programs associated with this celebration are free and open to the public.

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Leisure Reading Afternoons

Join the Office of Residential Life in an afternoon of leisure reading in Stearns common room every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. Bring a book, a cozy blanket/stuffed animal and reading material. It can be in any form and from any genre. Come make new friends who love to read, de-stress, maybe accomplish your new year reading resolutions and gain all the benefits that come with reading. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided.

Sun, Oct 29, 2017

Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor Benefit Performance for the Emily Dickinson Museum

Garrison Keillor returns to Amherst in a benefit performance for the Emily Dickinson Museum on Sunday, October 29 at 6 p.m. in Amherst College's Johnson Chapel.

Mr. Keillor, currently in the midst of a cross-country tour of his one-man show, will deliver a special program that weaves Emily Dickinson into an evening of storytelling and song.

Free admission for Five College students

Regular priced tickets for the 6 p.m. presentation and program cost $70 (fully tax-deductible) per person. Tickets that include a 4 p.m. reception at the Museum with Mr. Keillor cost $125 ($100 tax-deductible). Patron tickets are $250 ($225 tax-deductible) and Benefactor tickets are $500 ($475 tax-deductible). All ticket proceeds support the work of the Emily Dickinson Museum. Tickets can be purchased at https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/EmilyDickinsonMuseum_1/slant-keill...

A special group rate is available for bookings of six or more. For more information, contact us at 413.542.5311 or info@EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org.

As part of the program on October 29, Mr. Keillor will receive the museum's Tell It Slant Award. The award honors individuals whose work, in any field, is imbued with the creative spirit of America's greatest poet, Emily Dickinson.

Tickets Required

Mon, Oct 30, 2017

German Table

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 p.m.

Chinese Language Table

The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 12-1 p.m. in the conference room below Valentine Dining Hall. Come join us to practice your Chinese!

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!

New Study Space on Campus

Study in the SWAGS Common Room

The Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies Department is opening its common room as a study space for students every Monday afternoon during the fall semester. Beverages and snacks will be provided. Join us every Monday, except for October 9, which is mid-semester break, and November 20, which is Thanksgiving break.

Students Only

Networking for Introverts

Networking is a critical part of exploring different career paths, as well as searching for a job or internship: more than 70% of people are hired into their jobs because of networking. For many people, though, 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 feel more approachable…and even exciting!

First Year Loeb Seminar: Finding Your Foundation

First year students, the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning is part of your journey here at Amherst, from start to finish. We expect you to start your journey this fall through this fun and interactive workshop. You can get to know other first year students, identify your skills, understand how your values, culture and family influence your thinking about work and careers and also prepare for meaningful summer experiences such as internships, research, summer jobs, studying abroad, volunteering and more. R.S.V.P. required. Don’t miss out!

Tue, Oct 31, 2017

Careers In Government and Nonprofit Table

Stop by Keefe to learn about Careers In Government and Nonprofit programming through the Loeb Center! Find out how to stay up-to-date on internships, jobs and careers in these sectors and how to participate in the Careers In Government & Nonprofit Trek to Washington, DC, and Annapolis, MD, over spring break.

Chinese Language Table

The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 12-1 p.m. in the conference room below Valentine Dining Hall. Come join us to practice your Chinese!

Carney, Sandoe & Associates Information Session

Interested in a rewarding, meaningful career in the field of education? Come to the Carney, Sandoe & Associates info session. You will have the opportunity to talk with an industry expert about the private, college prep school world. Working at a private, college prep school does not require a teaching certificate or a masters degree and can be the perfect place to explore the profession of teaching. Whether you know you want to be a teacher or want to learn more about this professional opportunity, teaching in a private, college prep school caters to people who enjoy working with children and are passionate about their subject field.

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Weekly Canine Office Hours

Whether you miss your dog, or simply want some canine affection, Huxley or Evie would love to see you! One or the other will be available weekly on Tuesdays from 4 - 5 p.m. for office hours at Frost Library. In nice weather, this will be held on the lawn in front of Frost. In poor weather, it will be beside Frost Cafe. This event is co-sponsored by the wellness team and Amherst College library.

Insight Meditation Group

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, or just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness--or because you are curious.
Led by Mark Hart, Buddhist advisor
mhart@amherst.edu

Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeeklatsch

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!

Ongoing Events

Rotherwas Room, photo by Maria Stenzel

Study at the Mead!

Throughout the week, we will have lots of art activities to help you destress from finals period. We also have comfy chairs, plenty of outlets, great lighting, and extra tables to give you an inspirational place to work and study.

Closed on Mondays, but open until Midnight on school nights!

"Our" Story Exhibit: 400 Years of Wampanoag History

“Our” Story is an interactive, multimedia exhibit that frames the 1620 Pilgrim arrival in Plymouth within a long history of Wampanoag adaptation and innovation. The exhibit's content ranges from videos by award-winning Mashpee journalist, author and filmmaker Paula Peters, to art by Mashpee artist, writer and activist Robert Peters and his son, Robert Peters Jr.

Each year, a new theme is added to the traveling exhibit; the first installation debuted in 2014 with “Captured 1614” providing a critical back story to colonization and the roots of the American holiday of Thanksgiving. “The Messenger Runner” added new context regarding the Wampanoag tribe’s communication traditions. The newest panel “The Great Dying” depicts the catastrophic effects of a plague that devastated the Wampanoag nation between 1616 and 1619.